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08 Aug 2017 15:30:38
Hi Eds. I read a report stating that LFC was in talks with Hannover over loaning one of our strikers. I would have thought it would have been Ings, but just read something else saying it could be Woodburn. Any news from your side?

{Ed001's Note - no sorry I haven't heard anything about that.}


1.) 08 Aug 2017 16:33:27
ok, Ed001. Thanks.


2.) 08 Aug 2017 17:52:29
Isnt Woodburn 17? i thought you had to be 18 to move abroad on loan.


3.) 08 Aug 2017 18:10:37
It was reported to be a loan deal for Kent however, Klopp may have ended that alleged deal and Kent will be kept.


 

 

20 Jun 2017 22:24:38
You can add Zeca, Brazilian left-back 23 years old, to the list of LBs being linked with us. Plays for Santos and has featured for the Brazil U20s and the recent Olympic Gold winning team. Is right footed so he can play both on the left and the right. Super fast, athletic type, but a bit on the short smallish side for me (in the videos I saw) . But then, Roberto Carlos was even shorter, so what do I know. Seems to be a very offensive minded player.

Probably just a case of the agent creating waves and interest in his client in Europe, and everyone and their grandma knows we're in the market for LBs.


1.) 21 Jun 2017 05:51:22
Only zika we're getting is the virus.


 

 

07 Jun 2017 22:41:04
And on a side note, stories in the media are out that Lucas Leiva has had discussions with his original club, Gremio in Brazil, and will probably go back and play with them next year. If that is the case, I thank him for 10 years of sterling, loyal service and wish him all the best for his remaining career. There's always something special about players who knuckle down, give 100%, persevere, and just do their job despite all the drama and distractions, in the game. YNWA.


 

 

13 Nov 2015 11:30:36
Hi Ed002. Do you have any information/news about Loris Karius, the goalkeeper from Mainz, as a transfer target for LFC? The source is twitter (and Essexred below), but since his name was lumped along with Sane and Gundogan on the tweet, I thought I would ask you the question. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I would rather not answer questions from Twitter but at least you were honest where it came from. Mainz's Loris Karius has been previous linked with interest from Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Schalke and Valencia - but it is Aston Villa who are looking for a January move. Previously played for Manchester City.}


1.) 13 Nov 2015 12:24:53
Thanks Ed.


 

 

 

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29 Apr 2018 17:31:36
Naby Keita red carded, today, for the 4th time this season. Looks like Mr. Klopp will have a "side project" of instilling discipline and self-restraint into the guy. The EPL is too rude and hard a league for him not to have enough self-control.


1.) 29 Apr 2018 18:06:59
I think with our lads mate he'll get his head down and sort himself out, I hope so anyway, he's a brilliant player I just hope he's not an idiot whilst at Liverpool, we're free of them atm and have a happy squad without any BS.

He's been a bit of trouble ever since he knew he was signing for us, he didn't want to keep there for this season but had to, I think once he gets this move he'll be alright. Does anybody know how many reds he got the season beforehand, before he signed with us?


2.) 29 Apr 2018 18:29:29
He's just keeping himself fresh for us next season, all part of the plan.


YNWA.


3.) 29 Apr 2018 19:04:13
I think mane will have a big influence on him, as his bigger brother he will make sure he’s in check.


4.) 29 Apr 2018 19:13:03
The cynical side of me thinks it is a plus point in some ways. They lost 3-0 to Mainz making the chances of them getting Champions League slimmer therefore LFC fee for Keita lower.


5.) 29 Apr 2018 18:33:28
He’s probably fed up he’s playing for them and not the champions league semi final and probable final with us. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s hating every minute of still being there and can’t wait for the season to end hopefully injury free.


6.) 29 Apr 2018 19:43:11
Keita never wanted to play there this season BUT they kept him there. That should NOT remove from the fact that his disciplinary record this season has be very alarming and that needs to be ironed out when he gets here cos if he can get wound up in the German League that easily, he will be a sitting duck in the PL where he will be targeted at will.


