25 Jun 2015

Exciting News: Liverpool can sign top-class goal-machine for '€30m'. Transfer talks held during Copa America

Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Colombian goalscorer Carlos Bacca, and with the transfer window only days away from officially opening, Sevilla have given the strongest indication yet that the coveted striker could leave this summer.

On Monday, the Liverpool Echo claimed:

* LFC are targeting Bacca as an alternative to Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

* 'Anfield staff' are currently scouting Bacca at the Copa America.

A day later, Sky Sports alleged:

"Sky sources understand Liverpool have held talks with Carlos Bacca [at the Copa America]"

Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague added:

"Carlos Bacca at the end of the season told Sevilla he would like a way out. He likes the idea of coming to the Premier League"

When asked on Wednesday evening about the possibility of a move to Liverpool, Sevilla Sporting Director Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo (aka Monchi) told the Spanish club's official website:

"We have not received an official offer for Bacca [but] I hope no one pays his buy-out clause. It's a risk we take but we can't do anything about that"

Bacca's buy-out clause is €30m [£21m], as confirmed by his agent earlier this month:

"His [Bacca's] buyout clause is €30m, then it will be up to him. He’s happy at Sevilla, and would only move to a team on the same level or higher"

So, it seems simple: if Liverpool pay Bacca's buyout clause, Sevilla will almost certainly sell. Combine that with the fact that Bacca wants to leave, and it seems like the Reds have a great chance of sealing the deal.

Is Bacca worth the money? Absolutely (IMO):

* Sevilla Total: 46 goals/21 assists in 105 apps (Goal assist every 1.5 games).

* This past Season: 25 goals/9 assists in 53 appearances (Goal/Assist every 1.5 games)

* At 28, Bacca is the finished article. He's in his prime, and in 5 of the last 7 season, he's grabbed 20+ goals a year.

* The best part: like Luis Suarez, Bacca is an extremely robust player, and in the last ten years, he's suffered only one minor injury (muscle strain). Tough as nails.


For the equivalent of £21m, Bacca is much better value for Money than injury-plagued Christian Benteke, who will cost a ridiculous £32.5m.

If Liverpool sign Bacca, Daniel Sturridge's place in the team will come under severe threat, and if the COlombian performs, he may find it hard to regain a regular first-team place.

That's the way it has to be, though. When fit, Sturridge is an amazing goalscoer, but he is just totally unreliable, and Liverpool have to approach this season as if he doesn't exist.

If that means Sturridge irretrievably slips down the pecking order, then so be it.


Author: Jaimie K



126 comments:

  1. Bacca is proven and ready.............................please not Benteke!!

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  2. Bacca over Benteke by a mile for me! If Sturrdige stays fit and keeps out Bacca then so be it that's football or if it works the other way around then the same rule applies. Having both of them onboard would amazing in my opinion and it would give us a fighting chance of a top four finish. The irony of it is we should have solved the problem last season but here's hoping we do it this time around

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  3. Even if he signed I don't think he'd be first choice. I think Firmino will be moved into a Suarez like striker role. Baca would be an excellent plan B option as a poacher who will get you a goal when it's needed. But he's not good enough in the build up play to be first choice.

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  4. South Americans come to earn their money, the had nothing as kids......................they work like Trojans.

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  5. Why? Suarez and Sturridge worked well so why not Firmino and Sturridge/Bacca?

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  6. Bacca is best we can get. £20m is plenty but would be worth it.


    4-3-3 with Firmino, Coutinho and Bacca upfront. Man can dream, right?

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  7. I think couts behind bacca with firmino and ibe out wide would be alright.

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  8. Easy as pie imo. 11 million less and at least as good a player. Those 11 million can be put to good use elsewhere

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  9. I think it would be best to play both up front.


    --------Sturridge---Bacca
    Firmino-----Sterling----Coutinho


    If we can get an attacking force like that we might just be in it for the top 4 again

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  10. And then there is Origi too. Hes as much a new signing as the rest of them

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  11. Borini, Lambert, Origi, Balotelli, Sturridge, Ings and Bacca? Somethings gotta give...

