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19 May 2020 12:09:19
With the noise coming out about the lack of quality on the bench I think we not as bad as made out to be. When you have players of the standard of Mo, VVD, Bekker and others setting the pace not many out there can keep up. Despite the evidence that they not on the same standard as those the deputies, I think they very effective in their roles. With links to Werner and DC going around one is curious how their potential moves would impact the the entire context of our squad.


{Ed002's Note - Carlos would only arrive as a starter - and the money involved is far more than clubs pay to have players on the bench. Players have to accept their roles change when clubs look to improve so the arrival of a starter CB would impact Gomez more than anyone else.}

1.) 19 May 2020 12:41:47
I personally think Gomez could rise to the challenge.

Of course Carlos would expect to arrive as a starter but, as you've pointed out, klopp has broken promises in the past. It would be up to Gomez to raise his level as Klopp has also shown that he doesn't pick the team based on price.

2.) 19 May 2020 13:05:13
Do you think it would be a good move for us to bring in Carlos? Is he that much better than Gomez?

Given we’ve got a HG issue Gomez is like gold dust to us.

{Ed002's Note - I think the money can be saved but I guess Klopp sees the benefit of adding an expensive CB.}

3.) 19 May 2020 14:44:44
I don’t understand this transfer if we go for it. Unless they’re are concerned about Gomez fitness levels makes no sense as Gomez on his day is fantastic and him
And VVD play well together.

Makes much more sense to go for someone like Ben white though maybe due to HG he would command a high fee anyways.

{Ed002's Note - There has been interest in Ben White but it went nowhere.}

4.) 19 May 2020 15:25:23
Maybe they think Gomez can be used to cover CB, RB and LB, so negates the need to buy back up full backs?

{Ed002's Note - He certainly has that capability. Don't lose sight of the squad size - it is not possible to keep adding players 21 or over without other leaving.}

5.) 19 May 2020 17:14:31
gomez is still 22, quite young for cb, he has plenty of time on his side and klopp knows that if we have to fight for the trophies every year we just simply cannot rely on 2 cbs besides gomes and vvd i don't think rest is matching liverpool's ambition, so yes indeed we need Dc, an injury to our keeper has cost us this years champions league and klop is kind of manager who do not want excuses no more, Gomes is good but do you guys seriously believe we should go into next season with same cbs in team thinking we can fight for league again and hopefully go further up in champions league, Dc is around 29 so yeah we need him and gomes should play supporting role for now he has age on his side, don't need to get sentimental about players, think about our beloved club players come and go all the time anyways.

6.) 19 May 2020 20:42:07
I could see Gomez playing in a three at the back with Carlos and VVD - Robertson and Arnold pushed well forward, virtually in midfield. I know they do this already but knowing those three are behind you with that pace would be immense!
Another formation is to play Arnold in midfield like we have discussed so many times before freeing up Gomez to play RB. So I do see sense bringing in Carlos, especially if Lovren leaves. If we get Carlos and Werner we will take some stopping for years to come!

7.) 19 May 2020 22:50:42
I don't think Gomez should play rb he offers nothing going forward like TAA and Robertson do would much rather see Williams cover TAA. yes I think we need to replace Lovren in the squad but the money needed to buy Carlos could be spent better in other parts of the squad. I don't see Gomez as an injury problem as much as Lovren and Matip who seem to pick up muscle injurys all the time.

{Ed002's Note - Gomez is versatile and that is great to have in a side.}

8.) 20 May 2020 03:17:13
Ben White would be the best option to replace Lovren. Very front footed versatile player (plays CB but can also cover LB and CDM) . We would be getting a Lovren replacement plus a long term Milner replacement with White. Plus he is adds to the HG quota.

9.) 20 May 2020 07:43:53
We are not playing 3 CB's with our high press, sometimes we only have VVD at the back especially when Matip goes on one of his runs.

10.) 20 May 2020 14:07:38
Much appreciation for the response. I am the belief that money could really be used a bit better. You did mention that he will only move if the once of payment is made. Have seen him play so I am curious if he is indeed an upgrade to big Joe. We can't rely solely on Joe as he is still progressing. Interesting days ahead.

