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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.



{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) .



{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?


{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


{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?


{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.



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.



{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.}

1.) 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.

2.) 10 May 2019 16:49:18
Is he getable Ed this summer?

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

3.) 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?

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

4.) 11 May 2019 02:32:23
Thanks for the insight Ed.

5.) 13 May 2019 09:18:06
“Ed002’s Note - I would not expect a move anytime this summer. ”

Good enough for me, thanks ed002 👍.

6.) 13 May 2019 09:24:41
Thought you were going to sing the Teletubbies theme tune madmax.




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25 Jun 2020 13:09:58
Hi eds,

Slightly off topic but when (more or less) will the 'top 10 strikers' article go up? Been so anxious for yoir insight!



{Ed001's Note - I will do that today then work on the match review, as the strikers only needs finishing up.}

1.) 25 Jun 2020 13:49:16
Lewandowski number 1!

2.) 25 Jun 2020 14:11:20
Cheers ed 👍🏻. Looking forward to it.

{Ed001's Note - thank you mate, shouldn't be too long - though I don't know how long it will take Ed33 to put up the links once it is finished.}

3.) 25 Jun 2020 15:48:34
No stress ed; will be a happy surprise then.

{Ed001's Note - does it count as a surprise when you know it is coming?}

4.) 25 Jun 2020 16:42:10
Would love to see lewandowski at liverpool.

5.) 25 Jun 2020 16:40:22
I suppose not, but as time goes on it can gain more excitement.

{Ed001's Note - maybe I should tell him to hold it back for a few weeks then? ;-)

6.) 25 Jun 2020 17:39:07
Don't tease me like that, ed01!

{Ed001's Note - you might yet be too busy celebrating tonight to care about any articles mate. Hopefully.}

7.) 25 Jun 2020 18:45:04
Looking forward to this Ed, you watching the game tonight mate?

{Ed001's Note - yes mate. Hoping for a good game.}



29 Apr 2020 12:41:39
Hi eds,
Prior to the last world cup you produced an article stating your personal picks for the England squad. Is there a link to this article or key word to search?


{Ed002's Note - May 17, 2018 - Russia 2018 - The England Squad

1.) 29 Apr 2020 15:37:57
Thank you so much Ed.



06 Apr 2020 13:00:49
Hi eds,

Continuing my theme of distraction from the disgrace of the club regarding their behaviour and the virus.

Previously, you've mentioned players such as Medel, Silva, Saul and Kante as some of your favorite players. Who are some other contemporary players whom you enjoy watching or favor?

Apologies if your favourite players are coincidentally the players you rate most as listed in your your profiles regarding best in each position.

Cheers, and stay safe.


1.) 06 Apr 2020 13:36:16
sorry I clicked the wrong button before I posted this. I assume it is aimed at me before I start but anyway, the ones I like do tend to be the better looking players, but not always.

I like players that will give their all for the team, not necessarily the best ones. The midfield grafters that every team needs, the McTominay rather than the Bruno Fernandes, even though it is clear Bruno is the better player.

2.) 06 Apr 2020 14:45:30
Back in the day I know but redondo I always wished Liverpool had signed him
Currently player I admire is Kante top top player but outside of football seems such a nice guy as well.

3.) 06 Apr 2020 15:31:03
Cheers Ed.

4.) 06 Apr 2020 17:48:38
My favourite non-Liverpool player has always been Edgar Davids. Even when Spurs signed him towards the end of his career, I was jealous. I'd have loved to see him at Liverpool.

What Ed001 says about going for the grafters over the guile players, i. e. your McTominay over Fernandes. Davids in his prime was both. I watched Juve quite a few times, and when they were losing, even though they were all trying hard to come back, it looked like no-one else was trying and it was only Davids that could save them.

I'll stop now, as I've clearly gone on and on about how much I rated Edgar Davids.

It's also a real pity that Benitez didn't get his way with signing David Villa. That would have been an amazing attacking line.



05 Apr 2020 14:40:56
Hi eds,

I have a question regarding two of Klopps previous and early targets when he came to the club: Alex Teixeira and Leon Goretzka.

What roles were these two players targeted to fulfill? I remember being quite confused by Teixeira especially, since we had Bobby up top and Coutinho too still at the club.

Do we have players currently who fulfill these roles that Goretzka and Teixeira were expected to fulfill?

