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13 Apr 2020 01:46:04
Hi Eds and Reds,

I read you guys say that the current pandemic could cause most clubs to spend less than they usually would in order to save money. The top clubs though will still have the money to cherry pick the best players they can possibly get.

In terms of Liverpool, are we still in a position to get everyone we want to in the next transfer window?
Has the pandemic actually helped or hindered us in any way, from a business point of view?

I imagine less clubs are able to spend as much as they would have wanted to and more clubs are willing to sell players in order to make money. Does that mean our transfer options could change to take advantage and get players that were previously more likely to go somewhere else or stay where they were?

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - I would not have used the term "top clubs". High profile sides include clubs who are cash rich at the moment (examples include Ajax, Real Madrid Manchester City and Chelsea), clubs who don't have major issues but need to keep within balancing the books and not overspending because they do not have the cash (including the likes of Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, PSG and Spurs), clubs who have to be careful (like Arsenal who previously overspent), clubs who have FFP issues (like Milan, Marseille, Everton, Aston Villa etc.) and so on.

As for Liverpool getting all of their targets it rather depends who you think those targets are. Many of the fans are convinced Liverpool has already agreed numerous "done deals" and nobody is leaving. So the answer is maybe.}


 

 

13 Jan 2020 13:04:37
Hello Eds and Reds,

I had a good look through the pages and genuinely couldn't find a definitive list. Do you know of any players that could be looking to leave the club this Summer and any potential replacements lined up if people should go?
Could you show me where you've mentioned it or copy the text as a response? I know this gets annoying but a list of rumours could save you guys a lot of time answering the same questions from guys like me. Sorry for not being better at searching for what I want and I look forward to your reply.

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - I would expect Liverpool to look at the midfield next summer and still look to a LM and again an AM - they are two positions where there could be improvement. I suspect that a CB may well need to be added but that assuming Lovren or someone else leaves. Liverpool may look to bolster the HG quota and have looked at Dael Fry (CB), Ben White (CB) and Ben Godfrey (CB) but are putting their efforts in to a high-end CB first. Much will depend on youngsters developing and how Gomez does - assuming Lovren is leaving. This would be in addition to Minamino, unless there is an unexpected departure.

Diego Carlos (CB) Manchester City have dropped their interest and are looking at others which will possibly be available to solve their issue in January. Real Madrid have a sustained interest and Liverpool has declared an interest. in taking DC in the summer.
Dael Fry (CB) Liverpool has a declared interest in Fry as they look to bolster the HG quota - knowing that prices will increase - much is expected of Fry.
Ben Godfrey (CB) - another HG option to Fry.
Ben White (CB) another option to Fry.

Mathieu Goncalves (LB) Toulouse say they have spoken with Juventus over the player but it has been suggested that Liverpool will look to him at the expense of Larouci, which would be a shame as he is well thought of. I know nothing of Liverpool's plans at LB if they are to add another.

Klopp apparently remains keen on Sander Berge (DM) but it is difficult to see how he would get regular game time with Fabinho in the side. Napoli, Spurs and Fiorentina are keen and West Ham see him as a replacement for Declan Rice if he were to leave.

Piotr Zielinski (CM/LM) speculative but Klopp has had interest for some time and he will be one of the Napoli players made available - but would expect to be a starter and is expected to be given a significant increase in wages to stay at Napoli. I would strike him from the list.

Amine Harit (AM) is having a decent season but I am not aware of interest of Liverpool but they have scouted Schalke matches. He would be effectively a like-for-like replacement for Shakiri and he would likely get around the same amount of opportunities. He will be 21 or so now and I would expect a drop to the bench would not be attractive for a player who is playing regularly at a good level. He has turned down clubs in the past as it would stagnate. It makes no sense for the player or the club. And bringing in non-HG players to pad out the squad makes no sense either. Signed a new contract to fend off interest from elsewhere. Regardless, he would be a very good buy if it were possible.

Kai Havertz (AM) Bayern Munich will likely move for KH if the option on Philippe Coutinho not taken up, but interest from elsewhere - particularly Barcelona (if Coutinho leaves), Manchester City (as a David Silva replacement) and Juventus. Interest of Milan will likely not go anywhere. Dortmund and PSG have both certainly spoken with his agent. Numerous other clubs have had scouts watch including Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid who have watched him on a number of occasions but either don't see the value in the price now or have other targets (where Chelsea and Real Madrid are concerned). Whether Liverpool wish to throw their hat in to the ring is another matter. Bild wrote an article citing interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid - and then went on to write another saying Manchester United and Manchester City have spoken directly with the player - which they have not. Somewhere down the line an English paper added Liverpool as one of these clubs. Right now, Liverpool has not made any approach to Bayer Leverkusen regarding the player.

The reality is that all four clubs want an AM player - and he is Bayern's preferred recourse assuming they decide not to take up the option on Coutinho. Manchester United are looking for an AM player and have been baulking at the price being asked for Bruno Fernandes (AM) and have not lost sight of Christian Eriksen (AM). They have certainly looked at him, but I am not aware of more than that and I am sure they have not spoken with the player directly. Real Madrid are also looking for an AM player and have been attracted by the low-cost option of Eriksen, buyt he is almost certainly heading elsewhere. Finally, Manchester United do have the need to replace David Silva but it would be a very significant investment in a youngster.}

Filip Stevanovic (AM/LW) Partizan Belgrade kiddie who has been watched by Spurs, Borussia Dortmund, Torino, Liverpool, Lazio, Atlanta, Herta Berlin, Werder Bremen and Southampton. And I suspect others. Unlikely to leave until 2021.

Takumi Minamino (RW/F) Augsburg were keen in the summer and at one time Everton and Dynamo Moscow had scouts look at Takumi Minamino. Joined in January for a little over £9M.

