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01 Feb 2015 06:44:57
Raheem Sterling is 20 years old.
Just let that sink in.

jonnybarnes89-90

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01 Feb 2015 04:01:33
Is the window closed yet? Yes? Good. That means people can stop asking about Levezzi.
If i see another Levezzi post i will be ripping out the last peace of hair left on my head after this window.
Levezzi, Levezzi.Levezzi! Dam it! just lost it.

aussieMARK

Ed01{Ed001's Note - tomorrow it shuts.....}

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In terms of value for money this was easily one of our best transfer windows for years.

fanobip

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01 Feb 2015 03:40:48
I knew he would score, F*** Yeah!
How many times did Sakho head the ball away? He must have concussion!
Another magic display by Cout, Sterling was also very sharp, Hendo/Lukas both solid.
The one thing i'm not going to do is give the coach any credit, he gives himself enough. Plus it should have been Lalana to come off not Markovic.

aussieMARK

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01 Feb 2015 05:52:20
We win comfortably and people still find pointless things to b***h about. Lallana and markovic both had fairly average games. Ever think Rodgers wanted just wanted to see how lallana played at rwb??
Some of these anti Rodgers posts just sound petty.

Extra Bacon

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31 Jan 2015 21:17:48
Hi ed01 was wondering if you could give an appraisal of how you think each of the new signings have done or are settling in after going through spell earlier on in the season when if I remember correctly none of the new signings were starting. Can for me has really impressed recently considering his age and where he is being played.

Lbw

Ed01{Ed001's Note - ok mate:

Adam Lallana - looks good on the ball, though he didn't have the best of games yesterday, works extremely hard but sometimes looks like he is trying too hard to impress. Not sure he was what we need but he is a good player, on good days he runs games, he just hasn't been fit enough to do so yet this season.

Lazar Markovic - struggled early, but is now starting to look better and better. Another one who works hard, quick and tricky, but needs to settle down properly and boost his confidence in front of goal. I like him though, he is not afraid to get involved, starting to build an understanding with Can as well.

Dejan Lovren - I really rate him, but he has been awful. He has been unable to build any kind of partnership with any of our other defenders. Very disappointing.

Mario Balotelli - just doesn't care about anything, even when he makes an effort it is still half-arsed. Shoots from ridiculous areas and loses possession constantly. So far an awful signing.

Alberto Moreno - struggled early to find his feet, not helped by struggling to work with Lovren. Now he has Sakho behind him, he is beginning to look much more comfortable as he can concentrate on getting forward. Still not convinced by him defensively, but he is quick and so can get back when caught out.

Divock Origi - not played for us yet so won't appraise him, but still think it is odd to sign him and leave him out on loan when strikers were what we desperately needed in the summer.

Emre Can - looking better and better. Comfortable on the ball, looks imperious when striding forward with the ball from the defensive line but he struggles when under pressure defensively. He needs to work on his defending, but he has got a good understanding with Markovic.

Rickie Lambert - just hasn't been able to get the chances he needs to settle down and show what he can do. He tries far too hard though when he is in the team.

Javier Manquillo - the Spanish Glenn Johnson. Technically excellent but lazy and tends to stroll about the pitch far too much when defending is needed. Not convinced by him at all, which is why he finds Markovic at right wing back, when he should be completely suited to it.}

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01 Feb 2015 01:18:22
can any1 tell me if we are going to or are interstd in any player this window by looks of things i don't think wer going to sign any at all

redheat

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As edds say, don't hold your breath.

aussieMARK

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31 Jan 2015 23:04:28
At a little over half way I've been thinking about the roller coaster that has been this season.

Suarez going and the decision to replace him with a few players to bolster the squad I thought was sensible. Everyone still expected that striker though, Mario hasn't worked, we'd should move on and move him on.

We didn't play the high pressing game as last year and for whatever reason Brendan just set us up different.

Brendan was under pressure and I personally think a lesser man would have given up.

Instead he stumbles across a 3-5-2 and wow, look at how this team is playing, we matched Chelsea over two legs and with a striker would be in the final, Brendan never signed that Sturridge backup though did he.

Where are we now? 17 out of a possible 21? Summer signings looking good? Clean sheets?

Credit where it's due, he has turned it around, I pray he had learnt from the first half of this season.

I think Liverpool are in top 4 and pushing championship winning form.

For the record I have never hoped the manager would be sacked, sure he talks pish sometimes but he has something about him.

Shoot me down or agree, I don't care, just fancied a post and hopefully a pro Liverpool one will be published for once.

Atb

SCOTRED

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The issue is he played the high press last season and we were sublime, beginning of this season he decided to go back to his old stubborn 433 tactics of possession with no pressing and it backfired big time.
We wouldn't have been in this situation if he didn't change what wasn't broken in the first place.

BennyC

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01 Feb 2015 00:41:12
On right he fell into the 352 what does he have to do to get some self respect on this site

super soups

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More of a 3-4-3 or a 5-2-2-1 isn't it?

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"Instead he stumbles across a 3-5-2"

God how that made me laugh.

vrcomp
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31 Jan 2015 22:48:36
I could watch Coutinho play all day, simply outstanding. add a few goals and he's right up there with Silva, Hazard etc
Thought Song was excellent for the Hammers today, IF Lucas goes then he'd be a great replacement

Leedsredmatt

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Song excellent any bit of skill or trickery and he through the player he is at best averge in the DMC role i do not see him as disciplined or tactically astute to play the role to as high a standard as lucas or can and according to most lucas is rubbish so where do u go.

IRISHRED1995

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This the same Song I watched? The one who charged around making pointless fouls and probably should've had a red card for a stamp from behind on Henderson long after he'd passed the ball and probably could've been booked about three times at least?

No thanks. Disgusting player. Look at his elbow on the Croatian at the world cup. He is a thug and he doesn't have the quality to make it bearable unlike Costa or Suarez.

In fact, I'd go as far to say he is just an African Joey Barton.

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I completely agree regarding Coutinho.

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31 Jan 2015 22:27:56
Am I on an unofficial ban or what?

not one of harrys

Ed02{Ed002's Note - What?}

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I guess that means no! I hadn't seen perhaps 5 of my lastest replies etc

not one of harrys

Ed02{Ed002's Note - There was only one other post today.}

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Okay thanks think I've been sending them in wrong. Was the post that ended up being about markovic and lallana being subbed/not subbed deleted through abuse?

not one of harrys

Ed02{Ed002's Note - No idea but possible.}

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31 Jan 2015 22:27:06
Genuine question to all the Brendan haters.Would you rather have Klopp ( bottom of the bundesliga )or stick with Brendan (best football seen at anfield for 2 decades) I think that at the end of the season you will have to eat your words.That goes to Ed's1 as well

Red since 64

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Why mention Klopp?}

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Would rather have Klopp.

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31 Jan 2015 22:53:18
Best football is nioce to watch, but for half of last season and half of this season it wasn't the best - it was dire.

What counts is winning. When Liverpool were top dogs in the 1970's and 1980's they played totally boring football a lot of the time - they were good enough and quite content to take a 1-0 and then kill the game dead. In fact they were experts at it. And that's what counts. I've watched games where they literally held the ball at the back and walked around (yes walked) for most of the game. But they were the greatest team in Europe because nobody was good enough to stop them doing it. They never ran when they could jog, never jogged when they could walk and never walked when they could stand still. And that is style and swagger.

