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01 Feb 2021 22:02:44
Kabak is a done deal!

Welcome Ozan, welcome Ben and welcome.

Zeddicus

1.) 01 Feb 2021 22:31:54
Sorry hit send too early! Meant to also say welcome Liam, hope you do well in the U23s

And good luck Taki! Come back stronger and ready to challenge!


2.) 02 Feb 2021 07:55:54
Echo that, best of luck Taki. A great place to get some game time.


3.) 02 Feb 2021 09:57:51
I personally think that we have done some quality business on deadline day. We have brought in 2 strong, pacy defenders who are good with their feet and strong in the air at both ends of the pitch.
Kabak has the potential to be world class (let us all remember that he is only 20) and Davies looks solid (I have seen very little of him so I do not want to judge him based on his fee or his originating club/ league - I was underwhelmed when we signed Robbo and look at him now! ) .
Give them a month or so and I would not be surprised to see them partnering each other in central defence and allowing Fab and Hendo to move back into their true positions massively strengthening our midfield.
More importantly we did this for what is basically pocket change in todays transfer market!
I certainly don't agree with Merson that Liverpool are just 'bringing in some bodies' and that Kabak's agent should get a knighthood. You'd think that somebody who was lucky enough to be given a second chance following alcohol and cocaine addiction would not judge others quite so quickly!


4.) 02 Feb 2021 11:30:41
Couldn't agree with you more, Shipley. Merson and (to a lesser extent Lawrenson's) comments are just sensationalist and misguided - they need to justify their fees!

I'm more than happy. Kabak looked a really good prospect in the summer when we were first linked so I'm pleased to get him. Yes he had a disciplinary issue and it was a particularly disgusting one, but let's give him a small chance to prove it was a one off and he can grow.

I, along with almost everyone else on the boards, hadn't heard of Davies other than thinking he played at Spurs! However, all the ingredients are right - fairly quick, good age, experience in a tough league, leadership qualities, ball playing etc. And for an initial fee that's the same as the loan fee we got for Taki, its an absolute no brainer!

With the rest of the team (in their correct positions! ) around them I could definitely see them being our pairing for much of the rest of the season.

Interestingly, I can see Davies being integrated quicker - he just seems more mature and the leadership thing really shines through - possibly with Nat Phillips then competing with Kabak for the other spot.

Sadly, Matip needs to leave this summer and I wouldn't be averse to Phillips staying (if he was happy to do so) . If both Kabak and Davies kick on that could be our next tier of CBs done for a few years until the teenagers are ready. If they don't, little has been risked and we have kept our powder dry for the summer.


5.) 02 Feb 2021 12:18:17
Nat Phillips contract expires in June and I haven't seen anywhere of him being offered a new contract and with the new CB additions why would he sign one? I wouldn't be surprised if he might already have offers from other Premier League teams.


6.) 02 Feb 2021 12:30:15
Polecat, he's barely got a look in since the injuries but has looked pretty solid in the last 2 games - solid enough to have as 4th/ 5th choice.

In all likelihood, he's going to be leaving on a free, but based on the last couple of games I feel confident of him as a backup should this sort of situation arise again.

As to why he might want to stay - well let's see how he does over the 2nd half of the season. We have 3 relatively unknown quantities at CB and I'm interested to see how they pan out.


7.) 02 Feb 2021 12:33:51
Matip can run his contract down fabulous when fit great servant to the club champions league and premier league winner. Sad he can’t stay fit. Davies I think is a great piece of business not expensive panic move when players like mustafi and subotic are available the club haven’t panicked and brought in an Andy Carroll. They’ve gone out picked up a ball playing cb who lives local. So no great upturn there no great fee and for me I think people all too often over look that it’s a team game and playing with better players for a better coach will make you a better player. Training against salah mane Bobby everyday can’t hurt his development. In his career he’s only had the opportunity to play with players of championship level he wouldn’t have been asked or trained to keep the ball on the floor and pass into Thiago at Preston. So it is a great opportunity to show what he can do at a top club with world class footballers. At 25 this could be a great piece of business. If it only lasts 18 months they’ll make a profit. Minamino to saints great deal for all. Good player little of the prem pace needs game time. Kabak linked with in the summer young player with potential loan not a knee jerk reaction. It appears the days of bad business are over at anfield which I think can only be good in the long term for the club and the fans.


