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Liverpool v Paris Saint-Germain - A Liverpool Perspective

19 Sep 2018 19:13:58
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Liverpool v Paris Saint-Germain - A Liverpool Perspective

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19 Sep 2018 19:26:07
Nice one ed. Great read.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate. Even me dad, who doesn't really like footie, is trying to copy Bobby today. He had surgery to remove a cataract and so has one eye covered up. He looks like a really bad tribute act right now....}

19 Sep 2018 19:37:53
Thanks Ed. Have you ever rated Gini that high and did you ever think you would? Great read and I hope your dad is okay.

{Ed001's Note - I have only just added ratings, so no to both. Cheers mate, he is fine, never happier than when he has something to moan about so he will be happy as larry right now.}

19 Sep 2018 19:44:49
Good write up Ed01. I'm glad wjinaldum caught your eye. I thought he was very good too. He is not keeping keita out of the team for nothing. Needs more consistency yes.

I was impressed by trent. It is so easy to forget he is 19! Gomez impressed me too. After the way lovren dealt with Ronaldo in the CL final I thought we might miss him last night against neymar and Co but young gomez is really impressing. At this rate dejan may struggle to get back in the team. There have been question marks over gomez' size but I think he is bigger than he sometimes looks on camera. You just need to look at him in the national anthem. He's a big lad. I think it's his baby face and he is well proportioned.

{Ed001's Note - it doesn't help standing next to the man mountain VVD. Most people look small in comparison.}

19 Sep 2018 20:00:52
Very true Ed. It goes without saying how good van dijk was, I also share your faith in alisson. Everything he should have done so far he has done. No keeper is infallible and he will make mistakes, same as de gea does but on a whole he is so calm and steady.

{Ed001's Note - I knew Alisson was good but I never expected him to lift the whole defence the way he has.}

19 Sep 2018 20:06:30
Pleasing to see the midfield and full backs contributing to the goal tally, as we discussed after the Spurs game.
Was it Gomez who brought the ball out under pressure, Jocky Hansen style, in the second half?
Anyway I enjoyed your summary, good stuff. Thanks again.

{Ed001's Note - yes mate, Gomez did bring the ball out under pressure well. Really pleasing to see him blossoming as a ball playing centre half.

You are very welcome mate.}

19 Sep 2018 20:25:16
Thanks very much for that Ed, great read as always mate I agree with all of that especially about Gomez, the lad needed his chance and now he's been given it, he's just shining isn't he. Right now he can't be dropped for anybody because he's playing the best football I've seen him play yet! Sure he could improve here and there but at 21 years old he has plenty of time doesn't he mate. I'm very excited about the lad. This is the season he'll make a real name for himself imo.

{Ed001's Note - Lovren will have a real job on to get back into the team this season.}

19 Sep 2018 20:46:34
Have to give the PSG fans a 9 for last night, they provided great support to their team.
It was fantastic to finally shut them up near the end though.
I somehow had the opinion that all PSG’s fans were sophisticated yuppies but there looked to be some right meat heads there, lol.

{Ed001's Note - apart from when they were throwing stuff at the corner takers.}

19 Sep 2018 21:05:08
It's a similar effect that van dijk had last winter. Klopp and the recruitment boys know what they're doing.

19 Sep 2018 22:20:42
I can help you with the Alisson review ed. He did nothing wrong, had no chance with either goal and was his usual calming influence although he didn’t have much to do.
One thing I did notice is he misplaced a couple of passes badly and generally didn’t look as comfortable as usual with the ball at his feet. Maybe a hangover from the Leicester mistake but I just hope it’s not due to poor coaching. We could really do without ruining this keeper too.
I’d give him a 7 out of 10 overall.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate.}

19 Sep 2018 22:28:48
A squashed down Firmino 😂.

19 Sep 2018 22:33:09
You are very welcome mate. I’m sure you’ll still watch him again anyway!

20 Sep 2018 04:43:42
Of course everything is good but we have never found a way to replace Coutinho's beautiful diagnol balls to Salah.

20 Sep 2018 04:48:48
hey ed001, when u mentioned about Tuchel, i feel like i spotted this but i wanted to have your opinion on this.

