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20 Feb 2017 08:01:41
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, World's Best Centre Backs?

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20 Feb 2017 08:54:05
My critique of the list is that it says it is being picked on this seasons form, so are unable to have Matip or Bailly as choices because of injuries etc. But Romagnoli was picked on potential and Fonte was picked on past season form. Having said that, i would love to have any one of those players to partner Matip next season.

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20 Feb 2017 09:07:46
Thanks for the write up mate, great read. Interesting to see Jerome Boateng, Varane and Thiago Silva were omitted.

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{Ed001's Note - Boateng has been injured every time I have seen Bayern play, Thiago Silva is not that good and Varane has not played regularly enough to progress.}

20 Feb 2017 11:23:37
Interesting read ed001 thanks.
Hopefully Matip is on that list of yours sooner rather than later, we need a strong defence so badly.

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20 Feb 2017 12:08:30
Boss read ed, thanks a lot for that.
Any chance you can do more on other positions at all (CMs, FBs, CAMs etc. )
Only when you get time obviously; don't wanna be too pushy!

Incidentally, what's your opinion on Scott Dann?
Not saying for one moment he should be on this list at all, just think he could be a good option for us?

I know he's not world class, but think he is an out and out defender and alongside a good ball playing CB like Matip, we could be on to something?
Scores a few, is a Scouser/ Red and probably wouldn't be too expensive either?

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{Ed001's Note - yes mate, I will try and do these inbetween other things. Might take a while but I will carry on doing them, with left backs next to do.

As for Dann, he reminds me a lot of Jose Fonte, severely underrated and someone who makes his team mates better. Remember he even made that donkey Roger Johnson look top quality? Excellent defender, a few years back, but he lost what little pace he had and is a midtable Prem player now, imo. Still he is a good example of what can come from being patient after a long term injury, as he took a few years to come back from it.}

20 Feb 2017 13:26:37
Spot on ed, it's much appreciated.

Definitely share your opinion on Scott Dann. Haha, exactly yeah!

Probably is a bit past it for us to be honest though yeah, although maybe a good stop gap while Gomez gets back to the level we expect of him?

On a separate note, what do you think of Oriel Romeu? Not 100% convinced we need a dedicated DM under Klopp (plus we have Stewart, who I like), but I like the look of what I've seen from Romeu.
Certainly makes Vin Dijk look better (along with Fonte, when he was there) .

Imagine the uproar if we went for ANOTHER Southampton player though?!

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{Ed001's Note - I think it is just too late for Dann, we should have signed him years ago, before his injury, when we had the chance. Wasted opportunity imo.

I really liked Romeu at Chelsea to be honest, he has something about him, he had a dip in his level, as all youngsters do, but now is growing again as a player as he matures. Not sure he is what we need though.}

20 Feb 2017 13:43:09
Probably right on Dann, yeah.

Same here; liked Romeu years ago and then lost track of him really. But looking quality this year and a big part of what makes Saints tick when they play well, in my opinion.

Yeah, I'm not 100 on whether we need that specific player either, but he would be a good option if Klopp does thing it's a position he'd like to strengthen?

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20 Feb 2017 13:47:40
First time poster but have been following this site since the days of the proposed DIC takeover. Great read Ed001, always look forward to hearing your views on players. It'd be very interesting to see similar reviews done for all the positions!
Always look forward to reading a detailed review/ answer from Ed001/ 002! Keep up the great work, it's much appreciated!

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{Ed002's Note - Thanks Dave.}

20 Feb 2017 13:48:51
Like Sokratis of BVB as well. Looked solid and dominant whenever I have seen him play. Subotic before his injury problems was a total beast too. Pepe is not too bad either (antics aside of course)

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20 Feb 2017 13:49:28
How is Skrtel not in this list Ed001! Clearly you are still bitter about his departure ;)

Quicker than Ronaldo, more skillful than Messi, reads the game better than Beckenbaur, passes with more accuracy Paul Scoles, and has less hair than Phil Mitchell.

Absolutely world class.

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20 Feb 2017 15:05:51
Was talking to my cousin earlier about who we need. I mentioned Romeu if Stewart and Lucas were to move on. Every time I see him play his is immense, wins his battles every time and just does what he's there to do!

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20 Feb 2017 15:32:18
Yeah, think he's really good too. And definitely a good shout if either, or both, of those leave.

