I am going to say how I feel - from most of the blogs I have seen people have a very positive view of the season, I am sorry I dont.
This season has been a competitive disaster we have not been competitive in any competition. Yes we have advanced one more league position, yes we have scored more goals which is great but the truth is we didnt threaten to win any competition or to qualify for Europe. We only beat Spurs of the top six - For me that ranks this season as bad.
Okay - I write the season off as transition as we are told it is, so what should a transition year give me - the core of my team.
1) settled goalkeeper
2) settled defence with some cover
3) Midfield balanced between defence and flair
4) 4 Strikers and effective Plan B when its not working
Now this is what I observe
1) settled goalkeeper - no - it looks like we are in the market for a new one to bed in
2) settled defence with some cover - the mainstay of our defence the last three months retired and rumours of several of the experienced core leaving - which means a rebuild.
3) Midfield - looks good although I think its a little short of goals
4) 4 strikers and plan B - we have 2 proper strikers and 1 of them is banned at start of next season and may well be sold. As to Plan B - We are selling plan b as quickly as we can.
Looks to me like a rebuild at the back is being done this summer. My experience is that takes half a season to bed in. We are short at the front and so often this season we didnt have a plan B.
So unless we get lucky and the players click I figure on a similar season next year picking up as we head into the spring. I think we will finish higher because Everton will tail off, but I fear CL will be beyond us again.
Hope I am proved wrong
let me first condratulate JC23 for his loyalty and service to LFC. this out of the way,media reports are suggesting the capture of kolo toure from Mancity.
i cannot fathom why LFC should go in for Kolo. is it because he is a free transfer? For goodnnes sake,Kolo is not the type of player to sign at this stage of our rebuilding.He doesnt reflect the ambition we all have been made to believe in.I dont have any personal vendetta aginst kolo but he has seen his better days and we at LFC need players with real ambition and drive.
This signing if it is true sends the wrong signals about our forward march. Kolo is in the twilight of his career pleaaaaaase!!! what happened to the policy of young,hungry and talented players.?
So, the season's finally over (gutted!!!!), and the rumour mill is already at full pelt. Kolo Toure on a free (although what would his wage 'demands' be?). Papodopoulos for £12m. Andy Carroll supposedly to West Ham on the cheap, done and dusted (but have you noticed that nothing's been posted on the LFC website. Don't you think that they'd have broken with it by now?).
Yes, I'd take Kolo, for his experience, and Pap's could prove to be a snip, if he's as good as they say he is.
The thing is, we need to move fast but efficiently, so as not to get mugged.
People still want to come to Liverpool. We are still (rightly) seen as one of the biggest clubs in the world, but sometimes that sort of tag can be a burden, and bump up asking prices. By getting in early, we have time to negotiate. To sort out the wheat from the chaff.
We did well in the last transfer window. Let's hope it's same again this time, as 'close season' becomes 'open season'.
YNWA. Always. J4T96.x
I was just looking at the league tables from Italy and noticed that Fiorentina finished 4th ahead of heavyweights Roma and Inter Milan. Did some more searching and saw that former liverpool player Alberto Aquilani made 25 app and scored 7 goals and assisted in 6, not a bad tally.
I myself have liked the classy midfielder and was one of the few fans who was hoping that Kenny would keep the midfield trio of Meireles, Gerrard and Aquilani, but I'm glad the move back to Italy has worked out well for him. YNWA Alberto.
P.S - Maybe you could propogate Liverpool for your teammate Jovetic. Just a suggestion. lol
Just seen that Liverpool have agreed £15 million for Andy Carroll. Can't believe this. Let's bring back the big man and have a plan b. Or he could be the new Carra at the heart of the defence. There is doubt of the deal as Andy has said he wants to make it at Liverpool, so give a go, remember FA cup final, when he came on he turned the game. He can play with Luis and Sturridge. Luiis on the right, Sturridge on the left and Andy thru the middle, with the other two running off him, just a thought. Please feel free to leave your thoughts.
