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21 Aug 2014 14:57:42
Girls and boys, get all your Balotelli negativity out now because when the deal is done, it is time to get behind the lad.

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21 Aug 2014 14:56:17
Has anybody else noticed Fabio Borini moon lighting in the new Toyota yaris advert.
He wants to get some shooting practice instead of singing in his car.

Mattyf1979

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21 Aug 2014 14:54:26
a little reminder that we bought suarez after he had this biting incident at ajax and he turned out to be a very important player for us, so let us all stop this endless moaning Lfc have bought a player we support him and give him a chance and maybe score a goal against mancity even. he will be a Liverpool player stop the bitching around.

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21 Aug 2014 14:54:17
A shame that Mario and Daniel didn't overlap, but they could feasibly have been Citeh's current strike partnership!

Looking forward to seeing them together, and making the Sheilk shake in fury at what he could've had.

Zeddicus

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21 Aug 2014 14:52:44
What if Balotelli is ready in time for the city game and scores the winner at etihad? the roof would come down.

Not his biggest fan because of his attitude but if he's a red now then we will get behind him and support him

YNWA

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21 Aug 2014 14:52:42
If the prices that are being thrown around for Balo are true then it seems a good deal to me. Mario in, and Borini out, I'd take that.

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21 Aug 2014 14:51:46
Brendan Rodgers is the best man manager in the league.

He turned Luis Suarez into the best striker in the world. Totally turned around Daniel Sturridge's career, making him one of the best forwards in the league. Developed Raheem Sterling through a rough patch into the best teenage player in the world.

Who's to say that Brendan can't work his magic with Balotelli?

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21 Aug 2014 14:43:11
Delighted. I have read all the threads on this page and tried to understand the negativity. I cant.
Mario will be a brilliant addition to the squad and I for one look forward to seeing him in a Red shirt performing his on the pitch magic.

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Problem being he might literally decide to wear a cape and hat on the pitch to do actual magic tricks.

RDL

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21 Aug 2014 14:37:49
Everyone trashing balotelli and his attitude should give him a chance. It's easy to point out his flaws and apparent attitude problems. People saying daft things like "a leopard doesn't change it's spots" etc. He is an extremely gifted footballer who has had immense difficulties from a young age, being a black man in an institutionally racist country for one. I think most people would have the attitude he has if they were vilified in the same way an constantly told they are not "one of there own". Let him come to our club where players are loved an accepted as long as they make the effort. I say all this because I'm a black man born in Italy, although I came to Liverpool at a young age, I know the problems he has encountered. I just feel in the right environment and encouragement he WILL fulfill his potential.

Toccie red

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21 Aug 2014 14:36:43
Bit weird seeing all these posts about MB. Everyone seems to be a football manager, too much money, doesn't fit in our system etc etc. you know what!? It's not your money. You don't decide the system. So if the manger buys a player maybe let him be the judge of the system we play as that's his job. i'm guessing he knows more about the deal, the player and the finances than any of you( that includes the eds- no disrespect intended) if he joins, welcome him in and judge him by what he does for our club not on his past or when you decide that you know what lfc's best formation is with zero input in their training everyday. Much as I love
This site their are some real haters on here. Everyone entitled to opinion but it gets tiresome when people seem to make it their sole objective to argue the same point on 300 posts. It isn't good reading.

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Very good shout

Toccie red

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21 Aug 2014 14:53:17
Mario would be welcomed by Liverpool fans all over the world. No question on it.
Lets not talk about the Manager's choice, His signings from Nuri sahin to Iago Aspas have cost the club quiet a lot.
Fans could express their opinions, Might be possitive or Negative.

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21 Aug 2014 14:33:30
anyone else think Borini might go now? would prefer him to stay but it seems like he wouldn't get much of a look in if the Balotelli deal goes through

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Borini was always going to Sunderland as soon as a striker was signed. So I expect that to be the case when the MB deal is wrapped up.

Red Rum

Red-Rum

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Respect to the lad for wanting to stay & fight for his place, but for him and his career I would say time to move on & hopefully for the £14 million.
Shame you could combine Borini's work ethic, energy and determination with Marios undoubted skill

Bandit06

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What would have been clever was to persuade Milan to take Borini in a straight swap.

Personally I like Borini. I'd keep him even more now, possibly help Mario to settle, show Mario the work rate and passion required. Think they'd have played off each other for Italy

You need 4 strikers, ask Mourinho, Fergie and Mancini/Pellegrini. They all won the title with this as a requirement.

EmreCanDo

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21 Aug 2014 14:21:35
Let the fireworks commence.

Mario will at least given strength & depth to the squad which is sadly been lacking in the striking department in recent seasons.

I'm not a huge fan but once he pulls on the red shirt he will have my full support so let's get behind him.

Leyland Wool

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21 Aug 2014 14:17:03
Club shop already selling Balotelli Shirts - Check the 'Liverpool sightings' section for picture!

WhyAlwaysMe

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21 Aug 2014 14:27:28
You've just customised it ha

TCotton

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Haha, I like the name tag!

Ozone

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Shame you picked number 9 and gave it away

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21 Aug 2014 14:12:34
With our more rigorous approach to medicals, I don't see there is any chance of Balotelli being available for Monday. On the plus side, perhaps his loose screw might be identified ;-)

I know he's kind of a risk but it's not a bad thing to have one or two players that have that x factor.

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21 Aug 2014 14:04:50
BBC are reporting it as a done deal.
Milan are stealing 16million quid from us.
I have the same feeling as when we signed Big Andy what's his name.
Heres a question for you EMS & co:
Do you think West Ham fans thought they were buying a world class centre forward when we sold them Big Andy?

I'd love to know what Milan fans are saying. they must be having some laugh.

Jackzokay

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For a start, Andy Carroll doesn't have the talent of MB and I don't recall EMS or anyone on this site saying AC was world class. I think signing a striker of quality for around £20m is a bargain in this day and age.

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Are you srsly comparing mario with carroll? Really? I guess you're half blind or clueless about talent and players abilities.

Chriis

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Well worth reminding mate, that a day before we signed Carrol we signed Suarez for 23M and no one could have predicted back then he would become the player the became. So I think we all need to be a bit modest in predictions.
Also worth reminding re Mario that he was in the starting eleven of Italy (a country not short of good forwards) in the last Wc and the last Euro and scored in both (including the two wining goals in the semi final against Germany in the Euro). He scored 14 league gaols last year and 3 more in Europe and has been quite consistent in scoring 10 goals or more in most recent seasons. Yes he has his issues and has some risks but for 16M, on the face of it, not a bad deal in my view. Hi is not brought as our main attack threat but more as a support to SAS and if one of them is injured. Giving the unexisting and extremely expensive alternatives I think he is a good buy.

fanobip

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The fact that you are comparing Andy Carroll to Mario Balotelli shows this post is not worth a well thought out reply

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21 Aug 2014 14:38:50
But if the money goes to Porto and Milan gets Jackson Martinez, that's one hell of a business for Milan.
Questions have to asked, Y we never went for Martinez?

