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14 Mar 2018 03:14:11
Amazing how mourinho was a genius 3 days ago but now he is out of touch and falling behind as he was once a revolutionary.
We all need to take into perspective that our loss to the mancs was 1 game. It happens. We are a much better TEAM than they are and im so glad we don't have that arrogant little (insert your own words here) in charge of our great club.

1.) 14 Mar 2018 04:33:45
Love your enthusiasm, Mark, but in what way are we a much better team? they've beaten us one v one and lie ahead in the league table. We play more attractive footy but the results don't suggest we are superior.

2.) 14 Mar 2018 05:01:10
I know this is a banter site but still why are we so keen on what Mourinho does or united let's focus on ourself and ourself only.

3.) 14 Mar 2018 05:31:47
How about we don’t both playing any opposition either crazy horse. They are our biggest rivals and they were awful tonight - just enjoy it mate.

4.) 14 Mar 2018 06:55:56
The table doesn't tell the truth until all 38 games have been played. United still have to play Man City at the Etihad and Arsenal who they always seem to draw 0-0 against. Couple that with a few potential banana skins such as the in form Swansea at the Liberty and Bournemouth who have had a few big results against Chelsea and Arsenal, and we still have every chance of over taking United. We are the only team in the league to have played all of the top 3 twice. We've also played Arsenal twice, Burnley twice, Swansea twice, Newcastle twice etc. Most of the common banana skins who have knocked points off the top clubs. Chelsea is our only game left that shouldn't be an easy win on paper, but as we all know there are no easy games in this league. It's a 38 game season and there are 8 games left. We have the easiest run in by far.

So currently, the table does lie. Until the fixtures balance themselves out, you Can't say United are better than us because they are 5 points ahead. In fact, just make that 2 points now because City will murder them at the Etihad.

5.) 14 Mar 2018 07:23:09
MK, that was the attitude before they beat us this weekend and look what happened. Whilst they're above us there is no reasonable argument that we're ahead of them. If we do overtake them then we can gloat then but doing it now makes us look very foolish.

6.) 14 Mar 2018 07:37:53
I'd rather wait till the season ends before saying who's better than who. Let the final BPL table do the talking. Klopp and his men should concentrate on winning every game and us fans should be behind them every game. What is meant to happen will happen.

7.) 14 Mar 2018 07:38:21
Whats your point, MK? That we might be better than them at the end of the season? We haven't managed to beat them in either attempt this season. Look at the table right now and you will see there are two teams currently better than us.

8.) 14 Mar 2018 08:11:50
“The table doesn't tell the truth until all 38 games have been played”. Correct MK 👍

MK’s point is until all teams have played each other home and away you can’t really judge the league table. ManU are 5 points ahead, in 3 games time they could be 4 points behind. 🤝.

9.) 14 Mar 2018 08:38:50
It all goes on the City result for me, if they win it or even get a point I think they will get second but I don't think they'll get anything at all against them and I can't see them winning every single other game either so for me right now it's about who wants it more, if we push hard we can do it.

We have 24 points to play for and I believe we will have enough to beat the majority of our remaining opponents, Chelsea and Everton are the tricky ones but should we get 4 points out of them two, we'll be in a good position I think.

My opinion? we'll get 2nd.

10.) 14 Mar 2018 08:49:49
Liverpool have also difficult games coming up MK. You post makes no sense to me. You use Arsenal as a reference as a team United have to play then you say we are the only team to play all the top 3 teams. Do you not think Chelsea might be trying to get into the top 4? Do you not think United will have extra motivation not to lose to City? Will Everton and Palace not be trying equally as hard as Bournemouth and Swansea? Add to that the points advantage United already have. I don't think the league table does tell lies at all.

11.) 14 Mar 2018 10:08:24
Spot on Ron. 5 days ago, everyone I saw on here was quite comfortable saying we were the second best team in the league after Man City. It is desperately fickle to step back from that position because of one result.

I still believe we will finish second. If I'm wrong, then clearly we weren't the second best team this season. I look through our remaining fixtures though and we are playing:
10th Watford
18th Palace
9th Everton
12th Bournemouth
20th West Brom
19th Stoke
5th Chelsea
11th Brighton

Surely we are allowed to be confident heading into those 8 games? Complacent? No. But confident? Yes.

We've played every team in the top 8 except Chelsea for the last time this season. United play:
16th West Ham
14th Swansea
1st Man City
20th West Brom
12th Bournemouth
6th Arsenal
11th Brighton
10th Watford

So we have all 3 teams in the bottom 3 and only 1 in the top 6. United have 1 team from the bottom 3 and 2 from the top 6. That looks like plenty of room for a 5 point swing in 8 games, in my opinion. I'm not prepared to give it up. I'll happily back us to win the Champions League too against all the odds.

