Reports surfacing late last night from The Mirror claim that Liverpool are preparing a £10m bid for Tottenham’s out-of-favour front man Jermaine Defoe. Given tha fact that Liverpool have struggled to score goals this season and Defoe is not a certain starter for Harry Redknapp’s team this could well be on the cards.
Many a Liverpool fan would welcome Defoe to Anfield seeing as he is a natural goalscorer who has performed well wherever he’s played. The striker is currently playing second fiddle to Luka Modric even though he’s scored seven league goals in 15 league appearances this term starting only seven times, compared to Modrics’s two goals from 19.
However, as a Liverpool fan, I see no reason to question that. If Redknapp feels there is no place for Defoe in his team then I’d be pleased if Kenny Dalglish saw fit to make him a Liverpool player. The current situation at Anfield is clearly unacceptable. Notwithstanding the price tag that seems to weigh so heavily on Andy Carroll’s shoulders, his profligacy and apparent inability to put the ball in the net must for sure be a concern for Dalglish. The Reds’ boss has publicly backed Carroll but I’m not sure that the level of dissatisfaction shared by 99.9% of supporters isn’t a factor for him.
The absence of Luis Suarez has simply highlighted the fact that Dalglish needs to spend in order to maintain any momentum gained thus far this season. The weekend’s result showed that without Suarez, Liverpool are severely lacking in the attacking department. I’d go so far as to say that the situation is at crisis point and is by far the area of the team in most need of strengthening. Apart from Carroll, Liverpool only have Craig Bellamy who isn’t really a striker, and Dirk Kuyt as back up. The latter’s missed header from 5 yards against Swansea and near 32 years shows he’s not the player he once was.
It’s now mid-January and there’s been prescious little in terms of transfer action, not just from Liverpool but the Premiership in general and I’m just hoping that this points to a quality over quantity strategy being employed by Dalglish. For the sake of Liverpool’s season, I would say that buying a striker in this window is an absolute must.
By Ben Green
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Legendary Chelsea defender predicts Liverpool’s Premier League fortunes this season
Former Chelsea skipper John Terry has provided his predictions for the Premier League top four this season and he believes Liverpool will be joined by Manchester City and Chelsea. He then added that Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur would be left to fight for the fourth position. (h/t the Daily Mail)
“My top three for this season will be decided between City, Liverpool and Chelsea,” Terry said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail.
“That leaves United and Spurs fighting for fourth.”
As things stand, both Liverpool and Chelsea are joint leaders alongside Watford – with four wins from their first four fixtures. Defending champions Manchester City are fourth after dropping two points in their 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Tottenham Hotspur are fifth, having lost one of their first four fixtures, while Arsenal and Manchester United currently find themselves in ninth and tenth respectively.
Liverpool have started in a stunning manner, winning four out of four games as we stepped into the international break with a 100% win record. The Reds have scored nine goals and conceded just one in four outings, which makes for pretty impressive reading.
A number of players have started well this season, while some are yet to impress. There seems to be an extra hunger to score goals and although the season has a long way to go, the early signs are promising.
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After the international break, the Reds travel to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur in what is expected to be a mouthwatering clash on Saturday. Let’s hope our boys perform to their best and keep the winning momentum going.
£13.5m Liverpool star explains how he can help the Reds win the Premier League
Xherdan Shaqiri believes his experience can prove vital in Liverpool’s pursuit of the Premier League title.
Shaqiri, 26, joined Liverpool from Stoke City for a £13.5m, after the Potters were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season. The 26-year-old spent two-and-a-half years at Bayern Munich and was part of the squad that won two consecutive league and cup doubles.
The nippy forward also won three Swiss league titles with Basel and Shaqiri now wants to add to that trophy haul with the Reds.
“The aim is for the club to win something – that has to be the goal of our team,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We have to take every game and try to win it, then close out from your mind the last game you won and think: ‘OK, we go forward now and look to the next game.’ It is like this that you win titles and I hope we are going to do that this year.
“First of all, we want to try to play very good football. But we also know it is not always the case that good football wins, so we need to know how to win games – that’s important – and to be competitive with other teams.
“As a new player I want to show my football. Most of the players know me already from the Premier League and from Bayern and I have a good amount of experience.
“I won many titles with Bayern and I want to try to give this experience to this Liverpool team which is still young and try to help them win something.”
Jurgen Klopp brought in Shaqiri to provide competition to our devastating attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who scored 91 goals between them last season. We have won all four of their Premier League games this term but Shaqiri has been limited to just two cameo appearances so far.
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However, the diminutive attacker made a case for his selection as Switzerland crushed Iceland 6-0 in the UEFA Nations League. Despite the Swiss ace’s fine show in national colours, it is tough to see him displace his fellow forwards in Klopp’s first-choice XI.
Not Mane or Salah – Jurgen Klopp speaks out about £10m Liverpool star’s future
Robertson, 24, endured a slow start to his Anfield career following his £10m move from Hull City last summer. However, he gradually picked up the tempo and has now made the left-back position his own.
Now integral to both club and country, Klopp has praised the defender for his hunger, desire and leadership abilities. Robertson’s first match as captain was one to forget as Scotland suffered their worst home defeat since 1973, losing 4-0 to Belgium on Friday. But that did not stop our gaffer from heaping praises.
“Andy is a fantastic fella. He is a very smart and nice person. He can be a leader in the future, 100 per cent,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“He made big steps in the last one-and-a-half years since we worked together. That’s really cool. He has made big steps in the last four or five years since he started his career. So it’s a nice story.
“He is still young but he is a leader already and he will be even better in that in the future.”
Robertson has enjoyed a remarkable rise over the last few years. After all, he was playing lower league Scottish football for Queen’s Park in 2013 after being rejected by Celtic early on in his career.
The Scotsman is an attacking full-back, whose speed down the left flank is simply thrilling to watch. From getting rejected by Celtic to playing Champions League football for Liverpool, Robertson indeed has come a long way.
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