22 Jan 2015

Goal-Machine: LFC plan new offer for £25m striker who's 'better than Bale'. Done Deal this week?

Earlier this month, Anfield legend Steve Nicol urged Liverpool to Lyon goalscorer Alexander Lacazette, and after weeks of transfer speculation, the Reds are reportedly on the verge of making a concrete offer for the coveted striker.

In June, Lacazette's Agent, David Venditelli claimed that Lacazette 'will leave for a team that players in the Champions League' or one that is 'very close to it', and according to Le10 Sport this week:

* Liverpool are now favourites ahead of PSG to sign £25m-rated Lacazette.

* The Reds are planning to make an official offer 'in the coming days'

Speaking to ESPN last week, Nicol insisted that Lacazette 'fits the mould that Liverpool are looking for', and strongly urged his old club to pursue the striker:

“Liverpool have an opportunity to sign this guy [Lacazette] and I think they should. He loves to go forward [and] score goals and he reminds me of [Luis] Suarez. I think this would be a superb signing".

Ex-Red Aly Cissokho also believes that Lacazette is a good option for Liverpool, and in a recent interview, he enthused:

"Clubs like Liverpool have a lot of competition [but] it's up to him to see if he's ready to take it on. We'll see what happens in the summer, but he easily has the quality to play in teams of that stature."

Some info about Lacazette:

* 23 years old.
* Can play on the wings, or up-front.
* Spent his entire career with Lyon.
* Three trophies with his club so far.

* 58 apps for various France youth teams.
* 2 apps for the senior national team.
* 2010: Winning for for France in the Under-19 European Championship final.

* STATS: This season: 23 goals/7 assists in 27 apps.
* Goal/assist every 79 mins.
* 2009-2014: Goal/assist every 119 minutes (League only)

Lacazette is achieving Suarez/Sturridge-style creative stats this season, and given his speed, mobility, and finishing ability, he'd clearly be a logical signing for Liverpool. What are the chances of that actually happening, though?

When asked on Tuesday about the possibility of Lacazette leaving in January, Bernard Lacombe - special advisor to Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas - told reporters:

"He [Lacazette] is a great player, and weill do everything to keep him until the summer. He must work on his left foot, and if he does, he can be better than [Karim] Benzema"

Last week, Aulas made the following bold claim:

"I think Alexandre is much better [than Gareth Bale], but Alexandre doesn't have a price, so it's pointless thinking of one"

If Liverpool surprise everyone and seal this deal, Sturridge will clearly be under intense pressure to maintain his fitness. Lacazette has the potential to scale similar heights, and if he does the business, Sturridge's regular absences will suddenly become less important, which means he becomes less important.

Unfortunately, Liverpool cannot rely on Sturridge, so it's absolutely vital that the club has at least one other striker who's capable of picking up the slack. If that means Sturridge falls slightly down the pecking order, then so be it. I'm one of his biggest fans, but the team has to come first.

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132 comments:

  1. Yokohama Liverpool Fan12:37 am, January 22, 2015

    It would take a lot of money, perhaps 30 million or more to get him. Will FSG spend that much?

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  2. I know it's not the premier league but this guys stats are unbelievable.i doubt it's going to happen but we could do with another striker!

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  3. the rumour has been gaining a lot of momentum of late. sounds like a stretch but apparently if we miss out on him we are planning on forking out 40 mil for benzema in the summer.

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  4. Can we just pay £16m and give them first 'Dibs' Joe Allen.

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  5. I would love to have this guy at LFC, but Borini needs shipping first (or put into foster care). Borini works hard, but has no end product. He's like Will from The Inbetweeners on top of Charlotte Hinchcliffe (he wriggles about a lot but nothing actually goes in).

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  6. Suarez came from Ajax...

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  7. I think this is the right move for the club. No, I haven't looked at all his detailed stats, watched all of his videos and analysed his movement and work-rate but those goal stats speak for themselves. He has all the makings of a top class player coming into his own at the right time of his career. He is technically fantastic and his finishing, albeit not against the best defences in the world, is top class. He seems to be able to play comfortably as part of a front 3, two main strikers or as a lone striker. He can score on the break or in traffic and he's even good with the set piece. He's not really a Suarez kind of player, he doesn't have the same creative dribbling skills and dogged determination, but then there is only one Luis Suarez and we should probably let go of the idea of replacing him.


