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20 Jan 2017 08:57:21
hi Ed, Ed's. just quick question from watching Aspas in La Liga this year it surprises me to see him scoring regularly for Celta and he seems to have upped his game since he left us. I know he was highly rated before he came but what went wrong or was he just not physically up to the standard required for the PL.

thanks.

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{Ed001's Note - he never got a chance to adjust and didn't get the early run of goals he needed to help him settle. He was a little on the lightweight side, but that is something that could very easily have been fixed given time. He just needed to get used to the fact that getting slammed into shoulder to shoulder was not a foul here, like it is in Spain. He always had the ability and most definitely had the workrate!}

19 Jan 2017 19:42:35
Thanks ed02. I posted a reply earlier today but doesn't seem to have been recieved.
Wanted to know your views on the current state of African football compared to similar continents like Asia and the Americas?

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{Ed002's Note - Somehow I missed that and I should say that I am by no means an expert. I assume from your original question that you are from South Africa and when attending sporting events, stand up with your chums and shout "Bokka" (excuse the spelling but I attended a Rugby International against England a few years ago - so evidenced by experience). I know little of South African football and that was the reason for my asking someone for some input to your question earlier. As a country it is one that I was banned from entering for many years but, remarkably, for the last couple of years I am apparently allowed to return - I won't be. I know little of the game there. In terms of Central Africa, they have sustained their ability to turn out fit and strong players of varying degrees of quality. But they have turned out some exceptional talents over the past 20 years or so and I suspect that they will continue to do so. The players I know from the central nations are pretty much all good and straightforward people who do put money back in to their old communities. For that I salute them. North Africa is a different paradigm altogether. Good players have appeared (and I will note many seem to have been wingers - but that may just be a false observation from me). They have all too often not settled and, without trying to be disrespectful, there are plenty of examples of North Africans who have failed to integrate citing religion - and that sends alarm bells ringing for many clubs. The Cotonou Agreement has given entry to Spain but it seems more as a footstep elsewhere. The al Bangura tale was overplayed in my view but I do recall a discussion with Ed001 who took it very seriously 18 months or so ago. I would however concede that there has been quite a big deal going on in Belgium about it for perhaps four years and there are risidual issues to resolve.

As you look at the AFCON, most watchers without a real interest will find it tedious and boring to watch and would rather see a couple of lower league sides punch it out on a muddy pitch in the Midlands on a Tuesday evening in February. As a showcase the AFCON is, I am sorry to say, disposable. If it were to stop tomorrow I doubt Europe would be objecting.

I am sorry if this seems a tad depressing - but it is my view as it were. I do appreciate that it is not Liverpool related and maybe the site should have a page for such discussions - I don't think that there is one right now. But I do appreciate the question.}

19 Jan 2017 20:16:07
Not often i ask a question ed2, and not that i am owed an answer in any shape or form, but why were u banned from entering s. Africa?
Convicted ivory poacher?
Conolial slave trader?
Bad taste in music?
Or the simple fact of being convicted of animal cruelty to sparkey?

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19 Jan 2017 20:16:07
Not often i ask a question ed2, and not that i am owed an answer in any shape or form, but why were u banned from entering s. Africa?
Convicted ivory poacher?
Conolial slave trader?
Bad taste in music?
Or the simple fact of being convicted of animal cruelty to sparkey?

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{Ed002's Note - (a) I was never convicted. (b) We don't call them slaves. (c) I have a wonderful taste in music. (d) Sparkey takes his chances.

It was actually just "stuff" that got me in to trouble with them back in the day.}

19 Jan 2017 20:58:05
I use the word "stuff" with the wife to describe the next time we consumate the marriage. i hope you don't ise the word in the same context. or maybe that's quite cool a thing to get in trouble for?!?!

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19 Jan 2017 20:44:51
A great read Ed02! Thanks!

