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05 Apr 2015 16:40:44
Just curious eds not necessarily on how lfc will be set up (you can't predict the future, I think. ) but have mentioned a re-structure and posters have commented about director of football or rodgers as head coach etc.

Just curious about first how for example Ajax manages itself (not that we'd copy them) and how their relationship between their DOF and manager works compared to example dortmund? Bit of a moot point as think BR is great at developing and coaching players but game tactics, handling media and transfers seems to be his weak point. But can't see him accepting a coaching role (which is sad as think it would improve him as a manager but at the same end is a demotion so fair play).

Basically I along with other posters mentioned de boer as a 'realistic replacement' potential replacement but thinking do have worries as to if he'd do better. Has done well in their league but manages a club which should win every season, but from what u remember hasn't done anything in Europe. Which makes me worry as that hints a bit about tactics and ability to compete against better teams. Where dortmund have got to a CL title and won against a team which should win the title every season.

Sorry if not a clear question and to post it on Easter Sunday, but appreciate all the work you put into the site and is very interesting as is the most reliable source for not just transfers but finding info on how clubs, managers etc work. All in all enjoy Easter and thanks in advance!


{Ed002's Note - I really don't know what you expect about comparing the ways Ajax and Dortmund operate. Both clubs have someone in that role (Overmars and Zorc) and both have responsibilities that go well beyond the first team (responsibilities for overseeing youth teams, reserve teams, scouting etc.). Zorc tends to regularly talk with the press, whereas Overmars doesn't. Overmars has to periodically deal with the rants of a slightly confused old man whereas Zorc doesn't. Both will have good relationships with their managers but do not interefere with the first team to any great extent - so not dissimilar. I am not so sure why there is such an obsession with a DOF by Liverpool fans. In many cases such roles are not even visible to the fans (at Chelsea or Manchester City for example).

I would not worry about de Boer failing as a Liverpool manager too much just yet.}

1.) 05 Apr 2015 21:56:51
Cheers for the response and sorry wasn't a well formed question! Basically kept reading on the site about DOF and you explaining it isn't that obvious, but from what I've read (Tbf online) Ajax have one and may be wrong.

Basic curiosity was just to do with how successful clubs tend to operate. Imagine is dependent on who's in control but for example rodgers seems to be good at improving players but in game tactics, transfers, media etc he seems to struggle. Remember hearing that one of Sir Alex Fergusons greatest stengths was getting in people to do what he couldn't.

So was curious about roles or structure of clubs like dortmund (who seem to do well dispute not being financial equal with their rivals) and Ajax simply as rumours/hype linking us with their manager or United under Sir Alex. Will inevitably vary Ferguson was a great manager but was he responsible for transfer, coaching, youth players, tactics, stc or did he have advisors to help and how does that compare with other clubs (barca, bayern, dortmund, Athletico, etc)?

Again apologies if vague/obscure but tried my best to re-word!

{Ed002's Note - Dortmund are in a pretty much similar position to Liverpool financially in terms of income. Managers deal with the first team pretty much exclusively and are responsible for tactics - there will be input from other coaches as required. The structure of clubs vary depending on size, that country's approach to coaching income etc.. Try asking Ed001 if you see him.}

2.) 05 Apr 2015 22:02:04
Also sorry last post may be vague or broad and answering is a bit difficult as the nature of the ill worded question probably is. Can you recommend any good sources or books on how successful (ideally recent clubs) operate?

{Ed002's Note - Paul Hughes of Durham University spoke to many EPL clubs when he was at Loughborough University . You should be able to dig out his paper. Ex Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier has studied all aspects of the game and has worked for Ploufragan and Clairefontaine on the tactical approach to coaching and on the business aspects of the game with organizations from different domains. You might find something out there from him.}



08 Dec 2014 15:26:44
is there any update on Balotelli's injury? physioroom has had it listed as no return date for some time now and would be nice if we had a striker on the bench as Borini apparently isn't an option


1.) I hope someone like Ojo is in the squad

2.) Balotelli has been racing his supercars around Formby with his mate, at least 90mph over the station hill !
No injury whatsoever, Rodgers just doesn't want him in the team !



