It’s not a new story, but the Daily Mirror is reporting again today that Liverpool want Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini.
Fab Coloccini – Liverpool interested
It seems that Newcastle have players that take Kenny Dalglish’s fancy, as the Liverpool manager has already signed Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique for a combined £41M this year.
With Colo’s contract running out in just over 18 months on Tyneside, another ridiculous bid from the Liverpool club, could see owner Mike Ashley tempted to sell the Newcastle captain.
There was even news a week or two ago that Kenny fancied Ryan Taylor, and was willing to pay up to £10M for the Newcastle utility player.
While we could believe that Kenny would like a skilled utility player like Ryan Taylor on Merseyside, we don’t think there was much truth in the news he would pay £10M for him – but there again Liverpool could surprise us all once again.
And everybody talks about what a great manager Kenny is, but he was an absolute disaster at Newcastle back in 1997-1998.
Dalglish took over Newcastle from Kevin Keegan in January of 1997, and had Newcastle finish 2nd top that season, but in the following season, Newcastle were fighting relegation and they finally finished in 14th position.
That was the worst position Newcastle had ever been in the Premier League at that time, after the Entertainers had been flying high under Keegan, and then Newcastle Chairman Shepherd sacked Dalglish in August of 1998.
The new news today in the Mirror is that Liverpool’s Director of Football, Damien Comolli, has been watching the Newcastle captain, and the Liverpool club have built up a dossier on the Argentine International.
It appears that 33-year-old Jamie Carragher is ready to call it quits, maybe even at the end of this season, and certainly the Liverpool defense is their biggest weakness.
If Liverpool do make a bid for the Argentine captain, who turns 30 years old in January, it would need to be a very big offer to tempt Newcastle, who are currently in negotiations with the Argentine to extend his contract on Tyneside.
While we would like to think that Newcastle would simply not sell their captain and best player, sadly, we know that every player has their price in the way Mike Ashley runs the club.
And we saw that with James Milner, who left in August of 2008 for £12M to Aston Villa, and with Andy Carroll last January when the Magpies accepted £35M from Liverpool, so we know that if the bid gets big enough, Newcastle will sell.
We’d like to think this story is paper talk, but there may be some truth in it, since center-back is hardly a strength of the Liverpool defense, as Andy Carroll so aptly demonstrated in Newcastle’s 3-1 win at St. James Park last December, in Alan Pardew’s first game.
The Liverpool defense that day simply couldn’t handle Andy in that game, which is probably one of the reasons they came after him just weeks later.
But let’s be clear, to lose Fabricio Coloccini to Liverpool in January would be very, very hard to take.
For the record, Liverpool are currently 4 points behind Newcastle in the league after 9 games played, and with an inferior goal difference.