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19 May 2020 12:09:19
With the noise coming out about the lack of quality on the bench I think we not as bad as made out to be. When you have players of the standard of Mo, VVD, Bekker and others setting the pace not many out there can keep up. Despite the evidence that they not on the same standard as those the deputies, I think they very effective in their roles. With links to Werner and DC going around one is curious how their potential moves would impact the the entire context of our squad.


{Ed002's Note - Carlos would only arrive as a starter - and the money involved is far more than clubs pay to have players on the bench. Players have to accept their roles change when clubs look to improve so the arrival of a starter CB would impact Gomez more than anyone else.}

1.) 19 May 2020 12:41:47
I personally think Gomez could rise to the challenge.

Of course Carlos would expect to arrive as a starter but, as you've pointed out, klopp has broken promises in the past. It would be up to Gomez to raise his level as Klopp has also shown that he doesn't pick the team based on price.

2.) 19 May 2020 13:05:13
Do you think it would be a good move for us to bring in Carlos? Is he that much better than Gomez?

Given we’ve got a HG issue Gomez is like gold dust to us.

{Ed002's Note - I think the money can be saved but I guess Klopp sees the benefit of adding an expensive CB.}

3.) 19 May 2020 14:44:44
I don’t understand this transfer if we go for it. Unless they’re are concerned about Gomez fitness levels makes no sense as Gomez on his day is fantastic and him
And VVD play well together.

Makes much more sense to go for someone like Ben white though maybe due to HG he would command a high fee anyways.

{Ed002's Note - There has been interest in Ben White but it went nowhere.}

4.) 19 May 2020 15:25:23
Maybe they think Gomez can be used to cover CB, RB and LB, so negates the need to buy back up full backs?

{Ed002's Note - He certainly has that capability. Don't lose sight of the squad size - it is not possible to keep adding players 21 or over without other leaving.}

5.) 19 May 2020 17:14:31
gomez is still 22, quite young for cb, he has plenty of time on his side and klopp knows that if we have to fight for the trophies every year we just simply cannot rely on 2 cbs besides gomes and vvd i don't think rest is matching liverpool's ambition, so yes indeed we need Dc, an injury to our keeper has cost us this years champions league and klop is kind of manager who do not want excuses no more, Gomes is good but do you guys seriously believe we should go into next season with same cbs in team thinking we can fight for league again and hopefully go further up in champions league, Dc is around 29 so yeah we need him and gomes should play supporting role for now he has age on his side, don't need to get sentimental about players, think about our beloved club players come and go all the time anyways.

6.) 19 May 2020 20:42:07
I could see Gomez playing in a three at the back with Carlos and VVD - Robertson and Arnold pushed well forward, virtually in midfield. I know they do this already but knowing those three are behind you with that pace would be immense!
Another formation is to play Arnold in midfield like we have discussed so many times before freeing up Gomez to play RB. So I do see sense bringing in Carlos, especially if Lovren leaves. If we get Carlos and Werner we will take some stopping for years to come!

7.) 19 May 2020 22:50:42
I don't think Gomez should play rb he offers nothing going forward like TAA and Robertson do would much rather see Williams cover TAA. yes I think we need to replace Lovren in the squad but the money needed to buy Carlos could be spent better in other parts of the squad. I don't see Gomez as an injury problem as much as Lovren and Matip who seem to pick up muscle injurys all the time.

{Ed002's Note - Gomez is versatile and that is great to have in a side.}

8.) 20 May 2020 03:17:13
Ben White would be the best option to replace Lovren. Very front footed versatile player (plays CB but can also cover LB and CDM) . We would be getting a Lovren replacement plus a long term Milner replacement with White. Plus he is adds to the HG quota.

9.) 20 May 2020 07:43:53
We are not playing 3 CB's with our high press, sometimes we only have VVD at the back especially when Matip goes on one of his runs.

10.) 20 May 2020 14:07:38
Much appreciation for the response. I am the belief that money could really be used a bit better. You did mention that he will only move if the once of payment is made. Have seen him play so I am curious if he is indeed an upgrade to big Joe. We can't rely solely on Joe as he is still progressing. Interesting days ahead.

