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04 Jan 2019 06:32:20
Hi Ed001, not sure if you will be doing a review, but if i can get your quick thoughts on these?

1. Kompany tackle - studs up and didn't get the ball; are there any mitigating circumstances that made it just a yellow?

2. Sane's goal - saw a few mentioned that Dejan should have played him off, but City were on a break so shouldn't the main priority be getting bodies back?

Thanks for your time. It was just a game with fine margins that could have turned out differently but heck, we are still 4 points top.


{Ed001's Note - I won't have time to do a review, but things will be back to normal soon.

1. None whatsoever, it was a red all day long and the ref is an arse for not giving it, or any of the multiple cards Fernandinho should have got. But what do you expect when you put a Mancunian in charge of a game involving a Manchester side? Even if he is not biased, he is under pressure he doesn't need and so his likelihood of making mistakes is increased. He is an incompetent buffoon at the best of times, the last thing he needs is his job made harder for him.

2. I thought Trent was badly at fault, he constantly allowed himself to be drawn inside too far or too far forward. In that instance though, Lovren was drawn inside and Trent came too far over on the cover. I just think Trent needs more help coaching defensively.

As for the game, it was clear our players were just playing not to lose, no matter how much Klopp screamed at them to take the game to Citeh, they only really stepped up when behind. It was similar to the 89 final game against Arsenal, when the players knew they only had to avoid defeat. It was a mentality issue, something that catches even the best teams out at times. The hardest situation to be in is going into a game only having to avoid defeat.}

1.) 04 Jan 2019 08:20:09
Everything will be alright but I feel Lovren is another Karius who tends to bottle it when it comes to big games.

2.) 04 Jan 2019 08:30:52
I was actually disappointed yesterday. If the players had given their all and lost, it would've been easier to take. But I'm sure we'll go back to our fluid form when we face Brighton. Still four points ahead, and we only have Man Utd away. Destiny still in our hands.

{Ed025's Note - i disagree realtofel, liverpool did give their all and played well against a very good opponent, your being over-critical imo mate..

3.) 04 Jan 2019 08:40:15
I posted last night about how I hoped the ref would have a good game. Then posted after the Kompany challenge. Am with you all the way about the ref eds1.
Why why why give him the game last night I just don’t understand it. And clearly he doesn’t understand the rules Of the game!

{Ed025's Note - yeah your right longthing, liverpool should pick the refs for all games, he should be a liverpool supporter and send off anyone who dares to make a tackle on a liverpool player, all throw in,s and free kicks should only be awarded to the reds and opposing players sent off if they disagree...come on mate get a grip..

4.) 04 Jan 2019 09:03:32
Thanks Ed. Yeah I cannot believe the kind of things Fernandinho got away with yesterday. I know that has been mentioned before but still it beggars belief. Anyhow we just need to refocus now.

{Ed001's Note - it happens every game with him as well, the guy could decapitate someone on the pitch and not even get spoken to.}

5.) 04 Jan 2019 09:00:13
Think its just common sense Ed025, he is literally from the Manchester area, don't we have other Ref's, you know not from the area of one of the teams. seems fairly simple! Michael Oliver for example?!

{Ed025's Note - where a ref hails from is immaterial dean, these are professionals who do not have an agenda against liverpool like you all think, every team gets poor decisions against them at times and also some that go in their favour, but reds fans take everything personally and think the world is conspiring against them which is not true, its embarrassing at times and this persecution complex you have is making you look very silly mate, liverpool are doing extremely well and you should be enjoying the ride instead of looking for excuses as to why you should win every advice would be to suck it up..act like men..and then more neutrals might actually start liking your team rather than seeing them as moaning little tarts who think the footballing world owes them something..

6.) 04 Jan 2019 10:20:51
ed025 not all Liverpool fans are whinging about last night, i for one love the position we are in and will see where it takes us.

But if rival fans want us to win or not I don't mind, all we should be thinking about is ourselves. Last night we were unlucky but i can probably count at least five other instances where we were lucky, its swings and roundabouts for me. The winner of the title is the best overall not the winner of one off games.

{Ed025's Note - i could not agree more WYred, i think city just about shaded it yesterday but liverpool played well. i just cant fathom where the moaning from some is coming from though you are still in pole position mate, i wish the supporters would concentrate on the positives and enjoy the great season you are having instead of having a dig at the managers tactics or the commitment of the players...or worse still the ref who apparently is from manchester and wanted city to win, thats just a bit desperate for me..

