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20 Sep 2018 17:18:40
Hey Ed, I read that Barcelona are looking to Firmino as a future replacement for Suarez. Is this legit?

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21 Sep 2018 16:40:30
Don't see why Firmino would take a step back at this point in his career tbh.

{Ed002's Note - Obviously it would not be a "step back" but Barcelona has not shown any interets in Firmino but it is true that they do have ideas about replacing Suarez.}

20 Sep 2018 13:13:32
Ed001 if you’re about, i was having a ponder about the supposed European Super League that lingers on the horizon and some of the potential positives of it coming to fruition; namely that all of the top leagues bar the Prem have become something of a predictable monopoly that shows no sign of letting up. Juventus, Bayern, PSG and one of Real or Barcelona are all supposedly impossible to dislodge due to riding the wave of the recent influx of finances in football. This in theory has led to teams essentially only being interested in the champions league matches and this would make sense to simply create a European Super League due to this development.

The thing that has got me thinking though is that are these teams really so far ahead on the pitch? Okay Juventus imo have the best squad out of any of those teams currently but even they can be bested as Napoli and Inter are very close to them in terms of quality, at some point in the future Roma could be as well, so Serie A doesn’t seem a sealed deal every season anymore.

Then you look towards La Liga, Barcelona and Real Madrid have presided for a while over two of the great footballing dynasties with two of the greatest players ever and many others such as Modric and Iniesta. But they are all getting old. Would a Barcelona or Real Madrid be able to dominate La Liga in the same way if this happens? Atletico regularly challenge every year and still don't have all the money in the world.

Then you have the french league, PSG being bested by Monaco not so long ago but what really shocked me was how poor they were against Liverpool. We managed to put them to the sword so you’d imagine that more teams in france would be able to?

The same goes for Bayern, around 2012 their squad was unbelievable but now can we really say that? Ribery and Robben still making mincemeat of bundesliga teams at the age of 35? How are they still winning the league so comfortably every season?

I suppose the point i am trying to make is that are these teams really translating their financial health into on the pitch performance, or is it actually in fact just a case of the other teams in their leagues being totally incapable of challenging? Could we be about to see the monopoly’s in these leagues be shaken up?

{Ed001's Note - these teams are paying big wages to players who are ageing and so their riches are not as available to spend on replacements. They used to just buy the best players from their opponents to keep ahead, but there is enough money now that those clubs have less need to sell and so can close the gap. I think you are right, those leagues are getting closer to new champions.}

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19 Sep 2018 20:20:03
Lovren charged with purjury is this why he hasn't been involved this season? Could this be something he would have his contract terminated for? I know Modric hasn't been but would we look at it differently

Just thinking out load.

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19 Sep 2018 19:11:48
Seen as he's blind, Does that's go down as another No Look goal from Bobby?

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20 Sep 2018 12:36:43
Blind in one eye so it's a half a look goal.

19 Sep 2018 00:48:51
Hi eds and reds am getting the impression mane and salah are playing selfish and not for the team like last season I may be a mile off but they seem like they are in competition with each other rather than last season where they played for the team.

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19 Sep 2018 02:14:18
Nonsense.

19 Sep 2018 02:33:55
I just don’t think Salah has hit top form yet. It was always going to be difficult for him to repeat last year’s heroics but with everyone looking at him it gives Mane space to work in. Yes maybe Salah is getting frustrated with his recent performances and is trying to force it, and yes maybe Mane is trying to prove he’s just as good as Salah, (controversial comment, but I think Mane is the better player) but it will work out. They are both too good for it not to and Klopp won’t allow the team ethic to drop. Look how furious he was when Salah didn’t pass to Studge in the Spurs game. He was as angry as iv seen him and we were winning and dominating that game.

19 Sep 2018 06:43:03
I might be wrong but I think his goal total is the same as it was after the same number of games last season.

19 Sep 2018 06:51:31
People need to stop with this.

If Klopp has even the slightest sniff that he thought this could be a problem, he’d bang their heads together.

19 Sep 2018 07:28:59
It’s a non-issue, sometimes they’re shooting when they should pass, but it’s also true that sometimes they’re passing when they should shoot.

It just takes a while to get fully in the groove again. At least they are creating plenty of chance for each other.

