Liverpool's Long-Term Planning

Liverpool's Long-Term Planning

Football teams can enjoy success in one of two ways: an immediate gain via trophies that eventually peter out into a transitional phase where the club must effectively ‘go again’ or a long-term vision, a five-year plan of progression towards consistent triumph. In the past, Liverpool would fall under the first category, showing plenty of quality in individual seasons such as 2013/14. As good as Brendan Rodgers’ side were that year, benefitting from the electric attacking combination of Luis Suarez …
Midfield Reinforcements For Liverpool: Pre-contract Targets To Add Creativity

Midfield Reinforcements For Liverpool: Pre-contract Targets To Add Creativity

Liverpool's midfield benefitted from £100m in investment over the summer with the surprise signing of Monaco's Fabinho, and the arrival of Naby Keita - signed from RBL last summer. However, with the injury to Oxlade-Chamberlain, we've still had to suffer through games with Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson in the engine room. As we've seen in recent games, the three from last season's team are able to provide a solid midfield to counter teams like PSG and Man …
Buoyed by Optimism - Liverpool's Season Ahead

Buoyed by Optimism - Liverpool's Season Ahead

It’s a weird feeling not really knowing how to manage your expectations as a Liverpool fan. I’m 38 - a seasoned pro at this. However, never in my experience of supporting The Reds can I remember a feeling of such enthusiasm surrounding the club. Not Then, Not Ever Even after Rafa’s fantastic 08/09 team came within touching distance of the title there was still the unmissable grey Hicks & Gillett cloud hanging over Anfield. We knew Benitez had almost achieved …
Can Klopp finally land the League Title?

Can Klopp finally land the League Title?

Prior to the World Cup, Liverpool could conceivably have delivered the most spectacular summer for many a decade (in midfield alone). The midfield roster was oh-so-close to being Fabinho, Keita and Fekir. An upgrade of epic proportions and the kind of statement of intent that has been rare in the Anfield Premier League era. Midfield moves If we measure our title aspirations against our most serious rivals moving forward, Man City, then the midfield upgrades are clear. The respective quality …
Why Christian Pulisic would be Liverpool's Ultimate Investment

Why Christian Pulisic would be Liverpool's Ultimate Investment

With football’s ever-growing obsession with the word “potential”, it’s not often one gets to make statements of absolution. Indeed, football is obsessed with making resolute, consummate statements within a game that is transient and is cursed with never really knowing what is real and what is just, essentially, an educated guess. Football clubs have the power of analysis, of an endless stream of statistics and opinions from those most qualified to make decisions, and yet no decision ever made could …
How FSG Found Their Perfect Formula

How FSG Found Their Perfect Formula

May 2010: The Royal Bank of Scotland takes Hicks and Gillett to court in order to force the sale of Liverpool Football Club. October 2010, Fenway Sports Group purchase Liverpool Football Club for £300 million, after the club was perilously teetering above the jaws of administration. Nearly eight years later, mistakes have been made, Liverpool did not progress the way they perhaps ought to have, and yet all it took was a couple of extremely clever appointments to execute the …
Alisson, Klopp and FSG: The Signing That Reveals The Owners' Hand

Alisson, Klopp and FSG: The Signing That Reveals The Owners' Hand

As this piece is being written, Brazilian number one Alisson Becker is being put through his paces for his medical ahead of his £66.8 million transfer from Roma to Liverpool, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in world football. He joins a squad full of big money names, particularly Virgil Van Dijk who is the world’s most expensive defender. Naby Keita, Fabinho and Mohamed Salah all cost a pretty penny, too. There’s a theme emerging here, can you see? In …
Alisson the latest addition for Big Money Reds

Alisson the latest addition for Big Money Reds

You awake on a secluded Sardinian beach to a warm Mediterranean breeze and gentle waves lapping at your feet. Your gorgeous wife flashes you a smile as she updates her Instagram. You glance out at your sailboat and notice a bottle has washed up on the shore. Shaking out the rolled up paper, you rub your eyes and squint at the handwriting... Get the ale in lad, and get yer bird ready. You're a Red now! We assume such a …
Is the Alisson transfer really a statement of intent from FSG?

Is the Alisson transfer really a statement of intent from FSG?

NOPE. Simple. It's not. I am done here. You can move on now But wait, you say, how come? A world record fee bid for a keeper. Potentially getting in one of the best keepers in the Serie A and current Brazil #1. If there ever was a statement of intent, surely this is it? Well, what exactly is a statement of intent? It's when you dramatically change the way you behave in order to achieve a certain objective. The …
The FSG Spending Myth

The FSG Spending Myth

With Liverpool in the middle of a critically important transfer window (aren’t they always?), it seems like a perfect time to revisit a recurring myth amongst the Liverpool fanbase: FSG refuse to spend the money to compete for trophies. As an American Liverpool fan, I scoff at the notion that Fenway Sports Group is a bunch of cheapskates who do not like to put money into their teams. This is because FSG also just happens to own the Boston Red …
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