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24 Feb 2018 14:15:16
Hi Eds, regarding centre backs as its now VVD and one other and with Gomez pushing for a CB role next season (many feel he's already ready) do you think one or more of Matip, Lovren and Klavan will move on? Also do we have any interest in RBL's CB Dayot Upamecano? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - if a cab is added one needs to leave. There is a lot of interest in DU but not from Liverpool.

1.) 24 Feb 2018 14:42:55
Upamecano looks awesome for his age and would be an amazing addition, I think he’s only 19 and looks and plays like a 25 year old, it’s a shame we are not looking at him I think.

2.) 25 Feb 2018 03:06:57
No way RBL sell us 2 players in one window.

3.) 24 Feb 2018 20:26:23
ED002, can you elaborate on maybe which one, or possibly 2 CB’s will be moved on in the summer transfer window, and who Klopp is interested in possibly bringing in?



{Ed002's Note - that is not what i said.

4.) 25 Feb 2018 08:08:39
Ed002 meant that one CB will have to leave for another to arrive as it is pointless having more than 4 CBs in the squad plus Gomez. And no where is it said that we will sign a CB. Just that if we sign one, a current CB in our squad will have to leave.



13 Dec 2017 10:51:12
Hi Eds, I keep reading here and everywhere that we are interested in Lemar but is that interest as a replacement for Coutinho or Salah?


{Ed001's Note - Coutinho.}

1.) 13 Dec 2017 12:17:14
Ed001. Do YOU think anything significant will happen in January rearding these 2 players or more likely in the Summer?

{Ed001's Note - I certainly don't expect anything to happen in Jan.}

2.) 13 Dec 2017 13:57:55
Hi Ed001, by the summer it is very possible we will need 2 centre backs, a goalie and 2 additional midfielders. Not much would have to go wrong for us to have to change the entire starting midfield. We know one is coming but

Henderson foot issue
Can leaving
PC leaving
Gini terrible season
milner I would expect to leave
lallana not getting any younger and the way he plays injury prone.

So if we need 5 players by the start of next season don't you think someone is not doing there job properly if we can't even find one? I mean you have decent football knowledge, wouldn't you be dissappointed in yourself if you couldn't find a suitable centre back within one year. The scouts have been looking for over a year and it looks like they have come up with fresh air.

There is the whole world to choose from and it is not like it should be difficult to find better than we have at present. Matip can't defend, Lovren makes many bad decisions, Klavan is a championship player. One decent centre back can't be too much to ask for.

{Ed001's Note - agreed there is a very real problem with the scouting network or the oversight of it. There should have been more than one option found in the summer anyway.}

3.) 13 Dec 2017 14:54:26
Good post mark. Hard to argue with that.

4.) 13 Dec 2017 15:00:08
Agreed Ed001, the scouting network at our club is absolutely shocking since I can remember. Some of the signings we've made in the past 20 years are just criminal.
Who knows a little bit of diligence in our scouts over the years and we would have a couple of titles.

5.) 13 Dec 2017 15:14:15
Mark - remember, Keita replaces Can and I expect (hope) that Milner would be replaced, he if's no longer with us, by Grujic in the midfield and rendered surplus to requirements by Robertson and Milner at FB. So that's two off the list already.

Then we have Gini, who isn't having the best season but isn't having the worst either and has had some good games. Definitely too early to be writing him off completely.

Finally Hendo - he's our captain right now and looks to be for the rest of the season. I doubt he's going anywhere fast and I can easily see him and Lallana working in tandem to provide energy to the midfield - Hendo when we need to harry their midfielders further back and Lallana when we have more opportunity to pressurize their defensive players.

Really that list you made suggests that we will be looking for perhaps one extra midfielder and one replacement for Coutinho, that's it.

6.) 13 Dec 2017 16:12:27
Mark I think you’re being harsh on the midfield.

Next season, even with Can and Coutinho leaving we could line up with Hendo, Keita and Lallana starting and Gini and Ox as subs. We could also look to use Grujic and Woodburn more often.

I agree we need at least one more top player to come in to be competing, but that’s still a very credible starting lineup, even as is.

