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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer transfer window 2018
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:24:38 PM »
Marcus Rashford urged to leave Manchester United for Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea

I know it's the least likeliest transfer of any player we will be linked with this Summer, but I'd love to have him in our squad. He offers something different to Mane, Salah and Firmino, and we'd be far stronger with him in the first team, than without him, if at any time one of those three weren't available, or give us a different dimension instead of one of them at times.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Champions League 2017/18
« on: April 12, 2018, 02:28:20 PM »
Still can't believe we beat City in both legs.

I'm not really fussed who we get in the draw as all 3 teams will be tough. If we get to the final I'd prefer Bayern there, simply because we've never played them in the European Cup final before.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Champions League 2017/18
« on: April 03, 2018, 09:14:16 PM »
Klopp's going to have to come up wit a plan to make sure City can't target Trent, and leave him isolated against Sane, or even Sterling.

Right now I'd settle for 0-0, and then try and get a score draw at the Etihad.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:21:48 PM »
A comfortable enough win, but I'm still not convinced by us defensively. It feel more by luck than design that we kept a clean sheet.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Champions League 2017/18
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:20:04 PM »
I'm glad we've got City. There shouldn't be any complacency and we know exactly what we're up against.

I'm not bothered that we're at home in the first leg either. As long as City don't score at Anfield, then I'm not too bothered about the score. Whilst going there with a lead would be handy, the second leg basically becomes a one off game, and whilst they have an advantage of being at home, that brings with it it's own pressure and expectation. Meanwhile, we have an advantage in that we can win 1-1, 2-2 etc.
If we go to the Etihad with City having not scored at Anfield, we know City will have to come at us which may give us a chance of knicking something on the break, and if we can pinch an away goal then the game will have to open right up.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: January Transfer Window 2018
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:32:23 PM »
Barcelona news: Philippe Coutinho causing problems for Ernesto Valverde - report

"However, it appears his move may be turning sour.

According to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, Coutinho is refusing to change his position from an attacker to a midfield-based outlet.

The 25-year-old has been deployed alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in attack of late.

But the publication claims Valverde wants Coutinho to fill the hole which will be left when Andres Iniesta calls time on his glittering career.

And the new arrival's reluctance to alter his stance may lead to a change of Barcelona's transfer policy.

Well, well. The grass is really greener in Liverpool than in Barcalona.

Sometimes players really don't understand when they are actually well off.

£25M and we'll take him off your hands.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:14:36 PM »
Tactically frustrating, yet again. Trent, young as he is, has been found wanting, out of position, on numerous times this season, and yet he still keeps making the same mistakes. What work is being done on the training ground to eliminate these mistakes?

Why were we set up the way we were to deal with Lukaku? Either we play Van Dijk up against him, and have Matip as the 'spare man', or if we're going to leave Van Dijk spare, then Klavan has to have the job of man marking Lukaku, as he out of the three (him, Lovren and Matip) is less likely to get man handled in the way Lovren was, and does get.

We were far too open first half and especially for the goals. Simple long balls, knock-ons etc. Why are we still struggling with them? When Lukaku drops deeper for a flick on, if we have Can (the strongest in the air of the midfielders) drop in in front of Lukaku, with Lovren in behind, it makes it harder for Lukaku to have a clear sight of the flight of balls knocked forward in the air.

With the second goal, Trent has to stay out wide on his man, with Can dropping into the space that Trent had got sucked into. Trent needs to show Rashford down the outside, rather than let him cut in, and if he fails to do that, then Can is there in the space that either Rashford will make for, or if he lays the ball off inside, that space is the area the recipient of the lay off will make for.

Whilst it would have been nice to win, we needed to make sure that the Mancs didn't extend their points lead over us. That was the prime objective on Saturday.

Mourinho understands that sometimes you have to stiffle the game, sometimes settling for avoiding defeat, as part of the bigger picture, and how any individual game fits into it. Yet again, a Mourinho team playing against us, looks far better drilled, more practised, more accomplished, and we look naive.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: March 05, 2018, 12:10:34 AM »
The tie is already finished. We should rest the front 3 for the mancs the following weekend.

