Thanks to @Fan_of_LFC for this piece!
Liverpool still have 9 games to go in this season and although there is no silverware to play for, the goal of reaching the top 4 and bringing Champions League Football back to Anfield is still on. That said, it has not deterred the rumour mill from throwing names about left right and centre. I’m not naïve and don’t think, like the Football Manager game, that transfers only start when the window is open. The club will be identifying targets for whether we get Champions League, Europa League or no European football. If you fancy us to finish in the top four, check out onlinebettingoffers.com. This uncertainty will clearly affect when we will be able to actively pursue certain targets.
While others, namely Chelsea and Manchester City, will be able to actively pursue recognised stars and get the jump on Liverpool, fans need to remain patient. While we cannot offer Champions League football to attract targets with certainty at this stage, we will hopefully be able to come the latter part of the season.
You’ve read names like Lacazette, Aubameyang and James Rodriguez linked with us whether it be on Twitter, media or forums. All designed to give hope where there may not be any actual interest. All those players will cost upwards of 50 million pounds and are all mentioned to stir up interest by whetting the appetite of fans who would love to see these players at our beloved club. Be aware though that all of these links have come with the same get out of jail free card for the person / outlet who mentioned them: Champions League Football. We are said to be interested (only) if we get Champions League Football and should we not, then the names change and the person / outlet who mentioned them has their first of many ready excuses to use.
With regards to outgoings, Sturridge has been linked with an exit for a while now and it will come as no surprise if that happens. Origi is one of the latest players linked with a move away. But the one which is gathering pace is Coutinho to Barcelona. How much truth in that is yet to be seen. He’s settled at Liverpool where he has found a home, regular football and, until the injury, eye catching form which has drawn both plaudits and attention. Unlike Suarez and Sterling he has done nothing which suggests he wants a move away from Liverpool. He has been seen with his friends Suarez and Neymar while on international duty which has started tongues wagging and seemed like enough of a tenuous link in which to fill the tabloid white spaces, though. Maybe there is something there and the draw of linking up with friends in one of the biggest clubs in the world might be too much to turn down, eventually. But gossip and fear have made this a story to read and a conversation to have.
I’m not saying don’t dream as top players will not sign for our club. Or don’t worry as Coutinho will remain a Liverpool player next season. What I am saying is allow yourself to dream but don’t get caught up by those who are chasing attention, likes, followers or just want to fill white space. Be patient as league position will have some bearing on the players we could attract. Believe in the manager who can identify and attract players we never thought would shine as bright as they do. We can have no impact on which players we are after, but we can have an impact on the 9 games left to play. Take your support, your heart, your belief and your voices with you when you watch Liverpool next. Let’s help bring Champions League football back to ground and fans which have had so many memorable nights in the competition. Let the rest sort itself out.
Come on Red Men.