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Liverpool FC: Time for change

Started on 14 January 2014 by JimmyRawlings
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December 20th- Transfer Watch

On our 9th installment of Transfer Talk we take a look at a club who are doing well in the league but are lacking goals in the striker department. That team is Liverpool.

It has been touted that the new Liverpool boss will have a nice budget to play with guessed to be between £30-40 million. so we have taken a look at positions and players the may want to take a look at.

Goal Keeper

Mignolet has been in good form for the reds so far the season having 9 clean sheets to his name this season so its unlikely they will look for a new number 1. However when he took a knock against Swansea earlier in the season when Brad Jones was brought on he leaked in two quick goals and looked a liability for Liverpool so it wouldn't come as a shock to see Liverpool look for for a younger number 2.

Likely signing(s)- Timo Horn


Another area of the field that Liverpool have looked strong so far this season with Skrtel and Sakho forming a strong patnership as well as Agger performing at a high level which has certainly been the reason for Liverpools success so far. Jose Enrique has been vital in the Left Back position with new signing Balanta playing well when called up on. However Liverpool look weak at Right Back after selling Johnson on deadline day only having Kelly or free transfer signing reveillere who have both been weak so far. And with Flannagan and new signing Chambers out on loan still they may look towards a quick fix.

Likely signing(s)- Sebastian Corchia, Arbeloa

Central Midfield

Again an area of the field oozing with talent from Steven Gerrard who has had a quiet season so far, to new signing Ratikic who has been in fine form for them so this is an area unlikely to see any new players added. Although its been said Henderson may be loaned out to get more game time for now. And with the reds boss still looking at Will Hughes from Derby we may see movement if anything happens to Henderson. Many fans are still concerned that Liverpool have no defensively minded midfielder since Lucas left bar loanee Garcia who hasn't been great for the team. So we may see a defensive minded midfielder join.

Likely signings- Will Hughes, Xabi Alonso, Yann M'villa, Honda

Attacking Midfield

This is the area of the field in which Liverpool have flourished boasting players such as Coutnho, Gaitan and Pastore who have been in super form so far, and still have youngsters Sterling and Ince waiting in the wings.(Pardon the pun). Again there is a slim chance of Liverpool making any signings here.

Likely signings- None


This is the position in which Liverpool have looked weakest none of their front three have performed to expectation so far. Suarez touted as the best player at the club has only managed to hit the net a mere 6 times in 18 matches. Sturridge sitting on around the same amount, and Aspas who just hasn't done anything worthy mentioning so far it does seem likely the Rawlings will be looking for a new striker but with limited availability in January Rawlings may just be stuck with under-performing stars. Liverpool are boosted by the fact the Gabriel Barbosa will join the club in June 2014 after a deal was agreed in August thought be around £1.5m.

Likely signings- Carlos Vela, Moussa Sow

December- A mixed month for the Reds

December is always one of the longer months of the calendar which offered a lot of potential points for my Liverpool team boosted by our great run of form but then again there are no easy games in this league. Our first game would be Fulham, followed by a tough away game against an under performing Man City side, followed by West Brom, Swansea, Southhampton and Norwich.

Our first was definitely one to forget and the team were poor letting in 3 goals against Fulham. I have little more to add to that Bent managed to hit 2 past us and Sidwell getting the other.

Next we would play Manchester City away which is always a tough match I felt the score line didn't really give a fair reflection of how the match went as we ended up losing 3-2 with Dzeko and Milner (2) grabbed them the victory with Gaitan netting twice for us who also was named POM.

The third match of the month was against a struggling West Brom side and it was vital to get a win to stay in contention for a top 4 finish. The team responded brilliantly to our two back to back defeats by smashing West Brom 4-0 with goals coming from Pastore, Skrtel and Sturridge netted twice. Pastore was named POM.

Next we took on Swansea I was hoping we would get three points today although an away fixture to Swansea is never a guaranteed win. They took the lead early on through Michu then Coutinho pulled one back just after the hour mark the game looked set to end 1-1. But Commons netted in the 95th minute when there was to be only 1 extra minute played.

