Who would you buy?

Dave-D

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Anderson is the new Payet for WHU, by that I mean should be playing for a top six team. Would cost an arm and a leg now unfortunately but I wouldn’t have a problem if Klopp felt shelling out on him was a good idea.
 

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If Mats Hummels is available for 30m, we should consider going in for him. He is only 30 years old and has another 4-5 good years. CBs can keep playing at the top level until 35 or even longer. He would definitely strengthen our defense and give us depth. If Matip moves on after this year, we need to replace him.
 

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If Mats Hummels is available for 30m, we should consider going in for him. He is only 30 years old and has another 4-5 good years. CBs can keep playing at the top level until 35 or even longer. He would definitely strengthen our defense and give us depth. If Matip moves on after this year, we need to replace him.
Injury prone, on the wane, lacks pace.

Just like Vertonghen the name is more impressive than what they do on the pitch these days (he's always been overrated too IMO). Pass.

Edit: Hasn't missed as many games as I'd thought. Still wouldn't take him though, not an upgrade on what we have.
 
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If Mats Hummels is available for 30m, we should consider going in for him. He is only 30 years old and has another 4-5 good years. CBs can keep playing at the top level until 35 or even longer. He would definitely strengthen our defense and give us depth. If Matip moves on after this year, we need to replace him.
Hummels would get ripped to shreds in England too slow turning circle of an oil tanker another Mertasacker
 

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If Mats Hummels is available for 30
Even that I won't go for let alone 30m. If we could keep our 4 centre halves, we should be alright. What we need is to buy someone that allow us to interchange our front 4 with and a left-back who doesn't mind playing second fiddle (was hoping we have another Trent in the making for this spot).
 
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Right now I’d be looking to sign the following:

LB - Ferland Mendy
LW - Thorgan Hazard*
CAM - Nabil Fekir

I think those 3 players would improve our squad massively without breaking the bank.


(*Felipe Anderson would be even better but would probably cost too much)

I wouldn’t mind Rabiot on a free and sensible wages either.
 
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Right now I’d be looking to sign the following:

LB - Ferland Mendy
LW - Thorgan Hazard
CAM - Nabil Fekir

I think those 3 players would improve our squad massively without breaking the bank.
20m for Ings, 20m for Origi, 10m for Lallana, 10m for kids like Ejaria/Kent. That's 60m.
If you add the customary 40m per season, we are looking at 100m min for our transfers.
To me LB and 1 attacking option would be sufficient. We can easily spend 60-80m for Dybala/Werner/Sancho, etc. And if we are looking at Griezmann we should be capable of easily spending 100m+ for him.
Just saying that we are not broke anymore to keep looking at cheap options. :)
 

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RE: Anderson. First game of the season I commented in the match thread on how hard he seemed to be working defensively, which isnt something you associate with a brazilian forward who has just made a move to a team lower down the ladder than he had spent the last 3 years being linked to. If it's taken him a while to get up to speed on the other side of the ball, I like the idea of simply working hard until it starts going your way.
He has the same agent as Coutinho I think? I would believe Klopp would swerve that slimy prick.

No doubt his talent though, his numbers in Italy were up there with the very best in Europe and he now looks to be adapting to English football.
 

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He has the same agent as Coutinho I think? I would believe Klopp would swerve that slimy prick.

No doubt his talent though, his numbers in Italy were up there with the very best in Europe and he now looks to be adapting to English football.
I was a bit curious on that and checked his stats.
Current season - 8 goals, 3 assists in 1685m
Below are seasons from Italy.
Last season - 8 goals, 10 assists in 1760m
16/17 season - 5 G, 13 A in 3244m
15/16 season - 9G, 6 A in 2923m
14/15 season - 11G, 10 A in 2527m.

1. I don't think his stats were up with the very best in Europe when he was in Italy.
2. He is almost matching his best season in Italy right now while only half season is completed here.
To me, seems like he has improved. If his form in PL is not a one season wonder, then this guys is going to be one of top 10 best winger/forward in PL. Wouldn't mind having him here to rotate with Mane, Shaq, Ox, Keita on the left/right wings.
 

