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20 Dec 2015 17:43:19
Edd002 ben smith has came out and said there will "be plenty £ available " for klopp in January. Whether that's true or not mate, I'm assuming it will be borrowed money and further debt if we are not selling to buy. Huge misconception for a lot of fans not on this site that hennry can keep cutting checks from thin air with no consequences.

Big Al

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea who "Ben Smith" is Al, but as I have repeatedly said that there will be money made available for players at the right price. You need to find out what he means by "plenty". If any significant amount is to be used it will obviously need to be borrowed and it will obviously make the FFP situation worse without selling.}

1.) 20 Dec 2015 18:12:27
Edd002 he's a bbc football journalist. Cheers for the reply on that.

2.) 21 Dec 2015 07:37:10
Over the years Ben Smith has relentlessly proven that he knows about as much about what goes on at LFC HQ as I do.



20 Dec 2015 10:19:47
Edd002, any truth on chelseas interest in benteke mate?

Big Al

{Ed002's Note - No Al, sorry.}

1.) 20 Dec 2015 11:38:36

2.) 21 Dec 2015 10:35:44
what a shame.



03 Aug 2015 13:16:03
Edd001 is the Kovacic bid still on the table?

Big Al

{Ed001's Note - I don't think it is any more mate.}



22 Apr 2015 10:40:22
Edd001, reports skrtl will sign extension unfortunately. Do you think even with change of management he will remain here?

Big Al

{Ed001's Note - sadly it seems so. No idea why, but yes it looks likely he will stay for now.}

1.) 22 Apr 2015 11:32:57
I find it baffling he has managed to stay and play while Agger was forced to leave. Agger was slower (than he already was) but he still read the game well and as far as ball playing centrebacks go there weren't many better in EPL.

2.) 22 Apr 2015 11:38:34
Give the guy a break. at least he shows courage and fight and gets stuck in. yes he makes errors but doesn't hide like some.

3.) 22 Apr 2015 11:59:12
Dezmondo it's his errors that costs us games.Yes he's a ok defender but we need quality in there right now.He is either one tackle away from a free kick or a penalty.There has to be better players out there.
Barry inLouth

4.) 22 Apr 2015 14:06:38
Barry his errors usually come as he is trying to come across to cover in the full back posistions or because we don't have a decent defensive mid he gets pulled out of podistion and is then chasing trying to stop an attack or break play up. He wins a lot in the air and in a settled back 3 or 4 he us the best we have imo mate. Not all will agree but then that's what us Liverpool fans do isn't it.

5.) 22 Apr 2015 15:41:17
He's our best defender why wouldn't he he's under rated in my opinion a bit rash granted but still a very good defender who can contribute to a few goals

6.) 22 Apr 2015 16:20:54
Mate isn't great we can come on here and air our views but at the end of the day we just love the club.
Barry inLouth

7.) 24 Apr 2015 21:42:13
Skrtel drops to deep and plays people onside, we should be pushing up and playing them offside. I don't know how many times I've seen everyone in a line except Skrtel who's 5 yards deeper, 2 players push past the line and Skrtel plays them all onside for a 2v1.

I do admire the guy, I think he's got great heart and determination, he's a real warrior, but his dropping deep when everyone else is holding a line costs us more often than not.



21 Apr 2015 09:44:43
Edd002 are juve showing interest in sterling? Reported in some papers.

Big Al

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach for Sterling from Juventus, and I think it very unlikely they would have any serious interest. Right now they are pretty set on what they want and expect to do this summer.}

1.) 21 Apr 2015 10:23:25
In short no. As Ed says they already have targets and a pretty strict budget set so unless one of their targets go elsewhere their plans will not change.

Just as an after thought I have not heard of any italian team being interested in Sterling. In general they are not really keen on English players out there as they often struggle to settle.




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10 Dec 2016 15:12:38
What's fans opinions on Guardoila calling for 4/ 5/ 6 substitutions with the amount of games a season?
I think it's a great idea. I wouldn't go to six. Five would be a plausible idea imo. I'd like to see it happen. Whether it's even open for debate by fifa is another thing.

