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24 Nov 2021 11:42:40
Was having a quick glance at the players out of contract this summer. Wow.

Ed002, have you ever seen this many top players approaching end of their terms at this stage?

Have to say, quite a few clubs will be looking at Kessie, Zakaria, B. Kamara, Mazraoui, Cantwell, Azmoun, Pavon and Denayer situations.


{Ed002's Note - Clubs are finding at the higher level players are making what they consider to be unreasonable contract demands and this is delaying agreement - as we see with the likes of Kessie, Rudiger, Dembele and Sule On top of that you are getting those whose contracts are up fishing for options like Palhinha, Xavi Simons and Stark. And of course Mbappe.}

1.) 24 Nov 2021 14:53:24
I wonder whether it'll become more common that we see, certainly the top players, just running down their contracts rather than players moving for big transfer fees in the future.

The market value of some players is outrageous and makes so many unattainable, maybe "free" transfers will become the norm.

2.) 24 Nov 2021 18:31:23
Could it be a case of clubs not having as much money to Chuck at players? Or less wanting to take the financial risk after C.V. decimated the finances of many clubs ed002?

{Ed002's Note - The pandemic has impacted clubs in a different way and some have huge debt related to infrastructure (new grounds like Spurs and Everton), others have have huge debt they can manage (like Manchester United), some have FFP issues (like Everton), some have runaway debt (like Brighton), some have mortgaged everything and been living off borrowed money and not paying for players (like Liverpool). The pandemic and the issues with Broadcasting have hit France very hard .... and so it goes.}

3.) 24 Nov 2021 22:10:14
Great information Ed02 - this should be pinned to the top of the banter and rumour pages when we get to January!

4.) 24 Nov 2021 22:32:01
Hi Ed002, what do you mean by runaway debt with regards to Brighton? Just interested as I live in Brighton so follow them as my 2nd team.

{Ed002's Note - Well Brighton have a great owner but debt to him continues to build and third party borrowing and the impact of the pandemic are seeing a significant increase in that debt.}

5.) 25 Nov 2021 11:33:45
Got ya, cheers Ed002.

6.) 26 Nov 2021 08:13:02
Hopefully the situation will re-boot the way clubs are run. This is in line with the great reset (see world economic forum website) .
There is far too much money and reckless spending, with not enough emphasis on home grown players.
Of course there will always be super rich sides owned by countries and oligarchs, but if they want to waste money on players to win everything, that's their call. FFP is not going to be implemented because the super rich clubs bring so much money into the game -so let's get used to things being the way they are.

7.) 26 Nov 2021 07:27:13
Really interesting Ed.

Is it thought clubs will work it out? Doesn't sound good for Brighton?

And for us. What (do you see) is the plan moving forward on recruitment? And everything else, actually? Club seems to have money that has gone into stadium development, for example, but otherwise how do we move forward?

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool have been working of borrowed money secured against a morthage. The club need to adopt a better policy for transfers which is why they need to consider selling assets like Mane and Salah to buy their replacement before their value drops or contract run out. Else they need to give them long term deals and forget replacing them. The Brighton owner may convert some of the debt in to equity which will ease their problem. Everton have an FFP issue so there may be an ugly ending. Spurs will be able to service their debt like Manchester United.}

8.) 26 Nov 2021 23:06:33
Mrboot I'm a brighton based LFC fan whereabouts you live in this fine city?

9.) 30 Nov 2021 02:57:59

Interested to know how Spurs are able to manage their debt, and how much of an impact them falling out of the regular Champions' League spots have impacted that ability.

{Ed002's Note - Try the Spurs page.}



25 Jul 2020 11:39:15
Bild linked us with highly rated Leverkusen youngster Edmond Tapsoba yesterday. He’s only recently joined them so maybe unlikely.

Eds, any shred of truth in this link? Is he a good player?


