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Started on 15 November 2019 by TheLFCFan
Latest Reply on 13 August 2020 by OneMoreGame
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First - congrats on winning the Cup, no better feeling that win in the last minute against your arch enemy.

In the league Haaland is leading you to the title, no doubt about it! Really important results against Arsenal & City!
Haaland has been fantastic lately and his new contract is thoroughly deserved. One player who has been a different class under Hendricks.

The league appears to be a three horse race and Liverpool are in the ascendancy with a game in hand and a small cushion. It feels like it's theirs to lose now.
Penalty wins, stumbling performances and massive victories. With Liverpool heading into their Premier League run in, the games are coming thick and fast for the Redmen.

This Luke’s Liverpool.



The FA Cup is draped in tradition, with it first being held in 1871. Liverpool's own history in the cup is a strong one, with seven victories, however, their last came in 2006.

“I remember it well. I scored early on, an own goal. It wasn’t the greatest start but we managed to come out on top. Steve Gerrard was great that day, he’s doing well at Wolves now as manager, but that day he showed just how much of an exceptional player he was. The Steven Gerrard final in fact. It was an excellent day to be involved in and one I remember fondly.”

“The FA Cup has seemingly lost some of its shine recently but it will still always be a trophy clubs and fans want to win. It’s steeped in tradition and despite the early rounds perhaps seeing younger players featuring now, the latter rounds are normally a fierce contest.”

“For Liverpool, they will want to break Arsenal’s record. It’s a proud club who loves winning trophies and to hold records. I think we are currently two off Arsenal who have nine. Luke has already won the League Cup this season, a trophy we hadn’t won in a while, so I wonder if he can manage to do it again with the FA Cup.” Jamie Carragher commented.

Liverpool will have that opportunity to add another FA Cup title to their collection thanks to two incredible games in the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals.

Liverpool 2 - 2 Manchester City - Mohamed Salah (81 ‘, 90’) - 5-4 penalties

“What can I say? That was a ridiculous game of football. They went ahead and it looked over when the second goal went in before the halftime. But my word, these players, never say never. Did we deserve to be in it by the 80th minute? Yes. I can understand they had a lot more shots than us, but I think we had a number of clear chances. It came down to two world class goalkeepers performing at a very high standard. When Mo scored the first, we knew we had a chance and then the second, it was excellent. Penalties are always a lottery but we always back ourselves. I am proud of this team following today's game” explained Luke after the FA Cup quarter Final.

Leicester 1 - 1 Liverpool - Mohamed Salah (31’) 4-5 penalties.

“We went behind again, but we bought it back very quickly with Mo scoring once again in this competition. He seems to love it. It’s another victory on penalties, but we have got through to another final and we have the possibility of doing something special in these last ten games of the season. I am excited, but we remain focused.” Luke said in his post-match press conference.

With Liverpool's performances on the pitch impressing recently, despite a disjointed performance against Crystal Palace with an Erling Haaland hattrick saving a 3-3 draw, the aim to improve their commercial profile has seen a further link developed.

“Last year we announced our new found partnership with Suwon Bluewings FC. That is a partnership we are very happy with and is providing some good opportunities for both sides, with our merchandise seeing a boost in the region already.”

“We have once again decided to begin a new partnership with a club, this time in Australia. Today we would like to officially announce a deal with A - League side, Perth Glory. Perth are a rising star in Australia winning their first regular season title in 2019, we are both very excited for what this partnership will bring us. Australia is a country we already see a large contingent of fans who are very passionate about the club. We believe this deal will create a whole new generation of young Australian fans and we are excited about the future.” announced Commercial director Billy Hogan.


Following a five goal victory over West Brom, to start the month, Liverpool played Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League Quarter Final. It was a tight first leg with Liverpool just claiming the victory, 3-2 in the away leg.

That victory was interrupted by the heavily rotated Liverpool team, seemingly suffering from the sheer abundance of games they have played, drawing with Crystal Palace 3-3. But that only seemed to spur Luke’s side on.