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Setting Klopp aside as it's irrelevant, what I want is what is best for the team going forward. In my view, come the summer that would likely be replacing the manager if results unfold as expected (meaning 5th or higher and no trophies).

RDL

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Because not so long ago everyone wanted him to replace Rodgers? Good question.

SCOTRED

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Really don't get why people say our football was boring for the first half of last season. Maybe the first few games when we were winning 1-0. But that contradicts what Red Lenin just said about rather winning 1 nil. Don't forget we beat spurs 5-0 And also remember when Suarez scored 4 goals. Also that Sturridge chip goal. We actually played very decent football.

Also Red Lenin I think its best if everyone stops talking about 40 years ago. I mean that was the era where you could keep passing back to the goalkeeper for him to pick it up.

Hounsred

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31 Jan 2015 20:38:55
We are now 3 consecutive clean sheets in the PL and (if ignoring Extra time goals) conceded one goal in the last six games in all competitions. For me a lot of it is Sakho. Of all the guys we signed in the last two years he is my favourite. The guy hardly ever lose the ball, he is calm, always great passing forward, great decision making, very good in 50/50. A very clean game. He will make mistakes, all defenders do, but for me, as important to our recent defensive improvment as Lucas.

The question is if we will now play Skertl, Sako and Can every game twice a week because if one of them is not playing our defensive abilities go down big time.

Going forward we still need, even after today, to be less wasteful, Against the big teams we will not have that many chances. Hopefully with Sturridge we can be more clinical.

fanobip

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31 Jan 2015 21:11:53
And yes it was because of losing Sakho against Chelsea, that we lost that game.
When he got out our defense was shaky, Johnson is nowhere good at defense.

Pirate

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I am going out an a limb and will say replace Can with Lovren, or have some rotation in the back line. Skrtel and Sakho should play all the time, but we should be prepared for injury. I for one do not want Johnson playing as a CB. Lovren may benefit from a confident team with Lucas in it to help.

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Would still like to see a toure-sakho partnership myself.

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I think we have a genuine gap at RCB if Can were to get injured or moved into midfield. Sure you might get away with Lovren or Skrtel there, but not a natural choice. Hopefully this gets addressed when Flanno comes back from injury and/or Wisdom/Illori return in the summer, but for now, don't trust either GJ or Manquillo as backup options.

zimbo

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31 Jan 2015 20:31:27
I would like to congratulate BR and the coaching team over the past few weeks. The performances have been a lot better in recent matches and more importantly the defence is better and more clean sheets. With Sturridge back things are looking very positive. I have read a lot of negatives for Brendan and his coaching team and the possibility of him leaving at the end of the season which to me is ludicrous. Congratulations BR, onwards and upwards. #InBrendanWeTrust

Blinkey

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31 Jan 2015 17:42:27
It's been obvious to me and others that the title was Chelsea's to lose this season. Should they win this match its pretty much sewn up IMO. This means every one else is playing for second.

We are only 9 points off City and have them firmly in our sights. I got no worries we can make top 4 whatsoever.

Welcome back Danny boy!

Taffy Tel

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Only 9 points from City? how does the word only apply here? They just got a point from Chelsea, we still have to go there. And play City at home and ManU and Arsenal, and Spurs who look fantastic and the Saints away and Everton away next weekend. And realistically will have to beat them all to get top 4 and I can't remember when Arsenal or ManU lost points last. Yes we look better, our defence is better, we are dynamic, yes Sturridge back is great news, let's hope he stay fit, but still way to go in terms of end product. A week ago we couldn't put one past Bolton. let's see us win comfortably midweek and next weekend first and see Arseanl and MAnU lose and then talk about top 4 again.

fanobip

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31 Jan 2015 20:36:41
I was expecting a few more bites by now if i am honest. Hahaha

Taffy Tel

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We are improving all the time and I expect us to challenge for top 4, fixture pile up could hinder us but we are as good as the teams above us with the exception of the top two imo, Rogers deserves credit for turning this around

dubred68

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31 Jan 2015 17:28:18
Happy with that result, again we look so much more solid with Lucas in the team than when we got spanked at their place, defence played well again, another clean sheet for Mignolet (and good performance) and Sturridge scored a great goal, only hope it's not too little too late.

Mr Dennis

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Mr Dennis, its never too late until its mathematically impossible. It all comes down to the games against Man Utd, Arsenal, Spurs and Southampton. All 4 games are 6 pointers that the club needs to win without fail. If we cannot do that, then no chance of top4. There is always a second chance with the Europa league which should be prioritized over the FA Cup.

Indian Buzzer

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Each of the games is three points - not six.}

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31 Jan 2015 18:29:49
Mr Dennis I stand to be corrected but I think Lucas played at Upton pk.

Tommy Irish Red

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31 Jan 2015 18:43:57
They're six pointers in that they are direct competitors and need the three points themselves.

Ed02{Ed002's Note - You didn't study math did you?}

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You are right Tommy, but if you remember, BR was playing Gerrard as a defensive midfielder and played Lucas as an attacking Midfielder, he then took Lucas off at half time. Gerrard had a shocker.

Mr Dennis

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31 Jan 2015 21:53:41
Tbf Ed its a well coined phrase in England. Never really comprehended it myself.

Extra Bacon

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01 Feb 2015 03:48:09
I think you know what he means Ed002! We gain 3 points and so the opposition can't get a win. I am sure you are just joking though, Ed.

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01 Feb 2015 03:49:29
It's a well used phrase in english football Ed002, it refers to the suggested differential between teams competing for similar rankings in a 3 points for a win system.

In both examples, a win for team 1 would increase their lead by the "3 points", however the phrase has found popularity due to the perceived "swing" of winning the 3 points, and the rival losing them.

The assumption that it is "worth" 6 points lies in that the rival teams would have expected each other to match each others results if not playing each other, and is especially used for top & bottom table battles as the expectation is that the more teams you beat below you the higher you finish.

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31 Jan 2015 17:27:23
Great performance from the boys. Sterling and Coutinho's one two was fantastic, and having someone clinical back up top is a relief. Whatever Sturridge got up to on our side of the water, it must have worked (as did Sterling's Jamaican vacation).

If we win the next 3 in the BPL (Everton away, Tottenham home, Southampton away) we'll have the confidence to finish the season very strongly. Our starting 11 (replacing Markovic for Sturridge) has looked fantastic the last few matches and will only improve as the season winds down.

Coutinho was my MVP of the match. Both assists were top class.

Amerigo

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31 Jan 2015 17:10:53
What a second half performance by sakho, I think we would have lost that game without him today.

This new formation were playing has sorted out our defensive problems big time, we look more solid, Chelsea really struggled to score against us 1 goal conceded in last 6 games.

Plus it gives all the front 3 room to roam which they all need.

Top 4 here we come!

BennyC

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I can't quite figure out why Can and Skrtel switched positions in the 2nd half. Maybe an attempt to push the line further forward?

RDL

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Skrtel is not suited to playing as the side CB and he struggled when he switched positions with Can. I couldn't the decision either. Nor could I understand the reasoning behind playing Lallana as the Right wingback after Markovic was subbed.

The real AG

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I think its was because of the threat from valencia, where can is much faster then skrtl

Chriis

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Agreed, AG. There were a few dodgy moments between the pair as well caused by uncertainty. If it ain't broke, don't fix it comes to mind.

RDL

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31 Jan 2015 19:56:11
I think its more down to the use of the long ball/crosses to the back post being defended by Skrtel and Sakho.

