Jeremy Spitzberg

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Season Preview: Liverpool

Friday, August 16, 2013


In
Luis Alberto - Sevilla - £6.8m (reported)
Iago Aspas - Celta Vigo - £7m
Simon Mignolet - Sunderland - £9m
Kolo Toure - Manchester City - Free

 

Out
Andy Carroll - West Ham - £15m (reported)
Peter Gulasci - Red Bull Salzburg - Free
Jonjo Shelvey - Swansea - £5m
Danny Wilson - Hearts - Free
Tyrell Belford - Released
Jamie Stephens - Released
Jamie Carragher - Retired
Michael Ngoo - Yeovil - Loan
Suso - Almeria - Loan
Conor Coady - Sheffield United - Loan
Tyrell Belford - Swindon - Free
Jack Robinson - Blackpool - Loan
Jay Spearing - Bolton - Undisclosed
Stewart Downing - West Ham - £5m

 

The Rodgers Revolution (TM)(C)(R) enters its second season, and fans will likely start judging the project sooner rather than later. Last season they rode Luis Suarez's brilliance, and newly-found finishing ability to overcome some newly typical home struggles, an inability to compete with the bigger sides, and Luis Suarez's petulance, racism, and peckishness.

 

Over the summer, they brought in more young, attacking talent to add to January signings Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Those two will have a big impact this season, and should be hot fantasy properties. Of the new players, Iago Aspas looks set to start and could be a bargain buy.

 

In defence, there's been little change. But not for lack of trying. Liverpool want a new left back and at least one more center back. They have Kolo Toure, and he will be a value play at the beginning of the season. But it is hard to imagine him being a long-term answer. For Liverpool or for fantasy managers.

 

In goal, they've replaced Pepe Reina with Simon Mignolet. The Belgian keeper kept Sunderland competitive on many occasions last season. If he can play without Reina's blunders, Liverpool will be better for the switch. That's assuming that they don't miss Reina's quick distributions, or that Mignolet can quickly learn how Rodgers expects him to play.

 

It's hard to - and possibly illegal in some jurisdictions - to write about Liverpool and not mention Steven Gerrard. he's a known commodity now, and should still be a valuable player despite a deeper position. He'll still take set pieces and penalties, but at this point there are probably better values in side.

 

Liverpool are a team that are still evolving, and will likely have more new faces in - Willian? Cissokho? - before the transfer window closes. They seem to be trending upwards, and I look for them to be fantasy staples for many managers this season.



Jeremy Spitzberg writes about fantasy soccer (football) and is a Rotoworld contributor. You can find him on Twitter @JSpitzberg.
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