5 objectives for Michael Edwards as Liverpool FC’s new sporting director

10.11.2016


Following Michael Edwards’ promotion into the new role of Liverpool sporting director, the 37-year-old has plenty of work to do.


Edwards took up the position as sporting director after five years in different roles with the club; first Head of Performance and Analysis, then Director of Technical Performance and then Technical Director.

Following a common European model, Liverpool’s move to establish Edwards’ responsibilities both in the transfer market and in further business developments is a bold one.

Working alongside Jurgen Klopp, Edwards can hope to continue his strong progress on Merseyside.

But while the Reds are thriving both on and off the field at present, Edwards still has his work cut out for him in his new role.

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Here are five objectives for Edwards as Liverpool’s new sporting director, including the finalising of contract talks with some of Klopp’s key first-team talents.

 

Finding a Sadio Mane Backup

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 24, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the third goal against Hull City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp has revealed that, if he is to utilise the January transfer market this season, it will be to navigate the departure of Sadio Mane to the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Senegalese could miss up to six games for the Reds during his time in Gabon, including clashes with Manchester United and Chelsea and a potential League Cup semi-final second leg.

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His importance to Liverpool has been hammered home since his £30 million move from Southampton in the summer, scoring six goals and laying on four assists in 11 games so far, with his side’s only loss of the season so far coming when he was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Mane adds pace, a direct style and an unpredictability to the Liverpool attack, and his partnership with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino has proved hugely effective so far.

While six games is not the lengthiest period, and Klopp does have cover in the likes of Divock Origi and Sheyi Ojo, if the German is looking to add another winger to his squad regardless of Mane’s availability, it is Edwards’ role to help identify that target.

FC Rostov forward Sardar Azmoun has emerged on the Reds’ radar, but is more of a centre-forward, and it would make sense to trawl the market for a player capable of providing similar qualities to Mane.

 

Finalising Key Contract Talks

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2016: Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates scoring the first goal against Crystal Palace during the FA Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At present, only Lucas Leiva and Alex Manninger are set to see out their Liverpool contracts at the end of the season, but a number of key first-team players are closing in on the final year of their deals.

Emre Can is the most pressing, with the German midfielder currently due to leave the club at the end of 2017/18, while Origi, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno and Ragnar Klavan all see their contracts expire in 2019.

With Edwards now in charge of “player identification, acquisitions, sales and retention,” the futures of these first-team stars should be on his agenda in his first months in the job.

Talks have been ongoing with Can, Lallana, Lovren, Origi and Moreno, according to various reports, with no conclusion in sight at this stage, and this must be resolved; particularly with Lovren, Can and Lallana forming a key part of Klopp’s starting lineup this season.

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Furthermore, a decision must be made over the future of Sturridge, who has found himself dropping down the centre-forward pecking order under Klopp but still has significant quality to offer.

Klavan may have signed his only contract with the Reds on arriving from Augsburg in the summer, as the Estonia international will be nearing his 34th birthday by June 2019, but the issue still stands that securing the futures of Klopp’s current squad is more important than adding reinforcements.

 

Securing Philippe Coutinho’s Future

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 24, 2016: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Hull City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While tying Can, Lallana, Lovren, Origi, Sturridge and Moreno down should be on Edwards’ to-do list in his first months as Liverpool’s sporting director, heavier focus should be placed on Coutinho.

Coutinho has reached new heights under Klopp in 2016/17, and is set to break into the elite bracket, no doubt drawing interest from Europe’s biggest clubs.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are regularly touted as possible destinations for the 24-year-old in the future, but Klopp will be desperate to keep him on Merseyside for his peak years.

Though Coutinho only signed a new contract with Liverpool at the beginning of February, expiring in 2020, his weekly wage is believed to be around £75,000 a week.

This puts the Brazilian below the likes of Sturridge, Firmino, Jordan Henderson and James Milner, despite Coutinho being as important, if not more, than that key quartet.

To ward off interest from abroad, and ensure Coutinho stays at Anfield as he continues his progression into one of Europe’s finest, Edwards should work on a new, more lucrative contract for the Reds’ No. 10.

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Strategising Melwood & Academy Merger

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 30, 2015: Melwood Training Ground ahead of Liverpool's UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against FC Sion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The distance between Liverpool’s first-team training facility at Melwood and the academy at Kirkby has long presented a problem for the club, with Klopp recently reiterating Brendan Rodgers‘ stance from his time as manager.

“I think it makes to sense to improve the circumstances, where and how,” he said in October, following reports revealing the club’s plan to merge the two.