Klopp once asked us all to turn from doubters to believers. Are we losing faith already?

12.) 14 Mar 2018 10:47:21
Everton away isn’t a difficult game? Behave, we’ve some tricky ties ahead of us and a derby and Chelsea away are right at the top of that list. You e just listed utd games and pretty much half of them are in the bottom half of the table. Yes they’ve tough games too but football isn’t played in paper and I’d prefer people not to be dismissive of games, and certainly not stating Chelsea is our only tough game.

13.) 14 Mar 2018 11:29:54
Hopeful, where have i been dismissive? I clearly stated that "Chelsea is our only game left that shouldn't be an easy win on paper, but as we all know there are no easy games in this league. "

For me, we should be destroying Everton home or away. They are a shocking side with no good defenders, their best midfielder is 19, and their star forwards are Walcott and Rooney (last time I checked It's not 2012). Derby or not, on paper we should win which is all I have said. Last time they caught us on the new manager bounce and Klopp made changes because it was in the hectic Xmas period, and they still had to cheat to get a draw.

All I'm saying is that people are giving up on 2nd place way too easily considering our two main rivals are a potentially Kane-less Spurs (who still have to play Man City) and Man United who are inconsistent at best. They lose to Newcastle, draw against Sevilla, scrape past Palace, need the referee to bail them out against Liverpool, then lose 2-1 at OT to Sevilla who they all thought they'd demolish. That is 2 fortunate wins, 2 insipid defeats and a goaless draw in 5 matches. Carry on like that and they'll drop more than enough points for us to over take them. I actually think they'll get worse still, as the fans will turn on Jose after last night and I can see Jose prioritising the FA cup because no trophies could cost him his job.

I am fully aware that we still have to be focused for all of our remaining games in order to finish 2nd, but I am just pointing out that our chances are not as dead as everyone is saying. It was one game. There is no need for the mass depression and loss of hope.

Come on lads, don't give up! Have a bit of confidence. I'm not asking you to believe we'll win 8/ 8 and City will lose 8/ 8 to hand us the title! Just to believe that we can still be the best of the rest and go on a good run in the league and in Europe.

14.) 14 Mar 2018 11:55:08
With the derby sandwiched in between the quarter final games. I know you’re trying to be optimistic but it feels like counting chickens to me and I hate it when people tempt fate. There were people coming on here saying we’d smash Utd etc etc, the one big thing you can say about Liverpool is they have a propensity for blowing opportunities.

15.) 14 Mar 2018 12:22:59
'I am just pointing out that our chances are not as dead as everyone is saying. It was one game. There is no need for the mass depression and loss of hope.

Come on lads, don't give up! Have a bit of confidence. I'm not asking you to believe we'll win 8/ 8 and City will lose 8/ 8 to hand us the title! Just to believe that we can still be the best of the rest and go on a good run in the league and in Europe. '

Exactly my thoughts MK.

16.) 14 Mar 2018 12:44:28
MK, it's not about us losing the faith, it's about unrealistic rhetoric, the way you speak is completely out of touch with what's actually happening. Utd have just beaten us and over the last 8 games they've accrued more points than we have but apparently over the next 8 were likely to get 6 more than they will? No, it's not likely.

I'm hoping we reel them in and it will be awesome if we do but let's not pretend the situation is something it's not. We're not brilliant, utd aren't awful. Utd haven't lucked their way to 2nd, they're a good team and a loss to Sevilla doesn't change that.

17.) 14 Mar 2018 13:41:23
No offence Putney, but I'd rather live in hope than wallow in pity.

I am a believer.

18.) 14 Mar 2018 14:55:25
Why can't everyone just forget about United?

Don't get me wrong, I hate them as much as anyone but some people are so negative and bordering on obsessed.

If someone, in August, had told me that we'd be fighting (realistically) for second in the league and in the CL quarter finals and have a pretty much fully fit squad in March I'd have been pleased with that.

There are so many positives about this club at the moment, the players (frightening front 3, getting better defensively, Migs gone, full of youth etc. ), the management (Klopp and his men are passionate and have a plan), the owners (have shown they will spend big and expand the ground) .

Why do we have to focus on the negatives so much?

Bring on Watford on Saturday and look forward to the excitement of the CL draw. Get behind the team and stop moaning.

Oh and Utd lost to Seville ;oP.

19.) 14 Mar 2018 16:16:05
question for Indian Buzzer. What on earth is the BPL?

{Ed001's Note - BPL = Barclays Premier League, the official title of the Prem.}

20.) 14 Mar 2018 16:21:23
No one's wallowing in pity, stop being so dramatic. We all want second and we all hope it will happen, none of us will give up whilst there's a chance. The issue is the silly rhetoric that we're something we're not, it makes us look like a laughing stock.