I noticed PSG was playing at the back a little bit in an attempt (possibly) to draw liverpool out to press. but like u mentioned since the 2nd half of last season we haven't really been pressing like the traditional geggenpressing and its more of the calculated pressing. was this another example of a wrong decision from Tuchel or am i just thinking too much? haha.

{Ed001's Note - it is very possible. One of the main criticisms of Tuchel is his constant tinkering with tactics for every game, he tries to be clever and it often backfires. The other is he is hopeless with egos, but he is lucky because he doesn't have any of those to deal with at PSG right?}

20 Sep 2018 07:21:14
hahah yeah, he definitely no ego problems in PSG to deal with ed XD.

i felt like they wasted a lot of time playing at the back that barely pulled our players for a press in their own half, especially in the second half since they were down 2 - 1 at that time. and their first shot in the second half came from a misplaced pass from Salah, hardly a result of passing around at the back like that.

anyways great review again ed, it really feels great to be a liverpool fan, honestly even when we were 1 down i had that belief in the team that we could snatch a win even up till the last second. 2 wins so far from a supposedly difficult month for us, ill take that.

{Ed001's Note - 6 wins out of 6 so far, long may it continue!}

20 Sep 2018 08:13:31
Ed on Alison, the strike from Neymar which Alison saved but almost fell to Cavani, should he could have done better? I don't know whether that's fine or not.
And as for Hendo's rating, being a big fan of him, you had harsh rating for him :p .

{Ed001's Note - I am torn on that save. Some angles make it look like he did not have time to do any more than just get something on it. Others make it look like he should have done better. So I don't know.

As for Hendo, I guess it may have been low. It is hard to pick a number when doing these.}

20 Sep 2018 08:15:00
Good Review Ed, only thing i'd say is 7.5 seems a bit tight for Henderson. Thought he had a great game, hard to impress like Milner when you have to be so restrained covering for players, but his performance caught my eye for the amount of tackles he got in, and I lost count how many times he won the ball back.

{Ed001's Note - I know, I know, I probably should have given him an 8 really for the way he played thinking back.}

20 Sep 2018 12:02:00
Just seen this Ed. Thanks for the article. Yeah Hendo could have been bumped up but a spot on match review. I was really impressed with Big Shaq. Guy looks hungry and really confident. Clearly out to prove he can be a team player which is great for the season ahead.

{Ed001's Note - let's just hope he keeps it up.}

19 Sep 2018
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Liverpool Player Sightings page entitled, Please can this happen Liverpool Top

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19 Sep 2018 16:50:28
This may be included in the match review.

It did surprise me how average PSG were last night. Do the Eds feel that the reason was how good Liverpool were or is it a coaching problem there?

I'd also like the Eds opinion on the French league. A few journalists have said today that the big problem is a league with no real competition.

Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - bit of everything. The weakness of the French league has made the team complacent. Liverpool capitalised on it to keep them from getting going and Tuchel is simply not good enough to fix the issues.}

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19 Sep 2018 17:25:07
He certainly has an aura that he is though 🤣

There awful. Neymar is. Not bothered what people think.

Kick up he wins all day long but as a footballer he just doesn't do it.

Like when you see freestylers like f2 and there ripping professional footballers apart, but yet aren't in the prem.

There is an art to actually being a footballer. Tactics, reading the game, hard work, decision making etc.

19 Sep 2018 18:29:39
Neymar's lack of effort was so stark that it felt like they were down to 10 men in parts. Paris SG is a squad assembled by money, not by a manager with a cohesive idea. Tuchel's tactics and team selection was strange and they paid the price. It was only moments of quality from a few of there stand out players (Mbappe and Meunier) and some errors from us (Robertson clearance; Salah pass) that made it close, we were a far better team - team being the operative word.

19 Sep 2018 18:55:14
PSG were crap, I expected more if I'm honest. On another night they could have easily been on a hiding.

19 Sep 2018 19:13:10
Someone is going to be on the wrong end of a Liverpool pasting. We keep missing all these easy chances but soon it's going to stick.

19 Sep 2018 19:46:44
Definitely lfc8. It's just a matter of time. The boys didn't spend the summer together, world Cup and all. The front three will click soon.

