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25 Jul 2021 23:39:32
Gini didn't have his best season last season, still played absolutely loads but not the impact any of us (or himself) would have wanted. He got abused online for his performances and he didn't like the abuse or some of it anyway and he has said that now.

Whoop di do. No idea why people would be upset by this. If he spent last season reading tonnes of abuse why would he want to sign a new contract. He has moved on, now let's go get someone to replace him and that's that.

Sean Ireland

1.) 26 Jul 2021 07:30:23
Let it go mate.

2.) 26 Jul 2021 12:12:30
@WDW, let it go was what I said if you read my post.



24 Aug 2015 22:19:07
Great result, great first half and good determination shown at least in the 2nd half.

A lot of positives for me - Migs overall was very good, Gomez had a good game and doesn't shy away from anything, Clyne had a very good game, Lucas was man of the match for me, Milner done well and very pleased with Benteke only he should have scored.

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1.) 24 Aug 2015 22:43:54
Meant to say Coutinho played well too he worked hard and was always a threat, obviously unlucky not to get another great goal.

2.) 24 Aug 2015 22:46:26
Not sure Lucas was man of the match? Mignolet and the back four should share that. Again Benteke showed himself all game doing everything right. If he had scored then it would have been perfect.

3.) 25 Aug 2015 00:38:02
Lucas made countless interceptions and started numerous quick counter attacks. He only gave away one half needless foul and he didn't waste anything.

Of the back 4 both full backs fair enough but both centre backs played well but still had too many mistakes each and were still a little all over the place positioning wise.



08 Jun 2015 10:35:23
Midfielders - how about we don't try to sign any other midfielder and we keep Lucas and give him playing time?

Lucas, Can, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Lallana, Allen, Rossiter, Williams and Teixiera.

That's 7 senior squad members who can play in the central midfield roles and 3 young players to provide some additional backup.

I haven't seen any indication from the Eds that Allen could be on his way so if we're not selling Allen then how about we go with what we have here.

We can't keep buying and selling double figures of players each year. (Alberto to go so I didn't include him)

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04 Jun 2015 08:57:48
So if Lambert is more likely to stay and if we sign Ings then I presume that we wouldn't actually be going for another striker? As in one to go straight into the starting 11.

Origi is on the way. We'd have Lambert, Sturridge and Ings. Then you have the likes of Sinclair for 5th choice striker. That includes Borini and Balotelli both moving on.

I'm afraid signing Ings is going to block us from going for someone better, we'll have too many strikers.

Sean Ireland

1.) 04 Jun 2015 09:57:55
Lambert won't be staying mate

2.) 04 Jun 2015 09:59:13
That's always the case. You should go for the best you could possibly attain. I would rather have looked at Vietto, Jeremy Menez, Bas Dost, Alberto Bueno etc. I hope Ings turns out to be a good signing though. could be but i really don't have faith in "british talent" in general.

3.) 04 Jun 2015 10:04:39
Why would you suggest this!? I'm sure Rodgers is looking for another striker to come in and fill the right-back role!

4.) 04 Jun 2015 10:37:56
@Brendanthebluffer, Ed001 answered someone else around midnight on Lambert indicating that Lambert doesn't want to go and he is unlikely to go.

5.) 04 Jun 2015 10:41:14
Also I would like to add part of the issue (a big part of course) is that Rodgers does not need such a big squad. Last year with Sturridge out all season we had Balotelli, Borini and Lambert on the books. None of them played that much.

Origi and Ings added to the mix, then you'd hope Sturridge would come back to fitness. How could we need Ings if we are to go out and buy someone as good as Sturridge? I don't think we'd use Origi or Ings much if we did so that's why I'm saying, really hope I'm wrong, that I think Ings would be the only striker coming in.

We wouldn't have good enough quality up top but numbers wise we'd have too many on the books to go get another.

