If you could describe this season, I would probably sum it up in one word, mental. It’s been a mental season. So let’s review each and every, high, low and in the in between.
After realising that we needed better depth for the squad. Klopp, Michael Edwards and FSG highlighted targets that would suit the team perfectly. Kostas Tsimkas was already signed in the previous month for a fee of around £11.75m, the 24 year old international joining from Greek Champions Olympiakos.
The second was Thiago Alcantera, the rumours started in July about Liverpool and Klopp being interested in the 29 year old Spanish international midfielder at Bayern Munich. As far back as March Thiago had agreed terms on a new four year contract with The Bavarian Giants. However something changed his mind, and he told Bayern in May he wanted to leave. All summer Liverpool went back and fourth. Then finally Liverpool fans woke up to a tweet at 8am on the 22nd 17th September from James Pearce on the, Liverpool journalist at The Athletic. “Liverpool and Bayern Munich agree a fee of £20million for Thiago Alcantara”. Thiago flew into England by private jet. His move was announced on the Liverpool Twitter account a day later with Thiago humming the Thiago song, created by Liverpool fans. He also took his number 6 shirt and signed a four year deal worth £200,000 a week. Wow Liverpool fans were in dreamland.
However before the ink was even dry on Thiago contract. FSG and Liverpool surprised everyone with their third and final summer signing. Diogo Jota, Ismailia Sarr and Jonathan David were the three targets for wide forward. Liverpool approached Watford with a £35m offfer and spoke to Sarrs representatives, this was confirmed by Sarr agent recently. Watford rejected Liverpool’s offer, they we’re looking for £45 million to £50 million for their prized asset. Jonathan David the young Canadian international had agreed to join Lille for around €30 million from Genk. There were then murmurs of Jota being taken out of Wolves squad in their FA Cup game. The news then broke that Liverpool Wolves were in talks for the sale of Diogo Jota. Jota signed a five year deal, costing Liverpool £44m plus a further £5m in add ons. However Liverpool lowered the fee by selling young fullback Ki Jana Hoever for £9.5million rising to £12.5million to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Liverpool also negotiated that the Jota fee would be paid over the course of his contract. With the first payment being only £4m.
On the field Liverpool were also doing the business. Victories in their first three games against Leeds United, 4-3 to the home side including a hatrick for Mohammed Salah, 2-0 and a debut from Thiago Alcantera away to Chelsea and a debut goal from Diego Jota against Arsenal at The Emirates StadiumAnfield that resulting in a 3-1 scoreline to The Reds. They also progressed further into The Caraboo Cup with a 7-2 victory against Lincoln City.
The only downer to September was it was announced due to The Coronavirus pandemic, there would still be no football fans inside stadiums. Meaning Liverpool FC would lose more revenue. Not a bad way to start the season. 9 points, 3 new signings and Liverpool were looking to pick up where they left off. What could go wrong ?
This was a month to remember but not for the right reason and potentially where our season started to go wrong. After Manchester United were thrashed 6-1 by Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool fans as you do were bantering, but what’s the old saying “wait until our game is over first”. Thiago, Mane, Jota and Alisson were all ruled out against the away match against Aston Villa. I do not think we need to talk about it, Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 7. Salah did score another two goals. But it was embarrassing. Ollie Watkins scored a hatrick. Liverpool also the week previously struggled against Arsenal in the Caraboo cup and only won the game on a penalty shootout.
Now, the Merseyside Derby was looming. Liverpool wanted revenge, they were hungry. Everton were in their sites and it did not bode well for Carlo Ancelotti men in blue. Saturday the 17th October just 15 minutes into the match, Virgil Van Dijk was cruelly taken out by a charging Jordan Pickford, no VAR, no red card. And if the injury to Van Dijk was not bad enough, Liverpool scored a perfectly legal winner, Captain Jordan Henderson slotting home after being set up by Sadio Mane. However the referee However the Video Assistant Referee David Coote was looking at Mane position and by sheer craziness chalked the goal for offside. Van Dijk had torn his ACL and would be out of action until the next season. Liverpool also lost Thiago Alcantera to injury after Richalidson slid in and nearly broke his leg. Richalidson was given a straight red for his horric challenge on Thiago.
