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07 Apr 2021 16:52:36
Hi eds,

You've mentioned that Jones is a decent Wijnaldum replacement - is there any other changes (ins and outs) that you'd make to the midfield come the summer? Surely Keita out?

Cheers.

AJF

{Ed002's Note - Personally I would let Keita leave but, as I have already explained, finding a buyer will be tough. A decision needs to be made over Grujic and Minamino, and I expect Shaqiri to go. Space in the squad will be an issue and Liverpool still have an imbalance but adding Harvey Elliott to the first team squad makes a lot of sense and addresses one of the errors of squad management.}


1.) 07 Apr 2021 17:31:01
Cheers for the response Ed.

And what changes would you make to defence and attack?

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool will need to add a GK and it makes sense to make a decision over Kamil Grabara first. I would let Tsimikas leave and keep Larouci but that won't happen. Kabak has done enough to replace Matip. As the starter to edge out Gomez Konate has been of interest and would be a great buy but Liverpool are on very, very thin ice. I woulddn't, but fear the club could move for Kalidou Koulibaly. Ricky-Jade Jones or Matthew Hoppe would be excellent replacements for Origi.}


2.) 07 Apr 2021 17:33:40
Where has it gone wrong w Keita? Clearly Klopp was disappointed w him too yesterday but any reasons why he's failed to deliver so spectacularly? I remember the euphoria when we signed him a year early. And to think he's wearing number 8 to boot.

{Ed002's Note - I think it was a huge mistake buying him - whilst his form had been great he had caused significant issues for his club and in the final year - many further issues. He has had language issues in England although he now has a full Work Permit. He is doing nothing to justify his move since joining Liverpool. I am sure the club have done what they can but it doesn't look like there is going to be a step change and I would say time has come.}


3.) 07 Apr 2021 17:43:37
Cheers for your detailed response Ed.


4.) 07 Apr 2021 19:19:28
Have Liverpool been naughty again, in regards to RBL?

{Ed002's Note - We are not going to go there.}


5.) 07 Apr 2021 19:55:20
I thought we had a good relationship with RBL?

{Ed002's Note - Why? They were over the moon with the illegal approaches and the tapping up of Werner by Klopp last year no doubt. Typically clubs do not like cheats.}


6.) 07 Apr 2021 20:25:50
Is there the potential for Ben Davies to cover left back if Tsimikas were to leave? Although mainly a CB, he has on occasion played LB as well.
It seems a better alternative to me as the player has reasonable experience albeit at Championship level.

{Ed002's Note - Larouci would be the obvious choice for me - and Gomez is capable, and the club must have other youngsters.}


7.) 07 Apr 2021 20:34:07
Reports Leicester are looking at Keita? Any insights there Ed002? Thanks as always.

{Ed002's Note - They are after a CM player and there are two they have a declared interest in. I am not aware of any approach to Liverpool at this time.}


8.) 07 Apr 2021 20:55:41
Good summary Ed002.
I like the idea that the new CB can also cover LB also, then we’d have two potentially with Gomez.
Given that Robertson is very durable, it’s an argument that it’s wasteful to have a specialist LB sitting on the bench most of the season doing nothing anyway?


9.) 07 Apr 2021 21:05:48
Just the deal with Keita being done etc. It sounds like we will not be moving for konate in any case. Who knows. happens all the time in football, I'm not losing any sleep over it personally. It's rife with bad behaviour id imagine.

{Ed002's Note - It does not happen all of the time. This is the usual excuse rolled out by Liverpool supporters. It is embarrassing.}


10.) 08 Apr 2021 00:20:27
Well hopefully we can move him on. Sometimes in life it's better to take what you can get when you can get it instead of it becoming worthless ie Gini Can. Cash in and move on. With valuations being down ala C.V. surely that works both ways. Or send him out on loan and get his wages paid.


11.) 08 Apr 2021 06:18:16
Surely if Tsimikas was to leave we’d have to bring in a left back. Tsimikas starts for his country has won league titles and played plenty in Europe. Larouci/ Davies can’t be the answer for any serious club especially when half our game is relying on full backs. We’re very lucky Robertson hasn’t been injured with Klopp running him into the ground he’s not been good at all since Christmas, It’s poor management. Tsimikas needs to be kept and used.


