Well the fact that Vardy didn't really get to these kind of performance levels till late 20s/early 30s (plus his general arseholeness) is why he hasn't gone to a big club. Playing as he does now (and if Werner matches him) hes good enough to play for a Champions League side that he fits. I'm not sure our set up fits right with Vardy. Think Vardy, Werner and Origi are all of similar type, fast, versatile CFs that can drift wide so can be used quite flexibly. But Salah and Mane arent that. They were wingers who by giving them the chance to cut in and play higher up/closer to the goal, it unlocked their goal scoring lethalness. They're wingers playing as strikers not strikers playing as wingers, if that makes sense? Am I just rambling on now? Social distancing is not good for my focus haha.If he keeps getting better for the next ten years, sign me up.
What this guy says;I don’t know why Harry Wilson wouldn’t be given every chance to make this squad next season. Natural backup and depth for Mo. I posted in Wilson’s thread, what exactly has Shaqs given this side this year that Wilson couldn’t have? Now, I’m over-simplifying because I do see the value in all the first team minutes Wilson has played this year, but IMO he is exactly the type of player we should be keeping. We’ve all admitted that recruiting and signing first team players is a “challenge” given the strength and class of our front 3, so IMO Wilson becomes the perfect choice to give us the depth we need. He’s earned it IMO.
I can only see either Wilson or Shaqiri staying and I don't see either used much unless we play 4231 or something a lot more than we have this season. Jones should be ahead of both too in that formation and he gets by a little bit better in 433 than them two too. I think both will end up sold but I'm sad over that as I like both and at different times in recent seasons both would have dramatically improved some of our starting 11s.I was for giving Wilson the place in the squad instead of buying for Shaqiri, but seeing him regularly at Bournemouth, while he is impressing, I am not convinced that in our current system he would have been very effective.
He's just a different type of player. I also think Shaqiri is the wrong kind of player for us as well. I'd definitely sell him at the next available opportunity, and I'd take one last look at Wilson, but if we get a decent offer i'd take it and put the money toward a better fit forward.
I like the idea put forward by @Mascot88 of planning on using Fabinho back there some games and the idea put forward by @Sweeting of using Nat Phillips as an emergency back up for a season or two. Combine those two ideas and the talented youth CBs like Hoever and Van Den Berg and I think we are covered if we want to be. But I think Klopp and the team will be on the look out for a talented young CB with potential to be above Matip in terms of consideration and even challenging Gomez. Maybe someone like Upamecano or maybe the next Upamecano someone like Evan N'Dicka we've been linked to. If we do go big on a CB though it wouldn't surprise me if both Lovren and Matip left.If Lovren is not offered a contract to stay in Liverpool, would you all think its a good idea to spend big on someone like Upamecano? Considering that our current first choice is VVD and Gomez and with Matip showing that he is more than capable to replace Gomez if he shows any drop in form, do we then give our current CB youths a chance to be 4th choice? Then how about if VVD gets injured or has a drop in form? Would having 4 damn good CB who are ready to step in anytime into the first team line up important or having 3+1 youth be enough? I would think the money this summer (or whenever that maybe depending on what happens on the season) would be on the forward lines and maybe an experienced LB backup, would CB be a priority even if Lovren leaves?
Tbf, France are particularly blessed with outstanding centre backs (Varane, Kimpembe, Laporte, Zouma, Umtiti, Hernandez). That being said, I don't agree he'd cost (or be worth) Van Dijk money, no way.A man with not a single senior french cap would require a world record fee?
No way we get that for him, £10mil I reckon.Lovren is a dilemma imo.
Up to £20m for a player with one year left on his contract is tempting.
We all know he is not the best CB out there but he could sign for the likes of Spurs / Arsenal and be a clear upgrade to what they have at the Moment.
I was working doing analysis over in Portugal during a youth tournament, seen this lad playing for Portugal u18s at the time. Must of been about 16. Incredible.... finishing top class, movement and acceleration fantastic. Seems to be a more ‘off the shoulder’ type of striker rather than that false 9. Would be a great move although Porto would be highly resistant to let him leave although I’m not quite sure of the contract details which might allow for it. But if it’s for less than 8 million I’d go for it .Obviously slow in the transfer land, another decent article on the types of young player we could be looking at;