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17 Aug 2018 23:48:46
Ed002 a question for you if I may - and bear In mind I may be getting things mixed up here.
You can sign ‘unatttached’ players any time right?
I remember you explaining something about buy out or release clauses (can’t rememvwr which) while back, where the club theoretically pays the player to pay his own clause, therefore buying him out his contract.
I’m not trying to find ways to break the rules - just curious - but if a player buys himself out his contract, he is effectively a free agent right?
What stops a club doing this outside the transfer window?

Firmane

{Ed002's Note - A player who makes himself a free agent outside of a transfer window cannot be signed by another club until the next transfer window as the rules specifically require him to be a free agent before the previous transfer window closes - hence the reason why Claudio Marchisio left Juventus yesterday whilst the transfer window was still open and not today. Clubs can also only pay a player to release himself from his contract in Spain, else the money is taxable so it would be necessary to pay double.}


1.) 18 Aug 2018 10:29:24
Ah so no English team can take Marchisio as he wasn’t a free in their window?
Thanks for the reply, informative as always!

{Ed002's Note - That is not what I said.}


2.) 18 Aug 2018 11:37:05
Cracking question then Firmane and again great insight in the answer Ed002. Been following football for 36 years yet every days a school day on here.


3.) 19 Aug 2018 00:23:15
Indeed, JK23.


4.) 19 Aug 2018 08:51:46
Isn’t it more about player registration. There are 2 deadline a years, at the end of each window for players to be registered with the FA. If they are not registered by this date they cannot play for the club until the next registration window is open. The only except is free agents, who if they were a free agent at the registration deadline, they can sign and register for a club.

{Ed002's Note - No, it is as I said. It depends when he becomes a free agent. If, for example, Lazar Markovic were to come to agreement with Liverpool of October 1 that they were to end their relationship and he were to become a free agent, he cannot sign with Olympiakos until January 1 when the Greek transfer window opens. However, should Lazio decide they wish to sign Ross Turnbull, they can do so now as he was a free agent during the previous transfer window.}


5.) 19 Aug 2018 11:49:52
That is where I’m getting mixed up Ed, why can marchisio sign for English team of our window is shut, yes Markovic can’t sign for an English team? What am I missing lol.

{Ed002's Note - One is a free agent and one is contracted to Liverpool and can only be loaned.}


6.) 19 Aug 2018 20:19:44
Sorry ed, I meant in your example if Liverpool decided to end their relationship?

{Ed002's Note - He would not have been available when the transfer window was open. There is no way for Liverpool to cheat here. It is all perfectly clear.}


7.) 20 Aug 2018 00:43:42
Yet again a conspiracy against us! Not allowing us to cheat 😡.


8.) 20 Aug 2018 11:19:35
Thats a good move for Turnbull, but I hope he realises its like a foreign country over there!


 

 

13 May 2018 22:26:56
We have Keita coming and are linked with another cm. We are losing can. We have been saying for seasons we lack that bite in midfield and maybe Keita adds that, but something noticeable for me, against city and against Roma in the first legs, hendo, Milner, gini or Ox won 80% of lose balls, headers and 50/50s which WA Skye to our quick turnovers and counters for me.

I hope we don't lose that, and if we do sign another cm, I obviously hope they are a good footballer first, and suits our style, but can't help but think that physical edge would be great.
I know we have been loosely linked with Jorginho, but I don't believe he really offers that.
Are we linked with any who do?

Firmane

1.) 14 May 2018 10:08:47
Do you honestly believe that Klopp would sign a midfielder who wasn't a good footballer or didn't suit our style?
Or couldn't stand up to the hurly burly of the Premiership?


2.) 14 May 2018 11:54:17
He DID sign Steven Caulker on loan at one point. lol.


3.) 14 May 2018 14:03:21
I propose a ban on the mentioning of Caulker on this site, Klopp has had an excellent record in the transfer window for us but every time someone mentions it, someone says caulker.


4.) 14 May 2018 15:16:11
Reynard, he signed him based on the opinion of someone within the club. He decided to trust this persons view and then learnt from it. That is entirely different to his view when signing a player.


5.) 14 May 2018 20:28:02
Loosen up, it's a joke (hence the "lol") . sad lack of humour on here sometimes.


 

 

02 Jan 2018 08:23:42
Lijnders left to coach in Holland. All the bed to him, always spoke of very highly by klopp, hopefully can find a good replacement!

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1.) 02 Jan 2018 08:40:37
Top guy, best wishes for the future Pep.


