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Best team moment: Gerrard\'s goal v Milan in 2005. That first glimmer of hope and belief after the utter devastation felt at half time.


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23 Feb 2017 07:49:17
Eds,
Seen the Gossip page has a quote from Klopp in regards to Dolberg. Has a journo asked him about possible interest and do you think Liverpool may look at him?
Looks like he could be a great striker in years to come, just hadn't seen much of a link between us and him.
I'd have thought he would be a Barca, Madrid, Munich, Man City type target but would be glad if we were in the running.

Thanks in advance eds.

Anfield Andy

{Ed002's Note - He was asked about Danish players by a Danish journalist during an interview. Chelsea and Manchester City have a declared interest in Ajax's Kasper Dolberg who has also been watched by Manchester United, Rangers, Everton, Sunderland and others.}


1.) 23 Feb 2017 11:31:27
As good as he could become we have origi who is our development striker. Anyone who comes in now needs to deliver 2 weeks before they sign. If we want to keep up wi5h the rest but still wish to develop youth then there's an academy for that.

First team ready players now.


2.) 23 Feb 2017 12:27:48
Supermane, while logical, ethical and sound, I am not sure your approach really works in today's big business, fast profits world of football. Owners, teams and even the fans want quicker, almost immediate winning results, and we all know it.

So while having a grassroots approach of building up and development through academies is the correct one (IMO), the big teams all are using an approach of developing a team of existing senior players, development players (subs and youth teams what-not) and buying the best appropriate players on the market at any given time.

Look at Barcelona with their first team and their famed academy, and yet they are still always on the lokout for the next superstar available on the market. Or look at Chelsea and ManC with their loaned out players (38 and 17) and their ability to cherry pick any player back from a loan if he adds to the first team. (We have 12 players on loan BTW, but perhaps not so cleverly purchased) .

I'm not arguing with you. Just saying that if Klopp and coaches see Dolberg as better (at present and in future) than Origi, then so be it and let's go out and try to buy him. I'm not at all comfortable with the notion that a first team's success should be held back, because we are waiting for players from the subs or youth teams to develop.

It doesn't work, and you certainly don't maximise your chances to win trophies this way. Let's have an approach of creating a team with the best senior squad, the best youth teams possible and buying the best possible players available in the market. Put them all in the mix, and then the best players available, play on any match day.

I agree we may not have the money available as other teams, but then every team should function within its fiscal means anyway, so I'm not even considering this aspect of it.


3.) 23 Feb 2017 15:52:40
We have enough youngsters in our academy. What we need is a first team players.


4.) 25 Feb 2017 12:23:29
Ed002, if we we're to move for Dolberg now after Klopps comments, would we not be at risk of a charge for tapping up?

If the guy is a target, Klopp has publically unsettled him. Saw this with Zielinski and Gotze last time out. Hope Jurgen has learned his lesson.

{Ed002's Note - No and he has not been a player Liverpool has shown any interest in. He was asked by a Danish journalist if he had heard of Dolberg.}


5.) 25 Feb 2017 15:41:24
Ahh good to hear then Ed. Media set him up with a loaded question!

{Ed002's Note - No.}


 

 

13 Jan 2015 04:54:03
Saw something, yes on twitter, yesterday saying Sturridge has had a reoccurence of the injury which kept him out for 18 weeks. Just wondering if anyone knows whether its true or not?

Anfield Andy

1.) 13 Jan 2015 10:23:11
there is your first clue, you said
it was on twitter.


2.) 13 Jan 2015 11:25:10
Which is exactly why I didn't come on saying Sturridge is injured. But sometimes even twitter can have some truths.


3.) 13 Jan 2015 14:09:20
Was it not just, 'Sturbridge has been out for 18 weeks with a reoccurring injury' as In past tense!


 

 

24 Jul 2014 21:14:01
Eds, all gone quiet on the Aurier front. Not saying were even interested but wondered if he is still on the move?

