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05 May 2015 14:46:08
Why do people want us to sign Milner? We have Ibe, Sterling, Coutinho, Lallana, Henderson, Markovic and Can who can play in those advanced midfield positions. For me it is quite clear what we need and that's a deep lying playmaker/defensive midfielder. Someone who can dictate the flow of the game as Gerrard did last season, but also has the legs to do the defensive work. Someone like Schneiderlin.

I would like to see Can in that defensive midfield role, but does he have the passing quality needed to dictate games? I'm not too sure yet. Personally, I think he's at his best when he can drive at opposition defences in a more advanced role.

If it were up to me I'd play the diamond formation with Can and Henderson either side, Coutinho at the top of the diamond and someone like Schneiderlin holding.

Red Rum

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05 May 2015 14:31:12
Hello to all the EDS and fellow REDS

With banners over Anfield and fans shouting for BR to go, I tried to sit down and pass an objective comment on our manager.
As much as I like Rodgers and some of his ideas I regret to say that objectively speaking he must resign.

1. Lack of experience cost us the league title last season.
2. Extremely poor transfer dealings hindered team development instead of helping the squad.
3. Not knowing your best first 11 is not acceptable at this level.
4. Being tactically naive has cost us losing matches where we should have won.
5. BR is a poor judge of players to buy. He is the manager and the buck stops with him.
6. Transfer of Loic Remy is typical of BR. What happened and why?
7. Will FSG risk financing such a poor performer in the transfer market?
8. Unnecessary and silly public statements and excuses only result in alienating as well as aggravating the fans.
9. Will prospective signings come to sign for BR? Other better known managers carry more weight in the market and have a much wider network of contacts than BR.
10. Too many of our signings, much talked about at the time, ended up being loaned out. Why spend money on players to then loan them out.
11. There is a flatness to our team that I had never seen before.

Personally I am a great supporter of continuity but there must come a time when past performances must be judged.
Suarez made others around him perform to a higher level and made BR look better than he was/is (with respect to BR)Good players often do that.

I may have missed other important points as well. Opinions are invited and appreciated.
(hoping for a miracle in the last 3 games)

YNWA

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05 May 2015 14:14:14
Next season, I want to see us start passing and linking up better in midfield. Far too often this season players have held the ball too long rather than looking for those quick short passes and little one twos. We need to start working as a team rather than a bunch of individuals. One and two touch passing.

Hopefully, we will bring in a top passing midfielder who can dictate the flow of the game. We have seen that when Gerrard plays, he passes the ball, gets it back, then passes again. Controlling the game. Of course he is moving on this summer, so it is essential that we bring in a top passing player to fill that void.

Red Rum

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05 May 2015 12:36:38
Good afternoon Eds

I'm repeating subjects I no but is there any developments please on Montoya and Kovacic at this stage as reports seem to be growing?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing happened overnight.}

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05 May 2015 11:05:38
Hi Eds

are we again looking at Neto as a keeper option please? I've read that his move to Juve might not be happening and that we are not offering a new contract to Brad Jones.

Also with our interest in several forward players is it safe to say (if we can sell on some dead wood) that we could well see the arrival of at least 2 in that area, for example Depay & Son ?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed with Neto and Liverpool are talking to Jones about a contract. Don't complicate matters with multiple names and please don't ever use the term "dead wood" here again. I hate the disrespect that Liverpool fans show their players.}

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05 May 2015 12:05:18
I've been reading the posts and I agree we should have bought better quality player's I also think we needed quantity because last season our bench was not good enough, but overall I think we have not done that bad as we lost one of the best striker's in the world we never replaced him and our other main striker has been injured all season so to be in with a shot of getting 4th after all this and the way we have played in most games I think we haven't done that bad, yes it could have been a lot better if we had bought better players

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05 May 2015 12:23:57
The reason why things seem worse is because we should have pissed top 4 this season and got CL football.

Instead we are going to be in the Europa league and Rodgers has spent all the money.

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05 May 2015 12:39:14
Well yes, if we had bought better than of course we would have been better this season.

I think the main issues are what ed002 touched on. Markovich and Moreno, totalling near £40m, was extremely risky business considering other clubs (Chelsea) could have purchased the two for around half of what we payed but turned it down. It was a case of buying for the sake of buying which we may come to regret this summer when the funds will be considerably less.

What really grinds with me is why BR agreed to the transfers of Lambert and Balotelli, at least as back up strikers, if he didn't have any confidence in their ability to play that role and instead hands it to Sterling who was never a goal scorer.