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14TH JUNE, 2013. 12:05PM
Pig n Whistle - Riverside (Brisbane, Queensland. Australia)
This is the chance for all LFC Supporters to meet others who are either heading down to Melbourne to watch the Liverpool v Victory game or to meet others who will be watching the game at the Pig n Whistle. We will be playing the 2005 Champions League Final on the big screen too!
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HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!
In September of last year I flew to England to meet with the secretariat of the honors committee, a Mr Richard TilBrook, Head of Honors and Appointments Secretariat Cabinet Office 1 Horseguards Road London SW1A 2HQ, where he was kind enough to walk me through the process of both the New Years honors list and the queen’s birthday honors awards.
He politely suggested that we target the 2014 Queens birthday honors because that is where many awards are given for public service and he hinted, at the time, that the New year’s honors list would be full of Olympians and Kenny might get lost in all the euphoria.
In April of this year I was able to get in touch with Freddie Hunter Maurice, the guy who was running a UK only petition for Kenny and we joined forces.
So at the end of April we sent to the honors secretariat a 46 page proposal following the guidelines laid out (https://www.gov.uk/honours/overview) and we have recently received an acknowledgement from them that they have our nomination and quote “it will be considered along with other information received for Mr Dalglish”. Unquote.
We have almost 10,000 signatures between us, and lots of documentation going back to his days at Celtic, we had lots of support, a letter from Rafa, and a nice piece from Roy Hodgson, and a tear fetching note from the late Anne Williams detailing a first hand account of Kennys' role in 1989 after the Hillsborough disaster (RIP Dear Anne).
The petition is still open and will be until later this year when Freddie and I will send an update to Mr Tillbrook, so for all those who have signed it I want to say thank you. For those who havn't
Or UK only
I will update you again later this year when we finally close the petition(s)
Just read n Sky that a deal has been agreed with West Ham for Andy Carroll for 12mill. What horrible negotiations from LFC. Are they so desperate to get rid of him that they are going to take a 23million loss?
I think this mistake may be as bad as the 35mill price payed for him on that deadline day. He is a player we could've used. Sturridge and Borini are both injury prone and we need 4 strikers. I've seen countless of crosses put into the box this season but no-one on the end of it. He proved he's a hard worker, cut out his drinking and focused on playing football so if those attributes dnt fit into LFC then clearly BR has a real bias against certain players.
Maybe he doesn't like looking up and talking to players hence all the small built acquisitions to walk behind him as his minions..... Rant over..
Is it true, just heard about Carrol9 of to West Ham on a permenant basis for 12mil?
If so shame he couldn't give a bigger impact and its better than giving him back to Newcastle at least haha, thought we could push for abit more than just 12mil since West hams original plan was after the loan for 17mil purchase.
Lets avoid the long talk and get to the point. The players that I will list below are only players that have been linked. The player that I will choose is just an opinion in which I believe can help us to success after an okay season.
All prices are according to transfermarkt.com
Let's start of with the departures:
Andy Carroll- £10 (rumored £17m)
Stewart Downing- Swap deal for Begovic or £7m
Jay Spearing £2m
Oussama Assaidi £5m
Jonjo Shelvey £5m
Pepe Reina £10m
Shelvey, Carroll and Downing have been disappointing. YES Carroll has been good with West Ham and YES Downing has had a much better season than the last but I feel it is still not good enough and he is not a player of a top 4 caliber. If we can get £9m for Shelvey (as rumored) then I would go with it. He just doesn't seem the type of player everybody has been so heeped about. Plus we could do with the cash for a player who has hardly even featured this season. There are better young players out there. I find it hard to see Spearing's future in Liverpool. Especially because he is turning 24. Assaidi looked a good signing but has barely had the chance to show his worthy. Brendan doesn't seem to be to fond of him anyway. Not too sure about him. Reina seems Barcelona bound and it doesn't look like he wants to stay here.
