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22 Mar 2017 19:25:50
Ed 1 . In regards to yout earlier comments about academies being a problem. I completely agree. I feel the generation of the majority of players currently is extremely worrying. I've had to come away from coaching myself purely for the reasons you stated previously. Many years ago as a young player we had to work so hard to step up a level but nowadays it gets handed to you. It also stems before academies. Take my local club for instance. There used to be a 1st team, 2nd team and 3rd team. You would sign for the club and work your butt off to get to the 1st team and when you did you were so nervous about it. You would look upto all the experienced players around you and you would be worried that you might be dropped for the next game. Now they have a 1st team and an academy. and these academies are everywhere. They are full of youngsters who play with there mates and they're not worries about playing for the top team. Some of these players have such ability but the attitude is appalling. The generation these days are a nightmare to coach and they often make coaching un-enjoyable. It's a big worry. I've lost my track here now and I'm not sure of my point. Possibly the fact that this goes way deeper through to local football.


{Ed001's Note - it is a problem, everything is given to people these days, they feel entitled. People should earn what they have, not be given it.}

1.) 23 Mar 2017 11:36:29
100% Xabi, young lads want to be footballers now for the money not for playing football. Don't get me wrong money has always been in football difference is If you signed for a club back n the day from cleaning boots doing jobs it made you think and realise what to work towards and you were more thankful and grateful if you got to the first team level.

2.) 23 Mar 2017 12:05:55
Xabi i thin your post is spot on in the most part i don't think the academies are the main problem although there are academies everywhere you look. I visited ajax when young and they took things to another level the way the sweep all under tens that they can off the streets to coach and also instilled discipline and learned them to achieve things on and off the field. Todays generation are spoiled i think in the main because parents always want their kids to get it better and easier than they did and they feel entitled (like arsenal fans today. lol) and don't know how to work hard for something. When i coached kids here they wouldn't believe it when i told them how hard myself and my friends worked to play, like a normal week when i was 15/ 16 would be school, part time job, train for my local youth team and the local irish league team, train for gaa team and three matches a week. I believe if kids had to go through half what we all did in the 80s they wouldn't be the demanding, over demanding brats that some of the kids coming through the academies seem to be today (well most seem to be) . sorry for the story just thought id share.

3.) 23 Mar 2017 12:25:44
Couldn't agree more, this is why I think England in particular have been so poor in recent years with youngsters thinking they have already made it. Look at Wilfried Zaha, rejection from England spurred him on and he's become twice the player he used to be.

Young players have lost sight of what it means to be a footballer and mostly just care about the lifestyle, problem is without a salary cap I don't know what else can be done about it what with social media giving players semi-celebrity status from their teens. It seems clubs are too precious about offending their precious young talents in case they move elsewhere (as is this generation) which in turn has damaged their motivation.

4.) 23 Mar 2017 13:23:48
As much as I agree to the general view, I don't think any parents would wish their kids to struggle and suffer to earn. They will want their kids to get into the best institution.

5.) 23 Mar 2017 14:30:48
Any parent with a backbone knows that their children will have to go through hardships to learn and earn in life, of course they would want that for them, it's the only way they'll survive, to be a wolf amongst wolves you need to be hungry less and less people are hungry nowadays. It's the same problem with English football at the minute, English players and managers aren't hungry enough to evolve and learn abroad etc because everything's nice and comfortable right where they are. Everyone wants the easy way out, that is the English mentality sadly.

6.) 23 Mar 2017 22:44:34
Nothing to do with mentality. They are paid handsome money. English managers and players have always been average to below average over the years. Lacks quality precisely.
If the Money ball shift to Italy or Spain you could see the players and media moving there.

7.) 24 Mar 2017 07:34:44
Don't talk tosh Harry. England have had some unbelievable players even just in my generation. Ferdinand, Terry, Ashley Cole, gerrard, lampard, scholes, beckham, Owen, fowler, Rooney (until about 5 years ago), Adams, seaman, gascgoigne, macca - I'm sure there are others.

