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15 Aug 2014 06:30:28
Hi all,
I'm hearing lots of rumours that we are in negotiations with PSV for Bakalli. Not sure if these are true or just journalist rehashing old stories but I thought I should pass it on.





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30 Apr 2017 10:59:08
I thought, to change over from constant complaining and questions on who we are going to sign, that it would be interesting to look at how we could improve the team for next season. These improvements may be tactical, mental or through personal, whether buying new players or promoting from within. This may come across as a criticism of the players but I want it to be noted that I am not looking to belittle players but just state my opinion on what occurs and that overall this has been a fairly successful season. The following is my personal opinion only and I welcome comments.
Clearly this season we have performed very well against the top teams and less well against the bad teams, so this will mostly be an analysis of how we can improve against lesser teams.
1. The biggest issue is with our mentality. Many of our players seem to get sloppy against lower teams and don't pass or press as effectively. This is a hard issue to solve but could come down to Klopp ensuring players are properly prepared for the game, having more leaders and players who are consistently trying on the pitch or through having greater competition, especially in midfield, as players who are scared they will get dropped are more likely to try.
2. The lack of width. Currently we play very narrow football. Excepting Mane, we have no players who are comfortable taking a man on one on one out wide. This is compounded by issues with our full backs. Clyne lacks the ability to consistently put in decent balls and make the right decision offensively and Milner lacks pace and always cuts inside. This makes it easy for teams to defend against us as they have no need to worry about being stretched wide. This leads into the second issue and could be improved by ensuring that we had fullbacks who provided actual width and attacking threat.
3. The lack of variety in our attacking play. Essentially, we are a team that is very good at playing in front of a defence but lack the ability to change it up and pierce a team that sits back against us. When there is a little bit of space, and our players are in sync, this can be devastating. But when that is not occurring we can look very blunt. This could be solved by having greater width to create space and by having the ability to change up our attacking play, whether through players capable of taking on and beating a man, midfielders who are willing to run beyond or players who are capable of shooting from distance.
4. The lack of options to change. We have a very strong first team but do not have options on the bench to change up the team during a game. Klopp has shown that he is willing to do this when the players are on the bench, so we have to ensure that next season we have those players.
5. There are various issues with our defence that all intersect with each other. I will start by addressing those with our centre backs. Basically, we just lack quality in this position. Players are either slow, just not that good or inconsistent. This allows teams to target them, doubly true if they can counter while our fullbacks are up the pitch and they can isolate our cbs, which can leave our defence weak. The solutions for his are either to coach our current starting cbs into not making the mistake they currently make or to improve the quality of players in this position by bringing in new players either from the academy or through transfers.
6. The full backs are also an issue defensively. They either have questionable positioning or lack the pace to deal with a forward when isolated. This can be combatted through coaching and tactics.
7. The goalkeeper. I think we all know the issues with this, the lack of organisation, passing and ability to deal with crosses. Short to say I think we are all aware that this position needs an upgrade.
The above is my opinion only and, it is important to note, when I say we need new players I do not necessarily mean we need to buy new player as we can also look to our academy and other players that we have at the club.


1.) 30 Apr 2017 11:48:42
I generally agree with all of those points, and this could be a bit naive if me but I reckon that if we had a couple more players that could have a shot on target from distance then it might help us break down the teams that sit back against us as the defenders would be more inclined to come out of the back line for a tackle if they know that we have the ability to score from distance, at the moment we only have Coutinho who is known to be a threat from far out.

2.) 30 Apr 2017 12:40:21
Not everything could be corrected by coaching. Tactics are not going to be changed or altered. We will play high press high line football under Klopp and you need personal especially at the back to play this system.

