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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: 2013-2014 Season
« on: September 18, 2013, 11:34:23 PM »
I would think it would have to be a shoo-in for alberto cos the players looked pretty clueless creatively once coutinho left the field...oh and i hope toure is fit for southampton...i hope sakho will be a great success as he showed some good touches but he also showed a lot of bad points, he needs to be eased in...i can understand that he played if toure was unfit...but let's hope he and agger are back to full fitness at the weekend...

Yeah Alberto does seem like he should make the bench, possibly start saturday. We could possibly see Suarez take Coutinhos place when he returns.

Totally agreed on Sakho. He could become a very astute signing but hes not ready to start if you go by mondays performance. Toures experience and composure needs to be reinstated. And not at right back.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: 2013-2014 Season
« on: September 18, 2013, 12:38:53 PM »
Our squads top 4 credentials will be tested early with the news Coutihno has been ruled out until the end of October.

Does Suarez now slot in behind Sturridge?

Alberto scored a hat trick for the reserves, maybe this will give him some more game time too.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: 2013-2014 Season
« on: September 18, 2013, 12:22:30 PM »
Seemed to be a huge difference between Stevie & Shelvey in terms of
time on the ball. Not sure we can afford 90 minutes of Stevie week in
week out in the league (i was probably saying this two seasons ago).

Fact is Swansea destroyed us in the second half and we had no answer.

I think he whipped in two nice free kicks in the first half & occasionally
launches one from deep but against the sustained dominance of Swansea
as the match wore on? Hendo'll run his socks off (out of position to accomodate
Coutinho) and Lucas is a busy bee. Not sure where Allen fits in to all of this.

As we saw, in the premier league, it's a young mans game over 90 minutes in
the centre of the park.

I'm not sure if it had anything to do with 3 games in a week for Gerrard or not but for me he was way off the mark in terms of where we need our centre midfield performance to be. It's definitely where we need to strengthen next. Where we finish could depend on it. As you say the second half performance against Swansea was poor. Home games hopefully wont be a problem but I'm not sure what they are going to do to prevent a repeat of that second half away. We do seem to be finding a new level of consistency and thats with the team only occasionally coming out of first gear so far. Ten games in it will be interesting to see how things have settled. 

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: 2013-2014 Season
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:49:03 PM »
As good as Lucas is he can't help either his physical size or his amount of pace. We really do need to look for a physical ball winner, preferably with pace, so that in these sort of games, against a good footballing team, with a strong home record, that we can bring that player on to help disrupt the opposition's flow and see out a game when we take the lead.

We can't maintain a high pressing game for the entire 90 minutes so we have to learn to take possession and make it tell in the second half. I don't mean by necessarily scoring or even creating a bunch of chances, but by simply keeping possession of the ball for longer periods, not allowing the opposition to build momentum and confidence. We can give the ball away too easily sometimes by trying to force it too much.
It also less tiring moving about to find space for your team mate to pass to you than it is chasing the opposition and forever closing down. There will be times when the shape of the opposition is such that when we win the ball deep in our own half, that we can counter attack at pace, but other times it's a case of simply keep the ball and knock it around. The opposition will then either be happy to let us play in front of them, which also suits us fine as we hold the lead, or they will get desperate either flying into tackles, which breaks the game up with free kicks (again that suits us fine), or will lose their shape somewhat and we then need to take advantage of that by creating a chance(s).

I think Rodgers got the defensive line up wrong tonight. We never looked comfortable. We were too easily cut open. Like I was saying in my post above im not sure Lucas is the one to blame, Gerrard put in half a shift tonight and Id have no problem dropping him going forward if needs be. Problem is theres no one there to replace him. Even his free kick when we had all our big men up, he took a ridiculous shot at goal from 30-35 yards out instead of whipping it in.

Our winning streak had to come to an end sooner or later, away to Swansea was always going to be a tough call. Hopefully we will see Toure restored to the team for Saturday and its important we go back to winning ways to keep the momentum up.

And agreed Eriksen was a huge miss

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: 2013-2014 Season
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:40:24 PM »
We do look a bit light weight in the middle of the park. I've said it for the last 3-4 years but unless Lucas brings authority and leadership to his gain I don't rate him as highly as many other do. This game was a good example of that as he struggled, in my opinion, heavily to find a proper position on the pitch.

