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27 Dec 2023 16:44:11
Hi Ed002, please, is the Antonee Robinson Fulham-Liverpool rumor legit? Also, does it have anything to do with the speculated loan return of Carvalho?

Thank you.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any Liverpool approach to Fulham for Robinson. If Carvalho returns on would expect a loan elsewhere.}

1.) 27 Dec 2023 22:23:33
Thank you, Boss! Enjoy your week!



30 Nov 2023 01:13:38
Hi Ed002, hope you're doing well. Don't want to ask just any random question, but I saw some reports earlier that LFC is interested in Lois Openda. Given the well-traveled RB to LFC route, I thought I'd run it by you. I don't know the player personally and have never seen him play.



{Ed002's Note - Lois Openda (S) Only joined RBL this summer and whilst he is doing very well with sides interested in talking to RBL about him, they have no interest in selling. Still seen as a potential Osihem replacement for Napoli. Wildcard could be Milan who had interest in him at Brugge but their focus is on another. RBL are losing one or two other forwards and will reject any requests for discussion. I am not aware of any approach to them by Liverpool whose focus should be on a Salah replacement.}

1.) 30 Nov 2023 10:19:52
Thanks, 002. So, my deduction from your response is that Openda may not be a suitable replacement for Salah. However, if you may, and I don't mean to put you on the spot here, but based on how emphatic you sounded, would you say it's a given that Salah is a goner end of the season? I know you've in us over the years of his agent's mover. Do you believe that Salah is definitely off to Saudi next summer?

{Ed002's Note - Openda is a striker and Liverpool's primary need will be for a versatile RW to replace Salah in the summer.}

2.) 30 Nov 2023 13:55:52
Thanks for your responses, and have a good day.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}



11 Aug 2023 01:42:25
David Ornsrien and The Atheltic are reporting that there was an auction tonight and Liverpool won the auction for Caicedo. I don't know what to believe. Ed002, can you help?


{Ed002's Note - I am not sure "auction" is the best term as Chelsea made clear they would not go above £100M for the player and Liverpool did.}



09 May 2022 12:16:12
Hi Ed002, please can I bother you for a minute? I'm just wondering if Liverpool are still interested in Bowen. I know you've written about him in the past but given his current form, I was wondering if there's anything new as far as Klopp's interest in the player. Also, do you think West Ham will do business if the player was interested in the move? Any info will be appreciated. I just think given stronger players and coaching, that guy can score 20 goals a season.
Thanks, 002.


{Ed002's Note - Jarrod Bowen (RW/LW) I am still not aware of any formal approach to West Ham by Liverpool, but Bowen is a player who would be an ideal replacement for the now departed Shaqiri and perhaps to depart Oxlade-Chamberlain or Minamino - and he is HG. Liverpool have a good relationship with his agent and have apparently spoken with him. I don't know if West Ham would be open to selling. Their focus is on other positions. So it makes some sense if West Ham are open to a sale and if the player accepts a bit-part role. Previously Leicester had an approach turned down by West Ham. Spurs want to add competition to Moura but I think Bowen would want to be a starter so any club signing him would need to convince him of their project. I would not totally rule it out.}

1.) 09 May 2022 16:35:55
I don’t see it unless one of Firmino, Diaz, Salah, Mane or Jota leave. I think we could convince him to come in and be a part of a ‘front 5’ but doubt he would (or should) accept an Origi style role.

2.) 09 May 2022 18:01:01
Unless we see him playing behind Salah on the right side of the midfield, which is a total change in position for him, then I'm unsure how it could fit unless someone significant moves on.

3.) 09 May 2022 17:27:49
Thank you for your reply, Ed002! Hopefully Salah is sorted out sooner than later. I don't mind Bowen at all. Who's is agent, if I may? I don't have any football contacts or anything, but just watching him, Bowen strikes me like a hardworker, and I've just become sick of Salah's singing to the media rather than focusing on his football! Everything you said makes sense in terms of his homegrown status and potential space (s) in the team. Not sure he'll command a huge salary at first either, so what's not to like? Salah wasn't the Egyptian King until he came to Liverpool; who says we couldn't find the next one?