Oh well. I guess we have to start from scratch just like we did in 2003 after the horrendous transfer window of Diouf, Diao, Cheyrou in the summer of 2002.

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05 May 2015 14:24:52
I have no issue with most of the players bought this year. I think most will be very good( far better than last years gambles) The issue is we didn't strengthen in the right places and over paid for 'potential' talent. If you're going to pay such a high price for potential you may as well spend that extra 25% to get proven players that make a difference in a season when we knew our best player was going.

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05 May 2015 14:48:43
I think what's so annoying is how obviously badly and/or inconsistent our team setup has been all season.

If we'd played either a
1) midfield diamond with Lucas/Hendo/Coutinho and Sterling behind Balo/Borini or
2) 4-3-3 with Lucas/Hendo/Coutinho and Sterling/Lambert/Llalana up front

With Can/Gerard/Ibe/Markovic as subs. I reckon we would have easily cracked top 4 and been a lot more consistent.

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05 May 2015 11:55:12
dear eds/reds i know is the start of the crazy season linked to every player and there dog, would you guys have any idea of what kind of budget Br will have in the summer.

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05 May 2015 12:44:21
None.

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05 May 2015 11:41:23
A question for Ed001 if he's around:
I know that despite how much you and most of us love Suso for his wonderful ability, you said that the club (the playing staff I guess) have concerns that his size/lack of strength and pace will prevent him from being a starting midfielder for Liverpool in the future. My question is, is Cazorla that much stronger or quicker for him to have the influence he does at Arsenal? Cazorla, like Suso, seems to be able to play across the midfield; what is it about him that enables him to play regularly for Arsenal while there are doubts over Suso?
Thanks in advance!
Jos

{Ed001's Note - well Suso will struggle to have an influence for us, considering we let him go in the summer, but I understand what you mean. You could also point to David Silva, who also lacks pace, power and strength but is still one of the best players in the league. The trouble is that we are not looking at their strengths and trying to find ways to play to those. Instead we are looking at their weaknesses and worrying about how opponents will play to them.

Other players in other teams do not have those same issues. Wenger mostly concentrates on the strengths of his players and doesn't worry too much about the opposition, at least he did over the last few years. This year he has made a few concessions, but even those concessions, in using a proper defensive midfielder, are to allow the creative players to create and play to their strengths. We simply don't have the right attitude to do that within the club.

I have never understood how a club that spends so much on Joe Allen could then worry about the physicality of young players! Allen is not fast, strong or powerful, he offers little physicality at all, so why do worry when a young player is similarly lacking?}

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05 May 2015 14:30:57
Thanks for your reply Ed and sorry about my silly mistake!
It is a shame that that is our mentality. Yet more reason big changes need to be made to the coaching side of the club, considering the quality we have all the way down to our youth players.
Jos

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05 May 2015 11:24:03
Allegedly, Mourhino is looking at Lambert to take over the Drogba role in the Chelsea squad.

So he's good enough for the champions but has barely got a run out for us even whilst Sturridge has been injured.

Hmmm

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05 May 2015 11:34:55
Key word being allegedly

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05 May 2015 12:16:48
I've never thought Lambert did badly as a player. at Liverpool. I said at the time when we played swansea and he and Borini played together their link up was good. I felt too often we looked for the suarez and sturridge through ball pass to him,when clearly he isn't that player. When we've lumped it up,he's often won it,and held up play like you'd expect from a tall striker. I personally want him to stay as a backup compared to Balo and Borini. I think if Chelsea had him they would utilise him much better.

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05 May 2015 12:47:20
Personally, I don't think Mario and Rickie are bad players. They just don't fit in here. They would do well at a club like Chelsea (for example), who play to the strengths of a big man up top.

Red Rum

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05 May 2015 13:49:36
Agree with you bob. Its a shame that BR didn't use the time when Sturridge was out to experiment with combinations of Ricky, Fabio and Mario as I think we could've arrived at an effective solution across those three and left Sterling out wide.

Oh well.

Z

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05 May 2015 14:29:29
Cos other than sturridge BR doesn't in believe in any of the 4 other strikers be brought to the club. He won't take responsibility for that even though he seems to have a policy of dropping each of them after they have had a good game.

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05 May 2015 08:42:30
Hey ED(s), but of an unusual question here, but do liverpool or any other english clubs for that matter shown any interest in asian players like Japanese or korean. I know the answers probably no but there does seem to be some talent out there.

{Ed001's Note - you do realise Man Utd just sold a Japanese player in the summer and that there have been quite a few Korean players in the Prem right? So not unusual, just odd as that should have told you that they do.}

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05 May 2015 12:17:53
Ki Sung-yueng has played well for Swansea this year as a prime example.