 

 

01 Feb 2021 12:09:14
Kabak spotted at Schalke medical centre according to Sky Sports. He's not injured so its most likely a medical ahead of a move to us.

Zeddicus

1.) 01 Feb 2021 12:34:03
Good to know that we won't have to wait until 11pm (most likely) to see if the Kabak deal comes off as the German transfer window closes at 5pm and the main hold up on the Kabak deal is the fact that Schalke want a replacement in place who they will need to sign by the time their window closes.


2.) 01 Feb 2021 12:43:39
Sigh. I hope klopp does his miracle work on him and straights him up. if he can't just stop being so. wierd and channel it to play better would improve lots.


3.) 01 Feb 2021 12:49:32
German transfer window shut at 5pm I think.

{Ed002's Note - That is for purchases not sales.}


4.) 01 Feb 2021 13:42:51
Arsenal fan telling me Mustafi to Schalke.
That could be their replacement.


5.) 01 Feb 2021 14:48:01
Eds. kabak worth of a 2nd chance? After the spitting incident hows he been? I know you say he's a decent player. what's his character like.

{Ed002's Note - He needs to clean his act up.}


 

 

20 Jan 2021 23:24:56
This is most definitely a 2+2=17 type of rumour, but I do like these!

The first bit is from the BBC Sport website - its that Bild is reporting that Red Bull Leipzig could yet be open to buying a striker before the Jan window closes and that Divock, along with Ineacho and Dolberg, is on a shortlist of strikers from them.

This second part is entirely from the brain of Zed and that is that Leipzig have both Konate and Upamecano in their current squad!

Divock + Cash for one of those two, maybe?

Well a boy can dream, can't he?!

Zeddicus

1.) 21 Jan 2021 09:37:37
Would love it to be possible but just can’t see it I can’t see is signing a CB due to financial restraints even in a player plus cash deal and I think it may cost us the league this year unfortunately we have no bite in midfield as our best midfielders are being used as centre backs and without the midfield drive our attack seems toothless. I think If we were going to sign anyone Klopp would have wanted it done by now (given how long he usually takes to put new members in the squad) I just can’t see it and can’t see us putting a decent run together based off our current form and the fact the CL is returning soon!


2.) 21 Jan 2021 11:32:40
What about Keita for Upamecano, straight swap, no cash involved, just a gentleman's (virtual ) handshake. I'm dreaming too.


3.) 21 Jan 2021 12:45:18
Weston and Jack, agree totally.

Jack, expanding on that I would be happy to offer Naby AND Divock for Upamecano.

Come on Edwards, make it happen, son!


4.) 22 Jan 2021 14:19:38
Upa is dreadful and would be found out so much. Whereas, Keita is what we are missing atm, would make no sense.


5.) 23 Jan 2021 08:37:50
Keita is a complete waste of space, he is utter rubbish lad.
Konate is better than Upamecano.


6.) 24 Jan 2021 00:58:03
Keita just unfortunate with injuries when he gets a run of games which is very rare he offers a runner from midfield into the box which creates opportunities and space. He’s tidy on the ball and he has a trick or two up his sleeve. I wouldn’t be disappointed to see him leave because of his fitness issues but when fit both Keita and ox offer a different dynamic to the midfield. Gini will be a big loss when he goes as his work rate off the ball is superb. Liverpool’s form currently is IMO down to the lack of cb options it’s removed Fabinho from cm and clear to see that the full backs are not able to perform as they do with an established cb pairing there. I’ve said on here before we need a striker as our front 3 need a lot of chances to score but in the past they were creating plenty. Be interesting to see transfer movement over the next year. We definitely missed an opportunity to sign Luis Suarez back in the summer as he’s on fire for Atletico Madrid and I’m sure he would’ve felt he had unfinished business at Liverpool. All that being said Liverpool are fourth in the premier league playing often without a recognised centre back. That exceptional.

{Ed0666's Note - From a footballing perspective I can’t see a future for The Ox or Keita at Liverpool beyond this summer. Maybe they get a reprieve because of the pandemic.


