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05 Apr 2019 10:13:05
Question for ed001 if possible,

I was curious about Keita. He's had a full season to adapt to the UK and seems to have really struggled. On the pitch he's not really shown that he can bring anything new or different to the team, which I assume was the purpose for buying him.

I'm sure that his lack of integration with the other players off the pitch and him not bothering to learn English are at least two key things.

My question is will Liverpool look to sell in the summer or does Klopp still feel he can coax something out of him?



{Ed001's Note - I expect him to stay. He was very close friends with Mane, it was hoped that would make him buck up his ideas. He won't be given for ever to sort his head out though.}

1.) 05 Apr 2019 11:37:32
I was really excited with the news we had finally agreed a deal for naby and was expecting him to have had a better season than he's having so far. I just cannot believe, if as pointed out by ed01 he has a poor attitude why he wouldn't grasp the chance he has with both hands. He has so much potential and so many positive attributes it would be such a waste of talent. Fingers crossed he pulls his finger out, so to speak.

2.) 05 Apr 2019 11:43:59
"Was" ed? Or am I reading too much into that sentence?

{Ed001's Note - no you're not. They are certainly not as close as they had been at RBS. Mane has grown up, Keita has not yet done so.}

3.) 05 Apr 2019 13:15:24
Something doesn't seem right with him, its almost like his not even trying. I really hope he comes good.

4.) 05 Apr 2019 13:52:35
Ed, thanks for the reply.
Makes me a bit sad tbh. For Keita. i know he has his baggage (described by ed002 previous) . Maybe we forget at times these guys might be millionaires but still are young kids in a foreign land.
Doing it with the expectations and then also not being as close with who may have been your guy once you arrive must be tough.
Hopefully things will get better for him and then - for him in the Liverpool team.

{Ed001's Note - it is his own fault, he has not made the efforts needed to get on. He had a year before joining to learn the language, it has now been nearly two years, and yet he has not bothered. For me that should have been written into his contract and should be included in all future contracts that a player has to learn English. You don't want a player being an Antonio Valencia and never bothering, it is not good for team spirit.}

5.) 05 Apr 2019 14:12:18
I read an interview by Mane today on the LFC website that states that Naby is a regular visitor to Mane's house, so they must still be at least civil to each other. From Mane's comments there doesn't appear to be any falling out or anything. But, hey, who knows?

{Ed001's Note - as close mate, I never said they were not friends, just not like they were. They were completely inseparable, best mates who did everything together. Mane now has other friends, they have not fallen out, they are just not as close.}

6.) 05 Apr 2019 19:04:24
Well he's starting tonight. Let's all hope he does the team proud.

7.) 06 Apr 2019 03:27:49
geez, started a fire under the worry worts there ed1. . .
keita will come right. I hope he'll come right, I don't think he's been a pile poo this season. So not a giant leap towards filling his potential with us. Mane is also older. ed1, for different reasons wouldn't you say Keita needs to mature just like Mane to improve his game?

{Ed001's Note - exactly what he needs.}

8.) 06 Apr 2019 10:20:46
Let's hope the goal last night inspires him to have a big end to the season minimum of 7 matches left this season let's go and smash them.

9.) 08 Apr 2019 14:14:52
Thanks for the reply ed. I got super busy so didn't read this until now.

I work as a psychologist in US sports and one of the first requirements of the teams I work with for incoming foreign players is to learn English.

Interestingly I consulted for a German Bundesliga team a couple of years ago and speaking English was also a requirement there too as it's considered a universal language which will benefit players wherever they go.

It really surprises me how often teams don't enforce a rule of players speaking the native language. It's pretty vital for team integration and communication and in my professional opinion I've advised it's not a good idea to simply have a couple of players speaking the same language as an incoming player because it creates cliques and tension.

Thanks again for the reply ed.

{Ed001's Note - this is the first time I have known of a Liverpool player not being required to speak English. Normally it is enforced strictly. I wonder if there is more to it with Keita, it is possible he just struggles with it and so there is not being pressure put on him because of that.}



26 Mar 2019 21:15:13
Federico Chiesa is taking English lessons.

Make of it what you will but the last time I posted this it was about coutinho about 6 months before we signed him.


1.) 27 Mar 2019 00:52:59
Ground , Italian footballer taking English lessons!

2.) 27 Mar 2019 01:20:29
Definitely going to Chelsea then - if he was really committed he’d be learning Scouse!

3.) 27 Mar 2019 10:43:42
Would love to see Chiesa in a Liverpool shirt. He is extremely mature as a player considering he's only 21. Scored a hat trick against Roma this season. Reminds me a lot of Sterling at the same age. It's only a matter of time before he starts scoring 20 goals a season.

4.) 27 Mar 2019 13:34:34
Heard a lot about this fella MK but never watched him play. Other than the sterling similarities do you know much else about him? I know he's very well thought of.

5.) 27 Mar 2019 14:10:08
Istanbul I've only seen him a when I've been watching Roma play Fiorentina. He has a low centre of gravity, protects the ball well at pace, and is pretty handy on either foot. He's predominantly a right footed right winger though. Very composed on the ball and in front of goal. He needs to work on his crossing and his one touch passing from what I've seen but he's such a superb talent. Those deficiencies can hold him back though as if a defender just stands off him he doesn't have the quality to deliver from deeper areas or the one touch passing brain to consistently play around them with a one-two. They rate him massively in Italy though and his potential is there for all to see. Klopp would get the best from him for sure.

{Ed002's Note - As a replacement for Salah then?}

6.) 27 Mar 2019 14:36:58
Question Ed002,

at what stage do the players we sign stop becoming replacements and start becoinmg additions to the squad. If we want a team to compete on all fronts without straining positions shouldn't we be looking to add more quality depth?

Obviously on the right its different with Shaqiri being there unless he was moved more central.

