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dilakh2

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Liverpool is stil buying centrebacks, right? Yeah, Klopp built Liverpool from ground up, he has spent 500.000.000 on players ih how many years? 6? Thats almost 100m per season.

With United there's been 3 managers who were all different in their approach and needed different players for their tactic to work. Wan Bissaka and Maguire weren't Oles signings. There were scouted under Mourinho and were close to signing but for board to sanction due to Mou having a meltdown.

Will Ole manage to step up remains uncertain, but first time in long time United have a vision moving forward. If Ole cant do it, its essential to find a manager in similar mould but better.
Bruh we are literally operating as a sell to buy club thats how much we have to live within our means (having to sell off fringe players first before buying). Konate was someone earmarked because low and behold we had the mother of all injury crises and one CB is made out of crisps and two are returning from career defining injuries. I'm sorry we didn't spend 75million on Sancho (who Klopp admired and probably wanted) we will have to make due with Jota who cost us 5mill upfront and even then we binned off hoever (however you spell his name) who played 2 cups games for 10 million onto wolves. My point was that certain clubs cant afford to get it wrong. You are the richest club in the world. This whole transition **** is laughable as you can outspend the whole league if you wanted to and still get it wrong and it wouldn't be a problem. Chelsea have been in crisis for a decade it seems, that doesn't stop them from winning the biggest trophies in club football.
 
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Mate, you answered him on a point about L’pool being in NO position to write-off an £80 million flop, or n this case just add to it by signing more to cover his deficiencies, by inferring them adding another CH was somehow one and the same. To then try average out a total spend on a pre-season basis. Ignoring whats been recouped during that time and the LEVELS of difference in what he inherited as to what Solksjaer inherited/ had to spend. Before you even get onto the differences in wage budgets in play.

But hey, you’re the rationale one here right?

Man this day gets better and better.
I don't know who is 80m flop you're talking about? I can quess but no one mention any flops. And the fact you find him a flop is amusing to say the least.

United are searching for a partner for its 80m CB, just like Liverpool are. Didnt they splash something like 30m on a CB recently? How many different CBs did Klopp have/still has? He was just more sensible with free transfers (Matip) and loans (Kabak?) until he signed Kounate.

Selling players is irrelevant here, spending 500m in 5-6 seasons is mental for any manager.

You keep injecting "but Solskjaer had this and that", irrelevant to Klopp's spending. He aint builder from nothing. Like any other top manager he'll spend whatever is needed.

I'm trying to find reliable source (dunno how Liverpool echo is) but according to them last year Lpools wage bill was 2nd only to Cities. And with the amount of success Lpool had, theyre still underpaying their biggest stars.
 
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Was there away fans at Loftus Road today?

I'm hearing from someone who has me writing off being at Norwich opening day that everything trending toward 75% capacity and no away fans until at least October and proof of being double jabbed to go the game. (Presuming they've offered every age bracket the option to be vaccinated by then.).
 
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Bruh we are literally operating as a sell to buy club thats how much we have to live within our means (having to sell off fringe players first before buying). Konate was someone earmarked because low and behold we had the mother of all injury crises and one CB is made out of crisps and two are returning from career defining injuries. I'm sorry we didn't spend 75million on Sancho (who Klopp admired and probably wanted) we will have to make due with Jota who cost us 5mill upfront and even then we binned off hoever (however you spell his name) who played 2 cups games for 10 million onto wolves. My point was that certain clubs cant afford to get it wrong. You are the richest club in the world. This whole transition **** is laughable as you can outspend the whole league if you wanted to and still get it wrong and it wouldn't be a problem. Chelsea have been in crisis for a decade it seems, that doesn't stop them from winning the biggest trophies in club football.
I'm sorry but selling clubs do not sign 3 players for combined of 210m. Its like saying Unites are selling club cuz they sold Ronaldo to RM. Liverpool might not have financial pull as United, but they are still spending similary per season. Outside of that freakish ripping Barca off, your highest sold player was 30m for Benteke if I'm not mistaken.
Liverpool are miles ahead of United in getting rid of players they dont want nor need, they are not even on the same planet in that category.

You do have a point when you say that United can fix their mistakes more easily than Liverpool due to money they have, but its not like Liverpool havent been recycling players til they found the right one. Thats the point I was making about Liverpool still searching for a partner for van Dijk.
 
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Was their away fans at Loftus Road today?

I'm hearing from someone who has me writing off being at Norwich opening day that everything trending toward 75% capacity and no away fans until at least October and proof of being double jabbed to go the game. (Presuming they've offered every age bracket the option to be vaccinated by then.).
Yeah, there were.
 
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I don't know who is 80m flop you're talking about? I can quess but no one mention any flops. And the fact you find him a flop is amusing to say the least.