I ask because I don't know much about either players. and also, it's just a nice distraction from the virus, but also LFC not paying non-playing staff.

Kind regards, and stay safe.


{Ed002's Note - (a) Alex Teixeira is a versatile forward who was never moving to Liverpool once it became evident the price was going up. Liverpool subsequently signed Mane. (b) Most Liverpool fans were convinced that Leon Goretzka had already agreed to sign in the January, but he didn't - he was looked at as an option to Cabellos and Nobby in the Summer.}

1.) 05 Apr 2020 15:19:01
Thanks for the timely and detailed reply eds.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



06 Jan 2020 11:53:39
Hi eds,

Hypothetically, who would you deem a suitable Sadio Mane replacement? With this recent Madrid talk, just curious to know who YOU would select as his replacement if or rather when, he eventually leaves.


{Ed001's Note - is there one? I haven't seen anyone to compare.}

1.) 06 Jan 2020 12:58:37
Mane is the best left winger in world football. For me there are only a handful of players anywhere near his level; Sterling, Insigne and Gnabry. I say near very loosely. I literally would not swap Mane for any player in world football except maybe Mbappe who admittedly plays a different position. Messi is better but he's much older. 3 best forwards for me? Messi, Mane, Mbappe. In that order.

2.) 06 Jan 2020 13:15:51
None of Sterling, Gnabry nor Insigne are anywhere near Sadio Mané, not even in the same league.
The only comparable player over the past 3 seasons has been Eden Hazard, and even he is not on Sadio’s level anymore. Mané is a devastating terrorizer of player and completely irreplaceable.

3.) 06 Jan 2020 13:37:39
Nope, don't let him go for any price. The best thing here is, I don't see him wanting to leave. He's part of the best team in the world.

4.) 06 Jan 2020 13:43:27
Don't get me wrong I LOVE mane but we all thought couts was irreplaceable. I don't see mane leaving though. Why leave the world champions? We know mane isn't money orientated. It ain't happening.

Every team in Europe is worrying about losing their top players. to Liverpool!

5.) 06 Jan 2020 14:53:23
If we keep racking up Champions League finals, none of the boys will want to leave. We as Liverpool fans want the Prem for obvious reasons, but our players bar probably Trent, want the Champions League over all of them it's only natural as it's the biggest. Sadio will stay aslong as we're at the top of Europe.

6.) 06 Jan 2020 16:48:06
Robbie lad I never ever thought couts was irreplaceable. I used to get stick for saying he was crap.

7.) 06 Jan 2020 17:26:06
I always wanted to see what klopp could do with sane

But anyone who has a full back tattoo of themself is a tool.

8.) 06 Jan 2020 18:48:33
OP, the Madrid story is old, rehashed crap from last summer. He is going NOWEHERE and No, there is no wide player on Sadio Mane's level, IMO so no replacements is even worth the trouble discussing, IMO. None whatsoever. Not Sterling, Gnabry, Rashford, Hazard (not anymore), Bale, you name it.

Mane is a terror on any pitch he steps onto be it in Europe or internationally for Senegal. His mere presence on the pitch puts fear in opposing fans and when he gets the ball, he is electrifying. Oh and btw, what do Lewandowski, Hazard, Jochim Loew and Lionel Messi all have in common? They all voted for Sadio Mane for Ballon D'Or last year. Just my opinion.




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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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01 Jan 2020 11:41:24
Eds, is the side Hertha?


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



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




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30 Jan 2019 18:49:31
Cheers for the reply ed002.




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Cheers for the reply ed002.





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25 Jun 2020 17:39:07
Don't tease me like that, ed01!


{Ed001's Note - you might yet be too busy celebrating tonight to care about any articles mate. Hopefully.}



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25 Jun 2020 16:40:22
I suppose not, but as time goes on it can gain more excitement.


{Ed001's Note - maybe I should tell him to hold it back for a few weeks then? ;-)



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25 Jun 2020 15:48:34
No stress ed; will be a happy surprise then.


{Ed001's Note - does it count as a surprise when you know it is coming?}



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25 Jun 2020 14:11:20
Cheers ed 👍🏻. Looking forward to it.


{Ed001's Note - thank you mate, shouldn't be too long - though I don't know how long it will take Ed33 to put up the links once it is finished.}



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29 Apr 2020 15:37:57
Thank you so much Ed.