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11 Apr 2017 16:49:46
On the BBC sports website : Dele Alli and Eric Dier spotted in Liverpool.

Please oh please tell me he's reconsidered that 5mln contract offer! And Diers coming along too to keep him company.


1.) 11 Apr 2017 19:56:49
Moons made of cheese as well.

2.) 11 Apr 2017 20:38:51
Dier wudnt get on in front of Emre 😎.

3.) 11 Apr 2017 21:14:18
They were here for a night out with Barkley.

4.) 12 Apr 2017 11:23:30
Too bad they didn't provide better cover for Barkley!

5.) 12 Apr 2017 13:21:34
Moon cheese is delectable.

6.) 12 Apr 2017 15:45:06
Knockout evening I heard.



01 May 2015 16:44:42
Call me ignorant but I don't call Cheryshev a Marquee signing and have no idea why we'd spend another 18mln on a young winger when we have Ibe, Markovic, Sterling and Ojo, Wilson, Kent and others in youth setup. Depay on the other hand would really improve the team and can play backup/second striker and I would call Marquee.

Eds, are we really looking at Cheryshev please or just someone trying to talk up his value?


{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid have had a few approaches from clubs interested interested in taking winger Denis Cheryshev on loan or permanently this summer with Kuban Krasnodar and Real Sociedad both requesting a price. Previous interest from Everton went with David Moyes. Zenit and Metalist Kharkiv dropped whatever interest they had. As for Liverpool, he may well be an option to replace Raheem Sterling if he were to leave, but I am certain there has been no bid at this time. }

1.) 01 May 2015 23:31:27
Thanks, think it's the last thing we need, doesn't fill a critical gap and another unproven youngster.

2.) 03 May 2015 04:15:02
BR is the same guy who says he is building a squad withe money he blows, then says we need marquee players then, he is interested in this Russian kid who is NOT a marquee signing. Moral of the story? If a man talks too much, he lies a lot. He talks so much that he doesn't remember what he actually hence, sounds dumb.



05 Jan 2015 13:53:49
Hi eds, if we lose Lucas and Gerard over the summer, what's the long term plan in centre midfield? Can and Henderson would make sense and perhaps llalana or Coutinho in if we play three? Any idea what BR's plans are for Allen?



{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what the plans are for Allen but Liverpool have a lot of midfield players already. Much will depend on what happens management wise.}

1.) 05 Jan 2015 14:24:15
A fairly well balanced midfield three would be Henderson, Lallana and Can, with a front three of Coutinho, Sterling and Sturridge.

2.) Agree 100%, would like ideally to see a strong DM option (or keep Lucas) to sub in as required. Lucas, Can and Hendo would be a great defensive three while Can, Hendo and Llalana a great balanced/attacking midfield.

{Ed002's Note - Folks need to stop listing players/teams here otherwise the thread will be deleted.}

3.) To the original post I can only hope Allen moves on. Watching many games this season, he lacks pace tracking back, lacks strength. For a passing possession player he seems to lose the ball often and I can't recall him making a forward pass over 6yrds? I also can't recall a single assist?

Seems like a nice bloke but purely football he is nowhere good enough. Wouldn't expect a fee of over £5m either, a complete waste of funds. Depending on how Balotelli turns out, Allen is for me our worst ever purchase

4.) 05 Jan 2015 18:05:33
agreed! allen is a shocking player.

5.) 05 Jan 2015 22:41:29
I still think the best midfield displays I've seen in Rodgers time were two games we lost last season- Man City and Chelsea over the festive period. Our midfield was Lucas, Allen & Henderson. Those three completely shut down City & Chelsea's midfield with the combined pressing of Henderson & Allen and Lucas sitting behind and reading the game.


6.) 08 Jan 2015 00:16:03
Hi guys, I work for a football stats company and can tell you that Allen has both a deceptively high pass completion rate for a midfielder over the last two seasons (87.09%), and also has won more duels than Gerrard. He gets bashed more than he should




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24 Apr 2017 00:22:08
Quick thoughts (besides being absolutely gutted, trying to be rational here)

The first 60 minutes weren't too bad actually, thought we controlled the game pretty well, and apart from one really poor piece of defending for Bentekes first (where they opened us up ridiculously easily and no-one tracked any runners - where was the defense? ) we didn't give too many other chances away but created a reasonable amount. Brilliant goal from Coutinho apart though we lacked the killer touch and there were theee notable issues in converting possession into goals IMO
1) It was mostly poor delivery from Clyne who failed on numerous occasions to look dangerous from good positions
2) Coutinho kept dropping into midfield, which was fine, but we lacked any quality on the overlap outside him, and likewise missed a fullback able to get in behind on the left
3) This was a game we really missed Llalanas energy and creativity, with Can and Gini struggling to create anything in the tight spaces

