2020, head of the table.
- Oct 11, 2007
The wonderful thing about Liverpool right now is that we are actually and demostrably the best
team in the world. Fuck off Michael Owen
team in the world. Fuck off Michael Owen
I dont even understand the point of that article
I don't know what is happening amongst the journalists here.
Is The Anfield Wrap reliable source?
This Phil Keoghan, is a good journalist on football?
Was thinking the same thing. A lot of words strung together and called an article. Meandering and literally without any point whatsoever, 5 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. I’ve never heard of the guy in my life before that, but checked him out on Twitter. He mostly bleats to his massive audience of 2,900 followers about Liverpool being Tourist FC. Old man yelling at clouds.I dont even understand the point of that article
Well if you read between the lines we will offer £40mil for HavertzJust read Reddy's article. Pours some cold water on this coming summer in terms of going large on a Mbappe, Sancho or Havertz. It seems the only circumstances the club would sanction that is if any of the front three leave, and Reddy says the club has had no indication that will happen. In a way, I'm pleased with that, as clearly this squad is in excellent shape.
She mentions the Coutinho deal in that he seemed happy until July 21st that year when everything changed, and that could be the case again, but until it does we can't expect the club to spend on those aforementioned three.
Rather, it seems the focus will be on trying to bring in the players who will be the next Mbappe, Sancho or Havertz - or, perhaps more accurately, the next Mo, Bobby and Mane. The club believes that tier of player would cost around £50m each in this market as opposed to £30m when those players were signed and are prepared to do that, so it's not as if nothing will be spent.
I'm intrigued to see who we go for.
Long gone are those days I think we could get to £40mil +2 ourselves!I hope Arsenal don't trump us with a £40m+1 offer!
I really dont think an article by Reddy is going to affect how German clubs handle their transfers. If it is spin, then its most likely aimed at fans.Sounds like Melissa has been asked by the club to put out a story to dampen the bargaining position of selling clubs... After all, everyone and their dog knows that Liverpool have an excellent track-record of idenifying players that turn into gems, as well as having plenty of cash to spend (particularly as the noise last summer was that 2020 would be the big window for us), so once we get involved it's probably hard to keep the price down in negotiations.
In particular,the line below sounds like it's coming from Edwards himself to put pressure on other clubs, as it effectively says to Dortmund/Leipzig/Leverkusen that if they don't get realistic with their asking prices then we'll simply move on to other targets.
"There are names linked with the club that are on the agenda now, but may not be in two months’ time, while the reverse of that could also be true."
In a way it would be understandable - all the chatter about Havertz and Sancho in particular will have been noted I'm sure. It doesn't make the statement untrue, either - in fact it's entirely in keeping with how the club has operated under Klopp. If it's a message to fans, then I'm sure the underlying reason is to manage expectations and not hope for these players because unless something dramatic changes (like Mo or Mane putting in a transfer request), then they ain't coming.I really dont think an article by Reddy is going to affect how German clubs handle their transfers. If it is spin, then its most likely aimed at fans.
This is a random point but there is something about Awoniyi that I like. Obviously it is never going to happen for him here but there's a really good player in there. I've only seen bits and pieces but he always looks strong, fast and gets into good positions.Awoniyi
I see another Leto/Allan in him, to be honest - a player who theoretically has everything to carve out a decent career but various red tape issues will prevent him to fulfil his potential. He can't be worse than all those strikers you see that newly promoted/bottom eight clubs find on a yearly basis. He's not even someone who plays with his back to goal, and that's a start. Unfortunately, he just can't settle during these various loans and I agree with you, Mouscron move would probably be the best for him (they probably couldn't afford his transfer fee, not even close, but maybe some token fee plus 50% of the next sale would do the trick).This is a random point but there is something about Awoniyi that I like. Obviously it is never going to happen for him here but there's a really good player in there. I've only seen bits and pieces but he always looks strong, fast and gets into good positions.
Ideally (for him) we can sell him to Mouscron, where he has twice been superb on loan, and he can finally settle into a club for a couple of years.
I think we will see him in the Premier League again one day though.
Not being funny ARD but read the article properly. Literally in the very next paragraph Melissa says:The article doesn't even say what it says it does.
"Plausibility and cost are therefore bigger determining factors. Do Liverpool have the financial muscle to secure these brilliant youngsters?"
Err yes actually. We could easily see over 100 million in player sales if a top attacker came in.
Yes exactly. Plus we could be adding over 100 million to the bank balance with departing players fees.Not being funny ARD but read the article properly. Literally in the very next paragraph Melissa says:
Yes, on account of the surgical work done in the market in recent years – a net spend of around £74.5m since Klopp’s appointment in 2015 – as well as the funds generated from on-pitch success and ballooning commercial gains.
100m? How do you figure that much? The only squad players I see at risk of being sold are Shaqiri and Lovren. Maybe some small moves are made around them, but I'm guessing the most we'll net for those two is about 50M.Yes exactly. Plus we could be adding over 100 million to the bank balance with departing players fees.
The part in bold in your post is PRECISELY the reason why we SHOULD sign some good young players this summer. You're absolutely right that it isn't time YET.... but in order to ensure that we continue to have a tight and cohesive unit we need to add players gradually to allow them time to understand the system and grow together - rather than waiting until Firmino, Mané, and Salah are already on the wrong side of 30 and need to be replaced in a shorter span of time and all at once.I'm glad we're sticking to what got us here, not feeling like we have to use these major titles now to get marquee players in to please fans and sponsors. The team comes first (our needs, plans for next evolution and results), it's above both investing time in our own youth and pleasing others with fancy signings. In both cases, it needs to serve what our people in charge think we need, simple as that.
But like we've seen with some examples lately, sometimes you need to make one or two serious moves. So like always, it's about balance and good decisions and timing of that. We're not City or PSG, we're not Real or Barca. But we're now one of Europe's best sides and making steps off the pitch we needed for such a long time, in order to stay in touch with the present.
So I'm totally fine if we're looking at another relatively peaceful window. Some fans might feel we have to do something. I wouldn't say it's time yet. We're not used to be in this position. One of the great things about this side is how cohesive we are. And that's because we have built a tight unit, more than individual quality (which of course we have in a few positions), there is genuine understanding of Klopp's principles.
Keep all our main guns for now, add to the squad if we can, give 100% again next season. Nobody guarantees you another title, not in this league and not with a direct competitor like City. The next step will be to show we can do it in a row, that we can remain at this level.
It's actually fairly easy to see how we could get close to £100m in sales:100m? How do you figure that much? The only squad players I see at risk of being sold are Shaqiri and Lovren. Maybe some small moves are made around them, but I'm guessing the most we'll net for those two is about 50M.