{Ed002's Note - The expectations of many of the fans are completely unrealistic with them thinking numerous £100M players will be added to give the squad depth. Liverpool are not in the position to make such purchases at all. Squad depth comes from having players who are content to come in and play when required and not players who demand playing time. Liverpool need decent cover for certain positions, not the “marquee” signings many of the fans expects the change in stance to try and buy the league cannot go on much longer.}

7.) 27 Mar 2019 16:11:59
C'mon Ed002 don't burst, we are only asking for Dybala, Chiesa, Icardi, Werner, Fekir, Depay, it is all doable. My uncle's mate's mechanic is in the know. Because his mailman's dog groomer once cut the arse hair of the gatekeeper's leopard at Melwood.

8.) 27 Mar 2019 16:17:04
Ed002, I didn't think Chiesa would have been a big Marquee signing, however I've just seen his €70 asking price. *gulp* I miss the days when you could get players like Torres for 24m.

Thanks Eds.

{Ed002's Note - I did not realise they dropped the price so far - a higher price was told to at least two sides who have held discussions with Fiji about him. Another side is looking for discussions as soon as they can - I will be able to find out what they are asked as well.}

9.) 27 Mar 2019 16:40:50
Maybe Ed002. If someone comes in with a huge offer and Salah wants to go, we'd be silly to force him to stay. Chiesa would be an ideal replacement. He's played 96% of Fiorentina's games according to Transfermarkt so I doubt he'd be interested in anything other than being an automatic starter. 12 goals before we're even in April is a good return considering he plays for a mid table team.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath about a move to Liverpool. Last week Dybala was @nailed on@.}

10.) 27 Mar 2019 16:49:10
Yeah of course Ed, I've already got Dybala 7 on the back of my replica shirt 😉.

11.) 27 Mar 2019 09:48:19
I don't think he is going to Chelsea they bought Pulisic.
He is a really Good in fm 2019! I bought him for Inter de Milan and Won the Serie A and Italy Cup.

12.) 28 Mar 2019 12:45:36
No reason not to keep tabs on the likes of Chiesa, Werner, Sancho, etc.

Not because we should spend 100m on backups, but because players' agents are talking to other clubs all the time (that's their job), and any sensible club will stay on top of the transfer market in case they need to find a replacement for any player at any time.

And yes, I'm talking specifically about our number 11.

After Torres, Suarez, Coutinho, etc I'm sure none of us are naive about how the football world works.

{Ed002's Note - What are you talking about ‘keep tabs on’ - how would the club do that?

13.) 28 Mar 2019 20:42:11
ed002, ever heard of a clubs scouting system, bit unfair all this sarcasm to genuine posters. blue nose getting a bit snotty?

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you are talking about - you clearly have little understanding about the entire business which is perhaps why you have registered a new account to bitch and whine like this. Perhaps just an ignorant red nosed glifnard?}

14.) 28 Mar 2019 21:29:42
I think what everyone means is we were close to buying Fekir for a 50-60 million fee. I know Shaqiri has come in since but he could very well be sold next window as well, which would free up a space.

There’s no doubt we need to strengthen we all know that. However I can see a 50 million player arriving next window, it’s just how the windows are now.

To be honest I’m hoping for someone like Brandt, would be ideal for us and would slot into system easily.



30 Sep 2018 00:19:42
Why is Salah so poor at minute? Anyone know? His decision making is terrible right now.


1.) 30 Sep 2018 01:43:59
He's probably not recovered from last season. I don't mean physically, I meant mentally.
The guy has been embroiled in all kinds of rubbish from image rights disputes, to being hounded for being given an "honourary" citizenship of Chechnya. Then you've got to remember that he's expected to score another 40 goals this season.

Mans got a lot on his mind, let him chill and he'll start scoring again.

2.) 30 Sep 2018 02:17:28
Pressure and opposition.

He's getting like 3 seconds to make a decision before someone sweeps in and gets to him.

I'd chuck him up top with the Shaq on the right.

3.) 30 Sep 2018 07:04:26
I thought he played well last night. until the final ball.
He looked fairly sharp at times yesterday and is still getting himself into good positions wanting the ball, I will start to get worried if he goes quiet and the chances dry up.

4.) 30 Sep 2018 07:48:03
Think he needs a stretch on the sidelines to be honest. Similar to what Klopp is doing with Keita and Fabinho- ease him back gently. I do vaguely remember mind he was a bit off the boil at the start of last season because people were criticising his finishing so I think he will come out of it.

5.) 30 Sep 2018 09:22:16
He had a similar start at the beginning of last season.

6.) 30 Sep 2018 09:36:36
Has nobody come to the conclusion that for Salah to overcome this new hurdle that, rather than leaving him on the bench or changing his position, he simply needs to play through it.

Time on the bench will do very little, Salah simply needs to find his rhythmn again, get used to the pressure that opponents are putting on him and figure out ways of overcoming it on the pitch. Once he figures it out I have no doubt Salah will get back to his best.

In all honesty, I think the front 3 all need to play through this so that they can re-find that deadly connection which made us a formidable team last season. Everything feels forced now, or very last minute, there is little of the linking and interchanges that we saw last season that led to goals. Give them time, to assess and figure out new plays on the pitch and we will have the front 3 of last season once again.

This year will be a challenge but, I have to say, our midfield has really stepped up their game. Wijnaldum and Milner, in particular. It is almost like the signings of Fabinho and Keita has pushed them to be better, regalvanised them. Our defence seems to have a better understanding of their responsibilities, although I think our fullbacks need to be very careful that they do not push too far up and leave spaces in behind, ala Chelsea match yesterday.

Alisson, what a breath of fresh air that lad has. Without him, Chelsea would have gone away with three points. He is a very good shot stopper but, even better, he is excellent at ball distribution which is an added weapon in our arsenal.

This season looks promising and I hope, pray to anyone willing to listen, that we finally win a trophy. It has been a very, very long time after all. Once we overcome that hurdle, I think you will see a Liverpool side that plays with freedom, expression and everything Klopp's style of football is truly about.

Stay positive guys, think about where we were 5 years ago and look at us now. The difference is truly astounding.

{Ed001's Note - spot on. It takes games to find form and Salah took nearly half a season to explode last season.}

7.) 30 Sep 2018 09:38:28
He's scored 1 goal less than he had at this time last season.

