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Liverpool fans not happy with the direction the club is headed



Liverpool fans not happy with the direction the club is headed

A sign that the banter era is returning to Liverpool? Fans are seriously not happy with the club’s latest announcement.

Liverpool fans have expressed their displeasure following the club’s announcement of their retained list for the upcoming season.

The announcement, which confirmed the departures of notable players such as Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip, has sparked a backlash, particularly over the decision to offer a contract extension to veteran goalkeeper Adrian.

Thiago Alcantara, who joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich in 2020, made 98 appearances and contributed to the team’s FA Cup triumph during his tenure. Joel Matip, a stalwart in the Reds’ defense since 2016, played over 200 matches, scoring 11 goals and helping secure seven trophies, including the Champions League and Premier League titles.

Alongside these high-profile departures, the club also announced the release of several academy players, including Adam Lewis, Melkamu Frauendorf, Mateusz Musialowski, Nathan Giblin, Francis Gyimah, Luke Hewitson, Niall Osborne, and Cody Pennington. However, contract offers have been extended to academy goalkeepers Jacob Poytress and Reece Trueman, as well as to first-team keeper Adrian.

Adrian, who has made 26 appearances for Liverpool since joining from West Ham United in 2019, has received a contract extension offer, a decision that has infuriated a section of the fanbase. Many fans took to social media to voice their discontent, questioning the rationale behind retaining the Spanish goalkeeper.

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One disgruntled fan on X, formerly known as Twitter, exclaimed, “How does Adrian keep getting away with this?”

Another added, sarcastically writing;

“It is the year 2035 – Adrian, aged 48, is offered a contract extension as 3rd GK for Liverpool. He has last played a game more than 20 years ago but is considered a positive member of the team.”

Critics also pointed out the non-homegrown status of Adrian, with one fan stating, “He does take one spot for a non-HG player.” Another fan expressed their frustration, “Not Adrian. Sorry, but he should be replaced by a HG keeper.”

The sentiment was echoed by others who are more concerned about the club’s strategic priorities. “I don’t know how to feel about Adrian’s contract extension,” wrote one fan. “Anyway, please focus on signing DM and defense. Let’s not wait to panic-buy when it is too late.”

The uproar underscores a broader unease among Liverpool fans about the club’s current direction and transfer strategy.

While the decision to extend Adrian’s contract is defended by some for his experience and positive influence within the squad, many fans are eager to see reinforcements in other critical areas of the team as they prepare for the new season.