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03 Aug 2022 17:20:51
Question for Ed002 if you're about mate, are Liverpool 1 of the 3 clubs that are apparently trying to sign Sesko? Or has that ship sailed since signing Nunez, or was that ship never sailing in the 1st place? Thanks mate.

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{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach at this time.}

04 Aug 2022 09:34:37
Thanks for the reply, appreciated as always.

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04 Aug 2022 10:53:53
Not sure why we would go for him unless someone left. Never heard of him until he played against us. Did well but was a pre season game and they were already into their season. I have a feeling that this is another - Man Utd want him so we should beat them to it - post. We can't but everyone. Plus he's got 4 years left on his deal. Any fee would be daft for an unproven player.

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02 Aug 2022 18:25:08
Word on the jude bellingham rumour vine is that Liverpool are trying to secure him on a pre deal for January.

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02 Aug 2022 20:56:24
Wouldn't there need to be a gap in the squad for that to happen?
He ain't signing at Christmas to sit it out until next season, that's for sure.

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02 Aug 2022 19:08:31
In the words of Ed002: don't hold your breath.

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02 Aug 2022 21:40:37
This will be milners last year as a player and also the ox will be off either before the window shuts (unlikely now he’s injured) or free agent next year
And possibly naby if his contract isn’t resolved

So their is definitely room coming very soon I’d say room for 2.

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02 Aug 2022 22:18:55
He also said that about nunez
Kk7 . I think things change in football very quickly and we just have to enjoy this season as I think this could be a very very special 1 indeed.

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02 Aug 2022 22:53:11
There might be room for 3 if Naby doesn't extend.
But that still doesn't leave a gap at Christmas.

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02 Aug 2022 23:01:18
Dhfc: You will get no arguments from me on that score, look how close we came to perfection last year.

I just prefer to concentrate on the players who are currently occupying a reds jersey, rather than getting caught up in a rumour that has no basis in fact, and if said player ends up going elsewhere which of course would be his choice, this site ends up going into a meltdown.

I Would love Jude to become a red but i won't throw my toys out of the pram if he ends up at Man city or Real Madrid.

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03 Aug 2022 05:05:50
Ox doesn’t play much, Millie is a utility player now - a stopgap if we have an injury in the midfield or at right (and sometimes left) back and Naby was, towards the back end of last season, basically the 4th choice for midfield behind Fabs, Hendo and Thiago. To be honest I can’t see us needing to buy 3 players or even 2 for that matter. Jones, Elliot, Carvalho, Morton and Bajcetic would seem capable of providing the necessary cover. We might need one ‘game changing’ signing - perhaps Bellingham.

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{Ed001's Note - I am not sure Morton will provide much cover this season while on loan at Blackburn mate.}

03 Aug 2022 08:38:20
@Ed01 - a very good point 😁 although I think the argument still stands with the other three (Elliot, Carvalho and Bajcetic) covering for this season and, presumably Morton back for next season.

I was interested in Pep Lijnders’ comments the other day that our transfer policy is shifting to focus on bringing in Academy players and the occasional ‘game changer’ like Diaz and Nunez (and perhaps Bellingham next? ) rather than pre-Klopp days when there was no real established path from the Academy into the first team squad and we tended to buy players who could (at best) do a job in their position but weren’t necessarily a step up on what we had.

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{Ed001's Note - I do agree with what you are saying and Lijnders is just saying what should happen at every club. I never understand why some teams even bother with an academy as they have no interest in looking at players in the ranks. It should always be about only signing genuine top players to fill gaps in the team, while using the academy to fill all the gaps in the squad. With the aim that youngsters grow from squadfillers to first team regulars.}

03 Aug 2022 09:08:44
Naby was 4th choice last season but after a couple of weeks I see him being 5th choice at best this season with Elliott moving ahead of him and maybe even Carvalho.

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03 Aug 2022 09:52:48
@Ed01 - I think you could make a very good case that the best work we have been doing for the past couple of years is with the Academy - bringing everyone together at Kirby and the focus on coaching the same system at all age levels and both the youth recruitment (local and otherwise) and the planning and execution of a genuine plan for those deemed as being likely future first team squad calibre is much better than in pre-Klopp times.

I’m not an expert on such things but it seems we were searching for replacements for specific players rather than working towards a top quality squad that was a framework for consistency and quality.

As you say, all clubs should be doing it but very few do and it’s really encouraging that we seem to be doing it and that we seem to have people who understand why and how we should be doing it.

