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06 Jun 2021 12:36:58
Hi eds2
Any idea how Marko Grujic has got on this season with Porto. I guess at the age of 25 he’s now looking to sign for a team instead of yet another loan. Also how much is he worth if we were to sell.
Thanks eds.

{Ed002's Note - Marco Grujic (DM/CM) will be available but at €20M priced out of a move to Porto who will now ask for another year on loan and an obligation to buy. Hertha Berlin may offer an option. If the price is reduced to about €12M-€15M then a sale will happen. Porto were very happy with him.}

1.) 06 Jun 2021 13:53:40
12-15m seems sensible. Better to get the sale done as it works better for both parties.

2.) 06 Jun 2021 14:07:22
He only started 9 games in the league this season in Portugal and has reached the age of 25. I'm not sure how LFC can continue along with this price tag if they truly want to sell him. Teams are looking at him and seeing a guy who's talent has most likely matured.

3.) 06 Jun 2021 13:49:24
Thanks for the info eds2 👍🏻.

4.) 06 Jun 2021 15:29:13
Seems like he definitely off then. I did wonder if there was a chance the club would keep him if money is tight for a cm to replace Wij.

{Ed002's Note - The club have had plenty of opportunities to use him but have shown no interest in doing so.}

5.) 06 Jun 2021 20:08:20
Started 4 of Porto's last 5 league games and both of the champions league matches v Chelsea. So at least Grujic had gotten in to the Porto team by the end of the season. Hopefully something suitable will work out this summer for him.

6.) 06 Jun 2021 23:29:08
Grujic is a decent player. Easily worth £20mil and in the right team will be a great signing. I really don’t see why people expect us to drop our valuations to suit other teams.
If they want him, pay up like we have to if we want a player. If not then he’ll remain a Liverpool player.
We live in a world where Richarlison is £50mil and Sigurdsson is £40mil. With the talent Grujic has I think £20mil is a fair asking price.

{Ed0666's Note - yes but valuations fluctuate due to economic markets. You wouldn’t get 40 mill for sigurdson now. I agree with you to an extent tho it’s up to the club what valuation they put on a player if they want 20 mill for Grujic than that’s their perogitive.

7.) 07 Jun 2021 06:42:59
Becker’s Pecker, Grujic is probably worth £20m but the fact is that the majority of European clubs are pretty broke due to C.V.. French clubs are in dire straits due to the collapse of their broadcasting deal. Inter Milan just won the title but Conte left due to being asked to reduce their wage bill by 15-20% and raise £70m from player sales. Dortmund need to sell one of Sancho or Haaland to raise money. Even Barcelona are bringing in out of contract players.
All’s well and good to say £20m or he goes nowhere. But in the end Liverpool are stuck with a player without a work permit and come next summer has one year less on his contract so his value has dropped (barring an exceptional season) £14m in bank could allow for greater movement in recruiting a CM/ AM.

8.) 07 Jun 2021 07:40:39
Beckers Pecker, Grujic’s contract only runs until 2023 and every year that gets close to the end of that contract his potential value diminishes, that’s not accounting for the market we’re in. Bar a few teams, there is very little money about. And that’s not accounting for the fact that it’s not entirely fair on the player to mess him about like that by sending him on loans all the time. Holding out for £20m in the hope that someone pays it means that we’ll be in the same position we were in last time. Lowering the price allows interested parties a chance to make an offer if there’s more than one party.

9.) 07 Jun 2021 12:52:23
We need to put in a sell on clause, sell him for 12m and a 25% sell on, if the kid comes good the sell on clause kicks in.

10.) 07 Jun 2021 12:59:11
Vic and Fuser I get what you’re saying but I’m constantly being told that we are messing teams around by not offering the asking price for a player yet we are supposed to pull our pants down if someone is interested in our players.
He’s a good player who could possibly be very good so why should we budge on our valuation? I’m sure if someone wants to negotiate and come up with an offer that suits us then we’d consider it but nearly halving our initial valuation is just not good business.
We need the money just as much as some other teams so we need to stand strong and get the money we want for any players that are leaving. That then enables us to dip into the market ourselves.
We have to be ruthless in any transfer dealings now more than ever.

