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28 Dec 2018 17:19:25
Its funny seeing ed002 acting as pantomime villain regarding the salah 'diving' incident. I do think ed002 has a point though. I remember last season when we played everton, lovren touched calvert lewin on the back and we conceded a penalty. At the time the majority of us on this site called calvert lewin a cheat and i think it is very similar to the salah incident. He could have stayed on his feet just like calvert lewin could have.


{Ed0333's Note - I actually thought the Calvert Lewis incident was a penalty mate.

1.) 28 Dec 2018 18:13:54
Neither were penaltys. Foolish defenders.

2.) 28 Dec 2018 18:38:51
Neither were penalties, Ed IMO. However, what gets my goat is the continued shifting of the goalposts when pundits and the like start saying what is a penalty or not. For example, the Calvert-Lewin pen according to many, was a penalty cos Lovren "touched him hence, he "has" to go down. That is patently false cos there is no rule in the books that say you cannot touch or body-up on a player in the box. Big Scam and Shearer said a the time, that Lovs should not have touched him (Shearer) or that a "soft pen" does not exist (Big Scam) cos it was convenient for them. Same with Kane at Anfield. They said cos Karius grazed him (minimal contact again), he had "a right" to go down, right?

Now the very same people are now saying that Salah dived (with clear and similar minimal contact on him) . So according to these "experts", Calvert-Lewin and Kane had a "right" to go down with minimal contact YET Salah doesn't? Salah gets to be investigated for diving yet Calvert-Lewin and Kane don't? This is my issue here. They need to stick to a story, be consistent and stop making it up as they go on.

{Ed0333's Note - we’re gonna win the league mate.

3.) 28 Dec 2018 18:42:03
Does it matter? That games gone, scored 3 other goals. Bring on the Arsenal tomorrow. In my opinion we played very poorly at the Emirates and I think we'll put in a top performance at Anfield.

4.) 28 Dec 2018 18:43:13
I'm actually ok with either beong penalties. It becomes very subjective amd we will never get a rule that makes it black and white. Defenders just need to be smarter and not give the refs a decision to make. Both incidents are ones where the defender cpuld easily have not touched the player at all and that wpuld have been that.

Also to those who know the fine print - does it mention anywhere in the rulebook about a threahold for a foul to be called a penalty or something like that?

5.) 28 Dec 2018 20:55:25
My opinion is that it wasn’t a penalty, Salah was touched but it wasn’t enough to pull him down and he made the most of it. But I don’t blame him for doing that as pointed out so many players for other teams do it. Kane Dele and Son all do that very well and often get rewarded with penalties. But it’s about consistency from the referees. I felt the Burnley players was pushed against arsenal and should’ve been awarded a penalty, but not given. Then the Everton disallowed goal for a push? Was certainly less contact than the Burnley one not given.

6.) 28 Dec 2018 22:51:23
I didn't, I said it was a penalty at the time, feel free to check the dates on archive posts. Lovrens mistake and dummets mistake the other day, both dived yet there was contact so both penalties.



28 Oct 2018 10:37:42
Morning fellow reds

Out of all of the players that we have out on loan, who do you think can push on and challenge for a first team spot for us next season?

For me its out of Kent and Wilson. I think Wilson slightly edges it though as the championship is a more difficult league and he's done really well.


1.) 28 Oct 2018 10:40:22
has to be Wilson for me! If he isn't scoring in the town for us it will be another top team. the kid has bags of potential.

2.) 28 Oct 2018 11:25:41
Has to be Wilson, really disappointed for Woodburn tho. Thought he could have been the one to make a name for himself.

3.) 28 Oct 2018 12:10:09
Unfortunately I think they are way off pushing for a first team place. But could push for a place in the Match day squad.

4.) 28 Oct 2018 12:34:27
Woodburn will get there, no doubt. Wilson will make it also. I can see Kent going north on a permanent deal.

5.) 28 Oct 2018 12:37:44
Too soon to write off Woodburn. Any manager will tell you that footaballer growth and development is always in spurts, never in a steady clear progression. He has time, so let's give it to him.



19 Dec 2017 15:19:23
Hi fellow reds,

one for banter.

I was just wondering which striker you guys would like to see leave in January either permanently or on loan.

My shout would be Sturridge on a permanent move as when he plays he just jogs around at 75% now and he has definitely lost a yard of pace which was his main strength.

I think Solanke is getting good experience with us even though it is not often enough. Ings could do with some game time out on loan but I would rather keep him for cover.


1.) 19 Dec 2017 15:41:34
out of the strikers Lfc has on books which includes Struddige, solanke, ings, firminio, origi and brewster, only 3 can stay in the first team. Firminio is a starter and then i want to keep Solanke and Brewster as a back up. i agree with u about sturridge and i think Ings will take a year or so to get back to complete fitnes and sharpness. And as per the rumours that we are about to loose brewster as he wants game time i would like to keep him in the team by giving him decent game time.