02 Dec 2014 17:33:05
Hi Ed, sorry to ask about a random player but always thought he was quality and would do well in the BPL. But last i saw you said Juve had offered Giovinco to Liverpool but we had shown no interest and was likely to go to Gala. Is that still the case or is he of interest to any BPL clubs?

Tbh don't think we need him now but would like to see how he would get in in England. Thanks in advance!


{Ed002's Note - Giovinco has an agent who spent the summer before last talking up interest from three Serie A clubs and a club from England (not Liverpool). Last summer Juventus were trying to move him on but there were no buys. Out of contract in the summer, he could be sold in January with interest from Torino and Fiorentina.}



02 Dec 2014 17:14:07
"Suso is a Liverpool player, " agent Jaime Serra told Milan News. "His initial idea is to continue at Liverpool. Should there be a team interested, they must talk with Liverpool and find an agreement.

“We don't refuse the possibility and it would be a pleasure playing at Milan, but before that there needs to be an agreement with Liverpool because the player's first choice is to remain where he is.”

Suso's agent. can assume this is just the usual agent talk?


{Ed002's Note - It is nonsense as was any "pre contract" previously reported. The situation is simple, from January 1 Suso can talk to any club outside the EPL that is interested in him and can sign a pre-contract to facilitate a move when his contract runs out in June 2015. If a club wishes to buy him in January then they need to talk to Liverpool. It really isn't that complex.}




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22 Mar 2017 19:21:08
It bad I'm more excited to see Brandt play than England? Obviously if he doesn't score a hat trick he is a waste of money and shows FSg lack ambition. unless he signs for Chelsea in that case he is the next messi and shows FSG refuse to invest the money and are just looking for a quick buck.


1.) 22 Mar 2017 19:54:45
I didn't know Ali and lallana play in those positions
For their clubs
But for England it's make do all over again

It's just idiotic.



12 Mar 2017 09:57:26
This is half based on fantasy half who we are linked with. Not sure if we need all of them but if we got them think we could have a very good squad. So.


Grujic (loan)
Ings (potentially or loan, genuinely feel for him as think he'd strive under Klopp but don't know if his body can take it)
Ojo (loan)

In terms of GK. personally think sell mignolet and ward, than buy begovic. but can't see that happening.

But would leave us with a very strong squad that can adapt to different teams and has room for injuries as well as provides chances to promote youth. Could go on for ages about what having these players would allow us to do strategically and the different ways we can set the team up or how who can replace who but simply. paredes offers something different we don't have in our midfield, pereira is just an upgrade at fullback, nastacic tbh not seen much but need better cb, Brandt offers genuine competition for mane, and Jimenez to me is a striker/ wf we don't have. From watching his highlight reminds me a bit of Diego Costa. is quick, but not rapid. Strong but not a powerhouse, but looks a clever player and have a feeling would be a hidden gem.


1.) 12 Mar 2017 10:36:58
GK = Butland.

2.) 12 Mar 2017 12:06:52
Brandt and Pereira are the only two top players from that list, if we want to challenge our rivals we need better than Raul Jimenez, who's scored 8 goals this season, 12 last and 5 the year before in a poor league.

Why not aim for Lacazette or Dries Mertens etc or shall we just accept that we are Liverpool and we don't aim for the best anymore.

3.) 12 Mar 2017 13:18:39
Im not too sure if i would want another young keeper Ron. A keeper with experience for me. Not ancient mind but one that has been around the block a few times.

4.) 12 Mar 2017 13:24:53
Butland would cost a lot and has only been doing it for one season, i'd rather begovic or handanovic, but id be very happy with butland all the same.

5.) 12 Mar 2017 13:44:03
I'd rather wait until the end of next season for Butland, he's not played any football this season, he may end up costing more but I'd rather we wait to be sure he can get back to the level he was showing before than end up with an injury prone goal keeper and have to buy another next summer anyway.

6.) 12 Mar 2017 14:53:37
He will be in the top 3 keepers in the world if he stays injury free.
I may be mistaken, but I thought we would have to wait i until the end of the season for all our signings, not just Butland.

