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23 Dec 2015 12:43:12
Red Star Belgrade have accepted a £5.1m bid from LFC for midfielder Marko Grujic. Apparently we'll loan him back to them till the Summer.
(SSN)

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1.) 23 Dec 2015 23:14:05
Great, so basically we've signed another loan player 😂.


 

 

31 Oct 2015 22:23:17
When Jurgen arrived almost everyone billed this game as the yardstick. Mourinho v Klopp would be coming along at a seemly time to start judging our new management against "the Special One".
Well, let's call that job done as far as that particular test is concerned.
Liverpool, under Jurgen Klopp, are unbeaten so far and looking happier and more together than I can remember.

In a way this reminds me of LFC under Rafa but with a warmth that Benitez never encouraged.
Jurgen Klopp has got my heart working more normally. no longer do I dread set-pieces around our box and going a goal behind isn't game-over any more.
Skrtel and Moreno are still dodgy defensively but that isn't quite so important when we are controlling possession and encouraging sensible passing out of defence as opposed to over-passing at the back.

Going forward, we appear to be retaining possession better and regaining the ball more when we lose it.
Okay, our end-product needs to be more clinical but a fit Benteke will be invaluable in our forward play. He changed the focus of our attack when he came on today because he's brilliant at holding up play and winning the airial battles. Firminho, Coutinho, Milner, Lallana, Ibe, Texeira and Henderson should all be able to profit from a fit Benteke or Sturridge. And vice versa.

Almost every player has improved under Jurgen Klopp and his team and there is a definite togetherness which hasn't been in evidence for far too long.
I'm too old to be fooled by false dawns but I'm willing to bet that we are all watching the real deal under Klopp. The Liver Bird could be rising from the ashes but we have to accept that it's very early on in Jurgen's reign but I can't see Man Utd., Chelsea or Spurs finishing above us this season. Even Man City and Arsenal are vulnerable and both have to visit Anfield.

Let's turn on the enthusiasm and atmosphere at home (we were superb at Chelsea today) and get behind our team wholeheartedly.
I'm starting to seriously regret giving up my season-ticket last May but I hope my regret continues. I'm sure it will under Jurgen Klopp die Kopkonig (The Kop King)

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1.) 01 Nov 2015 09:19:59
I agree with most of what you say, but think we still look very dodgy at defending set pieces. I think we can all see progress and the potential and that's exciting!


2.) 01 Nov 2015 12:12:25
On the point of looking happier I haven't seen the team celebrate like that in a while, I think changing room selfies is a bit over the too as it's just one win, but it's good to see them happy and look like it means more to them.


 

 

03 Oct 2015 20:00:21
I thought after the Sion debacle that Rodgers would be the first managerial casualty but, after today, McClaren could do worse than surfing Fish4Jobs on his laptop going back to Newcastle tonight.
I can see De Boer at St.James' and Ancelotti at Anfield before the week is through.
Purely based on my guts and with no inside info whatsoever these are my odds on who'll be in charge of us after the international-break;

Ancelotti 10/11
Rodgers Evens
Un-mentioned 5/2
O'Driscoll 4/1 *
Klopp 13/2
De Boer 7/1
Carragher 33/1 *
*(as caretaker)

I'm not sure if these prices make mathematical sense but I'm not a bookie. Just wanted to put my tuppence-worth into the mix while waiting for the rugby to start.

Personally, would like Ancelotti or Klopp for different reasons.
The expensive and ambitious players we've got (Coutinho, Firminho, Sakho, Sturridge, Benteke etc.) not to mention our youngsters, need a successful manager to follow. Someone who doesn't just make it up as he goes along.

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20 Aug 2015 14:13:03
Lucas Leiva on his way to Besiktas on loan. wtf?
Even if we have a replacement lined up this is stupid beyond words !!

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12 Jul 2015 18:20:36
£49M agreed with Citeh. luvvly jubbly !!

