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15 Aug 2014 06:30:28
Hi all,
I'm hearing lots of rumours that we are in negotiations with PSV for Bakalli. Not sure if these are true or just journalist rehashing old stories but I thought I should pass it on.





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09 Aug 2017 10:25:59
Hi Eds, I don't know if this is the right forum for this, but I was wondering how probity of contract works in football?
I have 2 questions about this. The first is what is the FAs role in contracts. When Neymars release clause was activated it was given to the Spanish FA. So are the FA party to the contract or is this just a requirement in the release clause?
The other issue was about the enforceability of clauses by third parties. I was wondering why the jurisdiction of the club makes a difference for enforcing these clauses as, under U. K. Privity laws, an interested third party can enforce clauses in contracts and this law doesn't specify that they have to be from the same jurisdiction, so I was just wondering why it is different with football contracts?
Thanks, and I do understand if you don't want to post this as it is pretty technical and not Liverpool related.


{Ed002's Note - (a) When payments are made they are paid via the FAs who are responsible for settling debts due and taking their cut before passing the remainder on to the club. (b) Privity is no different with regards football contracts. I assume you have a more specific question with respect to this.}

1.) 09 Aug 2017 14:14:08
Hi ed,
I was wondering if a players contract referred to other clubs directly in the clauses or if they were worded generally?

{Ed002's Note - I don't understand, refer to other clubs in respect of what?}



26 May 2017 06:12:10
Hi Eds, and everyone, this isn't strictly liverpool related but seems kinda relevant after the recent game in Sydney.
So in Australia a telephone company (Optus) bought the broadcast rights for the EPL with the intention of streaming it. This meant it was no longer available on the TV, except for a few games that were shown free to air.
Unfortunately, Australia has incredibly poor internet and people are generally unwilling to pay the extra cost of subscribing to Optus, so there has been a significant downgrade in the number of views and people watching the EPL in Australia.
I was wondering on if people thought the FA should prioritise selling the rights to a broadcaster that will allow the most number of people to view the game and grow the market, or if they should sell it to the highest bidder, or if there should be a middle ground?


{Ed025's Note - like everything in life its all about the market forces reshi, the problem is that greed takes over and the general man in the street will struggle to afford to watch games, in an ideal world we would be able to watch games for free but we all know thats not going to happen mate..

1.) 26 May 2017 06:57:01
Optus massively overpaid for it and only have 2 years left on the contract. It has not made them any money and unless there is a significant uptake in higher based contracts next season I will be surprised if they bid again. I can see those rights going back to foxtel. If think Ian Ayer voiced these concerns to the FA last year. no idea if it had any impact.

2.) 26 May 2017 08:50:46
All I know is I already had a basic Optus mobile so I got this year's epl for free and could cancel my Foxtel which cost 90 and was crap 😀 Streaming has been excellent and I live in regional Queensland. I'm happy for now, think it will cost 15 a month next season.

3.) 26 May 2017 09:49:12
Apparently Optus have to increase their uptake or risk loosing the contract. Foxtel are sniffing around to make a deal. Also, i believe a Singapore company bought Optus a while back. Streaming sucks in Adelaide.

4.) 26 May 2017 09:51:52
The major problem was they didn't offer it as separate service, you had to get a contract with them and potentially pay an early contract exit fee if you were worth another provider. Most people I know did what I did and used the account of a friend/ relative who had no interest in the game.

I think that optus screwed themselves over and will lose a fair bit of money but hopefully that means whoever gets the next rights realises how much money it can generate if done correctly and that means better, cheaper and more wide-spread coverage.

5.) 26 May 2017 11:11:35
Its all about the money - whatever happened to football being a working class sport?

6.) 26 May 2017 11:41:40
Thats why I like Liverpool TV. Miles cheaper than Optus but I still get to see all Liverpool games plus Ladies, U23, U18.

7.) 26 May 2017 11:42:35
In New Zealand for the two seasons prior to this one, we had a thing called premier league pass or plp. I'm not sure if this was available anywhere else but basically for about 20 bucks a month we had live access to every Premier League game. When BEIN sports got involved that seemed to change this online ability for some reason. but we really miss plp!

8.) 26 May 2017 12:39:18
Singapore is expensive but at least you get every game and that's worth it - likewise LFCTV is excellent if you have the patience. I can't understand the UK if I'm honest - pay a fortune but still risk not seeing your team play.



