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21 Mar 2020 10:15:29
Hi eds, i read that we are interested in Lille's Boubakary Soumare. Is there any truth in this? If so does it signify Grujic not returning? Thanks and stay safe.


{Ed002's Note - Boubakary Soumare (DM/CM) - Soumare is being touted around the clubs that have money to spend and several have spoken with Lille but want the €60M asking price reduced. His "agent" (and I use the term loosely) says the player has no interest in joining Spurs or Arsenal but his client is the ideal replacement for Pogba or Kante and is attracted by the money available to players in England. Valencia, Real Madrid and Napoli are others who have been looking at him on a regular basis - but price is an issue. Until the summer Manchester City had an interest since he was at PSG and it was suggested he could fill the role of Yaya Toure well. Monaco saw him as a Bakayoko replacement but have stepped back. Watford pressed Lille in the summer but they would not sell. Brands wanted him at Everton but was forced down the Gbamin route by an advisor. Liverpool were also approached and have discussed the price with his agent. Newcastle and Leicester - and Newcastle were close to a deal in January and may push before the summer to reach an agreement with Lille.

It would indeed seem that Liverpool will not be looking to have Grujic return - and they will know that a Work Permit could be an issue for him.}

1.) 21 Mar 2020 15:48:35
Ed he looks a similar player to what we already have in Gini or Fabs.

{Ed002's Note - He is primarily a DM but he is only 21 and attracting a lot of attention - and being offered around. Certainly expect a move in the summer.}

2.) 21 Mar 2020 22:13:59
Ed given the situation do you think the transfer window will take place obviously o have no idea just seems to be a bad idea given the climate and circumstances (corona not anything liverpool related)

{Ed002's Note - Not until the season is finished or a line drawn across and the season scratched. If the season can be completed or a decision taken by June 30, then I expect that the transfer window will see a temporary change of the 90 day rule to see it run from July 1 to August 31 (September 1 in England, Wales and Moldova). Work still continues with agents and clubs talking and in some cases negotiating, and in some cases agreeing transfers - so that is not a problem.}

3.) 22 Mar 2020 20:22:11
Can someone explain why Grujic apparently struggles to obtain a'work permit'? Is this an issue that other footballers need to overcome, with so many foreign natioal players playing throughout the leagues, why does he apparently struggle. Stay healthy.

{Ed002's Note - He did not meet the WP criteria when he originally signed so an special exception was requested and a representative of Liverpool lied about him the to board who granted him a work permit.}



31 Dec 2019 17:00:07
Hi Eds, have we any interest in Nicolo Zaniolo?
Happy new year.


{Ed002's Note - Nicolo Zaniolo (AM) wants to stay at Roma where he is a starter and he will be looked at kindly with respect to the Italian team. He is aware of persistent and long term interest from Juventus and from Chelsea and the efforts of one very high-end agent to take him on. Others including Newcastle, Bayern Munich, PSG, Spurs, Real Madrid and Barcelona have have general approaches turned down. Liverpool has not shown any interest, although they were keen on another Italian youngster Nicolo Barella.}

1.) 31 Dec 2019 21:11:55
Zaniolo is going to be a star. He wants to emulate Totti though and become a Roma legend.



01 Nov 2018 21:49:23
Hi Eds, I doubt we'll do any business in January but is there a position you think needs to be strengthened? Most are saying a creative AM but Shaqiri has been a revelation (I hold my hands up didn't him workint out) .
Goal-keeper and back 4 look sorted. Front 3 sorted. If Fabinho and Keita work out then it just leaves that one mid-field position? Or is it just being stronger in depth such as LB support? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I don’t think there is anything which is immediately pressing.}

1.) 02 Nov 2018 08:31:28
Could there be any movement with goalkeepers Ed002? Mignolet clearly isn't happy with playing second fiddle, or will Klopp likely resist any requests to leave till the summer?

