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LISTEN: Scott Quinnell on the Golden Point

It’s a cross-code special this week as Scott Quinnell joins Sky Sports rugby league pundit Barrie McDermott and host Marc Bazeley to talk British & Irish Lions and his time in the 13-man sport

Last Updated: 09/07/21 1:06pm

Former Wigan forward Scott Quinnell is our podcast guest this week

Former Wigan forward Scott Quinnell is our podcast guest this week

We span the rugby divide again on this week’s episode of the Golden Point Podcast as we are joined by man who starred in both codes, Scott Quinnell.

Currently part of Sky Sports‘ team for the British & Irish Lions rugby union tour to South Africa, Scott sits down with our rugby league expert Barrie McDermott and host Marc Bazeley for a wide-ranging chat.

There is a look at the rugby league influence on the Lions’ 1997 tour to South Africa, Scott and Barrie’s memories from their time as team-mates with Wigan and what the former forward has been up to as he travels the country in the Sky Sports Fanvan.

The former dual-code Wales international explains what makes rugby union’s Lions so special, while he and Barrie share their ideas of how to revitalise the rugby league equivalent.

Plus, Scott picks his top league to union converts, while Barrie lists those from his playing days who starred after making the switch from the 15 to 13-man code.

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Molango vows to listen to players as new PFA chief executive

Maheta Molango has vowed to listen and work for players as he takes over as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association.

The former Brighton striker has replaced Gordon Taylor, to become the union’s first new chief executive in 40 years.

In an open letter to players, the 38-year-old promised the organisation will meet their needs and outlined his vision for the PFA.

He wrote: “One principle will guide my leadership of our union, and it is this: the PFA belongs to the players. It should always be run on behalf of its members, for its members.

“I have begun my time at the PFA by speaking to members, our internal teams and a wide range of people from across football.

“I’ve been hearing about the issues that matter to them – asking what role the PFA can play and where we can do more. Most importantly, I’ve been making clear my desire to ensure that we work together. I’m looking forward to continuing these conversations.

“I know that the interests and needs of players are constantly changing. As your union, it is our responsibility to understand where, and how, we can best support you and represent you, whatever stage you are at in your career.

“To do this, we need your involvement. I want members to have greater opportunities for input into the work of the PFA. Recent changes to our structure, I believe, will support this, and I am personally committed to making sure your voices are heard and represented.”

Molango spent time at Brighton between 2004 and 2007 and also played for Lincoln, Oldham, Wrexham and Grays.

He is a qualified lawyer, fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, German and English, and was seconded to Atletico Madrid as legal counsel in 2015 – ahead of their 12-month transfer embargo in 2016.

In two windows he helped oversee 30 deals, including the sale of Mario Mandzukic to Juventus, Filipe Luiz’s return from Chelsea, Yannick Carrasco’s switch from Monaco and Antoine Griezmann’s new deal.

Previously a part-time scout for Charlton, he negotiated Mesut Ozil’s termination deal from Real Madrid ahead of his move to Arsenal in 2013.

“As a player in England, like you, I was a member of the PFA. The players’ union supported me, and I saw its value first-hand,” he continued.

“Having also played and worked in football in other countries as chief executive (at Real Mallorca) and lawyer, I’ve seen how well-regarded the PFA is and how widely it is recognised for the way it successfully represents players’ interests.

“The PFA has been central to a huge amount of positive and transformative change within football over the years – change that has benefitted members at every level of the game. This collective influence has been hard-won and it is something we must strive to protect.

“The impacts of the coronavirus have shown how important the PFA can be to defend your interests. The game – OUR game – is at a crossroads and the players should be at the centre of any discussion about the future of football.

“I join the PFA at a time of change, both for the union and within the game more widely. I take over the role of chief executive from Gordon Taylor, who led the PFA for over 40 years.

“Gordon achieved an enormous amount on behalf of members, and he deserves our thanks and recognition for his work and his commitment.”

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Valtteri Bottas fumes at Mercedes in French GP – 'Why the f*** does no-one listen to me?'