Asmir Begovic- £5m (Stoke will probably want £10m)
Christian Eriksen- £15m
Kolo Toure- Free
Kyriakos Papadopoulos- £17m (rumored to have agreed £12m with Shalke)
Cristian Tello- £10m
Danny Rose- £5m (Spurs will also probably want £10m
Begovic would be a superb replacement for Reina.. especailly with a price like that. (rumored to have already joined)
Eriksen would be a fantastic signing. Him, Gerrard and Coutinho would deliver the perfect service to our attackers
Kolo Toure has reportedly already joined Liverpool on a free. Great back up. Experience needed.
Papadopoulos would be phenomenal for Liverpool. A real rock at the back. One for the future and such a bright young prospect. Would partner Agger really well
Tello is just the player we need for the attack. Would mainly be a super sub and squad rotation player but he is also one for the future. Would be great on the RW to fill in for Suarez in the first 6 games with Sturridge in the center. If he adapts quickly and starts performing well, he may aswell become a crucial first team player
Brendan Rodgers seems to be heavily interested in England U21 left back Danny Rose. Seems like a bright young player. He's had a great season on loan at Sunderland. Would be a great understudy to Enrique. Maybe ROdgers can rotate them from time to time.
Benteke would add so much power up front. This season's 3rd top scorer for such a low team, with all due respect, and only at the age of 21. Seems like our kind of player. Would be a great squad rotation player and could fill in the gap of Suarez (6 more games of ban)
What we could look like:
Johnson Papa Agger Enrique
Sturridge Suarez Coutinho
Bench; Jones, Rose, Skrtel, Henderson, Allen, Tello, Benteke
Others: Kelly, Coates, Sterling, Suso, Borini
That is a squad full of youngsters, future starts and full of strength in debth. With Sir Alex leaving Man United, Moyes leaving Everton, Bale leaving Tottenham that leaves us mainly stronger than all three of these teams that finished above us this season. Which means top 4. Especially with this kind of team.
In the end you can never predict what the team will turn out to look like. I really do hope it turns out to be something like this. I believe at least 2, 3 of these players will join, hopefully.
Lets hope for the best next season.
the transfer rumour mill is starting to pick up speed by the day it looks like big Andy could be on his way to West Ham the rumour has it its a 15 millon pound deal i think we should be asking for more, if we are going to let players go this cheap then over teams will be trying to poach players away,why not keep Andy it gives the club a plan B . lets hope if this goes ahead then we dont lose Luis at the 11th hour like what happend with Torres,with lots of other players rumoured to be coming to Liverpool we must have won the lotto one minute Brenden has only got 20 millon to spend then we seem to be splashing the cash on this and that player, the press do love making a story just to sell there trash papers,o well as a true Liverpool supporter i will just seat back and see who comes and who goes lets hope its not to many going as we have a small squard so what is the point in selling one and just replacing with another one . YNWA JFT96
kyriacos papapoulous is set to be the 2nd liverpool signing after kolo toure, media speculation as said that kolo toure is set to be the first liverpool signing of the summer and will undergo a medical after he returns from his pre season tour with Manchester City.
papapoulous is also believed to be joing the club in a £12m deal from schalke 04, liverpool have turned there attention on the schalke defender after they where scared away by the £12m asking price swansea put on captain ashley williams.
More to follow..
According to reports Liverpool and West Ham have came to an agreement over big Andy. I'm absolutly angered at this, such a great option for us if we want a plan 'B' added to our game. And my basic knowledge suggests to me that the price will be no more than 20 million. But Brendan has his tactics, and I respect them so lets move on and spend the money on upgrading the squad over the upcoming summer.
I watched sunday's game on lfctv today. Courtinho's goal was good he is my signing of the season. He is young, but has fitted into the team really quickly.
Jamie got a great reception when he came onto the pitch and also when he left the field on 85 mins.
When the kop sang YNWA at the end of the game i had a tear in my eye it is the best football anthem in the world sang by us the best football supporters in the world.
I have supported liverpool for nearly 35 yrs and i am proud to support them win lose or draw.
One. There is only one Jamie Carragher – that is for sure. But one is also the number of Premier League defeats Liverpool suffered since Carra returned to the side in January. Only 12 goals were conceded during those 15 league games.
There have been so many glowing testimonials about Jamie Carragher coming in the past few weeks. Teammates, managers, and opposition alike have all sung the praises of the working class hero from Bootle.
