- Shock over Gini Wijnaldum’s feedback…
- Italian soccer might swimsuit Xherdan Shaqiri…
- Who has impressed throughout pre-season…
- Considerations over Liverpool’s lack of enterprise this summer season…
- Jordan Henderson’s contract scenario…
That is the fifth in a sequence of columns Jose Enrique, Liverpool’s former left-back, is writing for Empire of the Kop.
In it, Jose writes about his ideas on Gini Wijnaldum calling out followers on social media, a possible transfer for Xherdan Shaqiri to Italy, issues over an absence of incomings and who’s impressed throughout pre-season…
Gini Wijnaldum calls out social media critics
To be sincere, I feel each single participant experiences some type of grief from social media. With Gini Wijnaldum leaving on a free switch, I’m positive it is going to be greater than the common, although.
Even with me, though I’m retired, I nonetheless obtain some messages that I don’t need to inform anybody about. I don’t wish to click on on these messages, however generally individuals are getting in contact for different causes and you find yourself studying them.
However you then simply delete it. It doesn’t have an effect on me, however I’m slightly stunned Gini would come out and discuss these messages he’s acquired on social media.
I agree with him that it’s one thing that shouldn’t be there. I imagine it’s very troublesome and that the golf equipment might do one thing.
With social media – and I’ve stated this for a few years – you need to have to offer your passport, or an ID, such as you would do together with your accounts.
Proper now, anybody can remark something and so they can say no matter they like within the second – with a faux profile, they’ll inform you something.
With Gini, I really thought he was going to come back out and say one thing totally different. I used to be anticipated him to say one thing in regards to the homeowners, as a result of all of us knew he needed to increase his contract. I didn’t suppose it was about cash, not likely.
Xherdan Shaqiri to Lazio?
With Xherdan Shaqiri popping out and saying he desires a brand new problem, and name-dropping Lazio to Italian journalists, it seemingly means the membership have already been in contact for him.
And what he’s now achieved is put slightly little bit of strain on the homeowners. If the cash isn’t proper, possibly Liverpool aren’t proud of what one other membership has supplied, the most effective factor a participant can do is to use strain.
I imagine Shaqiri is a superb participant, he carried out rather well at Euro 2020, however the issue he has is that he’s damage inclined.
The type of soccer Liverpool play could be very intense, excessive strain, and it doesn’t actually swimsuit him – he can’t deal with enjoying 4 or 5 video games in a row.
However he might clearly be a greater slot in one other crew that that possibly doesn’t press as a lot, a crew that has extra of the ball.
Italy is the proper place for Shaqiri, it’s extra tactical over there, and he could possibly be a really, superb participant for Lazio, if that’s really the place he goes this summer season.
Shock stars from pre-season
Kostas Tsimikas has the most effective left-back on this planet in entrance of him at Liverpool, however he has the need to push himself and show himself, and managers love that.
There isn’t a lot he can do to really take the place away from Andy Robertson, that’s the truth, however he has stunned me in pre-season.
One other is Harvey Elliott – I really like him. There are rumours that if Shaqiri leaves then he’ll take his place within the squad.
He’s achieved rather well within the Championship, however to play for Liverpool is one other stage solely.
He’s very, very younger, however I do imagine he’s going to be a first-team squad member, and he gained’t exit on one other mortgage.
Ibou Konate has been good, however he hasn’t actually been examined. I’m wanting ahead to seeing extra of him.
Returning superstars for the brand new season
Virgil van Dijk is our most necessary participant and I’m so excited to see him again in motion, particularly within the new season. He makes an enormous, large distinction for us in each single approach.
He’s a frontrunner on the pitch – and talking over leaders, I can’t wait to see Jordan Henderson again on the pitch too. They’re two of the principle gamers in our crew.
Joe Gomez and Joel Matip may also be large returns for Liverpool – I really like them each, and with van Dijk we have now three world-class centre-backs.
Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak did properly final season, however we will’t evaluate them. It’s going to take slightly little bit of time to get again into the rhythm and to do away with that concern of latest accidents, however I imagine they’re going to do it. 100%.
