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09 Jul 2024 20:33:32
Hi Ed02,

Just wondered as a few weeks have gone by if you’ve changed your view on who you think Liverpool may try to acquire. I know Ederson was one of your tips. We know there’s interest in Gordon also.

Thanks
Hessle Red.

HessleRedTom1980

{Ed002's Note - Atalanta have told another interested side that they do not wish to sell Ederson. I have explained about interest repeatedly.}


 

 

15 May 2024 18:36:40
Hi Ed02

Thanks as ever for all the updates, always appreciated by me. May I ask who your top three picks for realistic signings for Liverpool would be this summer.

Thanks
Hessle Red.

HessleRedTom1980

{Ed002's Note - An interesting question. Perhaps:
Alex McCarthy (G) Out of contract at Southampton in the summer and accepts he will not be first choice any longer. Bournemouth, Newcastle and Liverpool have both considered him, with Liverpool having prior interest and likely needing two goalkeepers this summer - unless they opt to promote Vitezslav Jaros, then they only need a third choice.

Willian Pacho (CB) Eintracht Frankfurt have told Real Madrid the left footed CB is not for sale. Liverpool and Arsenal have sent scouts and I suspect Liverpool will look to an offer.

Teun Koopmeiners (DM/CM) Atalanta are reluctant to sell but his agent wants the player to be playing regularly in the Champions League with Newcastle, Juventus and Napoli having declared interest. Interest of Milan shifted to Tijjani Reijnders so they can be discounted. Liverpool offer a good option for the player but will be reluctant to meet the asking price - but they are very keen. Approaches were been made to Arsenal, Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea although none have spoken with Atalanta and all have other targets for now but cannot be discounted. Brighton and Aston Villa interest has gone. Juventus has a creative solution and will push for a summer move knowing that the player wants Juventus move. Marseille have walked away due to the quoted cost although a change of ownership could see a huge shift for them. Atalanta are seeking €60M if pressed to sell and feeling is Liverpool or Juventus will win out.}


1.) 16 May 2024 11:33:01
Thanks Ed002, I'd be pretty happy with them, as long as there was also a Salah/ Diaz replacement should they leave! Sounds like the club are looking in the right places which is good news even if we don't pull off the signing of these exact players.

McCarthy would be a decent enough replacement for Adrian as 3rd choice.

Koopmeiners would be a superb signing. One of the best midfielders in Europe in my opinion. Can play CB, DM, CM and AM. Such a versatile player with virtually no glaring weaknesses. Reminds me of Rice and Rodri.

Pacho mainly plays left side of a back 3 but Slot's Feyenoord team does become a back 3 when one of the full backs inverts into midfield. Definitely a good player and maybe could see him lining up as a left back but then in practice effectively being in a back 3 with Virgil and Quansah.

{Ed002's Note - We been through the options for Salah. If Luiz were to depart then perhaps:

Mohamed Amoura (S/LW/AM) Versatile Algerian who Lille see as a Jonathan David replacement. Liverpool have sent scouts and if Luis Diaz departs he will be seen as a good option to replace him. Marseille and Wolfsburg have also spoken with Union Saint Gilloise. Scouts have been sent by West Ham and Newcastle. A wildcard might be Brighton.
Omar Marmoush (S/W) Eintracht Frankfurt have no intention of selling the player who only joined last summer. His agent says there is interest from Newcastle, Spurs and possibly still Brentford. Apparently noted by Liverpool scouts when watching another player.
Maximilian Beier (S/F/W) Opted for a contract extension at Hoffenheim over a move to Brentford after a loan at Hannover. Everton, Liverpool and Luton have sent scouts to watch the player. May be available in the summer.}


2.) 16 May 2024 12:51:12
McCarthy makes sense as a 3rd choice and doesn’t waste a non HG space. can't see us getting any more joy out of Frankfurt than Madrid did. Seems like a waste of time asking. Not massively convinced Koopmeiners is the answer as I think we need a specialist at number 6 not a versatile midfielder as that feels like the compromise of playing Henderson there. The only caveat is that he’s played there under Slot, and managed similar defensive stats as Rodri and Rice, albeit in a weaker league. So I’ll keep an open mind.,


3.) 16 May 2024 13:14:04
Ed002 in relation to Koopmeiners do you think he is too similar to what we already have as he has always struck me as a very similar player to Mac Allister? Feels like the need is still to replace Fabinho with that sort of midfielder as the other with the exception of Endo, all feel a lot more capable in the more forward areas.

{Ed002's Note - TK is a very versatile MF player and would be an excellent addition.}


4.) 16 May 2024 13:58:21
Legend Ed002 ??.


5.) 16 May 2024 14:19:47
My worry with McCarthy is he's 2nd choice to Bazunu who, although he still has a high ceiling and is only 22, has regressed since bursting onto the scene in his teens and is an inferior keeper to Kelleher imo.

