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. 

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/mamadou-sakho-previous-handshake-celebrations-12936570

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

What’s Going On Emre Can

Note; this article was written before Can’s dominant display against Arsenal, but content of article should be considered in relation to games before Arsenal. 

Emre Can, the mere mention of his name causes a divide amongst the Liverpool fan base. Those who like him, will defend him staunchly, while those who don’t rate him will stick the knife in at any given opportunity.

Can over the last 6 months has regressed. Gone is the player who tore Villareal apart in last seasons Europa League and what’s replaced that Can, is a player who is more reminiscent of Alberto Moreno’s horror show against Sevilla. 

Where has it gone wrong for Can?

Has the added pressure of trying to retain his place ahead of Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum caused him to doubt himself or is there something the fans aren’t being told by the club. 

We know that Can this season has been plauged injuries and as yet, the club are yet to find a cause for these injuries. This is something Jürgen Klopp eluded to recently. 

As a young professional footballer, this thought must be nawing in Can’s head and could be another reason why his head has dropped so spectacularly this season.

 

For me though I think there’s a simpler reason. He’s been overplayed. While on a podcast a few weeks ago with @PodcastingCouch, I mentioned the amount of football Can has played since he signed with the club.

I’m not talking about football with Liverpool, I’m talking about football with Germany. 

Since Can signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2014, since then he has played in a summer competition in  both 2015 and 2016.

No other Liverpool player has played as much football as Can over the last 3 years and for me this is the reason why his performances are beginning to suffer this season.

His body is wrecked, and if your body isn’t functioning correctly then your mind won’t either. 

Can needs a long rest and hopefully this summer he gets the time off he needs to fully recouperate and be back for pre season 100% ready to reclaim his place in the Liverpool team. 

Written by @TheMoanyOne 

500 Days Of Klopp

At the weekend, Jürgen Klopp passed the 500 day mark in charge of Liverpool Football Club. To say it’s been a rollarcoster 500 days, is an understatement. What have we learned in those 500 days about Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool.

We learned that there is a discontent amongst a small minority of the Liverpool fans over what they perceive to be lack of investment in the club. 

This perception was at the fore last month when players who are linked to Liverpool stayed with their clubs or moved elsewhere.

We learned that if you’re plying your trade in Germany, you’re a target for Liverpool. The list of players from the Bundesliga linked with Liverpool is as long as my arm. 

We learned that Klopp isn’t afraid to take a risk on a player, something he did last summer bringing in both Sadio Mané and Georginio Wijnaldum for a combined fee of over £50 million. 

We learned that Klopp won’t be held to ransom by players or their agents. If a player doesn’t want to come to Liverpool, then he’s not going to bend over backwards to convince them that Liverpool is the place for them. 

We learned that if you don’t fit in to Klopp’s ethos and his way of playing, then you’ll be left by the wayside. Daniel Sturridge being the perfect example of this. Arguably Liverpool’s biggest player, he’s found playing time hard to come by this season at Anfield.

We learned that Klopp isn’t the type of manager to forgive and forget even to the detriment of the team. Just ask Mamadou Sakho. 

We learned that Klopp isn’t afraid to give youth a try. He’s willing to throw the much hyped younger players in at the deep end to see if they can sink or swim. And if they can’t swim, well it’s Auf Wiedersehen.

We leaned that Klopp hates the loan system and would prefer to have players in and around the first team. If you’re not good enough, then he’ll find a team that’s willing to splash some cash and take you on a permanent deal. 


We learned that Jürgen Klopp is his own man and is willing to take the blame when things go wrong on the pitch. Just ask Alberto Moreno, Klopp took him out of the team this season when the criticism was getting too much for the Spanish defender.

Finally we learned that Jürgen Klopp is at Liverpool for the long run and no matter what the fans want or tell him he should do, he’s going to do things his way. He has a plan and he’s going to stick to it no matter what happens on the pitch. 

In his 500 days in charge, Herr Klopp has played 86 games, won 42, drawn 25, lost 19, scored 162 and conceded 101 goals. Klopp has also broken 4 pairs of glasses. Not a bad start to life as Liverpool manager. 

Written by @TheMoanyOne 

Who is Dominic Solanke

Liverpool in the last few days have been linked with Chelsea’s 19 year old Dominic Solanke. With the young striker, failing to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge, his preferred choice is Anfield, should he leave Chelsea.

The young striker is been considered by some as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge is expected to leave Liverpool this summer and his exit leaves Liverpool short on attacking options up front. 

With Divock Origi still learning his trade and Danny Ings, still injured, Solanke is a player that could come in to fill the hole which will be left by the talented Englishman.

