Sir Kenny Dalglish tests positive for COVID-19.
Sir Kenny Dalglish tests positive for COVID-19.
/glares in Dave Dombrowski's directionWhat's the point of having the best recruitment staff in the world if you won't pay for the players they want?
Maybe John Henry should sell some bricks from Anfield to try to raise some funds since he's so strapped for cash.
That’s a very thoughtful reply to Dummy’s trolling.Continuing on from @Dummy Hoy's comment in the Chelsea thread re: Werner:
/glares in Dave Dombrowski's direction
Not much to say - it's clear Klopp wanted him, he would have been a perfect fit in allowing Firmino to play deeper and go with the 4-4-2 diamond that worked well in the last few months of Coutinho's tenure as an alternate look to the 4-3-3, but it is what it is. They could waste the entirety of Mane / Salah / Van Dijk's primes I don't think they have the financial flexibility, nor are they enamored enough, with Kai Havertz as an alternative, and Mbappe is laughable to even suggest with Madrid lurking.
I still think they are in a good place to defend their title in the coming season, but it's obvious with Chelsea spending big and United / City sure to splash cash, the competition will be as stiff as ever. Thankfully, Spurs are broke!
In: Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, Rhian Brewster (loans ending)
Out: Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri, Nathaniel Clyne
First choice attack: Mane, Firmino, Salah
Attack cover: Minamino, Origi, Wilson, Elliott, Brewster
First choice midfield: Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho
Midfield cover: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Milner, Grujic, Jones
16 deep for 6 positions seems adequate, though I wouldn't be surprised if Wilson is sold and veteran attacking cover is brought in. Defensive cover is a bigger need in all likelihood.
First choice defense: Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold
Defense cover: Matip, Lovren, Hoever, van den Berg
Karius is coming back from loan at Besiktas but I doubt he'd be kept as a backup on his wages, so maybe the job is Kelleher's.
I think the key point is “the right guys” .. or, more accurately the right guys to fill positions of real need. When you have a glaring hole in the lineup it’s pretty easy to justify spending big to fill it. Werner, on the other hand was going to be, at least initially , a complimentary player and long term protection against any of the front three leaving.That’s a very thoughtful reply to Dummy’s trolling.
It stinks to miss out on Werner who is entering his prime, wants to play here, is such a great fit for the tactics, and has already shown great ability. I doubt he’ll flop at Chelsea, but LFC has a strong recent track record of fiscal prudence. They’ve laid out record breaking fees for the right guys - VVD & Alison - made smart bargain purchases, and reinvested in the squad’s core players. Have to trust the process that has gotten the club to this point.
Plus, Lampard doesn’t know his ass from his elbow. He’ll squander this.
good point. If I’m being honest, the part that gives me pause is the apparently split between Klopp and the front office. The pieces I’ve read so far make it seem like Klopp was all in on Werner. Not that I think this will sour the LFC-Klopp relationship, but rather than Klopp knows the squad so well and has a long track record of identifying his guys.I think the key point is “the right guys” .. or, more accurately the right guys to fill positions of real need. When you have a glaring hole in the lineup it’s pretty easy to justify spending big to fill it. Werner, on the other hand was going to be, at least initially , a complimentary player and long term protection against any of the front three leaving.
Plus, you always worry about team psychology when bringing in a player of Werner’s stature. What kind of message is that sending to Mane or Salah?
For those that scoff at this kind of stuff It’s quite illuminating reading about Fernando Torre’s decline and fall at Liverpool. Sometimes you have to coddle player’s egos to get the most out of them.
There goes the points record....Matip is out for the rest of the year with a for injury, so be prepared for some more of the Dejan Lovren Experience in the last few games.
Yeah, I think Gomez will be the first choice in the run-in, but with 7 games in 24 days they're going to need to rotate some. Hopefully nobody on the back line gets injured, since with Milner hurting as well Gomez is probably the first backup for the fullbacks.There goes the points record....
I’m actually hoping Gomez can use this opportunity to lock down the job next to VVD. He’s grown so much as a game-reader and positioner since VVD arrived, but the only way he’ll continue to improve is to get regular starts. No disrespect to Matip, but I think he’s done developing. I believe Gomez has another level he can unlock running alongside VVD.
They've got Williams who can play Right Back, but don't really have a back up Left back.Yeah, I think Gomez will be the first choice in the run-in, but with 7 games in 24 days they're going to need to rotate some. Hopefully nobody on the back line gets injured, since with Milner hurting as well Gomez is probably the first backup for the fullbacks.