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A bit behind the times yes but Yedlin was a real stand out for me in what I thought was the best game of the World Cup. I thought there was a rumbling that he was coming our way and to be honest from the hour that I saw him I'd have him over Johnson every day of the week.
Rodriguez looks a special talent and Madrid wasted no time there. That'll put some pressure on Bale for sure. Ronaldo, bale and Rodriguez in teh same team will be tough to accommodate. In my mind it wont work. Neither will Suarez, messi and Neymar for that matter.
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Hello all, if you're still about.
Anyone in the world Cup that's caught your eye as a potential transfer target apart from the obvious Mr Messi and Neymar? I've had a few little thoughts here and there.
Lambert certainly caught me unawares that's for sure. After the initial shock and NOOOOOOO I sat down and thought about it and realised that there's a lot of sense in it. As you say he's scored a few and regularly, he has the highest number of assists after Gerrard for English players in the PL and the fee is fine. I'd also like to add that he adds another English player to the PL squad, something City have some difficulty with.
Emre. Ok good but the books open and let's see how he gets on.
As for others I still think we have a very good chance of landing Lallana but again we'll see. This could be another where Southampton's price is too high, we back out and he goes to Tottenham.
Not many other rumours other than the names you've mentioned.
A further thought. many have stated that the defense needs work. Fine, I agree but Wisdom is back, Kelly is somewhere in the system and I'd hope Sakho would improve. he's fit and playing in the World Cup right now.
New deal for Johnson? Mistake in my opinion. What has he done to deserve one? While, as you say Skrtel has dropped a bomb or two he is, I agree being exposed by his other defending partners and midfield in front. You defend as a unit and we've been guilty of not doing that at times.
There are many over the last two weeks that have criticised Rodgers for some of his tactics . Firstly not being able to break down Chelsea which I find odd and now going after Palace.
I would say that there's a huge responsibility on the players here. The tactics, in what Rodgers wants from his team is quite simple; keep the ball. That's it. Our problem is that we don't have the composure, skills and belief to actually stay 100% disciplined. We basically over stretch ourselves and try to force the issue and that leads to problems especially nowadays where teams are so effective on the counter. Pace is king.
In short I think Rodgers is right but he has work to keep developing the squad and players (including sales and acquisitions) to truly play to that philosophy. In my mind you should stay true to your roots and not change for anyone.
Tough one but I think the game highlighted what we all knew and what needs to be done for next season. I'm gutted but I'll take this on the chin considering what we've achieved. Last night clearly highlighted several things to me.
Lucas isn't up to it. He obviously doesn't listen among other really annoying traits.
If Johnson is an international fullback then I can be one too.
Defense needs work
Henderson has been missed
The midfield is still an issue to address.
There must be plans for a long term replacement for Gerrard
I agree that Henderson is a loss. He's been excellent all year, only slightly masked by the brilliance of Suarez in particular. I'm really going off Lucas too. For me he brings nothing to the table other than taking up a place.
I see that Maureen will discuss a weakened side with the real Chelsea manager and go from there. But I agree CL will be a priority for them.
I see Sterling again being the critical player creating trouble and confusion between the lines, that is if Rodgers plays the same way as we did against Norwich.
While a draw would still be sufficient (provided we win the remaining games afterwards) I would like to see us win all 3. Mainly as it will be another record for the team and another finger in the direction of Ferguson who will have an influence on who will be United's next manager. It's almost perfect with him basically ripping apart everything he's built.
Tough call isn't it. Thing is Rodgers has made some subtle little changes to the midfield to suit the opposition and it's worked with a bedrock of a consistent defensive line up with Gerrard just in front. (bar the few leaked goals that is) The front players and other midfielders have adapted and adopted these subtle changes really well.
In truth I've no idea what he'll do................
I think I'd be tempted to go with Allen as well. He's better than Lucas full stop and keeps the ball better than Coutinho. That I think is the best way of ensuring that we have a fair share of the ball.
The alternative is to concede possession and try to get them on the break. In that instance Coutinho may be the better option.
The other option is to play Sterling in the hole and pack that midfield with Allen or Lucas. That might be the way we go on this. It's a subtle difference but a formation that Rodgers has gone with recently.
Just a little pin prick, there'll be no no more
Head down and enjoying it at the moment Jason. Big game this weekend, crossing fingers, toes, legs anything.
I will say that I've been incredibly impressed with Rodgers. He's been calm, straight and solid. There's no rants or pops at other managers or even talking about other teams / sides. It's all about the team striving to deliver on the field.
Sadly one idiot we had managing us couldn't do that and should take a leaf out of Rodgers book.
The yellow card amnesty kicks in on April 13th. Two game ban before then and I don't think we can afford to lose him for the City game which is on the 13th.
So as it stands it's tread lightly or we'll be doing City a favour I think.
Harsh but I don't see Lucas much more than a squad player to be honest. I'd put all of our other midfielders in before him right now. One major concern is that Gerrard is on 9 yellow cards at the moment. One more and he gets a ban which will mean a midfield change and that's always been an area, particularly in the defensive area that worries me.
Well I see that Spurs have been sniffing Konoplayanka now. Dear me. Can we call them Liverpool B now?
I have wondered if Ayres has been restricted a bit by FSG. They have given him a top budget for a player (and agent) and when it goes over the deal gets stuck. I'm just playing devils advocate here and wondering if Ayre is only doing what he's told and within the agreed or set budget.
yes teams will strengthen but I think those in the CL next year will start to stretch away even further. The new TV deal really adds some financial welly to those clubs in there and it will be a real toil to clubs outside trying to get in. Hence my giggles at United although they will still have enough financial power to rock the boat.
Of course take your eye off the ball and you'll lose out as always. we do agree that we really need to be on the ball this window however. We can't afford expensive bench warmers and we seriously need the bodies.
Must admit I was never a fan of Tomkins. He was Rafa's personal press officer and had been completely brainwashed by him.
Fair points in your post Jason. I would certainly like to know what's going on around the negotiation table. Are playing too much hard ball for example? Perhaps there's more to it or FSG would still tolerate Ayre but I don't know.
I think the draw of CL football will be a massive help, if we get there of course. I'm more concerned about the money side. We need a fair bit of strengthening and it wont come cheap.
The transfer window raises an interesting point Paddy. Firstly I agree that the squad needs more. Johnson has been pants in my opinion but there's also a whole lot of other things to address to provide a squad that can play in both the PL and CL.
My question is how can we afford this? In a week where the financial results weren't what I'd call 100% comforting and FFP on the horizon then I don't thinks it's a case of going all out. We simply can't afford that.
I'm also aware that when BT Sport start to venture into televising the CL fixtures that revenue per club will jump up again from £30m to around £60m (I may be completely wrong here) but that's a start but I think we'll need more.
Good stuff Jason
So we're 23-9-6 which I make 78 points. Still a touch behind the others (I make Chelsea 845 pts By the way) but still pleased as punch.
Good place to be right now.
Stupid international break........................................
Pretty much summed it up there Jason. I want the Mancs to realise how difficult it is to get back up to the top. A few years in mid table, where they belong will be fantastic.
I actually hope they go into terminal decline as a side. As we did we fell out of Europe and then it becomes extremely hard to get back. I hope they suffer the same and that it's at least 10 years before they get near a title again.
What goes around comes around
Wasn't expecting that but it's what happened later with Benitez that went all wrong. Hope Rodgers continues as he has done. need to sure up that defense a bit though.