{Ed002's Note - I don't think you understand the finances. Liverpool are paying over the odds for players because they don't have the money to buy them outright - like Jota and Thiago who have not been paid for yet. They factored the Coutinho money to get it in advance and that cost them a considerable amount. Players like Grujic need to be sold to bring money in.}

11.) 07 Jun 2021 14:34:52
So the club are going to have to take a hit on some players just to get the money in.

{Ed0666's Note - in hoping we can sell enough of the fringe players albeit at a loss and sell mane to be able to afford a swashbuckling forward/wide player and an all action midfielder.

12.) 07 Jun 2021 14:57:14
Beckers Pecker we genuinely run the risk of him leaving on a free transfer, then we’d get nothing. It’s not even like the bloke is going to get a game as Klopp clearly doesn’t rate him. I’d take £12-15 and move on. We need the money to improve the playing squad and starting options. No point playing hardball over a player who is never going to play for us. The same goes for Wilson, Ojo, Karius, Awoniyi. We also need to move others on too, and the same principle applies to those who don’t really perform and those not fit enough.

13.) 07 Jun 2021 16:21:12
Where do you think Mane will end up Ed? And which swashbuckling forward do u have in mind?

{Ed002's Note - I have not said anything about Mane going.}

14.) 07 Jun 2021 16:28:43
Could we use Grujic as a makeweight to bring in Romario Baro?

15.) 07 Jun 2021 18:24:00
Liverpool lost in the order of £50 - 70 million during the initial lock down and around another £100m minimum last season from missing match day revenue etc.
These are serious shortfalls that probably mean perhaps 3 or 4 key new signings could not be added to the squad over that time?
The injury issues last season lead on from this situation; Klopp was clearly unhappy with his back-up and perhaps the signings that we missed out on would have played instead.
All told, do not underestimate the damage that CV has caused Liverpool.
It’s lost ready cash in hand and debt-serving funds that has gone.

16.) 08 Jun 2021 10:22:39
I think people are missing an obvious issue when valuing transfers. The players we are after are generally among the best players at their current team, or at least regular starters. The players we are trying to sell are players with no future with us, and we're actively trying to get them off the books. We can demand top dollar for our manes and salahs because we don't want to lose them, same as Brighton don't want to lose bissouma/ rbl didn't want to lose konate. We can't do that with fringe players because, eventually, we'll either be stuck with them not playing, or running their contract down. If a player is marked for selling, we should take the best offer received and get some money in and let these boys continue their career elsewhere.

17.) 10 Jun 2021 05:18:06
I haven’t seen enough of him at Porto to be 100% sure how he’s gotten on, but stylistically I think Grujic is exactly the type of player we need to replace Gini - he is young, physical, and capable of playing in either 8 or even at 6 to backup Fabinho. He also has some height on him which can be very useful in the PL.

A starting midfield of Fabinho, Hendo and Thiago is top class, and then with backup from Milner, Ox, Keita, Jones and Grujic we have a solid bench. If we can sell Keita and get in another top player to challenge for a starting role then we’d be truly set.

18.) 10 Jun 2021 19:20:05
Don’t get why people are happy to offload Grujic when he’s never been given a chance. He’ll play at a higher level the Jones I guarantee.



12 May 2021 09:49:23
Morning eds1&2 With only a few games to play. Any idea if we will sign kabak plus has impressed enough to warrant signing him.

{Ed002's Note - Ozan Kabak (CB) Financially it makes sense for Liverpool to buy the phlegmmeister as he has done enough to prove himself, but the club need to think hard about the CB situation with van Dijk and Gomez returning to fitness, the desire to add a starter and the Home Grown situation.}

1.) 12 May 2021 11:07:12
Ed, do you see LFC having to buy some homegrown talent in order to keep the squad numbers in balance? Obviously they won't be overpaying for well established homegrown players, so will our own youth and player like Elliot and Gordon will have to make these numbers up or do you see us being forced into purchasing British? Any idea who those players might be?

