22 Jun 2015

Agent Confirms: 'Liverpool' want to sign 'powerful' £21m international and will 'contact' Monaco soon

Liverpool are currently linked with a move for with £21m-rated Monaco powerhouse Aymen Abdennour, and his Agent has now confirmed that the Reds are interested in signing the Tunisian international this summer.

On Friday, the Liverpool Echo reported:

"Liverpool have been given the green light to pursue a move for Aymen Abdennour [who] is ready for a new challenge".

When asked on Sunday about the possibility of a transfer this summer. Abdennour's agent, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, told Foot Mercato:

"Lots of big clubs...have approached us and will make contact with Monaco, including AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barca and Liverpool. I don't think Monaco will opposed the sale of Aymen"

This fits with Abdennour's own comment on the subject. Last week, the 25-year old centre-half told French newspaper L'Equipe:

“I am ready for anything. I’d love to play for big clubs, so why not leave so I can make more progress?”

Some info about Abdennour:

* Signed a 4-year deal with Monaco in 2014.

* 32 appearances for the French club during the 2014-15 season.

* 41 apps for the Tunisia national team.

* 7 injuries in the last 4 years (2x hamstring; 2 x heel; 2x heel bone issues; 2x muscle injuries; 1x knee injury)

* Claudio Ranieri's assessment after signing Abdennour in 2014: "Abdennour is a different type of player to those I have already. He is very powerful, and strong, and can be be very useful for our defense"

Is centre-half a priority position for Liverpool to fill this summer? Given the available options, it doesn't appear to be.

However, when one of those option is Dejan Lovren - who had a nightmare last season - and the increasingly injury prone Mamadou Sakho (3 separate injuries; 30 games missed last year), then it's clear that a strong, reliable partner for Martin Skrtel is a necessity.


Abdennour is hardly a man of steel, though - he suffered two separate injuries last season (10 games missed), and since 2011, he's been injured 7 times, and spent 189 days on the sidelines (31 games missed).

That's a better record than Sakho, who missed the same number of games in one season for Liverpool.

If, however, Liverpool are to spend another £20m on a defender, it should probably go on someone who's a little more robust.

That said, if Liverpool sign Abdennour, then surely one of either Sakho, Lovren, or Skrtel will need to leave? With no Champions League football, how can Liverpool support FIVE senior centre-halves: Sakho, Lovren, Skrtel, Toure, and Abdennour?

Even if Liverpool play three at the back, it's unfair competition, which will inevitably lead to disappointment and resentment amongst the ranks (for a recent example of this, consider Sakho's strop last season).

On a related note: New signing Joe Gomez stated over the weekend that his main aim this season is to break into the first team; it's already mission impossible as it is, but it'll be even harder if Liverpool have five international central defenders in the squad (!)

Author: Jaimie K



82 comments:

  1. I don't disagree but it really seems he doesn't want to be at Liverpool so if that's the case he should be sold for as much as possible..

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  2. I grew up with Sir Bob as our boss, after sadly missing the Shanks era. The game has changed, totally. Beyond recognition. The old boy would turn in his grave at all the 'cr4p' surrounding it these days, but this was a man the likes of which it is impossible to fathom in this day age.


    After going on the parade for winning the European Cup, his wife said that he came home, put the trophy on the telly, had a cup of tea and went to bed.. Never spoke of it.


    Unlike Sir Brenstonshire of Egomainia who trumpets "the work" he's doing in redefining footballl every opportunity he gets.


    Man, please watch Bob Paisley on you tube. It's 26 minutes long and has thommo as the thumb. It's a wonderful, wonderful insight into such a great man. Was thrilled they portrayed him so accurately at the time, and still can't watch it without being moved by the sheer majesty of such a humble, down to earth, world beater.

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  3. Fully agree that we should gibe Ilori his chance. At the moment we've kept Toure which surprised me, Skertle looks like he is staying, I like Saakho and hopefully he'll be injury free, Lovren must be better next season and we've just brought Gomez.


    So we have 5 CB's and 6 if Ilori does come back, and Can is available if we are struggling, just don't see the need unless 2 go.

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  4. Sir Paisely! seriously? What would you say about his comments after defeating bayern in the CL final in Italy. Those comments were that of a man with large/abundant ego.