Big Al

1.) 10 Dec 2016 15:24:18
Great idea on many fronts, to reduce injurys and also to introduce more younger players and to generally get more players playing time.

2.) 10 Dec 2016 15:52:48
Not convinced personally and the cinic in me says it's open to abuse for time wasting and stifling a comeback. I. e you could use subs to break up play 5 times in the dying embers. It could also see silly amounts of added time given the 30 second rule.

3.) 10 Dec 2016 17:03:37
To stop the above abuse 87red they could introduce a no subs in the last 10 rule, the Sunday league I play in has unlimited subs and players can come back on but we can't make subs in the last 10mins to stop exactly that sort of time wasting tactic. I don't think professional football should be unlimited subs but 5 seems a fair idea.

4.) 10 Dec 2016 17:07:22
Aye a good idea in principle but I have to agree with 87red.

It would simply promote clubs who are winning by a narrow margin to use 5 subs minute by minute late on to waste more and more time!

A better way of doing it would be to allow extra subs in extra time in cup matches and in league matches, allow 4 subs but ban subs in time added on in my opinion.

5.) 10 Dec 2016 18:18:18
Sounds chaotic to me. Three changes are fine with me for now.

6.) 10 Dec 2016 18:55:24
Maybe 1 more for extra time would be fine.

7.) 10 Dec 2016 19:23:59
I imagine that if 5 substitions are allowed, then they would probably have to increase the game squad for each match by 2 also? Think of the advantage it gives the teams with deeper benches and bigger budgets $$$. The smaller teams would have a much harder time competing and getting the extra two players to play, against the major teams. And this would definitely tilt some of the balance we currently have in the EPL. Imagine Guardiola changing 4 players after 15 mins of the start of a game because he suddenly realizes he doesn't like what he's seeing. The face of his side can virtually change in a major way. Whereas, Middlesbrough, whom he is facing, is already struggling with a thin squad, as it is, and can only afford to make change later in the 2nd half.

8.) 10 Dec 2016 22:37:26
Why change a perfect game? There are no teams disadvantaged by having 3 subs so why change it? More subs just disrupt the flow and momentum of a game.

9.) 11 Dec 2016 01:17:39
Its fine the way it is with 3 subs
The prem iis great to watch and is way better without a winter break.
Its a real test of skill and stamina.
The transfer windows have been a great success stopping wealthy clubs buying their way out of trouble mid season.
Makes managers rotate the squad and utilise younger players.

10.) 10 Dec 2016 16:04:53
It is a shocking plan. clubs like city have big squads with strength in depth to cope with all the games. If both teams make a combined 10 changes it would ruin the flow of the game.

I think Guardiola needs five changes as he is not sure how to set up his teams against "lesser" premier league clubs who do not just roll over.

11.) 10 Dec 2016 18:54:03
No to 5 subs from me what next shoulder pads and 4 quarters instead of 2 halves? Where is the management skills in picking a team for the game? Daft idea by a manager who's looking for excuses.

12.) 10 Dec 2016 21:59:53
It's a ridiculous suggestion. 3 is plenty, do we really want the chaos that happens in American sports and Rugby? No.

13.) 12 Dec 2016 09:03:21
Next he'll want their keepers to strap a dustbin lid to their gloves.



03 Dec 2016 15:14:00
Chelsea get soo many appludits but they're such an ordinary side. Man city truly exposed defensively. Aquero again losing his cool with a shocking tackle and city's best player now unavailable for 4 games.
Great incentive for us to kick on.

Big Al

1.) 03 Dec 2016 15:19:03
Let's not forget arsenal lads. They're a good side. I still think this is our year. If we can come out on top after spells without Coutinho and Mane then I think it's ours.

2.) 03 Dec 2016 15:22:53
Too right tjred.

3.) 03 Dec 2016 15:28:25
That's the key. How we manage the next two months without Coutinho initially and then Mane, later. I'm confident about Origi. It's the ideal opportunity for him to seize center stage. It's Sturridge that is the main worry. He'll be needed; and in peak physical and mental condition.

