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26 Jan 2016 07:07:50
Hi eds,

Just got back from Benidorm last night and on the plane was Ian ayre, are we looking at anybody's players from clubs around there or was Ian just there watching sticky Vicky!

John Wigan

{Ed001's Note - Domenech the keeper is of interest. Most feel he is the best keeper they have and the best outside of the top 3 in Spain, yet he has lost his place to Matt Ryan.}

1.) 26 Jan 2016 07:57:38
One would assume he's there to talk numbers rather than scout his technical talents though? Especially as he's not getting a game

If this is indeed what he was there for. could have been sticky Vicky you never know.

{Ed001's Note - Ayre is no scout.}

2.) 26 Jan 2016 09:44:03
Wow, just had the weirdest deja-vu.

3.) 26 Jan 2016 11:09:21
Ed what do you make of the interest in Domenech now in regards to Ward. Whether there is a plan to bring him in before the window closes or not, I don't know, but if there is it kind of makes bringng Ward back from loan a most perplexing and head scratching move. Or maybe they are planning a summer move for him. Your thoughts? Thanks in adavance.

{Ed001's Note - I do not know of anything other than interest in him, not just from us, so I can't say if there is a plan or if we are simply going to let the pair fight it out or what. Apologies.}

4.) 26 Jan 2016 11:26:17
All good, I understand. Thanks.




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11 Aug 2017 09:14:31
Just away from the rumours for a second, was reading how many loans that citeh and chelski have sent out at the minute, 18 and 15 respectively. I know the eds have different opinions on this but my question is that they must be pretty hot at organising and keeping a track on these, so why aren't other clubs as good? . Also have they got feeder loan clubs as citeh have sent a number to the same clubs . Just wondering as Liverpool don't seem as slick at it (whether you agree with loans or not)

John Wigan

{Ed002's Note - Each loan player from Chelsea has a liaison officer assigned (some are ex-players) who regularly see them, deal with any issues and report progress back to the club. For instance there was an issue with Lukaku and the club decided at the start of 2014 that he would be sold in the summer. His liaison tried very hard to reverse that decision, but to no avail. There was also a problem with a couple of players in the Netherlands and that resulted in the club having them get involved with spending some time with the local community (schools and charities). Chelsea has also helped clubs they have and are building relationships with - this may include providing training facilities, loaning coaching staff, having ex-players work with them in some capacity etc.. They have a structure in the Netherlands and Belgium in addition to relationships with South American and old Eastern Bloc countries. They are still working a deal with a Champions League side as well. In Italy I know that the clubs with a significant number of players on loan have regular contact and bring them back as a group for training on a couple of occasions mid-season. I am sure there will be someone at Liverpool keeping contact with the younger players on loan. Manchester United has a couple of long-term relationships with mainland European sides which have helped considerably in the past. Manchester City are building up their capability as you say. Many clubs in Spain and Portugal have built relationships with other sides and it helps with brining in players from South America.}

1.) 11 Aug 2017 12:11:28
Wow ed just wow, your knowledge is ridiculous, it seems Liverpool are behind certain clubs in more way than one. That liaison officer sounds like a good job to me, I may write a letter to Jurgen! 😉 Thanks again for the reply.



27 Jun 2017 08:49:59
I have seen Ed01 and a couple of posters mentioning Christiansen from Chelsea as a good coption for CB. Have we an interest or was it just wishful thinking, I know he has been loaned out for a while, and presumably Chelsea will have a look pre season before making a decision, but do you think he could be available, and at 21 is he ready? , not seen him so no view on him to be honest, Cheers.

John Wigan

{Ed002's Note - There is no interest in Christiensen and he is not available. It is Zouma who will be going out.}

1.) 27 Jun 2017 10:21:48
Is zouma affected by the injuries - always thought he was a beast physically - quick and strong - and had the chance to develop into a good defender.

2.) 27 Jun 2017 12:46:44
Ed, what do you think about Ake at CB as I read that Chelsea will sell if a 20m - 30m bid comes in? I think he would be great for us as he has all the tools needed to p, lay Klopp's defensive system.

