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LIVERPOOL

Six months ago the 5 times European champions were at the wrong end of the table fighting against relegation. No one would have thought at the end of last season that things could get worse but after 20 games Liverpool were 12th in the league just 4 points above the relegation zone. Roy Hodgson was sacked and Kenny Dalglish aka King Kenny himself had to intervene to steady the ship. Since then Liverpool have embarked on a staggering run of warm gather 33 points from 21 games. Purely on statistics under Dalglish, Liverpool would have finished 3rd in the league. To take the next big step Liverpool need to build on the impressive January signings and form. In terms of providing stability the new American owners have done a fabulous job and Kenny Dalglish along with Steve Clarke and Damien Comolli look like a very good team to take the club back to the top of English Football and catch up with Manchester United. Here are the areas which we feel need to be strengthened in the summer-

WINGERS
This is one problem which has been dogging the Liverpool teams ever since Steve Mcmanaman and John Barnes left the club with none of the subsequent managers being able to find a suitable solution. Liverpool lack the natural width in their play and with Andy Carroll set to spearhead the attack next season, a natural winger should be a top priority for the club to compliment Carroll.

Also, the exit door should be shown to Joe Cole who has failed to live up to the astronomical 90,000 per week salary.                                                             MARKO MARIN (WEREDER BREMEN)

Marko Marin

ESTMATED COST- £ 15 MILLION
AGE-22

The young German has been in scintillating form for Werder Bremen and has been labelled as the next Lionel Messi. Marin is exceptional with ball at his feet, a very good dribbler and has the ability to open up defences with his accurate passing. His crossing will compliment Carroll and being just 22 years of age, he fits in the youth policy of Kenny Dalglish perfectly.

EDEN HAZARD (LILLE)
ESTIMATED COST- £ 18-20 MILLION
AGE-20

Another great young talent from Belgium, he is an integral part of his club and country teams at the age of just 20. He can cause mayhem in the ranks of opposition defence on his day with his direct and quick play. It remains to be seen how long can Lille hold to their prized asset.

ASHLEY YOUNG (ASTONVILLA)

Ashley Young


ESTIMATED COST- £ 12 MILLION

Young is in the final year of his contract and his unwillingness to extend his current deal means his days are numbered at Villa. Liverpool and Manchester United are set for a bidding war for the villain who might prefer Liverpool over Manchester as first team football will be a guarantee at Anfield. Young is a versatile and can play in a number of positions across the midfield.

CENTRE BACK
Liverpool  uncharacteristically conceded a staggering 44 goals this season. Although after Kenny Dalglish and Steve Clarke took over defensively the side improved drastically but reinforcements are required. Daniel Agger is still one of the best centre back in Europe but persistent injury problems suggest his body cannot take the rigorous demands of English football and letting him go in the summer might be beneficial for all sides. The money from his sale can be used to buy a replacement. However, the performances of Matrin Skrtel and Sotirios Kyrgiakos have been unsatisfactory and selling them shall not be a big loss to Liverpool as youngsters such as Danny Wilson, Martin Kelly and Daniel Ayala are capable players coming through the Academy.

MAMADOU SAKHO (PSG)

ESTIMATED COST- £ 15-20 MILLION
AGE- 21

A number of elite European clubs are after this youngster including Arsenal and Liverpool. A leader on the field he is known for his tough tackling and heading abilities. He is a perfect long term replacement for Jamie Carraghar who is in the twilight of his career. The only thing which could scupper the deal is his price tag as Liverpool may be unwilling to shell out a massive 20 million pounds on a centre back.

PER MERTESACKER (WERDER BREMEN)
ESTIMATED COST- £ 15 MILLION
AGE-26

The tall German Centre back is a force to be reckoned with in air. Has the experience of playing at the top level he will be a great addition for the reds.

Phil Jones

PHIL JONES (BLACKBURN)
ESTIMATED COST- £ 6-8 MILLION
AGE-19

Manchester United and Liverpool are rumoured to be interested in this fine young talented centre back from Blackburn. Definitely a star of the future.

LEFT BACK
After the departure of John Arne Riise, the left back position has been the Achilles heel for Liverpool. Although Aurelio is a very good player, he spends more time with the team doctors than the team.

Fabio Coentrao

FABIO COENTRAO
ESTIMATED COST- £ 12-15 MILLION
AGE- 23

A very good attacking left back who can also play as a winger. He was an integral part of the Portuguese world cup squad last year.

LEIGHTON BAINES
ESTIMATED COST- £ 10-15 MILLION
AGE- 26

Leighton Baines had a wonderful season with Everton and has been linked across Europe. He is solid defensively and also possesses very good crossing ability evident with the 11 assists to his name this season. Will Everton will let him leave in the summer especially to their closest rivals Liverpool remains to be seen.

GAEL CLICHY
ESTIMATED COST- £ 6 MILLION
AGE-25

Clichy’s contract runs out next summer so this talented young left back should be available for as less as 6 million. He has been linked with the Dlaglish’s reds but whether he will make the switch to Merseyside remains to be seen who will not be playing in Europe for another season.

Charlie Adam

Although Liverpool have a considerable number of Central Midfield players, the quality can be improved through the signings of Ever Banega (Valencia), Javier Pastore (Palermo). Charlie Adam (Blackpool) is a confirmed target for Liverpool after his scintillating performances for Blackpool this season. These players should be able to fill up the void left in the Midfield by Xabi Alonso.

