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07 Jun 2020 06:22:37
Hey reds and EDs, my first time visiting the site in quiet a bit as the frustration and uncertainty regarding the future return of sport over the couple of months saw me take a step back from the football world. Was great reading through some of your posts and Ed02 with some superb answers too, glad too it's business as usual on here despite the frustrations we've felt.

Just 1 question ed regarding possibility of Rashica, if werder Bremen get relegated which looks likely and Rashica then clearly on the move what kind of price would you estimate they might be forced to settle for?

{Ed002's Note - Milot Rashica (LW/RW) another possible Jadon Sancho replacement or indeed a Leroy Sane option and there is interest from Borussia Dortmund, RBL and Bayern Munich. Werder Bremen don't want to sell (but could be relegated). Rashica plays predominently on the left, like several of the many Sancho replacements, but is seen as versatile. Dortmund are looking at a number of possible Sancho replacements that they have identified and others who also play predominently on the left. I am not aware of any approach from Liverpool to Werder Bremen nor any declaration of interest from his agent or lawyer but it would be interesting if their were - he would certainly provide good cover for Mane. German sides can buy him for around €35M.}

1.) 07 Jun 2020 09:21:20
Thanks for the excellent reply, that's an interesting price if any team decides to offer it as he could very well become a player worth much more than that. I'd like to see any potential income on possible shaqiri sale put into signing him as we could benefit from a strong left sided attacker which shaq wasn't and Origi not natural wide man. With Rashica and minamino we'd have 2 players in early to mid 20s who are natural to playing on each wing respectively and would offer more balance to our style when needing to come in to our frontline. I'm just not confident we will be spending that amount unless we make some good sales.



03 Aug 2019 05:56:48
Any news on where Kent is most likely to move? Any advanced talks taking place?

1.) 03 Aug 2019 18:22:30

2.) 03 Aug 2019 20:03:27
Would be a good signing for them.

3.) 04 Aug 2019 11:56:30
I can’t see a move to be honest Har. From what I can tell it’s fairly stuck where it is. If there was a move away that would leave London and Surrey with a coastline which would be fun but I think East Sussex would be a bit exposed so it’s a non starter. There could be a loan to France but it take a while to get there.

4.) 03 Aug 2019 14:16:42
Last i heard was no club could afford him (they don't think he is worth it) and only want loan deals. Klopp Said no loans but when no bids come in we'll let him go on loan with an option/ obligation to buy or something.

5.) 04 Aug 2019 20:37:18
Not even close to an accurate prediction. In your defence Lerchy that’s how the vast majority of confident calls go on this site.

6.) 04 Aug 2019 22:41:05
The PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year? No interest!? Shockin.
He'll prob be sold for 6mil on Wednesday, no biggy. I'm actually way more curious to see if there'll be any late surprise incomings. I expect nothing, but they've surprised us before.



04 Jul 2019 11:17:19
Ed a quick question if you have any info.

I remember laxalt being linked in the past but I'm sure you mentioned us giving up on any interest. With Milan now poised to sign Theo Hernandez would they possibly look to offer laxalt around at a decent price? Would it be a possibility we may look again at him if readily available or is it non runner?

{Ed002's Note - It is a good question. Laxalt would be happy to stay at Milan and it is Ricardo Rodriguez who was blocking his place in the first team for much of last season who is being offered around. However, with Marco Giampaolo as the new coach and Theo Hernandez joining it will still limit opportunities - although with serious financial issues they will be thinking about keeping him to cover the LB, LM and LW positions - which he is capable of doing. Interest remains from Atalanta and Newcastle enquired - seeing him as a left sided option to Kenedy. For me he would be ideal cover for LB, LM and LW at Liverpool but there has seemingly been no recent interest from the club although he is one of those players - like Valentino Lazaroon the right, who is comfortable in several positions.}

1.) 04 Jul 2019 12:16:41
Thanks for that answer, very insightful overview in fairness. It's his versatility indeed is what would have made him a sensible option too I think. Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}




