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03 Aug 2021 17:23:34
Fabs has just signed a new long term contract with the club. Brilliant news.


1.) 03 Aug 2021 18:15:38
Owners won't spend though.

2.) 03 Aug 2021 18:52:26
If they sign Saul or Bissouma then all is forgiven.

3.) 03 Aug 2021 19:33:08
This is definitely a smokescreen for mbappe!

4.) 03 Aug 2021 19:45:58
Can see Bobby and Hendo being left out of new contract talks, or at least not what they might be looking for. let's be honest, if Biss or Saul are signed, then its going to be a battle for starting with Thiago and Fab nailed on.

5.) 03 Aug 2021 19:56:18
I don’t know why I am getting involved but Spaceman it’s obvious why Fabs is nailed on but what has Thiago done to earn the right to be a definite starter? Surely he has to earn that right this season.

6.) 03 Aug 2021 21:04:29
Thiago is starting alongside Hendo and Fab if all are fit. That is the midfield that started at Everton before things went to hell in a hand basket which means that had always been the plan when he arrived. Don’t see why that would change.

7.) 03 Aug 2021 22:12:15
That will change depending on form, fitness, a new signing etc. Gini ended up playing the full season. Hopefully Jones steps up to push for a spot and if we play the 4 forwards I would imagine Thiago would drop out.

8.) 03 Aug 2021 22:59:37
Two reasons Mark

1. Klopp went on to a strike to get Thiago over the line. If he doesn’t start when fit then he would look like an absolute fool.

2. Someone who is excellent in press resistant, and has a sublime vision to pick a pass plus the only midfielder who could break the lines needs to start.

Who is he Inferior to in the squad today?

9.) 03 Aug 2021 23:11:44
What does reason No.1 mean? Klopp went on strike?

{Ed0666's Note - news to me also. It truly is a Peculiar comment. Maybe he has insider knowledge.

10.) 03 Aug 2021 23:15:16
'Klopp went on to a strike to get Thiago over the line. ' - This is a lie, embarrassing yet again.

11.) 03 Aug 2021 23:54:10
Thiago can hardly be judged on last season Mark. Get behind the lad cus he's one of our lot and sure as s**t ain't leaving tomorrow 😅.

12.) 04 Aug 2021 03:10:55
Here we go. The inventing and making up of stories has restarted. Outright lies to make a point, while smearing anyone along the way.

The Eds really should not be allowing this. Absolutely nobody else does it to this extent.

{Ed0666's Note - eds shouldn’t allow what? am I missing something? Calm down, Calm down ArAy (I’ve always wanted to say that) you’re gonna blow a gasket.

13.) 04 Aug 2021 03:21:34
Ed0666, it's Harry with the lie about Klopp going on strike to get Thiago signed. You obviously haven't seen how far he goes and has gone in the past. Check with Ed001 when you have a chance.

{Ed0666's Note - It amazes me how you guys pick up on Harry’s new aliases. I never can. I know Harry can be a trifle annoying and can rub people up the wrong way but try not to let him get to you mate. If he oversteps boundaries please know he’ll be banned.

14.) 04 Aug 2021 05:04:31
Calm down, calm down ArAy - love it to bits Ed 😁😁

Telling you coffee and toast is getting better snd better - shame we don’t have the old days when you could buy players during the season - now that would have been fun.

{Ed0666's Note - I must be the only person that likes the system we have now a summer and winter period you can buy players. I don’t like the thought of you’re star striker being injured and not being able to replace him till January or the summer

15.) 04 Aug 2021 06:07:00
It's cool with me Ed0666, if it's okay with everyone else. I just wanted to point out that I don't allow anyone to rub me up, at all. I suspect you're confusing me with BarryinLouth? 🤣.

{Ed0666's Note - Barry doesent rub as well as he used to

16.) 04 Aug 2021 09:55:17
Welcome back Harry lol! Can't beat a Harry rumour or for that matter a Harry outright fantasy story or kick off haha!

17.) 04 Aug 2021 08:00:38
Golden Ed 🤣.

