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01 Nov 2015 10:51:45
Hey Eds,

Just a quick question from me - How come Origi was left out of the squad yesterday? Not complaining at all as I think he has some way to go, but was wondering if it was injury related or a case of Klopp just didn't fancy him in the squad with Benteke already on bench?


{Ed001's Note - I believe he was just rested.}

1.) 01 Nov 2015 15:42:35
We have a midweek trip to Russia. Origi was rested because he started 4 games in 2 weeks, and looks like he felt it. It was good management. I expect him to start against Rubin Kazan on Thursday.

2.) 01 Nov 2015 16:18:51
I read somewhere that he stayed behind for extra training.

3.) 01 Nov 2015 18:39:51
He's not premiership material in my opinion.

4.) 01 Nov 2015 19:47:10
Jcw. You're basing that off of how many games you've watched? Just curious as I think he's been impressive in a few games. He hasn't scored but that will come.

5.) 01 Nov 2015 21:56:12
He's young and only just started out in the PL, he may have struggled a bit so far but very early days and he's also shown he has potential. Let's take him for for what he is shall we and cut him some slack.

I think he's a very good prospect with the right coaching.

6.) 01 Nov 2015 23:57:29
20 years old, from a different league, English not his first language; bought by a manager that has left the club and didn't know to set-up his own team (this sounds like a piece from Gladiator) . then slaughter him after 4 games playing a different style with a new manager.

I'd rather see what he's like at the end of the season (Rodgers called him world class - Origi didn't! ) .

7.) 02 Nov 2015 01:38:47
Remember he got named in the worse players team of the season last year, nowhere near good enough for what lfc want to achieve, reminds me of David Ngog and that says it all!

{Ed001's Note - that's unfair to put that in there, he got the votes as the fans there got on his back because he was moving to Liverpool, and they felt he had gone all big time. Origi is nothing like Ngog, you might want to watch them more.}

8.) 02 Nov 2015 11:05:43
Biggest problem with Origi is his movement, which can be worked on. He is quick and can go past a player, feel he would be much better on the wing while he learns his trade, which will give him the opportunity to see what movement a striker should have to supplement his midfield. Feel he could benefit massively from this as Henry did. Could be a gem but has a lot of hard work ahead of him to get there.

9.) 02 Nov 2015 11:10:52
he was 2nd in the goal scoring charts behind the new lad for man utd and look what they paid for him at that age, so if he had a bad season but finished 2nd behind Martial (sorry for the spelling ) i would like to see him with a good season, he is a young lad who is adapting to a new country and league, even the most experienced players who come to the prem sometimes need a season to get used to out league, and from what I've seen he has not done too bad considering all that, as some one said i will like to see him after a full season for us.

10.) 02 Nov 2015 11:38:40
It was only my opinion, I watched a lot of his games last year, everyone he's played at Liverpool and just don't think he is premiership material. He must understand that if Ings, Sturridge and Benteke are available then he won't be starting, UNLESS he uses the time he is getting now to prove different, its ok saying he's come from a different league, different country etc . so do lots of PL players

As I say its only my opinion and I hope to be proved wrong and hope Klopp see's what you see in him.

On another note: I was pretty much ridiculed on this site at the end of last year for predicting Klopp would be manager by Xmas . 1-0 i dus think ;)

11.) 02 Nov 2015 23:53:08
Think there's a big difference between saying someone isn't up to liverpook/PL standard right now and saying he isn't Premier League material (ie never will be good enough) .

I'd agree with you he won't be getting games if Studge, Tekkers or Ingo fit, but that's not to say he won't make it. We just need to give him time to grow and adapt, he has all the right attributes.

I also agree with someone above mentioning he would benefit from given a shot as a wide forward/winger for a bit. think with his ability to go past a man, and pressure off to score himself, he could really benefit.

12.) 03 Nov 2015 02:12:11
In defence or origi he's going to look lacking compared to the other strikers we have, all have years of experience more than him, slightly barring Ings. I wonder if he'd suit a 2 up from system if we had another for striker or firmino just off him.



