Thursday Jul 3Posted by: Michael Cage  Comments Off

Can France, Belgium and Colombia cause upsets?

France’s Mamadou Sakho remains Liverpool’s only player in the 2014 World Cup. His nations faces Germany in the first quarter-final on Friday before the rest of the big teams are in action – Brazil, Argentina and the Netherlands. Here is a look at how we think Sakho and co will fare.

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Wednesday Jul 2Posted by: Jamie Mclaughlin  Comments Off

Lallana Signing Is A Clever Move By Liverpool

Lallana Signing Is A Clever Move By Liverpool

 

Liverpool finally sealed a deal with Southampton for their captain Adam Lallana after lengthy negotiations between the two clubs. It looked like the Anfield club were not going to be held to ransom in regards to Southampton’s valuation of their playmaker but this week’s news that the England international will finally pulling on a Red shirt is exciting for the supporters.

 

Lallana follows his Southampton team-mate Rickie Lambert to Anfield, who signed earlier this summer and both players see the move to Anfield as their ‘dream’ move.

 

Lallana will give Brendan Rodgers plenty of attacking options and is a creative player that will fit right into the way the Liverpool manager likes his team to play.

 

The Reds’ new signing can play just behind the striker and also in wide positions and I can see him even play in a central role in midfield because he is so talented and versatile.

 

Lallana has a good work ethic and is very much a team player but he has that individual brilliance that can beat a defender too. He always shows for the ball and is always looking to make things happen in the attacking third and he is a player that Liverpool supporters will appreciate.

 

Lallana has made the move at the right time in his career with his experience at Southampton and England and the price-tag and the move to a club like Liverpool won’t phase him and the move is an exciting one for both club and player, and there could be more new arrivals soon at Anfield.

 

 

Wednesday Jul 2Posted by: Alex Sales  Comments Off

Luis Suarez is off ? (Rumour Mill) (@BeastTimeVIP)

I’ve heard all the rumours about Luis Suarez and needed to discuss

Here’s my opinion on Luis Suarez and do you want him to stay at LFC ?

VIDEO LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTjihl7UbmM&list=UU8SeyAdngjDeVeawp9V9mpg&feature=share&index=2

Tuesday Jul 1Posted by: Eric Teo  Comments Off

This summer transfer window

The 2014 FIFA World Cup™ is currently in full swing. And since my country is not, and probably will never be, represented in this supposed premier football competition, I fell asleep in the few times I tried watching the matches.

The truth is, nothing quite excites me as Liverpool football does. The pride swelling inside of me when I hear Anfield sings YNWA in unison, the roller-coaster ride we experienced last season, and the annual disappointment of not winning the only title that counts. These sensations are not always hunky dory but they sure are always exciting. But alas, the World Cup still has some legs to run and I might have to wait just a wee bit more before we can get back to more entertaining matters, i.e. the 2014 summer transfer window.

In the meanwhile, we can always indulge in a little fantasy, a little Football Manager. Back in early June, I took a look at our squad from 2013-14, added six realistic targets who were linked to our club, and gave some of my personal views. I asked around my friends, albeit fellow Reds, and the verdict was the squad should at least keep us in top-four. Here goes…

Position Player Remarks
22 GK Simon Mignolet Need to handle crosses better; great shot-stopper
1 GK Brad Jones No fuss backup
2 DR Glen Johnson Extremely overrated but still a serviceable squad player
38 DR Jon Flanagan Still has some flaws in his game but should start as XI
? DL *Alberto Moreno £16m – We seem to have hit a brick wall in this pursuit
3 DL José Enrique It is about time he gets back to action
5 DC Daniel Agger Elegant but weak; still our vice-captain
17 DC Mamadou Sakho Has to improve his passing, especially when under pressure
37 DC Martin Škrtel Strong but error-prone
? DC *Dejan Lovren £10m – Not much news on this front
8 DMC Steven Gerrard Hope he can maintain last season’s standard of play
21 DMC Lucas Leiva Does not seem like someone who will complain
14 MC Jordan Henderson Please continue to improve, especially your shooting
? MC *Xherdan Shaqiri £15m – Could be the marquee signing this window
? MC *Emre Can £10m – Hope he can contribute significantly next season
24 MC Joe Allen His confidence is coming back
? AMC *Adam Lallana £25m – Possibly the most Rodgers-like player in the league
10 AMC Philippe Coutinho Amazing talent; needs to improve shooting
31 AMC Raheem Sterling Probably overrated, unless he continues to improve
7 ST Luis Suárez World-class; need to stop biting
15 ST Daniel Sturridge Awesome; seems to have lost a bit of his shooting accuracy
? ST *Rickie Lambert £4m – 15 goals next season will be great

