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09 Jan 2018 15:41:08
A mate of mine who lives in Germany has told me that we had scouts watching Karim Demerbay (spelling is probably wrong) of Hoffenheim very recently.

He is a Turkish-German lad who has turned out for Germany a few times. He's very technical and has wicked left footed free kicks. Not blessed with pace but can dribble well and a pretty powerful left foot.

I remember some of his indirect free kicks caused us problems (as well as our overly high line) in the Champions League play offs.

Not sure if this is a Lallana long term replacement being looked at if true, doubt it's to replace Coutinho but we'll see.

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1.) 09 Jan 2018 18:08:24
Kev I know exactly the guy your on about while he does stand out in his previous team I'm not sure he's what we need pal and I'm not sure how long he's been there would he have played there with Bobby?

2.) 09 Jan 2018 18:16:05
i Think we looked into him in the summer if I remember correctly but he lost his form from last season. Tbf he had a good season last year, nothing more and I’d say he is a) not what we need and b) not good enough.

Also i don’t think he will develop into a great player anytime soon and his stats (14 games, 2 goals, 1 assist) aren’t the best for a offensive midfielder.

3.) 09 Jan 2018 18:47:21
No worries guys.
Haven't seen enough of him personally, I'd be underwhelmed if we got him to tell the truth.
I could see he was quite technical and has good set pieces but after that, meh!
Would rather a more physically gifted player personally to fill a Central Midfielder role.

4.) 09 Jan 2018 17:30:27
'Not blessed with pace".
Forget it. Let's not even go there again.

Hey ed025, are you Joe Anderson in disguise? :-)

{Ed025's Note - no juicer, if i was then the blues would be in their new stadium now mate..

5.) 09 Jan 2018 19:04:40
Aren’t Everton linked with him now?

6.) 09 Jan 2018 20:08:38
Meant the alleged Barkley letter ed025, you were a touch upset about the transfer the other day. Everton have been had over there by the looks of it?

{Ed025's Note - i think its something and nothing juicer, joe seems to have a bee in his bonnet about it but i cant see what chelsea have done wrong mate..




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16 Mar 2018 18:24:21
Tough draw obviously, for both clubs.

On paper they are slightly better of course - the league table doesn't lie but stylistically we can match up well against them, plus we have the Anfield atmosphere which can make a real difference as it did when we last met - if that match had ended 5 nil to us, they couldn't really have argued such was our dominance generally in that game.

They're going to start as favourites and rightly so, this could easily work in our favour as surely the Liverpool players will raise their games as high as they can go, whereas being favourites can (as we witness all the time) bring complacency.

If our players can keep clear heads and focus on their own game, anything could happen in this tie.

We most certainly CAN win this one, make no mistake about that.

This could be a great tie either way!

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1.) 16 Mar 2018 18:35:41
My biggest worry is there are 9 league points up for grabs before, during and after this fixture. Do we honestly have the strength in depth to rest our stars for CL and still get them points? My answer would be no. As great as the CL is for me, top 4 is still the priority. What would people's thoughts be if we get to CL semi and knocked out but finish 5th.

2.) 16 Mar 2018 18:43:33
Someone mentioned wanting to avoid Barcelona or City.

For me the 2 teams I would have liked to avoid are Bayern and Juve. 2 teams who know how to defend.

City can’t defend for toffee we love playing against open teams. It’s bus parkers we struggle with.

Easy draw for us 👍.

3.) 16 Mar 2018 19:03:53
Ron, I wanted to avoid City, Barcelona or Bayern because they are my 3 favourites for the tournament. They have the ability to win by 4 or 5 goals at home. So do we, but it just makes it more of a 50/ 50 chance to progress. Any other side, I'd be quietly confident of getting past over 2 legs now United and Atletico are out. I thought Juve were good defensively before the season started, but they are a shadow cast of last season. Chiellini and Barzagli look over the hill and selling Bonucci was a silly decision. They are not even top in a league they have ran away with recently.

Now we've drawn City though, we just have to suck it up and enjoy the tie! It's not like we are guaranteed to go out now. I just think we would've had a better shot against Sevilla, Roma, Juve or Real. Still, should be a good old slugging fest watching us and City trying to outscored each other over 180 minutes. Easily the best tie of the QF's. We have as much chance of progression as we do of elimination! I think the Anfield atmosphere on European nights gives us a marginal advantage.

4.) 16 Mar 2018 19:14:28
I really do hate to say it but I've got us going out with a 6-2 aggregate loss let's hope I am wrong but we will have to wait and see.

5.) 16 Mar 2018 19:35:35
Juve were all over the place v Spurs, only in the last 30 mins did they tighten up. Old and slow springs to mind. City would smash Juve.

