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04 Jul 2014 09:16:03
Eds any truth that we can expect the Suarez deal to be completed in the next 48 hours?


{Ed001's Note - how can anyone possibly know that? One little detail can hold up a contract for an unlimited amount of time. It would just be a guess.}

1.) And why do you need to know that? If this come true, all the medias will shout it, the whole world will hear about it. I can't understand the passion of some people and their desire to know what will happen days ago.
Do you think your life will be better if you know whether Suarez will be sold after 2 days or 2 weeks? He's on his way out, mate, realize it, stay calm and keep walking! We are Liverpool, God damn it!

2.) Iv your not interested in knowing things in football before they actually happen, why in gods name are you on a rumour site, god damn

3.) Keep Suarez feeder clubs win nothing. Yeah we got rid of Torres but didn't really progress at the time. Don't swap add Sanchez

4.) 04 Jul 2014 14:10:36
@Rossy1lfc, noone knows our transfers before they actually happen, even in this site. We're discussing interest in one guy or another, events that there's a possibility to happen. But as you see, even insiders like Macca can't tell you what will surely come true.
As I asked before, what's the difference for you if a player will be sold in the next 2 days or in the next 2 weeks, for example?
"Oh, look at me! I know Suarez will NOT be sold on Tuesday. We'll sell him on Monday. How great am I!"
I visit rumours site not because guys like Eds, who can tell you in any moment anything about scouted players and formal offers - it forms in my mind at least a superficial glance about our transfer strategy. "Who" - that's important, but not "when".



26 Jun 2014 22:24:52
Any truth in the Origi rumours eds?


{Ed001's Note - I don't know sorry. Like I said previously, the only team I know that was chasing him were Spurs.}



29 Apr 2014 21:25:53
Hi Eds
Are Utd likely to land Toni Kroos? Have Liverpool ever held interest in him? I feel he would be the perfect replacement for Gerrard and his wages aren't massively high.


{Ed002's Note - New deal, Juve, Real Madrid or Manchester United. Not Liverpool.}




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30 Dec 2018 17:25:19
Ed002, your comments if I may, what is your opinion on Jordon Ibe?

Has hardly set the world alight at Bournemouth, which I personally expected him to. I remember when Sterling left and I thought he was a ready made replacement.

Recall Jamie Carragher I think saying he was always a world beater in training but could never transfer it onto the pitch. Is that the feeling you get with him?


{Ed002's Note - He is one who has lost his way. There was dumb stuff - which Sterling can be held responsible for - with the hookahs, there was the opportunity at Liverpool but not the return of goals they wanted, then the new opportunity at Bournemouth that has seen him drift in to the background. Obviously for every 100 kids who looked great prospects only 10 will make it at all and perhaps only one at the highest level. Ibe is in the 10 somewhere and probably needs to talk with Bournemouth about his future to see if there is a chance of a kick start but I suspect they will say he needs to buckle down and work real hard. The talent might well still be there but I fear a future like Scott Sinclair rather than like Salah.}

1.) 30 Dec 2018 17:52:23
Thanks for your insight Ed2, such a shame and waste of a talent. These kids are in a privilaged position to earn a lot of money to support themselves, family and their friends doing something they supposedly love. I remember an Ed saying he has some hangabouts who contributed to how his career has gone thus far, do you know that to still be the case?

{Ed002's Note - I am aware there have been questions raised about commitment at training, but nothing else.}

2.) 30 Dec 2018 18:03:08
Insightful as always Ed. Happy new year to you and your family, looking forward to another sharkopod!

{Ed002's Note - Well you have just had one, and another will be done covering the remaining clubs, Italian, Barca, REal Madrid etc.. when I get time - but I only have a couple of days before travelling throughout January. Enjoy the rest of the holidays.|



27 Dec 2018 17:38:00
The main reason between us and city for me, and the reason we are going to win the title, is because we have a resilient defence and they don't.

Last season and seasons before that I was figuratively watching games from behind the couch any attack from the opposition could have ended up as a goal, even though watching our attack I felt the same. But my point is that I never felt comfortable, not with a 1 goal lead and not even a 2 goal lead.