Just don't think Klopp wants a DM in all honesty though.
Hendo plays deepest for us now and even that isn't what you'd call a traditional DM.

I would like to see us revert to a 4-2-3-1 for the tougher opposition though, with Hendo next to someone in the 2. Think it'd give us an extra bit of needed stability. If the partner for this couldn't be Stewart (don't see why not personally? ), then would love us to get Romeu.

This set up wouldn't actually be any less attacking either; Couts, Lallana, Mane and Firmino could all still start in the front 4 positions.
It would just mean no Wiji (or Can), but they could play against the 'lesser' teams in a 4-3-3, like usual?

Stewart would be perfect, as seems happy to be a squad player and is good enough, in my opinion.
But as mentioned before, if Klopp doesn't fully trust him, maybe someone else should be targeted?
Whether or not Romeu (or anyone else, for that matter) would be willing to just be a squad player though, is up for debate?

However, with European football and hopefully good runs in both domestic cups, there should be enough game time to please everyone?

Just a thought.

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19 Feb 2017 17:02:45
Eds can you clear this. Are United really after ....

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{Ed002's Note - You are on the wrong page, this is the Liverpool page.}

19 Feb 2017 14:10:33
Barcelona interested in Klopp. Thoughts?

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19 Feb 2017 14:27:50
not going to happen, daft media stories.

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19 Feb 2017 16:16:25
Hope the other daft media story linking us with Gotze isn't true. not good enough and don't need him.

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19 Feb 2017 20:35:06
Why worry about us signing Gotze? Yes he's not had the best of times since leaving Dortmund but which manager got the best out of him again? I would trust him to do the same. I think Klopps man management and motivation skills could be just what Gotze needs and I would trust him. I wondered why we signed Wijnaldum. I was bewildered when Milner was put at LB and look how they turned out. Trust Klopp, besides Gotze is still a name that would get young kids excited about buying shirts again and excited about our club once more. In all honesty I don't think we need him in the slightest but if Klopp went out and brought him I have learned through much eating of humble pie to trust in Klopps judgement lol.

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19 Feb 2017 21:48:09
Klopp's nothing if not confident. Whilst I think he'd be interested in the Barcelona job he'll assume he can have some success with Liverpool before heading to Spain in a few years. The idea that he may never again get the opportunity wouldn't even occur to him.

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19 Feb 2017 23:47:16
Natural Coz he is a CAM and we don't need another CAM.

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19 Feb 2017 23:52:17
I thought Klopp said Liverpool will be his last club?

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20 Feb 2017 09:22:20
Mathematics If you read the post I think you will find that I said myself we don't need him. You will find that I said I have faith in the fact that Klopp could bring him back to his best. I didn't think we needed Wijnaldum and look what happens when you stick Can back in.

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20 Feb 2017 10:02:42
Gotze hasn't progressed and clearly has neithet the fitness nor attitude to succeed. What ever happened to actual scouting, or do people just sign names nowadays?

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19 Feb 2017 13:26:44
Hey ed2 how's things, a while back you mentioned that someone in the footballing world regarded 5 players as te superstars of the future, I remember oko and I think Ake being on the list, I just wanted to ask has that list of young high potential stars changed or same? Cheerd.

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{Ed002's Note - In 2013 I was told by someone who knows far better than me that there were four truly exceptional young talents in world football at that time - Chelsea's Nathan Ake, Max Meyer of Schalke, Liverpool's Oluwaseyi Ojo and Martin Benitez of Independiente.}

19 Feb 2017 15:26:21
Ake is a brilliant player in my eyes and Bournemouth are missing him terribly!

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19 Feb 2017 18:03:01
Ed, wasn't either Loftus-Cheek or Kenedy on the list as well? Both great prospects IMO.

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{Ed002's Note - No.}

19 Feb 2017 18:33:51
I would take Ake tomorrow if he was available. The boy is just class.

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19 Feb 2017 19:36:57
Ake is a superb player. Would take him in a heartbeat.

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19 Feb 2017 20:14:31
Ake is class and that's what a good loan helps you.

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19 Feb 2017 20:56:43
I would like to see Max Meyer working with Klopp. He's never quite hit his full potential imo. I think Klopp could bring him on a level.

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20 Feb 2017 15:11:26
Nothing to do with the loan, he was on the list before the loan!

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19 Feb 2017 12:32:37
Have we ever looked at ...........

