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17 Mar 2024 20:58:14
Very frustrating watching that today. Complacent start, extremely wasteful middle and extremely tired ending.

Was surprised to see Bradley not start. I really don't rate Joe Gomez at RB - prefer to see him at LB, even over Robbo. Otherwise the lineup was strong.

Was also surprised by the tactics. We seemed to be happy to play them man for man across the big pitch which doesn't suit Endo and Mac Allister. Felt like the Emirates league game again. Huge gaps when the ball was turned over.

Subbing off Salah and Szobo wasn't ideal but they are only just back from injury so can understand if it was medically necessary. Gakpo really struggled to get into the game and also took away some of Darwin's constant threat against the United CBs.

That 5 on 2 counterattack with Gakpo was soooooo frustrating!

Big shout out to Quansah who was brilliant all game.

The main thing is that this competition wasn't the priority. I hope we learn from it as we're back there again in three weeks time for a much more important game.


1.) 17 Mar 2024 21:37:27
Salah played 90 minutes on Thursday, in what was essentially a dead rubber game. Klopp then takes him off in a knock out competition that was finely balanced. Oh, and Salah is not playing for Egypt in the upcoming internationals. So all in all it was a complete disaster from Klopp and Pep on the sub side of things. Which is becoming all to familiar.

2.) 17 Mar 2024 21:46:58
When we had the 5 on 2 and didn't score I knew we would regret it, said it on another fourm straight away.
We were far too casual when we were in control and we should have scored another two.
Joe didn't play well but he also had two or three attacker to face at times.
How we lost to this shower I don't know but honestly, once we learn from this and don't repeat it in the league game, then I'm OK with it.

3.) 17 Mar 2024 23:09:23
Can someone please tell me what Gakpos position actually is because I’m not seeing what he offers at times?

4.) 17 Mar 2024 23:12:24
The thing is we have played them twice this season and they have come away with the results they wanted on both occasions.

That today has given them a huge boost, and they won't fear us when we go back to the sh. thole on 7th April.

Only ourselves to blame.

5.) 17 Mar 2024 23:31:51
Alonso we have more goal involvements from subs than any team in the premier league this season.

Stop making stuff up it’s embarrassing.

6.) 18 Mar 2024 07:17:29
I’d say on balance, Klopp and co have got the subs right over the course of the season. So I’m calling bullsh*t on the “all too familiar” line.

7.) 18 Mar 2024 07:23:51
Agree with you on the issue of subs, beckers pecker.




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01 Apr 2024 14:29:08
I would be very surprised if we continued our pursuit of Leroy Sane. I imagine he was a Klopp pick. Would be pretty strange to bring someone on his salary and at his age into Liverpool with the manager on the outer.

Likewise, Bowen would cost a fortune from West Ham and it's probably a couple of years too late now. There are two other left footers at West Ham that would be preferable in Kudus and Paqueta, though very unlikely.

We were linked with Johan Bakayoko last summer so I assume that interest remains and I assume Nico Williams is also on the list.

Michael Olise is probably going to leave Palace this summer. Sounds like Chelsea and City may have already put in the groundwork though.

Whether Moussa Diaby is gettable from Villa I am not sure, especially if they make Champions League.

Kubo (Real Sociedad), Pino (Villarael) and Soule (Juventus) are other names that may come up but I don't think I have seen us linked with them, nor do I know if they are feasible.

We will also have to decide what we want to do with Ben Doak and Kaide Gordon who both play right wing. Keiran Morrison who is the prospect that everyone in the academy is talking about at the moment is a left footed attacking midfielder that likes to play off the right.

At a guess it'll be between Bakayoko and Williams.




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28 Mar 2024 11:23:55
Potentially a lot more activity than we expect it seems, especially given the team is doing well and the kids are doing a brilliant job of providing quality depth. Of those positions Ed mentions, a Matip replacement has to be the priority.

