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30 Apr 2017 21:12:20
Hey ed02, ya smooth peach! A little bit of a MOTD fever, but any updates on Pereira from Nice? Also, is he seen as an alternative of Ryan Sessegnon or are both transfers unrelated?

Cheers and a nice evening!

Drigan

{Ed002's Note - Pereira is still of interest to Liverpool but certainly not an alternative to RS.}


1.) 30 Apr 2017 21:50:27
He was excellent tonight vs PSG scored a beauty and got an assist. Would be a huge upgrade on Clyne, who is so average.


2.) 01 May 2017 01:45:26
Perriera and Sessegnon as our full backs next season would be huge improvement on CLyne and Milner. Both can cross the ball, very pacy and just imagine the link up with Couts and Mane.

{Ed007's Note - They'll be some passes to reach Coutinho over in Spain.}


3.) 01 May 2017 01:58:36
As long as we get champions league football Coutinho ain't going anywhere, I'd be worried if were a Celtic fan, dembele, teirney and Roberts all getting a lot of interest.

{Ed007's Note - Roberts is only on loan and Dembele and KT aren't going anywhere unless there is crazy money offered and even at that KT would probably turn down a move right now. He's green and white to the core and has made it clear he's no interest in going anywhere for a few years yet. Dembele will leave before KT, probably next summer but as Ed002 has said we have put an unrealistic pricetag - in her opinion lol - on him which is just us saying hands off for now imo.


4.) 01 May 2017 08:56:27
If Fulham do decide to sell Sessegnon to us then they will make us pay big time. Clearly we want him, as well as other clubs. First team football will be his demands so I think we stand a good chance pending Fulham agreeing to sell him to us with previous incidents like Dempsey being our stumbling block.

{Ed002's Note - He won't be making any such demands, he is a 16 year old child who has to attend school and can only train part time.}


5.) 01 May 2017 11:09:53
Sahko. Never saw him play before today but MY GOSH, he is amazing. He would send Clyne and any other RB in the PL into retirement.


6.) 01 May 2017 13:23:31
Yep, watched him closely after ed002 said we're interested. He's quality, very good off both feet. Going forward he is dynamic, he attacks the space and his final ball is very good. He doesn't slow down the play unlike Clyne who needs at least 20 seconds to think of where to pass before playing the same 5 yard pass backwards every f***ing time. Defensively he's also quite solid, may need to bulk up a bit though.


7.) 01 May 2017 02:43:19
Sorry totally forgot about Roberts, don't think he's even played a game for city. KT may well be a huge a Celtic fan but by the time the season finishes he'll have won every honour possible. If an offer from a top club comes in which suits the player and the club then he'll be off. He'll want to test himself in a top league against better players. No point in him staying in Scotland as he will only stagnate his development as he is rarely tested bar in the European games. Similar story to Dembele although I do agree the rumoured price tag of 40 mil may well scare off potential buyers. Really like Simunovic, proper defender. Nearly positive that he failed a medical with Torino last Summer. One to keep an eye on, very talented.

{Ed007's Note - Honestly bud I know for a fact KT has no intention of leaving Celtic in the foreseeable. He's not even 20 yet and is living his own personal dream, when he was out injured he was travelling all over with our Ultras and in the standing section at Celtic Park. At 19 years old and playing for Liverpool, winning trophies and seeing your career progress would you have left? KT still can't get his head round where he is just now and knows he's in the best place.
KT still stays with his parents but has said his dig money as went up this year.
Simunovic is an absolute monster in the making, if he wasn't playing football he's be arranging smashing England fans at next year's World Cup! You're right, he did fail a medical at Torino, I think he caught it off Joe Hart on the flight over though lol It was a niggling back injury (might be wrong there) and Torino decided they wanted him on loan after the medical and Celtic weren't having it which turned out to be fantastic from our point of view.
Stuart Armstrong is another player that has came on leaps and bounds and is thriving under Rodgers, I know it's the old 'it's only Scottish football' but Armstrong reminds me of Stan Petrov back in the day under St Martin of The O'Neill.}


 

 

26 Mar 2017 22:19:53
Hey ed, a question about a youth transfer - saw a rumour we are tracking Mikkel Duelund from the cold shores. Any chance he will be joining the Academy?

