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25 Feb 2017 14:31:17

Just wondering what the eds think we need going into the summer as regards to new recruits.? I think a new centre half big strong and dominant in th air next to matip . a left back tho I'm not slagging Milner off just could do with someone who's actually left footed. clyne I think is way overrated because he's English right back . he's at fault for loads of goals we conceded so maybe Trent needs a good run in the side., goalie is priority Mingo is f----ing abismal. and somebody with real pace up top along with mane ( rues) I wish lol 😂 . :. And I don't think we will do bad next season not that we've done bad this season. 😉 What you reckon we need eds. and maybe chuck in a few names if you could please😂.

{Ed001's Note - not sure we need a lot, certainly nothing like that many. A centre back to partner Matip is the only real priority. Anything else should wait until we get that position sorted. It is high time we just focused on buying what we need, rather than spreading our money too thin. Maybe, if Klopp has decided he is not ready to trust Ojo etc, a left sided attacker would be a good thing. For me it would have to be someone older, rather than a youngster.}

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25 Feb 2017 14:49:21

Jorge mere, Alex Grimaldo, Timo horn or rajkovic, Brandt and pulisic. Get rid of lovren, Moreno, mignolet and most of our loaned out players, Flannigan wisdom etc.

25 Feb 2017 14:50:37

Maybe passlack or Leverkusen's young rb too and get rid of clyne completely agree with Ed's 1 now he's poor as is lovren and a few others.

25 Feb 2017 15:21:08

Left winger so Coutinho can finally move back into the midfield as he played in the 13/ 14 title charge.



Left back so Milner can be a utility squad player or simply moved on to free up wages.





Centre back so our second best option there isn't a 28/ 29 year old centre midfielder decimated by injuries. Preferably a naturally left sided centre back to suit Matip being right sided.



Once we have resolved these issues of having players out of position, then we should possibly look to improve on Clyne (right back), maybe replace Sturridge if he leaves (striker), and definitely replace Mignolet (back up keeper) . See no reason why Arnold, Ings and Ward can't take on those roles though. Arnold may be young, but he hasn't once looked out of place; even against Man U at Old Trafford in a crucial derby. I'm sure Ward is good enough to provide competition and play in the cups for us. I guess it's down to Ings to get fit in pre-season as to whether he gets his chance.



For LW, LB and CB I'd quite like Brandt, Kolasinac and Gibson.

25 Feb 2017 15:53:11

Just out of interest Ed, which left sided attacker would you like? You say someone who is not a youngster.



Someone like Douglas Costa, Insigne, or even Son?

{Ed001's Note - yes, Costa would be good as he has pace and seems to be out of favour so might potentially be available.}

25 Feb 2017 16:28:30

Personally I would love Rachid Gezzal of Lyon. He is a terrific player in my view. Kolasinac and Gibson Won't happen unfortunately. In fact I don't see us signing a CB at all. A striker will come in replacing Sturridge while Ings would be involved only partially next season.

I would move Can out and bring a good disciplined CM.

25 Feb 2017 16:39:08

Gibson? He's average at best, not a player we should be looking at if we want to kick on. I don't think Insigne is a player we should look at either.

25 Feb 2017 16:42:18

Costa is a great player and I would love him at LFC but don't see it happening. Brandt may be an option as well and I wouldn't mind him as Klopp really wants him.

25 Feb 2017 16:42:34

Interesting Ed. Had no idea he was out of favour. He would be a very good signing for us. Would probably jump at the chance to link up with Coutinho and Firmino as well.



Is there any chance we might move for him, or is this Gary Medel Mk2? ;)



As I type this Ed002's 3-1 predicted win for Chelsea becomes a reality. He may claim he doesn't have a Crystal ball, but we all know he just wants to keep it away from the FBI.

{Ed001's Note - I am only guessing he is out of favour as he has not played in any of the games of theirs I have watched. Hence the seems to be. I will have to ask and see if he is out of favour and available or he is just missing out due to rotation.



