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09 Oct 2018 05:20:43
Hi eds

I heard a rumour that Leceister are interested in Clyne. Any truth to this? I note that his contract runs out in 2020 so it would be nice to get a small fee for him as opposed to him leaving on a free at the end of next season.

{Ed001's Note - they are looking for a right back and if the price is right he would be an option for them.}


1.) 09 Oct 2018 08:11:13
Thanks a lot Ed001! Hope you are feeling well.

I think once he departs we are okay for cover given that Gomez and Fabinho can fill in there if TAA isn't available. This would also provide Ki Jana Hoever with a path into the first team.

On the other side I wouldn't be surprised if a replacement right back was brought in given that Ki Jana Hoever is still extremely young and that there is a possibility that Trent moves into midfield.

{Ed001's Note - and that Gomez and Fabinho are better in the centre as well.}


2.) 09 Oct 2018 08:40:39
Absolutely Ed001.

Quite a lot for Klopp to consider when fringe players leave regarding whether to sign replacements or promote youth. Luckily he has time to think about this.

{Ed001's Note - that is always the difficult bit, which is why so few managers stay long enough in a job to have to get the balance right.}


3.) 09 Oct 2018 11:31:50
Good move all around!


4.) 09 Oct 2018 19:26:57
Ed001 If Clyne leaves who do you want to replace him?

{Ed001's Note - I don't believe that we need to replace him right now.}


5.) 10 Oct 2018 04:09:29
Thank Ed001!

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}


6.) 11 Oct 2018 06:27:58
Ed001, why are Leicester City looking at a right back? They already have Pereira and Simpson.

{Ed001's Note - Simpson is crap and is not happy being on the bench and Pereira is not up to much either.}


7.) 11 Oct 2018 07:44:36
Thanks Ed.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome. I should explain more, Simpson was always deemed as in need of replacing, even as far back as their title-winning season. Pereira was brought in to replace him, but he has been found to be lacking in basic defensive requirements, so they are not overly happy with him within the club.}


 

 

03 Oct 2018 16:23:59
Hi eds

With Moreno's contract ending at the end of the season, is Klopp looking to promote Adam Lewis as back up for Robertson? Any insight will be much appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.

{Ed001's Note - far too early to say.}


1.) 03 Oct 2018 16:34:13
Thank you for your response Ed001

I understand that it would be too early to say. I will remember to ask around February.

Does Klopp rate him?


2.) 03 Oct 2018 22:30:56
With moreno probably leaving then, that could leave the door open for Lewis or Gallagher but it could also mean a new signing.


3.) 04 Oct 2018 10:30:08
Ed1 do you think Tierney from celtic would be a good shout to replace moreno?

{Ed001's Note - if he was currently interested in leaving Celtic then yes, but he won't move to back up Robbo.}


4.) 04 Oct 2018 10:45:25
Thanks Ed. I hear he's quite a versatile player too. But with Robbo doing so well he'd probably not be tempted.

{Ed001's Note - he can play left mid, as can Robbo, but we don't really play with a left mid.}


5.) 04 Oct 2018 20:59:30
Left centre half of a back 3 and if ya really stuck centre half although he isn't the tallest player


On thing about him he always looks up with his crosses to pick someone out.


6.) 07 Oct 2018 15:36:32
What's happened to that Juanma kid? A year or so ago, there was talk of him making the grade in future at left back.

{Ed001's Note - he didn't work out as expected, it happens.}


 

 

 

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09 Dec 2018 04:53:38
Our festive fixture list is a lot better spaced this season.

After Napoli we have 5 days between each match except for the period between Newcastle and Arsenal which is 3 days.

Will probably see a Burnley type of rotation v Newcastle as Arsenal and City follow that match.

5 days between Arsenal and City again.


1.) 09 Dec 2018 12:47:12
Yeah I think being out of the league cup makes a bit of a difference but yeah it doesn’t seem as congested as it did in the past but still it’s a tough schedule. If we come out of it relatively unscathed I’ll be impressed and will start to think about possibly winning something this season. Fingers crossed.


 

 

04 Dec 2018 04:44:00
Surely TAA deserved to be runner up in the U21 balon d'or award with the 2018 he has had. Don't see how Pulisic finished ahead of him.


1.) 04 Dec 2018 05:49:52
he is a defender, How many defenders have ever won or been runners up like ever?


