While Bayern Munich is thought to be the front runner to secure Benjamin Pavard in 2019, Jurgen Klopp is entering Liverpool into the fray and that could make things interesting.
If the Merseyside outfit do still have a weakness, however, then it has to be at the back, though Joe Gomez has grasped the opportunity afforded to him by Dejan Lovren’s injury and he could yet make a position at the heart of his team’s defense his own.
Jürgen Klopp seems happy enough for the pair to fight it out for the right to partner van Dijk during the current campaign, but recent reports suggest that the club are competing with Bayern Munich to bring in French World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard next summer.
Maybe the whole “Pavard to Bayern in 2019 is a done deal” line of thinking needs to be revisited?
Unable to reach a deal for Atletico Mardrid’s Filipe Luis or Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose, PSG is looking at Bayern’s Juan Bernat. Bernat who has been linked to a number of teams over the past month is clearly not in the plans of Niko Kovač. The French side was also exploring Bayer Leverkusen’s Wendell, but a higher fee has nixed that deal.
The alternatives for PSG are still Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) and Danny Rose (Tottenham). Leverkusen’s Wendell is no longer an option for Tuchel’s club due to his high transfer fee. Bernat has no role under Niko Kovac and is only the third option at left-back after David Alaba and Rafinha.
Bernat was not on the game day roster yesterday and just does not appear to have a role under Kovač. Given his age (25), the Spaniard should just move on, but hopefully to a place where he can actually play.
It was the best of times (a win!) and the worst of times (an injury!) for Bayern against Hoffenheim. Here some quick hitters on the match:
- Hoffenheim came into the match knowing it had to be overly aggressive to even have a chance and referee Bastian Dankert didn’t do enough to limit the physicality early. Of course, that led to Kingsley Coman’s unfortunate injury. Coman was a NIGHTMARE for Die Kraichgauer and appeared to be on his way to a spectacular game given how Hoffenheim had no solution for him. Hopefully the 22-year old has a speedy recovery, but things certainly don’t look good as of now.
- Now that we’ve got that awful news out of the way, we can focus on the good that went down; namely Thomas Müller. After kick starting the scoring with a brilliantly placed header (assisted by Joshua Kimmich), Müller turned in a superb effort that included an assist on Arjen Robben’s goal. Müller had another disallowed when he was essentially an innocent bystander to a blast from Leon Goretzka that ultimately ricocheted off the Bavarian’s arm inadvertently. It was a vintage Müller game and let’s hope there are more of these types of performance are on the horizon.
- Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez...oooooof. The duo helped make Adam Szalai a household name yesterday as he deftly bullied his way though them to register Hoffenheim’s only goal. I don’t want to overreact as both players are quality, but there really should not be a debate on who the top-pairing at center back should be for big games (Mats Hummels and Nikas Süle) and Niko Kovač may have to start thinking very hard about who deserves to be at the pivot. Could Thiago, Goretzka, or Corentin Tolisso (HUGE popcorn fan by the way) do a better job than Javi? Heck, could Sebastian Rudy return from the ashes and reprise his role? Uh, maybe not. Anyway, these are options that Kovač will have to analyze. But hey, we KNEW this was coming.
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