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04 Dec 2017 12:25:09
Eds, i remember on the sharkopod that you said Barcelona would look to get a deal done before the end of november as one of the key instigators of the deal would no longer be involved and this would lead to them viewing other targets. In this situation, is it possible we could see coutinho stay a bit longer in a de gea to real madrid scenario? Or would he definately try and force a move to another team like psg, madrid, maybe even juventus to replace dybala?

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{Ed002's Note - Yes, we are now beyond the end of November and they will be considering their options. It is possible that Coutinho could move in January or the Summer but be clear he wants out. Coutinho is not of interest to Juventus and he is not first choice for Real Madrid. PSG might retain and interest but it is Barcelona who want him and that is where the player wants to go.}


1.) 04 Dec 2017 19:56:00
Up to Barcelona to make us an acceptable offer. The ball is in their court. 🤝.


2.) 05 Dec 2017 03:05:38
Barca will once again resort to underhand tactics to get Coutinho cheap. We trust Henry to duke it out with them.


 

 

10 Apr 2017 20:29:48
Just read that coutinho rejected the requests of the coaches to stay at home, so he could make the bench for the game on saturday, then to come off the bench and score. This is the exact attitude and type of player we need here at liverpool, hats off to him.

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1.) 10 Apr 2017 23:22:10
Couts has to stay, build our team around him, need another Mane .


2.) 11 Apr 2017 00:53:45
What would you do with another Mane if you've built your team around Coutinho?


3.) 11 Apr 2017 02:02:09
Coutinho was always needee to stay. He didn't need to do anything like that to justify it.

Hes our boy. Show him the love and he will give you the heart.


4.) 11 Apr 2017 03:24:35
build another mane and mane running around firmino!? and then someone can get their dream of firmino in central midfield realised.! :p.


5.) 11 Apr 2017 03:52:08
probably the best £8.5m the club has ever spent.


6.) 11 Apr 2017 06:07:23
Sure the best 8.5 we ever spent was on ings, that free transfer.


7.) 11 Apr 2017 08:25:26
support coutinho zimbo, as Mane has done.


8.) 11 Apr 2017 15:26:17
Don't worry I'd happily take another Mane! Just not sure if we'll get someone of his level to join with no obvious starting spot. Think hopefully Coutinho, Firmino and Mane will be our starting lineup and wouldn't want to see that changed myself.


9.) 11 Apr 2017 15:41:46
kudos couts, however if and when he is not in form let's remember this instead of wanting him out.


10.) 11 Apr 2017 21:18:01
The problem with football these days is that the Doctors think they pick the team. Hats off to Coutinho for his positive attitude and nonsense to all that red zone, orange zone, green zone crap.


11.) 12 Apr 2017 01:28:00
He must be mad. If someone offered me the day off id take 2.


12.) 12 Apr 2017 09:17:18
Haha that's good one mingo.


 

 

20 May 2016 17:56:44
From what i can work out the players we are interested in are:

Chilwell
Hector
Karius
Zielinski
Gotze
Silva

I have never seen any of those players play but i guess any addition at goalkeeper and left back is welcome. Zielinski and silva seem slightly unneccasary unles we get rid of a lot of players. Hector is apparently more defensive minded which is exactly what we need. I was still hoping for perhaps a holding mid to push Can and Henderson more but maybe Grujic is that player. However i fail to see the point of chilwell as he is just another joe gomez surely? And personally i like joe gomez so i'd much rather see him or smith given a chance.

The outs that everybody can virtually agree on are:

Mignolet
Moreno
Skrtel
Lallana
Milner
Benteke
Balotelli
Allen
Alberto
And all the academy players who will be moving on.

If all that happens i'd consider it a very successful summer and cannot wait for next season with a squad of klopps own players.

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1.) 20 May 2016 18:09:47
Lallana will stay, Klopp said as much the other day. I can't see Milner moving on either on his wages and the sort of club he'd want to go to.


2.) 20 May 2016 18:54:38
Joe Gomez is a cb not a lb Rodgers just stuck him there like he did Flanagan. I really like Gomez he's got a lot of promise, good with the ball at his feet, is comfortable with a challenge and not bad in the air. just hope he comes back from injury well.


3.) 20 May 2016 18:54:50
Milner's leading our assists table. I'd keep him on the condition that he's usually played on the right of midfield rather than in the middle.


