30 Dec 2014

Incredible Deal: LFC set to sign £30m Argentina star for 75% discount

During the summer transfer window, Liverpool were regularly linked with a move for Paris St. Germain star Ezequiel Lavezzi, and it now appears that the Reds are close to sealing a January deal for the 'phenomenal' attacker.

In October, The Mirror claimed that Liverpool were planning a gigantic £30m January offer for Lavezzi, but according to new reports today:

* Lavezzi Lavezzi is 'set for' for a move to LFC for a knockdown fee of £8m.

* That's a 75% discount on the reported £30m valuation in October.

* Lavezzi is allegedly 'unsettled' at PSG, and wants to leave.

It's easy to see Lavezzi's appeal to Rodgers:

* Versatile, and can play as striker, or out wide.
* Works very hard on the field, and is good defensively.
* Has pace, which is always a plus for any attacking player.

Lavezzi is the archetypal Rodgers player, and Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella underlined this in June, when he highlighted his positive influence. He enthused:

"Players like Lavezzi are always very positive, because they keep players happy. They keep a nice atmosphere in the group. And Lavezzi is an excellent player. He never makes negative comments, and he is always supporting the team."

Creative stats for PSG:

* 25 goals/17 assists in 108 appearances,
* Goal every 4.3 games.
* Goal/assist every 2.5 games.

With Sturridge's susceptibility to injury, it's a priority to have another quality forward player who is seemingly impervious to injury, and Lavezzi - nicknamed 'The Beast' by the Argentina media - certainly fits the bill:

* 296 appearances in the last 7 years.
* Averages 40 games a season.
* Missed only 12 games through injury in the last 10 years.

For a comparatively measly price of £8m, Lavezzi is a great player to have in the squad, for the following reasons:

* Huge Champions League experience, which is lacking in LFC's current squad.
* The finished article, and capable of coming in and making an immediate impact.
* Superior option to both Borini, Lambert, and (possibly) Balotelli.
* Will improve the overall quality of the squad.
* Will score and create goals to help fill the Suarez void.

* Steady, consistent player who rarely gets injured.
* Strong, hard-working, and physical presence on the field. Perfect fit for the Prem.
* Unlikely to moan if he's not in the starting line-up every week.
* Young players like Coutinho, Sterling, and Markovic can learn from his experience.

Is Lavezzi a good option, or do the Reds need to sign a dedicated out-and-out striker?

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110 comments:

  1. I'm not sure he's the long term solution to our recent striker issues but if he's available in January then it's a no-brainer. He'll be another very capable attacking player to slot in alongside Sterling and Lallana. I do think we still need to look for a goal scoring centre forward, someone who can step up when Sturridge is injured. Lavezzi's scoring record isn't quite good enough in that regard. However he'll fit in very well with our style of play and given our current solution is to play without any true strikers at all he's a good option.

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  2. 18m that was talked about in summer was way too much

    8m on the other hand... I wouldn't mind. Wouldn't be the worse deal possible.

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  3. I agree 100%. Lavezzi was seemingly our 2nd choice Suarez replacement (behind Sanchez, of course). But the transfer failed to materialise in the Summer. I just hope that the convincing win against Swansea doesn't lull the powers that be into thinking that a proper centre forward is not necessary.

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  4. I would have thought you would be bemoaning his creative stats.

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  5. Strong, versatile player that would fit the PL perfectly. Great going forward and strong enough to take on PL defences. Would fit the LFC ethos and significantly improve the team.

    This is a NO Brainer!

    Buy this quality addition. and if this pans out ?

    Welcome to LFC Ezequiel Lavezzi...

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  6. No brainier at 8m. Makes up for are my, and far less likely to be injured .

    bye Fabio

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  7. 2 goals in 18 games (909minutes played) this season, sure he has a lot of experience and is hardworking but buying another forward who doesn't score is not the best options for Liverpool.

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  8. He's still not the kind of forward player we need to back-up Sturridge, but he is a very good player and would suit our style. For that money, it is a no-brainer (though his wages are likely mental).

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  9. cmon sturridge fix them legs1:44 am, December 30, 2014

    get him for 8 doumbia for 20 get a cb and play can beside gerrard ..drop lucas and toure at a bus stop in iceland

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  10. Is there an extra place in the bus for Johnson as well?