2.) 02 Jan 2018 12:06:48
My brother in law tells me that he's a really great guy and he's wonderful to have around. Apparently he was very highly thought of at the club too so that is a big loss to us imo.


 

 

24 Dec 2017 17:20:01
Liverpool linked with dani ceballos of madrid, I assume rubbish?

Firmane

{Ed002's Note - It is sort of correct. Real Madrid have given permission for Dani Ceballos' representativea to approach clubs with a view to a loan before any decision about a sale can be made. The loan will require guarantees of game time. The representatives held meetings in London with Arsenal and Liverpool and have also met Roma and Inter to see what interest there is. It is difficult to see how another central midfield player could be used by Liverpool right now, particularly one on loan, without being disruptive to the team. Inter have someone else arriving so would perhaps not be keen on what is likely to be a high loan fee. Roma I don't know. Arsenal are looking for a central midfield addition in January although there preference is for someone else on a permanent deal - but just perhaps.

Ceballos was watched by Liverpool in the days of Brendan Rodgers.}


1.) 24 Dec 2017 21:29:20
He would fit perfectly in our midfield 8 next season.


2.) 24 Dec 2017 22:56:44
Ron man you were always my favourite poster on Here, recently you been so negative! Enjoy your Christmas, enjoy the dinner, enjoy the wine and please come back to us in January the good ol' Ron because I cannot deal with your negativity!


3.) 25 Dec 2017 08:51:33
Loving the new Ron keep it up and have happy Xmas and new year.


4.) 25 Dec 2017 12:11:18
Maybe both coutinio and can are off in January ed 02. Keitas not coming till the summer so a loan could be an option. I'd prefer we just soldier on with what we've got even if the 2 do go. Llama should be ready to go soon.


5.) 26 Dec 2017 10:37:56
Guys all I did was phrase what Ed002 implied differently.

We stockpile midfielders to a pathological degree and unless we are going to play 8 at once it is totally futile.
Grujic has yet to play a game, Lallana has been injured all season, Woodburn never gets a game, Ejaria seemed to be permanent unused sub last season, Keita is coming, plenty of people plead for a new contract for Can, we’ve just signed Oxlade Chamberlain.

We need defenders!


6.) 26 Dec 2017 14:00:26
So you've named all the midfielders who don't play, not sure how they are relevant as the majority are youngsters trying to establish themselves. That leaves Hendo, wiji, Milner, lallana, can and couts (who both look like leaving) that's not quite 8. so you think him signing on loan til the end of the year would require us to play 8 midfielders? Any excuse to moan these days Ron.


7.) 27 Dec 2017 09:31:12
Agree with Ron. Only 2 of those are youngsters and his response is including the fact that every other thread is about another midfielder we're going to sign. I guess unlike some he is joining up the site as a whole not just viewing each post in isolation. Need is for some better experienced defenders that suit what the club needs. Not another 3-4 midfielders. Personally I'd rather see an out and out natural greedy finisher before see another midfielder.


 

 

31 Aug 2017 01:07:56
few rumours about Thomas muller on loan - lemar to sign next season and muller for this?!

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30 Aug 2019 08:26:29
The year is 2016, we have a back five of mignolet, Clyne Lovren matip and Moreno, with Klavan waiting in the wings.

Your mate tells you in three years a Liverpool defender will win the uefa best player award, two others will get in the squad and the goalie in the starting 11.

We’ve come along way, appreciate what we’ve got!

Firmane

1.) 30 Aug 2019 11:00:57
Am I right in saying the only players left that were here when Klopp arrived are Gomez, Hendo, Milner and Bobby. I think it shows that the current squad are the players that Klopp rates as he clearly doesn’t suffer fools.


2.) 30 Aug 2019 12:05:51
TAA, Lovren Lallana I think too.


3.) 30 Aug 2019 12:06:50
Origi too.


4.) 30 Aug 2019 12:54:11
Cheers Irish. I didn’t count Trent due to him coming through the youth and wasn’t a first team player when Klopp came in. Forgot about Lovren and Lallana. I think in the next 12 months both those could be gone mind.


5.) 30 Aug 2019 13:09:15
Gomez, Hendo, Bobby and TAA will be the only survivors from the pre Klopp's era after the summer of 2020. Milner, Lallana and Lovren will definitely move on next summer and I expect VDB and someone like Aouar to be the replacement.


