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Liverpool FC: Regeneration

Started on 30 April 2016 by InvertedWingbacks
Latest Reply on 31 May 2016 by Jack
Looking forward how Cara will revive Liverpool with the youth!
Really well written and I hope this is your most successful story with a SotM nomination
thanks guys, loving the support!
Good luck with the save! Hope Carra wins some leagues as a manager :P

Henderson Set To Take Captaincy
Stepping Up: Former Sunderland man Jordan Henderson is set to take over from Steven Gerrard

With Steven Gerrard departing Anfield for sunny Los Angeles, former Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson is set to take the captain's armband for the coming season, Jamie Carragher has confirmed. Henderson arrived at Liverpool in 2011 for a fee of around £16m, and has been ever-present for the club ever since.

Despite currently being out with a hell injury, Henderson has been given the club captaincy, having spent last year as vice-captain for Gerrard. Liverpool fans have reacted positively to the appointment, with Henderson widely regarded as the best choice for the position.

Fellow Englishman Adam Lallana has been given the position of Vice-Captain, with French centre-back Mamadou Sakho thought to be the 3rd choice should both Englishmen be unavailable for a match. The captaincy at Anfield has always been a big deal, and Henderson has recognised that he has huge shoes to fill after Gerrard's departure:

"Obviously, Steven has left a massive gap in the squad, particularly in a leadership sense - he was a true inspiration, and I know that filling that gap is going to be a big ask. It's a challenge i'm ready for though, and I can't thank Jamie [Carragher] enough for the opportunity"
Hopefully Hendo can fight for his club!

Youngsters Confirm Loan Moves
Playing Away: Wantaway Striker Jerome Sinclair is one of three youth players who agreed loan deals today

Despite Jamie Carragher's insistence on developing youth, three prominent youngsters are set to leave Liverpool on loan deals for the season, having been deemed not to be ready to play first-team football. Jerome Sinclair, Jordan Rossiter and Taiwo Awoniyi have all confirmed their loan moves for the season; we will analyse each of these in turn.

Jerome Sinclair - Motherwell - Scottish Premiership
Age: 19
Position: Striker
Jerome Sinclair, considered to be one of Liverpool's brightest talents, has confirmed a loan move with SPL side Motherwell for the coming season. The 19 year old arrived at Liverpool in 2012 for £750k, and made his first-team debut in 2014, making two appearances that season. He spend half of the 2014/15 season at Wigan, but only made 1 senior appearance. He has been linked with a move away from Anfield in the press, but Liverpool fans are sure to be hoping that Carragher can change his mind before the end of the season.

Jordan Rossiter - Aberdeen - Scottish Premiership
Age: 18
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Often touted as the natural successor to Steven Gerrard, homegrown starlet Rossiter has been with Liverpool since he was a young, young boy. He's yet to make a first-team appearance, but spending the season at Aberdeen might be just what he needs to develop the physicality of his game and get him ready for Premiership football.

Taiwo Awoniyi - Frankfurt Erlenbruch - German 2nd Division
Age: 18
Position: Striker
A relatively new arrival at Anfield, Awoniyi has arrived at Liverpool carrying a weight of expectation. A season in the German lower leagues will allow him to develop his game ready for more first-team play upon his return. The Nigerian striker is something of an unknown quantity so far, but certainly one for the future!
Hoepfully they can keep developing and be a big part of a bright future at Anfield!
Really looking to ensure they get football under their belts, wise moves from you Infra!
Loving the story so far lets hope all the youngsters can help you over the next few seasons
Big future ahead for Rossiter, hopefully the other two show some promise too!
If Rossitter improves on his loan he should definitely be sniffing around your first team when he comes back!
Hopefully these loans can develop them, looking forward to this!

