Loic Remy was all set to be Liverpool’s best and newest striker, after the departure of Luis Suarez, which has left the club with a role to fill – “star striker and main goalscorer“. That’s what Suarez was and that’s what we still need to find yet again, now that Barcelona paid us £75M for the controversial Uruguayan who would still have been banned for months of the new season, even if Liverpool had not sold him.
We have already got our hands on new strikers Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic, but are they really capable of filling the role we needed (“star striker and main goalscorer“)? They play in the right position, but they will both have to prove that they will be scoring regularly in order for the manager not to use another signing who may fit the special role better, ahead of Lambert and Markovic. Being a part of the starting 11 will be a challenge this season. Daniel Sturridge will no doubt start every game and if we’re going to be playing 4-4-2, then there will only be one other striker position left and people will have to fight it out to see who will partner Sturridge, who scored 21 Premier league goals last season- more than every other player in the league excluding only one (Luis Suarez got 31 goals).
Liverpool had triggered the “release clause” in Remy’s contract when they made a bid of £8.5 Million. With the transfer fee accepted, the only things that had to happen in order for him to join his new club would be for him to agree personal terms and also to pass a medical. Every potential Liverpool player that wants to sign for the club must do these things, it’s standard procedure for all transfers.
I had heard from reliable sources that Loic Remy had agreed personal terms fairly quickly when he was offered around £80,000 per week to play for Liverpool. With the contract details sorted out there was only one thing left to do before the club could officially announce that Liverpool had a new player – the medical.
Remy agreed to fly from England (despite the fact that he was loaned out to Newcastle last season, he plays for QPR and would have been in this country) to Boston, America – where the entire squad and Liverpool’s doctors were busy participating in the “Guinness Tournament” that will be played at various venues in the United States up until around August 4th. Remy’s medical would be arranged and carried out over in the USA. The fans expected to hear that had completed it and then joined the squad for the rest of the Guinness Tournament.
He would have been able to get match practice right away, but he surprised the doctors by failing the medical. People questioned exactly what was wrong and not everyone got an answer – there were some papers and websites and media that had only been officially told “Liverpool can only confirm that this player has not passed his medical (not giving a specific reason as to what was medically wrong). However, as I heard it from a reliable source inside the club, Loic Remy has a heart defect – one of the major reasons he did not get the “green light” from the clubs doctors was that he could potentially have heart problems which could even possibly prove fatal when under major physical exertion like say, a major competitive game (in a Premier league game, or perhaps Champions league European fixture).
Have you ever heard of Fabrice Muamba? On 17 March 2012, Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest (more commonly known as a HEART ATTACK) and collapsed during the first half of an FA Cup quarter-final match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. His heart had officially stopped and he only survived after being shocked with a defibrillator multiple times to start his heart beating again.
By 15th August 2012, Bolton announced that Muamba had retired from professional football, based on the recommendation of his medical team. Liverpool football club may have wanted to not have to deal with such events similar to what Fabrice Muamba had gone through and that eventually resulted in the retirement of a player that Bolton Wanderers most likely thought would be a part of their squad for a very long time.
Liverpool may have regretted not being able to sign Loic Remy, but ultimately, his health is more important than the fact that Liverpool need a new striker. Whoever gets put into the new striker role will have a large amount of pressure on them. The kind of pressure that would never be good for someone who wasn’t 100% medically capable to participate in competitive fixtures with high stakes.
I wanted to see Remy play for Liverpool, but sadly it just is not best for him or his health or our club (we can’t have him fall over in cardiac arrest and go through what Muamba went through, before eventually retiring from Liverpool and football altogether).
To the reds fans I say: “DON’T WORRY, we’ll sign SOMEONE”. I know our transfer target list is LONG and we have plenty of other options. Before the transfer window closes on August 31st, I think we will have another striker signed who can become our second main goalscorer to partner Daniel Sturridge. So don’t lose hope. Keep the faith.
YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE!
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.