“We haven’t finally decided because it’s not all in our hands. But of course, we have to think about improvement and developing things to make it more likely to get the best out of our talents.”

The prospect of having all of Liverpool’s players, from the senior squad to their high-potential youth, in one place is a crucial one in ensuring academy players have the best chance of establishing themselves at the club.

But this remains a long-term project, and one not likely finalised any time soon, with Edwards facing a major task to plan the merger.

Initially, this will be establishing the right site, whether that is in expanding Kirkby or securing a new plot elsewhere.

But with Klopp stressing its importance, this must be a priority for Edwards.

 

Continuing Quality-Over-Quantity Academy Focus

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 24, 2016: Liverpool's Yan Dhanda [R] celebrates scoring the first equalising goal against Everton with team-mate Rhian Brewster during the Under-18 FA Premier League match at the Kirkby Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We had around 235 to 240 before, it’s just under 200 boys now and that figure will head south still,” Reds academy director Alex Inglethorpe explained in 2015.

“The focus here now isn’t on having a specific number in each age group, it’s around wanting a specific level of quality in each age group.”

Inglethorpe’s plan to focus on quality over quantity in Liverpool’s academy is sensible, and with Klopp showing his faith in youth by providing both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria their senior debuts already this season proves this will continue to be fruitful in the future.

Edwards is tasked with “ensuring the club remains an industry leader in providing a clear pathway from the younger age groups to the first-team squad,” and therefore working closely with Inglethorpe and Klopp is essential.

Liverpool saw Ryan McLaughlin, Alex O’Hanlon, Will Marsh, Dan Cleary, Kristof Polgar, Jordan Rossiter and Jerome Sinclair all leave the club in the summer, with the likes of Jordan Williams and Joe Maguire set to follow in 2017.

In their place, both Juanma and Nathan Phillips were signed on free transfers, while Alexander-Arnold, Ejaria, Ben Woodburn, Adam Phillips, Brooks Lennon and Shamal George were all promoted from the U18s to the U23s.

This ruthless dissection of talent is essential if Liverpool are to give Inglethorpe, Klopp, Michael Beale and Neil Critchley the best chance of overseeing valuable development.

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  1. In this day and age of exorbitant wages, it seems Couts’ £75k a week is a steal. If he’s happy with that, even better, but no doubt it will be a priority to give him an even better deal to keep him happy, and with us, hopefully for at least another season or two.

    • Barca, Madrid and PSG would easily double that. A few PL teams would too. We need to pay him what’s he’s worth.

    • There’s no difference in quality of life between earning £75k p/w or £150k p/w.

      What’s he going to do buy a gold toilet bowl? Not everyone in the world is like Ronaldo…..

      • £10 grand a week is more than enough for most of us to have a good life, let alone £75k! That’s not the point.

        The point is, by tying him to a much higher wages (commensurate with his talent in this day and age market), a longer term deal (adding at least 3 years), means that these dream predatory clubs (Barca and Real of course), will find it harder to match his wages, plus his transfer value will rocket up even higher, especially if Edwards stipulate a very high buyout clause.

        Much more leverage in bargaining down the line, so giving him an £7-11 million over 3 years is well worth it, in that respect.

  2. With his ‘O’ Level exams next May and his weekly paper round , I am not sure he will have enough time to fully devote himself to LFC .

    • It would seem he hasn’t had much pressure yet in his jobs. He should age rapidly now, if he does his job right!

  3. I think that we will loose one centre back in Sakho in January and on in Lucas after this season. Klavan for another season as a utility man is ok for me but not longer than that. I really hope Joe Gomez will be very close to the starting11 next season. If Klopp wants another Centre back than I hope he goes for Niklas Süle of Hoffenheim but I think he will stay there if they reach CL football.

    • Van Dijk looks like he’d suit Klopp’s style of play, ability on the ball and character. Him and Matip together could be the best CB pairing we’ve had in a long time.
      I think you’re right about Lucas but I’ll be sorry to see him leave, I hope he gets a testimonial. I’d rather say thanks to Klavan next summer and help him get a good move. Lucas will only be 30 by then, I’d love it if he had a bit of a renaissance at CB, he offers something different to Lovren and Klavan with the ball at his feet.

  4. 1st job: Value Coutinho at more than £67M (par The Express)

    I hate it when we undervalue our players. If Pogba goes for £89 then Coutinho is worth at least that, and more like £100m, particularly to the likes of PSG, Real and Barça (who had plenty to spare for Neymar’s sweetheart deal).

