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07 Dec 2018 23:41:41
So fellow reds with a busy schedule and a few injuries to contest with how do we line tomorrow. Do we play the best 11 available and forget Tuesday for now or do we play a slightly weaker team and try to keep it fresher for Tuesday. I'm undecided to be honest. Underestimate Bournemouth at our peril as they are a decent side but at the same time do we stand a better chance winning the CL rather than the pram as City look unstoppable. I'm at Dean Court tomorrow and massively looking forward to the game. What ever jurgrn.

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08 Dec 2018 05:12:52
Play a slightly weaker team = We get beat
Bournemouth play good football and are a credit to Eddie Howe, they are not the best at the back and we can exploit that, but mark my words, they will score against us today and this is way harder than the game on Wednesday gone.

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08 Dec 2018 06:35:27
Put out our strongest eleven and keep fingers crossed we can get a couple of early goals to rest a few players second half. No injuries would also be a blessing.

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07 Dec 2018 18:57:59
Hi eds
I know your really busy but I was hoping I could ask if you could have a page with some of your funny stories about footballers or other people stories they have. Would be good to have on those boring days when we need something to read. Thanks eds.

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{Ed001's Note - do you mean something like the 'And Finally...' thing I do on Monday's Review of the Day but longer?}

07 Dec 2018 19:22:19
A page like that would be quality Ed mate.

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{Ed001's Note - I could do that, might make it difficult to fill up Monday's page though. I will have a think about some of the longer stories that I can put on there to fill up a page with.}

07 Dec 2018 19:53:57
Ed, instead of adding it to the Monday's review of the day you could add it to that page once a week instead mate? always love them bits you add, it would be good to have a dedicated page for it.

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{Ed001's Note - if that is the consensus I am happy to go along with that.}

07 Dec 2018 21:15:37

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07 Dec 2018 21:21:21
Love it Ed, please do it.

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08 Dec 2018 00:42:34
The story with John Aldridge and cascarino playing with Jack Charlton about the penny on the forehead has to be one of the best stories in football I have ever heard. Aldridge tells it always, it's brilliant.

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08 Dec 2018 03:05:38
Fantastic idea LongThing and Ed I think it would be a great addition to the site. The daily news threads are awesome as they are, the "random" stories from the past are a nice to have so would be value added to include them in a separate weekly update.

Anyway, as I rarely post, this seems like a great opportunity to thank the EDs for their splendid work.

Ed1 and Ed2: It's one thing to be as dedicated to the site (s) as you are but to be able to add the technical insight and internal foresight that you do is what makes this site untouchable from a rivals perspective. Not only that but you've also provided a platform that has allowed a family to grow. One that has helped a few people through dark times. And we owe all of that to the two of you.

I am sure I speak for the vast majority of users when I say my utmost appreciation goes to both of you for everything you've done. I understand the trolling knuckleheads can get a bit much at times but the longer you can keep the frustrations at bay the better as I guarantee 99% of people worship you both. An additional recognition has to go to Ed2 who does all of this off the kindness of his heart, I know you won't mind me singling this out Ed1!

Finally, this site has given birth to an amazing event which, despite not being a part of this coming year due to personal reasons, is something I look forward to supporting wholeheartedly. I am, of course, referring to the Matt Hawker Cup. It was an incredible event last year so please make it if you even have a slither of a chance.

Ed25: I am a rugby player so I don't really buy into this whole rivalry thing as much as the modern day fan. You are a shining light to what can, sometimes, be a very dark place to be a part of. Your light hearted nature and ability to have banter without crossing the line brings a breathe of fresh air to this site. I look forward to the 2020/ 2021 season where we will battling to the final day for the Premier League title.

I apologise to any regular users that I miss in this but a special thanks has to go to Salah, Benny, Ron, Carra, mk, waro and negativeredwalter (yes, you read that correctly) zeddicus, Frankly, Firminosteeth, Davey, Brover, hailstones, drogie, southernred, reid. you know what, there are far more of you than I thought. Obviously the Ed's are the reason this exists but your banter and opinions are what makes it exciting. Keep up the good work guys. You know what, I should include Scholes and the gunners as they are always good company.

