Thiago Alcantara has always been proud of being a mix of football cultures – the free-spirited flamboyance inherited from his father the Brazil international Mazinho, and the adhesion to order, structure and positional discipline learned at Barcelona and ingrained at Bayern under Pep Guardiola.
It’s no surprise that he wants his club career to reflect the joy of different styles too – he’s done LaLiga and the Bundesliga, aged 29, he is now desperate to experience the Premier League.
Liverpool are interested. How could they not be? The fact that he has one year left on his contract, combined with the deflation of the market caused by the coronavirus pandemic, will bring his price down.
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Andy Robertson feels fit and ready to go again as Liverpool’s busy schedule continues at Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday.
The left-back sustained a knock in the latter stages of Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Anfield but, speaking immediately after the match, stated that he will be available for the Premier League champions’ trip to the Amex Stadium.
“All good, yeah,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com, when asked about his fitness for the game against Graham Potter’s team.
“I’ve just got a bit of a dead calf just in the challenge with Grealish with about 20 minutes to go, just a tangle of legs and I got a dead calf. We’ll be good to go, it’s a hectic period [and] we need to keep as fresh as we can.
“Obviously after 13 weeks off we’ve now got three weeks of a lot of games, so that’s what the squad is for. We made four subs today and every single one of them had a massive impact and we made three changes to the starting line-up, so we’ll wait and see what the manager does on Wednesday.
“I’ll be good to go and hopefully he picks me and hopefully we can have another positive performance.”
Robertson also discussed the satisfaction of bouncing back following last week’s defeat to Manchester City, the Reds’ will to win and Alisson Becker, who made several fine saves versus Villa to keep another clean sheet.
Read on for more from our interview with the Scotland captain…
Andy, it must feel good to get the three points after the frustration of the visit to the Etihad Stadium?
Look, Thursday was a frustrating performance. We weren’t happy with certain areas of our game. It was a strange one. I think over the last five or six games we’ve played against Manchester City that might have been the most chances we created against them, and in the first 25 minutes we could easily have went one or 2-0 up. Obviously when you don’t take your chances we are playing against a team that has got nothing really to lose and they went out and took their chances, which we didn’t. In certain areas we could have done a lot better, of course we could have, but it was important not to overreact. We are champions in our own right, and that game made us 20 points clear of that team so that shows you how well we have done this season.
We can all have off days and yeah, we didn’t like it, but we managed to bounce back today. It might not have been the best performance in the first half but you are playing against a team that is fighting for their lives and relegation and I know how that feels. When you do that you need to match their fight and you need to match their endeavour and we did that, and it took a bit of time for any sort of quality to shine through in that game. But once it did, then we were the ones doing it and we managed to capitalise on that. [We] took our chances and 2-0, I think, was a fair result.
A tough game from a team that deserve to be higher up! Buzzing for @curtisjr_10 for getting his first… https://t.co/JZimlUfj1u— andrewrobertso5 (Andy Robertson) 5th Jul 18:36
This Liverpool team gets a lot of praise for its style of play, but you’ve also got that grit and determination to find a way to win when a game perhaps isn’t flowing as you would like, too...
That’s why we are champions… when sometimes times are tough we dig even deeper and some teams might have been thinking, ‘OK, it’s not our day’ in the first half. I didn’t think we played badly but they put up a good defensive block, they had a couple of chances themselves and some teams crumble under that - not us. We managed to shine, we managed to hold our nerve and then Naby’s pass for Sadio was a fantastic pass and we take the goal. Once we went 1-0 up we really started to put our quality onto the game and that’s why we limited their chances and we had a couple more ourselves. Luckily Curt managed to seal the three points for us.
Finally, the manager said after the Merseyside derby a few weeks ago that we shouldn’t take Alisson for granted. He made some fantastic saves again to preserve your 15th Premier League clean sheet of the season…
We never take Ali for granted and he’s the best goalkeeper in the world by a country mile. Even when he’s not got a lot to do, he still stays alert when balls are in behind and he’s clearing the ball. Sometimes people who just come and watch maybe forget about that stuff and easily can take him for granted - but we definitely don’t. He’s a fantastic ‘keeper, he’s a fantastic person and he made a couple of big saves today. That’s what he’s there for and what he gets paid for I suppose, but when he does that, it gives us confidence we have all the confidence in the world in him.
