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24 May 2024 15:01:45
Liverpool reportedly interested in Mainz player, Brajan Gruda. 19 year old German right winger. If we signed him it would indicate Salah might stay one more year as Grudas's unlikely to hit the ground running and replace Mo's goals overnight.


1.) 24 May 2024 15:22:12
Everyone thinks we need a right winger to replace Salah of he leaves, but personally I think Diaz was better when he played on the right, he didn't need to cut inside everytime.


2.) 24 May 2024 18:05:05
Dominik Szoboszlai?


3.) 24 May 2024 18:51:58
Not massively in favour of sticking Szoboszlai on the wing, but, he’s played there before successfully at his previous clubs, he’s quick over a sprint and distance, he’s got a few tricks and can beat a defender, he’s physically strong and great passer and has an eye for goal. Definitely worth giving him a go as he could be the answer.


4.) 24 May 2024 21:57:42
I wonder where Dom fits in next season.

{Ed025's Note - Accrington?.. :)


5.) 25 May 2024 07:22:58
Who are they?


6.) 25 May 2024 07:58:36
Salah seems like he’ll be staying but if he does go who says that we will want to replace ‘like for like’? If we play a different style / formation we might require a different type of player for the right side.


7.) 25 May 2024 08:27:27
I see Mo has got his hair and beard tidied up alot, definitely off to Saudi. :)


8.) 25 May 2024 10:03:33
@Dhfc - exactly!


9.) 25 May 2024 10:09:02
Accrington Stanley, who are they?!


10.) 25 May 2024 11:33:28
VV my goodness, I thought you were describing Gerrard not Dom.


11.) 25 May 2024 19:45:39
I agree with Diaz on the RW - he played well there and got in behind and put in some dangerous balls into the box. Diaz is good down the left but not quite clinical enough to be cutting inside and shooting IMO, I prefer Nunez or Jota doing that if we’re going to play inverted wingers.


12.) 26 May 2024 08:03:45
‘No thanks’ to Gruda.

To play that position in the PL you either need elite speed or elite close control.

Salah had both so he was elite, but he’s lost his pace.
Gruda has neither.

Please scout better.


13.) 26 May 2024 17:58:54
polecat, That only means he's off to wetherspoons for a nice evening surely. Bet Mo's been seen wearing a Ben Sherman shirt too.


 

 

23 May 2024 10:50:45
Ed002 have you heard anything about Liverpool interest in Kokcu? Or is it just a lazy link because he used to play for Slot?

{Ed002's Note - He has a €150M release clause.}


1.) 23 May 2024 12:07:31
I’d have thought we have enough players who can play number 10?


2.) 23 May 2024 13:53:48
Cheers Ed002. Reports saying we want him for €45m are probably inaccurate then!

VV, I don’t really know much about him to be honest. Just saw the links, googled him, and saw he used to play for Slot. If he’s a 10 it makes very little sense when we have Macca, Szobo, Elliott and Carvalho on the books.

{Ed002's Note - Is that what is called a cheeky bid?}


3.) 23 May 2024 17:44:44
I’m pretty sure he threw a strop at Benfics as the coach tried to play him as a defensive midfielder (which was admittedly stupid as he’s clearly not one of those) he was gobbing off massively about it apparently. Would seem a very odd signing to me.


4.) 23 May 2024 18:08:41
I think that’s more than cheeky Ed002 ? maybe “outrageous”!


5.) 24 May 2024 00:12:47
Don't ask don't get, that's what we say in Liverpool.


6.) 24 May 2024 09:02:19
My Nan used to say ‘stop asking silly questions’.


 

 

16 May 2024 12:15:52
Just passing on a handful of rumours doing the rounds today that seem to be quite realistic.

1) Crysencio Summerville (RW/ LW) . Ed002 has said he's not aware of any interest from Liverpool only a month ago but things change fast in football and Ben Jacobs is now suggesting he could become a top target if Diaz were to leave.

2) Dani Olmo (LW/ AM/ RW) . Nothing in the search function about him. A few reports today are saying that Slot has personally asked the club to sign him this summer. Good player who's done well on the RW this season. Worrying injury record though.

3) Teun Koopmeiners (CB/ DM/ CM/ AM) . Rumour is that Atalanta are hoping the interest of both Liverpool and Juventus will drive up his price. Knows Slot-ball already and has all the attributes to succeed in the Prem. Ed002 has confirmed we have interest.


1.) 16 May 2024 12:54:11
"Worrying injury record though. "

Why do I think that won't put us off? ?.


2.) 16 May 2024 13:30:57
Koopmeiners reminds me of Granit Xhaka or Ruben Neves. Not convinced that is what we need but if we are going to continue this obsession with building up from deep, then maybe. Not a fan of the style or the player myself.


3.) 16 May 2024 14:04:26
It is very worrying as well Adam. Two knee injuries in 2 years and missed half of this season with a badly dislocated shoulder. I really like him as a player but surely we can’t be silly enough to add an injury prone player to an already fragile squad.

I really like him FPF. His aggression and physicality combined with such composure and technical quality makes him a nightmare for opposition. Good with both feet as well. I watched Atalanta the other week and they were 1-0 down so they subbed Koopmeiners on and he was more or less playing right wing at times. Ended scoring a 25 yard winner first time on his weaker foot. Some player and one of those rare complete footballers who could play anywhere and still be a pro at the top level.


4.) 16 May 2024 15:38:37
MK, I think that's the issue for me. He's not a specialist DM. He's more like Henderson than Fabinho, when it is a Fabinho we need.


5.) 16 May 2024 16:16:51
Olmo should be dodged at all costs, more than just slightly concerning injury issues, he’s missed 19 games in 21/ 22, 20 games in 22/ 23 and so far he’s missed 28 games through injury. there's no sensible reason to consider a crock like that. That pattern of injuries is only going one way. Definitely not worth the risk. Although even without the injuries he is distinctly mediocre.

As for Summerville, Ben Jacob’s knows nothing about Liverpool. Only contacts he had are at Chelsea. If it hasn’t come from Ornstein or Joyce, you can probably disregard it.


6.) 16 May 2024 16:58:38
Joyce has also been distanced from the club.


7.) 16 May 2024 17:45:23
Still gets things unerringly right though, Drogie.


8.) 16 May 2024 18:42:28
A fit Baj changes everything.


9.) 16 May 2024 18:50:58
Thanks for passing on latest MK. Ed002 any ideas about Summervile? Seems a risk and can’t see need for more LW!

{Ed002's Note - Crysencio Summerville (RW/LW) Leeds have no interest in selling but his agent is looking for a step up and speaking with clubs about him - he has certainly approached Chelsea and Spurs and I suspect others. Bayer Leverkusen have spoken directly with Leeds. Agent is close to Aston Villa and the City Football Group. Any move will likely depend on promotion being gained or not. Leeds will look for a new contract. I am not aware of Liverpool making any approach yet but I understand slot is a fan of the youngster. If he were to replace Salah, there has to be an element of risk.}


10.) 16 May 2024 22:19:24
Leverkusken would be a good move for him. Can’t say he’d be ready for a Liverpool or Chelsea and definitely not as a Salah replacement! Thank you Ed002 hope you and yours are well mate.


