Saturday, 16 December 2017

Is the juice worth the squeeze

Is The Juice Worth the Squeeze? The Argument on FSG.

For a long time, I have been part of a disheartened Liverpool fan base, Disheartened with Gillett and Hicks and not impressed with the current owners FSG. Troubles with finances, troubles on and off the pitch. It’s consumed me as a supporter so much so that the football has played second fiddle for a long long time. We have settled for the bare minimum and thanked Henry and co for it. They have been left off far too many times and delivered on very little. Indirect comments made that others would have bounced on and held them accountable for. Completely immune from criticism on the basis of a fictitious and unfortunately the wide belief that they saved us. In my opinion, to support this club is to truly care for it and not just for 90 minutes of a game and to be tuned in and not naïve and accept little or nothing from our current owners. But more on that later. 

The FSG OUT label

I hate the term/label “FSG OUT" because it sets us apart from the rest of the fan base, it tars everyone who wants the best for the club and believe we wont achieve this with the current owners as clueless plastics who will blame everything on  and off the pitch on FSG. To want us to achieve is deemed as a plastic fan. And even when logic suggests that all that is simply untrue, it still does not stop those who are besotted, obsessed and have it in for people like myself, in believing it to be true. Whether you like it or not, I am a Liverpool fan and there’s not a damn thing anyone can do about it.

The Divide within the fan base

As a fan base we have seen many divides, even within those opposing Fenway Sports Group. I have never seen as big of a divide as there is now. On a personal front, I have found it to be soul destroying and demoralizing in entering into conversation or debate over Henry, Werner and their buddies with those who think they can do no wrong. It has brought out the very worst in people and yes, that includes myself too. My approach to those on social media has been questionable at best and has sometimes questioned the sincerity in anything that I have put out there on YouTube, on our podcast and on Twitter. I am man enough to say I have been naive when it has come to all this and how I would be questioned, misquoted by any of my reactions to those on social media. Neither facts or logic have prevailed. It has usually resorted to the worst of the worst getting personal and trying to instigate a reaction from you that you will later regret. I took that bait so did others and we have been played off each other. People got personal and mentioned my family before I ever did. As much as they were wrong, I was wrong too. No excuses and I am sorry for this.

Trip to Liverpool/Break away from social media.

The last 2 months, I have taken a break from everything social media as I felt its been more anti-social than anything else. I took my father away for a weekend to see a match and became a fan again of the football and less about the politics that has ruined football in general. It was a much needed break and I haven't been in Liverpool in a while. I was amazed of how the city has developed and grown since I was last over. It is an amazing city and don’t believe there’s anywhere like it. I was in the heart of the Kop where a stranger, a fellow Liverpool fan, regardless of where my dad and I were from, helped him up off his chair each time he wanted to stand up.  Singing at the top of our lungs "You'll Never Walk Alone" and the "Fields of Anfield Road" along with the rest of our fans, was quite possibly one of the most emotional part of my recent visit to Liverpool. I didn't feel alienated from the fan base which I have quite often felt on social media. There was no bullshit over nationality and your right as a Liverpool fan or right to declare yourself a Liverpool fan. There was no bullshit over someone questioning your loyalty as a Liverpool fan. There was absolutely no bullshit at all. And there's the difference between reality and (anti-)social media. No one stopped me walking into the Kop and asked for my passport to see my nationality. No one questioned my loyalty nor did I question theirs.

No one wants FSG to fail

Of course, I would have preferred that the owners who took over the mess from Gillett and Hicks had been the right ones and I would have preferred that they would be as passionate about Liverpool as I have been and our fan base have been but I don't believe that to be the case and even though I have given them plenty of opportunity to redeem themselves, and they have had plenty of time to do so, I don't believe that a leopard changes their spots. They are waiting for the new TV money deal and they are only interested in the money they will eventually make when they sell this great club. I have no doubt in my mind that we as a group have been right and have been dead on the money about John W. Henry and FSG. 

Let Common Sense prevail

The question remains, was the juice worth the squeeze? We were only pointing out what we thought most fans knew already. The answer is it hasn't been worth it. Was it worth all the hassle and the social media nonsense? Nope. Despite what the cretins on social media may suggest, I have had more stress from doing this than anything. I can wholeheartedly understand why a Liverpool fan wouldn't want to get involved in any FSG out movement (if you can call it a movement) with all the hassle people have been getting for it.

