Fans back for Burnley & Reds linked with Dutch striker – Liverpool FC Roundup

Fans back for Burnley & Reds linked with Dutch striker – Liverpool FC Roundup

Liverpool are once again trying to bounce back after a defeat and there’s not much time to regroup before the next challenge. Good job the rumour mill is still going strong!

 

Reds tracking Malen

Liverpool and AC Milan haven’t been involved in a direct confrontation for a while, unless you count those short-lived rumours saying Ralf Rangnick wanted Naby Keita at the Italian side when he joined them.

Which he didn’t.

Anyway, it’s nice to see European royalty coming together again, even if it’s in the market rather than on the pitch: we both want to sign PSV striker Donyell Malen, according to Italian reports.

He’s likely to leave the Eredivisie this year, given PSV have flopped in the Europa League and he’s probably going to play a significant part for his nation at the Euros.

A former Arsenal academy kid, he has 22 goals in all competitions this term. At least it’s not a 50th defender rumour of the week.

 

Fans back in grounds for last two?

2DFPWA1 Liverpool, UK. 06th Dec, 2020. Joel Matip of Liverpool (c) celebrates with teammates in front of the Liverpool fans after scoring his teams 3rd goal. Premier League match, Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England on Sunday 6th December 2020. this image may only be used for Editorial purposes. Editorial use only, license required for commercial use. No use in betting, games or a single club/league/player publications.pic by Chris Stading/Andrew Orchard sports photography/Alamy Live News Credit: Andrew Orchard sports photography/Alamy Live News

2DFPWA1 Liverpool, UK. 06th Dec, 2020. Joel Matip of Liverpool (c) celebrates with teammates in front of the Liverpool fans after scoring his teams 3rd goal. Premier League match, Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England on Sunday 6th December 2020. this image may only be used for Editorial purposes. Editorial use only, license required for commercial use. No use in betting, games or a single club/league/player publications.pic by Chris Stading/Andrew Orchard sports photography/Alamy Live News Credit: Andrew Orchard sports photography/Alamy Live News

The Premier League are planning to budge up two matches toward the end of the season to allow all teams to welcome back supporters, say the Athletic.

The 36th and 37th games will be shifted so that those played after May 17 can have 10,000 fans inside stadiums, as long as everything goes according to the ‘road map’, of course.

Game 38 was already due to be played after that date, so some teams will have fans for two matches if it goes ahead.

Bank balances boosted, atmospheres improved, players getting backed…and, hopefully, a big step toward proper football rather than the sterile and low-key action we’ve seen all too often in 20/21.

Decisions are still ongoing and a vote has to be taken, but it looks as if tickets for home fans might be available for Liverpool away to Burnley and home to Palace.

 

Forward focus to Fulham

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 13, 2020: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 13, 2020: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

No point hanging around looking at the Chelsea defeat when there’s another game around the corner to set things right…

 

Quickfire LFC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 3, 2021: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 3, 2021: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Andy Robbo says “too many heads are going down” for the Reds right now (TIA)
  • Fans are joking about having to play in the latest and most ridiculous UEFA competition as CL hopes fade (TIA)
  • And you can see all of Klopp’s pre-match press conference here (TIA)

 

Around the Prem

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 26, 2021: Manchester City's manager Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Manchester City FC at The Hawthorns. Manchester City won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 26, 2021: Manchester City's manager Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Manchester City FC at The Hawthorns. Manchester City won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Handball rules are being changed again for next season, with a change to accidental offences leading to a goal (TIA)
  • Arsenal want Ibrahima Konate from Leipzig in the summer and we’re just wondering if Arsenal still think they’re a top-four-ish side (ES)
  • Pep wants Grealish at City but he’s only fourth-choice for summer after a striker, a centre mid and – you guessed it – yet another another another new left-back (Mirror)
  • And a few Premier League clubs are keen on Fredi Bobic as sporting director, with Eintracht allowing him to leave if he wants (Bild)

 

Stupid rumour of the day

The whole Koulibaly saga is going to repeat this coming summer. We suggest you ignore it all.

Today’s update is Bayern heading up the Reds and United for a move, after Napoli dropped their asking price to €45m. Jolly nice of them to hold a half-price sale isn’t it?

 

Tweet of the day

 

Worth watching tonight

Valencia vs Villarreal in Spain at 8, just for fun and games. High-scoring draw seems probable.

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