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21 May 2017

Confirmed Teams: Klopp drops 'exceptional' €31m attacker; top goalscorers benched; Brazilian returns

It's crunch time! Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made one change to the team for today's final day Premier League clash with Middlesbrough. FULL TEAM : Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge. SUBS : Karius, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lucas, Grujic, Origi BORO : Guzan, Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend, Clayton, Leadbitter, Forshaw, Downing, Bamford, Gestede * Roberto Firmino comes back into the starting lineup at the expense of Divock Origi. * Daniel Sturridge makes his second start in a row, which bodes well for his ability to remain fit. * The bench looks a tad stronger this week, but it's still short of genuine match-winners. Hopefully, though, that won't be an issue against a relegated team. At home. * Surprisingly, Middlesbrough have left Alvar Negredo on the bench, and opted for Rudy Gestede instead. * Both of the club's top goalscorers are on the bench, which suggests 'Boro are g

19 May 2017

Transfer to Liverpool? Klopp very interested in signing 'excellent' €75m Barcelona star; offer expected soon from Juve

Liverpool are once again being linked with a summer move for one of Barcelona's Brazilian stars. Over the weekend, Spanish newspaper Don Balon claimed Barcelona are planning to offer Rafinha Alcántara in part-exchange for Philippe Coutinho, and now, Sky Sports claims : "Juve are planning to submit a bid for Rafinha imminently, as the Italian champions are aware that Liverpool are also very interested". According to Rafinha's agent , however, the 24-year old wants to stay at the Nou Camp: "Rafinha has no interest in leaving Barcelona. We have a contract until 2020 and he will finish it normally." Some info about ' excellent ' Rafinha: * Central midfielder. Can also play as part of a front 3, or on the wings. * Buyout clause = €75m . * Scouting Report (Excerpt) : "Will to do defensive errands and cover the full-backs and attackers. Flamboyancy and natural flair coincide with his hard-work, selfless running and defensive sacrifice

18 May 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool make record €75m offer for 'unbelievable' attacker who rejected Man Utd

Liverpool have reportedly made a massive club record bid to sign Ligue One's breakout star of the season. Over the weekend, Ex-Red Vladimir Smicer urged Liverpool to break the bank and sign Monaco star Kylian Mbappe, and it appears that Jurgen Klopp is trying to do exactly that. According to Spanish newspaper Marca today, "Liverpool are keen on [Mbappe's] signature. The Reds expressed their interest on paper, but...Monaco have rejected a 75 million offer". Last season, Liverpool reportedly sent scouts to watch Mbappe, and in March, the Daily Mail claimed that the 18-year old 'turned down' a move to Liverpool. €75m for an 18-year old? Give me a break. Mbappe is having a standout season at Monaco, but this is only his first full year at the top level, and there's no guarantee he'll maintain and/or improve his form at a more competitive club. Mbappe is the kind of young player Liverpool should be targeting (i.e. the best of the best in their

World-Class Series [No11]: Roberto Baggio (Juve, Milan, Inter, Italy). Was he 'world-class'?

Roberto Baggio...what a player! Anyone who watched football in the 1990s will remember the genius of Baggio, but did he do enough to be considered a 'world-class' player? World Class: My Definition Before a player can be deemed 'world-class', he/she must have a Specific, Measurable Impact ( SMI ) at all three levels of football, and push his/her team to relative success at all three levels. The Three Levels * Domestic : National leagues. * European : Champions League, Europa League, or equivalent. * World : International - qualifying and/or tournaments. Relative Success: OAL and SMI * What is the the team's Optimum Achievement Level ( OAL ) in a given competition? In other words, based on historical performance, what is the absolute best the team can realistically expect to achieve? * Causation : The player's causal contribution to his team's OAL. To what extend did the player in question help the team to meet its OAL? But for the playe

Sturridge Out: Liverpool keen to sign 'extraordinary' €20m striker who wants to 'play at Anfield'

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified the player he wants to replace Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool next season. According to The Independent this week: "Jurgen Klopp hopes to sign Timo Werner and from Red Bull Leipzig as Liverpool target five transfers this summer, with the club expected to sell Daniel Sturridge" This follows a report last month from the Daily Mail, which claimed : "Liverpool have enquired about Timo Werner, but the German club is reluctant to sell". Werner has already hinted that he's up for a move to Liverpool. In a recent interview, he enthused : "To play at Anfield and hear fans sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' would be something special." Some info about €20m -rated Werner: * 21-year old striker, who can also play on either wing. Contract expires: 2020 * Stuttgart : 25 goals/assists in 103 apps (One every 230 mins) * Leipzig : 28 goals/assists in 32 apps (One every 88 mins) * Aug 2013 : Became