{Ed0666's Note - cheers Gandolf ☝️

18.) 04 Aug 2021 09:21:45
I'll used a Mink glove next time Hotlips.

{Ed0666's Note - ooh la la

19.) 04 Aug 2021 09:33:30
Markp08. Thiago has some weekly wages. Is classed as a worldie and he is a starter. Hendo should be too. Top 3 captains of my lifetime. Can understand with age and injuries it’s difficult to sanction a bumper deal. I would if we were cash rich and allowed heart over head. But it’s 2yrs on current. That’s 33-34. With two more seasons of treatment.

IMO I’m now in a place I’d think that win a top title in that time hopefully. Hendo lifts it. He’s 34 a legend and can go play for Sunderland or whoever his boyhood Favourite was. As a business he doesn’t need four years on top wage.



20 Jul 2021 06:31:20
According to Fabrizio Romano, we have agreed a deal to sell Marko Grujic to Porto. Fingers crossed.


1.) 20 Jul 2021 07:11:20
Awoniyi gone as well for 6.5 mil. Looks like we may push hard to bring in a midfielder in the coming days.

2.) 20 Jul 2021 07:38:31
Grujic going to Porto in a loan to buy deal with Awoniyi going to Union Berlin for £6.5mil.

3.) 20 Jul 2021 07:47:33
Its circa 11 million and not a loan to buy for MG to Porto.

4.) 20 Jul 2021 07:55:54
Isn't the Grujic deal a straight sale and not a loan?

5.) 20 Jul 2021 08:07:43
I think the Grujic is a direct sale, Joyce and Jones both seemed to have confirmed it.

6.) 20 Jul 2021 08:25:02
Good Luck to both lads.

7.) 20 Jul 2021 08:42:36
MG is a straight sale as DO will be in the next two weeks. Several inquiries about HW mean that he'll have numerous options whether he decides to stay in the UK or go abroad. XS will hopefully follow. This would then leave room for two to come in - possibly SN and DM.

8.) 20 Jul 2021 09:13:53
Rumours about Nat Phillips to Brighton too, as a replacement for White. The figure mentioned was £ 15m.

9.) 20 Jul 2021 09:23:58
You made me think more than I like to this early in the morning, Reynard, but I have decoded your message and agree with your analysis!

10.) 20 Jul 2021 10:01:30
Finally cleaning out the closet, clearing away the dead wood. Chuck in Shaq and Nat and there is 45m in the pot, and that's without Wilson, Taki, Ojo, and Div, whom could realistically add another 40m to that.

{Ed002's Note - Or maybe the money could be used to pay for Thiago and Jota?}

11.) 20 Jul 2021 10:07:45
If the rumours are to be believed - and they are certainly gathering pace now - we could be looking at banking at least £60m from sales:

Grujic and Awoniyi - £17m between them
Phillips - £15m
Origi, Shaqiri and Wilson are all in the £10-£15m range - £30m-£45m

So that's somewhere between £62m and £77m, and we may get £5m from other sales - we already have a bit from Liam Miller, maybe Woodburn etc.

There's also the possibility of some sell on fee from Luis Alberto, although it looks unlikely we will sell Naby Keita this season, which would have been a decent cash injection.

It appears Dortmund have not yet sealed a deal for Malen, so he's still available, around £25m. So him and Niguez could be covered by our sales (excluding agents fees etc etc) .

Also looking at salaries, between the names above (Grujic, Awoniyi, Phillips, Origi, Shaqiri, Wilson) we have around £200k - £250k of salaries too.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool have not paid for last season's transfers yet.}

12.) 20 Jul 2021 10:32:23
They aren’t listening Ed02.

There are no bills to pay when you are playing Premier Manager.

13.) 20 Jul 2021 10:35:33
That’s true, Ed002, thanks for reminding me. 👍.

14.) 20 Jul 2021 10:36:35
Ed002 did Liverpool not arrange a 4 year payment plan for Jota and Thaigo? So should give them a bit more time in payment and a chance to improve the squad with a midfielder and possibly a striker if these transfers go through.

{Ed002's Note - No someone has been misleading you.}

15.) 20 Jul 2021 10:43:25
I think people forget we bought Thiago and Jota on 'buy now, pay later' deals. Makes sense to clear those debts first I reckon.

