Thursday Jul 3Posted by: James Nelson  Comments Off

The Qualities Lallana Brings to LFC

It took some getting there, but Adam Lallana is finally a Liverpool player. It was never really a secret that he was one of the top targets on Brendan Rodgers’ hit list this summer; even with links to the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Alexis Sanchez, we seemed absolutely determined to land the former Southampton captain, making an initial move for him before last season had even ended.

£25 million is a high price tag, and when compared with other players in that bracket I can see why certain question marks are being raised. But while the cost of a player is mainly down to his ability, it also depends on how unique the player in question is. And Southampton knew that they held a wildcard. A type of player of who there are so few of in world football, that we would struggle to find what we were looking for elsewhere. There would be no shortage of players with better goals or assists ratings, but in Lallana we had identified a missing piece to our puzzle, and Southampton knew that full well.

In Adam Lallana, we have landed a player who can not only slot seamlessly into our system, but also do so in three or four different roles within that system. His pace, creativity, and end product will mean he should have no problem fitting into the quick, attacking football style we played last season. But he also has an unrivalled ability to keep hold of the ball, particularly in advanced positions, which is a trait we occasionally lacked last year when coming up against teams who like to sit back and defend. One particular example from late last season springs to mind.

Having a player like this on the field will allow us to always have a player available to pass to, who we know we can trust on the ball even if there are two or three defenders close to him. He seems to thrive on drawing defenders close to him, only to trick himself out of the tackle. And his flair and spark means he always seems to see an opportunity to create an attack, rather than just passing backwards in fear of giving the ball away. For all his improvements last season, Raheem Sterling is a player who needs a little bit more room to work with, preferring to use an explosive, burst of pace style dribbling. Having Lallana on the pitch and training with him can only improve the young England International’s development too.

Another of Lallana’s distinctive qualities is how two-footed he is. He is so unpredictable, as not only is he equally as strong on his left foot as his preferred right, but he also has the intelligence to utilise this effectively and bamboozle the defenders by mixing it up and cutting inside or pulling wide as the situation dictates. He can be as much of an out-and-out winger or inside forward as he, or Brendan Rodgers, chooses.

If he is used as a centre midfielder, he bears similarities to how we’ve been operating with Philippe Coutinho; a natural playmaker starting from a deep position, allowed to start attacks with long, defence-splitting passes, or dribble the ball forward themselves and look for an opening. The Brazilian excelled in this role in the latter half of the season, having struggled slightly in the number 10 role when defenders learned not to give him a second on the ball. Playing in centre midfield does mean more defensive responsibilities, but Coutinho surprised everyone with his work rate when asked to do this, and Lallana is similarly an ‘all about the team’ player.

I can’t deny the reservations I have if the £25 million spent on him means we have missed out on signing Xherdan Shaqiri or Alexis Sanchez. Those are two players who I feel could really take us to the next level, and if Adam Lallana turns out to be our big, marquee signing this summer, I won’t be able to help but feel that we’d missed a trick. But with Luis Suarez looking like he is on his way out, we’re sure to have one or two big signings lined up, and the money to bring them in with. Until then, we’re safe in the knowledge that our squad has improved with the acquisition of one unique, supremely talented Englishman.

 

By James Nelson (@_James_Nelson_)

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”.