Michael Wolverson of Warwick School joined us for a few days of work experience this week. He spoke to three Liverpool fans for their opinions on FSG and looked at five players the club should look to sell this summer.
A busy transfer window awaits Jurgen Klopp and his team with a number of incomings and outgoings expected. After a successful season in the premier league last season clinching a top four place and subsequently qualifying for the Champions League, the Liverpool manager will need to bring quality and depth to his squad.
The 50-year old will have looked at the strengths and weaknesses of his squad, highlighting what areas need improving and what areas need that extra quality. The German has a big reputation in developing youth stars by giving them his trust on big occasions.
However, Liverpool will also be looking to raise funds through a number of player sales, with an outlay of £60m+ expected to be recouped this summer through some high-profile exits. The club will also look to loan out some youngsters in the hope they gain some valuable game time elsewhere.
Michael has selected the five players he feels Liverpool should look to sell/loan out this summer.
Adam Bogdan arrived on Merseyside on a free transfer after impressing Brendan Rodgers during his time at Bolton Wanderers. A stunning performance at Anfield which helped earned Bolton a 0-0 draw in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Anfield caught the attention of the former Liverpool manager, who wanted the Hungarian in to act as understudy to Simon Mignolet.
Bogdan made six appearances for Liverpool during his debut season before being loaned to Wigan Athletic in July 2016. However, a knee injury halted his career with the Lactics which forced him go on a rehabilitation program.
In my opinion, game time at Liverpool will be extremely limited if not non-existent, and Bogdan would do better to leave in the search of regular game-time at another club.
The 24-year old returns to Liverpool with a heroic reputation after helping Huddersfield clinch promotion to the Premier League during his season-long spell at the former Championship outfit last season.
The Wales international made crucial shootout saves during the play-off semi-final win over Sheffield Wednesday, and repeated those heroics in the dramatic play off final win over Reading at Wembley.
Clearly Ward has a very bright future at Liverpool, but I feel he needs another season away on loan to maximise his potential, so he can be a strong challenger to Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius in the seasons to come.
Randall is a young dynamic attacking player with fantastic potential and has the ability and talent to succeed at Liverpool. He has also demonstrated his ability on the international stage, featuring as captain for the England U18’s as well as playing a part for the England U21 side.
The 22-year old should go out on loan to secure regular game time and prove to Klopp that he can use his attacking instincts at a different level. He would benefit from a different atmosphere to enhance his game and match Liverpool’s quality in the future seasons.
Cameron certainly has Liverpool blood! After joining the academy at the age of 5, Brannagan has gone on to represent Liverpool at U18 and U21 level.
Although his heart is devoted to Liverpool and he has the potential to be special, I feel that a loan spell away will again maximise his potential as for me, he is the future of the club and I believe he will be a fan favourite in the years to come.
The 28-year old is incredibly talented and his record at Liverpool when fit is exceptional.
However, for the past few seasons and especially this season Sturridge hasn’t lived up to his past achievements. Last season he missed 10 games due to injury and featured on the bench 13 times.
With West Ham clearly interested in the striker, I feel that Liverpool should try and recoup as much money as possible and replace him with an experienced striker who can perform well in the Champions League and bring the club success in the seasons to come.
An exciting transfer window awaits Liverpool fans!
3 Liverpool fans have their say tell us their opinions on FSG.
“I am pleased with the construction of the new main stand which has increased the stadiums capacity to 59,000! I went to see the Reds play West Ham United last November and the atmosphere was the best I have ever experienced. The main stand has given the the club a face lift which was badly needed!”
“The owners were once again forced to publicly apologise last season when match-day tickets were dramatically increased. It brought a lot of tension and anger to the club as the fans weren’t happy and there were many protests. On the other hand, I am happy the owners heard the fans and ultimately decided to keep tickets at their original price. For me, this shows the dedication and the good relationship between the fans and the owners which I believe is the most important part of running a football club.
“The transfer strategy at Liverpool continues to be hit and miss. The club sign some fantastic players but they waste money on players who don’t hit the mark.”
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“Overall I am very satisfied with the management of the club. Having said this, for me the owners continue to have a clumsy nature in transfer deals, for example the Virgil Van Dijk saga.
“The club is sometimes reluctant to sign big players yet expect to win the league. But, in the last 12 months or so, the club is slowly changing it’s transfer methods, and are prepared to spend big this summer in order to compete at the very top.
“The owners did extremely well in appointing. Jürgen Klopp. The German is an extremely good manager despite not achieving any silverware yet. The appointment has given me a lot more confidence and Klopp has made himself and the fans believe again due to getting the club back into the Champions League in his first full season as manager.”
“I blame the owners for the club not winning the Premier league title as, for me, not enough money has been given to the managers.
“However, having said that, the owners are now starting to throw in money and provide the large funds in order for the team to be strengthened with first team quality as opposed to untapped potential.
“I am extremely impressed with the new £50million training facility being developed which I hope will help the quality of the team and help light a clearer path from the Academy to the first team. Although Melwood is a nice facility which holds lots of memories and has been home to some quality players since the 50s, it is nice and refreshing to bring a modern way of football to Liverpool. I am looking forward to a bright future at the club.”
All 3 of the fans are really excited for next year’s campaign in the premier league and of course in the biggest tournament in the world. They all believe the owners have made some mistakes in the past but from the fact that FSG are currently modernising the club and bringing in fantastic opportunities, it is really exciting for the fans on the future of Liverpool.
Written by Michael Wolverson (Work Experience)