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Name John Aldridge
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc John Aldridge is a member of the Liverpool team that dominated the 1980s

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Club as Player Liverpool FC
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2004 05 17 Retrieve

[When ask can the unbeaten record of Invicibles Arsenal ever be beaten?] I don’t think this will ever be done again. It’s a remarkable achievement. OK, they’ve been fortunate in some ways, to be knocked out of the cup competitions allowing them to concentrate on maintaining the record right to the end. You need a certain arrogance in your squad to achieve something like this. We had that at Liverpool, that inner belief that you simply are not going to be beaten

2018 01 15 Tweet

[John Aldridge has added his name to the list for former players paying tribute to Regis] So sad to hear the passing away of Cyrille Regis today.Met him a few times(lovely feller)What a great striker he was also.Respect,and Condolences to all his family

2018 02 07 Retrieve

[John Aldridge, a league champion and FA Cup winner in his two years at Anfield from 1987 to 1989, says Salah’s goalscoring form has been remarkable for a winger] If we’re going to finish top four and hopefully second or third then we need him to keep on going in the manner which he is. You know, it’s just ridiculous to see a winger score that many goals and fighting against Harry Kane of all people for the Golden Boot. Sensational. Brilliant

2018 02 07b Retrieve

[McAllister on Van Dijk] Van Dijk is a very, very good centre half and he’ll go a long way to helping us get, or trying to achieve what we want and our goals for the coming season

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[John Aldridge says Timo Werner has the potential to be an exciting addition at Liverpool] We would need another centre-half if Dejan Lovren goes but, as many have said on a number of occasions, it’s up front where we need quality back-up and that is where I would expect to see Liverpool doing some business. It’s amazing we have been able to get through the season the way we have without any significant injuries to Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino but you can’t expect to be that lucky every season. I have to say Timo Werner is the one who excites me the most when it comes to the potential targets who could be coming in. He looks to have all the attributes you would want from a striker in a Jurgen Klopp team and all the noises coming out of his camp seem to indicate that he would really like to play for Liverpool. And because of those going out of the club and off the wage bill, we will have money to balance the books so if Liverpool go out and spend £60+ million I’ve got no problem with that because it’s money generated through player sales and obviously from being successful on the pitch as well. The club have had a record-breaking year and the money will still be in the bank. Man Utd might go out and spend £200m - and to be fair they probably need to - and City have a fair bit of rejigging to do, with class players like David Silva and Fernandinho getting older but they both have a bigger job at hand than Liverpool do. We’re in the fortunate position where we can cherry-pick one or two just to build on the quality squad we’ve already got and that will give us an advantage when we finally begin the new season.

2020 05 05 Retrieve

[The former Reds striker hopes another attacker will be snapped up in the next window, allowing somebody to tread the same path that he once took] We are all hoping when the transfer market reopens Liverpool will be bringing in someone to bolster the front three.

It will be a big challenge for whoever it may be, whether that’s Timo Werner or someone else, and I can imagine how they will be feeling as I was in a similar situation when I arrived at Anfield.

Ian Rush had agreed to join Juventus in the summer of 1986 but was loaned back to the Reds for one more season so when I arrived the following January I already knew they were pretty big shoes to fill

I spent most of that first six months on the bench and only started two games … it was a frustrating time being limited to sub appearances.

I had to be patient and wait for the following season when it all came to fruition and whoever arrives in the summer will be faced with a similar situation as there’s no suggestion Salah, Mane or Firmino are going anywhere but we do very much need quality back-up.

The position Liverpool as a club are in now means whoever they bring in will be someone of top quality, with plenty of goals already under their belt and that should mean they’ve got plenty of confidence themselves.

They will be desperate to prove themselves on and off the pitch because the standards these days at Anfield have been set so high, as they were when I joined.

It is different now though in that it’s more of a squad game with rotation etc so there may not be as much pressure especially as the front three lads will most likely still be around.

Whoever Liverpool bring in will still have to deliver and will need that self-confidence but if it is Timo Werner, from what we have seen so far that is not something he’s short of!

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[John Aldridge says Jordan Henderson deserves to be named Player of the Year for 2019-20,] In my eyes there is only one serious candidate for the Player of the Year gong and that is Liverpool’s captain. The Reds have had many brilliant and consistent performers this season - we are 25 points clear at the top of the league with nine games left for heaven’s sake - but Jordan Henderson has been the stand-out one as far as I’m concerned. When you look at some of the players who we’ve been missing at various stages of the season, the impact Jordan has made in the dressing room as well as on the field has been immense. Everyone knows it took him a while to truly find his feet at Liverpool and he’s had to deal with the fact that some fans didn’t rate him. He knuckled down, worked his socks off and surely has won all the doubters over now so it will be so fitting when he is the man to lift that trophy for us once we get those final two wins we need