Valtteri Bottas was left fuming over Mercedes’ team radio during the French Grand Prix, after surrendering second place to Max Verstappen in the final few laps at Paul Ricard. Red Bull opted for a two-stop strategy for Verstappen over their main title rivals, which ultimately paid off with the Dutchman securing victory in France over Lewis Hamilton.

After the move, Bottas was heard shouting to his race engineer, Riccardo Musconi: “Why the f*** does nobody listen to me when I say it’s going to be a two-stopper? F***ing hell.”

His team-mate Hamilton was leading the race at the time, with the Finn behind him running in second, struggling on the hard tyre for the final few laps of the race.

Verstappen and Red Bull had switched up strategies, and pitted onto the medium compound of tyre in the latter part of the race to take the fight to Mercedes, whilst also trying to avoid their rivals performing the undercut.

And it worked, as the championship leader swept past the Finn on fresher tyres, before his team-mate Perez did the same thing few laps later, despite also being on the older hard tyre.

“My tyres are f***ing finished,” said Bottas. “Copy, we understand,” came the reply from Musconi.

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But the strong weekend, up until the race, did not turn out to be as strong as Bottas, or Mercedes, would have liked after Sunday.

Red Bull and Verstappen pitted for a second time onto the medium tyre, sweeping past Hamilton on the penultimate lap, and extending his lead at the top of the standings by 12 points after a thrilling battle between Mercedes and Red Bull.

An elated team boss Christian Horner was heard over the radio congratulating Verstappen and saying: “Well done mate, payback, great job.” 

The Dutchman replied: “What a race man, thank you so much,” after struggling with his team radio for much of the race.

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Freddie Mercury’s Queen top The Beatles in UK poll of musicians to listen to while driving

The vast majority of Brits love to put on some bangers while driving, with just 7 per cent of the nation preferring silence. And now Freddie Mercury’s Queen have topped a new UK poll of the most popular musicians to listen to while driving. The band behind Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You and Don’t Stop Me Now, beat the likes of ABBA and The Beatles.
Car-buying experts at Perrys polled 1500 British adults to find out how music choice plays a role in the car on long journeys.

It turns out that younger adults aged between 25 and 34 were the most avid listeners, with 98 per cent agreeing that having tunes playing was a must-have.

By UK region, those living in Kent and the West Midlands were found to be the most likely to listen to music during a long trip, with 100 per cent polled in those spots admitting they cannot drive in silence.

Here are the UK’s Top 10 musicians to listen to while driving, followed by Britain’s favourite music genres to enjoy in the car.

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This year marks Queen’s 50th anniversary, but Brian May admits he finds it hard without Freddie.

Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, the 73-year-old said: “Well I’m proud. Of course, we’re proud of what we’ve done and we’re still around.

“We just kind of didn’t want to harp on it. We just thought, ‘Let’s just celebrate the fact that we’re still creative.’

“I think it also…because Freddie’s not here it changes our feelings a little bit. There’s always going to be that little bit of…reticence in a sense.”

Of course, not only does this year mark 50 years of Queen, but also 30 years since Freddie’s death in 1991.

And following John Deacon’s retirement in the mid-90s, Brian and Roger Taylor have kept the show on the road with collaborative singer Adam Lambert.

Brian added: “I’m very proud of what we do now with Adam. It’s been incredible, the sort of…the re-birth and response we’ve had around the world.

“And it’s great that we can own our own legacy, own our own material and keep it alive rather than it being a museum piece or fossil.”

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Beyoncé Makes Surprise Cameo On Jay-Z’s New Song With Nas — Listen

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Ex-rivals Jay-Z and Nas collaborating on the same track wasn’t the only surprise that DJ Khaled’s new song, ‘SORRY NOT SORRY,’ brought. If you listen closely, Beyoncé is also on the track!

Hey to you too, Beyoncé! Her husband Jay-Z, 51, made a surprise move by linking up with his former rival Nas, 47, to rap on DJ Khaled‘s new track “SORRY NOT SORRY,” which was track No. 10 on his star-studded project Khaled Khaled that came out on April 30. But their unlikely partnership wasn’t the only surprise on the song: Beyoncé sings one word — “Hey” — after Jay-Z raps, “Sorry, that’s another B / Haters still ain’t recover from the other B, mm / That’s a double B, now that’s a treble B / Can’t forget ’bout the other B.” We see what the power couple did there.

