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28 Apr 2017 15:13:03
Good afternoon Ed's and reds.

I very rarely post rumours as I don't have many sources.

However, I have just been confidently told that Aaron Creswell will be a Liverpool player in the summer. Do you know if there is any truth in this?



{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Liverpool and West Ham agreeing the transfer of Aaron Creswell this summer.}

1.) 28 Apr 2017 15:44:53
Ok thanks for the swift reply Ed.

2.) 28 Apr 2017 16:26:08
good player.

3.) 28 Apr 2017 17:25:55
That would make no sense to me.

4.) 28 Apr 2017 18:17:17
He's had shocking season, small upgrade on Milner.



28 Jul 2016 20:28:16
Evening Eds and Reds.

My pretty reliable source at Swansea has said that he has heard that both us and West Ham have enquired to Leeds about the possible sale of Charlie Taylor.

Any truth in this eds?

Cheers, YNWA.


{Ed001's Note - last I heard we hadn't, but since then he has made it known he wants to leave and turned down a new contract. So it is entirely possible.}

1.) 28 Jul 2016 22:50:47
How good is he Ed?

{Ed001's Note - not sure, only seen him a couple of times, but the Leeds fans on their site are happy to see him go, which is never a good sign!}

2.) 28 Jul 2016 23:46:15
Do you rate him Ed01? Other posters?

{Ed001's Note - not seen enough of him sorry.}

3.) 29 Jul 2016 05:18:15
Are the fans happy for him to go because of the money he would bring or because they don't rate him? There's a difference. I don't want Coutinho to go but if a mega Sterling type offer came in I would be happy for him to leave.

{Ed001's Note - he is in the final year of his contract, he won't bring much money. They are happy to see him go anyway.}

4.) 29 Jul 2016 08:01:05
Ed001 Do you believe about klopp saying our transfer business is over now (excluding the players going out) and klopp will stick with moreno and turn milner as backup fullback?

{Ed001's Note - nope, we are still trying to sign full backs.}

5.) 29 Jul 2016 08:16:55
Same old story.

We spend money on areas that aren't really a priority then the 1 area we needed more than anything (LB) we try and spend as little as possible.

We would have been better just keeping Smith.

6.) 29 Jul 2016 09:09:06
Can he play attacking midfield? 🤔.

7.) 29 Jul 2016 10:30:03
We not only need a LB but need backup too. Moreno has shown his lack of defensive ability all too often.

8.) 29 Jul 2016 12:38:56
The transfer windo does not close until the end of August. Plenty more suprises to come in the transfer market yet. Have patience. We will sign a LB before then pkus 1/ 2 more will leave.

9.) 29 Jul 2016 16:30:32
The internets says he can play as a full back or a left winger which immediately makes me think

RUN! Run as far away from this deal as possible and never look back 😄.

10.) 30 Jul 2016 12:21:13
Modern football sadly, apparently the first job of a full back is to be a winger and if they can't defend then that's a minor issue. Frustrates the life out of me.



06 May 2016 16:35:16
Hey Eds and Reds. Still buzzing from last night.

Now as you know from my lack of posts on the rumours page, my insider knowledge is evidently non-existing and I'll only post if I hear something.

Now I previously mentioned from my contact at the Swans that they are looking to take Joey Allen back this summer.

The same contact has also informed me that Swansea and Liverpool are 2 of 3 premiership clubs with concrete interest in Lukasz Teodorczyk, a polish striker playing in Ukraine. Now I had to look him up as I've never heard of him or seen him play. I was wondering if any of the Eds or reds had seen him or know much about the lad?

Keep the faith guys! YNWA.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any English interest in Teodorczyk at this time - last up it was Wigan, Sheffield United and Wolves but he moved to Dinamo Kyiv.}

1.) 06 May 2016 23:34:25
lol not going to happen.

2.) 07 May 2016 09:47:02
Sure he played and scored against Everton last season. Name rings a bell.



15 Aug 2015 08:49:34
Good Morning Ed's and Reds.

Unfortunately the only rumours I get from my source are Swansea City related.

He told me last night that the Swans have made tentative enquiries in to the possibility of taking Allen back to the Liberty Stadium but were told by us that he isn't for sale.

Not sure how reliable this is, just wondering if you had heard anything?


{Ed001's Note - I already mentioned there were talks a while back regarding him, back then we were considering selling him as Kovacic was possible. Now that has died, Allen is no longer available.}



22 Jun 2015 09:29:28
Hello Ed's and fellow readers.

Daily reader for so many years, but only ever post on the banter or other pages.

However, I have recieved some information on the weekend. A former coach I worked with in the local area is a life-long Swansea City fan who also does volunteer work for the club (Stewarding etc.). I text him stating how well I think Swansea are doing in the transfer market. When I asked him whether or not he thinks Tabanou will start at Left Back next season, he said yes as he's heard Neil Taylor is going to Liverpool.

