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19 Sep 2018 12:39:06
6 in 6. Whao! Hope this keeps going!

just 3 observations on my end.

1) Milner - he seems to be the best midfielder in the team now! when he 1st joined and even up till last season, he looked uncomfortable as an CM. His passing was off, running into space was not purposeful, dropping too deep when defending, and perhaps running around too much when pressing. But this season, his passing has been solid, positioning much better and his overall decision making seems to be great. At times, he has restrained his chasing about and pointed to other players to do the pressing / closing down and I thought it helped to keep the team shape better. I don't know how he does it, but he is proving me very wrong as I thought he might never make it as a CM in our team.

2) Salah, since mid / end last season he has been squaring up against the defenders with his back facing them. It seems more and more prevalent as teams close out the spaces for him to run at them and also as he takes up positions to be able to spin around them. I do think that once it clicks for him, quick 1-2s, give and gos, or just salah spinning around defenders will be us yet another potent attacking dimension.

3) Mane - he is gliding pass players with ease again!


 

 

26 Aug 2018 14:41:52
1st up, welcome back Salah.

next, wanted to get some inputs from Ed 001.

people have been clamoring about Gini's performance last night, citing his passing stats and all. personally, i thought he did very average to be honest. and his passing stats are so fantastic cause he always choose the safest option (the no. of times he passed back and sideways was way more than Hendo but no one seems to pick that up) .

in contrast, after Hendo came on, i see that we had greater control and authority in the middle. Hendo simply reads the game better, positions himself better and has a better passing range and accuracy. the only reason his stats isn't supposedly as good is because at times he takes risks when a pass forward is on.

am i biased against Gini, clamoring Hendo too much or not understanding the game? Cause i really cannot see how or why Gini is considered the superior player or had a better performance yesterday.

{Ed001's Note - I agree with you to a degree, but, putting aside pointless stats like passing %age, he broke forward well only to play the ball back away from the danger. He broke up play defensively well and then played the safe ball, which is what you want him to do. Then there was his ball juggling, which he got away with as he had a heavy touch at the end and would have given the ball away if he hadn't been given a very kind decision. He was just ok for me, I was actually thinking it was between him and Keita to go off for Hendo as I thought Gini was wandering out of position far too much for my liking.}


1.) 26 Aug 2018 18:41:42
You are not the only one, I decided not to reply to a post further down because there is no need for anything negative to be said right now I feel. But since you mentioned it he definitely is just not quite good enough sadly, because he is a genuine whole-hearted player. I will be perfectly happy for him to rise up and prove me wrong of course. Hope the positive patrol don't crucify us.

Also I know its been mentioned a lot but Salah, the post you made was beautiful and honestly left me speechless. Hope you and the family are all well and YNWA.


2.) 26 Aug 2018 19:48:50
Thank you very much lads much appreciated :) .


3.) 26 Aug 2018 23:17:02
Ed do you not think Gini could be great as a ‘get the ball back’ type midfielder, who also has some talent? He seems to win it with ease at time, I feel he could be the next Milner say - basically 7/ 10 in every department, if he fine tuned a few things.

{Ed001's Note - if he had any aggression in his play he could play any role. However he has none, that is why he vanishes in away games when he is needed to win the ball back more often.}


 

 

26 May 2018 02:25:10
Salah, given that Hendo is not on this site, can you gently remind him to ensure none of our lads touch the trophy during the walk-in. Amongst the many other great things he has already done as captain, this will rank amongst the top!

And as I was saying in another post, Kimmich got 2 goals playing against Marcelo. Surely, 4 from you isn't too much to ask? One tap in, one left foot top corner stunner, one lob over the on rushing keeper and another slotting pass him after a lightening counter attack.

Given that we are going for a 5-0 win, perhaps the other goal could be assisted by Mane, scored by no-look Firmino, capped off with kung-fu kick celebrations.

And here's to a tight compact defensive display that sees RM having no shots on target, no dubious refeering decisions. Let's just settle for a boring James Milner 5-0 win and an unfancied Hendo lifting big ears tonight.

YNWA.


1.) 26 May 2018 07:46:36
sgynwa, for you mate, I'll have a word with Hendo :)

4 goals, is that all you want from me? mate I'm up against Marcelo and Navas, I'm going for the 5! I'm a record breaker and intend on breaking more tonight ;) . Lol whatever you are doing tonight sgynwa, hope you have a great time mate!


 

 

24 May 2018 08:02:15
It's getting closer! Just some brief thoughts about our run in CL this season.

The last time LFC was in UCL, Suarez had just left, we replaced him with Balotelli, an ageing Gerrard was still playing, and we recruited quite poorly.

