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14 Nov 2019 07:23:31
Greetings hope all the eds and users of this site are doing well. Question on the two young boys we brought in at the beginning of the season. How are they settling in with the team's, culture and city? Could this be an approach, Liverpool football club are looking to take within the transfer market, whereby we focus more on emerging talent as opposed to ready-made products? I recall it being documented that Klopp had made promises to use young talent when he applied for the project.

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1.) 14 Nov 2019 07:56:20
What's the difference between buying a youngster like berg or elliot compared to a senior player like VVD or alisson I'm not talking transfer fees I mean like do we bring parents and sort local jobs for them or is it the familys responsibility to do that or with senior players do we sort schools out for the kids all things like that.


2.) 14 Nov 2019 09:03:16
Interesting question berg, not sure how it works in those areas but I am aware that in RSA kids are placed in schools and provided facilities to ensure there is balance between professional and social development side of players. Mamelodi Sundowns and Clapham High School is perfect example which has done a fantastic job with players such as Percy Tau and others. Maybe the eds can assist with more details if time allows.

{Ed001's Note - they are over 17 and so professional players and there is no requirement to provide education. There is a good reason why British players, as a rule, tend to be less intelligent and educated than most other nation's players. There is little done to guide or push them towards educating themselves. Sadly.}


3.) 14 Nov 2019 10:03:55
Agreed Ed, I feel like maintaining an education will help players both on and off the pitch.

I had a friend who was a youth goalkeeper for Portsmouth was signed by Millwall, things didn’t work out and He had to go back to college at 22.

{Ed001's Note - it is too easy for them to drop out. It is a shame as they have plenty of spare time to do their studies. You only have to look at the difference between say Eastern European players and British ones. UEFA used to produce a magazine each month and in it they would interview one player. One of the questions was always "who do you think is the most influential person?" or something along those lines. British players would say, always, a sportsman, someone like Tyson or similar. Eastern European would always, and I do mean always, say Nikola Tesla. If you asked every British professional footballer who he was, I doubt you would even get into double figures of the people who know him and what he did. They need to widen their scope and learn about more than just sport.}


4.) 14 Nov 2019 10:20:02
Oh no that is a shame in did Ed 001, with the amount of money moving around you would expect education to be prioritized. Not every agency has players' long term interests at heart, the responsibility does fall on players to secure their own future outside football. Thanks for response. keep well.

{Ed001's Note - there has been an improvement at academy level, but it is after that when they need looking after still that the game fails them. It doesn't matter if they get a big money move and so don't need to educate themselves to get a job out of need. It is about them opening their mind and seeing more than just football. They need to have lives that are full, rather than just going home and playing games all night or going out on the lash. I love videogames, don't get me wrong, but they need to have their mind expanded, they will play better if they have the wherewithal to think for themselves, so clubs would benefit too.}


5.) 14 Nov 2019 10:58:52
is this why many top tier British footballers lack in basic cognitive and life skills such as critical thinking, perspective taking, empathy, etc.? And also lacks a life aside from football and leisure?

its similar in my country and many of the players cling on to playing semi-pro well into their 40s cause they can't do anything else. And a number often get into silly fights and just generally unable to express themselves well.

on another note, i think Heggem went on to have a salmon business of sorts after his career ended early. i'm just thinking if they were better educated, it would give them a lot more options in life as well if football didn't work out.

{Ed001's Note - exactly mate.}


6.) 14 Nov 2019 11:44:57
I worry for one of our more attacking midfielders. We bought Aoc when we missed out on keita. We bought in shaq coz Aoc was injured. It feels like something has to give. We have too many high class CMs

Henderson cm rm dm
Wjinaldum cm dm am
Fabhino dm cm rb
Milner cm lb rb lm
Aoc cm RW lf
Keita cm dm lf
Shaqiri cm lw lf rf
Lallana dlm cm am

Then there's Curtis Jones too

But then again they are all so versatile. Klopp is a genius in coaching his players to be able to play in different roles. It makes injuries less of a worry.

Who is, reds and eds, (if you can be bothered) the player you would least like to get a half serious injury?

It's a tough one. Bobby because I don't think mane, salah or origi can play cf anywhere near his level. They are all better coming from the wing.
Fabhino. Well he is instrumental. We haven't lost with him in the team.
Alison? We adrian
For me it's VVD.

Then again, robbo and trent are indispensable, but we do have cover. Trent gets a lot of our assists though. With gomez there it will be down to the midfield to create

It has to be van djike.

{Ed001's Note - I don't want any of them to get a bad injury!}


7.) 14 Nov 2019 11:45:05
John Scales has set up his own events management company since retiring as a player. Agreed though, he is an exception from the norm.

{Ed001's Note - I liked him. He came out and said he was leaving Liverpool to join Spurs as that was the only way you get into the England team, as they are the FA's fave for some reason.}


8.) 14 Nov 2019 13:38:52
Love how you rapped it all up Eds, opening up their minds in order to enjoy life to the fullest. Thanks you.


 

 

11 Nov 2019 09:43:59
Good to see Hendo playing with a smile again, covered the right-hand side well. Been pleased with his reaction when being subbed. Captain our captain.

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28 Oct 2019 09:21:41
Good win yesterday but importantly what a game (unlike the final) . Sad how Pacho has fallen, with the quality he has, his team was poorly set up (at least until Ndombele came on) . The improvement of Joel was high lighted again yesterday, Lov looked a school boy trying find his way around men. Sadio Sadio Sadio, is there a more durable, strong and calm head in football at the moment?

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1.) 28 Oct 2019 19:12:32
OKD, I thought Lovs was solid overall, last night. If people want to blame him for a freak deflection that hit the post and fell to Harry Kane in the perfect position then by all means, have at it. That would however be dishonest cos that freak incident could happen to anyone.


2.) 29 Oct 2019 05:34:35
Hey Red, rightfully so "freaky deflection" could have happened to any one, taking that out from the equation I felt Big Virgil spent majority of the game trying to cover up for him. The incident where Deli was put in one on one with Aly comes to mind. It could be down to lack of game of time or the general improvement of Joel but in my limited opinion he just appeared tad slow. To his credit he got stuck in the action and tried his bestt to win his duels. Our right hand side of defense continues to be a challenge.


3.) 30 Oct 2019 00:15:31
I think it was clear lovren was often left isolated due to spurs only attacking on the break and when Trent was always therefore advanced and left out of defence. Also spurs only pacy direct option was son from the left and Kane trying to avoid VVDs side. Erikson was never going to offer the same issue on our left side. Lovren was often left exposed and to the naked eye many saw this as him being all over the place but in fact he actually defended his tough situations as well as can be expected. I think a bit of relevant analysis can clearly show he wasn't individually weakening our defence.


 

 

 

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17 Nov 2019 17:54:09
Much appreciated ST, best regards and wishes to him and his family.

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14 Nov 2019 07:10:37
Way too soon for him, kid is talented but needs to consider his option wisely. His is signature would be a concern and set back for guys like Divock and Rhian in my opinion.

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07 Dec 2019 05:40:33
Think it will be a good experience for the kids provided they not just thrown in the deep end to make up numbers but instead there is a well mapped out plan to gain experience and improvement. I for one am really looking forward to seeing how they handle themselves against the mighty Villa.

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07 Dec 2019 05:32:58
Can see them raiding a few to make up for lost time, they most def need a few.

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05 Dec 2019 12:40:55
Love it.

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04 Dec 2019 13:03:54
A taste of United, has never been a smash.

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01 Dec 2019 08:53:46
Davy looked proper I must admit. Neat player there.

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