I would suggest this point will have a similar effect on team development as our win against Stoke and for that I am very very happy. It is a pattern, nevertheless, we fade in the 2nd half and Rodgers really need to sort that out or we will be heavily punished.

Moses had a great first half but I feel he's more suited for teams who dominates games. Sakho was indeed very very impressive and astute. What a signing!

As for Eriksen. I don't know mate, it's one game and even if we got him there's no guarantee he'd do for us what he offer Spurs, se Coutinho for reference.

A tricky home fixture against a very talented So'ton awaits. If we can push them high and dominate the center of the part we'll be fine.

Agreed on the middle of the park Martin. We look very lightweight but I dont blame Lucas. I think he breaks up play well which is why hes in there. For me our weak link in there looked to be Gerrard. He did nothing tonight, the odd long ball. He doesnt break up play, he doesnt get forward quickly, I'm not sure what his role is.

I had a completely different view on Sakhos performance, I thought he was shocking. He reminded me of Djimi Traore. Its only his first game and im sure it will get better.

Moses did well in the first half, tired not long into the second. Sturridge was dangerous, lovely finish again. Aspas frustrated.

All in all we have 10 points and we havent got out of first gear. For me Toure has to be nailed on with Agger as centre back pairing. Skrtel was indecisive and poor again tonight. Its fine being able to do it against United but he is consistently too inconsistent to be a starter for me. Toure on the other hand generally oozes composure.

One game to go before Suarez is back. It might be the catalyst we need to kick on again.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer Transfer Window
« on: September 11, 2013, 07:40:29 PM »
I think one error we may have made is taking the wrong player on loan from Chelsea by taking Moses instead of Lukaku. With Sturridge proving to be injury prone, loaning out Borini has only left us with two strikers, where as we have a stronger stock of players to cover those wide forward positions between them. Suarez is likely to take one of the spots if Sturridge plays and then move centrally if he doesn't.
With Sturridge's injury tendancy, having  Lukaku would have meant we'd have a striker on the bench if Sturridge is injured or he could be Sturridge's replacement without disturbing Suarez's position.
Likewise if Sturridge has played two international matches in a week, and Suarez the same, having also flown half way around the world in the process, Sturridge could be rested completely and Suarez start on the bench.
It would enable us to keep Sturridge from succumbing to injury as easily or having to play him with an injury as we did against the Mancs, and keep Suarez a bit fresher after internationals. We'd also still have a striker to come of the bench if one of Sturridge or Suarez isn't available and it won't leave us without a main striker like we will be against Swansea.

Also, it would be easier to pick up a wide forward, either buy or loan, in January than it would trying to get a striker.

Agreed re Lukaku but I dont think we would have got him for two reasons. Firstly he wouldnt get enough game time for us. He could arguably get more game time at Chelsea if Suarez and Sturridge stay fit. Although thats less likely now theyve signed Eto but I still wouldnt see him playing much for us.  Secondly I dont think Chelsea would have let us have him for the simple reason that it stock piles our strike force. I dont think it would have been a good deal from there perspective at all. We should keep an eye on the player though. He may be one they are willing to part company with in the next season or two because hes not a ready made star yet.

I think we will be okay until January anyway. We have Suarez, Sturridge and Aspas played up top for Celta. That should see us through until January anyway even we are a little light.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer Transfer Window
« on: September 09, 2013, 07:15:26 PM »
I think it's probably simply down to the fact that there are so few left footed players compared to right footed ones, so there's a very low chance of actually having 2 left footed centre halves at any one club, whereas two right footed ones are much likely.

Whether it makes a difference to being able to play on the left of centre, I don't know. I guess most left footed players haven't had to play on the opposite side due to the dearth of other left footers, whereas it will be much common for a right footer to have had to fill in and make up for the absence of a left footer in a certain position.

Very true Tes. I hope its not going to be an issue if Agger and Sakho do emerge as the best centre back pairing.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer Transfer Window
« on: September 09, 2013, 07:13:29 PM »
1) I am not sure Agger will be the first name on the sheet anynome.


2) I don't think Henry and FSG will have splashed out 18 million on a CB just to put him on the bench.

In two months time I wouldn't be surprised to see Toure and Sakho be BR's preferred choice.