7.) 04 Jan 2019 10:38:06
It's a bad day when you need the ref to help you get a win by either a penalty or a card.

Trent should of slide against sane, why he stood on his feet I do not know.

But forget all of that. Sturridge vs Chelsea, Shaq vs United. We have had that luck and it went the other way last night. Stones cleared the ball some 1 cm before it went in and if you watch trents foot against sane he is literally a cm from deflecting the ball.

It was a game of fine fine margins and they just didn't go for us. No harm. We move on.

Ed is right though we played not to lose. I was sick all day and during the game so there is no way that pressure didn't effect them and you could see it did, every pass was second guessed, even in some of the build up it was like they didn't want to be the player to lose the ball.

They and klopp learned a valuable lesson last night though, more than they would of if they had won.

Last night would of felt like losing the title until this morning when they realised it's very much there's to lose, and they hopefully won't want that feeling again. Well they certainly won't.

8.) 04 Jan 2019 10:28:37
Ed25, I agree that where a ref hails from should not matter really nor stop him from doing his job. The issue many of us are having is that why would the FA do such a thing to begin hence, making a tense situation worse cos the ref (Taylor) was under more pressure should he make a mistake and he made a HUGE one for not sending Kompany off? It was a red, end of story.

Why? We have all seen players get sent off for that. Shoot, we have seen players sent off for less than that so I' ain't buying any of the other defences for such a reckless challenge. Taylor should not have reffed that game based MAINLY on the Manchester connections cos this is the reaction you get and can you really blame people for doing that? The FA did not help him here and this mistake had a huge effect on the game cos at 10 men, City don't win. That much we know.

To be clear, This non-call is not the reason we lost (that is just nonsense) as there are things we could have done better and City got lucky in critical situations. That can happen. The footballing world does not owe me a damn thing, either. Having said that, we should also not just gloss over Taylor's blatant mistake either that influenced the game. Multiple things can be correct at the same time. Cheers, man.

{Ed025's Note - for me redwolf it was a yellow but thats subjective so i wont argue about that, but what i will say is that this is just another example of the persecution complex i have highlighted, the ref could well be a utd supporter who knows but it makes no difference, you still want preferential treatment for liverpool, where he hails from does not matter one jot and its just another example of the "nobody likes us , everybody hates us" mentality of a lot of your supporters...which obviously includes you my mate...suck it up..grow a set..and move on..

9.) 04 Jan 2019 11:08:45
Just to add Ed, would you agree that City focussed their attack on the Lovren-TAA side? I know you mentioned Lovren was susceptible to pace; coupled with VVD being on the other side, maybe that’s why Agüero veered to our right and joined up with Sané instead? Not bashing at our players, but maybe that’s something Pep picked up (or he read your match reviews mate)?

{Ed001's Note - yes mate, they targeted the weaker link.}

10.) 04 Jan 2019 12:24:01
Ed25, your response proves that you prolly did not read my post. I suggest you read it again and then we can discuss. Cheers, man.

{Ed025's Note - i have re-read it brover and i think my response was correct, you still seem to think that taylor should not have reffed the game and im saying it was fine for him to do preferential treatment for anyone, that includes liverpool mate..

11.) 04 Jan 2019 13:13:58
Ed25, I did not ask for preferential treatment. As I mentioned in my post, where a ref is from should not matter provided he can do his job. Anthony Taylor for the most part, had a decent game. I had no issue for him reffing the game. The issue here is that the mistake he made on the non red card, was only bound to conjure up this type of reaction. That was my fear and it came to pass, IMO.

I am more than certain that Taylor did his best w/ o bias BUT the FA should not allow any perception of conflict of interest in such games towards fans. I mean, there is a reason why Mike Dean does not ref LFC or Everton games as he is from the Wirral. The FA should have known better so as to prevent this type of backlash should he IMO, make such a mistake.

For the upteenth time, I don't want any preferential treatment. I want what is perceived to be fair at least on the outside and it seems the FA (not Taylor) bottled it from jump cos expecting a ref in such a big game not to make a mistake is like saying water should no longer be wet. This is where we disagree. 'Hope this clears it up for you. Cheers, mate.