8.) 30 Sep 2018 11:44:25
Agreed, we we’re all worried about the chances he was missing by this time last year. We need the front three firing, and as soon as salah takes a couple chances he will be fine. I think we need Keita to cement his place first, meaning they can’t double up on salah as easily, as then we will have Firmino mane and Keita to worry about still.

9.) 30 Sep 2018 12:13:33
Maybe I'm in the minority, but I wouldn't describe him as "poor".

The final ball and finish is missing atm, but his link up play is still good, his movement is good, his pace still terrifies defenders, he isn't hiding from the ball. I thought in the first half yesterday he played far better than either Mane or Firmino and was surprised when he was subbed after 65 minutes. He's not playing badly, it's just the finish is missing. That can happen to players for periods, it's not a major disaster.

He will start scoring again.

10.) 30 Sep 2018 12:20:02
Not worried just think whack him up top for a few games get him a couple of goals and then we can rejig things.


11.) 30 Sep 2018 12:25:18
He just needs to score a couple of good goals to get going again, I remember all the posts this time last year saying he was a flop because he didn’t score enough and his final touch was terrible etc.

12.) 30 Sep 2018 12:25:38
for me, salah needs to find more ways to impose himself on the game. He's starting to link up more around the box and create space / angles for himself and others, but too often he fades out of the game when his team mates aren't feeding him the ball. If he just gets himself involved in and around the box he'll continue to open more and more opportunities for himself and his team mates. Then when defenders get touch tight to cut out his link up play, then the space will open up behind. Just rekon he has to keep playing to figure that out. not sure whether a spell on the sidelines would help, cos I think he needs to play his way through this.

13.) 30 Sep 2018 18:16:16
Salah was poor? Really? I just disagree. Being football player, Salah is a nightmare playing against, and he was giving chelsea some serious problems. Currently only problem is his finishing. His movement and dribbling is superb. If he scored atleast one, we would all be praising him. Give the man some rest and get of his back. This will not help, esp with stupid media already writing about 'poor' Salah.

14.) 30 Sep 2018 18:20:21
I think Mo is doing okay and although I might be interpreting this wrong I am convinced he has been affected by the Egyptian FA argument and the fact that one of those persons made a lightly veiled threat against his mother. Khaled Lateif, an EFA board member, warned Mo, that while he no longer resided in Egypt, his mother did.

“I’d like to remind @MoSalah that your mother is still in Egypt. You are abroad and can do as you wish. Those who understand, understand. ”

Lateif appeared to make the remarks shortly after Salah posted two videos on his official Facebook page criticising the EFA for the country’s poor World Cup campaign. Also don't forget, Magdy Abd El Gany, another senior member of Egyptian FA, also launched an attack on Salah on Tuesday, this time calling him a pig (Pigs are an animal considered ritually unclean in Islam and believers are prohibited from consuming them) .

“Here is a picture of me with four players and a pig in white, ” Abdulghani said in a caption accompanying an image of himself, Mo Salah and four other footballers. This is disgraceful to say the least! I find their politicisation of football and their constant flouting of FIFA rules to be worthy of sanctions by FIFA.

15.) 30 Sep 2018 18:44:50
A hat trick against City next Sunday and he'll be back on track 😃.

16.) 30 Sep 2018 19:37:35
He’s a guy that’s gone from 0 to 100 in one season. When we signed him everyone, including our own fans ere underwhelmed and not much was expected of him. He has that season and now everyone wants a piece of him.
The stuff with the EFA hasn’t helped but neither has the amount of awards ceremonies and individual accolades he’s won. He seems to be at a different awards night every week.
Nobody from Egypt has ever been under this much scrutiny so I would imagine it’s a bit of a culture shock to him it’s just not normal for so much to be expected of an Egyptian footballer.
I’m sure once things calm down a bit he’ll be able to get his head back in the game he’s been caught in a bit of a whirlwind over the past few months.

17.) 30 Sep 2018 20:49:06
If I remember correctly last season Salah had a slow-ish start and I remember the city game in particular he had 3 or 4 really good chances and failed to convert them. Obvs we know what happened after that and the score line looked like we got a drubbing from city but in all fairness we was right in that game until the manè red. Salah is only human and he will have a few bad patches but let's get behind him as class will prevail and he will come through this with flying colours.

18.) 30 Sep 2018 21:18:10
As most have pointed out the guys got a lot on his plate, last season would be a hard act to follow he's still getting in the right places working hard doing all the right things he will be scoring again soon just let him plod through it, a couple against City and he will be off and running again,

19.) 01 Oct 2018 06:30:53
nobody is really firing just yet which makes it so exciting. When we click, well omg, this has the feeling of something special happening, how many times in our hayday did we score really late, sometimes in injury time, sometimes we were ordinary but we still got points, just like we have done so far this season. Sturridge missed a sitter, so did Shaq, and now Salah. Just means its getting closer to us giving someone a hiding and kicking on, something that looks so much better from the top of the ladder rather than 8 points off the pace. Come on guys, so far ahead of last season already!

20.) 01 Oct 2018 10:07:23
Salah and the rest of the team getting a lot of grief on here the last few days, some hard to please folk about, it was hardly a terrible performance away from home at one of the best teams in the league. Oh, and we didn't lose for those who seem to think we did.

21.) 01 Oct 2018 14:13:10
I remember when Fowler had a drought and when Evans was asked about it he replied as long as he still getting in the positions and having the chances it will come, Mo is still getting in the positions still getting chances so give it time. You all have to admit expecting another 40+ goal season was a dream of sheer ecstasy.

22.) 01 Oct 2018 15:11:53
I'm sorry I haven't time to read the whole thread atm, only respond to the OP, because I take exception to this question being asked over and over. He has not been 'so poor', he's just lacing a little bit of his sharpness that he had in abundance last season but it will come. He is still frightening the pants off defenders and getting into those Oh-So-Salah type positions. I've said it repeatedly benching him would be the worst thing to do and I'm glad Klopp agrees. On the other hand, it is just really nice to have another option now that we didn't have last season. Plenty of games coming and both he and Shaq will be needed.

