As the Champions League kicked off last week, Fabrizio HereWeGo Romano provided a summary of possible summer activity for the round of 16 participants - most of which happen to be the biggest and richest clubs in Europe. And his Liverpool summary had no groundbreaking or scandalous new information, but had some useful reminders on themes of interest to Liverpool fans.
Romano indicated that contract renewals are a top priority for Liverpool to lock down key players’ futures at the club. The focus will be on Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho, but also Mohamed Salah whose contract expires in June 2023.
On the Gini situation, Romano describes the situation as “extremely complicated” and indicates that he could still leave as a free agent in the summer. He also suggested that Ronald Koeman at Barcelona remains interested, as has been reported now for months. Welp.
A new midfielder may be on the cards with Michael Edwards and team evaluating a potential list that includes Renato Sanches of Lille. Rumours linking the 23-year Portuguese midfielder to Liverpool have been abound for months, with reports even suggesting that a deal was struck in December 2020.
What about Ozan?
Not much to report here other than the fact that Kabak’s ‘buy’ option remains available, and that Liverpool are “also interested in other alternative options”. All The Defenders FC let’s go!
Okay, you knew most of this, but don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger. At a time when we’re starved of Liverpool news that doesn’t contain the words “injury” or “Alisson’s blunders”, these crumbs are all we have in terms of a squad refresh. Romano had nothing to say about what happens to other bench players who haven’t been pulling their weight such as Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. And if Kostas Tsimikas isn’t performing to expected standards in training, will there be any meaningful cover options for Andy Robertson? So many questions.