    • If we win the league it strengthens our valuation.

      “So we want Coutinho, we value him at £50 million, what’s he worth to you?”
      “We just won the league, to us the players contract could be worth another 3 Premier League titles…”

      • haha coutinho is under a long term deal 50million for this legend ? immortalize the boy he is not for sale Dortmund style run out your contract if you have to

        • what do you really think fsg would rather keep him another say 18 month and lose him for nothing instead of say 60 million

          • He is signed until 2020 if we are in the champions leagues while he is here as we should 60 million is nothing! FSG are all about money but they know you have to win and be in the champions league constantly to be able to make money……….Look no further to bringing in Klopp the way they run Redsox

          • They do not have to win nothing to make money they can make as much not paying the top wages and not buying the top stars
            selling top players is a good side line too

            And wow they brung in klopp they are in there 7th season what have they won
            how many times have we finished above 6th in their previous 6 seasons
            And as for the red sox they can go and get ferked i do not care about big girls rounders

          • There is way more money in LFC wining than penny pinching in wages wake up! Kit deals merchandise sale global appeal only to name a few benefits …..Look at utd how they got to the top Chelsea City.

            You are just a miserable person its not like 7 seasons of stagnation things have gotten done even champions league and 2nd place in the league got smelled! Its harder to win the league now than it was in the 90s its a 5 horse race now and LFC is playing catch up

          • You hit the nail on the head with the first six words of your second paragraph! Why bother with him?

        • I doubt that Coutinho will want to leave when we start winning the title and we are back in the Champions league. No point in leaving for a lesser team than our Liverpool FC is there! The Kraut King waffles by the way!

      • I would not want to see Coutinho leave the club. He’s such a high quality player, hardworking humble/nice bloke and the embodiment of FSG’s buying policy. It would be foolish to sell him before we build a team that can regularly win trophies and compete with the very best in the CL.

        Have you seen the market rate for players like Coutinho these days? How many Coutinho’s are there? Not many. If he continues like he is, then at the end of the season, in this crazy market LFC would be even crazier NOT to value him in the same bracket as Pogba.

        • How many Pogba’s are there then? Younger than Coutinho, he is a unique combination of size, strength & skill that nobody can match. He has also won a bucket load of trophies already. That is why he cost a world record transfer fee.

          It is not a matter of not liking it you are simply wrong. If Coutinho goes it will be for big money but I would be astounded if a world record fee was paid for him.

          There is nothing “crazy” about the market either. Income driven inflation no different than pay TV boom of the 90’s.

          It will be prudent to sell if the player decides he wants to leave. Something is only ever worth what somebody will be willing to pay. As it ever was.

          • The cost of Pogba has nothing to do with him winning bucket load of trophies or his “size, strength & skills that nobody can match”.

            Firstly, he won that bucket load in Juventus… with or without Pogba, Juve gonna win trophies anyway, looking at how the 2 Milan clubs screw themselves over and over again. Roma is probably the only club that can try to catch Juve then.

            Secondly, “unique combination of size, strength & skills that nobody can match”? Seriously?? Pipe down on the Pogba fantasy… Can or Gini can match his seemingly unique combinations anytime. If his “unique combination” is as good as how you fantasized it to be, scums will be lingering somewhere in the top 4 rather than trying to post elephant pictures on social media.

            He cost that much because some scum of a team is desperate to buy a seemingly “star midfielder” and goes after someone they let go for 0. And Juve just bank on that desperation and ask for that huge load of cash and the scums duly pay.

          • Yes the worlds most expensive player isn’t really 191 cms tall (6’3″), athletic & skillful. Will Wijnaldum be standing on Can’s shoulders imbecile?

            Of course Barca would win trophies without Messi too so do we give him no credit.

            T W A T

            FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Ball: 2013
            Golden Boy: 2013
            Serie A Team of the Year: 2013–14, 2014–15
            FIFA World Cup Best Young Player: 2014
            Bravo Award: 2014
            UEFA Team of the Year: 2015
            FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2015

          • Your tone and language is very insulting and unnecessarily. Im not saying you are but your behaving like a bitter Man U troll. Might want to sort that out.

          • It’s your call. That’s nowhere near my best but if you want to act like that then go ahead. Iv lost interest now.

          • By the way professor, it’s atleast, not, at least. Get a 6 year old to spell check you next time you wanna act like a know it all, might stop you looking like a clown ;)

          • The worlds most expensive player! The same player that got schooled by joe ‘Welsh xavi’ Allen?

