3 Jul 2015

Done Deal 7: Barcelona sensation confirms he's 'happy to sign for Liverpool'

The (underwhelming) transfers just keep on coming, and Barcelona teenager Bobby Adekanye is the latest untested youngster to sign for Liverpool.

On Thursday evening, 16-year old Adakanye confirmed via Instagram that he has signed for the Reds. He posted:

"I am very happy to sign for Liverpool"

Adekanye also posted the following photo:



Some info about Adekanye:

* Joined Barcelona at the age of 12.

* Spent last season on loan at Ajax.

* 2014: One of 10 Barcelona young players banned by FIFA after being illegally signed.

* Played for Ajax's youth teams until 2011, which means he was at the Dutch club at the same time as ex-Red Luis Suarez:

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* 2015: Represented the Netherlands at UEFA’S youth development under-16 tournament.

* Despite that, Adakanye retains a preference to represent Nigeria at international level. During the past season, he told SL10: "I was born in Nigeria and I love Nigeria. My father always tells me Nigeria is our home [but] Golden Eagles coach Emmanuel Amuneke never made contact with me, my father or my club"

As usual, I find it hard to muster up enthusiasm for Liverpool's incessant policy of signing barely developed children. As I've noted many times in the past, history proves that non-British youngsters never make it through the academy to become first-team regulars, and I doubt that's going to change any time soon.

That said, after decades of failure, things simply have to change at some point...right?

With the continued influx of (allegedly) top young talent, the probability of at least *one* of these non-Brits making it has to be higher than any point in the last 30 years.

Perhaps Adekanyo will be the one to make the breakthrough?


Author: Jaimie K



139 comments:

  1. At 16, It will be many years before he can make a breakthrough. All the best to the lad.

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  2. A great signing Barcelona rate him and hes been trained at Ajax what is so under whelming about that? We should have more of that calibre in the academy well done Liverpool.

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  3. kids got talent - Barcelona was pissed that they didn't keep him, good luck to him

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  4. 'Underwhelming' ...... He's been bought for the future! ffs. Why be so negative about a team you're supposed to be writing for?

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  5. Happy to see more people of color joining LFC. It's the way it should be

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  6. So is Ian Ayres waiting outside Messi's son prep school to sign him as well? ;)

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  7. Looks promising, hope he keeps developing

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  8. He's free though JK so what do we have to lose really? I agree we have managers who don't give youngsters enough opportunities to show what they can do but we can hardly not have an academy. So the problem, imo, isn't the fact that we get young talent into the academy, it's that our managers rather play under performing senior players rather than giving youngsters a chance. Take last year for example, Flanagan and Johnson injured, Manquillo underwhelming. What do we do? We play Can at right CB. What would have been the harm, seeing as our season was down the drain already anyway, to give McLaughlin or Stewart a few games to show what they can do? These guys are 20 and 21 respectively so they're hardly kids. I don't understand why we do play U21s we bring in from other clubs but not from our own academy.

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  9. Generally yes but many 17-18 year olds have made the step up too

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  10. Clearly another summer without BR wanting a TOP class striker
    Only midfielders and youth will get us to the TOP again ?

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  11. ...so anyway...as I've said before ...it's now the third day of official transfer window opening aka silly season and still no sign of anything from or of BR or FSG.....something is def not right...

    ....all the players are pictured by themselves and where is BR and his usual hug and face hold welcome ...?

    ....also if anyone ssys holiday then tell me, who have these players been talking to to be persuaded to come...? The tea lady...?
    ...that is surely BR's job and as it is transfer season now it is again surely his responsibility at 3 odd million salary to be around for the transfers.....not much to ask......

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  12. I'm not one to usually get pissed at things like this but this time I find it tough to be forgiving...

    ...there is a void. Very obvious and very big.....it needs clarity as Case said before and it needs filling......

    ....what the f is going on....is BR stayin or not......?

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  13. The photo looks odd with him sitting alone in front of the huge table. Shouldn't there be some club official alongside him, at least making it look as if he's welcomed ?
    Personally I'm glad Brendan Rogers is doing less talking. Less concern with the media and more concentration on building a winning team will do just fine for me.

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  14. Loitering outside prep schools can get you into serious trouble...

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  15. they have done well in the window to me nothing else to be concerned about except if they buy Benteke.

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  16. Always athletic prodigies though, and Bobby looks still quite like a small lad...

