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01 Mar 2021 18:20:31
You've got to laugh at Roy ( (the mouth) ) Keane saying kabak and Phillip's should retire if they lost to sh. united because there rubbish eerrrmmm m. inited 1 v 2 sh. united 🤣🤣 if Maguire retires there's a vacancy at my local rubbish tip 🙈.

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01 Mar 2021 18:30:38
Yeah like when he said spurs are an average team what does that make UTD after spurs destroyed them 6-1 at the home ground.

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{Ed077's Note - a disgrace I say😁

01 Mar 2021 18:35:24
To be fair, he is usually as critical of united players, he's just a very angry man I think!

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01 Mar 2021 18:18:58
What is the future for AOC? The team is crushed by injuries but he still hardly ever plays. In reality he is probably 8th choice. I feel for him I really do but much like Ings I think it would be best for him to move on. Such a shame.

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01 Mar 2021 18:34:35
I’m not too sure about that myself, he has had terrible luck with injuries and while he doesn’t fit the team we play at the moment (with midfielders playing more conservatively than they did back in 2017/ 18) he does offer something very different, is a good personality to have in your squad and is also an english player that helps us fill our quota, something we are struggling with as it stands.

I would hold off on selling him as i feel the system could be tweaked slightly in the summer with the coming and going of some players, so he may yet prove to be a useful asset and we can’t move everyone on at once.

Having said that maybe i’m just really biased because he seems like a great guy and i feel sorry for him with his bad injury luck, i’d much rather sell Keita though because at least i can’t fault Ox for the lack of trying.

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Sheffield United v Liverpool - A Liverpool Perspective

01 Mar 2021 17:29:57
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Sheffield United v Liverpool - A Liverpool Perspective

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01 Mar 2021 17:56:22
Hi Ed, thanks for the review. Phillips and Kabak at the back don't fill me with confidence and I would not be confident starting the pair agains't Chelsea. I agree on Jones he is getting better and better, Firmino did much better his all round play was better. I hope his goal changes his mood in front of goal in future games. Thiago to me is still struggling a bit, I would play Milner instead on Thursday. Kante would be all over Thiago.

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{Ed001's Note - very welcome mark. I would rather Phillips and Kabak than playing Fabs back there instead of one of them though!}

01 Mar 2021 18:00:26
Ed001 good report that and nice to be back to winning ways. Are you sure Bobby set up Jones for the goal. I’ve watched it back a few times and looks like a poor clearance from the Sheff Utd defender to me. Bobby should have had 2 in the first half and game done and dusted with. However he deserved that bit of luck as it was great feet from him to dance his way into the box. Sadly he seemed to make the hard bit look easy and panics on the finishing part. Perhaps Jota back might take pressure off him if we start scoring a plenty again.

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{Ed001's Note - I thought Bobby backheeled it while in the air. He certainly attempted to do so.} Become a Patron!

01 Mar 2021 18:08:28
Me too, Ed. Fab in midfield is now the way to for now as he will protect them much better than Gini and Thiago would, INO. We have CB options now so play them. As for the Chelsea game, that one has Jimmy Milner written all over it for me.

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01 Mar 2021 18:09:33
I also would prefer Phillips and Kabak over Fabinho in defence. Get Fabinho back in midfield protecting the back 4.

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{Ed001's Note - I think we badly miss Fabinho in the midfield.} Become a Patron!

01 Mar 2021 18:15:12
Fab, Milner and Jones in midfield could really protect them. But in this case I really don’t fancy Kabak at all he is not good at any part of defending. So as much as in pains me Fabs in defence. Midfield of Milner, Gini and Jones.

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01 Mar 2021 18:29:00
Mark it’s all well and good protecting the back 4 but we not exactly scoring for fun up the other end. I’d like to see Fab, Thiago and Jones in midfield. Thiago is getting the lions share of the blame for our recent form but even last season teams still got through our midfield but we had the man mountain Vvd there and Gomez with their pace, plus a formidable Allison. Last season we were scoring for fun but we also used to give opposition chances especially with our high line. This season arguably our strongest line up hasn’t played a single minute of football together. The closest they came was Chelsea (Thiago missed first half, Hendo missed second half) and Everton (no Allison and Vvd only played up until his injury) . I for one am Robert interested in seeing Thiago in a side with Hendo and Fab and even Jotaaking runs through the middle.

