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30 May 2018 21:36:37
Couple of quick questions for the Eds ref Fabinho? I think you said we beat Atletico Madrid to his signature; do you know why the Madrid deal fell through? And secondly, were any other clubs seriously interested at the price being asked? Thanks 👍🏻.


{Ed002's Note - Atletico Madrid turned to Fabinho after their first choice for this summer had shunned them over concerns about playing time. They had also shown interest last summer but the offer to buy him and not take delivery to January fell on deaf ears. They returned a few weeks ago and had held some early discussions with Monaco which resulted in a stalemate as a price could not be agreed between clubs. They returned again to talk on Saturday but they again could not agree a price.

Of the clubs previously interested, Juventus had originally wanted him as a RB but he was not first choice so it drifted away; Arsenal had baulked at the asking price - set high as part payment will be due to Rio Ave, Fluminense and Paulinia; Manchester United let their interest wane, largely because the player wanted a move to Manchester City, and they moved on to another target - who will also not be signing for them; PSG were only planning to use him as cover and thought him too expensive for that purpose. It was made clear last summer to the other sides who enquired (including Liverpool) that he would not be sold until this summer.}

1.) 30 May 2018 22:27:47
Great info Ed02. I think He will be a top player for us.

2.) 30 May 2018 23:27:33
Thank you Ed. ✅.

3.) 31 May 2018 00:09:41
Ed002 just out of curiosity was Manchester United's other target Savic?

{Ed002's Note - Not for that position.}

4.) 31 May 2018 00:25:15
It was Jorginho and even he said no to utd.

5.) 31 May 2018 00:52:19
From what I gather PSG wanted him last year but Monaco refused to sell to their rival. Player was not happy but got heas down.

6.) 31 May 2018 04:04:41
I wonder who Atletico’s first choice was?

7.) 31 May 2018 05:52:52
Did you know how much is lfc transfer budget for the next season ed?

{Ed001's Note - it does not work like that.}

8.) 31 May 2018 04:48:36
Just shows how many different factors can come into play with regards to transfers - and also shows why things can and do change so quickly. Interesting stuff Ed.



27 Dec 2017 20:31:17
Hi Ed's,

Are you aware of any firm interest from other clubs in any of our players?

I don't think anyone will be surprised if Couts leaves in the Summer but is there any interest in our Goalkeepers or defenders? I just have a hunch the Jan shopping is not over with Virgil (New keeper maybe) and some outs may also be on the horizon.



{Ed002's Note - The club will look to sell Markovic and sell or loan Wilson. Grujic and Woodburn should leave on loan. Coutinho interests Barcelona and Salah Real Madrid. Interest in Manefrom Madrid has gone. Ward will look for an out in the summer. There was interest from Spain in Sturridge and Ings could get a loan. Origi will likely look to options in the summer. Flanagan perhaps will look elsewhere.}

1.) 27 Dec 2017 20:44:01
I bet you feel like a parrot at times Ed2 mate lol.

2.) 27 Dec 2017 20:44:56
Thanks Ed 👍🏻.

3.) 27 Dec 2017 21:13:41
Not including Salah and Coutinho all of those players leaving could add up to a nice sum of money.

4.) 27 Dec 2017 21:21:54
Including salah and coutinho, it could add up to a lot more.

5.) 27 Dec 2017 23:50:47
U guys joking or what? Salah won't be leaving LFC in the near future. Perhaps in 3/ 4 years after performing consistently. I hope we start winning things quickly to avoid this.

{Ed002's Note - Try the search engine - you need to understand that clubs become interested in players doing well - particularly those who approach them. }

6.) 28 Dec 2017 08:15:38
You watch, we will build a solid defence and then the attack will get sold haha, I think we could cope with the loss of Coutinho with a top replacement brought in but to lose Salah too so early would be a blow, Van Dijk coming in and Keita in the summer gives our team a stronger look already, add to that a top keeper and more than likely a solid left back and we can look to push at challenging for top spot or a trophy, now let's hope Klopp takes off his blinkers regarding Mignolet, Ward deserves a shot now in the league as Karius is playing CL, any firm interest in us looking at Keepers Ed? Anyone been approached that you know of?