    ...but tell you who else he looks like... a certain raging mercenary we all know and love...

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  17. Yes, he is. If not, appointing Sean O'Driscoll would have been a meaningless waste of money, which isn't something FSG tend to do without a bit of encouragement, not least from my man Brendog.

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  18. I think you're looking to much into it mate, it's looks fine.

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  19. All looks fine to me,I think we have done well this window ,
    a BIG concern is no striker at this stage ?

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  20. Barca wanted him ,NOT Sterling at this age say's something ?

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  21. All top players MUST have been 17/18 at some stage ?

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  22. Colour has nothing to do with it. Talent is the important thing. Having said that, I would like to see a few green players in the squad. Good camouflage. Would be good at surprising defenders.
    The kid looks good: pacey, good delivery and direct. Everyone looks good on the old highlight videos though.

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  23. The tea lady is vital in persuading players to join. Who wants to come to a club where tea is served cold, or too weak, or too milky... doesn't bear thinking about

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  24. WAFFLE ALERT

    We haven't had the youngsters, I don't think, and the step up, even from the fringes of the first team to a regular starting spot, is still greater than most fans realise. I remember that Rodgers played Brad Smith against Chelsea in 2013 after some good performances in the U21s, preferring him to Enrique I think with no other options available. The lad had a terrible game that probably set his development back rather than helping him. Just playing youth guys isn't the answer: it has to be the right time, there has to be the right first team environment, and the player has to be capable of holding on to the chance you give him.

    Under-performing (or supposedly under-performing) senior pros virtually always offer more value, especially in the more tactical positions (that's all of them these days I suppose!), than youth, no matter how enthusiastic and talented. Professional football in England is a gnarly, gritty game, a real test of endurance and determination. Every team is up for it every week. It's high-stakes, it never lets up and the opposition players are *ruthless*. There's no league like it in the world any more.

    So a youth player has to do more than just be young and talented, he's got to find a way to displace the competition and then to keep the spot once he wins it. He's got to be able to be a hard character. That's why the English lads are all so uptight, they grow up in that environment. But they all understand that you've got to be a player that's going to stay the distance, who's going to have what it takes to play two games a week and be right on point for every single one. We have to leave it up to the coaches who work with the players every day to make these kinds of judgements -- we're not Chelsea, there is a clear willingness to play youth players if they show the necessary stuff. But a club like Liverpool will *never* be turning out with 3 or 4 rookies in the starting line-up for a meaningful game if they can avoid it.

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  25. I love it! Very funny picture that communicates what it's like for a kid to be treated in this inappropriate way, bought and sold across international lines for his talent at kicking a ball, dressed up in a suit and tie and placed in front of the world's press for inspection: he's out of his depth and confused, and we *all* know how he feels. Great picture.

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  26. If there's one thing I love in the morning it's a good waffle, with a generous helping of syrup ;-)

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  27. Absolutely say's nothing. It's laughable to even compare.

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  28. Welp sir, Syrupy Waffle just happens to be the house speciality here at Robo's Breakfast-and-Misplaced-Sincerity Diner. Would you like some Sentimental Bullshit with that? Or perhaps, as a dip, some Verbal Diarrhea?

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  29. The bigger concern is it might be Benteke

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  30. Name one top class striker who is actually for sale / a realistic target. Fact is there's very little out there. We targeted Bacca, Rondon and Benteke.

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  31. I am actually very excited for this transfer because while it may seem underwhelming now, he will most likely excel because he played for Ajax' youth team (Which is renowned as one of, if not the, best Youth Academy's in the world) and was scouted by La Masia which shows his huge potential.

    I haven't seen too much of him but he seems like everything Sterling would've been if he was a better finisher. But of all the transfers of young players- although many were mediocre- none have made me this excited since I heard about the arrival of Coutinho at Liverpool. Fingers crossed Adekanye comes good.

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  32. Nothing laughable about playing for the two best youth academy's in the world.

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  33. Well now that Pepjin Linders is our First Team Coach (For those of you who don't know he was the youth coach at Porto for a while. Not sure how we managed to snag him) we should be seeing a lot more of foreign youngsters not just British ones. I predict a mix of foreign and British youngsters making an appearance on the bench/ first team debut, most likely to be: Chiverella, Canos, Brannagan, McLaughin and Ojo.

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  34. Mouth-watering stuff Robo, and my compliments to the chef. You've served me a real smorgasbord but I feel I've still room to finish off with the trio of baloney trifles with saccharine dribblings, of which I'm an aficionado.

