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Rodgers' Reds: Class is Permanent

The journey of Brendan Rodgers as he aims to bring Liverpool back to where they belong.
Started on 14 January 2015 by Glenn T
Latest Reply on 28 October 2015 by Maximus
ooo you like going to Bayern, if i remember David Beckham moved to Bayern too
But...10's the target? :/
2015-06-19 21:04#215042 No1VillaFan : ooo you like going to Bayern, if i remember David Beckham moved to Bayern too

He did! Will Brendan Rodgers follow though?

2015-06-20 16:20#215072 AaronHJFT96 : But...10's the target? :/

Knew that update would come back to bite me

Rodgers Stays On

Just last week, it was reported that Bayern Munich were keen on appointing Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as Julen Lopetegui's replacement, who was sacked after a disastrous season in charge where Die Bayern not only failed to qualify for Champions League football, but were also defeated in the competition's Round of 16 to Greek minnows Olympiacos.

However, following that, Rodgers, who is heavily adored by the Anfield faithful having won 22 trophies since joining the club in 2012, has rubbished claims that he is set to desert Liverpool after eight successful years in charge.

In response, Bayern will go for second choice target Stale Solbakken. The Norwegian led Schalke to a respectable 2nd-placed finish in the Bundesliga last season, and also guided them to the Europa League Final in 2019, only to lose the trophy to Arsenal.

Solbakken is close to agreeing a contract and it is expected that confirmation of his move from Gelsenkirchen to Munich will come any time soon.

With the rumors of a possible Liverpool departure for Rodgers coming and going, hopeful fans may now be awaiting positive news of the Northern Irish boss signing an extension to his current managerial contract, which expires next year.

But they are set to be disappointed after the club shockingly revealed that they have offered the popular 47-year-old an improved contract until 2025, only for it to be rejected.

Despite ruling out a move to Bayern, Rodgers has rejected offers of a contract extension

"Suggestions of a contract extension have indeed been proposed to Brendan, whose current one will run out by the end of the 2020/21 season," was the statement from a club spokesperson.

"Unfortunately, Brendan has decided not to commit his future to the club for now.

"It is a decision that the club respects, but discussions will still be ongoing throughout the season and it doesn't necessarily mean we have to start looking for a new manager come the end of the season."

With the distractions gone, Rodgers can now focus his attention onto pre-season and the upcoming summer transfer window.

He has already secured his first signing - promising France Under-19 international Pierre-Francois Costantini will officially be unveiled as a Liverpool player next month after his Bastia contract expires.

The 19-year-old, who plays as a goalkeeper, also has 3 caps for the Under-21s team and French media have compared him to Tottenham and France national team captain Hugo Lloris.

For pre-season, the Reds start with a friendly against Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool Review: Euro 2020

The 2020 European Championships ended with England retaining their crown of best in Europe after beating France 1-0 in the Final.

Young Arsenal striker Henry Charnock's international debut can only be described by a single word - perfect. Paco Ayestaran's decision to give the 21-year-old his first England cap by starting him in the Final against France, ahead of the far more experienced Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck, was a move that fans protested against.

They must have been questioning: what in the world was going through Ayestaran's mind? But Charnock soon repaid the faith, scoring a screamer in the 28th minute that ultimately proved to be the winning goal.

However, it is not Charnock that we are interested in but Liverpool players. In the match-up between England and France, 5 players from the club were involved.

Jordan Henderson captained England in the Euro 2020 Final

On the winning side, Ryan Joseph started ahead of Nathaniel Clyne, who was relegated to the bench, while at midfield, Jordan Henderson partnered Jack Wilshere in the absence of James Ward-Prowse through injury. Raheem Sterling formed a three-pronged attack up ahead, alongside the likes of Patrick Roberts and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

For France, Samuel Umtiti started, together with former club teammate Mamadou Sakho, now at Juventus, but for the majority of the game, he lacked presence. Instead, it was holding midfielder Yannis Aubry who can claim the plaudits, after the 20-year-old turned in a performance for the ages to restrict the relentless Three Lions to just a single goal.

But what of the others? Needless to say, they did not do as well. Arsenal loanee Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who captained Greece for the tournament, nearly failed to survive the group stages, but he did manage to pull his side through all the way to the Quarter Finals where they eventually lost to Germany.