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15 Jul 2020 23:28:40
With the regular talk of lovren out and klopp hoping to bring in a more competitive option to add strength being the most likely aim at improving this summer, I ask would ye be upset if lovren hypothetically remained next season without a signing at CB.
I fully agree we would aim to improve on him but right now in current climate I'd see the positive side of retaining lovren who knows the way and as 4th choice not many clubs have better. I just think the fee we'd now get this summer wouldn't be generous and we would need to spend decent money on an incoming while currently the market for CBs of quality representing good value is not there. And with little time to settle or pre season a new signing could take quiet a spell to adjust to klopps standards. With games coming hard and heavy next year we can't risk bleeding someone in slowly at expense of a settled experience option.

Personally I'd wait another year even if it means lovren going for nothing, we can identify and seek a better suited transfer over another year instead of dipping into current crop of CBs often over priced and regularly failing to perform at this level.

Is a 27 year old with one season experience in la liga going to be an expected upgrade? Eric bailly, otamendi, Gabriel, mangala, rojo, mustafi have been signed after looking decent for a brief period in a different weaker league. Diego Carlos for me could offer more risk in bringing in now instead of waiting for younger better suited options to spend the money on.

Many will disagree which I understand of course I'm just weighing up the best time to make this change which I don't feel is now. I know that lovren may also seek to leave which means we have to address it now regardless of what the club would prefer.

1.) 15 Jul 2020 23:59:31
Problem with having Lovren as backup as is his wages are extremely high for the role. Also it takes a while for Lovren to get going, as he doesn't hit form for a couple of games at the least then he gets injured again. Don't think he has stringed more than 6 games together.



10 Jul 2020 00:14:32
EDs any info on whether next season champions league possibly getting a slight restructure due to the season inevitably needing to play out in a shorter timeframe. Would it be plausible for example that the group stage be set with 1 fixture against each side instead of home and away thus clearing up possible extra 3 gameweeks during midweek. Only asking because I'd love to see Liverpool have a good crack off European glory again. Winning no.7 and klopp adding a 2nd CL title to his reign would be monstrous. And with sides like Barca, real, juve, city possibly banned I feel this is a great period to capitalise on dominating Europe.

Just wondering if there has been any discussions in regard to re structuring the format next season?

{Ed002's Note - That is not the plan right now.}

1.) 10 Jul 2020 00:44:34
This is harsh on Adrian but I think we would still be in cl if becker had played athletico.

That said, I think we may have struggled with our latest form. Or maybe having another BIG trophy would have spurred us on?

Remember how the pl was always more important in these last few. Erm decades. We would win the European god damn Cup and go "oh well, at least that's something" lol. Crazy hunger we fans had. I admit I'd love to have seen this team go deeper in the ucl. I love those big games; Madrid, barca, bayern. But mustn't get greedy. This is probably the best season we have had for 30 odd years, it's an odd treble but not insignificant. Cwc, esc and pl. This surely surpasses the lc fa cup and europa league.

2.) 10 Jul 2020 00:47:30
I’m not sure how i’d feel if we were still in the champions league. The amount of changes there will be to the meat and potatoes stage of the competition does not sit right with me. The remainder of league matches being played without fans is acceptable, but the champions league changes go much further: in addition to no fans, which is a huge part of the european competition experience as opposed to a 12:30 sunday kick off against brighton, the ties are only one legged affairs, thus completely obliterating the entire strategy and art of the two legged tie, and they will only take place in one location, thus completely removing the difficulty of having to travel abroad to a foreign city with a different culture and turn up against opponents you wouldn't normally play.

I don’t know how i’d feel about it because we aren’t in it, but winning a champions league in these circumstances would feel impossible to not be viewed as tainted for me. If it was up to me i think they should have just cancelled this years edition and focused on pre season for the next season.

