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13 Jan 2019 00:34:33
ED002/ ED001

Greetings lads, love your work like always.

Question regarding James Tarkowski;

Whats the latest on this English lad, certain threads have been coming through past few days saying Liverpool have enquired about his availability this window.

Macca mentioned interest 6months with him.
Any word?
Or if you gents know if we could go in for him next window perhaps?
I sense Matip could leave for more game time next window, allowing a CB to come in.

Cheers gents.


{Ed001's Note - as far as I am aware nothing has happened with regard to him, other than he has lost what little form he had.}

1.) 13 Jan 2019 04:30:02
What's this obsession with CBs all of a sudden? We have 4 senior ones and a couple of youth waiting for their chance. It's the last position that needs strengthening.
We could do with another fullback though.

2.) 13 Jan 2019 09:51:49
We have 4 CB’s the 5th should be a position that the youth can push for.

3.) 13 Jan 2019 10:05:30
What top 6 team do Lovren and Matip get in?

We can sell one to buy another.

{Ed025's Note - sell both and buy a mars bar.. :)

4.) 13 Jan 2019 11:11:05
Kloppsboss, have u seen Man Utd's and Arsenal's CBs? I'd have Matip and Lovren over anything those two clubs have in their backline.
Phil JOnes? Smalling? Rojo? Mustafi? Washed up Koscielny?
Are u telling me they are better than Lovren and Matip?

5.) 13 Jan 2019 11:20:15
Are those 2 5th and 6th. Sorry what top 4 team would Lovren and Matip get in?

Sell both and replace. Simples.

6.) 13 Jan 2019 11:32:05
Lovren and Matip would both get into Arsenal, or Man Utd's team.

I'd say Lovren gets into Chelsea's team as well ahead of Luiz and at least in the Man City and Spurs squads ahead of Otamemdi, Stones, Foyth or Sanchez.

Are people just going to pretend he's not the best defender in a Croatia side that got to a World Cup final and part of the back 4 which got us to a Champions League final? He's the best 3rd choice centre back in the league in my opinion and he'd start in at least 16 of the 20 teams in the division.

7.) 13 Jan 2019 11:43:16
Maybe when fit but that's the point MK.

8.) 13 Jan 2019 11:52:51
What is all this "when fit" nonsense about? How often are Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Kompany, Otamendi etc getting injured? All the time. We're just unlucky that we lost 3 out 4 senior centre backs over a miniscule 2 game period.

It hardly cost us though. Hoever and Fabinho were certainly not the reason we lost in the FA cup, and we breezed past Brighton. Got out of 1st gear? I think Klopp just got out and pushed without turning the engine on.

Matip will be back for Crystal Palace and Gomez will be back the week after. This is all very dramatic. Anybody would think our team had been decimated by Spanish Flu.

9.) 13 Jan 2019 12:15:05
I think we need to upgrade our 3rd choice CB. I don't rate Lovren or Matip highly at all, yes they've stepped in well this season but would you want them in the team for an extended period of time say if VVD was injured or against the top oppostion? Even disregarding that their injury records are too poor to be a reliable 3rd choice. We've took a risk this season going in with just these 4 but I understand we had to prioritise other areas first. But now I believe Klopp will sort it out this summer I think Ed001 mentioned Matip could leave and Ed002 has said we've been scouting Ruben Dias. I also think the club don't see Phillips/ Masterson making it, indicated by us having looked at youngsters like Francisco Ferreira and Per Schuurs. VVD, Gomez, NEW CB, Lovren and a high potential youngster for 5th choice would be ideal for next season.

10.) 13 Jan 2019 14:16:55
I don’t get why anyone would think Tarkowski would be remotely good enough, he’s been found wanting this season, he’s had one good season in his career ever, he’s a mid table championship defender at best. Plus he’s a dyed in the wool Man United supporter and I don’t want one of those at the club.

11.) 13 Jan 2019 18:51:43
Actually MK. I could not agree more with you. Well said.

12.) 14 Jan 2019 06:20:11
Xabi, agree on all points except keeping Lovren. The man dies on occasion step up to be counted but even in games where we don’t concede he makes mistakes and gets bailed out by either his defensive comrades or the other teams lack of quality. The man is to unpredictable and talks rubbish far to often as well. Rather keep Matip than him or just replace them both.



21 Dec 2018 08:05:37
Greetings Ed002,

Its been a while since my last post.

Wanted your thoughts on the kid we watched Diego Lainez. I don't know much about him, do you rate him? what's the word out there?