During the first match against Ludogorets, we looked labored, uninspired, seemingly not belonging to this level.

The result in Basel wasn't great either (have we ever won there? it seemed to be cursed ground for us! ) and maybe we are still finding our feet.

But the 3-0 loss to RM says it all: we were out of our depth. CR had a field day against us and it must have felt so easy for them.

The game away at the Bernabeu was worse. No, not the performance, it was as best the team selected could have produced. Arguably, RM took it quite easy too, knowing that they just needed to put a team out that played decently and the points were theirs. The approach, attitude and selection for the game was terrible. With all still left to play for, BR chose a weakened side - it's almost telling the other teams 'we know we are here just to make up the numbers, so don't whip us too hard'.

Soon after, we crashed out of UCL. Disappointed, but not entirely surprising given how we fared.

At the start of this season's UCL, there were understandably some nerves. First, we needed to qualify for the group stages. While no European juggernaut, with Nagelsmann, there was every chance Hoffenhiem could have beaten us. But we got past the team adequately. Relief.

We appeared to have gotten an 'easy' group. But hey, we crashed out of the competition the last time with Basel and Ludogorets in it! There were some naive defending and game management at various points, but also 7-0 trashing of Maribor and Moakva seem to suggest this LFC does at least belong to this competition and is one of the better teams. An enjoyable run perhaps.

Last 16, FC Porto. Some challenges, but we should progress further. But 5-0 away? Never saw that coming. Maybe we could be the dark horses of this competition?

Q-finals, Man City. Surely, our time is up in this competition with everyone backing MC to go all the way. Oh, and they whipped us 5-0 at Etihad and narrowly lost 4-3 at Anfield. Over 2 legs, with the 2nd one at the Etihad, surely there's no other winner than MC. 3-0 at Anfield and with 0 shots on target for MC. That cannot be true. Even if it were so, not to worry because MC will surely blow LFC away in the 2nd leg and overturn a 3-0 deficit. Nevermind that such a feat is rarely since in the UCL, especially at this stage. It's after all, only LFC. But we beat them, twice. This is getting real.

S-finals. Roma. The team I wished we didn't face as they are the type we struggle against. World class GK, solid organization and defensive qualities and a decent midfield and attack. A 1-0 over 2 legs might settle it for Roma. 5-0 70mins into the 1st leg, unbelievable! Yes they were an ageing team, yes, they do not have as much quality as some other teams in the competition, but they beat Barcelona (coming back from a 3 goal deficit) and haven't conceded at home. Come on, its time to believe!

Now we are in the finals and on the brink on something very special. We've broken countless records, had some great performances and is in a position to win it. Yet, everyone, especially RM believes that it will be the easiest UCL final they'll ever compete in. Perhaps their memory of LFC remains in 2014/ 5 when we were outclassed and surrendered so meekly, twice. Perhaps because we don't have the football heritage in recent years (=P)? Perhaps because everyone still believes that our defence is as fragile as before even though observations and statistical numbers suggest otherwise? Whatever the reason may be, LFC is still not be regarded as a force to be reckoned with. So be it.

I have a quiet confidence about this game. It may be a roller coaster game that ends in 5-4 in our favor. A a strange one that both sides left their shooting boots at home and the winning goal comes from a deflected Milner cross that rolled slowly into goal with defenders and attackers scrambling to get onto the end of it to no avail? But the sense I get from Klopp and the team is hunger, focus, and belief. I look forward to seeing Henderson lift no.6, with the Liverpool supporters going wild, football pundits calling us 'lucky' or 'one of the weakest team to win the UCL', and RM cooking up some reasons to explain why the whipping they were supposed to hand out didn't happen. All these could still fall flat on my face if the results go the other way, but for now, I choose to believe because the team has shown and proven, that this year, they belong in the UCL, and yes, they are the ones to win it.


1.) 24 May 2018 08:20:50
Great post mate. I reckon it'll be close but I hope we win 5-0 just to shock the world!


2.) 24 May 2018 08:30:11
Brill post, I'm also confident, very confident. I personally don't think it'll be close, I see us shocking them with a few early goals and smashing them all over Kiev. They won't expect it from us, they think they're the big deal all the time and won't handle us attacking them, they're just going to crumble imo. I hope it'll go like this anyway, I can't handle a close game for 90 minutes!


