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2 reasons why Liverpool should let Origi go this summer

Champions League hero, Divock Origi is considering a long-term contract at Liverpool but wants more time on the pitch.

Liverpool fans will remember the incredible contributions the 24-year-old Belgian forward made last season. He scored 2 goals in the incredible comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final. As well as scoring the winning goal in the final, sealing the deal on Liverpool’s sixth European success.

However, Roberto Firmino made 48 appearances in all competitions last season, whilst Origi made only 21, mainly coming on off the bench. The Football Manc Cave now understand that Jurgen Klopp is keen on offering Origi a long-term contract with the Merseyside Reds.

The 4-3-3 formation with the famous forward three of Mo Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mané, it would be difficult for manager Klopp to promise more play time to Origi with the dominance he has with his current setup.

With this in mind, here are 2 reasons Klopp should let Origi leave this summer…

He could fetch a sweet penny

In 2014, Liverpool signed Origi from French side Lille for just north of £10million, a price he has more than lived up to. Since, he has had his ups and downs on loan spells, one on a return to Lille and another in Germany with Wolfsburg.

After being trusted to perform on the world’s biggest stage against the worlds biggest teams, the asking price for Origi could be easily quadrupled, if not more.

However, with one year left on his contract, Liverpool could see this promising striker walk alone through the exit doors of Anfield for free, after the upcoming 19/20 campaign, should his playing time not increase.

Bring in a bench warmer

It is clear that Origi is itching to get play time, but it would be near impossible to break through with the likes of Firmino in his position.

Firmino will turn 28 in the upcoming season, he could have 3-5 more years of the current form he is in. Meaning Origi would be a second choice striker until he is a similar age to what his Brazilian superior is now.

By selling Origi in the region of £40million, it would allow Klopp to introduce a striker who is happy to sit on the bench and play the role of ‘super-sub’.

‘With Bruno Fernandez and Harry Maguire, we can make it to no 5’ Man United fans remain optimistic following Maguire ‘set to be announced’ rumours

Manchester United fans express their opinion on Harry Maguire’s potential move to Old Trafford.

The Football Manc Cave have pulled out an assortment of public reactions to the breaking news that Harry Maguire is set to be announced as a Manchester United player, here is what they have to say…

With the arrival of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, many Manchester United fans still demand more spending from the board. It seems as though the arrival of Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire would be enough to quench their thirst. However, a select few have other ideas…

One fan thinks a further two signings would secure Man United a fifth place position… high hopes!

We wish Kevin a swift recovery, despite Chris Smalling set for further three years at Old Trafford.

Finally, Manchester United transfer news wouldn’t be the same without the input of a Liverpool fan.

3 Key Dates For Man City Next Season

Before the new season starts, I’ve picked out 3 key dates to look out for as Manchester City start a new Premier League campaign.

Pep Guardiola’s side will have another title race on their hands. Fans will be expecting the same if not more trophies next season, but with the departure of Vincent Kompany and more transfer gossip to come. They will have another hard season ahead of they want to win the league again.

Here’s 3 dates that I think will be crucial for the Manchester side…

Liverpool

Man City will travel to Liverpool on the 9th of November. With Liverpool being their biggest rivals to win the league last season, it should be one of the best matches that the Premier League will see. Both meetings will be big games if they are both competitors for the top position. However, playing them away will be the bigger game as they should feel the pressure more. If their points are as close as they were last season, then it could be a match that sees the top of the league shift around.

Tottenham

Man City will be travelling to Spurs on the 1st of February. Another side that was up there as a top team last season, so an away trip may prove difficult to Pep’s team. Not only will the football be great, but it will also be a great day for fans and the players to experience Tottenham’s new stadium again.

Norwich City

This may seem like an obvious pick, but City will host Norwich on the last game of the season, this will be played on the 17th of May. If the Blues manage to win the league again, they will get to celebrate at home. If it is as tight as last season, fighting with other teams like Liverpool on the last day of the season, may see them having to win this game and score quite a few goals. It will also be a huge celebration if they can win the title because David Silva will be playing his last match at the Etihad.