7.) 12 Mar 2017 19:04:13
Just to add to your point ron he seems like a nice grounded lad as well.



06 Mar 2017 22:52:17
Sorry if irrelevant (ignore if so) but do we still hold an interest in jiminez? Looked through history and saw we were previously interested in him and couldn't find update. Seen highlights and have a weird feeling he'd suit us well

Cheers either way.


{Ed002's Note - I have no idea who you are talking about, sorry.}

1.) 07 Mar 2017 11:53:52
Think he means Raul Jimenez, Mexican striker Ed.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool had representatives at a Benfica game in December but it was to look at someone else.}

2.) 07 Mar 2017 11:43:59
Raul Jimenez from Benfica. assume as you don't know him there isn't interest in him.

3.) 07 Mar 2017 18:45:20
Aw nick you wee star.



24 Feb 2017 00:47:32
Genuine sympathy for Ranieri, think sacking a manager who's done the impossible for you. but saw someone mention Rafa in the other rumours page and had me thinking.

Not having a go but everyone is praising Klopp and saying it's the best football we've played in years, so under which manager do you think we played our best football? Can argue Rodgers in his near title winning season but for me has to be rafas team that finished second.

Had an absolutely lethal attack that could switch from defending to attack in an instant and had three of my favourite all time players at their best; gerrard as an absolute monster of a CAM running through defences and causing chaos with pure ability and strength, alonso controlling the midfield with absolute class, and finally fernanado doing what made him a legend. can say Suarez was better and regardless of how he left with us is still my favourite striker we had, just had everything; pace, power, touch, finishing and the ability to in a few seconds end a game.

Also have to single out Suarez against Norwich (the one he got four) as the best ever performance I've see from a player. Was in the stand at anfield and OMG that just wasn't human. Was that brilliant you didn't notice how bad the rest of the team was and would've single handedly dismantled anyteam on that form.

Your favourites?


1.) 24 Feb 2017 05:44:20
For me during the Rafa era. 2008/ 2009 period, we were about 2/ 3 players away from being the best team in Europe in my opinion.
Xabi, Mascha, sissoko, torres and of course Stevie. It was a real shame during that period that we did not achieve more, but credit where it's due to the likes of man utd at the time, they were simply superb.
That Rafa team was defensively sound, didn't we lose all of 6 games during two premier league seasons but unfortunately drew an obscene amount. In my 31 years on this planet, that was certainly my favourite era where we looked our best (discount late 80's please, I was too young)

2.) 24 Feb 2017 06:30:55
Rarely under Rafa did we play great football for sustained periods. Some great players and performances but far too defensive for mine. Rodgers had some great football and some dross. Evans for me as Kopp hasn't been here long enough to judge and as an Aussie, it was too hard to follow when Kenny was in charge the first time.

3.) 24 Feb 2017 08:37:26
How far back are we going?

No team has improved on 1987/ 88 but I could go back further.

4.) 24 Feb 2017 09:04:27
I find it really hard to compare when Klopp is still mid-era. one consistent thing I can remember tho is that we've consistently struggled to beat teams that park the bus. Altho rafa, BR and Klopp had vastly different systems / styles, I think a lot of that comes down to never being able to secure enough talent and creativity to consistently break teams down.

5.) 24 Feb 2017 11:19:26
Rafa had everything in his team. Class and Mass all over the pitch. Liverpool ranked the best club in Europe under his regime. Assembled the most complete team in decades. He was also the best tactician I have ever seen at Liverpool. 4-1 at OT, 5-0 against Real stands out.

6.) 24 Feb 2017 13:01:17
Rafa's team had better players than Klopp's team right now BUT I have to say, we did not see the type of TEAM performances under Rafa, like we are seeing under Klopp. Klopp's team is true heavy metal football. Fast, fluid, devastating and unplayable for most of the time. BR's team can't even compare as we only saw that in a 6 month period of his 3.5 years here as the other three years were utter dross so that is a false comparison. IMO, Klopp's system is built to last and seems like set on solid foundations provided the right players are there cos right now, he doesn't have them fully. If Klopp had the WC players Rafa had or the front 4 BR had for those six months with a better defence, I shudder to think what we would have been like.