Mohammed Daramy (RW/F) kiddie has been looked at and might be seen as a replacement for Liam Miller (F) who has no future at Liverpool and will leave. Interest may have gone with Takumi Minamino joining.

Bilel Hassaini (RW) was looked at several times last season but is in a state of flux right now and you can likely forget him. Again interest likely went with Minamino joining

Ousmane Dembele (LW/RW) Ousmane Dembele (LW/RW) Someone close to the situation tells me Liverpool has made a general enquiry as to the asking price - and have been told €100M – nothing more at this time.

Thomas Muller (F) is miffed because he has been on the bench but Bayern Munich will not sell him without a replacement and there is nothing to indicate that he will be available in January. Additionally, he would I assume be a Firmino replacement if he were to join. I would forget it – I am not aware of any Liverpool interest.

It has been suggested that Liverpool will look to David Neres (LW/RW) although I am not aware of any approach from Liverpool - if they were to declare interest it would likely be at the expense of Salah. Neres is liked by a number of sides but he has a reputation for sometimes going missing and being rather moody.

As for Salah, I am aware that he and his agent are aware that they have put themselves in a difficult position with financial demands which saw them laughed out of Madrid and approaches to other sides came to nothing - regardless, Liverpool is probably the best place for Salah to be biding his time right now. The efforts to boost his profile will no doubt continue, and he will doubtless be holidaying with a professional photographer again and be seen kissing babies and rescuing swooning girls with twisted ankles from being eaten by bears. But these efforts to sell him as the new Real Madrid poster boy may come to nothing as they have a first-choice forward target for next summer. So right now, it is hard to say where he could potentially move to unless things change - and they always do. In terms of a replacement, the player Klopp has made no secret of his desire to work with is Lorenzo Insigne but I suspect age is against that ever happening. So if someone were to push me in to saying who would be the best fit if Salah were to leave next summer, I would say Federico Chiesa. He would be a direct replacement, has similar attributes to Salah, is you, liked by Klopp and, although Liverpool have shown no interest, will be sold next summer - assuming Fiorentina can fight off Inter this summer.

Victor Osimhen (S/F) One particular Liverpool scout is pressing for the club to sign him. Barcelona have also shown an interest, but they have a financial issue to solve first - he only joined in the summer and Lille will resist any January bids - and it is hard to see why the player would consider a career on the bench. Spurs have looked at him and spoken with his agent. A senior Chelsea scout has also been watching the player who could be seen as an option to their primary striker target - but their need is for January rather than the summer. There was serious interest from Arsenal when he was much younger, but he opted for Wolfsburg.

Outbound:

Shamal George (G) loan to St Gallen
Loris Karius (G)
Devan Lovren (CB) perhaps in the summer
Nathaniel Phillips (CB) should be headed back to Stuttgart on loan at the end of the month
Allan (CM) left for Atletico Mineiro
Adam Lallana (LM, AM, CM) I think time may come in the summer
James Milner (M/W) perhaps
Rhian Brewster (S) loan to Swansea
Liam Millar (F) - a youngster who will suffer the same fate as most of the youngsters at Liverpool.}


1.) 13 Jan 2020 14:25:48
Pretty much same update Ed002 that you gave when I asked a few weeks ago, apart from with the addition of Ousmane Dembele. Thank you for sharing. Bit strange us asking about him as at the price quoted he would need start every game?


2.) 13 Jan 2020 14:51:45
Always love the bit about Salah and swooning girls and kissing babies 😂.


3.) 13 Jan 2020 15:27:22
Jay dub red. I no lol I’m the same, Ed has has dropped that in a few times and just funny every time 😂😂. What’s your thoughts on Dembele?


4.) 13 Jan 2020 17:26:33
Surprised that were looking at an expensive CB option seeing as Gomez seems to be back up to speed - be a shame to shell out huge amounts and stall the lad's development. I'd be happy to see Lovren moved on, retain Matip and then see another of the younger players moved into the Lovren role.

{Ed002's Note - That does not appear to be the plan right now.}


5.) 13 Jan 2020 18:34:17
Sorry Ed002, you’ve got the juices flowing again now lol. I’m assuming there is no way Dembele will arrive whilst Salah and Mane are at the club?

{Ed002's Note - Ok.}


6.) 13 Jan 2020 19:33:16
Shame that Ed002, I had high hopes that Gomez might learn his trade playing alongside VVD and then be club captain in 4 or 5 years time. I suppose all will be revealed soon enough, is there a chance we might move on both Lovren and Matip in the summer? Might make more sense then?

{Ed002's Note - Of course anything is possible.}


7.) 13 Jan 2020 20:34:11
For the sake of argument, if Gomez were to be made available for sale, I’d wager that Liverpool would ask for £50 million plus so I don’t necessarily see an expensive Lovren replacement as someone who would automatically keep Gomez out of the team. A quality CB addition can only be good for overall squad strength and allow VVD a breather because, as it stands, his loss for any substantial time would be a near-disaster at present.


8.) 13 Jan 2020 23:08:53
Matip/ Lovren/ Gomez have all missed big chunks of games over the past 3 seasons. Perhaps, that's why Klopp wants Diego Carlos.
It would be a shame though. Was hoping Gomez will make the role his permanently from 2020/ 2021 season.


9.) 13 Jan 2020 23:59:25
Any home-grown players we are interested other than the centre back?


10.) 14 Jan 2020 11:57:30
The players Ed002 mention leaving that affect this first team are Lovren, Lallana and Milner. I would include Clyne and Shaqiri into this mix too.
These are essentially squad depth players now and could be replaced by our academy with guys like Hoever, van den Berg, Larouci, Jones, Elliott and Brewster/ Wilson covering their departure.
However with Liverpool spending very little last summer and this January, I imagine this summer we will be looking to add first team competition to the squad.

With Gomez and Hoever to cover it is unlikely Liverpool would look for a replacement for Clyne, should he leave.