TO-DO LIST: Man Utd must tick of these 3 things before the season starts – Agree?

Manchester United may be close to Liverpool and City on the map but are worlds away in terms of football. What can Solskjaer do pre-season to close the gap on his rivals?

Ole Gunnar Solskaer is in the midst of rebuilding his Manchester United squad, despite the lack of support and enthusiasm from his board.

As opposed to City and Liverpool who merely need minor tweaks to their squad, Manchester United need an ultimate glow up; a complete overhaul.

In terms of preparing for the new season, the majority of Solskjaer’s tasks will involve transfers, amongst other things.

Here are 3 things Solskjaer can do to prepare his team for success next season…

Get the players

Manchester United successfully replaced Valencia and Young by bringing in England’s most promising full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, the shambolic defence needs a world-class centre-back in order to compete for top four, the likes of Magure and Koulibaly should have whatever they need thrown at them to get them into Manchester United’s suave new strip.

Manchester United also need to apprehensively replace want-away players such as Pogba and Lukaku, therefore two further world-class players are needed to plug the holes that will inevitably appear.

Ruthlessness

Solskjaer mentioned being ‘ruthless’ in conferences towards the end of the 18/19 campaign, yet disappointing players such as Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard etc were constantly being played despite a dramatic lack of form.

The term ‘deadwood’ has been thrown around the club by fans over the past season, and it’s time Solskjaer set aside his friendship with players and looked at what is best for his team.

One more preparation season

Man Utd fans are very restless and impatient with the performance of their team since the departure of Sir Alex, they have gone six years without a Premier League title. Next season should be a season where Solskjaer can establish his squad and secure a top 4 finish before applying further amendments to the squad in order to fight for the title the season after.

LOWDOWN: Man Utd linked Dortmund’s Laursen, is he worth the battle with Liverpool & Arsenal?

Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal are fighting each other off in hopes to secure the Danish Dortmund ace.

Manchester United are currently in dire need of a solid centre back, a world class midfielder, an established right winger and a 30 goal a season striker. So, who are they after? Another 20-year-old left-winger. According to reports, Solskjaer is after the prodigy that is Jacob Bruun Larsen from German side Borussia Dortmund, who clearly have a fantastic scouting regime but need to retain their star players in order to become European giants and not a feeder club.

Larsen, 20, currently plays for Dortmund having 17 starts to his name last season. The BVB boss believes that the Danish winger has a bright future ahead of him, and is keen to implement him into first-team plans more regularly throughout next season. He could potentially be a star at Manchester United, however, the talented Dane could be a star anywhere. Man Utd desperately needs to improve their squad this summer, if they want any chance of gaining top four.

The youngster was signed by Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp during his management at Dortmund, making his link to Liverpool much stronger than his links to United and Arsenal.

With Solskjaer facing the uphill battle of rebuilding the world’s most disappointing club since 2013. It seems efforts should be placed elsewhere as they have already signed the Swansea City star Daniel James, who will one day run the left-wing at Old Trafford.

Liverpool and Arsenal should be left to battle for the Dane’s signature whilst Man Utd secure more pivotal deals such as Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Pepe and Ben Yedder.

Arsenal is reportedly limited to a £45million budget this summer, and with links to Kieran Tierney, they must sell players in order to sign more than one or two promising players.

2 things Man Utd can expect from Wan Bissaka

Manchester United have sealed the £50million deal for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, what can he offer the Man Utd squad?

Speculation turned into reality as Wan-Bissaka has been officially unvieled today as a Manchester United player.

Manchester United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are heading off to Australia for their pre-season tour on July 7 2019, and with Wan-Bissaka will be joining them on the plane.

£50million is a hefty price tag for a 21 year-old defender who is yet to break through to his national side. However, here is what Wan-Bissaka can offer to Solskjaer’s red army.

