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18 Apr 2021 22:00:05
A reporter just said on the news the these want to stay domestic but set up their own mid Wk super group!
Have I got this wrong Ed’s?
I was convinced it’s out of the leagues altogether?

{Ed002's Note - There is no detail yet.}

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18 Apr 2021 21:24:47
Progress in football is natural. Rules change, regulations are brought in, competitions adapt. The game has never stood still and you’d have to be naive to pretend its ever been any different.

But if you were to ask every single fan, coach, player and ex-player whether this European Super League represented progress, i guarantee you the vast majority would reject it in disgust. While the influx of money has improved the beautiful game in many ways, it has also ripped it away from the fans and its humble beginnings. Progress at this point should be about giving football back to the fans, not taking it further away.

Never before have we had an evolution of the sport proposed that completely does away with the concept of fair competition. Clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham want a god given right to compete in Europe, leaving all other clubs behind? Neither have even a shred of the pedigree that other clubs further down the leagues have when it comes to European competition. What right do they have to just walk into it and never get relegated?

I am quite frankly astonished at the ignorance and detachment of these higher ups at these clubs, that this idea has been allowed to fester for so long, that everybody would just go along with it. We’re facing a very real possibility of there being a gargantuan stadium in a city full of people that neither attend nor care anymore. It would be a complete slap in the face to everything that our club has ever stood for, our founders, our figureheads, all of my grandparents and their mothers and fathers before them, i can assure you that all are spinning in their graves.

The worst bit is that i don’t even understand what would be achieved by this European Super League. More money? Money doesn’t matter in a competitive sense if everyone else also gets the same level of increased cash. A chance to go to different cities and clubs around Europe? We already have that, it’s called the Champions League, the only difference is that those games are an actual special occasion and teams must earn the right to compete in them. If you have it every week, then it is no longer special anymore. This is basic life advice you explain to a 6 year old child who wants to eat nothing but sweets, not multi-billion pound organisations.

Fortunately, I just can’t see this happening. The outrage, the alienation, it would literally be everyone else in the sport up against the suits. Sure some fans maybe further abroad might love the idea, but the majority of people in Liverpool would be absolutely incensed. If it goes through, i would have no problem buying a season ticket at Marine. We need to stick together and hold firm in our convictions and values. Without them we will lose. Time to stick our necks out and see where our priorities lie.

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17 Apr 2021 18:29:38
What if we sell all of the front 3? Just because i don't think they will work without each other.

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17 Apr 2021 20:00:51
Well, they’re not working well with each other at the moment, time to break up the band, man.

18 Apr 2021 06:23:20
Mane was doing great before Salah arrived. Salah was banging them in at Roma before he arrived.

17 Apr 2021 17:43:24
Here's one to think about, and probably an unpopular opinion.

Do you think Tammy Abraham would be worth a punt in the summer, finances aside? He's proven to be a very capable goal scorer and has some great qualities for a young guy, dominant in the air and has great positioning. Clearly not working for him at Chelsea so may be available, fits the HG quota and is still only 23, would certainly bring something new to the squad.

What do you think?

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17 Apr 2021 19:38:24
Short answer. No.
Long answer. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

17 Apr 2021 11:49:58
Long post warning! In my opinion we do need a mini-rebuild this summer. Our tried and tested XI of 2018-2020 will be broken up no doubt with at least Gini leaving. I think we will need 4-6 new signings at least. Another attacking player for sure, another midfielder for sure, and probably 2 centre backs. Arguably a third keeper and a striker but those are not absolutes in my opinion. Jones, Elliott and Neco Williams will become bigger figures too i think.