{Ed002's Note - McCarthy would be replacing Adrian not CK.}


6.) 16 May 2024 14:24:28
Open mind? You’re getting soft VV! ?.


7.) 16 May 2024 15:34:39
I like Pacho, and i like having left footed players on the left side of the pitch. Ed's do you have any concerns over Pacho's duel success rate? Saw Sam Maguire mention this a few backs, and checking bundelsiga stats he's at 14th in the league for duals won. Our very own Sepp is 4th. With how often we're beaten with balls over the top with our high line, would this not be a red flag?

{Ed001's Note - stats like that are bollox, they mean nothing. Jose Enrique had the best stats in the Premier League on duel successes but that was because he was always in the wrong place. It is a waste of time looking at one individual stat and trying to draw a conclusion from it.}


8.) 16 May 2024 15:59:09
Does Pacho have any relationship to what the club think of Konate? The mood in the media has really grown sour on Konate, but he really only had a tough month. Seems rash to jump to the conclusion that he isn't good enough. He was stellar previously.

{Ed002's Note - No, it is unrelated.}


9.) 16 May 2024 16:08:05
Ed02, many thanks and certainly interesting choices for sure. Let’s see what happens!


10.) 16 May 2024 19:08:08
Thanks, Ed02! Appreciate the info as always.


11.) 16 May 2024 21:27:45
Only getting around to reading this now. Thanks so much for the info Ed002. Class as always.


 

 

04 Apr 2024 12:27:58
Hi Ed02,

Thanks for your posts recently on the potential new manager topic. Are you able to briefly summarise the key targets Liverpool are looking at for the summer. Just the key positions I imagine we are looking at - CB, LB, RW and possibly DM?

Thanks
Hessle Red.

HessleRedTom1980

{Ed002's Note - Right now it is difficult as the targets have been identified by Hunter, Klopp and Fallows and that could make it tough for any new manager/coach joining. Amorim plays a different formation to Klopp so he would have his own ideas about CBs as an example. We now that Nagelsmann has expressed concern that the transfer approach at Liverpool may not suit him - so he would perhaps need some convincing.

Need to sort out the GK situation, add a CB to replace Matip (do you go for an up and coming Dean Huijsen or pay a huge fee for Inacio?), sort out a contract for Alexander Arnold and look to replace Salah who is still likely to leave. They need to make up their minds about adding either an out and out DM (like Andre Trindade) or a more versatile CM/DM player (like Thuram or Morten Frendrup).}


1.) 04 Apr 2024 13:36:24
He ED02,

Is there any situation Salah stays for a further season? Or has that boat sailed?

Is Amorim in your view (won’t hold you to it) the most likely successor to Klopp?

Also why has TAAs contract been allowed to run down so much? I get Steve McManaman and Micky Owen vibes….

{Ed002's Note - Salah could potentially run his contract down but I think that unlikely.

Ruben Amorim seems the most likely but there is interest in him from elsewhere.

I don't know why a contract offer is yet to be made.}


2.) 04 Apr 2024 14:19:16
This is probably putting two and two together, but with Bradley excelling and showing he has what it takes to be a top class right back, maybe they’re considering cashing in and using the money for the incoming manager to spend.


3.) 04 Apr 2024 14:38:36
Thanks Ed2, appreciate all the info as always.

I think Amorim would be my preferred choice but let’s see what happens in the next couple of months.

Hessle Red.


4.) 04 Apr 2024 14:46:40
Hi Ed002, I've seen you mention a few times that we're looking for either a CDM or a versatile CDM/ CM, and I just wanted to see if you personally think we actually need an extra player there? Because I feel like our midfield is pretty stacked at the moment.

In CDM we have Endo and a returning Baj to compete for a place, with Macca already proving he can provide very strong cover if needed. Then James McConnell has looked a good prospect whenever he's played and I don't think Tyler Morton would worry me if he played a few games there, even if I imagine he may well want more playing time and leave on loan/ permanently.

Then for CM we have Macca, Szoboszlai, Jones, Gravenberch, Elliott and Clark. This is all before we even start the debate about potentially moving Trent into midfield, whether that be as a CDM/ CM (it's CM for me! ) .

So that's 8 bona fide 1st team players and 3 young players on the cusp of being 1st team to cover what is likely 3 positions. I know there was a bit of overlap between the two positions and maybe the new manager will see some of these players differently (Szobo for example as more of an attacker), but I don't really see the need to add anyone unless one or two of the 1st team players get sold (which I can't see happening) and/ or a lot of the young ones go out on loan. So I'd be interested to hear your thoughts if that's okay!

{Ed002's Note - I think it is a valid point but the club has continued to look to add in that position and have been continuing to scout players in both positions.}


5.) 04 Apr 2024 15:18:17
There is no world where I see us looking to "Cash in" on Trent. The only way I can see this is if he refuses a new contract. Trent must be kept if at all possible.