21.) 14 Mar 2018 17:11:59
It makes us look like a laughing stock when we back our team to finish 2nd and then change our minds after 1 bad game.

At least I'm consistent! I'm not suggesting we are something we're not. All I'm saying is I believe we will finish 2nd. It is mathematically possible, and a reasonable suggestion so I don't see your problem. You think it is a silly rhetoric to say Man City will beat Man United at the Etihad, and that in the other 7 games we can pull off an almighty 2 point swing? Seriously? I can't have that. It is a totally reasonable prediction and I expected better from you than to belittle other peoples opinions. You're not far off my favourite poster.



26 Feb 2018 03:08:14
Just checking out the league table. Southampton are in a relegation battle! I guess if they get relegated we will buy there whole team.

1.) 26 Feb 2018 07:21:52
I wouldn't mind Gabiaddini to be honest. He'd make a great back up striker and is lethal in the D as a goal poacher. Great plan B.

{Ed001's Note - seriously? He is average, no movement and is far from lethal, which is why he has been struggling for goals since he had one purple patch after first joining.}

2.) 26 Feb 2018 08:01:53
Well I do rate him and I think it would be really hard to get a good or top striker to seat on the bench as a plan B. Gabiaddini would do it for me.

3.) 26 Feb 2018 08:04:21
What's your thoughts on ward-prowse ed? Not saying he's right for us but I always thought he was going to be brilliant.

{Ed001's Note - not impressed with him at all. He spends far too much time messing with his hair to concentrate on the game. Only thing he is good for is set pieces, the rest of his play is Championship level at best.}

4.) 26 Feb 2018 08:07:48
Gabiaddini, mate he's not good enough even as a backup. We have youngsters who can be plan b who have a lot more potential then Gabiaddini.

{Ed025's Note - yeah but they dont play for southampton salah, i can see liverpool playing in red and white stripes in the future mate.. :)

5.) 26 Feb 2018 08:10:55
Nice to see someone with their own opinion who sticks to it.

6.) 26 Feb 2018 08:15:00
Cheers man! Pity as I always thought there was a player in there somewhere.

7.) 26 Feb 2018 08:16:37
Saints only have a handful of good players. Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Hoedt, Cedric, Lemina, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Davis, Redmond and Austin are the only players in their squad who are fit for the Premier League. Unfortunately the only player there who can score goals is Austin and he is never fit. Also, having no good keepers and only one true goal scorer (who is injury prone), kind of negates the fact that they have a handful of decent defenders and midfielders. They're like a poor mans Liverpool under Rodgers where we had too many attacking midfielders, Mignolet in goal and relied 100% on Sturridge being fit up front! And how boring were we even though we had better quality overall? Very boring!

Aside from Lemina, Hoedt, Boufal, Romeu and Bertrand though, all of their players are bottom half Premier League players. Romeu, Boufal, Hoedt and Bertrand (who has fallen badly since becoming an England regular; ego i think) are probably 5th-8th place quality, with Lemina being the one truly gifted footballer they have at the club. Lemina is good enough to play in the Champions League, but I'm unsure whether he could be a very top level player who can regularly win titles as a first team regular. Though he did win medals at Juventus as a squad player, he's never been a key player at a top club.

I'd take a punt on Lemina, but 4 or 5 players aside, the majority of their squad won't look miles out of place in the Championship, which is where they will probably be next season unless Austin miraculously manages to stay fit and Forster remembers he is supposed to keep the ball out of the net. Don't forget that this team is the same that finished 8th last season and got to a cup final after beating us in the Semi's. They are mainly just victims of poor management, failing to get the best out of their key players.

8.) 26 Feb 2018 08:41:21
I think Bertrand could do a job for us, I think I'd rather have robbo though. Fair play about the gabadini post, I get where you're coming from dude, if we have an injury up front things don't look so rosy, if we have two injuries up front we are in trouble, especially if those two are the boys with pace. I love Bobby and I think HD really benefits from having fast players to set up. I think dom solanke is going to be class buy would I trust him yo lead the line at Chelsea or utd or real Madrid? Not yet. Not saying I'd trust gabadini but we do need some back up to the front boys and finding cap able players who will sit on the bench a lot is going to be hard. Aoc can play in that front three and so can lallana, with ing and solanke I guess we are okay. I'd like to see a new striker in the summer but it will have to be back up as our boys are too good to drop.
That lemana or w/ e looks very promising, could be a liverpool Plas yer one day. Radix shows glimpses of class. How about boufan?

{Ed025's Note - liverhapton could have a really good team SS..

9.) 26 Feb 2018 08:42:42
Yeah and they rewarded Puel with the sack. There is no player i would take from there, Juventus don't let players who are going to become world beaters go for peanuts. Actually he is a very risky player who dribbles and does tricks in places he should just pass the ball. Overrated due to all the wrong reasons.

