Liverpool, 1661 words and Timo Werner transfer ‘news’…

Date published: Thursday 21st May 2020 12:01

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When you write at length about Liverpool and their finances, but people only want to see Timo Werner. But first in Mediawatch, some other stuff…


Sentence of the day
‘Pampered players even have to retrieve their shots themselves to comply with the rules’ – The Sun.

Now point us to a player complaining about it.


Not on the same page
Charlie Wyett, The Sun, p53: ‘PREMIER LEAGUE stars hope to get the green light to return to full contact training next Wednesday.’

Duncan Wright, The Sun, p54: ‘With the government struggling to come up with protocols to move to Phase Two of training by the end of the week, it appears clubs will be stuck with this for the rest of May.’

Well that’s one way to guarantee that you get something right.


It’s just the way we feel…
When the Mirror trumpet about ‘fascinating insight’ from Harry Maguire we expected a little more than this:

“Every morning we get our temperature taken before we get to the training ground, so obviously they’re checking the temperature.

“It’s literally we get to the training ground, we put our boots on, we go out on the field, we get in our cars and we drive home.

“The socialising isn’t really there, so there’s no banter between the lads, which I’m sure the lads are missing.”

Extremely interesting. Lads.


The Daily Star have seen the same quotes and decide that…

‘Man Utd captain Harry Maguire outlines full extent of Premier League testing process’

And this is Harry Maguire outlining the full extent of that Premier League testing process:

“We all got tested before we came in, so everyone in the changing-room has a negative test.”

That really is quite a level of detail.


The king of clickbait
‘Bruno Fernandes leaves Man Utd stunned with test results on return to training’ – MOST READ on Mirror football.

Oh Polden, we reluctantly salute you.


Not THAT one
‘Luis Suarez advises Lautaro Martinez against Barcelona transfer’ – Daily Star.

That would be the Luis Suarez ‘who played for Barcelona and Inter Milan in the 1950s and 1960s’.


Finding the story
Over at The Athletic, James Pearce wrote 1661 words about Timo Werner and the financial situation at Liverpool, explaining at length why ‘senior Anfield sources insist Liverpool are unlikely to make any major signings this summer’.

Right down in the 27th paragraph we get to these details:

‘Another factor to consider is the impact of COVID-19 on potential outgoings from Klopp’s squad.

‘Liverpool had slapped a €30 million (£26.7 million) price tag on Xherdan Shaqiri, having turned down loan interest from Sevilla and Roma back in January. That valuation looked optimistic at the time given the Swiss attacker’s injury woes and now it appears fanciful.

‘Bumper offers were expected for winger Harry Wilson and midfielder Marko Grujic, currently on loan at Bournemouth and Hertha Berlin respectively. Pocketing £40 million for the pair would have been realistic before the shutdown but not any more.’

So where does that piece of transfer realism lead? To here of course…

‘Liverpool to fund Timo Werner deal by selling three players’ – ESPN.

‘Three players Liverpool hope to sell to fund Timo Werner transfer move’ – Mirror.

‘Liverpool put three players up for sale to fund Timo Werner summer transfer’ – Express.

‘Transfer news and football gossip: Liverpool to sell THREE players to fund Werner signing, Arsenal to swap Lacazette for Lemar, Manchester United reignite Koulibaly interest’ – talkSPORT.

‘The four Liverpool stars that Liverpool could sell to finance Timo Werner transfer’ – CaughtOffside.

Subscription and some semblance of pride required but largely absent.


Pact fans
Although there is no credit, that Athletic piece is clearly the inspiration for this in the Express:

‘Liverpool pact three years ago will have huge say in Timo Werner transfer negotiations’

There is no mention of a ‘pact’ in the Express or The Athletic as there was no ‘pact’ ever made between RB Leipzig and Liverpool. As James Pearce wrote:

‘Relations between the two clubs are good following the transfer of Keita. Back in the summer of 2017, Edwards saw off competition for the Guinea international’s signature by agreeing a deal 12 months in advance, which saw Liverpool pay a premium on top of his release clause.’

And that’s all he wrote. But that was enough for the Express to insist that ‘Liverpool’s professional relationship with RB Leipzig could see them land Timo Werner against the odds this summer’.

And that headline in the Express about a non-existent ‘pact’ – prompted by one paragraph in the Athletic that did not mention a pact – was enough to prompt this in the Liverpool Echo:

‘Liverpool news and transfers LIVE – Ousseynou Ba ‘boost’, Timo Werner ‘pact’, Kalidou Koulibaly latest’

And they really, really should know better than to suggest that there is a formal agreement in place for a Liverpool transfer target.


Done deal
Still, at least the Echo are not claiming that the deal is ‘done’. We turn to the Evening Standard for that questionable use of quote marks…

‘Transfer news LIVE: Thomas Lemar ready for Arsenal; Griezmann, Angel Gomes to Chelsea; Saul to Man Utd ‘done”

…on a live transfer blog that literally makes no mention of Saul. The deal is ‘done’ though, right?


Crowbar of the day
What do you do when click machine Erling Haaland is in the news but you only write about Liverpool?

‘Erling Haaland reminds Liverpool of what Anfield once had, but will likely never have again’ –

Next week: Donald Trump reminds Liverpool fans of their third kit from 2017/18.


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