TRANSFER WEEK 1

Liverpool have new players confirmed to be joining the club. The first week of the transfer window has passed and we have already been busy taking care of acquiring more additions to the squad for the coming season. There’s been rumours of potential signings as well confirmed signings. Some are more likely to happen than others but football can always surprise you, that’s the beauty of it. You never know exactly what’s going to happen. Let’s take a look at who we might see playing in a red shirt for the 2015 – 2016 season.

James Milner

James Milner

Subject to a medical examination (just a formality), Milner’s current contract with Manchester City is about to expire by the start of the next month and fortunately for us, he has chosen not to renew his contract with City and it is confirmed that he will be happy to join Liverpool on a free transfer. Personal terms for his new contract at Liverpool have already been agreed upon and he’s set to officially become a Red by July 1st. The 29 years old player could be considered a “club veteran” and an experienced Premier League star.

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An internationally capped player, James Milner has been a part of the England squad since 2009, making 54 appearances and scoring a single goal for his country. His only goal for England was one which helped his country qualify for the 2014 World Cup, when he scored against Moldova in a 5-0 win he was a major part of.

At a club level, he’s been quite successful. Scoring 59 goals total in his time for various English teams and at least one goal per season in every first team he’s been a part of since 2002, Milner has been a valuable asset to clubs such as Leeds United, Swindon Town, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and of course he gained plenty of media coverage and fame as a Manchester City player. If you hadn’t heard the name “Milner” before he joined City you were very likely to have heard it by the time he joined them in their recent success as they went on to establish themselves as a major threat to anybody who wanted to compete for silverware in the past decade. Gaining several winners medals in his career, Milner’s won the FA Cup (once), the League Cup (once), the Community Shield (once) and the Premier League (two times). Who could say no to a (free) player with such a record? He’ll be a welcome addition to the Liverpool squad and maybe popular with the Reds fans, reactions to his potential signing were all very positive.

Danny Ings

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Just like James Milner, this player’s contract is currently running out and will have expired by July 1st, when Ings will be available for a free transfer to Liverpool. With only a medical to complete to finalise this move, Liverpool will have secured their second signing of the new season by July 1st once Ings heads over to Merseyside at the start of the next month.

This English player has been a part of several different leagues in England, and has now become well known as a new Premier League star with his time at Burnley gaining him plenty of media coverage and fame.

Ings was originally a schoolboy player for Southampton who released him at a young age, when you perhaps couldn’t notice his full potential to become a professional, as he has done now. He then went on to join Bournemouth’s youth system and would eventually rise through the ranks to become a first team regular for the Bournemouth senior team. Also having a short spell at Dorchester Town, Ings would score just 15 goals in 43 appearances for his first two club’s senior teams. Then in the summer of 2011, he would sign for Burnley and his career would significantly improve from this point onwards. Making 130 appearances and scoring 43 goals for Burnley, he would be a part of a squad that helped Burnley gain promotion from the Championship to the Premier League. Once he had arrived in the top English league, there was more and more interest as curious fans (that did not support Burnley) were pleasantly surprised as they wondered who this guy was – that had taken his side to great success from a lower league, scoring 26 goals in 45 appearances as he helped them gain their promotion and now had clearly hit the “big time”.

Internationally, Ings has scored 4 times for England as he made just 9 appearances for the Under 21’s side. He has yet to make a senior appearance for his country but some time with Liverpool should soon change that and the England manager will have more reason to include him in the England squad alongside the likes of his soon to be new teammates Henderson, Sturridge and Sterling.

Ings celebrates scoring one of his 11 Premier League goals for Burnley

Ings celebrates scoring one of his 11 Premier League goals for Burnley

Scoring 11 times in his 37 appearances in the Premier League, people (even the fans of Burnley’s opposition) would have reason to take notice of Ings on more than ten occasions in the last season as he grabbed the fans attention and gained more fame under the close eye of the world’s extensive media coverage which shows the best English football people to anyone with a satellite and a sports channel, pretty much.