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{Ed001's Note - agree completely with that.}

03 Aug 2022 10:18:00
Ed001, please apply for the Chelsea Director of Football role. We need someone at the club that understands the talents we sign from elsewhere are often worse than the ones we have in house.

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{Ed001's Note - I have never understood that about Chelsea. It seems like those players developed are purely seen as a way of making money. Academies making money should be a by product of doing well, rather than the aim.}

03 Aug 2022 10:36:43
Absolutely no idea here but if someone does sign Bellingham does he not require a squad place due to his age and being home grown.

If you’re under 21 you don’t have to be named in the squad I believe. So does Elliot and Carvalho also come into that category?

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03 Aug 2022 16:02:35
You’re right there JK. Squad places (and therefore HG/ CT etc) only applies to players who were 21 or over on 1 Jan 22 (for this season) . So Elliot, Carvalho, Ramsay, Bajcetic and even Curtis Jones all do not need a squad ‘place’.

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03 Aug 2022 16:02:47
Neither would Bellingham, btw!

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03 Aug 2022 22:28:46
@Flash, with regards to bringing Bellingham in at Christmas (which I am not saying we will) there is a precedent with Diaz in last January’s window.

We were very well covered up front at the time but we jumped in when someone else looked close to buying him.

Again, not saying we will just that we might.

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04 Aug 2022 10:04:31
Are Dortmund likely to sell their most valuable asset during the winter window? I just don't see it. I don't think they're in any financial trouble either so that's not an incentive for them to sell. Diaz was bought with the knowledge that Mane wasn't signing a new contract so there was always a major gap to be filled.
It just seems more like fan desperation to me than any real possibility of it happening.

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{Ed001's Note - I am pretty sure he has already promised Dortmund to stay for the season.}

04 Aug 2022 13:37:40
I'm pretty sure one of their manager or one of their directors confirmed that recently too.

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02 Aug 2022 08:42:40
Hi Ed,

Hope you're well.

Seen rumours of Hakan Çalhanoğlu to LFC doing the rounds again due to Ox's long-term injury. Sources I've seen reporting aren't too reliable, but just wondering whether you know anything about this one?

Thanks mate.

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{Ed002's Note - That would be a kick in the gonads for the youngsters. How long is he out for?}

02 Aug 2022 12:21:13
Ox was reported as anything up to 3 months.

Is it the same Italian source that had Bobby on the plane to join Juventus last week?

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{Ed002's Note - Then a replacement should not be required.}

02 Aug 2022 13:18:02
Calcio Mercato Web haha - that is the one that reported Bobby to Juventus isn't it?

But Ox's injury is a hamstring one. have a funny feeling that he isn't going to be back until Jan given his patchy record. Not that he's a major part of the squad, but always nice to have people fit. Kind of wishing that we just accepted any sort of bid we got for him earlier.

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02 Aug 2022 20:57:31
6 months out with a hamstring?
That's a bit of a stretch (pun intended) !

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03 Aug 2022 10:48:13
Ox had 3 months of no game time last season with no injury.

Unfortunately even if it is 1-3 months then I can’t see him leap frogging many of the players ahead of him to get game time when he does return from injury.

Unless we have an injury crisis personally I don’t see Ox getting many minutes over the next 8 months regardless of whether his injury is 1 month or 6 months.

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03 Aug 2022 16:57:17
Ox shouldn't be included in any plans for this season, 3 years ago he looked good, dynamic, quick, and a good shot. He's too injury-prone, it's a waste of a spot on the team in my opinion. Naby and Ox would be my first out the door. He'll start less than 10 games this season.

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04 Aug 2022 18:49:03
He's hardly a waste of a spot in the team if he's never in the team, is he?

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31 Jul 2022 22:27:36
Hi Ed,

Wondered if you knew of any plans the club had for loan moves for any of the younger lads? I know you've criticised the club in the past for not mapping out the plans for the kids, has this improved at all?

Cannonier, musialowski and that left back who just signed a new contract all look like top top players to me but would like to see them get regular minutes against adults to see how they get on!

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{Ed002's Note - I don't know of any plans to loan those players out.}

31 Jul 2022 14:22:28
Can anyone confirm that Adrian has signed a contract extension? I though his deal ran out this summer and I’ve not seen anywhere about him renewing?

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{Ed002's Note - It runs out next summer.}

31 Jul 2022 21:49:13
Thankfully we have Kelleher as back up keeper when fit. Adrian is ok but prone to lots of mistakes leading to goals.

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31 Jul 2022 23:12:11
Like Ed01 said, you can't have a world class keeper as your 3rd choice. I think Adrian is ok enough for our 3rd choice keeper.

