Bilic determined to buy game changers


bilic_main_3437996b-large_transpjliwavx4cowfcaekesb3kvxit-lggwcwqwla_rxju8Slaven Bilic is determined to bring in players who will “make a difference ” this summer.

The manager is planning for Liverpool today knowing that thus far this season only one of his squad – Manu Lanzini – can genuinely fit into that category.

But he is determined to see that change declaring:  “We’ve got to get players who can make a difference.”

In the case of the Argentinian playmaker, a longer contract may well be on the cards with the manager adding: “We have a chairman who says: ‘Show me, and I will give you a contract.’”

That has already been proven with the likes of Aaron Cresswell and Antonio being offered new deals after performing well in the side.

Among those who could help the cause are Jermain Defoe but only it looks as a back-up striker with the manager saying: “Defoe is a very interesting player – even those big clubs are thinking about him as back-up. But this is home.”

A clause in his contract means Defoe will be a free agent this summer.

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  • doc66 says:

    Pleeeeeeeeeease no Defoe. Bring the youngsters through. I don’t think we need to bring back this old Judas fossil.

    I like the idea of Batshuyai with perhaps Bony as back up and then the fringe youngsters – Fletcher, Martinez, Samuelson, Holland to fill the bench and get minutes at the end of games to see them out.

    I see Sigurdson from Swansea has been mentioned a lot. Would be a good addition and cover for Lanzini but again – Josh Cullen, Burke & Quina can beef up the midfield option.

    Still not 100% sold on Zabaleta coming in as RB. I just see injuries 6/7 games in to the season and 100k a week??? Really??. All the news about Malcuit coming in as RB has been quiet for a few months now but i see someone like that as the better option. We also need to get Oxford more involved this season in the back line. Keep King Arthur and look for a new goalie. All this is in my humble opinion.

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