Liverpool’s lack of enterprise
I’m involved with Liverpool’s lack of enterprise within the switch window up to now, the issue with the homeowners is that we’ve needed to promote earlier than shopping for gamers prior to now – and that appears to nonetheless be the case.
The one purpose we have now gamers like Alisson and van Dijk is as a result of we bought Philippe Coutinho. With out that, we wouldn’t have these gamers and doubtless the titles they helped us win.
I imagine the signing of Konate was nice and it was for the precise cash, however generally you must exit and spend the large cash on the large gamers.
Earlier than Alisson and van Dijk arrived, we had been contenders to win titles and after they signed, we really gained one. So these type of gamers are wanted.
Why can Manchester United go to Actual Madrid and signal considered one of their finest gamers in Raphael Varane and we will’t?
Liverpool reportedly put together £30m bid for Wolves star
The Every day Star report Liverpool could possibly be set to prepared a transfer for Adama Traore, however I don’t suppose it makes a variety of sense.
I don’t suppose he’s an improve on Shaqiri, however possibly he might convey a brand new dimension to the crew due to the kind of participant he’s.
He’s fast, he’s robust, however I don’t suppose he’s higher than, let’s say, Diogo Jota.
However Adama, as a squad participant, I’d take him at Liverpool – not for the £30 million the Star are quoting, however he can come on for the final 20-Half-hour and provide attributes on-one on this planet has, that’s the truth.
Renato Sanches and FIFA dream signings
I at all times signal Eduardo Camavinga on FIFA! He’s so good and particularly in order such a younger age, however I don’t know an excessive amount of about him.
Renato Sanches is a participant I do know slightly bit extra about – he has the potential to be a world-class participant. He moved to a giant, large membership when he was very younger and generally these sorts of switch aren’t simple to deal with.
However possibly now it’s the time for him to make a step into an even bigger crew. With one 12 months left on his contract, he could possibly be a great signing for us.
We’d should make it clear to him, although, that we have already got Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho, who will in all probability be our beginning three in midfield.
If he can settle for that, for the cash it’d take to signal him with one 12 months left on his contract, I imagine he could possibly be an ideal signing for Liverpool.
If I had the cash, I’d go all-in for Erling Haaland, I don’t care!
There’s rumours of Kylian Mbappe too, however with the cash he earns at Paris Saint-Germain, he might unbalance the funds at Liverpool – we’d then should renew offers for Mo Salah and different gamers, and so they’d ask for lots extra.
I imagine Roberto Firmino is a world-class participant, however being sincere, he hasn’t been performing on the highest stage for some time.
And with Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, the quantity of assists they provide – think about in the event that they had been crossing balls into Haaland.
I really like him, he has that character, that always-want-to-win want, he presses and is a giant, robust and fast man – he has the whole lot.
If we signal Haaland, I wouldn’t even care if we didn’t signal anybody else this summer season. You may signal a No.8, somebody like Sanches, however we have already got Fabinho, Henderson, Elliott, James Milner and Naby Keita, amongst others.
Henderson contract conundrum
By what Henderson has dropped at this crew and to this membership – and what he’s achieved off the sector – he’s Liverpool FC.
It’s the same stage of significance to Jurgen Klopp – clearly, Henderson isn’t Salah or Mane, however by way of significance to the membership, and I performed with him, it’s like Steven Gerrard.
They’re several types of gamers, but it surely’s the identical as properly – he’s the captain of the membership, he’s been representing the membership for a few years. He’s the one lifting the trophies, everybody desires the “Hendo Shuffle”!
I used to be really mad when the rumours got here out in regards to the ongoing contract scenario, as a result of they’re simply rumours.
In the event that they’re true, I don’t know what the membership are considering. I perceive there’s a coverage which impacts older gamers, however have a look at Milner – in all probability the fittest man within the crew.
They should get Henderson tied down on a brand new deal, identical to they should with Salah and van Dijk.