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07 Feb 2018 14:29:58
Ed001 would love your opinion on defending nowadays to the 80's or even 90's
today's defenders seem to rely on pace and barring that shirt pulling and wrestling.
Not to say that never went on back then as well but maybe im old and biased but I remember your maldini's and baresi, costacurta who seemed to defend with elelgance and ease.
I think Des walker was a top defender as well who seem to make it look easy
Paul mgrath also ronaldo koeman springs to mind as well.
Just defenders who actually could tackle and read the play without having to always foul their way out of trouble.

Johncrow Junior

{Ed001's Note - I am in full agreement with you, people think carthorses like Maguire are good just because they are big, strong and fast. They are utterly unable to read the game these days. I don't know what has happened, because it can't just be down to the rules changes as they should make it even more important to be able to read the game, rather than less. I only used to watch the football italia to see Baresi, he was imperious.}

1.) 07 Feb 2018 16:35:45
Well said John and Ed1.

2.) 07 Feb 2018 17:43:50
Cheer for the reply Ed001 and comment Salah.
There is not one defender out there now to rival the ones I have mentioned which is a shame.

3.) 07 Feb 2018 18:45:33
The game is much faster now and all changes are made to help attackers I think that's the main 2 reasons why.

4.) 07 Feb 2018 18:55:23
Spot on, JJ. Defenders like Walker, Koeman, Maldini, Baresi, Sammer etc made defending look easy cos they had game intelligence hence, it allowed them to think quicker, anticipate the striker's move way before it happened and sense danger and snuff it out at the origin.

The defenders there are now, are robots with no game intelligence. Athletes who can't read the game. As for Maguire, he is the true sign of the problem with defenders today. The guy is pants, slow as a slug and lacks any positional awareness BUT cos he is big and strong then he must be good.

5.) 07 Feb 2018 20:04:27
As centre halves go today, Maguire is decent. He gets his head on the ball in both penalty areas, may not be lightning quick but always seems to get a block in and can carry the ball out. I’m not saying he’s world class but think he’s better than some on here make out. You would think that, with the state of some of the centre halves playing for us, people wouldn’t be so quick to slag others off.

6.) 07 Feb 2018 20:07:10
Great post John and Ed001.

7.) 07 Feb 2018 20:10:37
Last one i remember for us was hypia he didn't need pace was always ahead of the game.

8.) 07 Feb 2018 20:26:29
Greatest defenders never tackle. Read the game, snuff out danger, move on.
All before the striker has had chance to get on the end of a pass.

Best I’ve seen at it?
Hansen, easily.

9.) 07 Feb 2018 21:42:51
what about Agger Agger.

10.) 07 Feb 2018 22:23:00
Aggerdo, Paulo Maldini once said that making a tackle was a sign of failure cos that means he was out of position hence, failed to do his fundamental job as a defender. Nuff said!

11.) 07 Feb 2018 22:27:26
I loved the German sweeper style that served them well for three decades or more.
Every succesful German national and club side had their best player at sweeper.



01 Feb 2018 07:50:35
Well done Klopp no panic signings and wait for the right targets at the right prices
best thing for me this Window (besides Virgil) is the loan deals for Harry Wilson and Ova Ejaria getting loans moves to Championships clubs.
Hopefully they crack on and come back ready for squad places next season and save us money which can be put to better use.

Johncrow Junior

1.) 01 Feb 2018 08:48:10
NO panic signings huh?
There is going to be a massive uproar by a majority of the fanbase if we fail to get top4 and do not sign Alisson and Lemar in the summer. Klopp made his decision and he needs to justify that those two players were worth waiting for.

2.) 01 Feb 2018 09:24:59
No need to worry about top 4. We are going to finish 2nd this year. Hakuna matata lads. 👍.

3.) 01 Feb 2018 10:31:26
So Indian he needs to justify they were worth Waiting for? Why? Cos their clubs refused to sell them now as we did couts in the summer? It’s clear we tried to make things happen and it wasn’t to be. It’s not like we said ‘ We don’t want to sign anyone’. If the right players aren’t available. Then You don’t buy. unless you want to keep making the same mistakes as the past.

4.) 01 Feb 2018 10:49:16
Indian Buzzer. do you represent the majority of our fan base? As I'm pretty sure there would not be uproar. All the eds have already eluded to the fact that signing keepers in January is a difficult task, so it was unlikely a keeper would ever arrive to help us for a top 4 push this January anyway.
What if we signed Lemar yesterday for 90mil and he doesn't perform, discrupts the Ox and manes season (possible positions he would play) and we fail to make the top4? Then the 'majority' of the fan base would be moaning that we've wasted 90mil on a player and rushed our decision for no benefit.
The reality is mate. we have a good starting 11, two spare strikers who are hungry to contribute, we have the Ox who covers the same positions as Lemar. imagine if last August we signed Lemar but didn't sign the Ox, I don't think people would be panicking as much right now as he has a cool name but both players do similar roles in the team. We also have a few midfielders fighting for their starting spots due to keitas arrival and demirbray scouting, which should keep everyone on their toes for the remainder of the season!
Let's be positive and stop pre planning our future frustrations!

