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08 Jun 2022 09:14:56
Been searching the pages but couldn’t find anything but could Kephren Thuram be potential alternative to Tchouameni and Bissouma?

FlyPelicanFly

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool have shown no interest and another side have already had an approach turned down.}


1.) 08 Jun 2022 11:17:07
Thanks Ed. He looks like a real talent. 6'4 powerhouse of a midfielder from good footballing pedigree.


 

 

24 Nov 2021 11:42:40
Was having a quick glance at the players out of contract this summer. Wow.

Ed002, have you ever seen this many top players approaching end of their terms at this stage?

Have to say, quite a few clubs will be looking at Kessie, Zakaria, B. Kamara, Mazraoui, Cantwell, Azmoun, Pavon and Denayer situations.

FlyPelicanFly

{Ed002's Note - Clubs are finding at the higher level players are making what they consider to be unreasonable contract demands and this is delaying agreement - as we see with the likes of Kessie, Rudiger, Dembele and Sule On top of that you are getting those whose contracts are up fishing for options like Palhinha, Xavi Simons and Stark. And of course Mbappe.}


1.) 24 Nov 2021 14:53:24
I wonder whether it'll become more common that we see, certainly the top players, just running down their contracts rather than players moving for big transfer fees in the future.

The market value of some players is outrageous and makes so many unattainable, maybe "free" transfers will become the norm.


2.) 24 Nov 2021 18:31:23
Could it be a case of clubs not having as much money to Chuck at players? Or less wanting to take the financial risk after C.V. decimated the finances of many clubs ed002?

{Ed002's Note - The pandemic has impacted clubs in a different way and some have huge debt related to infrastructure (new grounds like Spurs and Everton), others have have huge debt they can manage (like Manchester United), some have FFP issues (like Everton), some have runaway debt (like Brighton), some have mortgaged everything and been living off borrowed money and not paying for players (like Liverpool). The pandemic and the issues with Broadcasting have hit France very hard .... and so it goes.}


3.) 24 Nov 2021 22:10:14
Great information Ed02 - this should be pinned to the top of the banter and rumour pages when we get to January!


4.) 24 Nov 2021 22:32:01
Hi Ed002, what do you mean by runaway debt with regards to Brighton? Just interested as I live in Brighton so follow them as my 2nd team.

{Ed002's Note - Well Brighton have a great owner but debt to him continues to build and third party borrowing and the impact of the pandemic are seeing a significant increase in that debt.}


5.) 25 Nov 2021 11:33:45
Got ya, cheers Ed002.


6.) 26 Nov 2021 08:13:02
Hopefully the situation will re-boot the way clubs are run. This is in line with the great reset (see world economic forum website) .
There is far too much money and reckless spending, with not enough emphasis on home grown players.
Of course there will always be super rich sides owned by countries and oligarchs, but if they want to waste money on players to win everything, that's their call. FFP is not going to be implemented because the super rich clubs bring so much money into the game -so let's get used to things being the way they are.


7.) 26 Nov 2021 07:27:13
Really interesting Ed.

Is it thought clubs will work it out? Doesn't sound good for Brighton?

And for us. What (do you see) is the plan moving forward on recruitment? And everything else, actually? Club seems to have money that has gone into stadium development, for example, but otherwise how do we move forward?

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool have been working of borrowed money secured against a morthage. The club need to adopt a better policy for transfers which is why they need to consider selling assets like Mane and Salah to buy their replacement before their value drops or contract run out. Else they need to give them long term deals and forget replacing them. The Brighton owner may convert some of the debt in to equity which will ease their problem. Everton have an FFP issue so there may be an ugly ending. Spurs will be able to service their debt like Manchester United.}


8.) 26 Nov 2021 23:06:33
Mrboot I'm a brighton based LFC fan whereabouts you live in this fine city?


9.) 30 Nov 2021 02:57:59
Ed002,

Interested to know how Spurs are able to manage their debt, and how much of an impact them falling out of the regular Champions' League spots have impacted that ability.

{Ed002's Note - Try the Spurs page.}


 

 

25 Jul 2020 11:39:15
Bild linked us with highly rated Leverkusen youngster Edmond Tapsoba yesterday. He’s only recently joined them so maybe unlikely.

Eds, any shred of truth in this link? Is he a good player?