Drigan

{Ed001's Note - no idea. Very difficult to keep track of kids.}


 

 

02 Aug 2016 12:03:39
Hey ed02, hope you are having a good day! I remember that you mentioned a while ago that Kolasinac of Schalke was amongst the players scouted for LB. Have you heard anything new on this front recently?
Cheers!

Drigan

{Ed002's Note - There is nothing new in respect of Liverpool.}


 

 

22 Apr 2016 12:40:01
Reading in my local press that Udinese have confirmed that Ziellinski is monitored by several clubs, Liverpool amongst them.

Drigan

1.) 22 Apr 2016 21:59:08
Looks like a solid player, I'm always a little sceptical of players coming to the premier league from serie a though, our recent history doing this isn't great. That said he has some pace so maybe able to adapt to klopps game and the PL quickly. They seem to be making our supposed interest public to drive up the price though, and if he comes in as well as grujic surely this may hinder the progress of brannagan, rossiter if he stays, Stewart, Allan. And where does Joe Allen fit in? Iv always been a critic of his but kudos where due he's been playing well when called upon under Klopp.


 

 

08 Mar 2016 10:15:04
Hey ed, since there do exist some (unreliable, fabricated, untrustworthy) news reports linking us with Kevin Volland, could you say whether he will be available in the summer and which clubs are tracking him?

Drigan

{Ed001's Note - if someone offers enough he would be available. He is a player Klopp likes, hence the stories.}


1.) 08 Mar 2016 14:15:35
A player you rate ed?

{Ed001's Note - when I have seen him, mostly he has impressed, yes.}


2.) 08 Mar 2016 14:19:30
Don't you think Ings and Volland are similar players though? Both diagonal runners and good finishers.


3.) 08 Mar 2016 15:22:43
Would be a smart addition IMO, a proven goalscorer from out wide with pace to burn.


4.) 08 Mar 2016 15:58:01
Yes and he proved he worked well with firminho.


5.) 09 Mar 2016 03:15:54
I don't think Volland and Ings are all that similar. Volland, I think, more technical, probably greater pace, and often plays on the wing.

Ings plays up top, decent technically, but most importantly a lot of drive, desire. Very hard worker, like Milner.


6.) 09 Mar 2016 04:52:21
Agree red planet, Ings is a hard working striker with a poachers instinct, Volland is a pacy winger who can also score goals. Would be a challenger to Milner, Llalana and Coutinho's spots but adds a different skill set to all those three. Closest thing we'd have to him is Markovic, Ibe or Ojo when are all still yet to prove they can step up (although I have faith in all 3)


7.) 09 Mar 2016 07:49:16
Only ever seen him play at International U21 level where he has been great, but then so has Ilori.


8.) 09 Mar 2016 10:22:12
Ings has pace.


9.) 10 Mar 2016 00:43:47
zimbo: totally agree. Volland also has the versatility to play up top, as well, which is not a bad thing given that Benteke is likely gone, and the rest of our strikers seems to be injured often.


10.) 10 Mar 2016 01:06:42
If Volland is that good, might as well go for him right, Ed?

{Ed001's Note - only if we need him, which would mean offloading some first.}


 

 

 

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21 May 2017 22:02:31
Hey ed01! To commemorate the achievement of top 4 do we not deserve the shiny gift of a small transfer update from your side? Prrrrretty please?

Drigan

{Ed001's Note - I will work on that today, first need to check if anything has changed due to where we finished, so it will probably be this evening.}


 

 

08 May 2017 13:38:53
Hey ed01, can you share a little more inside info on what the plan is for both fullback positions next season? It would appear that in our system we are crying for more offensively competent players. The diffrence between Millner cutting inside on his right foot and charging forward for a direct cross is palpable - the most frustrating thing is that he has shown he has the potential to use his left foot, but prefers not to risk messing up the attack with a wayward cross - however, the enemy defense has time to spare in lining up for his right foot curler!

