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18 Jul 2018 00:36:42
Hello reds and eds. I honestly don't see us buying both fekir and Alisson Becker. I have a feeling that we'll be signing one of both. this of course doesn't mean one can do the job of the other but putting into context the cost of both transfer coupled with our already existing buys, our bloated squad of players we've had a hard time selling, FFP and of course the added pressure of playing having spent so much in the summer. highest spending spree in one summer in Liverpool history. I think we'll sign only one if them. I think we'll get Becker and that for me sums up a very good window.


1.) 18 Jul 2018 05:20:58
Why is there so much focus on money? The club is rich, having hardly spent (Coutinho), and then the CL windfall. There is also loads coming from sales and loan fees (Ings, Sturridge, origi) .

2.) 18 Jul 2018 05:58:46
Rich? You think so? Ed002 has frequently pointed out that we've been 'overstretching' recently.

3.) 18 Jul 2018 06:29:24
That is true Johnny but Ed001 has said that FSG know what they are going in terms of money being spent to me only yesterday.

4.) 18 Jul 2018 06:48:40
The club financial statements speak louder than an opinion. Liverpool are miles away from FFP sanctions because they are rolling in excess cash.
£60m in CL prize money, £150m in EPL prize money, increased gameday revenue after expansion.
The club can afford any players they want.

5.) 18 Jul 2018 08:01:59
Financial statements? the last ones published related to the period up to 31/ 5/ 17 so none of the CL revenue would have been accounted for, plus they showed an increase in net debt of £45m (Up from £22m to £67m) . I'm unsure that the words 'rolling in excess cash' and 'can afford any players they want' are not really true.

6.) 18 Jul 2018 08:19:06
"WE'RE LOADED". Are some of you serious! Get used to big players joining, this is the Klopp effect. We are back people and we are only going to get better and better.

7.) 18 Jul 2018 08:27:54
Yes, in those statements, it was £18m increase in debt while £50m was spent on the stadium and £90m on players. Therefore there is over £100m more available cash this season than that season. Remember that was the season Mane and Wijnaldum were purchased and there was 0 CL revenue.

{Ed001's Note - more cash available? Oh people really do not understand finances do they? Utter nonsense and fantasy figures.}

8.) 18 Jul 2018 08:56:47
I do understand finance. Have a masters in it. The Financial statements are easy to read. Perhaps you should take a look. The actual prize revenues from last season, and available for next are publicly available. Compare the seasons and the facts 1. The stadium isn't being redeveloped again, 2. We have CL revenues - last year substantially higher than what would've been expected and increased for next season, 3. Corporate revenues continue to increase.
How can anyone claim the club isn't cashed up, at least enough to buy 2 more players?

{Ed002's Note - You might want to give your "Masters" back. You clearly have no idea about the Liverpool finances. How much has Liverpool been paid for Coutinho? How much are Liverpool committed to pay for players purchased in the past? How much money is owed on the stadium? Are the wages compliant with FFP?}

9.) 18 Jul 2018 09:28:53
Most of those points are irrelevant - such as debt. There is no debt problem. The Coutinho money is incoming not outgoing. Of course the club is compliant with FFP. It would take a Neymar like purchase to change that.
I guess we will wait and see.
If the club do make 2 big purchases in the next 6 months, I do expect to see some sort of statement of how little you guys understand of business finance. To claim that an extra £100+m in revenue won't effect the clubs recruitment is laughable.

{Ed001's Note - you really have no idea what you are talking about at all. This is embarrassing. Have you even considered the increase in the wages at all? No because you are wasting everyone's time with pure ignorance.}

10.) 18 Jul 2018 09:55:01
Christ christos your coming across as a right smug git.

11.) 18 Jul 2018 10:09:18
He is - from the clubs own website:

"following the continued cash investment in players and capital infrastructure, net bank debt increased by £22m to £67m"

so borrowing increased to buy players and, I'm guessing, to do the stadium work.

12.) 18 Jul 2018 10:19:08
When it comes to finances I'd trust what the Ed's say and know because they will understand a lot more than us fans!