{Ed025's Note - your under the impression that his decision was wrong though brover, imo it was a bit reckless but he got the ball and it would have been very harsh to send him off, i thought a yellow was correct...but of course i dont wear red tinted glasses mate, if that tackle was made by say lovren on sterling..i would still be saying the same thing..

12.) 04 Jan 2019 12:53:06
Hopefully this defeat shakes up the players a little given that the margin for error has narrowed. Now they have to approach each game with a clear goal of winning.

Personally thought the performance wasn’t as bad as some made it out to be. But we did fall short in crucial moments and was unlucky with the bounce of the ball.

I actually thought we would win at 1-1.

13.) 04 Jan 2019 13:00:21
Like, we can put a shift in but not produce the goods. I think sometimes we too easily confuse performance, effort and outcome. They're all related, but its jist too easy to say "the boys didn't try" after a loss. Maybe they did, but the execution was off. I'm sure we have played far worse games this season and not lost the game.

Regards their 2nd, I think Mane has let TAA down in that case by not tracking back. Probably the one team he hasn't all season, but we got punished. Fine margins eh!? For their 1st goal was watching Sane ghost past TAA and thought 'oh sh*t' TAA has let him go. And then sure enough bearing in goal and a dew seconds later, bang, goal. Thought TAA had a really bad game and in some moments looked like his confidence was shot. Sure he'll learn from it.

14.) 04 Jan 2019 13:01:51
Taylor is from Manchester shouldn't be getting the game. Kompany's tackle on Salah a red not the same as lovren's.

15.) 04 Jan 2019 15:19:16
No qualms, Ed25. Agreeing to disagree is part of a healthy debate.

{Ed025's Note - absolutely mate, this is real life not the stepford wives.. :)



07 Nov 2018 14:55:36
About the 2nd goal, would you say it was a collective failure to deal with it? I looked back at the slow-mo replay and it seemed like there was a sequence of things gone wrong:

1. Robbo moved infield when Milner was under pressure; should he have stayed back and offer a passing option back? I know you mentioned Robbo had a tendency to move in.

2. Gini moved to the striker’s left hand side in attempting to tackle; should he have moved to his right side (goal side) instead or was he expecting that either of our centre backs would press up and block the striker from the right?

3. Following from that, should either of our cbs have pushed up instead of dropping off? I know you mentioned in the past, lovren tend to rush and push up and leave gaps, but couldn’t help notice that both matip and vvd just stood off and left the striker with acres of space.

4. Lastly, Alisson; was there anything he could have done? My thinking is he might have expected the striker to curl it to his (Alisson's) left?

I’m not looking to bash our players or anything, but just want to know others' thoughts.


1.) 07 Nov 2018 15:57:15
milner shouldn't of given it away, Gini should of done miles better, the centre-backs should've been far more aware of the danger, and Alisson will likely feel he should've done more. It was a collective failure, as was the entire night.

2.) 07 Nov 2018 19:48:48
OP, Ed01 has addressed this point in his match review.

{Ed001's Note - I actually forgot about this. It was dreadful play by Gini, who only had to get goal side and it doesn't happen. I was screaming at him as well, but he wasn't bloody listening!}

3.) 07 Nov 2018 20:02:04
Gini should have brought the guy down when he realised he was on the wrong side, they would have been no threat from that position. We are not savvi enough, Kante would have taken one for the team. Too soft.

{Ed001's Note - he didn't need to bring him down, he had plenty of time to get goalside, he just lacks the intelligence to think of it and continued to try and make a challenge from the wrong side for far too long.}

4.) 07 Nov 2018 20:11:53
But when he realized that he wasnt going to get back goalside he should have brought him down, just take the card. It was a massive turning point in the game, an experience midfielder would have taken one for the team. Your right about the intelligence, he should never of let himself be in that position, but he did so he should have taken him down.

{Ed001's Note - no he should not have. He never made the attempt to get goalside, that is why he never got goalside. There was absolutely no need to give away a foul. It was all on his mistake in not knowing how to do the basics of defending. He is solely at fault on that goal. It was a dreadful piece of play and there was absolutely no need to give away a foul in a dangerous area, just get goalside and it doesn't happen.}

5.) 07 Nov 2018 20:44:07
Totally agree with everything you say, however if he had brought him down we would probably have still have been at 1 nil. they were never a threat from a free kick. The basics of defending is is to stop the opposition from scoring, as I said when he realized he ****ed up he should have brought him down. I know I would have and did so on many occasions. The old 70s term professional foul come to mind. Phil Thompson 1978 V Forrest, ah another bad memory.

