Monday Jul 28Posted by: Guest Writer Comments Off
By Alex Sloane (By @sloaneaw)
The big summer cliché this year is ‘Liverpool are doing a Spurs aren’t they’. You will most likely hear this from Spurs fans themselves but also fans of all other top 6 clubs looking for something pessimistic to say about a club that has leaped frogged their own in the Premier League and are at last looking like challengers again.
This article goes through the reasons why Liverpool ARE NOT doing a Spurs this summer, so if you are (like me) bored of having this argument with people, just send them this link and say “read that and shut up”.
Let’s go back to May of this year when people were saying “fair enough you are back in the Champions League but you’re squad is too small to challenge in all competitions”. Skip forward to now and all you hear is how we now have too many players in the same positions. But if you look at the players we have; their ages, their roles, their current v potential ability you will see we are in a really good place to be competitive in all competitions.
Unlike Spurs we are not carrying out a massive overhaul of our first team, we are replacing one player, perhaps strengthening one or two other positions but on the whole adding depth to the squad. Suarez obviously leaves an empty space on the team sheet which needs filling but we also can’t deny that our defence let us down on occasions last year and a couple of new faces here would be positive. On the opening day of last season Spurs gave Premier League debuts to 4 new players; by the end of September 4 more players were involved in Premier League activity as well. That is 8 new players coming in during the opening stages of the season. First of all, they aren’t used to playing together, and secondly the team changed every week, how were they ever going to gain any consistency?
The next point is over the players themselves. None of Spurs’ signings had played in England before, it is a very different league to any other and a complete lack of experience isn’t great when you are depending on so much from the players. The senior players that Liverpool have signed and been linked with having experience of playing in England but also scoring goals here; Lallana, Lambert, Remy, Lovren and Rodriguez all proved it last year. The younger players have time to get used to life over here as there isn’t a rush for them to prove themselves; they were bought for the future. In Spurs’ defence Lamela is also one for the future and I’m sure he will do better this season.
Finally, I will go back to what I touched on at the start; we are set up well in all competitions. Spurs bought a mass of players and tried to shoehorn them into the team, it didn’t work. Other than Lamela they didn’t consider the future, just the present. The younger players that have come in and been rumoured, such as; Markovic, Gaitan and Origi will get exposure to the first team in the league but mostly play in cup competitions. Remy/ Rodriguez, Lambert, Can and Bertrand would provide much needed cover so 1st teamers don’t burn out. Lovren and Lallana are first teamers that will give us strength week in week out. Also, if rumours are to be believed and we do secure Reus or Shaqiri as a ‘marquee’ signing the season will again be a very optimistic one.
In summary, Liverpool hasn’t ‘done a Spurs’ because we have added depth to our team rather than overhaul our entire 1st team. We have brought young players in with the future in mind and squad players with challenging in all competitions in mind. But most importantly when Spurs lost Bale they had just finished 5th in the league and were looking to buy players to get them back in the Champions League. We have lost Suarez after scoring over 100 goals and finishing 2nd in the Premier League; we were not a one man team. We are buying players to win trophies and better our 2nd place finish to bring the title back to Anfield.
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!
Sunday Jul 27Posted by: Ben Green Comments Off
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.
Thursday Jul 24Posted by: Guest Writer Comments Off
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.