Liverpool recorded four straight victories and went unbeaten for the rest of the month. Their Champions League campaign started off well with a Nicholas Tagliafico own gold after Manes shot went in off the Agentine fullback. Diogo Jota also added more goals scoring the winners against West Ham United and Sheffield United. Jota also scored his first Champions League goal against Midtjyland and Salah grabbing the other goal with a penalty in injury time. Liverpool we’re doing well in the table with 16 points after 8 matches. Joe Gomez was now the leader In our defence alongside Joel Matip. Liverpool also completed the £1 million signing of young 17 year old goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Brazil side Fluminese. Allison recommended the player to Liverpool after he watched him training, whilst back in his homeland. He started training with the first team a month after joining The Reds. Young 17 year old winger Harvey Elliott joined Blackburn Rovers on a season long loan
Tragedy strikes again. Whilst on International duty Joe Gomez suffered a horrific injury that ended his season. 11th November Gomez was in training, he went to go for a pass. His leg just went and his knee just cracked. Poor Joe his third serious injury in the space of 5 years. Now without their two first choice centre half. There was no way Liverpool would be going back to back Champions. Step forward Natt Phillips who just last month was going on loan to Swansea City, however it did not materialise. Phillips made his premier league debut against West Ham United instead at the end of October and put In a man of the match display and kept West Ham striker Michael Antonio unusually quiet. Diego Jota scored his first hatrick in the Champions League after Liverpool hammered Atalanta 5-0 in their the Gewiss Stadium. It was Jotas fourth goal in the space of three days. Runners up Man City and Liverpool’s direct rival to the title were up next. Salah scored a penalty after Gabriel Jesus scored for the hosts. City could have taken victory and all 3 points, but playmaker Kevin De Bruyne penalty went wide and both sides had to settle for a point. Liverpool recorded victory against Leicester City and tasted defeat to Atalanta both games were at Anfield. Jota continued his red hot scoring form with two more goals against Leicester and in the draw against Brighton. Liverpool should have taken all 3 points at the Amnex arena, Salah goal was wrongfully ruled for offside but VAR, even tho Mo was clearly onside. Then just before half time Brighton Striker Mo was clearly onside. Then just before full time Brighton Striker Danny Wellbeck cheated after his was kicked by Andy Robertson, he fell for the floor 30 seconds after he was touched. Pascal Gross stepped up and scored the penalty. November was not a good month for the reds. Hopefully December will prove much better. Liverpool officially moved into the AXA training centre, where the academy players and first team squad would now train together under one roof. Klopp decided the £50 million training complex would be a better use of funds than trying to sign players in the transfer market.
Another month another injury. Diogo Jota unfortunately picked up an injury in the latter stages of the tie against Mdjiytlland. He suffered a broken foot and would go on to miss the next 3-4 months of action. Liverpool however did record 3 victories. The month got off to a great start when young scouser Curtis Jones scored his first Champions League goal for Liverpool in 1-0 at Anfield. Rhys Wiliams also made his Champions League debut alongside Fabinho. Young Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher also made his Champions League debut, after Allison Becker picked up another injury. Kelleher made a success of fine saves and kept a clean sheet. Wolves away was up next with 3,000 screaming Liverpool fans. The reds put on a show for The Kop with goals from Salah, Georginio Wjinaldum, Joel Matip and own goal from Nelson Semedo. Kelleher also kept another clean sheet for his premier league debut. Liverpool were then held to a draw away to Fulham after Salah stepped up to score a late penalty. Mid December and the top of the table clash was up next. Tottenham Hotspur were riding high in the league and been top now for a month. 2,000 fans inside Anfield. Spurs scored first after H
Another month another injury. Diogo Jota unfortunately picked up an injury in the latter stages of the tie against Mdjiytlland. He suffered a broken foot and would go on to miss the next 3-4 months of action. Liverpool however did record 3 victories. The month got off to a great start when young scouser Curtis Jones scored his first Champions League goal for Liverpool in 1-0 at Anfield. Rhys Wiliams also made his Champions League debut alongside Fabinho. Young Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher also made his Champions League debut, after Allison Becker picked up another injury. Kelleher made a success of fine saves and kept a clean sheet. Wolves away was up next with 3,000 screaming Liverpool fans. The reds put on a show for The Kop with goals from Salah, Georginio Wjinaldum, Joel Matip and own goal from Nelson Semedo. Kelleher also kept another clean sheet for his premier league debut. Liverpool were then held to a draw away to Fulham after Salah stepped up to score a late penalty. Mid December and the top of the table clash was up next. Tottenham Hotspur were riding high in the league and been top now for a month. 