{Ed001's Note - they scored from a dead ball, our defence was terrible last night, they were not attacking the ball, we could not afford to give away dead balls. And it was not until Gini stumbled that he put himself in a position where he could not still have ample time to get goalside and then it was too late. I do agree with what you are saying in a lot of situations, but not that one. Wijnaldum needs his arse kicked round the room for that amateur hour play. Every player should know the basics and the first basic of defending is get goalside. It is not rocket science and there is never an excuse for getting the basics wrong.}

6.) 07 Nov 2018 22:13:25
Gini should b frigging in a more advanced role he shouldn't have too b playing as a number 6, we bought fabihno for that role but there is no trust in him as he adapting, if we playing 3 in the middle we should have a proper defensive mid behind too centre mids one attacking one box too box not playing attacking mids as defensive midfielders.

7.) 07 Nov 2018 23:20:13
'I was screaming at him as well, but he wasn't bloody listening! '

hahahaha! brilliant lol!

8.) 08 Nov 2018 00:13:04
I agree Evered, having not got goal side Gini has to foul him. He kind of had a nibble but then just let him go.
Matip should’ve also closed down the shot as there were no runners anywhere near him so he could quite easily have broken out of the defensive line knowing VVD was behind him to cover if the player had gone past him.
It was indicative of how we played in that they were all just happy for him to shoot as they didn’t think he was good enough to score from there. Just as the whole team didn’t think Red Star were good enough to beat us.
Complacency and unprofessionalism from the entire team.

9.) 08 Nov 2018 00:01:31
Gini could and should have fouled him instead of doing some acrobatic turn to actually get out the way and allow him to shoot.

10.) 07 Nov 2018 23:42:49
Hi Ed - I do think Milner had a big part to play in the second goal. He was the one who passed the ball straight to the guy who scored. Wiji played his part in it too though.

{Ed001's Note - and that would not have mattered if Wijnaldum was capable of doing the basics.}



25 Oct 2018 03:23:24
That was some sweet performance from the boys! Ed001, I’m interested to hear your take on Fab and Gini’s roles tonight; seemed like fab moved up a lot more than a traditional “6” and Gini was more reserved (I think) . Klopp mentioned it was a double 6 system. Maybe something you can share in the match review?


{Ed001's Note - it is what has been holding Fab back, he was too reserved for Klopp, who wants him to get forward more. Gini was doing the same, they just weren't doing it at the same time.}

1.) 25 Oct 2018 03:47:37
Right, I think you mentioned during pre season that he was dropping back between the cbs a bit too much for Klopp’s liking? Great that they can figure out how to alternate between who’s going up and staying back.

{Ed001's Note - the pair looked to have an excellent understanding last night.}

2.) 25 Oct 2018 06:41:28
Fab reminded me a lot of Gerrard, the way he moved, passed, tackled etc. Not comparing, and granted Fab isn't the quickest, more a similarity of physical movement.

{Ed025's Note - he is very much like gerrard burkey...well he has 2 arms and 2 legs, then im afraid the similarity ends mate..

3.) 25 Oct 2018 07:39:12
I actually thought Fabhino dropping back whenever the full backs or Gomez moved forward etc, provided good cover. Him and Gini certainly gave the front 4 the the licence to attack sort confidence.

Think Shaqiri needs a mention too, he worked his socks off last night and play some really decent stuff.

And then there’s Gomez, I honestly believe he can be better than VVD. He’s certainly better than Johm Stones, valued at £50m. For me, he’s the complete footballer and his awareness of danger makes him such a good defender.

{Ed025's Note - gomez has been a revelation drogie..

4.) 25 Oct 2018 08:00:49
Gomez and VVD are the best partnership since, oh, Starsky and Hutch probably.

5.) 25 Oct 2018 08:09:51
Fabinho and Gini always seemed to pick up the ball in the full back position, and transition it forward quickly, allowing the full backs to push up. They made us tick. I’ve never seen our midfield look so quick, Gini seemed to have a burst of pace missing recently. Loved it!