2.) 19 Dec 2017 16:28:30
Sturridge and Ings will both leave for first team football unless they get it over the next 6 months. Maybe even in January. Origi will likely stay at Wolfsburg. Brewster will probably sign for BVB or Juventus. I'm not convinced we need any more strikers even if those 4 leave. How many first team appearances have they made combined this season? About 8?

That leaves Firmino, Salah, Mane, Solanke and Woodburn; all capable of playing as a striker.

Next summer I'd focus on signing a creative attacker to replace Coutinho, adding another centre back if that isn't done in January, a right back to replace Clyne, an experienced keeper to replace Mignolet/ Ward/ Bogdan (with Karius No.1 and Grabara No.3) and a midfielder to replace Can. Other than that, just replacing any other first team regulars who leaves unexpectedly.

3.) 19 Dec 2017 16:50:54
One comment I would make is that none of our strikers are what you could call top class twenty a season types, for various reasons, so when you compare us to City, United, Chelsea and Spurs we are possibly lacking. But equally I’d expect Salah to get to twenty and he’ll be ably backed up with Firmino, Mane and Coutinho all getting double figures so it’s swings and roundabouts and for me, Centre defence, centre midfield and goalkeeper positions are the bigger concerns.

4.) 19 Dec 2017 17:42:34
Keep up with the scoring stats Mr Dennis.

5.) 19 Dec 2017 18:47:35
Firmino has thirteen before christmas.

6.) 19 Dec 2017 18:52:07
Our forward line is a natural goalscorer by "commitee" as in, all front players can score double digit goals and if they are all chipping in with double digit goals, who care about having some natural CF who if he has a bad game, the team is screwed. Ask Spurs and Harry Kane.

7.) 19 Dec 2017 19:17:50
Ings and sturridge should both leave for their own sake, when they were brought in they were good players and what we need, but the shape of the squad has changed and it is best for them to leave. Both good players when fit and firing and i wish nothing but the best for them.

I would keep one of origi or brewster but it is up to klopp to decide which one.

8.) 19 Dec 2017 19:41:30
Mr Dennis are spurs above us in the table? And apart from city we battling with the others for second place so for us lagging behind them as you say we aren't doing to bad are we? Another one of your posts that is just total nonsense.

9.) 19 Dec 2017 20:39:57
Spurs battered us though didn’t they? We still don’t have a top class striker and that is a fact, dress it up any way you like, we dropped 4 points against West Brom and Everton because we lacked a focal point for our attack when they sat back.

10.) 19 Dec 2017 21:33:13
Salah or Firmino not top class? You're having laugh?

11.) 19 Dec 2017 21:56:45
Lol exactly MK. I think he is having a laugh mate, surely?

12.) 19 Dec 2017 22:52:58
Spurs didn't batter us we literally handed them the game.

13.) 19 Dec 2017 23:24:20
Studge is done I’m afraid, and injuries have robbed ings of a potential fruitful stint with us following a good start. Bobby first choice, Solanke challenging him and Brewster to come through behind them when needed. Whilst I would like to see Ings make something with us I just can’t see it happening. Let’s hope he proves me wrong. Basically I’m a believer in having a definitive first 11 with another 11 players capable of filling in/ challenging and doing similar jobs to those first 11, supported by youth players coming through.

14.) 20 Dec 2017 08:42:38
We might as well sell Sturridge and Ings in January to be honest. That leaves us with Firmino, Solanke and Brewster as well as Salah and Mane to fill in if needed. We have 2 great young stikers in Solanke and Brewster, we can't let them rot in the reserves.

{Ed025's Note - both a bit raw yet for me Cyklopps, they may develop into great players but they are not there yet, especially with brewster it should be slowly slowly catchee monkey mate..

15.) 20 Dec 2017 10:24:43
Good Point Ed25 I think I can agree with you on Brewster as he is very young but I just hate to see our young talent get wasted like it has the last few years (Suso, Texiera, Smith, Coady, Rossiter) .
I really like what Everton have done with their youngsters. Having their first team players and then instead of buying in players for Squad rotation they give them places to their youngsters and I think in a few years it will all be worth it for the likes of Davies, Kenny, Calvert Lewin and Holgate.
And As for us Why not just move Salah to Striker then if Firmino get injured? I think it would work better to have someone like Solanke on the bench who need minutes then if needed instead of having someone like Sturridge who unfortunately look like he's passed it.

{Ed025's Note - as stevie wonder wrote " the children are our future" Cyklopps, i love how everton have used ours but maybe that was out of necessity rather than planning, its nice to see youngsters progress though and liverpool have some good youngsters of their own, but they need to give them a little run out now and then in a league cup game or coming off the bench when a game is won mate..



28 Nov 2017 18:51:58
Massive fan of this site. Read it daily. It's like crack, so addictive.

I have a question for the Eds. I don't understand why we don't put men on the posts when defending corners, it seems common sense as we always concede from corners. Is there a reason for this?