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{Ed002's Note - Take it to the European pages - just another random name.}

19 Feb 2017 11:30:15
Read comments that we need to find "another Mane" for our left flank. Who do you think in world football fits that bill? I saw
Frank Acheampong for Anderlecht, he does have the playing style.

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19 Feb 2017 12:55:29
Brandt?

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19 Feb 2017 18:06:33
Lemar - Monaco
Brandt - Bayer Leverkusen
Insigne - Napoli

All of these at least should be being looked at for LW.

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19 Feb 2017 18:22:15
Mahrez on the right move mane left and couts cm wide lallana and hendo. Brandt and ojo as back up.

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19 Feb 2017 18:34:41
Klopp wants Brandt. LW fixed.

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19 Feb 2017 20:15:15
Liverpool will sign Julian Brandt. I think so.

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19 Feb 2017 11:25:07
Good Sunday all

Eds is there any truth in our interest in Solanke on a free (pending comp) transfer tbis summer? Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - Read the posts - try the search engine.}

19 Feb 2017 07:22:30
I'm a big follower of Roma over in Italy for the last 4 or 5 years. One of my absolute favourites in their side is Alessandro Florenzi. Always wanted him to join Liverpool as I believe he is (when fit and on form) the best right back in the game at this moment.

Absolutely gutting to hear therefore that he has just ruptured his ACL again! Just like Ings he had only just got back.

Obviously there are worse things go on in the world, but that doesn't make it any less crushing for these young men when their career dreams are left in tatters by matters completely down to pot luck!

Come back stronger Florenzi and Ings. Football needs more passionate players like these guys!

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19 Feb 2017 11:31:13
Florenzi is indeed a fantastic player, such a shame for him, he will bounce back as will young Ings.

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19 Feb 2017 22:31:19
good post that MK, what a cruel blow it is for any player to suffer such a horrific injury, I only hope he and ings have the mental strength required to come back from such a setback.

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19 Feb 2017 04:30:47
Just Wondering Eds if it was up to you who would you rather Brandt or Pulisic? I'd have Pulisic he seems to have more pace than Brandt from what I've watched of them.

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{Ed001's Note - no opinion on either to be honest, not seen much of them.}

19 Feb 2017 07:32:44
Seen very little in the way of full games, but I've watched plenty of highlights and read a few scout reports.

I think Brandt is far closer to what we need. He is ready to start week in week out on our left and provide a direct threat similar to what Mane offers on the right. Brandt is not all about raw pace though. He reminds me more like Giggs or McManaman. He just has sublime close control, excellent balance on the ball, and a killer instinct in the final third. He can glide past people and just shrug off the challenge.

Pulisic is still more of an impact sub or cup game cover right now. Probably got slightly more potential than Brandt but he is more about pace. To be the finished article he needs to work on a few things. His first touch needs work, his end product is erratic and he is heavily reliant on pace due to a lack of close control. He tends to just hit it past his man and then back his speed to catch it before the defender does.

I like both players from what I have seen but Brandt is exactly what we need, and hasn't been hyped up to a stratospheric value. Pulisic would probably cost us double what Brandt would and he is not even ready for regular first team games. Definitely Brandt for me. Just my opinion though mate.

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19 Feb 2017 09:51:03
Both would be expensive gambles when we have Wilson and Ojo knocking on the door.

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19 Feb 2017 10:31:03
They are both way above Ojo and Wilson in terms of quality. That's the truth, if it wasn't then Klopp would have Shey and Harry starting, or on the bench every week. Or are you saying our manager doesn't trust them for another reason.

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19 Feb 2017 10:50:15
Just an expensive gamble in an area we are not exactly struggling - scoring goals.
We have a problem conceding too many which is where I think we should concentrate on improving.

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19 Feb 2017 11:03:02
We NEED more pace in wide areas. That was glaringly obvious when Mane was out and will be again next season with all the extra matches (assuming we qualify for Europe as expected and don't miserably crash out of all the cups again) .

Brandt has way more games under his belt than Pulisic. He is a key part of the BL team. Pulisic is an impact sub for BD.

Apples and organges really.

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19 Feb 2017 11:15:47
Depends on what Klopp actually prefers. If it's a winger with pace as central attribute then Pulisic. If someone more versatile like Coutinho then Brandt. They are both extremely talented and skilful players. But Julian Brandt is a special player. A truly special player. Brandt is young and you could mound him to be any player.

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19 Feb 2017 11:52:29
I would go with the Apple .

