7 Apr 2015

New Target: BR in secret transfer trip to watch 'unbelievable' £10m star

Liverpool are reportedly considering a summer move for Leeds United wing-back Sam Byram, who is also being chased by Southampton.

According to reports today:

* Brendan Rodgers has allegedly sent scouts to watch Byram six times this season.

* Rodgers undertook a secret scouting mission last month to personally watch the 21-year old in action.

* Leeds president Massimo Cellino values Byram in the £10m range.

Some info about Byram:

* Can play right back, RWB, and right midfield.
* Started as a midfielder but now plays predominantly at RB.
* 113 apps for Leeds United (7 goals)
* 2013: Named 'Player of the Year' by the Yorkshire post.
* 2013: Leeds United Supporters' Club player of the year
* 2013: Called up to the England U20 squad.

* Rates Aaron Lennon as the toughest opponent he has faced, explaining that his 'stupidly fast' change of direction caused him more problems than Gareth Bale.

* Definitely wants to play in the Premier League. In a recent interview, he told reporters: "I'm looking to improve, to physically get stronger and faster, and being in the Premier League...would be the dream."

* Leeds boss Neil Redfearn claims Byram is comparable to Gareth Bale. Last season, he told the Yorkshire Post: "He [Byram] has unbelievable ability. I remember Gareth Bale coming onto the scene and looking like something similar. Sam has got that sort of ability"

Urgh. More totally unhelpful overpraise. But I digress...

If Rodgers is planning to stick with 343 for the foreseeable future, then it makes sense to bring in dedicated wing-backs (or players capable of excelling in that position), but £10m for a Championship defender with zero Premier League experience? No thanks.

That said, Manchester United paid a ridiculous £28m fee for Luke Shaw, so £10m for Byram is chicken-feed in comparison. The youngster also appears to have the right attitude to personal development, insisting that it's 'better to be over-critical than brush mistakes aside', which (IMO) is the right mental approach for a footballer.

Of Liverpool's current full-back, Jon Flanagan is arguable the most solid, with Johnson, Moreno, and Manquillo eminently expendable.

Worth a bid?



  1. As long as he's an upgrade on Johnson in will be happy.

    Ps Moreno need to step up, been playing quite average recently.

  2. Funny you should mention those two players together; lately I've been struggling to shake the feeling that Moreno may be the new Johnson. Perhaps they could be related?

  3. Maybe they're both half-Jamaican. Do they have fond memories of Africa?

  4. With no CL next year, without any TOP international players , a manager that cannot pull any TOP players , and owners that wont pay TOP wages .
    No top players will be coming to Liverpool .

    So maybe this is the BEST we can do !!

  5. He is a good player but not close to bale in any way would snap there hand off at anything over 8 mill

  6. Now, my geography isn't so good - is that the Africa situated in Canada, Outer Hebrides? Where's man-Atlas, Code when you need him?

  7. Well I guess it wasn't so secretive after all

  8. I think this joke is going to stand the test of time

  9. Just read that Jon Flanagan has also just turned down his new contract Sterling ,Henderson and now Flanagan, What is it with these Englishmen ?

  10. I'm pretty sure South America and Africa are the same thing though. Maybe Brazilian.

  11. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:32 pm, April 07, 2015


    This side looks disgusting
    and more likely then not to be our first xi next season

  12. Legend has it that once Africa was America and vice versa. So, in a way we are lucky to have the Code to informs us ignorant people. NOT!

  13. Oh I bet it will! I'm afraid its only started,..

  14. I'd say that's probably not that likely..just because some paper links us to a player th at doesn't mean we have actually signed them. .

  15. How is Ings any more likely than Vietto? Milner than Konoplyanka? Byram than Montoya? Berahino hasn't even been linked...

    They are rumors. LFC is an English team, so it makes sense that we'll have more English rumors. Don't go around spreading panic :P

  16. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:40 pm, April 07, 2015

    Forgot to add Will Hughes and Nathan Redmond

  17. And I forgot Nainggolan and Depay.

  18. If Liverpool is an English team ,please get your fellow countrymen to SIGN their contracts

  19. Where is that guy, his name escapes me who always posts the players and their ages?

    Have not seen him in a while.

