CITYTALK: SCHOOL YARD by The Anfield Wrap | May 30, 2015 | Podcast | 10 comments NEIL ATKINSON was joined by Melissa Reddy, John Gibbons and Rob Gutmann for this week’s CityTalk podcast. Rodgers, Sterling, Liverpool and a School yard game. Direct Link – PODCAST: CITYTALK – SCHOOL YARD Podcast RSS feed. Get the TAW podcast on iTunes. 10 Comments Lucky Desperado on 30 May 2015 at 9:27 pm Small time, mediocre, this will be the Liverpool of the future, if the owners don’t arrest this slide by acting ruthlessly. This starts with a DOF and new manager and yes the owners hung him out to dry, but He clearly cannot cope with the pressure, of what is a huge job. Plus the rest of the world is watching so must act big time. If you gonna lose 6-1, don;t do it at the end of the season when you have no next game to get it out of the system. The potential signings of Ings and Benteke are very concerning, you don’t get value in the Prem, I am amazed they are even considering Benteke £30M! the parallels with Andy Carroll are frightening. As for Ings Playing with freedom for a club who were expected to go down, is no comparisson to the heavy red shirt. Tenacious South Americans with guile and street smarts are whats needed up top, wheres the worldwide scouting network maybe we can get hold of the Pozzo’s scouting team? I just need to here Ings has gone Spurs, Benteke stayed Villa and new mgr in place then I can relax a bit, and recharge for next season, but as it stands I am already pissed off about it, shows no ambition creativity and Liverpool will need both in buckets to even challenge for top 4. I feel stupid fuming over something that hasn’t happened yet, wtf are Liverpool doing to me. Reply Michael on 31 May 2015 at 10:35 am You’re fuming because it’s so fucking obvious the path we are taking. Apparantly the infamous meeting is taking place next week so we should know then just how ambitious our owners really are. Would any of the top clubs stick with a manager that’s spent millions yet won nothing and performed miserably in Europe 3 years running while there are a handful of top quality managers seemingly available??? Reply Michael on 31 May 2015 at 10:37 am I just want to say also that i don’t think a change of manager alone will solve all our problems. Our transfer strategy is a major barrier to our progression too. Reply Simon Hodge on 30 May 2015 at 9:41 pm Rodgers will be sacked next summer. That’s certain. So why wait? Reply Kevin Barry on 31 May 2015 at 3:31 am If they wait until NEXT summer, we’ll be mid-table at best. They are likely positioning to sell, and 6th with a dud manager, a chronically-divided support base, serially incompetent recruitment model and an out-dated ground would not be a plum buy. Strong and loyal crowds have done sod-all for Newcastle, whose crowd forced out better (if only marginally) managers than Rodgers. Reply Michael on 31 May 2015 at 11:47 am Gotta agree the sensible, logical thing to do would be to bring in a “star” player in early meaning you have adequate funds to buy them and their signing is a statement of intent to existing and potential signings. However, anything FSG/the club does at the min isn’t logical or sensible. It would mean we have a well thought out transfer strategy and experienced football people to carry it out but we don’t. I have a severe lack of hope at the min. Reply Christopher Mors on 1 June 2015 at 1:15 am The show has basically now convinced me Rodgers is staying and my god has it depressed me. If we do actually go out and get Ings and Benteke then as depressed as i am, atlas it will eradicate any hope i have because as we all know, it’s the hope that kills you. If we line up with Benteke, Ings, Sturridge and Origi as our 4 strikers then i will have no hope for the season what so ever. Reply Kevin Barry on 1 June 2015 at 4:13 am It’s not the players: it’s the ineptitude in management. I believe a manager who knows what he’s doing could make sonething of the squad. Rodgers is a tactical vacuum. Every other manager in the EPL knew how to play against him. Reply ste routledge on 1 June 2015 at 11:34 am FSG are still trying to apply the moneyball logic, to an illogical game.. and the longer they do that the further we’ll fall behind. Reply Greg Bradley on 1 June 2015 at 6:38 pm I think I might be (well) in the minority here. Given FSG keep Rodgers (and I think they will) I don’t think next season will be as bad (and it has been dreadful overall) as people make out. There won’t be the expectation there was this season. We came down with a mighty crash this season. We went into the season still drained from the calamity of the previous season’s end. No CL, that’s 6 cup finals less already. I think there will be a big hint as to where priorities will be, cups and europe will be second level. The big one will be the league. It simplifies things for Rodgers and will play to his strengths. I think FSG will make it clear to him that his desire to win a trophy cannot get in the way of maximising league performance. Rodgers will no longer have the “I have fit Stevie in somewhere” as well as not having to defer to him off the field. In effect, for the first time, Rodgers will be the big dog. He can be ruthless, he will have to be. He will be able to set the team up as he wants. No jokers to fit the team around. Assuming we don’t do another Balotelli-gate he should have the players he wants. Moreno, Can, Markovic, Ibe will have had the first season adjustment out of the way, ergo they will be better. Lovren ???? Maybe ? Lallana will not be injured going into the season, hopefully, ditto Sakho and Lucas. The Sterling situation should be sorted one way or the other. Looks like BR will have a right fullback, a versatile tough midfielder and forwards as against what he ended up using this year. He will have learn’t lessons from this season, hard lessons. He will be better. Finally I think BR will realise that he cannot have another season like this one, everything has to be sacrificed (including his personal stuff) for the benefit of the team and for position in the league. This is the last chance saloon for him. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.