Wednesday Aug 31Posted by: Antoine Zammit  13 Comments »

Welcome back home Craig Bellamy [video]

Craig Bellamy is going for a medical to Melwood, he is likely returning on loan.
The Welsh international had originally left L.F.C. because money was need for the purchase of Fernando Torres.

Wednesday Aug 31Posted by: Ben Carr  1 Comment »

EOTKPodcast – Bolton (H) Transfer ins and outs (Free on iTunes)

Hello, Ben Carr and Cillian Cronin are back to bring you this weeks EOTK Podcast.

On this weeks show they discuss the 3-1 win at home to Bolton, the signing of Seb Coates and all the ins and outs of the last few days leading up to TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY.

Email in – EOTKPodcast@gmail.com your thoughts on the transfers done over the summer and we’ll read some of them out next time!

2 ways in which you can listen

1. Download free via Itunes here – http://tinyurl.com/EOTKPodcast

2. Listen via the host player at – http://www.EOTKPodcast.podbean.com

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you soon!

Ben – @DoctorBenjy on twitter

Sidenote: If you could rate the podcast on Itunes that’d be fantastic!

Wednesday Aug 31Posted by: Tonio Bone  21 Comments »

Who’s In, Who’s Out, Who’s Parked: Part 6!

In: SEBASTIAN COATES NION

Liverpool FC have confirmed the 6th capture of this exciting summer transfer window, just 24 hours before its closure, with the arrival of 20 year old Uruguayan international centre-back Sebastian ‘Luganito’ Coates (Co-at-es). The 6ft 6inch colossus arrives from Nacional for a reported Stg 7 million deal and has signed a long term contract on the same model adopted by the Reds with the other January and summer transfer acquisitions. The word is that Luis Suarez triggered this deal by speaking to the Liverpool management team about him and by giving the young lad an introduction which made him refuse advances from Man City and Atletico Madrid.
No more signings are predicted for this window, but then you never know…….!
Welcome aboard Sebastian!

Arrivals:
JORDAN HENDERSON – 20 YEARS – MIDFIELDER – (Sunderland) – Stg 20 million
CHARLIE ADAM – 25 YEARS – MIDFIELDER – (Blackpool) – Stg 8 million
DONI – 31 YEARS – GOALKEEPER – (AC Roma) – Free Transfer
STEWART DOWNING – 26 YEARS – WINGER – (A.Villa) – Stg 20 million
JOSE ENRIQUE – 25 YEARS – LEFT BACK – (Newcastle) – Stg 6 million
SEBASTIAN COATES – 20 YEARS – CENTRE BACK (Nacional) – Stg 7 million
Departures:
PAUL KONCHESKY – LEICESTER CITY – undisclosed
CHRIS MAVINGA – RENNES – Stg 1 million
MILAN JOVANOVIC – ANDERLECHT – free
TOM INCE – BLACKPOOL – undisclosed
DANIEL AYALA – NORWICH CITY – Stg 800,000
NABIL EL ZHAR – LEVANTE – released
SOTO KYRGIAKOS – WOLFSBURG – undisclosed
EMILIANO INSUA – SPORTING LISBON – undisclosed

Pending: CHRISTIAN POULSEN – EVIAN – undisclosed

Pending: DAVID NGOG – BOLTON – Stg 4 million

Out On Loan:
STEPHEN DARBY to ROCHDALE
PETER GULASCI to HULL CITY
MARTIN HANSEN to BRADFORD CITY
DANI PACHECO to RAYO VALLECANO
ALBERTO AQUILANI to AC MILAN

JOE COLE to LILLE (NOW CONFIRMED!)

 

Total Outlay:  + Stg 63 mil less Stg 1.8 mil and undisclosed amounts for players sold.
Notes:
– No speculation, only deals confirmed on LFC’s website are considered.
– Quantification of deal according to internet sources or Club statement.
– Updates, comments, rectifications, alerts are all appreciated.

Wednesday Aug 31Posted by: Antoine Zammit  2 Comments »

The Daily LFC: 31st August 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

Coates has joined LFC more…
(Welcome to Anfield) 

Comolli calls Coates the complete package more…
(Excellent)

Coates reveals that Suarez was instrumental more…
(Just can’t get enough)

Joe Cole is joining Lille on loan more…
(Joe Le Taxi)

Looking very likely that N’Gog is off to Bolton more…
(Good luck)

And Poulsen to Evian more…
(I heard that Perrier is making a rival bid) 

Gago has snubbed us more…
(What about Lady Gaga?) 

