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01 Mar 2021 14:47:10
Hello Ed01, maybe you and others can chime in here. I know a lot has been said about the cause of LFC's probs this season and where they come from. What I have been mostly annoyed about is how pundits are looking for other causes as to why we have issues whereas the cause of our issues is pretty obvious: Injuries, right? And each time I see pundits trying to say "Oh Klopp should do this or that or the other" instead of saying what is obv., has been peeing me off for weeks now.

I watched the Anfield Wrap podcast on youtube with Neil Atkinson and Rory Smith (brilliant guy) and he gave a take that I had not even looked at. Smith said that the cause of our issues is pretty obv. YET boring in the eyes of the media. He said that the cause of our issues News Flash: Injuries, yeah? However in the media, there is only so far you can go with that hence, it becomes boring.

Therefore, the media has to create another or other narratives to "create" other causes for the public and the pundits to feed on esp. online. Hence, they attack Klopp on this or that or "Why does he not play a 442 or a back 3 (as if we have the personel or the bodies to play such formations cos of you know, the injuries? )3 Or the fav from Roy Keane "He is the manager. It's his job to fix it" (funny how that NEVER applies to his buddy OGS) ". Therefore, this is all fake news drummed up by the media by design and dishonesty.

Now Rory Smith said that it is tough for Klopp to "change" stuff cos for the most part, we play well in games BUT either don't take our chances or make mistakes that eventually cost us games so it is tough for Klopp to do say Now, he did say that there are some changes Klopp could do to make us less predictable and we saw a bit of that last night vs Sheff. He played Mane central, Jones on the left and Salah on the right in attack and Bobbie in the 10 and it gave us a bit more impetus going forward and created chances and won the game. Thoughts?

OliRed

{Ed001's Note - not sure Smith is right about the changes there. That was more of a natural rotation and movement than any particular set up. Jones always gets forward, Mane often drifts central and Bobby always plays the 10. It was just working better than normal because we were making better decisions with our balls in the final third. It was just a case of doing what we were doing anyway but better. Just like when Paisley took over from Shanks, he told the players nothing would change, they would keep doing what they were doing but they would do it better. That's all we needed.

Smith is 100% right about the media. They barely talk about Sheffield United now because they have struggled with injury problems and it is not going to bring in clicks by talking about it. Unlike Liverpool, there is not a huge media machine that requires fresh LFC stories to be churned out, so the Blades can just be forgotten about. Liverpool have far too big a following to be forgotten about, so they have to look for new angles all the time and new narratives to bring in page views.}


1.) 01 Mar 2021 16:36:29
Thanks, Ed for your input. I do agree that we were doing what we normally do but only better. I was the one who came to the conclusion of a change by Klopp during the game cos it seemed the forwards stayed in those positions a bit longer than just occasional changes in-game to keep the defence guessing.

I was thinking the same thing about Sheff. Utd regarding injuries. I could be wrong but along with us, they are the other team that has really struggled all season long with injuries BUT since no one cares about Sheff Utd nor Chris Wilder and they don't generate clicks, no one is giving their them as hard a time as Klopp and LFC are getting. Like you said, you got to go after the big fish to get clicks.

{Ed001's Note - exactly and we are one of the biggest fish for clickbait.}


 

 

02 Feb 2021 16:53:02
Ed01 please, did you do a match review of the West Ham game yet or did I miss it? Cheers, man.

OliRed

{Ed001's Note - you must have missed it: West Ham review

If you bookmark the site it is on then you can check much more easily and quicker than waiting for me to get a chance to reply mate.}


1.) 03 Feb 2021 01:01:35
Thanks Ed missed that. I'm glad you mentioned Phillips defending first free kick. Could have been a var goal otherwise. Likewise, gini in dm and thiago further forward. Gini I think klopp trusts him a bit more esp with hendo at cb in that position. However, surely this means Fab can be returned to play dm. He has been missed, his proactive closing down and reading of the game sets up our play. A midfield of hendo thiago and fab?