6.) 30 Aug 2019 14:16:30
Was good to hear vvd saying bobby is the best player he has played with. And imagine going up against van djike every day in training! I think bobby is just going to improve.


7.) 30 Aug 2019 16:58:04
Bobby is some player. The flicks and tricks, the deft touches, and thru balls. You can't learn that on the training pitch, it's in your head, you see it and know what you going to do before the ball even comes to you. Keep up the good work Bobby.


8.) 30 Aug 2019 20:02:42
OP, I often think about this every time. Like you, I do not have a short memory. We were a shambles when Klopp arrived. I remember Klopp's first game away at Spurs where I was scared we were going to get a true pasting cos Spurs were just miles ahead of us at the time. We made it out alive with a goalless draw. Then, Klopp went on to win his first game vs B'mouth in the League Cup. He then got his first PL win vs Jose at the Bridge. Those who played that game were Migs, Clyne, Skrtel, Sahko, Moreno, Lucas, Milner, Can, Lallana, Cou, Bobbie. A lot has changed since then.

And do you know when I realized that we were unto something with Klopp at the helm? It was when we went to the Etihad and tho I was scared for us cos City could humiliates us. Instead, Klopp played a blinder and that was Bobbie's coming-out party as he ripped the City defence almost on his own BUT got a lot of help from Cou, Lallana, Can etc.

That was when it clicked for me. Nowe if anyone told me that 4 years later, we would gain almost 100 points in the league, make TWO CL finals winning one of them, I would have proposed that you stop smoking what John Henry said was being smoke at the Emirates.


9.) 30 Aug 2019 20:32:37
Clyne too still remaining.

What's interesting is that of all the players signed under klopp only karius and solanke I can think of have been sold and both will turn a profit. Oh klavan too but was always a short term fix.


10.) 30 Aug 2019 21:48:41
Har_red92, I actually liked Klavan. I know he is not VVD BUT the guy gave as good as he got. Never backed down, never shirked responsibility and always welcomed a physical battle. I remember when we played Palace at Anfied (we won 1-0 via a Mane goal) and Klavan was winning balls in the air vs Benteke or in other words, bullying him. Totally loved good ol' Raggy.


11.) 30 Aug 2019 23:20:38
Redwolf I also liked Klavan. Old school no nonsense defender.


12.) 30 Aug 2019 23:37:04
Same here RedWolf I always respected and liked his attitude he showed in every game for us. He of course had his limitations but when used against the likes of palace, Burnley stoke type teams he always played well.

It was when he was forced to play against a different style that he would look less comfortable, I remember 1 game in particular that aguero ran him dizzy but he was an ageing CB with no pace bought in to play in certain moments when aggression was needed.

He was a smart buy and certainly worth the pennies we paid, always gave 100%.


 

 

26 Aug 2019 23:50:32
Before I start this, I want to say, I love salah, he’s unplayable at times, and has been special for us.

But after all the talk of him leaving next year, is it the worst thing? At the end of the season he will be 28, possible 2/ 3 more seasons at the very top. Pace may start to decline from then, who knows, but it’s one of his main strengths. If he stays I won’t moan one bit, but if he goes I reckon we’d get a tidy sum and be in a good position to replace him. Him bobby and mane are all at a similar age, although i think bobby will have better longevity than the other two, being less reliant on speed. If they both stay until they are 30 and start to decline, it will be a hell of job to replace both. Kind of like robben and ribery at Bayern, until gnabry turned good, they never really did that, and he’s not at that level yet.

Firmane

1.) 27 Aug 2019 00:51:10
In fairness it's only been four days since he said he was happy at the club. Pretty much halfway out the door at this point.

Can we at least lose a premier league game before we start suggesting that we sell our best players in their prime?


2.) 27 Aug 2019 00:54:13
Lets not worry about what may or may NOT happen . at the moment we have a strong team with strong team ethics and a manager that symbolises that team spirit . We are top of the table with the potential to still be there at the end of the season . Enjoy it boys and girls and everything else.


3.) 27 Aug 2019 07:19:29
Well you always have to look to the future, so I sort of agree. For me its that fine line of selling a player for a good fee before their performances fall off, a bit like Torres. I'm sure Klopp and Co will have the finger on the pulse. Just to say Ribery and Robben played well past their 30's. It can happen, depending on past injuries etc.


4.) 27 Aug 2019 07:29:22
Lets enjoy this season. Players are happy and settled and challenging for everything, don't remember that happening in a long time.

28-29 are prime years so I don't know why you would want to lose him then. Keep him happy keep him at Anfield.