I think Agger still will be one of the first names there Martin. He has shown the club an admirable amount of loyalty over the years and although that wont buy him a starting 11 spot his consistency, comfort on the ball and seniority will stand the team in good stead. Hes nailed on as long as he keeps performing and stays fit. The other slot though is most definitely up for grabs. I think initially we will see either Toure or Skrtel in there but after a bedding in period Rodgers will just be looking for a reason to throw Sakho in there. For the moment though if he recovers quickly enough I think the place is Toures.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer Transfer Window
« on: September 07, 2013, 03:33:05 PM »
Thing about Sakho, Tes may have mentioned this somewhere, is
that he's predominantly left-footed as far as I can tell?

So, not exactly sure where he fits in to a CB succession strategy??

I read Carraghers article for whatever paper he writes for. He was talking about Sakho being a left footed center back. He did say he has seen plenty of right footed center back pairings in his day but never two left. If there have been right footed pairings that worked theres no reason two lefties cant work too. With Skrtel performing well against United and with Toure doing the same in the previous games who knows who will play beside Agger. I assume Sakho will start on the bench with Lloris not making the squad.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer Transfer Window
« on: September 07, 2013, 03:27:20 PM »
Matters not, it's more an ending of a drought.

In general over the years that has also been my assessment
of Arsenal in the post Viera era.

It sounds like a cliche but Ozil might be an important piece of
the jigsaw that changes their direction or fortune. I see them
executing a holding pattern these last few years.

Figure he'll come in and energise a lot of their current players,
the mentality will change and they'll raise their collective game,
they'll have more belief now that they can win things.

It's easier for them to do that imo because they have the stability
of having the same manager in place all these years (I mean they
managed to absorb the loss of Fabergas & Van Persie, now it's the
opposite). The other thing I noted was they did something we didn't,
brought Flamini back. We don't have an experienced spare in our
squad for the midfield. As the season wears on that may prove costly.
If you think about last season, Stevie almost played every minute. With
them now they have the option of sticking Flamini in on 65 minutes to
close out a game and rest whoever. Could be Wenger has his squad
balance right come next April...

Bad news for us methinks!  ::)

We'll just have to wait and see.

In terms of Ozil he is a good signing for Arsenal and it may be the start of a new era for them. But I would worry about Wenger in the transfer market. That sounds like a crazy thing to say but his record in recent years is horrendous. The days of Anelka and Henry being transformed into stars seem like light years ago. Granted even with the crap hes got he always manages to maintain some sort of Champions League places challenge but I'd be worried by what he sees in players these days. Arsenal havent had a good keeper in years. Their defence has disimproved year on year as has their strike force. Were it not for Ozil's signing this year I was nailing them down for finishing outside of the top 4. And the way Wenger has dealt with contracts has been amateurish. To lose one player is unfortunate but to lose the amount of players he has because they were coming into their final year of their contract is criminal. In short I think Wenger has lost it to a certain degree in many ways and I'm not sure he will ever have Arsenal back challenging the way they did before.

As for the reference to Flamini and bringing in cover I agree. We are definitely light in center mid. I wasnt an advocate for paying big money to bring Alonso back this summer. I thought the money could have been used to contribute to someone like Eriksen. Little did I know Eriksen was going to be available for 11 million but thats another story. Back to Alonso Id take him back now if we could sign him in January for 5 million if we could get him. He would need minimum settling in and would provide some quality where we need it. If there is someone younger that will do a similar job even better but I think we can sort that issue in January.

Like most fans Ive serious doubts about Allen. The fact that Rodgers isnt starting means so does he.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer Transfer Window
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:18:40 PM »
Dunno Juan, Arsenal signed Ozil...

Arsenal are a riddle. If they had a decent plan to spend the 70 million they had this summer they could possibly have pushed for a title challenge but there just seemed to be no plan in place at all. Such a scatter gun approach. Ozil is a big signing but I can still see them losing games like they did to Villa.

Its been a brilliant start to the season not just in terms of us winning 3 but the they way each team has started. City, United, Arsenal, Spurs losing, Chelsea United drawing. It makes for an exciting season ahead. On paper Spurs look capable of challenging for a title but could they struggle to challenge for the top 4 even given the number of signings they've made.   You'd still have to say it should be a Chelsea, United, City top 3 but can that be turned on its head, time will tell.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer Transfer Window
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:07:58 PM »
I know next to nothing about Sakho but reports suggests he's quite a player. In my book there's no shame in finding hard to get game time when the Brasiliero CB's play in your side. Ilori might be a bit for the future but they say he's an exceptionally quick player given his height. Toure we already know can well turn out to be the signing of the window.