19 Sep 2018 15:44:01
Hi Ed01 I hope you're well. There is one player that feel did not get the recognition he deserved. Now I didn't get to see him player too often but when I did see him play I was always left amazed at how he did the passes he did. Guti from Real Madrid. The passes and vision he had was out of this world. Could u please do a profile if he hasn't already been added.

Thanks Ed.

{Ed001's Note - don't worry mate, he is in the list for a legends article so I will do a player profile on him to accompany it. He was a great player.}

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19 Sep 2018 16:15:45
Guti a legend?
Who’s next on the list Ed? Matt Derbyshire an Stephen Warnock?

{Ed001's Note - er no.}

19 Sep 2018 17:12:35
All I remember was that he played for Real and that he liked wearing women's clothing and makeup. Wasn't he recently considered to take over from Zidane at the helm for Real?

19 Sep 2018 17:25:52
Oh his best moment was.

Madrid should of sinwd David Silva as modric isn't Madrid quality 😂.

19 Sep 2018 13:12:06
So being scout ed001, how will be the conversation with the coach. Last year Klopp told scouts convinced him to buy Salah. Is all the managers take words from scouts or some really dickheads? . And secondly how many players you suggested to sign for a club? . Which player you suggested is really hit and the one you suggested wasn't signed but went on and had great career? . Did you worked for Liverpool?

{Ed001's Note - I am not a scout, I was given the opportunity to do it but turned it down.}

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19 Sep 2018 13:58:01
What's the purpose of those questions Stg? You're posting because Ed001 disagreed with you on your comment about Silva? Get a life, man. (I happen to like Thiago Silva, but I agree with Ed001 in that he is no longer as good as he used to be. The point is we all have our opinions, Eds and posters, and there's no need for underhanded snide remarks. Point your frustrations, in life, elsewhere) .

19 Sep 2018 14:14:38
There is no dig man. If someone opinion is different to me why should I get frustrated. After all this site is to interact and have some insight knowledge right? . I just want to know how scouts interacts with coach. They need to convince the manager right if they need to sell a player they are scouting? . I meant no harm. I asked his opinion on Silva and he has different perception. So I didn't get interact further with him as it went little bit ugly. The way I see a match started to differ after visiting this page. There is nothing wrong in asking questions so I can gain something. If you started to connect all the dots then you will be in wrong end.
It's nothing wrong in asking insights to ed001 (regd players) or ed002 (regd transfers and finances) if you want to gain something.
My posts are never to be intended to harm anyone.
And one thing for sure I will bug Ed001 regd players and on matches about his perception so I can know how to intercept a match.

19 Sep 2018 14:45:33
Allright, stg. Perhaps I read too much into it. You're right about the site being a place for exchange of opinions and a lot of learning (for most of us) .

19 Sep 2018 14:57:11
Its ok bro. Ed001 if you want to, my question is I thought Silva involved in all headers and tackles or I missed something about his position? . My focus solely on our players missing opponents. This is again if you want to.

{Ed001's Note - he was caught out on every chance we created. The problem was he was getting mixed up with Marquinhos and not getting out to close down, when the ball broke to the wide forwards, the system they played was that Marquinhos would drop in allowing the centre backs to close down Salah and Mane. Neither centre back was doing it, nor were they just getting back and trying to create a solid block. They were all over the place, with no idea whether to drop or hold or push out. That is on Silva because he is the captain and leader at the back who should be in charge of that. He just ran hither and thither, without being actually decisive and organising the backline.

That is also partly the fault of Areola, but he is not particularly skilled at organising the defence and also partly Tuchel as manager should have spoken to them and organised them better. However, on-pitch Silva is meant to be the man who does that and he let them down last night. At one time he looked fantastic, but he has faded in recent years, imo down to playing in a weak French league and having it far too easy.

There are times when he shows good positional sense and heads a ball away or makes a tackle, but they are usually following a period of play which could have been broken up much earlier if he just organised his defence better. They were panicked last night at times and lost their shape which allowed us gaps to exploit.}

19 Sep 2018 15:18:53
Ok thanks ed001. Great.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

19 Sep 2018 15:50:08
Ed, how are you able to perceive the matches in such detail? Are there specific tactics and gameplans that you have seen before, elements of which you easily recognize when you see them being attempted by a team?
Many fans like to think they know football tactics - they are some of biggest talking points that bring fans together thankfully - but very few would be able to notice and comprehend what you have just provided.

