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21 May 2019 10:42:13
Just read Brandt's signing for Dortmund.
Is it true Eds?

Jurgen Meister

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any agreement but my view was that Julian Brandt would become a viable option if Bayer Leverkusen did't make the CL (which they have). Add to that Borussia Dortmund have already agreed the transfer of a not entirely dissimilar Thorgan Hazard so they may not push for a deal - although they do remain keen on adding an AM.}

1.) 21 May 2019 11:46:39
I think given Leverkusen have qualified for the champions league their two main stars will stay. Havertz and Brandt they are both developing well, young, will be competing at the highest level.

2.) 21 May 2019 13:02:58
Any alternatives for us Ed yet if he does go there or is it all as you have previously explained?

{Ed002's Note - It is as I have explained.}

3.) 21 May 2019 13:37:37
I doubt that southern.



17 Apr 2019 13:52:28
Just saw claims we're scouting Nicolas Pépé. Random name Eds or anything to it?
Thanks v much.

Jurgen Meister

{Ed002's Note - He would be a straight replacement for Salah - will there be space with Dybala, Insigne and all of the others? I would not hold your breath.}

1.) 17 Apr 2019 14:14:54
Haha, thought so. But yes I hear Klopp is planning on changing to a 2-2-6 formation next season. :)

2.) 17 Apr 2019 17:12:50
Pepe looks an incredible talent, however he's blatantly moving elsewhere.

3.) 17 Apr 2019 17:29:25
2-2-6 is a little conservative when surely all we need at the back is Virgil though. Typical Klopp 😂😂.

4.) 17 Apr 2019 18:24:08
Where's he going semi?

5.) 17 Apr 2019 18:34:15
We pretty much already play 2-5-3, considering that our full backs spend more time in the opposition's half than our own.

6.) 17 Apr 2019 19:52:24
Eds2 that would be a strong bench.



01 Feb 2019 11:30:52
Eds any idea what happened with Bobby Adekanye? Was the Lazio move ever on and what does his future have in store at Liverpool or elsewhere?
Thanks a bunch.

Jurgen Meister

{Ed002's Note - There was no deal with Lazio - but it is down to another player wanting first team time - a growing problem.)

1.) 01 Feb 2019 23:03:24
are you allowed to mention the player in question? are we talking about a certain striker who is out injured at the moment.

{Ed002's Note - Sorry I wasn't clear. Adekanye is another player who thinks he should be starting for the first team.}

2.) 02 Feb 2019 08:14:19
Ahh with you! Mean he has had a few good games but has lacked the consistency to be getting into the first team squad!

{Ed002's Note - There is a significant issue with young players wanting, and in some cases, demanding first team football.}

3.) 02 Feb 2019 13:47:39
Specifically Liverpool or generally?

I think Media hype means youth players see themselves as superstars already rather than having to keep your head down and work hard for the opportunity.



13 Sep 2018 08:47:35
Interesting stuff on The Injury Insight about Fekir's knees.

Eds if we assume that Klopp still wants a leftish creative mid, are any of y'all aware of any Liverpool are looking at?
Thanks a bunch.

Jurgen Meister

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Liverpool making efforts to look at any specific left-sided midfield players at this time and I would not expect too much to happen in January beyond clearing the decks if they can of Lazar Markovic and perhaps Chirivella and Origi if he is not being used. They are still looking at players but I am not aware of any desire to add another in midfield at this time.}

1.) 13 Sep 2018 09:07:45
Okay cool, thanks amillion Ed002.

2.) 13 Sep 2018 11:12:41
Thank you Jurgen Meister for the reference to 'The Injury Insight'. A good informative web site which I wasn't familiar with before your post.

3.) 13 Sep 2018 11:48:27
That really is a great article. Thanks for sharing Jurgen Meister.

