Big game for us vs Augsburg.  A chance for Klopp to go back to Germany with his new club.  I think it is a chance for Liverpool to make a great advert of themselves to players in the Bundesliga about the Klopp revolution at Anfield.  We’ve already signed Matip, and we have Emre Can who has been a vital cog in the Klopp machine.  I feel that a good display in Germany this week is another key piece of our recruitment of top players from Germany.  One would think that the players there are familiar with Klopp and his style, but is that enough?  Looking at where we are in the table won’t help, and this game being in Europa won’t either.  But we bring an exciting, pressing, balls to the wall attacking play that Klopp can say we are developing, come and join it and I think it’ll be huge for us come summer.  So I hope we put out a strong line-up that players there will see and want to come play with.

 

Speaking of transfers, there is a dynamic of this new TV money that I haven’t seen talked about much.  Maybe its because we don’t quite know how it’ll play out.  But I don’t foresee it ‘making the English clubs wealthy’ as much as others do.  We will have more money to begin with, and it could bring it better players.  But will that be enough?  I think players are clearly going to want astronomical wages coming to England.  But if they don’t make the grade, how will a club unload them except to another premier league club with a huge wage packet?  Also I feel England as a whole will improve (which is drastically needed considering the recent dip in Europe the last few years), but we need to remember that ALL of the PL will have more money.  I’ve recently heard that Stoke has more purchasing power than all but about 4-5 clubs in Europe outside of England.  Don’t know if that is true, but it will be soon.  It is going to be a regular meat market in England and might be even more topsy-turvy then the table is this year.  Another thing that is going to happen is that there will be an ‘English premium’ put on transfers.  We already saw it with the January window when the player wanted to come to LFC but went to China instead because they paid a few million more than our offer, but the selling club wanted 20 million more from us.  It is going to cause a huge trickle down effect through the rest of Europe.  So while I foresee England starting off with money, that money is going to change hands throughout Europe and end up enriching clubs elsewhere, especially those that develop youth.

 

The Champions League is on right now and I’m watching Roma/Real.  Not sure if Real has what it takes, but then who does with the way Barca are playing?  I’m sad like all that we don’t have Suarez anymore, but I love watching him excel at Barca.  I used to hate Barca with all the divers (Busquets, Alves, etc) but they are just a joy to watch now.  And it is fantastic to see Suarez leading the way for them, a true lethal weapon with the ball.  I would be very happy to see them be the first team to repeat as CL Champs.  One prediction if they do, I see Neymar coming to England on a ridiculous money move.  They have been great with the way MSN have been so unselfish.  But the way the season is going I see more plaudits going to Suarez than Neymar, and I think that’s going to make him look elsewhere.  There was even a hint of such discontent already this weekend when he said the penalty kick was meant for him.  If he goes to a PL competitor, I hope he gets crucified in the press for his diving.

 

Speaking of clubs I’d be okay with winning CL, I wouldn’t mind Bayern.  I love Muller and think he’s a fantastic player who is often underrated and overlooked.  But the real reason I would is to see Xabi Alonso win the CL with a third team.  That’d be special.  I just don’t think it’ll happen, and honestly I don’t want Pep to win because I think as good as he is, his reputation is inflated.  I think he’s going to be exposed a little when he comes to City next year.  He will find it a lot tougher competing in a league that has more than 3 teams fighting at the top, with all the different playing styles, and even more so when teams don’t give up being down 2-0 like they do in most of the rest of Europe.  Have fun with that aging team Pep.

 

 

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Realspanishred
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Good read mate. I can’t see any other team beating Barca unless it’s Arsenal, I think all will be revealed next week when they play each other. I also think arsenal will win the prem with Leicester as the runners up. Real will struggle in the champs league because of their defense. They have the same problem we have with Moreno, Marcelo is found wanting when it comes to defending.

warrior18
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You fancy the gunners over the spuds spanish, not too sure myself, spuds look well up for this title fight and so do leister by the way, i think it’s too tight to call but if i was to put a few quid on it, the way it sits right now i would put it on ??????? god knows but i don’t think leister will win it and i reckon city may have blown their chance so either the gunners or spuds i suppose.

