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27 May 2015 17:02:02
Hey eds, what do you make of Ballotellis agent saying he will be staying at the club next season? Do you think the club won't be able to drop their price enough to sell him on?

kevlaw

{Ed002's Note - It is posturing to get to a price where a deal can be done elsewhere. As I have explained, Liverpool want way too much. Mino will posture until he gets his way.}


1.) 27 May 2015 21:57:37
Balotelli, from what I observed last season, is worth f@:kall!!
to get him off the wage-bill would be an achievement.
Personally, I'd make him stay and put him in goal 'cos Mignolet's sh"t!!
On the positive side, Liverpool cast-off Iago Aspas has a Europa League winners medal in his back-pocket!


 

 

04 Feb 2015 19:42:10
Hey eds, just was wondering what is your take on Lovren's situation, he is left out of the squad again tonight. do you think he has been cast aside and could be moved on? Or do you feel is more down to the change of formation and he just isn't doing enough to get into the team? Or do you see him playing more next season when Can potentially moves more into a central midfield position when Gerrard leaves us? Would be curious to hear your opinion on his Liverpool future.

kevlaw

{Ed001's Note - he is not happy and right now it is likely he will be off in the summer. Things change though, and he has a few months to get back into the reckoning.}


1.) 04 Feb 2015 21:56:47
He's another player we shouldn't have bought. . a one-season wonder at Southampton. The best season of an otherwise average career and we paid through the nose for him.
He'll end up going for peanuts and we'll continue to rue our treatment of better centre-halves like Kelly, Wisdom, Llori, Agger and Toure.
Southampton must get their best china out when they see us walking towards their offices. It's like our foreign aid policy.


2.) 04 Feb 2015 23:27:24
Cheers eds, i had a feeling that this was likely where he was at. I'd love though for him to break back into the squad, same way Sakho has done, but sadly i don't think that will happen.


3.) 04 Feb 2015 23:35:34
Would anyone want him ed? if so we would struggle to get half our money back.It's a very odd situation because he looked boss for Southampton but just looks lost in an Lpool shirt A return to Southampton seems unlikely due to the fuss he kicked up when they rejected bids from us. I just hope if Lovren were to go we would give Ilori and Wisdom a chance at the club rather than spending a lot more money on another centre back


4.) 05 Feb 2015 09:55:06
Is the story true about Gerrard going to throttle him after one of the games? Personally I think he will be fine once he is fully settled and the pressure is off him a little next season. A bit like Hendo.


5.) 05 Feb 2015 12:45:49
Surely we scouted him properly prior to his move and thought he had the required qualities, even if I didn't rate him I would err on trusting the club as I'm one of those who wrote off Henderson and have had to eat my words.

If it did happen there must be massive questions asked of the transfer committee. Its the scouting network that really needs an overhaul at Liverpool in my opinion. We seem to spend an awful lot of money for an small amount of improvement.

Though on the flip side I am actually quite happy with most of the business done over the summer, overpriced but some really good potential.

Loafmaster Flex

{Ed002's Note - The scouting set up has been overhauled.}


6.) 05 Feb 2015 13:38:51
You'd have to question why he isn't getting another chance in the team with the new set up. Yes he was awful at the start of the season, but absolutely everyone was. I'd like to see him with Sakho on the ground with him, Lucas in front of him and a partially revitalized Mingolet giving him a little bit more direction


7.) 05 Feb 2015 23:13:59
I don't think he was tried as part of a three man defense.
Maybe that would help him.


8.) 06 Feb 2015 03:49:54
its kinda unfair to alienate him. when we needed a CB i would put him there ahead of Johnson to be honest.


9.) 06 Feb 2015 05:07:22
Can you elaborate on the overhaul Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - It is as simple as staff being changed - Mel Johnson, Alan Harper and Mike McGlynn have left and others have arrived.}


10.) 08 Feb 2015 20:06:22
How come a perfectly good player turned into a shadow of his former self after being coached by Brendan & co. What the hell did they do to him?


