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22 Oct 2015 22:43:15
Whats the situation with Brannagan?





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14 Apr 2020 00:58:13
Ed01 how much truth is there to this:

Comolli has now claimed FSG chief John Henry has since admitted he made a mistake in parting ways with him when they did.

"I could see they would be absolutely ruthless if they didn't feel comfortable with something and they were ruthless with me at the time, " he said.

"I think they panicked when they got rid of me and lacked experience. We were on the right path and had the right players and right ingredients.

"They sacked me, then John Henry came a week later (to the club) and had a review, and in a meeting I heard from my former staff he'd said 'oh my God, we've sacked the wrong person'.


{Ed001's Note - I have no idea what John Henry said, but they certainly did not sack the wrong person. Comolli is a buffoon and was terrible at his job. He should never have been hired. He is one of those morons who talks a lot about how great they are, until people believe his lies. Snake oil salesman at his slimiest.}

1.) 14 Apr 2020 10:17:50
Phil, just go back and look at the squad we had at the time he was sacked, enough said.

2.) 14 Apr 2020 13:51:07
Snake oil salesman at his slimiest. HA HA. Thata cheered me up ed1.

3.) 14 Apr 2020 15:26:42
How much input did he have on the Suarez purchase Ed?

{Ed001's Note - a little. It is his claim to fame that he hand-picked Suarez, though he only played a part in the identifying him as a target.}

4.) 14 Apr 2020 16:22:36
Seriously? is this guy still talking. He was sacked nearly a decade ago and is till running his mouth and playing the victim, claiming he was hard done by. Pathetic, really. Hey Comolli, let it go. LFC have moved on from you and in fact, they moved on from you the very next second after they sacked your incompetent arse.

5.) 14 Apr 2020 16:26:30
But he secured Stewart Downing for us!

6.) 14 Apr 2020 19:00:09
For every Suarez there’s a downing, Charlie Adam and Jose Enrique.

7.) 15 Apr 2020 07:12:28
I like Enrique and the idea of Charlie Adam lol.

8.) 15 Apr 2020 08:43:47
Did he claim the Andy Carroll signing too?

9.) 15 Apr 2020 07:13:20
Ed1 - that fergie line - "Charlie Adam's corners are worth 10million alone". I always wondered if that ever had any influence in us signing him? Lol.

{Ed001's Note - the set-piece delivery was certainly one of the features highlighted by the stats Comolli used. To be fair though Dalglish was also very keen on Adam.}

10.) 15 Apr 2020 10:56:21
Damien Comolli has been singing for the longest time that he was fired because of buying Jordan Henderson. He knew from the very beginning that Hendo will live up to be the best thing that ever happened to Liverpool!
Now Comolli is claiming John Henry admitted he made a mistake firing him. I wish the guy would just be quiet rather dripping snake oil all over the place! [Ed001 is a legend! ].

{Ed001's Note - it was actually Ed002 who first described him as a snake oil salesman!

As for Comolli, that is nonsense, he was fired because he was crap at his job. Hendo had been watched by Liverpool and many other clubs (including Man Utd, Fergie even tried tapping him up) since he was a kid. He was captain of Sunderland and very much in demand. He had been Sunderland's young player of the year 2 years in a row and FIFA had named him as a young player to watch for. It is not like it was down to his skill in identifying him. I had been asked about him a thousand times about him on the sites, particularly Man Utd, in the years before we bought him.}



13 Feb 2020 19:30:58
If a club has agreed to buy a player next season, can they in the meantime sell the player to another club? For example Nicolo Barella is currently on loan with Inter but I understand there is an obligation to buy. Could another club come in and pay an exorbitant price to Inter for them to sell Barella as soon as they have his contract transferred to them? Or do they have to wait til Barella is officially their player?


{Ed002's Note - Nicolo Barella will join Inter in the summer - they will not be looking to sell.}

1.) 14 Feb 2020 00:33:12
Sorry i was just using him as an example because he triggered the question for me. I was more wanting to know if theoretically Inter could negotiate the sale even though Barella is still technically another clubs player? As in - when can a club legally start negotiating the sale of a player? Is it only when they actually have his contract? No real reason for the question - just pure interest.

{Ed002's Note - There is no legal framework around negotiation but if there was only an option to buy a player the owning club would need to be involved. THis has been the casee in recent months with Stefano Sensi where Inter have an option to buy from Sassaulo in the summer but another club has been speaking to both to remove the option and take him themselves.}

2.) 16 Feb 2020 19:16:31
thanks mate.



10 Dec 2019 03:02:41
Ed002 youve mentioned previously that one of the big problems that Jose has with Manu was that he didn't see them as a club prepared to make the necessary changes in order to challenge for titles. i was wondering
1.if Manu are now making the necessary changes
2. Is Spurs the sort of club that coaches like jose would see as being professionally run?
3. What sort of things does Liverpool still need to do to be considered in the league of "well-run clubs".


{Ed002's Note - (1) No, they are not making changes. (2) Only time will tell if Levy provides Mr Mourinho with what he needs - he says he will. (3) Liverpool has improved by the coach must stop making illegal approaches and tapping up players of other clubs and they still need to sort out the loan system and get it working for the club better.}

1.) 10 Dec 2019 16:00:57
Thanks for the reply Ed002.

I think Mr Mourinho will be a big success at Spurs. He is a fantastic manager and will bring them some much craved silverware.

In respect of Liverpool and their loan system - it does seem frustrating that it still seems a bit unorganised. Is this something that a Director of Football would usually be in charge of? Long term planning and overview of youngsters progression to first team etc? I remember a few years back FSG wanted to bring someone in, have these plans stopped?

thanks for the continued contribution to this site - heres to hoping santa clause brings you many a fancy bottles of gin to celebrate the festive period.

