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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?

Abbassep

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


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


 

 

04 Sep 2017 08:19:48
Question for Ed001, if he is around. Are you aware about the plans for Harry Wilson? I would have thought that he would be sent out on loan to get some first team experience but that didn't happen. Why is that so? Is he just not seen ready for first team football (by other clubs too) or do we intend on using him in the first team in the cup games?

Abbassep

{Ed001's Note - he is close to the first team, so he is being kept to play in cup games yes. At least that is the plan, obviously he could end up picking up an injury or lose form and not be in the running by the time they come around.}


1.) 04 Sep 2017 08:52:43
Not going to happen for Wilson at LFC. Let's be honest, have u seen the number of senior players ahead of him in the pecking order? Mane? Salah? AOC? Kent and Ojo to come back as well next season.
Best for the club and Wilson to part ways and et the lad build his career elsewhere. He is good enough to be a regular than be sat on the bench at LFC.


2.) 04 Sep 2017 09:39:16
Kent and Ojo to come back next season, there will be opportunities for him this season I'm sure.


3.) 04 Sep 2017 12:11:38
Ojo may be sold.


4.) 04 Sep 2017 13:01:36
I would have thought the biggest challenge to Ono, Wilson and Kent is the age profile of the players ahead of them, none of those 3 is retiring or being eased out any time soon. Will be interesting to see what happens with them.


5.) 04 Sep 2017 13:21:32
Indian buzzers comment is unpopular but it's also true. It's sad, the lad has put in a lot of effort. It is harsh but I don't see him getting in front of the attacking midfielders we have. Fair play if the lad wants to stay and fight for a place, I respect his bottle but at the same time, if he chose to look elsewhere for game time, I as a fan would wish him all the best ynwa.


6.) 04 Sep 2017 14:30:26
I'm sure klopp will be keen to get a look at him this season, if he stays fit, no question about the talent being there but if I'm not wrong he has just come back from another injury. Hopefully that's just a part of natural development but he needs to start proving that he's capable of staying fit through the majority of a season.


7.) 04 Sep 2017 14:39:33
Wilson trained with the first team today. Klopp still has his eye on him, for now.


 

 

01 Sep 2017 21:30:27
Serious question - Why are majority of the international matches so boring? As an example, watching England today and Uruguay and Argentina yesterday, these are teams with talented individuals playing at top clubs but in an international match, its so lackluster. Is it mostly down to the managers managing international teams, or are players just much more cautious and less adventurous, trying to keep it safe, when playing for their country?

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1.) 01 Sep 2017 22:02:48
Overrated players expected to offer more than they do.

Look at that team. It's just average. Really is. The players there compared to other couentries is rediculous and ours are compared on the same level.

You look at young players coming through. Sterling and Bernardo. Barkley and asensio. Rashford and mbappe. Ours can't lace there boots.

Yet we talk of them in the same breath and expect the same from them.

We are probably for the foreseeable future a quarter final team. That's about it in any tournament but we are in no way shape or form anything other than that. Oh and that's probably a push.


2.) 01 Sep 2017 22:04:04
They don't play enough together and play for different teams who employ different tactics. It reminds me of getting round for a kickabout with your not too close mates every 2 months.

But then you do have Germany. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I recall reading a long time ago about Klinsman helping to push the idea forward of having the German club teams playing a similar style of football that the German national team play. This way tactically its not hard to adapt at International level. Either I read an article along the lines of this or I dreamt it up!


3.) 01 Sep 2017 22:30:03
TopBusiness- He's saying international football not just England.


4.) 01 Sep 2017 22:33:07
The quality of international football is nothing compared to that of club. I used to watch England just because Obviously I couldn't watch Liverpool but It really doesn't interest me anymore.


5.) 02 Sep 2017 00:04:11
Hate internationals, waste of a footy weekend, national teams just dint cut it anymore, shame really.


6.) 02 Sep 2017 00:18:43
Does that make what I said any less accurate.


7.) 02 Sep 2017 07:58:18
TopBusiness- It might be accurate, although I don't see anyone comparing those players you've mentioned but we are talking about international football on a whole being boring so it's irrelevant.


 

 

01 Sep 2017 18:42:34
Firstly and foremostly, a BIG Thank You to all the Ed's who do a fabulous job running this site. A big selfless act indeed!
Overall, I think we did fine in this transfer window. As Ed002 pointed out in one of his earlier replies, AOC was a strange one, but having said that our recruitment policy has been significantly better since the bespectacled naughty charmer took over, so we will have to wait and watch. On that note, I wanted to get the thoughts of the Ed's and fellow posters on using Ox purely on the wings? I know he would like to play CM, but I think he possesses all the qualities to play on the wings and might infact do pretty well there (one of the front 3) - pace, strength, directness, and decent dribbling/ crossing/ shooting abilities. I could be wrong, but get a feeling with our team setup for counter attacking, he could do well in that setup and score a few too and may I dare say, have an impact similar to Salah/ Mane. Do the Ed's and posters see this or do you guys think that he would be just average regardless of the position he plays?

