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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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27 Apr 2017 22:30:10
We need a high-scoring clean sheet in at least one of the remaining four games. Like a 5-0. It may just come down to goal difference, with the stragglers slowly creeping up. And on a side note, I'd be quite happy if Spurs nipped Chelsea to the title. Second best attack and best defense in the league, not to mention a quiet, no-nonsense, drama-free manager.

1.) 27 Apr 2017 22:45:29
It could easily happen against an already relegated Boro on the last day. Bournemouth and Hull have both put four past them recently.

2.) 28 Apr 2017 00:10:51
Chelsea deserve it for me.
Strong defence and rapid counter attacking football at its best.
Top manager as well.

3.) 28 Apr 2017 03:23:12
The amount of gas that already comes out of spurs fans without achieving anything is enough for me, if they win the title they'll say they're a bigger club than Liverpool etc and the nonsense that comes out of there mouths at time is unbearable, that's the type of mentality spurs fans have. At least we know what to expect from plastic Chelsea fans. I like poch though, he's a very promising manager.

4.) 28 Apr 2017 06:37:29
I'm with you Kman, my experience of both their fans is grim but I really rate Poch.

5.) 28 Apr 2017 07:08:06
No time for Spurs. I don't think the Boro game will be easy.
4 x 1-0 wins will do for me 👍.

6.) 29 Apr 2017 10:21:28
Nothing's guaranteed in the PL and we are in the best position to know that.



30 Dec 2016 18:33:19
I predict a 3-1 victory, or a 3-2 at the worst against ManC. It's the season to be giving, after all, so I'm expecting their defense to be in a far more giving mood, and ours, stingy at best. The key matchup for me will be how Klavan manages Aguero (they'll target Klavan for sure) . I'd also be curious about starting Firmino up top and Origi on the left, simply because Firmino will drive them crazy with his movement, and leave behind opens spaces for Origi, Lallana and Wijnaldum to run into.

1.) 30 Dec 2016 19:19:47
Really? If I were them I'd be targeting the channel between clyne and lovren with pace from the left wing, lovren couldn't win a foot race with santa clause on Christmas day, even taking the into consideration that santa would be blind drunk and full of mince pies!
Clyne better be on his game tomorrow when it comes to tracking runs and our right wing will need to drop back to help out.

2.) 30 Dec 2016 19:26:05
I just hope they play a back 3 again, we will ruin them if they do.

3.) 30 Dec 2016 19:49:50
They ll target Lovren and his record against Aguero is scary. Milner vs KDB would be an excellent encounter.

4.) 30 Dec 2016 21:45:18
I think we are a tad too over-confident about turning over City. I will take a draw.

5.) 30 Dec 2016 22:22:42
Too over confident? Are you for real!

City have a poor system and coached by a guy who has won trophies in many places with top teams but where has he ever built a team from scratch and taken over the world?
Answer = Never

What does pep do?

He inherits a team tried to influence his style but when things go belly up and they will as they always have he will scarper as per usual. He is far from a top class coach in comparison to the likes of Conté etc, I wouldn't even put Klopp in the same league as Conté at the moment as he is doing a good job so far but has mard one or two silly decisions since arriving here.

Now I'm far from knocking Klopp I love the guy but compare klopps team to peps and you have to admit that city are there to make up the numbers in regards of current form - player availability and tactics to which pep has no clue about.

Will be a good game but I think we should win it and win it well by the end of the game.

There's a long season left yet and I've said it before and I'll say it again Chelsea and Liverpool will be there or there about's come April it will be very close and I would not be surprised to see Utd creeping back up the table either by then. City could be in a real battle at that stage for a top 4 position by then.

Just my opinion but who am I only a life long fan and have always looked at the positives and negatives, saying that I just wish Roy Evans had the squad Klopp has now I think it would be an even better table standing right now even though currently we are second.

6.) 30 Dec 2016 22:25:55
What about design bruyne?
What a player.



28 Dec 2016 18:22:42
If Lucas Leiva does leave this window, I'd much rather replace Leiva the midfielder than Leiva the CB. I'm aware Henderson has the position (rightfully) locked down, and that Can and Stewart can fill in. But with Europe around the corner and the high pressure style we play, it's not a bad move to make. At some point, Klopp will have to use a rotation next year, we have to make allowances for injuries, and there is no outstanding defensive, U23 midfielder waiting in the wings.

1.) 28 Dec 2016 18:31:47
Kevin Stewart?

2.) 28 Dec 2016 18:42:11
Buy one in the summer then. Who wants to sit on a bench for 6 months?