Red Rout

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I thought Llalana didn't have his best game, but seems to be someone who needs more time on the pitch to come good, and there's no questioning his class. He should be a fairly consistent starter if possible and with Sturridge back, I'd be tempted to play Markovic and Llalana as the wing backs over Moreno. He can certainly cross the ball better than most.

Thought Ibe looked very good for his cameo, wouldn't mind seeing more of him as sub into wing back too.

zimbo

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31 Jan 2015 17:08:55
That was a sight for sore eyes. Well in Raheem and Danny,
Up a league place, now Bolton.

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31 Jan 2015 17:07:48
Great to see Sturridge mark his return with a goal, we played very well today and Andy Carroll getting injured while trying to injure Can has poetic justice about it, Marko's miss was dreadful, and Henderson's weak shot straight at the keeper?? well only proves an earlier post, if he can improve his shooting he would be such a top player, give him credit he was excellent today and i won't be so harsh on him in future, unless he gives me cause to that is, LOL!

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31 Jan 2015 16:56:02
Sterling sturridge and lallana/ ibe has to be the front 3 for next season. I've has to be in around the first 11 because he has more ability than sterling even though sterling is more tactically astute. Origi should be good back up for sturridge and will almost certainly get his chance with sturridge being made of glass (sadly). I don't expect borini balo and maybe even lambert to be here next season so another top class striker will most likely join that devastating attack.

Kman92

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I agree it would be a good attack but has Coutinho just evaporated? He's was MOTM today for me and i'm desperate for us to keep him and keep playing him because if he improves his shooting he will be a top top player. You could put Coutinho into midfield but tracking runners just isn't his game at all

Thomo121

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Hopefully that striker will be Lacazette though i doubt the club would stump up the money Lyon would want for him. The club needs to be ruthless and show ambition instead of dithering like it did over the striker situation this summer. Like u said, Balo, Borini and Lambert need replacing because they simply will not take the club to where it wants to be.

Indian Buzzer

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Lacazette's future will not be at Liverpool.}

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If that is the case, then hopefully a quality striker who has experience of challenging for major honors comes in. Lacazette would have been great, but i'm sure there are strikers out there who would fit the club's style of play. Maybe Benzema might be worth a shout as he would bring experience and leadership qualities and obviously the respect he would command in the dressing room would give the team a lift.

Indian Buzzer

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31 Jan 2015 22:50:25
Coutinho should play in the number 10 role behind the striker as part of the midfield 3. With Henderson and a quality DM (whether or not that's Lucas). So coutinho would starting 11 for sure. I'm not sure why people didn't catch on to that.

Kman92

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31 Jan 2015 16:48:31
Does anyone else .................

hsf

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Try not to be xenophobic - it is embarrassing.}

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31 Jan 2015 16:40:15
Is Gerrard injured?

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He hurt his back in the Chelsea game apparently.

hsf

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Thanks hfs.

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31 Jan 2015 16:40:09
Welcome back Sturidge!

RedGaruda

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31 Jan 2015 16:31:31
Daniel Sturridge has just took to the pitch for the first time in a long time and the team looks better already.

It is good to see him back in the team.

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And scores, let's hope he stays injury free and we see his class for the rest of the season.

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31 Jan 2015 15:47:11
it's been a positive enough first half, good movement, creating chances. Llanana seems to be way off the pace at the moment, would like to see Sturridge come on for him half time, Moreno seems to get himself in brilliant positions as well but his end product is dire, whether it be shot or pass. Marcovic plays wing back role well so would be interesting to see if Ibe could replace Moreno and how he gets on

WelshScouse

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I'd love to see us switch back to the 442 diamond for the second half with Sturridge and Ibe coming on up top.

Red Rum

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31 Jan 2015 13:50:35
Nice to see pundits (Sky Sports) giving Lucas some praise.

Not sure if anyone was aware but in his 23 appearances this season we have only lost twice, against chav and real.

I'm sure the Lucas hating brigade will still be out in force, I'm sure some will think our turn in fortunes is down to everything but Lucas, however, he is a far better defensive mid than Gerrard/Henderson/Allen will ever be.

SideShowBob

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Quite the contrary, if you've read some of the posts, you will find that a lot of posters have given Lucas praise. He is one of the reasons why Liverpool FC have done 'better' recently i.e. stopped leaking to many goals.

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31 Jan 2015 14:24:02
Nobody has said Lucas isn't a better defensive midfielder than those 3 players you mentioned. Ever since Lucas picked up his last long term injury many of us recognised the vulnerability in that area. The biggest issue with Lucas for me was whether he could recover well and find the form he had before his injury problems. However he has come back strong and has proven to be once again an important player for us.

Red Rum

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Please God, no more of Tony Gayle's 'impartial' commentary. Scandalously biased against us!

Devon Red

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I know DR, how irritating is he?!

Red Rum

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If he says 'struggling with the physical side' one more time!

Devon Red

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31 Jan 2015 13:49:51
Eds

Do you think we will look to sign Ings in the summer if we can perhaps shift some Strikers?

dezmondo14

Ed02{Ed002's Note - The summer is a long way off.}

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31 Jan 2015 11:24:33
Andy Carroll giving interesting account of being Brendaned by Brendan in the paper

redmarx

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Don't believe everything you read in the papers, I wouldn't have sold him but Rogers did so now it's up to us to contain him and get 3 points

dubred68

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Nearly the same things said by Downing, Agger, and Sahin. BR doesn't seem to handle players he doesn't rate/want very well.

RDL

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Two sides to every story

Amerigo

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I see big Andy left his mark early

dubred68

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31 Jan 2015 17:02:46
How on earth are we not calling it Rodgered by Rodgers?

gumf

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Brilliant gulf 😄

RitchieK

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31 Jan 2015 09:28:39
Big congratulations to Steven Gerrard if he does play his 700th game today.
700 games for Liverpool.
John Lennon said it best "I'm just a jealous guy"
Well in lad.

jonnybarnes89-90

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He is on the bench for lalanna

Johnnyd

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If he does start, it should be from the bench.

Mr Dennis

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Looks like Gerrard is in the stands with the likes of Lovren and Balotelli. Strange bench for me, three strikers, a winger, a midfielder, and a fullback.

RDL

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31 Jan 2015 09:21:42
Just seen Dean Ashton give his view on the WHU game today. You forget what a shame it was his career came to a end so early, a very good striker with potential to be exceptional, personally think without the problems he would have played for a top club. Anyone else of that opinion?

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I agree Apple.

jonnybarnes89-90

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I think I remember reading that at one point, we had a 'gentlemans agreement' with Crewe that if they sold him, we'd have first option. Good player before the injuries hit.

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Crewe cannot give "first option" on a player without some agreement with that player - typically through an adjunct to his contract and a payment.}

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He was a decent player

dubred68

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31 Jan 2015 08:58:10
If we don't win today does that end our hopes of finishing in the top 4?

jonnybarnes89-90

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No chance it could go right to the wire. Come May we will be in top four.

Mighty reds

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31 Jan 2015 07:58:16
Nice one Benny!

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31 Jan 2015 02:12:29
hello eds.

with ings out of contract at the end of the season, is it possible for him to sign a pre contract with Liverpool?

eds, personally how do u rate the lad?


THANKS.

14_lfc

Ed01{Ed001's Note - yes, at the end of the season. He is ok, decent player but has a lot of injuries.}

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31 Jan 2015 05:45:54
As usual Benny published the starting 11 for today's game in the Liverpool Teams page. Well done mate, great to have this reliable inside info (so far was always spot on, I think) every game way ahead of the media, exactly the reason why we come here.

fanobip

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Yes there is an article in the echo about BennyC and people like him giving our opposition an advantage by releasing the team before the game.
I personally don't mind as I think it does not matter as much as some might think but I would be interested to know what other people think about it.

