February 6, 2018 at 9:13 am #1595255
Firminos on course to hit 25+ goals for the season.February 6, 2018 at 9:27 am #1595265
I firmly believe Firmino is our most important player. He’s becoming consistent in his finishing too and importantly for the role he’s asked to play he is not selfish in front of goal. Salah is starting to be awarded a superstar status by supporters and to be fair for what he’s doing he deserves the adoration of the fans. But you’d worry that could spread to the team and especially the younger players could start to see him as the man to give the ball toFebruary 6, 2018 at 9:36 am #1595277
If we had held out for £200 million we probably could have seen off Barcelona until the summer for Coutinho. We may have faced a Mahrez situation afterwards, but the signals are there for all to see we don’t sell easily. If a massive bid comes in for Firmino or Salah in the summer & either or both players want to leave, how do we respond? If we refuse those players will feel aggreived having let Coutinho leave so easily in January. The club might just have created a problematic precedent for themselves in later windows. We will have to see.February 6, 2018 at 9:45 am #1595285
fulcrum we have a truly global superstar in our team and u worry abt the team passing the ball too much to him. You worry abt the wrong thingsFebruary 6, 2018 at 9:48 am #1595287
Reds forever. Haha, you make a good point.February 6, 2018 at 9:58 am #1595296
Ginger, those figures aren’t bad for a false number 9 ☺February 6, 2018 at 10:53 am #1595348
sanj, i wouldn´t say we let Coutinho go easily, we offered him a new contract, we offered him the captaincy. We refused to sell him in the summer when it was obvious he wanted the move, we held out for the highest price possible and Coutinho even let go of his loyalty bonus to secure the move.
He wanted a new challenge, at the biggest club in the world of football, to fight for trophies every season. We will continue to lose our players if we can´t win the league, its as simple as that.
Over the past years there has been a lot of statement about Klopp buying mostly attacking players, neglecting the defense. Right now we are not experiencing an implosion because of that, we got other players to build up our gameplan from midfield than Coutinho. Of course we miss him, he was our matchwinner but we are capable of going forward without him.
We need to stop settling for 2nd rated talent, close down our first choice targets and add 4 players in the summer. Then we got ourselves a really good team, capable of pushing for honors.
In all probability we are going for a keeper this summer, a midfielder and a forward. I can also see a new rightback coming in, just in case Clyne will not make it back.February 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm #1595402
We let our best player, who was on a long contract, leave mid season “to follow his dream”.
By doing so and then not replacing him we’ve made it more difficult to win silverware and finish top 4. Not the actions of a club who are doing everything possible to bring the glory days back.February 6, 2018 at 1:44 pm #1595481
notorious, we didn’t hold out for £200 million in January which would have killed the Jan move & kept Couts until the summer when a compromise price could have been negotiated to sell at a more sensible time.February 7, 2018 at 1:32 pm #1595945February 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm #1595981
Sanj, Coutinho was desperate for the move to happen… He gave us 5 years of service and his price went up 1000%.
Shit happens, it doesn´t mean that every player we have signed is desperate for a move, read that interview with Salah. Watch him bow down to the Kop, does that look like a player who is aiming for a move next summer?
He is the next big thing, there is going to be speculation about him every window, get used to it. He could stay here for another 5 years for all we know, he could retire, nobody knows what the future holds.
Except if he keeps up his performances every club in Europe will want him…February 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm #1595994
Are our memories so short that we don’t remember what Coutinho was saying about Liverpool less than a year ago?February 7, 2018 at 2:38 pm #1596000
We got to show that we can match his ambition ginger. Which we didnt do in january unfortunately. On coutinho i dont think he ever said that he supported liverpool as a kid?? And u know how south americans love barca n real.February 7, 2018 at 2:51 pm #1596005
Notorious, I’m not saying every player is desperate to move, but a £100 million + bid can unsettle even the most loyal of players. Look at the dilemma Gerrard had when Chelsea were in for him. If a huge bid comes in for Firmino or Salah we could be in trouble again. Coutinho would not have been desperate to leave unless Barcelona were that desperate to sign him. We could have exploited their desperation to the summer with an inflated asking price.February 7, 2018 at 2:56 pm #1596007
Ginger: Every player says a similar thing when they sign a new contract.February 7, 2018 at 3:14 pm #1596022
Yep British Liverpool legeIan Rush, Owen, Mcmanaman also all left liverpool in their prime for the continent. Playing on the continent for some players is a dream it seems.
I hope though Salah isn’t swayed too much by his agents. I believe I heard Salah was on 90k a week which is less than the reported 100k a week lovren is supposed to be on. We should offer Salah an incentive based increase. That is to do if he continues his performances and meets targets that he gets an increase in wages.February 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm #1596027
That’s why we should give little credence to them.
It’s rare for a foreign player to stay longer 5 seasons.
I can only think of a couple in the last coupla decades.February 7, 2018 at 3:49 pm #1596037
Salah deserves a new contract after a season like this, his agent is also just upping the anti, the club needs to reward the player.
Barca promised Coutinho that they would do everything to sign him, Coutinho was also desperate for the move.
Its not much that could have been done except denying Coutinho the move and have him disgruntled in the team.
That in itself is also a very risky strategy as the situation could have become poisoned. With the player decreasing in value, not unlike the Mahrez situation right now.
Even though I have my doubts about Coutinho going on a strike.February 7, 2018 at 4:08 pm #1596042
Bingo we could have done the same as had been done with us for Keita. Agreed a deal and he could’ve gone in the summer.
No sensible reason to let him go before without getting a replacementFebruary 7, 2018 at 4:08 pm #1596043
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Phil, a year ago:
“Jürgen is a great manager. We all can see how much he has changed here since he arrived – and how much he will change in future. He is a winner. It’s not only me, but every other player feels honoured to play at this great club for this great manager. This feeling has a very positive influence on us as players.”
“Ever since my arrival here, I was welcomed with open arms by the supporters – and everyone at this football club. This is an important factor that carries weight when you decide to remain here for a longer period – and this did have a lot of weight when I thought about the renewal of my contract.
“I can only thank every supporter for their faith in me. I really hope to repay them. I will do my very best on the pitch to create assists for my team-mates and score goals for us to try and win trophies and titles.
“Since me and my family arrived here we have been welcomed with open arms by everyone. We feel at home in this city, we feel a part of this city. It is a very important day for me, my wife and my daughter. I am happy and everyone is happy at home.”
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