Which Fringe Players To Be Loaned, Sold or Retained?

Which Fringe Players To Be Loaned, Sold or Retained?

Each footballer’s pathway requires a specific and unique approach when starting out at any elite club. So many young prodigies and supposed generational talents will always emerge, yet can be lost within the shuffle of upper tier entities. With the need for success now so desperate, we are witnessing managers come and go, as frequent as the campaigns pass. Footballing ideologies and the willingness to immerse academy products, can be differing and forever dependent on who is the current holder …
Cody Gakpo: Swiftness Born Out Of Necessity

Cody Gakpo: Swiftness Born Out Of Necessity

So much for a quiet Boxing Day eh? No sooner had the dust settled on the Villa win and a swift Christmas Cinzano, than chaos erupted. A long, forgotten Paul Joyce bombshell was dropped in the form of a breaking move for Cody Gakpo. In true recent Liverpool transfer style, advanced negotiations quickly gave way to a rumoured six-year deal and the Dutch international heading to Merseyside as confirmed by his club PSV. This is a boost for the Reds …
Could Ben Doak Be the New Raheem Sterling?

Could Ben Doak Be the New Raheem Sterling?

Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, and Trent Alexander Arnold were promoted through the Liverpool academy, with early performances creating a major buzz within the Reds' fan base. Despite young Ben Doak not being produced within Kirkby, this has not stopped us all salivating at what could be and the next few games could be an interesting watch, as we wait to see what this young prodigy can deliver. Whereas one of my Anfield Index colleagues, Dave Davis, has written …
Stefan Bajcetic: Big Breakthrough Chance

Stefan Bajcetic: Big Breakthrough Chance

“We want to give these boy chances”. Distinct words from Pep Ljinders in his Carabao press conference when discussing Liverpool youngsters Stefan Bajcetic, Bobby Clark and Ben Doak. The talent of all three is clear for everyone to see and it would be more of a surprise if they didn’t enjoy some minutes before the end of year. Sometimes circumstances can be the making of players and due to where Liverpool find themselves right now, it may be surprising to …
Manchester City v Liverpool - The EFL Cup Preview

Manchester City v Liverpool - The EFL Cup Preview

Messi won the World Cup, Cristiano tainted his reputation further, Diaz got another injury, Elon did some things with Twitter & the Reds' fan base waited impatiently for their team to re-emerge. With the tournament in Qatar now all done, we can all start focusing in on Christmas and all the football this festive period delivers. After a very long break away from our domestic normality, we have ourselves a slow burn into the Premier League restart, with a 4th …
Ben Doak: Expectations Need Dampening Down

Ben Doak: Expectations Need Dampening Down

The classic mantra still rings true today: if you’re old enough, you’re good enough. Based on another noteworthy cameo against AC Milan, there’s many who will have Ben Doak pencilled in for the Man City Carabao game and maybe others beyond. A pre-return friendly to prepare for post World Cup action shouldn’t serve as an ultimate barometer, but the excitement across social media afterwards and those watching at the time was palpable. Liverpool’s number 50 has shone whenever he’s been …
Liverpool's Loan Window In January

Liverpool's Loan Window In January

There's been a lot of focus on the January transfer window in the last couple of weeks, with fans demanding that Liverpool sign pretty much any man under the age of 23 who's ever laced up a pair of boots. Moses Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez, Jude Bellingham, Cody Gakpo, and Konrad Laimer are all names that have been discussed for the January transfer window. However, it's likely that most of those transfers would be rather expensive, and more likely to take …
The Kids (Some) are Alright!

The Kids (Some) are Alright!

It maybe apt that we are focusing on ‘the who’ specifically (maybe one for the dads there), but there was plenty to digest on the back of Liverpool’s third round passage in the Carabao Cup against Derby. Jurgen Klopp utilised the entire spectrum of his squad with experienced internationals, squad players, youth talents and those unseen on this stage before. Excitement and forgiveness are two unique traits that are naturally afforded to youngsters seen as ‘coming through’ and that was …