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  12. YES PLEASE!!!! We needed this guy 12 months ago and £21m is peanuts in today's market!

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  13. Sorry guys, just trying to be funny. Can anyone tell me if the summer transfer window is closing at the end of this month? If yes, we gotta hurry, no more last-min panick buy please! :)

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  14. £20m is plenty?

    for Lovren and Markovic, hell yea.

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  15. I don't particularly like this player. Something about him I haven't put my finger on makes me uncertain. I think we can do better.

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  16. ------------------Mignolet
    Clyne----Skrtel-------Sakho---Moreno

    ------------------Lucas
    --------Can-------------Couthino

    ----Origi-------Sturridge----Firmino

    With Illaramendi for Lucas

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  17. He *does* look short of a yard of pace, doesn't he? And his finishing is wild. I think he's better off staying where he is -- but as far as I can tell, all the rumours about him moving are coming from his busy agent, Sergio Barila, who appears only to have one client, and basically announced that Bacca wants to go to Roma... so what is even going on here?

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  18. everything i have read said firmino likes to come in off the left. countinho does okay from the left but tends to be more successful from directly behind. i think that would suit everyone. plus if the three could learn to constantly move in and out with each other it would create a nightmare defensively and all three players can excel in in all three spots.

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  19. Cold Jaimie ...Cold but very true. I think if we bought Bacca, along with giving me the chance to say "Bacca the net" every time he scores, we'll have a pretty impressive team that has a real good chance of competing next season. With Clyne all but done and rumours of our scouts/transfer committee remaining in Chile to conclude more business, this is shaping up to be a very successful window. Now all we need is an assistant manager, defensive coach and a new goalkeeping coach!

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  20. Glad you said that because he seems to be a big favourite at the moment and I just can't see why - don't get me wrong the stats are fair to middling but for the money he doesn't scream Marquee anywhere near as loud as I was hoping for.
    Agents - who knows, perhaps it will be another player who we 'just begged to come' and he just turns us down because that's just how he rolls :)

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  21. I am particularly disappointed by Lallana . This guy has not escaped the awe-struck mode he got in when he made his transition from Southampton to LFC last season. No will and drive to justify the tag and the price they carry - something that has become tantamount to grossly over-hyped English players.
    I hope FSG have learnt their lessons and for God sake they must start serious scouting outside England - notably in S.Americas(I love the zeal and work rate of these lads), Germany and East Europe. And it also include not overpaying for English talent which has become a norm here at Anfield - Caroll, Downing, Lallana, Charlie Adams at al have been nothing but plain disappointments,

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  22. Sujoy Das Thakur9:06 pm, June 25, 2015

    Y not lacaztte. We should try for him

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  23. I'm not a fan of comparing stats of players in different leagues, but considering the Bundesliga is fairly close to the PL, I ok with this one... Just to point out aswell, Sterling has played at a bigger, supposedly better team with better players around him, and Firmino has still blown him away....

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  24. Oh yeah he like totally did.

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  25. If you can't be objective and see how Sterling has disrespected the club, and failed to deliver performances worthy of a massive pay rise, then there's no point discussing the issue.

    What next? Suarez didn't deserve criticism for biting opponents?

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  26. Well that's what its says in his quotes above!

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  27. Wondered how long it would be before Suarez was brought into it.... I probably agree that he is the closest we could hope for in replacing Suarez, but I would prefer to allow the kid the freedom to be himself and not trying to fill the big hole Suarez left....

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  28. He had a good game in the Europa final and I think he wants to capitalise on his big break, particularly since he's not getting any younger. Hope we miss out on this one.

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  29. Who did Sterling bite? And yo never answered my question!

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  30. Coutinho did very well in that role when Suarez was firing us to the top of the table.

    I think it may be asking too much of Origi to hit the ground running

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  31. Biting Ivanovic was kind of ok though; I mean he sounds like he's been hit by a gatling gun every time someone even breathes on him, so good to remind him 'football - sometimes it really does hurt.'

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  32. decent player but not a 25 million talent.
    Because ...because 25 million is justified by a character to make a consistent impression and a drive to fight till the 90th minute - making most out of even a minuscule chance . Oh I so miss Suarez !!!