6.) 16 Mar 2018 21:07:55
No they would not, mark IMO. Juve have a much better record than City and have made 2 of the last 3 finals so let's get that straight. They were not all over the place vs Spurs. Had Juve scored that penalty at 3-1 in Turin, Spurs would have been out. Also, you forget that Juve had a stone wall pen denied when Vertonghen fouled Costa in the box at 0-0.

Spurs bottled it cos Juve are adept at playing the rope-a-dope, the same tactic that Muhammad Ali used to beat George foreman. They suck you in making you think you have a chance and then pounce. That is what they did to Spurs at Wembley. Notice they never panicked when Spurs got the lead. They took their time, made the right changes and took Spurs down.

Poch got schooled by Allegri who is just as smart as Pep, IMO (Poch is not in his league) . Allegri is a very good, smart and astute manager and City would have issues with them and so would we.

7.) 16 Mar 2018 21:25:03
Love your optimism Ron. Now negativewalter has predicted such a heavy defeat over 2 legs, i am going to put money on Liverpool qualifying to the semi's ;)

8.) 16 Mar 2018 22:33:51
Well said BRover, completely agree with your post.

9.) 16 Mar 2018 23:16:51
I wouldn’t have fancied Real. All their eggs are I. The CL basket so to speak with being so far behind in the league.

10.) 16 Mar 2018 23:38:39
think we should switch our thoughts back to the premiership, its not going to be easy to get top four like people think, thanks to the FA, who keep giving us a hard time, we now have three 12 30 games,
these 12 30 games are more difficult than a 3 clock game, don't believe me, then see how many points over the season that we get from them,
also check out how many 12 30 s that we have to play compared to other teams,
no wonder Klopp is angry over the everton time change, he knows it will be another tough game, more so cos he will be temtpted to rotate and rest players for the 2nd leg V City,
fingers crossed .

11.) 17 Mar 2018 12:47:58
We've already played them twice this season. Seeing as it's our first Champions League quarters in years I was hoping for a Real, Barcelona or Bayern personally. Think we can win the tie and get one in the next round but I was looking forward to us sending C. Ronaldo back to Madrid with his tail between his legs.

12.) 17 Mar 2018 12:42:29
Ironic you say that negativeredwalter, on my FM18 save, I lost to City in the semi finals of the CL 6-2 on aggregate.



14 Mar 2018 20:55:11
Looks like Mark Hughes is nailed on for Southampton - won't be signing many players from down there for a wee while then, should be a quiet summer now :)

OIrish Kev 1

1.) 15 Mar 2018 06:34:32
That’s saints going down. The most overrated manager in prem history. He has literallly destroyed every club he’s been at! Apart from city but he did spend a lot of money on dross.
Look what he’s done to qpr!

2.) 15 Mar 2018 12:54:49
But based on his stoke squad, there’s room at Southampton for any of our cast offs.



13 Mar 2018 19:55:32
Been saying it for a while now and seem to be getting proven right at the moment but again I will say and no doubt a nay sayer will disagree, but I believe Harry Wilson could be a very good backup choice to Salah and Mane next season and push on from there possibly.

He needs to get a chance, he has lots of natural talent and if he gets that chance I really hope he takes it.

Been watching him for 5 years now or so, very gifted kid.

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1.) 13 Mar 2018 20:09:05
He’s been brilliant at Hull, was instrumental in their win at the weekend. Clearly can handle the physical stuff.

2.) 13 Mar 2018 20:09:45
He does need his chance but I believe this loan move is the best thing for him right now, I also wouldn't moan if he was given another season on loan with a premier league club next season, it'll give him a little more experience at top level, then he can return to us and hopefully get in the team, I just hope we don't let him go without giving him a chance because he looks quality.

3.) 13 Mar 2018 20:11:21
Other half is a season pass holder at Hull. She is very impressed with him. Got MOTM last time out against Norwich. He looks the real deal.

4.) 13 Mar 2018 20:29:57
and the lad just scored, again. Wow.

5.) 13 Mar 2018 20:36:18
quite a decent goal as well im impressed with him.

6.) 13 Mar 2018 21:11:37
Grandpa made a bet when he was a baby that he would make his wales debut. more to come!

7.) 13 Mar 2018 21:29:36
Irish - I remember some of your other posts and most didn't agree including me. He is definitely on the rise.

Do you think he is or will be a level up from Kent, Ojo, Woodburn etc I just can't see them all being good enough. I will happily settle for one and if it is Wilson it would be great.

8.) 13 Mar 2018 21:48:34
I think Ojo, Wilson and Woodburn have good chances of making it at Liverpool, Ejaria, Grujic and Kent on the other hand i am not so sure.