When you look at the team, it would be easy to think that Virgil van Dijk is the stand-out ‘skipper’ and when the big Dutchman arrived two-and-a-half years ago, many people thought it would probably be only a matter of time before he got the armband. In any other team, Van Dijk would be the captain because he’s clearly a brilliant leader as well as being a top player but the manager stuck to his guns by keeping Jordan in the role and he’s been proved absolutely right. Jordan’s rose up and raised the bar, not just for himself but for everybody in the team, and the lads around have responded to that. He deserves to be Liverpool captain and we are lucky to have him in the middle with Van Dijk behind because that gives the side an unbelievably strong spine, with the likes of [James] Milner and [Sadio] Mane and [Andy] Robertson and others all sharing similar qualities throughout the side. It’s like when you’re making a meal, you’ve got to make sure you have the right ingredients which all work together and that’s where Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s team-builders at Anfield deserve enormous credit because they have cooked up something very special at Anfield

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[John Aldridge says Liverpool & Werner are a marriage made in heaven] Liverpool and Timo Werner are a marriage made in heaven. From what I have seen of the striker, he would suit the Reds perfectly and offer a valuable option to Jurgen Klopp. He can play in every position across the front three and, in terms of his attributes, he has everything Liverpool would need. Especially his finishing. Many supporters will be watching Werner closely for the first time given the Bundesliga is the only major European league to have resumed following the suspension due to the coronavirus. And they’ll have surely been impressed by the manner in which he has already been knocking in the goals, particularly his hat-trick against Mainz at the weekend. It’s obvious Werner wants to come to Anfield. He’s talked it up enough times. And he’s right to say the way Liverpool play suits him. He would be better served moving to the Reds rather than going somewhere else such as Chelsea. Don’t get me wrong, he would be brilliant for Chelsea. But under Klopp, he could prosper even further. This is a manager who has helped improve obvious talent such as Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. For the price we could reportedly get Werner – if the release clause is triggered – it’s relatively cheap for a player of his ilk. However, the financial uncertainty will no doubt leave all clubs, Liverpool included, cautious to spend big money on players this summer. If Liverpool decide the deal is right, then I hope Werner is bought. I hope we don’t mess it up

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool forward John Aldridge has backed Werner to be a success at Anfield] Liverpool and Timo Werner are a marriage made in heaven. From what I have seen of the striker, he would suit the Reds perfectly and offer a valuable option to Jurgen Klopp. He can play in every position across the front three and, in terms of his attributes, he has everything Liverpool would need. Especially his finishing.

2020 06 22 Retrieve

[Former Reds frontman John Aldridge says Liverpool should be doing all they can to reach a loan agreement with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho] I think Liverpool should do all they can to bring him back to Anfield. I know there will be some fans out there who might be surprised by my call for Liverpool’s owners to hand Coutinho a route back to Anfield, but let me explain why I think this transfer could work for all parties. Despite his troubles in Spain, we are talking about a class player here who lit up the Premier League. He was a big hero of the Anfield faithful during his time at the club. He understands how English football works and would not need long to acclimatise if he returns to Liverpool. Crucially, this loan move could be funded within the tight financial boundaries Klopp is working with this summer

[With Klopp having already passed up the chance to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig] Liverpool’s decision to pull out of a deal to sign Werner confirmed they are short of cash after the coronavirus pandemic ripped a hole on football’s finances, but a one-year deal should be affordable. Coutinho didn’t handle his exit from Liverpool as well as he could have done. With his eagerness to complete what he saw as a dream move to Barcelona seeing him pull a few tricks to get out of the club. That left a nasty taste in the mouth, but we are heading into this summer with Liverpool openly admitting they can’t afford to sign top players. They could have a chance to get around that by getting Coutinho in on loan. Liverpool can’t afford to stand still and allow their opponents to close the gap they have opened up on the opposition in the Premier League. So that’s why I say a deal to bring Coutinho back on loan would make sense for all parties.

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[John Aldridge says Liverpool may have passed on the opportunity to sign Timo Werner but it would still come as a surprise if Jurgen Klopp does not look to land another striker in the next transfer window] We understand the reasons why they decided not to sign Timo Werner and how the manager and those around him are determined to build the right kind of squad and not go for quick fixes. The position they have got Liverpool into in recent years is absolute evidence that they deserve to be trusted but they’re not soft, they know there’s a possibility of losing [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane for a period of time next January now it looks like the Africa Cup of Nations is going to be rescheduled back to that time of the year and I just wonder whether there might be a change of heart over bringing a player or two in. We’ve got Curtis Jones who can come in for [Adam] Lallana but if [Xherdan] Shaqiri goes we will need another striker, I think. It’s not easy to improve a squad as good as Liverpool’s but Chelse, amongst others, are strengthening well and will be more competitive next season, as will Manchester United who have a great looking player in [Bruno] Fernandes and will no doubt to try attract more

When you’re ahead, you have to try and make sure you stay that one step ahead so if that means going out and getting a world-class player to enhance the squad then I would like to see us do it. There will be a couple of players who leave in the summer and, while we have high hopes for some of the young lads who clearly have big futures ahead of them, I would still like to see us get someone in. Ultimately it comes down to whether Jurgen Klopp feels the same but if he does, I’d be surprised if it didn’t happen.