{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed!}


2.) 03 Feb 2021 10:06:48
Much appreciated, Ed01. This is that I don't have a PC yet so I surf the internet hence this site, on my phone. Therefore, cannot bookmark this page for now.

{Ed001's Note - doesn't your phone browser have a bookmarks feature? You can then copy the bookmarks over to a PC later.}


 

 

 

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03 Aug 2021 21:04:29
Thiago is starting alongside Hendo and Fab if all are fit. That is the midfield that started at Everton before things went to hell in a hand basket which means that had always been the plan when he arrived. Don’t see why that would change.

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03 Aug 2021 21:07:00
GT, Ibe had mental health and depression issues that stifled him. It’s pretty tragic what happened to him. Don’t know about the others.

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01 Aug 2021 21:02:57
Ed666, I don’t think all this “putting players in the shop window” is a thing at least with Klopp. If he wanted to do that, he could have simply let him play in the Olympics cos that is for sure a better opportunity for this shop window thingy where actual competitive games are played with scouts potentially in the stands, rather than friendliest and preseason 5 v 5 matches, don’t you think?

IMO, Klopp wants to see if Taki can do the business in preseason to gauge his firm and allow him the chance to make his case. That doesn’t mean he won’t be sold or will be kept. I think Klopp just wants to see him up close and personal and then judge for himself cos remember, Saints are ready to take Taki tmrw if we made him available.

OliRed

{Ed0666's Note - I disagree mate on tne shop window thing. I’d say west ham wanted him they could complete the deal in a few days, medical etcif he was with Liverpool if he was away millions of miles away there’s all sorts of Olympic protocol etc you have to abide by.


 

 

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30 Jul 2021 19:05:45
Mflis, the guy is pants at the moment. No amount of sugar costing can change that. It is up to him to do better or remain dreadful.

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24 Jul 2021 22:07:57
Musia is more than ready? Wow, didn’t know taking growth hormone supplements were legal.

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04 Aug 2021 11:56:58
Clearly, Harry has either NO idea how complicated these things are or he simply does not care. The fact that he just said we should not include both guys in the squad and just pay them to do nothing (just like Utd have done with Phil Jones for years) is testament to this.

Phil Jones hasn't left Utd for a reason. No club would pay his wages and cos he is crap. Origi and Shaq actually have offers BUT just maybe if the club stopped pricing them out of moves then maybe we would get somewhere BUT that is not what Harry is here for, is it?

And please Harry, stop lecturing LFC fans about anything cos you sir, are NOT an LFC fan so keep your lectures to yourself cos a lot of us stopped caring about what you actually think a LONG while ago.

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03 Aug 2021 20:56:27
Spot on, Hijkle. This is a very important nuance that certain people seem unable to understand. One can have opinions on who we should sign and those debates exist on here a ton. It is the constant whinging by some about the club not doing what they want (knowing full well that the club simply can’t do it) is what causes people to moan about other people moaning. It is not so much the moaning. It is what they are moaning about. If you are repeatedly moaning about an issue that clearly nobody can do anything about, is that having an opinion?

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03 Aug 2021 20:59:04
Spot on, JH. New signings are just as important as being able to actually keep your best players cos if you can’t, who are the new signings going to play with? Brilliant news.

OMM, the owners are only tight fisted when they don’t do what certain fans want. It’s that simple.

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03 Aug 2021 20:49:59
Zaha? If at his age of near 30, he has not improved which he hasn’t then, this is his level hence, WAY below LFC. No thanks. Rather give Taki his chances.

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03 Aug 2021 20:47:45
Spot on, Hijkle. They are trying to put lipstick on a pig by tweaking the VAR rules instead of fixing the main issue as in, the rank incompetence of PL refs. I’m not buying it cos even if the tweaks are done in good faith, if you have incompetent officials executing the new rules, the outcome will be the same: A complete ship show.

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