The last 30mins however we really started to panic and I thought the nervousness of the race for top4 got to us. We needed a change on about 65mins to shake things up but there very little Klopp felt confident turning too off the bench which was a major problem, and we let the game stagnate which gave Palace increasing confidence. Predictably another silly mistake from defense, a soft corner and we concede yet again from a set piece (why don't our own corners ever seem so dangerous? ) . I think being able to turn to Sturridge when we were in control but struggling to score would have been a major boost and forced Palace to move to a much more defensive mindset, such a shame he couldn't at least make the bench.

What I think Klopp should have done is put on TAA for Clyne, taken off Lucas and pushed Can deeper, dropping Coutinho into midfield, then let Woodburn have 30mins on the wing. As it was it turned into a bit of a shapeless mess and we took a major blow in the race.

The good news is though, the Manchester Derby is yet to come and some tough games left for Man Utd too so let's not panic just yet. Hopefully with Llalana back and maybe Hendo too we can strengthen things up again and push on. Keep the faith and here's to Klopp getting a new CB and one or even two FBs in the summer.


1.) 24 Apr 2017 09:41:46
Honestly i don't think we will get 4th, players are bottling it again. Hope they prove me wrong but just can't see it.

2.) 24 Apr 2017 09:44:50
Sorry but I thought we were poor all game. Take away Coutinho's goal and we where slow and predictable with many of our players just not at the races. Wijnaldum, Can, Origi and even Firmino just not firing.

Then you look at our back line, Milner was poor, slow to attack and even slower defensively with Clyne the same but worse because, well how many times can you get forward only to hold or waste possession? Lovren, least said about him the better and Matip wasn't much better.

You can't fault Mignolet today, couldn't do much with the goals. Midfield was just nonexistent and has to take some of the blame for our defensive woeful defense as Palace just breezed past them, both Can and Wijnaldum may as well not have been on the pitch.

The worst thing for me is that everyone could see we had lost our momentum and things needed to change but Klopp waits until inside 80 mins, I mean what's the point?! We have 2 young players with pace which could of got at Palace given time and who comes on Moreno? I just don't get it, Klopp was working slower than Lovren and that is saying something!

3.) 24 Apr 2017 10:19:31
What exactly is happening behind Wilson and Ojo. A team that has no pace up front should play either one. It's a no brainer to me. Are they not good enough?

4.) 24 Apr 2017 10:55:28
natural poolie how can you have a go at firminio he may not have been effective upfront as you want against a back 6 which he did get behind a time or two, one of the few who made them runs but the lad run every yard of the pitch harrying and closing down and even found himself in the right back position behind clyne who would have been caught out more if not for him and even although your right about can and matip letting benteke ghost away what that was an example of is the frailty of zonal marking because all you seen in that goal position ways was all and i mean liverpool players marking the space and not attacking the ball or marking men. If your going to have a go understand what your seeing first.

{Ed001's Note - that is not a weakness of the system, it is a weakness of our players. Not attacking the ball and not blocking off runs are the two things we struggle with. That is why we concede. We have no organisation from the keeper or the centre backs, no one is doing their job. If we were man marking the problems would be the same, it is just people would blame the individual players, rather than the system.}

5.) 24 Apr 2017 11:56:13
Bruffio you answered your own question. Getting behind them once or twice in 90 mins in a game against an opponent who let us have possession and you call think that's good? Sorry but I stand by my opinion, they were all poor.

6.) 24 Apr 2017 14:15:41
Spot on, Ed. I have mentioned this numerous times. We have a load of buck-passers who just stand there hoping that the ball will clear itself. There is no bottle amongst our defenders when it comes to being assertive in defensive situations like set-pieces. NOBODY takes charge, organizes and holds players accountable in such situations. No one wants to get their hands dirty and stick the boot in. Look at their second goal, and you will see what I'm talking about. even the Sunday League don't defend set pieces the way we do.

Man marking is even worse IMO, cos all you have to do is block players off (picked as they say in the NFL) and the a man or two will be free and the problem will be the same, as you said. The best system is a mix of zonal and man marking in certain areas of the box BUT the problems will remain if our players have the gutless defensive mentality they have now.



