Luis Garcia: Give Liverpool FC signing Firmino time to adapt to English game

19:00, 2 September 2015

  • Andy Kelly

Spanish star urges patience with Brazilian as he settles in to Premier League

Luis Garcia urged Liverpool fans to stay patient with Roberto Firmino as he settles into life in the Premier League.

The popular 37-year-old Spaniard knows the difficulties that players must cope with when they transfer to a new club and a new country, playing not just with the Reds in England but in Greece, Mexico and even India later in his career.

And he believes Firmino has the talent to be an Anfield hit after his £29m move from Hoffenheim in Germany earlier this summer.

Garcia told the ECHO: “It’s not easy to come into the Premier League and adapt. I think that he’s a very good player but you have to give him time to adapt to the pace of the game, to the players, the different situations in games.

“He’s a player that wants to do things to change games, like Coutinho does at the moment.”

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Reds complete Allan Rodrigues de Souza deal

02nd Sep 2015

Liverpool Football Club can confirm the signing of Allan Rodrigues de Souza from Internacional.

The 18-year-old has immediately joined Finnish side Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho on loan until January.

Allan first arrived at the club earlier this summer having been granted permission by Internacional to spend some time with the Reds.

The midfielder becomes the fourth Brazilian currently at Liverpool, joining Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

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Can Dejan Lovren take inspiration from this Liverpool quartet?

Sep 2, 2015

Henry Jackson

With Dejan Lovren enduring a miserable first year at Liverpool, Henry Jackson selects four players the 26-year-old can take inspiration from.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 29, 2015: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren looks dejected after his mistake led to West Ham United's second goal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Croatian looked to be on a slight road to recovery after helping the Reds keep three successive clean-sheets, but he had a nightmare afternoon in the 3-0 loss to West Ham on Saturday.

His dreadful error allowed Mark Noble to double the Hammers’ lead in the first-half, marking a new low point in Lovren’s already faltering Liverpool career.

Although it seems impossible to imagine the former Southampton man coming good at Anfield, there are players who have got through similarly dark periods in the past.

Here are four Liverpool players Lovren can draw inspiration from:

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Tiago Ilori loan another sign of Liverpool’s transfer incompetence

Sep 2, 2015

Jack  Lusby

Allowing Tiago Ilori to join Aston Villa on loan this summer underlines Liverpool’s inadequacy in the transfer market, writes Jack Lusby.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - Wednesday, July 16, 2014: Liverpool's Tiago Ilori in action against Brondby IF during a preseason friendly match at Brøndby Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rounding off an otherwise quiet transfer deadline day for Liverpool, centre-back Tiago Ilori joined Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa on a season-long loan—and this particularly move has left a positive summer of business for the Reds looking decidedly flawed.

Ilori joins up with Sherwood’s squad for the season, with reports suggesting that Villa have the option of signing the 22-year-old on a permanent deal next summer.

Depending on the number of appearances Ilori makes, Liverpool could bank up to £9 million if the Portuguese makes his move to Villa Park permanent.

Liverpool signed Ilori for £7 million in 2013, ensuring that they could make a profit on Ilori next summer.

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Liverpool FC fan Q&A: Sakho for Lovren a must – but don’t think about flying another anti-Rodgers plane

16:00, 2 September 2015

Anfield Wrap editor Gareth Roberts speaks to us about all things at Liverpool

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Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (L) clashes heads with team mate Mamadou Sakho Mandatory Credit: Action Images / John Sibley

Every week, we get the views of one Liverpool FC fan about the week that’s been and what’s ahead at Anfield.

This week, we speak to Anfield Wrap editor Gareth Roberts, who gives his thoughts on West Ham, the defence and transfers.

What have you made of the first four games in general?

Gareth Roberts (GR): Up until the West Ham game, I’d been encouraged, but that performance at Anfield has tainted everything that came before it and the fixture list looks ominous again now.

OK, it hadn’t exactly been champagne football up to that point, but what I liked was the evidence of collective fight — the fact Liverpool were digging in and battling for results. It’s a quality that can’t be overstated for me — too often last season we saw heads go down and the Reds all too easily give inferior opposition an easy ride.

My concern going into the season was there were too many ghosts remaining from the last campaign and we’d see the same again given that the manager had beaten the odds and kept hold of his job. But getting out of Stoke with a 0-1 given the 6-1 nightmare in May felt big, while the Arsenal result was a positive given our poor record in recent times there.

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Liverpool’s transfer net spend: More than Spurs and Arsenal, but less than Watford and West Brom

on Sep 2, 2015

Liverpool’s net spend during the summer transfer window has been revealed, and it makes for some interesting reading.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 24, 2015: Liverpool's James Milner in action against Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to the Mirror, every Premier League club has spent more money than they received this summer, with the Reds sitting seventh highest with a net spend of approximately £21.7million.

Man City (1st), Man United (2nd) and Chelsea (4th) have had more of a free reign with funds than almost anyone, which given their financial power is hardly a surprise, although it is a shock to see both Watford (5th) and West Brom (6th) above Liverpool.

The two Premier League strugglers have a net spend of £34.3 million and £23.8 million respectively, while Newcastle are in third after splashing out £42 million more than they have received.

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Brendan Rodgers – That Familiar Feeling, Dejan Vu


The scars of 2014/2015 season had not even healed properly just yet but West Ham showed a complete lack of disregard to this fact when they faced the Reds at Anfield, coming away 3-0 victors. Old wounds have been reopened and the window is no longer open so Liverpool aren’t able to buy another Roberto Firmino bandage.

Brendan Rodgers - Dejavu

Pre game there was a buzz on Twitter. West Ham were depleted, they were missing 5/6 first team players and had their 4th choice striker leading the line in Diafra Sakho. Certain fans expected this would be the game that Liverpool finally clicked. The first half performance against Arsenal wet the appetite and this would be the main course. However, I was a little cautious having seen how Slaven Bilic had his West Ham side line up against Arsenal in a surprise 2-0 win for the Hammers. I expected Liverpool to see the ball, I said pre game I thought West Ham would allow us to have 60-70% (the Reds ended up with 63%) and I thought West Ham would be fairly compact and make it difficult for Liverpool to play through.

They were.

There were plenty of unanswered questions from the defeat but firstly you have to ask why Liverpool named an unchanged side from the side that put in an admirable performance against Arsenal to pick up a 0-0 draw. Two different oppositions so you line up differently, don’t you? Why would a side that had a mere 35% of the possession at the Emirates be identical to a side that was always going to have over 60% possession at Anfield. As I said in an article not long after the defeat, a football team isn’t a skeleton key. One side doesn’t fit all, so why pretend like it does?

I realise Lucas may only be staying under the premise he’s getting more first team football but he’s professional enough to understand his strengths aren’t the ones we need against West Ham. In what world do Liverpool need a defensively minded full-back in Joe Gomez and a holding midfielder starting at home to a team we should be beating comfortably.

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