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If Mats Hummels is available for 30m, we should consider going in for him. He is only 30 years old and has another 4-5 good years. CBs can keep playing at the top level until 35 or even longer. He would definitely strengthen our defense and give us depth. If Matip moves on after this year, we need to replace him.

He's too slow. Besides, we have the newer, faster, younger, improved Hummels in Van Dijk. Also, Gomez will return soon and he is also better than Hummels now.Would even have Lovren and Matip ahead of him.Our 4 CB's are class.
 

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I was a bit curious on that and checked his stats.
Current season - 8 goals, 3 assists in 1685m
Below are seasons from Italy.
Last season - 8 goals, 10 assists in 1760m
16/17 season - 5 G, 13 A in 3244m
15/16 season - 9G, 6 A in 2923m
14/15 season - 11G, 10 A in 2527m.

1. I don't think his stats were up with the very best in Europe when he was in Italy.
2. He is almost matching his best season in Italy right now while only half season is completed here.
To me, seems like he has improved. If his form in PL is not a one season wonder, then this guys is going to be one of top 10 best winger/forward in PL. Wouldn't mind having him here to rotate with Mane, Shaq, Ox, Keita on the left/right wings.
There are more to stats than goals and assists. Yet even so the above in one of the lesser top teams is still very good.

For instance, his ball recovery was excellent (shows he worked hard for the team), his chances created was high. He has very few weaknesses in his game.

Anyway, I doubt we’d be interested for the reasons I stated, I get a feeling Coutinho’s agent burnt a lot of bridges here.
 
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20m for Ings, 20m for Origi, 10m for Lallana, 10m for kids like Ejaria/Kent. That's 60m.
If you add the customary 40m per season, we are looking at 100m min for our transfers.
To me LB and 1 attacking option would be sufficient. We can easily spend 60-80m for Dybala/Werner/Sancho, etc. And if we are looking at Griezmann we should be capable of easily spending 100m+ for him.
Just saying that we are not broke anymore to keep looking at cheap options. :)

Completely missing my point. How you could interpret my post as suggesting that we are strapped for cash is beyond me. Both Hazard and Mendy would be coming in to cover positions so why blow silly money on those players? Only Fekir would be coming in with a view to slotting straight in to first team action.

And just because we can afford the expenive option it doesn’t mean we should take it every time whether that translates into better quality or not. That’s just a ridiculous way to run a football club both on and off the field.
 

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Right now I’d be looking to sign the following:

LB - Ferland Mendy
LW - Thorgan Hazard*
CAM - Nabil Fekir

I think those 3 players would improve our squad massively without breaking the bank.


(*Felipe Anderson would be even better but would probably cost too much)

I wouldn’t mind Rabiot on a free and sensible wages either.
If we got Felipe Anderson, would you not forgo Fekir as well (in addition to Hazard)??? Anderson could cover both LW and CAM. For that matter, Mendy could probably get some games at LW too.

From a numbers perspective, when Ox returns, and with some of our youth on the cusp, I think we have too many players for too little playing time.
 

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Even though I would love us to get Fekir if we got Felipe Anderson he can cover both LW and AM. Not sure Fekir could do both and with the emergence of Shaqiri as an AM and Wilson I think we could maybe put that one to bed. I wouldn't be against bringing in Sessegnon who could cover the left side as a wing back or a winger.
 

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If there is ever a time to overspend to buy a player who could lift the squad... this January is the time to do it.

Werner, Koulibaly, Felipe Anderson, Fekir, Florian Thauvin, De Ligt... whoever is in that elite category and could help us.

IMO... now is the time to nail down that title win.
 
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If we got Felipe Anderson, would you not forgo Fekir as well (in addition to Hazard)??? Anderson could cover both LW and CAM. For that matter, Mendy could probably get some games at LW too.

