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05 Aug 2018 21:00:15
I know this is the liverpool page, but we had an interest in Julian Brandt a couple of seasons ago and then went for Salah. I would have thought teams would have been after him this season, does he not want to leave yet or is he being priced out of a move? Is he not ready for a big move yet. Just find it interesting that bigger clubs haven't snapped him up yet. Bayern still playing with 40 year old wingers.

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16 Jul 2018 21:13:09
I' might have missed it but I looked. I promise. Is there hype around Curtis Jones, the boy looks composed and comfortable on the ball bases on the limited sample size against weaker opposition. However he seems to be doing all the basics right, move into space make the right pass, picks up good defensive spaces. What does the academy make of this young boy he looks like he could be develop into a Cmd or box to Box. Like a Dembele esk type, good om the ball, not fly can dribble a bit. Anyone else rate this kid?

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1.) 16 Jul 2018 21:51:44
I think he's brilliant, I watched him last season and he stood out every game for the u23s. I just hope he gets his chances as he seems to have adapted to the first team well albeit in pre season against weak opposition. He made the step up from the u18s to the u23s mid last season and he made it look effortless so hopefully he can do that again this time with the senior team. He's certainly the one to watch from the academy and the most likely to step up to first team football.

{Ed025's Note - the thing is da red man that the calibre of signings liverpool have made (and i dont think they are finished yet) means chances for the young guys will be few and far between mate, i wish i was wrong...but that hardly ever happens mate.. :)


2.) 16 Jul 2018 23:37:41
True Ed, and has been for a while. When I see us sign players who can't make the step up at Chelsea, I wonder whether it is to develop them a bit more at reserve level with a view to on sell.

{Ed002's Note - It doesnt win leagues.}


3.) 17 Jul 2018 09:41:56
Looks really good, I think he has a chance.


4.) 17 Jul 2018 09:26:03
You're right ed025 for once there mate;)

{Ed025's Note - even a broken clock is right twice a day.. :)


 

 

04 May 2017 20:06:43
Ed01 I was listening to a podcast, a bunch of guys that do stats on every game pretty interesting. One stat stood out for me. Wijnaldum has the least amount of touches on average when playing teams outside the top six. However against the top six teams he touches the ball 20 more times on average. Against Watford he touched the ball 40 times, the least of any player that played more than 60 minutes. I know it's stats but what is your opinion on Gini? He does seem to go missing but I obviously can't see runs off the ball, defence positioning etc. What is everyone's opinion on Gini so far? I love him sometimes and other times I forget he is on the pitch.

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{Ed001's Note - I think he is growing into the team. The amount of touches is irrelevant, against the lesser sides we have more space and control of the ball, so the ball tends to end up with the ball carriers and players while he makes forward runs to create space for them to work. Whereas he sits deeper against the top six, so gets more of the ball, rather than doing the unselfish work of making space and dragging people out of position.

To be honest, the touch map, heat map and touches of the ball stats are pretty much irrelevant.}


1.) 04 May 2017 21:12:25
Thanks Edd, I know stats like those, on its own is irrelevant, just found it interesting. Gini is not the type of player every fan appreciates. his one touch passing and strength on the ball is very important to how we play. Once again thanks for your response, its always good to get different opinions if you're willing to learn.

{Ed001's Note - that is what I like about him, he doesn't tend to dwell on the ball, he is always looking to move it on quickly. If you move the ball quickly, you don't have to have pace to open up defences. I think it was Paisley that used to say to let the ball do the running.}


2.) 04 May 2017 22:28:34
I think that Gini will improve a lot next season, I get the impression that he needs to give the ball to a better team mate, next season, he will have more confidence . he will turn out to be a really good player for us .


3.) 04 May 2017 23:06:18
I commented a while back when asked for player of the season that I can understand Mane and Couts getting the nod, but that a player like Gini is only missed when he's out, much like Hendo. He'd be one of the first players on the sheet for me. Wasn't overly impressed with his first half dozen games or so, but he's been so consistent since then.


4.) 05 May 2017 09:05:38
Wijnaldum needs to add goals to his names to be called a top top CM.


5.) 05 May 2017 10:51:11
Could someone explain what is his role in Klopp's system. Apparently my understanding is limited and any opinions would be highly appreciated.


6.) 05 May 2017 10:58:06
I really like Gini, I think he's going to be a big players for us next season, but I do think he steps off the gas against the 'lesser' teams, I've noticed it a few times that he seems a bit sluggish against them, first touch is sloppy and he always wants to shift the ball and responsibility onto someone else. Hopefully its just a case of finding his feet and his place in the team and it won't happen as much next season.


7.) 05 May 2017 11:15:24
Would you say he's justified the price we payed for him? And has he exceeded your expectations?


8.) 05 May 2017 20:00:38
Harry, Gini's role will not flash on MOTD highlight reels BUT to only those who watch him closely, will see all the dirty work and good work he does on and off the ball.