6.) 25 Oct 2018 09:57:28
Thought Gini was awesome last night.
Seems to have this positive "arrogance" about him.
Oh and ed025, behave! 😅.

7.) 25 Oct 2018 08:15:58
Oh Ed025, did Fab wrong you in an earlier life or something? :) I was comparing him physically, the way he moved, passed, tackled etc, not comparing their abilities. Sounds like you're a closet SG fan?

{Ed025's Note - who would not be a fan of SG Burkey?, as a footballer he was superb, as a person not so much mate..

8.) 25 Oct 2018 19:33:45
Fab had a good game as did Wiji and the rest of the team. Hopefully, we can take this into the weekend vs Cardiff cos a perf. like that would get us 3 points needed to put pressure on City and Spurs.



23 Sep 2018 07:45:10
Hi Ed001, if you don’t mind I’d like your take on these things when you do the match review:
1. The change up top (Bobby left, salah top etc) ; was that done to exploit their cb’s pace or was there another reason? I recall a few times balls were sent over the top for mo to chase so it seemed like there were some space in behind.
2. Shaq’s role in the team; I would imagine this is similar to what he did at stoke in the no 10 role?
Thanks ed!


{Ed001's Note - I have saved them in the file I use to ensure I remember to address them for you mate. Interesting questions thanks.}

1.) 23 Sep 2018 08:35:56
Thanks Ed, looking forward to it!

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate.}

2.) 23 Sep 2018 12:00:34
to add on. a couple of observations and reflections to get some inputs too:

Alisson - much has been said, but we finally have a gk that does things that a gk should do - stop shots, collect crosses, sweep behind a high back line, distribute the ball. For the past 6-7 seasons, i felt anxious whenever the opposition has the ball and is approaching our final third and even more so whenever there's a set piece / cross coming into our box. but with him around, ino longer have the feeling of 'we're going to concede'. he is just so cool, confident and competent.

Robertson - he's really proven himself to be an able LB for us and i do like him. however, i notice that he tends to not close down players fast or aggressive enough when they are crossing the ball into our box. just wonder what's the matter as he generally does a decent job defending otherwise.

Matip - there's plenty saying that's his best performance in a red shirt, and still some citing his pass completion rates for last night's match. i'm not fully convinced though. he no doubt has good ability in bringing the ball out from defence and is also a good passer. he also seems to attack the ball well enough with accuracy when he has a free run in the opposition box. but when he actually has to defend, i still find him physically weak, slow, indecisive. i thought he was the worst player in our team yesterday and felt that he didn't deal with quite a number of defensive situations well. if he were facing a Rondon or Mitrovic, he would have struggled badly.

Gomez - what a talent we have on our hands! he still has to work on his positioning and concentration. but this boy is playing with more and more confidence, authority and stature. between him and Matip, i thought he looked more like the senior CB that was marshaling the backline.

Milner - best CM we have in the team currently. he seems to be playing with more game intelligence now.

Shaqiri - good enough full debut, looked enterprising and his set pieces will be an added weapon to the team.

{Ed001's Note - have added them too mate.}



16 Sep 2018 12:53:05
Hi Ed001, have a few things that I want to get your take on:
1. I think Gomez has impressed in this cb role, his speed is definitely an asset. But do you feel he would benefit from having more muscle/ built or that’s not really necessary in his game. If so, would that generally impact his speed?
2. I watched a few Chelsea games and they seem to have this quick 1-2s or triangles that we used to do (but not so much now) ; especially Kante in his new roving role. Why do you think we are not doing this as frequently? And what’s the best way to combat them when we meet them.

Thanks ed!


{Ed001's Note - 1. It could slow him, if it is the wrong type of muscle. I am not convinced it would particularly improve him being stronger rather than faster. It is positioning that he needs to work on and awareness.

2. We are simply not being given as much time and space as we were. Teams are closing down our attackers and swarming them when they can and it is only when we get a break they get any space. We just need our midfield to begin adding more goals to draw defenders away from the attackers.}

1.) 16 Sep 2018 13:30:17
imo we've rarely been the type of team to break down the oppisition with technique and 1-2s. obviously it happens but I feel like we are far more of a direct team that capitalizes on space created by our pressure. for me, this is partly why we've had some struggles against team who park the bus. our ball movement can be laboured and we become one dimensional, when some creativity around changing angles and overloads would help us. I think we are developing this and seen more signs over the last season. but ya need more players like keita who have that style in their blood.