I imagine Diego Carlos would be a main target to stop Liverpool having to rotate centre back partners for Van Dijk, with so many injuries being picked up by Matip, Gomez and Lovren.

I could imagine a left back coming in because even though Larouci is promising and could cover, he can't compete to start with Robertson. I don't see Mathieu Goncalves as the answer though, needs more time to prove himself. Although Klopp could see Gomez covering the entire back line, with Larouci as the back up?

A player like Sander Berge would have to know he is coming in to compete with one of the best in Fabinho to start games. Guys like Henderson and Wijnaldum already cover Fabinho so it's not a priority.

Losing a player like Milner could be huge for Liverpool. Not only is he quality squad depth in all midfield positions but he can cover both wing backs and potentially wingers too if needed. I would keep him as long as possible but a player like Zielinski could cover the midfield role, if Gomez covers the defensive roles too.

I think Lallana's time with Liverpool will be finished this summer, although I've been saying that for a while now. His experienced presence is holding back promising youngsters like Jones and Elliott from getting an opportunity to cover any first team injuries. He's a great squad player to have due to his reliability but I believe he might want to find more first team football elsewhere.

Losing Shaqiri would be unfortunate but understandable, he just can't compete to start games ahead of Mane or Salah. We've already seen Minamino come in who I believe more of a chance to compete and I believe a guy like David Neres could do the same.

Players like Havertz and Dembele I think are just out of reach at the moment, unless Salah leaves.
Havertz could potentially walk into our midfield, once he knows our system, although he could also be pushed forward like Firmino was but as a right winger.
Dembele is young and I believe underutilised at Barcelona, at 22 he should be making his mark but is hidden behind Messi, Suarez and now Griezmann.
Both of these players are luxury signings that would only be possible with a big money transfer. Neither of them want to move to sit on the bench. Salah seems the most obvious at this stage to go but I would try to keep him for as long as we can.

If Liverpool lose Clyne, Lovren, Milner, Lallana and Shaqiri this summer, I would look to bring in Diego Carlos, Piotr Zielinski and David Neres to replace them. With academy players like Hoever, van den Berg, Larouci, Jones, Elliott and Brewster/ Wilson covering the rest. If Salah were to leave, then players like Havertz and Dembele become huge potential options as replacements.


11.) 15 Jan 2020 00:17:48
I don't understand the perception that we will spend huge amounts on diego Carlos with intention to be VVD long term partner. He will be 27 in the summer, has only played half a season in Spain after coming from playing in much weaker leagues all his career. I don't see why we'd want to spend 65mil on a big risk when in my view he'd be behind Gomez and matip anyway in regards to being settled and experienced in the premier league. Can he even speak English to communicate with our defence? Don't need to throw money at what is and has been the best defence around for 18 months now. If lovren needs replacing fair enough but surely smarter business will be done regarding age, transfer fee and suitability to fit into this close knit squad with long term intention.


12.) 15 Jan 2020 01:41:40
Har_red92 I do agree with you. My point was that we need a centre back who doesn't pick up injuries as well as Gomez, Matip and Lovren seem to do. You're point that a 27 year old centre back who moved from Portugal, to France and then Spain isn't guaranteed quality is a good one. I was only using Diego Carlos because that's who Ed002 mentioned could come. Lovren looks the most likely to go because he might want first team football, which Matip and Gomez seem to be ahead of him for. Diego Carlos could be a great signing but this season with Sevilla will decide that for us. If Matip/ Gomez/ Lovren leave, who would you bring in?


13.) 16 Jan 2020 18:52:18
Ed002 is it normal practice for clubs to make “General Enquiry’s” on players such as we have with Dembele? Just trying to understand why we would ask that’s all mate. We must clearly be interested in bringing him in, or like I say unless it happens all the time.

{Ed002's Note - Of course - clubs have no interestif players are too expensive or not interested in the move.}


14.) 16 Jan 2020 20:08:57
Ok mate thank you, take it at this stage like you say there is nothing more on it? Can we scratch it?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained that Liverpool has made an enquiry.}


 

 

21 Jun 2019 15:02:11
Eds and Reds,

What's the latest on Nathaniel Clyne? I literally just posted about Liverpool rumours on Hakimi and then I thought 'What happens if Clyne sticks around? '

Are we looking at promoting academy players (Hoever), using the squad depth we have (Gomez/ Fabinho) or looking to buy a right back (Hakimi) this summer?

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - Right now he has been priced out of a move which limits the options to (a) welcoming him back as cover; (b) dropping the asking price; (c) seeing out his contract on loan - which makes little sense but it does happen occasionally.}


1.) 21 Jun 2019 16:08:18
I really hope he does move on for both our sakes, he doesn’t have any drive or commitment to the team!

I’d rather use one of the youth players than him, offers nothing going forward and has done more Baloons than successfully crosses!


2.) 21 Jun 2019 16:17:40
I personally think we should just stick with Trent, Gomez, Hoever, Fabinho and Milner. That's plenty of cover. My concern is left back where the only players we have who have played for the first team at all are Robbo and Milner. Milner shouldn't have to be relied on so heavily. Maybe we'll give chances to Gallacher, Larouci or Lewis? Larouci is probably the most talented.

{Ed002's Note - Gomez has played as a LB.}


3.) 21 Jun 2019 16:57:34
Good point Ed002. I know people say we need cover but if we're just going to sign somebody else's academy graduate then surely there is an argument to just give one of ours a shot? You never know if someone is good enough until they are given the chance.


4.) 21 Jun 2019 17:24:42
Plain Bread, we are fine at RB but we definetily need cover at LB.


5.) 21 Jun 2019 18:13:49
I tend to agree max but only if it's an actual proven player. I saw links to a young Leeds player with about 5 senior games. I don't see the point in that. Rather give our own teenagers the shot. However if we can get someone like Danilo at City who is a proven pro and is happy to be cover, then go for it I say. Preferably better than Danilo mind you 😂.


