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27 Feb 2017 12:38:38
Blast from the past. Has liverpools interest in Konoplyanka gone now Ed? I assume it has, don't mean to throw random names at you either thank you in advance.

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{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any Liverpool interest from Liverpool since the start of 2014 (more than three years ago) and it would be fruitless as he is moving elsewhere in the summer.}

27 Feb 2017 15:48:58
Thanks for the update Ed I was unaware he was already off elsewhere enjoy the rest of your day 👍🏻.

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27 Feb 2017 10:04:42
I see a French journo has linked lacazette with a move in the summer. Quoting arsenal, Liverpool and I think it was spurs as potential destinations. Can I ask if the eds are aware of any interest from lfc? Or is it just old news being recycled?

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{Ed002's Note - Interest in Lyon's Lacazette from Newcastle and Inter has long gone. Additionally, whilst Guy Hillion has continued to extol his virtues but there is no support whatesoever from the folks in London for a bid at this time - so prior interest of Chelsea has gone. Barcelona, Atletico, Juventus and Spurs had him watched late last season - but Barcelona had another solution in mind for what they want and will not be following up. Juventus took it no further and moved to hold talks about another player and Spurs purchased Janssen and will probably not return for Lacazetter.

West Ham enquired after Lacazette's availability previously and submitted two bids that were rejected - but wages and the lack of desire from the player to move to a club like WHU means that option has probably gone. and are certainly interested as long as his wage demands were not too high - as they will have the money for transfers but are very much constrained over wages. Arsenal decided to asking price was too high in the summer and opted, for reasons beyond me, for Lucas Perez. I don't know if they might return in the coming summer. Lyon will look for at least €10M more for a sale to an English side as they know what they can expect from elsewhere.

He is not first or second choice for PSG but they could potentially turn to him if they fail to bring anyone else in. Lyon are very difficult to negotiate with and they may well see an Gallic shrug in response to any initial bids. Lacazette wants English money and Champions League or Juventus but two French players who have played in England have been providing advice that it is not essential to move to England immediately.

I am not aware of Liverpool ever showing any interest in the player so there is no old news related to him - but right now nobody else is seemingly showing an interest either.}

27 Feb 2017 12:14:13
Cracking reply Ed. Thanks for such detail.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. It is certainly true Lyon would charge more for an English side and Lacazette would get more money, but right now the interest is not really there. If Liverpool decide they want him they will start watching regularly - and his agent is very keen to be doing some work with England. But right now there is nothing involving Liverpool.}

27 Feb 2017 12:57:26
I cannot see Liverpool paying the asking price and the fact we have no interest in him says it all.

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27 Feb 2017 09:22:40
Hi Eds,

First post on the site. Must say its really interesting to get an inside perspective as to what's happening at the club on the transfer front.

Quick question about Markovic. Does he have a future at LFC? He seems to have been playing well under Silva at Hull and don't feel that he's been given a fair go yet?

Seems to me that he is the type of winger that suits Klopp's style of play.

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{Ed001's Note - it is undecided, though likely he will leave. If I had to put money on it I would say he will leave. He is playing for his future now, either with us or elsewhere.}

27 Feb 2017 12:53:41
I personally think it would be best for both parties if he moved on, its obvious that klopp does not rate him, plus we are being linked with other wingers who play in his position.

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{Ed002's Note - It has cost Liverpool a lot of money and has been a disaster since day one. The club should have realised that he wasn't ready before spending far more than he was then worth (and adding to Chelsea's coffers as I explained previously) and even now are paying a third party in relation to the player.}

27 Feb 2017 13:39:52
I agree entirely with that answer ed002, the whole episode has been a disaster for both club and player, I only hope Liverpool learn there lesson from this situation going forward.

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26 Feb 2017 20:19:09
Hey ed 002 i noticed you're active today and with it being my birthday this week I was wandering if you could give me a little treat and tell me if interest in two Spanish youngsters, Jorge mere and Alex Grimaldo.

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{Ed002's Note - Nothing involving Liverpool Lerchy, but Sporting Gijon will be open to selling centre back Jorge Mere in the summer for the right price and a return on loan. This might suit Barcelona who have an interest. Benfica has priced Alex Grimaldo out of a move to Manchester City but are aware that interest from both them and Barcelona remains.}

26 Feb 2017 20:46:55
Thanks mate.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. Enjoy your birthday.}

26 Feb 2017 09:58:02
Helder Costa is apparently of interest. He fits the profile; fast left winger with a good goal return.

He tore us to pieces earlier in the season and has been directly involved in 18 goals this season for a struggling Wolves side (20th in the Championship) .

What are peoples thoughts on him? At 23 years old he is probably more first team ready than the likes of Brandt or Malcom. Plus he is already settled into England and English football so could probably hit the ground running.

It all looks good on paper, but I have only seen him play 3 times so not really got a lot in the way of seeing him play to make a judgement.