FlyPelicanFly

{Ed002's Note - Edmond Tapsoba (CB) Moved to Germany in January 2020 and much is expected of him. They have no have no intention to sell and it would likely take an offer of perhaps €40M to tempt them. No known approach by Liverpool and if there were to be they should perhaps think seriously about him having to play in AFCON.}


1.) 25 Jul 2020 13:22:15
Thanks Ed as always.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


2.) 25 Jul 2020 16:41:39
Ed002, is AFCON 2021 back on? I thought I read on here that it had been cancelled for 2021? Must have misread or something.

{Ed002's Note - No, I don't recall suggesting that it is. If you are suggesting taht the club is now just buying players for the season and then selling them, you are right, it doesn't matter. But they will again look like complete flakes.}


3.) 26 Jul 2020 10:07:23
The day we take serious news from Bild will be a sad one. May as well listen to that prat from Bolton.


4.) 26 Jul 2020 13:14:58
Thanks for the reply Ed002. And no. There was no ulterior suggestion and implication other than the question. I didn't imply you had said there had been a cancellation either. 👍.


 

 

21 Jun 2020 13:49:08
Eds, have we been scouting any left backs at all?

And how has Firpo fared at Barca? He seems like a very versatile player - LCB, LB and LW. Possible option for a number of positions?

FlyPelicanFly

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any LBs being enquired of by Liverpool. Firpo is available to sell or be traded this summer. Liverpool has no interest in him.}


1.) 21 Jun 2020 14:27:34
Thanks Ed.


 

 

03 May 2020 13:52:21
Hope everyone is keeping safe and save during the lockdown.

Eds - has there been any development with regards to left back? Are we looking to give Larouci and Lewis more opportunities or do we have a different plan?

FlyPelicanFly

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any efforts to sign another left back but with the youngsters you mention and James Milner signing a new contract and Joe Gomez being fit, there should be plenty of cover available already.}


1.) 03 May 2020 15:32:49
Cheers Ed. Appreciate the swift answer.

There was interest in a young French left back from PSG I think. Has that interest ended?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware - I have no idea who you mean.}


2.) 03 May 2020 16:36:38
Sorry it was Toulouse. Mathieu Goncalves.

{Ed002's Note - Someone has been teasing you - this was dealt with months ago.}


3.) 03 May 2020 21:43:01
Let the young players compete for the role. Need to look at ways of saving money.


 

 

 

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15 Jun 2022 10:18:59
Very pleased with the signing of Darwin Nunez. He's got all of the raw ingredients that Jurgen could wish for in a forward and I look forward to seeing this new project unfold.

On a different note, I hear noises from local press about us perhaps choosing not to add a midfielder this summer, citing the pursuit of Bellingham next summer as the reason.

Personally I think this would be a big mistake if true. We desperately need some athletic cover in defensive midfield. You only have to look at where the PL was lost - games that Thiago was unavailable for eg Brentford (a), City (h) Brighton (h), Spurs (a), Leicester (a), Chelsea (a) and West Ham (a) . Games whereby we couldn't establish any control when needed.

We may have to make room yes but I'd like to think we can do that with moving Ox and Naby on. I would also argue that Curtis may benefit from a year long loan to develop some consistency over more minutes.

FlyPelicanFly

1.) 15 Jun 2022 10:34:29
Think Naby is staying as is Curtis … maybe Ox to go if he wants to move … agree we could do with someone in midfield… but I don’t see it being a big name… next season Bellingham will be up for grabs but competition to sign him could be intense and not sure we would be successful in getting him…. Will be down to the player I suppose.

Young guy at Lyon… don’t know his name… could be an option.


2.) 15 Jun 2022 11:51:00
All those games you mentioned Flypelicanfly? Naby hardly played in those games either.


3.) 15 Jun 2022 12:26:20
Good point Irish rover but then doesn’t that also highlight one of the issues with naby? …. availability!


4.) 15 Jun 2022 14:09:10
do you mean we need athletic cover for thiago because the game changes without thiago there?

I agree we do need to refresh the midfield but maintain that the club should stick to their recruitment policy. Their timing and selections have been nigh on perfect so would just trust what they can do in the market. Never a fan of short term fixes to a problem as that just creates longer term issues to resolve and I think our recruitment team have learned from that.


5.) 15 Jun 2022 21:04:10
Hendo was signed in 2011. In 2012, he was almost sold to Fulham. In 2014, he became vice-captain and then soon after captain - therefore confirming that it can take 2-3 years to cement your place in this team. We all agree that Thiago and Hendo are on the down curve and will have to cede their place in maybe a year or two (I doubt that Thiago will stay beyond next summer when his contract expires - the call from home club Barcelona will be too strong) . Do we all also agree that definitely two of Jones, Keita, Morton, Elliott and Carvalho will take over from Hendo and Thiago with equal quality? Not for me. It's a risk. Let one or both of Keita and Ox go, and go out and get a backup for Fabinho and the CM position. Using Hendo as Fabinho's backup is fine, but still a weak link because Hendo is not always available, and will be less so, as time goes along.