 

 

06 Mar 2020 16:24:38
Alisson out of Borunemouth game with hip injury, possibly to miss Atletico too.

Glad we have Adrian and not Migs as backup!

Get well soon, Mr Becker!

Zeddicus

1.) 06 Mar 2020 17:07:06
No Allison and Henderson, it's all falling apart right now for us. This couldn't of happened at a worse time.


2.) 06 Mar 2020 18:27:31
It’s all falling apart 🤣🤣🤣

Give yourself a wobble mate.


3.) 06 Mar 2020 20:15:26
What a comment to make using that name!


4.) 07 Mar 2020 09:52:41
Of more concern is the Coronavirus affecting not just people but matches. I can see the campaign being cut short and even if they award us the title, it'll forever be tainted and opposition fans will forever level it at us.
Obviously I'm more bothered about people getting ill.

{Ed001's Note - why would matches get cancelled? They would play them behind closed doors and even if it was cut short, we are so far ahead it would not be tainted in anyone's eyes if it was awarded to us.}


5.) 07 Mar 2020 10:51:14
Hahaha flash I thought exactly the same mate.

'it's all falling apart' oh my word, the days of us relying on 1 or 2 players are gone mate, we have a TEAM now of quality players, falling apart my backside, what a stupid comment.


6.) 08 Mar 2020 09:00:50
Ed how far away do you think we are from playing games behind closed doors mate? Praying the whole thing doesn’t get scrapped nil and void. Take it the players will have rules what to do and where not to go to avoid them getting it also?

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea, the whole thing is just a giant panic so who knows? The chances of the league getting scrapped are almost zero. I don't even know why a story so ludicrous would be believed by anyone.}


7.) 08 Mar 2020 15:58:17
As a guess i think if they pass a threshold on cases/ rate of spread games and events will be behind close doors. I'll be amazed if they get postponed as there is very little advantage.


8.) 09 Mar 2020 02:26:34
It would be sad if we win the league after 30 years and the players have to celebrate in an empty stadium.


9.) 09 Mar 2020 20:01:57
It's not like there won't be millions of people on the streets outside Anfield anyway!


 

 

15 Jul 2019 12:44:47
Just read on BBC Sport that Coutinho has agreed a 2 year loan with option to buy to return to Liverpool. Seems to originate from an Italian site (which is bizarre in itself as he's a Brazilian playing for a Spanish side, moving (apparently) to an English side!

Zeddicus

1.) 15 Jul 2019 13:14:11
Sounds like BS to me. Still think we're a better team without him and I know we'd all like an Attacking Mid who can change games but I think I'd like one with more pace and with the knack of arriving late into the box and banging in the odd goal or 10 - on past form that's not really Couts game.


2.) 15 Jul 2019 13:14:45
Ignore it Zeddicus mate. All fabrication. I have more chance of signing for us next season that he has mate.


3.) 15 Jul 2019 13:23:07
His agent kia jorachim was on radio this morning saying he's not leaving Barcelona this summer. Although I wouldn't believe a word that comes out of his mouth.


4.) 15 Jul 2019 13:23:51
As if Barcelona will loan him for 2 years with an option too buy for 88million, honestly its laughable .


5.) 15 Jul 2019 13:33:33
Really see no upside to that deal for Barcelona, if it was just an option to buy. A commitment to buy would make more sense, especially if there was also a considerable loan payment made, but a) that's not what the article says and b) I don't think it's true in any way.


6.) 15 Jul 2019 13:52:44
A 2 year loan with an option to buy at the end of the loan would just be ridiculous from Barcelona's point of view. As a player he seems to be in decline.

So if he's worth £88 million now, he'll be worth less at the end of the loan in 2 years time. I also cannot see where he would fit into this Liverpool team.


7.) 15 Jul 2019 14:13:01
Isn't the 88million the amount that Barcelona still owe us? So basically we can have him for 2 years and then keep him. To be fair I'd take him. he would of turned 1 of those draws last season into a win. at least 1. I know he left in bad circumstances, but we all make some mistakes in life. Hopefully there is a chance of him fekir or cornet.