{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of. We have had a fair few looked at but nothing firm yet.}

7.) 28 Dec 2017 12:53:02
If ward doesn't get the FA cup game to impress then he should be demanding a move. The other two have had chances.

8.) 28 Dec 2017 18:38:03
Can anyone give the date of when Ed2 discussed the interest in Salah - if I'm reading this right? I used the search but there are pages and pages of results.

Cheers in advance.

{Ed002's Note - A few weeks ago - Salah had his representitives approach Real Madrid. Maybe search on Hazard or Neymar. Interesting to see Klopp telling the press about his apology for substituting him - anyway, this "lack of respect" has caused his agent to request a meeting.



14 May 2017 08:54:56
What's the plan for Markovic Ed? Spose his Anfield days are over? Are Hull likely to make a permanent offer? Also, was wondering whether you think we should've kept him with Mane away at AfCon and now out? Might've give us the width on the right we been so lacking.


{Ed001's Note - he is available for transfer and had no interest in coming back to be cover for Mane.}

1.) 14 May 2017 09:02:49
Hull will not be able to afford Markovic unless we pass him on to them for free and he accepts a much, much lower wage.

{Ed025's Note - with the sky money they will max, even the smaller clubs will be spending big this summer and lazar is well within their budget mate..

2.) 14 May 2017 09:24:08
If Hull were to be relegated they will still get a decent cut. Playing in the Championship has no place for Markovic within their wage budget.

Staying up, I cannot see Markovic agreeing to move their permanently.

3.) 14 May 2017 09:22:12
Even for a championship club?

{Ed025's Note - yes craig, with the parachute payments they will still have plenty of dosh to spend mate, and the likes of markovic will not break the bank as there is not much interest from elsewhere..

4.) 14 May 2017 09:41:14
In my head I'm thinking about a fee around 10m (could be well wide of the mark) . That would be within their budget I'm sure but it would be a large chunk I'm not sure they would want to part with.
I could be wrong but I don't see him joining Hull if they go down.

{Ed025's Note - hull are a very ambitious club craig and have very good financial backing in place, your take on the fee seems about right to me and that is well within their parameters mate..



10 Jun 2014 21:30:48
Sebastian Coates made the Uruguay squad. Is he likely to play and could he still be in Brendan's plans? Personally, strikes me like someone who could go on to blossom if sold -to our regret. Kinda like a Gerard pique / Paul pogba.


{Ed002's Note - The club will sell him if the can.}

1.) 10 Jun 2014 22:08:14
Giménez is injured so Lugano will likely partner Godin. Hopefully, from a Liverpool perspective, Coates will overtake Lugano, get some game time, perform & attract a buyer.

2.) I hope we keep him, I think he could be a good player

3.) From a Liverpool point of view I would like him to get ahead of Lugano, have a storming World Cup, have confidence up the wazzoo and come back to Liverpool performing like we have never seen before and playing Skrtel/Toure etc out of the team.

Unlikely I know, but if we are writing wish lists, this would be mine.

4.) I agree but BR doesn't like him for some reason. Easy replacement for Agger and backup to Sakho, besides we would also have Toure and Kelly. if we had Sakho, Skrtel, Toure, Coates (and Kelly) as our CB options next season I wouldn't mind one bit. He would also allow Ilori to go out and get game time instead of being 4th choice.

if not offers of around £4m come in then loan to a team in the Serie A would be my second option before selling him for dirt.

5.) Forgot about Caceres everyone?

6.) I'm surprised people still think he could make it at Liverpool. He's too slow, not a bit too slow but a way too slow. He's not good on the ball either. I'd imagine we'd be accepting £2m or who knows we could even accept half that.

Hopefully he will get some game time but I would expect Lugano to get the nod as per RedKev.

7.) Wez B - I believe Caceres plays LB for Uruguay

8.) Caceres will likely play at full-back.