{Ed002's Note - Edmond Tapsoba (CB) Moved to Germany in January 2020 and much is expected of him. They have no have no intention to sell and it would likely take an offer of perhaps €40M to tempt them. No known approach by Liverpool and if there were to be they should perhaps think seriously about him having to play in AFCON.}

1.) 25 Jul 2020 13:22:15
Thanks Ed as always.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 25 Jul 2020 16:41:39
Ed002, is AFCON 2021 back on? I thought I read on here that it had been cancelled for 2021? Must have misread or something.

{Ed002's Note - No, I don't recall suggesting that it is. If you are suggesting taht the club is now just buying players for the season and then selling them, you are right, it doesn't matter. But they will again look like complete flakes.}

3.) 26 Jul 2020 10:07:23
The day we take serious news from Bild will be a sad one. May as well listen to that prat from Bolton.

4.) 26 Jul 2020 13:14:58
Thanks for the reply Ed002. And no. There was no ulterior suggestion and implication other than the question. I didn't imply you had said there had been a cancellation either. 👍.



21 Jun 2020 13:49:08
Eds, have we been scouting any left backs at all?

And how has Firpo fared at Barca? He seems like a very versatile player - LCB, LB and LW. Possible option for a number of positions?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any LBs being enquired of by Liverpool. Firpo is available to sell or be traded this summer. Liverpool has no interest in him.}

1.) 21 Jun 2020 14:27:34
Thanks Ed.



03 May 2020 13:52:21
Hope everyone is keeping safe and save during the lockdown.

Eds - has there been any development with regards to left back? Are we looking to give Larouci and Lewis more opportunities or do we have a different plan?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any efforts to sign another left back but with the youngsters you mention and James Milner signing a new contract and Joe Gomez being fit, there should be plenty of cover available already.}

1.) 03 May 2020 15:32:49
Cheers Ed. Appreciate the swift answer.

There was interest in a young French left back from PSG I think. Has that interest ended?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware - I have no idea who you mean.}

2.) 03 May 2020 16:36:38
Sorry it was Toulouse. Mathieu Goncalves.

{Ed002's Note - Someone has been teasing you - this was dealt with months ago.}

3.) 03 May 2020 21:43:01
Let the young players compete for the role. Need to look at ways of saving money.



02 Oct 2018 13:10:26
Did someone say transfers?!?

Eds, after our significant spend in the summer and lack of outgoings do you expect to see only outgoings in January?

And in terms of next summer, what areas do you expect us to look to strengthen/ update?


{Ed002's Note - I cannot predict the timing of transfers but across the board there does seem to be a swell of clubs looking to do business in January, but I am not so sure Liverpool are one of those. Regardless, the club has looked at Ruben Dias - the Benfica CB - on several occasions and watched him in a national game against Croatia in September, but with Gomez emerging it would make little sense for the player to move somewhere he will be no more than noise in the squad. As I have said already, the club has returned to watch Diego Laxalt (LM) - and that makes sense as the club could do with adding a specialist player there. What makes less sense is the club considering someone for CM at this time with the surprising interest in Aaron Ramsey and the club taking a look at Nicolo Barella (who looks to be heading elsewhere). Obviously scouts will continue to attend games and report back on players, and I suspect interest in the Mexican kiddie Diego Lainez (LW).}

1.) 02 Oct 2018 16:03:05
Well Ed002 I can hardly be classed as your biggest fan (I highly doubt you lose any sleep over that) but can I just say your last few replies have been a joy to read! Long may it continue!

{Ed002's Note - You are very sweet.}

2.) 02 Oct 2018 17:05:14
Wow thanks Ed! What a response. I thought Laxalt was one of Uruguay's best performers (along with Bentancur and Cavani) in the summer. Agree on the Ramsey and Dias links lacking sense. As for Lainez, will look him up! Thanks again!

3.) 02 Oct 2018 17:26:15
Thank you very much for this information Ed, it is most appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

4.) 02 Oct 2018 19:18:40
Thanks a lot Ed002. As always your information is highly appreciated. Don't know where the site would be without you.

