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Former Liverpool Managers - Part 7 - The Clown Prince

20 Jan 2019 12:27:04
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Former Liverpool Managers - Part 7 - The Clown Prince

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20 Jan 2019 10:00:45
Ed001, do you think Sarri will play Kante in defensive mid or do you think he’ll be stubborn and continue to play him out of position? Jorginho was completely overrun once again in midfield against arsenal and I hate to have to agree with Ferdinand’s comments but Jorginho has been straight awful. Would you be able to do a player profile on Jorginho if time allows? Thanks mate.

{Ed001's Note - Sarri is stubborn, I can't see him changing. Yes mate Jorginho is on the list, you already requested him. Sorry obviously taking me so long to get round to him you had forgotten!}

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21 Jan 2019 04:24:05
Haha no worries ed, didn’t see a reply on the last one where I requested Jorginho so wasn’t sure if you had seen it. Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - ah ok I must have forgotten to reply to it sorry.}

Premier League Games Preview for 20 January 2019

20 Jan 2019 10:49:54
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20 Jan 2019 07:53:56
Sarri came out and said the players are difficult to motivate. Both Mourinho and Conte said the same thing about, what is pretty much, the same squad of players.

Definitely time to back the manager and build a new squad that is based on their football.

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20 Jan 2019 08:41:58
Ive said the same J. there's been a backclash from fans here who need to see the bigger picture.

20 Jan 2019 09:10:16
Play the right players in the right position and give players that deserve ago a run keeps saying it’s hard to motivate but plays same system same players.

20 Jan 2019 10:26:46
Also you can't pinpoint the manager as the problem here. Its a collective issue which involves the players because they play, the manager because he picks them and the board for poor past signings which they are trying to correct the issue now.

But we need to back the manager here. In my opinion we need to start getting replacements or cover for the following;

- both fullback positions. Neither are good at playing possession based football. Azpi is terrific for a defensive manager and will continue to be so.

- midfielder who scores and creates. We have one in RLC who is injured. Barkley and Kovacic don't have the cutting edge to assit or score despite playing more advanced. I would love Coutinhio. Obviously a replacement to rest Jorhinho is needed too.

- Central defender to replace luiz in the future, Luiz has been superb for us. He will go down as a great at the bridge. Deserves so much credit. Sarri needs him long term.

- Cover attacking players. Cover for pulisic, hazard and CHO because Willian and Pedro may leave and are aging anyway. Not enough goals from willians and pedro anyway. I suspect Hazard will leave and god knows what the situation is with CHO. This may be an area of complete transformation. A lot depends on outgoings here.

- Strikers. As a club we have been so hit and miss here. Drogba and Costa are the two successes of recent times.

Big recruitment needed at the bridge. Its not an overnight resolution. It will take many windows to fix. Even if you replace the manager the above issues need addressing. Cudos to all the above for being fantastic and making us the most successful team in the last 5 years or so. However, thebolayers are all reaching 30's and some have advanced.

This will be sorted. Have faith

fullbacks, a strong defender to replace Luiz in the future. Goal scoring midfielder and a striker.

20 Jan 2019 11:37:55
As an outsider looking in (LFC), are much of Sarri’s difficulties with the lack of a top striker not the consequence of the late and poor recruitment last Summer?
Whilst I guess he had some input into the Summer purchases (Jorginho), I’d understood that Chelsea’s transfer process was placed with others?
It feels like he’s carrying the can for the problems elsewhere in the club?

20 Jan 2019 12:27:46
It’s the managers job to motivate players make them enjoy an believe it what there doing am watching it and I don’t believe in the why we’re playing and definitely not enjoying it. Think about it Kante the trophies he’s won while being here not just team trophies individual ones from playing in his best position but Sarri doesn’t think that’s his best position so how do u motivate Kante to play in a position he’s not great in hazard loves to be on the ball and attack Sarri puts him up front on his own as a false 9 we’re he hardly sees the ball and there is a forward on bench doing nothing and let me point out hazard and Giroud have good chemistry as well when they play together so how do you make hazard believe that what Sarri is doing is right you don’t because it’s not. And these changes are all to suit Jorginho a player with 2000 touches and 0 chances created how do u make anyone believe.

20 Jan 2019 19:21:55
Couldn’t agree more J,

Some fans will correctly say changing managers has given us success but I crave a period of stable management and although I didn’t want Sarri, he is now our manager so I guess we should support him although his stubbornness isn’t doing him any favours.

20 Jan 2019 21:10:42
nibby i couldn't agree with u anymore when u say about how can players be hapoy when he plays the same team week in week out and never drops players playing badly. pep dropped sane for 3 games start of season look at him. he dropped walker for a few games he's back in an flying. alonso jorginho amd willian and pedro shouldn't be near our line uo.

20 Jan 2019 21:19:16
I agree with the sentiment of your posts Nibby and Magic.

I suppose we have to reserve any criticism of Hazard until is back playing in his usual position.

20 Jan 2019 22:43:25
J, spot on mate and this was my point when I mad the argument for keeping Conte but we are were we are.

As a club we have been spoilt with natural leaders and this is a squad that sadly lacks leadership.

The manager cannot abdicate himself from all responsibility and indeed he hasn’t but the continual changes of managers has, in my opinion, to change.

I was talking to some fans yesterday who said part of the problem with Jorginho is with Hazard playing as a false nine means the central area becomes crowded. ’He is seen as our main danger and therefore it blocks an avenue for Jorginho.