United are searching for a partner for its 80m CB, just like Liverpool are. Didnt they splash something like 30m on a CB recently? How many different CBs did Klopp have/still has? He was just more sensible with free transfers (Matip) and loans (Kabak?) until he signed Kounate.

Selling players is irrelevant here, spending 500m in 5-6 seasons is mental for any manager.

You keep injecting "but Solskjaer had this and that", irrelevant to Klopp's spending. He aint builder from nothing. Like any other top manager he'll spend whatever is needed.

I'm trying to find reliable source (dunno how Liverpool echo is) but according to them last year Lpools wage bill was 2nd only to Cities. And with the amount of success Lpool had, theyre still underpaying their biggest stars.
Why do you even bother on L'pool when you continually miss things to that end by a Country mile?

L'pool aren't searching for a partner for van Dijk yer divvy yer. They are just increasing their top 4 options at the position. In large part down to the unprecedented injury crisis they suffered last year. They already have three top draw CH's aside from Konaté. Albeit with one, Matip, made of biscuits but still. Konaté is no guaranteed starter when van Dijk and Gomez are fully fit. It’s all about options and having the same top/level calibre to ease the load with no drop off. The point being made was they HAD to get van Dijk right when they did the unprecedented thing for us to spend that amount of money. Which they have in getting the clear best CH in World football who's levels above anyone else. If they had bought Maguire, who is a massive flop however you want to deny it (Ithink it’s THAT long since you lads have watched consistently good defending that you cling to ANY positive anyone does. If you need to buy someone else to cover an £80 million players glaring faults, he’s a FLOP!!!!! When you spend that, you should be buying the finished article at the very top of his position) it would have set them back YEARS financially. They wouldn't have been able to replace him or get someone to hold his hand. And the success wouldn't have followed which has just increased the business and money they have to replenish back into the club .There's absolutely ZERO comparison owever you madly want to push it. EVERYTHING we spend we earn. It's within our means

L’pool don't have Utd's luxury of doing whatever the F they want to do financially with ZERO repercussions in comparison.

L'ppol's wage bill was the second biggest last year down to all the success they had and the bonuses they had to pay our for winning the CL and the Pl in the same financial year. Our contracts always have been lower based but highly incentified. Going right back to the 70's/ 80's. It's the third-highest this year and in the next set of accounts will drop right back again after last year. So no, they can't just go out and double Varanes wages. Or drop the money you have on Sancho who'd be sat backing up Salah. There's absolutely NO comparison in how Solksjaer or any other manager can rebuild with at Utd as to the limitations in comparison Klopp has had to work with. And let's not even start with what he inherited to begin with as opposed to what Klopp inherited.

Hey, if it makes you feel sound on a manager that's taking Utd nowhere fast by laughably trying to compare him to the situation Klopp’s happily been in, then fill yer boots.

It’s just hysterical to read.
 
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Bruh we are literally operating as a sell to buy club thats how much we have to live within our means (having to sell off fringe players first before buying). Konate was someone earmarked because low and behold we had the mother of all injury crises and one CB is made out of crisps and two are returning from career defining injuries. I'm sorry we didn't spend 75million on Sancho (who Klopp admired and probably wanted) we will have to make due with Jota who cost us 5mill upfront and even then we binned off hoever (however you spell his name) who played 2 cups games for 10 million onto wolves. My point was that certain clubs cant afford to get it wrong. You are the richest club in the world. This whole transition **** is laughable as you can outspend the whole league if you wanted to and still get it wrong and it wouldn't be a problem. Chelsea have been in crisis for a decade it seems, that doesn't stop them from winning the biggest trophies in club football.
Chelsea's structure is built for their scattergun approach. You think Chelsea managers have says in transfers? For example, out of the 6 players that were brought in last summer, the only player Lampard wanted was Chiwell. A Chelsea manager is just a dispensable cog and not the focal point.

On the other hand, the reason transition has been prolonged at united is because Fergie ran everything from top to bottom. Losing him left this massive void we've struggled with for years from managerial decisions to player acquisitions
 

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Why do you even bother on L'pool when you continually miss things to that end by a Country mile?

L'pool aren't searching for a partner for van Dijk yer divvy yer. They are just increasing their top 4 options at the position. In large part down to the unprecedented injury crisis they suffered last year. They already have three top draw CH's aside from Konaté. Albeit with one, Matip, made of biscuits but still. Konaté is no guaranteed starter when van Dijk and Gomez are fully fit. It’s all about options and having the same top level calibre to ease the load with no drop off. The point being made was they HAD to get van Dijk right when they did the unprecedented thing for us to spend that amount of money. Which they have in getting the clear best CH in World football who's levels above anyone else. If they had bought Maguire, who is a massive flop however you want to deny it (I think it’s THAT long since you lads have watched consistently good defending that you cling to ANY positive anyone does), it would have set them back YEARS financially. They wouldn't have been able to replace him or get someone to hold his hand. And the success wouldn't have followed which has just increased the business and money they have to replenish back into the club .There's absolutely ZERO comparison owever you madly want to push it. EVERYTHING we spend we earn. It's within our means

L’pool don't have Utd's luxury of doing whatever the F they want to do financially with ZERO repercussions in comparison.

