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    Mohamed Salah

    Rumours have it that this is a done deal. Article from the Mirror detailing his playing style: With the arrival of the January transfer window, Brendan Rodgers will be looking to build on the strong start to the season with a signing or two at Liverpool. And one name he is continually linked with is Basel youngster Mohamed Salah. But is he any good? Would he fit into to Rodgers' system at Liverpool? Here’s Ross Dunbar with everything you need to know about the 21-year-old: Salah has been on the radar of some English and German clubs for well over a year. In fact, the option was on the table for the Egypt international to leave Switzerland over the summer, but Champions League football and the chance to add to his medal haul at Basel eventually convinced him to stay at the club. Salah’s demand for Champions League football will be a crucial selling point for any of his admirers this month or next summer. The sad events in the Port Said stadium riot in January 2012 forced the Egyptian Premier League into shutdown mode and after impressing for Egypt’s U23 side – in a friendly against Basel, funnily enough – he signed for the Swiss side in June 2012. With little time for transition into Swiss football following the departure of Xherdan Shaqiri to Bayern Munich, Salah has learned the hard way. Without speaking anything but Arabic, he let his football do the talking. Goals against Chelsea and Tottenham in the UEFA Europa League last season made others sit-up and take notice of the Egyptian; both clubs even sent scouts to St-Jakob’s Park to watch Salah in domestic action. Goal man: Mohamed Salah scores for Basel against Tottenham in the Europa League Julian Finney But this season, Salah has grown in self-confidence, stepping up to the plate in a lacklustre performance against Ludogorets Razgrad to send FC Basel into the Champions League group stages. At Chelsea, in one of the club’s most memorable triumphs, Salah was excellent, linking with the midfield to keep possession in tight areas, but also demonstrating his class when in key areas of the park. He’s the new... Franck Ribery (sort of)Quite hard to compare - he's not necessarily a winger – but he has similar traits to Franck Ribery, on the opposite side of the pitch. StrengthsDespite playing notably wider than most attacking forwards – those who aren’t wingers – he has the intelligence to find space, while playing in an inverted style on to his left-foot, and he is willing to come out wide to get the ball. Salah is a very quick runner off the ball, but he’s yet to convert that extra yard of pace into his game when in possession. But sharp decision-making and movement is key to the Egyptian’s overall game and Salah has superb composure in-front of goal. He rarely does boring tap-ins either, finishing intricate moves with conviction and as seen against Chelsea, he's especially clinical when presented with a chance on his left-side. WeaknessesSalah himself considers his heading ability as his biggest weakness. Mohamed Salah: Play like an Egyptian Francis Bompard His talents are there for all to see, but he can go hiding at times, if his side aren’t dominating the match. That’s the nature of his style, though, leaving him isolated when not brought enough into the play. How would he fit into the Liverpool team?If Liverpool can guarantee Champions League football for the young Egyptian, then Anfield could be a perfect destination for him. An interchanging forward line with Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Mohamed Salah would make the Kop buzz with excitement. The key thing, though, will be guaranteed football in Europe’s Premier club competition. Interest is strong from Germany. Schalke 04 could do much worse than snap him up, but Borussia Monchengladbach – assuming the Foals secure fourth – could be an attractive destination. Gladbach’s Swiss coach Lucien Favre has also been sniffing around FC Basel’s prime talents, including Valentin Stocker. Did you know?His coach Murat Yakin has compared Salah’s raw pace to that of Olympic sprinting champion Usain Bolt.
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    Divock Origi

    Eating fish and chips with his dad currently..
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    Roberto Firmino

    Liverpool have agreed a five-year deal for Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino, according to reports in the player’s home country of Brazil. News outlet Globoesporte (h/t Marc Williams of the Daily Star) claim a transfer fee of £17.8 million has been struck for the Selecao star.
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    Nathaniel Clyne

    Liverpool have beaten off competition from Manchester United for Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne, according to The Daily Express. They say the England man will snub the Red Devils in favour of guaranteed first-team football on Merseyside. Brendan Rodgers has apparently agreed personal terms with the defender but the two clubs are yet to thrash out a fee.
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    Daniel Sturridge