2,000 fans inside Anfield. Liverpool scored first after an expert finish from Mohammed Salah. Son Heung Ming equalised minutes later. With a game on the knife edge and Liverpool needing a win, step forward one Roberto Firmino. Liverpool had managed to get themselves a corner in the last minute of extra time. Andy Robertson’s delivery was perfect and it flew right onto to Firminos head. The reds were back at the top of the table once again. It was also a sad game as all In attendance paid tribute to former manager Gerrard Houiler who sadly died at the age of 72 during the week. Crystal Palace away oh no. Three words every Liverpool dreads to hear. But this time it was different. After Takumi Minamino scored after just 125 seconds. You this was not going to be one of those days. By halftime Liverpool were 4-0 after Henderson, Firmino and Mane had added to Minamino strike. Firmino added a second in the second half, before Salah came off the bench and wrapped up the 7-0 win with two goals of his own. Liverpool would be top of the table for Christmas. On Boxing Day is when the rut started. After Sadio Mane scored against West Brom early in the first half, you were just thinking how many would Liverpool score ? The answer was no more, they conceded in the 82 minute. They were also held to a goalless draw away to Newcastle United. Thiago Alcantera who had been injured for the past two months also made his comeback from injury. After coming off the bench.
This for me was the worst month in the course of the season. Injuries were starting to mount up. Liverpool four year Anfield record finally came to the end. Burnley took all 3 points back to Turf Moor, after Allison was adjudged to have fouled Ashley Barnes in injury time. Up stepped the big man who sent Allison the wrong way and start of the 6 home losses in a row. Southampton also claimed victory at Anfield after former red Danny Ings, struck inside 15 minutes and Southampton then just defended for their lives and scrapped for every kick and block. Their goal keeper and block. Their goal keeper Fraiser Forster was a mountain, he saved every shot, he stood tall when the reds were in on goal. Liverpool also were overtaken by United who were now top of the table. A horrible start to the month. Off the field Jurgen Klopp also lost his mother and unfortunately due to Covid he was not able to travel home for the funeral and be with his family. It was not all doom and gloom though. Liverpool recorded big wins over West Ham United and did the double over Spurs. Mohammed Salah was instrumental in both victories. Salahs second goal against the hammers, Liverpool broke from a West Ham corner, Shaqiri beat every one and chipped it to Salah who then cheekily dinked it past West Ham keeper Fabianski. Against Spurs it was looking like another one of those games but deep into first half injury time. Sadio Mane was in space and Sadio Mane was in space and squared for Firmino too finish from close range. Trent Alexander Arnold then doubled the reds advantage early in the second half, seconds later Pierre Emile Hoijberg scored a
Thunderous strike from the edge of the box. Mane sealed the points 25 minutes from time after he picked Joe Roden pocket and finished past Hugo Lloris.Rhys Williams in for his premier league debut had a fantastic game and kept Kane quiet for most of the night. Liverpool crashed out of The FA Cup after Bruno Fernandes was called from the bench, Edison Cavani was fouled on the box by Fabinho. Bruno Fernandes then stepped up and smashed the freekick into the top corner, out of Allison’s reach.
The last day of the January transfer window and with another injury for Joel Matip, Liverpool knew they had to sign a centre back. They were furiously submitting bids and offers for centre halves all over Europe. Klopp had decided he wanted Ben Davies from Preston North End, who you ask? Exactly who indeed, 2625 year old English centre half had made over 136 appearances for The Championship club. He was signed for £1.5m plus £1.1m in add ons. Liverpool paid an upfront fee of £500k and Davies signed a five year deal with the then Premier League Champions. But one centre half would not be enough. Klopp wanted two. Liverpool were chasing a first choice centre back. The player they wanted was Ibrahima Konate the 21 year old youth French international, playing at centre half for RB Leipzig in The Bundesliga, he had everything Liverpool were looking for, young, potential, who could play in a back four, he also stepped out from the back, that fed the ball to midfielders and attackers. One problem Liverpool were playing RB Leipzig in the Champions League, so there was no way Leipzig were going to sell Konate to Liverpool not at any price. Their second choice target was Caletta Carr a 24 year old Croatian international playing in Ligue 1 for Olympic Marseille who had been likened to Virgi Van Dijk, in how he used recovery pace but also tried to use long balls and beat other players and try and build attacks. According to the French press which was then also confirmed by the English media. Liverpool submitted a £26m offer plus add ons for Carr. However this was not accepted as Marseille could not find a replacement, they blocked the transfer and the young mans dreams were dashed. He was so desperate to make the move to Liverpool he chartered a private jet, ready to fly to England. The final target was Turkish international Ozan Kebak who was playing for Schalke, the German club were doomed to be relegated. Liverpool and Schalke agreed to loan Kabak to Liverpool for £1.5m and a buy option was set at £18m. Liverpool then announced Joel Matip was out for the season with another knee injury. You can’t pull the wool over my eyes FSG. I see what your doing.