5.) 27 Aug 2019 08:44:27
It’s not my job to worry about the money side of future player recruitment and sales, that’s FSGs, so I hope all our best players stay with us as long as possible. let's hopefully win more trophies and enjoy the ride.


6.) 27 Aug 2019 09:16:08
So, I am presuming that because fans are idealizing selling a player before they decline, then it is ok that a player yearns for another club before they decline also?

anyways, I hope Mo stays for a long long time.


7.) 27 Aug 2019 10:45:44
Who are you going to get that will score 25+ league goals per season? If/ when Salah goes you will then realise how important he is. When he leaves we will have to play a different system because there is no RW who will get anywhere near his numbers.

Salah will again (if he stays fit) win the golden boot in my opinion, irreplaceable.


8.) 27 Aug 2019 11:44:12
You don't sell Mohammed Salah if you want to Stay one of the best teams in Europe.


9.) 27 Aug 2019 11:46:29
I hope we get a couple more seasons out of him, then if he wants to go that’s fine.
The club is well run right now so I’m confident we will get a good price and a decent replacement.


10.) 27 Aug 2019 12:00:33
He's been fantastic for us so simply would not sell. Cannot sell our best players and hope to progress as a club.


11.) 27 Aug 2019 13:09:01
we can fully sell someone like salah and still progress. how do people get so caught up in the now.


12.) 27 Aug 2019 14:12:39
salahs body is a machine. He will still be smashing it at 35. we should only sell if salah wants to go, not because he might lose quality. salah will stay aslong as we keep being the best team in europe.


13.) 27 Aug 2019 20:07:38
OP, I could be arsed about Salah leaving or staying next season. I'm over that stuff cos really, it's football. You need to understand that players of today are transient employees who are here to play their part, do the job to the fullest for which they are well paid and basta.

If Salah wants to go then there is not that much either you nor I can do about it so whether it is the worst thing or not is irrelevant, IMO. Do I want him to stay? Of course BUT that is it. Saying he will lose pace and all that stuff cos he leaves us, just sound bitter and petulant. Enjoy not just Salah or Klopp BUT all our boys cos at some point, they will all be gone.


14.) 27 Aug 2019 22:16:24
I see your point slightly but this is also a player who's 27, in his prime, long contract and in his 2 years with us has been consistently clinical hitting prolific numbers and average of a goal involvement every game, that is not realistically a player we can replace with another who gets similar return so I hope we don't have to do that. If klopp realistically stays for another 3 years if his contract I'd want salah to be too. He'll be 30 by then and 3 potential years of performances like his last 2 would be far far more valuable than the transfer fee we would get.

Not many players can be signed who would offer us what he does, we can't take his importance for granted, if we want to win the league we need to have a Mo Salah star quality.


 

 

17 Aug 2019 20:02:28
City’s been hard done by there. Course it’s great if they drop points, and by the letter of the law it’s not a goal.

Personally hate the way it’s one rule in the box and another elsewhere. The rule states if it hits an attacking hand no matter how accidental, goals are not awarded so rightly disallowed. But how can it be if it accidentally hit a defenders arm it’s not a foul.

Obviously intent is hard to tell, but the unnatural position, like sissoko in the final is the best one for me. If it strikes your arm when they are tucked in, or blasted at close range fine, but I they are all over the place pen. That, or just any touch on the arm is a foul, full stop. With VAR that is then black and white.

Firmane

1.) 18 Aug 2019 00:45:22
If it hits your arm hand ball no matter what ends all the moaning and it’s fair.


2.) 18 Aug 2019 02:19:42
Yeah it seems a harsh ruling to be fair if it goes against you. At the same time if that ball doesn't hit his arm then it doesn't fall to Jesus' feet and that goalscoring scenario doesn't occur. It will take some getting used to as does most new rules but I do see a touch of sense in it.


3.) 18 Aug 2019 05:33:31
Why is it harsh? There are numerous offences inside the box that would be punished differently if they occured outside the box. It prevents intentional fouling during a goal-scoring opportunity.


4.) 18 Aug 2019 11:30:16
Spot on, Like A Virgil. OP, why should City feel hard done by? The issue here is not VAR. It is with the dumb handball rule. That rule seems to have been set up this way to create the utter mayhem it is creating now cos IMO, there has to be some kind of controversy to help viewership numbers. That's the only reason I can think of cos it makes NO sense at all.