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05 May 2015 08:00:34
Ed01 question if i may,
Just saw your comments on Son for
bayer. Are you a fan? I saw him in Asian cup as well, looked dangerous, plenty of pace, can finish. If we were to look at him this summer that would be instead of Depay i would imagine. Do you think he is a better or worse choice if it was between the two? I think any young player that comes out of the Dutch league scoring 20 odd goals, they end up being dynamite. But i haven't seen much of either.

{Ed001's Note - I like Son a lot, he is playing in a much higher level league, he stands out in international football, he would also be worth a huge amount in terms of finance. I don't see them as an either or, but if it was one or the other, I would choose Son. Though Depay has been excellent this season.}

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05 May 2015 09:56:57
Would love it if we could sign at least one of Son or Depay and a quality striker. It would automatically add another 25-30 goals to our season and give us a fighting chance for top4 next season. Ed001, is Vietto still a viable option or has interest moved on?

{Ed001's Note - he is still an option.}

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05 May 2015 10:12:49
Id be pretty stoked with Vietto and Son coming in along with Milner. Pretty decent business I reckon.

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05 May 2015 10:54:27
Ings Depay and Son would be great imo.

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05 May 2015 11:52:41
Dezmondo, Still think Depay will end up at United and I don't think Ings is good enough, he doesn't have the mentality to step up to what we need. If he can't make the step up to take a penalty for Burnley out of fear, he hasn't got what it takes to make it here IMO.

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05 May 2015 12:00:36
Milner? Maybe 5 years ago. I'd rather play Ibe. There's no point bringing in players that are going to halt the progression of our young players.

Red Rum

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05 May 2015 12:33:16
Red Rum, how is Milner going to halt Ibe's progress at the club? The club need a box to box midfielder and Milner is a cheap and decent option. If anyone should be worried about Milner coming in, its Allen and not Ibe.
Vietto, Depay/Son, Milner and Montoya should be a good summer for the club. Sterling will need to be sold along with Borini, Aspas, Balo etc to fund these moves but the overall quality of the squad will only get better.

{Ed001's Note - why do we need another Henderson and Can type player in Milner? There is absolutely no need for him.}

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05 May 2015 12:59:44
Tbh Ed001, i think the club see Can as a CDM in the long run so apart from Henderson which senior player do we have that could play the box to box role on a consistent basis? Lucas being injury prone means Can will be playing a lot of games protecting the defense so i think Milner would be a good signing on a 2-3 year contract till Rossiter and Williams are ready. On the other hand, the club could just target a CDM to challenge Lucas and push Can further forward but that does not seem to be the club's plan. If it was up to me, i would go for a specialist CDM to challenge Lucas and have Hendo and Can playing behind Coutinho in a midfield diamond.

{Ed001's Note - I really don't see why we can't just allow Rossiter and Williams to provide the cover, rather than wasting money on a player who offers less than what we already have.}

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05 May 2015 13:24:30
What happens if lucas leaves as expected (I don't want him to ) and Henderson or other options are injuried , we need options and milner would be a good addition who knows the prem . Let's hope his wages are not silly though

{Ed001's Note - that is why you have young back ups, you can't have highly paid players to sit on the sidelines in case we get lots of injuries.}

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05 May 2015 13:58:55
If we play 2 in midfield, Allen and Lucas aren't box to box players, Coutinho/Llalana are both attacking mids, while Can is still quite young and prone to giving the ball away when having a bad day at the office.

Milner adds experience to the dressing room, is a genuine box to box midfielder than can both attack and defend, can cover multiple positions if required, and is far better going forward than his equivalent in Joe Allen.

A midfield of Milner, Hendo and Can/Coutinho/Llalana looks pretty tasty to me.

I'd take him in a heartbeat unless we can afford to get a Schneiderlin, Kongdogbia, Pjanic or similar.

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05 May 2015 14:12:14
Tbf initially liked the thought of milner as a squad player but never thought surely the reason we bought 8 players was to have a squad?

Still think we need a DM to cover for lucas as restricted Can to a DM you will lose a lot of what he is good at (bringing the ball up the pitch, good feet, and nice link up play etc).

Also think we need a DM who can actually head the ball! Seem to lose every aerial duel in the air as none of our midfield seem good at it - so would have 2 dm and can & hendo who can play centre (and about 7 to play AM) + youth to cover, come off the bench or for squad rotation.

Would give us different options on how we play against different teams.