In terms of what Ed has said, he is 100% right. (Most) kids nowadays don't have to work for anything, haven't heard the word no enough and as a result are self entitled. It isn't about making your kids go without but learning the value of earning something through hard work and patience. This scenario only becomes further exaggerated in football where there are 17/ 18 year old earning vast amounts of money.

8.) 24 Mar 2017 11:12:02
Look at Barcas academy.

It has nurtured the finest players in the world saving the club millions in transfer fees

I think it's the way the young players are integrated to the first team that is the problem as there is a huge difference between them

Hopefully we will take a big step in solving the problem when the academy and first team are all in the one facility.

9.) 24 Mar 2017 13:09:48
Dermot, that has not stopped Barcelona from spending near a billion pounds in the last 20 years in the TW, either.



24 Jan 2017 18:18:19
Surridge signs a new contract! Ideal!


1.) 24 Jan 2017 18:47:24
Hope so

2.) 24 Jan 2017 19:34:13
Hope he does and finally cements his place in Klopps team. Would hate to see him go elsewhere. Great player.

3.) 24 Jan 2017 19:53:03
Hook line and sinker 😂😂

4.) 24 Jan 2017 19:59:32
i hope not, he is not the player he was when suarez was here and im sure we can get better in the summer maybe a player with his finishing but with the speed he has lost

5.) 24 Jan 2017 20:26:53
I think Bournemouth will benefit most from this.

6.) 24 Jan 2017 20:28:26
😂😂 Bournemouth striker Surridge 😂😂



12 Jan 2017 12:45:16
Could Gomes come in for Sunday?


1.) 12 Jan 2017 13:31:47
No game is to big considering he has just come back from injury after 15 months and only played 1 first team game since being back against plymouth

2.) 12 Jan 2017 13:52:54
Are you sure you wanna put a 19 year old inexperienced player just coming off 15 months of injury and rehab, into the biggest game of the season on the road?

3.) 12 Jan 2017 14:51:19
Hendo is the engine of our team.

Hes becoming the vital cog of the whole set up.

All teams will have this lull we are still in a great posistion and are capable of hitting a 10 game winning run.

Fatigue is the only worrying factor given our high tempo style and no winter break to recharge batteries,

In an ideal world Danny Inges would have come in there last night. with his energy closing down from the front would have kept Southampton penned in and stopped the counter attacks

Its just not in Sturridges make up to play like that but he is a better finisher.
He great to bring on in the last 20 to make an impact but that's about it.

4.) 12 Jan 2017 15:44:04
Spot on, Dermot. One game at a time and stop with the doom and gloom after each negative result. It`s doing my head in.

5.) 12 Jan 2017 15:55:38
Depends how mentally mature and strong the guy is. He plays with maturity. I'm sure Klopp wouldn't have him on the bench last night if he wasn't fit enough. I think he could complement Lovren more than Klaven and Lovren can move back to the left where he is more comfortable. Age is just a number.

6.) 13 Jan 2017 02:14:23
There are diff. reasons why he was on the bench. That happens all them time with returnees from injury in order to make him feel as a part of the group. This happens all he time and it doesn`t mean he would play or come on. Lucas would have slid in if a CB went down as he`s more match fit than Gomez.

The boy has only had one game back and yet you want to put pressure on him from the get go cos he played a decent game vs a Plymouth side that parked the bus? He may be the next Vincent Kompany BUT allow the boy to grow on his own and at his pace before anointing him as the messiah.

7.) 13 Jan 2017 07:03:54
I hope he takes after kompany in the talent department not the continuous injury department HR.



30 Oct 2016 18:59:07
Ed, do you think that we can keep Coutinho long term. He seems to be enjoying is football and there seems to be a great spirit going by the celebrations. In particular he seems to enjoy the link up with Firmino and Mane. With this along with champions league football, is it enough to keep him out the clutches of Barcelona etc? Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - No, I doubt it.}

1.) 30 Oct 2016 19:40:41
This is why I think we are looking at coric 👀.