Also, I feel nothing for City nor their forever crying manager and fans (all 50 of them) . Why? Simple. It is due to this same team, fans and manager, who never stopped bleating on and on about how the absence of VAR robbed them of a CL vs LFC. The whined about that and VAR was put in for the CL last season and got dumped out of the CL by Spurs last season via VAR, and they still whined and bitched. Then after that VAR was put in place in the PL and They voted for it.

Now, they are crying that the rule in this case for VAR, was correctly applied. Now, Pep is saying action should be taken. To do what? Change the rule again to suit you? Sorry bro. Get over yourself, Pep. You don't get to write and rewrite the rules due to your erratic mood swings. If you don't like the handball rule in this instance, fight to change it and stop moaning as if the system (the very same one you wanted), did you dirty.


5.) 18 Aug 2019 14:19:03
I don't see the new handball rule as dumb at all, i think its the easiest way to avoid grey areas and cheating in the box. Sure, penalties will be given for truely accidental handballs but, just like an accidental foul tackle, it is still an offence even if its not intended.
What the new rule does is make it a lot simpler for the ref and VAR to identify the offence (instead of the previous ball-to-hand/ hand-to-ball confusion) .
Simply put, keep your hands out the way of the ball in the penalty area.


6.) 19 Aug 2019 02:39:16
Exactly likeAvirgil. It's not controversial at all, it removes any debate or dispute as it's a clear straight forward law. It serves each team with equal fairness. People are getting carried away simply because it was the first case and it occurred in the 93rd minute. We all know this is now a decision which will be always called fairly and correctly with zero chance of grey area handball controversy that always was an issue.


 

 

13 Aug 2019 22:50:06
Saw a post about why pep has not won the CL with city but has the league, and for me there are a few possible answers.

Firstly, for a lot of years we have said liverpool are a cup team, can’t seem to get motivated week in week out, but can for the big occasion. Are city the opposite? They can mince teams in the league, and yes maybe squad depth is a factor there. But how often do you rotate for CL knockout stages?

It’s best XI available vs best XI available. When the pressure of the big Game kicks in, they don’t seem to be able to keep a clean sheet. Furthermore, we all know city can be got at, put under pressure - in the CL you have nothing to lose and teams go for it, whereas they rarely do in the league. spurs had to go at them in that second leg to get the goal, and they forced one.

Liverpool last year went at them and blew them away in the first leg. Most teams in the league, sadly, park the bus. I think pep has his way of playing, and doesn’t change it for the big occasion, whereas he should probably think about it. Spurs again, they needed to score, but it was only 1-0, a clean sheet was just as important. I think he tactics were let’s go out and get 5.

last season, Liverpool were, let’s out score the opponent, and it worked to a degree, but it was high scoring in the city game and Roma, and cost us in the final. This season, bar Barcelona away, we conceded one to Bayern, one to Porto and none in the Barcelona home leg. Klopp clearly changed his approach now he could rely on vvd and Allison and the back five more.

Ederson is good, Laporte is good, and they’ve the option to play Fernandinho and Rodri - I don’t think their attack will be stifled ‘only’ having say sterling, aguero, silva and de Bruyne!

Firmane

1.) 14 Aug 2019 04:58:09
if city had their best 11 in the first leg against spurs. They probably would have gotten to the final and anything can happen in a final. They were missing bernardo silva who i actually feel is their most important player. that tie was soo tight. its always a laugh when city get knocked out but i honestly thought they were going to be in the final. This will probably be their year unless we stop them. There is not much between us and city except the power of anfield.


2.) 14 Aug 2019 07:57:21
Barca, juve and athletic will be strong this year. It should be said that pep loves to overthink in Europe he has a nack of making wierd player choices in the games that get them knocked out.


3.) 14 Aug 2019 08:21:50
Wiseryan, I remember that first leg vs Spurs and in all honesty, Pep got his tactics and selection totally wrong. I did not say that, the City fans and pundits did. Spurs were there for the taking, IMO and even Aguero missed a penalty in that game. Pep choked and outsmarted himself in that game. Then to cap it all, Ederson made a complete blunder on the Son goal and with Spurs getting a clean sheet, it was pretty much game, set and match. In the second leg, Spurs took advantage of City's jittery defence and with Laporte making two costly mistakes, they were sitting ducks.

Also if you concede 3 goals at home in a CL second leg Q final, you simply don't deserve to go through. Hence IMO, City historically, have been failing in the CL cos of what the OP said and cos well, Pep seems to no longer have it in him to compete there anymore, which shows how panicky and undecided he is in his selections and tactics. We'll see what happens this year.


