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11 Jan 2018 10:03:38
Heard from a good source that Ceballos is 'nailed on' to join before the window closes. No idea how my source knows but works within football and simply passed it on, make of it what you will.

Personally I would be a bit underwhelmed if the de facto replacement for Coutinho was Ceballos as seems a marked step down in quality but hey ho let's see what materialises.

Seano_

1.) 11 Jan 2018 10:37:30
Why are people saying he is the replacement of coutinho? What if we are taking advantage of his situation at madrid?

Although I agree that he is not a Coutinho replacement, I think he is a good player and would be a good acquisition for the squad looking forward.


2.) 11 Jan 2018 10:55:19
Yes we ain't going to replace coutihno he is a world class Brazil international, but what we can do is strengthen the areas we are weak in we lack creative spark in midfield an someone who can manipulate the ball he is a gamble but could also turn out too b real quality well worth a punt especially if we can get keita early as well suddenly midfield is lookin healthy freeing up the attack, ox, mane, Salah, firmino, lallana, solanke, sturridge, nice options, still I would like us too buy an attacker like lemar, mahrez, suso, draxler wishful thinking though.


3.) 11 Jan 2018 12:00:02
I wonder if we will hear from wonder dog sparky?


4.) 11 Jan 2018 13:53:12
Hi eds i'm going to need your email addresses, mothers maiden names and the names of your first pets. uh. for science

Seriously though I hope we can do something like this, the buzz the club had post VVD left along with Phil.


5.) 11 Jan 2018 22:02:17
Coutinho was crap in midfield. Addressing the balance there would be an upgrade.


6.) 11 Jan 2018 22:39:08
Faith, he wasn’t really crap in midfield though was he? He played most games in midfield this season and had one of his best (half) seasons.


7.) 12 Jan 2018 19:12:12
our midfield is very weak at the moment, and could be the weakness that City will try and take control over, we really need at least one top player coming in this window, the name I have is the big guy from Roma,


 

 

 

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04 Nov 2018 05:45:32
Brief assessment of yesterdays game:

Keeper - saw some criticism of him for the goal but I think he did reasonably and think defenders should of closed the shot down better.

Defence - mixed bag. Gomez and Van Dijk looked very good, Van Dijk in particular was peerless and should've had at least 1 goal - he could've had a hattrick. Fullbacks it was a different story - neither Robertson nor TAA effectively closed down Arsenal balls from out wide - Van Dijk was a monster in the middle so this was never telling but they rarely stopped crosses coming in, that must be improved upon. TAA had moments in the game were he looked lost/ devoid of confidence and he does have those moments from time to time, he needs to find consistency over the full 90. TAA was also very restrained going forward though his distribution, bar a couple of mistakes, was good and he kept and used possession well - I'd sign Wan Bissaka in the summer and start training TAA in the midfield position. Robertson for forward well, but sometimes too much which left gaps - these were not exploited thankfully. Robertson needs to work on his composure as well - under pressure he panics and tends to hoof the ball anywhere instead of trying to use the ball well. He never stopped running the entire game though, his heart is admirable.

Midfield - this was the weakest area today and the lack of creativity was apparent from the get go. Milner played a good box-to-box game, got himself a goal, and looked to break up play often, I thought he was the best of the 3. Wijinaldum was good in terms of breaking up play but is not a natural defensive player and his positioning is, at times, a little incorrect. I thought he was OK though too subdued for my liking. Fabinho had a poor game I'm sorry to say, pace of the game had him shook and he always seemed to be a yard or 2 away from where he was supposed to be. Picked up a yellow card early second half and that seemed to scare him as he rarely got close to their players, or the ball, afterwards. He's only had a few games this season and this was the most intense we've had so far - I do expect him to improve and perform better as the season progresses. I feel Henderson, had he been fit, would certainly of started ahead of him otherwise.

Attack - Mane is a player Arsenal just don't like. Always looks a threat against them, always tries to make things happen and both he and Salah were our best attacking outlets. Thought he was good, by and large, and was fouled a number of times only to have the ref turn a blind eye. Salah was very lively, caused them issues, but never really clicked into the top gear we know he has. Took on shots at times when team mates were better placed and failed to make the key passes connect a couple of times in the match. He can play better. Bobby was disappointing as, though he worked hard, he never really got onto the ball/ made something happen in the final third except for that one chance first half. Perhaps the service wasn't good, perhaps their midfield were pressing him too much, but I was not surprised to see him hooked when he was.