 

 

25 Apr 2024 12:25:15
Ed002, do you think we might finally follow up interest in Teun Koopmeiners this summer? I believe we've been scouting him for a few seasons now and correct me if I'm wrong, but he's worked with Arne Slot previously at AZ.

When I look at our midfield options now we're missing one thing that Arsenal and City have, and that is a physically dominant but mobile player. They have Rice and Rodri who can both glide around the pitch and thrive in a physical battle. When we played Atalanta, Koopmeiners absolutely bullied us all over the park. He was quicker, stronger and more imposing than anything we have in midfield.

He'd be an excellent signing in my opinion, so just wondering if our interest has moved on or not.

{Ed002's Note - Teun Koopmeiners (DM/CM) Atalanta are reluctant to sell but his agent wants the player to be playing regularly in the Champions League with Newcastle, Juventus and Napoli having declared interest. Interest of Milan shifted to Tijjani Reijnders so they can be discounted. Approaches were been made to Arsenal, Manchester United, Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea although none have spoken with Atalanta and all have other targets for now but cannot be discounted with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United having sent scouts. And Arne Slot, if he becomes Liverpool coach, knows the player well. Brighton and Aston Villa interest has gone. Juventus has a creative solution and, like Napoli, will push for a summer move. Player has made it clear he wants a Juventus move. Marseille have walked away due to the quoted cost although a change of ownership could see a huge shift for them. Atalanta are seeking €60M if pressed to sell.}


1.) 25 Apr 2024 13:46:21
It is evident we need a midfield anchor/ defensive midfielder, that ain’t Koopmeiners.


2.) 25 Apr 2024 16:01:40
Cheers Ed002, detailed as always!

Viktor, do we need an anchor? Endo has been very good and Bajcetic deserves a chance in pre-season before we commit to spending big on a more long term DM. Rice doesn't play as an anchor for Arsenal, Jorginho does, but that doesn't stop Rice adding physicality to their team. We lack that physicality in our midfield. I personally wanted us to sign Rabiot or Milinkovic-Savic last summer because I thought it was obvious we lacked a player of that ilk in a more box to box role. Koopmeiners can bring that to a team, but if not for us we need someone else of a similar profile in my opinion. He just makes the most sense having worked with Slot before and already being of interest ot the current recruitment team.

Szoboszlai in midfield just hasn't worked so we probably need to push him further forward as an option in the front 3 where he plays for Hungary and where he played for Leipzig. That (and Thiago going) leaves a big hole in the midfield roster so we should sign a player who can offer us something we lack which, in my opinion, is an indomitable presence in the midfield.


3.) 25 Apr 2024 16:16:56
Endo is not the answer if we want to push for a league title.
He's good at what he does, break the game up and play a pass. Very safe. He reminds me of Lucus Leiva. Lovely lad, good player but not to the level to compete for the title.
We may have it at the club already with Bajectic or Trent but if not, we need someone at the level Fabinho was at in his peak.


4.) 25 Apr 2024 16:40:07
Guimares at Newcastle has a release clause. Edwards liked him previously.

{Ed002's Note - Edwards does not pick the players.}


5.) 25 Apr 2024 18:10:11
I don’t see Trent being a DM.


6.) 25 Apr 2024 19:00:14
We were never going to win the league without a proper no 6.


7.) 25 Apr 2024 19:01:41
Koopmeiners, Rabiot or Milinkovic-Savic - good grief.


8.) 25 Apr 2024 21:00:26
Well we are not losing the league because we lack another defensive midfielder. We are losing it because we had injuries on key players also our forwards losed form and had bad luck with their finishing.


9.) 25 Apr 2024 20:05:16
I’d have thought it was pretty clear that we needed a defensive midfielder from our extremely soft centre that teams can run through at will, MK. As has been demonstrated so well by United, Palace, Atalanta and Everton recently.

And yes he might be physical, but he has the pace and turning circle of the QE2, which doesn’t suggest a player made for the premier league. If we sign him we’d still have a gaping hole in the middle for teams to run at our defenders. The last few weeks have shown that there is a need for a top quality defensive midfielder.

You won’t find a title winning team that doesn’t have a very good or brilliant midfield anchor, until we bought Fabinho we won nothing, we were also rans.

As for Rabiot or Savic, jeez. That’s the bottom of the barrel right there.,


10.) 25 Apr 2024 20:33:50
I think szobo is better further forward, but where? Is he a long term right winger, I’m not so sure. For me it’s time to put Trent in midfield, especially with Bradley coming through - he deserves more minutes than just when Trent is rested/ injured. I don’t see Trent as the six though, I think he needs to be free. So I would say we for sure need a 6, Endo can adopt a Milner type role and rotation, but no top team operated without a natural holding player.


11.) 25 Apr 2024 22:15:32
I agree we are a soft touch. We definitely need to strengthen the midfield and my god the set pieces v Everton were disgraceful. It was like watching under 9,s v under 16’s. Cowardly.


12.) 26 Apr 2024 04:12:02
Many may disagree with me but I see Trent as more of a deep-lying playmaker. He needs someone more defensive minded next to him though. Someone like Endo or Bajcetic is ideal but Mac in a double pivot works as well. I can see him launching balls from deep, similar to what Xabi used to do for us.


13.) 26 Apr 2024 08:32:55
Am I missing something here? Endo has been fantastic this season - as good as anyone in the league. It’s not the player that is the issue. I don't think it is a coincidence that he’s not been in the team for half of this poor run. Tactically we’ve got it all wrong the last few games. The players who won at Fulham must be fuming to be left out for those that came in.

Our issue is lack of intensity and desire to slow everything down at a time in the season when it all needs ramping up. Not Endo.


14.) 26 Apr 2024 09:04:47
@Drac - agree mate, If Arne comes in and adopts the 4 - 2 - 3 -1, I think TAA could quite easily be 1 of the 2 playing in front of the defence. Playing a bit deeper would suit his long range passing game and he’s not as inept a defender as sone on here would have us believe.


15.) 26 Apr 2024 11:43:20
Most of the trouble against Everton was that we kept giving needless freekicks away which we were unable to defend. Every Freekick and corner they took went to the far post and Once it went past the blocked Virgil they had free headers. Its happened more than once this year. Defensively we are naive.


16.) 26 Apr 2024 11:58:18
Endo, like Lucas, do their job very well.
Unless I've totally missed Endo shanking open shots on goal, then my thinking is he isn't really the problem.


17.) 26 Apr 2024 13:10:39
Agree with everyone above who defended Endo. Really don't see him as the problem, and someone nailed it that our recent poor run has coincided with him being dropped to bring Szobo and Jones back into the midfield. With Bajcetic as back up and Macca able to cover, I don't see a DM player as a priority. Endo and Macca are probably the only senior midfielders we have who actually provide any kind of genuine tenacity so they're not the 2 I'd be looking to replace. We just need a player in there with them who is more mobile and more of a physical presence.

Also, calling Koopmeiners slow is a strange comment given how well he moves around the pitch. He's far from slow. We simply need more physicality for me. We need a Declan Rice type player. I don't really care if that is Koopmeiners but to me he makes sense given his history with Slot. I'd be just as happy with Anguissa, Reijnders, Locatelli etc. No idea if we are interested in any of them though.


18.) 26 Apr 2024 16:20:14
Spot on, MKS and QV. It is now Endo's turn to get raked over the coals by the same people who prolly thought he would amount to nothing when he came in.


