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14 Mar 2018 09:30:54
In fairness Ed0333, I don't think it's hubaris - we've proven that we are capable of beating anyone, despite having also proven that we are there for a thumping if we get it wrong against you. But everyone recognises that no match is going to be easy at this point and no matter what, we will have our work cut out for us if we want to progress. That being said, some teams left are the ruling super-powers of Europe and some teams left are very good, well organised squads. Despite both groups being hard games, they are not equal to each other. One thing we need to get out the mindset of though is hoping that we will have the element of surprise. We won our group scoring a record number of goals, and are now in the quarter finals. No-one will be taken by surprise anymore.


{Ed0333's Note - I hear what your saying fella but I’m a naturally cautious guy and have low excepectations and anything else is a pleasant surprise. You make really good points though mate. Let’s hope the fairytale lasts a little bit longer. I would love Klopps first European title to be with us. As I said too Ed’s 001 earlier the ‘doubters to believers’ quote will go down in Anfield folklore if he does.

1.) 15 Mar 2018 04:18:49
I think you’re right to be pragmatic ed - this is the most exciting I’ve seen us play for many years barring 13/ 14 perhaps but we shouldn’t get carried away though as were only 75% through the rebuild as I see it.

That last element of unpredictable results against the top sides is in large part down to midfield for me. I can see why it’s happened this way, but our best midfield for a balance of defence/ control/ pressing and goal threat is for me still Hendo, Gini and Lallana, yet against Man Utd we had Can, Milner and Ox.

Starting from front to back and analyzing the work still to be done

- we have one of the most exciting front threes in a long time but still no impact player off the bench. Can Ings be that player? Jury still out for me.
- our Midfield is OK but for all his recent decent performances Ox is hardly the finished article, I don’t see Milner competing with the best midfielders in Europe (he’s brilliant in some games but can go walkabout and scores very rarely) . Hendo is fantastic but unfortunately injury prone. Gini is still for me the one we should be playing in the big games but hasn’t exactly been blowing the doors off either and Lallana has lost form while Can is still young and inconsistent. We are perhaps in the top 10-15 in terms of midfield but not in the top 5
- Likewise at the back, I think VVD was massive for us and Karius and Lovren looking immeasurably better for him coming in, but we aren’t water tight just yet. We also have a solid LB that’s still adapting, and a very young (even if very talented) RB

Overall in terms of changes next season I think Keita could be revolutionary for us, adding drive, bite and goals from midfield which we sorely lack. I hope we see Robbo, Karius, Lovren, TAA continue their rapid improvement in form and maturity, and hopefully Hendo can stay fit. If we can add an impact player off the bench as well, with goals from midfield or out wide (Lemar? ) then we’ll be 90% of the way there.

{Ed0333's Note - I agree about the sexiness of our play and carving out chances for fun. We were incredibly hard to beat under Rafa, he was my hero but it was turgid football for the most part. Klopps way is so easy on the eye and I totally agree that an upgraded midfield will yield even more success and hopefully the elusive Premiership. The midfield is mediocre at best and Keita will drastically improve it and change the dynamic but to be fair long John silver would improve the dynamic. The attack is exemplarary and the defense can hold its own if they play their best but the midfield lets us down. Like yourself I see the potential in this team.

2.) 15 Mar 2018 07:33:36
I am like u ed think the worst an anything else a bonus sad but necessary after years of let downs an pain, it's obvious this year we seem better against the smaller teams an not as well against top 6, hope this doesn't effect us.

{Ed0333's Note - hopefully next season we’ll get it right. We’ll beat the good teams and the crappy ones.



11 Feb 2015 15:09:08
Any news of Flanagan getting a new contract? Is it even being discussed?


1.) 11 Feb 2015 22:31:14
Hope he gets one, he worked hard last year and showed he had the quality to be in the first team. That goal against Spurs is still a highlight from last season for me.

2.) 12 Feb 2015 10:25:51
One wonder goal and he get's a new contract ? Rather cash in on him and bring another youngster through.