7.) 29 Apr 2018 20:08:36
I heard that his price goes down, depending where his team finish in their league,
if so, we could be saving a few quid .


8.) 29 Apr 2018 20:55:44
I think we need someone who has a red card in them.
We don’t have any aggressive players. He’s going to add a new dimension to the team.


9.) 29 Apr 2018 21:11:39
It's his 3rd of the season not 4th, and only his 4th (and 5th) card since January - for an all action midfielders, it's hardly awful. He had a bit of an issue last year in late september -> october when fans were slaughtering him for everything fueled by his move right at the start of the season. It got to him, he had some issues, he got over them and that is it - don't fall for the media's poorly constructed narrative and try and make it into something it isnt.


10.) 30 Apr 2018 01:43:05
Keita's head has not been at RBL all season. He wanted to join in the summer and even tried to force RBL to sell to us in January. Not very professional on his part but RBL should have taken the money and signed some replacements than keep an unhappy player.
Keita will be a revelation for us 100%. Too much talent to not have an impact and Klopp will improve him even more.


 

 

29 Apr 2018 15:57:34
In regards to all the calls and comments about the poor refereeing in recent times, I just want to say that I really believe it balances out, in the long term. One has to be fair, despite our natural biases (red tinted glasses and all) . Clearly, we've been on the receiving end of some really poor calls, but I would say we've been on the benefitting side too. Many have forgotten the favorable calls we got in our UCL game with ManC (Salah offside goal, Sane misallowed goal off Milner) . Many screamed murder at Hegazi punching Ings. But all are silent here about Salah taking a swing and missing Martins Indi. Can you imagine the meltdown if Salah got the same 3 game ban that most wanted Hegazi to get (and I include myself in this group) at this important juncture of the season?

Fully agree that the level of officiating needs addressing and improvement. I guess most fans of most teams would agree. But let's stay away from anti-LFC conspiracies that many of the posts are implying. I don't believe there's any such case at all.


1.) 29 Apr 2018 16:19:54
Agree with your last paragraph ra1969. The refs may be poor but at least its the same for all teams, not just Liverpool.


2.) 29 Apr 2018 17:17:41
I don't agree Ra, there has been soo many really poor and sometimes baffling calls by so many Refs, that its hard not to point at some kind of, make it hard for Liverpool, just look at the Spurs game, it was a joke, then look at all the calls for a pen for us in different games, and yes, they were not given,
that last minute foul on Salah V Newcastle, was difficult to take, the two players were out on their own, ref and linesman must have seen that blatant foul from behind, yet we didn't even get a free kick,
I could go on and on,
so no, there is something going on,
I am a bit concerned over the Salah incedent yesterday, were he seemed to take a swipe at there defender,
hope there is no inquiry, cos Salah could get a ban,
yet the lad from west brom actually hit Ings while he was down,
lets see how this pans out, cos they might want Harry Kane to bag a few more goals while Salah sits in the stand .


3.) 29 Apr 2018 17:25:57
Sorry but no, we’ve suffered more than most (not all) at big decisions going the wrong way, and at critical times of the game. Others may have an iffy decision against them when they’re 3.0 up but Tottenham have more penalties at Anfield this season than we do. That says something.


4.) 29 Apr 2018 17:27:18
What about the Man City CL QF?
Good goal for city given offside in first leg
Good goal for city ruled out in second leg.

It evens out 🤝.


5.) 29 Apr 2018 17:28:45
I think it's inspirational how the referee's association is an equal opportunities employer and doesn't shy from employing referees who are clearly blind.


