Weekly roundup - Robertson signs and Van Dijk wants out... again!

  1. Another week of going back, back, and forth regarding our two most important transfers, Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk. The two have been the subject of a stop, no, and don’t, throughout this transfer window. Before it took a week or so for news to change, now it takes a matter of days before the tides turn. Basically, Keita and Van Dijk news has a clean set of draws each day.

The silver lining in a drama-filled transfer window is Liverpool’s announcement on their new left-back signing, Andrew Robertson. In a world where it is extremely difficult to please an LFC supporter, the committee and Micheal Edwards pulled off some decent business. The price, the deal, and what is expected from the sale of Alberto Moreno, makes all the sense in the world.

In the midst of all things happening off the pitch, the Reds have been doing well on the pitch. New signing Mohamed Salah, fitting in seamlessly, Jordan Henderson getting back to his best and reminding some what he’s really about. Three games down and the team have started off in the same vein of form, as they did last preseason. What has stood out most during these few fixtures, are the young players taking the game to the opposition.

Ryan Kent, Ben Woodburn, and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all applied themselves appropriately during their time on the field. Another player to add amongst the more than promising youth is new comer, Dominic Solanke. What a striker he’s turned out to be for the club. With a thumping strike against Palace to take the team 1-0 ahead, in what would have been a game we normally could not unlock the back door. He came, he saw, he conquered…Enough said!

Adding fuel to the Red fire is how the formation changed or stayed the same, however you want to look at it. But, it was the positional changes that were good to see from the manager. Deploying Woodburn through the centre was certainly a surprise for most and something one could get used to seeing. Somebody else worth the mention in this one is rebound boy, Marko Grujic. Another player with a deadly strike to help gain needed confidence.

Many things to look forward to while we suffer setbacks in the transfer window. Making the wait for our first match sweeter to anticipate.

Liverpool’s new left back:

Finally is the right word to use for the inclusion of Andrew Robertson. How long have their been cries for a player with natural left-footed ability? As Klopp mentioned the importance of Salah and him being left-footed. Proves how just important it was to obtain Robertson. Yes, sadly the end draws closer and closer for out-of-favour Spaniard, Alberto Moreno. But the left back got several opportunities to redeem himself and failed to do so miserably.

Now back to the lecture at hand, Robertson and how his transfer to Liverpool has caused divided opinions on the player. Some are more than convinced he hasn’t got what it takes coming from relegated team, Hull City. Others believe, he is some sort of revelation, knowing we are in need of a left-footed player to take to the pitch.

How Klopp sets him and Milner up is up to the players really. Klopp, a manager known for picking players on merit, has two EPL experienced left-backs in his ranks now. How the two perform and learn from each other (More Robertson learning from Milner) will warrant first choice over the other. Milner has the ability to fit in anyway, effortlessly. We have a key player able to slot in anywhere to add options, all due to a new left-back signing. How easy isn’t that on the ears?

Back to the future for Van Dijk, Southampton, and Liverpool:

Last night news broke, Van Dijk has told Southampton he wants out and Liverpool is the location. Back to the future, while flash backs of the exact same reports hit us. A few weeks ago, we would have unavoidably been excited about such news, unfortunately, enough’s enough for some.

Some other reports have suggested that both his and Keita’s representatives are in Hong Kong trying to strike a deal. Who to believe is the question now. Are you prepared to accept defeat in our pursuit of two monumental targets or are you keeping strong belief in the sources, who have reiterated their stance, both will be Liverpool players by this time next week?

What has a similar feel for me and gets me a lot more positive, is how alike this transfer shapes up in the ugliness of Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. The Saints played hardball with both players and milked the club for then, huge amounts.  At the end of it all, after long debate, the two became Liverpool players. Saying this transfer debacle will end up the same is a bit hard to say.

Van Dijk is one of the best centre backs in the league and the number of players we have sucked out their first team is far too much for one team to digest. Therefore, their stance over him is understandable but has no doubt become a thorn in the side of all LFC players. Boring is the key word in this ongoing saga. Let’s give this one a few days and hope it doesn’t take another turn to the beginning, where we have to start looking at plan B maybe.

Keita deal off?

Liverpool have had 3 bids of £45m, £57m and £66m rejected for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita. It’s been reported that Liverpool have made a 4th and final bid of £75m which also includes a sell-on clause for the midfielder. The matter of the fact is, Liverpool would not have made so many bids had they not had any encouragement about buying the player. So at this moment in time, the deal is still not off, however it’s beginning to become increasingly unlikely as Leipzig’s stance is still believed to be that the player is “not for sale”. Only time will tell…

 

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