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  35. FOOTNOTE: Sterling was a fine finisher at youth level.

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  36. It's a little something I like to call "some words", andy.

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  37. So what has gone wrong ?

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  38. Finishes that work at youth level don't cut it at senior level... most because the goalkeepers aren't 5'10" any more ;)

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  39. No I don't mean that. Gano said he looks better than Sterling, I rejected that notion, then Glen made a point which I thought wasn't valid, he said that because Barca wanted to keep this kid and they didn't bid for Sterling... that somehow it shows that this kid looks better than Sterling...


    At least that's how I understood it.


    Barca wanting to keep this kid and not making a bid for Sterling has no link.

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  40. It will be some time I fear before green players will make a breakthrough. There are so few role models for them.....

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  41. And all I can see is tripe and more tripe....;-)

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  42. Ah the rattle of her tea cups and the rustling sound when she gets her hob nobs out. Well if it works for Wayne Rooney...... .

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  43. Before he does, I want to be the first to have said: "the new Babangida"

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  44. Of course but I don't think that's what I said is it?!
    Logan said it will be many years before he will make the step up, I said it might only be 1 or 2 years.
    However I'm glad that you educated me on how a person's age increases with each passing year :)

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  45. Yet we do play Manquillo and buy Luis Alberto and give them games? Manquillo played 6 games for Atletico's first team and did nothing to displace Johnson yet was still given a run. So why bring them in if we already have them? That's my main problem.

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  46. Are you JK................are you JK.................. are you JK in disguise :0

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  47. Icardi is not for sale me thinks, new contract and management bringing players in.. Cavani will probably stay put too. Lacazette will stay or go to PSG (which could free Cavani though). Adrriano signed for Milan, maybe we will go back for Bacca? AAnd Benteke might not be so bad after all..

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  48. Joe Allen expected to sign a new contract next week whooppee-bloody-do

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  49. How longer does he have on this one?

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  50. 2 years left on this one I think

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  51. That move makes no sense at all. The point is that even if he does great this season(which is not very likely, he'll never get a better club or salary, so what is the rush?

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  52. I don't get it-Brendan seems to highly rate him yet Lucas could be on his way out

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  53. Would green players be good camouflage on a snowy Wednesday night in January away at Stoke

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  54. Clyne and Gomez have confirmed they have spoken to the boss and only then signed...wonder what's up with our manager?

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  55. Please please please- it's like Samson without his hair - Rodgers without his Allen

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  56. To whom, whom, whom... Good squad player, but our squad will probably not need him any time soon...

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  57. I've never been so excited about us signing a 16 year old. Looks a fantastic player for his age and has vision too, something not usually in the locker of a 16 year old.

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  58. Look into my teeth you are feeling sleepy, very sleepy when I click my teeth you will wake up and will only remember that you want to sign for Liverpool and that Brendan is your inspiration ......

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  59. Why is the table orange? red would have been more appropriate.......... maybe a vase of flowers in the corner, some nicely draped curtains behind, a modernistic table lamp from Next, a lavender plug-in air freshner....sorry I digress!

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  60. And why have they cut that slot in the desk at an odd angle?

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  61. Are we gonna keep relaying these signings as Underwhelming everytime a new kid joins the academy...?

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  62. Agree, still think it's a touch odd that the PR machine is still on strike, not worried by it or anything and do think it's pretty much safe for us to start filling in the blanks now.
    Nevertheless, it seems vitally important that FSG release some sort of statement telling Logan exactly what's happening :)

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  63. News just in, Sterlling is staying and hopes all fans wil forgive his naivety... He's a kid and didn't really understand the reprecussions of being lead by an agent who has form for manipulating situations between players and clubs....Just ask Saido..

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  64. Nah, Kenny was always 43, Gerrard was neve younger than 18, and Rush, well he is lucky he didn't snap his legs while playing with his brii=ttle bone syndrome... Funnily, the same age related problem Sturridge has....

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  65. Until they invent instant superstars just add water me thinks so.

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  66. Bacca signed for AC Milan...

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  67. Anyone with 10 mill anyone anyone anyone

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  68. I don't know.

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  69. Business idea!

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  70. Rodgers: Yes! Me,me me! I'll take him off yer hands.

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  71. Great news!

