Jan Molby

  • Liverpool have forgotten about Luis Suarez already

    Life after Luis Suarez doesn’t look anywhere near as bleak as some were making out after Liverpool's fantastic 4-0 friendly win over Borussia Dortmund. There will never be another Suarez, but Brendan Rodgers has found enough exciting players to fill the gap and compensate, and in Coutinho they have a player of rare quality.

    People were worried about how Liverpool would cope with the loss of such a brilliant player but it’s been proven that the good times are set to continue. Against Dortmund they were just relentless. It was just like watching last season's performances all over again, and

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  • Wembley clash looks more significant for Arsenal

    I think I played in six Charity Shields (as it used to be called) with Liverpool and back then it was treated more seriously than it is today.

    It used to be considered a recognised trophy to win. It was not viewed as a pre-season friendly but rather the first game of the season and a chance to get back to winning ways.

    However, on Sunday, while I think Manchester City and Arsenal will both field strong teams and look to win the match, I also expect both sides to use the maximum amount of substitutes allowed.

    The game to me feels a little bit more important for Arsenal. It was curious to see

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  • Four players Man Utd must cull – and one who should survive

    Louis van Gaal said he would inform his Manchester United players which of them are free to leave the club after the friendly against Liverpool, but I think he will have made his mind up a long time ago.

    [VAN GAAL SET FOR SHOWDOWN TALKS]

    The papers have been full of speculation as to which names will be for the chop, so here’s my pick of four players who need to go, and one who should have a stay of execution.

    NANI: OUT

    I just think he is too inconsistent for a top club. He has the ability but it just appears that he doesn’t want it badly enough. He wants to do a few stepovers and a few

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  • Can Bony be Liverpool’s solution following Remy collapse?

    It is game over for Loic Remy’s move to Liverpool.

    The secrecy that shrouds the modern game means we don’t know exactly why the transfer collapsed, but whether it’s this alleged heart defect or something else, the finality to the collapse of his £8.5 million move from QPR means Liverpool will turn their eyes to other targets.

    It’s a shame because Remy fit the bill perfectly – strong, excellent hold-up play, a natural finisher and a proven Premier League pedigree. All for a relatively low price. It could have been the bargain of the summer.

    I think it’s a really difficult one for Liverpool. I’m

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  • Why Chelsea are winning the battle of the transfer window

    It’s not every year that you see pretty much all of the Premier League’s big-hitters, as it were, make such swift moves in the summer transfer window.

    One or two is normal, but all of last season’s top four – plus seventh-placed Manchester United, who many expect to return swiftly to the mix under Louis van Gaal – have wasted little time in recruiting significant additions and replacing outgoing talent.

    What makes it more interesting is that they’ve all gone about it in slightly different manners, too.

    Champions Manchester City, for instance, have had their summer moves restricted by UEFA

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  • Liverpool should hold back some cash and think long term

    Jan Molby is confident Liverpool will soon be able to attract players like Marco Reus – just not in this transfer window.

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    Some Liverpool fans seem to be frustrated by the club's transfer dealings this summer, thinking the club need to sign at least one big superstar player.

    As a football fan, what you always want is for your team to go out and get bullet proof players; superstars who have proved it at the highest level for a number of seasons.

    Liverpool's signings in the last three of four years have never been from that top shelf. Some have improved and got to that level, others haven't,

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  • The Man Utd identity crisis Louis van Gaal must solve

    The biggest, most pressing issue Louis van Gaal must address as he takes charge of Manchester United is one of identity.

    When Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge it was a given that United possessed a distinct identity that you could readily associate with them, but last year, under David Moyes, they lost that and now they approach the new season without a clear style.

    We have no idea how they are going to play; the style and formation United will adopt are currently mysteries to us all. So that must be Van Gaal’s main job, and I believe it is a task he will take on quickly. Even in the first 10

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  • Arsenal have been waiting a decade for a player like Khedira

    Arsene Wenger has realised that to make his team better he has to finally address the weaknesses that have plagued Arsenal for almost a decade, and the prospective signing of Sami Khedira would certainly do that.

    For 10 years, you have needed convincing about Arsenal. When they are at their best you know they can live with any team in the world. You don't worry about them. But they are always capable of imploding, as they did at Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City last season.

    [BRASSELL: WHY GERMANY'S WORLD CUP WIN WAS SO FITTING]

    Capturing Khedira from Real Madrid would be a huge step in

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  • Germany have better players, and work better as a team. But will they win the World Cup final? You just don't know.

    Joachim Loew's side have really played themselves into form over the course of this tournament. Guys like Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos have been outstanding, and now Philipp Lahm is back at full-back the team looks much better balanced than it did in the opening few games.

    [MOURINHO SLAMS THIRD-FOURTH PLAY-OFF]

    On top of that they have, in Manuel Neuer, a man who is the best goalkeeper in the world. And by some distance.

    But I still think the match will be incredibly tight. World

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  • Why Liverpool must be wary of Dejan Lovren’s antics

    Jan Molby fears Dejan Lovren's lobbying to move from Southampton to Liverpool could backfire on the Reds

    There’s no two ways about it: Dejan Lovren’s methods in trying to force through a move from Southampton to Liverpool aren’t condonable and aren’t professional.

    It is an affront to the club who gave him his chance in England, and who expected that a four-year contract means that for four years, the decision as to whether to cash in or not was theirs. That is how contracts in football are supposed to work, at least.

    Not only that, but Liverpool fans shouldn’t exactly be accepting of this

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