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17 Mar 2018 03:11:55
Been a while since I have posted, but seeing the draw got me excited and scared, both at the same time. Well I guess that's the life of a Liverpool supporter. You just never know what to expect!
But the more I think about the draw, the more I am settling for in its favor;
1. One reason for me, which not a lot of people might agree with, is the proximity. We are at the deep end of the season and have very little time to recover between matches. Having the team you are playing against just a stone's throw away helps with that jn between games travel and recovery.
2. The more I am thinking about it, I am liking us being drawn at home first and away second. City is bound to score against us and I would hate it if City got away on a scrappy away goal in the second leg (IF we were at home second leg) . Us being away from home in the second leg will push us to get that away goal and City being at home will have to play their expansive football (not that they would play any other style anyways), and we all know we have a better chance of scoring against attacking teams than otherwise. I feel more comfortable knowing that if we manage the first game well, City will be the ones under pressure to not give away the 'away' goal.
3. I want us to be facing the Real Madrids/ Barcelonas/ Munichs of the world in the FINAL :) . It would just be a bummer if we beat these guys in the quarter final and then have had to play City in the FINAL ;) (As you can tell by my last point, I am an optimistic guy)




30 Dec 2017 22:10:21
I have always appreciated Milner's work rate, although have never been completely convinced of what he offers the team, however, I think he really brought forward his experience today. Last week, he had mentioned that in order to see out games we need to be 'boring' at times and I noticed he did exactly that during the last 12-15 minutes of the game. This was a mature performance from the team more than anything else, although when we sit deep, its a recipe for heart attack. I still don't think falling back deep suits us the most, as we have seen time and again in the past, but it certainly paid off today in the dying moments because I think Klopp managed his substitutions much better than he has in the past when we have resorted to falling deep.

This brings to an end an eventful 2017 for the Reds and I am looking forward to a much more consistent and trophy laden 2018.

Thank you to all the Eds and fellow Reds and wish you all a wonderful end to 2017 and an even happier start to 2018. :)


1.) 30 Dec 2017 22:27:10
I agree that Milner works hard and did create a little today. For me though, he left Emre Can too exposed for long periods of the game. With Coutinho in there aswell along with our high full backs, you need two players alongside each other in there. Can was on his own a lot and against a good counter attacking team like Leicester, it was a problem. I felt that was evident throughout the game especially when possession was lost high up the pitch.

2.) 30 Dec 2017 22:35:49
Whilst I agree sometimes Milner does lack a little finess, what I like about him is he isn’t afraid to try the foward pass, the little flicks around the corner, etc. Sometimes it goes wrong and we all groan, but it’s that kind of courage that can break down a stubborn defence. I’m glad we have him and will be sad to see Milner likely leave at the end of the season. Never thought I’d be saying that a few years back!

On the performance, agreed it was very mature. I especially liked Robertson’s professional foul to stop them breaking near the end of the game. That’s what's needed sometimes and good to see the players realising that.

3.) 30 Dec 2017 23:28:39
Happy NY, Abba and to all the reds out there, first off. Regarding Milner, He did create a bit more today as he could have easily had 3 assists today. He also stuck the boot in when required and Robbo was not scared pof fouling people as well along with Firmino and Can. We need those types of "dark arts" as a team cos it seems that we are just a bunch of "nice guys" on the pitch trying to just outplay the oppo. based on our quality on the ball.

4.) 31 Dec 2017 01:46:27
I though Milner did well. his main problem is he never look capable of scoring and that means he will always be under threat from someone like Lallana in the forward midfield roles. I have little confidence in him being able to shoot from distance or even if the ball drops to him in the box.



12 Dec 2017 19:41:09
For the first time today I watched Naby Keita for an entire game, during the Wolfsubrg vs RBL Leipzig. My feelings are a bit mixed and I would like to hear the thoughts of others. From everything I saw, he truly has world class ball control and dribbling abilities, but when it comes to passing, he either prefers running with the ball (like Can), or at times is over eager to just play one touch, pass-and-move football. This tendency, atleast during the game I was watching resulted in him squandering the ball very often. Would be interested to hear what Ed's thoughts are. Also, the formation that RBL plays is pretty different (atleast to me) and I don't know of a lot of teams playing that formation in the Premier League (4-2-2-2), so I am not sure if him just being a passenger for parts of the game is to do with the formation being played or he is just not hard-working enough.