30 Apr 2017 10:59:08
I thought, to change over from constant complaining and questions on who we are going to sign, that it would be interesting to look at how we could improve the team for next season. These improvements may be tactical, mental or through personal, whether buying new players or promoting from within. This may come across as a criticism of the players but I want it to be noted that I am not looking to belittle players but just state my opinion on what occurs and that overall this has been a fairly successful season. The following is my personal opinion only and I welcome comments.
Clearly this season we have performed very well against the top teams and less well against the bad teams, so this will mostly be an analysis of how we can improve against lesser teams.
1. The biggest issue is with our mentality. Many of our players seem to get sloppy against lower teams and don't pass or press as effectively. This is a hard issue to solve but could come down to Klopp ensuring players are properly prepared for the game, having more leaders and players who are consistently trying on the pitch or through having greater competition, especially in midfield, as players who are scared they will get dropped are more likely to try.
2. The lack of width. Currently we play very narrow football. Excepting Mane, we have no players who are comfortable taking a man on one on one out wide. This is compounded by issues with our full backs. Clyne lacks the ability to consistently put in decent balls and make the right decision offensively and Milner lacks pace and always cuts inside. This makes it easy for teams to defend against us as they have no need to worry about being stretched wide. This leads into the second issue and could be improved by ensuring that we had fullbacks who provided actual width and attacking threat.
3. The lack of variety in our attacking play. Essentially, we are a team that is very good at playing in front of a defence but lack the ability to change it up and pierce a team that sits back against us. When there is a little bit of space, and our players are in sync, this can be devastating. But when that is not occurring we can look very blunt. This could be solved by having greater width to create space and by having the ability to change up our attacking play, whether through players capable of taking on and beating a man, midfielders who are willing to run beyond or players who are capable of shooting from distance.
4. The lack of options to change. We have a very strong first team but do not have options on the bench to change up the team during a game. Klopp has shown that he is willing to do this when the players are on the bench, so we have to ensure that next season we have those players.
5. There are various issues with our defence that all intersect with each other. I will start by addressing those with our centre backs. Basically, we just lack quality in this position. Players are either slow, just not that good or inconsistent. This allows teams to target them, doubly true if they can counter while our fullbacks are up the pitch and they can isolate our cbs, which can leave our defence weak. The solutions for his are either to coach our current starting cbs into not making the mistake they currently make or to improve the quality of players in this position by bringing in new players either from the academy or through transfers.
6. The full backs are also an issue defensively. They either have questionable positioning or lack the pace to deal with a forward when isolated. This can be combatted through coaching and tactics.
7. The goalkeeper. I think we all know the issues with this, the lack of organisation, passing and ability to deal with crosses. Short to say I think we are all aware that this position needs an upgrade.
The above is my opinion only and, it is important to note, when I say we need new players I do not necessarily mean we need to buy new player as we can also look to our academy and other players that we have at the club.


1.) 30 Apr 2017 11:48:42
I generally agree with all of those points, and this could be a bit naive if me but I reckon that if we had a couple more players that could have a shot on target from distance then it might help us break down the teams that sit back against us as the defenders would be more inclined to come out of the back line for a tackle if they know that we have the ability to score from distance, at the moment we only have Coutinho who is known to be a threat from far out.

2.) 30 Apr 2017 12:40:21
Not everything could be corrected by coaching. Tactics are not going to be changed or altered. We will play high press high line football under Klopp and you need personal especially at the back to play this system.