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  33. Seems like both Robo Lazars and yourself don't rate this player. I have never watched this player in any match so I can't add anything concrete to it. In this case do the two of you have anyone better in mind? A 4-2-3-1 formation with Coutinho and Firmino behind a striker seems fine to me. I just hope the 1 is not Benteke or Firmino.
    And sorry, after re-reading our previous conversation, what makes you think Chelsea wants to scupper Raheem Sterling's transfer to Man City? I don't quite get it.

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  34. Hendo can't control the tempo of the game the way Alonso can

    Hendo's best suited to a box to box MF role

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  35. I think the PL just invites his style of player, hence Suarez, and now Sanchez thriving here.... More space to play than they ever had playing in other leagues.... If they can deal with the sheer physicality of the league, they will love it....

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  36. Sorry, I see what you mean now, dropped the ball a bit there thinking you meant Jamie, Didi probably calls him that too though, everyone's at it :)

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  37. "Suarez didn't deserve criticism for biting opponents"



    Can I write a guest article titled this Jaime?

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  38. Too right Stan I'm 100% in agreement, If I'm honest I just threw that one out there to see what Logan thought ;-)

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  39. I hate these direct replacement ideas, no one can ever be a direct replacement... Unless he's a clone.... Let the lad be himself, and enjoy what he can do... Lets not set him up for failure by calling him Suarez's replacement... Suarez is in the top 3 players in the world... There is no replacing him...

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  40. I had a sneaking feeling...

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  41. I would hazard a guess that he was brought in to play a number of different roles as required....

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  42. Maybe we could shorten it to merc ?would be

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  43. For the record I do genuinely agree with Peter B, I can see him being played in similar role to Luis (albeit I certainly won't be making comparisons) but just as easily it seems part of a front three or number ten berth would suit him, exciting times ahead, with new formations and players to look forward too :)

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  44. Absolutely not. Even if you add lucas as serious competition 5 players for 3 spots isn't that much.
    Lucas is the only dedicated DM and he's injured far to often. Can is promising and will be top class in a few years but he's young and you can't rely on him for the entire season

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  45. Sturridge

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  46. Yeah and so are markovic and origi, but in a 4-3-3 (yep, my favourite formation excluding diamond) where should they fit in, with Couinho and firmino as fix-starters?

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  47. Is that Brendan as a baby?:)

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  48. How do you know what he;s getting paid? I have seen nothing about it.

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  49. without the attitude problem though, He's in the Brazil squad because Neymar can't understand he's not a god....

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  50. Really??!!! Carragher has been his most outspoken critic, when it came to his character, Raheem couldn't be faulted. Team mates are under no obligation to speak up for him. The huge irony is that Henderson & even Gerrard state that Sterling is integral to lfc's future. They both Want him to stay, BOTH captains. Contrary to the the status quo.

    You have a problem with legal highs. I hope you realise that ILLEGAL HIGHS are rampant amongst rich footballers. Coca ine use us rife, boozing etc. What Raheem did isn't wise but in contrast with his colleagues it's nothing to cry over.

    The bbc interview was misguided but no way a "FU" as you put it. If the media is tearing your character apart and the club is conveniently watching with no effort to address or protect the player. Then why not? The interview was necessary for Raheem but embarrassing for the club. Maybe in future BR will keep his trap shut and not broadcast negotiations.

    As for Sterling downing his tools,that's your opinion mine of course differs. If thousands are shouting all sorts of abuse,your blasted in the papers daily, your club & its affiliates seem to add to the negativity. That's more than enough reason to dent anyone's confidence. You imply it was done intentionally. Is that really the likeliest explanation or does a lack of confidence seem more plausible? You decide!

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  51. Pretty happy with the business we're doing so far, all things considered. And it looks like we're far from finished. But is anyone else just a little nervous at the prospect of having to bed in another bunch of players? Hopefully integrating Milner and Clyne won't be much of an issue, but any influx of new personnel is likely to cause it's share of disruption. Maybe this is the thought process behind getting our business done as early as possible, before the window opens even. Thoughts?

