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23 Jul 2016 11:35:54
I for One am a little optomistic with the signings so far.

For an age now we have had midfielders who don't score enough goals and are not direct and quick enough (Gerrard excluded), I think Klopp has seen this first hand last season and has acted on it.

Mr Ferguson and the old Liverpool managers always bought players who could make the transition from defense to counter attack as quick as possible and used midfielders who had an eye for a goal.

With the players we have, added to the ones we are getting we may have a great balance of speed and goals. Losing Lucas, Allen, Ibe, and possibly Lallana or Milner, all of whom are not particularly quick and who don't score many goals. Then replacing them with Mane, Wijnaldum, and Crujic makes perfect sense. We now have options that could give us more goals and a more suited game of high press that Klopp wants.

Also the signing of Matip, Klavan and Karius could erradicate our biggest problems we have had over the past few years - Defending set pieces and ariel balls Matip looked the business in pre season and the Keeper looks much more assured than Mings.

For me all good at the moment - If we sign a good left back and get rid of the dead wood I wood be much more confident than i have since 2008.

Obviously just an opinion and let's see but I can see exactly where Klopp is coming from, makes a nice change from Bodgers buying just for the sake of it.


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23 Jul 2016 11:30:04
A bit off topic from transfers and not liverpool related but seein all the eds on this site and seein what an amazing job they all do. Just a quick question: were any of the eds on this site previous posters/ members of the site? And how did u become an ed of the site? i'm only askin this because i think some of the posters we have on the Liverpool page, most notably MK, and the insight they give would make a great ed one day. MK future ED in the making.

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{Ed001's Note - all were apart from myself and Ed033.}

23 Jul 2016 11:21:28
Hi ed's. I don't want to bore you with the same old questions as to who are we buying and selling. But I would love your opinion on the players who will be leaving us this window. Whoever they are, why were they brought on the tour to the u. s. if they will be loaned or sold in a few weeks anyway? Why explain to them our tactical set up for next season if they won't be here. Is this not a waste of time. I assume the players who will be sold/ loaned know who they are by now, so why all this travel, tactics and training with LFC.

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{Ed001's Note - they might not get sold, so you have to get them up to speed in case you do end up using them.}

23 Jul 2016 11:05:47
Max Meyer has been linked with us in the newspapers this morning, isn't he regarded as one of the best young talents in football?

Plus, he's another attacking midfielder!

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23 Jul 2016 10:15:53
One player I want us to sign is Carlos bacca. Strength, quality finisher and really aggressive in the box.

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23 Jul 2016 10:40:39
We have 4 out and out strikers - balo, studge, origi and ings. We the have mane and firmino who can fill a gap of needed. We play 1 up top week in week out. Bacca whilst a good striker is not what we need.

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{Ed002's Note - And is not going to happen. There is zero interest.}

23 Jul 2016 09:55:40
Ed01 if you are about could I get your opinion on the recent signings of Mane and Wijnaldum?

As we are clearly overloaded in these positions already along with a bloated squad. do you think there could be any sense in it?

My thoughts about this is Klopp having had last season to look at the players thinking about more goals and being clinical in the final third with the two players mentioned along with Cout's and Firminio (Spelling) .

Has he possibly considered losing Cout's hence the rash purchase of Wijnaldum?

Or could Klopp simply be looking at what he thinks he needs to toughen up out defence so we concede less and speed up our attack on the press and counter attack with players who score more goals?

Lastly. why do L'pool not just pay the amount for Chilwell

Your thoughts on this are gratefully appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

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{Ed001's Note - Mane makes sense, we needed a player like that, just have to hope he behaves. Wijnaldum only makes sense if any two of Couts, Lallana and Milner go. Otherwise it is overloading the squad again. Though I would rate him as better than Milner and Lallana, you can't just keep adding players, we need to get some out as well.}

23 Jul 2016 10:53:49
I've read Georginio played as a deep lying midfielder and was excellent in a Netherlands international.

He's versatile, but we are all assuming he's attacking replacing those players ed. could you see it as Allen and Lucas going, leaving Can, Henderson and Grujic. With Hendersons injuries and both Can and Grujic, young with inconsistent performances and Grujic new to English football. Is Georginio a potential deep playmaker, maybe?

I can also see maybe Lallana getting little game time and sold, but in Jan. Thing is both him And Milner were more consistant then the others in our midfield. I agree those are the two over Coutinho to move on. We do know Coutinho might want to leave for CL football, so GW could cover that move as well as playing deeper replacing Allen and Lucas.

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{Ed001's Note - Allen and Lucas were likely to go anyway but we also have Stewart and Branagan there that you seem to have forgotten.}

23 Jul 2016 11:08:25
No way should we allow coutinho to leave. I'd sell the entire midfield before I sold him.

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23 Jul 2016 11:10:24
Say klopp has identified upgrades on milner and lallana and can get them in now but can't move lallana or milner until jan or next summer, would ya sit with the current swuad knowing the deficiencies or just bring the players you want? I'd lean towards bringing in the players you want. We alwayd knew itd take multiple windows to get the squad right.

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23 Jul 2016 11:20:21
I hope we keep lallana as I like him as a player. My opinion only. Milner, simply because of his ludicrous wages needs to go. Both are good squad players but you can't have squad players on more money than the starting 11.

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23 Jul 2016 11:21:32
Likelyhood is that we have bought Wijnaldum before we sell on players so as clubs don't hold out for more knowing what money we have received for them and also to get him integrated and playing the way Klopp likes as quick as possible.