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31 Jul 2022 23:51:07
Adrian kicking is truly terrible and he makes the defence panic. But he is the 3ed keeper so can’t complain to much.

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01 Aug 2022 00:30:48
Adrian’s kicking is really bad but his general shot stopping is above average and a good option to have as third choice.

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01 Aug 2022 07:52:07
I think he is an awful keeper and with Alisson and Kelleher both having more injuries than most keepers I would rather have one of the kiddies be first choice.
I just hope if are top two keepers have injuries this season it’s not at the same time. If Alisson or Kelleher was in goal Saturday city would not have scored but with Adrian in goal they should have scored at least 3.

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01 Aug 2022 08:47:36
They should have scored 3? What do you mean!? They scored one. Adrian saved some. Or you mean he should of let them in? Come on. Adrian is a perfect for 3rd choice GK and could be the best 3rd choice in the league (opinion based) . As well he is a loved lad (you could even see afte the game with City how he congratulated Nunez and both celebrated together) as well role model and I would be disappointed if we offer something like 1+1 contact.

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01 Aug 2022 09:03:55
Wouldn't be disappointed* if we offer Adrian 1+1.

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01 Aug 2022 09:46:16
Mart city should have scored 3 goals apart from very poor finishing the one near the end when Haaland hit the crossbar when Adrian pushed the shot into the middle of the 6 yard box the goal was his fault and there was another one that I can’t remember of the top of my head where he pushed the ball into the middle of the 6 yard box. And no of them where hard shots to saves.

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01 Aug 2022 10:17:31
Why didn't Virgil or Joel react to all these shots he pushed into the middle of the box? Are they not allowed to react? Are they immune to criticism and being called out for rubbish defending? They both knew it wasn't Allison behind them and both, at this stage, should have the defensive intelligence to follow shots in on the off chance it comes off the keeper.

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01 Aug 2022 10:31:52
Mane is basic goalkeeping to push the ball out wide away fro the goal I thought VVD and Matip handled Haaland well. I’ve got nothing against Adrian am just stating the facts that he is not even good enough to be 3rd choice especially when are first 2 keepers have missed a good few weeks over the last 3 season if they both got injured and missed a chunk of games at the same time Adrian would cost us a league challenge. He cost us the other year vs A Madrid. It’s nothing personal it’s just a fact that he is nowhere near top flight Quality.

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01 Aug 2022 11:22:09
Yet, Adrian played 11 games in our title winning season.

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01 Aug 2022 15:23:58
Adrian got us 30 points from 30 in the opening 10 games of our title winning season.

On Saturday he had two hands on the ball and was fouled. It should have been a free kick.

Too many people think we should have three full teams of international world class players.

The squad loves him, he is an excellent professional and third choice.

Spoilt somewhat.

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01 Aug 2022 15:59:49
Leave it. Him saying that he is not even good enough for a 3rd GK yet looking at other teams second or 3rd gks his name points out as better backup GK, proves that he is just a simple hater.

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01 Aug 2022 20:19:19
I’d rather have Adrian as our 3rd choice (yes, 3rd) keeper as opposed to City having Steffen as their 2nd choice last season.
He’s not going to play much and if he does, he’s got my vote.

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01 Aug 2022 20:59:28
Is this still Liverpool rumours page, or has it changed to some sort of Goalkeeper chat room?

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01 Aug 2022 22:49:29
It makes a change from slagging certain midfielders off!

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02 Aug 2022 04:13:41
I don't understand the hate for Adrian. He's a backup keeper and a decent one. Of course he is not perfect but if he was, he would not have stayed or joined us in the first place. Alisson made mistakes too and some bad ones. If Adrian made those mistakes, he would be bashed badly. So, cut him some slack. He's doing all he can to his ability. To compare him with Ali is not really fair, its just like comparing Neco with Trent. Or would you prefer Mignolet or Karius in goal?

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02 Aug 2022 10:15:34
Yeah. Let's give the midfielders some time off and some peace and quiet, and go after the 3rd choice keeper. He let in a goal, yes. His kicking and parrying of shots was not ideal, yes. But he also stopped all other shots and he did okay in dealing with VVD and Matip, in Haaland's pressing (which was abysmal, by the way) . Klopp and staff know what they're doing. We have no guarantee Davies would have done better. Not yet, anyway.

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31 Jul 2022 08:06:27
Great to see trent scoring yesterday, for the ability he has I think he should score more. What a wonderful player he is.

