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21 May 2016 11:06:55
Hi Ed002,

With Sakho facing an imminent ban, do you think Liverpool could turn to Sule? I think you recommended him as a player we should/ could target, and he seems very highly rated in Germany.

Cheers.

zpecialone

{Ed002's Note - I would have had him in preference to Matip but right now LIverpool are not looking at him.}


1.) 21 May 2016 21:11:35
Thanks for the reply Ed, would've preferred Sule on the reports I've heard/ read but hopefully Matip comes in a proves to be an absolute legend.


2.) 21 May 2016 21:17:05
Matip is in the official Bundesliga team of the season. Not seen much of him but seems like he is highly rated in Germany.


3.) 21 May 2016 22:15:47
I think he'll be a revelation alongside Lovren.


4.) 21 May 2016 22:36:02
to be fair ed i think saving the transfer fee makes matip the better deal plus he has more experience u have said we are in a lot of debt.


5.) 22 May 2016 02:21:12
The mail are reporting interest in sule.


6.) 22 May 2016 03:09:59
Apparently sule and tahs agents were at the final. Sakho will be kept. Skrtel toure ilori wisdom jones will be sold. Need then 2 cbs as gomez will cover fullbacks.


7.) 22 May 2016 04:59:29
Voted into Bundesliga team of the year. there's a lot of centre backs in Bundesliga, believe it or not. He must be good.


8.) 22 May 2016 07:23:48
I'm sold on Sule, want him to replace Skrtel.


9.) 22 May 2016 07:38:47
I think with the possible outgoings we would have Lovren sahko (banned), matip and probably toure as our centre backs with Lucas as a utility centre back/ defensive midfielder (I could also see Lucas going tbh) . Is Lucas was to leave then I think we would definitely need a centre back as it is, it would be typical of us not to get one in even though we need more quality in there. I don't think matip is an improvement on what we have already from what I've seen since we got him.


10.) 22 May 2016 14:04:53
I watch bundesliga regularly and matip is easily a 20 million defender. Has a great partnership with howedes, he's very good in the air, strong and likes to bring it out and play a bit. A poor man's Hummels if you would. He ain't going to be no bench warmer.


11.) 22 May 2016 15:31:47
People seem to be forgetting Joe Gomez, is he not a CB?

I know he played LB at the start of the season but thought his natural position was CB.


12.) 22 May 2016 16:41:46
Sule was mentioned by Ed002 ages ago. I think it's a good shout.


 

 

01 Jun 2015 11:01:30
Hi Ed002,

I remember you had this fantastic list of all our targets (or at least the ones you know of), but I was wondering whether you could provide an update on that list?

Thanks in advance.

zpecialone

{Ed002's Note - There are some minor updates but much of this will change by the summer and there are major dependencies on (a) players leaving (b) how much money the club can raise through sales, (c) any change in senior management or the management structure. However, there is known to be (or have recently been) some level of interest in the following players:

