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09 Jul 2017 09:33:13
Good morning,
Quick question Ed002 if you're about.

Do you think VVD and Keita will sign by the end of the weekend? Joke.

I recall you mentioned that with the new TV deal with BT in place, a number of foreign owners would possibly look to sell come 2017. Are FSG actively looking for buyers?

Do you also see more investment from China? Looking to buy premier league clubs etc.


{Ed002's Note - The problem is that due to the stupidity of the Brexit vote the pound is worth zip at the moment - which makes a great time to buy if you have foreign funds but a rotton time to sell if the owners are not keeping the money in GBP.

Since China opened up it has thrown a massive potential market in to the mix for professional sports (not just football, but there are other growth sports as well) and a number of Chinese companies see the potential for significant income form the game. Chinese money is already flooding through football with ownership and/or investment in clubs as diverse as Inter Milan, Espanyol, Den Haag, Milan, Sochaux, Aston Villa, Milan, Atletico Madrid, Slavia Prague and significantly, City Football Group. City Football Group of course owns or npart owns Manchester City, New York City, Yokohama F Marino, Atlético Torque, Atletico Venezuela and Melbourne City - and are looking to expand in to China and further in South America. 20% of the group is Chinese owned. For years the professional game in China was under a cloud of corruption (including match-fixing) and the Chinese, and to be fair FIFA, have worked very hard to resolve the issues. The game is on the up there and they have the money to pretty much do what they want, and this involves taking a mix of players to play in China - there are high profile players at high-profile English sides that are being offered significant financial rewards for moving to China. There is now a shift coming in Europe and I would expect to see further investment in European sides - there is one organization looking hard at Germany and another already successful in buying in to Italy. They of course have to work within certain legal ownership frameworks and that will restrict investment in certain countries. Do not be surprised to see another English side be taken over by Chinese owners in the not too distant future (let me suggest Lander might look to complete the deal for Southampton soon). Meanwhile, the profile of the game at home is increasing and the market to be tapped significant. I spent several months in Hong Kong working in both 1988 and again in 1990 and it was clear then that the mainland needed a step change and it could get leverage over so much - since then that has happened. Six months working out of Beijing in 2005 (until they pretty much forced me out) showed that changes were happening - since then I understand from colleagues who do visit that it has moved on a lot.

In terms of my personal view:

The Chinese are intent on cleaning up their act and want to promote sport within a nation that has only recently fully opened their doors to the outside world. There is a significant shift in wealth to the Far East and in particular China. They will invest and build in their own leagues and they will go to other parts of the world to learn. Chelsea has lost a couple of players to China and has had an approach about a another. Other players from the EPL have followed and there will be more - although the Chinese authorities are now bringing in restrictions to make it more manageable - but in the longer term the Chinese will cherry pick and then look to grow. This then leads to potential movement of players within the consortia (as Udinese has done with Watford) and that is something we will see more of but there are pleanty of walls in the way based on (a) convenience, and (b) potential abuse of national or international FFP rules. They will learn from the mistakes of others and they will soon be looking to add coaching capabilities by recruiting from other leagues. It is progress - like it or not.}

There will be more global City Football Group style collectives appearing. There will be growth in China. And so it goes.}

1.) 09 Jul 2017 10:25:16
Really interesting.

I didn't realise how involved the City foootball group are.

Thank you for the detailed response, as always.


2.) 09 Jul 2017 11:27:15
Correct me if I'm wrong ed but I remember reading that potentially a Chinese under 21 team or in that region are joining the lower tiers of the German league to help develop them and gain experience.

{Ed002's Note - It is not quite like that but there is a recent agreement that will see a connection between the countries and there has been a recent youth tournament - I don't know what happened.}

3.) 09 Jul 2017 12:11:09
Wonder if any of these football collectives are planning on making Liverpool FC their flagship, we all know that there's only maybe 10 clubs in the world with as big or bigger fan bases than us.

4.) 09 Jul 2017 13:00:16
Nice read Ed02 many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

5.) 09 Jul 2017 17:18:45
Eds, I read something about the Chinese government making it more difficult for companies to invest in things like football cubs abroad recently, something to do with reducing the flow of money out of the country and to combat money laundering. Is this correct? I also heard something about some players finding it difficult to get their money out of China, is that true do you know?

