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24 Dec 2020 15:25:02
Merry Christmas all round! Ed001 if I may, I recall you saying teams doubling up on Salah after his debut with us, and just now in the presser Klopp is saying how teams are doubling up on Mane as well.

Is it a coincidence to you that Salah’s numbers this season is even more impressive then? I personally haven’t noticed mane having 2/ 3 markers (in the same way Mo has)?

Azk

{Ed001's Note - it is very much due to teams being unable to focus solely on Salah that his numbers have improved. By the same token Mane has suffered a little, with man markers not giving him space. It is more that Mane is man marked by the full-back with the winger making sure to not stray too far so he can be on the cover quickly in most games. There have been games where he has had to beat 3 men when he gets on the ball, so he definitely is getting more focus from defenders.}


1.) 25 Dec 2020 08:02:48
Ed01, I fully agree. You can watch the Aja and Atalanta games in the CL as well as the Spurs game where Mane was getting double teamed. In the Spurs game, Aurier got a lot of help from Cissoko just to stop him .

I seem to remember in the 18/ 19 season where Salah got majority of the double teams and Mane benefited from it and had a monster season and ended up 4th in the Balon D’Or rankings and got African Footballer Of The Year award. Now, it is the opposite. I think the opposition have picked their poison and keyed on Mane a bit more and Salah is getting more space to still hurt teams.

{Ed001's Note - that's why Sissoko played on the right, purely to help out defensively.}


2.) 25 Dec 2020 13:01:40
Indeed, Ed01. In fact when the pressure was cranked up on them near the end of the game, the “Manager” of the “Best” team put on Reguillon a LB in for Son hence, he played TWO Left backs just to top Salah and played Aurier, Cissoko and Moura to stop Mane and he STILL lost.

Even the grey tactician Tony Pulis with worse players never needed to do any of that, to get a result at Anfield in the past. Maybe Spurs should have hired him instead of the “Better” manager who got sent packing with his tail between his legs for the umpteenth time by Klopp.


3.) 25 Dec 2020 13:51:31
Yeah now that you mentioned it, maybe Mane is getting his passing options blocked by people. Maybe I’m remembering Mo’s situation differently because it seemed like he always had 3 people up his nose everyone he gets the ball.

In any event it’s brilliant that teams will have to split their attention between our forwards more evenly. Also, I do notice this season’s heat map shows Sadio being much more forward, a bit like how Mo was previous seasons. Tactical, you would think?


4.) 25 Dec 2020 17:21:17
Not arguing, but I thought teams were targeting Bobbie this year to stifle us, how many defenders they got🤔.


5.) 25 Dec 2020 21:43:23
They rotate, Idontlooklikeklopp. You have to pick your poison cos you cannot defend all of our gifts at the same time.


 

 

15 Dec 2020 08:54:58
Hey Ed001, what do you make of our draw with RBL. On paper stylistically both teams would match well, don’t you think?

Azk

{Ed001's Note - they are set up along the same lines as RBS, just with better players. So it will be similar to that. Incidentally, that is in large part down to Houllier, who was in overall charge of Red Bull's football set up.}


1.) 15 Dec 2020 09:29:33
I was just reading on Ged’s overall input on the set up for the RB group coincidentally.

Do they play in that diamond-ish set up as RBL as well mate? I watched the highlights of them against United and they seemed very expansive in their way of working the ball.


2.) 15 Dec 2020 14:07:47
They play a pretty open, high press style which is strange cos GED was the complete opposite in the way he had LFC playing under him. Maybe he had us playing that way cos he thought the players we had could not be trusted to play that way even tho, we had great creators like Jari Litmanen and a pacey forward in a certain Nicholas Anelka. Who knows?


3.) 15 Dec 2020 15:08:36
Red Meister, he was here for 6 years, plenty of time to get in players who could play in whatever way he wanted.

I assume his input at Red Bull group is more around player recruitment, youth setups and development than match tactics.


4.) 15 Dec 2020 16:56:31
Could be right, SR. Ged was the Technical Director of the French FA, tasked with restructuring French football at all levels after the debacle of missing out on the WC in USA 1994 (sadly, he was in charge of that team) .

The base for this venture called Clairefontaine in Paris, was his brain child and his baby so you could be right on that point you mentioned.