3.) 30 Apr 2017 14:22:08
I think we are generally in a good space provided we keep our squad together our main issues we need to fix are
1) our fullbacks need to deliver quality into the box going forward but we struggle with Milner right footed on the left and Clyne poor going forward on the right. Witness how effective we are with Mane and part of that IMO is he's a natural wide attacker and when we switch him out, we lose that penetration in behind. Likewise a natural wide left back is key as Coutinho often drops deep or cuts inside so we need someone to exploit the space he creates. I think we should go Sessegnon as understudy to Milner and start playing TAA or else bring in Pereira for Clyne if he's not ready.
2) our next problem is at CB - we've struggled with injuries and inconsistency but likewise we are vulnerable on the counterattack either through lack of pace or mistakes, but also partly because we leave them very exposed. Klopp seems to be favoring a deeper midfielder which has been effective at times, playing more of a 3-4-3 at times against sides that sit back. Main thing is we need a top CB to replace Klavan IMO and challenge Lovren, but we also need more luck with injuries to benefit from a settled partnership.
3) Our other big problem is from set pieces. This is down to two things IMO - training and the keeper. I think Migs has been excellent the last few games, but he's still not the long term solution, we need Karius to start asap next season, or if not ready spend on the strongest keeper we can afford.
4) Sturridge is a talented player but we can't afford to live with his injury record anymore, particularly with Origi still learning his craft and Ings yet to prove his recover. We need someone with pace and goalscoring ability to allow us to get in behind with pace if Mane isn't available. I'd bring in Dembele or Brandt depending on if we see Firmino as long term CF or a false 9.
5) Midfield is the toughest decisions IMO - we have some good options and Can has shown an ability to play understudy to Hendo but then we look a bit light if Hendo suffers from an injury hit season again and Grujic doesn't prove himself ready. I'd love to see us sign Keita but it's a bit of a luxury as far as I can see.

Main thing is to keep the first pick side together as it stands now (apart from perhaps Clyne and Migs) and then bring in a few top recruits to strengthen where we lack options. Hopefully Coutinho stays and we get CL - he's getting better and better and his partnership with Firmino could be a big part of the next few years if we can give it time.



25 Apr 2017 02:13:33
I believe that if we win 3 of our remaining 4 games we will make top 4 as we will end the season with 75 points.
We have Watford, Southampton away, West Ham and Borro, so if we don’t win 3 that is completely on us.
I will show why I believe this will be enough by looking at our rivals (Man City, Man Utd, Everton and Arsenal) remaining games and where that would be expected to put them.
Man City-
Man City still have Man Utd, Borro, Palace, Leicester, West Brom and Watford. I would not be surprised if they dropped points in 3 of these games. they have been very poor this season and I would expect them to drop points in 2 games from Man Utd, Palace and Leicester. Because they have been poor I would also expect them to drop points in 1 of their other games. This would leave Man City with, at most, 76 points and they currently have equal goal difference with us.
Man Utd-
Man Utd have City, Swansea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Southampton and Palace. I believe they would be likely to drop points in 2 games (at least) against City, Tottenham and Arsenal. I also believe they will drop points in at least 1 of their other remaining games as they will likely concentrate on the Europa league. This would leave them with, at most, 75 points, but their goal difference is currently less than ours.
Everton are currently 6 points behind us, having played the same number of games. As such, winning 3 of our remaining games would ensure we finish above them.
Arsenal still have to play Leicester, Tottenham, Man Utd, Southampton, Stoke, Sunderland and Everton. I would expect them to drop points in at least 2 of their games against Tottenham, Man Utd and Everton as well as 2 of their games against Leicester, Southampton, Stoke and Sunderland as they are falling apart. This would leave them with, at most, 70 points.
Obviously this is all conjecture but it does show why there is no need for everyone to freak out over the palace game as it is still very much possible that we make top 4.


1.) 25 Apr 2017 07:14:42
Of course it's possible, the frustration is letting our control of the situation slip again.

2.) 25 Apr 2017 08:41:13
Youve said that Utd and Ars will drop more points than I think they will mate tbh. Were up against it let's face it.

3.) 25 Apr 2017 09:26:05
Don't trust Palace to get another point from anyone. They were playing with the fear of relegation vs us and Chelsea. They are safe now.

4.) 25 Apr 2017 09:42:06
We have to win all 4. that's that.

5.) 25 Apr 2017 10:05:51
Winning all 4 still might not be enough Supermane.

6.) 25 Apr 2017 10:14:54
It is all in our hands and that will give the best indication of where the squad currently stands. Ultimately it isn't a bad situation and if it doesn't work out then it is still a learning point for the summer.

7.) 25 Apr 2017 12:36:08
It can't be in our hands as if Man U and City win their games in hand they will be ahead of us and if Arsenal do they will be equal.

{Ed001's Note - City and United have to play each other, so they cannot win both win all their games in hand.}

8.) 25 Apr 2017 13:02:56
Despite that, Ed001, they can both get past us regardless of our results.

max we can get to is 78.

If City win their remaining 6 games they can get to 82 points, but even if they lose against Utd, they can still get to 79.

If Utd win their games, they can get to 81 points. If they lose to City, they can still get to 78 points and it would come down to goal difference.

