Transfer excitement

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  1. richieh10

    richieh10 Active Member

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    Seen as our transfer activity has been really low at the moment thought I'd kick off a thread

    What was the last transfer you got really excited about...

    For me there are 3 that stick out
    In my mind...

    Fowler when we resigned him coz he is God!

    Torres because he was probably europes hottest young striker when we signed him

    Morientes - signed him in the twilight of his career but got mega excited about him probably because he in his day was class

    What's are yours

    Ps - VVD is banned from this thread
     
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  2. Zinedine Biscan

    Zinedine Biscan The patient one

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    Last one was probably Mane, as I knew he would be boss.

    Definitely got a bit worked up when Robbie came back, even though I knew his best days were behind him, and Torres was a good one as well.
     
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  3. Elessar

    Elessar Well-Known Member

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    The last three.

    Suarez, Torres and Mascherano. I would have said Xabi but we signed him before we signed the other three.

    Forgot about Coutinho. I wanted us to sign him so much that I got banned from another forum.
     
  4. Sound as a Pound

    Sound as a Pound TIA Midfield General

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    Kewell
    Morientes
    Fowler
    Collymore
     
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  5. lfc.eddie

    lfc.eddie "¿Plata... O Plomo?" Valued Member

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    My one and only striker was Suarez because I saw a few of his games when he first moved to Ajax and immediately liked him. Knowing we have been rather cheap in transfers, saw Zlatan moving to Italy I never thought we could get him. I wanted him to play alongside Torres and that time when he first caught my attention he wasn't even scoring 30 goals yet.

    The rest I was too young and one before Suarez was Xabi Alonso. Watched his side went to win second spot in La Liga with him dictating the play at such young age and with so much grace. Was very excited we got him.

    Markus Babbel. Admired his style of defending, and he has some pace in him too. Great tackler, tall for a fullback and could also play as centre half with no problems whatsoever. Hamann when he was in Newcastle, majestic, tough tackles and bloody intelligent player.

    Kewell who tormented us when he was playing for Leeds. I remembered one game he play against Arsenal when they were counter attacking, Bowyer won the ball and lobbed it over to the left side of the final third of Arsenal, he just unleashed his left foot, hit it so well but in that angle which you don't expect it to go to top opposite corner. Seaman was sent back paddling.

    Last best 3 would be Kewell, Alonso and Suarez.
     
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  6. Red_Jedi

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    Very interesting thread.

    In the past I got excited with signings like Collymore, Litmanen, Riedle, Kewell and even Morientes - but I also remember being disappointed at the end with all of them.

    More recently, I'd say Torres, Suarez and Coutinho all have given us some great memories - and Coutinho will give us plenty more - but that is a blur with the feeling at the time compared to 6 or 12 months after they had signed....

    But to answer your question, I remember the signings of Dean Saunders and Mark Wright - £2.9m and £2.2m back then which were both transfer records in the same summer - I thought we would be back at the top of the table - little did I know....
     
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  7. Billy Biskix

    Billy Biskix TIA Youth Team Valued Member

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    Most exciting ever was signing Ian Rush back from Juventus. The 1987/88 team was the best I've ever seen but when we signed Rush it seemed as though we were about to demonstrate that you could actually improve on perfection.

    Last time I was genuinely excited by a transfer was Suarez. You just knew he was going to be really good.
     
  8. ubermick

    ubermick Willing to drive Moreno to the airport Admin

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    Billy beat me to it - getting Rush back from Juve. Nothing since has really gotten me that excited. We've signed some players who've been truly magnificent, don't get me wrong - but the day Suarez was announced, to me he was just a bloke who handled the ball against England in South Africa, and apparently liked to chomp on other players. Torres... a kid who did well at a club in Spain, not a household name. Xabi Alonso? Who the fuck is that kid? Coutinho? Who? Wha? (Admittedly an Italian friend of mine who's a massive Inter fan did tell me he was a brilliant player and was pissed off he was being wasted there) Even someone like Morientes, an absolute gem of a player - knew he was in the twilight of his career, and didn't expect a lot.

    Actually, take it back - Masch. Knew he was fucking boss, and was dumbstruck when West Ham signed him and Tevez.
     
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  9. Dhoff3

    Dhoff3 TIA Squad Member

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    I was ecstatic over Torres and Suarez as I'd followed them prior to being signed and I knew they would be world class. Coutinho and Firmino excited me quite a bit. I have to own up and say I was excited when we signed Joe Cole.
     