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05 May 2015 00:59:49
Hi.
Is there any chance of our owners selling the club.
As I honestly think that's where the root of the problem is
They have a model in mind that is similarito ajax. Buy low sell high with constant turnover.
I don't think we will ever build a team that will challenge.
We should have given kenny more time.
made Suarez see out his contract .Reinforced around him.
I believe that would be a team to constantly Chalenge for the title.

{Ed002's Note - The owners are not the problem. Suarez cost Dalglish his job. Why would you want to keep a player who desparately wanted to leave the club?}

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05 May 2015 07:53:42
But we buy high sell low haha

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05 May 2015 12:27:00
He was desperate to leave a year before. Didn't prevent him from being a level above everyone else in PL.

{Ed001's Note - only to get a move away, if we had then blocked the move again do you really think it would have been a good idea? People really need to grow up and think about the crap they are spouting. This is idiotic and embarrassing now.}

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05 May 2015 00:59:45
Given our rumoured interest in Depay I was wondering for what position is he being looked at? Not watched enough of him to know if he would be capable of playing as a striker but if Rodgers stays and persists with the current system there is surely players of adequate quality to fill the two roles in behind/outside the forward?

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05 May 2015 11:21:18
If Rodgers stays, Depay is being lined up as Mig's competition in goal.

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05 May 2015 11:58:15
Right wing back to replace sterling obviously, except that sterling isn't actually leaving, Ibe will go on loan and we will loan in another young player to replace him. Then we will buy a couple more wingers at inflated prices leaving us no money to buy a striker or a proper right back. We will then panick on the last day and do a swap deal, ballotelli for joey barton.

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05 May 2015 14:02:36
He's mostly played as LW but can also play second striker and may yet develop to play more centrally like Suarez did.

I think he's a good bet as a Sturridge/Depay twin striker setup looks pretty tasty, but can also play as front 3 of Depay, Sturridge and Sterling.

He's better striker than Sterling and more of a natural forward than Coutinho/Llalana so I see him as more competition to Ibe/Markovic but I don't think that's a bad thing as they probably need at least another season or two to mature properly.

{Ed001's Note - fantasy football stuff. Lots of players in case. We haven't got the money for this. We need to be careful instead of spending lots on all these players you are dreaming of. Head in the clouds like Rodgers.}

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04 May 2015 22:32:49
Eds, I know you say not to get bogged down on the DoF front, but if FSG were to look to appoint one this summer is it possible Rodgers would walk out without prompting? Just wondering cause I'm really starting to fear we do as Macca suggested and keep with him until December/January by which time Klopp would have become a reminiscent 'what if', and that's one of the possibilities I've come up with as he refused one on appointment

{Ed002's Note - You are clutching at straws.}

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05 May 2015 00:25:45
Pretty sure the chances of Klopp coming, even in the event of Rodgers leaving, are remote at best, Toddy.

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04 May 2015 20:57:48
I remember being mentioned that Balanta was recommended. If we sell some of our center backs does anyone see us going for him, even though he is not yet fully ready?

{Ed002's Note - No chance, sorry.}

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04 May 2015 20:44:44
Big if but thought I'd put out there for opinions. If Klopp were to agree to come to us would it be possible he could attract the likes of Rues joining us?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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04 May 2015 20:52:21
Rues going to Bayern Munich.

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04 May 2015 20:56:55
Well for Christ sake let's not go for klopp then !!

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04 May 2015 21:15:55
Klopp would get far more out of the current squad then what Brendan Rodgers "I am the best man for the LFC job" would.

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05 May 2015 00:21:24
Or Brendan "it's never my fault" Rodgers or Brendan "I confess, it wasn't me" Rodgers or along with any more of his pathetic aliases.

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05 May 2015 12:00:25
I think big Sam could get more out of our squad than Brendan right now.

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04 May 2015 19:43:52
Hoping for a hull win tonight to boost their confidence for when they play United on the final day.

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04 May 2015 20:10:28
It won't matter if we don't win our games first. Our you confident we will?

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04 May 2015 20:16:30
So we have to rely on a relegation threatened team who beat us to give us a chance of finishing top 4?

LFC do not deserve to finish top 4 and irrespective if we finish top 4 we will still have a manager who is out of his depth when it comes to the CL.

Please FSG, get rid of this clown who calls himself the best man for the LFC job. What a joke.

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04 May 2015 20:22:43
Hull loss would be better would it? Then hopefully there fighting for there lives on the last day.

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04 May 2015 20:43:13
Good point LAVERS! Hadn't thought of that!