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  5. Yet another LCB...surely cant be anything other than his agent trying to get him a new contract.

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  6. It is a shame : (

    Life/societal values have certainly been affected by the constant stream of filth and low moral rubbish the music, film, televsision, newspaper, radio industries spew.

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  7. Regards the praise bit - I must say that although Brendan certainly overdoes it a smidge, I think it's a complete non-issue and certainly don't think it has the supposed bad effect on player development that some do.
    Neither, do I think Raheem is a mercenary but as I've already posted below (post currently meandering it's way through an asteroid field I think) it's quite clear that he wishes to leave and that has been the case for several months which is something I find regrettable and think the player could of handled with more tact.
    So it's not about insulting the lad or suddenly feeling he's not a good player, it's just accepting that if his departure is inevitable then we should be happy to get as much as possible and wish him well on his travels.

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  8. What kind of drugs are you on? Abd, more importantly, can you get some for me please?

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  9. Yes, UK, South, you recommend York Hall?

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  10. Good call, if there was no ego, there'd be no bitter backlash.



    On a separate issue, Hodgson was royally screwed here,(by owners who should have known better than to attempt to replace a manager (Rafa) who not only won the CL: with current club, had also broken the Spanish old firm duopoly, not once, but twice, with a footballing dinosaur such as Hodhgson but that's a story for another campfire. I am in no way a fan of the Hodgson. But he was set up to fail here, (they kjnew what they were getting when they hired him,...what, did they think a 60 plus year old man was going to have a renaisaance and go all Johan Cruyff and start reshaping and remodeling not only the enitre club, bu the enitre footballing landscape?)... so for that, I extend some sympathy.

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  11. I am truly agree with you all that BR failed last season to trigger the team to what we all wanted and the shock stander of play Liverpool showed the passed season ,but i do expect this will be a Hugh experience for BR & his new coaching staff , fans & board I hope BR grasps the chance given to continue his role in management driving seat in LFC with both hands , now we are in position to cheer him up and players to put the train on his proper track in a sensation Liverpool usual magic and joy , I guess BR has up to DEC. if failed to provide the desired results and l.pool stylish of play Klopp is waiting at the near corner,, wishing him to add some more talent to take the team more further , so it is up to MR BR to convince fans &viewers , so I am as LFC supporter better to support management & players for the sake of LFC history and wait & see ,,,,....

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  12. Was it FSG that hired Hodgson, or H&G.....? all off the back of his Europa League run with Fulham... By that logic, we should have been signing Bradford's manager when got them to Wembley in the FA cup....

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  13. I fear I have become my parents.... They would be rolling around laughing if they saw me talking like this.... If you knew the kid, you would probably be laughing too!

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  14. Ibe is a kid...His runs are particularly similar to that of Jesus Navas...(one way movement and when he cuts in, delivering incisive passes like david silva/iniesta etc is totally non-existent) IMO opinion Rodgers doesn't understand a thing about coaching...its just talk...cheap talk for that matter!!...Class doesn't need praises...its obvious when you see quality on the pitch....not lallana/loveren/ etc...Suarez is class....Brendan take note!

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  15. Defintiely ; ) Got a lot of history, Only been the once, a long time ago, was right at the back, saw little, remember even less, but it's the sort of down to earth, roots of the game, place that really is worth a visit. Just don't take a girl, and don't wear a satin look Katherine Hamnett short sleeved shirt twinned with semi shiny Moschino trousers and sockless Patcrick Cox Wannabe's. My most vivid memory is of getting a cigarette burn in said trousers. Did vow to one day return to avenge said cigarette burn. But, "life happened."

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  16. I didn't know that Carrasco is currently an agent at the ripe young age of 21 yrs old :)

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  17. Time... Its a funny old thing ; )

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  18. Any pennies spent, without bringing in a striker who can excite and deliver consitently...? Madness!



    Unless the owners are happy for us to chill around 6th spot, that is.



    Gotta sign someone pretty decent if we're gonna make a push for that CL place as FSG promised. Didn't do it last year when we sold arguably the worlds best player...FSG we're waiting...and watching!