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool have a very good crop of youngsters but we have seen in recent years that having few or no opportunities in the first team they look to move on - other clubs suffer similar problems. The Home Grown issue only becomes directly relevant at 21 but the future will see the requirements for the number of Home Grown players for English sides rise from the current levels and, more significantly, the number of Club Developed players will need to increase. As such squad management will become an issue if not already addressed - which is why Liverpool are playing with a smaller squad in Europe than other sides. Liverpool have looked at Home Grown players like Ricky-Jade Jones (although he can no longer be counted as club developed), Michael Olise (won't be moving to Liverpool) and Ben White (too expensive).}

2.) 12 May 2021 11:22:50
With money limited, I'd just sign Konate to be the VVD partner at CB, with Gomez, Matip and Phillips the other options. Spending another 18 mil on Kabak is not good use of limited funds, when he wouldn't even be a first choice CB.

3.) 12 May 2021 12:14:44
Cant be overpaying for over hyped English players! Klopp will bring through some of the gems we have in the Academy to add to Kelleher, N Willliams, Trent, Gomez, Sepp VDB, Jones and Elliott like Gordon and Musialowski! By the time Klopp leaves we'll be in a very healthy position.

4.) 12 May 2021 14:10:38
Signing both Kabak and Konate seems like a hell of a lot of CB depth if it happens, would allow for greater tactical options imo, but need left back cover as well, I'm not sure if we are looking at anyone or bringing up a youngster.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool bought LB cover in the summer.}

5.) 12 May 2021 14:28:38
I think I read somewhere that Tsimikas was unhappy and was looking to leave, it might of just been one of my booze fueled fantasies like when Monica Bellucci asked me if I was single!

{Ed002's Note - Yes, his agents have been looking for a way out but Liverpool have told them he is not for sale.}

6.) 12 May 2021 14:34:55
VVD, Gomez, Matip, Kabak and Konate would be a nice mix of centreback options for next season. I doubt we’d be able to sell Matip this summer due to injury concerns. We may be better holding onto him and selling in Jan or summer 2022.
Sell Philips. Doubt we’ll ever get more for him than this summer as if he stays his playing time will be severely limited and I don’t think he suits playing our high line. Sell Davies. Loan out Rhys Williams to see how he performs playing week in week out at a Championship team.

7.) 12 May 2021 14:48:03
Good. good player is Tsimikas!

8.) 12 May 2021 15:08:38
Why does everyone want 5 and even 6 centrehalves all of a sudden?

9.) 12 May 2021 14:41:35
Appreciate the clarification ed, your a star.

10.) 12 May 2021 14:50:06
Hi ed002. I've just read Ryan Bertrand is leaving Southampton. Is he looking for guaranteed first team football or would he be an option to provide competition for Robertson? This would allow Tsimikas to leave (albeit for a fraction of what we paid for him) and give us another homegrown player in the squad.

{Ed002's Note - Ryan Bertrand is not moving to Liverpool.}

11.) 12 May 2021 15:19:45
Appreciate the clarification ed, you're a star.

12.) 12 May 2021 15:30:12
Kabak makes zero sense if Konate is coming. Phillips 4th choice means we would have 4 solid centre backs.

13.) 12 May 2021 17:25:26
Ryan Bertrand would be a better signing than Alberto Moreno, but i'd rather give Brad Smith a chance. Wait a minute. What year is this Marty?!

14.) 12 May 2021 19:59:14
Surly there no point keeping matip he is also make of glass.

15.) 12 May 2021 20:42:58
Who's going to buy him? And on the flip side he's a top player in his peak years. We just have to hope he can stay fit, he shouldn't be starting every week so he should get plenty of rest time. A fit Matip still gets into any other team in the league bar City.