6.) 29 Apr 2018 20:00:40
As for the PL, I disagree Ra1969. I am sick of all this "evens out" stuff really (not you, Ra1969). There is VAR for a reason. It is cos it does NOT even out which is why VAR is here. Teams have been getting screwed all season by these refs and some more than others and LFC (not saying there is an agenda) have been in the "more" class. The thing is that if I can see a blatant foul, handball and pen from my TV, what stops the ref from seeing that? Can anyone answer that? Cos that is the crux of the matter. Also, the refs when they see a pen, are too busy trying to decipher nonsense by overthinking things like "Did he try to pull his hands away? ", "Was it ball to hand? ", "Did he mean to take him down"? or nonsense like that instead of just applying the letter of the law. Also, the refs are unfit to keep up w/ play which is why when an incident happens, they are at times, 10/ 15 yards away from it so how can you make a decision you can't see? Either way, The FA will do nothing and it does not help with ex refs coming on TV, making up their own rules to defend the refs.


7.) 29 Apr 2018 21:15:16
The fact that every team misses out because of poor reffing doesn't make it any better or acceptable. What, it's okay that we miss out on top 4 because of stupid decisions against Stoke, because we got a bit of help from it somewhere. Is that a comfort to Swansea when they get relegated as Stoke overtake them on the last day when they should have lost several points but got inexplicably ignored by refs?

Ref's are creating an atmosphere where luck is more important than ability. That's not okay.


8.) 29 Apr 2018 21:26:17
This is a bit of a shocker from BR

“The thing is that if I can see a blatant foul, handball and pen from my TV, what stops the ref from seeing that? ”

BR you would only “really” understand if you tried to ref a professional game.
However there is a fundamental truth : The TV cameras are a distance away from play, the “refs eye view” is very different. Play is happening at incredible speed.
Perhaps it’s time the refs wore body cams so people could understand the difference between seeing something on tv and seeing it close up. I’m quite shocked you don’t understand that.


9.) 29 Apr 2018 22:02:25
It has to be a joke Ron?


10.) 29 Apr 2018 23:21:41
This is the very point IMO. I get what BR’s saying. They’ve complicated VAR way too much. All people want is for what they can see on whatever camera angles are available to be instantly conveyed to the ref by his ear piece. It doesn’t even have to be an ‘official’ system. It’s just mad that the whole world has an angle and a view of an incident and the one person on the planet who doesn’t know is the guy calling it! Mad! I don’t necessarily want a perfect system. I just want these mistakes cut out. It wouldn’t even need any delays.


11.) 30 Apr 2018 20:36:21
Spot on, Stoneage. You got the point. Ron, you did not which is not surprising. No one is talking about having body cameras. Again, it is very simple concept. If I could see in real time that Ings got chopped down in the box by the WBA defender, what stops the ref or lino who is on the pitch or right in line with play, from getting into a position to see it instead of being 15 yards behind the play with people blocking his vision?

My point is not for them to get body cameras. My point is that they should get into better positions to see the play instead of being 15 yards out and cannot see it fully. Colina was brilliant with that in his time as a ref esp. internationally. He was never far away from the play. If a ref cannot keep up then we need either VAR to help him OR get better people in to ref these games.


 

 

23 Apr 2018 17:03:27
Phew. That was a much better press conference than the last one. The Klopp we know, with all the seriousness of "playing football", his love of the game, respecting the opponents and the occasional silly joke, were all back.

Interesting point to note is his answer to a question about whether he has been asked, or would consider, managing in the Serie A. His reply was basically "I don't know, I guess we'll find out, but not before 4 years, for sure". Clearly indicates his thinking and his intentions.


1.) 23 Apr 2018 18:32:41
Critcally analysing press conferences? Has it really come to that?


2.) 23 Apr 2018 18:45:40
OP, or maybe, he simply does not know and cannot think that far.


 

 

09 Apr 2018 13:03:41
So what do you think Gentlemen? Do we adopt a new tactic and strategy against ManC tomorrow night or do a repeat of the tactics/ strategy used last time? I say we do exactly the same thing. Hang back a bit and give them some space, but press and recover the ball in packs, close off the passing channels and hit them fast and furious on the counter. They're clearly low on morale after our game and ManU, and if we score a goal in the first 30 minutes, the rest of the game should be smooth sailing. I don't see them scoring 5 goals on us again (our back 4 was Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno and only 10 players when that happened) . I just hope Arnold does an encore on Sane, Roberston is playing (Klavan will not do well against Sterling) and Wijnaldum does an excellent job in the holding midfielder role (I'm assuming that's where he will play) .