Is it wrong and does it give our opposition a real advantage?

jonnybarnes89-90

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31 Jan 2015 08:51:50
I aree, nice to know, but surely not helpful to our team.

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Benny you have a growing reputation, and I'm pretty sure opposing teams will be keeping an eye on your team posts. Time to start confusing them I think.

Red Rum

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I think keeping us updated is way more important that any harm caused by any opposition knows about it. Seriously, what is the big deal - there are no great secrets anyway and I am sure teams finish most of their preperations by Friday evening anyway.

fanobip

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It's nothing the opposition can't find out by watching training.

BennyC

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Benny just put the word out that a few youth players will be in the first team. Everyone except Liverpool supporters will believe it might happen.

Blocked

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Think when we play utd I'll bust out a few reserve players on the team sheet

BennyC

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31 Jan 2015 04:08:15
talking about a gerrards replacement & people giving their opinions on lot of players like milner, pjanic . I watched a lot of them and few others.Dunno but I think the only player caught my eyes is kevin de bruyne . Same style, same power on shots, great shooter in and out side of the box, good long passer, good fk taker . absolute gem !

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30 Jan 2015 23:56:11
Going for my first Liverpool game tomorrow. hopefully going to be a great atmosphere. Going to sing my heart out!
Also got my Jersey signed by Allen and Borini, really nice guys. Stopped their cars and signed everyone's jerseys for good 7 at least.

Ed07{Ed007's Note - Have a great time mate.}

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Worst people to sign your shirt haha

Derbyshire

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Bring us luck Red Indian.

jonnybarnes89-90

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31 Jan 2015 09:35:37
Enjoy the match mate

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Go to the sandon for a pint and a burger very nice.

Mighty reds

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I went to the Sand on, insanely crowded.

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30 Jan 2015 23:30:10
Team for tomorrow:
Mignolet
Can skrtle sakho
Markovic hendo Lucas Moreno
Lallana sterling coutinho

BennyC

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Will sturridge and balotelli be in the squad?

Kaizer

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The Polish journalist guy on twitter who's been listing the teams for the last few months just lists the starting 11, not the subs. No idea if Benny's source is the same or something different, though.

RDL

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30 Jan 2015 20:55:28
Hi Eds, do we still hold any interest in Borussia Dortmund's Mkhitaryan? Thanks.

barakdee

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30 Jan 2015 21:51:15
Watching youth cup tonight and we really can't defend at any level.the manager is way out of his depth and tactically naive.we have so much attacking talent that may leave due to the club falling short.oh how we miss rudolfo.

Nellyg

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31 Jan 2015 00:47:26
Are you insinuating that these lads will leave because we haven't won the fa youth cup? Because although I'm sure they all love to win, it's pretty naive to have that train of thought.

It's about player development as much as it is winning.

Infact, just look to our latest u21 game against United. Yes we lost, but look to the players on the team sheets. experienced pros such as valdes and Anderson being played, were as we send out 17/18/19 year old lads. If that isn't a test of their abilities and a step in the right direction in terms of their own personal accomplishments and player development, then fair enough, maybe they should leave and sit on the under 21 bench there, ya know, because they won.

Unless you know what to qualify what you said, in terms of pushing them through? Then, that's an age old debate for this site in my opinion! Also remember this was the under 18s. If these lads are expecting to be first teamers already then maybe their ambition is overcedeing their current ability.

I have no doubt this will wrack up a few disagrees, but despite that, try to remember what the primary point of clubs acadamies are. Whether you think we're achieving that is a whole other (and old) debate.

Big E

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30 Jan 2015 21:47:18
Can I just say how much of a role model Daniel Sturbridge is? Unbelievably inspirational and a true professional!

DaRedMan

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30 Jan 2015 21:01:57
This doesn't really have a point, so none of this 'we don't but superstars, we make them, ' but, who was the last signing you were genuinely excited about arriving.
I didn't know much about suarez when came, so mine was probably Torres, although I was kind of hyped about a few players since, but nothing like Torres! Remember watching a few la Liga games and thinking, this guy is awesome, wish he played for us, which hasn't happened since then really!

Fencey   Fencey
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Everyone knew a fair bit about Suarez from the World Cup the year before. He scored one of the goals of the tournament in the second round to knock out Korea, and then infamously handballed to ultimately knock Ghana out too!

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Balotelli, not so excited anymore.

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Honestly? Lallana. Before that it was Sturridge.

Amerigo

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Same as you Fencey, was buzzing when we signed Torres - felt like a genuinely quality signing. Wasn't the same with Suarez, perhaps because he was moving from a smaller league?

Seano

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30 Jan 2015 20:22:04
Maybe a bit naive voice here but I want to say a good word to the FA for Costa's suspention. I was sure after the game that he will get away with this one (it is not easy to prove is was on purpose the stamping even though we all know it was) so well done for not giving up and don't buy into Jose's crying. Also, well done to the referees that after some unbeliveable diving earlier this season from some Chelsea players are very careful before giving them penalties (a shame that didn't apply to the Emre can penalty). If they want to win the league they will have to do it with talent (which, unfortunately, they are not short of) and not by bullying or cheating.

fanobip

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I think the time had come to make an example of someone, or the stamping might have started to get more dangerous.

anonymush

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The real reason he got banned was because Mourinho tried to influence the referee in the tunnel.
The FA would have took a dim view of that and so they stitched Costa up in order to get to Mourinho.
The FA is a law unto itself. It is an embarrassing organisation.
I have no reason to stick up for Chelsea.
But you can't have an organisation which runs football in this country just making things up as they go along.
No appeal. So as soon as you are charged with something your doomed.
Divvies all of them.

jonnybarnes89-90

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30 Jan 2015 20:02:38
Hi eds just wondering if you think Sturridge is going to be back in the line up or if they will not risk him tomorrow? Considering replacing the suspended Costa with him in my fantasy football, sad I know

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30 Jan 2015 19:24:26
Andre Schurrle is looking likely to join Wolfsburg for just over £20m. I know we don't need another forward, but he would have fit perfectly in our team. He's a top player.

Red Rum

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I would have agreed but we have signed a similar player in Lallana

The real AG

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Do you think Schurrle and Lallana are similar? I personally disagree. I think Lallana is much trickier where as I think Schurrle bases his game on pace. Personally I wouldn't have wanted Liverpool to sign him a bit of a risk, that said he could be an improvement on our strikers but not on our wide players.

Calmdown

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I should have made myself clearer. Similar as in they play similar roles in the team.

The real AG

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30 Jan 2015 18:54:46
It shows how far we've fallen as a club that people are disappointed we can't sign Danny Ings. He's a slightly better option to Borini.
We have some cracking youth players waiting for a fair go and Studge will hopefully get back to top form soon. We all know we need to sell to buy because of FFP so what's the point in getting hopes up with paper talk and Twitter nonesense.

jimblelfc2005

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30 Jan 2015 18:05:55
A question for everyone.

Out of 2 players heavily linked to us this week (Ings & lavezzi). Which of them would you rather have as a striker?

Personally I'd go with Ings, at 4-5mil he's a cracking buy and lavezzis goal scoring is shocking.

LAVERS   LAVERS
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Neither mate. Lavezzi is almost 30 and Ings isn't an improvement on the strikers we have.