But Beyoncé does more than say “hey.” She also lends her beautiful vocals to harmonize on “SORRY NOT SORRY,” which solves the mystery as to who Harmonies by The Hive is (one of the featured artists on the song, along with James Fauntleroy). While Beyoncé didn’t appear in the song’s accompanying music video, the video does address her surprising cameo: once she sings “Hey,” Jay-Z looks behind his shoulder.

Long before Pusha T versus Drake or Taylor Swift versus Katy Perry (or Taylor Swift versus Kanye West) were the biggest feuds in music, Jay Z and Nas’s rivalry were the definition of beef. The schism began in 1996, according to High Snobiety’s timeline of the feud, after Nas reportedly failed to show up to record verses for Jay’s “Bring It On,” off of Reasonable Doubt. Nas’ second album, It Was Written, starts with “The Message,” which contained the line “Lex with TV sets the minimum,” which was a shot at Hova (who made many references to the luxury brand on Reasonable Doubt.)

“I saw JAY-Z driving a Lexus with the TVs in them. I got rid of my Lexus at that point, and I was looking for the next best thing. It wasn’t a shot at Jay, but it was just saying that’s the minimum you gotta have,” Nas told Complex. “It’s not a shot at him but he inspired that line.” Jay seemingly shot back at Nas on “Where I’m From,” rapping, “I’m from where n—– pull your card, and argue all day about/Who’s the best MC’s, Biggie, Jay-Z, and Nas.” Some would claim that Roc-A-Fella artist/Jay-Z protégé Memphis Bleek was brought in to feud with Nas, but things went problematic when Nas dropped the “Stillmatic Freestyle.” Along with the unfortunate homophobic insults, Nas called out the “fake king of New York,” before rapping, “You show off, I count off when you sample my voice / I rule you, before, you used to rap like the Fu-Schnickens / Nas designed your Blueprint, who you kidding?”

Jay-Z, Nas, and DJ Khaled — all on the same track. (Shutterstock)

The pressure from Nas saw Jay respond with “Takeover,” first as a freestyle and then as a polished track on 2001’s The Blueprint. “That’s why your (lame!) career’s come to an end / it’s only so long fake thugs can pretend,” rapped Jay on the track. “ So yeah, I sampled your voice, you was using it wrong / You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song (Woo!).” It was considered a fatal blow – until Nas unleashed “Ether” off his 2001 album, Stillmatic. “I got this, locked since Nine-One (1991), I am the truest/ Name a rapper that I ain’t influenced,” he rapped. Nas would then insinuate that Jay copied his style and sold out. “Y’all n— deal with emotions like bitches/ What’s sad is I love you cause you’re my brother, you traded your soul for riches.”

Most gave the round to Nas, but Jay-Z fired back with “Supa Ugly,” which saw Jay brag about an alleged three-year affair with Nas’ girlfriend at the time, Carmen Bryan (Jay bragging about affairs seems odd in the post-Lemonade era, but these were the early 2000s.) Most listeners thought the response was weak, and Jay’s own mother called him and told him to apologize. “Mom put in a call and said, ‘That went too far.’ And she’s never, ever called me about music,” said Jay, per HipHopDX. “So I was like ‘Okay, okay, okay. I’ll go shut it down.’”

It got shut down – seemingly for good – in 2005. Jay and Nas buried the hatchet during Power 105.1’s Power House concert, per Billboard. Jay suggested that an earlier reunion between Diddy and rapper Lox/D-Block had inspired him, and he brought out Nas “to deafening applause.” The two stood next to each other for two minutes of cheers before launching into a fifteen-minute set that included “The World Is Yours,” “Street Dreams,” and more.

So, when are we getting the JAY-Z/Nas Verzuz?

Spotify just launched a brand-new way to listen, but UK subscribers miss out

You just need to use the ‘Hey Spotify’ wake phrase and then ask for a song, album, artist, playlist, station or podcast.