3.) 12 Feb 2015 10:32:07
I think it would be wise to see how he does when he returns from injury.

A full season out is a long time especially at his age.

4.) 12 Feb 2015 13:34:34
Actually It wasn't simply one wonder goal, he played brilliantly when he came in, made Johnson look more of a mug than he actually is, showed that he has what it takes at the top level as he was consistant, solid and worked hard, the goal against spurs was the icing on the cake, as was his reaction.

5.) 12 Feb 2015 17:29:04
Agree Mr D

6.) 13 Feb 2015 07:45:01
He was our only defender last year that actually looked like he had any intention of defending and made opposition players think twice about running at him. He was the best positioned, most disciplined, most energetic and most effective defensive player we had last year. And that was playing on the wrong side.

7.) 13 Feb 2015 20:29:52
If carra was still about he would have learned so much. I remember one of his first games seeing carra talking him through the game, where to be and where to keep the attackers. Shame.

8.) 13 Feb 2015 22:20:00
He played brilliantly last season, but still think it would be wise to see how he recovers after being out for a season.

9.) 14 Feb 2015 12:48:58
I have mentioned this in the past, no the likelyhood is he won't be offered a new contract, he will be given a chance to prove himself in the next couple of months before the decision is made, read my last comment to find out why. Also BR thinks wisdom is a better option as he can fit into the three at the back aswel as a full back

10.) 14 Feb 2015 22:58:50
I think his time is up. Another Martin Kelly Saga.




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26 Jun 2018 09:20:19
Get well soon Jose Enrique - brain tumours are absolutely awful and it's great to see him treated so quickly, here's hoping for a full recovery.


1.) 26 Jun 2018 10:04:49
Totally second that mate!

2.) 26 Jun 2018 19:06:39
Spot on my sister in law got diagnosed before Christmas and was given weeks. All I can say is believe the hype over medicinal cannabis. I was skeptical but it's miracle stuff.



18 Jun 2018 14:54:45
Question for the Eds (sorry if this is the wrong place to ask it but I can't see of any place better) .

The commentators in the Sweden - Korea match were discussing that Son will either need to leave Spurs mid season for a few months and try and win the Asian cup for S. Korea, or Son will have to leave them when he turns 28 for a year to do mandatory military service. I was wondering how much it factors into managers thoughts when scouting players, particularly younger players from some countries that they will possibly/ likely be called away at some point in their career - whether for in-season international tournaments or for longer term national service requirements?


{Ed002's Note - it makes no difference - there are exemptions available in most countries.}

1.) 18 Jun 2018 16:06:36
Thought there might be. Thanks for the quick answer!

{Ed001's Note - the South Koreans, for instance have two Asian competitions over the course of the coming season they could win which would exempt the whole squad from service.}

2.) 18 Jun 2018 16:13:59
No pressure so.

{Ed001's Note - exactly.}



05 Jun 2018 16:10:43
As an extra note on Karius, it's worth mentioning that the most obvious symptoms of concussion when they present are identical to the symptoms of shock - nausea, dizziness, fatigue, erratic/ extreme behaviour. Anyone presenting those symptoms after the game Karius had would automatically be assumed as being in shock and it's only some time later, as the symptoms failed to go away at anything like an appropriate pace, that further investigations might begin to take place. Now clearly this is a medical team failing - if there is any reasonable chance of someone having a concussion, they should be checked for a concussion. But it also goes to highlight just how vital immediate checks are within a game rather than this 'wait and see if they 'look fine'' attitude currently adopted - because even if continuing in the game doesn't cause further harm to the player, the events of the game can lead medical professions down the entire wrong path during subsequent investigations and dramatically increase the wait for treatment.


1.) 05 Jun 2018 18:44:14
I agree. More needs to be done in regards to head injuries not just by medical teams but referees too. Karius did complain to the ref that he was elbowed in the head so maybe in future referees become more insistent on play being stopped for some sort of medical check. These things could be very very serious karius got a lucky escape. With that being said I hope the lads career isn't affected by the injury. Any talk about replacements is a different conversation.

