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22 May 2017 13:58:24
To all eds thanks for your inputs and good luck for the most busy and frustrating 2 month where your hard work will be ignored and you will get a lot of abuse. Thanks again.

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{Ed001's Note - cheers Hope.}

22 May 2017 15:34:01
You've met the missus then.

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22 May 2017 13:56:59
Is that settled then? Are liverpool definitely in the CL next season or will they lose out if man u win the europa league like Chelsea did to spurs?

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22 May 2017 14:10:18
We are definitely in the CL as long as we win our qualifier. EL final has nothing to do with our position.

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22 May 2017 14:32:37
Damn. That is a shame.

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22 May 2017 15:35:36
I hope Ajax clean up. one for the mature clan there!

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22 May 2017 23:33:26
People are dismissing Ajax in the final. They'd better take them seriously cos they play a lot better than Utd do and have a very fluid system of playing, something Mou teams have a problem with which is why they park the bus a lot vs such teams. I'll definitely be an Ajax fan during the final.

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22 May 2017 13:19:32
Did anybody go down and visit Jason, Gary or Craig at Rebel Sport in Sydney CBD today? I am looking forward to the LFC v SFC game this week - any other AU Reds going?

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22 May 2017 15:09:46
Hey dude. Was going to fly down from brisbane. Unfortunatly have taken on a new head chef job and is impossible to get there at the moment. Enjoy for me mate!

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23 May 2017 01:09:04
Yeah mate, can't wait to see them. Haven't been able to watch the reds before.

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22 May 2017 13:06:26
Silly season is here, and my Nan's mate's dog has a rumour that this site is going to be getting interesting for the next few months!

Many thanks for all the hard work by all of the Ed's this season. I would say enjoy your summer, but it'll no doubt be more intense than usual!

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{Ed001's Note - it is usually the busiest time of year to be honest. Thanks mate, enjoy yours too, though not sure how we are meant to enjoy life without football???}

22 May 2017 14:07:42
Luckily the British Lions tour this year. Not quite as good as the Prem, but keeps us occupied; even if it is egg chasing!

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{Ed001's Note - I would rather have my foreskin removed with a cheesegrater personally.}

22 May 2017 14:55:14
Brilliant ed.

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22 May 2017 15:36:47
Ed I can arrange that for you. And we'll put it in a little jar for you to take home.

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{Ed001's Note - cheers RS very kind of you.}

22 May 2017 15:37:08
Recommend the parmeasan grating side. more refined.

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22 May 2017 15:50:44
Thanks Marshy, it really depends how much cheese there is.

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22 May 2017 13:02:55
What was your favourite moment of the season?

For me I think it would have to be beating Arsenal on the opening day, as it lifted hopes for the season and it was a cracking match too.

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22 May 2017 13:49:45
I am torn between the wins vs Everton and Man City ed; both matches were scrappy affairs but huge lifts at the same time. I was with one of my best mates and a recent United convert due to the Mouninho influence, and I was jumping all over his room when Mane pounced. On the other hand, the City win set me up for a very pleasant New Year's Eve!

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22 May 2017 13:49:46
There's a few that stand out for me.
Away win at Arsenal 4-3.
Home win against Hull 6-1.
if we're talking about a specific moment though I will choose Mane jumping in Klopp's back in the Arsenal game. As ed says, it really gave me hope for the season to come.

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22 May 2017 13:50:27
Out singing United fans at their place.

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22 May 2017 13:54:13
Manè last gasp winner at goodison.
So many more tho, the amount of games ice been to this season, Leicester game at anfield sitting in new main stand.

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22 May 2017 14:19:26
Boxing Day match when we smashed Stoke 4-1 but that's just because I got to see Liverpool live at Anfield for the first time ever haha.

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22 May 2017 14:24:02
yesterday for me. just a huge sigh of relief. leaving the game with lots of positivity. but the Arsenal game was special as was the last minute winner at Goodsion!

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22 May 2017 16:17:22
Arsenal first game was huge. Loved the winner at Everton, and the smart game we played to beat City. More recently Stoke and Firminos winner was brilliant to see. and Cans winner at Watford, and beating West Ham so convincingly with a return of Coutinho to midfield and a diamond upfront.

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22 May 2017 16:53:58
I was on a huge drunken mess of a holiday with all the lads at the time on an island in greece, we all bundled into this bar on the beach to watch the first game against arsenal with these dutch liverpool fans, playing pool, knocking back excessive amounts of alcohol, going absolutely mental at the football, one of my best memories as a bonehead.

