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27 May 2018 13:36:43
Absolutely gutted for the boys - not for the result but for the manner of it. I was really hoping for some beautiful attacking play worthy of our run to the final, but while the first 30mins promised much, the way Salah was dragged down and injured, and the way we played so poorly after he left, and watching Karius crumble on the big stage was devastating.

I sincerely hope the whole team can pick themselves up from this, as we seem to be on the brink of something truly special. The biggest disaster of all would be if we let something like this impact the momentum going into next season.

Now for some home truths

- I've always felt the gap between our front three and the rest was ridiculously big. So it proved last night, not just in talent but also in style. Our game relies on Firmino dropping deeper to act as playmaker and to create space, with a pair of wide attackers able to use their pace and movement to take advantage, get into the box and score. We clearly don't have anyone else in the squad able to do that apart from Mane and Salah, and with only one of them on the pitch the opposition can shut us down all to easily. We need a top top wide attacking forward in the transfer window to allow us to remain a threat if any of the front three are injured/ need a rest. It's critical. RM must have been laughing when we took off Salah and brought on Lallana. They knew we wouldn't be nearly as dangerous.

- I've been proud of Gini and Milner individually this season, they've given everything, but it is also clear that they both need the front three to click or we look toothless. Without Mane, Salah and Firmino on fire, our midfield is exposed for what it is - workmanlike. We need someone able to pick the game up and create danger if the front three are struggling, and hopefully Keita is that player. Kroos and Modric schooled us once Salah went off and we can't let that happen again.

- GK. I've been one of Karius's backers, mostly because Mig's was clearly not the answer, but I think Karius will take time to get over this, and the team will need time to trust him again. I think it's critical after the final that we go all out for the best GK we can get to start next season. Karius may come back, and I hope for his own sake he grows to live this down and succeeds in the long run, but unfortunately we can't go into next season with him as our no.1, there's too much at stake

- Finally, I think Klopp missed a trick. It was clear going into half time we were struggling with Lallana out wide. I think he needed to shake it up and put Ings or Solanke on earlier and dropped Firmino into the 10, with Lallana in midfield. We should have realised we lacked any threat, trusted our FB's to push up to create the width and pace instead and really gone for them but that's always easy to say in hindsight.

I hope above all we get over this performance and learn, continue to grow and strengthen the squad. We've had some incredible memories from this season and we can do better still if we don't let this get to us.

YNWA lads. Thanks for a wonderful season and here's to the next.


1.) 27 May 2018 14:53:04
ings wasnt on the bench so you can expect klopp to put him on really can ya.

2.) 27 May 2018 16:55:41
I don't have qualms with lallan being brought on, throwing an inexperienced player into a game like that would be hard. I think we should have matched their diamond and played firmino and mane up top. We know they'll roam around anyway.

3.) 27 May 2018 17:08:03
I don’t think Ings was in the CL squad 😄.

4.) 27 May 2018 18:17:24
Win as a team, lose as a team. Don't care what the results is they are my team and I am proud they made it to the final. "If you can't support us when we lose or draw, don't support us when we win. ". -Bill Shankly.

5.) 28 May 2018 01:07:30
My bad - of course Ings wasn’t an option, i guess the point was, we didn’t have another wide forward that Klopp could replace Salah with, we were forced to changed our system and we went from being on top to being under pressure the rest of the match.

6.) 28 May 2018 07:10:17
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Reality is Klopp watches his players daily and is in a better position to judge. We lost, we will recover and hopefully use this as a great catalyst to go again. Onwards and upwards.

7.) 28 May 2018 08:57:25
Inexperienced players - Trent alexander and Robinson were pretty inexperienced.

8.) 28 May 2018 10:08:10
Woodburn should've been given a spot on the bench and would've been a better option than Lallana. He's the kind of player who can come off the bench and produce a bit of magic, like on his Wales debut for example. The fact we had 3 defenders and 2 midfielders on the bench certainly didn't help. I still don't think Klopp did all he could've to get back into the game, waiting until the 83rd minute and then bringing on Can was pretty pointless. If you need a goal, bring on a striker for dog's sake. Or even Moreno could've had more of an impact, and of the options that were on the bench I'd actually have brought him on to play inside-left instead of Lallana.