His role is to make sure we keep possession of the ball in midfield and keep it moving. He repertoire is the same as Joe Allen's BUT more versatile as he is MUCH better than Allen.

Wij can play the B2B role easily as that was his role at PSV and Newcastle and with Holland at the last WC in Brazil. He has shown that he can score and assist (5 goals and 6/ 7 assists in all competitions) as well as get forward to support the attack, all the thinks Allen could never do here. It is a new role for him but he is adapting well and growing into the position. The hope is that he gets better.


 

 

23 Jun 2016 23:01:21
Edd 001 what's your opinion on Mane as a player? How he would fit in the team, what position do you think suits him best etc. Always like your opinion on players. I know Ed002 doesn't like to rate players that's why the question is aimed at you. BTW not saying it will happen or asking if it will happen if know that's been done to death.

Zeppelin

{Ed001's Note - as a player he is pacey, powerful and skilful. Without doubt he is a winger, that is where he really affects the game. If he had the right attitude this would be a signing that excites me, it is just his attitude that bothers me. What I like about him is that he regularly has an end product to his work.}


1.) 24 Jun 2016 07:51:51
May be a silly question but would klopp be aware he is a pain the backside or not?

{Ed002's Note - The research will have been done and the club should be aware of any potential issues - two of the key considerations in any transfer is integration in to the club and integration in to the squad. This is omething often forgotten by those grasping at names.}


2.) 24 Jun 2016 10:43:52
Thanks for replying. You guys are really second to none with the level of your information.


3.) 24 Jun 2016 11:48:22
With that being said ed about integration. Why was Balotelli signed?

{Ed002's Note - Done to death.}


 

 

22 Jun 2016 14:06:33
Might be a silly question but I can't find it on Google. Was Studg, Coutinho, Can, Clyne, Firmino, Origi, Sakho. signed through the same transfer committee we currently have? Obviously part of the committee was the manager in charge at the time but you get my point. The reason I ask is that these players can be regarded as successful add Karius and Matip to the list and we have 9 first team players that are considered up to standard. To me that is a successful, we can't really blame them for the price of players though.

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1.) 22 Jun 2016 14:22:44
The manager was in charge of the TC that bought Sahko, Markovic, Can, Firmino, Origi, Lallana, Milner, Balotelli (even though he lied to everyone that he was not his choice) . Studge and Couts came in before the TC was put in place.


2.) 22 Jun 2016 14:24:11
I think the eds have said that our scouting has been overhauled in the last 12 months.

Doesn't seem to have had much effect yet 😄.


 

 

 

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23 Aug 2017 17:38:40
I find it amazing how Napoli hold on to their best players for such a long time. It can't be due a lack of interest. Are they hard to deal with?

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05 Jul 2016 22:44:37
He didn't say his coming. He liked two pictures linking him to Liverpool.

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16 May 2016 18:03:03
Thanks for the reply Edd. Always appreciated.

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16 May 2016 17:07:25
Edd a better option financially and that he is willing to move or better as in a better prospect ability wise?

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09 Oct 2018 15:42:13
We are very much a Rugby Cricket nation, but even that has taken a drop due to politics, government bodies dictating how many players of colour should be in the National teams etc, that causes a divide in the support. A lot of our country supports opposition countries since the Apartheid days, we are trying to right the wrongs of the past and the most notable way is to show the world how diverse our sports teams are. This comes at the cost of quality instead of fixing the racial issues at grass root levels. Sorry if this became political, you don't gave to post it edd.

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09 Oct 2018 10:01:09
Very true, I feel like we've lost our way a bit. My father used to tell me the English players used to play a bit of football in South Africa, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore to name a few. Apparently they played here in their off seasons and it would fill the stadiums.

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09 Oct 2018 09:41:26
True edd, our South African Government hasn't quite mastered the art of subtle sustainable corruption. We are more of a "bleed the country dry untill there is nothing left" type regime at the moment. I do find it amazing that countries in a similar economic state still churn out talent though.

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09 Oct 2018 09:22:26
The country and its politics, the corruption in our Country has an impact on the state of our football. Our coaching is 10 years behind, when we try to create good playing environments it's destroyed by certain members of the public. South Africa doesn't care enough about sports to invest into football. There is no money in low level grass root football so good coaches cannot survive on the salaries. Like any industry its a lot about who you know and not what you know. There are many many factors here, if you not in an academy by 16 17 it's unlikely you'll make it.

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{Ed001's Note - I am surprised at that, normally corrupt regimes like to pump money into sports to distract the populace.}


 

 

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30 Sep 2018 22:13:34
OP I'm lost with the "Entitled mentality" part of your statement. I assume you know him personally for you to make such a strong character reference? Or you referring to his mini tantrum at being subbed which every single player has done in his life?

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