I think Bony's a quality striker as well but really given the money we have we should be aiming much higher. In general the players we're linked with and have signed are fairly underwhelming. It's like every other big team can have fun and and snap up the top quality talent available this window except us. I don't think we should aim to be like PSG or Real Madrid and look to buy every world class player available but just at least fucking one would be nice. As it stands Suarez is the only world class player we had, now we have nothing. And this is where the club's continual pissing around in regards to building a new stadium have come to bite it in the ass. We're in no position to offer competitive wages to players like Kroos, di Maria, Sanchez, Benatia etc.
While I don't think we're quite repeating what Spurs did last summer you can't help but feel there is an air of similarity. As others have mentioned you can't replace Suarez like for like. The only two realistic players that could do that are Markovic (who would need at least another 3-4 years) and maybe Jovetic (if he ever gets fit again). Yet it seems like we're going to continue as we were last season where Suarez's brilliance bailed us out a number of times, except with no Suarez to do so this time.
I know it's still early so there's no point in panicking yet but does anyone really have any optimism that we'll eventually bring in a top quality player or two? I certainly don't. In my time of supporting the club I don't recall us ever adequately replacing one of our top players. Never replaced Macca, Morientes huge flop replacing Owen, couldn't replace Alonso or Mascherano, replaced Torres with Carroll (Suarez was signed before Torres had left so I don't think he counts as an attempted replacement for Torres). I don't wanna be a broken record just spouting out pessimism every season but it looks to be the same old story. This seems to be the pattern for the club now. Finish second and have the following season be a disaster.
We have Sturridge and I think a lot of people overlook this. He will be a year older and he's getting better and better. The way things are going, he's got the most goals out of all Liverpool strikers after 50 games and he's on course to become the fastest Liverpool striker to net 50 goals. I honestly think Sturridge is going to flourish without Suarez. The SAS was fantastic last season but Sturridge is an arrogant player who wants to be the main man. He couldn't be that player with Suarez in the same team but he knows he's the man and I just think he's got the world at his feet now. If he can stay fit throughout the season, theres no question in my mind that he'll get more than what he got last season.
Wrt to the Torres replacement, it was definitely Suarez. Clubs know when there are bids coming in for a player and Liverpool knew Chelsea would be in for him. Carroll was brought in to play alongside Suarez but he was not Torres' replacement. Liverpool's deal with Chelsea was 15million pounds on top of what we paid for Carroll. It was a monumentally stupid deal but that whole era is gone now. The board are so much more stricter now so I don't believe we'll ever have a failure like that again. And remember Sanchez chose Arsenal over Liverpool, so it's not like we weren't in for a top player, I just think Rodger's still needs to prove himself at the top level before he can attract the highest calibres of player. Wenger, as much as knob he is, still has a much bigger name in World football. Liverpool just need to prove that they're there to stay at the top and better players will come.
And for the record, I still believe that we will get another attacker in. I don't for one second believe that Markovic was the alternative to Sanchez.
I presume you are using IE11? There seems to be a known bug which exists as the WYSIWYG editor on the forum doesn't have full support for IE11, it has been fixed in the next version of the forum software but we are some way off it yet (could be months). I have tried to implement a fix, which some people have reported to have fixed it on the support forums but it's not working for me. If it's not working, try turning off the WYSIWYG editor using the switch in the top left of editor, then clicking the quote button, it should work then (I have succeeded in doing so), you are then free to turn the WYSIWYG editor on again.
Grown men should also be able to look at things logically. Playing football is not the same as working in an office or working construction or running a business. Those jobs have different sort of issues. A person working in an accounting firm can tweak numbers, change figures which is illegal. An insurance broker can submit a fraudulent claim. A cashier working in a supermarket can steal money without their boss even knowing. Those are all illegal stuff and against the law and people do that all the time. I don't get how you can compare a normal day to day job with being a footballer. You're not playing a contact sport in those jobs, you're not tackling people, you're not abusing fellow players and referees and you're not winding people up. It's a completely different environment and it's ridiculous to even compare the two.
