Alex Barilaro

Aspiring Journalist from Melbourne, Australia. Football Hipster before it was cool.

Scouting Jean-Michael Seri - The Archetypal Playmaker

Scouting Jean-Michael Seri - The Archetypal Playmaker

Poise. Class. Creativity. Bountiful vocabulary has been used to describe the underrated Ivorian midfielder, currently plying his trade in a young, vibrant Nice team, coached by the Klopp-like Lucian Favre and playing alongside the likes of Vincent Koziello, Younes Belhanda and Allasane Plea. With a talented squad capable of hanging with Ligue 1’s opulent giants, Nice, on the whole, could be described very similarly to the man who often carries their midfield – underrated, under the radar, and yet seriously …
Is Naby Keita the Phil Coutinho Replacement?

Is Naby Keita the Phil Coutinho Replacement?

Will this transfer window end? First Liverpool were getting van Dijk, then they were apologising for getting van Dijk, then they were getting Keita, then they weren’t getting Keita at any price. Salah seemed to take a millennium, Liverpool effectively traded a bang-average Kevin Stewart for a potential-laden Andy Robertson, and the future of Phillipe Coutinho seemed comfortable, given the lack of real disruption. And then, it didn’t seem all that comfortable. So, should Liverpool give into Phillipe Coutinho’s demands …

"It could be a formality" - Chris Williams on Naby Keita Deal

Liverpool have been given a significant boost in their pursuit of RB Leipzig’s superstar midfielder Naby Keita, with the East German side's resolve cracking according to Bundesliga journalist Chris Williams. Liverpool had a €65 million bid rejected by Leipzig on Thursday, according to BILD. However, after continually affirming that the Guinean international wasn’t for sale, some Leipzig officials appear to be more accepting of the transfer now due to the exorbitant money Liverpool are willing to offer. “Their stance seems …
Scouting Naby Keita - The Unrivalled Midfielder

Scouting Naby Keita - The Unrivalled Midfielder

He’s the talk of the town. Will he ask for a move? Will Liverpool pay the money? Will Leipzig bend to a certain fee? Everyone seems to have their opinion on the Guinean midfielder who lit up the Bundesliga last season, breaking out onto the world scene. So, is he worth all the fuss? In a word: yes. Style Firstly, the concept of Keita only having proved himself over one exceptional season is a fallacy. What last season’s performances at …
Scouting Andy Robertson - Hull's Marauding Fullback

Scouting Andy Robertson - Hull's Marauding Fullback

With a vast amount of commotion and furore going on, you’d be forgiven for thinking the transfer window lasted all of two weeks. But, in fact, it does last substantially longer than the eleven days it’s been open in England thus far, and as such, deals will likely materialise over the coming month from virtually out of nowhere. One of those deals will likely involve a left-back, especially if the recent reports from The Liverpool Echo, Melissa Reddy and Paul …
Welcome to Liverpool: Mohamed Salah

Welcome to Liverpool: Mohamed Salah

Liverpool have officially completed the signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma. The Egyptian international, who registered 15 goals and 11 assists last season for the Giallorossi, joins Liverpool for a fee believed to be £34m before add ons, after back and forth negotiations between the two clubs and will be wearing the number 11 shirt previously worn by Roberto Firmino. Salah represents the first proper foray into the transfer market in what will be a pivotal summer for Liverpool and Jürgen …
Who is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic? Scouting Lazio's Powerhouse

Who is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic? Scouting Lazio's Powerhouse

Amidst rising tensions regarding Liverpool’s transfer business, and the multitudes of social media seething in contempt over their American overlords, people are desperate for rumours, for some sort semblance of positivity regarding Liverpool’s summer (one that hasn’t even properly begun yet.) So, here’s to a little bit of positivity. One of the chief rumours coming out of the successful 2016/17 season was the Reds’ pursuit of the rising star Naby Keita, who was equally successful with Bundesliga newboys RB Leipzig. …
Scouting Virgil van Dijk: What would he bring to Liverpool?

Scouting Virgil van Dijk: What would he bring to Liverpool?

If you’re somehow new to supporting Liverpool Football Club and have dived into the realm of hilarity, chaos and speculation, then you’re a brave soul indeed. Yet, the overriding sense of optimism coming out of the 2016/17 amongst the Reds’ fanbase has manifested itself in the targets: Liverpool are aiming high, and look pretty confident in realising those hefty ambitions. One of their greatest challenges of the transfer window, however, will be prying Virgil van Dijk from the greedy hands …
Scouting Julian Brandt - Leverkusen's Blazing Starlet

Scouting Julian Brandt - Leverkusen's Blazing Starlet

It’s been a rather torrid season for Bayer Leverkusen. Through it all, there was a blonde-haired 21 year-old plying his tricky, flashy trade in the attack, creating where Leverkusen struggled to finish. Now, Julian Brandt is a prime target ripe for the taking. He’s attracted interest from clubs with notable reputations: Liverpool and Bayern Munich – a signal of his ability if ever there was one. A report that he’d already agreed to a deal with Bayern was quelled by …
Scouting Luan - The Silky Brazilian

Scouting Luan - The Silky Brazilian

The rumours are coming thick and fast, and while Liverpool stumbles their way towards one form of European football – preferably the Champions League – Jürgen Klopp has spoken of his resolve to improve his team significantly in the summer. Included in that improvement would be a backup attacker, who’s able to fill in when the likes of Firmino, Mané and Origi are unable to maintain the demanding schedule of a team making strides in Europe. Much will be made …
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