'Good news' - Liverpool fans react to transfer bombshell
By Danny Wright
Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to react positively to the news that their club has been banned from signing academy players from other English teams.
In a statement on the Premier League website it was announced that the Reds won’t be able to snap up any youngsters for the next two years and have also been slapped with a £100,000 fine.
The transfer bombshell came after Liverpool admitted that they spoke to a Stoke player and offered him an all-expenses paid trip to a match – which is widely considered as ‘tapping up’.
The majority of fans aren’t too bothered by the news and seem to think that it might prompt the club into strengthening the first-team with players who have already reached their potential.
That thought is surprising considering that Jurgen Klopp is known for building his squad around exciting young players.
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Here is a selection of messages on Twitter from Liverpool supporters about the ban:
Not signing in January looks like a CALAMITY now. Should have at least brought two players in. In midfield or striker. LB or Striker ???? #LFC
— Taz Chisango (@MrTazofficial) April 5, 2017
First Mane, now this Ban…. I know, I know.. Bournemouth is waiting to do the double & complete the hattrick #LFC
— Samik (@SamikLFC) April 5, 2017
ban isn't that bad. Could've been a lot worse
— Shah (@ShahLFC94) April 5, 2017
yeah can sign others. Not problem. Should look to sign more proven players anyway.
— LFC (@CotteeTom) April 5, 2017
— Rahul Puri (@rahulpuri) April 5, 2017
Now let's focus on getting proven players
— Spetsnaz (@Albertiser) April 5, 2017
— Kieran Lynch (@klyncho) April 5, 2017
— Jason Basra (@jasonbasra) April 5, 2017
Liverpool will not be able to sign players who have been a part of a Premier League or EFL academy in the last 18 months.
The Merseyside club will be able to go back into the market for young English talent after a year as the second half of the ban is suspended for a further three years. It will be activated if the club commits a similar offence.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp is excited by the return of this 27-year-old.