I'm forgetting about Bellingham. Seeing all the crazy hype over him tells me it will be astronomical amounts. And the LFC that I know will not break the club transfer record two years in a row.


6.) 15 Jun 2022 21:30:49
OP, you can’t win all your games so the games you mentioned are not the main issue. Losing 10 points from actual winning positions (City lost just 2 vs at the Etihad) is where the real issue is. Also, not winning at least two games vs other tip 4 clubs was also a problem. Fix that and we win the league. But again, hindsight is a beautiful thing.


7.) 15 Jun 2022 21:33:41
I’m a massive fan of Elliott, the lad is going to be a world beater, the little I’ve seen of Carvalho (you tube) suggests the same.

My concern about the pair of them, particularly with our system, is what positions suit them best?

I can’t see either fitting in as pressing midfielders, or as rapid attackers from the wings.

I’m sure others here have seen them more, what is the plan for them?


8.) 15 Jun 2022 22:35:03
Watch Klopp pull a fast "Wiji" and convert one of our AMs (Jones, Elliott, Carvalho or any AM we end up buying this summer) into a CM, as he did with Wijnaldum. (Just kidding, but you never know) .


9.) 16 Jun 2022 00:46:15
I think ed01 is on to it with how he sees Nunez fitting into the team. One of the points noted was that If, as expected, Nunez plays more like a typical number 9 up againts the back line rather than drop in like Bobby does it means the midfield will need to be quicker and get forward more than they currently do. Not what I had envisioned personally but that would likely mean the two midfields either side of Fabs would be more attack minded rather than the current role of recyclers and covering for the full backs. In my mind, Elliot, Carvalho and Jones would be perfect for such a role.


10.) 16 Jun 2022 14:40:00
it would be interesting to see if Nunez plays like a traditional #9. The more higlights and full games I've managed to fit in he looks more and more like a winger. Bit like Henry. but surprisingly was good to see him involved all over the pitch in the press, link-up play etc etc. I think we have a real player here who will be busy all over the pitch like Suarez. I'm not so sure we should be expecting a traditional #9 based on what I've seen.


 

 

30 May 2022 10:06:37
What a club we are! That parade was nothing short of sensational and shows that we are all (fans, players, staff) in complete sync. If any of the players needed lifting yesterday, that was the way to do so. Magnificent.

Although it seems like a long time ago now - the scenes, songs and general vibe from the fan park in Paris were amazing too!

Now we get a rest and start tweaking the squad and system for next season.

Personally would like to see a physical enforcer type midfielder come in to take the load off Fabinho, right-back cover (assuming Neco is off) and a striker.

I'd also like to see a goalscoring midfielder added to the squad - preferably someone that can help us mix up the set pieces and long-range shooting too. *can Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones get to this level?

Lastly, would like us to review whether the system tweak last season (Hendo further forward with Trent tucking in) is something we want to continue with. It certainly helped free Salah up in the first half of the season but critically, it also sometimes narrowed our play against low blocks (Chelsea (h), West Ham (a), Leicester (a), Spurs (h), Real Madrid) . Not suggesting we ditch it, but perhaps it can evolve in the game if it is clearly not working.

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1.) 30 May 2022 11:51:54
I’m definitely in agreement regarding the parade, it was just what the doctor ordered after Saturday, and has lifted the spirits of everyone.
Quite emotional watching it actually.
Hopefully it sends Klopp and all his team off for Summer in a brighter mood for a very well earned rest.
Really fantastic day 👏.


 

 

21 Feb 2022 10:32:51
Bouncing into Monday! Great to arrive at the start of the business end of the season with the squad in good shape and alive in all comps.

As Klopp alluded to prior to the last game, everything is setup nicely and now it's about creating that machine-like winning atmosphere in and around the club to grab all of the opportunities available to us.

The fixture list doesn't matter at this. The timing of the games may though. It's all about the pressure now.

Hold on tight, it's going to emotional!

FlyPelicanFly

1.) 21 Feb 2022 15:51:44
Yeah i feel like we do better when the games come thick and fast, when there are big gaps in between matches we seem to struggle for rhythm a bit. Now that the games are coming at a rate of 2 a week until the end of the season, i expect the boys to thrive in such a high pressure scenario, as they have always done before. I think even Trent said in an interview the other day he prefers this stage of the season when everything is on the line every few days.

