11 Nov 2014

Mega-Transfer: BR fighting to sign 'extraordinary' €47m star; LFC to make January offer

With Steven Gerrard's future still up in the air, and Lucas Leiva on his way out of Anfield, Liverpool are reportedly considering a January move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

According to multiple reports today:

* Liverpool are planning a January offer for Carvalho, who has a €47m (£37m) buyout clause in his contract.

* The Reds allegedly face a four-way battle with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United for the Portuguese midfielder.

Liverpool were also linked with Carvalho in May, and reports at the time claimed that Rodgers is a long-term 'admirer' of the 22-year old'. When asked at the time about his future, Carvalho seemed open to a a transfer. He told reporters:

"It's nice to have a great European clubs after me. At the end of the campaign, we will see what happens."

In an interview last week, Carvalho reiterated his desire to play for one of the World's top clubs:

"We all have ambitions and I hope one day to play in the best leagues in the world. If I continue to do my job as I have done so, it will certainly come sooner or later."

Carvalho - who is one of the poorest-paid players in Europe (£5k a month) - is highly regarded by Portugal boss Paolo Bento:



Much to the chagrin of Reds fans, Rodgers favours the 4231 formation this season, and whilst it's clearly failing at the moment, a player like Carvalho could conceivably increase the chances of making it work:

--------------- Mignolet

Manquillo --- Skrtel -- Lovren ---- Moreno

--------- Gerrard ---- Carvalho

Hendo --------- Coutinho ------ Sterling

--------------- Sturridge

Carvalho is exactly the type of tenacious, athletic, tough-tackling midfielder Liverpool need to protect the back-four, and free Gerrard to play further up the field. However, removing Gerrard from the equation gives Rodgers many more options. For example:

* Hendo alongside Carvalho, with Lallana on the right of an attacking three.
* Can alongside Carvalho, with Hendo ahead of them.
* Carvalho as the anchor-man in a 442 diamond formation, i.e.

----------------- Carvalho

---------- Hendo ---------- Lallana

----------------- Coutinho

----------- Sterling - Sturridge

One thing's for sure: you don't spending £30m+ on a midfielder and then keep him on the bench. If the Reds snap up Carvalho, he will play, which means someone - probably Emre Can - will end up warming the bench for an extended period of time.

It's probably all moot, though. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United have superstar managers capable of attracting top players, so when it comes to the crunch, Liverpool will almost certainly lose out on the transfer.

That may not be such a bad thing overall - £37m for a 22 year old with no experience outside Portugal? You're having a laugh.



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130 comments:

  1. can't see Brendan being given the money- would be nice to play him along with Can

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  2. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:58 pm, November 11, 2014

    I dont care for any other position


    The striker is most important
    and i say go all out for one




    it is pitiful that 11 games gone our striker have one goal together


    ITS EMBARRASSING!




    two top strikers MARTINEZ AND HIGUAIN






    FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE !
    I NEED STRIKERS LIVERPOOL NEEDS STRIKERS WE ALL NEED STRIEKRS

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  3. Totally agree.no chance fsg will give Rogers any big money to waste.cant understand people who subscribe to 30-40 mil plus in jean.according to Brendan we can't attract the quality we need,guess that's why Rogers buys the likes of aspas ,Alberto,lambert,borini ballotelli etc, pathetic

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  4. Nevergonnacrackthecode10:20 pm, November 11, 2014

    Paraphrasing a famous liverpool man
    signing willaim carvalho while we are in desperate need of strikers and more importantly goals would be " gross negligence" .



    WE NEED MATCH WINNERS!

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  5. Not giving Brendan money is a mistake. There's no point in not backing your manager. If your confidence in him is that low, you sack him.

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  6. The problem is Rogers has been backed to the tune of 215 million in two seasons,had virtually zero return on the players brought in,take out the emotion of being a fan and judge purely on recruitment to date ,be honest ,can his judgment be trusted

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  7. well sack it is then

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  8. Here's how to write a JK article:
    1. Make an exciting headline. Use words such as 'mega-transfer' and 'dream deal'
    2. Reference a few papers that reported the story
    3. Fall into delirium about the player
    4. Explain how fantastic he'd be for the team
    5. Suddenly empty the glass till it's half empty and say, '..buuuuuuuuut he's not coming, leaving all of his readers depressed, dejected, and angry.