11.) 20 May 2020 18:10:05
I think we are totally underestimating Gomez's ability.

12.) 20 May 2020 18:27:01
Whilst it is always good to add competition, we shouldn’t spend a large sum to bring in another top CB.

Gomez has shown time and time again that he has the capabilities to be a top class player.

13.) 20 May 2020 20:38:35
Sometimes bringing someone in as a starter can bring the best out the people who’s place has been taken. Go back 8-9 years and who then would of thought Hendo, on the verge of being essentially forced out of the club, would take a stand and go from strength to strength, and now on the verge of being the captain that brings the big trophy back to us after so long? I say try keep buying to improve and make those already here fight even harder to improve and keep their spot. That’s how winning mentality’s and footballing dynasty’s are created.

14.) 22 May 2020 11:21:40
Never seen Carlos play but honestly don't think it's a good idea to go into next season with VVD, Gomez, Lovren, and Matip as our CB's. Matip too injury prone and Lovren simply not good enough.

Gomez has bags of talent so I think he has a big future at LFC even if Carlos arrives. He can play FB and is comfortable enough with the ball to potentially play DM, if taught.




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12 Jun 2020 07:08:09
If there is Brazilian who plays center back in La Liga who loves a tackle and pass it's has to be DC. Seems to enjoy venturing forward and playing the high line. A player who seems ready to make the step up to the next level. Ed's I trust you all doing well, my question is, with DC playing mainly on the Left hand side of the two, are you convinced he would make the right partner for Big Virgil?


{Ed002's Note - I have no thoughts on the matter but Klopp obviously does.}

1.) 12 Jun 2020 08:47:22
Thanks for the response, should be an interesting one should it happen. The ability is there but is he someone we should be going for not sure. Thanks again on the response, take care.

{Ed002's Note - As I have said Diego Llorente (CB) may provide an option but it all depends on a CB leaving and Liverpool finding the surplus money from somewhere. Their financial priorities are elsewhere at present.}

2.) 12 Jun 2020 09:24:02
We’re are the priorities Ed, securing player contracts you mean?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

3.) 12 Jun 2020 10:43:25
Paying back the tv money no doubt.

{Ed002's Note - No - I am not going to keep going over the same things.}

4.) 12 Jun 2020 11:46:32
Stadiu, new training facility and payments for players due in June.

5.) 12 Jun 2020 21:32:37
Same issue with Koulibaly who's been mentioned as a transfer target, and plays on the left side of defense too. All I know is that Virgil has not looked good on the right side the few times he has played there. Maybe he can adjust.



09 Feb 2020 09:57:48
Trust you all well, if I may ask, what's is the situation with Pedros contract looking like? Has the club offered him something or is it a case of running it down?




09 Dec 2019 15:06:23
Greetings to you all, Ed we have witnessed the team reward players with improved contract terms, any plans to do so with Gini or has recently had an extension.
With Jones being well thought of in the team, what plans are mapped out for his progress?

Much appreciated.


{Ed001's Note - I actually thought Gini had signed a new one, but I see he hasn't yet. There has certainly been talks over one and he indicated a desire to stay, so I expect it will happen.

Jones is likely, in the short term, to take the space in the squad Brewster currently has, when Brewster heads out in January on loan (if all goes as planned). In the long term, he is seen as taking over Lallana's space in the squad.}

1.) 09 Dec 2019 17:01:57
Gini is a unsung hero for me and fully deserves the new contract. Ed001 any ideas what clubs are in for Brewster and which would you think would be a good suite for him.

{Ed001's Note - a few Bundesliga teams and Palace off the top of my head. Palace would be good for him I think.}

2.) 09 Dec 2019 19:30:22
That’s interesting Ed, why Palace?

{Ed001's Note - because he would walk into their team.}

3.) 09 Dec 2019 20:18:20
Ed, IMO Brewster should walk into that Palace team at CF esp. ahead of the forever dreadful Jordan Ayew and the striker formerly known as Christian Benteke.

