31 May 2015

Transfer Boost: Liverpool to activate €15m buyout-clause for 'extraordinary' World Cup star

After a series of superb performances in last summer's World Cup, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who ultimately ended up signing for Real Madrid. Navas is rotting away on the bench at the Bernabeu, and new reports suggest that the Reds are tracking the 28-year old stopper once again.

According to The Mirror this weekend:

* Liverpool 'want to replace' Simon Mignolet, and are 'planning a move' for Navas.

* Navas has a €15m [£10.5m) buyout clause in his contract, and Liverpool are allegedly willing to activate it.

The story so far:

FEB 2014: The The Mirror reported that LFC scouts had delivered 'rave reviews' about Navas' performances.

MAR 2014: reports claimed the Reds had 'made an enquiry' about Navas, and that Liverpool were 'confident' of sealing a summer deal.

JUL 2014: the Daily Mail claimed that Liverpool were still monitoring Navas, and considering an official bid.

FEB 2015: Multiple reports claimed that Liverpool were 'finalising a deal' to sign Navas.

In December 2014, CONCACAF anointed Navas their 'Player of the Year', but with only eleven appearances for Madrid this season (8 goals conceded in 11 games | 5 clean sheets), he's barely getting the chance to show the kind of form that earned him that accolade.

In February, Navas's agent claimed that the Costa Rican wanted out of Madrid. He told reporters:

"Keylor Navas has told Real Madrid that he wants to leave."

This seemingly conflicts with Navas's own taken on the situation. When asked this week about the possible arrival of David De Gea, he told reporters:

"I just try to do my job the best I can. I'll fight anyone for my place, I don't mind who. I try to respect everyone, but I have faith in what I can achieve going forward"

Prior to signing for Madrid, Navas's performances helped Levante achieve the 5th best defensive record in La Liga, and he notched up 19 clean sheets along the way, which is a stunning achievement. Additionally, if it wasn't for conceding 7 goals in one game against Barcelona, Navas's goals-conceded stats would've been even more impressive.



Levante manager Joaquin Caparras attributed much of his team's success to Navas' superb goalkeeping. He enthused:

“Navas is having a spectacular season. He's the best keeper in the league right now and that is a privilege for us. Other clubs know the situation.”

After Navas's penalty shootout heroics in the World Cup, Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto went one further, insisting:

"He is one of the best in the world. We trusted him and he was in control during the penalties. He has grown and is an extraordinary man, which was recognised today."

Is Navas an upgrade on Mignolet? At the very least, he'll provide intense competition (which is absolutely vital), and he clearly has the ability to permanently relegate the Belgian to the bench.

Author: Jaimie K



134 comments:

  1. An instant upgrade, not only is he a better keeper, he is actually comfortable with the ball at his feet and has good distribution.

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  2. He was very impressive at the World Cup but that's all I have to base an opinion on him. He'll certainly provide stiff completion for Migs and is a significant upgrade on Brad Jones

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  3. Competition will do both of the good. Mignolet was way too complacent and still has a long way to go to convince

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  4. Yes please!!

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  5. Vyshakh Surreal Rv12:06 am, June 01, 2015

    This is one of the best Transfer gossip that I have heard this summer and frankly it does put some things into perspective.

    Considering the pull for a player to come to LFC, we only have regular playing time to offer.
    No CL, No Top draw "Golden Idol" of a Manager, No Capital (See Alexi Sanchez Saga), No Unbelievable tons of money (Like Che and ManU).
    With this in mind, what we do need is filling positions that NEED Filling!

    1 GK, 1 Proper RB, 1 CDM and One or if possible 2 Proven Strikers.

    NO MORE VERSATILE AM or WINGERS. The competition is BEYOND funny at this point.

    On top of this, we need to seriously look at our fitness regime. If Bale can do the gains he has, Why can't LALLANA? That was my biggest gripe with the guy, GREAT SKILL, Not enough Strength!



    Fix this and we will be pushing for the title next season.

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  6. Luciano Vietto, benteke, kovacic and clyne. Thats who we will buy this summer and well play

    ........................mingolet
    Clyne.......skrtel........sakho.....moreno
    ...........................can
    .........kovacic...............hendo
    ......................coutinho
    .......vietto.......................benteke

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  7. Personally if I was lfc manager I would get some players who have actually won titles and played in big games. I would 100% buy Nani for free. Hes contract up and hes world class. Just because van gaal says hes aint doesnt mean he is and with 12 goals/8assists this season including 4 goals in Champions league, at 28, nani is in his prime and is an absolute steal. Plus with 4 premier league titles and 1champions league, nani can be the leader on the pitch for most our young players.

