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21 May 2018 19:22:31
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21 May 2018 19:22:31
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21 May 2018 19:14:02
Great review ED1,
I wonder how Neymars' team mates feel, when the new manager is already calling him an artist etc. Just massaging his ego even more. Maybe they can roll the red carpet out for him before every match.
Cannot help when Rivaldo is the latest telling Neymar he is too good for PSG.
Thanks.

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{Ed001's Note - I am sure he will be out of there as fast as he can be.}

21 May 2018 17:51:36
Secondly.

Keep up the good work.

Hopefully macca gets his prediction 100% right. I'm sure a million things can happen to make a deal fall through. l and if he is wrong so what.

I remember the William to chelase deal.

Poor old Ian arye was busy booking his aerofloat ticket To Russia.

Then we got news spurs had high jacked the deal and we had wasted good money on the plane ticket.

Finally news came in that Chelsea had the player that spurs too. had wasted too.

My point being that the people that make these deals can't give us a definite answer until it's completed.

Any criticism the eds and macca have had is disrespectfull and has really spoiled it for everyone else.

I shall use this site and this site only for transfer news.

Keep up the good work everyone. and let's see who we get.

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21 May 2018 18:09:39
Not to mention poor old odemwingie having to pay for his own petrol.

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21 May 2018 17:45:52
Do i not get things posted now then?

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{Ed001's Note - I don't know do you?}

21 May 2018 18:02:58
Ha, well fair enough. I have sent several through the last couple of days that haven't been posted. I was just wondering if I was on a black list or something.

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21 May 2018 16:38:48
Question for Tris.
In reference to motivation and second winds.
Re: Milner.
As a player, we all know when we have come off the pitch, whether or not we have worked hard.
Milner must know he has, especially in champions league games, I believe he was "randomly" drug tested after the Roma game as he covered twice the distant of any other player. I believe he's doing this to 1. Keep his place in the team and 2. Most importantly, to try and win the gold at the end of the rainbow, in what is realistically his last chance.

So my question is in two parts, once this wave of champions league football the players are riding, ( particularly Milner ) comes to an end, how do you get yourself back to that gut busting, heart wrenching work rate, away to Cardiff at the season opener?!
The second part, once the wave is over and we are 3/ 4 games in to the season, technically not "cup finals", could you see Milner returning to how he used to play under Rodgers in CM?

Thanks.

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{Ed001's Note - no, I don't think it is so much that he is working harder than usual, that is what he has always done, the problem was that he did not have the right system for him to perform to his best before. Klopp has it set up to suit him and it is making him play better. The better he performs, the better he feels mentally, so the more he works. He looks like a player at the peak of his form physically and mentally and loving life.}

21 May 2018 18:18:34
How do you keep yourself at that peak, mentally, when there’s nothing to play for ( basically the first 3 months of a new season ) ? I think things comes your way when you work hard for them on the pitch, and to me right now Milner is our best cm, even if they’re all fit. I’d like him to stay at this peak.

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21 May 2018 18:29:56
Work ethic and professionalism that's how. Guys like Milner and Bobby might have an off day but you can never say they don't give it their all no matter what the competetion is.

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21 May 2018 18:52:37
I think Milner has been our best player throughout the champions league, so consistent and professional. He's arguably playing as good as he ever has right now and after a year at left back has really shown his worth this season.

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21 May 2018 18:59:20
The only motivation I know that could possibly keep you mentally involved in the first 3-4 months of the year, is the knowledge that your (and the team's) performance during that time is the foundation and basis of what will happen for the remainder of the year. That first quarter or third of the year performance dictates where you end up in the Cup competitions, European competition and even the EPL, later in the year. I know most of us function on an immediate reward basis, where we look for an immediate reward for any type of activity, but I guess professionalism demands that you know how "the football season" system works and how it's all about a season long effort, at a consistently high peak level.

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21 May 2018 17:44:59
Summer transfer frenzy.

Firstly I really wanna say massive thanks to all the eds and macca who try their hardest to share information with us.

It sure as hell beats flicking through page after page of nonsense that is written on click bate sites of the summer months.

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21 May 2018 16:01:38
Isn't it crazy the amount of sheer rubbish written on football websites or on newspapers about potential transfers?!

How has there not been a crackdown on it?
It seems to get worse year on year.
Fake news lol!

About 20 to 30 players linked to us already this summer - hilarious really!