I agree we need to remain professional but it would be foolish imo to start our best XI.

Indeed top 4 is still far from guaranteed so we need to keep the momentum going. Everyone is fit and focused though so I am confident.

I think this weekend could be huge if we beat newcastle and city beat chelsea then the gap will be 7 points. Meaning there needs to be a 3 game swing for Chelsea to overcome us (2 if they beat us 2nd last game of the season). But if Rafa does us a job on us and Chelsea nick a result then it could stay a 4 or even just 1 point gap, meaning they only need a one game swing and they have us at the bridge.

Personally I think us and spurs will join both manc clubs in the top 4. I think we are the better team than Chelsea and will probably finish 3rd or 4th.

Both the West Ham game and the Newcastle one have shown a new maturity to the side. Firstly, with West Ham, we didn't let the great result against Porto affect us like the Swansea and WBA games after we beat City, and against Newcastle, we remained patient, moved the ball swiftly and got a result against a team that came to defend and be hard to break down.

Hats off to Karius. He's showed a marked improvement recently. Long may it continue.

I agree with your Top Four, unless one of us 3 (excluding City) suddenly implode, and an equally sized change happens at Chelsea.

The Manc game is bigger than usual. Steal a win, and 2nd is in our own hands.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: February 26, 2018, 07:45:55 PM »
Considering the carnage in the aftermath of the City win, the professional performance against West Ham, after the hype fuelling win in Porto, hopefully shows a new maturity amongst the squad.

The Porto win was great but we have to ensure we finish the tie properly (no careless 3-3s etc), and then make it count against who ever we draw next.

This is where we seem to have constantly fallen down over the last few years, by not making a notable result the beginning of sustained progress.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: February 26, 2018, 07:39:52 PM »

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: February 18, 2018, 01:52:31 PM »
I think we can go far in Europe.   

Especially if Porto are our opposition.  ;D

A good win, but they did walk through our midfield a little too easy early on.

Great to see Mane back amongst the goals.

I just hope our players don't react to this win like they did to the Man City one.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: February 04, 2018, 10:52:05 PM »
Another draw that feels like a defeat, especially after twice being ahead.

That's both North London rivals for the top four that we should have put some more daylight between.

The flip side (hopefully) being only 2 points ahead of Spurs (and not the 5 we could have been after today), and therefore be able to be overtaken with just one slip, is that minds will remain focused.

I think the City win showed how this squad can lose focus and concentration, and now we're out of the FA Cup, they need to do everything possible to get second. The FA Cup and top four would have been reasonable, all things considered, but now fourth, or even third, isn't good enough with no trophy likely to arrive at Anfield again this season - does anyone honestly think we can win the European Cup? 

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: January Transfer Window 2018
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:04:12 PM »
Markovic has gone on loan to Anderlecht - as any other Liverpool player every had as many loan spells.

Flanagan's gone to Bolton on loan.

Harry Wilson's off to Hull, though he has signed a new contract with us.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: January Transfer Window 2018
« on: January 30, 2018, 11:43:54 PM »
How about a cheeky £75M bid for Eriksen tomorrow ahead of Sunday's game? Who knows, Levy may just be tempted.  ;D

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: January 30, 2018, 11:40:49 PM »
A solid win. I'll take them all day against lower placed teams. It's what we should have done against Swansea and WBA.

Save the spectacular for the teams in the top7 or 8, and be solid and professional against the rest.

I hope the sheer fact that we won doesn't go to any player's head. That was the minimum requirement. No more. No less.

Let's hope Can manages to string another decent (at least, preferably better) performance together for Sunday's visit of Spurs - that will be a much bigger test.

I'm not interested in us trying to hammer Spurs in some misplaced revenge mission. I'll settle for a solid display, a clean sheet, Kane and Eriksen kept quiet and a couple of goals and build some momentum again ahead of the Porto games.

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