    I can see him playing quite well with Sturridge. They are, to some extent, quite similar players who both like to play through the middle but Sturridge is also very effective in a right sided attacking role and I'd guess Lacazette is fine doing the same. Neither player would need to go particularly wide in order to accommodate the other, for years it was quite normal to play with two centre forwards in a team and Liverpool don't crowd the box with attackers to the point where they start running out of room. Neither Lacazette nor Sturridge need to be "on the ball" all the time in order to be effective, not like Mario seems to be, they just find good space in attacking areas, take good passes and then finish well. This leaves plenty of opportunity for Coutinho, Sterling and Lallana to continue to be the main creators in the system.


    Lyon appear to be unwilling to let him go although maybe that's just talk to bump up the price ... I don't know. Why would they sell in January? He's a contracted player and his price will only continue to inflate for the rest of the seasons. Plenty of teams will want him. They are top of the league so CL for next season looks good and Liverpool are no certainty. So there are a few things working against Liverpool at the moment. The Cassette will need to have some desire to come here, he'll have to ask for the move. Is that what he wants? Is he a Liverpool fan? Is he desperate to prove himself in England or is he happy playing for a top French side?


    We've been knocked back by a few players and their owning clubs in recent times and I'm not sure this will be any different. I hope that's wrong, but I don't hold out much hope. Perhaps money talks and the right offer will get this done. It's certainly worth a try, we just shouldn't expect much.

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  8. Class player, but we won't sign him, as we'll dither until Chelsea or another club nab him.

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  9. The Transfer Committee is a joke, isn't it? He's soooo much better than Benzema? He's pacy, skillful, and can create chances for himself, something Benz can only dream of.

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  10. i've been moaning about it for years. every window ever we have a guy in our sights who is essential to the team, ticks every single box there is and is available for a reasonable fee and we almost always end up with someone else who is half as good for twice as much.

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  11. They tried to get both Costa and Sanchez for similar fees, so why not?

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  12. Another stated facts which will amount to nothing!!! Luckily the week is almost over so we are sure to know if he is or he is not!!! LFC has 4 strikers and none are getting sold this January.

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  13. This might be the most clearly concise analogy... of all time.

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  14. Lot of strikers now, include Origi will back next season we have 5. Buy another will be 6. And if we only play with 1 striker in 3-4-3, who will out?

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  15. Saw a couple of Youtube highlight reels from this year. Great eye for the goal, quick release, accurate, fast. Looks really good, but he's never going to get the space he gets in those reels. Do the French even understand the phrase 'close down the man?' He's so wide open it's pathetic. He'd learn quick though and he's quick enough to make his own space even though it would be less than he's presently accustomed to. Yes, he's definitely worth a bid.

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  16. all we need is 4 world class players . Our team is in need of players like Pogba Lacazetta Reus and illarmendi for real who is not getting go was in front of Isco . Come on FSG

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  17. You make that sound like an easy thing... "All we need are 4 world class players???" Pogba is near impossible, Reus highly unlikely with money bags sniffing around, and Illara while good is not world class. All will be overpriced as well. They simply won't be worth the amount they'll go for, if they are sold (which is no guarantee in the first place).


    All the while, Lacazette is a very good target, if a bit ambitious. Kramer instead of Pogba, we don't need Reus (we almost have too many good AMs as it is), and Song instead of Illara.

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  18. We 'll never go for anything with that price (I presume, it 'll take over 30m). FSG's transfer policy is like US sports - either they 'll spend for top quality draft pick or 'll go for big contracts with top free agents, or they 'll go for trade exchange. I am sure, they are not clear about the football transfer, where the biggest amount goes to the club.


    We don't have any clue of what actual market price (it's market price, not justified price) of a player is. Most cases, either we have overpaid or we have missed the boat for a fraction more. JM is actually proving how fool we were doing tug of war for Costa with 20mn & then paid 25m for Lallana. Also, I think, BR has very little knowledge or pulling power outside UK.


    I don't think we 'll go for Lecazzette, my fear is, we 'll make WBA 15-18mn richer for Berahino on the deadline day.

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  19. I did notice that time and space, it was a bit ridonkulous. Gives him lots of time to get his technique right. Meanwhile in England he'd have some 6'4 lunatic charging at him and kicking him on the shins. There will be some adjustment required.

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  20. At least we know you tried.

