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The Unreliable Rumours Thread

Sweeting

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Good luck to Kamil Grabara with his loan to Huddersfield. If he gets a first team spot it is a good loan. Must admit I am a bit dissapointed as I wanted to see him playing for LFC this season, at least on tour but maybe this is better for him. A good season on loan could see him as number 2 at LFC next season.
I think the only way we will ever get a GK through the youth system currently is to hold on to him long enough until the opportunity comes up to be first choice. Wouldn't be surprised to see him spend multiple years out on loan before being deemed ready and the opportunity to play being there.
 


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Agree with the thoughts on back up goalie. If the number one is in his prime, with years ahead of him, it’s tough if the number two is a young player biding his time and waiting for his chance. Goalkeeper is a position where there is a large gap between training and playing proper matches, with the pressure and all that comes with that. You want your goalkeeper to have all of that experience in their memory banks if and when called on.

Mignolet - potential style issues aside, is about as good a back up goalkeeper as we could have at the moment. Good luck to Grabara on loan.
 

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I think the only way we will ever get a GK through the youth system currently is to hold on to him long enough until the opportunity comes up to be first choice. Wouldn't be surprised to see him spend multiple years out on loan before being deemed ready and the opportunity to play being there.
Fully agree on this. While I rate Grabara highly, that young Polish lad Liverpool signed a few weeks back, whose name I won't even dare to spell, probably has a better chance of making it at Liverpool if Alisson continues his form and stays at Liverpool for a prolonged period. Unless, of course, Grabara continues playing well on loan and maybe finds a club where he would spend few consecutive seasons before returning to Liverpool.
 

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Fully agree on this. While I rate Grabara highly, that young Polish lad Liverpool signed a few weeks back, whose name I won't even dare to spell, probably has a better chance of making it at Liverpool if Alisson continues his form and stays at Liverpool for a prolonged period. Unless, of course, Grabara continues playing well on loan and maybe finds a club where he would spend few consecutive seasons before returning to Liverpool.
From memory, it's what Courtois did whilst he bided his time waiting for Cech to move on. Difference there is that Courtois' 10 years younger than Cech so the time for Cech to move on coincided well with Courtois' developmental maturity. As you allude to, the age gap between Alisson and Grabara is too small to allow for that so if all our youth prospects develop into top prospects and Alisson stays/stays healthy then we're more likely looking at the 16/17 year old lads (Jaros looks good) rather than Kelleher or Grabara.
 



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From memory, it's what Courtois did whilst he bided his time waiting for Cech to move on. Difference there is that Courtois' 10 years younger than Cech so the time for Cech to move on coincided well with Courtois' developmental maturity. As you allude to, the age gap between Alisson and Grabara is too small to allow for that so if all our youth prospects develop into top prospects and Alisson stays/stays healthy then we're more likely looking at the 16/17 year old lads (Jaros looks good) rather than Kelleher or Grabara.
I might be wrong, but wasn't the initial reason Courtois went on loan was due to clashing with one of the other younger players over an alleged love triangle?
 

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He w potted KDBs' bird when they were both at Chelsea after KDB potted his birds best friend. That is Kings Rd through and through.

Interesting is No 1 & No 2. It seems Cuntitis runs in the family
 



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Spurs have said Rose can leave. Left back cover?
Interesting that spuds are looking to sell their starting fullbacks. I wonder if they are looking to go 3 at the back which in turn indicates that the market for good fullbacks is tough?
 



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Interesting that spuds are looking to sell their starting fullbacks. I wonder if they are looking to go 3 at the back which in turn indicates that the market for good fullbacks is tough?
They are also rumoured to be selling another right back
 



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Isn't Tripper off to Atletico Madrid? £20m?

As for Rose, don't want to see such a shameless diver anywhere near a red shirt.
 
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Klopp:
“How I said, it will not be the biggest transfer window of LFC; we invested a lot in the team in the last two years, I would say. We cannot spend every year in the same manner.

“People talk about it like, ‘Now another £300m or £200m’. There are maybe only two clubs in the world – it looks in the moment like Barcelona and [Real] Madrid can do the same – City and PSG that can do it every year.

“But we are fine. I’m happy with the team, we are really happy. We have to see if we find maybe one position, if we find something for it, but there’s no real pressure because it’s not about signing a player. We have solutions for all the situations.

“Do we have exactly the solution that everybody from outside would be 100 per cent happy? I don’t think so because people want to have world-class here, world-class here and the guy on the bench has to be world-class as well. That’s not so easy. But we are of course working on it.

“On the outgoing side, we are relaxed. The young boys are here and enjoyed working with us a lot. Not to forget Naby and Shaq are injured still and are not here with us. Players will come back.

“I’m really looking forward to the season, it will be really exciting again.”

Left back, obviously. There's nothing else.
 



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They are also rumoured to be selling another right back
You mean this one? He's gone.

I think they're selling Trippier and Rose because Pochettino has realized that they're not good enough. Surprised at Atleti buying Trippier after the season he had. As for Rose as back up to Robbo, no thanks. Don't want any Spurs cast offs.
 

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Looking at our signings last season, Fabinho announced right after CL Final, Keita was already signed season before and Shaqiri and Alisson came around this time in July.

Pretty sure Klopp would want any signings who he wouldn’t class as a pure and simple back up eg a left back, in now that almost all the players are back in training.

I really can’t see money being the issue regarding the lack of signings as I’m certain the Club would pony up a few extra million to bring someone in as early as possible if Klopp wants them in. Particularly given how good our transfer business has been in the last two years.

Makes me think that either an announcement is imminent or the player(s) Klopp wants has been playing in the Copa America or the AFCON and so wouldn’t be back training yet anyway.
 

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Danny Rose would be perfect cover at LB but I am not sure if he will even continue in the PL with some of the things he has said. Will he even carry on with football?
 

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I really can’t see money being the issue regarding the lack of signings as I’m certain the Club would pony up a few extra million to bring someone in as early as possible if Klopp wants them in. Particularly given how good our transfer business has been in the last two years.
People who are minted usually got there by being careful when managing finances. The club is no different. They are going to continue to try to pick a bargain out like they've done numerous times over the last few years. And we can afford to wait now that there are no pressures to buy. Klopp doesn't need to bring players in at the start of the window anymore.

Also on finances, keep in mind that although not perfectly correlated, high transfer fees often bring about high wages. If you were a potential 'LB backup' signing and Liverpool bought you for £60m, would you be happy to be paid £30k/wk which is probably the upper limit Liverpool are probably looking at? I very much doubt said player would take anything less than £100k/wk. (Keita is on 120k and he was £60m).

Andy is on £60k/wk. I don't even want to think about the LB disharmony after that. It could very well have a knock on effect on Andy's performance if there is resentment at not being rewarded with higher wages.

The club's wage structure has and continues to work. Big transfer fee signings imo are not good for that unless they are for critical first team positions.