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  52. Lacazette for me, head and shoulders above any other candidate I've seen. I know most feel he is unattainable but to be honest I'd rather then, that we just stuck with who we already have instead of Bacca or Benteke.
    That's not to say I don't think we really need another striker because I certainly do, it's just I'm the first to acknowledge my round the world Footie viewing is very limited so am afraid I can not throw other strikers into the hat but am trying to judge them as they appear on the radar and todays blip doesn't merit the money IMO, but I hope others appear who do.
    Re chelski, I think they spend just as much time trying to sabotage others windows as they do on making their own a success and I don't feel they would want to see us free up funds to continue strengthening our squad, especially seeing how we've started, they always try and win the league before a balls even been kicked in my view.

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  53. Sid, he was voted the best young player in Europe by European journalists. He's rated througout football and any club in the world would love to have him. Sterling is a first class talent. What he can do, at his age, is almost astounding. We've not seen wing talent like that since Ronaldo in European football. He's really an outrageously gifted player. Pace, strength, can beat a man both sides, has experience playing striker, 10, both wings. If we didn't have him, we'd want him.

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  54. Are you agreeing or disagreeing with me?

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  55. Yes spot on Ash the bedding in will be a major concern and i am wondering at the moment if there will be big improvement from last years crop having had a season to bed in.
    The biggest problem i see is positional and whether most players will get a set spot which suits them,

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  56. Defiantly read somewhere, probably mail, but yeah nothing concrete

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  57. I'd add Aubameyang, if we're allowed to be unrealistic. Strength, power in the air and on the ground, pace and finishing. Perfect. He even runs a bit weird, so he'll fit in with the rest of our squad perfectly.

    I was thinking about this earlier. With Sakho, Henderson,Coutinho, now Firmino and Ings as well, we are gathering a squad of mutants together, really. They run like a horde of orcs. We may not win the league, but we will be by far the weirdest-looking team out there.

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  58. It's the old square pegs problem..;-)


    It wouldn't usually be such a major thing for me - I think the quality of player we are aiming for this time seems to be higher. As I said above, I think Milner and Clyne are experienced enough to adapt quickly. But with the fixture list being so unfavourably stacked with tough away games in the first 3 months, we really need to get off to a good start, or risk falling behind.

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  59. Hopefully our scouts in Chile will spot a couple more South American targets with the same hunger and desire of Suarez/ Sanchez/ Firmino/ Mascherano to win back the ball. We need some more bite and steel in midfield but a DM is, arguably, a priority but another striker wouldn't be bad either.

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  60. That was a reply to your question about pace, by thw way -- but yeah, on either wing -- with Firmino played as CF. He'll be very good there for us, I feel, able to run in behind or drop off to create, it should play to his strengths.

    I fancy Ibe to develop as a goalscorer. His explosiveness when shooting is very exciting and he has that disguise on the timing of his shots that a lot of prolific strikers do. So I'd play Ibe right, with Firmino as a Number 9 with a slight element of falsehood about him to feed him in. Coutinho coming in off the left with Moreno providing width.

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  61. COULD IT BE... OR IS THE MERE MENTION A "JONAH"..?


    Could Ian Ayre, et al, be learning something on finalising transfers? What makes us assume those in the lime light are alien to every other person in business/sport/music/politics/(dare I say)pulling?


    Practise is key in all walks of life.


    Consistently identifying game changing footballers is a skill that few possess, and even the most successful's stats would still read like average to bad exam results. But having the skill to deliver a sale and convince someone LFC is the best place for them? Arguably practise and experience can result in such consistencies.


    Let's hope these deals are as good as we've been imagining over the last week, and we're walking into a period at the club we can be begin to be expectant again. Either way #YNWA

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  62. Yeah we do Ash a good start is massive maybe a fresh set of faces and a few tactical changes may give us an edge god knows we need one.
    Milner and Clyne will be important but i feel early on our chances will rely heavily on getting a good finisher who hits the ground running.

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  63. Love Lacazette. I can see us sticking a bid in for him and then being blown out of the water by one of the big boys. We'd never get a free run at him, even with Ian Ayre's new found talent for covert ops in South America.

