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Liverpool - You'll Never Walk Alone

Started on 17 June 2015 by Aaron
Latest Reply on 28 July 2015 by Addicted2FM
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One More Year

Brendan Rodgers. A man once dearly loved by just about every Liverpool fan there is now hangs from a thin thread as far as his position at Liverpool is concerned. After the disappointment of losing the Premier League to Manchester City so harshly and so late nearly a year ago, it was no wonder why poor performances started to leak into the team one season on.

However, performances got so bad that the Reds were left with nothing to show from their eagerly awaited Champions League return which saw them into the Europa League where they were knocked straight out on penalties by Besiktas. The Premier League ended with them in sixth place after a shameful 6-1 loss to Stoke and many fans called for their managers' head.

Despite such a dismal season, it seems FSG have taken into account that last seasons presentation of the team was solely down to the effect that losing the title so late had on the team as a whole. Or so Brendan Rodgers claims.

Given FSG's considerations, Rodgers will remain Liverpool manager for the start of next season and those who were calling for Klopp or Ancelotti will not see either take over the Liverpool senior squad for the 2015/16 campaign.

Rodgers did recently claim that he was "150% sure" he'd remain manager of the five time European Champions but does know that he stands on thin ice as far as his employers are concerned. Any more of last seasons antics and he'll be out the door...Supposedly.

Many fans believe that Rodgers' job should have been taken away from him, but others think that anyone of that opinion clearly has such a short term memory that they can't even remember back to a year ago. One fan claimed: "Rodgers is the right man for the job. He always has been to be honest. First season was a get to know kind of campaign and the second season we absolutely blitzed the league and he himself shined brightly as a great coach.

"A season on we weren't so good, no. That was always going to happen though. I personally believe the squad went into the next season still feeling down hearted and sorry for themselves and rightly so, Rodgers shouldn't let that happen. We'll come back from this and so will he. We learn from our mistakes.

The Liverpool head coach will have up until Christmas to show he's still the right man for the job, but if things don't pan out the way supporters might hope then it's expected Jurgen Klopp or Ancelotti will be called upon to end their sabbatical's and take on the challenge that Liverpool will hold for them.

Notes: Hey guys and welco - Oh what's the point I'm not even going to bother. Yes, I have decided to end my previous story which lasted all of five minutes. No, I won't make excuses. What I will say though, is that I wasn't enjoying writing it. It made the save less enjoyable - And I believe you'll get a lot more entertainment out of a story that 1. I'll stick with and 2. has a better style which I actually enjoy writing.

I know Glenn has a story with Liverpool but this is the only team I seem to be able to hold a story with. I will try and keep this as different to him as possible, which is also why I have downloaded Pr0's new update to add a little more interest to it. Enjoy :)
Good luck mate :), hopefully you can claim more trophies than Glenn without the use of premade tactics :)

Ill be following
you always seem to make your Liverpool stories last man - here's hoping this one does, and Brendan can take us to glory! Good luck
Good luck mate, ill be reading :)
Good luck! Im gonna keep reading as the post goes
2015-06-18 04:58#214949 The Motivated One : Good luck mate :), hopefully you can claim more trophies than Glenn without the use of premade tactics :)


Good luck Aaron! I'm pretty confident that you can make this last ^_^
Motivated One: I have a few tricks up my sleeve, but lets not take any credit away from Glenn now :P

InfraRed: Hopefully, I am sure he can!

Devzie & Tony: Thanks a lot guys, enjoy :)

Glenn: Thanks mate, I am too!

Ings Ready to Step Up

New Liverpool signing Danny Ings who recently arrived at Anfield on a free transfer from Burnley has come out with claims that his performances at Burnley were not the kind his new club will expect from him. At 22 years of age the former Clarets striker scored a total of 11 goals in 35 Premier League games last season with no assists to his name.

For a first season in the top flight most people would see this as quite a good achievement but the Englishman is having none of it as he revealed in his first interview as a Red.

Speaking with LFCTV last Friday Ings had this to explain to the fans - "It's been a long journey for me. Starting off in league two and even playing in the Conference leagues for a season. It's just quite unbelievable how I've made my way up to signing for a club as big as Liverpool.

