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30 May 2017 12:09:52
Afternoon Eds, hope you are all well. I've just had a mate text me saying that we have apparently signed Solanke, any truth in it? Also, Ed002, if you're about, seen as your a Chelsea fan I was wondering what your opinion was on him? Thanks guys.


{Ed002's Note - Chelsea thought very highly of him but his "representative" made a ridiculous wage demand and he refused to sign a new contract. Even though the player himself then reduced his demands Chelsea are not a side to be held hostage over player demands. Celtic and RBL had both already spoken with the player.}

1.) 30 May 2017 12:40:43
The player has signed for LFC confirmed on SSN.

2.) 30 May 2017 12:42:47
Okay, thanks Ed, if he does sign for Liverpool then I hope he's ditched that representative, we don't need another Sterling.

{Ed002's Note - It is his step father.}

3.) 30 May 2017 12:44:56
a few reliable Journalists claim he has been signed?

4.) 30 May 2017 13:02:32
Ah, well that complicates things doesn't it Ed😂.

5.) 30 May 2017 13:08:24
it doesn't say anything on sky yet.

{Ed002's Note - The kid is in Korea, so you will need Sky Asia.

6.) 30 May 2017 13:32:57
It's not confirmed at all. It's reported on sky that we've "won the race" however nowhere does it say he's signed. It seems they're saying he will sign when he can but he hasn't yet.

7.) 30 May 2017 20:59:47
Jezza the windows not open mate.




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26 Dec 2018 21:08:22
Hi Ed’s and Reds, top of the league and I’m loving it!
Just a quick one to see if anyone has any insight. I was thinking earlier that there are a few players from the Rodgers era who have left the club and gone on to be very good players. Such as Suso, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and to an extent Coates. I read an article saying that Aspas has a bit of an attitude problem and only really wants to play for Celta or Spain which kind of explains that one but if any of you have any ideas about him or the others I’d love to hear them.
Cheers and thank you for such a great site, I don’t post a lot but I’m on here every day.


{Ed001's Note - Suso was made promises which were broken on playing time etc. Iago Aspas was a very good player who never wanted to come to England. Never had any attitude problem at all though, that is nonsense. He was very well liked, just never happy away from Spain and wants to play for the team he supports. However we bought him as a very good player but he was up against Sturridge and Suarez and Rodgers didn't know how to utilise rotation to get anything out of him.

Alberto was another youngster who had broken promises and so was unhappy. He was also not really suited to the fast pace of the Prem. Coates is just too slow and suffered injuries which stopped his progress.}

1.) 27 Dec 2018 09:05:35
Cheers Ed! Seems Rodgers only trusted his starting XI then.

{Ed001's Note - he just didn't seem to know how to get fringe players involved enough to keep them ready to make a difference. It is something that happens a lot, a lot have the opposite problem and rotate too much to allow players to build up teamwork. It is a really difficult balance and Rodgers was still just a rookie manager to be fair to him. He was given the job too soon, before he was ready. That is if he ever will be.}



11 May 2018 22:43:23
Hello guys, hope everyone’s well. Now this is purely hypothetical at the moment but I thought it would make for a good discussion. Could it be the case that Harry Wilson is an example in a bit of change of system in terms of how me manage youth team players? He made his Wales debut at 16 or whatever it was and it could have been easy for the club to try and fast track him to the first team, but instead we could have possibly tried to manage him, such as letting him stay in the unders when he was banging goals and then making him prove himself on loan before getting the potential opportunity to try in the first team.

Not sure if I’ve explained that well but I thought I’d ask anyway, cheers guys.


1.) 12 May 2018 01:49:23
I think the Ed’s have mentioned before that in the old days, players would spend years in the reserves, sometimes until their mid 20’s, until they were ready. In Spain they have no problem waiting that length of time for a player develop. I hope Wilson gets his chance, but it is up to Klopp. We don’t see him in training every day.

2.) 12 May 2018 02:12:17
I'd love it if we could keep ownership of our some of our academy players and send them away on long term loan deals into their early 20s.



23 Oct 2017 17:51:40
Hi Eds and Reds,
Let's get away from talking about yesterday as it just depresses me, I was wondering what you guys all thought of Fowler and Torres, I was a bit too young to remember much about Fowler apart from his second stint but Torres was one of my favourite players growing up, even though is departure left a bit of a bad taste. Also, was it possible for that guy to shoot and not get it in the bottom corner? His accuracy was phenomenal! Thanks for the great site Eds, I'm on it daily.