Hope your well.


{Ed002's Note - I have no particular thoughts on him but he is seen as a potentially exceptional talent that Liverpool has been watching for more than a year. He will most probably move in January but I expect it to be elsewhere.}

1.) 21 Dec 2018 09:51:00
Being called the "Mexican Messi" in some media reports. Not that that means anything credible.

2.) 22 Dec 2018 21:42:02
Salah was called the Egyptian Messi before Chelsea bought him, look at him now.



22 Jul 2018 22:40:21
ED001/ ED002

How are we lads, another few weeks to go until silly season is over, you looking forward to the end?

Question in reference to Burnley's Tarkowski, I know weeks back Macca mentioned Klopp really rates this bloke, has there been any news if he will stay with current club or potential interest elsewhere?

Tommy T.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any plans for him to move this summer.}

1.) 23 Jul 2018 09:12:10
Alfie Mawson will be signing for Burnley this week. There have been no enquiries for Tarkowski yet though.




17 Jul 2018 09:48:22

Hope all is well!

A few different Liverpool sources saying RM in not prepared to pay Alisson's asking price, even though they agree terms with the player, which now opens the doors to Liverpool.
I know you mentioned the situation is difficult/ unlikely, but are you aware if the situation would be looking clearer if this were to be true?

Do you think its more practical that with RM out the way, that we will place a bid?

Tommy T.


{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid's primary interest is elsewhere, it is the player who is keen to move there. The situation will be eased if Liverpool were to offer an acceptable fee - somewhere close to what Roma are asking. Then something can be done.}

1.) 17 Jul 2018 10:44:37
Wow nice!

2.) 17 Jul 2018 10:49:45
Ed is it courtois that RM want?

{Ed002's Note - He is there preferred choice by a long way. He is far more affordable than Alisson and is in their view the much better goalkeeper.}

3.) 17 Jul 2018 10:53:16
My only fear with this is if we do offer an acceptable fee, this along with Fekir would be another 100M+ on 2 players on top of what we have already paid for Keita and Fabinho. Yes its not my money but imo the club will be spending to much and for that reason I can't see it happening.

4.) 17 Jul 2018 11:04:30
How will alisson feel about being third choice? I mean, klopp has apparently told ward he is in the battle for number one with karius. Or is klopp selling more falsehoods?

5.) 17 Jul 2018 11:09:13
Thanks for the reply ed, courtois in my opinion is the better keeper. Interesting to see what happens next if RM do sign him.

6.) 17 Jul 2018 11:23:03
Have you heard anything recently in regards of Liverpool willing to make such an offer ed?

{Ed002's Note - There has been no offer, and Roma could end interest in the player by demanding cash which Liverpool don't have. If Liverpool want to push ahead and try to do something with Alisson, then they must talk with Roma and put an acceptable offer on the table. Given what Klopp has said about Karius and Ward it would be a very significant kick in the gonads for them.}

7.) 17 Jul 2018 11:50:01
I do admire your patience ed2!
You do know you opened the door for a gazillion more Alisson questions now? 😀.

8.) 17 Jul 2018 12:03:53
Knowing LFC, we will bid for Alisson even after klopps comments regarding Ward and Karius but fail to bid enough which will leave us with disgruntled keepers of which two at least aren't what most would deem "good" enough.

9.) 17 Jul 2018 12:35:29
I doubt we'll put in a bid unless we have are prepared pay what Roma want and know that Alisson will sign.

With the Salah sale, Roma's Pallotta said he and John Henry negotiated the deal in Boston. I expect something similar will happen with Alisson.

10.) 17 Jul 2018 12:10:09
Thanks Ed, great responses!
Eliminating room for the unknown

Tommy T.

11.) 17 Jul 2018 12:33:23
Thanks ed. Really appreciate the reply.

12.) 17 Jul 2018 13:00:49
the Club will spend what it can to back Klopp as long as it is for the benefit of the club. If Klopp can convince them that spending £100million more on two players could be the difference between a title or champs league etc and it is financially viable the club will do it. They know the financial state the club is better than we do. I’m looking forward to the new season. This is probably the most complete squad we have had in a long time other than the keeper position

we can use city as an example they bought bravo and realised he was useless in a more physical league and went and replaced him with Ederson who was a class apart last year. I hope we can do something similar and pull off a deal for someone like Alisson. Then football may well be coming home to Anfield for the first time in a long time.