{Ed002's Note - As soon as he can I would expect Mignolet to leave. Whether or not the club have the confidence in the GKs they have to use one to provide cover or not I don't know, but they should not be looking to youngsters. The trick typically is to be a good quality older player who is happy to take that role and perhaps to help out some of the youngsters with the coaching.}

2.) 02 Nov 2018 11:44:55
Need a RB. TTA doesn't get to byline enough for me, his crossing is poor. although his 'pinging' of the ball is beckham esq, possible DCM for the future.

Would like to see a young LB bought or coming through. other than that i think we have a challenging squad.

I totally backed shaqiri and would have liked him and Mertens last year.

Summer will be a big bucks move for a CF to push firmino.

3.) 02 Nov 2018 11:48:28
We need Mbappe as backup to Firmino then we’re sorted.

4.) 02 Nov 2018 17:53:25
Why back up? Firmino can play behind him with salah and mane in the wings.

5.) 02 Nov 2018 19:32:29
I hope brewster turns out to be as amazing as he believes he is. He is too good for youth football but can he make the next step? Also if Wilson keeps thrashing the championship then he deserves a good go.

6.) 10 Nov 2018 15:22:53
Should have tried to get reina as back up- coach.



19 Mar 2018 23:21:52
Hi Eds, I know we've been linked with loads of midfielders (Draxler/ Lemar/ Ndidi/ Ceballos/
Jorginho/ Seri/ Fekir to name a few) but are we looking to bring in one or two (as well as Kieta)?


{Ed001's Note - I would only expect one at most, then Keita and a right back + a back up keeper are the priorities for the summer.}

1.) 20 Mar 2018 04:53:15
Eds 001 can you tell us maybe who it could be? Butland for back up? Jorginho? Thanks again.

{Ed001's Note - neither of those two.}

2.) 20 Mar 2018 04:57:48
Backup keeper really doesn't sound good. I think we need a quality keeper at least and a center back. if we do sign those two i'd be pretty chuffed.

{Ed001's Note - not happy with Karius?}

3.) 20 Mar 2018 05:06:27
I’m happy with Karius right now, he looks like he’s finally finding his feet, I think he could become a very good goalkeeper.

4.) 20 Mar 2018 05:19:06
Hi Ed - if Hendo gets injured and Can leaves, do you think Keita is more likely to be the player dropping in deeper or do we need someone else to come in?

Also, do you think it would potentially make sense for us to consider a 4-2-3-1 with Hendo and Keita able to double pivot or is the 4-3-3 firmly entrenched given how our front 3 are playing?

{Ed001's Note - personally I would prefer us to get someone for the deeper role,

As for formations, it is not FM, the formation changes constantly throughout a game.}

5.) 20 Mar 2018 05:34:05
Cheers, and fair point on formation, it was quite noticeable against Watford how deep Hendo was at times, dictating play as almost a third CB.

{Ed001's Note - the only time formation matters is when you don't have the ball, when players will get into shape. Even then, it depends on where the opposition have possession as they will shift about to counter. At some points of the game there will be 3 or 4 players in wide areas for each team, but no team plays 3 or 4 wide players in the same team. Really formation is not all that relevant any more, unless you are talking about rigid dinosaur managers like Pulis.}

6.) 20 Mar 2018 06:01:12
Hi Ed, so based on your response up there do you think Karius has impressed to the extent that he should be the No 1 for next season?

I seem to recall one of the posters saying that Karius really impressed in training, and I also think he has improved leeps and bounds from last season. I’m excited because in a short space of time it seems like he has eradicated, or at least not exhibit, most of the errors of last season. It would be great if we can continue to see him develop year on year.

{Ed001's Note - unless we are going to get a world class keeper, I see no reason to change him.}

7.) 20 Mar 2018 07:04:23
Ed I no that keylor Navas is the one Klopp wants in sticks but im not sure he will be happy to be back up to Karius?

{Ed001's Note - he does not have a lot of options, no top club is interested in him as a first choice.}

8.) 20 Mar 2018 07:15:01
I do like Karius Ed001 but if we had the opportunity to aquire a world class keeper then we should. If we are going to really push and challenge Man City and top teams in Europe in the future a top class keeper is so important, De Gea at United a prime example.

