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07 Feb 2016 07:03:51
Ed001, question for you.

When Sakho joined us, he came with a fair bit of reputation as a solid defender, much due to the fact that he was the captain of a PSG side that had the just bought the likes of Thiago Silva.

But looking at the facts, Sakho left as soon as Qatar invested in PSG. Secondly, he was captain of PSG ever since he first played for them and not really because of his performances there if I'm not mistaken.

So do you think a lot of the faith in Sakho's ability as a defender stemmed from his 'presumed pedigree' rather than actual quality which has always been touch-and-go at Liverpool?


{Ed001's Note - when he is fit and firing he is a solid defender, not perfect by any means, but who it? Every player has their weaknesses. The problem is that he gets injured too often, which is what cost him his place at PSG initially. That is made worse because it takes him a few games to get back to match sharpness after each injury, so becomes a liability for the first few games back. He reminds me of Fabio Aurelio, injured, comes back, plays crap for a bunch of games, hits form for one game then goes off injured in his second and it is back to the beginning.}

1.) 07 Feb 2016 07:35:03
His main weakness for me is that quick players can go pass him relatively easily.

2.) 07 Feb 2016 07:51:11
Aurelio scored cracking free kicks though. Plus, he usually performed against United, so Aurelio>>Sakho for me personally.

Also, Sakho's performaces to me indicate not rustiness but just poor defending at times. Rustiness is something like Henderson right now. You can see that the passes are right, just underhit or overhit a bit. Sakho's passing makes me feel secure when Mignolet has the ball. And he gets bullied much too easily, much like Skrtel.

I hope him and Lovren perform well though. Fingers crossed.

3.) 07 Feb 2016 09:33:01
Still don't understand this thing about sakhos passing.
Everytime I watch the game and the passing stats come up sakho is usually in the top 3 for all 22 players for most passes and most accurate as well.
If you watch him he looks awkward hitting it, body shape looks weird but it's usually a decent pass and that's the main thing.

4.) 07 Feb 2016 13:49:12
Sahko makes and completes more incisive and forward passes thane all our mids put together. This useless idea that his passing is aweful is just delusional at its best. The guy is not perfect and needs to improve other parts of the game like every other player so people should lay off the guy. I think he and Lovren will be a Gould partnership if they can stay fit.



30 Jan 2016 11:39:37
Ed002, this one's for you as you seem to ...........


{Ed002's Note - This is the Liverpool page and you need the Real Madrid page for such questions. Thing is that you have the wrong end of the stick with this matter. It is nothing to do with what you think and has absolutely no relevance to Liverpool.}

1.) 30 Jan 2016 14:21:50
Alright Ed. Thanks anyway.



29 Jan 2016 14:06:22
Hey Ed001 or Ed002, I seem to remember that Spurs' captain Ledley King had a chronic knee issue.
In that he wouldn't train through the week, but play at the weekend and then spend the week rehabilitating.

Do you think such an arrangement could/ would be possible with Sturridge, in case his fitness issues turn out to be something that can only be managed and not cured outright?

Because Sturridge is someone who really adds another dimension to our attack and even if he wouldn't play 2-3 games a week, he could very well be the difference between a draw and a win when he plays.


{Ed001's Note - if needed it could be done yes.}

1.) 29 Jan 2016 15:46:27
If needed ed, would you not say it was needed a long time ago?

2.) 29 Jan 2016 15:48:46
I think that could be an issue with Klopp's style of play. How can sturridge play at the high pace if he's getting no fitness work apart from games? I think he'd often by off the pace of the game.

3.) 29 Jan 2016 16:19:44
Even with a lack of that intense training a player could stay in good enough shape to still play. He could also be subbed off after an hour, or even come on for the last 30.

4.) 29 Jan 2016 17:27:21
Is it worth it? Play a player knowing he can only go 60 max? or 30 as a sub? Seems like a waste of a player who is on extremely high wages.

I'd rather us attempt to get him to full fitness so he can be a regular contributor. Who knows when that will be. If he has a year like he did with Suarez then you drive up his value and decide to either sell or take the risk of injuries again.

{Ed001's Note - that is not how it works. Ledley King, Paul McGrath and others were able to play for the full 90min but barely able to train. Sometimes they are fit enough from playing games to not need to train.}

5.) 29 Jan 2016 17:57:29
Would you rather have 30 mins of sturridge or none? Just a suggestion mate.

6.) 29 Jan 2016 18:43:19
I'm sure everyone is hoping that Studgie G comes back fully fit next season and wins the Golden Boot, but food for thought that.

Wouldn't you rather get him to play against defensively tougher teams and let Ings or Benteke play the other matches; don't sell him to a direct rival for ~$15-20m and watch him score a hat-trick against us?

Anyhow, thanks a ton Ed001. Much appreciated.

7.) 29 Jan 2016 19:19:54
Ledley king was a brilliant defender.

8.) 29 Jan 2016 20:45:44
Sorry ED would have to disagree with you there; Ledley King and Daniel Sturridge are two very very different situations.