4.) 10 Dec 2019 00:24:21
Redwolf, more like the football player formerly known as Christian Benteke.

5.) 10 Dec 2019 08:01:03
As we are talking about replacing players what’s going to happen James Milner any ideas of replacements or is he looking to stay another year
thanks eds1.

{Ed001's Note - he hasn't decided from what I can tell. Might be waiting to see if Leeds get promoted, as he has always said he wants to go back. But I am guessing as it is in his own hands, Klopp would like him to stay another year.}



14 Nov 2019 07:23:31
Greetings hope all the eds and users of this site are doing well. Question on the two young boys we brought in at the beginning of the season. How are they settling in with the team's, culture and city? Could this be an approach, Liverpool football club are looking to take within the transfer market, whereby we focus more on emerging talent as opposed to ready-made products? I recall it being documented that Klopp had made promises to use young talent when he applied for the project.


1.) 14 Nov 2019 07:56:20
What's the difference between buying a youngster like berg or elliot compared to a senior player like VVD or alisson I'm not talking transfer fees I mean like do we bring parents and sort local jobs for them or is it the familys responsibility to do that or with senior players do we sort schools out for the kids all things like that.

2.) 14 Nov 2019 09:03:16
Interesting question berg, not sure how it works in those areas but I am aware that in RSA kids are placed in schools and provided facilities to ensure there is balance between professional and social development side of players. Mamelodi Sundowns and Clapham High School is perfect example which has done a fantastic job with players such as Percy Tau and others. Maybe the eds can assist with more details if time allows.

{Ed001's Note - they are over 17 and so professional players and there is no requirement to provide education. There is a good reason why British players, as a rule, tend to be less intelligent and educated than most other nation's players. There is little done to guide or push them towards educating themselves. Sadly.}

3.) 14 Nov 2019 10:03:55
Agreed Ed, I feel like maintaining an education will help players both on and off the pitch.

I had a friend who was a youth goalkeeper for Portsmouth was signed by Millwall, things didn’t work out and He had to go back to college at 22.

{Ed001's Note - it is too easy for them to drop out. It is a shame as they have plenty of spare time to do their studies. You only have to look at the difference between say Eastern European players and British ones. UEFA used to produce a magazine each month and in it they would interview one player. One of the questions was always "who do you think is the most influential person?" or something along those lines. British players would say, always, a sportsman, someone like Tyson or similar. Eastern European would always, and I do mean always, say Nikola Tesla. If you asked every British professional footballer who he was, I doubt you would even get into double figures of the people who know him and what he did. They need to widen their scope and learn about more than just sport.}

4.) 14 Nov 2019 10:20:02
Oh no that is a shame in did Ed 001, with the amount of money moving around you would expect education to be prioritized. Not every agency has players' long term interests at heart, the responsibility does fall on players to secure their own future outside football. Thanks for response. keep well.

{Ed001's Note - there has been an improvement at academy level, but it is after that when they need looking after still that the game fails them. It doesn't matter if they get a big money move and so don't need to educate themselves to get a job out of need. It is about them opening their mind and seeing more than just football. They need to have lives that are full, rather than just going home and playing games all night or going out on the lash. I love videogames, don't get me wrong, but they need to have their mind expanded, they will play better if they have the wherewithal to think for themselves, so clubs would benefit too.}

5.) 14 Nov 2019 10:58:52
is this why many top tier British footballers lack in basic cognitive and life skills such as critical thinking, perspective taking, empathy, etc.? And also lacks a life aside from football and leisure?

its similar in my country and many of the players cling on to playing semi-pro well into their 40s cause they can't do anything else. And a number often get into silly fights and just generally unable to express themselves well.

on another note, i think Heggem went on to have a salmon business of sorts after his career ended early. i'm just thinking if they were better educated, it would give them a lot more options in life as well if football didn't work out.

