‘Liverpool don’t need £100m signings’

first_imgLiverpool have no need to go and sign a player for £100 million ($127m) this summer, says John Barnes, with Jurgen Klopp requiring only minor tweaks to a squad that could do with greater depth.The Reds have invested heavily in recent transfer windows.Record-breaking moves for the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have been sanctioned, allowing Klopp to piece together a side capable of challenging for Premier League and Champions League honours. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The German tactician has admitted that more funds will be required in order to keep pace with domestic and continental rivals, but Barnes is not convinced that ready-made starters are needed.The former Reds midfielder told The Liverpool Offside: “I actually feel the opposite. I’m looking for something exciting but not necessarily anything new.“Last season we needed players like Virgil van Dijk and Alisson to come into the team to be the main pieces in the squad and maximise the potential we had.“This year, I don’t think there are any players who will be coming in to take the place of [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino, or Van Dijk, so instead what we need to do is supplement the squad.“I don’t think we’re going to go out and get a player for £100m to go straight into the team, but we don’t need that.”Mohamed Salah Sadio Mane Liverpool 2018-19Barnes added: “But there are players out there who can improve the next nine or 10 players after that, which is a relatively easier thing to do.“Our current rivals, even City included, currently need a few players to improve the first XI and there aren’t that many players out there like that. We don’t need that and we’re just looking for players to improve the squad.”Liverpool have acquired several world-class talents, but Barnes believes collective spirit is of greater importance to Klopp and his team than boasting the supposedly best players on the planet.The ex-England international said: “The identity on the pitch is clear.“No matter how we feel about the players in the team, there is a certain dynamic and profile that they fit under Jurgen Klopp.“The likes of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are fantastic players, Liverpool under Klopp don’t want players like that. We have a team where we don’t have the best players as much as we need and have players who fit into the system Klopp has put in place.“The teams I played for had that similar clear understanding of our identity but it’s also apparent that we also haven’t seen that in the last 15 years at the club.“The club, the city, the fans have clear expectations of the effort and desire they want to see from this team and that’s the difference between the Liverpool team that you see now and the teams in the last 10-15 years.”Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Its cool to love cats at CatConLA Event allows fans to mingle

FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, actor Jack McBrayer poses at the world premiere of the film “Cooties” during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. The pets that are made into Internet memes and star in clickable videos will draw crowds and celebrities to the first-ever CatConLA On June 6-7, 2015, in Los Angeles. At the event, famous feline Lil Bub will rub up to Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory” and McBrayer of “30 Rock” as panelists and vendors entertain or offer free swag. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File) by Sue Manning, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2015 2:18 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email It’s cool to love cats at CatConLA: Event allows fans to mingle with famous felines, TV stars LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The online cat craze is stepping into the real world.The pets that are made into Internet memes and star in clickable videos will draw crowds and celebrities to the first-ever CatConLA this weekend. As many as 10,000 visitors are expected at the cat lovers’ version of ComicCon, the comic book fest that attracts flocks of costumed fans.At the event, famous feline Lil Bub will rub up to Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory” and Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock” as panelists and vendors entertain or offer free swag.Seminars feature Simon Tofield, who created “Simon’s Cat,” an animated YouTube series about a mischievous fat cat and his owner Simon, and Lil Bub, whose big eyes and perpetually wagging tongue power a popular YouTube channel. They, along with cat lovers Bialik and McBrayer, will also do meet-and-greets.There are more than 100 vendors, including PetSmart Charities, which will have artists drawing visitors the way they would look if they were cats. Sponsors also will provide participants with nail art of cats.Dozens of adoptable cats and kittens from six Los Angeles shelters will also be on hand.Organizer Susan Michals says 65,000 square feet is devoted to felines and their followers and she hopes attendees will embrace the ComicCon trend of dressing up.But, you cannot bring your cat — the crowds and strange noises would likely be a catastrophe.“They just wouldn’t dig it here,” Michals said.___If you go:— CatConLA, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets required, www.catconla.com . read more