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07 Sep 2021 09:16:02
Hello Ed2. Have we shown any interest in Valencia's Soler, Real's Asensio or Karim Adeyemi? May seem like random names but the BBC has linked us with all three this morning (albeit in their gossip column) .


{Ed002's Note - It would make more sense if the transfer window was open when Ascensio was available. Soler could be sold but would not come cheap. Bayern Munich were told Adeyemi is not for sale and his agent says eventually a move to RBL is planned.}

1.) 07 Sep 2021 22:42:26
Adeyemi looks special.



30 Aug 2021 21:31:25
It's twitter so it could be bollocks but apparently we're trying to re-sign Suarez.


1.) 30 Aug 2021 22:09:17
I’m all for that 100%.

2.) 30 Aug 2021 22:10:17
So it’s no more players in then! Suarez back no way! I heard it was Ian Rush!

3.) 30 Aug 2021 22:14:23
Would certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons!

4.) 30 Aug 2021 22:15:29
I'd be gutted. Rather we brought back Crouch.

5.) 30 Aug 2021 22:21:06
Now that really is a surprise!

6.) 30 Aug 2021 22:25:34
I think you can file this one under BS.

7.) 30 Aug 2021 22:31:02
I kinda feel we will bring in Coutinho on loan as Barcelona need to get wages off the bill and we need something else in our attack.

8.) 30 Aug 2021 23:06:43
Might be related to the rumour of the severity of Bobby's injury.

9.) 30 Aug 2021 23:06:44
I'd rather bring back Titi.

10.) 30 Aug 2021 23:50:26
If Firmino is out for a few months then we might need to bring a player in. Origi has proved that he hadn't got the ability to be that player for Liverpool.

11.) 31 Aug 2021 00:05:18
Why would we go anywhere near that scumbag. If anyone actually thinks fsg would touch him with a barge pole after the rubbish he pulled the last time yer deluded.

12.) 31 Aug 2021 01:16:02
I heard that we're bringing Gerrard back after City made a late bid for him.

13.) 31 Aug 2021 07:37:28
Ooh Barry forgot all about titi. wonder if Stan the man could be tempted.



18 Aug 2021 12:12:42
Good afternoon eds and reds.
This is for ed2. Hope you're well Ed?

Of the three versatile attacker/ winger targets is it safe to assume that Sarr is Liverpool's preferred option followed by Traore and Bowen (2 and 3)?

Can we afford any of them at this stage or would it still require further sales?

Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Players still need to be sold and Liverpool would look to spreading payments out. Sarr and Traore is of interest but I think Bowen can be forgotten now as the player West Ham were looking to replace him with has moved elsewhere. Wolves have held discussions with the reprentatives of a potential replacement for Traore. Watford are aware Sarr wishes to leave.}

1.) 18 Aug 2021 12:55:45
Ed002 I would like Sarr as a player but it does seem silly to add another forward that will leave for the AFCON even if it’s only 2 league games seems a strange option.

2.) 18 Aug 2021 13:27:17
Sarr has the potential to be a fantastic player. Understand the concern on the AFCON, thought that is why the club would look to Doku but if Sarr has a good season in the prem this year imagine the cost of him next summer.

3.) 18 Aug 2021 13:33:41
Must remember the AFCON moves to summer after the next one (that’s still the case isn’t it Ed002?) so it’s only an issue for 2 league games out of hopefully several seasons that Sarr may spend with us.

{Ed002's Note - 2022 it is in January and Feb, 2023 it will be in June and July meaning players will possibly not be available for the opening game or two of the season.}

4.) 18 Aug 2021 14:26:38
Out of curiosity Ed002,

Who would like cost more, Traore or Sarr?


{Ed002's Note - They would be roughly the same at about £40M each.}

5.) 18 Aug 2021 14:33:52
i would love to go for sarr, not bothered about AFCON as we can use minamino-jota-elliot for 2 games.