Huytonian
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I’ve had a theory for a while now that Spurs are about a season ahead of Liverpool in terms of team development. They got their Bale money a year before we got out Suarez money and they changed manager about a year and a bit before we did. If my theory is right this time next season could be very interesting for us.

I too saw a bit of Roma v Real and agree about Real’s defence though I have to say Verane is a brilliant defender.

warrior18
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It’s a theory that makes perfect sense mate but i can’t see this squad developing any further together after this season as i reckon klopp will try and ship a few of them out and get his own players in and hopefully with the quality of player he brings in it’ll only take a pre-season for them to gel together instead of years like the team we have now.

ezanih
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Coach, after the Augsburg game, this is my optimum 11 which i would put for the 2nd leg and for that Man City final..

Mig
Clyne Kolo Sakho Moreno
Milner Can Teixera
Divock Sturridge Coutinho

DB-99
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Spurs have a much younger team than ours and their squad is alot more balanced. We have players that are all approaching or in their prime years and have some really experienced players like Kolo, Skrtel, Lucas, Milner etc. The thing that perplexes me is we invested so much in the academy but no1 has really made it. These young players really need to step their game up as I’d like to see more make their way into the first team so we can buy top quality first teamers and have a core of players that come up from the academy.

ezanih
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DB, I’m hoping Teixera, Brad Smith and Sheyi Ojo can make it to the seniors. We really don’t have to buy too many players this summer. We have a GREAT youth squad and I think JK recognizes this. BUT we need a top striker and top winger. I hope next season’s team has some of our youths and 1-2 top attackers.

ezanih
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Real, I think I concur on both points hi hi but I still am 50-50 if Arsenal can beat Barca over 2 legs but would love to see that!

warrior18
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Agree with spanish, nice read mate!!!!

Realspanishred
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Huytonian the problem is we bought badly with the Suarez money and spuds bought for the future imo. I do think with Klopps influence and nous in the transfer market we will catch them faster than they moved forward. It will depend on the summer which one of us or spurs keep up with arsenal and city. I see the scum going backwards before catching up again which is going to be great to watch. I think it will be a long way back for them. I think Arsenal will win the league because of their superior attack than either Leicester or spurs, if spurs loose Kane that will end their challenge. My top 4 at this moment in time is Arsenal Leicester spurs and City, although if spurs do lose Kane they could slip to 4th.

Huytonian
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Agreed we bought poorly with the Suarez money but so did Spurs with their Bale money. Some of their buys have improved with time (Erikson, Lamela) as have some of the ones we bought with the Suarez money (e.g. Lovren and Lallana thought admittedly they are decent rather than outstanding). They’ve had a pretty settled team for the last 18 months while we are only just getting a settled team together so I’m sticking to my assertion that they are about a season ahead at the moment but I’m confident we’ll catch them up next season.

Realspanishred
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Sorry mate I definitely have to disagree regarding Lallana I would sell him for a fiver if we could get it he is nice at drawing circles though. Lovren I’m still not convinced with either but he has improved. I would swap Ericsson with any of our mids except Cou. And I can’t remember the other mid they bought but I know he’s better than lala. Which reminds me even lala from the teletubbies is better than Lallana lol

warrior18
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Have to agree with you on lala and lovren spanish, we’re agreeing on things a lot lately mate, strange one that 😯 😯 That Ericsson was in the wilderness for a couple of seasons but he’s certainly woken up this season, smashing player and would have him onboard all day long over lala.

Huytonian
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I’m not saying Lovren and Lallana are first choice players only that they have improved in their second season. With Matip presumably first choice central defender next season it will be interesting to see who plays alongside him, Sakho, Lovren, Skrtel, Kolo, Ilori and Gomez are all possibilities. There are rumours that Kolo will be off but his recent performances suggest his contract should be extended. I would be worried if I was Skrtel whose form was poor before his injury and who likes to play on the right which is where Matip plays.

warrior18
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I think skrtel is a doubt as is toure, they both could be gone, agree that toure has done well of late but he is getting on now, 35 next month, i think we have better options than them now in sakho, lovren, gomez, Ilori and now matip, not much better but an improvement all the same i feel.

