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20 Oct 2020 14:21:51
Hi Ed2, you have spoken about this for a while now. I value your insight in such matters over main stream media so wanted to get some information if you don't mind. Apologies if you have answered this elsewhere but has there been significant movement in this European Premier League as the media are now reporting or is there a far way to go for this becoming a reality? Appreciating anything you can share on this.

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{Ed002's Note - This relates to one of the ideas floated as an alternative to try and stop the "elite" European sides breaking away to form a pan-European league. I have explained the proposal before but it surrounds expanding the pre-season International Champions Cup to a much larger event where clubs would be members of the tournament through a debenture type system but need to commit to playing their first team in all games. Those behind it want UEFA (or even FIFA) to formally recognise the tournament (there has been a discussion already) which would be a money spinner but will add many more first team games to the annual schedule. This was one of the major drivers behind the Liverpool owners proposing Project Big Foot - which was obviously nothing to do with helping out the football pyramid but simply a way for FSG to extract more money from the game. I have explained in more detail previously.}

22 Oct 2020 10:29:19
To be fair, you make it sound like it’s all FSG, when Man Utd’s owners were also heavily involved in the proposal.

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20 Oct 2020 12:48:23
Ed002 if Liverpool have the funds, though unlikely as it may seem, to buy a centre half in January 2021, who do you think is the most likely target? Thanks in advance for reply.

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{Ed002's Note - I cannot sensibly answer most likely questions but you are aware of players Liverpool had previously shown an interest in and it would make sense to boost the Home Grown quota if they do look to an addition - but that has to be offset against cost and clubs not planning on selling in January. The likes of Dael Fry, Ben White and Ben Godfrey have been of interest in the past - only White would potentially make the grade as the srater Klopp wants (e.g. Diego Carlos or Lisandro Martinez). Whilst clubs are already trying to firm up their plans for next summer, I am not aware that Liverpool have started to enquire about CBs.}

20 Oct 2020 10:16:48
Not a rumour but just a suggestion. At the moment there is a lot of talk about needing homegrown talent, so have why not consider Connor Coady. I assume he would be quite expensive so I do not expect it to happen, but he is a Scouser who started life out at Liverpool, has developed in my opinion in to a top class centre back. He is very vocal, which I think is needed with Matip and Gomez as our other options.

Just a suggestion but wondered if other people agreed?

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{Ed002's Note - Coady is not just home grown but he is also "club developed" by Liverpool which is what is giving the club issues right now and going forward. I would howver doubt that the player would be interested in returning to Liverpool to effectively become cover when his career is going very well and he is a starter at Wolves.}

20 Oct 2020 12:00:04
Would he be cover? He is arguably better than Gomez so could start.

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{Ed002's Note - He is not one of the CBs that Liverpool has shown any interest in.}

20 Oct 2020 12:20:45
He was gated out by LFC why would he leave a well ran club where he’s captain loved and adored?
He’s a scouser so bring him back?
He built back up his career well done to him leave him be!

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20 Oct 2020 12:27:01
Merely a suggestion of someone who would solve a lot of issues for us and I think Is a very good cb.

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20 Oct 2020 12:31:07
No, not for me.
He’s a decent player as a ‘sweeper’ type in a back 3 but not for our system with a high (ish) line of defence. He’s not got the pace for that.

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20 Oct 2020 16:00:26
Agree with you on that, Juicer. I know a lot of Wolves supporters who rate Coady but say he lacks pace.

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19 Oct 2020 12:13:28
ed2 - when a club loses a player for a number of months and potentially the season, do they have the option to kind of de-register them to free up a roster space?

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{Ed002's Note - Unless they have space in their squad, he cannot be replaced until January - they cannot deregister him until January. There are no HG free agents available that would even come close to the likes of Williams and Phillips. It is an unfortunate injury, clubs have to deal with things like this all of the time.}

19 Oct 2020 12:51:22
If we can’t cope with a player being injured, leading player or not, then we have issues bigger than VVD.

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19 Oct 2020 16:30:22
Glass half full is that Alisson is back in training and should be back soon, having a top class keeper behind Matip and Gomez will make a huge difference. As for Prickford, hopefully karma will even itself out on him.

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19 Oct 2020 23:41:56
Ok so I think we need to be logical about VVDs injury. Last season we won the league by 18 points. Is his absence going to lose us that many points. Probably not. But he’s a massive loss and others have to step up to the plate. I hate to say it, but in united’s hay day that’s what their players did regularly. Klopp will find way.

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20 Oct 2020 02:29:54
Thanks ed was just interested to know as they do have this provision in american sports.
Cheers.

