Welcome to our media clock from Liverpool.com. Maybe not the first, we’ve definitely done transfer and European summaries so I think in some ways it’s not that new at all. Anyway, we thought we were going to step into the world of football in a broad and awkward way for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions that make the daily lapses.
Brazilians are eligible to play
Brazil have belatedly waived the five-day ban that applies to all players removed from international service, Liverpool have confirmed.
The national association was unhappy that Premier League clubs prevented key players from signing up for World Cup qualifiers, but the Covid rules would have required that every released person be quarantined for ten days after their return. Brazil is on the “red list” due to the current coronavirus status in the country.
In a final U-turn, Brazil dropped its motion to FIFA to maintain the five-day ban on players from Liverpool and the other affected teams. That means Fabinho and Alisson are now available to drive to Elland Road while Leeds can visit Raphinha.
Premier League roster has been determined
Liverpool have confirmed their roster for the Premier League season. As expected, it only includes 24 players – one below the maximum number allowed as there aren’t enough eligible local players.
However, there is space in the squad for Loris Karius. Champions League rules do not allow Harvey Elliott to be included on “List B” meaning the German goalkeeper had to be sacrificed to accommodate the youngster, but Elliott does qualify for the domestic U21 list. While Liverpool would undoubtedly have preferred to sack Karius this summer, he will be an option during the season.
In addition, there are no real surprises in the squad. It’s just a reminder that Liverpool could use another local talent or two, especially as James Milner nears the end of their career.
Liverpool asked about Bamford
The depth in the forward line is one of the concerns for Liverpool as they head into the new season and it appears that requests have been made for a possible strengthening of their attacking options this summer.
Goal reports that Patrick Bamford was a real target. Interest apparently “never went far” as the striker didn’t have the prospect of being that far down the pecking order, but it’s still fascinating that Liverpool asked the question.
At 28, Bamford is anything but a typical FSG newcomer. The fact that he has been investigated as an option could suggest Jurgen Klopp still has a fair amount of leverage in transfer deals – the manager has spoken of his admiration for the Leeds United man in the past.
Adeyemi rumors are picking up speed
Oddly enough, connections with Karim Adeyemi really picked up speed after the transfer window closed.
While the timing is strange, there are plenty of reasons to think Liverpool might be interested in the young German star. At just 19 years old, it was believed that he could be part of the oft-cited 2022 reconstruction. Now the editors of Transfermarkt claim that the club may even consider a move in January.
A bid on the order of £ 25m is expected to be enough to secure the services of Adeyemi, who recently scored a goal on his debut for the national team. He started the season in hot form for Red Bull Salzburg with six goals and one assist in six league games.
Raphinha a long term goal
The Independent has reported that Liverpool have had Leeds United playmaker Raphinha on their radar since a youth tournament in 2016.
After this edition of the Copa São Paulo, the light-footed star was caught by a talent agency with the front of Deco and quickly dispatched to start his European career in Portugal.
Liverpool continued to watch Raphinha as he moved to Sporting and then Rennes, but it was Leeds that ultimately drew him out of Ligue 1.
Klopp’s team should, however, continue to have an interest in the 24-year-old. Manchester United are also said to have been watching the player for some time. While he’s happy at Leeds for now, this could eventually turn into a transfer saga.