19.) 26 Apr 2024 18:02:50
Jones was phenomenal, and central to the good form and durability, earlier in the season.
Everyone hitting poor form at the same time has, perhaps due to over extending, as always seems to be the case when we go for the quad. I prefered it when we sacrificed the worthless mug and FA cup.


 

 

18 Jul 2023 11:55:31
According to his agent, Liverpool have held talks this summer regarding the signing signing Pape Diop. 19 year old Senegalese CM/ DM who plays for Zulte Waregem in the Belgian 2nd division.

No idea who he is, how good he is, or how true this is. But it is what his agent has claimed so thought I'd share the rumour!


1.) 18 Jul 2023 12:00:26
I wonder if we have secretly entered a world of AI without anyone noticing, because some of these names are definitely football manager regens. I'm sure there are about 20 Pape Diops, Fofanas and Sergio Gomez's floating round.


2.) 18 Jul 2023 12:02:07
Don’t mind this sort of thing. It’s what Brighton do so well.


3.) 19 Jul 2023 08:20:52
I say the same thing all the time Thomas, you forgot the Mendy’s and Diallo’s!
Life feels more and more like a video game with each passing day.


 

 

 

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Who's In Arne Slot's Liverpool First Team Squad?

28 May 2024 07:39:02
{Ed's Note - MK Scouser has posted a new article entitled, Who's In Arne Slot's Liverpool First Team Squad?


1.) 28 May 2024 09:51:42
Excellent read MK!


2.) 28 May 2024 10:26:55
Great read that Adam ??.


3.) 28 May 2024 10:58:31
Good read.


4.) 28 May 2024 11:51:36
Great read! I think Sepp and Morton are going to surprise everyone next year - Sepp really has grown into his own this year performing way above the team and position in the league.

Morton, he’s also grown a lot even though it was the same league as Blackburn he just looked a class above - I can see him coming back and chasing that missing role in our midfield.

Completely agree very excited with the talent in the team and with a few clever additions we can continue to compete at the top! I just really hope we don’t see any injuries at the euros or players not coming back fully fit!


5.) 28 May 2024 12:12:28
Carvalho has over ten games for hill city since January a very excellent return I think he can be what Coutinho was when first joining our club and morton looks very nice too please try these guys arney.


6.) 28 May 2024 13:03:33
Goals sorry.


7.) 28 May 2024 13:30:01
Colonel, his attitude is what concerns me mate. He was banned from two hull pubs within the space of 30 minutes. He had a bunch of people with him acting the fool. About a month or two ago, I didn't see it but I heard about it.

He did well at hull, I've seen him play. I've gone to a few of their games this season just for the jolly but from what I saw he acted like he was god and everybody else had to do the work before he made an effort. His whole attitude is just wrong for me. Don't get me wrong it'll be interesting to see what Slot does with him but I have huge doubts he will last here. His head is up in the clouds.


Not read your post mk will do later mate when I get home.


8.) 28 May 2024 13:39:29
What happened with musolowski (spelling) he was been hailed as our "messi" a couple of seasons ago?


9.) 28 May 2024 14:18:42
Great read MK and I love that you are as optimistic as I am. I'm really looking forward to see how we set up and how the current players adapt to his playing style.

More than anything I (like many of you) want Darwin to flourish next season and get the numbers we know he's capable of. If he, Gakpo and Jota stay fit and confident we could have a great season.

I'd also like to see more of Jayden Danns too, he really didn't look phased when he has played and certainly knows where the goal is

Lets keep our fingers crossed that we kick on and finish next season with another trophy or two!


10.) 28 May 2024 15:37:33
gmil, strange isn't it. Musialowski actually won our goal of the season a few years back for a goal right out of the Messi copybook. I think physically he never really bulked up and was finding it hard to even make a consistent impact even on u21's football, so that's probably the main reason why he's being let go.

There are a few reports that Lijnders wants to take him to RB Salzburg, so hopefully he'll have a decent little career over in Austria.


 

 

27 May 2024 14:52:18
A new manager always brings a new lease of life to a squad of players. Fresh ideas and a clean slate. Players who previously weren't in the future plans can suddenly become key members of the squad, and players who thought they were untouchable can find themselves surplus to requirements!

So just how many Liverpool players will be out for Arne Slots attention this summer? In total, I count 57 players currently contracted to the club who have had a taste of senior football.

Of course some of these will soon see their contracts expire. Most notably, Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara call time on their Liverpool careers this summer. Perhaps somewhat under the radar, Adrian San Miguel and Mateusz Musialowski will also be out of contract. For the mathematicians out there, you'll note that still leaves Slot with 53 players to whittle down into a manageable first team squad.

Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher, Vitezslav Jaros, Fabian Mrozek, Marcelo Pitaluga, Harvey Davies, Jakub Ojrznyski

Quite incredibly out of the 7 goalkeepers we have almost none of them are guarantees to be here next season. Alisson is arguably the best shot stopper in the world, but Kelleher is better with his feet and seemingly less injury prone. Only time will tell who Slot goes with as his number 1 but I think it's generally accepted amongst the fans that Alisson is as untouchable as it gets in our squad. He's that good when he is fit that he arguably walks into any team on earth. We've seen at Manchester City and Arsenal though that this is a position new managers will quite often use to put down a marker, especially if they believe in building up attacks from the back.

There is then a bit of a free for all amongst the other 5, as somebody among them could fancy their chances at becoming 3rd choice. After all, Kelleher started as 3rd choice and ended up muscling Adrian aside to become the primary back up. Jaros is probably the most first team ready having just won the Austrian League and Cup double with Sturm Graz. He may even fancy himself as the 2nd choice goalkeeper if Kelleher were to move on. However Marcelo Pitaluga was regarded as the top goalkeeping talent in South America when we signed him a few years back. Mrozek, Davies and Ojrznyski might fancy their chances but I'd say they're significant underdogs.

Right Back: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Connor Bradley, Calvin Ramsay, Anderson Arroyo

On paper, Trent is the perfect full back for Slot. His ability on the ball will enable him to transition into whatever position is required, whether that is going beyond the winger or coming inside to overload the midfield. Trent is a supreme footballer and the only reason he wouldn't be starting at right back next season, would be if he was starting in midfield.

Bradley will certainly be hoping Trent moves into midfield because he is as ready as you can be to kick on and become a first team regular. In fact at one point last season he was the best player on the pitch for us over a sustained run of games. I think he is a better 1v1 defender than Trent as well.

Ramsay is similar in profile to Trent, and should also thrive in a team where he is asked to be heavily involved in the build up to the attacking phase. His issue is his fitness and that might just be what results in him eventually moving on. Poor kid just can't catch a break.

Arroyo really should just be sold now. Most people probably forgot he was still a Liverpool player!

Centre Back: Virgil van Djik, Jarrell Quansah, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, Sepp van den Berg, Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams, Billy Koumetio, Amara Nallo

It probably goes without saying that the skipper will be here next season. It seems unlikely that Slot would come in and move on such an influential compatriot, who still has so much to offer at the highest level. I'd be amazed if Virgil doesn't start the first game of next season with the armband on.

His partner is much harder to call. Quansah and Konate will both fancy their chances and it could easily be either of them. I personally prefer Quansah but Konate's recovery pace is quite incredible at times so if Slot wants to press really high, that might be a deciding factor.