1.) 09 Apr 2018 13:34:57
Our strengths are Man City weakness's. Let's change nothing and continue to play like we have all season. In the players eyes it should be 0-0 and we are going there for the win. If we turn up trying to park a bus and defend a lead then that could turn out to be our downfall. If we turn up to play then we will go through.


2.) 09 Apr 2018 13:36:18
I don’t think we should be hanging back, they have had issues with teams pressing from the front as we did.

The need is to be explosive from the word go! We get one goal and that makes it significantly harder to qualify.


3.) 09 Apr 2018 13:57:55
Jayden is right. Utd parked the bus and allowed City all kinds of space and time on the ball and they carved them to pieces and had no business losing that game as they could have been 4/ 5 nil up in that first half and could have called it a day. Instead, Utd went for it (which is normal going 2 down and nothing to lose) and City's weaknesses at the back and in midfield (they don't track runners on all 3 goals), came back to the fore again. If we park the bus, we will get slaughtered.

We should play the way we know how to as in press as a group, plug all the passing lanes, stay compact while at the same time, playing a high line and hit them on the break whenever they lose the ball cos they will and they don't like tracking back towards their goal.


4.) 09 Apr 2018 14:01:03
Sitting back against them will be our undoing, that’s what pretty much every team bar is had done this year and look how City have dismantled them. Normal tactics (really hope Salah is 100%) but without being gung ho when it’s not necessary.
Big thing for me though is for us to keep the ball better, we gave it away so so cheaply in the last 3 games, we need to pass to our players and don’t give city or their fans any encouragement with awful passes in the middle of the pitch that catch us out of shape.


5.) 09 Apr 2018 15:11:37
Just attack them again and win 3-0 again 👍

Seems like whenever We play deep or defensive against them they score for fun and we go to pieces, whenever we attack them we get goals and make a show of them.


6.) 09 Apr 2018 15:16:25
Just to clarify, I wrote sitting back a "bit" only because I noticed we were doing that in the previous game, making our formation more compact and therefore making it easier to close off passing channels and press their midfield.


7.) 09 Apr 2018 15:49:12
Ra I thought our game plan was spot on last game. Our intensity in the first half was immense and there's no way the players could have maintained that for 90 mins and as you have already said we sat back in 2nd half and looked pretty good doing it for the first time since the Benitez era. I think if we come out of the stalls all guns blazing again then we will either put the tie to bed with a goal or 3 or at the very least throw City off their game with our pressure. I'd even take a 0-0 at half time worst case. What's worse than needing 4 goals in 90 minutes but needing them in 45.


8.) 09 Apr 2018 17:19:02
If they don’t score within the first twenty mins I can hear the fans quickly turning on them as every mistake will be met with groans. Personally, I hope we get hold of the ball for the first ten mins and once we’ve settled, invite them on and catch them on the break with ox and mane doing most of the running. I would imagine it’ll only take a few counter attacks to take the fire from their belly’s. I’d love us to push on and keep them at bay with the press and hopefully show the rest of the managers in the league how to beat them. I just can’t see them beating us if we decide to play football. My one worry is missing Henderson’s leadership. Regardless of what anyone may think of his football ability, the midfield is far stronger with him in it.


9.) 09 Apr 2018 17:51:34
Agreed Jayden. The "world-beaters" certainly have a crisis of confidence after the last two games, and they're ready to be taken down a notch or so. I think we'll lose 3-2, but that suits us just fine.


10.) 09 Apr 2018 18:07:53
It's going to be one hell of a game I know that much. Both teams have some great attacking players on show tomorrow night. My earlier prediction of 0-0 at half time is 99% not happening.


