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26 Jan 2020 23:36:46
I hope we don’t just go under 23s in the replay. It’s clear matip and Lovren need games, they looked welll off the pace - it’s the perfect time for them. I said before Adrian deserves another game, as I doubt he will get another all going well. There’s a big difference between a few fringe players and the best of the young guns, versus full under 23s. If I were Elliot, Jones, Williams or chiravella I’d be hoping to get a game for one, but I’d be hoping to have the best chance of winning it. I’d want another game after it.

From the squad today, maybe leave out salah Firmio, ox, fabinho and bring in a few others - but what If shaqiri is fit by then - has barely played im sure he’d be grateful for the minutes - origi too, Minamino barely played in months before joining us.

I’m happy to give youth a fair go at it in the cups, but the word there is fair - give them a helping Hand.

Firmane

1.) 27 Jan 2020 05:02:44
I agree, just keep pretty much the same players bar Fabinho in midfield, replace him with Lallana and I think we’re good. I’m sure the players would rather stay in the competition than not, it’s a highly competitive match anyway unless we just drop like we did today, at Anfield we should have more than enough to get the job done with the same team. I understand Klopp a frustration but it’s our fault we couldn’t get past a league 1 side, we knew beforehand that they do replays so it’s our fault. I hope this does inspire the FA to make the necessary changes to the FA cup and league cup, but these competitions are for the smaller clubs in England, the world can’t revolve around the big teams who have billions of pounds of investment to be able to cope with fixture congestion, it’s not right either way but it affects the clubs at the highest level and that’s like 5% of the clubs that enter the competitions in the first place. A winter break gets put in place when we haven’t had that before and still room for complaints, Klopp needs to be careful going at war with the FA, we know how corrupt they are and they might just stiff Liverpool over in the future. Klopp is known for not whining as highlighted by Mourinho last season, but that seems to be changing now that he’s at the pinnacle of football in England. Get the job done in the replay, if he fields the same team as vs Aston Villa he can do nothing about his reputation of not taking the domestic cups seriously.


2.) 27 Jan 2020 07:30:59
For the senior lads coming back from injury I think a hot weather break could be good for them, but lads like elliot, Jones, neco ect. Even origi and minamino will be knocking on his door desperate to play in that game, see how it pans out but I reckon those players would rather start a competitive game at anfield than go on holiday, could be wrong though, I don't know any of them personally.


3.) 27 Jan 2020 07:45:05
Looks like all u23s. If I was fab, Matip, lovren I'd be begging for a another chance. they've had all the rest they need and owe the kids after that performance.


4.) 27 Jan 2020 07:45:51
I agree. Matip Lovren Fabinho Minamino All looked short of being match ready especially at a higher level. Then you have the likes of Lallana Keita Milner Shaq (if fit) all need game time. Would be a shame if we ended up getting knocked out with such a good chance to go through.


5.) 27 Jan 2020 08:51:56
I agree but unfortunately some of the players may have booked breaks away etc and from what klopp is saying he dosent want to make them change plans.


6.) 27 Jan 2020 09:32:12
ed001 I thought Fabinho Matip lovren and Minamino where awful yesterday. And it did not look like they needed a week and I think after putting in a performance like that you would hope they would want to make things right am sure Henderson would. Also with Naby just coming back and my be even Milner there is a lot of player coming back that could do with the minutes to get back to full speed. ed I would like to know your thoughts on the winter break I all ways think when we have had a week off we never look the same in the first game back.

{Ed001's Note - I agree with you, the players need games to get sharp, not a winter break. If they need a rest then give them time off training. The winter break is a nonsense idea. Half the time we end up with bad weather breaking up the season at some point anyway. To work, the break needs to be longer than 2 weeks to make sense but even that is pointless as the teams who have one spend most of it doing a mini pre-season anyway.

