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13 May 2019 06:49:55
Hi Eds

Just wondering if there has been any news regarding Bobby being fit for the final?


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{Ed001's Note - the club are hopeful he will be fit.}

11 May 2019 23:19:39
We all know as Ed has said Salah’s agent is out looking for a move for him he wants out as much as it kills me let it be it’s a business now it’s not like it was it’s all about money now so sell him on get stupid money for him. He’s been amazing like the others before him and u can thumbs down all u want but it’s the truth! As they sayin goes your only a number or a number in a job! We move on simples wish us the best of luck 2mo!

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{Ed002's Note - But he has been laughed out of Madrid twice because of a couple of the demands - and that is where he really wants to be. He has approached Paris in the past and both Juventus, and Barcelona more than once. I would not expect a move anytime this summer.}

11 May 2019 23:34:05
I can see what your saying Ed but I just don’t understand why players move and sign big long contracts and as soon as they are in the agent goes off looking for another club? i've never doubted you ever over your inside know how and knowledge but how do u stop this carry on? I know your thoughts on agents and leech’s but when does it stop because as long as the money keeps coming I don’t think it will! And cheers for the reply 👍🏼.

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{Ed002's Note - It is how business is conducted. There will be agents talking to Liverpool about players as well.}

12 May 2019 00:49:39
Salah probably needs to have another club make a bid for him before Liverpool can consider selling him. Anything else is just pure speculation.

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12 May 2019 05:12:14
If his dream is to play for another club, we should work with him and his agent to make it happen. As we did with Coutinho. And ensure we get a huge fee.

He is certainly not irreplaceable.

Last season was amazing. But he has had his career year.

There are at least half a dozen players in the EPL alone who could post the stats he posted this season.

And given his eagerness for publicity and media exposure, he is probably not the best fit for our club.

Like Ronaldo and 'Neymar, he becomes a distraction.

And like Coutinho, I suspect his departure will be his loss, not ours.

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12 May 2019 06:39:19
Salah is not easily replaceable and if you think he is you know very little about football. This year Salah has had to cope with a lot more attention and that is why other fans started calling him a diver during the Winter period. He had to adapt to the pressure put on him and whilst he is no diver in my opinion he did play the rules of the game over this Winter period and took the fall when he was being held back. I think next season we will see an improved Salah as this has been a tough year on him with the recovery from the shoulder injury and the disappointment of last years CL Final, Egypt WC and the extra man handling he has been receiving. This year should have toughened him up and he knows the team can perform without him as per the Barcelona game so he is by no means carrying this team. I think he will find more freedom next year in his play and with the extra awareness and improvements of Sadio, Bobby, Keita, Robbo and Trent around him will allow his to move up another level. Exciting times for the Redman - YNWA!

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12 May 2019 06:50:30
We’re talking about a player who is an incredible human and role model, and currently in pole position for the golden boot two years running. And yet a rumour on this site about his agent shopping him around and some people are talking about letting him walk out the door?

There’s no question in my mind that Liverpool are capable of challenging RM and Barcelona for top honours on a regular basis for years to come if we keep Klopp and this squad together, especially with all the rebuilding work many other top clubs need to do. We should be trying to convince him that Liverpool is the best place for him to spend the next few years for titles (and frankly i 100% believe it’s true) .

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12 May 2019 07:11:13
UNless Salah kicks up a fuss and becomes a nuisance in the dressing room, we should be holding on to him. We need to build on what we have achieved this season and look to go one better in the league next season, and salah is integral to that.

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12 May 2019 08:27:48
As the Ed's have said this goes on all the time, and has happened to us on numerous occasions. The Club seem to be now better equipped to deal with this. Salah Mane and Bobby are all on big contracts, if you want them show us the money. Turbo Timo Werner and Julian Brandt would be great replacements. We could most probably get both with the sale of one of these players. Don't get me wrong I don't want them to leave, but Salah continues to try and get a move. He's in a top club in arguably the best league and still wants to leave. I've said it before you don't get loyalty from footballers especially foreign ones. I've now excepted this as part of football, even though it totally does my nut in. Come on red men today YNWA.

