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19 Nov 2019 20:36:42
Hi Eds, pardon me if you've already discussed this before. Is Liverpool really interested in Amine Harit from Schalke? If so, who do you think he'll replace?



{Ed002's Note - Amine Harit is having a decent season but I am not aware of interest of Liverpool. He would be effectively a like-for-like replacement for Shakiri and he would likely get around the same amount of opportunities. He will be 21 or so now and I would expect a drop to the bench would not be attractive for a player who is playing regularly at a good level. He has turned down clubs in the past as it would stagnate. It makes no sense for the player or the club.}

1.) 20 Nov 2019 02:26:10
Thanks for your response! I appreciate it.

2.) 19 Nov 2019 22:30:24
Ed002 you’ve cited midfield / AM as possible positions that Liverpool may strengthen in summer.
What level of player do you envisage if such a move seems unattractive for this lad?
Someone who’ll go straight in the team or what, as midfield is the one area that Klopp regularly rotates and game time may be more readily available than elsewhere in the team?

{Ed002's Note - If they are to go straight in to the team then first team players will need to leave - so it would not be a simple case of Coutinho replacing Shakiri as Shakiri is a bit part player - the same if replacing Lallana. The club should be looking to see if they can get a work permit for Grujic before looking at the market.}

3.) 20 Nov 2019 12:20:48
On the midfield subject Ed do you think there is a chance Shaqiri might leave in Jan or the Summer in search of more opportunities?

{Ed002's Note - I would think he will go in the Summer.}

4.) 20 Nov 2019 17:11:25
Owe ok mate, I was thinking he might be getting annoyed at lack of playing time. You mentioned Zielinski previously, do you think he is attainable or far fetched for the summer mate please? Guess he wants to be guaranteed starter every week.

{Ed002's Note - As a wildcard I would not lose sight of PZ. Klopp likes him and got Liverpool a warning for tapping him up previously.}

5.) 20 Nov 2019 18:03:51
Ok Ed cheers mate, I get what your saying. Looks a decent player to me, not sure he is a big improvement to what we have but would be a welcome addition imo.

{Ed002's Note - Klopp thought so - but when it all came out (only about a year ago) everyone was in denial because of a new contract at Napoli. Now Napoli are in a very difficult position there might well be an opportunity.}

6.) 20 Nov 2019 22:50:51
Appreciate the info as always Ed. Let’s see what develops.

7.) 21 Nov 2019 12:53:30
Eds, how would Zielinski fit into this midfield though? Keita, Lallana, and Milner have all seen part-time duties from injuries or just lack of opportunity. I get it with Lallana and Milner considering the stage of their careers, but Keita obviously wasn't brought in to sit on the fringes. Do you think he would have to move on in order to make room for Zielinski or do you see a setup where we'd add him without subtracting Keita?

{Ed002's Note - He would have been a significantly better option than Nobby Keita. I don't suppose there would be many tears if he were moved on. But you are right, if players are to come in then others have to go. Against him is also that if Grujic returns and gets a Work Permit how he will fit in to an already crowded midfield where there are three starting places available. Lallana is more attacking that PZ. If money is spent on replacing Shakiri and bringing in a starting player in an attacking role (e.g. the Coutinho type), then that means that there will be only two spots available in midfield - something like 4-2-3-1 or 4-2-1-3.}

8.) 22 Nov 2019 08:55:27
Have to agree with Ed002 about the midfield congestion. Even if Milner and Lallana go, we still have 6 senior midfielders (provided Grujic gets a WP) . How do u expect the club to convince another midfielder to join unless assurances r made that people like Grujic, Keita or even Hendo are moved on?
I'd rather sign a versatile forward to replace Shaq and only sign a midfielder if Grujic or Keita move on.



25 Jun 2019 10:07:14
Sepp van den Berg is the name lots of websites are reporting about at the moment. Eds, any truths in these reports?


{Ed002's Note - I suspect there is. My notes are out of date but say: Sepp van den Berg (CB) Zwolle kiddie but being watched by a number of sides including PSV, Brighton, Ajax, Lille and Genk - Sampdoria have had a couple of offers rejected - Crystal Palace, Bayern Munich and Liverpool have enquired.}

1.) 25 Jun 2019 10:56:29
Liverpool 'win 1.79m race to sign Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg ahead of Bayern Munich with 17-year-old to have medical on Wednesday.