Even though Liverpool recorded a victory against RB Leipzig in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, in the Champions League. A 2-0 scoreline Salah and Mane with the goals. In the league was a different matter. First with a loss to Brighton and another loss at Anfield. Kabak first official game for Liverpool also ended in loss after a mix up with Allison, these let Leicester striker Jamie Vardy finish into an empty net. Leicester were 3-1 winners at King Power Stadium. Kabak and Alisson then had another game to forget against leaders Man City who won 4-1 including a world class finish from young striker Phil Foden. Allison was suffering and his woes continued when tragically his father drowned in his homeland, like Klopp Alisson was unable to travel home and go to his fathers funeral, due to travel restrictions by The British Government.Everton finally broke their curse and won a Merseyside Derby for the first time in 20 years. Richarlison and Sigurdson with the the goals for the blues. Adrian was brought in from the cold after Kelleher picked up an injury and Allison was given compassionate leave due to the death of his father. Curtis Jones scored his first premier league goal of the season and Firmino scored in the second in a vital victory for the reds away to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Ozan Kebak and Natt Phillips kept their first clean sheet together.
Liverpool received a big boost as Alisson returned to training but also coz Diogo Jota was now back in full training for the first time in three months. Liverpool started off the month with two losses against Chelsea and their fourth loss at Anfield to relegation fighting Fulham. This was no longer a rut. It had turned into a slump. Jota returned to the starting line up and scored against his old club Wolverhampton Wanderers in a gutsy performance from the reds where Kabak and Phillips kept another clean sheet. This continued again in Budapest where Liverpool won 4-0 on aggregate to qualify for the last 16 of The Champions League. Captain Jordan Henderson picked up an injury with England and was ruled out for the rest of the season. The international break was looming and how Liverpool needed it. Two weeks of no football with most of the squad available to train at Kirby. The club would play again until the beginning of April. Liverpool were drawn against European Royalty and 7 time Champions League winners Real Madrid in the quarter finals of The Champions League.
David Ornstein announces that Liverpool and RB Leipzig were in talks over Konate, who is one of Liverpool’s top transfer target this summer. It’s looking like Liverpool will not be finishing in the top 4, as they are currently 10 points behind Leicester and also trailing the likes of West Ham, Chelsea and Everton of all clubs.
A trip to the Emirates stadium was up first. Fans were concerned as Liverpool had not played a competitive match in nearly three weeks. However Liverpool controlled the game from minute one to minute ninety five. Diogo Jota who been in fantastic form for Portugal whilst on international duty, brought his form back to England, a quick fire double off the bench and a routine Mohammed Salah gave the reds all three points and a vital win. Real Madrid had a lot of injuries of their own, Sergio Ramos out with a knee injury, Raphael Varane out with Covid, Hazard out with a knee injury and others. No revenge for Salah against Ramos. Liverpool were blown away in Spain, Trent Alexander Arnold who”s pocket was picked, had a torrid night against Vinicius Junior who scored two goals and set up another one for Marco Assensio. Liverpool did get one goal back and a crucial away goal from Mohammed Salahs close range strike. Midway through April and begins Liverpool 10 match unbeaten streak. Liverpool vs Aston Villa at Anfield. Liverpool had not won there since December the 16th. The reds dominated the content December the 16th. The reds dominated the match throughout the first 45 minutes but unfortunately Ollie Watkins broke the deadlock and scored his 4th goal against Liverpool in the last two meetings. Shortly after Watkins scored, Salah got Liverpool back into it after a fantastic striker. Roberto Firmino did score originally but VAR ruled out the goal as Jota was adjudged to be offside even though he was clearly on. Thiago hit a thunderous strike that Emilinao Martinez stopped from going on. Step up Trent Alexander Arnold who’s 20 yard rocket flew past Martinez to give Liverpool their first Anfield victory in nearly 3 and half moths and a much needed 3 points.
