29 Apr 2017

Boss warns: £20m Liverpool star must 'improve his performance' and 'do better'. Sell ASAP?

Hull City boss Marco Silva has called on Liverpool misfit Lazar Markovic to up his game over the last few weeks of the season. In his pre-match press conference today, Silva described Markovic as a 'big talent', but warned: "He [Markovic] can do better. He can improve his performance...and he needs to give more for us. Of course I am happy because he improved but he can give more to us. I want more". Silva's grievance is understandable. Since signing for Hull on a season-long loan, Markovic's has contributed just 2 goals (no assists) in 12 games (One every 489 mins), which is a poor return. As a consequence of Markovic's profligacy, Hull are currently hovering just two points above the relegation zone, and it's reasonable to suggest that a few more goals/assists from the Serb might've propelled Hull a few more places up the table. Despite his failure to make a consistent impact, Markovic still harbours hopes of returning to Liverpool thi

Deal Close? Liverpool reps sent to watch 'incredible' sensation who's 'causing mayhem'. Boss confirms transfer is possible

Liverpool are desperate for a new left-back this summer, and new reports this week suggest Jurgen Klopp Liverpool is planning a shock raid on League One outfit Oxford City. According to the Daily Mail : "Scouts from Liverpool...are expected to watch 26-year-old Marvin Johnson against Shrewsbury on Sunday. Oxford have an uphill task to keep Johnson this summer as clubs line up to sign him". Some info about Johnson: * Left-back, who previously played as a left-midfielder. Contract expire: 2019 * Oxford : 51 apps (17 goals/assists. One every 236 mins). * Jan 2017 : Oxford boss Michael Appleton raved : "He [Johnson] is in incredible form. He’s causing mayhem as a left back and is continually creating opportunities” * March 2017 : Marvin on transfer rumours : "It’s just rumours, but for people to be talking about you then you must be doing something right". * March 2017 : When asked if Oxford will sell Johnson this summer, Appleton admitted : "W

World-Class Series [No8]: Michael Owen (Liverpool, Man Utd, England). Was he 'world-class'?

Michael Owen is the only British Ballon d'Or winner in the last 38 years, but was he 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 player under consideration, would the team still have achieved its OAL?

Anfield Surpise: Klopp reveals 'very good news' about 'brilliant' €65m Liverpool duo

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that two of the club's senior players may be in contention for inclusion in Monday's squad to face Watford at Vicarage Road. In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp told reporters: “Adam is back in team training today for the first time, which is very, very good news. Daniel is in team training again today too, and that’s good. Now we have to train...and then see what we can do with them.” So: ' Brilliant ' Sturridge is back in training, but for how long? It won't surprise me in the slightest if he picks up another knock before Monday, and/or plays for 30 minutes against Watford and then get injured again. As for Lallana: the saviour is back! Let's all rejoice at the imminent return of a player who's scored just one goal in his last 21 hours of football and provided one piffling assist in his last 16 games! As Reds fans keep telling me, Liverpool have sorely missed Lallana's incomparable p

Done Deal: Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool have signed up 'absolutely outstanding' £20m star to a new long-term deal

Another day, another long-term contract for an inconsistent Liverpool player who should, ideally, be a squad player. In recent months, both Adam Lallana and Simon Mignolet have been handsomely rewarded (with fat new contracts) for their endless inconsistency, and after a sub-par performance against Crystal Palace, it's now for Dejan Lovren to receive a pay-rise for failing to progress over the last 3 years. Welcome to Liverpool FC, folks! According to a statement on Liverpool's official website: "Dejan Lovren has today signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club". Jurgen Klopp's reaction : "I am really happy about this decision. If Dejan played for another club, you would think about signing him [and] to pay for him...would be a lot - a big sum of money". Lovren's reaction : "I am glad I will be a part of this team for the future. We are a really talented team with many special players, an amazing manager, the club

28 Apr 2017

Klopp to Sign? 'Extraordinary' Real Madrid sensation reacts to monster €50m Liverpool offer