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  9. Don't see how it's any different to July/August when we get bent over a barrel for players like Lovren, Lallana and Markovic anyway. If it's January, and you're still waiting for all your investments to come good, how is that going to sustain your top 4 challenge? FSG invested in these players so Liverpool would make the top 4. What chance do we have of achieving that if we're still waiting for all of them to click? Over 100 million spent on players who only start performing until after its too late is a bad investment. This is why you take a chance in January to rectify your season.

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  10. So were did 100m+ we spent last transfer window go...

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  11. Wasted ,that's where.the way Rogers goes on tries to say that players only want to go to london,bull. De Maria went to manchester purely cos utd paid 59 million and 200k per week,same with falcao.these players aren't living in a semi detached in the suburbs,they live on a different planet to the likes of us ,simple. If you pay it they will come.he can't attract quality and using london as smokescreen .

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  12. I would like to think it wouldn't be Can to lose his place but for Gerrard to be used a lot less.

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  13. B.R has proven to everyone that he doesn't have what it takes to lead LFC into the future.FSG need to bring in a manager with proven experience,and respect from his peers to bring in quality world class players.With Suarez gone,B.R is being exposed for his lack of know how,experience,and man management.Personally i wouldn't want B.R given more money on players he would play out of position,Bring in or play in positions that would disrupt the team.Bring in a proven quality manager and let him attract the class LFC need.

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  14. NO you missed out one. 5 should be reference another article written by yourself ie Mnager can't attract, Wasted transfer funds, over hype etc

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  15. On Aquillani and Johnson. No wait a minute.

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  16. 215 is in three seasons isn't it? Persoanlly I would like to see more of Can, Moreno and Manquillo before saying there is no return and For that matter I think Lallana was over priced but he is still a decent player. Then there is the obvious Studge and Couts.

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  17. At the time of writing this I'm watching the Chelsea post match press conference.......... BR is quite the slippery snake. His words after the Madrid game were...... and I quote

    "The players that came in were excellent and we were unfortunate not to get a result."

    However when he was asked about why he left out so many of the Bernabau 'warriors' out of the line Vs Chlesea Slithery Brendan responded "Obviously we put a decent performance in during the week" DECENT.....DECENT! Here BR intentionally downplays the midweek performance describing the performance as "decent" to justify his poor team selection for Chelsea.

    Slithery.... I can't believe the man is trying to be decptive when everything he says is documented. It's like a player clearly biting another player on the pitch and then saying ......ahem...... ahem:



    "After the impact ... I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent."


    BR your ability to deceive almost matches your ability in the transfer market market ...... but not quite.

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  18. I suspect if we were to make a big move in January it would probably be for a striker but tbh I don't see us being too active in January unless we sell to buy which probably isn't such a bad idea.
    I like the cut of Emre Can's jib though I must admit. Hope he can get a run in the team

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  19. You can't believe he is being slippery? Have you not been paying attention to mangers until now?

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  20. Those who cling to power with lying tongues will never taste real success.

    Re: David Camran, Tony Blair, Bush..........

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  21. Not sure how it works if a player won't leave- can we make him? I'm thinkin Borini - BR doesn't play him anyway. Inter apparently offering 14m. That money could go towards a striker or DM or better still give it to me

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  22. it beggars belief that these guys dont realise we're actually listening to what they are saying looool

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  23. 5 basically takes into account all of those things haha

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  24. Would that be Prime ministers Tony Blair and David Camran? President Bush? Millionaires Tony Blair and George Bush? Blaire did a US college tour after he left his job which earned him millions. He went to war with Iraq under false pretenses and was complicit in torture yet became middle east envoy. Bush's shares in Haliburton probably didn't do too badly when rebuilding parts of Iraq either. Yes your right no success there.

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  25. If the money did go to you I actually feel, for once, that I would at least know where and why the money was spent

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  26. 215 spent after 2 seasons ,this is 3rd.no problem with manquillo ( loan) and Moreno.no worse than Johnson and Enrique.as for lalana .cant see him and coutinhio in same team and would have coutinhio every week,so the money spent on lalana didn't improve starting 11.can looks ok for now but playing with gerrard I would look good and I'm 51.remember Rogers last season saying that signings now would all be good enough to start ,didn't realise he meant strictly come dancing.

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  27. At 37 million for a player out of Portugal a defensive mid at that let United and Chelsea waste their money if they want to go all out i say get Pogba.

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  28. Well if you're not going to back him, then either get a DOF to do that work for him, or sack him. If Rodgers wants independence (i.e. doesn't want a DOF), then recruitment is half of his job. He needs to recruit the right players to get the team performing. If he's always going to waste money, then he's not doing his job properly.


