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The Unreliable Rumours Thread

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Anfield rd Dreamer

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He's not going to be first choice with us, even if he is for Algeria, so AFCON shouldn't be a problem.
It kinda would be a problem as the players he'd be backing up would also be at AFCON. It would mean having to change our formation/style of play for about 6 weeks in 18 months time and hoping it doesn't harm our results.
 

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Looks like it wasnt such a crazy idea suggesting left back back up should be high on the agenda. Doesnt seem as hard to find as some were suggesting either.
I dont think anyone suggested it shouldnt be high on the agenda. We haven't signed anyone yet, and if we do it remains a bit early for this sort of post because we don't know who is coming in and whether they will be any good.
 

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I dont think anyone suggested it shouldnt be high on the agenda. We haven't signed anyone yet, and if we do it remains a bit early for this sort of post because we don't know who is coming in and whether they will be any good.
Besides, despite what people seem to believe, you don't make your signings in order of priority. You make them when they can be made.
 

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It’s not the BBC reporting it. The gossip column is just a round-up of spurious stories from the web, all gathered in one place.

If something appears on the BBC’s own pages, then it’s pretty much a done deal.
That's what I was pointing to. Unlike the Jamal story.
 

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Looks like it wasnt such a crazy idea suggesting left back back up should be high on the agenda. Doesnt seem as hard to find as some were suggesting either.
We wanted one last summer too so it should hardly come as a surprise.

Be interested to know who is on the list of four Reddy is saying we have but appears Lewis tops that list if the price is right.
 

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We wanted one last summer too so it should hardly come as a surprise.

Be interested to know who is on the list of four Reddy is saying we have but appears Lewis tops that list if the price is right.
Yes, that was the odd bit for me. She named Tsimikas, why not name the other two as well? Alternatively, why name Tsimikas at all?
 

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The BBC part is good, the Fail part isn't.
You misunderstood. It says Bein Sports Via Mail meaning instead of the internet, they posted this news out to the media through snail mail.
 

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Thanks it just seems to be an issue in regards the AFCon for some....
A few are obsessed with AFCON which is not taking place in 2020 nor in 2021 and they are discussing having it every 2 years after that and with COVID-19 uncertainty but they don’t seem to have any qualms about our 3 South American players going to play friendlies And championships for Brazil which we fork out loads to airlift them back to the UK straight after?
 

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A few are obsessed with AFCON which is not taking place in 2020 nor in 2021 and they are discussing having it every 2 years after that and with COVID-19 uncertainty but they don’t seem to have any qualms about our 3 South American players going to play friendlies And championships for Brazil which we fork out loads to airlift them back to the UK straight after?
Don't be so angry, mate. The AFCON is problematic since it comes right in middle of a season (January 2022). The friendlies suck too, but all games are suspended during that.
 

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A few are obsessed with AFCON which is not taking place in 2020 nor in 2021 and they are discussing having it every 2 years after that and with COVID-19 uncertainty but they don’t seem to have any qualms about our 3 South American players going to play friendlies And championships for Brazil which we fork out loads to airlift them back to the UK straight after?
Nobody misses domestic games for those. They can miss up to two months of games for AFCON depending on timing and preparation and recovery. Certainly 3/4 weeks minimum. During busy times. Of course it doesn't effect 2020 it would have happened by now. Its not going on next season but it is going on the season after and we are long term planners we won't buy a player this summer to get rid next. Most people don't mind most areas of the pitch but at wide forward, where 100% of our current seniors are going already, it presents a massive problem in 18 months. One we probably don't need to take onto ourselves.
 

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I dont think that's accurate. South American players will often have a fuller summer than European player, often ending their involvement later and so end up missing early games.
There's no guarantee an England or Belgium friendly doesn't require just as much travel.

Edit: Theres no difference between European, North/South American or Asian games/friendlies/comps. AFCON is the only competitive national competition held in the middle of our season.
 

