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02/01/17 – LUCAS LEIVA  LEAVING?

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Lucas Leiva, a Liverpool player for almost 10 years now, has been rumoured for Liverpool exit for many years now but he has always stuck to his guns and tried his hardest, both on and off the pitch, for his club and fellow players. Recently, a move away from Anfield seems to be the likeliest scenarios for the Brazilian as he may be surplus to requirements at Anfield, with Inter Milan rumoured to have agreed a deal in principle with Liverpool. The final decision would be with Lucas himself if he wanted to join or not.

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Lucas arrived on Merseyside in July of 2007 under Rafael Benitez from Gremio with a fee of £5mil. A defensive midfielder that was needed for Liverpool for a number of years and he seemed to fit in perfectly with some of the most impressive interception and tackle stats for a defensive midfielder with at least 5 per game. Not a prolific goalscorer but he never claimed to be such. A stunner against Havant & Waterlooville springs to mind which actually only turned out to be one of 6 goals he scored for Liverpool.

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If he was to leave, and the rumour seems to be set in stone based on Italian Journalists such as Tancredi Palmeri and Fabrizio Romano, would Lucas be a miss? On the pitch, maybe not so much as he does not get much game time anyway but off the pitch coul be an issue for Liverpool moving forward. A young Liverpool team that is full of pace but not much experience and Lucas is one of the most experienced players at the club. Maybe his leaving is one of the reasons that Steven Gerrard may take a role within the club but having Lucas in the club, if not to play, but to help his teammates mentally would be something that the club should be looking at implementing, in my humble opinion. Whatever the end result, wish Lucas the best whether that be with Liverpool  or elsewhere. YNWA

01/01/17- QUINCY PROMES RUMOUR

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Quincy Promes made his first team debut for his final youth team Twente in 2012 at the ages of 19. The youngster was loaned out to Go Ahead Eagles for the 2012-13 season where he impressed with 13 goals in 32 appearances for the club. His goals helped the club to promotion for the first time in 18 years. His work ethic and performances were instantly recognised by his parent-club who played him in 34 games over the course of the 2013-14 season where he again got his goal scoring into double digits with 11 goals. Spartak Moscow came calling and Twente cashed in on the now 22-year-old. Scoring comes naturally to the young Dutchman as he has a goal in every 2 games from playing out wide with 37 goals in 73 games. 6 of those have come in 15 games within this current Russian Premier League Season

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The Reliability of the Source is something that is imperative when looking at these rumours and the rumour was first found on Liverpool’s leading newspaper; The Echo. The Echo’s credibility has always been a high amongst Liverpool supporters as they would not want to spread false claims due to the risk of severing ties with one of the clubs they are covering. People like James Pearce and Neil Jones, both highly respected journalists, have written various pieces on why he would be a fit for Liverpool which is not something that they do unless they fully believed something was in the pipelines.

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There have been no leaks or rumours regarding a potential price tag for the Dutch winger but TransferMarkt value the player at £15.3m as of 27th December 2016. For a young winger who is still to reach the prime years of his career, this seems to be a very fair price especially as his nationality would allow for him to eligible to play throughout the season and have no mid-season tournaments to be involved in apart from for Liverpool. Chances of him signing for Liverpool could be very high as Gini Wijnaldum (international teammate) could convince him and Spartak Moscow recently acquired Luiz Adriano so it would make sense for them to be expecting Promes to leave soon.

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His position on the pitch would make him an instant fit for Liverpool as Wingers are something that Liverpool lack especially now with Mane leaving for AFCON duties with Senegal. He is almost like for like for Mane and Mane had an instant impact for Liverpool.

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Personally, I think we should sign him as he is something that Liverpool need and can reach for higher goals than the Russian League, no disrespect intended of course. His ceiling is very high and Jürgen Klopp could be the man to help Promes reach his potential.

 

22/12/16 – TRANSFER ROUND-UP

As the Transfer Window slowly makes its way into the mindset of Football fans, there is always the notion of “we need that player!” or “he’d make us unbeatable!”. The Media adds to this constantly which either fills a fan with hope and optimism or dread and feeling underwhelmed. But…it’s always fun so lets have a look at the Logical, the Dream, the Reasonable and the Strange signings that Liverpool have been linked with recently.

Starting with the Logical signings that Liverpool have been linked with and what makes them a logical signing, in theory of course.