12.) 08 Apr 2021 02:50:49
Not an excuse eds, I don't know what you are referring to as you said you aren't going there, so how can I have an excuse for something I don't know about? I'm simply saying that it's not for me to worry about or know about alleged behaviour of the club in these situations. It would be great if you could elaborate a little and then there may be solid grounds for me to have an actual opinion. Genuinely curious as what these acts are you refer to a lot but then refuse to be drawn on them. ? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It has been explained over and over and I very much doubt the rest of the site want the issue opened up all again. It leads to the same embarrassing excuse as you have used.}


13.) 08 Apr 2021 07:57:44
Thanks for the reply No2 regarding Ben Davies. Can I ask what the future holds for Davies? Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - It is difficult to say with a decent number of CBs at the club. Right now it is hard to see him as a starter with the plan going forward likely to be:
van Dyke, new player, Gomez, maybe Kabak as the primary four supplemented by:
Phillips, Williams, Davies and not forgetting:
van den Berg, Koumetio.
There will also be other CBs in the U23s etc. that I am afraid I know nothing about.}


14.) 08 Apr 2021 10:40:40
Any update on Konate Ed002?
I think that what the club does this summer wrt the CB situation will be extremely crucial in the long run. Also, another midfielder is definitely needed with Gini out of contract and Keita and Ox just not cutting it.
Also hope there is some sort of freshening done in the forward line. Things have gone a bit stale now and maybe the club can look to move either Mane or Firmino on and replace them with younger players. Heard Inter may look to Bobby as a potential option if they can move Erikson and Sanchez on in the summer.

{Ed002's Note - RBL have made their position clear regarding any further illegal approaches for their players and whilst Konate may yet move this summer, Liverpool may step back and look elsewhere. His agent has now upset a couple of sides and it is clear that clubs will need to act within the rules. There was discussion on Keita yesterday so you can find it.}


15.) 08 Apr 2021 12:31:00
Mate ed02 I thought the plan was for Kelleher to be number 2?so we don't need to add a gk right? u23s can take the 3rd?

{Ed002's Note - Kelleher is the U23 goalkeeper - hence the comment about Grabara and that being the driver as to whether they will add one or not.}


16.) 08 Apr 2021 13:52:47
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


17.) 08 Apr 2021 14:21:23
Ed when you say that Liv may look elsewhere n not going for konate, is there any new starter cb that Liv have look at? reading past post the only other name is ben white n he is pricey as you said.

{Ed002's Note - I have mentioned a couple before who may still be of interest. Kalidou Koulibaly, Sven Botman and David Carmo.}


18.) 08 Apr 2021 14:30:15
OK eds, you didn't really answer my question and once again I was not excusing the behaviour, how could I be when I don't know what it is you are referring to regarding konate. I was just curious but I'll take the hint that you don't want to go into it and it makes you prickly lol. Thanks anyway.

{Ed002's Note - You are trying to offset the repeated cheating by saying it happens all of the time in football. This is, as I have often explained, the usual lame excuse rolled out by Liverpool supporters and it is very embarrassing.}


19.) 08 Apr 2021 20:48:29
OK eds. if you say so. That was not what I was doing but if that's what you want to think that's all good. Peace. Just an unanswered question but I'll survive. Have a good evening eds. 🙏.

{Ed077's Note - unprofessional conducts that are against the rules don't happen all the time J6, even though you said they do.


20.) 08 Apr 2021 22:04:17
OK eds. I'm quite confident that it is not just us but that wasn't my question. thanks.


21.) 09 Apr 2021 11:00:14
Its not just Liverpool, correct but I believe Liverpool are the worst or at least one of the worst. Even if other clubs do it, still doesn't make it right tho.


22.) 09 Apr 2021 18:46:21
I agree irish. the funny thing is that wasn't what I asked but some people are a little obsessed with it and liverpool. I agree it's not the way to do things at all but it's does get a little tedious.


23.) 09 Apr 2021 20:55:35
Ed 02 Did you really just say that typically clubs do not like cheats, when they have a squad full of them? All professional footballers are cheats, and so are a lot of the managers.

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you are talking about. This constant attempt by Liverpool supporters to bring up the subject and then say everyone is doing it is really, really embarassing.}


24.) 10 Apr 2021 17:29:12
J6 please stop. Ed is right noone of us or maybe almost noone of the website wants to see repeated post again and again. As Ed said it has been done to death. You annoyed me here and prooly some other posts and Ed as well.


25.) 10 Apr 2021 18:34:00
J6, I would guess that it could be the usual talking to the player (Konate) without the clubs consent which is against the rules and a form of cheating in football.
It is something that club has done before under Klopp a few times and indeed did it last season to Werner, then proceeded to not even attempt to buy the player. Another RBL player, they must be ecstatic.


 

 

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.

Cheers.

AJF

{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.}


1.) 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.


2.) 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.


3.) 23 May 2020 19:56:47
Werner can play LW too The Natural.


 

 

26 Feb 2020 11:02:10
Hi eds,

Are you aware of the clubs plans for Chirivella in the summer? Seems he's had some sort of resurgence this season (at least from what I've seen during the cup matches) .

Cheers.

