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Exclusive: Liverpool fans speak out

Kop rips current team and seeks the addition of more quality

By | 27th January 2012

It has certainly been an eventful week for Liverpool FC and it is far from over just yet as the club prepares for one of the biggest games of its season when Manchester United takes the pitch at Anfield in the FA Cup tomorrow afternoon.

On the pitch, Liverpool have already taken care of another Manchester team earlier in the week, knocking league leaders City out of the Carling Cup 3-2 on aggregate to progress to the final at Wembley.

Off the pitch, the Reds have been linked with a plethora of new signings but managing director Ian Ayre urged the supporters to keep their expectations low as the club will buy rather cautiously.

Skipper Steven Gerrard, meanwhile, has called for his teammates to play hard in pursuit of a Cup double in response to manager Kenny Dalglish’s criticism of the squad following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Bolton.

In short, everyone has made their feelings heard and as you would expect, so have the passionate Reds supporters. After listening to many of the voices from the Kop, Premiership Talk brings to you this exclusive piece that is all about the perspective of Liverpool fans!

Without a further adieu, here are some of the opinions:

Wanted: A striker and a winger

In regards to the need to sign up a quality striker, one of our readers commented: “We need a versatile, agile, massive, and a terrific goal poacher at Anfield.”

Another reader elaborated that signing a proven goal-scorer, as well as an effective winger, is imperative to qualify for the Champions League: “(If) we don’t get a striker and winger before the windows closes then we can kiss 4th spot bye bye.”

The same individual added: “Reasons – (Andy) Carroll is not (on the) same quality (level) and wavelenght with Suarez. We lack speed, the fastest player is the oldest player – Bellamy – and after that we are reaching. In fact it’s so bad (that) any signing in the front will be a good addition.”

The criticism of Carroll has been a common theme with the Reds faithful and it has continued in full swing here at Premiership Talk over the last few days.

The former Newcastle striker recently stated that the return of Gerrard will create more chances for him but the supporters feel that Carroll needs to help himself before seeking the assistance of others.

“Andy has to work on his ball control and movement off the ball. Gerrard can’t help him with either,” one reader commented.

However, one individual chose to defend Carroll, insisting that the below-par performances of Stewart Downing deserve the blame as well.

“The crosses from Downing this season have, for the most part, been very poor. I think if the service for Carroll improved, so would his performances, but both players have to step up their game a great deal,” argued this particular supporter.

Nevertheless, the consensus on Carroll is generally summed up by the following comment from a fan who was actually in a pretty good mood right after the Reds secured their spot in the Carling Cup final.

“What a night at anfield – YNWA – it was like the old days. Both sets of fans where great, the banter between them was first class, that’s how crowds should be. Man city fans where top class, both sets of fans applauded the teams at the end of the game,” this supporter stated, before continuing, “Only one sour note – how pathetic Carroll looked even in the four minutes he played.

“He was lucky not to get booked, could hardly run, what a waste of talent! Dalglish – don’t let Carroll destroy you.”

Time to think wisely

For most fans, though, Carroll should not be the only scapegoat for the club’s inconsistencies of late. The criticism extends to the current wingers at the club as well as Mr. Dalglish, whose legend does not exempt him from feeling the heat.

“I question a club that spends that so unwisley on players. There seems no difference to the (Rafael) Benitez errors and the Dalglish errors; poor negotiating skills, (spending) around £20 million for the likes of Downing, (Jordan) Henderson, £35 million for Caroll,” this supporter asserted.

In response to Ayre’s call to spend with more caution, the same fan responded: “(These aforementioned signigns) will remain the bigges joke in PL for a good couple years to come. In short – we spent unwisely on these, so why not (spend) unwisely on more. (It has been) a bad management for a good long time now!”

Unproven external talent v. Promising internal talent

The verdict is still undecided on the likes of Udinese winger Mauricio Isla, with some thinking that he will add to the squad while others feeling that he will only add to the club’s mismanagement of positions.

When asked if Dalglish should bring Isla from Udinese, one fan quickly remarked: “No! He is a right back by nature. (He) will be another failure to the collection of clowns at Liverpool FC with the likes of Caroll, Downing and Handerson. We should get players that play at their natural positions.”

However, another fan argued in favor of the Chilean while maintaining the stance against the club’s current wingers: “Bring him , bring anybody please, we lack speed. The current wingers at the club – Downing, Kuyt, Henderson, Maxi – lack speed, dribbling skills, and most importantly, they are not (natural) wingers.

Rangers’ Nikica Jelavic did not receive much love from the Kop either, with many urging Liverpool to shift their focus on Manchester United targets Xherdhan Shaqiri and Milos Krasic.

“For heaven’s sake, go after Shaqiri before Galatasaray sign him and make the Milos Krasic loan deal fast,” one fan remarked with urgency.