    :D

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  72. Eduardo Vargas doesn't deserve to wear the Liverpool shirt. If Sterling is a Mercenary, then Vargas taught the lesson.

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  73. Boom!

    *sound of the doors smashing open as Rooney comes crashing through*

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  74. This kid looks absolutely friggin awful, a terrible waste of a signing...
    Oh, now hang on a minute, nope, actually that really wasn't it at all... Looks pretty bl88dy amazing, great signing and what a team of the future we're building, exciting times ahead.

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  75. He cost a "friggin" fortune aswell right?

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  76. .....greg bro....sorry to disappoint but hello.....!


    ...didn't you read that article from 'god' sorry I mean Robbie Fowler...? even he thinks what I do (bearing in mind I've scored more goals than him - hey...? what's that...? so what if they're own goals..still goals ain't they?) anyway...back to what I was sayin' Benteke is actually very good ...6'3" powerful and not scared to run around...I cpouldn't really put it into words cos I really don't know what I'm talking about...I just 'see' it...but Fowler did...


    ..benteke stretches defences and sticks around away from the supply lines just behind giving them space to work rather than coming back and crowding them trying to get hold of the ball...also he holds the ball very well and can score..both feet...whats not to like...?

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  77. Yep, all these freebies are really starting to add up.

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  78. ...I'm sitting here admiring that wonderful play on words there Case..... :)

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  79. To be fair it was also pretty darn good how you'd simultaneously worked out the total, great minds and all that :)

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  80. Plus Icardi's not all that really is he.

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  81. Wonder if the Club has taken heed of the poor efforts in gaining timely signatures of late, maybe (irrespective of ones 'angle on Allen') it may still be a sound financial thing to have him sign on the dotted.

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  82. I could certainly live with that, especially if his agent was given a right good 'public firing'

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  83. So little Joe has signed what a Bonanza.

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  84. What channel? was it on the Stan Dinner Newsround

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  85. Stick him in some medival stocks and lob rotton fruit and veg at him for a couple of days... Just about satisfy my urge to batter him...

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  86. You've seen it then?

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  87. A semi interesting statement of our financial intent by Ayre about at the moment, I won't link to it because by the time the link's been 'vetted' Jamie may well have written his own article, but it's available via n/now if anyone wants a read.

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  88. I dunno, Brad Jones was pretty sick to hear his contract wasn't getting extended... Green might have been a colour to appear on his face...

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  89. Lunch, not breakfast...

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  90. A semi interesting statement of our financial and transfer intent by Ayre about at the moment, I won't link to it because by the time the link's been vetted, Jamie may well have written his own article, but it's available via n/now if anyone wants a read. The mention of BR seems to further reinforce his position :)

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  91. That's a bad news, very certainly!!! We could have gotten 45-50 mil pounds for him! That's almost 2/3 of what we sold Luis Suarez for. It's might be a once-in-a-lifetime kinda offer. He's going to walk away only for a tribunal after 2 seasons. What are FSG and those whosoever decision makers thinking about?

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  92. Hahhahaa!!!! A hahahahaha! ;)

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  93. Yes I have read it and cannot see how what he says about buying young players with resale value which sounds sensible and then what we have actually done with the money,,,,,,

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  94. ....oh dear....it just sounds to me like thye kept BR on cos he plays ball and rolls over......


    ....still I like his brand of footie so I'm not complaining...................................................yet..

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  95. Boom!


    "sound of Rooney receiving a tea urn in his ugly mug for fingering her her hob nobs without asking"

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  96. Tripe without onions

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  97. ...oh flipp*n' heck...you've got your top trumps cards out again haven't you Greg...


    ...oh yeah...how did you know...?!? you are quite correct...someone did ring the bell...but they ran away just before I answered the door...very weird that...


    ..and I've read a few dissertations on 'when crosses are not crosses and are in fact crosses but only when they are actually crosses.....I got quite cross with it all.....


    ..ps. villa were 14th in the league for crossing the ball...

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  98. Its a process with an ideal end view to sustainability, kinda like Chelsea started doing years ago, ie, buy as much of the best young players as you can (because the money you spend there doesn't get included into FFP) an try and maximise what the returns will be in the future, whether that is first team contributions, or resale value... The way Chelsea implimented it, has put them in a seriously strong position, almost to the point of negating FFP.... I hope it works, and with more free aquisitions, there is a strong chance it will succeed....Chelsea have been able to sell their previously aquired youth, like Kevin De Bruyne for ridiculous sums, and still been able spend large sums on first team players, while still making a profit. The ideal outcome.