{Ed001's Note - I have to say it is Ed002 that knows his stuff in this regard, he taught me a lot in our early discussions on the site, which is why I asked him to become one of the first group of editors.}

13.) 18 Jul 2018 10:26:36
Reference club finances, I am really quite relaxed about how a group of billionaire businessmen, with a proven track record of the successful management of another huge sporting institution, are managing LFC. They haven’t done such a bad job so far.

14.) 18 Jul 2018 10:39:37
Wirral Wonder - agree on FSG so far, absolutely, I think they are doing a great job. It does make me laugh when folk say things like 'we can buy who we want', that's just BS, we're really nowhere near the spending power of MCFC, MUFC, PSG, RM, etc.

15.) 18 Jul 2018 12:47:34
We won't be spending the amount we have been spending recently, year on year anyway. I may be wrong but in my mind we're building a stock of top players to attain the success required to keep the club ticking over with top players as they come and go over the years. Large up front payment now, increase club status, revenue increases, club competes at a regular higher level and becomes self sustaining. Possibly risky, but these guys are pros and know what they are doing. The debt is nothing to worry about. Pretty much anyone who owns a house has debt. It doesn't mean that the debt is indicative of any financial plight, more a means to an end.



18 Jul 2017 15:02:10
hey guys
i just read a report that a loan deal has been agreed for Ojo to fulham. does that mean our broken relationship with fulham has been repaired?
i think it will be good if this deal goes through not just will ojo get good playing time but it looks like a conscious effort of the club to rebuild their relationships and make amends as their are better clubs out there ojo could have gone to.


{Ed002's Note - It was brokered by his "representative" who doesn't want him to leave Liverpool for good. I understand the player did not want a loan to Middlesbrough although Newcastle may yet be an option.}

1.) 18 Jul 2017 16:15:25
Newcastle is probably his best option although I'd worry about game time.

2.) 18 Jul 2017 18:09:00
which means it's probably not his best option.



02 Jun 2017 13:12:53
Eds I really do not want to seem lazy so I checked buh couldn't find anything. did we actually make a 28mill£ for Salah? . I see it every where but seeing it here will make me believe it. if true then I'm sure we'll reach an agreement with Roma sooner or later.


{Ed025's Note - i believe that is the case HTM and i think an agreement can be reached mate..

1.) 02 Jun 2017 14:14:44
Considering they are talking about 50m for Perisic if we can get Salah for 35m who is 5 years younger and coming off a more productive season I think that's decent business.

{Ed025's Note - so do i craig..

2.) 02 Jun 2017 14:34:58
I think £35m for Salah is good business all day long. The lad really wants to come and it was our fault it went wrong before. Him and Mane on either flank will be a nightmare to defend against.

3.) 02 Jun 2017 14:47:38
Transfered salah to liverpool last ight and let me tell you. It works.

Salah on the left abd mane on the right wowza. Haha.

4.) 02 Jun 2017 14:50:04
I agree though it was in slower paced Italy he scored 15 and assist wise 11, in 29 starts and 2 sub appearances, he can play anywhere across the atrack C/ L/ R, so that's more than decent stats wise he is also a very willing defensive runner he will track back close down and try to tackle, 35m I say yes.




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21 Jul 2019 22:18:28
Pls has Naby not recovered yet?
Whenever he's about to get a good run and impose himself on the team he misses out one way or another. I believe this is his season, I hope I'm not wrong.


1.) 21 Jul 2019 23:43:38
He’s currently recovering in Liverpool atm, saw on his private snapchat he’s training at melwood.



10 Jun 2019 23:42:23
I think our ideal signing this season will be Bruno Fernandes. Can play across the front 3 and in midfield. Is very effective and wouldn't need to sit on the bench as he can fill in many positions.


1.) 11 Jun 2019 01:05:07
Can he actually play across the front three? I know nothing about him, but if we're bringing in an expensive AM then they really need that flexibility if they're to get enough playing time to keep them happy (and even then it switching their positions often might not be greatly appreciated. )

2.) 11 Jun 2019 01:11:16
I don't think he's really shown any evidence he can play on the wing, a much better fit in central zones.

3.) 11 Jun 2019 09:50:21
He's also had one outstanding season in the Portugal league, for the quoted 70 plus million its a bit of risk for me. But if Klopp wants him let's see what he can do.

