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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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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.



11 Jan 2017 15:45:22
Know it's been covered before and not just moaning because it has favoured United but personally think the fourth official should have access to video replays for goals to determine offside or not.

Heard on talksport so sorry if it's wrong but united have had 6 offside goals allowed in their last 4 games (which they've won) .

Only point to make is I'd like to see how the media would've reacted if the shoe was on the other foot. If united had lost their last 4 games with having 6 offside goals ruled against them?

Think 4th officials should have access to replays in this scenario because if the ball is in the net there is a natural break in play to review it and in fairness was Hulls first ever appearance in an EFL cup semi final and had an offside goal allowed


1.) 11 Jan 2017 16:45:14
I agree look how much difference goal line tech has made, the game has evolved so much where it almost impossible for officials to get every decision right. Especially Lineos! Give the 4th official a screen and itll make a huge difference.

2.) 11 Jan 2017 16:59:57
I know in the NFL all scoring touchdowns are reviewed automatically regardless whether there is a flag on the field or not so something similar to this perhaps? But as long as it doesn't waste away like 2 mins while the ref fiddles with the tech

3.) 11 Jan 2017 17:17:54
There's definitly going to be a man unt fan on here soon telling us about the 16 million mistakes the refs made against them earlier on in the season 😂

4.) 11 Jan 2017 17:25:11
If the people watching on TV can see a replay to prove it is offside inside 10 seconds (in which time the scoring team probably wouldn't even be done celebrating) then I am sure a 4th official could analyse the footage and make a decision before the restart was even being set up. It could also help to prevent goals like when Negredo blatantly fouled Stekelenberg earlier in the season to.

There is too much money involved nowadays not to use this readily available tech.

5.) 11 Jan 2017 18:07:03
Offside like Mane's goal against sunderland, which only earned you a draw (unfortunately:) ), funny how there is no mention of how many decisions which have favoured you this season.

6.) 11 Jan 2017 18:16:59
How was manes goal offside it got, knocked on by a Sunderland player. Delusional.

7.) 11 Jan 2017 18:23:08
Blah Blah Blah typical Man Utd fan. They should stick to their own page.

{Ed025's Note - there is nothing wrong with visiting other teams pages danray that is if the visitor is respectful and and not just a wum, it makes for good banter and to hear other supporters views can be good, and the visitor should also be shown respect and not just be dismissed so dont be so insular mate..

8.) 11 Jan 2017 18:23:10
Sometimes dumbassery knows no borders and comes flooding to our page, you do realize it came of the sunderland player last, and when the corner was taken he was clearly onside!

9.) 11 Jan 2017 18:24:00
Welsh - that is exactly how I think video tech should be used. To me its the only practical way to use tech without disrupting the flow pf the game

10.) 11 Jan 2017 18:27:34
Looks like Den was right lol.

Not at all delusional fully understand offside goes go for and against each team throughout the season, all it was is that statistic highlighted it.

Main point was understand video referring if taken too far would disrupt the flow of the game but in the instance when a goal is scored there is a break in play. In the 20 seconds or so it would take the 4th official to review the replay if allowed it wouldn't disprupt the game and prevent off side goals unfairly determining results.

Perfect example is let's say Liverpool united played in a final and Liverpool won by an offside goal, don't imagine any united fans would say o well balances out over the season and vice versa.

11.) 11 Jan 2017 20:39:38
Did not know you'd get so defensive, defensively better then your own team :D

12.) 11 Jan 2017 21:38:12
In my defence for some unknown reason united fans didn't post on the Liverpool page for the first part of the season. weird all the sudden the have 😘

13.) 11 Jan 2017 22:57:36
Talking about defence let's hope you don't park the bus again in awe and fear of our great team. How pathetic that tactic must have made you feel!
This time I think mourinho might get his boots on and play 12 in his own half.

14.) 12 Jan 2017 04:01:03
Roland same can be said of the utd page, it had more liverpool arsenal and chelsea fans than utd ones, suddenly they all dissappeared after December, funny ain't it.