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12 May 2019 09:56:27
Ed002 do you have any idea why he wants to move?

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{Ed002's Note - He will see it as a step up and he knows that this year could be now or never for Real Madrid - but they aren't interested any longer.}

12 May 2019 10:03:35
Let's park this topic for another day.

Today could be one of the best days ever and we should all be focused on today's games.

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12 May 2019 10:10:36
Wat are his silly demands that real Madrid are laughing at?

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12 May 2019 11:07:38
Ed02 summed it up perfectly, it really is not difficult to understand. We as fans think Liverpool is the best club in the world, but many players regard Real Madrid and Barcelona as the pinnacle of football.
Salah like others before him see Liverpool as a stepping stone before moving on to to an even better club. No different to Van dijk, Mane etc leaving Southampton to join us as they are simply making the next step in their careers.
I honestly do not care whether Salah leaves or not, he is a great player but that's the nature of the business, which is what football is.

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12 May 2019 12:31:44
We win the double and were the pinnacle! with Barcelona in Spain nd Barca, Us, City and the likes of PSG in Europe i can see a few barren years for Madrid.

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12 May 2019 13:01:11
Imagine your a football agent, you have no ties or strong feelings towards a club. It's a job and your in it to get paid.

You only get paid when one of your clients moves clubs, so what do you think you are going to spend most of your time doing?

The whole system is wrong. There should be a fixed fee that an agent is paid, and that fee is the same whether its a contract renewal or signing for another club.

At the moment its a racket with few regulations and even fewer that are up held by the authorities. Mino Riola demanding as much as 20% of a transfer fee as an agents fee. In any world that is insane, in one where transfer fees are spiralling out of control and in some cases are north of 100m that is sickening.

If he negotiated the Neymar deal at 20% he would have "earned" 44.4m euros. That money pouring out of football is one of the reasons we have teams going bankrupt.

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12 May 2019 13:33:13
On the subject of Liverpool being seen as a stepping stone, that may be true for some. I think that TAA, Robertson, Henderson and possibly Firminho and Gomez are the only ones who don't view Liverpool that way. Regarding Salah, I don't see him leaving this summer, but if he does, thank you very much and we move on. Ed 01 has said before that Paisley was ruthless, how do you all think he would handle this situation? I know, different times, but it's interesting. If he knew that an agent was actively shopping a player, I wonder how he would have handled that.

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12 May 2019 14:08:25
I don't any fan can complain about a player wanting to leave. They would be quick enough to fire a player out the door if they didn't think he was good enough. It can't be only one way. If the club are happy enough to move players on when it suits them then they have to accept it when players themselves want to move on.

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12 May 2019 17:22:57
We need to deal with Salah the way Rafa dealt with Owen, whose agent was also trying to shop him to Real Madrid behind everyone's back, when Rafa took over in 2004.

No drama. No handwringing. No pleading. Rafa simply let him leave. And then led us to trophies.

No one is bigger than the club.

You don't want to be here? Move on.

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12 May 2019 18:54:21
1000% correct, much like Suarez and Coutinho before him, LFC have become stronger with shrewd investment, no one is bigger than the club.

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12 May 2019 21:21:05
if Salah leaves then we'll get a big fee for him and we'll bring someone else in. No player is bigger than the system.

(Maybe Van Dijk is)

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12 May 2019 21:36:06
Maybe if the player had to pay the agents "fee" out of his own pocket and not have it wrapped up in the transfer, players may think twice before wanting or getting shopped around, especially when you see what Salahs agent would make on his percentage of any transfer.