          • What we see on the field for Pogba and what we see for Coutinho today puts Coutinho way ahead of Pogba or at least to the eye. Give us the stats for this season for both of them or let’s compare Pogba stats for last season vs Coutinho this season to date. If Couts stats are better I dont see why his value should be lower than Pogba’s.

          • Honestly for 89M you expect Suarez type returns or Iniesta type mf domination. Actually even Modric offers more in MF than Paul Pogba.
            The fact is after 90M pounds spent that ENTIRE United System and MF is STILL reliant on 35 year old Michael Carrick.

            Instead they have a very over rated version of Hendo – actually a lessor version IMO. Wijuldam offers as much as Pogba minus the annoying dabbing.

          • pogba was not for sale you want him you pay what they say ….there is no real price to this

          • I’m always at odds with the suggestion that individual players won trophies, taking our bitterest rivals as an example, Ryan Giggs did not win ten Premier League titles, the team he played for did although his massive contribution to that shouldn’t be ignored, you can apply the same logic to Pogba, a unique talent who benefited enormously by being at the right club at the right time. The best way to retain players like Coutinho is to ensure that we become the right club at the right time for them. Apart from winning trophies paying players the wage their contribution merits would also go a long way towards doing that…

          • I did not suggest he won the trophies alone however it would be foolish to suggest Juve didn’t benefit enormously from having him.

            Aside from having signed for Man Utd, which is obviously poor form, this is the first time since Alan Shearer that the world’s most expensive footballer has plied his trade in England.

            Get over it folks, he is very, very good.

            If a player wants to go, & Latin Americans in particular find it extremely difficult to resist Barca or Real Madrid, sometimes there is nothing that can be done to prevent it but they key is to make the deal work for the selling club too.

            For example Juve sold Zidane & became a better team with Nedved, Thuram & Buffon. Losing Keagan didn’t work out too badly for Liverpool either.

          • It would be very foolish which is why I didn’t suggest that, nobody would deny Pogba is a very talented player, I’m not sure what it is you think we have to ‘get over’. Klopp summed it up pretty well when he said we have to become a club that nobody wants to leave and that’s the biggest challenge. As yet there’s no suggestion that Coutts or Firmino want to leave, obviously that might change in the future but right now both appear to be enjoying playing in a Klopp team..

          • I agree as footy is a team game individuals can star in a team but they need the rest of the team to win anything. I watch Man City’s Pep saying something like he has won 21 trophy’s in seven years. I thought to myself then the teams he coaches have he did not do it on his own!

          • hyper exaggerated about Pogba, I don’t know when Pogba become that so good in the way you have described him. for me waste of money.

          • For thinking the most expensive player in the world can play a bit?

            You are out of the closet as an imbecile though…

          • “he is a unique combination of size, strength & skill that nobody can match.” — haha what does this even mean?

          • That 6’3″ footballers with that sort of athleticism & technical ability don’t really exist. He “should” win every midfield battle he faces.

            Much like the Steven Gerrard song, he’s big & he’s……except much bigger.

          • I get how it’s an advantage to his game but it’s not unique. Yes he’s tall, quick and powerful but that alone shouldn’t make you worth £89mil or more than Coutinho. I can almost guarantee you the next club Couts is moving to is going to be one of the big 2 with Barca being the most likely destination. He probably wouldn’t go for £89mil or more but forget LFC fans..ask most neutrals who they’d rather have at this point in time and they’ll say Coutinho.

          • No they wouldn’t. Only Premier League fans perhaps & that is hypocrisy because “it takes a year to adjust yada yada”.

            Are you old enough to remember Ruud Gullit at his peak? They are not stylistically identical by any means but there is a lot to be said for being big, fast, powerful & good.

          • Alright. There’s no point in me saying you’re wrong out here because there’s no way for me to prove that – I only said it based on comments I’ve seen from neutrals on other sites.

            I don’t understand the hypocrisy angle..if anything it’s Pogba that’s failing to justify his price tag and settling in at the moment so that should have a negative rap on him. At this point in time it’s barely even a comparison. Couts is head and shoulders above him.

          • It is said foreign signings need a year to adapt. It is often true but a stereotype. Coutinho is having a fantastic year, great player, has been my favourite LFC player to watch since Suarez & my missus isn’t a bad judge of player & she thinks he is the dogs proverbial. He’s great.

            Pogba is a fine footballer who ha been smashing Serie A & it is far too sonn to write him off. Not many world record transfer fee players are not big hits (sooner or later).