It's a tough situation to be in this summer but i really think Mane will go. Jota is a ready made replacement. Plus Jota, Firmino and Salah looks enticing. I'm not sure Klopp will give up on Bobby until Bobby gives up on us. His form has been lacking but never his effort. Shaqiri i genuinely think will stay as Klopp trusts him off the bench and he can also play in midfield. He often comes on with Thiago if we're in need of more creativity. However Origi and Minamino barely got a sniff all season and will surely be sold. Personally i'd look to replace Origi with someone homegrown such as Eze or Cantwell who can cover on the wing when Jota or Salah play centrally (which will be a lot if Bobby drops deeper) . Probably will more likely be a player Klopp likes such as Traore though. Taki doesn't really need replacing as he never played anyway and Elliott is fine as a replacement returning from loan. I don't see Wilson, Ojo, Millar or Awoniyi returning though. I wouldn't be surprised to see one or two players from the academy given a chance to be a part of the first team either as the season goes on. Especially in January when the FA cup starts and Salah is away with Egypt. Gordon, Woodburn, Hardy, Glatzel and Musialowski will all have a chance in pre season to put their hat in the ring.

In midfield you'd have to say Keita is done at the club now. As is Wijnaldum. Grujic won't be coming back either. Milner is probably looking at this being his last season playing and i hope he stays to do his coaching badges beyond that. Chamberlain I think will be available but i don't think we'll actively look to move him on and i see him staying. He has the advantage of being homegrown, but also popular in the group. Curtis Jones has to be the Keita replacenent. It'd be an insult to his efforts this year if he wasn't. Regarding Wijnaldum it seems Bissouma could be a good choice. The prospect of signing him has really grown on me. The likes of Clarkson and Cain will no doubt be in and around the senior squad.

In the wing back areas we are okay at right back with Trent and Neco. Robertson barely misses a minute, let alone a whole game but Tsimikas might considering Milner is still oir second choice left back. Neco played left back for Wales too and was MOTM. Maybe one of Tony Gallacher, Yasser Larouci or Owen Beck can stake a claim in pre-seasom. No point wasting more money on a left back who won't play though.

At centre back we have to move on Matip and i think Phillips has earned the right to replace him. Gomez and Van Dijk will need to be managed carefully next year after serious knee injuries so i do believe Kabak will be signed and i also think we'll keep Davies as centre back and left back cover. Rhys and Sepp need loans for me as they're both still too lightweight. Davies will surely leave. It looks like he was no more than emergency cover as he can't get near the pitch even when Kabak gets subbed off. You'd imagine there will be a big centre back signing though. Klopp wanted a starter even before Van Dijk and Gomez had major injuries. You really do have to consider that either of them could aggravate the injury again or even be a shadow of the player they were pre-injury. We'd be silly to approach next season with less than 5 centre backs all things considered. Interest in Konate seems genuine which is strange given his injury record but you have to trust the medical staff i guess. Maybe Koulibaly but that would be odd considering his age and AFCON participation. Koumetio still looks like Klopp's favourite of the younger centre backs and though he'll no doubt be in the u23's team next year he might get FA cup call ups.

In goal Adrian and Karius will go for sure. Probably Grabara too. Alisson and Kelleher are both good keepers for our style of play but both pick up niggles a lot so surely Adrian will be replaced. Whether that is an older statesman or promoting someone like Hughes, Jaros or Pitaluga from the academy is any bodies guess. Klopp will probably make this decision in pre season as it won't be an urgent requirement.

Keepers:
Alisson, Kelleher, Pitaluga
Wing backs:
Trent, Robbo, Williams
Centre backs:
Virgil, Konate, Gomez, Kabak, Phillips
Centre mids:
Hendo, Fabinho, Thiago, Bissouma, Jones, Chamberlain
Forwards:
Salah, Jota, Firmino, Traore, Elliott, Shaqiri.

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17 Apr 2021 12:54:53
Accidentally missed Milner out of the squad list at the end, trying to decide if he belonged to midfield or wing backs!

17 Apr 2021 13:00:12
Accidentally put Davies as centre back and left back cover. I meant Gomez. Davies will leave in my opinion. Always proof read 🤦‍♂️.

17 Apr 2021 13:43:52
Firmino form has been as bad as mane but people would rather lose the player who offers more. I like firmino but he’s been massively off form for about 2 seasons. Plus how will Davies go? I really don’t see peoples logic in this?

17 Apr 2021 14:24:41
It's just a prediction Pegleg mate.

17 Apr 2021 16:56:18
I hope you are wrong MK. Shaq needs to go and Im not a Neco fan, although I'd love to be proved wrong, just not impressed. The OX will go if we can get a buyer.