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05 May 2015 00:25:17
If the owners are smart, they should fire BR irrespective of where we finish so he will continue to be a disaster due to him never learning from his inexhaustible list of blunders

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04 May 2015 18:57:26
Consider this,

LFC last season ended on 84 points. The league last season was won with 86 points. This season Chelsea only needed 83 points to clinch the title and City are only on 65 points this season in 4th!

It just shows how bad the top 4 has been this season and the fact that we lost one top player i.e. Suarez but replaced him with players to the value of +-£120m LFC are already 19 points worse off than last season after 35 matches.

How can this be considered as progress? And we are not even managed a place once in the top 4 this season even with a UTD side who have been dreadful all season!

Rodgers needs to go if this club is thinking of moving in the right direction. All we are doing with Rodgers in charge is heading back to where we ended up with H & G & Rafa in charge.

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04 May 2015 20:08:08
How the hell can you compare as we are now compared to Dick and Doms time at the helm,have you read the book epic swindle I've got it as I've said previously anybody who wants to borrow it send me your address and I'll post it to you,read it then you will never mention those two Cowboys again.

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04 May 2015 20:19:28
Do you know how much debt the club is under currently?

Maybe Ed002 can remind you Reusch. Now go back to bed and sleep it off.

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04 May 2015 21:09:51
Just to correct myself, it is actaully UTD in 4th on 65 pts and City on 70 pts.

It still proves how poor the top 4 has been this season. If Arsenal win tonight they have to beat Hull by 5 goals. Arsenal have a game in hand but even if they had to win all their remaining games they would still finish 2 points less that what we did last season.

There is absolutely no chance Rodgers will take us to top 4 after spending £120m this season and have less to spend at the start of next season. Keep on dreaming.

Plain and simple, Rodgers needs to go.

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05 May 2015 00:32:27
The PL has been poor for the past two seasons and the standard is detail rating drastically, which shows that Chelsea won the PL only because the other teams kept screwing up and all they had to do is not make mistakes and hold their water. Ten years ago, that points haul would only get you third or second but NEVER first. Hence, the reason BR pissed away our season because had we had a way much better start to the season, we would have still been in the running in a poor league and he screwed up big time. Cut bait now and show,him the door

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04 May 2015 17:58:14
To the Ed's, thank you for allowing me to vent my frustrations about LFC on this site and being allowed to have an opinion instead of being told to watch my writing style etc. Let me not mention any other site names.

This is by far the most informative and enjoyable LFC site I have ever visited and have loads of respect for the Ed's as yous give up loads of your free time to run this site and have to deal with loads of unnecessary and daft questions over and over again.

Long may this site continue and keep up the good work Ed's!

{Ed001's Note - thank you.}

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05 May 2015 00:33:18
I second the message

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04 May 2015 17:19:06
Eds I no we're interested in him son but is there any truth in lazzette of lyon rumours he wants to come to anfield cheers

{Ed001's Note - Ed002 has answered this repeatedly, can't you just try reading the posts instead of making me waste my time typing this reply?}

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04 May 2015 18:36:22
Lazette? Never heard of him ?

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05 May 2015 00:34:07
Might be Markovic's younger sister

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04 May 2015 17:06:53
U21's down 1-0 to Leicester but young Ward in goals having a cracking game.
Barry inLouth

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04 May 2015 18:10:06
Liverpool U21's won 2-1 and go top of the league well done boys

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04 May 2015 17:39:21
What a finish Cam Brannagan!

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04 May 2015 18:20:55
Top of the table, well done boys!

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04 May 2015 20:14:44
Nice assist by Sinclair ;o)

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04 May 2015 20:49:27
Ojo was superb on the left wing; him and Kent deserve a chance in the first team soon

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05 May 2015 00:26:36
Why?

Remember when new signings had to graft it out in the reserves to learn the Liverpool way?

Much more work required from them all :)

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05 May 2015 00:35:05
W/O BR in charge, maybe. With him? NEVER!

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04 May 2015 16:48:52
Here is my opinion about our signings of last summer

Balotelli - Complete and utter disaster when we could have had Remy for half the price and would have fit straiht away.

Markovic - Clearly paid to much for him and the sad part is we already had Ibe, Suso and Brannagan who could have been given a chance instead of spending £20m or so on a forward and play him at RWB for most of the season.

Lallana - Once again we horribly overpaid for this player when we could have just kept Suso or given Luis Alberto another shot this season.

Moreno - Has plenty of promise but again, why sign him when we have Brad Smith who would not have done any worse this season.

Manquillo - Kelly, Wisdom, McLaughlin and could have even given Ilori a run at RB. This loan signing was just a complete and utter disregard for LFC's money and youth players.