16.) 20 Jul 2021 10:44:44
Use the money for sales to pay for last year and get this year’s targets on the never-never again. Just kick the can down the road a bit more. Seems to work for the UK Government.

17.) 20 Jul 2021 10:45:21
Do teams usually pay the entire transfer fee upfront? or even over the first 12 months. i thought it was spread over a few years no?

{Ed002's Note - The reason Liverpool ended up with Jota was because the clubs would not accept their long term payment deals for the two players LIverpool preferred.}

18.) 20 Jul 2021 10:51:26
Wilson appears to be next to Fulham.

19.) 20 Jul 2021 10:53:55
If FSG decide not to make the most of Klopps presence and final 3 years at the club, it could affect their big pay day when they sell up. Whilst i agree with prudence, and would rather see us run in a sustainable manner, they also need to consider that having a generational talent managing us is rare and needs to be made the most of.
Is there time for version 2.0 under JK at this rate?

20.) 20 Jul 2021 11:27:06
We didn't have salaries last season for Grujic, Awoniyi or Harry Wilson so we don't have "savings" for these. Same with Taki for half the season anyway.

21.) 20 Jul 2021 10:12:17
My bad! Had read an earlier report that said loan to buy.
£16/ 17mil for 2 players who barely kicked a ball for us.
Perhaps Nat Philips through for £15mil too as previously pointed out and we’ve accrued a nice pot on money.
Hopefully deals for Shaq, Wilson, Origi, Ojo materialise too.

22.) 20 Jul 2021 10:12:26
Happy for the other sales but really confused at why we’re letting nat Phillips go. I know we need to raise funds but he is just not the defender I would let go, Phillips was so reliable and Gomez/ matip are some of the most unreliable players we have, as good as they can be when they get going. We’re essentially relying on 3 injury prone defenders and one that’s coming back from a season out.

23.) 20 Jul 2021 11:35:43
We should ask Brighton about Bissouma at the same time. I can’t help thinking it’s a bit short sighted selling Phillips, but good luck to the lad, I think he’s going to have a very good premier league career.

24.) 20 Jul 2021 11:42:34
VVVV, the key issue on Phillips is what the player wants as well as what's right for the club.

He's 24, and a very decent CB so its not surprising he wants first team football, albeit at a lower level than top 6.

25.) 20 Jul 2021 11:09:19
Quick question ed002. I seen you said that we haven’t paid for last years transfers yet. Liverpool tend to spread the cost of the transfer over the course of the players contracts by the looks of it. Question I’m getting at is

1. Do we do this more than most clubs do?
2. In your opinion on the outside looking in are Liverpool doing the right thing or just kicking the debt further down the road in the hope more success follows which obviously brings in more revenue etc
3. Probably a stupid question and obvious answer but paying for players over a longer period of time does that mean the club pay more in taxes/ interest for example Thiago bought for 20 million, because it was spread over 4-5 years does it cost the club 25 million instead of paying once off payment of 20 million.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool didn't have the money to buy the players they wanted so they had Jota as a third pick because Wolves would accept payments being spread out. Liverpool are building debt and making huge losses - which is why they must sell to buy or do more with the players that they have - and they have some very good youngsters. If payments are spread out the club have to pay a premium.}

26.) 20 Jul 2021 11:29:30
Supposedly there is money already in the kitty without sales. So I assume some money will pay for last year's transfers and the rest will cover, atleast, part of this year's.

{Ed002's Note - Jolly good.}

27.) 20 Jul 2021 12:13:28
As well as paying off last year’s debt I assume we will also have to pay for Konate in legal tender rather than shiny buttons?

{Ed002's Note - Correct.}

28.) 20 Jul 2021 13:15:21
ed002 did liverpool not use any of the Brewster and lovren money toward last season buys or was that all ready allocated to pay debits. If some sort of payment plan was sorted and we did pay extra for Jota of about £5m in memory serves me right it would be silly to pay that off early and then pay extra for players this season.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool are a loss making club.}

29.) 20 Jul 2021 13:22:46
We must be the poorest, successful team in the league. Didn't sign anyone the season before last, signed players on credit last season, struggling to get funds together to sign more than one player this season - and none of the recent outlays were enormous in the grand scheme of things. Hard to fathom how little money we have, on track to be outspent by Arsenal who have been garbage for seasons now, I just don't get it.

