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01 May 2015 16:44:42
Call me ignorant but I don't call Cheryshev a Marquee signing and have no idea why we'd spend another 18mln on a young winger when we have Ibe, Markovic, Sterling and Ojo, Wilson, Kent and others in youth setup. Depay on the other hand would really improve the team and can play backup/second striker and I would call Marquee.

Eds, are we really looking at Cheryshev please or just someone trying to talk up his value?


{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid have had a few approaches from clubs interested interested in taking winger Denis Cheryshev on loan or permanently this summer with Kuban Krasnodar and Real Sociedad both requesting a price. Previous interest from Everton went with David Moyes. Zenit and Metalist Kharkiv dropped whatever interest they had. As for Liverpool, he may well be an option to replace Raheem Sterling if he were to leave, but I am certain there has been no bid at this time. }

1.) 01 May 2015 23:31:27
Thanks, think it's the last thing we need, doesn't fill a critical gap and another unproven youngster.

2.) 03 May 2015 04:15:02
BR is the same guy who says he is building a squad withe money he blows, then says we need marquee players then, he is interested in this Russian kid who is NOT a marquee signing. Moral of the story? If a man talks too much, he lies a lot. He talks so much that he doesn't remember what he actually hence, sounds dumb.



05 Jan 2015 13:53:49
Hi eds, if we lose Lucas and Gerard over the summer, what's the long term plan in centre midfield? Can and Henderson would make sense and perhaps llalana or Coutinho in if we play three? Any idea what BR's plans are for Allen?



{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what the plans are for Allen but Liverpool have a lot of midfield players already. Much will depend on what happens management wise.}

1.) 05 Jan 2015 14:24:15
A fairly well balanced midfield three would be Henderson, Lallana and Can, with a front three of Coutinho, Sterling and Sturridge.

2.) Agree 100%, would like ideally to see a strong DM option (or keep Lucas) to sub in as required. Lucas, Can and Hendo would be a great defensive three while Can, Hendo and Llalana a great balanced/attacking midfield.

{Ed002's Note - Folks need to stop listing players/teams here otherwise the thread will be deleted.}

3.) To the original post I can only hope Allen moves on. Watching many games this season, he lacks pace tracking back, lacks strength. For a passing possession player he seems to lose the ball often and I can't recall him making a forward pass over 6yrds? I also can't recall a single assist?

Seems like a nice bloke but purely football he is nowhere good enough. Wouldn't expect a fee of over £5m either, a complete waste of funds. Depending on how Balotelli turns out, Allen is for me our worst ever purchase

4.) 05 Jan 2015 18:05:33
agreed! allen is a shocking player.

5.) 05 Jan 2015 22:41:29
I still think the best midfield displays I've seen in Rodgers time were two games we lost last season- Man City and Chelsea over the festive period. Our midfield was Lucas, Allen & Henderson. Those three completely shut down City & Chelsea's midfield with the combined pressing of Henderson & Allen and Lucas sitting behind and reading the game.


6.) 08 Jan 2015 00:16:03
Hi guys, I work for a football stats company and can tell you that Allen has both a deceptively high pass completion rate for a midfielder over the last two seasons (87.09%), and also has won more duels than Gerrard. He gets bashed more than he should




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19 Mar 2017 19:05:39
Important point today, yes a sitter missed but both sides had chances and a thrilling game. hats off.

Have to say well done to Can - playing much better staying a bit deeper. Wijnaldum also a terrier in midfield.

Now we have to make the most of the fact we have no more top 6 matches left. not exactly our strong suit but if Klopp can figure out how to beat the low block we have a decent shot at top 4 now. Very important for us to finish strong.


1.) 19 Mar 2017 19:12:45
Unbeaten against Chelsea, Arsenal, Spuds, City and Man Utd.

Credit where it's due, good effort by the team 👍.