{Ed002's Note - Too kind.}

5.) 02 Oct 2018 20:18:07
See how nice Ed002 is when he’s not asked silly questions all the time! That said I bet some have been filtered out. 😂.

6.) 03 Oct 2018 00:27:05
Laxalt is primarily a left mid but can play left back right? Can see him in for Moreno?

{Ed002's Note - No, he played LB in the World Cup but that would not be what the club are interested in.}

7.) 03 Oct 2018 12:34:12
Not that it means much nowadays, but hasn't Laxalt literally just signed for Milan in the summer?

8.) 03 Oct 2018 13:53:07
Thanks very much for those pieces of info ed, they’re very much appreciated.




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21 Feb 2022 10:32:51
Bouncing into Monday! Great to arrive at the start of the business end of the season with the squad in good shape and alive in all comps.

As Klopp alluded to prior to the last game, everything is setup nicely and now it's about creating that machine-like winning atmosphere in and around the club to grab all of the opportunities available to us.

The fixture list doesn't matter at this. The timing of the games may though. It's all about the pressure now.

Hold on tight, it's going to emotional!


1.) 21 Feb 2022 15:51:44
Yeah i feel like we do better when the games come thick and fast, when there are big gaps in between matches we seem to struggle for rhythm a bit. Now that the games are coming at a rate of 2 a week until the end of the season, i expect the boys to thrive in such a high pressure scenario, as they have always done before. I think even Trent said in an interview the other day he prefers this stage of the season when everything is on the line every few days.

Like you say, everything is set up nicely. We’ve had quite a lot of niggling issues relating to freak injuries, C.V. protocol, players recovering from big injuries, inexplicably poor runs in form for some players and also fairly blatant tactical errors. It now feels like all of those things have been put to bed and we look a real force again, with as good a squad as we’ve ever had.

The likes of Henderson, Robertson, van Dijk, Fabinho and Mane have all had pretty patchy form this season, but in recent weeks they and several others have showed signs of their best form once again.

We seem to be opting for more control in games, as opposed to trying to blow teams away in the first half of the season, and as such look a lot more like the successful Klopp teams as opposed to the 17/ 18 side. We also seem more adept at reacting to issues on the pitch as they arise mid game, and clean sheets are becoming the norm again.

Players like Elliott, Jones and Thiago being fit for extended periods of time has given our midfield a huge boost (as i have always felt that is what is most responsible for us dropping silly points), and the signing of Diaz has massively lifted the squad and opened up competition for places. Our bench looks ridiculous and has got us over the line in the last two matches. what's more, Klopp seems more open to using his bench and adopting tactical flexibility in games to gain an advantage.

It feels like all the momentum is with us and everything is going right at the perfect time. Contrastingly, City finally seem to be showing a bit of vulnerability. I personally think they’ve been very lucky not to drop points sooner, and had they not been so fortunate during the Omicron wave and also not been so lucky with referees as in their games against Wolves and Arsenal, we’d be a lot closer or maybe even in front. If we can remain flawless this week, beat Leeds on wednesday and bring home the League Cup, that represents a huge momentum shift and will have the lads on cloud nine for the run in.

However I also kind of feel that any stumbles against Leeds or Chelsea could knock our confidence severely and undo all of the good will we have built up in recent weeks. It sounds dramatic but i really do think this is the defining week of our entire season.

2.) 21 Feb 2022 16:58:19
Could agree more with the sentiments above.

AW, if we can be chatting next Monday having beaten Leeds (I'd take a nervy 1-0, just as long as we win! ) and having a bit of silverware back in the cupboard, I'm sure the team will be bouncing!

I know we (and most other fans) deride the Carabao as a Mickey Mouse Cup - except when they are in the final of course! - the confidence a cup win can give us just before a crucial run in just can't be underestimated.