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  21. The LFC Transfer Committee6:25 am, January 22, 2015

    LFC fans,

    Ian is right, and whilst it has been brought to our attention that while Alexander Lacazette is a great player, we think it would be foolish tosend a scout all the way to France to watch him when there are so many English players that have scored a goal recently.



    You will be pleased to hear that we have identified Andy Carroll, Saido Berahino or Charlie Austin as the player to get us back into the Champions League.


    We have the spending power, and expect bids of above £30m in the summer.


    Thanks,
    The Committee

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  22. I would be very suprised indeed if we event went for him in this window, let alone signed him. BR has indicated there will be little activity and i can't see why Lyon would even entertain selling their best player now when they are in the midst of a title challenge. Barring injury, his value is hardly likely to decrease between now and the end of the season, and with the kind of stats he is producing, it is more likely to increase if anything i would say. Basically, yet another transfer rumour not worth the paper its written on in my opinion. Yes, i can see us being interested in him in the Summer, but for this to be wrapped in a week is just not going to happen. Thats without mentioning the inivetiable player sales that would need to occur as we already have too many strikers not playing ti accommodate another one.

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  23. We have Can for Pogba too..

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  24. Swnd them Balotelli. And 25 mill. They can't refuse that?

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  25. We cant rely on DS to be fit all season. The club should show ambition and sign AL. We paid more for Lalana. Who has yet to prove his worth.

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  26. Mat Ryan keeper, Song, Lacazette. Good to go. Enough selection headaches for mr rogers

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  27. you've lost me at "all we need is 4 world class players"

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  28. should have stood where he was for a few more years...

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  29. me so horny me love you long time

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  30. ????????? WTF are you smoking ??? you are talking about the French Benzema and not the other one....

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  31. You're a genious Ian

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  32. because its same old liverpool since fsg took over sit in the fence and watch other ckubs buy the talent...fsg are the main problem with this club

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  33. well i think we spend that money on markovic

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  34. fsg will out with any luck

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  35. Well they couldnt sign him to a professional contract but got around that by making his father (agent) a coach bet he is is the highest paid coach in the B league.
    The kid is going to get a lot of splinters in his backside thats if he ever gets that far.
    A horrible decision and i cannot help but feel dad was keen to line his own pockets.

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  36. whats genious??? did you go to school???

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  37. They have handed out plenty of money its the idiots spending it.

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  38. fsg look for young talent...its not young talent we need its experienced talent...fsg out time

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  39. Lallana was not young nor Lambert.

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  40. lambert is no talent full stop...

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  41. Well you need to go to the club and buy some players then may i suggest Ronaldo Hummels and Neuer.

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  42. i suggest you use transfer money to get a brain transplant idiot.

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  43. The lad is going to play for Real Madrid B in the third tier of Spanish football. Very surprised he didnt head to Ajax for a few years and lean the game there before committing for a big money move.

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  44. how about we sign your mother

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  45. wow I made a typo...

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  46. stop trolling around mate

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  47. Might as well pick up Messi, Ronaldo and Bale while we are at it.

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  48. we should also sign your mother

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  49. no your mother made a mistake giving birth to you

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  50. Dont forget FSG saved the club from administration. They have put money in for transfers every year and are actually following though with the plans to expand Anfield something that should have been done years ago, they also reduced the debt which was crippling the club.


    FFP and extra revenues that alot of the clubs competing with Liverpool have due to the match day revenues and CL money means that the owners hands are tied in many ways. Addressing the match day revenue with the expansion is exactly the correct way to go.

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  51. I think Lyon will accept 25m for Lacazette, and we need a ST like him, we'll have three great Strikers "Sturridge, Lacazette and Balotelli" and get rid of Borini for 12m and Lambert 3m that's 15m and just add another 10m and get Lacazette...

    Our Starting XI will Look Like this

    .........................Mignolet........................
    ....Can................Skrtel.............Sakho....
    Sterling....Lucas....Henderson....Moreno
    ........................Coutinho........................
    .............Sturridge.......Lacazette.............

    Subs: Gerrard, Balotelli, Lallana, Lovren, Markovic, Manquillo, Toure, Jones, Flanagan

    But I'll Start Toure or Lovren instead of Can at CB when they r Back, and Can to play at CM...

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  52. they where one of a few who had the revenues to save the club from admin. Reduced debt still nearly 50 mil in the red. CL money is a thing of the past already. You must be one of the fsg lovers...if you love these yanks so much why don't you move to the united s.ithole of jewmerica

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  53. "6'4 lunatic charging at him and kicking him on the shins" er Shawcross?

