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  • in reply to: Champions League draw #4206
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    We know from experience how good Sevilla are, but they ARE beatable. Spartak Moscow will be tough, especially out there if it is one of the last group games. A freezing cold night in December in Moscow, and don’t they have a plastic pitch, or is that my imagination? Don’t think I’ll be flying out there for that one! As for Maribor, all I would say is just remember the trouble Ludogorets gave us last time we were in the Champions League!

    But we really can’t complain with that draw!

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    in reply to: Champions League draw #4205
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    …except for Man Utd’s group, nutts!!

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    in reply to: Hoffenheim #4173
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    Oz – I’m with you, I want as easy draw as possible. Would rather play the big guns later in the tournament! I think though it is written in the stars that we will draw Barcelona!

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    in reply to: Hoffenheim #4171
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    Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? As everyone has said above, those first 20 minutes were awesome and Hoffenheim were just blown away. And I have to say that I think the crowd played their part. The atmosphere before the game and during was terrific. Did you go, Beni?

    As for the performance, I thought Moreno was our best defender on the night (never thought I’d say that!), Gini had his best game this season by a country mile, as did Can, but Man of the Match just has to be Sadio. Barca have definitely been chasing the wrong player. On this form he is unplayable.

    My player match ratings

    Migs 5.5 Had one of his less convincing nights, and arguably should have done better with first goal
    Trent 6.0 Terrific going forward, but still plenty to learn defensively (sound familiar!). Regularly skinned by Gnabry in first half
    Matipn 6.5 Doesn’t look certain alongside Lovren. Needs commanding centre back partner
    Lovren 5.0 Should have done better for their 2nd goal. Not had a good start to season, and continued his run here.
    Moreno 7.0 Other than one reckless lunge which he missed and left the left side exposed, he looked solid. Him and Mane electric going forward down left as a partnership
    Can 7.0 Good high energy performance from our German. In the right place for two well taken goals and unlucky not to get a first half hat-trick with shot just wide
    Hendo 6.5 Being picky here, but would loved to have seen him bury it for the 4th when he set up Bobby. His game is not there yet, but improving.
    Wijnaldum 8.0 Was everywhere, and was unlucky not to score. At last the Gini from last season has come back from his summer vacation
    Salah 7.0 His speed is frightening, and well positioned to take his goal. Unfortunate that of our two wingers, he pales in comparison
    Firmino 7.0 Usual hard work and one mazy penalty box run in the first half showed promise. Confident finish

    In summary Forwards 9/10 Midfield 9/10 Defence 5/10 !!

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    in reply to: Echo reporting Coutinho to Barcelona interest has ceased #4138
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    But, Banjo, that really is irrelevant. While the money is nice, it would appear from our transfer efforts this summer, money is not the probelm at Anfield – it’s spending it. If he does go next summer, in May hopefully, and we ‘only’ get £80m, so what? As long as he has played his heart out this season, whether we are successful in our objectives or not, that will be good enough for me and , I suspect, the majority of the fans.

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    in reply to: PL Week 2 Thread #4059
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    Newbalance. ..couldn’t help thinking while watching yesterday why did Xabi Alonso not point Marcos Alonso in the direction of Anfield? Just what we have needed over last couple of years. Mind you, Andrew Robertson looks half decent

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    in reply to: Summer Transfer Window 2017 #3956
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    Yeah, excellent post, Dan. I think we’re all sick of the 2 Spanish clubs coming over and taking our best players. Probably the 3 best players in the English Premiership in the last 10 years have ended up over there in Ronaldo, Bale and Suarez. But with all our bluster and indignance about the Barca and Real hype machines, is it really any different from the fan of say, Torquay United, who sees their best player go to Bristol Rovers? It’s the football food chain, and while Liverpool are relatively near the top of said food chain, Barca and Madrid are higher up. By and large, what they want, they get. We just have to ensure that we get a fee we’re happy with and then go and munch on someone lower down the food chain…hello, Southampton and Leipzig!!

    I’m really split as to whether we should keep Phil. He is good, but he ain’t £120m good. On his day, he is excellent but he is inconsistent, and he regularly misses 10 to 15 games a season. Earlier in the window, I would have definitely taken the offer, but now…? I really don’t know.

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    in reply to: Virgil van Dijk – better than Sakho? #3860
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    Mikus – good to see you over here!!

    Do we not have a defensive coach? I find that amazing, if it’s true. You’re also right about the defence not getting alot of help from whoever is playing DM for us. Hendo, Can are not natural DM’s

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    in reply to: PL Week 2 Thread #3858
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    WIB – while I thought the atmosphere had improved in the early days of last season, which I put down to the new stand, I now think it was simply because we were playing some sublime football. In the dark days of the winter, I thought the atmosphere was pretty piss poor, in all honesty. It’s still the same issue of an ageing crowd!

