Can signing Kyriakos Papadopoulos backfire for Liverpool?

Can signing Kyriakos Papadopoulos backfire for Liverpool?


Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Liverpool continue to be linked with versatile FC Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos as Brendan Rodgers seeks to solve his defensive problems, created through the retirement of Jamie Carragher.

Kolo Toure has been secured as a free agent after his contract expires with Manchester City and a bid for Alex Pearce of Reading remains in the pipelines and the capture of the 21-year-old defender would seemingly end the club’s needs for defensive reinforcements.

However, Papadopoulos has a personality which may cause Liverpool to throw caution to the wind over a possible move.

“They admire his bravery but also worry that he might be a little mad. This is something the management also worry about,” said Philipp Selldorf, Schalke correspondent for Süddeutsche Zeitung.

He’s an undoubtedly talented player but if he’s going to cause problems in terms of club harmony and team spirit then Brendan Rodgers may decide he’s a risk not worth taking.

“My view is that he will be Greece’s captain in the next five or six years, although if you asked Papadopoulos he would probably tell you he is ready to be captain now,” said Drakoularakos a writer with Sport 24, Greece’s largest sport website.

It contrasts nicely with the situation of Luis Suarez who continues to be linked with a big money move to Real Madrid this summer.

Luis Suarez

Some Liverpool supporters will feel that Suarez creates more problems than he solves with his on field behaviour, which he’s previously blamed on his upbringing in Uruguay.

Suarez has drawn Liverpool plenty of negative criticism during his time at the club, mostly due to his racial abuse of Patrice Evra last season and when he bit Branislav Ivanovic during a game this season.

His departure would allow Rodgers to create a perfect, idealistic football club based around respectable young players mixed in with experience from players who embody the history of Liverpool.

It therefore makes it puzzling as to why Liverpool would gamble on a player who has a history of authority problems in Papadopoulos.

There is nothing wrong with self belief but it’s when that starts to cross a line that it will become a problem for Rodgers.

“He just sits there looking frustrated and down, and that has sometimes affected his decision making; made his tackling more wild,” added Selldorf.

Rodgers showed last season with Martin Skrtel that he’s not afraid to make big changes and drop players in his defence.

If he mistreats Papadopoulos in the eyes of the Greek star, then he could makes Rodgers’ life very difficult which contradicts all of the good work he’s trying to do at the club.

If Rodgers wants to retain the respect of his players and the fans then he can’t allow himself to be intimidated into making changes, which come as a result of Papadopoulos’ poor behaviour.

It’s a difficult one to judge for Liverpool because on the one hand they could lose their star player and the problems that come along with him, only to use some of that cash to buy someone who could just as easily be sent off as he could put in a man of the match style performance.

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Lewis Doe is a freelance sports writer and editor who has been working in the industry for over three years. Lewis graduated from a degree in journalism at City University, London in the summer of 2009. Lewis has worked for some of the biggest football opinion and news sites in the world including FootballFanCast and International.


  1. Papadopolous may be crazy, but he’s not stupid (in contrast to Suarez, who is both).

    Also Pap would immediately become their best CB. Intense personalities aren’t bad if they are defending the right things.

  2. Wow, those comments on papadopoulos from Philipp and Stavros look familiar….on yes, they come for the piece I wrote on papadopoulos for the Guardian this week. I have no issue with you quoting my work mate but can you next time please credit where it came from. Very, very poor of you not to do so.

  3. Ok, so I’ve just seen that the quotes do in fact link to my piece. My sincere apologies, I owe you a pint and a pie.

    • Sachin, they’re quotes. I notice that you haven’t given credit to whatever article you took them off. I highly doubt that you personally interviewed the people you quoted in your article. Very, very hypocritical for you to whine about this.

      • First of all NIck, I’ve apologised for saying the quotes in the above piece were not credited to the Guardian. Secondly – I DID interview Philipp and Stavros personally. If you don’t believe me, make contact with themselves and check. I believe both are on twitter.

        Quite incredible actually that you would make your above judgement without first checking how I go about writing pieces. For your information – if I ever did take quotes from another article, I would directly source them. In truth,that is what should have happened in this instance, but I’m happy that the quotes at least link to my piece.

        Seriously Nick, I have no idea who you are or what your background is so I wont make any judgements about you, but I would suggest you check your facts before insulting me. Totally clueless and ignorant comment on your part, and unlike me, I don’t expect you ll apologise. Now that IS poor.

  4. let me tell u about this guy some times he acts little crazy butif your are talking about this defending qualities i m sure he is one of the best 3 defenders in bundesliga behind hummels and subotic.

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