“As long as we don’t lose today, we are into the semis. But all of these games are really starting to catch up with some of the boys. You could tell we needed to make the changes for the Palace game, but when the lads who came in played it looked disjointed. Very disjointed. We need to add some more quality in depth in the summer. But a win today, everyone will forget that game. We should be getting a full strength side out there so that should be a good sign.” commented fan, Gary Andrews pre-game.

Half-Time: Liverpool 2 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur
Mohamed Salah (12’)
Alphonso Davies (24’).


“We are all over them. This has been brilliant, I don’t know how we aren’t even further ahead in all honesty. This is what I was saying earlier, we have been great, but we need that depth so when we do make changes, games like the Palace one don’t happen again.” said Gary.

Full-Time: Liverpool 6 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Mohamed Salah (12’, 75’, 78’)
Alphonso Davies (24’)
Erling Haaland (62’)
Memphis Depay (90+1’)



“Performance of the season. Simple as that. We needed to bounce back after the Palace game and we did. Spurs are a good team, we all know that. But we just made them look at best a mid-table side. Everyone was fantastic and it shows just how good this team is. The sem-final will be against Fiorentina. They are alright, nothing special though, I’d expect us to win it.” ended Gary Andrews.

Following the Europa League triumph and the FA Cup semi-final win, Liverpool faced Brighton in a four goal victory before a tough test against great rivals Manchester United ending in a 1-1 draw.

“I want you guys to forget that game now. We should have won. We should have taken our chances. We all know that. The luck didn’t fall our way yesterday, hitting the post three times in a single game is just ridiculous. But it is done now. Game is over, we can’t worry about it.”

“Let's re-focus. We have seven league games to play. You win all of them you take the record number of points in a season. You win five and the league is confirmed. We need to stay focused on our goal. Winning the Premier League title. That is it from now on. The League title.” Luke reaffirmed to his players in the training session following the United draw.

With seven League games, an FA Cup Final and a Europa Cup final to come, Luke’s first season at Liverpool is coming to a close.


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OneMoreGame:Thank you, certainly a great side to beat to eventually win it. Made even better the way we did it :D
Scott:Haaland was clearly a good player, but he's exceeded expectations this season and he is still very young at 22. It was an easy decision to get him tied down to a longer deal. Despite dropping points twice this month, I think I'd agree, the title has to be in Liverpools hands.
Fair to say that Mo Salah loves scoring as much as you love penalties in the FA Cup? It's a shame you couldn't go invincible in the league but that four point gap with a game in hand surely guarantees a title with six left for the remaining teams, your form considered.
I like the link up between you and Perth Glory, might be a way to end West Ham's stranglehold on getting the best Australian regens in the future. Do they still have the mong that is Jake Brimmer playing for them? God he gets so many excuses made for him, just because he was in the L'pool academy for a bit :/ very overrated player.

Erling was the star in the update before, and it appears that it's Mo's turn this time around! Glad to see it isn't just me that constantly went to pens in cup games in England, it must've been quite a relief to get the desired result in the end. Insane result against Spurs, I expect the FA to be engraving your name on the EPL trophy as we speak!
Scoring late in the game is your superpower :D You can aim for a mini-treble in your first season in Liverpool which is great!
Win their next nine games and Liverpool know that they will be Premier League champions, with the possibility of adding the Europa League and FA Cup to their already large collection from this season.

This is Luke’s Liverpool.



Having dropped points in the same month for the first time all season, following Liverpool’s 3-3 and 1-1 draws against Crystal Palace and Manchester United, the table toppers faced Watford eager to get back to winning ways. That victory came, with Memphis Depay and Andrew Robertson scoring the goals, but it came at a cost for the Reds.

“Injuries are a part of the game and I have been actually quite lucky with my injury history. The longest I have been out was a month, back when I was at Roma, but this one is likely to keep me out for the rest of the season.”

