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18 Jul 2021 19:46:44
With Pep Ljinders saying that the Ox has been training well and looking sharp, they seem to want him back out on the flanks and playing that false 9 that he seemed to look ok at towards the last few games of the last season. Do you think that we are possibly happy to go ahead with him pushing mane/ salah/ jota/ elliot this season and put the hunt for a forward player on hold until next year, prioritising a midfield signing instead?

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18 Jul 2021 20:35:36
If it means holding out to payout haalands contract next year then I ok with that.

18 Jul 2021 20:53:15
OP, I wouldn’t read too much into what coaches/ players say during preseason. They are asked questions like”Who has impressed you the most in preseason” or “Are you looking for expanded yikes for any of the players? ” Or things like that. The manager or coach has to say something, right even if it is true regarding Ox cos Klopp said the same thing after he came on for Bobbie and scored at Burnley. It doesn’t mean we will or won’t sign a forward especially since Ed2 has said we are looking at forwards currently . Enjoy the preseason cos I’m fired up for the new season regardless.

18 Jul 2021 21:26:19
Totally agree with you OliRed, seen it too many times before, but I think it would be nice seeing him have an injury free, uninterrupted pre-season for the first time in a while to begin with, and I'd much prefer seeing his enthusiasm and energy out there than blowing most of the money that will hopefully be sponged out of whichever clubs out there, on a forward player who might not be as talented.
I think his only problem for me is staying fit. If he does, then there's still a decent forward thinking player there.

18 Jul 2021 21:42:59
I just hope he gets some luck with fitness and avoids injury.

18 Jul 2021 21:52:59
Dar71, Indus not make that comment to dig Ox out, just to be clear. I don’t know if you were on this forum when Ox signed BUT I did not want Ox signed. I was fully against it die to his more than patchy record at Arsenal and felt he had stagnated.

Now after he arrived and after biding his time, he started ripping it up until that devastating injury vs Roma in the CL three years ago. He won me over (and Klopp shut me up forever on transfer choices) . I love Ox to death and still think he can off a lot. Remember only the front three scored more goals than him in out title winning season.

Contrary to what a lot of people think, Ox was fully fit near a full season after he recovered from the injury that wiped out his preseason so clearly his fitness record is improving. Klopp prolly didn’t want to play him due to the imbalance of the team due to injuries. Therefore if he can stay fit as you say, I am onboard with keeping him cos we know what he can do when fully fit. At CF or in the Bobbie role, tho? We will have to see.

18 Jul 2021 22:05:54
Until he does it on the pitch week in week out, I’ll believe it.

18 Jul 2021 22:09:39
Yes, been on the site from when it was just transfer rumours :)
I can remember him splitting peoples thoughts of him joining at the time. It's always good when players prove us wrong. I wonder when keita will choose his time?! Lol.

18 Jul 2021 23:13:35
Dad, Ox has been deeply unlucky with injury, but there’s no doubt to his efforts when he is fit. His commitment and work ethic are unquestionable. Keita has never looked arsed even when fit.

18 Jul 2021 23:48:03
Honestly Ox is a good player and i hope we keep him. Seems like a nice lad who gets the club and the fans and works very hard. His injury issues have been incredibly unfortunate and i’m holding out that there’s still more to come from him.

Can’t say i believe any of the above applies to Keita though.

19 Jul 2021 00:07:02
I prefer Ox in midfield rather than playing in the front three. Buy another attacker instead and let Ox offer cover in midfield and a good option from the bench would be my preference.

{Ed0666's Note - agreed

19 Jul 2021 02:18:30
He's made of crisps.

{Ed0666's Note - what flavor?

19 Jul 2021 06:14:26
Oli Red. have you always been Oli Red?

18 Jul 2021 23:30:54
The alarms bells rang for me with keita as soon as he signed. His first pre season tour out to America and he missed, if I remember correctly, two friendlies against Utd and City due to a stiff neck that he suffered on the flight over?!
After the promise he showed in Germany and the wait for him, he's been such a let down. I just hope if he stays around that because he's friends with Konate, that he doesn't lead him astray.
Let's hope it's the other way around and konate gets him to finally pull his gold plated finger out of his hole.



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