Yours for £1m. Need to make room for Dean Saunders
- May 24, 2007
My thoughts on the centre back position is a little different.Even a semi decent CB these days is likely to cost at least 35 million especially as Klopp prefers to bring in younger players (which is obviously the intelligent choice) and that's where the premium appears to be now. There isn't actually much point in bringing in a rubbish/half decent CB to purely be cover at 35 million if you can get the best around to at least compete with Gomez for a starting spot for 25 million more at absolute maximum (rumoured price for De Ligt) and possibly a lot less extra. Till something changes Gomez plays some of his games at RB. The new CB might play some of his games elsewhere. Gomez, new CB and (if we had appropriate quality cover) VvD should all be rested and rotated to keep them at maximum performance levels otherwise they'll eventually be run into the ground and become susceptible to soft tissue injuries. Finally, although he may not be "injury prone" exactly, Gomez seems to miss significant game time every season. So even if he's "2nd" choice we'd need to bring in a CB as good or better than Lovren to be "3rd" choice as there is a high likelihood that they could end up playing significant game time. So you damn well don't tell that player they'll be behind Gomez in the pecking order. You tell them you want them to settle quickly, get up to speed as there's no reason they shouldn't be able to start for you. We need to get away from this mentality of 11 good players and everyone else cover. Whoever our third choice CB is should be as good as Gomez or Gomez himself.
I don’t think we need to spend big in this position, and we certainly shouldn’t be rewarding Gomez’s authority and progress in that position by fucking him off for a shiny new toy.
Van Dijk and Gomez have shown that they are the best defensive pair in the league. But obviously they can’t play every game.
I’d be having a think about playing the bus parker’s, and the perennial problem of how the break these teams down. In these games, I would be using Fabinho as a centre back, although stationed almost high as he normally would be in midfield. This gets us an extra midfielder in the side when we need it, and gets one of the first two a rest. People will cry, ‘but we need Fabinho in midfield’, which is true, but against those side he’d play as a 90% midfielder anyway. He’d only be a traditional centre back on set plays and on the rare occasions we need to hold a defensive shape.
In addition to this I’d be looking at a reliable deputy who can step in for cover when necessary. They don’t necessary have to be as good as Lovren and Matip, but they can’t be made of crisps like those two. Having players of the quality of Dejan and Joel as third/fourth choice is meaningless when they are continually unavailable.
Obviously I’d sell Matip and Lovren. And I think we’d get a tidy amount for the pair.
Beyond this, as fifth/sixth choice we can turn to Phillips and Hoever.