Welcome to the Liverpool.com daily Media Digest. From transfers to tweets, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the Anfield sphere. Credible, incredible and anything in between: we round it all up in one place here, taking a sideways look at the day’s media goings-on from around the world.
Best ever Liverpool goal decided
In the culmination of a series on the club website, Liverpool have determined their best ever goal. Spanning 130 years of history, one man stands above them all: Divock Origi.
For a man who scored a relatively modest 41 Liverpool goals, the departing Belgian striker contributed a surprising number of potential contenders for the top prize during his time at Anfield. But, ultimately, there could only be one winner, and it starts with a corner taken quickly.
Steven Gerrard may feel a little hard done-by, with his wonder-strike against West Ham United in the FA Cup final relegated to second. But there can be little doubt that Origi is a worthy winner. In terms of the sheer explosion of elation elicited by the goal, few can come close to the comeback-crowning moment, the one that sent Liverpool back to the Champions League final to make amends for the previous year.
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There was plenty to admire about the goal technically too. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ingenuity was matched only by Origi’s technique, alive to the situation and able to steer the ball home as if it were a kickabout at the park. Now painted indelibly into Liverpool history, he departs with cult status secured.
Everton want Wijnaldum
Origi will hope to have better post-Liverpool fortunes than Georginio Wijnaldum. A former Anfield favourite, the midfielder has struggled in Paris, and PSG are reportedly now ready to move him on.
The departure of Maurichio Pochettino should theoretically herald a fresh start, but the likely signing of Renato Sanches would drive Wijnaldum further from the first team. As a result, according to 90Min, player and club alike are ready to draw a line under the unhappy union.
Remarkably, Everton are said to be among the main suitors. No player has turned out for both clubs since Abel Xavier made the direct switch across the park in 2003, but a move could be on the cards.
PSG are not expecting masses of suitors, and indeed are resigned to the reality that they will probably have to settle for a loan rather than a permanent transfer. Liverpool and Newcastle United, Wijnaldum’s former clubs, have so far declined to make any contact.
Leicester City are reportedly the most keen at present, while West Ham and Wolves are also keeping tabs, but Everton remain in the frame. This would take quite some adjustment for Liverpool fans.
Informal bid submitted
Liverpool have submitted an ‘informal transfer bid’ of £51.5m for Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, according to El Nacional.
The Catalan publication claims that Jürgen Klopp has launched an ‘assault’ on an ‘untouchable’ player, seeking to capitalise on his potential unhappiness at the Bernabéu. Rodrygo, reportedly, is growing weary of his role as an impact sub.
Regardless of how true this may be, it is unclear whether Rodrygo could claim a more significant role at Liverpool. The report states that he would replace Sadio Mané, forming a trident with Mohamed Salah and Luis Díaz — but this entirely disregards new signing Darwin Núñez, not to mention poor Diogo Jota.
Were Salah to leave, then interest in Rodrygo may well be more plausible. But for the time being, it is hard to see a transfer bid advancing to any kind of ‘formal’ stage.
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