10.) 26 Feb 2018 09:17:57
The only player I would take from them is Stephens. A bit raw but I think he could be a good centre back in the future. The rest of the squad is quite average tbh. Lemina I am not convinced by, lots of energy but is so inconsistent and makes the wrong decision most of the time.

11.) 26 Feb 2018 09:27:22
Lemina does take risks in possession, but isn't not taking risks the stick everyone regularly uses to beat Henderson with? 🤔 He's only recently turned 24. Lemina would be a decent player to have rotating with Henderson who as Ed001 has said, may never be fully fit again.

I know everyone is busting nuts over Jorginho right now (who is actually very poor defensively and plays slightly ahead of Diawara usually and especially in bigger games), but Napoli are a very hard club to deal with and we insulted them with a derisory offer for Koulibaly less than 12 months ago so just forget about that one lads. He is a world class pass master, but he's not going to happen even if the club are considering him. He'd get trampled in the holding role against quality teams. Harry keeps peddling the myth that he is anything like Alonso when he simply isn't. He is far more energetic and is given more freedom to roam forward. I'd say he is more like Veratti or Modric.

Not saying Lemina is more likely to happen because there is no interest as far as i know, but he is far more attainable and played a key role in Juventus's run to the Champions league final last season. In fact, Juventus only lost 2 games in all competitions that he was involved in; to Real Madrid and Roma.

We can't all come on here and slaughter Henderson for playing safe, then say we don't want Lemina because he takes risks. I can understand you not rating him because it's all subjective, but that argument is just as lazy as the "Henderson only passes sideways" argument. Lemina takes risks in the Saints team because he often has Romeu alongside him doing additional (almost unnecessary) defensive work, So he can afford to. His risks usually pay off as well and haven't cost Saints at all this season. On top of that, Southampton play with so much rigidity that there is rarely a passing option aside from going backwards, so he is taking risks to try and make something happen in a dire team. Teams are also pressing him much harder because they know he is the guy who starts there attacks off, but he's not getting any help in terms of movement. You can't judge a racehorse if they're being ridden by Dwayne Johnson. Lemina is carrying a very poor team.

Then there is the argument that Juventus don't sell good players, which is about as relevant as me saying "Juventus don't sign bad players" and yet they signed Lemina didn't they. So that argument is also pretty easily debunked. Juventus let Bonucci and Alves leave for peanuts too this last summer.

Sorry to be confrontational Nostradamus, and i really like your posts normally, but that was just a lazy argument with very little analysis or solid points. I'd genuinely be interested to hear you elaborate a bit more though on these "wrong reasons". As i say, you're a good poster so I'm sure there are good reasons behind your opinion. I think Lemina has a lot of quality though and in a better team, he has proven he is Champions League level.

12.) 26 Feb 2018 09:30:06
Southampton players should be totally off limits. It is getting out of hand now.

Southampton supporters must be totally sick of Liverpool, I hope they stay up and kick on next season.

13.) 26 Feb 2018 09:56:20
I think Boufal is a good player, but that’s it.
I know ed001 would take Forster but I don’t rate him personally 🤝.

{Ed001's Note - hahaha very funny Ronald.}

14.) 26 Feb 2018 10:03:17
I've worded that horribly. Jorginho plays slightly ahead of where Diawara would play, and is ahead in the pecking order, but in bigger games (particularly in the Champions league) Diawara plays instead of him in a slightly deeper role. They rarely play together. It's weird because Jorginho is first choice, but regularly gets dropped for Diawara when they play offensive opposition.

In the away game vs City, Diawara played and Man City were very lucky to win 2-1. Yet in the home game vs City, Jorginho played and Napoli were lucky it only ended 2-4 because the entire game was like watching a hot knife go through butter, and Jorginho wasn't the hot knife!

Italy is a weird league. The tempo is slow in most games and hardly anyone gets at the opposition (with Napoli being one of the only teams who actually do) . Most teams play a very deep defensive line and therefore the DM role over there is completely different for some teams. See Pirlo for a prime example. Even if he could tackle, he deliberately avoided doing it to the extent i don't know how good he was at it. Some teams just choose to play with a pass master in front of the defence because they know they won't get truly tested. You don't get that luxury in the Premier League or Champions League though.

Just thought i should clarify that point because people nit-pick on here and i worded it really badly.

15.) 26 Feb 2018 11:27:07
Well, if you must know i have watched him since he was 18-19 years of age and to this day he does the same mistakes and is so inconsistent its actually scary, NOPE, henderson is one of my favorite players (atleast he was before the injuries) and its not the same stick whatsoever mate, Henderson passes side ways a bit more than people like, the stick is to do with the passing!