9.) 13 Mar 2018 21:53:05
Only time will tell how good he will be I suppose.

The Under 23 leagues and cups aren't crammed with world class players of course but he's destroyed that league for a couple of seasons now when players like Ings, Kent, Ojo and Woodburn etc. (all good young players still) have not hit as high a level as him, so he must have something about him and remember he's not even a Striker - he's in the mould of a Salah with less pace, wide player who has the gift of scoring goals.

Not to get ahead of ourselves though, but if he continues as he is going right now, he may well fulfill his rather huge potential.

10.) 14 Mar 2018 01:20:16
Ojo, Woodburn and Wilson all have something about them IMO but if I had to pick it would be Woodburn as most likely to make it (probably at attacking mid) and then at the margins probably Wilson because he’s proving he can impact games at the top level even without superior pace. Ojo seems to have had his development hampered with injuries but I still hope he comes good as a he could be really special. I think he could be a Mane style player if he can get lots of game time.

I also think Grujic has real potential but needs to mature in his tackling and get a little quicker on the ball. I think he could develop into a fantastic no.6 but needs perhaps even another season at Cardiff, would be ideal if they get promoted and he stays there.

Ejaria I’m not so sure about, clearly very talented but has a long way to go yet. Kent I’ve never rated much. Has pace and can beat a player, but his passing and finishing are suspect.

{Ed0333's Note - I agree with the Grujic belief mate I think hell have a stellar career. I believe in two years he’ll be a mainstay in our midfield.

11.) 14 Mar 2018 08:56:44
Grujic has been improving over recent weeks, looks like Colin W is helping him adjust to the league and turning him into an effective number 6. There’s a really talented player in there with sting physical characteristics, he just needed the chance. Fair play to Cardiff for sticking with him as he’s really shining at the moment.



19 Feb 2018 07:33:18
Hope all are well on the site.

Been away a while so apologies if this was mentioned previously, but have to say a huge well done to Dejan Lovren on that goal saving tackle early in the match against Porto - he gets enough stick when he messes up, so he deserves credit where it is due.

That shot was definitely heading in, as Karius was gone off to his left.

Goes without saying, some of the goals the other night were sensational, it was such a great result - players like Ings, Chamberlain, Woodburn, Moreno and Klavan might well get a start in the 2nd leg hopefully.

Well done boys, it's not over yet of course but this gives a chance to rest a few important players.

I see we're linked to Sardar Azmoun again, strange one that.

OIrish Kev 1

1.) 19 Feb 2018 08:22:57
Agreed mate, fantastic block.

2.) 19 Feb 2018 09:23:14
Thought Lovren and Virgil looked good together all game. Fingers crossed they can build on that over the rest of the season. I'd be tempted to leave the full-back situation as is and maybe look to an upgrade for Matip in the Summer if someone becomes available. Other areas to upgrade for me would be Migs + a creative midfielder. Also, if Origi, Ings and Sturridge move on we need to be replacing with 1 or 2 new faces as cover for the Fab 3. Not suggesting any names for the new recruits, I'll trust Klopp for that detail.

3.) 19 Feb 2018 10:40:14
Agreed, Lovren and Van Dijk seem to forming a good partnership there. I hope Klopp doesn't rotate his centre defensive pairing too much and allow them to form a solid understanding.

Having said that, how does everyone feel about Klopp going to a back 3 near the end of games even when we are winning? I personally don't like as changing the system mid game causes more confusion IMO. Is it possibly to give Matip more game time?

4.) 19 Feb 2018 10:54:16
Personally I don’t want Ings going anywhere. I’d like to see him get some time in the pitch. He is a good finisher, let’s see if he can still cut it at the highest level.

5.) 19 Feb 2018 15:01:26
ComeonredMen, we already have Ings and Solanke for that if Studge and Origi do leave which is likely. You don't replace players who normally can't get a game cos that is how you assemble a bloated and unbalanced squad. What is needed now is for them to get a real chance and give them time to grow BUT I guess that is poison for some fans who want a striker gone cos he's not yet Harry Kane.

Origi scored 22 goals in two seasons as THIRD choice YET many got on his back, as if you will find a third choice striker with those types of stats in the PL. Spoiler alert: You won't. People have been getting on Solanke's back as well while forgetting that he's still a kid learning the game at the highest level while Ings needs a LOT of time to get back to his pre injury LFC days where he was scoring goals.

As for the CB', people should stop singling out the CB's for criticism cos every man and his dog knows that it is not how great your CB's are individually BUT how they form a great partnership where they know each other's moves, tendencies, strengths and weaknesses in a way that they compliment each other. Lovren/ VVD would make a good partnership esp. with a GK like Karius who they trust and know will always communicate effectively with them.