2.) 05 Jun 2018 18:49:49
Spot on, Hijkle. As someone who has been watching the NFL for 15 years, you are dead on. Concussions are no joke and the symptoms linger for a which sometimes means that the player does not know he has one until he complains of headaches, dizziness and esp. migraines. The problem is that football is still WAY behind in terms of concussion protocols. All you have to do is watch the last WC final where Germany's Christophe Kramer was let back on the pitch after a head blow and he actually asked the ref "What is today's date". The ref stopped the game and got him off the pitch ASAP. FIFA and UEFA need to go learn how the NFL do it and incorporate that into football.

3.) 05 Jun 2018 20:25:25
Just to clarify, Kramer had come on and after 14 mins, had asked the ref "Is this the final? " and then the ref took him off.



31 May 2018 12:39:02
Zidane has quit as Real Madrid boss! Guess beating us really had become the achievement of a lifetime for some ;)

(Yes, I know that's not why he did it. It's a joke) .


1.) 31 May 2018 14:18:12
Proof of player power? It's odd that there most successful manager and iconic player has made this decision now after Bale And Ronaldo state they're considering their futures. Calderon has suggested the next manager will have to be appointed after discussion with senior players.

2.) 31 May 2018 14:54:33
Off to Chelsea?

3.) 31 May 2018 17:52:48
As a great player himself who suffered at the hands of a hammer thrower like Materazzu, he was probably embarrassed about winning by taking the oppositions best player out of the game.

Or just maybe the galacticos want to pick the team.

4.) 31 May 2018 18:07:16
The galacticos have always picked the team and in some way, the manager. And if they don't like the manager they are given, they will oust him. Just ask Rafa.

5.) 31 May 2018 22:24:07
To be fair, ZZ has done the right thing. He has left before he is pushed.
If we had beaten Madrid he would have been sacked, they have been rubbish in the league.



23 May 2018 09:29:38
Prediction for the final - if we win, it'll be Mane who does the damage. They have the knowledge to not underestimate Firmino and Salah is obviously the major threat that they will focus on. Mane gets forgotten until it's too late for them.


1.) 23 May 2018 10:15:41
How do you possibly defend against us in a match you have to win? You can’t park the bus, Madrid can’t and won’t do it.
If they have done their homework they will know Mane has been on great form and they will have to focus on him, but that leaves arguably the best player on the planet against the most overrated full back in the world, focus on both? Yeah ok but that leaves firmino space and that’s dangerous, give him space and he will pick out Mane and Salah regardless of how closely your marking them.
They are going to have to go all out attack and hope they get lucky, that then plays right in our hands, but I dunno how else your supposed to play against us if you want/ need a win.

2.) 23 May 2018 10:27:42
They could do a “Red star Belgrade” on us mikey and play for penalties.
Other than that, they’re toast 😎.

3.) 23 May 2018 11:03:36
I guess it comes down to whoever wants to win on the day 🤔.

4.) 23 May 2018 10:47:58
I think the lads having a week before the game for a few days rest and then training at getting at them will do us the world of good, look how electric we was in the last game of the season again after a week, looked fully rejuvenated and was at another level. We come hit them flying out the box Saturday night, they won’t know what’s hit them.

5.) 23 May 2018 11:18:10
Oh God I unfortunately remember that final Ron.

6.) 23 May 2018 11:22:52
My only worry is our mentality, we don’t seem to have the bottle in finals, the desire to win when it matters most, in awe of the occasion maybe? If our players heads turn up as well as their body’s I feel we will win.

7.) 23 May 2018 13:04:17
Either that Mikey or the last two finals we played in, one team was significantly better and still only won on penalties and one team were the undisputed masters of the competition and after being let in by one player (who then lost his head), knew exactly how to take advantage. Nothing to do with bottle, we were the underdogs and underdogs don't always win.