Was the juice worth the squeeze for those opposing anyone anti-FSG and their methods they have used in challenging people opposing FSG? Nope. I have yet to talk to someone and have them present to me anything logical or relevant where I have come out of the conversation, thinking that person has a point. I think we all came out of those conversations dumber and wondering why we wasted our time. Could these people not have their say without resorting to personal insults? I have some respect (not much) for those who don’t hide behind an alias or a make up profile to voice their disdain for me or anyone who agrees with me about the owners. Those usually using a fake identity or someone else’s are somebody who exhibits sadistic type behavior behind the veil of internet anonymity where they have unfettered access to an online playground wherein they can act upon these dark tendencies without the normal restrictions that real world face to face social environments prevent. I’d imagine these people are very unhappy in themselves but if their anonymity was taken away,  I pose the same question, was the juice worth the squeeze? I doubt they would want to test that.  I doubt very much that they can say or anyone looking at them say that the time and effort they put in was all worth it. Highly unlikely. The people that hide their identities have a lot more to hide than those who don't and have a lot more to lose. Lets say if these people did shut me up permanently if that's what they are trying to achieve here, what would it achieve when others are turning on FSG too? In the grander scheme of things, I will be a small cog in a big wheel. In this group I was part of a team. It was never a one man show. So in either case, whatever side of the argument you are on, and in whatever way you have presented your side of things, I believe none of it was worth the effort of the arguments and bickering online. The latest nonsense is people posting up peoples addresses and photos of their house and trying to effect their livelihood, What's that about? What are you trying to achieve by that? Validating your point of view by being a dick? If you cannot have a conversation about football and back what you believe to be true with some facts and figures and resort to that, you don't belong in a football stadium and you need to avoid conversations that would demand some sort of intellect and maturity. Shit gone crazy. It is extremely hard to keep your composure when dealing with that carry on. If you react to it, you are in danger of behaving like them. Another reason why I needed to step away from all of this. That's social media for ya. 

Now back to Liverpool. I don't want to go against the fan base and I think if there is to be any protests of any kind against these owners, then the majority of Liverpool fans need to approve of it and support it. I think the only way the majority of the fan base will go against FSG is if it hits the fans pockets and they have another PR Blunder. At that stage it maybe too late to do anything. With talks of Staveley and co being close to a Newcastle United takeover, I feel it would be a lost opportunity for this club. I believe she cares enough about Liverpool to want the proper owners at this club rather than a Chelsea season ticket holder having Liverpool's fate in his hands and handing the club to a bottom of the barrel deal. From my visit to Anfield, yes, the Main Stand is amazing. Outside the main stand is amazing. The new Liverpool store is amazing. However, the rest of the stadium is completely overlooked and over shadowed and not to the standard of a top 4 premier league club. While the football of late has been brilliant and Mohamed Salah has been certainly been the signing of the year, do we have any faith in the committee to do the right thing in the upcoming transfer windows and in keeping our key players and bringing in the right players? Do we have faith in the owners to do right for this club? Certainly up till now we have no reason to put such faith in them. Too much has gone on with this crowd that would suggest that they cannot be trusted. We have learned from very early on through the emails that were going back and forth to FSG shown in the court documents that they are only in this for themselves.  

As for this group Fenway We Come Not To Pay and myself and my involvement in "FSG OUT", I am perfectly happy sitting back for the time being and being a Liverpool fan. I am not sure I want to waste my time and energy getting involvement in anymore crap online, egos and dealing with all that again. I would be perfectly willing to partake and get involved in a protest against these owners as long as it was done properly and had the right people involved and a good amount involved in it otherwise I don't see much point in rehashing over the same things and doing it on social media. I'm not here for my ego or for anyone else's

Common Ground

In closing, what every Liverpool fan, whether its local or worldwide need to ask themselves is this;
  • Does Liverpool Football Club deserve better?
  • Do the fans deserve better?
If the answer to both questions is yes, then we should all want more from these current owners and in failing to get that, get owners that will better represent the club and us the fans. It is that simple. We as fans have the right to hold these owners accountable and maybe a plane over Anfield wasn't a great idea and maybe a one man protest didn't have the desired effect but the worst thing I could think of is not doing anything at all.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Chat with Jay McKenna

