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08 Jul 2020 10:37:45
A question to other posters. do you think that Liverpool need to strengthen? With all the financial issues we have due to the C.V. (loss of revenue but still having to pay out salaries, payments etc), it’s seems that we don’t have the money. However with other teams like Chelsea and City looking to strengthen, are we shooting ourselves in the foot if we don’t/ are unable to strengthen? Remember that if we lose any key players to injury (we have been very lucky in the last couple of years with our front tree being pretty fit all the time), we don’t have the depth in the squad like Chelsea or city. Even Man Utd are now starting to look good and will continue to strengthen. Just want to get peoples’ thoughts really.

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08 Jul 2020 11:22:45
If we are lucky with injuries we will be fine but looked what happened to city when Laporte got injured.

Left back and striker who can score goals if Salah and mane off boil, rested or injured.

If buy left back and bring back Brewster I think we will be fine though will be a lot closer next year with more teams at top taking points off each other.

Glad we won this year!

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08 Jul 2020 11:39:05
The same was said before this season started; others were spending, we bought Elliott. And yet the team just won the league. Im not saying that if the club don't spend next season, it will be a sure thing that more trophies will be won. Just have faith, and believe. I'm sure the guys there know what they are doing. And spending isn't the only way to go forward. Just my opinion anyway.

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08 Jul 2020 12:02:59
Yeh need new faces.

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{Ed002's Note - Then playes need to leave.}

08 Jul 2020 12:05:38
This topic has played on my mind too but unfortunately we don't have 100 million to spend on benchwarming full backs like city do not to mention the wage budget needed. Other teams are strengthening their starting 11 and there are literally only a couple of players who would strengthen ours, and they would cost the kind of money we won't have even after selling fringe players. The left back situation does need addressing but if Klopp went and spent 5million on a left back I won't bat an eyelid. just look at robbi.

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08 Jul 2020 12:10:40
I think we will be fine in the short term, in 2 years time is where i see the problem, man u are interested in Sancho, so we could be looking at Rashford, Greenwood, Sancho, Martial and Bruno at their peak with a couple of years playing together under there belt, then you have Chelsea with Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech and potentially Havertz, Man city will always have a good squad and then there's us who will need to look at replacing players and rebuilding, this will be there chance to finish above us and then we're playing catch up again. You might say our defence is better but those teams could be looking to improve their defense next year as they won't be focused on attacking players.

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08 Jul 2020 10:02:24
Not sure if this has been answered, so apologises if it has.
Given what we know about finances and that a cover left back is probably a priority. , who would you sign and why.

I feel that the youth we have coming through is enough to cover a majority of the positions we have, but I feel that left back is a concern. Its also harder to sign some one that is good enough to cover Robinson, but also sit on the bench whilst suiting our style.

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08 Jul 2020 10:24:33
I think Neco will get a chance to cover the full-back positions next season.

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08 Jul 2020 10:40:33
Milner, Gomez, even Trent at a push, could all cover LB.
I don’t see a new LB as a priority. A luxury maybe, given the finances at present.
But Liverpool have always slotted players in when short - Emlyn Hughes, Tommy Smith, Phil Neal, Stevie Nicol, Mark Lawrenson have all played the LB position.
If you’re thinking of getting a like-for-like cover for Robertson, forget it I’m afraid.
I’m absolutely alright with what we have if needs be.

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07 Jul 2020 22:44:24
What's the point of the Fat Kid From Bolton making stuff up? Like the Lemar rumors and so on. Has he monetised it in some way that I can't see or is it just the hobby of a madman?

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{Ed002's Note - WonderDogSparky fears that there maybe those who are gambling money they cannot afford on his repeated nonsense.}

08 Jul 2020 00:04:43
Ed002 has it on the nail. Same with that KFC employee IndyKaila, it’s all gullible fools and gambling.

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08 Jul 2020 00:10:51
Can't wait for "Hanz" to inform him that Liverpool 'Have sensationally backed out of the Thiago deal at the last minute' in a few weeks' time.

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08 Jul 2020 01:42:17
maybe he just lives in a fantasy world, where everything he says is true.

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08 Jul 2020 06:15:15
Personally I find IndyKalia hilarious. If you choose to believe their nonsense that’s on you.

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08 Jul 2020 07:49:48
His bullsh@t only carries weight because gullible people lap it up.

