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04 Feb 2017 13:25:32
Any legs in the Handanovic to Liverpool rumours Eds?


{Ed002's Note - I don't know but if Mignolet were to leave in the summer and Handanovic were happy to be a back up to Karius perhaps. It would obviously mean the end for Ward if that happened.}



31 Aug 2015 16:47:21
Press reports linking us with Yarmolenko and/or Blaszczykowski again Eds - anything in these rumours?

Also talk of a RM bid for Moreno - any truth in that? I guess the player wouldn't turn that down!


{Ed001's Note - nothing as far as I am aware in any of those. Madrid are busy trying to sort out De Gea and running out of time fast.}



08 Jan 2015 15:42:16
Telegraph reckon Suso to AC Milan not happening - perhaps there is a chance for him yet at Anfield.


1.) 08 Jan 2015 21:26:58
Its a done deal mate .

2.) 09 Jan 2015 14:27:23
I think the bridges between Liverpool and Suso are pretty much burned. One of the Eds said he was trying to leave last season too.

I don't blame the guy to be honest. Especially when the likes of Balotelli who has done absolutely nothing come in and get given a spot in the starting 11 or bench.




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14 Aug 2017 07:55:20
Eds, maybe a stupid question but could our relative lack of transfer movement so far have any link to whether or not we get past Hoffenheim and into the CL proper?

Justva thought that we may be waiting on that as a better sales pitch for our targets.


{Ed001's Note - nope.}



15 Jul 2017 08:45:36
Away from all the transfer stuff, has anyone seen the pre-season games? Any thoughts on what formations we've been playing (e. g. Coutinho in centre mid) or whether any of the fringe players look ready to step up (e. g. woodburn, TAA) . And yes, I know they are only friendlies.


1.) 15 Jul 2017 08:49:15
433, I think these 2 games were just about getting that fitness up. So it was a mixed team both halves.
We are off to asia for a tourney against bigger teams soon so maybe we'll see his first team plans. Mane I think is staying in Liverpool.

2.) 15 Jul 2017 08:50:36
Couts played on the left wing. It looks like klopp is just putting players out there for a run out at this early stage.

3.) 15 Jul 2017 10:27:59
Woodburn has gone up a couple of bra sizes over the summmer!

He has doubled in size and put on plenty of muscle. Has looked very sharp so far also, showing some very good touches and an awful lot of confidence.

Final ball needs to be worked on but can see him being a long term replacement for Lallana. Seems to be coming on as a Lallana/ Countinho type player.



12 Apr 2017 10:27:08
Eds, Oxlade-Chamberlain linked in the tabloids again today. Is there any truth in this and, if yes, who does he replace in the current team as I'm assuming he'd be a starter given his likely price! I'm not sure of his best position to be honest!


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach from Liverpool to Oxlade-Chamberlain and it makes little sense as his primary position is similar to Mane. If Klopp sees him playing behind Mane in midfield then it would be that rifght sided role Can and Wijnaldum have been playing in recently.}

1.) 12 Apr 2017 11:41:03
Unless Ed we are of course looking at turning him into a full-back.

Really don't see why we would hold interest in him.

unless it's to increase squad size in preparation for European Football. In which, case Stevie G will soon be out of a job as may as well do away with the Youth set-up.

{Ed002's Note - If Liverpool do away with the youth side they will be kicked out of the league.}

2.) 12 Apr 2017 15:29:40
Oxs can play in a number of postions in Klopp system and with more games next year we needed a big squad.

But is he better than what we got in the 11 my answer no . Will he push the 11 yes so if we are not talking crazy money I think this can be a very good buy.

Oxs should be looking to play weak in weak . I think he will not get this at Liverpool but people should think if we get a injury to mane Lallana coutinho we would have someone to come in who's better than we got.

{Ed002's Note - The squad is limited by size - Liverpool have 29 first team squad players already and could potentially add two players over 21 - assuming none of the loanees return. After that they need to sell. It is not possible to simply keep adding players.}

3.) 12 Apr 2017 16:16:24
What you forgot to add is that although Ox plays in a variety of positions, he doesn't play any of them particularly well.

4.) 12 Apr 2017 17:42:34
Probably just his agent trying to get other clubs interested. The guy is pants, injury prone and not even better than those who are already here and is definitely not fit to lace Mane's boots. Klopp called it nonsense at the time this first broke and IMO, it still is nonsense.

5.) 12 Apr 2017 17:47:16
I think he's a decent player but not a £35m player.

6.) 12 Apr 2017 20:09:38
Why buy Ox when we have a better player than him in Markovic on loan. Makes no sense.

7.) 12 Apr 2017 21:08:29
I don't think he is a decent player at all, one trick pony who is also inconsistent with that trick. 35m can get us a proper player, we need to stay well clear.



14 Dec 2016 17:39:08
Be interesting to hear the Eds thoughts on the number of relatively young players being linked with moves to China - Oscar being the latest. Sounds like a waste of talent in many cases, all for the lure of the bigger pay packet, as if they don't get paid enough.


