Seen this on numerous sites, hoping it's true. A quality defender, versatile, with his best years ahead of him.
Hopefully a sign of things to come with regards to Klopp in the transfer market.
Cameroon international aswell. Could be our first african player in ages. That cretin el hadj diouf was our last I think?
Smart buy, if it goes through. Easily on par, if not better, than what we have right now at CB. Allows us to focus on midfield and attackers/wingers. It is a real breathe of fresh air to see a plan of action by a manager when acquiring players. Not only is he addressing a major issue, but not throwing money at it knowing he has other areas to focus on as well.
Get solid at the back, leave money for the attack.
For me Sakho can be a great centre half on his day but he's not quite the class centre half that some make him out to be. And really it doesn't matter what level he's at as its a never ending cycle of injury. He gets crocked, come back and looks rusty for a couple games, started playing well....but then gets crocked again.
It's frustrating that we have too many of these sick notes that it's a case of "an option when they're fit".
Last edited by geo1122; 13-1-16 at 14:04.
If Klopp and the brain are looking at stats:
You can see that Skrtel is probably on the decline and doesn't really suit Klopp's style of play. The other 3 look like there isn't much between them which could be good for healthy competition. Especially with Sakho's injury problems.
I don't see us being that keen to let any of them go, and I don't expect us to receive offers too good to turn down.
If one of them finds themselves at the bottom of the pecking order they might move on next summer, or maybe next January if another club finds themselves in a similar situation to ours now.
Seems like sound business. I'm not going to pretend I've seen a lot of him, because I haven't, but he does come with a good reputation and I'm looking forward to seeing how he does. Hopefully he's the beginning of the end of our calamity CBs.
Considering it's taken Sakho and Lovren the best part of 2.5 and 1.5 years to bump Skrtel down the pecking order - and it's by no means certain that they've done that even now - I struggle to see Caulker managing it in 6 months.
IF he does though, and Skrtel is 4th choice before we even get to the summer and any new arrivals, it would change ours and Skrtel's outlook.
People are getting carried away. Currently its only the Mirror that have reported this. I'd wait for a more reliable source to report it before thinking its a done deal.
UPDATE: @AnfieldHQ: Just spoken to Dave Maddock (Mirror). He's stressed LFC have had talks with Matip & a deal has been agreed in principle, but nothing signed. #LFC
Klopp is already preparing for next season. Ward has been recalled. If he can keep Mignolet on the bench, good, we can save some money. If not yet, Klopp will sign another one in summer. Joe Gomes and Flanno. will be back up of Clyne while Smith is already the back up of Moreno. If Klopp thinks that Smith is not good enough, probably a new LB will be signed but never expect it to be a big name. About DM, we have already signed a Serbian youngster and loan him back.
In 2013-14 season, we nearly won the title with a leaky defense but a very strong attacking line. Under Klopp, our defense will NOT be as fragile as in that season even playing with the same group of defenders, let alone he has already made some enhancement and probably some more in summer. Obviously, what we are lack of and need most is Attack, Attack and Attack. The attacking department should get a lion's share in our budget including the money back from selling players.
How can you think Flanno ( a half decent fullback that's spent 18 months out with a knee injury), Gomez (a raw young centre half) and Smith (a raw young fullback) are sufficient cover? Especially when it's not even clear our first choice left back is good enough to begin with. I feel we could easily do with signing a fullback for both sides.
******** does the attack get the lion's share of the budget. Do you not realise we've pumped lot's of money into attack and it's gotten us no where? Attacking players find it hard to do their job when they can't trust the players behind them. Perhaps a Suarez level player is the exception to the rule, however we don't have one and lighting likely won't strike twice.
I'm more of a fan of the Benitez approach, make the team near impossible to beat and then add the attack.
Do you watch Liverpool? Honestly? We get bullied by lesser sides time and time again. And you think throwing big money at a striker and a winger will solve that?
I would prefer see us go and sign a keeper, a couple fullbacks and a defensive midfielder before we put any funds into attack.
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