    There are better solutions than starving money because you can't trust your employee's judgement.

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  29. They don't care. Mourinho lies his @rse off constantly yet there is a line of journos o their knees waiting with mouths open at every press conference. Part of the job is subterfuge.

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  30. Spent along time on oan in Belgium, last seas being his first full season in Portugal.... But, who else is there? I don't see any alternatives being put forward by you....

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  31. I am not one to link wealth with success..... It is shallow and beneath me ;). honestly I dont link the two.

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  32. Kramer or Gonalons there are others

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  33. certainly you would score as much as Balo in the BPL so far...................

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  34. Born rich hey? Nah success is like beauty it is totally subjective and I have no doubts those men feel they are successful.

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  35. But all the same situation, untested in big leagues for a suitable duration....they are going to be a risk aswell... Kramer has shunned the rumours of a PL move stating he is staying put...

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  36. Yes they definitely need a DOF like it or hate it Rodgers must accept one.

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  37. No doubt... they were all born with a silver spoon between their respective cheeks

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  38. If Rodgers can't accept it then he needs to f*** off. We can't have the owners slowing down necessary investment activity just because of a manager who doesn't spend money wisely.

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  39. What are you smokin??

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  40. He won't work with dof. There will be a process were he is asked to explain performances / league position,asked why so many of his signings haven't broken into first team.how he can justify asking for more money. The natural progression of poor results/ league position is that he will be sacked ,be that in jan or June,a managers term is judged by results etc,this is governed by player recruitment/ development ,the better the player the better the performance in majority of teams ,we are failing in this at moment

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  41. I fancy (as in talent[football]) Junior Malander or Jorginho... They would be better value for money.

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  42. Junior Malanda sorry...Wolfsburg

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  43. You are alittle OTT... Rodgers is not really to blame for the failings of the players, maybe the tactics and teamsheets, but ultimately, it's down to the players the second they step on to the pitch...

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  44. Same applies untested in 'big leagues'

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  45. Whatever it is, it's having the opposite effect....

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  46. Absolutely, but the money required to purchase them wouldn't be such a risk... Matic for £20ish million is not half the player of £37m Carvalho, so I know who I'd take a punt on if job saving was the order of the day.

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  47. So maybe we should recall aspas and Alberto?

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  48. Oh, so Benitez is to blame... how silly of me.
    I could have sworn it was BR, but I'm guessing it's something you prefer not to discuss.

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  49. You're getting it all wrong. Rodgers is not responsible for the individual ability failings of the players. What he is responsible for is BUYING THEM!

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  50. I don't think Pogba wants to leave Juve.

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  51. Just making the point that transfers don't always work out. Some on massive money that we can't shift. I personally think Can, Manquillo and Moreno all look good for good fees. There is more to come from Lallana but his fee was too high. Markovic's fee was way too high but at his age I am willing to wait. Lambert small fee not doing much or looking like he can and Lovren is looking like the biggest waist since Carrol who was the biggest waste since Aquillani who was the biggest.....well you get the idea.

    Discuss.

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  52. Your on that side of the street, and thats cool.. But I'm not 12 yrs old and have followed football for a very long time, so know not to jump on the bandwagon as it comes by... 11 games and only 4 pts from 4th is no real crisis, especially with both of the countries best strikers missing....

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  53. I find it strange that after we sold Suarez, a quality striker was not prioritized, and its not like we didn't have the funds to do so.
    Instead we went on a buying splurge of attacking midfielders that in essence, weren't a priority.
    And the strikers we did finally bring in, were literally an afterthought...
    That's what makes me mad... the way the money spend was allocated just reeks of poor judgement.

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  54. It definitely should have been. It annoys me too. Maybe the Remy deal and Borini not leaving caused some issue I don't know. For me it should have been prepared for since he tried to go to Arsenal. Absolutely should have been a priority. I just don't think the summer business was as big a bust as some people make out. Yes it could and probably should have been better but basically calling young players failures like some are saying (not saying you) is counter productive and unfair.

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  55. If we're still not performing by January at the latest, it's a massive bust mate. Remember, we spent over 100 million. That kind of investment is meant to make you challenge for the title, as Rodgers even put it last season when talking about Spurs.