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Xherdan Shaqiri when at Bayern Munich (now of Stoke City)

Swiss International and former Bayern Munich man Xherdan Shaqiri had been linked with Liverpool ever since his move to Bayern. The talent is evident and always has been, but Bayern’s front line at the time was frightful with the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben ahead of the youngster. In 2014, when Liverpool were linked with him, Bayern supposedly blocked his move to Merseyside and Liverpool lost interest. In 2015, Stoke City made a move for the Swiss star and acquired his signature for £12m so he has only been at Stoke for a year. But the knowledge that Bayern blocked his move to Liverpool 2 years ago came straight from Shaqiri in a recent interview which has the implication that he wanted to play for the Reds and may still want to. Would he command a huge fee? Maybe depending on how much Stoke value him but he could fit straight into the Liverpool line up with his bursting runs and, add to that Mane is off to the AFCON in a couple of weeks, Shaqiri would be a welcomed addition to Anfield.

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Gabriel Barbosa at Santos (now of Inter Milan)

Gabriel Barbosa (Gabigol) is someone that KTTK co-creator, Daniel Swales, would personally love at Liverpool. Quick, powerful, skillful. The closest thing to Neymar since Neymar himself. The youngster gathered a lot of hype during his time at Santos where he flourished so a big money move was evident for the young Brazilian. Where he ended up was a bit of a surprise with Inter Milan snapping him up for a cool £25m in August of 2016. Since arriving at the San Siro with a lot of fanfare, the youngster is yet to complete a full 90 minutes for the blue side of Milan and is rumoured to become disillusioned at the San Siro.  How would someone who just signed for a team be a logical signing for Liverpool? Young so Klopp can help him adapt to the surroundings. Brazilian so he can be with his compatriots such as Coutinho, Firmino and Lucas. Only downside would be that Inter would probably want to recuperate most if not all the money they paid for him. Also, he’s a Winger which is something that Liverpool need at this current moment in time.

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Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace

The former United prodigy and Sir Alex Ferguson’s last hope of striking gold before retiring, Wilfried Zaha under performed based on the expectations that were set for him and he was sold back to the team from whence he came, Crystal Palace. 3 goals and 6 assists based on the talent around him is a worthy return for the young Englishman but his nationality becomes an issue for Liverpool straight away. English talent, regardless of ability, have always been extortionate and one of Zaha’s talents will come at a hefty price tag. Young, strong, direct and, key here, a Winger. Liverpool really lack wingers and that is probably evident based on the amount that have been linked recently.

Money runs the game and that much is evident. The more money you have, the better players you will sign. Liverpool, as do most of the Premier League,  has the infamous “War Chest” where it can be opened for any player of any calibre. As Liverpool fans, we are realistic with who we can sign but there have been some names that may tickle many Liverpool fans.

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Virgil Van Dijk of Southampton

A ball playing powerful centre back to play alongside Joel Matip? Matip arrived on a free but Virgil Van Dijk may cost a pretty penny although the calibre of player that Liverpool would gain is immense. Van Dijk always looked good in the SPL but anyone can look good in the best team in an underwhelming league so the leap to the Premier League is huge. But he has transitioned magnificently and would be a player that Liverpool fans could look forward to if a deal between the two teams could be linked. Liverpool have been constant shoppers at Southampton in recent times but not for a player who could cost excess of £50m.

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Julian Draxler of Wolfsburg

Julian Draxler. A World Cup winner and almost a limitless ceiling. Young, versatile, skillful. Words cannot describe how good Draxler is, could become and what impact he could have at Liverpool if he was to sign. As of writing this, Draxler was linked to Liverpool by reputable LFC sources like James Pearce and Paul Joyce but, almost as quick as the news and hope arrived, it was diminished as PSG are rumoured to have completed the signing of the German International for £30m. But it is not confirmed by either Draxler, his representatives, Wolfsburg or PSG as of right now so anything can happen. Until he is wearing the blue of PSG, there is every chance of the signing happening. Never say never…

Very rarely do the tabloids find a player who would suit a team, come at a reasonable price and just be realistic in general. But when they do, it is very interesting…

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Quincy Promes of Spartak Moscow

Quincy Promes of Spartak Moscow was linked almost a month ago but his name has stuck around. Curious to see why because, with more knowledge, the player looks to be perfect for Liverpool and it is almost staggering to see the lack of news being aimed at Promes. A young winger who has International experience with his native Netherlands. Would he command a huge fee? Nope or it would be highly unlikely anyway in regards to what Premier League clubs pay for players and Promes looks to be a “diamond in the rough” kind of player at the moment. Someone who knows his potential but just needs someones help in order to surpass what he thinks he is capable of. And this is where Klopp would come in as he could give a limitless boost to the young Dutch winger. A player that could surprise many fans, not just Liverpool ones.

