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  1. To free up wages for new signings I expect
  2. We were unlucky with Afobes injury...…...but I'm sure if you spoke to a lot of managers in the Championship, they would claim to have had bad luck with injuries too.
  3. Cheers Harry, a good read that. I think much of what you say about the process if you like has been covered by interviews that LJ and MA have done in recent seasons on the Transfer windows. We've been quite open about our recruitment process. I'd suggest the current squad is a mix of what LJ wanted and some of what definitely wasn't his first choice. I distinctively remember LJ's excitement around the signing of Eliasson in particular and I don't think it can be argued that a number of the current and past squads aren't exactly what LJ wanted - they obviously are. Brownhill, Watkins, Walsh, Bentley, Wright, Abraham, Paterson just quickly off the top of my head were not signed statistically shall we say. They are players he knew, liked and wanted - he said as much when they signed. But as well as those he wanted, came the signings you've highlighted above. These are obviously names he hasn't just come up with but was maybe all that was available to him? It's worth remembering the excitement in the summer when got some the more recent signings over the line, especially the Chelsea trio. I think it's fair to say few could believe we'd manage to sign all 3 permanently and the general consensus was that we'd done brilliantly to get them. MA was flavour of the month. I suppose I have little sympathy for LJ when it comes to transfers because as a club, we made some fantastic signings in the summer (and previous windows). Unless you are an elite club, how often do you get exactly what you want or your plan A? Rarely. He has sent a message to the board/MA about what he wants, especially with his comment about ambition. I'm glad he has - I'd love to see more honesty like that from him. He needs to say it as it is more often IMO. He's clearly frustrated not to have one or two in already. Lets hope he gets what he wants in the next week or so to give us the best chance possible of finishing as high as possible
  4. I’m no LJ supporter by any means but I have to agree with this. You can only beat what’s in front of you and it’s definitely not easy to beat teams that are fighting for survival. We know anyone can beat anyone in this league so 3 points is always tough to get regardless of the opposition.
  5. Sorry Dave, I read a lot of posts yesterday!!
  6. Actually, if you listen to the 10 minute press conference, he doesn’t say that at all. 4mins 50 onwards in the press conference LJ says, and I quote - “The talent ID is down to me” He goes on to say the negotiations etc are down to MA. I’m not sure why you are so desperate to relinquish any responsibility from LJ for the signings we have made? Listen to the 10 minute press conference
  7. I think Dave Fevs mentioned it yesterday too but at the game yesterday, we also discussed whether his refusal to make any subs for so long was his “Steve Cotterill” moment and a message to the board. What I would say though is that he has been given more than enough resource in the transfer market to put the squad together he wants.
  8. Agree, and when you have 2 centre halves and a right back who all have a crap touch and can’t pass, it’s suddenly very difficult to play out from the back and keep possession. Thats not a dig at Baker - he was excellent today and he does what he does but we miss a better footballer beside him IMO.
  9. How you’ve got Smith higher than Paterson I’ve no idea! Im quick to criticise Paterson (Not for his football ability) so credit where it’s due. I thought he was excellent today, one of the only “footballers” in our team. He was always positive, receiving it on the half turn and getting us going in the right direction. Some of our players should take note - you don’t need to be big and strong to protect the ball and it is possible to receive it under pressure without losing possession!!!!
  10. Kibs


    No you’re not the only one. Takes an age to get the ball under control, so slow, lost it numerous times and they ran beyond him (and Brownhill) numerous times. I thought that as a pair they were really quite poor. A reasonable option to have to maybe tighten up a game with an extra midfielder but he is not the answer if we are serious about a top 6 spot. A few decent performances today but for me, Smith and Brownhill were not one of them.
  11. So are they saying that if the game was played on paper/simulated based on using their assessment of each player/squad, we have a squad that is good enough to be finishing 4th?
  12. No need to apologise! All about opinions. You don't think motivation, getting players fired up, to buy into and trust your plan, creating a siege mentality within the squad forms a major part of management? Its something Jurgen Klopp has excelled at. How many players look at the guy, his charisma, the way he looks after his players and motivates them and think - yep I'd love to play for him. Every Liverpool player play as if they would run through a brick wall for him. Don't forget, this is just a job to many players. I'm sure being a Premiership player is a goal for most but is it the be all and end all if they don't make it? They are paid handsomely in the Championship too.
  13. Pedantic. Generally speaking, he's spot on IMO based on the one game he watched - when Eliasson probably didn't even play..
  14. Absolutely nailed it tbf. Couldn’t have described us better myself!!!! And he’s only seen one game!!
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