17 Apr 2017 18:12:54
We need to recruit athletico madrid scouts. year after year they keep finding gems and then selling them for high value . there forward recruitmet has been especially impressive foe the past 10-15 years now.
17 Apr 2017 18:26:10
That is what Ed01 has been talking about. Our scouting network is so far behind other clubs, it's appalling. Do you think our scouting dept. would have found Kante who they scouted first when he was in the depths of the French second division? That would be an emphatic NO. Until that is fixed and hopefully it will be done under Klopp, we will continue to struggle to get talent. Look at Saints as well. We buy from them every time cos their scouting dept. is top notch. It's not record science really.
17 Apr 2017 18:28:02
Benfica, Porto, Napoli. There are many who finds gems.
17 Apr 2017 19:23:16
Can we get AM's goal keeping scout/ coach or in fact Oblak please?
17 Apr 2017 19:40:39
We did pretty well last summer by selling on Ibe, Smith and many others too for sum really good money.
I think we have failed recently paying way over the odds for players who should not have been let near a Liverpool shirt. Believe the tide is changing under Klopp. Keep the faith.
17 Apr 2017 19:43:43
I think athletico are the best. one classy striker after another. Fron torres to forlan to aguero to falcao to costa and now griezman. have i missed anyone?
17 Apr 2017 19:52:54
Diego Costa would be classy in the circus. Thank heavens he did not sign for LFC.
17 Apr 2017 21:00:52
They failed with Jackson Martinez but hey, they are allowed a blip once in a while, right?
17 Apr 2017 22:46:25
Id be very happy with Correa, he looks like a good player.
18 Apr 2017 03:29:44
Martinez was a fail but I'm sure they moved him on rapidly and for a profit to China.
18 Apr 2017 07:56:23
Part of finding undiscovered gems is also playing them and having the patience to let them adapt and settle in which is where many so called 'feeder' clubs have an advantage as these aren't fighting for a starting spot with a proven talent already like Coutinho, Firmino, Mane etc.
For hidden gems I think we should look to what we have already in Can, Grujic, Woodburn, Wilson, Gomez and just focus our spend on buying players that obviously strengthen our weaknesses (eg CB)
18 Apr 2017 09:50:54
Spot on Zimbo. What happens is the manager is generally too afraid to take a gamble on an unknown player that the fans also will not get excited about and in turn goes for the much more expensive "proven" player. When in turn those proven PL players are not proven at all or had one good season.
18 Apr 2017 18:37:49
Natural, OR the fans are too fickle and quick to get on the players' backs for making mistakes initially in their development and having no patience with them during the growing pains of adapting to the PL. I have always said it. If you don't give a player enough opportunities to come good, you do NOT deserve the player you want him to become. end of.
19 Apr 2017 08:31:58
At moment LFC has been stuck in between having money/ CL to buy the best and having the luxury of developing players. Probably the worst place for a manager to be when you look at it. The reaction from fans to players having blips in form or not being the finished article at 19 or making the odd mistake is part of the problem.
19 Apr 2017 09:22:03
Well said N Red, were all guilty of that at times.