FSG ‘monitoring’ forward
Liverpool and Sheffield United have been in fairly regular transfer contact over the past few seasons. Ben Davies spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan at Bramall Lane; prior to that, Rhian Brewster made a big-money move in the same direction.
While there have been no recent dealings the other way, Liverpool have previously been credited with an interest in young Blades forward Daniel Jebbison. And now there is another teenage striker catching the eye.
According to the Sheffield Star, Liverpool are one of two Premier League clubs monitoring Will Osula. The 18-year-old made five brief Championship cameos from the bench at the tail end of last season, indicating how highly he is rated.
Osula may well go out on loan this season, just as Jebbison did in the last campaign. But wherever he is playing his football, Liverpool — along with Newcastle United — can be expected to keep an eye on him.
Speaking ahead of the Community Shield, manager Jürgen Klopp gave an update on the injury status of various players. There will be as many as seven absentees for the Manchester City game.
Of these, most are not too serious. Klopp admitted he is being ‘cautious’ with new signing Calvin Ramsay.
He also confirmed that Alisson should be ready in time for the Fulham trip. Kostas Tsimikas is believed to have little more than a knock.
Among the more worrying cases is Diogo Jota, whom Klopp confirmed would be out for ‘a while’. He suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem early in pre-season, and is still yet to return to training. By the sounds of things, it could be some time before he returns to action.
Other players on the treatment table include Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kaide Gordon and Caoimhin Kelleher.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been clear in his intentions this summer. He wants to leave Manchester United for a club that will be playing in the Champions League.
The only problem is that there are no keen takers. But far from putting Ronaldo off, this has spurred him on to more extreme action, reportedly requesting that United rip up his contract — thus allowing any new club to sign him without having to pay a transfer fee.
This request has not been granted, but there is no sign of the saga ending. Weighing in on talkSPORT, former Premier League striker Gabriel Agbonlahor claimed that Ronaldo would join Liverpool if he could, such is his determination to further his personal ambitions.
Thankfully, Liverpool are far too smart to ever make such a colossal wage commitment towards a 37-year-old who cannot press — regardless of whether or not a transfer fee is involved. It’s one Champions League club that Ronaldo can cross firmly off his list.
But given his flirtation with Man City last summer, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Agbonlahor is right: if the transfer was on the table, it’s hard to see him saying no.