GK: Marshall and Bogdan have attracted confirmed recent attention and are viable replacements for Jones. Thoughts seem to have moved on completely from Patricio, Ochoa, Neto (won't happen), Sportiello (unconfirmed to some extent as Atalanta and the player heard about the interest from an Italian journalist), Romero, Ryan and Ruddy right now. The club have also looked at many others including Mattia Perin - who is financial beyond Liverpool.
RB: Wisdom will return and there is aa new deal for Flanagan and Toure. But if Manquillo and Johnson both leave then the club may look for a new RB - I don't see this as a proiority. If Rodgers remains as manager it is not out of the question that Ibe may be tried in a wing back role. The likes of Adriano and Alves have been mentioned by agents as possible options but such players will be expensive and are unlikely to end in anything but tears. Danilo was looked at but certainly won't happen. Folks, I assume because of something in the press, have been asking about Janmaat moving to Liverpool. I don't know of interest but I am pretty sure Newcastle would not want to sell.
LB: Sam Byram has been watched - a move to Liverpool seems unlikely. Hard again to see LB as a priority, particularly withwith the system being played.
CB: A new deal has been given to Toure. I doubt a CB is a priority - at least not before the club clear out some of those already on the books (Skrtel, Lovren, Sakho, Ilori, Coates, Paez, Lloyd Jones and Kolo Touré).
MF: Milner remains very much on the cards. I understand from an ex-German international that Liverpool were very keen on Lars Stindl but he has decided to reject the interest of Liverpool and will move to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer. Khedira (won't happen), Pjanic (outrageously expensive), Vazquez (interest seems to have gone). Even though he has very recently extended his contract, Inter are willing to sell Kovacic (at the right price)and have spoken with Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool and Hertha Berlin - the Liverpool offer would need to be doubled to give any sort of chance of a deal. Inter now say they will keep Kovacic as no deal seems possible and will make another player available. However, Barcelona will return with their convoluted offer for him. If Liverpool want to do something it will take a significant increase on their previous offer. Filipe Anderson has been watched but nothing will happen with Liverpool.
F/W:Right now it is something like this for the players that I understand have been looked at:
Mandzukic - Someone representing Liverpool has approached his agent, but as of this time, not Atletico.
Ings - every chance this will go through.
Benteke - interest has returned.
Vietto - talking to Atletico Madrid regarding replacing Griezmann and was hoping on Real Madrid turning to him - has made it clear he wants a move to Atletico - and this has made Real Madrid look elsewhere.
Heung Min Son (I suspect it would be very difficult to make happen as he seems very happy where he is and will be playing in the Champions League)
Carlos Vela (looked at recently but nothing more)
Aubameyang (looked at and there may be interest from Liverpool - he is keen on a move to Italy but the most interested side, Juventus, are now out of the running)
Gameiro (his stock is on the rise but Liverpool have had no recent contact (according to a representative of another interested club)).
Baez (Liverpool have recently been told to say if they are still interested in Baez or not - and if they are to make an offer which is much improved over that offered to Juventud previously - I understand that there has been no response and Juventud are now in talks with another side regarding a transfer - this is probably one to forget now).
Kishna (all English interest has gone or never materialised according to De Boer).
Lacazette (another English side met with Lyon about Lacazette and a number of other issues on April 9 and any move this summer, particularly to England, is not viable right now - Aulas has mocked rumours that Liverpool could by the player).
Firmino (he will most probably move with a number of clubs having made formal approaches, and Manchester City and Inter having had formal discussions with Hoffenheim).
Depay (moving elsewhere).
Bakkali (interest will have gone).
Andre Ayew (a free agent who Liverpool enquired about last summer - looks to be heading elsewhere)
Walcott (if Sterling were to leave then a move for Walcott may be considered).
Cheryshev (if Sterling were to leave then a move for Cheryshev may be considered).


1.) 01 Jun 2015 12:58:26
Very interesting Ed! Thanks very much!


2.) 01 Jun 2015 21:51:39
FSG wake up & stop paying double for absolute rubbish. Then baulking at a bargain price for proper talent.
Get some real players in. Here is what a squad brimming with youth, potential and most importantly the requisite skills/ability/desire/determination would look like, players willing to work hard & succeed.

Alexandre Lacazette
Paulo Dybala
Luciano Vietta

Asier Illaramhendi
Mateo Kovacic
Ross Barkley
Mario Suarez
Max Meyer
Axel Witsel

Andre Ayew
Julian Draxler
Heung Min Son
Hakan Calhanoglu
Kevin DeBruyne
Iker Muniain
Lucas Moura

Inigo Martinez
Simon Kjaer
Stephan De Vrij
Kyriakos Papodopolous
Fabian Schar
Ricardo Rodriguez
Mateo Di Sciglio

Andre Der Stegen

No Messi. Ronaldo, Pogba, James Rodriguez, Marcos Reus, Phillip Lahm etc because no realistic chance of them ever coming to LFC. But we could get a couple of those listed, at least


3.) 02 Jun 2015 01:36:12
Those mostly sound better than last summer's dealings. Would hope we don't sign Benteke, but overall it's an encouraging list of possibilities.

