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I think you’re right that Klopp will find a way.

Personally, I wouldn’t replace Lovren (if he moves on). I’d be very happy to see Fabinho start ten games at Centre Back - those where he doesn’t particularly need to play as a centre back in the traditional sense. And then you have the two young lads coming through.
Would agree with this btw. I'm less concerned about our depth at CB, I suspect VDB won't be a million miles off getting some games.
 

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I think you’re right that Klopp will find a way.

Personally, I wouldn’t replace Lovren (if he moves on). I’d be very happy to see Fabinho start ten games at Centre Back - those where he doesn’t particularly need to play as a centre back in the traditional sense. And then you have the two young lads coming through.
I always argued that we needed to bring a younger, more robust CB in with an eye for being the Lovren/Matip replacement (along with Hoever).

I could also see the point, if bringing a CB in, in bringing in the best available and if that was De Ligt so be it even if he did cost a lot.

If we brought in a more senior/experienced CB I'd literally be wanting Lovren to call time on his career here and a mutually acceptable sale to a decent club as it would be the best for all involved.

If he moves on now then..... well ok.... probably cope..... but.... well we won't cope with everything.

We've a lot of numbers and quality in central midfield (despite many posters not realising it as there are no goal scoring/offensive playmaker types, a role we don't utilize in Klopps version of 433). So if midfielders need to provide cover to the back 4 we'll probably cope in midfield.

And we've got a versatile CB in Gomez who can cover both fullbacks and versatile mids that are options too along with a degree of academy talent. So we can probably cope at full back with what we have if we need to too.

And Gomez has had rotten luck with injuries and Matip and Lovren are injury prone but we have Fabinho and the two young promising lads in emergency situations so we will probably cope if that's what we go with at CB.

And Lovren is our 4th choice and an expensive asset and we've got good options in 5th, 6th and 7th choice so if he left we would probably cope.

But you can't keep rolling the dice. No further strengthening at full back, Lovren being allowed to leave without a senior CB in, eventually luck will sour on us. Under those conditions a medium length injury to Fabinho practically cripples us. It would mean Gomez needing to be available nearly all the time, VvD, Robertson and Alexander Arnold almost never being rested which could heighten their injury risk. Matip is almost guaranteed to miss significant playing time. We'll have knocks, rotation and few other absences here and there.

60+ games, we struggled this season at times. We played 53 this season. Yes Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Robertson and Matip all ended this season better than they started but that doesn't give you more bodies. Same number of bodies with same chances of injuries. New kid isn't, yet, any better to have in the squad than what we had in the academy last season. Its probably an improvement but that's not guaranteed. Losing Moreno, we had Clyne for half of last season too, losing Lovren as well? There was a point last season when Klopp was going to play Henderson at CB for a game because of injuries but he (ironically) picked up an injury.

We've got the money for transfers, we've got room on the wage bill, its not going to hurt us if senior players see out their contracts and leave for free. I guess I'm just getting worried about how many risks we seem to be possibly taking.
 

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Yes, because it is. This is a very simple idea which you are needlessly complicating.
They were lucky. In games against us luck or refereeing errors accounted for them getting more points than they should and us getting less. They went on to win the league by one point. They cheated to build an indestructible, mega squad and have been lucky that sanctions haven't yet affected them too.
 

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So obvious and yet you didn't accept that it contributed towards City's 98 points but we were lucky to get 97.
Personally, I think city knew exactly what they were doing allowing that ball all but 11mm over their goal line. Luck had nothing to do with it. :D
 

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I always argued that we needed to bring a younger, more robust CB in with an eye for being the Lovren/Matip replacement (along with Hoever).

I could also see the point, if bringing a CB in, in bringing in the best available and if that was De Ligt so be it even if he did cost a lot.

If we brought in a more senior/experienced CB I'd literally be wanting Lovren to call time on his career here and a mutually acceptable sale to a decent club as it would be the best for all involved.

If he moves on now then..... well ok.... probably cope..... but.... well we won't cope with everything.

