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big noyd

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Giroud out, Moratta not convincing and possibly on his way out, Hazard likely to leave in the summer, Pedro and Willian both in their 30s and both linked to moves away in recent windows. Even with Pulisic on board and Lozano linked, there is still plenty of room for them to bring in more forwards.
sarri wants higuain, supposedly

fekir would work for them as a false 9 though. on a personal level it would kind of bother me if he went there
 

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Giroud out, Moratta not convincing and possibly on his way out, Hazard likely to leave in the summer, Pedro and Willian both in their 30s and both linked to moves away in recent windows. Even with Pulisic on board and Lozano linked, there is still plenty of room for them to bring in more forwards.
Fekir, Lozano and Pulisic looks like the start of a really good front line who can play with the intensity Sarri wants from his forwards. Losing Hazard and their reliance on him might actually be no bad thing for them.
 

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sarri wants higuain, supposedly

fekir would work for them as a false 9 though. on a personal level it would kind of bother me if he went there
Ive read the stories, but they dont make much sense. The move would see Moratta move to Milan in return, but it ignores that Milan dont actually own Higuain. More to the point, I dont see Chelsea spending the money on Higuain that Milan have already committed to Juve that they will pay
 

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sarri wants higuain, supposedly

fekir would work for them as a false 9 though. on a personal level it would kind of bother me if he went there
Supposedly Sarri didn’t know about Pulisic being signed.
 

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So, it seems that Liverpool will indeed face a massive overhaul of attacking options. At one point, I presumed he would go for a winger in Mane/last season's Salah rather than a forward but with all three centre forwards nearing the exit door, I think that Klopp will target a forward, maybe one who can play on the flanks as well, with Brewster getting a promotion. Aside from Werner, is there anyone else who fits that bill?

Elsewhere, I wish Liverpool could find a player like Wolves' Jonny Castro, I'd actually have no problems with signing him in particular but he's Atletico Madrid's player. Energetic, committed fullback who can play on both flanks, we could use him to cover for both Robertson and TAA, probably without a significant drop-off in quality.

That said, I wouldn't have issues with signing this Kelly kid, he's one of those players you never see but read a report which says that he's exactly what your squad needs (left footed Gomez, they had me at that) and you go crazy about signing him. Him being able to cover at centre back, from what those reports said, is also a huge bonus because that's also where I think Liverpool need to strengthen.

Maybe the squad doesn't need too big investment given that there are players we, fans, hope will return strong and impress, like Gomez, AOC and Brewster, and those who are getting close to staking their claim for first XI spot, like Fabinho, Keita and Shaqiri. It's about identifying those two or three players and having a slice of luck when it comes to key players staying free of injury, I'd say, at least long-term ones.
 

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Aurnotivic?
Or perhaps this is the moment markovic comes of age and becomes a key player. Or not.
 

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Could selling Solanke clear the way for Brewster to the first team, who in turn could be replaced by Maja? Promote the best prospect from within and replace with another up coming low investment/risk prospect.
 

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he certainly hasn't been great. but he's still only 18 and has at least gotten himself in dangerous positions, even if he hasn't taken his chances

robertson is too vital to rotate in the strictest sense, imo, and it's unlikely a direct alternative of requisite quality would come to play so little. so i think a left-sided CB who can fill in there (kelly), plus a wide player who can play up and down the left side would be the way to go. makes more sense if we occasionally revert to the 4 3 3 i guess
Thought he was very good against us.. raw yes but full of talent.
 

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We have a good team but feel some overrate it a bit too much. We need a strong squad and not just because of injuries, if we want to regularly compete at the top and win trophies. The club needs to always look forward and seek improvement.

Alisson, Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, Mane, Salah, Firmino. All quality. Robertson and Gomez have really stepped up this season. Fabinho is producing more now and is looking better. But we need to build around these players and fill in the gaps. We have more than just a need for some backups.

Midfield remains a priority. Against the bigger teams last season and this we haven't always feared that great. Keita is a work in progress. Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri all offer something different but they're not exactly your elite players.

We need another forward. We're too reliant on the front three as it is and there's little behind them. In defence we could do with another fullback and a centre back over Lovren and Matip. Both don't quite fit the bill and there's a weakness there.

Klopp hasn't had too much to spend, relatively, on a net basis before this summer, but he needs to be backed. There will still be a bit of shuffling around with a few exits this summer, but we're at the point now pretty much where we can isolate just two or three positions. The club has made some big strides this season so far but this is where we need to see some ambition and go that extra gear.
 
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You can see why we are interested in Werner by this list.

Also impressive we have 3 players in the top 50. That's more than most of the top European clubs. May say why improvements are so so hard for us to find now, especially players knowing they aren't automatically 1st choice. Displacing our front 3 isn't easy.
 
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You can see why we are interested in Werner by this list.

Also impressive we have 3 players in the top 50. That's more than most of the top European clubs. May say why improvements are so so hard for us to find now, especially players knowing they aren't automatically 1st choice. Displacing our front 3 isn't easy.

Is Fekir on there? Can’t see him!

Spuds have 3 players on the list.
 

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Allowing Clyne to leave baffles me the most. We are in 3 competitions with currently 1 right back. If Loverns meltdown in the big games have proven anything, its the fact that he should not be our CB option if Gomez is fully fit. Gomez therefore should not be covering right back and at 19 Trent should not be expected to play every 3 days for a full season.