09 Jul 2015 06:49:31
Great site Eds and thanks for keeping us all constantly updated!

Just a quick one, now Berahino has woke up and no longer with award (sterling agent) is there any chance we could be interested in bringing him to the club? Certainly has the pace, potential finishing and age we seem to be looking for?


{Ed001's Note - it seems unlikely this window.}

1.) 09 Jul 2015 09:48:25
I think this would have been a good deal for us. He's only 21 and got 20 in 45 games last season, his stats are improving as he's getting older, and I like his movement. Seems a better fit than Benteke, but looks like that is the way were going.

2.) 10 Jul 2015 06:21:50
For Berahino, the agent was only part of the problem.




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19 Jul 2018 11:27:05
Hey Eds and everyone,

Not the biggest poster on here but read a lot and have to also shout out to MK Scouser for some of your recent articles too - great reading!

Assuming we get Allison in I think we can all agree it will be an amazing window. My question lies more on your opinions around the impact signing multiple players can have on a team (i. e. before they gel etc), and just when your thoughts on when too many signings can actually cause a team's progression to plateau? Spurs come to mind when bought loads after selling Bale.

I'm not suggesting this is the case with our window, just with a few key signings it got me thinking that the spine of the team may look different so will we see a transition effect whilst they get used to Klopps way or will he bleed them in slowly.

My thoughts (not that they are worth anything) is that Klopp will (and should) gradually bleed them into the 1st eleven (i. e. not start the season with all of them in the team necessarily), so they can learn the team way. History also suggests he would do this with some players (maybe not Allison for obvious reasons), but I remember with Ox for example he was keen for him to learn how we play and improve fitness etc.

Would be great to hear your thoughts on how you would approach it if you were Klopp?


{Ed002's Note - It has typically been an excuse for Liverpool supporters when they fail to win anything - year of transition.}

1.) 19 Jul 2018 11:39:50
Ed's thanks for your response, and I certainly believe it's a poor excuse or basically a smokescreen excuse for the real reason. Embarrassing to use that as a blame for poor performance solely - so i wasn't going to use it ;)

Would be interested to hear though (in general) if you think there is a potential for teams to suffer at all if they didn't manage the integration properly - i. e. don't change half of the starting 11 overnight.

I would think that transition isn't an excuse in this case, if anything if the results aren't there because everyone is new, then the fault lies more at the manager for not managing the situation and integrations properly over time.

{Ed002's Note - I had forgotten about "smokescreens" - that is something else exclusive to Liverpool supporters.}

2.) 19 Jul 2018 12:03:17
With the exception of Becker, we have no need to start any of our new signings if management takes the opinion that they have not fully integrated with the squad and it's style/ tactics. Whether or not you believe this sort of thing to be a problem, with our new signings this window it would be a problem of our own making.

3.) 19 Jul 2018 12:07:50
Cheers mate. Appreciate that.

I reckon Keita and Alisson will be straight in the starting XI as regulars from day one. Fabinho I suspect will be slowly introduced. I'm basing this prediction on Klopp's comments. He noted that Keita was really effective in the system because he played a similar style at Leipzig, but suggested that Fabinho might need longer to adapt. Shaqiri is not likely to be a regular unless there is an early injury.

4.) 19 Jul 2018 12:25:29
No excuses this season with the squad we now have, should be going the distance with City for the title and another good run in Champions League.

5.) 19 Jul 2018 12:38:28
I'd say Fabinho and Keita are starting midfielders v West Ham, probably along with Milner. Attackers unchanged, no new face in the back line, and Alisson in goal.

Should Fekir come (or Vida) they will surely be in preseason mode, along with Hendo and Lovren for most of august.

Can't see a problem, can't see an excuse for dropping points.

6.) 19 Jul 2018 13:30:51
I think Alisson, Keita and Fabinho will all get straight into the squad.

Of the regular midfield starters last season, Can has left, Ox is out injured long term, Lallana is coming back from injury and could still leave so we are only looking at Milner, Wijnaldum and Henderson.