Some names are downright strange. Whether that be the likelihood of the player joining or the reasons given for someone’s arrival. An example of each below to exemplify this.

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Joe Hart of Torino

Joe Hart is a known name in England, being England’s first team GK helps, but he was moved off to Torino as Pep Guardiola arrived in Manchester. It is a loan deal at the moment so he will return to Man City at the end of the season. Why is this a strange one? A Goalkeeper in his prime joining a rival club is unheard of in the modern era, bar Petr Cech to Arsenal from Chelsea. But Liverpool have been hit and miss with GK’s with Karius and Mignolet having mares for a while now. Karius has time on his side which is why I believe that he will flourish under Jurgen Klopp so I cannot see this Hart signing occurring.

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Jose Fonte of Southampton

Another Southampton player linked. This time, Jose Fonte is the man. This all came from an Instagram post from Lovren stating that he will see Fonte soon. Naturally, the Liverpool social media went into overdrive. “FONTE’S JOINING!”. Not really. It was Fonte’s birthday a few days later so there was nothing cryptic in Lovren’s message. It was very much literal. With regards to Fonte joining, due to his age, I cannot see him joining Liverpool anytime soon.

Liverpool will definitely be in the market place for a few players as Klopp looks to bolster his squad depth, which is slightly nonexistent at the moment, but we will see if any of the players mentioned above will be in Klopp’s long term future plans.

 

09/11/17 – TRANSFER RUMOURS ROUNDUP 

First of many pieces that will be turning up on this page because, once the festive season is over, the TRANSFER SEASON WILL BE AMONG US!!!! There are always going to be stories about our beloved players leaving and potential acquisitions arriving but let’s take a look at some of the rumours…

COUTINHO TO SPANISH GIANTS

Liverpool seem confident to keeping the service of main man Phillipe Coutinho despite rumoured interest of Barcelona making him their prime target for either the January or Summer Transfer Window. The Brazilian International has scored 6 goals and assisted 6 goals for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and has been constantly putting in solid performances against all oppositions so far. He has developed an almost telepathic relationship with team-mates Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane.Coutinho was also quoted by International team-mate Marcelo saying that he felt loved by Klopp and that he wants to be apart of the “Project 2018” that Liverpool are playing towards once Champions League has been, hopefully, guarenteed by the end of the season. Coutinho does not have a Buy-Out clause in his contract that runs till 2020 so Liverpool hold all the cards in this scenario.

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PULISIC MOVE OFF? 

The Reds were linked to and made a bid for the young USA international, Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic in the Summer of 2015. Jurgen Klopp seems to be keen on adding the youngster to Liverpool’s attacking line-up as Sadio Mane will be on international duty during January and Danny Ings has suffered a long term injury. The teenage sensation is rumoured to be in talks with the German club over a contract extension. Nothing in Football is guaranteed but it looks like the ship may have sailed with this potential move.

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VAN DIJK RUMOURS BEGIN…

Over the last few seasons, Liverpool have been known for hopping over to St. Marys to take a few players. Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane have joined the Reds from Southampton but the rumours of more players swapping the Stripes for Red have always been rampant. Virgil Van Dijk is the latest player who’s been linked from Southampton to Liverpool. Liverpool leak goals and Van Dijk has been a stand out in preventing goals this season. It seems logical and would, in theory, be a very good signing but there is that feeling among Liverpool fans that they just do not want to go to Southampton for more shopping of players despite the fact that Van Dijk would be a welcomed player at Anfield. And there is the small problem of price. Van Dijk’s performances warrant a huge price tag but will Liverpool splash out? Will Klopp want to spend upwards of £30m on a CB when he got Joel Matip, Liverpool’s stand out CB at the moment, for £0m? Only time will tell…

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-YM

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