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12 May 2019 22:29:44
The average professional football career in the UK is 8 years (according to the PFA) . So this is the timeline to play a sport you love and to make the maximum amount of money, so that life thereafter is less harsh than it has to be. It's no different than any normal Joe (or Jane) who's looking for a 30% raise each time, hopping from job to job. So that's Salah's side. And the club's side is that he's signed a new contract only last year, has maybe 3 or 5 years (I don't know) still left and he's going nowhere because he is vital and crucial for our drive to win titles and cups. Unless a club comes along and makes it worthwhile for us, as Barcelona did in both Suarez's and Coutinho's case. (I'm convinced we would have earned far more in Suarez's case, if not for his last biting incident, and ban, which forced our hand and reduced our bargaining position) .

I agree with "no one is bigger than the club" completely. But I would put it another way. LFC is a profit-seeking business in the sport entertainment industry. So when we see "business-like" moves by either players or team management, it makes no sense to raise an alarm, and ask "where's the loyalty, devotion, decency etc etc etc". It's just business as usual.

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12 May 2019 21:36:06
Maybe if the player had to pay the agents "fee" out of his own pocket and not have it wrapped up in the transfer, players may think twice before wanting or getting shopped around, especially when you see what Salahs agent would make on his percentage of any transfer.

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12 May 2019 22:29:44
The average professional football career in the UK is 8 years (according to the PFA) . So this is the timeline to play a sport you love and to make the maximum amount of money, so that life thereafter is less harsh than it has to be. It's no different than any normal Joe (or Jane) who's looking for a 30% raise each time, hopping from job to job. So that's Salah's side. And the club's side is that he's signed a new contract only last year, has maybe 3 or 5 years (I don't know) still left and he's going nowhere because he is vital and crucial for our drive to win titles and cups. Unless a club comes along and makes it worthwhile for us, as Barcelona did in both Suarez's and Coutinho's case. (I'm convinced we would have earned far more in Suarez's case, if not for his last biting incident, and ban, which forced our hand and reduced our bargaining position) .

I agree with "no one is bigger than the club" completely. But I would put it another way. LFC is a profit-seeking business in the sport entertainment industry. So when we see "business-like" moves by either players or team management, it makes no sense to raise an alarm, and ask "where's the loyalty, devotion, decency etc etc etc". It's just business as usual.

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13 May 2019 03:57:34
He frustrates me a lot! The amount of times he refuses to pass only to take a wasteful shot or run into a defender is insane.

But we have to be realistic what other wingers can we buy that will finish top scorer 2 seasons running and have a healthy amount of assists? Also the fear factor he brings opens up spaces for the other players, again who can we buy that offers this.

He’s at his peak and as long as he doesn’t demand crazy things from us, I don’t care what his agent does (he’s doing his job! ), we should keep him.

Also there is a risk off trying to find a like for like replacement, i don’t want to waste a season or two trying to buy/ develop our next star. We’re in a very good place right now and the players are focused and familiar with one another. A big player coming could disrupt any momentum we take into next season. It took a while for coutinho to become the main man, as it did for suarez to hit his impressive goal scoring form. Torres is the only star that hit the ground running in recent years.

Let’s do what many of the big clubs do, buy a top forward to compete with the front three. I’m a big fan of dybala.

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13 May 2019 10:32:00
if we manage to keep hold of the current starting 11, we will win silverware next year.

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13 May 2019 12:49:53
Fact is the premier league is the strongest right now! We need to devote our energies on players who want and are proud to play for us. Those that want to leave are always welcome to do so. Look at Coutinho who has virtually ruined his football career; and we don't care.

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13 May 2019 19:54:29
Imagine replacing him with someone who can finish lol.

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14 May 2019 03:32:00
“You only get paid when one of your clients moves clubs, so what do you think you are going to spend most of your time doing? ”

That’s not true is it? Ed002?

Doesn’t the agent get paid a proportion of the clients earnings through football and non-football?

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{Ed002's Note - Not normally. In cases where the agent is arranging commercial deals etc. then there can be additional payments.}

14 May 2019 10:38:05
Do agents not get paid if their client signs a new contract at a club?
Surely they don’t have to move to get some income?

