Liverpool FC #1 - Pre-Season & Transfers
After being unveiled to the fans and press, Liverpool FC's rookie new manager Elegant Scoop began preparations for the season ahead. Having to bat off journalist and fans' doubts about his ability was tough, but he was ready. Scoop was looking to adopt a 4-3-3 formation with a DM and Wingers.
Pre Season was decent, Scoop arranged a friendly tournament at Anfield which would be named the Profit Cup. He invited Dortmund, Bayern, and PSG to take part.
Here's how it went:
So, a decent pre-season. The battering from PSG was tough, but a red card early in the game did not help matters. Good wins against Milan and Roma were important to get confidence back amongst the squad.
On to the Transfers. I was happy enough with our squad as it was, but after being given a transfer kitty of £112m, I was keen to strengthen. Despite having lots of good options in the middle of the park, I decided that a top quality Central Midfielder was what the team needed. After a small bidding war, Marco Verratti was signed for £81m. Good business? We'll have to find out.
With most of the budget spent on the Italian, I decided to sell Simon Mignolet to Zenit for £15m. With Karius, Ward and Bogdan, I felt we had enough cover between the sticks.
This sale enabled us to spend another £40m, and we did just that. Nabil Fekir was signed from OL for £35m. A bargain in my eyes, and a solid rotation option. Against smaller teams I'm looking to play a 4-2-3-1, and Fekir would be our best option at AMC.
Here's the transfers in full:
Fixtures for next update:
So, a very tough start in the Premier League. A home game against Man City followed by a trip to Chelsea. Sandwiched in between is the key Champions League Playoff tie against Club Brugge. We finish the month with a home game against Rafa Benitez's Newcastle.
A baptism of fire for the new manager. Can he handle the heat? August is next.