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07 Jul 2015 02:06:06
I personally hope we do sign Benteke.

Benteke's goal record for a premier league striker is fantastic. For a striker playing in a poor villa side lacking creativity and predominantly under a poor manager in Lambert, his record looks even more impressive.

Statistics aren't everything but the fact is he scores goals. Whether he'll do that here none of us can say for sure but he's a big improvement on all of our current crop of fowards (excluding the perennially injured Sturridge).

A front three of Benteke, Sturridge and Ings with coutinho and Firmino in behind is a vast improvement over on last year and I think a forward line capable of getting us back into the top 4

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07 Jul 2015 01:02:25
This is a bit random but since I think we need another new centre back so we have any interest in Laporte from Bilboa?
He seems quite good, thanks.

{Ed030's Note - Liverpool are overrun with defenders at the minute and I doubt will be looking at any more. }

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06 Jul 2015 23:32:07
So ed what would your opinion be on bolasie

{Ed030's Note - To sum it up, effective on the ball, not so effective of it. }

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06 Jul 2015 23:01:43
Banter please.

I've been reading up on the two new members of the management team (including Ed's / ghost writer's piece) and I must say they appear to be walking the walk; I think they will be assets to us - let's hope BR listens to them as much as other managers!

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06 Jul 2015 22:19:39
Eds just a bit of a different post from constantly asking about transfers.

I have seen us linked with Pedro in the tabloid and on tinterweb.Whereas I don't want him at the club a I don't think he's any good in his position and vastly overrated. What would be your say on some one with his experience however?

With this I mean,hes won multiple titles and champions leagues and trophies and as the pundits say ''He's been there before and knows how to win''(shearer loves that phrase) Does that actually matter in your opinion? Does is necessarily help a team if they have some one experienced in winning trophies,can they impart wisdom,and help drive a team forward to victory in your opinion even if they may lack skills?

My own personal experience of team sports tells me this isn't true. But it might be different in professional ranks.

If any one else wants to throw in their 2 cents please do so. Either opinions or personal experiences

:)

{Ed030's Note - Ed001 may have been better suited to answer this question however it's late at night so you're stuck with me. Firstly, I think Pedro is a good player, he can shoot, pass, dribble and retain the ball. Playing for Barcelona has obviously taught him certain qualities such as closing down and keeping possession of the ball as well as working together as part of a team. As for the other question I guess it does, well at the very least it can't cause any harm can it? I guess the more you play the more you learn especially playing with the players Pedro does so I guess that can help out in someway. }

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06 Jul 2015 23:02:30
I shall miss the Arda Turan rumours they have become like a trusty old friend
Always popping up to cheer me up.

So farewell then Arda , secret LFC fan we liked to believe. Good bye to one of the few footballers to have a beard, before Beards went all hipster

You probably would have been a bit grown up for Brendan anyway.

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07 Jul 2015 00:00:32
6month loan is nailed on . Sauces

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06 Jul 2015 22:37:58
So lpool being linked with wide men again to cover sterling. What about bolasie from palace. he's ripped our defence apart so many times. Lightning speed which we haven't got.

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06 Jul 2015 23:03:34
Physically very good but lacks the technical ability I think. He is very direct though which is something we missed last season at times from our midfield

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06 Jul 2015 23:25:37
He's ripped us as we was like tin foil with inept defensive strategy

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07 Jul 2015 00:51:31
To be honest, Jason Puncheon ripped us apart at times as well for Crystal Palace.

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06 Jul 2015 23:55:23
Bolasie is one player who makes it up as he goes along which at times works and at times, it doesn't. Inconsistent and not wanted.

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06 Jul 2015 21:30:07
Ed's

Apologies in advance (if needed) but can you clarify the situation with the coaches/assistant manager.
When Pascoe and Marsh did not have there contracts renewed, in other words sacked, it was generally conceived that this was the work of FSG. and there was some sympathy for Rodgers. Fast forward to O'Driscoll joining the club it appears to be Rodgers choice. Therefore bearing in mind that 12 months ago he said that we would not have finished runners up without the work of Pascoe & Marsh
and no statement from the club are we ever likely know what FSG Plans are Or is there more to come out yet.