Like you say, everything is set up nicely. We’ve had quite a lot of niggling issues relating to freak injuries, C.V. protocol, players recovering from big injuries, inexplicably poor runs in form for some players and also fairly blatant tactical errors. It now feels like all of those things have been put to bed and we look a real force again, with as good a squad as we’ve ever had.

The likes of Henderson, Robertson, van Dijk, Fabinho and Mane have all had pretty patchy form this season, but in recent weeks they and several others have showed signs of their best form once again.

We seem to be opting for more control in games, as opposed to trying to blow teams away in the first half of the season, and as such look a lot more like the successful Klopp teams as opposed to the 17/ 18 side. We also seem more adept at reacting to issues on the pitch as they arise mid game, and clean sheets are becoming the norm again.

Players like Elliott, Jones and Thiago being fit for extended periods of time has given our midfield a huge boost (as i have always felt that is what is most responsible for us dropping silly points), and the signing of Diaz has massively lifted the squad and opened up competition for places. Our bench looks ridiculous and has got us over the line in the last two matches. what's more, Klopp seems more open to using his bench and adopting tactical flexibility in games to gain an advantage.

It feels like all the momentum is with us and everything is going right at the perfect time. Contrastingly, City finally seem to be showing a bit of vulnerability. I personally think they’ve been very lucky not to drop points sooner, and had they not been so fortunate during the Omicron wave and also not been so lucky with referees as in their games against Wolves and Arsenal, we’d be a lot closer or maybe even in front. If we can remain flawless this week, beat Leeds on wednesday and bring home the League Cup, that represents a huge momentum shift and will have the lads on cloud nine for the run in.

However I also kind of feel that any stumbles against Leeds or Chelsea could knock our confidence severely and undo all of the good will we have built up in recent weeks. It sounds dramatic but i really do think this is the defining week of our entire season.


2.) 21 Feb 2022 16:58:19
Could agree more with the sentiments above.

AW, if we can be chatting next Monday having beaten Leeds (I'd take a nervy 1-0, just as long as we win! ) and having a bit of silverware back in the cupboard, I'm sure the team will be bouncing!

I know we (and most other fans) deride the Carabao as a Mickey Mouse Cup - except when they are in the final of course! - the confidence a cup win can give us just before a crucial run in just can't be underestimated.


3.) 21 Feb 2022 18:26:47
The fact that we're not carrying any major injuries (especially to key players) is a massive bonus.
Considering how we fared last season, we really couldn't ask to be in a better position in at least 3 of the 4 competitions. Diaz arriving and immediately making an impact could be very instrumental, I was seriously impressed with the composure and movement he showed when he scored his goal the other day.
We've one nothing yet though (fingers crossed I'm not saying that this time next week), it's the old mantra of one game at a time. The only thing that is guaranteed is that it's going to be a wild ride.
What a time to be a red.


4.) 22 Feb 2022 07:34:51
At the risk of sounding too calm and putting a downer on the vibe for the more excitable element if we play our game as well as we can we will best both Leeds and Chelsea. I’m going 3 - 0 wing against Leeds an 2 / 3 - 1 against Chelsea.


 

 

01 Feb 2022 11:24:53
Well that was a dramatic window for us. Didn't expect that.

The signing of Luis Diaz gives us a nice boost going into the business end of the season whilst also taking off a bit of pressure with regards to the amount of business we have to do in the summer to continue with the Klopp 2.0 project.

Whilst I am sure there is plenty of opportunity for young Carvalho to explore other offers, hopefully he will be signed up over the summer.

Presumably summer will focus will turn to a couple of midfielders and potentially another forward if there's some outgoings.

The squad is now as strong as it has ever been with the only doubt being the injury records of our collection of midfielders.

If, and a big if, Thiago can get an extended run with Fabinho in our midfield, we have a great shot at doing something historic this season.

I just hope we aren't as poor as we usually are after a long break! I'd pick a strong team vs Cardiff to act as a rhythm gainer before we play Leicester.

FlyPelicanFly

1.) 01 Feb 2022 14:57:17
Had over a week break and not got Leicester until Thursday. I see absolutely no reason not to go full strength against Cardiff and blow them away.


2.) 01 Feb 2022 20:50:30
I actually agree MK too long of a break can do more harm than good. How you keeping anyway MK?