7.) 13 Dec 2017 16:31:08
Grobs and Hjikle,
in Marks first line, he said that we need two centre backs, both of you seem to have missed that,
cast your mind back just as little, goals conceded, were did they stem from,
think Everton, Newcastle, and more, if we only replace our Keeper and both our centre backs Matip and Lovren,
then we will go a long way to being a real top four team, not just making it on the last game of the season .

8.) 13 Dec 2017 17:41:55
May be its just me, but I would not want to buy a new goalkeeper. I am not a fan of Mignolet and would not want him to continue being the No.1 choice, however, I think Karius has shown glimpses of taking over the mantle and if given the option, I would move Karius to be the No.1 choice and Mignolet/ Ward, battle it out for the second choice keeper. The only keeper that I would personally hope Liverpool 'buys' right now is someone like De Gea or Neuer and both of those are not happening. Also, from what I have seen, Mignolet always does well when his position is put under pressure, thus may be having him as a second choice might bring out the best in him in those few games where he can prove himself. Ofcourse these comments are being made without taking into consideration if either of Mignolet or Ward would be happy being second choice.

9.) 13 Dec 2017 17:47:18
I think writing is on the wall in regards Can and Coutinho, I’d love Lemar as replacement but he woudint come cheap and we certainly woudint be only interested side, however most important as all wise red fans know it’s just so clear we got to sort this defence out. It’s easy for us too all day we should get A and B but only scouting team and course great welcomed guidance Ed’s keep us informed but I just want defencive reinforcements Jan (if possible) / Summer and a new top goalkeeper if Wars isn’t given chance which looks be case for whatever reasons.

10.) 13 Dec 2017 17:46:40
Yes Happy it was mainly about centre backs but the midfield with one or more injuries would be thread bare. We are supposed to be improving and the potential midfield mentioned above is at best a step sideways.

Hendo and Gini both are not getting any better and Lallana is getting injured for longer and longer periods.

Ed001 thanks for the reply. Someone or some people have had another 4 months to find a suitable centre back it looks like they have been looking in Scotland.

{Ed001's Note - does make you wonder what on earth is going on.}

11.) 13 Dec 2017 22:14:49
Feel bad for Ward. Klopp should of let him go back to Huddersfield and get some premiership experience, giving the lad the very odd run out isn't doing him any favors.

12.) 14 Dec 2017 00:11:39
We've signed some phenomenal players over the last 20 years, too many to mention.

The problem is we've never really signed great players for the postions we're weakest in. We seem to stockpile certain positions of strength and ignore our biggest problem. Can't just blame the scouts for that, manager has to carry the can too.

{Ed001's Note - unless the reason it is happening is the scouting team are not identifying players for the problem positions.}

13.) 15 Dec 2017 17:16:05
We appear to have lost sight of a golden rule - that players that are bought for the senior squad should be better than the players they are replacing.

What we have been doing far to often for the last 2-3 decades is buying senior players who were dire at the time we bought them and remained so.

14.) 16 Dec 2017 21:07:01
RL half agree, we have definitely bought players who were very average when signed. But the success was because anyone signed fitted the team, fitted the club and continued the level of performance. That stopped happening.



27 Oct 2017 12:11:27
Hi Eds, are we interested in Doyet Upameccano?


{Ed002's Note - I wouldn't have the shirt made up just yet.}

1.) 27 Oct 2017 13:04:41
Thats a clever answer ed lol🤔. Is that a maybe?

2.) 27 Oct 2017 13:57:58
I wouldn't sign him yet - he 's a bit fragile and full of holes!

3.) 27 Oct 2017 16:28:02
he’s very versatile, he can be shaped into almost anything.

4.) 27 Oct 2017 21:46:12
Eds can you suggest we start looking at players with less than 5 letters in their names please . the daft numbers they pick are expensive enough on their own.

5.) 27 Oct 2017 21:46:12
Eds can you suggest we start looking at players with less than 5 letters in their names please . the daft numbers they pick are expensive enough on their own.

6.) 28 Oct 2017 08:29:23
Given FSG's track record, we'll miss out on him and get a younger/ cheaper alternative: Doyer Downalego.



14 Mar 2017 18:22:07
Hi Eds, just wondering about Jon Flanagan. I know he signed a new long term contract not long ago but things don't seem to have gone well at Burnley for him and with TAA breaking through what do you think will happen with Flanagan? Thanks.


