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The Unreliable Rumours Thread



redfanman

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My translation: we might sign Dembele if Barca become desperate and offer us a good deal. From the age perspective he's an ideal moneyball target so I could imagine our interest.

Barca probably hold the key to the merry go round. They must be under pressure to buy given Madrid's overhaul. 'Only' de Jong so far? If they add de Ligt and say Greizman they'll need others to leave. Not too many suitors for Coutinho with Chelsea banned and never for £100m. Dembele maybe their next best asset.

Weird that 'Origi not leaving' is the only news coming out. Sounds a bit like Lovren invaluable and not going for £25m or more.
I dont know if there was ever any serious interest in Lovren. I think the noises out of Italy today are that Milan are looking at someone else now.
 

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Am I being thick but what does this sentence even mean?!

The Reds are expected to have a quiet window beyond additions dependant on departures for squad depth. [Melissa Reddy]
 



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Am I being thick but what does this sentence even mean?!

The Reds are expected to have a quiet window beyond additions dependant on departures for squad depth. [Melissa Reddy]
Its not a well crafted sentence but i presume it means we are not expecting to sign players unless one of our existing players leave first (so we are looking to replace Moreno and Studge - but no-one else at this time).
 

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Its not a well crafted sentence but i presume it means we are not expecting to sign players unless one of our existing players leave first (so we are looking to replace Moreno and Studge - but no-one else at this time).
I still think Lovren and Mignolet will join that list. I've always thought 4 signings is likely. Two lesser deals, bosman/loan/cheap, for backup goalkeeper (older, experienced, but plays the right way) and a versatile defender who can play WINGBACK on both sides. A star forward to finally compete with/cover for our star front 3. And a CB, star if available, more of a Klavan type if not. Only the Gk back up would be over 24. That's my guesses.
 

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Letting Divock run down his contract doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If he won't sign, sell him and focus instead on adding another forward.
 

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I would rather hold onto Clyne if we don't plan to buy anyone to add cover to our wing backs. He was very good before his injury and had a decent spell at Bournemouth.
 

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Mignolet is an interesting one for me.

Its widely accepted that he wants to leave for first team football, and good on him if that happens. Because when I look around I wonder where he will get this first team football...........

Feasibly his scenario is moving to a mid table club or a top club in a smaller league to get minutes, and not a lot else; possibly on a lower wage also
Or he could continue to sit on our bench, get a great wage and maybe another couple of shiny winners medals.

If he chooses to go it will say a lot about him as a person - because I bet there's a bunch in this day and age who wouldn't want to leave for anything......do nothing etc etc
 



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I am still not sure why Origi will not sign a contract. He is the only backup we have got for Firmino as Sturridge has left unless we play Salah/Mane upfront with Shaq/Ox to cover the RF/LF.. His playing time will be considerably more as he will definetly get close to 15-20 starts and as a sub in other games considering all competitions we are in.. And if we doesn't sign I would rather sell him for 35 million in this crazy market and get Werner..
 

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Letting Divock run down his contract doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If he won't sign, sell him and focus instead on adding another forward.
If true what its saying is we are happy having him as back up for the next 12 months - it lets us progress Brewsters development and then if need be gives us another twelve months to identify and sign a suitable replacement.
 

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I am still not sure why Origi will not sign a contract. He is the only backup we have got for Firmino as Sturridge has left unless we play Salah/Mane upfront with Shaq/Ox to cover the RF/LF.. His playing time will be considerably more as he will definetly get close to 15-20 starts and as a sub in other games considering all competitions we are in.. And if we doesn't sign I would rather sell him for 35 million in this crazy market and get Werner..
Brewster, Shaq and Ox may well all be seen ahead of him next season for the front three.....

Klopp has already shown he will happily move Mane and Salah central if needed
 

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It makes sense to me.
If he doesn’t want to sign it means we get another 12 months of origi and Brewster (hopefully). It also means we don’t buy someone just to replace origi especially if klopp and co don’t feel there is a suitable replacement yet.
Why buy someone on a 3/4 year contract who is only 75% of what klopp wants rather than wait for the perfect fit.
I’m sure klopp has targets in mind but either they are too expensive or simply not available yet. So keep to what we have.
Same principal goes for Clyne. If nobody is available, keep Clyne and have 12 months to find a replacement.

Either way, I won’t hold any grudges against origi for not signing. Like the dudeks and smicers before him, he has earned his right to make his choices.
 

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Letting Divock run down his contract doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If he won't sign, sell him and focus instead on adding another forward.
I am betting that Can is regretting running down his contract, ah, so satisfying when that happens.
 



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I am betting that Can is regretting running down his contract, ah, so satisfying when that happens.
Why, he would have got a nice signing bonus at the time because of no fee. He gets to experience a new country to live and play in. He just won the Serie A title. He's getting a good number of games and gets to play with the likes of Ronaldo, Dybala and co.
 

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I am still not sure why Origi will not sign a contract. He is the only backup we have got for Firmino as Sturridge has left unless we play Salah/Mane upfront with Shaq/Ox to cover the RF/LF.. His playing time will be considerably more as he will definetly get close to 15-20 starts and as a sub in other games considering all competitions we are in.. And if we doesn't sign I would rather sell him for 35 million in this crazy market and get Werner..
He has to sign a contract somewhere else for a transfer to go through. Seems an increasing number of players are just running their contracts down and then asking for signing bonuses bc the club isn't paying a fee. Also gives Origi another year to raise his value before he does that. Not saying that's what's happening, but it could be and it would explain why the club isn't talking about a transfer.
 

