09 Feb 2017 06:06:32
Mignolet (improve first team)
Ward (too much competition)
Flanagan (too much competition)
Clyne (improve first team)
Moreno (improve first team)
Can (improve first team)
Brannagan (too much competition)
Allan (cannot get permit)
Kent (too much competition)
Lennon (too much competition)
Markovic (too much competition)
Coutinho (PSG or Barca)
Sturridge (improve first team)
Sign (just guesses) :
Experienced keeper (Handanovic)
Right back who can cross (Pereira)
Left back who can cross (Robertson)
Pacey wide forward (Brandt)
Proper striker (Mariano)
Pereira, Matip, Lovren, Robertson
Mane, Firmino, Brandt
Arnold, Gomez, Klavan, Juanma
Milner, Lallana, Wilson
Randall, Brewitt, Williams, Hart
Woodburn, Ejaria, Ojo
6 first teamers out, 5 first teamers in. No need to hold onto players who won't play. Be sad to see Brannagan, Flanagan and Ward go, but we signed Karius, plus Arnold and Ejaria have clearly usurped the other two. Sadly cannot see Couts staying. I think the contract was to maximise his value, and his 5% cut. Seen this with Suarez.
Solid first team player in every position with a mixture of youth and experience in reserve. Much better full backs, and almost as importantly, far more pace in the attack. Mane, Brandt and Mariano would terrorise teams.
I know some people will be thinking we don't need such a vast overhaul, but we do. A fluid front 3 only works when we are in form, and the defence cannot cope. Milner and Lucas can provide cover in their proper positions. Any games in defence should be as emergency cover only!
I think Klopp will give Lovren one more season in front of a better keeper and to build a partnership with Matip. Personally I would not wait but there you go.
We need to stop hoarding squad quality players and actually address the weaknesses in the team. Sign players for the starting XI or at the very least the top 3 subs. The match day squad has to be improved by a signing.
We clearly lack pace going forward. Additionally, 16 of the 30 goals we have conceded were from set pieces which points to the keepers inability to organise the defence and claim a cross. At least half of the other goals came from our full backs making mistakes.
09 Feb 2017 12:14:59
Sell Coutinho and co and replace them with a proper striker in the form of Mariano what an awful idea he's a kid who was playing in Real's B team a few months ago with very little experience.
Our problem is when fully fit our best 11 are a match for anyone on the day but we lack strength in depth as our bench is not good enough compared to the top 5 teams.
Klopp really needs to change the formation as its clearly not working and we need a plan B so why not switch to either 343/ 4231/ 442 (diamond) .
Like most fans on here i agree we need the following:
GK - Keep Karuis but buy an experienced keeper so he can learn off him or replace him with either LENO OR HART.
LB - Id go for Ricardo Rodriguez or Jetro Willems and use Juanma as back up as quite a few of you on here have said he is a very good and upcoming player.
CB - Tah or Laporte to partner Matip as we need a solid partnership and both of these are young but established players.
CDM - Has to be William Carvalho as we sorely lack a true defensive midfielder the last one we had was Mascherano.
RW - Looks to be Quincy Promes as Pulisc signed a new deal, we need another player with frightening pace and goals.
LW - Julian Brandt could be an option
ST - Inaki Williams as Aubamyang will join Real Madrid.
Im not saying we will buy any of them but its clear that most fans believe we need players in the following positions and i feel the above would certainly not only strengthen the squad but also improve the current 1st team.
09 Feb 2017 15:19:58
Mariano is most certainly not a kid. He is 23 years old and has been scoring goals in men's football for years. The Real Madrid B team do not play youth football. Since he has come into the first team he is scoring something ridiculous like a goal every 45 minutes. People need to stop dreaming about signing ready made players. That has never been something Klopp does. Mane is the closest thing to a big signing he has ever made and people weren't happy about that either.
I don't want to sell Coutinho, but he will probably leave if we are honest with ourselves.
I don't think it will happen as I explained, but Laporte would be a great signing. Gibson of Middlesborough also. John Brooks of Hertha Berlin. Jeffrey Bruma of Wolfsburg. I just don't think Klopp will give up on Lovren and Klavan so soon.
Not sure on Willems or Rodriguez defensively.
I also don't see us replacing Wijnaldum after just 12 months. Carvalho is a fantasy.
Additionally, Promes would not be an option unless Mane left.
Inaki Williams is 22 years old (younger than that kid Mariano) and so far this season has 4 goals in 30 appearances. Or 1 every 560 minutes. Mariano has 5 goals in 223 minutes of football. That is literally not not half the game time Williams needs to score once.
I can completely understand why you might consider Mariano unproven at the top level, but that makes Inaki Williams a strange alternate suggestion.
10 Feb 2017 10:59:13
I suppose you have got a fair point regarding Mariano and William.
I agree that Klopp don't usually buy ready made stars but with Dortmund his only real competition was Bayern where in England there's upto 6 teams that regularly compete for top 4.
Agree that Coutinho will probably end up moving on but i don't feel he will this year.
Laporte would defiantly be my choice but to be fair as you rightly said Gibson or Brooks would also be very good additions have not seen Bruma so reserve judgement.
Im stil sticking with Rodriquez as he is a very good player. Who would your choice of LB be?
I would not replace Gini but if we are sticking to a 3 man midfield than we desperately need a world class defensive minded player in the mold of Carvalho/ Geis/ Lars Bender.
You say Promes is not an option but if we get CL football than we need quality players in the squad and not quantity, we need players that can come in to the team from the start or from the bench and make a difference instead of relying on certain players.
Also what would you do with the Goalkeeping situation as id like to keep Karuis but bring in an experienced keeper to help and push him as he was voted 2nd best German keeper which with the quality of German keepers that's a feat in itself.
And finally formation wise, do you think its working with the current formation, would you like a change in formation, playing style etc.
13 Feb 2017 09:08:31
We need to keep all our best players. Its as simple as that. Then add anonter top player to the group.
Sell a few of the non starters and not so great players.
Sturridge (needs a fresh start)
Bring in a lb. Only saw tysom against unites but he looked wickedly fast and good. Hopefully they go down and we xan get a steal. maybe markovic was sweetening the pot 😊
Gk monitor madrid and see if navas is avaliable if noone is then the minimun is get rid of migs and maybe let ward and karius have a degea lingaard style comp 😊
Markovic (further along than ojo, wilson and woodburn. better him on the bench in MY opinion)
Starting line up
Clyne Matip Lovren Tysom/ peri
Mane lallana coutinho
Subs Ward, Taa, Gomez, Milner, Can, Markovic, Origi
Rest of squad; Manninger, klavan, juanma, grujic, woodburn, ingsy, ejaria, chrivella, stewart, flannagan
What you have to remember is
Wiji 25 mil signing last summer great for us
Lallana (new contract and klopps wet dream haha for workrate anyway. and our catalyst for pressing)
Coutinho (just leave it there)
Firmino (if klopp cheated on lallana it would be with him ;) )
Point is none of them are getting dropped. And also once there all starting who would be better than any of them in klopps team? If it weren't for afcon and injuries we would of been fine. funny how there all back together and bang were back.
We have some terrific talent in the squad but don't need another 30 million signing to not get into the team and sit on the bench eg benteke!
Unless one of the team leave then we dint reallt need major work.
Do people not look at the league table? Go have a gander!
Also barca, madrid, munich, athletico, dortmund m don't have these 200million pound benches and they all do fine. We have a top first team which is maybe one or two away from a really really great team.
Trust me if we added 5/ 6 to the firdt tteam we qould be back to square one.
Slow and steady wins the race.