6.) 21 Jun 2019 18:29:53
P. B
In Hong Kong, we made a nickname with Cantonese about Danilo, something like "welcome road" in English.


7.) 21 Jun 2019 17:23:05
Ed002, I remember Ed001 saying recently that Bournemouth decided not to buy Clyne because of his lifestyle.

His lifestyle is not that of a professional footballer. I can remember about two seasons ago where Clyne created this video on social media the party life' of him having a piss up in some night club for his Birthday.

Maybe that is also what is making other clubs turning down offers for him?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware Bournemouth saying that.}


8.) 21 Jun 2019 18:55:35
Well Clyne's lifestyle is that of a teenager with gold teeth.

There is a reason why he is not featuring for Liverpool bar his injuries as he is now fully fit and why they want rid. He had no competition when he joined LFC.

Mistake signing and on high wages. That is why we are struggling to move him on.


9.) 21 Jun 2019 20:13:56
I have absolutely no doubt that our demands are high right now, but we'll no likely budge to the highest offer that comes in over the entire of the transfer window. He clearly has no route to the first team with us and therefore pricing him out of a move only makes sense in the short term to see if anyone bites. I'm very positive that he'll be gone by the end of the transfer window.


10.) 21 Jun 2019 20:39:46
Epic, what about Clyne's demands? Same with Mignolet. They not going to just move by cutting their wages in half.


11.) 21 Jun 2019 21:47:18
My Cousin who was on the podium and on the team bus victory parade following Madrid (his mother and my mother are sisters) , told me last week that the "KloppFather" is very concerned with reference to Hoever, who made a Fantastic Debut against Wolves he has absolutely gone down hill the reason being Attitude i. e. "Big Head" thinks he has made the grade on one appearance.

P. S. My Cousin maintains "ABSOLUTE" confidentiality while the Premier League is in Duration and i completely "RESPECT" that Decision, as it could gravely harm the clubs progress and his employment status. I did not even ask him could he get me a ticket for Madrid (or any game i have a season ticket for the Kop behind the Goal) out of respect for fellow LFC Fans. The reason for breaking the above confidentiality is its pre-season or should that be silly rumour season and he is only an Academy player by definition, if he had of been Mainstream i would not of disclosed his conversation.

P. S. 007 "ALWAYS SITS ON IT"! no vulgarity boys/ girls?


12.) 21 Jun 2019 22:39:02
Could palace take him if Wan Bisaka leaves?

{Ed002's Note - As I have said - the price and the wages are an issue.}


 

 

28 Apr 2019 17:39:33
Hello Eds and Reds,

I read reports that Liverpool will be looking for a first team right back next season. Gomez is a first team centre back, Fabinho is a first team defensive midfielder and Alexander-Arnold apparently wants to compete with Fabinho in that midfield role, as well as compete at right back. Due to this, Liverpool have been looking at Aaron Wan -Bissaka as our first team right back. Also links with Ryan Sessegnon who can cover Mane / Salah as well as Robertson in our first team. What do you think Eds, are these likely targets for Liverpool in the summer? We do need replacements for Clyne and Moreno, or could we rely on academy players to cover our first team?

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool has shown no interest in Wan-Bissaka although they have previously shown an interest in Sessegnon - but they aren’t right now.}


1.) 28 Apr 2019 20:09:57
Fabinho and Trent wouldn’t play the same role?


2.) 28 Apr 2019 20:05:24
Are Liverpool looking at any other right backs then, Ed? I see great potential in Trent Alexander-Arnold going into midfield and the rumours of a right back coming in make sense with Clyne leaving.

{Ed002's Note - RB is a difficult position for Liverpool to address unless TAA is moved to midfield (as Ed001 tells me is the plan) and a new first team player arrives - although finding space for TAA in midfield still looks tough to me. There is no natural RB in the U23s who can step up, or so I am told, but we also know that Gomez can provide cover as well. In terms of who the club has looked at, I can only say that I am aware of one player, but no doubt there will be others:
Kenny Lala (RB/RM) only just signed a new contract Racing Strasbourg but has been looked at by the club - not sure if he would be available
If you were to ask me who I think is a viable option but the club has shown no interest in, I would say Valentino Lazaro (RM/RW/RB) who would be a great fix for providing cover for the whole right hand side.
}


3.) 28 Apr 2019 20:42:34
Always worth keeping an eye on max Aaron’s.

{Ed002's Note - There is interest from elsewhere.}


4.) 28 Apr 2019 20:46:31
Thank you for that Ed.


5.) 28 Apr 2019 21:14:16
Tell me more Ed please.

{Ed002's Note - This isn’t the place - trolling the posts here to keep bringing up his name is wasting everyone’s efforts.}


6.) 28 Apr 2019 21:37:44
Theory of relativity Ed, it worked with Salah a few years back.


7.) 29 Apr 2019 06:32:46
My first preference would be to use TAA and Robbo again at FB next season and ask Milner to provide cover, as that would allow Adam Lewis to step up too.

Failing Milner being willing to play that role, we should go for another FB to rotate with TAA and Robbo, as they play arguably the most demanding position on the pitch and have had little opportunity to rest given the lack of options this year.

Gomez should remain choice RCB, Fabinho first choice DM, and I agree with Ed that I don’t see any need for TAA in midfield right now given our strength in that area.


8.) 29 Apr 2019 09:25:58
I really don't understand why we would want to move TAA to midfield.

He's been fantastic at RB (youngest in the PFA TOTY I think) and the way Klopp has his team play, fullbacks are critical.

Would rather get an upgrade on the likes of Lallana and Sturridge to challenge for a first first team place than try to fix what's not broken.