19 Mar 2017 19:05:39
Important point today, yes a sitter missed but both sides had chances and a thrilling game. hats off.

Have to say well done to Can - playing much better staying a bit deeper. Wijnaldum also a terrier in midfield.

Now we have to make the most of the fact we have no more top 6 matches left. not exactly our strong suit but if Klopp can figure out how to beat the low block we have a decent shot at top 4 now. Very important for us to finish strong.


1.) 19 Mar 2017 19:12:45
Unbeaten against Chelsea, Arsenal, Spuds, City and Man Utd.

Credit where it's due, good effort by the team 👍.

2.) 19 Mar 2017 23:14:37
Spot on, Ron and Zimbo. 20 of our points have come against teams that before the season started, were supposed to be better than us. Their managers are said to be better than Klopp yet NONE of them can beat him. He's beaten Pep and Mou more than another manager and Poch will be lucky to get a point against him. Wenger? He's the past and our games vs Arsenal with Klopp, have shown that.

Now, we can fully focus on the next 9 games vs lesser teams who park the bus. We may have the better players BUT we have to be hardworking, up for the challenge and show the same will to win like we show vs the top 6 rivals. Arsenal got creamed by WB cos they simply quit as soon as they went behind without putting in a fight. Those two corners from which they conceded, were incredible based on the complete apathy in their box. We cannot allow that in these games, period.

3.) 20 Mar 2017 03:05:05
lets not forget of the sides we lost to, we have also beat, Leicester 4-1, hull city 5-1, Swansea 2-1, burnley 2-1, we play Bournemouth after the derby, we just have to go into those games with the right attitude, like we have when playing our top rivals, I would gladly take some ugly wins when we play the likes of west brom, stoke and crystal palace.

4.) 21 Mar 2017 11:00:29
That's the thing, KK. That will to win that we show vs our top 6 rivals must be there all the time. It is not a switch you can turn on and off as you please which is why, we keep getting the disastrous results we get against some of them even tho as you say, we have won our own share of games vs the lesser teams that include Stoke 4-1, Sunderland 2-0 and Boro 3-0.



17 Mar 2017 06:00:02
Hi Ed02,

Great sharkopod, although we missed sparky. Given the voice and decade of your commercial sponsors it seems perhaps you are less Melissa Reddy and more Charles Bronson though, very disappointing for those tweenies on this site with a crush.

Funny you didn't mention any CBs on the pod, even VanDijkilikealot, do you think with Sakho and Lucas leaving Klopp is happy with Matip, Lovren, Klavan and Gomez as enough cover?

Personally i think if we went for Ruffier, Pereira, Brandt, Dembele (the Celtic one) and to replace Migs, Moreno, Sakho, Markovic, Lucas, Sturridge then fine by me. but still think we're a bit short at CB.

Thanks for all your work on this site. awesome place to get an insight into the game.


{Ed002's Note - Sakho is not part of the first team squad so doesn't come in to the occasion. Lucas is a midfield player who provides occasional cover and there is an argument that when he leaves someone similar should arrive. Gomez has not been available for much of the season and will be fit for next year so again it would seem unnescessary. Obviously KLopp did add the two players he wanted last summer. I don't know who Melissa Reddy is but Bronson was an actor - I know that.}

1.) 17 Mar 2017 14:02:16
Charles bronson is britains most violent criminal and tom hardy made a movie about him. i think that's the refrrence.

{Ed002's Note - Not the American actor then. I am not hip to British criminals to any extent. Thanks.}

2.) 17 Mar 2017 19:02:16
He re-named himself after the actor.
Bronson was not his birth name.



06 Mar 2017 07:37:32
Llalana, Wiji and Mane were immense and Matip, Klavan, Can and Firmino were fantastic but a quick shout out to
1) Coutinho's deft header in the build-up and then step-over to let the ball through to Firmino for the first. world class and showing signs of really connecting telepathically with Firmino again
2) Firminos setup of Mane for the second and the calm finish
3) Llalanas clever hold up play, but then Gini busting his gut in the 91st minute to get all the way up the pitch to close out the match. you earned that goal through sheer effort

Overall while Mane remained unplayable at times, Lallana was my MOM because he was in almost every attack and yet still tackled back to defend in our box at times. Was involved in almost everything good we did.

Have to also say Can also looked a lot better, and glad to see him having a great game - I suspect at least partially because the midfield stayed tight and he had Gini near him most of the game to cover so didn't get exposed too often. We need to keep it tight vs. Burnley.