I still think we need to look to a player of Benzema's quality. In my humble view, we really do need a quality, proven goal scorer.

Thanks Ed002.


4.) 02 Jun 2015 08:15:26
Haha, possibilities? Get off your cloud and keep the fantasy football on the wishes page please.


5.) 01 Jun 2015 13:01:07
So what's all this about a bid for Clyne and an upcoming improved bid? Untrue Ed?

And Garbutt for LB please. :)


 

 

07 Apr 2015 10:25:04
Hi Ed001,

Now that it seems like we won't make the Champions League, do you still think we could be able to lure Klopp and Monchi to Liverpool? Also, would Vietto still be a realistic option? I really hope we get these three men into the club because frankly, I've lost faith in Rodgers and the transfer committee, and I really hope we move on our current strikers (Balo, Lambert and Borini) and have a more potent attack in Sturridge, Vietto, Origi and Sinclair (if given a chance).

Cheers.

zpecialone

{Ed001's Note - if we got Monchi in, I think that would be a far more important addition than a head coach. Klopp has publicly stated his affection for Liverpool, I don't see him joining us, but the club would have to be mad not to make an all out effort to persuade him to take charge. Vietto is less realistic without Champions League than with it, as are all additions really.}


1.) 07 Apr 2015 11:33:37
which striker will be a more realistic option and we are interested?

{Ed002's Note - There is plenty of time still but Ings remains viable but there is interest from elsewhere. Again, Gameiro might provide a viable alternative.}


 

 

28 Mar 2015 12:19:04
Hi eds,

Two questions on transfers:

1. Has Khedira signed a pre-contract for Schalke already or is he still considering his options and are we still one of his options?

2. Also, have we looked at Keylor Navas? He sits on the bench for Real Madrid week in, week out, so would he be looking for a move? I really think he could be some great competition for Mignolet and I think he would be available at a decent price (if he's agitating for a move).

Cheers!

zpecialone

{Ed002's Note - No and no.}


1.) 28 Mar 2015 18:10:02
Sorry for taking up more of your time Ed002, but just to clarify, does the 'no' mean Khedira has not signed a pre-contract with Schalke or does it mean that we're no longer an option?

Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It means he has not at this time signed any pre-contract with Schalke 04, but they do remain very keen on him.}


 

 

09 Sep 2014 12:31:27
hi eds,

been seeing us linked to kramer the past few days, wonder if there's any truth in it?

thanks :)

zpecialone

{Ed002's Note - Bayer Leverkusen are looking for a January auction. I am aware of some interest from clubs and maybe Liverpool will be interested. Seems speculative at this time.}


1.) If BR wants him, it is probably bcoz Lucas will be moving on as soon as January. Not sure Kramer would be much of an upgrade though.


2.) I'd be surprised if we bought anybody in January considering the amount of deals done this time around. injuries barring of course


3.) 10 Sep 2014 04:16:10
Kramer is a very good friend of Emre Can and is very open to a move.


4.) I'm a big fan of Kramer I'd love him at Liverpool. Lucas would have to leave though and eds surely he can't be for sale in Jan, he's on loan at 'Gladbach til June?

{Ed001's Note - you can sell a player while he is on loan.}


5.) 16 Sep 2014 22:46:55
I think that Liverpool have interest in him I am not sure that we will get him because all of the top clubs but we will challenge.


 

 

 

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27 Dec 2016 22:42:17
First time at Anfield was definitely not a disappointment, absolutely loved it! Singing You'll Never Walk Alone with almost 60,000 other Reds was something special, it gave me goosebumps.

Also special shoutout to Gazza who commented in reply to my other post about how his first match at Anfield also finished 4-1 against Stoke, can't believe history actually repeated itself, although I'm not complaining 😂.

zpecialone

1.) 28 Dec 2016 07:20:51
My pleasure bud. I did have a extra smile thinking that it was 4-1 and history did repeat itself. just wish I followed my gut instinct and had a bet on it. As long as Liverpool get the 3 points I'm happy.