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome man.}

19 Jan 2017 21:05:11
You a rugby fan then ed?

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{Ed002's Note - No, I went with one of my wives on "membership" tickets and she had a cold. We were due to spend the night in London (as we were not living in England at the time) but she wanted to get off the train because it was packed. We got off at Richmond and wandered in to a quiet bar where only after a couple of drinks we noticed that they had a stripper the following day - Willie The Kid. We eventually got back in to town and back to the hotel. All in all in was not a great day. I should not that the game stopped for about 10 minutes in the first half - for reasons that were never explained to the crowd. It restarted with the pare official and the ref dealing with a curry from the previous night in the changing rooms.}

19 Jan 2017 21:11:16
I can't agree more with Ed regarding the standards of the AFCON. As a Nigerian who grew up there till age 22, I've been watching the AFCON since I was 12 in 1988 till now and frankly, the standard have dipped tremendously. In the 90s, African teams like us, Cameroun, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, and even Mali produced some of the finest talents the world has ever seen via this competition, that so many scouts used to come watch and had their fill of the best talents African football could offer.

To the point that in 1994, Pele and Platini came to watch that edition and some more afterwards. Even Mou went to watch the 2008 edition held in Ghana as a guest of Michael Essien. It used to be an honor to play this completion that players used to fight with their clubs just to play in it and enhance their reputations. That IMO, no longer exists.

Now, it has become quite tedious to watch and I've watched a few games in this edition and sorry to say, they are nothing to write home about. Some say players don't give their all anymore so as not to get injured and miss time with clubs. Some say there is a lack of interest when being held in "smaller" countries like Gabon. Who knows? But as for the standard? It has dipped massively.

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20 Jan 2017 08:20:58
Hamilton, interesting stuff, do you see it eventually being phased out through lack of interest? Commercially, is it as lucrative as the world cup for instance.

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20 Jan 2017 08:40:09
There are so many places around the world that if they had the right money available, they could produce some of the best talent we'll ever see.

For example, if The USA pumped the same amount of money into Football, like they do for Hand Egg (American Football) or Basketball, they would be world cup winners in 10-20 years.

Same with China and India. They have enormous pools of talent to choose from, but they lack the coaching and facilities (in some cases) to achieve top level talents. China seem to be changing that now, but I feel they're doing it the wrong way personally.

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19 Jan 2017 23:18:14
If eds 002 ever gets around to writing a biography, I'm pre-ordering and calling in sick for a couple of days.

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19 Jan 2017 23:50:00
"Stuff" eh ed 😉✊️

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19 Jan 2017 23:57:28
Brilliant read Ed, thank you for your insight.

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20 Jan 2017 00:42:21
Stuff ed? Haha
I think I can probably guess what the stuff is.
I was thinking it was the same stuff they have over at the emirates when bidding for strikers. lol

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20 Jan 2017 07:24:29
Sounds like quite an experience then ed

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20 Jan 2017 09:24:29
hsf - the other issue with countries like China and India is massive rural populations living in ways that are a long way from modern. Even if they had top level academy structures to bring through talents, for huge numbers of their population sport barely exists - an FA based even in the regional capital is no more reachable than our FA based in London. I'd like to think that China won't be pumping enough money into that to make it viable while 130m people still live in poverty

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20 Jan 2017 10:38:55
If they decided not to hold it every two years maybe it would seem more prestigious like all the other top competitions at international level. I didn't quite understand why the copa America was held in back to back years either (2015 then 2016).

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19 Jan 2017 19:30:04
Bugger, Senegal playing really well,
May go far, bugger,
Mane scored again, silver lining.

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19 Jan 2017 20:31:04
Yeah feel the same mark, selfish but think they could go all the way. Great for Mane not for Liverpool

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19 Jan 2017 22:32:26
It's a win either way.
A) Senegal do poorly, Mane comes home sooner
B) Senegal win it and Mane comes back brimming with confidence and playing on instinct.

😎

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20 Jan 2017 04:02:49
That's the best way to look at it Ron - your optimism is refreshing.

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20 Jan 2017 01:41:23
Or C

He goes on the lash, and don't get back till march

But when he returns, Amazingly he's 17.


YNWA

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{Ed025's Note - love it mick..