Thanks

{Ed001's Note - FSG are unlikely ever to be open, so we will never know.}

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06 Jul 2015 20:53:15
With benteke rumours hotting up, a move seems likely. I was wondering on the eds opinion of whether city's next bid for sterling would we be interested if jovetic was offered plus cash or would we prefer just cash?

{Ed001's Note - cash is preferred.}

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06 Jul 2015 21:58:04
Preferred Ed but a player and cash not totally out of the question?

{Ed001's Note - Jovetic is unhappy in England, I wish people would drop the talk of him. It would be highly unlikely he would have any interest, whether or not we do.}

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06 Jul 2015 22:30:06
Fair enough mate, I don't rate or like him tbh. Straight cash be much better.

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06 Jul 2015 22:52:31
I'd take the reported £15.6 million,,, plus Yaya Toure,,, plus the almost exact replica Cheetham Hill rip offs signed Sergio Agueros Adidas footy boots,,, plus the Ettihad lolly pop lady for Raheem all day. Any chance Ed? Or isit just paper talk?

{Ed030's Note - Mancini is throwing in one of his scarves too, apparently that was the deal breaker. }

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06 Jul 2015 23:56:20
We have enuff sicknotes who cost big money.

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06 Jul 2015 23:17:06
I know I'll get slated for this but I have a bit of news on this. Jova had his preference back in Italy but they weren't interested. He now has two interested parties bidding 16mil. One is us and the other is Inter. His preference is us so I wouldn't write this one off just yet. Don't shoot the messenger but this might actually be on the cards. Love the site.

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06 Jul 2015 20:36:42
Why haven't we signed anyone today???

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06 Jul 2015 21:40:49
Because the owners are a joke. Just taking money from the club. Not interested in success.

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06 Jul 2015 20:12:42
Banter, milner in the first team. Agree or disagree

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06 Jul 2015 22:11:39
Seriously? Y did he move to Liverpool? He is certain first teamer.

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06 Jul 2015 20:01:52
Edwards . Prob one for the European pages but I'll ask here if you don't mind . If arda Turan goes to barca, does he stay with athletico till jan or sit it out at barca till then ??

{Ed001's Note - euro is right.}

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06 Jul 2015 20:23:17
Lol but I'm Greek mate

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06 Jul 2015 21:46:23
Great reply 5ive😂

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06 Jul 2015 22:16:06
Turan will not be able to play for the club until January as Barca are unable to register new players until 2016 under the terms of a Fifa ban

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06 Jul 2015 18:19:13
BANTER Skittel in the first 11. Agree or disagree :-)

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06 Jul 2015 19:11:44
Id like to see Sakho & Ilori as the CB partnership or even Sakho & Lovren.

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06 Jul 2015 19:27:53
Ilori and sakho all day long

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06 Jul 2015 19:31:53
Like it or not but he will be

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06 Jul 2015 20:13:48
I think he will start yes, if he is not in first 11 plans then he will be gone!

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06 Jul 2015 20:14:52
Eventually he ll make it. There would be enormous pressure on llori and lovern has been poor whole last season.

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06 Jul 2015 20:28:33
Skrtels played with hyypia,agger,carra and sakho always looked the worse person and.made the most mistakes with them.

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06 Jul 2015 20:53:33
Illori has been promised game time so you would assume next to sakho.
If he starts next to skrtle I'm switching off the telly, I'm not a big fan of horror shows.

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06 Jul 2015 21:46:47
Well hopefully and I'm just going on what ed001 said about o'Driscoll working on communication maybe skrtle can learn?? I am still all for illori and sakho but ave to look on the bright side ay.

Ed001 if you're about and don't mind answering. Will there be a big emphasis on improving English with foreign players then? Presumably if he sets up training sessions like you have said with communication being key that it would all have to be in English? Not sure how much of a problem this could be anyway as I have no idea how firmino or coutinho or iloris etc English actually is.

{Ed001's Note - players already have to speak English mate, so yes, one of the things that players are required to do is learn English.}

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06 Jul 2015 23:01:21
Ilori speaks flawless English, born in London, father is English.

Listen to him in interviews, wouldn't even be able to tell he is half Portuguese.

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06 Jul 2015 23:06:20
Illori speaks fantastic English already

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06 Jul 2015 23:06:32
Ilori is fluent in English mate.

