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08 Aug 2017 15:30:38
Hi Eds. I read a report stating that LFC was in talks with Hannover over loaning one of our strikers. I would have thought it would have been Ings, but just read something else saying it could be Woodburn. Any news from your side?

{Ed001's Note - no sorry I haven't heard anything about that.}


1.) 08 Aug 2017 16:33:27
ok, Ed001. Thanks.


2.) 08 Aug 2017 17:52:29
Isnt Woodburn 17? i thought you had to be 18 to move abroad on loan.


3.) 08 Aug 2017 18:10:37
It was reported to be a loan deal for Kent however, Klopp may have ended that alleged deal and Kent will be kept.


 

 

20 Jun 2017 22:24:38
You can add Zeca, Brazilian left-back 23 years old, to the list of LBs being linked with us. Plays for Santos and has featured for the Brazil U20s and the recent Olympic Gold winning team. Is right footed so he can play both on the left and the right. Super fast, athletic type, but a bit on the short smallish side for me (in the videos I saw) . But then, Roberto Carlos was even shorter, so what do I know. Seems to be a very offensive minded player.

Probably just a case of the agent creating waves and interest in his client in Europe, and everyone and their grandma knows we're in the market for LBs.


1.) 21 Jun 2017 05:51:22
Only zika we're getting is the virus.


 

 

07 Jun 2017 22:41:04
And on a side note, stories in the media are out that Lucas Leiva has had discussions with his original club, Gremio in Brazil, and will probably go back and play with them next year. If that is the case, I thank him for 10 years of sterling, loyal service and wish him all the best for his remaining career. There's always something special about players who knuckle down, give 100%, persevere, and just do their job despite all the drama and distractions, in the game. YNWA.


 

 

13 Nov 2015 11:30:36
Hi Ed002. Do you have any information/news about Loris Karius, the goalkeeper from Mainz, as a transfer target for LFC? The source is twitter (and Essexred below), but since his name was lumped along with Sane and Gundogan on the tweet, I thought I would ask you the question. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I would rather not answer questions from Twitter but at least you were honest where it came from. Mainz's Loris Karius has been previous linked with interest from Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Schalke and Valencia - but it is Aston Villa who are looking for a January move. Previously played for Manchester City.}


1.) 13 Nov 2015 12:24:53
Thanks Ed.


 

 

 

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23 Apr 2018 17:03:27
Phew. That was a much better press conference than the last one. The Klopp we know, with all the seriousness of "playing football", his love of the game, respecting the opponents and the occasional silly joke, were all back.

Interesting point to note is his answer to a question about whether he has been asked, or would consider, managing in the Serie A. His reply was basically "I don't know, I guess we'll find out, but not before 4 years, for sure". Clearly indicates his thinking and his intentions.


1.) 23 Apr 2018 18:32:41
Critcally analysing press conferences? Has it really come to that?


2.) 23 Apr 2018 18:45:40
OP, or maybe, he simply does not know and cannot think that far.


 

 

09 Apr 2018 13:03:41
So what do you think Gentlemen? Do we adopt a new tactic and strategy against ManC tomorrow night or do a repeat of the tactics/ strategy used last time? I say we do exactly the same thing. Hang back a bit and give them some space, but press and recover the ball in packs, close off the passing channels and hit them fast and furious on the counter. They're clearly low on morale after our game and ManU, and if we score a goal in the first 30 minutes, the rest of the game should be smooth sailing. I don't see them scoring 5 goals on us again (our back 4 was Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno and only 10 players when that happened) . I just hope Arnold does an encore on Sane, Roberston is playing (Klavan will not do well against Sterling) and Wijnaldum does an excellent job in the holding midfielder role (I'm assuming that's where he will play) .


1.) 09 Apr 2018 13:34:57
Our strengths are Man City weakness's. Let's change nothing and continue to play like we have all season. In the players eyes it should be 0-0 and we are going there for the win. If we turn up trying to park a bus and defend a lead then that could turn out to be our downfall. If we turn up to play then we will go through.


2.) 09 Apr 2018 13:36:18
I don’t think we should be hanging back, they have had issues with teams pressing from the front as we did.

The need is to be explosive from the word go! We get one goal and that makes it significantly harder to qualify.