AJF

{Ed002's Note - A decision needs to be taken over Pedro Chirivella in the summer. There has been no indication that the club plans to play him - if he is in the first team squad he takes up one of the 25 available spaces, but is HG. He has been playing predominently as a DM in Premier League 2 but is more than capable of playing CM, but Curtis Jones is ahead of him in that role. So it is time for a decision to be made. I don't think the club have plans to sell him - but they will need to tell him what their plans are. Milner signing a new contract, Wijnaldum probably staying, the emerging Jones and the possible return of Grujic will make opportunities thin on the ground - and the lack of any prior playing time implies he may not be seen as trusted cover for Fabinho. But a good question.}


1.) 26 Feb 2020 11:32:17
He will be sold.


2.) 26 Feb 2020 11:25:51
Personally, I'd like Chiravella to be given a chance of a move to get some regular playing time. The only reason for keeping him is cover for Fabinho, and he deserves more than that.

I think Lallana and Keita will both leave this summer, but Jones deserves one of those places and I have a sneaky suspicion that Havertz may join. Hendo, Gini, Milner, Fab will all stay.

So best for Pedro to carve his niche elsewhere as I think he's a fantastic player, but just not better than the others we have.

BTW, I can also see Werner joining in place of Origi (sadly - he'll always have a place in my heart after his crucial goals! ) and I see us bringing in cover at CB to replace Lovren.


3.) 26 Feb 2020 13:15:01
Pedro isn't even cover for Fabinho really. He plays the odd cup game, that's it. I'm not saying he isn't a decent player but he needs to play more than a few games. Sell him and watch him flourish for another club. Who knows, maybe he might return at some stage if he proves himself and Liverpool need his type of talent.


4.) 26 Feb 2020 14:23:22
From the limited games i've seen him play, he looks tidy can pick a pass but is he good enough. Not for me. Release him so he can get his career on track.

I think his contract is up in the summer so don't know if we would get a fee. He is under 24, so perhaps we might? ed2 any idea?

{Ed002's Note - The only fee would be a Training Fee.}


5.) 26 Feb 2020 15:03:02
We have tried to sell him a few times and even had bids accepted but he choose not to join those clubs. He will never break into Liverpool's first team.


6.) 26 Feb 2020 14:54:45
Excuse my ignorance, are we talking tens of thousands or hundreds?

{Ed002's Note - Not an enormous amount but it is depending on time at the club and not on loan, age at which he joined etc.. Nobody will get rich off it.}


7.) 26 Feb 2020 19:50:38
I’d like to see go somewhere like Bournemouth to be honest.


8.) 28 Feb 2020 00:52:09
Given the HG situation, I could see the club wanting to keep him. IMO It will come down to Pedro's own willingness to stay given even Jones is above him in the pecking order. If Lallana and Shaqiri move on, maybe we'll just let our squad players take over those roles? Provided Wijnaldum signs a new contract (which I really hope he does) . I can't see the club bringing in loads of players in the off season but decisions must be made on Grujic and Wilson, who would certainly be ahead of Pedro too.


 

 

09 Jan 2020 20:12:04
Hi eds,
I saw on the European pages that Liverpool are looking to buy Diego Carlos from Sevilla in the summer. My question is, why? Who would he be replacing?

AJF

{Ed002's Note - Well the why would be I assume to beef up the defence with what is a very good and very high-end player also wanted by Real Madrid. As for who he is replacing, I would guess Loren would be the most likely.}


1.) 09 Jan 2020 21:00:27
With a top - class player such as Carlos potentially coming in, and with Matip, Van Dijk and Gomez already at the club, do you expect all these previously - mentioned players to remain 'happy' with regards to shared playing time? Especially since given the fact that Van Dijk already maintains the one CB position, that Carlos, Gomez and Matip would be essentially vying for one position?


2.) 09 Jan 2020 21:53:53
Van Dijk has barely missed a League or Champions League game for the past 2 season. Including playing for Holland he probably played over 60 games last season and he'll probably do the same this season, that's probably not sustainable as he gets older.
I'm sure there are times when Klopp would like to rest him but he can't because the other 3 central defenders seem to pick up injuries. Our squad could easily accommodate another top quality central defender if Lovren were to leave, it would also give Klopp to option of trying 3 at the back if he wanted to.


3.) 09 Jan 2020 23:43:10
It’s much easier to sustain that at CB than other positions mind.


4.) 10 Jan 2020 03:21:50
I think this could be a very good deal and signing someone to push van Dijk as the top man in defence maybe raise his and Diego’s form to another level if that is possible.


5.) 10 Jan 2020 08:36:43
That would be a great signing. And would push all the CB at the club 👍🏻.


6.) 10 Jan 2020 08:22:52
Ed, Gomez and VVD seem to have formed a pretty effective partnership. Injuries can happen of course, players can burn out, but do you think this means Klopp is not convinced by Gomez or would this be to just to add to the squad and not necessarily mean anyone is falling down the order?

