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Scored 8 in 33 in a defensively minded team. If only our forwards reached such heights

 

Yeah - think this is likely still more than all 4 of our forwards combined.

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7 in his 17 starts at centre forward is a bit better than the headlines would have us believe.

why is he only making 17 starts? injured?

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17 starts up front, rest have been out wide.

 

I'm not reading too much into this 'worst team' business, but I think it's clear we shouldn't be pinning too much on him this season.

Edited by Leo No.8

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17 starts up front, rest have been out wide.

 

I'm not reading too much into this 'worst team' business, but I think it's clear we shouldn't be pinning too much on him this season.

 

Exactly. He has potential but he shouldn't be our flag bearer in attack next season.

 

I've been quite impressed with his form recently. Makes intelligent runs, commits himself in the area rather than standing back and expecting nothing

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it also reflected his already having signed for liverpool for a reasonable transfer fee last summer. think there's been a perception that his head's not been in it. plus lille have been pretty crap too.

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and his English is excellent

 

he's my new favorite player and I predict he and Markovic will fire us to glory with their goals and running, while controversially Benteke will look on, bemused

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I just don't see how he will fit into our style of play, etc.

He's so like Benteke they even play for the same international team!

 

Surprised me though, he's built and runs more like Sturridge.

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      Off to foreign climes
      1995 - Future red Paul Ince signed for Internazionale from Manchester United for £7m after six seasons at Old Trafford. He bagged thirteen goals in 73 games in his two seasons at the San Siro, helping them to win the UEFA Cup in 1997.
      2002 - Ex-red Rigobert Song joined Racing Club de Lens from West Ham United for £1m. He had only played 27 times for the Hammers since moving from Anfield in November 2000.
      Ince in charge
      2008 - Paul Ince was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to just six victories in his 21 fixtures before being sacked the following December.
      Other international goalscorers
      2019 – Roberto Firmino scored as Brazil thumped Peru 5-0 in a Copa América group game in São Paulo. Alisson Becker, Kamil Grabara, Naby Keïta and ex-re Philippe Coutinho all also played in internationals that day.
      2005 - Future red Ryan Babel scored for Netherlands Under-20’s as they beat Chile 3-0 to reach the Quarter-finals of the World Championship Finals in his homeland. Meanwhile, future red Gabriel Paletta appeared as Argentina beat Colombia 2-1 at the same stage.
      2003 - Future red Djibril Cissé netted in France’s 5-0 thumping of New Zealand in the Confederations Cup at the Stade de France. This was his third and final international goal as an Auxerre player.
      1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén scored as Sweden drew 3-3 with Brazil in Gothenburg.
      Anfield in action
      1996 - Anfield hosted a Euro ’96 Quarter-final, with France and the Netherlands playing out a sterile goalless draw before the Dutch crashed out 5-4 on penalties, with Clarence Seedorf missing the decisive kick.
      Also in Euro action
      2016 – Christian Benteke won his last cap as a reds player, with Divock Origi also featuring as Belgium beat Sweden 1-0 in Nice, with ex-red Krisztián Németh playing in Hungary’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in Décines.
      2004 – Future red Christian Poulsen played in Denmark’s 2-2 draw with Sweden in Porto.
      Bowing out
      2012 – Ex-red Milan Baroš announced his retirement from international football after winning his 93rd cap the night before as the Czech Republic were knocked out of the European Championship Finals at the Quarter-final stage.
    • By Will
      Happy birthday Jordan
      1990 – Midfielder Jordan Henderson was born in Sunderland. He signed from his hometown club earlier for £16m in June 2011 after netting five times in 79 outings while on Wearside. He has notched 28 times in 359 reds games to date, so far helping us to claim the League Cup and leading us to victory in the UEFA Champions League Final a year ago, as well as the verge of the League title this year.
      1994 – American midfielder Marc Pelosi was born in Bad Säckingen, Germany. He joined the reds in November 2011 from Californian side De Anza Force, becoming a reserves regular despite a series of serious injuries. He was released in June 2015.
      Strong no more
      2013 - Utility player Geoff Strong died in Southport after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 for a club record £40,000, netting 33 times and winning a League title medal and the FA Charity Shield the year after helping us to our first ever FA Cup triumph. He left the reds to join Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970.
      Other birthdays
      1972 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme was born in Trondheim, Norway. He joined the reds in January 1997 on a Bosman free transfer from Rosenborg BK as a replacement for John Scales, and quickly showed his worth. However, high profile errors against Everton and Manchester United dented his confidence. After just 54 first-team appearances, he was sold to Saint-Étienne in August 1999.
      1964 – Paul Small was born in Liverpool. One of the club’s masseurs, he came to Melwood from the Widnes rugby union club, also working with England.
      Jameo sold
      1999 - David James was sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m. He had played 277 times for us, helping us to win the Coca Cola Cup in 1995. He only stayed at Villa Park for just under two years, before moving on to West Ham United in July 2001.
      Scott’s record
      2007 - Scott Carson set a new record for number of England Under-21’s caps, previously held by Jamie Carragher and Gareth Barry. He turned out for the 28th time in a 2-0 defeat of Serbia in the European Championships Finals in Nijmegen. He went on to claim 29 caps at this level in total, but this record has since been superseded by James Milner with 46 appearances at this level, who also featured in this game. Meanwhile, Alberto Aquilani struck his final goal at this level as Italy’s 3-1 defeat of the Czech Republic in Arnhem was not enough to take them through to the next stage.
      International exits
      2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton confirmed his retirement from international football, after winning his 102nd cap in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup exit to Spain the night before. He said, “I don’t think my knee could handle a few more years of this to be honest.”