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It's almost up there with those comparing balotelli to falcao

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Jackzokay, he's a Liverpool player. Despite your reservations and criticisms it is time to give him the benefit of the doubt and show him our full support. Hopefully we will get to see the real Balotelli on the pitch so let's make him welcome.
As a side note, I can't believe Liverpool FC are signing Mario Balotelli!

Blocked

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Way off the mark Jack. On his day Ballotellis unplayable. This just about rounds off a fantastic summer transfer window. I'm renowned on here for being pessimistic but I'm over the moon. This could be our 'Cantona' moment. Sturridge, Sterling, Markovic, Origi as an attacking line with Lambert as an option. It's looking good. Ballotelli has the lot, strength, fantastic first touch, vision and he knows where the
onion bag is. I'm convinced his characters made for LFC and we'll get his best years if Rodgers gets the right focus from him. I think if that madness streak can be channelled into a will to
win we're going places.

Ozone

Ed01{Ed001's Note - not often I say this Ozone, but I hope you are right. Actually I think that might be the first time I have ever said it!}

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21 Aug 2014 14:48:33
Because he didn't want to play in England for the same money he can get a Milan.

Tommy Irish Red

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I predicted it

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21 Aug 2014 14:02:27
First time poster. so go easy. Seems to be a debate about whether we have the tools to "turn around" Mario Balotelli, someone described it as him having an ephiphany. The right place for a troubled soul to find a home etc. I, like others, think a leopard does not change it's spots.

A modern example being Paul Gascoigne who never really over came his demons and to be honest I can't think of many who managed to "change", maybe Tony Adams and his battle with booze. So then who has proven the doubters wrong and changed.

moodyboy69

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Ive always hated that expression because mario balotelli, strangely enough, is not a leopard. he's a human being. And spots are a physical characteristic so it doesn't matter really. Human beings can change their behaviour easily enough.

Anonymous Woolback

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21 Aug 2014 14:02:12
What was the most important ingredient in our success last season?

Last season every player shown a togetherness and a real will to work as a unit which was why we achieved our highest finish in 5 years, earning a CL place in the process.

One great aspect of Rodgers is his ability to keep players grounded. If they want to play for Liverpool there is no room for big egos.

Suarez, despite his controversial episodes, took to the Liverpool cause and put his ego to one side last season. Sturridge, who was said to have had an attitude problem also got his head down and worked hard for the cause. Same goes for Sterling and I am sure there are others.

Every signing so far under Rodgers has been players we know will fully commit to the cause (regardless of their ability). Therefore, whoever else we sign whether it be Balotelli or any other player, If Rodgers is convinced that the player will commit to the cause, then so am I. If there is any doubt i'm sure he will pull the plug.

Red Rum

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That's what I was thinking Red.

I can't see us committing to any deal we are not sure would work out. Very good signing at a very good price.

Alfie

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21 Aug 2014 14:02:09
We're odds on faves at the bookies to sign Milner after completing Balotelli

Surely this is wrong? Cannot see a place for him this season. If Gerrard were to retire then yes Milner and Hendo would be great in the middle - but not this summer

EmreCanDo

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21 Aug 2014 14:01:39
hello eds,
crazy times.
if balotelli has agreed to join Liverpool and if there is wages gap between sturridge and balo . do u think it will affect the harmony of dressing room .

14_lfc

Ed01{Ed001's Note - I don't think that is the major issue when Balotelli does that regardless.}

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21 Aug 2014 13:54:19
with Stevie, Rickie and Super Mario we are going to be pretttty strong in penalty shootouts!

spoonlord

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21 Aug 2014 13:54:10
So all the endless focus and talk about the 'group' and the 'team dynamic' is about to be trashed by a egomaniac, narcissist, paranoid brat, called Mario

Brenda has lost her marbles

MrSpiggot

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21 Aug 2014 14:24:46
Mmmm nice positive post, good job " fans " like you are a minority - love him or hate him, the boy is a class footballer.

John B

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I hope I'm sat next to you at the next match. I love the positive vibes man.

Seriously does your mum remove all sharp objects from your house every night before she goes to bed.

Alfie

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21 Aug 2014 13:46:50
Hi Ed001,

Is there even a slightest chance that Glen Johnson will be sold in this transfer windows?

Even if there's no club which is willing to buy him, imo we should just release him on free or terminate his contract. Worth paying out few millions just to make sure he didn't start every match for us anymore. I know this would not happen but pretty much all fans would agree with me I think.

Cheers

Ed01{Ed001's Note - it is seeming less and less likely he will go now, though there might be someone needing a right back on deadline day. You never can be 100% sure in football.}

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I voiced this already Bleed.

I genuinely think it would be worth a couple of million just to be able to pick someone else. Especially now we have signed Moreno and Manquillo. Makes no sense buying/loaning them if we can't play both of them.

And what must Flanagan be thinking now? Played his heart out last season, with plaudits from almost everyone who watched him, and he will be on the bench behind a guy who looks like he would rather be on a beach with his feet up?

Hopefully this is the last debacle of this nature for the foreseeable future!

RedDawn

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I would be happy to let him run his contract down if he is willing to accept that he will need to fight for his place.

Red Rum

Red-Rum

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Thanks for reply Ed001,

I agree with both Red-Rum and redDawn. redDawn, its not a problem if someone else voice his opinion on a matter that has been voiced before. In fact, It shows that people do agree with you and after all, this is a LFC banter page. So everyone can share their thought.

ps: Would be interesting to see how Balotelli signing would turn out. But when he become a LFC player, I will give him my full support.

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21 Aug 2014 13:46:00
Back before Coutinho signed I posted something that showed his character (he had bought quite expensive leaving gifts for everyone). With Balotelli leaving Milan I thought I'd ask who I know to see what people think of him there, and the answer I have consistently got is "I would not like to work with him again." Without going into too much details many of the management team have been frustrated by his repeated ignorance.

Some of his teammates also have expressed their relief at his possible departure.

Talent wise many people praise his natural ability but also say he lacks the desire to improve. Is he a good signing? Debataable, he is a big gamble in my opinion but rodgers has managed to improve a lot of players at Liverpool and Balotelli has not worked with a sports psychiatrist before (milan do have a one who consults but Balotelli has never seen him) so maybe it might be different here.

Nevada

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If you had bananas and monkey sounds done to you would you also be nice to work with

hibsylfc

Ed01{Ed001's Note - that is nothing to do with his team mates.}

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I honestly think he'll still be the same Mario. He will score goals though which for some will be all that matters.