Ledley King had only one issue, the fact that there was no cartilage in his knee, so it was essentially bone on bone contact, causing swelling, it was essentially arthritis on steroids, and that's why the rest period was necessary to let that swelling go down. The positive was there was no muscular problems, so he could go to the gym and do certain exercises (not involving the bending of the knee at all) to keep himself in decent enough condition.

With Sturridge, he keeps getting soft tissue muscle injuries, if you asked a player like him to not train, considering how explosive he is, how much power his body generates when sprinting and shooting etc he would probably cause significant damage to his muscles every time he played and if you sent him to the gym like the spuds did with King then you're facing the same problems all over again.

Just my opinion, as i did a fair bit of research into Kings problems for a uni module, as it happens i believe Sturridges problems are purely because we are getting an injury prone player, who hasn't played in a long time, coming off the back of a big injury (his hip injury), and trying to rush him back without a proper pre-season etc, and it may be partly Sturridges fault for trying to get himself back too quickly. I reckon this little pre season thing Klipperty is doing will work wonders for the lad.



28 Oct 2015 21:44:14
Nice solid performance after a long time.

No nervy siege mentality defending at the end, just made sure to keep the ball and keep it moving with purpose.

Why I write this post though, is I thought Allen was immense after starting slowly. The second half, he almost cut out most of the balls being played into the middle.

Also good ball control meant, the ball kept moving quickly between Firmino, Brannagan and Allen without unnecessary square passes.

Very pleased with the performances. Especially Bogdan, Clyne and Firmino. Brannagan and Teixera were much better than the week-in, week-out duo of Can and Milner who slow down play, IMHO.

Anyhow, cheers. Onwards and upwards, that is the phrase right?




25 Aug 2015 14:16:22
Hi Ed001,

If you're around (I'm relatively positive you are omni-present, like Ed002), a question regarding yesterday's match.

Didnt you feel we played too narrow a game? I thought getting narrow while defending was a good tactic as it suffocated Arsenal's expansive game.

But even in attack I felt both Firmino and Coutinho were primarily attacking the space between the centre-halves and the full-backs, as opposed to the full backs.

I thought this might have been the case of playing styles, so when Ibe came on I thought we'd stretch Monreal out wide, but again Ibe was stationed to attack the space 'between' the CB's and the FB, which might explain why he kept losing the ball (getting outnumbered by having no space to attack).

My question is, do you think Ibe (or we in general) should have played wider in attack. I only remember Coutinho getting even close to the by-line. Might have gotten Benteke better crosses to attack, given he was winning almost everything in the air.

Thanks a ton!


{Ed001's Note - I do think that was a problem, I would have liked to see someone, such as Milner or the fullbacks, attacking the space out wide and whipping in a few crosses. Can I would have liked to see bursting into the box looking to get on the end of the crosses and Couts and Firmino picking up the bits and pieces around the edge of the box.}

1.) 25 Aug 2015 17:55:42
Ed001, ideally yes, it would be best to defend as a narrow unit, and attack as an expansive one.

Do you think it is possible though? To use one system to defend, and a rather radically different one to attack? Do you think we played narrow just to make sure we were never caught out by Alexis and Ozil?

I personally think the narrow-ness has been the major factor why Ibe who was so amazing in pre-season has suddenly looked like Babel or El-Zhar.

{Ed001's Note - yes, that is exactly what most teams do.}

2.) 25 Aug 2015 18:32:43
I don't know what it was like on TV ed but at the game last night Emre was tracking back like Bambi on ice, did you notice it? Very very lazy, when Rossiter was warming up i was sure Emre was the one coming off.




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16 May 2016 05:46:20
In my opinion, it has to be Philip Lahm. Could play both sides equally comfortably and rarely looked flustered. I suppose him and Zanetti would be in my World XI at the Fullback position.




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23 Feb 2016 04:18:04
C'mon, with a name like Brenda's Dentist, you know he's probably just being a little sarcastic. Chill, EMAN34.

Have a beer.




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16 Feb 2016 05:33:13
Hold on. 2 goals for one penalty? Can someone explain this? If it's real.




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14 Feb 2016 06:27:38
Damn. I thought something that bizarre would mean there would only be one incident. Clearly I was mistaken. Thanks Ed!


{Ed001's Note - the age cheating is very common, a number of African nations have been banned from youth tournaments over it. There was a very real fear that it would disrupt the Asian U23 championships recently.}



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14 Feb 2016 06:12:55
Ed001, as far as I could find out they were not taking the player to court, but rather were threatening legal action against the website that made the claim about him being 40.

Indeed the Italian FA cleared him of all charges. Joseph Minala is the player, in case anyone wants to do their own research.


{Ed001's Note - different player obviously. Just checked, it was AC Milan, the player is Yusupha Yaffa and is now at Duisburg. He said he was 13 when he signed, but people on his facebook said he was much older, 22 in fact. He is now facing court action by the club, if found guilty he could face more charges from Duisburg and the Italian Immigration Office.}