{Ed002's Note - It means Klopp wants the second first choice centre back he needs.}


7.) 10 Jan 2020 13:58:27
ED002 - has there been any discussions / negotiations from agents and representatives of Liverpool, Sevilla and the player at all, in regards to a move to Liverpool?

Do you happen to know what Diego Carlos's preference is, in regards to where he would like to move to seeing as Real Madrid are also interested?

All the best

Kemlyn.

{Ed002's Note - I have no interest in trying to give blow by blow updates. Nothing is going to happen before the summer but both sides are keen. I have no idea what the player would like.}


8.) 10 Jan 2020 13:55:21
There are a lot of things I don't understand about this one. I get the hesitancy of relying on Gomez and Matip given their injury history, and doing more to reduce the lingering risk of VVD ever getting injured. My concern though is Neco Williams. My gut is that there's something more special about him, similar to how a lot of people felt about TAA when he first started getting minutes. Adding a guy of Carlos's caliber while keeping Gomez, who would likely provide cover for RB too, just creates a logjam ahead of Williams and could potentially screw up his development or motivate him to move on and seek minutes elsewhere.

Eds, have you heard anything about Gomez possibly wanting to move on too? For me, Carlos makes more sense as a replacement for Gomez, and a Klavan type as a replacement for Lovren. This is assuming Williams is ready to be in the rotation next year.

{Ed002's Note - If Diego Carlos moves to Liverpool it will be as a first choice along with VvD. The Liverpool supporters for some reason don't understand that if players are added to the first team squad it has to be at the expense of others if they are over 21, and if they are not over 21, it will be at the expense of others when they are. Gomez is versatile and seems to be liked by all - but again there are better players out there. I am not aware of plans to move Gomez on and Williams is not part of the equation at all.}


9.) 10 Jan 2020 15:52:12
Thanks for the thorough reply, Ed, as always. I'm overrating Williams then, and if he isn't what I think he is, then everything makes a bit more sense. I'm glad to hear that about Gomez too. I have always liked him, just obviously don't know what his personal ambitions are.

{Ed002's Note - A lot is expected of Williams but he is just a kid who as far as I know has never played an EPL game - he is not going to be a consideration where liverpool are looking at a €60M or €70M purchase in another position.}


10.) 10 Jan 2020 17:02:28
Thanks, Ed! Thank you for clarifying on Williams and the situation. Have a great weekend.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}


11.) 10 Jan 2020 19:04:16
Hi Ed,

You have previously stated that LFC have an interest in Dael Fry.
If LFC were to purchase Carlos would that conclude our interest in Fry or are the two unrelated?
I ask as they both play the same position, although Fry is younger and homegrown so perhaps seen as more of an investment for the future?

{Ed002's Note - I would not try and confuse the proposal to sign a first pick centre back with interest in the likes of Fry, White and others.}


12.) 10 Jan 2020 22:29:25
You have to consider that TAA is destined to move into central midfield so that would potentially leave the RB spot open - a spot Gomez could fill.

I like Gomez but i guess if you want to be a top club you always have to be looking to get the best possible players. Gomez could develop into world class given the chance but does Klopp want to wait or take that risk?

Add to that, I could see Diego Carlos giving away a lot of free kicks/ pens plus wanting to move to Real/ Barca in a year or twos time.


13.) 11 Jan 2020 01:58:03
Gomez and van dijk partnership doesn't get the credit it deserves. We've kept 6 clean sheets in Gomez last 6 starts. Since 5-2 game against Everton 5 weeks back we've had 5 consecutive PL clean sheets and also cup games vs Salzburg, flamengo and Everton we've been near flawless in shutting out opponents.

Since the start of last season until now, Gomez and VVD have started 17 PL games together and have 12 clean sheets. In the 5 games they did concede it was never more than 1 goal. Norwich the start of this season, spurs away, Leicester away, Chelsea away and arsenal away last season were those 5 opponents. So they've partnered 17 full games and conceded 5 goals overall in just 5 games without a clean sheet.

They should get more credit as their combination as a CB partnership is better than any other in world football over last 18 months. As excellent as matip has been we've always been impeccable with Gomez alongside VVD. It was only his injury and then his return game conceding 3 against Salzburg made fans doubt his quality.

We don't need to look at replacing him in the future, lovren will leave and his role in the squad will need to filled. Signing a top CB shouldn't automatically put Gomez or matip in reserve when their performance levels have been to a world class standard lately not matched by many other defenders around nevermind defenders that will be easy to sign as an uprade.

{Ed025's Note - get more credit har?, bar from carrying them around the city in a sedan chair i dont know how thats possible mate..