          • There are 3 Pogbas. Paul, Florentin and Mathias. They all play football too. And are also brothers all three, Paul is youngest.

      • One of the best NO 10s in world football is not worth more than a dabbing Youself Mulumbu?

        Check yourself mate.

    • More like refuse to sell coutinho at any cost that doesnt smash pogba’s record fee. Reward Coutinho for his Hardwork and lets add more quality to our side and continue to bring LFC back to its righteous place the top!

      • Well said mate also build the team round him, let him know we want him to stay. If we don’t keep our best players then Klopp will probably go as well!!! if that happens then we are stuffed.

        • One yr ago I finally abandoned my old work and i couldn’t be happier now… I started working at home, for a company I found online, for a few hours every day, and I profit now much more than i did on my old job… My payment for last month was for 9000 dollars… The best thing about it is the more free time i got for my loved ones… KORTA.NU/MDe

  5. Bruma from galatasaray would be a good replacement for sadio mane coming next January. He has the pace as well as the dribbling skills to contribute to Liverpools style of play, which his skill set is similar to Mane. He’s Portuguese and currently playing at real sociedad in the liga BBVA. The only problem with this player would be that he won’t be able to score a hefty load of goals however he does bring in the dynamic and assists needed in this Liverpool team when mane is either not there or injured. It would be better for Liverpool to buy him on loan or can get him in full package. He would cost under £15m which would be a huge bargain for Liverpool!!! Btw, this is from a Liverpool fan.

    • You are such an expert you don’t even know which league the player is playing in at the moment. He was on loan at Sociedad last season.

      Go back to Football Manager.

        • You are like a mosquito that can’t bite (that is what they say about you at Mum’s clinic too I hear).

          You celebrated this cutting little barb didn’t you???

          “He’s Portuguese and currently playing at real sociedad in the liga BBVA.”

          I’m afraid this is what we might call a contradiction (it is okay you can go & get a dictionary).

          However the statement in the first line is acceptable in this case for two reasons, parent clubs own the registrations of players they loan out & secondly he is not on loan this season anyway.

          Maybe you have a smarter little sister who can proof read & translate for you in future.

          More training grasshoper. I’m just blocking you for now because there is no honour in slapping down the special kids. If you want another crack at it come back with a new log on after some more practice.

      • I realise that klopp and gaurdiola research your material when they want to learn something new about football, however, it would be appreciated if you stop criticising everyone on here.

  6. Don’t understand why so many people carrying on about a replacement for Mane. Mr Klopp et al knew he would be going so if they felt another player was essential they would have signed one OR kept Markovic.

    Any bid for Pulusic was low probability so just don’t.

    Origi gets an opportunity. No problem.

    • He was counting on Ings as replacement, but not Origi he’s is ”muy pilon” (Spanish words) that means feel like Messi and never pass the ball because you think you are soo good

      • I don’t think he was counting on Ings who was still rehabbing from the previous injury.

        Origi lacks the refinement of some of our other attackers he doesn’t always have his head up or confidence in his technique to interchange as effectively but I don’t think it is arrogance or overconfidence.

        I’d actually suggest he lacks a bit of confidence but when he got a run of games last year he was quite good.

        He compares favourably, statistically at least, to many of the top strikers of the last decade (Tomkins has a good article presumably still in its free archive). Needs to play to keep improving.

        • I think you’ve made the point yourself there why we need another player in January (if we are still looking good in the table). Origi is a striker. Not a winger. Trying to pigeon hole players in positions they cannot play does not make sense. We’ve seen Rodgers try it and fail it over the years. We’re seeing it now with Mourinho’s chop and change lineups over at Old Toilet.

          That’s why Klopp will not use Lallana there either. He excels in midfield doing grunt work but playing the perfect role behind the front 3. Origi should be used as part of a front 2 with Sturridge or replace Firmino as the striker. Trying him at winger where he has struggled under Rodgers is a bad idea. I doubt Klopp would do that.

          • When Firmino drops deep (frequently) Mane is usually the highest forward i.e. the striker.

            Positions don’t matter so much as the instructions & the movement. Alternatively he or Sturridge goes through the middle & Firmino moves wide. Our forwards are constantly switching positions during the games.

            Lallana didn’t play that role until this season, Milner didn’t play left back. Don’t get too hung up on position.