Red Sandman.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, typically a DoF or equivalent is in charge of such a system. However, Chelsea's loan system runs well although at this time they do not have a DoF. The club has no plan to bring in a DoF at the moment (as far as I am aware). Enjoy your holiday season.}

2.) 10 Dec 2019 20:57:49
Thanks mate.
Regarding Spurs, is that just financial support that Levy has promised or are there other things that Jose wants to see done?

From stuff Lampard and others said last year, it does sound like our loan system is improving (though its hard to see how it could have got any worse from a few years back)

{Ed002's Note - Mr Mourinho wanted certain guarantees and certain people involved and certain control. He has been assured that is cool. I don’t know what Lampard has said about the Liverpool loan system.}

3.) 11 Dec 2019 23:32:49
Lampard made reference to the club being in regular contact with both him and Wilson and that they had a clear vision in mind of what they wanted the loan to achieve.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure that means much.}



09 Dec 2019 22:08:26
The thing i liked most about the Bournemouth win was that each goal was tactically very different. Suggests that Klopp is trying to mix it up and keep the opposition guessing.


1.) 09 Dec 2019 22:47:15
If you can’t go through them, go round them, and if you can go round them, go over them! I hope it’s klopp but I hope the players have the nouse to exploits gaps no matter what the style. Else you end up with a game like United, where we look flat. We’re a threat any which way now, set pieces too. If they push high and close off Trent and Robbo we have pace in behind, if they sit deep Robbo and Trent have time, it’s a lose lose either way. Even on an individual level, give salah time and he will run last you, but Get too tight and he will roll you; it’s impressive to watch. Mane no matter what you do he will do his thing!



28 Nov 2019 03:19:26
Sorry i've looked but can't where you have your articles on different players. In particular I was looking for the one on Ruben Dias that I remember Ed001 did.


{Ed001's Note - the player profiles site is there. If you put a name in the search box at the top of the page on the site you should be able to find those players easily.}

1.) 28 Nov 2019 19:36:43
Thanks mate - not sure why the link didn't appear for me yesterday. Good read though.

{Ed001's Note - glad to help mate.}




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01 Apr 2020 04:00:50
Half the title? that must be like being half pregnant.




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27 Feb 2020 03:41:25
Ed002 am i right in believing that Liverpool can touch base with Forster to sound out possible interest but can't progress further than that unless RBL agree eg can't agree package or anything similar?


{Ed002's Note - The process should be along the lines of: Clubs will typically informally ask an agent (a) if the player is going to be available, and (b) would the player consider a move to the club. There may be some broad discussion on the sort of deal that would be offered but no more than that. If the answer is yes, it is then necessary for the club to approach the player's club to ask if they would be willing to sell and if they would grant permission to speak to a player's agent formally about a transfer and possibly even the player about actually making a move. This will typically involve either broadly (through an offer) or actually agreeing a fee and responsibility for any significant costs (agents fees etc.). Once this has happened the club will be able to speak formally to the player's agent and perhaps the player himself to look at the package that will be involved. Many players are looked at and discussed at a high-level with agents and clubs; a subset of those have an offer placed; a subset of those involve discussions with the player's club; a subset of those involve discussions over terms, and; a subset of those go ahead.

Agents will often try and get more specific details of wages and other financials before they should - but most clubs are happy to follow this process. Players will often talk to other players about moves but, whilst wrong, is tolerated as it would be impossible to manage.}



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23 Jan 2020 03:58:43
There is strong evidence to suggest our loan program totally sucked up until recently and so it is likely that Ed002 is correct about Liverpool being poor about planning the future of their lads. It seems we are getting better but if we are honest, we probably have a long way to go. As a side note players such as Adekanye and Ibe are now playing at a high level (not sure whether wee can count the ones plying a trade in Scotland? )




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06 Jan 2020 02:57:08
Dont Hull already have an abundance of young midfielders? I wonder if Klopp has sanctioned this to give Herbie some competition and not make it too easy for him?




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06 Jan 2020 02:52:52
Jones is great when he has the ball (though he can be a bit selfish) . But does he work hard enough off the ball? It certainly seemed to be a weakness of his in the past but maybe being part of the senior setup has changed this?





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07 Jul 2020 00:08:17
Watching him in the u23 my concern was that he had a tendency to switch off defensively and not do the hard yards. He also was prone to trying one too many tricks in dangerous positions which wouldve been ok if he was willing to try and it win it back when he lost it. Something he failed to do a few times leading to conceding goals.

Im sure Klopp and Pep are keeping an eye on that as I can't see them allowing him to get away with that.




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10 Jun 2020 22:54:17
lol Ed001 sugarcoat why don't you ;-) My perception of Kewell was that he only put the effort in when it was his last year of contract. I do remember though that there was some disagreement about whether the LFC staff physio was handling him correctly - didn't the socceroos send over their physio and things improved? Or was that just a coincidence because World Cup was coming up and he didn't want to miss it?


{Ed001's Note - it was simply because of the World Cup. He was a disgrace.}



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18 May 2020 23:37:15
the beauty of a good defence is it allows you much more freedom and confidence to attack eg ManU in their heyday were able to take much more risks in attack because they could rely upon the defence to bail them out. But if your defence relies upon numbers (eg Simeone) then your attack has issues.




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12 May 2020 01:05:10
Its not helped by many of the testing kits being dodgy as hell eg A chinese company sold a truckload of kits to Spain which turned out to be only 30% accurate. You could make educated guesses and be more accurate than that.




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11 May 2020 01:08:28
Bit harsh Ed25. Given the way transfers have gone, prob fairer to say Southampton are the Liverpool B side nowadays.