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Now I'm usually wary of website news stories but this one is from the independent, a bit more reliable than most.


24 April 2002
Gérard Houllier, the Liverpool manager, is set to beat Leeds United and Newcastle United in the chase for the Feyenoord winger Brett Emerton.

Houllier has been after the Australian for a year and is now close to clinching the deal after several meetings, the pair first meeting at the Confederations Cup last year. Feyenoord allowed Emerton and his lawyers to talk to Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle last week and the player has opted for Anfield. Emerton's advisers are discussing personal terms on the move ­ although the final fee is yet to be agreed.

Liverpool would rather not pay the £10m fee being asked and negotiations between the clubs are continuing, although the signs are positive for the Anfield club. Emerton can play anywhere down the right and will give Houllier a specialist wide player on both sides of the pitch with John Arne Riise doing a similar job on the left.


Good news if he does join.
 

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From all accounts this Brett Emerton sounds a quality player, but has anyone actually seen him play? I've not, so what's the verdict guys; a right sided Harry Kewell maybe, or are we talking Jason McAteer here???

Let's hope it's the former of the two! :)
 

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I've seen a little of him (mainly channel 5 and Eurosport) looks pretty good and alot of people seem to rave about him, guess we'll have to see.

I've asked some Feyernoord fans, have to wait and see what they reckon.
 

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Although I seriously do not mind this, but I think it might be better to post this in the rumours thread. Not to discredit this newstory by any aspect, but we have a specially created thread for this in the Liverpool forum for this purpose.

Anyway, back to Brett, Liverpool has been lacking a good right-winger for a while since the departure of McManaman, and he is strictly speaking not a winger as well (or at least I do not consider him to be one). The arrival of Brett will mean that no longer will Murphy, Gerrard or Smicer (or even Heskey) be deputising on the right. But I am not too sure if playing down the wings is what GH desire and wants for the team though. Perhaps he is tinkering with the options of using the flanks to our advantage at times.

paw;)
 

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i see brett play alot
his a good midfeilder and would be a great player under a good manager
BUT
if any team should get him
it seems to be leeds
his good ol aussies pals are their
viduka, kewell:)
 

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Swiftwilly said:
i see brett play alot
his a good midfeilder and would be a great player under a good manager
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if any team should get him
it seems to be leeds
his good ol aussies pals are their
viduka, kewell:)
Hi Swiftwilly..

Well about that last comment.. with Kewell actually a transfer target for Liverpool.. (not to mention other clubs) and Viduka most likely to be sold for mega bucks to solve Leeds' money crisis.. I wouldn't say Leeds will be Aussie world next year..

Paw, we do have Barmby.. but he's sadly turning into another Jamie Redknapp with his injuries.. although I would feel that Emerton will do well.. as most of you.. I haven't seen much of him.. but the reveiws I've read are all positive..
 

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Yasir said:

Paw, we do have Barmby.. but he's sadly turning into another Jamie Redknapp with his injuries
Barmby really should be going to Japan this summer but for his injury...But that means he should be fresh for next season...

He was fantastic for us last season, esp in the UEFA cup...
 

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Are you friends with the tea lady? ;) :D
 

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paw said:
........ Liverpool has been lacking a good right-winger for a while since the departure of McManaman..........

paw;)
Don't you mean "since we had McManaman"? Am I the only one who thought McManaman was a totally overrated player who couldn't hit a barn door if he were standing in front of it? He actually makes Patrick Berger look like a crack-shot! The only disappointment I had when he left was that we got nothing for him...admittedly, I would have actually paid to get rid of him, but as it was Real Madrid who have far more money than sense, we should have been able to con them out of about £12m for him.
 

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Emerton IS NOT a winger.
He is simply a right sided DM player like Riise.
Wingers are players like Van Der Vaart, Van Der Mayde.

and Houllier, please remove Overmars from your shortlist.
Since the Liverpool victory, he had done nothing right except for one or 2 occasions.
 

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Emerton is definately not a winger. At Feyenoord, he plays as right back, but he is also great in midfield, preferably central, not even on the right although he can play there. Emerton is much better than Riise, more football qualities as technique and insight.

Mindscape, Van der Vaart is abolutely no winger. At Ajax, he played as a left midfielder in a 4-3-3 formation or behind the two strikers when playing 4-4-2. Next year he'll play behind the two strikers as Ajax looks to play 4-4-2 as well. Van der Meyde is indeed a classical winger.

If Viduka and Kewell are to stay at Leeds, wouldn't it be foolish of them to buy another Australian international, what if they are called up for an international game, then they'd lose three players? Emerton already played in Leeds' youthteam together with Kewell, but only one could stay.
 

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Emerton is much better than Riise
That'll do me, right Parry get your check book out.
 

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This is what I was hinting at when asking about Emerton. We all (me included) get excited when a player of supposed talent is linked to our club, and then proclaim the said player to be the next thing since sliced bread...when we haven't even seen the bugger play. It's the same with this Ciise fella; he's supposed to be the dog's bollox but I've not seen him play, so how can I make a judgement...

So, Emerton is not a winger after all, but infact an attacking right-back, come defensive midfielder. Makes sense if Houllier is interested, as I don't think Gerard is so keen on the idea of wingers.

If he's better than Riise then, yep, I'm with Cardiff; splosh the dosh Mr Parry!
 

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Emerton plays as a winger for Australia he is effective at right back aswell but heis not a defensive midfielder He's a right sided Riise but i rate him better than Riise.

Emerton can:
Take free kicks
run at the defence
cross a killer ball
He also has alot of pace,Skill and trickery.
He also does the odd Baggio cross where your right leg goes behind the left one and chips the ball into the area if you know what i mean.

Ive seen him play atleast 20 times as the Australian media talk him up on all of our local football shows.
 

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I have not seen Cisse play either in a full game, but I did catch the goals he scores for Auxerre in the weekly "European Football Show" programme, produced by CSI, that is if he scores. My impression of him, minus the match reports, is he is quick and his finishing is of a high standard. No wonder Europe is raving all about him.:)

About Brett Emerton, it is the same thing for me too. Quick on the right wing, but not very impressive. Not for me at least. I am partially biased since I do not have good impression of wingers.:(

paw;)
 

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Just think Emerton as a Riise. A good solid honest player (Houllier's trademark) who adds width but when we play a defensive game, he will be useful and can at least defend, unlike Smicer or some exotic winger.
 

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Yeah i think thats a pretty fair evaluation of him mindscape he can attack and defend.
 

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and Houllier, please remove Overmars from your shortlist.
Since the Liverpool victory, he had done nothing right except for one or 2 occasions.
Ah, come on....tell me which recent match he performed badly! :eek: Against Real also, he was one of the better Barca players on the pitch......
Houllier, buy Overmars ASAP! :devil: :D
 

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Overmar can cause a lot of problem in the left. He passes and crosses well but his shoot is not good.

But he seems a "one half" player, he plays well in the first half and invisible in the second half, normally to be substituted. He is tired or the defender is similiar with his style? Another thing, he rarely goes inside. Maybe under Hou's coaching, he will improve. I think he is a good buy.

But I think Kluivert is not suitable for us. We have many top strikers (Owen, Heskey, Barros, Lit), who will be on the bench if we have another? Not giving Barros a change is a waste.
 
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