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Sotiris Kyrgiakos and more to follow?

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Well, if all works out well then this will have surprised many and is it a coincedence he will cost around 2m and is that what the press got wind of yesterday, but without knowing the full details they have decided to speculate?

From what i'm told benitez decided that spending 8-10m on someone english and on a player who may be 4th choice most of the time doesn't make that greater sense, although things could still change, this is football.

What i do know is the greek isn't someone we have plucked from a list, he's been watched for a while and was a player batted around during the chase for a centerback when Skrtel was targeted, but then and being younger, skrtel was a similar price and would be more of a long-term choice. Now as a replacement for big sami, this could make perfect sense.

...oh and i have to say did rafa look like a man who had no money left yesterday when quizzed by the media? Secretly i think he's loving these stories, benitez likes to play down the money situation as it makes other clubs think maybe we haven't much, but looking at the basic picture...we sold keane, who benitez admitted we might lose 2-3m on the deal, so we must have got 15-16m back on that, coupled with the sale of Alonso 30m, Arbeloa 3.5m and leto 3m, now obviously not everything will come in at once and if you look through the loan details the refinace and interest has been covered....what i'm saying is rafa is believed to be working on one big transfer still and that transfer will be someone who can play across more than one attacking position, but if he can't get the right player then he is prepared to wait until he can.

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posted Aug 22, 2009

this is rubbish! why is rafa so hung up on signing defenders when we already have 4 centre backs and plenty of wing backs! he should be focusing on the attack to support torres and gerrard

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posted Aug 22, 2009

smartRedKing - we can't stop winning 4-0 lately, I don't see that as too much of a problem. We just need back-up really. and when Aquilani is fit he'll replace any problems about getting support.

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posted Aug 22, 2009

i think it's obvious that because of hicks and gillett we don't have the money to buy anyone. the interest payments are crippling the club. if we haven't got it, we can't spend it. there is no point spending what we don't have or we'll end up like leeds and portsmouth. we have an academy. have some faith in them and play them

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comment by Adam (U10791466)

posted Aug 22, 2009

I think this will be a good signing.

I hope we get Van der Vaart. I think we might get Silva next season.

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posted Aug 22, 2009

I hope Aquilani has half the ability(in particular as a playmaking passer) as Alonso posessed. When fit, Gerrard was phonomenal last season; his displays against Real and Man U in particular epitomised his credentials as the worlds most accomplished midfield engine. His ability to be 'word class' in heaps of different positions is unparalelled with only Essien going remotely close to the all-round class whic G reaks of. However the freedom he experienced last season was only afforded to him due to superb Alonso and battling Mash. Gerrard should be playing back in CM since Aqua guy is injured and instead, the underated Benayoun should play in the hole behind Torres as this would be his most natural position. Our defence will also be reinforced if G is reverted back to a more rigid CM position. Babel most ONLY be used as a sub until he proves his worth consistently, like Riera has.
Ps, how sick would it be if we got Frank! Not Lamps, Ribberry.. Please buy us you filthy rich royal somewhere out there and !!!

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posted Aug 22, 2009

This guy is purely a back up, he won't even be on the bench when everyone is fit.
But why don't Liverpool play the youngsters who are coming through, at least they know the system.

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posted Aug 22, 2009

I think Riera, Benni, Babel, Kuyt all deserve to play, and right now Riera ahead of Babel. Drop Leiva and place Gerrard central in front of Masch, Benni right, Riera/Babel left, Kuyt behind Torres. Kuyt's a proven goalscorer, who we need aiding Torres.

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posted Aug 22, 2009

Swap Benayoun and Kuyt around and I agree with you. With GJ as RB Kuyt can aid Torres well enough RM, and Benayoun is better in the centre.

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comment by Red_Nic (U8745044)

posted Aug 22, 2009

I'd prefer Rafa gave the chance to Ayala or one of the others, as what message does that send out to the youngsters? Ayala was solid and Skrtel doesn't look long term so in my opinion, we should go with Ayala but this is also where we are going to miss Arbeloa's versitility - he was a major loss.

But wait and see what Keygiakos does but i can understand the signing with Agger's history on the treatment table.

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posted Aug 24, 2009

I think that Gillet & Hicks need to look at what they bought and decide whether to leave LFC of stay and fund the club enough to compete.

Whilst the new top 5 (including city, as you cannot argue with the spending power)
with teams like Spurs & Villa aparently having plenty of money - we are the only club who are having to buy players from the bargain basement section, whilst all around us are buying from the top shelf.

The loading of debt onto our club, which was not going to happen.

Also where is the new ground we were prommised?

Now there are talks of Rafa leaving, which I believe would result in a mass exodus of players aswell.
Yet again another year of turmoil because the owners refuse to fund, and refuse to sell.

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