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01 Mar 2021 14:47:10
Hello Ed01, maybe you and others can chime in here. I know a lot has been said about the cause of LFC's probs this season and where they come from. What I have been mostly annoyed about is how pundits are looking for other causes as to why we have issues whereas the cause of our issues is pretty obvious: Injuries, right? And each time I see pundits trying to say "Oh Klopp should do this or that or the other" instead of saying what is obv., has been peeing me off for weeks now.

I watched the Anfield Wrap podcast on youtube with Neil Atkinson and Rory Smith (brilliant guy) and he gave a take that I had not even looked at. Smith said that the cause of our issues is pretty obv. YET boring in the eyes of the media. He said that the cause of our issues News Flash: Injuries, yeah? However in the media, there is only so far you can go with that hence, it becomes boring.

Therefore, the media has to create another or other narratives to "create" other causes for the public and the pundits to feed on esp. online. Hence, they attack Klopp on this or that or "Why does he not play a 442 or a back 3 (as if we have the personel or the bodies to play such formations cos of you know, the injuries? )3 Or the fav from Roy Keane "He is the manager. It's his job to fix it" (funny how that NEVER applies to his buddy OGS) ". Therefore, this is all fake news drummed up by the media by design and dishonesty.

Now Rory Smith said that it is tough for Klopp to "change" stuff cos for the most part, we play well in games BUT either don't take our chances or make mistakes that eventually cost us games so it is tough for Klopp to do say Now, he did say that there are some changes Klopp could do to make us less predictable and we saw a bit of that last night vs Sheff. He played Mane central, Jones on the left and Salah on the right in attack and Bobbie in the 10 and it gave us a bit more impetus going forward and created chances and won the game. Thoughts?

OliRed

{Ed001's Note - not sure Smith is right about the changes there. That was more of a natural rotation and movement than any particular set up. Jones always gets forward, Mane often drifts central and Bobby always plays the 10. It was just working better than normal because we were making better decisions with our balls in the final third. It was just a case of doing what we were doing anyway but better. Just like when Paisley took over from Shanks, he told the players nothing would change, they would keep doing what they were doing but they would do it better. That's all we needed.

Smith is 100% right about the media. They barely talk about Sheffield United now because they have struggled with injury problems and it is not going to bring in clicks by talking about it. Unlike Liverpool, there is not a huge media machine that requires fresh LFC stories to be churned out, so the Blades can just be forgotten about. Liverpool have far too big a following to be forgotten about, so they have to look for new angles all the time and new narratives to bring in page views.}


1.) 01 Mar 2021 16:36:29
Thanks, Ed for your input. I do agree that we were doing what we normally do but only better. I was the one who came to the conclusion of a change by Klopp during the game cos it seemed the forwards stayed in those positions a bit longer than just occasional changes in-game to keep the defence guessing.

I was thinking the same thing about Sheff. Utd regarding injuries. I could be wrong but along with us, they are the other team that has really struggled all season long with injuries BUT since no one cares about Sheff Utd nor Chris Wilder and they don't generate clicks, no one is giving their them as hard a time as Klopp and LFC are getting. Like you said, you got to go after the big fish to get clicks.

{Ed001's Note - exactly and we are one of the biggest fish for clickbait.}


 

 

02 Feb 2021 16:53:02
Ed01 please, did you do a match review of the West Ham game yet or did I miss it? Cheers, man.

OliRed

{Ed001's Note - you must have missed it: West Ham review

If you bookmark the site it is on then you can check much more easily and quicker than waiting for me to get a chance to reply mate.}


1.) 03 Feb 2021 01:01:35
Thanks Ed missed that. I'm glad you mentioned Phillips defending first free kick. Could have been a var goal otherwise. Likewise, gini in dm and thiago further forward. Gini I think klopp trusts him a bit more esp with hendo at cb in that position. However, surely this means Fab can be returned to play dm. He has been missed, his proactive closing down and reading of the game sets up our play. A midfield of hendo thiago and fab?

{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed!}


2.) 03 Feb 2021 10:06:48
Much appreciated, Ed01. This is that I don't have a PC yet so I surf the internet hence this site, on my phone. Therefore, cannot bookmark this page for now.

{Ed001's Note - doesn't your phone browser have a bookmarks feature? You can then copy the bookmarks over to a PC later.}


 

 

 

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31 Jan 2021 10:06:27
I just read Nuno’s comments about Saiss being missing from the Wolves squad for the Palace game and it was word for word in certain aspects, the same comments he made when Jota was left out of the League Cup game before he signed for us in the summer window. Fingers crossed.

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03 Mar 2021 21:51:22
Spot on, Hailstones. Enuff of this whole “must win” schstick. It is just a way to apply unwarranted pressure on an already vulnerable team hence if they don’t win, people can kick off all over again.

There are still 12 games left to play or so hence, nothing will b decided win, lose it draw. I hope we win and it will b a very tough game cos Tuchel has Chelsea playing conservative football and then going from there. We should go at them for sure BUT must remember that if you can’t win the game, you best NOT lose it.

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03 Mar 2021 19:41:45
JH, I am old enuff to be Gomez’s and Konsa’s dad hence, they are both kids compared to me.

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03 Mar 2021 19:39:26
6Times, the LC game was a game we should have won and were the better team till we gave up a questionable goal and imploded. I don’t expect you to understand cos all you and Mighty Reds do is spout negativity every chance you get. It’s all doom and gloom and even when we win, you lot still have stuff to b negative about.

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03 Mar 2021 19:34:02
OP, you’ll b lucky if we get even 2 of those players. As for Kounde, his height may not be that big a prob if both City and Utd want him cos I am sure they have considered this point.

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02 Mar 2021 19:30:20
Nice read, Ed. Not sure if Ben Mee would make my list cos I think he has stagnated a bit at Burnley. I would happily swap Godfrey for Mee. I do love your choice of Konsa. The kid is the real deal and Mings is not a patch on him cos his talent and ability is there for all to see, IMO. One to watch for the future, that Konsa fellow.

As for Stones, I agree with you. He simply cannot play in an open style system where CB’s are left on their own. He is a poor one v one defender, lacks concentration and position ally suspect. Hence, why he has thrived in a more defensive setup after Pep tweaked the system and brought in Dias. All in all, great list.

OliRed

{Ed001's Note - I am not sure how Mee has stagnated, though Burnley clearly have due to a lack of investment.} Become a Patron!