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13 Jan 2021 17:30:02
Hi eds,

Any truth in what Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been saying that, Liverpool are interested in centre back Nikola Maksimović?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of an approach from Liverpool for Nikola Maksimovic (CB) although Napoli are happy to sell NM rather than have him run down his contract at the end of the season. They have held discussions with Fiorentina and Roma have declared an interest but are dealing with another matter first still. Ancelotti knows the player well and could look to taking him to Everton. Inter have considered him as a Milan Skriniar replacement but he is not top of their list. West Ham have also spoken with Napoli.}


1.) 13 Jan 2021 19:37:04
Do you think he would be doable financially and how do you think he would fair in the PL?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Sure because he is running his contract down. He is of an age where he is not the starter Klopp wants - at least 2 years to old but he is a well liked player.}


2.) 13 Jan 2021 22:20:28
Never heard of the chap TBH, and I know we don’t have much cash, but I do think we need to buy someone for this position ASAP as we’re just making it much harder for ourselves to compete across the season by refusing to do so.

I know Fab has played well there but it’s not his natural position and then stick Hendo in as well and we’re without our first choice midfield as well as our first choice central defence.

From what I’ve seen of our youngsters there’s a serious lack of pace - how our coaches didn’t notice that before I don’t know - add that to minimal experience and we’re in a poor position in terms of winning something this season.


3.) 14 Jan 2021 08:45:13
To redress my ignorance, just done a bit of research. Sounds like he's a decent player, good on the ball and with a decent passing range. Not been a regular at Napoli as behind Koulibaly and Manolas in the pecking order which sounds like pretty stiff competition. Read that he's more comfortable playing in a back 3 so that could be a sticking point.

As stated above, I think we need an experienced specialist at CB to cover the loss of VVD and JG so I'd be happy to take a punt on this fella if there's a sensible deal to be had.


4.) 14 Jan 2021 13:01:24
we need only one man the Viking king Ragnar Klavan.


5.) 14 Jan 2021 13:01:24
we need only one man the Viking king Ragnar Klavan.


6.) 14 Jan 2021 16:59:03
So good they named him twice? 😁.


 

 

11 Jan 2021 12:00:09
Hi eds,

Have Liverpool ever shown any interest in Dayot Upamecano and if so, could he be a possibility for the January/ Summer window?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - Dayot Upamecano will likely leave in the summer but I would not hold your breath about a move to Liverpool.}


1.) 11 Jan 2021 15:52:52
Even if they wanted Liverpool just don't have the money Ed002.


2.) 11 Jan 2021 18:00:58
He’s heading to Bayern I believe one of the Ed’s said.


3.) 12 Jan 2021 09:57:14
Lets face it, nobody really knows who LFC are going to sign until it happens. They run a tight ship these days, although teams news has started to leak again recently on twitter.


4.) 16 Jan 2021 01:55:28
Serious question how come Liverpool don't have money they are Premiership Champions won Champions League year before they keep saying one of biggest teams in England how can they not compete for elite players it's a disgrace that they don't and this will be why they won't dominate for any sustained time and will inevitably lose Mane Salah and Co because they are not bringing in world class players and really building on what they have.


 

 

05 Jan 2021 14:29:09
Hi Ed02

Do you think it's possible Liverpool could go back in for Diego Carlos and use Shaqiri in the deal or has that ship sailed?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - Interest in Diego Carlos will not have gone but Seville added Suso so they will have no interest in Shaqiri. The cost of DC would be an issue.}


1.) 05 Jan 2021 15:26:52
Any chance mickey Edwards could get DC on the never never Ed? 🤣.


2.) 05 Jan 2021 15:47:11
Can I ask what kind of ballpark figure we are talking?

{Ed002's Note - They told interested clubs €75M.}


3.) 05 Jan 2021 16:33:09
1m a year over 75 years it is then.


4.) 05 Jan 2021 16:51:45
We could always try snd unsettle the player. Then we could offer £10 million and Origi with a buy back clause.

There, easy.


5.) 05 Jan 2021 17:15:14
I guess we would have to sell and raise funds to find that type of money.


6.) 05 Jan 2021 19:57:40
Ed002 - 75M seems excessive for the un-informed like me. Do you believe that he is worth that much?

