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18 Sep 2017 02:14:17
Heard Ed01 you mentioned that you were planning on keeping up with more Leipzig games and keeping an eye on our golden boy Keita

Would be interesting to hear your opinion on what you think of Naby so far I think he's a great player to watch, love hearing your views on players and their ability!


{Ed001's Note - so far he has been excellent but nothing like Kante at all, no idea why some people compare them. Keita wants to run with the ball, Kante wants to get it and then give it. Keita has a much better range of passing and vision too. However he is not a patch on Kante for protecting the back four, but then who is?}

1.) 18 Sep 2017 05:28:46
Kante is not 10% of what Kieta gives any team going forward while both Kante and Kieta are very good holding players. Kieta has played the deeper role and he has excelled, Coz he is positionally such a solid player.

{Ed001's Note - sorry but that is simply not true and clearly you have not watched enough of Kante. He is very good and getting better on the ball, especially at looking for quick forward balls, which is why Leicester have fallen apart without him. His ability to steal the ball then launch a quick counter is invaluable. Keita is better, but it is nothing like as big a margin, especially as Keita has a tendency to sometimes hang on to the ball to beat a man when an early ball would have been better. Kante always looks to play the early ball, which means the opposition defence has less time to get itself set.}

2.) 18 Sep 2017 05:53:10
Will Can be the one who protecting the back four?

{Ed001's Note - I doubt he will be protecting ours next season.}

3.) 18 Sep 2017 05:55:41
That is coz Kieta has the ability to take the ball forward by himself. He is an imposing playmaker in my eye. Excellent vision and terrific range of passing both short and long. Kante doesn't score enough even if you play him slightly high up. Kieta chips in with regular goals and assists. Kieta spread the ball efficiently. He has an attacking mindset. Kante is a proper old school B2B. A better version of Nainngolan while Kieta is a playmaker who could defend brilliantly in the mold of Dembele

I like Kante for what he is one of the simplest guy around on football pitch until I saw Kieta!

{Ed001's Note - no, it is because he does not yet realise the effectiveness of letting the ball do the work. You can split a defence much more quickly and effectively with a good early ball, which is why we play the way we do.

Look Harry, masturbate over Keita all you like, but it is not going to stop Kante being a superb player and as effective at what he does as Keita. Please stop comparing players that are nothing alike. Nainggolan is nothing like Kante, Keita is not a playmaker like Dembele.

Both Keita and Kante are clearly excellent players, but they are not alike and not like Nainggolan or Dembele. The closest player I have seen to Keita is Lallana, and even that is not a particularly close comparison, just that both are excellent at pressing the ball, willing to chase around to win it back, but both want to run with the ball and look to thread passes through to forwards. However Keita is a lot, lot better than Lallana from what I have seen, especially at shooting. However the comparison falls down when it comes to the box, as Lallana wants to get into the box and be involved, whereas Keita seems to prefer to hang around the edge of the box to pick up loose balls, which is more like Kante in that respect.}

4.) 18 Sep 2017 06:12:14
I like Keita but for me his biggest weakness is that he tries the killer pass too much, resulting in the defence intercepting it. I hadnt thought about it but releasing it quicker would solve this issue.

5.) 18 Sep 2017 06:42:23
January 2019 will be fun with the African Cup of Nations:


{Ed001's Note - it is no longer in January Ron, it is being played in June from now on.}

6.) 18 Sep 2017 06:19:40
I have never said I don't like Kante. I rate Kieta a lot lot more than Kante and I am sure he will show it with us next season. He is the best dynamic CM we have purchased in over a decade!

7.) 18 Sep 2017 06:36:47
i suppose keita and kante in the same team would be a very strong midfield then ed001 you think?

dreamland bt id give everything to get kante and aldeweireld if we sell coutinho next season. what a team that would be.

{Ed001's Note - not for me, one or the other for me, they would get in each other's way as a pair, I think. Kante works at his best with someone sitting covering so he can get everywhere, Keita is the same. It would be very similar to the problems we have now, where everyone is trying to do the same thing in central midfield and there is no dispersion of roles, so everyone ends up in the same patch of grass leaving acres of space for the opposition to exploit.}

8.) 18 Sep 2017 06:56:00
Hence we need to keep hold of Can than anyone!

9.) 18 Sep 2017 07:03:48
Both Kante and Kieta would work well with a solid DM. Both could also drop into that role but then you're taking their best attributes. Kante is a decent passer of the ball coz that is not his biggest strength where as Keita is a terrific passer of the ball. Both long and short. Keita is a better carrier of the ball like Can or Coutinho. Kieta scores goals which place him above Kante.
Kieta is a better player coz he has a lot more to offer than what Kante.
If the Can learns the art of positioning and signs a contract then Keita - Can - Coutinho would be the best midfield in the langue without a shadow of doubt!
Take it from me 😎.

10.) 18 Sep 2017 07:16:38
That's excellent news regarding the ACON.

Ed1, it very much looks like Can will be on his way, will the club look to replace him? Or keep things as they are once Keita arrives?

