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THISISTHECITY.COM: Is Maxi underused? by lfctalk
March 21, 2012, 18:22
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Liverpool were in great form at the end of last season, with Maxi Rodriguez bagging two hat-tricks. This campaign has failed to build on that promise, with limited opportunities. Is he being treated fairly?

Argentine midfielder Maxi Rodriguez has been one of the principal victims of Kenny Dalglish’s ‘Buy British’ policy.

With Dalglish electing to spend millions on Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam, Maxi Rodriguez has found his opportunities hard to come by, even with Steven Gerrard missing a large portion of the season with injury.

It is a little of a surprise, as when Dalglish got Liverpool playing at their best last April, Maxi Rodriguez was the star, scoring six goals in two games.

Dirk Kuyt was another star performer, but he too has found himself rotated more than ever, and this week he fired a warning shot across the club’s bows that he wanted more first team games.

It could be argued that if he is sold this summer Rodriguez will not be missed, but that is partially due to the fact he spend more time on the bench than on the pitch.

With Liverpool struggling for goals, and home victories at a premium, surely Maxi should be given more of a chance between now and the end of the season, to show why he should not be sold this summer.

This season in the Premier League he has played just 367 minutes of football, not completing 90 minutes once.

He has not played in the league since the 3-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers, a match Dalgish said would prompt him to wield the axe, and his actions since then show he meant his word, at least when it came to Rodriguez anyway.

But is is really fair to blame that terrible showing on Maxi?

Before that he had started just four games in the league, scoring the opener in a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in one of them.

That is all he has started, also featuring in disappointing home draws against Wigan, Blackburn, and a 1-0 win over QPR.

Throwing him in here and there is never going to get the best out of him, so to judge him on the few games he has been given opportunities in this season is hardly fair.

Equally, he cannot be judged the right player for Liverpool on the basis of two hat-tricks against Birmingham City and Fulham, but what that did show is that there is a lethal player in there, who has not been given a proper opportunity to show what he can do this season.

He has only started two consecutive league games on one occasion this term, which is never going to see him put a good run of form together.

If he had been given a run in the side, he could have been an asset this season, but Dalglish’s mind seems to be made up about him, and it is difficult to see him remaining at the club next season.

If Dalglish’s signings, Henderson and Adam had been convincing, we would likely not be talking about Maxi Rodriguez, but given their disappointment, it is time to reassess whether the manager has made a mistake in cutting the Argentine adrift.

The question is, has King Kenny treated him unfairly this season, or has he made the right call on an under-performing player? Let us know your opinion.




GIVEMEFOOTBALL.COM: Feyenoord want Kuyt return by lfctalk
March 21, 2012, 18:21
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Feyenoord sporting director Martin van Geel has admitted he would love to re-sign Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt for the Rotterdam club – but has admitted it is unlikely to happen this summer.

Kuyt has become something of a cult hero at Anfield since making the move to Merseyside back in 2006 from Feyenoord, but has seen his first team opportunities dwindle of late.

The 31-year-old was dropped for Carling Cup final against Cardiff last month, but emerged from the bench to score for the Reds in extra-time at Wembley Stadium as he lifted the first trophy of his Liverpool career.

Kuyt, contracted with the Reds until 2013, recently revealed that while he is happy to remain with Liverpool for the time being he could leave the club if he cannot break into the first team on a regular basis in the near future.

Geel says he hopes to capitalise on Kuyt’s lack of football at Anfield and bring him back to his former club, but says there is little chance of a move happening at the end of the current season.

“I would love to welcome Dirk at Feyenoord as soon as possible. He fits in here more than anybody else,” Van Geel was quoted as saying by NUsport.

“He is more than welcome at the club. However, I do not think that it’s realistic to believe that he could return this summer.”

In recent seasons Kuyt has been forced to ply his trade on the right wing having occupied a more central role earlier in his career at Liverpool, however manager Kenny Dalglish’s preference to deploy Jordan Henderson out wide means his chances are becoming increasingly limited.

Rob Jansen, Kuyt’s agent, confirmed he will return to De Kuip when his time with Liverpool comes to an end, but said it was impossible to put an estimate on when that could be.