I know I had a good first season in the Premier League and I do know I impressed but never had I imagined a move to Liverpool. I mean this club is massive and the supporters...Well there really is nothing quite like them. I won't have a transfer fee to repay which relieves a lot of pressure on me but I do have to repay the managers faith in me, as well as trying my best to help out my new teammates.

"Last seasons performances were good for me. I feel like achieved a lot but 11 goals in 35 apps is not good enough for a team like Liverpool and I want to step up to the challenge of scoring more goals and hopefully getting a couple of assists under my belt.

"At Burnley it was harder for myself to score because we didn't have as many playmakers as Liverpool does and no offence to my friends at the Clarets but here the likes of Coutinho and Lallana are a class above. I feel like they can help me to improve as a player.

"It will be hard at first given that there are a lot of strikers here, and it's going to take time for me to get my chance and prove myself but when the opportunity arises I hope to perform to the best of my ability and solidify a place in the squad."

Danny Ings isn't the only signing to join Liverpool on a free this summer either, James Milner will be teaming up with Henderson and the like in the centre of midfield presumably and Adam Bogdan who arrives from Bolton is relishing the challenge of competing with Mignolet for the #1 spot.
Think Ings will have it easy at Liverpool considering he scored more than Balotelli, Lambert and Borini combined last season...

How does he look in the game by the way? Is he any good?
Glenn: That's a fair point but at a club like Liverpool he might find it hard to produce the goods :P Yes, irl he's better than Lambert and Borini. Balotelli though? I'm not so sure. I may be forced to sell on one or two of those players as well.

He's quite a good player actually attributes wise he looks like a good goal scorer.

Liverpool Look to Kovacic

In the days following on from new year, Liverpool fans were left dismayed by Gerrard's announcement that he would leave Liverpool for the first time in his career at the end of the 14/15 season. Assuming his announcement was genuine (Which it turned out to be) he would leave his home town for LA where he'd be expected to play out the the remainder of his career.

For Liverpool though this meant all kinds of things. They would be left without their captain of nearly 14 years, and their talisman. No one to get them out of the dirt anymore - Someone would need to fill that void and since his departure just days ago, the Reds look as though they have a replacement lined up already.

So who is Rodgers hoping to fill the gap Gerrard leaves with? Inter Milan midfield maestro - Mateo Kovačić. The Croatian playmaker who at just 21 years old has already made 20 appearances for his national team since 2013 looks like he could be the ideal replacement for Liverpool's former number 8. The blend of attacking and defensive ability serves very well for the Inter wonderkid.

According to Brendan Rodgers who openly stated he was interested in the player, Kovačić ticks all the boxes for a player that can captain a side like Liverpool and lead them to glory.

He comes at a hefty price however. It is reported that Liverpool have made an official offer of around £25-30 million as they test the water, but it's looking likely that the Italian based side will negotiate for even more. An Inter representative has stated that no less than £45 million will tempt Milan's hand in favor of accepting.

Rodgers does have the funds to offer up to what is thought to be £65-75 million which should surely be enough. But it's just a case of how much the manager will be willing to spend on one player. It also boils down to how much the board will want to spend as well given that the last 200 odd million pounds was almost completely wasted on average players. Kovačić though, is far from average.

Liverpool in Surprise Talks with Dortmund?

Just days ago it seemed as though Liverpool were ready to head into advanced talks with Croatian star Mateo Kovacic but after their latest £40 million bid turned down, Rodgers decided that it was time to pull out of the race to sign the Inter midfielder after his club decided it was only fair to request a whopping £86M. Just out of Liverpool's reach.

So who have the committee turned to? Well it looks as though Dortmund favorite Ilkay Gundogan is currently on Liverpool's radar. Reports even suggest that a bid in the region of £28 million has already been accepted and that Ayre is ready to go into contract talks with the player and his agent Ramazan Kaplan.

It's thought that the German has been on Liverpool's agenda for a while sitting as second choice to the obvious first choice in Kovacic. Koke and Barkley were also thought to be on the list of transfer targets if all else were to fail.

It does come as a surprise that the club are in talks with the player because he was expected to become a Manchester United player this summer after the club professed a strong admiration for the player's style and ability.

It does feel like the transfers of Depay and Jordi Alba took any kind of budget able to back up a transfer for the player and Liverpool's long time rivals will have to make do with who they've brought in already. Jordi Alba, a fast left back willing to attack and defend. Very talented Spanish regular. Depay actually a former Liverpool target at the tender age of 20 will be hoping to bolster United's goal scoring options.