3.) 30 Apr 2017 14:22:08
I think we are generally in a good space provided we keep our squad together our main issues we need to fix are
1) our fullbacks need to deliver quality into the box going forward but we struggle with Milner right footed on the left and Clyne poor going forward on the right. Witness how effective we are with Mane and part of that IMO is he's a natural wide attacker and when we switch him out, we lose that penetration in behind. Likewise a natural wide left back is key as Coutinho often drops deep or cuts inside so we need someone to exploit the space he creates. I think we should go Sessegnon as understudy to Milner and start playing TAA or else bring in Pereira for Clyne if he's not ready.
2) our next problem is at CB - we've struggled with injuries and inconsistency but likewise we are vulnerable on the counterattack either through lack of pace or mistakes, but also partly because we leave them very exposed. Klopp seems to be favoring a deeper midfielder which has been effective at times, playing more of a 3-4-3 at times against sides that sit back. Main thing is we need a top CB to replace Klavan IMO and challenge Lovren, but we also need more luck with injuries to benefit from a settled partnership.
3) Our other big problem is from set pieces. This is down to two things IMO - training and the keeper. I think Migs has been excellent the last few games, but he's still not the long term solution, we need Karius to start asap next season, or if not ready spend on the strongest keeper we can afford.
4) Sturridge is a talented player but we can't afford to live with his injury record anymore, particularly with Origi still learning his craft and Ings yet to prove his recover. We need someone with pace and goalscoring ability to allow us to get in behind with pace if Mane isn't available. I'd bring in Dembele or Brandt depending on if we see Firmino as long term CF or a false 9.
5) Midfield is the toughest decisions IMO - we have some good options and Can has shown an ability to play understudy to Hendo but then we look a bit light if Hendo suffers from an injury hit season again and Grujic doesn't prove himself ready. I'd love to see us sign Keita but it's a bit of a luxury as far as I can see.

Main thing is to keep the first pick side together as it stands now (apart from perhaps Clyne and Migs) and then bring in a few top recruits to strengthen where we lack options. Hopefully Coutinho stays and we get CL - he's getting better and better and his partnership with Firmino could be a big part of the next few years if we can give it time.



25 Apr 2017 02:13:33
I believe that if we win 3 of our remaining 4 games we will make top 4 as we will end the season with 75 points.
We have Watford, Southampton away, West Ham and Borro, so if we don’t win 3 that is completely on us.
I will show why I believe this will be enough by looking at our rivals (Man City, Man Utd, Everton and Arsenal) remaining games and where that would be expected to put them.
Man City-
Man City still have Man Utd, Borro, Palace, Leicester, West Brom and Watford. I would not be surprised if they dropped points in 3 of these games. they have been very poor this season and I would expect them to drop points in 2 games from Man Utd, Palace and Leicester. Because they have been poor I would also expect them to drop points in 1 of their other games. This would leave Man City with, at most, 76 points and they currently have equal goal difference with us.
Man Utd-
Man Utd have City, Swansea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Southampton and Palace. I believe they would be likely to drop points in 2 games (at least) against City, Tottenham and Arsenal. I also believe they will drop points in at least 1 of their other remaining games as they will likely concentrate on the Europa league. This would leave them with, at most, 75 points, but their goal difference is currently less than ours.
Everton are currently 6 points behind us, having played the same number of games. As such, winning 3 of our remaining games would ensure we finish above them.
Arsenal still have to play Leicester, Tottenham, Man Utd, Southampton, Stoke, Sunderland and Everton. I would expect them to drop points in at least 2 of their games against Tottenham, Man Utd and Everton as well as 2 of their games against Leicester, Southampton, Stoke and Sunderland as they are falling apart. This would leave them with, at most, 70 points.
Obviously this is all conjecture but it does show why there is no need for everyone to freak out over the palace game as it is still very much possible that we make top 4.


1.) 25 Apr 2017 07:14:42
Of course it's possible, the frustration is letting our control of the situation slip again.

2.) 25 Apr 2017 08:41:13
Youve said that Utd and Ars will drop more points than I think they will mate tbh. Were up against it let's face it.

3.) 25 Apr 2017 09:26:05
Don't trust Palace to get another point from anyone. They were playing with the fear of relegation vs us and Chelsea. They are safe now.

4.) 25 Apr 2017 09:42:06
We have to win all 4. that's that.

5.) 25 Apr 2017 10:05:51
Winning all 4 still might not be enough Supermane.

6.) 25 Apr 2017 10:14:54
It is all in our hands and that will give the best indication of where the squad currently stands. Ultimately it isn't a bad situation and if it doesn't work out then it is still a learning point for the summer.

7.) 25 Apr 2017 12:36:08
It can't be in our hands as if Man U and City win their games in hand they will be ahead of us and if Arsenal do they will be equal.