Slightly frustrated, as we need to be adding depth to the squad, not getting rid of players who could play significant roles as the season unfolds. The fact that Danilo and Laporte started against us on Thursday, with Mendy injured and Walker on the bench, highlights the importance of proper depth.

I don't blame Clyne for being annoyed - Milner was starting at right back ahead of him when Trent was injured. I can't get my head around that logic!

If we can start Feb with the rest of the squad intact, and the addition of Werner, then that in my opinion still isn't enough, but its a start, because we've been lucky with injuries so far this season to our front 3, and we need a player who can provide genuine cover/competition for places.
 

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Neil Warnock evidently thought they had a deal for Clyne. He doesn't sound too pleased.

http://www.espn.com/soccer/blog/transfer-talk/79/post/3743215/transfer-talk-leipzig-mull-future-of-liverpool-target-timo-werner

18.23 GMT: Neil Warnock is fuming. He thought Nathaniel Clyne was heading to Cardiff but the Liverpool man eventually moved on loan to Bournemouth. "I'm disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne and Liverpool. To see on TV he's gone to Bournemouth when I've been promised he's my player is for me a disgrace and a lack of class," Warnock said. Ouch.
 

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Neil Warnock evidently thought they had a deal for Clyne. He doesn't sound too pleased.

http://www.espn.com/soccer/blog/transfer-talk/79/post/3743215/transfer-talk-leipzig-mull-future-of-liverpool-target-timo-werner

18.23 GMT: Neil Warnock is fuming. He thought Nathaniel Clyne was heading to Cardiff but the Liverpool man eventually moved on loan to Bournemouth. "I'm disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne and Liverpool. To see on TV he's gone to Bournemouth when I've been promised he's my player is for me a disgrace and a lack of class," Warnock said. Ouch.
Another reason for the wanker to hate us :)
 

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ST/LW Timo Werner

CB/LB Nathan Aké

Ox in
Grujic in

Sturridge, Origi, Markovic, (Lallana), Moreno, Clyne Out

Outfield Squad complete.
 

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I caught Chelsea - Nottingham Forest yesterday and I was so impressed with Hudson-Odoi. Obviously a small sample, a cup game, Championship opposition and all that but he looked every bit the talent that caught the eye of biggest clubs, I can certainly see why Bayern are genuinely interested. Direct, tricky, confident, quick, strong, playing left, playing right, ultimately set up two goals with great crosses. I wish Liverpool signed such a winger as I think Shaqiri is much more of a playmaker than a direct winger and Mane could use some competition.
 

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I caught Chelsea - Nottingham Forest yesterday and I was so impressed with Hudson-Odoi. Obviously a small sample, a cup game, Championship opposition and all that but he looked every bit the talent that caught the eye of biggest clubs, I can certainly see why Bayern are genuinely interested. Direct, tricky, confident, quick, strong, playing left, playing right, ultimately set up two goals with great crosses. I wish Liverpool signed such a winger as I think Shaqiri is much more of a playmaker than a direct winger and Mane could use some competition.

He's a proper talent.
 

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Just the latest example of Chelsea's ludicrous transfer policy, buying Pulisic for so much money and this kid is just sitting there not getting a look in.
He'll go to Bayern be given a chance, light it up with them and be worth 100m by this time next year.
He only turned 18 a couple of months ago yet he's already made 7 appearances this season, 6 starts. He also plays in the same position as Chelsea's best player.

Leaving Sarri to go to Bayern would be a mistake. I can see why he'd be tempted to play in the Bundesliga (just like Brewster btw) but it's the wrong club to pick, surely?
 

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Just the latest example of Chelsea's ludicrous transfer policy, buying Pulisic for so much money and this kid is just sitting there not getting a look in.
He'll go to Bayern be given a chance, light it up with them and be worth 100m by this time next year.
Funnily enough Sancho is keeping Pulisic out the Dortmund team and who was keeping Sancho out the starting eleven for England at youth level, that’s right Hudson-Odoi. You couldn’t make it up could you lol
 

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Funnily enough Sancho is keeping Pulisic out the Dortmund team and who was keeping Sancho out the starting eleven for England at youth level, that’s right Hudson-Odoi. You couldn’t make it up could you lol
When was that? Sancho has been labelled as the biggest talent in that age group for years, I doubt anybody kept him out the team.

As an aside, England has some incredible talent coming through in the wide areas - Sancho, Odoi, Sessegnon, Gibbs-White, Nelson etc. If we can snag any of them at a reasonable price we should be all over it. Sessegnon is still the one that makes the most sense for me.

Also, the relative success of these players so far shows why we shouldn't be so afraid of giving Brewster some minutes, he's very much of the same calibre.
 
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Under 17s World Cup appearances
Hudson-Odoi 7 appearances
Sancho 3 appearances
I’d say Hudson-Odoi would’ve been keeping Sancho out the team if he’s made more appearances.

Agree on all three other points tho :well done:
 

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Under 17s World Cup appearances
Hudson-Odoi 7 appearances
Sancho 3 appearances
I’d say Hudson-Odoi would’ve been keeping Sancho out the team if he’s made more appearances.

Agree on all three other points tho :well done:
Sancho was recalled by Dortmund in the middle of the tournament. He was brilliant in the 3 games he was there for iirc.

Sancho knocked in 14 in 18 for England u17s, Hudson-Odoi 5 in 22 (transfermrkt) and I'd imagine Sancho set more goals up too though I don't have the stats. As good as Hudson-Odoi appears to be I don't think he's ever been more highly rated than Sancho.
 
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