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  56. Balo and Lovren yes look like bust but I would argue that it's not as much the new players but the ones that shone last year not doing this year. WE have not seen much from Sterling, Hendo started the season wel enough bit still is not contributing enough in attack (for various reasons) and his form over the last couple of games has been poor. Gerrard has not had one good performance this year and neither has Skrtel who most would say was our best CB (which I disagree with). The problems of this season get laid to easily at the new recruits doors when that is not the whole picture. The only player from last season who has looked any good this year are Hendo and Cout but decided to take it in turns as when Hendo was performing Cout was poor, Cout has looked good of late but Hendo has been poor. Like I said earlier a few of the signings look like improvements on who they have replaced and look like they can improve further.

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  57. Always reportedly, never actually going to happen, just rumours, as Rodgers said established players wont come to Merseyside, so that tells you he has thrown in the towel for this type of player and let this type of player know that if he comes to Merseyside he will probably be on his own as his manager does not think the club he manages has the pulling power for other quality players, well done Brendan another blinder mate!

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  58. What about his specialty: an Ezequiel Lavezzi article.


    Can you take us through that? ;)

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  59. Could I ask what STRIEKRS are? haha

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  60. There both better signings then Lovren

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  61. Well like Lavezzi, they're a bit old, but still quality and bang for your buck.

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  62. Have you been following Liverpool?
    To know what's going wrong with them?
    Then i'll let you know what I'm smoking.

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  63. just concentrate on getting strikers with good strikers 70% of the work is done. Enough of midfeilderd. Dont waste money.

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  64. At the moment problem is with strikers Balo no goals, Sterling no goals and sturiddge no goals. Get strikers mot midfeilders.

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  65. Yes Yes Yes Yes Stikers no Midfeilders.

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  66. Goal machine strikers. of course

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  67. to buying shit strikers and buying bull shit midfeilders. and stupid defenders.

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  68. fully agree. Give them good money and they lick liverpool streets.

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  69. That's the problem. Our recruitment seemed to be prioritising midfielders ahead of strikers.

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  70. Because br only interested in midfeilders that also from Swansea and from Saints. He had no other sources.

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  71. fully agree BR then has to say goodbye

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  72. Give him chance up to Jan and if no results he has to say bye.

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  73. give him chance up to Jan. No results goodbye.

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  74. if he is not to blame then who else?? he's the effing manager for christ's sake. the buck stops with him, command responsibility it is called.

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  75. Absolutely right, Nick. Not giving him money is cutting off the nose to spite the face. If you're going to keep him, then back him.

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  76. And by the way, I don't think the conversation should be anywhere near sacking Rodgers.

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  77. If Lucas is not going to play (which would be a shame) then it's imperative we get a guy like Carvalho. The composure the guy brings to the Sporting midfield is incredible.

    Expensive, yes, but it would rankle if he went to the scum or Chelski or another rival.

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  78. A lot of that money was spent not on building the team in his image, per se, but replacing players that departed, like Kuyt, Maxi, Carroll, Adam, Spearing, Aquilani, Doni and so on. I'm not saying his transfer record has been perfect, but it's not as if he's had 215 million to spend on a stable team. That would have been a completely different story.

    It was clear that part of his brief - or at least a condition he had to work under - was that the 'big earners' got shifted off the books, and to some extent that is still active today. He's had to rebuild with small bricks, because not only did he have to improve the team and the squad, but replace numbers, too.

    The team was clearly improved last year, so Rodgers must be doing something right. Whether the new players at least improved the standard in training or gave the 'old' players a kick up the gluteus, they were at least partly beneficial to the club.

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  79. You were talking about something completely different.

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  80. And by the same token has been excluding big money signings Lallana and Markovic from the team, and even Manquillo at times for Johnson (!!!) Doesn't make sense...

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  81. If Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal are after him, forget it. They'll be offering more wages, higher transfer fee and are alot more likely to be able to offer CL footie.
    By the transfer window, we'll be out of this season's CL and no chance of top 4.

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  82. Everyone outside of BRs head could see Balotelli would be a square peg in a round hole - I'm even shocked that FSG couldn't see that one. THAT signing on it's own showed up his incompetence.

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  83. You are making reply-able comments, so I can't help myself.

    My fear with a DoF is that we end up with a Joe Kinnear-situation like Newcastle, which is toxic for the club in general.

    If there can be some amicable arrangement to be found, then sure, but I'm not sure Rodgers would agree to having a new boss, and nor should he be obliged to. All he needs to do is buck up the selections and tactics, and press Ian Ayre to get his first-choice targets, if recent statements are to be believed.