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1.) 13 Jul 2015 00:01:19
As Ed02 has said on numerous occasions regarding transfers plus agents fees plus this plus that great news


 

 

 

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22 Nov 2016 15:41:18
Just watching the U-23's v Man. Utd repeated on LFCtv.
It's been a cracking game with some good performances on both sides. However, I've been particularily impressed with Rhian Brewster, Glen McAuley and Yan Dhanda going forward.
We've got a quality set-up at Academy and U-23 level and I can only see us getting better under the continued stewardship of Alex Inglethorpe and Co.

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1.) 22 Nov 2016 16:56:18
You're watching the u18s not 23s.


2.) 22 Nov 2016 17:42:58
Yes, I realized after I'd pressed "send". the sentiment remains the same though.


3.) 22 Nov 2016 18:45:17
What age do the youth teams go up to? Age 23? It's interesting because you never see a player who played with the youth team until age 23 come into the first team. Is it more intended for the players on the fringe of the first team or trying to regain fitness (Ings)?

Happy to hear 18s looked solid.


4.) 22 Nov 2016 19:37:54
U23 is usually players 17-20 the younger they are the better they're doing to be playing for the u23 the u18 side will be mainly 15-18 year olds with again the younger being the better prospects and 18 year old playing there rather than u23 are late bloomers or not going to make it.


5.) 22 Nov 2016 21:23:36
Dhanda in particular looks to have come on in leaps and bounds this year.
Did you notice the RB (Sharrif) for that game is only 15!


 

 

15 Nov 2016 21:12:38
This international friendly is an extremely vital learning tool for English football. Without this crucially important fixture we would be completely ignorant about so much in our quest for World domination. Oh, and the added bonus is the FA and Wembley are just a tad wealthier. Everyone wins!

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27 Oct 2016 23:46:30
Yes, the Palace game will be a tough test but we need to be a bit more arrogant about these sorts of fixtures.
Crystal Palace's form in 2016 has been pretty dreadful, our away form isn't too shabby, we won there last time and we now have a BETTER squad, a BETTER ethos and, most importantly, a brilliant boss who's more settled-in and who's winning-mentality is kicking in big-time.
If, as fans, we continually dread playing teams whose play reflects their need to survive on drawing against the big clubs with the odd win against their rivals then we'll develop a phobia which League Champions never, ever have.
This is probably what Klopp meant about supporting the team against the Hulls and WBAs in the same way as we always do in Europe and against Everton, Man. Utd etc.
Jurgen's trying to create a particular aura of invincibility and, yes, arrogance, where the squad and supporters and coaches and fringe staff are all united (sorry! ) in the obviously do-able aim of being this country's top-dogs. Our league, at the moment, is there for the taking and I honestly don't see any reason why WE can't be the next Leicester City (who I admire massively) apart from the fact that, by default, they were already conditioned to beat lower league teams as a matter of survival.
If we can win every single game we'll win win everything on offer but if we get wobbly before every game against scrappers we'll fall short because that's a lot of games to be nervous about and our support will have a massive part to play. The boys we are supporting will react more positively to the crowd than the manager once the whistle blows, that's our job. If we sit there worrying about Benteke or Carroll biting us in the backside it'll probably be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Let's get behind the lads whoever the opposition!

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1.) 28 Oct 2016 02:52:44
brilliant post, agree 100%, always respect the opponent, never fear them, focus on our strengths and we are a match for anybody.


2.) 28 Oct 2016 07:10:03
Great post.


3.) 28 Oct 2016 10:30:03
Spot on mate.


4.) 28 Oct 2016 13:02:36
Totally agree. Go there brimming with confidence and take the bull by the horns. An early goal for us would make them have to come out, and that's when we're at our best.
YNWA.


5.) 28 Oct 2016 14:06:20
Great post that Pete, nothing more to add except Come on you Mighty Reds!


6.) 28 Oct 2016 14:51:02
Great post! The way you respect your opponent is to prepare thoroughly for them and make sure you execute the game plan perfectly. Klopp doesn`t take games for granted and regardless of the team he puts out, he will expect them to perform to the highest standards and if they don`t, they won`t play again. Roll on, CP.