14.) 12 Jan 2020 00:57:33
Ed25 I know you're right but I've read many on here slating Gomez the couple of months before December and even in this thread a couple of posts have suggested Gomez needs upgrading. I just don't understand why any of us fans feel like signing a 27 yr old with zero PL experience and expect him to be a better option than a 22 yr old Gomez who's always improving.

{Ed025's Note - he was quite poor last night har but as you say hes young and has time on his side mate..


15.) 12 Jan 2020 23:41:09
Just to note that Liverpool have kept 6 clean sheets in a row since he's been back starting at cb. For a poor player who nobody’s rating he keeps a lot of clean sheets.


16.) 14 Jan 2020 19:54:29
Always sign players better than what you have and if you can't, don't.

Carlos coming in gives us Gomez and Matip as back up. Lovren can move on. We are even stronger. There is no time for sentiment. That is where it all goes wrong.

We are going to have a lot of title winners in this team and we can't let that dictate us in the transfer market.

People come and go, having the best possible players is how we get another league title. Doesn't matter who needs to be sold or replaced.


17.) 15 Jan 2020 00:46:23
I just don't see him as an upgrade on Gomez and matip who have spent the last 2 seasons playing beside VVD in the strongest defence around. Of course I'm aware that CBs better than Gomez and matip exist but I certainly don't see Carlos as an obvious example. Any other CB who is an obvious upgrade is realistically improbable to sign. The likes of koulibaly, skriniar, laporte etc standard of CB are an obvious upgrade. A 27 year old with 20 la liga games played after spending 3 seasons at Nantes or wherever in a poor French league, a player yet to be capped by his country who don't even have an array of quality CBs available can't in my eyes be expected to have a higher likelihood of strengthening our defence at the expense of Gomez who's proven a top quality partner alongside VVD. For that type of money I'd be shocked.


 

 

28 May 2019 19:17:04
Hi eds,
You've previously mentioned LFC considering acquiring an attacking midfielder or 'number 10'. I know you've said that Fekir may be looked at again, but are there any other attacking midfielders that LFC have scouted or hold an interest in?
Cheers.

AJF

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool has looked at plenty of attacking players as I have explained and, as I have said, Maxwel Cornet (RW) is a player that I understand Liverpool have spoken with his agent but, as of this time, not Lyon.}


1.) 28 May 2019 20:14:15
Ed a helping hand is what I learnt in school, otherwise they will never understand!

Point evidence explain evaluate.

Cornet’s agent has been spoken to, saw him in Blackpool tea shop, he is young and could give another option up top, has dipped since his impressive entrance into Lyon a few years ago lightening quick.


 

 

 

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25 Nov 2020 17:34:41
Hi eds,

I was reading on the Southampton page (I think? ) and came across a post about Harrison Reed from a couple years back, and how he was touted to potentially be England captain in the future (in some circles) . Not too sure how he is doing now, but in the Fulham team makes me think not too great.

Anyway, was curious to know of any other English once-upon-a-time talents who were expected for stardom, but unfortunately never made ir for one reason.

AJF

{Ed002's Note - Like Robin Friday, John Bostock, Freddy Adu....?


1.) 25 Nov 2020 18:30:36
Ah, Josh Bostock. Classic.


2.) 25 Nov 2020 20:45:50
Article on john bostock


3.) 25 Nov 2020 21:14:33
Cheers.


4.) 25 Nov 2020 22:18:17
The Championship Manager legend that was Cherno Samba is one of the biggest stars that never made it I remember hearing about.
From an Irish point of view I remember the hype and hope that surrounded Terry Dixon.


5.) 26 Nov 2020 15:01:54
On the subject of Championship Manager/ Football Manager, a player I always signed and he always scored goals, Carlos Fierro. I think I had him scoring 50+ goals every season haha.


 

 

11 Sep 2020 01:09:25
Hi eds,

A bit of a change up from everything transfer-related - who do you think is the best sporting director in football?

Monchi is of course best-known, but of course there is also Ralf Rangnick and Luis Campos.

Cheers.

AJF

{Ed0666's Note - Zorc, Edwards and Marotta in no particular order.


1.) 11 Sep 2020 06:16:22
Apparently Victor Orta of Leeds is very well-regarded too. I think he actually worked under Monchi at Sevilla. And of course, enticing Bielsa to Leeds is a major coup.

{Ed001's Note - Orta? He was regarded as a flop at Boro. He never enticed Bielsa to Leeds at all either, Bielsa went after the job as he wanted to work in English football. I like his clear desire for the team to do well, but I have yet to see he actually knows what he is doing. Leeds have had a massive turnover of players under him, bringing in huge numbers of players and very few of them work out. Not sure why he would be highly regarded by anyone.}


2.) 11 Sep 2020 07:21:33
Ah didn't know that ed. I don't really follow Leeds, so it's just from articles here and there I've come across that waxed lyrical about him that I got the impression he'd developed a good reputation.