The Reds take on the Red Devils three games into the Premier League season, but the question on Liverpool fans' lips currently will be - Will Gundogan play any part in the highly anticipated match at Anfield? Well it's looking more and more likely every hour, as Liverpool look to nip this transfer in the bud.

In other transfer news, rumors are rife that newly brought in Head Of Youth Development Thomas Albeck has suggested Rodgers sign lonis Hagi. A 15 year old attacking midfielder plying his trade at Viitorul in Romania. If signed on a free, he will arrive on the 1st January after his 16th birthday.
Hell that would be a signing! Lovely update mate.
Jack: Sure would, can we tempt him to a move though?

Summer Transfers - The Ins & Outs

It's been a fairly busy summer transfer window for Liverpool this year round with many of the new signings looking a lot better than previous ones under Rodgers' reign. So let's take a look at who has officially joined the reds as well as left the club.

IN - £30.5M

Fee - Free
CA - PA -

First signing of the window comes in the form of young and talented striker Danny Ings. The former Burnley and Bournemouth man comes to Liverpool after a season of 35 apps and 11 goals for the clarets. A proven Premier League goal scorer at the young age of 22 who will help boost options up front for Rodgers' side. The English striker who has 11 caps for the U21's international side will face up to both of his former clubs where he's likely to receive a warm reception.

Fee - Free
CA - PA -

A Premier League journey man in many ways. Starting out at Leeds, James Milner has gone on to captain Aston Villa and win Premier League titles at oil rich Manchester City. A hard working box to box midfielder and winger who has had a regular position in the England squad for many years in the past. It's likely he will be the short term replacement for Gerrard as he'll provide experience and leadership to a young Liverpool squad.

Fee - Free
CA - PA -

Adam Bogdan. Not very well know as the best keeper in the World. Some may say this is another pointless signing of a goalkeeper a little like Brad Jones but just as the Hungarian proved against his current team when his former Bolton side took them on last year at Anfield - He can be an incredible goalkeeper on his day. He is likely to play second fiddle to Mignolet.

Fee - £30.5M
CA - PA -

IIkay Gundogan. The signing you've all been waiting to hear announced. Yesterday it was possible - Today it's official. The ex Dortmund favorite will now step into the void as Steven Gerrard's long term replacement and will probably be utilized more often than not next to vice captain - Soon to be captain? - Jordan Henderson. Gundogan comes at a hefty fee but much cheaper than Kovacic might have cost the club. Although it's thought the fans happy now that the team has splashed the cash on a quality, proven 'marquee' signing as they like to call it.

Fee - Free
CA - PA -

Ionis Hagi is the last to join the club. The 15 year old was offered a contract by Rodgers after Head of Youth Development Thomas Albeck suggested him to his employer. Hagi will team up with the u18s squad on the 1st January 2016 after his 16th birthday. The young attacking midfielder looks like he can become a brilliant talent with years to come, but it'll be a couple of years before he's handed his chance.

OUT - £20M

Fee - £11.5M
CA - PA -
Joe Allen - Liverpool to Arsenal

One of the signings regarded as a waste of money, Joe Allen has joined Arsenal for £11.5 million. A good player for the Reds whenever he played apart. He often stuck his neck out for the benefit of the team but clearly he was deemed not good enough to carry on as a Red.

Fee - £8.5M
CA - PA -
Fabio Borini - Liverpool to Valencia

Another player that rarely featured or even scored.1 goal in 13 appearances was clearly not god enough for Fabio Borini's manager. Said to be the next big thing when he signed he rarely featured in the squad and played his football out on loan with Sunderland for most of the time where he picked up 32 appearances and 7 goals as a 22 year old. Some might say that's really not a bad record. He packs his bags for Valencia regardless as Liverpool pick up a fee of £8.5M.

Fee - £250K
CA - PA -
Daniel Ward - Liverpool to Leeds

A youth player who showed a lot of promise leaves along with Borini and Allen. Daniel Ward has departed the u21's squad to team up with the Leeds United senior team. Rodgers stated that he was unlikely to feature at Liverpool so for the good of his career he let him go to club that may be able to give him one.

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