After last season’s poor defensive record Liverpool have finally signed a CB in the form of Dejan Lovren from Southampton for 20 million quid and Chris sounds happy for a change!
Reports have surfaced in the last few hours that Loic Remy’s proposed £8.5m move to Liverpool from QPR has collapsed. Early impressions are that this was due to the medical.
Following some digging, it seems likely that the 27 year-old’s issue stems from a Cardiac condition that was discovered back in 2010 when the Striker moved from Nice to Olympique Marseille. According to French site Mercato Eurosport that move almost fell through due to this condition. The report goes on to say that Remy considered quitting top-flight football. Only for some further tests and a year of medication to get his career back on track.
Personally, I think the club may have made a wrong decision. He was fit enough to go to the World Cup so I believe he should be fit enough to play. Still it’s Liverpool’s call and they decided it’s a big fat “NO”. So, as the old saying goes, the king is dead, long live the king. Perhaps Brendan Rodgers will rekindle his interest in Swansea’s Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony. The 25 year-old striker is probably a better bet and, from what we saw of Bony last season, I think he’d be a more than capable replacement for the Frenchman. Can a deal be agreed? We’ll have to wait and see. At £19m he’s far pricier than Remy. Although at £8.5m for a player of Remy’s quality? It’s no surprise this has come up: If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
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Kristoffer Peterson, arguably the stand out performer of Liverpool’s pre-season so far talks exclusively to Redmen TV about the dedication required to play at Liverpool, scoring goals and the age old FIFA/Pro Evo question.
By Luke Terry
So we are now three and a half weeks until the reds begin their new premier league campaign, with the team starting to shape up for the forthcoming season. The argument continues as to whether the reds are a stronger force this year without their star man in Luis Suarez. One thing that Brendan Rodgers does have at his disposal is options. Building a bigger squad to compete and challenge in all four competitions has clearly been the target this year. When you look back to the squad that was picked for the first game of the season against Stoke City last year, the substitute’s bench consisted of Brad Jones, Andre Wisdom, Luis Alberto, Joe Allen, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Ibe and Fabio Borini (all of which were one year younger with a year’s less experience), with Iago Aspas leading the line in the stating eleven. Fast forward a year and there will be plenty of options for Rogers if he wants to make a substitution that can have a big impact on the game. With the signings of Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Ricky Lambert and 3 or 4 other imminent arrivals. How do you fit them into the game on the 17th August 2014 versus Southampton at Anfield? This does create a problem, but a problem Brendan Rogers will enjoy having with more quality and options in his squad this year.
On top of all of this many of the signings and current squad can all play numerous amounts of positions. Therefore should Rodgers want to start the game with a 4-3-3 formation, then change to a 4-4-2 diamond shape, this would be possible without having to necessarily make a substitution.
As a reds fan I’m sure you will all agree that we are all excited and counting down the kick off of our new campaign. Whichever players are on the field come kick off against Southampton we will be confident they can get the three points and start the season with a bang. In Brendan we trust.
Liverpool were beaten by a last minute deflected goal from Marco Borrielo in a drab pre-season friendly at Fenway Park. Despite a much improved 2nd half performance from the likes of Coutinho, Lambert and Emre Can, the reds couldn’t make the break through needed.