  20. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:44 pm, April 07, 2015

    Liverpools summer plan:

    in Berahino 14m
    Ings free
    Redmond 8m
    Hughes 15m
    Milner free
    Delph 20m
    Bryam 12m
    Gibson 10m

    total 79m
    ......Out : Sterling 34m , Balotelli 7m , Borini 5m , Lucas 6m Lambert 3m
    total : 55m

    fsg will spend their anaual net spend of 20-30m

  21. Twistadee something or other. We're due for a team clearout comment anyway.

  22. Sturridge and Sterling are not gonna be happy with this line-up, cause frankly its racist to their continent.

  23. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:45 pm, April 07, 2015


  24. What happened to your account? Shamsy, right? Wouldn't it just be easier to edit this into the one below?

  25. Liverpool's summer plan under Rodgers right?

  26. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:46 pm, April 07, 2015

    Sturridge will be dropped on current form

    while Sterling will most likley finance it

    because we all know

  27. FSG don't spend unless they think it's worth it... which it isn't most of the time, but that's beside the point.

  28. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:48 pm, April 07, 2015

    Whoever you want to blame

    FSG sure wont mind paying their 10k to 60k wages
    maybe milner will earn a bit more

  29. He's on a horse. Duh.

  30. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:50 pm, April 07, 2015

    unfortunately i am on Liverpool fc

    it is so fustrating supporting us

    but you have to once you are a red you always will be

  31. Chelsea have spent money that was made up fro selling other players for the last two seasons due to having to comply to FFP. Player sales +- £170 and that is what they will keep on doing from now on.

  32. ^^ I wish ;(
    Remember all the plastics that left with Torres? Sad, sad day.

  33. Are you for real?

  34. Of course not. He forgot Andy Carroll.

  35. And that is why they were willing to sign Sanchez who would have most likely been our highest earner if he did sign?

  36. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:52 pm, April 07, 2015

    Chelsea sell their rejects
    eg David Luiz,Lukaku aand Mata

    Liverpool sell
    Suarez,Torres and Raheem sterling

    what you are saying is equivalent of selling Borini for maybe 20m
    that si what chelski do sell their rejects for big prices

    they ahve not sold Hazard, Oscar ,Costa, Terry

  37. Torres and suarez clearly wanted to leave.what did you want them to do?

  38. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:53 pm, April 07, 2015

    We most likley offered him 130k
    he earns 120k at Arsenal

    but if we offered
    280k a week same as Rooney,Van persie and Falcao

    he would be an lfc player right now

  39. Well we won't be blaming Rafa. Apparently West Ham are keen on him.

  40. Why would we offer him 280K a week? There's a reason people think Man Utd are overpaying for players right now.

  41. Its so odd though he loves horses.

  42. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:55 pm, April 07, 2015

    Joe Allen

    prove me right

  43. Lovren isn't English. Neither is Allen for that matter, but a bit closer.

  44. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:56 pm, April 07, 2015

    We would have won league

    yes won the league

    with him

    the difference is 80m

    it would ahve been worth paying him whatever he wants

  45. Chelsea sell rejetcs?

    Mata a reject? Lukaku? Bertrand? Ba? De Bruyne? Schürrle?

    These are all players that surely would have improved us? But best thing about it all is they replaced all these players with others with the same quality or better.

  46. Don't you spot the difference? of course not.

  47. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:57 pm, April 07, 2015

    I meant pl based players
    from small teams

    you may see

    a 40m bid for Saido Mane

  48. I'm not sure you understand how these things work...

  49. Let them have him!

  50. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:58 pm, April 07, 2015

    Mata was not getting a game

    was Mourinhos first 3
    de Bruyne played 2 games

    they are rejects if they cannot get into they team

  51. I highly doubt Sanchez had any interest in LFC.

  52. he thinks Scotland is England. Obviously not met JK.

  53. Well, Johnson can't be Brazilian - he's not tidy enough in the box...ba-dum-ch.

  54. Well, Allen is Welsh, but yeah ;)

  55. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:00 pm, April 07, 2015

    Money talks look at city and psg even monocco

    if he could earn double
    he would play at west ham or even newcastle

    why would any sane person reject what you could earn in 4 years at arsenal compared 2 years at liverpool

  56. So... you're saying the solution is to only buy from big teams in foreign leagues?

    Look, I want a marquee name as much as anyone, but that's nuts. Hazard was a big name player at a relatively smaller team before he moved. So was Neymar. So was Bale (comparing Real to Spurs). Buying the really good players from smaller teams (like, say Carvalho, or perhaps Lacazette) is more effective than taking Big Team rejects.

