More from Klopp on the Saudi money flooding into the game and their transfer window which doesn’t close until 20 September.
“It’s not cool for us, that’s clear. If we want a player from Wigan, say, we go there and we pay the price. Same in Bundesliga etc. Now there’s a next level and it’s not great but this is part of the business. Not sure you can change that.
“What makes it impossible to deal with is our transfer window closes and they stay open. Then we play until January 1st and this is our squad, we have that problem. I remember something like this in Russia a long time ago. That was not completely crazy money. It’s new and challenging. I am pretty sure FIFA could [change their deadline] but I am not sure they want to.”
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has gone early with his press conference and no surprise to hear that the first question he had to field was in relation to new stories linking Mo Salah with a move to the Saudi Pro League. Some reports say Saudi champions Al Ittihad would be willing to make Salah one of the best-paid players in the world with a salary package worth around £1.5m a week. But Klopp insists Salah is “one hundred per cent” committed to Liverpool.
Dismissing the fresh speculation, Klopp said. “It’s always a bit difficult to talk about media stories because there is nothing to talk about at the moment. We don’t have an offer, Mo Salah is still a Liverpool player, obviously for all the things we do he’s essential and will be. There’s nothing there. If there would be something, the answer would be no. My life philosophy is I think about a problem when I have it. At the moment there’s absolutely nothing. I said already if there is something, the answer would be no.”
Another major story today concerns Luis Rubiales, the president of Spain’s football federation (RFEF). Reports suggest the 46-year-old plans to resign today after becoming the subject of Fifa disciplinary proceedings in relation to his conduct at the Women’s World Cup final in Sydney on Sunday. The Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Thursday that Rubiales will lose his job after he faced heavy criticism for kissing Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso on the lips during the trophy presentation. We’re expecting word on that sometime after 11am BST this morning as he’s just gone to the RFEF meeting as we speak.
Ding Ding! Round three! It’s the third week of Premier League action and just three clubs go into it with a 100% record. Manchester City and Arsenal – last year’s 1-2 – are two of them to nobody’s surprise. And maybe there aren’t too many raised eyebrows at the other: Brighton. Once a team who played nice football but couldn’t score, the narrative with Robert De Zerbi’s current exciting crop has become which team will they stick four past this week? West Ham if you’re asking.
In terms of Friday-Sunday scheduling, it’s a 1-6-3 formation, with Chelsea v Luton tonight’s 8pm offering. Arsenal host Fulham on Saturday (3pm), Brighton welcome the Hammers (5.30pm) later in the day while Manchester City travel to Sheffield United for a 2pm Sunday date. And it’s all rounded off in blockbuster style as a global audience, which must surely include Kevin Keegan, tunes in for Newcastle v Liverpool in Sunday’s 4.30pm game. All this and more coming up in your Friday blog. Let’s go!