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01 July 2013

Transfer No 5: LFC to sign Barca goal-machine this week. Valencia starlet to follow...

Last month, Spanish newspaper Sport reported that Liverpool had put in a 'formal offer' for Barcelona youngster Sergi Canos, and new reports suggest that Brendan Rodgers is very close to sealing the club's fifth transfer of the summer.

Following the Sport Report, Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo - which maintains very close links to the Catalan club - also reported that Canós had agreed a deal with Liverpool, and according to a report in the Liverpool Echo over the weekend:

"Liverpool expect to confirm the signing of Barcelona's 16-year-old Sergi Canos next week.

"The midfielder will join the club's Academy. A deal to sign Valencia teenager Pedro Chirivella is also likely".


Canós is a real goal-machine at Barcelona:

* In October 2012, the 16-year old scored 5 goals in one game against Badalona.

* He's scored a few hat-tricks over the last couple of years, including the following against Cornella:



* Grabbed 15 goals in 13 games for Barcelona's Cadet A team last season.

TotalBarca describes Canos as follows:

"Sergi’s goalscoring abilities have been invaluable to his team’s progress this season in the absence of star striker Alexis Meva, who has only recently recovered from a long term injury. The Castellon born target man is a class act with the ball at his feet"

Liverpool have been linked with many Barcelona players over the last year, including Cristian Tello, Isaac Cuenca, Thiago Alcantra and Alexis Sanchez, but none of those deals ever looked likely to happen.

As for Chirivella - the Reds have reportedly offered the 16-year old Valencia starlet a 5-year deal worth 300K a season, plus the possibility of studying in one of the best schools in England.





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61 comments:

  1. liverpool4life5651:37 p.m., July 01, 2013

    Two good. Young talents.... :-)

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  2. Good future potential purchases, but is there anything regarding first team transfers? Other than small, agile midfielders? A centre back? forward?

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  3. hope sergi doesnt turn up like pacheco..

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  4. Hi JK - heard a little about Canos, Chirivella is a new one on me - they may be raw/unpolished and some will argue that it stagnates our own youth development - but for BR these will already have (what I believe) to be, the correct footballing principles instilled from a young age. I'm not an Daily Mail reader - but saw an EXCELLENT piece following our U21 exit regarding the state of youth football in the UK. As a 'modern' coach I couldnt agree more..

    Please have a read when you get a chance!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2342890/The-Footballers-Football-Column--Mark-Senior-Make-ex-Manchester-United-coach-Rene-Meulensteen-England-U21-boss.html?offset=0&max=100#comment-33418650

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  5. JK?! My comment has disappeared?! Was that you or GCHQ lol ?!

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  6. It's all good. But can we please sign at at least ONE established player. Not a talent!

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  7. One of the PRISM operatives in the US is an LFC fan, and he deleted your comment after coming across it in one of his daily surveillance cycles. I've managed to get it back though ;-)

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  8. He will come over, score hatfuls in the academy and then be loaned out to some poor side in the championship and struggle to get into our first team. Remind you of anyone?

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  9. to many to mention you will have to narrow it down

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  10. five transfers ,excitement rating zero

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  11. Dani Pacheco, Neil Mellor, Pongolle I could go on. Every season I hear we have one of the best youth teams on the planet, our youth team walked through United (just an example may or may not have happened) yet we see none of the so called "stars" make the step up.

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  12. I'm a fairly new coach and I completely agree with that article. When i was doing my level 1 the guy who was instructing us told us what he thinks is wrong with the English youth system, we do not allow the kids to have fun and by the time they get to 20 they are burnt out and are useless. Obviously the odd exception. I helped out at a local team for a bit on Friday nights. These kids i think were under 8s yet the head coach was telling me every players best positions and who his starting line up was. At that age they don't care where they play as long as they play and have fun but if they aren't playing they are obviously not happy and move away from the sport. Another thing what is wrong is that coaches think the bigger the player the better as they are physically tougher but are ignoring natural talent. I still remember back in school it was the tryouts for the school team. I scored about 10 goals and created plenty more chances for other people however the person who got chosen as the striker was taller and stronger but nowhere near as good. I think he scored one in the tryout. Thus making me move away from football for awhile and when i came back in the style i had adapted to didn't and still doesn't fit in to an 11 a side team. The only way i'd be used is being told to do my own thing. That may seem like a bit of a life story but there are underlying messages in that which can be used to help develop naturally talented kids rather than the physical players that seem to be getting picked up instead.

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  13. and they all cost money

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  14. Exactly. Why spend so much money on players we half the time or they choose to not sign a new contract and move on.

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  15. Carr71 no one cares what you think you moan for a living give it a rest

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  16. liverpool4life5654:31 p.m., July 01, 2013

    You have a point, but there are youngsters coming through, Kelly,wisdom,ibe,sterling,suso also next season other youth players will be given a chance...

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  17. I can't blame you JC but still lets be a little more optimistic and hope that our excitement ratings shoot up from the roof.

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  18. I hope they do make it to the first team and become "stars" for the future as BR is laying the foundation on them.

