Dimitar Berbatov’s recent revelation that he declined Manchester City’s advances as he was in the process of defecting to Manchester United back in 2008 comes as no surprise. What did our Bulgarian want out of a move? “…the badge, the shirt, the manager, the players, the history”.
Does Tottenham offer this class of magical appeal? No, of course, it doesn’t. We offer players a spar experience without the threat of the bill ever being slipped beneath the door.
Mind you, Manchester United is rapidly approaching a similar public relations flatline themselves – again…
I’ve had a look at Mint Press; a left wing news outlet based in the American mid-west, not the most liberal of areas.
They seem to have an extraordinary amount of articles featuring Israel/Jews with a not so subtle anti-Israeli/jewish slant, but I did not come across anything mentioning all the horrendous Human Rights abuses in the nations surrounding Israel; makes one wonder. Also various articles which try to show Ukraine in a bad light.
In light of what I’ve read I wouldn’t give any serious credence to an article on Joe Lewis(I do know he’s no Angel)
The expansion of the European competitions has only served to devalue them. It’s only about money, any sporting credibility is on its knees.
This is for me the crux of the issue with a Super League. It would only further solidify and permanently ring fence mediocrity underneath the banner of ‘Super’ (or elite). If you think it’s bad now, the clubs themselves will never face the prospect, of the bill being slipped beneath the door. If Champions League qualification currently is the primary goal for the likes of ENIC, without any intention of kicking on from that. Then any Super League is only going to suit that mentality, tenfold…
oooh, what kind of spar experience? Brent spar or a cheap Dutch retail store? I’m intrigued…😃
You never know but if you watched any part of the City Shyte game Sunday I doubt anyone beats either of them.
Imagine if they won it! Unai Emery is very underrated.
Aurier, Foyth and Capoue too.
Lo Celso into the semis of the CL.
If we finish 4th and Chelsea 5th and they win CL are we out or only if this and Spam win Europa?
Of course they’ve reflected the scoreline …
You should do a little bit more research on Joe Lewis. Look for an article on him and his dealings by the Mint Press. He is no better than the oligarchs and the oil sheikhs.
Good at dispatching a couple of weeks fodder though…..same old. A mid table team in contention for Europe’s elite comp. This is the sport now….barely believable….
Was going to back Chelsea but completely forgot it was on, yes 1-4 vs Brentford and then go to Madrid and get 3 with no reply.
Hows the old suspension of disbelief nowadays in the circus entertainment incorporated??
Randy Savage would av trouble selling that one.
What a ball by modders, cracking game of footie.
Lewis’ Tavistock group has corruption at its heart. His hands are hardly clean.
The main stand and training facility cost Fenway just over £160m. That allowed them to compete on the pitch and the increase in revenue from that success means they will spend an additional £80m to take their capacity to 61 000. Liverpool have a world class stadium and training facility for a quarter of the cost Levy allowed. The baldy man’s vanity and a quest to invest in real estate has cost us a great deal. A new stadium was not in the best interests of the football club, only for it’s backers. They’ll take a share of the profits and the club has to pay the stadium debt. Despicable.
The point of the new stadium was to enable us to generate the income that WILL enable us to compete with inflated wages & transfer fees.
I would rather that than be involved with oil money as nations sportswash their appalling human rights record and subvert football with
underhand financial irregularities like clubs being sponsored to ridiculous levels by organisations controlled by its owners
Depends what your idea of ‘silly’ is. Fenway have definitely invested more than us, but agreed they have less purchasing power than Chelsea, City and Utd. Klopp significantly changed the team he inherited from Rodgers with huge investment though and a much better eye on recruitment (Keita has hardly been a sterling success but still much better than Ndom, but Matip was free anf Robertson a bargain at £8m). Liverpool have always paid much higher wages than ourselves, which helped get Mane in when Poch wanted him. After Mane, Salah, Chamberlain, Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Keita came VVD and Allisson who were the last pieces of an expensive jigsaw. Even Jota, Konate and Diaz have cost a fair amount in recent times in comparison to the sums we pay. Liverpool are not paupers but equally cannot throw £100m at a player who they don’t need!
Liverpool are everything we are not. First of all, FSG decided to get the football side of things right. They hired the right manager and changed their backroom and analytical teams. They then identified the areas that needed strengthening and set out to do so. Not all of the players they bought were expensive, Andy Robertson for example, but, coincidentally, Poch wanted Wijnaldum and Levy bought Sissoko, and Mane but Liverpool were prepared to meet his wage demands which was a good investment for them. Liverpool then sold Coutinho at the top of his game for a lot of money and invested in the areas they had identified as priority in a great goalkeeper and CB in van Dijk. Also, coincidentally, we had also been monitoring Salah for a number of years . They bought Jota who was a steal and completely under the radar and then to add insult to injury bought Diaz from under Levy’s nose. Now they are going to extend their capacity after attaining success on the pitch. Despite American owners, unlike the Glazers, they have managed to achieve success with the right approach. They are a football club, first and foremost, not a property empire,. There is a lesson to be learnt by Levy in Liverpool’s success but we all know that his ego is far too big to understand his own and far too common mistakes. He should have been fired years ago as he is just not up to the job of being the CEO of a PL club.
Liverpuddle are doing it without silly amounts of charity money are they not? They just spent big on a couple of players to take the final step up when they were close. whereas when we were close, Levy spent nowt & squeezed the life out of the squad.
We are a club (aka Levy) that publicly, has stated its philosophy is that we want young under developed/high potential players that will progress.
We also have the we cannot afford the big players either in transfers or wages. If the cash flow on the new stadium doesn’t negate the wages something is truly off but that is a side point.
At multiple times In Poch and even Redshnapps time the club aka Levy has baulked at buying the right players to get us over the line or move us up to be more competitive at the sharp end of competition.
Then we sack a manager who has won alot the week before a final and are star player then goes on an extended sulk and failed transfer move.
With that track record, are agents let alone players at the top level going to trust the club?
Fans love the club, some players may but most are mercenary whether you like it or not.
They will ask whats in it for me, just like most of us do at work.
Our track record effects’ their decisions.
And we don’t have the cheese room too really swing it.
The best players are attracted by the potential to win trophies. Now, under Poch we had that opportunity. To win the league we were a couple of really good bench players away. That would have cost £60m minimum. Then, if we had bought some of the top draw players we would have had to spend £250m over 3-4 years. Levy would never had sanctioned that amount of spending because it was cheaper not to win.
We are a club that only attracts up and coming or decent talent. To get out of that position we’d need a free spending Sheikh/Oligarch. Never happening.