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01 Feb 2017 12:49:39
Hi all,

I was just wondering if anyone is aware what the plan with Flanagan is?

He was sent on loan, apparently with some sort of weird clause about having to play a certain percentage of games, but hasn't started a game since October.

Does he have a future at Liverpool or is he one more to be added to the scrap heap?

Cheers all


1.) 01 Feb 2017 16:31:19
Doesn't have a future, he's struggled to get any real game time this season, championship is his level

2.) 01 Feb 2017 22:04:26
Championship my arse . he is quality just had injuries/ issues which have massively hindered his progress. out of site out of mind. love to see him back in a red shirt. cracking little player.

3.) 01 Feb 2017 23:51:10
He's just not quality at all, with Klopp's system you need full backs who are suited to playing like wingers in possession and bombing forward at any given moment. He's simply not good enough or suited to a team who has aspirations to be challenging for trophies. If he wasn't a local lad people the majority of people would judge him completely differently.

4.) 02 Feb 2017 01:49:54
It baffles me how many people still rate him, he had a fairly good season in 13/ 14 but his all round game just isn't up to standard, love the guys passion and commitment but we need to take off the red specs. I think he has made 5 appearances at Burnley, just not good enough for a club who have ambitions of being CL regulars.

5.) 02 Feb 2017 03:39:25
Unfortunately injuries have hampered his career but I wouldn't rule out if he comes back into form he could become very useful to a PL club, but suspect unlikely at liverpool as he's primarily defensively minded.

{Ed025's Note - which is just what you need zimbo..

6.) 02 Feb 2017 10:31:05
Still technically a Liverpool player so he gets my support but I do believe he'll be off probably in the summer. Good player but not for us. Championship level? No, would fit right in with a team like stoke.

7.) 02 Feb 2017 11:17:54
He was brilliant 13/ 14 season and has struggled with injuries since, he hasn't been seen for past couple years so how can anyone really judge him. where he's from has nothing to do with it. that's a massive chip on some people's shoulders.

8.) 02 Feb 2017 12:40:12
Quality. Ignore loans. Unless there is a certain clause to buy him you donr build your tem around someone who isn't going to be here next yearm

A loan is usually just to bulk uo the numbers ans cover your first team.

9.) 02 Feb 2017 06:18:31
Fair play but I don't think that's what Klopp has in mind is what I meant.

{Ed025's Note - liverpools biggest problem is the defence zimbo and flanno cant be much worse than whats there at the moment mate..

10.) 03 Feb 2017 13:03:01
Agree with 25 Flanno for me is an improvement on all 3 current fullbacks that we have. It wasn't a 1 off season really where he looked good, even when called into action at 17 he kept Theo Walcott and his pace in his pocket all game, and played well when given opportunities in other games at 17/ 18.
Injuries have hampered him, so he hasn't been able to pla, He's looked good when I;ve watched his appearances at Burnley too, sadly he's only there to fill out their squad and give it depth. He certainly looks better than Lowton when gien chaces.

11.) 03 Feb 2017 13:36:39
Flanno might not be the greatest footballer but what he brings to the table is passion and desire which you won't see from him unless he is wearing a red shirt! He is a true Liverpool fan that will put it on the line for the club and its in the games against the lesser teams that he could be invaluable for us.

Just think back to the game we beat Arsenal 6-1 he had us up and at em from the first minute and was arguably man of the match against one of the best footballing sides in the league. talent only takes you so far on matchday the rest comes down to heart and Flanno has plenty of that. something we havelacked and has cost us games this season. Its a shame that so called fans will slate off one of the only true Liverpool fans at the club.

12.) 03 Feb 2017 13:08:26
Can you see Flanno been given a chance at Liverpool?

13.) 03 Feb 2017 22:44:46
Flanno is too slow both physically and mentally. Gets done by pace snd tricks every time and offers little going forward.

14.) 03 Feb 2017 22:54:10
Slimz great post.



31 Mar 2016 12:12:18
Hi Eds,

Rumours circulating the tabloids about Liverpool tabling an offer for Higuain.

I am pretty sure you will say that no official offer has been made, but are we interested in him?

I can only assume that pursuing a striker, especially one that expensive, means that arrangements have been made for Benteke already.

Or is it all just balderdash?

Cheers in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Liverpool has not sold Benteke and has not made any offer for or shown any interest in Higuain.}



02 Feb 2015 19:44:19
Evening Eds,

Can you see Liverpool looking to bring anyone in should Lambert leave? Getting a bit close to the wire for me.

I would be tempted to give Ibe a shot up front if we need someone instead of panic buying someone now (Gignac??)

Good luck to Lambert if he does leave, amazing for him to play for the club he loves, shame he didn't get to score a blinder at the Kop end!

