Adam Lewis (LB): Newport County
Anderson Arroyo (CB): Alavés
Billy Koumetio (CB): Austria Vienna
Conor Bradley (RB): Bolton
Fidel O’Rourke: Caernarfon Town
Jack Bearne: Kidderminster
Jakub Ojrzynski (GK): Radomiak Radom
James Balagizi (CM): Crawley Town
Leighton Clarkson (CM): Aberdeen
Marcelo Pitaluga (GK): Macclesfield
Max Woltman: Doncaster Rovers
Owen Beck (LB): Bolton
Paul Glatzel: Tranmere
Rhys Williams (CB): Blackpool
Sepp van den Berg (CB): Schalke
Tyler Morton (CM): Blackburn
Vitezslav Jaros (GK): Stockport County
He was on the bench but it’s a weird situation either way as they have signed his competition for the Poland U20 jersey and currently installed him as the first choice. They now have about 7 goalkeepers on their books.
I’d be tempted to end it already.
Also not sure what Stockport are doing. They picked Hinchcliffe in goal today ahead of Jaros even though Jaros started the majority of their friendlies (and is an infinitely better keeper).
Being Irish I’m very biased about Irish football but should have gone to St Pats for a second year. Playing European football against teams that would beat the teams he can’t get playing for now. Was top two keepers in the country alongside Irelands national team 3rd choice. Now he’s on the bench not playing when it matters. Stockport wouldn’t be in the top league in Ireland. Such a backwards step. Knowing the club ended Rittacios loan early, I’m sure we will sort it out. But seems a waste at the minute.
I wouldn’t read too much into the firstfew games of the season, teams always look a little weird. This is Billy’s first steps into the professional game, got to expect some ups and downs.
He actually played alright on his debut for the first team, won every duel and completed every pass… Except for 1 - of course that one incomplete pass went to that young lad who scored against us for Salzburg who promptly set up a goal.
Side note on this but Austria is another example of why it’s a great idea to have youth teams in the league. RB Salzburg have had soany players come through at Liefering (their youth side) who play in the second division. They just played tonight, team of 18 years olds and beat a much more experienced side. English youth never get that chance.
Last rumour I saw was that he was linked with Burnley, who have now got a really young team and progressive playing style so that would be an interesting move for him (and they’ll likely win the league).
I do find it interesting that it appears to be assumed that Klopp was talking about Nat Phillips staying and not van den Berg when he was asked about Konate’s injury. I know that question itself specified Phillips but Klopp’s answer seemed a bit more general. VdB has travelled with the first team for today’s game… I hope we let Phillips leave and keep Sepp around.
Wonder would it be better for us to loan Sepp and keep Nat as Sepp won’t get enough game time for us and we could still get a decent price for Nat as a first team center back who we don’t mind not playing any games