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19 Apr 2016 21:53:46
A couple of questions for those more in the know:

1. Why did they decide to re-build Anfield at its new size instead of going for an 80k stadium? mwas that purely down to money? Was it to create a more intimate and intimidating atmosphere? Restrictions due to only upgrading Anfield rather than building new?

2. This is perhaps speculation, but did Klopp do the Caulker deal because the player was recommended and therefore was making a point that the committee had little clue? Klopp seems far more astute than the Caulker deal would suggest. Now, I do understand there were injury issues and it very well may have been for the shortest-term until some of those players came back, however listening to him and watching his pressers makes me think he could very well have accepted to make a point.


{Ed002's Note - 1. Liverpool cannot increase the size of the stadium beyond 60k. It would mean adding to the local infrastructure (rail, roads etc.) and that would make something that is very expensive prohibitively. Getting a return on stadium upgrades (unless you are Manchester United) is a tough business particularly outside of London. 2. No, Klopp is not more astute and made a number of errors in January - Caulker, Ward, Ilori - all done to death Colin.}

1.) 19 Apr 2016 22:44:13
It's not important though Ed considering the s106 payment that the local authority would demand for said improvements isn't a huge amount in comparison to outgoings on wages and planned transfer activity. Especially considering the extra income it would provide on match day.

Shuttle buses, highway improvements and a refurb of the planning officers work space. I'm sure a deal could be ironed out.

{Ed002's Note - You may be over-egging the money from matchday income, the money Liverpool has and how many times Liverpool can keep spending the same money over and over.}

2.) 19 Apr 2016 23:07:38
I was told previously that the reason Klopp pulled so many players back off loan was because when he asked for reports on how they had been getting on we didn't have any. This person then went on to say that we had let quite a few players go out on loan and then basically abandoned them until they came back, which was why Markovic was looking to cut ties and also part of the issue with Borini and a few others in the Brodge era.
Never asked on here about it at the time because quite frankly I wasnt arsed enough, but thought I would mention it now the topic has come back up.

3.) 20 Apr 2016 01:04:37
Don't see how bringing players back so he could assess the squad first hand was a mistake to be honest.

Ward started the last game, as you know, so that would seem like progress.

4.) 20 Apr 2016 00:51:52
Going to disagree with Ed only on one loan recall Ward, if Migs got/ gets injured we would have had to rely on Bogdan 😩.

5.) 20 Apr 2016 04:46:03
we have spent years looking at stadium options, i'm sure they weighed up whether it was worth building a new 80k stadium or upgrading current one to that level.

{Ed001's Note - there was no viable place to build an 80k stadium in Liverpool. Anything above 60k requires serious infrastructure work to be done before it can be built. Those are intended to be done in the area in conjunction with the council. Then the club can once more look at increasing above the current 60k maximum.}

6.) 20 Apr 2016 05:10:17
Ed, if Anfield were to eventually increase to 80K after infrastructure improvements, which stands would be extended? I'm assuming the Kop and the Centenary stand?

Do you have any rough idea of when the council plans to improve that infrastructure?

{Ed001's Note - there are no firm plans in place yet, so I would only be guessing. Same with the infrastructure, it will take years to improve anyway. Nothing in the UK is ever done quickly, especially when a council is involved.}

7.) 20 Apr 2016 09:14:11
Liverpool should do satellite sites around Anfield. Be ground breaking creative seriously.

8.) 20 Apr 2016 12:56:18
New stand looks great, though it isn't going to be 60k is it, just under? I desperately tried to get my company in on the works but they wouldn't listen! We did do Highbury though which was pretty interesting.

9.) 20 Apr 2016 00:19:59
If the biggest mistake klopp does this year is buying Caulker, recalling Ward and Illori than I'll be more than happy. Getting Caulker for pittance with no obligation to buy wasn't and wouldn't be the end of the world. Illori is not what we have hoped he would be and playing for a disastrous Villa side (albeit he wasnt even making their team) couldn't do anyone any good.

Ward should have been left in Scotland but so what. He is back now and can try impress the manager in preseason. Klopp has gotten us to the Semi of the Europa Lg and we are performing much better in the league in recent weeks 1 defeat in 13/ 14 games. All in all a very good first season with more to come.

10.) 20 Apr 2016 15:41:47
Thanks for your response, Ed. Makes sense re: infrastructure.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcom Colin.}



05 Jan 2016 18:45:48
Hi Eds,

I wonder if you might comment as to the readiness of Liverpool this window. With Klopp fairly recently appointed, will his influence have changed targets, or modified transfer expectations within the club? Is the club transitioning targets to those Klopp may show more interest in, or is it business as usual?

On a slightly different track, how has Klopp's appointment affected the rest of management behind the scenes? Is there a sense of things running more smoothly than under BR, or are the club going about their business as perhaps they previously planned?