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01 Mar 2021 15:32:51
Ed1 as a long term partnership could you see Virgil and Phillips working?

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{Ed001's Note - I don't think he is good enough to be a long term first choice, he is an excellent back up, but not quite good enough. Though Virgil could probably carry him to a large degree.} Become a Patron!

01 Mar 2021 15:38:17
VVD could carry anyone middle of the road CB to a decent level. That is one of the strengths of a great player: Making your team mates better than they actually are.

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01 Mar 2021 17:13:31
I love the passion he plays with tbh, looks like a dream come true for him. I dunno about a long term partnership with VvD, but certainly agree that if he's happy to we should have him as a back up CB.

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01 Mar 2021 14:47:10
Hello Ed01, maybe you and others can chime in here. I know a lot has been said about the cause of LFC's probs this season and where they come from. What I have been mostly annoyed about is how pundits are looking for other causes as to why we have issues whereas the cause of our issues is pretty obvious: Injuries, right? And each time I see pundits trying to say "Oh Klopp should do this or that or the other" instead of saying what is obv., has been peeing me off for weeks now.

I watched the Anfield Wrap podcast on youtube with Neil Atkinson and Rory Smith (brilliant guy) and he gave a take that I had not even looked at. Smith said that the cause of our issues is pretty obv. YET boring in the eyes of the media. He said that the cause of our issues News Flash: Injuries, yeah? However in the media, there is only so far you can go with that hence, it becomes boring.

Therefore, the media has to create another or other narratives to "create" other causes for the public and the pundits to feed on esp. online. Hence, they attack Klopp on this or that or "Why does he not play a 442 or a back 3 (as if we have the personel or the bodies to play such formations cos of you know, the injuries? )3 Or the fav from Roy Keane "He is the manager. It's his job to fix it" (funny how that NEVER applies to his buddy OGS) ". Therefore, this is all fake news drummed up by the media by design and dishonesty.

Now Rory Smith said that it is tough for Klopp to "change" stuff cos for the most part, we play well in games BUT either don't take our chances or make mistakes that eventually cost us games so it is tough for Klopp to do say Now, he did say that there are some changes Klopp could do to make us less predictable and we saw a bit of that last night vs Sheff. He played Mane central, Jones on the left and Salah on the right in attack and Bobbie in the 10 and it gave us a bit more impetus going forward and created chances and won the game. Thoughts?

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{Ed001's Note - not sure Smith is right about the changes there. That was more of a natural rotation and movement than any particular set up. Jones always gets forward, Mane often drifts central and Bobby always plays the 10. It was just working better than normal because we were making better decisions with our balls in the final third. It was just a case of doing what we were doing anyway but better. Just like when Paisley took over from Shanks, he told the players nothing would change, they would keep doing what they were doing but they would do it better. That's all we needed.

Smith is 100% right about the media. They barely talk about Sheffield United now because they have struggled with injury problems and it is not going to bring in clicks by talking about it. Unlike Liverpool, there is not a huge media machine that requires fresh LFC stories to be churned out, so the Blades can just be forgotten about. Liverpool have far too big a following to be forgotten about, so they have to look for new angles all the time and new narratives to bring in page views.}

01 Mar 2021 16:36:29
Thanks, Ed for your input. I do agree that we were doing what we normally do but only better. I was the one who came to the conclusion of a change by Klopp during the game cos it seemed the forwards stayed in those positions a bit longer than just occasional changes in-game to keep the defence guessing.

I was thinking the same thing about Sheff. Utd regarding injuries. I could be wrong but along with us, they are the other team that has really struggled all season long with injuries BUT since no one cares about Sheff Utd nor Chris Wilder and they don't generate clicks, no one is giving their them as hard a time as Klopp and LFC are getting. Like you said, you got to go after the big fish to get clicks.