{Ed001's Note - exactly mate.}

6.) 14 Nov 2019 11:44:57
I worry for one of our more attacking midfielders. We bought Aoc when we missed out on keita. We bought in shaq coz Aoc was injured. It feels like something has to give. We have too many high class CMs

Henderson cm rm dm
Wjinaldum cm dm am
Fabhino dm cm rb
Milner cm lb rb lm
Aoc cm RW lf
Keita cm dm lf
Shaqiri cm lw lf rf
Lallana dlm cm am

Then there's Curtis Jones too

But then again they are all so versatile. Klopp is a genius in coaching his players to be able to play in different roles. It makes injuries less of a worry.

Who is, reds and eds, (if you can be bothered) the player you would least like to get a half serious injury?

It's a tough one. Bobby because I don't think mane, salah or origi can play cf anywhere near his level. They are all better coming from the wing.
Fabhino. Well he is instrumental. We haven't lost with him in the team.
Alison? We adrian
For me it's VVD.

Then again, robbo and trent are indispensable, but we do have cover. Trent gets a lot of our assists though. With gomez there it will be down to the midfield to create

It has to be van djike.

{Ed001's Note - I don't want any of them to get a bad injury!}

7.) 14 Nov 2019 11:45:05
John Scales has set up his own events management company since retiring as a player. Agreed though, he is an exception from the norm.

{Ed001's Note - I liked him. He came out and said he was leaving Liverpool to join Spurs as that was the only way you get into the England team, as they are the FA's fave for some reason.}

8.) 14 Nov 2019 13:38:52
Love how you rapped it all up Eds, opening up their minds in order to enjoy life to the fullest. Thanks you.



11 Nov 2019 09:43:59
Good to see Hendo playing with a smile again, covered the right-hand side well. Been pleased with his reaction when being subbed. Captain our captain.





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20 May 2020 14:07:38
Much appreciation for the response. I am the belief that money could really be used a bit better. You did mention that he will only move if the once of payment is made. Have seen him play so I am curious if he is indeed an upgrade to big Joe. We can't rely solely on Joe as he is still progressing. Interesting days ahead.




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13 May 2020 16:01:34
Matheus Perreira, wow.




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09 May 2020 16:43:42
This has to go to go down as one of those that got away. Totally loved him a player. Good luck to him and his family.




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28 Apr 2020 12:47:44
The same psg kid most people think we have chance of signing with our niky kit deal. 400k would per week would leave a taste on wage bill.




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12 Jun 2020 08:47:22
Thanks for the response, should be an interesting one should it happen. The ability is there but is he someone we should be going for not sure. Thanks again on the response, take care.


{Ed002's Note - As I have said Diego Llorente (CB) may provide an option but it all depends on a CB leaving and Liverpool finding the surplus money from somewhere. Their financial priorities are elsewhere at present.}



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27 May 2020 13:55:10
Div is not good enough as compared to Mane and Co or is he not good enough for his squad role. Will TW be content with playing second fiddle to Bobby and them? Who of the middle 3 do sacrifice for change in formation? I just hope our obsession with adding expensive squad players without consideration come back to bit us. Personal opinion Div has really come through for us, a different animal to the front 3 is seems to really care for the team, I am not sure on his off the field contributions in the team but his one of those who has been around which is always good for the dressing room. Unless the kid wants out don't think we should be pushing him out the door.




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07 May 2020 17:13:43
Much appreciated. Thanks mill.


{Ed001's Note - welcome mate. I am trying to get as many articles done as possible while everyone is bored.}



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29 Feb 2020 19:18:44
Lov is having one of those again.




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18 Feb 2020 10:27:15
Just goes to show how far Barcelona has fallen behind, for a team that was known for producing and promoting their very own to resort to this is crazy. One would think now is the best time to pull out another Xavi but sadly not.

Interesting things being said Paul agent, Ed do you see the working relationship between Paul and Man U still present when he recovers and deemed fit to play?

As always a very good read, much appreciated.


{Ed001's Note - no he wants to go and United are making a huge error by trying to force him to stay. No point having unhappy players.}