11.) 09 Apr 2018 18:59:02
Ra, us sitting back a bit in the home leg was not by design cos Klopp, VVD and Lovren admitted that. Klopp was not happy about that as he wanted us to play more footie at that point. It may have worked as the boys worked their arses off all game BUT City pushed us back.

What we must do is not panic, go in respecting the plan and executing it to the T. City will huff and puff and try to swarm us with all that raw emotion. All we have to do is keep it tight and push up the compact block up the pitch, playing a high line and make sure all the gaps are covered for the first 25 mins. If they don't score at that point as someone said on here, their fans (however many they will be) will start getting on their backs and if we score, the game is over and the Emptyhad will become well, Empty.


12.) 09 Apr 2018 21:24:58
I'm 100% sure you have 0% chance of knowing what will happen either way :) So rarely has a 3-0 aggregate lead been so unpredictable about which way the tie will end. I'm confident but terrified!


 

 

05 Apr 2018 08:46:22
From the outset, we knew that Liverpool could beat ManC if a) Klopp put together the right tactics and strategy, b) the boys played their hearts out and c) we had some luck. And all 3 worked out just fine.

I wrote yesterday that Klopp has Guardiola's number, and Klopp showed it very well. ManC was surprised (the first half) not only by LFC's readiness to sit back and invite pressure, but also to hunt in packs, close the channels, head off all first balls, and then to counter with deadly precision. Something I would associate Mourinho with, and not Klopp. Guardiola, in fact, showed a real fear of LFC when he started Gundogan instead of Sterling, relying on the Sane, Silva and De Bruyne trio to bring in the goals. And even when Sterling was brought in, they still believed the left side with Sane would deliver that precious away goal (s) .

There's no doubting the tremendous heart and desire to win, the boys showed. Everyone is raving about Arnold (he deserves it), but Milner deserves a lot of credit for all the graft and effort (headless chicken or not) and Henderson, Robertson and Mane, too. In fact, all 11 seemed to be on the same wavelength, constantly churning the wheels of the LFC machine. There's nothing that shows the growing maturity of this team more than its ability to soak up pressure, manage time better and just play ugly to win, as in the second half. Even with Salah's morale lowering departure, the team's belief did not falter.

And the luck part, for me, was primarily some of the offside calls. They mostly went in our favor while similar calls for ManC went against them. Borderline cases all, and just luck to decide the outcome.

Guardiola is a seasoned, veteran Champions League warrior, so nobody should expect them to panic, be clueless or lie down tamely. I expect them to come out firing on all cyclinders, and with Aguero probably back, It's going to be harder than it was last night for us to defend. In my opinion, Emre Can will be key in how well he is able to duplicate Henderson's performance of last night. And I am not too concerned with Salah's possible absence because I wouldn't mind Ox taking his place and providing more defensive ability in the midfield. Their entire strategy will be focused on reversing the 0-3 deficit they have, and will, therefore, leave themselves far more open for counters than normal All it will take is 1 away goal and they wil have to score 5.

My dream of a Barcelona-Liverpool final is still on. 😎.


1.) 05 Apr 2018 09:02:57
Our fullbacks were immense last night. Robertson probably put in one of his best performances even though he struggled a bit with Raheem.
How is this the same team that lost to West Brom?


2.) 05 Apr 2018 11:00:44
Both fbs nullified city's a game of getting it wide near the box and crossing. Vvd really stood up and had taken his flip flops off and our cbs were immense. The midfield ran the show. People have been saying we won't win nowt with that midfield but the English boys showed how it was done the ox again! I was one of the few who were proper chuffed when he signed, I hope the last couple of months has cb hanged people's views. We have one of the most exciting attacking cms in the world. Was a part of every goal.

Seconds half, welcome go the new matured liverpool. Vvd taking charge and between them and the midfield kept city to a meagre chances Karius dealt well with very little.

