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07 Jun 2020 06:22:37
Hey reds and EDs, my first time visiting the site in quiet a bit as the frustration and uncertainty regarding the future return of sport over the couple of months saw me take a step back from the football world. Was great reading through some of your posts and Ed02 with some superb answers too, glad too it's business as usual on here despite the frustrations we've felt.

Just 1 question ed regarding possibility of Rashica, if werder Bremen get relegated which looks likely and Rashica then clearly on the move what kind of price would you estimate they might be forced to settle for?

{Ed002's Note - Milot Rashica (LW/RW) another possible Jadon Sancho replacement or indeed a Leroy Sane option and there is interest from Borussia Dortmund, RBL and Bayern Munich. Werder Bremen don't want to sell (but could be relegated). Rashica plays predominently on the left, like several of the many Sancho replacements, but is seen as versatile. Dortmund are looking at a number of possible Sancho replacements that they have identified and others who also play predominently on the left. I am not aware of any approach from Liverpool to Werder Bremen nor any declaration of interest from his agent or lawyer but it would be interesting if their were - he would certainly provide good cover for Mane. German sides can buy him for around €35M.}

1.) 07 Jun 2020 09:21:20
Thanks for the excellent reply, that's an interesting price if any team decides to offer it as he could very well become a player worth much more than that. I'd like to see any potential income on possible shaqiri sale put into signing him as we could benefit from a strong left sided attacker which shaq wasn't and Origi not natural wide man. With Rashica and minamino we'd have 2 players in early to mid 20s who are natural to playing on each wing respectively and would offer more balance to our style when needing to come in to our frontline. I'm just not confident we will be spending that amount unless we make some good sales.



03 Aug 2019 05:56:48
Any news on where Kent is most likely to move? Any advanced talks taking place?

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2.) 03 Aug 2019 20:03:27
Would be a good signing for them.

3.) 04 Aug 2019 11:56:30
I can’t see a move to be honest Har. From what I can tell it’s fairly stuck where it is. If there was a move away that would leave London and Surrey with a coastline which would be fun but I think East Sussex would be a bit exposed so it’s a non starter. There could be a loan to France but it take a while to get there.

4.) 03 Aug 2019 14:16:42
Last i heard was no club could afford him (they don't think he is worth it) and only want loan deals. Klopp Said no loans but when no bids come in we'll let him go on loan with an option/ obligation to buy or something.

5.) 04 Aug 2019 20:37:18
Not even close to an accurate prediction. In your defence Lerchy that’s how the vast majority of confident calls go on this site.

6.) 04 Aug 2019 22:41:05
The PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year? No interest!? Shockin.
He'll prob be sold for 6mil on Wednesday, no biggy. I'm actually way more curious to see if there'll be any late surprise incomings. I expect nothing, but they've surprised us before.



04 Jul 2019 11:17:19
Ed a quick question if you have any info.

I remember laxalt being linked in the past but I'm sure you mentioned us giving up on any interest. With Milan now poised to sign Theo Hernandez would they possibly look to offer laxalt around at a decent price? Would it be a possibility we may look again at him if readily available or is it non runner?

{Ed002's Note - It is a good question. Laxalt would be happy to stay at Milan and it is Ricardo Rodriguez who was blocking his place in the first team for much of last season who is being offered around. However, with Marco Giampaolo as the new coach and Theo Hernandez joining it will still limit opportunities - although with serious financial issues they will be thinking about keeping him to cover the LB, LM and LW positions - which he is capable of doing. Interest remains from Atalanta and Newcastle enquired - seeing him as a left sided option to Kenedy. For me he would be ideal cover for LB, LM and LW at Liverpool but there has seemingly been no recent interest from the club although he is one of those players - like Valentino Lazaroon the right, who is comfortable in several positions.}

1.) 04 Jul 2019 12:16:41
Thanks for that answer, very insightful overview in fairness. It's his versatility indeed is what would have made him a sensible option too I think. Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}




