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14 Dec 2018 16:02:38
Dear Ed001,
With the defensive nature of ManU, would you play Keita and Shaqiri in the midfield to open up the side or will you stick to a midfield 2 as cover for our defence?


{Ed001's Note - I wouldn't start with both, Shaqiri on the bench for me.}

1.) 14 Dec 2018 16:06:58
Shaqiri as a super-sub to spice up things when the need arises. Sounds okay. But what would be your set up inclusive of Keita?

{Ed001's Note - I would just play the usual 4-3-3 to start. He would just be one of the midfield 3.}

2.) 14 Dec 2018 16:27:41
Yeah with Hendo and Fabinho the other 2. As I assume Milner will be RB and Wijnaldum needs a rest.

3.) 14 Dec 2018 17:03:23
Unfortunately I would say both Gini and Milner need a rest, shows how important it was to buy Fab and Kieta! Maybe both will play tomorrow along with hendo perhaps?

4.) 14 Dec 2018 18:26:52
George and who plays RB? If you put Fabinho in mid and rest Milner and Wijnaldum there is no one from the first team left. Clyne is not ready for 90 as per Klopp. I am sure Milner will be plsyed as RB and then rested the next game when hopefully Clyne is ready for 90.

5.) 14 Dec 2018 18:46:46
I think Klopp will revert to Salah upfront. Bob dropping in, mane Shaq either side. Fabinho Wij in midfield. Milner RB.

6.) 14 Dec 2018 18:39:36
Not sure Marto! Guess Milner will have to play somewhere, hopefully he can get a rest soon though.

7.) 14 Dec 2018 18:53:42
I would pick Hendo, Fab and Keita in a 4-3-3 myself, Ed. Shaq needs to be on the bench and can come on when heeded esp. regarding ball retention cos he is good at keeping the ball as well if need be. Or can make something happen if we need it as well. Naby should be unleashed vs these mancs, for sure.

8.) 14 Dec 2018 20:17:05
A nice Milly cruncher on Rashford early doors will get the crowd going and put the fear of Fowler in them! Can’t wait!

9.) 15 Dec 2018 11:21:22
Me neither, BB.



04 Dec 2018 14:47:28
Hello Reds, question for Ed001, what do you think about Keita and Shaqiri in the same midfield? Do they compliment each other or will they get in each other's way? Also if they do compliment, do we loose something defensively by playing the two at once?


{Ed001's Note - you could probably get them to work together, but your last question is the big one. There is no doubt they would leave the midfield open, unless you completely altered the system used. I think it would be an either or really.}

1.) 04 Dec 2018 15:46:17
We should go back to original front 3 bobby up top doing his thing knitting things together and rotate shaq or Keita behind 2 more defence minded midfielders e. g Milner Henderson fabihno can't help feeling gini has become a bit lost in his role he should b more attack minded for me.

2.) 04 Dec 2018 19:18:53
Hailstones, I think Klopp has tried that and it was not working so he is trying something diff. with Bobbie deeper behind the striker which is now Salah for the most part. I think he is playing him there to drag the oppos' defence and DM's around to create space for Salah and Mane to run into. Also, Klopp may also be doing that until Keita can play that role (the box to box) role which is his best position. The hope is that with time, things will get back to normal but for now, it is what it is. Just my opinion.

3.) 04 Dec 2018 19:40:29
I was in favour of bobby dropping into midfield originally as he is a grafter and has the skill too get forward, but I feel we ain't getting best out of him and as a result his confidence looks shot, I want too see him doing karate kicks and grinning like a Cheshire cat that's our bobby .

4.) 05 Dec 2018 03:04:33
When we aigned Keita, I thought great, we have the perfect box to box CM that can do everything and is perfect for klopp system. Technical, presses, link attack, defends, great engine etc.

My thoughts were that you could have hendo/ fabinho play #6 and then you can rotate keita/ gini/ lallana/ milner/ shaw in the box to box midfield role to do the engine work that allows our front 3 to wreak havoc.

We've ended up with some kind of hybrid system that has firmino playing deeper and deeper and our midfields looking confused. I don't like and hope we go back to what were trying to do but put the key pieces in place.



22 Nov 2018 19:58:46
Hello Reds, do you see Keita and Shaqiri being in the same team at the same time against say Man City or PSG?


1.) 22 Nov 2018 20:26:58
Psg yes man city no.

2.) 22 Nov 2018 22:08:10
Yea they should both be in our best 11. Gomez can play right back and then we can get a more attacking midfield. Keita can play most roles in midfield, I am just waiting for him to step up.

3.) 23 Nov 2018 11:15:33
I don't see why not. Keita can easily slot into the CM position. But then I would prefer Shaqiri take Salah's place on the right wing (when Mo needs a rest or to be taken off) .



07 Nov 2018 07:53:25
I have a question for ED01, what is your verdict on Fabinho and Keita? Do you think they will come through for us THIS SEASON?


{Ed001's Note - yes.}

1.) 07 Nov 2018 08:10:43
Agree with you Ed, Keita is an unbelievable player he just needs to get settled and once he does we're laughing. Same goes for Fabinho.

2.) 07 Nov 2018 08:30:27
I hope Ed is right. I think both are pivotal to us achieving success, that and our front 3, particularly Firmino, capturing last years form.

3.) 07 Nov 2018 09:38:43
It would be ingeresting to see how many games liverpools regular front 3 and man citys regular front 3 have played over last 12 months, our guys look a shaddow of their selves last year.