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{Ed001's Note - exactly and we are one of the biggest fish for clickbait.}

01 Mar 2021 13:40:40
Ed001 wanted your thoughts please on if you think Philips has a chance of staying and becoming 3rd or 4th choice back up option for next season? I know Klopp prefers all others before him but he seems our best option right now. Aggressive in the air, ok at passing and doesn't seem slow.

Also your thoughts on Jones. I remember you saying he was not always disciplined enough but he certainly seems good going in both directions and has a good engines as well as a creative edge to some others we have. When everyone is fit does he get in you think and do you think he has imposed his sprouts game?

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{Ed001's Note - it is up to Phillips to perform when called upon. The only way to make himself the option is to prove himself to Klopp and he is certainly doing enough right now to give himself a chance. With money being tight, this is the moment for him to step up and save the club a few millions. It would certainly be in the club's interests if he could make himself the back up option.

I think Jones is going from strength to strength. One of the things I have noted down in my notes for the match reviews is how disciplined he has been lately. It is noticeable that he is doing more defensive work than the nominal defensive midfielder in the team. Right now he gets a place on merit. He was probably the best player on the pitch for us yesterday to be fair to the lad. Jones was everywhere. At only 20 years old, there is still a lot of room for growth in his game as well.

I am afraid to ask what his sprouts game is????} Become a Patron!

01 Mar 2021 14:15:02
I'm not convinced by either Phillips or Kabak and I think Fabinho will go back in defence when he's fit because I don't Klopp trusts them either. I bet Chelsea, RBL and Arsenal would all fancy having a crack at Phillips and Kabak.

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01 Mar 2021 14:30:12
Not going to lie, Rigsby I feel you on that. As for CJ, he has been a true revelation for us. Overall, he has outplayed Naby and Gini over the past few month and even tho I think Klopp may not have been keen on playing this much in his first season BUT by golly, has he taken all this in stride and made the most of his opportunities.

As Ed said, he is in the team on merit and hopefully, he can keep getting better and better. Klopp may have unearthed a true gem here, just like he id with TAA.

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01 Mar 2021 14:59:35
I said the exact thing to my lad yesterday. Commenting on how Jones is having to be more disciplined on how our midfield is set up which ironically came from us discussing how few chances Jones has had of late. Having to play a role outside what he would normally do will only hold him in good nick for the future.

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01 Mar 2021 14:51:44
If I may have a go at "sprouts game" - I do believe his parents sent him to a youth football camp in Brussels in his early teens and the coaches there were impressed enough to say he would go very far (t) .

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01 Mar 2021 15:37:23
Given that Chelsea are likely to start with Giroud up front I’d rather we went with Kabak and Phillips as they’re both well suited to the more agricultural approach, our midfield needs someone more defensively minded in it to protect our defence and keeper so Fabinho would be wasted in defence, where his physical presence and tactical nous will be critical. The only question is who plays alongside him. I think it has to be Wijnaldum for work rate and Jones on merit as he looked to get into the box and was an attacking threat from midfield, certainly that was the best I’ve seen him play.

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01 Mar 2021 16:37:37
Zed, I live in Brussels and Sprouts are delicious.

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01 Mar 2021 18:13:54
6Times in midfield, I would go with Fab if fit and Milner along with Jones cos Gini looks shattered right now and Fab is a true DM while a game like this has Gini written all over it, IMO.

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01 Mar 2021 13:37:40
I have this little ritual, at half time, if things are a bit tight or we need some goals, I'll get out in the garden with the football and make some challenges for myself, like a quick dribble and score from a certain distance, to spur on the team, you know. I hadn't done this ritual in a while. Last night I was out there, trying to do a rainbow flick followed by a goal, and I was really struggling. By the end of it, I was knackered, sweating, in my T-shirt, the glasses were on the floor, no shoes on, pitch black out, ready to crumble. A couple of times I basically did it but was sloppy and not fluid, and it didn't feel right, so I kept going till I did it right. Finally got there, so relieved. I come back inside, second half had started and the highlights for the Jones goal were being shown. Even if we had lost I would have been okay with it, because I didn't give up, but somehow I knew we would do it, and so happy we did.
YNWA.

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01 Mar 2021 13:48:21
U really are cool beans!

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01 Mar 2021 15:45:09
Gis some of ya magic beans mate.

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