Just reading your views on player similarities, will Keita keep Lallana out of the team or could we play both?

{Ed001's Note - I see Keita as a long term replacement but, in the short term I can see them both together. I do expect the club to look to replace Can, but it will not be immediately pressing as a need so it might be a season or two away.}

11.) 18 Sep 2017 08:10:01
Hang on Harry, literally 3 days ago you were bleating on about how Can doesn't have the positional sense to play DM, and now you reckon he will be part of the best midfield trio in the league? Quite hilarious that your trip has 2 players in it who won't be at the club next season, and another yet to kick a ball in the Prem.

Mate you need to calm down with the extreme opinions 😂.

12.) 18 Sep 2017 08:04:12
Careful Ed001, i got mocked for saying Keita was a better but similar player to Lallana 😂 i got told he was anything from a Kante type player to the next Yaya Toure!

Completely agree with your assessment though. I've watched him a few times now and every time i think he looks like a rich mans Lallana. Although he glides along with the ball more like Eden Hazard. So like you say, even that comparison is loose.

I don't understand why he can't just be the first Naby Keita instead of the next Lionel Messi 🙄.

{Ed001's Note - people like comparisons for some reason mate. I don't know why.}

13.) 18 Sep 2017 08:27:07
Ok cheers Ed.

14.) 18 Sep 2017 08:38:49
Good point Adam.

15.) 18 Sep 2017 08:40:04
MK, are you surprised? They guy speaks in absolutes as if that is supposed to convince the rest of us that he knows what he's talking about. It does not and it rarely ever has. Did I also mention that he changes his tune like he did now, the same way a Diva changes her shoes? You should hear the way he speaks about Mou and Utd.

16.) 18 Sep 2017 08:43:14
Oh MK, You did not read my post in full.
". If Can learns the art of positioning. " That is his biggest challenge and I expect him to improve up on it during the course of the season! Can is not positionally sound but he does possess some unique skillsets that are rare among center midfielders.

17.) 18 Sep 2017 09:39:09
Sure, Harry. Sure.

18.) 18 Sep 2017 10:03:12
Can is not a DM. He doesn't want to play there, it is a waste of his beat attributes, and frankly he isn't that good there. Maybe he could be, but he could be a great player further forward with a bit more freedom.

The only thing that really matters though is the fact that it's not where Can wants to play. Just like Chamberlain did at Arsenal to avoid being a wing back, Can will run his contract down here to avoid being a DM, or worse, a centre back.

He will leave mate, batting a major change if heart from Klopp on his system, or a new manager taking over. Keita, Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum etc will all be ahead of him. He won't stand for that and who can blame him? We'll be just fine though so don't panic. Those 4 i just listed along with the younger lads such as Woodburn and Chamberlain able to provide cover will stand us in good stead next season. It will be okay.

Let Can and Coutinho go though mate. They don't want to be here long term and you are just setting yourself up for disappointment.

19.) 18 Sep 2017 11:19:21
He is not a DM! Yes he is a lot more than just a stopper. Keita is ahead of him but I am sure they could both play together. I don't know how Mr baby face Henderson is ahead of him. Can is the victim of Henderson's captaincy that makes him an automatic choice. Can is a better player and everyone knows it except you. But no complaints. Wijnaldum is a different player to Can as well Lallana. They all could all be B2B players but possess different attributes to each other!
Can will play as the deepest midfielder at Juventus with Pjanic alongside him. If not I ll stop watching football! Let's keep this post as it is and come back in an year time 😎😎
Not sure why the club decided against to sell him? There was a decent money on the table. I ll tell you why! Keeping Can was more benificial than selling him!

20.) 18 Sep 2017 12:09:06
Eds, any holding mf or defensive mf we are looking at?

{Ed002's Note - Not at this time Angus, and I doubt that they will be looking for one in January unless a change of formation is coming.}



01 Aug 2017 11:30:04
Seen reports of Liverpool having interest in Ozil I presume this is none sense and the media using the Pipco story to come up with this

As talented as he is I wouldn't want him and can't see Klopp wanting him either with the attitude and lazy work rate.


1.) 01 Aug 2017 12:27:39
Someone should tell Barcelona to sign Ozil. Would be easier for them to get and they can keep their hands off our players for once.

{Ed025's Note - they only want one...the rest would not get in their reserves..

2.) 01 Aug 2017 12:48:46
ozil is class. the claim for him being lazy is nonesense.

3.) 01 Aug 2017 13:22:16
I've never seen ozil sprint.



20 Jul 2017 16:29:40
Hi Ed's

Just seen the news about Monaco reporting clubs for alleged 'tapping up' of Mbappe

Wandered if you were aware of which clubs they have accused and whether LFC are involved again?

If so then it is truly embarrassing for all involved.


{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with Liverpool.}

1.) 20 Jul 2017 18:14:25
Thank heavens, Ed.