3.) 10 Jul 2020 02:45:48
No way anon. Can't agree with you there. I agree that the fans and pressure make the ties so exciting, but if you've ever played Sunday league (with 3 fans) a cup game has much more edge than a friendly. But I take that point. But what is all this tainted business about? I thought it was just something utd were saying. Does this league feel any less special, any less of a relief. Its the szme for all teams and its Europe's best teams. Whoever wins will have achieved a huge goal. Its not tainted, neither is the league, its just being done in difficult circumstances. You could take the stand that it is even more incredible considering the players didn't train together for 2/ 3 months.

{Ed0666's Note - good point well made fella

4.) 10 Jul 2020 04:49:02
AW - it is a toughie. I think if we are going to be a 'big club' then we should be competing at the business end of the comps we are entered into. All the other stuff can figure itself out.

But in this unique season I do think it's a good thing that we aren't involved. let our boys rest and gear up for the new season.

{Ed0666's Note - how is resting and not being involved in the champions league latter stages a good thing mate? I wanna be in finals of cups, competitions regardless of pandemics.
If we’d have beaten Juve in Hysel although it was tragic circumstances we still would have counted that as seven European cups and not six.
Whoever wins the European cup this season wins it on merit irrespective of the revisions to the competition.



26 Jun 2020 02:20:24
Just a quick question if you have any insight into jan vertonghen next club. He's due to leave on a free transfer this summer and I think that if lovren was needing to be replaced it would be good business to offer vertonghen a 2 year or so contract as this would let the younger prospects time to grow until possibly good enough to step up. Even though he's 33 he could offer valuable experience when needed and as a left footed left sided CB who has played previously in LB he would be good option to fill in for VVD or robbo as he's excellent on the ball in how we want our defence to play forward passes and his experience of the PL would be handy to replace Lovren. For a free transfer on a short term solution with similar wages to lovren I think it be great business to acquire a fee for lovren and replace his squad role with a free signing it would be low risk. Any idea if Liverpool have shown any interest?

{Ed0666's Note - I’m not sure replacing a 30 year old injury prone defender with a 33 year old injury prone defender is good business mate. Furthermore although he would be a free transfer his signing on fee and wages would make the package gargantuan.
We have a lot of higher earners at the club that aren’t worthy of those wages and don’t play much at all such as Lalana & Shaquiri. So the last thing we want is an old player on high wages. It’s not the FSG way. I’d be gobsmacked if this transfer happened.

1.) 26 Jun 2020 11:35:38
Vertonghen has the right skill set, but it's clearly the wrong place and the wrong time. Maybe 5 years ago.

2.) 27 Jun 2020 05:25:29
Yeah perhaps ye're right in those points made to be fair, . I see him as an upgrade to lovren overall and just a short term option if we didn't see value in this current market for buying a defender at the right price. But I understand that my view may not actually be a wise one haha.

{Ed0666's Note - It’s a bitter pill to swallow but we have owners that won’t spend for the sake of it. They will penny pinch were they can (ticket price hikes and furlough scheme being prime examples).

Don’t get me wrong I’m not denigrating FSG they have been better owners than I expected but COVID has curtailed a lot of clubs summer spending and we are no exception.

If we were gonna go for an experienced older premiership defender I would plum for Mee at Burnley.

I’m not expecting much transfer activity to be honest in terms of purchases. I think we’ll be going down the loan route until the financial situation sorts itself out.



14 Jun 2020 05:04:54
Counting down the days now to seeing us back on the field. Just a little question regarding the topic of many concerned about the closed doors lack of atmosphere. I've actually been enjoying it to quiet an extent, paying far more attention to the players communicating with each other and more of a glimpse into their ways of reading the game. Even hearing the thump of the boot hitting the ball with every single pass and then the noise of the ball being controlled cleanly is satisfying to me, it just seems to make me feel like away from all the money, marketing, media, and celebrity status of the football world at this level I'm getting a real kick out of soaking in the simple sounds and sights that you'd find at any amatuer sunday league game. Watching the top professional footballers just playing a game of football in its most natural form is something I'm enjoying far more than I expected. I certainly won't have any intention of listening to the articial crowd atmosphere as the only benefit from any experience of atmosphere and emotion is the fact that it's real and genuine. Without that then to me it's just annoying background noise. Interesting to hear if anyone is in the same boat as me or if you're the opposite and really struggling to watch the games currently in silence.