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  54. that's a brilliant idea!

    Have you already inquired about Lee Cattermole, Kevin Nolan, Liam Bridcutt and Steven Caulker?

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  55. You are either very young or extremely immature. You need to grow up and get out of your fantasy world of FIFA and Football manager and see the big picture. Also your comments are very offensive and inappropriate.

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  56. Suracheth Sloijit8:47 am, January 22, 2015

    Should be sign him soon

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  57. If we offer around 25 million they'll start listening. Lacazette in January would be a great addition with either Lambert or Borini sold (or both). If we could sell both (unlikely though) we've got Sterling to cover and maybe Jerome Sinclair can be given a chance to step up.

    In the summer we've got Origi coming in. Add a goalkeeper like Perin (would like Cech but think he'll go Arsenal) and a top midfielder like Pogba or Barkley. With the squad we have we only need 1 or 2 players each window so why can't we splash out a bit more on top players

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  58. haha...fifa and football manager I think not...whats wrong redwill someone hit a nerve...you need to take your c.ck out of your mothers pu.sy

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  59. Selling Lambert makes no sense to me- he cost us 4 mill, we sell for 2, why? I rather have him on the bench and in cups- those moments like Sunderland are priceless. Plus we would get much more for Borini. GK yeah, though I again have bit of faith in Migs.. But why Barkly and Pogba? That is 40 and 80 mil respectevly, and we have Can, Couts, Leiva, Lazar, Hendo Lallana, Sterling and Ibe. Next season all 8 of them should be starters or close to being starters?

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  60. Bullshit. He's a good player just not suited to the way we play.and there has been a lot of money spent over the summer, rubbish to say otherwise..

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  61. He'll cost way more than 25m, Lyon don't need to sell and are fighting for CL with a good chance of getting it.
    What would you expect the fee for Reus to be? Lacazette is on a par with him. Suarez-esq goal/assist stats cost Barca best part of 70m, it's not inconceivable that Lacazette would be in the 40m+ bracket.

    I'd love to see him at LFC, but I don't think we could afford him or his wages. Hopefully I'm wrong

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  62. Me too Liverpool would have been a better option than Real but there you go money talks.

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  63. stfu nob head...good player...go back to playing with your mini sized peepee

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  64. Wish I'd pulled out of your mother, such a disappointment as a son :(

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  65. wow this would be crazy great, the guy looks to be a phenom

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  66. Your posts were already questionable in terms of logic. It's your opinion, and you're entitled to express it. No problems with that.

    This last one is just plain objectionable.

    Unacceptable

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  67. at least you can admit you are a disappointment as a son...not many can...congrats to you dumbass

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  68. your mothers vagina is unacceptable

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  69. Enjoy your ban.

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  70. enjoy your mothers fishy vagina...again

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  71. And you can't read properly either..... sigh! I knew sending you to that all girls school was a mistake, all that bullying you suffered really affected your education

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  72. I doubt if we would be buying anyone this january

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  73. no your mothers stinky vagina affected my education...knocked mr off my senses

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  74. Oh no, I'm so hurt by your cutting wit...


    You really need to grow up . I will not reply to any of your puerile comments again. Mods will sort you out soon

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  75. Oh no! Is that a typo in your comment!?! Haha! Guess you better edit it before the internet sees it :D


    Anyway, funny as this has been for 5 minutes, I better get on with some work. Hey it's Thursday isn't it? Signing on day, you better get down the job centre quick, you don't want your dole stopped

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  76. I think Freud accurately explained the issues with guys obsessed with mother figures.... he's mentioned mothers half a dozen times already, poor lamb.

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  77. It's all he's got left after his mummy turned on the parental controls on his laptop, give the guy a break ;)

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  78. What would Freud say about Lonely Island?

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  79. I read Hendo and Costa had to be separated in the tunnel after Tuesday's game

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  80. Hope so, Costa deserves it. So glad Skrtel and Leiva I think elbowed him just before our goal..

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  81. Push the boat out to get this boy. Special! Ignoring Remy & Bony will make perfect. sense. Boring needs to go as Lambert is better suited to bench warming.

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  82. Push the boat out to get this boy. Special. Remy & Bony will be a distant memory.

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  83. First question?
    why would player like Lacazette,Rackitic,Kroos ,etc
    want to play for us when you can go and earn more money ,compete at a higher level (win trophies),live a better life style elsewhere by joining clubs like Real,Barca,Man utd,Chelsea,Arsenal,PSG ,bayern?