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  19. Yeah they're coming through but they haven't yet made it. These guys are the ones with the most potential from this season. My only fear with Kelly is that he always seems to be injured.

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  20. if they are not going to make it sell them

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  21. lets hope but imo unless suarez goes the kitty will be quite bare imo

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  22. Valencia plan to take Liverpool to court over Chirivella, under his contract with Valencia Liverpool should pay £4M for him. So deal far from done. Neither Barcelona nor Valencia will let their est youth prospects go without a fight. So don't celebrate just yet!!!

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  23. I hear you pal! I had similar experiences l! Branded a "showoff" or too "flashy" because I always wanted to try the new tricks I learnt or had seen! Instead of being schooled into "using them at the right time", or even praised for trying something different - I was very much restricted from trying something new (play percentages son!) into how the coach wanted me to play rather than develop my own natural ability which saw me lose a little love for the game during that time. Nor was there enough protection from referees - why are the english so obsessed with tackling lol?!! The amount of times I would get put up in the air for a nutmeg! (maybe my fault for calling it!) Looking back ages 8-13 and after working as a coach myself, I realised my coaches at the time were more focused on themselves rather than the team (i.e personal pride from wins/trophies - rather than developing individuals) I didnt make the grade at West Ham and left at 16.... I feel the same for many of my friends that I considered 'natural footballers' around that time (although a little to do with politics too). It's no coincedence that the UK has soooo much potential in the youth systems but few go on to make it world class - why is that?! It has to come down to the training - no point in putting in 10,000 hours if your working on the wrong stuff!

    On a side note, as I am sooo happy with the tactical and technical development of our Youth Teams. I managed to spend a few sessions with Alex Ingelthorpe & Chris Ramsey when he was at Spurs and his ethos is one I respect massively.

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  24. liverpool4life5655:15 p.m., July 01, 2013

    Real Madrid are meeting jovetic agents to sort out a deal.... Meaning if he signs for them then that's means Suarez will stay.... :-)

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  25. liverpool4life5655:16 p.m., July 01, 2013

    But they have good futures ahead of them, BR will help them through there development.

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  26. Yeah, I agree with you on that one. KD and BR were given too much money on there hands they just didn't spend it wisely and now the club has to sell their best player to make some funds for the signings. Hard time for LFC and its fans but we should be doing what we've always done and that is to be optimistic and support our wonderful club, IDK why other clubs and their fans hate us so much lol :D

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  27. I didn't want Suarez to stay after him publicly touting himself to RM but then the signings are also not making me excited so its better if he stays for now but then he won't be available for the first 6 games that are important for us to make an impact in the new season.

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  28. i do not think we are that hated ,considering our success we are quite liked,we never rammed it down everyones throat unlike man ure ,and chavski

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  29. It's not foreign talent we want to see there must be plenty home grown talent that we can invest in the amount British clubs waste on foreign
    Stars is beyond me

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  30. liverpool4life5655:35 p.m., July 01, 2013

    Will Mkhitaryan make you excited aha? If Suarez stays then our first eleven will look stronger... :-) and Sturridge and coutinho will do well first 6 games for us....

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  31. The big problem is that our academy was not being utilised under Rafa. Rafa wants to take all the credit yet when he gave a debut to a youngster it would be for two minutes and a pat on the back and then straight after that sending them to rot in the reserves again. Instead we had rubbish like Degen, Voronin and Aquilani wasting space on our bench.
    How many youngsters punched their way into the 1st team from our academy under Rafa?

    Nowadays the youngsters seem to get a proper chance to prove themselves in the first team again since Rafa left. That is a fact!

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  32. Just read it mate and completely agree - sounds like your boys in a good academy for his long term development too! I've got 3 girls and how I envy you watching him from the sidelines! Hope he does well mate

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  33. I completely agree with you. I read somewhere can't remember where, that the best players can play in any position as they know the game more. If coaches coach that into players when they are younger they will turn out better players. Dennis Bergkamp when he was at Ajax youth for a season they played him at right back for a season, he was obviously upset about it as he was a striker the next season they put him back upfront. When he played this helped his game as he knew when to drop deep to collect the ball as he knew what the full backs were seeing. Ultimately look how he turned out. I say good luck to your son, fro what I just said he seems to fit the right mold of player.

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  34. I obviously wasn't at that level haha. The funny thing is a few weeks after I got rejected I got handed a trial at Preston North End but I couldn't go as I was moving down to Oxford as my step dad was in the army. When I eventually came back into football, the team I played were still at an alright level though. We had Fleetwood, Southport, AFC Fylde and Burscough Dynamos all respectable semi-pro teams at the time (Fleetwood are now obviously professionals now) Even then I was utilized in the right way except the last two game of the season when there was nothing to play for. I tore the Fleetwood defenders to pieces in one of those games.


    I think I remember you posting something about being in the same youth team as Frank Lampard and you saying you didn't think he was amazing but that's what who you know gets you?

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  35. Hopefully you are right, under BR we do seem to be using the youth players so that is only a good thing.