9.) 11 Jun 2014 17:38:28
Maxi Peirera is the first choice right full back



09 Jun 2014 13:11:53
can anyone tell me what the plan is for Enrique? If he's staying will he be fit for August?


1.) Of caurse he should be in Brendan's plan. We need two left backs with the number of games awaiting us next season. Most likely, he will be used in physical games and in games we need to be less attacking

2.) Leaving I imagine. Moreno looks like his replacement with flanno as his back up.

3.) The plan is to get rid. He is lazy, stupid and quite frankly dangerous. No positional sense, no idea about defending (bar the occasional shielding of the ball). He is quick, but I imagine that's gone after this injury. If anyone buys him we will use Flanagan and Can as backup for Moreno.

4.) El pistolero, Enrique is a very good left back. He is defensively strong, but not so effective going forward, and unfortunately is prone to injury. I do not appreciate fans slating players in the way you just did. Personally, I would be happy to keep him as backup/competition to Moreno. Moreno is very strong going forward and could learn a lot defensively from Enrique.

Red Rum

5.) Well said Red-Rum

6.) I disagree. I can't believe that you think that his best qualities are his defending. The only thing Enrique really had going for him was his pace & strength; Going forward.

In the 13/14 season Enrique played 8 games, assisting & scoring on 2 occasions. Making his Assists/Goals:Game ratio 1:4, one of the most prolific fullbacks in the EPL last season. 12/13 Enrique played 29 games, returning 4 assists (1:7.25, relatively good). Attack certainly wasn't his weak point.

I don't 'slate' a player rashly. I believe that before anyone passes judgement they should allow the judged a reasonable amount of opportunity to prove their abilities, or lack of, before passing judgement. For example Iago Aspas, unfortunately for him he is contending with arguably the most potent forward line in world football. Naturally playing time has been limited, and when playing time has been available to Aspas he has been forced to play in a wide role which for someone of his pace & strength is not exactly ideal. His specialism is creating space for himself in the box, he can move very cleverly, and he's not a bad finisher of the ball. He's an out-and-out poacher. He has a fantastic attitude, he hasn't really sulked at not playing, and has supported the team fully when on the bench. It's a shame he will most likely be leaving this summer, I would've liked to see him get an opportunity in his more favoured position.

Enrique on the other hand has been the only established LB at the club for 3 years, has been playing regularly & has impressed in flashes until his positional competence has been sorely exposed. He is more fragile than China & is months overdue in terms of recovery time, this isn't a coincidence. The injury is serious, and will likely have a devastating effect on his best attribute, pace. Enrique, in the 8 games he's played this season, has been involved in 40 duels, winning 50% (20) of them. If he is now lacking pace, coupled with his ineptitude at reading the game (see duels won) he will find it very hard to right the mistakes he will inevitably make. In the 8 games he played this Season he has attempted 8 tackles, winning 5 (72.7% success). Not exactly setting the world on fire with his defensive stats. In fact, contrary to your point his best area is his ability to get forward.


7.) I don't think whatever way you rate him it's right to call him lazy, stupid and dangerous. Come on. I've seen some of your posts el pistelero. You're better than that. Personally I think he's a good defender and at going forward. Your stats are from an injury plagued season. It's hardly fair to judge him on that so rashly. If he was fit I'd be happy to have him but it seems to me he might be replaced by a more youthful option in Moreno with flano as backup and possibly Can as an option if we're stuck.

8.) Perhaps stupid was an ill advised description. I will rescind that comment as there was no need for that. I just felt as though that was the only way to describe his decision making. The irony is mate that last season was his most productive, if he was injured when playing he managed to assist at a rate higher than any other full back in the league. He is lazy and his decison making is dangerous to us. When he decides to just run with the ball and gets dispossessed he is very slow at getting back, his decision making without Carra in the team is dangerous. We lost so much in JC, natural leader who can talk a defensive unit through the game. It really isn't a coincidence that GJ is being highlighted as a liability this year, frankly Jon has put him to shame this year. The problem with having wing backs like Johnson and Enrique is that when you remove the leader they just seem to go forward without a call, no one communicates. I reckon Kirikou will fix this next year, however if as I believe he will have permanently decreased pace that is besides the point because he will have no means to rectify his mistakes.

