9 Jun 2015

Marquee Signing? 'World-class' £20m LFC target confirms transfer 'meeting' next week with Chelsea. Chance for Liverpool?

In May, the agent of Liverpool target Petr Cech revealed that Chelsea had granted the coveted stopper permission to 'negotiate' a transfer with 'interested parties'. After falling fown the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, Cech understandably wants a move, and Blues boss Jose Mourinho has now confirmed that he's willing to let the Czech international leave.

When asked today about Cech's future, Mourinho hinted that he'd be amenable to a swap deal. He told BT Sport:

"Every club that is interested in Petr, I can find a player that I like in that team too. I will have to accept any decision that the owner makes"

Over the weekend, Cech reiterated once again that he wants to leave, and insisted that he's 'keeping all options open' with regards to his next move. He told reporters:

"Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea. At the moment it is with my agent. When it is clearer and all the cards are on the table, we will decide. It does not matter whether it is England, Germany, France or Spain".

So: £20m-rated Cech is available, and is allowed to speak to other clubs? Get on it, Brendan:

* Just pay whatever it takes to bring Cech to Anfield. A top-class goalkeeper is absolutely essential to any team's chances of consistently challenging for trophies, and Mignolet is not the long-term solution.

* After playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois, there's almost certainly no chance of sealing the deal unless Rodgers guarantees to make Cech his first-choice goalkeeper, and for a winner with Cech's history and experience, that should not be a problem. Just do it.

* Cech has proven himself repeatedly over the last 8-10 years, and it's (arguably) as close to a sure-thing as it's possible to get.

* Cech could conceivably be Liverpool's number one 'keeper for the next 5-7 years. A good comparison here is Edwin Van Der Sar - he signed for Man United at the age of 35, and remained the club's main goalkeeper for six years.

* Cech is a winner, and a leader at the back, which is exactly what Liverpool need. Plus, with the ongoing exodus of older players at Anfield, another experienced head at the club will be a huge boost.

* I'd much rather see Liverpool pay a a huge £100k+ salary to Cech - a proven, world-class performer - than a pretender like Raheem Sterling.

* If Liverpool can pay James Friggin' Milner £150k-a-week, then the club can clearly afford to pay for Cech, who is infinitely better value than the Man City bit-part player.




Cech is a popular choice amongst Liverpool fans. I recently conducted a poll on the site asking fans to select one goalkeeper out of the seven currently linked:

* 55% of participants chose Cech as Liverpool's next goalkeeper.

* Sergio Romero was 2nd-favourite with 11% of the vote.

* Only 3% voted to keep Mignolet as LFC's number 1.

Liverpool's lack of Champions League football is a problem, but if the club really pushes out the boat, and shows Cech how much he's wanted, then it may make all the difference.

Unless Cech has already told the club he's not interested, I fail to see why Liverpool are not making him the club's number-one transfer target.

Cech is available; wants a move, and is a proven, experienced top quality goalkeeper, with years left at the top level.

Where's the downside?

I'd even go so far as to say that Liverpool should scrap the James Milner deal and use the cash to pay Cech, who will (IMO) be far more important to the team.

The Reds pulled out of the Loic Remy deal without any problem, so the precedent is already established.

Author: Jaimie K



95 comments:

  1. Why are you so much against the Milner deal that you are mentioning him even in this article? He is a very good signing imo.

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  2. Jaimie vs the Frigman in the Octagon - now that is a fight I would pay to see..

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  3. He was quoted this morning saying he does'nt want to move house or change his kids schools. Going Arsenal i'd say

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  4. A top striker is more needed than a goalkepper plus Cech wants to stay in London

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  5. Hey Jaimie I made a valid comment on the article ---"Done Deal: Liverpool sign 'wonderful' £26m playmaker who'll earn obscene salary of £150k-a-week |Liverpool-Kop.com" --- but my comment was removed when I said nothing that went against the comment policy.