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  99. ...just beggars belief how friggin' obvious it all is....


    ...how the f*ck did so much billions of squid get put into a sport/industry where the powers that be are akin to the brain size of amoeba

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  100. I can see they have tried to do as he says but have certainly not been 100% successful so far. It does seem though, that this window they are being more financially astute - Clyne being a (hopefully) perfect example of the strategy he describes, mainly due to the fact we got him at a reasonable price, unlike maybe some of last summers signings.
    His assertions regarding the Club being better with non player related finances, are something I think we are all very happy to agree on though and as Stan mentions we have really ramped things up on the youth side of things too.

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  101. Yes as I say the theory is great but only if you select the right kind of players and unfortunately so far there are plenty of examples where the purchases have gone on loan and then been sold at a loss.

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  102. Let's hope they have learnt now and thatClyne is indeed an example ;-)

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  103. That's what you look like when you've been hypnotised or hit with a tea urn

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  104. ..hahahahaahaaaaaaa...

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  105. Can't help but think their initial wish to appoint a 'DOF' may have helped things along a bit, but yes, hopefully their master plan is now starting to gather pace, onwards and upwards... :)

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  106. Boom!


    Sound of Rooney receiving a tea urn in the face for "fingering" her hob nobs without permission

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  107. Think it's a bit similar to politics - easy to spend a whole lot of money and get a whole of nothing in return :)

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  108. Thats life ain't it, or just me...

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  109. ...so true man.....anything important in this world is run by idiots....


    ...ronald reagan (although i love westerns), putin, george w bush, sepp blatter (although anyone who at the age of 63 odd f*cks a 24 yr old super-model gets my vote -ahem- ) (caveat - he's still an idiot).., guys im sure you will help me prove my point as you are all much better versed in 'the comeback'.... :)

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  110. ...so true man.....anything important in this world is run by idi*ts....

    ...r0nald reagan (although i love westerns), putin, george w bush, s3pp blatter (although anyone who at the age of 63 odd f*cks a 24 yr old super-model gets my vote -ahem- ) (caveat - he's still an idi*t).., guys I'm sure you will help me prove my point as you are all much better versed in 'the comeback'.... :)

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  111. ..its not just you bruv......

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  112. There's a rumour about to be started that Honda drives a Prius.

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  113. Totally with you DinMan, although as long as they leave us with the really important stuff to ourselves:
    I mean - most of the landlords round 'ere are pretty decent sorts and so are most of the fishery bailiffs for that matter, hopefully your Gym manager is also a stand up kind of fella or better still, a lay down sort of Sheila...
    ...Light bulb moment... they should let us run the Club :) Not the Country though, way too many people to keep happy, we're let 'them' keep themselves busy thinking they've got that bit covered ;-)

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  114. Bacca and Adriano?!? Damn...

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  115. Think you are right, transfer rumour coming through is that Ian is on his bike to go sign up Mrs Doyle!

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  116. Hey JK, just curious as to who you would like us to sign? You dont seem overly happy with any so far so im keen to hear your ideal signings from here.

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  117. You're like a modern day John Craven

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  118. ...its hot and the hormones are rushin'...please dont get me started on shiela's.....


    ...anyway, shiela's are Greg's department...being from down under as he is.... :)


    ..as far as my gym manager...he just so happens to be an avid LFC supporter....:) he gave me a month free membership when he found out I was too...... :)

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  119. let him start training with the first team ....at least give Jordan Ibe a run for his money!

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  120. Thank you, although I think Craven is a bit more risqué

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  121. Don't think so, but haven't seen all that much...

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  122. Ghost of Suarez8:44 pm, July 03, 2015

    I take issue a bit with your indignation regarding our incessant'

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  123. He was happy with Firmino at least. But he was desperate to convince us that it would never happen, and then once it was official he said f*** all about it.

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  124. Jaimie you're getting a bit ridiculous. It is an underwhelming signing, but for f***'s sake, it wasn't really meant to excite LFC fans anyway. Had Liverpool paraded him around like with Firmino and Clyne, then you would have a point. But they didn't.

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  125. He seems to like JFM and probably would want us to do whatever it takes to keep the Merc.

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  126. His indignation is purely a way to generate responses. No one cane be so short sighted with regards to signing young players.

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  127. Of course. Just like Sterling and Ibe.

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