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Monday, 25 July 2016

Which Reds Will Make Your Fantasy Football Team?

It's that time of year again when all the fantasy football experts come crawling out of the woodwork, ready to find the perfect witty team name alongside a scribbled down list of potential forwards, midfielders, defenders and the most reliable goalkeeper money can buy. At the same time, I always seem to find myself joining in, usually via a work's league and then after about two months I completely forget about the whole thing but hey, it's all good fun eh?

So who I hear you ask will make my team from Jurgen Klopp's collection of players?* (Let me know on Twitter who will be making your own line ups! - @LFCKirstyLFC/@_TheLiverBird)

*On the assumption that most leagues will only accept three players from one Premier League team

Mamadou Sakho

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Straight in there, first on the team sheet for me is Mamadou Sakho. He's had his ups and downs and I personally also questioned some of his performances last season while most were already well on the bandwagon however I expect to see him a lot more this season and believe more game time will further improve his already evident strong defensive talent.

Plus, with him in the side it gives me an excuse to name my team "Mamadou the hump, Mamadou the hump hump." ... Rizzle Kicks... Anyone? ... No? ... Ah you lot are no fun!

Georginio Wijnaldum

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I'm not sure what the pricetags and ratings are yet for the Premier League fantasy football but I am hoping that Wijnaldum will be within a reasonable price range as he begins his career at Liverpool. He had a fantastic season at Newcastle last year and I believe he's the perfect player to rack up some points.

Skillful and one to rely on when it comes to both providing assists and scoring I have chosen him above the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino as I believe he is going to hit the ground running and get off to a great start in a Red shirt!

Daniel Sturridge

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Last but certainly not least I'm going to have Daniel Sturridge, I bloody love the man and expect him to play a key role in Jurgen Klopp's plans next season. In the process I expect a high scoring campaign from the forward the only down side of course with Daniel is that injuries could strike however I feel this is a risk worth taking. Especially considering I'm not really that arsed about Fantasy Football and just like to claim the glory when I manage to be top of the league for like a week haha!

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Who Is Georginio Wijnaldum?

Liverpool have completed the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum from Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United for £25 million but just who exactly is the young Dutch talent?

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He started his career at Feyenoord making his debut in 2007 and in the process becoming the youngest player to ever start for the club. Wijnaldum played a total of 134 matches for Feyenoord scoring 25 goals and creating 11 assists in the process.

In 2011 he moved on to Dutch giants PSV for approximately five million euros. Wijnaldum netted his first goal for PSV on 21st August 2011 at the age of 21. By the 2013/2014 season he had been named captain of the side however he was unable to feature regularly due to a back injury. In the following season he captained the side to their first league title in seven years. During his time at PSV Wijnaldum scored a total of 56 goals in 152 appearances.

The year 2015 saw the attacking midfielder come to England joining Newcastle United for £14.5 million. In the October of his first season as a Magpie, Wijnaldum scored four goals in a 6-2 win over Norwich, the feat made him just the second player to score more than three goals for Newcastle during a Premier League game. Last season he collected a total of 11 goals and five assists in 40 appearances for Newcastle and it was clear that several clubs would have him on their radar after Newcastle United were unfortunately relegated to the Championship.

Liverpool's close ties with former boss Rafael Benitez undoubtedly played a key role in the successful signing but the midfielder also said he was "really excited" about joining Liverpool because "Liverpool is a big club with a great history".

He never actually wanted to be a footballer to begin with, he was more interested in gymnastics. So we can expect some acrobatic finishes then?

Welcome to Anfield Georginio.

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Transfer Round Up

The transfer window certainly hasn't slammed shut just yet but Liverpool have already secured a bit of business with the main transaction being the extension of Jurgen Klopp's stay at Anfield. No complaints here.

The Reds first real signing I suppose was Joel Matip who had already agreed pre-conditions with the Reds and had to wait until the summer in order for all the i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed. I must confess I don't know a hell of a lot about Matip but from what I have seen/read he seems like a great fit for the back line. At 24 he's certainly one for the future and I'm always a sucker for a goalscoring defender!

"I am certain that this is the right moment for me to take the next step in my career." - Joel Matip

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Next up is Loris Karius the German goalkeeper, according to several fans and pundits Loris could even feature ahead of Simon Mignolet come season start. Purchased as competition, he may be favoured by Jurgen Klopp who has admired the ex Mainz player's talent for some time.

Karius made 34 appearances in the Bundesliga last season and kept a clean sheet in nine matches.

"It's a very good feeling and it's an honour to play for a club like this." - Loris Karius

Maro Grujic has also officially joined the club after going back on loan to Red Star Belgrade. I am almost certain I keep pronouncing his name wrong! Again I can't say I know a lot about Grujic but it's clear several football boffins on Twitter are excited by the signing. At just 20 years of age he's another blossoming star that Jurgen will surely be aiming to mould into his team. Grujic bagged six goals and seven assists last season from his central midfield position.

"I want to play in front of one of the loudest set of fans in Europe." - Marko Grujic

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Last but certainly not least, Sadio Mane. The price tag was far too high, there's no denying that but these days if you really want a player you're gonna pay through the nose. I really like Mane I just feel as though he needs to hit the ground running in order to be accepted entirely by a Liverpool fan base who are perhaps split on the decision to spend so much money on the player.

The left winger gives Liverpool a great option as it's been a very long time since an actual, like real winger played at L4. 

Mane featured in 37 matches in the league for Southampton last season and scored 11 goals while assisting on seven occasions. It's a wonderful addition to the Liverpool side I just hope it all works out. It is believed Klopp had been tracking the Senegalese player since the 2012 Olympics. Who says nobody watches the football at the games eh?!

"Today is a big day and I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe." - Sadio Mane

The Reds have also welcomed Luis Alberto, Samid Yesil, Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli back from their loan spells. It is unclear how many of those players will remain in a Red shirt next season and big names like Martin Skrtel, Christian Benteke and Joe Allen could also be on the way out. This week has also seen Liverpool strike a deal with Bournemouth after Jordon Ibe was sold on with the inclusion of buy back and sell on clauses.

Stay tuned to The Liver Bird for further transfer round ups and fresh looking previews and reports for the start of the 2016/2017 Premier League season!

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