Drigan

{Ed001's Note - I am not sure what you mean by the plan? It is simple, we are looking for attacking fullbacks for both left and right. Pereira is particularly of interest because he can play on either side and so allow us more options. Moreno is likely to leave in the summer because, despite being a really hard worker and a trier, what is being asked of him just doesn't seem to sink in. The lad wants to learn, but the moment he steps out there in the heat of a game, all the things he has been working on just get thrown out of the window. Clyne is to be replaced, with TAA to get more game time. Pereira is intended to be there to allow TAA to be rested and rotated at need, by being able to play him at right back when TAA needs the break or is off form and play him on the left at other times.}


1.) 08 May 2017 14:33:13
One full back who could play either side won't be enough. We need a specialist LB. something the club ignored last summer!


2.) 08 May 2017 14:57:41
they tried to sign a left back remember ben chilwell?


3.) 08 May 2017 14:59:57
This may sound stupid but would Milner make a better rb than lb.


4.) 08 May 2017 15:07:32
Ed you must be tired of all the full back questions lol. Sorry mate I have another🤔. Do we know if Pereira is keen on a move to us, and has he got the usual demands?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know what he is keen of sorry.}


5.) 08 May 2017 15:18:47
No, Milner will not make a better RB than LB. He is a midfielder, not a full back. let's just sign two proper wing backs so the same problems do not arise next season.


6.) 08 May 2017 15:19:36
I think Milner would be great At RB in my opinion. The only problem I have with him on the left is the inability to cross with his left foot, as mentioned above. His delivery from his right foot is normally pretty decent. Think he is an important player to have on the pitch, but can't see him getting a game in his preferred midfield position.


7.) 08 May 2017 15:36:27
Not that i want him to go but has there been any interest by any club for Milner?


8.) 08 May 2017 15:41:21
Agree, think he'd make a decent RB.


9.) 08 May 2017 16:11:56
I like Milners professionalism and the fact that he rarely puts in a real stinker of a performance. You do need steady 7/ 10 players to balance out the mercurial talents.

I doubt we would get a bid for him as, given the above, he is on a very high wage and would therefore likely scare off most clubs not willing to pay £120k+ per week for a 30 year old.


10.) 08 May 2017 17:19:58
I would be fine with just one senior FB coming in, especially if TAA gets more chances; landing Sessegnon for a rotational role would be good too.
I actually like both Millner and Clyne as proffesionals (especialy compared to the calamity that used to be Glenn Jonson), the problem is that they are BOTH a little bit off being good, especially in the offensive department. Clyne has shown that he has the physique to bomb down the wing and deliver good crosses, but lacks both the technique and the footballing brains to use this ability on a consistent basis. What's worse, he seems to be regressing rather than addressing this weakness. With Milner the problem is more of a positional one. At times he is decisive and influencing game, but recently he has gotten predictable and repetitive.

Realistically, we can afford one fullback with said deficiencies, if he works hard towards addressing them. However, the two of them can be e little too much at the same time.


11.) 08 May 2017 18:06:05
ed002, sorry to ask, are you aware if Pereira is interested in joining us?

{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea what he wants.}


12.) 08 May 2017 18:11:42
Hi ed, about pereira, is he a left back who can play right or vice versa, ie what's his predominant foot?

{Ed002's Note - Right.}


13.) 08 May 2017 21:06:06
I really hope Perreira is brought in cos he is class. As for Milner, he would definitely offer more at the RB spot than Clyne as he as quality on his right foot to deliver a cross as he used to be a very good winger. As for Clyne, he needs to go, end of story.


14.) 08 May 2017 22:58:36
agreed N Red, every time Clyne gets into a good position to put in a cross, he has this fantastic ability to not get past the first man .