4.) 20 May 2016 19:07:00
AW, Migs not be moving, neither will Milner. Lallana, I think, may make way for Goetze, but not necessarily. I think illori will move on too.


5.) 20 May 2016 19:53:12
Aren't we also interested/ linked with another midfielder? Dhroud is it?


6.) 20 May 2016 19:58:53
Perhaps Goetze will replace Coutinho? Barcelona have been looking recently and something was said earlier in the year, about him wanting to move on if there is no champions league football at Liverpool.

It wouldn't surprise me if a decent offer came in for him at least. We're not in a position where we can reject the advances of clubs like Barcelona, we haven't got the finances and we don't have any European competition next season.

One thing is for sure, Coutinho will not sell cheap, so if he does leave we'll at least get a tidy sum for him.


7.) 20 May 2016 20:44:40
I don't think Goetze and Coutinho are related at all. I would aso be not so sure either of Hector or Silva are coming in. While Liverpool has scouted both players, we have not made any effort to move for them, and are concentrating on bringing in Zielinski, Chilwell, Karius and seemingly Goetze.


8.) 20 May 2016 21:36:46
Mignolet has a 5yr contract.
He will not be leaving unless some fool offers us more than his contract is worth.


9.) 20 May 2016 22:09:24
im sure whoever klopp buys will be the right player for the team, he knows what he needs to do after this season so i will put my faith in him to get it right instead of trying to second guess him, if he brings these players in then he needs them yes we have other players in the team already but he might not see a future for them because unlike us he sees them every day and knows there weaknesess, like lallana for instance he is a good player but there's hardley any end product from him and i don't think he is at the right standard for us maybe Zielinski will have a better end product because these 2 are very a like, also the players he is buying he is getting them cheap not like BR who over spent on players, its so refreshing that he is getting players this cheap for a change,


10.) 20 May 2016 23:47:07
Great insight despite having never seen any of them play.


11.) 21 May 2016 01:11:06
I don't agree Lallana and Milner should go. 2 of our most consistent performers under Klopp. Allen could do a job as a squad player. Moreno - has still (some) time to learn how to defend. Not sure he will though!


12.) 21 May 2016 07:00:34
AndyM, lalana should go if Gotze replace him. Milner can go if we get Zielinski.


13.) 21 May 2016 14:52:38
Andym that mean no one significant leaving and based on that no one coming in. Simple tranfer window.


14.) 22 May 2016 00:45:17
Skrtel, Benteke and Allen, if he moves, all significant 'Outs'. I don't see CM as a priority for strengthening. Matip and Grujic both significant 'Ins' already done. A GK and Lb needed (Lb whether Moreno stays or goes) . I hope for a lot from Ings next season.


 

 

21 Mar 2016 20:45:32
Everything points to skrtel being sold. Ilori and wisdom likely to follow in all honesty. He won't even play ilori ahead of lucas at centre back.

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1.) 21 Mar 2016 20:59:00
Managing with a iron fist. What the squad needs. Given a chance. Not good enough you're gone.
Simple.


 

 

24 Feb 2016 23:14:17
Ed002, do you have any info on these supposed claims that sturridge may want to leave?

Various people seem to think there's something in it and i believe you have said in the past he could leave, unless i am mistaken.

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{Ed002's Note - I am pretty sure he doesn't want to leave. He will want to prove himself to be fit and be a regular starter.}


1.) 25 Feb 2016 08:09:37
I genuinely thought mountains were being made out of molehills by this entire situation. People were looking for updates when there was no update to give. I'm fairly certain Klopp came out at one stage during it and said studge needs a 'pre season' of sorts before he could play which made sense in my mind because it was breaking the perpetual cycle of injury > recover > thrown back in straight away > inevitable break down
Only time will tell if the cycle has been broken so fingers crossed.

{Ed002's Note - Sturridge was, quite correctly, eased back in. If he picks up an injury now because too much is being asked too soon then the finger will point directly at the coaching staff.}


2.) 25 Feb 2016 08:18:21
I agree it's a difficult balancing act for Klopp and co. Play him too much and he will most certainly break down again, don't play him enough and you'll have certain sections of the media/ supporters blasting management for not playing our best player and will come out with ridiculous rumours and theories. Common sense rarely prevails!


3.) 25 Feb 2016 11:50:19
Eds and Reds would I be right in saying that the majority of his injuries have come in training rather than a competitive match? Not sure where I'm going with this, but perhaps he needs the Ledley King treatment?


