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Fern9do

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The last one got locked so lets give it another go...
This thread is for all loyal Liverpool Supporters. A place on myBB where we can discuss all things related to the Reds.

Dissapointing season last time round but the emergence of The likes of Torres, Skrtel and Babel was a highlite for me. Also the partnership between Stevie-G and Nando was breathtaking at times.

We have signed 3 players thus far:
Andrea Dossena(LB)
Phillip Degen(RB)
Diego Cavalliere(GK)

What are your thaughts regarding the 2008-09 season?
 
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Barry on the way as deal is done

barryhome.jpegGareth Barry will bid a bitter farewell to Villa next week just as American keeper Brad Guzan arrives in Martin O’Neill’s changing squad.

Barry’s disputed exit to Liverpool is now just days away after the Anfield club finally struck a deal over the methods of payment in what will be a record sale for Villa.

Liverpool are paying around £15m in cash and throwing right-back Steve Finnan into the pot as well and that will go ahead within 72 hours now that Villa have agreed a time scale of staggered cash payments from Anfield.

That closing act of an angry farewell will coincide with 23-year-old Guzan being recruited for about £1m to fill one of Villa’s two goalkeeping vacancies .

O’Neill believes he has recruited the next big American goalkeeping talent heading for a major career in Europe in the footsteps of Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel and Tim Howard.


And the transfer will complete a meteoric rise for the 6ft 4in keeper who was an unknown on the US football scene less than three years ago but is now considered the best of their coveted group of stoppers.

Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara, a part-owner of Guzan’s Chivas MLS team Guzan is leaving has confirmed a deal has been struck and although he would not name the buying club the leak of the story flushed out confirmation from Villa Park today.

Vergera said: “He’s leaving for Europe, to England specifically, and we’re very happy and very glad that another Chivas player is going to Europe.”

Guzan, frustrated by red tape over his work permit when he tried to sign for Villa in January, says: “It’s been absolutely unbelievable.”
http://www.expressandstar.com/2008/07/12/barry-on-the-way-as-deal-is-done/
FINALLY!!!!

Just hope we can still sell Xabi to Juve now
 

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I think liverpool this year have their best chance at the epl, looking fwrd to seeing them in action.
 

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Keane Heading to Anfield in £18million Move PDF Print E-mail
Written by SAFF Editor
Saturday, 26 July 2008 09:00



Robbie Keane is due to sign for Liverpool next week after the two clubs agreed on a fee for the Irish Striker according to The Daily Mail.

The paper claims that Keane will be in Liverpool to undergo his medical after Tottenham accepted Liverpool's offer of £18million.



Liverpool have been chasing the striker for a while now and last month Rafael Benitez revealed that Keane is one of his main summer transfer targets.

"The Liverpool manager was absent from Melwood yesterday as European Championship winner Alonso returned to training seeking urgent talks over his future.



Benitez was believed to be busy finalising the Keane deal, which could rise to £20m if Liverpool win either the Premier League or Champions League during his time at Anfield. The Republic of Ireland striker, 28, will sign for his boyhood favorites more than a decade after turning down the chance to join Liverpool when he left Crumlin United in Dublin to start his career in England.



It became clear he would be leaving when Tottenham boss Juande Ramos did not even name him among the substitutes for Thursday night's friendly against Hercules in Spain.

He also refused to discuss the Keane situation afterwards. Benitez, however, is not giving up the chase for Barry - who was abused by angry Villa fans when he played for the reserves against Walsall in midweek - and still hopes to raise the money by selling players or persuading the club to release more funds." reported the paper
http://www.safootballfans.co.za/ind...ve&catid=36:barclays-premier-league&Itemid=64
 

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Keane will be a very good signing IMO. But we need quality wingers :mad:
 

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Keane will be a very good signing IMO. But we need quality wingers :mad:
I agree but it looks like we will be depending on Kuyt,Pennant,benayoun and babel again.
I actually dont understand why rafa did not make a top class winger a priority.:mad:
 

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I agree but it looks like we will be depending on Kuyt,Pennant,benayoun and babel again.
I actually dont understand why rafa did not make a top class winger a priority.:mad:
Doesn't fit his [-]balanced[/-] defensive set up :rolleyes:
 

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Doesn't fit his [-]balanced[/-] defensive set up :rolleyes:
I think this poster may have a good idea of what rafa's planning

Since Benitez joined the club we have seen progress in the squad. A high turnover in players has occurred with one aim – ‘constant improvement’. Having a net spend over just over 80 million over four years, spending 20 million per season is not a vast amount compared to some of our rivals. The ‘poorer’ signings have gone in a ruthless yet quick manner – some for a profit after doing a decent job (Bellamy and Sissoko). The good signings has stayed, are at a good age to play for 5, 7 maybe even 10 years in some cases. As they can play for a number of years this makes the investment in stars such as Torres, Agger and Mascherano shrewd investments.

Every transfer window Benitez has had one aim – to improve the squad. Upgrades in positions have occurred – such as upfront with Cisse getting upgraded by Bellamy and the later being improved upon by Torres. This has occurred all over the pitch with centre midfield being improved with Diao – Sissoko – Mascherano again a sign of progress.