11.) 20 May 2020 18:10:05
I think we are totally underestimating Gomez's ability.

12.) 20 May 2020 18:27:01
Whilst it is always good to add competition, we shouldn’t spend a large sum to bring in another top CB.

Gomez has shown time and time again that he has the capabilities to be a top class player.

13.) 20 May 2020 20:38:35
Sometimes bringing someone in as a starter can bring the best out the people who’s place has been taken. Go back 8-9 years and who then would of thought Hendo, on the verge of being essentially forced out of the club, would take a stand and go from strength to strength, and now on the verge of being the captain that brings the big trophy back to us after so long? I say try keep buying to improve and make those already here fight even harder to improve and keep their spot. That’s how winning mentality’s and footballing dynasty’s are created.

14.) 22 May 2020 11:21:40
Never seen Carlos play but honestly don't think it's a good idea to go into next season with VVD, Gomez, Lovren, and Matip as our CB's. Matip too injury prone and Lovren simply not good enough.

Gomez has bags of talent so I think he has a big future at LFC even if Carlos arrives. He can play FB and is comfortable enough with the ball to potentially play DM, if taught.




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30 May 2021 14:59:30
The FA youth cup final experience will hopefully prove to be beneficiary to those young men. Villa seem to have a good crop of balance coming through but we also aren't so far behind.


1.) 30 May 2021 16:18:55
I went to the final v City maybe 12 years ago. I thought then how many would make it at first team level and it was only Sturridge who at the time played for City.

2.) 30 May 2021 16:36:52
Ah well look it can't be a BAD thing that they are getting to finals. Villa are very good but in fairness i think if Elliott, Gordon and Stewart were on that pitch it would have been a different game.

3.) 30 May 2021 17:31:48
It can never be a bad thing, agreed. It will be great if one makes it to the first 11.

4.) 30 May 2021 18:05:35
For me the under age teams isn't just about winning as such. I want to see the next Fowler, Gerard, TAA etc etc coming from the under age set up.

5.) 30 May 2021 20:20:48
Sad reality is seeing how easily the better build individuals bully the rest, i would love to believe playing in front of crowed in the final will add to their progress, making it to the final couldn't have been easy.



29 Jan 2021 08:37:36
You honesty just need to read the first few posts to know exactly what the score line was. Credit rightfully given where it's due but let's hanging in there, at the very least until a stable team can be picked. All part of football and life and no including us is immune to this.


1.) 29 Jan 2021 09:30:21
Spot on, OP. Let us remain humble and clear-eyed. It was a very good perf. and a much needed win BUT we are not out of the woods yet by any stretch esp. with Matip's serious injury. We keep the fighting on till the very end. YNWA!

{Ed025's Note - remaining humble would infer that you were at one point humble in the first place RM.. :)

2.) 29 Jan 2021 09:46:08
One game at a time. West Ham and Brighton next up. 2 wins and we are in a good position. Will be even better if the teams above or below with games in hand don’t get the results also. We need to just ensure of our results though and keep getting 3 points on the board. It’s very hard not to drop points in this league but over the last 6 games we’ve not given ourselves much wiggle room to drop points in the remaining games this season.

3.) 29 Jan 2021 10:04:08
Is that not two games at a time JK? 😉.

4.) 29 Jan 2021 10:28:59
JH 🤣. You’ve done me there mate.



28 Jan 2021 08:25:56
A quick to the editors and the followers, surely every team had sufficient time to meet the the HG quote and CD requirements, looking at the way way our squad is shaping doesn't look good. Its not longer a luxury going out there and getting a CB for the sake of it, but its one that that tick a lot of boxes?


{Ed002's Note - Teams know what the quotas are and work accordingly to meet them or, as is the case with Liverpool, have to have a reduced squad size. They will tighten up going forward so clubs need to focus better on meeting the quotas.}

1.) 28 Jan 2021 08:34:38
Thanks on the quick response, the reduced squad will definitely catch up with us, more especially when you consider the lack patience show to these kids out here, scary stuff. Keep well, bunch of top folk you lot.