4.) 03 Dec 2016 15:30:20
Man Citys poor defense made Chelsea look good. They had 2 shot on target with 10 minutes left in the game. Neither side worry me.

5.) 03 Dec 2016 15:31:58
But nah, you still won't hear concerns from pundits about City's defence in relation to their title bid.

6.) 03 Dec 2016 15:33:02
An ordinary side getting extra ordinary results Big Al? I thought they were brilliant in the second half and credit is where it is due.
Instead of moaning and making excuses Conte has got them play to his system in absolutely no time.

7.) 03 Dec 2016 15:33:03
Anthony Taylor had an absolute mare, City should have been comfortable by half time and they only have themselves to blame but that was a dreadful performance by the ref.

8.) 03 Dec 2016 15:33:47
Correct me if I am wrong. A very ordinary side won the title last season convincingly!

9.) 03 Dec 2016 15:39:17
Seriously. Chelsea worry me. 8 wins on the bounce, including tricky ties against the champions, Tottenham, Man united and away at rivals Man City.

Those results are at least as good as the ones we have had to spark such optimism about Liverpool winning the league.

I'm not being negative. I think we are the two best sides in the league. And we beat them. I'm looking forward to the battle, but certainly there is no evidence to write Chelsea off.

10.) 03 Dec 2016 17:32:27
Ridiculous. Chelsea have been excellent and are on top on merit. They have also played all of the other top 7 sides and have an easy 5 fixtures coming up and have a bigger squad than us. I think we have our work cut out particularly with Coutinho out until the new year, to stay close to them going into the new year.

11.) 03 Dec 2016 17:34:48
Don't write them off Joe no but I certainly don't fear them. City could've had 4 today and Luiz should've been sent off. Thought the ref did Chelsea a massive favour there even Luiz knew it. They were lucky not to concede more against Spurs and even Boro should've had a couple against them. Mark my words they will start to drop points very soon, they are massively riding their luck.

12.) 03 Dec 2016 20:06:49
Chelsea only impressed me in the way they took their chances but again, not surprising because they have the front line to do the business at any moment. They are on top on merit and nothing else.

However, I will say that they got completely hammered and exposed today and City should have been out of sight had they taken their chances and had the ref not completely bottled it and sent the awful David Luiz off. Their wingbacks were shown up as average and Kante was being owned in midfield as Fabregas was a ghost all game and offered no defensive help to Kante. Pep got his tactics right but was betrayed by luck and his defense.

Conte on the other hand, did nothing to change the game while his team was getting swamped and trust me, they won't be this lucky all season.

{Ed025's Note - hmmm, the green eye of the little yellow god would be a good read for you hamilton.. :)

13.) 03 Dec 2016 20:21:18
I really can't believe Hamilton just said that Chelsea finished an intense 90 mts at Ethihad being lucky in between scoring 3 goals.
Oh My.

{Ed025's Note - oh my indeed..

14.) 03 Dec 2016 21:31:53
Did you watch the game Harry? If city had taken their chances when they were on top, which was most of the game, this would be a different conversation. Fair play to Chelsea who played very well on the break but it should have been over. Luis was a very lucky man also.

15.) 03 Dec 2016 21:41:23
There's nothing green eyed about it. Just facts. LFC thumped City 4-1 at the Etihad last season without breaking a sweat so I'm more than cool with that. Had City taken their chances, the smugness in your post would have disappeared.

{Ed025's Note - you stated that chelsea got battered yet they won 3-1?, hmmm thats not smugness mate,,,its sanity..

16.) 04 Dec 2016 07:53:03
Rose tinted specs lads. I don't care how you do it, 8 straight wins in bpl with 3 goals conceded beating city, Utd, Spurs, Everton in the process? That's form to respect and certainly not to discount. If that had been our run, people would be waxing lyrical.

It's shaping up to be an exciting season for us but dictediring Chelsea and their run is ignorant.

17.) 04 Dec 2016 11:11:21
It is your year 😂😂😂😂.