2.) 25 Jun 2019 13:01:35
Ed01 can you make a player profile on him?

{Ed001's Note - if I can find footage of him to watch I will yes mate. Added him to the list.}

3.) 25 Jun 2019 21:56:37
ed1 please don't lol I feel like a review on a kid is like fuel to the fire for fans. . .

4.) 26 Jun 2019 17:53:30
Lots of pace as he used to be a winger before converting to a centre half. That will probably mean that he'll be able to play as an attacking full back too.

I don't think I've ever heard of someone convert directly from a winger to a centre half.

Sure, winger to full back; centre half to defensive mid; even full back to centre mid (ala Fabinho and Philip Lahm) ; but winger to centre half? never.

5.) 27 Jun 2019 06:18:11
EP, Van Dijk started off as a striker, and I could be completely wrong but didnt Carragher start out upfront too?

6.) 27 Jun 2019 09:52:57
OGRed_Phil. I forgot the centre-half/ forward combo. There's quite a few examples. Chris Sutton was a classic example and regularly played both roles, and dare I mention him? Steven Caulker, haha.

Strikers and Centre Halves share a lot of the same attributes. I don't know if he ever played in defence but I'd imagine that Duncan Ferguson would have made a decent centre half.



20 Dec 2017 10:35:58
So the Miror is reporting today that Coutinho is finally gone in a few weeks?
Eds, January or summer, what would youh say is most likely?


{Ed001's Note - summer is the most likely, though he is trying to get himself out in January.}

1.) 20 Dec 2017 10:50:24
The press must read this website daily. A day or so ago Ed002 mentions meetings by Coutinho agents and his family with the owners now apparently the deal is moving forward.

Thanks for keeping us in the loop, even when its news I would rather not believe haha.

2.) 20 Dec 2017 10:51:56
I personally hope it is January. He doesn't want to be here, let's get it over and done with. Would you agree with this Ed1 or would you prefer him to go in the summer when we can get a replacement? I know its a difficult one, he has been playing better recently but still not up to scratch in my opinion, the whole saga has affected his game since the summer, sure he's had a few decent games, that's about it.

3.) 20 Dec 2017 10:51:56
I personally hope it is January. He doesn't want to be here, let's get it over and done with. Would you agree with this Ed1 or would you prefer him to go in the summer when we can get a replacement? I know its a difficult one, he has been playing better recently but still not up to scratch in my opinion, the whole saga has affected his game since the summer, sure he's had a few decent games, that's about it.

{Ed001's Note - I would have sold him in the summer. For me Leicester are the perfect example of the difference that arises when you have players that want to play for you and players that don't. The team that did won the league and almost that exact same team with a few that no longer wanted to be there was in relegation trouble. I know that is not all it was about, but that was the main issue there and you could see the way one player wanting to leave in Mahrez spread seeds of discontent throughout the squad.}

4.) 20 Dec 2017 13:05:03
He is going, that much we can be sure of, however the important thing is that the club gets the best deal it can and buys a suitable replacement and doesn't waste the money.

5.) 20 Dec 2017 11:55:01
That's a good point actually Ed1, I didn't think of the Leicester saga and I do strongly agree, if we'd of flogged him in the summer without messing about I genuinely do believe we may have done a little better if we had. I think it was all up in the air about his future and he disrupted the squad with his antics.

Things seemed to of settled down the past few weeks but it still doesn't disregard the fact he wants out, why keep a player or attempt to who wants out. I'm not too fussed about transfer prices these days because it's confusing but by the sounds of things we could've got a good price for him in the summer so keeping him when he wanted to leave really baffled me to be honest and what worries me now is, Barcelona have other options lined up, I hope to Christ we don;t bugger about should they put an offer in (no doubt they will) because then they could move onto their next target and we're left lumbered with a player who doesn't want to be here.