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21 Sep 2020 00:59:39
Anyone else enjoy seeing how klopp dealt with our players and staff on the sideline following the red card, after the ref overturned the yellow and rightly sent him off there were a few from Liverpool who clapped or cheered the decision from the stand which saw klopp turn and shout "are you crazy? We never ever do that, ok". I think that showed how he demands his players act with discipline and we rarely see any petulance from the players over the years. It reminds me of the time Henderson showed annoyance at being subbed and klopp instantly told him that it wasn't to be accepted and you could tell that within 5 seconds he had dealt with Henderson and the lesson was learnt immediately. When you compare to other clubs and the likes of players arguing over penalties at United undermining solskjaer or the kepa substitution ordeal with Chelsea, emery not strong enough to make decision over captaincy instead letting the players make the call for him. Spurs and Leicester players seemingly giving up trying for poch and ranieri. The way klopp was demanding more respect from our bench today showed his strength which gets the best attitudes from his players.

{Ed0666's Note - for sure mate Klopp is a guy that tries to impart classy actions whenever he can. And for sure he commands respect. I also think with the sending off he didn’t want to give lampard any more fodder to bitch about Liverpool’s staff on the bench.

1.) 21 Sep 2020 08:51:19
Spot on, Ha_red92. Klopp shut that down immediately and showed respect to Lampard and at the same time, taught him a lesson about dignity and honor even when you win or lose.

I know Lampard apologized for his condut and credit to him for doing that BUT some of the Chelsea fans blowing smoke over that stuff just embarrassed themselves.



15 Jul 2020 23:28:40
With the regular talk of lovren out and klopp hoping to bring in a more competitive option to add strength being the most likely aim at improving this summer, I ask would ye be upset if lovren hypothetically remained next season without a signing at CB.
I fully agree we would aim to improve on him but right now in current climate I'd see the positive side of retaining lovren who knows the way and as 4th choice not many clubs have better. I just think the fee we'd now get this summer wouldn't be generous and we would need to spend decent money on an incoming while currently the market for CBs of quality representing good value is not there. And with little time to settle or pre season a new signing could take quiet a spell to adjust to klopps standards. With games coming hard and heavy next year we can't risk bleeding someone in slowly at expense of a settled experience option.

Personally I'd wait another year even if it means lovren going for nothing, we can identify and seek a better suited transfer over another year instead of dipping into current crop of CBs often over priced and regularly failing to perform at this level.

Is a 27 year old with one season experience in la liga going to be an expected upgrade? Eric bailly, otamendi, Gabriel, mangala, rojo, mustafi have been signed after looking decent for a brief period in a different weaker league. Diego Carlos for me could offer more risk in bringing in now instead of waiting for younger better suited options to spend the money on.

Many will disagree which I understand of course I'm just weighing up the best time to make this change which I don't feel is now. I know that lovren may also seek to leave which means we have to address it now regardless of what the club would prefer.

1.) 15 Jul 2020 23:59:31
Problem with having Lovren as backup as is his wages are extremely high for the role. Also it takes a while for Lovren to get going, as he doesn't hit form for a couple of games at the least then he gets injured again. Don't think he has stringed more than 6 games together.



10 Jul 2020 00:14:32
EDs any info on whether next season champions league possibly getting a slight restructure due to the season inevitably needing to play out in a shorter timeframe. Would it be plausible for example that the group stage be set with 1 fixture against each side instead of home and away thus clearing up possible extra 3 gameweeks during midweek. Only asking because I'd love to see Liverpool have a good crack off European glory again. Winning no.7 and klopp adding a 2nd CL title to his reign would be monstrous. And with sides like Barca, real, juve, city possibly banned I feel this is a great period to capitalise on dominating Europe.

Just wondering if there has been any discussions in regard to re structuring the format next season?

{Ed002's Note - That is not the plan right now.}

1.) 10 Jul 2020 00:44:34
This is harsh on Adrian but I think we would still be in cl if becker had played athletico.

That said, I think we may have struggled with our latest form. Or maybe having another BIG trophy would have spurred us on?

Remember how the pl was always more important in these last few. Erm decades. We would win the European god damn Cup and go "oh well, at least that's something" lol. Crazy hunger we fans had. I admit I'd love to have seen this team go deeper in the ucl. I love those big games; Madrid, barca, bayern. But mustn't get greedy. This is probably the best season we have had for 30 odd years, it's an odd treble but not insignificant. Cwc, esc and pl. This surely surpasses the lc fa cup and europa league.

