Silly season is in full swing with all transfer links in and out of the club. In the midst of a week filled with more of the same. Liverpool and the world of sports can finally rest assured, justice for the 96 fallen heroes has been served!
After a grand ending to last week’s scenes of Salah’s inclusion to the Reds, Liverpool set up Monday with views of a long week ahead. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were the usual suspects. Whereas, Klopp’s interest in Hull City’s fullback, Andrew Robertson has resurfaced.
Moving in the opposite direction are players, Lucas Leiva, Sheyi Ojo, and out of favour, Alberto Moreno. Not as big as the list of players being added to the squad, but sure to be many names to follow on this list of evictees. As the weeks wear on, one can only imagine Klopp would like all business to be wrapped up, with more than enough time to spare before the season gets underway.
Monday madness to midweek triumph:
In the early parts of the week, Liverpool got off to a rocky start, regarding two of their first choice targets. One looking extremely positive and the other, sadly negative. Naby Keita transfer to LFC, being the more positive of the two after reports suggested, Keita refused to sign a new contract with RB Leipzig and expressed his desire to move to Anfield.
Since then, it was said, RB Leipzig will not budge on their asking price for the African player and will demand no less than £70 million (The going rate to join LFC these days). This amount is far above any amount, FSG and the club will or have paid, for any player in their transfer history.
BREAKING: Liverpool are ready to make a club-record bid for Naby Keïta. (Paul Joyce) pic.twitter.com/7rijhSrfk5
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News broke last night that LFC are prepared to make a club record bid to test RB Leipzig’s stance on the player. Liverpool have already agreed Naby Keïta’s contract in principle too according to Marcotti.
Many have their doubts of the transfer taking shape, due to the asking price. I for one, am remaining patient about this target. Hoping the saying “Good things come to those who wait!”, prevails.
Now on the negative side of things. The clouded business between Liverpool and Southampton over defender Van Dijk has been nothing short of a joke. One week we in, the next we out. One week apologising for being forward, the next, we still not allowed to go in for the player we need most. Referring to this transfer adventure as a rollercoaster is just wrong. Rollercoasters are supposed to be fun and exciting. This transfer dealing has been far from fun and exciting.
The Saints suited up and stood firm on the decision not to sell their most valuable player. Quite frankly, it was simply put, Van Dijk will not be sold to Liverpool at any price, as reported by the Liverpool Echo. Recently, it was said Liverpool and whoever else, who would like to think about Van Dijk. Will have to cough up a hefty fee estimated at £70 million. With all this being said, nobody knows where Van Dijk will end up, or if he will end up leaving Southampton altogether.
James Pearce, the heartbreak kid has insured, a deal for both Keita and Van Dijk will be hard to pull off, during an interview with the Echo. According to Pearce, another deal looking less likely is the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain one. With Liverpool only able to hand a squad role to the player, it could be too little to convince the player to come over to join Klopp’s team. However, the asking price is more along the lines of what the club normal puts out for players Chamberlain’s age.
Players said to be on their way out:
Misfit Alberto Moreno, the first of the lot looking at the exit doors. The player has been the subject of many bids from across Europe, but Liverpool’s committee seems to value the player above the £11 million they have been offered. Liverpool is holding out for closer to £15 million for the left-back.
Lucas, the long-time servant, has been told he can leave on a free if he would like to, with the Brazilian scouser said to either be heading back to his old club, Gremio. Or, a move to join up with former Red’s boss, Rafa at Newcastle United. There have been other clubs showing interest from Turkey and other parts of Europe.
Lastly, we have the pacey winger, Sheyi Ojo. A player who definitely has a bright future at Anfield, but is need of regular first team football. Rafa, with the Liverpool connection to New Castle, has shown a huge interest in Ojo and is willing to take the young, English international on loan. This deal is one of the few heading in the right direction. Let’s hope this one can go through seamlessly and the player gets the move and Rafa gets his man.
Midweek triumph in the pursuit of happiness:
Saving the best for last, LFC’s long-awaited verdict on the Hillsborough disaster. Liverpool Football Club, the city, and all the families involved in this long, gruelling case, can finally breathe a sigh of relief. A part of this club’s history that has cast a dark, gloomy cloud over whatever success there has been in the past 28 years, has finally been settled.
Many moons ago, Liverpool suffered their greatest loss in the club’s history, the lives of 96 supporters. Since then, there have been many memorials and court cases surrounding this one horrific event. As the years went by, the quest for justice appeared to be getting closer and closer and just like that, Wednesday happened.
On Wednesday afternoon, news broke that six people associated with the disaster will be charged for the bad turn of events. Ex-chief constable, Sir Norman Bettison was charged with misconduct as he was the officer in charge of the match and David Duckenfield, the officer who has been charged with manslaughter as told by the Guardian.
It is a small price to pay for the great loss and pain endured by the families of the victims. They have fought hard and long during these 28 years. This verdict and prosecution of these 6 frauds could not have come any sooner.
It was long overdue, but the verdict was worth the wait in the end. Much to be proud about and many things to take from this hard fought battle. The Liverpool community provided enough evidence, it’s not just about winning on the pitch, but about victory off it as well.