Milner and Wijnaldum went missing in games far too often last season. They had some great games in the Champions league but over the 38 PL games they were inconsistent. They make great squad players but as starters we have better, especially now.

Henderson is generally good every game and as our captain its hard to say if he would be taken out of the team. But he also struggles with injury and Plantar Facitis is not easily recovered from. In order to recover properly you need to rest the foot completely and as a premier league footballer long periods of rest are not often available.

So I can see Both Fabinho and Keita being thrown in, and if Fekir comes he most likely will start too.

7.) 19 Jul 2018 12:13:36
Ed002, are you suggesting that “year of transition” is just a smokescreen because the club has unveiled too many players at once? 😉.



27 May 2018 01:19:16
Sonnot the best result for me, but in some ways it's times like these that can make a football club and it's fans.

Quite simply YNWA let's remember that.

Regardless of anybody's opinion on Karius future, he is a Liverpool player, he helped us get to the final and we, at this time more than ever, need to show our support to him.

Imagine how he must be feeling, and to have the balls to go over and apologise to all the fans I thought spoke volumes about his character.

I'm not Interested in whether he should be our number 1 next year or not, I'm interested in us supporting our players in their darkest times. This for me is one major reason why I am a LFC fan - because of our humility, our togetherness and our unequivocal support in the hardest times.

Let's support the lad and empathise, and respect he immediately took accountability for mistakes.

Not a dig at anyone so far in their comments, I just wanted to say the above in case there are those that just come all guns blazing for Karius, when sometimes we have to remember the core values that make us as a football club so very special and distinctive. It's now when YNWA really matters.




19 Jan 2018 09:47:13
Hey Ed's,

Hope you're all well, and thanks for keeping us fans so informed over this transfer period - I can only imagine how frustrating it can be to be asked the same questions over again!

To that point I hope this hasn't been asked, but couldn't find the answer when searching.

I was curious about if you had any insight into where Klopp/ the club feel Woodburn's best or natural position will be? Last season when he played he seemed to form part of the front 3, however if I remember correctly in pre-season he was playing more in the midfield 3?

Appreciate he can probably play both, but is he more ideally suited to one of those roles?

Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - he is expected to be able to play either but primarily in the midfield 3.}

1.) 19 Jan 2018 10:42:59
Thanks for coming back so quick!

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

2.) 19 Jan 2018 10:56:02
I think on the left side of our midfield 3. Long term replacement for Lallana.

3.) 19 Jan 2018 10:59:38
Defo got more potential in the midfield 3 for me.



28 Dec 2017 12:40:30
Hey everyone,

Great news with the VVD signing.

I was having a chat with a friend the other day and it brought up a debate that I thought was interesting.

His point was that he felt that our defenders (excluding 'VVD') aren't as bad as they seem. In fact a lot of their mistakes are stemmed from a poor goalkeeper in Mignolet. He argues and I kind of agree, that if we had a rock solid, vocal keeper then our defence would not have been as much of an issue, and people like Lovren may not have felt as much pressure.

Although I do think that Lovren and co certainly need upgrading (and VVD is a big start on that), we do need to fix that goalkeeping issue to get to the point where we are less panicky under pressure. Point being I think VVD is going to be great, but let's not perhaps expect an overnight fix as there are other issues at play. Perhaps we have to accept gradual improvement in these areas as an when other people are also replaced.

Also one question for the Ed's - from what you hear is there any chance that VVD and Gomez will be given the chance to forge a centre back pairing, or is it still considered too early for Gomez at CB?



{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea but Klopp has not been using Gomez at CB so it would be an unlikely pairing immediately.}

1.) 28 Dec 2017 12:49:15
Thanks Ed for replying so quickly.

Happy New Year to you and everyone who works so hard on keeping this site as great as it is!

2.) 28 Dec 2017 13:00:14
Sounds suspiciously like scapegoating to me. We need a better keeper but it's not Migs' fault or CBs aren't great.

