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All that was missing was Jürgen Klopp, who drove into Melwood, rolled down the window in his off-road vehicle and leaned out for a friendly interview. Indeed, it could have happened if we weren’t caught in a pandemic that allowed only the most essential activities (and drives to test your eyesight).

One can only imagine the reaction from Liverpool fans when they realized they had a German Harry Redknapp at the helm. “Ben Davies? He’s fine, but he’s not having the best of times with Mouri … what do you mean by the other Ben Davies?”

Of course, Ben Davies II wasn’t the main event at Anfield. This award was reserved for ‘The Turkish Wall’, Ozan Kabak, who arrives with a lot of hype from Schalke 04 – Tobias Hlusiak from Eurosport Germany told us (reluctantly) that he was like a fast Mats Hummels. In the interests of balance (read: to irritate the Liverpool fans) we should add that Schalke are bottom of the table and Kabak was the main attraction in a defense that conceded nine goals more than anyone else in the German top division.

But enough spines. With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and now Joel Matip all injured forever, Liverpool had to act. And more selfish, without her there would have been no deadline day frenzy. They were able to close an otherwise less than convincing deadline in hour 11 by allowing Takumi Minamino to join Southampton on loan and Mo Salah to travel to Real Madrid. I bet you missed the last one.

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Elsewhere…

Not the most eventful day, but:

  • Arsenal have handed over Ainsley Maitland-Niles (on loan to West Brom), Joe Willock (on loan to Newcastle) and Shkrodan Mustafi (forever).
  • Tottenham legend Gedson Fernandes has moved to Galatasaray, which is still on loan from Benfica
  • After Sami Khedira played in several Euro Papers, he disappointed us all when he signed for Hertha Berlin
  • Moises Caicedo, the player we all saw in the U-20 Copa Libertadores, moved to Brighton
  • Everton, unwilling to be completely staged by his neighbors, signed Josh King after midnight (which is likely cheating, but we’re letting them go)

Here you will find ALL offers from the deadline.

Disappointment for Dele

Did anyone really think this was going to happen?

OK, we did it a bit. Alli would have thrived on a team under his former manager, the man who raised him to such great heights, on which he wouldn’t be cursed for occasionally trying a movie. But there would always be a double problem: Daniel Levy and Jose Mourinho.

Levy would hardly give Mauricio Pochettino a head start at PSG. He knows that if Pochettino is successful in Paris and Mourinho continues his toilet tactic, the blame on his door will mount. Meanwhile, Mourinho already has a long scrapbook of players he wrongly turned down. So why should he risk another moment in which I told you?

Alli who went to PSG only risked tarnishing both men’s reputations and Alli cannot prove them wrong if they never let him go.

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