After Liverpool started their Champions League campaign yesterday at home to Sevilla there was a sense of optimism among the Anfield faithful. Fast forward to the end of the game and Liverpool lumbered to a 2-2 draw and could’ve lost it in the final moments as Muriel wasted a golden chance after being slipped through.
Liverpool were brilliant going forward but at the back they were abysmal and in particular former Southampton defender Dejan Lovren looked lost as he was at fault for Sevilla’s first goal. After failing to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer Jurgen Klopp chose not to bring in an experienced centre-back and it seems to be costing the Anfield club so far this season.
In response to their defensive problems we have lined up three centre-backs that Jurgen Klopp should definitely be looking at to sign in January.
Virgil Van Dijk
The man who was on the name of every Premier League fans lips at one point or another during the summer transfer window. The Southampton defender was close to joining the reds but Southampton made a complaint to the FA over the alleged tapping up of the defender from Jurgen Klopp. Subsequently Liverpool withdrew their interest. However, we think they should have another crack as Van Dijk is exactly the player that Liverpool need at the back. He is strong, powerful, quick and consistent which is everything that Lovren isn’t unfortunately.
The Argentinian defender is a big powerful presence in the back line but isn’t suited to playing in a back three for Pep Guardiola. Jurgen Klopps style would be a perfect fit for the Argentine who has a reputation for hard tackles and he works hard for his team. Should Klopp go for Otamendi City may be reluctant to sell especially with the absence of Vincent Kompany becoming an issue. If Liverpool bid well at the start of the window they could land him.
Toby Alderweireld is becoming an ever growing name in world football as he proves to be MR Consistent for Tottenham Hotspur. The 28 year old Belgian centre-back has become frustrated at Spurs as Daniel Levy is reluctant to reward his world class players with higher wages. Alderweireld would be the defender that i would want to be linked with if I was a Liverpool fan as he is a born leader with an excellent defensive pedigree. If Liverpool were to sign him along with their current attack I would make them favourites to bag a trophy come the end of the season.
Do you think Liverpool should be looking at these three defenders? Or should they be going for someone else? Let us know in the comments section below…
It’s been a crazy summer for football this year with some crazy numbers coming from the amount that clubs have spent with Neymar and Mbappe etc. The money from the new Premier League television rights deal is well and truly coming to fruition with Premier League spending and revenues on the up. Even in the Championship spending has increased with Wolves paying 14 million pounds for Ruben Neves (just one player!)
With all of this money you would think that this would benefit English fans who follow their teams week in week out right? It couldn’t be more wrong as the price of season tickets are going up and kick off times for matches are set to change for an international audience.
So this begs the question do clubs really care about their local fans who pay their money to support them through the good and the bad times?
The answer to that question has to be a no. English clubs are charging a monumental amount of money to go to football matches and even when they are there the cost of food and drink is extortionate.
Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are the only exception from that statement as their cheapest season ticket comes in at just 175 pounds which is amazing considering the start they have had. In reality Arsenal’s cheapest season ticket comes in at just over 1000 pounds. That is a ridiculous amount of money to expect from a working class fan base.
Even in League One Bradford City fans were charged 28 pounds at Peterborough for a pay on the gate match. 28 Pounds for an away game in League One is scandalous and shows the director that English Football has taken.
On top of the prices clubs have all gone into the corporate fan bases which gives people the opportunities that most fans can’t afford. An example of this is Manchester City’s new Tunnel Club which offers people the chance to meet players and get up close and personal with the management team in exchange for a hefty price. City have alienated their fan base by taking opportunities away from their traditional working class fanbase and giving them to people who can afford to pay for the privilege. It’s not just Man City who are guilty of this as it can be seen up and down the country.
I’m not saying that the people who go to matches in corporate hospitality are wrong because they have paid for the service and fair play to them. Whats wrong is that most English clubs no longer see their traditional fan bases as the most important.
Another example can be taken from the recently named Carabao Cup. The third round draw for the competition took place live from China at 4:15 AM (GMT) meaning most British fans were sleeping when their teams draw took place. A spokesman for the FSF said: “In our 2017 national supporters’ survey fans expressed increasing frustration at instances of overseas audiences apparently being prioritised over domestic supporters. Holding the draw in Beijing at that time can only increase the sense of disconnection many domestic fans feel.”
Do you think that English Football is losing touch with its fans and becoming corporatised? Let us know in the comments section below…
Arsenal have made a poor start to the new Premier League season, winning just one of their opening three games, and have conceded eight goals.
Following their 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool on Sunday, many supporters were again calling for change to the clubs management and hierarchy. New striker Alexandre Lacazette was left on the bench, whilst Alex Oxlade Chamberlain started despite rumours that he was set to leave the club before Thursdays transfer deadline.
Also with reports that Shkodran Mustafi wants to leave after only 12 months with the club, it leaves Arsenal short of centre half’s and needing to head into the transfer market very late on in the window.
With this in mind, the ‘Gunners’ should turn their attentions to Southampton centre half Virgil Van Dijk.
Virgil Van Dijk – The Dutch centre half has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s throughout the summer, with Liverpool expressing an interest, but with Arsenal needing to add quality to their defensive ranks Van Dijk would be the perfect fit.
Having joined Southampton from Celtic in 2015, he has gone on to make over 50 appearances for the club, helping them also to 17 clean sheets. Van Dijk also chips in with a few goals, as he has found the back of the net on 20 occasions for the three clubs he has played for.
With his wealth of experience Van Dijk would be the perfect fit to tighten up the Arsenal backline, but with him being one of the most in demand defenders in the Premier League, Arsenal are going to have to stump big money if they are to land him.
Arsenal fans would you like to see Van Dijk at your club? Let us know in the comments below…