OUR IDEAL FORMATION FOR NEXT SEASON-
———————————————–CARROLL———————————————
SUAREZ————————————MEIRELES——————————-MARIN/HAZARD
——————————ADAM—————————-GERRARD————————
COENTRAO——————-SAKHO——————–CARRAGHER————JOHNSON
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Roy Hodgson’s disastrous 6 month reign came to end in January, after he left the club by mutual consent. The owners, immediately, appointed the 59 year old Liverpool Icon Kenny Dalglish as its Caretaker Manager till the end of season.
Things have gradually improved,both on and off field for the club. Under Dalglish, the club has earned 23 points from 12 games, as compared to 25 points from 20 games under Roy Hodgson. Going by the points per game, if Dalglish had been appointed at the start of the season, Liverpool would be sitting in the Top 4 right now. The fans want Dalglish to be appointed on a permanent basis.

However, there has been no clear response from the owners to this demand. Tom Werner,chairman, said that Dalglish is certainly one of the candidates. In this article, we attempt to look at and analyse the possible candidates for the post of Liverpool Manager.

1.) Kenneth Dalglish

Dalglish

He used to be the best striker of the League in the 80s. He became
Liverpool’s first(and currently,only) player-manager in 1985. In his
tenure as manager, he won 10 titles for the club. He has also had
successful stints with Blackburn Rovers (1995) and somewhat less successful stints with Newcastle (1997-98) amd Celtic (1999-2000).

According to critics,Kenny is more of a motivator rather than a tactician. However, after Liverpool’s recent revival. one cannot question his methods. His age can act as a drawback as he won’t fulfill the owners’ “long term” criteria, he is still the crowd favourite and the best bet to takeover as permanent manager of Liverpool. His infusion of players from the Academy into the senior set up will also aid the club in its long term objectives.

2.) Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

The self proclaimed “Special One” has won 2 UEFA Champions League titles with two different clubs. Since 2002, Mourinho has not gone a full season or a calendar year without winning at least one trophy. Mourinho has been a successful manager at FC Porto,Chelsea and Inter Milan. He has yet to win a title with his current club Real Madrid, but is in the final of the Copa del Ray and the Semi Final’s of the Champions League (Both ties against Barcelona).
However, after reports of a fallout between Mourinho and the Real Madrid Board, Mourinho stated that he is open to the idea of a possible Premier League return. Mourinho is a smart tactician and a brilliant strategist. He is 48 and
hence,quite young. However, his tendency to spend and his controversial nature might act as a deterrent to his appointment by theLiverpool board.

3). Andre Villas Boas

A former significant member of Mourinho’s coaching staff, Andre Villas Boas did wonders with a relegation battling side Academica. Under him, the weak side went to the semis of the Portugese League Cup in 2009-2010. He is currently the

André Villas Boas

manager of F.C Porto,once managed by his mentor Jose Mourinho. With an impressive win record at both-Domestic and Europe- Boas is tipped to be the biggest competition to Dalglish.  He’s beaten Mourinho’s record at Porto by going 36 matches unbeaten in all competitions (33 under Mourinho)
The current owners of Liverpool,FSG, are known to give opportunities to young and relatively unknown faces. They appointed an inexperienced and young Theo Epstein as the General Manager of Boston Red Sox
Baseball Club. The Red Sox have,since performed exceptionally well. With rival clubs like Manchester United,Real Madrid and Machester City already eying him, the owners will really have to think over this 33
year old “boy genius”.

4.) Martin O’Neill

He was the bookies’ favourite to succeed Gerard Houllier and then Rafa Benitez One of the best motivators in the game, he is known to bring out the best in his players. He is an economical manager and is best known for his 5 years with

Martin ONeil

Aston Villa. Under him,Villa became the most consistent team in the Premier League and one of the “dark
horses”. Though,his chances are very less, the owners will definitely consider him.

Other potential candidates could be Guus Hiddink,Owen Coyle,Didier Deschamps,Louis van Gaal,Frank Rijkaard and a possible return of Rafael Benitez, who still remains a fan’s favourite.

NOTE:- We’d like to thank Indroneil Biswas for writing this article for TheFootballGig.

Liverpool Football Club’s primary sponsor Standard Chartered Bank stated that they would prefer the club to sign Asian players so as to capitalize on the huge opportunities available in the Asian Market. On 31st March 2010, Standard Chartered Sponsorship Chief Gavin Laws stated that the Club should figure out ways to exploit the prosperous Asian market by nurturing and signing Asian players.

He cited the example of Manchester United winger Ji Sung Park and the impact he has had for the club.

He also stated that the Bank wasn’t too concerned with Liverpool not qualifying for European Football next season as its primary target market (Asia) is asleep when the matches are played.
Following this statement Liverpool Football Club announced its partnership with Premier Indian Football Academy (PIFA) Mumbai to help train and organize camps with the Liverpool Academy in Kirkby and also maybe bring coaches from Liverpool to India.
Along with the planned opening of the Abhijit Kadam Football Development Centre in Pune in association with Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Liverpool Football Club is certainly making its presence felt on Indian Shores.