Then the newer click bait rubbish such as - "Liverpool tie up 2nd Summer transfer already. " only to see it's an out of contract youth player leaving the club - it's actually quite desperate of these particular websites.

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21 May 2018 16:30:13
I’ve only seen us linked with 2-3 players this summer so if you have seen 20-30 then you must be looking in the wrong places. I’m not sure that the newspapers and websites are the problem, it’s more the gullible people who fall for these transfer stories time and time again.

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21 May 2018 16:51:41
Have a look at the newsnow website. Compiler of headlines and articles from everywhere. Every 15 minutes there's new rubbish or regurgitation of other rubbish. Used to be a good reference some years ago.

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21 May 2018 16:52:18
It's more social media, normally one story can be traced to a single account, but because so many people have shared it it becomes 'fact' and before you know it ends up a 'sky source' just in case it happens to be correct.

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21 May 2018 16:53:57
True Kev, it's barmy mate. I just can't wait till it's done and dusted so we can see who we've signed in total, I hate all the daft rumours.

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21 May 2018 17:41:44
I love all the daft rumours. It's a bit of fun. I wonder how many big transfers have happened that started out as a nonsense rumour but grown and then actually happened. Can anyone think of any?

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21 May 2018 17:49:07
ArAy1969,
That's exactly what I meant mate yeah - Newsnow - it used to be a great help, now it only serves the clickbait purpose.

Smeg Head,
Honestly not sure how you've only read about 2 - 3 players mate.
Butland, Donnanruma, the 2 CBs I can't spell from Newcastle and Burnley :), Nabil Fekir, Brandt, the other winger from Leverkusen, De Vrij, the youth player midfielder from Chelsea, Lemar from Monaco - do you want me to keep going?

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21 May 2018 17:50:18
I’ll save you the aggro, don’t bother with anywhere else bar this mate👍👍.

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21 May 2018 17:53:29
WYred,
You could well be right there mate.
A colleague of mine who has over 1k followers on Twitter put up a rumour last summer that VVD would sign on last day of window and it went wild because he pretended to be a reporter for ESPN i think it was.

I think Melissa Reddy and Paul Joyce are pretty relaible on there and one guy whose name escapes me right now, other than that - I believe when I see.

Obviously the lad Macca and the Editors on here have some inside info too or are psychic at least :)

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21 May 2018 18:04:27
Prince hendo,

Mario Balotelli to LFC is one I reckon mate.

Lfc hopeful,
Been coming here since about 2009 mate, always been a top site, so I agree.

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21 May 2018 18:08:59
I only follow WDS on twitter, you can’t rely on anyone else 🤝.

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21 May 2018 14:26:32
Can I just say without ed02 input into transfers this is going to be a frustratingly crap window. Can completely understand why you're taking this stance but would just like you to know some of us actually appreciate the time you give up to share information with us. That can also be said about the other Ed's but ed02 transfer information is second to none and a select few have spoilt it for the majority and I for one would like to sarcastically thank them for the idiots that they are!

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21 May 2018 15:19:20
Well said, I'd say 95% of the people on here value what the eds say. The other 5% just like ruining things for other people.

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21 May 2018 15:22:16
Unfortunately pegleg there are way to many keyboard warriors in the world. I have never known a site like this one. Unbelievable resource for past present and future Liverpool information.
I remember Empire of the kop. A website with information which you had to pay for and the info was shocking to say the least.
This site is free of charge. Open to all persons to view and wealth of information but yet small minded idiots decide to be abusive when they don’t get the answer they want.
Can imagine there marital state when they don’t get the dinner they asked for or the other half says no when they want to stay in the pub. It’s truly embarrassing.

To all the Ed’s that do input on this site. Please take my gratitude and thanks for all you do.
An absolute pleasure to have you on board and I have been a very long time reader.

YNWA Ed’s.

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21 May 2018 15:37:12
Gazza's ALL the Ed's know that it's only a very small minority of knuckle draggers that piss them off. The rest of us non-knuckle draggers pay homage to the Ed's twice a day during the week and four time's at the weekend.

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21 May 2018 17:01:36
How you got 4 dislikes is beyond me, your correct in everything you say mate. Shame some people ruin it for the rest of us. Let's hope Ed2 can return in the future with reliable transfer info, it was such a kind act before, we can only hope we see it again but completely understand if we don't. I wouldn't.