1.) 14 Jun 2020 10:55:04
Har for me fans make football and they always will and always have. Players, managers and owners will come and go but fans are there for life. Saying that though I can go and watch my local team on a Sunday play in front of 5 people and I would still enjoy the game (even though it’s probably at the standard of Everton) . My opinion is The atmosphere inside the stadium is key for the players and more importantly the fans inside the stadium who are enjoying and living that experience. I’ve never watched a good game on the tv and thought I didn’t enjoy that because the crowd could have been louder. I’d love fans to be back in stadiums but until that happens I going to enjoy every minute of watching us play behind closed doors. Actually I’m going to enjoy every minute of watching every game behind closed doors. I feel like a kid at Christmas right now.

2.) 14 Jun 2020 11:14:59
I'm with u mate, all iv been thinking this whole time regarding "the fans"is I don't really care just give us the trophy by hook or by crook hahaha!

3.) 14 Jun 2020 12:01:51
I said at the very start of all of this that one of the things that I hoped would happen is that clubs realise the importance of the fans to their product. Rather than simply customers (although there are benefits I believe to that), the passion of genuine fans and full stadiums are so integral to everything that makes football a billion dollar industry. They really do need to remember this and perhaps reflect and review ticket prices to make the game more accessible to more people.

4.) 14 Jun 2020 14:38:09
Oh yes I completely agree with the importance of a full stadium. I was referring more to my view that a fake simulated version of fan noises for the television viewer would be more of an irritation for me as opposed to most others who seem to be glad to have that option instead of silence.

{Ed002's Note - Well turn the sound down.}

5.) 14 Jun 2020 17:58:04
I guess it all depends on the match you watch. I watched Mallorca v Barcelona last night and they had the fake crownd noise and found it far better than the previous games I had watched without any noise. I also decided to watch it with Spanish commentary just made the game sound more exciting. I'm sure it will be different for Prem games where you will know the chants etc.

6.) 14 Jun 2020 19:51:44
so what your saying is man City and arsenal fans should welcome fake crown noise lol!



16 Mar 2020 05:12:19
I think we can all agree the extremity of the world's situation right now is leaving all of us uneasy as we try to understand what might lie ahead.

In terms of football we've disected every possible solution and debated the most likely to happen which is fair enough but it's a topic that we need to wait a bit before we can post realistic opinions. I think we need to forget guessing timelines etc as we are all clueless to how this will play out and length of time needed. We can't know the best solution until we get more clarity on the length of time football is postponed.

I won't speculate as I'm clueless to the future but no matter how the outcome plays out im heartbroken as a Liverpool fan. Whether we get handed the title, wether the season is deemed good or wether we get time to play out the fixtures it's going to leave me feeling a bit flat.

I've spent so so long anticipating and imagining that moment when every fan in anfield stands and sings YNWA like it's never been heard before. Coming to terms with the idea that we're not going to have that glorious moment of joy that we've craved for decades has me feeling a lack of real care towards how the season will unfold., the thought of clinching it behind closed doors is horrible yet it's likely the best we can hope for. Take care of each other folks and be patient until we figure out where and when football can go from here.

1.) 16 Mar 2020 11:42:44
OP, fully agree with you on all you have said. Tonnes of fans all over the world will be gutted with not winning the PL at Anfield in front of the Liverpool fans and global fans all over BUT this is what it is from now so on a personal note, I'm over it to some extent as there are mre important things in life going on right now.

Now what keeps me happy and going on this topic is the fact that our drought is OVER. Done! Finito! NOBODY can ever take that away from us. We completely smashed the league and made other clubs look like mugs including City, the best team the "world has ever seen", lol.

We nay not have the celebration we all wanted and at the time we wanted it BUT we can always make do with a bad situation by STILL creating a great atmosphere for the Open Top Bus celebrations and really smash it there once again. Peace, Love and Stay Safe!




