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    (Original post by Mackay)
    While you can't judge a player like Benteke on a game like the first leg, I do agree: that's a damning indictment. I'd actually say that it's just as vital what a player like Benteke brings to his team-mates on nights like last night, and the initial tie, and he did well to set up Teixeira for the first and laid on a lovely pass to Smith to set up Allen down the left for the opening goal.

    Aside from those, though, he could have had a hat-trick and a fit Sturridge - or even Origi and Ings - would have bagged a brace.
    Well it's all relative. His first goal is to score goals. If a player scores 30-40 league goals (like a Ronaldo/Messi) then it doesn't matter if he offers nothing to his teammates. But you'd trade a 20 goal player who plays to the detriment of his teammates for a player who will score you 15 goals but also provide 10 assists.

    Wonder what he thinks about being made to play 180 minutes against Exeter when no other first team player had to.
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    Wonder what he thinks about being made to play 180 minutes against Exeter when no other first team player had to.
    This is the issue, too.

    He's basically the most expensive baby-sitter in the country - and, when he's so clearly devoid and bereft of confidence - that'll hardly do wonders for his mentality.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    This is the issue, too.

    He's basically the most expensive baby-sitter in the country - and, when he's so clearly devoid and bereft of confidence - that'll hardly do wonders for his mentality.
    Just needs to bang in a hattrick.. even at Villa he used to have barren spells followed by lots of goals.

    What position does Alex Texeira play? Is he an AM?
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Just needs to bang in a hattrick.. even at Villa he used to have barren spells followed by lots of goals.

    What position does Alex Texeira play? Is he an AM?
    Attacking midfield, but you could probably say "forward". His numbers reflect that: 22 goals in 15 league games this season. 26 in all competitions.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Attacking midfield, but you could probably say "forward". His numbers reflect that: 22 goals in 15 league games this season. 26 in all competitions.
    Just trying to work out where he fits into the side.

    Coutinho is a tough one since you'd think he'd be best centrally but he doesn't score enough goals. Not sure if the left side is his best position whereas it probably is for Firmino. Obviously the right flank wouldn't suit him either.

    Anyway all the papers are reporting it now so I'm sure this will drag on for a few days..
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Just trying to work out where he fits into the side.

    Coutinho is a tough one since you'd think he'd be best centrally but he doesn't score enough goals. Not sure if the left side is his best position whereas it probably is for Firmino. Obviously the right flank wouldn't suit him either.

    Anyway all the papers are reporting it now so I'm sure this will drag on for a few days..
    Seems pretty nailed on. Andy Hunter from the Guardian is reporting it, as well as Paul Joyce. Both pretty knowledgeable and have extensive contacts on the Merseyside patch.
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    Texeira is a beast this bid is legit
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Seems pretty nailed on. Andy Hunter from the Guardian is reporting it, as well as Paul Joyce. Both pretty knowledgeable and have extensive contacts on the Merseyside patch.
    Isn't everyone reporting that we want him for £25mil but they want closer to £40mil?
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    Believe that Teixeira can play on the right flank, he used to play there when Mikhytaryan was in the side and made Cole and Bertrand mincemeat there. Mkhytaryan, Willian and Teixeira is a beast 3AM trio though. They also had Fernandinho behind too. In all honesty surprised Shaktar don't do better in the CL with some of the attacking talent they've had the past few years.
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    (Original post by jam277)
    Believe that Teixeira can play on the right flank, he used to play there when Mikhytaryan was in the side and made Cole and Bertrand mincemeat there. Mkhytaryan, Willian and Teixeira is a beast 3AM trio though. They also had Fernandinho behind too. In all honesty surprised Shaktar don't do better in the CL with some of the attacking talent they've had the past few years.
    Right flank would be perfect for us at the moment. We've not really recovered from Sterling going with Milner and Ibe not able to produce the same for us yet.
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    Apparently Alex Teixeira's just pulled his hamstring.....