We've a lot of numbers and quality in central midfield (despite many posters not realising it as there are no goal scoring/offensive playmaker types, a role we don't utilize in Klopps version of 433). So if midfielders need to provide cover to the back 4 we'll probably cope in midfield.

And we've got a versatile CB in Gomez who can cover both fullbacks and versatile mids that are options too along with a degree of academy talent. So we can probably cope at full back with what we have if we need to too.

And Gomez has had rotten luck with injuries and Matip and Lovren are injury prone but we have Fabinho and the two young promising lads in emergency situations so we will probably cope if that's what we go with at CB.

And Lovren is our 4th choice and an expensive asset and we've got good options in 5th, 6th and 7th choice so if he left we would probably cope.

But you can't keep rolling the dice. No further strengthening at full back, Lovren being allowed to leave without a senior CB in, eventually luck will sour on us. Under those conditions a medium length injury to Fabinho practically cripples us. It would mean Gomez needing to be available nearly all the time, VvD, Robertson and Alexander Arnold almost never being rested which could heighten their injury risk. Matip is almost guaranteed to miss significant playing time. We'll have knocks, rotation and few other absences here and there.

60+ games, we struggled this season at times. We played 53 this season. Yes Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Robertson and Matip all ended this season better than they started but that doesn't give you more bodies. Same number of bodies with same chances of injuries. New kid isn't, yet, any better to have in the squad than what we had in the academy last season. Its probably an improvement but that's not guaranteed. Losing Moreno, we had Clyne for half of last season too, losing Lovren as well? There was a point last season when Klopp was going to play Henderson at CB for a game because of injuries but he (ironically) picked up an injury.

We've got the money for transfers, we've got room on the wage bill, its not going to hurt us if senior players see out their contracts and leave for free. I guess I'm just getting worried about how many risks we seem to be possibly taking.
We’ll see what happens, but I accept your point about stretching too far.

The thing that I think nobody really takes into account is that being one of the best teams in Europe, clocking 97 points, and winning Big Cup also brings a whole boat load of problems. Different ones to being crap, and nice ones to have, for sure. But there is an assumption that now we are where we are, everything is easy, and it isn’t.

One of the big issues for Klopp is that he has to consider that his squad aren’t just stats and numbers. They are young men with ego, and sensitivities, and all the same fallibilities and insecurities as everyone else. If Klopp had bought De Ligt, our current defence has every right ask, after being the best in the Country why the fuck the gaffer is spending £75m on improving it, and which one of them is getting binned off.

We know how much Klopp values team spirit, and how important it is to his methods. But it’s also very fragile.

So having had the team perform to such an incredible level last year, Klopp has to be very careful where and what he adds.
 

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We’ll see what happens, but I accept your point about stretching too far.

The thing that I think nobody really takes into account is that being one of the best teams in Europe, clocking 97 points, and winning Big Cup also brings a whole boat load of problems. Different ones to being crap, and nice ones to have, for sure. But there is an assumption that now we are where we are, everything is easy, and it isn’t.

One of the big issues for Klopp is that he has to consider that his squad aren’t just stats and numbers. They are young men with ego, and sensitivities, and all the same fallibilities and insecurities as everyone else. If Klopp had bought De Ligt, our current defence has every right ask, after being the best in the Country why the fuck the gaffer is spending £75m on improving it, and which one of them is getting binned off.

We know how much Klopp values team spirit, and how important it is to his methods. But it’s also very fragile.

So having had the team perform to such an incredible level last year, Klopp has to be very careful where and what he adds.
I think you massively over state this.

We have/will lose players from that defence and the players will be acutely aware of how stretched they were. How some were played when needing a rest, how Hoever got an unplanned debut (that thankfully didn't go bad and destroy his confidence and progress) and how Fabinho who was 6th or 7th choice at CB ended up having to be picked for starting a game.

They're also ambitious and will know there will be more games and more trophies they will want to win.