13.) 17 Jul 2018 13:22:20
In the champions league final we saw we needed an upgrade in middlefield, cover for Salah and a better keeper.
We upgraded our middlefield with Fabinho Keita and (Fekir) .
We got cover for Salah in Shaquiri and (Fekir) as well.
We need to get now a better keeper hopefully Alisson.
If money is the problem we still have to sell
Wijnaldum, Clyne, Mignolet, Markovic, Ings.

14.) 17 Jul 2018 13:04:40
Yeah fair play Ed002, great insight as always.
I just don't see us spending Van Dijk-type money on a position that Klopp doesn't seem too bothered about, although I do hope I'm wrong. Butland/ Navas seems far more likely, but let's just wait and see, only 23 sleeps until the window is closed. Good luck, Eds! ;)

15.) 17 Jul 2018 13:48:21
When did we sign Fekir?
Have I missed something?



03 Jul 2018 09:45:53
ED001/ ED002

Multiple liverpool sources coming out saying Donarumma has been offered to Liverpool as AC need to balance their books due to breaching FFP rules.
Any truth to this?

Thank you

Tommy T.


{Ed002's Note - It would just be a single "source" being repeated and it is likely some attention grabbing Italian web site. Mino has discussed Donnarumma with two clubs so far, neither is Liverpool. Like Alisson, Liverpool has not made any offer to his club.}

1.) 03 Jul 2018 13:02:04
Just lazy journalism in my opinion, putting two and two together and getting five. Liverpool have been well documented to be looking for a goalkeeper and as soon as it was announced Ac Milan had been banned (pending an appeal) we were always going to be linked with Donnarumma. I’d have him at Liverpool i think the lad has ability but he also has an attitude, could Klopp knock that out of him? Who knows.

2.) 03 Jul 2018 13:01:47
Thanks ED002 appreciate your responses. You're highly valued on this page.

3.) 03 Jul 2018 16:33:14
i don't like using the same sauce.




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16 Mar 2019 00:16:05

Hi Gents,

Hope is well!

With all the names that you have mentioned in your sharkopod and names that you have put forward in responses with players Liverpool have shown interest in via scouting or discussions with agents etc.
Just wanted to get your thoughts, as I'm always interested in your opinion on who you would feel would be a good signing if the club were to coup one?

I know you would have some knowledge if the player is highly thought of and is very talented.

Thanks in advance

Tommy T.


{Ed002's Note - I think Pablo Sarabia would be a very good cost effective option as an AM player who can cover both wings.}

1.) 16 Mar 2019 10:14:26
Hi Ed002 is this a player we have looked maybe in the past or just someone you think would be good for us?

{Ed002's Note - Just someone who I think would be good.~

2.) 16 Mar 2019 10:22:35
Ed02, is that the guy who plays for Sevilla? Also, what players are the clubs either interested in or had discussions with agents about? Sorry for the question as I do not have access to the Sharkpod?

{Ed002's Note - No, there has been no interest from Liverpool - but there should be.}

3.) 16 Mar 2019 11:09:08
Sarabia has raked up a good amount of goals and assist this season. Its the perfect time for him to take the next step to a club looking to win the league and UCL. If we are not looking at him, I would love to see us get our hands on Brandt. Another player with world class potential and will give healthy competition to Mane and Salah, and can also play as a 8 or 10. No brainer when it comes to Brandt.

4.) 16 Mar 2019 11:52:37
I agree Indian. Brandt would be ideal. I do like Ed's suggestion though.

5.) 16 Mar 2019 13:43:20
Spot on, IB. Brandt is the real deal and were we to go for him, I would be chuffed to bits. He can play out wide and in the no. 10 role. He is two footed and is decent from set pieces. Again, the real deal, IMO.

6.) 16 Mar 2019 13:56:46
Redwolf, if you have access to this site then you have access to the Sharkpod. Use the search function instead of bothering the Ed’s.

7.) 16 Mar 2019 13:57:10
A good shout from Ed02. I didn't know the guy but he's got good stats. He's in his prime - coming up to 27, and I don't think would cost the Earth.

Interestingly Klopp hinted at a low key summer yesterday in relation to transfers. Clearly challenging for two completions still says we've got a good team. I'd just like to see us go all out for a world class AM, and a left sided player such as the one Ed02 mentions. Besides this cover at left back/ right back and replacements for those who leave. I'd also consider a plan B different type of striker to maybe change games if the front 3 aren't delivering. Nit picking given the amazing season we are having.



