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01 Sep 2017 12:01:32
Ed02,

I salute you sir. Amongst all the ITK's and twitter CEO's and the rest of the absolute tosh that's been spouted all summer, you were pretty much right through it all.

I'm glad it's over, what an absolute shambles.

J H to the Izzo

{Ed002's Note - Thanks - I think Liverpool did pretty good - although I still don't get AOC.}


1.) 01 Sep 2017 15:36:26
He Ed, do you know Klopp's justification for AOC? I think he has potential I am just curious as to how Klopp become interested.

{Ed002's Note - Nope.}


 

 

24 Jul 2017 13:03:16
Hi Eds,

Can anyone explain what has happened to FFP please? Does it actually exist?

J H to the Izzo

{Ed002's Note - Yes, what is your concern?}


1.) 24 Jul 2017 13:34:13
I honk he might be wondering why Man City are allowed to be spending £200m this window without selling a single player, am I right in saying FFP in done over 3 years and a club needs to be with in -£30m profit after the 3 year period? Giving City time to earn this money back?

{Ed002's Note - I can think off the top of my head of five players they have sold and others are to be sold. I suspect you want to drop thoughts about how FFP works and what it relates to - it is not just transfers.}


2.) 24 Jul 2017 13:57:57
Hey Ed02,

Yeah, pretty much what the poster above said. Was wondering why teams like Man City are spending money like water and hardly recouping anything like that? I think Pep has blasted about 400 mil over the last 2 summers.

I don't know the ins and outs of the legislation, but hardly seems like 'Fair Play' to me. I don't know. I know you've posted some stuff on it before, but hardly ever hear it in the mdeia these days so thought the silence was an indicator that there's loopholes around it.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - They are currently in compliance with FFP. I suspect you think it simply relates to transfer fees or siomething like that?


3.) 24 Jul 2017 14:23:47
Doesn't literally any income (except put in by the owners themself) "balance" it out regarding ffp?
So sponsors, TV licence, ad revenue, marketing, competition (cups/ leagues) rewards, Match Day Tickets and every other form on club related income - Not just selling players? And it’s based over 3 years anyway isn’t it?
So spend big for 2 years then let the books balance out xD.

{Ed002's Note - It is a rolling three years and you need to remember players are not always paid for in one go.}


4.) 24 Jul 2017 14:45:41
Hi ed002, my knowledge of fair play is very limited, but what is to stop a rich owner paying say £200m to have his picture (or company name etc) to go up at a foreign rich clubs ground somewhere only for them to return the favour? Both clubs would be £200m up with the money going through the books etc so complying with fair play. I know this is probably very illegal but there must be lots of gray areas that clubs do exploit.

{Ed002's Note - No, that is not allowed and would be stamped on right away.

Manchester City (a) have a larger income than most, and (b) whilst working within the rules are making use of some pretty extreme sponsorship that comes via their owner's business interests. So the figures are skewed.

This is seen as an issue by UEFA and the reason there have been efforts over the past three years or so to agree a sponsorship cap. UEFA are happy for those European clubs that meet (now twice a year) to come up with a proposal, but so far they have failed to agree a figure. UEFA are aware that taking the matter to the European Club Association will not help them. Eventually they will come up with a cap themselves and that will be it. A similar issue is being discussed about capping TV and media income for FFP. With a UEFA senior official moved on it might be easier to push something through as the resistance was related to the three clubs that would be most impacted by a change include Manchester City and two clubs that play in the French league.

Effectively the cap would say something like, "regardless of the amount of sponsorship a club obtains, only the forst €115M will be allowable for the purposes of the FFP calculation". The same could be done with the media income - obviously that would hit the English sides and a few others only. It is contraversial nut there is a swell of effort from other sides to make it happen. One side who were leading the push pulled out of the group of "elite" sides earlier this year so it will take others to pick up the ball on that one. There is a meetingon August 24 and these issues will likely be touched on.}


5.) 24 Jul 2017 15:37:01
Many thanks for you in depth reply ed002.


6.) 25 Jul 2017 14:10:04
"A similar issue is being discussed about capping TV and media income for FFP. "

This. This is something that seriously needs to be addressed. English clubs are massively influencing the market and inflation because of the amount of money they get from domestic and oversees TV and media income.

{Ed002's Note - It won't change the income, only the amount that can be taken in to account for FFP, but you are right it is distorted.}


 

 

29 Apr 2016 10:15:28
Just a few comments after reflecting on last night and calming down a bit.

1-0 isn't the end of the world. Not in the slightest. It's far from ideal but in reality we are more than capable of beating them 2-0 or more at home. To be totally honest, if we can't beat a side like that, at Anfield, in a European semi-final, with our crowd, our passion, our history, then we don't deserve it.