1.) 06 Mar 2017 08:38:39
Actually Couthino missed the ball which is why Firmino could get the ball.

2.) 06 Mar 2017 09:13:02
Can't believe people think Cout's "dummy" was intentional.



27 Feb 2017 23:18:32
What today showed is what we all suspected. with Hendo out, Klopp turns to Can over Stewart and he also clearly doesn't trust Klavan.

Those two positions have to be priorities in the summer, even more so than GK or upfront.

We need a top, experienced deep midfielder for these sorts of games, not a young kid to grow into the role, and please let's get Matip a partner. I know the ship has sailed but Sakho is really coming back to bite.

What disappoints me most though is the lack of flexibility. Clearly away from home, with Leicester expected to be fired up, Hendo out and Lucas marking Vardy we should have gone for a bit more safety first and a 4-2-3-1 and prepared to lock down midfield? Why play such a high line? We played completely into their hands by trying to sub like for like (despite Can being nothing like Hendo - no fault of his) rather than adapting for the situation.

That was all too predictable once Hendo got injured I'm afraid.


1.) 28 Feb 2017 00:59:20
I agree too. When you know the opposition is going to be on fire, start cautiously and knock them on the counter. Klopp really needs to become more flexible with his tactics. Unfortunately, I don't think Klopp has all the tools he need to be truly flexible with the current squad. The squad is paper thin at the moment.

2.) 28 Feb 2017 01:08:23
I think there is a clear mentality issue with this bunch of players. How many times have we seen these sort of limp performances this season alone?

And by the looks of it, Klopp is getting pretty annoyed with them as well; he mentioned in his post-match interview repeatedly that the players played as if they had never prepared for what Leicester will offer, and that "we" are all playing for our futures.

3.) 28 Feb 2017 01:30:28
I kew we would struggle as soon as I saw that Hendo would not play. I was concerned that if LC came out firing, we would have to be able to match their intensity cos those players had a lot to prove. We didn't handle that very well from the off and that is what killed us tonight.

4.) 28 Feb 2017 13:00:21
We couldn't outscore today, We always let in goals, What's new there?




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29 Apr 2017 16:16:32
Other option is moving to a 4-2-3-1 if he joins

Hendo and Gini behind Brandt, Coutinho and Mane with Firmino upfront would be a strong side. Can and Llalana to add competition and rotation.




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23 Apr 2017 05:08:26
This kind of insight is really helpful Ed - thanks. really feel for the guy.


{Ed001's Note - Square Tomato will tell you how much Studger has helped out Joe Gomez, for instance. If we had more players with his attitude, then we would be a lot better off.}



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21 Apr 2017 13:26:30
Fair call but he still needs to prove he can recover from some pretty serious injuries. I think going into a potential CL campaign season with just Firmino and Origi and Ings is a big risk (again assuming we sell Sturridge) .

On a related topic, we also clearly need an option to cover for Mane/ Coutinho too, but Firmino can offer that flexibility, so I personally think we should either go for a WF (e. g. Brandt) or a new CF (e. g. Lacazette/ Dembele) depending on how Klopp sees Firmino long term (ie. Is Firmino a full time striker or a part-time false nine? ), but we don't need both.




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21 Apr 2017 11:57:32
I think Klopp will continue to play the 4-3-3 but I've noticed that against sides that set a low block and aim to hit on the break, our deep midfielder is increasingly sitting almost between the CBs to create a defacto 3-4-3 and provide a bit more protection against the counterattack.

In more balanced games where possession is 50/ 50 and play frequently switches between attack and defense, he seems to use the high press more and keeps the 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1 shape to cut down the space.




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21 Apr 2017 11:43:52
Brilliant response Ed, thanks for the reply

Think Lacazette would be a good option if Sturridge were to leave and complementary to Firmino and Origi as a different sort of player to both of these.


{Ed002's Note - Don't forget Ings.}




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30 Apr 2017 19:22:08
Come on Reds, let's bank the 3 points and take advantage of a great weekend of results!




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30 Apr 2017 19:17:34
Spuds have a top class defense, would anyone from their back 5, and the lot of them if I could.




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30 Apr 2017 14:46:52
Don't underestimate Utd or Arsenal, let's just go win all our remaining games pls!




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30 Apr 2017 14:32:04
On paper we should win it given the games left, but we still have to go out there and do it so anything is possible - we've shown we're vulnerable enough on the counter and against set pieces to not take anything for granted.




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30 Apr 2017 14:23:00
Not after Man Utd result today mate - others will drop points, we just need to go out and win our matches.