{Ed001's Note - because he can't defend and was so good in midfield as a youngster that he got a shot in the first team in the first place. Jamie Carragher played initially in midfield then dropped back into defence. Gerrard started off in defence in the first team then moved into midfield. You can go through a thousand players and find a very large percentage that debut in one role and spend most of their careers in a different one once established as a first teamer. Kolo Toure made his early Arsenal appearances as a winger.}


9.) 29 Apr 2019 09:35:35
Just my opinion but I, like you Ed, feel that Trent should remain at right back. If he can work on the defensive side of his game he can really master that position.

That being said, Ed01 has a fantastic understanding of the game as well and if he believes trent can become a quality midfielder then I'm also open to the move.

{Ed002's Note - It will be interesting to see what happens. If the club were to look to a formation where there is a regular AM player in the team, then that limits the number of other midfield players to two.}


10.) 29 Apr 2019 10:34:34
Thanks for the reply Ed. It will definitely be interesting. I guess Fabinho was a rb initially and look how he has turned out.
I think definitely for the short term, trent should remain at rb and really work on the defensive side of his game. In the long term, I can see him being similar to Milner in terms of being able to play multiple positions. Either way he is an exciting talent and correct me if I'm wrong, he's also a scouser?

{Ed001's Note - yes mate, that is exactly how I see it. He is at right-back to gain a new perspective on the game, which is common for youngsters in their early career. Sometimes they end up staying there for a large portion of their career, but I don't think Trent is being made the most out of being there. He is too good on the ball and it is a waste of his talents to play wide.}


11.) 29 Apr 2019 10:39:52
I would be made up with Lala he looks a great player and if he could adapt to the premier league would be a good signing if we were to go for him!


12.) 29 Apr 2019 11:00:46
I agree Ed, his technique and passing range is excellent and long term he is waisted at rb. I'm excited to see how he progresses.


13.) 29 Apr 2019 11:07:31
I’ve not seen TAA in midfield but he strikes me in style and physically as being akin to a Wijnaldum-type player, that perpetual motion?
It will certainly be interesting to see how the Summer plays out with the plan for RB.
If Liverpool were to sign a first team-ready right back (and Wan-Bissaka would be perfect though likely won’t happen), then Trent goes from playing every week to a very competitive rotation in midfield.


14.) 29 Apr 2019 12:54:54
Hi Ed, you said above you had been told There is no natural RB in the U23s who can step up. But what about Ki-Jana Hoever? is he just not seen as ready yet, or is it because RB isn't his natural position?

I know he is only 17, but from what I've seen / read he looks a real talent!

{Ed002's Note - He is a child so cannot train as long as the adults; he is not a RB and he is not ready for the first team. His time will come.}


15.) 29 Apr 2019 13:26:41
I'm with Edd, he gets exposed by anyone with a bit of pace and power. His qualities playing RB is all offensive, his crossing is something a box to box right sided player can do as well.

I would have him compete with a 1st team RB and CM, i. e take Lallana's role. So essentially a back up CM and RB.


 

 

22 Dec 2018 21:00:21
Hi eds,

Read somewhere that Thorgan Hazard is being linked to Borussia Dortmund in January. Making people speculate that Liverpool could be going in for Christian Pulisic and Dortmund are already looking for a potential replacement. Any chance this is what is actually happening?

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - No, Liverpool are not involved in this.}


1.) 23 Dec 2018 05:40:56
Chelsea.


2.) 23 Dec 2018 01:05:21
Is Werner of any real likely hood to be moving to Liverpool in the next couple of windows? Surely with Origi Solanke and Sturridge all on borrowed time it's only natural that Klopp will have to bring in someone to cover. Werner would be a big ask thou I suspect but with Wilson hopefully ready next year to step up he will cover the wide areas it's the front man we lack any real cover with.

{Ed002's Note - No.}


3.) 23 Dec 2018 21:37:18
Pulisic is Anfield bound. I have heard it from someone at the top of the club. Chelsea are in decline and he wants Liverpool.


 

 

 

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21 Jun 2019 14:57:13
Hi Eds and Reds,

A bit of a weird one but I read Achraf Hakimi could become a target for Liverpool. He's currently on loan to Borussia Dortmund from Madrid but Real needs to sell players to cover the cost of the Galacticos they're buying. Is there any chance Liverpool could buy Hakimi this summer? Hakimi and Gomez covering Robertson and Alexander-Arnold makes sense to me.

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - Someone is teasing you.}


1.) 21 Jun 2019 15:18:47
Didn't Dortmond make his loan deal permanent? I'm I missing something?

{Ed002's Note - He will be on loan there for another year.}


2.) 21 Jun 2019 16:10:00
He seems a very talented player but not one who will be heading to Liverpool!


3.) 21 Jun 2019 17:04:28
OK thanks Ed02.


 

 

05 Jun 2019 09:42:33
Eds and Reds,

Does Liverpool winning the Champions League and coming so close to the Premier League title make higher quality players an option for Liverpool to buy this summer or is all the scouting done long before that and our success just convinces the players already scouted to join?

Elphenomeno

{Ed001's Note - you can't scout players afterwards as the season has finished.}


1.) 05 Jun 2019 14:28:08
Ed001, it's 2019. They can watch YouTube clips.

{Ed001's Note - good point, I am sure that is how all scouting is done nowadays.}


2.) 05 Jun 2019 16:38:43
Players just send over skill school clips and Klopp and Werner play rock paper scissors on whether they should sign them.


 

 

23 May 2019 10:36:19
Hi Eds and Reds,

Who are the most likely players to leave Liverpool this summer?

I think this transfer window will mostly be about improving the squad by replacing the players that leave with better quality who can actually compete to start games.

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - Simon Mignolet (G) maybe
Loris Karius (G) will likely stay on loan in Turkey
Bogdan (G)

Alberto Moreno (LB)
I cannot answer what the club’s views are on Juanma (LB/CB) but it doesn’t look like he will be able to make the step up given what we have seen in the past 18 months appearance/bench wise.