How reliable this information is, I don't know. I just thought I'd pass this on as it's the first rumour I've had to post after about 5 years of visiting and reading this brilliant site.


{Ed001's Note - Rodgers loves Taylor for some unknown reason. Never understood it as he is a truly woeful player. The only reason Taylor never joined a while back was his long term injury.}

1.) 22 Jun 2015 10:23:24
If Taylor does join, it means BR is still in control of the transfer committee.

2.) 22 Jun 2015 10:55:26
This is a non-starter. Taylor signed a new contract with Swansea at the start of the month. Absolutely no chance of Taylor joining the reds

3.) 22 Jun 2015 11:08:02
guess rodgers wants the "welsh jordi alba" 😜

4.) 22 Jun 2015 12:27:17
There is nothing to suggest Taylor will be joining LFC. Tabanou has a wicked left foot, brilliant long range shooter/freekick taker.

5.) 22 Jun 2015 15:21:42
Like I said guys it was only a rumour passed on from a Swansea fan. I'm Welsh but personally I wouldn't want us to sign him as I don't think he's good enough.

6.) 22 Jun 2015 17:01:14
No no no taylor is nowhere near good enough davies was much better an he can't get a look in at spuds

7.) 22 Jun 2015 16:41:49
i always thought BR would go for Taylor , i used to watch him before he got injured and breaking his leg , he is better than enrique also he is better at defending than moreno so i would not be supprised if we do get him i posted ages ago that BR would go for Taylor

8.) 22 Jun 2015 20:57:13
He`s still a poor player and BR is obssessed with his former players who wind up to be opoor if borini 9altho not enuff chances) and Allen. If that is accurate, Taylor will be just be as poor

9.) 22 Jun 2015 22:53:13
I'm a swansea lad and to say Taylor is woeful is a bit harsh, he was a good player before he had that bad injury!!




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11 Dec 2017 11:18:36
Good morning chaps.

Just like to say thanks for the selection Ed002.

I feel I have more weight on my shoulders making sure I don't let you down than I have in my current job! I promise not to let you down in defence!

Oh and I do have welsh heritage, partly because I'm welsh ;)

Come on Redmen cheer up.

Merry Christmas to all Ed's and Reds! Enjoy the holidays.


{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

1.) 11 Dec 2017 13:09:19
I will try not to embarrass you to much on the day smplfc :)

2.) 11 Dec 2017 14:16:20
big ups my welsh bois out there, put the welsh pirlo sorry Joe Allen to shame out there.

3.) 11 Dec 2017 17:00:05
Come on Welshmen.



06 Nov 2017 14:19:04
Hi Ed01,

I see that you're looking at the idea of opening up a new list for villains of the game.

Can I suggest El Hadji Diouf and Joey Barton?

Would they meet the criteria?



{Ed001's Note - they would be right near the top of the list mate.}

1.) 06 Nov 2017 14:56:51
I'm actually in the middle of doing an article on Craig Bellamy. But it's about how he turned from a villain to a hero with his work in Africa and the change in his attitude in later years of his career.

2.) 06 Nov 2017 15:14:48
That list goes on for a while.

To name a few.

3.) 06 Nov 2017 15:56:37
What about Johnson? Isn’t he still doing time.

4.) 06 Nov 2017 15:58:01
You could add Ben Thatcher to that list.

5.) 06 Nov 2017 16:03:36
I don't think it's fair to put Balotelli in as a villain along with the likes of Barton and Suarez, Noshbag.

6.) 06 Nov 2017 17:01:50
Which Keane? Roy or Robbie?

Is it Onfield villains Ed?

Is John Terry a villain for his off field behavior, and Ryan Giggs too?

What about Michael Owen and his bullying of the young players and then even Gerrard for similar.

{Ed001's Note - either or mate, on or off.}

7.) 06 Nov 2017 17:43:08
Ok Ed this could make really interesting reading, soap time on the Liverpool rumors site, awesome.

{Ed001's Note - might be difficult to research though!}

8.) 06 Nov 2017 22:22:25
I would not put Balotelli in the villain category, just a big childish toolbag living in an adult's body.



02 Nov 2017 12:52:57
Hi Ed,

Was wondering if Fabio Cannavaro was on your list?

An interesting character with a very impressive career considering he was a 5'9 Centre back along with off field controversies. World Cup and Ballon d'Or winner with over 130 caps for a top country.

Would be great if you could add him to the list if he's not on there?



{Ed001's Note - he is on there mate don't worry.}

1.) 02 Nov 2017 17:31:34
How did you rate him personally as a player Ed?