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06 Jul 2015 18:06:57
Hello Eds and Reds.

This transfer window was better.But for the next season the present squad should show a fighting mentality were they would believe in collective than in individual.
It was a gut wrenching moment for me when the whole squad was enjoying after the drubbing they got at the stoke city.

I hope that each and every member of the team fight for each point,the oppsition should not be able to take a moment's breathe aggainst us.I want all of them to be suarez on the pitch.This is the most important change the team should show the next season.Then only we can achieve any
success.

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06 Jul 2015 20:15:26
We still need a top class midfielder, else goals will be flowing.

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06 Jul 2015 17:57:14
You mentioned the manager there - was he a big part in that decision to come here?

He was a massive part, to be honest. The club doesn't need a lot of selling about what a great club it is, with all the history, the support and the squad they have. But speaking to the manager and what his plans were for me, things I've heard about him from other players - I was speaking to Stevie at England and people like that - and what he said to me made me want to come and play for him straight away.

Oh dear, I guess you guys will be keeping very quiet now, with your rumour spreading of a unhappy dressing room under Rodgers.

{Ed001's Note - if you say so, because any player signing is going to join saying that the manager is an imbecile right? You should drop the r off your name.}

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06 Jul 2015 19:10:36
That quote tells you everything you ever need to know about Gerrard, a bit about Milner, not much about Rodgers and nothing at all about the dressing room.

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06 Jul 2015 19:54:45
I can hear the knuckles dragging from here right ed
Up the pool

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06 Jul 2015 20:15:48
I don't not believe the eds! But it is very hard to get your head around when it seams everyone has good things to say about Rodgers.

{Ed001's Note - hmmmm everyone? You mean the ones who left on good terms with the club said good things about him? Agger had nothing good to say.}

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06 Jul 2015 21:10:10
Reina,Sterling,Sahin are 3 people I have seen being open in interviews speaking negatively of BR(though I imagine BR might speak negatively of them in once time passes).
It would be a strange career choice to criticise a manager you've just signed a contract for.
''Yeah I spoke with Stevie and he said Brodge is a bit of a halfwit,but if I wanted a goodlong term contract of employment I might as well call anfield home for a few years.'' Maybe that's what Milner should have said?

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06 Jul 2015 21:17:54
True, forgot that one ed. :/

{Ed001's Note - Downing, Sahin, Reina are others off the top of my head. There are a lot of people involved with Reading who do not have much good to say about him.}

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06 Jul 2015 21:42:53
Apart from agger even though him leaving was practical due to never being fit and taking a big wage out the club.

Who else are you bothered that actually left?

Secondly is it important that the players like the manager? Isn't that the coaches job, to be between manager and player?

{Ed001's Note - he was fit but never picked for most of the time under Rodgers.}

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06 Jul 2015 22:14:03
I always think it shows a complete lack of class and highlights self doubt when players criticise the manager when they leave.
Some of them need a mirror and to take a good look at their pay cheques from LFC.

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06 Jul 2015 17:50:37
sky reporting that sherwood bets '100%' on benteke staying at villa ! is that the case or there is something else ? your thoughts Ed's ?

{Ed001's Note - I really don't care what Dimmy has to say, he is just a mouth with no brains.}

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06 Jul 2015 19:14:03
When will people understand that, with the exception of Captain Colgate, players and managers say what they have to say to best serve their clubs.

Of course Sherwood has to say Benteke is staying. Because he has to say that it means nothing.

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06 Jul 2015 20:18:41
Well Ed01, Tim got some brains. He is about to receive 33 mill for his striker who would have moved this or next summer regardless and would go straight back into ha squad for reinforcement.

On another note Liverpool FC ll sell one of its hot property for 50 mill and would take a gamble on 33 mill.

I just had a check on Benteke goal scoring STATS including the games he missed, he has averaged 14 goals a season.

Just saying

{Ed001's Note - how is that anything to do with Sherwood? Do you think he is the owner or chairman? Jesus you really do come out with some nonsense mate.}

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06 Jul 2015 21:56:44
Well that was a sarcasm mate. nevertheless it's not s bad deal for Aston villa as a whole including Tim.

{Ed001's Note - if you say so.}

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06 Jul 2015 17:48:08
Tut tut.

