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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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09 Mar 2017 13:18:04
Hi Eds,

I was wondering if anyone knew anything about freelance scouting in football.

I was talking to someone a while back who used to do some freelance scouting for a number of semi-professional clubs in the south of England.

The deal was that a club would come to him and say that they were looking for a LB from the local area. He would then recommend some left backs which he had been watching in the amateur leagues and he would get paid a fee for every successful signing.

For him it was just a bit of pocket money as he loved watching the amateur teams play and would've been at the games regardless.

However, would/ has this sort of system worked higher up the food chain. Are their freelance scouts who clubs approach to scout players for them, or have these been superseded by agents putting their own client's forward to clubs.

Cheers in advance Eds have a great day.


{Ed002's Note - I can't answer regarding semi-professional clubs in England but they will not do much scouting. For the senior professional clubs you will typically find there are a number of people that a club retains or employs regarding the "scouting" of players including a permanent Chief Scout and a perhaps a Head of International Scouting who all will report in to the club via a Director of Football or whatever. There is also be a guy who co-ordinates all of the reports and ensures that they go to the correct person. Obviously no one at the first team level is going to see or be interested in any reports related to kids so there is a hierarchy that deals with young kids, potential academy players up to the first team squad. There are then scouts retained (sometimes on a permanent basis, sometimes on a part time basis and sometimes on an ad hoc basis) by clubs to cover specific countries and/or areas of the world - France, South America, Adriatic & Old Eastern Bloc, Iberia etc.. On top of that there will be freelance scouts (often ex-referees and amateur club staff who will stay within their particular area of expertise and region). Once a player has been looked at a couple of times and reports reviewed, then someone from further up this chain will take a look. Eventually a chief scout will take a look, or if it is a potential first team player, then perhaps a coach or a manager will take a look. Some clubs also have advisors which include, taking one EPL side as an example, ex-managers or highly respected people within the game.

As a good example of this system - and one I know a decent amount about, there are a number of people that Chelsea retain or employ regarding the "scouting" of players including a permanent Chief Scout and a Head of International Scouting - Scott McLachlan - who all report in to the Director of Football. There is a guy called Matthew Hallam who co-ordinates all of the reports and ensures that they go to the correct person. Obviously no one at the first team level is going to see or be interested in any reports related to children. There are then scouts retained by the club in specific countries and areas of the world - France, South America, Adriatic & Old Eastern Bloc, Iberia etc.. On top of that there are both formal and informal "advisors" who often have an opinion to give - some of these are very well known people.

As for Manchester United, they will continue to look to appoint a Director of Football and have been working hard on trying to persuade someone to come - but it is proving to be a real struggle to sell the opportunity to him. Under him, they will seek to rebuild the scouting structure by adding new people and generally follow the model used by the likes of Chelsea. In the interim they have already started to make changes so they are working hard to improve.

Within the English game, particularly at lower-professional levels and with youngsters, scouts often include ex-managers and referees at that level.

With younger kiddies clubs often restrict their search area by distance - For example, Southampton has a fan shaped catchment area stretching out from Southampton and up to Swindon to the Northwest and the outer-reaches of the metropolis to the Northeast. Sunday league and youth games in this area will often see someone scouting on behalf of Southampton as they concentrate on local talent.

The London clubs, such as West Ham, have the benefit of two multi-tiered clubs that have developed numerous players who have gone on to play at the highest level - Chelsea, Spurs and West Ham have always had a good relationship with one in particular - Senrab.}

1.) 09 Mar 2017 18:04:32
Ed002 you really are indispensable to this site.

{Ed002's Note - As you get older stuff like indespensible, and the pads that go with it, become far more common Benny.}

2.) 10 Mar 2017 13:15:02
Absolutely cracking answer Ed002 and a great read. I second what Benny said!

Cheers very much.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



06 Mar 2017 14:10:00
Hi Eds and reds,

I was just wondering what the plan is with Phase 2 of the Anfield redevelopment.

I note that the initial planning permission for the Anfield Rd end runs out in September this year.

Do you expect this to be renewed pending the work starting, or do you think that idea has passed by for now.

Also, what's everyone's opinion on the further expansion of Anfield, is it worth spending money on, is it an area you want the club to be spending money on, is it ok to have a smaller stadium than our main rivals?

Have a great day all.


{Ed002's Note - Nothing will happen in the short-term and possibly not at all under these owners. Financially Phase 2 is an unnecessary burden.}



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 😆.




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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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10 Mar 2017 13:15:02
Absolutely cracking answer Ed002 and a great read. I second what Benny said!

Cheers very much.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



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09 Mar 2017 13:40:22
Would you rather have had Medel or Alonso for this season Ed001?


{Ed001's Note - Alonso is the best player in that position, but Medel offers more flexibility as he could have covered for injuries at the back as well. As Xabi is retiring, so would only have been one season, I would go with Medel for that reason.}



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07 Mar 2017 13:35:21
Also, is there any reason Xavi Valero wouldn't come back to Liverpool?

As I understand it he is currently in China, so his wage may be an issue, but was there a falling out with the club, or has he just moved on?



{Ed001's Note - he left under a cloud.}



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07 Mar 2017 13:20:43
Hi Ed001,

Where would you see Medel fitting in our system?

I know he has played CB in the PL before but it was at Cardiff. alongside Caulker. so it was woeful.

Would he replace Henderson in the middle of the park and push Hendo further forward? Or would Medel's stamina make him a good option further forward like Wiji is playing now?

He could always play CB again of course? haha

Cheers in advance.


{Ed001's Note - I would play him in midfield to provide some bite, but he is not going to be signing for us sadly.}



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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.}