6.) 04 Apr 2024 15:56:20
Or maybe trent and the club have just decided to wait till a very important season is over to sort it out.


7.) 04 Apr 2024 15:59:31
I’ve said it before I think szoboslai is more suited to replace salah than most . And if Amorim comes in and goes 343 he would need to be wide right as Bradley/ trent are tailor made for the right wing back roles
A double pivot of bajetic and macallister does on paper at least have all the earmarks of such a good pairing .

I’m so relaxed about the next man in the door and who we buy because I genuinely believe we have a really close to complete squad that could be together as a group for another 3/ 4 years without any serious surgery like we had to do on the midfield this summer hopefully that will never happen again and all areas are refreshed as and when needed and not left til they fall off a cliff like last season .


8.) 04 Apr 2024 16:09:11
Timmer, great points. I think you're bang on with what you're saying and how you are looking at the squad.

I think focus in the transfer market will be on the backline and possibly GK. GK is dependent on Kelleher, as I really hope he stays on as the heir to Alisson but I understand if he's getting impatient and wants to be the main man somewhere next year. He's an outstanding keeper and should be leading a CL caliber squad somewhere.

The defense is dependent on the manager. There's definitely some urgency to getting the manager sorted ASAP as that uncertainty is holding up our ability to do smart business in the transfer market. Should that search get delayed, we'll be in a tough spot. It's hard to sell an uncertain situation to a new player who should be protective of their career. I do think there's a need for a left sided CB who can also play in a back 3. I also think there's a need for a guy who can play as a left sided wing back.

Midfield looks really good. The attack also looks good. I think any business is dependent on a surprise departure. I'm not convinced Salah is going to leave. Every year we hear of rumblings, but he's still playing at such a high level, not sure I see him wanting to walk away from the CL yet. I don't think the timing is right for Saudi. Perhaps summer of 2025, but honestly, who knows with him.


9.) 04 Apr 2024 16:12:30
Dhfc, agree on Szoboszlai. He flourishes further forward for Hungary.

Also worth noting that Amorim normally has one of the back 3 step out into the midfield at times, and Bajcetic originally came to us as a young CB I believe, so he could even be tailor made for that particular role? I think ever since Bradley's rise, we've been destined to eventually see a Trent/ Macca midfield at some point, so Bajcetic might need to find another niche if he wants to be a regular starter as in Trent and Macca you have 2 absolutely elite level distributors of the ball.

Our squad is so rich with young talent that it's extremely malleable for the next manager to put his stamp on it without having to go crazy in the market.


10.) 04 Apr 2024 16:55:03
@mk
The club is in great shape going forward .
Been watching more and more youth football and I really don’t think it will be long until Jayden danns joins the conversations as he is a real stand out in his age group

He reminds me of Harry Kane the way he plays . Just brilliant holding the ball up and with his back to goal but deadly in front of goal .


11.) 04 Apr 2024 16:59:33
Hard to guess when we don't know who'll be the manager, what formation they'll play and who'll move on. Who would you bring in personally Ed? let's say one defender one midfielder one forward.

{Ed002's Note - Simply for me, Dean Huijsen offers up a reasonably priced option with significant potential, but free agent Tosin Adarabioyo offersan interesting option - but mauny clubs are looking to hom. Archie Gray has huge potential but is perhapes being over hyped, maybe Liverpool should look to Ezequiel Fernandez but there is interest from elsewhere. As a forward goes we have to look at Salah moving on and Pedro Neto will be on the minds of many. Donyell Malen may be an option but for me perhaps a fight for Marcus Edwards.


12.) 05 Apr 2024 08:29:30
Ed002 I must say, I do not like the sound of any of those suggestions.


13.) 05 Apr 2024 12:25:08
I wonder why Mo is ready to leave, does he feel his powers are waning and that its time to make the most of the Saudi cash, and to preserve his knees?
Perhaps he doesn't want to be rotated.

At least Edwards would work a sizeable fee for him with contract remaining.


14.) 05 Apr 2024 13:00:52
Florian Wirtz for me all day.


15.) 05 Apr 2024 17:17:23
@centrepoint, I think it's more a case of Mo being on the downslope and making sure LFC maximize his value to be able to reinforced the team for the long term. It's all business - by low, sell high and all that.


 

 

31 Mar 2024 08:52:24
Hi Ed02

Do you believe the new Liverpool manager will be one of Amorim or Nagelsmann?

Are there any other names we should be aware of that the club are looking at in your view?

Thank you
Hessle Red.