2.) 19 Mar 2017 23:14:37
Spot on, Ron and Zimbo. 20 of our points have come against teams that before the season started, were supposed to be better than us. Their managers are said to be better than Klopp yet NONE of them can beat him. He's beaten Pep and Mou more than another manager and Poch will be lucky to get a point against him. Wenger? He's the past and our games vs Arsenal with Klopp, have shown that.

Now, we can fully focus on the next 9 games vs lesser teams who park the bus. We may have the better players BUT we have to be hardworking, up for the challenge and show the same will to win like we show vs the top 6 rivals. Arsenal got creamed by WB cos they simply quit as soon as they went behind without putting in a fight. Those two corners from which they conceded, were incredible based on the complete apathy in their box. We cannot allow that in these games, period.

3.) 20 Mar 2017 03:05:05
lets not forget of the sides we lost to, we have also beat, Leicester 4-1, hull city 5-1, Swansea 2-1, burnley 2-1, we play Bournemouth after the derby, we just have to go into those games with the right attitude, like we have when playing our top rivals, I would gladly take some ugly wins when we play the likes of west brom, stoke and crystal palace.

4.) 21 Mar 2017 11:00:29
That's the thing, KK. That will to win that we show vs our top 6 rivals must be there all the time. It is not a switch you can turn on and off as you please which is why, we keep getting the disastrous results we get against some of them even tho as you say, we have won our own share of games vs the lesser teams that include Stoke 4-1, Sunderland 2-0 and Boro 3-0.



17 Mar 2017 06:00:02
Hi Ed02,

Great sharkopod, although we missed sparky. Given the voice and decade of your commercial sponsors it seems perhaps you are less Melissa Reddy and more Charles Bronson though, very disappointing for those tweenies on this site with a crush.

Funny you didn't mention any CBs on the pod, even VanDijkilikealot, do you think with Sakho and Lucas leaving Klopp is happy with Matip, Lovren, Klavan and Gomez as enough cover?

Personally i think if we went for Ruffier, Pereira, Brandt, Dembele (the Celtic one) and to replace Migs, Moreno, Sakho, Markovic, Lucas, Sturridge then fine by me. but still think we're a bit short at CB.

Thanks for all your work on this site. awesome place to get an insight into the game.


{Ed002's Note - Sakho is not part of the first team squad so doesn't come in to the occasion. Lucas is a midfield player who provides occasional cover and there is an argument that when he leaves someone similar should arrive. Gomez has not been available for much of the season and will be fit for next year so again it would seem unnescessary. Obviously KLopp did add the two players he wanted last summer. I don't know who Melissa Reddy is but Bronson was an actor - I know that.}

1.) 17 Mar 2017 14:02:16
Charles bronson is britains most violent criminal and tom hardy made a movie about him. i think that's the refrrence.

{Ed002's Note - Not the American actor then. I am not hip to British criminals to any extent. Thanks.}

2.) 17 Mar 2017 19:02:16
He re-named himself after the actor.
Bronson was not his birth name.



06 Mar 2017 07:37:32
Llalana, Wiji and Mane were immense and Matip, Klavan, Can and Firmino were fantastic but a quick shout out to
1) Coutinho's deft header in the build-up and then step-over to let the ball through to Firmino for the first. world class and showing signs of really connecting telepathically with Firmino again
2) Firminos setup of Mane for the second and the calm finish
3) Llalanas clever hold up play, but then Gini busting his gut in the 91st minute to get all the way up the pitch to close out the match. you earned that goal through sheer effort

Overall while Mane remained unplayable at times, Lallana was my MOM because he was in almost every attack and yet still tackled back to defend in our box at times. Was involved in almost everything good we did.

Have to also say Can also looked a lot better, and glad to see him having a great game - I suspect at least partially because the midfield stayed tight and he had Gini near him most of the game to cover so didn't get exposed too often. We need to keep it tight vs. Burnley.


1.) 06 Mar 2017 08:38:39
Actually Couthino missed the ball which is why Firmino could get the ball.