From a numbers perspective, when Ox returns, and with some of our youth on the cusp, I think we have too many players for too little playing time.

Nope!
 

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If there is ever a time to overspend to buy a player who could lift the squad... this January is the time to do it.

Werner, Koulibaly, Felipe Anderson, Fekir, Florian Thauvin, De Ligt... whoever is in that elite category and could help us.

IMO... now is the time to nail down that title win.
Who is off the quality that will lift the squad off that list none of them for me. Would any of them make an instant impact doubtful. A signing at this stage of the season could have an adverse effect think of Asprilla at Newcastle changed the whole squad dynamic.
 
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For all the player by player talk, ins and outs, I still go back to squad numbers.

We have 21 outfield players, of whom it looks like two or three will leave in January - Origi, Solanke, Moreno.

You don't want to be trimming the outfield squad to 18 players, especially when tackling the PL, CL and FA Cup.

Whether or not they are any use as starters except in emergencies, they offer more than unproven kids from the bench.

Oxlade might be ahead of schedule, but won't be any use until the last few matches of the season at best.

If these players leave, we have to add to the squad. We can't go through three competitions over 5 months with 18 senior players.
 

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I’m all in for the right player with the right additude being signed in jan with the view that 2019/20 season should be in their sights.

We signed keita and Fabinho and both took months to assimilate to the club.

Sign now, for next season.

That’s not to say if we sign timo Werner ( for example) he’s banned from the match day squad......not at all.



I’m less concerned about an asprilla situation, you can’t not sign anyone just in case it doesn’t work out.

Agree with redforever here, our squad, as brilliant as it’s results are, is an injury or two away from being exposed...... can’t mess this opurtunity up.


The caveat is though; I trust Klopp, if no one comes in, then he didn’t find someone he wanted...
 

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Someone out of the blue who hasn't been linked would be exciting like when we bid for Alex Teixeira. I hope we sign someone but I would be fine if we didn't. Just hope we don't get any long term injuries to any of our front three.
 

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We have 21 outfield players, of whom it looks like two or three will leave in January - Origi, Solanke, Moreno.

You don't want to be trimming the outfield squad to 18 players, especially when tackling the PL, CL and FA Cup.

Oxlade might be ahead of schedule, but won't be any use until the last few matches of the season at best.

If these players leave, we have to add to the squad. We can't go through three competitions over 5 months with 18 senior players.
I generally agree but am fine with the current squad if just Solanke goes on lone. Still have Shaq, Sturridge and Origi as back up forwards. Keep Moreno until a ready deputy is on the team.

So keep the depth and continuity--next offseason is the time to exchange some role players and 2nd/3rd teamers, so long as no major injuries THRU january.
 

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I’m all in for the right player with the right additude being signed in jan with the view that 2019/20 season should be in their sights.

We signed keita and Fabinho and both took months to assimilate to the club.

Sign now, for next season.

That’s not to say if we sign timo Werner ( for example) he’s banned from the match day squad......not at all.

I’m less concerned about an asprilla situation, you can’t not sign anyone just in case it doesn’t work out.

Agree with redforever here, our squad, as brilliant as it’s results are, is an injury or two away from being exposed...... can’t mess this opurtunity up.

The caveat is though; I trust Klopp, if no one comes in, then he didn’t find someone he wanted...
I get the impression that our scouting set up is pretty much on point right now. It is totally 100% joined up thinking with Klopp and his needs.

We seem to be really nailing every single transfer, not just in ability but how they have fitted into the squad and all seem to have a very similar personalities. So I agree even if we did bring in a player I have no doubt they would slot straight into the ethos here.
 

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The worry for us is an injury to Van Dijk or Salah. So for me if we are to buy in January it would be a replacement/back up for either or both players as a precautionary measure or else if we want to improve the team we sign an attacking player with pace.
 
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Koulibaly can be a beast of a defender but he can also lose his head. We’ve already got a CB whose a bit like that. We don’t need to spend £100million+ for another one.