It’s incredible it never occurs to people that his knowledge never comes to fruition and then just stop following him.

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08 Jul 2020 11:40:05
If you bet money on something some random person says on Twitter then you are not very clever.

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{Ed002's Note - Gambling is rife in the major cities and football clubs should not accept sponsorship from gambling companies - nor pay day loan compaies.}

08 Jul 2020 12:08:30
Irishman, I absolutely agree that you can’t be very bright betting on the basis of what some idiot says on Twitter, but regrettably we live in an age where people are happy to believe snake oil salesmen and charlatans. Just look who is in power in the UK and the USA as evidence of this.

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07 Jul 2020 19:17:22
Ed1 few questions for ya!
Did you believe klopp would win the league when he first signed with lfc or did u think he would go close but with pep coming cause us to miss out?

Where do you think klopp now fits in with our past managers? Top 3? Ahead of kenny?

Are fsg now capable of pushing us on to greater things i know they have taken a decade to get there but the state the club was in it be great to see this continue beyond klopp in the years to come.

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{Ed001's Note - 1. Yes, I said a fair while before we ever went for him that he would be the one to bring us back the league if we got him. I don't rate Pep as much as others do, Klopp is a better manager imo.

2. Difficult one, Kenny won more than one league title, but had Paisley's help and then all the emotional and mental problems of dealing with Hillsborough took its toll. Second time round he did not get the time to really build his own team but he did win a cup. Kenny never had the chance to compete and win in European competition or the Club World Cup, so it means it is not really a fair comparison. However, as Klopp was starting off with a team falling apart at the end of the Rodgers' reign and turned it around before turning it into European, World and Premier League champions, it is impossible not to give the nod to him, just.

3. The hardest thing to do is maintain success, particularly when your rivals have more money to spend. Long term you would have to fear for their ability to keep us right on top, but for the short to medium term I think we should be able to keep winning things. If we can do that, then it will increase long term revenue and maybe put us in a position to compete equally with everyone.}

07 Jul 2020 19:58:53
Ed1 just in regards to point no.3 you made, surely with the planned expansion of the Anfield Road end this will bring in significant more revenue?

Is there many hospitality sweets planned for this end?

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{Ed001's Note - it is not as significant an amount as you seem to think, not when you factor in the cost of rebuilding. As for hospitality suites, there will always be a place found for as many as can be squeezed into modern Prem stadia as they are where the money comes from. You have to pay for the expansion, which will most likely be done through loans and repayments will swallow most of the money made until the loans are paid. It is a very long term factor, in the short term you have time without the seats, as well as having to pay for the rebuild.}

07 Jul 2020 20:39:46
If only they could start the development now whilst there are no fans to be impacted.

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07 Jul 2020 22:04:47
Sorry for annoying you again ed1, just in regards to the contract we signed with Nike, is the contract we signed looking like good business now, bearing in mind the impact of C.V. or should we have held out for more money and less percentages from kit sales?

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{Ed001's Note - we will still sell plenty of kits, especially as Prem champions, so business-wise it was good. The only real issue is the bad taste left in the mouth from the way we dealt with New Balance at the end to move over, but that is just one of those things that happens sometimes.}

08 Jul 2020 08:39:27
So Ed, while we can't invest in the team this summer, do you see us having a transition season next season while we bed in the youngsters to push on the following season?

My reasoning is that with the likes of Man U, Chelsea, city investing in their squads, they will narrow the gap or surpass us even. We will also find it difficult to maintain the same levels as players will inevitably fall off, relax etc

I can see us having a good season winning a few cups etc but we will find it very challenging to retain back to back titles without investment tbh.

This is not a dig at the club in any way, I understand the financial situation, although I do find it incredibly frustrating lol.

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{Ed001's Note - I don't understand your reasoning at all. Why are we suddenly going to drop off?}

08 Jul 2020 10:02:05
It's the evolution of things nowadays in the business World. Everyone has the classic "what have you done for me lately" posture and attitude. We started wih their Warrior brand, moved to New Balance and then I would say we outgrew them. If Adidas were to come across with better terms, FSG's team of lawyers would look into it. How else do we catch up commercially with the ManU's, Reals and Bayerns of this World?

