Yes we are back but don’t think you will hear pretty little sound bites telling you how good Liverpool Football Club is.
What you will read in these columns are the real issues and what is wrong with the club and how it can be put right.
If you cannot take criticism about the manager, the owners, the players or indeed the club then do a runner and go cover the cracks elsewhere.
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A telling stat between the pair ….
Tackles won …
Sterling 29, Coutinho 45
Successful take on’s
Sterling 50% Coutinho 60%
Coutinho signs a four year contract no problems and no fuss, Sterling wants £180k week and refuses to sign.
Make sense of that!
Brendan Rodgers said yesterday that he will give young players a chance in the Europa League should the club seal qualification for the competition.
OK lets decipher that statement ….
Brendan Rodgers said yesterday that the club will be not making any class signings for next season!
Liverpool have reportedly agreed terms with Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya ahead of a potential transfer from Barcelona this summer.
The Reds have been searching for a new full-back as they have deemed Glen Johnson to be surplus to requirements, with the 30-year-old admitting he is set to move on in the summer.
Montoya, 24, has struggled to make an impact at Barcelona, and according to Fichajes.net he has agreed personal terms with Liverpool as he looks to test himself abroad.
The two clubs will still need to agree on a transfer fee, but it appears that the Spaniard has moved a big step toward moving to Anfield.
The manager – A more ambitious level of recruitment this summer in terms of personnel, a lot of the blame for the Reds’ struggles in 2014/15 can be attributed to Rodgers himself. Switching to a 3-4-2-1 system helped us with a 13-game unbeaten league run but he has been so rigid this term and often used out of form players such as Glen Johnson, Gerrard and Markovic. His aftermatch comments send shivers up my back when he uses the words ‘character’ and ‘outstanding’ He needs to be honest and not treat the fans like idiots. Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Manuel Pellegrini and Arsene Wenger all say it how it is and the fans appreciate that.
Defence – We have had 3 seasons to sort this area out and consistently they are the weak link in the team. The players Rodgers has recruited are simply not up to it. Lucky for the manager Mignolet has improved.
Midfield – Very simple this one – Not enough goals and not enough inventiveness. I shudder to think Jordan Henderson could be our captain next season. Henderson is nothing more than a journeyman. He would be lucky to even get on the bench of any of the top four rivals. Don’t get me started about Joe Allen. More class in midfield please.
A Goalscorer – Sturridge unfortunately cannot be our main man anymore for obvious reasons. We now need to recruit a world class player to lead the line and not a cheap makeshift like the inept Balotelli or the useless Lambert or Borini.
Now back to reality – The owners will only sanction cheap youngsters or loanees. End of story.
What Mario Balotelli’s cost to Liverpool in the Premier League:
Per pass: £80,000
Per goal: £19.24m
Good buy heh!
After another desperately poor spell of form this season, Brendan Rodgers defended his players ahead of the match against Queens Park Rangers by telling us “The Players Are Giving Absolutely Everything”
Absolutely the wrong thing to say Brendan. Implies that there is nothing more to give if they are ‘giving everything’