It's because of all of you above that any sane user knows there's only one "rumours" site to come to.

Enough of my waffle, take care all.


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{Ed001's Note - thank you very much mate, I really appreciate that. It should also be pointed out Ed025 does this out of the goodness of his heart too (though who even knew an Evertonian had goodness or a heart?!?). I am really glad it has been able to help people, it has certainly helped me to have it here when life might otherwise have been hard to cope with. This place becomes a refuge at times.}

08 Dec 2018 04:21:44
That's a really good idea. To those that missed the daily reviews, can catch it up there instead.

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{Ed001's Note - I wouldn't do it in both mate, repeating content is not something I like to do. It is not fair on those people who read the daily review to just get the same stuff as a separate article. Also it feels a bit like cheating. I always get annoyed with those TV shows that always include a recap of the previous episode and then at the end show what is coming next, so you only actually get 10 minutes of show in a 30 minutes slot. It is just a way of cheating the viewer and making cheap TV (like flashbacks). Using the same pieces in more than one article would feel like I was doing the same.}

08 Dec 2018 04:33:08
That's exactly what I meant Ed mate. If this comes to fruition, maybe you can put those you have put earlier on as well, as a compilation or some sort. In the end, you can do it whichever way you feel the best Ed. And regardless, this will be yet another good page for us fans of you guys' work.

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{Ed001's Note - ahhh I see what you mean. I will have a think about whether it is worth doing that or just carrying on with a fresh page. I mean if people would like them compiled on one page then that is a different thing, I just don't want to do it as in a lazy 'slice bits here and there from old articles to make a new one' type of thing. My plan was just to add it into the series of articles I do, though I would need a name for it, as it might not always be about football or even sports all the time. My parents are coming to stay in the next few days, so I will make sure to tap them for stories from their youth, in the 1920s or whenever it was they were young (if that ever happened? They claim to have once been young, but I have never seen it so I am dubious).}

08 Dec 2018 06:54:54
Post of the month Cotsi, thank you for the mention too mate. It's always good to see people appreciating the Eds, we don't quite see it enough! Top site, top Eds and top posters! it's the first site I go on in a morning and the last on a night! somewhat addictive isn't it? lol.

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08 Dec 2018 08:17:18
Fully agree with every word, Cotsi - This site is unrivalled. I have learned more from Ed001’s comments about football in 2 years than at any point before that combined.

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08 Dec 2018 08:38:54
Anything would be great eds and thank you I know you are very very busy. And on a side note I’ve been going though the worst 6 months of my life and still am. And coming on this site every day and reading really does help take my mind off all the troubles. So big thanks to everyone that helps with the site.

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{Ed001's Note - I am sorry to hear that mate, I hope things get better for you soon.}

08 Dec 2018 09:42:46
Costi thanks for the mention. Longthing 76 i hope your troubles pass in no time at all. Wishing you all the best.

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08 Dec 2018 10:09:56
Longthing, sorry to hear of your troubles mate. If there's one thing for certain, there's always obstacles which try to stop us in our tracks. Easier said than done but try and jump over them, once you do, you're a stronger person :) . Once you hit rock bottom, there's only one way and it's up! if you ever need to chat feel free to let me know, keep your head up mate! I really hope 2019 is a much better year for you. I'm sure it will be though because you'll witness us lifting that PL trophy ;) . Take care.

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08 Dec 2018 12:46:21
Thanks you for your kind words they mean a lot. A have an amazing wife, kids and family that help me get though the hard days. And like I said coming on here to read helps take my mind off things.

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07 Dec 2018 17:33:24
Rafa Camacho at Right Back do we think? Obviously TAA will play most but if he needs a rest then I reckon we might try Camacho there, I'm sure he played there in pre season?

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07 Dec 2018 17:52:50

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07 Dec 2018 18:08:51
Good shout redfuzz!

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07 Dec 2018 19:01:30
I’d rather Fabinho find his feet in our midfield to be honest. Would be harder for him to adapt if he’s chopping and changing position. Just my opinion though. What do I know.