Defensive Mastermind

Wan-Bissaka must be flattered that there is an ongoing argument about who is the Premier League’s greatest right-back between himself and Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold. Wan-Bissaka had a break-through 18/19 season with Crystal Palace, where he averaged an incredible 4 tackles per game, and holds an equally incredible record of winning 96% of his tackles.

As a former winger, Wan-Bissaka has admitted that it helps his defensive decisions as he tends to know what the winger he is up against is going to do. He also has a knack for forcing wingers to the outside, killing any opportunity for the winger to cut inside, making their moves all the more predictable.

On the floor football

Crystal Palace operate with very static full-backs, resulting in us not seeing much action from Wan-Bissaka taking the ball forward. However, his ability to pick out passes from the full-back position has been pivotal to the way Palace moved the ball forward. At Manchester United, it is expected that we will see him have more opportunities to run the ball forward, and using his passing abilities further up the pitch.

Our Bolton Wanderers fan Leanne wades in on the bizarre rumoured Dirk Kuyt takeover

There’s a bizarre rumour flying around that suggests Liverpool legend, Dirk Kuyt, could be in the running to buy Bolton Wanderers…

I think it’s obvious that people don’t know the truth behind this but an article has suggested that Dutch TV has interviewed a football agent, Rob Jansen. He has suggested that a number of former stars that he has represented have this dream of co-owning a team. Dirk Kuyt is apparently one of those men.

Kuyt retired from football last year following spells at Feyenoord and Fenerbahce after he left Liverpool. His former agent has spoken publicly about this possible collaboration to own a team, however, he has not revealed the team name. This has somehow now led the Dutch media to come to the conclusion that the team of interest is Bolton Wanderers. Don’t get me wrong, it’s something that isn’t impossible but I think it’s highly unlikely.

If you’ve read any of my articles before, you’ll know that I am a Bolton fan myself and this information should probably be exciting us, although I, along with many other fans are sick of hearing, ‘we’re on the verge of being taken over.’

In my opinion, potential buyers are getting involved with the club, realising how much debt we are actually in and it’s putting people off. I think most Bolton fans are tired of hearing take over rumours because we all thought, we would be a step closer to having our financial troubles taken care of by now.

We should be looking forward to a new season but it’s hard to when all you’re hearing is lots of your team leaving. Alongside next to nothing happening in return or in regards to the off the pitch problems, which are beyond our control.

I appreciate that Bolton representatives are telling fans that the deal shouldn’t be rushed and I agree. I just think it has been going on for so long and it is getting frustrating. Personally, I’m not sure about this story, why would someone like Dirk Kuyt want to own a team like us as his first ‘big investment’ when he would have to settle millions of pounds worth of debt? If it does happen, fair play, I hope it works out. I just want all the problems behind the scenes to have some control taken over them sooner rather than later.

Wan-Bissaka done, now time for Man Utd to wrap up Sporting Lisbon ace

We are one Man Utd Twitter post away from seeing Wan-Bissaka in a red shirt, next up: Bruno Fernandes.

According to reports, Wan-Bissaka will shortly be announced as a Manchester United player, after Crystal Palace accept a bid in the £50million region.

We have seen the poor negotiation tactics from the Man Utd board as this deal has taken several weeks, if not months, to complete. With Manchester United beginning pre-season in two weeks time, deals must be done quickly to ensure a successful start to the season.

Manchester United still need to bring in a centre-back, a centre-midfielder and a right-winger in order to separate them from clubs battling for the sixth position in the Premier League. Should Pogba and Lukaku part from the club, another central-midfielder and a striker would be necessary also; a total of five further signings, six including Fernandes, that need to be completed as soon as possible.

Should Manchester United successfully establish a confident and consistent defence partnered with ferocious and passionate attacking players. We could see remnants of what made the Red Devils one of the world’s most feared, and revered football teams in world football under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Bruno Fernandes currently plays for Sporting Lisbon, where he achieved 32 goals and 18 assists in his 2018/19 campaign with the Portuguese giants. This 24-year-old attacking-midfielder could transform Manchester United’s inability to pick out their forward man and sink the ball into the back of the net.