Nathaniel Clyne (RB)
Connor Randall (RB)
Corey Whelan (RB) Liverpool will let him go

Joel Matip (CB) could make way if a new CB is to be added
Juanma Garcia (CB) has asked to leave to get a chance of first team football
Conor Masterson (CB) Liverpool will let him go

Marco Grujic (CM) perhaps another loan, no assurance he will get a WP in England but the asking price for a sale is very high
James Milner (CM/RM) perhaps but I think next year more likely
Adam Lallana (LM)
Allan (CM) can't get a WP - a further loan to Fluminese
Edvard Tagseth (CM) wants to move to work with SG at Rangers

Sheyi Ojo (RW) time for a decision to be made
Harry Wilson (RW) needs to make a decision and talk to the club to see if there will ever be a chance for him at Liverpool - there is serious interest in him now and I expect him to leave
Ryan Kent (LW)
Tony Adekanye (W)

Divock Origi (F) perhaps but right now I expect him to stay
Daniel Sturridge (S) Australia beckons, possibly a tier 2 (USL Championship) side in the US
Bobby Adekanye (S)
Taiwo Awoniyi (S) won't get a WP
Danny Ings (F)
}


1.) 23 May 2019 11:05:08
What I love about that list is none of the players mentioned are crucial first team players we don't want to leave, seems a healthy situation that the squad just needs upgrading and strengthening the quality of depth

Thanks for the overview ed.


2.) 23 May 2019 11:07:07
Another good summary in potential outgoings Ed thank you. Only surprise on there for me is Matip, I thought he would be in Klopp plans and didn’t think we were even looking to add another CB.

{Ed002's Note - If there is no CB added then expect him to stay.}


3.) 23 May 2019 11:21:06
Brilliant as always ed2 - many thanks.


4.) 23 May 2019 11:29:09
Thanks for this update Ed002!

Two questions on what you've said above.

1. Seems a bit strange to have Matip on that list considering he is in line to start for us in a UCL final. Is this incase a substantial offer comes in for him? Or are we looking to possibly replace him? I only ask because I see him as above Lovren in the pecking order. I'd be suprised if we changed our centre back set up at all this transfer window.

2. Would no one from the MLS be in for Sturridge? He is definitely good enough for Tier 1 in the US.

Thank you for your time.

{Ed002's Note - 1. He will stay if no CB is added. 2. Not right now - the one side who might be interested is looking to someone else.}


5.) 23 May 2019 11:53:31
Great update. Was wondering the same as the OP.

Thanks ed002.


6.) 23 May 2019 12:32:51
Top response Ed002 much appreciated 👍.


7.) 23 May 2019 12:48:35
I'd keep Matip, Milner and Origi out of that list. Even if the rest all go, we won't be any weaker as a squad imo. Add another 3 players to this squad (versatile forward, fullback and 2nd GK) and we will be much stronger next season to have another go at City's crown.


8.) 23 May 2019 13:04:34
I know mignolet will want to be playing every week if the right club comes in for him but I'd be more than happy with him staying if he's willing to be backup, I don't know his wage situation but I presume he won't be paid similar by a smaller club, he seems a good pro to have about. But I suspect now is the time to cash in.

Michel vorm a free agent I think, wonder would he be a decent option if migs moves on.


9.) 23 May 2019 12:32:49
Ed002 could u elaborate on Sturridge to Australia please. as an aussie i find it very hard to believe any of the clubs could afford anything like what he would accept. i guess melbourne city are owned by manchester city tho. just feel something like LA galaxy would be more his style and acceptable wages.

{Ed002's Note - There is not much to say - I have no idea what money he would be looking for but he has options in Australia.}


10.) 23 May 2019 14:14:47
Thanks for the update ed002.


11.) 23 May 2019 14:46:17
Agree with one of the posters, surprised we are more willing to let matip go that Lovren. Whilst neither are amazing, matip has done well enough recently, and is younger.


12.) 23 May 2019 14:48:56
Ed002. Simple and Brilliant. Thanks.


13.) 23 May 2019 15:45:15
I'm with Firmane on this, I expect Lovren to leave before Matip. Lovren is a great guy by all accounts but he has never managed to start 30 league games in any season in his career and that won't improve now he is in his thirties.


14.) 23 May 2019 15:55:42
Much appreciated Ed - excellent insight.


15.) 23 May 2019 18:04:53
Gotta say didn’t realise until a few weeks ago lovers was hitting thirty, I’d rather he left than matipt be honest.

{Ed025's Note - most of my lovers are touching 60 jonesy.. :)


 

 

11 May 2019 18:00:41
Hi Eds and Reds,

Rumours are that Moreno, Clyne and Sturridge are leaving at the end of the season. Is this still the case, after such a successful end to the season? I imagine maybe one or two of them may want to be a squad player at a top club competing for trophies, rather than just starting at mid-table clubs. If they go, would they need replacing or would academy players fill the gap?

Long story short, would losing squad players this summer change the focus for Liverpool's summer targets?

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - Read the posts, use the search engine.}


1.) 11 May 2019 18:33:22
We have sixteen players out on loan, in my view all but Harry Wilson will leave this summer especially the three non-work permit guys. The ink is dry on Danny Ings' Southampton contract.

Sturridge, Moreno and eight U23 players have exactly 50 days remaining on their LFC contracts, leaving at midnight on June 30th.

Apart from all of these I expect Shaqiri, Lallana, Lovren, Corey Whelan and James Milner to leave. Rafael Camacho has already asked to leave.

Over each of the last four summers an average of 29 players have left the club in a mixture of permanent and temporary moves, the Eds usually let me list them as the window closes.


2.) 11 May 2019 20:54:11
The fact that Moreno has played 3 times in total this season I’d hope we can replace him with youth!