{Ed001's Note - people often get confused when trying to decide who to give credit to for a team doing well. In Leeds' case it is all about Bielsa. He has taken a team that was probably, at best, a mid-table Championship team and moulded them into a Championship-winning team.}


3.) 11 Sep 2020 07:33:29
Thanks for clearing that up, ed. You guys are the reason why this site's the best. Also, out of interest, who do you think are the best DoFs or sporting directors?

{Ed001's Note - I don't think it is that simple to be honest. They need to fit with the club they are at. For instance Monchi is best at working long term with a limited budget to build a team. Give him a big budget and he doesn't know what to do and ends up like a child in a sweet shop. The RB pair, Leipzig's Rangnick and Salzburg's Freund have worked brilliantly with the structure they have in place, but could they build a structure elsewhere? What you need is to fit the right director to the right team and coaching staff. We have that right now with Edwards, but would he be as good elsewhere, without Klopp's input or the expensively assembled stats analysis team?}


4.) 11 Sep 2020 08:02:41
Txiki" Begiristain Mujika - The absolute best in mainland Europe today.
Brands - Another solid candidate who will do wonders given the freedom to do.

{Ed001's Note - how can you pick Txiki? When has he done anything but spend huge sums of money for little return? Nothing he did helped Barcelona, it was the academy that their success was built on, not a sporting director's input. At City he has spent huge sums mostly on dross. Again how is he any good? It just shows the problem with discussing this, most people haven't a clue what a sporting director does or what makes a good one.}


5.) 11 Sep 2020 08:21:58
I don't think it's a problem discussing it Ed's, just because some people aren't as knowledgeable as yourself doesn't make it a problem. Peoples differing opinions create discussion around the subject. I have no idea what a sporting director does or is supposed to do personally! I know it sounds like a job for a jobs sake kinda title! Lol perhaps you could explain exactly what the job involves? That would be really useful. Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - that's the problem, every club has a different remit, as I have been explaining. Some of them will be like old school managers, some of them will also have responsibility for academies, others can be marginalised and be little more than chief scouts. Then there are others where they are more of a head of state for a cohesive identity of teams from a number of different sports that the club has and will have a director of football below them. This is why it is impossible to discuss, people are just picking out ones who are working for successful teams, because they won't have a clue what their remit is or how their work affected the team's success.}


6.) 11 Sep 2020 08:28:34
You have a point Ed01. But Monchi was a disaster at Roma something they are still struggling to come in terms with. he also bought some absolute dross and they are struggling to offload all of them.
Brands did a brilliant job at Leicester but he hasn't got a free hand at Everton yet and these recent deals of signing James for a free, Docoure for very less is the beginning.

{Ed001's Note - which was my point about Monchi. I just said that. When was Brands at Leicester? He has never worked for them. He came from Dutch football, where he worked with a limited budget and did ok. As for signing James, what is that to do with Brands? Nothing. Again you are proving my point, you are making comments about things you know nothing about. You don't know who Brands even is, yet you claim he will do wonders. How can you make such ludicrous claims without even knowing who you are on about?}


7.) 11 Sep 2020 08:46:50
On another note Ed01, what do you think of Bayern's Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic? I know Bayern already has a good system in place for years now so could Bayern's success under him, just be a case of him stepping in and keeping things moving or rather that him having a lot input on the club's transfer structure?

{Ed001's Note - yeah he seems to be just not rocking the boat so far. The real problem is with judging these directors is that you really only know how good they are doing ten years down the line to be honest.}


8.) 11 Sep 2020 08:51:28
Out of everyone, you picked the DoFs of our rivals Man City and Everton as the best in the business. Must've been a coincidence, right, Harry?


9.) 11 Sep 2020 09:13:48
Sorry my bad, it was Steve Walsh. though Brands is doing a good job at everton.

{Ed001's Note - he has not been able to do his job yet, so there is no way you can say he is doing a good job. He has not been the one making the signings. Why don't you spend some time actually doing some research before opening your mouth for once? Walsh was at Everton, then left them with a load of dross. Brands was brought in but has been barely able to do anything because Moshiri had advisors telling him different things and he overruled Brands a lot. Now Ancelotti is picking the signings, so what is Brands doing so well? Other than not being at Liverpool, as you clearly only love anyone not connected with Liverpool. Everton have been poor since Brands arrived, so what on earth can suggest he is doing well? You really do live in a complete fantasy world.}


10.) 11 Sep 2020 10:09:16
hahaha. I have read a fair bit of history about Everton's transfer dealings and advisors to Moshri from Ed02 on their page. This has nothing to do with Liverpool. Ed02 rates both Brands and Txiki and that is enough for me. He also called Txiki the absolute best in Europe. We don't have a DOF as in. Not sure what your point is. If it was about the top 2 managers in the league I would have picked Klopp as one of the two.
Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - so in other words all you have done is taken the word of Ed002 and not actually bothered to find out for yourself and make your own mind up. Txiki is far from the best, he gives Pep far too much leeway and has wasted hundreds of millions at City and they still can't win in Europe. How is that the best? Why don't you show us how much you know and explain why you think they are good rather than just telling us someone else does and that will do?