{Ed001's Note - City and United have to play each other, so they cannot win both win all their games in hand.}

8.) 25 Apr 2017 13:02:56
Despite that, Ed001, they can both get past us regardless of our results.

max we can get to is 78.

If City win their remaining 6 games they can get to 82 points, but even if they lose against Utd, they can still get to 79.

If Utd win their games, they can get to 81 points. If they lose to City, they can still get to 78 points and it would come down to goal difference.

A draw wouldn't be great for us as they could both get to 79/ 80 points with 1 draw and other wins.

So I'm going to say that the best result for us would be a City win, as that would put 4th back in our hands, goal difference notwithstanding.

{Ed001's Note - so, if United lose, it would be in our hands, as we can do something about the goal difference.}

9.) 25 Apr 2017 13:12:38
Yep, spot on, hence I want a City win, rather than a draw.

10.) 25 Apr 2017 13:14:55
BTW, don't discount Arsenal, who could still get to 78 too, albeit at the expense of Utd as they play each other. We could do with Spurs sorting them out when they play in a few weeks!

11.) 25 Apr 2017 13:22:55
So it's not entirely in our hands.

12.) 25 Apr 2017 15:25:20
United will beat City, who will have a couple of players missing, this will put a lot of pressure on us, City also, that's how I see thus night going .

13.) 25 Apr 2017 17:34:02
Utd will NOT survive that brutal schedule they have and will definitely drop points in at least 3 of their games, the same with Arsenal who have Stoke, Saints, Utd and Everton. If that happens and we win out, we get CL footie. It's as simple as that. Also, a City win will work just fine for me.

14.) 25 Apr 2017 17:35:23
How likely is it we will win the next 4 games, considering we have only done it something like twice in our history? In fact history would back city who have twice in the last decade won thier last 6 games in a row. It will no doubt go down to the last match of the season but i cannot say that i could back our players to hold their nerve in that situation. Well none of us can tell the future so we will just have to wait and see how it pans out.

Considering no one had us down for top 4 this season i guess we have overachived so heres to hoping they hold their nerve and play out their skins and bag that spot.



06 Jul 2016 23:49:09
Hi Ed002, if you are around, I remember you saying a while back that Australia was robbed of the World Cup. I was wondering if you could extrapolate on the reasons why?
Speaking as an Australian the World Cup in Australia would have been amazing, we know how to have fun and can host decent tournaments (Sydney 2000) but most of all it would have given a massive rise to the popularity of the sport within the country. It's been growing each world cup but if we actually hosted one it could do a lot to dispel the myths about football that exist within Australia and boost its popularity amongst the younger generations.
Sorry for the lack of relation to Liverpool,


{Ed002's Note - The reasons why were simple - they wanted it moved to the January/Februry window. They have a potential legal claim and I would suspect a future application would be looked on sympathetically to avoid any grief. The claim, to be honest, could be fixed if FIFA hadn't sold certain rights to Fox so far in advance. A good question Reshi.}

1.) 07 Jul 2016 01:30:25
Ed002 wow thanks :) Hopefully Australia will get it soon then.



11 Jun 2016 05:38:39
So i thought i'd give my half-arsed and completely unasked for opinion on what i want to happen for next year. There is a short term part of me that wants us to go out and buy ourselves a title.
However we don't have european football next season, so we lack the resources to do this. Furthermore we have a great coach who can, and has, turned ordinary players into extraordinary ones and we have some exceptionally talented youngsters who need game time. So the best thing for the clubs long term good is to not go out and buy some players.
The key for this transfer window is to strengthen a few key positions, like Lb, and to move on a lot of players. I would personally like to see the likes of benteke, skrtel, allen, lallana, milner, and moreno leave from the current first team, along with balotelli, illori, etc.
We don't need to buy a new Rw, with branngan, Ojo, Canos and Ibe all capable of playing there i would prefer to give them a chance, with the knowledge that origi can cover for big games or we can move to 3 in midfield or a front 2 in big games.
I think the key to a successful season next year is getting back in europe and setting ourselves up for the long term and blooding younger players is the best way to do this, which means not buying a whole new team.
So, ideally, the only remaining signings would be chilwell and possibly hector. If Coutinho was to leave then someone like Praet or Zielinski, young but with more experience than what we have and won't demand all the game time to still give our younger players a shot, and maybe the likes of dahoud to shore up the midfield. And a new goalkeeping coach!
We've got Klopp and a few fantastic players, let's give him time to work his magic before demanding a new team which we can't afford.