5.) 15 Dec 2020 17:55:42
The Technical Director role is kinda why we got him. Cos we felt we had a good batch of young players that could've formed the nucleus of a title winning side. In retrospect, maybe we should've gone ahead of the curve in the UK and brought him in as Director of Football rather than that awful, awful joint manager business.

Alas, with Moores and Parry pulling the strings, even Klopp and Edwards sent back in time to 1998 probably wouldn't have been able to bring home a title.


6.) 16 Dec 2020 09:47:48
SR, I never and will never for the life of him, understand that co-manager schtick. We could have simply named him as DOF who would have been doing the very same thing he was doing with the French Federation as Tech. Director, as you say.

I just thank heavens we got G&H (in spite of their many shortcomings and dreadful mistakes) who started to move us into the 21st century as an organization and then FSG tho after several mistakes, got us to where we are right now even tho things are not perfect.


 

 

08 Sep 2020 02:04:21
Hi Ed001, I saw Klopp mentioned that Leeds man-mark people all over the pitch; you also mentioned we need to prevent them from gaining confidence. Do they actually man-mark for 90 minutes and I’d imagine, press aggressively? Any recent teams of similar style we have faced before?

Azk

{Ed001's Note - no one else plays the way Bielsa does, but Klopp knows all about it as his original style was based on it.}


1.) 08 Sep 2020 08:47:11
I think it will be a difficult game. A tough and boring 70 minutes but I think our intensity might tire them out. 2-0 win both goals coming after 70 minutes.


2.) 08 Sep 2020 09:14:53
If Leeds man mark people all over the pitch then it could prove to be in our benefit. Its quite hard to put 11 men behind the ball if you are man marking and it would mean that Salah and Mane aren't being doubled or trippled up on and Bobby will be pulling his man marker all over the pitch.


3.) 08 Sep 2020 11:03:33
Bielsa is a mad scientist. Our boys had better be ready to adapt in real time to whatever Leeds will be throwing at us. As an OM fan, we had Bielsa for a season or two and he is indeed, crazy. he brought the best out of Dimitri Payet and Andre Pierre Gignac, two useless players under the old regime. Be very afraid of "El Loco".


4.) 08 Sep 2020 11:10:40
Man-marking works fine if the quality of both teams is equal but players like Salah and Bobby are used to having to deal with two or more markers. I can't see it as a smart way to negate a skillful and individually astute Liverpool side.


5.) 08 Sep 2020 12:58:11
Forgive me Ed001, I thought Klopp's original style was based on Wolfgang Frank - at least that is what he has said in the past?

{Ed001's Note - he was his mentor yes. They don't create these ideas out of thin air though. They are developing previous thoughts, which both Bielsa and Frank are working from and have quite similar philosophies. It is like looking at modern music, there are always a number of different influences mixed in there. Unless we are talking about Oasis, in which case it is just a bland copy of the Beatles.}


6.) 08 Sep 2020 15:55:00
Wolfgang Frank's idol was Arrigo Sacchi. So is Klopp's.


 

 

29 Aug 2020 14:16:13
Hi Ed001, slightly old issue but was it the case that Thiago left Barcelona because he didn’t get the minutes? I suppose it didn’t help that Cesc was bought and being played ahead of him?

Azk

{Ed001's Note - Thiago was young and up against Xavi and Iniesta, nothing to do with Fabregas who played a false 9 when he was there in the main. He was never going to replace either of those 2 in the short to medium term, so he moved on.}


1.) 29 Aug 2020 14:59:44
I've never really 'gotten' Busquets, so I always thought Barcelona missed a trick by not dropping Xavi deeper and playing Thiago and Iniesta in front of him, especially as Xavi was already 32/ 33 when Thiago moved to Bayern.


2.) 29 Aug 2020 15:21:56
Busquets is probably the most holding midfielder in the history of the game.
Apart from the obvious breaking up of play and excellent positional sense he has, he is actually an unbelievable passer of the ball and keeps the ball in the most unlikely of situations. Besides, why would they drop Xavi and take Busquets out when that particular side is the best club team in history as it was.


3.) 29 Aug 2020 15:30:39
Zpecialone, i personally don't rate Busquets either. He was carried by Xavi and Iniesta. Not an awful player but decidedly average in my opinion.