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18 Sep 2018 12:05:57
Although it'll always be worth the manager asking just in case, if your loanee can tell the manager anything useful that they wouldn't be able to find out from watching us play then either that loanee is shaping up to be a much better tactician than his temporary gaffer currently is or you've been working for weeks on special situational tactics that haven't been busted out yet - which is unlikely to be something we do for someone like Southampton who are neither specialized enough (like Burnley and last seasons patented 8 CB formation) or talented enough to warrant their own tactical approach. Although of course that doesn't mean they aren't dangerous enough to beat us.




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12 Sep 2018 10:12:41
I think the good thing and problem with Moreno is that he's so different to Robbo in so many ways. If we want to change up what we're doing because its not working he's a great option to have around as backup. But if we need to replace Robbo involuntarily (injury, suspension etc) then we really have to change how we defend to avoid the big gaping hole he leaves.

That being said, I am curious as to how he'd do next to VVD. Not curious enough to drop Robbo but definitely curious.




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30 Aug 2018 08:37:57
I wonder if they've done something about the transport issues from last time.




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29 Aug 2018 12:19:11
Ojo was injured several times both with us and on loan and by the time he came back, he'd just been firmly overtaken by others so that even if Klopp at some point decides to give our youth products some chances, it won't be him (particularly Wilson and Woodburn) . It's sad but it's life and he's making the right decision at 21, where he needs to be starting to get regular full games to progress. Hopefully he stays injury free and salvages a bright and positive career.




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09 Aug 2018 15:57:17
Pretty sure Newcastle are looking to build capacity, not downgrade it (no offense to Klavan but he's not got the legs that Lascelles does to play 40 games in a season, even if he has the ability)





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27 Sep 2018 14:52:23
Thank you Ed002, didn't realise it was him who rejected the chance. Much appreciated.




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27 Sep 2018 08:59:16
In fairness as an adaptable sports arena, it does sound extremely impressive if it works out. I wouldn't say that makes it the greatest ever built, but for a structural engineer with little interest in football, crowds and atmospheres, I can see where the argument is! Assuming of course the 250m+ retractable second pitch actually work, which is far from guaranteed!


{Ed002's Note - I have been to see it on a couple of occasions and it is very impressive.}



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27 Sep 2018 08:59:16
In fairness as an adaptable sports arena, it does sound extremely impressive if it works out. I wouldn't say that makes it the greatest ever built, but for a structural engineer with little interest in football, crowds and atmospheres, I can see where the argument is! Assuming of course the 250m+ retractable second pitch actually work, which is far from guaranteed!




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26 Sep 2018 13:50:48
Just to clarify Ed002 - did Chirivella not decide to leave but fail to secure his move? I neither want this nor hope for this but it was my understanding of the summer events, is that not correct? Assuming it is, I very much hope we do better in proving to others that they will get time and make room in the squad for them.

On the wider point, it's time to stop filling the bench with players who are unlikely to have huge tactical importance as a sub, and who won't benefit from shorter appearances. When we are winning comfortably we are good enough to take risks without too much concern that it'll actually cost us and get some people in that would actually benefit from half an hour of football with the first team every other week at least. Southampton and West Ham are already two great wasted opportunities where at least one player of our aspiring youth could have had a no risk 20 minutes of football. It needs to happen. And if you don't think it's important then consider this - imagine the CL final except when Salah went off we bought on another winger full of pace and willingness to shoot instead of someone completely different who made the entire team and tactics not click (not Lallana's fault just not a role he could do even in his price) . Quality might not be the same, but at least it would give a chance to still get the best out of the rest of our stars. Had we been putting in either Woodburn on Wilson every time we opened up a three goal lead last season, that might have been an actual option and then who knows?


{Ed002's Note - Pedro Chirivella rejected the opportunity to move and now is no more than fluff for the first team.}



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26 Sep 2018 09:13:04
Not all dentists are sadists. You just can't afford the couple that arent.


{Ed001's Note - I don't believe that, they have to be sadists to want to be a dentist.}