4.) 13 Sep 2018 12:18:18
My pleasure guys, yep it's very interesting site alright.
I'm just trying to work my way through the 'Karius Concussion Conundrum' article now. :)

5.) 13 Sep 2018 17:54:23
What a great article Jurgen Meister, I personally am recovering from an ACL injury right now and I had the same surgery type as Fekir which is interesting (involving the process of replacing your ACL with a cadaver’s) .

6.) 14 Sep 2018 07:48:00
Interesting read.
The mere fact that Liverpool went after Fekir so strongly, in knowledge of his knee problems, was surely testament to Klopp’s admiration of his ability.
It’s a shame about his injuries, and I hope he goes on to have a long and successful career, but I do think that pulling out of the deal was the right move in the end.
I don’t know if Fekir had wowed at the World Cup whether that would have made any difference at all, I suspect not, but it doesn’t look likely that Lyon will be getting that type of offer for Fekir in the future.



20 Aug 2018 10:25:31
Just reading that it's looking like Karius will get his move but Migs could stay, for now. Do you believe this to be the case Eds?
Thanks very much.

Jurgen Meister

{Ed001's Note - possibly, but Migs' reps are still trying to get him a move.}

1.) 20 Aug 2018 13:57:18
Is there a possibility that they could both leave and we have the youngsters as back up.

2.) 20 Aug 2018 13:52:59
If both get a move are there any free agents we could move for as back up?

3.) 20 Aug 2018 14:20:24
Is the move permanent?

4.) 20 Aug 2018 14:20:48
Pepe Reina?

5.) 20 Aug 2018 17:42:25
Reina joined AC Milan in the summer.

6.) 20 Aug 2018 17:59:46
Oh man! I miss the bald headed buffoon 😂.




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21 May 2019 10:35:23
Reading we're apparently interested in signing Max Kruse on a free to replace Sturridge. Would be handy as a backup striker but not if his wage is £100,000 per week. Origi and Brewster will do for me.
Actually, Ed002 may know but this rumour reeks of an agent trying to drum up interest in his client.

Jurgen Meister

1.) 21 May 2019 11:05:11
I think we can conclude this is a non starter.

Unless we are selling Brewster.

2.) 21 May 2019 11:35:17
Kruse might actually be a handy Lallana replacementmore than he is a Sturridge replacement. He can play on either wing, in attacking midfield, as a striker, or as a false 9. He's a very versatile attacking player. He's more of a creative player than he is a goal scorer.

At 31 though he's a bit of a short term solution. I would've thought Klopp would fancy someone younger like Brandt, Fekir, Draxler or Fernandes.

{Ed002's Note - I don't think anyone would consider Kruse to be a winger.}

3.) 21 May 2019 12:47:39
Not much of an upgrade and at his age I'd rather just give Wilson a chance.

4.) 21 May 2019 13:14:42
Lol come on, this is never going to happen.

5.) 21 May 2019 13:37:58
if we don't buy right this summer, we will remain a competitive team . . . never winners.

6.) 21 May 2019 13:50:26
Definitely not a winger Ed002 but he has played across a front 3 throughout his career as a wide forward. Less so as he's got older to be fair. His best games last year mostly came from the attacking midfield position.

I still think it's just lazy journalism. German player out of contract. Klopp must be interested 🙄 I think Klopp will want someone younger.

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps I was misled by you saying "he can play on either wing".}

7.) 21 May 2019 16:48:02
Sounds like shades of Rickie Lambert to me. We've gone past those days.

8.) 21 May 2019 17:52:33
What shade of Lambert would be your choice, Ra?! I’d go with ‘Lilac Lambert’ personally 🧐.

9.) 21 May 2019 18:09:58
MK, he might have played across the front three but he's not in anyway similar to any of our front three. The wide players use their pace to get central and our no.9 drops deep to allow them space.

I can't see Kruse fulfilling either of those roles as effectively as we'd need him to.

10.) 21 May 2019 18:38:05
Max Kruse is a non starter, IMO. We need WAY better than him.

