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09 Jul 2017 09:33:13
Good morning,
Quick question Ed002 if you're about.

Do you think VVD and Keita will sign by the end of the weekend? Joke.

I recall you mentioned that with the new TV deal with BT in place, a number of foreign owners would possibly look to sell come 2017. Are FSG actively looking for buyers?

Do you also see more investment from China? Looking to buy premier league clubs etc.


{Ed002's Note - The problem is that due to the stupidity of the Brexit vote the pound is worth zip at the moment - which makes a great time to buy if you have foreign funds but a rotton time to sell if the owners are not keeping the money in GBP.

Since China opened up it has thrown a massive potential market in to the mix for professional sports (not just football, but there are other growth sports as well) and a number of Chinese companies see the potential for significant income form the game. Chinese money is already flooding through football with ownership and/or investment in clubs as diverse as Inter Milan, Espanyol, Den Haag, Milan, Sochaux, Aston Villa, Milan, Atletico Madrid, Slavia Prague and significantly, City Football Group. City Football Group of course owns or npart owns Manchester City, New York City, Yokohama F Marino, Atlético Torque, Atletico Venezuela and Melbourne City - and are looking to expand in to China and further in South America. 20% of the group is Chinese owned. For years the professional game in China was under a cloud of corruption (including match-fixing) and the Chinese, and to be fair FIFA, have worked very hard to resolve the issues. The game is on the up there and they have the money to pretty much do what they want, and this involves taking a mix of players to play in China - there are high profile players at high-profile English sides that are being offered significant financial rewards for moving to China. There is now a shift coming in Europe and I would expect to see further investment in European sides - there is one organization looking hard at Germany and another already successful in buying in to Italy. They of course have to work within certain legal ownership frameworks and that will restrict investment in certain countries. Do not be surprised to see another English side be taken over by Chinese owners in the not too distant future (let me suggest Lander might look to complete the deal for Southampton soon). Meanwhile, the profile of the game at home is increasing and the market to be tapped significant. I spent several months in Hong Kong working in both 1988 and again in 1990 and it was clear then that the mainland needed a step change and it could get leverage over so much - since then that has happened. Six months working out of Beijing in 2005 (until they pretty much forced me out) showed that changes were happening - since then I understand from colleagues who do visit that it has moved on a lot.

In terms of my personal view:

The Chinese are intent on cleaning up their act and want to promote sport within a nation that has only recently fully opened their doors to the outside world. There is a significant shift in wealth to the Far East and in particular China. They will invest and build in their own leagues and they will go to other parts of the world to learn. Chelsea has lost a couple of players to China and has had an approach about a another. Other players from the EPL have followed and there will be more - although the Chinese authorities are now bringing in restrictions to make it more manageable - but in the longer term the Chinese will cherry pick and then look to grow. This then leads to potential movement of players within the consortia (as Udinese has done with Watford) and that is something we will see more of but there are pleanty of walls in the way based on (a) convenience, and (b) potential abuse of national or international FFP rules. They will learn from the mistakes of others and they will soon be looking to add coaching capabilities by recruiting from other leagues. It is progress - like it or not.}

There will be more global City Football Group style collectives appearing. There will be growth in China. And so it goes.}

1.) 09 Jul 2017 10:25:16
Really interesting.

I didn't realise how involved the City foootball group are.

Thank you for the detailed response, as always.


2.) 09 Jul 2017 11:27:15
Correct me if I'm wrong ed but I remember reading that potentially a Chinese under 21 team or in that region are joining the lower tiers of the German league to help develop them and gain experience.

{Ed002's Note - It is not quite like that but there is a recent agreement that will see a connection between the countries and there has been a recent youth tournament - I don't know what happened.}

3.) 09 Jul 2017 12:11:09
Wonder if any of these football collectives are planning on making Liverpool FC their flagship, we all know that there's only maybe 10 clubs in the world with as big or bigger fan bases than us.

