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14 Jun 2020 11:56:45
Hi Ed 001 hope all is well with you and the family
Just a quick one could you see us making a
Major signing in the transfer window after the one coming up
So January I think I mean lol
Or would you think the finances would not of recovered by then?

{Ed001's Note - no teams tend to do big business in January as a rule. I really can't see us needing to, I think it is more likely to be a tightening of the belts and look to bring through youngsters. We are in a good position, only really needing a left back to push Robbo as things stand.}

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14 Jun 2020 12:21:19
Ed agree with you on the Jan as it’s difficult to sign players you want mid season. Amazing to think though that even with that we have signed VVD (most expensive signing), Carroll ( record signing at the time), Suarez (horrible character amazing player) and Coutinho (our record sale) all in January.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair they were exceptional circumstances. VVD was because of his fall out with Saints after he was tapped up. Carroll was because of Torres' desperation to leave. Suarez the same thing. Coutinho was a cheap deal for a player no one wanted as he was not that good. I am still amazed we got so much for such a massively overrated player.}

14 Jun 2020 12:39:14
are we actively looking for a LB to push robertson? or are we happy to let the youngsters compete for the role.

{Ed002's Note - Not at this time. There is plenty of cover and it won't be a priority.}

14 Jun 2020 12:47:21
Ed001 totally agree mate. It does show how stats can be manipulated in an argument though. Those players could be shown along with Sturridge in an argument saying we do a lot of big business in Jan.

{Ed001's Note - it is so difficult to draw any real conclusions anyway as the windows have only been in existence for a few years. But you are right, without putting any context with stats they can be used to show anything.}

14 Jun 2020 12:55:31
Ed001,When almost everyone was raving about coutinho and voiced negative criticism towards the club for not holding onto him, you were probably the only one who believed he was so overrated and the club would be much better without him. your judgment on players is really good and most of it comes true regarding the players. the club is rumored to be looking at the possibility of loaning him back. do you believe it is true? Can he help the team in any way if brought on loan deal?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know of any truth in it nor do I see any need for him. He just isn't going to improve our team in any way. Quite the opposite, imo. We needed to move on from him to reach where we are, bringing him back would be a huge error. If he was young it would be a different matter, then he could be developed in the right way.}

14 Jun 2020 15:27:47
The counter argument to that point sms is the system in place after Coutinho left was over-reliant on one man’s outstanding form, Salah’s.
It all came tumbling down in the CL final when the lack of anyone to keep hold of the ball resulted in a boot it and hope approach, and Liverpool’s worst CL final performance ever.
The team was shaping up to be awesome when Coutinho left, as it was after to their credit. But at that time it was a system built on sand imo.

14 Jun 2020 21:39:13
The Juicer, I disagree with that comment as it makes a mockery of the great job Klopp did to get us firing and scoring for fun and winning games even after so called 'best player" was sold to Barca.

When Salah signed many on here and in English footnall had NO idea of the impact he would have on our team. Many said he was a flop at Chelsea and so, he would automatically flop at Anfield. Shoot, even Klopp did not want him and had to be convinced to sign him for this particular reason.
Our system was NOT built around Salah nor was it over-reliant on him at the start. It may have later become that way cos well, Klopp played Salah much closer to goal (something Salah admitted to himself) than at anytime during his career BUT that was not the plan going in.

Also, A tonne of teams for some reason, did not know how to handle him cos they were busy trying to stop more known quantities like Mane and Bobbie. What happened? Salah goes off on teams even tho Mane and Bobbie finished with 20 and 27 goals respectively. That season was the season our "Front Three" was born and NOT before.

Now regarding the CL final vs Madrid, it was clear Salah would get special attention cos he was top scorer with 44 goals BUT nobody could have known he would be targeted IMO, and taken out of the game. What did us in was that we had NO depth on the bench to come in and help salvage the situation after Salah was taken off as we only had 3 fit midfielders, 2 fit CB's and bar Ings (not fit enuff to play a CL final), NO strikers.

14 Jun 2020 22:26:33
Does no one remember the horror show that was Karius in CL final? Surely that had something to do with it? I thought we were doing ok until he chucked one in.
As for whether Pipco should come back? He was most effective on the left of the front 3 and cutting in onto his right peg. Once we signed Salah and switched Mane to the left there’s no room for Pipco. We tried him deeper but his lack of a tackle, positional indiscipline and his constant slowing down of the game made us a worse team overall.
I see him as a very expensive Lallana replacement. A place we’d be much better giving Curtis Jones IMO.

14 Jun 2020 23:42:27
The 100 mph football that developed after Coutinho’s departure was never going to win us anything.
Coutinho’s role has, imo, been taken up by Bobby whose range of territory that he plays in is far greater now.
But the play has been slowed down generally and is much more controlled and possession based as it was when Coutinho was here.
There’s a world of difference between the Liverpool of the 2018 CL Final and the current team.

15 Jun 2020 09:21:57
I always loved Couts. But if he were to come back, I just do not see where he would fit in. For our system to work, we need 3 hard working midfielders, to be the engine. Coutinho is not that. So he'd have to replace one of our wide players, who he is not as good as.

Loved him while he was here, but it's surely flogging a dead horse now. Why would he come on loan to be on the bench all of the time? And why would we pay a portion of his wages (Barca have already said that they will pay some of it) for him to sit there?



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