6.) 04 Jun 2015 12:45:09
For me it looks like Borini and hopefully if we find a buyer Balotelli leaving. That would leave Sturridge, Lambert and Origi as our strikers. Ings would be a good option imo, he is used to the premier league and 10 goals in a relegated side is pretty good, my only concern is his mental strength (he didn't have the nerve to take the penalty). There is no guarantee that any of the other strikers linked with us (Vietto ect) would A. suit the premier league and B. adapt straight away. I think this season we need proven premier league goal scorers and there aren't many of those available



29 Apr 2015 09:52:49
When the cameraman went to Balotelli icing his swollen foot after being taken off last night did anyone notice the commentator say that oh Liverpool will be short of options up front now with Sturridge out and if Balotelli is out.

Well does anybody not notice that Lambert and Borini are there and have been looking for matches all season. Both signed by Rodgers.

He's only playing one up top so I still don't see how we could be short of options. Whether or not those options are good enough is a different matter. I for one would have given Borini a lot more chances this season and I still think signing Lambert was a good idea.

Sean Ireland

1.) 29 Apr 2015 10:30:16
I'd rather Colin pascoe play up front than mario, his movement would be better

2.) 29 Apr 2015 10:37:15
Totally agree. Borini got dropped after a decent game against Madrid and hasn't featured much since. Lambert got dropped after scoring. To get strikers some confidence you actually need to give them a run in the team, not replace them with midfielders.

3.) 29 Apr 2015 11:28:54
Balotelli's style never suited Rodgers best and most successful tactics, the high pressing game. Borini suits this down to the ground and he should have got more games.

Lambert doesn't suit that style but he did play in a similar system last season at Southampton and at the price paid for him I think he was a good idea for a different option, mainly as backup and coming off the bench.

Can playing defence drove me mad as well last night, it's clear Hull targeted him and attacked his side in the first half (playing RB) but he was having some succuess going forward. The "attacking" substitution taking off Lovren and bringing on Markovic was a terrible idea. Can was shackled even more going in to CB and then Markovic playing RB in a back four is just a bad idea.

Man City brought on defensive midfielders for strikers last season and moved Yaya Toure further up the pitch. On paper it may come across as defensive but it worked a treat from an attacking point of view.

4.) 29 Apr 2015 12:22:19
Swishcleaner why is it any different for Balotelli? All I've seen this season from Lambert was a clueless striker most of the time. And Borini is simply far from good enough. The same goes for Balotelli but he poses much more threat than the 2.

5.) 29 Apr 2015 13:48:33
Lambert hasn't looked great but when he scored he was dropped. The one time he deserved a game and a run and BR blew it. Borini plays a high pressing game so up top with a second striker at least we could have won the ball back higher up the field and forced errors. Again, when he had his best game he was dropped immediately after. Balo is more talented than both but doesn't suit our style ( pressing game) or playing as a lone striker. His confidence is also shot but in his sub appearances he's looked decent. Unfortunately I didn't see the last two games when balo started so not sure how he's done lately.

6.) 29 Apr 2015 14:46:18
I'm not arguing about tactics. I'm arguing about the players per se. Lambert is not good, Borini is not good, Balotelli is not good. Out of the three the most dangerous is Balotelli. I can also argue that when Sturridge was fit Balotelli showed his true self, but wasn't used as much as partner to Sturridge.
Borini or Lambert with the style we play(one striker), would have most of the time have the same, if not worst, result as using Balotelli. Borini after all those years isn't a Liverpool level(not even as a sub) striker. He can only press. Our mistake was that we didn't push for his sale when Sunderland wanted to keep him.

7.) 29 Apr 2015 19:59:15
And who bought these "poor" strikers you all speak of? Yeah, that would be the same guy who keeps moaning that he needs a top striker YET when he had a chance to get them like rem or Bony (who are NOT top strikers BUT wwould do a lot better than the guys mentioned YET BR said NO to them), he choked and did not. The manager is at fault here for the upteenth time and nobody else because the players did not sign themselves. Somebody bought them and allowed them in and the manager should not be allowed the benefit of the doubt here. Remember the quote, "No player will come in here that the manager doesn`t want'. Yeah, that would be the same guy bitching about how Balo was not his choice. BR should save his doublespeak for those who care and for his many apologists because for those of us who argue based on facts, he`s wasting his time.

