Monday Aug 25Posted by: Antoine Zammit  No Comments »

Redmen TV : Mario Balotelli due to sign today but is Lucas Leiva on his way out? | LFC Transfer Update

With Mario Balotelli due to rubber stamp his move to Liverpool FC today Lucas Leiva is rumoured to be moving to Italy on a year long loan!

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Sunday Aug 24Posted by: Guest Writer  No Comments »

The good the bad and the Balotelli

by @manofthekop

Mario Balotelli is on everyones mind and no wonder, in the last 48 hours the news of the Italian power house came out of no where and with the ability and the “craziness” of the striker Liverpool fans seem both excited and worried. The 24 year old Italian was actually born in Ghana and moved over to Italy when he was 2. He was then placed into foster care when he was 3 and he remained with the family all his life and officially changed his name from Barwuah to Balotelli. The fee of £16 million was officially made public by his agent who went on to say that: “it is make or break now, If it goes wrong Mario is 24 years old, he no longer has the alibi of his age.” He also went on to say the negotiations
have been going on for over 3 months.

Balotelli was met by fans screaming his name and one fan doing the new ice bucket challenge trend with the words “Why always me” drawn in marker on his chest. The 24 year old striker spend several minutes signing autographs for the younge fans. Sky sports have reported that Balotelli have given Liverpool guarantees over his behaviour. Other reports have stated that Mario could lose 2 million a year if he misbehaves for Liverpool. We have been linked with marquee signings all summer and now it seems we have him and for a lot less than most Kopites expected to pay.

Super Mario will not be able to be selected to play on Monday night even if the transfer is made in time. We may see the likes of Alberto Moreno and Emre Can make their premier league debut. The German midfielder has already spoken about this seasons campaign saying “In the premier league, there are a lot of big beasts, I am also one of them so I am going to give it my best.” Emre Can on the left is one of the favorites to start at the weekend after a lot of criticism has come Brendan Rodgers way after playing Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard in the holding midfield position against Southampton.

My Thoughts

I believe our summer signings have been pleasing when you see thy sky sports are reporting that Di-Maria may be sold for around 75million (possible to Manchester untied.) and we have avoided big money signing that may not work out but done sensible business is the way of getting a rounded squad. Replacing a fall backs was essential to this transfer window and now I believe we have successfully done this. Balotelli will be a risk but he has never worked with a manager like Brendan Rodgers before and I believe he can bring the best out of him, with the price we are paying for him I think it is defiantly worth the gamble.

I am most looking forward to seeing Emre Can play on the premier league because he is the signing that has impressed me most in the pre season.

Markovic looks excited but mainly through YouTube vides so I will enjoy seeing him play in competitive matches.

I believe Liverpool will have a strong campaign but I believe Mario Balotelli performances will be critical to it. Let’s just hope they are positive.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Written by @manofthekop.

Sunday Aug 24Posted by: Ben Carr  No Comments »

The Magic of Mario

As it gets closer and closer my excitement for the arrival of Mario Balotelli increases, it’s not even so much about the player but the man, he’s a character isn’t he. Innocent, playful, he’s not offensive with his off the pitch moments, he’s interesting. While his off the pitch actions often shape the reputation of the 24 year old for me isn’t doesn’t affect his on the field ability. With Brendan Rodgers at the helm it isn’t a question of, ‘Will he be able to get the best out of Balotelli?’, it’s a matter of when. Brendan has taken characters from all walks of football and brought them together to believe in his project. If Mario is to be a success at Liverpool it’ll be down to him, Brendan and his teammates will only be able to do so much for him, the real work will come from the man himself.

Mario embarrassing John Ruddy, I'm sure another Liverpool has done something similar in the past...

Mario embarrassing John Ruddy, I’m sure another Liverpool player has done something similar in the past

 

As a fan of the club my favourite moments aren’t always the wins, it’s the way I’m entertained, and Balotelli is box office material when it comes to being entertained on the football pitch, he may be erratic times, sometimes stupid, but his ability to be brilliantly unpredictable is what I’m looking forward to most. I don’t think Liverpool have the complete squad after his acquisition but I do think he formulates part of the puzzle. When El Pistolero left I wasn’t going to miss his goals or assists half as much as I was going to miss his antics, making fools of defenders on a weekly basis, producing moments of magic to make the crowd inside and outside of Anfield go wild. The magic Balotelli has in his brain is what I hope will make him stand out. He’s not the best striker in the world (yet), but we’ve seen with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, that with the right mentality and work rate that Mario Balotelli has the potentially still to be whatever he wants to be.

 

The secret of the magician’s trick is often a mystery to most, and Mario is no different, we’re yet to find out what makes him tick, what’s for sure though is that when he does something that leaves your mouth open, a wink to the camera won’t be far behind from Mario.

Thanks for reading

Ben Carr
@DoctorBenjy

YNWA

Sunday Aug 24Posted by: Ben Green  No Comments »

Manchester City v Liverpool – Match Preview

Liverpool travel to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow evening for the second game in this season’s Premiership campaign. A win is vital for both sides, even at this stage of the season, in order to keep the early pace. A loss would by no means be the end of the world, but as we all know, anything can happen in the Premier League. With the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham so far unbeaten, and Arsenal scraping a draw against Everton, it’s vital that Brendan Rodgers’ men keep up.