Lemina dribbles and wants to show his skills in a position where stuff like that is simply unacceptable for any top club, don't see Veratti taking on 2-3 players just to show what he can do when a simple pass is on, or Kante or any other so called Defensive midfielder for that matter, His decision making is simply terrible and i know for a fact Juventus couldn't wait to get rid.

I saw him have a fantastic game vs West Brom fair enough but vs any team with decent players in midfield he is quickly found out, he tries to showboat in a position where showboating is not allowed. I understand that a guy who does a great skill will get the plaudits from TV fans and ''pundits'' but he has 2 or 3 good games in 10 games and that is the reason why Juventus let him go so cheaply when they themselves are looking to rebuild their midfield.

He is 24 as you say and the same applies for Emre, if you think Emre is inconsistent please
watch Lemina over 20 games then come back to me, he makes Emre look the most consistent
player of all time (i'm exaggerating a bit) . But he is young, he might stop it and learn from the countless mistakes but 5 years on since the first time i saw him play and he is the exact same player, i'm not keeping any hopes of him becoming a great defensive midfielder any time soon because that's where he wants to play, even Romeu is playing a bit ahead of him now or with him, honestly MP is not a very good manager his tactics are very weird.

Then the personality, which is the most important thing that makes a player become a top
player or just another player. Determination and very hard work, 2 of which Lemina has very little of, Lemina is like Mamado Sakho if there is an example i can use,
no hard work in training, messing about, twerking with Balotelli's fiance, that kind of stuff ;)

Then i won't get into your ridiculous arguments, because when Juve signed Lemina he was 18-19 and they had high hopes he would mature as a human being and as a footballer, alves is 40 and Bonucci is not that good a defender, he is an excellent ball playing defender but at actual defending Barazagli and Chiellini do/ did all the dirty work. From your whole post i get you have basically watched Saints play 2-3 times where Lemina was brilliant, because i have watched him when he was terrible for both the Saints and Juventus and i remember you making fun of a guy saying it is not difficult to spot a good player because he was working on a scouting license or whatever, apparently it is very very difficult to spot really good players because its not all about how many people i can dribble past while pretending to be a defensive midfielder. I met the guy twice when he was younger and his dream was to become the new Viera good luck with that and to you as well spotting all those world class players!

16.) 26 Feb 2018 11:37:46
You also keep talking stats, while Lemina actually came off the bench a lot in games already won and was a back up rotation option at best, my best friend is a life time supporter of Juve and was very happy they got rid. He has also worked in football for over 22 years and i mean no disrespect but i take his words over yours 10 out of 10 times, you say stats mean nothing then use them most of the time yourself to justify a point. Jorginho is on a whole other level even though i haven't opened my mouth or creamed myself about him as you say because i don't think it will happen then you go and say something hilarious like Lemina is more attainable and is proven, proven of what that he has 10 terrible games and 2 good ones? More attainable? Really like the 79 million € we are paying southampton for van Dijk attainable? Yeah thought so. If they were selling him to West Ham for 20 million and we asked he would suddenly cost us 60 million, just suggesting anymore southampton players for us to sign is ridiculous all together, they are not the only team in the world!

17.) 26 Feb 2018 11:24:23
😄 couldn’t resist it ed.

{Ed001's Note - he is like the anti-Kovacic....}

18.) 26 Feb 2018 12:43:37
I wouldn’t worry too much Harry, if Ed001 comes out and state he doesn’t rate Lemina, Mk will stop banging the drum ;)

19.) 26 Feb 2018 13:05:39
You've clearly taken offence to me asking to hear your full opinion, when you should have regarded it as a compliment that i wanted to hear your views in more depth.

Just to be clear though, i watched him play a couple of times for Marseille which is where he actually was at 18-21 years old, before he joined Juventus (initially on loan) a couple of months before his 22nd birthday. He was only at Juve for 2 season. So you've not followed his career anywhere near as closely as you're pretending and your in the know friend at Juventus doesn't even know how long he was at the club. I only saw him play Champions League for Juventus and he was always solid and he dribbles his way out of trouble rather successfully from what I've seen. He actually played 270 minutes in the CL for Juve that last season, including 3 starts in the group stages, so he didn't only come on when the game was won. That is a total lie to try and discredit him as a player.

With regards to the scouting stuff, you've confused me for someone else. I have never claimed to be a scout or even suggested i want to be. I'm just a fan of football who enjoys debating it and writing it as i see it. I know exactly which poster you are referring to, but you've jumped the gun there massively. Mistaken identity mate.

You are correct, I've not seen loads of Lemina. About 5 games for Saints, about 3 for Juventus and about 2 for Marseille. Am i not allowed to judge a player based on what I've seen though? If we're all only allowed to have an opinion on players we've seen 50btimes or more, we basically aren't allowed to debate anyone who doesn't play for Liverpool!