16.) 13 May 2021 01:03:11
Have we learned nothing from this season? Matip won’t suddenly keep fit next season i wouldn’t count him as an option, on good wages aswell, sell for whatever we can get, Konate and Gomez have injury problems too and will miss games. We can’t just hope one stays fit and play a returning VVD in every game next season, we need to be able to rest VVD and remain strong in 4 competitions and not even consider Fabinho out of midfield. Phillips has done alright but we should cash in when his value is at its highest. Matip and Phillips out Konate and Kabak (or another) in.

{Ed0666's Note - injuries are contrary example being keita when he played in the bundesliga hardly ever got injured he comes to Liverpool and it’s the exact opposite. If we sign konate he could be injury free for 2 years or be or perennially be in the physios room. You just can’t predict these things.

17.) 13 May 2021 08:45:21
We also need another DM to cover for Fabinho. The whole problem we’ve had is a lack of cover when Fabinho goes into the back line. Exactly the same as City had 2 years ago when Laporte was out and Fernandinho went into the back line.
They went out and splashed £60m on Rodri. We need to do something similar (although I know we can’t afford £60m. Is Lee Cattermole still playing? )

18.) 13 May 2021 12:26:38
ed0666, tbf keita has barely been injured bar one he got at the start he's just been not fit and not trying enough to play surely? and then when he does play he just stands around and doesn't try, i think injuries are a cover up for him not being good enough for the matchday squad?

{Ed0666's Note - keita barely been injured? Are you sure mate? His career at Liverpool has been blighted by injuries.

19.) 13 May 2021 14:03:24
Yeah He was out versus Southampton for who knows what he has been fit for a while now surely it’s just a cover up for the massive money and wages we pay him? . When in reality he’s just awful and is nowhere near good enough for u21 let alone the first team squad.

20.) 13 May 2021 14:25:05
He's clearly not awful. The player at Liepzig and the player we've seen in very rare flashes here prove he's not awful. Either through injuries or what looks like just being a tosser he hasn't shown his previous form near often enough.

21.) 13 May 2021 23:11:43
I see Phillips and possibly Matip being sold, hence why we would need Kabak, and will probably buy him just to turn a profit in a couple of years time, as with Ben D. Phillips has been a great stand in but he has too many mistakes in him at this level and heart alone won't keep him at LFC. Then there is the one year on the contract issue, and the fact that he knows he will not be a starter next season, and so will likely want to move on. Perhaps to Rangers with Stevie G? Or maybe that's Ben d, who was set for Celtic.
Its time for a mass clear out, some very astute purposes and then our best youth players to be brought in to bulk the squad. We have too many under used, insufficient, over injured players on our books .
Thanks for the response Ed.

22.) 14 May 2021 06:57:04
Why would we need 5 centrebacks for next year?
Has anyone watched this season!

2 of the 5 have yet to come back from season ending injuries.
1 of the 5 is perennially injuried, can’t be sold yet but can’t be relied upon to stay fit. Altho has the uncannot ability to walk back straight into the side and perform at a high level.
2 of the 5 are very new to the league finding their feet, one not having kicked a ball yet (Konate)

Why sign Kabak and Konate?
At £18mil and from what we’ve seen it would be a bargain. Konate has been identified as being one to future proof our defence.

In reality it’s not 5 defenders as such, more like 4.5 with the view to selling one within the following 2 windows.

23.) 15 May 2021 03:57:50
Always appreciate on players, and management of squad.
Liverpool's current centre back issue is a very interesting one, caused by themselves in my opinion when they didn't identify a replacement for Lovren.
VVD, Gomez, and Matip will be back next season. Phillips, Davies, Williams are still around. Decision need to be made on Kabak and a new signing.

I am very keen to know what you would do in this situation?

{Ed002's Note - Well LIverpool have Van Dijik, Gomez, Matip, finally gave Phillips a chance, have borrowed the Phlemmeister, added Davies, have some youngsters who are expected to do well in Rhys Williams, Billy Koumetio and van der Berg. Kabak may have done enough to make his deal permanent and Liverpool are persisting in trying in trying to add a starter to play with van Dijk. This should be Konate but there is an issue. They have also looked at Ben White, David Carmo, Sven Botman, Merih Demiral and spoken with the agent of Kalidou Koulibaly. Konate would be a very good option to replace Joe Gomez as a starter but it requires Liverpool to find the funds to pay for him from somewhere.}

24.) 15 May 2021 12:01:05
Ed02, what would you do if you are in the driving seat?