17 Apr 2021 17:19:43
Did you seriously putting Traore in there? He’s a donkey. We’d be stupid to waste money on that. No goals, no assists, nothing. Just head down and run with no idea of what he’s going to do.

17 Apr 2021 17:27:54
Konate and Botman CB
Bissouma and Berge midfield
Mallen and Pulisic/ Dembele front 3

If I could sign any 6 it’d be those. Not saying we need 6. I think 3 a CB, midfielder and forward is a must for this summer.

GK Alisson, Kelleher, Pitaluga
RB Trent, Williams
CB VVD, Gomez, Konate, Phillips, Botman
LB Robertson, Tsimikas
CDM Fabinho, Berge
CM Henderson, Thiago, Bissouma, Jones, Ox, Milner
RW Salah, Elliott
ST Firmino, Mallen
LW Jota, Dembele/ Pulisic.

Squad of 26 players. Ox and Milner between them can cover lots of positions. Although ox could move on, in which case maybe taki could stay.

That would be my ideal team for next season. It adds some fresh young faces to the side while still keeping a large part of the core group of players that have brought us success. Then a couple more change the following summer. I very much doubt we’ll make 6 signings but I don’t think financially it would be a massive strain (see below) .

Konate 35 million
Botman 20 million
Berge 25 million
Bissouma 30 million
Mallen 35 million
Pulisic/ dembele 60 million.
Total - 185 million.

Out goings
Matip 15 million
Davies 10 million
Keita 25 million
Shaq 20 million
Origi 15 million
Mane 90 million
H. Wilson 10 million
Taki 15 million / Ox 20 million
Grujic 15 million (although keeping him and not buying Berge could be an option if Klopp fancies grujic to put the effort in)

Total - 215 million.

Some of my pricing is going to be way out. But they’re the sort of values I’d say those players demand.

17 Apr 2021 18:04:24
Moreton, bin off Dembele and the rest is fine.

17 Apr 2021 18:17:45
"Some of my pricing is going to be way out"? . All of your outgoing prices are way out. Wont get the colour of them prices for any of them.

18 Apr 2021 16:05:59
MK, I reckon your p*sided if you think Traore will be a replacement for Mane . I don’t see any of the front 3 going. Not unless a offer to good to be true arrives, and I can’t see that happening with the sancho, mbappe, haaland circus.

16 Apr 2021 10:48:34
Anyone seen the banter between Tottenham and their new sponsor Dulux?

It's been great.

Someone said about painting the trophy cabinet and Dulux responded with the epic "must clear all the dust before painting"
Then they said "He'd probably do a better job" when asked if the Dulux dog can play CB. LOL.

Then they apologised for the tweets and Spurs said "we'll gloss over it this time".

Great fun lol.

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15 Apr 2021 20:59:40
Hi Eds and Reds. I've been enjoying reading all the positive comments over the last day - some have even cheered me up (a bit)! So thanks for that.

I have a question regarding the need to spend on our midfield. I am intrigued by the idea of moving Bobby back. I have watched Bissouma recently and am impressed. I've also seen Saka mentioned on a number of wish-lists, including Ed001's and who is excellent.

But it does rather seem that midfield is not necessarily a position that we are particularly weak in at the moment.

If we were to make these purchases and changes, what formation would be best to achieve a balanced midfield whilst making the most of Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Saka, Bissouma, Milner, Jones, AND Firmino? Surely all of these players have an argument to be starters, but in our current set up half of them would be benched.

This already assumes that Keita and Wijnaldum both leave. I've not even mentioned those who think that Trent should be moved into midfield as well.

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16 Apr 2021 09:22:07
4-2-3-1.
First choice for the 2 being:
Fabinho and Henderson.
The back up 2 being:
Bissouma and Thiago.

The first choice for the 3 being:
Salah Firmino Saka.
The back up 3 being:
Elliott, Jones, Jota.

That would leave Milner and ox if we keep both.
Plus this is also assuming we sign an out and out striker who could rotate with firmino and Jota.

Saka would be an unbelievable signing and one that that I’d seriously push for. But it’s unlikely he’ll join as I believe he wants to stay at arsenal and arsenal don’t need to sell. Not sure Liverpool have any interest?

 


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