What is needed is a proper summer break for all players, to ensure they get the chance to switch off and relax. A mid-season break does not allow the players to do so, any more than just having the games less crammed together during the season would do and teams giving the players a day or more off training every so often.}


7.) 27 Jan 2020 10:47:21
ed001 I could not agree more, to make time I think its time the carabao cup has to go, Are season start to early I feel the start of the carabao cup has something to do with that as the second round starts before most other leagues start. Then you have Klopp and all the other managers moaning, But every year the clubs travel all over the world on preseason tours. Then there is all the international tournaments that seem to be every summer now. If the carabao cup went we could bring the fa cup forward use a few of there dates for early midweek leagues Fixtures Because end of December to end of January is just to much. My be make Boxing day fixture the Fa cup 3rd round that would bring a bit of magic back to the Fa cup with it being such an iconic date for football.

{Ed001's Note - personally I don't think getting rid of the League Cup is the answer. Why that and not all those pre-season contests?}


8.) 27 Jan 2020 11:22:06
for me ed the league cup most of the time its just full of the kids who most of them will not make it and they don't expect them to make it. Even the lower league teams make changes for it. But I do think all the preseason stuff needs to go and they all so need to sort out all the international fixtures when you play 1 friendly and 1 qualifier all them silly friendly's with 11 subs just a waste of time. But I think its just Money driving the game and it just looks like instead of going the right way we are going the other way and will just end up with more games with the champions league and the club world cup getting bigger.

{Ed001's Note - the simplest way would be to remove mid-season internationals and just have two separate seasons. One for internationals and one for club competitions. Then it won't be so stop-start.}


9.) 27 Jan 2020 13:49:46
I agree with that one ed1, I'm also of the opinion to make the season shorter by cutting out internationals.
Then have a 6 week international period once the season is completed.

Its better for internationals as they can actually train together for a sustained period, the players are picked over a season rather than 10 good games. I also think people would pay more attention to them, at the minute they are seen as a needless distraction.

I do get it's not that simple as different countries run their seasons at different points due to weather etc.

As for preseason I would love it to go back to predominantly playing english teams (not prem teams) but won't happen as there is too much money in pointless pre season trophies.

{Ed001's Note - the international game is suffering because teams don't get to work together as well, so it makes no sense to continue as it is. The Brazilian World Cup team of 1970 spent months together before the tournament as a team, that is why they were so good.}


10.) 27 Jan 2020 15:29:49
I hope some day soon the international game becomes an U23 game like the Olympics (even if it is unofficial I. e. a few elite players resign setting off a chain of resignations from international football) . I can't see what elite footballers get out of playing international footy. People will still go out to watch international footy whether it be Harry Kane or Calvert Lewin.


11.) 27 Jan 2020 15:54:53
I think Eds and posters should look at what has really happened here rather than pointing the finger at Klopp and LFC. In June 2018 (no, that’s not a typo, 2018) the Premier League, the Football Association and the English Football League issued a joint announcement about a PL mid-season break to be introduced in February 2020. As part of that announcement, the FA chief executive stated :

"Today’s announcement proves that football can come together for the good of the game. We have also found a way to give the players a much needed mid-season break, whilst keeping the much-loved Christmas schedule in place. As we head into summer international tournaments in the future we are sure that this mid-season break will prove to be a valuable addition for our players. "

So the FA, fully supportive of the PL mid-season break, had 20 months to arrange the FA Cup 2019/ 20 calendar so that the mid-season break was respected. And they failed. So let’s lay off Klopp and LFC please guys.


12.) 28 Jan 2020 00:49:59
WW, i agree 100 per cent, I can't believe that some LFC fans are not fully behind Klopp and the owners,
the FA have, after nearly two years brought in this winter break, aimed at giving the players a much needed rest, and were told Not to play or arrange any matches during this period . Klopp is fully on board, he can see his players def need a break,
in fact, we usually see some injuries around the christmas period due to playing too many games close together, Vardy and Kane even Mane come to mind,
Klopp is protecting his players, believe in Klopp .