2.) 30 Oct 2016 19:50:09
This is why Y we should win League titles and not Too 4 trophies. How brilliantly have we replaced Suarez.

3.) 30 Oct 2016 20:11:32
If Barcelona come calling Coutinho will be off. It is as simple as that. If he does leave then we wish him the best as he has been an excellent pro on and off the pitch.

4.) 30 Oct 2016 21:23:20
That's the trouble, I think Barcelona will come calling maybe as early as this summer. He looks the real deal now and they are probably ready for him to step into iniestas boots. I'll be gutted if it happens but theta hope he can help us do something special while he's here.

5.) 31 Oct 2016 01:22:05
Does Barcelona have 100mil? If pogba worth 100mil surely coutinho is up there. Last I heard Barcelona facing ffp sanctions. but yeah we need to slap 100mil release clause on cout.



29 Oct 2016 19:51:08
The Can, Wynaldum debate. Both different type of player but both do an effective job for the way Klopp likes to play. Can takes more of a chance whereas Gino is a safer player. For me Can carries the ball better which changes the tempo more and is my choice from the start. I'm sure it will be dependent on what opponent we face.


1.) 29 Oct 2016 20:42:10
Wiji passes the ball and transitions the ball better in my eyes. But Can is more physical and more direct. It's healthy competition for places along with the likes of sturridge, origi, ings, TAA, Stewart and hopefully Moreno and Gomez all pushing for first 11 it's great to see.




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11 Jan 2017 15:42:03
Can is far better another position up the pitch. This allows him to step in with the ball and carry it which is what he is excellent at. This attracts opposition players and opens up space for others.




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11 Jan 2017 12:47:44
I personally think the opposite here. If anything he is too laid back on the ball which causes him to rush passes and make mistakes. Needs to sharpen up and move the ball quicker with less touches.




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23 Aug 2016 12:00:02
I'll say it again. Far too many rash defenders in the back line. Klaven actually looks pretty composed back there. Maybe a composed keeper and a fit composed gomez could be the answer. Sakho, although a beast has mistakes in him. He panics the team. We need rid of such players.




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23 Aug 2016 12:00:02
I'll say it again. Far too many rash defenders in the back line. Klaven actually looks pretty composed back there. Maybe a composed keeper and a fit composed gomez could be the answer. Sakho, although a beast has mistakes in him. He panics the team. We need rid of such players.





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17 Feb 2017 20:26:25
An experienced keeper to push and work alongside Karius.
A centre back who is comfortable on the ball to play alongside Matip
A right back to replace Clyne and again push and work alongside TAA.
A young left back ( perhaps Juanma) to again be pushed and work alongside Milner.
An experienced physically strong CDM player ro work apongside Stewart and move Hendo forward.
A left sided forward player with pace and power to add balance.
I believe Firmino is our number 9 and will stay as our number 9. If Sturridge does move on then he may need to be replaced.
Overall we need to add a bit of experience, calm headed football players who can allow our flair players to do what they do best.




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24 Jan 2017 20:26:53
I think Bournemouth will benefit most from this.




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12 Jan 2017 15:55:38
Depends how mentally mature and strong the guy is. He plays with maturity. I'm sure Klopp wouldn't have him on the bench last night if he wasn't fit enough. I think he could complement Lovren more than Klaven and Lovren can move back to the left where he is more comfortable. Age is just a number.




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11 Jan 2017 23:01:21
Do we really have to read all this tosh. I mean, I don't know who any of you guys are. Some of the comments on here are generally brilliant but you always get the small minority of folk who just talk crap and simply overreact especially when there is a second leg. Really gets on my wick. Perhaps analyze the whole picture, sleep on it and then maybe, just maybe you'll see what a tool your comment was and keep it to yourself.




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29 Dec 2016 19:32:11
Haha Ed25. My 4 year old girl loves football and Liverpool (not pressured at all) . I always ask her, what does Sturridge do? and she replies " he scores goals". But she often asks why he isn't playing. sigh. She was delighted he came on the other night and scored. I just hope he continues in a red shirt for my sake.


{Ed025's Note - love it xabi..