3.) 21 Feb 2022 18:26:47
The fact that we're not carrying any major injuries (especially to key players) is a massive bonus.
Considering how we fared last season, we really couldn't ask to be in a better position in at least 3 of the 4 competitions. Diaz arriving and immediately making an impact could be very instrumental, I was seriously impressed with the composure and movement he showed when he scored his goal the other day.
We've one nothing yet though (fingers crossed I'm not saying that this time next week), it's the old mantra of one game at a time. The only thing that is guaranteed is that it's going to be a wild ride.
What a time to be a red.

4.) 22 Feb 2022 07:34:51
At the risk of sounding too calm and putting a downer on the vibe for the more excitable element if we play our game as well as we can we will best both Leeds and Chelsea. I’m going 3 - 0 wing against Leeds an 2 / 3 - 1 against Chelsea.



01 Feb 2022 11:24:53
Well that was a dramatic window for us. Didn't expect that.

The signing of Luis Diaz gives us a nice boost going into the business end of the season whilst also taking off a bit of pressure with regards to the amount of business we have to do in the summer to continue with the Klopp 2.0 project.

Whilst I am sure there is plenty of opportunity for young Carvalho to explore other offers, hopefully he will be signed up over the summer.

Presumably summer will focus will turn to a couple of midfielders and potentially another forward if there's some outgoings.

The squad is now as strong as it has ever been with the only doubt being the injury records of our collection of midfielders.

If, and a big if, Thiago can get an extended run with Fabinho in our midfield, we have a great shot at doing something historic this season.

I just hope we aren't as poor as we usually are after a long break! I'd pick a strong team vs Cardiff to act as a rhythm gainer before we play Leicester.


1.) 01 Feb 2022 14:57:17
Had over a week break and not got Leicester until Thursday. I see absolutely no reason not to go full strength against Cardiff and blow them away.

2.) 01 Feb 2022 20:50:30
I actually agree MK too long of a break can do more harm than good. How you keeping anyway MK?

3.) 01 Feb 2022 21:15:22
Pelican is right though, a layoff often affects us adversely as we lose that momentum from not playing regularly. It takes a little while to get up to full throttle again.

4.) 01 Feb 2022 22:18:31
Cannot wait for the Leicester game. Taking my son to his first ever game at Anfield.

{Ed0666's Note - I hope we get 3 points and put on a scintillating display for your son mate. You have to get chips with curry sauce from the Chinese Chippy your son will thank you for it in years to come when he goes to the game with his mates

5.) 01 Feb 2022 22:39:21
Cheers Ed066 and the boy loves curry and chips so I’ll take you up on that advice.

{Ed0666's Note - I was a doubter now I’m a believer…curry & chips is the a requisite for all sporting occasions

6.) 02 Feb 2022 07:23:37
Very well thanks Barry. In September ladt year I bought my first house and started playing Sunday league again. Happiest i've been since i left school 😁

Hope you're well buddy!



03 Jan 2022 15:12:04
Mixed feelings about the game. If we’d taken one more of our big chances we’d have won. However the lack of control in midfield and general intensity off the ball is concerning.

The fact that Milly was chosen over Ox Keita is a sad indictment of Klopp’s trust in them for a game of this magnitude.

The less I say about Hendo in this new more advanced no8 role the better. The blame does not solely lie with Hendo though.

Fabinho and Virgil were terrible too. Will chalk it off as C.V. for this one.

I know it’s hard to do business in January but we’re crying out for a midfielder and forward. Is there anything that can be done in this window at all or am I wasting my breath?

Without being too reactionary to yesterdays result and AFCON, could we convince Olympiakos to part with Aguibou Camara and Gladbach with Denis Zakaria in this window?

On the plus side, Kelleher was excellent despite the defenders doing their best to limit his passing options.


1.) 03 Jan 2022 16:15:53
What do we convince them with? Buttons?