L'ppol's wage bill was the second biggest last year down to all the success they had and the bonuses they had to pay our for winning the CL and the Pl in the same financial year. Our contracts always have been lower based but highly incentified. Going right back to the 70's/ 80's. It's the third-highest this year and in the next set of accounts will drop right back again after last year. So no, they can't just go out and double Varanes wages. Or drop the money you have on Sancho who'd be sat backing up Salah. There's absolutely NO comparison in how Solksjaer or any other manager can rebuild with at Utd as to the limitations on comparison Klopp has had to work with. And let's not even start with what he inherited to begin with as opposed to what Klopp inherited.

Hey, if it makes you feel sound on a manager that's taking Utd nowhere fast by laughably trying to compare him to the situation Klopp’s happily been in, then fill yer boots.

It’s just hysterical to read.
Yet they are splashing 30m + on a CB. Yeah, Liverpool are searching CBs to accommodate van Dijk.
 
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Yet they are splashing 30m + on a CB. Yeah, Liverpool are searching CBs to accommodate van Dijk.
Not exactly the word I'd use but I'd say he's a contingency plan.

You know how we fell apart defensively as soon as Maguire got injured during the tail of last season? Thing is we don't have any other truly relatable defender to anchor that defense with. Liverpool are trying to avoid that situation.
 
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Not exactly the word I'd use but I'd say he's a contingency plan.

You know how we fell apart defensively as soon as Maguire got injured during the tail of last season? Thing is we don't have any other truly relatable defender to anchor that defense with. Liverpool are trying to avoid that situation.
*Reliable in terms of health.

Thats the exact thing. It's all about having 4 top-level options with no drop-off. Along with Gomez and Konaté being the long term future with both big Virg and Matip hitting 30.

The quality to partner van Dijk (who, BTW, I think will see a decrease in his minutes going forward now there's even more top-quality depth) from any of them isn't in question.

To try equate it to Utd's situation with Maguire is ...... something.
 
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Can I just reiterate again, and this applies to ANY club and ANY player-

When you pay the VERY top end money of £80 million or more, if you then have to look to buy someone to cover his glaring deficiencies, then by its very definition said mega-money signing a massive FLOP! No if's. No buts. He just is.

You pay that money for the best in position in the World to take you over the top. Not to have to then buy someone to hold his F hand!

If L'pool had got their analytics all wrong on van Dijk and had ended up the same, he'd be a massive F flop too!
 

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Sigh. Maguire was not worth 80 Mn. Everyone knows and acknowledges that. Maguire was probably 40-50 Mn. Leicester were in a strong position and ripped teams apart with that valuation (both City and United, at one point). The fact that we paid more (or rather, any team that wanted him would have paid the premium) doesn't automatically make him a uber WC 80 Mn. defender nor a particular flop, per se.

I honestly wouldn't consider Maguire as a flop. Haven't been too big of a fan until last year, mind. But he's not a flop. In fact, that purchase was honestly similar to Pogba's on a lot of levels - he would elevate the quality that currently exists, but he is not a solo miracle worker. And let's be honest, Maguire was brought in because it was assumed Lindelof would be complimentary to him in terms of recovery speed, sweepng etc. However, Lindelof tends to goof up and can't properly time headers, et all. Any CB is being brought to replace Lindelof in the team, and be a complimentary act to Maguire, which is okay. You want to term Lindelof as a flop, I'm good with that (although, I do like him).

CBs like van Dijk are rather rare in the fact that they can command and change an entire defence themselves. Dias was rumoured to be on the same level in improving a defence - he is really good but nowhere near that level. The only other player who comes to mind (at a similar level) would be Sergio Ramos (and even his influence would be waning, due to his age - reducing his speed). Maybe de Ligt can get to that in the future. (what is with Dutch defenders beasting this? Stam was of a similar type).

Maguire has definitely improved our defence, no doubt. He has really good instincts, can play out from deep and is a beast in the air. His recovery speed is a problem, sure. But just a look at those last few games without Maguire will give an indication why he would never be considered a flop. He was transformative in our defence (at a lesser level of VVD at Liverpool, no doubt). But just look at that team without him (and without a Mourinho tactic of parking the bus) to identify how weak that defence actually is.
 
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