But another fan opposed the need to sign urgently and sided with Ayre’s view of practicing caution. One could tell that this supporter was tired of the club’s recent overspending on ineffective players and would much rather prefer nurturing the youth prospects at Merseyside.

“I would like to see a few of our young lads brought in and given a run out instead of going out and spending £10 or £20 million on more young and up and coming players (outside the club),” this individual remarked

The aforementioned supporter elaborated: “Give the future of LFC – it’s young academy players such as Raheem Sterling, Suso, and Nathan Ecclestone – a well deserved run in the team. What have we got to lose?

“Not much, but on the other hand we could get something special out of these youngsters because they are hungry, fearless and eager to display that they have what it takes to play in the PL but more importantly, show (that) they have what it takes to play for the mighty LFC.”

Quite clearly, there is a spectrum of opinions at Liverpool regarding the transfer policy and the future needs of the club as it enters a critical stage of the season with ambitions to secure a Cup double and also return to Europe’s biggest club competition – the UEFA Champions League – next year.

Reader Comments

The below views are those of our readers and do not reflect the opinions of Premiership Talk or its employees.
  1. Casper says:

    Were not buying proven goal scorers or proven players not giving the scorers confidence by benching them the next game after they score we are giving poor players a run of games ,not giving a few of the youngsters from the academy enough exposure were not finishing top 4. If at all we are buying a striker why has no one thought of Di Natale from Udinese

  2. I can’t take this anymore, I can’t accept mediocrity. Bentiez had a lot of bad signings, but not at the price of 35mill, 20mil and 18mil. It was his random below 10mil signings that were average. Torres,alonso, reina, garcia,arbeloa. Raised the quality of our team. Kenny’s signings have made us worse. Torres for Carrol didn’t work. Suarez was bought to partner Torres for the deadliest strike partnership. Downing is too average I’d prefer ryan babel, henderson has to be the worst buy. Adam at best has a deadly long ball and set piece delivery. Henderson has nothing but energy. He is safe and too simple. Doesn’t want to make an effective forward pass, doesn’t want to run and drive forward with ball. He is an embarrassment. And yet he keeps getting game time. Shelvey has more confidence with ball at feet. Let him play. Get us Damiao/soldado/cavani and shaqiri/hazard/babel now, not end of the season when we are 6th in the log. Now so we can fight for 4th.

    • rafa benitez says:

      “It was his random below 10mil signings that were average. Torres,alonso, reina, garcia,arbeloa. Raised the quality of our team.” What are you barking on about? Three of your chosen five players were all bought for under £10m as stated underneath, whilst Alonso coming in at £500k over the £10m mark. So that leaves us with Torres costing £20m. Given the funds Rafa would’ve assembled a terrifying squad. Rafa was after Alves, Aguero, Silva, Villa, Simiao

      Pepe Reina Cost: £6m (Villarreal, June 2005),
      Xabi Alonso Cost: £10.5m (Real Sociedad, August 2004),
      Luis Garcia Cost: £6m (Barcelona, August 2004)
      Daniel Agger Cost: £5.8m (Brondby, January 2006)
      Dirk Kuyt Cost: £9m (Feyenoord, August 2006)
      Craig Bellamy Cost: £6m (Blackburn, June 2006)
      Alvaro Arbeloa Cost: £3m (Deportivo La Coruna, January 2007)
      Javier Mascherano Cost: £18m (Unattached, February 2007)
      Fernando Torres Cost: £20m (Atletico Madrid, July 2007)
      Lucas Cost: £6m (Gremio, June 2007)
      Yossi Benayoun Cost: £5m (West Ham, June 2007)
      Martin Skrtel Cost: £6m (Zenit St Petersburg January, 2008)
      Albert Riera Cost: £8m (Espanyol, August 2008)

      Mostly under the £10m, add them 13 players up, be quite surprised at how that squad would’ve easily ran a title challenge,no?

  3. Ian says:

    I definitely agree with giving the youngsters a go, I think if we can’t get a proven striker then we should promote the likes of Adam Morgan to the first team. And I agree that they are itching to play and proving themselves week in week out – so play them when the first team put a bolton style display on

  4. Chuckyredmarc says:

    Some of that I can argue with, some I can’t. Our new signings will start to come good, there are flashes of it, Downing played well against City. As for Carroll with his City cameo, he did nothing wrong and fought in the air when the ball was hit up to him numerous times, unlike previous where he has been outmuscled too easily, I think people need to lay off him, he received a good cheer when he came on so I’d say a lot of the fans who go the games are still supporting him, everyone I talk to really wants him to come good an doesn’t slate him. As for signings though I would love to see Suso, Sterling, Silva, Morgan etc given a chance, but we definitely need a goal poacher.

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