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Football Expert & ColumnistTrent Alexander-Arnold played a key role in Liverpool's opener from a midfield position. Could he play there in future?
Last Updated: 05/07/20 9:19pmCould Trent Alexander-Arnold thrive in midfield?
Trent Alexander-Arnold's future at Liverpool may lie in central midfield, according to Graeme Souness.
The right-back, who has provided 12 assists for the Premier League champions this season, stepped into midfield and picked out Naby Keita in the build-up to Sadio Mane's opener in Sunday's 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
It was just the latest example of the 21-year-old's ball-playing prowess, and while Souness feels Jurgen Klopp may be reluctant to move him away from the right-back spot immediately, the Sky Sports pundit believes Alexander-Arnold could slot into midfield in future.2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Aston Villa FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Aston Villa
"I think the boy could play anywhere in midfield," Souness said on Sky Sports. "He started out as a central midfield player and then saw an opening at right-back.
"You would be reluctant to take him away from where he is because a large part of Liverpool's attacking play comes from him and [Andrew] Robertson. They have high energy levels, and when they get into the last third, they can deliver.
"Looking at it now, you've just won the league, you are the current European and world champions, so if it ain't broken, why try to fix it?
"But the modern defender today, at the top clubs, has to be able to take the ball and play and deliver in the final third, so why not?"Heskey: Midfield is Trent's natural position
Emile Heskey, meanwhile, believes Alexander-Arnold's experience of playing as a midfielder in Liverpool's academy has served him well at right-back and means he would have little trouble adapting to midfield at senior level.
"If you were to ask him, he would be more than happy to play in midfield because that is, I would say, his natural position," the former Liverpool striker said on Sky Sports.
"He gets more space in the wide areas and then you see the passing range that he has. But that passing range has obviously been built up over the years playing in central midfield.
"His decision-making probably comes from having less time when he was in central midfield. He's had to be aware of what's going on around him."
"It's a different game in there," added Souness. "You are dodging bullets and elbows are up.
"If he's full-back, he knows nothing is coming [to his right] when he receives the ball.
"Full-back is a very different position and you get plenty of time there to have your first touch, get it out of your feet and get your head up.
"But he's as good as anyone when he gets a chance to deliver."Alexander-Arnold's creativity in stats Trent Alexander-Arnold's creativity in numbers
There is certainly plenty of evidence to suggest Alexander-Arnold has the qualities to thrive in central midfield.
The passage of play leading to Mane's opening goal at Anfield on Sunday was not the first occasion that he is drifted inside from the right flank and the statistics underline his creativity.
His total of 12 assists this season is second only to Kevin de Bruyne in the Premier League, while he ranks third behind the Belgian and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish for chances created (79).
Alexander-Arnold ranks second for expected assists, which measures the quality of chances created, and he's in the same place for what Opta define as 'big' chances created. No player in the Premier League has made more passes into the opposition box.
The numbers are all the more impressive when you consider his position and underline a level of technique and vision far beyond most central midfielders.
For Klopp, they also provide food for thought on how Alexander-Arnold could be used in the future.Super 6: Three on the spin for Man Utd
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Premier League (33), Anfield
July 5, 2020
Goals: Mane 71′, Jones 89′
Liverpool headed into a Premier League clash off the back of a defeat for just the second time as they welcomed an Aston Villa side fighting for their survival in the topflight.
Jurgen Klopp made just three changes to his starting lineup, while the afternoon also paved the way for an Anfield return for Pepe Reina who started in between the sticks for Villa.
And it was a first-half few will elect to give a second viewing with just one shot on target apiece, with Liverpool down on their trademark intensity and a clinical edge once again absent.
The skipper injected much-needed impetus moving forward, and after 70 long minutes with little to see Reds rise to their feet, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane combined for a rare moment of quality.