“It’s a gutting thing to happen, especially with everything that is still on the line for us and I was really hopeful of scoring a few more in the run-in. But they happen. I have had to have surgery on the hip and we are really still not quite sure how it has happened, I just felt it go as I was running and yeah the doctors were immediately worried.”

“The specialist thinks it’ll be a total of ten to twelve weeks, which puts my return date around the last week of June towards the start of July. I hope to be ready for the full pre-season and look forward to being back out there at the start of next season. For now, I will put the hard work in to recover and cheer the lads on from the sidelines.” spoke Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah.

Injuries continued to impact Liverpool throughout the run-in, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Ben Chilwell and Harry Wilson all falling to injuries. But that didn’t slow Luke’s side.

Wins over Tottenham, Norwich and Derby, where Andrew Robertson scored a hattrick from left-back, meant a win against Bournemouth would secure the clubs twentieth Premier League title.


“CHAMPIONS! Champions of England, that's what you all are boys. Take it in, and recognise the hard work you have put in this season. Many people had written you off after last year, but you have proved them wrong. Last year was a blip and that won’t be happening again. We have tasted success now, and I know you will all agree with me, it tastes a lot better than failure.” Luke began his speech following a lap of honour after claiming the Premier League title against Bournemouth.

“We have won the league and it is now easy to switch off and go on holiday. Arguably that is what is expected of you now. But they aren’t my expectations and they certainly shouldn’t be yours. We go out, we enjoy ourselves tonight and then we are back in training on Monday ready to show everyone why we are the best club in this country. We have four games left, four games to break records and to win two more trophies, let's go and taste that success.” encouraged Hendricks.


Following their victory over Bournemouth, the win that secured the title, a three goal victory was secured over Southampton in the very next game. With Erling Haaland, Ismaël Bennacer and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring the goals. It did exactly what Luke wanted, showing Liverpool's quality.

That game also saw the league debut of winter signing Gwaeron Kassels making his debut, a role he kept for the heavily rotated side that saw out a 1-1 draw with Wolves in the clubs final game of the season.

Despite falling just short of the 100 point mark, ending on 99, Liverpool’s league success overshadowed that shortcoming. But it wasn’t just the first team that had success this season.


“I joined as originally the Under 21s manager in 2013 but that changed in 2016/17 when they removed the under 21s league to what is effectively the Under 23s league. This year we won that league, once again. It’s the third one in a row, something we can be very pleased with.”

“Despite it being a majority Under 23 league, with the aim being on developing future talent for the club, we are also allowed to use a number of over 23s which is great for the first teamers coming back from injury. But we haven’t relied on those players like some sides, with a pure focus on the youth coming through. A number of our players train with the first team squad and then play with us for that valuable game time.”

“The likes of Ryan Fraser, who made enough appearances this season to qualify for a Premier League medal, despite being just seventeen, William Kayembe and Gwaeron Kassels, who joined in the winter, are just a few of our key players this season. We expect those to get even more first team game time next season, which in turn gives us the chance to look at more of the talent we have in our academy sides.”

“The Under 18s, under Barry Lewtas, won the Youth FA Cup this season, with the likes of Yannick Eloundou and Andy Downing proving to be very exciting. We have a number of talented youngsters coming through and the fans should be very excited for the future of this club.”

With Liverpool winning the Premier League title, a number of awards were given to Luke and his squad. Erling Haaland won both Young Footballer of the Year, Players Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year for his thirty-one goals scored this season. Luke Hendricks was also awarded as Manager of the Year for his efforts in taking his team from seventh to first in his debut season.

But Luke won’t be satisfied just yet, the potential of further glory awaits his Liverpool team.


