Imagine If We'd Renewed Gini’s Contract

Imagine If We'd Renewed Gini’s Contract

Apparently it annoys some people to mention certain former players, especially those which could (and should) have been retained by the club. In the case of one former red, Gini Wijnaldum, it seems that only one of him or Jordan Henderson were ever going to get improved terms on a new longer term contracts, with the other allowed to leave. The captain eventually got the contract both desired, and Gini  Wijnaldum was allowed to leave for PSG on a Bosman …
FSG Sale: No Perfect Solution

FSG Sale: No Perfect Solution

Doesn’t really do anything by halves David Ornstein eh…. Ever since the news broke on Monday that as many suspected Liverpool is ‘prepared to listen to offers’, social media has understandably gone into overdrive. Whatever the ‘sales deck’ Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have created contains, it’s hard to imagine FSG will be short of offers for a partial investment or complete takeover of the club. For all the talk around big name transfers, a last 16 glamour tie and …
Understanding The Timing Of FSG’s Sale

Understanding The Timing Of FSG’s Sale

It was always inevitable that FSG would sell the club sooner rather than later, but the key point is to understand the timing of their ‘For Sale’ sign and statement, and what has led the Boston-based consortium to choose now as the moment to cash in. FSG are primed to make an enormous amount of profit from the proposed sale of Liverpool Football Club, and that in itself is very reflective of how they have marshalled the Reds' transfer activity. …
Liverpool For Sale? Be Careful What You Wish For…

Liverpool For Sale? Be Careful What You Wish For…

The breaking story David Ornstein broke the story a few hours ago. “Liverpool FC have been put up for sale by Fenway Sports Group. Sale deck has been produced for interested parties. Goldman Sachs + Morgan Stanley assisting evaluation process. Unclear if deal gets done but FSG inviting offers.” The FSG statement  His story was accompanied by an FSG statement that said both everything and nothing. My interpretation is that they are pretty keen on making it known they will …
Tony Evans: Stop Cryarsing! Football Has Changed

Tony Evans: Stop Cryarsing! Football Has Changed

Here’s what you can expect as a Liverpool fan in the 2020s: life will be a roller-coaster. Here’s what you can’t expect: to win the title more than once in a – and I use the phrase consciously – blue moon. It’s no use cryarsing about every defeat and every missed transfer target. The words ‘the game has changed’ are thrown around too flippantly in football. But the truth is the game has changed. The sovereign-wealth fund clubs are skewing …
Tier 2 Shopping: The Smart Money

Tier 2 Shopping: The Smart Money

When you look at the transfers that Liverpool have made under Jurgen Klopp, the key factor over that body of work stands out a mile. The ability to consistently take players to the next level isn’t a skill too many coaches have been able to evidence. Certain managers can improve a player no doubt, but to make them elite or world class – that’s a special skillset. For all the incessant chatter over Liverpool’s need for reinforcements in midfield, the …
Succession

Succession

Effective succession planning is the key to sustained growth and success for organisations of all types - and football clubs are no different. For Liverpool, I feel a disjointed approach to succession planning has led to the club's recent on-field woes.  The model FSG had developed and put in place at Liverpool was inspired by the 'moneyball' concept - in addition to using data to find value-for-money incomings, using data to know when to move players on and replenish the …
Firmino Contract: Sense not Sentiment

Firmino Contract: Sense not Sentiment

There’s something that the kop wants you to know…Certain myths and tales can outgrow the reality as potentially the hardest personal decision of Jurgen Klopp’s reign approaches. Roberto Firmino will rightly leave Anfield as a legend whenever that time arrives. With January approaching, a player Klopp described as ‘an incredibly important player to me and to us’ will shortly be able to agree pre-contract terms with an overseas club, in a situation which has seen little to no movement in …
Can Jurgen Klopp Recover From This Slump

Can Jurgen Klopp Recover From This Slump

When Jurgen Klopp joined Liverpool, I think it was only he and Carlo Ancelotti that were in the running for the Anfield hot seat. In appointing the big German, we made the absolute right call, and his talents suited our needs perfectly. A fallen giant needed massive overhaul, and the playing staff needed a fearless leader to take them to the top. In the 7 years that have passed we have enjoyed unbelievable success, and just as many near misses. …
Gradually, then suddenly...

Gradually, then suddenly...

“How did you go bankrupt?" Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, 1926. As with bankruptcy so with football. So with Liverpool. This season feels “suddenly”. It feels all at once. It feels unexpected. This team just four months ago were very close to a quadruple. They then deservedly won the Community Shield in what seemed like an important proof-point that we were ready for the season. Gradually But this was also the team that didn’t win …
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