So where is Benitez taking this team?

Benitez is a control freak and a perfectionist. He’ll always focus on where to improve and next season he’ll want more clean sheets, more goals, more points and more control in games.

For arguments sake let’s say Benitez does sign two of our clear targets in Barry and Keane, with Crouch and Barry departing. What is that going to do to our team? Personally I think it will give the side more balance, more threat, more ‘possibilities’ and therefore more chance to improve and hopefully challenge for the title.

Barry, regardless of how much people think he’s worth, is a very good player. He’s not flashy, but he’s a good passer, has good positioning, versatile, good defensively, gets assists, goals and given his professional approach seems a perfect Benitez-type signing. Alonso is a beautiful footballer, but hand on heart I don’t think he’s been playing to his potential the last two years. Barry is more suited to the physical nature of the Premier League and could be another decent upgrade – certainly defensively alongside Mascherano shielding the back four.

Keane I think we’ll be an upgrade on Kuyt. He works hard, willing to track back, he’s versatile – able to play left or right of Torres, as a leading striker or a supporting one. But the difference is he’ll offer more threat than Kuyt. More goals, assists, can beat a player and this is what we need more match winners to help Gerrard and Torres. He’s more what Jol described Kuyt – a true ’20/20’ player getting close to 20 goals and 20 assists in a season. In a better team, with quality around him who knows he could thrive.

Both Barry and Keane are used to the Premier League. They have proven they can play to a high standard week in, week out. This is what you need to win leagues, consistently high standards – 7 or 8 out of 10 performances week in, week out.


Next season our team could have a side capable of changing formations with the same XI. In the past changes would usually have to be made for this to occur, but now I think Benitez can make subtle changes through out games making us harder to stop:

4-4-2 - Standard

----------------------------Reina--------------------------------

Arbeloa--------Carragher---------Agger-----------Dossena

Gerrard--------Mascherano-------Barry--------------Babel

-------------------Keane----------Torres-----------------------

Even this can be changed with Barry going left, allowing Dossena to overlap more, knowing Barry will cover. With Babel switching to right and Gerrard in the centre to get more possession:

----------------------------Reina--------------------------------

Arbeloa--------Carragher---------Agger-----------Dossena

Babel----------Mascherano-------Gerrard-------------Barry

-------------------Keane----------Torres-----------------------

4-2-3-1

----------------------------Reina--------------------------------

Arbeloa--------Carragher---------Agger-----------Dossena

------------------Mascherano-------Barry---------------------

Gerrard---------------------Keane---------------------Babel

-------------------------------Torres----------------------------

Keane, Babel and Gerrard can all inter-change as all comfortable in each position.

4-3-3

----------------------------Reina--------------------------------

Arbeloa--------Carragher---------Agger-----------Dossena

-----------Gerrard------Mascherano-------Barry--------------

-----------Keane-----------Torres-----------Babel--------------

3-5-2

----------------------------Reina-------------------------------

---------Carragher---------Agger-----------Barry-------------

Arbeloa----------Mascherano-----Gerrard-----------Dossena

----------------------------Keane---------------------------

------------------Babel-----------------Torres-----------------

Which can obviously being changed with subs to include Skrtel at the back, Degan as a with back – giving Gerrard a free role behind two strikers.

The side is evolving all the time. With more players able to play in a number of positions, offer more formations and most importantly more threat as they have quality. This is what Benitez wants a free flowing team than can switch between formations giving the opposition more problems as the movement with be fluid and knowing which players to mark will be a struggle.

I think it is an exciting team filled with players who have performed in this tough league. A side that is balanced between defending and attack – with threat all over, rather than just centrally as seen in the past.

- Add to this the return of Sammy Lee and Pellegrino.
- Agger back to help the defensive record and the distribution from the back.
- More attacking fullbacks to offer width up the field.

I think we should feel quietly confident about our chances next season. The best team wins the league, not the flashiest. I think if we lineup with Barry and Keane next season – there will be few teams more effective than ours. The Kaizen approach is working.

Where to you think Benitez is taking this team and how it is evolving? I will be interested to hear your thoughts…
http://www.redandwhitekop.com/forum/index.php?topic=223817.0

I know its if's,but's and maybe's(because we haven't signed keane or barry yet) but must say it's a great post.
 

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Keane done deal.

I'm quite chuffed with that. Our attack is looking quite strong now

Torres, Kuyt, Bable, Keane, Ngog (seems to be well rated)

Looking forward to the season, should be a good one.
 
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DSTV don't seem to be showing the Liverpool game tonight. :mad:. Showing Arsenal though:rolleyes:

Going to have to watch it online
 

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KEANE AND TORRES START AT IBROX

Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres will play together for the first time after being named in the starting XI to face Rangers at Ibrox this afternoon in a game you can only watch here on Liverpoolfc.tv.
Steven Gerrard will skipper a strong side in the 3pm kick off.

The Liverpool team in full is: Cavalieri, Dossena, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Plessis, Gerrard, Benayoun, Kuyt, Keane, Torres. Subs: Reina, Hyypia, Agger, Alonso, Pennant, Insua, Darby, Spearing, Nemeth, Ngog.


match starting at 4:)
 
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