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Why, he would have got a nice signing bonus at the time because of no fee. He gets to experience a new country to live and play in. He just won the Serie A title. He's getting a good number of games and gets to play with the likes of Ronaldo, Dybala and co.

Because he didn't get to win the European Cup with the greatest club in the world obviously.
He doesn't get to play with Salah, Mane, Bobby, Fab, Virgil etc. etc . anymore , and most importantly he doesn't get Klopp hugs now.
 

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It’s a typical ITK type sentence.

If we sign a forward it’s to replace Sturridge
If we sign a full back it’s to replace Moreno
If we sign a keeper, Mignolet days are numbered
If we sign a CB, Lovren days are numbered

It does nothing more than state the obvious. While adding even greater leeway with her other statements saying that may change if world class players become available.
 



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My translation: we might sign Dembele if Barca become desperate and offer us a good deal. From the age perspective he's an ideal moneyball target so I could imagine our interest.

Barca probably hold the key to the merry go round. They must be under pressure to buy given Madrid's overhaul. 'Only' de Jong so far? If they add de Ligt and say Greizman they'll need others to leave. Not too many suitors for Coutinho with Chelsea banned and never for £100m. Dembele maybe their next best asset.

Weird that 'Origi not leaving' is the only news coming out. Sounds a bit like Lovren invaluable and not going for £25m or more.
According to the rumors, Barca is interested in selling Coutinho and Dembele to finance Neymar. That means that they're hoping to get quite a lot of money for them. Looking at what Barca payd for them, and looking at their need to raise cash, he will be too expensive. I just don't see how it can happen.
 

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If we signed Dembele he wouldn't be a starter for me in our strongest XI. He'll be quality rotation for Mane and Salah out wide, which we need. Do we spend ~£90m for that? Not sure. If that's what we'd be looking at for Dembele I'd rather spend similar on Sancho. If we're not going to spend that unless they strengthen our best XI then I'd rather we spend it on Havertz. If we're looking at no more than £50m-£60m for quality rotation out wide then I think Zaha is the best option, followed by Pepe.
 

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According to the rumors, Barca is interested in selling Coutinho and Dembele to finance Neymar. That means that they're hoping to get quite a lot of money for them. Looking at what Barca payd for them, and looking at their need to raise cash, he will be too expensive. I just don't see how it can happen.
When other clubs smell a firesale they dont usually offer best price. Given Dembele hasnt set the world on fire the last couple of years, most clubs with an interest in him or Coutinho will probably look to get that price down quite a bit. They will only get full price if a club like Utd are desperate to get him.
 

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If we signed Dembele he wouldn't be a starter for me in our strongest XI. He'll be quality rotation for Mane and Salah out wide, which we need. Do we spend ~£90m for that? Not sure. If that's what we'd be looking at for Dembele I'd rather spend similar on Sancho. If we're not going to spend that unless they strengthen our best XI then I'd rather we spend it on Havertz. If we're looking at no more than £50m-£60m for quality rotation out wide then I think Zaha is the best option, followed by Pepe.
Why wouldn't he be a starter? We could easily play 4231 with Firmino playing the no.10 against the vast portion of teams in the league.
 



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If we signed Dembele he wouldn't be a starter for me in our strongest XI. He'll be quality rotation for Mane and Salah out wide, which we need. Do we spend ~£90m for that? Not sure. If that's what we'd be looking at for Dembele I'd rather spend similar on Sancho. If we're not going to spend that unless they strengthen our best XI then I'd rather we spend it on Havertz. If we're looking at no more than £50m-£60m for quality rotation out wide then I think Zaha is the best option, followed by Pepe.
Sorry to say I think that attitude/way of thinking will hold us back. No more starting/best 11. Who out of Fabinho, Ox, Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum makes it in our best 11? They're all good in different ways and depending on fitness, form and opponent depends on who ends up playing. Same with Van Dijk being partnered by Matip or Gomez. Faced with between 50 and 70 games next season 4 forwards could well all start a full "starters" number of games and we still don't come close to covering 3 positions for every game.
 

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Alisson

Alexander-Arnold -- Gomez -- Van Dijk -- Robertson

Fabinho -- Keita

Dembele -- Firmino -- Mane

Salah​

Go on then, you've twisted my arm.
I wouldn't write hendo out. Though I love both of those mids that are in. Great problem to have.

Feel like this could eliminate the problem of scoreless draws against overmatched teams.

Could flip to a 4-1-4-1 easily as well with a player like Oxlade Chamberlain put in the attacking midfield. IMO what little room for improvement exists is in knocking out the goalless games. Score every game and the league is there to be won.
 
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Why wouldn't he be a starter? We could easily play 4231 with Firmino playing the no.10 against the vast portion of teams in the league.
Sure, in some games. But if we added Dembele to our existing squad our strongest XI would still be

Alisson
Trent Joe(l) Virgil Robbo
Fabinho
Henderson AOC
Mo Bobby Sadio
Whereas if that £90m is spent buying Havertz he starts in one of the midfield slots not taken by Fabinho.
 

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Sure, in some games. But if we added Dembele to our existing squad our strongest XI would still be

Alisson
Trent Joe(l) Virgil Robbo
Fabinho
Henderson AOC
Mo Bobby Sadio
Whereas if that £90m is spent buying Havertz he starts in one of the midfield slots not taken by Fabinho.
So basically you prefer havertz to dembele? Perfectly valid if so. He's very good, so was dembele in the bundesliga. I don't think there's much chance of havertz going anywhere this summer and with him there's the chance he'll choose Bayern instead when he does leave. Of course dembele might not leave either but this thread currently seems to be temporarily assuming he is available, for the sake of discussion and dreaming.