    Liverpool negotiating with Chelsea over Daniel Sturridge transfer, although £80,000-a-week 'demands' are dismissed - Transfers - Football - The Independent Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge wants to make a January exit from Stamford Bridge - with Liverpool his first-choice destination. A number of clubs are understood to be interested in the striker but Liverpool and Chelsea have begun talks over a £15m deal and Sturridge has set his sights on a move to Anfield reports the Evening Standard. The 23-year-old, who joined from Manchester City for £6.5m in 2009, has become increasingly frustrated over his lack of starts up front and hopes a deal with the Reds will be agreed. There have been reports that Sturridge has demanded £80,000-a-week to join the Reds, as well as guarantees over a starting role, however the striker's representatives have denied this. "Daniel Sturridge does not conduct his business in public," they said. "He also does not make demands in any negotiation, with regards to salary or his playing position. "Any contract between a club and a player has to be based on mutual agreement." The former City trainee has scored 24 goals in 95 appearances for the Blues - five more than rival Fernando Torres from 90 games - but has been mostly played out wide on the right flank. His form has been good enough to earn four England caps and he also played up front for the Great Britain Olympic team in the summer. Sturridge has started just two games for Chelsea this season due to a persistent hamstring injury but has conceded he will never be given a chance to be first-choice striker. Torres has been consistently picked ahead of him since joining for a British record £50m from Liverpool last year, even though he has failed to impress. Chelsea are growing impatient over Torres but are expected to try to sign another big-name forward such as Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao or Napoli's Edinson Cavani rather than give Sturridge a run in the side. The club are prepared to let him go in January as his contract runs out in 2014 and with him not expected to agree a new one, it is the last window where they can command a large fee. That will help them raise funds to buy a replacement, especially as it appears Romelu Lukaku will not be recalled from his season's loan at West Brom. Lukaku, who started just four games for Chelsea last season after joining from Anderlecht for £18m, has scored five goals for Steve Clarke's side. Chelsea have an option to take him back in January but coach Rafael Benitez said: "It's maybe best for him to stay there where he is playing games for now, as it will be better for his future development."
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    Emre Can

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-transfer-news-emre-can-3562245 Reports in Germany suggest the Reds are close to an agreement with the German midfielder, but how much do you know about the highly-rated 20-year-old Liverpool are close to signing Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, according to reports in Germany. Bild suggest a deal of around €12m has already been agreed between the two clubs with personal terms seen as a formality. The 20-year-old has impressed this season and fits the mould of the type of upgrade Brendan Rodgers is wanting to make to his squad this summer. But how much do you know about him? Here's our comprehensive guide to the potentially newest Red. Who is he? Can was born in Frankfurt and began his footballing career with minnows SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt. After six years he joined Eintracht Frankfurt before making the move to the youth ranks of Bavarian giants Bayern Munich. After only four first team appearances for Bayern he made the switch to Bayer Leverkusen last summer. Where's he from? GettyEmre Can Scrapper: Can likes to dictate play but can also mix should the need arise He has represented Germany at U15, U16 and U17 level but, because of his Turkish ancestry, is eligible to play for their national team. However, Can has stated on numerous occasions he sees himself as German and "likes playing for Germany very much, and wants to make it in the DFB". Why did Bayern get rid of him? It wasn't for lack of talent that's for sure. Can displayed a lot of promise in his early career with Bayern II, but such is the competition at the Allianz Arena, they deemed him surplus to requirements and moved him on. Not before they inserted a fixed-price return clause in his contract though. More on that later ... Where does he play? Can is a versatile operator who has proven adept in a number of positions while with Bayer. As well as his favoured central midfield role the 20-year-old has been deployed at the back at times both centrally and in both full-back positions. Who does he play like? GettyEmre Can Versatile: Can has played a number of positions for Bayer this season He is a thoroughly modern midfielder, technically sound with two good feet, who is not content with simply getting and giving it. In the mould of a Bastian Schweinsteiger - albeit not yet as polished - Can also gets forward when the need arises netting three times in the Bundesliga this season. Where would he fit in at Anfield? If the deal was to go through Can would project to compete with Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen for a spot alongside skipper Steven Gerrard in the middle. That said, both in age and positional terms, Can is perhaps a better fit as Gerrard's long-term replacement in the deep-lying playmaker role. Will Liverpool sign him? If you believe the reports emanating from his homeland then it's already a done deal. That may have a great deal to do with Rodgers' relationship with Can's agent who facilitated the Nuri Sahin and Samid Yesil deals. What role do Bayern have? Well, here the plot thickens. While Leverkusen own the player outright and can, in theory, do as they wish with him, former club Bayern could provide a fly in the ointment. As part of the €5m deal that saw him move to the BayArena last summer it is mooted that Bayern inserted a fixed-price clause meaning they have the power to sign him back should they wish. Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has stated in the past he would like Can back down the line and would not OK any deal for him to switch to England. Wait and see.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Thought I create a new thread as per a discussion in the previous thread. The Champions League summer tournament is nearly finished and people are already discussing our pre-season in last season’s thread. I believe a new one is required. Any and all teams discussed in here are not as good as compared to the current champions.
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    Alberto Moreno