One of Liverpool's current transfer targets is reportedly ready to quit Real Madrid this summer. Last week, a report on Spanish Radio Station Cadena Cope claimed that Liverpool recently submitted a €50m offer for Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio, and according to Spanish newspaper Don Balon today: * Asensio has told Madrid that he'll leave unless his contract is improved. * The Spaniard wants parity with the offers submitted by Arsenal, Liverpool, and Juventus. Some info about Asensio: * 21-year old left-winger, who can also play RW and AM. Contract expires: 2022 * Espanyol : 19 goals/assists in 37 apps (One every 160 mins) * Real Madrid : 12 goals/assists in 29 apps (One every 130 mins) * Spain : 18 goals/assists in 26 apps for U21s/U19s. 2 apps for senior national team. * Scored for Madrid on his La Liga debut, his Champions League debut, and his Copa Del Rey debut. * Dec 2016 : Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane told Marca : "Asensio has the best left foo

Anfield Update: Coach confirms 'Liverpool' transfer for 'fantastic' €40m Brazil sensation is definitely a no-go

Liverpool are currently linked with an exciting move for 'fantastic ' Bayern Munich star Douglas Costa, but is there any real possibility of Jurgen Klopp enticing the Brazilian attacker to Anfield this summer? On Monday, Munich-based newspaper Abendzeitung claimed: * Liverpool are interested ins signing €40m -rated Costa. * Spurs and Juve are also interested, but Liverpool are favourites to to seal the deal. When asked this week about the possibility of Costa signing for Liverpool, Lucas Cruel, Costa's friend, and personal fitness coach, told Sport1 : "No way! Douglas will not go to Liverpool. He prefers to stay at Bayern. It’s a good life here." It's reasonable to assume that Costa discuss football with Cruel during their frequent interactions, so there's probably some veracity to his emphatic claim. In March, Costa admitted that he's 'not happy' at Bayern, but from his point of view, there's (arguably) no compelling reas

World-Class Series [No7]: Diego Costa (Atletico, Chelsea, Spain). Is he 'world-class'?

According to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, Chelsea striker Diego Costa is ' world-class ', but is that really true? 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 player under consideration, would the team still have achieve

Signing Soon? Boss hints at deal with 'Liverpool' for 'unbelievable' £30m goal-machine

Daniel Sturridge is seemingly nailed-on to quit Liverpool this summer, and it looks like London may be a possible destination for the endlessly injured striker. Last month, Sky Sports claimed: "West Ham are planning to sell Andy Carroll in the summer and replace him with Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge". When asked on Thursday about the possibility of a transfer this summer, Hammers' boss Slaven Bilic hailed Sturridge as an 'unbelievable', and hinted at interest in sealing a deal: "I watched Stoke against Liverpool the other day, and with a couple of passes, he broke their defence. When he is on fire he is a great player. Is he the sort of striker we would look at? We are going to see. We have our list of strikers." Sturridge's gross unreliability is a major reason for the decline of his Liverpool career, but Jurgen Klopp's manifest lack of faith in him is arguably a huge contributing factor. It can be massively demotivating know

27 Apr 2017

Deal Close? Liverpool in talks to sign 'extraordinary' €30m sensation; Klopp desperate for transfer

Last week, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that the club has already held 'positive talks' with a number of potential transfer targets, and one of those targets appears to be RB Leipzig star Naby Keita. In recent months, multiple reports have claimed that Liverpool are keen to sign Keita this summer, and two new reports this week claim that: * Klopp is 'desperate' to sign Keita after missing out on him last summer. * The Reds are currently 'in talks' with Keita's reps over a transfer. * Keita is valued at €30m by Leipzig. Liverpool's interest is legit, and Keita confirmed this in October, when he told reporters: "Arsenal, and Man City...were interested in signing me, and Liverpool as well". Liverpool arguably need at least one combative midfielder, and Reds fans seem keen on the deal. I conducted a poll last month asking fans if LFC should sign ' extraordinary ' Keita, and a whopping 91% of participating fans