11.) 10 Feb 2015 11:02:21
I think Lovren will come good when Brendan eventually deems him ready to step back into the first team. Look at the transformation Sakho has made.


 

 

 

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31 Dec 2016 10:25:25
Hey eds, quick question i had, in the pre match interview with guardiola he said that liverpool invited him to watch the stoke game at anfield. Is this standard precedure to invite other managers you will be playing to watch the home games? Just found it curious was all.
Hope you all had a lovely christmas and a happy and safe new years to all.
Ynwa.

kevlaw

{Ed002's Note - Yes, it is standard process to facilitate such things.}


1.) 31 Dec 2016 18:35:01
Awesome thanks ed2, happy new year! :D.


 

 

04 Dec 2016 16:10:34
Well that wasn't the result we wanted. Fair play to Bournemouth, they deserved the win for the way they fought back, they played the same way we were playing in the first half, pressing high and attacking us and they got the result.

Regarding how we played, first half we were totally dominant, i think it was 63% possession at one point? We certainly could have defended better and played allot better in the 2nd half. I think it emphasis the importance of Matip at the back.

That was the first time we conceded ore than 3 goals since we played Arsenal, and the first time we conceded 4 all season. We have conceded 3 more goals than the same point last season, however our form is much much better this season. our stats read at the same point last season as 6wins 5 draws and 3 losses, this season however we have 9 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses, and are 7 points better off at the same point. It isn't the end of the world this result and there are positives to take, I think the fact we became a bit complacent after the 3rd goal will be addressed by Klopp, he did say anyone that talks of the title or becomes complacent will be dropped. I think a result like this always sends us crashing back down to earth, which is what we need at times. We need that grounded mentality, we need forget both as fans and the media and especially the players need forget about any talk of the title, or even top 4, we need focus on the next game, and only the next game, we are only as good as our last game. Onwards to West Ham next sunday, YNWA.

kevlaw

1.) 04 Dec 2016 16:21:29
If we don't improve our game management we'll struggle to win anything. At 3-1 up we should have tightened up and controlled the tempo of the game. Instead, we let Bournemouth call the shots and lost all our concentration and composure.
So disappointing to lose this one. but we need to learn from our mistakes and move on.
It hurts now. but will soon be forgotten with a good 3 points next week against West Ham.
Let's hope Matip will be fit and that Mane's injury is minor.


2.) 04 Dec 2016 16:29:33
I don't know what have we improved on seeing off the games. We let Arsenal come back and we we're very lucky. The point is most of the teams doesn't press us or commit men forward because our firepower up front is the best in the league but whenever someone has pressed us they ran past our midfield and backline like ussajn bolts!


3.) 04 Dec 2016 16:32:28
Im normally a really big fan of Karius, but i really do feel he let himself down today. Of course there was nothing he could do about the penalty or the third goal which was a fantastic finish, but i just felt for the 4th goal if the shot was too hot to handle then he should have been trying to push it out wide or out for a corner, not straight back out into the middle of the 6 yard box. He is still very young however and i just hope he can learn from these sort of mistakes unlike mignolet who still continues to make the same mistakes. The reality is we played today with 2 players who have played in midfield their entire career in our back 4. Lucas was actually bought as an attacking midfielder and milner has played everywhere in midfield and the left back spot is something new for him. Just such a shame about sakho because him and lovren were starting to get something really good going at the end of last season and we seen how we missed him in the europa league final. Just feel that Chelsea are the team to beat and i just don't think youd see them conceding 4 in 45 minutes after being 2-0 up, and i think we play them again in January when mane is at the ACON and coutinho may still be out. Having said all that i would have happily taken top 4 at the start of the season and even if the mancs win later we are still 7 ahead of them.