    Liverpool 'agree five-year deal with Alberto Moreno as Sevilla accept £17.9m offer' http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/liverpool-agree-five-year-deal-alberto-3651268 Liverpool have agreed a five-year deal with Alberto Moreno, according to reports in Spain tonight. Several sources are claiming that the Reds have agreed terms with Moreno and that he will fly to Merseyside next week to have his medical and complete his transfer. The five-time European Cup winners are finalising the fee with Sevilla, with the Spanish side wanting £17.9million for their prized left-back. Reports earlier claimed Tottenham were also after the 21-year-old Moreno, who missed out on Spain's World Cup squad, but Liverpool are the clear favourites. Sevilla have rejected Liverpool's offer to include Spanish forward Suso in the deal as a makeweight and want a straight cash payment.
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    Dejan Lovren

    Apparently Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet and Mamadou Sakho all speak French.
  11. Wanted to create a thread that just deals with contract expiration and negotiations. Upcoming in 2021: Georginio Wijnaldum Central Midfield 30.06.2021-€40.00m Adrián Goalkeeper Jan 3, 1987 (33) 30.06.2021 Option for a further year €4.00m 2022: James Milner Central Midfield Jan 4, 1986 (34) England 30.06.2022 - €6.50m Ben Woodburn Attacking Midfield Oct 15, 1999 (20) Wales England 30.06.2022 - €4.50m Loris Karius Goalkeeper Jun 22, 1993 (27) Germany 30.06.2022 - €3.20m Caoimhin Kelleher Goalkeeper Nov 23, 1998 (21) Ireland 30.06.2022 - €900Th.
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    Fifa corruption

    Fifa corruption: Swiss banks 'reported account suspicions' Swiss banks reported suspicious activity around accounts of football's world governing body Fifa, says the Swiss attorney general. Michael Lauber said his office was analysing a "huge amount" of seized Fifa data in its corruption inquiry. He said he did not rule out interviews with Fifa president Sepp Blatter as part of his inquiry. The investigation could lead to the reopening of the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33163918
  13. The versitile Henderson or the in-form, free scoring Ramsey?
  14. Love them with a good fry-up.
  15. Have we ever signed a player that came with bags of potential, labelled as the next <insert world player of that time> only to fall flat in the months and years to come? You can include in the list players who were the finished article and didn't perform for us and young players that were overhyped.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    Agreed but you also need to account the negotiations of selling and buying players that Edwards oversaw. Yes FSG are not saints are are looking at the numbers more than they care for the club but they are not the worst owners in the world.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    Losing Kompany though was crucial.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    To be honest I was answering your question. As far as your comment for reinforcement, we have signed a left back that our fans have been asking for. Fact is our fans want more and I understand that. New fresh faces to offer more competition. We have signed a good left back and are in the market for additional players. FSG and Klopp are being calculated, not holding back.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    I don't think City will win it this year.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    The investment in the training ground and focus on the academy are for the future. Klopp is a genius and the moves he has made can only benefit us in the long run, even if he will not be with us. Just saying FSG are shit just because we haven't bought well known players does not take into account the improvements they have made. Overall they have been good sports owners and have contributed to our success.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    The model fits both FSG and Klopp style. We have bought very well over the years (when needed) and thanks to Klopp development focus we have seen players come through the academy ranks and play for the first team. Investment is not just buying players but also investing in the infrastructure. The training grounds, Anfield and the academy have all improved under FSG. Our fans are feeling a bit left behind as they see other teams buy known names whilst we are seemingly standing still (understandably so), but that does not paint the full picture. We don't need another Andy Carroll fiasco so I completely understand the reasoning for not buying every player in sight that may be good for us. I actually trust Klopp more so than FSG but I cannot ignore the fact that we are where we are because of FSG and Klopp working together.
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    Summer 2020 Transfer Thread

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    Thiago Alcantara

    Here, is he yet not?
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    Thiago Alcantara

    Here yet, is he not?