Anyone who will have followed this group, should know at this stage, I am a passionate Liverpool fan who wants the very best for the club and has good intentions. I don't beat around the bush, I say it how I see it and don't apologies for it. I don't wear rose tinted goggles. Some will take me up incorrectly, and class me as a charlatan or a Manc or a plastic. I will admit I have got it wrong and in this case I have with Jay McKenna and Spirit Of Shankly.  I haven't done any favors for my group Fenway We Come Not To Pay, the admins, past or present or this "FSGOUT" campaign. Sometimes the passion for the cause gets me in trouble and I am man enough to admit that.

Last night, Jay and I got to speak to each other finally on our podcast. He brought up some extremely good points and revealed a couple of things that were a bit of a surprise. He was candid and open and answered everything that we put to him. Throughout this podcast, it was done in a civil and mannerly way. He addressed any misconceptions that there may be about himself and Spirit Of Shankly.

At the risk of misquoting Jay or being accused of it, I would advise all interested in this topic to listen to this podcast/YouTube video and see what he has to say.

Chat with Jay McKenna

If we are concerned about the well being of the club and concerned about the way this club is going under this current ownership, then we have to do this united as Liverpool supporters, as a whole. A difference of opinion should not divide us. These owners and the previous owners have done that enough. Its time we got our act together.

As of now, I recommend those who are anti-FSG to join the Spirit Of Shankly as I have just done so now. The only way this campaign evolves is to have our voices heard outside and especially outside of social media. This now needs to be done in a civil mature manner if we want this taken seriously.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Summer Transfer Review 2017

So lets put the Pro FSG, FSG out nonsense aside for a second and review this window as fairly and realistically as possible. This window, media hyped it to being the biggest transfer kitty ever and that it would break records. ITK's got their clickbait ready and there were likes, shares and retweets with the speculation that this window was going to be different to any other we have seen. They were in their element. People hanging on their every word. Updates at 10:30, press conferences called for noon. We now have champions league football, we now have the extra revenue from the Main Stand and the TV money and we now have Klopp. Surely there could be no reason why we couldn't land our top targets?

The general view of a transfer window is to improve on the squad, strengthen the positions that need strengthening, get rid of the deadwood and progress from last season. I think all of us can at least agree that the back 5 was of some concern to every Liverpool fan. Has this window changed all that? In short, no. With Sakho finally ending his turbulent relationship with Klopp and making a permanent move to Crystal Palace for £26 million, it would have been crucial for us to sign a defender or two. Why didn't we?

We had been told the money was there. We fecked around over Salah for nearly a month. Eventually we got him. A target of ours since 2012, we finally get this player who performed very well for Roma the season before. A more developed player since his days at FC Basel and Chelsea.

There was one name on every Liverpool supporters/fans lips and that was Virgil Van Dijk. He had been a target of ours for a while and we had all been convinced that he was going to sign for Liverpool and end our defensive woes this summer. Immediately after Southampton accused us of tapping, we folded too quickly and offered an apology to Southampton and their fans and announced that we would withdraw any interest for the player. We thought this would not be the last of it and would force Van Dijk's hand to hand in a transfer request. Even when he did that and stated he wanted to move to Liverpool, we left him high and dry. We acted like he was the only centre back out there and yet there was absolutely no sense of urgency to put in a bid. According to Chris Bascombe, we had assured the Southampton hierarchy that we would only put in a bid for Van Dijk if they invited us to. That is some lame ass shit and a very weak hand to play in a very aggressive transfer market. Rumors had it CEO and twitter tweeter Peter Moore and John W. Henry had come over to ask questions of Edwards and also to speak to the Premier league. Later it was discovered that they were looking to get a bigger slice of the pie in the TV money.

With the signings of Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson, our window never seemed to gain momentum. Sure these young players have potential but are they first team ready or just squad players? We were led to believe that a revitalized Moreno was like a new signing to us and Milner playing in his natural position was too.

RB Leipzig played hardball for the majority of the season in our pursuit in Naby Keita. The money being talked about this player was huge and we soon saw that this would be a common trend this summer window with Neymar going from Barcelona to PSG for under £200 million. In my opinion we spent far too long messing about over this and questions were already raised about Mike Edwards negotiation skills.

