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Williams struggled for minutes in his first full season as part of the Reds’ first-team squad, making only 14 appearances across all competitions.
The 20-year-old’s game time was sacrificed for a measure of stability in the back line with consistent starts for Trent Alexander-Arnold, and he was required to undergo extra training to prepare for the Euros.
Norwich, Southampton, Burnley, Cardiff and Swansea have all been credited with an interest in the Wales right-back this summer, while elsewhere it is claimed that Barnsley and Stoke are also weighing up a move.
But with a new deputy to Alexander-Arnold required if they allow Williams out on loan, Liverpool are not prepared to sanction a temporary move for their No. 76.
That is according to the Liverpool Echo‘s Paul Gorst, who claims “the plan for Williams is for him to stay put,” pointing to the £11.75 million spent to sign a backup to Andy Robertson last summer in Kostas Tsimikas and the need to do so again for the opposite flank if he left.
“The hope is that a lack of injured centre-backs might allow more rotation in full-back areas next season,” Gorst adds.
With Ibrahima Konate already brought in and Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all expected to be back fit in time for pre-season, Liverpool will be in a much stronger position at centre-back next term.
Decisions will need to be made over the futures of Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, with one possibly sold and the other loaned out, while a proposed £18 million deal for Ozan Kabak has been turned down.
If Van Dijk and Co. can stay fit and return to form, there is more scope for both Williams and Tsimikas to be given opportunities at full-back.
This would, in turn, allow Alexander-Arnold and Robertson more much-needed rest, with the No. 66 currently sidelined with a quad injury likely sustained due to an overuse throughout 2020/21.
Williams is clearly valued highly by Jurgen Klopp and his backroom staff, having signed a new five-year deal with the club and making the matchday squad on 44 occasions last season.
But he needs to be given the minutes to progress as a young player if he is to reach the potential seen within him.
Thiago was an unused substitute as Spain were held to a 1-1 draw by Poland on Saturday, with Liverpool fans perplexed by his peripheral status under Luis Enrique.
For the second game running at the Euros, Thiago was named on Enrique’s substitutes’ bench.
The 30-year-old had a positive impact as he played the final 25 minutes of the 0-0 draw with Sweden, but was again left out as Spain took on Poland in Seville.
This time, he went unused throughout, with a second successive draw seeing Spain sit third in Group E with a game to play, two points behind leaders Sweden and one behind Slovakia.
It is a rather ordinary Spain squad at this summer’s tournament, but Thiago is one of the proven, world-class players among their number, and it is therefore strange that he has been overlooked.
Liverpool fans certainly share this sentiment, as they took to Twitter before, during and after Saturday’s game to express their confusion:
— Halps (@LFCHalps) June 19, 2021
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) June 19, 2021
Pedri might well be very special….. one day
But Thiago man
— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) June 19, 2021
84 minutes gone and no Thiago… Spain but the S is silent
— Danny Corcoran (@calcio_danny) June 19, 2021
So when Liverpool needed Thiago, Spain played him every International break for 90 mins without rest to plan for the Euros..
But hasn't started a game at the Euros?
— Ntobeko Nkomo (@sir_nto) June 19, 2021
Must have some midfield Spain if they cant find a place for Thiago. 2 draws against bang average sides.
— 48 Major Trophies and Counting (@pboro5times) June 20, 2021
The lack of minutes for three world class players is genuinely staggering. #EURO2020
— The Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) June 19, 2021
— tesh (@skratzz) June 20, 2021
— ??? (@PassLikeThiago) June 19, 2021
Some, however, saw the bright side, as with Spain on the brink of exiting the Euros at the group stage, Thiago would be able to return to Liverpool early for pre-season:
at least if spain go out early then thiago will be back for preseason sooner pic.twitter.com/hE7lT9EIdR
— cat ???? (@lfccxt) June 19, 2021
Do not understand Spain not picking Thiago, but I ain’t complaining.
— Justin (@juza_23) June 19, 2021
It is a bizarre situation which befalls international football, with the standard of management arguably not up to scratch when compared to Europe’s top five leagues.