{Ed001's Note - it is just the way my mind works, it is why I used to get in trouble in school for not showing working out in maths. I didn't work out the answer I just looked and saw the answer. When I look at things I see lots of things some people miss.

I am told it is possible to learn to analyse it by just practice - but the key thing is that you need to understand what you are looking at before you can analyse it and see what is going on. I mean even a basic 4-4-2 would be impossible to spot if you didn't know what it was, but when you do know you can see it in action by the way players line up on the pitch.

The biggest difference is probably the fact that I spend 16 hours or so a day either watching or reading about football due to these sites. Large parts are editing, but most of it is just trying to learn more about the game. If you can get access to a scouting database, such as scout7, wyscout or instat, you can get to watch it all from a different angle. If you look at a game on there you have just watched, you can put the two images together in your head and see how it looked when you watched it live and what was going on. Do that enough and I am sure you would see other things in the games that you had missed in the past.}

19 Sep 2018 16:31:54
Thank you, kindly, Ed. It is hugely appreciated.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. The other thing is to talk to coaches and go along and observe coaching sessions, especially when they do drills on shape and defence against attack. You can see it more easily in the small sided practice sessions and then spot it later in full games.}

19 Sep 2018 16:59:30
Ed001, by reading this comment I realize that it would be a fantastic read to more often read what you think of our opposition, just like here.

I mean, I often get caught ball watching and from a Liverpool perspective. I appreciate following Firmino's off-the-ball movements as well, but watching and analyzing what, for example, Thiago Silvia does off the ball, well, right now I don't, and I don't have a clue.

But, with more insight to that, the overall understanding of the game would of course increase.

However, I realize the amount of work involved in this, and I am not a spoiled brat to suggest such a thing. I should probably watch each game more than once, rather than trying to piggyback on your great knowledge. (Or perhaps just watch the game and hopefully have a good time. )

{Ed001's Note - it's ok mate, someone else had asked if I would write something about the kind of things to look for when watching games, tactical things, movement etc. Initially I was thinking of it was one article, but I realised when I tried to write it a couple of weeks ago that there was far too much to cover in one article so I was intending to do something in a series of articles.

However talking today I think it might be easier to understand if I just did an analyse of each game we play, separate to the review, to pick out these kind of things. If no other reason than a chance to point out just what Henderson does for those (like Ed025) who think all he does is stand around waving his arms and passing sideways and backwards.

Rather than just picking out things on a player profile, pointing out how it affects the team in a match can highlight things more. I mean saying, for example, Harry Maguire has a tendency to position himself far to the left side of the pitch means little on its own. When you put that together with how it interacts with the defence and midfield around him, leaving a large gap between himself and Wes Morgan for opponents to run through, you can start to see the red card for Morgan was only a matter of time, as he is being exposed.

It is just trying to figure out how to put it together in the form of an article that makes it easy to understand and is entertaining to read that is the difficult bit now. I don't want to dumb it down as most people are smart enough to understand, but to keep it interesting is the difficult bit! I have read enough tactical books and listened to enough coaches give talks about tactics to know it can be very dreary if you are not careful!}

19 Sep 2018 17:29:09
Gotta be fair though ed.

With a system like that, no cover, 4 players just sitting on there arses up top, poor players around, it's hard to show all ypur quality.

What about how do you think he would be next to vvd right now.

1. Don't want him. 2. Love Gomez.

Just a general better system for the guy what level could he reach

Don't forget we signed Alison who had a mare against us, because we can't really judge players against us because we really are that horrible to them 🤣 we could make a holy show out of any player if we wanted.

{Ed001's Note - do you mean Thiago Silva? He is 33 mate, on the decline and has been for a while. When he signed for PSG he was top class and I would have loved him, but he has lost his edge since being there. In the last couple of seasons poor coaching has seen him look finished at top level to be honest. I think he is just on the way down and he has made his money and lost the hunger.}

19 Sep 2018 20:20:23
I don't claim to know football tactics inside and out. But I would get in trouble at school for not showing my working out in maths. I did it in my head. It is the ability to think in an abstract way and that must help when weighing up two teams tactics.