3.) 28 Dec 2016 19:53:56
Kevin Stewart is already his replacement as he is a pure DM. Hendo is not a pure DM as he can break up play and also be a launch pad for our attacks.

4.) 28 Dec 2016 23:01:25
Lucas deserves to see out the campaign with us and decide his future in the summer. He can contribute in two areas, so unless we think Gomez is fully fit and Stewart is our best defensive midfield option, I think we should keep him.



23 Dec 2016 14:03:10
MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR, All Eds and fellow Reds.

1.) 23 Dec 2016 17:01:16
And a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you too ra 🙂.

2.) 23 Dec 2016 18:22:17
Thanks Ron.



20 Dec 2016 08:50:54
So we can't grind out games? We can't win ugly? We can't rise to the occasion when things are not going our way? I think we settled these questions very clearly last night.

Some observations: Is it me or does Lovren play far far better on the right side? I'm aware he's a righty and it's natural, but the difference is noticeable. Klavan had a good game, but I would temper that with the fact that Everton hardly posed any threat aside from Lukako's hulking runs into nowhere. And Clyne and Milner were industrious as usual. (It's just really quiet on here about our defense. Where are the guys who slate our defense almost daily? Hypocrites. Where's the "we need 3-4 goals to win because we'll always concede" guy? ) .

Sturridge was MOTM for me. Sure, Mane was buzzing and a threat all night long. And Origi worked hard too. But true champions decide games by themselves. Whether it's with only 1 or 90 minutes on the field. This is what Sturridge is all about. A really frustrating player (from a fan's point of view), but the man can decide outcomes and which other players can't, no matter how hard they try. And my take on the Henderson/ Barkley debate is that it's a clear no contest. Henderson showed real leadership during and after the game. Barkley simply showed he's a loser and a thug. Devoid of any class, whatsoever. And that was clearly a red. I'd also like to say that while I had tremendous respect for him as a player, Koeman is showing what a whining weasel he is as a manager. Complaining that Lovren should have gotten a yellow (and consequently a red) because Coleman got one also, is pure, spineless fantasy. Lovren was already backtracking after the first push, while Coleman was running around looking for other players to confront once he saw Lovren was not going to bite at the bait. It's a common tactic to deflect your own team's deficiencies by bringing in the referee. And we saw the big gulf in class between Klopp and Koeman in the post match comments. Klopp simply said "have a look and judge yourself if that was a red". Koeman did his smiling weasel act.

1.) 20 Dec 2016 09:21:06
True champions might decide games by themselves but Man Of The Match awards are earned by the best performers over 90 mins. Klaven or Wijnaldum for me.
Nice productive cameo by Sturridge though.

2.) 20 Dec 2016 09:44:07
Little premature to say last night proved anything, it was just one game. Having said that it was the sort of match that most champions have once or twice a season, we didn't really deserve to win but we took the three points.

The Sturridge thing I'm on the fence for, he had the telling contribution to us winning the match but it involved a huge slice of luck and he was very rusty the rest of the time.

Delighted with the result, the less said about the performance the better.

3.) 20 Dec 2016 10:10:09
Some of what you say is a bit off the mark my friend, in my opinion.
We haven't proven we can "grind out results" just by nicking an injury-time winner against a very mediocre Everton and how on earth was Sicknote Sturridge M. O. M.?
Also, t hose critics who say we need to score X because we'll concede Y are generally alluding to a widely accepted principal that our defence is our potential downfall.
You surely can't deny that, without Matip, Gomez, Sakho and a specialist LB we lack a quality and presence that our makeshift defenders have been mostly getting away with so far but . well, square pegs!
If we lose Sakho (probably) I'll be disappointed and frustrated because he's a class CB. I like Klavan as a steady defender when we don't have to defend too much and Milner likewise. Both are great when we're attacking but our defensive frailties are down to square pegs in round holes! And don't get me started on goalkeepers!

4.) 20 Dec 2016 10:20:02
although its true everton hardly were a threat, i must say we have struggled in the recent years with strikers of lukaku's mould; big, strong strikers. so it was good to see Klavan managing him very well. Lukaku hardly troubled Klavan, he was excellent on the night.

5.) 20 Dec 2016 11:09:25
Found it difficult to understand how both Barkley and Coleman stayed on the pitch last night. Great strength shown by the team to withstand the roughhouse assault they were under, particularly in the first half. A very good win.

6.) 20 Dec 2016 11:15:45
While i don't agree Sturridge was man of the match the rest is 100% correct. I don't know what game you were watching Annie Fields.