I do apologise for calling him stupid, that was harsh. I couldn't think of a more appropriate way to describe his decision at the time, I do not apologise for the rest.




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12 Aug 2018 21:04:38
Well played today Klopp and team, great to get the 1st 3 points.

I just wanted to remind everyone it's a long slog to silverware- possibly another 40 odd games (? ) - and to remain humble as the season rumbles on.

We are challengers for the PL title along with several others - nothing more.

Stay classy people. YNWA.


1.) 12 Aug 2018 21:20:45
40 games?

There are only 2 teams that can win the league LFC and City.

2.) 12 Aug 2018 23:31:28
Damn I was under the impression we had won the title after the first game, thanks for the reminder.

{Ed0333's Note - if league titles were handed out after 1 game then we are champions on goal difference. I’ll be going to the victory parade tommorow.

3.) 13 Aug 2018 09:18:47
I think we've to win at least one competition this season. Anything else would be a failure.



14 Jun 2018 17:45:13
Ref the goalie situation. I'd be happy if Real go all out for De Gea after the WC leaving Navas available for a reasonable fee. That would seriously weaken one our direct rivals and at the same time I think Navas would improve us. I know he can be erratic at times but check out his 2nd half performance against Bayern in the CL semi. He was brave as you like and pulled off a good variety of stops. Definitely would give me more confidence (and I suspect our back 4) than Karius.


1.) 14 Jun 2018 17:56:30
So you're saying Navas is better than Karius? lol please. I don't have the time to get into debate but come on man?

Karius as number 1 for me!

2.) 14 Jun 2018 18:20:03
OP before th final, the Navas debate came up and frankly, it was a dead issue. Why? It was general consensus that Navas is poorer than Karius and frankly, Karius was judged to be better and Klopp only wanted him as his competition, NOT his replacement mind you.

He is a flapper, poor with his feet, and severely error-prone. I mean, you need to go watch his games which I have this season and he was dreadful at times. There was a game vs Betis where he was directly responsible for 2 of the 3 goals RM conceded and trust me, there is a whole lot more where that came from. So if Karius was better than Navas even by Klopp's standards before the final, what changed? The two errors he committed? So just cos of that he is now inferior to Navas? Ain't buying it.

2 errors in albeit a CL final, does/ should NOT remove from the fact that over the season, Karius was the better GK and Navas made WAY more mistakes that led to goals than Karius. In fact, Karius only made about 4 mistakes in all comps. that led to goals. Navas made 2 in one game vs Betis alone.

3.) 14 Jun 2018 18:39:24
BRover did you see Navas against England? He was at fault for the goals again. Absolutely awful keeper and one to avoid.

4.) 14 Jun 2018 19:04:23
Thanks Frankly for making that point and I did not even watch the England game. But don't worry, those who want just another GK (regardless of how poor he is) to come in cos they have made up their minds that Karius should be gone and are prolly not willing to give the kid a chance, will be back to tout another poor GK as a viable replacement.

5.) 14 Jun 2018 19:17:18
Karius will never recover from that game IMO.

6.) 14 Jun 2018 19:35:35
Karius impressed initially when handed the No.1 jersey but even ignoring the final, we need better. Albeit a decent shot stopper I never feel entirely at ease with him. I want a keeper to have a presence and organise. Stats may say he makes less mistakes than some other keepers but will he save us 10/ 15 points a season like De Gea and others? It’s just my opinion that I think Butland would be a good option. I think he is a better keeper than Karius, has experience in the prem and would cost nowhere near as much as others touted. No way a dig at Karius but if we are serious about winning the league we need better.