I’m not so sure about Achterberg either Ed001.

I agree with you regarding formations, especially the way we move forward in attack. But there are times when we need to do something different, just small tweaks, especially when teams set out to frustrate the front 3. Ashley Young took Salah out of the game last week and we struggled. We kept trying to thread the ball through the eye of a needle against a well organised United defence.

We need to spread the play more when we come up against these teams, take Sane af City for example, when things are right, he literally hugs the touch line which draws the defences out.

{Ed001's Note - nonsense. Young did nothing of the sort. The 8 players packed within the penalty box blocked his runs not Ashley Young.}

9.) 20 Mar 2018 07:36:14
1) Draxler (to provide cover for our front 3 and drop into midfield to add more creativity and burst of pace. Effectively a Couts replacement

2) DLP most likely Jorginho or maybe Paredes. Can play with Hendo and Keita in midfield or a Hendo replacement depending on the opposition.

3) Backup GK if Ward and Migs both leave

4) RB bcoz Ed001 says so. Cannot think of anyone I would want that starts over TAA tbh.

Cannot see anything more than that in the summer. Klopp likes to keep a closely knit squad. Wholesome changes are not his thing.

10.) 20 Mar 2018 08:48:57
Just to follow up Ed, who would you put in that world class bracket that’s “attainable”? Obviously that rules out De Gea and Buffon. I would say Alison and Oblak?

The other German options, Leno, Horn, Ter Stegen are very very good but I don’t know if they’re that much of an upgrade, if at all. Interested to know what other reds feel as well.

{Ed001's Note - Alisson would be the onlyone and I expect him to go elsewhere.}

11.) 20 Mar 2018 08:56:39
Righto. Thanks ed!

12.) 20 Mar 2018 08:57:04
I think if Karius continues his form until the end of the season we should stick with him, he deserves it. Bringing in another GK I don't see as urgent right now, unless of course it's Allison but that's not going to happen.

13.) 20 Mar 2018 09:23:18
I am happy with Karius ed, but i still feel it an area we should be better in. Will give it till the end of the season though. If Karius does good then he is the no.1
my only gripe is with the world knowing that we are in for a keeper even the second choices are going to cost a bomb so why not just buy a world class first choice keeper.

14.) 20 Mar 2018 09:28:30
Been some great update snippets from Ed002 and Ed001 last few days. I would be happy with keita and another starter quality CM and a RB. Think that would improve the squad if we are able to keep our key first team figures.

15.) 20 Mar 2018 10:53:15
Hmmm so reading between the lines replacing Emre, Clyne and Mignolet are priorities this summer.

Personally I think we need two central midfielders as Hendo (injuries), Milner (not a midfielder) and Gini (anonymous more often than not), Ox (not a midfielder) aren't the hub of a title-challenging team.

As for Karius, well kudos to him for re-establishing himself and being a keeper that does not lose us points. However, wouldn't a title challenger want a keeper than wins you points?

16.) 20 Mar 2018 10:09:04
Hi Ed001, thanks for what is very interesting info. When you say a back up keeper will be sought does this mean both Mignolet and Ward will most likely move on? Ward is the one I'm most interested in with regards to what plan Klopp has for him. Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - Ward wants (and needs) first team football and Mignolet has a face on because he was dropped and is not good enough.}

17.) 20 Mar 2018 10:15:57
if karius continues to perform like he is right now, im happy to give him a full season next season.

only make a purchase someone like alisson is attainable. most likely he is not, so first team focus should be on right back, and replacements where necessary.

anyway ed001, do you think we'll be looking at any CBs? is klopp happy with the 5 that he has (including gomez), or are there potential changes there as well?


{Ed001's Note - in the immortal words of Ed002 - rtp!}

18.) 20 Mar 2018 10:54:06
Ed. You say you only expect 1 CM at most, how do you see the midfield line up? I agree we need to replace Hendo as he's to slow at starting attacks and teams get organised very quickly when he's on the ball.

surely we also need AM. I'm struggling to get a sense on our midfield. I think Keita is an upgrade on OX, aggressive box to box. But who going to supply the quality as we have moved away from coutinho in midfield but struggle against defensive teams. Where does Ndidi fit in.