Also compare to midfield the year before. We were losing Can but that was about it, we had made a champions league final and finished top 4. As well as the planned deal for Keita we also added Fabinho and very publicly tried to add Fekir. It didn't harm the egos or team spirit in our midfield. If anything it helped create a bounce and players like Wijnaldum and Henderson kicked on over the course of the season and showed more passion and motivation. It helped drive the unit and create a more positive situation.

I really don't think footballers are as fragile as you make out. They don't see a new guy arrive and start sulking and feel their time is up they think "shit man how much better are we going to get? We're going to kick some ass this year" and always assume they personally are good enough to still play.

Besides nobody is asking for an increase in the numbers of players in defence they are only asking for an increase of quality and suitability.

Moreno and Clyne provided a season and a half of cover, both are probably leaving, one player who is a better match to our needs and better quality level replacing them is all we need.

If Lovren left somebody replacing him who is more reliable on the availability front would be essential and if that player was also top quality it would help us improve and kick on too (personally don't think this is going to happen this window now, think the new kid and Hoever will be prepared this season to, between them, replace Lovren next season and Matip a season or two after that).
 

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I'd love to see us sign Zaha who can play anywhere across the front three. Make CP an offer of $50 mill + Wilson for Zaha. I'd also want us to bring in one of Coutinho/Fernandes to improve the middle of the park.I'd also sign Tierney who can play either right or left back. The signings of Tierney and Zaha would throw a wrench in Arsenal's plans as well.
 

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I'd love to see us sign Zaha who can play anywhere across the front three. Make CP an offer of $50 mill + Wilson for Zaha. I'd also want us to bring in one of Coutinho/Fernandes to improve the middle of the park.I'd also sign Tierney who can play either right or left back. The signings of Tierney and Zaha would throw a wrench in Arsenal's plans as well.
Why would Tierney or Zaha come here to be a backup? I get their other alternative is Arsenal but it’s Arsenal with a guaranteed starting spot and the chance to push for Europe and silverware via cups.

This is why it’s so dam hard for us to bring in the level of quality we need, they simply won’t come. Salah, Mane, Trent, Robertson are worldclass, so if you play that position you are coming in as 2nd choice and considering how robust they are you could be looking at games in the cup and/or a few in the league to rest only.

It’s also about cost. Klopp won’t be splurging £70mil on Zaha for someone to play 10 games or so.. he’d rather those minutes went to Origi or Brewster (or Wilson depending on pre-season).
 

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Why would Tierney or Zaha come here to be a backup? I get their other alternative is Arsenal but it’s Arsenal with a guaranteed starting spot and the chance to push for Europe and silverware via cups.

This is why it’s so dam hard for us to bring in the level of quality we need, they simply won’t come. Salah, Mane, Trent, Robertson are worldclass, so if you play that position you are coming in as 2nd choice and considering how robust they are you could be looking at games in the cup and/or a few in the league to rest only.

It’s also about cost. Klopp won’t be splurging £70mil on Zaha for someone to play 10 games or so.. he’d rather those minutes went to Origi or Brewster (or Wilson depending on pre-season).
What strikes me is that we haven't yet seen the best of Klopp yet, because he's spent the first 3¾ years turning the ship around. Wait till he can unleash his full potential as a player developer and mentor to future coaching staff. Pepijn's also nowhere near his ceiling as a coach and three further seasons working with Klopp will make a huge difference. So, injuries aside, I can't see Brewster or Wilson not being closer to contention for the matchday squad at times during the season. Origi will be pushing Klopp into tactical changes to get him game time if his trajectory continues.
 
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Why would Tierney or Zaha come here to be a backup? I get their other alternative is Arsenal but it’s Arsenal with a guaranteed starting spot and the chance to push for Europe and silverware via cups.

This is why it’s so dam hard for us to bring in the level of quality we need, they simply won’t come. Salah, Mane, Trent, Robertson are worldclass, so if you play that position you are coming in as 2nd choice and considering how robust they are you could be looking at games in the cup and/or a few in the league to rest only.