4.) 25 Feb 2016 12:16:24
I'll take the Ed's word on this, paper talk is generally made sensationalism. With any luck he can put this all behind him, Studge is a top class finisher and a tremendous player, so I am glad to see him back.


 

 

 

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25 May 2018 00:29:48
Honestly this could be the game that finishes off my life as a football fan. I have never felt so anxious and uncontrollably excited in anticipation for anything. I have been totally unable to concentrate on my exams or life in general for days. The only comparable feeling was racking my brains as a child in the days leading up to Christmas, wondering if I was going to get a PlayStation or not, how happy I would be or gutted I would be depending on how things went.

I am predicting a 3-1 win to Madrid purely for my own sanity. They are the only team in the competition I never wanted to face, they have such experience and a habit of winning that is unnatural, and as a fan of our club i am scarred by our past failures. I was too young to appreciate Istanbul or the 2006 final, as they were virtually my first experiences as a Liverpool fan.

While we have done very well to finish 4th two years in a row, breaking our hoodoo, we crucially need to win something, if not in Kiev then some time in the near future. Since 2006, think of all the false dawns and failures we have had since then. We have lost another champions league final, and a cup final, a league cup final, a Europa league final, and bottled 2 seemingly nailed on premier league titles, with only a single league cup under dalglish to show for our efforts. It’s all well and good playing good football, having good players, but if this team truly wants to assert their quality and greatness something has to be won, if not in kiev then certainly soon.

Having said that, Madrid are behaving awfully confident and we should have a lot of encouragement from that. They have only won 4 of their last 11 games in all competitions, and they have not come up against a side so good on the counter attack as us. Furthermore, spurs beat them 3-1 earlier in the season, playing very similar football to ourselves.

I think it is also worth noting that the nature of the last few finals. Since the Bayern vs Dortmund final, almost all of the finals have been an attack vs defence scenario, with the offensive team winning virtually every time. We do not play like that, this will be much more akin to the Dortmund Bayern final; a final which Klopp lost mind you, a notable cause for concern, but a Klopp side that also demolished prime Madrid 4-1 I believe. Madrid’s recent record has been reliant on the other teams willingness to sit back and allow them to play, similar to the same mistake teams make against city, something which we did not do. In fact, for all the talk of Madrid’s quality in midfield it is in a similar style to Man City’s, and I would argue Man City’s is far more impressive. Ramos and Marcelo’s lack of discipline, akin to otamendi and Delph, should be exploited to the fullest. On paper, there are only a few advantages I see Madrid having over us, namely the matchup of Marcelo and Ronaldo vs Arnold and Lovren, their midfield quality and their experience, as well as the potential blow to our team from Oxlade-Chamberlains injury and being replaced by Wijnaldum.

The only thing I can ask for is that the lads give their all and enjoy it, regardless of what happens, I have never been more proud to be a Liverpool fan. If we play to th best of our ability, and play without fear, we have a fighting chance. The whole world of football is rooting for us to knock these smug fascists off their perch, but all I ask for is to not leave me with the feeling of a missed opportunity, that we didn’t play to our best and leave it all out on the pitch. If we do that I can sleep peacefully, whatever the result.

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1.) 25 May 2018 01:13:24
2005 but well said A. W.
Not a bad read mate considering you are to young to remember the 2005 final. does make me feel ancient though haha.


2.) 25 May 2018 03:01:20
YNWA AW.


3.) 25 May 2018 04:32:00
It was actually my first ever proper experience as a Liverpool fan Redhof. My dad called me into the room and said something about an important game, I’d never been into sports but I gave it a go. The only thing that sticks with me from the entire game is turning to my dad at half time to ask what on earth was the point in bothering watching the rest, only for him to tell me it’s not to give up and that it’s only over when it’s over. I am old enough to slightly remember how gutted I was In 2007 mind you, a repeat of that on Saturday and I might not leave my room for the next year or so.


4.) 25 May 2018 05:23:10
I was young during Istanbul as well. Must have been only about 10 years old. Liverpool fan but didn't watch games or much. At half time i asked if i could go to bed but my dad made me stay up and watch it! Great decision that turned out to be.


5.) 25 May 2018 10:31:37
Predicting a 3-1 defeat for your own sanity?

Don't get this aspect of AWs thinking.

Anyone?