3.) 24 May 2018 08:56:04
Excellent Post! Love it! Im not overly confident and think it will be a close game but expecting goals galore! at the end of the day, im young enough to survive a 3-2 or 4-3 win. As long as we win in the end i don't care in the slightest.


4.) 24 May 2018 09:03:02
Good post and on the money. I think we’ll create chances but so will they. If our front 3 are on form we should take it 3-2.


5.) 24 May 2018 09:13:24
Good post that SG. I really hope the RM mindset is that they can coast through the game, just turn up and win it. This RM team haven’t faced an attacking force like ours all season so I’m expecting panic and chaos in their ranks during times in the game. If we take our chances we’ll win.


6.) 24 May 2018 11:55:46
Excellent positive post mate and I’m also confident.
I think we will blow them away first 25 minuets and I can see them all standing around arguing after goal number 3 goes in from a breakaway involving the front 3. Christiano and Marcelo arguing and Zidane rubbing his shiny bald head in disbelief. “Allez Allez Allez” will be heard for miles throughout Kiev!


7.) 24 May 2018 16:36:48
I'm nervous lads, Rm can do the business, that said everyone seems to have them pegged as winners, just like porto would batter us. Oh city will thrash us then. Oh roma put Barcelona out! I also think Madrid won't expect us.

Hope we just wipe the floor with them and shock the footballing world!


8.) 25 May 2018 13:04:24
MK - 5-0 may be too far a stretch. 5-3 (us leading of course! ) on 89th min, 5-4 on 94th min after a dubious penalty decision. on 96th min, Mane to race through and slot the ball pass the keeper only for it to hit the post, then the final whistle. Cause this is how Liverpool does it, the hard way. Also, fans who had to endure crazy prices, ridiculous flight arrangements and cancellations and a season's worth of roller coaster ride in many high profile games should be treated with a spectacle of a finale. =D

Salah - Kimmich put 2 past RM when up against Marcelo. I suppose 4 from you isn't too much to ask?

Red Reaper - I hope so too. The more 'relaxed' and 'we have it in the bag', the better. Yes they have quality and experience. But once you start a match lackadaisically, it can be hard to recover. Hopefully by then we are already 5-0 up before they wake up.

All that is left to do now is to convince someone from RM to touch the trophy during the walk-in and ensure that none of our lads do that!


 

 

12 May 2018 04:06:57
Hi everyone. Its morning where I am. Thought to share a crazy dream I had yesterday.

In the European Cup final, RM scored 1st but Liverpool soon equalized. But RM raced into a 3-1 lead. I then tended to my baby girl (she's a new born) and when I was done, the score was 3-3 (Istanbul no. 2 on the cards? ) .

The game stretched into ET and somehow, the score was tied at 5-5 with a min left (from flashes of highlights, it seemed that neither side could get their basic defending right) . In the final attack, a through ball and Liverpool scored to seal the deal 6-5! The scorer turned around and it was. Gerrard?!?!

Then I woke to the cries of my new born (for real this time) and wonder if we'll see something so crazy in 2 weeks time.


1.) 12 May 2018 05:30:25
You must be shattered.


2.) 12 May 2018 05:32:19
We need to beat Brighton first!


3.) 12 May 2018 05:59:21
You're up early Harry. I hope you are well.


4.) 12 May 2018 06:12:45
Negative
Yup! ☺️☺️ how you doing my mentor ❤️❤️.


5.) 12 May 2018 07:50:14
Everything is negative with me so I am in my comfort zone.


6.) 12 May 2018 09:45:22
NRW
Tomorrow is the start of the biggest two weeks for the club in the last 11 years.
I like many others have faith in Juergen and his men. We will beat Brighton tomorrow, I predict 3-1 or 3-0 so get your money on.
We then go to Kiev, and I am telling you this game has 4 goals or more in it, that's my first prediction/ bet and my last one is a 3-2 win to the mighty red men. I will be in Kiev to witness this glorious victory, and cannot wait to see that tart Ronaldo crying on the touch line at the end of the game, whilst TAA gives a cheeky wink to Klopp!
COYR
Negative, off you go, put your own spin on that!


7.) 12 May 2018 09:51:21
It won’t be Gerrard scoring the winner, that’s for sure.


8.) 12 May 2018 10:17:03
Shughes I hope you are right. I am firmly behind my team.


9.) 12 May 2018 11:14:35
You show it in a very unique and distinctive way, Walter. 😜.


10.) 12 May 2018 11:26:42
I had a dream that we won 4-3 and I've put £25 on at 100/ 1.


11.) 12 May 2018 12:20:16
OP, I hope your dream does not come true cos I'm afraid for your heart condition and blood pressure.


