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24 May 2020 11:54:07
Just read Bayern not likely to make Coutinho loan permanent, such a shame a great talent going backwards. Loved him when he was with us but we are a better team without him. Any ideas were he ends up?

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{Ed002's Note - Philippe Coutinho (AM/LW) after missing out on Bruno Fernandes and Hakim Ziyech Spurs have enquired after Coutinho and been told that a loan fee would €30M for a season with an option to buy at €50M at the end of the season with any loaning club paying half his wages. I would expect any interested side to look for a significant reduction in such a deal. The player is being offered around PL sides. Barcelona will have to keep him if no takers are found although with a small amount of money owed to Liverpool still there may be room for them to negotiate - but I don't expect them to be interested. Leicester might offer a solution to get him off the books - but again there would be a need for some negotiation. Right now Barcelona will likely cut their losses and get the best deal they can as soon as they can - his representative may look to some sort of creative deal with an English side - but that could cause a delay.}

24 May 2020 15:37:18
would wages be a problem for Leicester and spurs on permeant deals ed.

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{Ed002's Note - His wage demands would have to drop considerably from his €215 per week to move to any side on a permanent basis.}

24 May 2020 18:43:04
I think if Barcelona would deal at £50m we should really consider taking him back as long as he would take a good reduction of wages.

Also would love Timo Werner. If we could sell a few, Origi, Shaqiri, Lovren and Wilson for example we might make enough to cover one of them signings. Also with the wages saved from them along with Llanana who I suspect will move on so Coutinho taking his position in the squad.

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26 May 2020 07:35:05
I was never a coutinho fan he was to selfish and a one trick pony he wouldn't get 5 minutes in the team we have now I mean who do you drop hendo milli ox gini fabinho he doesn't get near them in my opinion and no chance I'd bench manè for him his time has been and gone.

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22 May 2020 13:36:32
Hi eds,

I hope you're well and keeping safe.

We've seen LFC linked to loads of strikers (Werner, Osimhen etc) to potentially replace Origi. However, I believe that this doesn't make sense, given the fact that I doubt these players would move to sit ln the bench.

In your opinion, who do you think would be a good replacement, sensible for Origi? I would have said Brewster but I think that another loan to Swansea makes sense.


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{Ed002's Note - There has been no suggestion that Origi is to be sold. I would think Brewster will be able to go on loan and Swansea would be a good destination.}

22 May 2020 20:47:57
Ive kept track of Swansea games this season and actually watched Brewster live v derby for a works function and I think another season on loan there would be a good move. For me the key being Steve Cooper. It’s evidently clear he believes in him from their history and that would mean if he did go back there then he would get lots of game time again which can only be good for the lad.

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23 May 2020 09:55:53
I would much rather buy a winger/ wide forward as both Mane and Salah can play up front but not many can play in their positions in the current squad.
Not saying Sancho but someone of that ilk.

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23 May 2020 19:56:47
Werner can play LW too The Natural.

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22 May 2020 11:36:31
Hi Ed’s

I know there has been mentions of a reduction in sales and more loan deals. With the impending restrictions of how many senior players you are allowed out on loan.

Do you think this will push the prices down further?

Chelsea, city, Watford to name a few have way more senior players out on loan than what they will he allowed.

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{Ed002's Note - There are no limits to the number of players that can go out on loan - the usual summer cull of players who could be released will give a better indication of where it will head. Prices will drop which then leads to fewer players moving. I don't understand your last sentence, sorry.}

23 May 2020 21:36:51
Apologies Ed’s I thought that the 20/ 21 season they were implementing regulation to limit players out on loan.

I was using those clubs as examples who have significant numbers out on loan.

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{Ed002's Note - OK. I think you misunderstand. The limit only relates to non HG over 21.}

21 May 2020 11:34:58
Hi Eds, I know you have told us that Madrids priority is Mbappe this summer but with the financial situation as it is now and PSG not wanting to sell are we coming to a situation where they might switch fire to Mane. I'm sure we wouldn't want him to move on and he seems happy but I always worry when the 2 big Spanish clubs come calling. I may be worrying over nothing as Mane would also be very expensive and almost impossible to replace like for like.

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{Ed002's Note - Madrid want to take Mbappe this summer but there is indeed resistance from PSG who don't want to sell. That situation may change is PSG can bring a player in that they desire. In terms of Sadio Mane, Real Madrid are still looking at a major revamp and are using Eden Hazard on the LW which was not their plan. They have plans to bring in a specific RW/S in mind and a couple of alternatives but are likely to hold on to Asensio who they would rather let move on once fully fit - which he may not have proven by the summer. They have a bunch of senior players they have available for horse trading, particularly James Rodriguez, Isco and Bale and will look to include them in any major deal. I am not aware of any direct approach to the club for Mane at this time and it sounds rather speculative that they would go down that route - but he will perhaps be in their thoughts as it is not working out terribly well for Vinicius Jr at this time either. Mane is also seen as a possible Neymar replacement by PSG and by Barcelona as an option to Neymar. But again - there has been no approach to Liverpool.}

21 May 2020 14:01:38
That's put my mind at ease a bit, just read that the finances involved for neymar might make it impossible for Barcelona this summer as clubs can't afford to invest in the players they wish to let go. Perhaps it will be next summer before the high profile moves return.

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21 May 2020 17:33:25
Den, Mbape is coming to Liverpool, done deal 😎.