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  19. Oh, now there's someone witrh pedigree...can we get Otmar, or has he totaly retired? Man, now thats a cv to excite

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  20. Couldn't quite believe what was playing out in front of my eyes. I mean, I wanted Kenny, but the way it went down, Hodgson has every right to be bitter, bless him.

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  21. I think what upsets people is that he is trying to show that he is better than liverpool publicly, mostly through his agent but also partly because of BR's statements about him (outstanding, sign contract next week, etc..). While I have to admit objectively that there is nothing wrong with that, it's the way he has gone about doing it that pisses me off.

    That said Even if sterling improves 100% next season (highly doubt it) and becomes the finished product (I think it's going to take at least takes 3-4 seasons), 50M is still a good price.

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  22. "now we are in position to cheer him up and players to put the train on
    his proper track in a sensation Liverpool usual magic and joy"

    Any post that contains the words magic AND joy, is getting a thumbs up from me ; ) You also slipped a "sensation" in, shameIi can't double thumb you...

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  23. I love this post! My favourite post of the day : )

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  24. I love this post! My favourite post of the day. There's nothing like a breath of unbridled optimism to send you to sleep with a smile on your face...amonsgt other worldly pleasures and delights ; )

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  25. Deep down, you're right, but just don't ever want one of the grestest of all tine compared in any way to the current incumbent..

    That said, in the olden days, for guys like Bob, I think it was more a case of pride, rather than ego. Granted, pride is a deririvative of the ego, but i think it's a less selfish version of it, if you know what I mean?

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  26. I started in the shanks era and I never heard him blow his own trumpet like the fool that we have now or that of the players, He always said that there was room for improvement, And all these people that say Oh but the game was different then (CRAP) Football is football no matter what era you are from You can either play or you cant.

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  27. Liverpool are selling our top players just like Arsenal did (Samir Nasri, Fabregas and Van Persie) in consecutive summers a few years back.The difference is Arsenal had established quality players in reserve to fill the void.They were also attractive enough for other top players to sign for even with those big player departures.
    Seeing as Liverpool can't get quality over the line, our thought process should be keep our best players at all costs, even if it means taking a big financial loss somewhere down the line.
    The way things are going, two or 3 years from now Liverpool will have ZERO quality players in the squad.It will be completely stacked with mediocre talent from relegation battlers and we'll be even less of a draw for quality players to come to.
    Liverpool has a retard3d scouting network mixed with a mid table mindset.Our negotiations/sales team is trash too.When Raheem Sterling is sold the money will get wasted on slightly above average players.
    We need to change our scouts.The transfer committee could do with restructuring.Liverpool needs big club mentality to get top four consistently or we'll be fighting with Spurs while the teams above get stronger.

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  28. OH haven't the years flown :-(

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  29. Well we aren't doing too good of a job of wanting to make him stay here either, are we? Being supportive and passive as fans and having him still want to leave is one thing, but when 90% of us don't want him at the club anymore, and even former club players are telling him to leave is another.


    At the end of the day, we really can't decide if he leaves the club, but we can at least be good fans like we're known to be. Just look at Dortmund. God knows what we would be saying if we were in their situation, yet they showed a hell of a lot more support than we did this year.

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  30. I'm the same...I just keep bustin' through....


    ...can't do without it man.....

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  31. ...dude....that last one...8-/...flippin' heck...!

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  32. Had no say in the matter whatsoever... A wandering hand became a hot mouth...and then the full works... Couldn't see out of windscreen, but did catch reflection of speedo in side window. Good job it was 5am on a Sunday morning with not another car in sight

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  33. Nah, same here, a good session is too awesome!

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  34. Good line dude

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  35. That was at the end of the day after the job had been done NOT BEFORE

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  36. I choose to see the positive side of things in Ibe's case. I can see 30 mil pounds, at least, coming our way, if Ibe is arguably, an adequate replacement for Raheem Sterling

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  37. JK, it's not all about stats man. Ibe is a more naturally gifted player and seems to have his head more screwed on. That's the basis of opinions from people like Aldridge, and I subscribe to it too. He has had a lot less EPL experience than sterling so I think it's a bit unfair to already bring out the specific, measurable impact bahoolar

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  38. Please sell Sakho and Lovren before buy another CB.

