5 May 2015

Marquee Signings? Rodgers reveals 'exciting' Liverpool transfer news and confirms he'll sign several 'talents' this summer

With the transfer window on the horizon, Liverpool fans - myself included - are understandably nervous about Brendan Rodgers ability to sign the right players.

Rodgers blew it last year, and wasted almost £120m on the wrong players, but this year, LFC's boss seems convinced that he can deliver the goods in the summer transfer market.

When asked last night about Liverpool's transfer plans, Rodgers made the following enticing statement:

"We are definitely on the right path. This year it has been disappointing but there are some exciting talents coming in [during the transfer window]"

Rodgers is emphatic on the subject: exciting talents ARE coming to Liverpool this summer, which suggests that several deals are already done.

There's no point getting excited, though. Rodgers says the same thing every single year. Examples:

* 9 July 2012: "We have only made three or four enquiries about players and hopefully can close out one deal this week which will be a real exciting one for the club, one the supporters will absolutely love".

- Dispiriting Reality: Liverpool signed Allen, Assaidi, Yesil, and Sahin.

* 19 Jul 2013: "There is daily dialogue going on and I am confident that we will get the one or two players who will really excite and complete the jigsaw".

- Depressing Reality: Liverpool signed Cissokho, Moses, Ilori, and Sakho.

Rodgers is clearly a fantasist, as none of the signings above were/are 'exciting', and it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if the manager - with his latest comments - is referring to James Milner, and/or another batch of untested youngsters with 'potential'.

It still remains to be seen whether Rodgers retains his job this summer, but if he does, then there is absolutely no margin for error in the transfer market.

I suspect that FSG will keep Rodgers at Anfield this summer, but if Liverpool are struggling to maintain a top four place by Christmas, he may find himself going the same way as Roy Hodgson: axed during the January transfer window.

Author: Jaimie K



46 comments:

  1. I don't expect much from this transfer window, I will be surprised if we sign even one world class-esque player. But I think we will most likely finish buying 3 or 4 English players.


    Jagielka Barry Austin and Delph. That will be our transfer window. And I will not be surprised if it actually turns out that way.

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  2. If we sign Depay I'll class that as a "marquee" and exciting signing but, I'm not falling for the reports that he'd prefer a move to us above anyone else. We've been here before with a few players and until he's pictured parading around Anfield with a shirt I'm not believing it, besides Ian Ayre hasn't got involved yet and I'm sure he'll manage to cock it up one way or another...

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  3. If we finish 5th, it will be our second-best finish in the last 6 years. So the last 2 seasons will have been better than anything achieved by Benitez, Hodgson or Dalglish in recent memory. Maybe we shouldn't sack the manager so hastily.

    Plus, the above 'analysis' of signings is a bit misleading, we've got some good young players here, maybe we should be a bit more patient with them. Next season could be interesting if we can find even one good striker. The big issue last summer was not getting Sanchez, but I'm not convinced we could have done much about that in reality and we ended up with Balotelli instead. It's cost us but I'm sure it can be put right.

    On a final note. Please, we are liverpool, we don't hang our managers out to dry like this. Especially when they are very demonstrably our best manager in a long while, and still learning. Good luck this summer Brendan :-)

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  4. One "exciting talent" coming in will be Origi so let's not get too excited

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  5. Were you serious when you mentioned that BR achievements are better than anything achieved by Benitez?

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  6. I think he meant Benitez' rein with FSG as owners or the club.

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  7. If by exciting he means overrated then he definitely means Milner.going by his post match interviews & how good the team played when at best it was dire then we don't really need anyone.you can't believe a word he says.were definitely not in for balotelli springs to mind.that performance was great another example.promises the earth & delivers drivel.we need to land Cech, Depay, Montoya & someone with some real experience to replace the experience Stevie G will take with him.but its just as important to get rid of the dead wood as to who we bring in.

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  8. And what have we won? All of these managers have won something while at Liverpool, but BR? Absolutely nothing.


    It would be arguable if we were in a CL spot at the moment but we are not. You also have to consider our distance in quality from the top 4. It's staggering to say the least. We will never improve if we keep on signing blokes from mid table teams, which is what it seems will happen this transfer window as well.

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  9. Couldn't be that the were actually better managers, signed the right players and no how to win trophies?

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  10. I must say that his signing of auba,lewa,reus,humm and subo did play a part. Much better transfer record than David Brent.

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  11. That never happened. Benitez was gone before FSG. he is talking about the last 2 seasons under Benitez where he essentially setup the implosion of LFC. BR and FSG seen to be riding the ship now though.

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  12. Jaimie when using your site on mobile device I get plastered with ads often being taken away all together. Just to let you know.

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  13. I like giving BR a half season, I think that is fair.

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  14. If he is doesn't bring in a top class striker, he's finished.

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  15. Why on earth would we be signing Jagielka or Gareth Barry?! We haven't shown the slightest bit of interest in them (and I would be horrified if we had), plus the fact that they are both over 30 years old, well past their primes, and of course the little matter of them playing for Everton......

