A week before the Manchester Derby I got a mail published in which I compared the Premier League with the french Ligue Un. Stating how both PSG and City are leading in a one-horse race if City could open up the same 11-point gap.
Needless to say I need to apologize for I was wrong. The french league is considerably more exciting, excuses-moi.
As soon as Kompany limped off, Newcastle had a chance of getting something from that game.
They proved that, as whenever they did find themselves in the City final third they caused them problems. Aarons had a great chip cleared off the line, Gayle had a header wide and should have shot when in at goal instead of looking for the penalty.
Our tactics were too negative and it took until we went behind to finally go forward.
What did Rafa think was going happen in that game by making it a defence vs attack training session?
Did he think those Newcastle players could keep those Man City players out for 90 minutes?
Think about it, its an impossible task. Especially if you allow De Bruyne all the space in the world.
A 0-1 loss by not trying to score is a lot more frustrating then losing 0-2 if we actually did.
Our big games are to come, but this is another example of just how negative Rafa is with his thinking.
That’s 5 home defeats in a row. One of the worst records in our history.
That was pathetic stuff from Newcastle. Now I get not going full out attack against City but they showed no agression and didnt press a single City player all game.
De Bryune was given all the time in the world.
Made for an absolutely rubbish match.
On the Virg
1. 75m is an absurd , stupid and disgusting amount of money , SEVENTY – FIVE MILLION
2.Coutinho is definitely off to Barca now , 130m only question is janurary or end of season
3. It does make sense from Liverpool’s point of view , everyone is aware of their defensive deficiencies but importantly they have a lot of young forward talent , woodburn , Brewster , Wilson etc who are or will be knocking on the first team door and need an opening
DL (75m oh my) LFC , Geneva
On Van Dijk signing:
They’ll soon be buying players with bitcoin. 75 million? Look forward for someone paying 20 million for Collins in January!
Ally “Happy it was wet in Bournemouth hammer” Reid
Some will say £75m is too much. But if it doesn’t bankrupt the club and he’s an upgrade on what’s there then it’s irrelevant.
Some will say his form has been poor this season. But ultimately if he replaces Lovren and doesn’t make mistakes leading to goals (since Lovren signed, nobody in the league has made more of these)then he’ll be golden. How many points has Lovren gained for us? How many has he cost us? You’re fixing our biggest weakness, this is a massive result.
All we need now is a new goalkeeper and I will feel like things are starting to look very sexy. If we do replace Mignolet with someone good then I won’t be able to pick a time when our squad was this strong. We have had better first elevens (I’m thinking the season we came second under Rafa) but I can’t remember a time when our front 6 was so hard to predict. And combine that with Clyne, TAA, Gomez, Matip, VVD and Robertson/Moreno and things are feeling like they’re coming together.
Can’t help but feel that the signing wouldn’t have been possible without Klopp. Players want to play for him and believe he can lead them to success (or a big pay day at Bayern Munich…and cups)
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Before everyone writes in claiming “football’s gone mad (again)”, can I just point out that Liverpool need a bloody good centre back a hell of a lot more than Man Utd needed Lukaku. The whole football world can’t spend six months complaining/laughing about Klopp not spending money on his defence and then complain/act horrified when he…spends money on his defence.
The only person who is allowed to complain about this is Jose Mourinho, who simply can’t be expected to compete with TWO teams who spend striker money on defenders. The poor dear.
Stewart, LFC, Chicago (it’s -19C today, God I miss England)
Most expensive defender in history! Tenner says we’ll make him just as shite as Lovren by March…we’re boss at that!
I haven’t written to F365 for something like three years now but this Liverpool deal for VVD has given me cause. When we were linked to him for 70M during the summer I simply accepted the fact the sum was what both clubs valued him at. But now that it’s actually happened a feeling I did not anticipate came over me: sadness. Sadness because in my view, my club has paid 75M for a player likely not worth more than 30M. But more than anything it dawned on me like it hadn’t in the summer that VVD is now the seventh player we’ve signed from Southampton in very recent years after the said player has had a decent/good season or two. I’m frustrated (to add to the sadness) that my club doesn’t seem to have the acumen to put together a scouting network that can be alert to the talent of these players before rival clubs get them. Why is it that Leicester, a club without the resources that LFC have had for decades now, can discover Kante, Mahrez, and see the long term potential in Albrighton, and get the best out of fading stars like Rob Huth but LFC can’t? It’s downright embarrassing for the club to keep going to the same club every season to buy players. I don’t know about others, but this has me cringing. It’s LFC saying, for the whole world to hear, “We are shite at grassroots recruitment. And not only that, we took so long to react to the changing landscape of football both on and off the field, we need to rely on another club to do our scouting for us instead of, you know, saving hundreds of millions by doing it ourselves like a modern football club should.”