2.) 10 Jul 2020 00:47:30
I’m not sure how i’d feel if we were still in the champions league. The amount of changes there will be to the meat and potatoes stage of the competition does not sit right with me. The remainder of league matches being played without fans is acceptable, but the champions league changes go much further: in addition to no fans, which is a huge part of the european competition experience as opposed to a 12:30 sunday kick off against brighton, the ties are only one legged affairs, thus completely obliterating the entire strategy and art of the two legged tie, and they will only take place in one location, thus completely removing the difficulty of having to travel abroad to a foreign city with a different culture and turn up against opponents you wouldn't normally play.

I don’t know how i’d feel about it because we aren’t in it, but winning a champions league in these circumstances would feel impossible to not be viewed as tainted for me. If it was up to me i think they should have just cancelled this years edition and focused on pre season for the next season.

3.) 10 Jul 2020 02:45:48
No way anon. Can't agree with you there. I agree that the fans and pressure make the ties so exciting, but if you've ever played Sunday league (with 3 fans) a cup game has much more edge than a friendly. But I take that point. But what is all this tainted business about? I thought it was just something utd were saying. Does this league feel any less special, any less of a relief. Its the szme for all teams and its Europe's best teams. Whoever wins will have achieved a huge goal. Its not tainted, neither is the league, its just being done in difficult circumstances. You could take the stand that it is even more incredible considering the players didn't train together for 2/ 3 months.

{Ed0666's Note - good point well made fella

4.) 10 Jul 2020 04:49:02
AW - it is a toughie. I think if we are going to be a 'big club' then we should be competing at the business end of the comps we are entered into. All the other stuff can figure itself out.

But in this unique season I do think it's a good thing that we aren't involved. let our boys rest and gear up for the new season.

{Ed0666's Note - how is resting and not being involved in the champions league latter stages a good thing mate? I wanna be in finals of cups, competitions regardless of pandemics.
If we’d have beaten Juve in Hysel although it was tragic circumstances we still would have counted that as seven European cups and not six.
Whoever wins the European cup this season wins it on merit irrespective of the revisions to the competition.



26 Jun 2020 02:20:24
Just a quick question if you have any insight into jan vertonghen next club. He's due to leave on a free transfer this summer and I think that if lovren was needing to be replaced it would be good business to offer vertonghen a 2 year or so contract as this would let the younger prospects time to grow until possibly good enough to step up. Even though he's 33 he could offer valuable experience when needed and as a left footed left sided CB who has played previously in LB he would be good option to fill in for VVD or robbo as he's excellent on the ball in how we want our defence to play forward passes and his experience of the PL would be handy to replace Lovren. For a free transfer on a short term solution with similar wages to lovren I think it be great business to acquire a fee for lovren and replace his squad role with a free signing it would be low risk. Any idea if Liverpool have shown any interest?

{Ed0666's Note - I’m not sure replacing a 30 year old injury prone defender with a 33 year old injury prone defender is good business mate. Furthermore although he would be a free transfer his signing on fee and wages would make the package gargantuan.
We have a lot of higher earners at the club that aren’t worthy of those wages and don’t play much at all such as Lalana & Shaquiri. So the last thing we want is an old player on high wages. It’s not the FSG way. I’d be gobsmacked if this transfer happened.

1.) 26 Jun 2020 11:35:38
Vertonghen has the right skill set, but it's clearly the wrong place and the wrong time. Maybe 5 years ago.

2.) 27 Jun 2020 05:25:29
Yeah perhaps ye're right in those points made to be fair, . I see him as an upgrade to lovren overall and just a short term option if we didn't see value in this current market for buying a defender at the right price. But I understand that my view may not actually be a wise one haha.

{Ed0666's Note - It’s a bitter pill to swallow but we have owners that won’t spend for the sake of it. They will penny pinch were they can (ticket price hikes and furlough scheme being prime examples).

Don’t get me wrong I’m not denigrating FSG they have been better owners than I expected but COVID has curtailed a lot of clubs summer spending and we are no exception.

If we were gonna go for an experienced older premiership defender I would plum for Mee at Burnley.