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21 May 2018 18:11:15
Salad, the dislikes are probably from the muppets causing the problems for the rest of us by pissing the Ed’s off. I sincerely hope Ed002 changes his mind and gives us transfer info as it keeps me sane!

Maybe the Ed’s could just ban the idiots so it doesn’t ruin it for the rest of us? (Please 🙏)

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21 May 2018 13:55:00
Anyone seen the Miguel Delaney (The Independent) tweeting this morning? Someone has been reading this site!

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21 May 2018 15:32:16
Just saw that mate how very original of him.

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21 May 2018 15:48:53
Or he got the same information from the same source.

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21 May 2018 16:18:00
He doesn’t have maccas source Smeg. It’s been proven “reliable “ journalists take this site as “their” info.

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21 May 2018 17:52:23
Benny, first you don’t know Macca’s source, so how can you possibly know Miguel Delaney doesn’t have the same source?
Second where has this been proven? Show me and I will believe you.

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21 May 2018 18:34:32
I know exactly who maccas source is actually, however, it will go to the grave with me I’m afraid.

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21 May 2018 18:36:04
Oh and as for it’s been proven. The Ed’s have put out nonsense stories to see who takes their info, within 24 hours “sky sources” were reporting on the made up story.

You really shouldn’t assume things about people Smeg.

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21 May 2018 18:52:03
So it’s beyond the realms of possibility that Delaney could know the same person? You really shouldn’t assume things about people Benny. I guess your definition of ‘reliable’ journalists and mine differ greatly, I would never call Sky Sports reliable.

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21 May 2018 14:27:38
What's the low down on Fekir guys? I mean style of play etc, not transfer speculation.

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21 May 2018 15:56:13
Skilful, hard working, good vision like a half way between firmino and Coutinho, probs not at either level yet but in terms of style. Would be a good signing will only get better with our frontline in front of him.

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21 May 2018 17:26:47
He is nothing like Firmino. He is a cross breed of Coutinho and Moussa Dembele. Effortless with the ball. His left leg is pure magic.

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21 May 2018 18:27:54
Fekir is a heavier, stronger version of Coutinho. Accomplished dribbler in tight spaces, is moderately fast, and has a magical wand of a left foot. Is very creative and brings the ball up from midfield. Plays on the right wing usually, but used mostly in midfield in the AM position, this year. Very good with free kicks. Will need to adapt his game to Klopp's system because he doesn't track back or press.

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21 May 2018 13:45:36
Despite playing a 4-2-3-1 in our last game, I think Klopp will go back to his trusted 4-3-3 for the UCL Final. And if that is the case, I think a key game-defining matchup will be whom of Milner/ Lallana end up playing against the Kroos and Modric duo. I expect Hendo and Wijnaldum to play a more defensive position and game in relation to Milner/ Lallana, and this player's ability to close down Kroos/ Modric and drive enough through balls to the front 3, will define crucial aspects of the game. The ideal scenario in fact. One has been injured for most of the season, started only one game (Lallana) and is supposedly on the way out. The other (Milner) has put in a hardworking, impactful season and may yet be playing his last game for LFC if he decides to move elsewhere in the summer. Perfect night to be a hero (or zero 😉) .

The other matchup I am very curious about is the Salah/ Marcelo one. Which one of the two will sacrifice his usual game and put in a more defensive effort?

I just can't wait for the game.

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21 May 2018 14:31:53
seeing how Salah is not a defender I would go with Marcelo and this is where the game could be won or lost as his defending is awful at times
I personally think Roberston against Carvajal is a more interesting contest as both like to get forward and both can defend but who will outshine who on the night?

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21 May 2018 14:33:15
Wouldn't want to second guess the specifics of Klopps tactics, but I'd be shocked if he varied from the tactics and setup that got us here. I think the formation change in the final game was partly due to losing Milner for the match but also just trialing things to make sure we had a decent backup plan.

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21 May 2018 14:00:16
Personally I'm hoping it's Milner who starts out of the two. I can't wait to see Salah run rings around Marcelo, he's going to have a field day, I find the thought of it quite hilarious to be honest. Saturday can't come quick enough.

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21 May 2018 15:01:16
Klopp might try and isolate Marcello, and get a one on one with Salah, or he free up Mane, either way, we have a great chance to score a couple of goals,
its how many real madrid score,
but, for me,
I am going for a Liverpool win .