  10. Scott Jones

    Scott Jones Well-Known Member

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    Mario Balotelli was one that excited and disappointed the most,fuck sake silly me.:-(
     
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  11. Klopptinho

    Klopptinho Well-Known Member

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    bruno cheyrou .

    edit: sorry i mean zidane .. or was it cheyrou .. zizou ? cheyrou? all sounds the same .
     
  12. abcd

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    Think the one I got most excited over was Paul Konchesky.
     
  13. Chewbazza

    Chewbazza True Believer

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    When we resigned Fowler it was great, but probably the only one that that I would call exciting was Torres.

    Unlike many, I was convinced of his ability and the armband was the icing on the cake.

    Although I guess when Kenny walked out of the tunnel for the first time (for the second time) at Old Trafford was the only one that made me feel like a giddy child again.
     
  14. Klopptinho

    Klopptinho Well-Known Member

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    in a seriousness it was probably torres . suarez went a little under the radar due to the atrocious signing of andy carrol . i'll never forget being in the club having a pint with my dad watching england play and saying what the f*ck are this henderson and carrol doing playing for england .. bags of shite . then we signed them both :?:
     
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  16. Steve_LFC

    Steve_LFC Well-Known Member

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    Torres for sure. Young and already a top class striker.
    Suarez was some curiosity as well as excitement. Wasnt sure if he could bring ajax form to premier league.
     
  17. rupzzz

    rupzzz TIA Regular

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    There are quite a few for me.

    Fowler coming back had a special meaning to me as I started supporting Liverpool when he was first with us.

    Then there are a number of others, some who lived up to the excitement, some who did not;
    • Kewell
    • Leonardsen (sp?)
    • Diouf - total cock end
    • Mascherano
    • Litmanen
    • Morientes
    • Ryan babel
    • Markus Babbel
    • Coutinho
    • Cheyrou
    Beyond that, I tend to not get excited about a transfer and just see how it pans out. Learnt that at quite a young age.
     
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  18. Arminius

    Arminius FSG PR plant Moderator

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    Depressing thread, at least for me. Looking over the recent list for the last transfer I got excited about, it was Markovic. I was optimistic about that whole class, barring Balotelli (whom I thought was worth a gamble), but it was Markovic I was close to excited about.

    Before that, it was Coutinho. So one positive, but that was probably more pleased, even delighted, than really excited.

    But the last transfer that really had me unreservedly excited was Carroll - much more than Torres(had never actually seen Torres play). Thought he would just go through defenders, instead he tried to go through a barstool.

    ...and then there was Harry Kewell.
     
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  19. indianscouser

    indianscouser Oh ya Beautttty!!

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    Mascherano
    Torres
    Benayoun
    Suarez
    Coutinho
     
  20. AussieLFC79

    AussieLFC79 TIA Regular

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    Skippy
    Rush 2nd time
    Fowler 2nd time
    Klopp
     
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  21. Hope in your heart

    Hope in your heart Loyalty and patience, two undervalued concepts... Admin

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    Babbel coming on a free from Bayern Munich.
    Masch being signed from West Ham.
    Suarez coming in from Ajax.

    With these three signings, I genuinely felt in advance that it would be wonderful with them, and was excited as f*ck.

    Then the obvious emotional come-back signings: Rushie, Fowler...

    Thinking of it, I was also genuinely excited about Kewell's signing, about Anelka's, Djibril Cissé's, Litmanen's...

    We obviously made a lot of genuinely good signings over the years, probably also better ones than the above-mentioned in terms of what they brought to the club, but none excited me more than the above.
     
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  22. Rambler

    Rambler Bootle Boy

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    I got no end of abuse when I said it would be a disaster and would end in tears. But I did get to add a few to my ignore list so not all bad ;-)
     
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  23. Red_Jedi

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    Anyone remember Ronny Rosenthal - I remember he came on as a sub, and I was like where was he plucked from?

    Initial excitement after seeing him play soon became disappointment - and I think we sold him to spurs.
     
  24. Zoran

    Zoran Fighting like beavers.

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    So for me it's basically from 2000/2001...

    Suarez easily tops it, was convinced he'd be a world beater and thought that whole "Holland" (and discipline issues) thing got too much into people's minds about how good he already was (the serious proof that just confirmed it more to me was also his WC performances in 2010). At more or less the same price Torres' cost almost 5 years earlier, it was outstanding business. Wasn't sure if he'd become this good as a striker though, but he's such a complete footballer that I knew he'd get there in whichever role/position. What a roller coaster though, being over the moon when we got him and then the whole Torres shock and Carroll stupidity in a matter of days...