{Ed001's Note - it is the modern thinking, very few teams do so now, it frees up an extra player or two to mark zones in the area. Personally I think a player on the post is of more use, but very few modern coaches agree for some reason. You would think with no one leaving players up field any more they would have at least one spare to cover a post!}

1.) 28 Nov 2017 20:10:15
so many shots from corners head towards the corner. makes you wonder if there is any use having that extra player marking a zone aye? doesn't seem to stop the headers lol!

2.) 28 Nov 2017 20:16:55
Wouldn't leaving players upfield make the opposition drop players to cover them as well?

3.) 28 Nov 2017 21:32:06
Put one player on the near post and one player just outside the box, in case of a pass or clearance, that would cover quite a bit .

4.) 28 Nov 2017 21:33:49
Pet hate of mine blossom, how many defenders would the opposition need to cover Mane and Salah sat on the half way line whilst they take a free-kick/ corner,4would be my guess.

5.) 28 Nov 2017 21:46:23
Ed why do they being everyone back.

This night be abit simple but I was always coaches and brought to understand that if you leave a striker up then two defenders must stay back, 2 strikers and 3 defenders

We never leave someone on the half way line. What good is salah in the box. Stick him in the circle. And there is no way he's getting left. Either target him with a header or a soon as we can get migs the ball he can attempt to hit him straight on the break.

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea why teams now bring everyone back. It is ridiculous if you ask me.}

6.) 28 Nov 2017 23:04:40
Spot on, TB and Ed. Normally, the player who is too short to mark someone in the box, is the one either outside the box on the D or up front for the counter. Same with having players on each post, these are the fundamentals of football and the last time I saw two men on the posts was in the last friendly btw Nigeria and Argentina where there was a Nigerian defender on each post on every corner with also players outside the box ready to break. Again, football is a simple game, made complicated by control freaks who parade themselves as managers.

7.) 29 Nov 2017 06:19:34
Agree Anfieldblossom. I always leave one player on the last defender and another in the middle of our half. I had a parent one time come and tell me I should get them both in the box (think he watches lots of telly) . I said "OK, watch this. " Next corner I sent them both back. What happened? 2 of the opposition just followed them into the area.

8.) 29 Nov 2017 08:57:00
Thanks for the replies!
Especially since were that strong on the counter it would definitely relieve pressure when defending against set pieces.

9.) 29 Nov 2017 10:20:17
I think the no one on the post may have something to do with ridiculous offside rules these days and it is just one more thing to confuse the officials with is he or isn't he offside?

Personally as a former very average GK the guys on the post can help but if they ae not disciplined in their positioning can also be a problem for the keeper. However I do think the offside is more relevant these days.

10.) 29 Nov 2017 20:37:32
From memory when Mourinho was running RM, he used to have one player defending short corners (who would be ready to bomb forward if opposition didn't take short corner) and 2 just on edge of box. All 3 would be ready to counter. They had so much speed that teams had to either leave players back or mark them. If they marked them then their superior speed would invariably lead to a counter attacking goal. Either way it took a lot of pressure of corners.
Personally I think a guy on far post is not that valuable. If you have one there then his job should be to look for and deal with players who make late runs at far post. Near post is worth it but only if he is good at anticipating the ball and so helps out if ball is directed short for a flick on.
In the end what you really want are defenders who attack the ball instead of watching it. Our biggest problem seems to be players are hoping someone else will sort it out (or too busy trying to work out whos responsibility it is if the ball hits a certain "zone") rather than being the solution.




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17 Jan 2018 12:10:18
you can't expect players to come from different leagues and replicate their goal tally. this is the most competitve league in the world and Hazard has proved he is one of the best players in the world. If he scores 100 goals a season in China, comes to England and only gets 20, does that mean he's underwhelmed?





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04 Oct 2018 23:40:51
I swear it was salahs right shoulder that was injured. The picture shows his left shoulder with tape. Apologies if i've got confused its been a long dag.




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17 Sep 2018 12:38:55
I don't think its so much a problem between Mane and Salah, but that Mane's best friend Keita now plays for Liverpool. They always look to pass to eachother when they have the ball and it is getting a bit predictable now and may be a detriment to the team in the future.




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27 Dec 2017 15:19:39
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11 Dec 2017 13:09:42
I think the decision to play dominic solanke was the most logical. He is a tall target man. When you play a deep lying defence you need a target man to aim crosses at. Solanke played well and showed good touches but the crosses into him weren't great. The midfield was a problem for me. I love Henderson and he played well. Milner didn't offer much and Oxlade is ok but I would not trust him to be the creative force in the midfield. Countinho should have been given that role and Can in for Milner but it's Klopp's decision and maybe he just wanted to rest players to keep them fresh. I agree you should not be doing this against your rivals though.




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01 Dec 2017 13:30:46
Sorry but I think it is good to be negative in some circumstances as it helps reduce problems in the future.

Even though we have been winning games recently it is papering over the cracks. The fact is that the 2 centre backs and goalkeeper are not good enough if we want to push on and challenge for the league/ top four.

If you see that as a negative comment then so be it, but if there's an issue it has to be addressed and fixed, not ignored.