Then on Sunday the 18th April everything changed, including football as we know it. Rumours started trickling out about A European Super League, at 11pm that night it was confirmed. 12 European clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and the England’s Big 6 Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur had all agreed to start their own league. The European Super League was born, it had a website, a trophy, logo and even a format. What the hell is going on ! All clubs had left European Club Association the organisation that you need to be part of to be in The Champions League and any European competition. The chairman was Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and the vice chairman’s were Liverpool owner John W Henry, United co chairman Joel Glazer, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke and Juventus co chairman Andrea Angelli. The format was to have 20 clubs all playing each other, fifteen would be permanent because they were founding members, the other five would be through qualifying from their league positions. Perez said they would be a €10 billion start up fund. The British Government and The Premier League threatened to throw all the Big Six clubs of there respective leagues.
Fans were outraged, shirts were burnt, Liverpool fans actually said they would stop supporting the club if this happened. Banners were also removed from Anfield. All this for money to stick to fingers up to EUEFA. The following day EUEFA had threatened to fine anyone in The European Super League. That day Liverpool had a game against Leeds United away at Elland Road, Leeds fans attacked and jeered at the Liverpool bus, like it was their fault. Liverpool were to be without Nat Phillips the “Bolton Maldini” due to a little niggling injury. Leeds players also wore shirts saying “Champions League you have to earn it”, Liverpool drew that game despite Sadio Mane scoring early on. By the next day due to Chelsea protest and most fans disagreeing with the idea. most clubs had pulled out The European Super League. Liverpool also drew there next game against Newcastle, Salah again scored the early goal but it was enough to get the 3 points and the win. Top 4 was dead. Europa League was beckoning.
Liverpool fans woke up early Wednesday morning to a grovelling apology from FSG and Liverpool owner John W Henry, who apologised for agreeing to be part of The European Super League without consulting the club or the fans. He excepted full responsibility for the chaos that had risen in the last 72 hours. This was going to take some serious doing to get the fans back on board. Or was the trust broken, damaged beyond repair ?
Liverpool fans were also introduced to Mateusz Muasialowski a young attacking midfielder signed in the summer of 2020 for a six figure fee from Polish side SMS Lodz. The way he glides past players, plus his dribbling ability and close control and his clinical finishing. He has been dubbed as the “Polish Messi”. He’s currently playing for The under 18s. But there has been talk he could be one of the players who Klopp takes a look at in pre season July 2021.
Liverpool were also held to a goalless draw at Anfield against Real Madrid. Liverpool went out of the Champions League and Real Madrid were to play Chelsea in the Semi Finals.
The best month in our season. And when we turned this season around. After holding Real Madrid to a goalless draw Liverpool fans were not exactly thrilled about facing Southampton on a cold wet 8pm on a Saturday night. They had already beat us once this season. At about 7pm the team sheets were revealed Jota, Mane and Salah all start, Firmino was dropped to the bench. Kabak was missing with a slight injury. Fraser Forster was also starting in goal for Southampton , after his man of the match display in January, the signs were not looking good. However Mane had other ideas he latched onto a fantastic floating cross from Salah 14 minutes from half time and it fell on top of his head and guided it past Forster. Allison also made brilliant saves from Che Adam’s and Nathan Tella. It was looking like another one of those games, until three minutes into injury time Thiago fired a 20 yard thunder-strike to score his first goal for Liverpool and seal the three points and gain a vital win in their fight for European football next season.
Due to United fans disrupting the biggest game in English football at the beginning of the month, the game was called off this was after a certain group of United fans had injured stewards and broke into Old Trafford, damaged property and stole items from the ground. It gave Liverpool a further week to train for this game and give time for the likes of Natt Phillips to come back.
The game was nearly called off again as United fans blocked the coach from getting through, including letting down the tires on another coach. Little did they know it was a decoy coach and Liverpool had already arrived there hours before. Phillips was restored to the starting line up. It was a centre back partnership of 19 year old Rhys Wiliams and Nat Phillips, Klopp played Jota, Firmino and Salah as his front three with Gini, Fabinho and Thiago in the midfield three. Liverpool did not start off well. United were the better side and broke the deadlock after 10 minutes with a strike from Bruno Fernandes that unfortunately went in off Natt Phillips. Liverpool equalised when Phillips Liverpool equalised when Phillips found Jota in space who expertly finished past Dean Henderson 10 minutes from time. Liverpool then got a free kick on the 48th minute of first half injury time and Bobby Firmino arrived his header flying past Henderson to give Liverpool a 2-1 lead,right on the stroke of half time.