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Edit: Theres no difference between European, North/South American or Asian games/friendlies/comps. AFCON is the only competitive national competition held in the middle of our season.
I am not disputing that. I disputed the idea that the sometimes absurd calendar that the south american players have, very often in the summer when other players are resting, doesnt result in players missing games. It has and it does.
 

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I am not disputing that. I disputed the idea that the sometimes absurd calendar that the south american players have, very often in the summer when other players are resting, doesnt result in players missing games. It has and it does.
But is that any different from what African nations do during the summer? The question is the unique challenges caused by signing players who play for national sides from Africa. I don't see how there is anything particularly unique about players from South American sides.
 

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Here’s where I’m at on the left back:

Most people have been saying we need a left back for a couple years. Milner filled in there with aplomb, but time waits for no man. Robbo is a machine, plays at a high level week in week out, and is rarely injured. However, there were signs this past season that he lost a little bit of form, nothing to get worked up about, and likely because the lad was just tired.

So, another option at left back needed, for the occasional rotation.

Most Liverpool fans would see it like that. So far so obvious.

Now the slight discrepancy is over what is the best way forward. Who should come in as a rotation option for one of the best left backs in the world, with the assumption being they would only play sparingly?

I would be happy to give Neco Williams the nod. For both flanks actually. Seems like he has some good attributes and could be a solution that is already on the books. Obviously as a right footer there will be some compromises on the left side, especially on the occasions when it calls to go around the outside and cross it. That doesn’t mean he can’t be groomed to be a decent back up there, and he still might.

However, if we sign the lad from Norwich, or another specialist left back, bring it on. I will not be unhappy with that at all. I might be slightly surprised that a promising player with Prem experience would be happy to sit on the bench as much as I think he will if he comes here, and I might be surprised that in a belt tightening covid market, we spend money on a back up left back when a serviceable option is already on the books.

Be that as it may, if we sign Lewis, or someone else to be a back up to Robbo, bring it on, and good luck to the lad!
 

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Don't be so angry, mate. The AFCON is problematic since it comes right in middle of a season (January 2022). The friendlies suck too, but all games are suspended during that.
I am not angry at all it is just funny and I was puzzled as to why that every time an African player is linked to us someone pops up to kill it dead by typing those dreaded 5 letters.
 

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Here’s where I’m at on the left back:

Most people have been saying we need a left back for a couple years. Milner filled in there with aplomb, but time waits for no man. Robbo is a machine, plays at a high level week in week out, and is rarely injured. However, there were signs this past season that he lost a little bit of form, nothing to get worked up about, and likely because the lad was just tired.

So, another option at left back needed, for the occasional rotation.

Most Liverpool fans would see it like that. So far so obvious.

Now the slight discrepancy is over what is the best way forward. Who should come in as a rotation option for one of the best left backs in the world, with the assumption being they would only play sparingly?

I would be happy to give Neco Williams the nod. For both flanks actually. Seems like he has some good attributes and could be a solution that is already on the books. Obviously as a right footer there will be some compromises on the left side, especially on the occasions when it calls to go around the outside and cross it. That doesn’t mean he can’t be groomed to be a decent back up there, and he still might.

However, if we sign the lad from Norwich, or another specialist left back, bring it on. I will not be unhappy with that at all. I might be slightly surprised that a promising player with Prem experience would be happy to sit on the bench as much as I think he will if he comes here, and I might be surprised that in a belt tightening covid market, we spend money on a back up left back when a serviceable option is already on the books.

Be that as it may, if we sign Lewis, or someone else to be a back up to Robbo, bring it on, and good luck to the lad!
If a youngster came into the club with the attitude that he should be starting over the best left back in the world, id be worried about his attitude.
A young player being asked to be an understudy to the best left back in the world and being over the moon to be part of this great project shows a level head i think.
If the players good enough to play v bottom third opposition and in cup games theres plenty of minutes to go around and we maybe go further in domestic cups.
Robbo was spitting feathers last season and we really need to be careful not to burn him out before his career should be over.
Weve been a bit lucky with him injury wise, we really shouldnt push the boat too far
 
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