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A Merseyside Story

My first FM story
Started on 2 April 2014 by Kippax
Latest Reply on 13 April 2014 by Kippax
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I've been playing Football Manager/Championship Manager for as long as I can remember. Although I've never taken on the challenge of creating an actual storyline around it. So here we go.

After the failiure last season, Brendan Rodgers has been sacked and theres a new manager appointed for Liverpool Football Club; Martin Ashworth. After the summer transfer window I will return with monthly updates about results and player development.
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Transfer summary

The summer transfer window has just closed and the preseason has turned into season. As for The Reds it's been a quiet window (apart from the real world transfers) only bringing in ex-Liverpool Xabi Alonso on a season long loan from Real Madrid and youth player Jassem Sukar from Sunderland. I was very pleased to get an unsettled Xabi Alonso (obviously) since it adds depth to the defensive midfield where the only other viable options are Lucas and Stevie G. I saw potential in the young Jassem Sukar and since I could get him for just a about a quarter million I couldn't resist.

The only players who has left are young players who wouldn't fit into the already broad squad. Although Jon Flanagan is a personal favourite I felt he doesn't really have what it takes to take a starting position at the right back where Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly and Kolo Touré are all better options.

Players in:
Xabi Alonso // Real Madrid // Def. Midfielder // 31 yrs // LOAN £52k/week, £120k/month
Jassem Sukar // Sunderland // Central Defender // 17 yrs // £230k

Players out:
Fabio Borini // Sunderland // Striker // 22 yrs // LOAN
Jon Flanagan // Blackpool // Right Defender // 20 yrs // LOAN
Jack Robinson // Blackpool // Left Defender // 20 yrs // LOAN
Tiago Illori // Celtic // Central Defender // 20 yrs // LOAN
Andre Wisdom // Celtic // Central Defender // 20 yrs // LOAN
Samed Yesil // Atromitos // Striker // 19 yrs // LOAN
Jordon Ibe // Leeds // Right Winger // 17 yrs // LOAN
Adam Morgan // Notts County // Striker // 19 yrs // LOAN
Suso // Almería // Attacking Midfielder // 19 yrs // LOAN
Good luck and Xabi Alonso on loan it's a great deal!
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First month analysis


Friendly:
Liverpool - Liverpool U21 2-0
Hradec Kralove - Liverpool 2-0
Liverpool - Medellín 5-1
Liverpool - Rosario Central 1-1
Liverpool - Heerenveen 3-2

Premier League:
Liverpool - Cardiff 1-0
Manchester C - Liverpool 2-0
Liverpool - Arsenal 3-0
Liverpool - West Brom 3-1
Fulham - Liverpool 2-2
Newcastle - Liverpool 2-3

Capital One Cup:
Sheffield W - Liverpool 1-3
Derby - Liverpool 1-2



As you can see we're in 3rd place behind Stoke and West Ham (!), we've had a good start with only 1 loss against City away and a draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage. The annihilation of Arsenal at home was absolutely brilliant with Victor Moses scoring two screamers, maybe he's feeling the London rivalry? Other than that the offense has been really disappointing, as Suárez was banned the first couple of games Aspas and Sturridge had to shoulder the role as a striker duo. This didn't really work out well with Aspas constantly underperforming only managing to achieve 1 goal and 1 assist in 5 games and just missing every chance he got. Sturridge on the other hand managed to score 5 goals in 6 games which has been vital in grabbing the points.

Due to fairly easy games in the Captal One Cup I've gotten to air some of my young prospects such as Luis Albero and Raheem Sterling. Luis Alberto has really impressed scoring 4 goals in 2 games which makes me having to consider him in the starting XI.

Since just reporting about results isn't really that interesting I will postpone further reports until the next transfer window.
Stoke and West Ham?

What kind of twisted universe is this? :)

Good luck with the story.
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DO WE SMELL SILVERWARE?

January has come to an end and we are looking towards brighter times. With the most intense part of the season behind us and victories over the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal we are actually in a really good position to WIN the title. We are currently at first place with a 9 point lead over Chelsea. Daniel Sturridge has been key to our success with 16 goals! Right now our biggest issue is a hamstring injury on Xabi Alonso which will leave him out of action for 2 months. Other than that the squad is in a really good place, with no Champoins/Europa League we are able to keep the squad fit most of the time. The only big disappointment so far has been losing to Q.P.R. on penalties in the Capial One Cup quarters...