While I believe we were lucky to get a manager of Klopps level at the time he joined, he’s not really doing it for me anymore. His treatment of Sakho (funny how LFC can totally cut off a player for missing or being late to a training session but show 100% support towards a racist player) our best CB and getting rid of him while putting all of his eggs in one basket is idiotic. I honestly believe with this 75M we could have have gotten two top centre backs. But in his arrogance, what he wants is what he must get. In his arrogance one player can some how solve the overall defensive coaching problem at the club. Cos his Klopp and big showy hugs matters more than actual coaching (seriously, I wanna slip into the skin of our players sometimes and tell him to F off with his hugs. I’m a grown man goddammit! Get your hands off my shoulder!). I’m going to predict VVD will be no better than what we have already and this transfer will go down as another mad moment ala Carroll. LFC look desperate right now, a club that missed the opportunity to gain 21st century greatness by spending when it’s wrong, not spending when it’s right (or in the right way) and not scouting or building a proper youth system when it’s proven to work.
No more excuses
I am as thrilled as any Liverpool fan at the news of us signing VVD4. Klopp and his defenders have been rightfully criticised for conceding soft goals and he has for most part defended his players. He has insisted that buying for buying sake isn’t his style. Not all were convinced at the fees paid for Mane, Salah and the Ox. It’s safe to say that Mane and Salah have shown completely worthy of the prices paid for them. Ox on the other hand is beginning to show that he could send Henderson further down the pecking order.
I know a lot of people will be questioning the fee paid for VVD4, but I am completely backing the manager to bring out the best in him. Klopp now has no excuses.
Taz (except Mignolet)
Mourinho is doing closer to a bad job than a good one
Sorry, Chris Wilson, but you’re talking absolute hogwash there. “…people ignore that Guardiola has not only spent more than Mourinho since they both joined but has inherited far, far better…” are you having a laugh? That BS has been peddled all season long. First off, I would love to know which players you think are leaders in our squad, or what the point of pace is without end product, or which of our strikers is a goalscorer that doesn’t need an open goal or to face a minnow-level opponent to score (how many goals against our rivals has Lukaku scored again?)? And I am dying to know where this supposed creativity is coming from, considering our best creator is probably Ashley Young! None of the issues present under van Gaal have been solved.
While Guardiola arguably did inherit a handful of better individuals – Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling and Aguero – Mourinho didn’t exactly inherit a team of no-hopers; De Gea, Martial, Mata and Rashford weren’t exactly a bunch of nobodies when he took over. What Guardiola has done to great effect is to get them to gel using a style designed specifically to suit their abilities, and has galvanised their team spirit and confidence. Furthermore, Guardiola also inherited a defence containing Kolarov, Clichy, Sagna and Zabaleta, so it’s not exactly like he was handed peak Barcelona or anything. Furthermore, the difference in spends between City and United is negligible (in football terms); the difference is that City have recruited efficiently and sensibly and, more importantly, with a clear plan in mind. We, on the other hand, have continued our scattergun, “whoever we can get” rather than “who we actually need” approach, and ignored infuriatingly blatant holes in the squad.
One of our most frequently used defences this season is made up of four Ferguson-era players, and includes two 32 year old converted wingers, a gurning perma-crock, and a guy who can only make five yard passes with his right foot and doesn’t know how to mark at set-pieces. Mourinho insists on playing with width and getting crosses into the box, yet we haven’t recruited a single winger in three transfer windows. Our best defender has barely played all season, and is unlikely to feature for at least another two months, yet the only talk of defensive transfers is Luke Shaw’s potential departure. Not only that, but £60m+ of recruitment is regularly found either sitting on the bench or in the stands (Lindelof & Mkhitaryan), which is a catastrophic failure in either scouting or player management.