That can lead to some baffling selection decisions, as England supporters are well aware, and this time around it appears as though Thiago is the victim of one such call.
If Liverpool pursue a deal for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus this summer, they could acquire a player capable of fulfilling a “very complex role.”
While a rampaging, dangerous attacking midfielder with the Dutch national team, his duty was more restrained with Liverpool, more occupied with keeping the ball and driving the Reds out of trouble.
Neuhaus has emerged as the leading candidate as the club’s recruitment staff weigh up possible replacements for their No. 5, but there have been doubts over whether the 24-year-old could perform the same role.
An interview with German publication 11 Freunde in January, however, saw outgoing Gladbach manager Marco Rose describe his position as “very complex.”
“It’s a very complex role he is playing,” Rose, who has now taken over at Borussia Dortmund, said.
“Because he makes vital contributions to the playing rhythm in both directions. Against the ball and with the ball.”
Rose added of the young Germany international: “Flo performs at a good level, but there is still a lot more in him.”
The prospect of untapped potential lying dormant in a player who was already able to score eight goals and set up another eight in 45 games for Gladbach next season will be an exciting one for Klopp.
Speaking to ESPN in February, Neuhaus himself explained his evolution into a “more complete player” under Rose, having been shifted from a more attacking outlook to playing as a No. 6.
“If you look back at the 18 months [under Rose] now, I’d say that I achieved [the goal of becoming a more complete player],” he said.
“His focus was on my defensive contribution, the way I go into direct duels. But not only that, the focus was on the fast transition play as well, where I made a step forward too.
“Our idea of football really serves me. There’s a lot of what I imagine football to be.
“Sometimes, we are very dominant, we have possession, but it’s also the transition play when the opponent is not in position. I am happy with my development.”
Well-versed in the Red Bull blueprint that Rose brought with him from Salzburg, Neuhaus should already fit in well if he does make the move to Liverpool, but more promising is that he is a malleable midfield talent.
Just like Wijnaldum arrived as a No. 10 and was converted into, in Klopp’s words, a “controlling midfielder,” it is plausible that Neuhaus would join to take up a role different to that he has performed for Gladbach.
A lot remains up in the air, of course, and a deal will not be finalised until after the Euros, but Rose and Neuhaus’ comments are certainly interesting from a Liverpool perspective.
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The Anfield Wrap completed a 24-mile walk on Saturday to raise vital funds to help those suffering from extreme hunger in Mumbai.
Members of the popular Liverpool-supporter podcast – along with club representatives Jane Phillipson and Sophie Coan – started at Southport FC and passed Bootle FC, Marine AFC and Goodison Park before finishing at Anfield.
They teamed up with the Official LFC Supporters Club in Mumbai to fundraise for the Community Kitchen Project, which combats hunger in the Indian city as a result of the COVID-19 crisis through long-term solutions.
The walkers were joined virtually by several OLSCs who were walking a mile in their own countries to spread awareness.
TEN GRAND! THE 24 miles are done. Thanks so much to everyone who has donated, this money will go so far - we apprec… https://t.co/af2UaPw1nT— TheAnfieldWrap (The Anfield Wrap) 19th Jun 18:19
Speaking after the nine-hour trek, The Anfield Wrap's John Gibbons told Liverpoolfc.com: "It's been an incredible day, it's been really good but it's been really hard as well, especially towards the end.
"We've done it, we're made up we've all done it together and we're delighted that we've raised so much money for an amazing cause, for an amazing supporters club who do so much all the time, but especially during COVID. They've really stepped up in terms of what they want to do for their community.
"I think generally the Mumbai Supporters Club embodies everything that's brilliant about our supporter base really. We were delighted to help them out, we were made up to go the extra mile, literally, to do a bit more for them because we think they're wonderful.
"The way they support the team and the togetherness that they show all the time is great and inspirational.
"Whenever we've gone around the world, we've done a lot of raffles for foodbanks here and people are always very generous. So we wanted to give a bit back and we were made up to do that as well."
Diogo Jota registered a goal and assist in Portugal's 4-2 defeat to Germany in Euro 2020 on Saturday.