Keita - DPL - Lallana
OX Hendo -
Gigi Milner -.

{Ed001's Note - no I did not say that.}

19.) 20 Mar 2018 10:54:15
Just reading the thread about Karius and I’m really pleased to hear that he might be getting the chance he needs. More so, I am relieved Butland rumours are fading out. We have potential in Karius, he’s shown that he wants to succeed now he needs to prove his ability it for a longer term.

20.) 20 Mar 2018 13:03:50
yeah ed001 just as i scrolled i saw the conversation right at the next post.

go easy on me ed have been so busy at work haven't been here for atleast a week. new record that is! haha good day ed.

{Ed001's Note - no worries mate, there was no F in the reply after all.}

21.) 20 Mar 2018 16:40:13
We need a 'Kante'. Simple as. Hendo was magnificent in the season that Gerrard played 6 and though he plays the deeper role very well, if he doesn't have to have an eye and a half behind him, he can go and play his strongest game in the middle. He is currently our most creative midfielder and he also plays the deepest role. Give him some license along side Keita and we'll be laughing I think. There is also the problem of Hendo's injury record and a defensive type/ holding midfielder would at least give the cover we don't currently have, and very desperately need.

As for the keeper, I'm chuffed that Karius has come on in the last few months. I don't know if it was always the plan to just buy a back up but if he has changed Klopp's mind, he's also saved us a fair few bob as well. Good lad.

I'm torn on the right back, however. The young lads have really come on leaps and bounds this year and I just hope they're not stifled too much by a new arrival. Maybe they'll get more of a go in their more 'natural' positions.

I'm just mainly chuffed there's no mentions of the Keanes, Aquilanis and Degens of this world. I am excited to say the least.

22.) 20 Mar 2018 19:05:50
Flypelicanfly, correct me if I'm wrong but Karius made a few good saves against Newcastle that could have easily been described as 'winning us points'. At the moment we are winning our games by quite big margins so it doesn't allow a keeper to win us points unless he's making 3-4 world class saves per game. I'm confident Karius will 'win' us some points throughout his tenure, give the lad a chance to first he's barely played half a season.



24 Feb 2018 14:15:16
Hi Eds, regarding centre backs as its now VVD and one other and with Gomez pushing for a CB role next season (many feel he's already ready) do you think one or more of Matip, Lovren and Klavan will move on? Also do we have any interest in RBL's CB Dayot Upamecano? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - if a cab is added one needs to leave. There is a lot of interest in DU but not from Liverpool.

1.) 24 Feb 2018 14:42:55
Upamecano looks awesome for his age and would be an amazing addition, I think he’s only 19 and looks and plays like a 25 year old, it’s a shame we are not looking at him I think.

2.) 25 Feb 2018 03:06:57
No way RBL sell us 2 players in one window.

3.) 24 Feb 2018 20:26:23
ED002, can you elaborate on maybe which one, or possibly 2 CB’s will be moved on in the summer transfer window, and who Klopp is interested in possibly bringing in?



{Ed002's Note - that is not what i said.

4.) 25 Feb 2018 08:08:39
Ed002 meant that one CB will have to leave for another to arrive as it is pointless having more than 4 CBs in the squad plus Gomez. And no where is it said that we will sign a CB. Just that if we sign one, a current CB in our squad will have to leave.




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27 May 2020 20:38:48
Hi Eds, with more talk on the site of tapping up I was wondering if the rules also work the other way around, that is, a player, or his agent, under contract with one club talking to another club without the contracted club's permission? I've read on here several times that Mo's agent spoke to Real Madrid. Surely this is in breach of rules (unless Liverpool knew)? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - That is the job of an agent - to talk to clubs. If players approach another club it is unprofessional but not a breach of the rules - Coutinho is a good example. Strictly speaking the club should refuse any such approaches.}

1.) 27 May 2020 22:18:28
Hi Eds, I have a contract with my employer but I'm free to meet and talk to other prospective employers but I thought FA rules prohibits a player under contract, or his agent, from talking to other clubs without the consent of the player’s current club. But wouldn't this be restraint of trade?

