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20 Jun 2017 22:24:38
You can add Zeca, Brazilian left-back 23 years old, to the list of LBs being linked with us. Plays for Santos and has featured for the Brazil U20s and the recent Olympic Gold winning team. Is right footed so he can play both on the left and the right. Super fast, athletic type, but a bit on the short smallish side for me (in the videos I saw) . But then, Roberto Carlos was even shorter, so what do I know. Seems to be a very offensive minded player.

Probably just a case of the agent creating waves and interest in his client in Europe, and everyone and their grandma knows we're in the market for LBs.


1.) 21 Jun 2017 05:51:22
Only zika we're getting is the virus.


 

 

07 Jun 2017 22:41:04
And on a side note, stories in the media are out that Lucas Leiva has had discussions with his original club, Gremio in Brazil, and will probably go back and play with them next year. If that is the case, I thank him for 10 years of sterling, loyal service and wish him all the best for his remaining career. There's always something special about players who knuckle down, give 100%, persevere, and just do their job despite all the drama and distractions, in the game. YNWA.


 

 

13 Nov 2015 11:30:36
Hi Ed002. Do you have any information/news about Loris Karius, the goalkeeper from Mainz, as a transfer target for LFC? The source is twitter (and Essexred below), but since his name was lumped along with Sane and Gundogan on the tweet, I thought I would ask you the question. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I would rather not answer questions from Twitter but at least you were honest where it came from. Mainz's Loris Karius has been previous linked with interest from Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Schalke and Valencia - but it is Aston Villa who are looking for a January move. Previously played for Manchester City.}


1.) 13 Nov 2015 12:24:53
Thanks Ed.


 

 

 

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09 Jun 2017 15:10:58
I'm reading other media sources, far more than the usual, probably because of the recent events involving our attempts at transfers. But one thing has to be said - the English media can really be a bunch of vultures circling around mercilessly over a weakened prey. And it's disgraceful to see and read.

Granted we were in the wrong and the statement put out by the club leaves no doubt about it. But things have a limit.

Last Monday we were an ambitious, progressing team capable of buying stellar players at record breaking prices. They all implied we were to be feared next year and the future looked really good.

By Wednesday, LFC were a bunch of cheats full of arrogance and underhanded dealings, preying on smaller clubs and using mostly unethical methods in doing business.

And today, Friday, there's nothing but a long array of failed transfers from the past, bungled deals and questionable business tactics. A lot going back almost 20 years. Monday's hero is being crucified by Friday.

A new poster, Yankee Red, had asked a question about "British tabloid culture", a few days ago. I didn't know what he meant and Ed001 had replied that this had nothing to do with it. But I see what was meant, now.


1.) 09 Jun 2017 15:31:41
Let's be honest, the media create most the problems that arrise.


2.) 09 Jun 2017 18:30:17
It's the football clube that's dug itself into this mess with its characteristic, disgraceful and sickeningly unprofessional conduct. NOT the media. The media will (unsurprisingly) latch on to whatever it's fed. and boy is Liverpool feeding it in boatloads.

This behavior is well documented now.
And there's NOTHING to suggest it's going to be stopping anytime soon.

A poster/ ed on here suggested that perhaps a transfer ban would properly ram the ethical and professional point home.
I totally agree. It may be in the interests of justice (and perhaps even the club itself) that charges are brought on the club.

Someone somewhere is doing an appalling job at oversight.
This is damaging to the club and the longer this goes on there more diminished the standing and reputation of the institution.

As for Klopp, some sort of discipline SHOULD be meted out on him.
There are no holy cows.
His own conduct in such incidents further shatters the already incredible muddied reputation of the club.


3.) 09 Jun 2017 21:05:03
The media are just doing their job. Fair to say that certain outlets will exaggerate the truth or exaggerate fake news no doubt. But usually if you have no reason to be in the news then there is no news. We have no one else to blame but ourselves.


 

 

01 Jun 2017 11:59:04
The team to avoid in the qualifying stages of the UCL is Hoffenheim. But I'm sure we'll blow them out of the water, if we do draw them. (Yeah, contradictory statement I know, but this is what happens to your brain after reading these pages, daily) .

On a side note, it will be nice to welcome Mr. Balotelli back to Anfield, if we draw Nice. Curious what antics he'll have on view, if he scores.

{Ed025's Note - there will be fireworks thats for sure ra.. :)


1.) 01 Jun 2017 12:10:14
I'm crossing my fingers for AEK, but that's only because I live in Athens! :D.


2.) 01 Jun 2017 12:16:44
For sure, Ed025. I hope our boys have a nice welcome "initiation" back to Anfield, for him. It'd be nice to test if he has a "no red card" bonus with Nice, as well.


3.) 01 Jun 2017 12:42:22
When is the draw taking place?

{Ed025's Note - 4th of august mate..


4.) 01 Jun 2017 13:25:35
Thanks ed.

{Ed025's Note - no probs mate..