6.) 25 May 2018 11:05:54
I was 20 and hung out with a group of 10 or so lads and we would go down to our local village pub and hang out in the 'shed end', a tiny little cubby hole of a room with a hatch through to the bar. We loved that room and the locals loved that we had it so the rest of the pub was in peace, at least. We had a tele in there and watched all of the matches singing 'lasagnaaa' to the the champions league theme whenever it came on. We were a right laugh, as you can tell.

Anyway, the night of the final we were all in there our mates supported rival clubs, but none of the close ones and were still looking forward to cheering on the reds with us. At half time the 3 of us Liverpool supporting mates were devastated. So much so, the landlord gave us a free pint as commiserations. The other lads were laughing at us and it was not turning into the the wonderful night we had all imagined. We persevered nonetheless, just hoping it wouldn't get worse but then in the following hour and a half something amazing happened. Everybody was cheering us on and became temporary reds for the night and when Dudek stopped that pen from Shevchenko we erupted in to dellerium, suffice to say.

When it was done, for the first time as a football fan, I saw genuine envy on the faces of all of my mates. Not just at winning the Champions League, but in the manner of it. It brought rival fans together to cheer my team home and it reaffirmed why this club and the way we do things is so special. There is a certain romance associated with Liverpool which you can't help but get absorbed in and the bitter few would never understand. YNWA.


7.) 25 May 2018 14:42:01
i was 11 and got sent to bed at full time because it was already "past my bed time". Spent the next 45 mins sneaking to and from the spare bedroom to watch the game cos every time i heard movement i retreated temporarily

just remembered feeling dead guilty in the morning because my grandad had recorded the end and hadnt even watched it himself yet because he waited for me.


 

 

17 May 2018 23:07:59
Was thinking about both the vacancies at Everton, arsenal and probably Chelsea, and it got me wondering; why does Fabio capello’s name never get a mention in the rumour mill for literally not a single job? He has one of the finest records of any manager, and though he has been around for a long time, so has van gaal, ancelotti, Raineri, Allardyce etc and they still get work, is he not held in high regard?

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{Ed0333's Note - not being ageist capello is 71 if I was a chairman I’d think twice also.


1.) 17 May 2018 23:21:54
But people keep signing hodgson! And if it's me, capello over hodgson everyday. But if you're capello. Why would you want to go to Chelsea where you're guaranteed to get sacked, everton which has problems throughout and is in need of major rebuilding, or arsenal which is going to be to be tough following in the shadow of Wenger. Enjoy retirement.


2.) 18 May 2018 12:22:50
capellos was a good coach but went downhill when he took over england. boring manager, boring football. took those well honed skills to russia, did the same and then on to china i think and also got sacked. that's his last 10 years. would you employ him!?


 

 

22 Apr 2018 21:34:43
He’s only gone and done it.

Congratulations Mo!

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1.) 22 Apr 2018 22:05:21
I think it was pretty Obvious. You can't score 30 odd premier goals from a wide position it's Ronaldo esc but to do it with ONE penalty. It can't be done.
Ridiculous numbers from the lad! Congratulations to him he's been twice as good as the excellent Kevin De Bruyne.


2.) 22 Apr 2018 22:17:30
Made up for our Egyptian king, he’s been simply phenomenal this season. Player of the month 3 times in a season, of course he deserves it. Well done mo 💪.


3.) 22 Apr 2018 23:25:25
A don't think it was ever really in doubt, not been biased but personally nobody else deserved it but salah. Well done salah lad now go on and break these records lad YNWA.


4.) 23 Apr 2018 10:32:17
Yeah, chuffed for him. Chuffed the pros made the right choice. Kdb can have no gripe losing to a record breaking goal scorer imo.


5.) 23 Apr 2018 10:40:01
To beat De Bruyne shows how good he has been as De Bruyne has been brilliant. This will really boost the lad's confidence for the remainder of the season. Shows that there always was a great player there, he was just badly managed by Mourinho. I can see Martial going the same way at United.


6.) 23 Apr 2018 19:01:26
Sorry, KDB is never going to beat a guy who has scored 41 goals in 43 games. MO all the way.


7.) 24 Apr 2018 10:03:20
BRover you need to look only PL stats, but yeah you are right 31 in 35 is still awesome! And 10 assists if I am right.


 

 

23 Jan 2018 17:55:57
Bit of a break from the doom and gloom of last night.

Its clear in england that the reliability and capability of academies to produce decent, first team players is way behind that of almost every other european country. What do the eds and posters think the main factor behind this is and what can be done to improve the situation?