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{Ed002's Note - They may get a small amount for any negotiation but typically not.}

14 May 2019 11:23:08
That's mad I never knew that, no wonder the game is being destroyed by money if that's how agents only make money, I always presumed they were paid by the player they represent all year round.

Thanks for the insight, nice to learn something new.

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14 May 2019 13:28:59
This is the only part of this site that I get really frustrated with. How are people suggesting we'd be better off without Salah?

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10 May 2019 12:30:49
Hi eds,
I was wondering if there was any update regarding right backs? I am aware that we have watched Kenny Lala.


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{Ed002's Note - As previously explained: Noussair Mazraoui (RB) whilst it has been suggested that Liverpool scouts attended the Ajax v Fortuna Sittard game to watch other higher-profile players, I understand that it was Noussair Mazraoui that they were particularly interested in, who ironically had signed a new contract earlier in the day. Manchester United have had scouts watch Mazraoui and the sustained interest of Roma has not gone unnoticed at Ajax.}

10 May 2019 19:34:20
At least if we sign kenny Lala we can sing his name to hey jude. La la la kenny lala.

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10 May 2019 16:49:18
Is he getable Ed this summer?

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{Ed002's Note - Hw is just a player the club has looked at.}

10 May 2019 19:04:20
If he has just signed a new contract Ed will he no doubt be hard to get then. Would he be expensive without asking you to name a precise figure?

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{Ed002's Note - Most players are expensive in the big scheme of things.}

11 May 2019 02:32:23
Thanks for the insight Ed.

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13 May 2019 09:18:06
“Ed002’s Note - I would not expect a move anytime this summer. ”

Good enough for me, thanks ed002 👍.

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13 May 2019 09:24:41
Thought you were going to sing the Teletubbies theme tune madmax.

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10 May 2019 09:58:10
Hi Ed

Are there any chance of Mignolet move out of the club at the end of this season? If yes
Any players that the Club is looking to buying for Back up GK?

Thank you.

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{Ed002's Note - It is in the hands of Mignolet. If he decides to move on then Liverpool should look for someone who can be trusted, is older, homegrown and can help with the younger goalkeepers and youth coaching.}

10 May 2019 10:25:45
Anybody know how grabara has fared on loan? I know he's only a kid and should be loaned again next season for game time. Just curious if anybody knows how he's performed?

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10 May 2019 10:59:41
I have been passively following Grabara, and overall it has been a great experience.

There was a game where he was at fault for both goals, but credit where it’s due he’s picked himself up and is helping them push for a Europa league spot.

I think we will see him make another step up next season

Completely agree with the back up keeper, experienced/ homegrown. Any suggestions?

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10 May 2019 11:10:24
Grabara has impressed massively in Aarhus this season. Probably the best performing keeper in the Danish league. AGF hope to keep him but realize that it may be difficult, as he is clearly capable of playing at a higher level.

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10 May 2019 11:27:07
How about Wily Caballero Ed002? He'd provide good cover, knows the league, would be cost effective and has experience.

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{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath over WC but someone along those lines. Perhaps a tad younger.}

10 May 2019 11:32:28
That's great to hear, cheers for the updates. Let's hope the best choices are made for him to develop in the future.

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10 May 2019 11:43:27
Eds do ye know of any clubs who've shown interest in mignolet by any chance?

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{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant whilst it is in his hands.}

10 May 2019 11:50:30
How is a question asking if clubs are interested in Mignolet, on a post regarding Mignolet leaving, unimportant?

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{Ed002's Note - Because I have explained it is in the hands of Mignolet.}

10 May 2019 12:19:25
Would be amazed if Migs is still here next season.

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10 May 2019 13:16:53
Dudek anyone? Heard he’s forming a YMCA tribute band but keeps getting the moves wrong.