I’m not expecting much transfer activity to be honest in terms of purchases. I think we’ll be going down the loan route until the financial situation sorts itself out.



14 Jun 2020 05:04:54
Counting down the days now to seeing us back on the field. Just a little question regarding the topic of many concerned about the closed doors lack of atmosphere. I've actually been enjoying it to quiet an extent, paying far more attention to the players communicating with each other and more of a glimpse into their ways of reading the game. Even hearing the thump of the boot hitting the ball with every single pass and then the noise of the ball being controlled cleanly is satisfying to me, it just seems to make me feel like away from all the money, marketing, media, and celebrity status of the football world at this level I'm getting a real kick out of soaking in the simple sounds and sights that you'd find at any amatuer sunday league game. Watching the top professional footballers just playing a game of football in its most natural form is something I'm enjoying far more than I expected. I certainly won't have any intention of listening to the articial crowd atmosphere as the only benefit from any experience of atmosphere and emotion is the fact that it's real and genuine. Without that then to me it's just annoying background noise. Interesting to hear if anyone is in the same boat as me or if you're the opposite and really struggling to watch the games currently in silence.

1.) 14 Jun 2020 10:55:04
Har for me fans make football and they always will and always have. Players, managers and owners will come and go but fans are there for life. Saying that though I can go and watch my local team on a Sunday play in front of 5 people and I would still enjoy the game (even though it’s probably at the standard of Everton) . My opinion is The atmosphere inside the stadium is key for the players and more importantly the fans inside the stadium who are enjoying and living that experience. I’ve never watched a good game on the tv and thought I didn’t enjoy that because the crowd could have been louder. I’d love fans to be back in stadiums but until that happens I going to enjoy every minute of watching us play behind closed doors. Actually I’m going to enjoy every minute of watching every game behind closed doors. I feel like a kid at Christmas right now.

2.) 14 Jun 2020 11:14:59
I'm with u mate, all iv been thinking this whole time regarding "the fans"is I don't really care just give us the trophy by hook or by crook hahaha!

3.) 14 Jun 2020 12:01:51
I said at the very start of all of this that one of the things that I hoped would happen is that clubs realise the importance of the fans to their product. Rather than simply customers (although there are benefits I believe to that), the passion of genuine fans and full stadiums are so integral to everything that makes football a billion dollar industry. They really do need to remember this and perhaps reflect and review ticket prices to make the game more accessible to more people.

4.) 14 Jun 2020 14:38:09
Oh yes I completely agree with the importance of a full stadium. I was referring more to my view that a fake simulated version of fan noises for the television viewer would be more of an irritation for me as opposed to most others who seem to be glad to have that option instead of silence.

{Ed002's Note - Well turn the sound down.}

5.) 14 Jun 2020 17:58:04
I guess it all depends on the match you watch. I watched Mallorca v Barcelona last night and they had the fake crownd noise and found it far better than the previous games I had watched without any noise. I also decided to watch it with Spanish commentary just made the game sound more exciting. I'm sure it will be different for Prem games where you will know the chants etc.

6.) 14 Jun 2020 19:51:44
so what your saying is man City and arsenal fans should welcome fake crown noise lol!




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26 Sep 2020 21:59:00
I understand that we as fans want to see Gomez being reliable as an ever present like van dijk has been. It's such a bonus to have a CB pairing who are together every week but Joe has only just turned 23 and still very young so I'm confident he can improve in this department. What I find impressive is that he and VVD can gel together so quickly when paired up even after periods of time apart.

Imagine a season where they start 35 or 36 league games together how strong they could be. The vidic/ Ferdinand or Terry/ carvalho partnerships were top class when they played nearly every game.

I've no complaints if klopp is ambitious and seeking a defender that is of the quality to expect coming straight into the team but Its hard to get that signing without spending large. I'm currently confident with the boys we have so I'd have no worries at all if we instead signed a cheaper or younger defender who could be managed patiently and look to earn his place without pressure to come straight in. Matip and fabinho also offer us strong options so I'd love to see Gomez being told by klopp he wants him as his trusted first choice and challenge Gomez to focus on achieving a full season of being fit and available. He just needs that full season without any setbacks and playing alongside VVD week in week out his confidence and game would be able to reach another level that we all see he is capable of.