I can probably identify 3 or 4 main reasons. The first is that due to the influx of money into the premier league compared to other countries, is that youngsters are being payed far too much. I have no evidence to say they are not being payed as much in other countries, i am simply saying what i have seen. As a lad around the age of many academy players at the moment, i have seen myself the effect it has on the lads my age. Almost all of them have become arrogant, irresponsible, and do not try as hard as they used to. They lap up the benefits of the lifestyle, milk it for all its worth and then eventually get dropped. Flash cars that are regularly getting crashed and going out on the lash, expensive clothes, the vanity and effects it has had on them is disturbing. There have been rumours in the past about everton graduates (who i will not name) who have played for the first team regarding substance abuse and completely irresponsible behaviour. They cannot be bothered trying and are not incentivised under the current free market model on young player wages. The only solution i can propose would be a wage cap across england for players up until they are 21/ 23, but as is always the case in football, nothing will ever be done.

The second is the excessive and bizzare amount of money spent on foreign academy players. Im not sure why clubs think this is a good idea as being a talented prospect at 16 means absolutely zilch, yet clubs swan round buying players from other countries, blocking the way of lads here, with no result. Its as if they believe its football manager and that all young players with good ability in their mid teens will become world beaters, please reference the reputation of Cherno Samba and Freddy Adu on football manager, compared to how their respective careers actually played out. Why not just try and coach the lads who have played in your academy or country their whole lives, instead of blocking their path with countless 'next Zidanes' or 'next George Weahs', likely spotted on a highlight reel on Sport Bible or something? Use the lads at your disposal and maybr, just maybe, coach them to be better?! Again, maybe there should be a cap on the amount of foreign players allowed in academy age groups, but what do i know.

The third reason i can put forward is the ridiculous media circle and pressure put on both teams and youngsters in England. In spain, players are allowed to develop up until their mid 20's. Xavi only became a nailed on starter in his mid 20's. Gerrard only truly evolved into a world class player around 2004. Alonso, Drogba, Robben, Kane, there's just so many examples i could really go on forever. These players were given time and chances to become great. But now the standard is that you have to perform as soon as you come into the team and there is absolutely no room for improvement. I feel there is less pressure and criticism in other countries where football fans tend to be less mindless and are relaxed about giving young players minutes on the pitch and years to develop. Maybe its because of the cash incentives for finishing higher up the league, or the cost of missing out on the champions league and avoiding relegation? Whatever the reason, clubs in other countries seem more than happy to let young players be a part of the squad and give them the time and respect they need to develop, rather than the 'build them up and knock them down' mentality of the press and fans in england. they're all the reasons i can come up with but im interested to see what the eds have to say.

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1.) 23 Jan 2018 18:25:27
Nice read, I enjoyed that.


2.) 23 Jan 2018 18:41:55
AW a great read, thanks.


3.) 24 Jan 2018 07:23:54
Pretty fair assessment there AW I think personally - money being the common denominator and problem.
I'm watching football since the 80's when money was only starting to be seen in football really.
I remember hearing about Dean Saunders being sold to Liverpool from Derby County in the early 90's for £2.9m (breaking the UK transfer record if not mistaken) and getting himself £3k a week and I almost spat out my school canteen lunch.

We had players like David Burrows/ Steve Staunton/ Mike Marsh etc, good in their own right, but not great yet who were in their early 20's, they wouldn't make the reserves these days with the number of foreign kids possibly, yet Liverpool of the late 80's were as good as any club in Europe at the time.

The only "foreign" kids were Northern or Southern Irish, the odd Scandinavian perhaps, but that was about it - how I yearn for those days.

Without going too political, I think we have to forget the foreigner tag now to a degree as this is the way life generally has gone, not just in football, there are scores of non UK individuals working in pretty much every role these days, this might change after Brexit of course but unlikely to in Football, as when there's money to be lost, they'll find a way to work around it.

People say, "if they're talented enough, they'll get spotted", I don't agree with that myself as there are many variables as to why you may not be seen by scouts and the likes.

My question is, why not take the Eric Dier route?
Go play in the Pro League in Belgium, or Portugal like Dier did?
Lower level leagues yes, but still, you may well get games and work yourself a move back to the bigger clubs in England or elsewhere.
Look at that kid who joined Dortmund in the summer from Man City, fair play to the lad for doing so, as he probably saw no way forward there, who knows why he went exactly but at least he had the stones to try it.