It was an intense, enjoyable (for the neutral) game to watch, I thought both teams had presentable chances, both teams could of scored more. We had a goal wrongly disallowed, and I think, in terms of chances, had the better ones. Never the less a draw at the Emirates is nothing to turn your nose up at - they are a different beast under Emery and the signings they have made, combined with this renewed optimism, makes them a tough team to beat. I do think, however, that our midfield lacks a spark at times - the sooner Keita can come back and rediscover his RBL form the better.

Seano_

1.) 04 Nov 2018 07:48:45
Brilliant assessment, Seano. I totally agree with you that Hendo was sorely missed. We had NO control over the midfield at ant part of the game and Klopp recognized that hence, we went to a flat 4-4-1-1 in the second half to protect against Fab's lack of rhythm. Had Hendo and indeed, Keita been fit, it would have been much better cos Hendo is a MUCH better controller of tempo and the press would have been better executed. Keita would have been the one breaking the lines for us on the counter. Your assessment once again, is spot on, Bravo, sir.


2.) 04 Nov 2018 08:01:50
Fabinho seems ponderous. We sold Can and replaced him with someone no better, for me.
I’d dread to see Fabinho at right back, he’d get skinned all over the place.


3.) 04 Nov 2018 08:40:52
Fabinho was very poor but I’m not one of these fans who thinks that Hendo is the second coming and we would have won with him. When Hendo doesn’t play and we don’t win then the drums beat for him but what about the games he plays in and we don’t win (he played in both defeats this season) . All Our midfield with or without Hendo need to step and replace the goals and assists Coutinho used to give us. Our front 3 are brilliant but they can’t do it week in week out especially when teams double up on them.


4.) 04 Nov 2018 08:58:34
JK

The old klopp with Buvac by his side would have played Shaqiri in that midfield to take up some pressure of creativity to open up spaces. This klopp is pragmatic. He moved on from a winning formation 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 which Fabinho would never fit!
We don’t press anymore which makes Firmino completely ineffective. A counter pressing team that had the best transition from defense to attack has been completely destroyed in this new tactic. Firmino was built up on pressing.


5.) 04 Nov 2018 12:45:22
Fillet, what does Buvac have to do with anything?


6.) 04 Nov 2018 13:12:15
Thank you Ed. Agree with TJ first post regarding being open about the break away league. Have a great day.


7.) 04 Nov 2018 15:00:56
It's still early days for fabinho yes he didn't do too well today buy he has to adjust.


 

 

21 Oct 2018 08:03:48
A couple of questions for posters and/ or Ed's to possibly answer:

1) Is Lallana's time done at Liverpool?

2) Has Buvac's departure affected our style of play?


To answer number 1 I would personally say Lallana should not be selected for us. He is the remnants of the the Rodgers era and looks every inch the Rodgers player - in short he is ill-suited to our game. He is especially out of place when played out wide - I'm not sure why Klopp does it.

I can't answer number 2 because I simply don't know but our style of play does seem to have changed and, as of right now, despite results, we continue to perform at a very mediocre level. Interested in all thoughts and opinions.

Seano_

{Ed025's Note - i think lallana is a decent squad player seano and is not up to speed yet due to his injuries, i think you all expect too much of the team mate, it cant be champagne football every week and grinding out results like yesterday is part of a winning formula, my only slight concern would be the lack of quality outside the first team but that can be addressed in january and im sure it will..


1.) 21 Oct 2018 08:25:39
I just love that we are not conceding goals. Keep that up and we won't be far away.


2.) 21 Oct 2018 09:23:48
1) You’re probably correct but it’s far too early to judge him. He won't be match fit for a long time.

2) I’m sure it’s had some effect but it’s hard to quantify. The fact is - as Irish Rover points out - we don’t concede as many as last season so there isn’t the imperative that we go at teams 100 mph from kick off. We can play a bit smarter and pace ourselves over the season.


3.) 21 Oct 2018 12:27:09
For point 2) i believe that Buvac left because of our change in style, rather than he himself causing it. We know that the change in style is in an attempt to conserve more energy over the course of a season and has been put forward by the medical team. As i recall it the reason for Buvac leaving was that he felt insulted that Klopp was taking so much advice off the medical team rather than Buvac himself?

While the front 3 haven’t hit top form yet it is clear to me that this is our new way of playing and you cannot say it is a problem or drop off in form. We are joint top of the league with 3 goals conceded in 9 games. Long may it continue.