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  64. Brendan's outstanding mutant ninja players. Talking of Brendan and him never returning conspiracies, would Aubameyang really be too unrealistic...
    Also even without involving conspiracy we were all caught out by Firmino's signing so why not a Lacazette or a Aubameyang, I think FSG are pretty p*ssed now and maybe they're about to unleash some sort of unholy transfer storm on the competition.

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  65. Why ruin a good thing..? I'm liking this "communication embargo" approach.

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  66. I reckon Lacazette would be a big ask esp. with no C.L but Aubameyang would be a possibility only i reckon the cost would be a tad prohibitive.

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  67. What about Rondon? I think he's got what we need... Perhaps a tad unknown but I think he's tailor made for liverpool...

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  68. Good thing is he has signed them all early so they have a whole preseason to get used to the system. A striker and we are set in my opinion.

    Can we get some stats for Clyne vs Johnson ? Is Clyne a better attacker or defensive full back is he a better upgrade to johnson?

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  69. Give markovic time and in his proper position mate. He's very young and needs time to adapt.

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  70. Seville deny story - no bid or request to talk with player.At least I have one fan Mark Lawrenson believes young English players paid miles too much too early - BOTTOM of the group.GET REAL

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  71. His club manager literally made a joke out of our club. Not saying I don't want Lacazette, but I honestly doubt he'll come over here. It's football though, perhaps the Firmino signing can fetch in the likes of him?

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  72. He's worth 50 million because he's British and home grown player. This new rule for home grown players will ruin the prem. HeNice why man City are after the likes of wilshere and sterling for stupid money.

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  73. Has Rondon got pace ?

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  74. What's this guy's play style ? Is he another Andy caroll or benteke who thrives off crosses ? Or more like Torres who sits off the last defender and uses his pace ?

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  75. Good points here👍

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  76. PSG are the main danger aren't they. But I reckon they'll want to unload their lumber up front before they move for Lacazette, plus the rumor was that it'd be a loan-back deal, which I doubt would suit the player -- it's not as though he's a teenager.



    So Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City, maybe? But City have Aguero and again a stack of strikers they want to move on before they catch a new one. same at Utd. Chelsea might have a dart at him, yes. Arsenal have Sanchez so it seems unlikely they'd move for such a similar player.



    Surely if we can go hard and early we'd have an outside chance. £35m + the pick of our transfer list -- or, what the hell, take all of them. Just hand him over!

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  77. I feel like we have already moved on from Sterling, from here on now it's just a case of how much we get for him and how wisely we spend it. No squad prediction/ideal line up for 2015/16 on here or on other sites feature Sterling at all. I do believe we will accept a third City offer. I would be more concerned if he went to Arsenal. They are creating a monster of a side. Bacca/Icardi/Lacazette(Dream) would be great. They should be able to provide at least double figures which is what we lacked last season. As for Clyne I think he is a great addition but I have a feeling his ill be suspect defensively like GJ.

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  78. Think your right to be fair, even with no Lacazette I'd maybe rather take a calculated gamble on another youngster than Bacca if I'm honest. Bacca just feels a bit like we're doing a 'Falcao' but on a slightly smaller scale and I just get a gut feeling he may be a bit of a flop.

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  79. There was talk of a 'done deal' with PSG earlier in the season wasn't there? Seems nothing came of it. Pretty sure Mourinho would snap him up just to piss us off.

    Might have to get him the old fashioned way - duck tape and chloroform!

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  80. It hasn't even started yet haha

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  81. The Echo suggest that the plan is for Firmino to be the creator behind a new striker.

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  82. What do you think of luis Adraino from Shakhtar?

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  83. Wrong. The reason Falcao flopped was simply because of his loss of form. And why as this? He had a really bad injury in his time at Monaco (I think). Funny enough, the case with Bacca is quite the opposite. He hasn't ever suffered a serious injury, and unless he just really doesn't fit the premier league at all, he will most likely do good. But, I doubt that's the case, considering most BBVA strikers (AKA Atletico Madrid) happen to shine over here (Torres, Aguero, Costa).


    Your concern is understandable though. I really haven't heard much of this guy before his season here either, but with Firmino and Coutinho I think he will be able to do well.