HessleRedTom1980

{Ed002's Note - I would not entirely rule out de Zerbi but there is serious interest from elsewhere. Amorim may take exception the way transfers are being planned at Liverpool.}


1.) 31 Mar 2024 10:45:29
Hello ed2 hope u well. your info spot on as usual. are u at liberty to explain about the way transfers are being planned at lfc?

{Ed002's Note - The problem is that Klopp continues to be involved in the planning.}


2.) 31 Mar 2024 10:45:38
Hi Ed002. Exception to the way transfers are being planned meaning the recruitment process and how much power he would have with new players coming in or that they’re already being planned and he may know of who they want to come in and he wouldn’t necessarily want those players already identified?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, any new coach will look at the players at the club and look to make some changes to suit their needs - Amorim, as an example, plays a different formation.}


3.) 31 Mar 2024 11:27:39
Happy Easter ed002! I hope the Easter Bunny was kind to you this morning ?
In what respect would Amorim take exception to the transfers?
Cheers
Drogie.

{Ed002's Note - Any new coach will want to be involved in the decision process surrounding players departing and players being added. Amorim plays with three CBs and would adopt that approach at Liverpool and that would require a change. Liverpool are still progressing with the Klopp, Fallows and Hunter targets that have been identified. This is always a consideration when taking on a new manager or head coach.}


4.) 31 Mar 2024 11:46:32
Following on that topic ed2 as regards new contracts for players, and by that im thinking of trent, salah and vvd. big players who entering last year of contract, is lfc waiting on appointing new manager before starting talks with the players? Bascially to see if new manager wants them or not. Or are they proceeding regardless of new manager.

{Ed002's Note - They are not waiting on the appointment of a new manager before dealing with contracts. I still expect Salah to be replaced and depart in the summer. Alexander Arnold will likely stay regardless of interest in him. van Dijk will be 33 by the start of next season and there will need to be plans put in place to eventually replace him.


5.) 31 Mar 2024 12:00:02
Thanks Ed002.


6.) 31 Mar 2024 12:33:25
Thanks as always ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


7.) 31 Mar 2024 13:52:26
Cheers ed2.


 

 

26 Aug 2023 15:17:57
Eds- do you think Liverpool will still try to sign someone before the transfer window shuts. Starting to feel like no-one else is coming. It does worry me for the reason ahead re squad depth.

HessleRedTom1980

{Ed002's Note - Yes, as I have already answered repeatedly.}


1.) 26 Aug 2023 16:27:23
Thanks Ed02.


2.) 26 Aug 2023 21:00:44
Jessie, if we try and fail, will you consider that not trying?


3.) 26 Aug 2023 21:31:54
We’ve got to sign someone we’ve got 2 cracking players in, let’s get another ball winner in and let’s go all out for the league. Don’t mess it up now boys final pieces of the jigsaw. Klopp must demand this!


4.) 26 Aug 2023 22:35:20
I'm resigned to sitting back and watching all the new players this season find their feet, gel and the team experience a few highs and lows along the way. The thought of us challenging for the top honours hasn't crossed my mind as its likely to be a transitional season. I don't see it all clicking and working instantly as you hope. I'm just a realist I suppose.


5.) 26 Aug 2023 22:59:31
How many years do you want it to be transitional for, we are Liverpool we should go for titles, what’s the use of going in half hearted. Go and get Paulinha from Fulham and give it a good crack. Up the reds.


6.) 26 Aug 2023 23:36:32
I don’t understand all the posters who say transition, we need time etc. Do you not understand that for this squad it has to be now!

As many have said we are 2 quality signings from challenging for the title. City are weaker, it’s there to be shot at. Next year we will likely lose Salah and then the same posters will scream transition, patience. We still have Allison, Robbo, Trent, VVD, Salah, 2 great new signings. In addition the best manager we can get so no, don’t bloody wait FSG it’s now or never for you.


7.) 27 Aug 2023 00:06:35
@Lee72 - I assume you were asleep for thirty odd years from 1989 onwards. Saying ‘we are Liverpool’ sounds good but means nothing. We don’t have a right to win anything. We go out and earn it.


8.) 27 Aug 2023 00:09:23
Exactly, we must strike while the irons hot. Been watching the reds since 77 and we have always been positive believing we are the best. We have got a decent squad of players we just need to finish it off with 1 or 2 additions to give it a good go. Why wait until next season or the season after it’s not the Liverpool way.


9.) 27 Aug 2023 02:46:30
Not to harp on but ‘transitional’ is another of the buzz words that tends to mean nothing these days, but it sounds ‘informed so gets used.

Take the midfield - we got rid of Keita, Ox, Millie and Arthur. We (unplanned) sold Fabs and Hendo and we loaned out Carvalho. 7 out

We have brought Macca, Dom and Endo (how often does a surname also sound like a nickname? ) 3 in.

You could call it a transition or you could call it natural change. As an optimist you might even refer to it as good business. When all’s said and done it actually doesn’t matter what you call it, you just have to get on with it and support the club.


