Soccer is a universal language, that can inspire discussion between folks from all walks of life and all four corners of the globe. The debate that can inspire an opinion from just about any fan around the globe concerns the relative merits of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In seasons past, when considering which player is the best, I have always sided with Ronaldo.
Over the years, the January transfer window has provided plenty of entertainment, as clubs frantically scramble to complete medicals and fax contracts as the minutes tick away on deadline day. The January transfer window was first introduced by UEFA in 2003, despite most Premier League sides being against it… and was intended to create “stability” in the game, allowing teams to focus on the second half of the season, rather than the marketplace. One of the biggest issues is how it strips smaller clubs of their best talents and widens the gap between them and the biggest clubs—like when Liverpool signed Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton, or Wilfried Bony was taken from Swansea by Manchester City.
Virgil Van Dijk is the only fit senior centre-half right now, with Fabinho filling in at the back against Brighton. Jurgen Klopp has admitted it’s unlikely they’ll buy anyone in January, but someone like Burnley’s James Tarkowski or Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake would fit the bill nicely. Manchester City are deep in every department except defensive midfield: we’ve already seen this season how they suffer without Fernandinho and they should be thinking about his long-term replacement.