    Plus please tell me you don't believe in Jaimies price tags plucked from sky, Lacazette will cost a lot more then 25m

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  84. Sorry man he will not join
    please do not get your hopes up they will only be shattered
    if clubs like ,Munich,PSG,Man utd,Man city,Arsenal,Chelsea get involved we cant do anything but move on

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  85. Our selling point must be that we need him much more than the other teams do, he can also be part of a bright future.

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  86. Absolutely, I don't understand the constant moaning about FSG. They have provided the funds in every transfer windows and have started work on redeveloping anfield, what's the problem? It's not FSG's fault we have overpaid for certain players and bought other players that aren't good enough.

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  87. Seriously moronic

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  88. agreed and chelski will probably nip in just as we are about to sign him to stop us getting him, like they did with other players like salah, i think he only played two games for them and now it looks like he'll be sold.

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  89. The Skrtel elbow was Costa trying to get Skrtel carded or sent off. I've watched it a couple of times and Costa doesn't look at the ball once. He looks at Skrtel and runs in to him. Him and Hazard are horrible players. Mourinho players.

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  90. Can you give me the link to that?

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  91. sort out your mothers stinky vagina and then come back to me

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  92. Just search Skrtel elbow Costa and Watch.

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  93. mother your mother will pleasure filthy jew scum

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  94. I am just so grateful they have not signed everyone we've been linked to otherwise we'd have a squad of thousands and be bankrupt!.


    And that's based on last month's rumours alone!

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  95. Obviously we cannot condone unnecessary violence. But........

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  96. AndWithSuchSimplicity12:31 pm, January 22, 2015

    You going to finish building the new stand yourself, then??
    I don't have a problem with operating within a budget, and I bet teams like Leeds wished they had been a bit more frugal.
    We were minutes away from extinction a few years ago and almost won the League last year, so I don't think FSG have done too bad.

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  97. AndWithSuchSimplicity12:45 pm, January 22, 2015

    I remember getting excited that we were going to sign Harry Kewell. What a summer that was....!!

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  98. Right at the start Skirtel blasts the ball into the crowd and Costa laughs at Skirtel and says something- it goes back to Euro qualifier when Skirtel wiped the floor with him and Slovakia beat them- he hasn't forgotten

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  99. It looks to me as though Costa just wanted to jump into Skrtel and got more than he bargained for. He has a sneaky look at Skrtel before jumping towards him

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  100. I'm sure this post is racist. Jaimie (or another mod)? You out there?

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  101. i hear its 80 thousand pounds per week for 16 year old odegaard.. nothing more to say really.

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  102. Luis Suarez is school boy from catholic church school compared to him. So many times he spit, stamped, hit, cheated that is unacceptable... Really glad he is our player, as odd as it sounds...

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  103. Sakho also ripped him apart in a friendly, think we have a cure for him. But we need Can in the midfield and defenders in the defence for the second leg. Against easier opponents Can can be in the back three, good managers will leave him with good attackers, and he will do the trick once or twice... My line up would be
    Moreno Sakho Skrtel Flanno(or Manquillo)
    ---------------Can Lukas
    Couts----------------------Lallana
    ------------Gerrard
    ...............................Sterling

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  104. Sorry about that fool. He's now banned.

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  105. Yeah, sorry for the delay getting to him.

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  106. Is Flanno fit? Big game to come back in. Ski did their utmost to get at Can and if we play same team will do it again- But it works both ways and this time he will know what's coming.BR always tinkering but this time maybe he won't

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  107. Brilliant post. Thanks.

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  108. BR says we're gonna challenge for the PL title - next season

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  109. I don't see it. He may need to pull his head out of the clouds. We will be fighting for top 4, and it will be difficult without Gerrard's leadership.

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  110. Nice post Adam.

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  111. 4 quality players needed before it could happen - starting with a keeper

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  112. It's not a crazy notion. But really it depends on what the other clubs do doesn't it. I can see City breaking up their team and going into transition. Their success has been built on Kompany, Toure, Aguero, and Silva, and I think those players are not the force they were. I'd be mildly surprised if they were all still there next year, and there aren't obvious replacements coming through. A team built around Mangala, Fernandinho, and Jovetic, is not quite so intimidating. So there might be room at the top. But to be honest I think we are at the beginning of a few years of Chelsea dominance.