19 Sep 2018 22:10:24
Thanks Ed001, you're an absolute peach!

{Ed001's Note - glad to help mate, always nice to have something new to think about.}

19 Sep 2018 12:39:06
6 in 6. Whao! Hope this keeps going!

just 3 observations on my end.

1) Milner - he seems to be the best midfielder in the team now! when he 1st joined and even up till last season, he looked uncomfortable as an CM. His passing was off, running into space was not purposeful, dropping too deep when defending, and perhaps running around too much when pressing. But this season, his passing has been solid, positioning much better and his overall decision making seems to be great. At times, he has restrained his chasing about and pointed to other players to do the pressing / closing down and I thought it helped to keep the team shape better. I don't know how he does it, but he is proving me very wrong as I thought he might never make it as a CM in our team.

2) Salah, since mid / end last season he has been squaring up against the defenders with his back facing them. It seems more and more prevalent as teams close out the spaces for him to run at them and also as he takes up positions to be able to spin around them. I do think that once it clicks for him, quick 1-2s, give and gos, or just salah spinning around defenders will be us yet another potent attacking dimension.

3) Mane - he is gliding pass players with ease again!

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19 Sep 2018 12:29:06
The premier league are putting me up in the Hilton, Cobham, for two nights early October if you're around for a Buck's Fizz Ed002?
The tournament is at Chelsea's training ground 👊🏼.

{Ed002's Note - Sadly not Benny, my travel is escalating and I will be on the road in far off lands a lot more in the coming months. It is not a great Hilton either I am afraid but you will be really impressed with the facilities that the club has there. Enjoy.}

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19 Sep 2018 15:11:16
Hi Benny, I'm not too far from Cobham, so let me know your dates and I'm sure I'll be up for a beverage or two (that's the limit tho on a school night! ) .

I think you've got my email address from the charity cup, but if not I've got one for you which ends in 1991@hotmail. co. uk. If that one's still live, I'll drop you an e-mail.

Z.

19 Sep 2018 16:37:43
Ive stayed in Cobham hilton before and while it is not as nice as the others i thoroughly enjoyed it there:)

19 Sep 2018 16:51:21
Email me Zed :)

19 Sep 2018 12:02:00
Good Morning Red Men,

6 wins in 6! Cannot ask for a better start to the season than that.

My only surprise is that after both the Spurs and the PSG games I was left with a sense of frustration that we didn't kill the games off. I think it's fair to say we battered both teams despite not looking our best.

One thing to clear up is another camera clearly shows Salah celebrating Firmino's winner, so all posts on him allegedly getting angry are in the words of Trump "Fake News".

Now for moment you have all been waiting for. The loan update.

Only 7 of the 15 loanees played at the weekend. Ejaria, Randall and Wilson are injured, Allan, Awoniyi, Arroyo and George were all unused.

Ryan Kent opened his Rangers account as Rangers beat Dundee 4-0 at Ibrox. He doubled their lead in the 14th minute as he finished off a slick passing move.
It has been described as his best performance to date in a Rangers shirt and hopefully the first of many goals this season.

After a mixed debut and an error to forget Karius finally had the chance to redeem himself after the international break.
Starting in goal for Besiktas at home to Malatyaspor Karius did not disappoint.
He put in a match winning performance and made a string of fine saves to help ensure Besiktas went home with all 3 points in a hard fought 2-1 victory.

Grujic got his second start in a row as he looks to be settling into life at Hertha Berlin.
Deployed in the holding role Grujic had a solid game and helped his team battle for a well earned point in a 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg.

Ojo came off the bench with 15 minutes to go as Stade de Reims drew 0-0 with Nantes.

Corey Whelan made his first start for Crewe as the Republic of Ireland U21 was thrown in at left back for his debut.
He put on a solid display and helped Crewe keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Cheltenham.

Herbie Kane, who on current form is better than his name sake Harry Kane, made his 7th consecutive start for Doncaster at the weekend.
It was an all action performance from the youngster as he helped Doncaster beat Walsall 3-1.