And quite frankly, so what if he is a child in an adults body. What is so wrong with that? Majority of the population are not matured emotionally. Please don't call me a 14 year old worshipping an idol because that's ridiculous. Just because I choose not to go along with the worldwide media hype and intense scrutinisation does not make me a child. So far the biggest talking point of the world cup is a bite from Suarez. Do you think that's right? Last night Skysports main feature was Suarez on their homepage. The live games at the biggest sporting event in the world, took second stage. All I'm saying is there are more important things happening in the world than to worry about Suarez biting someone which quite frankly is fucking meaningless.
In response, to COYS earlier post, sorry I can't quote posts on this forum for some reason.
Well, I don't agree with any of what you said. Every incident should be judged on it's own merit. Just because it's Luis Suarez, things get blown out of proportion. And I know he's done this before but still, people need to look at the incident in isolation and determine it's merits. How much damage can a small bite like that cause? We come from an upmarket society, with no real customs or culture. We live in a world where social networking is rife. Anybody can say anything these days and get away with it. Life in a first world country is completely different to that in a poorer country. People grow up differently, they're accustomed to different things. The amount of people crucifying Suarez is unbelievable when none of them actually know the man. Who are we to judge another person's actions? Luis Suarez has the entire world watching him. Everything he does, gets scrutinised. The pressure he is under is considerably greater as a famous footballer. How can we judge another person's character without actually knowing that person? It's ridiculous.
Human beings are fucking hypocrites. We criticise, we judge, we slander another person. For what? Everybody has a dark side and everyone does something stupid at some point in their life. I smoke weed every couple of months. I don't need to but it keeps me sane and I get a kick out of it. I enjoy it. Luis Suarez enjoys a nibble every now and again. It might seem vile to some people, but it's not like he's doing drugs. He's not fucking prostitutes and cheating on his wife. He's not fucking his teammates girlfriend. He's not murdering anyone. He's not kung fu kicking a fan. The man is a street fighter. When he gets in the zone, he just get so into it that he can't help himself. He's fired up, his passionate and he has an attitude of win at all costs. It's how he was brought up. I'm not saying what he does is right, but I think the constant witch hunt against him, everybody waiting for him to let himself down, affects him big time.
As for Liverpool deserving to be punished for employing him in the first place, well that's not right. There are plenty of players who make mistakes constantly but clubs put up with it because of how good they're are. Would Liverpool be in the Champions League if Suarez was sold last year? You keep on slandering Daniel Levy for selling Bale and you blame him for all Tottenham's failing. If you were a Liverpool fan would you have rather we sold Suarez because he's a "vile" human being and as a result not play Champions League football or put up with him because he's actually a normal person, who just does a stupid thing every now and then, and a fucking fantastic footballer? The double standards are ridiculous. If he was your player, you back him. If he's not your player, then you slander him.
He is a massive bellend, though specialist in failure isn't true. I liked it when Jose called him a voyeur though, he's right on that count.
Wenger's the most overrated manager in the league by a distance. It's ridiculous that he's actually still in charge. Every single idea he had in his mind for Arsenal has gone to shit and they're still gonna award him another contract. Wenger probably has the worst record for any manager in the Champions League. 1 final in like 16 years? Words cannot describe how bad that is. I bet Hodgson would get to at least 2 finals if he had 16 years in charge. Has a team ever had more consistent 4th place finishes than Arsenal? No ambition at all. I'm still utterly shocked that they're gonna keep him. I honestly believed that this season was it for Wenger especially after they way he failed to bring in a striker in January when even a complete muppet like Paul Merson could have figured that out. Even after they got humiliated at Anfield, Stamford Bridge, the Etihad and Goodison Park for basically still failing to adapt to tactics. The fact that they still couldn't beat United even with Moyes in charge on two occasions but no they still reward him with an improved contract because he won the FA Cup. Hilarious!
My sister started crying after the game today. I immediately put an end to it and told her I'm having none of it. As far as I'm concerned we're top of the league and regardless of what City do on Wednesday its still going down to the last day. Its not over yet, people.
All we can ask of Villa and West Ham is to put in the same effort Palace did today.