I can certainly see why Liverpool pushed so hard for the transfer, because he can truly turn out to be a cracking player, but I believe he has some way to go and might require a fair bit of coaching and discipline to realize that world class status (unless its a situation of him being less interested in RBL this term due to his future lying elsewhere from next term) .

P. S: I think the loan is proving useful for Origi and his movement in and around the box looks so much better.


{Ed002's Note - Generally you have nailed it - although you have slipped the words “world class” in, which really isn’t the case. He has often been called out for disappearing in the more important games.}

1.) 12 Dec 2017 19:53:24
Got to agree Ed, that as things stand he is no where close to the 'world class' bracket, but from what I have observed in tidbits and today during the entire game, he certainly possesses the qualities to be there. But to achieve that status, as it so often comes down to in football, you've GOT TO HAVE "desire and application" and I have to concur, that is missing from his game right now.

2.) 12 Dec 2017 20:28:39
guys what you all have to understand he's 22 he's going to improve with the right coaching what we see now is be far not the finished article.

3.) 12 Dec 2017 20:53:31
Make no mistake about it, NK is a beast of a player and his talent is unquestionable. Having said that, he is still rough around the edges as he is still 22 and has a higher ceiling for improvement. Nothing some coaching could not fix as we have seen what Klopp has done with the likes of Can, Lallana, Moreno, Bobbie, Mane, Gomez and of course, Salah.

4.) 12 Dec 2017 21:09:45
Are we sure he's 22? He looks older.
Is it another "Rigobert Song" situation?

5.) 12 Dec 2017 22:52:27
The same was said about Mane at Southampton, that he'd go missing in games,
He's worked out fine up till lately where the same intensity seems to have waned a bit.

Maybe I'm just been picky.

6.) 13 Dec 2017 00:16:58
Interesting read Abba and I too have tried to watch a bit of Leipzig to see him play a bit. Like you say though they play a somewhat strange system and I don’t think the players around him are of the quality of Salah, Mane, Firmino and dare I say it Couts. With the technically gifted players we have the little flicks are more likely to come off. Also he creates space by bursting through the lines which will in turn draw defenders out which makes a ball in behind to our pacey players a much easier ball. You’ve also got the ‘is he really trying’ question which no one knows the answer to.
I also think it’s difficult for any player when they say they are leaving. The fans are quicker to jump on mistakes and criticise as they want to justify why they don’t need you anyway. As a lot have with Couts on here and other sites myself included I think it’s only natural. You split up with your bird and you say ‘I never loved her anyway’ when all along it’s tearing you up inside.
I think I’ve come to the conclusion I’ll just wait and see. I can’t believe how much Ox has improved and is improving since we signed him so whatever Naby has I’m sure we will see him improve hugely over the next few years. Being that many people I’ve spoken to tell me he was the best midfielder in the bundesliga last season that makes me excited to see what will come from him.

7.) 13 Dec 2017 00:18:36

Mane is trying to hard to get back his previous form, and most likely feels under pressure due to how good salah is playing at the minute.

Mane needs to chill out and remember it's a team sport.

8.) 13 Dec 2017 03:15:17
To all the above posters - I am in no shape or form calling out NK. I was just curious to hear from other posters if they had seen NK play often this season and if yes, what their observations were and if they were different from what I saw today. I definitely have a good feeling about him, but just a bit apprehensive, since we very easily tend to get carried away when international players are signed.
@Ings, I agree with you that having better players around him might help and I too am curious to see how things turn out when he plays in our formation where the midfield is responsible for making so much happen. My comment around the 'is he working hard enough' stemmed from the fact that so many a times during the match today I saw him just strolling around where there was a good opportunity to make a gut busting run into the box and provide support. Again, it could very well be there formation and the instructions he could have been given, but we will have to wait until next season to find out and let's just hope he lives up to the expectations and settles in as seamlessly as another African has this year :)
Also, it's a strange scenario with Mane. It seems like everything was just great until a couple of weeks ago, when he was benched for a game and since then I sense some frustration in him. Also it could very well be the Salah effect and how he (Mane) is no longer the star man of the team (which he so often was last year) . As long as he channels his competitiveness to generate healthy competition, it's all good (similar to the Suarez-Sturridge situation in 13/ 14) but if he let's this get to him, then the team might suffer.

9.) 13 Dec 2017 03:50:42
Naby is only 22. People are expecting him to deliver world class performances on a consistent basis which is just unfair. He did not choose his price tag, LFC did and Naby deserves time to develop into a world class performer that his talent merits. Just look at Modric, Vidal, Kante who found their footing in their mid twenties.