This has really been a quiet transfer window only bringing in the swedish youngster Simon Tibbling. I feel the team is in a really good place right now and not really in need of any new players. Although as Gerrard is getting older and Xabi Alonso is going back to Real Madrid in the summer I have to start looking at replacements.

Players in:
Simon Tibbling // Djurgården // Central Midfielder // 19 yrs // £250k

Players out:
Jassem Sukar // Oldham // Central Defender // 17 yrs // LOAN
Simon Tibbling // Djurgården // Central Midfielder // 19 yrs // LOAN
Stephen Sama // Forest Green // Central Defender // 20 yrs // LOAN
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24 YEAR DRAUGHT FINALLY TO AN END

After a highly criticized Brendan Rodgers with staff was forced to step aside for newly appointed manager Martin Ashworth no one held the Reds as a real title contender. With only bringing in ex-Liverpool player Xabi Alonso on a season long loan for this season the fans were in doubt that this year would be any easier. But oh, how they were proven wrong. Under Ashworth's reign every player has been pushed to their max and performed thereafter, with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suárez scoring 19 goals each (cup games included).

As the season consists of 38 games you are bound to have some dips form wise, although Liverpool showed a real winner mentality by being able to win their games even if they were playing bad. The fans as well as the board are very pleased with the manager Martin Ashworth as they've been longing for the Premier League title for so many years most probably have forgotten their embarrassing exits in both the FA Cup against Arsenal as well as the Capital One Cup lose against Queens Park Rangers.

great work there to win the title buddy! next season i'd maybe suggest some more detail in terms of games, monthly updates etc, just to give it more depth maybe? Keep up the good work
I have to agree with that last comment. We have suddenly gone from 6 games played to the full league season with no mention of cup competitions! Maybe take a look at how others do monthly updates and find a style that you enjoy writing! Just a suggestion of course, ignore if you wish....
Thanks for the response! I've been reading quite a lot of other stories and have gotten a lot of inspiration from that. Next season we have the UEFA Champions League to look forward to so I will definitely get into more detail there. I will also, as you suggested, have more monthly reports and maybe some reports on player progress. But for now I will focus on making a good transfer window.

BTW would you like a transfer summary of the other teams in the BPL as well? And maybe some major transfers in the other big leagues?
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The beginning of a new era?

A fantastic season has come to an end. The club has taken gigantic steps in terms of restoring its former glory by winning the Barclays Premier League and thus becoming the only club to win the title without being in the top three the previous season. Bear in mind that at the beginning of the season the goal was to qualify for the Europa League. This will of course increase the pressure of performing well in the next season, as both supporters and board have high hopes for the Champions League.

An evaluation of the club’s current players is needed in order to progress as we are now taking the next step and entering the famous Champions League.

Starting XI evaluation
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Simon Mignolet // 26 yrs // 39 Apps // 18 Clean Sheets // Avg. Rating 6.82
Was signed in the summer by Brendan Rodgers for £9m and has been worth every pound. With 18 clean sheets he’s the league’s best keeper. He is without a doubt this years most important player with top drawer performances against the bigger teams where he managed to keep the scores down. Will most likely be the starting goal keeper next season as well.

Glen Johnson // 29 yrs // 38 (1) Apps // 2 Goals // 9 Assists // Avg. Rating 7.18
Really high performance throughout the entire season. Has been very useful in the offense and provided second most assists after Luis Suárez which is a big effort for a fullback.

Martin Skrtel // 29 yrs // 36 (3) Apps // 3 Goals // 1 Assists // Avg. Rating 7.17
The 29-year-old Slovakian have had a mixed season with exceptional highs and devastating lows. Was untouchable in the starting XI during the beginning of the season but in the tough December period he was having problems not being really fit. This made room for the up-and-coming youngster Martin Kelly. Scored three goals on corner kicks which makes up for his two own goals.