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Jack:The Invincibles would have been great but not to be and in all honesty wasn't the aim this season. Claiming the title is a great step towards what we want to be doing on a consistent basis from here on in.
James:That is certainly an option for the future but for now gives us a great market over there. The result against Spurs was huge and we can be very pleased with it. Now the final against Wolves will allow us another shot at a trophy.
OneMoreGame:Can be a Quadruple! League Cup Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League. Could be huge!
You've taken the league back to Anfield with complete ease, and it's clear to see that an era of dominance is on the way for all involved. Well done for that. Now it's time to move on the lads that haven't quite impressed you, and start to bring in the pieces that will complete your puzzle. I imagine that Salah is ageing and will slowly need to be replaced, but there's no need to when they're still producing the way that he is. Looking forward to seeing what you do in the off-season!
Liverpool Football Club. A club immersed with history and success. Under Luke Hendricks this Liverpool side has the opportunity to add even more of their own history.

This is Luke’s Liverpool



In 2021, Liverpool won their nineteenth Premier League title, adding to their illustrious trophy cabinet. It’s a club that is steeped in glory, with many tales of famous trophy winning sides. This season's side have already added a League Cup and the recently confirmed Premier League crown, to what is a growing collection.

“Liverpool Football Club won their very first major trophy back in 1901 with the first of it’s now twenty English top tier trophies, over a hundred years later we continue to add to that collection. Since that 1901 season we have amassed a total of fifty-three major trophies, making Liverpool the undisputed most successful side in England, with Manchester United sitting on forty-seven.”

“We are a club who are very proud of that history, with our “Champions Wall” being proudly displayed at Kirby training ground. It shows a collection of trophies that has been won over a number of years. The golden times of the 1970’s and 1980’s are of course the period where we won the majority of those, but we feel positive about the recent years.”

“Much like those famous periods of time, Bill Shankley laid the foundations of a brilliant team, with Bob Paisley then coming in and continuing the legacy. This time, Jurgen Klopp has laid the foundations, winning a Champions League title, the first since 2005, a Europa League in 2021 and the famous 2021 Premier League title, our first in over thirty years. That along with a Club World Cup in 2019 and a European Super Cup in 2021, Klopp’s legacy was set in stone. But it now seems as though Luke is set to make his own legacy, with a League Cup and Premier League secured in his debut season. With a Europa League and FA Cup title still to be determined, that legacy could grow even further, just eleven months into his regime.” explained club historian Clive Wilkinson.

Luke and Liverpool's first chance at securing further gold would be in the Europa League final where they were set to play Wolves. The two sides had recently come off a 1-1 draw in the final game of the league season, with many expecting a similar game in the final.

“It’s going to be tough today. I know Stevie G loves us, but he’s not going to want to do us any favours, especially since it’s suspected that the club chose Luke over him for the job.” Gary Andrews expressed to his friend Matt Clarke.

“I agree, but I still expect us to win, we were the better side that game and had Patrício not been incredible we win, surely he can’t do that again. Also don’t forget we will go full strength today, unlike last week.” Matt replied.

The two friends, and season ticket holders entered the Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt stadium in full confidence.

Half-Time - Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 0 Liverpool

“Not the best to be honest, pretty dull. Neither side has really done anything and it’s a very cagy affair, I guess that is to be expected with it being a final and all.” Matt said.

“Stevie clearly has them set up to keep us out and who would blame him, this side scores for fun normally. It’s clear we are missing Mo Salah with his extra creativity, but we need someone to step up now.” added Gary.

Full-Time - Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 2 Liverpool

Paulo Dybala (88’ pen)
Roberto Firmino (90+1’)

“The treble is confirmed. Excellent news and we fully deserved it in all honesty we were much better from the half-time break. Erling didn’t seem at it at all and he really should have taken his chance just after the break. But it doesn’t matter we won it and we can now focus back on the last one of the season.” Gary boasted.

“He was, but we won and we can let him off after the games he has won us this season. Luke will have the lads ready again for the weekend I am sure of it and barring anything ridiculous I would be pretty certain we will be quadruple winners come Saturday evening” Matt replied.

The FA Cup is the longest running football tournament in history, with the tournament dating back to 1871. A win in this year's final would be Liverpool's first since 2006, and their eighth in total.