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  39. Pako and Hyppia were rumored as possibilities. Nothing more, nothing less. And they still may end up coming in.


    If you read the articles comparing the three, you'll notice that Linders has the strongest wording.

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  40. Especially by Logan, who was after all, admittedly, his biggest fan in the 2013-14 season when we finished second. :)

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  41. Roy is a megalomaniac... just not a very successful one

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  42. I want to know why he decided to move on. I don't believe that wages are the only reason for his decision. Yes its sad that he wants to go but I would like to know the full story first. I believe there is something we don't know yet.

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  43. We need to stock up as many defenders as possible. Winter is coming.

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  44. Love punk ;-)

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  45. It would be awesome.

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  46. Akh, hadn't really thought of that!

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  47. I couldn't agree more. Say LFC get £50 mill. what do they do with it? You couldn't be more correct about Wenger, his ability to reinvent Arsenal over the past 18 yrs has been amazing. You could argue that he hasn't won the league I 10 yrs, personally I wouldn't mind that position of consistency. Being able to guarantee CL football, as the upshot is being able to attract a higher quality player. I think it's too late LFC are officially Spurs in the North West. The parallels are remarkable. Both have a rich history, albeit Spurs on a smaller scale. Past 10-20 years have shown an instability in management associated with a general regression in status spring led with the odd false dawns. Again Spurs on a smaller scale. The most obvious is the blatant mismanagement of finance driven by those in higher places. Levy vs TC same result. I'm actually thinking we need oil money to stop the slide. This goes against lfc's philosophy which is organic, built on scouser & the finest English talent in the country. Too late now, complacency has almost killed this club & I can't see light at the end of the tunnel.

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  48. A few knock backs in the transfer market, big player exits and years of underachievement on the pitch has contributed to people behind the scenes making bad/mid table decisions.They've diluted our ambition which results in settling for average players in the transfer market.
    The media doesn't help.They talk up small clubs with mega rich owners and belittle us to the point where you question the size of Liverpool football club.It's then on hierarchy not to fall into the trap.Unfortunately like yourself I think they've fallen in line and have been acting like a mid table club, instead of fighting back and showing doubters we're still a big force.A winning mentality starts at board level and that filters down.We need to improve decision making and there has to be better quality control regarding recruitment.
    So many clubs punch above their weight in the transfer market.Liverpool hardly ever do.If you sign top quality players everything else falls into place.Brendan Rodgers will look better than he is and our best players will want to stay (unless Barcelona or Real Madrid come knocking on the door)
    Compare the four players Liverpool have brought in so far to the players our rivals are being linked with.The gulf in quality is the size of the Grand Canyon.
    I didn't mind James Milner's signing in isolation but only as a starter, not the main dish like I think he will end up being.
    Firmino is the latest quality player to be strongly linked.I got excited about Memphis Depay potentially coming.I used to get hooked like a fish on transfer talk line but I'm not falling for Chinese whispers anymore.I'll believe it when he's holding a Liverpool scarf above his head.

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  49. Good source on another site reckons we still are interested. Remember all the comments from him and his agent a few weeks back. Regret not joining lfc 18 months ago etc.....

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  50. You are very wrong am afraid. Firstly, you say that "she's stuck by you throughout the years in spite of some poor decisions you've made to embarrass yourself and her."

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    What did the Sterling do throughout these years to embarrass himself and Liverpool? Very unfair to the kid IMO.

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    Secondly, the comparison with a girl friend is apples and oranges stuff. We are talking about a career here and not a personal relationship where saying things like 'flattering' hurt people. If I say am happy working at Capgemini but its flattering that a company like Goldman Sachs would like to hire him. Its perfectly ok statement. Everyone wants to achieve the best in their career whereas in personal relationship (GF) we stick to the person irrespective of his/her imperfection. So I think your logic is not justifiable.

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    Thirdly. you say that "And my point is that when Sterling had a chance to dispel rumors, to counter the allegations against him as a "mercenary", he went on television and essentially affirmed the rumors, and then his agent opened his mouth too." This is again wrong. Sterling said in the interview that he is not a "money grabber" and his agent said that even "600k a week" wouldn't cut it. So basically, you are trying to create a news to justify your hatred for Sterling while reality is something else.
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    He didn't commit any foolish act and for a 20 year old he has been very composed IMO. He may not get as many chances at City but he will develop into a fantastic players because I feel he is one great potential.
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    PS: It wasn't very smart of BR to put Sterling on the bench against Stoke if he wasn't going to use him. Fans constantly booed him and it would have been better for the kid's morale if BR didn't bring him with the squad.

