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Good news for Liverpool, and some bad news too…

A slightly happier Phil Thompson

Phil Thompson

It must be frustrating, enduring such an up-and-downy time on Merseyside, and today’s news stories have been typical of Liverpool’s season, as one hand gently strokes your face whilst the other delivers an almighty blow to the solar plexus.

As reported in today’s Daily Mail, Javier Mascherano has finally put paid to any links with Barcelona by saying this:

“The club are talking with my agents.”

“I don’t like to be involved in the contract meetings so I leave that to my agents and the people at the club.”

“Liverpool know I want to stay. I don’t think it will be difficult to arrive at a deal and we will see what happens in the next few weeks.”

Whilst, the blow to the stomach comes courtesy of the Liverpool legend Phil Thompson, who suggests that some kind of ransom is in order to get things back on track.

“Fernando Torres said he didn’t want to be fighting for fourth place every year and he is absolutely bang on.”

“He’s a player, a foreign player, who has come to the club. They have to listen to him.”

“He and Stevie Gerrard should be saying “if you’re not going to invest, why would we want to remain here?” They need to give them (Tom Hicks and George Gillett) some ultimatums.”

Does Phil have a point? Let us know with a comment.

17 responses so far
  • samuel charles // March 25, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    the good news is that phil thompson our beloved ex captain, coming out and telling it like it is, sack the fucking yanks and get some investment in asap. its good news you mug that one of liverpools ex players are telling it like it is, its what we need to put pressure on these con men yanks, liverpool fc will move on long after we have killed of these conmen…. hate the yanks hate the yanks…….

  • Kyle // March 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Normally, I’m against ultimatums and rash decisions (WE NEED TITLES. NOW.), but here, yes, Phil does have a point. It is inexcusable for Torres and Gerrard to be fighting for fourth. It’s hard to imagine Stevie G leaving Merseyside (though it is possible and I wouldn’t blame him), but I can see Torres leaving much more readily. I’m all for “building” and “investing” but that period has already passed, and now is the time when I would be expecting to compete for the League Title, Champions League, or SOMETHING.

    Frankly if my name were Fernando Torres, I would already be shopping around.

  • rouman // March 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    everyone knows the yanks, are killing are club. phil thompson is right , at the moment there is a stench at anfield right at the top. the banks should pull the plug on laurel and hardy. and the yanks should walk..

  • magnumopus // March 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Do you think the yanks would then sell the players complaining and use the dosh to pay down the debt and leave the club in dire straits or worse yet then sell the club to somebody unable to build our new stadium etc. ??? Don’t underestimate what angry people are willing to do in revenge!

  • David // March 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Do any of you ever think that the reason that the “yanks don’t invest” is because of how the previous money they have invested recdently has been spent. And conversely why do you assume investment will turn your fortunes around so much anyway? I mean almost 60 million quid was invested on Aquilani, Keane and Johnson and how much difference have they made?

  • Voland // March 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm


    Barça paid over 60 million Euros for Ibra and it was probably not worth it.

    Mistakes will be made, as in the case of Keane. I think the 17-18 million spent on Johnson and Aquilani respectively will turn out to be money well spent.

  • Zola // March 25, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Looks like Magnumopus is one of the yanks, himself and he wants to give the yanks a blowjob.

  • Mikearms // March 26, 2010 at 1:13 am

    I think Gerrard needs to look at himself first, his very poor season, poor attitude and constant sulking are some of the reasons Liverpool have done so badly this season. He is the captain, he is meant to be a leader, he should be leading the team to victory not sulking and putting in poor performances every week. Yes H&G are partly to blame but all the players with Gerrard at the top of the list need to be taking a long hard look in the mirror too.

  • M5zal // March 26, 2010 at 5:31 am

    OMG, OMG, OMG….. please rafa, please gerrard, please torres and the rest, u all are root of the liverpool team, please make it happen… i agree with thompson all of them should give some mighty words to the americans. why dont they sell the club if they cant build a good club… everybody knows about liverpool, the history, the momentum, the fighting spirit, we love the club all players in liverpool are playing for the club not for the money…. if gerrard playing 4 the money, he would join real madrid a few years ago and torres wont come to liverpool despite Manure also offering him… all this happen because they loved liverpool as we do so. it has been years with calsberg but we didnt win PL title… i hope with standard chartered we will….. bring on silva, bring on villa… can we imagine how Manure will be fear with gerrard and silva in the centre plus torres and villa up front…. OMG, OMG.

  • Chris // March 26, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Hi all you brits; i’m only calling you this because were all yanks. Tom Hicks sold to sport franchises to support liverpool. The Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers…in support of liverpool. As soon as he and Gillett came to be owners of the club there value went up. In 2008 they were ranked fourth most valuable club in the world minus the debt they’ve had for years even before they were the owners. They haven’t won a league title in twenty years, a cup in four years and the champions league in five years. It’s not like the men aren’t trying to build a better club but they have to also cover the debt that the previous owner bestowed on the club. I might be in america but i love liverpool like no other. I am not happy about there season just like most people aren’t but giving the blame purely to the owners in your words is bloody rubbish.

  • Simon // March 26, 2010 at 8:41 am

    @Chris: What complete and utter b****cks. “The debt that the previous owner bestowed on the club” complete and utter garbage, Liverpool had a working over draft like any other well run club, the problem was Moores’ inability to take the club any further. Get you facts straight before you come on here mouthing off

  • Phil // March 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Tommo is merely echoing the thoughts of many if not all Liverpool fans – Tom and George out – in my humble opinion, it’s about bloody time someone from within the media (albeit on this occasion with an understandably biased viewpoint) spoke up about the mess LFC are in. There has been many trains of thought emanting from vaired groups of fans about why our season has been so poor this year, Rafa’s fault, the owners fault, the players’ faults etc… Personally, I believe the latter of the three has become affected by the actions of the previous two – and thus, changes need to be made, pronto…

  • KopIdol // March 26, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Great news if Masch signs up, need to keep hold of our best players. As for Thompson, “he’s a foreigner so they need to listen to him?” How does that make any sense? I the team should concentrate on trying to finish 4th rather than losing focus and having a war with the owners. Ok fair enough the owners are useless, i’d blame them for many things like not being able to challenge for the title this season, but not finishing 4th solely lies on the shoulders of Rafa and the whole squad.

  • The God // March 26, 2010 at 11:59 am

    R. Keane was bought at 20 mil but sold back to Spurs at 15 mil. Aquilani is a good buy. Just the 17 mil paid for a right back is too pricy.

  • The God // March 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Sell Kuyt (9 mil), Riera (8 mil), Bable (10 mil), Lucas (7 mil). Buy Van Der Vaart (10 mil), Taiwo (15 mil), N’Zogbia (10 mil) and promote Nemeth, Pacheco, Ayala, Kelly and Plesis.

  • Dan // March 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    If you want the Yanks out, join the SOS and do something about it! http://www.spiritofshankly.com/news/Direct-Action-at-Sunderland-Game.html

  • redmal // March 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    He is dead right. if Torres and Stevie G issed a ‘buy players or we go’ threat, the owners would panic. If they went ahead with it, then it would drive the market price of the club through the floor. The two greedy owners would panic because their chances of selling at a mark-up, (which is what they’ve been trying to do) would disappear. Even if they used the transfer funds to pay off debt, no potential new investiors would come into a club that was not in the Champions League and with chances of being so in future gone for a long time to come.

    I think the very threat could force them to either sell for a realistic price or stump up transfer funds.

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