The latter then dispatched his effort into the roof of the net in what was his 50th goal at Anfield for Liverpool in all competitions.
It capped off an otherwise lacklustre affair, with Alisson then pulling out a brilliant reaction save late on from Jack Grealish to secure his 13th clean sheet of the league campaign.
After making it 24 successive wins at Anfield and 57 unbeaten, all attention will now turn to the meeting against Brighton on Wednesday.
Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones kept up below-par Liverpool's perfect home record in their 2-0 win over struggling Aston Villa.
In their first home game since being crowned Premier League champions 10 days ago, Liverpool were fortunate to edge past their relegation-threatened visitors, who had the better of the few chances at Anfield.
However, Mane, so often Liverpool's saviour in times of need, was picked out by Naby Keita's precision pass inside the box 19 minutes from time to rifle an effort in off the crossbar and beat former Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
And when substitute Jones, who signed a new long-term deal at Anfield earlier this week, doubled the lead with a placed finish late on, that confirmed Liverpool would move within two matches of becoming the first team to win every home game in a Premier League season.Player ratings
Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (6), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (6), Keita (7), Fabinho (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Mane (7), Origi (5), Salah (6).
Subs: Firmino (7), Henderson (7), Wijnaldum (6), Jones (7), Williams (n/a).
Aston Villa: Reina (7), Konsa (7), Hause (6), Mings (7), Taylor (6), McGinn (6), Luiz (7), Grealish (7), El Ghazi (6), Davis (5), Trezeguet (6).
Subs: Samatta (5), Jota (6), Vassilev (n/a).
Man of the match: Sadio Mane
Villa could have led by the time Mane struck the opener with chances falling for Anwar El Ghazi and Douglas Luiz in either half but failed to sufficiently test Alisson, as the visitors remained a point adrift of safety inside the relegation.Liverpool show mark of champions to grind out win
Aston Villa's guard of honour to welcome Liverpool onto the pitch at Anfield would have been a good reminder for Jurgen Klopp's team of the season they have enjoyed after a difficult defeat at Manchester City on Thursday night.
But any hope of a response from their humbling at the Etihad was premature, as became rapidly evident during a dour opening period where Villa - coming into the game on a run of only two points from their previous eight - shaded the half.More on this story Image: Naby Keita registered his third assist of the season to set up Mane's opener
Douglas Luiz stung the palms of Alisson with a well-struck volley in one of few moments of note before the interval, as Liverpool floundered against an increasingly resolute Villa defence, with their ample possession wasted by a lack of intensity with the ball.
Surely the champions would see an improvement after the break. Not immediately. Jack Grealish fed El Ghazi to fire at Alisson's near post from a tight angle, but with an hour gone and Jurgen Klopp clearly unimpressed with what he had witnessed, a triple change reinvigorated the hosts.Team news
Liverpool made three changes from the defeat by Manchester City, with Divock Origi getting a rare start in place of Roberto Firmino in attack.
Aston Villa restored Pepe Reina in goal for his first return to Anfield since leaving in 2014, as one of five changes.
With that in mind, you could feel the tide turning by the time Keita looked up inside the Villa box 11 minutes later to pick out Mane on the right, and after escaping the clutches of Neil Taylor he fired home the opener via the woodwork.
And with the hosts now looking more assured, youngster Jones wrapped up victory with a smart eight-yard finish from Mohamed Salah's knockdown.
Grealish could have given Villa the goal their performance deserved in injury time but was denied by a superb Alisson save, leaving the champions' copybook unblotted as they kept up their assault on Manchester City's 100-point record tally from 2018, which four wins from their final five games will be enough to beat.What the managers said...
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "It was a very difficult game, for different reasons. Aston Villa were well-organised and made it really tricky for us. We made three changes in decisive areas, which was important I think from a physical point of view.4:26 Jurgen Klopp said it was a tough game against Aston Villa but he was happy with his Liverpool side's performance
"I think there were two situations which could or should have been penalties, we are where we are because we win the difficult games, and that happened again tonight."