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07 Dec 2018 19:52:19
No, definitely not Fabinho imo.
Not quick enough, by far.

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07 Dec 2018 20:16:25
Juicer, Fab's original position in his career (till he switched to DM at Monaco a couple of seasons back) was RB and still plays there for Brazil and slow pokes don't play RB for Brazil, mind you. Having said that, I think he should ONLY play RB when truly needed and not part of any rotation with TAA. He should focus on his adaptation to the midfield role with LFC and should only play RB to do a job and nothing more, IMO.

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07 Dec 2018 20:24:33
We have a number of potential rbs. Young trent of course, fab, camancho is a bit inexperienced for the big games we have coming up. Milner can do a job there. Or we could see a back 3 with wing backs. I actually think gini could play rb too.

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07 Dec 2018 21:22:01
Wijnaldum can barely play in his preferred position, let's not stick him at RB, it'd be a disaster. It'd be as daft as putting Firmino in goal.

I agree with you JK on Fabinho.

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08 Dec 2018 00:50:47
I’m sure Milner could play there, reliable at left back and would be more natural there.

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07 Dec 2018 16:28:05
So over the last few months of us having this amazing start to the season it has been amazing to see how our defensive resilience has transformed.

There has been a lot of talk around how we arne't playing the free scoring games of last year etc.

I have to admit when I've been watching the team I have been trying to work out what hasn't been as prominent this year, and actually against Burnley i think it hit me.

In a lot of games this year, aside from being more defensively sound/ smart and not just launching forward, it seems that we are playing more long balls into the top 3, particularly down the wings. Makes sense right as a release and with the talent we have up front.

However against Burnley, Keita reminded me how last year (with AOC and sometimes others) we had a bit more confidence in running at defenders from our central midfield. Seeing him do that midweek, and the Burnley defenders start getting pulled out of position reminded me of something (that in my opinion) we haven't been doing as much of this year. Yes we have had Shaquiri in spurts and he's been great, but that drive from midfield really disrupts defences sometimes as they want to come to tackle but also scared to leave the side of Mane/ Salah/ Firmino.

Hoping that this is the start of our midfield 3 playing with a bit more confidence in driving forward and speed in play - of course in a sensible way!

This is all just my opinion/ observation and I can't ignore that we are in an amazing position so can't really fault the team. I just feel we will get even better, and see players like Firmino get back to his best when we have those driving runs from midfield.

Love the club, love the players and super proud. Regardless of the above they are doing an amazing job already!

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07 Dec 2018 16:52:38
Spot on that mate! I noticed it to one against Burnley. Keita played very well and caused a lot of problems.

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07 Dec 2018 16:53:51
Lets hope Keita can outperform alisson eh?

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07 Dec 2018 17:12:25
Liverbird it won't happen. Allison was called Messi of goalkeepers and that's a lot of credit to messi, Allison should be called Sir King Kenny of Goalkeepers.

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{Ed025's Note - he has not messed up yet CH, he will of course and when he does i will be on him like a bun on a baloni sandwitch.. :)

07 Dec 2018 18:01:46
Keita will be the Messi of Middlefields!

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07 Dec 2018 18:15:29
Ed025 what is your sauce for the baloni sandwich.

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{Ed025's Note - tahini mate.. :)

07 Dec 2018 19:38:41
Before you have any sandwich, you’ll need to wipe all that egg off your face first Ed025. Bigging up Pickford against Alisson.
Sorry Ed but a derby win’s a derby win and a bit of ribbing is on the menu for a while!

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{Ed025's Note - and fully justified juicer, if it was the other way around i would be giving your keeper terrible pelters mate, i never bigged up jordan though all i said was there was not much between them...i must have been talking about pickfords ears.. :)

07 Dec 2018 19:45:21
Have you forgotten the fox's away? Ed25.

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{Ed025's Note - it was a bit of a faux pas ace but nothing compared to pickfordgate mate.. :)

07 Dec 2018 20:26:37
Ed25, All I want for Christmas is ORRRRRIIIIGGGIIIII!

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{Ed025's Note - then your easily pleased brover, hes a poor mans any carroll mate imo..