7.) 14 Jun 2018 19:40:21
Karius was and never will be the answer for Liverpool. He has done nothing to suggest he can cope with the demands of playing for a club with the aspirations of winning a premier league title. A lot of posters in the second half of the season made our keeper out to be some sort of god with "world class" saves which simply wasn't the case. For me he is no where near the standard of keeper we require, plain and simple.

8.) 14 Jun 2018 19:40:37
Ron, people said Beckham would never recover from that sending off against Argentina. As Alan Partridge said, people bounce back.

9.) 14 Jun 2018 19:51:26
I don't see Navas as a huge improvement. He's a marginally better keeper but he isn't as suited to our style of play and he is about 9 years older.

To be blunt, I hope we go for Reina now. He's the best realistically attainable option there is and he would instantly have the support from the stands which hasn't been given to any goalkeepers at Anfield since he left.

10.) 14 Jun 2018 19:51:47
They said Ronaldo would never recover from the World Cup final. Come on folks, you’ll never walk alone. (Unless you mess up)

11.) 14 Jun 2018 19:54:14
And just like that I realise Reina is now pretty much set for AC Milan! Oh dear 😂.

12.) 14 Jun 2018 20:42:38
I think pompey is right. Navas is a better keeper than karius. Much better. He has ucl winners medals, untold amount of domestic medals. What has Karius ever won? Nothing, in fact he almost single handedly lost a ucl final. I think only liverpool or mainz fans would claim Karius is the better keeper.

I never truly thought we would sign Alison. I don't mind who we sign but I really think we have to sign someone, that or give ward the gloves coz our defence needs to have confidence in their keeper and I don't see how we can have confidence in Karius. He ain't a terrible keeper but he has never really been good enough for a team with intentions of winning the league. We were only pleased migs was out.

We have a decent little defence, what we need is a shot stopper and navas is that.

13.) 14 Jun 2018 21:42:08
Djimi Traore has a champions league medal and so does Phil Neville so that’s a non argument and a logical fallacy at best. Navas is truly a terrible keeper who would be brutally exposed for his flaws in the premier league. As England did when we played Costa Rica. He looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights whenever the ball came into the box. You could stick a log in goal for Madrid and it would likely end up getting a winners medal.

14.) 14 Jun 2018 21:47:59
MK, another fine shout mate. I would welcome reina back and wonder why we let him go, like a magic mushroom realisation.

Do you think there's a chance?

15.) 14 Jun 2018 21:56:42
Ron, please stop with the sweeping/ blanket statements about the future cos we all know that you nor I, know nothing about what will happen in the future or how people can bounce back.

16.) 14 Jun 2018 22:04:58
AJGREDS, if we wanna win the PL we need better than BOTH Karius and Butland, period. Having said that, the whole "Butland is experienced in the PL or that he knows the PL" is complete hogwash, IMO. What does he actually know about the PL while playing for relegation fodder like Stoke? How is that an advantage over Karius who made less mistakes than him, had more clean sheets (Yes, that is a fact) than him in both the PL and CL (the most in the CL btw)? Sorry, that argument makes no sense.

The only thing Butland is good or experienced at is being poor, overrated, injury and error prone while playing for Stoke (he was there for a reason) while Karius came to us from Germany where he led lowly Mainz to EL footie for the first time in their history. Those are facts I put out, not opinions. Now, I am more than open for another GK, a TRUE upgrade on Karius, to come in BUT if that is not possible as it seems right now, then sorry, No Navas, a guy made more mistakes in three games (5 in total Betis, Juve and Bayern last season than) than Karius did in all the games he played in) or Butland who were he not English, no one would care for him, IMO.

17.) 14 Jun 2018 22:51:12
Prince hendo if karious played for RM he'd have medals lol. navas is a flapper. we may as well go back to migs.

18.) 15 Jun 2018 00:06:10
Don’t get me wrong Pepe is the best GK I have seen between the sticks since I started watching us in 94 but he was not perfect let’s be honest. FA cup final 2006, Andy Johnson Merseyside derby, last minute against Arsenal 2010. They all make mistakes but he still had a presence, respect and commanded the defence.