1.) 11 Jun 2016 08:08:37
I remember we signed Phil Babb because he looked like a world class central defender, what we failed to realise was that he only looked good because he played alongside a world class centre back in Paul Mcgrath who told him where to stand and covered up his mistakes.

2.) 11 Jun 2016 09:14:31
Our current squad wasn't good enough for top 6 this season, what makes you think that the same squad will do any different next season? There are serious problems that need addressing, if we don't buy the right players next season will be a write off as well. As things stand I think the best we can hope for is mid table obscurity as we don't have enough top class quality to compete. Of course I would like to be proven wrong, but I am being realistic. You don't win titles without a top class centre midfielder and we lack any real pace or guile.

3.) 11 Jun 2016 10:50:13
Our current squad wasn't good enough for top 6?
Well actually it was. Klopp took over we were in 9th if I'm not mistaken? If you look at our results towards the end of the season also while we focused on the el we could have had an extra 7 points I can easily think of just taking out collapses and goalkeeping errors (which hopefully could be better with karius) . If we had focused on the league we had opportunities at times to be going for the top 4 let alone top 6.
Also injuries you can't ignore the fact that we had no strikers for a period of time just after klopp came in while he was trying to change the style.
And the fact that we had to change our game plan and style of play without a preseason which will obviously take time. Now hopefully with last season and a preseason this year we should be well able to start off better.
Finally I know it's used all the time now but for good reason. Leicester went from skin of their teeth survival to champions without overhaul just pinpointing a couple of key areas like the op said and then working on the harmony and team ethic. To say that this squad has no chance of top 6 is a joke I'm afraid when there any number of external causal effects that had an effect on last season. Again I'm not trying to say we'll definitely be up there but on our day we showed last season we cn beat anyone so it's only one game at a time and as long as in every game we have a chance to win which I think we do then we Have a chance to achieve anything.

4.) 11 Jun 2016 10:54:36
I loled at Paul Mcgrath being world class.

5.) 11 Jun 2016 12:08:16
Sorry Shane but we weren't good enough for top six, where did we finish? League table does not lie, it never has. You cannot make a silk purse out of a sows ear.

6.) 11 Jun 2016 12:55:08
If the league table fine then by that logic the team from 17th went to first with little to no tinkering. Why can't we make a jump up the table 4 or 5 places if they can 16? You're just ignoring another part of the post to defend one small part.

7.) 11 Jun 2016 13:07:14
We were 9th when Klopp took over and where did we finish? Not a massive improvement is it? It may be easier to build up some momentum without European football but like some have said there are still big weaknesses in our squad. LB is still a big worry. Midfield is still carries huge defensive deficiencies in my opinion. I'm not happy with our main midfield trio of Can, Milner and Hendo as all are too similar, great when we are on top but leave far too big a holes behind them. We definitely need width unless Marko has a change of heart. I don't think Ibe is good enough but Ojo should be given chances throughout the coming season. Stewart should be given chances to bed himself into the midfield trio in preseason in my opinion. I'm not convinced our forwards are top four quality. Ings, Origi have potential but also have big question marks along with Daniel's ability to stay fit for the full season but this isn't priority so should be given next season to prove themselves. We have to remember that despite Klopp being here for the past few months this is still his first proper window to put his stamp on things hus first preseason and his first full season. All issues aren't going to be sorted. Next season isn't going to be perfect.

8.) 11 Jun 2016 14:44:50
mr Dennis, i have to disagree with you on you mid table point, yes we finished 6th, but look at the number of games we played to the teams above us, we got to 2 finals yes i know what your going to say we never won any of them but to me watching them finals it showed we never had the experience of the teams we played against in them, then we had the injuries to key players and had to depend on youngsters, are you really saying Sturridge would not have scored more goals if he was not injured, then we had a new manager coming in because the old manger we had played players out of position, but to be honest i believe in the players and the manager and the team won't be a mid table team, Klopp is not a mid table manager he's a winner and he does improve players and has already bought some decent players as well, all i think we need now is a very good left back and a 20 goal a season striker.

