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24 Mar 2019 11:58:03
Ed002, I'm off to Tel Aviv in about a month. Care to share this world beating cocktail bar you're off to so I too can enjoy their tequilas? I'm a big fan of the Fortaleza Blanco Tequila which I first had when I was in Cali last year. I could drink that all day.

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{Ed002's Note - Imperial Craft - you need to make reservations.}


 

 

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17 Feb 2019 16:22:34
Can we all just take a moment to enjoy this from Ed;

'When fit he was exceptional alongside VVD and they were the best defensive pairing in Europe. '

2/ 3 seasons ago, our defence was so leaky that it would give a siv a run for its money. Did we ever in our wildest of dreams imagine that our beloved Liverpool would have THE best pairing in EUROPE?!? It is staggering just how impressive VVD has been and we must pinch ourselves at the fact a young kid sits alongside him and is just as marvellous to watch.

No matter how the season ends this year, we must appreciate what we do have. After-all, at least we're not everton fans amirite?

Keep up the good work eds! apologies for the sidetrack.

st_jacques

{Ed001's Note - good point mate.}


 

 

 

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09 Mar 2019 16:03:15
2nd most famous slip up there from Gerrard amirite?

. I'm leaving.

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25 Feb 2019 14:02:54
I'll take a different perspective from the midfield as I thought they were excellent but from a defensive point of view. Keep in mind Utd are the team in form at the moment but a few points specifically;

1) Gini is a beast at protecting the ball. The way he can turn out of trouble and shield it is amazing to watch at times. He’s also quick and difficult to bump off the ball so I hope this form continues. Without him, there is a real lack of bite in the middle of the park.
2) Yesterday also showed why Henderson is crucial. There was a moment maybe 25 minutes into the first half where Utd were on a break down their left with a slight overlap and Hendo got a crucial tackle in before it was recovered by us. There was the odd occasion where you was caught out but he recovered. Whilst Gini is the bite, Hendo is the glue.
3) Fabinho was fab. I wish I could cook my pastries with the timing of his tackling. In the final 20, he was passing the ball around a lot more as Utd were tiring but the movement up top wasn’t that great considering a 5-5 formation from Utd was deployed.

Overall, just as a general not on the defense, high lines take balls and you need to give credit where credit is due from all. I was a little perplexed why Utd kept trying the same thing over and over and over again with the same result 9 times out of 10; offside. Where the frustration came from is how Utd played straight into Liverpool’s hands with every set piece they took but then the decision making from those with the ball when we recovered failed to pass it out wide for the counter. Klopp was furious at one particular set piece as we just totally fluffed on at least two occasions. The decision making going forward has been pretty poor for a while now so hopefully they can work on it. And let’s not discount Alisson’s save…he single handily (nailed the pun) got us a point with that excellent piece of work.


And Pogba? Where was he all game?

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26 Jan 2019 15:48:25
{The club does still have players on loan who will struggle for Work Permits}

Ed002, question on this if I may. Does this statement infer some sort of naivety or failure on the scouting front in that they have recognised these young guys with expectation of hitting the big time thus making a WP easier, or is more-so the structural, or lack thereof, nature of the club?

And by Klopp do you mean Klopp himself or he was also unaware of the issues? I assume it would be partly the former due to the Grujic scenario, for example

Cheers :)

st_jacques

{Ed002's Note - Klopp damaged the reputation of the club by lying previously. It certainly did not help.}


 

 

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22 Jan 2019 14:03:32
@Ed333 on your comment re heavy metal football, I wouldn’t be too down on not seeing it again. It was interesting to see Klopp deploy it momentarily on the weekend in order to get those two goals against Palace, especially with Salah dropping deeper at times. I presume once they had their blitz, they'd sit back like they did with City last season, but the chaps had seemingly forgotten how to switch from pressing to defending (since the press hasn’t been utilised that often this season) which resulted in unnecessarily conceding a goal or two.

I think it's more about using it sparingly which Im sure has been mentioned on here a number of times (or by the man himself) . Can anyone really expect a midfield trio of Hendo/ Gini/ Milner (now with Fab) to press when two have been suffering injury, and one being inconsistent? I just don’t think he has the personnel to deliver that tactic effectively enough without leaving huge spaces for other teams to exploit or at risk of causing an injury crisis. With Fab starting to click, that solves part of the equation, but the other two main drivers of the team, Keita and Ox, aren’t there at the moment. I don’t want to add too much credence to the theory, as I am simply a mortal amongst the Eds and my knowledge of football is limited, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Klopp had to seriously rethink this seasons strategy based on Ox’s injury alone. He was seemingly one of the few guys in midfield who would be able to win the ball back and drive hard and fast at the opposition, causing everyone to drop off and allowing the front three to crisscross the defending into a tailspin and then scoring at will.

Haters are going to say Klopp is boring, but realists will say Klopp is being pragmatic. I’m sure once the double bank of 3 in Salah/ Firmino/ Mane + Ox/ Keita/ Fab are all playing together, the press will be back. The element on Darwinism that people forget is not necessarily about survival of the fittest, but that it’s the ability to adapt in a changing environment. There are a lot more positives to take away from this season, particularly from Klopp himself and his tactics, over and above the obvious 4 point lead that we should all enjoy.

Just my 2p.

st_jacques

{Ed0333's Note - thanks for an interesting read mate. Wouldn’t It be a delicious irony if we won the Premiership because we had to change our system due to lack of personell? I think maybe the answer lies somewhere between the two. After the Champions League final the stats showed that the team was gassed so that’s where the more pragmatic approach of this season gave birth. Had the Ox been available this season and Keita kicked on I’m sure we would have seen the geggenpress used more readily rather than sparingly. It’s all academic though we’re 4 clear at the top and gonna win the league. Enjoy the rest of the ride fella.


 

 

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04 Dec 2018 21:23:35
oh Ed001; you always remember your first. First ever post, first ever reply. You know how to make a grown man feel special ;)

I was wanted to reinforce what you have been saying from the man himself to since his tactics are constantly raised/ questioned on here.

Keep up the good work!

st_jacques

{Ed001's Note - well thank you mate, as I hadn't seen your name before I wasn't sure if you knew what I had said, so I was just pointing it out in case. At least I know I am not just ignorant and forgotten your name now. One question though, is there such a thing as a grown man? We are all still little boys at heart aren't we, which is why we still all love to watch and play this game?}