28 Nov 2016 17:31:31
Coutinho and firminho have been applauded this season and rightly so however I think James Milner has been absolutely fantastic.
As a midfielder and attacking player I criticised him heavily. He simply wasn't good enough imo.
However the one thing I always applauded was the lads work ethic and attitude which is nothing short of top class. He's applied that attitude on the pitch and has been been best left back in the league by a distance. If he improved his crosses in with his left foot he'd be probably the best left back in the world. I can't think of any left back that's been playing as well especially going forward as him? Correct me if I'm wrong
He's been that good. Hopefully he stays fit and continues to perform. Very impressed.

Big Al

1.) 28 Nov 2016 17:47:54
Decent post and a big fan of your write up Big Al. I am waiting for the day you ll come up with something on your fav Can 😎.

2.) 28 Nov 2016 18:45:37
Cans been okay in the last few games.
Didn't start off against Sunderland well, misplaced passes but improved in the second half and was a lot sharper.
He's a big plus going forward. Offers another attacking threat when he's near the box or making those runs forward. He's scored a goal or came close in every game now.
He's only 22 mate and will continue to improve. He's also not afraid of the dirty work and tracking back. Klopp will utilise his potential because he has plenty of it to be a great player.

On wijnaldum. I've been a heavy critic. He's the one player I have been negative about. I'm still not a massive fan but you know he has worked extremely hard and slowly but surely looks like he could be successful imo anyway . He's involved in a bit of everything in our play both offensively and defensively. He still wouldn't be my first choice but he's done nothing wrong really looking at it. His attitudes be first class so I would admit I've been very harsh on him.

3.) 28 Nov 2016 18:55:33
Big Al

I wouldn't agree completely but I am not a massive fan of either one. Both lack natural defensive attributes and one main reason Henderson struggles in the area. I am not sure the reason to buy Wijnaldum. If it was only to buy someone to carry the ball forward there are unlimited players in Europe.

First half against Sunderland summed up perfectly to me. All three CM's passing to each other while struggling to find any movement up front. The full backs are never called up to the game.

Neither Can or Wiji are a fine passer of the ball something we struggle when we loose Coutinho and Lallana both move it very quick between the lines.

Milner is a stop gap IMO. He is solid defensively but doesn't offer anything going forward but he is the reason Coutinho floats in and around the area without actually looking back to track.

4.) 28 Nov 2016 21:30:31
Can is a decent squad player.

5.) 28 Nov 2016 21:52:21
Can is much more than a squad player, if he stays then he will be a very important player for us in the years to come. Klopp evidently likes him, and his quality is clear, he wouldn't have been picked for Germany in the Euros if he wasn't a very good player.



26 Nov 2016 17:16:37
Origi is a fantastic player. He's unlucky not be starting games. Has everything.

Big Al

1.) 26 Nov 2016 17:24:15
He is starting against Leeds for sure. Firmino will be rested.

2.) 26 Nov 2016 18:30:09
That goal was all him. They were expecting a cross and he fooled them and the GK who had no chance. He will be starting v Leeds and prolly vs Bournmouth.

3.) 26 Nov 2016 19:12:58
Agreed mate he's going to be top class for us i think. Never fails to impress me.

4.) 26 Nov 2016 19:56:19
Spot on, Lfc16. Origi is the one whose progress and development i'm really looking forward.

5.) 26 Nov 2016 21:12:39
Was at the Spurs game in the EFL cup and Origi was the best player on the pitch until he came off. This kid could be brilliant and I think Klopp is doing a great job with him.

6.) 26 Nov 2016 21:57:02
For Origi.

Thanks Brendan.



24 Nov 2016 09:38:22
Ed why is fifa Banning both players and fans from wearing poppies? Seems absurd.

Big Al

{Ed002's Note - Because they are classing the symbol as "political" - I agree it is nonsense.}

1.) 24 Nov 2016 10:47:09
It's pure disrespect. I find it disgusting they can get away with it. Politics don't come into it so dunno what they're giving it. Its a sign of appreciation, respect and what not. To ban it is complete and utter ridiculous. We can't hang our flags out during the world cup, they ban poppies. What next.