PS: I think it's time to give Keita a run of starts.

23.) 01 Oct 2018 17:22:41
Relax! Salah is contributing, remains a threat in behind and has more shots on target than every other player in the league. He could have had a couple on sat but the goals will come.

Too many people listening to media hype instead of looking at things rationally. The front 3 in general haven’t quite clicked yet but WHEN they do someone is getting a pasting!



17 Jun 2018 18:00:08
Hola eds,

Question for Ed001 or macca if they're around. Anyone know anything about Milan wanting to take brewster and moreno on loan?



{Ed001's Note - I don't know if the interest in Brewster is still there, they wanted him if he left us. Moreno is someone they have shown interest in.}

1.) 17 Jun 2018 23:04:47
How good is this lad tipped to be my friend?

Seems a lot of hype!

2.) 17 Jun 2018 23:48:51
A kind of hope we trim the squad a little of players who always seem to be there when there are injuries - much rather give solanke, Woodburn, Brewster the minutes. In recent times Flanagan, Gomez and Trent have all been given chances through injury and did well - I know Flanagan hasn't pushed on, but it's always nice seeing a player come through the academy, and I hope we see some more.

3.) 18 Jun 2018 04:12:46
I would rather have a capable squad player in a key position than gamble on an 18 ear old prospect. He can get minutes when we are 4-0 up against Arsenal. Not when 1-1 against Spurs.

4.) 17 Jun 2018 21:55:50
Thanks Ed heard it from a friend of mine in Milan and it was first I'd heard so was initially skeptical.

Apparently they'll be making a loan offer for the pair just after WC ends. Not sure why then since neither players are involved.

{Ed001's Note - they were showing interest in Moreno last summer as well.}

5.) 18 Jun 2018 08:45:31
Tried the search engine to see if the Grulic thing had been addressed in detail but couldn't find something . Is there any serious interest in the kid that could result in him leaving or is the club looking to rid of such as Marko and Allan who play similar positions and facing similar issues such as work permits and any hope of getting game time?

{Ed002's Note - Markovic is still for sale and it will be a case of setting a revised price that is realistic. His loan last season eventually turned out not too bad but when he arrived at Anderlecht he was out of shape and they were obviously not happy with that. Anderlecht did enquire after buying him but the asking price Liverpool had was prohibitive. Allan has been injured - I am not sure if he has recovered now but he will be let go on loan or permanently as there appears to be no other option. Grujic is wanted by Lazio and there have been some discussions between the clubs but there was no agreement before he left for Russia. The player and his father are apparently keen for the move to go ahead so he can get his career back on track.}

6.) 18 Jun 2018 09:54:51
Thanks for the detailed response, it's a shame how we contributed to the stalling of these kids careers. Best of luck to them where ever they end up. Thanks again for the quick and comprehensive response.

{Ed002's Note - I failed to mention it is Olympiakos interested in LM.}

7.) 18 Jun 2018 12:00:22
Sounds like Brewster is supposed to be the real deal.

8.) 18 jun 2018 12:55:08
when i read about "how we contributed to the stalling of these kids careers" i feel kind of strange, because it sounds like you are giving the club the "harms intentionally those players" tag. you mean, the club spent money, paid salaries and on purpose kept them away from first team action? because i don't feel like markovic wasn't given a chance, he just didn't perform. grujic also played and didn't look like he should be in the first team. allan just couldn't get a wp. etc?
so, all in all, in my opinion, can't blame the club about people not having a successful career, and also, at the same time, blame the club for not buying marquee signings (whatever that is), and then blame the club for taking gambles, and then blame the club for taking a risk with somebody, etc etc etc, list goes on.
truth is, business as usual, don't stare too much. life goes on, both for players and the club. no blame needed on any part. just best of luck to everybody is in order.

{Ed002's Note - You are missing the point that Liverpool never had a plan.}

9.) 18 Jun 2018 13:42:07
I won't argue on what Liverpool did wrong about every single player, but I don't think they intentionally do/ did anybody any harm. The same window they got Grujic, they also got Gomez, who proved himself worthy and is now a valuable member of the first team - more or less same age, good prospects, etc.
Same window when they bought Markovic, they got also Lallana, Origi, Balotelli - of those 3, one turned out pretty awful, one was pretty decent for a while but got injured and one was so-so and went out on loan. So there you have it - four different cases with four different players, all signed in the same window. My point is, it is more or less up to the player to show that he's the real deal. And, I 100% agree that sometimes the club makes buys that are wrong, but looking back it's easy to say "they didn't have a plan and they ruined the boy". Had Markovic done a Salah first season, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

Anyway, no need to blame anybody on "failed careers" was my starting point. Of course things can go wrong, as in life in general. And it's easy to say when you look back "hey, that was wrong". Yeah, well, they didn't know that back then. I am sure everybody wanted Grujic to turn out to be a Gerrard, I know I did.

{Ed002's Note - Nobody has ever suggested it was intentional. It was more a case of buying players at the wrong time and having a manager who makes promises which are simply not true.}

10.) 18 Jun 2018 14:37:59
Whz whilst it wasn’t intentional we had no idea what we wanted to do with these players. This was rodgers spending money for the sake of it. 20 mil and when he played Markovic he was played out of position. We then turn off clubs wanting him as we want to recoup our money which is never going to happen. So Markovic has barely played whilst his value has gone down year after year. What’s the point in that?

11.) 19 Jun 2018 01:14:43
I think eds has clarified what was meant to be said, in all honesty the tone was set for the lads the moment we signed them without a plan in place for them to progress. Let's face it with broken promise from management and club that's has not planned a path to at least develop you further the odds are just not in your favor.



31 May 2018 11:32:44
Hi Eds,

Just a quick question for ed001 if possible.

I was quite surprised to learn that Gareth Bale actually sat in the LFC changing room after the final before sitting with his own teammates. Something not everyone in the Madrid dressing room was happy about.

I was just curious if we had any interest in him? He has said privately and publicly he's not happy and would listen to interested teams. Wages and fee are an issue obviously but if Salah were to go to Madrid a cash plus bale offer might actually be good for both parties.