For the rest of the season we were fighting off the advances of Barcelona and their pursuit in Coutinho. All seemed lost when the player himself handed in his request to leave the club. Suddenly it wasn't about signing players but about keeping this fella.

It seemed in the dying hours of what was left of this window, we made one last ditch effort to be seen to be interested in bringing in someone. We had agreed to sign Naby Keita... NEXT YEAR. That's great but lets focus on this season yeah? Talks of Van Dijk resurfaced but we didn't get that "open invite" from Southampton strangely enough. There were talks of us signing Thomas Lemar right from under Arsenals noses. That eventually saw neither team get him but Lemar had stated he wanted to play for us as well. To add salt to the wounds of Arsenal, we signed Oxlade Chamberlain. He turned down Chelsea, and more money to sign for less money but sign for the club hes supported as a child, Liverpool FC. While I welcome any player that puts a club before money, I do not know where this player will fit in.

While it is refreshing to hear that according to the football observatory that Mohamed Salah was the best value signing of the summer, this does nothing for our defensive woes. I think next summer every Liverpool fan is resigned to the fact that we will give in to the advances of Barcelona and be losing Philippe Coutinho. Its what we do with that money we receive for him that concerns me. In the meantime we have a player that does not want to be at Anfield and defensive issues still a worry at the club. With more games this season, with champions league football, could we see these players tire out a lot quicker than last season or will Klopp apply a rotational system?

Critics and fans alike feel that this window has been a led down.

Courtesy of @5timesco
Courtesy of @TheLFCPoll
Courtesy of @empireofthekop
So as you can see, from polls that are neither Pro FSG or Anti FSG, majority of fans are unhappy. The big question is who is to blame? We can all speculate as to whose responsible but these transfer issues have been here before Klopp and have been an issue since FSG have taken over the club. 

For me, this window failed to excite and failed to strengthen Liverpool's major weakness the past couple of years. Carragher, Redknapp, Nicol, Aldridge, Fowler have all called out the owners over this. Some will see keeping Coutinho has a success and therefore the window has been a success but I feel that this could also lead to problems throughout the season for us.

In our podcast I discussed with DJ Selecta Skills this summers window. Check it out, subscribe and give it a like.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Klopp opens can of worms

After the opening match of the new season for us ending in stalemate at Vicarage Road, its safe to say, same shit different year. Former Liverpool player Dietmar Hamann tweeted; "If you score 3 goals away to Watford and don't come away with a win then we best get prepared for another long season". And indeed Hamann is right... as is Nicol, as is John Aldridge, Jamie Carragher and Redknapp. But enough about that... tell us again how FSG saved us. Love that story.

This summer had been talked about as being the summer to break all records. Little did we know it was the same fucking record we play every year hearing of players linked with us and then how we been let down again and haven't signed enough to improve our squad and position from last season. If after 7 years you don't know what the problems are at this club, then you are part of the problems.

Players are not interested in sponsors on their sleeve, sponsors in the ground, sponsors on their chest. Some may not even give a damn about moving from Melwood to Kirkby. They may not even be all that excited over redeveloped of Anfield and surrounding areas. If you are to keep players of the same caliber of Philippe Coutinho then you need to have a common ground, their ambitions need to be the same. If not, you lose them. Calling Coutinho a traitor or a rat doesn't make him so. Would you stick in a job where you couldn't progress in? We need to look at ourselves.

Klopp has been adamant that Coutinho is going nowhere. With FSG's statement over the Brazilians future and shortly followed by Philippe handing in a transfer request, I don't think we can hope he will stay for an extra year. Jurgen has been heavily criticized over the summer and some of the statements hes made about Moreno during pre-season and not needing a centre back. Some wondered if he was becoming FSG's yes man. I think the statement he made after today's draw put any thought of that to rest.

When speaking about the situation with Coutinho, he stated the following;

"I have bosses yeah? And if bosses decide for example, just in general, we sell a player or we don't sell him, then I have to accept it. If we don't sell him then I'm not involved anymore. I'm responsible for all the players. I've to work with the players I have."