{Ed002's Note - It is not anything to do with the Premier League - an agent can talk to other clubs as I have repeatedly explained. Players can not.}

2.) 27 May 2020 22:50:42
Ed02 so if I understand you correctly, Cou courting Barcelona was not against the rules BUT Klopp and the club courting say VVD or Werner directly without their clubs' knowledge, IS a breach of the rules hence, tapping up right? Cheers, man.

{Ed002's Note - Yes. But Barcelona should have stepped back fro Coutinho, but it was difficult to do given where they were at the time - which I explained but you all rejected at the time.}

3.) 28 May 2020 09:14:02
I bet Barcelona wish they stepped back now. For the price paid he has to go down as their worst ever signing. Well between him and Dembele.



03 May 2020 11:40:56
Hi Eds, with the need to pay our debts, financial uncertainty, the likes of Clyne, Shaqiri, Lovren, Grujic, Lallana moving on and the crazy prices attached to the likes of Carlos, Werner, Havertz, Dembele 'etc, ' it seems a good time to promote youngsters. Who do you think are ready to step up? Jones, Elliot, Larouci, Williams, Hoever, Lewis? Thanks.


{Ed001's Note - Jones and Williams look the only ones ready, but youngsters only become ready by playing. Elliott's age and possible growth spurts due to it, will probably hold him back from doing any more than being on the fringes just yet. Larouci looks miles off being ready. I am not sure if it is experience or intelligence he lacks, only time will tell, but he has a lot to learn. Hoever just needs to work on the basics and stop trying to do too much, again that will come with experience, hopefully. Lewis needs more gametime to be ready and to stay fit.

That is the biggest problem they face now, they need to play first team football to be ready for first team football!}

1.) 03 May 2020 13:59:05
Same with me, Ed01. I think only Jones n Williams seem to be ready on the face of it. Hoever is very talented and has the ability to step up but needs more time on the pitch for that and to gain experience and learn. The others? We will have to see.

{Ed001's Note - it is difficult because they need to play as much as possible to become ready.}

2.) 03 May 2020 16:24:04
What about hoover ed he seemed a very good player perfer him CENTER back myself.

{Ed001's Note - I already said in the original reply about Hoever.}

3.) 03 May 2020 18:57:36
In the games that he played, it also looked like Chiravella could be a tidy player. The problem is that he's no spring chicken anymore and it would probably be better for his career to move on rather than play a very small bit-part for us. I do rate the lad, though.

{Ed001's Note - I have always liked Chiravella and do think his career has been wasted with us, sadly. If he had been starting out under Klopp, I think he would have been established in the first team by now.}

4.) 03 May 2020 19:19:49
I agree Ed001. Really sad for such a talented lad. I do think that he's going to be the next Conor Coady though. Not that he's going to move into defence, but that he's going to leave and become a very good player for another top team eventually.

5.) 03 May 2020 20:55:16
Conor Coady took years to get to the Premier League and he doesn't look out of place. Sometimes the best thing to do is drop down a level, get time under your belt and prove what you can do. Something that you might struggle to get at a top PL club.



05 Jan 2019 16:31:48
Hi Eds, have we an interest in Kai Havertz? I believe Klopp is an admirer and that we have scouted him.


{Ed002's Note - No, this was dealt with in the Sharkopod.}



26 Nov 2017 17:30:12
Hi Eds, why doesn't Klopp like to use a dedicated defensive midfielder? Not neccesarily a Makelele type but one dedicated to break up attacks and sit in front of the centre backs (Fabinho from Monaco for instance)? From what i've seen neither Henderson or Can really do this. Man U have Matic, Man City have Fernandinho, Spurs have Dier and Wanyama, Chelsea have Kante.


{Ed001's Note - Fabinho is not a dedicated defensive midfielder, so no idea why you mention him. He is a right back who can play in midfield but tends to get distracted and caught upfield in there as he wants to get forward like he does from fullback.