30.) 20 Jul 2021 20:36:01
And for a loss making club we seem to make a profit every year the last few years except for when C.V. kicked in. probably a stupid question but can a club make a profit and yet be loss making at the same time?

{Ed002's Note - This is why it is pointless explaining the finances. You don't understand debt - the transfers from last year have not been paid for. All of the Fixed Assets (including the stadium) have been mortgaged. Try not to make yourself look stupid with such posts.}

31.) 20 Jul 2021 21:11:14
Classy as usual ed.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot be expected to compensate for your ignorance.}



20 Sep 2020 16:09:31
Hi eds, do you guys know what's happening with Nat Phillips? Have we sold him or are we actively trying to sell him? If he's still at the club, seems a bit strange he wasn't even included on the bench today with both Gomez and Matip injured and no other senior CB in the squad.


{Ed002's Note - Nathaniel Phillips (CB) if Liverpool add a first choice CB that Klopp wants then time may have come for Phillips - Stuttgart would like to keep him on loan and may be open to buying him at the right price. Reading, Millwall, Blackburn Rovers are all open to taking him on loan the the Championship but Liverpool are pushing to sell.}

1.) 20 Sep 2020 20:03:09
He's 23. He's a couple of months older than Gomez. Surely he either stays as 4th choice (if Klopp thinks he's up to it, which after seeing Fabinho have Werner completely in his pocket, seems unlikely) or he leaves the club. There's no sense in him going on another loan.

I actually think he's a decent defender, but there comes a time when we have to be looking at selling him, if not for his own career.

2.) 20 Sep 2020 22:15:27
I like Phillips, but then again I'm not working for Liverpool and I'm not a professional scout, so what do I know.

3.) 20 Sep 2020 22:17:36
After watching Fabs, I can imagine Klopp asking him to play CB with VVD and having Thiago play deeper maybe.

4.) 21 Sep 2020 00:07:06
One of the issues to consider with Philips is that replacing him with an HG defender who is any better than him is unlikely with the funds he would generate by selling him. I think he's nailed on to be the 4th cb (not including fabinho), I'd say its more likely that Matip could go if there's any interest, as he would be easier to replace, as he's not HG and would fetch more money.



17 Sep 2020 10:03:56
James Pearce has claimed that a fee of 30million euros has been agreed with Bayern for Thiago. If true, I don't think it's a coincidence we've finally moved forwards with the negotiations right after we agreed a fee with Sheffield United for Brewster. Would be over the moon if we (finally) sign Thiago!


1.) 17 Sep 2020 10:27:17
I think €30 mil for a 29 year old with less than a year on his contract is a bit too steep.

2.) 17 Sep 2020 10:46:18
Top lfc journalists, now stating. Deal is £20m paid over the course of the 4 year deal. With £5m add ons linked to premier league and champions league success. Cracking deal! Fantastic player with experience and winning mentality.

3.) 17 Sep 2020 10:46:40
time will tell, let's face it, £30m is a lot of money, but in football, as in many things, a player is worth what somebody will pay.

Time will tell if he proves worth the investment, I for one will ignore the money and enjoy the player dictating the tempo for Liverpool. If it happens that it.

I hope Ginni stays, but wish him all the very best if he goes, he has been a wonderful servant and we were all a little underwhelmed when he signed!

4.) 17 Sep 2020 10:54:11
i've seen other rumours its a 20m fee with 5m of bonuses. Tbh it doesn't matter as its not our cash and I am guessing someone is in the process of leaving to free up the funds and space in the squad.

Yes it's dragged out but the club have got it done and now need to make it official with the anfield lean.

5.) 17 Sep 2020 10:54:54
I heard it was £20m up front and add ons based upon winning trophies etc to take it to £27m.