I have a few questionmarks regarding Aspas but hopefully Moses will off-load som pressue to help him gel and adapt throughout the season.

We have a great manager, we do!  :)

I actually read an article today froma PSG fan on Sakho which goes along way to easing my fears as to why he wasn't able to hold down a place in the PSG team. He seems to have been first choice for a couple of seasons, French captain throughout his under age career, a leader by all accounts. It was only when the Qatari's bought PSG in January 2012 did his career start to falter and that coupled with injury caused him to lose his place. He was overlooked for France because he wasnt getting first team football. So he seems to have been a victim of a new ownership regime and a demand for instant success.

I'm still hopeful for Aspas and as you say hopefully Moses will offload some pressure. If Aspas could get into double digits in terms of goals for the season in the league it could be massive. Cant expect Sturridge to get 38 for the season.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer Transfer Window
« on: September 02, 2013, 02:48:53 PM »
Good one BR to bring Sakho and Ilori in!!! We'll surprise a lot of people this season and many bowls of humble pie will be eaten.

There's a lot of hype around Sakho at the moment and if reports are to be believed we are paying anything up to 17 million. That's a lot of cash for a player whose career has faltered n recent years. So although I'm delighted with the signing I'm skeptical about why Sakho couldn't get on ahead of the likes of Alex who I don't rate massively.

All in all its been a positive window for us. Keeping Suarez could be the game changer in terms of qualifying for champions league football but its still far too early for that talk.

I believe Rodgers to be doing a solid job at the club. This year was always going to be the one he should start to be judged on. A good start to the season, some good players in. We've stood up to Suarez.  Lets not get ahead of ourselves but I agree with you on the humble pie. Thing is I think most will be happy to eat it should we do well

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: 2013-2014 Season
« on: August 26, 2013, 06:19:11 PM »
I would agree he needs to field a fairly strong side. Nevertheless I think Kelly should get a start, I also believe Wisdom need a competetive game and so do Alberto. I would rest Toure, Agger, Gerrard, Sturridge and Coutinho and possible bring them on in the 2nd half if needed. A first test to our much spoken about depth?

Throw Ibe and Sterling on too. Allen needs to step up. Borini should be given his chance up front.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer Transfer Window
« on: August 25, 2013, 12:28:25 AM »
Arsenal line up Juan Mata move as Spaniard falls down Chelsea pecking order following Willian signing

Arsenal could offer Juan Mata a surprise escape route from Chelsea, reports The Sunday People.

Sunday People Sport can reveal the Blues have told new signing Willian he will make up a first-choice attacking midfield trio with Eden Hazard and Oscar.

And that leaves Spanish ­international Mata as a bit-part player.

Arsenal want to prove their ambition – and, with Champions League football virtually guaranteed, the board feel they are now in a better negotiating position.

Arsene Wenger was in pole position to sign Mata from Valencia in 2011 until Chelsea nabbed him with a £23.5m package.

Mata, 25, has become a key player at the Bridge over the past two seasons. Boss Jose Mourinho has insisted publicly that Mata is a player he does not want to lose but he does not see him as a regular starter and that is unlikely to satisfy one of Europe’s most creative players.

Manchester United have been linked with a move, while Spurs are also understood to be watching Mata’s situation.

But Arsenal believe they could provide the best option if he wishes to stay in London.

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye and Sevilla’s French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia are high on Wenger’s transfer agenda.

And Swansea’s Ashley Williams and Michu are also possible additions – although the Welsh club are adamant they would knock back any late bids.

Now that would be a cute bit of business. If we've indeed got the £25M that apparently we were prepared to bid for Willian then a bid for Mata would be just the job. He'd be able to interchange with Coutinho, and is just the sort to be able to link up with Sturridge, Aspas and Suarez.

That would be a late 'splash' worth making.

I dont hold whats reported in the people too highly but agreed he would be a very shrewd piece of business. Arsenal would probably be an easy decision for Mata, he wouldnt have to uproot from London plus Arsenal can offer Champion League football. However that said if he becomes available Ayre should attempt to earn that big salary of his and really try to sell this club like hes never sold it before. We shouldve bought Mata the year we signed Downing.

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