Stewart Downing can’t believe how big our fanbase is more…
(LOL)

Aldo talks about the squad strength more…
(Getting better)

The former striker talks on getting Bellamy back will be a no brainer more…
(Agree)

He was happy to see Henderson score his first LFC goal more…
(Great Stuff)

He also talks on how we have sympathy for Arsenal after all we have been through more…
(True) 

Lawro talks on how we got our Mojo back more…
(Ok Austin) 

Phil Neal however doesn’t believe that we can challenge for the title this season more…
(Difficult)

Seamus Coleman is being linked more…
(Don’t see this happening)

The reserves will face Swansea tonight more…
(Good luck) 

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Tuesday Aug 30Posted by: Antoine Zammit  7 Comments »

Luis Suarez welcomes fellow countryman to LFC

Luis Suarez posted on his Facebook and Twitter that Sebastian Coates had in fact joined LFC this evening.

luis suarez

@luis16suarezluis suarez
I want to welcome Coates, partner in the uruguayan team, friend and great player who just signed for Liverpool!…fb.me/12kRJ5cLu

:-) Luis Suarez does it all

Just can’t get enough.

Tuesday Aug 30Posted by: Tonio Bone  30 Comments »

John W Henry on the stadium issue!

The Liverpool FC website recently published an interview that John W Henry gave to the Telegraph. I have taken some excerpts from it with regards to the stadium issue. The Boss made some very interesting and intriguing statements and I have take the liberty to add some comments to them:

‘I had spent the previous day in Munich studying the Allianz Arena – a truly magnificent accomplishment by Bayern Munich.’
-Definitely John. But then again the building of the Allianz Arena not only had naming rights financial backing, it was meant to be shared by the two Munich clubs. This stadium has areas where the seats have a folding mechanism which boosts capacity to a total of 69,901. That’s 25,400 more seats than we have presently at Anfield, plus 106 executive boxes! How about that for extra revenue John?

‘I’ve seen a lot of talk recently about ground-sharing, but our position hasn’t changed. There’s no doubt that if a new stadium were to be built in Liverpool from a financial perspective – which is the major issue – a ground-share would be helpful for both clubs. But there doesn’t seem to be any support for that from Red or Blue fans – at all. So how could that ever happen?’
-It happen in Deutschland, but this will not happen on Merseyside. Money can build you the stadium but it cannot buy you love (four fab Liverpublians once wrote!). Don’t worry John, if the money isn’t there, we’ll stay at Anfield thank you very much!

‘We would love to expand Anfield, but there are enough local and regulatory issues to keep that avenue stalled for years with no assurances that once begun it would bear any fruit. If Anfield cannot be expanded a new stadium is a wonderful choice. But the fact is we already have 45,000 seats. If a new stadium is constructed with 60,000 seats you’ve spent an incredible sum of money to add just 15,000 seats. If the cost is £300m for an extra 15,000 seats, that doesn’t make any sense at all.’
-You’ve just been to Munich right. They spent around Euro 340 million on their stadium (in 2005) plus the State and City spent a further Euro 210 in redevelopment of the area and infrastructure. Now here is where the different culture kicks in: the Germans went for a ground-sharing solution (at the time), worked together and got the State and City to dig into their pockets as well. Spending Stg 300 million for 15,000 extra seats definitely does not make any sense: spending that mother-load of cash for 25,000 extra seats and 106 executive boxes perhaps does. The question is, would a 70,000 capacity stadium be too much for Liverpool?

‘Liverpool isn’t London; you can’t charge £1 million for a long-term club seat. And concession revenues per seat aren’t that much different at Emirates from Anfield. That’s why the search is on currently for a naming-rights partner. And that could very well happen.’
-LFC is a world-wide brand and finding a naming rights partner, for people with your connections, should not be an issue, even in the current economic trend. Such a deal would take at least a third off the financial burden of building a new stadium and those extra 25,000 seats (plus exec boxes) would not only allow more fans to see the Reds playing at home, but will boost our finances and ensure the financial stability for our club for years to come.

Don’t know about you guys, but I have a gut feeling the decision might sway towards a new stadium, at least that is the message I am getting from John W Henry!