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  36. I wouldn`t say that was fair on Rafa. The players he was left with in the youth set up were all pretty poor. People say he didn`t give youth a chance, but I think there missguided. He sign most of our promising players that we have now. Of course they were going to take a few years to be first team ready, Just like any BR signs now. For Rafa to have played some of the youngsters he was left with would prob have lost him his job in his first season, they were that bad. Houllier had re-shaped the youth set up, and had started getting it going, but none of the players he had left in it were ready, Rafa then took it to another level, well him and the team he got in.


    Youth players are a combo of so many things. The manager who gives them the chance, the manager who doesn`t as they aren`t ready and therefore stops them becoming a Ngog (which Rafa played loads). The staff who are training them, and so much more.


    Its completely unfair and tbh nonsense to blame a manager or credit a manager for the youngsters he has the day he signs.


    The reason the youngsters get a chance now is cause Rafa and the whole team who train and scout these young players stepped up there game so they are good enough.


    The true credit for young players has to be placed over a number of managers or years. Only history shows if that manager did well. Rafa`s youngsters are a combo of him, rodger, Hodgson and Kenny. Each will have played there part in getting them ready to be played today, along with all the backroom staff. It`s very short sighted to suggest its all down to one guy.

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  37. I do agree with you, but I think its more than just the training, its also the culture. For some reason a lot of the young English players seem to be going off nights out a lot, where as a lot of the young Spanish etc players who play in the prem seem a bit more clued up about treating the body right. I`m not saying all young English players do this, but they def do more than there europeon counter parts. It must make a difference. Becoming stars before they actually are doesn`t help either.

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  38. Are you telling me that there was not one player from our academy that could have made it as a regular under Rafa. Not one in six years?

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  39. who knows, but you make it sound like he didn`t play any, not one. He did, so check your facts first. Ngog was played a lot, thats just one example.


    Out of the young players he had, who do you personally think could have made it? or would have liked to have seen given more games?

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  40. Err... I'd like to see very good English players but that's one of the least important things for me, by a long long way. I want to see talented players playing for Liverpool. Where they're from is not important.
    Haw much money is wasted by British clubs on British players?

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  41. yes hes doing well but like you sid sometimes it gets him down,he nearly jacked last year as the training was so uninspiring ,,3 times a week the same thing over and over again can drain the boys

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  42. lol if he turns out to be a tenth as good as bergkamp i will be chuffed

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  43. we seem to just persivear with them ,because we have paid for them some clubs have a massive tirn over of youths ,and imo it helps the players if they are not good enough they need to find there level.

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  44. I am talking about players who worked their way through the academy and made a break through into the first team and became a regular. There was not one under Rafa unless you can point out any players. Lucas, Ngog and Pongolle do not apply here.

    Are you telling me that there were no hidden talents in our academy for six years while Rafa was in charge?

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  45. Canos has a Dalglish-esque haircut. Big boots to fill.

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  46. As the old saying goes if you're good enough, you're old enough. Most of the time they just aren't good enough for that level but if they say came trough a Championship side they would probably make it.

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  47. I think anybody would be haha

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  48. I have a mate who was a first choice youth keeper at Liverpool (uder 15s at the time) he later went to Blackburn but he ended up quitting football as he wanted a social life as he wasn't really hanging around with his mates.

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  49. I guess Mkhitaryan is the only player that has excited the whole LFC community and the same applies to me. So, yeah the only player that has got me excited but then will he sign? There are so many stories going on him.

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  50. Yeah, lol those two are way too much hated and we're no where near them haha :D

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  51. lets hope everyone starts hating us again ,because we are winning everything

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  52. I wish that it happens right from this season, I'd be with you to get BR sacked if we don't make it to the top four this season because he's getting everything at his disposal and has himself said that he'd make the top four spot make happen for us.

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  53. liverpool4life5656:48 p.m., July 02, 2013

    Yeah he will sign, we are further down the line than any other team... Just having difficulties with the third ownership but eventually it will get done :-)

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  54. i maybe would not sack him if we do not get top four ,but we have got to challenge at least

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  55. I want us to stay in the top four right from the start till the end of the campaign, I know I am asking too much but that is what the aim should be for LFC this season.

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  56. then we pretty much also have none now too if your going to count out everyone you don`t like to count, purely to make your argument valid. How does Ngog count less than Sterling? He doen`t. Neither came through the academy really,


    Are you telling me no talent has come through ever from the academy under any manager? Whats the cut off point you have made up then? had to be with us at 8 or is it 9 or maybe 10, which works best to suit your anti Rafa youth policy? If so count out pretty much everyone Rodgers plays too.

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  57. BR has only been at the club for one season and gave a 17 year old Sterling the chance to prove that he was ready.Even Suso got a proper run in the first team.


    Rafa would have never ever given a 17 year old a regular first team place. That is the point I am making!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Read Bellamy's book, he even states that Rafa trusted nobody. If Rafa couldn't trust Bellamy then how the hell would he have trusted a 17 year old?


    I do not hate Rafa but I am happy that he is no longer at the club. Happy days!

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  58. i have said before looking at the fixtures if we are not in the top four after nine games we will not be there at the end of the season

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