One thing I would definitely do (but probably can't, since unlikely to get any money) is to sell Matip.
Also, I would definitely keep Phillips.

{Ed002's Note - I would think Kabak has done enough and sign him as the cost is low and money is a huge issue for Liverpool. I would make a decision over the youngsters and then decide what to do with Joe Gomez who Klopp has been looking to replace as a starter with Konate. Whatever happens, the club needs to trim the number of CBs it has to four senior players and then a couple of youngsters. The HG isutation remains a problem at Liverpool and they do not want to be caught out over club developed players in the future - so need to hang on to van der Berg and the like.}



16 Feb 2021 17:23:04
Eds is Phillips registered to play champions league now?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, in place of Joel Matip.}



17 Jun 2020 07:15:43
Morning eds1
Do you know was If there’s any injuries ahead of our game with Everton?

{Ed001's Note - Adrian, Salah and Robbo have knocks but are expected to be fit. Ox also looks like he could play after his ankle injury. That just leaves Shaq and Clyne as expected to miss out.}

1.) 17 Jun 2020 08:20:28
It’s been a while since we’ve had a team news update before a PL game Ed mate, very much missed. Let’s hope we get it done over the line soon as possible mate 😄.

{Ed001's Note - Arsenal can speed things up tonight with a result.}

2.) 17 Jun 2020 11:09:17
Pep is up to his usual mind games, moaning about how his players are not ready. If Arsenal is up to it, it should be one helluva game. We'll get a hint of what Arteta is capable of.

3.) 17 Jun 2020 10:29:04
If Arsenal draw with City I'll be amazed, but still, anything can happen!

4.) 17 Jun 2020 10:30:48
Thanks Ed, buzzing for the game on the weekend.
Must be frustrating for Shaq - is this an new injury do you know or one that’s been lingering?


{Ed001's Note - it occurred in February so not that new.}

5.) 17 Jun 2020 11:00:17
Yeah they could mate but can’t see it tbh can you?

{Ed001's Note - it is a strange world right now mate, anything could happen.}

6.) 17 Jun 2020 14:55:11
It’s interesting how Naby Keita constantly gets slated for picking up injuries and yet there is nowhere near the same level of abuse for Shaqiri despite the fact that Keita has played more games for Liverpool than Shaqiri.

7.) 17 Jun 2020 15:25:36
Thunderbird 2, that's probably down to cost of player and expectation of impact he would make.

8.) 17 Jun 2020 18:59:11
And to be fair to Shaqiri he did score a winning goal against Man U. So that puts a lot of credit in the bank.

9.) 17 Jun 2020 19:00:39
We all know shaq is gone, it almost feels like he has downed tools cos he is not a starter or a klopp favourite . On the other hand if he has genuinely been injured we don't need him we have players already that can't play ten games on the bounce .



28 Oct 2019 16:07:33
Hi Ed’s
Do you have any info about kesiktas wanting to cancel karius loan?

{Ed002's Note - There may be a possibility of it happening but it is complex.}

1.) 28 Oct 2019 20:31:41
I thought he was performing ok recently?

Or are there other reasons.

2.) 29 Oct 2019 08:08:40
The new Besiktas President has his own views on balancing the books and what shape success should take. What is the penalty to Besiktas for canceling the loan, Ed002, if they go through with it?

{Ed002's Note - Without seeing the contract I don't know - but rules are much stricter than they were.}




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30 Jul 2021 18:17:23
I know there’s a good few weeks left in the transfer market but am starting to get really Impatient with not signing a gini replacement. We’ve known that he was leaving months and months ago. We have a bit of cash now from sales so let’s go get a player!
Apologies I know I sound like a 5 year old🤦🏻‍♂️.