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26 Sep 2020 01:37:40
Is this why we see Barcelona pushing the likes of Suarez, rakitic and Vidal out the door for hardly any sort of fee. Are they forced to get the high earners off their books as quick as possible? Same with Madrid not messing about and shipping out bale and James Rodriguez both of which on huge salaries. Is this a result of previous years where their transfer failings have finally caught up with them in terms of not being a sustainable way towards recruitment?



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25 Sep 2020 23:33:00
I also think llorente might not have been too interested in leaving sociedad to join us when other clubs like Leeds could offer him regular starting time. At that age he probably wouldn't want to risk the possibility of seeing Gomez and VVD become consistent partnership and spend a few years of his career not guaranteed to play every week. He'd be aiming to become a starting CB for Spain with pique gone and Sergio Ramos coming to his final years while no other top defenders from Spain are certain to fill those positions. He's 27 and not yet to have a season where he's been an ever present. He needed to seek a move where he can try to bring his game up a gear and maybe reach a level in next season or after to get a big move.

I don't think we had serious intentions to pursue him as I'd imagine the player wasn't expected to be eager to accept the role we could offer.



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24 Sep 2020 02:25:10
I agree that i don't think Burnley will see him get the best chance to enjoy his football. Unless he's adapted to a different role that he ends up being effective and useful. I wonder what his game would bring if used wide left in Burnley 442 where he'd get that extra yard and space playing so wide and instructed to whip threatening deliveries for 2 target men instead of his past joys where he was used cutting in from the right. Burnley have had Robbie Brady injured for multiple seasons but that was always their type of winger that dyche liked with a peach of a left foot wanted to whip crosses from their natural side. I can't see Sean dyche wanting to spend big money and try to use him as we've seen him play for last few clubs. I'd be curious if he wants to try a different approach in using Wilson as a natural left winger. Anyone think this might be a transition that would actually get the best out of Wilson and a better fit for the PL?



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24 Sep 2020 00:28:23
I have no inside information or clues whatsoever to understand what the transfer activity will be. But just from what I think are the factors at play I can't see the possibility at all that mane or salah will depart this year. Both are at the peak of their powers, have just won European cup and the league which was historic for our club, both are contending for golden boot titles in arguably the best league, both are under contract that gives Liverpool no reason to rush a sale, both players are loved within the club and no issues of conflict evident, both players still a few years left in their 20s and we are in power to demand a huge transfer fee. Any club that can offer that kind of money currently not as attractive in terms of strength so I just can't envisage how a deal could arise over next 2 weeks where we even receive an offer nevermind accepting it and see the player eager to leave.

Whatever the future holds who knows but we are in such a position of strenght while others are having struggles to a degree I don't see us letting any star player leave particularly when there has been no issues in terms of those players being unsettled or looking to move right now. Just look at how salah and mane started this season as proof that they are well focused on achieving another successful season for liverpool.




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27 Sep 2020 08:41:28
I didn't realise there was an injury problem involved actually, it's funny that I've heard so many different mentions of his golf being an issue but never heard anyone elaborate to what you've cleared up which would obviously make far more sense to what I thought was just a nothing story being dramatized.

The Jordan comparison obviously is unrelated now that I know it was never just a case of people upset that he spent so much time on a hobby. If he was medically advised by his club who pay him ridiculous wages to stop then he is certainly in the wrong.

Would clubs ever have grounds to terminate a players contract if he actively ignored an instruction and his actions led to longer unavailability. They must have an element of power over the players in situations like that.

{Ed001's Note - I thought it was well known that was why Madrid were so unhappy with him playing golf, I didn't realise it wasn't mentioned as the issue regarding his golfing. Strange as him just playing golf would never have been an issue with the club as most of his teammates are keen golfers too, so you would think anyone reporting it would explain why it was an issue.