    This is what the comment said: I see whee you are coming from from a statistical point of view but there may be some element of truth to his argument, albeit a small one. Once the deal had been announced there were Man City fans who were moaning about what a big loss he will be and how he brings so much to the team; its looks to me like he is a very appreciated and underrated player from City.
    Even though he was a bit part player at City, they were still willing to offer him £165,000 per week and he STILL turns them down, so at least he is not a "Mercenary" who jumps at money the first chance he gets(I know 150k a week is a lot but that hasn't been confirmed as I've seen reports of him being paid 100k per week), he wants first team football and he has the passion and desire to move clubs to get it.
    And he also provides experience in a relatively inexperienced squad so we need that burning desire to win. We have seen too many times our team being behind in a match, giving up and not looking like they'll get back in the game; Milner will provide that experience to grab the youngsters and the game by the scruff of the neck and make a comeback.

    ????? What's wrong with that and why was it removed???







    Is it because you disagree with my comment?

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  6. No chance, wants his kids to stay in London schools.

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  7. Hey Darovar - none of your comments have been deleted. I've checked the logs. I don't know what happened, but it's not a deletion. Thanks.

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  8. Don't hold your hopes up for a top marquee signing because we won't be getting one. Our marquee signings last year was Lovren, lallana and balotelli . This season is milner, Ings and Origi . Hopefully we get Cheryshev who's never played once for real Madrid first team lol.Im glad we're bringing in a lot of English internationals though because we nearly scored against Ireland who's team is made up of part mid to low premiership players and championship players .

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  9. But we've never signed world class players before

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  10. Torres? Suarez ? Xabi Alonso? Mascherano? James Friggin Milner?

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  11. No, the Mercenary is far more marketable and although I mean a different thing by saying this, bus valuable.

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  12. We create world class players .

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  13. You mean Gerrard? Owen? Adam Morgan?

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  14. I disagree- you delete comments you don't like.

    This comment is a win-win.

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  15. To be honest I don't see why Cech would come to us. He won't be short of options. I'd be shocked if he doesn't end up at Arsenal. He'd be a guaranteed starter, would play Champions League football and wouldn't have to uproot his family.

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  16. this is how well line up next season


    --------------------------------Mingolet
    Manquillp-------------Skrtel----------Sakho---------Moreno
    ----------------------------------Can
    ----------------Milner-------------------Henderson
    --------------------------------Coutinho
    ---------------------Ings-------------------Origi


    well sell sterling for £40m, borini for £10m, aspas for £5m, Lambert for £5m, Coates for £5m. we'll get £65m from that and it will go right back into the club, and rightly so, never should the club give a penny to useless manager who has wasted 210m and yet we have no world class players. we are going to have to pay the price for having a manager who is a anybody from the street, proven nothing in the game, and make do with Allen, Lallana, Borini, Lovren, Markovic etc for the next 5 years until there contracts run out.


    thankyou Brendan Rodgers for making my beloved world class club mediocre.


    our best hope is that Hyppia comes in, goodness me who is Colin Pascoe?? nuh honestly, all of these wonderful Kopites who have great knowledge of the LFC way and football itself, are more worthy of jobs at LFC than Brendan Rodgers and Colin Pascoe....Colin Pascoe? LFC? absolute joke....go take your crap coaching somewhere else. hopefully Hypia can show BR the real LFC way, seen as we cant get King Rafa...and if brendan cant shape up he can take his crap coaching elsewhere as well

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  17. None of the players you mentioned were WC before they came to liverpool. So, yes?

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  18. Just a side note, if it was deleted, it should still show up in his history, shouldn't it?

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  19. Exactly... the issue here isn't Liverpool wanting Cech or being willing to pay his wages.