 

 

06 May 2017 11:59:48
Hey ed01, I would like to talk with you about Virgil van Dijk, since he is one of the hottest names in the mainstream media these days, linked with anybody and their dog (said dog lacking the street smarts of Sparky) .
I seem to recall you used to offer an extensive critique on his overall play during the autumn? I could not find the posts because the banter is overflowing with van Dijk sprache, but I think you spoke about his lack of concentration and tendency to wonder off?
I wonder if you could offer an updated summary on your views of his strengths and weaknesses, and how he would fit in the high line that Klopp favors if we signed him for some reason.
As a secondary question, what qualities should a CB possess to fit in said system, at least in your opinion?

Cheers!

Drigan

{Ed001's Note - the qualities a CB needs in Klopp's system are pace, positional sense, awareness and ability on the ball.

Van Dijk has the pace and ability on the ball certainly. He is strong and excellent in the air as well. Unfortunately he possesses a lack of real awareness, his positional sense is suspect as he usually throws himself into a needless tackle somewhere outside the box and then stands watching the rest of the play, rather than racing back into position like he should do. Worse is his tendency to go off on a wander, I like a centre back to take the ball out from the back, it is one of Matip's strengths for instance, but they have to know when to give the ball and get back into position. VVD just overruns it and then strolls back every time. It is telling that you can see him nowhere near his own box almost every time a goal is conceded, as he is usually busy watching the game, rather than taking part.

If his concentration improved and he made effort to get back (which a centre back has absolutely no excuse for strolling back considering they cover less distance than almost every other player on the pitch, so can't make the excuse of energy conservation) then he could be an excellent defender. Physically he is just about as good as it gets, damn near perfect. Technically he is excellent on the ball and in the air and a very good tackler. It is mentally that the problems are. He chooses the wrong places and times to make his tackles.

He is one of the most frustrating players to watch, in my opinion, as he could be the best defender in the world, but you can see he is letting himself down. As things stand, he is someone who would add to the problems we have, which have all come from individual errors. He is not even a vocal leader of a player, which is the thing we lack most right now.}


1.) 06 May 2017 12:35:04
This is my fear too, ed. A bit like the Lovren transfer, taking in a defender who undoubtfully has strengths, but his weaknesses are of the worst possible kind for our error-prone defense. That said, I do have hopes that with the proper motivation van Dijk can grow as a player, he is entering the right age bracket I believe. Now or never, so to say.
I do wonder how the long injury lay-off would affect him though.

Thanks for the detailed response, and have a nice day.

{Ed001's Note - if he was a cheap gamble, like Matip, then I would have no problem with it. However he is going to command a fee he will never be worth.}


2.) 06 May 2017 13:23:42
Ed don't think you think he would be good in a 3.

{Ed001's Note - god no. It would just allow him to be even less focused and lazy.}


3.) 06 May 2017 13:33:06
ED001, u actually think Saints will get the 50 million GBP they want for VVD? Its a stupid sum for an inconsistent defender and I just cannot think of nay club that would be foolish enough to part with so much money for an average defender. But then City did pay 50 million for John Stones so who knows!

{Ed001's Note - there are a lot of clubs, with a lot of money, desperately searching for a centre half, so they will get a ridiculous sum.}


4.) 06 May 2017 15:14:48
Its only one opinion that VVD is an average defender. Maybe other clubs rate him higher than Ed001? Personally i think he has all the attributes to be very good and any flaws in his game will be ironed out at a top club.


5.) 06 May 2017 16:41:54
For the right money, Ben Gibson of Boro would be a much better fit in our side, plus he is a leader, is vocal, still young, English, so ticks a lot of boxes, also the left back from Hull Andrew Robertson, he has a very good left foot, gets forward, and strong, price would be good too, that would be a really good improvement to our dodgy defence .

{Ed001's Note - I agree on Gibson but not Robertson, he has never impressed me at all.}


6.) 06 May 2017 19:56:40
Wouldn't David Luis have had the same criticisms earlier in his career as vvd, still don't think he's great but massive improvement on his first stint at chelsea?