In terms of selection, I think we’ll see Rodgers keep faith with last week’s front three of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho. The latter of whom will be more suited to this opposition than the Southampton side that had him well and truly shackled last weekend. Clearly Coutinho didn’t have the best of games then but I believe he’ll have more time and space to work his magic this time round. In midfield, I’m hoping Jordan Henderson will be partnered by Joe Allen instead of Lucas “zero tackles won” Leiva. I’d like to see Emre Can given a chance also but it’s reasonable to assume that the Gaffer’s taking a long term view with the Germany U-21 International and thus, there’s no need to rush the lad.

By all accounts, Lazar Markovic has recovered from Injury and is now in contention for a start. Alas the same can’t be said for Adam Lallana who as expected remains a couple of weeks away at least. To think, this time last year there was only Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto to call there. In defence, the only change is likely to be a debut for Alberto Moreno in place of Glen Johnson who for me, is reaching the end of the line. However, given the magnitude of the game and the requirement for experience, it’s also feasible that Rodgers could move Johnson back to the right and the expense of young Javi Manquillo. As per usual now, Steven Gerrard captaining just ahead of the back four.

The Reds patently aren’t favourites for tomorrow’s game. However, if they can keep it tight at the back and get the upper hand in midfield then they can surely do themselves justice and get a result. Manuel Pellegrino, besides talking rubbish about Liverpool all week with his feeble attempt at mind games, will send his side out with their usual attacking fervour. This may well play into the hands of their visitors, who as we saw last season, are more than capable of playing counter-attacking football to clinical and devastating effect. For this, the rear guard has to be solid, and one would hope Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel can pick up where he left off last week against Southampton.

On another note, I have to express my excitement at the prospect of Mario Balotelli joining the club. Rodgers has pulled off arguably the signing of the season in bringing him in. I don’t think Liverpool will regret taking the “risk” on the player. At 24, Balotelli is at the age where a young man is about to become a man. He’s on the verge of a certain maturity and so the club’s timing has been perfect in this regard. Roll on next week for his debut.

First things first though, and for tomorrow, I wouldn’t say I’m overly confident. Not because I don’t think Liverpool are good enough, but because I think this match has come around just that bit too soon for them. That said, there’s no time like the present for a stern test of the side’s title credentials and what better test is one going to get than against the Champions?

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Friday Aug 22Posted by: Antoine Zammit  No Comments »

Redmen TV : Man City V Liverpool | The Uncensored Match Build Up Show

Our first away game of the season takes us to the Etihad Stadium, home of the Champions. The Lads take a closer look at the opposition as well as discussing Liverpool’s potential line ups (including Balotelli) and any pitfalls!

The Redmen TV is Uncensored LFC Television.

Thursday Aug 21Posted by: Ben Green  No Comments »

Liverpool agree £16m deal for Balotelli

Reports have surfaced over the course of the day that Liverpool have agreed a £16m fee with AC Milan for their 24 year-old striker Mario Balotelli.

The Daily Mail claims the temperamental Italy international has been offered a £90,000 per week deal. Nice work if you can get it. I just hope he gets his 25 days’ holiday and company pension thrown in as well. Maybe even a company car if the tax allows.

Should the deal go through, two questions come to mind. The first: Is Balotelli a suitable replacement for a Uruguayan who’s name escapes me? Personally I’d say “Yes”. There’s no doubt the (potentially) soon to be ex-AC Milan Striker is nowhere near as prolific as the Uruguayan. However, although he doesn’t score as many goals, he does score important goals. A good characteristic for a team wishing to claim the Premiership Title for the first time in 26 years, and for this, I think he’s worth the money – especially when you consider the £25m Liverpool reportedly paid for Adam Lallana.

And secondly: Will the boy knuckle down and behave himself? If there’s any possibility of that, then I believe Brendan Rodgers is the man to do it. He’s shown with Luis Suarez (yes, that’s him!) that he can develop a personal relationship with his players that breeds trust and confidence, probably two of the most important ingredients in man management. I’d even go so far as to say he’ll do a better job than the former Manchester City Manager and Balotelli’s last English Boss, Roberto Mancini. “That’s not hard” you say? Well you’re probably right but it’s still an important point.

Balotelli is quoted as saying “This is my last day at Milanello”. So one could be forgiven for thinking the deal is done subject to a medical. Hopefully he’ll do better than Loic Remy and this deal will be completed. Also, hopefully, his registration will go better than Alberto Moreno’s and he’ll be eligible to face his old employers come Monday night when Liverpool travel to the Etihad Stadium for their next game.

All things considered, I’m happier now than I was this time last week when Liverpool only had Daniel Sturridge as a proper striker other than Rickie Lambert, who even David Blaine couldn’t make us believe was a replacement for Suarez. Roll on Monday. This season ahead looks just that little bit better.

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