{Ed001's Note - it is most likely he leaves permanently, sadly.}

1.) 14 Mar 2017 20:09:04
Why milner over flanno. I thought flanno went wih the plan to get an actual lb but if he's willing to play a right footer there then we all know what flanno is capable of over there and he's a scouser and he's someone who broke through even after a lot of injuries and without being one of the worldies in the academy.

If he wanted to stay id keep him just for his off the pitch attitude and experience.

I want the lad to play though.

2.) 14 Mar 2017 20:24:42
I really like Flanno but it does raise some questions for me as to why he can't get a go at Burnley. Did his injury cause long term issues or is it just that Burnley's coach doesn't like him?

{Ed025's Note - just not good enough to hold down a regular place phil..

3.) 15 Mar 2017 18:05:27
There seems to be an injury jinx on decent RBs at Liverpool, with their careers being blighted by injury. First Rob Jones, now Flanno who, of course, didn't get the chance to reach the heights of RJ due to 2 years + lost to injury.

I just hope TAA gets a bit of luck as he is showing great promise.

And I of course wish Flanno all the best. I hope he gets his chance and is able to get back to the form that forced him into our side in the first place.

4.) 15 Mar 2017 20:42:40
I think Flanagan has always lacked the skill to be a wing back. However his reading of the game, his agression and his passion was phenomenal. His passing was also very under rated.

Injuries have robbed him of the superb physicality he had which has curbed his aggression, and he doesn't have the same passion for Burnley as he does for LFC. Gutted for him but I think he may need to drop to the Championship sadly.



03 Feb 2017 21:24:30
Hi Eds, what's your view on the FA debacle? It obviously needs reform but surely if the government gets involved then it will fall foul of FIFA regulations. Thanks.


{Ed025's Note - could you be a bit more specific barakdee, there are so many with that lot mate..




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26 Nov 2017 17:30:12
Hi Eds, why doesn't Klopp like to use a dedicated defensive midfielder? Not neccesarily a Makelele type but one dedicated to break up attacks and sit in front of the centre backs (Fabinho from Monaco for instance)? From what i've seen neither Henderson or Can really do this. Man U have Matic, Man City have Fernandinho, Spurs have Dier and Wanyama, Chelsea have Kante.


{Ed001's Note - Fabinho is not a dedicated defensive midfielder, so no idea why you mention him. He is a right back who can play in midfield but tends to get distracted and caught upfield in there as he wants to get forward like he does from fullback.

As for why Klopp doesn't like one, I don't know why he chooses not to use one now the high press is gone. I know he didn't use one with that because it is not really worth it, you need the midfield higher up the pitch to put pressure on the ball. Now it is gone we could do with something in there to break up play as we lack anyone in there doing so and the midfielders we have do not gel together well.}

1.) 26 Nov 2017 18:49:46
Because a saw Fabinho play as a holding/ defensive midfielder and he wasn't bombing forward and I thought he was terrific in that role but not a Makelele.

{Ed001's Note - he sleep walks through games too much for my liking, but commentators fawn over him even though he is missing.}

2.) 26 Nov 2017 20:30:32
Ed01, it seems that Klopp is open to a DM cos you informed last season that we were looking at Obiang for instance. Is the search for a DM still in the works esp. since it is clear for all to see that the whole gegenpressing thing is a thing of the past? Cheers, mate.

{Ed001's Note - what he is looking for is players who are flexible enough to sit deep and break forward when the opportunity arrives. I know we looked at a few, but they were the Kante type of high energy, high mobility midfielders that break up play, rather than the sitting type.}

3.) 26 Nov 2017 21:18:58
Ed, good luck finding the Kante/ Naby type-players who are dynamic and can do what those two can do. I don't know of what DM player can do what Klopp is looking for. Pls feel free not to respond BUT can you mention a player or two that we looked at for this role? I will understand if you can't?

{Ed001's Note - off the top of my head I can only remember Obiang. Obviously Keita was another and we did sign him.}



05 Nov 2017 11:21:01
Hi Eds, i've just read a Guardian interview with Howard Wilkinson about the football academy system and another article about Huddersfield Town considering closing their academy and it all looks like a complicated mess to me and I wonder if you might be able to shine some light on it with an article if you ever get a free moment.