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  84. Not sure of the exact pronunciation of his name, but I can't help thinking that Aubameyang sounds like the kind of guy that will always return to Dortmund.

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  85. ...yes but coutinho plays with firmono......


    ...clyne has played with lovren and lallana.....


    ...milner has played with half our team (england)....


    ...Jack, apparently, played with Jill.....


    ...Ings will play with anyone....he's just 'happy to be here....


    ...everyone so far is intertwined somewhat....


    ...and as far as wacky-bacca; he's 28 yoa, and can quite probably fit in quickly anywhwere - remember the imapct robin van pissie had at manu....?


    ...is ANYONE else as flipp*n excited as me at our acquisitions.....?...anyone.....?


    ..its all just sinking in......!!!!

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  86. Reports coming out that we are gonna go back in for Benteke... I really will be pissed off if this happens. On what planet does anyone at LFC see this as what we need. IMO will ruin all the great work we've done over the last few days.

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  87. Yeah there isn't a lot of decent realistic options out there i wonder if all else fails if they dont turn to someone like Mitrovic or another up and coming option.

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  88. I'm not saying he doesn't run around a lot... He does but he's not gonna beat a man for pace. Wide men in the modern game have to have pace Lallana sadly doesn't.

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  89. Yes i am i think we are keeping mum on the excitement at least a bit until the spree is over still a couple of pozzies to be filled.

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  90. Absolutely spot on mate. Even Aspas had a good spell at sevilla last season.
    Bacca is a good poacher, quite pacy and a good finish but he's not scoring the 'special goals' he's not an entertaining player by any means. He could be awesome at Liverpool, banging in a lot of goals, but he could also be just the stiker we need.

    At 29 years of age there's no excuse for not performing well from minute one, I'm not sure if he's worth the price.

    However I'm also not sure about Rondon, he hasn't set the world on fire in the Russian league so why should he do that in England?

    My favourite player is still higuain, but his wages are enormous. The player that fits in the best is aubameyang without any doubt, but I can't see this going to happen

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  91. Yeh I just think he's too much of a risk and if we are going to take a risk I would rather it be a slightly cheaper and younger risk. He just doesn't offer enough for me, if he doesn't score goals he won't be giving us anything which is a concern.

    I agree about Rondon but he's younger and would come in for quite a bit less around £15M. Think his stature and physique could be quite suited to England... Just a feeling I get but again no guarantees.

    I'm not sure about Higuian either, he would cost silly money, at least £40-50M and he's not really a game changer for me. He's a very good striker don't get me wrong but is he going to created something out of nothing... I'm not so sure and I would expect that for that kind of money. Also again lacks a bit of pace to really tear it up in England.

    Realistically we would have a better chance of getting Aubameyang than Higuain and would cost significantly less. Think we should stick in a £30M bid and see what happens, worth a shot no?

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  92. Crikey yes indeed mate, more excited with every passing day but am now getting that - the more you get the more you want kind of feeling.
    I know greedy right, but I'm thinking of the other teams we are trying to beat and although a few weeks ago I think we'd all have bitten FSG' hand off if they offered us just the players we've now landed - since they've gone a bit mad and heightened my expectations...
    Well, it is closing in on midnight and she's gonna cry...
    More, more, more!

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  93. For me the main thing he did wrong was not show and speak about his commitment to our Club:
    Even if he felt he wanted to leave or even that he'd been mistreated, IMO it's just how you should behave in public, take up any grievances behind closed doors and show a united front in public, the Club isn't beyond criticism either to be fair.
    Also he did do it in a pretty big way with his 'interview' - no doubt that was his agents idea but he simply should of said - no.

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  94. ...thanks for that reassurance Case....


    ...even I...!!.. can see the need for a defensive mid and esp. a striker...but please god man come on...


    ...I mean its prob just me being an excessive optimist that I can see the positive in a punch in the face but still...we've flipp*n' beaten t*ssers like manu and manskitty (not so t*ssery) to players we could only dream of before...by that I mean sensible good ones; actual players of any form or ilk.....