To have played over 700 competitive games for a top European side like Liverpool has been an amazing accomplishment. Surely that says enough about the quality and class that Jamie possesses. But it also says a lot about his loyalty. He has been such a great servant to Liverpool Football Club, it’s easy to forget he was a boyhood Evertonian supporter. But the Blues only had him for his very formative years. He has been a Red since age 9, and that has served the Kop faithful so well for decades now.
Jamie has been so great for the club, that his song speaks of the supporters’ dreams of a team full of our number 23. Yet in the typical humility and wit that Carra possesses, he said that starting XI would produce a lot of “nil-nil” results.
You just have to love that guy.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have experienced the likes of Jamie Carragher. He is such an inspiration. And while the stats I quoted at the beginning prove that Carra could push on for at least another year, you have to respect the man’s wishes to go out on top. I am so glad that he earned, and kept, his place back in the starting eleven. I would have hated to see his career end with him sitting on the bench. And I believe that was one of the major factors in Jamie deciding to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
Jamie will leave a huge void at the club – both in central defense, and in the dressing room. I remember this pre-season in Boston when Carra had seen Skrtel and Agger play out a full season as the first choice central backs. He had made up his mind to end his carreer at the end of the season. You could imagine a lesser man being bitter about that situation, and not giving the full effort to the club. Yet the image of Carra celebrating young Adam Morgan’s first goal for the club will forever be in my memory. It was such a great picture of the leader he is.
Like Ian Ayre said last week, you can replace the position – but you cannot replace the man.
We will look to fill that spot now in defense. I am not ready to write of Martin Skrtel yet. He was our player of the season in 2012 after all. And I am really excited to see Martin Kelly back in the side.
But for now, let’s just be thankful for the 737 shifts that Carra put in for the Red shirt. A true legend of the club and the sport.
Over the last season or two we've been producing and bringing a few more English yougsters but do you think we're doing enough deep down to the bottom level? With the likes of Ibe, Sterling, Coady and Shelvey onside the outlook looks pretty good but is there more that could be done?
Source: The Soccer Store
kolo ture - experience that carra left useful squad member
Diame - powerful mid runner
Callum mcmanamon - gives us width hap
Lukaku - if chelsea sign 50 mill striker we get him
Lot of rumours today that we are close to signing Asmir Begovic.
That's really strange because Reina kept saying he is quite settled here and unless he's leaving , why would we sign Begovic?
The fee is too high for my liking - 15 million! (Downing in part- exchange will bring it down a bit).
My first choice was always Marc Andre ter Stegen!
So heavy hints towards us signing kolo on a free.
What would this represent?
Firstly its on a free, at this point how many CB's are about with the amount of medals kolo has got and going for nothing.
How many CB's have as many apperance's in the prem lg as kolo... should need little time to adapt
His wage's should be no more than cara's were, with the chance they might be a touch lower
We get an experienced well rounded CB for nowt, that cant be overlooked. Its my opinion that DA and MS will be the main pairing next season but we obviously need back up, we dont want to be sending in someone with too little experience or quality. Its fair to say kolo is on his last few years and i feel he wont want to drop to much in terms of lvl of football and he does have quality if not a stella signing he aint no mug either.
Read alot of people saying he has no pace... who has in our cb's over the last 10 years? i think he might be the quickest we've had even at 32.
Truth is that amount of experience for free is a no brainer... whats the worst that can happen he was free! If he come's in and does'nt perform he can be sold for a small fee by xmas maybe making a profit its win win really.
This is all relative to our targets for the CB role. I have to be honest no one is crying out to be signed in my eye's... there are a few around europe that look like good prospects but they all come with big price tags and large risk this guy comes with 0 risk... sign him up b4 someone else does.
Is it pronounced Coates as in coats like a jacket?
or coates 'KWA-TEZ' i heard a few commentators say it like that
But isnt sebastian coates father Scottish? So i would imagine it would be pronounced coates as in coats like a jacket? Not with the Kwa-tez or what ever it is. Can somebody help me with this