9.) 28 May 2018 10:45:30
I would personally have put on Solanke and played Firmino more as a 10 but everyone’s a genius with the benefit of hindsight.

10.) 28 May 2018 15:19:41
Yeah SGRed that would've been worth a shot as well, and of course hindsight is 20/ 20 but my main point is that Klopp did nothing at all. Seemed like he was as stunned as the players were by the combination of the three shocking moments, but that is exactly when you need a manager with a cool head to put any kind of plan in place to try and save the game. Don't get me wrong, I love Klopp, but it's a definite weakness of his.

11.) 28 May 2018 23:34:44
Agree Jurgen Meister. Kloppo gets his subs wrong often when we're losing.

First of all, Ings should've been on that bench as the most like-for-like for the front 3. Of course, not in quality but at least in mobility and versatility. He would've been my choice when Salah webt off injured. We needed to keep the width and stretch them.

Even when we went 2-1 down I would've brought Clyne on at RB and pushed TAA forward. Take Milner off as his legs were done and slot Lallana in the middle. Lallana always struggles playing wide.

Oh well, game is done and I'm not a coach lol.

{Ed0333's Note - so glad your not our coach Greg.




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18 May 2019 06:04:12
Interested in people's thoughts as to how Liverpool should approach the final. My own view is to go aggressive rather than a more balanced approach.

I feel like Tottenham are a very dangerous side and like to press and put sides under pressure, so if we play it too casual there's a risk we lose the upper hand and just give them encouragement. Their players are likely to feel underdogs and like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity so if we let them get their confidence we could make things much harder for ourselves than we should.

I'd like to see us go hard after them from the first whistle and let them know who's boss and try make sure they don't have time to breath. Press high and hard and try to get the first goal early like we did vs Barcelona.


1.) 18 May 2019 06:49:26
That last bit sounds like a dirty movie haha.

{Ed025's Note - love it sandon..

2.) 18 May 2019 07:41:24
My tactics would be to go smash them. Run like nutters for 90 mins and give Spurs no respite while playing the skillful type of game we've played all season. Most players have a nice holiday after the final so no excuses for not putting in maximum effort. After the final whistle, Id like to see the Liverpool players shatered yet ecstatic.

3.) 18 May 2019 08:00:10
tell robbo and trent if they both play to just pressure tripper and rose who can't defend.

4.) 18 May 2019 08:14:19
Totally agree to chasing everything.

Love the dirty movie reference! Toxteth does Tottenham?


5.) 18 May 2019 09:15:41
Personally I’m slightly apprehensive if the match descends to a Championship play-off -style slug fest. A de luxe version of the Leeds v Derby game the other night is what we don’t need really but it’s probably going to happen at some point.
Two English teams and all that.
I’d rather a more controlled game, play Gomez at CB (tough on Matip, I know) and a high line, controlled press out of possession, keep our heads and don’t tear arse around everywhere like headless chickens.

6.) 18 May 2019 09:27:23
Don’t care as long as Jurgen gets to drop a few BOOMS!

7.) 18 May 2019 11:06:20
OP if you know anything about LFC under Klopp, you would know that we always start big games fast and intense right from the first whistle. All you have to do is watch all our big games this season esp. at Anfield as well as the Barcelona game to know this. Even vs Spurs at Anfield, we started the exact same way and rocked them in that first half.

Also, remember when we played Madrid last season in Kiev, we had them on the rack for the first 25 minutes (they couldn't get out of their own half) until Salah was targeted by Ramos IMO (I say that cos he targeted Karius as well and got him concussed), and injured him.