4.) 07 Nov 2018 10:32:39
I don't like to criticise our players without really seeing too much of them. But for me Keita always seems to go a bit missing in games. The few games I watched from him at Leipzig last year was the same as well. He clearly has the talent but just needs to assert himself more. Other than the run and pass to Robertson against West ham I can't really remember what he has done in the 10 or so games he has played.

5.) 07 Nov 2018 20:05:25
Schents, the reason you can't remember what Keita has done is cos a) he has not been playing b) he is still adapting and c) he has not played up to 10 games.

Seriously, Keita and Fab have just got here and it's a shame Keita is injured and Fab is still bedding in. The injuries have staunted Keita's ability to adapt to the Klopp style and the pace of the PL so to say "Keita goes missing in games" is unfair and very harsh, IMO. You have to be patient with these players and give them a chance to produce, just like we did with Ox, Salah, Robbo, etc. If we don't show them patience then, we don't deserve the type of players you want them to be.

6.) 07 Nov 2018 23:53:44
We had 3 players come back injured from the last round of internationals. Keita - hasn't played since, Mane - still wearing a cast on a broken hand, Salah who picked up a muscle problem and maybe this is still affecting him some way. After a long 2017/ 18 season, then the world cup players are bound to be a little stale - and then have to travel all over the world for meaningless friendlies.

It will take Keita at least 5/ 6 games to get upto speed when he does finally get selected, and the same with Fab. A lot of patience still needed I think.

Oh, and guess what - yet another international break coming up!



07 Nov 2018 07:45:33
Personally, i believe Mane need s competition or a kick in the behind. Klop should not be tafraid to drop him for a few games . he takes too many touches and likes to take on defenders which invariably leads to him loosing the ball. if he sticks to his game of playing with his team mates with fast paced passes and accurate shots, he will make more impact.
Please note i didn't watch yesterday's game, i am just venting over his last couple of games (premier league) that i watched.


1.) 07 Nov 2018 09:44:32
So you ignore the previous 50 games and focus on the last two
supporters like yourself always make me smile
repsect your opinion but 100% disagree.

2.) 07 Nov 2018 10:58:10
JJ there was an instant in last night's match that typifies manes season he broke free from halfway in the centre red star where woefully short ribbon bombed down the wing unmarked and mane took the ball to the edge of the area before releasing straight to the defender when an early ball to the wing would have stretched red star to breaking point this is why klopp goes mad on the touchline.

3.) 07 Nov 2018 11:51:06
TC, have you been to see a doctor about your woefully short ribbon? There are some pills that can help ;)

4.) 07 Nov 2018 12:16:24
Who has played worst this season Mane Firminho or Salah?
deffo not Mane imo
im not saying to drop any of them but to pick out Mane for me is wrong and unjustified.

5.) 07 Nov 2018 12:57:10
controversially I think it’s neither of the three (perhaps out of loyalty) but I believe the issue is Klopps tactics. I really like Klopp as our manager but he needs to up his tactics. Playing solely to the wings is predictable and we put pressure on Mane and Salah to perform because of their performance last season. Our brilliance last season was the press that lead to more goals and the exciting football I recall. Food for thought. maybe (generally speaking) it’s not the players?

6.) 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.

7.) 07 Nov 2018 16:27:55
Zed bloody spellcheck does my head in should have been robbo how's that
JJ the discussion was about Mane not what's wrong with the rest there has been posts all season about his decision making so don't get me wrong there is plenty to discuss about other areas of our side but I trust klopp to put this right and qualify.

8.) 07 Nov 2018 20:07:41
Mane is just as inconsistent as the other members of the front three, IMO so singling him out for criticism is unfair and fixes nothing, IMO.




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28 Dec 2017 12:42:10
waynechai, i thought i was the only one who noticed this trait. Coupled with his complete lack of pace, he should simply play the sweeper role and have VVD attack the ball.




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28 Dec 2017 12:39:04
For Ward and Wilson, i believe it was really poor man-management, even though i understand Klopp does not rate Wilson.




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29 Aug 2017 10:23:13
Real pity about Wilson, was interested to see what he could bring to the senior team.




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27 Aug 2017 12:29:21
And he was first choice. Seems almost like sabotage on klopp's part to the lad's career or at least poor man-management. You request that teams give your loans amble playing time, and Huddersfield who are willing to do so at the Premier league not doubt are not considered.


{Ed002's Note - I am sure it wasn't deliberate.}



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09 Aug 2017 16:42:17
Does it matter who he replaces? If he is Klopp's first choice, then he knows how to use him.





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14 Dec 2018 16:06:58
Shaqiri as a super-sub to spice up things when the need arises. Sounds okay. But what would be your set up inclusive of Keita?


{Ed001's Note - I would just play the usual 4-3-3 to start. He would just be one of the midfield 3.}



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14 Nov 2018 18:42:08
Mane for me as well.




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10 Jul 2018 08:13:49
Having never played professionally, i don't understand why some players find it difficult to track back or play a different role when their team is not with the ball.




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17 Jun 2018 12:16:48
He needs amble senior team exposure or a full pre-season.




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04 Mar 2018 10:41:36
Klopp improved Firmino, Lallana, Salah, Can, TAA, and Gomez. He gave Karius exactly what he needed in taking him out of the limelight for a period while still giving him a run of games.
Be that as it may, he has made me into a believer.
On the issue of spending money, I will go with what ED002 says: forget the money.
Who will trade places with Arsenal even though they declared profit.