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10 May 2019 13:23:30
I wonder if Begovic would be a good alternative. Homegrown, 31, and looks like Bournemouth has it's goalie of the future. Might be cheap. Though still might want to find a starting role somewhere else.

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10 May 2019 13:29:39
But still knowing if teams are interested is relevant at this point.

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{Ed002's Note - Nah. It is of no relevance whilst Mignolet has yet to make a decision.}

10 May 2019 13:34:11
are there any updates on who liverpool are interested in as a potential mignolet replacement?

also, can we rule out any possibility that pepe reina returns?

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{Ed002's Note - This is going around in circles.}

10 May 2019 15:51:58
If it's in Mignolet's hands there's a good chance he'll drop it.

Sorry couldn't help it😁.

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10 May 2019 16:33:18
You spin me right round Reina right round!

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10 May 2019 16:44:40
Even his transfer request slips through the net.

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10 May 2019 18:33:34
Thank you for the info Ed. Although I have a q. Will Migs play the role of the older 3rd choice keeper, or will the youngsters fall back down the pecking order?

Good day.

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{Ed002's Note - No, nothing weird will be going on.}

10 May 2019 20:26:56
Ed2 any knowledge or opinion on the young Irish keeper at LFC?

I read a report a while ago that Klopp was quite amazed by him?

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{Ed002's Note - I can’t help, sorry. Edooa may have a view.}

10 May 2019 21:44:42
Wonder if Burnley's Pope would be open to a move as number 2. Guessing it us unlikely if he has England ambitions. Maybe Alex McCarthy with Gunn nailing the number 1 slot at Southampton?

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11 May 2019 04:18:38
J. Hart as backup and Andy Carroll on Free.

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11 May 2019 17:38:38
Ed002, is the older, trusted, homegrown goalkeeper who can help coach the youth potentially Joe Hart?

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14 May 2019 05:38:34
Niall42 caoimhin Kelleher is actually from the same place as me. What's amazing about him is he was always a striker, regularly scoring, . One game when he was 14 or 15 he was chucked in goal after the keeper got injured, his first ever time playing GK. Couple of years later and he's employed by Liverpool.

Amazing I think, he often says if he's facing an attacker, he thinks in the mindset of when he was the striker looking to shoot and that gives him a split second to make an early move.

I hope he goes on loan next season and can get minutes under his belt. A very humble down to earth lad with great professionalism will only help his career.

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14 May 2019 10:14:29
You're right there Har_red92, and with Caoimhin and Travers at Bournemouth it's nice to know Ireland's goalkeeping situation looks so bright for the future. A good loan for Kelleher would be beneficial, but needs to be considered carefully. Grabara's is the ideal example, he's having a great time in Denmark, keeping 4 clean sheets so far. He's helped AGF into the two-legged playoff final for the chance to progress to the Europa League playoff. All really good and important experience for him and apparently he is visibly growing in stature and confidence with every game. Shamal George on the other hand didn't play at all at Tranmere, for reasons that I'm not aware of. I think Kelleher is good enough to have an impact at a smaller club next season, but finding the right one will be crucial.

Haha, and yes Ed002 that was a weird question above. Migs is "the best number two in the Premier League" according to Klopp, so he certainly won't be third choice and we're only talking about someone coming in if he decides to move on for regular football. But his contract runs to 2021 so he may decide to stay, as has been repeatedly mentioned it's up to him.

I think the amount we're discussing the backup goalkeeper situation speaks volumes for how little work our squad will need this summer.

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14 May 2019 11:28:52
Yeah a league 1 or 2 would be realistic if he can be given game time there. It's amazing he only ever played keeper for the first time a few years ago, has that ever been the case with other top level keepers in the past I wonder?

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09 May 2019 22:06:00
Apparently Jurgen has the 'Hots' for Ajax winger, David Neres not HOTSPUR (Tottenham)!

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10 May 2019 02:11:06
God save us.

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09 May 2019 18:01:35
I have read it somewhere.
Is it true that Liverpool have agreed personal terms with Lyon player Tonguy Ndombele?
Eds please confirm if u know anything.