Therefore to your point, I am certain that we will come out flying out of the traps vs Spurs cos it is simply who we are. We do not play any differently. Also, we are capable of playing high tempo football AND keeping things under control hence, controlled chaos if you like. This is what Klopp implemented at the start of the season to get us to the point of winning the PL and making the CL final and win it. So don't fret, our boys will be super-prepared for this huge task cos Spurs are NO slouches. Cheers, my friend.

8.) 18 May 2019 11:13:22
Spurs have an incredibly fit team too don’t they? I agree with the approach suggested but they may be able to keep up with ha a little more than others can. On another note Goodluck to Watford today hoping for a Troy Deeney hatrick.

9.) 18 May 2019 11:15:17
The thing with spurs is they are capable of running all day the break will of done them good.

10.) 18 May 2019 11:54:46
I wouldn’t change anything for the final, play like we’ve played 90% of the season.

In sport a good mantra is “do what your opponent least wants you to do”. So on that basis Spurs have been complaining about fatigue and mental exhaustion. That will be ramped up 10x in the final, their legs will feel like lead when they go on that pitch.
So in agreement with the others, I would play high intensity football, I would get shots on goal early whilst nerves are jangling.
This is their first final, this is our second (with this squad) . We are wiser this time.

11.) 18 May 2019 12:25:13
If we play to our potential then we will win.

We should play with intensity coupled with discipline.

It would have been a bit of a concern last season but our team has grown this season.

It is a final and anything can happen but so long as we have a fit Bobby Sadio and Mo up front then I am pretty confident that we will get number 6.

If we do get number 6 it will be an interesting debate as to whether we or Citeh had the better season.

12.) 18 May 2019 17:37:33
Scouse john LB, and our team aren't super fit and can't run for all day? Or the break would not do us any good but would do them good? I don't understand the thought behind your post.

13.) 18 May 2019 17:48:07
Agree with Juicer personally, don't just go out all guns blazing, look to control the game and work the chances. We have a lot of different outlets attacking wise and we have a capable defence. We could go all out, get hit on the counter, and be a goal down early - it's a Champions League final, I think the same approach we had last year (before Salah got Judo thrown), controlled attacking play, is the way forward.



08 May 2019 10:41:22
Can't wait for Ed's review but a couple of things worth noting from last night

- Alisson is probably the most overlooked factor in that win, any goal would have been terminal and he was 1-1 with the likes of Messi, Alba and Coutinho all having a free shot more than once, and yet he made difficult saves look easy due to his superb composure and positioning. What a difference he's made to the side.
- Matip has been much maligned, but wow what a game. Truly stepped up to partner the unflappable VVD. Hats off and he deserves enormous credit for dealing with counterattacks
- Hendo was my MOM. you could just see what he meant to that game by Klopps face when he went down. What an incredible captains performance. truly career defining, in a way that was so different to Gerard's CL winning performance in 2005, but no less influential. He is a true leader among men
- Gini. just wow
- Divock. he's played himself into folklore with this seasons clutch performances, could well be the start of something greater than I imagined for the lad
- Trent. for any kid his age to even think about that cheeky corner says everything you need to know about both his game intelligence and his courage. To spot the opportunity and move so quickly without thinking about how stupid he might look trying something like that vs Barcelona on a stage like that, makes it clear he will defer to no one. What a gem we have.


1.) 08 May 2019 11:31:52
Alisson was man of the match for me.

Trent, Origi, Gini and Henderson had great games. But scoreline wouldn't have been possible without Alisson. He made some blinding saves.

I also agree on Matip. He had a cracker of a game.

2.) 08 May 2019 11:53:39
I agree with the above but Matip's tackle to save a certain goal was the moment of the match. What happened in the second half doesn't happen if Messi scores.

Matip has been called crap on here and been on the end of jokes from the ed and other supporters. They obviously didn't think he was capable of such a performance (I didn't either at the start of the season), his passing was also very good. I hope he will get the praise he deserves after last night's performance.