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{Ed001's Note - we didn't outgrow them, they were never big enough when we agreed the deal but they were growing to match us. Same way Under Armour did when Steph Curry exploded. If we keep stepping on people climbing up, we will end up back in the same crap we were in before, as no one will want to work with us if we stop winning trophies.}

08 Jul 2020 10:46:35
Hospitality sweets on a sliding price range -
Milky Way - basic
Mars Bar or Snickers - mid
Ferrero Rocher - now you’re talking man 😀.

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{Ed001's Note - are they allowed to serve Ferrero Rocher at a football ground? They are only for ambassador's parties aren't they??}

07 Jul 2020 18:54:08
Assume the fat kid from Bolton is The Firm on Twitter. Just another Indy khalia. KFC employees get all of the best inside information.

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07 Jul 2020 19:22:44
That's just put me right off KFC MR7😭.

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07 Jul 2020 18:11:41
I do have to say, that as someone in the US that didn't get to watch so much of this sport growing up, I'm thrilled that the top European leagues are so accessible. I wish I had them to learn from as a kid.

I'm really enjoying the restart. Having matches pretty much every day has been nice and I get to listen to them while at work. I wish the leagues staggered their game days more so there is something on every day going forward.

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08 Jul 2020 01:57:45
All of next season could be like the ending of this one, so you might just get your wish dbav.
Until we see supporters back into the stadiums, i guess this is the new normal.

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07 Jul 2020 16:57:28
Saw poster earlier say nothing worse for Brewster than him returning and sitting on our bench.

Firstly, someone has to sit on our bench otherwise would be a bit risky.

Secondly, if he's good enough he'll get plenty of game time with all the competitions plus rotation.

We aren't going to spend big on an attacker it seems so I'd rather Brewster be able to help us win games than be somewhere else unable to.

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07 Jul 2020 17:44:00
OP, Brewster needs to be playing regularly and he is, and killing it right now at Swansea. Why? It's cos he plays every week, something that would not have happened here cos if "he was good enuff", he would have been playing and not needed the loan in spite of the tonne of games we had this season.

Next season? We shall see. It will depend on what happens in the summer and what is available. IMO if Brewster can't get the games he needs to improve cos clearly he is talented, he should be playing elsewhere and not rotting on the bench esp. if we want the best for him. Just my take.

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08 Jul 2020 00:12:31
With all the games we have and origi not lighting it up per se I can't fathom that he won't get "decent" game time no?

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08 Jul 2020 04:28:53
Pretty short sighted view on Brewster i feel. Your only reason to bring him back it seems is that we need people to fill the bench. we have plenty who do that already with some not even making the bench when the majority of the squad is fit. i'd rather him continue to learn and evolve and come back to us as a 5-10 year starter having moulded himself during plenty of quality game time. you say if he is good enough he will get game time, the reality at the moment is that he isn't. Only my opinion and you are entitled to yours.

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08 Jul 2020 08:47:05
But is that not the reason he is on loan op, because he is not good enough yet to either replace firmino or challenge origi on the bench. As it stands he had a year out with injury and sat on the bench for half a season until he got his loan. He is coming to a crunch point in his career, 19 soon to be 20, he needs regular game time now to develop his game, so I'm in favour of him staying on loan for now I'm afraid. Look how game time has developed sancho into a world class player, give brewster time to do the same I say.

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{Ed001's Note - when Sancho becomes a world class player people might agree, but he is nowhere near world class as it stands.}

08 Jul 2020 11:23:11
I would love him to go to Leeds next year in the prem. a season under biesla would be great.

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07 Jul 2020 16:04:49
Just imagine if football was different and clubs could only have players from the city the club is based in that would be interesting too see .

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07 Jul 2020 16:20:09
Like GAA football!

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07 Jul 2020 18:03:27
Obviously I watched what the klopp interview sayin it would b great to have a team of scousers I would love too see that .

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07 Jul 2020 22:01:18
Macko,
Did you ever hear of Larry Tompkins? And the rest.

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08 Jul 2020 02:10:12
A team with a scouse heartbeat i think he said, obviously that means TAA, and curtis jones, the whole team? never going to happen, personally i don't care what nationality the player is, as long as he is good enough to wear the liverpool shirt.
Going forward, klopp's ability to intergrate the youngsters into the first team without the drop off in quality will be crucial to our future success, especially during these uncertain times.

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