2.) 04 Dec 2018 07:00:54
akrubbish, only 4 defensive players have won it since it started in 56.


3.) 04 Dec 2018 10:21:50
There's always been a bias towards midfielders and forwards, for as long as I can remember. Never understood why but maybe because defenders are seen as less athletic, hard-working or something? But once in a while a balance is achieved when a Cannavaro wins the ultimate prize. 😉.


4.) 04 Dec 2018 15:24:24
Hi Ed001, could it be said that the signing and reliance of Shaqiri to provide creativity, and the subsequent shuffling of the team needed to accomodate him, was poor management from Klopp? I’m starting to think that while Shaqiri is a very good player, the shuffling around of salah and firmino it needs to accomodate him is somewhat cutting off the nose to spite your face. Maybe we’d of been better going for an option that is capable of playing with all our best players and not disrupting their games? Or at the very least, treating Shaqiri as more of a squad player that allows us to bring Salah and Firmino out of the team more regularly?

{Ed001's Note - we will only know how good or bad a signing he was when his time with us comes to an end.}


 

 

07 Nov 2018 05:04:36
Beat PSG and qualify for the round of 16 with a game to spare. If we lose to PSG we need to beat Napoli by 2 goals at Anfield to qualify. A draw in Paris and a win at Anfield against Napoli by any margin gets us top spot.


1.) 07 Nov 2018 06:34:54
Unless nap hop of red star next match.


2.) 07 Nov 2018 07:42:52
Im pretty sure even if Napoli hit red star for 5, as long as we beat them at home by more than 1 we qualify as head to head record is the first deciding factor when teams are tied.


3.) 07 Nov 2018 08:17:55
Yep, you're right WY Red.

Points the same comes down to net Head to Head record (before GD) otherwise we'd be top of Group C right now.


4.) 07 Nov 2018 11:58:19
Not just nore than one if we score ten and they score 9 they get the spot. we kust need to beat psg. but i really hope we defeat both naples and paris.


5.) 07 Nov 2018 14:52:59
Beat napoli by 2 I hope it doesn't come to having to do that or we won't qualify. I'm fearing the worse in this group an fearing Thursday night football!


6.) 07 Nov 2018 20:13:50
As any group of death in any comp., who goes thru this group will more than likely come down to the last game.


 

 

23 Oct 2018 08:23:16
Hi eds

Hope all is well.

Random question but it has been on my mind for like 10 years hahaha.

Have the powers that be ever considered revising the point system to have 2 draws equal a win? (E. g have 4 points for a win and 2 for a draw or 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw) I know 10 years ago when the 08/ 09 team lost out on the league due to all those draws I thought the point system was unfair. Chelsea also probably think it's unfair to be unbeaten but be level on points with 2 teams who have lost 2 games each.

I don't mind the current system as it provides an incentive to go for the win but I always wonder if it has been considered to change it?

Thanks in advance Eds!

{Ed002's Note - Yes, that is how it used to be until 1980. 1 point for a draw and 2 for a win (so two draws equalled a win). It was changed to 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw to give teams an extra insentive to win games. As such it won't be going back to the old system. Other nations took different approaches with several counties adopting a system where there would be no draws (the early days of the MLS for example) and there would be penalties taken to decide results. FIFA has considered this for the World Cup group stages to avoid strategic draws as well. But for the Premier League they won't change the basic points system but they have raised before having a potential bonus point based on goals scored - but I doubt that will be raised again.}


1.) 23 Oct 2018 10:20:56
Was it Jimmy Hill who introduced this system in 1980 or did he just suggest it?


2.) 23 Oct 2018 13:01:21
Mourinho’s teams would be back winning leagues if they give more points for a draw. That’s what he sets his teams up for.

{Ed002's Note - In answer to the previous post, it was indeed Jimmy Hill who came up with the proposal.}


3.) 23 Oct 2018 19:02:47
A bonus point for goals scored could actually work, in terms of making it more viewer friendly. But as things stand, City would run away with the league even more so as they just look at the ball and it goes in the goal at times. lol.


4.) 24 Oct 2018 23:02:02
Or maybe 3 for a win, 2 for a score draw, and 1 for a no-score draw would prevent teams setting up for a 0-0 at least?