2.) 16 Sep 2018 14:05:40
I think if we play a big striker, vvd should take him, and Gomez sweep like ed said, by improving his positioning. He isn’t weak or massive so even if if he gained strength he wouldn’t be unplayable in the air. He seems occasionally to dive in a little, but being quick he should just hold off if he can’t get it, and use his pace and strength to hold them up and be comfortable if he gets turned - playing right back for a season should help him in 1v1. I hope we stick with these two when Lovren returns, could be a top partnership for years!

3.) 16 Sep 2018 14:11:39
Joe Gomez won't need muscle if he's in the right place at the right time. Spot on ed.

We are at the turning point of become a top top team. This Is the season where the opp give there all to stop you, teams tighten everything up and you have to try and over come it. If you can find the ways to still win, create and be a force like this then teams facing you will be like it doesn't matter what we do we can't stop them.

Chelsea are just hyped over a new manager and teams aren't expecting what there doing. The sarri effect will wear off around November thag buzz and there nowhere near fit enough to press for a full season thag takes time, city, spurs and us all found that out. So I'm not worried. Think we will spank them back down to reality over these next two games. Try and play against us and you will be punished.

4.) 16 Sep 2018 14:25:24
Thanks a mil Ed. Yeah agree on the concentration bit but he’s definitely getting there I think. On the second issue I just wonder why other teams seem to give city, Chelsea etc room to just pass about and ours seem to get pressed like mad e. g Leicester. But anywy not complaint after our perfect start!

{Ed001's Note - because they move around a lot more. We have too many players like Gini (at least until he scored) who hide off the ball and dawdle on it.}

5.) 16 Sep 2018 14:56:51
“We just need our midfield to begin adding more goals to draw defenders away from the attackers. ”

Nailed it!

6.) 16 Sep 2018 14:58:51
I understand your love for LFC but why mock a very good coach who made it to absolute top with peanuts spend and played some exceptional football in Italy over the years.
If Liverpool ever had a sibling on the way we played last two years it was Napoli under Sarri.
If klopp decide to move out, Sarri was the one I wanted to replace him with!

7.) 16 Sep 2018 16:26:27
Haven't dude. Sari is top.

Those players have defended every season for the past 5 years. They haven't pressed for 50 odd games.

Poch and klopps first season both went off the boil around Feb, as the players couldn't keep up with the high demand.

The other teams haven't had enough chances to play against nor study this Chelsea team so there abit of a new team.

The players are extra hyped with the new manager and that always wears off as teams move forward.

8.) 16 Sep 2018 17:31:01
Gomez has certainly impressed. Personally I wouldn't swap him for lovren atm. He has room to improve and next to van diike gomez could really become one of the best around in the next few years.

I think Liverpool need a bit of time to settle after a lot of new faces and a strong season last year.

My main worry is the forwards. I hope the competition between them doesn't slip into an unhealthy rivalry. Mane should have slipped in salah yesterday. We all know it. Mane's form dipped last season when salah stole his limelight and he looks well pleased with himself this year (quite right too, he has been great this year) it's natural for me to think this way but it's probably way off the mark and tabloids are adding fuel to the fire.
I would say keita is as good a finisher as salah if not better. And salah must attract a lot of defenders. If keita had scored we wouldn't be having this conversation. Tbf he should have made the net bulge. Early days for him though, great player.

9.) 16 Sep 2018 18:16:27
Keita worries me abit. Hits it abit like sterling, doesn't really seem to strike it very well, swings at it.

Mane and Salah are 100% having some sort of thing.

Manes not passing to him and Salah not to mane.

Mane clean through, Salah and keita in space. Hits keita. Now why would you not put through your 40 goal season winger in? That's there bread and butter from last year.

Is mane unhappy at maybe the pay rise Salah got? Does he want to do better to earn more or spite Salah a tad by showing off how good he is?

Bobby and Salah have signed, has mane even been offered anything? Thag would be a bit annoying to be fair.

