Klopp must find solutions from within as Bajcetic argues for Chelsea’s start
The Liverpool The rumor mill went into overdrive this week.
Social media has been abuzz with talk of a Qatari consortium poised to buy the club.
However, anyone expecting an imminent takeover followed by a big spend in the transfer market will be disappointed.
The reality is that two months after Fenway Sports Group embarked on a global search for new investments, little has changed.
Yes, the owners remain open to offers, but senior FSG sources insist there is no truth to speculation they are close to agreeing a deal with the Qataris or anyone else who would lift the curtain on ‘a reign of 12 years.
FSG, which paid about 300 million pounds for an asset now valued at more than 3 billion pounds ($3.7 billion), It is increasingly likely that he will sell a small part of the club rather than sanction a full takeover. And even then, nothing is imminent on that front.
American banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley continue to show interest. FSG is in no rush. This was always going to be a long process.
So what about the rest of this season? In the absence of significant funds to add more reinforcements during the January window following the £37m signing of striker Cody GakpoLiverpool’s campaign looks set to hinge on Jurgen Klopp’s ability to get more out of the talent he already has at his disposal.
After the abject misery of the weekend’s unfortunate defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, Liverpool have a much-needed injection of positivity. They will have a chance to make amends when they return to the Amex Stadium in round four at the end of the month.
Making eight changes at Molineux was a gamble by Klopp, but it paid off as those on the sidelines who were given chances stepped up and delivered.
How Harvey Elliott, who was Liverpool’s match-winner with a stunning 25-yard strike, enjoyed being employed later on. In recent months he has received unfair criticism from those who may be forgetting that he is only 19 years old.
“Harvey saw something that not many people in the stadium would have seen. If I was a goalkeeper, I wouldn’t have expected a shot. It was a top goal,” Klopp said. “I told the boys after the game that this is what it feels like when you play well and win. We can’t really remember when the last case was.”
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On the other side, a 20-year-old Fabio Carvalho he played like someone with a point to prove after being an unused substitute for five straight games.
With Gakpo operating between them, Liverpool pressed much better as an attacking unit. There was more energy as they harassed their opponents to force errors. They also showed more intelligence, choosing their moments to close and not expose their teammates.
However, it was in midfield where the biggest transformation took place. There were no large gaps for the wolves to exploit. Liverpool looked much more compact. There was cohesion, control, protection and aggression.
Stefan Bajceticmaking his ninth senior appearance for the club, he was prominent in the starting role. FabinhoThe dip in form means it has been a problem area for Liverpool all season, but they looked much better with the 18-year-old acting as a shield. Time and time again, he sensed danger and faced it.
The Spain youth international remained calm and composed under pressure – as the Kop traveler loved the shoulder drop that left João Moutinho scrambling across the lawn.
Bajcetic, which cost £220,000 from Celta Vigo three years ago, he had three tackles and two interceptions, winning 63 percent of his face-offs (five of eight).
“Good player, very intelligent in his movements, he did very well,” Klopp said. “He wins challenges and the last steps before he has to block the ball, that’s really good. To own Thiago next to him is very useful, as Thiago talks a lot.”
Signed as a centre-back, he was converted into a defensive midfielder after talks with academy director Alex Inglethorpe and under-18s coach Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, who believed a step forward would better suit their set-up abilities. It was a smart decision.
Since being included by Klopp on the pre-season tour of Asia, Bajcetic hasn’t looked back. He was run to the ground at Molineux and had to be taken off with 15 minutes to go with cramps.
Home Bajcetic against Chelsea Saturday at Anfield would be a huge show of faith, but it wouldn’t faze him.
Naby KeitaThe claims to start this contest are even more compelling after the dynamism it delivered. He made six tackles (more than anyone on the pitch), won 57% of his duels (eight of 14) and completed 83% of his passes.
When the Guinean international acts like this you wonder why he doesn’t have a contract in five months. Then you remember that this was his first start since May and how much time he spends watching from afar.
Thiago certainly benefited from having the legs of Bajcetic and Keita around him. The Spain international class with a passing accuracy of 85%. He won 70 percent of his face-offs (seven of 10) and had two tackles and three interceptions.
Defensively, Joe Gomez i Ibrahima Konate excellent, and vice-captain James Milner marked his return to action with a typically combative display at right-back afterwards Trent Alexander-Arnold he was rested Then there was another lively late cameo from the young winger Ben Doak. The manager had promised a show of fight and he showed it in all departments.
Liverpool had not kept a clean sheet on their travels to the country since the 0-0 draw in everton in September
Darwin Nunez should be available again by Saturday and this was a night when others were also forced to fight for that crucial Premier League competition “We’re not on a casting show, it’s about who shows up to training. I’m not blind The door is open for everyone,” Klopp said.
The manager maintains the unwavering support of the FSG hierarchy. Concern in Boston over a miserable run of league results that has left Liverpool 10 points off the top four is offset by an understanding of the impact of so many injury setbacks.
There will be no quick change of ownership. No massive late January war chest funded by Middle Eastern riches. Klopp needs to spark a response from within to save Liverpool’s season and this was a decent start.
(Top photo: Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)
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