07 Dec 2018 20:51:20
Exactly right. Spot on op. We have missed a cm who will play direct and make direct runs. Keita did what the ox was doing last season last night. He was fantastic. So unlucky not to score. He is going to become phenomenal for us.

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{Ed025's Note - lets not go overboard just yet swallow and all that.. he is a quality player but thats his first top performance since he signed, when he has put a string of them together then that is the time for the plaudits mate, im not trying to rain on your parade..just bringing a modicum of reality..

07 Dec 2018 21:19:30
but when he scores, its a big one .

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07 Dec 2018 21:51:20
Ed25, you'd better be nice to him cos as far as you and your lot are concerned, the jokes write themselves at this point. For me, it's not that I am easily pleased. I always liked Origi and can remember he was in flying form until one of you blue noses butchered him in the derby cos he could not get anywhere near him. He still came back and scored 11 goals the season after.

As for being a poor man's Andy Carroll, you make a valid point. Both have succeeded in ruining the blue noses' lives in derbies while playing for LFC and Origi has made it his goal (pun intended) to punish your lot during Derbies. Like I said, all I want for Christmas is ORRRRIIIIGGGIIII!

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07 Dec 2018 23:44:04
andy carroll can sprint? I can compare origi to a poor mans torres but still an ok player plus we don't have another player like him with his speed and stature.

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08 Dec 2018 01:15:40
I hope he scores first against man utd!

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08 Dec 2018 12:39:06
Ed25 is just sore cos one of our players he gives so much stick to, ruined his derby day AGAIN and not for the first nor second time. So much egg on so many faces out there and I would be sore too if I had that much egg on my face. #OOOORRRRIIIIGGGGIIII!

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{Ed025's Note - that surprises me brover, because its not like your lot to go overboard about your players is it?....oh yeah it is.. :)

07 Dec 2018 15:25:37
Ed, have you any idea how long Lovren is likely to be out with concussion. I know a head injury is something not to be taken lightly, but what is the norm for missing games.

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{Ed001's Note - there is no set rule in football. It should be at least two weeks for the player's sake, but they usually only have a few days.}

07 Dec 2018 20:02:56
The prospect of Matip starting against United and Napoli is terrififying.

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07 Dec 2018 20:34:44
Lovren always seems to be out with something.

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07 Dec 2018 21:18:20
But is Lovren a better cb than Matip? I can see that Matip is maybe a bit lazy some times, but Lovren has no awereness at all and his positioning is youth level.

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07 Dec 2018 21:20:07
Clyne also .

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07 Dec 2018 15:03:07
Ed01, had a blast from the past today when someone mentioned the name Karl Heinz Riddle. I'd completely forgotten that he'd played for us! The chap who reminded me reckoned he was a quality player in his time but probably a bit past it - like Litmanen - by the time he joined us. One for your legends list maybe?

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{Ed001's Note - added him to the list. The guy you spoke to is right, Riedle was excellent, a real threat in the air.}

07 Dec 2018 15:16:54
I was, and still am, regularly at Anfield around the time he was there but had completely forgotten him! 60 league games and 11 goals according to Wikipedia but I'm guessing many as a sub as we had Owen and Fowler at the time. cheers Ed01.

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{Ed001's Note - yes mate, I remember being really excited when we signed him, but he was never able to really force his way into the team and hold down a spot.}

07 Dec 2018 15:24:35
I think you need to rename the “legend” list if that’s the bench mark 001 😂 good player though!

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{Ed001's Note - he was a legend in Germany.}

07 Dec 2018 15:26:00
Remember a barnstormer of a game at Barnsley an he played boss would of been better if we got him a little bit earlier in his career.

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07 Dec 2018 16:09:38
I too remember being very excited when Riedle came in, but as per above felt that we got him a) at the wrong end of his career and b) feared he wouldn't be played where he could have been most effective a la Litmanen.

BTW, Jonny wasn't Karl Heinze Riddle Stoke's mortal enemy? Think about it ;-) :D:D.

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07 Dec 2018 17:15:52
Love it Zeddicus.

