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17 Aug 2018 23:48:46
Ed002 a question for you if I may - and bear In mind I may be getting things mixed up here.
You can sign ‘unatttached’ players any time right?
I remember you explaining something about buy out or release clauses (can’t rememvwr which) while back, where the club theoretically pays the player to pay his own clause, therefore buying him out his contract.
I’m not trying to find ways to break the rules - just curious - but if a player buys himself out his contract, he is effectively a free agent right?
What stops a club doing this outside the transfer window?


{Ed002's Note - A player who makes himself a free agent outside of a transfer window cannot be signed by another club until the next transfer window as the rules specifically require him to be a free agent before the previous transfer window closes - hence the reason why Claudio Marchisio left Juventus yesterday whilst the transfer window was still open and not today. Clubs can also only pay a player to release himself from his contract in Spain, else the money is taxable so it would be necessary to pay double.}

1.) 18 Aug 2018 10:29:24
Ah so no English team can take Marchisio as he wasn’t a free in their window?
Thanks for the reply, informative as always!

{Ed002's Note - That is not what I said.}

2.) 18 Aug 2018 11:37:05
Cracking question then Firmane and again great insight in the answer Ed002. Been following football for 36 years yet every days a school day on here.

3.) 19 Aug 2018 00:23:15
Indeed, JK23.

4.) 19 Aug 2018 08:51:46
Isn’t it more about player registration. There are 2 deadline a years, at the end of each window for players to be registered with the FA. If they are not registered by this date they cannot play for the club until the next registration window is open. The only except is free agents, who if they were a free agent at the registration deadline, they can sign and register for a club.

{Ed002's Note - No, it is as I said. It depends when he becomes a free agent. If, for example, Lazar Markovic were to come to agreement with Liverpool of October 1 that they were to end their relationship and he were to become a free agent, he cannot sign with Olympiakos until January 1 when the Greek transfer window opens. However, should Lazio decide they wish to sign Ross Turnbull, they can do so now as he was a free agent during the previous transfer window.}

5.) 19 Aug 2018 11:49:52
That is where I’m getting mixed up Ed, why can marchisio sign for English team of our window is shut, yes Markovic can’t sign for an English team? What am I missing lol.

{Ed002's Note - One is a free agent and one is contracted to Liverpool and can only be loaned.}

6.) 19 Aug 2018 20:19:44
Sorry ed, I meant in your example if Liverpool decided to end their relationship?

{Ed002's Note - He would not have been available when the transfer window was open. There is no way for Liverpool to cheat here. It is all perfectly clear.}

7.) 20 Aug 2018 00:43:42
Yet again a conspiracy against us! Not allowing us to cheat 😡.

8.) 20 Aug 2018 11:19:35
Thats a good move for Turnbull, but I hope he realises its like a foreign country over there!



13 May 2018 22:26:56
We have Keita coming and are linked with another cm. We are losing can. We have been saying for seasons we lack that bite in midfield and maybe Keita adds that, but something noticeable for me, against city and against Roma in the first legs, hendo, Milner, gini or Ox won 80% of lose balls, headers and 50/50s which WA Skye to our quick turnovers and counters for me.

I hope we don't lose that, and if we do sign another cm, I obviously hope they are a good footballer first, and suits our style, but can't help but think that physical edge would be great.
I know we have been loosely linked with Jorginho, but I don't believe he really offers that.
Are we linked with any who do?


1.) 14 May 2018 10:08:47
Do you honestly believe that Klopp would sign a midfielder who wasn't a good footballer or didn't suit our style?
Or couldn't stand up to the hurly burly of the Premiership?

2.) 14 May 2018 11:54:17
He DID sign Steven Caulker on loan at one point. lol.

3.) 14 May 2018 14:03:21
I propose a ban on the mentioning of Caulker on this site, Klopp has had an excellent record in the transfer window for us but every time someone mentions it, someone says caulker.

