25 Mar 2015

You're Out: Liverpool transfer-list £31m trio. BR to sign exciting £35m goalscorers as replacements?

When it comes to signing strikers, Brendan Rodgers has an exceedingly poor record in the transfer market, and the Liverpool's lack of consistently effective frontmen has cost the club dearly this season. Injuries aside, Daniel Sturridge is the Reds' only worthy striker, and new reports suggest that Rodgers will cut his losses this summer on three of the club's most under-performing stars.

According to the multiple reports today, Liverpool have transfer-listed 3 plaers, with the Daily Mail claiming:

"Liverpool have Divock Origi arriving in the summer from Lille and will listen to offers for Balotelli [cost £16m], Fabio Borini [Cost £11m] and Rickie Lambert [cost: £4m]".

The goal return of those three strikers this season is pitiful:

* Balotelli: 4 goals in 25 apps.
* Borini: 1 goals in 16 apps.
* Lambert: 3 goals in 28 apps.

* Combined Totals: 8 goals/assists in 69 apps.
* Goal every 8.6 games
* Cost-per-goal: £3.8m

Irrespective of the reasons why, this contribution is simply not good enough, and Rodgers must take responsibility for repeatedly failing to sign strikers capable of fitting in and/or scoring goals consistently.

Sturridge is the obvious exception, and Rodgers deserves great credit for bringing him to Anfield; however, the striker is unbelievably injury prone, which makes having effective alternate options even more of a priority.

I doubt many fans will lose any sleep over the loss of Balotelli, Lambert, and Borini, and the sooner they're replaced with strikers who can consistently contribute, the better.

Will Liverpool make their money back, though? Over the summer, Sunderland were inexplicably willing to pay £14m for Borini, so anything's possible.

As for replacements: Liverpool are heavily linked with 'amazing' £12m Argentine striker Luciano Vietto, and (allegedly) 'world-class' £25m Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, both of whom appear to be massive upgrades Borini, Lambert, and Balotelli.

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26 comments:

  1. no more southcoast geeezers12:36 am, March 25, 2015

    Be brill signings

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  2. Don't forget to add the prolific Aspas to the list

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  3. Redboondocksaint12:48 am, March 25, 2015

    I reckon Vietto would be a great signing, Lacazette would be abit of a gamble I rate. I reckon certain Nationalities don't suite our style of play. Eg generally Italians don't do well in the PL.When last did a French player become a legend at LFC? For 25m I would rather add an extra 10m and get a more finished player like Benzema( if we going to give a French player a go).

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  4. Redboondocksaint12:52 am, March 25, 2015

    I thought about the Konoplyanka discussion and looking back he has a good record against PL teams and does damage when Ukrain play England.

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  5. Anelka was brilliant alongside Owen. Worked for the team, belittled everything that had been rumoured about him. For whatever reason Ged decided not to complete the transfer...and signed Spit instead :(


    The only time ever I can remember Stevie commenting on and criticising the club/manager transfer policy was letting Anelka go.



    But, yeah, Vignal, le Tallec, Sinima-P, not exactly confidence inspiring.



    Used to think Benzema was hugely overrated, but last couple of seasons he's really impressed me. Would be brilliant signing. Another player who has great decision making, selfless in work, would be a great lone striker or a brilliant partner (especially for someone like Sturridge).

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  6. Redboondocksaint1:19 am, March 25, 2015

    I wanted to find out from you what do you think of Konoplyanka? Would he be good fit for Liverpool or you don't rate? Bearing in mind Anelka played for Arsenal and Real Madrid before coming to Liverpool where Lacazette has not played for a team on the same level as Liverpool, might be tough to a just

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  7. While I agree with your observation, it's all about general style of play, and there are ALWAYS exceptions. The Spanish are known for their possession obsession and technical skills, but many buck the trend. Likewise, while the French are more known for their slower pace of play, Lacazette seems to genuinely be a natural goal scorer.


    And how many good frenchmen have we had? Asking when the last star Frenchman is like asking when the last star Brazilian was before Lucas...

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  8. Honestly, I'm not qualified to comment on him. I've watched the same youtube as everyone else, and seen him in the same internationals as everyone else. But I don't watch Ukranian footy.

    You learn a lot more about a player when it isn't just 10 minute highlights of all their best bits. I'd be able to make Aquiliani look a resounding success highlighting just his nice touches, there were quite a few. But it's all the other hours when a player goes missing, doesn't contribute, doesn't make a difference that counts.



    The nice bits look very nice, looks quick and creative...but can he win a match on his own, make a difference when his teammates need a lift...? I don't know.

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  9. Redboondocksaint1:56 am, March 25, 2015

    What is quiet ironic is previous Liverpool managers have all been good and siting good strikers eg KD = Saurez Benitez = Torres and have struggled with widemen. Rodgers is struggling with striker purchases but has enough options on the wings.