10.) 16 Sep 2018 18:15:37
I don’t know what you are trying to say with your second post. I have seen Sarri at Italy from past 3 years after inheriting a poor defensive minded Rafa tea at Napoli. Didn’t take much time for him to convert Mertens to a false number 9. Napoli was never a pressing ram under Rafa and Sarri took them to 3rd place finish in the first season.

Klopp and Poch has poor set of players in their first and second season compared to what Sarri has now! That is always going to make a difference. It’s when we bought Salah and Mane we started firing goals after goals.

You could argue Chelsea might fall off as the season progress but doubting one of the best coaches around is rubbish. That’s like doubting Bielsa at Leeds who has never played any press!

11.) 16 Sep 2018 20:13:59
Actually think Keita was the better option Kloppsboss, he was in a great position and really should have put it away. So was Salah, but think Keita was the better option.

12.) 16 Sep 2018 21:32:31
Harry talking to you must be how Salah feels talking to me 🤣

I've just said I wasn't criticizing sarri.

I didn't even say Chelseas players were weak, poor or any description aside from they haven't pressed before for an entire season. They have parked the bus under mourinho and then conte. This is there first season open, attacking and pressing and it will take it's toll.

Also when's the last time we played a Chelsea team that left there own half 🤣 they're always terrified against us.

All I'm saying is if they want to grow some and try and finally play against us, I believe we will give them an utter pounding.

Nice welcome for sari to the prem. Respect us or pay the price 😊.




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20 Mar 2018 08:48:57
Just to follow up Ed, who would you put in that world class bracket that’s “attainable”? Obviously that rules out De Gea and Buffon. I would say Alison and Oblak?

The other German options, Leno, Horn, Ter Stegen are very very good but I don’t know if they’re that much of an upgrade, if at all. Interested to know what other reds feel as well.


{Ed001's Note - Alisson would be the onlyone and I expect him to go elsewhere.}



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20 Mar 2018 06:01:12
Hi Ed, so based on your response up there do you think Karius has impressed to the extent that he should be the No 1 for next season?

I seem to recall one of the posters saying that Karius really impressed in training, and I also think he has improved leeps and bounds from last season. I’m excited because in a short space of time it seems like he has eradicated, or at least not exhibit, most of the errors of last season. It would be great if we can continue to see him develop year on year.


{Ed001's Note - unless we are going to get a world class keeper, I see no reason to change him.}



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30 Jan 2018 12:58:45
Just a “friend” eh Ed? 😜.


{Ed001's Note - well yes, until she got married. Her hubby objected to her having other 'friends' after that. Miserable bugger.}



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20 Jan 2018 07:26:01
If I had a birdie from Colombia I won’t be on this site as often.





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16 Jun 2019 20:36:58
Brilliant as always Ed. Slightly related; how do you rate the 1982 team? And how does Zico and Socrates especially rank amongst the legends?


{Ed001's Note - 82 was just an inferior copy of 70. Like most sequels, it just isn't as good as the original. Zico and Socrates were great players, but they were not Pele, Gerson and Tostao great.}



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02 Jun 2019 21:52:59
Ed001, just to check, Alisson is the best keeper you have seen in the context of our players only or overall I. e the schmeichels and the kahns? I still cannot believe he’s playing for us mate. He’s just unreal for the whole season, and with scope to improve as well!


{Ed001's Note - Schmeichel and Kahn couldn't kick a ball. As an overall keeper, because the game has moved on so much, he is the best.}



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18 Feb 2019 14:17:06
Interesting Ed, on the top Brazilians. Any surprise on the rankings for you Ed?


{Ed001's Note - I personally would not have had Rivaldo up so high.}



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03 Feb 2019 14:28:55
Great read that Ed, as always. Would be interested to know the ones who you said missed out on the top 10? You mentioned Suarez, Rashford. Also any young ‘uns up and coming you feel?


{Ed001's Note - not really many young ones close in, there is only really Piatek who has stood out this season, but he was nowhere before. So it is a bit soon for him to even get on the edges.}



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16 Jan 2019 20:27:27
I just saw the whole thing as well MK, the level of detail is just ridiculous. I think he mentioned at one point, he looked at Luton’s last 26 games because Stoke just appointed the manager from there and Leeds is due to play them (Stoke)! Loco indeed. Is our set up and prep level similar to this Ed?


{Ed001's Note - nobody's prep level is quite like El Loco's mate, nobody's.}