It was an eventful game in the SPL as Bogdan helped Hibs beat Kilmarnock 3-2.

Danny Ings scored again as Southampton threw away a 2-0 lead to eventually draw 2-2 with Brighton at St Mary's.
Midway through the second half Ings successfully converted from the spot to put Saints 2-0 up in-front of the watching England manager Gareth Southgate.
Ings was withdrew late in the game and can now have a well earned rest as he is not eligible to feature against Liverpool this weekend.

And that's your lot :)

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19 Sep 2018 13:23:56
Brilliant Carra, thank you. Also worth mentioning the Ings didn't just score the pen, he drew the foul that earned it as well.

19 Sep 2018 13:43:58
Thanks hjikle,

I didn't watch the game so wasn't aware. Seems he is doing alright down on the South Coast.

19 Sep 2018 13:51:52
Thanks for the update Carra. I'm with you on the feeling of "unfinished business" after both the Spurs and PSG games. But I think those nights, like the 4-1 inflicted on ManC last season, will come around the same time, this season too. Let Keita, Fabinho and Shaqiri get fully integrated into the team, and let's watch as their rotation with Hendo, Milner and Wijnaldum becomes smooth and effortless. We'll be dominating teams more clearly and the scorelines will reflect it more clearly.

20 Sep 2018 08:22:17
Thanks Carra, I somehow missed this! much appreciated mate.

19 Sep 2018 10:40:03
Great result last night, the scoreline flattered PSG. I now feel we have the strongest side we have had since the last time we won the league. I know we have won the champs league, come runners up twice and nearly won the league in that time but I always saw us as an underdog on those occasions. I'm not saying we will win the league/ champs league this season but it wouldn't surprise me, Klopp has really moulded us into a great team.

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19 Sep 2018 14:56:22
Dont mean to be picky, but I think we have come runners up 3 times since we last won the league. Once under Gerard Houllier after the treble year. Once with Rafa's Gerrard and Torres combo and once under Brendan when we had SAS.
Again soz, don't mean to pick holes but I remember the pain of those runner up years so vividly its difficuly not to correct!

20 Sep 2018 18:03:00
Why can’t you say we will win the league / champs league this season. I never understand this! Great team or no great team but CL is the second most decorated trophy for any professional footballer!

19 Sep 2018 10:17:56
Its a grt performance. But that Silva, what a player he is. He is rock solid. If two players we need to sign, then its Mbappe and T. Silva. what do you think Ed001 about his performance?

{Ed001's Note - Silva rock solid? I wouldn't go that far, he couldn't organise their defence last night. Not that good a defender, decent ball player but I don't see him as any more than a replacement for Matip. He is positionally poor, he was badly caught out on the first goal. He was dragged all over the place last night. Not for me.}

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19 Sep 2018 10:30:23
Would have to agree with Ed 001 he was pisitionally average last night, although agree on Mbappe, the boy is a worldy player!
I thought Bernat was their best player, a little dynamo on the left side of defence/ midfield, he caused us some problems.

{Ed001's Note - Bernat? He was woeful, the boy cannot defend at all and he is meant to be a defender. He was the weakest link in their whole team.}

19 Sep 2018 10:32:03
Hi Ed,

Outside of the front 3 and Verratti, are there any players from PSG you rate highly?

Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - Areola - bit of a tit (I know it's an old gag but I can't help it) but a good shotstopper.
Meunier - can be caught out defensively at times but very good touch on the ball and a good footballer.
Rabiot is an excellent player, though he was overrun last night because he was partnered with Marquinhos, who basically left him to it.
Weah looks like he is going to be a special talent like his dad was.}

19 Sep 2018 10:45:31
Maybe you could see it a little more clearly from your armchair Ed 001 but from the Kop, he looked to have a bit about him.

{Ed001's Note - if you are going to be a dick about not having the same opinion you can go jump. I have stood on the Kop many times and got far too caught up in watching the game to see what players did. But you obviously think you know better because you were lucky enough to be there. Maybe you should have got the job offers to scout for Prem clubs that I got instead, because you clearly know better than I do. Snide little comments like yours are just not needed.}

19 Sep 2018 11:17:38
Have to say ed01 Rabiot did impress me. I could see him fitting in nicely at LFC, do you? What is apparent is that Tuchel is woefully overrated and did nothing to counter our threats. No idea why he is so highly rated.