It may be just be I don't know, I'm far from intelligent with football like many of you are but many of his games this season it seemed to me like he deliberately didn't give a damn, he's been like a ghost many of the games, going missing and what not, not to mention his 'injurys', this doesn't go down well with me. We're still paying his wages, the respect I had for him is gone having said that if he scores a few past Arsenal then fair play but I can't respect the lad anymore. He could've gone about it all in a much more professional way.

{Ed001's Note - football has moved away from the clubs holding all the power so we may as well have just let him go and let him have his wish. I do also feel we would have done slightly better, though he is still affecting games going forward, he is virtually non-existent when we turnover the ball.}

6.) 20 Dec 2017 12:37:32
Ed, do you not think there's some nuance? Saints decision to keep VVD has clearly backfired, his and their form has nosedived and they'll probably get less money now than they could have in the summer. Keeping Coutinho, right now, seems to have been the right call. There's no obvious effect on the team and he's still doing the business on the pitch. We may even get more money now when he does go.

In hindsight I'd say Liverpool got this one right.

{Ed001's Note - I disagree, there has been a very obvious effect. There have been games when he has cost us badly, with his constant refusal to pass when it was on etc and laziness in working back. The team is not good enough, compared to most of the opponents we face, to carry passengers.}

7.) 20 Dec 2017 12:45:10
Good point Ed001 regards Leicester.

{Ed001's Note - thank you.}

8.) 20 Dec 2017 14:35:39
'There's no obvious effect on the team and he's still doing the business on the pitch'

Half or more than half of the games he has played there has been an obvious effect, a negative one. Same goes with him doing business on the pitch, he doesn't do it a lot, it's only been the past few weeks mate.

I'd say maybe 3-4 games I've thought 'now that's the Coutinho we all know' that's not good enough.

9.) 20 Dec 2017 21:42:33
Can't see him moving in January to sit on the bench especially champions league games where we will probably win it and at Barcelona he can't even play.

10.) 21 Dec 2017 15:53:02
I think Ed has a point. Cou may be scoring goals and assists, no doubt BUT that pales in comparison to what he has doing last season as when he was fit and firing, he was brilliant both offensively and defensively. That is not happening now as he is less effective than last season. He does not pass the ball as quickly and often to open players and chooses o shoot rather than pas like he did disgracefully vs Burnley. He moans when he loses the ball way more often than last season (the Spurs game was a disgrace on this point) and his defensive nous (something we all hailed him for) has nose-dived immensely. This is the point I think, Ed is referring to.



15 May 2017 10:34:49
Ed 002, on May 30, 2016, you stated in your response to a post that Sofiane Feghouli may have been tentatively speculated for Liverpool but you believed he was moving elsewhere with confirmation expected shortly. Well, it happened like you said (not that anyone is surprised you called that right as you almost always do! ) .
Anyway, I thought he was probably the brightest spark for the Hammers yesterday and I was wondering, purely speculating, if there'll any movement this summer for Sofiane Feghouli this summer, and if so, if it has anything to do with Liverpool.


{Ed002's Note - I am aware of two clubs who have spoken with West Ham about Sofiane Feghouli but Liverpool moved on to Mane last season and seem satisfied with him.}

1.) 15 May 2017 12:14:30
I think satisfied would be an understatement ed.

2.) 15 May 2017 13:57:38
What makes you think he is good enough for us? Cannot even get into the West Ham first team.

3.) 15 May 2017 16:41:05
Neither could mascherano but he turned out alright (potential understatement) . Sometimes quality players don't suit the team / manager they play for, it doesn't affect their qualities and fit in other teams. I have no idea if feghouli is any good but if our scouts decide they want him I will support him, as with all players.

4.) 16 May 2017 19:09:46
Mascherano was a top class player playing for a numpty manager who didn't understand how to use him. Feghouli is a bang average player.

5.) 18 May 2017 18:42:20
That numpty manager named Alan Pardew, was the one who thought a highly-rated Mascherano from Argentina knocking on the door of the national team, was inferior to the great Hayden Mullins. There's a reason he is a woeful n=manager, out of a job, and bitter who has not gotten over LFC and SG snatching the FA Cup from in in 2006.