They could terminate a contract if he actively ignored medical advice and it can be proven it caused unavailability. However it would mean they would have to pay up his contract, in essence buy him off. No club wants to do that often and it is only in extreme cases involving a player who fails to contribute or who has reduced any potential transfer (plus marketing) income to nothing. For instance when Chelsea fired Adrian Mutu due to failing a drugs test, they had to go through a long and expensive court battle over it, even though Mutu was clearly in breach of contract. Footballers get a little too much protection these days.}



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27 Sep 2020 08:03:06
Complete useless comparison to make that proves anything to define keita or grujic. Grujic was sitting in the deep role against a lower league side that were so poor and off the pace of matching us that any professional midfield player would look good and controlled. On the other hand keita is used in the most advanced areas of midfield and was competing up against kante and kovacic both playing for their country in the last world cup final and jorginho a 50mil experienced international as opposed to grujic playing a complete different midfield role and facing a side not capable to put us under any pressure.

I'm not bashing grujic at all but we saw chirivella play with the exact same comfort last year, doesn't mean anything really. Keita would have been on top in midfield too against that Lincoln side when the game as a contest was over after the first quarter.

Kai havertz was very good in bundesliga, but since coming to England he only looked like having any quality against a weak Barnsley in the cup. In his 3 PL games you can see that he's struggled to get into games. I'm just not sure that grujic can give us anything that we don't already have. Like emre can was for us I just feel he's got a nice balance of attributes for a midfielder, big, can take powerful strides, get stuck in, is tidy on the ball keeping it simple and can chip in with a handful of goals but no part of his game stands out to me as being able to add anything to improve our midfield. Fabinho tackles better, thiago passes better, wijnaldum more dynamic an agile in narrow midfield spaces. Henderson has a bigger engine and aggression to contanstly press, keita can carry and dribble beyond players while Jones offers a more inventive option in attacking midfield. If we kept grujic and let one of those leave then I think we'd weaken our options of variation.

I'm not an expert on grujic as I've only seen bits and pieces of him over the last 2 seasons so maybe he's added something special to his game since. What does he look best at? Ball winning? Breaking up play? Dominant passing numbers and accurate switching of play? Carrying the ball with direct runs using his strength? Attacking the box late as a threat to score from midfield runs? I always thought he had a decent ability to offer a mix of each but nothing that is of the level that each midfielder playing for a top side has to add to his side.? Anyone have a genuine insight having watched him playing regularly to know his current level?



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27 Sep 2020 07:01:32
Personally I'm still backing keita because we know he has the ability and klopp seems eager to get it out of him. Yes he has been a frustration for 2 seasons but I'l believe in him to get going right until the moment I see that our manager no longer wants to play him.

There is one thing that bothered me from the post above and it is that some posters write up a bit of info about a players personal life as if it's factual when it's actually incorrect nonsense.

6times you criticised keita as a football player while suggesting his careless wild party lifetyle has led him to not giving a toss about liverpool.

Most people who read that will then form an added negative to bash keita with when it's 100% crap. You are aware that he's a devout Muslim and is definately not suffering from any party lifestyle that you hint is the reason behind his slow start.

Its ok if you dislike him but it seems like your trying to force everybody else to turn against him too by speaking negatively of his character that's completely made up when the only thing we should be debating is the football reasons. AOC is a more likeable guy so we never see his personal information being questioned despite spending as much time as keita disappointing in nearly 2 full seasons excluding his year out injured. Carragher spitting at people, Gerrard drunken assaults, firmino drink driving never come up in conversation about their ability or achievements despite actually being true.

It's like how so many people bring up the fact that Gareth bale plays a round of golf regularly in his own time as if that's any sort of negative reflection that people seem to believe affects his career. Every player spends a few hours each day doing a bit of work at the training base and the rest of the afternoon and evening they need to be human beings. The likes of Spanish media never liked him as he never fitted in so created an idea that bale was choosing golf over football. I very much doubt he was skipping club involvement specifically to play golf. Michael Jordan the greatest man alive to dedicate and push himself to sporting success played 36 holes every day, 2 rounds of golf but if bale isn't settled at his club it must be whatever he does in his private life to blame. I'd much rather that a player on my team is spending a couple of hours walking about and keeping his brain working competitively playing golf instead of most of the younger lads now sitting down infront of the PlayStation for hours where they don't receive attention from the public view to pick faults from.