{Ed001's Note - I have been trying to put together an article on this for over a year now, but it is very difficult to do as the academy system is implemented so differently in each club. The system itself is struggling with a lack of meaningful games, which is holding it back from any kind of success. The FA should never have shut Lilleshall really.}

1.) 05 Nov 2017 13:30:47
Things seen to be going well at the moment though, we're having unprecedented success at youth level.

2.) 05 Nov 2017 14:27:02
The FA are awash with dosh, that makes it even more senseless to rubbish their talent development school. Heaven forbid England might accidentally win a WC or Euro because they are never going to win anything with the bunch of clowns the FA have at the helm. Watch them screw up the talent they have in the youth.



15 Aug 2017 10:13:54
Hi Eds, will the owners review LFC's off-field performance with the manager and others after the transfer window closes or at another time? Thanks.


{Ed001's Note - yes.}

1.) 15 Aug 2017 11:17:42
To be a fly on the wall in that meeting. Lol.

2.) 15 Aug 2017 11:39:08
Was the fly tapped up?



13 Aug 2017 18:02:57
Hi Eds, so Veratti was Barca's 1st choice. He wanted to join and PSG refused to sell. Exactly same scenario with Couts. Am surprised Barcelona didn't use Neymar sale as leverage. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - No, it is not the same situation at all. Coutinho has been talking to international colleagues about Barcelona for more than a year, he used Neymar to approach them and I have explained on a number of occasions about his agent visiting them in October 2016. He has made his position clear to Liverpool and now he has formally requested a transfer giving up £4M or £5M to try and get the move. Verratti has done none of that. You seem to struggle with all of this if you cannot tell the difference.}

1.) 13 Aug 2017 18:21:23
So in that same year he was courting Barcelona and his agent making illegal moves on his behalf he signed a new contract for a massive pay rise and no buy out clause, now he's throwing his toys out of the pram and throwing out false stories bout falling out with the manager over the last 6 months, I hope to god the club stand firm on this, Barcelona think they can just take who they want and it's about time someone stood up to them,

2.) 13 Aug 2017 18:37:58
Barcelona will just reimburse him his losses so no big worry is it? We are shocking in the transfer market it's either really poor transfer committee or fsg not willing to pump more money into the club.

{Ed002's Note - You seem to not understand how any of this works at all. You certainly have no grasp at all about money.}



29 Jul 2017 17:17:19
Hi Eds, as I understand it from this site the Coutinho to Barcelona interest is about an Iniesta replacement and nothing whatsoever to do with Neymar staying or going. But I believe their first choice is actually PSG's Varretti who I believe wants to join Barcelona and Marca have said personal terms have been agreed. So isa Coutinho interest actually back up if they can't get the Varretti deal done? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - They have no agreement over Verratti and hence the interest in Coutinho. However, Barcelona and PSG will be discussing another matter this week and Verratti could well become part of that discussion.}




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09 Jul 2015 22:09:11
It was Benetiz who recommended Coutinho to Liverpool so its plausible that Real Madrid are interested.




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Sincerely hope its the Ajax pair of Eriksen and Alderweild and not the Reading pair of Pearce and McCarthy





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09 Jan 2018 11:13:48
My guess for the urgency is Barcelona want to win this season's CL (as well as La Liga) . Coutinho arriving in January allows Iniesta to be rested for La Liga in order to concentrate on the CL that Coutinho can't play in.




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26 Nov 2017 18:49:46
Because a saw Fabinho play as a holding/ defensive midfielder and he wasn't bombing forward and I thought he was terrific in that role but not a Makelele.


{Ed001's Note - he sleep walks through games too much for my liking, but commentators fawn over him even though he is missing.}



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11 Nov 2017 10:50:36
West Ham wanted Sarri and got Moyes! Sarri is top drawer and will likely be at Chelsea next season.




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07 Nov 2017 10:41:11
Grujic was called the new Matic in Serbia so hopefully he'll become as good a DM.




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27 Oct 2017 20:35:28
Pimlico did secede. Stanley Holloway became its Prime Minister.