3.) 08 May 2019 12:04:11
Matip has completely won me over. I was pleased when we signed him, he started ok but dropped off. This season, the latter half especially, he has been brilliant. Many may disagree but he was awesome against munich and he was amazing last night. Not to mention the league games he has played in. I get the feeling vvd prefers to partner with matip over lovren.

4.) 08 May 2019 12:23:22
Moment of the game for me was Wijnaldum holding off two Barcelona players and out Cruyffing Cruyff leaving them both looking into thin air as Gini took the ball away.

5.) 08 May 2019 12:44:27
Absolutely so impressed by every single player last night. Just a quick mention of Matip though, (looking forward to reading what Ed001 thought of him), I too am now a big fan of the Matip Man. The way he contributes when we're in possession makes him head and shoulders preferable to Lovren imo. I don't remember when exactly, until I watch it again, but at one point in the second half he beat an opponent to the ball, shielded it from two opponents, then knocked it past another before passing it. I stood and clapped. Correct me if I'm remembering it wrong, I'm still a bit dizzy and rather wonderfully hungover. :)



27 Apr 2019 04:18:05
Really good performance and was great to see Mane continue his incredible form and Salah back to his usual.

Only downside is it took me 20 minutes to figure out who was playing CF, why the heck start Sturridge? He was nowhere to be seen. If Firmino is still not 100% against Barcelona then surely has to start Origi at LW and Mane upfront.

Lovely to see Keita continuing his decent form too and Ox back after such a long time.


1.) 27 Apr 2019 07:03:29
could not agree more about Sturridge the man should not even get on the bench. I all ways stuck up for him in the past but its funny that in his last season off his contract no injury this season. he started the season off well but I think once he realized he was not getting a new contract he has been a joke the games against wolves should have been his last. but Klopp made a massive mistake bringing him on against Utd and it was like we was playing with 10 men could be the difference with use winning the league as we was so on top in that game till bobby went off.

2.) 27 Apr 2019 07:44:47
Shaquiri did really well when he came on. Sturridge is gone imo.

3.) 27 Apr 2019 08:38:36
Not one to down one of our players. Infact don't like it at all. But it's scary how far Sturridge has regressed. He looked so out of place in that front 3 last night and seemed to be playing in slow motion compared to the rest of the team. Such a shame as was a brilliant, clever, quick player with amazing finishing ability. Hopefully gets a good move and has a decent end to his career (I would go abroad to a slower tempo league if I were him) Great to see Keita playing well again even Neville praised him a few times! Also feel Mane although rated highly is still so underrated consistently knocking in great numbers in league and champions league last few years, on top of his amazing work rate.

{Ed025's Note - sturridge had a great time off the back of an amazing suarez at the time coco, he has been a liability for a long time mate..

4.) 27 Apr 2019 08:39:32
Let’s not be to harsh on studge. He’s leg have gone it’s plane to see. I remember watch Stevie when he lost he’s legs I was gutted but there nothing you can do about age and injury taking there toll.
I totally agree Origi should have started ahead of him but we don’t know all the factors. For all we know it could have been a fair well home game.

{Ed025's Note - a good riddance game would be more appropriate longthing..

5.) 27 Apr 2019 08:41:17
In my mind, Klopp played Sturridge because it was felt that Huddersfield would sit deep and he has a habit of scoring against teams that give very little space. This was altered by our very early goal and Huddersfield were a little more offensive than expected.

{Ed025's Note - he was played because huddersfield are a joke and liverpool could have put out a 5 a side team and still beat them reynard..

6.) 27 Apr 2019 09:07:51
Couldn't understand why Studge played as ell, OP. He was SO off the pace and tempo of the game, it was frightening to see. The guy is simply finished. There were times that he was behind the play and was trying to keep up with that pace of our counter attacks and he seemed bewildered he was not getting the ball. You think? Might as well have started Origi up top cos at least we know he has the speed and pace to keep up with the tempo and pace of play we deploy.

7.) 27 Apr 2019 09:11:23
If Firmino is out against Barcelona I would switch to diamond with fabinho, Henderson, wijnaldum and kieta as am. Salah and mane up front.