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{Ed025's Note - it was more of an assist digger. Ake scored the goal with a fine header. Trent is an excellent player but he’s a bit of a mars bar for me..

31 Jul 2022 10:12:35
Ed25 what you like to do with Mars bars I’d keep to yourself personally.

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{Ed025's Note - eating them mate..

31 Jul 2022 11:12:33
Ed025
Do you mean he is getting smaller over time.

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{Ed025's Note - well his head is getting bigger gaga. Very talented…but he does love himself..

31 Jul 2022 12:33:48
Agree he gets into great positions he has the potential to be 10 goals+ aswell as his assists.

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31 Jul 2022 12:41:26
If Trent is a Mars bar, the Everton defence has to be 4 jaffa cakes.

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31 Jul 2022 12:42:21
Seeing as he’s not an Everton fan, he does have one less reason to hate himself, ed. ;)

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31 Jul 2022 12:50:34
Alexander-Arnold is confident because he deserves to be. Sometimes success brings complacency and ego and hope it doesn’t happen. There’s room for improvement in his game.

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31 Jul 2022 15:03:39
He’s 23 and if he retired today. Would sit comfortably in the top 5 right backs the premier league has ever seen. Baring that in mind, I think he will improve massively, when he hits his prime in 6/ 7 years he’ll be one of the best fullbacks Ever.

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31 Jul 2022 13:23:24
Take your point Ed025. Wasn't sure the finger to the lips celebration was necessary. The will be games when it will come back and bite you. Best way to silence opposition fans is to play well and score.

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{Ed025's Note - absolutely gaga mate..

31 Jul 2022 14:21:51
Ah now ed25 the ball bairly brushed 1 of akes dreadlocks.

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{Ed025's Note - it was going in the middle of the goal digger until ake rose like a sock eyed salmon and guided it in off the post. Speck savers are open on a Sunday mate ..🤣

31 Jul 2022 15:36:07
For the amount of crap he takes by the media when it comes to England and the fact Sidegate thinks Walker and sometimes even Trippier is ahead of him is beyond me. Glad he has confidence in himself and so he should.

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31 Jul 2022 16:06:39
Unfortunately I'm working on extending our trophy cabinet today so won't make specsavers 🤣🤣🤣.

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31 Jul 2022 17:52:15
Can we all just hold off on slagging Jaffa cakes. They’re so good!

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31 Jul 2022 19:09:13
What Ed 025 means is that were TAA a "mars bar", he would eat himself an age old expression for a big head!

Here's an LFC football quiz question regarding food, can anyone make a boy's first name out of Trebor (clue? he is LFC's most successful football manager ever? ) .

Ed025 looks like we will have to educate these young urchins?

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31 Jul 2022 19:35:26
England Ladies have won, hope she takes her top off again?

(Kelly shows her Belly! )

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31 Jul 2022 21:38:35
Success always brings out the haters. Especially the "say it like it is" ones.

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31 Jul 2022 21:41:32
007, so that was the memorable and pivotal part of the game for you? 😄.

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31 Jul 2022 23:26:25
I was gutted when KDB assisted one of our defenders to deflect the ball into our goal to make it 2-2 at Anfield last season. Would have won the title had KDB not got that assist.

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01 Aug 2022 05:42:49
he was wandering around raising his hand asking for offside for first goal instead stopping the ball to go to Alvarez feet for the first goal, he shouldn't be playing in big games.

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30 Jul 2022 14:00:52
Hi Ed, any interest in 19 year old Marcos Leonardo from Brazil?

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{Ed002's Note - Marcos Leonardo (F) Still a little raw and needs to stop falling over so easily, but talented. Wants to move to the PL at some point. He will do well if he bides his time. Santos have said that clubs from Europe have sent scouts to watch him ancluding a very-high end scout/ex-PL player which hints at two of the clubs being Manchester United and Liverpool, to watch the player.}

31 Jul 2022 13:57:21
Who are the high level scouts in Europe, Eds?

Do they freelance, I thought clubs have their own scouts, or is it a bit of both?

Ta.

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{Ed002's Note - There are scouts who are employed by clubs, scouts who freelance and scouts who are specialists in certain regions. So, for example Liverpool have a scout who just deals with Iberia and one who does Croatia, Italy and Switzerland. In Brazil they have an unusual situation. But they do use others as needs be.}

01 Aug 2022 00:18:08
I do enjoy your often cryptic answers Ed002. Are you able to elaborate on the ‘unusual situation’ with our scouting in Brazil? It sounds intriguing.

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{Ed002's Note - I would rather not.}

 


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