Red Rum

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£4-5m on a player who's free in 6months is not a cracking deal to me

Omega Man

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Give youth a chance. Does not cost us a penny then. I would rather we triedsome of them over a sustained 6 - 8 week period than keep pissing money away that we don't have.

BigAl75YNWA2

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We have Sinclair in the academy scored 21 goals so far and not given a sniff

T MONY

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30 Jan 2015 19:50:03
@ Omega - We'd have to compensate Burnley if he joined us on a free because of his age. That'd probably eat up a lot of that £4-5m "saving".

Regardless though, I don't think the player is good enough for us, even with due consideration to our lack of quality strikers apart form Sturridge.

- Something Red -

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30 Jan 2015 19:50:39
He's not free there's compensation to be paid which is roughly 3m . I'd take Ings I'm local to burnley and he's a cracking little player

Cleggy1983

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He is a decent player, Ings, but like most of our buys, we seem to be banking on him hitting a level most of our buys simply don't reach.

If you want the goals, you need to spend the dosh and get a top striker.

The real AG

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30 Jan 2015 17:36:37
Chelsea, Man City etc. buying quality, we are still buying average, if we get top four it will be a miracle, hurts me to say it, how skint are we?

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We have not bought anyone yet??

jonnybarnes89-90

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30 Jan 2015 15:47:32
I know it's nothing to do with liverpool but love your knowledge and was just wondering what you think happened to freddy adu? I remember him being touted as the next best thing i'm sure he made his debut at 14! What went wrong for him?

Redlock

Ed02{Ed002's Note - He is simply not good enough. He is a free agent at the moment so I guess Liverpool could make him an offer.}

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Liverpool is letting Gerrard go with a mind to bring in Landon Donovan on a free in the summer.

Amerigo

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He simply was never that good mate, unless you played fifa or fm. I think he went on trial at United a few years back and they didn't take him on.

Calmdown

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30 Jan 2015 23:59:21
Not positive but I think he was pretty young a good student and his parents wanted him to finish school in the US. Ball hog either way

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30 Jan 2015 14:59:49
Hi Eds
You said lfc are carrying a vast debt will u explain it because i thought fsg paid the debt when they bought us

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Done to death.}

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Most of the debt was wiped as part of the purchase (H&G stadium stuff aside), but as of May 2013, net debt has crept up again and was listed at ~£114M, with ~£69M of that being owed to UKSV.

FY 13/14 will be released in a couple of months so we'll see where it's at for May 2014, but it's hard to see this number having gone anywhere but up and now we've added the stadium expansion as well taking us probably back up near H&G levels.

RDL

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Liverpool are approx £100m in debt isn't this true ed2?
The owners have pumped a lot of money in to the club!
Thanks

Gin and Thornley

Ed02{Ed002's Note - RDL's reply is accurate.}

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RDL or Eds. What was the H&G levels we might be nearing? I understand FFP is a concern, but more concerning is the H&G reference. I thought we were close to going bust under them? Would that not then mean we're just as close now?

Any clue to how the debt can be cleared or timescale? Is the naming rights, extra gate enough, if we only buy players with money generated from player sales? Or is it now naming, gates extra and we need to sell a big name each yr, then use the academy to replace?

I know we can't talk about money, but without any figures used, could we get a good realistic scenario to clear debt and rough timeline? Or can a link be posted to a previous answer if this has been done to death.

Genuine interest

Omega Man

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Hello Eds, I didn't open a new post for this as I'm sure Liverpool's finances(in fact I am 100% certain) have been done to death.

But in as simple terms as possible, could you explain how Liverpool's debt from FSG is different to the debt from H&G if it is different, of course.

I won't begrudge you if you decide against it, I understand a lot of people are squeamish around finances, thanks.

I'm not asking for figures or anything.

Thanks ^_^

hsf

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Not good.

aussieMARK

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A big difference from H&G and the current debt is the current debt is largely owed to the owners rather than a bank, so it's more the size that is similar rather than the nature of it, if that makes sense.

For me, the sizable owner-based debt is a problem for 2 reasons-

1). If the debt increases beyond Liverpool's ability to pay it back on a reasonable timeframe, the owners could well decided the simplest solution is sell the club for an immediate payback. I like FSG and overall they are good owners, so would not like that to happen. I see this as a distinct possibility.

2). If they are forced to convert the debt into equity, they may decide to try to take as much as back before that as possible, which would have a knock on effect on our ability to spend.

RDL

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RDL or ed2 if the net spend is zero this summer? Would that enable the owners to reduce some of the debt?
Thanks

Gin and Thornley

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You would need far better (and more current) access to our financials than I have to answer that one, Gin and Thornley. What I can see right now us nearly 2 years old.

RDL

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30 Jan 2015 13:10:35
Hi eds,

Forgive me if you guys have dealt with this before, but why did we not sign Christian Eriksen? I remember we were linked to him for like a very long time, and then Tottenham went for him out of the blue.

Love this site, keep up the good work!

zpecialone

Ed02{Ed002's Note - There were lots of clubs interested in him.}

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Because Eriksen made it very clear from the beginning that he only wishes to use his next club as a stepping stone to his desired destination - Barcelona or Real Madrid.

The real AG

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Why is that a problem? Besides the 2-3 yrs of top class player for us maybe helping towards a trophy and then sell for a profit?
Spurs bought for what £8m? He's single handily won them games with winning goals, they are also in a cup final. £8m well spent and knowing Spurs sell for £20m.

Isn't this what we re doing with Moreno but in a less fanciable position of being a non match winning LB and £18m. Are there many LBs sold for £25m+?

Omega Man

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30 Jan 2015 18:11:16
Whilst I remember him saying that, I would be highly shocked if that's why we didn't go for him mate.
A.Moreno anyone? Still got him despite similarly desperate 'come get me pleas'.

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Clubs don't like being told you are just a stepping stone. Especially ones like LFC.

The real AG

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He was also a regular talker to the media while he was at Ajax and was changing his "dream team" every week. First it was Real, then Barca, then Man Utd, then Bayern, and so it went and after a couple of weeks clubs knew better than to be involved in that sort of flaky player.

The real AG

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30 Jan 2015 20:52:40
so saurez didn't start hinting or talking through his agent that he wanted to go to barca/madrid/arsenal lol.

the word

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The word. not before he joined!

Hoola

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What has Eriksen got to do with Suarez? I see you havr expelled sufficient embarrassment after Spurs made to final to come on hear. We have missed you the cowering Word.

