One To Worry About

At the start of the season if you were to ask me if Simon Mignolet would be Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper I probably would have asked you what are you smoking.

Mignolet’s career at Liverpool is littered with mistakes, his inability to clear crosses and make simple mistakes have cost Liverpool time and time again. When the 2015/2016 season finished, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp wasted no time in bringing in a new goalkeeper and declared he was his new number one. 

This was no ordinary goalkeeper, Klopp brought in, he was voted the second best goalkeeper in Germany by his peers last season,  finishing behind Manuel Neuer, which in itself is nothing to be ashamed of.

All was set for the new season, Mignolet had been ousted by a new younger contender and the centre of defence had been improved with the capture of Jöel Matip. As we all know though, football is a funny old game. 

The young contender to date has turned out to be the second coming of Mignolet and if tings don’t improve for him, his career at Anfield could be over, before it even starts.  

Loris Karius, hasn’t set the Premier Legaue alight. He has fallen in to the Mignolet bracket of not being able to do the simple things right and because of this some fans have doubted his ability and his longevity at Liverpool. 

Karius’s case isn’t being helped by the fact that young Welsh goalkeeper Danny Ward has done so well at Huddersfield this season. Ward is undoubtedly one for the future, a goalkeeper who has impressed no matter where he’s gone. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s pushing for the number in spot at Liverpool.

Some will say, Ward isn’t just ready to challenge but, being close to the same age as Karius, it’s only a matter of time before he’s given his chance to impress.  

With Ward in such fine form, Karius, for me is the one with the most to lose. This off season, he has to somehow recapture the form that saw him get a move to Liverpool last season. 

He needs to show Klopp that he has the ability to permentally keep Mignolet on the Liverpool bench, if not he could find himself been the one on loan next season with Ward and Mignolet fighting it out for the number one jersey at Liverpool. 

If not, I would like to see Ward move to a Premier League club on loan next season. My club of preference would be Newcastle United, simply because of the Rafa Benitez effect.  He’s the one manager in the league I trust to bring Ward on to the next level. 

Written by @TheMoanyOne

Lucas Levia To Testimonial Or Not

Lucas Levia – be objective, there’s four words I just can’t do. Over the last week or so a question has been asked on social media; does Lucas Levia deserve a testimonial match at the end of this season. Surprisingly the simple answer is yes.

Why? Well it’s simple, he’s been at the club 10 years and has played under 5 managers with somewhat distinction, has never sullied the name of the club and most importantly of all, the club owes it to him.

I’m having none of the whole he’s not good enough for a testimonial match, bullshit, the facts are simple;

  1. He’s played at Liverpool for 10 years
  2. Since 2007 he has played to date 342 games for Liverpool FC
  3. He has played (fooled) arguably two of the greatest managers to ever manage Liverpool in to thinking he is a professional footballer
  4. While the fans might not like him, he’s highly respected by his peers

If Lucas stays at Liverpool next season, he will be in his 11th season at Liverpool having signed from Grēmio in 2007, so technically he falls in to the category of having a testimonial and if he’s sold (please god) in the summer, after 10 years service at the club, I still think he deserves a testimonial.

I hear you say John Barnes was 10 years at the club and didn’t get one, same with Sami Hyypia, what’s so different about Lucas. Nothing. There’s nothing different about him. Nothing special at all. The fact that he’s still a Liverpool player baffles me. 

The only difference between Lucas, Barnes and Hyypia is this, of Lucas stays for an extra 365 days at Liverpool he’d have stayed 365 days longer than either Barnes or Hyypia and would be more deserving than them of a testimonial. 

Look I’m not going to pretend Lucas is world class, we, as fans all know how bad a player Lucas is, on his worst days, it’s like Liverpool are playing against 12 men. At his best, Lucas doesn’t commit a stupid foul that leads to a goal. 

I’m not one for normally slating players, but Lucas, for me should have been sold ahead of the likes of Javier Mascherano, Momo Sissoko and Xabi Alonso, 3 players that fortified the Liverpool midfield in the last 10 years. 

In saying all that, 342 games at the one club is an impressive stat for any player, not many players in the modern Premier League era amass that many games for one club, let alone stay with one for 10 years.
In the time Lucas has spent at Liverpool, only 2 players have been longer servants at the club than him and both those players are from Liverpool.