10.) 27 Aug 2023 08:11:20
How many times in the last 30 years have we really challenged for a title? Maybe 5 or 6 times. We have a good chance now, don’t bloody waste it.


11.) 27 Aug 2023 08:23:16
Klopp says we are ‘reloaded’. I’d argue we are half-cocked. 2 more decent signings away from really challenging for the title. Please get it done this week LFC. Rabbits out of hats time.


12.) 27 Aug 2023 09:16:09
Do or do not…. there is no try.


13.) 27 Aug 2023 10:48:54
Was going to say the exact same thing about the whole "We are LFC. We should be going for titls" schstick which means sweet nothing considering the history this club has in the PL. All that talk is just chest-beating stuff that has no basis in reality.

Now regarding us and the title this season, I wlould be shocked (and happy, ofc) should we mount a title challenge cos we are simply not ready for it, IMO esp. if we are still short a player or 2 and the system we are trying to play has that many concerns with it. People can spout all the "we are LFC going for titles" schstick, none of that dust has any impact on the pitch, which is where games are won and lost. Let's wait and see how the window and the season pans out first.

Oh and as for @Ron's comment saying that "Do or Do not. There is no try", that make no sense. Before you "Do", you actually have to try to "Do". And you can "Try", then "Do" your best and still fail. Life is a bit more complicated that than that, Ron.


14.) 27 Aug 2023 13:19:24
Lee72 "Strike while the iron is hot"?
The iron hasn't been cooler since before Klopp took over!
We will have an almost entirely new midfield this season and that's a lot of moving parts that need to work each other out. They are all fantastic players but even Firmino took a season or so to show his best form. Give the lads some time.


 

 

 

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10 Jul 2024 20:00:37
So fellow reds who are your realistic picks for Liverpool to buy this summer.

HessleRedTom1980

1.) 10 Jul 2024 20:04:46
Simao. You heard it here first.


2.) 10 Jul 2024 20:35:28
Taxi driver told me he took Quaresma's agent round to Slot's house this morning. Expect the announcement tomorrow.


3.) 10 Jul 2024 20:36:08
Caicedo for £120 mill.


4.) 10 Jul 2024 20:53:32
Lavia is better. And worth easily 75 million now.


5.) 10 Jul 2024 23:45:25
Konoplyanka. What a baller, he is. Or was.


6.) 11 Jul 2024 01:23:45
Gaston Ramirez, future star.


7.) 11 Jul 2024 08:02:14
Any of the following.
Bozo Texino
Snoogy Doogy
Spodo Komodo
Rol Farris.


 

 

20 Jun 2024 13:20:21
Really impressed with Slot’s first interview and his general demeanour. Spot on. Anyone else agree? Got me quite excited for what his tenure will look like.

HessleRedTom1980

1.) 20 Jun 2024 14:10:40
Yes it’s a very interesting interview especially to know he has watched some training sessions from last season. Hoping that he is able to utilise the squad, develop players and find a few new players to meet the needs of his style of play. Hoping we start well which will no doubt help!


2.) 20 Jun 2024 16:21:50
Yes, I do. I wish him all the best and hope he succeeds. I like him.


3.) 20 Jun 2024 17:41:18
Absolutely. He seemed to mention Manchester City and Pep Guardiola a lot. Which I liked. He’s here to try and take the Crown, I’m all for that.


4.) 20 Jun 2024 21:32:59
Yep, said all the right things, looks bright and fresh and eager to get started.

Reminded me a lot of Ronnie Moran - hopefully his tenure will be as successful as Ronnie's season in charge :)


 

 

25 May 2024 07:24:40
Happy Saturday everyone.

Quick question; who do we think will make a breakthrough from the academy next season. Anyone know anything about the talent at U-18 level? Ed’s?

HessleRedTom1980

{Ed001's Note - does Beck count? If so I will say him. If it is ones that haven't played for the first team yet, maybe Morrison.}


1.) 25 May 2024 08:02:06
Have you heard anything about Figueroa, Ed? He seems to know where the goal is and the press were complimentary about him when he signed the professional contract a little while back.

{Ed001's Note - only about him being the son of the former player, I have not seen him play yet.}


2.) 25 May 2024 08:24:08
Trey Nyoni and Trent Kone-Doherty both looked exceptional at u18 and u21 level this year. Trey plays CM/ AM and Trent plays LW/ RW.

Doubt we’ll see them as regulars but certainly could see them in cup games or making the bench if we have injuries again.


3.) 25 May 2024 09:43:55
I would quite like to see Danns get more time on the pitch this season. Really looked bright and had a great eye for goal.


4.) 25 May 2024 10:34:26
Agree with MK, both Nyoni and Trent Doherty look top notch at that level, infact nyoni who only turns 17 this summer only played a few games b4 he was bumped upto the u21s. morrison does look good also, as does Pinnington.


