Only July 31, we were told that ‘Liverpool still have their own version of Jadon Sancho who could save Jurgen Klopp millions’. This was a player who was presented as ‘an internal solution’ at a time when it seemed the club would be spending nothing this summer.
By August 27, and with Rhian Brewster ‘looking sharp and with three goals in two matches in the last few days,’ it seemed ‘obvious’ to keep him.
Yet by October 2, and with Brewster set to join Sheffield United for £23.5m, the Liverpool Echo happily wave goodbye to the club’s ‘own version of Jadon Sancho,’ a striker it was ‘obvious’ to give a chance to this summer, who ‘could save Jurgen Klopp millions’.
‘Rhian Brewster transfer fee represents another masterstroke for Liverpool.’
It’s a great deal with the clauses involved. But you can’t spend much of the summer pretending his first-team development justified a lack of investment, before using his sale as another example of a transfer ‘masterstroke’. Not everything has to be used to prove how bloody brilliant Liverpool are.
Save of the day
The award goes to Adrian, with Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo a close second. They’re even the best at not quite saving penalties now. At least that is a tactic they actually have invented.
It really is too easy at times 😂
— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) October 2, 2020
Question: Did Paul Jiggins of The Sun reference the video of Maccabi Haifa midfielder Mohammad Abu Fani saying “Harry Kane is on my c*ck” in his match report for Tottenham’s Europa League win on Thursday?
Answer: Are you stupid?
‘HARRY KANE was cock-a-hoop as he fired Spurs into the Europa League group stage with a hat-trick.’
Yes. Very good. You can have that.
‘But the Prem giants did not have it all their own way as while all the talk in the build-up was about Fani, they forgot about Chery.’
‘The Israeli probably wished he had not been such a dick as after seeing his opponent fire the hosts in front, he then gave him a nice little rap around the ankles.’
Well this has escalated.
‘Shove that up your Fani.’
And that rounds off an uncomfortable start to the morning nicely.
Over at Sky Sports, they have the biggest update yet on Jadon Sancho’s protracted move to Manchester United. This story is atop their entire website:
‘Redknapp expects Man Utd to land Sancho’
Does Jamie Redknapp have any inside knowledge? Not quite. Does he simply “think he’ll be a Manchester United player by the end of the window” based on nothing more than guesswork? Absolutely.
And does that matter when you can get yourself top of Google search results for ‘Sancho’ based on the ‘expectations’ of someone with no inside knowledge whatsoever of the deal. Mediawatch ‘expects’ Manchester United not to land Sancho but won’t pretend that is any more or less informative or insightful than Jamie sodding Redknapp’s thoughts.
Lead on one of your expert pundits pontificating about where he would fit in and what other positions United need to strengthen by all means. But ‘man with no more understanding of situation than average person thinks thing will happen’ is not headline news.
He Said, she Said
‘Crystal Palace have stepped up their interest in Brentford forward Said Benrahma.
‘Sky Sports News reported several weeks ago that the Eagles were keen on the winger and a bid was anticipated.
‘The Bees have not yet received any offers for the Algeria international, however.’
Pray tell, Sky Sports transfer centre, what constitutes someone having ‘stepped up their interest’ without making a bid that you proudly point out was ‘anticipated…several weeks ago’? Roy Hodgson has presumably fired up his fax machine.
‘GARETH SOUTHGATE hit back at Jose Mourinho and told him: It’s your duty to take care of Harry Kane for England’ – The Sun.
‘Gareth Southgate bites back at Jose Mourinho’s plea for England to rest Harry Kane – and says Spurs must ‘look after him’ – Daily Mail.
‘Gareth Southgate has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s pleas for England to rest Harry Kane’ – Daily Mirror.
‘Southgate swipes back at Mourinho over freshness of Harry Kane’ – The Guardian.
You know exactly where we’re headed with this…
“All Jose needs to do is make sure in April and May he has to look after Harry for us because there are 55million people relying on that. Obviously, that works both ways.
“Jose does not need to call us – what he says is right. He knows we care for the players.”
That is neither a ‘hit’, a ‘bite’ nor a ‘swipe’. Mediawatch is not convinced Gareth Southgate is capable of any of them in any event, but “that works both ways” and “what he says is right” obviously doesn’t qualify.
Strange headline of the day
This might just be Mediawatch being its usual dickish self but…does this headline not read really weirdly? pic.twitter.com/FNMtu0nOEo
— Football365 (@F365) October 2, 2020
F365 shithouse headline of the day
‘Klopp admits he was ‘not too happy’ with one Arsenal player’
Bernd Leno, for being good. Thank God it’s Friday.
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