4.) 04 Dec 2016 18:05:39
Tell you what I love our game management. It may lead to bad results like today but the excitement and entertainment is great.
This is clearly what Kloppo wants from the team. He plays heavy metal football so if you want the 4,5 goals scored you have to accept the 3,4 goals conceded.
I'd hate us to go all "1-0 to the Arsenal".

In addition, we do not have a good enough defensive unit to shut games down, the only way is to just keep scoring.


5.) 04 Dec 2016 18:55:20
Klopp doesn't seem to want to make changes to see games out
When he was forced to sub Mane he should've maybe brought on Klavan and pushed Lucas into midfield to add some more protection to that horrendous central defence we had today.


6.) 04 Dec 2016 18:59:41
We didn't manage the game well today, something we are actually very good at and have been all season. We need to improve on this front and go back to the drawing board. 2nd loss in the PL this season with the most difficult opening schedule and in third place, 10 points ahead of the mancs. I'll take the current state of affairs and move on.


7.) 04 Dec 2016 19:05:53
Totally agree Ron. But do you think klopp should try and smooth things over with Sakho until a suitable replacement is found? I think he would be a better replacement for Matip when needed than our defensive midfielder.

{Ed002's Note - Klopp wants Sakho gone and he won't play for Liverpool again.}


8.) 04 Dec 2016 19:12:08
I agree with Supermane. Bringing Klavan and pushing Lucas means we would have got the grip in the midfield. Not sure at what point Klopp actually shed his all out philosophy to a more mature tactical approach.

What is the shame in seeing our a game at 3-1?


9.) 04 Dec 2016 20:01:46
Klopp needs to rethink his heavy metal philosophy.


10.) 04 Dec 2016 21:18:37
We won't win the league until we have a top drawer keeper.

The Liverpool Football Club first team goal keeper should be better than that.

Carra was spot on today saying the whole defence were not good enough and Karius not nearly good enough.

But easier said than done I suppose.


11.) 04 Dec 2016 21:20:38
No. No and no Supermane. The players need to maintain intensity, reduce the no. Of errors. Some tweaking perhaps, no rethink required.


12.) 04 Dec 2016 22:54:59
Spot on, Andy. Had we won the game, no one would be saying or asking for an overhaul of the system. Our performance was good enough to win easily. This is just a reminder that mire work needs to be done and nothing has been achieved yet. As for Karius, he should have done better with the fourth goal but to blame him for the loss is absolutely ridiculous. There is so much blame to go around so that needs to stop. i'm still sticking with him as at least he should be given time to learn and improve, which he has been until today. Migs is a three year failure and going back to him is a non starter.


13.) 05 Dec 2016 11:55:18
Harry goes on a wobbler and everybody jumps on his bandwagon. It was unfortunate but these things happen. I said we would struggle until our injured players are fit again. Klopp just needs to find the right mix to get us results. Nothing to panic about and no need to be over dramatic about harry. Jeez.


14.) 05 Dec 2016 14:22:33
Hi ed 2.
When asked about the Klopp - Sakho situation you answered correctly that Klopp wants Sakho out.

In your opinion is Klopp right in doing this and could it be handled differently since a quality centre half on full wages is ot even training with the first team squad where at least he could be challenging the rest to keep their place.

In my opinion Mourinio is in the same predicament with Schweinstieger at Utd.
Surely he would have been a far better choice to bring on instead of Fillani.
Keep up the great work.
Tks.

{Ed002's Note - It reflects double standards if you consider how another player was dealt with but it is Klopp's choice. Manchester United has a list of players who will depart in January and the summer - the difference is BS has done nothing wrong.}


 

 

06 Nov 2016 21:21:24
Another great win and another superb performance. Top of the league for the first time since May 2014. One thing that impresses me most though, is how grounded both the players and the fans are. Like yes we are top of the league, but that we are not getting carried away with that fact. I don't know if it is because we have learned the mistakes from 2014, or if it is the leadership of Klopp that has a calming but assured confidence to our game. One thing when we were in the title race in 2014 was, I felt it was more of a "i hope we can keep this going", rather than a genuine belief we were going to win, it was more down to Suarez if he was on form or not. It is a totally different feeling this time round, maybe because it is the entire team, rather than any 1 individual who is driving us forward, although Coutinho is just amazing.