11.) 21 May 2019 18:41:02
I never said he would be good in the Salah/ Mane positions. I pointed out the positions he can and has played in. I never advocated him for those roles in our team.

All I was saying was that he'd be more of a Lallana replacement than a Sturridge replacement based on how he plays. When does Lallana play in our front 3? Kruse plays mostly as an attacking midfielder or as a false 9. He's not an out and out goal scorer like Sturridge is supposed to be.

I don't know what else to say. It'll just attract abuse as always.

12.) 21 May 2019 19:38:16
Zed, how can you even think of asking? The obvious shade is Red. 😝

MKS, Chill. Don't let it get under your skin.

13.) 21 May 2019 23:39:32
They're just giving their opinion Adam, i don't see it as abuse. I agree on one thing though, almost certainly just the German link driving rumours, the only 30+ player i expect us to sign will be a backup goalie if migs legs.



20 May 2019 10:58:18
As an Irish Red I'm sad to see Corey Whelan, Conor Masterson and Glen McAuley all departing. I knew Whelan wasn't Liverpool 1st team material, nor McAuley being realistic, but had some hope for Masterson.
Anyway i wish them the very best for the future and hope they find a good club, coach, career etc.

Same for Connor Randall and Juanma, and eh the nomadic Bobby Adekanye as well I suppose.

Ed any info at all on interest/ offers for any of these youngsters?

Jurgen Meister

{Ed002's Note - No, it is up to the players and their agents to find them new clubs.}

1.) 20 May 2019 11:39:54
I do find it surprising that some of the above players were still at the club, surely you must know that you aren’t going to make the grade.

Do you think it’s a case of seeing out their contract to get money? Or is there something else l.

E. g. Juanma is 22 now, and is now a free agent having no first team experience. Surely a year ago he knew he needed to move?

2.) 20 May 2019 12:25:02
Juanma was given a three year contract when he arrived in 2016, his first season was disrupted and last season was basically a write-off due to injury so I guess he wanted to give it one last shot this season. Best of luck to him.

3.) 20 May 2019 12:34:19
I guess for some players, they'd rather have Liverpool U23 for 3 years on their CV than 3 years at Brackley Town.

I guess it's down to that and where they believe they will develop better.

If Juanma gets a contract at Middlesborough or West Brom, then I'd think that he's done OK and better than if he'd have started playing at a low level team.

Of course, it's all guesswork really though.

4.) 20 May 2019 12:09:07
Okay thanks Ed, here's hoping.

{Ed002's Note - Let's hope they all find a home.}

5.) 20 May 2019 13:50:37
Ed have these players officially been released by the club then? I didn’t see it announced that’s all.

All deamed not good enough?

{Ed002's Note - The club has likely not finished the cull yet, but there will be a Press Release when they are ready. Tuesday is a good PR day and they do have a couple of other announcements to be made.}

6.) 20 May 2019 14:07:38
Ok mate thank you.

7.) 20 May 2019 14:11:52
Other announcements, Ed002? Any surprises?

{Ed002's Note - No it will be run of the mill stuff about first team injuries, training plans pre Madrid type stuff.}



22 Apr 2019 13:48:20
Sorry Ed001 I'm trying and failing to wait for your match review. Mostly because so so many pundits are giving Matip their MOTM against Cardiff. Presumably because he was given the freedom of the park to make a few loping runs forward. Eye catching but they ultimately came to nothing. What did you think of him, your MOTM?

Jurgen Meister

{Ed001's Note - I haven't done the review yet as I have not had a chance to watch the game a second time. Just about to try and sit and watch it again but no Matip was not bad but he was far from MOTM imo. Van Dijk had the better game and his one run forward was for more effective than all of Matip's put together. So I wouldn't even have Matip down as the best centre back, let alone MOTM.}

1.) 22 Apr 2019 14:02:18
I thought as much. Thanks Ed.