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07 Dec 2018 20:29:54
First saw Reidle in the 1990 WC as understudy to Klinsmann and Voller. He was a truly gifted footballer and very good in the air for a guy of pretty average height. His best days were with Lazio and BVB where he won the CL vs Juve in 1997. I think he was past his goalscoring prime when he came to us BUT still, a very good player.

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07 Dec 2018 20:33:34
One of the best headers of a football I have ever seen.

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07 Dec 2018 14:55:50
Would anyone take Harry Wilson back in January? Seems like he could be more useful than sturridhe or origi off the bench or as a rotation option.

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07 Dec 2018 15:18:39
No, the lad is doing brilliantly at Derby and he'll benefit from a full season there instead of sitting on our bench - remember that dreadful decision to bring Danny Ward back from loan at Aberdeen.

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07 Dec 2018 15:31:21
I think it's much better to leave him be, to develop himself and his confidence to the maximum possible. Klopp can have a serious look in the summer and then decide. We just went through a situation where a player having an excellent loan was brought back and then not used at all (Danny Ward) .

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07 Dec 2018 15:47:18
Poor Danny if only he’d been allowed to stay at Huddersfield for the season when they got promoted his career could be in a completely different place!

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07 Dec 2018 16:22:13
I would say no. This is probably one of the best loan deals we’ve had in a while. Wilson is playing well, scoring and is good for his development.

It’s working for all parties involved, Derby, LFC and the player himself.

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07 Dec 2018 17:38:04
Whilst he would be useful to have in the squad and would get a reasonable amount of game time (imo), I think his development is better served playing every week at Derby rather than here and there for us.

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07 Dec 2018 17:38:21
Fully agree with everyone else on this one. Bringing him back January may do more harm than good. Best time for him is pre season when he has the time to adjust his game for Klopps tactics. Right now he is on fire in a system he is now fully adjusted to. Leave him be as he will come back confident and hungry to take the next step in his career.

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07 Dec 2018 20:35:57
Wilson is killing it at Derby right now so why would we stop the momentum and bring him back into team where he more than likely, will not get the same level of game time like the huge amounts he's getting now? Leave the kid where he is and let him develop and let's see what see what happens next preseason.

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{Ed025's Note - i totally agree brover..

07 Dec 2018 13:53:28
Bournemouth vs Liverpool is Klopp's 122nd league match at Liverpool. That's the same number as Brendan Rodgers had, here's how their records compare.

Klopp vs Brenda
Wins K-68 B-63
Lost K-19 B-29
Goals K-247 B-232
Conceded K-126 B-151
Win% K-56% B-52%
PPG K-1.97 B-1.80.

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07 Dec 2018 14:44:55
Friggin gutted too hear mane, clyne, lovren out of Bournemouth trip big loss considering Gomez injury it was already a difficult game made even trickier now any way rubbish happens part of the game unfortunately injuries occur, hope Nat Phillips has been keeping in shape and fabihno might b needed there .

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07 Dec 2018 15:20:45
The record isn't that different when you see it like that. Think the Klopp reputation is able to bring in better players though which will benefit us in the long run. and he talks much less bull, although I'm sure Ed02 won't agree with that 😁.

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{Ed001's Note - the point is though that Klopp's record is getting better, while Brendan's was getting worse.}

07 Dec 2018 15:25:15
Clyne is not a loss at all.

Think having our midfielders back including Keita and Fab along with Hendo Millie and Gini will see us through

Also have a feeling that Bobby is going to be coming back into form.

Mo will be on the score sheet as well.

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07 Dec 2018 15:31:20
Hate these stats. Actually played cup finals under klopp, and only ran city close under Brendan.
Not to mention the change over period of what Brendan left klopp with, perhaps the worst squad we’ve had in PL history.
001 makes a fantastic point, Klopps is improving, Brendan’s crumbled. The game against Madrid where he rested players will always make me despise the man.
And the very very bottom line, luis Suarez. With Bobby’s form how it is, I’m saying very confidently, with the rest of the squad, if we had Suarez up front right now, we would be 4 points ahead of City, the man turned draws into wins and losses into draws. He almost won us a league single handedly.