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith: "I'm disappointed and I don't want to be a valiant loser because we're scrapping for points at the moment and running out of games. The game plan was excellent, to outshoot Liverpool at home, the champions at Anfield, in terms of efforts on goal is excellent but we've got find better quality in the final third.2:22 Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said they will take a lot of positives from their despite defeat to Livepool at Anfield in the Premier League
"Our counter-attacking opportunities were brilliant and we never found that final quality, a bit like what they showed in the final third with their goals."Man of the match - Sadio Mane
Yet again, Mane delivered when it mattered for Liverpool with the goal to break the deadlock. It was a fine piece of build-up, with a tempo which had been sorely lacking earlier in the game, to find the Senegalese forward but once the ball did reach him, he finished with typical aplomb.
"28 years old, fantastic attitude, he's a warrior, it'd be faster to tell you what he hasn't got - and I can't think of anything," Graeme Souness told Sky Sports after full-time. "He's aggressive with his attitude, he won't be bullied."
Mane's 16th league goal of the season means he has now scored at least 20 in all competitions for Liverpool for three successive seasons.Opta facts
Liverpool's trip to Brighton on Wednesday is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 8pm; kick-off at 8.15pm.Wednesday 8th July 8:00pm
Aston Villa welcome in-form Manchester United to Villa Park on Thursday, also live on Sky Sports Premier League from 8pm; kick-off at 8.15pm.Thursday 9th July 8:00pm
It was far from entertaining, but Liverpool clocked up another three points in their pursuit of a record Premier League points total, overcoming Aston Villa at Anfield.Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa
Premier League (33), Anfield
July 5, 2020
Goals: Mane 71′, Jones 89′Main man Mane
Before the lockdown, the talk around the potential player of the year was much about Jordan Henderson, who was viewed as the favourite for the Players’ Player of the year.
But for the best player, Liverpool supporters would have largely voted Sadio Mane as their player of the year.
The Reds’ No.10 was the one seeking to provide the impetus in an extremely flat first half, often playing the role of both left attacker and central attacker given Divock Origi‘s lack of quality.
And it was Mane who provided the breakthrough goal, finishing past Pepe Reina to claim his 20th goal of the season in all competitions.
There’s been many who have contributed to Liverpool’s title success this season, but perhaps none more so than Mane – the player who assisted and scored in the absolutely vital late win away to Villa in November.What does Divock do?
The only eye-catching part of Divock Origi‘s showing was his new hairstyle.
But in 63 minutes on the pitch, Origi offered very, very little. No shots, no dribbes, absolutely nothing of note. If this was a chance to stake a claim to remain at Anfield this summer, he failed. If it was a chance to catch the eye of a watching manager, it failed miserably.
On a day when Rhian Brewster netted again for Swansea City, Origi’s time at Anfield looks another step closer to being over. We all know why Klopp wanted Timo Werner this summer, and this showing further underlined that.
Quality depth in attack beyond the front three is absolutely essential this summer. A cult hero due to his Champions League heroics last season, but nowhere near the quality required.Midfield creativity
Speaking of signings, the name of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago has been on the lips of supporters this last 48 hours and this game pointed at why his creativity may well be something Klopp would like to add to his team.
It was an opportunity for Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the latter in particular struggled to make an impact. Oxlade did try some clipped balls over the top, something Thiago is known for, but they failed to come off.
Keita did more and it was his nice pass in that provided the assist for Mane’s opener.Subs win prizes
One of the benefits of the temporary five-sub rule is the ability to make three subs in one showing, safe in the knowledge that you can still make further changes if an injury occurs.
That’s exactly what Klopp did on the hour, replacing the ineffective trio of Origi, Oxlade and Fabinho with Henderson, Wijaldum and Firmino.
It means that the game can be changed from the bench quite effectively and it was nice to see it pay dividends here.
That triple sub was then followed up by Curtis Jones‘ late cameo and first league goal in the final minute.Rotation ahead
It was a surprise to see both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson start and with two further games this week it’s likely each will be rotated in one of those fixtures at Brighton and at home to Burnley.
