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15 minutes ago, psl said:

 

Werner added: "Regarding the transfer window, the only thing I would say is that we will continue to assess the transfer market, which at the moment is unclear, made even more so by the effect the virus will have not just on English football but football around the world."

Is that Timo or Tomo Werner

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We only need two signings to make us strong favourites again next season imo. Neither of them have to be mega either. Tricky ones to box off though.

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How about Creswell as an uderstudy to Robbo? Could be relatively cheap if West Ham go down as hoped and very similar player to Robbo so wouldn't impact the shape too much when standing in for him. 

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Not sure what the article said, but saw Ornstein tweet about Cantwell. Norwich want him to stay if they're relegated, but his camp feels he needs to move on and we're one of his admirers. 

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8 minutes ago, Tobes Rafa said:

How about Creswell as an uderstudy to Robbo? Could be relatively cheap if West Ham go down as hoped and very similar player to Robbo so wouldn't impact the shape too much when standing in for him. 

He’d spend most of his time in the stands. The cover needs to offer something more than just being a left back.

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31 minutes ago, Swipe said:

Not sure what the article said, but saw Ornstein tweet about Cantwell. Norwich want him to stay if they're relegated, but his camp feels he needs to move on and we're one of his admirers. 

I think Curtis Jones will take Lallana's spot.

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1 hour ago, Hightown Phil said:

He’d spend most of his time in the stands. The cover needs to offer something more than just being a left back.

What is the extra something you want from your second choice left back? 

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7 hours ago, muleskinner said:

I'd be cool with that. He's not kicked on like I thought he would. 

I'm surprised yer man has kept his job there, t.b.h. 

 

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Jürgen Klopp backing youth to strengthen Liverpool's squad

  • Manager admits financial fallout could pause transfer plans
  • Klopp beieves academy talent can improve the champions


Andy Hunter
Mon 29 Jun 2020 22.30 BST

Jürgen Klopp has said the financial fallout from Covid-19 could “pause” Liverpool’s transfer plans but he believes his title-winning squad will improve regardless next season thanks to emerging academy talent.

Klopp admits there is uncertainty over his transfer budget and that incomings and outgoings will be affected. He is extremely confident of keeping the Premier League champions intact, however, and feels players such us Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott can provide back-up for a team that demolished the competition this season.

“I am very confident that we can keep the team together but all the rest of the planning is ongoing without knowing,” the manager said. “We have no idea at the moment. Nobody knows how the future will be, which is very strange. I don’t know when the new season will start.

“Three months ago nobody knew anything about how it would be and now we act a little bit like everything will be fine again. It is a little bit early to guess that. And in football now we get confronted with how much do you want to spend? How much can you spend if you don’t know how much you can have? That is exactly the situation.

“It is about how influential the coronavirus crisis will be on all financial parts of life. It’s not only football. We all will pay a bill in the end. Hopefully it is over soon but nobody knows exactly how big the bill will be. I think it’s completely normal in this moment that we wait a little bit longer with some decisions or just say: ‘We pause and try it again with this [squad].’ We should not start taking for granted it all will be fine.”

Liverpool cooled longstanding interest in Timo Werner during lockdown, allowing Chelsea to sign the RB Leipzig striker for £47.5m, although the club maintain that was not a purely financial decision. Klopp has always been keen to leave a pathway open for academy talent – Trent Alexander-Arnold being the prime example – and believes uncertainty in the market offers opportunity for more to follow.

“Covid has influenced both sides, ins and out,” he said. “It’s just not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world. But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open, we will know more. But this squad – just look at it. It is not a squad you have to change now and say: ‘OK, we need this position and this position.’ What we want is to create our transfers internally. So now, the first glimpses of Neco Williams. Bring the boys up. Curtis, Harvey, Ki-Jana [Hoever], Sepp [van den Berg], Yasser [Larouci], Leighton [Clarkson], Jake Cain: all these boys have done really well.

“We want to strengthen this squad and this squad is strong. The problem is how do you improve a strong squad on the transfer market? It works with money, obviously, but it never works only with money. You have to be creative and we try to be creative. We try to find solutions internally. And there is still a lot to come. We have three or four players who can make big, big steps. People will be afraid that these boys will get lazy [after winning the league]. These boys, like they showed against Crystal Palace, cannot get lazy. It is just not in their nature.”

Klopp believes the 4-0 dismantling of Palace last week demonstrated perfectly why Liverpool were able to secure the club’s first title for 30 years with a record seven matches to spare. “The Palace game sums it up, sums us up, because all of what these boys did, they did for the club, for the people and for what we stand for. Nobody was there but we were still together. I really wouldn’t have thought it was possible to play like that, in this situation, with the Everton game three days before which was like: ‘Didn’t like that too much, are we really where we want to be?’

“Then you play this game and it really sums us up because it is like they wear the Liverpool shirt and go with all they have. Whenever, wherever, which time, whatever necessary, they go. And I love that. That is what brought us into the position we are in – it is all in this game. Eighty-sixth minute, losing the ball, chasing it down, winning it back and shooting on the Palace goal like you have never scored before. Such desire. That was the moment when I thought: ‘Yes, we will be champions.’ It was the perfect moment.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jun/29/jurgen-klopp-backing-youth-to-strengthen-liverpools-squad?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Interesting snippet in there about Werner. I wanted us to sign him but I do wonder if maybe he failed Klopp’s ‘interview’ in some way. 

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Seen some suggestions that clubs like City and Chelsea will be using the relaxation of FFP to go on a bit of a splurge.

This piece from David Conn seems to suggest that the rules will be considerably eased this year. At the same time we’re obviously pushing a ‘keep the belt tight’ line when it comes to our own strategy.

Curious what everyone thinks about that? If FFP isn’t really going to apply, is following it still the correct thing to do?

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Owners of top clubs will temporarily be permitted by Uefa’s financial fair play rules to put more money into their clubs, to cover increased losses caused by football’s shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Uefa announced a series of “emergency measures” to acknowledge that clubs competing in the Champions League and Europa League, who must comply with FFP “break-even” limits, cannot do so this season because of drastic losses caused by the shutdown.

The principles accept that clubs can make losses greater than the permitted €30m over a rolling three-year period, and that owners can cover those losses. Uefa stressed, however, that it was still committed to encouraging good financial management by clubs, and the measures were aimed only at “neutralising the adverse effects of the pandemic”: lost ticket income while matches are played behind closed doors, and the potentially major loss of some TV, commercial and sponsorship income.

The current rules, intended to encourage clubs to live within the money they make and not pay excessive wages to players, limit clubs’ maximum losses to €30m over a three-year period, as long as €25m of that loss is covered by an owner. The new measures state that the current 2020 financial year will not be assessed at all under FFP procedures, and will instead be rolled up into 2021, and the two years assessed together as a single financial period.

Uefa sources confirmed that clubs would be allowed losses in excess of €30m as long as they show this was caused by falls in revenues because of the shutdown. Clubs will be able to cope with their own increased losses however they responsibly can, including by owners putting money in, either in loans or shares. Uefa said these emergency measures were intended to “give clubs more time to quantify and account for unanticipated loss of revenues”.

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Quite excited by seeing more of Jones, Williams and Elliot plus Brewster. 

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I was just thinking about the money being thrown around for players now. I can remember Spurs paying £200,000 for Martin Peters and thinking that was mental. 

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