7.) 24 Feb 2017 13:06:17
Thought Rafa assembled an absolute phenomenal team that was very well balanced. Had the best midfield (Alonso, mascherano, and gerrard) which was so perfectly balanced, a top defence, keeper, and world class forward. The only thing I don't remember him getting was a top wide player.

For example if you take that team that finished second and add someone like Mane then would probably be a contender for world's best team.

8.) 24 Feb 2017 13:40:04
Rafa was a fine manager but his teams were never great to watch. I think people forget this, at key times he set up too defensively and it cost him the league title.

I remember one away game in the middle of the season we finished 2nd when he named a team for an away game against mid table opposition (West Brom I'm thinking but not sure) with something like 8 or 9 defensive players (the 2 sub full backs played as midfielders that night) .

By the time he took the brakes off the team in the last third of the season the league was gone.

Will always love Rafa and what he did for the club, but when discussing what team was best to watch since the 80s I don't think a Rafa team really comes into it.

9.) 24 Feb 2017 15:04:09
None of the current players would get into a Rafa's team except may be Mane on the right while the whole Rafa team will walk into our team atm. That backline including GK was exceptional. Under Rafa we had 11 leaders on the pitch.

Rafa has already taken Newcastle to its best state in 8 months.

10.) 24 Feb 2017 15:31:27
I think the best LFC team I have seen was the one Rafa took to the 07 CL final.

Wide players were probably the only weak link that season as Kewell, Pennant and Gonzalez never really showed up most games, so Zenden, Bellamy, Gerrard or Kuyt were usually on wide duty!

Just look at it though; Reina, Dudek, Finnan, Arbeloa, Carragher, Hyypia, Agger, Riise, Mascherano, Alonso, Sissoko, Gerrard, Zenden, Crouch, Bellamy and Kuyt.

That was some side! Cannot believe we lost to that Milan side, but beat the stronger Milan with a weaker LFC side 2 years earlier!

11.) 24 Feb 2017 15:34:47
I agree, Rafa assembled but the best 11 in years, as we know the issue is our squad. Rodgers tried to address it by buying as many players as he could and then playing them all out of position. Klopp seems to be taking his time to assess exactly what he needs and hopefully will buy just a few to really improve the first 15-17 players. The most frustrating thing I've found is that we're we still haven't managed to secure a keeper worthy of a top 6 team since reina left. That would make the world of difference to our teams in these last few years.

12.) 24 Feb 2017 18:54:12
Why can't managers see the obvious, I agree, a top goalkeeper would make a huge difference, this would mean about ten points saved over the season .

13.) 24 Feb 2017 18:30:03
Harry, Mane ahead of Kuyt and Matip ahead of Skrtel are just two off the top of my head. BTW, how many player did Rafa buy to arrive at that team, Harry? 70 or so? Great scout of talent, was Rafa, eh? NOT!

As Fitzy said, Rafa had class players but sometimes he preferred to not lose a game instead going for the win which explains why he bottled the PL in 2009 after losing just two games and drawing ELEVEN (22 points dropped) . That might as well be 7 extra losses. This is where Klopp's team is better as he always tries to win WHEREVER we play. That's why we are very difficult to play against vs any team in the PL right now on our day.

Rafa was a great manager no doubt BUT at critical times, his baffling tactics have cost us games and points and the CL of 2007 where he played Kuyt as a lone striker vs an aging Milan backline. In fact, he bottled his tactics in Istanbul before that and had it not been the sheer will of the team and the fans (and a bottle job from Milan), we wouldn't have won that final. Rafa is not all that you make him out to be, my friend.

14.) 25 Feb 2017 11:27:01
Rafa won 2 league titles at Valencia after being 10 points behind the leaders Real at one point. In fact since his departure Valencia had 15 temparory or permenant managers all failing miserably. He is and always a world class manager if you know what a manager role is at a club.