 

 

28 May 2017 19:28:31
Given that we are going to be awarded around 148.1 Mil from the FA, and that at least another 50 Mil will come in from sales (Sakho, Markovic, Wisdom and other loanees), it brings incoming funds to around 200 Mil. My point is that the figure of a budget limit of 100 Mil being bandied about here is way off and people should not be surprised if we end up spending around 200 Mil. Klopp will definitely be more ambitious with his targets than he has been in the past. And not only because of the money being available but because the pressure is on to show tangible, durable results (Titles and trophies) . People are right when they say we are going to see a very crazy summer with huge numbers being spent. Guardiola will wipe the slate almost clean, and start over. Moanrinho will spend like crazy because that's the only thing he's good at. And Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal will not simply sit and watch.


1.) 28 May 2017 21:00:14
The club doesn't run for free, it's has to pay the plAyers, staff, the debt owed etc etc. What fans pay for tickets and shirts will not cover all of this. We also have to work within finances so not all that money is made available for transfers.


2.) 28 May 2017 21:29:54
Correct. That's why I didn't include income from tickets sold at games and the commercial deals and endorsements in place. These two alone provide 160 Mil per year (at least) . So you think that's not enough to service the debt and pay employee salaries and all other expenses? You know more than me.


3.) 28 May 2017 21:56:31
Do you think football clubs are ran on the basis to invest all revenue into the transfer market? No wonder eds don't like talking about finances.


4.) 28 May 2017 23:31:27
Last season player wages for Liverpool where £152m and it's probably more now the way footballers wages are going, so there's your £148m prize money gone right there. Fans need to stop worrying about the cost of footballers imo, it's absurd. You wouldn't brag about paying two or three times what it's worth for a house yet football fans aren't happy unless the club they support are paying £30+ for a player regardless or if he's worth it or not. We spent very sensibly last summer imo and all the signings worked out pretty much (klavan's ok as cover) so I'd be happy with another similar summer this year. We seem to have a good squad harmony atm and signing 5-6 big ego mercenaries just to keep fans happy could ruin that.


5.) 30 May 2017 15:49:58
Nobody knows a thing about the finances of the club nor how it is run nor how the funds are allocated for transfers. This is why the Ed's don't talk money on this forum cos it gets everyone's hair to get on fire. I suggest people ignore the transfer amount being bandied around in the media or you will just be disappointed and angry for no reason. Just trust the manager and know that he will do what is best for the team. We know where our deficiencies lie and the Ed's have mentioned the players they know we are interested in so let the manager do his work.


 

 

22 May 2017 15:25:49
Just saw the list of possible teams (eleven of them) that LFC could face in the qualifiers for the Champions League. Not exactly a cake walk, as I thought, but certainly doable.


 

 

20 May 2017 00:57:37
It's 05:26 am, I'm an insomniac and can't sleep, and was thinking about the Sturridge debate. Half of the posters want him to stay because of his unquestioned abilities. The other half want him to leave because of his injury record. But if injury record is going to be yardstick for judgement, then shouldn't it be the other Danny (Ings) who should be leaving? Ings has played far less than Sturridge for the same reasons (injury) the past two seasons, and to me there is a greater upside keeping Sturridge post injury than there is in keeping Ings post injury. I don't doubt any of the work ethic and efforts Ings has put in coming back each time, but it's indulging in sentimentalism if you want to keep him just for that, over Sturridge who has shown that he can deliver the goods. Yes, it's bad luck Ings had those season ending injuries, but I don't think Sturridge's luck has been any better. I know this will not go down well with a lot of people, but it'd be interesting to read your viewpoints.


1.) 20 May 2017 05:17:12
Tbh, I don't see either at LFC for the long run so its does not mean much over who deserves to stay and who does not. Klopp's system requires high fitness and stamina levels, and neither Sturridge nor Ings (both unfortunate) will be able to adapt. Sturridge will be gone this summer and Ings the following one.
Talen wise, Sturridge is miles ahead while Ings seems slightly better adept to Klopp's football style. Considering you don't get paid 10 million a year to make such difficult decisions, its best to leave this to the man who does get paid to do so, and not lose sleep over it.


2.) 20 May 2017 08:44:43
Let's try supporting our players through injuries rather than simply wishing they would leave the club.

Ings has hardly played and sturridge is one of the best players at the club!

Let Klopp decide and let's support anyone at the club particularly through difficulties such as serious injury. Good grief!


3.) 20 May 2017 09:01:00
Beddoerocks, the situation is that neither are likely to have a future at the club. Rather see it as it is than simply wish for something that is never going to happen. Klopp wants a striker that can put in a 35-40 matches shift next season to challenge on all fronts. Neither Sturridge or Ings will be doing that its kinda obvious they will be allowed to leave if an acceptable offer is made.


4.) 20 May 2017 11:49:48
Beddoerocks - Nobody is wishing anyone to leave, at least I'm not. I'd be more than happy for both Sturridge and Ings to stay as long as they were fit and contributing to the team. Sturridge has unquestioned, proven skills and Ings is the hard working, industrious type of player that Klopp needs in his system. But the issue is that we have 4 strikers, of whom only 2 regularly make it to the pitch. And with next season looming ahead, there's a need for Klopp to make one or two hard decisions for a capable strike force, next season.


