Liverpool 2020-2021: Jurgen's Heroes

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It's been a helluva ride. It's great that the EPL was able to finish out the season without a virus outbreak & the Reds got to take the title without controversy. And bonus points for avoiding long-term injuries, though Player of the Season Jordan Henderson's knee will be one to watch.

Next season promises to be a knife fight at the top of the table. City are already making aggressive moves to replace Sane with Torres and bringing in Ake to solidify the backline. Chelsea are lining up every young attacking midfielder in Europe, and ManU looked irresistible with Pogba, Bruno, Rashford, and Greenwood after the restart. It may well take another 90 point season to win the league.

There's all sorts of mixed news out there about Liverpool's transfer plans. Clearly, FSG takes a fiscally prudent approach and are willing to let targets pass if the price gets too high (see Werner, Timo). It may well be a quiet window.

Who's out:
  • Lallana has already signed on with Brighton for 3 years with a pathway into coaching after. Hope he stays healthy and plays a big role there.
  • Lovren is off to Zenit. Mo Salah has lost his best friend, but good luck to the "Best Center Back in the World."
  • Shaqiri has been heavily rumored to be on his way out in search of a starting role.
  • Clyne's contract has expired.
  • Karius appears to have met the standards for Besiktas to have to buy him (appear in over half of the league matches & qualify for European competition), but I've also seen that Besiktas have gotten around that and shipped Loris back. I'm sure Karius will end up someplace else, the question is if any club will pay a fee.
  • Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson had nice loan spells, but hard to see where they fit in the club other than deep rotation options. They'll have loan and transfer options open to them.
  • Gruijic, Larouci, and Ojo will be sold.

Who's needed (in rough order):
  • Another CB
  • Back up fullbacks, especially on the left
  • Attacking depth
  • Midfield depth
Rumors:
  • The Thiago rumors won't die. I can see his value. An intelligent and clever midfielder would have been a huge help against Atletico this season, and that would also be a great tool against parked buses. But Liverpool have been very disciplined about bringing in younger players unless it's for a clear backup role (e.g., Adrian & Klavan).
  • The Sancho rumors drag on. If they wouldn't splurge for Werner, hard to see Liverpool going to toe to toe with ManU here.
  • Klopp appears to be bargain shopping for Roberston's back up, with Bournemouth's Kelly and Norwich's Lewis in the rumors.
There's also plenty of excellent prospects on the fringes of the first team who could be retained for depth or loaned out for experience - Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott, EPL Medal Winner Curtis Jones, Ki-Jana Hoever, and Sepp Van den Berg. A couple of cup starts aren't going to be enough for this crew.
 
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It’s been a very short time, but I’m pretty low on Minamino at this point. He’s shown some flashes but appears to be suffering from being dumb as a stump. He’s awfully “head down and dribble/shoot” from bad positions. His passing doesn’t seem particularly accurate or correct, either. He might not be the right guy.
 

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It’s been a very short time, but I’m pretty low on Minamino at this point. He’s shown some flashes but appears to be suffering from being dumb as a stump. He’s awfully “head down and dribble/shoot” from bad positions. His passing doesn’t seem particularly accurate or correct, either. He might not be the right guy.
I hear you. That said, he might get another half a season to improve - it's a good thing Klopp is a manager who can actually improve players, but of course they have to put in the work. You'd have to think he'd be chomping at the bit to prove himself.

Naby Keïta had quite a slow start but is gradually showing his worth to the squad, his first few moths at the club were pretty low key, much like Minamino. Maybe when some players leave, this might push him up the pecking order...or at least act as a spur to really kick on. We don't know how settled into Liverpool life he is...it can be tough moving to a Northern City, the weather's not great and I don't know what kind of support network he has around him, if he's happy in his day to day non footballing life.

Personally I'd like to see Liverpool really go after a quality centre back. I think the market for centre backs is gonna explode, everyone wants them. DUnno if it's best to look for an experienced player around 28-30 who you can potentially get 3-5 seasons or someone younger.
 

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I actually think Rhian Brewster could fill in capably for you guys up front. He flourished with some gametime with Swansea, and while he's not starting 30 games, I think he could start some and do the job off the bench. I'm curious to see, because you will need some attacking depth over the course of the season.

I know I was accused of trolling (and maybe I was just a teeny bit), but I really think not signing Werner was a mistake, and would be quite annoying if it was a financial one. I think Liverpool has a great chance at winning any of the 4 trophies next season, but at some point the legs start to go on the front 3- Werner seems built for Klopp.
 

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I believe Larouci’s leaving on a free ..

its a shame that they are crying poor .. lots of excellent bargains out there .. Chelsea , Manu U and City are all going to be much better next year.
 

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It’s really hard to sign players when you’re at the top. You can’t offer guaranteed roles to players and it’s hard to cast off the players who got you there. Liverpool are basically set on starters at 10 positions on the pitch with a healthy rotational option at b2b CM. It’s really tough to bring in absolute top talent to fight for a role if you’re not Real Madrid
 

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Nice to see that Nike spent like 10 minutes coming up with a design.

Not a huge fan of the teal but I could live with it, but I think the way it comes across the white on the neckline looks bad, especially on the back.

This is the $90 "Stadium" jersey. The "Vapor" model that I assume is similar to the game-worn ones will be around $125.




 

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That is a huge letdown after the incredible kits they’ve rolled in the past few years. The pinstripe accents and blood red colors have been fantastic. This is pre-kit licensing FIFA ‘94.
 

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As a player I always wanted a pad on the sleeve to wipe away the sweat on my face.

This style of sleeve is worse as there is no way to keep the thread from the seams from rubbing due to sweat. Especially in the inner seam in the arm where the threads from the extra material from the cuff make a knot crossing over the seam threads.

The worst uniform I ever had to play in was a collared THREE BUTTON jersey. The buttons were rubber but it was still ridiculous. We convinced the property manager to remove them and claim that they came off in the wash.

Expect to see the players stretching out the sleeve opening routinely as part of their game prep.
 

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Nice to see that Nike spent like 10 minutes coming up with a design.

Not a huge fan of the teal but I could live with it, but I think the way it comes across the white on the neckline looks bad, especially on the back.

This is the $90 "Stadium" jersey. The "Vapor" model that I assume is similar to the game-worn ones will be around $125.




I’ve been waiting for the anime takeover as their products fit me like a custom fit shirt. But man, is this underwhelming. Looks like I’ll be waiting another year.

There was awhile that I thought Joe Gomez was the answer next to VVD. That opinion has been completely turned on it’s head now and I wonder, if that doesn’t get addressed, will that position be the LFC’s undoing next season.
 

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A £10m bid for Jamal Lewis got batted back. I hadn’t realized Lewis was signed to 2023. It looks like Norwich has a bunch of their young’uns locked in for a few more years and want to take a run at getting back to the EPL next season before letting players go for anything less than a king’s ransom.