Manchester United managers have been made promises by Ed Woodward in the past and have been let down, the most extreme example being with Jose Mourinho. By the start of the 19/20 campaign, we will see if Woodward has finally realised that his approach to the club over the past years, has been a huge betrayal and embarrassment to the kings of English football.

Bruno Fernandes has reportedly caught the eyes of Spurs and Liverpool also, who can offer him one thing that United cannot; Champions League Football.

The majority of Man Utd fans know how to close the gap on their rivals, more than the boardroom

Manchester United are currently at a similar level to Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal. Here is how they can catch up to Liverpool and Man City before they slip down to Everton, Watford and Leicester.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an inexperienced manager in one of the most powerful seats in world football, safe to say he has a job on his hands. With arguably the only world-class outfield player in the squad, Paul Pogba, wanting a move away from the most successful football team in English football, Solskjaer’s job becomes even harder.

Unfortunately for Manchester United fans, it seems the majority of them know what’s best for the club, more than the boardroom at Old Trafford do. Many have been calling out for a Director of Football for many years, and Ed Woodward has only recently been reported to be considering options for the position.

The upcoming season could foreshadow the foreseeable future for Manchester United, and certainly Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

So here is a three-point plan the club must adopt, in order to surpass the likes of Spurs and Chelsea and challenge their arch-nemeses Liverpool and City…

Director of Football

Manchester United fans have been calling out for someone who understands the game more than Ed Woodward, to be in charge of who steps out onto the field at Old Trafford. Recent signings such as Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez, amongst others, have proven to be terrible signings for the side in terms of both football and finance.

If Manchester United can correctly recruit the right players, they can build a title challenging side as Manchester City did. With a Director of Football, the club can adopt a certain and solid structure, which would surely translate to better performances on the pitch.

This is not Pogba FC

Football players being above the manager is a real concern in the game. We have heard Unai Emery mention how displeased he was at PSG where Neymar gets what he wants. It is a similar case for Manchester United, as Pogba successfully turned Manchester against the world’s most prolific manager; Jose Mourinho. Manchester United need to develop a hard-working team, emphasis on team. Just like the Sir Alex Ferguson days, where players like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and even Pogba himself were shown the door if they stepped out of line.

Cut down the dead wood

Most Manchester United fans agree that many players in the club are not good enough to be in the starting 11, for a team who want to challenge for the title. Solskjaer has to stick to his word and be ‘ruthless’ with squad selections next year. Many fans will be sick to the stomach of the likes of Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Matic etc start in more than 20 Premier League games next season. This may require investment to bring in the correct players to take over positions where Manchester United lack quality, meaning that the vastly despised owners of Man Utd need to get into gear and correctly invest in the club.

Liverpool and Man Utd set eyes on promising target Junior Firpo

Real Betis are open to offers for their 22-year-old left-back Junior Firpo, Manchester United and Liverpool are leading the race for him.

Both Manchester United and Liverpool have their eyes on Junior Firpo, whilst he is currently partaking in the under 21 Euros for Spain.

Last season, Firpo proved his place in Real Betis as the young full-back enjoyed 29 games, getting himself 3 goals and 5 assists in all competitions. Compared to Luke Shaw’s 1 goal and 5 assists over 40 appearances last season in all competitions.

Firpo has 34 career games in the left-midfield position and 12 career games at centre-back. Which not only demonstrates his versatility, but also his ability to attack and defend, an important trait needed in Premier League full-backs.

Manchester United and Liverpool are both seeking the left-back in order to provide support and competition to the men who start in that position for each club; Luke Shaw and Andy Robertson.

However, Liverpool may be willing to out-spend Man Utd on this occasion as, according to Liverpool Echo, Liverpool aren’t set for huge signings with ‘Klopp happy to merely tweak a squad‘ that won the Champions League last season. Whereas with Manchester United, Solskjaer and his fans in red are hoping for a huge £200million overhaul of their currently failing squad, meaning there may be other priorities for him and his budget.

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