{Ed025's Note - he could be replaced with a gerbil SR..


3.) 11 May 2019 22:44:58
Can’t see Milner leaving. Even if Leeds get promoted.


4.) 11 May 2019 22:51:02
Previous discussions about Milner indicated he to be guaranteed a decent wedge of game time. With Fabinho, Hendo and Gini having all had good seasons, plus Ox to come back and a big money signing in Keita who picked up an injury just as he was getting established, he's got serious competition for his place. Lallana showed he still has plenty of quality if he stays and can get fit again too.

I expect he'll be told he's wanted as a squad player, but is free to look for a move if that isn't enough for him.


5.) 11 May 2019 23:59:27
I don’t think Shaqiri will leave? Offers enough to be kept on and we’re short in that area anyways.


6.) 12 May 2019 00:24:49
If we win the UCL and Leeds get promoted, then Milner will ask to leave. He will have won everything there is to win at club level and would want to see out his remaining career at his boyhood club.


7.) 12 May 2019 00:53:09
Awful lot of gerbils feeling pretty bad about themselves right now.


8.) 12 May 2019 00:48:04
Moreno and Sturridge leaving isn't a rumour, their contracts are expiring.


9.) 12 May 2019 07:29:34
Ed002,

I did have a look but I saw nothing recent about the likelihood of Moreno, Clyne or Sturridge leaving and how that would affect us this summer.

Ritters of Hale,

Out of the players you've mentioned going, I'm only surprised by Shaqiri's departure but still disappointed by potentially Milner's

My question was more focussed on what positions we will need to strengthen in the summer because of potential departures? I think it's fair to say that Liverpool need strength in depth from our front three but that could be less of a priority than buying replacement full backs and midfielders to cover those leaving this summer.


10.) 12 May 2019 09:28:36
Why would Sturridge, Moreno and Clyne need replacing when they have barely featured all season? There are a couple in the youth team that are more than capable of taking their place. If the club are going to keep being competitive in the future, they need players who are an upgrade in the first 11 and not looking to sit on the bench. I think one of the Ed’s mentioned James Forest as a potential replacement for Milner.


11.) 12 May 2019 11:20:52
Ed that is mean to a such a wonderful animal.

Whilst he hasn’t played and I know he’s being paid vast sums to just do nothing he does seem to be a bubbly
Character in the dressing room.

Any margins to help the cause!

I think Lewis should at a minimum be given pre season to show his worth, there is a big issue if we don’t give those opportunities as the younger players will start to question what opportunities there will be at Liverpool.

It is already creeping in we don’t want to lose that positive status.

{Ed025's Note - if you need bubbly personalities in the dressing room SR you could employ bradly walsh for a lot less mate..


12.) 12 May 2019 12:34:15
I’m trying to put a positive spin on it haha.


 

 

01 Apr 2018 18:50:28
Hi Eds, I read through the page and even searched for an answer. I saw that Klopp is looking for a Emre Can replacement, a Jorginho type player rather than a defensive midfielder. I was just wondering are Liverpool still looking for a Coutinho replacement in our midfield or a Sturridge replacement covering our front three? Feel like those areas need to be addressed too with their departures.

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - The club are not looking for a forward but are keen on adding to the midfield.}


1.) 01 Apr 2018 19:24:07
Ings and Solanke are decent enough stand ins for Firmino.


2.) 01 Apr 2018 20:58:37
I was more thinking of cover for Mane and Salah on the wings, rather than cover for Firmino.

{Ed002's Note - As has been discussed before I would not rule out a move for Draxler - and there has been interest shown in Lemar in the past but the price is through the roof.}


3.) 01 Apr 2018 21:55:51
I'd be very pleased with draxler or lemar.


4.) 01 Apr 2018 22:05:45
My opinion for what it’s worth is, that’ll we’ll bring in 2 keepers. Because Mignolet will want to be a number one again after losing out with his long term battle with Karius. Ward now needs a permanent move to fully establish himself as a premier league standard keeper, which I think he is. Can see a Butland, Timo Horn standard keeper come in, pressuring Karius for No 1 shirt. Another Manninger type as 3rd choice thus allowing us to loan out the very promising Grabara. Bogdan will probably be difficult to shift permanently so could see him loaned out. Wouldn’t surprise me to see no additions in defence unless anybody was to leave. Would expect to see a midfielder signed to play the holding position, Jorginho would be nice, or wouldn’t be surprised at all if Can actually resigns. Keita obviously is coming in to play in there also. Arguably probably leaves us overloaded in midfield, but Henderson and Lallana do unfortunately look unlikely to play a full season without injury issues. Don’t see a striker being signed, more likely a inside forward/ winger/ attacking midfielder, someone versatile enough to get plenty of game time whilst not replacing Mané Firmino Salah. So would imagine Lemar, Draxler, Pulisic or Martins. Sturridge if he can can be convinced will be kept, because he really does give us a goal scoring threat from the bench in the difficult days, like Swansea away. This would also allow Solanke and maybe even Ings a loan move. Origi could be sold on if a buyer can be found. Markovic and Flanagan to leave as well.


5.) 02 Apr 2018 00:44:08
Thanks Ed002,
I imagine a holding midfielder, a attacking midfielder and a winger would be the average expectancy for Liverpool this summer. A lot of people seem to think defensive reinforcements will happen too but I just don't see it.

{Ed001's Note - it is, as I keep saying, a deep lying playmaker, Keita and a right back that are the priorities.}


6.) 02 Apr 2018 11:44:52
With you there, Ed. We need a RB to help TAA esp. if Clyne leaves and Gomez goes to CB cos Klavan may be gone.


7.) 02 Apr 2018 16:15:20
Hi Ed001, just catching up on posts mate, a deep lying playmaker, Keita and a RB are priority so if Draxler was to also arrive he would be a luxery or a bonus?