3.) 09 Apr 2018 13:57:55
Jayden is right. Utd parked the bus and allowed City all kinds of space and time on the ball and they carved them to pieces and had no business losing that game as they could have been 4/ 5 nil up in that first half and could have called it a day. Instead, Utd went for it (which is normal going 2 down and nothing to lose) and City's weaknesses at the back and in midfield (they don't track runners on all 3 goals), came back to the fore again. If we park the bus, we will get slaughtered.

We should play the way we know how to as in press as a group, plug all the passing lanes, stay compact while at the same time, playing a high line and hit them on the break whenever they lose the ball cos they will and they don't like tracking back towards their goal.


4.) 09 Apr 2018 14:01:03
Sitting back against them will be our undoing, that’s what pretty much every team bar is had done this year and look how City have dismantled them. Normal tactics (really hope Salah is 100%) but without being gung ho when it’s not necessary.
Big thing for me though is for us to keep the ball better, we gave it away so so cheaply in the last 3 games, we need to pass to our players and don’t give city or their fans any encouragement with awful passes in the middle of the pitch that catch us out of shape.


5.) 09 Apr 2018 15:11:37
Just attack them again and win 3-0 again 👍

Seems like whenever We play deep or defensive against them they score for fun and we go to pieces, whenever we attack them we get goals and make a show of them.


6.) 09 Apr 2018 15:16:25
Just to clarify, I wrote sitting back a "bit" only because I noticed we were doing that in the previous game, making our formation more compact and therefore making it easier to close off passing channels and press their midfield.


7.) 09 Apr 2018 15:49:12
Ra I thought our game plan was spot on last game. Our intensity in the first half was immense and there's no way the players could have maintained that for 90 mins and as you have already said we sat back in 2nd half and looked pretty good doing it for the first time since the Benitez era. I think if we come out of the stalls all guns blazing again then we will either put the tie to bed with a goal or 3 or at the very least throw City off their game with our pressure. I'd even take a 0-0 at half time worst case. What's worse than needing 4 goals in 90 minutes but needing them in 45.


8.) 09 Apr 2018 17:19:02
If they don’t score within the first twenty mins I can hear the fans quickly turning on them as every mistake will be met with groans. Personally, I hope we get hold of the ball for the first ten mins and once we’ve settled, invite them on and catch them on the break with ox and mane doing most of the running. I would imagine it’ll only take a few counter attacks to take the fire from their belly’s. I’d love us to push on and keep them at bay with the press and hopefully show the rest of the managers in the league how to beat them. I just can’t see them beating us if we decide to play football. My one worry is missing Henderson’s leadership. Regardless of what anyone may think of his football ability, the midfield is far stronger with him in it.


9.) 09 Apr 2018 17:51:34
Agreed Jayden. The "world-beaters" certainly have a crisis of confidence after the last two games, and they're ready to be taken down a notch or so. I think we'll lose 3-2, but that suits us just fine.


10.) 09 Apr 2018 18:07:53
It's going to be one hell of a game I know that much. Both teams have some great attacking players on show tomorrow night. My earlier prediction of 0-0 at half time is 99% not happening.


11.) 09 Apr 2018 18:59:02
Ra, us sitting back a bit in the home leg was not by design cos Klopp, VVD and Lovren admitted that. Klopp was not happy about that as he wanted us to play more footie at that point. It may have worked as the boys worked their arses off all game BUT City pushed us back.

What we must do is not panic, go in respecting the plan and executing it to the T. City will huff and puff and try to swarm us with all that raw emotion. All we have to do is keep it tight and push up the compact block up the pitch, playing a high line and make sure all the gaps are covered for the first 25 mins. If they don't score at that point as someone said on here, their fans (however many they will be) will start getting on their backs and if we score, the game is over and the Emptyhad will become well, Empty.


12.) 09 Apr 2018 21:24:58
I'm 100% sure you have 0% chance of knowing what will happen either way :) So rarely has a 3-0 aggregate lead been so unpredictable about which way the tie will end. I'm confident but terrified!


 

 

05 Apr 2018 08:46:22
From the outset, we knew that Liverpool could beat ManC if a) Klopp put together the right tactics and strategy, b) the boys played their hearts out and c) we had some luck. And all 3 worked out just fine.