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{Ed001's Note - I have watched him a few times now and he does not impress me. Great ability on the ball, but chooses the wrong option every single time. One of those head down and run until it gets taken off him or he launches it into row Z. Then he will get the ball right once and it is a goal. So he is capable. Reminds me a little of a slower but more skilful Aaron Lennon to be honest.}

26 Feb 2017 10:29:15
Got to say Ed, I watched his highlight reels shortly after posting this and my exact thought was "this guy is like the Portuguese Sterling". He looked so hell bent on not releasing the ball and that is just his 'best' bits!

If this mornings rumours are true we are interested in him as a summer signing. As good as he was at Anfield, after watching his highlights and hearing your opinion I am not overly optimistic!

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{Ed001's Note - I have made a point of watching Wolves in recent weeks as quite a few people were looking at him, I would not be keen on him at the cost he would be. Plus his agent, Mendes. Seems a nice guy in person, but he is a proper superagent that knows how to maximise his players' earning potential. Not the kind of man you want to deal with, as you will not win in a deal like that.}

26 Feb 2017 10:53:57
Do we gave interest then ed?

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{Ed001's Note - I don't know, it wasn't our interest that made me take a look, it was Everton's, as they were taking a long look at him prior to the January window.}

26 Feb 2017 11:08:49
If we actually wanted to sign him, wouldn't it have been better to deal directly with Benfica before he made his move permanent to Wolves last month?

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{Ed001's Note - yep.}

26 Feb 2017 13:10:25
While U've been watching wolves ed how has Conor coady been doing?

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{Ed001's Note - ok, he has been moved to right back and does well there. Some of his crossing has been excellent, though wasted as Lambert doesn't exactly overload the box. Not done too badly defensively either. Could do with better players alongside him in defence though, their centre halves are abysmal.}

26 Feb 2017 15:06:25
Ive watched him a lot this season as i go to the home games when i can and in my opinion he is not good enough for us especially at the high price wolves would want i think he should stay at wolves until end of next season and than if he continues to improve he will get a big move.

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27 Feb 2017 06:44:54
Tearing our defence to pieces do not mean you're good enough to tear proper defences to pieces.

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27 Feb 2017 20:12:09
Ron,
Nearly wet myself at that reply.

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26 Feb 2017 08:56:39
Hey ed are we interested in maxwel cornet of lyon?

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{Ed002's Note - Lyon has said that winger Maxwel Cornet has attracted the scouts from a Premier League side to watch him in recent games but de Kerchove says the club is Newcastle.}

27 Feb 2017 20:12:48
WHat number does he wear-99?

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25 Feb 2017 18:48:45
Ed001, you said earlier your priority would be a centre back to partner Matip. Do you know if the club are looking at any in particular? I have only seen lazy journalism surrounding Virgil Van Dijk and Jonathon Tah.

Is it possible Klopp plans to use Gomez after a full pre season to get him fit?

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{Ed001's Note - Gomez is seen as the long term future, but the intention is to use him in cups and as full back cover in the short term. I do expect us to try and pick up another centre back, as the club have been scouting centre halves during the season. A replacement for Sakho is the plan. To that end both those players have been looked at, though both are almost certainly out of reach pricewise.}

25 Feb 2017 22:35:21
Cheers Ed001, I know it was mentioned that we asked about Nacho of Madrid. Perhaps he is more in our budget!

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26 Feb 2017 00:39:17
Might be a stupid question, but when you say out of reach pricewise, surely you mean more than we'd want to pay for them, not more than we can afford, right? As in, they're priced (much) higher than what we think they're worth. Otherwise, what's the point in wasting our time scouting them?

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{Ed001's Note - I don't understand what difference it makes, nor do I understand what you mean by 'wasting our time scouting them' when you scout for more reasons than buying someone. If we play his team, then any information the scouts have gathered about the players is useful. They might have spotted a weakness to be exploited.}

26 Feb 2017 07:24:13
Spartan, the owners have always maintained that if a player is available and his price can be justified then we will pay it. Considering we have spent £35m on Carroll, Firmino and Mane during their ownership I think it's fair to say they have put their money were there mouth is. Not to mention £20-30m on Lallana, Downing, Suarez, Sakho, Lovren, Markovic, Wijnaldum etc. Especially when you consider that they have had to write off a massive debt LFC owed to FSG and pay off circa £1m a week in losses we were making when they first bought the club. Yet they have still ploughed more money into expanding the stadium, or tying Klopp down to a monster contract.

Therefore I would deduce that if a player is out of our price range it simply means that they are valued at a price higher than can be justified or essentially higher than what we think they are worth. I am not going to complain at the club refusing to overpay! That's just smart, sustainable business behaviour.

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26 Feb 2017 09:09:57
Yeah that's what I thought. Thanks.

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{Ed001's Note - sorry that reads harsher than I meant it to. It was not meant to sound so dismissive. I just don't often have time to read back through what I type and make it read like it should do.}

26 Feb 2017 10:13:07
No need to apologize! I understood what you were saying. Thanks for all you do for us!

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{Ed001's Note - cheers for being understanding.}

26 Feb 2017 14:01:12
Ed, who centre back we are scouting?

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{Ed001's Note - there are a lot we have looked at. Seems the ones favoured are a pair from the Bundesliga, though I have no idea on the likelihood of either at the moment. Nastasic and Dragovic.}

26 Feb 2017 14:11:15
We managed to sign Matip who wasn't too pricey at all and I guess is down to good scouting. Hopefully we can find and sign another player like this who is not on everyone else's radar.

