It’s that time of week again. The season may not have started but there’s plenty happening off the pitch. Here’s the big five talking points this week.
Premier League 2 Announced
Many Kopfans members have called for the return of the reserves league and the new ‘Premier League 2’ serves as something of a compromise. The new competition will feature a two tier setup with 24 teams from the premier league and championship competing in division 1 & 2. This will replace the U21 league and teams will will be able to field a team of U23 players with one overage goalkeeper and 3 overage outfield players more on SkySports. Personally I like this new league and can see benefits to all involved.
Still No Left Back
Brad smith has officially left for Bournemouth for a very reasonable 6m. Despite strong links with Jonas Hector earlier in the summer this seems to have gone quiet. Reports suggested a move for the Dutch youngster Jetro Williems but this has been regarded by many as rumor. Despite the attacking attributes of the PSV star his defensive qualities are not his strong point, this has left several fans feeling he’d be no different to Alberto Moreno and not the LB we’re looking for. Time is ticking though, we can only hope the Hector deal reemerges and what is our most needed transfer will take place soon completing Klopp’s new look squad.
Joe Allen Leaves
Not quite breaking news but noticeable all the same. Mixed opinions from fans following his strong performances towards the end of the season and during the Euros, it seems to little too late from the Welshman though and he has sealed a move to Stoke for 13m (15m is some reports). Good luck to Joe, sad to see him go but I think it will be a great move for him, he’d have slipped further down the pecking order at Anfield following the summers new arrivals.
Sakho Sent Home
It’s been widely reported but without and real details, which is a good thing as the last thing the club needs right now is a big off the pitch media frenzy. It generally seems the Sakho was acting unprofessionally out on the US tour and Klopp was not prepared to let his behaviour impact the squads pre season preparations. Fans opinions are much divided on this one, our own Ezanih is not happy.
New Laws of Football Introduced
The International Football Association Board has made 95 alterations to the laws of the game ahead of the new season. This see’s the introduction of several new laws. I was pretty anxious on first impressions but after reading more the changes seems to aid the flow of the game and introduce tougher discipline where it matters. It went pretty unnoticed but the changes we’re actually made before Euro 2016 giving players and officials time to get used to them during the tournament. Sky Sports wrap them up quite nicely here.