Lovren - Another player we massively overpaid for wwhen we already had Sakho and yes Agger no longer had the legs but would again have done no worse than Lovren.

Origi - What was the point of this signing when he is not going to be ready for the EPL next season and will most likely be loaned out.

Lambert - Value for money but clearly not good enough to be starting for LFC. Decent plan B though but has hardly been given a sniff.

Can - The only signing this season which has made a measurable impact.

Now, it does not matter who wants to say what, Rodgers is responsible for each of the signings this season. He agreed for them to join the club and plenty of money has been wasted by overpaying for players and overlooking what we already had at the club.

It is a plain and simple fact that Rodgers knew Suarez was leaving last season already and he failed to replace him with having +- £120m available to him and instead went quantity over quality as we did not need each and every player Rodgers signed this season which is another fact. If only Can had joined last summer and he had made use of the player we already had at the club like Kelly, Suso, Ibe, Wisdom, McLaughlin, Brannagan, Alberto, Agger, Ilori, Smith etc then would we have done any worse this season if we did not have Lallana, Moreno, Markovic, Lovren, Balotelli, Manquillo and Lambert?

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04 May 2015 17:54:03
Remember reading somewhere that 8 players signed think 1 has played over 20 league games. Not sure that is true as think can & moreno surely have but still of 8 players bought only 2 start (or roughly £25m of the £110m+ spent can be argued to have been well spent)

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04 May 2015 18:31:00
I agree totally the signings have been far from good enough and we needed proven quality but if we had just played what we had at the club already everyone would have moaned that we didn't spend big. This summer we need proven leaders winners with top level experience. That goes for the manager as well. Someone who will use different tactics for different games and man manage properly

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04 May 2015 18:42:23
I find it absolutely disgraceful what we did with the Suarez money. Didn't even TRY to replace him, disgusting how we basically destroyed our own top 4 hopes before a ball was barely kicked !!!

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04 May 2015 18:42:55
Tbh the club has not wasted as much money as people are making it out to be. In the longer term, i think the likes of Moreno, Markovic and Can will prove good value for money while Lovren and Lallana will contribute well but not reflecting on what the club paid (which was way too much in the first place). Balotelli and Manquillo have failed to justify their fees and that is unlikely to change with only 3 games to go and neither having much of a future at LFC. Origi was just a pointless signing when the club already had Yesil, Sinclair and Ojo waiting for their chance.
Yes the club failed to get its priorities right but the players that came in (with the exception of Balo, Manquillo and Origi) will justify their price tags and worth in coming seasons. The players are not bad at all. Its the manager who is failing to get the best out of them by using ridiculous tactics and playing everyone out of position.

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04 May 2015 19:00:32
To be fair lovren should have played a lot more next to sakho to have the chance of making a partnership, he shouldn't have been bought as his replacement when sakho wasn't even leaving. So yeah waste of a signing if your not selling sakho or skrtle.
Moreno has played out of position for most of the season but we really needed a left back and we bought a decent one there with potential to be really good once the new manager uses him properly.
Can was a cracking buy, probably up there with coutinho and studge as Rodgers best signings, shame he's been wasted in defence and even more wasted at right back recently.
Markovic hasn't made enough of an impact for me considering his price tag and the fact you rightly point out we had enough decent players in his position already, another player we will probably see the best of under the new manager and in his natural position.
4 players there I feel could turn out to be good signings, I'm unsure on Lallana now, I know he has had injurys this year but is he going to get into a team that contains sterling and coutinho? He's got a fight to be a first team regular and considering his price tag and reputation he can only be seen as a bad signing for me. (So far anyway).

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04 May 2015 20:15:18
This is just a re-hash of Ed002's piece on the other page.
The players in are up-grades on what we had. Not all have been instant hits this season, bit then again I can remember a couple of years back when there was similar moans about wasting money on Henderson.
Upgrades have always happened, always will. There's been players signed who have never had a look-in for a couple of years (Terry Mac), others that never made it out of the old Central League team.
These days it the loan system that's replaced that.
For gods sake, I wish people would stop panicking. Not every player can come in and just wham be straight there.
We're 5th, not 15th or about to get relegated.
Achieved with a very under-performing strike force.
Get some goals back in the side and you will see the difference.

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04 May 2015 23:16:17
I'd like to see what all of them can do under a new manager honestly. Eriksen, Chadli, Lamela all look much better with a year under their belt and a new manager.