I'm disgusted after reading the interview from our new assistant manager, that Kenny, the King, has been relegated to gate man.

Things are pretty grim now.

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06 Jul 2015 19:09:02
I know, can't believe it. They said the door was always open for him, didn't think it'd be him having to open and close it though!

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06 Jul 2015 17:29:24
Hi Ed001,with the 2 new additions to the coaching staff are they known to prefer to play a system with a holding midfielder?

{Ed001's Note - not really, no.}

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06 Jul 2015 18:00:44
Omg what does it matter, there not in charge of team selections!

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06 Jul 2015 17:28:41
Ed1 the article on O Driscoll is a great read, you like the new coaching team and are positive, I believe they are still going to appoint a first team coach, for you who would work well with the others, and do you believe it would work well if they have already had connections with the club, I do feel a lot more positive than I did after

{Ed001's Note - I honestly do not know who I would go for, but I would prefer us just to get the best coach and not worry about Liverpool connections.}

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06 Jul 2015 18:05:18
My post was meant finish with I feel more positive than that day after Stoke? Let's hope the new coach can help set up with the defensive side of things as well. We can have a decent season then.

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06 Jul 2015 19:33:09
Ed, you previously mentioned Zenden as a good choice; would this be something he would accept or has he got his sights set on ass manager and above roles?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know mate, sorry. I would assume he would not be willing to step down from an assistant manager's role, but I don't know him well enough to ask.}

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06 Jul 2015 20:51:44
No problem = thanks for the answer!

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06 Jul 2015 17:11:53
Hi Eds,

Who do you think is Liverpool's best player at the moment? And/Or most important?

{Ed001's Note - I would have to say Sturridge and the most important is Lucas without a shadow of a doubt.}

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06 Jul 2015 17:21:25
I'd definitely agree about Lucas, not only on the pitch but off the pitch he seems to have a positive influence on the new and young players, helping them settle etc. everyone seems to love the guy.

Really hope he isn't sold in the summer.

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06 Jul 2015 17:22:45
Coutinho may be if he keeps it up this season. Shame rodgers doesn't see lucas as important :(

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06 Jul 2015 17:45:26
I never truly understand the fuzz about Lucas the player, Is it down to Ed01 admiration of the player that every posters is showering praises.
The lad is top class in-terms of loyalty and the way he has conducted himself over the years.
He is just about ok to me, Don't shoot me, that's a very honest opinion on the player.

With Lucas we have had a better win ration than without him, but that's down to the fact we never had another DM to compete with Lucas.

No offense to anyone.

{Ed001's Note - it is not down to me, it is down to him being a very good player. To suggest he is only ok is your opinion, but far from an honest one.}

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06 Jul 2015 18:22:46
Ed01, would you trade him with another DM, I would certainly and quite a lot of posters would with open arms here.
The one big downfall of this club has been, we never had a top class DM after Mascherano.

I find it strange when poster says, giving away freekicks and getting yellow cards is the very natural way of a defensive midfielder. In reality the less free kick you concede the more precise you are positionally. ( except when it unavoidable )

Al the top clubs above us has a better player in the position than us.

{Ed001's Note - I would take Lucas over Mash every time, he is a better player, just a lot less visible. There are very few DMs I would trade him for, Matic being the only one in the Prem. You may find it strange, but it is his job to break up play, if we didn't have Skrtel dropping off so deep, then his give away fouls would be happening 10 yards further up the pitch. You are criticising him for doing his job when others are not doing their's. All the top clubs? That is just ridiculous hyperbole which completely undermines your whole argument, which was flawed anyway. He is better than Coquelin, better than the Man City pair of Fernando and Fernandinho, Spurs didn't play with a proper DM, Man Utd had Carrick always injured, though he is on a par, and Blind is not even close to being as good as Lucas.}

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06 Jul 2015 18:31:49
Lucas makes us a better team, full stop.

As for best player, do you mean most talented or most important to the squad? Studge, while supremely talented, is one I could never call an MVP, at least at this time. He's too injury prone and we haven't seen what he can do for an extended period without Suarez. Cooter would probably check that box for me, for now, but i could see an argument for Sterling (soon to be gone) and even Lucas, whose value exceeds his talents, IMO.