 

 

27 Dec 2016 11:21:11
Going to my first ever match at Anfield tonight, absolutely buzzing! 😊😊😊.

zpecialone

1.) 27 Dec 2016 11:47:09
Enjoy mate it's such a special place, especially under the lights.


2.) 27 Dec 2016 11:47:50
Good luck and enjoy the evening mate.


3.) 27 Dec 2016 11:48:46
Enjoy mate.


4.) 27 Dec 2016 12:52:35
Ironically my first match was against Stoke. We won 4-1 that day. If history repeats itself for you mate.

Have a great day.


5.) 27 Dec 2016 13:15:38
Stoke was my second Anfield match, but if I tell you Sir Stanley Matthews played you can work out which decade it was. We won anyway! Let's hope it's the same outcome today.


6.) 27 Dec 2016 16:22:57
Oh you lucky basket!
Wish I was going with you. Enjoy the atmosphere it's very special mate.


7.) 27 Dec 2016 23:08:49
Gazza - freaky!

Did you put any cash on 4-1?!?


 

 

19 Dec 2016 22:53:43
Hi ed001,

Any chance for a match review? Would be much appreciated.

Merry Christmas :)

zpecialone

{Ed001's Note - Overall the game itself was poor, they were just intent on kicking our players and booting the ball to Lukaku, with no real attempt to play football. As such, we gave up very few chances to them. Even those listed as attempts were not great chances for them. We were not much better, particularly in the first half, when our passes were going astray a lot, but we did, after their initial early pressure, take charge of the game and dominate it after the first 15-20 minutes.

Though we never really made enough clear cut chances ourselves, which was a worry as they were poor at the back, leaving a lot of gaps, as their players allowed themselves to be dragged out of position trying to hack ours down. Unlike the usual style, where your defenders would look to get back into place the minute the guy on the ball played it, they were wasting half a second or so each time as they had a dig before getting back into place. If we had moved it quicker, we could have made a lot more chances. However we won and that is the main thing. Especially in a derby!

By the way, what on earth are refs doing these days? How many of these kind of hideous assaults are going to be allowed to go with just a yellow card as punishment? Someone's career is going to be ended by challenges like that! It was pure nastiness. Still, showed Barkley can do more than give the ball away and dive....

Oh, the bell who threw on the flare, grow up! You could have cost us the game.

Simon Mignolet - very little for him to do, but he did it well, apart from one tiny error when he put us under pressure with a pass. One mistake in 90min is a very good performance from any player. He wasn't really tested like, but mainly due to his willingness to race out quickly on the few times a loose pass or ball over the top threatened to expose the defence.

Nathaniel Clyne - still struggles on the ball most of the time, but he was not receiving the ball at the right times to really make the most of his forward runs. Again he wasn't really tested defensively.

Dejan Lovren - improved as the game went on, initially he made a few loose passes, but his passing got better as the game wore on. Defensively he handled Lukaku well, but Lukaku made it very easy for him and Klavan by failing to use his pace and trying to use his strength and power, rather than the pace the pair struggle with.

Ragnar Klavan - had a good game, handled Everton's attacks well. If anything he was bullying Lukaku.

James Milner - still not back to the form he showed at the start of the season. Never really exposed defensively but added little to the attack, especially his dead ball delivery.

Jordan Henderson - gave Ross Barkley a lesson last night. Broke up play and played it, never retaliated despite the treatment he received, when no one could have blamed him if he had lost his cool with Barkley, who had kicked him continually even before that shocking tackle. Desperately needs to work on his corner delivery though, they were once again utter dog turd. We need a dead ball specialist to stop him and Milner taking them.

Georginio Wijnaldum - a quiet game, as usual in the position he is in now, but quietly effective. Gets up and down the pitch well, always in the way of what they want to do and usually in position to receive a pass when we have the ball. Still needs to add some goals this season though.