19.) 15 Jun 2018 00:16:31
BRover, get your points and facts but is it fair to say that there was a slightly better defence in front of Karius? Not a witch hunt against Karius at all really wanted him to succeed and still do if he remains in goal for next season, but fear it will all end in tears.

20.) 15 Jun 2018 00:49:12
Redhill, I can promise you that loris Karius will never play for real Madrid.

They can attract the very best players in the world. We blew everyone away in ucl but couldn't get close to Madrid. And they signed navas and continue to trust him as he's steered them to multiple thophies. He may not be the best in the world but he plays for the world's best team, he obviously has some talent.

21.) 15 Jun 2018 06:28:46
BRover - IMO = In my opinion.

You have your opinion, you express it as much as you like. Please don’t try and prevent me from expressing mine. Debate the point not the person 🤝.

22.) 15 Jun 2018 06:53:56
Well said Ron, 100% agree.

23.) 15 Jun 2018 08:33:17
Prince hendo have you actually seen Navas play? Do you understand the reasoning behind why Madrid signed him? If you’d have watched Navas at any time during the last few years you’d have seen a keeper that makes epic blunders for Madrid and Costa Rica. The only reason Madrid signed him was because of how he played in the World Cup. They have been desperate to get shot of him ever since as they know what a liability he actually is.

24.) 15 Jun 2018 10:16:02
Thanks for all the opinions. To be fair, Navas did impress me in that 2nd leg CL semi but apart from that I've seen very little - so he's probably not the solution for us. I'll defer to all your better informed views.

The other part of the post though was hoping RM go for De Gea after the WC to seriously weaken one of our direct rivals. Man U would be a lot more beatable without him. I'd love to see how they'd cope with half a season of an error prone keeper like Migs.

I'm not a Karius hater and I agree everyone deserves a 2nd chance but I can't shift these lingering doubts. There's also a case that the 2nd chance already came and went last season when Klopp put his full trust in him. Added to the stick he is bound to get around the country next year, I do wonder, as Ron does, whether himself and Klopp may feel a fresh start somewhere else would be best for all concerned. Sometimes the wisest move is to walk away and start again.

25.) 15 Jun 2018 12:51:38
Honestly pompeyred, google ‘Navas epic fails’ it makes Mignolet look like Gigi Buffon!

26.) 15 Jun 2018 20:56:58
Ron, no one is preventing you from voicing your opinions. You have one, I disagree with it that's fine. Lighten up, bro. It's a debate and nothing more. I get challenged all the time on my views and you will never see me play that card. Why? It's pretty weak.



31 May 2018 17:48:40
Seeing as the Fabinho signing came as a bit of a shock, do the Ed's know if he was a Klopp '1st choice' signing?

Also, if Fekir is considered the 1st choice Couts replacement, do we know who may be on the list of alternatives if it doesn't work out?

Thanks as always for the hard work. 👍🏻.


{Ed002's Note - This is one for Macca and not the Eds.}

1.) 31 May 2018 18:43:09
pompeyred, per an article I read yesterday on the Mirror (I know! ), Klopp was apparently interested in Fabinho last summer and was prepared to wait for 12m to get his man.

Ed001 replied to my question on the thread (see my last postings, I think its on page 4/ 5 of banter now) saying that Klopp is quite fixated on the players he wants unless convinced otherwise by the scouting team (as he was with Salah, who appears to be the exception to the rule of Klopp getting his way)

2.) 31 May 2018 18:45:48
Well with Fabinho arriving, I geuss we can scratch Ceballos off the list.

3.) 31 May 2018 18:50:48
Fair play Ed. Macca, is there any info you can share? Either way, everyone seems pleased with Fabinho and I like the fact Klopp and the recruitment team can still surprise us. Sure I’d be happy with Fekir, but seeing how Salah worked out I’d love to know who is on the reserve list - maybe another shock?