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22 May 2017 17:10:59
The 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield. I flew all the way from Singapore watch that match. And what a game that was! Brilliant quick free kick from Luiz, Wiji's timely equaliser and Migs saving the pen! It's a shame we didn't win that game but it's a memory I'll cherish forever. Singing YNWA with everyone else gave me goosebumps :)

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22 May 2017 17:22:06
smashing spurs at anfield rates highly for me, a brilliant display, also loved wijnaldum's celebration after his through ball to mane, we won 2-0 it could so easily have been 5-0. Beating chelsea away was also sweet, the goal from Henderson was a goal worthy of winning any game.

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22 May 2017 22:22:24
Chelsea away, we beat the best side in England on their own ground so not much tops that! Especially with a Hendo screamer and the title dream still being alive at that point!

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{Ed025's Note - and then christmas came..

22 May 2017 23:47:52
There are so many that I cannot say which to pick from BUT if I would pick, it is actually the game before the season started vs Barca.

Tho it was a friendly, I knew we were onto something with the way we played against and smashed them (Messi and LS played by the way so we didn't play vs their kids) . Right there, I knew we would be pretty good. I remember Thierry henry saying he was worried about Arsenal playing LFC after he saw that game and lo and behold, he was right.

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22 May 2017 12:22:47
I also see dean Saunders has been back on the pop saying greizmann is considering an offer from Liverpool. don't get me wrong I'd love to see him but I think il have what Deano's drinking please.

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{Ed002's Note - Liverpool has not made an offer for Griezmann - where would he play with Mbappe in the side?}

22 May 2017 13:34:59
Come, come now Ed002. I'm surprised you haven't heard. Griezmann will slot in nicely next to Mbappe in our 4-3-3, right next to Neymar.

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22 May 2017 13:50:15
Then in behind them we will have Couts, Firmino and Mane.

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22 May 2017 13:51:47
No ambition from the club and the owners, aiming at a bunch of United reject (or) s.

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22 May 2017 14:23:26
Jeez Ed002, Mbappe will play at left-back next season, isn't that obvious enough? Of course, since he's right-footed I'd expect him to also cover the other flank for whenever our new right-back Griezmann gets tired.

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22 May 2017 17:09:23
Well, I remember just after we beat Dortmund, Griezmann tweeted implying he had been watching and thouroughly enjoying it. Can't read much ito that, but who wouldn't fancy playing for that crowd.

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22 May 2017 23:49:57
Players watch football all the time and watch other teams as well. They are fans of the game just like supporters are. It means absolutely nothing if they say they enjoyed an LFC match as it doesn't mean they wanna play for us.

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22 May 2017 11:29:16
Ed1, great match review!

Couple of questions if you have time: 1) Do you think there is a chance we could see a new captain next year or will Henderson carry on?
2) is Emre Can any closer to a new deal?
3) Do you think that after the last few games of the season that Sturridge has overtaken Origi in the pecking order?

Thanks.

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{Ed001's Note - 1. I expect Hendo to remain club captain.
2. Yes, I believe he will sign one over the summer.
3. He was ahead of him anyway, it is only injuries that have limited his playing time.}

22 May 2017 11:42:18
To me the most important thing this summer is to keep Coutinho. He is much more consistent and only 24. He will only getting better and better. Hopefully we can build a team around him and win some trophies.

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22 May 2017 11:33:44
Eds, Any ideas why Coutinho isn't in the squad that has gone to Sydney?

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{Ed002's Note - Coutinho has international obligations (ironically in Australia) with Brazil. Or is it something far more sinister?}

22 May 2017 11:57:01
so has Can- I wouldn't read anything into it.

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22 May 2017 11:53:38
Ok mate fair enough. Firmino is in the squad though, take it he didn't get a call up?

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{Ed002's Note - I don't know if the squad has been announced. Feel free to make something more sinister of it. Can has a tournament to play in.

What is wrong with all of you people.}

22 May 2017 13:51:56
Firmino hasn't been called up.

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22 May 2017 13:53:37
Come on ed, you know Coutinho is in cahoots with Trump, they are probably building a wall in the sea between Australia and New Zealand as we speak. Emre Can is his right-hand man, and Firmino will be a sacrificial lamb for his sinister ambitions.

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22 May 2017 11:32:16
The season is over. It's had highs and lows but we have managed to get ourselves into the CL - it is a step in the right direction. This is just a mention for some of the players who've stood out this season, would be good if posters added their own:


Player of the Season: Sadio Mane.

Lightening quick, almost always made things happen against even the most stubborn defences and was noticeable, in both our form and performances, when he was out of the side.