 

 

03 May 2024 20:07:02
Liverpool have champions league football next season, that’s a step forward on the last one. Hopefully will help attract some players as well.

HessleRedTom1980

1.) 03 May 2024 20:57:15
Winning the League Cup the way we did is another big step, IMO. It shows our winning me ntality and desire to fight till the end is still intact, something Arne Slot is going to need esp. with the veterans in the squad being key in letting his message get thru to the rest of the squad, IMO.


2.) 03 May 2024 22:11:18
Is that sarcasm oli? The players have shown nothing but a weak defeatist mentality lately.

I do wonder if a hendo or milner would of got hold of some players and tore into them, I can't see anyone in the current squad doing that. Trent and vvd don't seem to have an angry bone in them.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing I know but we lack leadership no doubt about it, Trents more concerned with modelling at the minute just seen them pics of him in the new kit wearing flares. Gave me DCL tom Davies vibes.


3.) 03 May 2024 22:39:31
I think that’s harsh Amorim.
I see more mental fatigue than weakness. If they were mentally weak they would have capitulated against Man U twice but they didn’t. They kept fighting until the end.

When a manager announces their departure it creates uncertainty. It’s tough to maintain the highest performance with that uncertainty in your mind.

I don’t blame them, it’s been a tough 2 seasons and they’ve won a trophy and qualified for the champions league.


4.) 04 May 2024 00:57:24
Isn't modelling and promoting new kits something that all footballers do? I literally see the entire squad doing that on the main social media pages of the club. A bit strange to single out Trent like that.


5.) 04 May 2024 01:06:25
Probably am being harsh to be honest Ron, I still think there is somewhat of a leadership void what with the players heads dropping and us lacking the discipline to concede the first goal for the last 20 odd games. But as you and others have suggested it could be the klopp leaving effect as we were mustard up until the announcement.


6.) 04 May 2024 02:25:42
Good post Ron, very true mate.


7.) 04 May 2024 07:07:47
Hendo and Milner would never have let the team finish 5th last season.

Oh wait. My.


8.) 04 May 2024 07:33:31
Good reply Amorim, only City and Arsenal stand to finish ahead of us this season. Given the difficulties we’ve had - Salah off to AFCON, his legs clearly going, an entirely new midfield 3, Becker having a long injury, Diaz having his father kidnapped, Klopp announcing his resignation half way through the season, the Thursday/ Sunday routine, trying to compete in 4 trophies - overall we can’t complain.

We’ve not played well in recent weeks but it’s only really Atalanta who have thrashed us over 2 legs.

With top 4 assured, I’d like us to give some youngsters more playing time and I’m thinking Danns, Koumas, Clarke. Let’s see what energy they can bring to the team, let them start against Spurs.


9.) 04 May 2024 07:59:49
I think amorion has a point as regards leadership, I think the end of this season has left a lot of questions about this group. in my time supporting lfc if we in a title race or playing a final we always hard beat, never seen a full squad fall apart like this in a run in.
Tactics and klopp leaving no doubt have played a part but id still expect if we top with 7 games to go we wouldn't be completly out of it with 3 games to go. id expect us to die with our boots on like we always have, id be worried about lack of authority and lack of confidence in ourselves when it comes to crunch.
In saying that at start of season if u offered me 3rd and a cup id have been delighted but end of season i think has left a big question mark as regards mentality/ bottle of our players, i think vital we buy at least 2 big characters as well as been good players.


10.) 04 May 2024 08:39:38
Captain of Holland.
Captain of Scotland.
Captain of Japan.
Captain of Hungary.
Captain of Egypt.

Often all in the line up together.

If we can’t find a leader between them and that doesn’t even include the likes of Ali or Trent, then we really are in trouble.


11.) 04 May 2024 10:06:04
Thinking back to a couple of weeks ago and Mac Allister praising Szoboszlai, obviously aware he needs a confidence boost. Do we have a potential future captain/ vice captain in Mac Allister,

Virgil's been okay at dishing out the criticism, sometimes you need that person who is going to be the arm around the shoulder, the word of encouragement in the ear.


12.) 04 May 2024 10:49:06
Nonsense, Amorin. Hendo and Milner? You mean like they grabbed a few last season when they where struggling to keep up with the pace of the game let alone try to lead others? Oh, like their leadership prevented us from finishing 5th last season? yeah, hindsight is a great so you can go sit on the floor cos you're talking porkies.

And you saying we showed a defeatists attitude this season is a crock of nonsense cos had we done that, the EFL Cup triumph literally does NOT happen. And we have 27 point or so from losing positions (which has come to burn us, I agree) so what the football are you waffling about regarding a lack of leadership?