{Ed001's Note - of course his influence has changed it, seems an odd question when the manager chooses the targets. Again the back room staff has changed, how could things not have changed? As for more smoothly, that really depends on who you are and your viewpoint.}

1.) 05 Jan 2016 21:56:25
Apologies, must be my understanding. I had thought there were targets the organization used to look at irrespective of the manager.

{Ed001's Note - the scouts will find players, but the targets to buy come from the manager.}



22 Nov 2015 00:13:34
IMHO the biggest talking point is obviously the *manner* of the victory.

The second biggest talking point should be how Klopp has taken players who were looking shoddy pieces of business and has put them in positions in which they can not only succeed, but thrive. Case in point: Lallana. Under BR you could argue he was a miserable waste of money. Under Klopp, you start to see how he may actually come close to being worth the fee we paid.

Skrts, while still having his issues, looks a confident and *supported* player at the back.

Most tellingly for me, Louvren, who seemed worth about 75k under BR actually looked like someone who could survive as a depth player in the Prem. That's huge.

Man management. Placing people in positions to succeed. Using a player in the best way possible. It's a quantum change over recent years. Leaves one feeling far more assured that the team will * be prepared* which is something I've felt lacking for a long long time.


1.) 22 Nov 2015 08:17:30
Getting Lovren up and running like he did for Southampton is recouping 25mil! If klopp get markovic up also its another 25mil.



12 Dec 2014 16:44:46
Obviously Liverpool's results have been disappointing, to put it mildly. More worrisome, however, is the quality (or lack thereof) of play, and in particular the massive backslide from last season. In this light, I wonder if Rodgers has been given a timeline to, at the very least, turn the quality of play around. I understand there's a lot of internal questioning at the club, but how far has it gone and when will the plug be pulled on the Rodgers experiment? Are we waiting until a targeted replacement is ready? Waiting until our DoF target is ready and available? Or does Rodgers still have some leash with which he can hang himself with uninspired team selection and insipid play?


1.) 12 Dec 2014 17:15:49
Not so long back, Ed01 confirmed the reason we switched to a control possession way of playing.
We ran out of steam last season and it was decided to switch. I am not completely sure on this.
Ed01, Could you mate?

{Ed001's Note - Rodgers decided to switch because of it yes.}

2.) Yes we run out of steam, but I'd have thought buying 7 or 8 players was so that you could carry on playing the football which gave you success

3.) 12 Dec 2014 18:35:48
We ran out of steam in 1 game in which we had zero quality on the bench, this year we have some quality on the bench to say the least. If that's the case Brendan is a bigger div than he looks

4.) BR is a stubborn, arrogant an cocky guy w/o the credibility to back it up. He reverts to a slow possession game YET bought players suited to play the high-press, high-energy game. Is that stupidity or rank incompetence or what?



03 Dec 2014 14:53:51
I haven't looked deeply at stats, maybe someone could look this up for me, but it seems that we have a far more positive record when Lucas is in the lineup. He may not be flashy, and is certainly not in our manager's favourite 11 this season, but he's such a calming influence and his tackles tend to be very timely. I know that Gerrard has been pegged as a holding mid as he ages, but Lucas has always filled that spot very well, IMHO. I'd be disappointed to see him go as I believe he offers the defensive cover that makes us a much better team.

One of the more underrated players. Again, just my humble opinion.



1.) With Lucas: 7W 2D 2L

Without Lucas: 2W 2D 7L

Just read this about 30 minutes ago. I haven't verified it though.

2.) Liverpool this season with Lucas (all comps)-
10 Won 7, Drawn 1, Lost 2

Without Lucas (all comps)-
11 Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 7

3.) Well with states like that, BR knows what to do put lucas in the reserves or on the bench at best .get allen back in quick .

4.) Glad to see Lucas proving to be a valuable squad member for the second time in his liverpool career

5.) Think we're all missing the point a bit, not knocking lucas at all . He has steady the ship but the reason I think the stats are some what better is because gerrard play higher up the pitch when lucas plays, and the whole attacking part of the team have the better quality of ball being pinged in to them .just my thoughts .feel free to disagree

6.) Well it is hard to argue with the stat but I have to say that as far as holding midfield goes we just don't seem to do it (holding in midfield) and Lucas is no exception. Almsot all of our defending is in, or near, our box (and a bit near the opposition box where we had some good interceptions yesterday). I actually think that yesterday our defending in or near our box, at least after their first goal, wasn't too bad especially as we had a lot of work to do there, and maybe Lucas helped with that.

But this is one of our main problems this year. Opposite teams get very easily and very often to our box and when teams spend a lot of time near your box and they have better forwards than Leicester, eventually they are likely to score even against stronger defenders and GKs than ours.