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07 Dec 2018 15:36:01
There's a big difference in the "intangible" areas that each manager brought to the club. Klopp has brought a passion, unity and self belief that was not there under Rodgers. I always got the sense that Rodgers put himself before the team, whereas it's clearly not the same case with Klopp. Those were the Suarez years, not the Rodgers years. We are definitely living in the Klopp years. 😉.

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07 Dec 2018 15:37:20
Ed, how do you rate Brendan as a manager overall? I recall you mentioning some years back that, whilst he was still in charge of Liverpool, that he was a good coach in the sense that he could improve players, but perhaps not such a good manager.
Has anything in the meantime changed for you?

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{Ed001's Note - no, I still don't rate him as a manager. His style of football is terrible and shows a real lack of understanding of the game. It is all about passing for passing's sake.}

07 Dec 2018 20:54:08
Once again, the stats don't tell the whole story. The stats don't tell you that BR bottled the PL and could not be arsed to fix our defence cos well, he himself said in a post match interview (one of his disgraceful pressers) that, "It's not something I am interested in". The stats also don't say how BR was able to make us a weaker team and squad after that title-bottling the season, peeing in the wind with his feckless transfer policy or lack thereof. Did the stats also mention that Klopp achieved two Cup finals in his first 8 months with BR's players, the same ones he threw under the bus when it was convenient for him?

ArAy and Ed01 are correct. BR was always incompetent and his 6 months of "glory" does not remove from from the dreaful two and a half yearrs we had under him nor the fact that he was all about himself and never took responsibility for the terrible things that happened under his watch. He only wanted the credit for whatever went right. On a coaching ability level, there is, never have been and by all current accounts, never be a comparison between the two. Klopp is the manager BR wishes he was even if he wind 1000 trophies in that pub league he manages at, he will always be inferior to Klopp.

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{Ed025's Note -" klopp and brover sitting in a tree K.I.S.S.I.N.G.. :)

08 Dec 2018 00:57:01
I’m still mad at Rogers. That one season we came second, if we weren’t winning we had aspas or Moses to bring on. In January if we had one attacking player to change a game then we would have won the league. I’m sure we started Suarez sterling Sturridge Coutinho Gerrard hendo 90% of the games that year.
Genuinely believe one rotation player would have won us the league.

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08 Dec 2018 12:22:00
Ed25, facts do not care about tree kissing. #ORRRRRIIIIIGGGIII!

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07 Dec 2018 12:52:29
Alisson is worlds best goalkeeper!

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07 Dec 2018 13:25:03
Hate to say but David De Gea, best I've seen since Schmeichel.

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07 Dec 2018 13:30:48
On form Allison is better than de gea. but he needs to show thus form for a few seasons before we can compare to de gea. But I think he can do that for us!

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07 Dec 2018 13:40:21
The reason Manu are so low on the table is because ddg is not making the saves like last year. this year worlds best IS doubt too.

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07 Dec 2018 14:07:24
I’m not sure about best in the world but definitely top 3 for me. De Gea has been brilliant for years but seems to have lost something the past 2 seasons.

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07 Dec 2018 14:15:18
Agreed too early to compare. But its so nice to a top class keeper finally.

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07 Dec 2018 15:28:47
De Gea has dipped in form this season.

Still makes world class saves but has had a fair few errors as well.

Seriously wouldn’t swap him for Allison as our guy is so well suited to how we play.

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07 Dec 2018 20:34:01
On current form, I'd say so. But as others have said, he needs to maintain it to be considered the best.

Regardless I'm just chuffed we signed him, what a player. Our transfers of late have been really impressive.

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07 Dec 2018 20:59:07
There is only so long a team can be carried by a GK. DDG is losing his mojo cos he is having to carry a whole club on his back for 5 years and it is clearly taking it's toll. He is making more errors (see his error vs Arsenal) and is more exposed due to the crap defence he has even tho The Moaner players 5 at the back. On current form, Allison over DDG all day.

