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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer transfer window 2018
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:29:55 AM »
What qualifications has he got apart from used to have been a great goalkeeper to warrant being a goalkeeper coach?

Hence the 'maybe see' qualification.  I haven't looked into whether Reina's being doing his coaching badges.

Chelsea look in panic mode re Courtois going awol. It would be sort of sweet if they were forced to take Mignolet off our hands. Then again, it would leave us with Karius, and under the circumstances, he's the one more in need of a move.
We probably let the wrong one out of the three goalkeepers go, but the fee we got for Ward was good, but money in the bank can't be a no2 keeper.

We're still looking thin at centre half. It will be interesting to see if Klopp sees Gomez as a centre half, and how he uses him there. With Lovren only having just returned to training, Matip out injured again, it looks like a toss up between Klavan and Gomez for West Ham.
Maybe Klopp's choice for that game will tell us something about how he views Gomez.

Hopefully after having got the new players bedded in during the first half of the season, we can do something in January about the centre half position. Too many changes in one go is never a great idea, so to a certain degree I can understand Klopp's reticence in changing and needing to bed in two of the defensive five.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer transfer window 2018
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:28:45 PM »
So now we have the world's most expensive goalkeeper.

Ward gone, mixed feelings on that one, Mignolet linked with a £12.5M move to Besiktas (much more likely than the rumoured Barca link), and Karius has thrown his toys out of the pram over Becker.

We need an experienced pro as no2 and let Karius rebuild his career elsewhere.

Step forward Pepe Reina. I know he's just gone to AC Milan, but a UEFA loophole would allow us to sign him, and then maybe see about him becoming goalkeeping coach from next season.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer transfer window 2018
« on: June 14, 2018, 12:53:17 PM »
Courtois is refusing to sign another contract with Chelsea and only has a year left on his deal.

Although he may like a move to Real, they have their eyes on De Gea and Alisson. Alisson wants to move to Real.

Chelsea are looking at Jasper Cillessen, Barca's second choice keeper because of the Courtois contract situation.

Therefore, let's make Chelsea and offer for Courtois. They get a fee, and we get a keeper that is in the top 5 in the world.

If we're going down the route of looking at the likes of Pope, McCarthy and Thomas Strakosha of Lazio, then we'd be better off giving Ward the shirt until January, and giving him a free run as no1, like Karius had last season. We may have our own Pope/McCarthy etc by the end of the season, without any outlay.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer transfer window 2018
« on: June 10, 2018, 03:22:34 PM »
I don't get the link to Moses Simon. 2017/18 was his third season in Belgium's Jupiler League and he managed 6 goals and 3 assists in 33 matches, compared to our own Taiwo Awoniyi, who was on loan there last season, who contributed 10 goals and 8 assists in 31 games. Last season was Simon's most productive one also.  :o

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer transfer window 2018
« on: June 02, 2018, 09:10:59 PM »
Liverpool transfer news: Bookie reveals ‘flurry of bets’ on shock summer signing


By all means sign Butland if the price is right, but seeing as both Mignolet and Karius need shipping out, then Butland should only be secondary to either Oblak or Courtois, who looks as though he's on his way out of Chelsea.

With Real without a manager, we should try and get in before that changes. We know what we're getting with Courtois, and that he knows the score with the PL and can cope with it.

Alisson seemingly only has eyes for Real, which is hardly surprising considering he's South American, and we don't want someone who we know is only using us as a stepping stone. 

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Summer transfer window 2018
« on: May 27, 2018, 07:46:19 PM »
Dear Santa,

                   Can I have my present early this year. I'd like a new goalkeeper, please. A proper one.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Champions League 2017/18
« on: May 27, 2018, 07:44:40 PM »

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.

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