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11 Dec 2019 12:02:13
Hi Eds,

Watched part of the game last night. What do you think of our midfield? I think sometimes they get cut apart to easily, but I think as a overall unit with flexibility, they could be in the top 10 of mid fields currently in all major leagues. Klopp seems to integrate and change players and the midfield currently seems to perform well. Keita has had two good performances, Fabs was smashing it, Wijnadulm is very consistent, Hendo is playing well. Lallana was good before his injury, Milner is still solid and the Ox is doing okay, scoring and showing good drve and energy I'm hesitant to say they are world class. As other than Fabs I don't think they midfield has world class players, rather how they play together is what would make people perceive them as world class. Please correct me if I'm wrong, as I've probably made some gross assumptions which are miles off the mark!


{Ed001's Note - they very rarely get cut apart, that is what is so good about them. That is why most teams play balls in behind the defence when they attack us.}

1.) 11 Dec 2019 12:36:33
I think Liverpool today are one of the world's best teams. If you're one of the world's very best teams you are world class. Let's put it this way. Which TEAMS are world class? Liverpool must be classed as that.

We have a world class gk, world class defence (may not have a million clean sheets but got a hell of a lot of assists and barely a loss in a year)
A world class midfield and a world class forward line.

Players like hendo and gini are always overlooked when people talk about "world class" because they graft. They do the dirty work. It's not all slide rule passes and stevie g tackles, pirlo passes.

I bet you this, no teams enjoy facing our midfield. They can all pass, can all keep the ball well under heavy pressure, AND keep their head up and pick a pass. And they're all capable of scoring if the opposition takes their eyes off them. It gives the front three that little bit of space.

I remember when we signed the ox, or gini. People weren't overwhelmed to say the least. But when jorginio was for sale people were drooling over him. Why? I wouldn't swap gini for 2 jorginio, or the ox for 2 jorginios

With keita and aoc I don't think we need an attacking mid like some say. I think our midfield is the most important factor. The defence and attack speak for themselves. We need to be careful not to weaken our strong midfield. I wouldn't take coutinio on a free transfer now.

2.) 11 Dec 2019 13:23:31
when do we get "cut apart"?

3.) 11 Dec 2019 16:18:33
Apologies, poor choice of wording, sometimes I feel teams can pass through our midfield too easily, however as many of you had pointed out, we rarely get cut apart, so I'm probably just too much of a pessimist aha, thanks for the reply Eds! Hope you have a good day.

{Ed001's Note - no worries mate take care.}

4.) 11 Dec 2019 18:25:28
They pass over the midfield because no one wants to play through them.

5.) 11 Dec 2019 18:44:23
OP, I fully agree with you that they pass thru our midfield however that can only happen if they play thru our press or on the odd occasion, we are out of position when we lose the ball. All of these things can happen during a game which is why our defence can look exposed at times. Play through us in midfield? No team can do that against us on a consistent level. Even City and Barcelona can't do that. Spurs lost the CL final for this reason exactly.

6.) 11 Dec 2019 20:27:14
I’m looking forward to adding Grujic next season as well.

7.) 12 Dec 2019 08:52:57
could be one of the top 10 midfields?

We are champions of Europe!

8.) 12 Dec 2019 10:46:28
maybe more so the season before last, I would agree that our midfield was very prone to being passed by. IMO it was mostly due to a naievity in the way some of our players would press. Milner was a shocker at this, pressing hard and then getting beating by a little 1-2, or tuck around the corner.

anyways, that has been reduced considerably these days. But I must say, a simple 1-2 or smart angles can cut through the best midfielders around. Football can be a simple game sometimes!



21 Sep 2018 12:03:38
Hi Eds,

Long time lurker, fist time poster.

I've just read reports about Klopp declining an amazon documentary. Personally I think it was a good move to turn it down but I'm sure you could offer some better insights into whether a documentary would be a positive or negative thing for the club? I certainly could see a documentary improving exposure and marketing opportunities, but I also see why Klopp would feel it could be a disturbance.

Would love to hear one of the Eds thoughts on activities like these.