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  84. I agree with Dave M. It's not a sustainable model to keep throwing tens of millions at a team that are not working well. Although the other side to this argument is without our strikers we have no firepower. When Sturridge is back the questions will be answered. Can we play or if we still falter. I think that some of Brendan's buys are a bit too naive. Putting too much on players that are not proven enough. Markovic, Can. I think bringin players to Anfield is another problem in itself. The players we want will come to England but they want to live in London. The lure of the bright lights big city is somethin we cannot compete with. Unless, the have played in the north before and enjoy life up there. It's a stumbling block. But if Man u can attract why can't we??

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  85. Also it's a good point that only 20% of his buys are not working the rest for me are top players. for me Alex Song was a must buy. We have no muscle in the middle of the park. This MUST be addressed. Along with another striker. 2 players in Jan or the summer that's all they should do business wise. Martinez of Porto and Calvalho or Vidal.

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  86. There was a time when Gerrard made those around him look better players. Now, they look worse.

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  87. That's why I originally said to just sack him if he's not trusted, because I know that he wouldn't hack having a DoF. I agree, you should only get a DoF if it's completely amicable.


    Rodgers also needs to more often correctly pick transfer targets that become successful players. He also needs to travel with Ian Ayre *when he can* for negotiations, because knows who the flying f*** Ian Ayre is.

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  88. We also require a DM. Weren't you the one banging on about Sniederlin? Is he a forward now?

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  89. I'm talking hypothetically here. I never originally raised the DoF argument because I fully well know that Rodgers hates them. But hypothetically, if Rodgers and a DoF can have a successful working relationship, then why not. It's just a possible solution that I don't think would work with BR anyway.

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  90. And dude, stop and think, and realise that we're pretty lucky to be 4 points outside the top 4. It's fortunate that all of our competitors have been coughing up too.

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  91. If his judgement can't be trusted, then there's no use in keeping him. That's my point. He has a job with heaps of responsibility, and with that responsibility comes a lot of trust. We can't afford be having managers who aren't allowed to touch otherwise accessible, and necessary, transfer funds.

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  92. ah ok thanks for clearing that up :)

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  93. And he wouldn't be leaving them to come to us so BR can pick Gerrard over him and offer him 50 grand a week incentive based contract

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  94. 'They only want to live in London'. Really not always true. Man Utd attract players because they offer big wages now. Wasn't that already obvious? You hardly even need to be a massive club anymore these days to get great players. Look at who City bought with Mark Hughes for example. They hadn't even made the top 4 yet! United's prestige + wage offerings are enough to attract the best players. If we started to offer bigger wages, we wouldn't have too many problems either.

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  95. And who can blame FSG. This will not happen nor will any other transfer in January. Unless we have a new manager by then.

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  96. As I've reiterated, FSG should just let BR go if they don't want to give BR any money. Refusing to invest while your competitors pull ahead of you is more irresponsible than giving funds to BR.

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  97. Where you going in Jan?

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  98. Thats the type of quality the club should be looking at.

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  99. 4eva LFC, LFC 4eva12:13 pm, November 12, 2014

    I cant believe that some of you guys still rate Hendo mate JK you still have him in your side even when we are talking about quality footballers. He does not do enough as far as create, dictate and threaten any defence on a regular basis. You know there is one good thing that has come from Suarez departure and Sturridges injury is that players like Hendo can not hide.

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  100. I think Can, Moreno and Manquillo are the only BR purchases (including loanees, this season) who may have some sort of impact. The rest are unparalleled failures which is why it would be a failure for FSG to give him more money this Jan unless they arent firing him in May

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  101. He is to blame for player failings!!! Isnt it him who "looks at them in training" and selects "the best" of them. If what he thinks is the best is poor then who is wrong? Him. He bought them in the first place. He will only realise how good some of these players are when they arent with us anymore AND ARE BEING PLAYED IN THEIR BEST POSITIONS, not this "adopt" nonsense

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  102. He is becasue he is supposed to look at their performances and rectify those individual weaknesses. Problem is he adds onto those weaknesses instead of solving them

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  103. I'm talking about natural talent...spending 20 million on players with huge deficiencies that he needs to waste time in fixing.

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  104. Spot on mate!!!
    He is certainly most over rated player in the team. If you watch him play even for 30 minutes , you'll be amazed that his contribution is next to nothing !!
    I doubt if he can be called a midfielder. He can't create goal-scoring chances, can't dribble, can't tackle , can't get past defenders and can't even shoot.
    I always wonder why he is in the team and that too in the most important position where you need someone with a vision and ability. And he clearly hasn't any.
    LFC will continue to be tagged as an average club until and unless below average players like him and Allen are weeded out of the team.