Yesterday we played against a team in the bottom of the league and even with ten men they cut through the midfield again and again as if it didn't exist and straight to our box area. I think our lack of ability to keep possession and defend in the middle of the pitch contribute to the fact that players like Lovern and Sakho and even Ming look worse than they actually are, as they are very exposed.

It also doesn't help that our midfielders pass the ball backward so often when they are not sure what to do with it (and too often they are not sure what to do with it), as if Ming is Neuer who like to play a defender occasionaly - well he is not, and Toure is not Phillip Lahm so Glen Johnson for goodness sake stop passing the ball back to them every time you get it in midfield! I really prefer you would kick the ball forward straight to an opposition player as you do so often than backword to them. At least everyone have time to run back.

Saying all this, it was a good win yesterday, scored 3 goals and could have scored 2 more and you think if instead of Lambert we had there Baloteli and Sturridge together (yes I know mathematically this doesn't work and also it looks like these two being available, fit and not banned will nto happen very often this season) we could be quite a threat going forward.

If we win or even draw With sunderland and especially if we win against Basel I think that BR's job is safe for this transfer window even if some of us (me included) don't like it.

7.) Na mate Lucas is a very good dm who takes a lot of criticism due to rash tackles around the box, but when he's on form he's brilliant and what I like the most about him is he sweats blood just like Henderson and Allen to a degree, obviously long term we need a quality dm signing but right now Lucas is the best we've got

8.) Remember when spurs lost 27 games in a row with bale

9.) Disagree on him being a rash tackler. I think he has great anticipation and when that doesn`t work, it makes him look rash in the challenge. HOwever, he is a good guy and has always had to prove himself over and over again which doesn`t seem to bother him.

10.) And good for Lucas for being so self sacrificing and just simply getting on with the job. He's repeatedly had to prove himself and remember he didn't cone to the club as a DM. As pointed out he sweats blood for the club and deserves all the support he gets.




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09 Dec 2016 14:27:05
Is that the same player we were looking into 3-ish years ago who was having injury issues?


{Ed002's Note - Yes Colin.}



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13 Apr 2016 15:28:16
I know we live in a world where same-sex marriage is becoming more normal, but I think the telling point in Enigmatic Ed002's response is the short phrase, "my ex-wife! "

Who cares about the damn players! Have we finally uncovered the answer to a question that has plagued and vexed this site for so long?

Heh heh. 😉.




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19 Jul 2015 18:31:08
When does the transfer for Messi get finalized?




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12 Jul 2015 18:27:04
Now Sky too.

Good riddance you vastly overrated punk. I for one will be surprised if he's ever worth as much again. He's developing Ballotelli-esque mental issues.




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20 May 2015 13:50:38
All the player speculation, while interesting, would seem to be secondary until a decision has been made regarding manager, I would think. If someone else comes in, they'll have their own ideas and, if an established and strong team-builder may not be interested in some of the players currently on that list. I would place my educated guess on the requirement that theanagee position is settled before any player transfers.





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19 Jun 2017 15:13:39
Alonso all the way.




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03 Jan 2017 18:58:08
Can is like Lallana last season: caught in possession too often. For a DM, that's not ideal. He has potential, but he has to move the ball quicker instead of trying too often to beat a man.

Lucas has seen better years, but I don't see how he was at issue. That was a pretty generous call.




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16 Nov 2016 14:47:20
I'd agree with anyone who said Firmino or Matip or Couts. All worthy choices.

However Klopp has done such a fantastic job improving players that there are a number that could be noted favourably. Whereas last season many would have scoffed at his choice, this season I think there could be a reasonable argument that Lallana might be considered one of the most important cogs. When he's on the pitch, there's a whole new level of intensity that seems to infectiously spread. And he's no longer a Cruyff and hustle' he's a player.

Klopp has emphasized 'team' and that's obvious in the variety of names pointed out thus far: almost half the regular squad. My brother-in-law is a ManU fan (poor sod) and he reluctantly says Liverpool is the best coached and most entertaining team anywhere at this moment in time. High praise considering the source.




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19 Oct 2016 14:29:56
For me, it looked like Liverpool came out nervous; heavy touches and poor passes littered their game. Once they settled they started to look better.

Personnel-wise, I think that game was real proof of how Lallana has improved his play, and how his energy and ability fit beautifully with Klopp's plans. The entire team dynamic changed when he was introduced.

The other player that, in this case, concerns me, is Sturridge. While a technically gifted striker, I feel more and more that 'Pool's present style of play doesn't suit his. When Firmino went up top, I thought the attack became far more fluid.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if Liverpool were considering the possibility of selling Sturridge. Rather than buy a replacement, i'd like to see how the industry of Ings and a more consistently used Origi look. Between the two and Firmino, I think we'd have plenty of options.




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