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  51. You are very wrong am afraid. Firstly, you say that "she's stuck by you throughout the years in spite of some poor decisions you've made to embarrass yourself and her."

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    What did the Sterling do throughout these years to embarrass himself and Liverpool? Very unfair to the kid IMO.

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    Secondly, the comparison with a girl friend is apples and oranges stuff. We are talking about a career here and not a personal relationship where saying things like 'flattering' hurt people. If I say am happy working at Capgemini but its flattering that a company like Goldman Sachs would like to hire me. Its perfectly ok statement. Everyone wants to achieve the best in their career whereas in personal relationship (GF) we stick to the person irrespective of his/her imperfection. So I think your logic is not justifiable.

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    Thirdly. you state "And my point is that when Sterling had a chance to dispel rumors, to counter the allegations against him as a "mercenary", he went on television and essentially affirmed the rumors, and then his agent opened his mouth too."
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    This is again wrong. Sterling said in the interview that he is not a "money grabber" and his agent said that even "600k a week" wouldn't cut it. So basically, you are trying to create a news to justify your hatred for Sterling while reality is something else.
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    He didn't commit any foolish act and for a 20 year old he has been very composed IMO. He may not get as many chances at City but he will develop into a fantastic players because I feel he is one great potential.
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    PS: It wasn't very smart of BR to put Sterling on the bench against Stoke if he wasn't going to use him. Fans constantly booed him and it would have been better for the kid's morale if BR didn't bring him with the squad.

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  52. I was hoping we'd pick up a robust DM or a box to box DM like Moussa Sissoko from the Geordies.

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  53. Aldridge is right though. Ibe is a better player than Sterling. I cannot believe Citeh are actually bidding that much for Raheem. It'll be nice to have some other club take the worst transfer ever record from us though

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  54. Why slag off a young player like this?
    Fact is we don't know whether Ibe will be great or not just like we did not know whether Gerrard would be great or not when he made his debut.
    Saying he is not that great when he has not had a chance to prove himself is bizarre.
    The 17 games he played in the team were at wing back mainly which is not his position so how can you judge his assist goal ratio from that position?
    He has shown enough to me to suggest he has a bright future.
    Lets just support him instead of picking holes in him.

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  55. I can see us involving Sakho or Lovren in the deal. Both have played in Ligue 1 before and both are not the physical types. Well, Sakho could be if he would stop getting injured. I think Rodgers wants us to defend like Stoke and attack like Barca :-)

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  56. Rondon = Balotelli

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  57. Only if Balotelli leaves. They're the same type of player. Rondon is not a finisher either.

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  58. Origi will force his way in. No doubt about that. It's Sturridge who should be worried. His injury record has made him unreliable. Sad thing because he is clearly a sensational football player and a absolutely brilliant individual.

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  59. Just wondering...with us signing Kovacic, Firminho and Illaramendi....where will James F fit in?? I mean, Can, Henderson and Cou will already have a fight on their hands with those three at the club so what about the new Stevie Gerrard?

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  60. Wake up JK.
    Suarez has won three medals since he left LFC. No player has won three medals in the last ten years while at LFC.
    Who have we signed since 2011 who actually improved the squad? Coutinho? Maybe, but he's no world-beater. Sturridge? Gimme a break - overrated and injury prone.
    We've signed three players this window so far and haven't paid out a penny, and aside from Milner, they aren't an improvement on what's already here... and THAT shows how bad the midfield is, not how good Milner is.
    Why the fuck would Sterling want to stay. LFC are a stepping stone to greater thing for young players and a retirement home for over 30s.
    Coutinho will be looking for the door next May and Ibe the year after.
    Why dya think no one is after Henderson? It's because he's not that good, yet everyone here is lauding him as the next captain? That's how far the standards at LFC have fallen. It's no secret that Sterling would have stayed if Rodgers had been binned and Klopp had come in.
    FSG/Rodgers/Liverpool Football Club is now a midtable club with no ambition, the Newcastle United of the Northwest.