You can watch the full Post Match Conference here This is Anfield

Sounds a little like Rafa when Benitez was told off by Gillett and Hicks when he wanted to sign a few players. The "I'm just a coach, I have to do with what I have" comment. Remember that?

Hicks has told Benítez 'to quit talking about new players

While I fully expect the FSG PR puppets and biased media to brush over this and not give it a moments thought, Klopp is saying a lot more about his position at the club than he is Coutinho's. The biggest mistake we could make is ignoring it.  Klopp's comments show that he has the same restraints as the managers before him under FSG and show us that there is a bigger problem at this club.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

"We don't want to be like Chelsea, United or City" - Dispelling a Myth

"We don’t’ want to be like Chelsea, United or City” – Dispelling a Myth

Across social media as a Liverpool fan, I constantly see the phrase “we don’t’ want to be like Chelsea, United or City” and I am sure that you have seen it many times yourself. But what does this actually mean? Is it that we don’t want to be winning trophies and titles like these clubs? Or is it that we don’t want to be spending large amounts of money on players and wages known as “buying the league”? I’m inclined to think it’s the latter with Pogba’s incredible £89million fee being the go-to statistic. However, in modern football, it is very clear that both winning trophies and spending large amounts of money on top quality players are very intrinsically linked.

Lets look at this in a fundamental way. Very generally speaking, if you have the best players in your squad then you are going to win most of your games and therefore win trophies and be successful. I completely understand there are many more factors to this such as the manager and their system (as we saw with Chelsea from last season to this season) as well as other anomalies (Leicester last season), but generally I believe having the best players means you win more. If this weren’t true, then teams would be finishing in very different positions in the league every season. Instead we see general trends for teams’ league positions e.g. Arsenal finishing in the top 4, Sunderland being near relegation, Stoke being mid-table etc. This applies to the other leagues across Europe such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus etc. all finishing at the top of their leagues almost every year. Quite clearly, they all have the best players.

So what is Liverpool’s trend? In the last seven years, we have finished 8th twice, 7th twice, 6th twice and 2nd once. We have also won one League Cup in this period. Our trend is to be outside of the top 4, just above mid-table and not winning many trophies. Lets look at Chelsea, City and United. Chelsea have won the title twice, (look likely to win it again this season), finished in the top four five times and have won five *other major trophies. City have won the title twice, finished in the top four six times and won three other major trophies. United have also won the league twice, finished in the top four five times and have won three major trophies (including this years League Cup). This illustrates the clear gulf in class between the three mentioned clubs and Liverpool FC.

We are not a successful club at present - not even close. Achieving top four this season was the absolute minimum requirement and this is looking more unlikely to happen as weeks go by. Liverpool do not have the squad depth or the quality of players to be able to properly compete and be successful. United’s recent League Cup win stands testament to this. Indeed they were massively helped out by a very poor decision ruling out Southampton’s perfectly legitimate goal. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic – an experienced, world class, top quality player scored two goals and won them that trophy. Is there a single player at Liverpool we can call experienced, world class and top quality? Let me help you out here; no.

This is the type of player we need for us to win trophies, be successful and consistently finish in the top four. Worryingly, we are failing to attract this kind of top talent to come and play for Liverpool. Not offering the required wages and transfer fees to obtain these players is what I believe is the difference between Liverpool and the three named clubs. Lallana has recently signed a new deal worth £110,000 making him one of our top owners. On the other hand, Ibrahimovic and Pogba of United are earning over £200,000, double that of one of our top earners. Costa and Hazard of Chelsea are also near the £200,000 mark. Aguero and Toure at City are just over £200,000 as well. Plus, many of the first team players at these clubs are earning £100-£200,000 such as De Bruyne, Courtouis, Kante and Mkhitaryan to name a few. These are the top players that make the difference in football matches yet our team doesn’t seem to possess anyone of this ilk. Since May 2015, FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules have been “eased” (aka not enforced) meaning that these high wages and transfer fees have not negatively affected these clubs. People may argue about debt, particularly at Man United, but I don’t see this affecting the club negatively in terms of trophies and success.