The Liverpool forward's lovely control and square pass from a counter-attack allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to open the scoring in Munich.
After a pair of own goals and finishes from Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens put Germany 4-1 up, Jota pulled one back when he converted from close range in the 67th minute.
He was then taken off seven minutes before the contest's conclusion, with the result leaving his nation third in Group F.
Later on in the evening, Thiago Alcantara was an unused substitute in Spain's 1-1 draw with Poland in Seville.
Jurgen Klopp has manned the touchline at Anfield for nearly six years and as much as he focuses on the here and now, there will always be an eye cast toward what comes next.
Evolution is always just around the corner, the need to adapt to new surroundings is key and for Liverpool, it is no different.
Tactically, the Reds have been on a journey since the manager arrived and further changes are required to see the team reach the heights of English and European football once more.
The club have a long list of talent at their disposal for the immediate, medium and long-term to assist with such evolution – in addition to those who have yet to even arrive.
Liverpool constantly keep their finger on the pulse and are not afraid to turn over every stone in the pursuit of success and their next evolution could be in the hands of these five or more players.Curtis Jones
LFC appearances: 47
Season 2020/21 proved to be a breakthrough year for Jones, with his development clear to see from one game to the next as Klopp showed his trust in the youngster.
Now an established first-team regular, the room for growth remains – as does his influence to the side, with a Gini Wijnaldum hole still to fill. It may be that Liverpool look elsewhere, but Jones is built in a similar mould to the Dutchman.
Klopp has consistently looked to temper expectations on his young stars, but even at 20, Jones is a headliner for the next crop of talent.
And there form the foundations of what is around the corner as Jones can progress up the field and have an impact on the scoreboard – as shown by his four goals and five assists last season, the most of any other Red midfielder by some distance.Harvey Elliott
LFC appearances: 9
The teenager is one who already has thousands of eyes cast in his direction as he continues to make his way in senior football, with his successful loan at Blackburn attracting more fans.
Only 18, Elliott has already assumed the title as one of the most exciting young players to emerge at Liverpool in recent years and he is seemingly never too far away from hitting the headlines – for all the right reasons.
A total of seven goals and 11 assists was evidence of his seamless transition into regular first-team action in the Championship, with his maturity on and off the field beyond his tender years.
He offers a versatile option across the final third and midfield, is comfortable on either foot, and while perhaps not an immediate choice for Klopp, he’s someone capable of moulding to different formations.
With tactical tweaks constantly required, Elliott is certainly looking as one who will be a key component in Liverpool’s next evolution.Ibrahima Konate
LFC appearances: 0
“I am confident we are signing a player who can play for us right away, but he is a boy of 22 years of age who has room to improve because of his massive potential,” Klopp’s words say it all.
A wealth of potential to tap into, Konate’s age and experience provide the lucrative option as a player for the current and for the future – with 95 appearances already under his belt with RB Leipzig.
He may be raw but his desire to bring the ball out from the back and win aerial duals makes him a player Klopp can mould to his liking in the bid to see him grow into a key pillar.Diogo Jota
LFC appearances: 30
The oldest of the bunch, Jota represented a quality alternative to the fearsome trident that has defined much of Klopp’s time at the club.
And while injury would disrupt his debut season, a return of 13 goals in 30 appearances provided instant justification for his switch as a new dimension to the attack emerged.
While one who has already caused change around him, and at 24 Jota represents the future amid an ageing forward line. His presence has already allowed for the use of a 4-2-3-1 system alongside the readily favoured 4-3-3.
With a number of strings to his bow in terms of positioning and goal threat, Jota is part of the new guard and will likely be joined by new faces in attack this summer or next.Neuhaus or another new signing?
And this is where Liverpool and Klopp’s intentions are set to make themselves known, with the pursuit of targets providing a glimpse at what is to come.
Take Florian Neuhaus, the Reds have reached out to the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder’s representatives and with a press-resistant and progressive passing profile, he would help relieve the pressure elsewhere to make a scoreboard impact.