6.) 18 Aug 2021 14:57:00
I think the AFCON is a very minor consideration, talent and potential are the most important measure, and in that respect Sarr is streets ahead of Traore. Have a look at the Watford v Villa at the weekend if it’s still on sky. He was the best player on the pitch, always got into good positions, played with his head up, set up the first and scored a decent (if fortunate) goal himself by getting an early shot away, their fullback couldn’t keep up with him either for pace or physique.

7.) 18 Aug 2021 15:32:57
Sarr has a lot of talent in the bag, I think he'd be a very shrewd buy. We can't easily attract proven names to come and sit on the bench because we can't offer them 300k a week like City can, so the alternative is to buy young talented players like Sarr (and Jota) who are happy to mostly start on the bench but still strongly contribute.

8.) 18 Aug 2021 16:06:33
With City, Chelsea and MU gaining strength, we need to have enough firepower to stay in contention. Although it might seem like it's only 2 games lost for AFCON but why not go for a player that will not be involved? With C.V. and also potential injury that could happen during the AFCON, I think it is a massive risk. For me, I will pick either Traore because he has prem league experience or Doku.

9.) 18 Aug 2021 18:36:08
Why not sign players that don't play international football at all? You know with C. V and the potential injury that can happen during international football its just a massive risk.

10.) 18 Aug 2021 18:40:50
What if we sign a player who isn’t going to AFCON but he gets injured just before the tournament and misses the two matches anyway.

What happens if we buy a player who is eligible for AFCON and he doesn’t get picked?

What happens if there is another C.V. (or another variant of the current one) and people aren’t allowed to travel overseas.

What happens if we sign a player who is selected for AFCON but decides he doesn’t want to go for personal reasons?

What if a meteorite hits the planet just before AFCON and we enter a new Ice Age ….

It is a little known fact that, along with trying to work out football club finances using only fingers, toes and an overactive imagination, the ‘what if’ game is one of the biggest reasons footy fans are hospitalised with self- induced stress related sicknesses during transfer window periods.

Probably best to trust in the club and let them do the worrying - best for us fans just to get to the match and cheer on the ones playing in red.

11.) 18 Aug 2021 22:08:01
Brilliant West Derby Wanderer.

12.) 19 Aug 2021 07:22:04
Love that WDW. Mad to think some people would rather sign an inferior player for the sake of 2 missed games.



06 Jul 2021 20:33:05

A few weeks ago you mentioned that signing Bissouma might be difficult/ unlikely (I think) . Would you say that Sanches is the more likely transfer currently?

Also, I think i remember you saying that Otavio wouldn't necessarily be a cm target. Is he looked at as the same sort of player as Raphinha? Do you know which of these players Klopp is more keen on?

Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Otavio is an AM rather than a RW like Raphinha. It would depend on what is planned for Keita and perhaps AOC and to some extent what happens with Thiago. Bissouma would be the pick as he is versatile and offers more than Sanches who runs hot and cold for many. But Sanches is cheap.}

1.) 06 Jul 2021 21:09:55
Thanks for the detailed reply Ed. With regards to Thiago do you mean what is planned tactically? The club aren't looking at selling him are they?

{Ed002's Note - Right, how will he be used - it has been tough and go so far.}

2.) 07 Jul 2021 08:38:39
Spot on, ED02. I prefer Bissouma as well BUT it seems like he could be off to Arsenal by some accounts. I really hope we get either him or Neuhaus even tho, Neuhaus may stay at Gladbach for one more season.



15 May 2021 18:24:28
Hi Ed, other than De Paul and Bissouma (who both seem unlikely) do you know who else Liverpool are interested in in central midfield? Alternatively if you've said who before what should I search?

Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Florian Neuhaus (CM) There remains significant interest in the Borussia Muenchengladbach player with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund seeing him as a player who will continue to improve. Real Madrid see him as an option in midfield and his representative has made no secret that there has been interest from elsewhere including Manchester City, Spurs, Juventus and the Milanese clubs, but Milan seems a less likely destination. Borussia Dortmund will push hard for him but they have growing money issues. I am not aware of any approach by Liverpool at this time but he would offer an outstanding solution if Wijnaldum were to leave - but they don't have the necessary funds to pay the €40M termination clause. BD interest will go with Rose's commitment to not take players from BM.}

1.) 15 May 2021 20:31:53
I thought this £500m investment put us back to a pre C.V. footing. If we don’t invest this summer we are in danger of falling behind. There is only so much you can do if your rivals spend double every season. The one year we competed in the market it led to our CL win followed by the pl success. A sensible approach could be use the very low interest credit facility to buy the 3 players needed for £120m and recoup as much as possible later in the window through sales.

If all our buys have to be funded through sales late in the window we are bang in trouble.

2.) 16 May 2021 03:42:19
Ed002 and several posters have explained it already, but judging from no Ed replying, here it is once again.

FSG is not Liverpool Football Club. FSG is a holding company that owns several businesses and properties: The Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park (baseball stadium), Liverpool Football Club, Anfield Stadium, 50% of Roush Fenway Racing (Nascar racing), 80% Of New England Sports Network (cable television), Fenway Sports Management (consulting), and Fenway Sports Group Real Estate (management of real estate properties) .

The investment from Redbird Capital of £533 Million is into being shareholders in FSG and all those holdings, not to bail out any specific company or property. LeBron James (and his partners) took out their investment from Liverpool Football club and converted it into shareholding in FSG. The whole idea is to increase the footprint of the group and expand it's operations. So it's not a given that a single penny will go to LFC. But then LFC has sufficient credit facilities anyway to be able to raise any amount it wants for it's operations. It's up to FSG management to decide what to do. The main point here being not to count on the Redbird investment for LFC player purchases, even though the size of the group and it's financial strength has been increased (meaning group footing is back to pre CV levels) .

3.) 16 May 2021 14:01:01
Aray, are you an accountant? :)

4.) 17 May 2021 08:12:20
In short, rich men want more out of LFC while not putting anything in to improve the side and compete with the others, yet expect CL every year.

5.) 18 May 2021 14:23:18
Don't think that's true at all Lancaster.

Liverpool is a business like any other, it can take out farther debt upon itself and presumably would do so and by all accounts has done so based on future revenue. Some of this will be fixed like TV deals and some will be variable such as performance in competitions and sales of assets (players) . With that said if we have done so over the previous years we can't continue to do so year on year, as I'm sure ed002 would say this is simply unsustainable and while many take ffp as a joke we do still have to comply with whatever the guidelines/ restrictions are.

6.) 19 May 2021 12:33:39
Pickle, we have won the biggest comps going and still not the investment, there is literally nothing else we can do or win, we have the highest percentage of TV money and pick up huge sums for our league finishes, if we haven't looked to splash and build on top of that then there is nothing but pure greed driving these owners, the team is an after thought.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool is a loss making concern - the owners have to make up the difference by whatever way they can.}

7.) 21 May 2021 12:49:24
Hi Ed002, I was under the impression FSG was a group backed by multiple millionaires with a collective wealth of Billions? If the group were wanting too (hypothetically) put a collection together, we could get an Mbappe, Haaland or Kane and a couple of others, with selling a few fringe players we could of really put together a City type squad for one summer of real investment, then top up 1 or 2 each year? Instead we now need 4/ 5 top top quality signings to catch back up.

{Ed002's Note - No, it doesn't work like that. I am afraid that Liverpool are simply not in a position to beach FFP like that.}

8.) 21 May 2021 16:11:42
Cheers Ed.




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31 Aug 2021 21:16:42
I can't help but think we're making a mistake by not signing anyone else this transfer window. Last Year's mistake was not replacing Lovren (which came back to bite us on the arse big time) and I think we're doing the same this year with not signing another forward.
We needed a goal against Chelsea and we left Minamino on the bench and Origi wasn't even in the squad so Klopp obviously doesn't trust either of them. We're 2 injuries away from having no viable first team options and it can happen as last Year showed.