“We need to keep them focused, Dirk. They have done incredibly well all season in staying focused on what is next and nailing that task, but this is the biggest test in my opinion. It’s only natural for them to look at the table and see that Brighton were close to relegation this season and think it’ll be a walk in the park. We can’t afford that.” Luke said to his assistant Dirk Kuyt on the way to the final training session of the season.

“I agree. Looking at some of their results this season, they got a win over Arsenal in the FA Cup, a point against Everton who obviously finished top six and then that 4-0 win over Chelsea in the semi-final, we can't underestimate them at all.” Kuyt responded as they joined the group of players going through a warm up with coaches Denis Bergkamp and David Platt.

Following the conclusion of the warmup drill, Luke whistled to his team indicating for them to come over to him and Kuyt.

“Lads, eleven months ago I met you for the first time following a training session and on my first day I told you all, this is going to be a long season. I think I was right with that, it has been a long season, purely because you have all been exceptional all year, playing every game you could have. I requested 100% effort then and I have got that from you all and I couldn’t be more thankful. I ask for it one more time this season. 100% effort, give everything you have in your tanks. It seems like more and more teams and players are being able to call themselves treble winners of late, you have that privilege already. Now let’s go and do what very little can say. Quadruple winners. Brighton won’t push over and let you take that, they will fight and you need to be up for it. They will sit back and be very tough to break down, we know that and we have seen it enough times this season. I have faith in you all. “

“100% effort, just once more this season. Give it everything and you will be remembered for a very long time.” called Luke, with his squad listening on.

“It’s been a magnificent year and I couldn’t be happier with what we have accomplished. This squad is still young, it has a lot of potential in it with a few of the older lads providing priceless experience.”

“I told you for the first time when we won the League cup in February, we will celebrate that night and then the proper celebrations will come at the end of the season. I felt then we had the opportunity to compete on multiple fronts this season and I was proved right.”

“Today, we can celebrate, this bus tour throughout this wonderful city that has become my home is a day for us to share with the fans. They have travelled across the country and Europe to be there for us and today we can be here for them. I hope they enjoy it and celebrate with us as we show off these four beautiful trophies.” Luke professed to the reporter joining him and his team on the celebratory bus tour of the city.

Two Alphonso Davies goals was enough for Liverpool to claim the FA Cup, securing them a quadruple.

Luke’s Liverpool has gotten off to the most perfect of starts.


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James:There will certainly be some movement out and I'd imagine into the squad. Luke has had to rely on a few players for a large majority of the season so some depth would be great. But with a quadruple secured, times are looking good.
A quadruple but still not breaking the 100-point record. Dear me.
What Jack said ^. If I were the board, I'd give you a C+ for the season ;) #callmeJeff

In all seriousness, a good first season at the club, especially when you consider that you spent sod all money really. It'll be a big off-season now, and you'll go into next season with even higher expectations being placed upon you, so you'll need to strengthen. If you can get all your deals done within the first 2 weeks of the off-season: I'm predicting a 34-win EPL season for you. And if you can't do that....

#LukeOUT

What is needed at Liverpool?


Liverpool are Premier League Champions for the second time in three years, the first time that has been said since 1990. Having finished a lowly seventh place last season, Jurgen Klopp departed for Borussia Dortmund. The man to replace him was a young South African manager who had just three previous years experience as a first team head coach. Joining from CSKA Moscow, where he led his side to back to back Russian League titles, and a Champions League Knockout place, Luke Hendricks signed on the dotted line at Liverpool just seventeen days before his first competitive game against Arsenal in July.

Since then, he has transformed Liverpool from a disappointing seventh place, into a Premier League winning side, once again. But the question remains, what do Liverpool need to do to retain their title for the first time since 1984. Players will be leaving the club and almost certainly players will join, with Liverpool looking to not just retain their crown but also fight for the prestigious Champions League title once again.

Outgoings.