A draw wouldn't be great for us as they could both get to 79/ 80 points with 1 draw and other wins.

So I'm going to say that the best result for us would be a City win, as that would put 4th back in our hands, goal difference notwithstanding.

{Ed001's Note - so, if United lose, it would be in our hands, as we can do something about the goal difference.}

9.) 25 Apr 2017 13:12:38
Yep, spot on, hence I want a City win, rather than a draw.

10.) 25 Apr 2017 13:14:55
BTW, don't discount Arsenal, who could still get to 78 too, albeit at the expense of Utd as they play each other. We could do with Spurs sorting them out when they play in a few weeks!

11.) 25 Apr 2017 13:22:55
So it's not entirely in our hands.

12.) 25 Apr 2017 15:25:20
United will beat City, who will have a couple of players missing, this will put a lot of pressure on us, City also, that's how I see thus night going .

13.) 25 Apr 2017 17:34:02
Utd will NOT survive that brutal schedule they have and will definitely drop points in at least 3 of their games, the same with Arsenal who have Stoke, Saints, Utd and Everton. If that happens and we win out, we get CL footie. It's as simple as that. Also, a City win will work just fine for me.

14.) 25 Apr 2017 17:35:23
How likely is it we will win the next 4 games, considering we have only done it something like twice in our history? In fact history would back city who have twice in the last decade won thier last 6 games in a row. It will no doubt go down to the last match of the season but i cannot say that i could back our players to hold their nerve in that situation. Well none of us can tell the future so we will just have to wait and see how it pans out.

Considering no one had us down for top 4 this season i guess we have overachived so heres to hoping they hold their nerve and play out their skins and bag that spot.



06 Jul 2016 23:49:09
Hi Ed002, if you are around, I remember you saying a while back that Australia was robbed of the World Cup. I was wondering if you could extrapolate on the reasons why?
Speaking as an Australian the World Cup in Australia would have been amazing, we know how to have fun and can host decent tournaments (Sydney 2000) but most of all it would have given a massive rise to the popularity of the sport within the country. It's been growing each world cup but if we actually hosted one it could do a lot to dispel the myths about football that exist within Australia and boost its popularity amongst the younger generations.
Sorry for the lack of relation to Liverpool,


{Ed002's Note - The reasons why were simple - they wanted it moved to the January/Februry window. They have a potential legal claim and I would suspect a future application would be looked on sympathetically to avoid any grief. The claim, to be honest, could be fixed if FIFA hadn't sold certain rights to Fox so far in advance. A good question Reshi.}

1.) 07 Jul 2016 01:30:25
Ed002 wow thanks :) Hopefully Australia will get it soon then.




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29 Sep 2017 01:12:36
Leonardo Jardim?





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14 Jan 2018 06:16:21
Try 78 degreees or four pillars. Both Aussie guns and truly delicious.


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09 Aug 2017 14:14:08
Hi ed,
I was wondering if a players contract referred to other clubs directly in the clauses or if they were worded generally?


{Ed002's Note - I don't understand, refer to other clubs in respect of what?}



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09 Aug 2017 10:20:16
Ed001, who would you replace Phil with, given a choice?


{Ed001's Note - Firmino.}



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22 Jan 2017 13:07:17
Isn't this all a bit ridiculous? We are going through a bit of a dip in form, caused by injuries to a whole bunch of key players. But, we've still played some of the best attacking football I've ever seen this season, we have one of the greatest managers in the world and a squad filled with players who are going to improve under his care.
Don't get me wrong our squad has weaknesses, as does klopp, but this is the best place we've been in since 2009/ 2010 so I sure am sure as hell not in the mood to complain




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21 Dec 2016 12:00:17
Ed001 what scouting sites would you recommend looking at? I've realized most sites can't analyse football at all so any recommendations that actually give insights into the game instead of repeating pointless nonsense would be fantastic :)


{Ed001's Note - I mean sites like Wyscout and Scout7 that you can use to look at the data yourself. Not so sure their in-house analysis is of any use. The articles I have read on those sites were of a poor standard, I have to be honest, but you can see all the footage and GPS data from matches on there. You do need a subscription (or be able to log in via a friend's comp who is a scout which is how I used to get to see it) to use the sites though. It would be good if they offered a free-to-use version with more limited datasets or a limit on the number of vids you can watch.}