    Kolarov, who is 10 times moreno, has won 2 pl titles and also got plenty experience. Being a free agent we have got to buy him, but that would be me.

    Then id sell sterling to man city for 50m, borini balotelli lambert aspas for 30m and buy Vietto 15m, higuain 25m, kondogbia or kovacic 15m.

    Nani, higuain, vietto, kovacic and kolarov would be formidable signings. And all realistic

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  8. I'd be absolutely thrilled with that. :D

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  9. He would make a great number 1 keeper.an upgrade on Mignolet without a doubt.

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  10. Another interesting article about FSG:

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/rodgers-fsg-how-liverpool-fc-9338768

    If anyone who thinks that FSG won't sack Rodgers just to save a few bob, think again. And FSG won't finch at digging deep into their pockets either.

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  11. Was the best goalkeeper in La Liga the season before last. Was absolutely incredible at times. I don't know how he'd deal with the physicality of the Premier League, but I'd be very excited if we signed him.

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  12. Unless he is provided with good coverage by defenders he will ultimately struggle. We have good defenders who need to up their game.

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  13. LFC must chasing young goalkeeper but not for player same age like Simon Mignolet. Matthew Ryan,Neto and Mattia Perrin is good talent and more youngest.

    If want to sign 27 year old as mignolet,why not Asmir Begovic ?

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  14. Just read an article were Navas said he will not leave ??

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  15. Is that you in the profile pic?

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  16. Would definitely be a good move. Not sure hes Champions League material though but we have to get there first. Penalty killer as Well if I remember from the world cup. We apparently also activated the clause in Viettos contract. Still I doubt there is much truth about this until they've had their end of season review. A new manager will not come in with his budget already spent.

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  17. Look at you, posting an article without so much as a whiff of a hint that you knew you were away.

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  18. Why the f#€* are we gonna start buying utd's cast off's?
    Nani........for f's sake....

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  19. Good read that

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  20. 33 of Liverpool’s 62 points (53%) came from the 13 game mid-season unbeaten run, which included scoring 24 goals and conceding 8. That means we took just 29 points from the remaining 25 games, scoring only 28 goals and conceding an alarming 40. That is, at best, lower mid table form from 66% of our Premier League season.

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  21. I think signing a goalkeeper is definitely a priority. I admit Mignolet done something which I thought he was not able to do and that is improve his form. It's no coincidence that when defence was settled he improved.


    Still, his distribution is very poor, we need a Reina like GK that can start attacks and counter by pin point passes and throws.


    Seems like we're still in talks in Kovacic, Milner, Ings and we've "allegedly" made a bid for Vietto (£14.2M =20M Euros) but so have Atletico apparently.


    Simeone is the manager that gave Vietto his 1st start at Racing so I fully expect him to go there.


    Really hope that something good comes out of this review. Would be happy for BR to go and replaced by Klopp or Ancelotti.


    We'll see.

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  22. That is the form that got Hodgson sacked

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  23. And that's why we count points over 38 games

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  24. Navas is a very good goalkeeper but it counts for nothing with Buck Rodgers in charge. I feel like a bitchy little swine lately with Rodgers but I have lost all faith in him regarding anyone he signs as they all seem to fall flat on there face. It's either a case of the player isn't good enough to start with or Rodgers isn't good enough to start with. But after £210m+ I believe in most cases it's a bit of both aren't good enough as so many players have failed to make any impact. It's fair to except a few players to fail and a few to take a while to adapt when you sign so many players. but the amount who have failed to make the grade is border line criminal to be honest and how can you trust his decisions now? 3 years later can anyone honestly say he has achieved anything if you do then you are picking at straws for all Buck Rodgers coaching skills he lacks the other ingredients that make him a 'MANAGER'. King Kenny at least won a League Cup what has Rodgers done? 2nd was a great season but how can a team regress so much after spending so much? Rodgers is a good coach but he is not a great manager regardless of what anyone thinks he lacks the know how to take LFC forward and no amount of money will change the fact he is out of his depth. We need a manager who can handle pressure and knows his way around the transfer market and Rodgers clearly doesn't. Blame FSG all you want but surely Rodgers has some say in who we sign other wise Rodgers is just a YES man or a poor judge of talent, Either way neither is acceptable at LFC...Bring in Klopp and let's see what he can do......I am not the only person who sees it this way and after this awful season as much as I try to see the positives in Rodgers the negatives keep rearing their ugly heads and they outweigh any positives...If Rodgers is still incharge next season I will expect nothing more than missed opportunites, failed signings and our best players leaving. I haven't got a crystal ball who really knows 'Rodgers could go on to win the league and all the players he has signed might settle in' but the most likely outcome to keeping Rodgers on is a whole world of disapointment...