As for the personal attack on me apparently using stats; where have i hear? Normally, I give an opinion and explain it in detail, on rare occasions adding a few relevant stats on the back end, but I've not used any stats on this entire thread 🤔 i haven't used stats as the basis for my opinion for about 4 years. I admit that i used to, but i learned that they are largely irrelevant and easily manipulated.

I'm bitterly disappointed by your replies. I genuinely enjoy your posts and i knew you had the eloquence and quality in your writing to put a stronger argument together than 3 sentences with no explanation, so i politely asked you to elaborate. Instead of debating Lemina though, I've had to spend my entire reply defending myself because you took offence to me valuing your opinion, and launched a scathing personal attack on me for things other people have said 🤦🏻

I won't bother asking you for your opinion in future, as you've done a fine job of ensuring i never value your opinion again, not least by telling me you don't value mine at all 👍🏻.

20.) 26 Feb 2018 13:29:03
I agree with Ron. That boufal would be good back up for those wingers.

Lol Ed, I don't know why we don't just sign their scouts!

{Ed001's Note - Boufal? Too inconsistent and moody, fantastic talent but only turns up twice a season. May as well not bother.

As for their scouts, why would we want them? I would rather we targeted better players than keep looking at Saints. We should be looking at Genk's scouts, who spotted the likes of Leon Bailey, if we are going to grab some scouts. Not Southampton, who have shown an inability to replace their better players, instead signing donkeys like Redmond.}

21.) 26 Feb 2018 14:02:22
Now I've defended myself i will debate your points.

Firstly on the inconsistency; that is largely down to the fact that this is his first season as a first team regular. He is slightly inconsistent, but so are Southampton so it's not as simple as just blaming Lemina.

Secondly on the dribbling point; Kante dribbles a lot! I'm actually surprised you used him as he is the worst example for your argument. Kante regularly skips past 2 or 3 players in midfield. Another top holding midfielder who does the same is Weigl at Dortmund. Dembele at Spurs does it too all the time. So it is a bit factually incorrect to say no top teams have a holding midfielder who takes risks and dribbles with the ball. I would guarantee you that anyone on here would take any of those three players despite them taking risks on the ball.

On the personality front, i can't comment as i have no knowledge of him away from the pitch. I perhaps would've considered your friends inside info as valuable if he hadn't also told you Lemina joined them at 18 years old which is actually the age he signed for Marseille.

Alves is not 40 either but i think you knew that. Bonucci might not be great defensively, but he is a good ball playing centre back still. There were a lot of top teams interested in him for that characteristic alone.

Also, how is it hilarious to say Lemina is more attainable than Jorginho? Anyone who thinks otherwise is nuts. Napoli are one of the hardest clubs to deal with and Jorginho is a top player for them. Southampton are probably going to be relegated and suffer a mass exodus.

Whether you want to dispute him being proven or not, he has played for a top 5 team in Europe and still managed to make 42 appearances in 2 seasons. There is stat number 1 of the debate for you. I don't really care if he came on as a sub in half of them. He still made a healthy amount of appearances at a young age for a huge club and won 4 trophies in 2 seasons with them. He has started games in the Champions league that his team have won comfortably. So he has proven to me he can cope at that level. Whether he stands out at that level is a different matter, and i did query whether he had the quality to be a key player at the top level, on the end of my initial comment. Hence why i said I'd take a punt on him, initially as cover for Henderson.

22.) 26 Feb 2018 14:20:23
I like Boufal as he's exciting to watch. I think he'd be okay back up but I wouldn't pick him because i think he's hit his ceiling. I'd still pick Richarlison if i had the choice of a back up wide forward. I still can't believe he's only 20. I think his pace of the bench would cause teams problems and he has the potential to break into the first team one day.

23.) 26 Feb 2018 14:21:09
Good point Ed. When playing old fifa I used to raid the Scandinavian leagues for defenders especially. Not relevant I know, I will keep an eye on genk, anyone there you like Ed?

Look at Gerrard houlier, that team he built in his first season. Hypia, henchoz, hanman and even camara. Real hidden gems. Maybe not hanman, he was already an established cm. There were a few signings from Scandinavia then.

I've been banging on about Vvd and his calming effect and subtle contribution to Liverpool. Look at Southampton now he is gone.

{Ed001's Note - Saints were poor with VVD, they haven't changed because they lost him, they are struggling because they have been badly run in recent years. They are trying to move away from the model that gave them success and it is not working.

