9 Mar 2014

'Big talent': Lawro hails £8m star LFC tried to sign last summer. Replace Johnson...?

Last summer, Liverpool were linked with a move for Leeds United right-back Sam Byram, and with Glen Johnson's Anfield future far from guaranteed, Reds legend Mark Lawrenson believes that the 20-year old's career could take-off in 2014.

In May 2013, The Mirror claimed:

"[Brendan] Rodgers wants right-back Sam Byram from Championship side Leeds.

"The Yorkshire club have resigned themselves to losing the talented 19-year-old - also a target for Everton".

Speaking to The Mirror this week, Lawro enthused:

"Sam Byram is a big talent. He has already attracted the attention of the big clubs, and has the potential to make it to international level if he keeps his head straight"

When asked recently about a possible move to the Premier League, £8m-rated Byram told reporters:

“It’s nice to hear that Premier League clubs are interested in me, just because it shows that I’m doing a good job here, but personally I’ve really enjoyed playing at Elland Road.”

Leeds boss Brian McDermott believes that Byram has all the qualities required to become a 'top player'. He told the Yorkshire Evening Post last year:

"What strikes me is his [Byram's] character, personality and mentality. He has the great mix of talent, work-rate and the hunger to get better [which] gives him a major chance of being a top player.”

Byram is only 20, but he's racked up FIVE player of the year awards already:

* Yorkshire Evening Post Player of The Year: 2012/13
* Leeds United Supporters Club Player of the Year: 2012/2013
* Leeds United Players' Player of the Year: 2012/2013
* Leeds United Young Player of the Year: 2012/2013
* Leeds United Fans Player of the Year: 2012/2013

It seems that 2012-13 was a banner year for Byram, who has made 73 appearances for Leeds United since making his debut in 2012.

As noted above, Rodgers allegedly wanted Byram last summer, and with Liverpool's full-back situation currently in transition, there's every chance the Reds could go back in for the youngster during the upcoming transfer window.

Viable target for LFC?



  1. He's not even getting into a weak Leeds team at the moment he cannot be that special!?

  2. I don't think we should sign any player who ages 3 years every year.

  3. No, it's not. You are another person who is seemingly incapable of comprehending simple concepts. Read the article again (properly this time), and you will see that I've used the stat comparison to argue that Sterling deserves the label of 'star of the last few months' MORE than Henderson.

    Why is this so hard to understand?

  4. What about Will Hughes? We were heavily linked to him, the rumours have faded now.

  5. Hughes is a MF...this is about a right back. If he's fast, strong, good on the ball and smart we should get him.

  6. I like Byram, seen him quite a bit. He can also play further up on the right too. I'd be happy for this one to go through, I'd like to see the club extend its British core.

  7. To me it's far too limited a measure of his impact on the team to only look at goals and assists. One thing to check for Henderson is key passes. It's a difficult statistic to make sense of because it doesn't always lead to goals, but just shots on goal. On that particular stat he's only outdone by Gerrard and Suarez. He's well in excess of Sterling who plays in a more advanced role. He also make more tackles, more passes overall and has more key defensive actions in a game. If we're going to call him a "box to box midfielder" then all of his attributes need to be brought into consideration. Sure, Sterling gives slightly better output in terms of the ball getting into the net but none of that happens without all the other work that has to be done. Sterling scores nothing and has zero assists if Henderson isn't doing his job, making tackles, winning possession and controlling the play in the lead up. They have both improved their game immensely but I see no clear evidence that Sterling is ahead overall.

  8. I'd hate to see him leave but he is definitely good enough for Liverpool, dont read too much into him being out of the side he's had an injury and we're in no rush to get him back to shore up our mid table shenanigans.

  9. Looks a good player I have no problem with him being at LFC. I can't see him replacing Johnson but definitely a good under study with

  10. I agree about Will Hughes to slow for me, good but reminds me of an Alberto. Yes good finish also.

  11. why go for another right back when we have so many who can play there..johnson, flannagan, kelly, wisdom? its a left back that we need

  12. never heard of him making any big news...we just need one proven quality leftback...with us back in the champions league , it wont be difficult for us to attract big names signing again.

  13. I'd hate to lose him but he has massive potential - been injured for much of the season and as a real talent doesn't fit into our hoofball mentality!

  14. B Rodgers should spend £7-£9m on signing N Clyne(23) Of Southampton, he is the successor to G Johnson(29). He is better defender than attacker, but has pace, speed and gets up and down pitch very well

  15. You compared their contribution to our play, but Henderson contributes in a different manner.

  16. Hendersen will be the next captain of LFC