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  25. lol...good one. You forgot Ings, Milner, Austin and Trippier

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  26. Smart deal. Maybe smarter to have kept Reina.

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  27. Liverpool fans slated online a player that might come to LFC over one poor game. Aren't we special..

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  28. Aren't you special?...

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  29. What the hell does that mean?

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  30. I think it's pretty self explanatory

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  31. http://www.hardballtimes.com/san-diego-padres-1993-fire-sale/
    This link is probably more appropriate

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  32. Price notwithstanding, do you rate him higher than Diego Alves?

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  33. Seems a bit harsh mate, English is his second language.

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  34. You certainly aren't special.

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  35. Reina's shot stopping was extremely poor in last few seasons.

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  36. Alves is great.

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  37. Is Julio Cesar available?

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  38. Nani? Oh god i just threw up a little...

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  39. Wow, great set of comments. When you contribute as much and for as long as orme has, then start criticising.

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  40. It does not get any better than this...

    Liverpool transfer news: Reds 'turn attentions to Cardiff City's David Marshall'

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  41. Hope Liverpool give Coates a chance.

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  42. If we just want to sign a good backup and not a better keeper than Mignolet then we should go for a free players like Boruc...released by Southampton.

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  43. Coates lacks pace which is the problem with most of our CB's. I would rather give Ilori a chance. Pace in abundance.

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  44. For me, pace is not a priority for CD. And Coates has been exceptional in a relegation threatened team. I have no doubts he will be great if given a chance. Only bad Liverpool game he had was against Oldham. Strange.

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  45. Marshall has said he will only move if he is made No 1

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  46. Only 10 appearences though... We really don't need anymore injury prone players. And if it's because he simply wasn't picked then we need to ask ourselves why.

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  47. I think navas has said he's staying put..

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  48. IMO we need at least one CB who can play out from the back. Tried it with Can and unfortunately he is not the quickest either. Lovren, well the least said the better. Skrtel also too slow. Sakho has decent pace but not lightning quick.


    I have seen Ilori in action and he is super quick plus has an eye for a pass too. Still has much to learn but unless he is given a chance we will not know whether he is good enough.

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  49. voice of reason1:40 pm, June 01, 2015

    he's staying put after the benitez rumours

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  50. Looks like Klopp is indeed taking a break...

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  51. Seen no reports. Link?

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  52. Nicolas Chamberlain1:51 pm, June 01, 2015

    Boruc already signed for Bournemouth and besides that he is defintely not good enough. I would go for Begovic. We need another GK. When will FSG make a statement on Rodgers' job?

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  53. Actually depends on how you interpret 'break'. A couple of months? A year? It's the first time in at least seven years that he won't be at some club for a good portion of pre-season.

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  54. Nicolas Chamberlain1:56 pm, June 01, 2015

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/social/liverpool-fans-react-to-the-news-jurgen-klopp-is-definitely-taking-a-break-from-football-tweets/?

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  55. Review of the season should be this week.

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  56. Hopefully tomorrow after end of season 'review'

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  57. I find what Klopp said actually a bit vague. First of all, a break for how long? All he can do at the moment is take a break anyway. He doesn't have a job, and he hasn't received any strong offers. Maybe from from the likes of Fenerbahce, but why would he go there? If Liverpool proceeded to sack Rodgers and make an offer to Klopp, there's no way he wouldn't strongly consider it.

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  58. On BBC - more to follow it says

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  59. The Guardian:

    Jürgen Klopp has announced that he will take a break from management for “the time being”.

    "After seven intense and emotional years, I think it's a good idea to let the numerous memories settle in before I take on a new challenge with my coaching team, refreshed and fully motivated,"

    Says nothing about how long.