8.) 15 Jul 2019 15:07:52
The team were better after he left. I’d rather a player that fit us better. I’d also rather have the money barcelona owe us, Coutinho is worth far less then that. It’s worth keeping the books balanced so we’re ready when an alisson/ Van dijk comes along.


9.) 15 Jul 2019 15:34:41
Personally I’d take him back in a heartbeat. Proven in the prem and no matter how it’s gone in Spain he is still a class player no matter what anyone thinks of him.


10.) 15 Jul 2019 16:11:55
A two year loan with an option to buy isn’t that crazy, I think that’s what bayern had for James Rodriguez.
But I don’t think this would happen it will upset too many people.

He doesn’t suit our current play style as he holds onto the ball too long but he’s one of the best in world at breaking a team down when they play deep. A master of cute flicks and passes. His assist to Sturridge when he turned his back on the ball and let it roll over his heel was just ridiculous.


11.) 15 Jul 2019 17:11:36
If you wouldn't have Coutinho back because of the way he angled to leave the club, fair play, understandable, but saying he couldn't improve the team or that he is in declined is outrageous. Do I think Barcelona would approve the above transfer? Nah. Would I have him back? Yes.

{Ed001's Note - sorry but I disagree, he is not that good and we are better without him. Most overrated player around right now, for some reason people are blinded by him and seem to think he is much better than he is. I do agree he has not declined, he just isn't good enough.}


12.) 15 Jul 2019 17:26:48
The way I read it was that he "approved" of the opportunity to do it, no that it was agreed to by either of the teams involved or that it was nailed on.


13.) 15 Jul 2019 17:29:23
We would have won the league with Phil in the team last season. I'd love him back, though i'm certain this is utter nonsense.


14.) 15 Jul 2019 19:46:08
SG84EVA

He wouldn't have got a game with that recurring back injury. ;)


15.) 15 Jul 2019 19:47:38
Never thought he was good enough. We won the lottery when he left not just money the team improved he was a noose around its neck. Can’t believe we still talking about him. There is no one in our squad I would drop for him.


16.) 15 Jul 2019 19:54:50
SG4EVA. With Coutinho in the team, we may have won a game or two that we drew, but some of those 1-0 and 2-1 wins were down to having 11 players completely grafting for the cause.

What I'm saying is that we may have won one of those draws, but also dropped other points due to him taking another valuable member's place.

Who would you have him play instead of? Mane? Henderson? Wijnaldum? He doesn't have anywhere near the level of commitment that those bring to our team.


17.) 15 Jul 2019 21:02:22
The main thing people remember when you mention Coutinho is his goals from outside the box and quick feet in tight spaces. Besides those what else has he got? He doesn't put in a defensive shift, he can sometimes be a bit selfish and shoot when there is no chance instead of keeping possession and he developed a back problem wearing the weight of the red shirt 😂
I mean if it was really stress that caused his sore back, his back should be broken with how it’s worked out for him in Spain.


18.) 15 Jul 2019 21:30:28
I really want Coutinho back. He can rotate with the front three and if he does well maybe we can change from 433 to a 4231 as we did with Shaqiri.


19.) 15 Jul 2019 22:56:40
Epic potato we had coutinho we didn't score 90 point or win the champions league. Those players you infer aren't as good did and went a whole season only losing away to Manchester City. Two great teams competed and Liverpool finished second if you want to blame anything blame the weather against Leicester the red card that wasn't against Leicester and the stone wall penalty that wasn't against Leicester. Rather than suggesting a player that wasn't good enough to compete at this level previously is now all of a sudden the reason why a team that well surpassed the teams he's competed in is the reason they didn't win the league. Pfft come on pull the ovther one.


20.) 15 Jul 2019 23:23:26
EpicPotato, I'd have Coutinho in the team ahead of Wijnaldum any day, Gini seems to be afforded the luxury of being useless away from home because he grafts a lot. Often people bemoaned our midfield last year for no creative spark and no goals, Couts gives you that.

People keep saying we were better without him, only because we used his money to buy VVD and Alisson, surely it's not because we finally rid ourselves of Coutinhos terrible football? He was great for us, him feeding Mane, Salah and Bobby would be great in my opinion mate.