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{Ed001's Note - I wouldn't, Apple always overcharge.}

19 Feb 2017 11:53:13
Correct me if im wrong but mk but doesn't your discription of Brandt sound very similar to anothet player we own in coutinho. Do we all want him replaced now?

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19 Feb 2017 13:21:45
Has to be Orange really though orange is now ee so who knows what the hell is going on, honestly why isn't there a firm called watermelon.

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19 Feb 2017 13:56:41
I'd like Coutinho in midfield with Hendo and Gini.

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19 Feb 2017 14:00:40
I agree with Ron here, this isn't a major problem our defense is a problem, as he says we are scoring, yet conceding far too many, young Ojo I look forward to hopefully seeing more of next year.

I'd go for a new attacking signing if we lost Firmino and or Coutinho but as it stands we don't need to add anyone imo the defense must be top priority, it's really not rocket science is it? The defense is the biggest weakness in our team, it needs dealing with in the summer or it'll be the same old next season.

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19 Feb 2017 14:38:13
Think we need both of them with champions league next season we can't call on youngsters too much especially talented ones such as ojo and Woodburn. the team needs more depth if we are going to challenge in the champions league every year.

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19 Feb 2017 15:19:08
Like we did the last time cy? What was it 7 signings? Howd that work out.

To many additions and you risk upsetti g the balance in the team, chemistry in the dressing room and potentially pissing players off who have worked there ass off to get to the champions league if you start just replacing them all.

1 or 2 additions at most.

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19 Feb 2017 15:38:43
We didn't struggle in January with Mane's absence alone. Conceding some of the goals the way we did had nothing to do with missing Mane. We did miss him but that's not the sole reason for our miserable run! Ojo wasn't ready to replace Mane while absent but I'm sure by the start of next season he will be ready to play some part in things, ease him in and I'm sure he will be great for us. Pointless spending £30m upwards on someone when given time Ojo could become just as good. I'd rather spend on strengthening where is needed. If Sakho's time is up (which I hope klopp has a change of heart and gives him another's shot) we need a quality centre half. If Stewart is deemed good enough he needs to be given the chance alongside Hendo, if not we need to sign a replacement and let the boy go and continue his career elsewhere. We need a goal scorer if Sturridge is off, someone who fits our style of play and personally I'd replace clyne and Moreno.

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19 Feb 2017 18:09:12
Hmm WelshRed.

So you think a striker is more needed than a winger? Okay.

We do have 4 senior strikers though and only one senior winger. Origi and Sturridge already aren't getting games and that's with Ings injured.

Surely a winger is far more of a priority? When Mane doesn't play, we have no width or pace.

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19 Feb 2017 18:45:19
Ron and LFC16, comparing Ojo with Brandt is just illogical as senseless as it does justice to neither player's capabilities. Brandt is more developed already at 20 than Ojo is, plain and simple. Brandt is capped 4 times already by Germany, played in the U20 WC (watched him there for the first time), played at the Olympics, played over 70 games for Bayer and has CL experience, all this and I haven't even mentioned his immense talent. Ojo is simply not yet in his class, end of.

Brandt can play anywhere in the attack, is two footed tho mainly right sided, can shoot with either foot and can score from free kicks. The kid is special and you can see why Klopp wants him badly. If Ojo was as good, why wasn't he already playing in Jan? That would be because he isn't as good as Brandt, that's why. Will he be? I hope so.

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20 Feb 2017 09:33:08
If your strategy is based as much on attack as ours then losing the ball is always a risk meaning our defence is often gojng to be put under pressure. Unless Klopp utilises a CDM which he has shown no inclination of doing then I think any CB pairing is going to struggle. If we cut out the soft goals from GK errors I think this would have a bigger impact on us. I'm not sure the GK are wholly at fault here as I don't think our current GK coach is up to the job. In fact every GK has sttuggled under Achterburg despite their good form from their previous club. Even Pepe deteriorated under him.

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20 Feb 2017 15:27:58
Puzzled. if you read my post properly I said we don't need to splash 30 million on a wide player when we have Ojo. Surely that's not hard to take in?
I said we need a striker IF Sturridge is moving on NOT at the expense of a wide player. We create so many chances but lately Our finishing has been way off, Sturridge used to provide them goals but sadly he's not quite up to his former standards. In an ideal world Origi will step up to the plate and provide them goals, Ings will come back strong and chip in and Firmino will continue like he was at th start of the season, allowing us to ease young Woodburn in with no pressure on the young lads shoulders!
You misread it and it's left you puzzled.

