14 Dec 2013

No Regrets: €10m star explains why rejecting LFC transfer was 'the right decision'.

As is seemingly the custom these days, the majority of Liverpool's transfer targets seem to end up at Tottenham Hotspur, as evidenced once (again) over the summer, with both Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue choosing London over Merseyside. Neither player has ever explicitly confirmed that the Reds were interested, but now, Capoue has admitted that he could've joined LFC.

According to The Telegraph today:

"Tottenham Hotspur's Etienne Capoue could have joined Liverpool in 2011.

"Capoue signed for Spurs from Toulouse this summer but was wanted by Liverpool back in 2011. He had been on the Reds’ radar for a couple of years, but decided to stay in France"

When asked about the alleged Liverpool move this week, the 25-year old defensive midfielder provided two reasons for turning down a move to Anfield. He explained:

“I think it was the right decision [to reject LFC]. I knew English clubs were interested in me, but one reason why I didn’t come earlier was because the chairman didn’t agree and the other reason was that I wasn’t really ready for the Premier League".

Liverpool were also linked with Capoue during the latter stages of Rafa Benitez's reign, and at the time, he revealed his ambition to move to the Premier League. He told SkySports:

"It is good to be linked with prestigious clubs, but I have only just started in the top division in France and I need to prove myself before moving abroad. I do like English football, I watch it a lot, and maybe one day I will play there, who knows?"

In a summer of grossly inflated transfer fees, €10m for Capoue represented a massive bargain for Spurs, and with Liverpool arguably needing - and STILL needing - cover/competition for Lucas, it's a mystery why the Reds didn't push hard to sign the France international. Indeed, I suspect most LFC fans would've preferred €10m on Capoue over €9m on Iago Aspas.

Like most of Spurs' summer signings, Capoue is taking a while to settle into the Premier League, and AVB is so concerned with the midfielder's consistency that he admitted this week that he had to 'talk' to Capoue in order to try and 'get him back on track'. He told reporters:

"Etienne deserves credit because he was looking for a performance like that [against Sunderland] and he gave it over the 90 minutes. We spoke to him during the week, we all want him to succeed here and great performances like that mean he's back on track."

Let's hope Capoue derails again this weekend ;-)

Defensive midfielder seems to be back on the Agenda for Liverpool at the moment, with speculation rising again about a possible move for Mohamed Diame, who has an enticing buyout clause set at £3.5m. Either player would (IMO) to a good job for the Reds, but who of the two is more suited to Brendan Rodgers' style of football?



  1. Who are we barracking for today fellas? 'Man city bitch' or the arseholes?

  2. x would be perfect, they will both be in the top4 at the end of the season!

  3. Since Aguero has gone off injured City have not been the same. If his injury is bad then that is music to LFC's ears!

  4. hard to say somebodys harm is good for us - but yes you´re right! Ofc i hope he is on the training ground again - the day after our match - to trash all the other teams :)

  5. I'd love a draw but it ain't gonna happen. City is parked in front of the Arsenal goal and teeing off with regularity.

  6. I never once heard us linked to this muppet, he is garbage and will pay CB tomorrow. He is a nightmare in that position, Spurs have injuries at CB so Liverpool can get some joy there. Does anyone remember hearing this guys name until he went to Spurs???

  7. Yes I did - he's a decent physical player but he will take time to adapt IMO ...

  8. Apparently the Spurs fans are worried about him playing CB, Luis will be very interested to know this guy is playing there!!!.

  9. That's good because he isn't a cb - it's always bad for players when they have to play absolutely out of position, ask aspas/borini/sahin ;)

  10. Good player, will come good! Hopefully Diame comes in Jan for that creativity & solidity!

  11. Yes - the guy has been well known since he took over the holding midfielder position at Toulouse from Sissoko (when Sissoko started playing a more attacking role), and was most commonly linked to a big money move to Arsenal.

    The guy is a quality DM and would definitely have been a first teamer for us imo.

  12. I remain convinced that City and Arsenal will be the top two teams in the league this year, so am not overly concerned about them.

    It's Chelsea, Everton, Spurs et al that I look to for dropped points as they're the ones that we need to keep ahead in order to earn a Top 4 place...

  13. I've only watched him twice and he lost his temper both times. One was a yellow card and the other should have been. I think those qualities are in fact liabilities and we should pass on him.

  14. How exactly does a player specifically reject Liverpool when he didn't know they were interested?