What’s not happening at Liverpool is the real story

8 Jul

A few days of domestic calm have been followed by more stories about Brentford now doing the rounds. Jack O’Connell to Sheffield United and Alan McCormack to Southend United are the latest. I have no idea how accurate these are but, for now, we probably need to show the rumour mill a little bit more respect given the success rate that saw that triple transfer swoop and Jake Bidwell’s departure for Loftus Road successfully called. For me though, I have more interest in what is happening at Liverpool. Or, rather, what isn’t happening at Liverpool.

Despite the BBC reporting on Tuesday that the Anfield club have accepted a bid for Sergi Canos from Norwich City, at the time of writing (6am, Friday) there is still now news as to whether he has even had a medical with the Norfolk club.

Likewise Bristol City boss Lee Johnson, who is also courting the Spanish wunderkind, has been forced to admit to the Bristol Post, “It’s a player we’re interested in – that’s no secret” adding… “but a lot of things have got to go on to be able to get that one through.”

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Sergi – oh, to see more of the same

Aside from the lack of basic respect – “he’s a player”, surely the choice of phrase –  does this suggest Sergi is not overly keen on move to the West Country or East Anglia? Could we yet see him back at Brentford, even if on loan? £2.5million is a hefty amount in anybody’s book and something Dean Smith acknowledged as “beyond us” . Yet, given how well he fared last time out, might Liverpool also find it in their longer term interests to allow the player to continue his growth whilst escalating his long term value?

Look, it’s probably just wishful thinking and let’s not forget that Liverpool’s current valuation has been met.  Yet having seen what Sergi did at Griffin Park last season, should he not wish to make either of those moves then I can only live in hope. Moreso, given that other story currently out, via Tim Street in Get West London , about Dean Smith looking to get two more wingers

As for those O’Connell and McCormack stories, nobody could deny centre back and centre midfield are somewhat crowded these days. mores with the return to fitness of Andreas Bjelland. That’s going to be  case of ‘watch this space’ and we can discuss more as/if these gather any pace.

Back at Griffin Park, could we get a shirt update today? Following the announcement out of Brentford ‘official’ on Wednesday, does this now constitute ‘the coming days’…? Or is that just further wishful thinking from yours truly?

Kitman Bob, Mark Devlin, Mr. Benham. Any chance of giving the fans a look ?

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Are we now in ‘The coming days’ ?

Nick Bruzon

And finally…. :   The Last Word ‘season review’ : Ready. Steady. Go Again and the three year anthology : The Bees are going up remain available for download. For all the info, the highs, the lows, more highs (especially about Sergi’s time at Griffin Park) then  you can do so now.

Its been a wonderful three years. Here’s to more of the same over 2016/17. Thanks, as ever, for reading

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5 Responses to “What’s not happening at Liverpool is the real story”

  1. New Road Correspondent July 8, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    Lose McCormack and we have no tacklers. Very surprised that part of the pitch hasn’t yet been addressed given number of shots faced last season and how much the defence needs protecting.

    • Rob July 8, 2016 at 10:16 am #

      Quite agree…We need his steel. Josh hasn’t shown enough in that position for me. Big Macca shows grit and determination and motivates the team and thats worth something. As for O’Connel, I rate him. I think he’s been unfortunate not to have been in the first 11 more. For some reason he hasn’t quite convinced the coaches. A run in the side will see him improve. I wouldn’t blame him if he wanted to leave

  2. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) July 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    I will be amazed if Sergi joins us. Not because of Sergi himself, because I believe he loves this club, but because of the finances. £2.5m plus the big wages is surely out of our budget range. It could well be the delay in Sergi joining Norwich is to see whether there is one last chance he can come to GP, but alas I think he will be running out at Carrow Road, and I truly wish him well there (except when playing us).

    Unless there was a plan to change to 3 centre backs this season, it is somewhat inevitable that one of the CB’s at the club will move on. Jack O’Connell is clearly 5th choice. He did OK for us, but I never quite thought he was Championship quality, maybe a starting spot with a Blades side who will surely challenge for promotion will do his career a lot of good.

    Macca was the catalyst in our outstanding last quarter to the season and to see him go will be a blow. For me a bigger blow then losing Jake. He pulled the team together and got the best out of Nico like Dougie did with Tooms the year before. I hope we do all we can to keep hold of him

    • nickbruzon July 8, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

      Well said BQ. Don’t want to dwell on the Macca situation too much, yet. Very much the iron fist in our velvet glove of a midfield

      • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) July 8, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

        ‘The iron fist in our velvet glove of a midfield’. Wow. That is Billy Reeves-esque, and a description that perfectly describes Macca.

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