Origi and sturridge are not good enough imo. Origi has potential of course but I don't think he 'll ever realize it because he is afraid to tackle. I lost count of the amount of times he closes down a defender and the let's him pass the ball or pull out of 50 50s. Or even 60 40s in his favour. He has become overrated imo. He could turn it around of course but he s done nothing to deserve a Barcelona start from what I 've seen in the games. Of course klopp has access to training I don't but honestly he d need to be a lot better I training for me to consider him.

8.) 27 Apr 2019 10:43:31
The 1st choice cf was injured so the 2nd choice cf started. I don't see the confusion.

And let's be honest. It was home against Huddersfield. We won 5 0. Why the complaining?

If city win all their remaining games, who would say we are the best team to finish 2nd? I can't think of many better teams who didn't win the title.

Its not over yet.

9.) 27 Apr 2019 11:00:15
I'd say the arsenal team that finished runners up to man utd for a few seasons would be a good shout. might not have got as many points but Thier football was a joy to watch and better than our current style.

{Ed001's Note - seriously? They were boring. They passed for passing's sake.}

10.) 27 Apr 2019 11:40:38
It was difficult for Sturridge last night, coming into a settled side with so much time previously spent on the bench. Never easy for any player that.
I believe you’re 100% wrong about Sturridge’s dynamic with Suarez, Ed025. Competitive, yes but from minute 1 after his transfer, Sturridge was excellent for Liverpool and was a major part in the transformation of the team and the subsequent front three counter-attack style that was developed.
At the end of 2013 season Suarez was on another ban, and Sturridge carried the team then.
There’s talk of perhaps USA as his next step.
It’s a shame about his injuries but I’ll remember a fantastic player when he was on it and fit.

{Ed025's Note - i will remember him as a very gifted player with the heart of a mouse juicer, when the going gets tough...he got going to the treatment table mate, kidded the bollox off the club for far too long and should have been ousted at least 2 seasons ago mate...what a waste..

11.) 27 Apr 2019 11:57:36
Harsh Ed025.
Although you Evertonians always liked a bruiser up front, Big Dunc, Andy, meat pie head Joe Royle.
Your front three v Liverpool formed an interesting acronym - Calvert, Richarlison And Pickford’s long punts. CRAP 😃
You can tell I’m still not bitter 👍🏻.

{Ed025's Note - i would never accuse you of that juicer...thats our domain mate.. :)



18 Apr 2019 02:09:52
A few thoughts from last night

- Fantastic result for Spurs but not sure how Man City will react to be honest, they were very unlucky and it'll be a massive gut punch, but I suspect they'll get straight off the canvas and come back fighting. My guess is they'll beat Spurs next but hopefully by the Man Utd game it will all catch up with them
- Barcelona next, what an incredible tie this one is going to be. whoever goes through must certainly have a good shot in the final, and I back us to beat Barc over 2 legs and the 2nd leg at home
- What we can't afford in the first leg though is to be sloppy in possession like we were vs Porto first 20-30mins. It was immediately clear how much we missed the calm head of Hendo and the close control of Firmino dropping deeper into midfield to give us an outlet under pressure. they both absolutely have to start in the Nou Camp with probably Fabs and Gini. might even be tempted by a 4-2-3-1 to give Fabinho a little more support
- I was hoping a goal for Salah would unleash him, and these last few games he's really come back into his own. With him, Firmino and Mane all looking on form we're going to take some beating
- Only worry I had all game was our fullbacks looked a bit leggy and suspect in defence, it was good to see them substituted for a bit of a rest at the end, but they'll have to be a lot more disciplined away against the likes of Messi and co.
- Messi vs Robbo could well decide the tie for me as I think our midfield, CBs and forwards are more than a match for the rest of their squad. I hope Robbo gets a rest sometime

Comfortable win in the end, still everything to play for and hoping Tottenham can scrape a result this weekend!