Liverpool came out firing in the second half and were 3-1 up inside 2 minutes. Trent Alexander Arnold picked the pocket of Luke Shaw, shot at Henderson. Firmino then finished after Henderson could only parry. The reds had more opportunities to extend their lead but Jota, Salah and Thiago all didn’t hit the target. They were then punished for their sloppiness when Marcus Rashford was put through by Edison Cavani and cooly slotted past Allison to make it 3-2. Rhys Williams made a huge contribution when he stopped United from scoring by putting his body on the line. Eric Bailey had to be taken off and was forced to play at centre back. Bad mistake. Liverpool then started a counter attack Curtis Jones feeding Mohammed Salah who ran past 4 United players and finished past Henderson to score his 30th goal of the season, his 21st in the league and Liverpool won the game 4-2. The Champions League dream was on again this was because Leicester had to lost to Newcastle 4-1 the following day.
Euefa handed out their punishment on the 7th May to all the founding 12 clubs this included Liverpool a fine of €15 million, to be paid to grass routes football and youth football in Europe. A further €87m punishment if they ever tried to start a breakaway league again without the permission of Euefa, 5% of their earnings will also be withheld for one season.
Back to matters on the field and the fight for Champions League Football. After West Brom had been relegated they had absolutely nothing to play for. But Sam Allerdyce the manager was out to ruin Liverpool’s day and put a dent in their fight for Champions League Football next season.
Liverpool were away to West Brom in a horrible windy rainy Sunday afternoon. The Hawthorns was not a happy hunting ground for Liverpool. Liverpool started off well but as is typical this season, they conceded the first goal. After Rhys Williams was taken out of the game by Matheus Perriera, Hal Robson Kanu precise finish in the 15th minute gave the baggies an un expected lead. On the 33rd minute the reds were level, once again through Mohammed Salah, teed up by Sadio Mane. His shot coming off the past and lying past baggies keeper Sam Johnson. Salah was now level with Harry Kane in his race for the golden boot. Sadio Mane did score a second goal for Liverpool after a pinpoint cross from Trent, but it was correctly ruled out for offside. West Brom also scored a second goal of their own when Conor Gallagher’s corner beat everyone and West Brom captain Kyle Bartley headed past Allison, but as Matt Phillips was blocking Allison’s line of sight, VAR correctly ruled the goal for offside. Another draw was coming. But in the fifth minute of injury time, Liverpool had a corner. Instructions from the bench had told Allison to jog up. Well this is pointless, what’s he doing. Trent swings in the corner and the ball is headed in but who got the final touch ? Omg Allison Becker just cushioned it in with a bullet header like a true number 9. Liverpool had won the game at the death with the final kick of the game ! Allison was consoled by his team mates after he raised his fingers to the sky in the tribute to his late father. Liverpool were now within one point of Chelsea in fourth and three of Leicester in third. 8 weeks ago Champions League looked impossible, now with two games to go it seemed within touching distance.
Liverpool Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi is finally granted a UK work permit six years after he joined the club. Liverpool signed him for a nominal fee, after watching him in a youth tournament. What’s crazy is the young 23 year old has 39 goals and 17 assists in 145 appearances, despite not playing a minute for the senior reds team. Liverpool are looking at selling him for a fee of £8m. It seems unfair he will never get a chance to play for The Reds. But unfortunately the bar is so high, only the elite players make it into the Liverpool first team squad.
Wednesday the 20th May is a historic day for Liverpool FC. Two weeks previously Bill Hogan CEO at Liverpool had talks with Liverpool fan group Spirit of Shankly, who wanted two seats on the Liverpool board. FSG agreed to have fan representation on the board, The Supporters Board will be launched ahead of next season. The idea is Anfield officials will hold regular meetings with The Supporters Board and the Board will be a voice at boardroom meetings. This also goes along way to FSG repairing its damaged relationship with the fans after The European Super League debacle. FSG also said it would pay the fine from Euefa and offset any costs. This was so it did not effect Liverpool FC in anyway.