8.) 30 Apr 2015 07:36:25
And this is our difference. He didn't bought or oversaw the transfer of Balotelli, because they throw this to him without wanting(according to Macca and who will I believe you or Macca?). He wanted someone better than Balotelli and they gave him Balotelli. So who is the criminal here? BR or the club aka transfer committee aka the owners?
Also who rejected Remy BR? Or the club aka transfer comittee aka the owners? Bony would have been better but he would have cost much more without offering that much. Instead of throwing their all to buy a strong name of a striker they were playing around. And this is not just BR's fault as he can't do whatever he wants.
BR bought Lambert as a cover 3rd striker. He was not bought to play week in week out and he is not a bad striker if you have others who score consistently and he doesn't have the burden to take us out of the mud every week.
I said repeatedly BR made mistakes, but I'm not throwing it all out to him without looking at the big picture or the behind the scenes just like you people do.

{Ed001's Note - Rodgers rejected all the other options so got stuck with having to take Balotelli. At the end of the day he could have had Remy or Bony, he chose not to go for either.}




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28 Jul 2021 21:37:05
@Grino, £45M is the most Watkins would fetch this summer.

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26 Jul 2021 15:31:57
We couldn't run a club if we just paid off every player who had a terrible game - we all have our bad days and they are human too 😁.

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26 Jul 2021 15:31:57
We couldn't run a club if we just paid off every player who had a terrible game - we all have our bad days and they are human too 😁.

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26 Jul 2021 14:56:29
By "cancel the contract" I'd imagine KingCarlos meant either pay him in full or agree on a bit less. Then if he was a free agent he could go sign for another club and rebuild his career.

Not an evil suggestion. Ideally someone will make a bid for him, something small, so that he can go somewhere he would have a chance of playing.

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21 Jul 2021 20:33:57
@fuser, you said double £140k or more in your post. Now you are dropping to a more realistic £200k which is fair enough, I could definitely see that.

@markp, in my opinion Klopp really liked Gini and wanted to keep him. I believe he understood the clubs reluctance to commit to a big wage and a long-term contract from a business sense but I think he would have preferred to have kept him. In terms of trying to sell him 2 years ago I presume that's Keita replacing him - Gini played almost every minute the season just gone and Keita was barely used when available.

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04 Aug 2021 10:40:49
@grino, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic both left this summer for a lot less than what we had valued them at. The club are adjusting, they will still try to get as much as they can but clearly they have been a lot more willing to accept lower fees this summer.

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03 Aug 2021 23:25:59
For £30M I would 100% take him as a rotation/ backup option. I would expect very little chance of Palace accepting £50M though never mind £30M.

I remember how fantastic Origi looked for a spell a few years ago bombing down the left wing before he got injured and unfortunately never really consistently got back to that level. I think Klopp would improve Zaha a lot and he would be a really good rotation option.

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03 Aug 2021 23:21:51
It's still positive if they are trying to reduce the number of soft penalties. In terms of the additional questions I think it would be over complicating it and wouldn't help. I'll explain why I think so anyway:

Does the attacking player have the ball under control? - a foul is a foul even if the attacker is just running towards the ball.

Is the player moving away or towards the goal? - again not sure how that's relevant as the lines of the box are what matter, if you push someone over for example in the box with them running towards the corner flag then it's foolish defending and still a penalty.

Is the player in a goal scoring position or likely to lead to a goal scoring opportunity. - again, the lines of the box are what is relevant.

All in all, they are trying to improve so I for one am happy with that, not expecting everything to be solved/ fixed at any stage but improvement would be good.

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03 Aug 2021 14:26:14
Ed001 there has mentioned the Fulham backup keeper who has signed for Chelsea and Scott Carson for City (who at least is homegrown, I don't know if Bettinelli is) .

Imagine the uproar if we had been linked to either of them. Loads annoyed when the pro Adrian signed for another season as 3rd choice. Adrian is as good as it gets for 3rd choice or thereabouts anyway and apparently a super nice guy, sounds ideal to me.

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01 Aug 2021 17:22:03
@IPC12 another silly post - so based on your post you think Bowen or Adama Traore would be as good as Messi next season do you?

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