It’s a reasoned argument but probably to simplistic.

I’m old fashioned, when a player has a lengthy period of poor form, just drop them. Also, I’m not a fan of playing players out of position.

20 Jan 2019 22:49:41
Juicer, we don't need your input - just let us get on with wallowing in our despair.

Review Of The Day 20th January 2019

20 Jan 2019 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 20th January 2019

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20 Jan 2019 03:22:58
Ed001 or Ed002, Mourinho has been speaking about not being supported in the transfer market which I completely agree with. From what I remember the first time we listened to him regarding transfers and it went well.

Did we not listen and support him as much second go around? I really want to understand what went wrong the second go, he’s my favorite ever manager and 100% belongs at Chelsea. I would take him back in a heartbeat if I’m honest.

{Ed001's Note - the club had a system in place which meant the manager was a head coach on his return and had to answer to others. It is the way it is.}

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20 Jan 2019 04:46:44
Yeah, I feel we should have backed him more. Not signing his desired players and then sighing hector and Djillobodji was a joke.

20 Jan 2019 03:41:44
What this team lacks:

• Change of formation - we need 4-2-3-1. Get Kante back in a two and watch him become a better player. Get Hazard back to the left wing and you'll see him enjoy his football again. Or even as a ten but needs to be behind Giroud. Then CHO and Pedro either side.

• Leaders - Hazard isn't even one nor Luiz IMO nor even Azpi. Azpi and Luiz have just been here a while so are the most vocal of the lot. Ampadu has got more cajones than them even at 18 I'd stick him in a two man midfield with Kante.

• Left footers - We have no left footed wingers 🤷🏼‍♂️ It gives good balance. Pulisic arriving won't even sort it. If Hazard leaves or Odoi we desperately need to target a left footed winger and perhaps someone like Fekir who can play midfield. Fekir or Pepe would be good options.

• Attacking full backs - Let's be honest Azpi is awful offensively he only starts cause he's a fan favourite and one of our longest servants. Alonso is atrocious. I'd bring James back now he seems mentally strong and that is what we need.

• Direct Wingers - As good as Hazard is even he is guilty of slowing play down too much. Willian is the worst. Pedro is the most direct after.

• A proper number 9 - Hopefully Higuain bangs them in. But what I'd give for an all round beast like Harry Kane in our side. Apart from Icardi who I'm scared might flop if he comes I don't know who else we could target. Luka Jovic of Frankfurt seems the next complete up and coming striker but I don't think there's interest.

{Ed0333's Note - I’m envious Kante you’re post is a intoxicating concoction of lovely grammar, syntax, spelling, aloquence, articulation and common sense. Salute you sir.

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20 Jan 2019 03:53:20
Cheers Ed 😂👍🏻.

{Ed0333's Note - I admire a Wordsworth mate.

20 Jan 2019 01:33:31
Didn’t finish the last post so I’ll continue.

The fullbacks are not suited to possession. Azpilicueta is poor offensively and isn’t the greatest passer. He is phenomenal defensively and is our captain therefore I’d still play him there. Alonso has been terrible. Maybe he’ll come out of form but he’s been a liability im afraid.

Luiz and Rudiger and Kepa are doing a good job in my opinion.

Massive improvements needed, after Sarris rant I hope the players don’t use their player power and force him out. They must have got scolded.

Big things needed but first and foremost the 433 is not suiting us. Kante needs to be deeper and Jorginho is not showing us why he cost us 40 million let alone why he’s even starting.

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20 Jan 2019 03:28:12
I thought Jorginho was about 57 million? I agree though I think 4-2-3-1 needs to happen. I’ve said for ages Azpi isn’t great offensively he’d be a great back up but I’d even like to see Reece James given a go now. James and Chilwell would be my choice with Azpi and Emerson as back ups.

20 Jan 2019 08:46:23
Standard you have made a fair comment about our fullbacks. 100% agree. Azpi is very poor playing the possession based football. Neither have good crosses.

20 Jan 2019 01:29:48
Well, didn’t post after the game for good reason. We were absolutely awful. A few points.

Hazard is not a false 9. Sarri has spoken on hazard being a liability on the wing and therefore he should be given a free role in the midfield. 4231 100% is the way forward.

Kante is not a b2b in this system. Attacking wise it’s kore suitable playing Barkley. We are wasting his primary talents and therefore should play deeper alongside another player.

Fabregas, I always said I feel he’s perfect in this system and should play alongside Kante. Fabregas is still one of the best passers in world football and can dictate a tempo and play defence splitting balls. Currently, Jorginho is not doing that. I feel like he played a bit better than usual against arsenal which is saying something.

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20 Jan 2019 02:06:18
I realise Fabregas has left, I would play Kovacic there.

20 Jan 2019 00:31:15
What do people think of Sarri's Comments after the game, he was fuming. I though he was spot on, he isn't happy and not are we, he wants me and so do we, but it's not usually a good idea to slate the players, especially the likes of hazard who has never like a tough manger, could end in disaster, love Sarri passion thou. Maybe drop Jorginho and Alonso and Willian and see what spark that brings,

{Ed0333's Note - I feel Sarri was justified in his mood and choice of words. Clearly he’s no nonsense and won’t stand for any bollox.

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20 Jan 2019 01:27:53
I can’t take him seriously when he picks the same XI and plays our best player out of position. The majority of the blame is his.

20 Jan 2019 03:30:55
It’s a worry that Alonso and Willian have had such a run when offer so little. And Sarri said other day how jorginho struggled.


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