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  11. Lavezzi and Lacazette...

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  12. ok here's my list..... yohan cabaye to replace gerarrd,,,, cech to replace mignolet..... schneiderlin for competition against Lucas

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  13. For that amount, its a bargain. Lvpl shud immediately thash out a deal instead of dilly dally n loose out to Spurs, Chelsea or MU as the likes of Eriksen, Sallah n Falcao

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  14. We do not need him. It will just take away the chance for Ibe to have his chance to shine. We have enough wide players and clearly need to sign a proper striker so spending money on Lavezzi would be the wrong move.

    Many other rumours also saying he is going back to Italy to join Inter.

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  15. Agree. For someone playing for a dominant team they look poor and the fact he cannot get in the side could be a warning. damn I am starting to sound like JK.

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  16. A game ago the "Team" bus would have been overloaded......

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  17. we don't really need him...

    off topic: what did you guys make of Sterlings performance yesterday?
    Even though he did not seem to be happy with his performance I think he's been brilliant, linking up with the others very well and carrying defenders away to open up spaces for cou and lallana. Raheem seems to have all the instincts to play as a striker. I thought he was extremely unfortunate not to find the back of the net 2 times, but played an extremely important role yesterday

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  18. Agree. He worried them which left more space for Couts and Lallana.


    Sometimes he should not have tried a shot but hey even I am not perfect

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  19. Given his age I think he's a frightening prospect. Suarez wasn't the finished article when he arrived at Liverpool and he was 24 at the time. Sterling is no Suarez, yet, but he has those same basic set of qualities: intensity, dribbling, passing, pace, good positional sense, runs the lines well and can score. If he continues to improve he'll be a real star in world football, potentially world class.

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  20. Him just being there scares team Fernandez never once left his side and Willaims was always wary
    Baloa nd Lambo cant do that

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  21. I'd say he's coming along nicely in that role, but *doesn't* yet have the killer instincts of a striker. His impulse is still mostly to dribble or pass, and that's to be expected from a player whose primary role has been as a winger. That was typified yesterday by a chance where a first time shot might have bagged him a goal but instead he looked to dribble and lay the ball off. He's getting there though, and was pretty unlucky not to get on the score sheet yesterday.

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  22. He had three nice chances its encouraging he is getting in ythoose positions suarez used to


    First one was saved by fabainski where the blkl hit him lallana missed rebound


    second one he hit the post really unlucky


    third one whewre he rounded the keepr but ball was too close to the goal

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  23. Still think Sterling is most suited to the number 10 role. Last season was evident of that but Sterling up top by far the better option right now than having Lambert or Balotelli running arond like headless chickens and causing very little problems for the opposition.


    Would like to see Markovic given a shot alongside Borini with Sterling right behind them. I have been calling for Rodgers to have mobility and pace up top for how long now and only now has realised whatever he did before did not work. Swansea did not know what hit them but fact of the matter is that our defence is still shaky and Mignolet still looks like a nervous wreck so the only way we will get results is to press the opposition and leave their defences no idea who to mark from our attack.


    I will have a fit if Rodgers goes with Balotelli or Lambert up on their own again.

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  24. at that time, there was a lot of frustration in his game.
    after all he's still a teenager, I also won't judge him on his little clap on fernandez. there's clearly to much pressure on him

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  25. I agree. For me, the number one thing he needs to improve is composure. Sometimes he will show it- e.g. v City at Anfield last season- but other times he won't. His composure not only determines his decision making, but the quality of the action he undertakes.

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  26. if Rodgers sells lucas a world-class Dm and a goalie are our first priorities ......Rodgers also needs to make his mind up on our central defenders ....mingo did some decent saves but his footwork is beyond terrible ,i stated before yesterdays games that swansea like us ball watch at the back and are susceptible to high pressing and lallanas goal was testament to that ( game clincher ) if you gonna build from the back we need a goalie with quick feet it is a must for the system Rodgers plays

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  27. I read another report somewhere saying he was off to Inter Milan along with Podolski. £30 million would've been pretty ridiculous given that he's approcaching his 30s; at £8 million he'd be a very nifty signing. However I can't help feeling that we have bigger priorities - namely a keeper and an out-and-out striker, so maybe any available cash would be better invested there first.