07 May 2017 11:30:23
Sorry Eds if this has been touched on before, but it was on a name on the Sharkopod so I thought I should ask. Is Liverpool really linked to Lukasz Teodorczyk? Who has watched him play? Is he any good? I read he's the new Lewandowski!
Thanks Ed.


{Ed002's Note - It is a different Merseyside based club who has shown a little interest.}

1.) 07 May 2017 18:14:11
For the love of god, I am sick of Tranmere Rovers stealing all the good players!

2.) 07 May 2017 19:07:11
hahahaha nice one MK.

3.) 08 May 2017 09:33:54
I only watched him on our national team, and he's average. He's behind Lewandowski and Milik in pecking order.

4.) 09 May 2017 14:08:08
Send him to Woodison then 😂.




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25 May 2020 17:22:51
Istanbul forever in our hearts. We won it Five times.


1.) 25 May 2020 21:08:37
Watched it with my older bro who's an evertonian. Half time he was loving it not so happy 45mins later lol.

2.) 25 May 2020 21:30:30
Have you read Stephen Warnocks account of the final? Squad players sent in a different plane home so the players wives could fly which meant they got back later and missed the parade. Seems pretty poor. Ed, is this really what happened or is it being exaggerated?

{Ed001's Note - there was certainly a few who missed the parade, though I don't remember why off the top of my head.}

3.) 25 May 2020 22:37:44
It was in an article on the BBC site, seems very harsh by the club if true.

4.) 26 May 2020 01:01:22
Sexiest Liverpool player ever = Luis garcia.

5.) 26 May 2020 09:36:30
Warnock always bangs on about how he left his boyhood club as Rafa was being so mean to him.
My recollection was that he left coz he was never good enough to be our left back.

6.) 26 May 2020 18:44:32
According to Neil Mellor, the plane with the players who weren't involved actually landed at Liverpool before the plane with the first team (the 18 players, the wives and press) but it was waiting for their bags that held them up as obviously loads of fans were returning, Rafa and the team were waiting at Melwood but police advised them they couldn't wait any longer and the remaining players finally arrived about 15 minutes after the bus had left.



06 Apr 2020 09:51:19
I asked this question earlier, ED002, so please don't be upset if you already answered that.

Ed002, please a quick follow up question, re: FSG. Did they follow their Red Sox non-playing staff yet? Just curious if you don't mind.


{Ed002's Note - You asked it 6 minutes ago.}



05 Apr 2020 04:22:20
Ed001, can you use your connections to the club to send a message to the hierarchy that this furlough move is really stupid and that it could ruin the reputation FSG has been trying to build for years?

Also, could we create and circulate a petition here that could be signed across the internet condemning this act of selfishness? Whether the decision is changed or not, we'll know we let our voices be heard.


{Ed001's Note - they don't reach FSG sadly, or I would have already done so. It is not a move that has been welcomed. Big mistake and just shows what is wrong with the world when we have the likes of Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich and Spurs jumping on this loophole to avoid paying some low paid workers.}

1.) 05 Apr 2020 14:12:09
Typical capitalistic thinking. When stuff hits the fans, it is the lowly paid workers who ALWAYS bite the bullet while the fat cats reward themselves with parachute payments worth millions. FSG and the club heirarchy had a chance to make a brave, moral and PR-level decision here to side with the clubs non playing staff and pay them full wages during this crisis and they chose to turn their backs on them. This is going to leave a scar on both the club and these employees that will be difficult to close moving forward. Disgusting!



05 Apr 2020 03:59:51
It is a shocking decision and a bad love by the owners to furlough nonplaying staff. If goes against everything YNWA stands for, and at a time like this, this decision just leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth. They were the first or among the very first of the big clubs to do this, right? What kind of signal are they sending? The reputation of the club was already questioned in some quarters, and now this? Ridiculous!

No question, they're going to lose support from well-meaning supporters and the likes, although money is obviously more important than being a genuine supporter. I don't even know what else to say, but I'm quite ashamed my boyhood club would do this.
Wasn't it just last week or so that several radio stations played You'll never walk alone across Europe? This is just disgraceful.