5.) 02 Feb 2018 00:42:07
£75 million for van dijk the right people at the right price, oxalaide chamberlain £40 million with 10 months left on his contract 🙈. You couldn't make this stuff up. Honestly!



28 Jan 2018 12:15:35
Well after last night im not so unhappy anymore.
You always learn more after a defeat or two lol
think we know Matip is not the long term partner for Virgil and I would (if fit) play lovren till klopp deems Gomez ready or buys another centre back
in the midfield obvious to see why we are failing George W has not the defensive attributes suited to klopp needs and is much better nearer to the opposition penalty are then his own
Ox seems to be trying too hard but is at least trying and looks like he wants to win and improve.
Can im afraid I would bench when Hnederson is fully fit as he just can't play two good games in a row and imo his head is in Juventus
Seeing lots of comments about Mane but let me tell you this I would rather Mane a be Liverpool player then be at any other top 6 team
we need to appreciate players like that rather then keep having a go when they don't play well after injury and illness and also some of the comments I read about trent was very disappointing.
but to try and improve those you have.

Johncrow Junior

1.) 28 Jan 2018 13:06:51
Johncrow, coaching is all very well, but you cannot, with all due respect, polish a cufflink. No amount of coaching is going to make Mignolet a good keeper, no amount of coaching will make Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Can and AOC anything more than very mediocre footballers, no amount of coaching is going to give Moreno any brains. Eventually if you want to compete at the top, you have to bring in very good footballers. Which is what we lack in goal and in midfield. Selling Coutinho and not reinforcing the squad in centre midfield, keeper and a replacement for Pipco will look a really bad decision when we finish trophyless and outside of the top four.

2.) 28 Jan 2018 13:14:16
Spot on, Johncrow. The performance was not good enough, for sure and we are in a wobble right now so that part is obvious. WBA were the better team and showed the fire and desire to win this game while our players esp. in midfield, were just not up for it and could not match the intensity WBA showed so credit to them.

That said, fans being petulant and throwing their toys out of the pram should be ignored, IMO cos had we won yesterday, we are not having this conversation globally. Matip is poor and has been poor thru out this season. Those saying Hendo is inferior to Can are just talking porkies cos if he was, he would be playing the 6 role now. He is NOT cos he lacks the tactical, positional sense and awareness that Hendo possesses. Also, Hendo is light years ahead of him in terms of passing range long or short.

I am happy that Migs will not play for us again (it was a mistake to put him in anyway cos Karius needed games) and now Hendo is back to help in CM. We need a reaction vs Hudd esp. since Spurs are in a wobble as well with them facing the bus-parkers in midweek. Keep the faith, lads!

3.) 28 Jan 2018 13:22:29
with all due respect Mr Dennis you have completely misunderstood my post
my coaching comment was about trent hence why it came straight after I mentioned his name.
I just don't understand how you keep saying we will not finish 4 do you have a crystal ball or something?
you do realize that these same players currently have us in 4th spot?
and where was pipco when we beat man city
this constant bleating out for new players is a current trend for fans who really think football is like Football manager, well it doesn't work like that in real life mate.

4.) 28 Jan 2018 13:23:13
You can't polish a candlestick I'm afraid.

5.) 28 Jan 2018 15:52:56
Fourth spot AT THE MOMENT. Regrettably, the way we’re playing I can’t see where our next win will come from? Huddersfield have a blueprint to work from that others have used this season and Spurs are likely to hump us again like they did away from home because they are not only man for man a better side, but they’re better organised.



23 Jan 2018 07:28:21
Well you can't win them all and yes it was a bad defeat but look for the positives.
Virgil directing the defence talking telling the keeper fullback where to be etc
Matip looked decent and gomez except for one lapse looked solid
Ings looked very sharp and on another day might od had a couple of goals
adam Lallana looked better then in recent games
Overall there was more to be happy about then moan and yes we moved the ball around very pedestrian like but we will learn from this and come again.

Johncrow Junior

1.) 23 Jan 2018 08:02:09
Da funk were you watching? Van Dijk did nothing but head the ball right back in the danger are for them to score.

Matip was all over the place and will never be the answer.

Gomez was absolutely terrible, he must have had 5 terrible shots and 10 worse crosses. What on earth are you on about?

Ings could have had a couple of goals? When was that? all i saw was a very weak shot straight at Fabinski. And Adam Lallana looked terrible, kept twisting and turning and didn't know where the ball was and couldn't control it or tap it in from 5 cm!

There was ZERO positives from yesterday. ZERO. The win vs Manchester City is absolutely worthless when you can't win vs Swansea, West Brom, Newcastle, Watford, Burnley, Everton, etc etc etc etc.

2.) 23 Jan 2018 08:08:55
That midfield three are awful. It’s been that way all season. Fans need to take there rose tinted glasses off after we win against one of the top teams.