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23 Jul 2016 09:24:32
Lot's of posters fearing losing Coutinho. I am in agreement and if it happens, it will continue our trend of losing our best players season after season.

We need to somehow keep our best players and just add 1 or 2 quality players each season rather than a total rebuild each year!

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23 Jul 2016 09:39:10
Think we will get 1 more year out of him personally. Then if we don't get champs league he will move on.

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23 Jul 2016 10:23:09
Listen, winning things didn't stop the likes of Alonso leaving.

Who could blame Coutinho of one of Spains big teams bid for him?

I wouldn't blame the lad, and Liverpool would be rewarded handsomely.

Let it go as there are more attractive teams out there.

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23 Jul 2016 10:55:02
Davey alonso was pushed out the door by rafa.

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23 Jul 2016 10:55:53
Agree I could see one more year and then if no top four, I wouldn't blame him to be honest.

We will stop selling our best when we consistently finish with CL football and/ or trophies. I think under Klopp we really have the best chance to achieve this.

If we lose Pip then it will be his loss in the long run, IMO.

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23 Jul 2016 11:11:08
If there is nothing actually negative going on, trust liverpool fans to get worried about negative news that hasn't happened.

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23 Jul 2016 11:12:07
Rafa was one of the biggest reasons Alsonso left.

Whilst I agree, he would do better by moving, that's not my point, so there''s no need to let go of anything Davey.

If you you look at the top teams that have continued success, they tend to keep their best players and build with quality.

Our strategy for the last decade or more has been to sell our best players and replace with average, with the odd exception.

With this strategy we will continue to be left behind, sorry pal but history dictates.

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23 Jul 2016 11:21:32
Coutinho won't be leaving. He is holding out for a move to Barcelona and at the moment, they won't be making a move this summer.

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23 Jul 2016 11:26:09
Alonso left because benitez wanted Gareth barry instead of him for some reason.

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23 Jul 2016 09:10:54
Eds reds seeing more rumours about lucas leaving. Surely we need to sign a replacement if this is true. My only concern over lucas is a lack of pace . Are the medal rumours true? Left back? Chilwell out of the picture now? Amavi? Is there nobody else - besides hector- we could sign?

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{Ed002's Note - All of these questions have been dealt with Stevie.}

23 Jul 2016 08:59:45
So Allen on his way out ibe gone mane and wijnaldum in suppose in a sense total spendings roughly 30 million for replacing those to and we added better players the markets tough these days give klopp our faith.

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23 Jul 2016 09:30:37
Last season there were just 6 midfielders to score double figures.

Mahrez 17
Mane 11
Wijnaldum 11
Sigurdsson 11
Delle Alli 10
Firmino 10

We now have 3 of those top 6 goal scorers from midfield, who if they just match their previous seasons should be looking to bag about 30 goals. Not to mention Coutinho who may yet stay and got 8 goals despite missing nearly a third of the league games last season.

Klopp is building a team to win games, and you do that by scoring. We've had all these hard workers and technically gifted midfielders who run about a lot looking good, but rarely influence the score line (Allen, Milner, Can, Henderson, Lallana etc) . Can and Hendo do enough in the deeper positions to justify their place in the team, but the other 3 really do not. Wijnaldum signals (to me) the end of the culture at this club where we try and play the perfect game only to grossly fail, and the start of an era where we just play it simple and focus on scoring rather than possession.

There was just 4 months under Brendan where we stopped worrying about possession and actually went for the throat. And that was the second half of the 13/ 14 season where we nearly won the league. Football is a simple game not worth over complicating. Score more goals than your opponent and you will win.

All this possession nonsense in recent years is boring now. In theory it is beneficial to have all of the ball, but if you fill your team with players who try primarily not to lose the ball, you lose any attacking impetus. Not to mention the fact it is boring. Obviously you need quality players so you don't get dominated, but ultimately you need to have game changers. All we've had in recent years is Coutinho. But now with Mane, Wijnaldum, a settled Firmino and hopefully a fit Sturridge, we are not just sitting in hope that Coutinho is having a good day! The beauty of it is that Mane, Coutinho and Firmino in particular are all players who will work hard despite also being of match winning quality. If Klopp can get Sturridge and Wijnaldum to match the work rate of those 3, we will be a force to be reckoned with. Winning possession back high up is pointless if it is Lallana, Milner and Allen winning it, as they don't do anything with it. We now have 5 attacking players all capable of scoring double figures. Coutinho is the only one who didn't last season and weirdly you could argue he is the best player amongst them! Even if we don't hold on to him, we still have goals galore in that attack.

I am really excited to see us play now. This season is full of promise if you ask me. So 100% agree. Give Klopp your faith guys!

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23 Jul 2016 09:53:18
Nice positive post for a change, I agree the starting team looks much stronger now and we look like breaking even once allen, benteke, balotelli are sold. Good business.

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23 Jul 2016 10:44:47
Absolutely spot on, Adam. Thanks as always for the insight.

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23 Jul 2016 10:55:21
100% agree MK.

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23 Jul 2016 10:58:56
MK, great post very inspirational and totally agree. Klopp is the coach we all wanted and you've reminded us of a big reason we wanted him. He knows how to win and how to win with bigger better teams in the league.

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23 Jul 2016 08:58:44
Surely we have too many midfielders guys 😕 I hope it's not cover for Coutinho 🙈.

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