Other voice commands you can call upon for quick access to some new tunes while you drive include…

• Hey Spotify, play rock

• Hey Spotify, play my favourites

• Hey Spotify, shuffle today’s Top Hits

The Car Thing also features four preset buttons, so you can quickly get access to your most listened to content – such as the latest episode of the podcast you’re binging, playlists you often belt out or songs from your favourite artists.

If you like the sounds of Spotify’s first foray into hardware there are a few important things you need to know.

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Juventus ‘prepared to listen to €25 million bids’ for Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo will be allowed to leave Juventus this summer if the price is right, according to reports. If Ronaldo wants to leave, the Italian club will supposedly let their man go for a minimum of €25 million.

The claims, as reported by Spanish outlet AS, may come as a surprise to some, especially when Juventus Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici was recently quoted as saying: “Cristiano is the best player in the world and we are not going to let him go.”

However, since the Old Lady crashed out to Porto in the Champions League, and all but gave up their defense of Serie A with a disappointing defeat to Benevento, rumors have emerged linking the Portuguese star with a move away from the club.
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Earlier this month, it was reported that Ronaldo had been in discussions with his former club Real Madrid over a potential return to the Spanish capital.

Despite domestic success in his first two seasons, the 36-year-old has failed to lift the Champions League with his current club. That elusive trophy was the key reason behind why the Bianconeri paid over €100 million ($ 118 million) for Ronaldo back in 2018.

Despite this apparent failure, AS reported that Juventus defended their investment, claiming that the global superstar had enhanced the club’s exposure worldwide.

Even still, between the cost of his salary and the amortisation of the initial transfer fee, Ronaldo is costing the club around €87 million per season. With just one year left on his contract, it may be tempting for Juventus to try and reclaim some of their investment before he is available to leave for free in the summer of 2022.
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The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on global sport will likely have put Juventus under more financial strain than anticipated when the club signed Ronaldo three years ago. As reported previously, the club announced losses of more than €113 million ($ 155 million) for the first six months of the 2020-21 season. This may explain why they are so prepared to lose the superstar.

It looks as if Ronaldo’s preferred destination is indeed a return to Madrid with his old club. However, careful not to burn any bridges, Juventus claim they will not force him out of the club, and are content to keep him for one more season.

Only time will tell, although it looks as if Ronaldo’s fate is in his hands.

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Liverpool have already been sent Jurgen Klopp exit warning by Dortmund and FSG must listen

Liverpool: Klopp insits squad still have hunger

“We did not try to change his mind anymore. But that was maybe a mistake. Perhaps it would have been better if we had changed the entire team – not the coach. Because I knew that, we would never get back such a coach.” The words of Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke in his 2019 biography, True love: a life with BVB, discussing Jurgen Klopp’s exit.
Klopp called quits on a seven-year spell with Dortmund in the summer of 2015, having delivered two Bundesliga titles, a DFB Pokal and two Supercups as well as taking the club to a first Champions League final since 1997, only the second in the club’s history. Their familiar conquerors Bayern Munich downed them at Wembley.

The manager’s last season saw Dortmund enter the winter break in the relegation zone before a Lazarus-like recovery in the second half of the season saw them qualify for the Europa League and at least send Klopp out on a high, even though the campaign overall was a disappointing one.

Just like when he arrived at Liverpool, Dortmund were on their knees when Klopp took over, even more so in fact. He transformed them in the same style he did the Merseyside club and overcame the might of Bayern – twice. Despite working with limited resources. That, simply, is what he does.

Since Klopp left, Dortmund have won one trophy, the DFB Pokal under now Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel in 2017. Their best league season saw them finish two points behind Bayern Munich in 2018-19.

In the other five years since the German left though, they’ve ended 10 points, 18 points, 29 points and 13 points off of Bayern, who can win a ninth straight league title this season. The gap between Bayern and Dortmund down in sixth right now stands at 16 points with 10 games to go. Marco Rose will take over next year, becoming the sixth man at the helm since Klopp left six years ago.

