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29 Jun 2015 22:22:09
Hey eds, more of a question than a rumour. With Kovacic, Hernanes and Asier Illarramendi all linked who do you think is the best 'fit' for Liverpool? I personally think Illarramendi or someone like William Carvalho is more akin to what we need. A defensive, powerful Defensive/holding type midfielder who can pass the ball around, someone like either Yaya Toure or Xabi Alonso. I was just thinking Kovacic and Hernanes might be too similar to what we have but I haven't seen enough of any of them to draw a conclusive opinion. Although I have seen Hernanes quite a lot for Brazil - cracking player!

What are your honest opinions?


{Ed001's Note - I am not sure we really need any, Illaremendi looks entirely average (at best) every time I have seen him. Kovacic would be the best bet, as he could play the deeper playmaker role, and is young enough to learn the defensive side, which he is working on.}

1.) 30 Jun 2015 09:19:50
Yaya Toure isn't a defensive/holding midfielder. Even when he stands in the position - that would be like saying Gerrard was one the past two seasons.

Better suited to us than any of these would be keep Lucas and stop trying to sign the whole world - not having a go at OP here I mean as a club we're signing too many each year.



31 Aug 2013 11:52:36
Hello Eds are the deals for Sakho and Ilori looking to be progressing towards a positive conclusion? Also could you sumarise for us how many players should we actually (realistically) be 'expecting' to sign before the window closes?

We were lead to believe that two were to come a centre back and a left sided forward.

Now it looks like two centre backs, possibly a goalkeeper for back-up and a left sided forward, that's four players (possibly) in the next 48 hours or so.

I'm not so sure moses is going to cut-it for me and I would personally prefer Yarmolenko but which players are possible for us in the LF role?

The additions of Sakho and Ilori will make our defence really solid especially when Toure and Cissokho are fit, that is a really strong looking group of defenders.

A much stronger more physical looking side throughout than in previous seasons!

Thanks for your time. {Ed002's Note - All done to death.}




12 May 2013 09:24:58
Are any clubs interested in Callum Mcmanaman?

He has had a truly magnificent season, was man of the match (by some way too) in the FA Cup Final yesterday, is scouse (although ex Everton youth) and actually reminds me very much of his namesake, yesterdays performance for me was reminiscent of Steve's man of the match display against Bolton Wanderers in 1995.

Liverpool need a Genuine Right Winger with pace and an end product and he could find himself staring at the possibility of playing for a different manager in the Champoinship next season, although what a magnificent feat that would be if they stay up?

I will await your MOTDF retort!

Thanks Guys {Ed002's Note - See previous answers please.}


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06 Jul 2017 23:08:24
So Ed I assume now that you have named a player the papers will all be saying that Rafa Silva will be signing for Liverpool within the next 48hrs then!? ;-)


{Ed002's Note - He was looked at as an alternative to Julian Brandt who was first choice - it is not a new name here, I mentioned it in January.}



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So the fee stands at £34m+? Whilst I understand we were prepared to spend about £23-24m on Mkhitrayan and Costa was £22 ( both approx) that is still a big leap financially.

For any player to command that sort of fee he would have to be something special and I can't actually recall ever seeing the guy play (other than the dreaded You-Tube clips). He's Brazilian and like most of his fellow countrymen he does appear to have a hell of a lot of skill and pace to burn. He is very direct and commits defenders to making early, often rash challenges in and around the area. But I understand that his goal return is quite poor, although this is not important really as he isn't a striker he is more a creator and that part of his game seems pretty impressive!

So the question is: is he good enough to command that sort of fee? Would Anzhi Compromise and lower to say £32m or even the £30m mark?




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Sorry Eds I know you don't like discussing money so let's say this is compeltely hypothetical.

All prices/costs are a guess so are aproximate.

If Liverpool (or any club for that matter)spent say £40m on a player is it then feasable that on top of his transfer fee of £40m the club could in theory also incur costs of about 25% = £10m.

Wages at say £90,000 per week over 5 years = £23.4m.

If the player is on £100,000 per week that 10% extra (£10,000) would be an extra £2.6m alone!

That would at a guess put a £40m player in the region of £73.4m+?

That's a staggering amount of investment on a player who could potentially flop at a new club, in a new league or a new country!

{Ed002's Note - What is paid would typically include:

(a) Transfer fee - the big number including any levy applied by the local FA.
(b) Tax due on the transfer fee – typically this will be VAT (at varying rates across Europe) some or all of which should be reclaimable.
(c) Agent fees – this may be to one or more agents.
(d) Tax due on the agent fees – typically this is VAT at the local rate where the agent bills from – it is not reclaimable.
(e) Intermediary fees – this may be to one or more sponging leeches.
(f) Tax due on the Intermediary fees – typically this is VAT at the local rate where the Intermediary bills from – it is not reclaimable.
(g) Signing on fee to the player (possibly including non-reclaimable VAT if the player is VAT registered)
(h) Variables and tax on variables which may or may not be reclaimable) – these would typically include legal fees, moving/relocation costs, paying up insurance costs on the player, football association fees, signing on fee etc.. }

This was off the top of my head and I may well have forgotten something. The big numbers are the transfer fee, agent fees (assume about 8% plus VAT nowadays) and possibly intermediary fees (what do you mean you have a super agent?}




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This is the most informative and enlightening post I think I've ever read on here. Its a shame some so-called fans see a possible signing without considering agent fees, signing on fees, Tax, VAT, Insurance etc. Its a cut throat business these days and everyone wants a cut! Selling Suarez at £40m doesn't get you a like for like player even with the same amount of money re-invested to spend. Keep up the good work EDS!




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The same Lewis Walters that just signed his first ever contract about 2 weeks ago? He's an ex Harrogate High School pupil and we here all wish him the best of luck in his footballing career. Wherever that career may take him.





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