As for why Klopp doesn't like one, I don't know why he chooses not to use one now the high press is gone. I know he didn't use one with that because it is not really worth it, you need the midfield higher up the pitch to put pressure on the ball. Now it is gone we could do with something in there to break up play as we lack anyone in there doing so and the midfielders we have do not gel together well.}

1.) 26 Nov 2017 18:49:46
Because a saw Fabinho play as a holding/ defensive midfielder and he wasn't bombing forward and I thought he was terrific in that role but not a Makelele.

{Ed001's Note - he sleep walks through games too much for my liking, but commentators fawn over him even though he is missing.}

2.) 26 Nov 2017 20:30:32
Ed01, it seems that Klopp is open to a DM cos you informed last season that we were looking at Obiang for instance. Is the search for a DM still in the works esp. since it is clear for all to see that the whole gegenpressing thing is a thing of the past? Cheers, mate.

{Ed001's Note - what he is looking for is players who are flexible enough to sit deep and break forward when the opportunity arrives. I know we looked at a few, but they were the Kante type of high energy, high mobility midfielders that break up play, rather than the sitting type.}

3.) 26 Nov 2017 21:18:58
Ed, good luck finding the Kante/ Naby type-players who are dynamic and can do what those two can do. I don't know of what DM player can do what Klopp is looking for. Pls feel free not to respond BUT can you mention a player or two that we looked at for this role? I will understand if you can't?

{Ed001's Note - off the top of my head I can only remember Obiang. Obviously Keita was another and we did sign him.}



05 Nov 2017 11:21:01
Hi Eds, i've just read a Guardian interview with Howard Wilkinson about the football academy system and another article about Huddersfield Town considering closing their academy and it all looks like a complicated mess to me and I wonder if you might be able to shine some light on it with an article if you ever get a free moment.


{Ed001's Note - I have been trying to put together an article on this for over a year now, but it is very difficult to do as the academy system is implemented so differently in each club. The system itself is struggling with a lack of meaningful games, which is holding it back from any kind of success. The FA should never have shut Lilleshall really.}

1.) 05 Nov 2017 13:30:47
Things seen to be going well at the moment though, we're having unprecedented success at youth level.

2.) 05 Nov 2017 14:27:02
The FA are awash with dosh, that makes it even more senseless to rubbish their talent development school. Heaven forbid England might accidentally win a WC or Euro because they are never going to win anything with the bunch of clowns the FA have at the helm. Watch them screw up the talent they have in the youth.




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09 Jul 2015 22:09:11
It was Benetiz who recommended Coutinho to Liverpool so its plausible that Real Madrid are interested.




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Sincerely hope its the Ajax pair of Eriksen and Alderweild and not the Reading pair of Pearce and McCarthy





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27 May 2020 22:18:28
Hi Eds, I have a contract with my employer but I'm free to meet and talk to other prospective employers but I thought FA rules prohibits a player under contract, or his agent, from talking to other clubs without the consent of the player’s current club. But wouldn't this be restraint of trade?


{Ed002's Note - It is not anything to do with the Premier League - an agent can talk to other clubs as I have repeatedly explained. Players can not.}



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08 Apr 2018 19:15:45
We need 3rd place to be sure of CL unless we win it coz if Arsenal win Europa League then 4th place in EPL drops into Europa League.




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09 Jan 2018 11:13:48
My guess for the urgency is Barcelona want to win this season's CL (as well as La Liga) . Coutinho arriving in January allows Iniesta to be rested for La Liga in order to concentrate on the CL that Coutinho can't play in.




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26 Nov 2017 18:49:46
Because a saw Fabinho play as a holding/ defensive midfielder and he wasn't bombing forward and I thought he was terrific in that role but not a Makelele.


{Ed001's Note - he sleep walks through games too much for my liking, but commentators fawn over him even though he is missing.}



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11 Nov 2017 10:50:36
West Ham wanted Sarri and got Moyes! Sarri is top drawer and will likely be at Chelsea next season.