13.) 28 Jan 2020 02:31:47
Get League cup and FA cup replays sloshed. Play the 1 game and decide winner. now I would debate the venue to be pre fixed either as lower ranked team venue so they get sort of home adv or the higher placed venue so that they earn some cash.

Scrap international friendlies mid season. So this reduces the season by few weeks.

Arrange the NFL games and euro qualifiers during summer.


14.) 30 Jan 2020 23:09:20
Yeah, the FA replay games need to go. That will help.

Play full 90 and then straight to penalties. Scrap this replay nonsense.


 

 

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!

Firmane

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.


 

 

 

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19 Feb 2020 21:33:39
One thing I do remember from last night, I thought that Lodi looks like he could be a top left back. Looks quick and strong and I’m sure he will learn the defensive side with Atletico - and put some fantastic balls in.

Firmane

 

 

07 Feb 2020 08:26:58
Hi Ed’s and reds, I don’t recall seeing one, but did anyone do a match review for the Shrewsbury game? Would be an interesting read?

Firmane

{Ed001's Note - I really haven't had time mate. The problem is that we play pretty much the same way no matter what team we point out, so there is not a lot really new to say about our team, even when it is the kids out there. Shrewsbury were so passive and, frankly, embarrassing, that it would basically end up a long dig at Sam Ricketts for his inability to do the basics. I mean it was such a simple job to send his team out fired up, Klopp had given him the ammunition to use by not being there, but he couldn't even do that. Incompetence at its finest.}


1.) 07 Feb 2020 12:04:04
A few thoughts

- agree with Ed, was surprised how little Shrewsbury came out to play
- having said that, we passed the ball and controlled possession incredibly well and they couldn’t get near us
- Chirivella In particular managed the game from midfield like a real midfield general, and the way he celebrated at the end gives me real hope he might yet make it at the highest level. exceptionally composed on the ball but showed a bit of grit too
- Jones and Elliott always looked dangerous on the ball upfront however we somehow struggled to really create the killer finish (apart from one huge opportunity that was from Elliott the Nico Williams but was very well saved) . those two really are looking ready to step up though
- most pleasing of all was defence was excellent too with Sepp and Hoever far more composed than they’ve been in previous matches, and dealt really well with anything lumped forward (as well as on the corners which I was a bit worried about beforehand)
- fullbacks were excellent in defence and also in getting forward but just unlucky in the final third (got into good positions but the crosses tended to come in a little low)

Overall Shrewsbury were completely outclassed for most of the game, and the only place we looked like an u23 team was how we seemed to lack the experience and ruthlessness required in the final third. A bit more experience upfront and it could easily have been 3 nil or more.


2.) 07 Feb 2020 16:49:37
SGRed, that is a good, accurate report. One thing I would add is that Shrewsbury tried to bully the Liverpool boys with an unnecessarily physical approach. Shrewsbury were penalised 14 times for fouls against just 1 foul awarded against Liverpool but the young Liverpool players just refused to be bullied.


3.) 07 Feb 2020 21:38:58
When the nutmeg from Jones happened and he got instantly donked in the face I nearly threw my phone. Can't believe he didn't get carded for that. Curtis and Harvey look destined for long careers, Neco and Pedro are ready and I have high hopes for Sepp and Ki Jana. They may need to go on loan to get regular football, especially with our strength in depth, but we have some amazing kids at our disposal. Oldest player was 22!


 

 

26 Jan 2020 17:00:26
Saw a star that we have gone from the 3rd worst throw in retention in the PL, to the second best in Europe - behind midttylland, the team gronnemark (throw in coach) has also been working with.

At the time many laughed, but that’s a huge turn around, and whilst you can’t say for sure we owe a lot to it, it clearly hasn’t hurt. Small margins!

Firmane

1.) 26 Jan 2020 19:05:50
That’s quite interesting, I was wondering recently actually about the throw in coach we hired and if it had made any difference.