2.) 06 Mar 2017 09:13:02
Can't believe people think Cout's "dummy" was intentional.



27 Feb 2017 23:18:32
What today showed is what we all suspected. with Hendo out, Klopp turns to Can over Stewart and he also clearly doesn't trust Klavan.

Those two positions have to be priorities in the summer, even more so than GK or upfront.

We need a top, experienced deep midfielder for these sorts of games, not a young kid to grow into the role, and please let's get Matip a partner. I know the ship has sailed but Sakho is really coming back to bite.

What disappoints me most though is the lack of flexibility. Clearly away from home, with Leicester expected to be fired up, Hendo out and Lucas marking Vardy we should have gone for a bit more safety first and a 4-2-3-1 and prepared to lock down midfield? Why play such a high line? We played completely into their hands by trying to sub like for like (despite Can being nothing like Hendo - no fault of his) rather than adapting for the situation.

That was all too predictable once Hendo got injured I'm afraid.


1.) 28 Feb 2017 00:59:20
I agree too. When you know the opposition is going to be on fire, start cautiously and knock them on the counter. Klopp really needs to become more flexible with his tactics. Unfortunately, I don't think Klopp has all the tools he need to be truly flexible with the current squad. The squad is paper thin at the moment.

2.) 28 Feb 2017 01:08:23
I think there is a clear mentality issue with this bunch of players. How many times have we seen these sort of limp performances this season alone?

And by the looks of it, Klopp is getting pretty annoyed with them as well; he mentioned in his post-match interview repeatedly that the players played as if they had never prepared for what Leicester will offer, and that "we" are all playing for our futures.

3.) 28 Feb 2017 01:30:28
I kew we would struggle as soon as I saw that Hendo would not play. I was concerned that if LC came out firing, we would have to be able to match their intensity cos those players had a lot to prove. We didn't handle that very well from the off and that is what killed us tonight.

4.) 28 Feb 2017 13:00:21
We couldn't outscore today, We always let in goals, What's new there?



12 Feb 2017 04:10:58
Great to see what is without question our best front 6 together again. Coutinho, Firmino and Mane just work together and smart runs from all over the park. Behind them the 3 works with Llalana for creativity/ movement, Gini for control/ passing and Hendo for defence and control. It just works.

Noticable for the first goal Llalana nicked it back high up the pitch, then Firmino dropped to link the play and Mane runs in behind into the space with perfect timing. Second is Mane/ Firmino again nicking the ball up high and Llalana quickly breaking forward into the box in support. Firmino is unquestionably important to making the whole thing work IMO.

Against sides sitting deep I still question the setup and whether we need more cover against the breaks and a more clinical pure CF, but for games like this with bodies spread all over the pitch, our intensity and ability to use Manes pace into the spaces is irresistable.

Think Can and Sturridge must be sweating on their chances of getting back into the starting lineup.


1.) 12 Feb 2017 05:04:20
Glad Klopp decided to drop Can in the game. Hope he improve himeself though. I still like him.

2.) 12 Feb 2017 06:36:47
The one thing which is clear, Lovren is not the answer to Matip's CB partner. Lucas put in a match winning performance. Pending Lucas's injury, I would be happy to see Lucas keep his place ahead of Lovren.

There is no doubt that we are going to see Klopp ring the changes in defence this coming summer. Whether it be promoting 2 fullbacks from the academy or signing new fullbacks better than what we currently have and most definitely signing another CB on the level of Matip.

Can't see much changes being made to our midfield or to our attack. Sturrdige is likely to go so we probably will see at least one forward being added. Defence is the department which needs to be overhauled. Will also be interesting to see what Klopp decides to do with our GK situation.

3-4 first team quality additions will take our squad to the next level.

3.) 12 Feb 2017 09:04:55
Southampton robbed us for Lovren. He was never good enough. Positinally inept. We just have him time after time after time.