DB-99
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I wish we had a better keeper than Mignolet. I also think Clyne hasn’t been playing well or like he did at Soton – Good lord that’s becoming a cliche now with all the Soton players we bought – Lambert, Lallana, Clyne, Lovren and we’ve said that about all of them while Soton laugh with 60 – 65M of our money!

Realspanishred
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Warrior we were doing so well, agreeing about lala and Lovren then you go and spoil it with your opinion of Skrtle 🙂 . Imo he is our best defender by a mile, he is a no nonsense defender when in doubt put it out and if that means the opposition as well so be it. I will be shocked if Skrtle leaves any time soon. And you’ll see I’m right when Matip arrives, more often than not he will partner Skrtle.

warrior18
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Lol spanish, i think he was our best defender at one stage but not anymore imo. Does my head in the way he backs off attackers and allows them to get a shot or a pass off rather than putting a tackle in a lot sooner, granted, he’s not afraid to get hurt and will shed blood for the cause but he’s been very prone to mistakes this past season or two and i really feel his time is up with us, the rest are not a hell of a lot better, i just think skrtel has peaked and that peak ain’t good enough for LFC i’m afraid.

Realspanishred
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I would rather see defenders jockey the attacker which allows the other defenders time to get into position which Sakho and Lovren and in fact Moreno need. Skrtle very rarely gives the ball away in the defensive end. Trust me mate he will still be hear next season.

warrior18
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@Ezzo,
I can’t see sturridge and coutinho playing next thursday mate, not when we have the cup final 3 days later, i think they, among some others, will be rested for the final. I’ll put my team up for next thursday over the weekend but i can deffo see a few changes, the kids have been excellent when they’ve been called on and i see them being called on again for the 2nd leg, we should have enough to beat augsburg at anfield, maybe have our best players on the bench in case it’s going belly up, we need them fresh and injury free for that final.

Realspanishred
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Maybe we should put the kids on the bench incase we need them, they have played better than the so called first team and play them in the cup final.

ezanih
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Ok coach. But think about it. We played better players at Augsburg away and only managed a 0-0 draw. And now playing at home, we have to rest some of the better senior players for the CapitalOne Cup final and hope to win Augsburg? I don’t think Augsburg are going to play at a lower level to accomodate us! Anyway winning the Europa is a fairy tale..its a mini CL on its own. Just think about the teams in the Europa…Dortmund, Porto, Leverkeusen, Sevilla, Villareal. You think we can win Europa playing the way we did against Augsburg coach?

warrior18
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Obviously we won’t if we play like that ezzo, no chance, i’m just beating myself up as to 2nd guess what klopp will do for the 2nd leg with the cup final so close to it, of course if the final was a week after the 2nd leg then there’s no problem playing the likes of studge and the count in both games, maybe he will seen that there both massive games for us but i just can’t see it, teixiera is an excellent replacement for the count as is Origi for studge so he might go that way instead.

ezanih
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Start Sturridge and Origi as a twin strikeforce and take them off half time after we’re two up? I’m talking about the return leg for our Augsburg game…

Huytonian
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I can see one or two first choice players being kept on the bench but that doesn’t mean we will use the kids. There are more experienced players that can come in like Lallana, Origi or Benteke, Lucas and possibly Lovren. I would expect Sturridge, Coutinho, Henderson and Kolo to be given a rest. Whoever plays it won’t be easy to break down that well organised defence.

warrior18
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@Spanish,
He most probably will mate and i wouldn’t be against that as such, i just question whether or not he should be a first choice CB, maybe we could say the same about the rest i suppose, i just feel more comfortable with the rest than i do about skrtel, klopp may think the complete opposite of course and see him in the same light as you, we’ll know more in the summer no doubt.

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