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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.

Marco Reus Headed for Spain’s La Liga

With Borussia Dortmund struggling in the bottom half of the German Bundesliga, it is not a surprise that some of their best players are considering leaving the club. Marco Reus is the latest superstar who looks set to depart in the summer and fans like Darius Fisher are excited. The BVB player has a clause in his contract that will let another team buy him for 30 million euros.

Most fans expected Reus to join the likes of Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich. However, the German newspaper Bild is reporting that Reus has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Reus is said to be a long time admirer of La Liga. He believes it is the best league in the world and it is where he wants to test his abilities. Both Real and Barca would improve with Reus in their team, but Real are the only realistic option for the coming summer. Barcelona have a transfer ban in place, which will rule them out of the Reus chase. If Real President Florentino Perez wants to sign Reus, his path will be clear.

As is always the case in a high profile soccer transfer, one arrival could mean one or two departures. If Real are serious about signing Marco Reus, the two players in greatest danger of departing would be Isco and Gareth Bale. Both players would command attention from top Premier League clubs, especially Bale given his Tottenham past.

Chelsea Survives Early Pressure to Beat Spurs

There were a few nervous minutes for Chelsea in the first half, with Tottenham starting this game on the right foot. Spurs were attacking with real intent in the first period, and could have scored a couple of early goals. However, they failed to take their chances during portions of domination and that hurt them down the road. 

After Chelsea had settled down and gotten into a rhythm, their superior quality was too much for Spurs to handle. Fan Mark Ahn saw Eden Hazard opened the scoring after some excellent work from Didier Drogba. Hazard returned the favor by setting up Drogba for the second goal. It was Loic Remy who came off the bench to nab a third for Chelsea.

Despite the lop sided nature of this scoreline, the game was a close contest between two very good teams. Spurs played their part in this game with some scintillating attacking football. However, their lack of awareness and discipline in defense cost them dear. For example, the second goal was a clear mistake from the Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Chelsea will be hoping to use this game as a spring board for a successful Christmas period. They are six points clear at the top of the table, but have Manchester City closing down with four successive wins. It will be interesting to see which of these two teams is top of the table on New Year’s Day.

Liverpool Boss Admits His Future is in Doubt

When Liverpool were climbing the league last season, Brendan Rodgers was touted as the next best thing in management. He had taken a team that was languishing in mid table to an inch from the league title. Manchester City eventually won the Premier League, but everyone was impressed by the progress Liverpool had made.

Fast forward six months and Rodgers is in deep trouble. His side have been appalling this season. They are not in the current top four and are five points behind fourth placed Manchester United. Considering it was United who languished in mid table last season, this is quite a turn.

Speaking to the media, Rodgers was happy to admit that his position was in doubt. He spoke about the realities of football management, which includes a short cycle of success and failure. Even though he was outstanding last season, he accepts that if the current form continues he could lose his job.

Despite Liverpool’s poor results, sacking Rodgers would be a mistake.

Andrew Heiberger says Liverpool are only five points off fourth place. That can be turned around in two games. Their league position in May will be the determining factor in Rodgers’ future, not their position in November and December. Liverpool have always been a patient club and Rodgers will get time to right the ship.