19 Jan 2019 23:26:10


Timo Werner - With your knowledge if one club has shown the most interest by talking to his agent do you which club that might be?
Also do you know which club the player favours a move to?

I did see a post on here a while back someone saying if you think we may get him and I believe your response was ' don't hold your breathe'.

I've seen similar statements of yours for a long time now, and usually when I see this statement of yours I move on, my hopes diminish dramatically for the player signing.

Alisson Becker was supposed to go to RM as you mentioned that was his favourite destination to play and a deal looked likely. Strangely RM suddenly changed their mind and went for Courtouis which allowed us getting AB. I do recall you had a similar statement to the one I mentioned above.

Only reason I bring this up is, can you please let me know who is the most interested club in the player. If it is Bayern? so if I see in the media that they have signed a different striker in 6 months then I guess I could have some hope that what happened with AB happens with TW.

Thanks heaps
Love your work!


{Ed002's Note - Lots of clubs have enquired he has says he wants Manchester United.

1.) 20 Jan 2019 00:55:39
Strange to have aspirations to play for a mid-table team.

2.) 20 Jan 2019 07:53:35
Virgil, when he sees what Sanchez and De Gea earn, then I’m not surprised 😂😂.

3.) 20 Jan 2019 09:50:27
Incoming 'he's not that good anyway' comments.

4.) 20 Jan 2019 10:19:59
He’s not that good anyway 😉.

5.) 20 Jan 2019 12:43:32
Well let’s be honest, what has he done?

6.) 20 Jan 2019 12:45:22
If he signs for United, he’ll be the new Gary Birtles.



24 Dec 2018 00:37:37
ED002/ ED001

Greetings gents, appreciate your work over this festive period.

Nabil Fekir - Are you gents aware if any clubs that have made contact with his agent or Lyon that are interested?

Do you see Lyon lowering their valuation of the player, as after this transfer period he will only have 1yr remaining on his contract?

Jurgen Klopp has a tendency of waiting or going back for a player that he desires.
Do you think there is every chance he could do the same with Nabil if the valuation of the player is lowered, as this would reduce the risk if the player were to break down?

Cheers lads.
Merry Christmas.


{Ed002's Note - (a) Whilst there is interest in Fekir from the Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Liverpool purchased Shaqiri instead. (b) Fekir's contract runs out in 2020 so clubs will not be willing to pay as much. (c) I assume you mean van Dyke who Klopp approached illegally, went on strike and then cost Liverpool considerably more than the asking price for other sides and in cash they didn't have?}

1.) 24 Dec 2018 09:45:36
(C) worth every penny and looks like we underpaid at the moment.

2.) 24 Dec 2018 09:55:20
Fekir is old news now as Ed said. We need to move on from him esp. since Shaq (who's getting it done at the moment) was his replacement.



16 Aug 2018 12:07:37
ED001/ ED002

Hope all is well!

Regarding Nabil Fekir could you potentially see Liverpool going back in for him in next years window?
f he doesn't sign a contract extension I believe next season he will have 1yr remaining, therefore would Liverpool be more encouraged
with Lyons potential 'lower valuation' of the player considering time left on his contract?

Or. regarding all these rumours about Liverpool being unsatisfied with the medical report in reference to his knee, is this done and buried with Liverpool forever and all future questioning regarding Liverpool and Nabil should be ended?

Tommy T.


{Ed001's Note - depends on Klopp. As he was still keen on signing Fekir after the medical, he might well push for the signing at a lower fee. We know Klopp is stubborn and wait for the man he wants, so it is very possible he does go back in for him.}

1.) 16 Aug 2018 12:28:11
Thanks Ed001, fairly encouraging comment. Im a big fan of Nabil and was gutted the deal didn't go through. However, signing Alisson did soften the blow for me.

{Ed001's Note - I would have loved Fekir to sign until I realised it would make Ed0333 happy and that would have taken the shine off it for me!}

2.) 16 Aug 2018 13:30:09
For me signing fekir in January is preferable to the summer. Adding a player of that quality mid season can give you a boost to kick on and finish strong if you're in a small dip or looks like your going to go through 1, abit like how VVD pushed us on last year.

3.) 16 Aug 2018 13:37:24
Would you think it possible he might want him in January ed. Appreciate that's very hard for you to answer mate.

Maybe if we are well off the pace at Xmas.