6.) 17 Sep 2020 10:55:07
apparently he stayed in the Titanic hotel last night, in town to do the deal!

7.) 17 Sep 2020 10:55:30
He’s a 60m baller all day long if not more! We’ve sold solanke and Ibe for 20m a pop u jokin!

8.) 17 Sep 2020 11:03:25
Red Rumour- he's one of the best players in the world. €25m rising to 30 looks good business to me.

9.) 17 Sep 2020 11:03:32
It’s £20m plus £5m add ons, for a world class player in this day and age is not “steep”.

10.) 17 Sep 2020 11:05:08
Ed 2 has confirmed it to be true so it must be true! feel sorry for Brewster if he's making way for it to happen, but hope he proves LFC wrong and goes on to be a success where he ends up.

11.) 17 Sep 2020 11:05:41
keep walking up that hill then mr rumour Thiago is top top class.

12.) 17 Sep 2020 11:05:59
The one thing this phenomenal LFC side has lacked is a world-class ball-playing midfielder.

The current midfield has been exceptional and deserves all the praise it gets, but there are occasions when it's one-dimensional.

Thiago changes everything, plus he works his socks off.

13.) 17 Sep 2020 11:07:59
Red rumor, we're in 2020 mate.

14.) 17 Sep 2020 11:26:10
Fantastic new about Thiago.
World class player, worth every penny .

15.) 17 Sep 2020 11:26:54
Could turn out to be an incredible signing but like Fekir just going to wait till its actually confirmed

Spaceman no disrespect but that is an exact copy and paste of Henry Jacksons tweet earlier unless that's what you were going for haha.

16.) 17 Sep 2020 11:27:06
I don't think age is an issue because his style of play is not explosive so I think he can continue at his level for at least another 3 or 4 years. If he contributes to winning some trophies this season then the fee will seem very fair indeed.

17.) 17 Sep 2020 12:07:47
Welcome to Anfield Thiago Alcantara!

18.) 17 Sep 2020 12:47:21
If we retain the title he’ll have been worth every penny of his transfer fee, and that’s speaking as someone who had severe reservations about signing him.

19.) 17 Sep 2020 13:11:10
Yeah Red Rumor it appears nobody cares what you think but actually it's £20m guaranteed plus the rest in add-ons dependent on him being instrumental in helping us win the Premier League and Champions League. Sounds good to me!

I haven't seen him posing with a pen yet though, so not counting my chicken nuggets. But I'm sure Rodrigo told him how much he enjoyed playing against us on Saturday so shouldn't be a problem getting him to sign on the dotted line. Now hopefully his brother can find a good Premier League club where he'll thrive and be happy. (not West Ham)

20.) 17 Sep 2020 13:49:59
BBC reporting 20 mil plus 5 mil add ons paid over the course of his contract, so not bad all in all. 20 mil is what we paid for Lallana and JDR pointed out, sold Solanke for! Really happy with this, but I think we need to get rid of a MF, maybe not though, always good at have depth.

21.) 17 Sep 2020 14:08:49
He's top 3 midfielders on the planet, and ensures we have truly world class in each area of our team now.

22.) 17 Sep 2020 14:17:03
Bargain! How can some people be questioning the price?

James Tawkowski has had a 31 million bid turned down.

In today's market that's bang average fee for a world class player. Regardless of contract situation.

23.) 17 Sep 2020 14:25:22
adds some depth, quality and a plan b if we need to change thigns. Now all we need is to win the premier league, champ leauge, world cup super cup and FA cup to keep the mindless fans happy.

24.) 17 Sep 2020 14:46:02
Pretty sure he's going to be a big part of Plan A once he gets integrated into the team.
With his passing added to our fullbacks creativity we are going to tear a few teams apart.

25.) 17 Sep 2020 14:50:29
Playing devils advocate here, Thiago is a great signing, world class player. However, he is adding depth to an already over crowded midfield, in a team already worryingly close to the home grown quota.

I trust Edwards and Klopp whole heartedly but worry that a more substantial ready made back up for the front three could shoot us in the foot. Will we be as lucky this year with injuries? nobody can tell the future but we are riding our luck in that area slightly.