    ....I was in the gym earlier and went outside to hit the jaccuzi (its outdoor) and was looking up at the night sky after a particularly gruelling workout and then in my endorphin induced euphoria it hit me...that we've bought good properly priced players who other teams are actually after....!
    .....8-)........

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  95. ...what in case we hex it you mean...?


    ...I actually thought that myself until I realised f*ck it......i'm getting excited ....what the hell... :)

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  96. ...oh yeah...and I forgot to mention one other teeny weeny little thing which i think many of us fail to take into account....


    ...one of the big things I'm excited about and what really did it for me in the jaccuzi (apart from the lovely ladies hanging about ;) was the fact that all of a sudden we are a draw for top talent ...


    ...i mean firmino...he's brazillian...they knid of choose wherre they want to go esp one like him who is second only to neymar....


    ...seriously players who would probably have not bothered will look up now at us and wonder what it would be like playing with couts and firms..... :)

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  97. It almost seems too good to be true at the moment but you know me, I'd have been excited and raring to go even if we didn't sign anyone at all.
    I'm liking that 'positive about being punched in the face' that's a proper never say die attitude and if all eleven of our on-pitch players take that into every game of the season I reckon we'll do very well :)
    Like you say too, the more talent we sign - Firminooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! - sorry just getting ready for when the goals start going in, the more we'll attract.
    It does seem like we actually have a plan this summer as well, I mean the speed with which all these deals are being done is mind boggling and if we sign a super striker too, I may have to take time off specially for celebration purposes :)

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  98. in another post i argued that Firmino as a CF/false nine would make a lot of sense and honestly, I wouldn't be too upset if we don't sign another stiker. When we signed Suraez he wasn't a stiker, now he's probably the best number 9 in the world.



    Im not saying that Firmino is going to be the next Suarez, but he could work quite well as a CF with coutinho and ibe on the wings!

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  99. agreeing, competiton isnt that serious in cm

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  100. But Jaimie, Friggin Milner is a cheap and robust England international too!

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  101. ..you know, for so long it looked like we were gonna be known as a selling club with no ambition other than to 'see' whether we make top four or not....that's what many, some even on here, would have us believe, but you're right, with the speed, efficacy and targeting of signings I'm stating to believe my own belief - that we are actually ok and we haven't slipped at all from being the global footballing force naysayers would have us think.......


    ....yes, yes, i know I should temper myself...but seriously alot of players we've bought for some time now have been 'projects' or like children from problem homes who need nurturing to get the 'potential' out of them....


    ..its been a while since we invited a 'golden child' into the team...and it feels good....... :)

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  102. Lacazette would have easily been my first choice or Aubemayang 2nd as the spearhead of the attack. I do like Bacca a fair bit to be honest but Lacazette, Aubemayang or in an ideal world Higuian

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  103. Borini Balo and Lambert are gonna give methinks ;)

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  104. The age scares me. It's a big intestment knowing we'll never get that much in return should it not work out. Still better money spent then on Benteke.

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  105. As much as I like Benteke, I like the idea of Bacca to LFC. Benteke kills us but I like the idea of another Latin American scorer who can create and can handle some physicality. That probably suits us better and he is sturdy. We have too many doilies like Daniel, Lallana and Markovic. Just imagine Firmino, Bacca Ibe Coutinho, Daniel if healthy, Can and hopefully Origi if he doesn't flame out. Nice start if it can be done. Add kono or illaramendi we have something with or without Sterling. Add a tough CB or DM and we are in business.
    Ayre did well on Firmino but before we declare him truly useful we need this newly found goal oriented action, this instance needs to be the norm not the unusual.

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  106. Ash, that's exactly what we should think about and should have done last summer. Meshing always takes time and training and pre-season is the right time......

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  107. Totally agree. Latin creativity with some non-bullied steel,,,,,more the better...

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  108. Those would probably be most fans choices but who will sign them? Borini and Lambert won't be difficult If well go low enough but Mario? To be honest I think we won't sign another striker unless were 100% certain Mario will leave

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  109. sign bacca and swap sterling for dzeko

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  110. Cheryshev plays for Villareal.

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  111. ...or he did last season. Technically he plays for Real Madrid.