3.) 01 Feb 2022 21:15:22
Pelican is right though, a layoff often affects us adversely as we lose that momentum from not playing regularly. It takes a little while to get up to full throttle again.


4.) 01 Feb 2022 22:18:31
Cannot wait for the Leicester game. Taking my son to his first ever game at Anfield.

{Ed0666's Note - I hope we get 3 points and put on a scintillating display for your son mate. You have to get chips with curry sauce from the Chinese Chippy your son will thank you for it in years to come when he goes to the game with his mates


5.) 01 Feb 2022 22:39:21
Cheers Ed066 and the boy loves curry and chips so I’ll take you up on that advice.

{Ed0666's Note - I was a doubter now I’m a believer…curry & chips is the a requisite for all sporting occasions


6.) 02 Feb 2022 07:23:37
Very well thanks Barry. In September ladt year I bought my first house and started playing Sunday league again. Happiest i've been since i left school 😁

Hope you're well buddy!


 

 

03 Jan 2022 15:12:04
Mixed feelings about the game. If we’d taken one more of our big chances we’d have won. However the lack of control in midfield and general intensity off the ball is concerning.

The fact that Milly was chosen over Ox Keita is a sad indictment of Klopp’s trust in them for a game of this magnitude.

The less I say about Hendo in this new more advanced no8 role the better. The blame does not solely lie with Hendo though.

Fabinho and Virgil were terrible too. Will chalk it off as C.V. for this one.

I know it’s hard to do business in January but we’re crying out for a midfielder and forward. Is there anything that can be done in this window at all or am I wasting my breath?

Without being too reactionary to yesterdays result and AFCON, could we convince Olympiakos to part with Aguibou Camara and Gladbach with Denis Zakaria in this window?

On the plus side, Kelleher was excellent despite the defenders doing their best to limit his passing options.

FlyPelicanFly

1.) 03 Jan 2022 16:15:53
What do we convince them with? Buttons?


2.) 03 Jan 2022 16:36:18
Pretty sure its been said before that Lille are interested in Aguibou Camara. Not sure how true that is but if it does they would most likely then sell Renato Sanches. Ed said before I think that it would be a struggle for him to get a work permit but there are other solutions. Personally think Sergej Milinković-Savić could be a good option but not sure if we're interested as of this time.


3.) 03 Jan 2022 17:13:22
We can’t afford Milinković-Savić. Simple as.

Aguibou Camara will be at the AFCON and I doubt we could afford Zakaria either, regardless of him being out of contract in the summer as there are other interested parties who can just out price us.

At this point our inability to control midfield and close out games as well as Man City’s ability to go on winning streaks (combined with their unlimited resources) are going to be the things that will have put us out of the title race. Our midfield has been short on quality from the start (yes, I get that apparently we have “loads of options”, but let’s be honest. They’ve been found wanting at critical moments) and not buying an experienced, quality midfielder who can stay fit looks a big mistake.


4.) 03 Jan 2022 17:42:27
The midfield got decimated by injury/ sickness this season. Plus Ox looks a shadow of his former self and Kieta is just a waste of space. It sucks but that’s how it is.
On paper the midfield looks pretty decent, we could do with bringing one in and letting one or two go but it’s still fairly strong fully fit.


5.) 03 Jan 2022 17:55:01
I get we’re not cash rich due to C.V. impact and the increased salary commitments but to say we can’t afford Denis Zakaria who is out of contract in the summer is a bit extreme. The stadiums have been full, we’re still in all comps and we’ve won all CL money available so far. To say we can’t afford anyone at all is rubbish.


6.) 03 Jan 2022 18:33:11
Contrary opinion here, but I don't think our midfield is all that bad. Injuries/ C.V. have resulted in a million different permutations which is part of the problem. Another is missing Elliott, Jones, and Thiago for most of the season which would be my 3-5 choice starters after hendo and fabinho. Now specifically vs Chelsea, aside from hendo and fabinho being poor, I thought the difference was change in tactics that saw us surrender the middle third of the pitch to provide more cover for the defense. I could be wrong, but that's my explanation for why our passing was so labored/ inaccurate out of the defense. Our shape was different so no one was were they were expected to be and space was is different areas of the pitch when trying to play out of defense.
I think buying a mid in Jan would be a panic buy and not improve us. They always take months to get bedded in and would likely not get game time over who we already have. I think ox and keita have been disappointing but they're not terrible options right now (especially for 6-7th choice) . For me, Ox is the more solid of the two. Keita offers more going forward but is either lazy or has defensive lapses that put our defense under pressure and have resulted in conceding multiple goals. Keita is the weak link for me but I want to like him - he has the skill but seems to be missing the correct mentality. Unfortunately, I don't think we can sell him. I'd trust the kiddos over him currently.