4.) 12 Feb 2017 13:05:41
Zimbo, I like our post. Vs lesser teams who sit deep, we need to be more precise in our passing, a bit more pace in our movement, make forward runs into the opposition defence which will drag defenders out of position hence, creating space for runners from midfield like Wij and Lallana to run into. That is the way to go. Vs Hull, those opportunities were there to do all the above (watched the game breakdown on Youtube with Matt Holland and Phil Neville) but due to lack of confidence or poor attitude, we kept passing backwards and missing said opportunities. Hopefully, this win has instilled some confidence to allow us to take such chances moving forward.




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15 Feb 2017 07:52:53
Competing with Ryan?




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07 Feb 2017 01:00:06
Let's not over complicate this - we're not beating the sides that sit back because our deliveries from out wide are poor, Origi and Sturridge haven't been on form, and we're vulnerable at set pieces and counterattacks. Nothing to do with exhaustion, and all fixable IMO by a better keeper than Migs, a good CB pairing, Firmino/ Origi/ Ings coming back into form (or a new striker in the mould of Costa/ Kane/ Lukaku - I'm discounting Sturridge making it back), and getting some improved deliveries from out wide. Mane has immediately made a difference coming back but we need more from Milner or Clyne. TAA and Juanma could be the answer given time but we'll see.




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06 Feb 2017 03:26:30
Nothing at all - they talk about the club being available for a steal, but that's not a steal from the fans. it's simply referring to the ability to buy it cheap from G&H because they were in trouble after running the place into the ground. Why should we care if they thought the price was a steal from those grubs?

They also rightly point out the value in the name and brand, the fact it hasn't previously been making any money from the international fans/ website, and explicitly mentions investing in the stadium and bringing in the best and brightest to run the club.

The references to administration and docking points were that it was unpalatable and that they liked the Liverpool team after they met them. nothing in those mails points to anything other than the view Liverpool was an attractive opportunity and available on the cheap because it underinvested in before. We all knew that at the time.




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04 Feb 2017 03:46:48
I agree, Karius needed to be taken out the firing line but he's no worse than Migs and has potential to be a lot better. Migs is a decent keeper but hasn't taken his many chances to prove he can keep goal for a consistent period of time without making regular mistakes.




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02 Feb 2017 06:18:31
Fair play but I don't think that's what Klopp has in mind is what I meant.


{Ed025's Note - liverpools biggest problem is the defence zimbo and flanno cant be much worse than whats there at the moment mate..




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29 Mar 2017 22:58:08
Sakho is that you?




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29 Mar 2017 19:32:08
Though doth protest too much Ed!


{Ed001's Note - you can never protest too much zimbo! Treat her mean, keep her keen an all that mate.}



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29 Mar 2017 19:29:28
I think he's saying
1) Sturridge inflates the stats
2) Klopp needs to bring through more youngsters to solve the problem
3) it's easier to shoot fish in the dark if they're in a barrel?




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27 Mar 2017 21:57:38
"Coutinho is not a winger, Never was and Never will be"

I think you'll find he played there in his last match. you really should pay more attention ;)




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27 Mar 2017 21:55:47
Coutinho is very effective on left wing, he's just not like Mane but instead drops slightly deeper to create, play people in, run at defences and score the occasional goal. I suspect he'd also be a lot more effective with a left footed FB to play in without them needing to cut onto the right for a cross (and back into Coutinhos space) . No disrespect to Milner who's been excellent overall, but Coutinho would create a lot more opportunities with a more natural attacking LB.

Also look at the start of the year and when he was on form, he was making brilliant late runs into the box to score, creating goals for others and scoring from distance too. That goal vs Utd was out of this world. Not a Mane, but a very very effective wide player nonetheless.

I would say however I though he was also brilliant at left midfield in 13/ 14 season and wouldn't mind him playing there again, with another pacy winger being an option from the bench for certain games (particularly where we need more width) .