3.) 28 Dec 2017 13:02:03
I’ve said the same, the keeper is the biggest issue for me but that doesn’t excuse the sheer number of individual errors made by defenders.

4.) 28 Dec 2017 13:40:49
We will be a lot better dealing with the long balls and set pieces and also with setting attacks up from the back, as Big Virgil does have a sweet right foot. He is a top player and one that will improve our first team.
Defensively wise, things can only get better. We all know a keeper with a better save to shot ratio than Migs would be the icing on the cake, but for now I think VVD will stop or block some of them shots going past Migs.

5.) 28 Dec 2017 13:51:23
We had problems all the way across the back 4 and at GK last year. Things are looking up a bit with Moreno improving, Gomez at RB, Klavan improving and now VVD coming in. GK is still a massive issue though and the main one to fix next IMO.

As for setup, I think we’ll see Matip and VVD playing together for another year or so until Gomez has matured a bit more, then probably TAA will come in at RB and Gomez/ VVD paired at CB. Think that will be an awesome setup in a year or so.

With regards to the transfer itself, I can’t really comment on VVD with any real authority, but I’m hopeful. What I’m especially happy about though is Klopp is practicing what he preaches and playing the long game, only moving for key positions when he’s found the right player, and paying proper fees when he’s comfortable he’s found the right fit.



04 Feb 2017 17:32:44
Regarding Klopps last year at Dortmund:

I could well be wrong but I seem to remember they started struggling in the league - was that mainly down to players leaving or being tired or teams learning how to play against them.

I know it's probably too early to say and no reason for us to panic, but do you see any similarities with that last year at Dortmund and our recent struggles? Or is it a case that we need to remember that we were in all honestly probably were slightly overachieving in the first half of the season considering our squad etc.?

I fully believe Klopp will get things sorted - just needs time to build squad etc. And we are still in a good position for top four which would be a huge improvement on last years 8th place.


1.) 04 Feb 2017 19:12:14
We are under achieving against teams who are certain to get relegated. Our system has been found out months ago but Klopp has no other plans. Except the same result next week or week after. The fact that we have half of bang average players plus pure one dijrvsinal dunning football makes it easier for our downfall.

2.) 04 Feb 2017 19:22:30
Jim, depends on who you be I can't really say what really happened there as no one really knows. As for him right now, something REALLY needs to change and if players need to be benched just to get a spark in the team, so be it. Lallan has gone back to being Johan Cruyff again, Can has been shocking for a month now yet he plays, Wiji had a good game last time and scored YET he didn't play today, the lot. If he doesn't sort it out this season, top 4 will be a pipe dream and massively disappointed judging by the way we started the first 4 months of the season.

3.) 04 Feb 2017 19:34:58
Hull are hardly relegation certainties Harry. They have been brilliant under Silva.

Having said that, it is alarming that Klopp now looks set for his 3rd straight season without a trophy or a decent league position.

Ed002 warned us all he was having a bit of a mid-management career crisis! He has become so obsessed with players who run a lot, that he might have lost sight of how important it is to have a few players who have a little composure who don't leave their position. We dominate every team we play because we are stronger and fitter than they are. But if we are spending so much time training on fitness that we cannot work on tactics and breaking teams down then perhaps Klopp needs to find a balance.

He has been figured out to some extent. However the players seem to be lacking Hunger and drive in the last month. Teams can set up to counter us, but if we play to the max, that would be irrelevant as we'd win anyway.

I do think we are carrying a handful of average players though. I don't think we need a complete overhaul in the summertime, but we could do with better full backs, a new centre back, and a replacement for Sturridge and Can.

4.) 04 Feb 2017 19:36:10
For me, I think its a bit of both. Teams clearly have figured out how to beat us, if you park the bus and have 8 or 9 men in the box then any top side can struggle. The sad part is, apart from the top 5 teams, pretty much every team will do this in the PL. I don't feel this is something new for us though, Liverpool have always had this problem, the "weaker" teams always give us trouble.