  57. From what I understand it was purely down to Location. London > Liverpool. Paris and Monaco are hugely popular destinations for celebs and normal people alike. If you had to choose between Monaco and a maybe a slightly larger club, I'd still go with Monaco if they could guarantee success (which they proved the could to an extent).

  58. Or maybe there was no place for them.

    Give me Mata over Lallana any day of the week.

    De Bruyne over Markovic any day of the week.

    Schürrle over Lambert any day of the week.

    Hell, I would take Lukaku who I am not a masssive fan of over Balotelli.

    Every single player I have mentioned will improve LFC. How can they be rejects?

  59. Horse tranquilisers maybe

  60. I'm sure your prefer winning the title and sinking the club along the way....

  61. Are you sure? I thought I saw him on the field vs. Germany...

  62. Mate, Sanchez called Wenger a world renowned manager.

    Wonder what he would have had to say about Brendan who?

  63. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:07 pm, April 07, 2015

    since when is lyon small?

    they won more leagues then Liverpool in last ten years

  64. Mmm... no it doesn't. Logical fallacy.

  65. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:08 pm, April 07, 2015

    Success also brings money

    more tv money
    more shirt sale
    more cl money
    More lucrative sponsors

    it is a 2 way street

  66. By Gibson, do you mean Darren Gibson - the Everton player who used to play for Man Utd.

  67. Logical fallacy? don't tell me he's English

  68. What is your plan in case we came short Mr Bean?

  69. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:09 pm, April 07, 2015

    Liverpools manager does not really need a name

    same as Barca,Bayern,Real Madrid

  70. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:10 pm, April 07, 2015

    wow you are sniping

  71. Sporting Lisbon and Lyon are pretty big clubs in Europe my friend and have pretty vast histories. Also, buying big team rejects has been actually pretty profitable for us in the past - we signed Sturridge and Coutinho from pretty big clubs

  72. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:12 pm, April 07, 2015

    yes but for chelseas standards they are rejects

    for chelsea they are rejects
    for us they are MVPS

    same as Rooney for Real Madrid he is just another player
    for man u he is the closest thing to god

    Standards mate

  73. Nah Seriously, what if we do got trapped into FFP?

  74. No, he meant the Championship player from recent articles I guess.

  75. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:14 pm, April 07, 2015

    Like City did ?
    What is the worse that happen?

    a 50m fine
    okay that is 15m more then Carroll

    and three players less in the cl squad

    And romor has it City will spend upwards of 200m this summer to replace their old players

    we might not have money like city but they showed ffp is pretty leniant

    there would be no big sanctions because lfc would take it to court and win

  76. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:15 pm, April 07, 2015

    is smoke in mirrors

  77. What?

    Just because Alonso was sold by Rafa does not make him a reject. The fact that Rafa felt he needed to replace Alonso with Gareth Barry is for another discussion.

  78. Do we have 200mn?
    I mean for a club like City a 50 m fine is okay. For us it means 2 transfer windows without finances.

  79. Nail hit on the head.

  80. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:18 pm, April 07, 2015

    Alonso was a player Rafa thought would not help him

    same as Mata was a palyer that Mourinho thought would not improve the team

    while Torres and Suarze play went through him
    they were the team

    chelsea are selling players they dont need
    while fsg are selling players taht are the team

    see teh differnce?

  81. Hey, stop trying to do JK's job for him

  82. They don't have names?

  83. Barry is a palyer Rafa though was a suitable replacement for Alonso.

    Suarez got himself banned how many times to speed up his exit out of Anfield?

    Torres handed in a transfer request and we made Chelsea pay us for a player who has failed miserable after he left and was pants in his last season with us too.

  84. Barry is a palyer Rafa though was a suitable replacement for Alonso.

    Suarez got himself banned how many times to speed up his exit out of Anfield?

    Torres handed in a transfer request and we made Chelsea pay us for a player who has failed miserable after he left and was terrible in his last season with us too.

  85. That makes Sterling's nationality


  86. FSG will pay top wages to the right players i.e. Sanchez if we had signed him.

    We need a figure who can pull top players otherwise we have no chance of signing top players.

  87. As a LUFC supporter, I'd say 10 million was a bargain. He's Paul Reaney plus goals.

  88. Wow that takes me back

  89. Yes, but compared to Real or Barca? That was more of my point. If we could get them, that's good business.