Why Liverpool Should Return for Julian Draxler

Why Liverpool Should Return for Julian Draxler

Following a superbly eye-catching Confederations Cup, the stock of one former German wunderkind turned peripheral star seems to have not been higher. Julian Draxler, formerly of Schalke and VfLWolfsburg, is a name hitting the rumour mill once again, with the news that Paris Saint-Germain are set to continue on their path to utter and total supremacy via the purchase of Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe. A forward arsenal of Mbappé, Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Àngel Di Maria, Lucas Moura, Goncalo Guedes and Javier …
Jean Michael Seri: A Perfect Alternative To Naby Keita

Jean Michael Seri: A Perfect Alternative To Naby Keita

With Liverpool coming up short in their pursuit of Naby Keita so far this summer, and any such deal looking increasingly unlikely to arise, for the time being at least, Liverpool have reportedly shifted their interest to Nice’s Jean Michael Seri. He’s a player that’s widely sought after across Europe, especially within the Premier League where Arsenal and Tottenham have shown prior interest. So then, just who is he and should Liverpool be focusing their efforts on acquiring his services? …
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 …
Coutinho's Transfer Request Changes Nothing - And Everything

Coutinho's Transfer Request Changes Nothing - And Everything

After three hours of absolute chaos, the dust settled on the news that Philipe Coutinho had officially handed in a transfer request, almost immediately after Liverpool released a statement saying that he would categorically not be leaving the club this summer. Whether the club released the statement and Phil reacted, or the club knew the request was coming and got out ahead of it, we may never know. In a confused tangle of leaks, various sources reported he had handed …
Why Liverpool are proving me wrong this summer

Why Liverpool are proving me wrong this summer

As Liverpool swept Middlesbrough aside on the final day of the season, I was filled with optimism. Let the fun begin, I thought We had Klopp, Champions League football and reportedly a rather large pot of gold to splurge on some much-needed transfers. Most importantly, we'd experienced sensible - logical - progression. We'd moved from a season containing cup runs and an eighth placed finish to a season where the league mattered most, and we moved up to fourth. We …
Virgil Van Dijk Proves Transfer Requests Are Still A Thing

Virgil Van Dijk Proves Transfer Requests Are Still A Thing

They say the purpose of the darkness is that it makes us appreciate the light. And following a night where publications from opposite corners of the globe had Phil Coutinho packed up and gone, any positive news would have been welcome. The sun still came up in Liverpool and the headlines improved as the day went on. “Jurgen insists Liverpool won’t sell Coutinho,” said the Guardian. That’s our Klopp! Then came the classic James Pearce denial. Get in! “Phil would …
Liverpool's Uncharted August

Liverpool's Uncharted August

Early in July we all  had our favorite Liverpool writer we looked to for transfer intel, but those usually clued-in were mostly silent.  Into the void stepped a new batch of ITK’s with exotic ties to unnamed “sources” from far away lands. We quietly hoped they had it right.  They didn’t. Curiously, they were all telling similar tales, that Liverpool would at least have the second of their top three targets leaning on walls and swapping stories about their Istanbul …
Why Liverpool's Current Squad Is Not Enough To Challenge On All Fronts

Why Liverpool's Current Squad Is Not Enough To Challenge On All Fronts

Over the season 2016/17, Liverpool played 46 games, which amounts to around 4,140 minutes over the season. However, notably, some players struggled with their fitness, which raises questions of how individuals, the team, and the squad will perform in a season that will include a minimum of eight Champions League games (including and providing Liverpool go through the qualifying matches), and perhaps a longer FA Cup run. The most recent edition of the AI Under Pressure podcast looked at the …
Why Liverpool Still Need Another Winger

Why Liverpool Still Need Another Winger

Liverpool have already added one natural wide player to their squad – the exceptionally fast and talented Mo Salah, who appears to be the sort of world class game-changing signing that FSG and Klopp have promised us this summer. However, despite bringing in a winger, there remains a solid argument that Liverpool remain a winger short – a feeling that will only have been emphasised with the news that both Sheyi Ojo and Ryan Kent are going out on loan. …
FSG In, FSG Out, but what about Jurgen Klopp?

FSG In, FSG Out, but what about Jurgen Klopp?

In what has been a turbulent summer for Liverpool fans up until this point, one thing remains reasonably consistent: speculation about FSG. FSG this, FSG that. FSG in, FSG out. FSG are to blame if we don’t sign Van Dijk and Keita, FSG don’t want us to sign Van Dijk and Keita, FSG will have proven themselves, it’s time for FSG to step up. And amongst all of this, it’s not clear who FSG is actually supposed to mean. Is …
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