4.) 21 Oct 2018 13:04:00
OP, Ed01 said that Klopp has changed the way we play to be more pragmatic in order to save ourselves from burn-outs at the business end of the season. Whether that was why he and Buvac had some beef, I don't know (I don't care either) BUT that is Klopp's decision.

Also, can I just say that this whole Buvac talking point makes no sense, IMO. Let us stop building him up into what he is not, please. He like any other assistant, has some input in the way we play BUT he is NOT the be-all and end-all of LFC's playing style. Klopp's assistants are giving a lot of lee-way to make their voices heard and he delegates a lot to them and does rely on their input, as any good manager who is not a control-freak should do.

That does NOT mean that Klopp does not have a mind of his own and his convictions or can't function w/ o Buvac. If Buvac wanted to make us play a certain way and Klopp and/ or Kravietz or Kornmayer disagree, that is a diff. of opinion and nothing more, nothing less. Please, let us stop giving this man more credit than he deserves cos in the end, NOBODY on here knows his true impact on the team to give a better judgement on him, really.

{Ed002's Note - You are doing Buvac a massive disservice and Klopp needs that level of support which is why Liverpool has Lijnders back.}


5.) 21 Oct 2018 14:25:44
Not to do Buvac a disservice but did you not say around the time it happened Ed002 something along the lines of Buvac’s ego being too big and spitting his dummy out?

{Ed002's Note - No, I said nothing of the sort. At the time, I told you what had happened and that he was gone, but nobody thought I was correct.}


6.) 21 Oct 2018 08:58:50
Spot on, Ed25. Not conceding is just as important as scoring. We cannot play the way we did last season and win the PL. That will simply NOT happen. Hence, Klopp has reeled in the ideology of swash-buckling football (which wins games BUT not leagues) for more pragmatism in a bid to keep up with City at least till Feb. and then see what happens. Altho, more improvement is needed, no doubt BUT let's persevere with the team for now in hope for better days. YNWA!


7.) 21 Oct 2018 09:14:05
That's a fair point Ed, we've perhaps been spoiled with our attacking football in recent seasons so a more reserved approach looks worse. You are right though, grinding out wins are what makes champions and we've already ground out a fair few. I hope they can continue to do so but you'd have to think, sooner or later, that performances will have to improve.

Agree Irish Rover think the defence is a big boost. Do think Gomez needs to partner Van Dijk though, looks a much better fit than Lovren who, though he plays good overall, always looks liable to make a mistake. I think Gomez with TAA at right back is the way to go moving forward. The manager, with aims of tightening things up, may prefer Gomez out wide though.


 

 

Chelsea vs Liverpool  29 September 2018 - How I saw it

30 Sep 2018 08:18:51
{Ed's Note - Seano_ has posted a new article entitled, Chelsea vs Liverpool 29 September 2018 - How I saw it

Seano_

1.) 30 Sep 2018 09:49:59
Nice read.
A few things I’d disagree on.
Our pressing first half was poor, their back four, and in particular Luiz, had far too much time and this was the foundation for our first half difficulties.
TAA had a tough time with Hazard, though he doesn’t get the best protection from Salah to be fair. I still think there’s a case to be had for man marking Hazard, though it would entail a change of formation.

This site is so tough on Wijnaldum, I think it stems from Ed001’s dislike of him.
First half, he was poor I’d agree. But second half was very good, his boundless energy helping us to get on top.
And conversely there’s no way Firmino was a 7.5 for me. For 70 odd minutes he was anonymous and then came round near the end.
When Firmino plays well, Liverpool purr. But that was, overall, a 6 or 6.5 at most, from him, I felt?
Deserved draw though and a good game.

{Ed001's Note - I don't dislike him. I wish people would stop trying to make things personal.}


2.) 30 Sep 2018 09:59:26
Tough love then Ed, lol.

{Ed001's Note - yes mate, I just think he is not playing to his true potential. I seen him a lot when he was a kid and the lad should be being compared with Hazard. The fact that he isn't is all on him.}


3.) 30 Sep 2018 10:19:49
I think it's more a case of doesn't rate him, which is a totally different thing.