4.) 09 Jul 2017 13:00:16
Nice read Ed02 many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

5.) 09 Jul 2017 17:18:45
Eds, I read something about the Chinese government making it more difficult for companies to invest in things like football cubs abroad recently, something to do with reducing the flow of money out of the country and to combat money laundering. Is this correct? I also heard something about some players finding it difficult to get their money out of China, is that true do you know?

{Ed002's Note - It is true that the Government want to regulate the amount being spent - but remember in some cases this is Government money. I don't know about the players. We had to prove that we were not money laundering back in the day and that we were not hiding money away. Nowadays (starting in 2006 which was after I left) there are many western backs in China so I doubt it is much of an issue.}

6.) 09 Jul 2017 18:00:18
Thanks ed, you've lived some life haven't you, I bet you're a bloody interesting chap to have a pint with.

7.) 09 Jul 2017 20:20:33
I'm not sure why but I'm under the impression ed002 is female I seem to recall reading it at some point but I could be wrong? But so many posters seem to refer to ed002 as male? So which is it ed002?

{Ed002's Note - For the right money I can be anything you want.}

8.) 09 Jul 2017 22:20:57
Thats a top secret here.

One of the most interesrting topics open for discusaion anytime.


9.) 10 Jul 2017 02:39:46
The sharkpod makes her sound like an 70s East German olympic sprinter (no offence ma'am)

10.) 10 Jul 2017 10:35:38
I reckon Ed002 is a female former KGB spy, far too many secret contacts to just be muggle like the rest of us.

11.) 10 Jul 2017 12:45:19
It was a joke made by Ed1 to seed a rumour that Ed2 is a "she". That has long been disproved. Although, there are days you might think it's "that time of the month" with Ed2 :-) . On the other hand, who can blame the man?



14 Dec 2016 12:42:08

Any idea on how long Can is out for?


{Ed001's Note - he is having a fitness test later, he might well be fit to play tonight.}

1.) 14 Dec 2016 13:03:18
Fair enough.

Thanks ed001.

{Ed001's Note - welcome Nicky.}

2.) 14 Dec 2016 15:26:45
Good news on Emre. Is it a simular thing with lovren ed?

{Ed001's Note - yes.}



05 Dec 2016 21:35:59
Matip recovered for West Ham this weekend?

Hope so.



01 Jul 2016 19:49:36
Quick question for Ed002 if I may.

Reports showing Palace are showing an interest in Benteke and Liverpool looking at a significant fee for him.

Is their interest due to the fact they have more money to spend as a result of the new TV revenue?


{Ed002's Note - No, their interest will be because they see that the player can improve their side.}

1.) 01 Jul 2016 23:44:03
Can u see us getting the 30mill we are holding out for Ed002? . Or will we get 28 or something. I thought 25 was good.

{Ed002's Note - I would not get too wrapped up in the money McD.}

2.) 02 Jul 2016 06:08:02
Sure thing Ed 2, of course they see Benteke as an option to improve their squad, hence the bid.

I just thought that it was significant as I've never seen the likes of say Palace bid that amount for a player, especially when you factor in all the additional costs, agents fees, VAT on these fees, potential relocation costs etc etc,

Having said that, I think I read below that Palace have backing from the US so that may have answered my question.

3.) 02 Jul 2016 09:53:54
Money is clearly not an issue for Palace as they had no problem splashing 33m on a bid for Batshuayi. I think the deal will go through especially because he wants the move and we don't wanna keep him.

4.) 03 Jul 2016 04:05:09
obviously it's because of the TV deal. no idea why Ed 02 disagreed with that comment. i don't think they can afford to bid that much with out it.

{Ed001's Note - because you are wrong. They could not afford to spend that much because of the TV deal. Why do ignorant people argue when it is clear they have no idea what they are talking about? Palace were taken over recently by an extremely well-financed group who are pumping money in. That is why they can afford it, not because of the TV money, which they have not received yet anyway.}

5.) 03 Jul 2016 07:34:25
Spot on, Ed. They are financial backers from the States if I'm correct. If not, you may correct me.