RDL

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I am an adult and a professional and often get aggressive patients who are less than kind and some are intentionally attempting to be hurtful. However I don't allow this to affect my work, that would be the mark of someone who is not a professional.

In my previous job I worked with some extremely difficult people who threw insults around like spare change (very common in the fashion industry) and again never took it to heart and did my job well.

There is a bit of hope for Mario, a very well respected italian ex professional told me (after meeting Mario last year) that he seemed like "a troubled soul looking for a home." and felt the right club could turn him into a world class player.

Nevada

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21 Aug 2014 13:43:58
Mario? Liverpool? It’s a blend of shock and amusement, much like when I found out that the Krankies were swingers. Good luck lad (assuming it happens).

Matthino

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21 Aug 2014 13:43:22
balotelli will sign and I think in our system he will surprise people, very talented and br can handle him.
and commercially it will help the club he gets loads of publicity and sponsors will be pleased.
i have a good feeling, sterling sturridge markovic lambert lallana ballotelli and maybe ibe(the future).
we done some good business let's hope it all gels.
Malta

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21 Aug 2014 13:42:32
Ok so now even super mario himself telling ssn that he's going to liverpiol. Don't get me wrof he's a good player. Would be funny now though if he is still a milan player by aeptember. Good luck to him if he does sign and here's hoping brendan can calm him down a notch or 5.

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21 Aug 2014 13:34:42
Just wanted to share my thoughts on few things I have been reading here:

Balotelli - He is a superbly talented player who can win us games. We all know he has attitude problem but hopefully we can work through it. I am not expecting him to suddenly change but maybe BR can extract what is required from him. On a personal note I love to watch this guy. Remember " Why always me " against United!

Suarez - People need to move on. He was great when he was here and played a major role in getting us to Champions League. He will always be a special player for me. As for all that talk about him disgracing our club etc. He always played with passion and a will to win. I remember our 2nd last match against Palace where after we scored the goals, he was rushing back with the ball so that the game could resume as we planned to make up the goal difference. Then after we drew the match I remember him crying and Gerrard consoling him. He always played with heart, which is something you don't often get from players.
P.S. Regarding the world cup biting incident. I believe that it was his way of trying to force a move after Liverpool tried to pull out or were dragging their feet on a deal which had been agreed months ago with Barcelona. Of course this is pure speculation.

Lallana- I saw some post yesterday, trashing him and just could not believe it. He is now a Liverpool player. Please give him enough chances to play before criticizing. Same goes for other new signings. Also, if Man U or Everton had snapped him up, we all would have blamed the club for not doing enough.

We are in CL : I think this has gone little unappreciated around here with people bitching about players, BR and owners. This is the same group of people who got us very near to the title after finishing seventh in the previous season. If there was ever a time for getting behind them, it is now.

Thanks to all the eds and frequent posters. I love the banter

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Alfie

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21 Aug 2014 13:27:44
Having read Brendans comments from a few weeks back he was pretty clear that we are not interested in Mario.

Just from a footballing point of view Mario is a talented player but his temperament is highly questionable. Not the sort of player I thought the club would go for so soon after ridding themselves of a previous PR disaster.

Now, should we complete this deal Brendan will no doubt look/feel like a tool. I know things can change rapidly in football but all things considered I'm left to wonder whether Brendan is/was against signing Mario and if this is one of those occasions where he has a signing he didn't necessarily want.

Overall, I'm aware of the risk being taken at the thought of signing him which is why I have my doubts over this deal but as an opposition fan I've always enjoyed watching him and his unpredictability.

Jassi

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Perhaps he is not the choice of Brendan Rodgers?}

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BR praised Marios ability one day then had to back track to say categorically not joining Liverpool. Perhaps because he was pursuing other targets but also maybe to avoid the saga which took place with Dempsey & saying too much too soon.

Bandit06

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That would be my guess based off of absolutely no knowledge whatsoever.

Balotelli is not the sort of 'hard working' player BR seems to prefer and he was pretty emphatic that Mario would not be joining. BR has talked about researching 'mentality' and how he wants players with the right sort of one and it would take very little research to discover that Mario is not exactly known that.

I think this was a committee decision, good or bad one is still to be determined.

RDL

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Or maybe he was playing it cool. Just a thought guys. Keep the price down? Stop others getting in there first? Kind of like the Liverpool way.

To be honest who gives a funk what he said. Jesus.

Alfie

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21 Aug 2014 13:16:44
SUPER MARIO

Get me to the shop Geeves as the new away shirt is having Balotelli 45 liveried - regardless of what the labrador feels about this.

Much love,

N.

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21 Aug 2014 13:10:25
hello eds,
do u think that Liverpool will sign balotelli?
YNWA

14_lfc

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Yes I do.}

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21 Aug 2014 12:58:06
I am soo happy. My favourite player is joining my club :) the back of my tshirt gna have why always me and if we win the title, I'll put champions at the bottom :) welcome Mario ballotelli

tonkz99

Ed02{Ed002's Note - You might want to take an adult who can spell his name with you when getting your shirt made up.}

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Jealous chelsea fan 😂😂

tonkz99

Ed02{Ed002's Note - He was offered to Chelsea yesterday - they didn't want him. But at least I can spell his name.}

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Of course he was. Ok balotelli happy now

tonkz99

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21 Aug 2014 13:41:03
Ed, that is brilliant haha!

RobInRed

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On behalf of all Liverpool fans Tonkz, stop being a ****.

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Jolly red bet u didn't want balotelli? because u don't seem very jolly at the moment

tonkz99

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21 Aug 2014 12:37:32
I personally think Balotelli will be immense for us. Big, strong, vocal, not frightened to have a pop at goal from ridiculous angles/distances. Who does that remind you of? :-)

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Sam Allardyce?}

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Andy Carroll?

The real AG

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Saurez

Marioantle

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Big, strong, vocal. is it Adele?

Alan Measles

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Our bin man

Jackzokay

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'Wee' Jimmy Krankie?

Nrams73

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Hitler?

Scab Inspector

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Pavarotti? The go compare man? Greg Davies? The Great Khali?

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21 Aug 2014 12:33:29
Who can't say there not excited about ballotelli? Ems might go on about stats ;) but regardless he's a big risk but a bigger talent. Pace, power, technique and a very good finisher. Two things are missing atm, attitude and hardwork, that's Brendans task now.
Reds, what a window we've had' if Johnson leaves that will be the cherry on top. We are in for a great season

Big Al

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I hardly think it's been a great window.

Jordan ibe, Kristoffer Peterson, Texiera, Brad Smith, Ryan Mclaughlin seem to be have been given a massive middle finger.

I mean, I'm not saying the signings we have made are bad players but why did we get Manquillo? When we have Flanagan, Mclaughlin.

Why have we signed so many attack minded players of a similar style that Ibe and Texiera look to have been forced out on loan? It makes you think will Ibe ever get a chance despite being undoubtedly a extremely talented footballer.