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26 Feb 2017 20:17:07
Jorge mere please.

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23 Feb 2017 11:44:44
Eds are we still interested in Kolasinac?

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{Ed002's Note - Yes. Nothing has changed and he is aware of a number of options from other clubs that he has - in addition to the offer of a new contract from Schalke.}

23 Feb 2017 13:07:07
Cheers Ed.

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23 Feb 2017 17:31:37
Is he aware of our offer/ interest ed? From what i've read Juve seems most likely destination.

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{Ed002's Note - Yes he is aware of the interest from a number of sides. It will become clear soon.}

23 Feb 2017 20:37:00
Ok mate. Will see what develops. Must be nice being in the no lol. He won't be joining us though will he? Am I pushing my luck? Sorrt Ed, I will shut up 😷.

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{Ed002's Note - I have tried to explain the situation as I understand it to be. I cannot answer what will eventually happen.}

25 Feb 2017 10:23:35
Looks like a good player, would work well with Matip.

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23 Feb 2017 07:49:17
Eds,
Seen the Gossip page has a quote from Klopp in regards to Dolberg. Has a journo asked him about possible interest and do you think Liverpool may look at him?
Looks like he could be a great striker in years to come, just hadn't seen much of a link between us and him.
I'd have thought he would be a Barca, Madrid, Munich, Man City type target but would be glad if we were in the running.

Thanks in advance eds.

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{Ed002's Note - He was asked about Danish players by a Danish journalist during an interview. Chelsea and Manchester City have a declared interest in Ajax's Kasper Dolberg who has also been watched by Manchester United, Rangers, Everton, Sunderland and others.}

23 Feb 2017 11:31:27
As good as he could become we have origi who is our development striker. Anyone who comes in now needs to deliver 2 weeks before they sign. If we want to keep up wi5h the rest but still wish to develop youth then there's an academy for that.

First team ready players now.

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23 Feb 2017 12:27:48
Supermane, while logical, ethical and sound, I am not sure your approach really works in today's big business, fast profits world of football. Owners, teams and even the fans want quicker, almost immediate winning results, and we all know it.

So while having a grassroots approach of building up and development through academies is the correct one (IMO), the big teams all are using an approach of developing a team of existing senior players, development players (subs and youth teams what-not) and buying the best appropriate players on the market at any given time.

Look at Barcelona with their first team and their famed academy, and yet they are still always on the lokout for the next superstar available on the market. Or look at Chelsea and ManC with their loaned out players (38 and 17) and their ability to cherry pick any player back from a loan if he adds to the first team. (We have 12 players on loan BTW, but perhaps not so cleverly purchased) .

I'm not arguing with you. Just saying that if Klopp and coaches see Dolberg as better (at present and in future) than Origi, then so be it and let's go out and try to buy him. I'm not at all comfortable with the notion that a first team's success should be held back, because we are waiting for players from the subs or youth teams to develop.

It doesn't work, and you certainly don't maximise your chances to win trophies this way. Let's have an approach of creating a team with the best senior squad, the best youth teams possible and buying the best possible players available in the market. Put them all in the mix, and then the best players available, play on any match day.

I agree we may not have the money available as other teams, but then every team should function within its fiscal means anyway, so I'm not even considering this aspect of it.

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23 Feb 2017 15:52:40
We have enough youngsters in our academy. What we need is a first team players.

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25 Feb 2017 12:23:29
Ed002, if we we're to move for Dolberg now after Klopps comments, would we not be at risk of a charge for tapping up?

If the guy is a target, Klopp has publically unsettled him. Saw this with Zielinski and Gotze last time out. Hope Jurgen has learned his lesson.

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{Ed002's Note - No and he has not been a player Liverpool has shown any interest in. He was asked by a Danish journalist if he had heard of Dolberg.}

25 Feb 2017 15:41:24
Ahh good to hear then Ed. Media set him up with a loaded question!

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{Ed002's Note - No.}

21 Feb 2017 09:29:31
Hi Eds, we scout numerous players throughout the year and was wondering if the interest in Malcolm from Bordeaux is legitimate. I have not seen him a whole lot this year, especially since the most happening young players in Ligue 1 is Mbappe. Thanks Eds.

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{Ed002's Note - Malcom was of interest to Barcelona, Olympique Marseille, Dynamo Kyiv, Chelsea and Juventus before he left Corinthians for a loan at Girodins Bordeaux to gain some experience. At the time he was expected to join Chelsea but the issues surrounding his ownership was a mess, to say the least. Bordeaux worked hard to untangle matters and persuaded the player to sign a permanent deal which ended a very ugly third party ownership deal with multiple parties involved in January 2016. The head of scouting in France for Chelsea has continued to watch Malcom with scouts from Braga, Juventus, Porto, Liverpool, Southampton, Manchester United and I imagine others taking an interest and watching him play.}

21 Feb 2017 11:52:36
Ruthless on footy man that lad.

Where screwed if the eds started giving us them for answers haha.

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