What to do with Roberto Firmino if Liverpool sign a new striker

What to do with Roberto Firmino if Liverpool sign a new striker

There’s been a lot of talk recently surrounding Roberto Firmino and whether the versatile Brazilian attacker is clinical enough in front of goal.

There are arguments to be made from both sides of the fence. The truth is he can be hit-and-miss but fortunately for us we aren’t overly reliant on him scoring every single game. He doesn’t need to hit 30 goals. If he manages it then it’s a bonus but the Liverpool system doesn’t hinge on him going on a 2013/14 Luis Suarez-esque run.

The former Hoffenheim player is part of a free-scoring trio alongside Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho. The three of them have scored a combined 24 goals so far this season and the Brazilian pair are both on target to get into double digits alongside Mane.

But even so, there’s still talk that Liverpool need a new striker. Not just in the media, who continuously seem to tentatively link the Reds with moves for Alvaro Morata and cough*Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang*cough, but amongst fans too. Those who have given up on Daniel Sturridge as a Liverpool player now want a world class striker to replace the former Manchester City youth graduate.

If Liverpool do sign a £40million striker – granted the two aforementioned names would cost considerably more than that – what happens to Firmino? There appears to be a pattern emerging depending on what sort of week the number eleven has had.

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Will FSG return for first-choice CEO Gillon McLachlan after Ian Ayre exit?

on 18 February 2017

With Ian Ayre leaving his role as Liverpool CEO at the end of February, Fenway Sports Group may be considering a return for their initial first choice, the current CEO of the Australian Football League.

Ayre was announced as departing the club in March of last year, before the decision to end his contract early was made earlier this month, with the 53-year-old set to join 1860 Munich.

As a result, the Reds have begun reshuffling their off-field hierarchy, with Billy Hogan taking the role of Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer and Andy Hughes promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

Michael Edwards’ repositioning as Liverpool’s sporting director was confirmed in November, while Markus Breglec has since been brought in as marketing director.

Ayre’s successor as CEO is expected to be more focussed on the business aspect of the club rather than football, due to Edwards’ enhanced role working alongside Jurgen Klopp and his staff.

As a result, it may be that FSG turn their focus back to their previous candidate for the role, having approached Gillon McLachlan in 2012, before Ayre was promoted from managing director.

McLachlan, then deputy to Australian Football League head Andrew Demetriou, turned down their big-money offer.

He has since taken over Demetriou’s duties, promoted in 2014, now fulfilling what is described as “the most powerful job in Australian sport.”

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LFC submits planning application to improve Anfield accessibility

Liverpool FC has today submitted its planning application to Liverpool City Council for the club’s proposed accessibility improvements at Anfield Stadium.

The plans include an increase in the number of wheelchair bays from 195 to more than 250 positions; adding more than 150 extra amenity and easy access seats around the stadium; improved viewing positions for visiting disabled supporters; and new raised disabled bays in the Centenary Stand for home disabled supporters.

These changes are in line with the new Premier League Accessible Stadia guidelines and have been developed in consultation with the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association (LDSA) and the official Supporters’ Committee.

The planning application also includes external improvements to the stadium comprising a new lift to give inclusive access to the Centenary Stand and expansion of the Kop to increase the general admission seating by around 470. The proposed new lift tower will be the full height of the Centenary Stand and will take disabled supporters to the upper levels of the stand, where they will access new wheelchair platforms at the rear of the lower tier.

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/stadium-expansion/254580-lfc-submits-planning-application-to-improve-anfield-accessibility

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Meet the Academy: Liam Coyle

Liam Coyle has a trademark way of turning up at Melwood for his weekly training session under the guidance of Pepijn Lijnders – he walks.

The 17-year-old Scouser lives a short stroll away from the first-team complex and, like all of the young hopefuls from Kirkby, the boyhood Red dreams of the chance to represent the club at the highest level.

“I live 10 minutes away and I often walk to training when I am down at Melwood, which is an unbelievable experience,” Coyle told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I’ve been at Liverpool since I was 10 years old and I would love to play for the first team one day – I want it so bad.”

It is obvious this likeable midfielder has a level head on his shoulders.

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/academy/254420-meet-the-academy-liam-coyle

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Trent: I learned so much in La Manga

The opportunity to study Liverpool’s first-team players at close quarters during their mid-season training camp was something Trent Alexander-Arnold was determined not to pass up.

Alexander-Arnold was among the Reds’ party who returned to Merseyside yesterday following a four-night stay in La Manga.

Several other Academy prospects, including Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson and Conor Masterson, also travelled to Spain as part of the 27-man group selected by Jürgen Klopp.

And Alexander-Arnold has revealed that the youngsters were determined to learn everything they possibly could from the ‘incredible’ professionalism of their more experienced teammates.

“I think because you’re away 24 hours a day, you get to see what their whole routines are – what they put into their body, what time they go to sleep, everything like that,” the 18-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com.

“You see how professional every single player is, and you’re kind of surprised by it. You hear rumours about how professional the first-team players are at the Academy, but when you’re in and around it you actually see that nothing bad will go into their body because they know it won’t help them, things like that.

“It’s incredible because it just shows the level you have to get to and that’s what all us youngsters are trying to do.”

Taking information on board from the senior members of Klopp’s squad was also high on Alexander-Arnold’s priority list in La Manga.

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/254416-trent-i-learned-so-much-in-la-manga

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Match report: U23s suffer late defeat against Derby

19th February 2017

Liverpool U23s were beaten 2-1 by Derby County in their Premier League 2 encounter at the Academy on Sunday.

The visitors took the lead in an evenly-matched contest through Emil Riis Jakobsen’s header early in the second half, but an own goal by Sven Karic brought the young Reds level.

A sucker-punch was served in the final seconds of the match, though, as Mason Bennett surged into space and sent a cool finish past Kamil Grabara to win it.

Derby made the stronger start and should have taken the lead within two minutes.

Corey Whelan’s attempt to nod the ball back to goalkeeper Grabara fell short and allowed Jakobsen to sneak in for a shot that he lofted too high, much to the relief of the home side.

Liverpool soon grew into the game, with the help of several committed tackles across the pitch, and a sweeping move might have brought an opener on 11 minutes but for the visiting stopper.

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/academy/254553-match-report-u23s-suffer-late-defeat-against-derby

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‘This team is dangerous, there’s always a chance of goals’

19th February 2017

Liverpool U23s coach Mike Garrity believes his exciting team are guaranteed to entertain and score goals as they return to Premier League 2 action this afternoon by hosting Derby County at the Kirkby Academy.

Kick-off is at 1pm GMT and you can watch the game exclusively live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO with our coverage starting at 12.30pm.

Garrity’s charges have netted 12 goals in their past three games and enjoyed an excellent season so far. They are currently in third place in Premier League 2, are into the last 16 of the Premier League Cup and a semi-final tie also awaits in the Lancashire Senior Cup.

The coach insists he has been more than happy with the way things have gone since he took command of the side following Michael Beale’s departure from the club.

“We scored six against Huddersfield Town in the cup last Sunday and three against Tottenham before that, so it’s always a good sign when you are creating chances and putting them away as well,” Garrity told Liverpoolfc.com.

“We’ve got some really good players in the attacking half of the pitch and when they go forward, these lads are dangerous and there is always a chance we will get goals.

“At this level we are at, the be all and end all isn’t winning and losing games, there is a bigger picture and it’s about pushing these players to the next level and the first team, but if we can win games along the way and perform in the right way then we are moving in the right direction.

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/academy/254351-this-team-is-dangerous-there-s-always-a-chance-of-goals

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