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24 May 2018 15:47:22
Good Morning Eds. I see ESPN and a few others are reporting Liverpool interest in Christopher Nkunku. I checked the search engine and haven't seen his name mentioned in quite some time, so I thought I would ask if there was any actual interest. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - i don’t know but Fiorentina had discussions with him and stepped back because of demands for game time.}

1.) 24 May 2018 16:09:01
Thanks Ed002. It is greatly appreciated.




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15 Sep 2018 14:22:48
I've been very happy with Gomez so far this season. Nothing flashy, but steady, which is what you need.


1.) 15 Sep 2018 14:33:23
Personally, I won't bring Lovren back to the side when he becomes fit, unless Gomez loses form.



08 Sep 2018 01:45:18
Hi Eds. I'm curious to know how Fabinho is doing. I know you've mentioned that he's had some difficulty picking up his role the current system (if I'm not mistaken) . I was wondering if he has made any progress.

I notice he's starting at right back for Brazil tonight, along with Firmino and Alisson.


{Ed001's Note - from what I am told he is settling in nicely to the UK now but the progression in understanding his role is taking a bit longer. Liverpool never used to bring new players straight into the team, they always used to spend 6 months or so learning the system and how they fit into it. That was much less complicated than modern football tactics etc, so I would not worry too much. It just shows how happy Klopp is with the squad that he can afford to give the lad time to adapt fully.}

1.) 08 Sep 2018 05:45:34
I think the best way to look at it would be how badly Bakayoko performed last year at Chelsea, he was thrown in and expected to replace Matic immediately and it didn't work out.

2.) 08 Sep 2018 07:49:31
Robertson didn’t play much before Christmas last year and he is a UK native. It’s worked out well for him. I think Klopp is taking the same approach for Fabinho 👍.

{Ed001's Note - and we used to get a similar 'where's Robertson?' 500 questions a day until he got in the team as well.}

3.) 08 Sep 2018 09:30:09
Maybe 450 from me ed 😉.

4.) 08 Sep 2018 10:58:22
Accepting the credit there Ron lol. I am pretty sure it was a similar thing with the Ox, and all have become integral parts of the squad. Patience is a virtue.

5.) 08 Sep 2018 11:23:02
Fabinho played right back for Brazil last night apparently.
So we have a RB converted to a midfielder and a midfielder converted to a RB.
Happy days. A good footballer is a good footballer.

I wonder with Fabinho will play in a midfield 3, or as a true DM with 3 in front and 2 up top, or withdraw Salah and Mane and leave a lone striker?

6.) 08 Sep 2018 15:06:16
Even "where's Gomez". Took him time to adapt too. I must admit I was worried about Gomez. Silly me.

7.) 08 Sep 2018 16:54:56
All in good time, we really have a decent player there.

8.) 08 Sep 2018 18:27:10
Thanks for the info Ed!

{Ed001's Note - no worries, you are welcome.}

9.) 08 Sep 2018 18:29:08
And sorry, I didn't mean to sound like it was a "where's Fabinho" type of post, haha. More a matter of being interested to hear about his progress. Thanks again!



26 Jul 2018 15:44:15
Generally, I'm not a fan of the preseason games, but I've enjoyed seeing the young guys get a chance. I thought Phillips looked pretty solid last night. Camacho was very active. Jones has been quite good. It'll be interesting to see if many of them will get a shot at the first time at some point.

I think Jones, with some experience, would really do well with the front 3.


1.) 26 Jul 2018 17:31:58
Is this Christian pulisic paper talk or is there a chance we might sign him. Would seem like yet another kick in the teeth to our players. Woodburn for one. But he does look a real talent. Speaks English too.

I'm not knocking Klopp. Plans have to be able to change. The Russian got battered by Germany in the great war and the Russian military chain of order had a lot to do with it. Initiative was not allowed and orders had to be followed even if it meant matching past a battle.

But pulisic does look something special.

{Ed002's Note - He is not moving to Liverpool.}

2.) 26 Jul 2018 18:20:19
We should just forgo the next four transfer windows go get KDB and pick up the league for the next couple of years, simple.

3.) 26 Jul 2018 19:11:27
Why? We have keita. I prefer him to kdb.

4.) 26 Jul 2018 21:11:53
Firstly it was very much tongue in cheek. Secondly it wouldn't be instead of Keita but as well. And thirdly is there anyone out there who doesn't think KDB would help lead us to the promise land?



19 Jul 2018 15:20:54
Does anyone know a station that would be showing the preseason games in the US?


1.) 19 Jul 2018 15:39:23
I’m hoping the games will be available on the LFC site.

2.) 19 Jul 2018 16:57:10
All of the ICC matches. Liverpool and all others will be on ESPN channels.



13 Jul 2018 15:38:52
I thought I'd ask a question to the rest of the posters that are outside of the US. I'm not sure if this is true, but it is my understanding that the Prem games have different announcers and analysts in the US than elsewhere. I'm curious if others know the announcers and analysts and what their opinions are.

The studio analysts tend to be Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle. I actually think they are quite good. The announcer for the feature game every week is Arloe White, who I also like. He is usually joined by Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux.

I will say, my favorite game announcer is Derek Rae. Champions league matches were pretty much the only ones I could see as a kid, and we only got 1 a week. He was one of the first game announcers I remember and remains my favorite.

I'm just curious if you all have opinions of the ones mentioned here, or other announcers I should listen for. Thanks.