Something else I see a lot of on social media is the notion that Liverpool don’t want players who are on big wages as they are “just after the money” or “don’t have the right mentality”. Let me ask you this; do you see Eden Hazard’s £200,000 a week wages affecting his football on the pitch? It is a completely nonsensical argument. Apply this to all of the players I have named above and I think you will come to the same conclusion. All top players in the world are on huge wages: Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez, Neymar Bale etc and this does not seem to be affecting their abilities as footballers. I am also not saying that having high wages makes you a great player such as Graziano Pelle and others in China. But it is quite clear to me that having top players and a great team will lead to success and to attract those players we need to be offering top wages and transfer fees. It is the unfortunate reality of modern football; we need to either adapt to it or continue on our path of mediocrity. Modern football will not adapt itself to accommodate Liverpool FC.

To conclude, I think it is an absolute nonsense that people say, “we don’t want to be like City, United or Chelsea”. These clubs are successful in terms of winning trophies and have world class players in their squads; neither of which can be applied to Liverpool. Who in their right mind as a Liverpool fan wouldn’t want that?! We have changed managers, players, backroom staff, CEO’s and much more in the last seven years. One thing that has stayed the same is the owners, FSG, and their current regime. For us to progress and be successful it seems there must be a drastic change either in this regime or with FSG themselves.

*Other major trophies: F.A. Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League


Monday, 24 July 2017

Something not quite right at Liverpool

Some of us were in euphoria and tears as we got 4th spot. Liverpool FC were back and with a chance of competing in next seasons Champions League. There was a media frenzy and we were all led to believe that this summer would see record amount of signings, record transfer fees and that Liverpool were finally going to get the investment they had been calling out to bolster our squad. Pro FSG accuse FSG Out of wanting rich oil barons and we are told to support Chelski and City and that they don't want to buy the league... yet none of them had one objection to the rumors that this summer was gonna be big.

£100 million warchest... no no... wait a minute... £150 million warchest... nope... try again, lets make it £200 million of a warchest. With the extra revenue generated from the Main Stand, the TV money and the profit made in the last 2 consecutive windows, even those within the FSGOUT brigade thought, maybe, just maybe we would all have something to cheer about. May 21st, when Liverpool beat relegated Middlesborough to secure 4th spot and the Champions league August's final qualifying round, Klopp announced "the work is pretty much done" when asked about the transfer window. This was music to all our ears. The work is pretty much done... really?

This wouldn't be the first time a Liverpool manager said something and was let down by the powers that be. And questions have to be asked... WHAT THE F**K IS GOING ON AT LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB?

Van Dijk

Has to be said, this was our main target and we fast to kick that target to the curb when Southampton accused Liverpool of tapping. Liverpool put out a statement apparently without Klopp realizing this or being told about it where they issued our an apology to Southampton and their fans for any offense caused and that we would withdraw any interest in the player. Not a mention of the Liverpool fans. Not a mention of the disappointment we must of felt, the egg in the face when we thought we were signing this player.  Peter Moore was said to meet the Premier League with Henry with regards to the issue with Southampton but was later discovered they wanted a bigger slice of the pie with regards to TV money. Good to see they have their priorities straight.

The only way we were going to get Van Dijk was if the player put in a transfer request. We were totally at the mercy of the player and were sitting ducks waiting by the telephone to see if Van Dijk had handed in a request and we got a call saying "come get me."

In the last couple of days, he has advised Southampton that he wants to leave the club. And the message to come from us... "We will buy Virgil Van Dijk but only if Southampton want us to." No matter what way you want to word it... that is our stance at the moment. Van Dijk has said he wants to move to Liverpool and we are faffing about again. Its embarrassing and no doubt there will be some twists and turns before the window closes on this one. No matter who he follows on instagram, its not going to get him any closer to wearing a Liverpool jersey. Some work is required to get this deal over the line. Are we capable of that?

Naby Keita

No body puts Naby in the corner. Another one of our main targets. The negotiations resemble something out of Father Ted and Mrs Doyle trying to convince you to have a cup of tea. In fairness to Mrs Doyle, I think has better negotiation skills than Mike Edwards whose still licking his wounds from the Van Dijk tapping fiasco. "Ah go on... NOOOO... Go on, Go on, Go on, Nooooooooooo"
Rumors suggest RB Leipzig have said Naby Keita is not for sale and have rejected two bids already from Liverpool. Its believed another bid has been made but RB Leipzig have said that hes staying and that its a matter of principal. I hope our owners will think of this if a bid from Barcelona comes in for Coutinho.