          • I’ve seen Lallana play as part of the front 3. I’ve seen Sturridge play out wide. I’ve seen them play these positions. If Klopp didn’t think he needed a winger he wouldn’t come out and say “when Sadio is away we will be without a winger. We do not have many wingers, I would say”

            They’re not bad players but it would effect the equilibrium of the side. Klopp will certainly look to get one, regardless of if Mane left in Jan or not.

        • Until January Ings would had been ready but well… February is one of the most decisive months, i believe we need something more proven if we are to continuing the challenge for the title

    • PSG are the fluffers. Basically they raise the bid and price because they are willing to pay much more. Even with Suarez they offered us the full 75M and him higher wages.

  7. Coutinho was absolutely world class today! Him and Neymar ran the show and the gauntlet thru Argentina. What a talent we have on our hands – easily worth double his current salary and I just get the feeling as though his form is not going to dip this season. At the very least, let’s enjoy him while we can.

    • He’s developing as quickly working with Klopp as Luis Suárez did when he was becoming world class. Fantastic to see it happening with us.

    • Neymar will woo him to join Barca at the end of the season – mark my words. It’s Suarez saga all over again :(((

  8. Point 1, I don’t think they will push for Sturridge to be extended,to me he’s not a Klopp type of player. Jurgen spotted this early on and I must say he’s on borrowed time.It’s only because Ings has had two bad injuries and Origi is still not up to standard that Sturridge is even getting game time. I also think Sturridge’s head needs sorting,seems to have a problem mentally.

    Point 2, The merging of the Academy and Melwood needs to happen in the next 12 months,we have so many good youngsters coming through,so why come out with a statement saying “It’s out of our hands”? Is it FSG pulling the Financial strings again and not wanting to back the vision or are we waiting for new Owners and a seeing our new vision?

    Point 3. Really though Joe Maguire had a future,but not accordinging to Inglethorpe then, shame and a pity I say.

    • Sturridge is levels ahead of ings thats why he was has played more prem games than ings before ings got injured

    • Klopp wants Sturidge on the team, if he didn’t want he would have been gone long ago ala Allen and Benteke. Both of these players could have stayed but Klopp didn’t want them so they were gone. Klopp ships oit players whom he doesn’t want, simple and direct.

    • Because Klopp knows what to do when it comes to a sporting directors job? Klopp is a football manager and doesn’t know or care about the other stuff. I doubt he even knows everything that a SD does.
      I’m pretty sure he has said he liked having a SD at Mainz and Dortmund because he wanted someone else to handle all that business with signing players and so on.

  9. Why not try and get a stadium increase on the cards. I know it looks unlikely but with clubs starting to think about standing sections in the UK again there’s potential.

    How do fellow reds feel about the reintroduction of standing sections?

    If it’s safe and policed well I think it could add real atmosphere to games. Obviously with our past this is a tricky subject…

  10. Apparently Barca are preparing to bid big on Coutinho. And no doubt Neymar and Suarez would have put ideas in his head over the past couple of weeks. Unless we win some trophies this season, he is off in the summer.

    • I thought Barcelonas finances were in a bit of a state? Didn’t they need a new sponsorship deal just to offer new contracts?

    • I honestly wouldn’t take that rumor so seriously. First of all, as it stands, Barca can’t afford him. Second, were would he play? They don’t have a nr.10 in their team and I doubt he will come in an replace Neymar or Messi on the wings.
      Third, he has a long time left on his contract so Liverpool has no reason to sell or lower their asking price that is starting to be at Suarez levels.

      • Rakitic gets forward, Denis Suarez gets forward, Iniesta gets forward, Coutinho would fit right into that midfield as a key player. A first choice midfield of Coutinho, Iniesta and Busquets is frightening.
        And yes they could afford him, they’re the biggest sponsored club in the world.

  11. How many players from the Academy are playing first team football for Liverpool right now? Not many if any at all. Is all about identifying great young talent and bring them over before they become world class names just like they did with Coutinho, Can and others. 100 youngsters is more than enough for a big club like Liverpool. More than that is just a waste of time.
    Also Coutinho should be Liverpool’s to paid player right now, he’s the most talented, most important and a really young player. And is also the one that’ll be targeted the most by other top clubs.

  12. Foolish talk about coutinho and his valuation going on here LFC is finally playing good why not add to coutinho ? Verratti come to us instead of Dahoud or wtv his name. We are not PSG’s farm they need to look elsewhere

    Time LFC starts operating like a big club not a selling one Coutinho is not for sale end of story

  13. Tying down Lovern or Moreno really shouldn’t be top priorities like others mentioned. Nobody’s coming in for them either.

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