Unfortunately for Burnley, they only won 7, drew 12 and lost 19 of their 38 Premier League fixtures, which only gained them 33 points, it just was not enough to keep them in the Premier League. They would finish 19th, one of the three positions which puts you back into the Championship again. Despite Burnley’s relegation, Danny Ings has shown himself to be a Premier League quality player and Liverpool offer him the chance to keep playing in England’s top league and also some Europa League games. He’s taken the opportunity of a lifetime to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world and will soon be a Red as he accepts the chance to fulfill his full potential as a Premier League and European star of the future. Roll on July 1st, I want to see this guy in a red shirt and hear what he has to say about his new club as he will join Liverpool in the next month. Fans should all be pretty happy about this signing, I don’t think we’ll hear any complaints especially considering that we don’t have to pay a transfer fee for this 22 year old promising player.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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I’m excited and happy to hear of transfer news regarding this player. Reports of links to Ibrahimovic have been popping up for a while now, Liverpool have kept an eye on him for several seasons but the time has never been perfect to jump in with a bid for him, he had a long term contract with his current club and did not really express any desire to be moving elsewhere until very recently. Liverpool also had some quality strikers while Torres and Sturridge and Suarez were putting in the goals, too. So we had little need for extra strikers at some points, though we are in need of one right now. The timing for this transfer to happen could finally be just right.

Earlier this year (around March 2015), Ibrahimovic was overheard stating negative comments about the French League and his current club, with him having to apologise to the PSG fans about what he had said eventually. Despite his apology, it became obvious to football fans that he was not 100% content with being where he was. Perhaps another club would have the chance to sign him in the next transfer window, most fans thought.

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With his now publicly expressed increasing unhappiness to be playing in France, Zlatan may just decide that a move to the English Premier League is exactly what’s needed to keep his career as alive and exciting as it has been for the 33 year old up until now. Ibrahimovic has played for some really high profile clubs around Europe since leaving Malmo in 2001, signing for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain.

How has he attracted the attention of these football “giants”? Well, he plays consistently well over long periods of time, is not particularly injury prone and has impressive scoring records with whoever he is playing for. Often considered in the contention for football’s and FIFA’s awards such as the Ballon D’or (though in very recent years it’s been a two horse race between Messi and Ronaldo for that particular award), Ibrahimovic never fails to deliver impressive football for his club or country. Calling him “world class” would not be an exaggeration.

He’s won a league title and other silverware (domestic cups) with every club he played for since leaving Malmo, his winners medal collection is really quite large by now. Who wouldn’t want to see him continue winning trophys with Liverpool? Despite his willingness now to seem to want to move on, no official bids have been made by Liverpool and I can not report that Ibrahimovic is definitely signing for us yet. I can only say this much – it looks hopeful that we could acquire him if it turns out that his time with PSG has finished and he informs his current club that he wishes to join Liverpool instead of continuing to play for them.

Mateo Kovacic

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This player was a part of the 2014 World Cup squad for Croatia, which you may recognise as Dejan Lovren’s country. He’s represented Croatia at several different age levels (their Under 14s, Under 15s, Under 17s, Under 19s and Under 21s teams) and eventually played at a senior level against such superstars as Lionel Messi and done a fine job against strong opposition on an international stage.

On a club level, he had originally made his name as a professional footballer for Dinamo Zagreb (also a former club of Dejan Lovren) from the age of 16, becoming the latest young star in their ranks and achieving two league title wins and two domestic cup wins with them before transferring to the Serie A to play in the Italian League in 2013.

Croatian media currently make claims that personal contract terms have been agreed upon between Liverpool and the player and that a transfer fee getting agreed upon would be all that is left to complete this signing. With a bid of 21M Euros already reportedly being offered but refused by Kovacic’s current club Inter Milan, it could potentially cost Liverpool up to 30M Euros to make this player a new member of our squad. With Steven Gerrard set to leave for the LA Galaxy soon, a spot in midfield will be available and he may just be one who could fill it if Inter Milan and Liverpool can come to agree on an acceptable transfer fee.