With that being said, I think we clearly did over achieve in the first half of the season. Everything went right for us. Now it is going poorly. I was hoping the reintroduction of Mane would help stretch teams again and create spaces, and while the Africa Cup of Nations will have had a bearing on this, he won't be as sharp and will be tired, I fear we need change up our game slightly against teams like Hull, Like Swansea, Like Burnley to get results we need. We will always have the same problems though, if we can't improve our defence and goalkeeper situation, and those issues have been well documented, we all know where we need to strengthen. I think all this is also down to the fact that a few of our star players just aren't at the races. Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana just aren't at the same level they were before Christmas. I don't know what we can do to get back to how we were before christmas, I don't know if it is a confidence issue or lack of fitness or just that their accuracy has gone. I hope with the lack of games and once CL/ Europa kicks back in that we will start reaping the benefits.

I believe Klopp will get it right and he will bring us success, I don't think now is the time to panic or ask for a change. We will get there, but we need understand, we have probably the weakest team in the top 6. We need be together as one.


5.) 04 Feb 2017 20:22:50
I don't think the system has been found out as such. We have pretty much stopped the press altogether for some reason in favour of building possession. I get the feeling Klopp has done this to try and stop conceding. Yet we still an not defend for toffee. I honestly will be gobsmacked if Migs Lovren and Clyne are at LFC next year and to some extent Milner. We can not rey on an of them to actually help keep a clean sheet and sadly in the case of the fullbacs, a decent 1st time troubling delivery into the box.
We aren't pressing when we need to, mainly because I believe the players up top don't trust the ability of the defenseif the press fails, and quite franly I don't blame them. We were doing well at first pressing but conceding many goals, then teams just sat back and countered, the problem was that our defense couldn't stop basic 3v1 and 2v1 counters. There's only so much the attack can bal you out, especially with the likes of Bobby, Mane, Hendo and Lallana putting in HUGE shifts.
I mentioned previously we had handed Chelsea the title on a plate and this was more than a''DIP'' in form. The confidence and team ethic has been shot to pieces. It's no surprise that you are seeing Lovren being openly berated ont he pitch by team mates, mane slepping the hands by his sides when Clyne once again puts in a woeful cross or delays his overlap, or cuts in and attempt a right footed cut back straight to the centeback. Can too is being heavily criticised on the field.

From my point of view we have a title winning attack, who have become fed up with a relegation fodder defense and it's showing in the cohesion, team performances and camaraderie.

6.) 04 Feb 2017 20:34:18
We've gone backwards and if teams really have figured out how to defend against us then we have to change.
We have to become solid at the back. We have to learn to defend like teams like Hull or Saints. They are not more talented than us, but they are more organised. This is something the managers and coaches need to work on starting right now.

We build from a solid defence.

7.) 04 Feb 2017 21:03:00
Well that was pretty awful. Despite having what is probably our best line up other than gini for can. Don't understand that selection Lucas was for injuries apparently. We really need another plan. We're better against the bigger teams because they try and play and we get spaces. We continue to struggle to break down teams. And we continue to get ran through when we lose the ball far to easily. It's happening over and over. I think a lot of it is a mental thing. Because at times in games and earlier in the season when we knock the ball about it's crisp and confident and we look superb. As soon as we concede or the pressure is on some of the boys crumble like cheap biscuits miss placed short passes a flap or bad kick from migs and it spreads throughout and and everyone seems to lose all composure. I thought we would turn it around here after the Chelsea performance but we were terrible. Always hopeful but starting to worry. YNWA.

8.) 04 Feb 2017 21:03:47
Chileanred what u going to press mate? there's nothing to press coz mid table teams are happy to give us 80% of possession and just shut the shop and wait for the final whistle . u can't blame everything on defence when our manger has set us attacking from midfield to full backs infact our defenders have got no protection at all like other top sides.

9.) 04 Feb 2017 20:55:52
Ron starting right now? Klopp should have improved the awful defense he inherited. I'm not saying fix as that will create an overload on this site but he should have improved that defense. I honestly think that our current defense is worst than its ever been. That's a huge fail from the manager and no excuses should be accepted.

