Fucking fabulous. At least something goes our way on this one. Rope up Sturridge, land maybe another striker and a central defender, and maybe Rodgers & Co. can make a run.
(via Liverpool agree deal to keep Raheem Sterling at Anfield for five years | Football | guardian.co.uk)
My fellow soccer fans, please let me know if I am wrong for thinking that 12 million pounds for Daniel Sturridge is pure British Player Tax — not to the extreme that Dalglish heaped on Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, and Andy Carroll, but still BPT nonetheless.
Chelsea are utterly bereft of striking skill. Surely if Sturridge had shown anything that demanded he be played in front of Fernando Torres, he would have done so already. He is certainly a young talent and useful, but am I wrong in thinking he is not 12 million pounds useful? Or is this what Liverpool have to pay at a minimum in order to ease the striker burden?
(via Chelsea poised to sell Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool in January | Football | The Guardian)

My fellow soccer fans, please let me know if I am wrong for thinking that 12 million pounds for Daniel Sturridge is pure British Player Tax — not to the extreme that Dalglish heaped on Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, and Andy Carroll, but still BPT nonetheless.

Chelsea are utterly bereft of striking skill. Surely if Sturridge had shown anything that demanded he be played in front of Fernando Torres, he would have done so already. He is certainly a young talent and useful, but am I wrong in thinking he is not 12 million pounds useful? Or is this what Liverpool have to pay at a minimum in order to ease the striker burden?

(via Chelsea poised to sell Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool in January | Football | The Guardian)

Carrow Road is very, very good for what ails Luis Suarez and Liverpool.

Carrow Road is very, very good for what ails Luis Suarez and Liverpool.

I did the exact same facepalm watching Pepe Reina completely misplay the shot from Santi Cazorla for an 0-2 lead.
(via Mocksession)

I did the exact same facepalm watching Pepe Reina completely misplay the shot from Santi Cazorla for an 0-2 lead.

(via Mocksession)

the new, really depressing reality of being a Liverpool F.C. fan.

It’s setting in after realizing the owners’ refusal to go any higher than £4 million for Clint Dempsey resulted in him going to Spurs for £6 million.

We’re broke, and we’re not good at being broke. We have to learn how to operate on a much lower budget. (Apologies for the dumb trope of referring to one’s rooting interest as “we,” but I find it more effective as a writing tool in this case.)

We’re paying for the British Player Tax Dalglish and Comolli happily spent when buying up Carroll, Henderson, Adam, and Downing. Jose Enrique and Luis Suarez have arguably been worth what was paid for them. LFC are banking that it might bring £18 mil or so from Carroll if he eventually wants to stay in East London and the Hammers stay up, but that’s still a loss. Adam was sold at a two mil loss to Stoke and I’m still surprised he was wanted. Henderson and Downing have no value after being acquired for completely stupid transfer fees.

Aside from the occasional buying of a player like Fabio Borini or Joe Allen, LFC are now going to have to lean on the academy — we’ll learn what the kids are made of, which is good — and figure out how to add good players on the cheap. It’s godsmacking how well David Moyes does in the market despite Everton’s well-documented financial trouble, and it’s clear LFC will have to imitate its closest rival in this way.

Liverpool transfer news: Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea is a target and Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing could be sold to raise funds - Mirror Online
Several reasons why the Mirror is throwing shit to the wall and seeing if it sticks:
Romelu Lukaku is on loan at West Brom. Sturridge is one of two recognized strikers in the squad, the other being Fernando Torres. Ask a Chelsea fan if s/he wants Torres to be the only forward on the roster with the transfer deadline this week.
If Brendan Rodgers thinks he’ll get 15 million pounds from the sales of Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing combined, he’s crazy.
Given some of Sturridge’s brain locks last season (Chelsea fans I follow on Twitter would get livid with his ball-hogging), I doubt he’d play well with Luis Suarez. 
Clint Dempsey would probably be a better fit with this LFC team in a starting XI.
Even if Sturridge was sold and Chelsea money-whipped Hulk or Edinson Cavani in, they’d need another striker.
This is so not happening.

Liverpool transfer news: Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea is a target and Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing could be sold to raise funds - Mirror Online

Several reasons why the Mirror is throwing shit to the wall and seeing if it sticks:

  • Romelu Lukaku is on loan at West Brom. Sturridge is one of two recognized strikers in the squad, the other being Fernando Torres. Ask a Chelsea fan if s/he wants Torres to be the only forward on the roster with the transfer deadline this week.
  • If Brendan Rodgers thinks he’ll get 15 million pounds from the sales of Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing combined, he’s crazy.
  • Given some of Sturridge’s brain locks last season (Chelsea fans I follow on Twitter would get livid with his ball-hogging), I doubt he’d play well with Luis Suarez. 
  • Clint Dempsey would probably be a better fit with this LFC team in a starting XI.
  • Even if Sturridge was sold and Chelsea money-whipped Hulk or Edinson Cavani in, they’d need another striker.

This is so not happening.