{Ed001's Note - to a degree, but Luiz also had a magnificent range of passing, which VVD has not got at all. Luiz can play central midfield and has done numerous times. He was not as bad as the media like to make out. His lapses were always highlighted because of the way he looks he makes an easy target. The fact he is a nice guy means you can slag him off and know he is not going to get in your face if you bump into him, which is something you can't say about all players.}


 

 

28 Mar 2017 10:35:12
Hey ed01, a question for you: do you see Klopp's system evolving into the next season?
Let me elaborate. I have to admit that his switch to a kinda, sorta 4-3-3 this season caught me by surprise, mostly because of the way he changed Lallana's role and integrated Wijnaldum, whom I initially though would turn out to be an overly expensive sub for Mane (shows what I know, eh? ) .

Now then, our first choice front three have proven to be a match for anyone in the league, and to an extent the midfield can make similar boasts. However, it is expected that we will be bringing a left winger and perhaps a forward to replace Sturridge.

They might simply take a rotational role, especially during the initial acclimatization, but let us say for argument's sake that someone proves exceptionally good and breaks into the first team (or, worse case scenario, is forsed into it due to "promises") . How would you expect the system to change, and whom of our starting eleven would you drop to the bench?

A highly subjective question, of course, because noone can know what is happening in that mysterious mind of Klopp's :>.

Drigan

{Ed001's Note - Klopp has always evolved his system gradually. He used to favour two holding mids, now he uses a system which does not even feature one, in essence. I expect him to continue to evolve his tactics gradually to suit the players he has at his disposal.}


1.) 28 Mar 2017 14:15:39
11 outfield players then 😄.


 

 

22 Mar 2017 09:34:57
Hey ed01, I caught a fairly intiguing discussion between ed007 and united fans on their page (while browsing for ed02's gospel) - it was about youth players, how rarely they make it in big clubs, and that usually this is due to them not being of the necessary level.
It saddened me a little, because my sincere hope is that Liverpool will manage to integrate some of the academy graduates into the squad - and not only in the short term. However, reality does seem to point that most youth players from big clubs need to make a move to less sunny pastures to make progress as regulars, and then and only then SOME of them might make it in a bigger club.

With that in mind, would care to make a prognosis - an objective one, without the rose tint of fan glasses - about which of our youth players we will be seeing in Liverpool colors in 3 or 4 years time?
Of course, this is with the view that A LOT of things will change as they develop, so let us base it on the current level they are showing.

Sadly, I have a suspicion that the cold realities of football will push a lot of the kids out of the door - in most cases for their own good. If I have to be realistic, it is only TAA that I see as having a shot of taking a starting or rotational role in the long term.
Of course, I do hope that I would be wrong, because I am already a fan of Ben Woodburn, and do hope that Ojo OR Wilson will also manage to claim a rotation role (sadly, I do not see both of them making it) . Joe Gomez, also huge hopes he will make it, though CB is one of the most merciless positions in terms of youth chances - at least at the top levels.

Drigan

{Ed001's Note - it is nothing to do with ability, he was quite simply massively wide of the mark. Ability is never the key factor, there has always been hundreds of players with more than enough ability spread around club academies. The issue is that ability is not the main factor.

You have attitude. Most players fall down here, they give up because they don't see a route into the first team and they have had everything too easy up to then. The first hurdle will often kill off a player who just hasn't got the right fire. Sometimes it can be the opposite, that they waltz into the first team too easily and strut around thinking they have made it, so they stop working as hard, without even realising it most of the time. Attitude is the most cruicial thing though.

There is physique as well. We still have the idiotic notion in some places about size of players being more important than ability. So big lumps with no ability or lightning fast players with a terrible first touch get into the team ahead of a player with genuine touch and skill but little pace or size.

Then there is the problem of short-termism. Every manager knows they are only as good as their last result, so do not want to take a risk on developing a youth team player when they will not reap the benefits. They would rather put in a readymade player. Which also goes hand in hand with luck. Young players need luck, a forced sale or injury crisis, to get a proper chance to show what they can do. That often does not come along for them.

The academies themselves are a big part of the problem, in my opinion, as they hand everything on a plate to youngsters. That is why so many fall at the first hurdle, they have no idea how to cope with setbacks or having to earn something.}


1.) 22 Mar 2017 10:26:36
I really like the sound of Pepjin Linders though.