{Ed0333's Note - hey dbav how on earth you can say the two Robbie’s are quite good amazes me. In fact I’m sending a team of doctors round right now to test your cognitive capacity. Robbie Earle was only half way decent when NBC did a switcheroo and bought Dixon into the studio and Earle as co-commentator it worked far better. No seriously mate I’m glad you made this point NBC Premier League coverage has been my bug beat for years. It’s F****N awful. Dixon is a dodo with limited insight. Le Saux is a twat with the charisma of a smelly sock, Robbie Mustoe needs putting out to pasture. However I must say they have three excellent employees Rebecca Lowe (I’d give her the best 3 seconds of her life which would include foreplay) she is a stellar presenter, knows her craft expertly, a consummate professional, funny and needs a medal for putting up with the Two Robbie’s every week. As you mentioned Arlo White who is informed, passionate and engaging and an honorable mention has to go out to Kyle Martino whose tactical insights in the studio regularly make Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux et al look stupid. I e mail NBC every month about improvements they can make to their premier league coverage, ive offered my services for free but no joy. Let’s hope this season they make a positive difference. Knowing my luck they’ll hire Ian Wright. Thanks for the question Dbav and sorry for my diatribe

1.) 13 Jul 2018 16:07:08
I like the NBC team. Certainly beats listening to Michael Owen.

2.) 13 Jul 2018 16:09:00
Also, I would have to think that anything is better than listening to Lalas during the World Cup. He sets the bar really low for everyone else, haha.

3.) 13 Jul 2018 16:15:38
Agreed on Lalas dbav. The fox team is poor.

4.) 13 Jul 2018 16:07:38
Haha, thanks Ed. I suppose I just like that the English commentators can string together complete sentences. That usually doesn't happen with American commentators.

I very much agree regarding Rebecca Lowe. Typically, we only see "sideline reporters" here that are reading scripts. So she is a breath of fresh air.

Which commentators do you prefer?

{Ed0333's Note - English or American mate? I like Martino when he’s calling a game and Arlo White. My all time favorites have to be Brian Moore and Clive Tydsley. Moore because he was an icon he probably wasn’t that good at commentating or presenting but he was such a thoroughly likeable chap like your dad or favorite uncle. And I absolutely love Tydsley he evokes passion and drama in his commentating. He quotes abstract literature in his commentary but not in a condescending way.

5.) 13 Jul 2018 16:11:13
Australian foreplay - "Brace yerself Sheila"

6.) 13 Jul 2018 16:36:47
Couple of quotes from NBC announcers
1- Frank lampard Man city legend after the city - chelsea game.
2- victor moses young English talent.

7.) 13 Jul 2018 17:22:01
I watch quite a few la liga games on bein sports and there’s a terrible Geordie on there but it gets quite comical. For me ITV is the worst coverage of football ever. Especially this World Cup I appreciate they were working for a British audience but Dixon and Wright were so biased without any neutral and intelligent comments about any of the games. And for the player he was I find Glenn Hoddle very hard to listen to in commentary. Hate to admit it but Gary Neville is about the best pundit out there.

8.) 13 Jul 2018 16:45:06
Spot on, OP and Ed. The NBC crew is quite good and love Rebecca Lowe cos she just knows her stuff and is quite witty. I agree with you on the Mustoe/ Dixon tip. They are not up to the job and need to go esp. Mustoe. Kyle Martino (who I watched play a lot in MLS) was a pretty good player and has become a very good pundit who recognizes nuance in the subjects he opines on. All in all, NBCSN PL coverage is very good and I miss watching them as I moved from the States to Belgium (Brussels) last June.




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24 Sep 2018 15:14:22
Thank you Ed.




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24 Sep 2018 14:04:40
Just out of curiosity, are there instances where a player goes on loan and can play against the parent club?


{Ed002's Note - Yes in European Competion unless they have already played for their owning club.}



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11 Jun 2018 01:54:25
I may be way off base, but this feels sort of similar to the Keita deal in my opinion. Lots of media rumors, denials of a move, before announcement near the end of the summer.

I have no idea if it will get done or not. I hope it does if this is the guy Klopp wants. Patience is a virtue and we'll see what happens after the WC.

It also seems interesting that the statement from Lyon said he's staying rather than no deal will be done with Liverpool. I trust what the eds have said and loom forward to the new season regardless.




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28 May 2018 22:41:57
Sort of has the feeling of when Firmino signed. Sort of oyt of nowhere. Excited about the 2 signings so far (I'm including Keita) . Hopefully another good goal scorer and some defensive reinforcements to follow.




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24 May 2018 16:09:01
Thanks Ed002. It is greatly appreciated.





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18 Sep 2018 23:59:21
I thought Shaqiri brought a lot of energy when he came on. That was great when it happened.

I'm really happy for Sturridge.

I thought TAA had a very good game. He was very active.

Bobby Firmino. That is all.

I thought Gomez looked pretty composed and VVD was commanding in the air.

I also thought Salah looked more active, especially in the second half. Maybe active isn't the word, but more aggressive perhaps. I liked seeing that.

I know I'm leaving guys out. Fun game overall.




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12 Sep 2018 00:03:12
Thanks for the write up! I look forward to watching him progress.




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08 Sep 2018 18:29:08
And sorry, I didn't mean to sound like it was a "where's Fabinho" type of post, haha. More a matter of being interested to hear about his progress. Thanks again!




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08 Sep 2018 18:27:10
Thanks for the info Ed!


{Ed001's Note - no worries, you are welcome.}



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16 Jul 2018 03:05:12
Thank you for the insight Ed.