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Liverpool’s preseason friendlies

Posted in Analysis with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by burningball

Liverpool is a team that I try to follow closely because of many things – I want to see how will they play under the amangement of Dalglish after he had a summer full of transfers and whether they will or not compete with the giants in the PRemier League.Not that Pool is a small team, but United, Chelsea and City made many high quality transfers and I wonder how will the merseyside team going to do…

Caroll managed to score only 2 goals in the preseason friendlies

The first game that Liverpool played was against Guangdong in China as Gerrard and Suarez weren’t in the group.The Reds dominated throughout the game as they leaded 4-1 until the last minute when the chinese team scored two goals in the extra time.The game ended 4-3 as the new signing Charlie Adam made his debut but couldn’t do something special.That was until the next game against Malaysia XI when Adam scored from a penalty kick in a game with mixed performances from Pool.There were many mistakes in defence and ┬áthat resulted in many scoring chances for the malaysians.Ngog and Maxi Rodriguez scored braces to bring the Reds to the win while each Kuyt and Adam added one goal.

The ex-Liverpool player Baros celebrates after scoring vs the Reds

The next part of the preseason for Liverpool went horribly as on their visit to Turk Telekom Arena the merseyside team were humiliated with 3-0 as Milan baros scored 2 to beat his old team with Elmander almost raping the goalkeeper with a long range effort to make it 3-0.It’s true that Dalglish let the stars on the bench but players like Doni, Kelly, Caroll and Joe Cole also took part in the game and I don’t understand this result.Bad game, that they have to analyse and keep in mind.And I forgot to mention that before playing with Galatasaray they losed from hull City too with the same result: 3-0.They surely have to clear things out and even though they used mainly back up players these result aren’t pretty.

Valerenga players after scoring in Reina's net

Hours ago the Merseyside team played their last friendly/actually the last one is against Valencia on August 6th/ versus the 11th in Norwegian league Valerenga.This time king Kenny decided to use the optimal squad for the game as it included Reina, Agger, Carragher, Glen Johnson, Kuyt and Carroll and the new signings Adam, Downing and Henderson.It was surprising that the scandinavian players lead until the 84 minute when Daniel Agger scored 2 goals in 5 minutes to put The Reds in front.And again Liverpool conceded a late goal by Fellah and that’s how it ended: 3-3.Of course it’s not so much important game but I don’t think that Liverpool’s mentality ahs changed at all.The new signings are awesome but dalglish’s men concede more than they have to and altough they can stop any team in England my opinion is that they have to work a lot unless they want to lose from Fulham, Bolton and etc./If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, Pool can beat Chelsea and United with ease but may have struggle with the mid-table teams/

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Hottest transfer targets

Posted in Transfers with tags , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2011 by burningball

Its 1st of August now and there are only 30 days until the end of the transfer window.Some clubs have finished their transfer jobs, others still try to lure players with money and promises for trophies…

The Bad Boy look like he is trying to find way out

Mario Balotelli has always been controversial player and everyone knows it.In Mourinho’s first season at Inter Super Mario was accused of not training properly in trainings and was left out of the match squads in January 2009.The next year, when Inter won a treble, Mario’s bad behaviour reached its peek as he publicly said that Mourinho wasn’t responsible for the good results, the players were.That result in portuguese coach leaving Balotelli out of the team.And to top that he weared a shirt of rivals Milan in the Striscia la Notizia TV show and said that he was a fan of them.After all this he was transferred to Man City where he continued with all his actions as he had a traffic accidents, also has hunderds of trafic bills to pay and still doesn’t take football seriously.A few days ago against LA Galaxy when he was in clear scoring position he tried to score with a backheel shot but failed.That result in Mancini substituting him subsequently and resulting in a new scandal between them.Now there are rumours he may move to Milan as he said in interview that he can talk about this deal…but this won’t happen unless one of the Milan strikers move out and most close to that is Antonio Cassano.Milan manager Allegri said that he is 4th choice and Antonio may not be happy with this, resulting in his transfer and the signing of Super Mario…And don’t forget that Mario’s Agent is Mino Raiola who brought his clients Ibrahimvoci and van Bommel to Milan and helped in the deals of Robinho and Emanuelson.We’ll see what wil happen.

Sneijder's future is still not declared

The world class playmaker is looking like he waits a transfer in Manchester United…There are rumours for this deal from months but the problem may be the prise of the dutchman as the devils paid a lot of money for the transfers of David de Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young.Sneijder himself declared that a summer move can happen and that there is a chance to play in United next season.But sir Alex Ferguson made it clear that the summer transfers have finished and there will be no more…Contrast to this is the statement of Man Utd CEO David Gill “But you never know – there’s often movement in August. I’m not sitting here saying I’m working on anything because I’m not, but that situation could change quickly when we get back to Carrington”.There is still plenty of time and personally I think that United will complete this deal until the 31th of August as they did with Berbatov in 2008 hours before the end of the transfer window.

Real is on the chase for Neymar but the youngster looks like he doesn't care

Neymar is the star of Santos nowadays and there are many reasons he MUSTN’T go to Real.It may sound stupid but i think he is similar to Robinho/he is an ex-Santos player too and their playing style are similar/ and a transfer to Real Madrid at this age will be very bad choice.But my opinion is not important and Neymar doesn’t look so enthuasiastic about his transfer to Santiago Bernabeu…He declared to the press after winning Copa Libertadores that he wants to win World Clup Cup. where he will face Barcelona and Messi eventually.But Real Madrid still hasn’t give up on this transfer as they are ready to meet his release clause but Santos president┬áLuis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro denies every posiibility of Neymar’s transfer before the Club World Cup.But everyone knows that when Florentino perez wants a player, there isn’t anything to stop him…