Daniel Agger // 29 yrs // 36 Apps // 3 Goals // 2 Assists // Avg. Rating 6.98
As the vice captain of the squad and main pillar in the defense Daniel Agger has been one of the most important players this season. The Danish defenseman was surrounded by rumours of leaving for Italian side Napoli as well as title contenders Manchester City in the summer but after all the Dane doesn’t have Y.N.W.A. tattooed on his knuckles for nothing.

José Enrique // 28 yrs // 26 (1) Apps // 1 Goals // 8 Assists // Avg. Rating 7.40
Enrique was the main starter for the majority of the first half of the season until receiving an idiotic tackle from Mathieu Flamini resulting in a knee injury and missing 10 games… During this time Valencia loanee Aly Cissokho made a lasting impression, with great performances in almost every game and thus granting him a lot of game time even after José Enrique’s recovery.

Xabi Alonso // 32 yrs // 30 Apps // 0 Goals // 3 Assists 6.98
The Real Madrid loanee took over the defensive midfield role from Brazilian Lucas instantly sending him higher up the field. Playing as a regista he played a big part in the teams offense as well as the defense. He has been an absolute success and both the team as well as the supporters will sorely miss the Spaniard as he return to Spanish side Real Madrid in the summer. If he would only have been a couple of years younger he would have been brought in on a permanent deal but as he is turning 33 this year and is contracted until 2019 I have a feeling he won’t leave for anything short of £10m which is a bit hefty for a 32-year-old no matter how good he is.

Lucas Leiva // 27 yrs // 34 (2) Apps // 4 Goals // 1 Assists // Avg. Rating 7.14
After receiving bids for as high as £35m from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain I can’t say I wasn’t tempted to sell with his history of injuries… But my affection for the small Brazilian payed off and he has enjoyed an injury free season with great performances.

Steven Gerrard // 34 yrs // 36 (1) Apps // 4 Goals // 9 Assists // Avg. Rating 7.15
The captain of the team have enjoyed a great season as he partook for 90 minutes in almost every Premier League game. A pretty impressing achievement for a 34-year-old box-to-box midfielder. With next season might being his last, at least as a regular starter, the club have to continue the search for a long-time replacement which will not be an easy task.

Coutinho // 21 yrs // 33 (1) Apps // 3 Goals // 6 Assists // Avg. Rating 6.89
Even though not scoring more than three goals and making only six assists, Coutinho has proven that he is a very important player in the team’s offense. Has been setting up a number of goals even if he haven’t been the one handing the finishing pass. Since Xabi Alonso is returning to Santiago Bernabéu and Gerrard not even scoring or assisting on a free kick this season Coutinho will probably take over the role as free kick taker in a matter of time after scoring a 35m screamer in a cup game against Sheffield Wednesday. During the season he has mainly played in the ”number 10 role” slightly behind SAS and only making a few appearances on the left wing in some games where he proved to be useful as well.

Daniel Sturridge // 24 yrs // 35 (4) Apps // 19 Goals // 1 Assists // Avg. Rating 6.92
Was a contender for the top goal scorer of the Barclays Premier League in the 13/14 season but due to two disallowed goals in the last game of the season he finished second with 18 goals, just one goal less than the winner Robin Van Persie. In this season the former Chelsea and Manchester City player has proven himself as a complete goal scorer.

Luis Suárez // 27 yrs // 40 Apps // 19 Goals // 10 Assists // Avg. Rating 6.98
Even though we we’re able to manage his absence in the first couple of games surprisingly well, Suárez has been the key player in the offense this year being both able to finish as well as setting up goals. With 19 goals and 10 assists he has just been amazing in front of the net. Many clubs will without a doubt be in for him in the summer, question is can we manage to keep him at Merseyside for another year or will the controversial Uruguayan leave for a bigger club?
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Rumour Roundup: 15 June

The 25-year-old Serbian centre-back Neven Subotić has refused signing a new contract with Bundesliga winners Dortmund. In January he was linked with a move to Bayer Munich but the Ruhr based club refused to sell which seemingly payed off with him being their best performing defender. Having lately being linked to clubs such as Inter, Manchester United, Atlético Madrid and numerous other clubs the Serb is most likely to leave within the next couple of months.

We can report that Ajax youngster Andile Jali to Liverpool seems to be a done deal. As the South-African agreed to a 1-year contract with Ajax Liverpool will be able to sign the promising defensive midfielder for free.