However, I still think we'll have a good season. But got to feel for the younger lads who have had there chances this season all but blocked.

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Leave it with the Johnson bashing now eh. It's getting tedious.

Alan Measles

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Good post mate :) I can't wait to see him line-up for us.

Imagine if he scored his first goal this coming monday as a late substitute. City fans would go mental! haha

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I actually liked all these loans, other than Smith, who plays in a position we weren't exactly inundated with talent in, these players wouldn't have got much game time

I am confident that Ibe will get a fairly decent run out next season and I would expect the others may get given cup rotations and subs dependent on how they perform on loan

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Aggers i'm being positive, whilst there has been a few top signings, there is an issue there with youngsters opportunities. RB, you are correct, though im.hoping QPR takes Johnson off our hands to allow Flanagan to shine again. Upfront I have the same.concerns with ibe. I believe he would have more of an impact than Markovic who though a talent i'm not sure why he was signed, don't think he was.necessary if BR really rated ibe who has shown a wealth of ability. I think lallana signing questioned texeiras role also. Though some were pivital for e.g moreno and lovren, could we maybe have spent the 20million that was spent in Markovic on a top GK.
But yes, t here is a situation with youngsters getting a.chance.

Big Al

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Manqullio looks great. Much better then Kelly who has now left. With Johnson off next summer (fingers crossed this) Wisdom should return.
That gives us Manquillo RB and RWB, Wisdom RB and CB cover and Flanno covering RB/LB. All young and versatile to give a number of options

McLaughlin, he played wing in the U21 game and think he got man of the match. My guess is he is being groomed into a RWB as Manquillo could well return to Spain with the buy back option.

EmreCanDo

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Maybe we signed manquillo because he is awesome and Liverpool standard right now? I am sorry but we always talk about our acadamy players as if they could walk in any premier league club. the truth is they are not good enough. Don't get me wrong, mclaughin is very good prospect, but only prospect. manquillo is very higly rated and seen as a spain right back in couple of years. only reason why we managed to sign him is he wanted to come so badly.

mandzo

Ed01{Ed001's Note - Manquillo is not rated any higher than our prospects at all. He is still seen as just a prospect. Dreamer you are lad.}

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Understand where you are coming from on all points al.

I think Lovren s far and wide our best signing of the window and Moreno is a player that I'd of liked and we got him. Maybe having Smith as his understudy would have been better than Enrique. He would have 2 excellent prospects battling it out then.

I'm not saying Manquillo isn't good! I haven't seen enough to make a real judgement. I just doubt he is any better than Mclaughlin or Flanagan. If the likes of Johnson left then it would be better.

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21 Aug 2014 12:29:09
Eds question for your knowledgable brains. Who is the better player and value

Ballotelli - if £16m purchase fee correct

Destro - if £20m purchase fee is correct

Not looking for agents fees and wages or in-depth money info, just purely who is the better football player and purchase.

EmreCanDo

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I have no interest in discussing the money, but they are very different players so I am not sure how they can be compared. Both are about to move with Adriano and Jackson Martinez their replacements - so everyone should be happy.}

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21 Aug 2014 12:41:54
Jackosn Martinez is a fantastic talent and Milan would have best deal.

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Both seem like good buys, however Destro reminds me of Borini and I think he'll struggle or a season or two. The EPL is physical and fast paced and he is very lightweight. A great player none the less though. Balotelli is the superior player by far, however he has the attitude issue.

I think both will be successful in the long term, but in terms of instant impact, Balotelli will completely clipse Destro next season in my opinion. Not many Italian strikers come to England and do well. In fact, Mario is the only Italian to come to England and win the league! Aside from Di Canio, Zola and Balotelli I can't think of a single other Italian who stood out in the league. Borini did fairly well last season and I would've preferred to keep him and give him a chance than sign anyone, but it wasn't to be.

It's impossible to say with authority who will be the better signing though because Balotelli could fly kick Kompany this weekend and miss half the season with a ban. On the other hand, Destro could tear knee ligaments and never reach his potential. It's all predictions and opinions. In my opinion though, Balotelli will thrive now he is finally going to be in a settled environment where he won't be racially abused, 4th choice striker, playing for an awful team or have a manager with a dominance complex.

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Ravinelli, De Canio and erm Aquilani

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Is Destro moving to Chelsea ed? Before you say ask on the Chelsea page I already have

St Helens Red

Ed01{Ed001's Note - well then you will have to wait on the reply there then!}

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21 Aug 2014 12:23:54
The Mario Balotelli debate is an interesting one. I agree with both sides if that were possible!

Initially, I was well against the possible arrival of Super Mario. Primarily for his antics and the possibility of unsettling the superb chemistry of our players. His work rate is not the best either and quite frequently disappears from the game. I remember him well at City, when every time he would come off the bench, he would either get a red card or score the winning goal. He is that much of a gamble. Just look at how other teams have been so desperate to get rid of him! He's had some great managers work with him too, including Mourinho and Mancini. Granted they're not the best at man management, as they prefer to adopt a no tolerance attitude, but there's no doubt that any coach in the world would struggle with Mario.

But then, if we look at the positives, the price being reported is ridiculously cheap! Sorry eds, for I know the finance details are going to be off, but the press are reporting the deal around 20 million euros! That's around the same price as Bony if I'm not mistaken. And then I saw his age. He's only just turned 24! He's very young considering how much he's achieved so far. Cavani and Falcao are brilliant players, but my main concerns with both of them were how costly they would be, and their age. Cavani is 27 and Falcao is 28! If we somehow bought either of them, we'd only get a coupe years out of them, while paying astronomical fees and wages. I'm not saying Balotelli will be cheap, but we will get more years out of him.

Ignoring the financial aspect of the deal, yes, Balotelli has terrible attitude problems, but if we look at his actual ability, you'll notice that he has little or no weaknesses that are not connected to his attitude. He has a bad work rate and awful discipline, but these weaknesses can be removed. If Rodgers were to somehow address these problems, he could turn him into one of the best strikers in the world! But addressing those problems is no easy task. It will be Rodger's biggest challenge as of yet, there's no doubt in that. If he succeeds, then we have one of the best strikers in the world, and if he fails. well let's not talk about that.

It's a big risk, I'm not denying that. However, can you think of a better striker in the world currently available for £20 million or less? We've lauded Rodgers for his recent success, but can he go one step further and do what Mourinho and Mancini could not? The odds are not in our favour, but when were they ever?

RyanAJ13

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Your point about age, 27/28 is not a concern. Those two players are top strikers. You are buying like most player a 4-5 yr contract. That's 31/32. You're buying the peak years of proven finished article.