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  28. Probably would've needed to book a few taxis as well.

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  29. Dare I say too similar?

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  30. Would prefer Lacazette

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  31. Very pricey. Can you get six-seater tuktuks?

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  32. On a more positive note for me, Skrtel is suspended for the next match so this is a chance to see whether our defence is less panicking without him.

    Lovren still out injured so I am assuming we will see a back three of Can, Toure and Sakho vs Leicester .

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  33. Hopefully Lovren is back for that one

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  34. I like the idea of Toure and Sakho together

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  35. No more average pl players when will FSG learn




    Andy Carroll
    Charlei Adam


    players with half a good season

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  36. I want Lovren and Sakho

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  37. Yeah, Skrtel should have been dropped long time ago. One of Rodgers mates of course.

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  38. did john used to play rugby because if he did it would explain why mingo kicks the ball into touch so often .....if your gonna kick it out at least hoof it down the field

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  39. Cant Dudek coach them ?

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  40. True liked that he done that just get rid of it




    But this might be one reason we sign Bony he is unbelievably powerful he will get most of those balls

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  41. if hes fit and in the right team carroll is not average

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  42. Okay but we still bought him when he only had a good 4 months
    Berahino had a good 6 weeks only he si on west brom bench as well

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  43. Demon in the air, could have been a decent plan B but you cannot expect him to collect dust on the bench at the age of 25.

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  44. without services bony is very ltd

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  45. Would like to have Garay with Sakho when Toure goes next summer

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  46. Please he was not that good in the air
    He was just tall , i remember at old tratford Rafael beat him to an ariel ball


    Tim Cahill was a deamon in the air and so is Bony

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  47. Well Johnson and Toure will be leaving on a free so maybe we can cash in on Skrtel and sign another adept right CB or just give Ilori a chance.

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  48. Lovren,Iloris,Wisdom


    we have a lot of options there

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  49. If 8 mill, then other teams might come up and swoop him. If Borini leaves, then this deal might get financed by that money. Good player. Would be nice to have him.

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  50. Maybe but i liked how he brang Dyer and Routledge in agme at times
    and still got in the box
    tahts the difference between Balotelli and Bony

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  51. Bony just a younger version of Lambert. Bony is not what we need.


    We need someone with pace and who can create something out of nothing i.e. Lacazette.

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  52. he doesnt suit the system we play thats why he failed....its actually hard to find a good cf to suit our system ...as he needs to be able to interchange with the front 3

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  53. He is too old
    we need an out and out striker
    not a winger/Striker

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  54. if im honest i dont any of them 3 are good enough for the level we need

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  55. I agree Lacazette is exciting but as most people say why would he join us , Lyon ahve s new stadium are reaching cl places
    if he leaves it wont be for us
    A PSG or Arsenal will probably on his mind

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  56. If we do buy a center half it has to be cheap
    9m at most
    we spend more then all other top teams in defense yet we always buy wrong players


    Alderweild from Athletico looks a nice option might be an expensive with a good season for southapton can see arsenal in for him
    Winston Reid on a free ?

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  57. Lucas was excellent last night. People have been crying out for a defensive midfielder but we already have one on the books, yes he's not the most mobile of players but neither was Hamann.

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  58. On another note u seen wot NBC were calling Juan Mata? Marijuana Mata

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  59. Got a feeling that Sterling will get a ban for what he did last night. If the F.A charge Shelvey then I think Sterling will get charged too, don't think they'll do one without the other.

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  60. have you even seen him play

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  61. Half the problem we have at the moment is that we have looked to much in to "the long term solution"..maybe right now we need a short term fix?

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  62. did you see Carrolls header vs swansea in daglsih full season just a simple knock missed a sitter


    carroll could not head downwards but straight at goal
    i also remmeber at anfield vs city headed it straight at joe hart
    also vs chelsea in fa cup final if eh headed it down its a goal

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  63. berahino is another overrated overpaid british player when will LFC fans ever learn?