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  105. I had same opinion last year too.I have always rated him as an average manager but his current showing makes me believe that now he has become delusional.
    Suarez saga masked the incapability of many characters including him. This season we're only witnessing what had been concealed by the brilliance of SAS.

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  106. The way you're defending BR ,it seems he's your close ally :D.
    Look man , I don't know if he is dumb but he is certainly behaving like one. I know, you know and every one out there knows that indeed these are very basic things. But I am aghast that how can he overlook them.Being stubborn with his formation when it's failing him every time and that too miserably. And after he has witnessed that it's not working not once, not twice , more than 6-7 times. I believe a fool would more wiser !!
    3 seasons !! and he has no answer to our defensive frailties. If he can't do achieve that , I doubt fans are wasting their time expecting that the current situation is going to get any better.
    He has wasted shitload of money in transfer market by bringing a bunch of average players whom he is unable to manage.
    I clap for your undying trust in BR, but I seriously doubt that he would even survive until Christmas because form here on the situation is only going to get worse.

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  107. it would be a great signing and also get pedro from barca because he is the closest to suarze in the style of play imagine a team like,neto as keeper with manquillo,lovern,skretle,moreno then gerard,cavarlio.henderson,sterling,lallana,pedro and sturrige 4232 formation.or even if we play 433 the back will remain the same then henderson,gerard,cavarlio and pedro,sturrige and sterling.


    we will kill opposition teams with the pace and interchanging of the front three

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  108. B Rodgers needs to Bench: M Skrtel(29) and S Gerrard(34) permanently they should only be used from the bench if desperately needed after 65 minutes and so forth.


    As Gerrard(34) is now 5 years past his best and struggles to dictate, dominate or influence game unless he is given time in centre of park or a penalty. And M Skrtel(29) for last two seasons has been main stay in central defence and we still concede goals for fun.


    Lovren(25) and Sakho(24) need to be given a run of 14-20 games together for them to form an immense centre back partnership.




    In January B Rodgers needs to ship out these 7 dead wood players:


    Players who offer the first 11 and squad very little class or quality:


    GK: B Jones(32) CB: K Toure(33) RB: G Johnson(29)


    DM: L Leiva(27) CM: J Allen(24) AM: Suso(20)


    FD: F Borini(23)


    And then B Rodgers should spend £30M on these two Central Midfielders in January:



    1: DM: Y M'Villa(24) Of Rubin Kazan( On Loan at I Milan) for £10-£12M
    2: CM: Y Cabaye(28) Of PSG for £15-£18M


    Whilst bringing in these 4 other players: 1 Defensive and 3 attacking:


    Defensive: GK


    GK: E Begovic(27) Of Stoke for £8-£11M to dislodge S Mignolet(26)


    Attacking: RWF/LWF RW/ LW FD more class creativity, mobility, pace and speed to attack:


    LWF/ RWF: Pedro(27) Of Barcelona or T Walcott(25) Of Arsenal for £17-£27M to compete and cover R Sterling(19)


    RW/LW : Y Konoplyanka(25) Of Dnipro for £10-£14M to compete with L Markovic(20)


    FD: L Adriano(27) Of Shakhtar Donesk for £14-£18M to compete with Balotelli(24) and Sturridge(25)


    And then if B Rodgers can maintain club being in Champions league, B Rodgers should spend £68M on the future centre midfield trio of club: IN NEXT Three seasons:


    1: T Alacantra(24) Of B Munich for £23-£30M CM Fabregas / Xavi Type player


    2: W Carvalho(22) Of S Lisbon for £25-£30M DM/CM Mascherano / Momo Sissoko / Makelele Type player




    3: D Alli(18) Of MK Dons for £6-£8M CM Gerrard / Lampard / Scholes Type Player

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  109. In my opinion, there's only one player worth breaking the bank for in January and that is Reus, especially given the release clause.


    I'm just not confident he'll come here for the wages we'd offer.

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  110. Well said stan. Thank heavens someone is talking sense.

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  111. Who is E Begovic? Do you mean Asmir Begovic?
    Also you know Johnson is 30 not 29 right, (and please don't claim this is your first mistake you make plenty)?
    Thiago Alacantra is 23.
    This is the reason why you don't post without checking your facts.