His arrival would represent an evolution in itself, while the pursuit of another attacker who is able to consistently compete for a starting place, akin to Jota, would also likely usher in another player in their early 20s – Patson Daka is a prime example.
With those who have helped guide Liverpool to silverware in recent years edging closer to 30, restoring the next generation while not taking a hit to experienced heads will be key for the next stage of the Reds’ evolution.
Thiago‘s start to life at Liverpool was hindered by both injuries to himself and others, which forced a shift in his position away from what he does best.
The Spaniard arrived at Anfield to mass fanfare, with the acquisition of a world-class operator a welcome move as Liverpool looked to build on their title-winning season.
But it wouldn’t pan out quite as many had hoped straight off the bat as COVID-19 and injury-hit and he was then played out of position in a struggling side, while also looking to settle into the team himself.
As a result, he received unwarranted criticism – which he answered emphatically when the second half of the season came around having proved instrumental in Liverpool’s unbeaten run to end the campaign.
And having shown his creative and probing force when given the license to roam further afield in contrast to his early role deeper in midfield, Thiago has opened up on the positional differences and the influence its had on his game.
“I would say it (the ability to create) has been more limited because of a positional issue,” he told L’Equipe, as translated by Sport Witness.
“If I play number 6 instead of number 10, I’ll have less room to manoeuvre, less freedom to dribble, because I’ll have to take fewer risks.
“In the history of football, strikers have always been admired more than defenders. Because a defender can’t make a mistake, unlike the striker (who can try harder).
“So, for me, it’ s a question of position.”
The 30-year-old was a key in getting Liverpool purring once more late in 2020/21 having acted as the go-to man as balance was restored to the team with Fabinho back in midfield.
And having seen what Thiago is capable of when given the positional freedom to express himself, it’s clear he’s carved out a vital role at Anfield that is only to go from strength to strength.
Liverpool have had a four-man leadership group since 2018, with Jurgen Klopp and the players collectively appointing the roles – but an opening has now emerged.
That is due to the departure of Gini Wijnaldum, with the Dutchman having bid farewell to Anfield in favour of Parc de Princes.
“The team decided number three for Virgil and number four for Gini,” Klopp explained at the time.
But he had to wait nearly three years to don the armband from the start and it came in the defeat to Burnley earlier this year. He would go on to wear it a further 10 times with Henderson, Milner and Van Dijk all absent from the field of play.
It’s not for certain that Liverpool will appoint a new fourth-choice now that Wijnaldum has departed, but there are a handful of options should they do so.
As long-time servants of the club, they each undoubtedly have the respect and admiration of their teammates and for Alexander-Arnold it would take him one step closer to realising his dream of being Liverpool’s full-time captain.
There is also Andy Robertson, who has led Scotland with distinction since 2018 and has blossomed into an ever-reliable figure both on and off the field for club and country.
Mohamed Salah has spoken of his desire to don the armband for the Reds and is certainly one that leads by example through his actions on the pitch – which has recently seen him elevated to the role for Egypt.
Sadio Mane, Fabinho, Alisson and Thiago could then all lay claim and that you could make an argument for nearly all of Klopp’s regular first-team members speaks volumes of the team he has created at Anfield and the type of person he recuits.
Thiago has left no doubt over his feelings toward VAR, echoing the loss of instant emotions shared by fans which are then replaced by a sense of doubt.
The use of VAR has led to criticism from far and wide, with the Premier League‘s use, in particular, leaving a lot to be desired.
The technology has seen most of the frustration levelled at its use with offside, with marginal calls causing mass frustration and calls for change.
Thicker lines will be implemented in the English top-flight from next season to hand back the advantage to the attacker, but its ability to take away a moment of joy has altered the thought process for fans and players alike.
And for Thiago, he’s “always opposed” its use, and he is more than content with accepting mistakes from the on-field referees as human error occurs in all walks of life.
“Lots of mythical moments wouldn’t exist [with VAR]. And when you score, even a brilliant goal from the halfway line, you’re waiting. Thinking: ‘I hope there isn’t a foul in the buildup, I hope there’s no offside, I hope’.”