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17 Sep 2020 02:15:04
Would another loan move be considered do you know ed? His stock is currently as low as can be expected and we won't receive any great fee but if he somehow were to enjoy a good season we could cash in next year, . Danny ward had a good season which earned us 12 mil that we would never have got 12 months previous. Karius can't possibly lose any sort of value that he's currently not worth and he's claimed that he would rather be Liverpool reserve than a reserve for any other team so he'd know that a season on loan with another chance of 1st team games will be the last time he can perform to earn the best move possible as surely he's aware that his career depends on it. I just think selling him now at his lowest value has no benefit as his reputation can only go up with another loan. Surely clubs would be more interested to offer us a loan deal than any permanent offer. He might benefit going back to Germany and settling better as the scrutiny he's faced over a couple of seasons while in new environments has clearly ruined his confidence.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool are not looking to loan players that they want to get rid of - they want to sell them and get them off the books. They are trying hard raise funds but have been struggling to find buyers.}



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17 Sep 2020 06:12:14
Also to consider that few international friendlies mid season should be considered as important to pick the players we plan to sign is ridiculous. So it would be a better option to avoid any players who will need to spend 2 or 3 hours extra on a flight to play international games only a few times over the season. Minamino will not suddenly be absent for us just because he may have to go to asia. Just because AFCON may happen in 18months and 3 or 4 weeks out for a player would be crazy to prevent us using him for the 50 or 60 league games we play until then. Allison fabinho hendo matip and Gomez all spent longer periods out last season than AFCON lasts and we did just fine. Would it be better to target players not of the standard to play for their countries instead of having the top talent from around the world? And every team good enough to rival us will have players doing the same anyway. European nations more often play extra games than other continents do so why is their workload an issue.

You say that improving the squad from a football point of view might not be the best for the club? That's the worst approach to even consider as the improvement of the football results is the number one importance and that leads to every other area seeing benefits. Your priorities have seen clubs like arsenal spurs and United take steps back in recent years by focusing on the less important issues instead of what can make the team as strong as possible on the field.



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17 Sep 2020 05:38:29
Thats far too one sided and negative you're focused on as issues and even as I know it's important to consider we need to meet squad quotas you list 5 or 6 players who were never all registered at any point. Ibe hasn't been in our squad in years and Kent never being registered while solanke was never around at same time when those were, clyne out on loan or not even included in squad at one stage. Gomez and now Trent this season qualify for spots since those few names above have left. AOC, Milner, Henderson guaranteed to be included this season. Brewster Jones Williams Elliot are not required to be included until 21st birthday. Basically we can only have 17 maximum registered of non HG which we currently have but the likes of karius, shaqiri or grujic will inevitably free up places. Last season we only listed 15 of 17 possible with lovren now replaced by kostas. We don't have to include 8 HG players over 21 as a requirement so not crucial to add faces to fill the 25 man squad simply as long as we manage not exceeding 17 non HG first team players. If thiago comes in then obviously either grujic or gini will be replaced. If a forward is signed then origi or shaqiri free a space. Karius will almost certainly not be registered and also make a space. Many seem to think that Brewster is important to us for HG reasons but that's not how it works. Under 21s don't need to be included and with us having 3 or 4 of those likely to play for us next year we don't need to fill the squad with 25 players over 21. Many are thinking we need 8 HG players as a minimum which we don't. For any potential 1 or 2 possible incomings it's obvious that 3 or 4 will be moved on anyway. Next year Hoever will qualify as HG and VDB the year after while kelliher and grabara also. Elliot Jones Williams and Brewster if he stays will all be here long enough by the Milner, OX and hendo aren't promised to be involved. Trent and Gomez are long term certainties so we don't need to plan ahead with any sort of changes being forced. Grujic and karius weren't even in our squad last year so it's silly to stress over them taking spaces this season. A 3rd choice keeper will not be listed and grujic will only be kept if we don't sign a replacement player and may even lose 2 players in midfield if 1 signs. Everyone wanted Lewis to sign for the HG reason and ignored footballing reasons. Lovren out kostas in, no change. Clyne lallana sturridge etc are of no relevance because those 3 players have been replaced by youngsters anyway so we're not short of options to feel we need to fill the squad with bodies we won't need on the pitch.