Neco Williams was on the bench again so perhaps Brighton on Wednesday is ideal for his first league start, while James Milner should be back to full fitness to allow Robertson a rest in one of those fixtures.
Jones had a good sub showing the day after signing a new long-term contract, needing two more appearances now to qualify for a Premier League winners medal. We could see the Scouser get his first league start in the coming weeks.
Klopp made just three changes for this starting lineup and we should probably expect more than that in these two coming fixtures.
Four wins from the final five games are required to beat the record Premier League points total.
Liverpool did little to entertain but the three points were secured nevertheless against Aston Villa, where the aim of eclipsing 100 points moved one step closer.Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa
Premier League, Anfield
July 5, 2020
Goals: Mane 71′, Jones 89′
There was little to be excited about in the opening half, however, with the Reds lacking any penetration or a connection between the middle of the park and those leading the line.
Me too mate pic.twitter.com/UTHJyURPqI
— Craig Hannan (@C_Hannan7) July 5, 2020
What’s a central midfield, anyways
— mark kastner (@mkstnr) July 5, 2020
“I’m colour blind and can’t tell the difference from red and green…I think some of our team can’t either!!”
– phil smith on the forums.
Having won the league, Liverpool turned their attention to defeating an even bigger foe: insomnia.
— Liverpool Offside (@LFCOffside) July 5, 2020
All painfully too slow and being played in front of Villa. No real sign of the creativity you’d have expected to see with Keita and Chamberlain both selected & general lack of runs to break the lines. Minamino for Origi seems obvious.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) July 5, 2020
Tough watch that. Midfield is missing Henderson’s intensity & Origi not offering much of a threat #LIVAVL
— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) July 5, 2020
Probably the most boring game I’ve ever watched. I’d hook Origi for Taki or Firmino, to try and link the midfield to attack. Provided not everyone’s passing is putrid again, that is.
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) July 5, 2020
Origi off, Minamino on. Would love some minutes for Elliott, Williams and Jones too.
— Scott Groom (@ScottCGroom) July 5, 2020There was relief and plaudits as Mane nestled in the first goal of the afternoon…
We don’t deserve it, but that was nice
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) July 5, 2020
Sadio Mané, though. The absolute fella, as per!
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) July 5, 2020
Brilliant work from Naby Keita. Give him space and he will deliver. Got to say, though, that is very harsh on #AVFC.
— Matt Addison (@MattAddison97) July 5, 2020
First time Naby Keita has pushed forward and got in a dangerous position and it’s a superb finish from Mané.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) July 5, 2020
“First goal as champions, a bit ridiculous to say that imo.”
– Livvy on the forums.
First decent move Liverpool have put together the whole game! Good vision from Alexander-Arnold and Keita.
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) July 5, 2020
Sadio Mané has scored 20 goals for the third successive season at Liverpool
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) July 5, 2020There were questions raised over unpunished contact on Salah in the box…
I struggle to see the difference between the penalty that Pogba got at Tottenham or even Sterling at the Etihad to what Salah didnt get there
— John Bradley (@jbradleymedia) July 5, 2020
Mo needs to lose consciousness whilst breaking multiple bones for sky to admit he’s been fouled
Carra too for some weird reason
Never mind a Mancunian ref
— Simon (@StatsSwearwords) July 5, 2020
If you're a fast player running past a defender and you have your shoulder grabbed every time, then you lose the advantage of your pace and you have to adjust balance. It's illegal. It's not even shoulder-to-shoulder, it's a pull on the shoulder. Not a "terrible" foul, but a foul
— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) July 5, 2020
Again, Salah with the same contact as Sterling on Thursday. Not given.
— Erin Mc Asterisk (@ErinNYC75) July 5, 2020
This ref is the big winner from a closed ground here. He’d be getting absolutely battered if people were in.
