Liverpool FC: Boss Reveals January Transfer Plans

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers admits the Club are looking for further additions to the squad before the close of the January transfer window.

Liverpool have already signed Striker Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and the boss is hopeful he won’t be the only new face when the window shuts.  He told reporters at Melwood:

“We’ll see what happens over the course of the next few weeks.  Daniel was our main priority and we’ll have to see what else is available.  There’s no doubt we need to support the group. We had 20 players training this morning, of which some of those are our younger players, so we know we need to reinforce and top up the group. That’s something we’ll look to do.  If we can do it then great and if not, then we’ll wait until the summer.”

Asked about the speculation linking Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder with the Reds, Rodgers replied:

“You could probably rattle off about 20 names and the answer would be the same. The club have been linked with a whole host of players, but I couldn’t see that happening.”

Look how wrong I was over Pep Guardiola

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Yesterday I predicted that Pep Guardiola was going to join Man City.  I thought my views were well informed given his recent comments about wanting to manage in England, and having looked at the likely clubs in the Premiership I was pretty pleased with my analysis.

Last night I got home from work to hear that Guardiola is confirmed as Bayern Munich boss -

The former Barcelona coach, who is on a year-long sabbatical in Manhattan after leaving Camp Nou last summer, has agreed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga club and will replace Jupp Heynckes on 1 July.

The Catalan will become the highest-earning manager in the club’s history – it has been mooted that he struck a separate sponsorship deal with Adidas, Bayern’s kit supplier – at around €10m (£8.3m) a year, a figure he might have eclipsed at any of his other suitors, with Chelsea having made their admiration clear last March and in the summer.

Yet Guardiola appears to have been attracted by the similarities between Bayern and Barça, both of whom thrive essentially on bringing players through their youth system and relying on their managers to oversee the first-team set-up, with others charged with recruitment.

The deal with Bayern was signed before Christmas and confirmed on Wednesday.  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern Munich CEO said:

“Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful coaches in the world.  We are sure that he can make not just Bayern but all of German football shine. We are very pleased that we have managed to convince someone who was coveted and contacted by many top clubs to come to Bayern.”

Heynckes, who had steered Bayern to a nine-point lead in the Bundesliga at the start of the winter break – in his third spell at the club – had already indicated his intention to retire when his contract expires on 30 June.  Uli Hoeness the Bayern Munich chairman said:

“Only someone of the calibre of coach Pep Guardiola could be considered an adequate replacement for Jupp Heynckes”

Sturridge scores as Liverpool edge through

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Liverpool move to the fourth round of FA cup with Daniel Sturridge scoring on his Liverpool debut which helped to beat Mansfield Town 2-1.

Sturridge who just signed from Chelsea, took the lead in just seven minutes while Suarez made it 2-0 after just four minutes on the pitch replacing Sturridge in the 55th minute.

Rodgers said in his press conference.

“We’ve seen over many years in this competition that these games are very difficult. In some ways, they can be more difficult than Premier League games.  It’s a big credit to my players; I thought we showed great character. The game could have been out of sight in the first half with the chances we had. But you’ve also got to give credit to Mansfield because at 2-0 they kept the game alive.  There were periods in the second half where we had to show resilience and character. We’ve seen it over the years in this competition, the big teams going to away grounds of a lower league opponent and coming unstuck.”

Thankfully we got through and into the next round.

Cole set to leave Liverpool

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Joe Cole

Looks like Joe Cole’s disappointing time at Anfield could soon be over after he has been told he is free to find another club.

West Ham appear to be the front runners for his signature and have started talks. Reports are he will be available on a free transfer, Liverpool will have to pay Joe Cole a settlement tho to cancel his current deal and get his £100,000 a week salary off the wage bill.

Joe Cole was signed from Chelsea on a free transfer in 2010. But after being sent off in his first match he never really settled in. He was then loaned to French club Lille last season.

Unfortunately Joe Cole will likely go down as one of Roy Hodgson’s most costly transfers due to his ridiculous wages he was receiving while hardly ever playing.

Daniel Sturridge passes Liverpool medical

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool look set to complete the signing of Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge after he successfully passed a medical at Melwood.

Liverpool will formally announce the deal when transfer window reopens on January 2.

Ex Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez confirmed about the medical when asked to comment on the rumours linking Sturridge to Liverpool.  He said:

“The information I have is that he was there today, passing a medical.  But we don’t have any more information at the moment.”

The fee agreed between the two clubs for the 23 year old is rumoured to be in the region of £12 million with a 3 and half year long contract.

I think if Sturridge could be great for us, I just hope the deal goes through smoothly.  What do you think?