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{Ed002's Note - apparently someone said on Twitter that lots of clubs had done this - but he did not mention Liverpool. And they have shown no interest- and I think the club is happy with Fabinho

09 May 2019 18:37:41
Jesus there is some crap floating about lol.

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09 May 2019 19:14:27
thanks for reply.

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10 May 2019 00:42:03
Fabinho is boss!

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10 May 2019 01:44:55
Certainly not a priority position to upgrade imo, especially with the money needed bring him in.

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09 May 2019 12:32:41
Is there a contract on the table for Milner? I know about the situation with Leeds, but has LFC shown interest to keep him? Hopefully yes.

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{Ed001's Note - yes.}

09 May 2019 13:11:15
Awesome news! Not that I wish Leeds falure to get promoted, but I really hope to see Milner stay at least for another season.

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09 May 2019 14:08:56
I really like Milner but if we buy 2 new full backs and a Brandt type player I just don't think he will get the games he requires.

Brandt type

If Fabs plays most games as the holding midfielder then that only leaves 2 places. I don't think he will want to stay just as cover.
Maybe even Trent for a few games.

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09 May 2019 15:01:09
When does his contract expire Ed? Sly saying end of this season but I thought it was next?

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{Ed002's Note - Next season I think.}

09 May 2019 15:12:36
Cheers mate I thought so myself.

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09 May 2019 16:44:24
Hope Big Div gets a new contract 👍.

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09 May 2019 17:46:03
Milner offers more than on the pitch, if he is happier not playing as much, he should stay. Can cover fullbacks as well. Know won’t let us down, role model, vice captain, plus with Keita and ox having regular injuries this year, he may be needed more than we think.

Games like Tuesday, I’d rather Milner than Keita as it stands.

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09 May 2019 17:48:56
Agreed Ron, definitely good enough to be our second striker.

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09 May 2019 18:07:23
No amount of money can buy Milners experience, dedication and heart.
Said it during the game on Tuesday that when he does leave he will be sorely missed.

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{Ed025's Note - your dead right verdo..

10 May 2019 01:55:32
I'd love to see him stay, always reliable and despite his age he takes care of himself impeccably so can still play at a high level. More importantly he's a fantastic person and his attitude is what you need around a squad.

Seeing him in tears after Barcelona game sums him up as a player and person.

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10 May 2019 05:44:14
100% verdo.
It would be easier replacing Salah if/ when he goes than replacing Millie.
Will a life time supply of Ribena do the trick?

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10 May 2019 13:02:06
I don't think a player has changed my opinion of them as much as Milner has done since he has been with us. What a pro, what consistent effort and love for the game in general and just gets on with the job wherever he is asked to play, even when he is open about his preferences. I would move heaven and earth to keep him at LFC now and will be gutted if he decides to move on.

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10 May 2019 22:09:58
We owe Milner BIG time, he has been such a professional, I reckon he'd don a set of GK gloves and play there if asked. Deserves a trophy with LFC . he'll definitely Never Walk Alone!

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11 May 2019 12:56:21
westwood could not agree with you more when we signed him I thought what are we signing him for Mr reliable. but for me I all ways thought 6/ 10 but he has been at least an 8/ 10 most games. And the season he played left back when he signed to play Cm and just got on with it with no fuss great pro don't get many like him any more think we are very lucky to have a few of them in are club.

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14 May 2019 10:25:26
Don't forget he's a sound penalty taker.

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09 May 2019 12:00:38
Ed02 if your about pal a quick question if possible! When a certain transfer goes through regardless of price do all the authorities get a percentage Fifa, UEFA, FA or us it just club and agent?