 

 

30 Aug 2016 17:54:13
Balotelli in Nice for a medical and Sakho to Sunderland on loan (? ) .
I don't understand the treatment of Sakho but it would seem that Klipperty wants his own squad ASAP!
Could it be a mistake to change too much too quickly and will it be at the expense of character and harmony from the dressing-room?

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1.) 30 Aug 2016 18:28:26
I definitely think it is, Sakho's been one of our most consistent performers over the last few seasons, especially last year. Really daft decision in my eyes, I rate Lovren but no matter what form he is in, he always has a risk of making costly errors, such as often turning his back on shots. So i think our cb pairing should definitely be Matip and Sakho but it seems Klopp sees it differently.


2.) 30 Aug 2016 18:49:31
I can't imagine Klopp is just kicking him out for one bout of indiscipline on the US tour, especially having used him as first choice right up until he was suspended.

I rate him very highly as a player, but somehow think it's likely he has a history of attitude issues and that's why he's going.


3.) 30 Aug 2016 18:51:52
I think its a shame but for me Sakho was never one of our best players and frequently for me was average. Though we were defensively very poor last season for example, Sakho if that good would have helped keep out some of those dreadful goals from set pieces particularly, and too often did not do enough in a team of players who for the most part did not do enough either.


4.) 30 Aug 2016 18:55:11
I much prefer Sakho to Lovren but the fact of the matter is, Sakho didn't maintain the standards expected of him while we were in the states on pre season. Klopp seemed to rate him before and probably still does, but if a player thinks he's above the team and can be late for various things then he is not good for a manager. Hopefully he takes a loan move as the kick up the arse he needs to properly sort himself out and if he does come back next summer, or even doesn't leave before the deadline, he is in a better frame of mind and more willing to pull in the direction Klopp wants, because he seems to love the fans and we mostly love him too.


5.) 30 Aug 2016 20:09:57
It doesn't matter what anyone thinks of sakho as a player, he undermined the manager and there's only one way that will ever turn out and that's the player moving on, if he stays it gives the impression to the other players that klopps weak and some of them will exploit that, he's finished at the club so just accept it and move on.


6.) 30 Aug 2016 21:14:56
Klopp sees Sakho every day of the week give or take, he knows what his doing, all you posters know about as much about him as I do, that's nowt, so don't keep moaning about it, regardless if you think he's our best player, can't understand why a lot of people on here question Klopp's team, tactics, transfer dealings etc, I for one am glad we've got him, so get behind him.


7.) 31 Aug 2016 01:09:22
moral of the story is that fans want players who aren't there or aren't available. meanwhile perpetuating the narrative that whoever isn't there or unavailable is better than the players who are playing currently. it's a terrible cycle to be in!
I do find it humorous that Sakho has so many fans suddenly. I love the guy too, bbut I think his other antics have endeared him to LFC fans more so than his actual play.
bottom line is if he is a disruption and can't turn it around for what klopp wants, then he'll have to go. Similar story to the end of his time at PSG, so it would seem it is all down to Sakho and his ability to turn the tables around.


8.) 31 Aug 2016 00:05:43
I have no prob questioning the manager's tactics as that is part of the game. But people should stop acting like they know what's going on behind the scenes because bar the Ed's, no one knows a darn thing.


 

 

09 Aug 2016 08:35:33
ED001, are you doing your Podcasts again this season?
Forgive me if this has already been covered.

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{Ed001's Note - hopefully mate. It is just finding the time, as both myself and Benny are very busy. I will be in Spain though, as of next month, so time zones will be closer. Though not sure how much time I will have as I will be spending a bit time establishing links with a few of the Spanish clubs, as I struggle a bit to get info from there.}


 

 

 

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01 Nov 2016 08:21:31
I've never seen this Tierney lad play so I'm not writing him off. A word of caution though, Scotland has been a dire league for years and is almost wrapped up already by a Club which has been royally hammered in Europe. In short, looking good in Scotland might not be much of a testimonial and just because some big clubs are monitoring him says very little. Everyone's after decent defenders and any player showing even a little promise will invite a bidding-war.
I'd stick with a very impressive Milner with Gomez, Klavan and Moreno as back-up till the end of the season. I stand to be corrected on Tierney if it happens but I think we're too well equipped in the LB department to be panic-buying until at least the end of the season.