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  60. Would you like to see Klopp at Liverpool?

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  61. Rodgers: Better tackles per game you say, more interceptions per game you say, can actually defend you say - OK I will sell him

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  62. Guardian have reported 'for the time being'. That could be a month for all we know.

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  63. A couple of weeks ago it was supposedly a 6 month break- but yea nothing concrete yet- looks like Rodgers is staying

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  64. That sounds great- you change your name and BR continues with mistakes we hire Klopp..

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  65. I am still of the opinion that he will go so we shall see how it pans out...

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  66. I think Diego Alves has probably been the best 'keeper in La Liga this season, from what I've seen, so it's tough. I don't think Alves would come to us though. Valencia have Champions League football and are a team on the up.

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  67. I would but I think BR will be given another year- my first choice was Simeone but alas not to be

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  68. Yes Begovic is more than just a backup. I was suggesting a goalkeeper to replace Jones as backup and not someone who can compete with Mignolet as I don't see Marshall a major upgrade.

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  69. Agreed. The fans adore him, too. I enjoy watching Valencia play because of him. Both great 'keepers.

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  70. No, it's a cropped version of a publicity still from 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia', an American sitcom. The picture shows Charlie Day who plays Charlie Kelly on the show.

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  71. Yeah, or six months at least. Simeone plus Gabi and Griezmann would have been useful.

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  72. great show, great character.

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  73. Coates can definitely play out from the back.

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  74. well that and Hodg looks like a turtle.

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  75. News is in all the headlines !

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  76. He will take a break until a decent and attractive offer comes in. The media are just blowing it out of the water.

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  77. Agreed ,will not be moving !

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  78. I just personally doubt that he needs an long, extended break to refresh himself...

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  79. Yeah, there's bigger jobs out there for him.

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  80. So with Rafa looking bang on for Madrid, there is his chance to prove himself but will most likely be short term unless he wins La Liga or CL. Managing all those ego's is not going to be an easy task. I do not see it ending well but wish him all the best.

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  81. Holding out hope that Rodgers doesn't make it to July, Logan?


    My personal guess is that Rodgers gets until at least Christmas. If things are looking bleak (similar to how they were this past December), Klopp steps in.

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  82. Yea if Rodgers stays he'll need a strong start to the season or I think he'll be gone by the January transfer window

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  83. Name change is only for a season long though ;-)


    If we do not hire Klopp now then he will be at another club, it is that simple. And should BR for some miraculous reason escape the axe FSG will then be looking for a new manager middle of next season as we are going nowhere with Rodgers.

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  84. I won't go so far as to say "blowing it out of the water".


    I do think that they are simply reporting what he said. It's not really a "mountain out of a mole-hill" type of situation.


    It certainly is vague, but I get the impression that he's talking anywhere from 6 months to a year.


    There's no reason to make a statement if he's going to be taking time off for 1 month.

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  85. The media are trying to imply he'll take an extended sabbatical.

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  86. And FSG are willing to take that risk? Give him more money to spend along the way too.


    If FSG are not looking at changing things then it shows that they have given up and once the stadium expansion is complete they will sell to try recoup the money they put.

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  87. I love Rafa, but sacking Ancelotti for Rafa...What the f*** Perez?! Why?! The most you can get out of that is a sidewards step. He sacked a manager purely for the sake of it. He's an imbecile.

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  88. If you're not holding out hope for that then you're insane. The guy is inept.

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  89. Klopp is not going to sit around and wait. He does not have too, not for LFC.


    Changing manager middle of the season is not a good idea, especially if we had to be in the same situation of midtable mediocrity last Christmas.


    FSG will be thinking about these things, well hopefully.

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  90. Of course it all depends on what opportunities present themselves...


    But I think it's safe to say that he would know by now what those opportunities would be, otherwise why make a statement at all.


    I can't imagine Klopp would make any sort of statement without doing his homework first.


    Of course, this could also be a negotiating tactic.


    After all, didn't Rodgers outright state that he had no interest in leaving Swansea?

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  91. My personal guess is that some have already become accustomed to saying 'it is ok if we get nowhere under Rodgers'.

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  92. Your personal guess is incorrect.


    No one wants to see the club lose or not accomplish anything just to save the manager's job... well except for Rodgers' family.

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  93. If you do not deliver you get the boot. That is the motto at Madrid when it comes to their managers.