He has recently praised Woodburn and Arnold even referencing how much emphasis is put on size nowadays, but that these 2 debunk the myth that stature matters.

I am not sure how much Linders had to do with it but I also like that our academy lads are being made to take referee courses. Put the shoe on the other foot for them when they are the one getting hounded for decisions. I think we have some excellent players in the academy with the perfect attitude.

Gomez and Stewart for me are the 2 who have proven they can over come set backs and not let it phase them. Gomez's career was devastated by injury but he has come back fighting. Got himself a new long term contract and made a real impression with Klopp.

Stewart though has some real character; rejected by Tottenham, sent on loan by us as a wide/ defensive player, and then at 22/ 23 I think it was Beale put him in midfield and asked him to start the whole development process again, and he just accepted it, got on with it, and now works hard every day to learn this new role so he can make it at the top.

Restarting that development trail has probably set him back 3 years in terms of earning potential and first team readiness. Just listen to his interviews though. He is so determined to make it at the top that he would literally give up a good career at a West Brom to try and make a great career at the top.

It reminds me of the fighting mentality Henderson and Lucas have. He earned his new 4 year contract and I really hope he makes it at LFC long term.

We can only pray Arnold, Woodburn and Brewster bounce back from their first set backs as well.


2.) 22 Mar 2017 12:21:06
Great analysis, Ed. The more important issue for me is focusing more on a player's physical size and athleticism over raw skill and a great first touch. This is a fool's errand. This is how many academies not just in England fail. France has failed miserably in this regard since the 1998 World Cup, won by players who where physical monsters like Desailly, Blanc, Karembeau, Thuram and the like except Zidane who was technically gifted but still no slouch physically.

They started focusing more on physical specimens instead of raw skill and talent. This is how Griezmann was rejected by every French academy cos he was too frail and too small for them even tho, he was technically gifted and had the desire to become a professional football, to Ed's point regarding attitude. He then goes to Spain where they focus more on touch, skill, movement and now he is worth 100m.

The Dutch do the same thing which is why Dutch players have been known for their technical quality because like the Spanish, they know that they are not physical beasts naturally BUT can counter this "flaw" by being technically gifted which they are and their academies focus on that as well hence, the technically gifted players that have come out of Holland over the decades. Until academies in England learn this, they will continue to fail.


3.) 22 Mar 2017 15:30:22
Totally agree, look at Crewe a club with minuscule financial resources who give youth a chance and many of their young players have careers at a higher level - their managers are encouraged to give young players time and opportunities. I wish clubs would focus more on player development but it seems that managers are either unwilling or afraid to give young players a chance. Fans also play their part imo too, they expect 18 year olds to be fantastic on their debuts or being as consistent as 28 year olds. It's sad that young talents continue to disappear.


4.) 22 Mar 2017 16:00:20
It is a beautiful picture Thomo. sadly, I do not see it happening in the coming years. The fanbase is growing rather "toxic", as the eds say. They will be up in arms if the club is perceived to be underachieving due to giving youth a chance. However, some sort of balance should be achievable for Liverpool FC. Not all of the youth talents will break through, or even get a fair chance, but here is to hoping that in five years time, we will be singing songs for Woodburn and Trent and Joe :>.


5.) 22 Mar 2017 17:22:24
I agree with Ed on this, seems less to do with ability but more to do with
1) mental aptitude and ability to stay humble and work hard as they enter the spotlight
2) limited opportunities/ pitch time to be able to adapt to the higher level and prove yourself (especially tough ask considering how long it takes for even world class players to get back to form after time out)
3) limited appetite from PL managers to risk their careers by playing an unproven youngster on a regular basis instead of just dipping into the transfer market for a proven player
4) simple Maths. dozens of youngsters coming through each year but very very few first team spots for them to realistically challenge for

I also don't think it's helped by the notable difference in level between u23 and the PL. hard to step up without playing professional league elsewhere first, but loans are notoriously hit and miss

Eg. I personally can see Ojo, Wilson, Woodburn all having the ability to be very good PL standard forwards if they get playing time to develop properly, it's just very hard to see how you get enough pitch time for all of them when you probably only have a few games a year where Klopp is prepared to drop his regular front 3 (never mind Origi, Ings etc. also wanting to play) . how can he possibly develop all 3 without loans?