10.) 04 Feb 2017 21:32:25
We should have spent £25m on the best keeper we could find last summer instead of spending it on Wijnaldum. Our team has such glaring defficiencies in that position that I fund it difficult to believe the 'experts' running the club can't see it.

11.) 04 Feb 2017 21:40:26
All i know is when relegation threatened clubs see Liverpool next on the fixture list they think great " 3 easy points ". The player spineless and gutless and all of the bar 1 or 2 should never wear a Liverpool shirt again. Klopp should take some of the blame as he has not found a way to stop the rot. Liverpool fc the team that keeps giving (3 pts away)

12.) 04 Feb 2017 21:54:41
I see more similarities wirh klopps first 2 years at dortmund. Learning the style, building the team etc etc.

13.) 04 Feb 2017 22:00:34
You press on the triggers. clearly teams aren't giving 80% posession. When I say triggers I mean poor touches, goal kicks, throw ins, You try and smother the middle isolate the ball to one player in a wide position and force th posession surrender or a long ball, or in i back high up. Teams aren't throwing 10 men behind the ball against us an inviting pressure. they're simply being disciplined.
However we have had multiple chances that clyne and milner waste by not putting in good or 1st time crosses. We the have had the proble that Can Gigi and to n extent today Lallana won't go forward as often to join the attacks.

We have been found wanting constantly at set pieces and counters hich I;m sorry to say most of those faults have ben solely down to poor defensive marking, particularly by lovren and Clyne, as well as Migs not being commanding enough.

The defense has plenty of protection, that's PRCISELY WHY Lallana previously put in bigger shifts and Hendo and Firmino, so the ball got nowhere enar them, but they can't do it week in week out. Hendo is there protecting them too. Mane and Lallana in particularly have usully worked their socks off and yet we still concede. Our full backs are getting forward but I wouldn't say they are effectively attacking.

14.) 04 Feb 2017 22:44:34
We can ring our hands and mourn past mistakes, or we can look to how we can move forward.
You don't get anywhere by dwelling on the past, you've got to learn the lessons and make a change.

15.) 05 Feb 2017 02:52:48
For what Klopp has spent net (after outgoings) on the team since he came and the players he has brought to the club, I'd say have been really good buys, all value for the money spent.
All are at a good age and Karius has potential.
TheRe are pre Klopp era signings that he has chosen to work with some of whom have caused us huge frustrations in previous seasons and who have been given every chance to prove themselves but their time now is surely up.
My suggestions are.
Ring Rodgers at Celtic and swap Migs for Gordon.
Ring fat scam and swap SaKho for Lovren.
Let Klopp use his german no us to sign jung for right back and Rodriguez at left back.

Then we have a 1st team capable of challenging.

16.) 05 Feb 2017 09:26:15
I don't think teams have found out how to play against us. It is just that too many players are not performing. Firmino and Coutinho are both world class but right now they just cannot shoot straight for some reason. Lallana is struggling and Mane is too. In the midfield, Hendo is now even below mediocre. Sturridge and Origi, let's not even go there. Point is that when players lose confidence and start playing like crap, no system in the world will work. I really think Hendo needs to be out. Maybe play Milner and Wijnaldum in the CM role and hope for the best. Klopp has said that players need to be smart. Our players unfortunately are anything but, right now. I just don't understand running at full speed at the opposition to tackle. The other player just has to move on the side and go past you and with your mad speed rush, there is no way you will be able to slow down, turn back and catch him. But still all the midfielders keep doing this. We are now playing many more crosses in but 90% of the time, there is only one player in the box. We get 100 corners in a game and we all know that we will have 100% success rate of not converting them. Its too early to complain about Klopp but I think that he needs to realize that some of these players are just not cut-out for a top tier EPL team.