4.) 14 May 2018 15:16:11
Reynard, he signed him based on the opinion of someone within the club. He decided to trust this persons view and then learnt from it. That is entirely different to his view when signing a player.

5.) 14 May 2018 20:28:02
Loosen up, it's a joke (hence the "lol") . sad lack of humour on here sometimes.



02 Jan 2018 08:23:42
Lijnders left to coach in Holland. All the bed to him, always spoke of very highly by klopp, hopefully can find a good replacement!


1.) 02 Jan 2018 08:40:37
Top guy, best wishes for the future Pep.

2.) 02 Jan 2018 12:06:48
My brother in law tells me that he's a really great guy and he's wonderful to have around. Apparently he was very highly thought of at the club too so that is a big loss to us imo.



24 Dec 2017 17:20:01
Liverpool linked with dani ceballos of madrid, I assume rubbish?


{Ed002's Note - It is sort of correct. Real Madrid have given permission for Dani Ceballos' representativea to approach clubs with a view to a loan before any decision about a sale can be made. The loan will require guarantees of game time. The representatives held meetings in London with Arsenal and Liverpool and have also met Roma and Inter to see what interest there is. It is difficult to see how another central midfield player could be used by Liverpool right now, particularly one on loan, without being disruptive to the team. Inter have someone else arriving so would perhaps not be keen on what is likely to be a high loan fee. Roma I don't know. Arsenal are looking for a central midfield addition in January although there preference is for someone else on a permanent deal - but just perhaps.

Ceballos was watched by Liverpool in the days of Brendan Rodgers.}

1.) 24 Dec 2017 21:29:20
He would fit perfectly in our midfield 8 next season.

2.) 24 Dec 2017 22:56:44
Ron man you were always my favourite poster on Here, recently you been so negative! Enjoy your Christmas, enjoy the dinner, enjoy the wine and please come back to us in January the good ol' Ron because I cannot deal with your negativity!

3.) 25 Dec 2017 08:51:33
Loving the new Ron keep it up and have happy Xmas and new year.

4.) 25 Dec 2017 12:11:18
Maybe both coutinio and can are off in January ed 02. Keitas not coming till the summer so a loan could be an option. I'd prefer we just soldier on with what we've got even if the 2 do go. Llama should be ready to go soon.

5.) 26 Dec 2017 10:37:56
Guys all I did was phrase what Ed002 implied differently.

We stockpile midfielders to a pathological degree and unless we are going to play 8 at once it is totally futile.
Grujic has yet to play a game, Lallana has been injured all season, Woodburn never gets a game, Ejaria seemed to be permanent unused sub last season, Keita is coming, plenty of people plead for a new contract for Can, we’ve just signed Oxlade Chamberlain.

We need defenders!

6.) 26 Dec 2017 14:00:26
So you've named all the midfielders who don't play, not sure how they are relevant as the majority are youngsters trying to establish themselves. That leaves Hendo, wiji, Milner, lallana, can and couts (who both look like leaving) that's not quite 8. so you think him signing on loan til the end of the year would require us to play 8 midfielders? Any excuse to moan these days Ron.

7.) 27 Dec 2017 09:31:12
Agree with Ron. Only 2 of those are youngsters and his response is including the fact that every other thread is about another midfielder we're going to sign. I guess unlike some he is joining up the site as a whole not just viewing each post in isolation. Need is for some better experienced defenders that suit what the club needs. Not another 3-4 midfielders. Personally I'd rather see an out and out natural greedy finisher before see another midfielder.



31 Aug 2017 01:07:56
few rumours about Thomas muller on loan - lemar to sign next season and muller for this?!





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23 Feb 2019 19:41:52
With all this tv rights etc, why were there two Friday games on at the same time, and two Sunday games on at the same time? I know the league cup final is on, but if it’s notngoing to be televised, why not make it 3 on a Saturday?!


1.) 23 Feb 2019 22:31:17
Not sure about the extra Friday night game but arsenals game needs to be a Sunday due to Thursday night Europa league I'd imagine.