{Ed001's Note - bonus.}


 

 

 

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25 Apr 2020 10:09:59
I will take the title this season and argue against any team that thinks anyone else could have caught us. We needed two more wins, one more if City lost just one more game. We drew one game against United and lost one game to Watford all season. We have won every other game we played. Yeah, if we win this season it will always have an asterisk next to it. That just means we go on to win the season again next year, being as dominant as we were this year.

Elphenomeno

 

 

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15 Jan 2020 01:41:40
Har_red92 I do agree with you. My point was that we need a centre back who doesn't pick up injuries as well as Gomez, Matip and Lovren seem to do. You're point that a 27 year old centre back who moved from Portugal, to France and then Spain isn't guaranteed quality is a good one. I was only using Diego Carlos because that's who Ed002 mentioned could come. Lovren looks the most likely to go because he might want first team football, which Matip and Gomez seem to be ahead of him for. Diego Carlos could be a great signing but this season with Sevilla will decide that for us. If Matip/ Gomez/ Lovren leave, who would you bring in?

Elphenomeno

 

 

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14 Jan 2020 11:57:30
The players Ed002 mention leaving that affect this first team are Lovren, Lallana and Milner. I would include Clyne and Shaqiri into this mix too.
These are essentially squad depth players now and could be replaced by our academy with guys like Hoever, van den Berg, Larouci, Jones, Elliott and Brewster/ Wilson covering their departure.
However with Liverpool spending very little last summer and this January, I imagine this summer we will be looking to add first team competition to the squad.

With Gomez and Hoever to cover it is unlikely Liverpool would look for a replacement for Clyne, should he leave.

I imagine Diego Carlos would be a main target to stop Liverpool having to rotate centre back partners for Van Dijk, with so many injuries being picked up by Matip, Gomez and Lovren.

I could imagine a left back coming in because even though Larouci is promising and could cover, he can't compete to start with Robertson. I don't see Mathieu Goncalves as the answer though, needs more time to prove himself. Although Klopp could see Gomez covering the entire back line, with Larouci as the back up?

A player like Sander Berge would have to know he is coming in to compete with one of the best in Fabinho to start games. Guys like Henderson and Wijnaldum already cover Fabinho so it's not a priority.

Losing a player like Milner could be huge for Liverpool. Not only is he quality squad depth in all midfield positions but he can cover both wing backs and potentially wingers too if needed. I would keep him as long as possible but a player like Zielinski could cover the midfield role, if Gomez covers the defensive roles too.

I think Lallana's time with Liverpool will be finished this summer, although I've been saying that for a while now. His experienced presence is holding back promising youngsters like Jones and Elliott from getting an opportunity to cover any first team injuries. He's a great squad player to have due to his reliability but I believe he might want to find more first team football elsewhere.

Losing Shaqiri would be unfortunate but understandable, he just can't compete to start games ahead of Mane or Salah. We've already seen Minamino come in who I believe more of a chance to compete and I believe a guy like David Neres could do the same.

Players like Havertz and Dembele I think are just out of reach at the moment, unless Salah leaves.
Havertz could potentially walk into our midfield, once he knows our system, although he could also be pushed forward like Firmino was but as a right winger.
Dembele is young and I believe underutilised at Barcelona, at 22 he should be making his mark but is hidden behind Messi, Suarez and now Griezmann.
Both of these players are luxury signings that would only be possible with a big money transfer. Neither of them want to move to sit on the bench. Salah seems the most obvious at this stage to go but I would try to keep him for as long as we can.

If Liverpool lose Clyne, Lovren, Milner, Lallana and Shaqiri this summer, I would look to bring in Diego Carlos, Piotr Zielinski and David Neres to replace them. With academy players like Hoever, van den Berg, Larouci, Jones, Elliott and Brewster/ Wilson covering the rest. If Salah were to leave, then players like Havertz and Dembele become huge potential options as replacements.

Elphenomeno

 

 

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25 Jun 2019 12:22:10
Ed002,

I understand that right now we have priced clubs out from buying players but as the transfer window progresses will clubs be more willing to spend money to cover positions? We've seen before that Michael Edwards has sold players for a lot more than fans were expecting. Would you expect players like Mignolet and Clyne to leave still?

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - If the club gets an acceptable offer and the player wants to make the move. If players are priced out of a move the clubs look elsewhere.}


 

 

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

Elphenomeno

 

 

 

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12 May 2019 07:29:34
Ed002,

I did have a look but I saw nothing recent about the likelihood of Moreno, Clyne or Sturridge leaving and how that would affect us this summer.

Ritters of Hale,

Out of the players you've mentioned going, I'm only surprised by Shaqiri's departure but still disappointed by potentially Milner's

My question was more focussed on what positions we will need to strengthen in the summer because of potential departures? I think it's fair to say that Liverpool need strength in depth from our front three but that could be less of a priority than buying replacement full backs and midfielders to cover those leaving this summer.

Elphenomeno

 

 

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02 Apr 2018 00:44:08
Thanks Ed002,
I imagine a holding midfielder, a attacking midfielder and a winger would be the average expectancy for Liverpool this summer. A lot of people seem to think defensive reinforcements will happen too but I just don't see it.

Elphenomeno

{Ed001's Note - it is, as I keep saying, a deep lying playmaker, Keita and a right back that are the priorities.}


 

 

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01 Apr 2018 20:58:37
I was more thinking of cover for Mane and Salah on the wings, rather than cover for Firmino.

Elphenomeno

{Ed002's Note - As has been discussed before I would not rule out a move for Draxler - and there has been interest shown in Lemar in the past but the price is through the roof.}


 

 

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Ed030,
What positions do the three targets you have mentioned play? {Ed030's Note - I don't know anything regarding transfer mate,Anything that I hear is from Ed002 or Ed001,I hope for a LB,Cam and Lw. }

Elphenomeno