4.) 31 May 2018 20:23:19
Cheers Zed. I love the idea that Klopp is sure what the team needs but is still open to suggestions from the management team. Sign of a good leader in my opinion.

I think the CL title was a little too soon for us on reflection but the journey was fab and I don’t regret a thing.

People have said on here about Klopp promised this and that but I never took any real notice. I’m very happy we finally have a Manager and owners that are committed to improving and I’m enjoying the ride. We have a World Cup to look forward to and then the challenge of another crack at the elusive PL title. Life is good. If you think differently you should try watching Pompey every week!

LIV ERP double O L. Liverpool FC.

5.) 31 May 2018 21:36:07
Wasn't a bit soon for me. We are the better first 11. We were winning that game till HE took out salah. Even then we were in the game. We all know what happened to lose the final. but we are ready. Strength on the bench is needed.

6.) 31 May 2018 22:20:46
Magico, not sure we would have won after Salah came off cos tho we put up a good, spirited perf., RM were slowly turning the screws and we prolly would have conceded eventually. Frankly, no one really knows. Also, we were 2-1 down and had Karius not made the second mistake and we don't mount a fight back, we lose.

7.) 31 May 2018 22:25:26
Another user a few weeks back put a post on about Ceballos not wanting to move to England wanted to stay in Spain.



24 May 2018 18:31:05
Been some great posts on here in the last few hours- Lifelongred and Zed 👍🏻.

We may be underdogs on Sat but that's not necessarily backed up by CL form and logic.

I hope Klopp has taken the pressure off our inexperienced squad this past week but stressed that they have earned their place in the final and have every right to feel they belong on this stage.

The only obligation they should feel is to make their families and the fans proud by giving this Real Madrid team the game of their lives.

Reputations count for nought at kickoff. Go and do yourselves proud boys.


1.) 24 May 2018 20:00:38
Travelling from Wakefield to watch on the screens then last train back via Manchester. Hopefully we have some bragging rights waiting time at Manchester 45mins ha ha.



24 May 2018 13:07:39
Afternoon Reds,

Seems like we're in for a beating on Sat night according to most of the experts.

I'm OK with that. Not much has been expected of us throughout this CL campaign and it's served us well so far. We seem to like being the underdog.

With regard to Vincente Del Bosque saying this week not a single LFC player would make the RM 1st 11 - that may or may not be true - but I'm surprised at the simplicity of the statement coming from such a well experienced football man. Agreed, our midfield 3 looks a little unfashionable compared to Modric, Kroos and Casemeiro BUT our 3 are there to do a specific and simple job. If they can close down the RM midfield quickly, not give them a moments peace and then release the ball early we have a good fighting chance of a result. A lot rests on that midfield contest for me.

And credit now to Klopp. As Del Bosque will know, a good coach maximises and plays to the strengths of the squad at his disposal. Additionally, every player needs to be sure of their role and exactly what is expected of them. Add to that an inbred willingness by the manager for every player to give everything for his team-mates you have a proper TEAM. That's what Klopp has achieved this year - and if we play as well as we all know we can then Real and all the 'experts' could be in for a shock.

So good luck to the boys on Saturday but most of all I hope they give a good, honest account of themselves.


1.) 24 May 2018 13:30:58
does anyone remember what the "experts" were saying in 2005?

2.) 24 May 2018 14:05:15
Nobody is giving us a chance mate, not just the pundits!

Apparently our team is awful apart from Salah. All I can say to that, is Klopp must be the best manager in football history if that is the case!

3.) 24 May 2018 14:11:17

I can’t agree with you more there. Del Bosque also said we were psychologically weak, which again I found to be nothing but a throw away comment and disappointing coming from somebody who has achieved so much in the game. Both comments seem to be indicative of somebody, looking a little nervously over there shoulders of what is coming down the road.

I read a few extracts from Jerzy Dudeks book yesterday about Ronaldo.

