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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.


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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08 Jan 2019 03:52:23
Time was too late for me so didn't watch the game - have only read subsequent match reports and seen the team line-up. It seems we have failed to take the F. A. cup, and Wolves, seriously, and are once again out. We haven't won a trophy for a while, this competition represented another chance of doing so - I do not like the fact we played a weakened team nor do I like the fact that we now have a reduced chance of silverware. We are in the running for the league, but absolutely nothing is guaranteed. We are into the knockout stages of the Champions League, but absolutely nothing is guaranteed. I personally think Klopp should be taking the F. A. cup more seriously - I certainly think our squad has enough quality for us to be able to do so.


1.) 08 Jan 2019 04:38:37
The squad was used in this game and clearly it wasn’t good enough. We can’t play the same players every single game, the likes of Alisson, VVD, Robertson, Salah, Firmino and Mane have played almost every game this season and need a rest at some point.

2.) 08 Jan 2019 05:30:43
That is what worries me Smeg Head. We are one or two injuries to the players you just mentioned away from seeing our league title challenge falling apart. So many people saying that our squad is the best it has been in a long time and that we should be challenging on all fronts with the players we have. I am sorry but that's ridiculous. The one game we needed our squad players to step up but they bottled it big time. There is a reason why Klopp does not rotate very often and that's coz he has no faith in the players outside our first 11. Maybe this squad needs a lot more polishing that we imagined.

3.) 08 Jan 2019 05:54:34
Absolutely the squad needs work. We have gone from having a great starting 11 to having a great 14-15 players but we are still a far cry from being able to field two separate fantastic teams like City can do. That’s where we need to be aiming towards. The game was a chance for some of the kids to perform and I’m afraid they didn’t take it. The young defender that came on did ok, but they rest did nothing of note. Jones was awful, genuinely awful. I know he’s a young lad etc but you do expect that if a player is going to make it with us that are performing better than that even at that age. Moreno is worthless, Migs positioning for the Neves goal, despite it being a great strike, was terrible. Studge proved that despite a good start to the season we need to look elsewhere and stop dreaming of latter days. The only player I liked was Divock, not because he played overly well, but he was trying and had the quality and confidence at least to have a go which ended up in a goal. Rather have him a backup up top and out wide than Sturridge as at least he has some pace and skill to beat a man.

4.) 08 Jan 2019 06:01:49
Also Keita needs to be playing centrally, awful out of the left.

5.) 08 Jan 2019 06:28:39
We are still in the Champions League and top of the PL. Our first eleven can't play every game between now and May without causing injury, exhaustion and consequently, a dip in form.
The FA Cup was the ONLY time to rotate the squad. It doesn't mean Klopp didn't take it seriously, he just prioritised the other competitions.
Weve been crying out for youngsters to get some competitive gametime and this was good timing to throw them in at the deep end. It didn't work out for us but, hey, look on the bright side - some lads got much-needed experience and our schedule for the rest of the season is a little less burdened.
Good move by Klopp imo, a decent team was put out but we fell short.

6.) 08 Jan 2019 07:38:33
Here is our 2 starting 11s if everything is fit and before Clyne went

TAA VVD Gomes Robo
Fab Hendo
Firm Salah mane

Clyne Matip lovren moreno
Shaq Milner Keita
Original strudd ox

So we have 22 internationals but
Prob 5 to 6 need replacing now.

It's just that many vwere injured.

7.) 08 Jan 2019 07:55:46
Don’t see how you can say Jones was awful, admittedly it wasn’t a great performance but he’s a youngster playing his debut in a weakened side which lacked ideas. While we would love to see it, you cannot be expecting the youngsters to provide that spark although I thought he had a couple of moments where he got on the ball and showed some confidence to try and run at their defence. Also Keita was playing centrally as part of a 2 with Milner which was part of the problem. Milner would cone deep to pick up the ball but Keita and the 2 full backs were too high up the pitch to provide an option when Wolves pressed (which they did well) . Eventually Shaqiri realised what was happening and started dropping back to look for the ball. Also Jones had Moreno “behind” him who was unable to pick a pass all night and pushed up behind jones giving him no space to do anything. I use behind in the loosest sense of the word as his positioning was all over the place even by his standards last night. He wandered all over the pitch seemingly unaware of his defensive duties. Pretty sure I saw him at CF at one point when he should of been chasing back. I lost count of the number of times I screamed at my tv because of him. I think we need to give the academy players a chance as lb cover for the rest of the season because they can’t do any worse! I know he was offside but couldn’t believe it when Keita played him through and he took an unnecessary touch and then blazed a shot high when the obvious thing to do was stick it across the 6 yard box first time to Origi or Sturridge which Robbo would do every time. I’ve always given him the benefit of the doubt for his attitude but he looked like he couldn’t care less last night.

8.) 08 Jan 2019 08:15:13
Tbf to Jones anyone would look bad on the wing when the two strikers are playing sleeping lions up front most of the game.

9.) 08 Jan 2019 08:32:42
Nobody has said his career is over. He simply didn't make the most of the opportunity that was given to him. The way Woodburn and TAA have done in the past. Self-confidence is key at this level. He didn't show much. Look at Hoever; he has loads of it, even when playing with the big boys.

10.) 08 Jan 2019 12:52:39
Agree with this post, but remember all the players that played tonight are Liverpool players aomin theory should always be good enough to make the team. The truth is Moreno is an awful player. Sturridge looked like he couldn’t be bothered. Origi although played better second half still isn’t a great player. Milner unfortunately was terrible and looks like he needs more time to regain match fitness (probably rushed back too early against city) .