20 Jan 2017 09:25:52
Ron - option c, Senegal loose in the semi final or final and Mane is out for the maximum time (or near enough) and still returns dejected

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19 Jan 2017 09:46:06
Eds . what's your opinion with regards to the whole Matip saga? Why has such a dim view been taken by the powers that be over it? Players refuse to play for their country (and in this case I use the term "their country" very loosely) all the time. It infuriates me that they are dictating he can't play for his club! . I must admit I don't like to see an english player "retire" from the national squad especially when they are still the best person for the job but we don't ban them from their domestic club

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{Ed002's Note - I have explained the situation repeatedly. Liverpool and the player dug this hole for themselves.}

19 Jan 2017 10:35:38
Though I don't like it. After reading ed2s previous comments on this (God knows how many times) she's right and we're the last people to point the finger we should have done things by the book but we didn't and now it's come back to bite us in the area. It is what it is. Hopefully tomorrow goes well.

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19 Jan 2017 10:35:31
I don't see how the FA of his country of origin has any say on whether he can play at club level or not. Whether LFC had a hand in Matip's decision or not surely its Matip's decision to make?

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{Ed002's Note - You are seemingly confused about this matter. I have explained repeatedly what the situation is.}

19 Jan 2017 11:08:54
Sorry Ed2 - I found what I was looking for, I still think its ridiculous rule . but rules are rules I suppose

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19 Jan 2017 07:31:51
Morning Reds/ Eds great win last night for the young boys, incredibly proud!
Ed002 I have a question if you're around and before you shoot me down for posting this on the Liverpool page its only because I have no idea where else to put it haha. You offer great insight into the administration of our beloved sport.

I'm currently staying in SA and the Keegan Dolly/ Mamelodi Sundowns contract situation is currently a hot topic. I was wondering if you would have any info or would care to share your opinion on how this will be resolved? It seems utterly bizarre from the outside looking in.
Also, has there been any interest in him or Khama Billiat from the European clubs as touted?
Very exciting talents might I add. Wouldn't mind Dolly coming in he'd be a perfect Klopp player and the perfect age.
Cheers

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{Ed002's Note - I have asked someone who knows more than I do about this matter and he says that the issue concerns (a) the player wanting to move, (b) the club not being keen at the price, (c) the contract that they have has a "buy out" clause in it which the club say was the result of an error made when drafting the contract, (d) the appeals "chamber" within the Premier League potyentially not being independent and now being in dispute with the player's union over this, and (e) the timing of the appeal in respect of the transfer window. He goes on the say that FIFA has been asked to arbitrate on the basis of the appeals "chamber" not being independent but FIFA would likely not see that in their remit.

He is of the opinion that a further increased bid from Montpellier and a single rather than staged payments would resolve the matter.

I have to say I knew nothing of this aside from Montpellier looking to buy the player as a replacement for Ryad Boudebouz and the fuss caused by the City Group in the summer.

Please keep us informed what happens.}

19 Jan 2017 13:48:06
I must admit from outside it really seems the player is being unfairly treated and the fact Sundowns has a history or tendency to really make a meal of things when players wish to move on isn't helping either. We all hope the issue gets resolved as the kid is really talented and has given his all to the team. Thanks for info Eds

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome and I would be interested in how it works out.}

19 Jan 2017 15:21:58
Respect for the random knowledge ed 02! Quick question working on the grand unified theory any advice? Also which church is the correct one to go to?

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{Ed002's Note - (a) Yes, let your fish vibrate for several minutes before you try to move it - that was it will settle and acclimatize. (b) With 300 or whatever different deities being worshipped by folks as easily led as Liverpool football fans on Twitter, it is clear that no organised religion makes even the slightest bit of sense for the purpose of adoration or veneration.}

19 Jan 2017 17:39:04
I personally believe in and follow ed002ism ;)

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20 Jan 2017 07:45:08
Morning Ed002, the feeling is that move should go through from those close to Keegan as things are a said to be a bit "tense" at the moment. From the little time I have known Keegan he is a pro but like most of us our ultimate dream is to be plying our trade on "bigger stage".