You can argue that Lucas’s time at Liverpool hasn’t been a success, but is that down to Lucas or the players around him? After all, he can only play with what’s beside him. 

He’s not the type of player to go on a mazy run and beat 5 or 6 players but he’s finished second in the Premier League twice, being to a Europa League final, won a domestic trophy and visited Wembley on a few occasions.

For a player of Lucas’s calibre, I think looking back at that, he’s done very well for himself. He’s also played with some of the worlds best players while at Liverpool.

While Lucas is no world beater, apart from Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, has any other Liverpool player served the club with such distinction over the last 10 years?  

If there is let me know because they are few and far between, and this is the main reason I’d like to see Lucas get a much deserved testimonial. 

Written by @TheMoanyOne 

What A Man, Mamadou Is.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, actually it’s been a while since I’ve written about Liverpool full stop.

Unfortunately life has gotten in my way and the site has suffered because of it. I’ve tried to get articles from people but if I’m not bothered with it this weather, why should anyone else be.

Anyways back to this topic. The one, the only Mamadou Sakho. 

Liverpool lost to Crystal Palace last weekend 2-1, thanks to in part, mistakes by Dejan Lovren, Natanial Clyne and James Milner but all the mistakes were forgotten thanks to Sakho

I love Sakho, both as a player and as a person. He always seems to want to do the right thing, but at times, it seems he try’s to hard and it backfires on him.

If he leaves Liverpool this summer, his career at Liverpool will be remembered as a failure, a failed drugs test, an embarrassing trip to America and a hand gesture with ex Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has all sullied the career of for me Liverpool’s best centre back in the last 10 years.

Like many Liverpool fans I was hoping for a Joël Matip and Mamadou Sakho centre back partnership this season. 

Both players are big and strong and capable of playing from the back. Something it seemed Jürgen Klopp expected from all his players but especially from his back four. 

Alas, it never happened. Sakho failed a drugs test after the Manchester United quarter final win in last years Europa League and immediately withdrew himself from contention as a Liverpool player while his B sample was being tested, for me that was the right thing to do. 

As the sample fiasco raged on, it turned out that Sakho was innocent. He hadn’t failed a drugs test and UEFA were wrong.
Sakho, who was recovering from a hamstring injury accompanied Klopp and the Liverpool first team on their role season tour of America. 

All was looking well for Sakho, he was back where he belonged and it looked as if Liverpool finally had two quality centre backs and with Loris Karius in goal the holes of previous years looked plugged.

Then, Alcatraz happened and Sakho shot himself in the foot. His childish and immature behaviour has become too much for Klopp and Sakho was banished home to Liverpool to work on his fitness in the gym alongside Mario Ballotelli.

Banished to the U-23’s for the first half of this season, Sakho, worked hard, helped the management and the coaches with the young players and led by example.

It had it seemed learned from his mistakes in the summer and instead of being the class clown, he focused on his football. 

With injuries to Lovren, Matip and Ragnar Klaven, it was scripted that Sakho would come back in to the team and save the day but Klopp had different plans. He drafted in Lucas and the rest as they say is history. 

Back to last weekends defeat. Liverpool’s fragile mentality against the lesser teams and Palace in fairness made them pay for their frailty. 

Benteke came back to haunt Liverpool scoring 2 goals but it was his celebration alongside Sakho that irked a lot of the Liverpool faithful.

Many called Sakho out for it and Liverpool fans being Liverpool fans resorted to abusing the player.

In my opinion Sakho did nothing wrong. Whilst he is still technically a Liverpool player, he is currently on loan with Palace. Liverpool still hold his registration but he is currently contracted to Palace. His team scored an important equaliser and he celebrated, its as simple as that. 

I’m not arsed by it, some said it showed defiance to Liverpool and was disrespectful to both Jürgen Klopp and the Liverpool fan base I don’t think so. For me it would have been worse if he didn’t celebrate it. 

What Klopp has to decide on now is this, does he forgive Sakho for what happened last season and let things lie or does he blow £50 million on Virgil Van Dijk? For me I hope it’s the first one but my gut says it’s the latter.

Written by @TheMoanyOne