Fearless Raheem Sterling shows Liverpool the face of their future | Richard Williams | Football | The Guardian
Joe Allen, Seb Coates, Luis Suarez, and Fabio Borini were big bright spots for the Reds today, but Raheem Sterling is the dude every Liverpool fan wants to see. He merited a starting spot after his work against Hearts in the Europa League on Thursday and already looks a brighter, smarter option on the left than Stewart Downing has in over a year.
Nuri Sahin to join Liverpool on loan from Real Madrid | Football | guardian.co.uk
Good. Anyone having trouble breaking into Real Madrid’s first team due to injury is automatically better than the pu-pu platter of Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing.
My favorite USMNT player on my favorite EPL team?
YES PLEASE.
(via Fulham to offer Clint Dempsey to Liverpool in bid for Andy Carroll | Football | The Guardian)
GPOYW, You’ll Never Walk Alone Edition. #GPOYW (Taken with Instagram at adidas Village)

GPOYW, You’ll Never Walk Alone Edition. #GPOYW (Taken with Instagram at adidas Village)

theworldsgame:

If both the BBC and the Guardian have it as a certainty with an announcement in 24 hours, that’s usually good enough for me. Disclosure: yours truly is a Liverpool fan who thought Rodgers would be insane to go to Anfield as late as this morning.

The hire is interesting for a few…

My general thoughts on Liverpool hiring Brendan Rodgers away from Swansea City, posted elsewhere. One thing I did not mention in the TWG piece is what this means for Pepe Reina — because he is not necessarily a Valdes or Vorm-work-it-out-from-the-back-type keeper. He could be, but given his form at the end of the season…Reina could be watching out for his spot, and so should Gerrard, Downing, and Adam at the very least. (Carragher is not included because everyone with a brain knows he’s done; Glen Johnson might thrive under Rodgers but I sense Martin Kelly will push him harder.) I suspect Carroll will get to build himself back up.

I’m positive about the hire because it’s an up-and-comer and not a backward-looking figure for the club, but let’s not mince words: Rodgers will have to clear out a lot of dead weight. It’s not Chelsea-level player power in there (and at least those guys won a CL this season), but it’s pretty stiff nonetheless. 

tovaritching:

thethirdshift:

Liverpool want to talk to Brendan Rodgers about manager’s job | Football | The Guardian

That’s all well and good but after Swansea signed Gylfi Sigurdsson to a full deal, I’m not sure why Rodgers would want to leave. Essentially he has full control of the players and the team and just nailed one of this best players — if not the best — from last season down.

Let me say that I would be very, very surprised if Brendan Rodgers leaves South Wales for Merseyside. FSG should have interviewed Andre Villas-Boas as well, but it will probably be Roberto Martinez, which I would be more than fine with.

Too true.

Gylfi has admitted he only initially came here on loan because of Brendan. He won’t sign if Brendan’s leaving because he doesn’t want a repeat of what happened at Hoffenheim.

It’s people with big egos - speculation junkies if you will - shortening the odds and people take it in and bam he’s favourite. They don’t call this silly season for no reason.

And anyway, we are, maybe I’m looking through rose tinted glasses but right now I think that we are actually a better team than Liverpool. It’s too much of a step sideways, or, dare I say it, backwards, for Brendan to go there.

Right now Swansea is definitely a better footballing side than Liverpool. The Reds went around a lot of last season without a clear philosophy of play outside of “watch Suarez destroy a defender” or “unleash Craig Bellamy late.” FSG don’t have as much money available as Sheikh Mansour or Roman Abramovich (hell, even the Glazers), but it’s not so much a question (to me, biased toward Liverpool as I am) of who’s a better team now, but the highest level each club can reach with its resources — that’s the question every manager probably asks himself when dealing with a big money move.

Swansea would be thrilled with a Europa League spot. Champions League at this point would be out of the question with what it spends. Liverpool can still spend enough to fund a CL spot challenge — but I would argue FSG must take a page from the Newcastle book and find its Graham Carr, because it’s not going to outspend Chelsea, Man City, or Man United — and a lack of a coherent philosophy leaves it behind Arsene Wenger, who is apparently going to spend this summer and hope he can keep van Persie. 

The real question for Rodgers re: the Liverpool job is whether he believes he can replicate his work at Swansea at Anfield and do so quickly enough to earn Champions League qualification. It’s really about how high his ambition goes right now. I like his philosophy but I think he would be insane to take the Liverpool job if offered it. He has a better setup right now within its more limited financial parameters, and a lot of the groundwork done at Swansea City is also thanks to Paulo Sousa and Roberto Martinez, the latter being his likely competitor for the LFC job. I see the incentive for Martinez to leave — every year he loses his two or three best players and has to rebuild the squad again with loans to save it from relegation. Loyalty to Dave Whelan can only get you so far; Lancashire clubs have taken a major hit these days.

But that hasn’t happened at Swansea yet, and board has coughed up the pounds to bring Rodgers’ best player into the squad full-time instead of on loan. Barring some mass exodus of sales, I have no idea why Rodgers would want to leave now. Maybe 2-3 years down the line if the Swans are still up, but not right now.

That’s all well and good but after Swansea signed Gylfi Sigurdsson to a full deal, I’m not sure why Rodgers would want to leave. Essentially he has full control of the players and the team and just nailed one of this best players — if not the best — from last season down.

Let me say that I would be very, very surprised if Brendan Rodgers leaves South Wales for Merseyside. FSG should have interviewed Andre Villas-Boas as well, but it will probably be Roberto Martinez, which I would be more than fine with.

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