I'm comparison I can watch is for 45 minutes being second best but don't have a worry about the opposition scoring. I felt Wolves were quite good in the first half in terms of creating chances but again, I never felt we would lose the game, or even concede for that matter. Our defence, and team defensively as a whole are so good that we simply don't look like conceding half the time. It doesn't matter if you sit back, or getting in our faces, we'll still score and probably keep a clean sheet, of course this can't be said for every game but in general.

On the other hand City, teams have been giving them too much respect since Guardiola came in. to the point where they don't even attempt to attack them in fear that City are that good that they will score every time you try to attack.


1.) 27 Dec 2018 18:39:04
Games are won with an offence. Championships are won with a defence.

2.) 27 Dec 2018 19:06:06
We've actually scored more goals at this point than last season also.

3.) 27 Dec 2018 19:48:09
Our defence relies heavily on VVD.
If he stays fit I make us favourites, if he has a spell out of the team we will struggle to sustain our challenge.

4.) 27 Dec 2018 21:12:29
I was thinking exactly the same Ron.

5.) 27 Dec 2018 21:22:48
Our defence does not rely solely on VVD, Ron IMO. VVD is the leader of the defence, no question BUT there is more to our solidity than just him. First off, Klopp believes in the whole team defending as a unit and that starts from the front. I mean, what team have you seen where the CF like Bobbie is tracking all the way back from his position, to tackle the opposing CF or AM at the edge of his own box? Watch the City game (4-3 where Bobbie tackled Aguero at the edge of his own box) and the CL game at the Etihad (where Bobbie tracked KDB down after tracking back 60 yards) . Kane, Aguero or Auba ain't doing any of that, bro. You should watch the amount of work Salah and esp. Mane put in defensively cos I see it and I am always amazed.

Also, LFC have been top 5 in chances and shots conceded to the opposition for the past two and a half seasons and this can NEVER be attributed to any one individual. We see Klopp complaining all the time about us being too open at times and the midfield not protecting the back 4 enuff (see his comments after Newcastle) and that is cos Klopp believes in the whole team doing the job. Will we struggle if VVD was out? Absolutely BUT I think Klopp will still make us hard to penetrate regardless, IMO.

6.) 27 Dec 2018 21:52:07
Liverpool's defence was average at best before he signed in Jan of this year. Since then he has made a massive difference, our new keeper has helped even more. It is difficult to know how well Lovren and Gomez or Matip would do long term without VVD. As for Bobbie tracking back, he has done that long before VVD arrived so there is certainly more to our far better defence than that.

7.) 27 Dec 2018 23:21:37
That’s a good point Ron however, I think Allison barking out orders has certainly helped. Would be interesting to see Gomez and Lovren at some point. Hopefully after we’ve secured the title. May it be the most boring end to the season ever.

8.) 28 Dec 2018 01:09:53
I think its also about mentality. though city won a hell of matches last year. they didn't necessarily know how to comeback and giv their all for 90 mins. and some of their victories last year were just luck. ours only one has been this year.

9.) 28 Dec 2018 01:21:21
Thanks for that RedWolf but I do watch pretty much all of our home matches live and a smattering of away matches live.

I’m aware of how the team defends thanks.
I maintain our defence is heavily reliant on VVD.

If Lovren doesn’t have us back to our goal he goes to pieces. Matip let's the ball bounce too often and is afraid to take charge of a situation. Our fullbacks are great at attacking but have a lot of scope to improve their defending.

We will get a taste for it when we play Bayern. We need the 12th man for that first leg but I think Alisson will be busy.



29 Aug 2018 18:46:43
Just want to make a post about Gini in the 6 role.

Now when the season started, I doubt that many of us would have been expecting him to not only start the first 3 games, but start them playing as a 6. Obviously he had played there on ocassions last season when we were short, but he has quietly impressed me.

Some games it doesn’t actually look like he’s offering anything (Brighton) his ball winning and retention is sublime for his previous positions and husband stature almost. What I think it shows is he’s a very smart player, often simply just putting his body between the opposition and the ball or picking the best possible option when being pressed and under pressure.