    But good to see you over here, Beni!

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    in reply to: Liverpool v Crystal Palace #3848
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    Sounds to me then that Moreno is likely to play. I think Robertson must be a tad confused…he’s barely been used in pre season and he appears some way from the team yet.

    As for Phil, it’s just so disappointing. He is effectively on strike, as I don’t think anyone actually believes in the back injury.

    I doubt Studge will start but I would hope to see him at some point.

    It’s always exciting seeing the first home game of the season to see the new signings, but the as yet underwhelming efforts of the club mean that it will basically just be Salah in for Phil from last year. Disappointing to say the least!

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    in reply to: Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford #3842
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    It’s also going to be interesting to see if Jack Butland can regain his fitness and form this season. Before his injury he really looked like he would be challenging Hart for the England jersey. Hope he gets it back.

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    in reply to: Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford #3818
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    It’s a big season for Joe Hart, newbalance. Like you, I always rated the guy, and probably did until the Euros last summer when he was woeful.

    I didn’t see the United game on Sunday or even the goals…was he at fault for any of them?

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    in reply to: Transfer Window 2017 #3817
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    Am I right in thinking that Paulinho who is joining Barca is the same one who was at Spurs? £40M – WTF? Maybe Banjo can put me right, but he was pretty ordinary, wasn’t he? Where did he go after Spurs offloaded him cos he must have pulled up some trees wherever it was?

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    in reply to: PL Week 2 Thread #3816
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    Sean – I started predicting Liverpool 3-0 v Palace, and then I remembered Benteke enjoys playing against us. Think he may enjoy himself on Saturday against Lovren et al!!

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    in reply to: Predictions #3815
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    It’s a fix, with Ed top after week 1!! I’m in for week 2

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    in reply to: Liverpool v Hoffenheim #3814
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    jc – I’m surprised you thought we defended well. I have to say, I thought it was pretty shambolic from start to finish. Now I know Hoffenheim are a good side, and a good side will create chances, but we presented them with half their opportunities. Lovren’s poor interception of a free kick early on, the penalty fiasco (where was Moreno? The other end of the field!), the playing onside by Lovren for the goal and the way TAA lost his man, and finally the free header allowed in injury time. All of those could and should have been avoided, and better teams would have capitalised on it. And there were other instances, I’m sure, but I can’t recall them.

    I thought Lovren and Moreno were the chief culprits, but really the men I blame are the coaching staff. the first two games of this season have shown no defensive improvement, in fact you could argue it’s got worse, because we had actually tightened up a little by the end of last season.

    Benteke will be rubbing his hands looking forward to Saturday!!

    But it was a great result, but I’m still slightly deflated as 2-0 was tie over. That late goal has given Hoffenheim a sniff.

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    in reply to: Liverpool v Hoffenheim #3785
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    Very big win but f*** sake, Jurgen, sort out that defence. Lovren is a joke

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    in reply to: Liverpool v Hoffenheim #3750
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    Interesting thought, Mak. I think Bobby does have the makings of certainly as much of a midfielder as Lallana is.ie not exactly a tough tackling enforcer but a creative energy playing deeper. He certainly has the workrate.

    Watching the game on Saturday in a pub near my home in Manchester I overheard a United fan calling Firmino for being a lazy t**t. You can call him a lot of things but lazy ain’t one of them!

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    in reply to: Virgil van Dijk – better than Sakho? #3711
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    Mwake – Saturday just emphasises our need for a commanding centre back, but Conte needs one at Chelsea as well!

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    in reply to: Watford Game #3709
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    It’s taken me a couple of days to reflect on the game and come on here and give my two pennyworth. I’ve also being looking for my jaw, as it dropped so far when I realised that we have learnt nothing since last season. The VERY first corner we concede this season, and the opposition score. We concede 3 corners in the game, and f*** me, they score from 2 of them. It’s beyond a joke, it really is, and has highlighted again the importance of landing VVD, though I hear today, Chelsea are confident of landing him…and let’s face it, their need is as bad as ours.

    Matip chooses Saturday to have, arguably, his worst game in a Liverpool shirt, and Lovren was just Lovren. And why, oh why did Jurgen take Trent off with 5 minutes to go to bring Gomez on. He comes on cold, gives away a free kick and generally looks undercooked. Fine, bring him on as part of a back 5 for the last few minutes as we try to kill the game (cos we’re good at that!!), but don’t disrupt your defence with a like for like change at that stage.

    I have fears about tomorrow night now, as I reckon an away goal is crucial, as they’re bound to get a corner or two when they come to Anfield.

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