The match on Boxing day saw us up against Southampton a team who boast a side full of exciting players, however they were no match for my side on this occasion as we recorded our second 4-0 of the month the goals came from Gaitan (2) Coutinho, and Suarez. Gaitan was named POM.

The final match of December was against Norwich we needed the 3 points to stay in the top 4 spots with Newcastle knocking on the door in fifth and Arsenal trailing by 1 point in 4th. The team stood firm and got a 2-1 victory with goals from Suarez and Aspas. Aspas was also the POM.

Managers Notes;
December offered a strange month as we picked up only 9 points of a possible 18 with dissapointing defeats to Swansea and Fulham however we were in 3rd place at the turn of the season something I could only wish for although it is very tight between the top 6 right now. It was nice to see our forwards scoring but still not enough for my liking.

My player of the month has to be Gaitan who has been the driving force to the team this month.
Presenter (p)
Rawlings (R)
Journalist (J)

P- Now last month we did a short series in which we looked at each league side and the players they may look at and now we return to Liverpool for an interview with the manager JAmes RAWlings who has wasted no time in signing his reinforcements. We now go to our journalist who is with Rawlings now.

J: Good evening James, January is normally slow with regards to transfers with most transfers happening at the end of the window but most of yours have came early. Is there any reason to this?

R; Evening, Well as you know most managers have an idea of which positions need strengthening and which players they want to bolster said positions. So i named my targets had scouts go evaluate them and we go from there. Now we tried to get in the players quickly so the join the squad earlier which gives them more time to blend to the squad and adapt to our game.

J: Fair point. No so far you have signed 3 new players; Honda who we have known for a while will be joining on a free, Biro-Biro who also joined on a free and Claudio Pizzaro. Why those players and how do they fit your plans?

R: We signed the players as we felt they would benefit the team Honda was signed on a free and is a very good capture for us and will help add depth to the midfield. As you know we have struggled upfront this season so I brought in Pizzaro as a option B as he adds a new dimension to the team. And Biro is a player with big potential who was also brought in for nothing but we intend to loan him out to gain vital experience for now.

J; Really taking use of the free agents then! Now you've already signed 3 players but many believe you have a nice budget to dip into so more signings must be likely? And recently many have touted Liverpool with signing Timo Horn and Will Hughes can you add anything to that?

R: Well if I gave away my plans I would be doing the jobs that you lot are paid for wouldn't I? you'll just have to remain patient and if anything does happen you will be first to know.

J; Okay.. Well we understand Aspas could be leaving just after 6 months at the club with him being placed on the transfer list and Henderson could also be leaving after the arrival of Honda?

R; Well Jordan has struggled to cement his name on the team sheet so far but he is training well and has a strong will so I will not be selling him as of now. Iago has endured a tough 6 months and was signed by Brendan so for now we will wait and see. Thats all I have time for now. Goobye

J; Thanks for your time.

January a mixed month for the reds

January the time of the time of the year thats sees the turn of the fixtures calendar and that month of the season in which managers can add or reduce the players to their team. For the Reds it offered an interesting month with the following fixtures; Newcastle (A), Brentford (H), Stoke (H), Chelsea (H), Tottenham (A).

Our first match of the month was against a very strong Newcastle team who are on a good run of form and are sitting in 4th just 4 points behind us. This was an important game for us which would ensure some breathing space as if they won a point would separate us. This game did not go well as they got an early goal through Sissoko which won the game for them 1-0. M’biwa got the POM.

Next we took on Brentford in the FA Cup which was a much easier game. We dominated it from the off Daniel Sturridge managed to back a brace which won the game for us 2-0 he was later awarded POM.

Our third match of the month was against Stoke a team who have always done well against Liverpool. In truth it was a poor match but we did get a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Suarez early in the first half. Enrique was named POM.

Next we had a very hard home game against league toppers Chelsea who had already beat us early in the season. We got off to a great start with Coutinho and Rakitic both scoring in the first 25 minutes but Lampard pulled one back arounf 30 minutes in. I thought the lead would see us through by Eto’o grabbed an equaliser on the 50th minute and Hazard broke our hearts on the 73rd minute and won Chelsea the game. POM was Lampard.