Cheers in advance Eds


{Ed002's Note - I think their is sufficient cover - Rodgers may not agree - I dealt with Gignac earlier.}



25 Oct 2014 12:11:59
I 99% confident what the answer is going to be for this but have we shown any interest at all in Sami Khedira?

I think he would be perfect to sure up the midfield and give Stevie a bit of a break, plus give Rodgers some tactical freedom.

He could either play 1 DM in the diamond like we did last year, or 2 DM's against the bigger teams, without having to shoehorn Hendo into there.

Please tell me the transfer committee have this one tucked up their sleeves Eds :)


{Ed001's Note - sorry mate.}

1.) Why are you talking about buying a DM, Rogers wouldn't buy one in the summer when he had over 100 million to spend, he's not going to buy one now. Luxas will leave, SG will play every minute of every game, Henderson will be forced into covering for SG and Can will get a few games covering for SG too.
What a crock of ****.



22 Sep 2014 13:00:17
Hi Eds,

Likely to be a firm "NO!" i'm sure, but does this Joe Hart story have any legs?

The "An Unreliable Newspaper" are reporting that he might be an option for us in January?

I can only assume that they have put 2+2 together and got Umbrella.

Caballero played under Pellegrini at Malaga and Liverpool's GK is coming under pressure, let's make a story. etc.

Would prefer him to Valdes though! Would there likely be a very high fee involved?

Cheers in advance!


{Ed002's Note - I really think the "No" is correct.}

1.) Hart is no less error prone than mignolet, also dwells on the ball




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10 Feb 2017 16:47:25
Hi Eds/ Reds,

What is your opinion on ............


{Ed002's Note - I appreciate the comment but not somewhere we want to go.}

1.) 10 Feb 2017 16:56:13
Yep that's fair enough.

Have a great weekend.



26 Jan 2017 13:44:29
Hi Eds,

I would love to hear your opinion on whether you think the lack of a winter break is hampering Klopp's style of play.

Whilst the tactics aren't exactly the same as when he was at Dortmund and we don't use the same "Gegenpress" (Koploss huhn as Ed002 would say), it is clear that Klopp likes his teams to play with high intensity all over the pitch.

Do you think that the fact that there isn't a winter break here means that his system struggles after the compacted winter schedule.

It must be said that January/ February was pretty poor last season as well.

Perhaps Klopp hasn't 100% got to grips with the fact that there is no winter break and his players are struggling to keep up the intensity without having 2 weeks break to recover.

Anyway, just a thought, thanks for keeping us all entertained. Great site.


{Ed002's Note - No, it is not the lack of a winter break. It is as has been explained what the issue is on many occasions.

Klopp should have by now realised there is no winter break in the season - if not have him call and I will explain.}

1.) 26 Jan 2017 15:26:37
We have barely pressed for the last few weeks, for me the problem has been Lallana's energy has been sorely missed in the midfield, and pipcos creativity and link up play in the final third.

I actually don't think Mane as a player has been missed that much in terms of what he brings, but it's altered the players we select for certain positions. Hnedo Gigi and Lallana in the middle are th key, plenty of energy and good link up play. Hendo especially misses Lallana there.

Mane offers pace, but even during Christmas period when we did pick up points, we didn't look as dynmic in the team. Our press goes when hendo or Lallana do it in the middle. Bobby out wide hasn't worked as he's best utilised chasing down defenders and splitting centrebacks forcing the ball out wide where the passing lanes are closed by 180 degrees.

I actually think wed play better with bobby pipco and ojo in the front 3 and lallana gigi and hendo in the middle. Hell I'll throw it out there we could push hendo right for his energy and try stewart as the pivot. But gigi and Can do not work

2.) 26 Jan 2017 18:11:11
yes we need more pace up front, for lots of reasons, so its a no brainer, pick Ojo, rest sturridge, rest Can . as he doesn't offer much in midfield, and we need high energy, not side passes and back passes



18 Nov 2016 09:32:24
Morning Ed002,

You have previously said that should Gerrard come back to Liverpool in a playing capacity that he would be subject to charges from the FA (as a result of his book and other things I assume? )

Would this also be the case if he were to come back in a coaching capacity, or indeed if he were to take the managers job at MK Dons?

Cheers in advance.


{Ed002's Note - No, only if he returned as a player - a similar situation arose with another ex-player.}

1.) 18 Nov 2016 11:58:30
Out of interest, what would the penalty be? A fine/ ban etc? Or is it done on a case by case basis?

Many thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - It is a case-by-case basis. They don't write regulations for unprofessional thugs.}

2.) 18 Nov 2016 12:56:30
Well they write them for Rooney 😆.



29 Jul 2016 13:19:57
Saw on the rumours page something about Henderson going to Spurs.

Now I don't think it's true. But who would you guys like to have as captain if Hendo did leave?