10.) 13 Dec 2017 06:13:47
Keita is an excellent player and will put a lot of midfielders to shame in the league. Do not worry. I don’t usually get my hopes high on Liverpool signings unless they are class above the reference line. He will boss our midfield! We need to sign a holding mid to partner him though!



03 Dec 2017 21:07:21
I am a bit puzzled about Harry Wilson. He seems like a talented and industrious kid, so why hasn't he been involved with the first team setup lately? In that regard, if either Ed1 or Ed2 can answer, What constitutes a candidate to be considered 'qualified' to make the step up to the first team, since Harry Wilson has been successfully demonstrating leadership as captain of U23's, banging in the goals (plentiful) and working hard for the team (from the little I have seen), but still hasn't gotten a sniff in the last couple of seasons. Is there something missing from his game/ personality that has kept him from making the cut, especially given that a bunch of young kids have been included in the first team setup already.


{Ed001's Note - for a while he was held back by lack of application but now he is just seen as a bit weak and needs to strengthen.}

1.) 04 Dec 2017 05:00:42
Wilson has missed his chance imo. Kent and Ojo are ahead of him in the pecking order for sure. Of the 3, Ojo looks the most likely to be in next season's squad. Kent's loan has not gone as well as the club would have hoped (the lad barely plays) and Ojo is playing regularly and scoring and assisting for Fulham (when he is not injured) .

2.) 04 Dec 2017 08:43:07
If we needed someone this season for injuries etc Indian, Ojo and Kent aren't here whilst Wilson is here and scoring every game he gets at whatever level. Things change quickly in football.

3.) 04 Dec 2017 09:19:09
Ojo maybe - Kent isn’t really pulling up trees. I expect Wilson to get a loan or move on.

4.) 06 Dec 2017 06:47:30
While we on the subject of talking about players in the U23's, I thought I might also check on Ejaria. He has been included heavily in the first team setup (training) and also been taken on preseason tournaments with the first team, however, he is still to make his breakthrough and succumbed to mostly appearances in the U23's. He surely needs to be sent on a loan, because I don't see him getting ahead of any of the current first team midfielders. Ed, know anything about the plans surrounding him? Yan Dhanda is another one who comes across as an exciting player and if you have any info on him, I would like to hear it.

Don't think its said enough, but thank you for all the amazing work you guys do!

{Ed001's Note - Ejaria was seen as a potential first team player, but he has not quite shown the strength or ability to push anyone out of the team. He needs, like many others, injuries in his position to get a chance. If the right offer came in for him in January, he will go out on loan. Dhanda is one the club are really keen to get him in and around the first team, so I doubt he will go anywhere, but again loans depend on who is interested.}



05 Sep 2017 19:27:19
Question for Ed002 - What constitutes being cup tied to a team for the Champions League? Is it when a player has been selected in the starting 11 and plays a match (even if its just a few seconds), or is it simply being named in the 25-person Champions League squad?


{Ed002's Note - Having played excludes him (putting aside qualifying rounds).}

1.) 05 Sep 2017 19:48:00
Thank you, Ed002.




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01 Jan 2018 02:32:39
Guess what else is in Geneva? CERN. I have a strong hunch Liverpool reps were there talking to physicists about funding a new project called "Understanding the creation of Mo Salah". I guess Barcelona were there to get an update on the ongoing "The Big Bang Mess (i) "




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31 Dec 2017 02:12:58
Ed2, if you are still around to answer this perhaps. Are Barcelona looking for the deal to be agreed and Coutinho joining them in January or is this being done with a view to Summer? I really fail to see a significant value proposition to Barcelona bringing Coutinho in, in January, since he would be ineligible to play in CL (correct me if I am wrong here) and them having a decent enough squad to get through the rest of LA Liga season. Also, this would be suicidal from Liverpool's point of view, letting one of your main players go mid-season when we are strongly challenging for a spot in top 4 while also still having games to play in CL and other competitions.

Also, you certainly do not like discussing finances (and rightly so), but indulge me, if you may. What fee is Liverpool looking to get for Coutinho? I am solely interested in knowing if the deal is being done on Liverpool's terms or are they once again being held to ransom due to the player pushing the move (situation similar to Suarez)


{Ed002's Note - Barcelona would lie Coutinho to join in January. The Champions League is unimportant as far as this goes. But you are correct he cannot play in the Champions League. It does however give Barcelona the opportunity to integrate the player in to the team if he were to join in January. Liverpool knew this was coming and have had plenty of opportunities and time to seek a solution - they have a list of players that provide suitable options.

