Welcome to our Liverpool.com media watch piece. Maybe not the first, we’ve definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it’s not that new at all. Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds.
Ibrahima Konaté’s ‘important’ introduction
Liverpool’s new £36m man says he has settled in on Merseyside right away — which is testament to the environment that Jürgen Klopp and his team have created.
“Every player helped me in this team when I came the first day, to be like at my home,” Konaté told Liverpool’s official website. “This was very important for a new player and for me.
“Now, I think every player can see this on the pitch: I am very happy to be with every player. This is good and I hope this will continue in the future.”
It will be interesting to see which — if any — of the three games this week Konaté gets for Liverpool. His best chance would appear to be starting against FC Porto midweek, with Brentford today and Man City next weekend.
Mateusz Musialowski nets twice
The young Pole scored a brace against Chelsea — his first goals at U23s level — but it was not enough for the Reds to win.
Liverpool were 3-1 up at one stage against Chelsea but three late goals from the hosts turned the fixture around.
Liverpool U18s face Leeds United later on today and then plenty will be in the U19s team to play in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday afternoon in Porto.
The U23s play Manchester United away from home next weekend.
Offer ‘rejected’ for West Ham man
Liverpool have reportedly seen a bid of £20m turned down by West Ham United for winger Jarrod Bowen.
The Daily Star report that the Reds are keen on the attacker to bolster their attacking ranks, though the idea that West Ham would let him leave for £2m less than what they paid Hull City is bizarre.
An offer of £20m would be nothing short of derisory given West Ham paid £22m for the player to begin with and have since improved him considerably and given him top-flight experience.
A price tag of double that supposed bid might make West Ham think about a sale — but this is a club who have valued Declan Rice at £100m, and so clearly will not be bullied into a departure.
Bizarre Thiago claim returns
Liverpool are once again being linked with a ridiculous swap deal for a player they can sign for nothing anyway next summer.
The Reds have been linked with AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessié and Larazon suggest that Klopp will sanction a swap involving Thiago Alcântara, who they say has not lived up to the billing at Anfield.
Aside from the fact that Thiago is not going anywhere, why would you swap him for a player you can sign for no transfer fee anyway?
Safe to say this one — despite it having been said first a few weeks ago somewhere else — is almost certain to be absolute nonsense.
Yves Bissouma ‘transfer agreement’
They say that an agreement has been made with Brighton ahead of January after the player spoke out about not having moved this summer a fortnight or so ago.
“My dream is like every player, I want to play in the Champions League, I want to be champions. I want to compare myself on the top level, not just with other players,” Bissouma said, though it does seem like this transfer report is putting two and two together a little after those comments.
He has also since declared himself the best midfield player in the Premier League.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I believe I am the best midfielder in the league, because I work towards that goal,” Bissouma told Football Focus.
“I know there are many great midfielders in the league, but I can’t choose any other player over myself. This gives me confidence and motivates me to keep working hard and show everyone who I am.”