Austria did not register a single win at the tournament and were quickly eliminated

Yusuf Turan's Turkey managed to somehow top their group ahead of Germany, Wales, and the Czech Republic, and had a superb 3-1 showing in the Second Round against Ireland, but lost to eventual finalists France in the Quarter Finals.

Meanwhile, perhaps unsurprisingly, David Alaba and Austria finished last in Group A, with 3 losses from 3 games against Croatia, Serbia, and Denmark.

Mario Balotelli and Richairo Zivkovic both went up against each other in the Second Round, but it was Holland that emerged victorious after a 2-2 draw on penalty shootouts. Still, it was all for naught the Dutch were soon defeated by England in the last eight.

It is a well-deserved European Championship win for Liverpool's English players - Jason Steele, Nathaniel Clyne, Ryan Joseph, Jordan Henderson, James Ward-Prowse, and Raheem Sterling, all of managed to feature in the winning run, aside from Steele who largely acted as backup to Joe Hart.

Players who were part of either the England or France teams for the Euros will be given a short break before they return to the club for pre-season.

Liverpool: Summer Transfer Rumors

With the reopening of the transfer market, Liverpool are back in business and could make several additions to their squad this summer.

Of course, there is no sense in shaking up a quintuple-winning team. Instead, Rodgers will pursue some of the world's highly-rated youngsters. One of those, France Under-19 international Pierre-Francois Costantini, is already set to join Liverpool in July.

Aside from Costantini, the club is looking at 21-year-old Andres Bascon. The defender, who is already capped for the Spain national team, was a product of Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, and has showed plenty of promise.

However, he has not been unable to get first-team chances at Barca, instead being cast to the B team for which he has made 109 appearances in the Segunda Division. As a result, Bascon is keen on leaving, and there will be nothing to stop him when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Several top European sides are monitoring the situation but Bascon is understood to prefer Liverpool, and if the Anfield club stumps up a reasonable fee this summer, Barca would allow the youngster to depart immediately without the need of seeing out his contract.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos has had yet another impressive season at Liverpool, where he made 21 appearances in the Premier League, playing in 36 games across all competitions. The Greek international was initially brought in as a short-term replacement for Mamadou Sakho, but he has so far exceeded Rodgers' expectations.

The Liverpool boss is a fan of Papadopoulos' quality and consistency, and the fact that he does not complain about playing second fiddle to the preferred pairing of Eder Alvarez Balanta and Samuel Umtiti.

Rodgers wants the 28-year-old at Anfield for a third season but Arsenal are unlikely to sanction another loan, and will instead demand a fee of around £7 million for Liverpool to take him permanently.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos could join Liverpool permanently this summer

A loanee that is unlikely to remain at Liverpool though, is Manchester City striker Giovanni Simeone, despite his good form throughout his short spell at the club.

In 6 months, the former Norwich star scored 11 goals in 13 Premier League games and certainly proved his worth to the team. Naturally, Rodgers would not mind having the prolific goal-getter in his squad again, but he has been put off by City's high loan fee demands.

He will instead look to sign 19-year-old Sergio Riascos. The versatile forward can be utilized as a striker or on the left wing, and has been tipped for big things after a brilliant season with Tigres in the Liga MX, where he scored 6 goals in 28 appearances.

A Colombia Under-20 international, Riascos linked up with Tigres just a year ago from local club Atletico Nacional, but Liverpool are hoping to persuade the Mexican club to allow him to further his career in Europe.

After losing a second consecutive Champions League Final, this time to Arsenal, Real Madrid are set to splash the cash again this summer.

The La Liga champions will offload left-back Alessio Romagnoli, who has been subject to interest from Chelsea, and want Liverpool's David Alaba as a replacement for the Italian.

Real Madrid want to sign either David Alaba or Yusuf Turan

Alaba, who recently signed a new contract worth £200k a week, is not looking to leave Liverpool but he would be open to a Madrid move. However, Real will have to spend big if they want to land their target, considering the former Bayern man was signed by Liverpool for £50 million in 2016.

Los Blancos manager Andre Villas-Boas is also keen on Gustavo Cuello to bolster his midfield options. The 22-year-old came to Liverpool from ADO Den Haag in 2018, but has failed to break into the first team, making only 27 appearances in the space of two and a half years.

Rodgers wants to keep Cuello and is adamant that he has a future at the club, but the Argentine himself is angling for a move to the Spanish capital.

Villas-Boas has also named Yusuf Turan, another Liverpool left-back, as his second choice if a transfer for Alaba does not materialize. The 19-year-old played in the Euros for Turkey and is a highly skilled player for his age, but is also being watched by Manchester City scouts.