1.) 30 Jul 2021 18:49:32
Still a month left, I am sure we will sign some players for the 1st team. :)

2.) 30 Jul 2021 19:07:44
We signed Thiago last summer to be fair. You could argue he was a Lallana replacement but then who did Jones replace? Then we have Elliott coming in this season (probably to replace Shaqiri) and he's playing centre mid this season from the looks of pre-season and the official website interviews.

For me, it's not sensible to keep adding players to the midfield roster before we sell/ loan some out. Hendo, Thiago, Fabinho, Milner, Jones, Elliott and Ox are going nowhere. So we have about 7-11 midfielders, depending on the immediate futures of Keita, Shaqiri, Cain and Clarkson. I think Keita will stay due to lack of suitors personally.

We will play a maximum of 3 at a time, and probably only 2 in a lot of more games than previous seasons, so we can get Jota into the team in a 4-2-3-1.

For me, there is no need to be nervous mate. We are over stocked in midfield as it stands and i'm sure if we can whittle it down to about 7, we will add another player. Unless you are stressed about the quality or variability of our existing options, which is entirely subjective and you are absolutely entitled to your opinion on. From a pure numbers perspective, we're well covered and i am a big believer in trusting in the youth. I understand others will be less trusting though.

3.) 30 Jul 2021 19:09:01
Yeah, just like a 5 yr old, lol.

4.) 30 Jul 2021 19:09:34
Unless home grown we need to shift at least 1 more to create space, no panic, I'm sure the club will get what they feel they need.

5.) 30 Jul 2021 19:28:36
I think longthing, you and I should be the Head honchos at Liverpool.

Sure we know nothing about finances and probably bankrupt the place in five minutes but we ll give the fans a transfer window to remember.

We ll split tasks evenly.

You ask fsg for more money.

I ll ring mbappe on the hour every hour until he simply can't take it anymore and joins just to stop the madness.

Afterwards I ll ask for more money.

You ring Haaland.

After a large argument about whether bissouma/ Saul would be better, we ll just agree to get both after of course a quick call to fsg.

Van Dijk
Arnold Saul Bissouma Robertson
Salah Mbappe Haaland Mane

I mean. It just seems so obvious when you see that lineup.

{Ed025's Note - so no fab yet you play firmino davey?, if i was longthing i would turn you down flat mate..

6.) 30 Jul 2021 19:48:25
I suppose a good way to look at the squad is to see which 2 Elevens you could possibly play which no double ups of players. Best eleven

Trent, konate, Virgil, Robbo
Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago
Salah, Bobby, Mane

Second Eleven
Williams, Matip, Gomez, tsmikas
Jones, Milner, keita
Jota, ox, Elliott

That still leaves out the likes of Phillips, Taki and any youth players and assumes Shaqiri and Origi are gone.

Not a bad second eleven at all, in an ideal world if a few players were to leave such a Taki, origi and Shaq then a versatile forward could be added, and double ideal world Keita could go an get his career back on track with another club and we could sign another midfielder, leaving Elliott to fill in both a forward and midfield role.

7.) 30 Jul 2021 20:26:36
A midfield trio of Jones, Milner, Keita and Adrian in goal is like giving the opposition a 4 goal head start. Beyond our starting three the midfield options are not good.

8.) 30 Jul 2021 20:26:51
The second 21 would be in the bottom 6.

9.) 30 Jul 2021 21:10:39
it's not common to see 11 players changed, but that eleven would get you though rounds of the cup against championship sides and below, and possibly weaker premier league competition, and can be played in dead rubbers of course. Otherwise you are very unlikely to see that Eleven players all play together.

In that second eleven you have 2 40 million players and a 60 million player, 2 league and European cup winning centre backs, a champions league level left back, Milner the most experienced player at the club and 2 brilliant young prospects who the more players you buy the less chance they get. Young players only thrive when you give e them a chance

Otherwise you will just see a few swapped in here and there, as I said another midfielder would be nice and a versatile forward but there are already 3 High earners who don't even make it into either 11, before any other players can be brought they need to be gone, otherwise money is being chucked away and of course squads slots taken up.