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17 Sep 2020 04:22:51
If a deal includes any sort of a buy back that would make him a valuable future option and we get 20 or 25mil income now it can only make sense as it's a risk with very little chance of causing us regret. If you asked me would I prefer thiago in our team for next 2 or 3 years or Brewster I'd 100% say thiago. If the buy back option looks good value compared to his future progression then we could nab a potential bargain when Firmino is no longer our no.9. To receive 20+ for a player yet to play in premier league and only 6months first team involvement at championship level would be silly to turn down. He could either be a solanke or an ings. We would love to have a situation where ings could be re signed at a good price or else be satisfied that we got paid well for solanke and never seek to bring back. Sheffield Utd will know that they can't guarantee to be in a position of strenght in a few years where they could expect to demand much higher fees for him than maybe 30 or 40mil potential buy back fee. The likes of pogba and sancho going on to become so valuable when let go for so little must have frustrated United and city but negotiating with those top clubs made it unlikely they would agree to a buy back where as with sheff Utd it could work out for both parties. Ed are you aware if the likes of iheanacho or moise kean for example were let move with something similar in their contracts as big clubs letting hot prospects leave must want to consider the possibility of future success. Madrid have done this with carvajal, morata and recently hakimi all becoming twice their value over 12 months. Didn't bayern bring gnabry from Bremen at cut price? I'm not 100% sure on that one. Are there many notable big players who were used in that way?

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17 Sep 2020 03:09:43
I wouldn't be the most eager to want sarr or traore simply because I think those type of raw pacy wingers often flatter to deceive and their potential has a history of disappointing. They can enjoy a hot run of form and get over hyped yet looking invisible for huge chunks that we don't notice. The fact that sarr and traore were the 2 players who arguably enjoyed their best performance of their season last year against us saw them get more attention. Because of our high line they looked better against us than anyone else they played. Look at how Michel Antonio has also hurt us, zaha, bolasie and Redmond also getting huge praise when their raw and direct style was best suited against us and not the other teams Liverpool fans watch them play against for 90 mins every other week. I'd much rather see the likes of Rashica being approached for half the price, he's same age and has looked far more dangerous while playing in a struggling side. Sarr and saint maxim only enjoyed a handful of games at the end of last season where they looked lively but no care is given to the other 30 games where they were anonymous. Adama traore wasn't even in the starting line-up for 1/ 3rd of wolves game so surely his manager knows he can't be trusted with consistent petgornances. Salah and mane were far more proven and clinical dangerman so don't compare them as similar to guys who've had multiple seasons anonymous and only enjoyed 6 months of PL decent games tops. Raw and explosive players in our team facing a deep defence would not be as useful. Salah and mane have the close control and agility to work for us and never rely on pace alone. Traore for example could only look good against us when facing 1v1 and sprinting past on the outside against robbo. He never even tried to go inside him and cause real danger. How often do our opponents let their defence exposed to a 1v1 high line matchup,? They avoid that as priority so the threat of that style of winger is innecective. Ignore the fact they can only mange 5 or 6 goals or assists in their best season to date when their best success was supplying a final ball to a target man in the box and offered little other type of invention that would get the best out of our towards who don't want the ball that Jimenez, deeney, or joelinton are always waiting to get from wide. For that money there's far better quality.

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17 Sep 2020 07:06:14
It's not a balanced comparison. Or sales are down 12% to last year but that's because our sales had also doubled last season so that jump was always going to drop. We didn't release our kit until August too and the lack of matchdays and pre season tours meant that the fans who visit as tourists or ones that follow them touring in America or Asia would normally add to the sale of merchandise. Our away jersey is actually selling better than last season's while Chelsea away kit is way down on sales. Chelsea signing so many star names adds to the desire of fans when last season they had no one to get excited about. I wouldn't read too much into how that report has been worded as it misleads to an extent.