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  10. Redboondocksaint2:55 am, March 25, 2015

    HEUNG-MIN SON For Bayer Leverkusen I rate could be a good addition to lfc , he is very underrated, this season alone for country he scored 3 goals and club 16 goals and 2 assists. We can have him playing behind the striker , Coutinho on the left and Ibe on the right. We may be looking in the region of 20m but at 22 I rate it will be a lot better than Bolatelli deal

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  11. . Injuries aside, Daniel Sturridge is the Reds' only worthy striker.
    Jaimie you CANNOT ignore the injuries
    Did BR not sign Aspas aswell ?

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  12. Which is more reliable ?
    1) Jaimie K 's predictions or
    2) BR buying strikers.

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  13. South American strikers are cheaper and work rateis much higher .

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  14. My predictions don't leads to tens of millions being flushed down the toilet.

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  15. Another blunder was not signing Loic Remy. Which no hindsight was needed just look at his goal tally this season, heart defect or no heart defect. BR has to take the blame it's obvious when we've had to play Sterling that it's not his natural position. At times we've appeared toothless!

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  16. Good point. And who'd turn down a chance to sign, say, Paul Pogba?

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  17. Heung-Min Song would be an excellent addition, yes.

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  18. Given the reported gold content of human waste you might wish to reconsider that statement

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  19. Jamie surely you should use goals per minutes played which would give a much more realistic representation, hard to count 5 mins at the end of a game as an appearance, using appearance sorta implies a full match. Lets at least have some perspective here

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  20. no more southcoast geeezers9:12 am, March 25, 2015

    His ok but not high class we have to much of that alredy now if you was taikn about yamalenko now u taikn high class player we lfc hav minimal top class in our team wen


    stevo gone wa real world clas do we have ? Been like tht for years look in the top 3 top 4 thy hAVE AT LEAST 5 BIG DRAW PLAYERS THER LOADS OF REAL QUALITY PLAYRES OUT THERE AN WE END UP WITH BUYN PURE SQAUD PLAYERS THAT WUDNT REALY GET INTO THE TOP 3 FIRST TEAM ALL SEEMS HAPN IS LFC GETS LINK TO SOME REALY GOOD PLAYERS BUTBTHEN END UP WTH PLAYERS LIKE LAMBRINI THE CHEAP WINE MARIO AKA SPORTTICUS OF LAZY TOWN ALSO NOWN AS MARIO YELLOWBELLY ,


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  21. The Attacking Players B Rodgers needs to ship out this summer are as follows:


    AM: L Alberto(22) AM: J Texiera(22) FD: F Borini(24)


    FD: I Aspas(27) FD: R Lambert(33) FD: M Balotelli(24)


    The attacking players B Rodgers should replace them with this summer are as follows: More class, creativity, goals ,mobility, quality, pace and speed in attack


    RWF/ LWF: M Depay(22) Of PSV for £14-£20M Upgrade on I Aspas


    LW/ RW: L Vasquez(23) Of Real Madrid for £6-£8M Upgrade on L Alberto


    RW/ LW: J Montero(25) Of Swansea for £7-£8M Upgrade on J Texiera


    FD: L Vietto(22) Of Villareal for £10-£14M Upgrade on Borini


    FD: C Benteke(24) Of Villa for £15-£20M Upgrade on R Lambert

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  22. no more southcoast geeezers9:26 am, March 25, 2015

    No his not good enuf we hve bag full of them at anfeild we dont need no more we need top players wether thy house hold or gems unerthst no more dud we link to realy good players an end up wth lambrini cheap wine mario yellowbelly this guy is jus another sqaudi we dont need. Buy top talent thats wat thy pay scoutes for go get good players come on who scouted mercavitch wen depay avaibl de marie was avaibl

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  23. Clinton Max Walker9:27 am, March 25, 2015

    Lacazette and Origi are sufficient enough to replace Lambert, Balotelli and Borini. Liverpool don't need to replace all three, especially considering Sturridge's return to fitness, Sterling's abilities up front and in the middle and the sudden rise of Ibe. Having Origi, Sturridge, Sterling, Ibe and perhaps Lacazette would be more than ideal for next season.

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  24. no more southcoast geeezers9:38 am, March 25, 2015

    Now yamalenko,vaszquez , cazeres ,veito,pjanic ,lacazette types of players. Lfc shud be battln to sign not salvio or koplenko, gucuffe , lfc always ends up with that type the borinis the lamberts the merkivitch if we was a fast food place it be more like chiken village not evn mcds its not good enuf thy givn every tom dik an harry the beloved lfc red shirt its a disgrace iam tired of players no wer near good enuf to don the red of lfc

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  25. no more southcoast geeezers9:45 am, March 25, 2015

    Sorry one more thing why do ubthink we get players like merkavitch cos no big clubs are lookn at dem players ther not good enuf to spash 20 mil onthats why we probs end up wth konoplanka and salvio

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  26. no more southcoast geeezers9:48 am, March 25, 2015

    No other teams well big side wil battl for them players so lfc dnt hav a big problm signin dem players thy dont wana pay big wages yet thy fork out big sums an stil payn that player a wage dnt mke sence

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