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30 Jan 2015 11:59:26
08/09: Degen, Dossena, Cavalieri, N'Gog, Keane, Riera
09/10: Johnson, Aquilani, Kyrgiakos, Rodriguez, Sterling
10/11: Shelvey, Jovanovic, Cole, Wilson, Poulsen, Jones, Meireles, Konchesky, Suso, Suarez, Carroll
11/12: Henderson, Adam, Doni, Downing, Enrique, Coates, Bellamy, Ibe
12/13: Borini, Allen, Assaidi, Sahin, Yesil, Sturridge, Coutinho, Teixeira
13/14: Alberto, Aspas, Mignolet, Toure, Cissokho, Sakho, Ilori, Moses
14/15: Lambert, Lallana, Can, Markovic, Lovren, Origi, Manquillo, Moreno, Balotelli

I just looked through all the players Liverpool have bought since the summer 2008. (See list above) It is a crazy amount of money spend there. To be honest it makes me sick. Absolutely sick. What could have been with some proper recruitment? We are not behind the others because we spend less, but because we do not spend what we got wisely. Looking through all those names - how many do you guys consider a succes? A good transfer? In hindsight i know - but still. The hit rate is terrible. How many have contributed to the team? I do not want to judge this years recruitments just yet - but from 2008 - 2013 i would say only Maxi Rodriguez, Sterling, Shelvey, Brad Jones, Meireles, Suso, Suarez, Henderson, Bellamy, Ibe, Allen, Sturridge, Coutinho, Teixeira and maybe Sakho where good transfers (maybe i unfairly left out someone). That is 15 out of 46. Simply just embarrasing. There is always transfers that won't go to plan for whatever reason. I understand and accept that. Most Liverpool fans i know complains that we can't compete because we lack the money. Saying we should spend more. I don't think that is necessary. We just have to spend better.

lavije

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30 Jan 2015 12:39:41
at least 35 of these players flopped. shocking. :(

Red Ramsis

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30 Jan 2015 15:25:22
You are forgetting things like:

a) We sold players and recouped much of that money almost every year.
b) Many players do not want to join Liverpool and prefer other destinations, probably because of CL football or lifestyle. I will dare to say Liverpool does not have the name anymore of the old. For example if a player had a choice between Liverpool and Utd he would have chosen the latter in a snap.
c) The last few years we were purchasing mostly potentials because we wanted to spend less and gain from their growth.

Poor management in my opinion, not only from the coach but from the owners down to the comittee in most occassions. Last year(summer) we only needed 2 world class players instead we bought all the above mediocre players and for that's down to the bad policy of the owners.

Had they push for Costa and Willian we would have been the champions by a mile. And for that kind of things I don't blame the coach/manager but the owners who put some "rules" when buying a player instead of seeing the whole picture.

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Recouped much of that money is a stretch. Suarez aside, we only made money on a few, like Shelvey and N'gog. Most were sold for peanuts or released or paid to leave.

RDL

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30 Jan 2015 16:57:23
That's why we must rethink our transfer policy (Quantity or quality?) and specially our youth policy: It's 100 times better to have one Dani Pacheco, Robinson, Spearing, etc that fails than to bring Degens, Koscienlys, Poulsens, etc. Far cheaper, profitable and long term intelligent

nikobaresi

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After what Costa did the other day you'd still have him, Pirate? He's by far my least favorite player; Suarez was and is an angel on the pitch compared to that guy. Every game I've ever seen him play in, he does something dirty to an opposing player.

Amerigo

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It's even worse in my book.
08-09 none.
09-10 Johnson, sterling.
10-11 Suarez. der
11-12 Hendo.
12-13 Studge, Cout.
13-14 Sakho, though with BR who knows?
14-15 too early.

aussieMARK

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You are missing my point pirate. It isn't about how much money we got selling players - it is how we went about spending whatever money there where to be spend. My point is it could have been spend better. Every summer we bought players who had absolutely no positive impact on the team. You may argue that our pull isn't that strong, that we can't get the world beaters and have to go buying someone who may or may not come good. That is not excuse for speinding money on a Poulsen, Degen, Jovanovic or Konchesky though. that's just filling up space blocking for a young player from the academy. And don't say there wasn't quality in the marked and we got the best we could get. Take this summer for example. We went for Balotelli instead of Bony who's a lot better in almost every aspect. Same goes for all the other transfer windows, where a lot of players where bought in at high costs. There where quality in the market and players i am sure would have wanted to come to Liverpool.

lavije

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31 Jan 2015 09:42:06
Despite the transfer policy being awful I'd argue it has improved! But it's still awful.

Raoul

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31 Jan 2015 12:11:53
Read the comment carefully lavije and you will see the way you see things are totally wrong. We don't have the luxury of buying whoever we want just like Chelsea. You brought Poulsen as an example, who was picked by a wrong manager for Liverpool.

Pirate

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31 Jan 2015 21:20:12
Americo are you choosing players based on their character or because of their football skills? Because people were moaning about Suarez yet anyone would have him back in a snap.

Costa is by far the best striker in the EPL this year, whether you like him or not and yes I would have him in a snap.

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30 Jan 2015 10:25:58
Is rodgers applying Trail and Error with Strikers and CBs?

Since he has come in

we have bought

Borini
Yesil
Strud.
Aspas
Alberto.L
Lambert
Balotelli
Origi

Now he wants Inngs.
None of above he fancies and keeps on buying more.

Same with CB.

Toure
Sakho
Illori
Lovren.

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30 Jan 2015 11:08:03
tbh looks like instead of careful scouting and identifying the right players in the right positions - we just buy loads and hope some work.

Like instead of carefully aiming and taking your team to hit a bullseye in darts you just grab a handful of darts and lob them at the board - which has proven more successful for me but tends to annoy everyone near the board.

Roland-dinho

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I can see Liverpool going in for him, because of his age, potential and future resale value. The thing is, by doing this we are constantly stockpiling players that we don't really need. Instead of buying players that will help the team challenge now we are buying players that could end up being worth a few bob in the future. This will a) limit the chances that our youth players will get b) give Rodgers more players to work with that he doesn't want, and c) create an unhappy atmosphere with so many players not getting a chance.

Red Rum

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30 Jan 2015 13:46:45
I would prefer to give Sinclair a try (obviously BR would never take the risk)

nikobaresi

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Nothing wrong with Ings, first top flight season in a tipped for relegation lower side and has 7 league goals.

We got anyone with that record, within a side that creates twice as many attacking chances? Anyone?

Omega Man

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I don't think I've ever seen strud play before ;)

BennyC

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Omega_Man, Andy Carroll was similarly talked about before we signed him too. Rickie Lambert too did quite well for Southampton, who like Burnley, came up from the lower leagues. Not exact comparisons, but there are enough similarities. How did those guys do?

The real AG

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30 Jan 2015 16:49:48
I think he is more versatile than Carroll & Lambert; I can see him as a good upgrade to Borini (his playstyle is similar borini's when he was at Roma). But I still think BR must work with what he has; we can't continue spendind and spending wrong because of the inablity of the manager & the scouts. The best for us is to wait until summer to rethink our transfers & management decisions. If we still want Ings after some offloads, It'll be ok. If in the way Sinclair, Dunn, or any other young striker gets a chance it will be even better.

nikobaresi

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Ings would work in our formation.
That's what annoys me about some of our signings.
Mignolet- a keeper who can't kick.
Lovren- a CB who plays on the same side as Sahko who was already here.
Lambert- not mobile enough for our system.
Balotelli- Does not fit our system.
There is a pattern developing here.
We keep buying players who were never going to fit our style of play.
Madness.

jonnybarnes89-90

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30 Jan 2015 19:28:57
To answer you AG. Carroll has a poor lifestyle for an athlete covered here many times and I can only imagine Ings a polar opposite of drinking and smoking. Homework wasn't done on Carroll looking at how it turned out.

Lambert? Lambert is 10 yrs older and cost £4m. Ings for free every day of the week

Southampton were hardly the struggling side Burnley are last season when Lambert did well.

Again, who has 7 league goals for us this season, consider our team creates much more then Burnley. If there is one, is he valued at free or tribunal minimum?

Omega Man

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To repy to you Omega Man, Carroll was used as an example of buying a player who has only played half a seasona t PL, but looked great initially. Ings is similar in that aspect.

Ings won't be a free, even int he summer. There will be a compensation which will take it very close to Lambert's fee.