27 Dec 2020 16:22:29
Seems like Naby is out again, is there any end to this? Time must be up soon.


1.) 27 Dec 2020 19:25:39
He’s out of wed game as well 🤦🏻‍♂️.



07 Dec 2020 17:35:52
Nico proved once again the importance of giving young guns the chance to make mistake and learn, top stuff from team as a unit.


1.) 07 Dec 2020 20:07:28
He needs room to make mistakes, it’s the only way the lad can learn and improve.

2.) 07 Dec 2020 21:11:11
6Times, shame the abject cowards on SM cannot see that and actually support him.

3.) 08 Dec 2020 02:01:04
Neco Williams has been a better player in the last 2 games, but in was especially impressed with him against Wolves because he got a yellow card 2 minutes in, which was a disgrace in itself because Craig Pawson just showed neither discretion at awarding that yellow card, nor any semblance of consistency afterward. Yet, Neco played relatively well after that shaky start, grew into the game, and became the target of Nuno and his Wolf Pack in the second half when they unleashed Adama Traore on him. Yet, Neco managed another 20 minutes before being substituted, and he did a fine job. He should be proud of himself, and I'm hoping he can draw confidence from the two consequential games he has been involved in this last week.
The kids will never become better if we don't support them and give them room to grow! If the three of them (Neco, Curtis, and Caomhin) reach their potential, see how much value they'll bring to our team!

4.) 08 Dec 2020 02:31:05
I thought the booking against Neco Williams within the first 3 minutes extremely harsh for a young lad who has probably had a recent blip in confidence. I thought he did well after that but still played within himself, I think his long term position in the side should not be at right back but he is young enough to improve. I was surprised to see him return in the second half and thought Klopp did well with his game management, hopefully the young lad regains some of that confidence over the next few weeks and he starts playing his natural game and continues to improve.




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11 Nov 2020 12:02:38
Well deserved, always good to see graduates from the academy roped in.




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30 Oct 2020 21:59:03
Just see Barcelona nicking this one.




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19 Aug 2020 10:58:01
Will we ever learn from past mistakes, clearly at some point it must hit home that we can not continue making enemies by pissing every other team off.




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20 May 2020 14:07:38
Much appreciation for the response. I am the belief that money could really be used a bit better. You did mention that he will only move if the once of payment is made. Have seen him play so I am curious if he is indeed an upgrade to big Joe. We can't rely solely on Joe as he is still progressing. Interesting days ahead.




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13 May 2020 16:01:34
Matheus Perreira, wow.





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22 Nov 2021 11:53:16
As always much much appreciated.




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18 Jul 2021 14:39:07
We have not been the best at integrating these kids into the first team, can't say I blame him if it's true.




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16 Jul 2021 10:16:17
How is that good new for LFC, sometimes I think it's better to appreciate what you have and not hold your breath? Mo leaving us would weaken the team respective of who we sign to replace him.




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12 Jul 2021 14:01:56
Must admit, I never saw that coming. Could definitely turn out be that “masterstroke “ you mentioned, either way, we have 2 promising CB on our hands.




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12 Jul 2021 12:44:06
Should be interesting to see how he develops, Ed001 would you consider him as the “ideal “ upgrade Klopp has been craving for? Not sure about Joes physical attributes, but his a big boy with plenty of pace in his tank.


{Ed001's Note - I don't think there is an ideal centre-back out there to be honest. We got the best already in van Dijk and even he has trouble with keeping his focus at times. Maybe it is more about giving Virgil something to focus on, as he was at his best when he was having to shepherd Gomez through games. Once Gomez started to play well, Virgil seemed to lose a bit of concentration. Taking a player with all the potential to be a great but in need of guidance could be a masterstroke to get van Dijk back to his incredible best. A couple of years of Gomez improving and Konate being guided by Virgil could make for a solid defence.}