“Feyenoord know that Dirk will join them once he returns to Netherlands. But when? It’s impossible to answer that question,” Jansen said.

“We are just waiting to see what happens at Liverpool now and what’s coming his way. We will make a decision on his future after that.”



Bayern hope Liverpool move for Gomez by lfctalk
October 28, 2010, 18:25
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The Daily Mail are claiming that Bayern Munich are urging Liverpool to renew their interest in Mario Gomez.

Roy Hodgson was reportedly close to completing a loan move for Gomez in the Summer – but Bayern cancelled the deal at the last minute.

The striker himself has admitted that he was tempted by the move to Anfield.

“I have said that if I leave Bayern I will go abroad,” he told German newspaper Bild.

“Then came this interesting offer from Liverpool. I took the loan offer seriously and discussed it with my family and girlfriend because I just want to play.”

“But Bayern gave me the impression that they see a future for me. And therefore a change was not an issue anymore.”

The German international joined Bayern from Stuttgart for €30 million in the Summer of 2009.

Liverpool set to move for Benfica striker by lfctalk
October 28, 2010, 18:20
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Liverpool are readying a move for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo, according to reports in Mexican newspaper Ultima Hora.

The reports claims that Roy Hodgson is putting together a £22m bid to take the Paraguay international striker to Anfield in January.

Hodgson has made his desire to add more firepower to his frontline no secret and would welcome support for Fernando Torres.

Cardozo will already be well known to Liverpool fans after he scored three times against The Reds in the Europa League last season.

He scored a total of 38 goals last season, which will be a major factor in his pricetag.

Liverpool chase Roma striker by lfctalk
October 28, 2010, 18:07
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The Italian media are reporting that Liverpool are ready to offer Roma’s striker Mirko Vučinić an escape route in January.

Vučinić, 27, is reported to have clashed with manager Claudio Ranieri recently after reacting negatively to being subbed after less than an hour Parma at the weekend – a game Roma drew 0-0.

Montenegro international Vučinić is contracted to the Italian giants until the Summer of 2013.

Roy Hodgson could be set to make a reduced offer of £12.5m for the frontman in a bid to add stock to his frontline options – and to ease the burden on the shoulders of Fernando Torres.

Liverpool in talks with Real Madrid by lfctalk
October 28, 2010, 18:02
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Reports claim Liverpool have made contact with Real Madrid over the signing of Dutchman Royston Drenthe.

The former Feyenoord man is earning plaudits for his performances so far this season at loan club Hercules.

Spanish newspaper Sport claim that Liverpool have reignited their interest in the young defender after José Mourinho intimated that he is willing to listen to offers for him.

Liverpool could make a cut-price move for Drenthé will Real Madrid’s willingness to let the youngster move on as he does not feature in ‘The Special One’s’ plans.

Drenthé, who has previously been linked with a move to the Premiership, could cost Hodgson around £8m.

Hodgson warns United over Reina by lfctalk
October 28, 2010, 17:56
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Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has warned Manchester United not to make a move for goalkeeper José Reina.

Recent reports have claimed that United are joining Arsenal in pursuing the Spanish international as each look for replacements for their current custodians.

Arsenal have been linked with Reina sporadically over the last few months, but it appears that United’s interest has particularly irked Hodgson.

“It was just one of those stories that seems to occur – it’s just disappointing and annoying,” Hodgson told the Liverpool Echo.

“Pepe is fantastic here, he is a lifeblood of this team.”

“Everything he does around the club is excellent – he is always lively in the dressing room, he is always first class in training and he always wants to do more to improve.”

“He demands better from those around him, he is always pushing people on. He is a player who we hold in the highest esteem.”

“We have heard nothing from Manchester United and, more to the point, we don’t want to hear anything from Manchester United.”

“If (Sir Alex) Ferguson is looking around at the end of the season and he has got lots of money to replace (Edwin) van der Sar, he might very well want Pepe Reina because he is the best around.”

“But we do not want to sell him. I would like to think that we are going to become a successful club once again and Pepe is crucial to that.”