{Ed001's Note - looks promising, but nothing more than that. I would prefer Christensen.}



21 Jun 2017 09:53:39
I think most agree that left back is the main area we should improve, but I can't remember in my life time us having a complete player in that position, most I remember we're good going forward but rubbish defending, even going back as far as Alan Kennedy? Only one that sticks out was Steve Nicol, but he could play anywhere. Another point, when we were linked with Bertrand last time out he was slated as not being good enough, has he improved that much?

John Wigan

1.) 21 Jun 2017 10:17:23
Bertrand was always good enough but many said he didn't fit the bill for Liverpool, as in he looked good defensively but lacked going forward.

He has improved his attacking game and is still strong defensively.

The only issue for me is that Southampton play a very different style meaning that their full backs are protected a lot more than ours.

As we have seen with Clyne, when exposed he is not good (also going forward he is not good but that's a different story), Bertrand may well have a similar issue in that when he is exposed a bit more he doesn't perform as well. That being said I think he would be a big improvement on Milner and Moreno.

However, for me the best LB for us would be Jonas Hector. Very solid defensively, big and quite quick and good on the ball.

He's not going to excel going forward but do we really need excellent attacking full backs with the fire power we have up front?

2.) 21 Jun 2017 10:32:43
In short yes, we are very much set up to score more opposed to 1-0 wins we will concede it's a given in how we play. Most teams only score against us on the counter we need attacking players as more wing backs that can cross and provide width in our attacks that we lack, even with salah added all of our attackers like to bring the ball inside so we end up predictable. We lost a lot of plays by milly cutting inside or clyne giving up he ball away. When teams let us have 70-80% possession we need to make the most of it, I also feel this is why vid would of been a perfect fit for cb.

3.) 21 Jun 2017 10:33:36
I don't get all the stick Milly and Clyne get. Good players. I think Clyne is much better defensively then he is going forward, and he's not the worst going forward, not the best either 😂 but can do a good job.

Hopefully TAA can step in at RB in a season or two anyway.

Not seen much of Mendy but the way everyone goes on he must be the dogs bollox, but I wouldn't be unhappy if we had Milly there next season.

Centre back should be the priority in my opinion, thoughts of Klavan, Lucas and Gomez as back up for the season brings me to tears.

At least Salah looks like it's finally happening, credit where credit is due, the club potentially pulling off a great transfer and not being held to random over a price, bodes well!

4.) 21 Jun 2017 10:56:49
Outscore is once again our motto next season. No surprise. Forget the balance we will score in abundance! Klopp anyhow is poor organizing the defense!

5.) 21 Jun 2017 11:09:37
I thought Riise was pretty well rounded as a left back. Certainly he'd walk into the current team.

6.) 21 Jun 2017 11:10:48
Rob Jones didn't do a bad job when he played there.

7.) 21 Jun 2017 11:29:21
Riise and Aurielo were decent left backs for us to be fair. Really need to sort this position out this summer no doubt.

8.) 21 Jun 2017 11:37:16
I always thought that Aurelio was a decent left back and if injuries hadn't prevented him getting a long run in the team he would've been much more highly rated.

9.) 21 Jun 2017 12:00:10
Aurelio was a decent lb whenever fit, risse was great going forward but was so severely single footed that i have only seen him using his right leg just for standing, moreover Rafa set uo the team in such a way that FB got a lot of protection through the DM. Kloops team s set totally different, in case of Clyne he will get into a good position atleast 20 times a game but will either loose the ball or cross it with his eyes closed. He is not that defender who will put the ball in a dangerous position. The best RB o have seen in the last few years is sergio aurier.

10.) 21 Jun 2017 12:36:28
Have we all forgot about Steve Finnan the quiet man?

11.) 21 Jun 2017 12:40:12
Everyone forgetting the great Stig?

12.) 21 Jun 2017 13:37:54
Wasnt Finnan a right-back?