Top teams usually don’t sit in which means 4/ 5 games a season we need a workhorse front three. The other 34/ 33 games we don’t. Can and Wij move the ball way to slowly and have done since they’ve played for the club. They can’t pass forward and if they do it’s a yard too far. Our best defence splitting passes came from VVD and Matip yesterday. Says it all.

Don’t get me started on can being captain too when he hasn’t signed a contract. What does that say to the other players committed with long term contracts?

3.) 23 Jan 2018 08:09:39
Matip was diabolical defensively. The only good thing he did all game in that respect was take out their player to stop a quick break, and take a yellow for the team.

What was he actually doing for their goal though? Everyone is ridiculously calling out Van Dijk's header but he couldn't have put it anywhere else as he won it over the top of 4 players. In contrast, Matip who was stood (marking no one) just behind Ox (an attacker) did nothing to react to the second ball, whilst Ox tried desperately to make a block.

Matip is just not a defender. His passing out from the back was good, but why on earth did he keep going forward and getting in way on the attacks. 3 times he did it, twice where he tackled his own player, and another he ballooned a shot miles over.

I agree on Ings and Lallana though. Both unlucky not to score.

4.) 23 Jan 2018 08:11:03
Matip was shocking last night. All at sea for the goal and had my heart in my mouth any time the ball went near him, Gomez had a game he’d probably rather forget, not one of our midfielders played well, we lacked any cutting edge and had no guile in the final third. As for the goal, I still think a top class keeper is saving that. You rarely see De Gea or Courtois beaten like that. We have 9 days to fix this or we are stuck with this for the rest of the season.

5.) 23 Jan 2018 08:18:51
The win against City isn't worthless, that's just silly. We got 3 points! If we hadnt then Spurs could be ahead of us.

Last nights results was horrible, the worst performance for a long time but let's not get carried away with the daft comments.

6.) 23 Jan 2018 08:33:53
Daft comments? Hilarious, i rather lose to Man City and Arsenal and win the other games, i think you will find that gives us 3 times the points.

7.) 23 Jan 2018 09:14:24
LEGENDARY, We have lost 3 games in the League this year! City, Spurs and now Swansea!

8.) 23 Jan 2018 09:14:33
Legendary I respect your opinion mate but im not all about coming on here and moaning then chanting like a lunatic when we win.
Lose with Grace win with grace
last night one team wanted to win and one team got a lucky break and scored and won, end off.



15 Jan 2018 13:05:37
Afternoon to all,
really happy Karius is back in goal and hopefully he gets a run of games and does enough to show everyone how good he us
Eds my question is, when Simon Mignolet leaves liverpool do you think he will stay in the premier league or move abroad?
I reckon someone like a Southampton might not be a bad fit for him
Have a good day and thanks as always.

Johncrow Junior

{Ed025's Note - im sure someone will want him john but certainly none of the top sides mate..

1.) 15 Jan 2018 13:24:56
cheers for the reply mate.

{Ed025's Note - no worries mate..

2.) 15 Jan 2018 14:03:06
So off to Everton then. ;)

3.) 15 Jan 2018 15:49:47
Karius must be a better hypnotist than a goalkeeper, as he’s got all these deluded people under his spell, despite not making a save worthy of the name in all games he’s played, flapping at crosses, poor positioning, weak chocolate hands and nearly giving everyone a heart attack when the ball is at his feet.

How long will it take you to realise - he is not going to come good like De Gea.




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29 Jan 2018 20:22:26
Think Windley Mark should be called Wide of the mark instead lol.

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28 Jan 2018 12:01:06
why does Mane need a kick up the backside?
he has been playing when ill and not at 100 percent all the time
fans like you really make me wonder sometimes
im hoping mane plays every game when possible as he is still one of the few in the team who can make something happen from nothing.

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18 Jan 2018 12:36:25
so Jaylfc1 if we don't buy anyone else in this window do you think we won't qualify for top 4?
bit strange as this same squad has taken us 3rd
have a bit more faith mate.

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31 Dec 2017 17:47:32
Both very shoddy for actual accurate information mate.

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15 Feb 2018 17:57:30
Spoken like a true Evertonian mate think you need to look at just how good Porto have been up to last night in champions league, they beat Monaco twice and Red bull of Germany as well
They were not good last night but maybe that is because we made them look that way lol.

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14 Feb 2018 10:44:45
Ed001 I second, third and fourth that comment
completely had his time for me.
Clyne thank you for the effort and good luck at your next club.

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13 Feb 2018 10:06:43
cheers mate
I only have myself to blame I started coughing and shivering to late to escape.

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13 Feb 2018 09:23:30
brilliant lol save a life this February, sadly for me my missus worked out my plan and now has us fully booked in for a meal in town.

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07 Feb 2018 17:43:50
Cheer for the reply Ed001 and comment Salah.
There is not one defender out there now to rival the ones I have mentioned which is a shame.

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