1.) 31 Aug 2021 21:28:51
I don´t think it's the same thing this year. Last year we started the season with 3 center back. This year we are going to the season with 5 (vandijk, gomez, matip, konate, philips) and we have enough on the middlefield and forwards position too. We have 7 middlfielders (henderson, fabinho, keita, ox, milner, jones, thiago) and 6 fowards (salah, mane, firmino, minamino, elliot, origi) . Even though I want to sign a new forward I know we can't without selling because we can't keep adding players.

2.) 31 Aug 2021 21:45:45
Correct VakPa.

3.) 31 Aug 2021 21:55:25
OP, the circumstances are nowhere near being the same as they were last season, IMO. We have 5 CB’s, a backup/ another starting LB, Elliott has joined the midfield and Taki is going to be kept. That’s a lot more options than we had last season.

On Sat, We had Mino and Ox on the bench so if Klopp didn’t play them then you have to direct your ire to him, IMO.

If he didn’t want to bring Taki or Ox on then I would question Klopp on this so let’s not try to draw inaccurate conclusions based on diff scenarios and circumstances.



18 Jul 2021 19:38:53
Question for Ed1 if about: you said that you don't see us getting Saul or Bissouma. Who do you think we'll end up with?

Thanks in advance and hope you're well.


{Ed001's Note - I don't know mate, that's why I didn't put any names in there.}

1.) 19 Jul 2021 07:49:24
I still think we get Saul. Imo, we are just waiting to sell one or two foreign quota players (Shaq, Grujic) before we commit funds to another non-HG player.



10 Jul 2021 22:28:09
Ed1, hope you're well mate?

I was just wondering you're opinion on how many players you think we may sign this summer?

I'd guess that assuming no star players leave and given that we signed Konate already we're after one midfielder and one versatile attacker? Do you agree?

Also, if we were to sell Keita would you think we'd need to replace him too?

Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - I cannot guess at the numbers but the club need a versatile forward, a midfield players in addition to Konate. I am not so sure that replacing Keita is on the cards - if he leaves then Jones will get more opportunities.}

1.) 10 Jul 2021 22:58:05
In my mind Jones has already replaced Keita, used in largely the same way only Jones actually works hard and isn’t made of biscuits.

2.) 10 Jul 2021 23:28:59
Keita isn't made from biscuits, that's an insult to biscuits. Keita is made from very mature cheddar cheese which crumbles when touched.

{Ed0666's Note - surely you mean feta?

3.) 11 Jul 2021 01:31:13
Doesn’t feta smell sour? Cheddar smells lovely, just as some of Keita’s contributions have been lovely, but unfortunately in very small doses.

Keita is a very, very (potentially verging on dry) mature cheddar.

Cheese believe me when I say that it has brien real, but Keita has to go.

(Cheese pun alert for anyone who has drunk less than me tonight! )

4.) 11 Jul 2021 08:24:33
Betcha Klopp keeps him.

5.) 11 Jul 2021 12:49:27
FSG will pull a Chelsea on Keita and see his contract out as much as possible.
With players that haven’t done it, Chelsea either loan them out or suck it up and move them on close to contract end when it’s possible to either make a book profit or minimise the book losses.
The player’s book value is accounted for each season regardless of his form.
If Keita is sold, at all, it’ll be Summer of 2022 or Jan 2023 - his contract expires in Summer 2023 I think.

6.) 11 Jul 2021 15:07:46
Zeddicious I agree about Keita being made of cheese. His legs seem very stringy, maybe instead of having people on toast he should spread it more, I'd like to think there's Stiltons interested in him but doubt it.

7.) 11 Jul 2021 15:24:27
Keita is getting kept cos we can’t move him or Klopp still thinks he will come good or both. We shall see.

{Ed002's Note - He is a difficult player to sell as many countries would not give him a Work Permit.}

8.) 11 Jul 2021 19:45:59
My sentiments exactly, Ed.