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17 Sep 2020 06:51:52
Well if thiago was signed I can't see both grujic or gini staying. Shaq and minamino will never be needed in our 3 man midfield and OX often likely to be an option out wide it's only fabinho hendo keita Milner and thiago the guaranteed midfield options with Jones getting chances with possibly 1 of gini or grujic kept. Milner will not be as frequent and surely gone in the summer. It's been regular that we've had 1 or 2 midfielders unavailable on matchdays. AOC and keita along with hendo can suffer from periods where we have been left with limited options. Thiago gives us the option of using fabinho elsewhere if needed and avoids the possibility of keita or AOC needing to fill in with defensive duties if hendo and Fabinho aren't available.



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15 Sep 2020 07:07:47
Chelsea still had to field their back 4 and GK that were their huge weakness last year. They couldn't break down Brighton with their new attackers that everyone seems to think is the answer for them. A penalty and 2 goals from defenders was all they could manage to test Brighton keeper. Havertz won't find it easy playing around the intensity that Robbo gini and mane will offer on our left. Salah will be full of confidence going into it where he'd relish taking on Alonso unless they opt for Azpilicueta on the left. Without thiago and chilwell available next week their defence is still terrible. Pulisic apparently not at full fitness and mount or loftus cheek shouldn't be feared. If firmino stays close to jorginho and we stop him from having any time to play then we could get all over them. They don't have the pace on the wings to play long balls in behind us without willian or pulisic and by taking out jorginhos influence they would struggle I think to play through us as fabinho, gini and hendo would bring so much aggression that can dominate their midfield and keep Werner and havertz isolated. Last year we scored so easily with a wide variation of styles. Crosses for free headers, direct free kicks, corner kick, long range screamer and a counter attack goal also. Out of the 7 goals we got over 2 games kepa didn't even move for 4. Trent and Firmino scored in each game while gini, Keita and OX who don't score regularly had no problem being deadly. We didn't even need salah or mane on form and it's funny that neither scored in those fixtures. Chelsea have the same backline to face our attack which has salah and mane far sharper now. Stamford bridge no longer gives them home advantage too and 3 or 4 players picking up knocks this weekend hurts their preparations while we have Trent and Henderson enjoying a week to improve their fitness. I hope we tear into Chelsea from the start and show them that 30 point gap is going to take a lot more work than a summer of spending big cash.



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14 Sep 2020 08:14:51
First of all I'm a big firmino fan. His style of play means that he's never going to be prolific unless he sacrificed the strengths that he currently brings to the side. A forward doesn't need to simply have prolific numbers to be top quality as long as they affect games in other areas to improve the teams threat. Bergkamp or totti hit similar numbers to firmino in most seasons but they were still better forwards than higuain or icardi for example who would have a far superior scoring rate. Bergkamp would play in a way which helped Henry score more goals like firmino helps salah and mane so I accept that as long as we continue to have a forward line that's deadly we shouldn't be demanding firmino adds 10 more goals every season to prevent being labelled as not good enough as our CF when his impact for the team is better than 10 extra goals. Torres for example was rated far higher as a CF for liverpool in his couple of seasons where he scored double Firminos figures but as a result we sacrificed the threat of our wingers who couldn't benefit like salah and mane do alongside firmino. Bergkamp was twice the forward for arsenal than adebayor despite being half as prolific. Firmino deserves less moans based on his finishing in front of goal only, when many attackers over the years have shown you don't simply need to be prolific to earn a world class tag.



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13 Sep 2020 03:44:48
Waitisover just recently man city didn't mess with their squad and retained the title next season. In that same argument you should consider how many times have teams actually won back to back titles. Only a couple of teams have done it in nearly 30 seasons. Then I'd ask you how many teams that failed to retain the title had invested and the answer is likely all of them which actually proves your view is the opposite. Probably only 1 in 4 or 5 seasons do teams succeed which is not a good case at all. We've just won the league after our quietest ever window also. Fergie had success when he needed to add 1 or 3 faces and struggled when he had seasons of multiple ins and outs.