Juventus are planning a triple swoop for Reds legends Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, as well as Dutch striker Richairo Zivkovic, although their ambitious transfer plans are unlikely to be successful.

The 36-times Serie A winners have lured Liverpool players to Turin in the past, such as Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, but they will undoubtedly find it harder to poach any of the aforementioned names.

Zivkovic, who is wanted to replace the retiring Carlos Tevez, may be an easier catch but the Liverpool number 9 is also a target of Bayern Munich.

However Rodgers will not allow Zivkovic to leave unless he can sign Brazilian forward Israel from Atalanta.

The 19-year-old, full name Israel Kelvin Schmitt, only arrived in Italy last summer for a paltry fee of £6 million, but his value has skyrocketed after finishing his debut season at Atalanta as Serie A's top goalscorer with 20 goals in 33 games.
Great update definitely think you should sign Kyriakos Papadopoulos perm.

Liverpool Add Four

Brendan Rodgers has wasted no time in getting active in the transfer window, with Liverpool moving to confirm four new signings.

First and foremost is the arrival of Pierre-Francois Costantini on a free transfer after his contract at Bastia expired. The 19-year-old goalkeeper is regarded as one of Europe's hottest talents and has even been hailed as the successor to current France national team captain Hugo Lloris.

Costantini will slot straight into Liverpool's Under-21s team and is not expected to break into the first team so quickly. Jeronimo Rulli's status as first-choice keeper is untouchable, especially after a fantastic season where he kept 25 clean sheets in 35 league appearances to win the Golden Glove, while Jason Steele is deemed as adequate backup to the Argentine.

The second player to join Liverpool this summer is Sergio Riascos, also 19 years old. The Colombian forward comes from Tigres for a fee of close to £8 million after just one season in Mexico, where he scored 6 goals in 28 games.

A left winger who can double as a striker, Riascos has demonstrated plenty of talent, and despite various clubs registering their interest in taking the youngster on loan, he is expected to stay at Liverpool to push Richairo Zivkovic for a first team place.

The Colombia Under-20 international has 9 caps for the country's youth team and is expected to make the jump up to the senior squad soon. Eder Alvarez Balanta, who has been a vital part of the Liverpool team for the past 6 years, will be asked by Rodgers to help his much younger countryman settle in England.

Despite on-loan Manchester City striker Giovanni Simeone making clear his desire to stay at Liverpool, Rodgers has decided against a permanent deal.

Fellow loanee Kyriakos Papadopoulos is set to become a Liverpool player though, with Arsenal agreeing to sell the Greek international for £7.5 million.

Papadopoulos joined Arsenal in 2017 from Paris Saint-Germain for £5 million but did not have much of an impact, playing only 5 games in the Premier League. In comparison, his two seasons at Anfield on loan have yielded 42 appearances and both parties will definitely be pleased at the completion of the transfer.

He is set to have more competition for his position, with Liverpool also brokering a loan deal for Barcelona center-back Andres Bascon.

The 21-year-old is a promising talent fresh from Barca's La Masia academy, and already has 1 cap for the Spain national team.

But with first-team chances hard to come by, Bascon is keen to leave and may do so when his contract expires at the end of the season. Liverpool have been tracking the Spaniard and will be the first to pounce if he decides to run out his contract.

For now, he is only a Liverpool player temporarily, with parent club Barcelona paying about 60 percent of his wages. However, it will be of no surprise if he stays on Merseyside beyond this season.

There has also been departures, with goalkeeper Tonny Hartvig leaving the club on a free transfer after the expiration of his contract.

The 22-year-old started his career in the Reds' youth academy and has been a loan ranger for the past 4 years, playing for lower league sides such as Accrington, Bradford, Exeter, Oxford, and Plymouth Argyle. At first regarded as a potential star, Hartvig showed zero signs of improvement, leading up to the club refusing to offer him a new contract.

Meanwhile, Hull City have finalized their purchase of Ola Morley for a fee believed to be in the region of £2 million.

The defender signed for Liverpool in 2016 for £2.5 million, leaving behind boyhood club Crystal Palace, but his career at Anfield has not gone to plan and he leaves after making just 1 appearance under Rodgers.

Going for £15 million is midfielder Gustavo Cuello, who has been poached by Real Madrid. The 22-year-old played in 27 Premier League games over 3 years at Liverpool, but has constantly struggled to hold down a first-team place, being behind the likes of James Ward-Prowse and Jordan Henderson in the pecking order.