I haven't seen Genk's current team play but in the last few years they have had Wilfred Ndidi, Leon Bailey and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, all bought for peanuts. You could even include players such as Christian Kabasele as successful scouting when you consider the size of the club and the league it plays in. Funnily enough they have raided the Scandinavian market a few times recently as well, Aidoo is a defender that some people have suggest to me as a player to keep an eye out for in the future.}

24.) 26 Feb 2018 15:07:33
no more players from Southampton please, we have cleaned them out.

25.) 26 Feb 2018 15:11:25
Best player in Genk's current side for me, is Gambian centre back Omar Colley.

Proper old fashioned defender. He could easily play in the Premier League. I did do an article which included him about 6-9 months ago but i cannot remember what it was called now.

Good player though. If you can catch a game of there's on a streaming site, keep an eye out for him! Plays very similar to the likes of Pepe, Manolas and Koulibaly; right on the edge of the rules! Who doesn't love a beast at the back though?

26.) 26 Feb 2018 17:18:20
Lol Plan B. We lack width and that should be our plan B. Though, Lemina is a great shout.

27.) 26 Feb 2018 17:49:39
Lol, my friend never told me when he joined Juventus, i made an asumption that was wrong because he was pushing to leave france after 2 months, my bad! Its not like we sit and speak about the almighty Lemina all the time, i asked him a question when he was about to join Saints and he said he did nothing special and was still doing the same mistakes in france. you have obviously watched him a ton (so have i and have even spoken to the kid 2 times) but you know best i won't argue, dembele is not a defensive midfielder in any way shape or form but again you know best, and Kante dribbles when put under pressure or he has to, his first thought when he gets the ball is the quick pass, Lemina loves to dribble, its his game. You always use stats, i can search your name and find 50 posts of you using stats to prove a point. And i have nothing against it because you are trying to prove a good point most of the time. What you basically did is call me a liar and dismissed my post as rubbish and expect me to keep reading your opinions. My point about southampton is that they will make us overpay for the tea lady but enough now, it doesn't matter really, its all good!

28.) 26 Feb 2018 19:09:21
Thanks for the reply ed01. As always your opinion is much appreciated. Love your football knowledge, tbh its pretty amazing. Best site ever.

Do you think klopp Could help boufal find some consistency? Or do you think it's just a total waste of time? Sorry about the awkward question, I know you can't see into the future! Thanks again.

{Ed001's Note - thank you for the compliments.

I really do not know with Boufal. He has so much talent but I don't see him developing the consistency under anyone. If Klopp could he would have a player who is amongst the most talented in the world.}

29.) 26 Feb 2018 19:51:34
Wow. I wonder how much he would cost? Could be worth a punt if under 20 mil? That is some endorsement Ed. It must be SO frustrating for pellegrino! One match boufal beats 6 men and puts the ball in the back of the net. Next game he skies free kicks, scuffs crosses and goes missing when bullied.

I reckon Southampton would be asking 30/ 40 mil for him, if so I totally agree, steer clear. For 15 mil though, like I say, could be worth a punt. If Southampton go down he will definitely be off right?



12 Feb 2018 06:36:27
Karius had a good game. Just thought id mention it. Everyone mentions how poor he is all the time but he seems to be building up some decent form. Long may it continue.

1.) 12 Feb 2018 07:01:25
on Wednesday, long may it continue Wednesday.

2.) 12 Feb 2018 07:33:49
Made a couple of terrific saves yesterday and looks far more confident. If he starts catching crosses then my heart would massively appreciate it. Nice to see the lad playing well.

3.) 12 Feb 2018 08:00:44
Spot on aussie, he seems to have gotten his feet firmly under the table and is looking like the keeper klopp thought he bought. Now for him to kick on and prove we don't need to spend in the summer, the ball is in his court.

4.) 12 Feb 2018 14:04:04
Spot on, boys. Karius has always been a talented GK cos if he was how his haters and the media tout him to be, he would not have been highly rated in Germany and Klopp would not have signed him. You just have to wonder where we would have been had he got a full run in the team earlier. Not saying he is the guy as of yet BUT just saying based on what we have been seeing in his last two games where some like MK believe he saved our season w/ that pen save vs Spurs. Long may it continue.

5.) 12 Feb 2018 15:28:27
I think we might see Mignolet on Wednesday.



16 Dec 2017 20:02:04
Ron you have always been the eternal optimist. What has turned you? Yeah we're not goung to win the league but its not even January yet. Is everything ok man?

1.) 16 Dec 2017 20:18:13
Brexit has done him.

2.) 16 Dec 2017 20:27:57
Couple of wickets tomorrow morning might help 😁

I'll snap out of it. Still can't shake that team selection last week. It literally felt like a kick in the cojones.

3.) 16 Dec 2017 22:40:22
Derby result and team was little annoying and certainly disappoing, but after tomorrow’s game that will be 2 matches ago, off course we remember results and if we had our way we would win every game, yes Klopp made mistakes that derby and when consider there performance it has a hard one too take but got to move forward not half way through season yet and got cup competitions still up for grabs with little hope! Onwards and upwards and support the redmen my mate.