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  113. Could be 7 teams fighting for top 4 - the other 6 will strengthen for sure and we need to as well

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  114. Only the committee cant see that Lacazette is better than Benzema.

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  115. Wow... that is just unbelievable. Good for the kid; he'll be set for life before he hits his 21st birthday.

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  116. I think we just need two signings: a keeper to challenge Mignolet, and a proven goalscorer - would be happy with Lacazette.
    Three signings if Lucas leaves. I think Can can fill in in Lucas's absence but we will need cover if the German gets injured.

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  117. You say Rodgers should pull his head out of the clouds then you say it will only take two signings. All this doesn't really make sense.

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  118. Actually said three signings. We completely changed the team over the summer. Why do it again? How many players would you bring in?

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  119. That's what I don't understand about some of these players.


    I mean, the simple answer is that the money must be greater.


    Is it hubris that a player thinks he's going to one of these clubs to start consistently over someone who's already there?


    I look at Salah as a prime example. He chose to go to Chelsea. Did he really expect to start over their existing options?


    Who would Lacazette start over at any of these big financial clubs unless someone there gets hurt.

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  120. In my opinion, Lucas should be the replacement for Stevie G.


    We are finally seeing Lucas start get back to his pre-injury form. I emphasize start because I don't think he'll ever get back there. When he tore his ACL, he was arguably a top 20 holding midfielder in the world. (And I emphasize arguably)

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  121. I don't think many people thought we would challenge for the league last season either. I find it quite funny that Rodgers gets slammed for his supposed lack of ambition and then when he sais he want's to win the league people mock him. Jaimie even criticised him for saying he thought we could win at Chelsea next week. If he doesn't think we can win, why even go and play the match and waste everybody's time?
    Anyway, to answer your question I don't think we need to sign many players next summer. One of the reasons we bought so many players last summer was to build something strong for the long term without having to make wholesale changes every transfer window. And most of the signngs are now starting to show what they are capable of.

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  122. A manager can be confident of winning without boasting about it. Ambition doesn't always have to be vocalised, and it doesn't changed based on whether it's voiced in public or private. Why say that LFC can beat Chelsea? It's all hot air. Actions speak louder than words; remain humble, and go there and prove it.

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  123. Beat me to it.

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  124. Yea agreed - I would add Garay in defence as well cos Lovren doesn't look like he can make it here

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  125. The sentence was something like "winning at Chelsae will be tough, but if we play the same way we did tonight I believe we can make it"
    I just can't see how any Liverpool supporter can find something wrong in our manager saying that. For me it shows a sort of inferiority complex towards Chelsea when you have a problem with that, which is maybe understandable regarding our bad recent record against them, but still...

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  126. I think you're both right - sort of. You want a manager that has confidence in his side and whilst BR is sometimes OTT just lately he has been a lot better. IMO


    That said there are a couple or three additions needed to really compete in the top 4 and if you;re doing that you are also in with a shout for the title

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  127. This makes sense to me.

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  128. Yeah Aguero and Kompany have suffered quite a bit with injuries. I think at a Sturridge level. Kompany hasn't looked anything like the player we expect him to be either. Toure isn't getting any yoinger and the rumour mil suggests he may wantbthe last big payday move. PSG or a club like that.Chelsea and United will definitely add bodies though.United didn't even need to be doing that well to be the second richest club in football.

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  129. It's a tricky one going to a "Big club" brings the potential of honours & a slim chance that if you do well to breakthrough to first 11. This will raise your stock astronomically. How do you say no to a big club is the question. Isles your absolutely right, it requires a degree of honesty & integrity. Scott Sinclairtown & to a lesser degree Salah have done their career no favours. The key is what stage of your career are you at? Ricky Lambert at his stage would have been barking mad to say no to LFC & you can't begrudge him the move even though at times he appears out of depth. A young kid like Lacazette or Sinclair (before he left Swansea) should understand that in the long term you're better off building your profile at a club where you have a decent chance of playing & even better if the club is ambitious ie looking to get back to regular champions league. This is why lfc would be perfect for Lacazette, if not for 3 years, by then he'd be 26, entering prime years. Then he could reassess & look for a big move if we haven't fulfilled his ambition. That's if he's good enough, which is a big IF! Whilst I understand that career threatening injuries happen the way the game is played nowadays makes this less likely. If you look back at 60s-80s football your eyes will water.

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