{Ed001's Note - Fowler was better, he had it all, he could beat a man, deadly with free kicks around the edge of the box, a true penalty box predator who also had the vision and range of passing to play deeper. One of, if not the, best player I have ever seen play in the flesh.

Torres was great but it was mainly down to having a fantastic burst of acceleration which no one could keep up to. That gave him a split second to hit a shot or power past etc. Once that went he was finished.}

1.) 24 Oct 2017 04:50:20
Ed001, how do you rate Rush compared to Fowler? I rate Fowler the better finisher, but Rush the better all round footballer. Rush had such a good footballing brain, knowing when to press and how to make a defender go where he wanted them to. The old cliche of defending from the front could have been coined just for Rush, IMO.

{Ed001's Note - Rush taught Fowler so much about the game it is difficult to compare the two. Plus Rush had Dalglish feeding him, Fowler had no one of that quality around him at all. I prefer Fowler as I would say it was the other way round, Fowler was better all round, he could pass etc, whereas Rush was the purest predator on earth. He had acceleration to get to balls no one else could etc.}

2.) 24 Oct 2017 08:36:23
Loved Fowler as a player, for me one of the most natural finishers I have ever seen play the game, just check his goals and enjoy it. Still remember his 4 minute hat trick vs Arsenal and when he broke into the team you just knew he was special. McManaman on the wing supplying him.

Rushie was amazing as well, but when you think of him you think of the partnership he had with King Kenny, don't think we have ever come close to having anywhere as near as good a partnership since though we have had some good ones.

We have been blessed over the years with some amazing attacking players, its been an absolute joy to watch some of them play for us, great memories. If we were half as good in defence at times we would not have went so long without a title.

3.) 24 Oct 2017 09:06:52
Fowler was probably my all time favourite. He had it all, what I'd do for a clone of him now. Torres doesn't come close to Fowler in my opinion, he was a good player no doubt, but no god.

4.) 24 Oct 2017 12:20:17
Fowler was awesome but don't do Torres a disservice lads! Between 2007-2009 he was the best striker in world football. He made players like Vidic and Ferdinand, or Ramos and Pepe, look average.

He was a special talent. My first real hero growing up so perhaps I'm biased, but he was a machine. No defender on earth had his number. If he was fit, you were conceding.

Never saw Fowler Mk I, play live and from highlights he does look like he was genuinely on the same level as Messi/ Ronaldo in terms of goal scoring. That doesn't mean Torres was bad though. He wasn't 100% reliant on pace either. His link up play, long shots, work rate and aerial threat was massively under rated. His threat in behind was definitely his main weapon, but not his only weapon. I wish he'd never left.

5.) 24 Oct 2017 13:54:05
I loved fowler. It was my gdneration but I remember rush and I'm sorry but rush was the better forward.

6.) 24 Oct 2017 12:20:17
Fowler was awesome but don't do Torres a disservice lads! Between 2007-2009 he was the best striker in world football. He made players like Vidic and Ferdinand, or Ramos and Pepe, look average.

He was a special talent. My first real hero growing up so perhaps I'm biased, but he was a machine. No defender on earth had his number. If he was fit, you were conceding.

Never saw Fowler Mk I, play live and from highlights he does look like he was genuinely on the same level as Messi/ Ronaldo in terms of goal scoring. That doesn't mean Torres was bad though. He wasn't 100% reliant on pace either. His link up play, long shots, work rate and aerial threat was massively under rated. His threat in behind was definitely his main weapon, but not his only weapon. I wish he'd never left.

{Ed001's Note - I never said pace was his weapon, I said acceleration, there is a huge difference. It was what made him special, which is why he has been half the player since. As for being the best, he wasn't. Best in the Prem, yes, but nowhere near the best in the world.}



20 May 2017 11:58:00
Hi Eds, just a quick question and it might be a really stupid one, but do clubs have to pay a portion of a players transfer fee to the government as tax, or is it all done at the end of the financial year as a collective?
Thanks guys.


