FSG will make funds available for summer transfers, according to reports. There is a catch here, however. . . This comes from The Times. They claim that FSG are ready to make funds available for Liverpool this summer. . . Even without Champions League football, theyll put a budget on the table to get things done. They wont tighten the purse strings, nor will they back away from the drive for success. . . Their mentality is apparently that this season is an anomaly. The unique campaign, with a compact schedule and no fans, doesnt help. The injury crisis, too, is seen as a one-off. . . Thus their commitment remains and they have no plans whatsoever of slowing down. But there is a catch. . FSG entirely blame the injury crisis and weird season, it seems. They believe having Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson back will fix things. . . So while funds are available, theyre not there for a mass overhaul of the playing squad. Its very much business as normal. The funds are there for signings but Liverpool dont have the option of tearing things up and trying something new. . . What RTK has to say. This is a sensible approach and a big risk at the same time. Liverpool probably dont need a mass overhaul. The returning stars probably will fix things and put everything back to normal. . . Probably. . . There is that chance they just wont and that there are underlying issues that wont go away. For instance, the mentality at the club feels horrendous right now. . . Theyve won a few games away from home but zero at Anfield. They cant even score a home goal. . . Van Dijk wont fix that on his own. Thatll take something else. Perhaps its purely a confidence thing and that a strong XI moves things back on track. . . But it really might not be. Were worried about Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, for instance. . And if FSG are wrong, these problems will carry on into next season. They want to use the same squad with a couple of new players it might be enough but it might mean another bad season. . . Back-to-back poor seasons will hurt the club significantly. It could mean years out of the Champions League. . . Were not saying FSG should plan to overhaul the squad. But the option must be there. Things are very, very bad right now and banking on a quick-fix could prove regrettable.
Ivan Rakitic lives a sweet second stage at Sevilla. With the Seville club, the Croatian has regained prominence as well as confidence, in addition to the pleasant performance that he has always shown. An example of this is the role he enjoys with Julen Lopetegui on the Sevilla bench. A clear example was his figure during the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Barcelona, ââcomplying, of course, with the Law of the Ex, scoring the 2-0 goal.
The Croatian, in an interview with LaLiga TV, He confessed to feeling truly privileged for having shared a dressing room with players of the stature of Xavi, Iniesta or Messi during his time as a Barcelona player. âWhen I arrived at Barcelona, ââthe hunger those players had was incredible. I was lucky enough to spend a year training with Xavi, and as many with Iniesta. I learned from them on and off the fieldâRakitic noted.
âNothing was given to those people. They earned all their success. It is not a coincidence that they have won everything. Each player had a role to play. And each one did things in their own way, but always to win. In Berlin, before the Champions League (in which Rakitic scored one of the goals), we said to each other If we stick together, no one will beat us, âadded the Croatian footballer.
In turn, Rakitic wanted to reveal one of his anecdotes with Messi and what he told him once in reference to the titles that both have. âI was talking to Messi and I said You have won everything, you have scored a lot of goals. But I have won a trophy that you will never have, the Europa Leagueâ, said the now Sevilla footballer with a laugh.
On the other hand, in his interview with LaLiga TV, He also talked about his relationship with Unai Emery, with whom he coincided in one of the best times in the history of Seville. âI had a wonderful relationship with him. I think that season (2013-14) we started with 15/16 new players. We were lucky to get into the Europa League despite finishing ninth. It was important to have a coach like him, who told us that the biggest or strongest team doesnt always have to win. We believed in that philosophy and thanks to their way of working we became strong â, he pointed out.