We have essentially replaced Thiago already with MacAllister imo. Endo is doing remarkably well and the question there is whether he can physically deliver another season to give Bajcetic time to build himself up for the rigours of the Premier League.

The rest depends on the players who have decisions to make ie Kelleher, Tsimikas, Salah (yikes) and Diaz (if the constant rumours are anything to go by) .

Ugh, a summer window I am the least excited by regardless of the incomings because it will be without a certain German fella at the helm. Not ready!




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26 Mar 2024 10:51:58
Thanks, Ed. Interesting perspective. Out of interest, where do you think Liverpool ranks in the world-wide scouting network league?

I am surprised to hear that Klopp may have influence on this summer's business. I had naively thought with Edwards plugging back into the existing Spearman/ Fallows/ Hunter machinery, it would be able to operate without too much of Klopp's input, other than gathering his feedback on existing playing staff.


{Ed002's Note - OKish but they focus on England and Wales with perhaps 10 in place then one for Ireland and Scotland. In Europe there are four perhaps and I think now three covering Argentina and Brazil. They have taken back Sven Dworaczek recently to cover just Germany - which is a good thing. Some are ex-players and Liverpool, like many clubs use specialist scouts as needed. All of this comes under Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter.

In terms of Klopp, Hunter and Fallows will have been involved in all of the discussions about players with Klopp and the scouts - so that list remains valid. Edwards will not be in a position to change that. An early decision on a new manager/coach may be one thing that will change that - but right now the likes of Leroy Sane are still on the list of potential targets - and Sane will be available with a bit of a clear out coming in Munich.}



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26 Mar 2024 09:49:10
Curious to know why Bayern would be more attractive than Liverpool to Alonso, or any other ambitious young coach? The club, the stadium, the current playing squad, the training facilities and the academy are all in great shape for any new coaching team to inherit. Other than being enamoured with Bavarian lifestyle, is there really much difference between the two?


{Ed002's Note - Bayern Munich have an astonishing stadium and a junior and youth set up which has been hugely successful. They have a scouting network in Bavaria that is exceptional and a world-wide scouting network that only perhaps three sides have bettered. They have a work ethic that runs through the club. Their recruitment process is far better than most. Liverpool's summer recruitment may be over-influenced by the departing manager which will be a concern to any new manager.}



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22 Mar 2024 17:57:42
Replacing Salah and Diaz in one window sounds like a lot of work.





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08 Apr 2024 13:22:08
The finishing problem is nothing new. Has been an issue during Klopp's tenure. We compete because our chance creation numbers are outrageously high, offsetting the profligacy.

What makes our forwards so intense and threatening probably also works against their calmness in front of goal or in the final ball. I don't think this problem is unique to our club by the way. Football decided to make wingers into forwards and attacking midfielders into pressing machines.

I doubt we'll fix it in the next 6 weeks. We'll just have to keep producing the chances and hope we do enough in the remaining games.

Having Jota back, even if off the bench will help. And Trent's assists and switches are being missed. Hopefully Mo's struggles are related to his fasting rather than a bigger issue.




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01 Apr 2024 17:20:05
It's pretty simple - win all 9 remaining league games and we'll bag no20. No other mindset will do.




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30 Mar 2024 13:09:15
All for Gareth Southgate in at United if they cannot hold onto ETH.




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30 Mar 2024 12:17:38
Stylistically, Klopp would do brilliantly at Real Madrid.

However, I am not sure he would vibe well with Florentino Perez and his mob. Klopp is pretty fussy about the environment and culture of the club, from top to bottom. Would Real want that part of Jurgen?

Having said that, perhaps Jurgen loves Tchouameni and Bellingham that much that he would do absolutely anything for them. Joke.

I am not convinced but I am often wrong. Most recently about Xabi Alonso not turning us down.




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23 Mar 2024 13:52:16

Internationals in March are ludicrous. And even more so when they are friendlies.

If we get everyone fit (with the exception of Thiago and Matip), then we stand a really good chance of finishing the season strong.




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