{Ed002's Note - He is a very good CB but it seems high to me as well.}


 

 

31 Dec 2020 10:58:44
Hi eds

If Liverpool came up with the right money, could you see Inter selling Milan Škriniar in January?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - Inter are not looking to sell Skriniar in January and Liverpool would need a significant sale to raise the funds even if they were. If a huge bid were to arrive from somewhere then they would need to consider it.}


1.) 31 Dec 2020 11:26:18
Thanks Ed.


2.) 31 Dec 2020 11:26:18
Thanks Ed.


3.) 31 Dec 2020 12:12:47
One more thing ed, out of curiosity would the huge bid have to be upwards of 40 Million?

Thanks again.

{Ed002's Note - No, well above that.}


4.) 31 Dec 2020 12:43:50
Matip is out for 3 weeks Great news!, but what happens within the first 3 games at best when he gets injured again and we back up shxt creek without a paddle .
I hope we are looking at a centre back or 2 on loan or to buy because it is imperative we have reinforcements and if possible as quick as possible.

{Ed002's Note - You understand that players will need removing from the squad to add more?}


5.) 31 Dec 2020 13:28:01
How many are in there currently Ed? Have we already removed VVD? If not we may as well as he is pretty unlikely to play again this season.

{Ed002's Note - It is full in terms of Non-HG players and they could remove van Dijk and hope he does not regain fitness to play again this season.}


6.) 31 Dec 2020 13:56:54
We can always remove Adrian from the squad considering we have Kelleher to be a suitable backup to Alisson. And sell Origi for what we can get.
Should free up two non HG spots.


 

 

24 Dec 2020 09:40:28
Hi eds,

I recall one of you saying that if Liverpool would be looking to do a future transfer deal, it could be a buy now pay later deal similar to to Jota deal.

Does this mean selling clubs, have the upper hand with negotiations?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool need to balance the books like all clubs and taking on future debt is not a great idea right now when they will be suffering heavy losses. It would be better to sell players to make space in the squad and to raise funds.}


1.) 24 Dec 2020 14:18:32
Do you see any possible outs in January?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I think Karius will return and go on loan again in January.


2.) 24 Dec 2020 17:59:17
I think it cost Lfc an extra £10 million the way the deal was structured. Not a great idea long term.


3.) 26 Dec 2020 11:37:24
Irish Rover, I sense a shift (perhaps a minor one) in the way FSG is thinking these days. Whereas we started buying young players (in the up to 23 years old group) in the beginning, with an eye to a future sell-on value, we're now looking at players in mid career like a Diego Carlos or a Thiago Alcantara (whom we bought) who can make an immediate impact (and damn the future sell-on value) . It tells you FSG wants immediate results and are more interested in the now, than they where before; which is not surprising given they own the club since 10 years. When you factor in Klopp's probable departure at the end of his contract, you also get a sense for the urgency in winning as much as possible as soon as possible. Which is all good, as far as I am concerned.

I'm not saying Jota is in mid career. He's clearly a player who will improve over time and provide a sell-on value. But he's higher profile and already has made a definite impact; the kind of player we would have shied away from in the past. We spent 2-3 years reading about how Klopp previously plucked away future super stars from lower teams (Lewandowski, Hummels, Gundogan etc, etc, ) but I haven't seen much of that happen at LFC (Salah, VVD, Ox, Wijnaldum were already established players) . He may have been given more time at Dortmund, but I sense that he has been told to push the pedal to the metal, now.


 

 

 

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30 Nov 2020 11:52:46
Question for ed01

With regards to our defensive injuries, would you continue to go with Phillips/ Williams assuming that can stay fit or would you look to sign a more experienced better quality defender in January if so, who would you personally go for?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed001's Note - I would stick with Phillips and add him to the Champs League squad in January. Unless there is a top class defender who is available in January for a price we can easily afford (highly unlikely), I don't see the point in signing anyone.

Though I have to say, I would feel much happier if we had a better defender than Williams as the other option. He is only young and could well improve, but defensively he is hopeless and has no awareness or positional sense and is constantly caught out. Adding that to his lack of pace and the turning circle of the double decker bus Jose parked in front of the goal yesterday and it is a major worry.

I don't understand why so few players these days have any kind of awareness of what is around them, but he is particularly bad. Maybe he is just a bit too laid back to be worried about what is happening around him? Shame because he is very good on the ball and calm and composed, which is a big help. No good being calm in the challenge if you are 20 yards behind the play with no pace to catch it up though!}


1.) 30 Nov 2020 12:19:29
I admit I don't watch nearly as much non-Liverpool games as I used to, but it seems to me that defending as an art is dying out. Most 'good' defenders these days, especially in England, seem to rely on their physicality and recovery pace than their ability to read the game.