    Also Allen does have a role in the team, when we need to just hold on to a game. Suso is a good player but poorly used.
    Also why are you wanting to bring 2 more AM/Winger types? We have a lot there already, unless we bring in genuine quality like Reus, even then adding 2 without losing one isn't right, and not smart for our wage bill.


    And like I said wanting players isn't the same as getting them, we wanted Sanchez, even offered more to Barca but he begged to go to Arsenal.
    Pedro isn't likely to come to us in our current state.
    Konoplyanka might.
    Adriano probably wouldn't given he'd be cup tied in the CL.

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  112. Wouldn't mind seeing Carvalho play for us but not for 37m. And honestly if he did come I'd play Can as well.
    Can Henderson Carvalho would give us the industry and just a little bit of guile. Using 2 of Lallana Coutinho and Sterling to split the defence.
    Or you could switch things around using two of the first three and another combination, giving us options on the bench.
    Song would have been ideal on loan with an option to buy, I was pretty excited when we were linked with him, and gutted when the Hammers picked him up.

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  113. Yes for 27 year.
    And no, I don't know what's going wrong. I'm not meant to.
    See that's Brendan Rodgers job!!
    So I'm quite content to leave him to sort it out.
    Hey everyone, whatever happened to, "in Brendan we trust"??
    Is that just when the sun shines??
    So if it gets a bit wet and miserable, we don't trust him??


    I will continue to give every LFC player and coach my unconditional support.

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  114. Just fantasy.

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  115. zero return?? Seriously dave?? Man are you off your rocker??
    What competition are we in this year that we haven't been in for ages???


    Come on Dave this is basic stuff!!

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  116. Would you call our transfer dealings a success.sturridge and coutiniho cost about22 million.that leaves about 195 invested in squad.replacement keeper needed. R back loan deal.left back ok as for cback well take your pick. Midfield . Gerrard gone .everyone can see it.and apart from sturridge what have we got up front.suarez got us into cleague.put him in any of top 8 teams last year and they take our spot.so for 215 million we have one injury prone forward and coutiniho who is battling lallana for place.that pretty close to zero wouldnt you say.another keeper .a gerrard replacment and quality up front will cost about 100 mill or so.thats provided rogers gets right men and going by record to date he wont

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  117. The most idiotic collection of shortsighted mind farts anyone could ever want to read. Is this site restricted to under 12s?


    The sort of mentality that questions a manager who nearly won the league last year after only ELEVEN games of the new season just beggars belief.


    Embarrassing and Pathetic.


    The CM generation.

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  118. The fact is we didnt.sorry if the tinted glasses are off.guess im a 51 year old embarrasing and pathetic fart .should mention a season ticket holder for the past 30 years.if you think alls well then fine your in the minority but guess you know better eh.lets leave it and see where we are over the coming months.but if you cant see what we have spent for what we have got you are deluded .truth sometimes it hurts .

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  119. Sorry Spelling Police, My bad. Two Mistakes !!!!!!!!


    Allen(24) is pony, We have too many centre midfielders who do similar things. Allen(24), Can(20) and Henderson(24) are all average midfielders with good passing, good energy, mobility and bit of pace to them, None of them create enough, none of them score enough goals and all of them prefer to pass back wards or side to side instead of forward. But Henderson(24) has great pressing and running ethos and Can(20) has a physical presence. So Allen(24) should be shipped out


    The reason we are struggling for goals is we lack class, creativity, mobility , pace and speed in attack when D Sturridge(25) and Sterling(19) are both not in starting team together.


    Adriano(27),Konoplyanka(25) and Pedro(27) would bring the club the class, creativity, mobility, pace, speed and goals to side without Sterling(19) and Sturridge(25) in the side.


    Whereas Balotelli(24), Borini(23), Lallana(26), Lambert(32) and Markovic(20) cannot not offer the class, creativity, mobility, pace or speed that the three players above would bring to side and field. And the three above would create and score more goals than the 5 players we have at club. As the three players B Rodgers should bring to club are a cut above the rest.