2.) 26 Jan 2020 19:38:37
Just have to sort out the ridiculous kick off routine now. For a possession based team to kick it long straight from the off is baffling.


3.) 26 Jan 2020 20:39:52
Gordy, that made me laugh. We never win one of those long balls from the kick off do we? Do we need a kick off coach?


4.) 26 Jan 2020 21:26:42
The kick off annoys me too, almost as much as listening to Steve Nicol ridicule us having a throw in coach, the guy is so past it.


 

 

24 Jan 2020 12:02:32
Anyone at the game yesterday? Was it particularly windy? Seemed Allison misjudged a few high balls.

Firmane

1.) 24 Jan 2020 12:31:12
It was incredibly misty. One he misjudged the other he was clearly fouled and the ref gave the decision our way.


2.) 24 Jan 2020 13:52:06
We won, he conceded one. That's all I'm bothered about, he did great.


3.) 24 Jan 2020 18:13:23
Yeah he made some great saves. Great performance.


4.) 24 Jan 2020 18:38:19
Sorry *good performance.


 

 

23 Jan 2020 22:28:00
Ed001 question for you if you are free?

Adama Traore was regularly described as unplayable tonight. I know his end product was lacking at times - not always - but in that sense I wouldn’t say he was unplayable. But in terms of one on one, is he? How do you deal with him?

You can do your best to force wolves left stop him getting the ball, but I don’t reckon there’s a full back in the world that can beat him in a race, and if they can, I bet he’s stronger. So yeah, what can you do, or is someone built like that, rally unplayable?

Firmane

{Ed001's Note - no one is unplayable, Robbo just had a stinker tonight and was not adapting his game to deal with him. You have to drop a yard deeper than him and never go to the man in the middle leaving him free. Unlike most wingers, you have to give him a yard and tempt him to cross. If he runs you have to ensure there is cover in behind and put your body into him to simply knock him off his stride and wait for a chance to put a foot in. Only commit to a challenge when absolutely necessary.

The biggest issue is that he goes down and gets free kicks far too softly, which makes it difficult. Simply put, stay on your feet and give yourself a yard start and make him have to do something. We were all lunging in and that makes his job easier. If you stay on your feet and keep bodies in his way, he can't get up to speed. If he does produce a bit of magic, then there is nothing you can do, but you have to make it so he needs to do that and we failed to do that tonight as Robbo was having an off night. To be honest, Robbo looks like he needs a rest.}


1.) 23 Jan 2020 22:50:03
Thanks ed! I agree about Robbo, he hasn’t been on it for a while, but what can we really do? Can neco play their, seems the most ready full back we have.

One thing about your comment though, how can you have cover in behind if you out wide? Would you expect Van dijk to be twenty yards deeper than Robbo so he can cut out the kick and chases he does, or we’re you referring to when he drifts inside?

{Ed001's Note - I am referring to when he drifts inside or gets to the byline, there should always be a midfielder dropping in there behind Robbo. I meant in behind as in towards the goal, not the baseline of the pitch.

We do need a rotation left-back, no idea who though.}


2.) 23 Jan 2020 22:53:14
Ed do you rate Traore? Certainly has improved ten fold this season.

{Ed001's Note - he is alright for them, but he produces far too little of value to be ready for the step up. He still has a lack of end product. If Wolves had Trent or Mane getting in those positions, they would have created much more quality.}


3.) 23 Jan 2020 22:55:27
Gotta give the lad credit there Ed. Traore was immense tonight. Sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hands up and say he played Great. But once again Klopps team win, we’re just the best team in the world.

{Ed001's Note - not when he didn't. He was far from immense. He gave the ball away in dangerous areas, he produced one good ball in 90 minutes. Sorry but that is not immense. Salah did far more and he had a poor game.}


4.) 23 Jan 2020 23:01:02
Spot on, Ed. I watching Robbo and almost every time, he would get tight on Traore and I was screaming like"What are you doing man? ". Traore is a scud missile, and very difficult to deal with BUT Robbo did not give himself any chance to compete today. He may be leggy and tired which can lead to rash decision-making BUT he needs to do better against speedy wingers.