{Ed001's Note - I think Rabiot would be an excellent fit in our midfield, if he could get in it. The form Millie is in, there is no way he is getting dropped any time soon.

As for Tuchel, he took Dortmund backwards and was a poor choice for PSG.}

19 Sep 2018 11:36:24
Thanks Ed01 i agree, he needs to get rid of his mum as his agent though! Has Milner surprised you? i have to say he has for me. He was excellent last night and has been all season. Leading by example i would say.

{Ed001's Note - Milner has been an absolute revelation this season. Player of the season so far for me.}

19 Sep 2018 11:32:40
Rabiot is a Liverpool fan too.

"I would love to play in the Premier League, not necessarily one club in particular, even though I was very fond of Liverpool when I was young, "

19 Sep 2018 11:58:10
I also believe Rabiot was their best player last night Ed001 mate. He cut out a handful of our attacks at vital moments and seemed more composed than most of their players. The "big miss" for them was Verratti as he provides a good link between the back and the lazy sod upfront. Where I differ from you Ed001 mate is the choice of Tuchel as manager for PSG. I think he's a good "fit" for the owners given that the higher profile managers would not put up with the antics of some of the players and their attitudes both on and off the field. The owners have mistakenly copied the Real Madrid model and will absolutely regret it eventually when they are stuck with ego-driven players who they cannot get rid of. Of all their players I would only take Rabiot and Mbappe.

{Ed002's Note - Thomas Tuchel was way down the list for PSG and he knows it. It never makes for a long-term relationship.}

19 Sep 2018 12:48:49
I was in the main stand and thought Bernat was really poor, bloke behind me clearly thought so too as he kept screaming the team to press him because he'll give the ball away!

19 Sep 2018 13:20:12
I thought that was why most of our attacks went down that side, because Neymar is lazy and Bernat is an accident waiting to happen.

19 Sep 2018 13:26:53
PSG demonstrate it every season - good players. Bad team.

19 Sep 2018 14:07:31
Rabiot would be an excellent addition. In a yer's time and on a free is it? I rekon ya take that. Good to keep fresh legs coming in as forward planning for milner, lallana and hendo as they get on.

{Ed002's Note - You might want to try searching.}

19 Sep 2018 15:12:41
Agreed about Milner Ed001, he's playing incredibly at the moment as is Gini. Making a mockery of anyone who said either should be let go in the summer. I think Rabiot next summer on a free would be an awesome signing. He's only 23 and would be the perfect eventual replacement for James Energizer Bunny Milner in about 7 years when he finally starts to slow down for a second. ;)
I actually felt sorry for Rabiot and as soon as I saw PSG's team sheet had a good feeling we would dominate midfield. Very poor tactically from Tuchel who clearly didn't learn from his last Anfield experience. And no, I don't really rate Tuchel, the new JK my arse. He's a very very poor impersonation and if Napoli manage to get out of this group with us I can see him being sacked by Christmas. Also, I just saw Cavani's comments saying he doesn't think it reflects on the quality of Ligue 1. Okay 5 wins in a row but so what? Caen, Guingamp, Angers, Nimes and Saint-Étienne, I mean come on. They don't even play a good side until gameweek 9. Cavani actually said "I'd like to see some English teams play in the French league and see how good they are. " Well mate, if this Liverpool team went and played in Ligue 1 we'd break all records and be champions by springtime.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool would have let Georginio Wijnaldum go in the summer but priced him out of a move to the one interested side.}

19 Sep 2018 23:24:00
Rabiot without a doubt! Technically excellent. Proper holding mid! No wonder the whole Europe is behind him now.

20 Sep 2018 08:35:07
And Ed002 I'm very glad that they did because I like him a lot as player and he'd be worth every penny of whatever they were asking.

20 Sep 2018 18:03:21
Kipembe was the most impressive of their cb by far he really did impress me obviously young and raw but physically impressive and good on the ball he knew when he was in a tight spot and knew how to get out of it too.

 


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