That's us through. Nearly lost. A quick away goal in the second leg and it's all ovwr.


 

 

 

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07 May 2018 14:52:17
Jonesred - I've watched a couple of Lyon's games this season. Fekir is moderately fast, has a low center of gravity so he turns and pivots really well, and dribbles well too in tight places. Very technical type of player who can pass and kick in a curling free kick. What I really like about him is that he always looks to take on his man and beat him. A lefty who plays mostly on the left side of midfield, even though he roams around midfield.


 

 

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04 May 2018 10:09:39
Is Morrison related to Robinson, our left back?


 

 

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01 May 2018 19:04:56
You're probably right, Jigz. Those two have probably seen so much together in 17 years, that I doubt a difference of opinion would have created an immediate departure. I accept Ed001's opinion that it's because of marginalizing and a bruised ego, but I think there's more behind the scene, also. Perhaps we'll find out or maybe we'll never find out.


 

 

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30 Apr 2018 16:35:23
In reply to your comment, Ed001, I would say that most of us find ourselves to be where we are in life, because that's the limit of our ability or our ambition. If Buvac has always been a number 2 to Klopp for all these years, maybe it's because that's where he is best suited to be? Klopp has clear leadership abilities that nobody can deny, and this is very important at a club like LFC. Do you remember Steve Clarke under KD? He was very highly rated, did a good job of setting up our defense, and yet failed as a manager on his own. Just an example. I'm not saying at all that Buvac's fate should be always as a number 2, or have to bow down to others in the staff. I'm just saying he's no untested novice and has a history as both player and coach and knows the footballing world/ environment really well. I'm super surprised all this couldn't have waited until the season was over. Destabilizes the team and puts him under a bad light.

{Ed001's Note - I would say that is very often not true, otherwise explain how Sam Allardyce is still getting jobs? Or Alan Pardew?}


 

 

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30 Apr 2018 14:31:54
Okay, Ed001, thanks.

{Ed001's Note - the thing is it is very hard to tell for sure, as it is like a marriage, sometimes one or both has to compromise. Buvac has been compromising all along to be Klopp's number 2, rather than taking his own role as a number 1. I think it has just been one too many compromises. The club would not be giving him the time off if they were sure it was over though. So I might well be wrong and it can be resolved. Maybe some flowers and chocolates, a romantic meal for 2 and breakfast in bed the next morning can sort out their differences?}


 

 

 

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07 May 2018 15:42:56
Klopp knew they were going to come out in a 3-5-2, and yet he sent out Arnold, Milner and Wijnaldum in a clear mismatch in the midfield. Arnold is not ready for the midfield, Milner is clearly tired and Wijnaldum was his usual unpredictable self. If anything he should have made a tactical change at half time. Maybe it could have worked, maybe not. Good review Seano_ 👍.


 

 

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07 May 2018 15:41:18
I don't see where the problem is. Play him just behind the front 3 (and backed up with Ox depending on the situation) . And if one of Mane or Salah need a rest then slot Fekir in, also. His style of dribbling and passing in tight spaces is exactly what we need against the teams that park the bus against us. Play him just ahead of Keita and one of Hendo/ Ceballos/ Wijnaldum.


 

 

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07 May 2018 15:41:42
Yes definitely. Hope he comes in, in the summer, with a hunger to regain his place in the team.


 

 

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04 May 2018 21:17:33
Have to agree on Milner. The "headless chicken" of 2 years ago and the limited left back of last year, has become an integral part of doing all the thankless work of chasing down the ball all over the field and putting in the hard tackles when needed. He does have a tendency to be at the wrong place at the wrong time at time (questionable penalty due to his handling the ball or own goal 😁), but he's been a vital member of that midfield in this campaign.


 

 

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04 May 2018 21:09:13
Ed002 - My post didn't get through because? (Just wondering, nothing more. I understand it is the Eds' prerogative to post or not post. If you wish to share then fine, if not, also just as fine 👍) .