21.) 15 Jul 2019 22:50:10
Ed001 bang on the money he was a decent player in a n average team for years. Passing is ok his finishing is poor except from the one shot coming in from the left. Liverpool and klopp did great business in seeking him to Barcelona. I'd like to see the club strengthen the depth of the squad to compete in all competitions but that shouldn't be taking an expensive step back to take on a player that's average at best. The deals for the Dutch cb and that Fulham lad are a great step forward. 16 and 17. Hope that Brewster plays more thieves season and then there's origi and shaqiri so maybe that depth is there. Be an interesting season as the squad will be closer now and be European champions. Ox coming back lallana stays fit keita settles in ( glimpses of geniuses at times last year) . So it's a no for coutinho would like to see more goals from midfield but I'm being picky. Expect a quiet month.


22.) 16 Jul 2019 05:11:18
SG84EVA, nearly every game coutinho played for us in a midfield 2/ 3, he was absolutely useless iirc. He drifted around aimlessly far too much instead of getting involved and our tactic was pretty much 'try and give the ball to couts so he can do something with it' because he was never going to try and get it himself.
He was far more effective out on the left, but he doesn't get ahead of Origi as backup out wide for me.


23.) 16 Jul 2019 12:11:30
SG84EVA it's very easy to look at hard working midfielders and say they don't create anything but you would be wrong and you would most definitely not be considering their overall effect on the game.

The it running and pressing creates space for forward players as the opponent have to chase them around. In addition to this they win the ball back much further up the pitch which takes advantage of space.

Do they play the Hollywood killer passes? No but to say they create nothing shows a lack of understanding of the team element of football.


24.) 16 Jul 2019 20:10:27
I've said this numerous times, coutinho flits in and out of games. Does nothing then scores a worldy. It was good business to get rid. If you can't make it in the Spanish league playing for the best team, you won't make it in the premier league. Though you have to give the lad more than one season to produce the goods.


25.) 16 Jul 2019 20:41:31
Cou is history and should stay there, permanently. He is not good enuff cos if he was, why would Barcelona want rid of him? People don't ask that cos all they want is the good parts of Cou's stay here and not the bad parts. We were and are a much better team without him at every level and that much is clear.

"He can turn some of those draws into wins". You mean like he didn't do when he was here? That is just ludicrous. Sorry, I am not interested in Barca's sloppy second's and IMO, neither is Klopp. We are better without him as a team, a group of players and as a club. We have rallied after his departure and come good with flying colors so what would he be doing here when we are already better w/ o him? What will he add that he couldn't add before he left? People are yet to offer any response to this and other pressing questions.


 

 

 

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05 Mar 2021 10:43:19
For folks who want to remember slightly happier times, the BBC Sport website has the usual McNulty article on our recent woes (with the comments section enabled, which I am refusing to look at! )

However, it also has a link to the last Anfield Liverpool vs Chelsea match - 5-3 when we lifted the EPL trophy at the end of it. Happier days indeed!

They'll be back, and back with Klopp, it's just extremely unlikely we'll lift a trophy this season.

Zeddicus

1.) 05 Mar 2021 12:02:32
Don't think we will be, we're in for a rebuild for a few years i think.


2.) 05 Mar 2021 17:39:31
On what basis are we going to be in for a ‘rebuild’? We have a great squad, just need a handful of additions and 2 or 3 players who haven’t stepped up at all during this crisis who are coming to the end of their time here. So you know, standard end of the season shuffling about.

Give your head a wobble.


3.) 05 Mar 2021 18:01:23
Somewhere in between me thinks. It can’t be just 2 players in. But it won’t be a full rebuild either. We will definitely need a cb, midfielder and a cf or at least an attacker who Scores goals. That’s the absolute minimum but in addition the fb cover is short, Gini will leave, Salah could well leave and if that happens we need 2 players to replace his goals.


4.) 05 Mar 2021 18:24:21
I'm with you on this Markp08 (what?!?! Yes I really am! )

I think 3-5 players, to push hard on 1st team and/ or replace any that leave.

We don't need a rebuild unless a huge glut of first teamers leave, which I can't see.

