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Official Liverpool FC Thread @ The Phins

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by Paul 13, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. Paul 13

    Paul 13 Chaotic Neutral & Unstable Genius Staff Member

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    Conor Bradley was soo friggin good today. I do recall seeing him a couple of summers ago, in the preseason. I thought he had skill then, but not to this degree. All facets of his game have improved since then and he's only 20 years old. TAA is going to have a tough time getting his RB position back. I think Bradley should start vs Arsenal, Gomez as well. Pretty much the same team that shredded Chelsea today. But I imagine Klopp will rotate 3/4 players for Sunday.
     
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    Wow. What a win for the League Cup! 3 teens on the pitch in the final 30-40 minutes!

    He’s Virgil Van Dijk … !!!

    Fortunate win but both sides had great chances. What an effort. And Kelleher was incredible!

    Klopp is the best. My goodness. 11 players injured - when you throw in the Gravenberch injury! 8 that are first team regulars. The other 3 play regularly. Who can survive that?

    Just insane. If we can just get healthy we could win everything. But health is, imo, the only thing holding us back.

    We have to survive the next 3 matches (Southampton in the FA cup; Forest in the EPL; Sparta Prague in the Euros), then have to be as healthy as possible on March 10 when we play at home vs Man City. That game and our health for that day looms UBER Large for the EPL.

    2 weeks away. Come on!
     
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    Paul 13 Chaotic Neutral & Unstable Genius Staff Member

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    agree on all fronts. One game at a time of course. This FA Cup matchup, we have to play a bunch of U21's. It just is what it is. I just hope we play Kelleher again and we might have a chance, the way he played today. Adrian... no.

    I just couldn't believe how we mostly dominated the extra 30 minutes considering how things were looking at the end of the 90. Chelsea were in the ascendency. And Poch says after the game, maybe his players were looking ahead to penalties thinking they had the advantage there. OMG. How is he still employed?

    Thought McConnell and Clark and Danns brought that energy that we needed in the 30. I went back and watched it again. It was Clark's shot that was blocked that created the corner and ultimate goal for Van Dijk. They are all heroes today.

    I'm going to be so sad to see Klopp go. I just don't want to think about it right now. I mean I know it's looking likely that Alonso will be the new manager, but nobody is Klopp.
     
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    100%!!!
     
  5. Paul 13

    Paul 13 Chaotic Neutral & Unstable Genius Staff Member

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    Massive to get Michael Edwards back, now as CEO, with Hughes from Bournemouth likely to be the Sporting Director. Edwards bringing in so many of our great stars going back to 2016 ish, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Virgil Van Dyk, Alisson, the list goes on and on. I can't help but think there must have been some kind of rift between him and Klopp that led to him leaving back in 2022. And now he's been convinced to come back with Klopp leaving after this season. Whatever that was about, doesn't really matter in the end now does it? Hopefully with this power team in place on and off the pitch, we can convince Xabi Alonso to join us.
     
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    hard one to take that... should have won it earlier in the 2nd half. Giving away two leads. And against them. Not good. Only silver line is that less games to play on the run in now with the league. Of course we have the Europa league as well, but winning the premier league is the perfect way to send Klopp off. We shall see, time will only tell. I won't even talk about which players were to blame today, not time for that at all.
     
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    Xabi Alonso announces he's staying at Bayer Leverkusen, after Liverpool and Bayern Munich were both heavily after him as their next manager.

    I've read this morning that Liverpool are now interested in Sporting Lisbon's manager, Ruben Amorim, instead. What are your thoughts on him, I don't know much about him except he's young and, I presume, up and coming.
     
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    I don’t know anything about him. They just don’t need an abrasive personality.
     
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    Great win. Whew. Just don’t give the ball to Gomez when you are trying to run the clock down! He was driving me insane.

    Now. If Man City can either draw or win the season will be under our control. Draw would be great. Win would put them a point behind us but even if we tie on points we have the goal differential advantage.

    I feel dirty rooting for Man City. I can’t recall ever doing that. At least not in the last decade.
     