{Ed001's Note - this isn't my opinion, so I will say this, Bale's career was negatively impacted by playing golf against medical advice while injured. That is fact, it is why he is so disliked by the Spanish media, who did not create the idea, it is simply what he did. When he should have been doing rehab work or resting, he was out on his private golf course instead. There was no agenda against him at all. It is utterly unrelated to what Michael Jordan did or does and that is a bizarre comparison. They play completely different sports requiring completely different types of body movements, it is not comparable at all.}



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27 Sep 2020 01:54:22
I think that the late winner is just covering up the huge problem that United are now having. You look at that 11 being the strongest line-up that ole picks from his full squad. Those 3 forwards that everyone was drooling about late last season, Bruno fernandes, pogba and matic behind while their back 4 cost nearly 200mill. That Manchester United team over 90mins had less possession, less touches of the ball and made less passes than Brighton and the crazy thing is that isn't even a shock stat for anyone anymore. United had 3 attempts on target all game, the 3rd being after 100mins from a penalty. This so called superstar attack have hardly asked any questions from Brighton and crystal palace, their defence is looking worse than ever and they could easily have been on the end of 2 heavy defeats to sides who should never be playing them off the park.

They are in such a messy state of management from top to bottom that is seeing the likes of pogba starting every week despite being an embarrassment while the CBs also can't be dropped because there's no one else and it seems when they fork out 80mil for pogba and Maguire ole can never think about leaving them out of the team no matter how poor they perform.

Right now I'm wondering if United are going to follow through in trying to add a couple of players for huge money as it's become clear that a dangerous winger and a left back are not just going to be the last piece of the puzzle. They had their 3 best forwards and 2 attacking midfielders starting yet offered nothing. Sancho can't just be the solution when United have no control in CM and get outplayed by weaker sides. 2 CBs who are all over the place means that no left back in the world stops them being cut open. They have to stop now and sack ole instead of throwing another year and another couple of hundred million down the drain. Solskjaer has shown all he's got to offer now, they need to realise that de gea, Maguire, pogba and martial are not going to become the spine that OGS can get performing to a level to improve. They can't let him try another rebuild and need a different approach from a manager with specific philosophies. Himself and lampard have shown to be far out of their depth in terms of experience for such a big job.



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27 Sep 2020 00:49:25
I've been saying it non stop since lampard has been in charge that the amount of naivety he continues to show time after time regarding his defensive decisions is always going to hold Chelsea back. I said it all summer that the investment put into havertz and ziyech was going to be a waste of 100mil as long as they still defended like a relegation battling side. Imagine if that 100mil was used to buy a CB and top keeper. Would be far more effective than 2 more attackers. He's picked 2 full backs who attack high up and left out of position while are weak defensively even when facing the attack. Lampard then opts to play 2 slow immobile CBs to cover for his invisible FBs. Chilwell and the new GK can only improve but they're not going to be enough to fix that defence. Azpilicueta should be his go to man and their best defender, most versatile and also the only one with a voice at the back. He left him out against mane and salah which hurt them and again today his full backs all over the place. Rudiger being made available to leave while a 36 yr old Brazilian CB who's spent his career coasting through the weak French league with no stress was expected to suddenly be capable of making the step to English premier league when his legs are already gone to even consider keeping up with the pace. It's laughable how Chelsea have tried to improve on last season. The GK has been an issue for a whole year but 5 or 6 other signings were done first and Chelsea played their first 3 games without a new GK and now already 5 points off the pace. It's funny their 3 scorers who saved them today were the 3 young lads who came through the youth ranks and over the summer saw Werner, havertz and ziyech cost 150mil to apparently make Chelsea great again. There's no identity there.

A group of young British talent who showed the desire to work their socks off and play together for the manager was being admired early on and the only positive to take from last year. He then adds 4 or 5 new faces all coming from European leagues and for big fees with no experience of English culture and that can't be the right way to build a squad with balance. Perfect example is thiago Silva making his debut alongside brand new teammates who he hardly knows and unable to even speak the same language as his defensive line or even his manager. I know he's proven as a great leader and captain for psg or Brazil but to expect him to organise a team he's never played with and players he doesn't even know personally shows how weak chelsea are in terms of leadership skills.