Also thanks for all the top quality insights I get to read everyday :)


{Ed002's Note - All access fly-on-the-wall documentaries have been made about many sporting clubs including (off the top of my head) the New Orleans Saints, Manchester City, Sunderland, French World Cup squad, Seattle Mariners, Liverpool, Gillingham and I am sure many others. Typically they have no real impact and certainly there would be no new marketing opportunities arising as they are simply snapshots in time. People quickly forget - as an example. I have not seen any comments on this site about the Liverpool documentary since it aired.}

1.) 21 Sep 2018 15:51:14
Glad Klopp rejected it. The Man City one is absolutely cringeworthy. I remember Rodgers agreed to one as well and it was utterly embarrassing.

2.) 21 Sep 2018 16:45:05
The portrait of Brendan in Brendan’s house still sticks in the memory 🙈.

{Ed002's Note - Do you think Klipperty kept the painting when he started renting the house?}

3.) 21 Sep 2018 17:01:31
Klopp found 12 Snickers under the master bedroom pillow the day he moved in.

4.) 21 Sep 2018 18:12:37
Thanks Ed's002, have a good evening :)

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome - and you enjoy your evening as well.}

5.) 21 Sep 2018 20:46:46
Can't help but think that Rogers calling out and embarrassing Sterling in front of the cameras was the beginning of the end for him at LFC.

6.) 21 Sep 2018 21:48:43
And dental floss, Benny.

7.) 22 Sep 2018 07:49:32
Definitely found his whitening toothpaste.




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11 Dec 2019 11:56:39
I would love Minimino. I think he would be a fantastic signing to provide injury cover and depth as well as help push for competition in the side. Only watched him twice, but thoroughly impressed, reminds me of Kagawa before he left Dortmund and ruined his careers.

I genuinely think Liverpool had one of the harder groups this year, Salzburg are a fantastic team and if they don't get ripped apart in the summer transfer window I could see them performing well again next season.




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15 Nov 2019 17:36:26
I hope Joe is okay! He's a top player and showed more maturity over the past few days than some players do in their entire careers. Pass on all our energy to him! :)




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09 May 2019 13:12:15
Hi Eds,

Such a good break down! Did football always have intermediary fees? I noticed you linked this to "sponging leeches" I 100% agree on that note, but I'm wondering did football transfers always have leeches, or did this only become a thing until clubs started paying millions for players?

Thanks for all your great work :)


{Ed002's Note - Some clubs have refused to pay them - notably two Premier League sides. They have been around for quite a number of years.}



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18 Feb 2019 15:52:22
100% agree. Getting Milner on a free was a masterstroke. Keeping him at the club would really help the youth players develop. I remember the Eds mentioning imagine what Xabi could have taught to the youngsters coming through had Liverpool resigned him.





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11 Dec 2019 16:18:33
Apologies, poor choice of wording, sometimes I feel teams can pass through our midfield too easily, however as many of you had pointed out, we rarely get cut apart, so I'm probably just too much of a pessimist aha, thanks for the reply Eds! Hope you have a good day.


{Ed001's Note - no worries mate take care.}



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05 Dec 2019 15:31:46
Congratulations Robbie! I hope both your wife and baby are doing well and having a well deserved rest! That's far more exciting than the derby :)




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23 Aug 2019 20:26:28
Hi Ed001, thank you for writing such an insight article! Feel sorry for Rafa, he's a top manager and he's often got shafted. I look forward to reading more of your articles when they are released :-) have a good bank holiday weekend mate!


{Ed001's Note - thank you RH, you too mate.}



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22 Aug 2019 19:54:33
Whilst I don't have much knowledge on how expanding stadiums would impact Liverpool, I think an additional train station would be fantastic. Manchester has several large ones which go all over, I think additional trains with more connections would be an excellent boost! Better than the governments outdated ideas for HS2 etc! By the times it built Japan will probably have their country covered by the shinkansen allowing you to travel the entire length of Japan purely by train.




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21 Aug 2019 15:41:27
Don't wear kits etc so not too fussed who will be Liverpool's new supplier, however personally I think Hummel and Kappa make the cleanest looking kits. Not a fan of Nike or Adidas these days.

I do think the 2017/ 2018 home kit was probably one of the nicest kits out of recent years!