4.) 16 Dec 2017 23:38:09
Don't see any mistakes he made, Wombart. People can be disappointed and that is fine BUT it does not mean mistakes were made in the lineup as he played the best team he had based on fitness and availability. That is the take away here. You can't play your best team all the time and even if it is a derby, if Cou and Firmino are carrying knocks and Salah (the most played LFC player along with Bobbie) needs a rest at some point which they were, Klopp has to do what is best for the team as one derby does not a season decide. People really need to get over Everton as for me personally, we have bigger fish to fry than them.

5.) 17 Dec 2017 02:11:07
I still can’t understand the issues with the team, we would have won’t barring an idiotic error from lovren (again) . SO omitting that we would have had a win and rested some importantly legs. We’re coning to the busy period.

6.) 17 Dec 2017 08:47:06
JB and BRover - for me, and a lot of other fans perhaps not using this media, the home derby is the biggest game of the season. Obviously that can change if we get to cup finals etc but otherwise there are no "bigger fish to fry".

What are these bigger fish BR? West Brom?
All players carry knocks all season, it's a well known fact. If they are fit enough to come on when we concede, they were fit enough to start.

We've nearly won every game, we would have been ahead of City. We nearly won the league with Rodgers.
"Nearly" doesn't mean jack at the end of the season.



02 Dec 2017 18:50:45
Those fans calling for a 20+ goal a season striker look no further! Roberto firmino 11 goals and December has only started.
What more do you want the guy to do?

{Ed0333's Note - Improve his goal celebrations

1.) 02 Dec 2017 19:03:06
Perhaps the goalscoring striker can replace Sturridge as our backup.

2.) 02 Dec 2017 19:55:11
exactly jayden struddige is a passenger now and we either need to replace him or give minutes to Solanke or Ings and let them prove thier worth. when we guys were asking for a 20goal striker it was as a option to Bobby who can come at 75 min and score a goal. as i feel its good to have different option than Bobby.

3.) 02 Dec 2017 20:17:45
WE have solanke! What goal scorer isn’t going going to come Liverpool and play a rotation role? We don’t need goalscorers we have a variety over the squad we need to sure up the other end of the pitch.

4.) 02 Dec 2017 20:29:55
Going into a season with only 2 strikers is risky. And lately Klopp has shaken up the squad and formation. 442 with no natural striker replacement on the bench would be asking for trouble. Plus Solanke is still unproven in this league.

5.) 02 Dec 2017 22:19:46
We score goals for fun and have been since Klopp got here and that is STILL the case till this day. To me, the matter is is done. Oh and by the way, Spurs have a goalscorer in Kane, great player. Can someone pls, remind me how they are currently doing?

6.) 02 Dec 2017 22:54:56
They still haven't won a premier league like us BR.

7.) 02 Dec 2017 23:41:56
Salah had played centrally, as can mane, firmino obviously, sturridge and solanke, and Ings if needed. Plus Origi is on loan - I think sturridge will leave and solanke and Origi will play back up next season.




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12 Mar 2018 20:14:43
Nostradmus can't you see the future? You should be telling edds what's going to happen.



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23 Feb 2018 17:57:58
Because as much as everyone would love him to be our saviour, Aberdeen and huddesfield are probably where he belongs untill he does something of note. He just isn't what we need in goal right now. And probably never will be. He should move on. And so should we. We are Liverpool not Aberdeen.



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08 Feb 2018 19:35:58
Its all down to klopp being a coach players want to play for. We are lucky to have him. I can guarantee lamar wouldn't have wanted to play for Brendan Rodgers.



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30 Jan 2018 03:04:13
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06 Jun 2017 07:19:59
First month of winter here in Australia.




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04 Mar 2018 19:43:54
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23 Feb 2018 18:03:01
Im in Melbourne but id definitely try the casino. There will be tv's all over the sports bar with every live sport available at the time.



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04 Feb 2018 10:11:02
Woro you must really hate fsg!
But anyways, imo fsg are trying to do the best they can for the club. The edds have stated the situation with the player for over a year and it was only a matter of time before he left.
Although it's still fresh im over couts leaving. Im ok with not buying a replacement aswell. When couts played with the other 3 attacker's it was all a little bit go for broke type of football imo. We obviously couldn't feasibly bring in lamar or whoever else so we should all just be patient and see what the summer brings.
We will be ok. No conspiracies here.



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27 Jan 2018 20:39:00
We will be lucky to draw atm.



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25 Jan 2018 07:20:55
I don't care who comes in. As long as they are quality and fit in. But i think pulusic is the fastest out of the list so i go with him as speed kills!