Jürgen Klopp “Not Satisfied” with Manchester City rout

Jurgen Klopp

There’s no question that new manager Jürgen Klopp has, in just a month at his new club, changed Liverpool for the better.  After more than a year marked by dull football and some very poor results, the changes wrought by the German in a few short weeks have been nothing short of miraculous.

The best performances and results, recently have come away from Anfield.  Two fantastic results against Chelsea and Manchester City; a tense and well earned three points in difficult conditions in Russia; a promising, pressing first performances against Tottenham.  On the road, Liverpool have looked great.  At home, there’s still work to be done.

Klopp said following Saturday’s victory:

“I would love to win a game like this at Anfield.  That’s our next challenge.  We now play Bordeaux and then Swansea, and at this moment I don’t know enough about Swansea.  If they saw our game against Crystal Palace maybe they will stay with 50 people deep in the space and shoot only long balls.”

The manager is confident that he can come up with solutions, and that by the time Swansea arrive at Anfield he will know how to approach the match:

“We have to find a solution.  And we will have a solution.  But then we have to score goals in the right moments.  On and on.  Development.  We need results like this, we need performances like this, so that we start believing in ourselves.  Now we have more confidence.  Everybody could see it.  We are not satisfied, though.”

Liverpool’s improvement under Klopp has been stunning, and with it continuing against Manchester City following the November international break it’s clear it’s not just a case of the new manager bump.  There are real, tangible improvements on display; a new mode of play and a newfound belief on display.  And there’s still room for improvement.

Let’s see what happens against Swansea this weekend.

Europe’s most expensive football squads revealed

A new study has revealed the most expensive squads across Europe’s top five leagues and one of the eye-catching statistics is the fact Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool squad cost more than German champions and European titans Bayern Munich, according to the Football Observatory. 

The Reds splashed out a hefty amount of money this summer with eight players coming to Anfield in the form of Christian Benteke, Joe Gomez, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino.

Meanwhile, Bayern were also busy with Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal amongst those to come in, but it seems as though the Bavarian giants could do with giving Rodgers some advice on how to conduct shrewd transfer business.

The aforementioned study reveals that Liverpool’s squad costs €344 million – the fourth most expensive in the Premier League – whilst Bayern’s is €337 million – the most in Germany, but seven million less than the Reds.

Football Squads

Meanwhile, the study also confirms – not much of a surprise – that Manchester City have assembled the most expensive squad in England, after bringing in the likes of Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne this summer.

Rafa Benitez will have to cope with severe pressure this season after it was also revealed his squad is nearly €200 million more than rivals Barcelona, whilst the gulf in class is evident in Ligue 1 – Paris Saint-Germain’s closest rivals Monaco have a squad which is nearly €400 million cheaper.

Top 20 most expensive squads in Europe:

1. Real Madrid (€587m)
2. Manchester City (€560m)
3. Manchester United (€533m)
4. Paris Saint-Germain (€525m)
5. Chelsea (€407m)
6. Barcelona (€396m)
7. Liverpool (€344m)
8. Bayern Munich (€337m)
9. Arsenal (€305m)
10. Juventus (€301m)
11. Tottenham Hotspur (€231m)
12. Valencia (€226m)
13. Inter Milan (€212m)
14. Napoli (€185m)
15. Southampton (€182m)
16. Atlético Madrid (€180m)
17. Wolfsburg (€163m)
18. AS Roma (€160m
19. Newcastle United (€157m)
20. AS Monaco (€152m)

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

Pep Guardiola 1

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


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

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?