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20 Oct 2020 10:29:05
lakes4 - we didn't start the season with an 18 point head start.

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20 Oct 2020 15:23:02
That's the whole idea behind a squad of 25, isn't it? And to build a squad of 25 (not just 11) that is as cohesive and similar in quality as possible, so that there's no let down when injuries happen. ManC did just fine without De Bruyne one season, and without Laporte the other. And Aguero is not fit half the time. Suck it up and move forward. Let the chips fall where they may.

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21 Oct 2020 05:33:14
ArAy . but theh didn't do just give without Laporte, they lost 8 or 9 games and finishes 18 points adrift of us, . They needed to take fernandinho into the back and thus losing out in his midfield strenghts, I hope we don't suffer from Fabinho possibly being unavailable to play his best role every week.

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21 Oct 2020 09:35:20
Agreed Har_red. But they came in second, and were still a potent force during the season. I suspect you're going to see a title winner with at least 8-9 loses this year. Compressed shorter season, no home-field advantage to speak of, players in and out due to catching c. v., and the usual injuries. I don't see how any team can play consistently in the face of such havoc and disruption.

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23 Oct 2020 06:07:53
That is fairly true, I can't argue with the points you've made there.

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19 Oct 2020 09:18:12
Ed002 you think interest could now develop in a free agent CB like Ezequiel Garay?

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{Ed002's Note - No. Liverpool cannot sign him.}

19 Oct 2020 09:52:22
Even if we could sign Garay, we'd be replacing a player out with a cruciate ligament injury with one recovering from a cruciate ligament injury.

When someone good is on a free, do people not think to check why?

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19 Oct 2020 10:40:35
Just for clarification, do you mean that we can't sign Garay specifically, or can we not sign any of the current free agents at all?

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{Ed002's Note - Can't sign any free agents.}

19 Oct 2020 10:00:01
10 years ago he’d have been ok. The bloke is 34 and not really going to cope well in the PL at his age.

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19 Oct 2020 12:42:29
OK Ed. 02, thanks for replying.

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19 Oct 2020 12:59:55
Yeah just scraping the barrel for short-term solutions really. Of course Fabinho and the youngsters will have to do it for now. So fingers crossed the Thiago news is good and Matip stays fit for once. Could maybe sign Rüdiger on loan in January.

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18 Oct 2020 18:10:31
Confirmed that Virgil requires surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament. I expect Everton fans are happy at least. Wishing Virgil a speedy recovery.

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18 Oct 2020 18:20:49
What's your source Jeffinho? As far as I know he is still waiting to see a consultant.

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18 Oct 2020 18:23:51
Club have confirmed the surgery kbl.

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18 Oct 2020 18:37:31
Cheers Jordz - yeah just seen it on the website.

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18 Oct 2020 18:40:48
Info on website says knee ligament injury - not necessarily ACL.

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18 Oct 2020 19:06:58
Well it'll be one of the crucial ligaments around the knee.

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18 Oct 2020 19:34:11
I honestly feel sick to the pit of my stomach at this news of VVD’s injury.
One of the world’s best footballers injured by an awful challenge from Pickford, absolutely terrible news.

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18 Oct 2020 21:05:18
What was pickford thinking, although I think that's a question Everton fans ask most weeks. Abs inexcusable what he did, but it's done and we have to get on with it now. We are an awesome team, made a bit weaker by vvds absence, but we need our lads to step up now, I think they will too.

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18 Oct 2020 21:21:40
Everton fans i know feel bad about it. It's the Man United fans laughing because they don't have a lot to smile about nowadays.

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18 Oct 2020 23:54:40
Wouldn't be like them MK.

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19 Oct 2020 17:21:25
Barry, I’d tend to the the vocal idiots on twitter don’t represent the Everton fan base, but someone like Ed025 does.

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18 Oct 2020 08:09:45
Hearing Virgil will miss the season boys anybody heard anything else?

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18 Oct 2020 08:59:22
I was hoping that his injury isn't bad as first thought. He could walk without much pain.

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18 Oct 2020 09:03:41
Doubt they’ve been able to scan it properly yet TBH, will need any swelling to settle but not great news if true.

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18 Oct 2020 11:05:12
U can sometimes walk on such injurie it’s when u stretch the pain rushes back! Horrible injury I’ve nvr been so frustrated with a game in my life robbed!

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18 Oct 2020 12:18:49
Well this is what all city fans wanted, laporte take 2.and this is why we won't win the league because we had the same arrogance (kompany) and stood still. This was the season to buy a World class CB and replace firmino.