In with an outside shot would be Gomez and van den Berg. They both offer great recovery pace too but also a little bit more positional versatility than Konate which may be important in Slot's fluid tactical approach. Both these players will also be wary though that they could find themselves replaced. Gomez hasn't played consistently well at centre back for nearly half a decade and van den Berg has no Premier League experience. I'd personally like to see Sepp given a chance and Gomez moved on, but there is no doubt Slot will assess them in pre-season and make his own judgements. If he doesn't have faith in either of them we'll need to sign a new centre back.

Phillips, Williams and Koumetio should all be moved on. They're neither mobile enough nor are they good enough technically for the highest level. Aside from Phillips, they've not even impressed on loan at a much lower level of football. As for Nallo, he's still just a kid and we might see him named on the bench again next season but it's extremely unlikely he'll make a dent on the starting line-up any time soon.

Left Back: Andy Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas, Owen Beck, Luke Chambers, Calum Scanlon, James Norris, Adam Lewis

Robertson might be slowing down but he's still way out ahead of the other options at left back. Don't be surprised if he is still first choice next season. His energy to pop up in places he has no right to be is something Slot is likely to really value.

Tsimikas on the other hand could be in for a testing time. He is a very one dimensional left back who just runs in straight lines and never truly looks in control of his own feet. His defensive work rate and set piece delivery is very good, but with so many good young left backs coming up in his rear view mirror, he should be concerned.

Of those young left backs there are two clear standouts. You have Beck who is very much like Robertson and loves to play on the front foot. His ball carrying ability is similar to Robbo's and he has a very clean technique. The other is Chambers, who is less direct than Beck but probably more tactically astute meaning he is able to play in midfield and at centre back. On paper both of these players have attributes Slot will like, so it could be a straight shoot out between them for game time.

Scanlon probably probably needs a loan similar to those that have benefitted Chambers and Beck. Norris and Lewis really should be looking to move on though. There are younger and better players ahead of them in the pecking order and it would be some turnaround for 24 year old Lewis to forge out an Anfield career from here.

Defensive Midfield: Wataru Endo, Stefan Bajcetic, James McConnell, Tyler Morton, Luca Stephenson

Endo has been a superb signing for us, but at 31 years old he is not a long term solution here. Bajcetic will be hoping to get back to his best next season but he'll really need to impress in pre-season after so long out injured, if he's going to be relied on next season as a regular. He did play his best football for us in a double pivot with Thiago though, so Slot's system may suit him. Both Endo and Bajcetic both have versatility on their side as well, able to drop in at centre back and also push on as a more orthodox midfielder.

Given our two main options here are over 30 and under 20, I wouldn't be surprised to see us dip into the market, but I'd expect a versatile midfielder with good defensive instincts rather than a specialist number 6 type player.

McConnell had a good breakthrough season, but I'm not sure he's physically ready for the Premier League yet, and the club should look to find him a good Championship loan move. Speaking of which, Morton has really impressed at Hull City and he'll come back in the summer hoping to catch the eye of the new coaches. If he isn't seen as a genuine option for us though, he has at least earned himself a good move. As for Stephenson, he'll be looking to go on loan again to a team at a slightly higher level than League 2 Barrow, so he can further prove himself.

Central Midfield: Alexis Mac Allister, Ryan Gravenberch, Curtis Jones, Bobby Clark, Dominic Corness, Trey Nyoni, Tom Hill

Mac Allister is likely to really thrive in Slot's system. It's all about quick passing through the lines and he is probably our best player at doing just that. I expect him to be a mainstay in the side either further forward getting into the box or in the double pivot playing a key role in the build up.

Another player who likes to play through the lines is Gravenberch. He's probably the best player in the squad at receiving the ball on the half turn and drawing fouls from the opposition. He needs to improve his decision making after he does turn out, but the ability is there.

It pains me to write this, but it could really be last chance saloon for Jones. He's got to stay fit next year. On paper his ability to keep possession by playing simple and using his deceptive strength to shield the ball could be a big asset in a slower build up phase. He lacks the confidence to really try incisive actions on the pitch though, and that will only come back from playing regularly.

I'm also looking forward to seeing Clark kick on. He is another who loves taking the ball under pressure and making clever movements into space. I wouldn't be surprised to see him utilised even more regularly under Slot as he can also push into the frontline and make aggressive runs beyond the forwards.

In terms of some lesser known options here, Corness has had a decent loan in Switzerland without really making any headlines, but I'm not convinced he'll play is way into the first team thoughts. Hill is in a similar situation to Lewis where younger players have simply surpassed him, and he'll likely need to move on. Nyoni is the one who could really make an impact in the future, but he's still so young that we're only likely to see cameos next season, even if he is a very exciting prospect.

Attacking Midfield: Dominik Szoboszlai, Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, James Balagizi

Szoboszlai really needs to rediscover his early season form next year. Towards the back end of the season he saw himself completely outshone by Elliott. In fact Elliott will be gutted the season ended when it did because he was flying and if he carries that into next season, Slot won't be able to ignore him. Both these players are relentless in terms of their pressing though so I can easily see them being rotated and both having a big influence as Slot's main options in the number 10 role.

Carvalho had a very good loan spell at Hull City in the second half of the season after failing to make any impact at RB Leipzig earlier in the season. He has a penchant for scoring from the edge of the area and that can be a useful trait in a team that utilises a slower build up play, as it draws players out of position to close you down if they know you've got the ability to score from 20 yards out. Attitude and work rate are what might hold him back, though a new regime might motivate him to try and save his Liverpool career.

Balagizi on the other hand probably won't be saving his Liverpool career. He had a very patchy time out on loan at Wigan, which resulted in him being recalled and sent to Kilmarnock instead. He did nothing of note at either club so the Premier League is probably well beyond him.

Right Wing: Mohamed Salah, Ben Doak, Kaide Gordon, Melkamu Frauendorf

A decision has got to be made on Salah. He's still the most effective right winger in the world when you look at his goal and assist return, but his overall impact on games is clearly on the wane. He probably needs to retire from International football because the AFCON kills his season every time. Either that or he needs to accept being rotated and not throw a tantrum on the touchline when he does get rested. I personally hope he signs a 1 year extension and stays because next year will be hard enough for Slot without having to try and replace 40 goals and assists.

Doak and Gordon will both have their eyes on featuring more next season. Gordon has just signed a new deal and after a torrid time with injury, he'll be hoping to get back to the form that saw Derby coaches claim he was the best 16 year old in the country. Doak will hoping to get on the plane for Scotland this summer and maybe that is just the confidence boost he needs to bounce back quickly from his knee injury. They both need to add more end product to their games though. I still think it is likely Elliott will be used here when Salah is not available, but I won't completely rule out these two very talented young individuals.

I think we probably can rule out Frauendorf though. He is 20 now and he's just never really lived up to expectations. Hopefully he gets a good loan move to try and reignite his career. He was very highly thought of just two years ago and I'm not really sure what happened.

Centre Forward: Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Jayden Danns

Darwin, the enigma and bringer of chaos. Have we ever had a more frustrating player? I really hope Slot and his staff can help Nunez discover some composure. His pace and instincts make him impossible to defend against on his day, and most defenders are left just hoping he misses the target. Unfortunately he normally obliges! It's unlikely he's leaving so we will need to get behind him again as he is definitely a confidence player.