As for us moving for him, I very much doubt it mate, much as I would love it. Don't remind me of Medel! We could have really done with him a few times this season as well. I will never understand why we never signed him a few years back.}

25 Feb 2017 16:59:44

Gezzal is a good player harry. Fair shout. I do agree that Kolasinac and Gibson won't happen though. I think they will go elsewhere, namely Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively. They're my pipe dreams, that's all!



I am also not convinced we will sign a centre back by the way. I think Klopp is actually content with Lucas, Lovren, Klavan and Matip. Lucas is giving him something to think about to be fair. He is still new to the centre back role, but he looks so comfortable there. So he could still improve! I wouldn't dare write him off, because he just seems to keep coming back. No matter how many times he is replaced, or how many serious injuries he has, he just comes through it and manager after manager keeps starting games for us. Absolute warrior.

25 Feb 2017 17:14:20

D costa has been flirting with leaving and that has angered B Munich.

25 Feb 2017 17:18:14

Dennis have you actually watched Gibson? It is a close call between him and Vertonghen as the best left sided centre back in the Premier League.



He will most likely go to Chelsea unfortunately.



He is far from average. He would be an absolutely ideal partner for Matip. On what basis do you call him average? He is the lynchpin of Middleborough's back line, which has one of the best defensive records outside of the top 6. That despite playing in front of the poor Valdes and behind a below par midfield.



Shame about Costa though Ed001. Even if he was an option you've cursed it now so i guess we move on. Mertens?

{Ed001's Note - no chance of Mertens for anything like a reasonable price. Napoli are not looking to let him leave, so he would be expensive.}

25 Feb 2017 17:58:45

Shame the Sakho ship has sailed would have liked to have seen him and Matip . his own fault though I guess.

25 Feb 2017 17:40:28

Could I ask if we have any interest in Jorge mere ed? Or Alex Grimaldo? I know you don't like random names but I think they could both be quality additions.

{Ed001's Note - no idea on either, I would have to ask.}

25 Feb 2017 17:44:43

That's exactly what I wanted to hear Ed! Now just keep saying it won't happen and you can't jinx it ;)

{Ed001's Note - just because that worked with Firmino doesn't mean it will work again!}

25 Feb 2017 18:04:34

Agreed Squizza. Sakho was a bit raw but you can see how much potential he has. Injuries slowed his development but the back end of last season he was absolutely class and started showing signs he could be a mainstay for years. Then came drug-gate and the rest is history!

25 Feb 2017 18:40:15

Yeah also think he has some leadership qualities not necessarily captain material but player that others look at and think glad he's on my side bit like the Man U away Europa game . shame he messed it up.

25 Feb 2017 18:44:10

I know most of us are split between Sacko leaving, and Lucas playing at the back, Sacko plays today for Palace, and they win, with a clean sheet, after some bad results, Lucas was class against Spuds, but poor V Hull, so not sure myself .

25 Feb 2017 19:26:59

Gibson is the real deal, Dennis. Just watch him play. He is much better than the overhyped and overrated Van Dyke who only seems to look good on MOTD highlight reels.

25 Feb 2017 19:54:03

Lorenzo Insigne is another winger I ll look at. Good player and consistent player. But Napoli are flying high in the league and wouldn't leave him.

Rachid Ghezal from Lyon for anything between £20-25 mill and that's a coop.

25 Feb 2017 21:15:01

Redforever don't think there is any doubt that sakho is a better cb than Lucas but you can't compare their commitment to the club.

25 Feb 2017 20:23:54

What's been going on with Jonas Hector this year? Thought he would have been a good signing last summer.

26 Feb 2017 08:25:29

If coutinho goes into the middle 5hen what happens with lallana. don't underestimate the influence lallana has on our team. We take as big a down turn in form with him out the team as we do with mane. He is the press. The starter of it all. Cou can't do what we does.



You all like the idea of cou in the middoe for his passing but he's playes therebquite abit and never been aa porductive as he is on yhe left wing.



Costa wouls be brilliant addition on the left wing apart from th3 fact his game is very mjch on wicked crossing but we have no use for that. Also the reason he is out of favor is because he wants more money from bayern, that's a problem there because we can't match the likes of united or chelsea.



I would prioritise a lb, cm and gk.