Luke Hendricks made it clear that he would be selecting players he felt would be game winners in his Liverpool side this season. The price that was previously paid or the reputation that players had, meant nothing. That has seen the likes of Florian Thauvin (4 starts) José Giménez (9 starts) Roberto Firmino (12 starts) and Ben Chilwell (16 starts) make a combined forty-one starts in all competitions between them this season. That is a significant drop off from the ninety-four starts that they made in Jurgen Klopp's final season.

With the likes of Chilwell and Thauvin already seeing a large amount of interest in them, it is believed that only Roberto Firmino is likely to remain at the club this summer. Joining Chilwell and Thauvin on the outgoings, it is expected that Loris Karius will be moved on, with the German goalkeeper making just one start this season. Georgino Wijnaldum is also being linked with a big money move to Paris Saint-Germain, however, following his contract extension at Liverpool early this year, any move is unlikely.

Ben Chilwell made his move to Liverpool last season for a fee of £40,000,000 with Jurgen Klopp using the English left-back as backup to Andrew Robertson. Chilwell saw his game time drop this season under new manager Luke Hendricks, and with the European Championships upcoming next summer, it is expected that Chilwell will be looking to make a move away in order to start more first team games. The current favourites to sign the twenty-six year old are Tottenham Hotspur following Ryan Sessegnon struggling in that role last season, with Spurs finishing in eleventh place. It is believed a price of £60,000,000 will be seen as adequate for Liverpool to sell their current backup, with winter signing Gwaeron Kassels likely to move into what will be a vacant role.


Also seeing a growing interest is Florian Thauvin, with both Norwich and Zenit St. Petersburg taking an interest in the French winger. Thauvin, another £41,500,000 signing from last season wasn’t even on the twelve man bench for either the Europa League Final or FA Cup final in the last few weeks, and with Luke clearly not favouring the winger, it is almost certain he will be moved on this summer. With the ageing French capped player, now thirty-one, it is expected that Liverpool will be making a loss on him. However, that loss isn’t said to worry the people at Liverpool, with positives being seen that they won’t be playing a player £91,000 a week to train.


Loris Karius and Becir Omeragic are the only other two likely departures from Liverpool this summer. However, interest in Georginio Wijnaldum, from PSG and Benfica, and Roberto Firmino with Juventus linked, could see bids made for the two long time members of the Liverpool team. It’s expected that whilst these two aren’t currently on the transfer list at Liverpool, if a sufficient offer is made for either of them, Liverpool may be inclined to move the pair on with both ageing.

Incoming.

A number of signings have already been confirmed for Liverpool, with a total of six players joining. All six of those players are expected to join the under 18s side next season, with the oldest of the arrivals being Regan Pearce who turns seventeen in October. In terms of first team arrivals, it is expected that it will come down to who Liverpool sell and for what price.

In his four seasons as a manager so far, Luke has only looked to invest once he has sold, with a real emphasis being placed on bringing in a profit for transfers. With a number of players looking to be sold, and if reports are to be believed a total of £150,000,000 could be made from sales, Luke will have a fair amount to improve on his current crop of players.

The question is, what areas do Liverpool need to improve?

Mohamed Salah Backup

Many would have argued that Mohamed Salah should be named Liverpool's player of the season this year. Despite that award going to top scorer, Erling Haaland, they would have had a good case for the Egyptian. Scoring thirty-four goals along with fourteen assists, the thirty year old found similar form to his first year at the club. However, Salah also saw no clear backup to him, with Luke heavily reliant on the Egyptian to perform at the highest level week in week out, with that ultimately seeing Salah miss the final eleven games of the season due to injury. Expected to be back for the start of the season following hip surgery, a second option on the right flank is needed.

Harry Wilson would certainly argue a strong case that he should be that backup, but Luke seemed reluctant at times to use the Welsh midfielder. Wilson who has now turned twenty-six could well be cashed in on this summer with his contract set to end in two years time. That would leave a massive gap on the right, with Thauvin almost certainly on his way out.

Liverpool scouts have been seen following the progress of two right sided midfielders in particular in recent months, namely Sergio Pulido and Omar Lieshout.