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21 May 2020 07:48:17
Ed002 what is the likelihood of Keita moving on from Liverpool in the summer?
I have heard rumours Klopp was not impressed with his attitude, not sure how true that is.
For me he shows glimpses of what he can do, but way too inconsistent and very injury prone, hence his stop start career with us so far.
I would personally let him go if we were to replace him with a HG talent such as Grealish or Maddison, albeit Grealish can be a thoroughbred bellend at times!
Your thoughts?

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{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any plans to sell him and not aware of interest in him from elsewhere. His conviction may make obtaining a Work Permit difficult in some countries.}

21 May 2020 13:18:00
Nobody in Germany interested Ed002. I thought his reputation at RBL and across the Bundesliga was good to be honest?

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{Ed002's Note - No.}

20 May 2020 21:31:34
Hello Eds hope you're all staying safe. I have a couple of questions for Ed002 if I may.

I'm not normally one to talk about things I don't know, so this may come across all wrong and probably stupid but here goes.

Are we going to see quite a lot of clubs become financially unstable and cease to exist, or is there something being worked on to help any struggling clubs? I mean clubs that are heavily reliant on gate revenue.

Are we going to see any major rule changes within football? I don't jus meant on the pitch either.

Would it be fair to say that the transfer windows will be less active than usual? Possibly for more than just next season?

Assuming there will be a lengthy 'ban' or limit on crowds, do you think this would be in effect for longer at UEFA competitions like Champions/ Europa League tournaments.

Will there be plans made should another virus arise?

How do you think the governing bodies handled the situation?

I'm by no means criticising anyones actions, as I don't think I could have done any better myself. I'm just interested in your thoughts on the matter.

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{Ed002's Note - (a) In England there are already too many professional sides and there needs to be change regardless. This season will see the lower tier struggle seriously - they are the sides who make their primarary income from the folks coming trough the door on a Saturday afternoon.. For the higher profile sides in the Premier League, many will need to adjust their plans to cope with the changes - some clubs work on the edge and use income from the end of the season to pay for debts that come in at the end of the season. Others will adjust their budgets knowing that many transfers will see sides looking to off load players as part of the deal. That then begs the question - rock the boat or not? Hang in there for another year without making changes. (b) The authorities would like salary caps or similar solutions - but Europe varies country-by-country to the extent where it simply would not be viable. (c) There will be no relief for UEFA as far as crowds are concerned. (d) There does need to be a longer term plan drafted on behalf of, rather than by, The FA. Right now, I am not aware of any discussion on this matter at present. (e) The Premier League have been poor in that they will not face the decision making process. The views of players and medical staff are not being addressed properly. The FA has pretty much done the minimum. The PFA has been a distraction - but not really hindered.

Thanks for the question.}

21 May 2020 01:46:18
Hi Ed, great answers. It appears from the outside the PL is hesitant to make a decision for whatever reason. Didn't they just appoint a new Chief Exec? Would this not be an ideal time for a new leader to step up and make authoritative decisions on matters such as H&S and salary caps? I know you say countries are different around Europe, but why not make a statement and lead from the front, introduce it in the PL. For the 'best league' in the world, it seems like no one is prepared to take a leap, or is there just too many politics involved and too many/ much invested to take risks like that?

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{Ed002's Note - He has no powers to do such things. The power is in the voting members.}

20 May 2020 10:37:29
ed002 what do you expect to happen with Brewster. Do you think he has got what it takes to play at the very top. do you see him staying at Swansea next season or do you think he might get a loan move somewhere else.

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{Ed002's Note - Throughout his career to date it has been expected that he would have a good future - then he got injured which has been a bit of a set back. I think a loan to Swansea again woud perhaps be a good solution - but what happens with the AFCON will be in the mind of the club. Everyone seems comfortable he has what it takes.}

20 May 2020 11:06:44
Thanks Ed was not sure if the injury was a bit Career refining with it being so bad. If we do make a move for Timo could you see a loan the other way for him as part of the deal.

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{Ed002's Note - It came at a bad time.}

20 May 2020 14:19:23
Same could be said of paul glatze, he looks like he also has real potential.

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20 May 2020 18:04:41
I think he has a future at Liverpool, he just needs to be patient and learn to play a number of roles in the forward line.

This virus maybe a blessing in disguise for him as we may hold back on buying a new forward.

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20 May 2020 21:27:57
If we buy Werner then that pushes Brewster down the pecking order I’m afraid, also Divock is in front of him.

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21 May 2020 08:17:27
It’s looking unlikely we will sign werner.

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19 May 2020 23:00:01
I've read that we are battling Man City and Man U for the transfer of Adama Traore from Wolves. Is there any truth in this and if so, who does he replace in the team? there's been talk of one of Salah or Mane leaving at the end of the season.

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{Ed002's Note - I would not see Mane or Salah leaving this summer - nor Traore arriving.}

19 May 2020 23:45:54
Thought as much. Usual clickbait nonsense.

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20 May 2020 12:57:36
Ed002, do you reckon it's the financial impact of the virus that may prevent bids for Mane/ Salah? I have no doubt that the quoted prices would be stupendous.

Good news in many ways as clubs may find their age Vs cost a bit high by the time we get to the start of the 21/ 22 (both be 29 I think) season meaning we'll have seen them through their peak years.

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{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any sides looking to make offers for either player as it stands Johnny.}


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