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19 Feb 2017 03:42:49
Not asking if we are interested but looks like with Sturridge going and ings future being unclear we might look at a striker next summer. anyone think Vardy might be a good shout? Probably about 15 million at his age. I know Leicester haven't been great this season but he did show great talent last season. His Pace along with mane would be a defenders nightmare.

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19 Feb 2017 07:31:53
Its hard because you can't argue with goals. But I think over a longer period of tine we have seen Vardy regress to the mean so to speak. I'm never big on bringing in players based on their prime 2 seasons ago so I would advicate that Vardy is strictly hands off.

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19 Feb 2017 07:45:05
I hate using this phrase, but Vardy was clearly a 1 season wonder.

Of all of Leicesters players I would only take 3. Kasper, Chilwell and Okazaki. Possibly Mahrez but I am unconvinced he is worth the transfer fee and wages we'd pay. Plus he plays on the right, isn't as good as Mane, and seems like he'd sulk at being a sub.

Kasper is a cracking keeper, shame about his dad, but we don't get to pick our families ;) main features to his game that would benefit us are a) his vocal leadership at the back and b) his devastatingly accurate throws to initiate quick counter attacks.

Chilwell is a top talent with vast potential, who could solve our decade long wait for a decent left back!

And Okazaki is absolutely everything Klopp wants in a forward player. Technically gifted, direct, unselfish, and all importantly he is an absolute work horse. Could you imagine the nightmares teams would have with Firmino and/ or Okazaki hunting them down inside their own 18 yard box! He is also one of the good guys in football who doesn't moan or drop his performance level if he is a sub or has to fight for his place. Vardy and Mahrez may have got all the plaudits last season but Okazaki was up there with Kante in terms of his desire to win. He never slacked off. Dropping him for Slimani has been an absolutely torrid decision by Claudio.

Vardy though is just an absolute no from me. He is acting like he has made it, which for me is a major sign that he lacks the hunger to stay at the top level.

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19 Feb 2017 07:46:07
Vardy! Why why why? Nooooooo! Had 1 good season in the prem and now looks shot to pieces. Let's go all
Out and get Huth to partner Matip too? No didn't think so either. we are better than Vardy, we have bought enough mediocre players over the years. We don't need to take another teams rubbish on!

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19 Feb 2017 09:18:38
Yes MK I missed that bit. Vardy looks like he's changed from someone who appreciates where he is to someone full of himself and thinks he's better than he really is!

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19 Feb 2017 11:12:59
I'd take Gray looks like he'll have a fantastic future.

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{Ed001's Note - do you think so? Plenty of skill but no footballing brain at all for me. He makes the wrong passes, runs, tries the wrong things constantly. Shame as he has plentiful ability, but just watch him, everything breaks down at him. For me he is a big part of the problem there, as he has played more, results have worsened for them as he just squanders possession repeatedly.}

19 Feb 2017 11:16:47
We should avoid splashing money on 'Stop Gaps'. A more younger and fitter player.

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19 Feb 2017 11:26:34
I think Vardy as our striker fits us to a T. Great call. He does good pressing for Leicester, and I reckon he still has 2 good years of top football left.

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19 Feb 2017 11:31:22
Schmeichel is a bang average keeper who has had one good season in his career. He's not better than either Mignolet or Karius, I'd rather we took a punt on Begovic as he's a top keeper and wouldn't cost the earth, plus Chelsea aren't going to refuse to sell to us.

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19 Feb 2017 13:21:38
Ive actually played against demari gray.

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19 Feb 2017 13:51:50
Ed01 I'm not going to lie I've only watched 4-5 Leicester games this season and he has looked decent I watched him more in the championship and he looked great that might of been because he was head and shoulders better than anyone around him, I do agree he loses possession far to much do you think that could be coached with time? He does have age on his side so hopefully he would learn when not to do certain things and when to do them I would say ronaldo was the same when he first join united.

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19 Feb 2017 15:41:34
Leek. 2 more good seasons at the top? How's that, he has only ever had 1 good season at the top. And you'd want to spend 15 million or so on him and give him 80-100 grand a week or whatever stupid contract Leicester rewarded him with! No thanks.

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19 Feb 2017 18:48:32
No LC players will be of any help to us judging by the season they are having individually and collectively so no point talking about any of them, IMO.

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