{Ed001's Note - correct, they are an American consortium.}



29 May 2016 16:28:53
Hello all, Eds and Reds

Not sure how many carp anglers there are on here, I am one myself and go to France a couple of times a year fishing.

A complex where we go is called Dream Lakes and a friend of mine is there at the moment.

He is fishing with his son and two swims along is young Brannigan. They have been talking and have had a brew together. Brannigan has also had a kick about with my friends son which is really great.

Being a big LFC fan, my mate text me and sent in photos, he said Brannigan is so down to earth.

I did ask him if he knew anything regarding Couthino and he reckons he will stay with us. Interestingly enough, Brannigan has also been approached by Barcelona!

I don't very often start posts but thought this was quite interesting and the fact he's be playing footie on the bank with my mates son. I think it's brilliant.

1.) 29 May 2016 17:02:09
Isn't he was wanted by Barcelona years ago?

2.) 29 May 2016 17:39:55
Recently as well matey.

3.) 29 May 2016 19:01:32
He has been on Barcelona's radar for while and they have been watching his contract negotiations as recently as the last several weeks.

4.) 29 May 2016 19:40:35
Thank you Scouse for reiterating that.

5.) 29 May 2016 23:21:07
Brannigan got back from USA and over to france quickly then.

6.) 29 May 2016 23:44:08
You're welcome mate.

7.) 30 May 2016 06:35:45
Why on earth would I make something like this up Hoola? Just check back on my posting history and you will find It's not in my nature whatsoever. He's there, in France, Carp angling.

It's a shame I can't post pictures my mate sent me a lovely photo of Brannigan signing his young son's Liverpool shirt.

{Ed001's Note - you can post up pics on here. Message on the contact form (at the bottom of the page) to get Ed033 to pull his finger out and put up the link again!}

8.) 30 May 2016 06:49:39
I will do that Ed 1.

{Ed001's Note - cheers.}

9.) 30 May 2016 09:32:45
All sounds a bit fishy to me.

10.) 30 May 2016 10:21:36
I think you're just reeling us in.

11.) 30 May 2016 10:53:48
What a load of carp.

12.) 30 May 2016 11:19:10
Surprised it's take so long for the fishy jokes.

To be fair, I'm quite disappointed. I've met a good number of LFC players both past and present but none of the younger crop of players.

I used to go the the same complex in France twice a year and would have been there myself but for having to cut back on expenditure. I now have a two year old lad so the cost of my LFC season ticket and 2 trips to France each year was getting a bit much.

13.) 30 May 2016 17:51:54
For hooks hake 😠.




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24 Jul 2017 22:14:10
Ed001.If you're about mate.

Five mins away from the monotonous VVD and Keita posts.

Which team do you think has strengthened best so for, targeting and landing players where they have needed to strrenghthen.

{Ed001's Note - probably City.}

1.) 25 Jul 2017 04:51:39
Pep has clearly identified a weakness in his side and is spending big to fix it. Only just realised today he has spent over 110million pounds on fullbacks alone.
It certainly is a new transfer world.
But his side is definitely looking formidable now - if he can get them to gel and implement his tactics.

2.) 25 Jul 2017 04:55:02
It will be us once we've signed VVD and Keita. Oops, sorry Nicky.

3.) 25 Jul 2017 07:22:15
City without a doubt. The money spent has been obscene but they have replaced their ageing fullbacks with those that possess lots of pace and offer width. Bernardo Silva is class and I believe Jesus is going to be on of the best in his position in the league.
LFC tbh have not really improved on last season's squad (bar Salah) . Add Keita and VVd to the squad and then maybe we might challenge for the title.