As for Jota, he's the complete opposite. He lacks the pace to get into the positions Nunez does, but when he does he is as cool as a cucumber. He doesn't just hit the target, he hits the corners. The elephant in the room of course, is he seems incapable of playing more than half a season. Worth keeping purely because the half a season he does play he bags 15-20 goals. He's ultimately just as frustrating as Nunez but for a totally different reason.

Lastly we have Danns who came out of nowhere and became an instant fan favourite with his ruthless double in the FA Cup. He looks like he has the eye for goal and to be honest, when the team was struggling for goals at the back end of the season, I think it was a mistake not to trust him more. I'm really hoping he gets chances this season because he looks a real talent.

Left Wing: Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz, Lewis Koumas

Gakpo will be really looking forward to next season. Slot's assistant manager is Sipke Hulshoff, who's been heavily involved with the Dutch national team for several years. As many of you will know, they have built the national team around getting the best out of Gakpo. So expect him to become a very key player going forward, maybe even the main man up front. He looked good towards the end of the season alternating with Diaz between the Left Wing and Centre Forward roles.

Speaking of Diaz, Is he finally going to get his dream move to Barcelona? It seems they both want it to happen. If that is the case, then it's a case of 'wish him luck and move on' because he is certainly not irreplaceable. In fact, Gakpo is younger and arguably the more effective of the two anyway. We'd get good money back to sign a replacement as well.

Koumas definitely isn't ready for regular senior football from what we saw this season. He needs to bulk up. However he did show he has an eye for goal. Deflected or not, he found the space and got the shot away to force the error. Maybe a loan would do him good, or another year with the u21's.

Conclusion: This is going to be a very good season!

Slot has a huge squad of players to evaluate this summer and it isn't ideal that there is a major tournament that will hamper his assessments and preparations. However for some of the younger lads, it will be a big opportunity to impress him whilst the senior players are off competing internationally.

Ultimately we're probably going to need another back up goal keeper if Kelleher leaves, a versatile defender who can play in a fluid back line to bolster our options there, a midfielder comfortable in a double pivot to replace Thiago, and a winger who can operate on either flank if Diaz or Salah do move on. Other than that it's less about what we need, and more about whether Slot wants to make any radical changes.

The squad's been left in a really healthy state by Jurgen Klopp and his team. There is so much young talent here that some might not even get a chance. It's also great for the club that very few players are in decline following the departures of Adrian, Matip and Thiago. Salah and Robertson are probably the only ones who look anywhere close to dropping off, as Alisson, Virgil and Endo all look like they have years left in the tank.

In the end, it was probably good that Klopp stuck around to oversee the major midfield rebuild, because now we're only 3 or 4 players away from turning that 3rd place finish into a proper title challenge. It's given Slot the opportunity to hit the ground running and I believe he can bring us silverware right from the off.


1.) 27 May 2024 15:23:00
Cracking post ??.


2.) 27 May 2024 17:27:09
Thanks Reusch. My missus would say this post is proof that I’ll do anything to get out of folding laundry. I better crack on with that now as she’s currently chopping vegetables quite aggressively ?.


3.) 27 May 2024 17:28:41
You know you’ve been on the site too long when you know who the poster is before you get to the bottom!

Good post MK - you’re always good for the detail, I agree with a lot of that!


4.) 27 May 2024 17:29:03
Adam that took me 6 hours to read it but well worth it??????.


5.) 27 May 2024 17:36:44
If we’re going for another “versatile midfielder who can play defensive midfield” then we’re just throwing another year away. Was painfully obvious too many times last year that we’re a soft touch in the middle, playing Trent and another midfielder who isn’t a defensive midfielder isn’t going to solve that.

That said, I think Slot will prove a good appointment, he seems a good communicator and is a very progressive coach, although I can’t see us making the changes needed to fix what went wrong this season and I can’t see us doing enough to catch City. City will win again at a cantor and hopefully it’ll be Guardiola’s last year in the premier league. Personally, I think top four and a domestic cup is about as good as we can manage. We’re far better than the likes of Spurs, Chelsea, Villa, Newcastle etc, but very far short of Arsenal and City, the table doesn’t lie.


6.) 27 May 2024 17:40:06
Have you considered a career in journalism mk a post of them detailed is good enough for a newspaper or football collmist my fingers hurted from reading it thank you sir.


7.) 27 May 2024 17:42:58
MKS, love you to bits BUT I ain't reading all that, lan.


8.) 27 May 2024 18:18:32
MK. Nice one. Seems like I’m the only one who thinks the squad is actually quite weak and needs 4 signings in the transfer window
In my opinion, the brilliance of Jurgan Klopp got us third last season and it’ll struggle under Slot exactly the way it is now.


9.) 27 May 2024 18:19:51
MK great post mate agreed with all of it thank you.


10.) 27 May 2024 19:21:50
MK. I had to clear my schedule to get through that. Just kidding mate. Cracking read!


11.) 27 May 2024 19:23:42
Can’t read all that but Alisson is guaranteed to be the number 1 keeper.


12.) 27 May 2024 19:38:38
Great post, with regards to Tyler Morton, I think he will be the clubs breakthrough player next season and will force his way into the starting XI in the latter half of the campaign. That's IF, the club converts to a double pivot in midfield.

As Jurgen himself said of Morton, "when he grows into a man, what a player we will have"


13.) 27 May 2024 20:03:51
MK love the length, effort and detail. One thing I can't agress with is Kelleher better than Alisson with his feet? How many assists does Alisson have over the years pinging 50 yard balls to the front 3. He is best in the world for far more than just shot stopping.


14.) 27 May 2024 20:08:05
Great post MK. Keep them coming.


15.) 27 May 2024 21:20:15
Great effort there. I agree with most of that. As things stand as they are ie keep same team I believe we will finish 3rd next season with around 75 points.


16.) 27 May 2024 21:30:40
Cheers all. Don’t blame anyone who didn’t read it all. I fully lost track of the length.

I’ve only ever written for a few fan sites for free, colonel. I think you have to be very talented to make good money from it and I’m just a passionate Liverpool fan, which is miles off being a skilled journalist! To be honest I enjoy just writing posts on here. I honestly like the interaction more than the writing and I don’t need the stress of a second job!


17.) 27 May 2024 21:50:13
Ky I stopped reading at “Mk love the length”.


18.) 27 May 2024 22:15:21
Finally just got around to reading that, great post MK thanks!


19.) 28 May 2024 03:58:46
Cracking post @MK except for the very first sentence. I got a picture of Roy Hodgson in my head and thought it was a case of a new lease of mediocrity with him. Other than that the rest was a really good read.


 

 

27 May 2024 11:57:05
Last few days I've been reading a lot about Slot and watching tactical analysis videos and I've got to say his system is so fluid it's damn near impossible to pigeon hole. The level of detail he goes to in training must be incredible. I think our players will need to be very open minded to pull it off. I wouldn't even be surprised if Slot really leans into using the younger players and brings in quite a few of his own boys because those with Klopp/ Lijnders ways embedded as second nature over 6-8 years of coaching might really struggle to adapt.