Personally I can't see anyone in the squad who is 1) the sort of character needed to be a captain and 2) going to play regularly enough.

Perhaps a system like United had when Neville was getting towards the end of his career. He was the "Club Captain" but there was a "Team Captain" for the games, Ferdinand or Giggs usually.

Anyway, just thought it would be an interesting discussion away from left backs etc

Have a great day all, and a very happy birthday Ed001.


{Ed001's Note - cheers Dawn.}

1.) 29 Jul 2016 13:57:16
You know. I never even considered that my screen name could lead people to think I was called Dawn.

Was merely that I am a Red, and would like to see the dawn of a new period of dominance for Liverpool. Granted, references to an early 80s Patrick Swayze war film was probably stretching it.

{Ed001's Note - hahaha. That was a terrible film!}

2.) 29 Jul 2016 16:22:18
You mean it never "dawned" on you?


{Ed001's Note - groan.}

3.) 29 Jul 2016 18:03:09
Was hoping for a "post of the day" 😡.

{Ed001's Note - that is Ed002's place to pick.}



15 Jul 2016 14:19:57
Will we ever hear any information about the supposed "buy back clause" in the Ibe transfer? (Which i still believe is rubbish and completely unenforceable)

Do aspects of transfers such as that need to be reported to the FA/ PL/ UEFA in the same way that transfer fees do?

Or would it just be an agreement between the clubs, if it exists at all?

Cheers in advance.


{Ed002's Note - There is no need to inform UEFA.}

1.) 15 Jul 2016 14:38:27
Cheers Ed :)

Do you think that there is some sort of buy-back clause in Ibe's deal? And if so how would such a thing work in practice?

Cheers again, sorry for all the questions.

{Ed001's Note - buy back? It really depends on the contract. The usual is just to set a price that the selling club can buy back the player at a later date.}




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17 Feb 2017 12:52:40
Who enforces that rule Ed? Is it the FAs to stop the poaching of players to rivals or is it UEFA/ FIFA?

And what do you believe the purpose is if you don't mind me asking?


{Ed002's Note - UEFA enforce it via local FAs. It is to stop the disruption of rivals making approaches to players who have contracts up for discussion or running out.}



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05 Jan 2017 21:09:08
I genuinely think that Fonte is one of the most underrated centre backs in the league. He made Lovren look excellent and is now making the overrated Van Dijk look excellent as well.

If he was a few years younger all the major teams in Europe would be after him i'm sure.




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22 Dec 2016 09:53:48
Would love to hear your opinion on what we should be doing in January Ed001?

As Villa don't look like getting near promotion this season I think Amavi would be a good bet. He's still young and wouldn't need to be thrown straight in as we have Milner there playing well. Klopp could ease him in over the next 6 months to get him ready for 1st choice next year.

Apart from that, unless we can suddenly pluck a world class CB out from somewhere I am happy with the squad for the rest of this season.

Cheers in advance.


{Ed001's Note - I am not convinced we need to do anything in January personally. I would rather see the youngsters given chances. Juanma at left back looks promising. If we buy players like Amavi, it is like telling Juanma to give it up. We do need a centre back, if Matip is going to continue to struggle with injuries. If not, I would prefer to wait until the summer.}



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21 Oct 2016 13:45:30
I read that as "the insane rumour"

Most of the "rumours" on here are insane if they aren't from the Eds.




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07 Jul 2016 13:14:42
We keep hearing that Klopp has final say when buying players, and I don't doubt that at all.

But what happens when selling players Eds? Would the board ever step in and say "Doesn't matter how much you want to keep him, this offer is too good, we're selling him"

Or does Klopp have final say on outgoings as well?

Cheers in advance.


{Ed002's Note - It doesn't work like that.}




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24 Feb 2017 09:13:36
Surely the reason that the clubs side with the players is due to the players being assets.

You can sell almost any player for a few million, the best players for tens of millions. The best managers in the world can be hired for a tenth of what you get in for selling players.

It's a horribly warped system but as clubs are almost exclusively businesses now I can understand why it makes sense financially to remove the manager over removing a load of players. And unfortunately the bottom line is key for most owners.


{Ed001's Note - short term it makes sense, but long term it just sets the clubs up for more trouble later.}



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10 Feb 2017 16:56:13
Yep that's fair enough.

Have a great weekend.




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10 Feb 2017 09:15:49
Great positive news coming out of the worst possible time mate.

Wishing you all the best and some very happy memories from now on.




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07 Feb 2017 14:35:47
Well in that case we need to replace Ian Rush.




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07 Feb 2017 12:47:02
Replace Alsonso?

I'm sorry what year is this?

Do you mean Xabi Alonso? The player who left us 8 years ago?