Ste H, Ste P and Dan C are here with the podcast. This week they’ll be talking about Liverpool’s long break and the “New Deal” for football!
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TOPIC 1: Postponements/international break
- These are usually very annoying, but given Liverpool’s injury list, feels like this comes at a good time?
- Potentially playing over the break: Alisson, Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Elliott, Salah, Diaz, Jota, Nunez, Firmino, Henderson
- The horrendous ill-feeling of injury worry aside, it might be good for players like Jota, Henderson and Nunez to get some gametime?
- Not called up: Adrian, Pitaluga, Matip, Gomez, Phillips, Thiago, Milner, Arthur, Bajcetic, Carvalho, Keita*.
- Matip and Thiago getting a good rest – yay
- Nat Phillips, Arthur Melo and Fabio Carvalho all played for the U21s on Saturday away at Leicester.
- Still injured: Kelleher, Konate, Robertson, Ramsay, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Jones.
TOPIC 2: “New Deal for Football”
- The calendar proposals from 2024 would scrap third and fourth-round FA Cup replays entirely, sources with knowledge of the plan have told The Times, although the FA would have to agree to this. Clubs involved in European competitions would either not compete in the League Cup or would field under-21 sides.
- The Premier League wants to free up space in the congested fixture calendar but it is understood that the top-flight clubs will not push for the League Cup to be scrapped, nor for all FA Cup games to be played in midweek.
- The EFL has yet to be approached over the plan but it would welcome talks on the future of the League Cup — called the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons – and FA Cup replays. Sources say that EFL clubs may also be happy to scrap replays, because lower-league sides may have a greater chance of beating top-flight opposition on penalties if the scores are level.
- The Premier League has been warned by the government that it must agree a deal to deliver hundreds of millions of pounds more to the lower leagues or face the prospect of being forced to do so by legislation. The EFL wants £250 million more.
- Clubs would be limited to spending a fixed percentage of their revenue in a calendar year on player wages, transfers and agent fees. The top flight would want the EFL to follow the same approach. Some Championship clubs already spend more on wages alone than they receive in total revenue.