4.) 14 Aug 2019 09:11:57
I'm not sure pep knows what his first 11 are tbh and that might hinder them in the champions league? You say Bernardo Silva is there most important player but he was on then bench in their season opener so maybe that in some ways hinders their mentality. Our team pretty much picks itself except maybe cm. And the players know they're responsible and if injuries occur the guys coming in have more of a point to prove? I'm just speculating.


5.) 14 Aug 2019 13:24:49
redwolf, man city should have been capable without bernardo silva against spurs so I'm sure pep did get it wrong. For example benching de bruyne was odd. I think pep tried to be too clever because he's used to be being knocked out. He's not going to hold back next time.


6.) 14 Aug 2019 16:38:06
Wiseryan, I fully agree with you. I don't know if Pep has learned his leason cos remember, this is not the first time Pep has fluffed his lines in the CL. Vs LFC at Anfield in 17/ 18, he benched Sterling and played Gundogan on the right side. What happened? They got smashed 3-0 and only after the game was won, did he bring on Raheem.

Second leg vs us and w/ them leading 2-0 at half time with us on the rack, he puts Fernandinho at CB (instead of bringing on Kompany) and changed a back 3 to a back 4 with Laporte at LB. WTH? Can you remind me what happened then? Oh yes with a useless Otamendi and Fernandinho at CB, they were vulnerable and we scored 2 goals and won the game.

The guy seems clueless and nervous in the CL games hence, he tends to outsmart himself a lot. Will he have learnt his lesson after the last three humiliating results in the CL (lost to Monaco 6-6 on away goals, another disaster)? We shall see.


 

 

13 Aug 2019 22:21:46
Ed do you think it’s concerning that Keita keeps seeming to get niggly injuries? I know it’s only one game in but is it a fitness thing? Is he being rushed back? Seems like last season every time he looked better he was out for a couple games. seeing as we are full strength apart from him and Alisson, seems like it would be worth leaving him out for a month or so to make sure he’s 100% before returning.

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{Ed001's Note - it depends on what is causing the injuries. I don't know enough about it to judge whether there is a potential long term problem or not.}


 

 

 

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28 Aug 2019 10:31:42
I’d say if glatzel is ahead of Duncan move Duncan on if he wants to go. It’s very hard to break into the first team, if he has an opportunity abroad, let him take it.

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13 Aug 2019 18:58:35
So it’s an obligation to buy with clauses ed? Like if he’s fit 75% of the time or something?

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13 Aug 2019 18:02:51
What is the point of a loan with obligation to buy? I assume the only benefit is to delay the payment?

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{Ed002's Note - No, they could look to spread payments out. They may want assurances about fitness - like Ings.}


 

 

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13 Aug 2019 18:03:22
How is gomez CB cover? He’s first choice.

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12 Aug 2019 21:34:01
Harry swore on his daughters life that he would never play for Portsmouth!

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15 Sep 2019 22:52:09
Brendan started playing bobby right wing for a while didn’t he?

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15 Sep 2019 22:51:19
I have to agree with the emery stuff. They have two good strikers, one good winger, a CAM in ozil who can be class when in the right situations, and not much else. Torreira seems the best of the bunch otherwise. But no decent centre halves, arguably the two youngens are the best but untested really, and a weak midfield.

If they could find a way to play auba lazazette Pepe and ozil, they’d need two top cdms, and xhaka and guendouzi are not that. Added to that the soreness of their back four, then they will ship plenty this year and anyone can see it.

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15 Sep 2019 22:45:48
Best cb fine, best lb maybe, but Trent isn’t the best right back. I wouldn’t swap him for anyone, but he’s not the best in the world as he stands, his defensive game needs improving. Argue kante is still better than Fabinho in his role, but fabs is still great and such a good signing. I’m not a doubter at all, I’m just realistic.

We have a fantastic team, with amazing players and an amazing manager, but the team is built for the way we play. Fabinho sits in to cover the gaps, the other two mids cover the full backs when they go forward. Bobby allows mane and salah space to run and creates. In our system, it’s hard to pick ‘better’ players, but it doesn’t mean they are best in the world. I would rather mane over Ronaldo, but doesn’t mean mane is better than ronaldo.

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15 Sep 2019 00:05:01
When bobby flicks the team ticks.

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13 Sep 2019 23:42:22
Salah and mane are rested, but bobby played in Brazil midweek. I’d give Divock or even Brewster a start.

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