15.) 25 Feb 2017 11:10:32
In my time as a Liverpool supporter ive watched Liverpool finish second 3 times. The treble winning Houllier side with Owen up top, Brendan's Suarez led team and Rafa's more tactically astute team. Think what you want about Rafa but the team he assembled with Reina, Carra, Alonso, Masch, Gerrard and Torres was up there with Real, Barca, Man Utd, Chelsea as the top teams in europe at that time.

I have high hopes for Klopp and feel genuinely happy/ lucky to have him at our club but we are a long way from the quality of that Rafa team currently. I'm not hating on the current squad, I'm just saying.

16.) 25 Feb 2017 11:39:29
Rafa love him, but far too political, doing the same at Newcastle right now, he just can't help himself.

17.) 25 Feb 2017 19:48:27
Spot on, Coming. Harry, a good manager manages the team to get results and does not pass his time playing politics, airing our dirty laundry and being a control freak hence, ruining opportunities to win the PL BUT still managed to bottle it cos his ego wouldn't allow him to see things clearly. Rafa was always a politician from his days at Tenerife, Valencia, to LFC, Inter and now Newcastle. Unlike many, I don't have a short memory and remember all the problems he himself caused even tho the owners were mostly responsible. I was glad they were all sent packing, Rafa included and thankfully, are NEVER coming back.



23 Jan 2017 22:38:09
Bit of a weird thing but watching highlights of kieta balde and he has one thing I love seeing in a player, seering pace.

So curious, what are things you like seeing in a player? Personally enjoy natural pace (even when fit never had it lol), a great first touch (lallana or firmino) and finally well weighted passing (think alonso. Hated when playing footie and a pass was misplaced or miss-timed as it just kills any attack) .


1.) 23 Jan 2017 23:03:23
Intelligent reading of the game. You don't need physical pace or even strength if you're two steps ahead of everyone.
It's getting more and more rare with clubs preferring big lumps of lads than the intellegent player.

2.) 23 Jan 2017 23:12:39
I've always been a sucker for a player with great movement. Not as in pace or runs etc. A player like Silva, Iniesta, Modric etc. The guys who just seem to have loads of time because their movement, touch and awareness are just so good.

Coutinho and Firmino are both pretty good in that way to be fair, but I wouldn't say we've had anyone truly of this ilk since we sold Yossi Benayoun. He made everything look easy, whilst also working very hard off the ball, and being vastly under rated. Signed him too late and sold him too soon!

3.) 23 Jan 2017 23:27:29
Depends on the player.
I do love a dribbler though, Beardo, Digger, McManaman. Players who could just change the game in an instant by beating 3-4 players.
Then again I love a player who is a great passer. Players who just have loads of time on the ball when there is no space e. g. Molby, Alonso.

4.) 23 Jan 2017 23:35:04
Defence splitting passes - I love a good solid assist even more than the goal itself at times. I love when that pass splits the defenders and rolls right into the path of a forward on the run. Beautiful.

I also like a good feint or dummy to beat the keeper 1v1.

5.) 23 Jan 2017 23:54:47
Im surprised Suarez hasn't been mentioned, love him or hate him he was nothing short of fantastic.

6.) 24 Jan 2017 00:16:00
Love the players who seem to be playing in almost slow motion, everybody rushing about then the ball comes to slow mo player and he has so much time, Zinidan, Iniesta and Xabi off the top of my head, oh and Klavan😅

{Ed007's Note - Charlie Adam...

7.) 24 Jan 2017 00:32:50
John Barnes. All day long!

8.) 24 Jan 2017 03:20:51
Vision - seeing players using their brain and getting their head up to play quality passes looks simple but changes games. Coutinho is especially good at this, his intricate, clever passes are great to watch.

9.) 24 Jan 2017 08:24:11
Steve Staunton with his afterburners

10.) 24 Jan 2017 09:41:35
Yeah Bobby John Barnes, effortless on the ball made me rush outside to pass the ball into the side wall for hours.