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Burnley v Liverpool - A Liverpool Perspective

07 Dec 2018 09:14:30
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Burnley v Liverpool - A Liverpool Perspective

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07 Dec 2018 09:53:58
Thanks for doing these mate, I really look forward to them and love hearing your thoughts!

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{Ed001's Note - thanks mate, that makes it worth doing them.}

07 Dec 2018 10:24:47
Agree on all ratongs for the LFC players. Tho I would give Origi 6 or 6.5 as for me he did pretty well for a guy who haven't played competitive football in a while, got an assist aswell.

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07 Dec 2018 10:26:55
Brill as always Ed, I agree with all of it especially about Moreno, Keita and Sturridge. Sturridge's 4 rating seems too generous but fair lol we have to remain fair I suppose. Overall a bloody terrible game from him, he was winding me up.

Keita was top notch, with him starting that game it makes me wonder if we'll save him for Napoli or start him tomorrow as well, either way he needs to start more games because I think he's finally found his feet here, he was by far the best player on the pitch for me.

Thanks Ed, appreciate these mate they're always fair and well thought out. Quality.

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{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, Sturridge did do some good things, which almost made up for his cowardice.}

07 Dec 2018 10:54:00
Good read Ed001.

We only had a conversation the other day regarding Keita. I know it was only Burnley but he looked really good.

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{Ed001's Note - he was excellent, needs to play more now.}

07 Dec 2018 11:57:29
Cheers Ed, like the new style reviews.

Does anybody know what Dyche’s beef was with Klopp at the end? Liverpool players did nothing wrong, nor did Klopp. Can only think he was miffed there was no diving to complain about or that his team threw away the lead and Klopp did not allow for the plucky underdog to prevail.

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{Ed001's Note - thank you mate.}

07 Dec 2018 11:59:00
Typically brilliant Ed. Alisson though, what a player he is!

In view of the short turnaround Ed, what would you do with our RB situation? Play Trent for next 3 games, fitness permitting? Really hope Lovren is fit though.

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{Ed001's Note - stick with Trent, he is young enough to cope.}

07 Dec 2018 11:59:54
I do not always agree to all the player ratings. But, I eagerly look forward to reading the reviews. They are so insightful and give a fresh and rounded perspective to the performances. My visits to the site go up a few notches right after a game. Please keep them coming. Much appreciated.

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{Ed001's Note - thank you mate.}

07 Dec 2018 12:30:14
True Ed almost mate, almost. Maybe just one of them games for him, it happens of course. I reckon we'll see more of him especially this month, it'll be interesting.

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{Ed001's Note - I just wish he would not bottle out, those 'dives' Dyche complained about were not really dives, it was him jumping out of the way of a tackle. If he is not able to take the physicality of the sport, then he really should make a move to somewhere they do not expect physical contact, like Spain or Italy. I like Studger a lot, but it is a contact sport and he cost us time and again by avoiding challenges and that is a problem for the team.}

07 Dec 2018 13:07:27
Rarely comment on these reviews
But I have never missed one after a match. Part of my read up routine.

I'm sure there are many more like me so on behalf of them thank you ed .

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{Ed001's Note - thank you mate, glad you enjoy, that is all that matters, but thanks for letting me know.}

07 Dec 2018 13:12:57
Thanks is ed brilliant as always! How long can the refereeing stay this poor.

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{Ed001's Note - I don't know, though Kavanagh gave me hope for the future, as he is a new ref, so maybe the next wave of them will be better.}

07 Dec 2018 13:40:26
Thanks Ed. These are your most anticipated articles. What do you think about our set up for defensive free kicks. It looks too easy for clever players to come from deeper and time their run to get behind for a very decent chance. Makes me nervous and feel we ride our luck on those?
Enjoying the results and league position!

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{Ed001's Note - if they get the timing right it would make no difference what we did anyway. The point is that it gives Alisson time and space to see what is happening and loose balls can be easily mopped up by him. If you drop off deep, then you run the risk of the ball being in the back of the net before he has even seen it.}

07 Dec 2018 13:48:14
A great read as always Ed001 - enjoyed the Burnley review too, was interesting to read your thoughts on our opposition as much as us.