On top of having 22 players of decent or better quality in our squad, we have some fringe players who may yet come to the fore in the coming season:

Position Player Remarks
26 DC Tiago Ilori He should at least get a chance, no?
34 DC Martin Kelly Hope injuries have not crippled his career
47 DC Andre Wisdom One dimensional but could still be a useful squad player
6 AMC Luis Alberto Season-long loan to Malaga
30 AMC Suso Immense talent but could lack consistency
33 AMC Jordon Ibe Should become better than Sterling
53 AMC João Teixeira His cameo last season gave me much hope

Our defence is probably still suspect. But this squad is significantly deeper than what we had to make do with last season. We have already signed Lambert and Lallana, while Can’s signing should be finalised anytime now. The other three signings on my speculative squad list will likely be more difficult propositions. With our increased depth, we should be able to remain in the top-four, if not contend for the title yet again. Yes, I think it is possible for us to contend for the title again, despite the added Champions League fixtures and the fact that we probably punched above our weight last season.

On the other hand, some of our players no longer have a place in our squad. They are:

Position Player Remarks
4 DC Kolo Touré £0m – Nerves got the better of him
9 ST Iago Aspas £2m – Complete rubbish
11 AMC Oussama Assaidi £4m – We need better players than him now
16 DC Sebastián Coates £1m – Unlikely to come good
25 GK Pepe Reina £3m – Goodbye (letter)
29 ST Fabio Borini £9m – Big heart, but just not good enough
36 ST Samed Yeşil £1m – Where has he been?
49 DL Jack Robinson £0m – Wasted talent

Ideally, we should be able to raise another £20m from these sales. With the much talked about £60m transfer kitty that we now have as a result of qualifying for the group stage of the Champions League, the combined £80m war chest could be spent on the players added to my proposed squad list above. And the estimated cost, with a high margin of error, is coincidentally also £80m.

Please indulge me in this fantasy as I struggle through the dreaded offseason. The lack of football, or my kind of football, has no doubt driven me nuts. I cannot wait to see Lallana and Lambert combine for the winner against Southampton at Anfield! And I hope you feel the same too!

 

Tuesday Jul 1Posted by: Antoine Zammit  Comments Off

Redmen TV : Luis Suarez Apologises to Chiellini | Uncensored LFC Fan Reaction

Luis Suarez has finally issued a statement/apology which has been accepted by Giorgio Chiellini over the “bite incident”.

Monday Jun 30Posted by: Michael Cage  Comments Off

Sakho and Mignolet favourites to reach World Cup quarter-finals

The final four games of the second round take place in the next 48 hours before we are left with the final eight for the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil face Colombia and Netherlands take on Costa Rica in the two quarter-final matches that are already set up.

Monday sees France play Nigeria and Germany versus Algeria.

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho will be involved as France are favourites to beat the runners-up from Group F.

France are the clear favourites having picked up 7 points from their three group games – a 3-0 thrashing of Honduras, a 5-2 thrashing of Switzerland before resting players in a 0-0 draw with Ecuador.

Nigeria were held 0-0 by Iran before beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0. They finished their group with a 3-2 loss to Argentina.

France have the quality to to win this tie in 90 minutes.

France are 1.45 to beat Nigeria

In the second match on Monday, Germany are heavy favourites to progress from their tie with Algeria.

Germany were group winners with 7 points after beating both Portugal and USA to nil either side of a draw with Ghana.

Algeria’s 4-2 win over South Korea set them up to qualify which they confirmed with a 1-1 draw against Russia.

Expect the African side to play very defensive and look to play on the counter. But I’d expect Germany to get this tie won in 90 minutes and won comfortably.

Germany are 1.80 to lead at half-time/full-time

On Tuesday, Argentina continue their campaign against Switzerland after 3 wins in their group, all by a single goal.

France’s 5-2 thrashing of Switzerland will surely give the Argentina attack confident in breaking down the European side’s defence. Not that an attack containing Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín and Ángel di María should lack confidence.

Switzerland have looked decent on the attack in this tournament, scoring 7 goals themselves and should fancy their chances to get on the scoresheet against an Argentina defence that hasn’t overly impressed.

Still, the South Americans should win this.

Argentina are 1.50 to beat Switzerland

Another Liverpool player still in the 2014 World Cup is goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who plays backup to Thibaut Courtois.

Belgium play the final second round tie as they take on the USA.

Although Mignolet isn’t expected to feature, he should be able to enjoy watching his nation win from the substitutes bench.

Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku will have too much for the USA defence that has been tirelessly defending in their opening three matches.

Belgium to beat USA is 2.00

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