It's pointless talking about tactics, who shoulda played, who was at fault, Klopp made mistakes etc etc. It's now done. All of our energy should be on building that game up to be the biggest one in our history. I'm not sure about anyone else, but this week has felt really flat for me anyway? Other events have overshadowed the build up and rightly so (Sakho aside) . It's been a strange week to be an LFC fan, a real mix of emotions and I can't say I was overly up for the game yesterday and I think that seemed to be reflected in the players also. I'm not sure how everyone else felt? Just didn't have the excitement or the buzz for yesterday's game.

The bottom line is, next thursday has to be rocking. The build up has to be intense. We need to get put all our energy into making it a momentous occasion, even better than the Dortmund game. We have to let this team know why Anfield is THE worst place in the world for any away team to visit. We can and will do this, but the negativity (although fairly IMO from last night) has to stop now and we move on to creating such a buzz for the game that Thursday can't come quick enough.

J H to the Izzo

1.) 29 Apr 2016 12:39:45
J H

Couldn't say it better myself.

Allen should have put us 1-0 after 5mins but never mind.

Villareal didn't show that much to make me believe that we can't do the business in the 2nd leg.


2.) 29 Apr 2016 12:57:09
JH, you are spot on. no use rewriting history. What`s done is done. Villareal are a good team BUT defo NOT great nor better than BVB. They have not faced a crowd like ours and the passion that bleeds through the stands and the Kop onto the field. They could not finish us off and they we very flat which was mainly due to our game plan of giving them nothing apart from the soft goal we gave up. We have overturned bigger deficits vs better teams than this (BVB aside) hence, we should be promising them hell for 90mins because after the BVB game, that is what they will get.


3.) 29 Apr 2016 13:14:45
We kept a side that had won every game at home in the Europa league and most of their league games relatively quiet and had it finished 0-0 I think it would have been job done and everyone fairly happy! As it stands there's very little difference in the mentality for next week I would say only that they will start more defensive I would guess but either way we still have to beat them and I would have us still as favourite's to go through.


4.) 29 Apr 2016 16:26:57
i was a bit dissapointed last night. Mainly with how defensively we set up would have been nice to be a bit more attacking but i guess the thinking was get a 0-0 then win it at anfield. Far from over but a bit more of a difficult task especially if they get a away goal.


 

 

21 Apr 2016 10:15:28
Milner - 7 Goals and 14 Assists.

Will some people now give the man some credit?

J H to the Izzo

1.) 21 Apr 2016 13:02:04
The money he's on mate. He don't need credit.


2.) 21 Apr 2016 13:45:32
90% are since the turn of the year though, I think the critisism for the first half of the season has been fair.


3.) 21 Apr 2016 13:51:00
I can't tell if Gazza meant that 'credit' pun or not haha.


4.) 21 Apr 2016 14:13:37
I agree with Benny. First half of the season he was dreadful and deserved all the slating he received. The last couple of months he has been one of the stand out performers. I hate to say it as I didn't understand why we signed him but credit where credit is due. Actually the same can be said of Allen.


5.) 21 Apr 2016 14:30:47
I did MK 😉.


6.) 21 Apr 2016 14:33:26
As i said on the live chat get someone to pass to him from the corner in open play the crossing is good.


7.) 21 Apr 2016 14:52:45
Yeah, he was poor before January. But his productive return is great.


8.) 21 Apr 2016 14:53:24
His productive return is great, and this is the Milner that I was hoping for when we signed him.


9.) 21 Apr 2016 15:11:45
He`s the highest earner at the club so does he want a cookie? He`s doing what he was brought here to do.


10.) 21 Apr 2016 14:27:13
He is and will never be a CM, Yet again booked early on and strange Everton never went after him. When one of your midfield partner picks up a yellow early it restrict the other game considerably.
What is the surprises in his crossing? His major contribution at City were his Crossing abilities.
Playing him in the middle and asking him to dictate the game is foolishness and I wouldn't do that in million years ( nothing against the player as he isn't that type )

Peave out.


11.) 21 Apr 2016 14:31:40
Natural

I still don't understand y did we signed him. If we only need a wide player I would have got one specialist wide player.


12.) 21 Apr 2016 15:31:43
I was made up that Milner should be offloaded in the summer, but his recent form has been encouraging and consistent so i hope he will agree to remain a valuable squad player next season. Not a first team starter for me though. Lallana on the other hand is one i would look to offload because he is 28 and will still fetch a decent price, and it looks like the club wants Rafa Silva who will be a major upgrade on Lallana and is a similar player playing in a similar position.


13.) 21 Apr 2016 15:34:30
I criticised him at the start of the season I freely admit that, so I am more than prepared to praise him when he is in good form, I would still ban him from taking corners as his crosses are better when in open play, a dead ball specialist he ain't but those stats and performances have been impressive. He did well to avoid a red card after being booked in the derby so early as well and his versatility is a great asset for us.


14.) 21 Apr 2016 16:26:48
He couldn't pick out a red shirt from 5 yards in the first part of the season, he was running about like a headless hen.


15.) 21 Apr 2016 16:27:01
Redondo, disagree completely mate - do we want our players to view playing for Liverpool as just doing what they've been paid to do?