Not sure why you are bringing Klopp into it, not even Man Utd fans would leave him out of the top 2 managers in the league, so it hardly shows anything does it? You can't even bring yourself to say he is the best, which says a lot.}


11.) 11 Sep 2020 12:44:18
Harry, you say we don't have a DOF. What role does Michael Edwards (very well respected in Europe, btw) fill/ occupy at LFC, then?

Let it go, bro. It's embarrassing to watch you get your clock cleaned by the Ed01 on an issue you are clearly out of your depth on, I'm afraid. Quite gruesome, really.


12.) 11 Sep 2020 13:07:14
If you think Johan Cryuff and Michel Edwards had a similar role then you are dead right, I need to change the sport.


13.) 11 Sep 2020 13:09:26
Brands want to install a philosophy at Everton, the way they play from the academy to the first team. Edwards is a telephone operator who speaks to clients to finalize a signing.


14.) 11 Sep 2020 13:57:40
Harry. Tyrion Lannister is actually one of my favourite characters from game of thrones but I am starting to hate him now because of your association with him. You are either a troll or completely delusional. I read your comments on this site and want to gorge my eyes out. The things you say are ridiculous, one example being your comments on Origi above. You think that brewster is currently better than him. Whilst brewster has more potential he has only played half a season in the championship compared to origis 4 or 5 seasons in the prem where he has scored goals and also done well in Europe. You compare him to N'gog which is mental. Honestly give it a rest.


15.) 11 Sep 2020 22:29:57
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Interesting debate but unfortunately the points Ed01 highlighted presents the issues discussing such subjects.
All sporting/ football directors have different remits and roles.

However, texi has far from been the resounding success. Signings are hit and miss, especially the vast sums of money on defenders and until he brings them the Champions league he can't be a success. Brands is another matter - is the credit being given for the ancellotti former players? Or what about all those number 10s or lack of Rw? Perspective is needed.

For me the best directors are almost unseen, allowing the manager to do their job as best as possible. And they are ones who traditionally received credit for success, along with the players of course.


16.) 12 Sep 2020 02:56:56
I don't have enough knowledge regarding those types of characters dealings within clubs to build a strong argument but if I was just looking at clubs who have had joy from working with a specific plan and recruiting well while also selling at the right moments I would not include Barcelona and cities success being built on teams that were largely put together by guardiolas BFF. Everton have wasted so much on bad investment also. The likes of Porto and benfica I see as regularly having joy in that sense. Juventus and bayern have the power to attract top players on free transfers which makes them look good. They still make big errors with the likes of renato sanches or gonzalo higuain being examples of bad judgement.
In England I think Liverpool are obvious examples of currently seeing the most rewards and also I think Southampton have done well considering they spend less than other clubs and since joining the league have rarely had seasons fighting near relegation despite limited spending while also making large profits on players who come and go. Bournemouth are proof that eventually a club pays for too many mistakes in squad building process. West ham and Everton have spent the type of money that should demand a club to fight higher than they do. Sevilla Roma napoli for example have enjoyed better despite building with no added advantage that the likes of Everton have tried with. Ac Milan, Valencia, man Utd and arsenal I think are currently the bigger clubs who have been let down over recent years in this department.

Again I know nothing really in terms of personnel or how each club is structured etc so I'm happy to accept if I'm way off the mark regarding those individuals being important in their clubs fate or not.


 

 

10 Aug 2020 10:55:54
Hi ed,

Yesterday you mentioned that Azpilicueta is one of your favorite players. I've seen you mention players in other positions being some of your favorites, but my question is who is your favorite goalkeeper (past and/ or present)?

AJF

{Ed001's Note - favourite is Brucie. Loved him. Such a nice guy and was brilliant with me and the family as a kid in difficult circumstances (it was just after Heysel). Who could fail to love a player who was such a brilliant character? Though we are lucky to have him at all as Paisley walked out in disgust after seeing his warm up when he went to scout him! Thankfully the scouts persuaded him to take a chance on Brucie anyway.}


1.) 10 Aug 2020 12:51:36
What about a favourite 11 Ed? I’d love to read that.

{Ed001's Note - that would change every time I did it!}


2.) 10 Aug 2020 13:03:37
Ed01 you know what they say, that to be good/ great leader, you have to surround yourself with people who are not afraid to tell you that you are wrong.