It's a good question and one that could/should define us for a few years to come.

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06 Jul 2015 18:55:53
Wouldn't agree to you completely Ed01 ☺️. At times you have said you would love Alonso to come back who in itself is a DM, you might tempt on Medal over Lucas. So that's two players 😄
Now coming back to comparison, UTD or Arsenal would have Morgan next summer who is a top class player in itself ( not a specialist DM ). Spurs never had a DM but Sandro was a very good player at his time with Spurs.
Both the Fernando brothers ain't bad at city.

Regarding Skrtel dropping deep, i am curious as Skrtel is a defender and Lucas is the first one to encounter a counter attack.

And the moment we concede a free kick we are dead certain to concede a goal.

If you ask me, I would love a DLP instead of Lucas who sits ahead of the CB and dictates the game while all pin Henderson and countinho to occupy those runs.

With Lucas Henderson is restricted to the half way line as we go back to traditional 2 in the middle as Lucas needs a player besides him once he break up the play.

Nice argument Ed01.

{Ed001's Note - Xabi is a deep lying playmaker not a dm as is Medel. If you don't understand the difference then this is pointless and explains a lot. You simply fail to understand. You seem to think a midfielder should not back away to prevent a gap opening behibd him. You lack a grasp of tactics and understanding of the details.}

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06 Jul 2015 19:17:37
What about mignolet ;)

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06 Jul 2015 20:25:06
Ed01. I am sorry mate but I do understand the difference between Alonso and Mascherano. I was just referring your choice to replace Lucas incase it happens.
I am sure you would have happily taken both over Lucas.

Regarding the Skrtel not being able to play high line. There are teams with traditional DM who employs such strategy. Over the years Rafa had this system. Jose plays a very similar type with all compact inside their own half.
In both the case we have two DM.

If we seriously want to play high line then I agree we need to drop Skrtel, but it's a very dangerous system which was ripped out by Liverpool at WHL two years ago.

{Ed001's Note - I would not have Mash at all. He can rot for all I care. Alonso is hardly a comparison, he is the best player in the world in his position.

Again you are just wittering on about things you do not understand, what on earth has that got to do with us? Does Skrtel play for Jose? When he played for Rafa he did not play a high line. This is like talking to a brick wall with lots of bricks missing. You clearly have no idea what you are on about. Rafa never played two DM at all. He played one DM, one box to box. Jose plays one DM and one creative mid or box to box. Why are you arguing when you clearly do not understand?

What on earth are you wittering on about at the end? What on earth has the high line got to do with whether or not Lucas is a good DM? You are just making absolutely no sense. You really need to sit down and learn something about what a DM is meant to do. His job is not to push out ahead of the centre backs and leave space in behind him, his job is to fill that space at all times, to allow either him or the centre backs to cover the gap left by both full backs getting forward. At one time, teams did not need a DM because one full back would always hold, but that no longer happens so a DM covers the space. If the centre backs drop off, as Skrtel does, then the DM has to drop back with them, or leave them exposed to a ball played into the corners or into the space between the DM and centre backs. That space is where a second striker will drop into or an attacking midfielder will push forward into, known as the hole or being between the lines. That gap is extremely dangerous as it forces a centre back to either step up or drop off and allow someone to run at them. Lucas knows that, so when the defence drops, he drops too, so that he can act as a buffer.}

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06 Jul 2015 22:15:33
I'm afraid I'm with EG on this although I like Lucas he is clearly very limited with the ball at his feet and therefor slows down counter attacks which is where we were so effective at countering when Gerrard was the furthest back. I think Lucas is a good DM but he seems more of a 'yard dog' since coming back from his injuries and the brodge don't set up to utilise him properly. IMO I'd like him to leave and resurrect his career as he seems a top bloke. But is pointless in the system the brodge plays. Maybe if Rodgers had left and we had a different manager he would be a great player to have.

{Ed030's Note - Lucas would be best utilized in a holding midfield area where he is able to make challenges/interceptions/track runs as this is what he does best in my opinion. He is ok with the ball at his feet, he is no Coutinho or Sterling who is going to burst 50 yards upfield with the ball at his feet however the midfield should be in positions to be able to receive the ball from Lucas and then they can be the one's to take care of the ball. }

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