2.) 24 Feb 2019 06:52:25
The Cardiff game was played on the Friday night I think because England playing Wales at the Millennium on Saturday and all the police forces would be needed for that event.

3.) 24 Feb 2019 07:39:26
Very logical answer haha I was trying to figure that one out for a while. Rugby never crossed my mind.

4.) 24 Feb 2019 20:34:13
Europa league pushes Arsenal and Chelsea to Sunday’s.

Presumably some of the clubs playing on Friday are due to fixture congestion from the FA cup or league cup final?



09 Feb 2019 20:36:56
Good win today back to the stroll in the park looking performances.

I’m not going to go into detail about the match but one thing does get to me a little. 20 mins to go, 3 nil up, comfortable. Bring on Trent, great, he’s coming back from injury! But why not give Camacho a go in for mane/ salah too?! Every minute counts at that age! Also Origi, sometimes we need him when we need a goal, and we send him on, so give him some time now to find his touch and maybe grab a goal! I don’t believe for one minute if we changed salah Firmino and say Milner at 70 mins, we would lose that game.


1.) 09 Feb 2019 21:33:07
I understand your point, however, Trent is returning from injury and also needs minutes. At this stage, i would rather see us give minutes to first team players following injury than unproven youngsters at this stage of the season.

If it was Trent coming off, i would have gone with Rafa.

2.) 09 Feb 2019 21:38:36
Our next game is BM and I would have thought they just want to get some time under ATA belt before then.



29 Jan 2019 21:57:34
Wow Rafa and Newcastle! Tomorrow is in my eyes more important now! It will be huge mentally going back to 7 points and capitalising when city slip up. What a performance. Even at 80 mins and 2-1 up they were hounding and pressing High up. That’s the way to beat them.


1.) 29 Jan 2019 22:04:50
They really don’t like it when they are pressed high up the pitch like that, Perez and Rondon pestered them all night. I can see them dropping a fair few more points in similar fashion this season, the veil of invincibility is tarnished.

2.) 29 Jan 2019 22:17:24
So much for the "City having an advantage by playing before us" nonsense. As I said before, there is NO advantage to that regardless of result. If you can't do your job then it won't matter when you couldn't do it. Up to us now to take care of business and make City pay.

3.) 29 Jan 2019 22:31:42
For a bloke who's supposed to be cold and distant, he's getting proper commitment and graft out of a very average set of players at Newcastle.



15 Jan 2019 23:51:09
If taa is out for a few weeks, I wouldn’t rush Gomez back. Milner can play right back and Fabinho did just fine Saturday. If Gini has a knock, we still have Keita hendo and Shaqiri to play in the middle. Might say it’s a little attacking, but with the CL looming and vvd out for that, I don’t think we should risk Gomez.
Anyone else think Gomez and Fabinho might be our second best centre half pairing?


1.) 16 Jan 2019 07:09:25
You are completely forgetting Matip who is fit.

2.) 16 Jan 2019 07:25:01
Matip? he is a defender. VVD and Matip are our second best shot. Since VVD is out of our first game against bayern it should be Gomez and Matip.

3.) 16 Jan 2019 09:28:13
Anyone in the youth ranks capable of covering RB?



18 Dec 2018 00:17:21
Munich huh? Good time to play them, aging, struggling a little in the league.
no vvd is huge, hopefully we will have lorevn and gomez fit for that one. Lewandowski isn’t the strongest or biggest but is good finisher and can win headers.
I think a lot of their players are overrated, thiago, boateng, hummels kimmich. but they still can play nice football. I think if we hit them hard, could easily be a 3 nil, if we’re on form. If we let them settle, then it will be a different story. Need to find our clinical edge for this one!


1.) 18 Dec 2018 01:16:22
I would not include Kimmich in that list. Best rounded full back in the world imo.
Completely agree with the rest of their players. Overrated and past their best.

2.) 18 Dec 2018 07:51:07
Why can't van dijke play?