Look at other top clubs who win titles and look at their purchases. Best example van Persie. Utd paid £30m was it? 31 was he? He won them the title. Juve have Llorente and Tevez both around 30 both bought in around 28? Juve won the title

Not saying signing Falcao would guarantee title, but if City or Chelsea bought him bookies would put them favourites. Just saying don't write off that age group

EmreCanDo

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Yes, guaranteed Van Persie won United the title, but I can't help thinking he was a bad signing in the long term. His injuries meant he had little impact last season, and I can't see him staying fit long enough to make much of an impact this season either. Who would you rather have, a player like Sterling who will slowly cause more of impact each season for the next 10 years or so, or a player like Van Persie who will win you everything in one season, but nothing in the next? So I'm sorry, but I disagree with you about age being irrelevant. You say 4-5 years, but you forget that before that contract is up, you can either sign them for another contract with no signing on fee, or even sell them to another club for a possible profit. Signing players like Van Persie and even Falcao for high transfer fees makes no financial sense.

RyanAJ13

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Plus, strikers don't generally reach their peak till mid to late 20's. obviously this depend on players etc, I'm talking about in general before someone pops up with stats on a 21 year old Amazonian.

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"Van Persie was a bad signing yet he won them the league?!"
Does that actually make sense to you?
It just goes to show people will say anything to delude themselves.
Reminds me of that old story about the emperors clothes

Jackzokay

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Sturridge, Suarez, Owen, fowler, all hit big numbers and played well before mid 20's Those are just former Liverpool players

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Bony is available for similar money and he'd be a safer option. Your question is better though not safer and I don't think anyone can know.

Balotelli is far more talented but far more wasteful of his talent. I would prefer Bony myself. I think he is very good and you would get good value from him for years.

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Yes it does make sense. Look at Man United now. They're in turmoil. If you spend all your money on players who can only manage one season, then you're going to suffer in the long term. Granted there's many other reasons why United are doing so badly, but don't you think United would be benefiting more if they had bought someone like Sturridge? Answer me this for example, would you do a straight swap of Sterling for Falcao or even Sturridge for Cavani? Cavani and Falcao are currently better players than either of Sterling or Sturridge, but no way in hell would I swap them. Why? Because they're young, could be at the club for many years and can keep improving drastically. Sterling may not win us the title next season, but he has the potential to for many years later. Will Van Persie help United win multiple trophies in the next 10 years? Fans need to stop thinking of only the current season and start thinking of what's best in the long term.

RyanAJ13

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Im with you, Sean.

Jackzokay

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21 Aug 2014 14:14:08
People don't seem to understand the statement of 'in general'. And Suarez best season was last season. Playing well in the Dutch league isn't too difficult, look at Kuyt's record.

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Can't argue with you Sean. Bony would be a safer option, and I would be happy if we signed Bony tbh. But it looks like we're going so sign Mario Balotelli, and so therefore, he has my full backing. I just hope he listens to Rodgers.

RyanAJ13

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You keep saying to buy players in the peak of their career stuie_boy, but when you sign a young player, you have the chance of keeping them for when they reach their peak, yet for a much smaller fee. When you sign a player at their peak, you also buy them with their transfer fee at its peak. Liverpool rarely sign players at their peak, but help them progress into world class players. This makes much more financial sense, and in all truth, we don't have the money of Madrid, Man City or PSG to throw silly amounts of money at players in their prime.

We bought Suarez, Alonso, Reina, Mascherano, Kuyt, Agger, Skrtel, and many more, when they were young and cheap and all progressed to be better players.

And now we have players like Sturridge, Sterling, Coutinho, Suso, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno and many, many more. None of these players are yet to reach their peak, but much are expected of all them. They'd have been far more expensive if we had waited until they reached their peak before signing them. Its better to sign them while they're young so we can work on getting the best of them and have them in our service for many years to come.

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21 Aug 2014 12:19:50
Hey Eds and Reds,
I agree that Balotelli career at Liverpool could either be a good move or a bad move.
I see it as a risk but not a BIG risk like people on here are making out. This guy has undeniable talent and the potential to be one of the best strikers in the BPL, even the world. As is his talent, his attitude is also undeniable. The guy has really seemed to be pushed out of every club at he is at as he is trouble, everyone knows that. If he does keep up to his old ways, laziness, rash challenges ending up in a pointless red card. I don't agree that BR is a miracle worker with players like a few people on here do. If we support Balotelli if he comes, he could thrive on the love from the Kop, a lot have players on. Its just a question of really is he going to be motivated to play for us or his attitude going to be exactly the same I do feel when I see him play though, that he thinks he's playing for Mario Balotelli not the team he is actually playing, its all him him, him.
I also wonder how he would link up with Sturridge would there personalities complement each other? Then that could turn out to be a really good deal, or;
Will they just completely clash and just both just be really selfish as I do also see Sturridge as a bit greedy at times, anyway hopefully if Balotelli comes it will be a good move however support the guy none the less.
Cheers

Mr.C

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Hes going to be the best striker in the world now? c'mon guys Milan are selling us a pup!

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21 Aug 2014 12:14:33
Balotelli to Sky Italia: "This is my last day in Milan. I am going to Liverpool."

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21 Aug 2014 11:40:45
You have to see balotelli "troll legend" on YouTube. It is absolutely funny. Good times ahead!

ZechG

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'It is absolutely funny' haha

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21 Aug 2014 11:38:11
Balotelli will make Brendan a legend, or he will make him a failure. Personally I think it's a gamble that will pay off for Brendan and for us fans. Hope it's not to premature, to say welcome to our great club Balotelli YNWA.

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I'm worried about him in training too, he's famous for not trying and skipping drills etc. hopefully doesn't rub off on some of the younger ones.

Fencey

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Spot on Fencey.

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21 Aug 2014 11:31:51
It's time to have a brief moment to reflect on what a fantastic job Brendan Rodgers has done at Liverpool.
To compete with the richest clubs in sports history with the team he had last season is nothing short of a miracle. Sitting between city and Chelsea, well ahead of Aresnal and Utd.

What a fantastic man and a wonderful manager. I haven't enjoyed watching Liverpool so much since I was a child. What a season it was! The pace, the passing, the invention, the demolition of certain teams, we were terrific.

I cannot wait to see the new signings - even Balotteli if he is indeed the man. So excited - champions league is back at the best supported club in the world.

Thank you Brendan Rodgers.

Marioantle

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We needed a striker and it looks like we snared one, a loan would have been better imo but hey a big thank you to ian ayre and co who have done their jobs well in contrast to a few execs I won't name, we must ship out a few guys now I would imagine and here is my list johnson agger borini assaidi . I have nothing against these guys but I just think we have to sell some guys and they are top of my list to go.

dubred68

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Great shout, he's managed to conduct himself with class and dignity aswell IMO, no threatening ball boys and such if losing.

Class act Brendan.