The next game saw us take on Leicester in the FA cup. Again a match in which i expected a win. And win we did we recorded a comfortable 4-1 win with goals coming from; Agger, Pastore, Coutinho and Honda (pen)- Dyer, Konchesky (so). POM Agger.

The final match of the month would be against Tottenham who we had a 0-0 draw against early in the season and now we had to play them away. We took the lead thanks to Daniel Sturridge but Spurs were soon to make it level through Defoe and then take the lead thanks to Walker at the stroke of half time. I couldn't see us winning at that point but Suarez snuck one in to get us level 10 minutes into the second half and Agger also found the net to win the match 3-2. Skrtel was POM.

Managers notes;
All in all not a bad month we were still in 3rd place despite 2 losses still disappointed that we lost to Chelsea again but happy with the progress we made.

Signings; Departures;
Sebastian Corciha- £7.5m Iago Aspas- £7m (CSKA Moscow)
Claudio Pizzaro- £500k
Timo Horn- £3.8m
Honda- Free
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9 yearsEdited
Next update will be low details as the season is finished so I want to catch up to my point in game will do a fixture spam until May.

Man Utd 0-0 Liverpool
West Ham 0-0 Liverpool
Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool (Skrtel)

FA Cup
Tottenham 1 (Siggurdson) - Liverpool 3 (Suarez, Pastore, Eriksen OG)

Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool (Sturridge, Pizarro)
Hull 1 (Graham) - 4 Liverpool ( Coutinho 2, Allen, Agger)

FA Cup;
Aston Villa 1 (Weimann) - 3 Liverpool (Suarez 2, Pastore pen)

Crystal Palace 1 (Jedinak) - 2 Liverpool (Sturridge, Coutinho)
Sunderland 1 (Fletcher) - 4 Liverpool (Coutinho, Suarez, Honda 2)
Everton 0 - 4 Liverpool (Suarez 2, Honda 2)
Fulham 1 (Dejagah) - 4 Liverpool (Sturridge 3, Pastore)
Arsenal 2 (Arteta, Podolski pen) - 1 Liverpool (Coutinho)
Man City 0 - 1 Liverpool (Honda)

FA Cup;
Chelsea 1 (Eto'o, Luiz s/o) - 2 Liverpool (Sakho s/o, Allen, Coutinho)

West Brom 2 (Sessegnon, Reid) - 4 Liverpool (Pastore 2, Honda, Gaitan)
Swansea 0 - Liverpool 3 (Suarez, Honda, Rakitic)
May- End of the season and a cup final!

The final month of the season saw us playing only 2 league games and the final of the FA Cup. We would be playing Southampton and Norwich in the league followed by League One side Wolves in the FA Cup final.

The first game of the month was to be played away to Southampton who were in good form and although we were guaranteed a top 4 finish we could still get second place or could still finish a place down in 4th so 3 points were crucial. The game did not get off to the best start with Osvaldo scoring on the 6th minute Lovren on the 27th and Ja-Cheol on the 50th the game did look out of sight until Suarez just entered 'Beast Mode' and smashed 4 goals past Southamptons keeper which secured us 3 points and a pom for him. As well as keeping him off the transfer list for next season.

The next match saw us play Norwich who were battling for relegation survival and had everything to play for where we were guaranteed 3rd no higher no lower. So with that in mind and the fact we still had a Cup final I decided to field a weak side to keep my main team fresh. We lost 1-0 but i wasn't too bothered as the Wolves match was my priority by then.

Our last game of the month and season was Wolves a team two divisions below us yet had made the final! I wasn't anticipating an easy match as finals are a very different type of game. We won 4-0 fairly easily in the end with our iconic Captain scoring the first with the other 3 coming from; Sturridge, Pastore and Suarez. POM was awarded to Martin Kelly.

Managers Notes; Season summary
May was a good month for us as we managed to secure 3rd spot with Suarez's master class at Southampton cementing his stay at the club. Also the win against wolves was fantastic for me and the club as I was not expecting any silver ware this season.