06 Jul 2021 11:54:29

I have emptied my pockets and can offer the following for information on the surprise:

£1.80 change
An IKEA receipt
A card for a technician who specialises in restringing and setting up guitars
1 trolley/ locker token.


1.) 06 Jul 2021 12:03:25
Weirdly enough that's equivalent to our transfer budget this summer before sales!

2.) 06 Jul 2021 12:07:29
If we all pool in an extra £1.20 we could buy one new signing.
a Tesco meal deal.

3.) 06 Jul 2021 12:07:31
I have shorts on, I have no pockets, sorry Ed 😓.



09 May 2021 12:41:46
Morning Ed2,

Do you see think we could keep Grujic next season? The lack of money around and the fact he has had two seasons on loan mean he would be a cheaper option than spending £20-£40m on a new midfielder. Also, do you know what the club plans to do with Oxlade-Chamberlain?
I hope you are well?

Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - With a commitment to him then yes, he should be used. He is certainly not a dud as a player but he needs a decision that he will get a chance or he needs to resule his career elsewhere.}

1.) 09 May 2021 14:13:29
We win with fabinho playing DM so I think we need cover there as our results are shocking this season when he's out of center half so Grujic here this season would of made us stronger.

2.) 09 May 2021 14:49:38
There’s no doubting Fab is a fantastic player for us. Last season he missed 10 league games. And we won them all.

3.) 09 May 2021 16:18:36
Yes Hendo played as a number 6 and was even better than Fab.

4.) 09 May 2021 19:38:03
I would still prefer Fab at DM and Hendo in the 8 regardless.




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09 Jul 2021 20:31:23
Think you're being a tad harsh on him. He made 41 appearances for Blackburn last year.




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06 Jul 2021 21:09:55
Thanks for the detailed reply Ed. With regards to Thiago do you mean what is planned tactically? The club aren't looking at selling him are they?


{Ed002's Note - Right, how will he be used - it has been tough and go so far.}



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02 Jul 2021 13:37:02
According to the Athletic we're not actively looking to sell him.


{Ed0666's Note - not having a pop at you Nick but the OP who is showing utter disregard and contempt for Divvy. Yes he’s not the greatest footballer in the world but he is the classiest and nicest person you’ll ever want to meet. He practically won us the champions league and early himself a new contract on the back of that and deservedly so. He’s NEVER disrespected or denigrated the club and I’m hopeful if given the opportunity and a run of games can show he’s a reliable goal scorer. Maybe he’ll have to move to make this happen but let’s treat him with the dignity he deserves please and malign him less.



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24 Jun 2021 14:16:15
Firmino has 211 PL games, 66 goals and 42 assists. Not exactly bad.




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28 May 2021 20:57:40
Is there when we went and got Jota instead? Could you see us still being interested Ed?



{Ed002's Note - Yes and only if Salah departs.}




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09 Jul 2021 18:39:05
Ed2, just wondering what options clubs have in situations where they need to get a players wages off the books but can't. For example, what could Atletico do if they couldn't sell Saul at all? Would they have to keep him and just take the hit?


{Ed002's Note - Typically if it were critical they would sell another (Atletico have four players who there would be serious interest in if available) or would sell fringe players and work their way through it.}



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09 Jul 2021 18:31:38
Would love Saul. Ed1, do you think to afford Saul we'd need to sell a major player?

Also, how good do you think Elliot could be this Year and do you have any comparable players for his style?



{Ed001's Note - probably, or lots of fringe ones.

Comparable players? Not really, I am sure there must be someone but I can't think of any off the top of my head.}



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06 Jul 2021 12:07:29
If we all pool in an extra £1.20 we could buy one new signing.
a Tesco meal deal.




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19 Sep 2020 19:27:28
Thanks for answering Ed. Seems a risky strategy.




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11 Sep 2020 21:30:10
Seem to remember him starting against some Catalan outfit and not doing too badly.