4.) 29 Aug 2020 16:19:22
Singh, in my opinion, when rating Barcelona players of the last 10-15 years you have to factor in that they played with Puyol, Iniesta and Messi. Those 3 players are arguably in the squad if you pick a Football XI of the last 30 years. Yet Barcelona had them all at the same time for a period. Messi and Iniesta are maybe even getting into an all time Football XI. Busquets is average in my opinion. As is Pique, Alba, Valdes and many more who rode on the crest of a wave generated by other truly generational talents.


5.) 29 Aug 2020 17:47:33
Busquets only appeared average. The ball was glued to the guys feet. I've never seen a DM with his level of ball control and dribbling before ask any one of the world class players he would regularly embarrass with a shoulder drop or shift of weight or even some sneaky tricks. He was superb at giving players in front of him time to move into better positions.


 

 

02 Aug 2020 08:09:08
Hi Ed002, is there anything new on the Olympiakos Lb, Tsimikas? I saw your last info on this was around 13th April, so just curious if there’s any interest now from LFC?

Azk

{Ed002's Note - Kostas Tsimikas (LB) another option for Leicester if Chilwell were to depart. Yuto Nagatomo is due to be replaced in the summer so Galatasaray have looked. Third pick for Napoli as a Faouzi Ghoulam replacement. Fenerbahce are short a LB and have Hasan Ali Kaldirim out of contract in the summer. Locomotiv Moscow have Maciej Rybus heading for the door this summer and have seemingly given up hope on Mikhail Lysov and have been in contact with Olympiacos over a deal for the summer. Sheffield United and Nice have looked and declared an interest.}


1.) 02 Aug 2020 15:02:55
Thanks for the reply Ed 👌🏻.


 

 

 

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15 Mar 2020 15:23:37
As always, that’s comforting to hear Ed002, thanks!

Azk

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20 Mar 2018 08:56:39
Righto. Thanks ed!

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20 Mar 2018 08:48:57
Just to follow up Ed, who would you put in that world class bracket that’s “attainable”? Obviously that rules out De Gea and Buffon. I would say Alison and Oblak?

The other German options, Leno, Horn, Ter Stegen are very very good but I don’t know if they’re that much of an upgrade, if at all. Interested to know what other reds feel as well.

Azk

{Ed001's Note - Alisson would be the onlyone and I expect him to go elsewhere.}


 

 

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20 Mar 2018 06:01:12
Hi Ed, so based on your response up there do you think Karius has impressed to the extent that he should be the No 1 for next season?

I seem to recall one of the posters saying that Karius really impressed in training, and I also think he has improved leeps and bounds from last season. I’m excited because in a short space of time it seems like he has eradicated, or at least not exhibit, most of the errors of last season. It would be great if we can continue to see him develop year on year.

Azk

{Ed001's Note - unless we are going to get a world class keeper, I see no reason to change him.}


 

 

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30 Jan 2018 12:58:45
Just a “friend” eh Ed? 😜.

Azk

{Ed001's Note - well yes, until she got married. Her hubby objected to her having other 'friends' after that. Miserable bugger.}


 

 

 

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18 Jan 2021 14:39:22
Ed and fellow reds, just to follow up on the ref; I missed the half time whistle-blown-when-mane-was-through (my stream knew the exact moment to freeze) issue, what’s your take on it?

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04 Jan 2021 19:45:16
Guys, I think ak’s post in a quote or paraphrased from something Maldini said years ago? Something about being in the right place so you don’t have to tackle.

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31 Dec 2020 18:38:09
Thanks Ed, on point as usual. Thiago is something though isn’t he. I watched him before in some Bayern games and I kinda feel that he’s even better this season with us? As in he seems to have elevated his performance even more and as you said, he’s a class above anyone so far.

Azk

 

 

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28 Dec 2020 17:57:51
Okay gotcha Ed. Maybe it was my annoyance clouding my judgment. Cheers mate.

Azk

{Ed001's Note - you could be right too. It is very difficult to tell how much those kind of things hinder a player, so it does come down to a subjective viewpoint. Usually though our own biases do tend to alter how subjective we actually are!}


 

 

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28 Dec 2020 16:58:16
Thanks Ed, brilliant assessment of what went wrong I thought. Just one thing; I felt that it was a foul on Fab for their goal? The guy put both hands on Fab’s shoulders from what I saw.

Azk

{Ed001's Note - meh, maybe it could have been seen as one, I never really saw it as a foul, it was not like he held Fabs down or used him to get more height from what I saw.}