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Who would you buy?

Zinedine Biscan

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Wouldn't mind him coming back but I think we should hang onto Matip. I think he is underrated and underappreciated.He's a decent CB, excellent passer and much better than Coady in my book.
I think the biggest issue with Matip, the one that will probably end up forcing our hand, is his injury proneness. The guy can't seem to keep fit for consecutive games. The last thing you need as a back-up is a guy who's on the treatment table when you actually have need of him.
 


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I haven't watched a great deal of Wolves, but Coady seems to be winning rave reviews for his ball-playing abilities at CB. Still only 25 so yet to hit his prime. Thoughts on maybe bringing him back and offloading Matip?
Would be such a pointless thing to do.

For starters Coady is playing in a back three formation , so we won’t know how good he will be with a back 4 defence like ours .

Wolves will also ask for lot more than what we can sell Matip for . He is their captain after all.

Matip is also an experienced defender an excellent passer . He is arguably the best 4th choice CB in the league and seems to be pretty content as well. Doesn’t have any international commitments so that helps as well. Unless Matip wants to move on we really should be looking to hold on to him as long as possible .
 
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This assumption that if Pochettino leaves there will be a mass exodus of top players I guess depends on who is brought in to replace him and what the Board offer in terms of support for the new manager, particularly in the form of transfer funds.
 

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I was touting Son as a potential signing over the summer just gone. I think he'd be a great addition to the squad and can cover across the forward line. If Pochettino goes it will be interesting to see what happens with him.
I think if it’s United, Pochettino will bring him over, he’s the type of player the Argentine appreciates. If Madrid then he might stay put and up for grabs.
 

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Would be such a pointless thing to do.

For starters Coady is playing in a back three formation , so we won’t know how good he will be with a back 4 defence like ours .

Wolves will also ask for lot more than what we can sell Matip for . He is their captain after all.

Matip is also an experienced defender an excellent passer . He is arguably the best 4th choice CB in the league and seems to be pretty content as well. Doesn’t have any international commitments so that helps as well. Unless Matip wants to move on we really should be looking to hold on to him as long as possible .
So, that's a no, then?
 



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I think the biggest issue with Matip, the one that will probably end up forcing our hand, is his injury proneness. The guy can't seem to keep fit for consecutive games. The last thing you need as a back-up is a guy who's on the treatment table when you actually have need of him.
Gomez and Lovren have plenty of time out injured to. I think Jurgen will want to keep hold of Matip. Considering our development as a team, I really don't think Coady is high enough quality for us. When we do bring in our next CB I hope we aim higher than Coady. Someone like De Ligt.
 

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Gomez and Lovren have plenty of time out injured to. I think Jurgen will want to keep hold of Matip. Considering our development as a team, I really don't think Coady is high enough quality for us. When we do bring in our next CB I hope we aim higher than Coady. Someone like De Ligt.
If the guys ahead of him are likely to spend time on the sidelines, surely that makes having a reliably fit back-up even more essential? It compounds the problem, not alleviates it.
 

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Why would we bring in Coady? I can see merits in bringing in a veteran CB with loads of experience (like we did with Toure and Ragnar)... but Coady isn't good enough or experienced enough.

And I can't see Klopp being sentimental or foolish enough to do it either.

This is one window where I'm not sure we will buy anyone.
 

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This assumption that if Pochettino leaves there will be a mass exodus of top players I guess depends on who is brought in to replace him and what the Board offer in terms of support for the new manager, particularly in the form of transfer funds.
Spurs are a selling club though, they just demand crazy fees. You'd imagine their entire team could be sold for the right price.. (Especially considering the massive overspend on their Stadium).

I honestly see if Poch going them dropping out of the "top 6" for quite some period. They have to balance the books.
 



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You have a good point there. That's why I hope we sign De Ligt.
My choice over the next few summers would be De Light, Sancho and Alli. I know you are talking silly money but we are moving into that territory i.e. small tweaks to the squad and needing the best.

Obviously we'll sign a £10mil unknown player who will prove my entire above sentence void :)
 

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My choice over the next few summers would be De Light, Sancho and Alli. I know you are talking silly money but we are moving into that territory i.e. small tweaks to the squad and needing the best.

Obviously we'll sign a £10mil unknown player who will prove my entire above sentence void :)

I reckon De Ligt will end up at Barca or United, Sancho will probably go back to City eventually and I hope we stay well clear of that detestable, overrated prick Alli. Have a feeling we may go for Aouar or Havertz.
 

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De Ligt will probably cost a Van Dijk like fee and we already have a player that fits the same profile. Sancho has scored 6 career goals and would probably be our record signing.

Better bang for our buck elsewhere. Son would fit our side like a glove and is well worth asking the question. Think of the shirt sales too (pays for himself), not to mention the K-pop instead of gangster rap factor (important).

Tom Heaton as number 2 to AB.

Aaron Ramsey in the summer for free.
Would swerve Heaton but happily take Pope off their hands. Burnley have about 10 goalkeepers so they'll need rid soonish.
 

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Would Luca Itter be an option for cover for Robertson??

Young and dynamic. Huge potential. What do our German posters think?
 
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De Ligt will probably cost a Van Dijk like fee and we already have a player that fits the same profile. Sancho has scored 6 career goals and would probably be our record signing.

Better bang for our buck elsewhere. Son would fit our side like a glove and is well worth asking the question. Think of the shirt sales too (pays for himself), not to mention the K-pop instead of gangster rap factor (important).

lol
 



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I think over the next 2 windows, positional versatility will be a key factor in whoever we end up bringing in.

It's highly likely that by the end of next summer, Moreno, Clyne, Lallana, Sturridge and Origi will all have moved on. Interesting that all 5 apart from maybe Lallana are specialists in just one position which is one factor that limits the game time they have been getting.