{Ed001's Note - impossible to say.}

4.) 16 Aug 2018 14:02:58
I can't see it happening unless there was a notable injury in midfield between now and then. To be honest I like the prospect of Keita playing furthest forward of the midfield 3 after the first proper glimpse of his abilities at the weekend.
I think us going back in for Fekir next summer will depend on him firstly still being at Lyon and secondly having another standout injury-free season.
That being the case I think the powers that be would see it as a much lower risk buy as the fee would likely also reflect him entering the final year of his contract next season.

5.) 16 Aug 2018 23:09:23
If Fekir stays another season at Lyon and has another good season as this past one, then his price goes up. Way up. And if Keita has the kind of season that his first game has indicated, then I doubt the need to look at Fekir any further, save for major injuries to the front 3 or in midfield.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool never went back for Fekir.}



14 Jul 2018 10:00:27
ED001/ ED002


{Ed002's Note - This is the Liverpool page.}

1.) 14 Jul 2018 10:59:34
Are both the same person?

We already know that 😉.

2.) 14 Jul 2018 12:56:37
Have you set a date for the wedding?

3.) 14 Jul 2018 13:12:50
The Starsky and Hutch of football rumours.

4.) 14 Jul 2018 18:54:23
= ed025.




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@smedegaard what's the source of this transfer request? could you provide the link.




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18 Jul 2018 14:47:25
The thing about overpriced players ED002, I wouldn't look to much into this.
I recall many years ago you stating Firmino was overpriced and not many clubs wanted to go near him for that valuation.

I think we paid $30mill pounds or something like that. 3-4 years later he would be double that if not more.

Its like an investment in property. if its a good purchase (player plays well) over time they should be worth more than your initial investment.

Sometimes you need to get that dream home and outbid bidders and over pay. Property rises, just like players do.
So outbidding 10-15mill pound give it 3-4 years . you've probably more likely doubled your return if the player has performed.

Kindest regards

Tommy T.


{Ed002's Note - No. Liverpool spent significantly more than $30M for him.}



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17 Jul 2018 12:10:09
Thanks Ed, great responses!
Eliminating room for the unknown

Tommy T.




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03 Jul 2018 13:01:47
Thanks ED002 appreciate your responses. You're highly valued on this page.




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11 Jun 2018 11:11:22
Appreciate your response.

Im trying to possibly see if you can give me any details or any hope at all that Liverpool may place a bid for this beat of a player. Out of fall players I would like him the most, fingers crossed.

I think it was a few weeks a go I had asked a question and I recall you mentioning klopp is a loyal manger as I was comparing him to what Mourinhio may do in this situation, however, I do like loyalty myself. (this question was also prior to the UCL GF)

Just wondering if anything could change here.

Thanks Ed.
love your work.


{Ed002's Note - To be fair it has rather been done to death. In discussionsn with Roma about another player, another club who asked were told they have to wait for Alisson as the player really wants to move to Madrid.}




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16 Aug 2018 12:28:11
Thanks Ed001, fairly encouraging comment. Im a big fan of Nabil and was gutted the deal didn't go through. However, signing Alisson did soften the blow for me.


{Ed001's Note - I would have loved Fekir to sign until I realised it would make Ed0333 happy and that would have taken the shine off it for me!}



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28 Jul 2018 02:05:55

Thanks for your response re Fekir.
A journo asked Klopp a question yesterday about Fekir, his response was;
"Its probably done, but there's 2 weeks to go, if nothing happens to my players then all good, if something does then you need to react, if not now then next year"

Appreciate your thoughts in retrospect to Klopps comments.
Obviously its very hard to predict something as we don't have crystal balls, BUT, do you possibly see this TV series of Fekir continuing until the last day, is the ball in Lyons court atm or is it the reverse?

If a creative Liverpool midfielder were to get injured in pre season for a few months do you see this triggering Liverpool to go back in for Fekir?

In addition not a question but a statement, a day ago, not sure if you're aware but the Liverpool owners wife on social media liked an in individuals comment stating that FSG's transfer business has been great and Fekir were to be completed it would be icing on the cake.
Many Pool fans got excited over this, wonder if it means anything.

Thanks Ed.

Tommy T.


{Ed002's Note - It has been clear that Klopp has had no idea about the GKs and it is clear something needs to be done.

I cannot help about the owner's old lady liking stuff on Twitter or Facebook.}



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20 Jul 2018 12:31:09
Great question and thanks for the response.

That was exactly on my mind.

Love your work ED002.




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17 May 2018 12:21:30
The two players I desperately want are Alison Becker and Milinkovic Savic. wishful thinking!