Feyenoord were bottom of the pile for switches of play last season, something that is almost a trademark of Klopp's Liverpool side. Trent to Robbo and vice versa has become a common thing to see several times a game. Might see less of Virgil pinging it out to Salah too, as Feyenoord were 2nd bottom for long passes. The pressing nature looks similar even though they tend to press more through the centre to send opposition teams out wide. The build up phase is chalk and cheese to what we've been watching under Klopp though.

With regards to that build up play, it's amazing just how fluid and interchangeable the roles in the team are. Some of you may remember I shared the thoughts of a Feyenoord fan a few weeks ago but I think he possibly gave a quite simplistic explanation. Slot does definitely seem to prefer his 4-2-3-1 formation but it actually seems to shift to a 2-3-2-3 or a 3-2-5 formation in possession. It even looks like a rush keeper at times to make it a 3-3-2-3! Strangely, there is no real consistency in which players invert into which roles. To such an extent it is reminiscent of the old school Dutch model of 'Total Football' where almost every player is expected to be able to fill in, in nearly any position. The only thing that is consistently noticeable is that there are always 5 players with total attacking freedom, and 5 players setting aggressive traps to break up counter attacks high up the pitch. I've honestly never seen anything so detailed. It probably goes beyond what Pep's doing at City even. Slots either going to be a genius or a madman.

You can catch moments where both full backs are inverted to make a midfield 3 leaving 2 at the back, there are moments where a couple of the midfielders go beyond the striker to make a front 5, moments where 1 full back inverts and the rest of the defence form a back 3, moments where the goal keeper is actually 40 yards off his line to make a back 3 so the midfield is completely overloaded, moments where both full backs go high and wide triggering the wingers to invert into midfield and the midfielders to drop into defence etc.

This is going to be mental. Strap in lads.


1.) 27 May 2024 12:35:30
Mental indeed mate, thanks for a such a detailed post on him because I have no bloody idea about him. Have a good day mate!


2.) 27 May 2024 12:48:46
Or maybe Slot didn’t have the world class players to switch play at Feyenoord and now could use the ability of Trent and Virgil to do so.


3.) 27 May 2024 12:50:24
It’s basically a Pep tactic the cancelo version rather than stones, wing back goes to defence midfield and defence midfield roams forward creating a box with two wingers and central striker something like this in attacking phases is what I think we will look like

Allison
Quansah vvd pacho
Trent macalister
Salah koopemeners szob gakpo
Jota
And a basic 4231 in defensive transition, gigantic difference in style of play with the ball slow tempo short passing can the players adapt but the same out of possession if not more aggressive.


4.) 27 May 2024 13:15:48
Thanks for the info MK. I like most on here have no clue about slot or his tactics so thanks mate.


5.) 27 May 2024 13:28:26
Getting us to defend with more aggression and pride should be no.1 priority.


6.) 27 May 2024 13:40:54
Cheers for that interesting read mk. Much appreciated mate.


 

 

20 May 2024 13:21:46
I would not be surprised to see us use natural CB's at full back next season under Slot. Arsenal do with White/ Timber and City do with Gvardiol/ Ake/ Akanji. Even Walker is very happy to sit back and actually played in a back 3 for England for several years due to his unadventurous style. I've often said on here that it is the key difference why it works for them and not us.

When a defender steps out to give you the numerical advantage in the midfield it leaves you short/ narrow at the back and City and Arsenal both get around this lack of defensive width by having more defensively solid (or just less adventurous) players in at least one of the full back positions, allowing them to seamlessly morph into a back 3 at times but also let especially Gvadriol or White push on as well in the right moments.

I'd not be at all surprised to see players like Konate, Quansah, Sepp VdB if he returns, Gomez if he stays, Pacho if he signs etc starting at right/ left back. I just don't think you can have Trent moving into midfield AND Robertson bombing on past Diaz every time. It left Virgil and Matip/ Konate far too much to do as they were having to try and get across to cover right back whilst also hoping Robbo could track back quicker than their winger could break forward (which he's been struggling with more and more as he ages) .

The year we won the league with Trent and Robbo both bombing on we had Virgil and Gomez both pre-knee-injury and they were absolute speed demons who could cover the whole width of the pitch very well even if Trent and Robbo were slow to track back. At times you could even leave them 2 vs 3 and Virgil was good enough to make it work. However Trent also going high and wide pushed back their wingers on both sides so Gomez and Virgil had more protection as long as Robbo and Trent followed their wingers back. Trent going into midfield doesn't drag the winger back with him, so poor Konate/ Matip have been having to stand up left wingers on the regular and try and the defend the middle of the pitch also.

I think using CB's at full back more often is the next step in the evolution of our team if Slot wants to bring his inverted full back style over with him. Time may totally prove me wrong, but it's where I personally see the gap in the system as we have deployed it.


1.) 20 May 2024 14:12:25
Whilst I don;t completely disagree I do think that it far more complicated than that.

At our peak, Trent and Robbo pretty much played as wingers leaving our 2 CB as the only defenders and we had a fantastic defensive record. This wasn't just down to their pace, there were several other factors:

1. We kept the ball far better. We didn't give up possession easily like we do now with slow play and sloppy passes.
2. When we did give the ball away we had the best front 3 in the world at winning back possession with the high press. Very often when we lost possession we immediately won it back without the opposition having the chance to attack.
3. All of our midfielders were ball winning midfielders. If they got past the front 3 the midfield would often win back the ball. Our current midfield lack this in abundance.
4. We had peak Fabinho who could offer unrivalled protection to our defence or drop into defence to make a back 3.

I would love to see a return to this kind of football so for me I would love to see a world class DM brought in (if there are any out there? ) and see Trent and Robbo go back to being full on wing backs. I also think it would see Nunez thrive with balls crossed into the box rather than trying to play intricate passes through 2 narrow banks of 4 that the opposition have put on the edge of their box.


2.) 20 May 2024 14:12:57
Sounds like something we were trying to implement anyway given we were linked to Colwill, Inacio, Theate or Hincapie - all LCBs adept at playing LB - last summer.

We even had Robbo shuffling inside at the start of the season to make a back three which seems to be working ok until his injury. Then Tsimikas and Gomez were playing that way while Robbo was out.

Honestly, I don't know what to think of it. Current Premier League coaches are obsessed with this press-baiting/ foot-on-ball tedium and I feel like attacking football is suffering as a result. We are fawning over defenders than can step into midfield and make progressive passes and whining about the output of our forwards. We are a team and fanbase that thrives on energy and momentum and this style of football dampens that.


3.) 20 May 2024 14:27:55
MK amazingly we had 3 Centre backs playing on quite a few occasions this season in Gomez at full back.

But more often than not he was the one chosen to invert rather than defend.


4.) 20 May 2024 14:33:19
Either that or we by a top class DM and ask him to provide better protection for our defense. Endo been a great stop gap but we need a better player in there if we are going to carrying on playing with attacking full backs.


5.) 20 May 2024 15:42:55
Don't see the problem with Endo. he done really well. even if we buy a top class DM . he can't play every game . n Endo is suited there more than any other player we've got.


6.) 20 May 2024 17:49:25
In my eyes when we played really well with klops 1st team, fabinio dropped in pretty much between our centre backs spreading the defensive load while Trent and robbo broke assist records.