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{Ed002's Note - It might be an apt time to explain again about the cost of transfers (excluding wages). What is paid by the buying club would typically include:

(a) Transfer fee - the big number.
(b) Any levy applied by the local FA – 5% for the Premier League.
(c) Tax due on the transfer fee – typically this will be VAT (at varying rates across Europe) some or all of which should be reclaimable.
(d) Agent fees – this may be to one or more agents (as an example, Liverpool have spent £44M plus VAT on agent fees (nearly double the next highest) last season alone).
(e) Tax due on the agent fees – typically this is VAT at the local rate where the agent bills from – it is not reclaimable.
(f) Intermediary fees – this may be to one or more sponging leeches (what do you mean you have a super agent?) .
(g) Tax due on the Intermediary fees – typically this is VAT at the local rate where the Intermediary bills from – it is not reclaimable.
(h) Signing on fee to the player (possibly including non-reclaimable VAT if the player is VAT registered).
(i) Legal fees.
(j) VAT on legal fees which is reclaimable.
(k) Moving/relocation costs for the player.
(l) VAT on moving/relocation costs which is reclaimable.
(m) Solidarity and Traing Contribututions (see below).
(n) Paying up insurance costs to the selling club (usually waived).

What is paid by the selling club would typically include:

(a) If the player is under 24 and moving between different football associations, a Solidarity contribution paid to his previous clubs responsible for his training - this is 5% of the transfer fee received (apportioned 5% of the contribution for each year from the season of his 12th birthday to the season of his 15th birthday and 10% of the contribution for each season from his 16th to 23rd birthdays). This is generally (there are exceptions) recoverable from the buying club but responsibility (that is meant to be with the buying club) can be assigned to the selling club.
(b) If the player moves to a higher category club (all clubs being categorised 1 to 4) then Training Compensation is due for the period of age 12 to 21. Compensation is due to all clubs when the player turns from amateur to professional and thereafter only when he moves from his final training club to another club. The initial training compensation is levied at the training costs associated with Category 4 clubs. The subsequent figure is agreed between the sides or tribuneral if necessary. This is generally (there are exceptions) recoverable from the buying club but responsibility (that is meant to be with the buying club) can be assigned to the selling club.
(c) Any monies owed to the player if he did not request a transfer – again this is 5% of the transfer fee received.
(d) Any monies owed to the player in terms of his contract (typically outstanding owed wages (not future wages) and bonuses).
(e) Any money contractually due to a previous club as the result of a sell-on clause.}

09 May 2019 12:35:26
Your knowledge is second to none Ed!
I wasn’t expecting all that I can see why transfer negotiations can drag out now I appreciate the answer and time cheers pal.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

09 May 2019 13:12:15
Hi Eds,

Such a good break down! Did football always have intermediary fees? I noticed you linked this to "sponging leeches" I 100% agree on that note, but I'm wondering did football transfers always have leeches, or did this only become a thing until clubs started paying millions for players?

Thanks for all your great work :)

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{Ed002's Note - Some clubs have refused to pay them - notably two Premier League sides. They have been around for quite a number of years.}

09 May 2019 13:53:17
Who exactly is the selling club paying all this to?

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{Ed002's Note - I assume you could not be bothered to read it.}

09 May 2019 14:47:40
Love the info and knowledge you share ED02.
Thanks for your ongoing contribution to this site and platform.

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09 May 2019 17:34:21
It's no wonder you say don't take any notice of the reported transfer fees. It's far more complex that I imagined.

Thanks for sharing, the work all the Ed's do and information you all share is well and truly appreciated!

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09 May 2019 18:04:45
Why has Liverpool paid more than double the next club in agent fees? I know brought in several expensive players, but it seems we are paying a higher ratio of agent fees than other clubs.

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{Ed002's Note - They are not terribly smart.}

09 May 2019 19:08:38
Would highly recommend people save this breakdown, it's helped me keep my feet on the ground for the last couple years at this point.

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09 May 2019 21:21:52
Regarding the solidarity fee, if a player moves a number of times before he is 24 eg Sancho to Germany and then to Spain (say) and then back to England, does it get paid each time? If so does it get paid to every club since he was 12 again?