{Ed001's Note - what on earth? The last game against Chelsea everyone was raving about Henderson, now you want him out? Why him? He is a playmaker in need of players to provide him some options to play the ball too. Against Chelsea the players were up for it, provided movement and he was able to pick them out. Against Hull, the usual complacency struck and the players returned to being statues, so there was nothing for him to pick out. He is the one of the very few players we have that does not deserve to be dropped.}

17.) 05 Feb 2017 10:58:07
Spot on ed; absolute joke to have a go at Hendo. He is one of the players who IS performing and does seem to care!
Also, how is Mane off form? After what, 1 and a quarter games?!
And playing Milner in mid? Based on what? Hasn't played there all season and with all due respect to him, is poor playing there now. LB or out of the team, not replacing Hendo.
Absolutely crazy, knee jerk response!

18.) 06 Feb 2017 09:24:58
Ed001. Hendo is good in one game and then really bad in 5. He does not have the ability to pick long range passes and his short passing game is only based on side or back passes. He cannot dribble past a player. He cannot hold on to the ball (unlike Milner and Wijnaldum who can at least hold on to it) . His tackling is again average. All he brings to the team is some energetic running. In such a critical position, you need better quality.

{Ed001's Note - nonsense, he has never had five really bad games in a row since his first season at the club. You are clearly just a hater because he doesn't do the flashy dribbles. Hold onto the ball? Wtf? Do you even know what that means? No one should be holding on to the ball in our system! We need better quality analysis than this, not a better quality player, someone who understands a player's role before they criticise him based on nonsense.}

19.) 06 Feb 2017 13:42:34
Ed001, I am not a hater at all. I would not want anything more but Hendo to succeed but unfortunately he just does not have enough quality. Let me try to address each point a bit less emotionally. Dribbles: No one said he should do flashy dribbles but he should have the ability to get past players when needed. Unfortunately, as soon as a defending player comes in front, it is a back pass or a side pass. Holding the Ball: Ability to hold on to the ball means that when you are pressed, you can retain the ball or draw a foul or in other words you don't lose the ball. If a CM should not have that ability then I think we are talking about different sports here. Let me agree that I don't understand the player's role, can you kindly tell me what is he suppose to do in his current role. I am not saying that getting rid of Hendo is the solution for all our problems. I am just saying that he does not have the same quality of the midfielders available to other top 6 teams. If we want to challenge we need to change a few players and he is one of them.

{Ed001's Note - you do not dribble past a player in the deep role that he is in, please understand his role before claiming he can't do something. He is not in a position to do that, so there is no way of knowing whether he can do so or not.

Why would you want a player to hold the ball, when our entire game plan is based around moving it quickly? Again try and understand the game rather than talking through ignorance. His role is to move it quickly, as should all the rest. It is not his fault that he is surrounded by players who are failing to enact their instructions while he is still doing so.

Hendo is fine, as has been shown time and again, this is just you failing to understand what he is in the team to do and what the team around him is meant to be doing.}




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19 Jul 2018 11:39:50
Ed's thanks for your response, and I certainly believe it's a poor excuse or basically a smokescreen excuse for the real reason. Embarrassing to use that as a blame for poor performance solely - so i wasn't going to use it ;)

Would be interested to hear though (in general) if you think there is a potential for teams to suffer at all if they didn't manage the integration properly - i. e. don't change half of the starting 11 overnight.

I would think that transition isn't an excuse in this case, if anything if the results aren't there because everyone is new, then the fault lies more at the manager for not managing the situation and integrations properly over time.


{Ed002's Note - I had forgotten about "smokescreens" - that is something else exclusive to Liverpool supporters.}



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19 Jan 2018 10:42:59
Thanks for coming back so quick!


{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}



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28 Dec 2017 12:49:15
Thanks Ed for replying so quickly.

Happy New Year to you and everyone who works so hard on keeping this site as great as it is!




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04 Dec 2016 11:31:08
On top of that in my opinion an injury to just one of Costa, Hazard, Moses or Alonso and their backups aren't too impressive. They would have to be extremely lucky to get through the season avoiding all injuries. A very good team but their time will come to an end when the luck runs out.

On a positive note now is our chance to stay just 1 point behind cuts, and create a 3 point gap between us and city!




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31 Aug 2016 19:40:35
ok great - thanks for the response.