2.) 03 Jan 2022 16:36:18
Pretty sure its been said before that Lille are interested in Aguibou Camara. Not sure how true that is but if it does they would most likely then sell Renato Sanches. Ed said before I think that it would be a struggle for him to get a work permit but there are other solutions. Personally think Sergej Milinković-Savić could be a good option but not sure if we're interested as of this time.

3.) 03 Jan 2022 17:13:22
We can’t afford Milinković-Savić. Simple as.

Aguibou Camara will be at the AFCON and I doubt we could afford Zakaria either, regardless of him being out of contract in the summer as there are other interested parties who can just out price us.

At this point our inability to control midfield and close out games as well as Man City’s ability to go on winning streaks (combined with their unlimited resources) are going to be the things that will have put us out of the title race. Our midfield has been short on quality from the start (yes, I get that apparently we have “loads of options”, but let’s be honest. They’ve been found wanting at critical moments) and not buying an experienced, quality midfielder who can stay fit looks a big mistake.

4.) 03 Jan 2022 17:42:27
The midfield got decimated by injury/ sickness this season. Plus Ox looks a shadow of his former self and Kieta is just a waste of space. It sucks but that’s how it is.
On paper the midfield looks pretty decent, we could do with bringing one in and letting one or two go but it’s still fairly strong fully fit.

5.) 03 Jan 2022 17:55:01
I get we’re not cash rich due to C.V. impact and the increased salary commitments but to say we can’t afford Denis Zakaria who is out of contract in the summer is a bit extreme. The stadiums have been full, we’re still in all comps and we’ve won all CL money available so far. To say we can’t afford anyone at all is rubbish.

6.) 03 Jan 2022 18:33:11
Contrary opinion here, but I don't think our midfield is all that bad. Injuries/ C.V. have resulted in a million different permutations which is part of the problem. Another is missing Elliott, Jones, and Thiago for most of the season which would be my 3-5 choice starters after hendo and fabinho. Now specifically vs Chelsea, aside from hendo and fabinho being poor, I thought the difference was change in tactics that saw us surrender the middle third of the pitch to provide more cover for the defense. I could be wrong, but that's my explanation for why our passing was so labored/ inaccurate out of the defense. Our shape was different so no one was were they were expected to be and space was is different areas of the pitch when trying to play out of defense.
I think buying a mid in Jan would be a panic buy and not improve us. They always take months to get bedded in and would likely not get game time over who we already have. I think ox and keita have been disappointing but they're not terrible options right now (especially for 6-7th choice) . For me, Ox is the more solid of the two. Keita offers more going forward but is either lazy or has defensive lapses that put our defense under pressure and have resulted in conceding multiple goals. Keita is the weak link for me but I want to like him - he has the skill but seems to be missing the correct mentality. Unfortunately, I don't think we can sell him. I'd trust the kiddos over him currently.

7.) 03 Jan 2022 18:37:05
When another teams player is out of contract in the summer, we can't afford them. When our players are out of contract, 'no one will pay decent money'.

8.) 03 Jan 2022 18:47:58
Re Keita - we’ve only dropped points in one game he started - at Spurs. Whilst I agree that he’s not good at defending/ covering he has been involved in our good performances when available.

Bringing in a midfielder with legs and ability to tackle and press would be anything but a panic buy. We all wanted a CM in the summer and were disappointed that we didn’t do something. The need still exists.

9.) 03 Jan 2022 19:17:51
I had misgivings as soon as I read that both Milner and Henderson were playing. Sadly on the day they brought Fabinho down to their level and he was caught in possession too many times. I saw Henderson dancing around like a ballerina and Milner charging around like a mad bull determined to commit his regular stupid foul in a dangerous position and we've all seen the potential consequences of his action. I just hope that Klopp sees that we need the strongest possible team on Thursday. I personally am sick of throwing away Cup competitions willy-nilly. The fans want to see trophies at Anfield and not at the poor end of the East Lancs.