Anfield Andy

{Ed002's Note - Sure - he will go to PSG.}


1.) He's already went to PSG


2.) Serge Aurier, missed a gem in my opinion!

{Ed002's Note - Missed?}


3.) Nah not really missed but good crosser of the ball nonetheless. We have Kelly and Flanno in that position anyway, even if Johnson were to leave.


 

 

13 Feb 2014 19:01:27
Have it very from a very reliable friend that Jordan Henderson is going to be out for the next 6 weeks, he has today been to a specialist hospital and had a minor operation on his thumb.
Gutted for the lad after the influence he's had in recent weeks but would suggest it means that Lucas is ready to return. I would only suggest this as Henderson was initially supposed to be in on Tuesday but put off the appointment so he could play in the Fulham game.

Anfield Andy

1.) If he's off for 6 weeks after a minor operation on his thumb then I think he needs to see a different surgeon. Either that or he's replacing Mignolet in goal.


2.) Get a grip! 6 weeks for a thumb! Pretty sure any thumb op could wait till after the WC anyway.


3.) 13 Feb 2014 22:38:28
Hehe. He won't be out at all, mind you 6 weeks. Hilarious.
The man himself said he won't miss any games. That's much more like the truth won't you think.


4.) 14 Feb 2014 05:33:28
I also think 6 weeks is excessive, but they always go with a longer duration as a precaution.
Considering that the same hospital has done many operations on other sports stars including Gerrard and Jason Robinson (Rugby) and Amir Khan's hand specialist is there, I would suggest that there is no better for him to have gone to.
He was initially booked in for Tuesday but put it off to play against Fulham, he obviously wants to make sure he's fit in time for selection for the World Cup.
So I agree he won't be out for the full 6 weeks but that's what he's been given for it to heal fully.
Wrightington Hospital sees to many sports stars.


5.) Lots of doctors on here.

I broke my thumb and had to have it pinned, 6 weeks is normal, you don't want to mess around with thumbs if its a bad break.

Still not 100% after two years.


6.) He ain't a keeper


7.) Apparently he's 50/50 to play against Arsenal


 

 

13 Nov 2013 12:13:11
Ed, I know Rafael Van Der Vaart moved back home to Hamburg but surely he has enough talent to offer us in the AM positions at the moment, what's his situation and would you see it as possible to tempt him back to England? {Ed002's Note - There is no "situation" and he won't be moving to Liverpool in January.}

Anfield Andy

1.) 13 Nov 2013 14:42:52
Said IF he ever came back it would only be to spurs again!


2.) 13 Nov 2013 17:08:40
Cheers Chiswick, didn't know he had said that. Sorry ed, all I meant by situation was what with Hamburg doing terribly I wondered whether VDV might want to move, regardless ofbwhere to. {Ed002's Note - Writing such words as "surely he has enough talent to offer us" will always prove misleading then.}


 

 

 

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17 Sep 2016 10:40:27
Morning All.
Great night watching the reds, a well drilled performance from Klopp and a complete underestimation from Conte. I think he knew we would come out quick, but if they could weather the first 20 minutes then they would be ok. I don't think his style suits the premier league, he is stereotypically defensive and waits for his opponent to falter. Such hesitation simply will not work in the Prem.
I thought Matip was superb, quick into every challenge with Costa, making sure the Brazilian / Spaniard couldn't get hold of the ball and lay it off into Oscar Willian or Hazard. That is where Chelsea have been so effective recently, a very Arsenal style of play.
In all honesty I have wondered recently whether or not Henderson would rediscover his passing ability but he demonstrated that he is indeed coming back to his best last night. I would say Chelsea's midfield allowed him too much time to pick a pass quite a bit, but he played some exquisite balls, and the goal, superb. He smashes about 3/ 4 a game from that sort of range and is never a million miles off but hasn't tested a keeper this season from there, and still hasn't, because Courtois couldn't get anywhere near that ball to test his ability to save it, he might as well have been sat on my couch with me.
Windjalum and Lallana were both tireless again. Coutinho Sturridge and Mane brilliant link up and defending from the front. I thought you could tell right from the start of the second half that Sturridge wasn't quite right, he wasn't closing down with anywhere near the same pace or intensity as in the first 45.
Clyne was simply Clyne, offered plenty down the wing but was little more than average defensively. He gave away a similar ball to that which cost us the Vokes goal at one point.
Milner has been superb at Left Back. Positionally he can be a little eratic but he is such an athlete that he can recover well.
Lovren was a Rolls Royce. Understated and class. Can really see him and Matip developing a great partnership.
Lucas was a bit rash, but did the job needed. Didn't feel that Origi really got into the game, closed down well but that was about it.