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05 May 2015 00:07:34
I think we need to give the signings another season. No doubt we didn't need Llalana or Markovic but they're both quality (or perhaps best described as potential in Markovic), Origi is young but might surprise after a season in PL, he's quick and strong, Moreno and Can could be much better after a season, and Manquillos hardly been given a fair shot at RB to know either way. Obviously Balo and Lambert haven't replaced Suarez, but then that's probably more BR/committees fault than anyone else as they just don't fit our system.

I think a top striker, a midfielder to replace Gerard and a top RB and we should see the team flourish, and with the pressure off a bit, hopefully some of the younger signing.

Yes we failed on our approach last year since we didn't buy a top striker, but I still have hope for many of the signings in the coming year or two.

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05 May 2015 00:30:57
The signings will look much better next season that is for sure! And the ideology from last summer when they all signed should come this season! There not flops. !!

And just to clarify about markovic he was literally bought so Chelsea didn't take him next year, that is why we paid so much. Whoever watched the kid saw something.for us to push for him but it wasn't that we valued him exactly at what wr paid but if.we had of.waited Chelsea Could of had him.for.7mil. The kid will come good, he's going to be something special!

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05 May 2015 12:05:43
Chelsea could of had him for that price at the time we bought him but decided he wasn't ready yet, even at that price. We thought we knew better and paid 4X as much.

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05 May 2015 14:10:52
But we didn't have any such deal like Chelsea, so to us and anyone that's what they charged! We also got him so if he had of had a depay like year at benfica we didn't miss out! He was worth about 15 taking into account his contribution to benfica and his potential, but they charge what we will do to sterling, Everton with barley etc.

We would all be fuming if he had gone Chelsea thus summer for 7.5 mil and turned into a star! The owners pit there money were their mouth was and made sure we hot him, how it pans out we still don't know but it was a hood sign of intent from everyone involved inside the club!

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04 May 2015 16:48:31
How about Abel.Hernandez?

Seems to be out of favor at hull.

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04 May 2015 17:20:21
Maybe there is a reason why he is out of favor at relegation threatened Hull?

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04 May 2015 18:16:01
Marcheranho was sidelined at relegation threatened west Ham, and even when he played he was on right wing !

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04 May 2015 18:17:43
I know you are hopeful man, but that is a little too hopeful!

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04 May 2015 16:37:27
aside from all the bashing was reading today that Jimmy Greaves had a massive stroke. I remember when he was on Saint & Greavsie and they was giving there tips for the forthcoming season ( when we was top) and he tipped us for: league, F.A Cup, European cup, The boat race, grand national. ha, made me smile. best wishes to him and his family

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05 May 2015 13:32:26
Yeah I remember that show he was great and I wish him the beSt , people tell me he was a top top striker , I seen clips etc etc and he did bang them in

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04 May 2015 15:24:49
Linked with Burnley full back Trippier any info

{Ed002's Note - He may just be an option.}

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04 May 2015 14:29:21
{Ed001's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Liverpool's Transfer Policy Woes

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04 May 2015 15:39:50
Decent read, spot on about Ings. He may be 'cheap' and talented but with his mentality you may as well have someone from the academy fighting in the team, trying to establish himself rather than someone that irks away from the responsibility. Being a striker as well it's paramount that they belive in themselves enough to take a spot kick. Much as I hate seeing sturridge take pens be never shies away from them.

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04 May 2015 16:22:10
Good article. LFC need winners with a strong mentality and a desire and hunger to win trophies no matter what. If Ings cannot handle the pressure of taking a simple penalty in spite of being a striker, then there is no place for him at LFC. People give Sterling so much grief for not stepping up to the plate against Besiktas, so why should we even consider Ings who is mentally weaker?What exactly would he offer that yesil or Borini could not?
Fingers crossed he ends up at Man Utd because i think we will have dodged a bullet there. The club should go for winners with experience, not half decent players who would just add to the numbers in the squad and bloat an already inflated wage bill. Go for Depay (best Eredivisie player by a long shot and won PSV the title single handedly) and Vietto(who has been very impressive while leading Villareal's strike force and i think LFC will finish in the top4 comfortably next season. Sell Sterling to fund these deals if necessary as Ibe can replace him easily.

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04 May 2015 16:49:32
I still wouldn't trust BR, if he is still around next season, to do the right thing with the money any in the quality players LFC need.