 

 

 

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29 Jul 2018 13:23:05
year 2005: After watching Alonso I know for sure he will not be effective in our midfield I thibk he is way too slow .

Yes he reminds me of pirlo who is also slow but he's always been effective

But for this Liverpool team I thibk a makelele style player would have been better.

Note: My opinion is that Alonso was part of the last great midfield we had in recent time. oh and yes, he was really slow.


 

 

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01 May 2018 02:56:45
1. Haa. Ed001 comment on Big Sam and Pardew had me laughing (because it's so true) . While we hope that competence, aptitude, ability and decency are key qualities in determining our career opportunities and ceiling, it isn't always the case. There are other things like contacts and relationships, supposed relevant experiences, limited options of those available, once-off / previous but dated successes that people still clamor about, reputation, etc. That is how some incompetent or semi-competent people continue to hold big jobs while others are still waiting for their chance.

2. Being marginalized is never a good feeling, especially when your role and functions are being redefined so drastically. I just wonder if this is a case of Klopp adapting (as Ed002 often said he is a stubborn man) while Buvac not doing so / or agreeing to it. But to have the fall-out made public now is indeed, very bad timing.

3. Be it reconciliation or replacement, it is imperative to find the right man. Many a great manager had lost their way after their able partner moved on (cue Brian Clough) and I certainly hope this isn't the case for Klopp for the sake of LFC.

{Ed001's Note - I don't believe it is only about him feeling marginalised as such. More that they have fought in the past but Buvac has always swiftly resolved their differences because they are friends and Klopp needed him. Now Klopp has others he no longer needs Buvac in the same way so Buvac is not under the same pressure to resolve it to help him out.

When your best friend or a close family member needs your help, even though s/he is being a little bitch about everything and you end up bickering constantly, you do tend to just put it aside to help her/him. But the moment s/he stops needing your help and s/he acts like a little bitch, you just say sod em and leave them to it. While I am not saying Klopp is acting like a little bitch, I am just pointing out that the motivation to resolve their differences is lessened when there is no longer that need for your presence.}


 

 

 

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19 Sep 2018 12:44:27
i don't think Salah is off form in anyway. if anything, his presence is pinning back the fullback and the covering midfielder. it is not as if fullbacks he is up against are bombing forward with ease because they have no concerns that he will exploit that space effectively. Or that he is consistently mis-passing or not reading the plays. It is quite delightful to see 3 to 4 players surround him when he gets the ball and yet he is able to find a good pass to keep the ball / keep the attack flowing, or even work some space for himself to thread a final pass or shoot.

Oh, and i won't write him off about scoring identical amount of goals as last season just yet. He really only started his streak in Nov/ Dec i think.


 

 

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15 Aug 2018 13:34:34
Ronaldo was really a cut above. Pace, power, skill, finishing, game intelligence. His tricks were used to create pace, get pass a player, get into a better position; everything was intentional. He lost and won a WC for his nation; that was the extent of his influence. Neymar hasn't even come close to being so important for Brazil; I believe even if he had played, Brazil would still have lost to Germany, by a greater margin perhaps?


 

 

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12 Aug 2018 12:19:07
Thanks for the updates.

The Spanish Super Cup a 'non-professional game'? Not a major trophy, probably. Not a full tilt competitive game, slight possibility. Not a professional game? Sometimes the governing bodies do baffle me with the 'decision making' and 'articulation of their decisions'.

Brechin, what a relief for them. I cannot endure going 3 - 5 games without a win. 1 year without? tough on anyone in that position, be it manager, players or supporters.


 

 

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09 Aug 2018 15:29:22
Thanks for all the hard work. But for the sake of the last throw of the dice, Ed 001 (you did it for Alisson by wishing for Schmeichel), you've now got to put your heart, soul, mind, spirit into wishing for any other random No. 10 so that we can get Fekir! While you are at it, please dream of us getting Maguire so that we just might end up with Godin or Alderweireld. Thanks in advance.

{Ed001's Note - I think my hoping for Fekir ended up with us getting Shaqiri instead mate.}


 

 

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09 Aug 2018 15:20:51
Ed001. I think you are under-rating Smalling. Godin is just a notch down. Only a hybrid of Maldini, Nesta, Beckenbauer can come close.

But yes, Godin is a beast of a player.

I'm glad we have no interest in Mina. He'll get you 5 goals and let in 20 in a season.

{Ed001's Note - I always thought Smalling was an hybrid of those 3? He certainly plays like he has been stitched together from odd pieces discarded from random places.}