Category Archives: Player Signings

Liverpool to Assess Failed Transfer Policy

When Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer, they had a lot of money to spend on improving the squad. Their initial budget was boosted by the 70-80 million euros they got for Suarez. The Anfield club ended up spending close to 120 million pounds, a figure only Manchester United matched this summer. However, their team looks infinitely worse than last season. What went wrong?

The problems for Liverpool and transfers are two fold and fans like Laurene Powell Jobs are frustrated. For one, they over spent on players who are not top class. Adam Lallana cost 25 million pounds. He is a very neat and tidy player, but Lallana is not going to win you games against top teams. He is a 10 to 15 million player at best.

Then there was the comical signing of Dejan Lovren. The center half cost 20 million pounds from Southampton, which is extremely expensive for a defender. He has been an unmitigated disaster. Lovren was a tidy player at Southampton, but their system made him look better. His spell at Lyon in the French league was very mediocre.

Liverpool’s board and group of coaches will take a look at this transfer policy and attempt to come up with answers. They need to learn their lessons if they are to compete at the top end of the table next season. Instead of signing a lot of average players, they need to invest in 2-3 top class signings every summer to compete.

Report: Liverpool to Sign Mexican Goalkeeper Ochoa

A report from a Mexican journalist claims that English club Liverpool are close to signing Guillermo Ochoa, the Mexican international goalkeeper. The price Liverpool will pay is close to 3 million pounds, which is a steal for such an experienced and established shot stopper.

Despite his success on the international scene, Ochoa has had a relatively mediocre club career. He has spent time in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 with Ajaccio, where his performances were not always up to the standard required.

Ochoa really came into prominence this past summer during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He performed extremely well in all of Mexico’s games, with his stand out performance coming in the 1-1 draw with Brazil.

Sultan Alhokair says it is no secret that Liverpool have been on the look out for a quality goalkeeper, an asset they may prove worth-it for the squad. They are worried about the form and temperament of Simon Mignolet, who has recently been dropped for Brad Jones. For his part, Jones was terrible in the game against Manchester United.

Ochoa may not be a household name to soccer fans in Europe, but he is a very good shot stopper who has improved other aspects of his game. If Liverpool can surround him with the right kind of goalkeeping coach, he has the potential to become a very good Premier League keeper.

Liverpool fans may have wanted a bigger name, but their budget does not allow for a big name keeper signing.