I wrote yesterday that Klopp has Guardiola's number, and Klopp showed it very well. ManC was surprised (the first half) not only by LFC's readiness to sit back and invite pressure, but also to hunt in packs, close the channels, head off all first balls, and then to counter with deadly precision. Something I would associate Mourinho with, and not Klopp. Guardiola, in fact, showed a real fear of LFC when he started Gundogan instead of Sterling, relying on the Sane, Silva and De Bruyne trio to bring in the goals. And even when Sterling was brought in, they still believed the left side with Sane would deliver that precious away goal (s) .

There's no doubting the tremendous heart and desire to win, the boys showed. Everyone is raving about Arnold (he deserves it), but Milner deserves a lot of credit for all the graft and effort (headless chicken or not) and Henderson, Robertson and Mane, too. In fact, all 11 seemed to be on the same wavelength, constantly churning the wheels of the LFC machine. There's nothing that shows the growing maturity of this team more than its ability to soak up pressure, manage time better and just play ugly to win, as in the second half. Even with Salah's morale lowering departure, the team's belief did not falter.

And the luck part, for me, was primarily some of the offside calls. They mostly went in our favor while similar calls for ManC went against them. Borderline cases all, and just luck to decide the outcome.

Guardiola is a seasoned, veteran Champions League warrior, so nobody should expect them to panic, be clueless or lie down tamely. I expect them to come out firing on all cyclinders, and with Aguero probably back, It's going to be harder than it was last night for us to defend. In my opinion, Emre Can will be key in how well he is able to duplicate Henderson's performance of last night. And I am not too concerned with Salah's possible absence because I wouldn't mind Ox taking his place and providing more defensive ability in the midfield. Their entire strategy will be focused on reversing the 0-3 deficit they have, and will, therefore, leave themselves far more open for counters than normal All it will take is 1 away goal and they wil have to score 5.

My dream of a Barcelona-Liverpool final is still on. 😎.


1.) 05 Apr 2018 09:02:57
Our fullbacks were immense last night. Robertson probably put in one of his best performances even though he struggled a bit with Raheem.
How is this the same team that lost to West Brom?


2.) 05 Apr 2018 11:00:44
Both fbs nullified city's a game of getting it wide near the box and crossing. Vvd really stood up and had taken his flip flops off and our cbs were immense. The midfield ran the show. People have been saying we won't win nowt with that midfield but the English boys showed how it was done the ox again! I was one of the few who were proper chuffed when he signed, I hope the last couple of months has cb hanged people's views. We have one of the most exciting attacking cms in the world. Was a part of every goal.

Seconds half, welcome go the new matured liverpool. Vvd taking charge and between them and the midfield kept city to a meagre chances Karius dealt well with very little.

That's us through. Nearly lost. A quick away goal in the second leg and it's all ovwr.


 

 

04 Apr 2018 10:56:18
Hi Ed002. Question for you if you don't mind.

Given that LFC is not the largest buyer of players, and yet they are consistently the higest payers of commissions, I was wondering what the reason could be? I'm aware that payments to agents and middle-men can be range bound (and not fixed) so there's no strict formula for the commissions. But I was wondering if LFC was doing something differently than others to be paying the most; perhaps structuring the purchases in a different manner or in certain way? There's the implication that perhaps they don't negotiate well, but I know that's not necessarily the case, since they do rather well with sales of players. Is it just a matter of luck, where they end up buying players that come along with higher than normal commissions (for their agents and middle-men) and fees?

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool do spend a lot of money on buying players so that accounts for a lot of it. This year there have been two self inflicted wounds in the past year from the club that have hit them hard financially and this is reflected in these recently released “agent” fees. The second issue is that payments are also made to various other parties that are not listed in the released figures as they are typically “consultancy fees” or “other costs” and whilst Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal don’t use that approach several clubs do - and it can horribly distort the figures. As an example, FIFA kicked off an investigation regarding payments made to agents and “other” related to the Paul Pogba transfer, and the structure of those payments - and the amounts involved are staggering. Regardless, going forward clubs are trying to hold back but market forces are such that if you set your heart on a player much of the room to negotiate agent fees goes.}


1.) 04 Apr 2018 14:45:40
Thanks very much Ed002.👍.

{Ed002's Note - It is a good question. Thanks.}


 

 

03 Apr 2018 22:42:30
Pep Guardiola has lost more games (5) against Jurgen Klopp than any other manager. That tells me Klopp has his number. And if the team executes Klopp's strategy then a win is very much in the realm of the possible.