I am not aware of Liverpool setting an asking price for Coutinho. It is not really a case of being on anyones terms but the need to find a suitable solution that suits all parties - that is how transfers work and there is really nothing special about this. Players often want to leave clubs, and most clubs will facilitate that and not wish to drag it out as it becomes disruptive and clubs will look to avoid any disruption by removing the problem (as Chelsea did with Diego Costa). Suarez is not a good example as he was threatening legal action yadda, yadda, yadda.}



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13 Dec 2017 17:41:55
May be its just me, but I would not want to buy a new goalkeeper. I am not a fan of Mignolet and would not want him to continue being the No.1 choice, however, I think Karius has shown glimpses of taking over the mantle and if given the option, I would move Karius to be the No.1 choice and Mignolet/ Ward, battle it out for the second choice keeper. The only keeper that I would personally hope Liverpool 'buys' right now is someone like De Gea or Neuer and both of those are not happening. Also, from what I have seen, Mignolet always does well when his position is put under pressure, thus may be having him as a second choice might bring out the best in him in those few games where he can prove himself. Ofcourse these comments are being made without taking into consideration if either of Mignolet or Ward would be happy being second choice.




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04 Sep 2017 08:27:26
I agree with Phil. Besides getting the impression that he's not enjoying his time with us, I also get the feeling that he is not driven enough to fight for a place in our team. I watched him closely during our preseason games and he just didn't put in a shift - the one which would show his intention of pushing for a place in the team. Also, from what little I have seen of him, he seems to lack the work ethic that Klopp expects from his first team players, especially the 11 that are on the field. The lad deserves a chance to play elsewhere and in my opinion it would suit everyone if he moves on permanently.





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30 Dec 2017 23:19:20
Agree BRover. Infact, I would not swap anyone in our frontline with someone else. I am somewhat of a 'if its not broken why fix it' kinda person, unless the change brings an obvious improvement and I don't think our frontline is in any dire need of improvement or tweaking. Its very true that every team has its DNA and that is very evident from the style of play of each team. A player shining in another team might be a complete lost cause in ours, if they don't fit our system (anyone thinking Caroll, Benteke or Balotelli, yes, you have the right answer) and our current frontline fits like a glove. I think the owners have come to that realization as well and are thus willing to splurge more on the right fit than buying the wrong one for a lesser value.




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30 Dec 2017 22:21:24
He certainly has the qualities to become one, however, for him to become the Captain (or anyone else for that matter), he has to demonstrate consistency in his performance, showing that he can drag the team out of difficult situations when required. The reason no one disagrees with the Gerrard's, Terry's, Ramos's or the Ferdinand's being top Captain's is because they have time and again demonstrated qualities which have rescued the team when most needed. If VVD or anyone else for that matter can demonstrate those qualities on a consistent basis (atleast for a season), then yes, they fully deserve to be made Captain!




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30 Dec 2017 17:29:25
I understand RedEka's comment states a hypothetical scenario, but I think Kane would not get those chances even if he was in our Team. The reason Salah has all those chances is because he creates them by his movement and tenacity. Kane is a great finisher no doubt, but these multitude of chances are down to Salah just being a great player overall.




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27 Dec 2017 21:49:11
Not trying to be a Debbie Downer or anything here, but Peter Moore does not deal with our transfers. May be, he was responsible for healing a broken relationship with Southampton (honestly not even sure if that kind of PR work is handled by a CEO), but in his own admission a few months ago, he clearly stated that he is not responsible for Transfers and that's purely down to Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp (and the Scouting teams) .




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25 Dec 2017 20:29:45
Not that I have read the review written by SW15, but that is some great feedback, in general, from Ed1. The amount of time and dedication you guys put into this site is absolutely top notch. Cheers!


{Ed001's Note - cheers mate. I just look at it that if people just want to read the facts they would be reading AP, PA or Reuters reports, but no one does really. Instead we all read the news after someone has turned it into a story, rather than a statement of facts. The hard bit is making it an interesting story. For me the personality imbued is what makes something interesting to read, rather than those articles that are just done to a template and all basically the same. They are usually the clickbait sites that do that, each article is exactly the same, a nothing story with no interest added by the writer as s/he is just repeating verbatim the same style and exact layout in every story they write.}