{Ed002's Note - He shares an agent with Roberton and Alexander Arnold.}

4.) 10 May 2022 10:23:06
10 goals and 10 assists strikes me as a player on the up. Maybe the answer is to sell both Mane and Salah then bring in Bowen and Nunez.



28 May 2021 08:23:32
Ed002, your last reference to Hakan Calhanoglu and Liverpool was in December 2016 and you stated at that time that there was no interest in the player. I just read he's on the free this summer and Liverpool might be interested as a replacement for Gini. They don't seem like similar players in my opinion. He might also have some personality issues from what I read somewhere.
Is there any chance Liverpool is interested? Any insight is appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - Hakan Calhanoglu (AM/LW) Player wants a new contract - Milan will oblige if agreement can be reached over his wages - and it may depend on what happens with loanee Bahim Diaz. Atletico and Juventus have asked his German-based agent if a move is possible for them. The agent remains keen on the idea to try the player out in England or in Germany again but may have to accept staying in Milan - but Juventus may persist. Certainly approaches have been made to Manchester United and Chelsea. I am not aware of an approach by Liverpool but he would cost the club far less than the preferred options.

1.) 28 May 2021 09:52:42
Thank you, Boss! I appreciate the info!
Have a nice day.

2.) 28 May 2021 10:07:37
Seems like a potentially cost effective way of replacing shaq if he leaves. If the club moves on Origi too still leaves space for Elliot.

{Ed002's Note - He plays in a different position.}

3.) 28 May 2021 15:19:18
I was thinking more of in the squad with Elliot could fill the Shaq role (RW / cover for Salah) and Calhanoglu cover AM / Manes LW side. To be honest though with how little Shaq has played this season I am not totally sure of his position :D.

4.) 28 May 2021 20:54:23
Hi Ed. have you heard Teun Koopmeiners? Is there any possibilities that LFC is interested? Any insight is appreciated. Thank you Ed.

{Ed002's Note - Teun Koopmeiners (DM) AZ are reluctant to sell but if they could raise €20M it would help the club. Leeds, Sevilla and Napoli have a declared interest but Roma are already in talks with AZ. I am not aware of any approach from LIverpool - he would be a Fabinho replacement not a Wijnaldum replacement.}




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26 Feb 2024 07:09:32
What a game, what a victory. I just wonder, Ed001 and Reds, what's the thinking behind Chilwell being subbed off in that game. He was fired up and sometimes nasty, but was the most senior and experienced person on the pitch, and even if he had a yellow, they needed that level of experience and character in the game. Not that I'm complaining, but as a student of the game, I'm just curious what you guys make of that decision.


{Ed001's Note - he has been injured and was struggling for fitness. Plus he was not playing well and losing his head with his frustration. Bad choice for captain as he has a horrible attitude anyway. Off the pitch I mean. The mistake was not having a better option to change him, rather than changing him.}

1.) 26 Feb 2024 08:48:30
Chillwell really showed his class picking on the kids.

2.) 26 Feb 2024 11:22:32
Chilwell is a shallow, entitled man of small character. Other than actively vile people, like Joey Barton and El-Hadji Diouf, guys like Chilwell are the worst people to put in positions of leadership or build teams around. The Ben Chilwells of the world are obnoxious to be around but without any of the charm that accompanies leaders who may have obnoxious traits but also try to help others and have genuine conviction in their decisions.
The episodes at Anfield, where Chilwell was so unbothered about his duties as a captain he left a mascot alone in front of 60,000 fans, and last night, where he allowed his team to lose to a bunch of academy kids who are basically not even professionals yet show he is a disgrace of a captain.

3.) 26 Feb 2024 11:34:26
Seems like a horrible person the way he was getting on.

4.) 26 Feb 2024 12:14:53
Isn't that the Chilwell that started out at Leicester that we were chasing at the time?
Bullet well and truly dodged if so.