02 Jul 2017 14:34:48
Afternoon Eds and reds

First of all a collective thank you to all the eds for all their efforts in trying to stay again during this silly season

Secondly I was interested in your thoughts on Iago Aspas, we can see now after going back to Spain he has had a great season constantly hitting the back of the net and I was wandering why you thought he wasn't a success at Liverpool, was it simply down to not enough chances? Or has he developed more then everyone expected?

Many thanks.


{Ed001's Note - never settled, never wanted to leave Celta (which is the team he supports and is now playing for again), never really got a proper chance and so he never adjusted to the physicality required.}

1.) 02 Jul 2017 14:48:40
Ed you know where you said physicality, do you think this may be the reason why England is so far behind in terms of player quality, because we tend to label it 'a mans game' and 'a mans game' is all about bruises, rough tackles and just being physical, and I think it's a case of we try to substitute technical skills for this so called big man approach, I really do hate it when a new player comes in and he has to 'bulk up', do any other leagues have this problem?

{Ed001's Note - yes, the British game does suffer by being all about physicality over technical ability. It is a distinct disadvantage.}

2.) 02 Jul 2017 16:09:20
I always liked Aspas, and I belive hecould have had a great season playing for us, and I also don't think his size would have been a problem - he always has that 'terrier' like aspect to his game - but the problem he had was very simple - he had Suarez and Sturridge in the sane squad. He couldn't get a game really. Shame as he could have been very good for us, but his timing was unfortunate.

3.) 02 Jul 2017 16:41:21
If he never wanted to leave why did he ed? Money?

{Ed001's Note - Celta needed the money to pay bills and survive, so he agreed a move to help the club.}

4.) 02 Jul 2017 20:05:49
Very noble of him, Ed. This may explain why they jumped at the chance to buy him back immediately after their money issues were fixed. He's Celta thru and thru and I respect him even more now as a gentleman, than as a pro footballer.

{Ed001's Note - he is very much a Celta fan and would have been happiest if he could have spent his career there.}



28 Jun 2017 13:21:01
Ed01 a question to distract you from the bombardment of VVD and Keita questions if you have the time

I was interested to hear your opinion on Divock Origi and how you think he could develop, I remember he was in fine form towards the end of last season and when he plays he seems to score but he never seems to be able to get a consistent run in the side.

Many thanks.


{Ed001's Note - personally I like him, he has excellent technical ability, as well as physical power, strength and pace. However he needs the experience and direction to use his skills effectively. That takes time to acquire and he is nowhere near his peak yet.

He does need to get regular starts if he is to really progress. He also needs to ensure he takes a leaf out of Harry Kane's book and redoubles his efforts to improve once he does get that run of games. That is what will make the difference for him now, his attitude and application to learning the game.}

1.) 28 Jun 2017 14:05:14
Would he be able to get that run of games though Ed, as no doubt Firmino is 1st and then possibly Sturridge 2nd choice if he stays?

{Ed001's Note - that is up to him, he has to earn the right on the training pitch and then on the actual pitch when he does get his shot.}

2.) 28 Jun 2017 14:32:12
I liked origi when he came first he looked promising but he has never really pushed on, I think we should sell him and develop solanke instead.

3.) 28 Jun 2017 15:49:16
So because origi hasn't become a 30 goal a season striker in 1 year we should sell him? Honestly what even are our fans nowadays.

I think origi is quite similar to kane with a bit more speed, in that he never really influences the game that much, but he does provide a focal point and does score goals with ease. He just needs to hone his abilities to create more chances for himself.

4.) 28 Jun 2017 17:32:34
You see, Wobsoborth, that is the kind of post that is not helpful to any LFC player. So cos he has not become Harry Kane, he needs to be sold? Whatever happened to allowing a young player to develop and hone his trade then make a judgement on his ability. Origi is everything you want in a CF as the Ed said. He has the tools of a Didier Drogba as well as the the skill, footwork, technical ability and as well as dribbling skills as a Henry. He is very talented. I did not say that, Henry said it. Harry Kane is not as talented and multi-faceted as Origi is. Kane has gotten his chances and had nobody in front of him to battle for the CF position. Origi has Firmino and prolly Studge to deal with. He just needs to put everything together and make his mark on the club. It is up to him now. He will get his chances next season and there, he will have to come good.




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28 Oct 2016 14:52:40
Van Der Sar was once a midfielder as a kid

Also Klass-Yan Huntelaar was once a keeper I believe.





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27 Jun 2017 12:22:01
You are right MK they are different players, one driven by setting up fast bursting attacks and the other focusing on breaking down the attacks of opponents from what matches I have watched.




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27 Jun 2017 12:06:36
I haven't a seen massive amounts of Bundesliga last season but from what I did see of RBL Naby Keita seems to me to more of a deep lying playmaker type player as supposed to the ball winning midfielder Kanye has become famous for.

He does however have a great energy when he plays similarly to Kante however I'd say his strong points are his range of passing and his vision above his tackling and ball winning, although this is still obviously a decent part of his game I don't think it is to the level of Kante.