7.) 03 Jan 2022 18:37:05
When another teams player is out of contract in the summer, we can't afford them. When our players are out of contract, 'no one will pay decent money'.


8.) 03 Jan 2022 18:47:58
Re Keita - we’ve only dropped points in one game he started - at Spurs. Whilst I agree that he’s not good at defending/ covering he has been involved in our good performances when available.

Bringing in a midfielder with legs and ability to tackle and press would be anything but a panic buy. We all wanted a CM in the summer and were disappointed that we didn’t do something. The need still exists.


9.) 03 Jan 2022 19:17:51
I had misgivings as soon as I read that both Milner and Henderson were playing. Sadly on the day they brought Fabinho down to their level and he was caught in possession too many times. I saw Henderson dancing around like a ballerina and Milner charging around like a mad bull determined to commit his regular stupid foul in a dangerous position and we've all seen the potential consequences of his action. I just hope that Klopp sees that we need the strongest possible team on Thursday. I personally am sick of throwing away Cup competitions willy-nilly. The fans want to see trophies at Anfield and not at the poor end of the East Lancs.


10.) 03 Jan 2022 19:21:35
Can folk stop laying into Milner and I’ve noticed a lot of Hendo hate. Granted Hendo hasn’t been at his best and Milner is a player who is a great addition to the squad. Keita has played five good games for us and people think he’s a sudden revolutionary and the Ox is a long standing problem. This notion of Klopp favouritism is equally laughable, he’s not an idiot and clearly thinks that the likes of the Ox and Naby are not reliable.


 

 

 

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21 Jun 2022 11:18:39
Barella is absolutely brilliant and is perfect fit for our right sided no8 position. But, I do wonder if he, like other Italians, is willing to leave Italy.

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20 Jun 2022 13:45:10
Great news. Thanks for sharing, ST.

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19 Jun 2022 12:59:34
Isn't he now at the stage of his career whereby Mark Hughes' Stoke City buy him? Oh wait, that was Bojan. Or was it Afellay? Hmmm.

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18 Jun 2022 12:11:56
Adding a condition that two or three of the five subs are limited to u21s would do the game good all round.

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17 Jun 2022 14:13:21
Moving Thiago on was not a scenario I had considered.

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26 Jun 2022 15:00:49
UEFA cannot be taken seriously by the top clubs while Nasser Al-Khelaifi has a role with them.

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26 Jun 2022 14:55:18
Careful what you wish for, JK23. Matt Le Tissier, Peter Shilton and Stuart Pearce in positions of power would be terrifying.

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26 Jun 2022 14:52:54
I find it quite interesting that a lot of fans think that low blocks are our kryptonite. While we can do better, I don't buy into that entirely.

Over half of our matches in this league are against sides that set up low blocks against us, so we can't be that bad at facing them.

The ones that do stick out like a sore thumb are the ones against so-called top teams who are able to execute a low block with superior players - eg Chelsea (when they were down to 10 men), Spurs (h) and Real Madrid in the final.

Can we do better against them when they do happen? Yes, there's loads of areas for improvements including (i) the 21/ 22 system of narrowing Trent for Hendo to overlap Mo needs more work/ refinement, (ii) we need to make more of our freekicks, (iii) we lack midfielders that can create and take shots from outside the area, (iv) we need to work on decision making of the link up play between the forwards and (v) we need to be more clinical in general.

In summary we're pretty good at breaking low blocks but can improve again.

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24 Jun 2022 11:31:15
Pretty intense schedule from the off in what will a strange season with the World Cup right in the middle. But the boss and his staff of experts know best when it comes to managing performance levels.

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22 Jun 2022 11:39:40
re Jota - opinions seem to be getting a bit extreme in both directions. He's clearly a talented player and deadly finisher - two footed and freakishly good in the air. His issue is that he needs time to work on his game in terms of link up play. That is a criticism that could be aimed at most of our forwards at times.

He's also not been helped by being moved from the left, to the centre and to the right. He's also chucked into a 4-2-4 formation when we get desperate in games.

The bigger concern is that we have another busy schedule in this condensed season and I wonder how much time they will have to invest in developing his all round game on the training field. Pre-season is going to be incredibly important for him.

Interestingly, the games that I felt he had his best all round games were when Bobby was in the side too. Might be something in that.

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