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21 Aug 2014 11:49:01
All this talk of Ballotelli reminds of of a time when we were signing another young striker who never lived up to his potential. BR got him playing twice as good as I ever expected. I genuinely believe we have one of the best young managers on the planet and if he wants balotelli then I want him aswell. Simple as that. To add aswell. I love his personality. Some hate it but sometimes it's the type of character you need in a squad. Rodgers ain't no Mancini so I believe he will mature more with us

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21 Aug 2014 11:47:35
Super Mario would have 2 options on infront of him.

1. This is my last chance to save my sinking career.

2. I don't give damm about the options.

Pretty sure which one Mario would choose.

Its fun time at Melwood.

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I find it pathetic that you had no problem condoning Suarez's behavior but criticize Balotelli's.

The real AG

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21 Aug 2014 12:30:20
The Real AG

So what's your point?. I need to continue supporting players who are mess off the field?.

You were the one always pushing me to change my attitude and support the club and not a bad player, And when I am actually doing it, You are dissapointed?

So what's your call on those who Ripped Suarez and are welcoming Ballo to the club?

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No one was as strong willed as you in their support of Suarez.

My point is that you seem quite hypocrite.

The real AG

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Having said that, when Balotelli joins LFC, I would appreciate it if you support him, like I will.

The real AG

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But ballotelli has never done anything bad towards our club. That's the difference, if I goes through I will be buzzing the lads got an easy 20goals in him and would be more then worth the money

S7 a S31 a S15

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21 Aug 2014 13:31:01
The Real AG

I would support him If he joins Liverpool FC, But I would have my views on the player being honest.

Did you say Hypocryte?. that's a very poor way for another Liverpool fan. I haven't lied nor pretended anything here.

I have moved on well from Suarez and don't want another one with the club.

Opinions and views on a player would always change over their performance, You can't call everyone a Hypocrite.

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Harry and AG
Behave lol

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21 Aug 2014 11:46:17
Pretty sure Mino Raiola is also Assaidis agent, so we may all be debating this Mario business for no reason

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Strong edit on my zlatan joke -.-

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If mario says he is 'leaving milan today and going to Liverpool' then I can say it definately isn't anything to do with assaidi.

Anonymous Woolback

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21 Aug 2014 11:45:46
Gotta hand it to Macca, was a big call! Would have looked rather silly if it never came together.

Fencey

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21 Aug 2014 11:19:41
All the EDS and fellow REDS

In my humble opinion the Ballotelli signing, if it ever happens, could could be an inspiring move by the club. True, he is an eccentric
True, he has had discipline problems in the past
True, neither Mancini nor Mourinhio could connect with him
BUT:
He is a true talent and does the unexpected ala Suarez
He is passionate but feels discriminated ala Suarez
His charity work underlines a man with a heart of gold.
Liverpool will give him what no other club could. Our unequaled support and love.

Mancini and Mourinho are not the best at players with personalities ; Tevez, Lukaku etc

Brendan has the manskill to bring the best out of Ballotelli, think of Cantona, how terrible everyone thought he was but was in fact a genius suffering to be understood.
I personally hope it happens because IMO this will be an inspiring signing that will push us up a step higher than we already are.

IranRed in London

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Thumbs up from me
I really hope even if he does not come he turns out a Cantona rather than a Gascoiigne

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21 Aug 2014 11:18:58
Balotelli refused to answer questions from the sun at a press conference - looks like he'll fit right in a Liverpool then.

JFT96

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Haha I remember that, was a very long time ago after his milan move, something along the lines of "when I was in england, your paper did nothing but talk bad about me so I won't talk to you"

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21 Aug 2014 11:18:05
Regardless of where you stand on the Balotelli debate, its so refreshing to see the banter about a player who truly divides opinion! Yes, there's players who some people rate slightly higher than others But to see a signing that is so truly unpredictable and could literally go either way, certainly fires up the interest and excitement levels!

Zeddicus

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Although it makes a pain in the back side reading all of it

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21 Aug 2014 11:12:16
Everyone look out for a very inconspicuous camouflaged Bentley

forlornhope83

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Not Bentley surely, he's useless

Blocked

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Camouflaged as a Vauxhall?

The real AG

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21 Aug 2014 12:57:20
Wow, I just didn't see it!

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21 Aug 2014 11:11:48
Balotelli on loan - agree
Balotelli permanent signing - disagree

g1dgo

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Doesn't matter: Milan will only do a permanent deal for him.

The real AG

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I get the impression that if he feels he won't be coming back to Liverpool, it will give him more of an excuse not to try.

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21 Aug 2014 11:07:56
Apparently Mario Balotelli has told his AC Milan team-mates that today will be his last day at the club. More media spin or Liverpool (or another club) are about to open the checkbook shortly?

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21 Aug 2014 10:37:06
{Ed001's Note - I would be very disappointed with him. He has a dreadful attitude to training, has completely the wrong lifestyle for a professional athlete and is a liability. I think he is incredibly entertaining, but he is simply never going to achieve anything like what he should do. He is a wasted talent and always will be.}

Ed would you say this bodes well then for Balotelli's future, I only ask as 90% of the time when you put your kneck on the line either with the hope we sign a certain player (Medal) or opinion on a player (Suarez before we signed him) it somehow seems to go against you.

Not a criticism Ed just sympathetic that its always you lol.

Ed01{Ed001's Note - I am not sure how it goes against me, other than we just don't sign the ones I wanted? Suarez was more trouble than he was worth, which is what I always said before we got him. Yes he was a better player than I foresaw but he was also a lot more trouble!

As for Medel, he has shown why I wanted him to sign and I still believe we made a mistake not picking him up. I would love Balotelli to prove me completely wrong, but he has shown a consistent poor attitude, lack of application, tendency towards idiotic and violent actions, lack of any kind of ability to work for a team's benefit rather than his own and a complete and utter immaturity that is staggering for anyone over the age of 5.

Our whole transfer policy this season has been a joke. We have bought players we don't need, good players, but not needed players. Then when it comes to the positions we did need to add in, we send out a promising young player on loan, mess about until the last minute with the main target and so are unable to play him in the first game and generally seem to be run by imbeciles.

This just seems to be compounding the issues we have already shown. We are not desperate for a striker, despite the fans obsession with signing big names. What we need is to start trusting some of the great youngsters we have coming through to be the back ups. The way things are going, we may as well scrap our academy now. Which of the kids is going to get near the first team if we don't have a major injury crisis? Who is going to be the next Sterling to get a shot?

It certainly won't be Ibe, he will now be lucky to even get a sniff of the bench this season, even if he doesn't go out on loan. Last season the club took a chance on some of the academy products to fill in gaps and it paid off. Why change it? Why not let those in the team continue to grow and give a few others a chance too?}

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I agree on many levels, particularly about the transfer strategy. The committee or whatever they are called now, are just poorly run.

