‘Mega-offer’ for € 100million transfer target to Liverpool as league return Philippe Coutinho lines up
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Liverpool detained in Brentford thriller
Where to start but last night’s game? Liverpool played an entertaining but ultimately frustrating 3-3 draw with newly promoted Brentford – enough to maintain an unbeaten start and stay top of the table, but a missed opportunity to widen the gap.
Among the five things spotted in the game was the defensive fragility of Jürgen Klopp’s side, even with Virgil van Dijk and Joël Matip paired at the back. This is far from panic stations, given that Liverpool have only conceded one league goal all season, but it is a red flag that there is still a lot of work to be done. .
On the other side, Mohamed Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal for Liverpool. He recently hit the 100 club tally against Leeds United, but has now reached the milestone without the help of the two goals he scored during his time at Stamford Bridge. He really should have reached 101 and buried the game as Liverpool led 3-2, but his importance to this team should not be underestimated.
“The only surprise is that they haven’t sold Alexander-Arnold yet”
This is the assessment of Rory Lynch, former youth coach of Conor Bradley, quoted in the Irish News.
While it could go a bit far, Bradley certainly grabbed his chance to impress in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup fixture against Norwich City. He showed his naivety by giving a penalty, but otherwise he looked very comfortable.
As for Alexander-Arnold, he struggled in Liverpool’s draw against Brentford. He wasn’t to blame for being constantly exposed with too many men to score at the far post, but he didn’t seem to be going the other way either.
Selling him is probably a bit drastic, even with the reported interest from Real Madrid, but Bradley certainly forms a big part of a promising crop of youngsters.
Coutinho could bring January back to Premier League
There have been enough transfer rumors throughout the summer to make it very clear that Barcelona don’t really want Philippe Coutinho. An acceptable offer surely would have seen him go – even a vaguely non-derisory offer would have sufficed, with the Catalans desperate to reduce their payrolls.
The start of the campaign didn’t change that feeling, with Coutinho still struggling to get started even as Ronald Koeman was forced to turn to experimental lineups with untested players. According to El Nacional (via the Mirror), January could finally end the Brazilian’s nightmare at Barcelona.
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham would both assess the merits of a move for Coutinho. Liverpool, unsurprisingly, have distanced themselves from a sensational comeback: the player is not the same one who left Anfield in 2018, and the team or the system has not stood still in his absence. However, it would certainly be interesting to see him make a return to the Premier League.
Chelsea accelerate the battle of Chiesa
Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are said to be throwing avid glances at Federico Chiesa, but it is the London side that apparently takes the most decisive action.
According to Calcio Mercato, Thomas Tuchel’s side were set to bid € 100million this summer, but even that wouldn’t have been really enough to test Juventus’ transfer resolve. Undeterred, Chelsea will apparently try “a new assault” in the coming months.
The efforts seem destined to be in vain, with Juventus apparently unafraid of the best interests of Liverpool or anyone else. With Cristiano Ronaldo gone, Chiesa is the man the next generation is meant to build around.
The situation is further complicated by the fact that Chiesa is still technically on loan from Fiorentina, but Juventus can make this permanent at the end of the season under the terms of the deal. For Liverpool and Klopp, the ideal candidate for a frontline rebuild seems out of reach.