Liverpool FC Season 2015/16 Preview
Critical: Midfield Maestro Coutinho will be critical for Liverpool this season

With the start of the new season only a week away, we take a look at Liverpool's prospects under new manager Jamie Carragher. The Liverpool-born manager looks set to play a 4-1-2-3, with either Lucas or Emre Can holding in midfield, and Coutinho out wide on the left. There are suggestions that Carragher will also look to play a narrow 4-4-2, with his front 3 fluid, and a strong midfield trio supporting wing-backs marauding down the flanks. Either system will likely be based on possession, and patient build up, although there are a number of players in the squad with the ability to change a game in mere moments.

Ahead of the opening game against Manchester City, bookmakers have been offering odds of 20-1 for Liverpool to win the title, with most expecting them to finish around 5th place. The most widely predicted top 4 includes Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, with Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and Southampton thought to be the main contenders for a European spot.

At the other end of the table, Norwich, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Bournemouth are favourites for relegation, with bookmakers offering best odds of 1000-1 for any of those teams to lift the trophy come the end of the season.

It looks like Liverpool will be heading into the new season nursing a few injuries. John Flanagan is expected to be out for 5-6 months following a knee injury. Captain Jordan Henderson is nursing a heel problem which looks like it's going to keep him out for up to 7 weeks, while Daniel Sturridge is still out of contention for the next 2 months after his most recent hip problem.

Liverpool have strengthened significantly this transfer window, with Carragher driving a hard bargain, and sealing a multitude of clause-based deals to really maximise his transfer budget.
Thiago Maia - Santos
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Fee: Up to £17.5m (£15m over 4 Years, £2.5m Up Front)
Current Ability:
Potential Ability:
Carragher Said: "Thiago is a huge talent, and I'm delighted that we've been able to bring him in this season - £2.5m up front is a steal, and he'll more than pay back the £15m over his contract term"

Fernando Muslera - Galatasaray
Position: Goalkeeper
Age: 29
Fee: Up to £10.25m (£5.25m over 2 Years, £5m Up Front)
Current Ability:
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Carragher Said: "Goalie is one of the most important positions on the pitch, and I think now we have two players (Muslera and Mingolet) who are capable of performing at the highest level here - the competition for that starting spot will benefit the whole team."

Faouzi Ghoulam - Napoli
Position: Left Back
Age: 24
Fee: Up to £17.5m (£10m over 3.5 Years, £7.5m Up Front)
Current Ability:
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Carragher Said: "We've been crying out for quality cover at Left-Back, and that's what we got in this deal - between Fazoui and Alberto [Moreno], I have very few concerns about our left back position"

Aleksandar Dragovic - Dynamo Kyiv
Position: Centre Back
Age: 24
Fee: Up to £25m (£10m After 50 League Appearances, £7.5m Over 3 Years, £7.5m Up Front)
Current Ability:
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Carragher Said: I've often said in the media that Liverpool lack a truly World Class centre-back - I believe we've got one in this deal, and more importantly, Aleksandar has a huge future ahead of him in this game, as he is still young"

Dejan Lovren - Tottenham Hotspur
Fee: £11.75m

Jose Enrique - AS Monaco
Fee: £3.6m
Loan Deals (Confirmed) Jordan Williams - Brentford
Kevin Stewart - Blackburn
Ryan Kent - Charlton
Jordan Rossiter - Sunderland
Pedro Chirivella - Dundee United
Jerome Sinclair - Aberdeen
Tiago Illori - Fiorentina
Harry Wilson - Patrick Thistle
Tom Brewitt - Forest Green
Brad Smith - Grasshoppers

Pre-Season Results

Pre-Season was a mixed bag for Liverpool, as they adjusted to a new style of play. Disappointing losses to Atletic Bilbao and PSV were countered by wins against Stuttgart and the A-League all-stars, before stuttering performances against Teramo and Shanggang gave Carragher food for thought. In the final two games, he had opted to play some of his promoted youth players, but with less than convincing results. The manager doesn't yet seem to have a settled 11 in his mind, but with only a week until the start of the season, he needs to find one fast.
Good signings, seem to be a realistic level for Liverpool at the moment although I'm sure you'll go after the bigger names once you establish yourself as a top 3 side.

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