23 Mar 2018 09:35:54
Hi Eds,

I've seen the posts that we have looked at lot of right backs for the summer, do you know if we have looked at Nordi Mukiele and if we hold a higher interest in him? He looks a talent, he's 6'1, strong defensively and plays CB as well. Also as you've said a centre back is not a priority in the summer who do you expect to be Virgil's partner start of next season or do you expect Klopp to keep rotating Matip and Lovren? I don't understand why it is not a priority, they both do not look at Virgil's level and so injury prone too. Personally I would buy someone older with a lot of experience because I expect Gomez to be starting CB in around 2 years as he still has a lot to learn and needs to cut the silly mistakes out. Pepe would have been perfect last season on a free but maybe Alderweireld, Benatia or Sokratis this summer?

Thanks Ed sorry for the long post! Just got going and couldn't stop haha.

{Ed001's Note - no idea about Mukiele sorry.

VVD's partner will be a case-by-case basis as Gomez will be given a few chances too.}

1.) 23 Mar 2018
23 Mar 2018 10:31:58
I don’t think Gomez is as far off being a starting centre back for us as some people think. The only mistake I’ve really seen him make more than once are judging long diagonal balls over his head to a winger.
I might be wrong but I think that’s probably due to the fact that he’s always played centre back and isn’t used to the slightly different positioning needed to deal with this type of ball. Hopefully that means once he’s in the centre he’s not going to have that problem. And if he doesn’t have that problem I’m not really sure what issues he will have?
In which case if we spend big money on a ‘top’ centre back all we’re doing is stopping Gomez getting regular game time in his preferred position. I bet as soon as he gets the opportunity to partner VVD we won’t be worried about centre back for the next 5-10 years.

2.) 23 Mar 2018
23 Mar 2018 10:10:37
Thanks for the reply Ed001. Can I ask what top 4 positions you personally would look to buy for in the summer? And maybe list realistic but quality players you would go for?

{Ed001's Note - right back, midfield and left back. Need two in midfield in my opinion. I am not going to get into doing lists on here right now mate, bit busy sorry.}

3.) 23 Mar 2018
23 Mar 2018 11:17:52
I hope you are right but the fact is Gomez hasn't played centre back this season maybe only a couple of times so I really don't think he will be able to prove himself in the position straight away - he need a to learn, make mistakes and learn from them. My point is I expect us to be challenging for the title and we need two quality centre backs especially the way we play. Matip and Lovren don't fit that, I hope Gomez learns a hell of a lot over the summer and shows himself to be that centre back that we need but there are issues with him as he is still young so I'm trying to be realistic. I rate him a lot I just think we need the quality now and allow Gomez to properly learn and gain the experience to be our next great centre back.

4.) 23 Mar 2018
23 Mar 2018 11:38:03
Xabi, completely appreciate what you’re saying. I suppose we have to hope that Klopp and the coaching staff make the right judgement as they’re in the best position to know what’s going to be best.
I’m happy to support them whatever they decide and hopefully it works out and we can challenge for the league next season!

5.) 23 Mar 2018
23 Mar 2018 11:37:59
Left back is interesting, Ed001. Do you not think Klopp should give Adam Lewis a go next season? Is he not ready yet?

Where do you stand on another player who can play across the front three in case something happens to one of the main three/ rotation/ etc.?

{Ed001's Note - I would send him on loan for more game time. We have Ox, Wilson and Woodburn to cover the front 3.}

6.) 23 Mar 2018
23 Mar 2018 11:49:35
Robbo, moreno, Gallacher, aroyyo and Adam Lewis will be pleased if we do buy another left back.

{Ed001's Note - Moreno out I was thinking.}

7.) 23 Mar 2018
23 Mar 2018 15:04:32
I don’t see CB as a priority, Lovren has been good bar one game next to VVD, up to Gomez to take that spot from him. Buying another CB will mean Gomez will have to go as he’s not a right back, he’s been good at covering but he needs games at CB to kick on with his career.

8.) 23 Mar 2018
23 Mar 2018 18:51:36
I also don't see CB as priority, we're ok there, for now. I think in time we do need another top CB incoming but it's not absolutely needed as much as other positions.

A few months ago I'd of put GK at my #1 position needing an upgrade but now I wouldn't, Karius has impressed me and he deserves his time. We have Keita incoming, I'd be delighted if we got another top CM and RB. I just have no idea what top RB's could be available? But should we get a good one in then it'd be also great to see TAA in the midfield, he's made for it.

9.) 24 Mar 2018
24 Mar 2018 08:30:41
2 midfielders in plus Keita. Can out, lallana out, Milner out (unfortunately) . If they need time to settle - midfield of hendo, Gini and ox isn't bad in the mean time.