18 Feb 2024 13:20:01
Ed001 and Reds, is it just me, or did anyone notice that Bradley played significantly more inverted as soon as Salah came into the game yesterday? I don't have tactical cams or whatever, but it seems we saw Bradley much more centrally the moment Salah came in, and more so in the second half.
Just an observation.


{Ed001's Note - I thought that was more just a tactical change for the second half. But yes, he defo inverted in the second half.}

1.) 18 Feb 2024 14:50:27
I didn't think he inverted that much the whole game, IMO cos I he was a willing and always available outlet on the right holding the with high up. Prolly just me seeing things a bit idifferently in the moment.

2.) 18 Feb 2024 20:34:51
He spent half his time as a CM in the second half Oli. It does help us stop counters down the middle and it worked.

Any counter attacks are then forced wide which makes them easier to deal with.

3.) 19 Feb 2024 16:42:11
Ah yeah, Beckers. I see what you mean now cos in the second half, the GK was kicking the ball up to Toney on the right touch line where Bradley was cos that's a mismatch regarding aerial duels.

Then, I saw the switch where Konate started picking Toney up on those goal kicks and snuffed that nonsense out.



04 Jan 2024 14:04:43
Hey Eds and Reds, just a thought. I believe Curtis Jones may be having his best time as a Red at the moment. I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, and I totally respect that. I also know Gareth Southgate has his "ways" and all that, but do you see Jones gatecrashing that England national team for the Euros? How about Elliott?
It's a slow day, so chime in as you like!


1.) 04 Jan 2024 18:05:07
If he actually picked on form and talent then I'd say Jones has a shout. Elliott I'd say no doesn't get enough minutes (yep I know. ) . So long as he keeps picking the likes of phillips and gallagher then I'd say no to both.

2.) 04 Jan 2024 19:07:13
I think Southgate would only pick him if he played practically every game til the end of the season, and I just don't think he's first on the team sheet when everyone's fit (although I think he deserves to be at the moment) . If he keeps up his form he'll get a call up eventually, but I reckon Southgate's already picked his squad, form doesn't seem to matter.

3.) 04 Jan 2024 19:35:30
We just need to give both the lads a couple of games at right back, they’ll be guaranteed a spot in the squad then.

4.) 04 Jan 2024 20:15:16
OP and this is just me, yeah? Nobody cares what the incompetent Waist Coat has to say or do anymore esp. after he hung Trent out to dry and unleashed him to the wolves in the media cos he did not have the guts to say to everyone and to trent's face that he did not fit the style he wanted for a RB in his England team.

I hope that neither Jones nor Elliott never get picked by that guy till he leaves his England position. After that, maybe we can talk. Just my opinion.

5.) 04 Jan 2024 22:26:08
Elliot has played more minutes than Jones this season. Southgate doesn't pick on form so it's irrelevant. Yet another reason that I don't watch or care about the national team. Our players have enough important games at it is without having to be involved in that load of tosh.

6.) 05 Jan 2024 04:30:29
Westwood I didn't know that about the mins but maybe u got my point that minutes don't matter to WW depending upon who we're talking about.

7.) 05 Jan 2024 07:29:25
Holding my hands up here as the way Jones is playing at the moment, has made me eat so much humble pie.

He seems to have matured very quickly and I *now* see what an awesome player he is/can further become.

Thought he was outstanding in the last match, and looking forward to him remaining injury free.

8.) 05 Jan 2024 09:37:48
I think he'd have to be busting in goals and assists to get himself ahead of the others.

9.) 05 Jan 2024 11:56:21
Jones is one of those youngsters who could make a lot of people eat humble pie. He's coming along nicely and hasn't reached his ceiling yet. Hopefully he can steer clear of injuries and it's all within his own grasp then.

10.) 05 Jan 2024 13:01:08
I think you guys can clearly tell how Southgate chose the players. If the player got hyped a lot, then he'll be in Southgate's team. Any of the media or TV channels hyping Jones up? You guys know the answer.

That's how great Southgate is as a manager.

11.) 05 Jan 2024 13:55:34
HaizanMSS, my point exactly.



