Your morning summary for Wednesday, December 15.
Jurgen Klopp solves Liverpool ‘problem’ that could decide title race
Liverpool’s attack is currently in fantastic form with a variety of players making a significant contribution.
Eight different players have scored at least once in the Reds’ seven appearances since the last international break, inevitably leading Mohamed Salah with six goals and two assists.
Indeed, at the rate they evolve, Liverpool could set a record for the number of goals scored in a single Premier League season.
But while that’s obviously fantastic to watch, Jurgen Klopp’s side also deserve immense credit for how they performed on the defensive end of the game. In a modest but not insignificant way, they have just set a record of sorts.
You can read more about it here.
Newcastle United get major boost for Liverpool
The owners of Newcastle United, the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), have received a major boost after the decision to lift the temporary ban on related party transactions was lifted.
The controversial Saudi PIF’s controversial takeover of Newcastle worth over £ 350bn in October was not warmly welcomed by Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League, with 18 of 20 clubs rallying to impose a temporary ban on trade deals involving related parties over fears that Newcastle will ramp up business and exceed the fair market value of transactions thanks to its rich business contacts in the Arab nation.
Manchester City, owned by the Abu Dhabi-based City Football Group, which itself has been accused of inflating sponsorship deals to circumvent Financial Fair Play (FFP) issues, abstained from voting at the meeting Premier League member clubs.
A temporary ban was put in place while a task force, which included the face of the Newcastle takeover, Amanda Staveley of PCP Capital Partners, tasked with reviewing related coin transactions, with a new set of rules agreed by member clubs on Tuesday.
You can read more about the Newcastle boost.