Goal of the Season: Emre Can. Take a bow son. It might be the best goal I have ever seen (in my lifetime) from a Liverpool player - it was so audacious, so difficult, yet executed so perfectly - if it isn't the Premier League goal of the season I'll be shocked.


Best defensive player: Simon Mignolet.

Can't believe I am saying this but his improvement, especially in the past few months when the pressure has been on, has been unreal. He's looked good in the air, a lot better with the ball at his feet, has not panicked, has made saves with the minimum of fuss - in short he has become a proper goalkeeper. I was certain he was on his way out this summer - now it looks certain he will stay. An unbelievable turnaround.


Best midfielder: Georginio Wijinaldum.

I was adamant he was a bad signing, convinced he would be a waste of 25million. Never have I felt so good to be proven so wrong. He has been consistent, super consistent. He hasn't had the flashes Coutinho has - but he's also performed at a consistent level, without any real injuries, for the entire season. He keeps the midfield ticking over and his role within the team has become as important as any other. I hope he kicks on and continues to improve and impress.


Best attacker: Sadio Mane for reasons mentioned above.


Most Improved Player: Adam Lallana.

He has come on leaps and bounds this season and shown how good he can be. A huge turnaround from a player who seemed to lack decisiveness and speed of thought in his play. I would've gone for Mignolet but for the fact his upturn in form has come at the end of the season whilst Lallana's has been on show for most of it.


Youngster of the year: Trent Alexander-Arnold.

We have only seen him briefly but what he clearly has - confidence, a level-head, pace, maturity - sets him apart from all the other youngsters his age. Ben Woodburn also looks to have huge potential but Alexander-Arnold is the one who really caught my eye. After a shaky first half against United he came back in the 2nd half and dominated Martial to the point that United threw attacks at Milner as they saw that as the easier side to target (which is unfortunately proved to be) . A special talent.

Miss of the season: Adam Lallana.

In one of the most frenetic, entertaining 1-1 games I've ever seen Lallana, presented with a gift from Firmino, managed to miss when a few yards out from goal vs City. It was a clanger but it happens to the very best, his goal scoring record this season has been decent.

Most entertaining game: Arsenal vs Liverpool (3-4). I had 3 games in mind for this, the draw at City (which was an incredible game of football), the Palace game away (Firmino's celebration a highlight) but I think the first game of the season, for it's drama, for the entertainment on offer as well as the mistakes on display sort of summed us up as a team: great going forward, generally good to watch, a few very special players but a few too many average ones as well.

Scandalous moments: for us I'd say Lucas' dive was a real bad one, the sort of thing you never want to see from anyone let alone one of our own players. In terms of opposition probably Barkley getting away with 2 leg-breakers home and away against us - how he never saw red in either game is still a mystery to me.

High points: Undefeated against the top 6 all season which is impressive and demonstrates the quality we possess. In general (though not always) entertaining, attacking football with an emphasis on trying to score. Getting into the Champions League - an important step in the right direction.

Low points: Pretty much the entirety of January and February - in particular exiting 2 cup competitions in the space of a couple of weeks. Henderson being crocked for much of the season as his quality really makes a difference to us. Mane's absence affecting us so adversely was also a low point as it showed the fragility of the team.

Next season: We seem certain to strengthen the side and anybody who reads this website regularly will have a good idea about what sort of positions and personnel we're running the rule over. I will be more than happy for a couple of fullbacks to come in, I think it is essential to our squad. The centre-backs are also on shaky ground IMO and next season might be their last should performances remain as they have been for much of this season - it will be a huge season for Joe Gomez, fingers crossed he rises to the occasion. Any other signing will be a luxury - the hope is our best players will stay now we have CL - if we can keep the nucleus of the squad together, and make some more good additions, we will be looking in good shape next season. Recruitment is everything though - we cannot afford more mistakes in the transfer market.

Final thought: The editors on this website do a tireless (and often thankless) task in running this place, moderating posts, sharing insider information with us fans and generally just providing an excellent service to us. A huge thanks to the Ed's who continue to improve this website and who always offer interesting opinions and contributions with regards to football - I've been coming here for god knows how long and will keep doing so - thank you so much ed's, try and enjoy the summer (and the inevitable madness it will entail) - I (and I'm sure many others) will be here throughout summer and beyond, a testament to the quality you all bring. Sincerely.

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22 May 2017 12:28:19
Good post Seano.

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22 May 2017 13:54:06
Good post!

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22 May 2017 14:22:36
great post seano mate.

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