I also think while he is great defensively, when the pace of the games are a little slower I think he will struggle and that he doesn’t offer too much going forward. I almost feel as if the instructions Klopp must give him are “Keep the ball and win the ball” he never seems to look for a killer pass and would much rather pass to one of his partners in midfield or onto the flanks. Something Henderson has been slated for over the years, he was brilliant when given the licence to go forward more in the World Cup. Then Wijnaldum plays as an 8, or the most attacking midfielder, he never strops trying to to break the lines to create space or create an opportunity. Obviously you’re not going to get the licence to do that playoff as a 6 but I feel the runs he can make should mean that ocassionally he is allowed to break and one of his partners could cover him. It’s like watching a different player almost when he plays as a 6 compared to 8/ 10 but both I find very effective!

As mentioned I don’t think think he’ll start even every game, and certainly not as a number 6, and I’m quite looking forward to seeing Fabinho. I just feel in the fast paced games, where they may be a slight less physicality (City, Spurs) he would be the best option to play as a 6 and would allow us to dominate the ball in midfield.


1.) 29 Aug 2018 19:05:57
I do have one grievance with wijnaldum. He occasionally just does not run back when he needs to bust a gut. He is getting better but occasionally the ball will be passed away from his area and the play moves forward quickly. From here he should be breaking his neck to get back to his next defensive position but instead casually strolls.

Again this is not always but especially at number 6 it needs to be never. It happened twice against Brighton luckily both times the ball went out left and Trent and Joe dealt with it. However if they had failed to win it back there was a free man 5 yards outside the area with wijnaldum 15 yards behind play. May seem knit picky but these are the things that can easily cost goals.

My question is this down to laziness, lack of concentration, poor understanding positionally I'm not sure. I would say concentration probably as I've seen him do it, so us capable and he does run a lot so I wouldn't say lazy either.

2.) 29 Aug 2018 19:11:41
Milner or Gini for me, two squad players who have really stepped up and shown that competition for places is alive and well currently. Fingers crossed this competition remains as it can only be a healthy thing for us as a team in terms of performance on the pitch.

3.) 29 Aug 2018 19:30:46
You've hit the nail on the head there ShaneK, good post mate!

4.) 30 Aug 2018 09:18:38
If only he could remove his mental cap and push he could really be a player for us . My fear is that he tends to relax once he gets comfortable while others around him improve.



03 Aug 2018 18:02:39
Ed’s, I know it’s not Liverpool related but one for the banter page if I may.

Don’t really get all the pre hype about Arsenal this season. Don’t get me wrong I felt they need a change from Wenger for the past 2/ 3 seasons, however are people really expecting that much of an improvement with a couple of decent players and the appointment of Unai Emery?

As I said, I do believe Arsenal needed a change, but I don’t think Unai will turn things around instantly. Hard to argue that Wenger was probably in decline but are people really naive enough to render him completely useless in his latter years? He pretty much run the club from the ground up, a sporting director almost. He obviously had already proved his manager prowess in England and don’t think many would try and dispute that. The added competitiveness of the premier league included with the big spenders coming through was probably his down fall. Seemed to lose his head in the press when facing Mourinho due to Mourinho being Mourinho. But this guy was a GREAT manager.

Unai Emery has obviously more recently managed PSG and Sevilla. Winning 3 back to back Europa League’s, and a Copa Del Rey runners up medal in the process, which is by no means an easy feat to achieve.

Where I have my doubts though lie in his away form at Sevilla. They failed to win a single game away from home in one of the La Liga seasons he was in charge. Adding to that, moving to PSG (probably inevitable of the easiest jobs in the world domestically) and failing to win the league title in one of his seasons, of course there are so many more underlying factors at the end of the day then just stats, but stats are also facts.

I do think they’ll do well this season mind, however I don’t see them breaking into the top the top 4, but a steady top 6 finish and they’ll be able to build on that the following season.

Just my opinion though so feel free to disagree :)


1.) 03 Aug 2018 18:57:37
I think they will do well. They have a nice team and a good manager.
B. Leno, Bellerin, Koscielny, S. Papasthathopoulos, Kolasinac, Torreira, Ramsey, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Lacazzete and Aubameyang.

2.) 03 Aug 2018 19:41:30
I think Arsenal are in for a rough ride for the next few seasons, I do see them back up in the top 4 at some point but certainly not yet. Emery has to make the team his. Arsenal fans just need to be patient with his project and hope for the best, Emery as their new manager is a huge change so it will take some time.
I hope I'm wrong though, I'd rather see Arsenal in top 4 over any of the other teams apart from us of course.