10.) 30 Jul 2021 21:53:20
MK Jones? You're trolling now.

11.) 30 Jul 2021 22:26:49
It appears Curtis Jones is the new Rhys Williams, constant belittling of a young playing who can only improve.
I'm curious to know what some of you consider yourselves? You are not supporters as you only support the players you deem worthy or your support, maybe trolls is more appropriate.

12.) 30 Jul 2021 23:20:34
Love it davey. It’s deal I mean how hard can it be! 😂😂.

13.) 31 Jul 2021 00:14:14
Well said thunderbird.

14.) 30 Jul 2021 21:10:39
it's not common to see 11 players changed, but that eleven would get you though rounds of the cup against championship sides and below, and possibly weaker premier league competition, and can be played in dead rubbers of course. Otherwise you are very unlikely to see that Eleven players all play together.

In that second eleven you have 2 40 million players and a 60 million player, 2 league and European cup winning centre backs, a champions league level left back, Milner the most experienced player at the club and 2 brilliant young prospects who the more players you buy the less chance they get. Young players only thrive when you give e them a chance

Otherwise you will just see a few swapped in here and there, as I said another midfielder would be nice and a versatile forward but there are already 3 High earners who don't even make it into either 11, before any other players can be brought they need to be gone, otherwise money is being chucked away and of course squads slots taken up.

15.) 31 Jul 2021 06:01:19
Thunderbird 2 are you Jones’ mum or dad? I don’t think the player is good enough. I don’t think he scores enough and I don’t think he’s forward thinking enough. If the Euro’s has proved one thing, it shows he’s behind other players of a similar age. Do I think he’s terrible? No, he’s neat and tidy in possession and has an elegance on the ball. If that makes me a troll then you need to get a life.

{Ed001's Note - how has the Euros proved that? Are you for real?}

16.) 30 Jul 2021 21:24:43
Ed25, I want to play the new shiny guys and I'm a sucker for Firminos dazzling smile. Quit hating on my dream. Sorry longthing. I mean our dream.

I ll use squad rotation as I'm selling nobody.

The model is soley built on shirt sales. When the other players aren't playing, they are going around with trolleys selling shirts on match days.

To be honest, my only real concern about the whole arrangement is longthing. I mean if that username means what I think it does, he doesn't sound like who plays second fiddle and I want to be main man.

{Ed025's Note - i can see a bromance developing there davey.. :)

17.) 31 Jul 2021 08:54:51
Thunderbird is spot on.

Kelleher, Jones, N. Williams, R. Williams and Elliott have all shown enough to deserve our backing. We can't afford to keep buying in 2 players for every position because the UCL club developed squad rule means that we need to bring through our own youngsters or face a reduced squad size in Europe.

We have to trust our academy to produce good players. Neco is probably the weakest of the current crop but as far as reserve right backs go, he's hardly terrible!

The stick Jones is taking because he's not got a fancy name and didn't cost mega bucks, is astonishing. If we were signing him from another club it would cost minimum £30m. People would probably be happy then!

18.) 31 Jul 2021 09:54:21
@IPC12, you are constantly moaning and your reading of our players and what we need is way off.

Jones has been very good and looks like he will be an excellent option for us. I'm excited to see him continue playing and improving with us.

19.) 31 Jul 2021 10:33:54
It’s way way too early to make a judgment call on Jones. He has very good potential, upto him to show it on the pitch.



29 Jul 2021 18:55:41
Question for eds1 or 666
I never really watched jota at wolves so am just wondering if you think he has improved since joining us. And also do you think mane will be back to his best this season?

{Ed0666's Note - he has improved his goalscoring outrageously. He could still score more as his movement is incredible and he actually misses easy chances. I think his decision making has to improve and when and if it does we have a workday on our hands. He’s also more consistent than he was at wolves.

1.) 29 Jul 2021 20:10:47
He needs to improve his team play, passing etc. But his first season was decent.