19 Sep 2018 08:16:28
An irrelevant discussion in my opinion berg mate, I do understand where you are coming from but the be all and end all is, we are winning. We've won the first 6 games, if we weren't winning maybe it'd be more of an issue and question marks would be popping up left, right and center but it's all good mate.

Salah isn't at his best yet, yet being the keyword here, he will be fine and will crack on. I still reckon he'll score 30+ goals this season. It's all still very early, the lads as a full team only joined up again last month yet we're still out there getting the desired results.

Look to the future, believe and be happy mate because exciting times are coming :) .

19 Sep 2018 10:59:08
This Salah thing is doing my head in now. He is not in form, but nor is he being carried either. He is a confidence player who is low on it at the moment, but is in a team where he will get plenty of chances to play himself back into form.

Look at last night. If that goal is allowed the whole complexion for him changes. Instead of looking back at giving PSG an equaliser, he scores the goal that sends us into a likely unassailable lead. The change in mentality that can bring is huge. However, the goal was probably rightly ruled out, but that is not the issue. He was still following in, making all the right moves to be in the position to score. He is not hiding, he’s trying, he was working hard, attempting all the same things, but without the joy.

I genuinely believe he is a goal or two away from an instant switch back to the Mo we know. When he is scoring he will be passing and assisting as much as he was last year too. It’s one of those paradoxical things where when you’re not in form, you’re so desperate to score you become unnecessarily greedy but when you are in form you pass and play the better option because you know in your mind your going to score later anyway. That’s what playing yourself into form means. He’ll be fine.

Southampton may just be perfect timing for the run of games we have entered.

19 Sep 2018 17:17:41
I was at the game last night and thought it was Salah’s best game of the season so far.
Not much came off for him but he was trying to do the right things and he had that strength and aggression back.
Last season when players got tight he would lay the ball off and spin in behind. This season he’s been trying to take control of the ball and turn and he’s getting tackled.
I saw a positive change in attitude last night even though not much went for him.

18 Sep 2018 23:44:13
One day Neymar will be as good as James Milner.

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19 Sep 2018 13:54:59
One specific day you mean? You think a 32 year old Neymar might be just as good as a 38 yr old Milner? It seems a bit far fetched tbh. But time will tell I guess.

18 Sep 2018 20:55:19
I know wjinaldum has his doubters and he sometimes looks like he positions himself NOT to receive the ball. I think what he does is position himself in the place where liverpool could lose the ball and thus is playing defensively. For me he is a classic klopp midfielder. When he plays well we win. I really like him.

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18 Sep 2018 21:17:49
Gini and Hendo between them did their fair share of hiding from the ball in the first 30 minutes, imo. Particularly when van Dijk and Gomez were on it. I think there's an instruction there to let the CBs bring the ball out themselves. They've both been better since our first goal.

Overall Gini's having one of his best games in a red shirt. He's been really good so far, far better than he was against Spurs.

This is why I'm critical of him. He's a good player, he just doesn't deliver on his ability like tonight often enough.

19 Sep 2018 08:06:16
I think Gini had a decent game last night, but I didn't see anything exceptional. Too many times he was slowing play down and getting in other peoples way instead of showing for it. Which strangely enough, actually won us the penalty when he got in Salah's way and stopped his run.

19 Sep 2018 13:15:08
Was good last night and last Saturday. Barely gave the ball away, scored Saturday, won a pen last night. Becoming a VERY important player for us.

18 Sep 2018 19:10:13
Best wishes to Stephen Darby, feel sorry for him, such a horrible diagnosis of MND
YNWA.

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19 Sep 2018 17:16:05
That's rough.
YNWA.

18 Sep 2018 00:04:50
Just watched Liverpool v Watford at Anfield last season when Salah scored 4. The difference is obvious.
He score 2 brilliant individual goals but the rest of the time he’s looked for and invariably picked the right pass, as has Mane. That has then taken players away from them leaving them in space to receive the ball back.
So far this season I think they have been trying to do too much on their own but when they link up they will both score more.

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17 Sep 2018 22:13:53
One to watch for the rest of the season. low and behold another saints player. center back. Jannik Vestergaard

Looked decent in the first few games and is new to the league. Looks similar player to our own VVD. Will be interesting to see how he develops during the season.

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18 Sep 2018 07:27:12
I’d say more like Sami Hyypia. Looks half decent but so did Fonte.

18 Sep 2018 12:08:23
Fonte was decent. But that's all, and then the years starting taking effect.

 


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