IMO, our issues are NOT related to leadership on the pitch. They are related to the staff's inability to fix our tactical issues and the waslow, possession tactics we play which has caused issues and inconsistencies that follow in all phases of play. Include that with the drop in form esp. mentally due to Klopp's inability to motivate the players cos he is leaving, does not help either. That was my point.


 

 

04 Apr 2024 12:31:25
Who do you think are realistic summer signings for us?

I’m becoming of the opinion Amorim may be the best candidate out there for us at the moment in relation to manager.

It’s clear we are sorted now for right back, and most of the forward positions apart from RW if Salah leaves which seems to be likely.

We also need at least one CB though Quansah is an effective Matip replacement. Also LB needs looking at, and DM as well despite Endo’s excellent season.

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1.) 04 Apr 2024 13:09:10
Left sided centre back should be priority, Salah replacement and back up keeper (depending on which academy lads are ready or if Kelleher goes) .

We need a DM. Endo, Bajetic and Trent (in some games) can play there.

We have an excellent array of academy lads as well, so 2 senior players max needed (and a number 2 keeper if needed)


2.) 04 Apr 2024 13:25:35
I think we go big on 3 players:

LCB - Inacio eg

DM - have no preference on this but ideally and established one who can hit the ground running. Koopermeirs maybe?

RW - we need either Salah replacement or someone who is understudy for a year and ready to replace when he goes. I know Sane has been mooted, there’s concerns around his attitude but it was similar when Mane joined, he knows the league and is a good player.


3.) 04 Apr 2024 13:39:29
Matip and Thiago will probably go but Quansah has effectively replaced Matip already and Bajcetic, McConnell and Clark can surely compete to replace Thiago and between them, one of them should be good enough to pick up the 20 minutes he's played this season!

Everything else depends on what system the new manager wants to play, no?

I think we defintely need to do something at left back regardless of who comes in as Robbo is in a sharp physical decline, Gomez isn't natural there and Tsimikas is only back up standard. Other than that you can only speculate until you know who the manager will be and who is leaving. For example:

Amorim, 3-4-3, you probably need 2 more centre backs and a specialist left wing back.

de Zerbi, 4-2-3-1, you probably need a left back and a right winger.

Then also replacing any body else who leaves (rumours circulating about Salah, Diaz, Kelleher, Trent, Virgil etc)


4.) 04 Apr 2024 13:51:33
We can't sign anyone until a new manager comes in and tbh I don't see us signing many. We have the perfect team, any manager can make this team work. Who do we sign to improve? I'm talking be realistic not stupid, who do we sign? We sell Salah, who replaces him? Thiago doesn't need to be replaced, he's done bugger all. Same goes for matip.

Endo is unreal, he doesn't need replacing, having Trent as well, Bradley has took the RB position in my opinion. Trent has to battle it out in midfield but it all goes on who comes in. Tactics etc, I'm going on our current formation which is likely going to change.

As things stand we don't need anybody to come in. Our squad has youngsters ready to step up. Bugger the big transfer fees of whoever the hell, focus on the youngsters, we have talent right there!


5.) 04 Apr 2024 14:01:15
We started the season with 4 CBs - VVD, Matip, Konate and Gomez.

We have been fortunate that Quansah stepped up when Matip had the season ending injury. Gomez is now turning into a very good utility defender.

In effect we are ending the season with 4 CBs.

We need cover for next season - maybe another academy break through or maybe a signing. We may even look at two CBs as VVD is 33 before next season starts and Ibou tends to pick up an injury or two.

We might need a (back-up) keeper depending upon CK’s decision and Adrian probably leaving.

Not sure we need a LB just yet, Robbo and Tsimi aren’t done yet and hopefully Beck or Chambers kicks on into the first team squad.

It seems quite a number of people think Salah will go at the end of the season which I’m not convinced about. If he does I’m sure there’ll be a clamour to buy a replacement. I don’t think we can replace him ‘like for like’ and it might just depend on who the new manager is and how they want to set the team up that influences who we might go after.


6.) 04 Apr 2024 14:56:59
Agree with others. If the new manager wants 3 CBS then CB should be the focus. One or two needed there.

I think we are well stocked in midfield/ DM. Till the year after anyway.

If Salah goes, massive responsibilty and priority to replace him. That's going to be incredibly difficult job to do.


7.) 04 Apr 2024 15:49:51
WDW, I disagree on Robbo. Think we have to move him down the pecking order to be the back up, and I don't think Tsimikas is good enough to start in a title challenging team so I'd move him on entirely. I do however agree with you on Beck and Chambers, as I'd love them to kick on and make it with us. Beck plays as a wing back anyway so potentially could benefit if Amorim was the new manager, and Chambers can play in a back 3 off the left so he could even stake a claim there. I've not seen anything of their loans though so not sure how well they're performing. It would be unbelievable if the academy could produce the goods again!