It’s also about cost. Klopp won’t be splurging £70mil on Zaha for someone to play 10 games or so.. he’d rather those minutes went to Origi or Brewster (or Wilson depending on pre-season).
Don't know how many times I'm going to have to point out our number of games likely to be around 60 plus. 2 positions that's 120 starts or more for 3 players (Trent, Robertson and new FB to play both sides) that's around 40 starts each, more than Trent made this season (38), more than Klopp let a new signing like Fabinho make too (30). In attack its even more so 3 positions its 180 starts or more to cover. This season Salah, Mane and Firmino started 137 games without much rest and without any major injuries so already a new signing could start as many as 43 games if Klopp let a new signing do that (unlikely) even if we still played the front 3 into the ground like we have the last 2 seasons (unhealthy).
 

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Don't know how many times I'm going to have to point out our number of games likely to be around 60 plus. 2 positions that's 120 starts or more for 3 players (Trent, Robertson and new FB to play both sides) that's around 40 starts each, more than Trent made this season (38), more than Klopp let a new signing like Fabinho make too (30). In attack its even more so 3 positions its 180 starts or more to cover. This season Salah, Mane and Firmino started 137 games without much rest and without any major injuries so already a new signing could start as many as 43 games if Klopp let a new signing do that (unlikely) even if we still played the front 3 into the ground like we have the last 2 seasons (unhealthy).
It doesn’t matter how many times you point it out, Robertson and Trent are going to play the vast majority of games. Any signing of a reasonable level is going to have pause for thought before coming here.

It isn’t just the number of games - it’s also the status in the squad. Liverpool can probably promise a new full back 15 games at Right Back and another 15 at Left Back. But if they are going to be the early rounds of the domestic cups and bankers against the bottom six, the player still might be tempted to swerve it.

Any more than that, any aspect where the full back positions are equally shared, and then you are essentially telling Trent and Robertson their reward for working hard and becoming Europe’s elite full backs is to play less games next year.

We might disagree about the details, about how many games we can offer a back up, but the point is that there is a hierarchy, and a player needs to be happy with the idea he is behind the established front two. I don’t anyone disagrees that it would be great to bring in such a player, but I think we have to acknowledge and understand that this is much harder than we often presume it is.

Personally, if the club accept that it needs a decent lad who can play both sides occasionally, I’d be happy with them telling Clyne to stay put for a year, get himself twenty games, and then leave on a lucrative Bosman.
 

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It doesn’t matter how many times you point it out, Robertson and Trent are going to play the vast majority of games. Any signing of a reasonable level is going to have pause for thought before coming here.

It isn’t just the number of games - it’s also the status in the squad. Liverpool can probably promise a new full back 15 games at Right Back and another 15 at Left Back. But if they are going to be the early rounds of the domestic cups and bankers against the bottom six, the player still might be tempted to swerve it.

Any more than that, any aspect where the full back positions are equally shared, and then you are essentially telling Trent and Robertson their reward for working hard and becoming Europe’s elite full backs is to play less games next year.

We might disagree about the details, about how many games we can offer a back up, but the point is that there is a hierarchy, and a player needs to be happy with the idea he is behind the established front two. I don’t anyone disagrees that it would be great to bring in such a player, but I think we have to acknowledge and understand that this is much harder than we often presume it is.

Personally, if the club accept that it needs a decent lad who can play both sides occasionally, I’d be happy with them telling Clyne to stay put for a year, get himself twenty games, and then leave on a lucrative Bosman.
So if this is as much as an issue as you are saying who has the hump in midfield out of Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Ox and Keita as only 3 can have the status of starter? But all seem ecstatic right now. In CB we don't seem to have any issues yet even though we all suspect Lovren will eventually but Matip and Gomez don't seem to be having an issue.
 