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18 Oct 2020 12:35:54
Give it a bloody rest Riomazy! Christ we are waiting on whether our player is badly injured and you are blabbing on about how we are a failure by not buying another CB!

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18 Oct 2020 12:45:35
I am not sure I agree with the firmino comment although I do think he has been playing under par for months now. However we definitely needed to buy another CB. Lots of posters on here kept saying we didn’t need this and that, but a few of us including me said we did, and it is exactly for situations like this that we wanted another CB. Matip looked good and Gomez was ok but had vvd been playing I doubt that they would have scored those two goals. Calvert Lewin is being hyped up but to me, didn’t really off much yesterday other than an aerial threat which had vvd been playing, it would have been nullified. Plus Pickford should have seen red and that offside call on mane when clearly the line shows he is onside is just disgraceful refereeing.

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18 Oct 2020 13:50:05
Billy Bean can buy us a new centre back in January.

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18 Oct 2020 14:13:12
I am not sure what’s the babbling about buying a CB, we just don’t have the money. The post is about whether anyone has updates on VVD news.

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18 Oct 2020 15:33:03
If VvD is out for a while I wonder if they will shuffle the pack around and take a punt on Billy Koumetio, If he's good enough he's old enough.

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18 Oct 2020 17:09:46
If that's the case Layton stewart should get a game 👍.

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18 Oct 2020 19:17:48
it will be interesting to see who our reserve fourth CB will be. thankfully gini and he do have played the deep lying mid fielder so fans can help. we will miss virg for sure but the sky is not falling. yes gomez and mario are injury prone so that is concerning but they are both quality cbs. name another pair in the EOL that is better? plus with Thiago now we can be more creative through the middle this not having to rely on Trent and Robbo getting up field so much.

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18 Oct 2020 21:32:40
Fab can fill in at centre back when Matip gets injured, and Thiago will hold his place in midfield, for the champions league game on Wed night give Milner a start,
we will still have a great season, ok I can't see us winning either the League or champions league this season, but we can give it a really good go .
but Allison back in goal is a must,
next summer, we have to bring in a top defender and back up goalie for sure .

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19 Oct 2020 12:16:26
Really unfortunate news re VVD and the challenge was dreadful but sadly these things happen. Fingers crossed he comes back quicker than expected and stronger than before. Fabs will fill in there. No need to go mad with "why didn't we buy another cb in the summer. " That's gone now. Fabinho at CB creates more opportunities for the likes of Jones/ ox in CM. Thank God Gini didn't go to Barca.

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19 Oct 2020 12:18:37
I've seen 8 months, but could be clickbait. Season could be over if we lose VD, leaves us with 2 and a half CB's for the entire season.

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17 Oct 2020 08:01:10
So the transfer window shuts completely now, feel sorry for the likes of Phillips and Millar, they have no chance at Liverpool so why are we not letting them go to build a career elsewhere? Now they will spend their time in the U23’s till January what a waste.

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{Ed002's Note - They were unfortunately priced out of moves. Liverpool were desparate to sell players to raise funds but found, like other clubs, the money is not out there - and it won't be out there nexy summer either.}

17 Oct 2020 10:34:13
Obviously we are looking to cash in on players to help offset out incomings, but would we not potentially see young players sold for a cheap total but a higher sell on clause?

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{Ed002's Note - Sell on clauses are still reasonably rare in England. Buyers really don't have the money - clubs like LIverpool and Arsenal have purchased players by gambling future income. At the lower-level they cannot even do that and the loan system works well for them. You won't see a return to the norm anytime soon I am afraid.}

17 Oct 2020 11:39:13
A little bit of something is better than a lot of nothing!

Shame they both seem to be model professionals, and just kept their head down.

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17 Oct 2020 11:50:34
So we foresee a time of tapering down of salaries and player transfer prices, Ed002? Just the EPL or throughout the continent?

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{Ed002's Note - Across Europe some high-profile clubs are asking players to take reduced salaries until the finances return to more of a norm - but I suspect that will be at least two or three years away as things stand right now. Again, across Europe, lower-tier teams will need the support of higher-tier teams and the players to survive. In England League One and League Two have agreed to have squad salary caps which is similar to how other leagues in Europe operate. Transfer fees will remain very high for the elite and up and coming players and clubs are already discussing how they will be able to complete their transfers for next summer. Real Madrid, for example, have four or five firm targets for next summer which will be expensive - so they will need to continue what they have done this year and sell or exchange players. Loans will continue at a higher level than they have done so before. Rules will also change to encourage clubs to make better use of their academy systems.}

17 Oct 2020 14:56:06
We need Phillips now.

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