The main purpose of this committee is to pick up good players, ready fro a step-up for a decent price (example, Dejan Lovren could have been bought for 9 million Pounds last season and we were very interested, but chose Ilori).

Another one, they have known that there was a very good chance Suarez would be going this year, but really made no real attempt at trying to sound out players who could replace him. And don't tell me we didn't replace Suarez with one player because we just have replaced his position in the squad with Balotelli.

One wonders what the role of some of these people on the transfer committee are if they don't financially do business that benefits the club while at the same time bring in players who could improve the squad.

I posted even before the last season finished that we needed only 3 or 4 players, top players. But BR and the team really have gone through wholesale changes once again.

What is done s done; I hope the club are more prudent the way they do business in the future. The last thing now we all want is LFC to struggle this year and I hope for BR's and the transfer committee's sake that we don't hear a "year of transition" from BR anytime this year.

The real AG

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Fully agree with ed on this 1. i'm more for giving the kids a go, considering we seem to have an abundance of talent coming thru.

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Sorry Ed I think this is very harsh. To say on Suzrez he was more trouble than he was worth? sorry mate that is not serious. He is responsible with his own legs for brining us back to the CL, as well as raising expectations enthusiasm and and belief around the club and now with the 65 of 75 Millions we got for him we can bring 4-5 very good players. And he was bought for less than 23M - so more or less tripled with worth, for me not only one of the best signing in the history of LFC but in the history of British football. Re the signing of this summer - we have to wait and see. On paper some of them are very promising. Regarding yougsters - very few teams in top leagues in Europe today have more than 1 or 2 home players in their starting 11 because statistically the chance that your club will produce more than 1-2 top class players is very small. But if they turns out to be so great what is wrong to let them demonstrate it in a one year loan in weaker teams where they will get many more minutes?

fanobip

Ed01{Ed001's Note - if you are that clueless that you think it was down to one player, then it is a waste of time discussing football with you.}

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I agree with you ed001, but maybe you are a bit too harsh? would your answer be the same if we bought Falcao? don't get me wrong, i'm not criticizing, just bantering. personally I would be happier if we kept ibe and spent the markoviz money on an up and coming attacker

STEPH1

Ed01{Ed001's Note - Falcao is a world class talent. Balotelli is a world class fool. Big difference. You don't mind talented youngsters missing out when the best is stopping them getting in the team.}

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21 Aug 2014 11:25:49
Hi Eds and reds,

With all this talk of Balotelli is he/isn't he what we need, and what is or isn't in Johnson's contract, thought I might change the subject and lighten the mood a bit.

Was attending a meeting this morning, the person I was meeting was caught up so I was sat in reception watching women's football on Eurosport while I waited. Now some of these female strikers were built like tanks so would be strong on the ball, very fast with high energy levels and knew a trick or two. Now if we could convince them to undergo a sex change, would they be able to play in the EPL? I'm guessing they're not on high wages and the transfer fee would be minimal, might be an option to the other 1000 names being linked to us on a daily basis ;-)

This is all tongue in cheek obviously but was just wondering eds if this was to happen, are there any Fifa/Uefa rules that would prohibit this?

Cheers,

WelshScouse
YNWA
JFT96

WelshScouse

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Not sure about the pro's, but locally here, australia, it's illegal to stop men playing in the ladies division. A few years ago a few of us were almost allowed by our club to play the last game of the season to get the women's team into the final series. Needless to say, they came to their senses and said no. Shame, we would have battered them.

Burkeyboy

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21 Aug 2014 11:24:30
Signing balotelli would give us a fear factor similar to what Suarez gave us on the pitch. Yes he can be lazy, a loose cannon & others but on his day he can be unplayable. Having him in our team would make the other side very vary in ways they wouldn't be with borini, Lambert, yesil etc opponents see balotelli & they get scared because of what he can do. He doesn't always do it & he comes with more problems but he's like bervatov who was a wonderful footballer but didn't break a sweat having him on the pitch gives us a Diego Costa like presence & a player with huge quality fair enough he might not do it but that won't stop him being marked, creating space for others

Ed02{Ed002's Note - It is the haircuts the opposition will be scared of. A fur factor if you will.}

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21 Aug 2014 11:53:48
JUSt like Brendan said with sturridge it's ballatellis last chance of saving a promising career at the top level.

Tommy Irish Red

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Andy Carroll is unplayable on his day too apparently. just never had very many of those days.

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I am allergic to fur, so I can understand the fear.

The real AG

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21 Aug 2014 12:38:22
Was that because Andy was mainly injured on his day?

Dustopia

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21 Aug 2014 13:00:36
Not injured, hung over.

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21 Aug 2014 11:24:10
Hi all long time reader first time poster. Assuming Balotelli signs do you think that will be Liverpool transfer business concluded or will they still look for more signings maybe song or konoplyanka. Cheers and keep up the great work

Lancsred80

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I expect a player or two to leave - as I said earlier Coates may go in a trade for Romero.}

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21 aug 2014 11:04:33
i think i've lost all faith in life if bazza comes to liverpool.

go away blingotelli

Scouse Ben

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21 Aug 2014 11:30:37
Are we going for the most ridicules post of the day award?

If so you, here's one hoping you win it.

Dustopia

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Cheers bud don't agree with the signing the ethos of his mentality is all wrong for the team and I'd rather have someone who genuinely will run and close the defence down on a regular basis.

Scouse Ben

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21 Aug 2014 12:33:51
Fair enough, but "lost all faith in life"?

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21 Aug 2014 10:55:02
To all the people questioning ballotelli's stats, remind me how good sturridges stats were before moving here?

As I remember it, I don't even think torres' stats were that good before he came here either, something like 15 goals in 45 appearences in his final season at atletico?

Judge the player on his potential and ability, as we have done with sturridge and torres beforehand, and try and harness that ability into something refined.

The fact that balotelli hasn't matured into a striker like sturridge or torres yet, is probably because of the managers and teams he has played for.

When at inter, he was playing under jose mourinho, and this was when he was very young so you can't expect magic there.

When he moved to city, he was competing with 3 other strikers, mostly used off the bench, and had to play for one of the most overrated and poorest of man managers in the game.

He has since moved to AC milan, who are in complete disarray and in their worst slump in living memory, so he's hardly had a good run of the mill there either.

At Liverpool he will get respect, be a vital member of the team, have a manager who will
respect and try to improve him, and be in a team which is on the up and in need of his services. I think he will thrive in this environment and perform to his best. If he doesnt, then he really is a lost cause.

Anonymous Woolback

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But he won't train! Nor act like a professional athlete and role model!
Thats got nothing to do with stats or potential. he's lazy; he's loud-mouthed, he's insolent, he's disruptive, he's self-centred and he's bling-laden person!
If he was any good would Milan be so keen to get shot?!?