Adam Lallana - not his best game, though it is difficult to play the way he wants to when the opposition are as sly as Everton were last night. Always involved, but never really able to create as much as he would have liked. Little pulls and pushes, along with the hacks, made it difficult to get his game going.

Sadio Mane - was kicked from pillar to post but was still able to react quicker than their whole defence to knock in the rebound from Sturridge's shot. He was excellent, even if his passing was a bit wayward, as it is very difficult to be accurate when your legs are kicked from under you as you pass. He really took the brunt of Everton's rough house tactics but never reacted, which was clearly what Koeman was looking to do, provoke him.

Divock Origi - not a particularly good game for Divvy, but he never gave up and kept working their team. He was in good part responsible for them dropping deeper in the second half and giving us a little more space. Their defence was worn out hacking him, Bobby and Mane repeatedly and started to look tired, while he was still full of running and movement.

Roberto Firmino - he is like the Duracell Bunny, never stops running. Not the best performance on the ball, but he kept going and going and their defenders will be having nightmares about chasing his shadow.

Emre Can - came on with Sturridge towards the end and put himself about well, making one challenge after an error at the back which shut down an attack. Worked hard, but never really got a chance to get into the game.

Daniel Sturridge - looked a bit off with his touch but hit the shot that beat the keeper, only to rebound off the post to Mane. That will do for me from a sub.

Lucas Leiva - came on in the dying seconds and barely even saw the ball.


1.) 20 Dec 2016 09:19:45
Sorry about the flare ed001, I couldn't help myself ;-)

{Ed001's Note - I should have guessed :-P


 

 

14 Dec 2016 19:23:16
Incredibly disappointed that Klopp has decided to drop Karius. The club's motto is 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and it has been absolutely embarrassing with the way the fans have slagged Karius off till the point that Klopp needed to take him out of the lineup. I don't feel Mignolet is good enough, but hopefully he plays a blinder tonight on his return to the first XI.

zpecialone

{Ed025's Note - karius is walking alone now zpecialone...probably to accrington or somewhere which befits his ability.. :)


1.) 14 Dec 2016 22:31:22
Grow up. Players get dropped if they under-perform, simple as that. There weren't too many sobs when Moreno was dropped. It has nothing to do with the club motto.


2.) 14 Dec 2016 22:52:46
Klopp took him out of the limelight, he can now play the cup games and get his confidence back up. And honestly klopp will chose who he feels will guarantee him a win. He doesn't base his selection so that he can get one over the so called pundits. We have two keepers good enough for the first team. Something we haven't had before.

{Ed025's Note - thats a very positive spin on things SS, some might say there is not a good keeper between them..but yours is better..


3.) 14 Dec 2016 23:04:30
More taken out of the firing line than dropped I fancy. The story was becoming too much about him.

{Ed025's Note - no andy he was dropped mate..


4.) 14 Dec 2016 23:07:15
Fantastic decision by Klopp to take the pressure off the lad, whilst having a Mignolet hungry to prove himself again. Mignolet did well. I wonder what the LFC staff make of Karius in training. Is he up to the task or did they make a mistake in buying him?


5.) 14 Dec 2016 23:07:27
There is an old saying in football that you are only as good as your last game. If that is the case, then Karius had to be dropped.


6.) 14 Dec 2016 23:13:51
I trust the manager.
Great win tonight, let's not make it about Karius again.
Let the story die down then Karius will be back.
By all accounts Migs deserved his start so let's see what he can do.


7.) 14 Dec 2016 23:35:39
He was dropped because we have a better keeper on the bench. Migs has his weaknesses but he makes big saves. he has done it in the past including pens. At the moment I could not see Karius making anything other than the basic save. and he has even struggled at that. He can't complain, Migs deserves to be in front of him right now.


8.) 15 Dec 2016 00:14:16
Migs is in no way a better GK than Karius. We have had three years of failure from him to make that conclusion. Except 10 games is the new standard for judging new players these days, the jury is still out on Karius. Don`t care really who plays, as long as we win.