Many youths grow up around drugs or thugs, both or even worse in some cases, my advice is to get away from it (not saying Sancho did by the way) .
You might reap the benefits if failing at home.
English players don't usually take this route though for some reason.


 

 

23 Jan 2018 00:28:07
I would not read too much into that game, as horrible as it was. This is football and it does happen. Streaks do not last forever and our unbeaten run was bound to end; we have found it ending at 18 games. No small feat. We had some chances and did not take them, our goal came from calmatous defending from all corners and i feel is a tactical and coaching related error that lies with klopp.

What i do think is worth noting is that while our front 3 did not take their chances to score, they realistically cannot be improved as they have been fantastic all season. We conceded a silly goal, but our defence was never going to fix itself in 5 minutes.

In games like this you need other players to step up. And to that, i would say to look at the midfield. Ox was not great tonight but he is a work in progress and has been very consistent every time he has played. But who hasn't been consistent this season, or indeed for their entire liverpool career? Oh yes, Can and Wijnaldum.

We needed a bit of magic from midfield tonight, the magic coutinho, gerrard, or even alonso used to bring. It was not there. Our midfield is not up to scratch when the going gets tough. Whether it be a piece of skill, dribbling, a set piece, a hollywood ball, tracking back, speeding up the play, a one two with another player, a run from deep - all were totally absent.

Wijnaldum, when he can be bothered to turn up, is a fantastic player. He can turn games on their head single handedly on his day. He also only does this in maybe 2 of every 15 games. Other players who share this trait spring to mind: Lanzini, Arnautovic, Sigurdsson, Benteke, Shaqiri, Boufal, Doucoure, Diame. And what is the common denominator between all these players? Its that they all play for midtable clubs. They may look very good on the highlight reel, but
cannot make the step up to top clubs, as they cannot meet the demands of consistency, attitude and the ability to perform under intense pressure. Unfortunately, it appears Wijnaldum is one of these players. Can also falls into this category but his head has been turned by a move abroad, which makes his continued selection even more baffling. I don't think you will find any fans of their respective clubs saying that David Silva, De Bruyne or Kante ever go missing in matches. Im obviously not saying it is easy to find such players but that is the standard we must aspire to, and it is not the standard we are anywhere near to. I did recently reply to a post questioning our ambitions this season with this argument. It has been proven tonight. We looked much better when lallana came on (reference for anybody calling for him to be sold) and if henderson was fit, firing and being played correctly, we would look better still. Keita is coming in at some point and this should rectify some of this. But make no mistake about it, we need a coutinho replacement, and a more disciplined player than Can, before next season begins, if these kind of results are to be turned into wins.

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{Ed0333's Note - I was hugely disappointed with Mane again tonight mate. He’s not showed up since the League Derby. He’s had enough time to come good i would give Woodburn a go in that left berth. I’ve said it time and time again our midfield is built on a foundation of sand. It needs a massive overhaul and we need to replace Hendo, Can and Gini. You can’t carry three players in the Premier League especially not a whole midfield. You just can’t beat the top side in the division one week and then lose to the bottom. Again we had two guilt edged chances the Salah and Mane ones and failed to convert. Swansea were magnificent and yes they time wasted but I’m not gonna hold that against them we should have beaten them over 90 minutes. Rant over.


1.) 23 Jan 2018 06:33:07
The three of them are too similar all get the ball recycle it don’t move it quickly or incisively enough hopefully Keita can make a big difference next season.


2.) 23 Jan 2018 11:43:36
Yesterday proves our midfield needs Keita +1, whether that 1 is, for example, Pulisic, or a more defensive orientated Strootman, for example.

I have faith enough to persevere with Ox in the central 3, and Keita of course, but Can is off, Gini is way to inconsistent and Milner is not a CM. Hendo is exactly the sort we need, but injured too much.

For me, with the addition of another great CM, we look like having a strong first choice 3, with Hendo for experienced depth (hopefully, without having to play 90 mins twice a week he can find some injury respite) and then the likes of Grujic and Ejaria for less experienced depth.

I would also like someone like Fekir or Lemar to a) give more options in the front 3 as well as Woodburn and b) allow us to play a more attacking middle 3 once games allow.

We do need an experienced, pacy CB alongside VVD. Gomez is only 20, so he has plenty of time to develop into that role but just throwing him in as first choice is dangerous both for us and his career. However, with VVD + 1, with Gomez allowing depth as well as (my choice) Klavan, we would look pretty stable. An experienced partner for VVD would mean that either of them could be rested, with Gomez or Klavan coming in.