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04 May 2015 17:59:44
If any money should be given to an LFC manager next season, it defo NOT be given to BR otherwise, we will relive the same debacle next season because he will NEVER change due to his stubbornness and arrogance

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04 May 2015 13:02:49
Ed02 re yout run down of the past 12 months over players, great read, agree with you in the main. Moreno, I think he's done ok, but you are right in saying bertrand woulldve been the better buy.markovic, right again, good player but overpaid, and in both cases as you pointed out, chelsea stepped back so why didn't we? Ciuld I ask you your opinion on alderwield and how he's performned fot southampton? Another, with bertrand, and clyne, who I wanted us to sign before he went to southampton.thanks

{Ed002's Note - I really don't know how he has performed this season but Southampton have an option to buy Alderweireld and will do if the player agrees - however he will no doubt talk to Atletico Madrid to understand his options. He won't be moving to Liverpool.}

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04 May 2015 13:00:53
it funny that BR golden boy joe allen has never been played out of position, then he plays hendo and ibe and sterling out of position and they get moaned about not playing good where as joe allen gets off scott free even when he wasnt playing good in his position BR kept picking him, its a pity lambert and ballo and borini never got the game time joe allen got at least they would have been in a position to score goals as attackers because its harder for a midfielder to score goals in every game, i'm not having a go a joe allen but BR for not picking players who could have made more of a difference if they had been played as much as BRs favourite

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04 May 2015 13:36:37
don't think Allen could play anywhere else anyhow? my biggest gripe with CM is with a bit of coaching and effort I think Shelvey would of been a better replacement for Gerrard as captain. Typical of BR can't see the wood for the trees

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04 May 2015 14:31:14
Shelvey? Good grief

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04 May 2015 17:30:03
Shelvey had a chamce to stay and choose to leave Henderson stayed and battled

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04 May 2015 18:01:51
Shelley is too hotheaded and inconsistent to be a Liverpool player and Shelvey is now his level. He is however better than Allen

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04 May 2015 18:05:11
Shelvey's far too rash, defensively naive and lacks pace.
Would have been nice to see if he could improve, but don't think he would ever be good enough to be a major player for us, let alone captain.

I honestly don't think we've missed him since he left, to be honest.

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04 May 2015 18:21:24
I always thought Shelvey was lined as Stevies replacement.

Good player and will get better still, but wanted to leave.

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04 May 2015 19:11:58
Can't really see joe Allen playing up front.
He played a lot out of position when we first bought him actually. I remember him being our best player for a short while actually when he first joined. Gone downhill since though.

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04 May 2015 20:05:12
I get what you think of Shelvey But he did just need to be shown/coached. defo more suited to capt than Henderson.

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05 May 2015 11:54:26
I agree that shelvey could have gone on to be a good player he had the steel and bite in midfield, he is better than Joe Allen and with a bit of coaching and a word about his hot headedness he could have been a very good player , BR needs to pick players to do a job and not just pick his favourite ,

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04 May 2015 12:58:26
Greetings all & congrats to Ed002 & Chelsea.

Not posted for quite sometime. Have a few things to get off my chest.

1) Brenda.

I have to say that he has to take his share of the blame, he is on the transfer committee, he picks the team and he is heavily involved in training.
Tactically we have been inept and most teams know that we are a very easy team to physically dominate.His strength has been our attacking play but this year having a top scorer with 7 goals has to be seen as disappointing.

With regard to a change, there are no guarantees that simply sacking him will do anything other than book us in for more years of 'transition'

2) Fans

We need to get real. Last season was amazing but we had the best strikeforce, no euro games and were a surprise package.
Everyone knew this season would be less successful and top four and a good run in champs league was a decent target.

The amount of abuse aimed at our players and Brenda is counter productive. If you truly want us to improve voice opinions not abuse.

The current situation reminds me of some of the shameful racist abuse Fsg took when they did the awful thing of bailing our bankrupt club and taking on our debts.

If you say you support us then support us. End of.

3) Future

Firstly I think that we should part company with Br as I believe he is learning on the job, he has clear potential but we need a more experienced manager with a clearer vision.
I would only change manager as part of a major change to the club hopefully after this review thing has given us some real ideas for moving forward.

I also think the transfer committee needs to have a better Idea of what we need. Balotelli was our Falcao did not suit us but was available.

Our obvious desperation in the transfer market makes us soft targets for agents to use us as leverage. Eg Southampton.

Lastly I want to say we do have the makings of a very good side. We just lack real quality where it matters on and off the pitch.

Lastly Stevie G although not the same player has still provided the quality we generally lack.Still Mr Liverpool. We have a replacement in Emre so let's get a defender and get the lad up the pitch!

Rant over YNWA

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04 May 2015 12:03:59
Did Rodgers really say that?
I haven't seen it, but if it's true it's an absolute disgrace.
20 years service. Arguably our greatest ever player and this is what he's reduced to?

Having said that I hope our fans can hold themselves back and keep some self respect, the banner the other night was in very bad taste.

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