1.) 18 Apr 2019 07:01:35
If you watch Messi this season he's not really playing as an orthodox right forward. He stands there at kick off but he ends up bang central behind Suarez during the actual play. The midfield are the ones who need to stop him. I don't know how, but if they do, we win.

2.) 18 Apr 2019 08:16:23
The best way to stop Messi is by stopping his teammates first. If we can get control of midfield and upset their fluidity we stand every chance. I fancy us over 2 legs, heavy pressing and counter at pace can hurt them. Our midfield has far more energy so if we can turn the game frantic at spells I think we can overrun them.

3.) 18 Apr 2019 08:26:55
Fair comment, which is why I would mind 2 deep away from home. Gini to watch Messi (and double team with Robbo if he pulls wide) and Fabinho to control the rest of the game.

4.) 18 Apr 2019 08:53:34
Yeah I'd imagine at nou camp he might go with his trusted conservative midfield selection. Firmino to stifle busquets and hit them on the break every chance. Would love if Gomez could be ready for that game too.

5.) 18 Apr 2019 14:45:03
Messi vs robbo? But its also big V, the best defender in the world.



16 Jan 2019 14:45:42
Isn't it funny how a few weeks ago Fabinho was playing and everyone was speculating how he didn't fit, wasn't adapting, wasn't happy etc. and now suddenly he's a vital cog in the side?

I have a feeling Keita might do exactly the same thing to us later in the season.


1.) 16 Jan 2019 15:05:31
So true, SGRed. I hope Keita starts to fire now. I thought he was really good against Burley. It is about being more consistent now. We all want him to click.

2.) 16 Jan 2019 14:53:59
I'd agree with you there, SG Red. At least I hope that's the case.

Keita clicking, the Ox coming back for cameos and our injury list sorted could make for a very, very strong run in!

Fingers crossed.

3.) 16 Jan 2019 17:36:34
I'm Praying mate. I remember Fab was awful away at Arsenal, but now look at him. Like you say he's a Vital piece! To be fair though, not all signings come off as a success.

4.) 16 Jan 2019 18:24:49
Fab being poor at Arsenal can happened cos it was a very intense game with lots of energy and for someone still getting used to the pace and intensity of the PL in a very high-profile game away from home, it was normal if he struggled. People saying he was awful is actually the problem. He was NOT awful. He struggled and mind you, he was not the only one who did. Cos someone struggled does not mean they are awful. It is using extreme language to describe normal things, that is the issue here, IMO. We need to have more faith with new players who arrive and give them the time to bed-in. Even Salah struggled for a while when he first arrived. so did Ox and Robbo BUT clearly, people have forgotten about all that.

Same for Keita. he is struggling to come to grips with the team and a very complicated system that Klopp deploys BUT at least vs Burnley (esp. where he bossed the whole Burnley team on his own), WH, Palace n Spurs, we have seen what he can do and what we can look forward to. I know patience is no longer a virtue amongst the FIFA Manager generation of today BUT is is STILL a virtue.

5.) 16 Jan 2019 18:35:32
Never had any concerns about either of them.

Keita will grow up and grow into the squad dynamic 🤝.

6.) 16 Jan 2019 19:23:55
I think so too, Ron. I saw Keita play at RBL a lot last season and oh my, he is amazing. As soon as he gets going, look out.

7.) 16 Jan 2019 19:28:29
RedWolf, love your post - nailed it!

8.) 16 Jan 2019 19:48:57
Never a doubt in my mind, quality always comes good in the end.

9.) 16 Jan 2019 20:57:47
We need Keita to play at the front of a midfield 3 against the top sides in my opinion this is where he will shine

Munich could be the starting point.

10.) 16 Jan 2019 23:26:36
Agree Dezy, let him play the more attacking of the midfield three against the likes of Bayern will be perfect for him IMO. More of an Ox type player, good at carrying the ball forward but also with the engine to break down their play and get back in defence.




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12 May 2019 06:50:30
We’re talking about a player who is an incredible human and role model, and currently in pole position for the golden boot two years running. And yet a rumour on this site about his agent shopping him around and some people are talking about letting him walk out the door?