10.) 03 Jan 2022 19:21:35
Can folk stop laying into Milner and I’ve noticed a lot of Hendo hate. Granted Hendo hasn’t been at his best and Milner is a player who is a great addition to the squad. Keita has played five good games for us and people think he’s a sudden revolutionary and the Ox is a long standing problem. This notion of Klopp favouritism is equally laughable, he’s not an idiot and clearly thinks that the likes of the Ox and Naby are not reliable.



31 Dec 2021 21:36:09
Happy New Year Eds and fellow posters.

Here’s to two wins at OT, the Alisson header, Salah’s wonder strike vs City, finishing 3rd after being down and out and still being in all 4 comps.

Hopefully we get a Hendo shuffle or two in 2022.


{Ed014's Note - happy new year Fly!

1.) 01 Jan 2022 10:15:57
Happy New Year the whole Liverpool country.



23 Dec 2021 09:12:43
Government announced a slight change in isolating rules whereby if you show consecutive negative lateral flow tests on day 6 and 7 you can stop isolating. It'll be interesting to see if that changes anything for our players.





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24 May 2022 12:23:38
We'll never be a club that is going to pay those kinds of salaries. Our model is to pay the top tier salaries when they are into their third and/ or final contract with us.

Just to add to the mindboggling nature of Mbappe's deal - he's what 23 and will sign at least two more big deals in his career. Just think where that salary could go!

A similar story for Haaland and to a lesser extent Sancho - you can count the number of clubs that can afford to pay 21 year olds 300k+ pw and plan for those escalating salaries on one hand -with missing fingers.




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23 May 2022 13:40:31
If he chooses Real after Klopp's pitch to him then his love for Real will be strong and there's not much else you can do really. We'd just have to move to the next target on the list.

Not a big fan of Sangare. Don't think he's technical enough to be much more than cover.

Wonder whether Agibou Camara is still of interest. Not a like for like physically but boy can the kid press and tackle.




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15 May 2022 11:57:06
Do you mean Florian Wirtz, Ed?


{Ed002's Note - Yes, but I think it very, very doubtful. Certainly not this summer.}



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02 May 2022 20:42:56
If there is one signing we make this summer, it would be Aurelian Tchouameni. We have an excellent selection of midfielders but we lack someone with the legs and power - especially with Gini gone and Hendo on the decline. It seems that we have moved on from Bissouma now so let's see what happens in the summer.




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28 Apr 2022 10:06:49
I hope it happens. Would be the biggest signing in decades.





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26 May 2022 10:35:00
Said it in an earlier thread - Joao Pedro from Watford looks a prospect at 20yo.




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26 May 2022 10:31:00
Klopp was pretty clear about it. There's no point talking about contracts whilst we have been playing a game every 3 days since January. I get the feeling that Sadio and Mo aren't worried about it right now either. The rest is just noise prior to the biggest fixture in world football.




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26 May 2022 10:27:41
I think you're spot on PR - our only wish is that we show up with our best players on the day and give it a good go.




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25 May 2022 12:01:04
Off the top of my head, Max Aarons (Norwich) and Joao Pedro (Watford) come to mind.


{Ed002's Note - Cornet is already considering an offer from elsewhere. Aarons won't move to be cover. Joao Pedro would be an interesting option.}



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25 May 2022 11:49:45
Agree with KK7 - this myth about City winning the PL despite not having a striker is utterly ridiculous.

I will be curious to see Guardiola attempt to integrate a striker like Haaland into his system. They will have to sacrifice some ball retention (that enables them to literally pin oppositions into their own 18 yard boxes) and we've seen what happens when opposition have a bit more of the ball against them.

A general point, despite fans braying for goalscoring strikers, very few teams in the PL have a classic goalscoring no9 nowadays. Even Kane and Lacazette have adapted their games now. Ings, Lukaku, Jimenez, Vardy etc haven't hit the numbers this season. We're in the age of wide forwards putting up the numbers.

Will Haaland be a renaissance for goalscoring no9s in the PL or will it be a Grealish-type indulgence?