And for goodness sake just throw gonez in be assed with another season of cup games for him.



In:

Gaya, Tielemans and Heaton



Team



Karius

Clyne Matip Gomez Gaya

Hendo Wij

Lallana

Mane Coutinho

Firmino



Heaton, Lovren, TAA, Tielemans, Milner, Ojo, Origi



Mignolet, Can, sturridge, woodburn, klavan, ings, lucas, moreno, markovic, grujic, ejaria, wilson are the other players in our squad.



TAA can play rb, cm and rm

Milner lb, cm, lm and false nine



So there both awesome to have on the bench.



Also just start giving ojo 20 minites a game. he's freakin awesome. Look at ake just got played. Meyer just got played. Brandt just got played. It the only way he will progress.

26 Feb 2017 09:29:14

Supermane, Coutinho played in midfield in 13/ 14, on the left side of a 3 (Gerrard sitting, Hendo on the right) and he was excellent there. I think his pressing is very under appreciated. Plus in that season he registered 5 goals and 7 assists so it hardly took away his goals.



I agree he is not as relentless as Lallana in the press, but it is not all about running about. Lallana for all his improvements still slows the play down quite often.



Irrespective of all of that it is about having options in the squad. Klopp at this moment in time cannot play with 2 out and out wingers because we don't have 2!



I do not disagree though, that Ojo deserves a chance. He is a very good young player.

26 Feb 2017 10:21:50

"This kind of full-back now is more like a midfield player, " Klopp said on Monday Night Football.



"They play in half-spaces, they play really high. They are wingers sometimes, sometimes centre midfielders. The rule is: be an option in terms of getting a pass or be protection.



"If you are an option you can be high or you can be in the half space.



"Full-back is a wonderful position because you are always involved. I remember speaking to Milly the first time about possibly playing left-back and said: 'what do you think? '



"He said: ‘but I won’t get the ball'. I said: ‘forget this, you will get the ball much more often than you can imagine’.



There we go, the fullbacks are the 'wingers' in Klopp's system.



Klopp does not need out and out wingers as he does not ask his wide forwards to hug the touchline. He may need another forward with pace to strengthen the wide position but not an out and out winger. Klopp's front three interchange throughout the match and do not find themselves in the same position as the formation Klopp sets out. For instance, Firmino plays centrally in the front 3 yet you will see him drifting out wide more than often during a match as per Klopp's instruction. Coutinho will cut in from the left and end up centrally as well as Mane as per Klopp's instruction. Firmino drops deep to start attacks and Mane then becomes our central attacking forward etc. You do not see Mane or Coutinho hugging the touchline?

26 Feb 2017 10:29:24

Lallana will occupy the bench and will be rotated with Coutinho for that third midfielder slot. You cannot improve the team if you are not willing to drop a few players for some better one's. A left winger will make this vehicle run like a bullet train.

26 Feb 2017 12:01:23

Max you know what I mean. I'm not going to argue over terminology. Mane is our only senior player who naturally plays out wide.



Call them what you like; wide forward, left midfielder, winger, inverted forward, outside attack etc. I really don't care for how people word it. Mane is our only natural wide man, and our only forward with raw pace.

26 Feb 2017 16:31:42
Couts would play central with lalaana mane wijni and can would rotate.

26 Feb 2017 11:23:03

Thanks ed.

{Ed001's Note - ?}

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26 Feb 2017 12:11:48

I agree, thanks Ed.

{Ed001's Note - hahaha! I have no idea why I am laughing at that....}

26 Feb 2017 13:51:15

Couldn't agree more, Thanks Ed.

{Ed001's Note - erm...}

26 Feb 2017 14:39:33
That's a good point ed.

26 Feb 2017 10:11:18

Whats peoples opinion of michail antonio? Got a fantastic engine never gives up can play multiple positions. Reminds me a bit of dirk kuyt. A good fit for us?

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25 Feb 2017 19:51:48

Hendo didn't train today. Any ideas why ed?

{Ed001's Note - no mate sorry.}

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25 Feb 2017 12:01:14
Ed are you worried that klopp questioning the Leicester players in his press conference will be the exact motivation they need? Wijnaldum has also said something similar.