All in all a good performance from the whole team.
Fantastic to come away from the Emirates, White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge with 7 points. That will hopefully pay dividend come the end of the season. 5 games in and I am mildly optimistic. Still not getting carried away. Top 4 and maybe a semi or final in a domestic cup would be great.

Sorry about the long post.

Anfield Andy

1.) 17 Sep 2016 15:34:33
Bit harsh on clyne he kept one of (if not the) best players in the league very quiet.


2.) 17 Sep 2016 16:40:31
I thought Clyne was solid and kept Hazard quiet the whole game.


 

 

31 Aug 2016 12:16:44
In work, someone has just shown me a Sky Sports article saying we have agreed a fee for Cavani. Can't find it on any media outlets myself, anyone heard anything?

Anfield Andy

1.) 31 Aug 2016 12:48:13
Wow.


2.) 31 Aug 2016 12:53:15
Just watched sky news and nothing of it. He's pulling your leg.


3.) 31 Aug 2016 13:20:33
There is a BBC article about it.
Says we are pushing a deal before the window shuts.

Is cavani really needed?
Certsinly not more than a LB surely.


4.) 31 Aug 2016 13:58:10
It's a social media joke. Apparently you click on a link and it shows Stevie slipping when we lost 2-0 to Chelsea.


5.) 31 Aug 2016 14:05:04
Can he play as an attacking midfielder?


 

 

30 Aug 2016 12:10:00
Don't know enough about Luan or Coric to comment on them really, know enough about our team to see that going forward isn't as much of an issue as going back. Would prefer us to spend big on a LB than on a forward. Sturridge, Ings, Firmino, Origi, Coutinho and Mane give us enough going forward. Moreno covered by Milner is ridiculous at LB.

Anfield Andy

1.) 30 Aug 2016 12:42:54
We are nowhere near clinical enough, I still see going forward as a problem, beit solvable from within or not right now we create enough chance but don't score.

Couldn't break burnley down
Missed a hatful of chances against spurs.


2.) 30 Aug 2016 14:32:46
Yet we have scored more goals than any other premier league team in 2016. The others must be really bad 😄.


 

 

18 Aug 2016 23:28:09
Evening all,
My eldest son has finally reached an age where I can take him to the game. I think he would be overwhelmed at Anfield watching the first team at the minute so want to take him to some U23 games.
Does anyone know if I can buy tickets online or do I just turn up to Prenton Park for home games and then whichever ground for the away games and pay on the gate?

Cheers in advance guys, looking forward to beginning to inspire the next generation of Kopites!

Anfield Andy

1.) 19 Aug 2016 01:04:32
As far as I know you just turn up and pay, last season it was a fiver entry, Google Jake Joe, his the academy corespondent and deals with U23 right down to U10's plus loanees, he has a Twitter account with which to get in touch with him and where he reports all the games etc.


2.) 19 Aug 2016 02:27:07
All U23 games at Prenton Park will be pay on the day. Look out for three fixtures at Anfield, also pay on the day. Arsenal on December 11 at 1pm, ManU on Jan 15 at 1pm and Spurs on Feb 5 at 1pm.


3.) 19 Aug 2016 02:42:40
Great times.