I have one issue - I think you marked Alisson pretty low with 7.5! I felt he was exceptional, that save and then quick thinking to launch the counter for our third goal was something I don't think any other PL GK would have pulled off - and you are right, he was absolutely fouled for Burnley's goal and they were offside so he should be celebrating another clean sheet.

Also, as a stat guy - Alisson has now equalled Javier Mascherano's record of 15 PL games unbeaten at the start of their career with us! I honestly believe that with another GK, that wouldn't have happened - he's been great from day one.

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{Ed001's Note - but the issue is that he did not have that much effect on the game overall, as they were not good enough to test him. It is about their positive or negative effect overall rather than how well they play.}

07 Dec 2018 14:05:33
Fair enough Ed, I suppose it's always hard for a GK to have enough of an impact on a game to get an 8+ rating, especially when Burnley only had 3 shots on target, one of which was after a foul!

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{Ed001's Note - exactly mate. If they are having that much of an effect, it means the rest of the team were crap.}

07 Dec 2018 14:26:11
Thanks for the review Ed001. What is worrying me is Clyne playing for TAA given the 2 games per week schedule we have this month. TAA maybe capable of playing all games but I doubt very much that Klopp will let him do it. Too much risk of fatigue and injury.

You were right, as many of us thought also, about Keita. He finally showed the kind of form he had in Germany, and I have no doubt in my mind that it will make a huge difference if he keeps it up. Having a genuine threat in the midfield (Shaqiri is too hit and miss for me still, but time may prove me wrong) that starts deep and moves upfield is a threat we haven't had thus far this season. Nothing more effective than a runner with the ball attracting opponents to tackle and opening up spaces where they were, especially against packed buses. I would rest him against Bournemouth and definitely play him against Napoli.

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{Ed001's Note - it worked really well against Burnley because it killed their attempts to smash players as they were afraid to be left on the deck out of the game. They just dropped off, which gave Milner the chance to hit the shot.}

07 Dec 2018 18:08:19
Regarding denzils post about our set up during defensive free kicks. I’m not worried about a player making a good run and scoring cause that can happen how ever you set up. My worry is the officials screwing up and allowing a blatant off side goal to stand.

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07 Dec 2018 20:35:59
Cheers Ed001 always look forward to the match reviews, really appreciate the work on your end that goes into these.

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07 Dec 2018 21:21:40
Great read as always, Ed. I agree with you on Dyche's pathetic and moaning over absolutely nothing. They don't call him The Ginger Mourinho for nothing cos all he did was moan about stuff to distract from the blatant obvious - the guy is under pressure and is royally in over his head.

Dyche set his side up to try and bully us and kick us from pillar to post in a bid to intimidate us BUT we never let that happen. His team is abject from top to bottom and deserved nothing from the game and will be relegated at this point.

I also disagree with the way the media reported on the game, saying how Burnley played well and how they deserved something from the game YET could not spell out the amount of chances they created. Maybe it was cos they created NOTHING. Prolly trying to help deflect from the fact that an incompetent British manager is in over his head. As for the refs? No comment. It's just too painful.

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07 Dec 2018 21:54:53
Thanks for the write up Ed!

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{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

08 Dec 2018 00:38:14
Ed001. Kavanagh does give some hope. I’ve seen him ref a few games now and the sense you get is he is in control.
He’s in control of himself, nothing fanciful to draw attention, just ref the game cause that’s his job.
He’s in control of the game, because he knows the rules and applies them.
Something I notice about him is that he doesn’t do too much of talking to players. Seems to be working in his favour for now. We’ll see how it is in time to come when he becomes more acquainted with the players.
He hasn’t been tested under fiery situations though, even for this recent derby. Will have to see how he responds to teams that are trying to push their luck and crowds that are more rowdy.

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{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed he continues as he is, because he is the first ref I have ever seen that I was impressed with. I know people will jump on Collina, but he was terrible in Serie A and was reffing at the time of the Calciopoli scandal when refs were favouring certain teams. He was very much at the centre of it all but seems to have avoided being tainted somehow.}


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