    Kewell is definitely up there, absolute steal at that price (even at the time). A player we lacked and still do at times, we didn't get enough of those over the last 20 years or so. It was at the time when I had no internet at home, so it was basically buying sports papers every morning to see if it's finally done. So sad he had the problems he had, but his quality can also be seen in how much Rafa trusted him, still played him almost all the time if he was 'fit' on paper (but maybe not 100%).

    With Torres I had a "he'll be pretty good, I feel secure with that signing... but just how good?" feeling. He did surprise me a little bit I must admit. It's maybe how it goes with one-club players at certain level. But no doubt he played his best stuff in a relatively short spell with us. I was mostly happy for Rafa (and I had great confidence in him leading us, we just needed more of a push to get some signings we missed out on), you could clearly see after Athens that he wanted a genuine and pretty complete #9 for our way of playing. We had specialists in some aspects, players good in the air, with pace, good finishers... Kuyt had a bit of everything, but not enough to lead the line for us and be that goalscorer. Torres was the best of all of our strikers in the last 20 years or so at leading the line as a proper #9, he provided style and quality.

    I have to admit that I was also excited over Keane and Joe Cole (maybe it was also due to us struggling to get that type of end product of type of player, you always felt we lacked a player who can unlock or be a good backup goalscorer).

    Knew too little about the likes of Alonso, Coutinho and especially Mascherano. Heard of some of them, seen some games or glimpses, but not enough to be really excited. With Coutinho you already felt it's a potential bargain at the price we got him, but also the environment that was waiting for him, style of football, the right manager for him at the time, there was room for a player like him, players from different positions he could learn/mature with, etc. All of them hit the ground running from the first games, it was clear to see, especially Alonso (all combined with a different approach to what we played under Houllier of course).

    Anelka, Litmanen, Morientes, Maxi (bit of a sad season or at least end to it, was refreshing to get a ready made player on the sides), Johnson, Sahin (also thought it was a steal, catching the opportunity to get him and make it permanent) were also nice, you thought again... players with quality, experience, still something to offer and all that stuff. Was also happy when we got Origi, got in fast and at a decent price, looked promising for Belgium. Matip as well, a CB with more "rarer" qualities if you like, nice experience, best years still to come and on a free.

    Fowler's return made me instantly happy but of course I wasn't expecting some wonders.
     
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  25. T.C.B

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    Resigning Rushie and Robbie. When the former left it was like a death in the family and my GF (now wife) at the time could not understand why I was so low. She called me sad but realised that day how much this club means to me. Torres leaving felt bad but I had an inkling his best days were behind him.
    Signing Collymore, Torres, Suarez, Litmanen, Morientes, Kewell and even Cole excited me because they are all attacking players.
    The day we signed Balotelli made me physically sick because I just fucking knew how that would pan out. Not a player transfer but in a similar vein......the appointment of Hodgson was a real downer for me and a sign that the club was in serious difficulty.
     
  26. ubermick

    ubermick Willing to drive Moreno to the airport Admin

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    Oh, fucking SHOUT that. Completely forgot about managers.

    We have a winner.
     
  27. Hope in your heart

    Hope in your heart Loyalty and patience, two undervalued concepts... Admin

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    Oh, if we talk about managers, then it's easy:

    King Kenny coming back had me excited as f*ck.
    Rafa at the time was one of the hottest properties in Europe. I was excited as it gets when he came in.
    Kloppo's appointment was a coup, and I was appropriately excited about it, and still am. :-)
     
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  28. rupzzz

    rupzzz TIA Regular

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    I was as excited when we signed Rafa - La Liga and UEFA Cup winner.
     
  29. jgw_geneseo

    jgw_geneseo Expert YouTube scout

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    I love a good transfer, I was pretty excited with all the names above. I'll add Cisse to the list. We chased him for a while, he was young, fast, thought he was the whole package, was involved with the French team. I thought he was the next best big thing, and we laid a out a good whack to get him at the time. After a few games I lost a bit of the excitement, and thought what was all the fuss about?

    Kewell and Morientes get special mention from me. Morientes was coming from a loan with...Monaco? who just made a deep run in champions league and he was great on that team. Kewell I just thought was maybe the best player in the league on his day. That Leeds team was a hell of a team. I was excited to see what he would do for us.

    edit: I guess i love forwards. I was also very excited when we signed Diouf after seeing him in the World Cup...but disappointed we let Anelka go and signed him instead if that makes sense. I thought, well, if he's better than Anelka, he'll be a great buy!
     
  30. Klopptinho

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    ian ayre leaving would rival that for some on here lol
     

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