It's a tough game,


6.) 22 Mar 2017 23:10:54
Ed's points are all correct but realism has to be considered. Over the last 50 years how many great Liverpool players have come through the academy? 10, 15 maybe? Yet every year we look at the latest graduates and anoint them as future stars, we say they have to be better than player X but the reality is they don't, the worst Liverpool player is still a brilliant footballer and most graduates won't reach that level.

Every few years we can expect one or two to make the grade and we should be content with that. The sadness is the last one who was good enough thought he was bigger than the club and forced his way out. There's a chance that someone from the current crop will make it but I'll remain sceptical of that until they're in the first team.


 

 

 

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17 May 2017 13:47:34
Good points by MK, the kid burst out into the scene at a very early age, and has much room for development. However, I would be worried about his position, since he was seen as an alternative to Brandt, the much-coveted LW option for our squad. I admit to not watching much of Meyer, but I always had the impression his position was a bit unclear, but seen as more central. That would make him a good back-up for the periods when Couts is out injured or needs a rest, but would not offer the speed and directness that a genuine LW could bring?

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09 May 2017 19:27:22
Hey ed, these recent days rumours have been spreading that Brandt has turned us down due to the issue you mentioned some time ago - concerns over playing time. Do you know if this has happened, or is there still hope he would come to us? Also, were there any other alternatives for the lift winger position apart from Rafa Silva?

Drigan

{Ed002's Note - Brandt has made it clear if he is not available to start he has no interest in the move.}


 

 

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04 May 2017 15:17:53
Hey ed01, hope you are having a good day!

A question in a similar vein - we are being strongly linked to recruitements in CB and CM, which is kind of understandable with european footie coming next season. Now, it is by no means certain that new players will arrive in those positions, but IF that happens, which members of the current squad would in your opinion be most in danger of being dropped to the bench, or moved on? of course, best case scenario will just see increased competition and rotation, and starters being selected on merit, but I am very curious what the current hierarchy is, so to say.

Cheers!

Drigan

{Ed001's Note - I do not expect a centre back to arrive this summer, if one did, it would probably be a bad sign for Gomez though.

As for CM, it is likely that Lucas would be leaving.}


 

 

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30 Apr 2017 10:02:14
Your seal of approval means a lot, ed! Here is to hoping that the promise of european football will be enough to convince Brandt to accept a rotational role. Besides potentially Bayern, are there any other clubs pushing for him, ed? I think you mentioned Arsenal interest, are they making any steps?

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27 Apr 2017 23:03:45
He might be talking with his friends about it? Or with his dog? So from a grammatical point of view, not bs.

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22 May 2017 13:54:06
Good post!

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22 May 2017 13:53:37
Come on ed, you know Coutinho is in cahoots with Trump, they are probably building a wall in the sea between Australia and New Zealand as we speak. Emre Can is his right-hand man, and Firmino will be a sacrificial lamb for his sinister ambitions.

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22 May 2017 13:51:47
No ambition from the club and the owners, aiming at a bunch of United reject (or) s.

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22 May 2017 13:49:45
I am torn between the wins vs Everton and Man City ed; both matches were scrappy affairs but huge lifts at the same time. I was with one of my best mates and a recent United convert due to the Mouninho influence, and I was jumping all over his room when Mane pounced. On the other hand, the City win set me up for a very pleasant New Year's Eve!

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18 May 2017 09:20:40
Tuned in to watch it especially for our young lad, was up fist pumping at the second save, because it was after Sheffield were going for a turnaround! None of the saved panalties were especially good, but I did notice that about 4 out of 5 times Danny read the situation correctly and dived in the right corner. The celebrations afterward were immense, hope the Terriers make it through the final, they look like a proper collective!

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