The actual signings

30th May, it was announced Dominic Solanke had agreed to join Liverpool on the expiration of his contract with Chelsea for a compensation fee to be set by a tribunal as hes a homegrown player under the age of 24. Hes a talented young lad but God help him with the pressure that comes with wearing a Liverpool jersey and the fact he may not yet be first team ready. A player for the future.

In 2014, yet again Liverpool refused to pay the extra few million to sign this gentleman up from FC Basel and ended up at Chelsea. He joined them for a fee reported to be in the region of £11 million. June 22nd, Mohamed Salah agrees to move to Liverpool for an initial fee of €42 million from Roma. Salah most definitely will feature in the first team and will be a very very exciting player for Liverpool.

Just last week we signed Hull City left back Andy Robertson for a reported fee of £10 million. Klopp believes the Scottish international has the ability to get even better whilst playing for us this coming season.  The arrival of Robertson leaves some doubt as to whether he will be our back up left back behind Milner and Moreno.

We have 6 weeks

Robbie Fowler believes we need to spend at least £200 million to progress from where we ended up last season and with other clubs around us improving and strengthening their squad, the pressure is really on for us to pull a couple of rabbits out of the hat. I think it is safe to say, with the 3 signings we have made, only one of them is going to be a regular in the first 11. So I revert back to Klopp's statement after the Middlesborough game. "The work is almost done." Proof is in the pudding and it does not look from the outside looking in that the work was almost done, was anywhere near done, and not only that, but there doesn't seem to be a plan B.

All the ITK's and the FSG PR pushers can tell me there's a big week ahead of us all they like but there is something not quite right at Liverpool.

As a Liverpool fan, the success I want to see is on the pitch. I couldn't care less of sponsorship deals and commercial deals. While it makes the club better financially, it does not seem to benefit us on the pitch. We have two problems in my eyes. If its not the money, its the negotiations and either way, the book stops at FSG, not Klopp. After all, he said the work was almost done. So someone is not holding up their end of the bargain. Someone is letting the side down. Does this look like a club that has the work done already in the transfer window? Do you honestly feel that between now and the end of the window, we will bring in players that will be first team ready and make a positive impact on our season?

If we do not show ambition and show some aggression in this transfer window, we may not lose Philippe Coutinho this season, but you can be sure January or next summer we will. We cannot expect these players to wait about for the owners to realize this is a Football club and not their cash cow. These players are motivated by money and silverware. Look at Torres and Suarez who left Liverpool and want they have achieved since leaving Liverpool.

Some don't want to buy success and that is fine but lets just aim to be better. Liverpool used to set the bar of excellence, now we are getting beaten with it over the head.

Naby Next Year?

This Summer window have seen Liverpool FC have more knock backs than I had looking to take someone out for my debs. Our pursuit of Naby Keita is similar to asking your best mate to ask the one you fancied to go out with you. RB Leipzig have been the controlling parents that have always closed the door on your face when you came to the doorstep with a bunch of flowers.

While it is rumored that Keita wants the move to Liverpool, Leipzig have turned down our advances and turned down 2 bids for the 21 year old Guinea midfielder both rumored to be £57 million and £66 million.

Liverpool look resigned to the fact they will not get Keita this summer but Naby next year?!! Apparently there is a £48 million release clause in his contract effective next year. The German side have issued a hands off our Naby this year, saying he is 110% staying put for the moment and that it is a matter of principle.

Many fans will read into the training ground bust up that Naby had with his fellow team mate Diego Demme in Austria today. German newspaper Blind reported Keita made a brutal tackle on Demme resulting in the training session to be called off. Blind have speculated that this is Naby showing his frustration at his current situation and not being able to join Liverpool, however video footage did show that Keita had been floored in a tackle that angered the Guinea midfielder and resulted in his tackle in retaliation.

Either way, we have 6 weeks to bring in reinforcements and we don't have much time if at all any to pursue this guy any further. Robbie Fowler stated that Liverpool need to spend at least £200 million this window otherwise he fears we will not progress from last season. With other clubs making some additions to their squad, Liverpool need to get their shit together.