Southamton were every bit the struggling side in their first season back in the PL (2 years back) like Burnley are this season and Lambert was their main man in scoring terms.

The last point cannot be argued quantitatively. While it may seem Ings will do better in a team that creates more chances, the same could have been said of Lambert or Carroll at LFC rather than Southampton or Newcastle. Again, how did that go?

With all due respect to the lad, he is decent player, but not what we need. We also have Origi coming in next season who will need time to bed in. We have too many players of this sort (good or decent but not outstanding or match winners) - Lambert, Aspas, Borini, balotelli, Origi and now Ings. Anyone stand out?

The real AG

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Football does not work like that. Just because you score some goals for a lesser team doesn't mean you will bang them in because you have a better team behind you creating the chances. A lot of players simply can't make the step up to a bigger team. If it was the case Borini would be scoring goals for fum which isn't the case!

The Irish Rover

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30 Jan 2015 10:01:59
BBC reporting Danny Ings move with a loan back for the rest of the season, obviously, as we don't have the need for a striker right now and need more players out on loan in our push for top four also with all his champions league experience he'll be invaluable if we do reach the golden chalice again,
Im sure he's a cracking lad and he's scored goals everywhere but is this not more proof that the manager can't attract world class players?

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30 Jan 2015 13:47:14
Could we please give players a chance and not write them off because they don't cost 30m imo he is an upgrade on borini and big Ricky that's who I see him replacing in the squad good bit of business if we can do it dare I say we need 4 competent strikers sturridge, big signing in the summer?, inngs, origi, Lambert, sterling if needed that would be more than enough.

Tommy Irish Red

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Balotelli has a "world class" reputation.
I am not saying he is world class but he does not fit with the narrative you are peddling about Liverpool not being able to attract top quality talent.

jonnybarnes89-90

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30 Jan 2015 07:56:31
Anyone else worried about who Rodgers is going to drop for Sturridge. if it was me it would be Gerrard then move sterling to am. But got a feeling it will be lucas and then move Gerrard to cm and sterling to am. Hope I'm wrong

heisenberg

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Gerrard played for a lot of minutes against Chelsea, so.

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Was it not the plan to play Sturridge AND Balotelli in partnership?

then 2 need to be moved out, can we still play 343?

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30 Jan 2015 09:50:22
Remember Benny saying that we would revert to the diamond formation but not sure if he mentioned who would play.

Personally would just swap gerrard with sturridge and use then rotate to rest or on form. Diamond worked last season but requires 2 strikers on form (which we lack) and leaves about 4 players competing to play at the top of the diamond.

Roland-dinho

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30 Jan 2015 11:47:06
Could keep the shape of 343 in terms of midfield and defence but change the front 3 to an attacking midfielder playing behind 2 strikers

R-LFC

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30 Jan 2015 12:05:34
I'd take Henderson or Gerrard out. Don't really see what the vice captain does that's so special to be honest, apart from try hard and chase down. Not calling the lad I think he's a decent player but Lucas can't be dropped surely.

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30 Jan 2015 12:32:37
I have never disagreed with a post more than the nonsense d-bol just spouted. Henderson is the most important player at the club end of. What a useless comment. He has 9 assists or something. Only Fabregas has more across Europe. Yeah you don't see because you need your sight checking. aboslutley shocked about self proclaimed experts know absolutley nothing about the game. Henderson is undroppable. END OF. Sorry for the rant eds but that is probably the worst post i have seen on here since you started the site. can't see what Hendo offers. You need basketball lad! Football ia just to much for you to comprehend.

Red Ramsis

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30 Jan 2015 13:08:02
Completely agree Red Ramsis, Hendo is our most important player in our team END OF !

Lucas & Hendo is a great central partnership, Its everything else around it that is in need of a direction from BR.

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Yep Hederson is captain in waiting and has for a long time been one of our strongest players. Always contributes and plays everywhere at full 100%.

Only Gerrard now is the passenger with woeful long shots off target, a pass sucess of 50% being generous and even his corners don't get past the first man. Think he should be an impact sub to rest Hendo or Lucas after 70 mins if we're on top. Or rest Coutinho or Lallana at 70 mins if we're behind. Let him finish on high impacting games for the best either way and be remembered as the all time great

Omega Man

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30 Jan 2015 15:22:08
Sometimes you just got to go against the crowd. He's not the most important player Daniel Sturridge is,, because the way the manager speaks you'd think he was bigger than the club. The entire hopes and dreams of our club this season relied on one goal scorer and we've had to wait a full half season to have him back.
Stevie or Hendo for me lads sorry.
Red Ramsis you only know what Gary Neville and Carra tell you on Sky mate,,, pop down to Anfield and have a look for yourself kid and make up your own mind. This team is not going to get top 4,,, we've gone backwards from last season. It's not spouting rubbish it's an opinion mate you should get one of your own before people start calling you Gary Neville

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30 Jan 2015 15:31:26
Yes all Henderson needs to add is goals, better shooting ability, that would be the next level for him and would make him an even more inspirational driving force for the team.

Lfcfan_03beef

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Is there nobody else at the club that can do Henderson's job? his shooting is poor and his heading is poor! the miss at Chelsea summed him up for me, i know he works his socks off but is that enough to make him indispensable? as for captain i think i would prefer Skrtel, that's my opinion by the way or if it is different from yours does that mean i should stick to Basketball?

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30 Jan 2015 16:56:00
DBol its one thing to go against the crowd and have your own opinion, I respect that. But criticizing a obviously talented player like you know a good player when you see one is making you look foolish. Apart from score screamers i'm not quite sure what you want from hendo as he is as good (and in some parts of his play better) as Gerrard. "pop down to anfield kid" is that suppose to qualify your opinion, Any idiot can buy a ticket.

Time to let go of the past Gerrard is done. Hendo is the face of LFC. It may not impress you but if your a Liverpool supporter have his back like he would have yours.

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As for captain i think i would prefer Skrtel, that's my opinion by the way or if it is different from yours does that mean i should stick to Basketball?

Skrtel ? :0

Yes jack Basketball for you!

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30 Jan 2015 19:05:47
that is the most hilarious nonsense ever. kid? iam 37. i don't watch sky at all because those experts know what they are told which is usually nonsense. i have been to anfield like 70 times and i have watched Henderson live plenty of times and you have to look long for a better athlete. Your answer only proves who the kid is and who actually has never watched Hendo live. YOU.

The header he missed after sprinting like 70 yards in the 117 th minute from RWB? he is forgiven for that in my book. He tried to place it because cortoius was unbeatable but the cross was to fast for that. Skrtel for captain? He is the most queit player on the pitch.

Red Ramsis

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Edd can you please let people Disagree more than once? I think its needed here.

aussieMARK

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31 Jan 2015 01:06:50
Don't cry Gary it's only an opinion. I stopped reading after ''I've been to Anfield like a billion times'' chill out it's only my opinion kid,, That's what this sites all about. I'd drop Hendo for Sturridge, you'd drop Gerrard.
Let's face it though, Brendan won't drop either will he ?

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30 Jan 2015 07:49:49
Sorry if i'm shhoting anyone down.
But why do people talk of Lukas having injury problems? Look, i know he done his knee, and that was just plain bad luck. Being Aussie, AFL is my 1st sport, and i can say its the same in all running sports. That after a knee reco players will always pick up soft tissue injuries when they get back due to favouring one leg. It happened to Lukas, but appart from them two injuries i can't remember anything that's kept him out for any prolonged period?

aussieMARK

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It's a completely different sport Mark. I play both. football and AFL. In AFL the average player plays for 4 years. and something like 100 games. hell 200 games is a big celebration for the players that make it. In football however, you can consider your career an early ender if you don't get to 400.