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Don't know how many times I'm going to have to point out our number of games likely to be around 60 plus. 2 positions that's 120 starts or more for 3 players (Trent, Robertson and new FB to play both sides) that's around 40 starts each, more than Trent made this season (38), more than Klopp let a new signing like Fabinho make too (30). In attack its even more so 3 positions its 180 starts or more to cover. This season Salah, Mane and Firmino started 137 games without much rest and without any major injuries so already a new signing could start as many as 43 games if Klopp let a new signing do that (unlikely) even if we still played the front 3 into the ground like we have the last 2 seasons (unhealthy).
Point it out all you want, historically having tonnes of players is not Klopps approach. He has a small close knit first 18 or so with some experience and youth filling in gaps.

How many games does Messi play? Or Ronaldo? Or any great player? They play when fit 99 times out of 100 because they want to, they want minutes to break records, they strive to be the best and will do everything to achieve it.
 

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So if this is as much as an issue as you are saying who has the hump in midfield out of Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Ox and Keita as only 3 can have the status of starter? But all seem ecstatic right now. In CB we don't seem to have any issues yet even though we all suspect Lovren will eventually but Matip and Gomez don't seem to be having an issue.
My point is that this is harder than we generally think it is. Is that something you disagree with?

I’m keen that we add another full back, but given this is not an easy thing to I’m not going to lose it if we get towards August 9th and it isn’t done. We can probably cope.
 

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It doesn’t matter how many times you point it out, Robertson and Trent are going to play the vast majority of games. Any signing of a reasonable level is going to have pause for thought before coming here.

It isn’t just the number of games - it’s also the status in the squad. Liverpool can probably promise a new full back 15 games at Right Back and another 15 at Left Back. But if they are going to be the early rounds of the domestic cups and bankers against the bottom six, the player still might be tempted to swerve it.

Any more than that, any aspect where the full back positions are equally shared, and then you are essentially telling Trent and Robertson their reward for working hard and becoming Europe’s elite full backs is to play less games next year.

We might disagree about the details, about how many games we can offer a back up, but the point is that there is a hierarchy, and a player needs to be happy with the idea he is behind the established front two. I don’t anyone disagrees that it would be great to bring in such a player, but I think we have to acknowledge and understand that this is much harder than we often presume it is.

Personally, if the club accept that it needs a decent lad who can play both sides occasionally, I’d be happy with them telling Clyne to stay put for a year, get himself twenty games, and then leave on a lucrative Bosman.
I agree with ARD, in my mind your overcomplicating it.

Signing new players isn’t a new thing for European champions, for a player it goes with the territory.

Trent and Robbos positions would have been hunted all their football life.

They’d hardly fade at the prospect of another challenge. They might even welcome the ability to concentrate on focused fixtures.

As for incoming players, we should only be concentrating on footballers who have a bit of faith in their ability to challenge for spots.

I wouldn’t have thought thirty games in your first season would be a massive turn off. How many did robbo play ?
 

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Here's a bit of a left-field idea - would Ryan Kent make a good fullback?

Extremely quick, good running ability, two footed, decent work ethic and fairly strong. Hasn't quite got the game intelligence or final product to be a wide player for a team of our standard but he could be a threat from the full back areas.

It would obviously take a lot of coaching, but plenty of the natural attributes are there.
 

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I wouldn’t have thought thirty games in your first season would be a massive turn off. How many did robbo play ?
Robbo had Moreno ahead of him and finished the second half of the season as starter. In between, he had a number of talks with Klopp about him not starting.
 

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Someone else mentioned it earlier too.

I have not seen enough of him to know, but footballers litteredwith wingers who are now great fullbacks.
 

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I agree with ARD, in my mind your overcomplicating it.

Signing new players isn’t a new thing for European champions, for a player it goes with the territory.

Trent and Robbos positions would have been hunted all their football life.

They’d hardly fade at the prospect of another challenge. They might even welcome the ability to concentrate on focused fixtures.

As for incoming players, we should only be concentrating on footballers who have a bit of faith in their ability to challenge for spots.

I wouldn’t have thought thirty games in your first season would be a massive turn off. How many did robbo play ?
Fair enough, I can accept the differences of opinion.
 

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Robbo had Moreno ahead of him and finished the second half of the season as starter. In between, he had a number of talks with Klopp about him not starting.