Although still regarded as a talented player worth keeping, Cuello himself decided that his future lied in the Spanish capital, and was allowed to leave accordingly after Real's bid.

It has been an eventful transfer period for Liverpool so far, but it remains to be seen if the title holders will make any more acquisitions.
Well done. very good signings
Signings seem great. I can imagine that if you are to suddenly sell all your best players, you'd have a gigantic transfer sum.
I envy you Glenn, you seem to have moulded the perfect squad!
2015-06-22 00:13#215136 RhysAtkinson : Well done. very good signings


2015-06-22 10:31#215170 Pauker : Signings seem great. I can imagine that if you are to suddenly sell all your best players, you'd have a gigantic transfer sum.

I don't want to sell my best players though! :P

2015-06-22 18:09#215183 Feliks : I envy you Glenn, you seem to have moulded the perfect squad!

Thanks Feliks, I can't say it's 100 percent perfect yet but we're getting there ;)

Pre-Season 2020

Liverpool had a mixed pre-season, starting with a thrilling game to French side Paris Saint-Germain, which ended in a 4-3 loss. Next, they entertained Banfield at home before going on to crush FC Koln in Germany. Last but not least, Wolfsburg held the title holders to a bore 1-1 draw.


PSG 4 - 3 Liverpool

Liverpool 6 - 0 Banfield

Koln 0 - 4 Liverpool

Wolfsburg 1 - 1 Liverpool

Player of Pre-Season

Young attacking midfielder Ernie Sharp has been a spectacular presence in pre-season, netting 3 goals and 2 assists in 4 games. The 20-year-old made 17 appearances in Liverpool's title-winning season and is slowly but surely cementing a place in the first team. Definitely one of the Liverpool youngsters to watch this year, Sharp will be expected to transition his bright pre-season form into the Premier League campaign.

Injury Report

Pierre-Francois Costantini - 2 months (torn hamstring)

After just completing his move to Liverpool, Costantini unluckily tore his hamstring while on international duty with France Under-21s, keeping him on the sidelines for a long 2 months.

Manager's Thoughts

An okay pre-season, but I'm happy that our signings managed to blend in well as seen from Sergio Riascos getting 2 goals for himself. Andres Bascon has not been too bad either. Moving on, our first few games are going to be very tough. An important match against Arsenal in the Community Shield comes first before we start our defence of the title at Anfield against Manchester United, but we will be missing some key players, like Jeronimo Rulli and Lucas Romero due to their participation in the Olympic Games for Argentina. It's going to be difficult without them, but I believe in the rest of the squad. We'll pull through... hopefully.

August 2020

Liverpool started their season with a bizarre game against Arsenal in the Community Shield, with nothing to separate the two teams except for penalty shootouts. In the chaos that followed, 37 penalties were perfectly taken, and Arsenal's Lucas Digne finally ended the madness when he missed his side's 19th penalty. In the Premier League, a good win over Manchester United was collected, before the Reds rounded up the month by crushing Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich.

Premier League

Liverpool 2 - 1 Man Utd

QPR 1 - 3 Liverpool

West Brom 0 - 4 Liverpool

Community Shield

Liverpool 1 - 1 Arsenal (19-18 pen.)

Liverpool August Player of the Month

Usually the silent hero, ever-consistent defender Eder Alvarez Balanta was rewarded for his efforts this month with the Player of the Month award. The reliable Colombian has been a big presence within the back four for years and performed up-to-standard again in August as Liverpool conceded just 2 goals in the 3 games he played.

Injury Report

Conor Skinner - 10 days (sprained wrist)
Mario Balotelli - 2 months (torn hamstring)

Conor Skinner will be out for 10 days after spraining his wrist but a more pressing concern is Mario Balotelli, who tore his hamstring in the match against Queens Park Rangers. The Italian is set to be sidelined for about two months. On the bright side, Liverpool should have more than enough players to cover for his absence.

Manager's Thoughts

This was a very good way to start the season and if we want to get over the cup disappointments from the previous one, we are going to have to keep up this momentum for the next 9 months. Balotelli's injury was very unfortunate, but in a positive way it's a good opportunity for me to give chances to the younger players, who often act as nothing more but rotation options for cup competitions.
19-18 in PENS?!!??!?! your defense m88!! It was so good, what have you done with it >:( ?

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