{Ed001's Note - again not true, I do rate him, I just do not think he plays to his potential.}


4.) 30 Sep 2018 10:20:32
@Juicer - Wijinaldum did nothing in the first half and very little second half - we were on top for most of the second half which is why he had more of the ball, but did he actually do anything good with it? the 'he keeps play ticking over' argument is fine if he does other things as well but he was never really effective offensively or defensively thus my rating. I was singing his praises a few weeks ago when he performed excellently - ED001's opinion, as much as I respect it, has no effect on my own.

Firmino was given very little space and time on the ball yet still found ways to create space, find team mates and link up play. I though he did well and certainly performed better than a 6 or 6.5 - that is only my opinion though and you are, of course, entitled to yours.


5.) 30 Sep 2018 10:40:36
Watch him off the ball, Seano.
I had a Dutch stream on a game last season and they had a camera tracking his runs. Amazing energy.
He’s central to Klopp’s style. I think, if Keita develops, that Henderson could be more at risk of losing his place in the midfield three than Gini.
We should have a Wijnaldum Day, when we all follow him and not the ball.

{Ed001's Note - that is not the issue. The issue is that he takes too many touches and slows attacks down, there were a number of times he had the option to play a quick pass down the side of Chelsea in the second half yesterday but he took another touch and the chance was gone. The ball would then end up going sideways and backwards and we wasted time we could ill afford.

Then there are his runs, prior to his goal anyway as this issue vanished the moment he scored, possibly due to confidence. His runs used to take him into hiding, into places that no one could pass to him. Then he scored, and his game went up a level or two and his runs became constructive.}


6.) 30 Sep 2018 11:04:16
That’s fairer criticism, his work on the ball could be better at times.
I think it could be a confidence issue because, of Milner and Henderson, he is the one that can be the most positive going forward and probably provides the greater goal threat of the three.
He should be netting 10 goals plus, a season?
Having said that, I think he’d maybe benefit from Keita as a central midfield partner. That would take some of the offensive pressure off him?
Keita central, Wijnaldum and AN Other.
I still love Hendo though, it’s purely business.

{Ed001's Note - on present form Gini and Millie have to be in there.}


7.) 30 Sep 2018 11:07:53
Can’t quite make up my mind on Allison for their goal and whether I think he should have stopped that one, would be interested to hear others thoughts, ed1 and ed25 (did t he say he used to be a keeper) in particular. I think when hazard hit it, Allison wasn’t set his feet were just off the ground which may have impacted in him getting down to it, and seano is right to say it was bobbling. I think my question is whether that was a saveable shot or not, and on upgrading our keeper was it that kind of situation you anticipated Allison making a difference to those who have gone before?

{Ed001's Note - he was well positioned, I think it was just a good finish. No keeper can save everything. If he had been further over, where he could have saved it, the near post would have been open, which is a much easier shot for Hazard to take.}


8.) 30 Sep 2018 11:41:04
Salah will still score 25+ this season. He gets in too many good positions and is too much of a good player not to, in the system we play. It is very early in the season still.


9.) 30 Sep 2018 12:28:15
Very generous of you to give Gini a 6. He was awful, that back pass as well! what was he thinking. He is just not good enough Can't wait for Keita to fully settle to get him Gini away from the starting 11.


10.) 30 Sep 2018 14:49:34
@The Juicer - Gini has started the season pretty well and, in a number of games already this season I have sang his praises. He was, in my opinion, poor against Chelsea though and had one of his anonymous games were he looks to be lacking confidence. As Ed001 has already stated the lad has the talent to be special, that we rarely see it is hugely frustrating.


11.) 30 Sep 2018 18:18:19
Hi Seano,

thanks for the review. agree with you on so many points.

Alisson - what a keeper we have now! his one vs one is so good! decisive and rushes the attacking player to make a decision. could he have done better with the shot? just very slightly. he could have set himself up a little earlier but as Ed001 pointed out, he needed to cover his near post. Hazard is playing at the level Suarez was in his final season with us - making the right decisions most of the time and executing them to perfection. As such, he puts the ball it the most difficult place for the keeper, so i've no complaints about that being let in.

Gini - totally agree. whenever he turns with the ball and drive forward and looked promising, he would either slow it down, take too many touches, or choose the safest pass, hence, there is no impact in his driving forward. sometimes i wish he would just try the through ball, hold the ball longer till someone closes him down then release it, or even driving right into the opposition box and shoot. alas, 9.9/ 10 times he does none of that and just stops the attack. now that Ed001 has spoken that Gini should be talked about in the same category as Hazard makes it all the more frustrating. because you can see that he clearly has some good natural attributes, yet, he is not even a mile close to the level that he could have attained.