{Ed002's Note - It is true that the Government want to regulate the amount being spent - but remember in some cases this is Government money. I don't know about the players. We had to prove that we were not money laundering back in the day and that we were not hiding money away. Nowadays (starting in 2006 which was after I left) there are many western backs in China so I doubt it is much of an issue.}

6.) 09 Jul 2017 18:00:18
Thanks ed, you've lived some life haven't you, I bet you're a bloody interesting chap to have a pint with.

7.) 09 Jul 2017 20:20:33
I'm not sure why but I'm under the impression ed002 is female I seem to recall reading it at some point but I could be wrong? But so many posters seem to refer to ed002 as male? So which is it ed002?

{Ed002's Note - For the right money I can be anything you want.}

8.) 09 Jul 2017 22:20:57
Thats a top secret here.

One of the most interesrting topics open for discusaion anytime.


9.) 10 Jul 2017 02:39:46
The sharkpod makes her sound like an 70s East German olympic sprinter (no offence ma'am)

10.) 10 Jul 2017 10:35:38
I reckon Ed002 is a female former KGB spy, far too many secret contacts to just be muggle like the rest of us.

11.) 10 Jul 2017 12:45:19
It was a joke made by Ed1 to seed a rumour that Ed2 is a "she". That has long been disproved. Although, there are days you might think it's "that time of the month" with Ed2 :-) . On the other hand, who can blame the man?



14 Dec 2016 12:42:08

Any idea on how long Can is out for?


{Ed001's Note - he is having a fitness test later, he might well be fit to play tonight.}

1.) 14 Dec 2016 13:03:18
Fair enough.

Thanks ed001.

{Ed001's Note - welcome Nicky.}

2.) 14 Dec 2016 15:26:45
Good news on Emre. Is it a simular thing with lovren ed?

{Ed001's Note - yes.}



05 Dec 2016 21:35:59
Matip recovered for West Ham this weekend?

Hope so.



01 Jul 2016 19:49:36
Quick question for Ed002 if I may.

Reports showing Palace are showing an interest in Benteke and Liverpool looking at a significant fee for him.

Is their interest due to the fact they have more money to spend as a result of the new TV revenue?


{Ed002's Note - No, their interest will be because they see that the player can improve their side.}

1.) 01 Jul 2016 23:44:03
Can u see us getting the 30mill we are holding out for Ed002? . Or will we get 28 or something. I thought 25 was good.

{Ed002's Note - I would not get too wrapped up in the money McD.}

2.) 02 Jul 2016 06:08:02
Sure thing Ed 2, of course they see Benteke as an option to improve their squad, hence the bid.

I just thought that it was significant as I've never seen the likes of say Palace bid that amount for a player, especially when you factor in all the additional costs, agents fees, VAT on these fees, potential relocation costs etc etc,

Having said that, I think I read below that Palace have backing from the US so that may have answered my question.

3.) 02 Jul 2016 09:53:54
Money is clearly not an issue for Palace as they had no problem splashing 33m on a bid for Batshuayi. I think the deal will go through especially because he wants the move and we don't wanna keep him.

4.) 03 Jul 2016 04:05:09
obviously it's because of the TV deal. no idea why Ed 02 disagreed with that comment. i don't think they can afford to bid that much with out it.

{Ed001's Note - because you are wrong. They could not afford to spend that much because of the TV deal. Why do ignorant people argue when it is clear they have no idea what they are talking about? Palace were taken over recently by an extremely well-financed group who are pumping money in. That is why they can afford it, not because of the TV money, which they have not received yet anyway.}

5.) 03 Jul 2016 07:34:25
Spot on, Ed. They are financial backers from the States if I'm correct. If not, you may correct me.

{Ed001's Note - correct, they are an American consortium.}



29 May 2016 16:28:53
Hello all, Eds and Reds

Not sure how many carp anglers there are on here, I am one myself and go to France a couple of times a year fishing.

A complex where we go is called Dream Lakes and a friend of mine is there at the moment.

He is fishing with his son and two swims along is young Brannigan. They have been talking and have had a brew together. Brannigan has also had a kick about with my friends son which is really great.

Being a big LFC fan, my mate text me and sent in photos, he said Brannigan is so down to earth.

I did ask him if he knew anything regarding Couthino and he reckons he will stay with us. Interestingly enough, Brannigan has also been approached by Barcelona!

I don't very often start posts but thought this was quite interesting and the fact he's be playing footie on the bank with my mates son. I think it's brilliant.

1.) 29 May 2016 17:02:09
Isn't he was wanted by Barcelona years ago?

2.) 29 May 2016 17:39:55
Recently as well matey.