Football also tends to have a lot more intricate/explosive movement, applying more pressure on the knees and ankles, as you can't just throw a ''don't argue'' at your opposition to retain posession.

I think any comparison between injuries experienced in either sports is wide of the mark. a hamstring in football probably isn't as bad as a ping in AFL, where the use of the hammy is vital

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Ahoy aussieMARK - I think he Premier League would be greatly enhanced by using some AFL traditions.

Mainly dressing the Referee's and Linesmen in the white coats and hats (like the butchers in Sainsburys) and making them do those strange Rock / Paper / Scissor hand gestures.

Possibly starting each game by bouncing the ball really really really high as well.

Tony "Plugger" Lockett next to Carra in the SKY studio might work

BOILED ONIONS

BOILED ONIONS

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30 Jan 2015 17:42:44
Why do they wear those white coats? They do it in GAA as well. :/ Strange.

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Lol some good replys, the white coats are now gone in favour of high viz Tshirts.
Bobatron, point taken but it doesn't matter the sport, athletes always seem to pick up little niggles after knees. Bad luck for Lukas it was a quad that had him out for a couple of months. my point, was to try and point out that he hasn't really been that prone to injuries.

aussieMARK

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30 Jan 2015 07:32:39
Worrying times for me in light of the fact Rodgers doesn't fancy Mario, Ricky or Fabio so plays Sterling up top on his own.
Where are the goals coming from?? Sterling hardly scores and, Lucas, Alen, Coutinho & Hendo couldn't hit a barn door.
Sturridge will need to set the world alight and stay fit for us to consider top four.
No pressure there then!
YNWA

Manxpk

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30 Jan 2015 06:36:58
Not one player from LFC in premier league's top 25 top-scorers. Bah.

wiwar1000

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Premier League all time highest scorers

At number 6 Robbie Fowler and at number 16 Steven Gerrard.

If you're going to try and take the mick, please, get it right!

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Wonder does he mean this season?

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He might be talking about this season. LFC's top scorer in the league this season so far is Gerrard with 5 goals.

The real AG

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30 Jan 2015 18:50:39
Meant this season

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30 Jan 2015 01:36:02
Hey Eds,

I'm dying to know, can you give any insight into where the idea to sign Balotelli actually came from?

Thanks a bill! :=o

RedKev   RedKev

Ed01{Ed001's Note - I don't actually know mate, I have never asked.}

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30 Jan 2015 06:58:35
Thanks for reply. Hmm, get on the case! ;)

Ed01{Ed001's Note - I doubt anyone will admit it now mate.}

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Was it not the Ex Man City connection who put his name forward. Fallows or Hunter?

The Irish Rover

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Well style wise he is wrong for us although against spurs playing with sturridge he was good so I'm prepared to wait and see.if no improvement then somebody must be held to account for it.

dubred68

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I can imagine the Transfer Committee meeting going something like this:

Ian Ayre - 'I hear Remy's passed his medical, I just need to tie up the paperwork and we can call the press conference.'

Brendan Rodgers - 'I'm just wondering what squad number to give him.'

Token fan on the Committee - 'He's hardly a Suarez is he?

Token Yank on the Committee - 'Yeah man, but he's only going to cost 8 million bucks. Good old John Henry's going to be pleased with that.'

Token fan - 'Until we try to sell him on for a profit, he must be nearly 30. Good old JH won't like that very much.'

Token Yank - 'But think of the profit if we can get 75 million bucks for . what's his name again?

Rodgers - I was thinking of giving him number 8 but just realised Stevie's got that.'

Token fan - 'I read in the Metro that Balotelli might be available.'

Token Yank - 'Is he of Italian / American descent? JH will like that. How much will he cost?

Ian Ayre - 'He's a world class player and will be well out of our reach at about 35 million.'

Rodgers - Just as well. I told a newspaper the other week that there was absolutely no way we would be signing Balotelli. I'd look a right tit if we went and signed him now!'

Ian Ayre - 'I wouldn't worry about that. People are used to you talking crap in interviews.'

Token fan - 'No, I heard Milan only want about 16 million because he's a pain in the arse and crap as well.'

Token Yank - '16 million bucks eh, that's interesting. Is he a bigger name than Remy?

Rodgers - 'Yeah, there's an extra 5 letters.'

Ian Ayre - The fans will be expecting a top player to replace Suarez - this guy won a title with Man City as well.'

Token Yank - 'If we get him for 16 million we just can't lose. He's only 24 and his value is sure to go up. Its a no brainer.'

Rodgers - 'What are we going to tell Remy?'

Token Yank - 'Just tell Dr Zaq to find something wrong with him. He hasn't signed anything yet, has he?'

Ian Ayre - 'No, he hasn't signed. I'm sure another club will come in for him but I'm not quite sure he's at our level.'

Rodgers - 'Yeah, that Balotelli's a very good technician.

Token fan - 'But he's a fruitcake as well!'

Rodgers - 'I'm sure I can bring him into the group and work my magic on him. Mourinho and Mancini are only amateurs at dealing with the psychology of players. Did I say he is a wonderful technician?'

Ian Ayre -'So, are we all agreed - Balotelli it is then?'

Token fan - 'Yep, we should have no trouble closing this one out, as nobody else will touch him with a barge pole.'

Token Yank - Hope so, because I hear JH is getting a bit peed off with us losing out on big name players.'

Rodgers - 'Yeah, who want big name players money.'

Ian Ayre - 'So, are we all agreed, Balotelli is the one? Ok, let's do it.

Token fan - 'Count me out.'

Heighway patrol

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31 Jan 2015 11:39:10
Did you have the room bugged ?because that is exactly what happened

Good post

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29 Jan 2015 20:49:25
Good evening Eds

You have mentioned that possibility and you expect a offer to be made for Neto to arrive in the Summer, will the details and deal need to be done this January for this to happen please?

Scousebag14

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Shopping in the bargain buckets again. False economy.

wiwar1000

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29 Jan 2015 22:54:29
Any truths Eds in Danny Ings with loan back until end of the season?

I used search and you said last time that it was Twitter. I am not on twitter or used it. So is this just recycled from before?

MarcO   MarcO

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Sorry - can't help.}

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30 Jan 2015 00:35:19
I think it's just rumourmongerINGS. Sorry, someone had to do it!

jeffinho

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29 Jan 2015 22:54:24
From reports in the summer that we were set to buy Sanchez, reliable media outlets are suggesting we're set to sign Danny Ings- then loan him back to Burnley for the rest of the season. Why?

If Rodgers thinks we need striking cover then fine but don't loan him out, Origi will be back in the summer too.

Any truth in it all eds?

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30 Jan 2015 07:07:17
Origi & Ings in the squad would be a better looking strikeforce for the future than what we have now. The club will be looking to move Borini & Balotelli on so it makes sense.

Great price to get Ings at as well, his value will increase afterwards.

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It makes no sense RedKev. Its plain stupid.

Davey Sulls

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We are the worst at transfers. Brendan has to go before he brings in any more mediocrity. He's building a team for the championship with champions league money.

Mr Dennis

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29 Jan 2015 19:46:31
Hi ed, news saying liverpool consider former Barcelona chief scout and technical secretary albert valentin for a role in the club any true in it?

gami

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