He went onto say that Ronaldo‘s mind set is that he sees himself as the only superstar on the planet, and that the other 10 players on the pitch in Real Madrid shirts are only employed there to assist him achieve greatness, like his little minions (the minion analogy is mine, not Dudeks)

Real Madrid are Ronaldo plus 10 others where as you say we are a TEAM fighting for one another

As great a player as he is, he can also be a weakness with his selfishness and individual obsession. I’ve seen him stamp his feet and cross his arms when a team mate does not pass to him.

Personally I think Del Bosque will be crying into his Paella and Rioja come 10pm Saturday night (uk time)

Also, I’d like to say good luck to all the supporters who are getting over to Kiev for the final. great effort, stay safe and sing Ol big ears back to where it belongs

walk on

Allez allez allez.

4.) 24 May 2018 17:25:09
As disliked as he may be by most Liverpool fans, say what you like about Ronaldo, he is one hell of a player and more. Hopefully he has an off day as he normally pops up on the left and will therefore be mainly Trent and Lovren's problem.

Hopefully Trent can have as good a game or better as he did against City.




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15 Aug 2018 20:53:43
Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. At this stage I’d be happy for Karius to go and prove himself elsewhere and Migs to stay as reserve. 👍🏻.




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30 May 2018 23:27:33
Thank you Ed. ✅.




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19 May 2018 18:14:55
Great band The Bees. Salute Mr Ed 02 👍🏻.




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25 Jan 2018 11:38:01
Are there any rumours of Monaco in for a Lemar replacement? If there are then maybe this rumour does have some substance.




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08 Jan 2018 14:20:11
If we're going to make a real challenge next year we've got to be in for a quality keeper. I'd add to that a new CB to play with VvD, a creative type midfielder to replace little Phil (you all know the options by now), another midfield pivot to play alongside Keita and another striker - we'd look a little short up top if we had long term injuries. So 5 1st team additions - good enough to go straight in the team.

I'm assuming 1 or 2 of our current keepers will be allowed to find new clubs (Migs and Bogdan? ) + Can (shame - always liked his endeavour) and Sturridge. Possibly Wijnaldum and Ings may also be considered surplus + 1 of Lovren or Matip.

Obviously there may also be others leaving which I assume will help with FFP and getting those 5 new faces in.

Here's hoping. Either way I trust Klopp to do what he can with the tools at his disposal. I just won't understand it if he doesn't prioritise a new keeper. C'mon Jurgen - you played centre half - you must know the significance of a quality, organising, brave keeper? Makes the whole back line better.





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20 Aug 2018 11:07:15
All the best Mo - hope you're able to watch the game tonight and Klopp n the lads put a smile on yer face. Get well soon.




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07 Aug 2018 10:46:08
What member of the royal family has won the FA Cup?




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06 Aug 2018 12:18:24
Didn't Baresi sort of invent the libero role though AA? I loved watching him play sweeper. Never really marked anyone and played just deeper than the defence. Brilliant for perfectly timed tackles and always free for a spontaneous break out into the midfield. Baresi was the master at it.




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06 Aug 2018 09:01:59
Have you done a write up on Baresi Ed? And where do I find it? Loved the Johan Cryuff one btw.


{Ed001's Note - not yet mate, he is on the list. Glad you enjoyed that, I am in the middle of doing one on Jack Charlton right now.}



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15 Jun 2018 10:16:02
Thanks for all the opinions. To be fair, Navas did impress me in that 2nd leg CL semi but apart from that I've seen very little - so he's probably not the solution for us. I'll defer to all your better informed views.

The other part of the post though was hoping RM go for De Gea after the WC to seriously weaken one of our direct rivals. Man U would be a lot more beatable without him. I'd love to see how they'd cope with half a season of an error prone keeper like Migs.

I'm not a Karius hater and I agree everyone deserves a 2nd chance but I can't shift these lingering doubts. There's also a case that the 2nd chance already came and went last season when Klopp put his full trust in him. Added to the stick he is bound to get around the country next year, I do wonder, as Ron does, whether himself and Klopp may feel a fresh start somewhere else would be best for all concerned. Sometimes the wisest move is to walk away and start again.