4.) 25 Jul 2017 07:25:05
City spent roughly the same amount on kyle walker as we did on salah, robertson and solanke.

5.) 25 Jul 2017 07:28:36
My issue with Pep is his lack of intent to developing any of the talent already theee when he arrived.

Stones 50mil
Bravo 17mil
New gk (can't remember name) 35mil (ish)
Mendy 50mil
Walker 50mil
Gundogan 25mil
Sane 40mil
Gabriel Jesus 30mil
Bernardo Silva 45mil

He has basically bought 8 of his starting 11 in 1 year and spent £320 mil. If he wins the league, is that really a big well done? Great coach or blessed with rich clubs and endless spending power?

6.) 25 Jul 2017 08:35:53
Guardiola, in terms of the teams he has managed, is surely one of the luckiest managers of the modern era. He inherited a Barcelona side with the burgeoning Messi, Eto'o in his prime, Iniesta, Xavi in his prime, Busquets, etc etc and with a cheque book to sign players he felt needed. He then went to Bayern who have by far the best squad in the Bundesliga, the most money to spend and who had come off of a treble winning season (! ) . He is now at arguably the richest club in England - completely bombed first season despite having a squad filled with talent and expense - and has now outlayed a supreme amount of money again in order to compile the team he wants. A complete chequebook manager - give me the teams and resources that man has had and I bet you I win games. If he doesn't win at least 2 trophies this season (League must be one) then it is a complete and utter failure for them - if they do it's nothing more than you would expect really.

7.) 25 Jul 2017 08:47:49
Spot on 87red. He has spent a lot of money but really, their fullbacks are still suspect defensively. Walker has no end product. Mendy has some but is woeful defensively ans as for the GK, time will tell. The best way to play against City if you are LFC, is to give those FB's pace to defend against and that is where we will have the upper hand. Salah and Mane on the flanks will slow the penchant for plying those FB's high up the pitch. That is one part of their system neutralized. The rest, we shall see. City has spent a lot and if they win the PL, it won't be a big deal. Now if they don't, Pep's in trouble.

8.) 25 Jul 2017 10:26:26
Stick Guardiola in charge of Bristol Rovers with a one million pound budget and see if he can get them to the Premier League.



15 Jul 2017 06:45:59
Morning all and Eds.

So we are a few weeks into the transfer window.

How do you the other teams around us are shaping up?

I think Everton have made a couple of decent signings but for me, Man City are looking strong, they have strengthened where they have said they needed to strengthened, eclectically if they land Mendy too.

Not so sure about Arsenal or United, they stil need more imo.

The window has a long way to go so it will be interesting, I expect United to spend big.

1.) 15 Jul 2017 07:08:40
Manchester City have spent well but they are no super squad as people seem to be assuming. Their attack is quite strong but they still have a shaky defense and only one fullback in Walker if you count Kolarov as a centre back

Manchester United seem to be finally targetting players they need rather than just signing superstars for the sake of it. While I don't know much about Lindelof, Lukaku is certainly a good signing. I'm hoping they don't get Fabinho as he'll strengthen them a lot.

Chelsea have gone for Rudiger and Bakayoko and while both are good players undoubtedly, I don't think they'll improve Chelsea's level that much. It'll be to the other teams to catch up.

Arsenal for me till now have done the best business. They've signed a proper goalscorer in Lacazette and a very good left back in Kolasnic. And if they do manage to keep hold of Sanchez, I think they'll be one to watch out for although Europa will be a hindrance.

2.) 15 Jul 2017 09:55:22
I have to disagree on City.

They have lost Zabaleta (in ny opinion the best right back to play in the Prem) and replaced him with the second best right back in Tottenhams squad.

They have lost Clichy and will look to replace him with Mendy; an unproven kid who cannot defend for his life, but is lethal going forward. Not really a vast upgrade, if at all.