Do think we miss a Bernado Silva type player, not many about tho is there.

4.) 11 Jun 2019 11:38:08
I’d rather take a punt on fekir.

5.) 11 Jun 2019 11:45:41
He can't play across the front three. He's neither a winger nor a centre forward. He's a damn good attacking midfielder and if we sign him, that's what we'll see. Not an all round versatile player, by any means.

6.) 11 Jun 2019 12:33:35
OP, I am not aware that BF can play across the front three. Ed01, can you confirm, pls?

{Ed001's Note - not seen him play anything other than attacking mid, but he can apparently play deeper. Not heard or seen anything of him as a front 3 player.}



22 Jan 2019 22:32:01
Had an argument with a mate yesterday and he was of the opinion that Liverpool need a signing like Frenkie De Jong of Ajax to add still to the midfield and as extra cover for the defence.

I hadn't really taken note of this De jong guy so I went to watch some of his YouTube clips and watched the Ajax vs Twente match.
In my opinion I think he plays almost exactly like Fabinho like exactly just that he's 2/ 3 years younger and not as strong plus they both play as midfielders that can cover in defence which is why PSG is in the battle for him of course after loosing Fabinho to us

What do you think of Frenkie De Jong, what are his strengths and weaknesses and what do you think he can potentially be?



1.) 22 Jan 2019 23:33:32
Good player, but as you say, I’d prefer Fabinho right now. The lad will also demand a price that would make even Citeh reconsider.

2.) 22 Jan 2019 23:37:42
Just went to Barcelona for 90 million euros according to a few sources.

3.) 22 Jan 2019 23:50:05
Strength: Dutch football education.

Weakness: His surname, De Jong, sounds like he might kung-fu kick a Liverpool legend in the chest when he's about 30 years old.

In all seriousness though I don't ever recall watching him play.

4.) 23 Jan 2019 09:51:44
We’ve perhaps got one of our own (well, another would-be Dutch Master) in young Hoever.
No point shelling out £90 million if we can wait for another couple of years?

5.) 23 Jan 2019 12:53:22
Yeah, defence had been such a massive issue we need extra cover in top of what we’ve brought in. I would love extra cover in every position, all made up of world class players but we live in the real world.

6.) 23 Jan 2019 14:40:57
Juicer- De Jong plays in a different position to Hoever so they would have no bearing on each other.

7.) 23 Jan 2019 19:35:11
OP, you said that De Jong would add steel to the midfield and cover in defence? You mean like Fabinho is currently adding steel to the midfield and able cover in defence at CB and RB right now? I don't get this comparison, really. Fabs is only 23 so he still has a long way to go and learn and get better. Never seen the kid play so can't judge him BUT I'll take Fabs over him all day long.

8.) 24 Jan 2019 00:58:52
Apparently he's agreed to join Barcelona who beat Man City and PSG for his signature. I'm sure Ed02 pointed that out in the last sharkopod.



17 Dec 2018 09:55:32
It's really quiet on the Manchester United page today, heard someone say their double-decker buses have been towed. Anyone know anything about it?


1.) 17 Dec 2018 10:34:04
33 attempts to 5.
Red Star made more of an attempt at Anfield.



03 Dec 2018 11:07:05
It's must feel very good to go to work after yesterday's derby victory, moreso in the manner it came. A win is a win especially at a derby and where competing with a maniac mancity side is very precious.

I want to highlight a few things
I think we played well overall probably even better than we've been playing of recent but we need to start to convert and take our chances. We are approaching a period of the season where the games will be coming in thick and fast and fatigue will be setting in on especially on our attacking players and full backs (positions where we have no potent enough backups) we need to take our chances when we get them so we don't loose pace. Yesterday's game presented almost half a dozen pretty good chances for us but we wasted them all bar the goal

I think our best player yesterday was our goalie, he's worth every dime

Mane holds unto the ball too much and delays play. I don't know if the klopp sees this but it affects play seriously

Gomes was immense for the blue noses yesterday
Same with Coleman

Finally and most importantly
I think this coming window is probably our most important window this decide, our use or misuse of it will determine how far we can push city for the title.
Left to me we need just one player, an AM
someone with bundles of energy, an eye for a pass, good with the ball at feet and can occasionally bang in from long range (I don't see that in keita yet)

Unto Burnley.