{Ed001's Note - no, he went in to see old friends from Southampton, not because he would be interested in a move to Liverpool. The lad has made himself an outsider with Madrid players (and fans) with his inability to speak Spanish.}

1.) 31 May 2018 12:26:10
Also he never went in dressing room he seen lallana in drug testing room an woodburn in corridor an spoke with them he never went in dressing room.

2.) 31 May 2018 13:11:51
We have enough ex Southampton players must have been like a reunion!

3.) 31 May 2018 12:37:37
He still can't speak Spanish? He's been there five years, it took less time to teach a gorilla sign language (not exaggerating, literally took 4.5 years for Koko the gorilla to learn over half her vocabulary) .

{Ed001's Note - took less time for me ma and dad as well and they are in their 50s (well 60s now) and it takes much longer to learn as you get older. Believe me, teaching them anything new is far more difficult than any gorilla. I remember teaching me ma binary when I was in primary school and it was hard hard work!!Bale won't even do interviews in Spanish.}

4.) 31 May 2018 14:14:34
Think it speaks for the measure of the man that he pushed so hard to go to Madrid, has been there 5 years and can’t even be arsed to learn the language, don’t know what he expected to be honest.

5.) 31 May 2018 15:16:48
He learnt how to do over head kicks though - sadly.

6.) 31 May 2018 18:15:45

What on earth made you teach your parents binary? I’d find it hard teaching my parents the basics of a computer.

{Ed001's Note - I didn't have a choice, I was only about 9 and she was doing night school and made me teach her as she couldn't understand what their tutor was telling them.}

7.) 31 May 2018 18:50:09
And doesn't he have some views on Liverpool and their supporters that mean we wouldn't want him here anyway without a grovelling apology?

8.) 31 May 2018 22:40:51
Can’t speak Spanish?

This joker wouldn’t even try to learn Scouse. Complete non-starter 👍.

9.) 01 Jun 2018 00:20:07

There are only 10 types of people in the world, those that understand binary and those that don’t. 😂.

{Ed001's Note - there will be a lot of head scratching over that joke.}

10.) 01 Jun 2018 11:52:30
Quality. I wonder how many times this post has been read and read to see what’s missing or what the joke is?!




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15 May 2019 10:49:08
Question for ed002 please,

As someone who has long held the belief that a pan European league will form I wondered if I might ask a question with that in mind.

Should Uefa recommend a ban for city (as some expect) and should city appeal that decision and overturn it (as even more expect) would this give weight to the idea that uefa is ineffective in this regard and encourage teams to press forward and form that pan European league you have talked about in the past?

It's a very very complicated issue and I'm not really interested in making you discuss minutiae or specifics but with FFP being the flagship policy of uefa it struck me that if they cannot or will not enforce it, this may undermine their authority and encourage teams to form their own.

P. S despite never seeing the rumour in mainstream media before a friend of mine at de bilde also confirmed what you've been telling us for years about teams meeting in secret to discuss it.


{Ed002's Note - It is rather more complicated than that as both FIFA and UEFA are involved with a series of issues covering potential financial matters, problems with registrations with players in England and Wales (hence The FA fine), problems with the interpretation of the rules that a number of Premier League clubs are to be targeted for (with Chelsea being the first) and one overwhelming legal issue that might become two or more. It is nothing to do with UEFA and Manchester City as such, and not any more than it is to do with PSG or Milan and the financial matters they must address by June 30. The issue surrounding "sponsorship", or more specifically a "sponsorship cap" for FFP has been around since 2012 or 2013 and attempts to resolve it with the "elite" sides failed over a relatively small amount - and that is now biting very hard indeed. UEFA remain very concerned with the significant imbalance in the finances of a handful of clubs plus the entire Premier League - and it is that which puts them on the back foot in trying to address issues raised by individual clubs and indeed other leagues across Europe. They remain fearful of the "elite" giving notice for anytime post 2024 - hence the efforts to come up with a plan they can control. And, as I have explained, FIFA have other plans they would like to impose.}

1.) 15 May 2019 11:40:41
Thank you Ed002, brilliant info as ever.

2.) 15 May 2019 23:10:36
Thanks for the response ed. I was very interested to hear your take on the issue. Much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



13 May 2019 10:32:34
Regardless of how the final turns out I'd like to see us treat both domestic cups more seriously this season.

Although the prestige is low for League cup it's a trophy in your cabinet in march which gives a bug boost to players for a month or so.

In the past I've never been too bothered about domestic cups because, like everyone else, all I thought about was the league.

There's no excuses now for not competing in everything.


1.) 13 May 2019 11:24:24
Need to bolster the squad a bit then really. There is a reason that city managed to win 2 trophies, get to a final of a third and get to the champions league quarters.

2.) 13 May 2019 12:33:15
You could argue that not being in the domestic cup competitions has helped us chase the two big prizes this season. I think in general Klopp and backroom team have managed the workload well this season. The only small issue was the lost rhythm after the two warm weather breaks. But those breaks might be what helped us with a run in filled with emotional late winners.

3.) 13 May 2019 15:12:06
Dont forget ruddy made a worldie save from Shaqiri free kick in fa cup 3rd round. Fine margins and all that.



07 May 2019 14:42:26
I see a lot of discussion in the last few days about Salah leaving and/ or mane.

We shouldn't panic. The club has shown over the last few years that actually we spend the massive sums that we have been getting on players who improve the team.

When suarez left we all thought we were knackered but we brought in Salah.

When coutinho left we brought in Van dijk.

I imagine that should we sell either of the two their recent form will probably £100+m again and we can invest that in a replacement for them.

I used to bother about players leaving because most of the time they got sold for peanuts and whatever money we did get was spent badly. We don't seem to do that very often anymore. When we sell we get a good price and use the money well. The only debate able signings klopp made in my opinion are keita and karius. Rest of the time we've replaced an outgoing player very well.


1.) 07 May 2019 14:56:40
We brought in Salah 2 years after suarez left mate.

2.) 07 May 2019 14:59:44
We didn't buy Salah when Suarez left. I think it was Benteke from memory.

