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Liverpool FC: Regeneration

Started on 30 April 2016 by InvertedWingbacks
Latest Reply on 31 May 2016 by Jack
In a very strong position currently, the league title itself isn't out of your grasps just yet!
There's a long way to go yet, keep fighting :D
Great stuff after the poor start!
Bust-Up: It is being reported that Sakho has departed following a bust-up with defensive partner Martin Skrtel

News coming out of Anfield this afternoon suggests that French Central Defender Mamadou Sakho has left Anfield following a training ground bust-up with Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel, which seems to have stemmed from frustrations at the club's defensive record - they have conceded 37 goals in 25 league games - one of the worst records in the league.

Sakho has at time been bemoaned by Liverpool fans for his lack of focus in defence, which has resulted in several errors as teams score having taken advantage of some lax defending. That was not enough to prevent German side Bayern Munich from making a bid of in excess of £16m for the Frenchman, with clauses which could see the value of the deal rise to around £20m in total.

Replaced: Carragher wasted no time in bringing in Manchester City defender Mangala on loan

Liverpool boss Jamie Carragher has wasted no time in re-investing those funds in his side, bringing in Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala on loan, with the Anfield side thought to have a £10m buyout clause should the Frenchman impress. The 24 year old arrived at Manchester City in 2014 from Porto for a fee of £42m, so the £10m deal Liverpool could strike in summer could prove to be fantastic business, even though Mangala has only made 29 appearances in 2 years at City.

Speaking to the press, Mangala acknowledged that he has a lot of work to do to impress during this loan move, stating that "I am aware that since I arrived in the UK, at Manchester City, I've not played as much football as I would have liked to, and that has hindered my development a little. I'm hoping that while I am at Liverpool, I can impress the fans and management, and hopefully kick-start my career again."
Investment: Bernardo Silva has become Carragher's biggest signing to date in a move worth up to £21.5m

Jamie Carragher went one step further though, splashing all of the income from Sakho's transfer on 21 year old Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva, beating Manchester United and Real Madrid to the youngster's signature after meeting his £21.5m release clause.

Silva moved to AS Monaco in 2014, having impressed in a loan spell from Benfica. In his career to date, he has made 87 appearances since his debut in 2013, scoring 23 goals, and he hopes to continue his development at Liverpool.

"This club has an incredible record of developing players, including Steven Gerrard, who is one of the best midfielders I've seen come from the UK. I need to thank the fans and manager at AS Monaco for all of their support in my time there, but it is time now for me to look to the future, and make the most of this chance here at Liverpool"

Some clever signings from Carragher - will it be enough to kick-start his sides season in the 2nd half of the year?
It's funny how FM doesnt reflect how Sakho and Skrtels Liverpool careers have gone in real life with Skrtel seemingly on his way out :P
Mangala in on loan? That's a surprise :O
Bernardo Silva is a terrific capture for the club, he has a bright future ahead of him.
Bernardo Silva is big business! Hope he comes off for you :)
Ugh... Mangala... the stuff of nightmares!

Away Draw secures Europa League Quarter-Final Spot
Critical: Algerian left-back Faouzi Ghoulam was in fine form for Liverpool, forcing an own-goal early in the match

This evening, Liverpool took a huge step towards silverware, booking a Europa League quarter final spot with a well worked 1-1 draw with Olympiakos seeing them through 4-1 on aggregate. The Reds did the hard work at Anfield when an early Divock Origi double, plus a 30th minute strike from Joe Allen secured a 3-0 win. In the return leg, the Greeks worked them hard, but an early own-goal from Dimitris Slovas put the Anfield side out of side, meaning Brown Idea's 80th minute goal was little other than a consolation.

The draw marks Liverpool's 15th game unbeaten since January 16th's 3-2 loss to Chelsea in the Premiership. Boss Jamie Carragher will undoubtedly be proud of that record, if disappointed that it hasn't seen his side climb higher than 6th in the league. Liverpool - currently on 50 points after 30 games - are only 1 point behind 4th and 5th placed Leicester and Manchester City, and still 4 points clear of 7th-placed Chelsea. With Liverpool still to play Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United, the fight for European football is still very much alive.

Of course, A league finish is not the only way into the Champions League any more. The Europa League quarter-final has drawn Liverpool against London side Tottenham, and the winner of that tie will face either Shakhtar or Villarreal - while Valencia will play Bestikas, and Monaco face Vit. Guimaraes for the 2nd semi-final places. It's a draw which has been relatively kind to Liverpool, although with Tottenham 2nd in the Premiership, nothing can be taken for granted, especially as Liverpool have not won against the London side this year.

In the FA Cup, Carragher's side face a 6th round replay against Aston Villa, which at the moment falls one day before the Europa League semi-final (should Liverpool qualify) and so may be rescheduled. However the Liverpool boss has insisted that the league, and qualification for the Champions League through it, are still his number one priority.
Just started reading brilliant so far!
Doing really well mate, hopefully your LFC team can do better than the real team did last night!
We all know how LFC's Europa adventures go ;)
Good job reaching the quarter-finals, now to aim for the semi-finals!
Hopefully you dont break as many Liverpool hearts as Klopp and the lads did the other night!

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