But I know whenever we go out into a game, i feel like we are going to win, and win by some margin. I think it is vitally important though not to think of winning titles, but just to enjoy where we are at, it is a nice change to be winning all the time and winning by playing outstanding football. Great weekend for us. YNWA.

kevlaw

1.) 06 Nov 2016 21:40:46
2009 and 2014 surely has taught to be grounded and take it a game at a time.


2.) 06 Nov 2016 22:35:54
keep calm and carry on winning! should be the mantra, as I have posted more than once this season, take it one game at a time, respect but don't fear the opposition and more importantly become a believer, this could be a special season, however nothing is decided in November as nice as it is to be top of the table, we have achieved nothing yet.


3.) 06 Nov 2016 23:37:25
A great win and overall the performance was goox but Watford failed to take any of their chances. A better team would have punished us.
Another borefest of an international break now.
I hope we don't pick up injuries.


4.) 07 Nov 2016 02:14:02
watfords' chances? how many were there? 2? what if we had taken all of ours? it would have 17-2. Ridiculous to look at this game like that.


5.) 07 Nov 2016 02:52:51
granted karius was called into action more than once, but we could have easily scored 12 goals ourselves, we should have scored at least 4 goals, before we scored our 1st, our attacking display was breathtaking, once we have a settled backline i'm confident we will improve in that area, matip has been very consistent for us we need to find a consistent partner for him, I thought lucas played well and was gutted for him when he did not score.


6.) 07 Nov 2016 05:33:38
Only one point ahead of Chelsea so we need to stay clear of the title talk because it could come back to haunt us. Just enjoy what we see week in week out orchestrated by Klopp. The club and players are in a good place and do not need unnecessary pressure from the fans especially when the media is trying to milk as much attention from the club's performances.


7.) 07 Nov 2016 08:20:30
100% agree with AG. We need to keep a lid on our expectations.


 

 

30 Oct 2016 15:21:29
Hey eds, read your review of the game yesterday and was a brilliant read, just was wondering if you had the time. On sly sports, they made the comparison that this is the best Liverpool side since Roy Evans Liverpool team. I was sadly too young to witness that team fully, I was only 5 years old when Liverpool played Utd in the FA Cup Final of 1996. How did both teams compare? Strengths/ weaknesses etc. Also if you could maybe compare too with BR's side in 2014. Cheers eds.

kevlaw

{Ed001's Note - the Roy Evans side was very similar, sensational going forward but hopeless defensively. Difference was, Evans was denied the defenders he wanted to bring in, so hopefully Klopp will be able to fix the issue this time around. The difference between those two sides and the Rodgers' team is simple - team play. Rodgers team was pretty much built around getting the ball to Suarez and Sturridge. Evans and Klopp both favour having a whole team involvement in the play, with more movement and options for the man on the ball.

The similarities between the way Evans played and Klopp's team are quite striking, apart from the back 3/4 difference. Both have a ball player, rather than a destroyer, sat in front of the back line, who is also asked to break up play, as well as create. Both look to wingbacks, and midfielders running from in to out, to create width. Both have the players constantly moving and interchanging to make space for themselves.}


1.) 30 Oct 2016 15:52:31
Great response Eds, thanks soo much. Thanks for all the hard work all the Eds do for us, we all greatly appreciate it.

{Ed001's Note - thank you mate, glad you appreciate it.}


2.) 30 Oct 2016 17:22:46
Main differencesite are the striker department. Evans had fowler, Owen (later) . Klopp play false 9.