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  112. Why did he NOT sign a new contract ?

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  113. Technically it's two positions... in a proper attacking 4-3-3 the third mid is a 10, so we'd have one of the LFC (ohmgee did that just happen?) in there. Rodgers messed with our minds by playing Gerrard at the base, which required an extra deep-sitting midfielder to pick up the defensive work. This aberration is thankfully past.

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  114. Even so, I agree we need another central midfielder, preferably like Javi Martinez.

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  115. Attention to detail6:33 am, June 26, 2015

    Firming and Clyne aren't mid to late twenties.

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  116. Not that I don't enjoy that squad but can't see Henderson and Milner both as non starters... Guessing Rodgers is planning on starting both in fact:

    Migs
    Clyne skrtel sakho Moreno
    Hendo milner
    Coutinho Firmino
    New striker + Sturridge

    Or
    Migs
    Clyne skrtel sakho Moreno
    Henderson can/lucas
    Milner Coutinho Firmino
    Sturridge/new striker

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  117. If we pick up a solid DM perhaps midfield diamond of
    DM
    Hendo milner
    Coutinho
    With Firmino/new sriker/sturridge sharing the 2 spots up top. In the case that the new striker is firing and sturridge is fit we could play both, put Firmino at the tip and Coutinho could replace hendo or Milner one side of the diamond

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  118. What Rodgers does when he tries to figure out his starting eleven...

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  119. I agree totally but this constant slating of sterling is just getting sickening. Players leave clubs all the time for different reasons. That life..

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  120. Sterling is absolute disgrace, poster child of overhyped english youngster. what he is is pace dribbling ability, and nothing else.

    His behaviour in last 8 months has been nothing short of apalling as has his performances in field.

    and there is no use trying to say to me that he carried our attack for the season. he was mainly utilized as a striker and he scored a handfull of goals, he missed more sitters than he scored goals.

    i am gonna go to Helsinki to watch the game there, and if sterling still plays for us then i am certainly booing his every touch.


    before anyone slates me as a supporter. i support Liverpool football club. not ingratefull overhyped mercenary Raheem Sterling

    we should have taken the 40+5 City was offering. he is roughly worth 10 million + British premium.

    now i am worried that they might not come back with new bid and we are stuck with him.

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  121. Sterling is absolute disgrace, poster child of overhyped english youngster. what he is is pace dribbling ability, and nothing else.

    His behaviour in last 8 months has been nothing short of apalling as has his performances in field.

    and there is no use trying to say to me that he carried our attack for the season. he was mainly utilized as a striker and he scored a handfull of goals, he missed more sitters than he scored goals.

    i am gonna go to Helsinki to watch the game there, and if sterling still plays for us then i am certainly booing his every touch.

    before anyone slates me as a supporter. i support Liverpool football club. not ingratefull overhyped mercenary Raheem Sterling

    we should have taken the 40+5 City was offering. he is roughly worth 10 million + British premium.

    now i am worried that they might not come back with new bid and we are stuck with him.


    (edit:changed location of comment)

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  122. Jonathan Capozzola1:26 pm, June 26, 2015

    If they get Bacca and a CDM this window feels like a win. I don't see a CDM coming in though as much as I'd like it.

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  123. Would love Bacca. Oh please!!

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  124. You call him a posterboy of over hyped English youngsters, as if it's his decision, which it isn't.

    You can't get mad at a 20 year old for having bad performances in a team where almost everyone played terribly. No one decided to take the team forward, be it BR, Henderson, etc. The closest thing we had to that was Gerrard who hardly even got time on the pitch.

    But never mind that, what I think is much more important were his performances in the 13/14 season, and that alone is a reason why he should be kept.

    To be quite honest, aside from his abysmal agent, I haven't really heard much from Sterling himself, unless it was some stupid piece of misleading media with no sources whatsoever. And the fans don't help at all either, what happened to supporting someone in the LFC shirt until they leave?

    He is a talent. In my eyes, he's easily one of the top 5 young players in the world. The fact that he's English doesn't make him any worse. And if he leaves for Utd. or City or wherever, I have a large feeling we'll regret it.

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