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21 May 2018 15:06:23
Actually hjikle, if we find ourself to be behind at the 60 minute mark, I wouldn't be against going all out for the 4-2-3-1 by taking Wijnaldum off, shifting Milner back to defensive midfield and bringing on Solanke to play ahead of the front 3. Ramos may be their captain but I've seen him lose his head and commit mistakes when unsettled. Solanke may be perfect for it with his aerial ability, or even just be a foil to drag the CBs off and open up spaces for the others.

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21 May 2018 15:38:33
I suspect we’ll go with a 4-3-3 and Hendo, Milner and Gini pressing aggressively in midfield to put pressure on RM and cut out the quality service into their front 3. I also expect Firmino to put a lot of pressure on Casemiro to try trigger turnovers. Any mistakes in possession and we’ll be all over them.

Our biggest danger IMO will be Bale or Ronaldo and those diagonal balls in behind our FBs. The other concern will be if Marcelo and Ronaldo try team up on Trent. How Gini moves across to support him will be critical to preventing Real Madrid getting in behind the defence.

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21 May 2018 15:53:04
Honestly Real Madrid should play a pragmatic and disciplined game, we have struggled against that style all season so they could easily frustrate us and hurt us on the break. Of course with the arrogance and expectance of the whole brand of Real Madrid, they wont.

Klopp will have the players fired up no doubt for a ferocious start on the press. let's hope it doesn't result in something stupid happening due to the over exuberance, particulary Milner and Robbo are a bit susceptible to this. The technical players of Madrid are certainly capable of passing right through our press if they are at the races so it could hurt us. However, they couldn't cope with the superior energy of Bayern, in fact they looked absolutely exhausted so that will be an interesting aspect

Also noteworthy is our performance vs Man City away, for 25 mins they were irresistible in attack, the movement was fantastic and their ability to pick the passes to create the chances they did was equally impressive. We were able at that time to get in the last ditch blocks that were needed, so we do have that in us. Personally I would say that Real are not even close to how City played in that period.

Having said that Madrid have done this before and they do have World Class players who at any second can click together and score. Granted they have been less impressive this season, but the Champions league final may just bring out the best in them.

Now, when Real Madrid attack even Marcelo and Ramos will be in our third of the pitch, they leave an enormous gap between attack and defense so if they can't get the final ball right, or if we are capable of nicking it off them, then the counter will be on. Sadio Mane can glide past any player they have, and I expect that will come into play on the night, but will he make the correct choice in front of goal and put it on a plate for a team mate if he has the chance?

These are the kind of fine margins that can define a final, but I doubt anyone would believe there will only be 1 goal in this. It should be a fine fast paced game thoroughly enjoyable for all unlike the trash served to us by the FAcup final. All I want is for us to leave the game with no regrets, and no atrocious gamechanging decisions by the referee.

Whatever happens it's a good time to be a red. YNWA.

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21 May 2018 16:13:28
Milner will get the nod over Lallana, easy one that.

I suspect salah will be as high up as possible and Marcelo will be ordered to stay back and defend, it would be suicide to let him go off on one of his usual tangents, I don’t think he’s a good defender and will suffer unless someone else is helping out.

I suspect we will have to put the game beyond doubt by the 75th minute though, we tire after that and Madrid will take full advantage by pushing everyone forward near the end.
I can’t see us surviving extra time if it goes that far, Madrid will pop up with a goal, we need to hit them hard and hit them fast from the first minute and keep going then defend like crazy in the last 15 mins.

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21 May 2018 16:48:19
Agreed Mikey. The best thing that could happen to us is what has worked for us throughout the UCL campaign - come out of the blocks fast, put in at least 1 or 2 into the back of the net in the first 30 minutes, then have the opponent wondering how to break through for equalisers, thus making more mistakes and take in more goals. I just really hope we don't see that Godawful back 3 formation at the end of the match. I hope Klopp takes off one of the front 3, and puts in an extra midfielder, instead of pushing a defender up into midfield.

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21 May 2018 16:56:38
Milner deserves to start. He's had a fantastic champions league. That said, guys, don't forget how good lallana is. He is an amazing am and I can see him making an appearance.

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21 May 2018 17:30:29
Lallana is not “amazing” why we are replacing him this summer! What has he done in 5 years that people are all over their seat? How many times has Ed01 said that he doesn’t fit in with our style of play! Lallana is bang average who has scored less than Pedro and Willian.

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