I moved to Liverpool last year and I took my son with me to watch our first match at Anfield, we even sat front row in the Kop and thought this couldn't get any better.

Unfortunately that match was against West ham and we were beaten 3-0 😅.


 

 

19 Jul 2016 18:21:16
Just seen a statistic on SkySports that makes interesting reading.
For a few years now we have struggled defending set pieces. Both Klavan and Matip were in the top 5 for clearances in the Bundesliga last season. Klavan obviously has leadership abilities. Maybe Klopp is moving to strengthen this historical weakness?
Shrewd business getting two of the best clearers for under £5m all in. Well played.

Anfield Andy

1.) 19 Jul 2016 19:30:17
He may well be a great addition. He is a good price and has huge experience. My only against was that the cover is only required for at most 6 months, we have Ilori and good ties with Kolo.

When all are fit, it's clear its Lovren Sakho. Matip was the challenger and Gomez the upcoming, possibly take over.

What happens to Gomez? Loan? Forgotten? or is it Klaven? Then that's £5m plus wasted when we NEED a LB.


2.) 19 Jul 2016 19:54:56
Why is it clear to be lovren and sakho.
Klavan is going to be a squad player like every other player at the club and will be given his chance.
Would not be at all surprised if he makes more starts this season then the slim fast kid. Who can't head the ball forward and can't kick a ball without falling over. Also hope he doesn't try those stupid flick that sakho does.


3.) 19 Jul 2016 20:15:27
Rush Gomez and mess him up for life. Give him time and he is one for the future, learning from those with experience like Klavan.


4.) 19 Jul 2016 20:29:09
You can't rely on the fitness of Sahko, Lovren, Gomez and now Matip who had a screw taken out of his ankle this summer, all season so signing a durable and capable back up with CL and EL experience, a Dutch champion with Alkmaar and experienced German League campaigner as well as 108 caps for his country. Shrewd signing, IMO.


5.) 19 Jul 2016 20:48:51
Good point Cincyred, not a bad signing and could be shrewd like you say. Just had hoped we'd have bought LB as priority.

CBs, aside from the 4 you mention, Can, Lucas, Ilori are first teamers and we must have someone from the U21 side? They must play with two CBs surely?

I'm sure Kraven will be good and maybe like Huth a no nonesense wall which will help us to a title. Hope so, that's what I will think until I see different. Just wonder if he isn't, where is his place when those first four are all fit? If Gomez does need more time, one other gets injured again, couldn't Can or Lucas play? Ilori cover in cups?

If we had signed Hector or Chilwell and we're basically done, might not care enough to question. But when we are not adding £3m to Chilwell or won't go from £20m to £25m for Hector and just have Moreno come the start I will see this as I do now, not a priority.


6.) 20 Jul 2016 01:36:06
I disagree, I think Matip and Lovren will be the starting CB partnership and Sakho and Klaven will be cover. Gomez to play the odd game. Klaven may even force his way into the starting line up.


7.) 19 Jul 2016 23:17:18
just a bit of info on Kraven, his second position is at Left Back, think about it .


8.) 20 Jul 2016 11:54:45
So sakho and lovren on bench then?


9.) 20 Jul 2016 12:15:50
Nice to see us fans have some representation in the negotiation of players fees Max. I mean you must be right at the heart of the negotiations to know what we need to do to get each player? Hang on, you mean you're not? Then why on earth do you think it's that simple? I've never been involved in a transfer (and I bet neither have you) so I'd rather leave it to the experts and I suggest you do the same. No offence mate just get annoyed when people talk about this as if it's just buying a car or something. There is a lot more to it than you, I or even the Eds know.


10.) 20 Jul 2016 12:29:33
With you there, Max. I don't know why we are wasting our time and are ready to pay 25m on a bang average player in an area we don't need and yet, can't come up with a measly 10m for a clearly talented LB in an area of need. Can you help explain that to me, Max?


