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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: January Transfer Window 2018
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:03:22 PM »
Liverpool transfer news: Juventus make contact with Emre Can over January swoop

Let him go. Contrast the improvement and change in Oxlade-Chamberlain to Can. Can looks like a player who's always content with his performance and thinks he's far better than he is.

He's one of the players you thought would improve greatly under Klopp, but it just isn't happening.

Whatever he's asking for with his new contract, he just isn't worth. If he thinks he's going to get £100K+ a week at Juve, then he's deluded. I'd be surprised if he gets much more than he's on now.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: December 27, 2017, 11:51:41 AM »
The second half was OK, but we need to start games with the required level of performance.

Coutinho has definitely gone up a level this season. Shame the same can't be said of Can.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: December 25, 2017, 05:40:24 PM »
Happy Christmas to everyone, and let's hope for 3 points tomorrow against Swansea.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: January Transfer Window 2018
« on: December 23, 2017, 10:41:48 PM »
Of course we need a centre half, a new goal keeper wouldn't be a profligate outlay either, and a defensive midfield option could be more than useful too, but the thing we lack the most is a leader.

We desperately need someone who can calm things down, stop the instant sagging of spirits and make sure heads aren't lost. Someone who can quickly quell any slipping away of confidence and get things quickly sorted and stabilised when we lose a goal, so the normal avalanche doesn't get under way.

Whether that's a centre half or a midfielder, it makes no odds. It just needs to happen.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: December 23, 2017, 07:50:43 PM »
Leon Britton expects to be in charge for Liverpool and reveals his discussions with Swansea City owners

So who's his assistant? Is it?

Or maybe:

Or possibly the former 'miniature of sport':

There's a prize of a Simon Mignolet unlucky glove bag for anyone who can name him.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: December 23, 2017, 04:53:11 PM »
All 3 goals were dire. The first one, Gomez only needs to attack the cross and it's headed clear.
I have no idea what Mignolet was doing on the second one.
As for the third. Can, as he's done so often, tracked back, got to Ozil as he laid the ball off, and then just stopped instead of going with him. Someone needs to tell Can that he can enter our penalty area from open play when he's tracked back - he doesn't have to just stop at the edge of the area. Gomez also could have move across and taken Ozil as he ran through after laying the ball off.

The perfect example of what tracking all the way was Trent's challenge on Jose Izquierdo away at Brighton. He tracked the player all the way and was able to make that challenge. He didn't leave Izquierdo to continue his run unchecked as Can so often does. Can needs to be played played that moment over and over until it sinks in.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: January Transfer Window 2018
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:49:08 AM »
The whole Coutinho thing has erupted again. Apparently we've agreed €150M with the Catalans. Of course a they expect us to receive a big chunk of it in add-ons and the cheeky gits want to pay the 'assured' part in installments.

The news must be on a slow day in Catalonia again.

Of course we're flattered and honoured that such a beeeg club like Barca want to buy our best player, and in the middle of the season too. They can tell us the price they want to pay, how much of it is only a probability, how they want to pay the definite part, and the price is in their currency, not ours.  ;D

Try again.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: January Transfer Window 2018
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:40:41 AM »
We don't really need Aubameyang in truth. We need someone who can replace Firmino as the false 9 with a back up number 9 when we need a focal point. Which I think is why Sturridge - if he is happy - would still be ok with me. But if he wants to go then I would prefer to spend the cash on another false 9 as even though I would prefer to spend heavy on a top class striker, it wouldn't fit Klopp's system.

Plus Klopp and Aubameyang did not get on.

This is why I don't get why we get linked with the likes of Aubameyang, or why pundits say we need a top class 'centre forward'. Why buy a square peg when our hole is round? Having an 'option' is a different matter, and surely not something you spend in excess of £50M on.

Would the system work any better with a typical no9? Doubtful, unless it was altered radically to allow a no9 to be incorporated into it.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:51:45 PM »
Our last two aways have been good to see us win, win by a good margin and actually beat teams 'we should be beating'. It just makes games like Everton and WBA all the more frustrating.

The goals against Bournemouth were well worked, and it was a shame about Coutinho's free kick - it deserved to go in.

How long though before Mane starts to get restless? I think we could actually use either Mane or Salah in the central position Firmino plays, and give ourselves a chance to keep Firmino as fresh as possible, whilst giving all the front four a decent amount of game time. Plus, it could help us to mix things up a bit, and give us a slightly different dimension if we've got Salah, Mane and Coutinho in, as opposed to Firmino, Salah, Coutinho or Firmino, Mane and Coutinho. We can make 4 go into 3 in this case.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:44:05 PM »
4 points dropped at home in 4 days, versus everton and wba.

Title long since doing our best to throw a CL spot away too.

We cannot keep on throwing easy points away like this.

We can't win dirty.  We can't scrape results on a bad day.

We are fair-weather bullies.

Then we manage a comfortable win away at Bournemouth. Inconsistency. That will cost us a top four place.

We need to learn to grind out results against teams that we know will come to hold out for a point. They've sensibly designed a game plan, especially away from home. We need to do the same.

Klopp needs to understand, and should now have grasped this, that certain teams, due to their league position and level of players at their disposal, will sensibly see a point as a valuable gain, and will set themselves up to try and achieve it.
Why should they come and play an open game?

We need to deal better with this. Players need to be more focused and more aware of team mates in a better position, especially when chance creation is at a premium. They need to think more about checking if a team mate is better placed, as we can't afford to squander an opening, especially if we're not exactly making chance after chance. 

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Champions League 2017/18
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:20:04 PM »
We find out who we play on Monday. The draw is at 11am.

The teams we could be drawn against are: Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto or Real Madrid.

Basel and Porto are very strong at home, despite appearing as one of the weaker options, and who wants to go to the Ukrainian war zone in the middle of Winter.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: January Transfer Window 2018
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:13:18 PM »
Yet again we're being linked with Aubameyang, however with Peter Bosz being sacked as manager, Aubameyang's desire to leave may change again, but it seems the theme of this window's rampant speculation seems to be Coutinho and Sturridge out, Aubameyang in.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:09:02 PM »
After a couple of good results, especially with our 'experimental' defence at Brighton, frustration returns.

It was a soft penalty that Hendo conceded, but you'd hope our players would learn from that and be a bit careful what they did in our area.

I think Klopp's looking at the number of fixtures coming up, and giving Salah a bit of a break, though you can plan to do something but ultimately the state of the game must make the final decision.
At 2 or 3 nil, we're more comfortable and that situation allows for Salah to be subbed.

With a bit more thought and care all round though, we should have seen this through, a bagged the all important 3 points.

With Chelsea and the Mancs losing and Arsenal drawing, we could could have gain more on those above and just below us.
Still, we maintained our position over Arsenal and Spurs and gained a point more than the Mancs and Chelsea.

At least the number of goals we're conceding has reduced over the last few games, but the need for new defensive based players is no less. In fact it's more vital, so that new players can come into a team under slightly less recent pressure for their defensive displays. 

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: November 27, 2017, 05:53:22 PM »
It's hard not to be impressed by the progress Watford have made this season under Marco Silva.

If things keep going like this, it's hard to see him not being picked up by a bigger club in the Summer (that's not meant as a hint  ;D).

The Bitters really need to get Rhino signed up on a 6 year deal before a pub team realises their manager's taken a recent leave of absence.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2017/18
« on: November 27, 2017, 05:33:54 PM »
Will Grujic actually get a chance this season? Wijnaldum, Can and Henderson are hardly setting the bar very high this season.

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