Rio was already well established as a top defender when we signed him though. I mean this was after he'd been probably THE stand out defender for any team at the world cup.Rio had a poor start for us despite being a top defender in the league for some time. It can happen. Problem is with the system rather than him. Just because he will replace Lovern and as a result remove some of the individual defensive mistakes from Liverpool's game, he will improve their defence. But overall as long as Klopp is there, it is unlikely that Liverpool will ever be a defensively solid team.
They cannot play 3 CM and a defensive full back like Gomez. That's why its horses for courses. TAA should rightly play against the bottom teams as he has a good cross on him.Gomez should be in the team, I don't get why he is in and out. And Robertson is their best left back but Moreno still gets games. Weird.
Don't think they can go with 3 at the back with their personnel. Their midfield is just too wank. 3 men midfield in 3 at the back formation is a waste as it would cost them a forward which is the life force of this team who can't defend for shite. They don't have a forward with imposing presence, so it's hard to go too direct. Again they can't take chance with 2 men midfield in back 3 formation, as even with 3 men midfield they don't provide enough stabilization for the team.Has he tried going three at the back?
Agree about giving TAA games but Gomez has looked good at CB, often better than Lovren or Klavan.They cannot play 3 CM and a defensive full back like Gomez. That's why its horses for courses. TAA should rightly play against the bottom teams as he has a good cross on him.
Agree about Robertson, would have thought he would be their first choice LB.
GK: Begovic would be an upgrade; but how much of an upgrade over Mignolet or Karius? Mignolet should have played the last game of his career for LFC.They should be using the Coutinho money to strengthen. It’s like they enjoy being shit.
- Doesn’t have to be Oblak or Leno or Handanovic. What about Begovic, Schmeichel, Butland or Frasier Forster since they love their Southampton players so much? Any of those names would be a massive improvement on what they’re currently working with and the funny thing is, some of those keepers aren’t even in the top bracket. That’s how bad Mignolet and Karius are.
A CB and a LB
- Someone like Digne would suit them perfectly. As for a CB, I’d take a punt on Nathan Ake if I were them. He’s quality.
- If they’re keeping Can, then somebody like Draxler would be good for them. A direct replacement for Coutinho. Keita/Can/Draxler looks like a quality midfield to me.
If they sort these problems out, they could be a quality side. But Klopp is defensively inept and has no idea how to break down teams. If you ask me, I think it’s time they look for a new manager if they want to win trophies.
TAA has a good cross and Gomez should start playing at CB. I think he will do good playing in a central role.Agree about giving TAA games but Gomez has looked good at CB, often better than Lovren or Klavan.
Is that what he's really saying though?
Next year is their year.
Positives: Very good in the air and decent on the ball. Premier League experience.Is that what he's really saying though?
Honest question to you all:
If you ignore the transfer fee for a moment, what are your thoughts on VvD? I know once you put on the glasses that say 75m, the opinions change quite a bit.
Also seeing that you have a thread called "Center back... Who do we go for?" - What would your view be on VvD if he was on the market (again ignoring the fact that he's a 75m liverpool player currently).