Gomez - he's really developing very well isn't it? i was slightly surprised at his lack of speed when trying to catch Hazard though cause he does have that pace. i suppose he also didn't slide in for the block as he wanted to stay on this feet to prevent Hazard from turning. all in all, once Hazard broke free, it was very hard to stop him; he should never have been allowed to run free.


12.) 30 Sep 2018 21:17:08
Lamborini I9I, two simple questions for you. If Wijnaldum is not good enough, why does Klopp keep picking him? Or do you claim to know better than our manager? Cast aside your blinkered prejudice and watch what he actually does for the team.


13.) 30 Sep 2018 22:34:34
@sgynwa - agree mate, think it is very promising how well Gomez is developing as a player. Has come on leaps and bounds and has a fantastic partner in Van Dijk to learn from - destiny is in his own hands now. Only thing I can say per the Hazard goal is Hazard is absolutely rapid and a world class player, and he has shown it against us.

As for Alisson he is clearly class and a huge upgrade on Karius and Mignolet. If he does get stick for that Hazard goal it is very harsh in my opinion.

Gini has looked very good this season in a number of matches and, I think I made him MOTM in a review for a game this season. I don't think ED001 is wrong when he says he should be at a level similar to Hazard because, when you see him playing freely and with belief he is so difficult for the opposition to stop. Mentally the lad struggles and I thought he retreated within himself for much of the game. He still adds quality to the first team and squad, what he needs now is consistency - if he provides that then he will be formidable, if he doesn't then I see Oxlaide-Chamberlain overtaking him in the pecking order when he returns (so long as there are no long term hang ups from the injury - and that is far from guaranteed) .


 

 

20 Sep 2018 17:46:31
Greetings Ed's, I did send in this query yesterday but seems to have not gone through. I was wondering how articles become articles. I often post match reviews right after the game and, whilst many of them are not made into articles, some of them are - I can't really see that much difference between the one's that make it and the one's that don't so was wondering what factors are at play - is it writing style, flow of the piece, word count? Would love to know the criteria as it's always nice when something I write does become an official 'article'.

Seano_

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1.) 20 Sep 2018 18:00:15
It's always great to read your content Seano mate!


2.) 22 Sep 2018 08:02:49
Cheers Salah, appreciate the kind words mate.


 

 

Spurs vs Liverpool 15 September 2018 - How I saw it

15 Sep 2018 22:25:27
{Ed's Note - Seano_ has posted a new article entitled, Spurs vs Liverpool 15 September 2018 - How I saw it

Seano_

1.) 15 Sep 2018 23:16:14
Great review mate. Look forward to reading more of them in the future.


2.) 15 Sep 2018 22:46:19
Seano decent read that. I think Spurs were a little more in it first half though than for 5 minutes. But overall we deserved the win. Teams seem to set up against us that neutralises our 3 in midfield and 2 goal keeping blunders helped today. Saying that if we had been more clinical we would have been home and dry without them.


3.) 16 Sep 2018 05:25:30
klopp on the sideline seemed to indicate that he wanted to bypass the midfield and spurs press. I think he was afraid of the quick counters. We clearly had the better of it and their pressing didn't really do much. Obviously losing firmino hurts as he could come a little deeper and create almost diamond in midfield and play in mane and salah. I hope shaqiri gets a run out as a false nine almost against psg.


4.) 16 Sep 2018 07:24:03
Niceone Seano, good read mate.


5.) 16 Sep 2018 07:36:49
Nice one Seano. What score for Bobby? Eye think it was an 8.


6.) 16 Sep 2018 09:04:54
Thanks for the positive comments, i appreciate it.

I'd of given Bobby an 8 as well Reaper. He played well, linked up well and never stopped working hard and got a goal for his troubles. He looked far more like himself and a lot fitter, he did very well.


7.) 16 Sep 2018 09:05:57
p. s. How's the recovery going Salah? Are you back to your old self yet or is there still some ways to go?


8.) 16 Sep 2018 09:57:39
Yeah still a bit to go Seano but overall I'm fine thank you very much mate, I almost forget what feeling normal was like lol but I'll get there :) .

Hope you are well Seano mate.


9.) 16 Sep 2018 14:09:06
Good review Seano, thank you for that.