{Ed001's Note - I personally wish he wouldn't allow himself to be tempted into making those forward runs. He would be better moving the ball on quickly as he has a good passing range.}

2.) 22 Apr 2019 14:40:37
The guy has a decent game but people still looking for a way to put him down. Does it just that much to give anyone some credit.

3.) 22 Apr 2019 15:10:12
I agree he had more than a decent game, just not MOTM. I also thought his forward runs indirectly made things happen at a time when our passing was ponderous. I like Matip and hope he stays instead of Lovren. I just know Ed001 isn't Matip's biggest fan, so i was interested in his opinion.

{Ed0333's Note - the thing with Matip he’s not gonna improve year on year. He has a limited skill set coupled with lapses in concentration will cost us if he hasn’t got VVD to help him. For example a pairing of say Gomes and Matip would fill me with dread and would concede a lot more than VVD and Matip. Matip doesn’t get needlessly slagged off he gets abused because he’s not that good. When he plays will he gets lauded but his bad performances far out weigh his bad. I’m ambivalent about him staying next season.

4.) 22 Apr 2019 15:11:27
His runs forward do not fill me with confidence, he had an okay game but certainly not motm in my opinion. I thought gini was a good shout for motm.

5.) 22 Apr 2019 15:23:40
I fully understand eds annoyance at matips runs forward as in that game we were countered on but in general I think his runs forward generally cause havoc in the opposition defences and have rarely had any consequences for us and though they rarely lead to goals they often lead to chances being created and general panic, in some occasions I'd say he's been our best midfielder against the lower league opposition and as long as he's being covered I have no problem with him continuing to do it as long as the structure allows him to do it.

{Ed0333's Note - I think you must be watching a different Matip mate because our won isn’t what you describe, in fact I’d be interested in signing the Matip you’re on about lol.

6.) 22 Apr 2019 15:10:12
I agree he had more than a decent game, just not MOTM. I also thought his forward runs indirectly made things happen at a time when our passing was ponderous. I like Matip and hope he stays instead of Lovren. I just know Ed001 isn't Matip's biggest fan, so i was interested in his opinion.

7.) 22 Apr 2019 17:32:25
We won 2-0 away from home against a team who put 11 men in their own box and were so intent on time wasting they didn't even have any ball boys. Nobody played badly.

8.) 22 Apr 2019 18:47:08
I think Klopp wants Matip to run the ball out and on more than one occasion yesterday Vvd was directing him to run it forward with arm movements. If Klopp didn’t want Matip to run it out then he wouldn’t be doing it against his managers will. We all know Klopp doesn’t suffer fools.

9.) 22 Apr 2019 16:56:51
If matip doesn’t have scope for improvement lovren certainly doesn’t either Ed.

{Ed0333's Note - I’m not sure about that mate. Lovren has the capacity to be very good on a more consistent basis than Matip. Also lovren suffers from emotional issues which he sees a psychologist for. He’s a sensitive guy and when everything’s right in his personal life it has a positive influence in his professional one. During the World Cup he had daily psychologist sessions with the creation team Dr and he was excellent.

10.) 22 Apr 2019 22:34:43
I think when he goes forward with the ball, it gives us a numerical advantage because our mids can then look for open spaces further upfield. My perception is that it's usually 50/ 50; half the time he gives it away and half the time he finds a mid or a forward in the last third. As long as we don't suffer because of the space he leaves open behind (VVD usually should be covering), I don't think it's a bad thing. I don't recall taking in a goal because of his forward runs. He does come up with a gem of a pass from time to time; it certainly adds some variety to our attack. And if Klopp has not put an end to it, then I am assuming it has his blessing.

11.) 22 Apr 2019 22:35:39
I distinctly remember one of his runs forward where Cardiff were able to get the ball to counter, and Matip was just jogging back without a care in the world and took a lot of time to get back. It’s this lack of motivation to try and do the best job he can do that grinds my gears. Definitely not MOTM for me - but Glad that we kept a clean sheet.