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  64. 99% british players are rubbish overpaid over weight and overrated

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  65. gerrard out the team.... looks like it worked hate to say but i was right all along

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  66. i submit to your greater logic ,while i think about it duncan ferguson wasnt that good either in the air

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  67. Well you were not the only one saying it
    and we also wanted Sterling up front al season and Emre and Sakho in lien up


    rdogers can takje credit for formation though

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  68. There aren't many LFC fans that want him you mong

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  69. comapre them to Tim Cahill and Chamack no tehy are not

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  70. T0o be fair even though he plays for england he aint english but African
    Same way Llalana is englsih but has a spanish grandad so it was alright buying him

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  71. A good op[tion up front could be Erik Lamela
    he can play that false 9 rodgers wants
    or Joel Campbell

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  72. You're joking.

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  73. To be honest i dont know how Duncan Ferguson
    is
    is he related to Alex Ferguson ?

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  74. I am looking for cheap options like Sturridge in 2013

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  75. Carroll is more dominant in the air than the Burj Khalifa.

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  76. Pretty clear that these "cheap options" are no longer needed.

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  77. joel Campbell is a good shout for me
    has pace,skill,power,acceleration,intensity




    reminds me of Sturriudge and Coutinho


    Went out on loan to bolton and espanyol respectively, done great there but cant get a look in

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  78. How does Rafael out jump him then

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  79. If be cannot get a look in at Arsenal, then he should not here.

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  80. Like Sturridge at chelsea?
    Coutinho at Inter?

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  81. Because it all revolves around jumping.

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  82. 2/11 or so similar players.

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  83. Look he missed some sitters in hsi time with us with his head
    like vs swansea,city,wolves ,chelsea
    he was incapable of heading downwards

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  84. it is like Arsenal buying Welbeck off utd
    soem palyers just need a chance

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  85. 10-15 m for Perrin apparently - the quote was the next Buffon or maybe the next buffoon and it was spelling mistake

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  86. I had to Google want that was you well travelled bar steward. At least some of them could pull them which would save money too.

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  87. I understand if it is seen and no action taken they cannot punish retrospectively. And as someone pointed out last night if they did not see it they need to find another use for the corner stick.

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  88. Yeah but to fair most of them are playing in Sunday leagues and for pub teams.

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  89. Sarah Ferguson's husband

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  90. Agreed but he is nearly average and getting there with every game.
    If his career lasts long enough and injuries permitting he could well become average

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  91. I'm led to believe that of the assistant ref saw it and decided it was fine at the time he cannot be done retrospectivly. He cannot say he didn't see it.

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  92. Considering the team he played with and opposition he faced, his creative stats for PSG are not very good.

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  93. Good call. Lucas is currently one of our most 'in form' players; it's no accident that we've looked more assured defensively since he's had a little run in the team.

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  94. Agree composure tends to come with age. I am much more mellow now than I was and if anyone disagrees they can f*** off or they'll get a good kicking.

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  95. So you might say he's more Reggie Perrin than Mattia Perin?

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  96. And Wenger would apparently rather have Sanogo than Podolski: it boggles the mind.

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  97. I think the weakness of Real was caused by laughing too much - sad to say

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  98. I just wish someone had said something earlier

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  99. If we are going to sign a palyer on potential route
    rather have Perez then Berahino
    a real live wire that perez

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  100. Well happy 21st birthday for yesterday or something...

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  101. I hope your right mate, but if the linesman has seen it and thinks doing that is ok then I think maybe he needs to find another job. Although it wasn't a full blown haymaker Sterling punched the guy in the face, if it was one of our players on the receiving end I think we'd all be calling for the FA to ban the guy.

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  102. at that point we will resign him

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  103. So would I mate but let's hope we are lucky. Hopefully neither Shelvey nor Sterling get any action so noone can complain.

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  104. lamela is not a cheap option stop talking BS

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  105. that's what Neville was talking about after the match. surely the linesman saw it and decided that it's not a foul. FA can't do anything there

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  106. who the hell cares for the origin of some players granddad? the point is he's an english player, so he will be extremely overpriced because the media etc. hype those players extremely. that's why we shouldn't even waste time trying to sign him.

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