3.) 07 May 2019 15:06:11
Ricky lambert weren’t it?

4.) 07 May 2019 15:08:50
Benteke came after Lambert and Balotelli.

5.) 07 May 2019 15:13:53
Mate this why we don't win anything or consistently challenge. We was Here a few years ago, on the brink of something special then we sold Suarez and replaced him with Lambert. A few years before, We was on the brink of something special, sold Torres Alonso etc.
We can't keep with this "mould" It's, Not, Working.
We've got a great team and great manager let's ADD to it and WIN. If someone quality wants to leave, only let them leave if an adequate replacement is in the bag.

6.) 07 May 2019 15:14:10
Salah was nothing to do with Suarez and in the time Suarez has left we of course won nothing.

Replacement was Lambert then Balotelli.

7.) 07 May 2019 15:15:23
Wasnt it Balotelli and Lambert.?

8.) 07 May 2019 15:17:59
When Suarez left it was Lambert and Lallana from Saints followed by Ballotelli.

9.) 07 May 2019 15:39:59
Can someone tell me who the replacement was for Suarez after he left please?

10.) 07 May 2019 15:47:49
When Suarez left, be reminded it was Rodgers who brought in Lambert Balotelli etc etc.

Then Coutinho. He left us, and Klopp brought in who? And we are now?

{Ed002's Note - Klopp didn't want Salah. He was forced on Klopp by the scouting staff.}

11.) 07 May 2019 15:50:15
Going to Nevada's original post, I get what he means.

Players are but transient employees (or so said a famous Ed ;-) ) .

In the FSG past, they have been guilty of indulging various different transfer sources, from the whim of the manager to the Transfer Committee to the infamous Damian Comoli. Most of them have been wrong - see Torres with Carrol, or Suarez with Balotelli for examples!

However, I have noticed a change since Klopp has come in. We haven't had nearly so many duds. Arguably, the players who haven't worked out have been cheap (Grujic, albeit he's doing great by all accounts in Germany) or on loan (Caulker, anyone?! ) . Yes, the jury may still not be completely back on Keita, but he's certainly been showing positive signs of late before his injury.

Right now, if Mane or Salah left (don't get me wrong, I desperately want us to keep both, and in fact all of the first teamers), then I feel more confident the money will be invested more wisely in proper first teamers/ competition, rather than frittered away on squad fillers. As Ed001 has always said, squad filling is what the academy is for.

Its encouraging that TAA has emerged from our academy and, although Gomez was bought in in his teens, he has been given the chances under Klopp. I'm excited to see Brewster tonight, even just for a cameo, and I feel confident that the likes of Wilson, Kent and Woodburn will be given the opportunity in pre-season to prove they are ready to be on our bench or in the team, and if they're not, then let go or out on loan.

I feel a lot more confident in our transfer market dealings now, both buying and selling, so I agree with Nevada's point that, where I would've been worried in the past, I'm not anywhere near as much any more.

12.) 07 May 2019 15:50:52
Even worse than I thought then 🙄.

13.) 07 May 2019 16:06:49
Still reeling from when we replaced Torres with Andy Carroll tbh 😂 it's been much better under Klopp though. Much better!

14.) 07 May 2019 16:47:52
You can’t get every signing right, no one has a perfect record. In the last two seasons, no one has really ‘flopped’ I’d say. Keita still settling, but Fabinho has done well, and Shaqiri has had his moments, not bad for the fee.

15.) 07 May 2019 17:02:53
Nailed it in one Zeddicus - the transfer dealings of late have been very specific, and targeting obvious weaknesses in the side and with very clear objectives in mind for the type of player required (eg Mane and Salah for goal scoring wide forwards with pace, Keita and Ox for ball carrying midfielders, Trent and Robbo for natural attacking fullbacks etc. ) . It’s a far cry from the rather random dealings of the past where it was a lottery who was likely to come in.

I sincerely hope we keep this team together for at least another season, but I also trust if we had no choice but to let Mane or Salah leave then I’m sure Klopp would only let them do so when it suited us, and when he had an alternative plan in place (much like he did with Coutinho) .

16.) 07 May 2019 17:18:42
The amount we paid for Carroll was shocking. I can’t still remember having sit down in shock.

17.) 07 May 2019 17:41:08
That's what panic buying does, the Torres deal was so so late in the window they had to get someone and Newcastle shouted out the first ridiculous fee that came to mind. Its like having buyers remorse when you have had two Big Macs and are struggling on the third but damn it it's going in there .

18.) 07 May 2019 17:11:40
Players come and go, we have a fantastic team and I see nothing that makes me concerned. For months I’ve read “. if Salah or Mane goes. ” when many world class players have been mentioned. If either leave we will get a huge sum of money, an amount that could buy any one of the names that have been previously mentioned so if it happens it happens. We won’t go broke and we won’t collapse as a club and I dare say the scouting staff already know who their priorities would be in that event.

That’s a decent question for Ed2 actually. How far advanced are the scouts looking. As in all eventualities for injuries and departures. I appreciate they are always looking but at this stage would their be active work in place for the chance of a Mane/ Salah leaving. Is the short list already shortened ect. Any insight into that would be appreciated and interesting.

{Ed002's Note - Scouts are working the year around but nobody looks for cover for potentiual injuries - that is why the clubs have large squads. The scouting staff will prepare reports on players and provide an idea about price; coaches will look at the players but have no idea about price; they will go to a Director of Football (or perhaps a mix of the finance director and others responsible for the monies) and say we would like this player and we think he will cost £x. Checking against available budgets, the club will likely approach his agent to ask if the player might be interested in the move and a broad idea about the package the player would want, and any broad idea about what the club would want - and what terms they may be open to (cash up front, spread over a year etc.). This sits inside the overall transfer process which looks something like this:

The process should be along the lines of: Clubs will typically informally ask an agent (a) if the player is going to be available, and (b) would the player consider a move to the club. There may be some broad discussion on the sort of deal that would be offered but no more than that. If the answer is yes, it is then necessary for the club to approach the player's club to ask if they would be willing to sell and if they would grant permission to speak to a player's agent formally about a transfer and possibly even the player about actually making a move. This will typically involve either broadly (through an offer) or actually agreeing a fee and responsibility for any significant costs (agents fees etc.). Once this has happened the club will be able to speak formally to the player's agent and perhaps the player himself to look at the package that will be involved. Many players are looked at and discussed at a high-level with agents and clubs; a subset of those have an offer placed; a subset of those involve discussions with the player's club; a subset of those involve discussions over terms, and; a subset of those go ahead.