 

 

 

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02 Nov 2018 02:36:04
There was an article about this in The Guardian which stated that the Turkish press is having a field day dragging Karius' name through the mud, primarily because there news stories are often picked up by the British press. It also mentioned that the back-up keeper at Besiktas is a former Turkish international and some have suggested he should be starting games over Karius. The article went on to state that Besiktas were happy with Karius, that he had adapted to life well in Turkey, and that such stories were pure fabrication. Make of this what you will but it seemed to make a certain amount of logical sense to me.

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06 Sep 2018 11:01:39
@Kloppbanger - I do think that these stories are guff however, when you say 'we are stacked in midfield why would we be after another' that doesn't really make a lot of sense if you look at the bigger picture. Lallana will surely leave in the not so distant future and, even if he doesn't, has not performed well for quite a while. Our new midfielder (Fabinho) is struggling to settle with no timeline (that I am aware of) for him to start playing games. Wijinaldum is wildly inconsistent and seems to, based on watching him last season and the start of this, have 3 bad games for every decent game he has.

So imagine Wijinaldum and Lallana leaving by next summer we have in midfield:

Keita, Henderson, Milner, Fabinho (whose ability to settle will be key in him becoming a long term fixture or not), Shaqiri can cover the advanced midfield area. I think their is still scope to improve the midfield personally. Milner is 32 and, sooner or later, will be unable to maintain his energy levels and consistency. Henderson is 28 with a dodgy injury record - he seems to have recovered well but anything could happen. Difficult to know what will happen with Fabinho - obviously we all hope he can settle and contribute. I can see space for another midfielder there personally, Rabiot on a free is not so far-fetched (in terms of us wanting a midfielder), though the actual story of speaking to his mother seems like pure fantasy from the gutter press.

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29 Aug 2018 09:18:49
Ahhh it's that time of year again when a new poster of limited experience tries to 'teach' ED002 about finances. I always enjoy the Ed's responses to these - thanks for the info Ed;s, as always it is appreciated.

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08 Aug 2018 21:49:51
He's not really impressed or performed at the required level or consistently, either for us or away on loan. I wish the lad well but for his sake, and ours, it's better he leaves whatever the price may be.

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29 Jul 2018 11:19:28
The OP is a nob, he has based his entire opinion of the player on a few friendlies for us, it's a joke. How about giving players an honest chance before writing them off?

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11 Nov 2018 19:27:31
It would make sense for you's so long as you had a well thought out, adequate replacement lined up. If it is a sacking with absolutely no consideration to the next several steps then I don't see how you's would benefit at all. Hughes is woeful, and should be dismissed, but only when you have a genuinely good candidate lined up. Giving Hughes the job was the massive error - sacking him and them giving it to someone equally inadequate could put you on a course for relegation. Treacherous times for you boys, tread carefully.

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07 Nov 2018 15:57:15
milner shouldn't of given it away, Gini should of done miles better, the centre-backs should've been far more aware of the danger, and Alisson will likely feel he should've done more. It was a collective failure, as was the entire night.

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07 Nov 2018 14:26:10
mane has been the best performer of the front 3 this season and has brought energy and drive in pretty much every game he has played. Tried to bring it yesterday but didn't work, and the entire team was shocking, this comment is very harsh IMO.

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07 Nov 2018 14:24:12
What team would be mad enough to go near Lallana and given his injury record, salary, and poor performances? Also don't think crucial Champions League ties are the time for putting players in shop windows either.

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07 Nov 2018 05:39:35
It's not really that though Brover I think it's the abrupt change in style from a swash-buckling, pressing, attacking team to quite a slow, pondering team that looks bereft of ideas in the final third. We basically pumped balls into their box for the best part of the second half - that was our strategy. I don't think Buvac was the saviour but it's clear his influence had us playing in a certain way and, at the moment, in his absence, we are playing differently. Whilst results remain (overall) decent that will fly, but if/ when results nosedive there will be some questions that need answering.


The team is well capable of pressing and harrying opposition - we have seen it for the past few seasons - so why has a formula that the players knew, that had seen us make incremental improvements over the seasons, been suddenly dropped and replaced by what is being referred to as the 'pragmatic approach'? To save energy for the end of the season? If our form and overall standard of play doesn't improve we'll have plenty of energy left at the end of the season but we just won't have a trophy to try and win with it. I think a strategical rethink is in order - we have yet to perform consistently well this season and the Red Star came was merely a reminder of that - how long does the manager wait before deciding current tactics aren't cutting the mustard?

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