Kieran Trippier

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Liverpool’s defense for the next season could use a fresh face, for sure. Earlier this year, Glen Johnson announced he would not be continuing to play for Liverpool beyond the end of the 2014-2015 season. With defensive players like Mamadou Sakho having to deal with injuries and Kolo Toure now getting to the age of 34 years old, some fresh legs at the back could be just what is needed and Trippier could well provide that for Liverpool.

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A part of Burnley’s newly promoted and later recently relegated side, he’d have been a fellow team member to Danny Ings and bringing him to our club could surely have benefits as the two would have experience of playing in the same team before. Though no personal terms or transfer fee have been agreed upon, Liverpool’s scouts are reported to have been impressed by the 21 year old and may soon make a move on him as the need for extra defensive options is now obvious and Liverpool should not go into the new season with a weakened squad at the back.

Nathaniel Clyne

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As already mentioned, Liverpool could do with more defensive support in the coming season. Southampton player Nathaniel Clyne has caught the eye of Liverpool’s scouts since the summer of 2014 when they were also checking out Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana at the same time. Though Clyne’s signature escaped us back then, a move for the player in the near future may still be a possibility as yet another Southampton player could well become a part of the Liverpool team for the 2015-2016 season. He’s represented his country (England) 4 times at a senior level, only played for a couple of English clubs (Crystal Palace and Southampton) but is a solid and surprisingly experienced defender for his young age (he’s just 24) and could perhaps be the next English addition to the Liverpool squad. There’s minimum requirements (set by FIFA) for how many English players you must have in your squad, you know. He’d certainly help fulfill that requirement.

Liverpool are said to have offered £10M for this player already, but were turned down. Any further bids are likely to be more costly than that, with the potential price rising to up to £20M perhaps. Southampton won’t let him go unless they had received the money to buy another player of around equal quality after allowing him to sign for Liverpool. If the two clubs can agree a fair price, we’re likely to see Clyne in our squad. Money issues seems to be the only thing stopping this transfer from happening, Clyne certainly hasn’t spoken out publicly against the potential move, suggesting he’d be happy to see his former Southampton teammates once more in a new squad.

Adam Bogdan

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With Liverpool’s Brad Jones set to be leaving the club this summer after only a brief spell of appearances for the club, a new substitute goalkeeper may be need to provide occasional back up for Simon Mignolet should he get injured or possibly go through such bad form that the manager requires dropping him as first choice goalkeeper (that is after all how Brad Jones got his chance to play in the first team). Adam Bogdan has caught the eye of Liverpool’s scouts and may well be the answer to our problem.

The Hungarian’s contract with Bolton Wanderers should be expiring this summer and another free transfer to fill a position that has few candidates may be just what Liverpool need and could encourage this signing to happen.

The goalkeeper was interviewed and questioned about the possibility of a move away from his current club and he made some interesting comments which could suggest he’d choose to play for Liverpool.

“I am confident that I will soon decide my fate,” he said.

“My goal is to play at a higher level, but it also depends on where you get a chance. We’ll see if everything is decided in the next week or two.”

Bogdan was part of the goalless draw against Liverpool in January 2015 as we failed to score while he was in goal. A good sign, that we could not do so if we wish him to provide the same solid defense for us.

Samuel Umtiti

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This player was likely noticed as one of Lyon’s squad Liverpool’s scouts could been watching as we paid attention to what Divock Origi was doing in France. Having already captured the signature of the Belgian (Origi, who has been loaned out to Lille for the last season, depsite being a Liverpool player already), Umtiti would also be able to provide some much needed defensive support for Liverpool’s back line if he is signed. As the transfer deadline draws closer and we would possibly be without a new defender for the coming season, the possibility for this player joining us would increase. Umtiti would also work well alongside fellow Frenchman Mamadou Sakho (if he’s fit to play), we could see some of the best French partnerships since the days of Gerrard Houllier once again. No bids for this player have been made as of yet but don’t count it out of happening. You never know.

Well, that’s all for now. We’ll have more transfer news for you in about another week.

You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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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.

 

 

 

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