Our spine still have 2-3 years at top top level at least, but it would be good to see the next gen coming through, either from the academy or being bought in.


5.) 05 Mar 2021 21:00:48
I always said you were a top poster😉.


 

 

03 Mar 2021 11:11:39
You''l be pleased to hear that the mystery of Bobby's form has been solved and fixed :)

Bobby has been threatening to refind his form for a couple of games now, but something has been a bit off. Apparently Neymar Jr hid his shooting boots the last time they got together for a Brazil game as Bobby's no-look goals were making a mockery of the £30m-ish we paid for him compared to the £17 squillion PSG paid for Neymar Jr. So he hid Bobby's boots under a towel and Bobby couldn't find them. They were discovered, belatedly, by a janitor call (ironically) Coutinho but he didn't know who they belonged to as the bleach from Bobby's teeth had dripped onto the name label his mum had sown into his boots.

The DNA test was being deprioritised as all medical resources were focusing (understandably) on C. V. but the results came through last week. The boots were immediately Fedexed to Anfield, albeit delayed whilst the packaged was quarantined due to the Brazil variant.

Bobby now has them back and as a result, I fully expect us to smash Chelsea tomorrow.

I actually feel a bit sorry for them as they will feel the wrath that has been building up in the team as a result of Bobby's missing boots. Apparently it was Oscar (formerly of Chelsea, of course) who put Neymar Jr up to the prank and the Liverpool boys are seething.

Be afraid, Chelsea, be very afraid!

On the basis of the above, I expect a 6-2 hammering of Chelsea.

Alternatively, we will beat them 1-0 with the goal coming in the 93rd minute off Kabak's ear;-)

Zeddicus

1.) 03 Mar 2021 16:57:56
Great post Z!

I was half way down the post and knew it was your post before the name came up at the bottom. Signature Zeddicus post. Keep em coming 👊.


 

 

02 Mar 2021 09:34:48
RIP Ian St John.

I'm too young to have remembered him as a player (and Liverpool legend! ) but when I was being introduced to football in the early to mid 80s, him and Greavsie were a big part of my life!

So sad to see more of this generation passing on.

Zeddicus

1.) 02 Mar 2021 10:25:09
A sad day. Didn't see him play but remember him with fondness. I wonder who will hold the same esteen from recent squads in 50 or 60 years time.


 

 

26 Feb 2021 14:58:50
Just an observation here, but the Echo is very aptly named.

They have the same stories repeating every day.

Zeddicus

1.) 26 Feb 2021 15:16:16
I noticed that a long time ago Z.

{Ed077's Note - Better late than ever for Z, right Barry?


2.) 26 Feb 2021 15:42:42
He has his moments Ed077 but you got to love him anyway.

{Ed077's Note - I am here to spread love and joy😁 Barry}


3.) 26 Feb 2021 16:32:43
In fairness the Echo and the Manchester Evening News (or should that be the Manchester Evening Propaganda? ) are as bad as each other. They don’t serve much use beyond something to wipe your arse on if there’s no bum wad in the house.


4.) 26 Feb 2021 19:19:46
Echo and MEN are the same company, part of Trinity mirror now called Reach plc.


5.) 26 Feb 2021 20:27:54
Echo and the Bunnymen, brilliant Liverpool band.

{Ed002's Note - There used to be a club called "Eric's" where they and others would play.}


6.) 26 Feb 2021 21:15:18
They’re no Half Man Half Biscuit, Barry.


7.) 26 Feb 2021 22:38:52
I had to Google them 6times.

{Ed001's Note - wouldn't once have been enough?}


8.) 26 Feb 2021 23:22:12
Oh somebody had a good night's sleep😂.


9.) 26 Feb 2021 23:55:31
Where was Eric's Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Across the street from The Cavern.}


 

 

22 Feb 2021 09:35:35
I'm Mr Optimistic, as most of you here know, and I have a funny feeling that we will win the CL this season, but AH MAN, looking at that league table HURTS!

Especially on BBC Sport, where you see the last 5 games results.

The only team with a worse 5 game form than is is Southampton, bloody Southampton?!?!?!

