3 Nov 2014

Gerrard-killer? BR wants to sign £15m 'Player of the Year' Carra hailed as 'outstanding'

Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for Aston Villa holding midfielder Fabian Delph, who is also being monitored by Arsenal.

According to The Mirror:

"Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs are monitoring Delph’s situation.

"[Delph] is not happy about the direction of the club"


£15m-rated Delph - whose current deal expires next summer - is currently stalling on signing a 4 new contract with Villa, which means he'll be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club in January.

Lambert is desperate to keep Delph at the club, and in a recent interview, he argued that the 24-year old midfielder is destined for greatness. He told the Birmingham Mail:

"He's been excellent over the course of the 18 months. There's massive potential there to be a really top player and if he keeps his feet on the ground, keeps learning, keeps doing what he's doing then we'll see where he goes"

Lambert also suggested that Delph can take Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard's place in the England team:

"With [Steven Gerrard] retiring, it gives him [Delph] the opportunity to get in. He has started the season really well so it's great for him and it's great for the club."

Reds legend Jamie Carragher is a fan of Delph, and in a recent column for Sky Sports, he hailed the midfielder's 'outstanding' talent, and argued that he deserves a regular place in the England team. Carra explained:

"Delph is playing every week for a big club [and] he gives a side real energy and aggression. Plus, because he is left-footed, offers you nice balance in the middle of the park, while he has strike on him, too"

Please, for the love of God, no more overpriced, under-achieving British players. With Lucas on the way out, Liverpool need an experience, top-class defensive-minded midfielder, and although Delph is a good player, he is not (IMO) someone who can go straight into the first team and have a transformative impact.

Additionally, Delph's injury history is a major concern. Over the last four years, he's suffered seven injuries (including a cruciate ligament tear), and spent over 400 days on the sidelines as a result.

Delph may be Villa's current 'player of the year', but like Adam Lallana, he would be an expensive gamble, and when it comes to the crunch, his transfer fee will undoubtedly inflate to much more than £15m, and in my view, he's just not worth the risk, or the outlay.

Villa boss Paul Lambert claims Delph is good enough to take Gerrard's place in the England team; what about for Liverpool?

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33 comments:

  1. If we're going to buy an English DM, let's get Noble.

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  2. Cant be any worse than what we already have, and by what I have seen of him he would be a good upgrade.

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  3. not convinced. with his injury record he would be suited to arsenal.

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  4. Noble is underrated but I hoped for better quality.

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  5. For the money we have spent it is time to look in house to find our solutions. The squad does need time to blend both on and off the pitch and BR needs time to move away from his fixation of three center mids and one up top. I would love to see us play a 4-4-2 with a floating striker like we did with Beardsley and Rush.

    --------------------------------Sturidge--------Balotelli

    -------------Coutinho---------Henderson---------Can---------Lallana

    It would be the job of Can and Henderson to win it and play it wide......win it and play it wide. That Center mid partnership has everything. Ballo floats deep and Sturridge works the line laterally and in behind. Sterling would be battling for a slot up front with Borini. I cant believe I'm doing formations....... but its late........ Bite me

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  6. Honestly don't know why you like to quote Clueless Carra so often. Hardly lit up the premiership as a player, and makes some shocking claims as a pundit. Sterling is a 100 times the player Shaw is. But some malcontents like Carra gripe each time the boy wants better remuneration

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  7. Have to agree with this. With the way BR has misfired in the market wouldn't trust him with a single penny again. Moreover, what's this obsession with buying British? There are simply no good players in the UK market apart from Rooney and a few others. LVG, Arsene, Pellegrini, Jose all went shopping in Europe and S.America were real talent resides. If there was quality in the UK you would see it in the national sides, but sadly it just ain't there!!

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  8. You mean his fixation with 4-2-3-1 which has not worked this season and showing no signs of working.

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  9. I thought Barry was outstanding last season but nothing like that this season. Noble is a good player but not Liverpool standard, I liked Scott Parker during his Spurs days. Currently, I don't see any English DM who might be an upgrade on Lucas/Gerrard.

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  10. You just need to look at how we lined up vs Newcastle and then realise how our manager has lost the plot. He played a lopsided 4-2-3-1 with Moreno tracking back from 3-2-4-1.


    Image below courtesy of Anfield Index.

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  11. I frankly don't see him elevating the team or even worth the money. Blind would have worked nicely and so would schneiderlin.

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  12. So ... what's wrong with it then?

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  13. How about Mario Suarez from Athletico Madrid. He is a defensive mid, big and we get anotHer Suarez!!!!!

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  14. Go look at my reply just below this one.

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  15. The same midfield formation served us well last season. Why change? Surely the object should be to get the players to adapt to the system as required, not re-master the system every time there are some new players who don't instantly get it or we lose our two main attacking threats and don't look as potent. I thoroughly enjoyed how the team played last season, it was brilliant to watch. Sure, it's not working ... for now ... but isn't the solution to just keep working until they get it right? The problem for me isn't the formation, it's the players. What alternative is there?

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  16. Delph would be a a good signing. My favourite english midfielder right now.
    He's got power pace and can tackle. It's about time the club has been linked to him

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  17. When did we play 4-2-3-1 last season?


    4-3-3 and 4-1-2-1-2 was our predominant formations.

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  18. I like Delph. Good player who would improve the team.

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  19. Not true. I'll write it up in an article and send to JK, see if he wants to publish it.

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  20. how bout Rooney?
    lol he does put in those tackles and has a good work rate

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  21. Love the MF DOOM reference. Have you heard peach fuzz by KMD?

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  22. No no no no no! Why?

    Just another overhyped english player who has strung up a couple good performances and was rewarded with a few caps, not too mention he is injury prone.

    We need need to look at the more technical leagues like Eredivisie and Bundesliga...look at Strootman, absolutely dominant midfield, just what we need. And he was sold for cheap.

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  23. On a free? Sure. To make up numbers. As a starter? No thanks.

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  24. Go for it. I will just post something a bit later myself.

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  25. If we get him on a free, I say why not. Left footed DM's with potential on a free plus Prem experience are just the kind of players we need to be looking at for the squad. Esp if Gerrard leaves next season.

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  26. We dont need more overrated British players

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  27. For 3 mil we should have bought Diame when he was at Wesh Ham

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  28. in my opinion liverpool need to stop crying and settle for europa league. Delph would walk into your team. Cant wait to see henderson, coutinho and moreno not to mention skrtel lovren johnson and mignolet oh forgot balotelli roll over and die tonight LOL.

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  29. What about alex song? He joined west ham on loan but thaz surely means he would join us! He has the experience and the class.

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  30. I'm not massively in favour of Noble, I was just speculating about other English DMs.

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  31. We got 100 million tv money and 75 million from suarez sale.is there something wrong with our priorities that we are linked with delph or noble?

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  32. Delph has had his 15 minutes of fame. Don't you worry now, we won't be looking at yet another one hit wonder. Comapisons with Gerrard are laughable. We need the likes of Illaramendi if going abroad, or Song if staying in the Prem for midfielders
    keep him, thanks

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