Timo no more

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Rodg’s Words

It was all set up. Klopp and Werner seemed the perfect combination, it was only a matter of time. Werner would come into Liverpool at first as a backup as he was embedded into the team ethos and tactical system, then halfway through his first season he’d show his true quality allowing the current front 3 to be able to rotate more often and provide more strength in backup if injuries were to hit.

At the time of writing the collective Werner dreams of all Liverpool fans have been crushed and Chelsea with their extra financial pull in the current climate seem set to sign Timo Werner. Chelsea have already signed Ziyech for next season which means 2/3 of the Chelsea attack next season are players I would have liked to see at Liverpool. This news brings me back to when Liverpool confirmed the signing of Fabinho out of nowhere, so I’m more than sure Chelsea fans will be enjoying this moment in the sun. This signing might lead to Chelsea being one of the more exciting teams to watch next season with a plethora of young quality attacking talent. A front 3 of Pulisic, Werner and Ziyech with Mount supporting from deeper and Hudson Odoi and Abraham options off the bench should lead to a much more potent attack than Stamford Bridge has seen this season.

Where does this leave Liverpool? (Apart from top of the table and still technically champions league holders.) Well firstly perhaps it goes to show how even those at the very top of the football pyramid will have to work on a more stringent budget for the foreseeable future. It of course still does leave room for another attacker to be signed with it looking increasingly likely that Shaqiri will move on and that Origi while a capable backup is not one who’s going to push his way into the team on a consistent basis. The first place of course I’m sure Liverpool will look is from within. Harvey Elliot has shown glimpses at such a young age its likely going forward he’ll be more involved in the first team. Minamino who has struggled for game time and form since his winter move will likely get more game time as the season winds down and more chances to impress and get to grips with the role he is likely to be asked to play. Curtis Jones also provides an option to perhaps add a further midfielder and perhaps switch to a two up front at stages for something different. Rhian Brewster was also getting some experience of first team football and impressing on loan at Swansea before the forced break and even someone like Harry Wilson might get more of an opportunity if his services are  wanted at Anfield. There is no need for Liverpool to panic.

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Could Elliot challenge/deputize for Salah in the near future? (Image: Forbes.Com)

Should Liverpool panic who would I like to see them sign? At the top of this list by some distance is Mbappe. That might be also the least likely but i’ll continue to dream of it’s prospect and push the possibility at all times. Another place potentially worth looking at would be Spurs as everything at that club has seemed to crumble down in the last 12 months. Would they be tempted to sell a Son or Lucas even? two players who would perhaps fit well into Liverpools team. Looking at the recent success Liverpool have had signing players from relegated teams, perhaps Todd Cantwell or Ismaïla Sarr both look great young talents who would likely be available at a cheaper price than all aforementioned options, especially if they end up relegated. I would welcome the return of Coutinho at a bargain price or even a loan deal currently even if that may be a controversial opinion among Liverpool fans, I’d also take Suarez if the conditions were right for a short deal. It might even be worth a cheeky bid to Everton to test their resolve surrounding Richarlison or Citys position on Sane just to play devils advocate. The beauty is Liverpool don’t need to panic and whatever decision they choose to make they have gained my trust from the previous transfer dealings. Whether it’s Mbappe, a relative unknown or someone who twitter writes off from day one, or even no new signings, Liverpool are in a prime position to choose for themselves and not be forced or need to rush into any signings. (Here’s looking at Brendan Rodgers and Balotelli)

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No longer a need for Liverpool to take a risk on signings like Rodgers did with Balotelli. (Image: SBNation.Com)

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Calculated Grades for the Premier Division Season So Far

The Leaving Cert exams have been scrapped for the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (For you non-Irish League of Ireland fans, the Leaving Cert is the final exam in secondary school you do to get to college). Most people will be getting calculated grades. So we decided to give the League of Ireland Premier Division calculated grades based on the season so far.

Shamrock Rovers

5 Wins from 5, just 4 goals conceded, it’s been as good as it gets. Often times on Get Your Bleak On last season we often said they needed a 20 goal a season striker, Graham Burke is a quarter of the way there already. Big wins in the Dublin derby and against champions Dundalk have set them on their way to the title.

Calculated Grade: All A1’s, but ruined slightly by the fact they wrote in green pen.

Dundalk

3 points better off at this stage of the season then they were last time around. The reigning champions have had the one blip against top of the table Rovers, but when and if the season continues they’ll still be in the mix. Also scored the goal of the season through Jordan Flores.

Calculated Grade: Will have their pick of the college but you know the one B they got will haunt them.

Bohemians

Doing well and their Granny will want a copy of the results to stick on their fridge. Wore a Bob Marley shirt to the exam.

Calculated Grade: 350+ but probably used a maths set as a pencil case as is their penchant for annoying people.

St. Patricks Athletic

Big things were expected but it’s been fairly average. Will likely tell you they can’t remember how many points they got in a few years time.

Calculated Grade: “Look it’s not the most important thing like, who even remembers what they got in the Leaving Cert. I didn’t even add up the points anyway”.

Shelbourne

Surprisingly good start, will probably regret not aiming a little higher on the CAO. Even the Examiners were surprised when they asked for that second extra booklet.

Calculated Grade: Solid 300.

Waterford

Pretty much the definition of grand. Lost to two of last seasons top 3, beat two of last seasons top half teams. Got lucky that the poet they studied came up.

Calculated Grade: Will be told they get their first choice but will have it ripped away and will have to settle for that General Arts course their mam told them to put down. (That’s the last joke we’ll be making about the European qualification fiasco from last season).

Derry City

Poor start, the season being suspended may be a blessing given their rocky form. Just getting by when they should be aiming for Europe. Benefiting from the fact there are worse people on the curve.

Calculated Grade: Decided they had written enough and left early without reading back over their work.

Finn Harps

Only ever wanted to pass everything and get out alive. Survival is the aim, they are doing that right now.

Calculated Grade: Passed everything, moving on. Story of their life.

Cork City

Just the one goal scored but it happened to be a winner. It looked like it was going to be a really long season as many expected. Surprising after doing a great Junior Cert a few years ago.

Calculated Grade: Wore full uniform to the exam.

Sligo Rovers

One of those who arrive just before the half an hour mark and still leave early. Haven’t even filled a booklet halfway yet.

Calculated Grade: Didn’t bring a pen, kept asking Finn Harps if they can borrow one.

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