04 Dec 2023 14:13:26
Just forget about the tribalism and partisanship in football these days; the refereeing standards need to improve across board a few notches. Simon Hooper was wrong yesterday, and if that was Liverpool, I don't know how I'd feel. How are these officials able to get away with these poor calls week after week? Now I hear Haaland should be sanctioned for cussing. What do you do to the referee for triggering the curse? Players get banned for being upset at refs, yet the refs get retarded for substandard job done.


1.) 04 Dec 2023 14:19:17
Yes I agree the refs need improving. but that doesn't happen by shouting and cursing at them does it. both the ref and players should be reprimanded for it 1. players should be banned (already happened with VVD) 2. Refs should be trained more demoted for a bit others given a chance etc. any other workplace environment you'd be pulled up on it.

the players are meant to be setting standards and this crap is still being seen in grass roots even kids football the amount of times I've had to tell another parent to shut up or there wrong for the abuse there giving refs at my nephews games is mental.

2.) 04 Dec 2023 14:41:33
VVD got done one game and 100k for doing the same thing Haaland did so the punishment should be equal even tho, I the refs trigger these players on purpose, IMO. Sad but true.

3.) 04 Dec 2023 17:28:38
Haaland completely lost his head despite it being a very poor decision to bring it back when Hooper did. So he gets whatever is coming to him. Frankly he should be more bothered about the face he had a poor game.

4.) 04 Dec 2023 18:22:17
He gets nothing FA are charging city as a club not the players ridiculous.

5.) 04 Dec 2023 18:39:26
Wassa-lfc, or the sitters he missed but I've been told we are not allowed to say that, according to the "Haaland can do no wrong" mob online.

6.) 04 Dec 2023 19:32:26
Actually if you watch it again you’ll see that the ref tries to help ManCity by giving them the free kick after he’d waved on as he clearly thought Grealish want going to get it. The fact that he didn’t help them was a mistake.



31 Oct 2023 16:55:46
Wow, Saudi Arabia has just won the bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2034. Somehow, there were no conuter-bids and Australia withdrew from the race last minute. A World Cup in Australia would have been fun; lots of Liverpool and Manuchester United fans out there.
It's logical to expect that the Arabian influence on football is here to stay, at least until 2034!


1.) 31 Oct 2023 18:00:22
I can imagine the Saudi national team becoming a legitimate contender for winning the world cup by 2034.

Their domestic league will have tens if not hundreds of top players by then. And I would not be surprised if Saudi league teams start signing promising youngsters from academies around the world who are then given Saudi Nationality for representing the Saudi national team.

The world football map will be very different by 2034. It would all be artificially created, of course, but very different from what we are used to now.

2.) 31 Oct 2023 19:00:35
OP and other posters. By show of hands, who did not see this coming?

3.) 31 Oct 2023 19:08:29
Are they not getting v poor crowds in Saudi league at minute? Even with all the star signings.

4.) 31 Oct 2023 19:59:32
Digger10, trust me on this one. The Saudis are sitting on trillions in oil money. They can literally pay for fans from anywhere in the world to pack the stadiums. Filling the stadiums will not be a problem, I promise you that.

5.) 31 Oct 2023 20:29:53
@ olired. Filling the stadiums in a World Cup tournament won’t be a problem. Can’t see the powers that be paying fans to attend, no matter what they sitting on. It’s easy to pay players to go out there but even in ten years time I think they will still be struggling crowd wise ( domestically)

6.) 31 Oct 2023 20:43:18
If Saudi don’t win it, I reckon their manager will be for the chop.

7.) 31 Oct 2023 20:48:38
Saudi will join BRICS on Jan 1st 2024 as will 5 other countries, their currency will be backed by gold, next Jan will be a major swing away from the western system in place Currently.

Saudi will have the resources to put on an awesome WC, will the competitors? We will see.

8.) 31 Oct 2023 22:21:05
Hanif005. Not sure how you think flooding your national league with foreign imports will suddenly turn your national team into a world class outfit? In fact, I’d say the opposite is more likely. You only need to look at the prem and what it’s done for the England national team.