3.) 29 May 2016 19:01:32
He has been on Barcelona's radar for while and they have been watching his contract negotiations as recently as the last several weeks.

4.) 29 May 2016 19:40:35
Thank you Scouse for reiterating that.

5.) 29 May 2016 23:21:07
Brannigan got back from USA and over to france quickly then.

6.) 29 May 2016 23:44:08
You're welcome mate.

7.) 30 May 2016 06:35:45
Why on earth would I make something like this up Hoola? Just check back on my posting history and you will find It's not in my nature whatsoever. He's there, in France, Carp angling.

It's a shame I can't post pictures my mate sent me a lovely photo of Brannigan signing his young son's Liverpool shirt.

{Ed001's Note - you can post up pics on here. Message on the contact form (at the bottom of the page) to get Ed033 to pull his finger out and put up the link again!}

8.) 30 May 2016 06:49:39
I will do that Ed 1.

{Ed001's Note - cheers.}

9.) 30 May 2016 09:32:45
All sounds a bit fishy to me.

10.) 30 May 2016 10:21:36
I think you're just reeling us in.

11.) 30 May 2016 10:53:48
What a load of carp.

12.) 30 May 2016 11:19:10
Surprised it's take so long for the fishy jokes.

To be fair, I'm quite disappointed. I've met a good number of LFC players both past and present but none of the younger crop of players.

I used to go the the same complex in France twice a year and would have been there myself but for having to cut back on expenditure. I now have a two year old lad so the cost of my LFC season ticket and 2 trips to France each year was getting a bit much.

13.) 30 May 2016 17:51:54
For hooks hake 😠.




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20 Aug 2017 17:03:39
Barcelona - 2 hours to stump up the cash.

1.) 20 Aug 2017 17:41:47
Love it NickyD cheeky b------s.



20 Aug 2017 16:03:46
So Barcelona.

You've got until Sunday 7pm to stump up the cash.

How about that?

1.) 20 Aug 2017 16:14:33
I think you'll find it's the other way around. They're the ones who have given a 7pm deadline to accept their latest offer, or they will move on.

2.) 20 Aug 2017 16:23:13
I'm a bit confused. So Barcelona have said Dear Liverpool Football Club, we know you Have rejected our offer but if you don't unreject our offer by tonight then our offer isn't an offer anymore and we are going to spit out our dummy and not buy the player you said wasn't available to buy all along. wow.

3.) 20 Aug 2017 16:34:35
Eric, I think you'll find my comment is a dig at Barcelona and their latest comments 🙄🙄🙄.

4.) 20 Aug 2017 16:54:59
It's just to try and unsettle the player and shouldn't be allowed but because it's non-domestic it can't be investigated by the FA.

5.) 20 Aug 2017 17:03:49
Is it Spanish time or English time. because I can't wait to see if this it's true.
There's 58minutes left from where I live.
This TW has become some what entertaining.
Maybe I'm covering the fact it's been shit. 😂
(Well not to fans expectations)

6.) 20 Aug 2017 17:28:34
I read it as.

Dear Liverpool Football Club,

You know that player you don't want to sell to us for that outrageously unrealistic offer that you outright rejected, well, we give you until 7pm Sunday to reconsider our outrageously unrealistic offer for the player, or else we will withdraw our offer for the player that you don't want to sell.

Kind regards

All at FC Barcelona.

If he wants to go on strike, fine. He can join Sakho training with the youth team and miss out on the World Cup. If of course Barcelona return with a more realistic offer, then he can go. Players are nothing more than transient employees.



19 Aug 2017 17:22:02
Not s great performance today but a win is a win. Midfield very inept.

Andy Robertson, cracking debut

Joe Gomez, good to see him back in the first team.

Solanke - Looked good and could have scored.

1.) 19 Aug 2017 17:24:54
Between the length of time he was injured and TAA mania, I actually forgot that Gomez is a pretty good footballer too.

Clyne is now third choice right back as far as I'm concerned.

2.) 19 Aug 2017 17:33:22
Just to let you know . The words inept, kudos and astute have been named off this site .

3.) 19 Aug 2017 17:40:53
Oh well, it's the perfect adjective that sums up our midfield today.

4.) 19 Aug 2017 17:48:45
Would like to see Gomez at centre half with Matip.

5.) 19 Aug 2017 17:51:15
Just another note on Robertson - I could see today how much more balanced we looked on the left, anyone else st the match today see this?

No offence to Jimmy but he would always cut in on his right foot, Robertson ran the line, opened up the space and put in some great crosses.