If not then why should we judge them on that basis?


16.) 21 Apr 2016 17:43:40
He's come up a lot in my estimation, I had him tagged as a grafter who was all effort and bluster and made, at best, a passable winger, but his crossing from open play has been excellent lately and he's gone from being a joke to possibly being one of the signings of the season. Players are often criticised for being all tricks and neat play, but ultimately little end product. Milner's the opposite, he's not doing anything fancy, but is coming up with the goods.

I still don't think he can play central midfield in effective way at all though. His positioning's ineffective and he relies on running around a lot, his passing from there isn't anything special and he can't tackle. His assists aren't coming from central areas, they're coming from the right and left.

If you notice though, he spent most of last night's match between the right-hand channel and the right wing, despite, nominally speaking, being in central midfield alongside Lucas. So I suspect Klopp's spotted it, and is moving towards having Milner operate from the right, although not necessarily as a "traditional" winger. I think with a couple more fit center mids, Milner will play to the right of two more disciplined central midfielders. And he should play well there.


17.) 21 Apr 2016 18:00:53
Wasn't just he couldn't pick out a red shirt, he quite spectacularly played through balls for City players and almost cost us a game we dominated with them. Also for me the stats are hiding that he has still been poor at basics on numerous occasions. Watching the matches doesn't reflect the love in.


18.) 21 Apr 2016 18:41:54
He's not the highest earner btw.

Plus if you blend other signings' transfer fee and wages, the tco is much higher in many cases (dependent on length of stay) .


 

 

31 Oct 2015 20:06:13
So glad we dropped Coutinho like most of you were asking.

Clueless.

J H to the Izzo

1.) 31 Oct 2015 20:45:47
Any need? Still wasn't top notch from him, altho that's a good thing as it will hopefully only get better from now and we have played all 5 of the top 6 last season away now only city to go. Hopefully we can kick on now and I for one still believe we will get top 4. Happy days onwards and upwards.


2.) 31 Oct 2015 23:10:23
J h have you seen the recent games? Done nothing but good for the lad as he needs the confidence.


3.) 01 Nov 2015 09:26:46
9 chances created in the league before today a player like Coutinho should be creating a lot more than that, but he seems to now be adding more goals to his game so hopefully he doesn't lose his creative side as he often looks to shoot now more often than not.


 

 

 

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16 Aug 2017 10:55:28
Rakatic would follow the same path as Schweinstiger in the Premier League. I would avoid him.

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25 Jul 2017 21:09:16
I love how keeping our players is now seen as a successful window.

200 mil to spend, biggest summer in years, we're going to smash the transfer record, not once, not twice but three times!

Keep Coutinho and Can - best summer in years! LOL.

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11 Jul 2017 15:51:20
He will be a great signing (if it happens) . Top player who will thrive under Klopp.

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04 Jul 2017 11:46:02
Ed,

Can I please ask who is/ was the first choice target for left back please?

Thanks.

J H to the Izzo

{Ed025's Note - mendy i think mate..


 

 

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20 Jul 2016 12:23:31
This guy (if indeed we buy him) will turn out to be a fantastic purchase. Speed, balance, poise, energy and intelligence.

Alongside the likes of Firmino, Coutinho and Sturridge, whilst balancing out the driving attributes of Henderson, Can and Milner, he will fit in just fine and be a real asset.

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08 Aug 2017 12:16:12
A lot of people and ex aplayers don't like Liverpool because we dominated for such a long time. The bitterness persists to this day, which is a little bizzare (and sad) considering we haven't won much in a quarter of a century.

J H to the Izzo

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with that. It is to do wilth illegal approaches, unprofessional conduct and putting professionals of other clubs in to the mess we see now.}


 

 

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04 Aug 2017 14:59:34
LOL@ED02. I reckon it's Roy Hodgson. Sounds like him from the Podcast anyway.

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04 Aug 2017 14:59:34
LOL@ED02. I reckon it's Roy Hodgson. Sounds like him from the Podcast anyway.

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04 Aug 2017 12:22:46
Seano,

A real simple question then:

Would buying VVD and Naby Keita give us more chance of winning the league?

If you say yes, you're post is a load of nonsense. If you say no, then I would say you're talking out your backside.

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04 Aug 2017 11:34:15
We've purchased 1 first team player when we were already about 4 first team players down on the other 'top' teams around us.

It's been a pretty shambolic summer so far, however you want to spin it. Embarassing public apologies, weeks and weeks chasing after a player we knew a team didn't want to sell and now, we're all hoping we pull a few miracles out of the bag in the next 3 weeks.

The only shining light is the fact we're now seeing Coutihno as part of the middle 3 which thankfully gives us a lot more options. But this summer, like previous ones has been a wreck - 1 first team player, a kid and a left-back we're all hoping is better than Moreno.

If you're happy to fight for 4th, great. If you want to win the title, you'll be diappointed with our summer activity.

J H to the Izzo