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19 Jan 2017 09:13:27
Greetings every 1,I will continue to say its very pleasing how all the players are getting a shot at proving them selves. with our RB options and Clyn injured or resting. If you where Klopp would you stick with TAA or recall if fit for the Swans game?

I fully understand why you against loans now, the understanding between our younger players as compared to the assembled 1st team seems to be way beyond better. Its very evident that they have been playing together for years under the same system which has really benefited them individually as well, credit to our youth coaches. I could be wrong but Joe and TAA compliment each other so well on the right hand side as if they where in each others heads. Iam not saying they where perfect and we all know Joe just joined us but keeping our young talent together seems reap great rewards. All in all the boys did well, Ejaria looks so natural on the ball and should grow into fine player. Wilson seems to have learned and rooted himself the is talent there.

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19 Jan 2017 10:00:52
TAA is a great back up for clyne and yes I think he should play if clyne not fit . Gomez should not be move out of CB and needs to develop there . What I mean is if someone gets injured at lb or rb we should have other players to play there. It's clear to me that Klopp has a long game at Liverpool and trying to bring some kids from the academy into the 1 st team

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19 Jan 2017 10:11:57
I would keep TAA in the team a little while longer, a little run will do him the world of good, not saying make him our new first choice, but a little run to make him hungry for more and give him confidence and also to make clyne realise he's got someone breathing down his neck.

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19 Jan 2017 10:43:52
Agreed Mikey id play him a few games and rest him a few. Change between them both. He's not ready just yet but never will be unless given a chance to be. If we played him constantly anything could happen, it could go to his head, alternate him and clyne and we'll see the lad do really well imo. I hope he gets the chance for half of the remaining games. Give him the experience he requires for next season. Id also love to see more of ojo more then anyone, this kid looks special, he may not be 100% fit but considering he wasn't due back from injury till the end of the season he's done damn well.

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19 Jan 2017 14:24:28
Next season, we should have a lot more games to play, and Klopp will rotate some players, Ojo, TAA and Gomez will get lots more game time .

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19 Jan 2017 15:09:52
I would keep TAA in the team - he's done well in the abcence of Clyne and could likely do better with an extended run. Clyne has underwhelmed this season, I think TAA has shown he can be entrusted with a few more starts at least.

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19 Jan 2017 15:29:12
Juanma (the young LB from Barca) in the U23 team is highly thought of so here's to hoping he can make the step up like TAA has done.

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18 Jan 2017 22:00:50
Well done Reds. Young squad pulled it off, and nice to see Lucas on the score sheet. Young Harry Wilson got a run out too. First win of 2017!

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18 Jan 2017 22:48:39
Erm how good did ojo look. Best cameo.

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18 Jan 2017 23:21:53
Plus Ojo is only 18 yrs young, and not fully fit, this lad has a huge future ahead of him .

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19 Jan 2017 07:08:58
Ojo was really good. I'll take the win, clean sheet, no injuries and another home time. Happy Days!

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19 Jan 2017 06:33:20
Ojo looked great, so did Woodburn IMO especially when dropping a little deeper Coutinho style. Gomez, TAA, Lucas, Ejaria all sound. Strikers disappointed a bit, can see Firmino starting up top again.

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19 Jan 2017 23:55:02
Ojo is going to be a star, he runs like Digger 😎

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18 Jan 2017 21:12:12
Great to see young Wilson coming on best of luck to the lad

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18 Jan 2017 22:33:37
Tidy finish from our Brazilian genius.

Well done Lucas and the young team tricky potential banana skin avoided
tonight.

To much side to side passing from us giving them breathing space and let them regroup.

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19 Jan 2017 07:11:28
Agreed, Dermot. Good win for the kids BUT too many passes and not enough shots to loosen their defence.

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18 Jan 2017 20:14:31
Pure class that, the banner for Daniel May.

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{Ed025's Note - yeah bergen...great stuff mate..

19 Jan 2017 02:21:24
I watched the game here in Australia with my 10 yr old boy. He asked who Daniel May was. When I told him, he commented how nice a gesture it was by LFC fans to make the banner. It was a very classy gesture indeed, so thanks and respect to those fans for doing all reds proud.

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18 Jan 2017
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