Even van Dijk, possibly on balance the best defender in the world over the last 2-3 years, had lapses in his concentration. And some of the guys who pass as Premier League defenders nowadays are genuinely shocking.


2.) 30 Nov 2020 12:55:08
Agreed something red. I think the big change is that the focus now is on attack or contributing to attack. Gone are the days where a defenders first thought is to defend, they seem more focussed on contributing to play, as a result the standard of defending goes done. I used to love watching hypia play as a kid. He was slow but I admired his reading of the game and positional sense.


3.) 30 Nov 2020 13:00:58
I’d add Phillips to that list personally Ed001, he was finding himself getting dragged into some horrible positions on Saturday. Particularly noticeable when he was miles away and Brighton got in behind and there was that Fabinho handball incident.
Look where Phillips was.
Not been impressed by anyone of the younger stand-ins to be honest.
Of course they need experience and games but, ideally, you want to do it gradually in a strong side. Not altogether, it just compounds itself.
I hope we can get a CB in that can cover RB too in January, if possible.
Otherwise this will cost us dearly I fear.

{Ed001's Note - only in the first half, he was much better in the second. Clearly it was a tactical instruction to come out and close down which Klopp changed and he was able to adapt.}


4.) 30 Nov 2020 13:23:52
I think it’s how kids are being coached early. I see it a lot now. The really fast kids are pushed to play up front or as wingers or even full backs (depending on age) . Then the bigger / taller kids are being used in defence. As they grow up and develop more the kids are already in their positions then. Look at (young) centre half’s these days not a lot of them have out and out pace. Gomez does but even at his age there is a generation below him. They then have to rely on reading the game and positional awareness which takes a lot.


5.) 30 Nov 2020 13:51:39
In principle I agree in not panic buying.

But, it's what the January window is for. Our two 1st cbs are out long term. The other senior cb cannot play every game.

Since klopp arrived we have gone up 2 or 3 levels, it won't last forever. It seems a shame to not max out our potential. We aren't going to go beat Madrid over 2 legs if Philips and Williams are our cbs. And it is more than possible they will be. We are playing one of our best cms at the back and thus losing something. It means Hendo plays deeper, and again we are losing something. If Philips gets caught out by Brighton, what do you imagine bayern will do? I'm not saying we can't win games with those two. But defending (which all teams do plenty of in the latter stages of the cl) will be proper nervy. God it was nervy with vvd!

It might be difficult to find decent cbs, but it can't be hard to find one better than Williams. Sorry to the lad, I do think he has a future in the premier league but too soon for juve away.

I keep hearing ghe same two or three names banded about. But if we do sign a cb I don't think it'll be white or uperme- don't know his name really. It'll be someone no one thought of (bit like jota or salah, mane or Firmino)

I'd like to see less pressure on matip. Fabhino in dcm and Hendo further forward. Signing one cb would have a massive effect on 2/ 3 positions (fab, Hendo, matip and new lad) 4 positions even. I think it's worth it.


6.) 30 Nov 2020 13:58:14
Do you think Rhys awareness is just due to a lack of experience at 1st team level? Given the pace, movement of the game vs U18’s surely it’s something he should be able to learn.


7.) 30 Nov 2020 14:27:47
Yes Southern mate. Being strong, good in the air and a good passer will get you through the academy maybe but pro footballers are cunning too (alot of attacking players) and you either have a natural ability to sniff these moments out, or more commonly, you learn to read it.

I noticed in Williams first game that he was cool on the ball and looked confident, as ed01 pointed out. But he's gone up a massive level before he's ready really imo.


8.) 30 Nov 2020 15:17:58
Phillips is who should have been drafted in as our 4th CB cos I said it at the time, he is the most experienced of the young CBS at the club and besides, your fourth CB should not even b playing that much but injuries have said otherwise.

As for defending as an art, it is well and truly dead vid we are prioritising quality on the ball and passing ability over the actual ability to defend with or without the ball, anticipation, positional sense, awareness and so on. Sad but true.


9.) 30 Nov 2020 15:52:32
Phillips looks slower than Williams.
He’s a decent, old fashioned CB but never a Liverpool player in a month of Sundays I’m afraid.