Jackzokay

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I think we'll judge the player by his off field antics and laziness. This is what has caused so many problems in the past, it would require a serious epiphany on his part to cop on and make something of his talent.

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Post of the day mate.

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21 Aug 2014 12:06:34
Not sure mate. Sturridge knows at least how to put on the shirt. I remember a video on youtube where Supermario had a problems with it on training. He doesn’t look very smart person. And I also don’t believe Brendon will handle him, he didn’t handle even Suarez. And even if he will find a form with us he will not stay with us…money talks.

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21 Aug 2014 10:53:50
People worrying about fitting Sturridge and Balo into one side need not worry, Balo can and has played on both wide forward roles, so I imagine he'd take Suarez's role. If we do get him, he's going on the back of my shirt. Bloody cult legend in the making.

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21 Aug 2014 10:48:36
I'm not convinced Balotelli is the right man. I don't disagree with the fact that he has talent in abundance. I question his desire and willingness to put this to good use. He seems to court controversy wherever he goes and loves the bad boy image. I think Brendan is being a little naive to think he can change him. The last thing we need is another poorly disciplined striker.

This guy

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He will need to restyle himself to shed the bad boy image and become loved by the media.

I suggest an appearance on 'Strictly' and perhaps a special episode of 'Being: Mario' where he cries about something.

That and a new haircut to represent his spiritual rebirth, like King Kenny's or 70's Keegan.

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Tell you what 'This Guy'

Managers/Coaches do have problems with their own ego's when it comes to taming unruly geniuses imo >>>

However after the LS episode surely BR must realise your club doesn't need another loose howitzer on deck?

If Suarez is ''an accident waiting to happen''

Then MB must have Thunderbird 1 on permanent standby!

FAB lol

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Haha forget Brendan, Steve Peters must have insisted on a new challenge after Suarez left!

I see where your coming from . My issue is the message it sends to young players. Look at someone like Borini who was 100% professional in his attitude, had an unfortunate injury which ruined his first year, then goes on loan in the bpl and proves he is capable of playing for Liverpool and performs well only to come back and probably be sold ( I expect so anyway ). I can hardly remember the last time we loaned a player and they came back to the first team!

I love the manager but he also seems to have completely backtracked on this whole thing about signing players with the right 'profile'.

Ah well, if he signs, he's LFC and that's all that matters so I'll support the guy.

Hawkeye

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21 Aug 2014 11:33:34
I wonder if Cisse's old house is available? Could see Mario as Lord of The Manor!

Zeddicus

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Borini wants to leave as I heard it, nothing wrong with the player really but he really was a clueless signing to begin with, brendan really didn't know what to do with him, only that 'he had worked with him before'.

You could say the same about allen but we had nothing like allen in the squad at the time so I suppose that was warranted.

Anonymous Woolback

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And I don't think brendan will have signed mario without sitting down and speaking to him about standards, expectations and so forth. If he doesn't fit the bill he won't buy him, simple.

Anonymous Woolback

Ed02{Ed002's Note - The player is in Italy. He hasn't sat down and spoken about "standards" with BR. Assurances will be sought from his representatives.}

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21 Aug 2014 10:48:30
EMS and Reet

Seems your wish being Granted.
Mario, Liverpool's new No.9

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More like LFC's new number 45.

The real AG

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Impossible.

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Lambert is our new number 9. Balotelli will be 11 or 7 I'd have thought.

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Lambert is No.9

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21 Aug 2014 11:53:58
Balotelli always has no.45

lfcsupporter

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Good shout on 45, he wore that number at inter, citeh (he had to swap with some.kid) and Milan. And take a look at our squad numbers this year. We have a 44 and a 46 but no 45. How long have we been planning this?

User013

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Balotelli will wear number 45, which I think is the number he has worn at all of his previous clubs.

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21 Aug 2014 10:44:04
This Balotelli thing has been some debate
Almost everyone from the regulars to the eds to the infrequent posters have been involved
After painstakingly reading through all the posts
There are obviously two groups
One who would welcome Balotelli and think he would be a great signing eg EMS, Zeddicus (I think lol), myself etc
Then there are those opposing the Mario transfer tooth and nail
Eg Harry/Boom/Dream/HomeFan, Bobarton, Alan Huyton, Ed001

Now this is a question for everyone in general
Do you think Balotelli can play in a two man system with Sturridge?
Or does he have to play alone?

P.s might I suggest a wager
If Balotelli comes and is a hit
All those criticizing him will put a picture of themselves with
"All Hail Super Mario"
The opposite wager can be decided by the other group

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What decides if he's a hit? only if he scores the same goals as suarez? If he doesn't get red carded in the season? if he gets more than 15 goals the season?

Balotelli can't play up front alone in the premier league or champions league, he simply gets marked out the game, he will likely play alongside sturridge when needed for me.

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21 Aug 2014 11:03:19
How dare you presume my thoughts?!?!? ;-)

Actually, I am (just!) in the Mario camp. I think he can play with Sturridge but, as EMS said earlier, with Sturridge in the 'Suarez' role and Mario going through the middle.

My only reservations about him are not his antics, per se, but his work ethic. We need the whole team to put in a shift, and he's not willing to do that, then I'd rather he not come.

However, if BR thinks that he can do the job for us then I would be happy with the signing. Having seen him play, the boy does have something special.

And to the poster who compared him to Carroll?!?! Well they may both have dubious habits off the field but what Mario has that Andy doesn't is natural talent.

Zeddicus

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Im for it but only because its the lesser of 2 evils, have falcao for a year or buy mario? I truly think he is no way shape or form as bad as he was, but its still a big risk, he could come in and but a lazy disruptive whiny waste of money but at least he would try harder than john glenson

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He can definitely play in a two man system. City regularly did just that.

Sturridge is not an orthodox striker though so he'd basically be a lone striker anyway.

I agree with the wager though. Everyone chooses a side 'flop' or 'success' and whichever side loses has to post a picture of themself in a shirt that reads "why always me". Ed's can judge whether or not he was a success or not as it is subjective.

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I'm still a bit on the fence about him.
He obviously talented with the potential to be brilliant, he's just a loose cannon and probably the last person in the world the club should be looking to after the grief Suarez brought us.

I think he will be fine playing alongside Sturridge, depending on how the midfield is set up.
However I think in a lot of games it will be 1 up top, Sturridge or ballo depending on fitness and form where one will be substituted for the other at some point. This way we can keep the relentless attacking up for 90 mins rather than burn out in the second half.

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Bobarton

You really need to chill man. But since you asked a poll of the day would suffice I say

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4-4-2 diamond worked well last season.
I'd stick with that and have both play upfront.

Red Rum

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Ed02{Ed002's Note - Please take any formation related discussion to the Teams & Formations page - perhaps a good time to figure out how all of the new players will be used.}

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I'm game. I'm putting my neck on the line and going for success.

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