{Ed001's Note - he is one of the best defenders of the last 30 years. Showed how you don't need to be tall to be able to play big.}

2.) 02 Nov 2017 20:31:34
I loved Cannavaro. He and Baresi inspired me as a defender. I would break the bank to get either of them into our side at the moment.



03 Oct 2017 14:12:54
Hi Ed01.

Just wondering if there's any update on, or if I have missed the 'underrated managers' article?

Hope all is well.


{Ed001's Note - I have not got round to it yet, I have been busy working on an article that was requested ages ago about former Liverpool managers. Though that has turned out to need a whole series of articles so I will probably take a break from that and do some of the other articles on my to do list before going back to part 2.}

1.) 03 Oct 2017 14:56:39
Where can I find your article about liverpool managers ed01 dude?

{Ed001's Note - it is not up yet, it will be up soon, I just have to sort out something for it. Just putting together a spoken word version and the video to go with it as well. Once that is recorded and finished, I will post it on FNV with a link to the recording on youtube. I am not sure how long it will take as the intention is to put a few together so it can be released on a weekly schedule, even if I haven't got the time to sort out any more for a while.}

2.) 03 Oct 2017 14:57:56
And what about the one I asked for? 🙄🙄🙄🙄.

{Ed001's Note - I am trying Harry! I have such a long to do list and I am trying to produce something new as well. The spoken word is not the only thing coming to the YouTube channel in the future.}

3.) 03 Oct 2017 15:01:43
Ok cheers mate.

Look forward to reading it.

Can we have just a quick sneak preview and name one manager that's definitely going to be on your underrated list?

{Ed001's Note - off the top of my head it has to be Sean Dyche after having been involved in a discussion about him on the Arsenal page today.}

4.) 03 Oct 2017 15:24:26
Cheers mate.

Again, I look forward to reading it.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, I am hoping to get it done while the internationals are on, as I hate watching international footie so I have more time on my hands!}

5.) 03 Oct 2017 22:04:31
Hello Ed01
Thank you! There is no hurry. Sorry for pushing you.

{Ed001's Note - no worries, it is not forgotten though, it is just the list is long and your request is something that requires a different kind of article from the usual.}

6.) 04 Oct 2017 20:13:30
I know you're busy putting together your Pontus Janssen profile ed, but he's injured at the moment so I won't hassle you 😁.

{Ed001's Note - he played in their last match, but he wasn't close to full fitness and had a bit of a stinker.}



19 Sep 2017 13:54:09
Hi Ed91, they haven't got a page, so I thought I would just post here as I'm interested in your opinion.

What do you think about Huddersfield's decision to close the academy, especially the timing of it, with the club surely boosting local interest and becoming more attractive to the young player now they are in the premiership?


{Ed001's Note - I don't think we have an Ed91 so I am going to assume you typoed 01, though it could be Ed02 just as easily if it is a typo!

It is quite simple, the academy system as it is only benefits the mega wealthy and they have to do something else. Whether their development squad will work out or not, I have no idea, but they have to do something different.}

1.) 19 Sep 2017 14:47:41
Wow! That's a shame if you ask me. Something was amiss financially?
Nothing more satisfying in football for me than to see local talent come through.

{Ed001's Note - there are more and more clubs giving up on the academies due to the EPPP (I think that's the right acronym). I can see there being many more academies that are unaffiliated to clubs in the future, similar to how the Glenn Hoddle Academy worked. They are basically just fighting for the scraps dropped by the big clubs.}

2.) 19 Sep 2017 14:48:48
I remember ed91. Was a top bloke, why did he stop posting?

{Ed001's Note - oh yes, you are right we did have an Ed91! I wasn't sure. At my age it is about all I can do to remember what number I am.}

3.) 19 Sep 2017 15:34:59
He stopped posting shortly after Klopp took the Liverpool job. Perhaps Ed091 was in fact Jürgen himself!

4.) 19 Sep 2017 15:48:34
Ah right, thanks.
Vardy has something similar I think for younger lower league players who don't quite make it if memory serves.
They need a chance too and sometimes a 2nd or 3rd chance.
Everyone develops at a different age.
So many quality players who nearly didn't make it but did in the end luckily and through perseverance.
Vardy himself of course, Ian Wright, David Platt etc. just off the top of my head.
There's probably only a small percentage of players who've never been rejected by a club at some point.
Biggest one for me was Denis Irwin at Leeds I think it was.
Arguably one of the most underrated and consistent players the PL has ever seen.

{Ed001's Note - you are correct, he does. I believe one of the players from it joined an EFL club during the summer.