    The issue is why would Cech want to come to Liverpool

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  20. It's no good asking me "where's the downside". You're the expert ! ;-)

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  21. milner is a good signing, but thats what we said about Lallana, thats what we said about Allen, thats what we said about Lambert. you can have one, but you cant have them all. its not as if they are Neymars and Suarez's. they are far from luxury players, they are all overated and the truth is they can only perform at a truly high level with world class players around them. English players are good but only with world class internationals around them which is why when England play together they win zilch. Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard are all world class at club level with there club teammates around them.


    if we wanted Milner we shouldnt have bought Allen, Lallana, Henderson etc. you can only have one or 2, the rest of the team needs spanish, french and south american stars around them. but us.....


    ---------------------------------Mingolet
    Wisdom--------------Skrtel---------Lovren--------Moreno
    -------------------------Milner------------Allen
    -------Henderson--------------------------------Lallana
    -----------------------Lambert----------Ings


    thats us next season

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  22. Can't the club just move to London? it's starting to get annoying really with us missing out first class talent

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  23. Morientes was and flopped big time, So, yes;)

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  24. Yes, you're right. It should show up there.

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  25. Okay, Khedira is good enough for Juve Serie A Champions, Coppa Italia Winner and CL finalist, but not mid-table LFC who fight to scrape through Top 4?
    Just as I expected, we are inept in transfer dealings, as usual.

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  26. That is smart business picking up Cech, which is exactly Liverpool will miss out because the board will be too busy with their heads in the sand.

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  27. Suarez won the MVP in the Dutch league and he was wearing the captain band for Ajax.

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  28. Cech to Liverpool.. hahaha

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  29. Maybe because Juventus are all those things and we are not

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  30. That makes him a very good player, but nowhere near what he is now. Heitinga, El Hamdaoui, Theo Janssen all won poty too, but they're not world class, are they?

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  31. Jamie Friggin Milner and Danny Ings are more than good enough for free, who needs proven winners like Khedira

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  32. Yes, the Dutch league being the pinnacle of football.

    Bryan Ruiz, Mateja Kezman, Alfonso Alves, all scored goals galore in Holland, all failed intthe prem

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  33. I don't think anyone said he wasn't good enough. It was about his injury history. Juve have the personnel to deal with his absence if he gets hurt. We don't. How can we put all our trust in this guy to lead the midfield if we can't even be sure he'll stay fit? I thought we learned our lesson with Sturridge last season...

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  34. Scrap both Milner and Ings and bring a quality addition like Cech I say.


    Unfortunately he will not be interested in playing ahead of a defence made up of square pegs round holes.

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  35. Sorry if I implied that you deleted it but when I checked my profile and comment history and it said that my comment had been removed.

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  36. 'Juve have the personnel to deal with his absence if he gets hurt'

    with respect, that is like the worst excuse I have ever heard.

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  37. But we ran after a certain Falcao

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  38. Yes because Cech, a fantastic goalkeeper who could have his pick of clubs would come to us because...

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  39. Or interested in playing for a team not in CL.

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  40. How about the six players who have left since 2009 and have gone on to win the CL.

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  41. And look how he turned out at Utd.

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  42. It really hasn't much to do with that.


    The club hasn't proven capable of sustaining any real amount of success over the past 25 years. And it's only gotten worse over the most recent 5 years.


    It's a tough cycle to end.

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  43. Brendan will convince him mate.

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  44. He could always use one of his brentisms

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  45. Knew this was coming. Look at sturridge and Robin Van Friggin Persie won Manchester United their 20th title

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  46. Khedira would have been an absolute dream signing. Juventus building a mean squad.

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  47. I thought the sarcasm was implied. In Saturday's CL final, we had 2 out of 22 players on the field...

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  48. and more important not by money galore, but shrewd piece of business... look at their first eleven... I bet its cheaper than our bench...

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  49. "My biggest mentor is myself because I've had to study and that's been my biggest influence."


    That is all Rodgers has to say to Cech.

