Simply not good enough, he’s had more than enough time now to at least give Jürgen selection nightmares but sadly for him, he’s just not been the player we all thought he could be, for me he joins a list of players who should be stepping thru the exit door this summer, alongside, Ox, Fabinho, Bobby, Thiago, Henderson, Milner, they won’t all go thru it but the majority should be, so how many 100’s of Millions is it going to cost replacing those nuggets above ?
Truth is, we absolutely have to within the next two to three windows, if you want to keep up with the Jones’s, there is no room for sympathy in this mad f***in world, and Jürgen has just too much, he’s a big soft bugger is our Jürgen, by the looks of things, but hanging on to too many old legs and tired minds isn’t gonna work !!!
Hope over Fear !! 🏴
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Jürgen has said more than once that he hopes allowing players to see out their contracts rather than discarding them will make the club more attractive to incoming transfer targets.
I would agree with that in theory, but we are in a phase where too many of our players (including the ones you mention) seem on the back end of their prime contributions. Salah' and Van Dijk may be approaching that as well.
Add to that a few key injuries and we're struggling for consistent quality.
Jürgen rightly talks about only getting the right player in rather than buying just to buy, but the number of declining players in the squad mean we need more replacements at one time than usual.
It would help to have some young players step up from our own ranks. There are some promising prospects but the book is still out on whether these can become first team regulars, playing league and European matches (talking Doak, Carvalho, Ramsay, Gordon, Bajcetic, Elliott, Morton, Bradley, Jones - Harvey and Curtis we've seen a little more than the others here I know).
It may turn out that circumstances may afford these young players more chances to audition with the first team this season than they would normally get. Remember Klopp in his first full season had no European football and he continued building from there the team that has won trophies. On that history, getting top four NEXT season may be our more realistic goal.
I'm not writing off the team or the season, but it's very possible we don't recapture our top performance level this season.
Can our fan base cope with that? It may not be pretty, but the real ones can.
Up the Reds.