Irwin is one of the best players the PL has ever seen as well.}

5.) 19 Sep 2017 16:00:49
My son was on a football camp in the summer, most of the 50 odd kids there had been in a professional academy, none were still in one, most were in the 10-14 age bracket, the churn rate can be really high. Realistically take a look at the 16-20 year olds in most pro clubs, it isn't the hot bed of local talent you think. Many will have been released by a higher level or bigger club's academy, or snapped up from a smaller club, rather than developed from within. Or the usual brought in from the manager's home country. Club's use foundations (which I wouldn't exactly call stellar coaching levels from what I've seen) to cover their commitments to the community. Plus certainly around where I am, the scouting is lazy and poor, I've seen really good kids playing at bottom level league/ clubs who no one is watching and kids no better (or worse) than them getting into academies or trials because they're at the right club or know the right person. You also get big clubs hoovering up talent into the void between foundation and academy, where they keep them hanging around until they develop or are definitely not good enough, Chelsea have done that. Put Chelsea in front of most kids, even if it is sub academy stuff and they'll take that over someone like Brentford or Wimbledon offering them an academy place. In some cases so they can claim to their mates they're in Chelsea's academy. Just from my perspective but the whole thing seems a bit screwed up these days.

{Ed001's Note - you have to be careful what you say, but I totally agree with you and have been regularly called nasty things for suggesting that these coaches with all their badges have not improved matters. At least in the past kids were being coached by people who were enthusiastic and wanted to be there. Now they are just there until something better comes along, they want it to be a career but you don't earn until you get to the higher levels, so a lot of them have a chip on their shoulder thinking they are too good to be at that level. However you try telling them anything or discussing anything with them and all you get is 'how many coaching badges do you have?' That is all they ever have as a comeback, followed by name calling. You can't question them at all. That is the sole reason why the article on youth academies I was putting together I have put aside as it is difficult to be fair when most of the people you speak to involved have just been such pricks. One was a 'coach educator' for the FAW as well.

I have been trying to find out what the failure rate for coaching badge courses actually is, to find out how difficult it is to get them but so far not been able to find out. However, I have yet to find anyone who has failed one, so I am beginning to think any talentless moron could get a coaching badge simply by putting in the time and money! That worries me as they are working with impressionable kids. There is a reason why you need a high failure rate if you are trying to produce the highest quality coaches. It seems like the badges are just a money making scheme for the English FA sadly.}

6.) 19 Sep 2017 16:07:00
True, hard to say but irwin was a real unsung hero. Never missed a pen. Pl legend.

7.) 19 Sep 2017 17:26:58
I'm still waiting for Ed91's input.

8.) 19 Sep 2017 17:56:55
Irwin didn't get rejected did he.

9.) 19 Sep 2017 19:31:28
By Leeds Ron yes.




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31 Jan 2018 12:26:14
Don’t shoot down rumours like this guys, ones like this are what originally made this site brilliant all them years back.




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09 Jan 2018 12:16:55
Credibility has certainly been dented for someone there.

I do hope too though, that Wilshere isn’t really an option.




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08 Jan 2018 15:55:14
A fair point well presented Ed. A shame as the boy has definitely played well during his loan spells.

Are you going to promise me a starting position in the charity match and then bench me instead.?


{Ed002's Note - I need to get on to that - I am running around for other reasons for a few days but at the end of the week I will be on to it. Or my PA will.}



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08 Jan 2018 15:32:20
Hope you’re well Ed.

I have heard a rumour from a deep source that Klopp wasn’t fibbing to Ward, but it’s actually the players attitude since arriving back at the club that has cost him a first team place, or at least a shot at it. Not sure how true this is though.


{Ed002's Note - So why would Klopp tell him he will be number one? His attitude probably relates to a very good loan being destroyed by Klopp (who then didn't play him) and the a season long loan being rejected by Klopp (who then didn't play him). Klopp then tells him he is number 3 (so the chance to sit on the bench in the League Cup) and then Klopp tells him he will be number one in the future. There appears to be a trend here.}



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23 Nov 2017 14:34:33
I’ve heard that he is the problem Ed. Not a question of ability.





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23 Feb 2018 17:29:17
No Roberto or Kirchoff in there MK.? ;)

I think world class is used too easily these days and without proper context.

Is it based on this season, a few seasons, the last few games? That would make a massive difference.

I think a lot of players would get picked on YouTube clips and FIFA or Football Manager ratings, rather than due to them being watched week in week out.

I think my only nailed on from what I watch, whether it be over a few games, a season or 3, would be DDG.

There would be more, but again it depends on the time frame we are talking about.




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24 Jan 2018 18:53:11
It’s not hard to remember MK when you’re the second post on almost every thread ;)

I don’t know how you fit the time in with all the European football you watch too.

Happy birthday in advance for Friday!




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24 Jan 2018 14:13:12
MK’s posts are getting worse.




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23 Dec 2017 08:18:08
De Gea ;)


{Ed025's Note - you wish smp..



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20 Dec 2017 17:44:03
They can Ed, they drew at home to you too. ;)


{Ed025's Note - yeah but we are the mighty everton smp.. :)