12.) 22 Apr 2019 22:39:10
Matip was not MOTM, IMO even tho he had a solid game and kept Niase very quiet (not hard to do as he had NO support) . Ed01 is spot on im his assessment of Matip. As a Matip critic, I don't buy into the whole "he makes good runs in the opposing half" stuff. If people have not been paying attention, teams have been letting him do that as a tactic for weeks now. They let him saunter forward while all the passing lanes are blocked. He then tries to pass the ball after he is WAY too far forward. The oppo. nicks it and we are vulnerable at the back. I mean, this is not rocket science cos if I can see it then anyone can if they actually cared to pay attention during games.

Matip is not good enuff for us long term and like Ed said, were VVD not next to him, we would be in a world of hurt cos he switches off, lacks concentration, lacks aggressiveness in the challenge and goes walk about hence leaving VVD to cover the space and we are thin at the back (See Saints goal by Shane Long) . Matip has played well in some games (vs Bayern at home, at Burnley, both games vs B'mouth) BUT in the games he has not played well in, that should be called out as well.

13.) 23 Apr 2019 08:28:24
clearly matip taking the ball forward is an instruction by Klopp with the amount of times he does it, it mixes up our attack and gives the opposition something different to think about and he does it well. I am not his biggest fan but 40 yard switches to full backs can sometimes be too obvious.

14.) 23 Apr 2019 14:58:00
If one of the centre-backs is going to surge forward with the ball, the other needs to stay back and cover. Id rather Matip went forward leaving VVD as our last line of defence than the other way around.



21 Apr 2019 20:42:54
Did a quick search for Fabinho's name on here and didn't find it, so just want to say, my favourite thing about tonight's game was Klopp saying in the press conference that "he is fine. " YNWA. We roll on.

Jurgen Meister

1.) 21 Apr 2019 21:06:11
In addition, it was good to see our medical staff make the decision to pull him from the game. Football is pretty bad at recognising the importance of concussion (they pay platitudes to it, but when push comes to shove they let players stay on when they probably shouldn’t) and so to take off a guy who’d only been on for a minute or two was obviously not an ideal decision, but the 100% correct decision. Well done to the on field medical team.

2.) 21 Apr 2019 21:11:19
Hmm, someone dislikes the fact that Fabinho isn't concussed?
Seems we've a bit to go.

3.) 22 Apr 2019 03:55:24
Agree with you hopeful - was great to see a professional decision being made by the medical team and looking after the player. Too many times in this league players are continuing on after dangerous head injuries and concussion.

4.) 22 Apr 2019 09:27:59
Yes exactly hopeful. Fabian Schär playing on for Switzerland recently after a serious head injury was shocking and should never have been allowed. So yes the Liverpool medical and coaching staff should be commended for taking the quick and correct decision to get Fab off the pitch and under observation.

Bringing in a temporary concussion substitution is something that could be looked at by the authorities.

5.) 22 Apr 2019 09:27:59
Yes exactly hopeful. Fabian Schär playing on for Switzerland recently after a serious head injury was shocking and should never have been allowed. So yes the Liverpool medical and coaching staff should be commended for taking the quick and correct decision to get Fab off the pitch and under observation.

Bringing in a temporary concussion substitution is something that could be looked at by the authorities.



12 Apr 2019 09:58:23
I see Matty Virtue is already doing great things in League 1 since his January move to Blackpool. 3 goals and an assist in 10 games. After his 6 goals in the first half of the season for our U23s I can't help but wonder why he was allowed to leave on a permanent deal for tuppence when a goal scoring midfielder is actually one of the few tings our first team squad is missing. (keep 'em comin Naby) .

Ed001 or others have you heard anything about the lad or why this seemingly odd transfer was sanctioned? Much thanks as always.