Now as our first 11 is very strong it seems unlikely we would be looking to add more specialists, but rather be signing players who can operate effectively in at least 2 positions. For example once Moreno leaves we will be short cover at left back, obviously Robbo will be first choice but if we could sign someone like Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham who can play LB and LW would be perfect.

We still need more depth in the attack, Nabil Fekir was obviously first choice for the number 10 before that deal fell through. Part of the reason I think he would have been a great signing is that along with playing as a 10 he could also act as cover for LW and CF. It still wouldn't surprise me if Fekir ends up at us but a great alternative who we have also been linked with would be Lorenzo Insigne.

Insigne, like Fekir is best as a number 10 but could also be great alternative to Mane wide on the Left. Sadio does a great job as a LW but is arguably even better as a RW so someone like Insigne or Fekir would give us lots more flexibility in attack.

Likewise cover for Bobby is a must, it's hard to find an attacking player who can bring as much in defense as he does but one player who does fit the bill as ILLOK mentions is Son from Spurs although getting him will be very difficult. He would be a great signing for us as his workrate is top class and he is also very versatile and could lead the line or play out wide.

Alternatively Timo Werner who we have been linked with quite a bit is a great at CF and also LW but like Son would also be tough to sign as I feel Bayern Munich is a more likely destination for him as he enters the final year of his contract next summer.

So for me over the next 2 windows I'd see us moving on;

Moreno (LB)
Clyne (RB)
Lallana (MC)
Sturridge (CF)
Origi(CF)

If we could replace these 5 players with someone like

Sessegnon (LB/LW)

along with 2 of the following (or similar)

Fekir (10/LW/CF)
Insigne (10/LW)
Son (LW/RW/CF)
Werner (CF/LW)

This would give us lots more options in attack and the versatility of these players compared to the ones they are replacing would really improve the squad depth and give them much more opportunities to get game time compared to a one position specialist.
 

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Coady is doing well at Wolves and it’s nice to see. Didn’t quite make the grade here, then was borderline at Wolves before they switched his position, and now he is growing into it really well.

Good enough for us? Doubtful. Definitely not better than Van Dijk or Gomez, and probably not better than Lovren or Matip but his biggest fans might argue otherwise. Even at that point there are question marks over moving from a back three to a back four, and also the price, as presumably if we sold our 3/4 choice and went for Coady, there would be a premium to pay on top.

So it’s a no for me, but that’s not to say he isn’t doing well, and it’s good to see.
 

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Wouldn’t be surprised if Clyne leaves along with one of Lovren or Matip and a 2/3 choice CB comes in so Gomez can also play RB and the new Defend slots in at CB along side VVD. Reason being Klopp likes Gomez at RB and Lovren and Matip seem to constantly pick up injuries.
 



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I haven't watched a great deal of Wolves, but Coady seems to be winning rave reviews for his ball-playing abilities at CB. Still only 25 so yet to hit his prime. Thoughts on maybe bringing him back and offloading Matip?
Still a bit too slow for my liking but I honestly wouldn't mind him at Liverpool. That said, he'd be, what, fourth choice in that case and I think he's mature enough to decline such an offer if it came to pass. I'm so glad that he made it to PL, though, a proper Liverpool fan and a proper professional, as highlighted by his performance when they dumped Liverpool out of FA Cup. I expect no less tonight.
 

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Crazy anyone would think Clyne should leave, hes a very good player.. Not as good as Trent no, but as a rotation option he is ideal. Those two are as good as any in the league for starter and depth at right back.

I had my doubts about Lallana but last night he showed he has still something to give here, he was better than Keita when he came on so hopefully he clears his niggling injuries and gives us the depth till Curtis Jones steps up full time to the 1st team.
 



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Last I heard that was just a rumour
Ralph Hoegenstien (spelling?) did a piece for ESPN saying it was all but agreed and he along with Hernandez will spearhead the new look Bayern backline. Basically Bayner are slightly overpaying now (like we did) to beat clubs to signings.
 

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Coady is doing well at Wolves and it’s nice to see. Didn’t quite make the grade here, then was borderline at Wolves before they switched his position, and now he is growing into it really well.

Good enough for us? Doubtful. Definitely not better than Van Dijk or Gomez, and probably not better than Lovren or Matip but his biggest fans might argue otherwise. Even at that point there are question marks over moving from a back three to a back four, and also the price, as presumably if we sold our 3/4 choice and went for Coady, there would be a premium to pay on top.

So it’s a no for me, but that’s not to say he isn’t doing well, and it’s good to see.
On last nights viewing I’d rate him higher than Lovren. Bar losing Salah for the goal (who wouldn’t its world class movement), he was very good I thought and his range of passing is pretty unreal if I’m honest. Whereas Lovren had quite a few rush of blood moments and again failed to stop a cross, something he doesn’t do well when dragged out wide. Compare that to Coady who when pulled out wide by Salah he stopped him.

Also as we’ve seen with every other defender his game would surely go upwards when partnered with Virgil.

Would he come here and be known 3rd choice i.e. going from guaranteed starter and captain? I don’t know but I’d like to think we explore it, he’d offer a lot to this team and another born and breed scouser is a huge plus point. He certainly plays with the right level of passion, aggression and leadership I think would fit right in.
 

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http://www.espn.com/soccer/club/bayern-munich/132/blog/post/3733246/bayern-munich-cant-afford-to-wait-to-land-their-primary-transfer-targets

Sky Sports are about reliable as Mourinho is at lasting more than 3 years at a club.

How many times do you see a club deny publically a deal is agreed only to see it happen? Could name several of our own, the last being Coutinho.
 

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