 

 

21 Oct 2018 10:46:21
Hi ed001

What do you make of Jurgen Klopp's time as Liverpool manager so far and also as him as a manager in general? Has he exceeded your initial expectations?

{Ed001's Note - so far he has taken the club forward and it has progressed under him to become a club expected to be the closest challenger for the title, but he needs trophies now.

As a manager in general, he has his strengths and weaknesses but overall he is very well suited to Liverpool the club. He fits.}


1.) 21 Oct 2018 12:09:27
Interesting second half yesterday at Stamford Bridge, Hazard was pretty quiet and suddenly Chelsea went from vibrant to toothless almost.
Our front three, versions thereof, are being wasteful / unlucky with the final ball.
Incredibly frustrating, no more so for Klopp himself.
It should have ended three or more goals for Liverpool last night.
The Coutinho role was always going to be a miss, whether they revisit that situation remains to be seen. Keita needs to step up to the plate. Apart from a couple of flashes, I’ve been disappointed with him tbh.
An on-form Keita would make a huge difference.


2.) 21 Oct 2018 12:08:45
Is it only 3 years ago this month? Don't forget just how poor that team he took over was.


3.) 21 Oct 2018 12:47:46
Spot on, Ed. The fact that Klopp has turned us around to be title contenders from the rot and mess BR left us in, is quite remarkable. We went from a midtable basket case to contenders. We went from being irrelevant in Europe to being arguably the most feared side in Europe.

The fact is that Klopp is doing the very same thing at LFC, that he did with BVB when he came to them. In fact, BVB were in a worse place than we were, frankly. All we have to do now, is help him finish the job as in, win trophies and leagues you know, like he did in Dortmund. Here's to hoping.


4.) 21 Oct 2018 12:59:08
We were so far away from title challengers it was frightening when he took over. We were behind City, Utd and Chelsea for sure, in danger of being over taken by spurs on a more permanent basis too. We are now 2nd only to city and first 11 wise bloody close to them. Rome wasn’t built in a day, he just needs that first trophy now.


5.) 21 Oct 2018 13:05:22
Klopp said it best in his post match press conference. It's that last pass that is so low in quality amongst the front 3, that is causing the problems for them. A question of timing and confidence. It's probably a matter of time when they start clicking with each other as they did last year. When the last pass does go right (Shaqiri to Salah last night) then we see the results.


 

 

 

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17 Oct 2018 11:47:59
He's fit but now faces a battle to get into the starting 11.


 

 

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09 Oct 2018 08:40:39
Absolutely Ed001.

Quite a lot for Klopp to consider when fringe players leave regarding whether to sign replacements or promote youth. Luckily he has time to think about this.

{Ed001's Note - that is always the difficult bit, which is why so few managers stay long enough in a job to have to get the balance right.}


 

 

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09 Oct 2018 08:11:13
Thanks a lot Ed001! Hope you are feeling well.

I think once he departs we are okay for cover given that Gomez and Fabinho can fill in there if TAA isn't available. This would also provide Ki Jana Hoever with a path into the first team.

On the other side I wouldn't be surprised if a replacement right back was brought in given that Ki Jana Hoever is still extremely young and that there is a possibility that Trent moves into midfield.

{Ed001's Note - and that Gomez and Fabinho are better in the centre as well.}


 

 

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03 Oct 2018 16:34:13
Thank you for your response Ed001

I understand that it would be too early to say. I will remember to ask around February.

Does Klopp rate him?


 

 

 

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16 Oct 2018 15:12:19
Current Squad and 07/ 08

Allison Finnan Hypia Van Dijk Riise- Gerrard Alonso- Salah Firmino Mane- Torres.


 

 

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13 Oct 2018 12:45:18
Jack Rodwell is correct. So now that all 5 have been revealed. What's everyone's thoughts on how they developed? How did they either fulfil their potential or how did they fail to do so?


 

 

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13 Oct 2018 11:42:39
Hazard, Shaqiri, Griezmann and James are correct so just the Championship player left.


 

 

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13 Oct 2018 10:41:50
I clean forgot about Joel Matip! My bad! The Liverpool player is Shaqiri.

{Ed001's Note - I thought Shaqiri had already been said sorry.}


 

 

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13 Oct 2018 10:23:09
Correction 3 Liverpool players born in 1991. It's not Van Dijk and Firmino so that leaves.