26.) 17 Sep 2020 14:53:06
Bobbya_Teeth, that really does put it in context. In fact it seems like daylight robbery.

27.) 17 Sep 2020 15:35:30
@Corbra666, @Shanks and @Salah given Thiago's age, length of contract, being able to speak to foreign clubs in January and other clubs baulking at Bayern Munich valuation I would have thought we'd be in a strong bargaining position. Then again if Klopp tapped him up Bayern may have dug their heels in.

I suppose €20 mil plus add ons is not bad if he lives up to his billing. As someone posted "it's not my money".

28.) 17 Sep 2020 16:09:35
Nah, that 20 Million price plus add ons (and agent fees to be discovered later 😉) seems just about right for the C.V. era. In normal times 40 Million and more, would easily be a serious asking price. Skill, experience and loads of titles to back it all up. Where are you going to find that today? Yes he's 29 but he's not exactly on crutches, just yet.

29.) 17 Sep 2020 17:23:44
Caution lads and lasses - nothing has been concluded yet. From what I have read talks are not at an advanced stage yet. It would be a great bit of business if it comes off though. Fingers crossed.



12 Dec 2019 13:15:57
The Salzburg sporting director, Christoph Freund, said on Thursday that the club had held discussions with Liverpool. “I can confirm that there are talks with Liverpool at the moment. It is an honour [for us] to see the calibre of clubs who are interested in our players. ”

I guess there is some truth behind the Minamino rumours after all.


1.) 12 Dec 2019 14:11:40
James Pearce tweeted a couple hours ago that Minamino moving to Liverpool is "highly likely".

2.) 12 Dec 2019 14:19:13
I really liked the look of Minamino, albeit admittedly from a very small sample set of matches.

Seems to be very versatile player to cover any of the front three positions and a more natural like replacement for our style of play than a Origi or Shaqiri.

Also reminds me a bit of Son with his ability to play all across the front line, and who I’ve always thought would be perfect fit for us.

3.) 12 Dec 2019 14:21:05
Ed1, what do you make of this as a potential transfer? A good addition?

{Ed001's Note - looks a very good player but I have only seen him against us and he only looked good when we sat back. Just look at the second half, he was anonymous. So difficult to judge him as they were not giving him the ball and he was not able to get it back on his own. I certainly would not be against signing him from what I saw, though his end product was very inconsistent, at best.}

4.) 12 Dec 2019 14:32:05
Cheers Ed, you’re not usually wrong about players so if your even half on board with it, it’s a good sign for me.

{Ed001's Note - if those games are a good indicator, then he is probably the best option I have seen to slot into our team in recent months.}

5.) 12 Dec 2019 15:00:22
Watching those Youtube clips, RBS score some beautiful goals, haha.

6.) 12 Dec 2019 15:05:53
Also consider the price, a reported release clause of 7.5 million. In today's market that's a steal.

7.) 12 Dec 2019 15:28:39
Well that escalated quickly.

End of the road for Shaq? I know he would've played more often without injuries, but there isn't exactly a massive hole in the squad when he's missing.

8.) 12 Dec 2019 16:23:05
He seems to be keen and has the right attitude to play and press which is a good start, I bet he can’t believe his luck that we are interested. I thought we would be linked with him and Haaland after the game as it seems to be the way, but this one seems to have legs.

We have said for a while we are looking for a creative midfielder and cover for the wings and he looks like he could offer both.

When Salzburg were on it, he was always involved and we are most likely to have the ball and be required to break teams down, which he looks like he will help do! For the reported fee, looks a steal.

9.) 12 Dec 2019 19:03:35
Ed2 said the release clause is irrelevant to us so I expect it to be more than the £7.5mil reported.
Regardless though I think he looks a player and would do well for us if it happens.