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  50. It's a gamble. RVP payed off. Falcao didn't. Sturridge did for one season, but couldn't even play last season. Khedira is a dream player, but could we justify paying the wages he would demand to step down a level if we couldn't even be sure he would be on the pitch the whole time? For me, that's just a risk I don't think we're in the position to take.

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  51. That's just mental.

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  52. I like your Pepe avatar!

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  53. Crazy stuff. Here we go offering Milner an outstanding contract and sign Ings on Burnley's conditions.


    So much to look forward to.

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  54. I reckon he could be persuaded; with copious amounts of chloroform, some gaffer tape and a neuralyzer to obliterate his memory.

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  55. Haha! Found it awhile ago... just realized it's the perfect pic for my prof yesterday :D

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  56. He was earning 120k per week, less than what we are paying for James Friggin Milner.

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  57. He's earning 120k per week and playing for the UCL finalists. Do you think he'll accept the same thing to play for a 6th place EPL team in Europa?

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  58. But but but... JFM is a workaholic

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  59. He was willing to take a pay cut to join Arsenal not so long ago to not to sit in the bench of Real Madrid

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  60. So, when Mario Gomez stepped down from Bayern to Fiorentina, he went from 100 k a week to a million..good for him

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  61. It would be a great signing but I would be surprised if we have the minerals to pull it off.

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  62. Chelsea supporters are having a laugh too.

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  63. I thought I heard the bleating of sheep.

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  64. You from Australia? You know what they call a Playstation over there?

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  65. Not from Oz, and no clue? Is it something that will offend our Aussie friends?

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  66. I once heard an Australian refer to vomiting as 'having a liquid laugh'. Cracks me up to this day.

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  67. Ian Rush P660 G3468:00 pm, June 09, 2015

    He also makes his headlines purposely huge and misleading on Liverpool NewsNow.

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  68. Khedira is an injury waiting to happen.


    Quality player, but not reliable to stay healthy.

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  69. Even Messi had his fair share of injuries. Look at Arjen Robben Bayern are paying massive wages for him, but he gets injured regularly. I'm sure Bayern can get anybody they want and replace him but he wins matches for them... Proven game changer..they are a completely different team with him in the side. We need players who can step up and Khedira is a defensive midfielder something we badly need at the moment

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  70. Agreed but,
    2 weeks of Khedira impact > 2 years of Allen

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  71. Careful now, don't want to risk 'a booting'.

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  72. ACDC and Crowded House. Cannot go wrong there.

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  73. Disparaging the boot is a bootable offense.

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  74. I think you should know Brendan Rodgers won't be happy With that comment. Joe allen shows great character and you should too

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  75. Khedira has even admitted he was not sure why he was left out of the Madrid starting eleven. Player of the highest quality, one which would have improved us on a massive scale.



    Juventus have him now and will improve them.

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  76. Outstanding.

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  77. You can if they're both on at the same time.

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  78. "I thought we were excellent. We didn't get the win, but our overall game was outstanding," he said.

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  79. Wonder where he's gonna go once actually win some

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  80. Show em what American butts are made of, Bob *sniff*

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  81. Ha ha. Both excellent bands and both lost their lead singers.

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  82. I have heard Rodgers is acdc

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  83. Knowing our luck he'd forget how to be a goalkeeper

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  84. You might be on to something there. Is this how we secured Mignolet?

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  85. A top class goalie should be a priority but we have brought a free in instead, our defense was a shambles last year and it looks like Rodgers isn't after a specialist DM and is more than likely going to put milner there .....its raining goals alleluia........

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  86. It could explain our transfer policy for the last three years at least

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  87. A work mate borrowed my paper headed to the toilets and said I'm off for a Rodgers .....not sure what he meant

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  88. What makes you think it's BR that runs the transfers?

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  89. Milner will be the 'next' Stevie if Rodgers is still here next season.


    End game.

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  90. It was Marsh and Pascoe

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  91. Must be practicing his ill-timed motivational speeches.

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