{Ed001's Note - please don't spoil this thread with your nonsense. That was not a main difference, Firmino does not really play as a false 9.}


3.) 30 Oct 2016 18:35:05
Albeit my memory is a bit hazy, I tended to think Evans Liverpool didn't tend to travel too well, whereas Klopps team seem more prone to individual errors that will, at some point cost us points. I do agree though, that both sides play with the style that all fans surely want to see from a Liverpool side.

Question for you ED, would you bring in Fowler for
Firmino?

{Ed002's Note - Absolutely. Much rather look at that thin transluscent skin when he gets his shirt off that the ridiculous tatoos that Firmino has that will turn blue and droopy by the time he is 30. Fowler also had a mans haircut and did not style himself on the youngest child in Dispicable Me.}


4.) 30 Oct 2016 19:14:06
Not necessarily the reasons I were thinking of ED, but valid points all the same.

{Ed002's Note - Cute kid though.}


5.) 30 Oct 2016 20:20:40
Lol Ed, I can't say I disagree with any of that but I'd much rather have a player who looks like a tatted up shrek or ugly Betty with a samurai haircut and does the business than one who looks like a male model and is terrible at football - And Firmino sure does do the business, special player.


6.) 30 Oct 2016 22:38:33
I would mention that Robbie did have his bleached hair faux pas early in his career - but guess he never sported the man bun or an Alice band. That said, paddy Berger could carry the Alice band look off. Probably the best looking footballer we have had.


7.) 31 Oct 2016 00:09:22
Evans's team was ahead of its time. Capable of spanking Man Utd (the best team) one week and then getting totally out smarted by Coventry City (relegation fodder) . Klopp's team is very much of its time. We had a weakness on corners in those days too.


8.) 30 Oct 2016 21:24:31
Good one, Ed02.


 

 

23 Oct 2016 16:05:15
One thing I have noticed about the entire club is the feelgood factor is back at Anfield, We are quietly confident going into every single game. For instance when we played Spurs, we came away with a 1-1 and everyone felt we deserved more, however in Klopps first game we got a 0-0 and we all felt that was a major major result for us last season.

Then we get to the new signings, we brought in 6 new players, and in all my 20 years of following Liverpool, I have never seen soo many players settle at the club soo fast as the new recruits have done. No players feels burdened by any price tag, and all the players have hit the ground running and produced a great understanding with the players around them. Not to mention all the dead weight we managed to get rid of this summer, and I think we all can feel comfortable with the players we have right now, and more importantly Klopp feels comfortable with the players he has at his disposal, not to mention that nearly everyone in the squad play amazing when started even when they have been out of the team for a while.

Everything is coming up roses at the moment for all Reds related, the players and the fans have really bought into Klopps methods, which is something i don't feel everyone did with Rodgers, even when we finished 2nd. I feel if we can get through the next 3 games, will show where we are at for the season. Palace next in the league will be a real test for us. Benteke will be out to prove a point against us. We have been the ones to watch this season and with other teams playing soo poorly or not to their potential, we have a great chance, but we need remain focused and not get ahead of the next game. Bring on Spurs on Tuesday.

YNWA.

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31 Dec 2016 10:32:19
Great servant for the club, for me before his bad injury a few seasons ago against chelsea he was one of our best players in my opinion and felt he would succeed gerrard as captain some day, alas it didn't happen. But a great player for us over 10 years, he had a tough start to life at anfield but changed his game and became a real talented player. If im not mistaken he is the last surviving player from rafa's reign. Hope he does what is best for him. Would love to see him stay until the end of the season but if he does go ill be happy for him. YNWA Lucas Leiva.

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24 Aug 2016 21:47:23
Agree with Hart, he is a rubbish keeper, even flicked on the Man city game tonight briefly and there he was flapping at crosses. Credit to Migs, at least he is a decent shotstopper, but if Hart was with our defence, he would probably be worse then Migs in my opinion, definitely just as bad, he will struggle when he moves on to a team who do not have as good of a defence as City does.