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  16. You are talking nonsense, and I think your doing it, not because you believe it, but because you want to take any plaudits away from Brendan you can... I think claims like Aguero who was injured for about 65% of the season was responsible for Cities success is ludicrous.... Aguero, and Suarez were enabled to do what they do just because the manager sets up the team to play to their strengths... They don't just fall into it.... The manager sets the team up, the other players enable... Without the managers ideas and the other players enabling, non of that would work.... Claiming otherwise is nothing more than a hatred of the manager, and desperate attempts to win an argument.... Or are you telling me, the 10 other players on the team did nothing....and Suarez did it all....

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  17. Let's give him the second half of next season

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  18. Ah you were the pilot !

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  19. We won't be able to buy the proven quality we need without breaking our wage structure for a player.


    We spent 120m last summer on transfer fees, not including the wages.


    The player doesn't care what he's sold for unless he can use that as leverage for getting higher wages.


    We're not out there offering 150k per week to anyone we're signing. After all, we forced Balotelli to take a pay cut to come here.

    The only way to get proven players is to pay them a competitive base salary.

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  20. I think we'll do good next season if he gets the targets such as depay, a strong CDM (I perfer Song) and lacazzet. I doubt we would even be questioning anything in January with a good transfer window. But another poor return and bad results it may be time to walk. Change sometimes inspire players and can benefit teams in January.

    I hope BR is here for a very long time though.

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  21. Has anybody seen the footage of Elkin Soto snapping his leg....? Gruesome would be a major understatement....I feel sick... Poor fella...

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  22. I love LFC, I do, honest... i do, really, I do....

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  23. Read what you want...

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  24. Damn straight.

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  25. rotchie the red11:12 pm, May 05, 2015

    yeah....thats ....thats gonna hurt...that looked like a double fracture, and a complete accident, hope fully not a career ender

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  26. Arrogance is something fans at United have, not us at LFC, here we prefer humility and unflinching support, even through the hard times... Thats what being an LFC fan over the past 25 years has all been about... We support what we have, and who we are.....YNWA.

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  27. We HAVE improved.
    More points
    More goals scored
    Better goal difference
    Higher average/actual placing
    Closer than any previous to the PL
    Measurable, verified, not in dispute.
    If you seriously think that adding, say, a carling Cup would make much difference in that context, then allow me to be the first to disagree

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  28. rotchie the red11:15 pm, May 05, 2015

    nice one Gareth

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  29. If he manages to play again after that, he has my admiration... I think I would be too scared to stand on that leg again, let alone throw it into another challenge.... Good Luck to him...

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  30. A young 17 year old GK from Portugal will be signing in the next couple of days... Called Paulinho...

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  31. Let's see:


    -Come from mid table team
    -English
    -Did well this season


    Seems good enough for Liverpool.


    Everton aside, I'm using this players as an example of a more general, generic category of players we will sign:


    English mid table decent performers, and that's essentially what we will become

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  32. Maybe a change of tact, offer nothing, and deliver freedom.. oops, world class signings and silverware....

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  33. Boo yah!

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  34. Woah uhh ! sorry, I feel asleep for a second there.... Sorry, carry on....

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  35. based on what? we are nowhere near mid table

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  36. Sometimes I get the impression this lot would be happy if we were, just so they can say, " wah! " I told you so", You wouldn't listen" now look...... " mah maha mmahh!

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  37. Every year, every bloody year, Rodgers or someone else in the club promises the fans that LFC are looking for very exciting talent, and can attract it. It's just spin bulls***.

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  38. Knowing are transfer committee they would recommend George Graham.fits in with definition of marquee signing.

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  39. But have we really improved into what we should be? A world renowned club, one of the best in the world.


    I'm not denying any of our recent improvements, but ask yourself this:


    Do you think we could have improved even more?


    I believe the answer is on a large neon sign saying ''yes''.


    So much money wasted, and yes I am saying wasted, because that's what it was, on useless players that left the next year. Signing players is a big part of the game, and we have never used it to our advantage like we could have.


    So is it arguable to say that improvements to that scale of such a massive club are beneficial to our success? I don't think so.

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  40. It's the constant repetition of phrases which are just plain wrong that gets me
    'Mid table team'
    61 pts vs 44-47 10/11th place current total
    So BR will lose us another 17 points next season?
    Cr@p

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  41. I agree with tha BR needs to keep his mouth shut and just deliver

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  42. Look Boba Fett, we may finish 5th, but given how generally average United have been this season, we had a great opportunity to keep our place in the top 4. We *should* be in the top 4, but we aren't.

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  43. OK so what does he get the credit for in your unbiased opinion?

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  44. It's just u mate. Suarez bit someone and dived before he came to lfc. We bought him, he kept diving and biting people. But u know what I remember him for I remember him for the hatricks against Norwich and the exciting football we played with him in the team. Chelsea bought a brute of a striker and have won the league. What people have to realise is this is a results driven world in which even murderers are paid to do what they good at.
    If any of those guys are going to help my team win.GET THEM IN!!!!!!

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