13 Jan 2017 15:02:07
This weekends game is the one game I dread more than any other, its great if we win but unbearable if we loose!

Hope Klopp gets his tactics spot on, but not feeling massively confident, saying that wasnt against Arsenal or Chelsea away either, so hopefully same result.

I would be more confident if we had Mane and Carrick wasnt playing for them, as they look a differnet side when he plays, and he generally plays well against us.

Shouldnt be a game they need to be fired up for so evrything crossed!

John Wigan



31 Aug 2016 10:22:17
Hi Eds,

Was just looking at a few posts that ED2 was commenting on how badly we conduct ourselves with transfers and treatment of players etc.

With Ian Ayre leaving (I am not solely blaming him), who do you think would be a good replacement to start to get back some of the respect and good practices required? Somebody who would be well respected both within the club and outside.

I only ask this because if this doesn't change I presume that this could haev a damaging effect on our long term future success?

Would any of the Eds be up for it?

John Wigan

{Ed002's Note - It will not be a one-for-one replacement - it will be tied in with other changes.}

1.) 31 Aug 2016 11:08:11
Ed, if say Everbright did takeover and then look to change the way we operate and treat other clubs when we negotiate etc. How long would it take to change the views and reputation of LFC.

Assume they do things the correct way and instantly. Are clubs, chairmen, owners etc quite easily forgiving? Would they just get a clean slate and any previous distaste just be classed as the previous regime? Or would you expect it to take years to rebuild a good name?

{Ed002's Note - I cannot sensibly be expected to answer questions like that.}




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30 Aug 2017 17:48:41
You do all realise that last season, we had mane, Henderson, lallana, can, Coutinho out of action for large spells last year, we also have a lot more games too. He isn't my first choice but I think he is a decent player to come in over a number of positions.

John Wigan



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04 Aug 2017 16:46:41
I am-not sure why people aren't getting this, maybe it hasn't been mentioned enough! Because of the tapping up actions and previous misdemeanours we are at risk of serious penalties imposed as well as a lot of clubs refusing to deal with us. People need to take their short term views and look at the longer and bigger picture. I hope and pray we are looking to buy a decent alternative CB, and quick so I can stop seeing the same VVD posts!

John Wigan



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02 Aug 2017 11:09:11
Lazy also so definitely wouldn't fit in🤔.

John Wigan



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22 Jul 2017 16:11:22
I think redphil wrote that before today's game to be fair, in that roll he looks electric, if keita played along side just wow! Haha, , let's just keep Phil.

John Wigan



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07 Jul 2017 14:11:49
Hi Ed, are RBL open to selling that other player to the other English club, or is it another case of show me a eye watering offer and we will consider? Just thinking that if they do that would probably be even less likely that they would part with many more (if any)?

John Wigan

{Ed002's Note - Perhps but it is unrelated.}




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11 Jul 2018 16:23:29
Would be nice to see Gary Neville’s face if shaqiri did sign then scores the winner at OT haha. Not saying it’s a good or bad signing, I can’t say I’ve seen that much of him! 😀😎.

John Wigan



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18 Jun 2018 17:15:44
It’s funny how different sides see the game, I thought the officials gave you more as a sort of sympathy! Don’t remember the penalty shout and definitely didn’t see groomy touch anybody! 😚I won’t comment on our 2 dubious disallowed goals haha 😂 Benny also picked us all out of position to give you a chance! 😀.

John Wigan



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03 Apr 2018 14:05:45
I’m not sure city will use the big ball up for a flick on? But maybe the one diagnosis over the top so it’s maybe even harder to defend?

John Wigan



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05 Feb 2018 15:37:45
Worse the the 2 clowns on the pitch was the so called refereeing expert dermot Gallagher, who agreed and indeed praised them on their work. Considering he had all replays of the incidents before commenting!

John Wigan



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21 Jan 2018 23:49:57
Rafa moved Carra to centre back! Just saying😀.

John Wigan