Abbassep

{Ed025's Note - he is average for me abbasep, i dont think hes a bad player but my concern would be where does he fit in?, if mane or salah get injured i suppose hes a half decent stop gap but he has said he wanted game time and i just bcant see him getting it mate..


1.) 01 Sep 2017 19:03:10
Rotation - he can play in pretty much all positions except GK, DM and CB.
He will get plenty of games, especially if we qualify out of our CL group in the top 3 positions.
I'm more concerned with our defense - I watched Lovren's "highlights" on YouTube last night to make myself feel better, not feeling better now lol.
Reckless sliding tackles, poor marking and he is sloooow.
But we need to support what we have and we will.
He was part of the squad that got us into the CL so let's get behind them.


2.) 01 Sep 2017 19:11:21
Where Aoc is concerned I think if klopp can get the squad playing the same way no matter the starting 11 he will a manager who is going to rotate players quite a bit. We've already seen Salah not start the 2nd game of the season. When we have more players back rotation will be a thing we have to deal with. Hopefully it works out.


3.) 01 Sep 2017 20:51:53
i agree. I think he's perfect for rotation with the way we play as either a winger or the side midfielder who gets up and back to support our fullbacks and wingers.


 

 

29 Mar 2017 23:12:02
Hello 'the ever so hardworking and patient' Ed's. Read recently about Liverpool's contract negotiation with Lovren and how they have reopened talks after failing to reach a conclusion earlier in the year. My question (s) goes as follows;
1) Do players ever take a salary reduction, if they haven't been able to establish themselves at the level that was expected?
2) In situations like these, where there is a general public opinion (and some respectable opinions, such as of Ed1) that the player is not upto the club standard, does the Club use that to offer a contract with a reduced salary or does the Club have a completely different way of approaching that?
3) What kind of things (metrics), if any, are used by the player (or Agent) and Club to determine the new contract value? I am guessing there is definitely off-field appeal and attraction considered, but I might be wrong.

Would love to hear thoughts of either Ed1 or Ed2.

Feel like its not said enough, but Thank YOU to all the Ed's for your selfless devotion to this site.

Abbassep

{Ed001's Note - 1. Very rarely, usually they take lower pay elsewhere rather than stay. The only times I can think of, when a player has accepted a reduction, were in times of financial crisis for the club they played for.
2. Public opinion is never considered or used.
3. The agent and player will meet and set an amount between themselves based on other contracts for similar players, club's financial situation etc. The off field attraction is not involved, except when it comes to image rights, which is not really a salary based deal anyway.}


1.) 30 Mar 2017 16:57:19
Thank you, Ed1. If I may ask a follow up question. What really causes these break downs in Contract negotiations. There are times when papers report that a negotiation was started and then stopped and resumed a few months later. Is it simply due to the Club and players not agreeing on the wages? Just wondering if these media articles make it a bigger hoopla than it actually is, or is there some serious number crunching done in these negotiations?

{Ed001's Note - usually they just reach in impasse and go away to think things over for a bit. Or it can be that time imposes itself. Player's representatives have lots of other players on their books usually, so they can't just sit and haggle over figures for days on end.}


 

 

 

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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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13 Sep 2017 21:08:00
As long as he's not full of s**t, he can stick around.

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

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04 Sep 2017 08:40:58
I am in agreement with the posters who want Can to stay beyond this season and say that he should be playing regularly in our team, but I don't get their criticism of Hendo and saying that he is keeping Can from being in the team. May be Hendo was not at his best last season, but since the start of this season, he has done exceptionally well. People forget that our current system thrives on pressing and counter attacking, and Hendo is extremely integral to it. Are people really choosing to not see that in the last 2 games Hendo has created 2 clear goal scoring opportunities purely due to his pressing and nicking the ball off the opponents? I am equally torn deciding who plays between Can or Henderson, since they both bring a fitting aspect to the team, but blatantly downplaying Hendo's contribution to his system and team is downright ignorant.

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30 Mar 2017 16:57:19
Thank you, Ed1. If I may ask a follow up question. What really causes these break downs in Contract negotiations. There are times when papers report that a negotiation was started and then stopped and resumed a few months later. Is it simply due to the Club and players not agreeing on the wages? Just wondering if these media articles make it a bigger hoopla than it actually is, or is there some serious number crunching done in these negotiations?

Abbassep

{Ed001's Note - usually they just reach in impasse and go away to think things over for a bit. Or it can be that time imposes itself. Player's representatives have lots of other players on their books usually, so they can't just sit and haggle over figures for days on end.}


 

 

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06 Jan 2017 21:26:07
Thanks Ed. I agree its very open ended, but I was just curious to know if these Agents need to come from a Footballing background, or they are just like a lot of other brokers/ agents in other fields, where they primarily need to have good salesmanship and people skills.

Abbassep

{Ed002's Note - Some players have become agents, but not that many.}