Steven Gerrard has confirmed despite Filip Helander’s long term absence, not only is there no avenue for Niko Katic’s return early, but he wouldn’t do it even if he could.
The Swede is out for at least 3 months which rules out his 2021 for almost certain, and the earliest we’re likely to see him come back is January or February, but Stevie admitted that there is no clause to recall Katic early, and even if there was, he wouldn’t use it.
He went on to state Katic needs minutes and he’s in the right place to do that. In truth that’s a very odd reason – if Katic was to return, there’s a certainty he’d play, and he’d play a lot, given the only two senior and established stoppers we now have are Goldson and Balogun.
Stevie went on to add that there’s a tonne of cover for that position, and the club will handle Helander’s absence.
If ever there was evidence Stevie has no interest in Katic, this would be it. Even down a defender, he has little urge to bring the Croat back to play in our shirt and not Split’s.
So there you have it.