5.) 23 Jan 2020 23:02:59
Traore this season has significantly improved and now has an end product at times. Tough job defending against him for 90 minutes, but you're right about Robbo Ed01, he needs a break which he will likely get with an FA cup game next up.

{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed.}


6.) 23 Jan 2020 23:19:08
I'm sure we were linked to him when he was Barcelona before he joined Villa. Now I know he's taken several years to get where he is but how close we were if at all yo signing him.


7.) 23 Jan 2020 23:31:10
Commentators raving about Traore saying he was best player on the pitch. In my eyes just the fastest player?
His end product may have improved 10 x fold since last season but last season he was diabolical.
With a bit more work he will get there in sure but all the fans wanting his signature bemuses me.


8.) 24 Jan 2020 01:19:26
Traore has improved leaps and bounds this season but his delivery is hit and miss. I also don’t think he has the football intelligence to go with the pace. He is probably at his peak now but you got to wonder what kind of player he will be when his legs go.


9.) 24 Jan 2020 04:09:57
Robertson will get a rest this weekend, he will then have to play 2 games against West Ham and Southampton, then he'll get a 2 week break. He'll be fine.


10.) 24 Jan 2020 00:13:57
I disagree with Ed he’s worked hard to improve his physique and game which is reaping the rewards now. Give it a couple of seasons he could be one on the beat players in the prem. he’s been immense for wolves all season and was my motm. I would love to see him played just behind the striker if wolves had a couple of wingers to make that switch I feel he would be a nightmare to defend against.

{Ed001's Note - sorry but his physique? You clearly haven't seen him in the past when his physique was exactly the same.

This is a blatant case of style over substance. A player looks good doing nothing and everything gets all verbally mastubatory over him. This is why so many idiots buy Apple products, not because they are any good but because they think they look good, even though they could get the exact same quality for less than half the price anywhere else.

Traore is great to watch but he still does not do anything like as much as he should do. Most of his runs end in him wellying the ball way over the heads of his targets as he never bothers to look up and see where they are or who is in the box. Or he just runs and runs and runs until falling over. There is still nowhere near enough end product to justify a MOTM award. Salah was far more effective and he was poor, but at least he created a chance almost every time he got on the ball, and should have scored at least one. How many chances did Traore actually create? And I am not including the two he created for us by losing the ball in dangerous areas either.....}


11.) 24 Jan 2020 06:11:06
Ed001, you pretty much described how to defend Traore. But you can easily said the way VVD defend against him in one on one. Same way you described. He was 2/ 3 yards behind and Traore was not getting into his speed thinking what to do now.

{Ed001's Note - you could probably do that with almost any situation on the pitch to be honest. Just say "what does Virgil do?" That will give you the right answer most of the time. It was the same with Hansen.}


12.) 24 Jan 2020 07:43:29
I think Robbo will be rested for next game, so expecting Larouchi to start in cup game.


13.) 24 Jan 2020 09:22:36
High praise from you there Ed! Do you know what was the single biggest factor in Virg upping his game to this level? I know prior to us signing him you mentioned he’s a perfect specimen physically but suffers from lapses in concentration etc.

{Ed001's Note - it is the mentality he has changed. Klopp demands intensity, adding that to Virgil has made him almost the perfect centre-back.}


14.) 24 Jan 2020 09:35:32
Wow ed01! He is getting close to Hansen?!

{Ed001's Note - yes, he is physically much better than Hansen, so that gives him an edge.}


15.) 24 Jan 2020 13:35:56
Traore is a wild card. He couldn’t get a game last season but Nuno has worked on him, harnessed his talent and is trying to make him into a team player. He could win us the game or cost us the game when he loses the ball in our own half. He is something different. We have only been in The Prem 18 months and we are building a team to challenge the best in the world. You have a great squad and manager and are well worth the Premier League trophy this year. Should get a guard of honour at every remaining game! But we will keep building and signing the best young players in the world and will be up there with you instead of the former contenders.