A few of them names are average at best VakPa. Ozil is the stand out player they have the rest are very debatable.

3.) 03 Aug 2018 19:47:50
Their signings are a mix of unproven or nearly past it, maybe excluding Torreira, and their defence is still as soft as putty, Sokratis won’t solve that! I’m sure they will do their usual look good against rubbish teams and collapse later on.

4.) 03 Aug 2018 20:26:46
I totally agree with salah. I think the fans are in for a rude awakening. I think arsenal needed a change in manager although the way the fans went about pulling him down was despicible. The problem is deeper than that at arsenal. A lot of money was spent on that stadium and I think wenger steered them through choppy waters while keeping them in touch with the top 4.

They have some good players but they have a weak spine that will take a couple of transfer windows to strengthen.

The style of football will not be as attractive but they will probably win more games than last year. They are a bit behind city lfc utd and spurs/ Chelsea. They need to give the new man time.

5.) 03 Aug 2018 20:37:39
I think it will take them a good few years to get over loosing Wenger, look at United when Fergie finally left, still not recovered, I see the same happening at arsenal.

6.) 03 Aug 2018 22:21:41
I don’t see any similarity between Fergie and Wenger. Fergie knew when was the right time to step down and Wenger long outstayed his welcome.

Utd’s team was full of ageing players and needed a total revamp when Fergie left.

Arsenal’s starting 11 has Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubamayang, Lacazette, Torreira, Cech - it’s littered with high quality players and whilst I don’t think they’ll be up there for the title fight, people are wrong to write them off IMO.

7.) 03 Aug 2018 22:38:23
I hope Negative Walter doesn’t read this, he loves Arsenal!

8.) 03 Aug 2018 22:40:25
The big difference between Fergie to Moyes and Wenger to Emery is that of expectations.

Man Utd were champions, no-one wanted Fergie to leave.
Arsenal have become a stale FA cup team, have not made the top 4 for 2 seasons and a large portion of fans wanted change.

They are not expected to win the league next season, I think they will make top 4 to be honest.

9.) 03 Aug 2018 23:13:52
In a combined Liv-Ars team only Bellerin and maybe Koscielny would get a shirt. They probably will get a top 6 place, but could also end up 7-8 or so.

10.) 04 Aug 2018 05:48:47
Neither Bellerin or Koscielny would get close to our first 11, Bellerin has been rubbish for 2-3 seasons now.

11.) 04 Aug 2018 07:39:59
I can see Arsenal pushing Spurs hard for that 4th place this season. I'm a little surprised by Spurs lack of activity in the transfer market (so far) and I think they might come to regret that when everyone else around them has - seemingly - enhanced their squads.

12.) 04 Aug 2018 07:45:51
Lol AndyThorne, no Ozil? come on man.

13.) 04 Aug 2018 08:13:55
As it stands now I've got Arsenal finishing 2nd. There's not been enough transfers for me to change my mind yet.

{Ed001's Note - why Arsenal second? Iwobi, Xhaka, Mustafi, Lichsteiner, Bellerin, not one has a clue about defending. They are not a good team and Emery has a hell of a rebuilding job there.}

14.) 04 Aug 2018 09:08:30
Agree with Ed001 there - I've seen nothing in Arsenal's recruitment this window that pushes them above us or United this season.

15.) 04 Aug 2018 10:36:49
I think Emery will get them playing really well as a team. They have a very decent attack and I see them out scoring other teams. I can see a lot of wins by a goal or two.
I don't believe they will be blowing teams away 5-6 nil but still getting plenty of good results
Some of the players you mentioned edd I feel ain't that bad.
If Emery gets them playing their best I think they will show they have some quality.

16.) 04 Aug 2018 11:21:01
Özil, Salah? Would you play him over Mané? In a 442 diamond he might get the nod, but I like pace&trickery too much to not have Sadio there.

Maybe a 4231 could accomodate Özil, but, nah.

17.) 04 Aug 2018 15:19:24
negative, how many of their first 11 would you take over ours?



07 Jan 2018 15:08:29
What you think guys?

Replacing Coutinho, do you replace him with a like for like player, or replace his quality in the team?

We could bring in a player like Lemar who would contribute a similar goal and assist output to Coutinho and be a creative force in the midfield.