Pulido, only moved from his native Mexico last season, joined Benfica in a deal worth £13,500,000. Since that move, he has shone, scoring nine goals and assisting six from the right hand side for the Portuguese side, in just twenty-five league games, with five of those coming from the bench. The nineteen year old made his Mexican debut last year as well, with his first international goal coming in November. There are high hopes for the Mexican, with him already being considered a leading player for the nation.

Pulido is a player who fits the Luke Hendricks mould too, a young player who is likely to work hard and perform at a high level. He is able to pick out a pass and is a talented dribbler with the ability to cut inside from the right hand side. However, he will be costly, with the expectation being Pulido could cost up to £50,000,000.


Omar Lieshout, the other name Liverpool have been linked with in recent weeks, is a player Luke Hendricks knows well having made the offer that was eventually accepted for the Russian winger when at CSKA Moscow. The eighteen year old has been a vital member of Zinedine Zidane’s title winning side, scoring seven and assisting three in his twenty-eight league games this season. Despite Luke’s tight connection with CSKA Moscow, it’s expected that Lieshout is being valued at around £70,000,000, a fee that may put off any singing.

The Russian is a year younger than Pulido, however, it is believed that people within the club much prefer the Mexican at present. The fee is a sticking point and the club feel as if Pulido will be a better fit currently.


A New Striker

Another man who played a high amount of football this season was Erling Haaland. The twenty-two year old started a remarkable forty-nine games, with a single substitute appearance. That total of fifty see’s him playing his most games in a single season so far in his career. With his incredible performances he became relied upon, with his backups seemingly fell short at times.

Roberto Firmino played the highest number of games as backup, starting twelve with twenty-eight games from the bench in all competitions. However, the Brazilian world cup winner, scored just five goals. Steve Bird and William Kayembe, two young players in the Liverpool ranks, also saw a few games between them but they are still a way off first team level in the eyes of many.

So who comes in as a good enough backup? Many signs once again point to Portugal, with Fábio Silva seeing many links to the club. Silva has been a highly exciting prospect since breaking through the Porto squad a couple of seasons ago. Making his first team debut in 2021/22, Silva has since played sixty-eight games, scoring fifty-two goals. Top scoring in back to back seasons for the Portuguese champions.

But if Liverpool do go after Silva, they will likely face a large level of competition for the strikers signature. Also linked with the twenty year old is Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. It’s likely to cost the side a fee of anywhere between £38,000,000 and £70,000,000.


Attacking Midfield Depth

Paulo Dybala last season played the second most amount of games for Liverpool last season, just six off goalkeeper Alisson’s total of sixty. The Argentine midfielder was at his subliminal best throughout the majority of the year, scoring fifteen and assisting on twenty-three occasions in his fifty-four games. Despite this great return, at times you could see fatigue was setting in and with Liverpool lacking a clear backup to Dybala, it’d be expected a second choice would be coming in this summer.

However, youngster Ryan Fraser saw a number of appearances towards the end of last season, with many believing the Scottish attacking midfielder could play a further role next season. At just seventeen years of age it would be a massive show of faith to the teenager from Hendricks. Another youngster that has been touted with joining Liverpool in that role is Cain Hicks, who has impressed since rising through the ranks at Charlton.

Hicks made his Charlton debut, having come through the academy, in the 2021/22 season. That year he made forty-two league appearances, starting forty-one. His twelve goals and ten assists helped see his side gain promotion from League One with Hicks once again starring this past season in the Championship, guiding his side to back to back promotions into the Premier League beating Millwall in the Playoff finals last weekend. Hicks scored thirteen goals this season and looks to be a star in the making, with Liverpool reportedly matching his £4,500,000 release clause.

Whether Hicks and Fraser are good enough backup for Dybala is yet to be proven, with many fans not certain on either player. If Dybala is injured for a lengthy period, not having a clear first team ready player could harm Liverpool, but developing the youngsters with some consistent gametime at the highest level, could truly benefit the side in the long run.