Liverpool FC received a big boost ahead of their trip to Turn Moor. Burnley goal keeper Nick Pope was ruled out with a knee injury, this was huge news as Pope always plays well against Liverpool he turns into prime Oliver Kahn. Fans were not feeling good about facing Sean Dyche and his Burnley side. Liverpool huffed and puffed but they couldn’t get the goal past third choice goalkeeper keeper Will Norris. Eventually though just on the stroke of half-time Bobby Firmino’s first time shot from Andy Robertson’s fantastic cross gave the reds the goal they deserved. Seven minutes into the second half, Liverpool were 2-0 up Sadio Mane doing brilliant work, to get to the byline and send in a brilliant cross and who should score his first goal with a monster header but Natt Phillips what a moment for the Bolton Maldini !. Phillips then stopped Wood from scoring at the other end with a goal line clearance on the line. Liverpool wrapped up the three points when substitute Alex Oxlaide Chamberlain showed excellent movement, with some clever footwork and a lovely finish to give Liverpool a 3-0 lead and a huge win towards their fight for Champions League Football next season.
Liverpool fans had some welcome news on Friday 21st May captain Jordan Henderson who had been ruled out by Klopp for the season, was back in full training for the first time since his injury back in March. The following day Diogo Jota was also back in full training, despite Klopp previously saying he had broken a small bone in his foot.
Finally the season is coming to an end on Sunday 23rd it’s been a gruelling 9 months . Liverpool were about to welcome back 10,000 lucky, crazy excited reds fans for the first time in 16 months. Anfield was bouncing, especially as at 2pm when the teams were announced Captain Jordan Henderson and Jota were both announced in the first team squad. Crystal Palace also announced Christian Benteke was ruled out the game with a hamstring injury. Liverpool started off the better side, but Palace had the best chance in the first 10 minutes, Andros Townsend was put clean through and with a golden opportunity, luckily for Liverpool and Alisson he hit the ball too wide. Big let off for the reds. In other results taking place Jamie Vardy had scored an early penalty for Leicester City against Spurs meaning Liverpool had dropped out the Top places again, but Sadio Mane on the 34th minute gave Liverpool the goal they so desperately needed. He finished well after slipping corner, beat everyone and Mane popped up to strike the ball home. Spurs had equalised through Harry Kane who was now leading the golden boot with 23 goals to Salahs 22. Chelsea had also conceded two goals to Aston Villa. Just before half time Vardy scored another penalty to make it 2-1 to Leicester, however because Chelsea were losing Liverpool were still 4th. Then in the second half Chelsea scored an early goal through Ben Chilwell. Spurs then went on a madness, Gareth Bale scoring a brace to make it 4-2 to Spurs. Liverpool were now 3rd! Sorry what third ? Mane also scored a brace of his own meaning Liverpool won the match 2-0. After the game Georgino Wjinaldum announced he was indeed living Liverpool this summer, after fighting back the tears he said he would always be a Liverpool supporter, he thanked the fans and club for giving him 5 wonderful years as a Liverpool player. It has since been announced Wjinaldjm will join Barcelona on a three year deal joining his ex manager Ronald Koeman in Spain.
Because Liverpool finished third and qualified for The Champions League next season they earned £62 million, they also earned ya further £30 million pounds for the amount of matches that were shown on TV this season.
Mohammed Salah was voted Liverpool’s player of the season. Of course he was. Where would we be without our Egyptian Magician? Mid table that’s where. Salahs goals have contributed too 18 in the league alone. Get the chequebook out John and give Salah what he wants!
Liverpool FC are also in the process of making their first signing of the summer. One of Klopps top targets Ibrahima Konate the centre back at RB Leipzig has agreed a five year deal with the reds, the deal will cost somewhere between £35m and £40m. Liverpool have been tracking the 22 year old France Under 21 for some time. And according to reports he should complete all formalities for his move after The Under 21 Championships. Liverpool will pay the release clause in full and in one payment. Big statement of intent from our owners.
Trent Alexander Arnold and Jordan Henderson are announced as making the 32 man England squad for this summer Euro Championships.
To think Liverpool started off well, then had a horrific set of injuries, players getting covid, personal tragedies within the squad. Six home losses in a row, the forwards not finishing their chances. Despite all that we still finished the season strongly, qualifying for The Champions League and finishing third in the league table.
Now everyone breathe.