Jurgen Meister

{Ed001's Note - because he was nowhere near breaking into the first team squad and needed (and wanted) to play first team football.}

1.) 12 Apr 2019 11:11:15
My father-in-law is a Blackpool fan and he said the fans made their minds up early on that Virtue was crap! He himself has only recently started going back again and says he is seems decent but I don’t think he’s anywhere near Liverpool level if fans of an average league one team are questioning if he’s good enough for them.

{Ed003's Note - Just recently gone back myself as well cobra :-) I think it has taken some time to get up to speed for the lad, but from what I have seen, he seems a very good prospect - whether he is L'pool standard only time will tell. }




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15 May 2019 12:54:12
Jeepers ed! With so many players not moving to Liverpool how are we going to have a squad at all!? :/.

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14 May 2019 10:14:29
You're right there Har_red92, and with Caoimhin and Travers at Bournemouth it's nice to know Ireland's goalkeeping situation looks so bright for the future. A good loan for Kelleher would be beneficial, but needs to be considered carefully. Grabara's is the ideal example, he's having a great time in Denmark, keeping 4 clean sheets so far. He's helped AGF into the two-legged playoff final for the chance to progress to the Europa League playoff. All really good and important experience for him and apparently he is visibly growing in stature and confidence with every game. Shamal George on the other hand didn't play at all at Tranmere, for reasons that I'm not aware of. I think Kelleher is good enough to have an impact at a smaller club next season, but finding the right one will be crucial.

Haha, and yes Ed002 that was a weird question above. Migs is "the best number two in the Premier League" according to Klopp, so he certainly won't be third choice and we're only talking about someone coming in if he decides to move on for regular football. But his contract runs to 2021 so he may decide to stay, as has been repeatedly mentioned it's up to him.

I think the amount we're discussing the backup goalkeeper situation speaks volumes for how little work our squad will need this summer.

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17 Apr 2019 14:14:54
Haha, thought so. But yes I hear Klopp is planning on changing to a 2-2-6 formation next season. :)

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21 Mar 2019 08:14:44
Haha, 'touted as surplus'? What does that even mean? Yeah I remember the Gini 'rumours' as well. Apparently Cocu wanted him at Fenerbahce, right? Yeah well I'm not surprised, but I want $1,000,000 in my bank account but wanting ain't getting. Gini was never available for transfer, is our most important midfielder atm and is happy playing for one of the top teams in world football. Ain't going nowhere.

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20 Mar 2019 23:18:31
Ohhhhhhhh Arda Turan! Arda, Arda, Arda, etc. etc.
That rumour should've had it's own terrace song. Just sayin. :)

So let's say Milner and Lallana leave. Eds is Grujic likely to leave also? Even so, then let's say Kane and Jones go on loan for the season. And we sign a creative goal-scoring midfielder (which Zielinski is not) . That still leaves us with Fab, Trent, Hendo, Gini, Naby, Ox.
I would argue that it makes more sense to play Grujic than buy Zielinski. But that's just me and my very average teeth!

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20 May 2019 12:09:07
Okay thanks Ed, here's hoping.

Jurgen Meister

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20 May 2019 12:25:02
Juanma was given a three year contract when he arrived in 2016, his first season was disrupted and last season was basically a write-off due to injury so I guess he wanted to give it one last shot this season. Best of luck to him.

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19 May 2019 03:26:36
I'd add Firmino to that World Class list. Plus in Trent and Robbo we've got two of the best fullbacks around atm who both should be considered world class if they maintain this form, if not already.

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17 May 2019 09:32:05
Wow Ruben Loftus-Cheek doing his achilles in a charity game in the US before a European Final. Whoever's responsible for scheduling that must be popular in South West London right around now. It just seems bizarre, Liverpool's players aren't even allowed to take long-haul flights. I'm all for raising money for charity but this has resulted in the worst case scenario for Chelsea and RLC (who i think would've started) .

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15 May 2019 13:08:48
Good grief why did I bother reading this entire thread?

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