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  94. So is that why Perez is so dumb? Got a boot to the head after his first spell in charge of the Madrid administration?

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  95. Definitely. I fear that FSG won't back him financially if he stays after tomorrow's review which might hamper our chances of a strong start.

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  96. Did we finish 6th in spite of our manager or did we finish 6th because of our manager?


    Did we finish 6th in spite of our players or did we finish 6th because of our players?

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  97. Rodgers will be paid out his contract if he is sacked which is most likely going to be a decent amount of cash.

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  98. He's only 47, so I imagine he'd be terribly bored without any football.

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  99. The players which where signed by whom, picked by whom, left on the bench by whom and asked to follow instructions on the pitch by whom?


    Last match of the season? Who's idea was it to play two attacking midfielders to lead the attack?

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  100. I agree that he doesn't have to. No one is saying he has to do anything.


    It seems that he's choosing to. As Nick said below, that may change depending on what opportunities present themselves. And in my opinion, Klopp's statement is either a negotiating tactic, or simply a way to say that he's legitimately taking a break.


    And I agree that changing manager middle of the season is not typically a good idea. However, that's mainly because there are typically not any good candidates available at that time of year.


    In this case, if Klopp is available, that would make an exception to the idea.


    And I agree that FSG will be thinking about these things.


    Would you look at that... we're agreeing on something?!?!?

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  101. Ancelotti only won four trophies in his two seasons there.

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  102. fascinating..thank you for your insight..

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  103. good one...well done

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  104. self righteous posts grate me

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  105. I agree with everything you're saying...


    But the players still need to have some sort of accountability in the results (both positive and negative)

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  106. He wouldn't completely know. For example, nobody except FSG know what will happen to the Liverpool manager position, so why would he know? He said he's taking a break until further notice, IMO he's just inviting clubs to present their offers. That's where I think you're right about the tactic. There was absolutely nothing concrete in what he said that would actually deter clubs from approaching him in the near future because 'it would be a waste of time'.

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  107. Redriise - do not insult other posters. This is out of order, and totally unnecessary. Any further posts like this and you'll be banned. Attack the argument, not the person. Thanks.

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  108. I will emphatically say because of our manager. Rodgers. If we're going to go down the route of blaming players, then we need to remind themselves a) who bought the players, and b) who's job it is to keep them motivated.

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  109. Loges, that's all he can do at the moment though? Sitting around and waiting is the only option. He's not just going to go door knocking, he knows clubs will come for him.

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  110. I always feel sorry for managers who get sacked, then I remember how much f***ing money they earn.

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  111. get over yourself....sh*te website anyway..bye

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  112. Fergie went 26 years straight FFS.

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  113. But let's sack him because, you know, there's heaps of better and more successful guys out there hey!

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  114. If we do, then Jesus is defo real.

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  115. The whisky helped, admittedly.

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  116. At least Klopp has his cervezas

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  117. Let's not jump to conclusions or anything

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  118. Does he get it at the bar(ley)? That was terrible, sorry. Looks like I'm posting it anyway.

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  119. Yup, all of whom are less successful and not better.

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  120. Perhaps but that depends on if there are any clauses in his contract, but I can't speak to that either way.

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  121. Only 10 million pounds or so. He might have to resort to working in 3700AD.

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  122. That's fine, you're certainly entitled to your opinion.

    In my opinion, there is a fair share of blame to go around between the manager and the players.


    The manager certainly is at least partly responsible for the transfers (simply based upon his role in the committee), and certainly to keep them motivated.


    However players still need to play, still need to earn their keep, and ultimately still need to motivate themselves.


    There are certain players who were put in positions to fail (namely Balotelli), and I think the manager is mostly to blame for that.

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  123. To stay B R will have to work onder a Director of Football such as Ancelloti - te will have to lump it or leave

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  124. Mate, if you are constantly being thrown from pillar to post i.e. Sterling. Markovic, Lallana, Can, Ibe and playing the likes of Gerrard in a position which he in no shape or form is suited to then what do you expect?


    Changing tactics and formations 4 times in a match. Not using players to their strengths and the list goes on.


    The last match of the season showed that the players had enough. They did not want to play for their manager and anyone who wants to disagree then so be it.

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  125. Kenny and Hodgson made a killing off FSG.

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  126. How many people will earn £10m in their lifetime?


    Poor Rodgers.

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