7.) 20 May 2024 18:45:34
All good points in the replies. Either way seems like we all agree we found a balance between attack and defence in our old system and I think we can all agree we haven’t really had that same balance for a while and especially since Trent’s been inverting. Slot might decide to go a different way, but if he does stick to an inverted full back, how we rediscover that balance will be the key.


8.) 20 May 2024 19:25:03
Fully agree with your oh post MK. I don't like this inverted fullbacks system but if we are going with it we need to get rid of our traditional fullbacks and bring in adaptable multi positional players that fit the system like City i. e one out and out defender that is a rock (Dias) one CB that steps into midfield (Stones) and two adaptable defenders that can play fullback and CB on either side like Akanji and Ake. Much prefer that system to our inverted full back one and I actually think we already have the players to do it. VVD is the rock, Bajcetic could be the CB that steps into midfield as he has always been a CB at youth level and broke through as a DM. Gomez and Sepp VDB can play the wider roles then move Trent into a double midfield pivot. That's what I'd do anyway but hey what do I know. Excited to find out!
Sign me up when Slot gets sacked Henry!


9.) 20 May 2024 19:49:40
"Trent going into midfield doesn't drag the winger back with him, so poor Konate/ Matip have been having to stand up left wingers on the regular and try and the defend the middle of the pitch also. "


MKS, this was the first problem I saw with the inverted situation and that was when we played Spurs where Jota scored the winning goal. I could not believe the gaps we were leaving behind and I was asking myslef, "Is anyone else seeing these probs. or is it just me? ". Well, thankfully it wasn't cos many on here (including Ed01) have said the same thing (s) and do not like this system.

That being said, a guy like Sepp (or his profile) is the best guy here (as Ed01 proposed) cos he is capable of playing RB and RCB and wingback hence, he can defend out wide in space as a CB or RB. Now sill he start? I don't think so and frankly, I don't see him being kept BUT to me, that is the type of profile we should be looking at in the CB position cos Slot will invert, whether I like it or not.


 

 

16 May 2024 08:21:18
One of my biggest regrets in my life is not watching the 4-0 against Barcelona. I couldn't be bothered to walk to the pub because I didn't believe we'd do it. So instead I just had it on the Talksport radio app on my phone. By the time I realised something special was happening it was too late to get to the pub in time.

Since then I've watched every single televised game regardless of how unlikely victory looked. Klopp made me a believer. Even this season I couldn't fully let go of the league until it was mathematically impossible because I know what the man is capable of masterminding. I broke my arm the morning of the 2022 Carabao Cup final and I practically begged the hospital to discharge me because I knew I was going to miss a special moment if I didn't get home in time.

Klopp will be sorely missed. Legend is thrown around too easily nowadays so the word doesn't really carry the weight Klopp deserves. He's not a legend, he's more than that. He's a phenomenon, a giant and an icon. Every superlative you can throw at him, he deserves them all. I'm gutted that his time here has fizzled out because for what he's made us feel he deserved to go out with a bang. Sunday is going to be very emotional.


1.) 16 May 2024 08:46:36
What a post mate, excellent - always enjoy your posts keep them coming MK. Have a good day mate.


2.) 16 May 2024 09:46:30
Oh Captain, my Captain.

Great post, Adam.


3.) 16 May 2024 10:19:25
It will feel v strange after sunday klopp not being manager. i've dreaded this day for a while but I think it right decision now for him, when he said he running out of energy it clearly the truth, looks a tired man.
Such a brillant man no.1 and a brillant football manager no.2. I will never forget my pride walking into work to place of utd supporters after the 4-0,5-0 and 7-0 games, it had for most part of my lfc supporting life always been other way about, me hiding from them!
Jurgen said it not what people of u coming in its what they think of u going out. never have i heard a truer statement and i certainly couldn't think any more of him as he prepares to leave.


4.) 16 May 2024 10:56:36
Wait, you didn't watch that Barcelona game live, MKS? Seriously, I was like you. I didn't believe it either going in BUT I watched it cos I wanted to see what we would do, NOT that I thought we would play the way we played and win the way we did. Boy, I still have shivers watching the highlights of that game cos I remember how I felt in real time whenever I watched those moments again.

As for the Carabao Cup, you're a soldier, man. I can imagine how much pain you must have been on that day and you fought to watch the game cos you knew there could be one of those moments like the Barcelona one you could regret. And as I said after that final and esp. the way we won it, that is Klopp's greatest achievement, IMO and that's saying a lot considering the legendary stuff he had done prior.

As for Klopp, I've run out of words to depict his time here. IMO, Klopp essentially taught us that we can change our fortunes drastically, magnificently IF we are ready to work for it, fight for it, keep our eyes on the prize IF you believe. He turned us from "Doubters to Believers" ONLY cos WE believed. If we didn't believe and stay the course, none of this happens. Klopp is Shankly-esque for a reason.


5.) 16 May 2024 11:28:46
I feel your pain, MK. I declined a ticket for £30, cus I couldn't be bothered.


6.) 16 May 2024 12:25:13
Oli, I was so mad at myself after that it was about 2 days later when I was finally excited about us making the final. I was still following it in real time, but radio isn't the same.

The broken arm story is just ridiculous, I don't know what I was thinking. I snapped my elbow the wrong way trying to do a bicycle kick on the Sunday morning and landing completely wrong. Doctors told me I needed to wait to be anaesthetised to have it put back in the socket as there was also a fracture/ ligament damage so it would be too painful. I begged them for an hour until they gave me liquid morphine, gas and air and then found a doctor who was prepared to try it with me awake. Took a team of 2 doctors and 3 nurses several attempts but eventually it went back in. I was literally crying in pain and fully passed out when it clicked back into place. They got me discharged just 30 minutes before kick off and my Dad was waiting outside in the car! I had surgery 2 weeks later for them to fit a radial head replacement and a synthetic lateral collateral ligament ?

Rome1977 that is sickening mate, I'm gutted for you. I'd rather break my arm again than have to live with that regret!


7.) 16 May 2024 12:53:17
I’ll watch every game no matter how bad it seems, even the Hodgson six months. Not judging you though, just saying that for me I might as well put myself through it as it might turn out ok. Always have in my mind that we do seem to upset odds occasionally.


8.) 16 May 2024 13:49:14
I still watch highlights of the 4-0 against Barcelona and I still get emotional. When Origi scored I didn't celebrate, I just sat stunned and said to my Mrs "they've done it". I suppose I feared that they still had time to score but the looks on the faces of Messi, Suarez etc should have told me they were beaten.
My lad didn't watch football at the time but he regularly does the commentary from the fourth goal.
"They've caught Barcelona napping! "
I think the commentary team was napping, as well ?.
Fantastic night!

Klopp will be a loss to the PL not just Liverpool. A massive character and he will be a huge loss.


9.) 16 May 2024 13:51:05
Fine and emotive words MK ??. Something about our club is that I always feel we can turn deficits round ; Istanbul when I jumped off my sofa that high I put my fists through the ceiling; the 4-0 against Barcelona where as a 54 year old I cried uncontrollablly like a baby! I expected us to overturn Atalanta but that loss to that manure rubbish in the FA Cup was the start of the demise! So wished to send our Glorious Inspitational leader off into the football sunset with some trophies. I’m even looking forward to getting battered in the Wolves end at Anfield on Sunday if my pal swings a ticket! The void this man will leave cannot even be measured until after Sunday BUT we will all get behind Slot, Edwards, Ward and Hughes and we will go again! ??YNWA.