Solanke spent the 2015/2016 season on loan with Dutch side SBV Vitesse, where he made 25 appearances and scored 7 goals. He created 20 chances, he won 37% of his average duels, his shot accuracy was 52% and his average pass accuracy was 73%. 

He has made 45 appearances in the English youth system from U-16 up to U-21 and has scored 22 goals altogether. 

He is yet to make a first team appearance for the Blues and with rumours circulating that he has rejected Chelsea’s latest contract, it seems the young English man will soon be leaning on a wall at Melwood.


Chelsea will be reluctant to lose yet another striker to Liverpool, after the sale to Sturridge has somewhat come back to haunt them. Chelsea could have done with Sturridge still on their books last season as they struggled for any sort of form.

Solanke is deemed one of the brightest talents to come out of the Chelsea academy over the last number of years & his failure to agree personal terms on a new contract at the club is a concern for many of the fans. 

As you saw above, Solanke didn’t set the world alight at Vitesse. While he’s still young, a player of his rumoured calibre should really have done much better in what is a poor Dutch league. 

While Klopp will say Solanke is one for the future, I’m not sure fans will accept Liverpool purchasing yet another player who may or may not play for the club. 

With Liverpool badly needing a striker, I’m not sure Solanke is the man for the job, unless he comes in and hits the ground running. 

But the fact that he’s Antonio Conte’s third choice striker this season, I’m hoping that Klopp keeps his cheque in his pocket this time. 

He wasn’t deemed good enough to come in and replace Diego Costa this season when he was out of the side, after his spat with Conte. 

So who is Dominic Solanke, he’s a 19 year old Chelsea striker, who has 7 goals in 25 appearances on loan at Vitesse. Is he good enough for Liverpool, only time will tell. But if one manager can extract the best from the young Englishman, it’s definitely Jürgen Klopp. 

That’s of course he signs for the club. 

Written by @TheMoanyOne 

Unrealistic Targets

Every transfer window, Liverpool are linked with some of the brightest names in the football world. And why shouldn’t they. Liverpool are one of the biggest names in club football, worldwide. 

It’s only February and already certain newspapers are linking Liverpool with players that, for one reason or another won’t come to Anfield. 

Whether it’s an agent trying to higher his clients price or an agent trying to get the best wage and add on deal for his client, Liverpool are always thrown in to the mix as possible interested parties. 

Over the last few weeks, Liverpool have been linked with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, a player Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp knows very well from his time at Borussia Dortmund.

Lewandowski, is a world class player, a player Liverpool should be courting, but like so many before I simply can’t see a transfer between Liverpool and Bayern Munich happening. 


There’s a couple of reasons why, firstly there’s the transfer of Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen to Liverpool. 

At the time of the transfer it was reported that Munich had agreed a deal with Leverkusen, that they would have first refusal on the German player. An agreement broken by Leverkusen. 

Then there was the alleged transfer of Spanish international, Javi Martinez. It seems that both sides had agreed a deal for Liverpool to sign Martinez in Brendan Rodgers second season in charge. 

The price tag was set and agreed, personal details were agreed with the player, only for Munich to contact other clubs around Europe, whoring Martinez out to the highest bidder, something that upset Liverpool and they eventually pulled out of the deal. 

So it seems transfers between both clubs aren’t easy and there’s a lot of bad blood between both clubs. Then there’s always the history between Klopp and Munich. 

Another player who has been heavily linked with a move to Merseyside is Borussia Dortmunds Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

While for many having Aubameyang in the Liverpool attack alongside Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané is the stuff of dreams, this is another unrealistic transfer.

The simple reason for this is Aubameyang’s come and get me plea to Real Madrid before Dortmund played Madrid in this seasons Champions League. 


Dortmund’s manager Thomas Tuchel has already stated; 

That he’s so public about his wish to play for Real Madrid is just normal. Everyone has the dream to play for one of the best clubs in the world, and Real are one of them.”

Aubameyang’s mother has even gotten in on the act. She said in an interview with Onda Cedro;

“It’s true that he promised my father that he would play for Real Madrid one day. My father and mother loved football and were supporters of Real Madrid.”

Then there’s the price tag. Aubameyang would command a fee close to £100 million. 

Madrid are realistically the only club team in the world that can afford such a price tag, others like PSG, Juventus and Manchester City would not only be able to match the fee but also match wages on offer from Madrid.

The only thing in Liverpool’s favour in either transfer with the willingness of both players to want to work with Klopp again. 

Whether this will drive down the price, it’s unlikely but where there’s a will there’s a way!

Written by @TheMoanyOne