16.) 24 Jan 2020 13:37:08
Think you're being a bit harsh about him going down too softly. I think he rode quite a few bumps in this game. As an ex defender I hated marking quick players, particularly out wide. Robbo got sucked into closing down Jiminez who skipped passed and even VVD couldn't get close enough then to stop the cross.
I felt this would be our hardest test for a while and so it was. Credit to Wolves, played some good footy at times.


17.) 24 Jan 2020 13:39:50
If Robbo doesn't dive in, Van Dijk doesn't drift and Jiminez doesn't score. However, if i were to reflect in pure hindsight, did Van Dijk need to commit to Jiminez or could he have stayed more central. Traore wouldn't have got anywhere more advanced.


18.) 24 Jan 2020 18:29:57
Apologies for the late reply Ed. I think the kids class and has just lacked end product. We shall see in the next few years who’s right. Football is about opinion after all.

{Ed001's Note - he still has little end product or brain.}


19.) 24 Jan 2020 21:25:44
Out of interest, anyone know who was officially motm last night? Hendo for me.

{Ed047's Note - I thought it was Traore


20.) 25 Jan 2020 04:50:48
Robbo must train against salah. Surely that gives him enough to know how to deal with fast wingers. I think robbo wasn't showing him respect, trying to wind him up. And it only takes the rub of the green and Robertson can set the forwards away.

Traore caused him problems but he defended well for a set piece where wolves would've scored if n poo t for his tackle and clearance.


 

 

 

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08 Feb 2020 18:38:28
Adrian seems happy, and has been reliable. I’d keep him for another 2/ 3 years at least.

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02 Feb 2020 19:07:58
I believe we will buy an attacking player with real quality as an option to rotate across the front. Salah mane and firmino play when fit really I’m sure they won’t mind a rotation. Adds proper competition for places. We need to compete on all fronts next season too, city have two top level strikers and 4 wingers, sterling silva mahrez and when sane is fit. I know we can’t complete with that money side, but we can easily accommodate 4 top level forward players, and allow minamino and origi to make up the other two - I reckon shaq will leave.

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13 Jan 2020 12:41:18
Never see him play, but at 16/ 17 does seem like he would be better off getting regular games at Birmingham for now.

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09 Jan 2020 23:43:10
It’s much easier to sustain that at CB than other positions mind.

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07 Jan 2020 23:35:14
Gini plays as many games as he can really, and has been fantastic for us in recent times. I can’t see any reason why he’d want to leave or we would want him too.

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18 Feb 2020 18:55:57
Improvements for me would purely be competition for places.

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18 Feb 2020 08:02:42
That Barcelona thing is crazy! They have messi and greizeman fit, and they are allowed to take a player from another la Liga team who won’t be able to replace them. They have fati as well as a load of youth players, sergi Roberto has played right wing before.

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{Ed001's Note - yeah it is clearly a rule being abused. In the English league, only a goalkeeper can be replaced due to injuries, but that is because it is such a specialised position. Though I personally think they should just scrap the windows and then this wouldn't matter.}


 

 

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16 Feb 2020 10:23:50
The thing with Keita for me is that fine he was poor, but he did not stop looking for the ball, and moving us forward. His passes weren’t the best, but it was the right idea, just executed badly. If next week, one comes off, it’s a goal.

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{Ed025's Note - lets be honest here firmane...he was bloody awful and has been since he arrived, just tell the truth mate..


 

 

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14 Feb 2020 21:08:34
Who are the two sides ed?

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09 Feb 2020 23:42:12
Everyone should be man to man, except Virgil who should be zonal. His zone would be large though - at least half a pitch.

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