10.) 16 May 2024 14:09:49
Love those stories Rigsby and Schultzy ??

VV worst thing is I was the same. I even used to stream all the 3pm kick offs. Like I say, I’ll regret that decision forever. Feel like I robbed myself of the greatest moment of Klopp’s tenure.


11.) 16 May 2024 15:52:11
Wow, you guys must have lived very virtuous lives if missing a football match is one of your biggest regrets. I think I need to revisit my life choices again ???.


12.) 16 May 2024 16:09:25
Not sure people will believe me, but I had an inkling we'd do something against Barcelona. Simply because we were having a great season in terms of results, but City were a point in front and didn't look like dropping any. So I just felt that it's rare that football is quite so cruel that a club would play as well as we had for a whole year and be rewarded with nothing.

Still hit the bloody ceiling when Wijnaldum equalised and then went right through it when Origi put us in front, mind.


13.) 16 May 2024 16:39:42
MK, went up to the away game at a Chelsea a while back, we got battered 3-0 and Westerveld scored possibly the worst own goal I’ve ever seen (even worse than Traore’s back heel), stayed til the bitter end. Phoned my missus up, told her we were going to stay on in London and drown our sorrows,

I was booking a hotel and I’d see her the next day at some point with a horrible hangover. (Also texted my boss to tell him I’d a dose of the squits so couldn’t go in to work on Monday, dragged that out until the end of the week) she’s also seen the own goal too and totally understood. I can assure you that I got, very, very drunk that evening.


14.) 16 May 2024 17:04:26
As someone who needs specs/ glasses to watch games, I thought my eyes had finally given up on me when Divvy hit it top bins. That's how unbelieveable it was. What a finish that was.


15.) 16 May 2024 16:43:47
I was on 12 hour nights on a shutdown in Runcorn on the night of the Barca game and had no radio or TV to watch it or listen to. any way at 8pm I was stood down while some other work being carried out.

so I went in to a mess room where there were two Geordies and they had a laptop and they said all right scouse, are you an Evertonian? I won't say what my reply was, but they said we're going on site, do you want to watch it on laptop? and they said can't see you pulling this game around, but here it is set up for the match. they came back just at the end of the game to find me dancing on the table screaming Liverpool, Liverpool.

they said they could hear me screaming and shouting from where they were. that is the reason i love the Newcastle fans. What a night i will never forget it I thought St Etienne was unbeatable but that beat that hands down.


16.) 16 May 2024 17:17:07
I was there. It felt like we had already won with the coach welcoming. It was one of those anfield nights where it felt like something special was happening again.


 

 

 

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Teddy, DM is arguably his 3rd position as well. He’d played about 5 games there before this season. CM is his main position and going into this season, AM was considered his secondary position. Remarkable how consistently good he is in each role. Just a top class all rounder.


 

 

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27 May 2024 16:16:23
Good player Ederson. Reminds me a bit of the Spurs old boy, Moussa Dembele. Very powerful and composed player. Huge factor in them winning the Europa league. He and Koopmeiners just physically bully everyone they face. Would happily take either of them at Liverpool.


 

 

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27 May 2024 11:58:45
Shame Ed002, but i suspect he'd be well out of our price range anyway. I'd hazard a guess the Geordies will want North of £100m!

{Ed002's Note - He has a release clause that is set to end on June 30 so Newcastle can avoid P&S issues - but he is not moving to Liverpool.}


 

 

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27 May 2024 11:19:41
Looking at all the reports today after Leeds failed to gain promotion, it seems Summerville is very much the favourite to sign for us if Diaz does go. Apparently Slot is a big fan. At least we have Gakpo and Jota who can play LW in case there is a long bedding in period.

{Ed002's Note - Crysencio Summerville (RW/LW) Leeds have no interest in selling but his agent is looking for a step up and speaking with clubs about him - he has certainly approached Chelsea and Spurs and I suspect others. Bayer Leverkusen have spoken directly with Leeds. Agent is close to Aston Villa and the City Football Group. Any move will likely depend on promotion being gained or not and now a move seems like even though Leeds will look for a new contract. I am not aware of Liverpool making any approach yet but I understand Slot is a fan of the youngster from advice given to him by Sipke Hulshoff - who knows him well. If he were to replace Salah, there has to be an element of risk but he may become first choice.}


 

 

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27 May 2024 11:13:42
Bruno. G would be an excellent signing. He's the exact kind of multifunctional midfielder that thrives in a double pivot. He's way too good to not be playing European football so Newcastle will do extremely well to keep hold of him. He'll be looking at the fact he turns 27 next season and starting to question if he has the time on his side to wait for Newcastle to reach the top table.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool has no interest in him.}


 

 

 

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28 May 2024 16:08:44
I think the Dutch players could all end up doing well under Slot, given his philosophy is an adaptation of the Dutch 'Total Football' model. That model is still the foundation for Dutch football today and therefore something the likes of Gakpo, Virgil, Gravenberch and Sepp vdB will all have grown up around. Gravenberch in particular was a product of the Ajax academy where 'Total Football' has been ingrained throughout the club for decades.

{Ed025's Note - but sometimes that total football ethic does not always fit with the pace of the premiership MK, you dont get time on the ball like you do in Holland mate and thats why players like Donny VDB etc were like fish out of water, just my opinion of course..


 

 

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28 May 2024 15:37:33
gmil, strange isn't it. Musialowski actually won our goal of the season a few years back for a goal right out of the Messi copybook. I think physically he never really bulked up and was finding it hard to even make a consistent impact even on u21's football, so that's probably the main reason why he's being let go.

There are a few reports that Lijnders wants to take him to RB Salzburg, so hopefully he'll have a decent little career over in Austria.


 

 

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28 May 2024 14:08:14
He's very good playing out from the back though Rome and also still incredibly young for a keeper at 21 years old. With better players and coaches to learn from in training, and also less pressure on his goal when he does play, I think you'd see a lot less mistakes from him. The raw ability is there to see, and he's one of the best penalty stoppers I've seen in a long time.

It's a fair point though mate, as Trafford's not ready to be starting regularly and Alisson is quite unreliable in terms of fitness.

{Ed077's Note - Kelleher to Trafford is a big downgrade I'd say. Surely one of the young academy lads is half decent such that you don't have to throw money for Trafford


 

 

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28 May 2024 10:45:09
I’d take Trafford as a Kelleher replacement. Homegrown and still a good young keeper. Wouldn’t want him as first choice, but as back up he’s similar in level to Ortega, Ramsdale etc.

We’re incredibly lucky to have a keeper as good as Kelleher as back up. It’s unlikely to happen again for some time at any Prem club because top keepers don’t move to sit on the bench. Kelleher just happened to come through our academy, but it’s only a matter of time before he looks at his situation a realises he deserves more.


 

 

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27 May 2024 21:30:40
Cheers all. Don’t blame anyone who didn’t read it all. I fully lost track of the length.

I’ve only ever written for a few fan sites for free, colonel. I think you have to be very talented to make good money from it and I’m just a passionate Liverpool fan, which is miles off being a skilled journalist! To be honest I enjoy just writing posts on here. I honestly like the interaction more than the writing and I don’t need the stress of a second job!


 

 





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