Agents will often try and get more specific details of wages and other financials before they should - but most clubs are happy to follow this process. Players will often talk to other players about moves but, whilst wrong, is tolerated as it would be impossible to manage.

Alternatively, a selling club may ask an agent to find a new club for a player and he will talk directly to potential selling sides about the fee, personal terms and interest.

The rest of the time agents will be on fishing trips trying to find interest in their players.

In terms of what happens when the negotiations take place, broad agreement (player available and open to discussions, understanding of the price) will already have been reached. The clubs will meet to discuss the details of the transfer fee, other costs associated with the move and the structure of the payments and any additional fees (e.g another €5M for winning the Champions League etc.) but this does not take a "few days".}

19.) 07 May 2019 18:20:54
Thank you Ed, very interesting.

How much work could be (or is) done with no money or a space in place?

For example, the scouts have reports and the coaches like the player but the need is all speculative based on *using this as an example* the risk of a key player leaving. I won’t use the will he won’t he leave Liverpool specifically but if there is a risk or fear of a player leaving or one is showing a willingness to leave do they take it any further by circumventing the financial director stage and moving straight to putting it to agents? I appreciate that it is all theoretical but I guess I am asking how deep they go in preparing to mitigate a problem that looks like being a reality. Is this where it all gets murky in that this would be potentially unsettling players with no valid reason (how I see it) or is it commonplace?

{Ed002's Note - This is the approach that most clubs follow. Obviously Klopp has repeatedly abused the system by making illegal approaches to players without informing the club - which has resulted in one player going on striker, much embarrassment to the club, massively overpaying on one transfer fee and agent fee, making a payment to another side etc..

Regardless, most moves are understood well in advance so there is not really an issue.}



17 Apr 2019 10:30:15
Question for ed002 if possible.

A German journalist friend of mine mentioned that Brandt has a buy out clause in his contract which drops to just over £20m in the summer.

Any idea if this is true?


{Ed002's Note - It is not a “buy out” clause, but there is indeed a clause related to his contract. Obviously it is irrelevant to Liverpool.}



17 Mar 2019 18:03:07
Question for ed001 please,

How are the coaching staff handling Salah at the minute? he's starting to look a little frustrated and jaded by his own form and it affects some of his decisions.

Obviously it's not reason for anyone to panic but I was curious what the staff do with a player when they're in this kind of situation.


{Ed001's Note - from what I am told, they are working on just making him relax and not to worry about not scoring. Clearly it is bothering him, but they are trying to just take his mind off it. The team is winning, which is the important thing, so it doesn't matter, and that is what he is being told. Just keep going and it will eventually end up going in the back of the net. Plus I can see a few teams wanting to double up on Mane, which will mean one less man to mark Salah. Space will come then.}

1.) 17 Mar 2019 18:24:00
I was just thinking that ed. Our front 3 are spectacular, and teams focusing on stopping Salah has given Mane the chance to take over the goalscoring burden. Pretty soon they'll start doubling up on mane, which will free Salah a little. Focus on stopping both of them, and that'll free up bobby and (hopefully) allow the more attacking midfielder, be that Naby or Lallana, the chance to chip in with more goals. Can't double up on everyone, Salahs time will come again soon.

2.) 17 Mar 2019 18:24:28
You see every time salah gets the ball he beats a man and is doubled or tripled up on, it’s not easy to get space, but it means there will be somewhere. I think he should think about releasing it early for the first 15 mins, and maybe lull in the other covering players, so they start to pick up others, then suddenly turn it on.

3.) 17 Mar 2019 18:39:00
If players are surrounding you. Pass early as possible. He was detrimental to our attack today.

4.) 17 Mar 2019 18:57:19
i rekon we need TAA and our midfield to provide better angles for Mo. he so often gets the ball down the wing and his little option other than to take on his opponent or cut on to his left. In a really different context and level, its a bit like when we had mario. I felt like we could have adjusted to his game and played better angles around him rather than lumping it up to him. anyways, having said all of that, the shots he is putting straight at the keeper this season were finding the top corner last. so maybe a bit of luck and a healthy ricochet can help get him back on track!

5.) 17 Mar 2019 19:11:00
How are they handling Firmino - shocking season so far. Completely out of sorts most games.

6.) 17 Mar 2019 19:20:48
It's a team of eleven players so if one player doesn't score no harm in one of the other ten too pop u with a goal is it? , it's part an parcel of football, bet when salah scores one floodgates will open for him! Isn't it his 50th goal he searching for that's probably on his mind!

7.) 17 Mar 2019 19:25:30
Crazy that people are bemoaning our front 3 but we are currently top of the league.
We don't bomb forward with the same numbers as last season so it is bound to be harder for the front players.

8.) 17 Mar 2019 19:57:28
Salah is still causing defences problems and getting himself in good positions, I think he is trying too hard to score which is maybe affecting his decision making, there were times today when he should have passed before he was crowded out by the opposition.
Once he gets a goal he will be fine.

{Ed025's Note - that could be next season the way hes playing..

9.) 17 Mar 2019 20:05:25
Salah and Bobby have 28 goals and 12 assists between them in the league this season.

I really wish we had more players who were in such shockingly poor form.

{Ed025's Note - mane is bailing them both out SR, without him it would look a very different picture mate..

10.) 17 Mar 2019 20:09:55
benny baller is right. Salah is sucking all the players to him. I f salah wants to get space on the ball, he needs to focus on assisting other teammates. Eventually teams will see its stupid pressing him as it leaves gaps in their defence and then salah can go back to his old self. Salah just needs to keep passing. Stop trying to take on 3 people. Use it to our advantage. Salah is great at assisting but 4 times out of 5 he doesn't do it.