It’s a point of view that is not uncommon, with growing opposition to its use following one questionable decision after the other as every aspect of the game now appears to be under the microscope for any infringement.
Jurgen Klopp said late last year that “I used to be one of the people who said VAR is a good idea but I’m not sure I’d say that again,” while Fulham’s Scott Parker also voiced disdain at the loss of “raw emotion.”
There are, of course, other issues within football that need to be tackled but that those who are directly impacted by VAR have not been swayed in a positive direction speaks volumes.
The Euros have provided some glimpse of what it could be while simultaneously shining a light on all that needs to change with its application in the Premier League, with effective governance of top priority with VAR set to go nowhere anytime soon.
Liverpool have been readily tied to Florian Neuhaus, with Borussia Monchengladbach’s No. 32 having emerged as a primary midfield target, but an extended stay in Germany is not off the table.
The 24-year-old’s name has been thrust into the spotlight for Reds after it emerged that contact had been made with his representatives over a possible move.
A transfer would demand in the region of £34.3 million, similar to that of his now expired €40 million release clause.
But there has been “no movement” over the transfer for Neuhaus from Liverpool or elsewhere, not unexpected considering his involvement in the Euros.
But Bild‘s chief reporter Tobi Altschaffl goes on to say that the German has “had a good chat with the new Gladbach coach Adi Hutter” and that there is an inclination that “Neuhaus will stay for at least another year at Monchengladbach.”
At Florian Neuhaus there is no movement regarding a transfer. The midfielder recently had a good chat with the new Gladbach coach Adi Hütter. Clear trend: Neuhaus will stay for at least another year at Mönchengladbach.
— Tobi Altschäffl (@altobelli13) June 18, 2021
Monchengladbach appointed Hutter back in April as part of the Bundesliga’s manager merry-go-round, with former boss Marco Rose taking up the role with Borussia Dortmund.
Hutter joined after three seasons with Eintracht Frankfurt and if there is now confidence that Neuhaus will remain for his debut season, it would open the door again for Bayern Munich, who he was tipped to join earlier this year before denying he’d signed anything.
It is early days, however, and with Liverpool known to have a concrete interest in the player they will be prepared to bide their time and put their own cards on the table throughout the summer, if he is in fact the No. 1 target.
With one season in the rearview mirror and another on the horizon, eyes will be on the transfer dealings throughout the Premier League and Europe – when not on the Euros that is.
Liverpool have already landed their first signing of the summer with Ibrahima Konate the latest to join the defensive ranks, with more expected in due time.
With the financial implications of COVID-19 still prevalent, it will prove to be another rollercoaster summer as clubs search for bargains amid others looking to ease financial woes.
There could yet be some big moves, of which all should become clearer deeper into the summer.
But here’s everything you need to know.When does it open and close?
It’s already open! For the Premier League, that is.
On June 9, clubs were able to commence their summer business and will be able to do so for a total of 12 weeks.
It will close on Tuesday, August 31 at 11pm BST – 17 days after season 2021/22 gets underway after the league reversed the move to see it end before a campaign starts.What about the rest of Europe?
The remainder of Europe’s top five leagues in Germany, Spain, France and Italy will all see their window open on Thursday, July 1.
Like the Premier League, it will come to an end on August 31.
And Borussia Dortmund could find themselves in the spotlight with both Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho in demand.What can we expect from Liverpool?
That business will be slow until near the end of the Euros, which comes to a close on July 11, with clubs no doubt eager to see their player thrive and be compensated accordingly.
While Liverpool will be looking to add to their ranks, the outgoings are likely to be key with Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Takumi Minamino headlining first-team options with question marks over their future.
Loan moves will also be in the reckoning for the likes of Sepp van dan Berg and Leighton Clarkson.
Currently, the Reds have been linked with Florian Neuhaus, Youri Tielemans and Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini in the midfield department but it’s quiet on the attacker front – while only tentative ties emerged over Salzburg’s Patson Daka.
There are plenty of moving pieces this summer and the Reds will hope to make it a strong one ahead of another important season challenging for silverware.
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