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{Ed002's Note - First signing as a pro after leaving his training club and each International transfer. So in your example yes it would get paid each time until he is 24.}

10 May 2019 07:01:29
Someone asked why we spent nearly double in agent fees, larger transfer fees and spending more than anyone else contribute to this skew also.

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10 May 2019 11:46:59
God football is a money pit! Imagine how much money is spent in the game for 1 year. Queue the Dr evil finger to mouth.

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09 May 2019 09:16:44
I've just called Anfield to check if they plan to show the final this season like they did last year. I was told that there are no plans to do so, but if things change then it will go up on the website.

Sounded like a rehearsed answer to me, so I guess it's a wait an see.

Do I book a hotel room or not?! 🤷‍♂️😂

Anyway, thought I'd share that to save other ringing up too.

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{Ed002's Note - Thanks Z. They are probably too busy sorting out the hospitality tickets anyway.}

09 May 2019 12:13:53
I would imagine they will zed. I already have the boat from Belfast booked so I'm hoping so!

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09 May 2019 12:43:57
Well worth booking a room in liverpool anyway there won't be many bars without the game on and the atmosphere will be insane, took the girlfriend to watch the seville game and despite my horrible mood after the game she still fell in love with the passion in the city, 3rd time lucky for her to see us lift a european trophy our hotel was booked 10 mins after the whistle!

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09 May 2019 18:37:30
To be honest Swifty, you’re mrs is sounding like a bit of a jinx to be honest 😂.

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{Ed025's Note - love it hopeful..

09 May 2019 19:11:28
Think we’ll have to use this year as the barometer ed, if it all goes pear shaped he’s going to have some tough choices to make.
Joking aside, just read something that suggested the game mightn’t be shown due to the take that concert taking place at Anfield 🙄. Anyway, the atmosphere in the city will be electric and I’m sure if we all pray, show how deep is our love for LFC and have a little patience, the good times could be back for good and we could go on to rule the world. These days, it only takes a minute to score a goal, could it be magic?, absolutely if our players shine and never forget, everything changes in a game so quickly and even if we fall behind, if we play like giants it could still be the greatest day.

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09 May 2019 21:35:04
The game is not going to be shown at Anfield due to the commitments to the concerts being held. The merchandising for the final has been hampered also by these previous commitments.

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09 May 2019 22:21:10
It was a fantastic atmosphere last year and something nice to do for those fans like myself who missed out on tickets in the ballot.

Fingers crossed I’ll be in Madrid this year so won’t have to worry about it!

One thought is that the ground is hosting a take that concert on the Thursday after. Perhaps too little time to clear the necessaries to show the final and then set up for the concert? (I doubt it but you never know) .

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09 May 2019 23:16:28
I put all that effort into shoehorning as many take that songs into that reply and no one even noticed. Honestly, I don’t know why I bother 😤😂.

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10 May 2019 01:07:04
I thought the same hopeful until we scored 3 just after she walked in from work tuesday so decided she might not be all bad!

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10 May 2019 11:18:13
There will be plenty of bars in the city centre to watch it and the atmosphere will be amazing. Also read that they might be showing it at the Echo Arena like the last couple of finals.

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11 May 2019 15:02:37
It could be due to the concerts that we are having at Anfield this years off season for the first time make it unavailable.

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09 May 2019 09:03:30
Hi Eds, loads of reports in both the English and Turkish media that Liverpool have moved in with an offer of £18million for Trabzonspor's 19 year old playmaker Abdulkadir Omur. Firstly, is it even true? Secondly, (if it is true) will it be as a replacement for any existing player/ s? Thanks in advance.

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{Ed002's Note - It sounds like old news but certainly a number of sides have shown an interest in him inclding Roma, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid. Trabzonspor have recently mentioned a number of clubs "watching" him to include Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United - but that seems a little far fetched. I am not aware of a Liverpool offer at this time.}

09 May 2019 11:31:12
Thanks Ed002!

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