Or do you strengthen other areas? We've already brought in a CB, we could bring in a new keeper. Perhaps drop Firmino back into playing in the hole and bring in a more conventional striker. I know both Salah and Firmino will easily hit 20-30+ goals this season but would you want to bring in a out and out striker who is proven to score 20+ a season?

Just wondering as at the moment we have so many midfielders and replacing Coutinho will be really difficult by just changing him like for like. We play with a 3 man midfield, Naby Keita will be a shoe in for next season, can play in a 2 man midfield but needs a more defensive midfielder next to him, one which we don't currently have, so if we have a midfield of say, Keita, Hendo (most def minded midfielder we will have next season) and then you can choose one of Lallana, Ox, Wiji, Grujic.

I'm not sure myself just wanted your guys opinions.


1.) 07 Jan 2018 15:16:16
Please stop with this 20+ goals a season striker bullsh*ep. Such thing doesn't make any sence with the tactics we play. Just stop.

2.) 07 Jan 2018 15:18:31
Just keep building, keep strengthening the team.
This season Klopp has strengthened by buying Salah, Oxlade, VVD and Robertson and Keita is coming.
Early days for VVD but he’s an obvious improvement.
Robbo is making Moreno up his game.
Oxlade has looked very accomplished.
Salah is on fire.

Ok Coutinho has gone, keep strengthening the squad. I would look to improve the GK next.

3.) 07 Jan 2018 18:54:20
I'd like the balance in the team to bee addressed. A more natural CM to play in hendo's position. doesn't need to be a CDM, just someone who has a more natural instinct defensively. Ideal player but not surr if we in for him is ndidi. I'd then like to see hendo played in one of the box to box CM positions as part of that rotation.

Then add quality depth to the front 3. Ideal player and again not sure if we are in for him would be pulusic.

{Ed002's Note - My understanding is that Ndidi didn't do it did he?}




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05 Aug 2017 00:33:07
Pogba, fuser?




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07 Jul 2017 21:28:47
Fencey, Couts, Furmino, Lallana, Wiji, Origi, Solanke are all capable of playing out wide and add to that Wilson, Brannagan and Ojo who can also play out wide too.




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06 Jul 2017 23:12:08
MK I usually respect your opinions, although I don't always agree with them, but some of the tripe you've been posting the last couple of weeks, I wonder if you've been hacked by Harry. Namely Keita but also with VVD, when did you become so knowledgeable on player valuations? Do you have a contract working on a transfer comitee we aren't aware of? Keita is no improvement to our midfield bar maybe Lallana, based on what?
I'm not 100% sure I'm correct on this but I think I remember you posting when we were first linked that you've never even watched the boy. As I said not 100% sure if that was you who said it.
You made similar requests to VVD I recall as you were saying the only benefit he will give out team is his height. Not his calmness on the ball? Not his strength? Not his speed, I know he's not the finished article but he's miles ahead of what we have at the back.




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10 May 2016 00:04:44
Wouldn't that have been Damian Comolli?




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Thats like saying why did we sign Emre Can and not Pogba. You can't just buy any player you want and there are a lot more complications to transfers





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29 Dec 2018 11:33:22
Ed002 has said over and over that Chelsea hold a major interest in him, we don't.

Why are people fixated on spending 50-60m on players who won't get into the first team at the moment.




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25 Nov 2018 17:25:28
Couldn’t age agree more Ed. His teams keep coming clean sheets because they keep the ball so well, limiting the opposition to creating few chances. It’s not that they are actually good defensively, teams just allow them to play the way they want to play. You actually go at Pep teams and you realise that they aren’t as good defensively as stats suggest. It’s just a case of managers not having enough balls to go out and beat them because they’re too scared to lose.




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13 Aug 2018 19:14:52
Reminds me of an ex Red named Xabi, class.




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09 Aug 2018 19:50:43
Hope this is sarcasm. Otherwise your just a sad, bitter low life.




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21 Apr 2018 12:28:39
Ed002 you are unreal and detrimental to this site. Don't wanna get too ass kissy but your insight is a breath of fresh air and provides a whole new aspect to finances in football, at least for me anyway. Thank you for what you do.


{Ed002's Note - So glad I can be detrimental. Thanks.}