    I swear I'm not joking


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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Right flank would be perfect for us at the moment. We've not really recovered from Sterling going with Milner and Ibe not able to produce the same for us yet.
    I reckon Klopp will be going to the 4-2-3-1 in that case with a lot of fluidity between the AM trio regardless. I think maybe a 4-3-2-1 with the striker injuries and Benteke being out of favour.

    For some reason I believe he'll end up at Chelsea though.
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    So all it takes is for a player to be linked to Liverpool for their hamstrings to be gone...
    Hmm not sure if an AM would be a priority for Liverpool. Surely the defence is more of an issue. I guess with Caulker coming in on loan that's not too bad.
    I guess the main thing for your team is that I feel you need to clear out a lot more players before you sign any.
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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    Apparently Alex Teixeira's just pulled his hamstring.....

    I swear I'm not joking


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    :eek: crazy if that is true. Still worth buying him now if we can..

    (Original post by jam277)
    I reckon Klopp will be going to the 4-2-3-1 in that case with a lot of fluidity between the AM trio regardless. I think maybe a 4-3-2-1 with the striker injuries and Benteke being out of favour.

    For some reason I believe he'll end up at Chelsea though.
    It does look like his favoured formation. Well usually if Chelsea want a player they get him. How desperate are you guys for him?

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    So all it takes is for a player to be linked to Liverpool for their hamstrings to be gone...
    Hmm not sure if an AM would be a priority for Liverpool. Surely the defence is more of an issue. I guess with Caulker coming in on loan that's not too bad.
    I guess the main thing for your team is that I feel you need to clear out a lot more players before you sign any.
    AM is a huge priority imo. We tried to sign one a couple of summers ago and failed and then resorted to Benteke for some reason.

    We're rumoured to have signed Matip on a free transfer for CB position. I can't see us buying any more defenders until the summer. We do need another LB though for depth.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    :eek: crazy if that is true. Still worth buying him now if we can..



    It does look like his favoured formation. Well usually if Chelsea want a player they get him. How desperate are you guys for him?



    AM is a huge priority imo. We tried to sign one a couple of summers ago and failed and then resorted to Benteke for some reason.

    We're rumoured to have signed Matip on a free transfer for CB position. I can't see us buying any more defenders until the summer. We do need another LB though for depth.
    I disagree on the left-back point. Flanagan can play there and Smith also looks a huge talent


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    I disagree on the left-back point. Flanagan can play there and Smith also looks a huge talent


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    Flanagan is just coming back from an 18 month layoff and might even be released this summer.

    Yea will be interesting to see if Klopp trusts Brad Smith. He's not that young anymore at 21 (thought he was younger) and he's now signed a new contract.
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    (Original post by jam277)
    Believe that Teixeira can play on the right flank, he used to play there when Mikhytaryan was in the side and made Cole and Bertrand mincemeat there. Mkhytaryan, Willian and Teixeira is a beast 3AM trio though. They also had Fernandinho behind too. In all honesty surprised Shaktar don't do better in the CL with some of the attacking talent they've had the past few years.
    Absolutely. Crazy talent in the final third and the centre of the park. They were knocked out by Dortmund and Bayern in 2013 and 2015 respectively, so you have to give them some slack for that, but 2013-14 was their real missed opportunity. Moyes' United, Leverkusen and Sociedad in the group stage - and they failed to advance.

    After that, they fell at the first EL hurdle to Viktoria Plzen ffs. Granted, they had lost Mkhitaryan and Fernandinho, but still.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Flanagan is just coming back from an 18 month layoff and might even be released this summer.

    Yea will be interesting to see if Klopp trusts Brad Smith. He's not that young anymore at 21 (thought he was younger) and he's now signed a new contract.
    I'll be surprised if Flanagan is released. I could see him being offered a shorter contract and then choosing to release or offer him a long term contract next season.

    I'd like to see Smith get some PL gametime, as it's hard to judge how good he can be.


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    Iñaki Williams (another player we've been linked to) has signed a new contract with Athletico Bilbao
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    If we've offered only £24.5m for Teixeira and they want £39m, I can't see a deal being made in this window. Maybe Klopp will surprise us, who knows?

    We all know Chelsea will buy him for an obscene amount just to spite us...
 
 
 
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