Put in Ox, Milner and Hendo in midfield. Hope Robertson does a repeat performance of controlling Sterling, Arnold does a decent enough job against Sane, and Lovren/ Van Dijk marshal the center against Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne (easier said than done, I know, but we've done it once already this season) . We need Karius at his best, and we're sorted. Maybe we'll make some mistakes but they shouldn't lead to goals - that's key and our downfall always.

I'm as nervous as everybody else, but can't wait for the game to start.


1.) 04 Apr 2018 07:22:46
Ra1969, Pep has actually lost 6 games to Klopp and Klopp is the manager that has beaten City the most, scored more goals against and slaughtered them at the Emtyhad, something no other team can boast about. Pep respects Klopp a whole lot and we all know why. Klopp is his Kryptonite and hopefully, that will be the case again in this tie.


2.) 04 Apr 2018 08:37:59
I stand corrected Brover. Thanks.


 

 

 

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23 Apr 2018 10:41:47
Question for everyone. Is Butland that much better than Ward? It's clear Butland is the more experienced GK (even more than Karius), but is there so much of a difference in skill to warrant letting Ward go and bringing Butland in?


 

 

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21 Apr 2018 14:40:15
In a choice between Ceballos and Neves, I would go with Neves. Better passing, livelier, and better tackler too.


 

 

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14 Apr 2018 13:37:18
Watched some videos of him on youtube (to get a better idea since I've never seen him play) . Seems to be a quick, slashing type of attacking midfielder - the type that we do need in the ranks. However, with his age, and the fact that we already have Wilson, Kent and Ojo able to play the same position, I really don't see the point of signing him. Unless LFC scouts and coaches make the assessment that he is already better than the 3 of them, which I do not believe to be necessarily the case.

I'd rather we continue doing what we did with Jordon Ibe. Bring the player up to the fringes of the first team and see if he will sink or swim. And then make the assessment to keep or sell. It's pointless to keep collecting players and then have them become perpetual loanees (ie. Awoniyi and Allan, amongst others) . I think Wilson, Kent and Ojo deserve to be given their assessment chances in the summer, and then be told if they have a chance, before we make commitments to new purchases.


 

 

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09 Apr 2018 11:29:21
I think we should try for Batshuayi. He's having a great year at Dortmund (on loan from Chelsea) and he offers a different style of attack to when Firmino is not firing in the goals or is injured. And we haven't done too badly with ex-Chelsea players (Sturridge and Salah) .


 

 

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09 Apr 2018 11:26:19
There's a pattern there somewhere. Every time there's a player on the end of his contract, and is available on a free, we somehow are immediately linked. Lazy journalism at its best, as if that's the criteria the team uses for recruits. Hilarious.


 

 

 

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22 Apr 2018 22:15:30
I'm glad I was wrong. Salah won it! Congratulations Mo!


 

 

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22 Apr 2018 21:16:08
The voting was supposedly done in February. On that basis, I'd say De Bruyne will win it. Salah has become a serious contender only as he has gotten closer and closer to the goalscoring records. But I wouldn't mind Silva getting it. That talent (over so many years) needs some recognition.


 

 

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21 Apr 2018 17:22:08
Everyone's going mental.

{Ed001's Note - it is a fundamental quality.}


 

 

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21 Apr 2018 12:18:40
In regards to Wenger, this is what happens when you overstay your welcome. Without a doubt, the man deserves praise and respect for keeping Arsenal at a such high level for such a long time. But he should have been smart enough to see the first signs a couple of years ago and left from a high level, rather than being derided by the fans and pushed out the door. SAF saw that it was time to move on and let others have their chance, and left at exactly the right time.


 

 

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20 Apr 2018 15:01:23
Great article Ed. Hilarious in places. And agree with you about Sterling. For the life of me, I could never understand the pundits who also labelled him as much improved. He hasn't changed one bit since leaving LFC. Still runs fast, gets to the opposition box or nearabouts and then shoots it into the stands or out wide. It was crystal clear in their recent game against Spurs.

{Ed001's Note - thank you mate and glad someone else sees it. The lad is just playing with a better team but everything else is the same about him. Of course he will score more as he is being given more chances to score. He still can't strike a ball cleanly. Has the technique of a 5 year old in that regard. Too much time fannying about ball juggling to impress girlies and not enough time learning passing technique. Cruyff would have hated him, he is exactly the kind of player he hated.}