{Ed001's Note - yep, great leaders need to be strong enough to admit they were wrong.}


3.) 10 Aug 2020 14:33:48
Hi ed. Not trying to open up a can of worms here, so appreciate if you can't answer. When I used to go to the matches Brucie was still in goal and was always great value every time I went to see the red men.

Then out of the blue all the stuff came out in the press about the match fixing. There seemed to be a video shown on the news as well. It dragged on for what seemed ages. I didn't know what to beleive at the time I was only 18 or so. Where did it all come from, was it a newspaper sting as they call it? Was there any truth to it?

{Ed001's Note - it was a newspaper sting by the S*n.}


4.) 10 Aug 2020 14:48:45
Cheers ed!

Interesting stuff. although I should have known.


5.) 10 Aug 2020 15:04:00
Ed001 - I always had fond memories of Grobellar In goals. My wife bought me the Anfield experience back in November. The ex pros were Ian St John and Bruce. The stories they told were fantastic. Bruce was so funny and held the club and Klopp with such high regard. He made that day so much better than it already was.

{Ed001's Note - Bruce is a genuinely funny guy isn't he? St John is great as well, I fondly remember Saint & Greavsie being about all that there was in the way of football when I was a kid.}


6.) 10 Aug 2020 15:24:58
The Saint&Gresvey Show Ed001.


 

 

19 Jul 2020 15:53:43
Hi eds,

I am aware that Klopp is looking for a starting centre back - do you agree with this, or do you think we should rather be looking for a Lovren replacement? If so, then who (in your opinion) would be a decent option?

Cheers.

AJF

{Ed001's Note - surely a Lovren replacement should be a potential starting centre back to push Gomez and Matip on to keep improving?}


1.) 19 Jul 2020 18:53:24
I can't imagine a top club looking to sign a '4th choice' centre back! What would be the point? Surely by its nature, that role could be filled by anyone. A youngster, a defensive midfielder. If Lovren does leave and we look to sign a centre back then it should be someone who will be almost a definite starter. Otherwise just don't bother.


2.) 19 Jul 2020 19:25:01
I would sell Lovren and use Philips as 4th choice. If we are looking for a CB starter then I would also sell Matip. If we didn't have the money for a first choice CB, then I would still sell Lovren and use Philips anyway. Nat Philips wouldn't be over exposed as 4th choice.


3.) 19 Jul 2020 21:01:03
I’m not sure Irish. With Matip and Gomez Injury records our 4th choice centre half could get more game time than some of our midfielders.


4.) 19 Jul 2020 21:57:45
Fair response ed.

Regardless, who would be a good option?

Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - that depends on if we are looking for left or right side? Konate to play alongside VVD but to push him it would need to be some one like maybe Klostermann?}


5.) 20 Jul 2020 00:35:30
Cheers ed.


6.) 20 Jul 2020 09:52:56
Klostermann can actually play all across the back line and very comfortably as well.


 

 

10 Jul 2020 14:28:31
Hi eds,

A bit of a random one here: Fabinho has been a revelation playing as the deep lying midfielder, but was he first choice? Remember rumors of Ceballos and Jorginho (operating in a similar role) being mentioned prior to Fabinho signing.

Cheers.

AJF

{Ed002's Note - Fabinho had been looked at the year before he joined, but as a RB.}


1.) 10 Jul 2020 20:37:28
Cool eds.

I assume Ceballos was first option for the deep lying position?

{Ed002's Note - I really don't know as I said.} Clubs look at numerous players and have to consider many things - like would they fit in, would they adapt to the training system, would they cause any grief, etc.. It is never as simple as "Joey Bartion is a good player we should never have let him leave" (this is a quote from 2022 when Steve Caulker is Liverpool manager).}


 

 

 

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Cheers for your detailed response Ed.

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Cheers for the response Ed.

And what changes would you make to defence and attack?

AJF

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool will need to add a GK and it makes sense to make a decision over Kamil Grabara first. I would let Tsimikas leave and keep Larouci but that won't happen. Kabak has done enough to replace Matip. As the starter to edge out Gomez Konate has been of interest and would be a great buy but Liverpool are on very, very thin ice. I woulddn't, but fear the club could move for Kalidou Koulibaly. Ricky-Jade Jones or Matthew Hoppe would be excellent replacements for Origi.}


 

 

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With a top - class player such as Carlos potentially coming in, and with Matip, Van Dijk and Gomez already at the club, do you expect all these previously - mentioned players to remain 'happy' with regards to shared playing time? Especially since given the fact that Van Dijk already maintains the one CB position, that Carlos, Gomez and Matip would be essentially vying for one position?

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Eds, is the side Hertha?

AJF

{Ed002's Note - Yes. And there is interest from Sevilla as well.}


 

 

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Thanks for the insight Ed.

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Cheers ed!

Interesting stuff. although I should have known.

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Cheers ed.

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