Liverpool have already been sent Jurgen Klopp exit warning by Dortmund and FSG must listen

Liverpool have already been sent Jurgen Klopp exit warning by Dortmund and FSG must listen (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool have already been sent Jurgen Klopp exit warning by Dortmund and FSG must listen

Liverpool have already been sent Jurgen Klopp exit warning by Dortmund and FSG must listen (Image: GETTY)

Dortmund didn’t sack Klopp, he walked away himself. But might he have stayed if the hierarchy had promised to build him a new-look team that could challenge for major honours? Possibly. We’ll never truly know – but clearly Watzke and the higher powers at the Signal Iduna Park feel in hindsight that there was another chapter to be written.

With Klopp now in his sixth season (his fifth full season) with Liverpool, the club are in the midst of a full-blown crisis. No doubt about it. It is their worst sustained spell of results for a decade. Comparisons have naturally been drawn with his last year at Dortmund.

“I had a situation at Dortmund after a very successful spell and then it’s not that easy,” Klopp said last week. “But it’s not even close, the situation. At Dortmund, it was not even half as bad, from an injury point of view, as it is here now.”

This is unquestionably the nadir of Klopp’s managerial spell at Liverpool, coming so soon after the overwhelming highs of a Champions League triumph and a Premier League in back-to-back seasons. They won 196 of an available 228 points in the league over those two campaigns and the latter was the first in which they ended as champions for 30 years. This year they’ve collected 43 from an available 84 and are staring at a finish outside the top six, maybe even outside the top eight.

Liverpool have just suffered a sixth-straight Anfield defeat for the first time in their entire 129-year history. The latest was as predictable as it was meek, Fulham playing well but never really being properly tested bar one or two moments.

The Reds, all of a sudden, have become the easiest team to play against in the Premier League. Especially at Anfield, which would have been a farcical claim to make as recently as mid-January.

Between 30 January 2019 and 16 December 2020, Liverpool won 33 of 34 Anfield league matches – drawing to Burnley in the other – and enjoyed a run of 24 straight victories. They’ve now not won in eight straight league games at home, scoring only one open play goal in that time and losing 1-0 four times.

Liverpool have already been sent Jurgen Klopp exit warning by Dortmund and FSG must listen

Liverpool have already been sent Jurgen Klopp exit warning by Dortmund and FSG must listen (Image: GETTY)

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The drop-off has been staggering. In their 14 games since beating Crystal Palace 7-0 away from home in December they have picked up 12 points from an available 42. By contrast from the first 14 games of this term, they amassed 31 points, winning nine, drawing four and losing one.

It is the perfect storm of problems, with injuries at the very heart of it. Liverpool have been crippled by fitness woes and the structure of the side has been hurt. Players have had to play too many minutes and be relied too heavily upon. Gini Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson are two of them and both look blown out.

Yet injuries can no longer be the sole excuse, for that would allow some of the players to be excused from blame. They cannot. For as much as it has been an incredibly taxing season, for a team who have exerted incredible energy the past few years both physical and emotional, they are simply so much better than this. They were in December, when they were top.

Confidence has now clearly gone too and the body language has changed dramatically. There is no simple solution to all these issues. Mixing up the team didn’t work against Fulham, despite the underperforming Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane dropping to the bench with Roberto Firmino, equally as poor this term, also out due to a minor injury. Would a change of formation help? Possibly. Will it happen? Probably not.

Whether the Champions League can provide some respite remains to be seen – most likely not, given the calibre of quarter-final opponents they could come up against if they even manage to get past RB Leipzig. It is completely feasible they will squander their two-goal lead to the Bundesliga title hopefuls in the second leg of their last 16 tie on current form.

There are also more league defeats still to come for Liverpool and with them will come more pressure and more outside questions of just how many losses can be withstood before Klopp’s long-term future is called into question.

This Liverpool team simply needs to drag itself through until the end of the season and recollect ahead of 2021-22. It would be helpful if it could restore some pride at Anfield before then. 

The probability of FSG cutting ties with the 53-year-old coach, even if Liverpool lose another five games of their last 10, is almost zero. So it should be. There is no manager in world football with whom Liverpool could replace Klopp who would be an upgrade on the German, provided he’s hungry to do the job. And make no mistake he is.