2.) 24 Nov 2016 11:52:06
For FIFA to lecture anyone is laughable. An organisation that had been shown to be corrupt from the top downwards It's a joke.

3.) 24 Nov 2016 13:43:01
FIFA should look at they own people first . If it was not they people going to war we would not be he or have a FIFA .

4.) 24 Nov 2016 14:32:06
FA should disregard this ruling and encourage Poppy wearing for Rememberance purposes.

Fine the team, dock points, do your worst FIFA. You're the most corrupt organisation in sport and have no integrity.
Let FIFA ban the home nations, form a break away organisation and we'll see who comes out smelling of roses (or should that be poppies) 😎.

5.) 24 Nov 2016 12:13:05
Whilst I think they are wrong in this instance I do respect their stance on keeping politics out of football.

6.) 24 Nov 2016 15:45:55
As do I muscatred but this has bugger all to do with politics. As always, spot on Ron.

7.) 24 Nov 2016 17:02:06
I'd prefer FIFA to focus on keeping corruption, racism, hooliganism and homophobia out of football.

8.) 24 Nov 2016 18:04:49
Easy argument is to claim that it's the symbol of the Royal British Legion Charity (which is entirely truthful - the buying and wearing of poppies is a fundraising activity for a single charity) . On that basis the wearing of poppies is not appreciably different to Barcelona wearing shirts with UNICEF on then (which incidentally, as a UN charity, has far more political links), or fans wearing the prostate cancer 'man' badge who are official partners of the FA. To face charges on such a thing is ridiculous and it's fairly shocking that in the face of all the corruption in FIFA, this is what they focus on.

9.) 24 Nov 2016 20:27:19
I agree that wearing of poppies should be allowed and cannot see the sense in banning but in war there is always winners and loses so fifa could argue that there is a political edge. If the Nazi's won WW1 or WW2 would we feel the same? Besides we're remembering the fallen of all of our countrymen, we have battled Al quida (spelling) and fifa may be worried about repercussions. I'm a big poppy wearer and attend every remembrance day parade, my girls March with the girls brigade just trying to show the possible other side, not much of one I agree.

10.) 24 Nov 2016 20:42:10
There is no other side IMO. We're talking about people who gave up their lives in all wars.

Why are FIFA getting involved? Why aren't FIFA tackling hooliganism, racism, corruption, homophobia, child sex abuse?
Instead they want to impose their ridiculous views on a nation who wants to commemorate it's fallen heroes.
Tells you all you need to know about FIFA. About as evil and corrupt bunch of self-serving leeches you could ever come across.
I just hope their are some sponsors of FIFA who have a conscience and pull their money out of their grubby hands.




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24 Aug 2016 17:14:29
Edd001 think of what texeria could have become with lallanas game time.

Big Al

{Ed001's Note - exactly mate, he really looked a special talent that lad.}



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02 Jul 2016 19:30:54
Redfuzz you've hit it on the nail. We don't know what we are doing.

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20 Dec 2015 18:12:27
Edd002 he's a bbc football journalist. Cheers for the reply on that.

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Edd002 thanks for your time and info on that reply mate

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28 Dec 2016 15:10:10
I'm forever be in your heart sweetie. Always here.

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11 Dec 2016 17:25:55
Wasn't awesome for the second goal. Though neither was Karius or Clyne.
Karius needs time. The abuse will come no doubt but I do not want back in a keeper in Mignolwt who can't play from the back and kicks the ball out of play. Fans keep disregarding what an improvement he has been in our back line and first line of play.

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06 Dec 2016 15:50:29
Carragher has been speaking abit out of his ass recently regarding his comments on us. I'd take no notice and form your own opinion. The difference was Matip on how defensively bad we were.

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04 Dec 2016 17:08:35
We conceded 4goals not one.
Karius deserves a full season.

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04 Dec 2016 17:05:49
Karius has no technique whatsoever? Do you even know what technical ability is mate? Karius has and shown the ability to play from the back and his delivery has been excellent as a whole. He made one fumble from a shot that nobody went out to block and the striker or whoever scored was more alert than our centre backs. He deserves a full season to be judged.

Big Al