Building a whole new sporting infrastructure and utilising it to develope a winning national team from the grassroots could take decades, not just 10yrs. Will no doubt be interesting to watch how they develop though.

9.) 31 Oct 2023 22:30:33
I doubt it. top players do not make the national team of the country they play in, any better. Look how England have fared over the last 30 years. Arguably the best or a lot of the best players - won f-all.

10.) 31 Oct 2023 22:32:13
The only surprise is they have to wait until 2034.




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27 Dec 2023 22:23:33
Thank you, Boss! Enjoy your week!




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30 Nov 2023 13:55:52
Thanks for your responses, and have a good day.


{Ed002's Note - And you.}



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30 Nov 2023 10:19:52
Thanks, 002. So, my deduction from your response is that Openda may not be a suitable replacement for Salah. However, if you may, and I don't mean to put you on the spot here, but based on how emphatic you sounded, would you say it's a given that Salah is a goner end of the season? I know you've in us over the years of his agent's mover. Do you believe that Salah is definitely off to Saudi next summer?


{Ed002's Note - Openda is a striker and Liverpool's primary need will be for a versatile RW to replace Salah in the summer.}



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25 Sep 2023 03:23:41
I think Liverpool should give Salah a two-year extension. He seems possessed this season, like he all. of a sudden have something special to prove. I'm no tactician, but I thought Salah defended more today and attempted more ball recoveries deep into our own half today than I've seen him in a long time.
I may just be naive but the guy seems to be up to something this season.
Long may it continue. If we're still competitive by the end of October, then I'll start to really get excited.




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26 Feb 2024 13:29:37
This Wataru guy's an absolute warrior in every sense of the word. He approaches every mach in Red kit like he's going for a battle; gum shield and all. A pure Samurai! Plus, he's as low maintenance as far as low maintenance go!
I'm so glad we have someone like him in our team. Long may it continue! YNWA.




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25 Jan 2024 14:42:38
Nice post Grino, and solid response, 001. What you said about the evolution of the hybrid roles particularly resonated with me. We talked about this before, but it seems Gomez's interpretation of the inversion has made it work better from a defensive solidity standpoint, while Trent's inversion has been far more defensively fraught. Gomez has played as a CB and DM in his inversion from the left and although I don't have the stats to back it up, it feels like we've conceded less and have been generally more assured at the back with Gomez on the left inverting and playing three or four positions throughout per game. It's been really interesting to watch him grow and improve so much, and could easily be one of our players of the season!




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22 Jan 2024 02:16:47
It looked like Gomez was inverting a bit from the left, or did I make that up?


{Ed001's Note - no you didn't, he was very much inverted from the left.}



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21 Jan 2024 23:00:21
No Zippy, it's not about red-tinted glasses at all. What is true is true, red, blue, gold, whatever. Jones' tackle was never a red card and the powers that be decided it was. Several other instances this season, the same powers have decided to be more human. When do you draw the line? Stay consistent and keep the standards fair across board.
There was also the Lewis Clark tackle late on that could have been a penalty, and the Jota one that was ignored, probably as punishment for embarrassing the powers against Newcastle as opined by Alan Shearer!
After reviewing the game, I just can't believe Liverpool had more cautions in that game than Bournemouth. Even when you exclude the Kluivert situation, there were several cynical fouls and Madley just decided they were okay. Cook was very dirty in that game but got away with almost everything. Scott the same. In fact, it felt like the Bournemouth bos got emboldened after getting away with a few and got worse and worse and kept getting away with more and more tactical and cynical fouls.
Forget about today's scoreline; the level of officiating in England is at an all-time low. For the best league in the world, it's really sad to see. But it seems these guys are so untouchable they're more interested in closing ranks, making excuses and being defensive, rather than being genuinely committed to making improvements. Let's see how many English referees will make it to the Euros and the World Cup!




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27 Dec 2023 22:30:55
Shocker! VAR couldn't find a basis to penalise a blatant City handball against Everton couple of years ago, but today, right in your face, that was given as a handball! What happened last week when Odegaard impersonated LeBron James?
Thank you, PGMOL!




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