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  61. Aint that the truth.

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  62. Well said, both times.

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  63. Ibe may not be 'better' right now based on the stats, but I think he has just as much potential as Sterling.

    I also think a lot of fans are saying sell Sterling to the highest bidder, I don't see many saying Liverpool should keep him.
    I say sell him!

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  64. Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is Abdennour's teammate JK, his agent is Abdelkader Jilani.

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  65. He's just what we need.

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  66. wish we could sign firminho kovacic and clyne......

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  67. Alexander Clayton12:05 pm, June 23, 2015

    Normally agree with your posts, but I think ibe deserves some of the praise he has recived. He seems like a player who is happy to contribute to the team and willing to learn. Also respect the size club he is at

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  68. I won't be sad to see Sterling go. His and the attitude of the Aidy Ward are not welcome at Melwood. He's a fantastic talent and good luck to city if they can coach the best out of him. Unfortunately, like previous 'England talents' I doubt he has the mental aptitude to succeed. He'll probably have a good season or two then disappear into obscurity once the going gets tough or his agent runs out of 'fun tokens'.

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  69. we never played Bayern in either the CL or European Cup finals, we beat Borussia Moenchongladbach in 77 for our first Eurpean Cup.
    And Hug Kiss is correct Bob Paisley was a humble man and a Great manager.

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  70. thing is, due to his over praise of a player who has only ever shown potential and has achieved nothing the club is now receiving 45 million pound bids, so if talking abit of shit adds at least 2o million to players value then he's doing a good job

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  71. If the question is Rondon for £15m or Benteke for £32.5m then it's clearly Rondon the preferable option you would think? Trouble is that there is an element of risk with players coming out of the Russian league. To be fair this guy did well at Malaga as he was only 22 and a fair few of those appearances were as sub when he was breaking in, which makes his record there look more healthy.

    If we could get Benteke for about £20-£25m max then I would still go that way, proven track record in our league is worth a premium.

    The noises coming out of the club seem to indicate that this hip problem that Studge has had fixed was the root cause to these thigh problems on the same side he has had repeatedly and if so we should spend the money on Rondon, as we may have Studge back and ok finally (although I would want to see a full season under his belt before I get comfy with that)

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  72. Looks very slight to me though mate. Even Aguero is small in stature but you can tell he puts time in the gym. Bacca looks similar to Aspas in terms of physique, albeit taller - that would be my concern

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  73. Ibe has bags of potential although I would like to see him look a bit more interested. Maybe just me, or perhaps he's overawed, but he always looks a bit lackadaisical.

    Re Sterling. Fully agree, just sell to the highest bidder. He may well turn out to be amazing in a few years but his development has a long way to go after such a poor season.

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  74. I just cannot agree with this. Ibe made a huge huge impact when he started playing. What he has more than Sterling is an allround game , not only attacking.

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  75. Would rather Benteke. The guy has pace, power and finishing ability. He isn't injury particularly injury prone - just had a bad injury once. Lots of players get injured but he isn't the type to be out for 5 weeks with a bruised toe. Cannot quite believe the level of snobbishness that some Liverpool supporters have - we have no quality strikers and no really defined style of play that some claim Benteke wouldn't fit.
    He has made a mockery of our defence on more than one occasion but because he isn't Suarez people think he isn't good enough?
    I don't care about the fee. We have wasted money on Balotelli, Lambert, Borini that could of been better spent on this guy. Let's get it done.

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  76. Rondon is Carroll in built but with Collymore's the movement and eye for goal

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  77. Its classic scatter gun from Liverpool

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  78. He's South American though. He's got that guile and bit of steel that the likes of Aspas lack. Deceptively strong too.

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  79. If Origi usurps young Daniel, I'll be royally chuffed!

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  80. Well, we got him...I just hope he's as productive as you and other think he will be. Come on you Frimino!

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  81. Well I wouldn't say he's better than "must be the clouds in my eyes" but Sturridge will need to stay fit for a full season. That said, with more options up front, he will play less games anyway and the chances of him staying fit should increase either way.

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