8.) 04 Apr 2024 16:23:40
Just wondering about signing an extra centre back, which we definitely need, even after the emergence of Quansah, who has been great fair play to him.
Obviously it all depends on who the new manager is, but if it is Amorim, who at the moment plays a 3 at the back (not sure if that is his style or due to players available) but would that mean a less injured Konate? Not sure if playing a back four and covering right back is too much for his hamstrings and size to keep up match after match. Not sure if it's growing pains, but going back to the three he used to play before would suit his fitness.
Again, if we went to 3 at the back, are we signing someone for the lcb position with virgil playing centre of the 3, or does virgil play the left side, which I don't think uses him to the best of his abilities.


9.) 04 Apr 2024 16:58:40
Am I the only person that thinks Alonso is still a possibility to come in the summer?

I just think that he had to say what he said with all the speculation surrounding him as he’s trying to win a treble. He had to keep everyone’s head in the game.

Come the summer things can change fast in football as we all know.

I seem to remember Ed2, who has the best inside knowledge of anyone saying ‘Klopp won’t be coming to Liverpool’ on more than one occasion and then look what happened.

I take anything that said in or to the media with a hefty pinch of salt and just see how things pan out.


10.) 04 Apr 2024 16:59:49
How's that tall (Dutch I think) centre back getting on with his loan.
Miss the carragher bloke who used to do loan updates.


11.) 04 Apr 2024 18:13:54
I’d imagine We will have a few sales and loans this summer as if not the squad will be close to bursting.


12.) 04 Apr 2024 19:07:49
Beckers Pecker, you are the only one who thinks that. Alonso has literally said he has no interest in moving anywhere in the summer. Just let it go, he’s not going to manage us next season. He’ll be at Madrid when Ancelotti goes.

And changingofthegvardiol, Koopmeiners wouldn’t hit the ground running if he tried, he’s slow, overweight, immobile and not all that good, he’s certainly no upgrade on Endo, which does beg the question whether we need a defensive midfielder if Endo is good for another year (which he will be) and Bajcetic is fit next season, so we have two good options available.


13.) 04 Apr 2024 19:08:07
It makes sense to move on from Salah I’m afraid. Time catches up on everyone. This is the season to do it, inevitable transition period. Change in tactics, change manager and coaches. Sell Salah whilst his stock is highest.

I agree we don’t need huge changes in personnel. I think lots of transfers need time to bed in and will put more pressure on the new management regime.


14.) 04 Apr 2024 20:36:37
We don't need any more midfielders note even a DM. We need q salah replacement and a top class CB to also eventually replace virg.


15.) 04 Apr 2024 21:54:31
@MK, fair point about Robbo. I don’t see him as an automatic starter these days but he would be great in the squad - still very good on his day and - like Millie - he has an air of authority and can contribute to the setting of the tone for the squad.


16.) 05 Apr 2024 00:06:05
Exactly that WDW. Look what he did tonight when only asked to give us 30 minutes. He still has the quality, it's just his body that's failing. Injuries creeping in and losing his recovery pace. But that left foot, still a wand! And his leadership is worth his weight in gold.


17.) 05 Apr 2024 01:15:06
What is the point of signing a top class left sided centre back. VVD is there for at least 2 more seasons, the man is back to his best n the captains armband has made him more determined than ever .


18.) 05 Apr 2024 01:17:32
Yeah I agree with you beckers, I'm not going to say he'll come but the thought has also crossed my mind, will he? who knows, none of us do but I have a weird feeling about it. It's like a contract isn't it, not worth a thing nowadays, same goes as somebodys word. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if he joined us in the summer.

Mind games to the maximum level and one day when we least expect it he's our manager, press conference time and all that. It's a nice thought atleast lol :) .


 

 

 

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Spot on Ed02.

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The only player VV likes in the entire world is Mbappe.

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25 Jun 2024 19:43:11
I think Viktor believes all footballers are a bit rubbish.

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I think the poster may mean who Liverpool are interested in and may have missed your post suggesting Ederson and Pancho were potential signings.

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14 Jun 2024 19:16:43
Thanks Ed02, Ederson looks to be a good player from what I’ve seen.

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13 Jul 2024 07:15:59
Quite frankly who cares?

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09 Jul 2024 21:14:57
Mane was brilliant and gets overshadowed by Salah’s achievements.

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02 Jul 2024 22:23:28
He’s a good player Ed025. Mr Bean is ridiculous. Sometimes you do go too far.

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VV - genuine question, do you actually rate any footballer in the world?

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21 Jun 2024 16:38:07
I’ve never liked Southgate but results at major tournaments have kept him in a job. The FA need to act as yesterday was appalling. Clueless, hopeless, embarrassing are three words that spring to mind. He clearly has no idea how to coach if we can’t organise a pressing system.

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