Finally, we need that GK, imo. Although Karius was not at fault for the goal at all, I really fear about that near post thing. Its such a basic point (I remember being taught that as a primary school goalie when 9!) that it shouldn't have cropped up twice in 2 games. Alisson, on Ed001's recommendation, would be great, with Karius or Ward as reserve, and an experienced 3rd choice like Reina who can then develop a coaching role.

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18 May 2018 04:51:13
Not to be cheeky Macca, but where is the right back? It’s one of the few holes left to plug.

I don’t watch enough of burnley to know but I prefer the sound of Mee much more than Tarkowski, but id take either of them and put trust in them to grow and iron out their deficiencies.

Butland still makes no sense to me for what he will cost, if we really are after a backup keeper it should be somebody with more experience who will cost little. Call me a romantic but Buffon joining us, even to just be backup, would give me shivers, but Reina would be good as well.

Ceballos seems to have been covered by the Ed’s endlessly and would be a smart buy.

Fekir and Dembele would leave us all in dreamland, I’m not fussed if dembele would only be a loan he has so much talent.

As for the speculation that this all means Salah is leaving, personally any player can leave if they so wish. Say what you like about Suarez, Coutinho, torres or mascherano, but at least they all stayed for a few years before controversially departing. If Salah honestly wants a move after one bloody season, and is incapable to see what we are building here, then sod him. As great as he is I see him as a product of the system, and we could almost certainly find somebody to do a decent job in his stead. This is all hypothetical of course as I don’t think he will leave this summer.

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16 May 2018 13:12:43
Alisson/ Reina
Right back
Alderweireld/ koulibaly
Ceballos/ ndidi
Fekir.

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09 Mar 2018 13:07:23
Klopp is a great coach himself and Can has not improved one iota under him and is almost in his mid-twenties, I honestly just don't think he is that great.

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22 Jan 2018 14:06:37
Is klopp aware of these further meetings ed002? Honestly if it carries on id happily sell him in the summer. Who the hell does he think he is, looking for a move 6 months after joining the club.

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{Ed002's Note - Whether Klopp is aware or not (I imagine he is) there is nothing wrong with his agent talking to Madrid.}


 

 

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18 Jan 2018 01:33:07
Indeed, the ex Barcelona president did say that, and i actually believe him. I actually find it quite insulting that players want to go to madrid so badly. When you go there its never about the football, its about the image. No culture or grace, just flashyness. If you go you can guarantee that the boss that brought you in will be gone in a few months and you will probably be sold for being too ugly, having fisticuffs with Princess Ronaldo, or because they have found a player even flashier than yourself to replace you. As awesome as their champions league success has been in recent years, it disgusts me they are at the top of the footballing food chain.

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25 May 2018 12:54:12
In the living room with my dad in a liverpool shirt. Although the last time i did that was Athens so hopefully I’m not a jinx.

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25 May 2018 04:32:00
It was actually my first ever proper experience as a Liverpool fan Redhof. My dad called me into the room and said something about an important game, I’d never been into sports but I gave it a go. The only thing that sticks with me from the entire game is turning to my dad at half time to ask what on earth was the point in bothering watching the rest, only for him to tell me it’s not to give up and that it’s only over when it’s over. I am old enough to slightly remember how gutted I was In 2007 mind you, a repeat of that on Saturday and I might not leave my room for the next year or so.

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21 May 2018 19:31:51
Ah yes, Willian publicly declaring his undying love for almost every club in England. One of the more underated transfer sagas.

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13 May 2018 13:38:28
Personally I put the lower points total down to two things: firstly, our dodgy form at the beginning of the season where our defence and goalie was not up to scratch, along with the imbalance and uncertainty Coutinho gave us. Karius, Van Dijk, Robertson have rectified this. Secondly is refereeing decisions; I can think of 5 or 6 games of the top of my head that have cost us points. I can’t remember a campaign in which we have been screwed over so much, I’d love to know how many penalties we have had this season compared to other campaigns as well.

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12 May 2018 01:49:23
I think the Ed’s have mentioned before that in the old days, players would spend years in the reserves, sometimes until their mid 20’s, until they were ready. In Spain they have no problem waiting that length of time for a player develop. I hope Wilson gets his chance, but it is up to Klopp. We don’t see him in training every day.

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