Deal Close? Klopp still desperate to sign 'excellent' £15m sensation; Liverpool 13/5 favourites to agree transfer

With the summer transfer window fast approaching, Jurgen Klopp is reportedly remains interested one of the Championship's brightest prospects. Last month, The Independent claimed that Liverpool were close agreeing a deal for ' excellent ' Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon, and according to the Liverpool Echo today: "Ryan Sessegnon remains Liverpool's top left-back target. The Reds intend to pursue Sessegnon as a replacement for Alberto Moreno. Klopp believes he [is] the ideal new recruit to compete with James Milner for the left-back spot". UK Bookmakers currently have Liverpool as 13/5 favourites to sign Sessegnon, but if this story is true, then it's concerning that: * Klopp intends to play Milner out of position yet again next season as a left-back, even though Milner recently admitted that he is 'frustrated' with being played out of position. * Klopp thinks that £15m -rated Sessegnon - who has zero top flight and/or European experience -

17 May 2017

Next Suarez? Liverpool favourites to sign 'phenomenal' €60m striker who idolises 'Ronaldo'. Contact made already

Liverpool are currently linked with a move for Sampdoria star Luis Muriel, and new reports this week suggest that Reds are among the favourites to sign the Colombian striker this summer. Liverpool once considered Muriel as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, and in March, Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato claimed: "Liverpool are interested in signing Luis Muriel, and have contacted Sampdoria for information". Now, TMW 'sources' claim: "Sampdoria have put Luis Muriel up for sale. Liverpool and Sevilla are favourites to sign him this summer" . Some info about Muriel: * 25-year old striker, who can also play wide. Contract expires: 2019. * Sampdoria/Udinese : 69 goals/assists in 148 apps (One every 124 mins). * This Season: 21 goals/assists in 32 apps (One every 111 mins). * Sep 2014 : Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo insisted : "He [Muriel] has a price. He is worth €60m, like Cavani" * Aug 2014 : On his idol : "If I were t

Liverpool Lies: Debunking spurious fan misinformation and falsehoods about Lucas Leiva

It's a sad state of affairs, but ignorance, unfairness and deliberate misrepresentation of the truth are the defining characteristics of many football fans these days. Sadly, Liverpool fans are amongst the worst when it comes willfully spreading misinformation and/or twisting reality to fit their immovable views. The deliberate and/or negligent dissemination of false information is something I constantly battle against, and one of the reasons this site exists is to debunk - with cold, hard facts - the endless stream of spurious, agenda-driven fan/media 'theories' about LFC (and football in general). In my experience, a dispiriting number of fans have rigid, inflexible views, and instead of being fair (and moderating their views based on performance levels) they endlessly twist the truth to fit their personal view, and back up their 'alternative facts' with false info. Prime example: On Tuesday, I posted an article about Lucas Leiva , wherein Steven Gerrard p

Contact made: Boss confirms 'Liverpool' want summer deal for 'outstanding' Brazilian playmaker

Liverpool youngster Allan Rodriguez De Souza is currently on a season-long loan at Hertha Berlin, and it looks like the young Brazilian has made a strong impression on the club. Speaking to German magazine Kicker this week, Sporting Director Michael Preetz confirmed: “We've lodged our wish to loan Allan for another year with Liverpool. The English club is up for it, but they'd like us to be in the group stages of the Europa League". Liverpool have no choice but to keep Allan out on loan as he remains ineligible for a UK work permit. Jurgen Klopp is desperate to have him in the squad, though: "I saw him [Allan] in training and thought ‘What can we do to bring him into the line-up? He will be part of the squad in the future. He is an outstanding talent". Allan also has his eye on the prize, and in November, he insisted : "My goal remains to play for Liverpool. We'll see what happens if I don't get the number of games need to qualify for a

Deal Close: Liverpool determined to finally seal £30m transfer for 'exceptional' title winner

Liverpool remain determined to secure a big money deal this summer for one of the club's on-loan fringe players. After his heroics for Crystal Palace, Mamadou Sakho is nailed-on to leave Anfield this summer, and it appears that Palace - or any other interested club - will need to pay through the nose to secure a transfer. According to The Guardian this week: "Liverpool will sanction Mamadou Sakho’s departure from Anfield this summer but will seek at least £30m". When asked this week about the possibility of a transfer, Palace chairman Steve Parish confirmed that he wants to sign Sakho, and praised the French defender making a 'massive difference' at the club: "It’s [a transfer] we’d like to do...but the money needs to work for us and Liverpool. I’m sure there’ll be a negotiation. We won some massive games with him". Prior to his season-ending injury, Sakho helped Palace win 5 of the 7 games in which he featured, and helped the team to 4 clean