{Ed001's Note - he is suspended for the first leg after his yellow against Napoli.}

3.) 18 Dec 2018 09:11:39
I thought cards got wiped clean when you leave the group stages and enter the knockout rounds. Obviously picked that up wrong a long the way somewhere.

{Ed001's Note - they are. If he had avoided picking one up, then any ones he had previously would have been wiped.}

4.) 18 Dec 2018 17:43:59
Did you not see kimmich at the World Cup, he may as well have played up front. Hopefully mane can exploit him.




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03 Mar 2019 14:37:50
Surely if you’re gunna say that, he’s built like an ox?




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17 Feb 2019 09:57:53
It’s veru hard to buy a cb that is adequate cover, knowing full well they’ll be third choice at best. But we do look much less secure when it’s not Gomez and vvd, so we do need someone imo.




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12 Feb 2019 19:29:37
I imagine over four year, for Ramsey it will equate to something like 10 million a game.




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08 Feb 2019 19:18:18
It’s too many big signings in one window. Like we got Fabinho and Keita in the summer, then comparatively smaller fees paid for Shaqiri. If we got Werner, I don’t think we’d go for another attacking player. The front three rotating with Shaqiri and Werner is enough, with Brewster as a youth option. Okay Rabiot maybe, free is a good deal if his wages aren’t silly. De ligt id love, Gomez can play can and rb if needed. But as other posters said, a left back and goalkeeper are more pressing.




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03 Feb 2019 18:50:01
‘God knows why’ 😂😂.





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18 Mar 2019 22:52:54
Problem is MK, spurs and united have the same fixture build up, bar the fa cup, and city have the squad to cope. Spurs may well rest players in the league to push for the CL.




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17 Mar 2019 22:52:13
At the start of the season we had ings, Solanke Sturridge and Origi as strikers - and I know that’s too many - now we have two left, with one maybe both leaving. Brewster hasn’t had 90 mins of prem football yet, and whilst I want us to develop youth and have a pathway to the first team, we can’t bank on him being good enough to come in for Firmino if he was out. Okay, at the moment, we would bring in Origi and he has done well enough for me, considering the limited minutes he has had. I also understand that city probably have too many options in attack. I imagine sane is completely happy with his game time either. But still, god forbid we lost one of the front three for an extended period, we are losing a lot of quality with our replacements. Hence it’s an area I think we need to address, and don’t see it as one in one out. I’m not saying a 80 million pound player, but if we did buy someone of quality as a striker or winger, I think they’d get enough minutes to be satisfied in their first season, and allow us to rotate a little more when needed.




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17 Mar 2019 22:44:45
At risk of blowing my own horn, I had a feeling at the start of the season, this would be a big year for him, and he would be our top scorer - not over yet and hopefully salah and him both have a storming finish, but he is as key as anyone for us now.




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17 Mar 2019 18:31:22
I’m sorry Ed02 but why does buying a player mean they are a squad player can’t they play or push for a place? Sanchez is 300k a week squad player? Mahrez a 50 million squad player? These two barely play, yet we play the same three week in week out, and don’t really have an option of that calibre to rotate with, or make an impact off the bench. I know Sanchez hasn’t made any sort of impact, but they still bought him knowing they had Rashford martial Lukaku Lingard mata.
To fight on all fronts you need a squad, not just an eleven, so why is having options up front an issue. I’m sure Sturridge will be gone, and maybe ings Permanently, so we really only have shaq and Origi to rotate or come on.


{Ed002's Note - Manchester United and Manchester City are in a different place to Liverpool. Sanchez is constraining MU for FFP. Manchester City has players who are pissed because they are not playing. I guess you cannot see the big pictuire and asume you expect Brewster sold?}



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17 Mar 2019 18:24:28
You see every time salah gets the ball he beats a man and is doubled or tripled up on, it’s not easy to get space, but it means there will be somewhere. I think he should think about releasing it early for the first 15 mins, and maybe lull in the other covering players, so they start to pick up others, then suddenly turn it on.