{Ed002's Note - No, the world does not revolve around what Klopp says.}

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25 Feb 2017 12:09:38
The Leicester players need to get on with it now. Many have said that Raneiri did not deserve the sack so doubt it matters what Klopp has had to say about them.

25 Feb 2017 13:09:02
Why are we desperately mixing emotions on this simple topic. A club sacked a manager due poor form infact a good chance of relegation. Every club does the same thing. Did not Palace sacked their manager earlier?

25 Feb 2017 14:59:10
I'm not worried particularly about what Klopp said in isolation, I am worried that the stick the players are taking from everyone everywhere (and frankly rightly so), will really motivate them against us. Wouldn't be surprised if that's in the back of the mind of mourinho when he's been slating them, nice little side benefit for him!

25 Feb 2017 11:59:29
So far this season, EPL wise we have improved on a massive scale. 14 points better off compared to last season after 25 matches.

Obviously getting knocked out of both cups was a disappointment but giving the youngsters a chance to prove themselves in the cups has been a breath of fresh air.

We can without a doubt still finish top 4. Dismantling Spurs would have given the players loads of confidence so now they just need to maintain the effort.

Finishing 4th this season would be a massive achievement for me considering how many times we have done so in recent years.

Klopp is the right manager to take us forward. Fingers crossed, his summer transfer plans set us up to finally go onto better things.

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25 Feb 2017 13:09:45
Spurs have nothing to play for other than 4th place.

24 Feb 2017 02:49:45

Eds, if Leicester go down could you see us taking a punt on Mahrez?



Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - I doubt it.}

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24 Feb 2017 20:14:21

TTNT, of course they will.



Football is fickle.



Wijnaldum as an example was largely blamed along with other Newcastle stars for their relegation and underperforming for mclaren. But we still signed him and Spurs did Sissoko. I don't hold anything against him.

25 Feb 2017 03:26:31

I wasn't happy when we signed Wijnaldum and his fee, but I been proven wrong.



I wonder if Klopp is regretting not going after Kante though.

23 Feb 2017 12:11:42

Read over past posts about Sead Kolasinic there but was wondering if there has been any newer info regards him?

Free in the summer and someone we should definitely be enquiringly about IMO.

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23 Feb 2017 12:26:23

Why? He's okay but hardly brilliant.

23 Feb 2017 14:22:20

Kolasinic will be a free agent, and you can be sure there will be 3 maybe 4 big clubs going for him . hard to say were he ends up.

25 Feb 2017 08:03:55
Hardly brilliant? That would be why Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool and Arsenal are chasing his signature then! He is in the top 5 left backs in Europe right now and he is available for free!

25 Feb 2017 10:25:43
He looks like a defensive full back, it would be madness not to put a good offer in for him.

24 Feb 2017 11:33:39
Claudio Ranieri sacked eh. I think I love football just a little bit less tonight.

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23 Feb 2017 20:17:00

sorry not liverpool related but the Leicester board are a disgrace.

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23 Feb 2017 20:27:45

Never felt more sorry for a sacked manager.

23 Feb 2017 20:50:04

It is Liverpool related because for the next game, they will all be up for it. Hate to say it, but struggling teams love changing their managers before games against Liverpool.

23 Feb 2017 20:51:01

Always felt sorry for most but not all.



But in the interests of the club, it is the correct choice.



The stakes are too high and you can't go down.



Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - then they should have changed the players, not the manager. It is them not bothering to try and causing the problems. The board should have made it clear from the start that they backed the manager over the players and this would never have happened. The players are a disgrace.}

23 Feb 2017 20:54:09

I know they've not been doing that well this year, but did they really expect to be smashing the league again? Ranieri even said himself that survival was priority at the start of the season.



I think this is a bad decision based, but I probably don't know many of the details.

23 Feb 2017 21:07:36

We'll said Ed1.

23 Feb 2017 21:14:47

Fantastic post Ed, could not agree more. Best post I've read on this site by a country mile.

23 Feb 2017 22:29:26

It seems that Premier League winning managers have been very transient employees lately:



Mancini won the league with Man City in 2011-2012. Sacked May 2013.