There’s no question in my mind that Liverpool are capable of challenging RM and Barcelona for top honours on a regular basis for years to come if we keep Klopp and this squad together, especially with all the rebuilding work many other top clubs need to do. We should be trying to convince him that Liverpool is the best place for him to spend the next few years for titles (and frankly i 100% believe it’s true) .




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29 Apr 2019 06:32:46
My first preference would be to use TAA and Robbo again at FB next season and ask Milner to provide cover, as that would allow Adam Lewis to step up too.

Failing Milner being willing to play that role, we should go for another FB to rotate with TAA and Robbo, as they play arguably the most demanding position on the pitch and have had little opportunity to rest given the lack of options this year.

Gomez should remain choice RCB, Fabinho first choice DM, and I agree with Ed that I don’t see any need for TAA in midfield right now given our strength in that area.




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22 Apr 2019 04:56:00
He really needs to prove himself properly before a big move - a final minute winner against City should do the trick ;)




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27 Mar 2019 01:20:29
Definitely going to Chelsea then - if he was really committed he’d be learning Scouse!




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19 Mar 2019 11:37:38
Real, Barcelona and Bayern all going through a reshaping of their aging squads. Yes still huge draw cards, but not the guaranteed winners material they were before. Man City and Liverpool are the two hottest top sides in Europe IMO for a potent mix of playing talent, top managers and plenty of youth to develop even further in the coming years. Keep the squad and Klopp together, and just add the occassional top player to keep it fresh, and we could see a very productive few years for the trophy cabinet.

As you can guess, I’m a believer ;)





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19 May 2019 04:13:04
From what I’ve seen, his game is based around being a good finisher and good movement. Plays mostly off the shoulder rather than being a classic physical CF, and he pops up in dangerous positions in the box due to reading the game well.

I’d say his style is more like an Aguero type player - without the quality yet of course.




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18 May 2019 14:00:57
Interesting thoughts. From my perspective :

GK we clearly need a good backup if Migs leaves

In defence I think Matip has proved himself in recent couple of months so I’m OK with VVD/ Gomez starting and Matip and Lovren backing up at CB.

I don’t think FB is an absolutely critical position for us provided Milner stays because he’s very capable cover at left and right back if needed, however if he goes it becomes critical to get someone who is a specialist in the position and then let Adam Lewis step up as cover at LB. Don’t see any reason for TAA to move to a packed midfield IMO.

Midfield we’re very strong with Ox coming back. Fabinho, Gini, Hendo all flexible enough to play at either 6 or 8, and then Ox, Milner, Keita all able to play 8 or 10, with Shaqiri more of a no.10. My only consideration would be if we can bring in someone who’s a specialist goal scoring no.10 then Shaqiri can move on. I like him, but not sure Klopp trusts him, and so not sure he’s a long term solution. Lallana presumably should move on as too injury prone unfortunately.

The forwards are where I think we need to spend the most. To compete across the board next year we need more than just Origi as an experienced backup to our front three, and as good as Brewster may be, its a lot to ask and he’ll still get plenty of chances. Assuming Sturridge leaves, I think we should go for Brandt or someone similar who’s flexible enough to cover the wings and also the creative no.10 role if needed.

In summary a backup GK, specialist FB and a wide forward/ no.10 is all I think we need, with Migs, Moreno, Lallana and Sturridge presumably leaving.




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18 May 2019 04:36:27
Another interesting fact is the country at one point ran out of foreign currency to the point they couldn’t afford to import the forgery proof ink to make their own bank notes. They started printing ‘temporary’ notes with expiry dates to make sure they were taken out of circulation until they fixed the problem.

Yes RK, you can break a trillion. it makes for quite a stack of 1 ZWD notes!




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18 May 2019 04:28:55
Would never happen but Son would be a dream signing IMO.




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18 May 2019 04:26:28
Mostly true Ed, but then why the National Enquirer?


{Ed001's Note - I have no idea.}