 

 

 

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26 Jun 2017 00:07:51
I don't agree that VVD is just an average defender; he is far far better than that. But then I also don't agree with "pay the price and get him and we'll learn our lesson". The prices being bandied about, even before the tapping up revelations, was already too high. And it seems to be a crazy sellers market out there now, particularly when English clubs are involved. It makes no sense at all when you consider that the best player in the League this past season (Kante) was bought for 36 Million, and players who might reach his level or standard (VVD, Keita and Mendy) are being quoted at double, a year later.

We got our LW. Let's go out and get competent LB and RBs, and then scour the market for fair priced players that will strengthen our bench. They are definitely out there. Agreed, EPL teams are flush with funds because of the new TV deal, but that's no reason to forget we were bleeding a million a week just a couple of years ago.

Many will say "what about the other teams that will strengthen? ". I'd say let them. ManU did beautifully with Mourinho and Ibrahimovic, did they? Arsenal imploded as usual, and there is no reason to believe it won't be repeated. ManC needs a rebuild anyway, simply because the squad is old, and not only because they have a new manager. Spurs are a threat but they don't have any glaring weak positions, so how much can they improve? Chelsea won because they added two key players to a squad that already won two years ago, and they got a manager who screwed the players' heads back on straight. Let's not forget we were title contenders on January 1st, before the cracks started showing. We need a minimum 2 players (LW and LB) and probably a maximum of 4 (adding a CB and CM) . And I don't see the need the pay extortionate prices. Both FSG and Klopp seem to be fiscally prudent, so I don't see any problems there. It's just the supporters who start salivating at the bait that is always being thrown at them by the journalists and media.


 

 

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24 Jun 2017 22:51:08
I was one of those who was doubtful about Wijnaldum, and Klopp basically took skills that he saw in him and put them to far better use for the tactical structure he wanted the team to play in. And it worked. Klopp took a supposedly lazy midfielder with a powerful long shot and turned him into a multi-faceted player who plays with far more skills, in many ways, than he ever did at Newcastle.

So why can't it happen with Oxlade-Chamberlain? Klopp has a plan. Trust the man and trust the plan!


 

 

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23 Jun 2017 21:25:16
And I repeat, the persistence (y)


 

 

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23 Jun 2017 17:08:57
If this transfer happens, I really don't think Klopp sees Oxlade-Chamberlain as a starter anywhere. If anything, Ox's ability to slot in several positions makes him useful as a substitute or replacement for an injured player. And maybe play regularly in the league Cups games. If Ox thinks, or is made to think, that he'll start in the first 11, he probably has a surprise coming. Klopp likes the athletic and energetic type of players and he is just strengthening his bench. And I'm sure, next season, he wants to look over at his bench (when there's a need to close out games) and see experienced players like Ox sitting there, and not TAA, Ejarie and Woodburn, who are still not ready.

I was reading a bit of academic fantasy, a while back. The article said that if all the EPL games had ended after 60 minutes with halves of 30 minutes each, we would have won the title and Chelsea would have finished third. Of course this statistic is useless, but still indicates that we don't close out halves/ games very well. A stronger bench is part of the solution. Something that many have already pointed out on these pages many times.


 

 

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22 Jun 2017 17:00:25
Renato Gaucho, the manager of Gremio his team, has come out in interviews and said they expect him to leave due to his current brilliant form and interest coming in from various European teams.


 

 

 

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28 Jun 2017 19:44:03
Ah, was wondering what happened to redohio. I've always been ra1969 since the beginning. Even though I was born in 1960, 69 seemed more appealing at the time.


 

 

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28 Jun 2017 19:14:55
Yes. I remember it clearly. Sylvain Marveaux. I don't recall him having failed a medical but he had a long history of dodgy knees. He signed with someone else and then that's the last we heard of him.


 

 

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27 Jun 2017 18:52:33
Ed001, come on, we all know you're secretly waiting for the BeeGees reunion.

{Ed001's Note - did the BeeGees break up? Jesus break it to me gently next time!}


 

 

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27 Jun 2017 18:47:17
None of you get it, do you? Klopp got tired of reading about the friggin' AFCON on these pages, and is going out and getting a substitute (Ox) for Mane and Salah when they're gone. Brilliant, isn't it? (please note the cynical sarcasm before you all do a rugby scrum on my head) .


 

 

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26 Jun 2017 16:55:19
I remember Ed001 has stated a few times that it's "up to him" when asked about Sturridge and his playing abilities. In a subtle and understated way, it's actually very true. How does he feel? Is he tired of reading his name in the papers for the wrong reasons? Is he tired of being behind Origi to come off the bench? Does he want to prove that the special season he had, with +20 goals, was not because of Suarez playing alongside? All depends on his state of mind. Ed025 seems to have given up on him, but I think Sturridge deserves one last shot, given he's recovered from all the various injuries.

{Ed025's Note - its not just injuries for me ra its a weak constitution, i believe hes a nice guy but very much the tin man from the wizard of oz mate..