The season overall was very good for us we were predicted a mid-table finish yet qualified for the Champions League. The new signings all looked good bar Pizarro. I was particularly pleased with Rakitic who managed to get the most league assists and Honda who played extremely well for a player signed on a free. I think for next year there will be some changes to our goalkeeper as Mignolet looked very shaky after Christmas and let in a lot of silly goals. Defense needs some youth injected with Agger and Skrtel ageing and Enrique being our only LB. Midfield looks solid with the new signings although Gerrard is getting on so will need replacing. Our options in the attacking midfield are looking good Coutinho was pivitol this season and loanee Pastore was also very good and has convinced me to match the £7.5m fee agreed by the two teams in his contract so hopefully he will be around a few more seasons. Next we have our forwards who have been a mixed bunch Aspas and Pizarro have been awfull, Sturridge has performed rarely and hasn't looked good enough. Suarez has been our top goal getter and although he wasn't good to start with he did find form eventually

Gerrard lifts the FA Cup again.

Season 2.

August. Perfect month to be a red

It was time, pre season was over for a second time under my ruling however I decided to leave it in the capable hands of my assistant manager who didn’t do badly he managed to win 4 out of 7 which is fine considering a lot had changed since May. But I was my turn again now, we had 3 main fixtures this month; Chelsea (n), WestHam (A), Nottingham Forest (H).

Chelsea- Community Shield
Now this was it I can’t believe a year ago I had made my first managerial debut in a competitive fixture. My first of the season was a cracker against my arch rival Mourinho! This game was the traditional curtain raiser of the season against Chelsea to bring home the community shield although I was more interested in getting one over on Chelsea early this season.

The match turned out to be a very nervy one with both sides struggling to settle. However Chelsea were first to strike when Rodriguez hit the back of the net on the 16th minute. It took another 18 minutes for the next goal to come but this time it was Coutinho who levelled the game for Liverpool. The next goal of the game came just 3 minutes later and was also the winning goal of the game which was scored by left back Jose Enrique. The goal also earned him man of the match. Sakho was also sent off for a second yellow on the 92nd minute.

West Ham- BPL
The next game we played was our first league game which was against West Ham it was also the opening match to league so all eyes were on each club and there managers. The game was thrilling to say the least although supporters of a certain team would not of enjoyed it so much.

Liverpool got off to a flying start as it took new signing Xherdan Shaqiri just 25 seconds to score his first Liverpool goal and on his debut. The next goal came just two minutes as Javier Pastore hit home after getting free in the box. Pastore doubled his tally on the 29th minute making it 3-0. Liverpool found the next once more before the end of the half with Ivan Rakitic putting a freekick into the top corner making the score at half time 4-0. It took just 13 minutes for Liverpool to score after the break with Sakho heading one home. Coutinho also got on the score sheet just 2 minutes later with Corchia ending the goals on the 64th minute giving Liverpool a 7-0 win to strat the season. Pastore was given POM for his two goals despite going off with a minor injury.

Nottingham Forest- BPL
Our final match of the month was against newly promoted Nottingham Forest and after the hammering of the hammers last week I was hoping for another big win from the lads. In truth the game was a very slow and boring with only one goal being scored which came from Suarez. He did score again later however it was dubiously ruled out for offside. POM Jose Enrique

Managers notes;
What a great month for us and a great start to the league. 3 wins from 3 was fantastic another trophy for the team and a 7-0 win. It had us all in great confidence ahead of next month with our first game being United at Old Trafford.

My player of the month Jose Enrique who picked up 2 MOM awards.

Jim White; And that is it the Transfer window has just slammed shut teams can no longer buy or sell players. We will now take a look at some of the deal completed throughout the summer. We will start of at Anfield with Liverpool who brought in a total of 9 permanent signings and 3 loan deals.

Their first signing new youth prospect Daryl Black who had agreed a deal with Liverpool way back in March after he rejected to stay with Championship side Leicester. He arrived for a fee of around £500k

Next on their shopping list was to make Loan signing Javier Pastore a permanent face at Liverpool as they took the option to sign him for a very small fee of £7.5m which had been agreed between the clubs. Pastore played very well last season so it was no surprise to see Rawlings make the deal permanent.

The third signing Liverpool made was Bayern misfit Xherdan Shaqiri he joined for a fee of £20m and was the highest fee Liverpool paid this summer he also rejected the chance of joining Manchester City as he knew Liverpool were committed to him after they had a bid turned down in January of last season and is said to be delighted to work under Rawlings’ management.