 

 

 

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05 Jan 2017 22:00:15
He's decent. Virgil Van Dijk is a great player though, good on the ball and dominant in the air, can take a pile driving free kick too.
I do however think that Liverpool are done rummaging through the pockets of the Southampton recruitment team.
I don't think we need anyone right now, Milner has made a success at LB and time may well coach better defensive work into Moreno now he is not our 1st choice. GK is a little frail and I would love to see us get Begovic (Like they would sell to us right now) or Butland (I know he's injured) but that's not of massive concern to me. I think all keepers make mistakes and both Karius and Mignolet have really good points but both have weaknesses.
I would rather wait for the summer than pay over inflated prices now.

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28 Nov 2016 06:54:15
I think Gerrard would be superb with our younger players. He has already coached one of the young teams, maybe the U16's if memory serves.
Imagine being 14/ 15/ 16 and being coached by Gerrard. He will learn from some of the other coaches at the club.
He could have used links to walk straight into management but is instead learning his trade with the youths. I think its a very smart decision all round.

Anfield Andy

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17 Nov 2016 19:53:10
I might be wrong Zeddicus but I doubt that Gerrard has all the badges and licences required to be a manager yet, like many internationals.
There was an article the other day proposing that Lampard and Gerrard should be fast tracked through their qualifications given their knowledhe of the game.
Eds, any idea on the coaching qualifications Gerrard holds?

Anfield Andy

{Ed001's Note - I think he has the B license, if I remember correctly.}


 

 

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16 Nov 2016 08:17:29
I don't think they will let him leave in January with Ings' injury. Maybe the summer if Ings' recovery progressed well.

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09 Oct 2016 21:34:01
What do you all define as World Class? In my book World Class is a league of players who are one of the very very best in their position in the entire world.
Ronaldo, Messi, Bale, Lahm, Neuer, Lewandowski are all World Class.
Is Coutinho quite in their bracket? No. Is he on par with the likes of Rakitic, Hazard and David Silva in the bracket behind? Yes.
His ability to play quick and intricate passes to unlock a defense is right up there.
Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.
Coutinho is a different kind of fish / player to most of those listed. His skill is in linking play between midfield and attack, then just helping out with a couple of goals. Does he do that? Yes, and he is one of the best at it, and in the Spanish league could do some serious damage.

Love nor money can replace a player who fits into a system like that, but if he wants to go there is little a club can do these days. Life goes on, let's just wait and see.

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17 Nov 2016 19:57:02
Something Red, where did you get the information he didn't do a lot off the pitch from?
Similar to John Terry at Chelsea, I have heard that if anything Gerrard had too much influence off the pitch and could apply pressure for players to be moved on.
He has also already coached some of the youths at the club.
I doubt he yet has the qualifications required to manage, but if he is genuinely in line then good on him not just using his contacts for a role at Liverpool. Will do him the world of good to experience the lower leagues, can see many Liverpool lads getting experience in the lower leagues on loan if it does happen.

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12 Nov 2016 09:04:17
Nobody is selling him off so soon, they are just aware that not many players turn down the likes of Barcelona.

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25 Oct 2016 07:16:49
Listen to Schwarzer on MoD from Saturday. Yes we do probably have more of a vulnerability than most, but our zonal marking also doesn't help.

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24 Oct 2016 08:02:44
Fees don't always reflect a players value. I know that seems odd but its true. Some clubs will pay over the odds for a player because of how much they need them. Its all about how much a club is willing to pay according to how the player fits in with the style and mould they are after.
Man United could afford to go well beyond what others would because of their great commercial structure and the shirt sales from Zlatan also helped.

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24 Oct 2016 07:59:42
I wouldn't say Smalling is a terrible player. I think he's a decent CB, mobile and decent in the air. He just isn't good enough to be the main man. He needs someone next to him doing all the leadership stuff and managing his game too. Its the same with a lot of the Chelsea lads, they need John Terry there to boss the game.

Anfield Andy