6.) 19 Aug 2017 18:23:52
The only thing I didn’t like about Robertsons game was he seemed to cut in quite a lot (when off the ball) and move into a strikers position leaving only Mane out wide, besides that he did do well.

7.) 19 Aug 2017 18:50:44
Nicky, isn't that the truth? For me, a lefty should always play the LB position as it gives good balance and shape to the team and attacking-wise, keeps things moving at pace as he can whip a ball in with his left foot in stride w/ o having to always check back to his right foot. Things as simple as that make a difference. I thought he was very good today along with the other members of the back line who kept Benteke quiet 99% of the time.



15 Aug 2017 22:07:49
Lots of comments regarding Robertson and why he's not been included for the last couple of games.

If there are any old timers on here ( like me unfortunately ) they will tell you that during our hay day in the 70's and 80's, new players were not always automatically drafted into the team.

Fitness, had to earn the place in the team etc etc.

1.) 15 Aug 2017 22:17:36
I think Klopp's going to let him have his debut at Anfield so he has the best opportunity to get off on a good foot, and not give the fans a reason to get on his back before he has a chance (see Karius as an example)

2.) 15 Aug 2017 22:18:57
Unusual in this day and age though, especially when Moreno is your back up.

3.) 15 Aug 2017 22:35:53
Considering he's fit, it's not the 70s or 80s anymore, and would have to be a pretty poor player not to be better than Moreno it doesn't hold much water for me.

4.) 15 Aug 2017 22:36:28
Why hasn't he done the same with Salah and Solanke. Or any other signing he's made at LFC. Grasping at straws. I'm all for giving the lad a chance and actually look forward to seeing him play there instead of Moreno but even the most positive fan has to admit something isn't sitting right with this.

5.) 15 Aug 2017 22:43:51
When Moreno is the other choice, why would you ease him in?

6.) 16 Aug 2017 02:23:59
This isn't the 80s though. It's bizarre because there isn't anyone in front of Robertson that has more claim to the left back position. Milner was only a stop-gap, and Moreno was shafted for an entire season for that stop-gap, and was put on sale by LFC.

{Ed001's Note - he is not fully fit, Hull were still sorting themselves out, I was told he hadn't had proper fitness training and was miles behind the rest of the squad when he turned up. From what I can gather, he had not been included in the first team squad training sessions as they knew they were selling him. So fit is a relative term.}

7.) 16 Aug 2017 08:36:57
Cheers Ed 01 for clearing this up. Keep Up the good work.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate, Robertson will be in the team as soon as he is ready to play. Unless Moreno performs well in the meantime of course.}



15 Aug 2017 19:45:23
Two games in this European tie, so no need to go hung ho form the off imo.

Keep the press, not too high and keep defensively tight. Let's hit our opposition on the break for a change.

On another note, hopefully we our bridges back with Fulham again by loaning them Ojo.




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16 Aug 2017 15:48:04

It's great hearing from Macca though I can't help but think you're not of the same opinion in that VVD and Keita will sign.

My gut feeling is that neither will be a Liverpool player come the end of the transfer window.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained the situation as I understand it.}



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11 Aug 2017 18:14:15
Keeps the price of a player intact though Ed25.

{Ed025's Note - it does to a certain extent i suppose nicky..



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11 Aug 2017 16:23:14
Barcelona know full well, as we all do, that prices for players are going through the roof. If Couthino has a good domestic season followed by a decent World Cup, his price will go up even further.



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11 Aug 2017 14:33:39
We don't have to sell, we are in a good position.

This has been going on for a year, he should have put in the transfer request months ago.

He needs to have a good season with the World Cup coming up.



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09 Aug 2017 16:03:44
Connex Southeastern.




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20 Aug 2017 16:34:35
Eric, I think you'll find my comment is a dig at Barcelona and their latest comments 🙄🙄🙄.



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20 Aug 2017 09:06:29
They did MK but the back up was there if there were any injurys.

No idea what I was writing, predictive text!



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20 Aug 2017 08:34:02
United dominated with 4 strikers.

If we get through to the group stages of the CL, there will be a lot of football to play.

I personally wouldn't send original put on loan, unless another game in.

Just my opinion.



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20 Aug 2017 07:36:20
I agree with both of the above and we still need a leader at CB.

I also hope Gomez can keep injury free as he will be a useful addition. One thing I noticed about Gomez yesterday, was that he didn't just head the ball into "no mans land" when the ball came to him in the air. When he had the time, he chested the ball down and picked a pass.