      2012 - Christian Poulsen won his last cap as an Évian Thonon Gaillard player, coming off the bench as Denmark lost 2-1 to Germany in the European Championships Finals in Lviv, with Daniel Agger skippering the side. Ex-red Raúl Meireles also featured in the tournament, as Portugal beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Kharkiv.
      1984 - Midfield terrier Sammy Lee won his fourteenth and final England cap in their goalless friendly match in Chile. Future red John Barnes and ex-red Dave Watson both also featured.
      1997 - Future red Mauricio Pellegrino made his third and final appearance for Argentina in their 1-1 Copa América draw with Paraguay in Bolivia.
      Reds in Europe
      2008 – Dirk Kuyt, future red Alberto Aquilani and ex-red Nicolas Anelka all came off the bench in the European Championships in Switzerland. France lost 2-0 to Italy in Zurich while the Netherlands beat Romania 2-0 in Berne. This meant that the Dutch topped the group with maximum points while France finished bottom of the same group. Meanwhile, future red Luis Suárez played in a World Cup qualifier as Uruguay thumped Peru 6-0 in Montevideo.
      2004 - Steven Gerrard was on target as an England side that also included Michael Owen and ex-red David James beat Switzerland 3-0 in a group game in Portugal.
      2000 - Michael Owen faced Dietmar Hamann as Kevin Keegan’s England beat Germany 1-0 in their Euro 2000 fixture in Charleroi. Steven Gerrard won his second cap, coming on as a substitute for his clubmate on the hour mark. Future red Markus Babbel won his 51st and final cap in this game, while Christian Ziege made his final appearance for his country before his switch to Anfield, bringing him to 52 caps in total at this time. Future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Paul Ince both also featured.
      1992 - Future red Torben Piechnik came off the bench in Denmark’s 2-1 win over France in Malmo, a result that took them through to the knock-out stages at the expense of their opponents.
      2016 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin won his fiftieth cap for Turkey as they lost 3-0 to Greece in a group stage game in Nice.
      At the World Cup
      2018 – Ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in a group game in Russia, with Roberto Firmino and future reds Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri also featuring.
      2014 – Future red Divock Origi faced ex-red Carl Medjani as Belgium beat Algeria 2-1 in a group game in Belo Horizonte.
      2010 – Javier Mascherano skippered Argentina as they beat South Korea 3-1 in Johannesburg, with Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Sotirios Kyrgiakos played as Greece beat Nigeria 2-1 in Bloemfontein, while ex-red Nicolas Anelka featured in France’s 2-0 defeat by Mexico in Polokwane.
      1994 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle appeared in Germany’s 1-0 defeat of Bolivia in Chicago, their opening game of the tournament.
      1990 - Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all played in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with Egypt in Palermo.
      1958 - Alan A’Court played as England lost 1-0 to the USSR in Gothenburg.
      1998 - Future red Rigobert Song played in Cameroon’s 3-0 defeat by Italy in Montpellier.
      2007 - Song also played for his country as they beat Rwanda 2-1 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Garoua.
      2002 - Ex-red Brad Friedel was booked in the USA’s 2-0 win over Mexico in Jeonju, to set up a Quarter-final showdown with Germany.
      1997 - He also played for his country in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Israel in Jacksonville.
      Emre on target
      2015 – Emre Can scored for Germany Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Serbia in a European Championships group game in Prague. Philippe Coutinho and future red Roberto Firmino both played for Brazil as they lost 1-0 to Colombia in a Copa América group game in Chile on the same day.
      On the move
      2010 - Keeper Simon Mignolet joined Sunderland from Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging for £2m, having helped them to claim the Second Division title and being named as Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year as they avoided relegation. He had even managed to convert a penalty in his 104 senior games before moving to England.
      1997 - Stéphane Henchoz joined Blackburn Rovers from Hamburger SV for £3m, joining forces again with Roy Hodgson whom he had worked with at Neuchâtel Xamax. He played 82 times for Rovers, failing to score, before he switched to Anfield for £3.5m in June 1999.
      1938 - Centre-forward Fred Howe joined Manchester City. He had struck 36 goals in 94 outings since signing on a free transfer from Hyde United in March 1935. He bagged three reds trebles, including notching four times in our record 6-0 derby victory at Anfield in September 1935.
      Backroom changes
      2005 - Argentine centre-half Mauricio Pellegrino was released after rarely impressing in his thirteen reds games, having signed from Valencia on a free transfer, five months previously. He had arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League three times and the UEFA Cup, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals. He then returned to Spain to join Deportivo Alavés, but subsequently returned to join the reds’ backroom staff before following Rafael Benítez to Internazionale.
      2004 - Coach Christian Damiano left Anfield after just one season with the reds.
      2010 - Gary Ablett stepped down as Manager of Stockport County by mutual consent when new owners took charge after a full season spent in administration.
      2013 - Andy Hughes was appointed as the club’s Chief Financial Officer.
      Youngsters on the world stage
      2005 - Future red Nabil El Zhar featured in the World Youth Championships as Morocco beat Chile 1-0 in a group stage game in Utrecht, to take them into the last sixteen. They eventually made it as far as the Semi-finals.
      2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted the first goal of the competition as Argentina beat Finland 7-1 in the same tournament in Buenos Aires, with Daniel Sjölund on the losing side.
      In the army now
      1975 - Bruce Grobbelaar joined the Rhodesian army. He went on to operate as a scout, tracking the movements and dodging the bullets of Robert Mugabe’s guerrilla fighters.
      Also in South Africa
      2009 - Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres both featured in Spain’s 1-0 victory over Iraq in a Confederations Cup group game in Bloemfontein.
      Bellers wed
      2006 - Craig Bellamy married Claire Jensen in the Vale of Glamorgan, just five days before he signed for the reds.
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