11.) 17 Mar 2019 20:41:28
When Salah gets the ball anywhere near the box, there are at least 2 or 3 players surrounding him.

These players are clearly leaving gaps, so for me, when Salah makes his runs, there needs to be a runner with him so he can release the ball straight away. On so many occasions Salah runs into 3 defenders only to look up and find no one to pass to.

{Ed025's Note - that does happen at times drogie, but more than not he does have a man available but refuses to pass mate..

12.) 17 Mar 2019 21:30:49
No other team in the PL has 3 players who have all scored more than 10 goals in the Premier League this season - Mo and Sadio with 17 each and Bobby with 11. Please, stop moaning and cherish our front three while we have them, they are streets ahead of anything else in this country and will take us to the PL title.

13.) 17 Mar 2019 21:36:00
We've scored the exact same amount of goals through 30 games as last season so no need to panic there.

Salah looks like the magic 50 is playing on his mind a bit to be fair, but the flood gates will open soon enough and we're top of the league.

Cities April is brutal, really feeling good right now.

14.) 17 Mar 2019 23:08:28
Just to clarify my original post wasn't a complaint about Salah (I specifically said its not panic stations) I was just curious from a professional level what the coaching staff do to alleviate psychological stress at Liverpool.

I do this for a profession in US sports so it was a question of how this problem is tackled in football (which still believes that psychology has no place in sports mostly)

15.) 18 Mar 2019 00:05:10
If you can't score you should assist as it will still boost your confidence as a player then the goals will flow. Right now Salah is taking the machine gun approach which he tries to shoot from every possible angle!

16.) 18 Mar 2019 00:42:27
Naaa ed025.i mean Everton have actually won this season yesterday no?

17.) 18 Mar 2019 07:34:10
Some on here have short memories. There was a period earlier in the season when Salah was the one making the decisive contribution in games when others weren't quite at their best.
Every player has periods where they’re not at their best. Fortunately it’s a team game.
I also can’t believe there’s any moaning at all. 76pts after 31 games and into ch league quarter finals again.

18.) 18 Mar 2019 08:34:14
I have to disagree with you in some respect 25.Whilst I do agree, he doesn’t always pass, there are a number of times when he makes the run, gets forced wide, looks up to find there is no one near him to pass too.

{Ed025's Note - that does happen drogie, but i have seen quite a few instances where mane has been free and the pass just does,nt come mate..

19.) 18 Mar 2019 19:43:16
Ed25, there are times that Mane does not pass either so if you are going to use that as a stick to beat Salah with, it is only fair that you do the same for Mane. As for Salah not scoring, I'm not too bothered about it cos the fact that his mere presence on the pitch does the oppositions' heads in, shows how great a player he has proven to be. As long as he keeps playing his game and plugging away, the goals will come cos like it or not, we may win the PL with Mo BUT we ain't winning it W/ O Mo. That much is clear.

{Ed025's Note - its just how i see it redwolf, i dont know if its a symptom of a dry run for him but he does seem to be a bit greedy lately mate..




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12 May 2019 09:56:27
Ed002 do you have any idea why he wants to move?


{Ed002's Note - He will see it as a step up and he knows that this year could be now or never for Real Madrid - but they aren't interested any longer.}



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08 Apr 2019 14:14:52
Thanks for the reply ed. I got super busy so didn't read this until now.

I work as a psychologist in US sports and one of the first requirements of the teams I work with for incoming foreign players is to learn English.

Interestingly I consulted for a German Bundesliga team a couple of years ago and speaking English was also a requirement there too as it's considered a universal language which will benefit players wherever they go.

It really surprises me how often teams don't enforce a rule of players speaking the native language. It's pretty vital for team integration and communication and in my professional opinion I've advised it's not a good idea to simply have a couple of players speaking the same language as an incoming player because it creates cliques and tension.

Thanks again for the reply ed.


{Ed001's Note - this is the first time I have known of a Liverpool player not being required to speak English. Normally it is enforced strictly. I wonder if there is more to it with Keita, it is possible he just struggles with it and so there is not being pressure put on him because of that.}



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07 Jul 2018 19:45:38
I have no ties at juve but everyone I've spoken to who does have Tues to Italian teams has heard of no interest.




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17 Jun 2018 21:55:50
Thanks Ed heard it from a friend of mine in Milan and it was first I'd heard so was initially skeptical.

Apparently they'll be making a loan offer for the pair just after WC ends. Not sure why then since neither players are involved.


{Ed001's Note - they were showing interest in Moreno last summer as well.}



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02 Jun 2018 18:45:32
Ice hockey teams have the option of taking the keeper off to bring on another player. Be fun thing in footy.





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15 May 2019 23:10:36
Thanks for the response ed. I was very interested to hear your take on the issue. Much appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



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13 May 2019 10:27:36
To Sikaboy

Coutinhos move to Barcelona was partly driven by footballing reasons (greater and more consistent chance of trophies) and partly by personal reasons.

Despite the lack of game time and despite the crowd turning on him he still wants to stay.




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05 May 2019 01:51:29
I'd actually consider going 352 and having Trent and Andy as the wide men. Joe, Virgil and matip as CB.

Have fab and Gini play holding with someone more creative in front and Salah (if fit) and mane up front. In the event Salah is not fit I'd play origi and mane up front and have origi create space for mane and hold the ball up.

It looks defensive on paper but considering how high up Andy and Trent play and how much they attack it's not really.




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26 Mar 2019 21:20:32
I think England are average at best and I think international football is very slow and tedious.

Best player I've seen in my time? Fowler. Never seen a player so capable of scoring so many different types of goals and do so I. Any occasion under any level of pressure. Also his utter devotion to the club helps.




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17 Mar 2019 23:08:28
Just to clarify my original post wasn't a complaint about Salah (I specifically said its not panic stations) I was just curious from a professional level what the coaching staff do to alleviate psychological stress at Liverpool.

I do this for a profession in US sports so it was a question of how this problem is tackled in football (which still believes that psychology has no place in sports mostly)