Three days to the Merseyside derby. One more night of internationals to get through. And a whole lot of news regarding the Reds on Wednesday!
Premier League say no to proposals
Not unexpected: the Premier League as a collective has said there’s no chance of implementing the changes suggested in Project Big Picture – at least in the current format.
There are still going to be talks over changes, and structural reform is badly needed throughout the pyramid in addition to EFL payments in the short term.
But PBP isn’t happening, and the league won’t be heading to 18 teams any time soon.
Meanwhile, fans won’t be coming back to matches any time soon, despite the government acknowledging they’re a useless bunch of tools.
Wilson loan bid rejected with two days until deadline
We might be a little closer to seeing Harry Wilson back in a Derby County jersey.
Swansea City made a formal bid to take the winger on loan, and Liverpool have just as formally rejected that offer.
The Athletic’s Stuart James says the offer was “a non-starter” from a financial perspective, suggesting either the Swans couldn’t cover Wilson’s wages or else made no up-front payment to take him for the season.
Derby are the favourites, but Cardiff and Nottingham Forest are also known to be keen.
Fitness and fortunes
Bobby and Fab are on their way home, while there’s a big boost in the defensive department.
Quickfire LFC news
- BT Sport have rejected the call to make the derby free-to-air this weekend (Independent)
- Former Reds CEO Ian Ayre says the success the club has earned has made the “harrowing and difficult” time during the sales process worthwhile (BT)
- And Tom Hill has signed a new deal with the Reds despite a season-long injury (TIA)
Around the Prem
- Leeds are making a late move for Norwich attacker Todd Cantwell, after he impressed so much in the latter stages of 19/20 (YEP)
- Paul Pogba retains the “support” of the dressing room despite saying he’d like to play for Real Madrid, probably because most of the United squad are thinking they’d rather be there than stuck at Old Trafford too (MEN)
- And Palace will sign up our ex-right-back Nathaniel Clyne on a short-term deal, which isn’t exactly a major sign of saying “we want you” to a free transfer but ok (Athletic)
Stupid rumours of the day
Fulham and West Brom are preparing to sign Championship duo Terence Kongolo and Karlan Grant respectively, which sounds like a nice way to prepare for life in that division again next season.
Tweet of the day
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 14, 2020
What we’re reading
Worth watching tonight
Pick your international. We’ll be going with the World Cup final, volume two: Croatia vs France at 7:45. It’s actually volume three, as they played each other last month – and that finished 4-2, as well.