1.) 03 Dec 2018 11:31:32
We have no plans to sign anyone in January and even if we did, I do not think it will play any part in how the second half of the season goes. We have cover at RB as we have Clyne on the books.

2.) 03 Dec 2018 11:56:07
Disagree on Mane. He’s the only one of the front 3 to be making things happen at the moment. If he took his chances yesterday we’d all be saying how magnificent he was/ is. He beats a man and creates a chance, it’s not holding up the play but drawing a man on before getting around him, if the others two were on his wavelength at the moment we’d be laughing as Bobby can’t pass and Salah can’t beat a man right now. There are glimpses, but that is all. It says a lot when you look at their stats, pretty good in isolation, but we can all see they’re not firing completely.

3.) 03 Dec 2018 13:36:29
I agree with Redinthewrongway, I think Mane is performing the most consistently out of the front 3 as far as making things happen goes. He's not got his shooting boots on yet, but I would suggest he's been the best of the 3 overall.

I think that Robertson should be overlapping a bit more though, he seems to stop behind Mane and offer himself for a deeper cross a lot of the time, and only seems to get down the line if Mane's drifted inside. Might be tactical, but think it could free up Mane to get the ball back in a more dangerous position if he overlapped a bit more.

{Ed0333's Note - I also think Mane is undroppable at the moment. Admittedly he’s not at his scintillating best, missing some proper sitters but you’re right Rugby he’s more of a threat than Salah and Bobby momentarily. I think the Burnley game is the ideal opportunity to rest Bobby and play Mane left, Salah right and a buoyed Div. In my opinion Bobby has had enough time to play himself into form and it’s clearly not happening so let’s try something else. Robbo really needs to work on his positioning. You’re correct he’s not been overlapping of late which he used to do regularly and the interchange between him and mane has been scant recently. Looks tactical to me.

4.) 03 Dec 2018 14:02:12
Can’t believe we got Alisson so cheap to be honest.

5.) 03 Dec 2018 17:35:24
yep, Mane is prob our best forward right now, Bobby looks a bit slow at the moment, and Salah has yet to hit the form of last season,
but, I think that as we enter the New Year, we will find that the team goes up a gear, and we could grab that No1 spot, City are a machine right now, but they can drop some points .

6.) 03 Dec 2018 19:10:23
OP, your post is spot on overall as I nthought we played well overall cos some of the interchange in the final third was brilliant at times BUT, I'm with the other lads on the Mane topic. He is undroppable right now. He is the one creating, getting behind teams and forcing defenders to into positions they don't want to be in. He was also the only play (and Allison) who seemed to give a damn vs PSG cos that penalty was ALL Mane. Not sure if Origi should start cos regardless of last night, he has played next to no football this season (30 mins, altogether I think) .

As for Bobbie, he is playing a new position mainly IMO, cos Keita is still coming back and he should be playing in the advanced position if Shaq plays out wide like he did last night. If he needs a rest due to fatigue then so be it. We have to persevere with him cos like it or not, we would not be where we are w/ o Bobbie and people should never forget that. As for Salah in the CF position, I think it is working cos he has scored 4 goals whenever he has played there so the numbers say he is good there for now.




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19 Apr 2019 12:32:15
The 2007 final did it for me. even though we lost. I'm a fan of the underdog and that team got me. I made a little enquiry as my mate that watched the game with me was Liverpool through and through. before I realized, I knew almost all the players by their first name and watched most of the games. Never looked back since.




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14 Feb 2019 14:08:53
It's not true
We are 4th on wage bill.




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31 Jan 2019 23:02:40
Love it OP.




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31 Dec 2018 23:44:42
Shaq will be on the bench
Best midfield play is wiji Fab and hendo for the match. They'll hunt at the smell of blood and punish any errors from the middle of the park which we know will lead to a quick transition to their goal post. On the defensive aspects, they'll help out the wide backs better as they are more used to the system than shaq.




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28 Dec 2018 10:14:24
How can they have a page when they don't have supporters.