{Ed002's Note - Only VAT, but it might be an apt time to explain again about the cost of transfers (excluding wages). What is paid by the buying club would typically include:
(a) Transfer fee - the big number.
(b) Any levy applied by the local FA – 5% for the EPL.
(c) Tax due on the transfer fee – typically this will be VAT (at varying rates across Europe) some or all of which should be reclaimable.
(d) Agent fees – this may be to one or more agents (as an example, Liverpool have spent £40M plus VAT on agent fees over the past three years leading to this window).
(e) Tax due on the agent fees – typically this is VAT at the local rate where the agent bills from – it is not reclaimable.
(f) Intermediary fees – this may be to one or more sponging leeches (what do you mean you have a super agent?) .
(g) Tax due on the Intermediary fees – typically this is VAT at the local rate where the Intermediary bills from – it is not reclaimable.
(h) Signing on fee to the player (possibly including non-reclaimable VAT if the player is VAT registered).
(i) Legal fees.
(j) VAT on legal fees which is reclaimable.
(k) Moving/relocation costs for the player.
(l) VAT on moving/relocation costs which is reclaimable.
(m) Paying up insurance costs to the selling club (sometimes waived).

What is paid by the selling club would typically include:
(a) If the player is under 24 and moving between different football associations, a Solidarity contribution paid to his previous clubs responsible for his training - this is 5% of the transfer fee received (apportioned 5% of the contribution for each year from the season of his 12th birthday to the season of his 15th birthday and 10% of the contribution for each season from his 16th to 23rd birthdays).
(b) If the player moves to a higher category club (all clubs being categorised 1 to 4) then Training Compensation is due for the period of age 12 to 21. Compensation is due to all clubs when the player turns from amateur to professional and thereafter only when he moves from his final training club to another club. The initial training compensation is levied at the training costs associated with Category 4 clubs. The subsequent figure is agreed between the sides or tribuneral if necessary.
(c) Any monies owed to the player if he did not request a transfer – again this is 5% of the transfer fee received.
(d) Any monies owed to the player in terms of his contract (typically outstanding owed wages (not future wages) and bonuses).
(e) Any money contractually due to a previous club as the result of a sell-on clause.

1.) 20 May 2017 12:14:47
Thanks Ed. Very well explained.

Hope we get one more win.


2.) 20 May 2017 12:47:39
Damn, thanks Ed, I can see now why you don't like discussing financed. Thankyou for that detailed explanation.

3.) 20 May 2017 13:56:49
Very much appreciated Ed002. Very interesting and helpful.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.

4.) 20 May 2017 14:09:33
Considering the amount of money given to agents, why don't the Premier and Football League clubs form a cartel and refuse to pay them for transfer deals? If they work for the grossly overpaid player, let that player pay the agent who is working for them.

That's what happens in normal employer / employee relationships, so what's so different here?

Maybe I'm bring simplistic but these amounts saved could subsidise ticket prices.

I understand that clubs need agents when they have players they want to sell touted around to other clubs and in that case the club could pay them an agreed % fee based on the value of the eventual transfer fee.

I realise I'm probably going to get slated by one of the EDS for this, saying that I know nothing. I can take that on the chin as long as they explain why my suggestion can't happen as I bet there are a lot who agree with me.

{Ed002's Note - The Premier League and Football League do not employ players nor do they pay agents. Agents are paid for by the clubs. If clubs do not wish to pay agents that is fine - obviously it would very much limit the players available to those clubs.}

5.) 20 May 2017 19:10:59
Appreciate the detailed response ed002 😍
It's obscene the amount of money swilling around in the game. 😲.



26 Apr 2017 18:50:41
A question for Ed001 if you're about, what was your opinion on Ryan Babel? From what I remember he was good in flashes but had a disappointing time at the club overall. It's mad to think that he's only 30 now.
Cheers Ed, I love the site.


{Ed001's Note - he just lacked focus and so never made the gains he should have. He was always a better athlete than he was a player, but he could have become an excellent player if he had put the work in on the training pitches. Unfortunately, he was far more interested in trying to make it as a musician on the side.

Shame because he is a nice lad who genuinely supports Liverpool now.}

1.) 26 Apr 2017 20:13:09
Thanks for your insight Ed, it's a shame he didn't be have the work ethic. Thanks as well for the quick reply.