Fabinho ha fro cover centre backs nd Lovren went off injured early. Which left a very inexperienced back 4 in front of a terrible goalkeeper. Keita needs more time to settle in and unfortunately I don’t feel playing him on such a disjointed team did him any favours. Maybe our squad doesn’t contain the quality deep enough, but Klopp has to give the first 11 a rest at some point. If we’d beaten wolves then lose to Brighton he would’ve got slaughtered. Hopefully January doesn’t turn into another awful month for us again.

11.) 08 Jan 2019 13:01:55
Thought origi and sturridge were truly awful last night absolutely no movement what's so ever.

12.) 09 Jan 2019 05:19:57
Behave, milner is not 2nd 11

I counted 17 top top players. You didn't mention lallana, instead you get the ox out of his hospital bed and throw him on the left wing!

I didn't count the ox of lallana but both got, that makes 19 top players. That is a big squad.



13 Dec 2018 10:19:20
In light of us agreeing terms for Fekir in summer, only for us to change our mind and sort of stuff up the transfer, would Lyon take this personally/ hold a grudge against us for that? Do clubs hold grudges against other clubs for perceived bad behaviour? I only ask as, imagine we were going to move for another Lyon player like Aouar of their left back whose name escapes me, do you think Lyon might be inclined to refuse to negotiate all out?

This is all hypothetical I know but I was wondering, at this sort of level of business and sport, if grudges still occur and if they impact on future business between interested parties.


{Ed002's Note - they are difficult to deal with at best. They won’t want to be messed around again.}

1.) 13 Dec 2018 16:11:23
Ask Fulham about holding a grudge.

Red deano YNWA.

2.) 13 Dec 2018 16:43:53
Their left back is Mendy and yea clubs do hold grudge.

3.) 13 Dec 2018 18:37:16
Red Deano. Let's hope that us loaning them Sheyi Ojo last season did something to patch up that relationship.

4.) 13 Dec 2018 23:16:57
I don’t think a business would “hold a grudge” which negatively impacts them going forward.
The difference is the buyer is trying to persuade the other team to sell and if they have a poor relationship then they will have to be more persuasive than if they had a good relationship. i. e. show me the money.

5.) 13 Dec 2018 19:09:42
Are we looking at bringing anyone in this January ed? Seems to be unusually quiet for Liverpool in terms of rumours, we must be top or something.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot sensibly answer about dates I am afraid.}

6.) 13 Dec 2018 23:55:05
Seems to happen to us a lot! Remember that summer we signed texeira?

7.) 14 Dec 2018 09:04:21

8.) 14 Dec 2018 19:22:45
LFC would do well to stay away from the Lyon owner who is a terror to deal with esp. after the mixup with Fekir the last time. Personally, I've moved on from him and IMO, we should too. If anything, we should be buying a defender cos that is where we are thin right now, NOT in midfield.



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.


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

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.


{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


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) .




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20 Jan 2019 13:15:11
Thanks for the response ED, appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. But without checking I am not aware of any offer from Liverpool - and if there were they should know it would need a very significant offer.}



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20 Jan 2019 06:09:44
Do you envisage any clubs making a move for him at that price ED? I know half of Europe has been watching him but, as good as he may be, that sort of price tag could put off even the biggest of spenders - I certainly wouldn't imagine Liverpool stumping up that sort of money.


{Ed002's Note - There has been declared interest in him from Barcelona, Manchester City, Monaco and Manchester United - that started with Mr Mourinho a couple of years ago. He has recently signed a long term contract and they do not wish to sell and the player is happy.}



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13 Dec 2018 10:01:35
Is Timo Werner going to be happy to be back up? Would he offer more to the team than Firmino? No on both counts in my opinion, and he'd cost an arm and a leg - highly doubtful.




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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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16 Feb 2019 12:50:57
I'd love us to sign Ozil but I think the wages would be the death knell to any chance of that. Great player, superbly creative, I think he'd be incredible in our team.




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10 Feb 2019 18:16:07
Haha good shout Ed025, don't think you're wrong mate. As as you mentioned Chelsea paid you's actual, real money for him. Incredible.


{Ed025's Note - i heard bill kenwright went to the negotiations dressed as dick turpin seano..



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10 Feb 2019 17:56:47
I would suggest that Sarri's insistence on playing Kante further up the field, despite him being the best defensive/ protective midfielder in the world, is a big issue. I would also suggest that his faith in Jorginho, in the position previously occupied by Kante, is misplaced, and that Jorginho looks somewhat lost in the PL in which the space he he needs to perform successfully is rarely granted to him. I'm just basing in on the limited things I have seen but I don't think Sarri is selecting the best team based on the players he has at his disposal. Playing Ross Barkley today was also a disaster for Chelsea, he does not seem good enough for a team hoping to, at the very least, qualify for the Champions League.


{Ed025's Note - ross is more champion-ship than champions league seano..



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10 Feb 2019 03:20:02
In fairness Wan-Bissaka is the best right back in the league so I think his price reflects that. Of course for other players their value has become insane but even we have benefited from that - we sold Solanke for close to 20mil to Bournemouth and I man no disrespect to the lad but that is a lot of money for a player who has shown nothing at the top level of the game.




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10 Feb 2019 03:17:17
Agree with you ED I thought Keita played very well today and was involved a lot both offensively and defensively. Hopefully he continues this upward trajectory of improvement, the lad clearly has ability.