9.) 11 Jun 2016 16:29:43
Mbrock do you not think if which it looks likely we'll play one up top that we have enough in sturridge origi and ings even without benteke that's plenty for 45 odd games imo unless you would be thinking of getting rid of one? Personally I would prefer a wider forward that can provide goals if we were going for a attacking player. I feel lalanna/ Milner are more replaceable in thxe team than sturridge / origi / ings.



19 May 2016 02:25:56
So the game just showed us a few things we already knew.
First is that our forwards are class and can be lethal when given any space, even if only one of them was performing.
Second is that a 63 game season takes it out of your players, they looked knackered in the second half and didn't have the fitness to cope with the higher tempo.
Third that Moreno, for all that he can be good going forward, is positionally suspect (3rd goal) and has a tendency to dive into challenges (1st goal)
Fourth, Milner isn't a centre mid. He did some great work when we were on top and he was in the attacking third but he goes missing when teams try to pass in our midfield, leaving can by himsellf. Furthermore he just is too easy to run past, their second goal should have been stopped by Milner.
Fifth, that Clyne needs to be a little more decisive. I thought he was good going forward and when isolated out wide with a winger. But he needs to learn when to just play a bit more like flanaghan and put his heart out there and just go for the ball. The third goal could have been stopped if he'd just committed to winning that ball first.
But there are positives from the game and the season. We made 2 cup finals and had some great performance. If things had gone a little more our way we would be talking about a season when we won 2 cups. Next season will be a good one for us, we have Klopp to attract players, a new TV rights deal to finance them and without European football we can focus on the tearing the Premier League to shreds. It's not the end of the world.





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22 Jan 2017 13:07:17
Isn't this all a bit ridiculous? We are going through a bit of a dip in form, caused by injuries to a whole bunch of key players. But, we've still played some of the best attacking football I've ever seen this season, we have one of the greatest managers in the world and a squad filled with players who are going to improve under his care.
Don't get me wrong our squad has weaknesses, as does klopp, but this is the best place we've been in since 2009/ 2010 so I sure am sure as hell not in the mood to complain




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21 Dec 2016 12:00:17
Ed001 what scouting sites would you recommend looking at? I've realized most sites can't analyse football at all so any recommendations that actually give insights into the game instead of repeating pointless nonsense would be fantastic :)


{Ed001's Note - I mean sites like Wyscout and Scout7 that you can use to look at the data yourself. Not so sure their in-house analysis is of any use. The articles I have read on those sites were of a poor standard, I have to be honest, but you can see all the footage and GPS data from matches on there. You do need a subscription (or be able to log in via a friend's comp who is a scout which is how I used to get to see it) to use the sites though. It would be good if they offered a free-to-use version with more limited datasets or a limit on the number of vids you can watch.}



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02 Nov 2016 23:19:53
Personally, and I am likely wrong about this, there are probably a few issues that lead to English clubs doing poorly in Europe. The first is, as Ed002 said, the poor ranking of English clubs, meaning that we tend to get drawn against bigger teams in the group stages and finish second a get one of the huge teams in the first round.
The second is that the Premier League is incredibly tough. The money available means that even lesser teams have players that can hurt the big teams and that smaller teams are less likely to just submit against bid teams. This makes every game harder than in other leagues, especially Spain and Italy, and giving teams less opportunity to rest.
We also have 6 big teams that reasonably challenge for the Champions League. This means all of those teams have to take all their games seriously otherwise they could lose out on the moneypot that is Europe, which leads into the above problem.
Finally English teams have a habit of not spending their money very well. Historically, they tended to not spend the money on managers/ coaches/ scouts but on waste it on players who didn't fit a system or team. Hopefully, with all the top managers now in England, we should see this problem come to an end.




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07 Jul 2016 01:30:25
Ed002 wow thanks :) Hopefully Australia will get it soon then.




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22 Apr 2016 23:58:18
Just for taking it to court, if it was a civil, not criminal, case then you would just need to prove that the action causing the injury was deliberate and that the nature of the contact and tackle was worse than what would reasonably be seen in these kind of games. Obviously an admission of deliberately doing the tackle helps with this. It's very hard to prove as tackles are common in games.
There have been a couple of cases in amateur league stuff in Australia, but they all involved fights rather than just bad tackles.