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    Pathetic to see the Klopp era end this way... with a loss to Everton, just inexcusable. I had feared the announcement in late January that Klopp was leaving could derail the team. Looks like that was in whole or in part, an ingredient in this season's collapse. And that's exactly what it was. Losing at home to CP... and now to hated Everton, is a collapse for me. Just a real shame to see it end this way. And we may never know how or what lead up to him making this decision or even why he chose January to announce it. He said he made the decision back in late November, told the board then... but didn't tell the players for another 8 to 10 weeks. Something strange going on behind the scenes...

    Sure, he says he is tired... but a part of me can't accept that. I'm not calling him a liar. But you just can't do that to your team in the middle of the season when you are fighting in THREE competitions.

    "Yeah guys, I know you are fighting your arses off to win, and you can't be tired... but me? no no, I'm tired, I'm leaving when this is all said and done." Sorry. But you just can't do that to your team. You can't expect that to have nothing but a long term negative effect. The short term reaction was fantastic, mind you. But with a third of the season left... it can only get you so far... fighting on pure energy for your manager.

    What's next, well more on that later... looks like it's going to be Slot taking over, the dutchman. And I'm not too thrilled with that. I'd rather a PL manager actually... RDZ would have been a good choice. He knows the competition. And that's huge. But the three main candidates... Alonso then Amorim, now Slot, all from outside the PL. Not sure I understand that if I'm being honest. Sure, it worked for Klopp, but that took some years... this current squad doesn't have the time for that... unless we are rebuilding? which frankly, might not be a bad idea at this point.
     
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    Absolutely killer losses to CP and Everton.

    Just so utterly deflating and discouraging. Every time I think about it I tear up.

    I don't know whether it was on Klopp. Really wished he hadn't announced it at all. But I think part of this is frustration with the Boston ownership group. I can't abide John Henry in any way, shape, or form. I prefer an owner who has money and buys a team because he/she wants to win in that sport, rather than an owner whose sole business is sports ownership and needs to make money.

    Klopp has generally been great for Liverpool. My favorite manager ever. We've had so many injuries that has cost us multiple titles, imo. Starting with the Champions League take down of Salah. I will forever hate Sergio Ramos for that. And then Man City gets away with multiple violations and gets handed ... nothing. I don't and won't ever trust the integrity of soccer.

    Really love this team and feel like there is so much there for the future. But I do think that our front line has just failed over and over to finish opportunities. Salah will always be one of my all-time favorite players but he should go (so, too, VVD and Trent).

    If Edwards can bring in a fresh manager, the talent is there. Worried we won't remain a big club if we get a crap manager - like ManU has struggled with for some time. We probably need a new full back to work in as VVD is getting old. Love the midfield. But a striker who can be clinical is key. Really like Jota and Diaz but have doubts about both our center strikers.
     
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    Melissa Reddy reporting that Slot over Amorim is the choice because he's a better fit to the style and infrastructure that LFC currently have in place. That Amorim would want to implement three at the back and that would mean a change in playing philosophy as well as needing to bring in different players at the senior level. I'd also venture to guess that the academy style that we currently have is more in line with what Klopp has built over the last what 8 or 9 years? And that Slot's style falls more in line with Klopp's. Certainly, the longer a culture is in place (because of Klopp), the harder it is to implement a different play style.

    I'm not sure how I feel about that. From a resource allocation stand point, it makes sense to keep things trending in the same direction. So we won't see a "rebuild." which takes time to implement... and more of a retooling. But we still need several new players infused into the squad at each level of the team (forwards / mf's / defenders). You can't fill all the gaps with academy players. You'll be hoping you can fill some... but you still have to go outside the club anyway. So it always comes down to money and the willingness of the board to spend.

    People who always complain about FSG not spending enough forget how much they spent for Alisson and VVD. And how much they were willing to spend for Caicedo last summer. If the right player is there, they will spend for that player. The trouble has been identifying that big piece that completes the team and turns us into perennial contenders. Hopefully, with Edwards and et al coming in (back), we will be able to do that again. Time will tell.
     
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    I am emotional today, but I just love Jurgen Klopp. He’s been such a joyful presence for the Reds. Will miss him. But will always love and respect him.

    This is beautiful:

     
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