15.) 12 Jan 2017 04:03:18
Magic i won't mind a parked bus, i remember mou parking a bus at anfield 3 seasons ago. Stopped your open top bus parade didn't it.



31 Dec 2016 14:15:45
Just seen Andy Murray and Mo Harrah have been knighted, would like to give them a huge congratulations on this. What they have both done in their sports in exceptional, particularly Murray who in a time of the best tennis players ever has reached number 1 through sheer hard work and determination as don't think he has the natural talent of the others.

Though saw dalglish on tv later and think it's a huge shame he has never been given this honour. Considered one of GBs greatest players of all time and more so has done so much for the JFT 96 campaign that think he definitely deserves it. Regardless he has all of my respect and all of liverpools.


1.) 31 Dec 2016 15:30:16
Being a king is better than a sir.



25 Dec 2016 11:26:42
Merry Christmas to the eds and everyone that makes this site great! Hope you don't reply as means you are working xmas! But like to thank ed 02 for his transfer updates and fantastic insight to the business side of football, ed 01 for his impressive tactical insight, and ed 25 for being the only unbitter blue!


{Ed001's Note - Merry Christmas Ro-land! Every time I see your name it reminds me of being a kid watching Grange Hill and I wonder if you are anything like Roland out of that?}

1.) 25 Dec 2016 11:33:40
lol roland rat bag, merry christmas mate.

2.) 25 Dec 2016 17:37:16
Never seen it sorry! Happy xmas!

{Ed001's Note - probably best Ro-Land.}



22 Sep 2016 16:17:18
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{Ed002's Note - Try the Real Madrid page please.}




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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!


{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}



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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?


{Ed002's Note - Azmoun remains of interest to Liverpool.}



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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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20 Feb 2017 20:24:03
Think biggest problem really is need players who improve our defence 1st and possible a pacey attacker. There just isn't someone in our youth team I think we could depend on next season and would probably be unfair to expect it of them.

Also think are a bit unlucky as those we were hoping to push on Ojo, Gomez, and grujic had big injury problems. Have to think if mane, Matip and Henderson broke their leg we'd be screwed! Personally think we need to make a decision on who's closest to first team and then try actually plan good loans for the others so they can develop or if too young use them in U23s.

Perfect example is ejaria, can see he plenty of talent but just look at his frame. Needs to develop before he can be expected to play in our league or TBH could end up getting injured badly.




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01 Feb 2017 21:43:58
May call me crazy but even if we could I wouldn't want us to sign aguero. Not only would he be hellishly expansive, but a cf is soooo far from our priorities. IMO if we can find players that improve our XI than our order of priority is; CB, WF, RB, LB, CM, and then CF.

Also, genuinely based on nothing but a hunch but see benzema leaving real and aguero replacing him.




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31 Jan 2017 18:15:48
Because they're having their medicals!




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26 Jan 2017 21:22:00
Is this meant to be sarcastic? Also genuinely think this whole plan b think is utter nonsense. You can't have a team of players ready and prepared to play two entirely different styles of play. Don't get me wrong can have a team be more offensive or defensive but in terms of playing two different styles of play don't see how it works.

For example at our best we play a high pressuring team, that relies on having 3 rotating CF and a mobile midfield capable of moving the ball quickly, whilst playing a high line defensively. where this supposed plan b would require; a CF who was the focal point of the attack with either wingers and/ or a midfield to feed of them or attackers to play off them. where playing high line (which would be suicide due to the amount of times you'd lose the ball or at least two defensive minded CM to compensate) . Meaning would literally need two teams of 11 capable of playing two entirely different styles, plus subs.

For me, will hold my hand up and say I was wrong. Thought we had a great squad with high fitness levels. However, we seem to have a fantastic starting XI when fully fit, that massively suffers when 1 player goes missing (eg; mane, matip, coutinho, firminho, Henderson, etc. ) that currently look exhausted.




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24 Jan 2017 23:09:03
TBH we have messed markovics career up enough should just speak with him and ask what he wants to do. do feel some what for the lad