11.) 24 Jan 2017 10:51:44
I do prefer a player who can control a ball, pick a pass and have the positional sense to move again to receive a pass again, but we currently have many of these sorts of players I. e hendo, wij, Couts, Bobby, lallana, Studge the most obvious. What we lack currently is pace and directness without Mane so I want to see us bring in more seering pace as you said!

12.) 24 Jan 2017 11:01:14
Keita-Balde is some player, tho.

13.) 24 Jan 2017 11:29:47
I don't think there is a player blessed with everything. Xabi never had any real pace but then he never needed it while Barnes had everything except killer passing. I think
John Barnes was the most unique player the club had in their history.

14.) 24 Jan 2017 14:19:24
My favorite is players who receive and pass the ball without needing to look up because they already know where it's going. Coutinho and Firmino are currently best at this, they don't just make the runs, they know exactly what they're going to do when they get it too. makes the game so quick and almost impossible to defend against. Hendo is also pretty good.

Dilly dallying on the ball once we've turned it over in particular drives me mad. Wastes the best moment to transition into attack and shows they weren't thinking about what comes next.

15.) 25 Jan 2017 14:06:21
Jan Molby's goal against united.




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10 Dec 2016 22:16:37
Cheers ed 002 appreciate all the work all of you put into the site and wish you all a happy holidays. Hope you drink enough to prepare you for the January window!


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10 Dec 2016 14:14:47
Is Sardar Azmoun still our main target striker wise? Don't imagine we will buy one in Jan but perhaps summer?


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26 Sep 2016 15:52:30
It isn't really about how much a player cost, but if he fits to how you play and does he improve the team. Carol and Mane cost near the same amount but you can see the difference on the pitch. Matip was free, karious relatively cheap, and same with both couts and sturridge.

Alternatively Bony cost city a fortune, Torres ŵas a record signing, and di maria was near world record signing. All good players but didn't fit how the teams play.




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12 Jun 2016 18:12:43
Cheers eds! Tbh suppose that is fair enough! Not like they are asking for obscene money.




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12 Jun 2016 17:31:03
Bit subjective but who short of their valuation is our offer? Obviously avoiding specifics but is it a bit short or is it half what they want?

understand it is a negotiation but if it is miles off don't know why clubs bother as imagine waste a huge amount of time and resources to do so!


{Ed002's Note - Udinese has no interest in negotiating with Liverpool and have told the club the price they must pay for a player they tapped up.}




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12 Mar 2017 09:42:50
Great review ed001, thanks! Funny reading it as think Kante and Mane were the only obvious ones I thought for my team of the season (the former far more than the later) . Chelsea are walking the league but due think the large majority of that is done to kante and in fairness costa's lethal finishing, just looking at his statistics for shot accuracy and conversion rate is very impressive. Know you're not big on stats but thinking of the chances we've missed this season, having someone who can convert as often as him would be ideal!




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12 Mar 2017 09:42:50
Great review ed001, thanks! Funny reading it as think Kante and Mane were the only obvious ones I thought for my team of the season (the former far more than the later) . Chelsea are walking the league but due think the large majority of that is done to kante and in fairness costa's lethal finishing, just looking at his statistics for shot accuracy and conversion rate is very impressive. Know you're not big on stats but thinking of the chances we've missed this season, having someone who can convert as often as him would be ideal!




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12 Mar 2017 09:27:48
Think being out of the cups and in the running for top 4 will massively limit chances unless there are injuries. Think maybe Stewart, Gomez, Ojo, Woodburn and TAA are the only Ines likely to get a chance.




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09 Mar 2017 11:59:40
Why did he want the swap if you don't mind me asking? Rafa seems a manager who is good at the technical side of the game (apparently man management is his big weakness), so surely it must have been obvious that Alonso was one of the best players in world football.


{Ed001's Note - Alonso had not been playing to his best following injury and Rafa had feared he would never return to his best. As for Barry, I have absolutely no idea why he wanted him, bad scouting, like so much of the dross he bought, I would suggest.}



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09 Mar 2017 11:23:07
It's between him and Suarez for the best player I've ever seen play life. All the best to him and think he'll need the time off to arrange his trophy cabinet because it must be flooded!