10.) 30 Nov 2020 16:07:39
I've been watching football since the mid 70's and it has always been like this - the attacking players always got all the attention and glory and people did not give much attention to the rest. It was almost an understood notion that if you were skilled in football you would be pushed forward to the front and if you weren't you played in the back. If anything, defensive players have only started to get more attention and acclaim in the last 15-20 years. They're earning as much as attacking players and are valued at equal levels during transfers. I read all the time on here how defending skills have deteriorated. But I don't remember defenders as imposing as VVD, or running as fast as Robbo or Walker. But that's just me.


11.) 30 Nov 2020 21:03:41
Personally i think we will try to bring a CH in if at all possible. Someone will have to be sold to fully or part-fund it (and to free up a non-HG slot), but needs must.
No idea who btw.


 

 

11 Nov 2020 16:33:45
Hi eds

Is there any rules that allow a PL club to sign a player out of the transfer window, due to a high level of injuries to 1st team players?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - Clubs can sign players who were out of contract if they have space in their squad.}


1.) 11 Nov 2020 16:37:02
Do Liverpool have space?

{Ed002's Note - yes because they removed van Dijk from the squad but they are not going to be signing anyone.}


2.) 11 Nov 2020 17:58:53
I personally think the youngsters have to be given a chance, otherwise there is no point in them being there.


3.) 11 Nov 2020 18:04:44
Can they seek special permission due to extraordinary circumstances?

I would think unlikely but just curious.

{Ed025's Note - liverpool seem to do what they want so i cant see why not mate..


4.) 11 Nov 2020 18:14:06
We are a mess. To be fair though I’d rather have all these injuries on this ‘fake’ season rather than a real one.

{Ed025's Note - it will only be a fake one if you dont win it L8..


 

 

31 Oct 2020 10:36:58
Hi eds,

Is there any further updates on the potential Redbird investment?

Also how much did AXA pay for the naming rights on the new training development.

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - (a) It is a merger that is being proposed and it would have a long way to go. (b) I don't know but it is never simple as it will include things like hospitality tickets (say 50 to each home game that needs to be accounted for.}


1.) 31 Oct 2020 13:34:05
Think utd's was worth £180m over 8 years a few years back.


 

 

04 Oct 2020 00:13:51
Morning eds,

Are Liverpool currently working on any incoming deals, before the window closes or will there just be outgoings?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - The priority has to be at least one non-HG sale.}


 

 

26 Sep 2020 10:50:05
Hi Eds,

If Liverpool make a few good sales over the next few weeks, can you see us making another new signing, possibly a CB?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - Possibly but Liverpool need sales to get in line over the number of non Home Grown players the club has.}


 

 

 

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13 Jan 2021 19:37:04
Do you think he would be doable financially and how do you think he would fair in the PL?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - Sure because he is running his contract down. He is of an age where he is not the starter Klopp wants - at least 2 years to old but he is a well liked player.}


 

 

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05 Jan 2021 17:34:34
Could Demiral be a loan or loan to buy option?

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05 Jan 2021 17:15:14
I guess we would have to sell and raise funds to find that type of money.

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05 Jan 2021 15:47:11
Can I ask what kind of ballpark figure we are talking?

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{Ed002's Note - They told interested clubs €75M.}


 

 

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31 Dec 2020 12:12:47
One more thing ed, out of curiosity would the huge bid have to be upwards of 40 Million?

Thanks again.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - No, well above that.}


 

 

 

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04 Jan 2021 14:25:29
Hi Ed2,

What are your thoughts on Sarr as a player?

Thankd.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - I don't think he would be suitable but Klopp has already tried for him as you know.}


 

 

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11 Nov 2020 17:58:53
I personally think the youngsters have to be given a chance, otherwise there is no point in them being there.

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11 Nov 2020 16:37:02
Do Liverpool have space?

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{Ed002's Note - yes because they removed van Dijk from the squad but they are not going to be signing anyone.}


 

 

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07 Sep 2020 20:19:43
If he is not going to be used, then sell with a buy back clause.

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06 Sep 2020 10:11:24
Hi Eds,

Could you share the names of the players that Barcelona could possibly use in a deal to offer for Mane?

Thanks.

BergersLeftPeg

{Ed002's Note - I really don't want to get into that as it will lead to grief.}