04 Dec 2017 11:30:18
January is starting to concern me greatly. Sturridge and Coutinho want to leave (albeit for very different reasons), Salah has opened up a shock possibility of himself leaving, and Can could well leave too unless we're prepared to lose him on a free. Add this to our desperate need for centre back and we could be in big trouble, in the worst case scenario.

I think I'd let Coutinho go as long as we can sign Lemar, Meyer, Brandt, Goretzka or Draxler. I'd also let Sturridge leave as Ings now looks fit to me (scored another brace for the u23's this weekend) . We need to focus our resources on a centre back and not get side-tracked on replacing Sturridge when we have Ings and Solanke still.

However I'd tell Can and Salah they are going nowhere until the summer at least. Even despite what is going on behind the scenes, they both still seem fully committed and i think we need them for now. We can't do a 1first team rebuild in January!

1.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 11:48:58
Selling 4 first teamers? One has who scored most goals. One who is set to become a monster CM. One who is the best playmaker after iniesta and one who has the best record for goals scored! I like your confidence!

2.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 12:04:21
It will be Can and Coutinho leaving in Jan imo MK. Although Barcelona are considering there options now that November has passed.

Ed001, who in your opinion is most likely to leave in Jan out of these mentioned please. Appreciate if you would rather not say.

{Ed001's Note - in January? I doubt any will be allowed to go.}

3.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 12:09:36
Sorry MK. There are too many posts, so please excuse me to reply here. You shouted Richarlison. Yes I'm with you. He does look good.

I watched City and West Ham game last night. There are quite a number of good and decent players in West Ham squad. I like what I see in Antonio.

4.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 12:16:23
I hope you're right Ed. We need to qualify for Europe and then next summer we can rebuild if necessary. January just isn't long enough and it is too disruptive!

5.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 12:17:38
I'd be surprised if salah left, even in the coming summer. He is playing well and exploring his options, but no way we are going to sell him. Couts may well leave along with studge this Jan. As much as I love studge I think its the right move for him, as long as we can replace couts and get a CB I don't think there is a need to worry. Couts I understand his reasons to leave and if his behavior wasnt as stinky as it was at the end of summer and recently I would've had massive respect for the guy, but disgruntled employees do weird things and letting them go may well be the best thing for the team.

Even on the coutinho front I think we are probably keeping him till summer, I am sure one of the eds will correct me if I am wrong.

6.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 12:31:22
MK mate, I don’t think we’ll be letting any of the names mentioned in January.

7.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 12:33:07
Can't see salah going in Jan. Or even summer if Real get their first targets. But least with Real they will pay good money usually for who they want. We need to learn how to replace players quickly, seems part of modern game players wanting to eventually move away.

8.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 12:43:34
I really like Richarlison, Haizan.

He has 5 goals and 4 assists in 15 games this season. For a 20 year old to come to a different continent to play for a perceived lesser team and help to elevate them to being top 6 contenders, is brilliant. Richarlison and Doucoure have been head and shoulders above the rest of what is otherwise a very average Watford team. Those two are a joy to watch.

9.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 13:02:39
MKS, can’t see Can going, most likely a pre contract with Juve, (why would they pay for a player who is cup tied when they can wait for 6 months and get him with a hefty signing fee for Can)

Couts again can’t see him going in Jan, I think most likely will be an agreement that he gets his move in the summer to Barcelona (if they don’t move on as speculated)

Studge, will be hot property for the teams in a relegation battle, would be surprised if someone doesn’t try and bid at the very least. He could be the difference between staying up and going down if fit!

Salah I think is a player just looking at options, definitely not going in Jan unless a stupid bid is put in and the summer is a long way off.

As for Richarlison I want to give him a bit longer before we fully judge him, I remember Wigan had a player (Zaki? ) who was scoring for fun at the beginning of the season then couldn’t hit a barn door, us footie fans have a tendency to 'big up players' after a small amount of games.

10.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 13:32:38
I think coutinho may throw another strop come January 1st if Barcelona are indeed looking elsewhere. If he does, a few weeks in the reserves might put things into perspective instead of pandering to him. His behaviour is very disappointing to say the least and while I respect the club's stance- not sure it's helping us at all. If we're "sending a message", that's well and good but the message was made in summer transfer window. Perhaps if coutinho was left out of the Brazil team for a few matches it might sway his thinking. He might show the world exactly how good he is and his value at that. Come June the club could have benefitted from his talent and be in a far better position. As it is, it's a sorry state of affairs altogether and can't be helping morale in any way.

11.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 14:43:28
I think Sturridge will go on loan with a view to buy in Jan. After all which team in their right mind are going to pay a biggish transfer fee and wage on him without some reassurances that he can play back to back games let alone half a season or more.

12.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 15:10:33
Ok ed thanks for reply mate. Interesting you say that as I thought for sure that Couts and Can woukd be leaving mate hence why our interest in the likes of Lemar and possibly Draxler.

13.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 16:03:00
Barcelona will play the game and pay what we want for Coutinho, I don’t think Kathryn have all of these options we kee hearing about. Sturridge won’t go because we pay him more than anyone else will, nobody could afford him. Can may go and fair play to him that’s our bad for letting that happen. I see Barcelona pussyfooting around anc PSG or someone else coming in with the money required or a better offer and taking him. I don’t understand the worry, the slightest murmur and too many fans get buck wild crazy.

14.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 17:33:52
I can’t believe we are talking about salah possibly leaving. Everyone was talking about mane going when he had his rich vein of form but that’s tailed off.

15.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 18:05:25
If Saalah keeps on scoring, which he will, then we are going to attract interest from big clubs Like Real Madrid, we just have to stop the silly goals that we concede, and score plenty to keep hold of him.

16.) 04 Dec 2017
04 Dec 2017 19:32:39
Spot on, Ed. Nobody is leaving LFC in Jan, IMO. Who in his right mind would weaken his own team midseason by at least 3/ 4 players? People need to stop pouring gasoline on pretty much an issue where LFC hold all the cards and will NOT be selling Salah now, in the summer or even after next season. The Ed's have said repeatedly that agents looking at options for their clients is nothing new BUT still, people are panicking at the disco for literally no reason. Get a grip and enjoy the games cos you may not have noticed, we are only 2 points behind City in points gained over the past 6 games.