Media watch: Liverpool could move for a £40m star that Real Madrid have put up for sale, while quarantine rules could impact Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino.
Jordan Henderson nears contract extension
According to The Athletic, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has agreed a new deal ‘spanning three years, with the option of a fourth contingent on how many appearances he makes’.
The contract is not signed yet, but it is reported that it is ‘heading in the right direction’, after Jürgen Klopp was adamant that it would be taken care of just a couple of days ago.
Klopp, the report states, was a big part of making sure an agreement was found, with Liverpool fans earlier in the summer being worried by reports Henderson could leave amid interest from PSG and Atletico Madrid.
Terry believes that Liverpool should be easing Virgil van Dijk back into action slowly after so long away from playing.
“It’s a big injury,” he told Stadium Astro. “I think it’s going to take time and settle. I hope not — I hope I’m wrong on that — but I think he’ll need bleeding into that team and managed throughout the team.”
Nothing appears to have gone wrong with him being thrown back in against Norwich City, though, and at some point, that was going to have to happen.
Brazil play Peru less than 48 hours before Premier League games return in September (when Liverpool travel to Leeds United) while they have another triple-header in October, when the Manchester United game is scheduled.
Because Brazil is on the UK ‘red list’, anyone travelling there must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days upon their return, with no exceptions.
Rule changes could be made to allow Premier League players to return without quarantine, but the Daily Mail point out that other sports have not been granted an exemption by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Ben Davies set to move
Without having played a single competitive minute for Liverpool since signing from Preston North End in January, Ben Davies is set to move back to the Championship with Sheffield United.
The move will be a loan deal, which might not make immediate sense from a Liverpool perspective, but does once you dig a little deeper.
Regular Championship watchers regarded Davies as one of the best defenders in the second tier when he arrived at Anfield, but having not played at all for Liverpool, his value has dropped significantly.
Should Liverpool sell him now, they would make very little on him. But after a year to inflate the price-tag back up again, they could get considerably more for Davies next season.