1.) 05 Apr 2020 10:22:30
5th club to do it, not sure what YNWA has to do with it though? They are taking advantage of the government when they don’t need it, they haven’t made anyone redundant.

{Ed001's Note - YNWA has everything to do with it. If you don't see that, then you don't understand what the club is meant to stand for.}

2.) 05 Apr 2020 10:26:02
Oh and they are not taking advantage of the government, that is a stupid thing to say. It is the tax payers that pay it, not the government.

3.) 05 Apr 2020 11:52:51
The tax payers voted for the tories so the tax payers can lie in the bed they made for themselves. Be thankful they're on full pay lots of the country aren't. Football clubs are at as much risk as other businesses during this if not more players won't and shouldn't be paid in full and staff should and are being paid in full. Recetion and 20 years of austerity incoming if we stick with the tories but atleast they did brexit aye :)

4.) 05 Apr 2020 11:56:12
But the club and players also contribute millions in tax a year so in the owners minds it’s probably getting back some of what they’re owed.
It’s just business ruling over a football club and even though we already knew it this just emphasises the fact more that football is just business, but for a relatively measly 500k a month you would have hoped they wouldn’t have bothered.

5.) 05 Apr 2020 21:54:24
Jezza. imagine Corbyn trying to deal with what's going on. Labour are dead and buried.



25 Dec 2019 13:54:08
Just banter/ opinion/ debate please: Reds and Eds (including Ed002 and Ed025 of course! ), how much does it matter to you that the FA allow Liverpool to wear the FIFA Club World Cup badge on match days? Just read we appealed and the FA granted permission to wear the badge, which is yet to be officially presented by FIFA to Liverpool, only once, in the home game against Wolves in a couple of days.
Does it matter to you that we wear the badge during Premier league games or not? What do y'all think? If you say it matters, say why. If not, say why as well. Let's hear your thoughts.
Thanks all.


{Ed002's Note - It makes no difference to me at all. I cannot see what it has to do with the FA at all if they have been interfering.

There are certainly Premier League rules about the league kits and what can be worn and what can't - and much of that relates to the potential for exploitation - which is perhaps behind the reason for Liverpool wishing to wear it when the rules don't allow it.

As it is a FIFA competition Liverpool are allowed to wear any additional badges on the Champions League kit and exploit it that way.}

1.) 25 Dec 2019 15:24:44
Personally I think the whole football community knows we are the world champions. The badge has little effect on me. I love seeing the boys lift the trophy and the championz wall update. Hoping for z few more updates to come.

2.) 25 Dec 2019 16:01:37
I cannot understand why they'd want to ban it. Shouldn't they be proud that a team under their rule has won it?

I cannot see why it is exploitation or why anyone would be offended by it.

{Ed002's Note - Nobody is offended by it and nobody wants to ban it. It simply does not meet the rules, and it was the same when another Premier League side won it. Exploitation and yet another different Premier League kit that the kiddie Liverpool supporters will want will put a financial strain on their parents - it may not be a big deal for you but it is to the parents.

3.) 25 Dec 2019 16:29:37
I've kids, and they know without even asking me that if they already have a strip they wouldn't be getting another one just because it has a patch on it. think it says more bout the parenting if they're running out buying multiple kits per child just to get a badge. i can't see why liverpool. or any other english team can't wear it if they've earned it, not that I find it very important either. We rule Europe with or without the badge.

4.) 25 Dec 2019 20:51:23
I'm completely ambivalent about it. I think it is something between the clubs and the association/ competition they are participating in. Sure it's a source of pride to have won the competition but there are different ways of showing it, even when people clearly know all about it - the adding of a star after a World Cup win on national jerseys, for example.

A badge is much larger, and then could lead to demands and requests for other things. I would want to avoid any situation as per some leagues where there is so much advertising and other stuff on a jersey that I can't tell if something is a drink brand or the player's name.

5.) 25 Dec 2019 20:52:41
Plus isn't the badge ironed on anyway?

6.) 25 Dec 2019 20:54:25
Nothing to do with Liverpool but funny how the Premier League are happy to allow kit sponsorship from gambling companies and heavy advertising during games from the same, but teams cannot modify their kits to have a badge from a FIFA tournament.