As for Sakho, has it really gotten that bad with him? I have not really been following his story since he was sent home from America. Is Klopp looking to get rid because of his attitude? I thought he was still injured, that's why he was still not in the team.

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04 Feb 2015 23:27:24
Cheers eds, i had a feeling that this was likely where he was at. I'd love though for him to break back into the squad, same way Sakho has done, but sadly i don't think that will happen.

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05 Feb 2017 21:57:09
To be honest, looking at our next 6 games, we play all big teams apart from Burnley at home. So we all know we play much better against the top sides as they try and play football and actually beat us, so I really would not be surprised if we were to win the next 6 games going by how our season has been. It is only when teams sit back against us that we struggle.

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05 Feb 2017 13:15:51
Thanks Ron, I wasnt sure the full stats, just remembered the commentator saying we had 13 corners. Cheers for the clarification.

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05 Feb 2017 12:19:49
1000% this. Yesterday I think we had 13 corners in the 2nd half, but instead of the ball being whipped in having purpose, the ball is put in more hopefully, and rarely beats the first man. I can't understand what they do in training, but the corners have been a problem for many seasons, long before Klopp. Even when Coutinho took over corner duty yesterday the balls in were awful. I think it is something that drastically needs to improve, because the corner and free kicks are a massive part of the game, and they seem to be neglected.

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04 Feb 2017 19:36:10
For me, I think its a bit of both. Teams clearly have figured out how to beat us, if you park the bus and have 8 or 9 men in the box then any top side can struggle. The sad part is, apart from the top 5 teams, pretty much every team will do this in the PL. I don't feel this is something new for us though, Liverpool have always had this problem, the "weaker" teams always give us trouble.

With that being said, I think we clearly did over achieve in the first half of the season. Everything went right for us. Now it is going poorly. I was hoping the reintroduction of Mane would help stretch teams again and create spaces, and while the Africa Cup of Nations will have had a bearing on this, he won't be as sharp and will be tired, I fear we need change up our game slightly against teams like Hull, Like Swansea, Like Burnley to get results we need. We will always have the same problems though, if we can't improve our defence and goalkeeper situation, and those issues have been well documented, we all know where we need to strengthen. I think all this is also down to the fact that a few of our star players just aren't at the races. Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana just aren't at the same level they were before Christmas. I don't know what we can do to get back to how we were before christmas, I don't know if it is a confidence issue or lack of fitness or just that their accuracy has gone. I hope with the lack of games and once CL/ Europa kicks back in that we will start reaping the benefits.

I believe Klopp will get it right and he will bring us success, I don't think now is the time to panic or ask for a change. We will get there, but we need understand, we have probably the weakest team in the top 6. We need be together as one.

YNWA.

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03 Jan 2017 21:56:43
Exactly, even when we finished 2nd in 2014 we only had I think 37 points and were in 4th or 5th if i am not mistaken after 19 games. We are in a great place, and the club is moving forward, we are playing amazing football. The result yesterday, was disappointing, but we didn't lose, and every single team will drop points. Arsenal have dropped points tonight by drawing with Bournemouth, this is the most competitive league in the world, and we are playing the best football, we need just sit back and enjoy, i for one am not thinking anything about the title, not even top 4. we do much better by looking at the next game, the next game for us is Plymouth in the cup. let's not think the world is over after 1 game, or that we will win the league after 1 game also. One thing we need to learn from our last time in a title race is to stay grounded, not get carried away, I felt that we did when we played on saturday against city. there was a calmness to our game. Sunderland is always a tough game, especially when we were missing a few players and tired from playing only 48 hours before hand. But still we did not lose. We need remember where we were when Klopp took over to where we are now and see the difference. let's stop slating our players for one bad game or thinking the world will implode because we drew. Just sit back and enjoy the ride Klopp is taking us on. YNWA.

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