Next on Rawlings’ list was a new striker an earlier which plagued Liverpool for the most part of last season until Suarez found some form late in the season. Rawlings decided to sign Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao who joined for relegated side West Brom for a fee of £5m.

The fifth signing Liverpool made was young French starlet Jaques Durand who came in for an undisclosed fee but Rawlings seemed delighted to get his man.
Liverpool’s next signing was also French and arrived from AS Saint-Etiene, defender Kurt Zouma who was signed for a fee of £9m but was later loaned back to his former club in order to continue his development.

Liverpool’s love affair for defenders continued as Liverpool opted to sign young English centre back Steven Caulker who joined from relegated side Cardiff City for a fee of £9.5m

The seventh signing to join Liverpool was on a free transfer after his contract at Barcelona had run down and his name is Victor Valdes who joined to compete with mistake prone Mignolet for the number 1 spot at Liverpool.

The eighth and ninth players to join Liverpool were both loan signings who both arrived from French giants PSG were young left back Lucas Digne and Dutch right back Van Der-Weil who are both at the Liverpool on a season long deal with both players arriving in a short time spell it fuelled rumours that there was some sort of agreement going on between the clubs especially with PSG being linked to Liverpools star player Phillipe Coutinho. However rumours were quickly denied on both sides.

The next player to join the Reds was young Brazilian Gabriel Barbosa who had already agreed a deal to join last summer her arrived for a fee close to £2m

The only player to join Liverpool on a chaotic deadline day was Barcelona’s Spanish winger Pedro who was signed on a season long loan deal.

The total of money spent by Liverpool ended up at a staggering £54.5m.

However Liverpool did let some players leave during this window.

The first player to leave the Reds was English striker Daniel Sturridge who endured a tough season for Liverpool he joined free spending Monaco for a large amount considering the season he had the fee amounted to £20m.

The second player to leave was Oussama Assaidi who made his time at Stoke permanent for a small fee of £3.6m

The next player to leave Liverpool was vice captain Daniel Agger. Agger had fallen down the pecking order after the signing of French defender Sakho last season who interestingly replaced him as vice captain. He also decided to join Monaco whilst turning down Manchester City he left for a fee of around £20m.

The last big exit from Liverpool was goal keeper Jose Reina who left to join the same French side as both Agger and Sturridge he left for a fee close to £15m

The only other departure from Liverpool was veteran striker Pizzaro who left England to join Boca for £650k

Even the The Reds spent an excess of £50m they recouped around £60m so had a net spend of £-4.5m
Top signings mate!
Cheers AAN, they have settled well so far!
Nice story.

A side query, what formation/tactics are you using?

I am using a possession 4-3-3 atm and while it's getting me along, I wasn't as successful in my first season with LFC as i'd have liked. So any advice/assistance would be greatly appreaciated.


Head Minion Khejan!
2014-01-22 15:48#156037 Khejan : Nice story.

A side query, what formation/tactics are you using?

I am using a possession 4-3-3 atm and while it's getting me along, I wasn't as successful in my first season with LFC as i'd have liked. So any advice/assistance would be greatly appreaciated.


Head Minion Khejan!

thanks Khejan! Will post my full tatics up later as I'm at work ATM but I will include them in my next update for you
Fantastic, keep up the story. You're doing well so far =)
Cheers be on good form so far but so have tho other top teams -.- but should have some good updates soon and I'm looking at changing the way I update each month

September- Not such a perfect month

September would be a much harder month for us with us facing the likes of both Manchester United at the start of the month and Tottenham at the end both being away. Also we would be playing QPR in both the League and Capitol One Cup. But the most important match for all Red's fans was the return to European football with a home match against Inter Milan.


Managers Notes;
All in all an average month we started and ended with losses and failed to beat United at the third time of asking. Although we did progress to the next round of the cup. And got our European campaign of to a good start.

For this month my player of the month award goes to Ivan Rakitic who managed to get one goal himself as well as a lot of assists.


Tatics for Khejan

Tatic 1 mainly used against bigger teams.
Tatic 2 Used vs weaker sides switching between control and attack with great results.

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