Pepe Reina left Liverpool last season for a season long loan at Napoli. The italian club is said to being interested in signing a permanent deal with the Spaniard. But they are accompanied by Barcelona and Roma in transfer that would most likely revolve around £10m for the 31-year-olds services.

Liverpool youngster Luis Alberto has lately been linked with a move back to Spain and his former club Sevilla. The spanish midfielder is said to be wanting more first team action which he will have a hard time getting at the Merseyside club. The deal would probably be a loan as Sevilla doesn’t really have the economical resources to buy back the player. Other clubs that have shown interest in the player are: Porto, SL Benfica, Parma, Torino and CSKA Moscow.

Another Liverpool youngster that seems to be leaving Anfield is Uruguayan Sebastián Coates. As last season was ruined by injury the 23-year-old central defender feels he want’s a fresh start. Interest have sparked from several Premier League clubs such as West Ham, Stoke and Swansea.

Germany has some of the world’s finest young goalkeepers such as Marc André ter Stegen, Timo Horn and Bernd Leno. All of these have been linked with the biggest club’s in Europe. ter Stegen is probably due to be the first to leave for FC Barcelona. Köln’s Timo Horn has been linked with a transfer to german giants Bayern Munich and Dortmund. Bernd Leno has been linked with Merseyside clubs Everton and Liverpool though both clubs have denied interest.

As Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski has already told he will be leaving Dortmund when his contract expires in the summer no club has finalised a deal with the Polish star. FC Barcelona is told to be in the lead for the player though numerous sources report that both Manchester United and Real Madrid are keen to sign the player. With Lewandowski leaving on a free transfer Dortmund’s choices of a replacement is limited, Hertha Berlin striker Adrian Ramos is rumoured to be their preferred choice.

Last seasons hot topic was Luis Suárez departure from Liverpool and this season doesn’t seem to be any different. Real Madrid is rumoured to be in the lead for the Uruguayan and is expected to pay at least £40m to strengthen their already star filled team.

This is only a part of all rumours flourishing all over the world, and the transfer window haven't even opened yet! More to come.
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Ajax wonderboy joins Liverpool


Andile Jali has been announced as Liverpool first signing of the season 14/15, the Ajax midfielder will be a Liverpool player from 1 July 2014.

Jali, 21, was born and raised in Matatiele, South Africa. He started his career at his local club Matat Professionals. In 2007 he joined University of Pretoria FC in the South African Premiership where he made 35 appearances just as a 15-year-old. In 2009 he traded the Tuks for rival team Orlando Pirates FC for an undisclosed fee. At his new club he made 89 appearances and managed to win the South African-triple. After four successful years at the Pirates he made a £550k move to Dutch side Ajax, a club known for developing many young players. Managing to break in to the starting eleven in his first season at Ajax Andile and being a major factor in their title winning season he attracted some of Europe's biggest clubs. Due to only signing a controversial 1-year contract Liverpool managed to swoop in and grab the player on a free transfer from Ajax.

Capped 11 times for the South African U20 level. Jali made his debut for the Bafana Bafana in a friendly game versus Zimbabwe in January 2011 and has since then made 12 appearances for the national team.
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Dortmund defenseman to join Liverpool

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Liverpool unveil their second signing in the Serbian central defender Neven Suboti?. ”I wanted a new challenge and winning the title with Dortmund is the perfect way to end this chapter of my life” said the Serb at the press conference. Liverpool legend Ian Rush has said this is a ”marquee signing” to show which direction the club is heading.

The now 25-year-old centre back got his football education in the United States at University of South Florida. In 2006 his family moved to Germany and he went to join FSV Mainz 05 though barely making an appearance in the first season. The following season they were relegated to Bundesliga II and he seized a starting roll in the defense making 34 appearances. In 2008 Jürgen Klopp was approached with the job as Dortmund manager and thus bringing Suboti? along with him for a fee of £4m. He instantly became a starting player and continued that way for the following six years bringing Dortmund to the top of Europe. During his time in Dortmund he appeared 181 times. The transfer to Liverpool is estimated to have cost around £15m.
Nice coup with Subotic, a world class defender! Really nice to see L'pool win the title.. Can we do it irl?

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