{Ed001's Note - I believe he has seen the error of his ways now, but it is too late for him to have the career he should have. Still, he will always have the Babelcopter.....}

2.) 26 Apr 2017 20:30:42
Is he doing well in Turkey? I think he's at Besiktas right?

3.) 26 Apr 2017 21:41:57
More importantly hows the music going?

{Ed025's Note - i actually built his music room lavers and let me tell you its crap mate, we refurbished his house in cuckoo lane and i know im a bit of an old codger but it was just noise..

4.) 26 Apr 2017 22:46:20

he should have concentrated of his football then, may have achieved more.

5.) 26 Apr 2017 23:08:00
Always liked Babel and he did have some ability BUT could never put it all together. He had a fierce shot on him and could really get some power behind his shots.

6.) 27 Apr 2017 01:46:16
I seem to remember people comparing him to Bambi trying to walk on ice.

7.) 27 Apr 2017 03:43:36
If he had a football brain he would've been unstoppable. Unfortunately, he did not.

8.) 27 Apr 2017 08:56:41
He had that Gerrard/ Riise long ranger down.

9.) 27 Apr 2017 11:23:44
He had the ability but was very hot and cold. Technically he was woeful sometimes (like basic things such as not controlling a pass properly) - as another poster said he had zero game intelligence as well - just a big waste really as he could have been immense if he applied himself.

10.) 27 Apr 2017 11:32:34
Remember when I was about 10 when he first joined he was one of my favorite players. Scored a nice goal in one of his first games against Derby and remember him scoring a couple off the bench in the 8-0 against besiktas too. At the time I thought he was unreal lol. Was a great player to watch at times. A shame he never made it.




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14 Jul 2019 17:08:43
Sory Ed002, I know it’s not Liverpool but where do they plan on playing Hazard?


{Ed002's Note - AM.}



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04 Nov 2018 14:32:32
Yeah I assumed as much. Thanks Ed002. It was football leaks that broke the story and I have no idea how reliable they are.


{Ed002's Note - They have seemingly got some information that dates between 2014 and recently which is why it is muddled.



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04 Nov 2018 11:19:13
I believe the allegations were that Infantino met with the Qatari’s and said if they buy PSG he will overlook FFP in their favour and ensure that they got to host the 2022 World Cup. There was something similar to do with Man City but I’m not sure of the full details of that.


{Ed002's Note - That sounds like nonsense from Twitter. Regardless, that is all totally untrue.}



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16 Oct 2018 17:03:57
Thank you ed.




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16 Oct 2018 13:02:33
Which scout was that ed?


{Ed002's Note - Diego Caniggia.}




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04 Oct 2019 19:28:27
I’m in the same boat as everyone it seems, I miss the match reviews but at the same time this is a community of sorts. We all watch the games and I think it’d be good for posters to do match reviews. I’ve been thinking of writing a few articles and I’m sure I’m not the only one but I don’t think I’m as tactically aware and perceptive as Ed1 so I don’t think I’m the guy for match reviews unfortunately, but I’m sure there’s someone out there who’s ready to take the leap and give it a go. Let’s all step up and stop expecting the Ed’s to do everything for us.


{Ed001's Note - you might see something totally different from me, so your match reports could be good in a different way. But it would be good if you wanted to add other articles instead, the more the merrier with articles.}



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31 May 2019 15:16:57
My girlfriend used to hate football but I’ve worn her down and she’s enjoying it now. I watched the final last year with her at mccooleys on Mathew street and we all know how that ended. Then she decided to go watch the first leg of the semis this year in town and I was starting to think she was a jinx! And then for the second leg she wasn’t watching it but decided to at 2-0 and it took all my strength not to tell her to f*ck off out the room😂.




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25 Mar 2019 18:59:48
Hey Ed, is it his past clubs that are being screwed out if a percentage?


{Ed002's Note - GdB only.}



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06 Mar 2019 19:42:56
I just looked it up Cobra and you’re right, Cech got 24 but Henry scored 25 goals.




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19 Feb 2019 17:38:21
I know it’s not the same level by any means but I don’t think many people know that Trent played 10 games for the England u19’s as a right winger and got 7 goals. I’m not saying he’ll end up a winger or a cm or a right back, I just think that the lad is clearly talented enough in multiple positions and that it’s definitely conceivable that he won’t spend his career at right back.




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