We have the same last 5 results as Spurs and Sheffield Utd!

Even Arsenal, Fulham and West Brom have more points in the last 5 games than us!

Like I said, I'm sure the boys and the Gaffer will turn this around, but its just really, really depressing at this specific moment in time.

Zeddicus

1.) 22 Feb 2021 10:37:14
Zed, it hurts, for sure BUT we have to grit our teeth and keep working hard.


2.) 22 Feb 2021 11:20:57
Not nice seeing us down there but like you Z, I'm an eternal optimist. We're only 5 points off 4th with not too similar goal difference. The teams around us are inconsistent and will drop points. If we can find some form and put the chances we're creating away then I can see us getting 4th at least.


 

 

 

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19 Feb 2021 13:19:27
Klopp just said Alisson is fine.

KBL, do you have your info from a reliable source, or is it from a site that saw he missed training yesterday (as is being widely reported)?

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02 Feb 2021 12:30:15
Polecat, he's barely got a look in since the injuries but has looked pretty solid in the last 2 games - solid enough to have as 4th/ 5th choice.

In all likelihood, he's going to be leaving on a free, but based on the last couple of games I feel confident of him as a backup should this sort of situation arise again.

As to why he might want to stay - well let's see how he does over the 2nd half of the season. We have 3 relatively unknown quantities at CB and I'm interested to see how they pan out.

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02 Feb 2021 11:30:41
Couldn't agree with you more, Shipley. Merson and (to a lesser extent Lawrenson's) comments are just sensationalist and misguided - they need to justify their fees!

I'm more than happy. Kabak looked a really good prospect in the summer when we were first linked so I'm pleased to get him. Yes he had a disciplinary issue and it was a particularly disgusting one, but let's give him a small chance to prove it was a one off and he can grow.

I, along with almost everyone else on the boards, hadn't heard of Davies other than thinking he played at Spurs! However, all the ingredients are right - fairly quick, good age, experience in a tough league, leadership qualities, ball playing etc. And for an initial fee that's the same as the loan fee we got for Taki, its an absolute no brainer!

With the rest of the team (in their correct positions! ) around them I could definitely see them being our pairing for much of the rest of the season.

Interestingly, I can see Davies being integrated quicker - he just seems more mature and the leadership thing really shines through - possibly with Nat Phillips then competing with Kabak for the other spot.

Sadly, Matip needs to leave this summer and I wouldn't be averse to Phillips staying (if he was happy to do so) . If both Kabak and Davies kick on that could be our next tier of CBs done for a few years until the teenagers are ready. If they don't, little has been risked and we have kept our powder dry for the summer.

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01 Feb 2021 22:31:54
Sorry hit send too early! Meant to also say welcome Liam, hope you do well in the U23s

And good luck Taki! Come back stronger and ready to challenge!

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01 Feb 2021 12:34:03
Good to know that we won't have to wait until 11pm (most likely) to see if the Kabak deal comes off as the German transfer window closes at 5pm and the main hold up on the Kabak deal is the fact that Schalke want a replacement in place who they will need to sign by the time their window closes.

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05 Mar 2021 21:24:39
You’re so vain, Bazza!

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05 Mar 2021 19:54:44
Ah, I didn’t know that Ed001. In which case, I agree with Klopp. We’re a team and every part needs to work just as hard!

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05 Mar 2021 18:24:21
I'm with you on this Markp08 (what?!?! Yes I really am! )

I think 3-5 players, to push hard on 1st team and/ or replace any that leave.

We don't need a rebuild unless a huge glut of first teamers leave, which I can't see.

Our spine still have 2-3 years at top top level at least, but it would be good to see the next gen coming through, either from the academy or being bought in.

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05 Mar 2021 18:21:52
I don't know what the deal is with Grujic. Granted, I haven't watched a single minute of him play during his loans, but I just remember his debut goal in that 5-0 win against Barcelona at Wembley when he joined. One of the few matches I've been able to go to in person in the last few years, and I just thought "we've got a player here".

I wonder why Klopp doesn't rate him as 1st team ready?

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05 Mar 2021 14:33:55
Are Barcelona still Owen us any money for Coutinho, Ed077? ;-)

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