Merry Christmas all regardless.

7.) 26 Dec 2019 05:28:14
Weve got the trophy, we've got the legacy. What difference does it make having a gold badge on your shirt for a year?

8.) 26 Dec 2019 10:46:01
Lol I'm not bothered, it's a badge, there's more concerning matters in this world.

9.) 26 Dec 2019 11:22:46
I would agree with that Salah.

10.) 26 Dec 2019 12:24:48
I actually think the whole thing is pretty embarrassing and the kind of thing that needlessly winds up other teams fans. It's not as if football supporters don't know is it.




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20 Feb 2020 03:14:30
Thanks, Ed. I was just about to ask the same question. Sounds more realistic than Sancho to me, to be honest.




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08 Jan 2020 11:10:15
Could it be that he's grown frustrated perennially playing defensively in the Klopp system when he could really thrive as an offensive midfielder like he is in his national team? That's the one thing I worry about personally.




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08 Jan 2020 11:03:50
Cantwell also reminds me of a certain Youssi Benayoun. And I like his dance moves too! Lol!
But is the rumor legit?




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30 Dec 2019 11:24:20
Thanks, ED002. That was quite comprehensive!




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30 Dec 2019 04:00:58
No, Haaland has signed for Dortmund.





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15 Apr 2020 10:56:21
Damien Comolli has been singing for the longest time that he was fired because of buying Jordan Henderson. He knew from the very beginning that Hendo will live up to be the best thing that ever happened to Liverpool!
Now Comolli is claiming John Henry admitted he made a mistake firing him. I wish the guy would just be quiet rather dripping snake oil all over the place! [Ed001 is a legend! ].


{Ed001's Note - it was actually Ed002 who first described him as a snake oil salesman!

As for Comolli, that is nonsense, he was fired because he was crap at his job. Hendo had been watched by Liverpool and many other clubs (including Man Utd, Fergie even tried tapping him up) since he was a kid. He was captain of Sunderland and very much in demand. He had been Sunderland's young player of the year 2 years in a row and FIFA had named him as a young player to watch for. It is not like it was down to his skill in identifying him. I had been asked about him a thousand times about him on the sites, particularly Man Utd, in the years before we bought him.}



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10 Apr 2020 03:00:57
Juicer, what if Peter Moore is a "yes" man who was employed by pragmatists? I'd say don't expect too much from him so you're not too disappointed. I don't conflate past missteps with this most humanitarian one, but at least we can live with the shame of a mistake that only lasted a few days rather than what the other big premier league teams have done insisting on their decision and ignoring pleas from their fans.




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06 Apr 2020 09:49:21
Signed and I suggest the Forum Admins (Eds) post this up permanently (for the time being I mean) as a link on top of this page so more folks can see the link once they log in rather than search through threads to find it.
Over 1000 people have signed it, but more is needed clearly.
Thank you all.




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06 Apr 2020 09:45:21
I've signed the petition for all it's worth, and I wonder if we could permanently put the link up here so more people will see it and sign. Also share with other forums too, including the Fat Boy from Bolton [I believe this should be a better cause for him! ]

Ed002, please a quick follow up question, re: FSG. Did they follow their Red Sox non-playing staff yet? Just curious if you don't mind.


{Ed002's Note - It is still the off season in the US as it has been extended in to what would have been pre-season - so it is very different than the UK.}



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02 Mar 2020 09:00:04
Fair play to Watford on Saturday. But I believe that all that bullying Troy Deeney was doing throughout and all over the pitch wouldn't have happened if Henderson was on the pitch. Obviously Deeny is a fighter, a street boxer of a footballer, but the fact that nobody could square up to him and fire up the team like he was firing up his smacks up lack of leadership; pure naivety. Henderson would have been all over Deeney in those critical moments or would have gotten into his face or sparked some arguments that would have galvanized the boys. Plus, he would have reminded Lovren what his primary job was on the pitch.
After a performance like that, nobody else deserves to the Liverpool's player of the year. The team has never felt so "leaderless" like it did on Saturday! Almost unrecognizable!