Mr. Ferguson won the league with Man U in 2012-2013. Retired immediately afterwards.

Pellegrini won the league with Man City in 2013-2014. Left the club in June 2016.

Mourinho won the league with Chelsea in 2014-2015. Sacked December 2015.

Ranieri won the league with Leicester in 2015-2016. Sacked Feb 2017.



Only Pellegrini will still in charge a year after winning the league.



Fancy a punt on Conte to leave Chelsea next season?

23 Feb 2017 22:46:51

It is absolutely sickening. I can't believe they've done this, it's clear that the players were the ones not turning up. Some of the Leicester players, if not most, should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for their effort in the PL this season. It's clearly not a tactical issue seem to be working fine in the Champions League, they got a good result yesterday.

23 Feb 2017 22:51:34

He got transfers badly wrong but still crazy how he got sacked.

23 Feb 2017 23:02:32

I've just posted on the Leicester page how I feel (I'm sure they appreciate it! )

Most people could predict that they would lose their best players after winning the Premier League (Vardy excepted) and losing Kante has been massive to them. We all knew they wouldn't win the League again but they're still in the Champions League going into March and they are still the Champions of England!

Claudio Ranieri is one of the best football managers around and should never have been sacked from Chelsea when he was.

Leicester City are a Championship Club at best and have just proved that they have a Division 2 mentality!

Their next manager will be in the mould of Warnock, Allardyce or Holloway so I expect them to spend the rest of the season scrapping for survival and the TV money but, without Ranieri, they'll be travelling to Walsall and Rochdale on a cold night before long instead of the European nights out their fans relish.

23 Feb 2017 23:04:58

I feel very very sorry for Ranieri. It's absolutely disgusting the way that man has been treated and as Ed001 has said it's the player's that are at fault. Damien Duff was speaking on Irish TV last night and could not say a bad word against his former boss.

23 Feb 2017 23:38:45

I think Walsh was mainly the reason they did what they did last year but its still a shame, unfortunately it was inevitable, yes its the players not performing but that has to be managed and obviously Ranieri cant.

23 Feb 2017 23:04:58

I feel very very sorry for Ranieri. It's absolutely disgusting the way that man has been treated and as Ed001 has said it's the player's that are at fault. Damien Duff was speaking on Irish TV last night and could not say a bad word against his former boss.

24 Feb 2017 00:05:04

It must have been a hard decision for their board tho. Leicester are in massive danger going down this season, Ranieri just couldn't stop the rot and the board had to do something atleast to give themselves a chance to stay in EPL



Now on payers last year ED2 said after Chelsea fiasco. U just can't change the whole team/ players. Its better to bring a manager who can motivate/ get best out of his players that's what his job is.



Now if Leicester stay up in EPL that will be a great decision by their board. If they go down will look bad decision by their board.

{Ed001's Note - it is irrelevant if they stay up or go down, it was a bad decision. About time players were treated like adults and not pampered all the time. Clubs could change the whole team/players and then it would never happen again. It is because they always end up taking the players side that this keeps happening.}

24 Feb 2017 00:29:01

Feel sorry for the guy but hardly surprised. Too late in the season to make significant changes to the squad and clearly, a change needed to happen. They were only going in one direction and if they stay up the decision, in business terms at least, is vindicated.

24 Feb 2017 08:38:46

Fortunately Ranieri is a great guy and will just shrug it off as "football".

It is a poor decision though.

24 Feb 2017 10:54:10
its things like this that really bother me about football now. a complete lack of respect. the players should be ashamed of themselves as should the board for folding to the players wishes.

they have this man to thank for what is most likely going to be the greatest moment in their careers.

why is it that clubs feel the need to back the players? i this simoly financial as its cheaper to replace 1 man rather than 11?

i for one hope they are relagated and raneiri finds a fantastic job. because as well as his wonderful achievements he seems like a genuinely nice guy.

24 Feb 2017 20:31:06
I hope they go down now starting with a good hiding Monday. I wanted them to survive because how likeable CR is. Good luck to the man I hope he finds a club that appreciates him!

 


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