Liverpool: Klopp outlines what needs to change

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Liverpool have already been sent Jurgen Klopp exit warning by Dortmund and FSG must listen (Image: GETTY)

It is not simply that this squad needs to hear a fresh voice, similar to how Chelsea have improved under Thomas Tuchel since Frank Lampard was sacked in January. The same could be said when Antonio Conte came in after Jose Mourinho’s exit.

Waiting for players to return from injury will not solve all of Liverpool’s problems, especially the psychological scars that will stem from such a losing streak. It is very easy to get into the habit of losing – and very hard to get out of it. Instead, the squad needs improving and refreshening in several areas.

The club’s Boston-based owners need to ensure that Klopp is adequately backed. Right now, Liverpool need at the very least a new centre-back – Joel Matip is constantly injured and Ozan Kabak doesn’t appear the long-term solution – a new midfielder to replace Gini Wijnaldum and a new forward to rival the likes of Firmino and Mane.

Those all need to be top-level players capable of starting regularly, they have to be Diogo Jota-level additions. Then they need to strengthen the depth of their squad too. Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri will need to be replaced with better options, for starters. Is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain offering enough? There are plenty of questions and a lot of work needs to be done.

Reshaping a squad and knowing when players have gone past their peak, a job Sir Alex Ferguson was masterful at with Manchester United, is not something Klopp is familiar with. But he is the right manager to oversee the rebuild. He’s built one great team at Anfield but they are now physically and mentally drained – you can see it in their faces. The squad needs a facelift because this is no longer a blip. And those returning from injury will not be enough to totally transform the team back into what it was 12 months ago.

With the Champions League cash gone, it might be on Liverpool’s owners to find a solution to ensure the squad’s rejuvenation is properly funded so that Klopp does not have to settle for third, fourth or fifth choice targets instead of who he and Michael Edwards really want. The lure of playing for Klopp’s Liverpool should still be there for most players, even if not for all. FSG must ensure he has the finances to bolster the squad as he sees fit, that be through bank loans or by using money out of their own back pocket. 

Liverpool have already been sent Jurgen Klopp exit warning by Dortmund and FSG must listen

Liverpool have already been sent Jurgen Klopp exit warning by Dortmund and FSG must listen (Image: GETTY)

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Manchester City are back at breakneck speed again and Manchester United and Chelsea are among the teams closing the gap in the chasing pack. If the Reds lose Klopp in the next couple of years, it’ll be a long time before they can be the hunted rather than the hunter. 

Not properly backing him would leave them more vulnerable to an approach from Germany. There is a real chance that Die Mannschaft will come calling if Joachim Low leaves post-Euros later this year or after the World Cup in December 2022. There is an increasing amount of noise suggesting Klopp would consider cutting short his Liverpool contract, that runs until 2024, to take up the national team job if he’s offered it.

Would he really leave Liverpool before then? Well it’s no secret that Klopp would liked to have spent more than he has been able to in the past couple of years. His comments in January suggested that FSG told him he could not sign a new centre-half at the start of January.

Klopp said then: “I am not a five-year-old kid any more and if I don’t get what I want I start crying.” But it’s clear he needs to be backed if he is to build a new team.

Liverpool then signed Kabak on loan and Ben Davies, yet to even play a single minute, for nominal fees. They are stopgaps at best. Taking the same approach into the summer will put far too much pressure on the players returning to catapult them back into contention for major honours. Asking Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk to have that impact alone will result in disappointment. This squad have already been asked too much of both physically and mentally.

The best thing to ever happen to FSG was and is Klopp – without him, none of their success as Liverpool’s owners would have been possible. Perhaps no other manager in the world would be able to build what he has on Liverpool’s finances. It’s not a shoestring budget, but his net spend since his arrival is just £103m. Pep Guardiola’s at Manchester City is £400m more, and the options the Catalan can call upon off the substitutes’ bench are significantly superior to that of Klopp’s. 

Whether he can do it again is uncertain but FSG must ensure Klopp’s kept happy and convinced that the club match his ambition because if they want more major titles before their ownership ends – he is the man to deliver them. If he leaves, Liverpool will surely be left to regret it. Dortmund were.