And what is this Silva guy going to add? They already had Sterling, Sane, Aguero, Jesus, D. Silva, De Bruyne, Iheanacho, Navas, Nolito etc. Has that signing really improved them? Not really.

Then you have this new keeper who like Bravo isn't a great shot stopper either.

I don't think City have improved much at all. They were already strong enough to compete for the title so I still expect them to be right up there, but they aren't striding away from the pack as much as the media want us to believe!

3.) 15 Jul 2017 10:36:04
How about our defense Reet? Klavan / Korolov no difference!



11 Jul 2017 19:06:33
Well, Mendy has been spotted with Union Jack shorts on, looking into the distance saying " see you soon"

Now I'm sure he was gazing towards the Mersey and not the Manchester ship canal.


1.) 11 Jul 2017 19:19:40
He's going to City.

2.) 11 Jul 2017 19:33:41
He is not coming to Liverpool FC.

3.) 11 Jul 2017 19:45:24
Sounds like a proper chav.

4.) 11 Jul 2017 20:04:15
yeah he probs had a fake burberry cap on as well.

5.) 11 Jul 2017 21:12:43
Fit either Manchester club then!



10 Jul 2017 19:27:43

Do you get to go any of the matches? As you're a Chelsea boy, Stamford Bridge.?

Some cracking boozers around Parson's Green for a pre match pint.

{Ed002's Note - I alway s go to afew games a year - maybe in Marseille, perhaps in Chelsea or maynbe elsewhere.}



05 Jul 2017 18:33:07
Hi Ed 001,

Do you think we are making any progress on securing some more signings?

It's all gone very quiet, to which I'm pleased about. I wouldn't much rather all of a sudden read a player was having a medical with us or even a club statement saying we have just signed a player!

{Ed001's Note - yes, we have never stopped.}

1.) 06 Jul 2017 06:53:58
Any progress you can share with us ed at this time mate or is it just ongoig talks etc.

{Ed001's Note - nothing that I am aware of yet mate.}




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21 Jul 2017 12:05:05
True enough Ed002, but with your money we could buy Barcelona too ;-)



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21 Jul 2017 11:16:15

You mention Liverpool cannot afford Barcelona, .

Now deep down, I know you have a soft spot for the mighty reds.

I'm sure I read somewhere that you lived in Monaco, so must have a few bob Ed002! So why not share some of that wealth with the club, enhancing our chances of signing Neymar, and helping LFC not to look a laughing stock


{Ed002's Note - What I said was that Liverpool cannot affort Neymar.}



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16 Jul 2017 08:17:45
The only way I can see it happening is if VVD hands in a transfer request.



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14 Jul 2017 22:11:02
Take no notice Ed002.

You're information is invaluable and I for one really respect your knowledge of the game.

{Ed002's Note - It is OK and I rather agree with Macca that all could be done - there will be a need for a clean up as well.And I rather suspect a serius slap on the writs as the minimum.}



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14 Jul 2017 18:12:17
You're a brave man Macca.




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25 Jul 2017 09:30:30
Absolutely spot on Mcgoveb, especially your comment regarding the defence!



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22 Jul 2017 07:40:53
After all what's happened and klopp wants him that badly, if we do decide to go back in for him, I hope we'll offer what's needed and not annoy Southampton any more than we have already and just get it done.



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16 Jul 2017 18:26:33
There were funds available in January ( allegedly ) and if this was the case, we didn't use any of the money available.

It could actually make sense that klopp didn't feel the need to spend in Jan ( there were lots of fans, pundits etc critizining klopp for not strengthening in Jan ) in anticipation that the money could be better used this Summer?

Just a thought.

{Ed002's Note - You need to move on from all of this nonsense about money.}



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16 Jul 2017 08:30:06
Neymar had been talking to Coutinho about Barcelona.



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16 Jul 2017 08:23:09
Sanchez turned us down for Arsenal.

I think part of the plan was to bring Sanchez to LFC when Suarez was sold to Barcelona.