Archive for July, 2008

The #7 With A Smile

Take a look at Liverpool’s new #7.

Watch a big chunk of his introductory interview over on the BBC.

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Robbie Keane

£19 million (plus add-on’s) brings Robbie Keane to Anfield, to the club he supported as a lad.

Because of his age – 28 – I’m not going to put this up as a great piece of buisness (like Torres). But, it’s still a great buy.

The resume paints a simple picture: Captain of Ireland. The country’s leading scorer. He gets the business done, and importantly, has done it in the Premier League. At Tottenham, he notched 80 goals in 197 Premier League matches. 107 goals in 254 appearances in a Spurs shirt. We know he’ll hit the ground running. Robbie is in his prime.

And, by all accounts, he’s the kind of person who gets on well with everybody — exactly the type you want in the locker room — talented, passionate and engaging.

I’m quite excited with this signing as it adds another dangerous weapon to an already lethal attacking side. With this addition, the backline well-sorted and the embarassment of riches in the central midfield, I have to believe that the only real want is on the flanks. (Is there enough magic up Rafa’s sleeve to pull out a Silva?) Not that Kuyt and Babel didn’t/can’t get the job done, but an upgrade (more so on the right) could be The Difference. (well, that and sealing the goal-leaks we sprung in January)

I was going to write about how this will affect the way the team lines up, but I think ‘Oh, You Beauty’ has got the general idea already up. So, give it a read and I’ll muse on our on-the-pitch look come Preview time.

What I would like to put out into the ether right now is an edict that the Ordinary Ponytail (Voronin) relinquish the #10 shirt for our new Irish hitman.

Ready For A Cartwheel

Robbie Keane to Anfield for £18… I’m holding my breath as it should come to fruition rather soon.

More to follow…

Getting Your (Honorary) Learn On

Completely un-newsworthy but something I’ll mention nonetheless (much like most of my transfer talk) is Steven F’ing Gerrard’s fellowship from a Liverpool university.

Honorary fellowship, that is. From Liverpool John Moores University. Yes, that John Moores — as in our former ownership family.

First the MBE, now this. You know what also would be a kick-ass honor (or ‘honour’ in this case)? A Premier League title.

Watch the video of Captain Fantastic dressed up in his silly (sorry, HONORARLY silly) academia outfit. (plus, his wife is there, looking good…)

(pic: Getty Images)

Liverpool Scouting

On the heels of another Liverpool youth signing — PSG’s 19-year old striker, David Ngog (for somewhere in the neighborhood of £1.5million) — there’s an interesting interview with LFC’s chief scout, Eduardo Macia, on the official site.

My favorite excerpt:

Nobody can know who you are. I try to stay out of the spotlight because it’s more beneficial if people don’t recognise my face. I don’t like to be in the newspaper. If they know you then they will be able to know what player you are looking at. You are working for your club, nobody else so it’s important not to show other clubs what you’re doing.

I rather like the idea of scouting for Liverpool as being just as secretive as working for the NSA or CIA. (until some cunt uses a bitter douchebag of a journalist to out you)

As for the Ngog buy… all the press says he didn’t score for PSG but does so in all the France youth set-ups (Is Ged still working for us?). He’s also supposedly quite fast. Hmmmm…. pacy but doesn’t score? Sounds like another French striker we’ve had on the books before (who is also angling for a return to the Premier League). Yet, Ngog didn’t cost all that much and he’s got plenty of time to learn (signed a four-year contract). Maybe he’ll come good…

In other transfer news, left winger Sebastian Leto may be on his way to Greece on a season-long loan. The 21-year old Argentinian has ongoing issues with his passport (which preventing him from featuring much for us last season), so Rafa is shipping him off to get some first-team experience with Olympiakos.

The Shirt Says It All

A gem from the often absurd pages of RAWK… The new third kit, wonderfully personalized…

Mid-Week Dispatches

The pre-season continues, with the Reds having finished in a scoreless draw with Hertha Berlin last night. Andriy Voronin could have continued his impressive form after drawing a penalty, but he saw it saved. Interesting that he should be the one to take it after being fouled. I know the Germans have the ‘Unwritten Rule’ that states he that has been fouled shalt not taketh the penalty… so when in Rome (or Berlin)?

Regardless, the actual scoresheet results are massively important. I just prefer that the youngsters continue to get some action, everybody works on their fitness and stays injury-free, and the squad continue to gel.

On the transfer front, Liverpool are supposedly close to a £1.5M with Paris St. Germain for 19-year-old striker, David Ngog. Funny enough (or not funny at all, depending how you look at it), he’s related to Titus Bramble-wanna be Jean-Alain Boumsong.

The Gareth Barry saga has gone quiet in the past few days, which makes me hopeful that something is actually going on behind-the-scenes. Unfortunately for Barry, things were not quiet in a reserve match as the Villa fans let him feel their wrath.

Unshockingly, Rafa has made another youth signing. (The sun did rise in the East today, so….) This week it’s Emmanuel Mendy, a 18-year old right back from Murcia Deportvio. That’s in the THIRD division of Spanish football, in case you didn’t know. Interesting. Another project for Gary Ablett to work with in the Reserves.

Speaking of Spanish football, the lads from the Euro Championship-winning side will be joining back up with the rest of the squad later this week after a well-deserved vacation.