9.) 15 Dec 2016 01:38:38
Ed025, i see where you coming from, and given past games one might doubt migs, but his shot stopping is there with the best and karius was only second to neuer in the bundesliga last season. I remeber de gea struggling a lot in is first season. Loris did to and courtois wasnt so great last season when he played. Anyway we have young keepers doing well on loans too. I beleive this keeper situation is being blown out of proportions and it certainly doesn't help the team. For now migs is good enough until a younger keeper can displace him, so if he wants to keep his place he knows he will have to fight for it. And he has the calibre to do so. I have supported pool since I was for last 15 years or so and I have never seen so many supporters have a go at all our keepers and asking for a new one after every match. I remember people sticking up for reina, when he was being awful. So it kinda frustrates me when we are having a great season and our fans just won't stop being negative. It certainly doesn't help the team.

{Ed001's Note - Mignolet's shot stopping is down there with the worst! He has never been a good shot stopper!}


10.) 15 Dec 2016 01:38:38
Ed025, i see where you coming from, and given past games one might doubt migs, but his shot stopping is there with the best and karius was only second to neuer in the bundesliga last season. I remeber de gea struggling a lot in is first season. Loris did to and courtois wasnt so great last season when he played. Anyway we have young keepers doing well on loans too. I beleive this keeper situation is being blown out of proportions and it certainly doesn't help the team. For now migs is good enough until a younger keeper can displace him, so if he wants to keep his place he knows he will have to fight for it. And he has the calibre to do so. I have supported pool since I was for last 15 years or so and I have never seen so many supporters have a go at all our keepers and asking for a new one after every match. I remember people sticking up for reina, when he was being awful. So it kinda frustrates me when we are having a great season and our fans just won't stop being negative. It certainly doesn't help the team.

{Ed001's Note - Mignolet's shot stopping is down there with the worst! He has never been a good shot stopper!}


11.) 15 Dec 2016 14:39:18
A good shot stopper should NEVER lead the PL in goals conceded on the first shot on target, something Migs managed to achieve. Him being a great shot stopper is a myth that has no basis in fact nor reality.


 

 

18 Nov 2016 23:34:18
Hi Ed001,

Was wondering whether you had time to do a match preview? Always a great read and much appreciated.

Cheers.

zpecialone

{Ed001's Note - I did the Liverpool only one yesterday or Thursday and it was put on either the Others page or the Teams page. I will have the full Prem preview one done this morning.}


1.) 19 Nov 2016 08:30:09
Yes half way down the others page zpecialone.


 

 

 

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12 Sep 2016 04:45:27
Wow, someone's getting ed001 riled up! 😂😂😂.

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05 Sep 2016 14:31:06
He said lower leagues, Yipster, pretty sure Kante played in Ligue 2 with Caen just as Mahrez did with Havre.

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05 Sep 2016 05:21:25
Just as Vardy, Mahrez and Kante were, AG?

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09 Jun 2016 13:41:23
Hi Ed002, very interesting read up there. You mentioned that the test for new owners was very stringent in the UK, so I was wondering how did Cellino manage to buy Leeds? If I remember correctly, isn't he quite a shady character with plenty of financial issues?

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{Ed002's Note - He appealed the disqualification he had.}


 

 

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28 May 2016 00:36:07
Isn't Zamparini just as difficult to deal with as Aulas, Ed002?

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{Ed002's Note - Not easy but not as difficult.}


 

 

 

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30 Dec 2016 18:56:58
Top 5 in the world has to be Godin, Alderweireld, Bonucci, Chiellini and Koscielny.

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28 Dec 2016 16:52:43
Agreed, Hamilton, he always gave his best and scored some crackers for us. Must say I especially miss some of his celebrations as well!

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28 Dec 2016 16:33:25
Don't get why people are still slagging Hendo off, if Stevie G had done that magnificent crossfield pass everyone would be raving about what a special player we have.

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21 Dec 2016 08:00:01
You can't possibly compare Hendo with Wanyama 🙈.

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29 Nov 2016 12:33:58
Alderweireld, Koscielny and Matip are probably the top 3 centre backs in the league to be honest.

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