6.) 19 Feb 2018 16:42:35
Just on the note of Karius communicating with his CB pairing - did you not see him 'save' VVD's head in the game against Porto? It was well funny.



10 Feb 2018 11:48:53
Summer window is going to be very interesting.
Less time to get in who you want and prices possibly still remaining higher like they've been since the Neymar-PSG transfer.

So it's almost a case of should we wait to see who fires off first and some clubs praying the market drops back down a bit lower again or they won't be able to afford many/ any decent players.

It's almost reminding me of one of those "pyramid schemes" from a few years ago - whoever gets the ball rolling earlier might stand to win more and the last to move loses out at the end - think Salah with us last summer - we got him pretty early and his price must have quadrupled (at least) in less than 12 months.

Top 4 is even more vital than ever now I feel.

OIrish Kev 1

1.) 10 Feb 2018 12:03:44
WE CAN AGREE ALL DEALS NOW. Just not register deals until window is open. Why be so reactive. Start being proactive. We already have naby, now go and get a deal sorted for whoever else we want in principle.

2.) 10 Feb 2018 22:46:52
How many deals are agreed before the window? Like, I know it happens but feel like its pretty rare especially for "star" players so to speak.

{Ed002's Note - Talks go on all of the time.}

3.) 10 Feb 2018 23:13:51
Ed2, aware that talks are going on. But how often are there agreements reached outside the window between clubs?

{Ed002's Note - it is fairly common.}




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14 Mar 2018 21:00:46
Would love Fekir to join us but sadly, been reading Barcelona are in big time for him this summer.

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06 Feb 2018 19:50:32
I guess we'll see if he comes in the Summer.
I liked the look of him in the play offs but didn't see him as quite good enough for us.

I've been wrong many times before, might be wrong about him now but regardless, I'll support him if he wears our colours.
Cheers all!

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01 Feb 2018 03:48:10
From what I was told earlier in the month, it is/ was serious interest but a few things had to occur first for it to happen in this window.

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31 Jan 2018 21:54:01
You could well be right Adam, I honestly haven't seen enough of him mate to be 100% sure.

He just reminded me of Lallana when I did see him for some reason, might have been the Heineken :)

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31 Jan 2018 21:26:11
A few of those guys around still sadly Mikey yeah.
Also see the most recent Sevilla manager's profile/ backstory, although he still denies it to this day (can't remember his name, sorry, he was in charge until around November/ December 2017).

MK, Thanks for searching that out for me, much appreciated mate - top man as always!

Adam, no worries mate, I still don't see this happening, probably not even in the summer, he's not a bad player but not necessarily good enough for what we would be hoping for.
Reminds me of Lallana personally but not as good.

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17 Mar 2018 13:08:06
They can, I'm not very fit myself at the moment and could do it, these are pro athletes so no excuses.

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16 Mar 2018 18:08:24
Both legs to end nil nil without a single shot on target, oh wait it's the other Manchester team not Maureen's one. 7-5 to us then :)

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16 Mar 2018 18:05:36
Case by case basis with rotation and tiredness for us at worst.
We can't really rest players unless they're drained.

They're professional athletes who are fit individuals so they can easily play 3 high octane matches in 8 days with lots of rests in between, don't forget they have highly trained medical staff, nutritionists and fitness coaches guiding them, plus there has been plenty of deserved rest during the season already, so no need to worry much about resting players now near the end of the season, they will just taper back the training sessions to suit.

Having worked with a couple of pro athletes (boxers) a few years back myself I can almost 100% guarantee the players won't want to be rested for any of these games unless hurt or literally exhausted.

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13 Mar 2018 21:53:05
Only time will tell how good he will be I suppose.

The Under 23 leagues and cups aren't crammed with world class players of course but he's destroyed that league for a couple of seasons now when players like Ings, Kent, Ojo and Woodburn etc. (all good young players still) have not hit as high a level as him, so he must have something about him and remember he's not even a Striker - he's in the mould of a Salah with less pace, wide player who has the gift of scoring goals.

Not to get ahead of ourselves though, but if he continues as he is going right now, he may well fulfill his rather huge potential.

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11 Mar 2018 13:38:56
Haven't read the whiny comments but I'm sure they're there.

Gutted we lost like that to be honest but it's football, just didn't do ourselves justice plus all the other usual excuses.

I'm sure the whiners never make errors, there's a reset button on Fifa on Xbox and PlayStation I'm sure so how could they?!

If the whiners are as bad as you're suggesting then you're right, they don't deserve LFC, we certainly don't deserve them.

Yes, mistakes were made and sorry to break it to the whinge bags, mistakes will happen for the rest of your lives - now the quicker you get that past your tear filled eyes and into your brains the easier and better your life may become.

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