7.) 20 Dec 2016 12:37:45
Anfield Pete - I can see where you are coming from. I wrote that post from a very pragmatic and practical point of view. While I agree they were mediocre, at some point you have to factor in that they're a perennial mid-table team that can't be taken lightly. We've lost to teams much lower in the standings, and that still has to count for something. I agree that we're a better team with Matip and Sakho (even though I think you are a little premature with placing laurels on Gomez - he hasn't played a single senior game yet as a CB) . And as far as the Sturridge comment is concerned, my perspective is that I have seen so many of the "world class" stars just coast along in a game, adding very little, and then in one moment, come up with one spectacular move or kick, which basically turns the tide and decides the game - not saying Sturridge is world class. This is what I was referring to. We definitely have harder working players than Sturridge. If MOTM was applicable only to the hardest working players in a game, then keepers would never qualify. De Gea, for example, routinely turns games around with one or several decisive moments, and yet he is not the hardest working player on the pitch.

8.) 20 Dec 2016 16:36:20
I really liked what I have seen from Klaven recently, for me when Matip is fit he should play alongside him, see how he gets on.




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05 Mar 2017 08:19:33
In my opinion, nobody has consistently improved throughout the season more than Wijnaldum. And he is the least inconsistent of the whole bunch. His position depends entirely on the players around him. If they don't turn up for a game, then he can't be blamed for it. He's just another underappreciated player like Henderson. I really wonder what some of the others here, are looking at during games.

{Ed025's Note - wijnaldum is decent ra but he has to produce more often for me, the guy has a great engine but drifts in and out of games mate..



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23 Feb 2017 12:27:48
Supermane, while logical, ethical and sound, I am not sure your approach really works in today's big business, fast profits world of football. Owners, teams and even the fans want quicker, almost immediate winning results, and we all know it.

So while having a grassroots approach of building up and development through academies is the correct one (IMO), the big teams all are using an approach of developing a team of existing senior players, development players (subs and youth teams what-not) and buying the best appropriate players on the market at any given time.

Look at Barcelona with their first team and their famed academy, and yet they are still always on the lokout for the next superstar available on the market. Or look at Chelsea and ManC with their loaned out players (38 and 17) and their ability to cherry pick any player back from a loan if he adds to the first team. (We have 12 players on loan BTW, but perhaps not so cleverly purchased) .

I'm not arguing with you. Just saying that if Klopp and coaches see Dolberg as better (at present and in future) than Origi, then so be it and let's go out and try to buy him. I'm not at all comfortable with the notion that a first team's success should be held back, because we are waiting for players from the subs or youth teams to develop.

It doesn't work, and you certainly don't maximise your chances to win trophies this way. Let's have an approach of creating a team with the best senior squad, the best youth teams possible and buying the best possible players available in the market. Put them all in the mix, and then the best players available, play on any match day.

I agree we may not have the money available as other teams, but then every team should function within its fiscal means anyway, so I'm not even considering this aspect of it.



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12 Feb 2017 09:43:56
Absolutely. By far his most influential performance for LFC. I think Firmino had a standout game too (aside from Mane and Hendo), and deserves a lot of credit for his endless tireless work.



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23 Dec 2016 18:47:53
Where's the sigh of relief, Ron? :-)



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18 Dec 2016 13:27:23
My concern with Milner is that if Klopp buys a LB to take over from him, then Milner will end up being back in midfield. And that's the last place I want him to be. I have no idea if Milner has a "must play" clause in his contract, but I don't want him to disrupt the midfield, as it is now.




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28 Apr 2017 12:31:32
This really does not make much sense to me, unless it's to prop up his value in case of a sale in the summer, which I doubt. Does Klopp rate him so highly that he wants him around for another 4 years until he's 31? Complete mystery to me. If he's going to persist with his four CBs of Matip, Lovren, Klavan and Gomez, then I don't expect much improvement in letting goals in.



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27 Apr 2017 22:31:46
It's in his skill set, Ron. Wait and watch. :-)



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19 Apr 2017 21:31:15
Sadio Mane for me. He's added a new dimension to our game this year.



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02 Apr 2017 12:34:02
As a player, Koeman was a much feared, tough, strong, solid defender with a canon for a right foot. So it's not surprising that he has his team playing in a "take no prisoners" style. What is surprising though, is that he turns into a complete whining, sissy-assed victim in front of the media, when his plan doesn't work and he's on the losing end.



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22 Feb 2017 20:13:12
Thanks Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}