{Ed002's Note - Since China opened up it has thrown a massive potential market in to the mix for professional sports (not just football, but there are other growth sports as well) and a number of Chinese companies see the potential for significant income form the game. Chinese money is already flooding through football with ownership and/or investment in clubs as diverse as Inter Milan, Espanyol, Den Haag, Milan, Sochaux, Aston Villa, Milan, Atletico Madrid, Slavia Prague and significantly, City Football Group. City of course owns Manchester City, New York City, Yokohama F Marino and Melbourne City - and are looking to expand in to China and South America. For years the professional game in China was under a cloud of corruption (including match-fixing) and the Chinese, and to be fair FIFA, have worked very hard to resolve the issues. The game is on the up there and they have the money to pretty much do what they want, and this involves taking a mix of players to play in China - there are high profile players at high-profile English sides that are being offered significant financial rewards for moving to China. There is now a shift coming in Europe and I would expect to see further investment in European sides - there is one organization looking hard at Germany and another already successful in buying in to Italy. They of course have to work within certain legal ownership frameworks and that will restrict investment in certain countries. Do not be surprised to see another English side be taken over by Chinese owners in the not too distant future (let me suggest Lander might look to Southampton as a viable option since their preferred choice is gone). Meanwhile, the profile of the game at home is increasing and the market to be tapped significant. I spent several months in Hong Kong working in both 1988 and again in 1990 and it was clear then that the mainland needed a step change and it could get leverage over so much - since then that has happened. Six months working out of Beijing in 2005 (until they pretty much forced me out) showed that changes were happening - since then I understand from colleagues who do visit that it has moved on a lot.

In terms of my personal view:

The Chinese are intent on cleaning up their act and want to promote sport within a nation that has only recently fully opened their doors to the outside world. There is a significant shift in wealth to the Far East and in particular China. They will invest and build in their own leagues and they will go to other parts of the world to learn. Chelsea has lost one player to China and has had an approach about a second. Other players from the EPL will follow with at least one Manchester City and at least one Liverpool player having opportunities in China for this season that they did not take up - but in the longer term the Chinese will cherry pick and then look to grow. This then leads to potential movement of players within the consortia (as Udinese has done with Watford) and that is something we will see more of but there are pleanty of walls in the way based on (a) convenience, and (b) potential abuse of national or international FFP rules. They will learn from the mistakes of others and they will soon be looking to add coaching capabilities by recruiting from other leagues. It is progress - like it or not.}

The coming years will see lots of changes. You know about the pan-European breakaway proposals, well there is going to be a counter-proposal backed by UEFA to try and save their own skin which is soon to be tabled (at the end of August to the "elite" clubs and in December to everyone else). There will be more global City Football Group style collectives appearing. There will be growth in China. And so it goes.}

1.) 14 Dec 2016 18:14:45
Good work ed.
Thanks for your knowledge 😘.

2.) 14 Dec 2016 20:46:14
Cheers Ed002, interesting read. Sounds like we might be seeingg a lot more talented players ending up in China in the next few years - perhaps UEFA could invite some Chinese clubs into the CL so that we still get to see the best players play ;-)



30 Aug 2016 07:48:46
I know the Eds are sick of LB questions but is there the chance that we've got a potential world beater in the youth sides that isn't deemed ready for the first team yet and that's why we're not throwing money at it now?


{Ed001's Note - no.}

1.) 30 Aug 2016 09:11:11
Cheers Ed001 - thought there may have been someone up and coming who could challlenge for a spot, obviously there isn't.

{Ed001's Note - we were looking at a young full back precisely because there is no one coming through.}




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13 Dec 2017 19:44:27
Anyone else think that right back isn't that much of a problem position and that this might hinder the development of Gomez and Alexander-Arnold?




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29 Nov 2017 17:28:11
Not seen enough of him personally Mcgoveb but it does look like Studge is no longer up to scratch - sadly maybe time to let him move on. If that happens I'd probably expect to see more of Solanke.




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09 Nov 2017 18:46:56
Whilst I'm not a huge fan of signing pensioners it did work out well woth Mcallister many moons ago and I think Mascherano is the type of player we're missing in those games where we get our noses in front but can't close the game out and end up drawing - chuck him on for the last 20mins to protect the defence. Not a fan of the way he left us either before anyone asks.




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25 Oct 2017 17:59:11
can he play in goal and/ or defence? ;-)




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29 Aug 2017 21:22:03
Good player seemingly not wanted by Ancelotti but. surely we'd have to sell a forward to bring him in?





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10 Dec 2017 15:58:42
Lovren - thick as two short planks.




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23 Nov 2017 08:32:10
Short memories round here - it took 6/ 7 seasons before Alex Ferguson won the league at United but everyone here expects it done in 2.5 seasons - bonkers.




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22 Nov 2017 18:17:54
An away draw against a team which won the Europe League for 2/ 3 years in a row is hardly a poor performance. Yes it was disappointing given our start but think some comments here are verging on hysterical.




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08 Nov 2017 19:24:51
I always heard Studge was up for this type of thing? disappointing if true 😟.




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27 Oct 2017 08:02:35
probably wondering what he's signed up to give our recent results.