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  120. This isn't so much my trust in Rodgers but my lack of trust in the average fan. It's not that you and I know nothing about football but let's be honest, if either of us really understood and could stategise the detailed workings of a PL football team then we'd actually be working in the game. Our understanding is as laymen. That's not an insult, it's just fact. We watch a few hours of football on the weekend, maybe more for some, but it's just a pass time. For the guys in charge of the club it's their job. They live this, they have years of experience, they got where they are today because they're good at. Yes, they are imperfect and they make mistakes. You can compare them to each other and say that some are obviously better. But to suggest that you, an average fan, not a manager of even a non league club, know something about the game that they don't? Sorry, that's just not right. If you can see it then the guy who manages a club like Liverpool can also get it. You're not smarter than him, not when it comes to football. If you are then why are you not managing a club? Not even an assistant coach in a lower league? Seriously, stop and think about that. Rodgers was an assistant to Mourinho. He has had successful spells at more than one club. Are all those people who hired him idiots too? You just need to put it in perspective for a second. I don't deny you your opinion about the game or the club, and I dont pretend that I know more about football than you, but when you suggest that Rodgers is an idiot who knows less than you ... it's a bit ridiculous.

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  121. That's the truth, at last, ha! I was actually convinced earlier some of the nonsence i was reading was probably utd fans taking the mick.


    Anyway cheers for nailing it.

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  122. Just reading rumour Chelsea gonna get Reus and Bale for £110m kinda puts our transfer dealings in perspective and is more believable.

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  123. Dave ya must be having a laugh


    Folks am I missing something here.??


    HOLY FREAKING HAND GRENADE!!!


    Ok Dave I have a little task for you.
    Now I don't know the answers yet myself but I'm pretty sure I've got this right. Just bear with me here ok?
    Pick out 10 results, actually no, I'll make it even easier for you, pick just 5 from last season, which let's say most would agree played a big part in us making CL.
    Now check all the goals scored in these matches, AND the passage of play leading up to the goal!!
    So, apart from Sturridge and Coutinho, let's just concentrate on any other player Rodgers has signed.
    And let's just say any of these players either made a tackle, or made a save, or say just played a pass in a move which resulted in a goal!! Say he broke up an oppositions attack and then we go down the other end and score!!! Or hey maybe he wasn't involved in any goals but could have man marked their key man out of the game. Tuned in yet???


    Ok folks I'm ready!!! Drum roll....


    Dave, are you having a laugh????
    ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT YOU ARE COMPLETELY DISMISSING THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY THESE PLAYERS WHICH HELPED TAKE US BACK INTO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE????


    I have to say I find that hugely offensive and insulting to the players, who I have no doubt, at least played to the best of there ability.


    Folks am I missing something here??


    HOLY FREAKING HAND GRENADE!!!

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  124. I'm dismissing the players bought THIS preseason..as for your long comment on last season.does it matter ? We failed with one of the best players in world.to try and. Justify players by cherry picking individual moments sounds a bit like our transfer committee,no long term thought process .maybe you should get your holy freaking hand grenade and put it under the backsides of so many of the players. Who Rogers bought who are clearly not performing .why do you find it insulting ? Don't worry mate I'm fully tuned in. Oh and by the way apart from Sturbridge and coutiniho what other Rogers signings made a contribution last year.and I mean in a positive way. Have a nice day

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  125. It has come to my attention that you have blatantly moved the goalposts here, ha, excuse the pun!!


    So, for that reason, this conversation is now OVER!

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  126. Its come to my attention that you talk shit most of the time.if you cant back up your comment with proof then dont bother replying.its clowns like you that make it easy for the likes of rogers.ever thought of going for a job on sky sports.can you get it in the usa?.dont bother commenting on any more posts of mine.see ya pal.

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  127. Look man , I am not saying that Rodgers is an idiot or my knowledge of football has surpassed that of his. All am saying as a concerned fan who certainly wants to see LFC at the top - is that BR is under-performing. If a player commits constant mistakes he is made to sit on the bench or perhaps is shipped out. Under-performing manager can't be made to sit on the bench in a hope that he might regain his form. So there is only one provision- to get a new manager. And it's not a fancy thing or once in a decade thing. Under-performing managers are fired everywhere. Sadly a manager is an anchorman in the game of soccer and you can't argue that he impacts a club in a tremendous way.Indeed LFC can't manage to miss out on the champions league spot this time and live a life of mid-table mediocrity.
    BR has already lost the plot . Team is in the shambles.
    It's high time that FSG start looking for a new manager.
    This is my opinion ,you might have an opposite one.
    You stick to yours, I'll stick to mine(sack BR asap).
    Only time can tell !!

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  128. This is throwing good money after bad. That's the difference. Depending on how far off the pace we are, and how realistic it is that we'll obtain Top 4, it should be a case of spend what you can recoup.


    If a worthy target appears, like Shaqiri, only then should the boat be pushed out.


    Frankly, I don't trust Rodgers with the club's money any more.

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