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Would anyone say that he is playing like a player that has had his head turned? I am not accusing him of anything but to me it just looks like his heart is not in it. I am not starting a war here I am just concerned with the form of our number 1 keeper.

 

Saying that if he is thinking of departing I would not stand in his way unless he picks his head up and realises he is the number 1 keeper at one of the biggest clubs in Europe and he has been playing like a set of fucking bagpipes.

 

no club that is good/big enough to turn his head will want him based on his form the last couple of years, he has gone from in my opinion the second best keeper in the world (unfortunately for him the best was also his rival for an International spot!) to one of the worst first choice keepers in the Premier League at the moment, surely it can't all be down to a change in goalkeeper coach? he was quality before Valero came as well as when he was here

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It means he is going through a tough time and I don't think dropping him will do anything good for his confidence.

 

I think keepers need support and confidence more than any other position.

 

Reina at his best is a top class keeper, unlike Jones. That is what I mean by backing him.

 

No time for sentiment in football. He's paid a good deal of money to be a professional sportsman.

 

I'd say the only reason Rodgers hasn't dropped him already is that our backup options are shit.

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He's been like that for at least 3 years now. Possibly 4.

When he eventually moves he'll come out with the truth that his head had been turned but he didn't take the bait "for whatever reason".

Sad as he was one of the best I've ever seen in a Liverpool shirt.

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No time for sentiment in football. He's paid a good deal of money to be a professional sportsman.

 

I'd say the only reason Rodgers hasn't dropped him already is that our backup options are shit.

 

I think that's right, he would be dropped if there was someone better.

 

There isn't so we have to back him.

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the support of reina on here is shit. he one of the best and while admittedly has had a rough year or so you can see he cares about the club and what the fans think. the idea of replacing him .. with who - Vorm. Fuck Off. I like to think of our players scanning these pages for inspiration. if they did little hope for loyalty given that many of us show none

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Would anyone say that he is playing like a player that has had his head turned? I am not accusing him of anything but to me it just looks like his heart is not in it. I am not starting a war here I am just concerned with the form of our number 1 keeper.

 

Saying that if he is thinking of departing I would not stand in his way unless he picks his head up and realises he is the number 1 keeper at one of the biggest clubs in Europe and he has been playing like a set of fucking bagpipes.

 

It's looked that way to me pretty much since benitez left. He's made no secret of the fact he's tried to jump ship already.

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He's been like that for at least 3 years now. Possibly 4.

When he eventually moves he'll come out with the truth that his head had been turned but he didn't take the bait "for whatever reason".

Sad as he was one of the best I've ever seen in a Liverpool shirt.

 

He was our player of the season in 2009/10.

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Brendan Rodgers has questioned whether Stewart Downing has the necessary "fight" for a Liverpool team that he believes can qualify for the Champions League.

 

The England international has been a major disappointment at Anfield since his £20m arrival from Aston Villa 14 months ago and his fortunes have deteriorated since Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish as manager. Downing has seen 17-year-old Raheem Sterling and summer signing Fabio Borini preferred ahead of him this season, and Rodgers has suggested the 28-year-old may have to reinvent himself as a left-back to enhance his prospects at Liverpool.

 

Rodgers did not disguise his frustration with Downing during the Europa League game against Young Boys in Berne last week. Now, after the winger again failed to impress in the Capital One Cup win over West Bromwich Albion in midweek, the Liverpool manager has suggested he may consider offers for Downing in January unless the player's commitment improves.

 

"Stewart is a good guy and a good lad who came here for an awful lot of money," said Rodgers, who is likely to be without Borini at Norwich Cityon Saturday due to an ankle injury. "It hasn't quite worked out for him as he would want it. The big challenge for him now is that commitment to the cause to fight, because he has the qualities. He has a wonderful left foot but what is important is that it is more than talent. Talent alone is not enough. You have to work hard, you have to fight for the shirt. We have seen that in a number of the young players and if you don't do that then longer-term you won't be here. It is as simple as that really."

 

The Liverpool manager's threat also applies to José Enrique, who made an encouraging start to his Anfield career after a £6m move from Newcastle United but has struggled since the turn of the year.

 

Rodgers added: "What is important is that you have good communication. I don't waste my time waiting until January to tell both players what I know now. So they know in relation to the demands of what we want and certainly what it is going to take for us to succeed and for them to fit into the dynamics of the group.

 

"We are coaches, not magicians. For me football players are no different to plumbers, joiners or bricklayers. They are self-employed and us as medics, coaches and managers are the tools that help them to be better. We will give them everything to help them to be better, but if they don't want to show that self-motivation, and if you haven't got that desire and hunger to succeed, then it can be very difficult for you. The communication I will keep private between Stewart and I, but he is under no illusions that he has to fight."

 

Liverpool have yet to win in the Premier League under Rodgers but, after a testing run of fixtures, the Northern Irishman denies the trip to Carrow Road represents a fresh start for his side. He also claimed that a top four finish is not beyond Liverpool providing they keep in touch with the leading pack until the transfer window reopens in January.

 

Rodgers said: "My job started the day I walked into the club. There is no doubt it was a difficult batch of fixtures to start with and our three home games were always going to be difficult. But there are 99 points to play for. I believe that 70-plus points will allow you to arrive in the top four. So that gives us 68 points that we need over the remaining games. We can maybe have 10 games with problems.

 

"There's absolutely no doubt it's going to be a monumental achievement for that [Champions League qualification] to happen but in my working life my mentality – and I'm selling that to the players– is that it is what we have to work towards. You aim to win the league and if you can't do that then you aim to finish as high as you possibly can. Get through to January and we will get better over the second half of the season as well."

 

Rodgers, who may have Daniel Agger available at Norwich despite the defender being carried off with a knee injury against Manchester United on Sunday, has confirmed Liverpool are looking to extend Suso's contract. The Spanish midfielder is the final year of his deal

 

 

Think this is the beginning of the end for Downing.

 

Good news about Suso.

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I can't remember the last time that Pepe was a stand out performer in a game. Even back in the days when we first signed him, if there was a match that he had little to do in, he always had the concentration to pull off a decent save when

required. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

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I can't remember the last time that Pepe was a stand out performer in a game.

 

He was man of the match vs Hearts away this season.

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Panic over; I've found us a much better replacement.

 

Did you learn nothing from the David James fiasco? The last thing this club needs is another keeper with video games problems:

 

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Ball is in.....parking lot....would you like to play again?

 

You have selected NO.

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some twitter rumours going around that wisdom, sterling, sahin and suso all starting tomorrow. would be great if true. wisdom deserves his chance. i am assuming he'll be right back with johnson lb. agger is expected to return too.

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I can't remember the last time that Pepe was a stand out performer in a game. Even back in the days when we first signed him, if there was a match that he had little to do in, he always had the concentration to pull off a decent save when

required. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

 

Chelsea away in the Carling Cup I think was a good night for Pepe. Clearance off the line, if I recall correctly. That's the one stand out performance I remember.

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Chelsea away in the Carling Cup I think was a good night for Pepe. Clearance off the line, if I recall correctly. That's the one stand out performance I remember.

 

My point being that there isn't many.

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Would Aston Villa take Downing back? I can't really see him at Stoke to be honest. Maybe Sunderland?

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