{Ed002's Note - That would be Liverpool’s srarti g point,}

10.) 12 Dec 2019 20:40:41
We welcome Minamino (on 1/ 1/ 2020)
£7.25m. that's the money from selling Kent very well spent ;)

11.) 12 Dec 2019 23:11:52
Cheers Ed2. Do you think that Salzburg’s president making the talks public are a tactic to bring other teams in to drive the price up? I wouldn’t blame him if it was he’s got to be worth more than £7m in today’s market.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

12.) 13 Dec 2019 13:39:48
To be fair ed001, regarding your point of him being at his best when we sat back, the majority of the teams we face, particularly in the league tend to sit back for large portions of the game. I think on of the only problems we’ve had over the last couple of seasons is breaking down teams who sit back and this lad could be the final piece in the jigsaw!

13.) 13 Dec 2019 19:29:06
If Minamino is indeed brought in, then i'd say he's a good replacement for Shaqiri. Minamino accelerates faster, has a wider range of play on the field (Shaq is mostly right sided) and I feel he could probably take on the defensive aspect that Klopp requires from his midfielders, far better. I too, saw him play only twice (against us) and went through some videos. There's a quickness in thinking and movement that suits our game very well. He's 24, therefore moving into his prime years; so maybe the inconsistency will settle down. Who knows, but he looks good.




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12 Jul 2021 14:46:57
From ed002's post on the rumours page (check it out if you haven't already! ), our main midfield options to replace Wijnaldum are: Bissouma, Neuhaus, Sanches, McGinn, Saul and Zielinski.

So for a bit of fun, in what order would you take them at Liverpool? I'd say consider everything about the player, from their ability to their fit to their wage demands and transfer fees to their injury records and their availability etc.

Mine would go something like this:
1. Saul
2. Bissouma
3. Zielinski
4. Neuhaus
5. McGinn
6. Sanches.


1.) 12 Jul 2021 15:09:09
Spot on, my order would be exactly the same.

2.) 12 Jul 2021 15:16:09
It's hard to rank because I don't see much football outside of the prem. I'll try justify my rankings however.

1) Saul, had a poor recent season and his market value has dipped significantly because of this however his 3 seasons before that he's been exceptionally good. Good age and about to enter what you would say is prime years.

2) Bissouma, you've seen how good the guy is in the prem. Versatile and young, would be a great signing.

3) Zielinski, impressive season at CAM for Napoli with 20+ goal involvements in 50 ish games. Versatile but a little costly.

4) Neuhaus, young but so so effective at CDM. Good amount of goal involvements also considering his position. Potentially could become a world class player.

5) Sanches, he's come on leaps and bounds as a player in the last few years. Heaps of potential and no doubt a good player on his day. Worries would be his constant injury issues and his inconsistent performances.

6) McGinn, no doubt a really good player but I think he would be a big step down from Gini. Least attractive option on that list along with Sanches imo.

3.) 12 Jul 2021 22:30:56
If we can't get any of the top 4 of those then none or someone else. I think Sanches is a bad idea because look at how Keita has gotten on when looking at someone else with muscle injury issues. McGinn would cost at least £40M as well and no chance would he be worth that to us.



28 May 2021 09:14:52
Apparently we've finally triggered Konate's release clause. Looks a good start to our summer.


1.) 28 May 2021 09:56:20
I'm quite excited with what I see. You can't guarantee that any player will be a successful but Konate looks like he has all the attributes needed. Quick, strong, likes to play with the ball, etc. With VVD, Gomez, Konate, Matip and Phillips we have a wealth of riches in CB. They will need to be rotated due to fitness/ injuries but I'd be confident with those guys.



31 Jan 2021 12:23:52
So it seems like Aaron Long is the man we're going for. Now, I've only watched half a Youtube clip and looked at his Football Manager profile, so I'm already an expert on the man.

The thing that stands out immediately are his pace and acceleration, which FM rates as his best attributes. This would be an upgrade on what we currently have as both Williams and Phillips are on the slow side. Of course, pace isn't everything, but it's good to know we'll have at least one option that can keep up in a footrace, assuming he's at least competent at every other defensive facet.

Another thing that caught my eye is that he's played as both the left and right CB. I've noticed with most of our recent defenders they're not very comfortable when they're not playing on their preferred side. So for a short term fix, Long could provide a little bit of versatility to fit in with whoever we have to shove into the backline at any given moment.