Nobody can say with any degree of certainty what Liverpool will do this transfer window, with a large amount of links between club and potential players likely to be thrown around, but the Premier League champions are going to go into the summer knowing they have a target on their backs.

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Jack:Shocking I know :(
James:Agreed! Only thirty-four? Pathetic lets go thirty-eight, Blagoja style ;)
Quadruple in the first season, congrats! The win in the EL final was again after goals in the final minutes, so typically for you. Unreal performance, your rebuild of Liverpool is great from the beginning!
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Reunion



January 27th 2010

Ever since that first shipment of cocaine entered our hands ten years ago, we had become oh so powerful. It’s a crazy thing seeing your life change so rapidly. Going from one of the poorest people in the world, let alone your country, losing your parents and everything you know, to twenty years later, be the second in command of the largest gang in the nation. I had come from nothing and thanks to a bit of luck, I was now earning millions.

We maintained our control of the drug trade not just in Johannesburg but throughout the nation, with members spread across the country. We had continued to keep the right members of the government happy with an ‘extra income’ and that allowed us to do what we do. It meant nobody could touch us. We are unstoppable, we have the money, the manpower, the government, everything in our hands and that is a perfect place to be.

X and myself had become like family, he had looked after me from the day he found me pleading to be saved. We worked hard, every day, grinding for money and ways to empower ourselves. We knew nothing would be handed to us, that was made clear for years. But now we were living comfortably. We both have penthouse suites, overlooking the city we controlled. The cars, the clothes, the watches, the girls, everything we ever wanted, we have.

“Hello” Jacob answered as he picked up the phone call.

“Jacob, I have some bad news, you need to be sitting down.” came the voice down the phone who Jacob knew to be Chris, one of the captains of the gang.

“What is it Chris?” came the stern response of Jacob expecting a drug deal to have gone wrong.

“We were going to the club and well someone drove past us and shot. X is dead Jacob. They kill-” Chris was cut off.

“Who? Who shot him?” screamed the man X had practically raised over the last twenty years.

“We don’t know Jacob, we are trying to find out now. We have got people looking into it and our guys in the police have said they will let us know whatever they have. I am sorry Jacob.” Chris cried.

I couldn’t speak any longer and shut the phone off before throwing it to the ground. I’d felt anger before, but never like this. X was a man who had saved me from the lowest of points and given me a life I could have only dreamt of. Now he was dead.

What made it worse was nobody had any idea of what had happened. Our contacts came up blank. Chris was still in shock himself and had no idea who they were. People feared us and if they knew something they would tell us, but that didn’t help with the pain.

I felt empty.

Drinking had never been something I’d really done much of. It never appealed to me and I just got on with my life without it. But today, today I needed that drink. It numbed the pain, the pain of losing the man who had become a father figure in my life. I drank heavily. Half a bottle of whiskey down and I heard a voice that sounded familiar.

“Get me a vodka and coke” came the voice from the end of the bar.

I stumbled off my chair and walked over to the man slumped at the bar.

“Dad?” I asked.

The man looked up at me.

“Jacob!”

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OneMoreGame:We do seem to be scoring a number of late goals which is in some ways the sign of a good side who plays to the last I guess.
Sorry Seb, but it goes: Blagoja > Luke ;)

Now, onto the updates!

#1. Getting rid of Chilwell and Thauvin makes plenty of sense, although I'd have been tempted to bin Firmino too after a 5 goal season... January might be a better time to do that though, so that you're not shaking up the team too much at once. Sergio Pulido looks like he'd be much better value for money compared to Omar, whilst Fabio Silva looks a great player too. Cain Hicks looks very tidy, but with him being English... he's likely to cost silly money, despite being at Charlton :/

#2. HOLY HELL :O I did not see that happening. Is this going to be a happy reunion, or one filled with anger, and ultimately revenge. Where has his father been all this time!? Was he still looking for Jacob!?

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