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28 Oct 2016 19:56:34
Well, if that means Moreno plays then we can expect nervous defending, maybe a penalty or two and a massive boost to Palace's attackers. I'd rather take a punt on Klavan at LB even though he hasn't played there much.

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04 Jul 2016 21:35:33
Snap their hands off. no disrespect intended because he'll be a very good buy for someone who can play to his strengths which Brendan and his team misinterpreted as being our style of play.
No doubt he'll haunt us next season but the money could partly pay off our catalogue of poor buys or go towards a decent left-back!
If we can thin out the squad even more but keep a hard-core 25 or so pool of quality "squaddies" whilst keeping the wages down then now is the season to do it. I hate to use the word "transition" but without Europe we can easily mount a serious challenge on domestic fronts without breaking the bank!

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24 May 2016 20:00:47
And Sinclair to Watford?

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27 May 2015 21:57:37
Balotelli, from what I observed last season, is worth f@:kall!!
to get him off the wage-bill would be an achievement.
Personally, I'd make him stay and put him in goal 'cos Mignolet's sh"t!!
On the positive side, Liverpool cast-off Iago Aspas has a Europa League winners medal in his back-pocket!

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20 Dec 2016 10:10:09
Some of what you say is a bit off the mark my friend, in my opinion.
We haven't proven we can "grind out results" just by nicking an injury-time winner against a very mediocre Everton and how on earth was Sicknote Sturridge M. O. M.?
Also, t hose critics who say we need to score X because we'll concede Y are generally alluding to a widely accepted principal that our defence is our potential downfall.
You surely can't deny that, without Matip, Gomez, Sakho and a specialist LB we lack a quality and presence that our makeshift defenders have been mostly getting away with so far but . well, square pegs!
If we lose Sakho (probably) I'll be disappointed and frustrated because he's a class CB. I like Klavan as a steady defender when we don't have to defend too much and Milner likewise. Both are great when we're attacking but our defensive frailties are down to square pegs in round holes! And don't get me started on goalkeepers!

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22 Nov 2016 17:42:58
Yes, I realized after I'd pressed "send". the sentiment remains the same though.

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10 Nov 2016 19:10:00
We voted, like the citizens of the USA, for change. It's pathetic how the Remainers and Clintonites can't accept the democratic processes and the reasons why both votes went as they did.
2016 has been absolutely brilliant!

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06 Nov 2016 20:42:28
The delicate and sulky flower that is Sturridge is best suited to sitting behind the top two (Klopp and his assistant! ) . he's a very good player and handy to bring on with 30 mins to go if you need to change things but, honestly, he's behind Origi at the moment in my opinion and he's carrying an aura of petulance which is becoming boring.
His wafer-thin constitution and current form won't neccesarily make him unattractive in the market and I can think of a host of English clubs who'd snap him up gladly.
Time to sell? Absolutely. With Danny Ings out of the reckoning and nobody quite ready from the reserves I'd love to see us cash in on Daniel Sturridge and bring in an Aubamayang-type player more suited to Klipperty's style and less fragile.

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01 Nov 2016 09:01:15
Rafael Benitez, as good as he was, is the complete opposite of Jurgen Klopp. Rafa was pretty unfriendly towards players, defensively-minded even at Anfield (2 DMs) and not brilliant with the media. Given the quality at his disposal I'd say he underwhelmed, frustrated and under-achieved. Any comparison to Jurgen is moot because they are so different. I'm very thankful that we had Rafa because of what he brought to the youth set-up, Istanbul and his stance against the owners. He also clearly loved Liverpool and brought some legendary players to the club (as well as many failures! ) Benitez was brilliant for us in Europe but not so switched-on domestically. Jurgen Klopp doesn't deserve any criticism as far as I'm concerned.12 months in charge, 1 x domestic final, 1 x European final and title-challengers.
I can't understand why a manager who has brought such happiness back should have one single critic.!

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