I do like the fact that he's captained the US national team every time he's played for them. Whenever Hendo and Milly have been out, we've always lacked a bit of a voice and a punch, and I'm hoping that he's a communicator.

As I've said, I'm an expert on Aaron Long so I'm hoping he proves to be a success, however short term his stay might be!




15 Jan 2021 10:22:34
Tried listening to the podcast but there were stretches of silence that I assume was supposed to be ed001's audio? I can hear everyone else, at least.


{Ed001's Note - ohhh well you got lucky then! Maybe we should run a competition to see who can come up with the best replacement phrases for my bits?}

1.) 15 Jan 2021 15:11:08
Not sure I want to replace your bits with phrases, Tris. Sounds messy.

{Ed001's Note - you would love to, you know that!}



01 Oct 2020 18:19:38
Can't wait for the CL. With Atalanta, Ajax and us being such great attacking teams, it's going to be goals galore. Can't say I know much about the Danish team though, nor do I know how to spell their name!


1.) 04 Oct 2020 01:24:11
As a Dane, FC Midtjylland aren't going to be a problem.
The danish league has been a mess ever since it switched to the playoff-like system (the same that's used in Belgium), and the teams have been affected negatively by the change.

Granted I don't follow the league myself, my brother is a frantic FC Copenhagen supporter, and he's telling me that while Midtjylland do have a small sample of decent players, some too good for the danish league, they shouldn't be able to scramble together more than a few draws if they're lucky.
I guess we'll have to see, but I can see where he's coming from with what state the league is in and the general lack of good teams playing in it.

All this might just be sour grapes from him though, as Copenhagen are embarrassingly underperforming haha. But I believe we can take his word for it.




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01 Aug 2021 15:32:03
Would be a quality signing. Think the man can cover central midfield too, so could be two birds with one stone. Probably not going to happen but one can dream.




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19 Jul 2021 17:10:07
Or maybe FSG aren't the ones who decide whether or not to hand out new contracts to the players? The owners have done plenty wrong in there time here but these baseless digs feel more like you wanting to have a go at the ownership instead of any substantial criticism.




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14 Jul 2021 11:03:00
VVVV, Ed002 said on the Chelsea page Griezmann earns 45m euros a year which is a lot more than 350k a week. Although I 100% agree with you that I hope we don't end up with Sanches even if Saul is a no go.




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14 Jul 2021 09:42:07
Isn't Griezmann on 800k+ a week at Barca? Considering Atletico can't afford Saul's 300k a week salary, significant pay cut sounds like a bit of an understatement if Griezmann really did return to Atletico.




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11 Jul 2021 12:47:40
Have to say, it'd be pretty funny if we signed Zielinski as a replacement for Wijnaldum when we ended up with Wijnaldum instead of Zielinksi who was our first choice all those years ago now. Time is a flat circle, all roads lead to Rome, Fate and Destiny and all that.





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04 Aug 2021 14:47:20
jkh, I've been visiting this site for maybe seven or eight years now and in that time Harry's gone through at least a dozen usernames, been banned multiple times, and even went off to support City for around eighteen months. As Zed said, he's been given plenty of chances, and all he ever does is trash the club and the manager and the players.




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24 Jul 2021 12:37:17
Arsenal are a shambles, them letting go of Martinez doesn't really say much about how good he is, he was fantastic for Villa last season. I do have to say though, I think DDG and Lloris are finished, Schmeichel is a tad overrated especially by himself, and Dubravka just isn't a top keeper.

I still don't rate Pickford as a top 5 keeper in the league though, Alisson, Ederson, Mendy, Meslier, Martinez and from the last few seasons Patricio are all better than him.


{Ed025's Note - well that puts him 6th then zpecialone, hardly a mile away was i mate?..



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22 Jul 2021 11:58:31
I think ed002 said Atletico would accept a payment plan but would want 75m euros instead of the straight payment of 60m euros for Saul.




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22 Jul 2021 10:35:18
Would actually be hilarious if we ended up with Fekir and Zielinski this window.




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21 Jul 2021 12:53:20
Have to agree with MK. Bowen might not be anyone's first choice but, assuming the fee is reasonable, he'd be a much, much better option than Traore or Sarr.