22 Jul 2021 08:53:27
Morning eds1
I read something a while back that you said konate has only really played in a 3 at the back and it got my thinking about formations.
Is it possible for you to do an article about formations. Take say 5 for the most popular and explain why teams use them and what the pros and cons are. Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - do you mean like these: tactics articles? Or something different?}

1.) 22 Jul 2021 09:26:27
That’s exactly it mate. Thanks again 👍🏻.



20 Jul 2021 20:16:51
Hi eds 1 or eds666 I don’t know if you watched the friendlies today but Kaide Gordon played. I was very impressed. Do either of you know much about him? Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - not a lot, he was highly rated at Derby, but they always seem to have a lot of players who are highly rated but turn out to be (at the very best) extremely average, so it is difficult to read anything into that. The scouts and data analysts certainly saw something in him though, or we wouldn't have signed him.}



11 Jul 2021 16:53:45
So come eds1 we know you don’t watch international football but you’ve got to be watching England tonight! ?

{Ed001's Note - no mate, why would I? I don't care about it.}

1.) 11 Jul 2021 18:09:47
Wish I could get excited, just don’t have the same connection to England and international football as when I did when I was a kid. Will still watch it though.

2.) 11 Jul 2021 18:24:57
what will you do instead?

{Ed001's Note - sleep.}

3.) 12 Jul 2021 00:17:43
That's pretty classless, Ed001. I was hoping you would be doing a team review on this wonderful, close knitted, disciplined yet full of youthful flair, and most importantly wonderfully managed team. This team has done far more than we ever gave it a chance. And it has a really special talent up front in Chiesa.

{Ed001's Note - hahaha I was wondering where you were going then.}




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31 Jul 2021 20:39:57
Noooooooooooooo………… please not Man U!

{Ed0666's Note - and let the meltdown begin.



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24 Jul 2021 20:58:09
There’s always someone that spoils it!

{Ed025's Note - its not the first time longthing and i doubt it will be the last, it will all end in tears when ED002 has finally had enough and walks away mate, these dick heads are spoiling it for themselves and everybody else...its a shame really..



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21 Jul 2021 20:39:38
I remember feeling the same about Stevei G and look what happened there. I new lad came in call Jordan and replaced stevei as a captain and leader and that turned out ok didn't it.



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21 Jul 2021 19:08:49
Is it madness though. If and this is a massive if Saul came in to replace hendo what’s to say he wouldn’t be a great leader or captain!
All teams need to evolve it’s just a fact of life. We all get old it’s unfortunate but true. Hendo is getting older and will need replacing at some point. Am not saying kick the lad out the door am just saying it is inevitable it has to happen so if a great deal comes forward earlier than expected let’s not totally dismiss it.



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21 Jul 2021 11:15:03
Ohh please stop it with the Saul rumours. Your just getting my hopes up! When he joins BM or Barcelona it will feel even worst.




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04 Aug 2021 08:21:44
When you say “our” fringe players sinwave/ Harry you mean our players as in Liverpool supporters! You don’t get it do you.



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01 Aug 2021 11:13:15
Ok take the money side out of it. Who is better Origi or Bowen?



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01 Aug 2021 09:58:58
I’ll hold my hands up and admit that am impatient at the minute but this has nothing to do with the amount of money we spend. Yes I’d absolutely love Saul for two reasons. firstly and most importantly he would be the perfect player for our midfield. Secondly it would stop him going to Man U and making them stronger. Yes I know it all if and buts.
If we signed a player for 5 mill or a kid from our academy that was just as perfect for our team I would be just as happy. OP to say go and support another team is your opinion I don’t agree with that statement but it ok it yours. We all have opinions mine would be to get the very best midfielder for our team NOT about how much he cost.



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30 Jul 2021 23:20:34
Love it davey. It’s deal I mean how hard can it be! 😂😂.



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27 Jul 2021 12:59:42
Is this a joke! Can you imagine the s**t that the fans would give the club if that happened. Let’s get Balotelli and Flanagan back while we’re at it!