— Phil Blundell (@PhilBlundell) July 5, 2020And it welcome sight for many to see Jones net his first league goal…
Not a bad way to celebrate signing a new 5 year contract, that! Delighted for Curtis Jones.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) July 5, 2020
That was a very nice goal and the perfect way for Curtis Jones to mark a new contract.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) July 5, 2020
Great team goal that from Liverpool. Started and finished by Curtis Jones. Nice play from Henderson, Robertson and Salah in between. #LIVAVL
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) July 5, 2020
“This is what we need. A lad from Toxteth.”
– RodM on the forums.
Delighted for @curtisjr_10
Local lad scoring for his boyhood club. A big talent #LIVAVL
— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) July 5, 2020
Curtis Jones is the 17th different scorer for @LFC in the league this season – that equals the club record previously set in 1911-12 and 2015-16.
— Ged Rea (@ged0407) July 5, 2020Ultimately, the subs changed the game and it was another three points in the bank for the champions…
Football without Henderson is nothing.
— Paul Grech (@paul_grech) July 5, 2020
BOUNCING OUT OF ANFIELD AFTER OUR 24TH WIN ON THE BOUNCE LIKE….
— Andy Heaton (@Andrew_Heaton) July 5, 2020
Hello Reds, what a win dat was den.
— Gareth Roberts (@robbohuyton) July 5, 2020
Tidy game management against plucky opponents. Keita lively, nice linking for the opener. Made up for Jones, what a way to cement a career-defining contract. Alisson proving, again, completely priceless at the end. Three more points for the team that cannot be caught. #LFCdigest
— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) July 5, 2020
89 points, 17/17 home wins. Reds back to winning ways. Made up for Curtis Jones what a week for him. Happy weekend! pic.twitter.com/TVbcqGSNoM
— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) July 5, 2020
Another three points, a professional response to the midweek hangover against a side fighting for survival. Another clean sheet for Ali and Liverpool doing what they’ve done so often on the way to the title, ie doing enough!
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) July 5, 2020
Jürgen Klopp has explained how Liverpool’s fixture schedule was behind the decision to make three changes to his starting line-up for today’s meeting with Aston Villa.
The champions return to action at Anfield this afternoon three days after their last outing – a defeat at Manchester City on Thursday.
The Reds then face a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday followed by a home encounter with Burnley on Saturday.
As a result, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi have been brought into the XI today, with Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino being named on the bench.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com’s new Match Centre, Klopp detailed: “If we play Thursday – Sunday it’s not cool, but one time is no problem. But if you play Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday and then Saturday then that’s a problem – it’s sports science.
“The boys want to – and in this league especially – throw everything on the pitch that we have, so that means your body needs a specific amount of time to recover to do the same thing again.
“It’s not that you’re not ready in the mind, [although] that can be the case sometimes, but there are a few things we know from a sports science point of view where we have to say, ‘OK, now we have to be careful.’ We cannot always be careful, but we have to [try].
“We could have played with exactly the same team, but then for the Brighton game we would have to make eight or nine changes and that, of course, costs you rhythm, so now we have to see from specific positions especially.
“Hendo and Gini are players who always have a really high outcome on the pitch; physically they work a lot, have intense runs and stuff like this. Both are in good shape, but [so are] Naby and Ox as well, so that’s it.
“With Bobby, it’s pretty much the same and Divock is working for his chance constantly in training, so I have to reward that as well.
“That’s what we do and we still have a lot of options to change.”
Liverpool are able to welcome Xherdan Shaqiri back into the matchday squad for the first time since January; however, a minor muscle issue has ruled James Milner out.
Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip also remain absent for the Reds.
Klopp continued: “Millie feels OK but it’s a little thing and we don’t want to take any risk because it makes absolutely no sense.
“When Millie says he feels something a little bit then we don’t go with any risk because usually he tends to ignore all the negative signs of his body!
“So for Shaq, that’s why a space was open in the squad so he is in. It’s actually maybe a little bit too early for Shaq because he’s not too long in training after a pretty long period where he was out, but it is just a nice thing for him to have. Being around and stuff like this is for him the next step back into complete normality.
“Dejan still struggles with a little problem that has taken a bit longer than we thought, but it’s still not serious. He didn’t give the green light so far so we have to wait a little bit longer.”