Not sure what the overriding arc is here, the situations would never be the same, how could they?

If we wanted a direct comparison as a template we have to follow then someone has to ask robbo to under perform for eighteen months and then we need to sign a fullback from a relegated team.

Jokes aside, obviously no two situations will ever be the same, I get improving on Moreno is fundamentally easier than improving on robbo himself, but that’s not what we are trying to achieve, I would have thought having three fullbacks over sixty games playing for a club that is reigning champions of Europe and went deep into a title race wouldn’t be an impossible sell.
 

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Here's a bit of a left-field idea - would Ryan Kent make a good fullback?

Extremely quick, good running ability, two footed, decent work ethic and fairly strong. Hasn't quite got the game intelligence or final product to be a wide player for a team of our standard but he could be a threat from the full back areas.

It would obviously take a lot of coaching, but plenty of the natural attributes are there.
I like left field ideas sometimes, but in this case, nah, I don't see it. Overall not intelligent enough, also too much of a wild attacking instinct. He's a player who will look to dribble anywhere on the pitch, often too brave for his own good. Maybe just needs calm it down, learn to circulate the ball more before taking on one or multiple players, learn that in that case, he might get the ball back in better (goal-threatening) positions. Exciting to watch for fans, mind, he's really positive in his approach, fast, tries to play with his weaker foot and does have some skills. Had hopes for him when he was playing for our youth sides, looked brilliant for a while. Didn't develop enough in the meantime. I think he'd rather move on to a lower level (even more than Camacho) where he can continue playing regularly in attacking positions.
 

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Any player who turns us down,as they don't see themselves being a first team starter,doesn't deserve to be given the opportunity anyway,as far as i'm concerned.

It's a squad game,as others have posted in here and are better at it than me,i don't know the exact numbers of games/minutes each player would/could get over the season,but for any player with ambitions of winning things or making a name for themselves, would jump at the idea of playing for LFC right now.Our first 11 almost picks itself, but i'd like to see young hungry players come in and want to push themselves to not only get to the level of our first 11 but to get better and force them out,thats the players i want to see come in.

EDIT* Forgot to mention aswell,by having the attitude of not coming to LFC because they won't be first choice,also tells me they aren't mentally strong enough or back their own ability to be better than what we have to force there way in aswell.
 
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Point it out all you want, historically having tonnes of players is not Klopps approach. He has a small close knit first 18 or so with some experience and youth filling in gaps.

How many games does Messi play? Or Ronaldo? Or any great player? They play when fit 99 times out of 100 because they want to, they want minutes to break records, they strive to be the best and will do everything to achieve it.
Klopp likes a close knit group yeah so swapping a season and a half of cover players for one flexible player makes sense yeah?

There are leagues that require less rotation than ours. During his time with United how many games was Robaldo starting per season? Even though he's famous for being one of the most physically impressive players (practically a freak of nature) I still don't think he'd have been starting 50+ games per season during his time there. Certainly not 60+ like some seem to be hinting may happen with some of our players. I'll be surprised if Klopp and the fitness team want to start anyone except Alisson in more than 45 games. They may take the odd risk when they have to that leads to that happening but its increasing the risk of injuries to do so.
 

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Not sure what the overriding arc is here, the situations would never be the same, how could they?

If we wanted a direct comparison as a template we have to follow then someone has to ask robbo to under perform for eighteen months and then we need to sign a fullback from a relegated team.

Jokes aside, obviously no two situations will ever be the same, I get improving on Moreno is fundamentally easier than improving on robbo himself, but that’s not what we are trying to achieve, I would have thought having three fullbacks over sixty games playing for a club that is reigning champions of Europe and went deep into a title race wouldn’t be an impossible sell.
No one is saying it is an impossible sell - just a difficult one.

You brought up Robbo as an example of where we brought in someone and gave him 30 games. I was pointing out that the circumstances were different and that even he wasn't happy with a lack of game time until he got the regular starting birth.