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20 Jun 2017 22:24:38
You can add Zeca, Brazilian left-back 23 years old, to the list of LBs being linked with us. Plays for Santos and has featured for the Brazil U20s and the recent Olympic Gold winning team. Is right footed so he can play both on the left and the right. Super fast, athletic type, but a bit on the short smallish side for me (in the videos I saw) . But then, Roberto Carlos was even shorter, so what do I know. Seems to be a very offensive minded player.

Probably just a case of the agent creating waves and interest in his client in Europe, and everyone and their grandma knows we're in the market for LBs.


1.) 21 Jun 2017 05:51:22
Only zika we're getting is the virus.


 

 

07 Jun 2017 22:41:04
And on a side note, stories in the media are out that Lucas Leiva has had discussions with his original club, Gremio in Brazil, and will probably go back and play with them next year. If that is the case, I thank him for 10 years of sterling, loyal service and wish him all the best for his remaining career. There's always something special about players who knuckle down, give 100%, persevere, and just do their job despite all the drama and distractions, in the game. YNWA.


 

 

13 Nov 2015 11:30:36
Hi Ed002. Do you have any information/news about Loris Karius, the goalkeeper from Mainz, as a transfer target for LFC? The source is twitter (and Essexred below), but since his name was lumped along with Sane and Gundogan on the tweet, I thought I would ask you the question. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I would rather not answer questions from Twitter but at least you were honest where it came from. Mainz's Loris Karius has been previous linked with interest from Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Schalke and Valencia - but it is Aston Villa who are looking for a January move. Previously played for Manchester City.}


1.) 13 Nov 2015 12:24:53
Thanks Ed.


 

 

 

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24 Jul 2017 16:56:38
Eds, can we please have a new section for novellas, novels and unending sagas? It's badly needed now. Thank you for considering it. ;-)


 

 

09 Jun 2017 15:10:58
I'm reading other media sources, far more than the usual, probably because of the recent events involving our attempts at transfers. But one thing has to be said - the English media can really be a bunch of vultures circling around mercilessly over a weakened prey. And it's disgraceful to see and read.

Granted we were in the wrong and the statement put out by the club leaves no doubt about it. But things have a limit.

Last Monday we were an ambitious, progressing team capable of buying stellar players at record breaking prices. They all implied we were to be feared next year and the future looked really good.

By Wednesday, LFC were a bunch of cheats full of arrogance and underhanded dealings, preying on smaller clubs and using mostly unethical methods in doing business.

And today, Friday, there's nothing but a long array of failed transfers from the past, bungled deals and questionable business tactics. A lot going back almost 20 years. Monday's hero is being crucified by Friday.

A new poster, Yankee Red, had asked a question about "British tabloid culture", a few days ago. I didn't know what he meant and Ed001 had replied that this had nothing to do with it. But I see what was meant, now.


1.) 09 Jun 2017 15:31:41
Let's be honest, the media create most the problems that arrise.


2.) 09 Jun 2017 18:30:17
It's the football clube that's dug itself into this mess with its characteristic, disgraceful and sickeningly unprofessional conduct. NOT the media. The media will (unsurprisingly) latch on to whatever it's fed. and boy is Liverpool feeding it in boatloads.

This behavior is well documented now.
And there's NOTHING to suggest it's going to be stopping anytime soon.

A poster/ ed on here suggested that perhaps a transfer ban would properly ram the ethical and professional point home.
I totally agree. It may be in the interests of justice (and perhaps even the club itself) that charges are brought on the club.

Someone somewhere is doing an appalling job at oversight.
This is damaging to the club and the longer this goes on there more diminished the standing and reputation of the institution.

As for Klopp, some sort of discipline SHOULD be meted out on him.
There are no holy cows.
His own conduct in such incidents further shatters the already incredible muddied reputation of the club.


3.) 09 Jun 2017 21:05:03
The media are just doing their job. Fair to say that certain outlets will exaggerate the truth or exaggerate fake news no doubt. But usually if you have no reason to be in the news then there is no news. We have no one else to blame but ourselves.


 

 

01 Jun 2017 11:59:04
The team to avoid in the qualifying stages of the UCL is Hoffenheim. But I'm sure we'll blow them out of the water, if we do draw them. (Yeah, contradictory statement I know, but this is what happens to your brain after reading these pages, daily) .

On a side note, it will be nice to welcome Mr. Balotelli back to Anfield, if we draw Nice. Curious what antics he'll have on view, if he scores.

{Ed025's Note - there will be fireworks thats for sure ra.. :)


1.) 01 Jun 2017 12:10:14
I'm crossing my fingers for AEK, but that's only because I live in Athens! :D.


2.) 01 Jun 2017 12:16:44
For sure, Ed025. I hope our boys have a nice welcome "initiation" back to Anfield, for him. It'd be nice to test if he has a "no red card" bonus with Nice, as well.


3.) 01 Jun 2017 12:42:22
When is the draw taking place?

{Ed025's Note - 4th of august mate..


4.) 01 Jun 2017 13:25:35
Thanks ed.

{Ed025's Note - no probs mate..


 

 

28 May 2017 19:28:31
Given that we are going to be awarded around 148.1 Mil from the FA, and that at least another 50 Mil will come in from sales (Sakho, Markovic, Wisdom and other loanees), it brings incoming funds to around 200 Mil. My point is that the figure of a budget limit of 100 Mil being bandied about here is way off and people should not be surprised if we end up spending around 200 Mil. Klopp will definitely be more ambitious with his targets than he has been in the past. And not only because of the money being available but because the pressure is on to show tangible, durable results (Titles and trophies) . People are right when they say we are going to see a very crazy summer with huge numbers being spent. Guardiola will wipe the slate almost clean, and start over. Moanrinho will spend like crazy because that's the only thing he's good at. And Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal will not simply sit and watch.


1.) 28 May 2017 21:00:14
The club doesn't run for free, it's has to pay the plAyers, staff, the debt owed etc etc. What fans pay for tickets and shirts will not cover all of this. We also have to work within finances so not all that money is made available for transfers.


2.) 28 May 2017 21:29:54
Correct. That's why I didn't include income from tickets sold at games and the commercial deals and endorsements in place. These two alone provide 160 Mil per year (at least) . So you think that's not enough to service the debt and pay employee salaries and all other expenses? You know more than me.


3.) 28 May 2017 21:56:31
Do you think football clubs are ran on the basis to invest all revenue into the transfer market? No wonder eds don't like talking about finances.


4.) 28 May 2017 23:31:27
Last season player wages for Liverpool where £152m and it's probably more now the way footballers wages are going, so there's your £148m prize money gone right there. Fans need to stop worrying about the cost of footballers imo, it's absurd. You wouldn't brag about paying two or three times what it's worth for a house yet football fans aren't happy unless the club they support are paying £30+ for a player regardless or if he's worth it or not. We spent very sensibly last summer imo and all the signings worked out pretty much (klavan's ok as cover) so I'd be happy with another similar summer this year. We seem to have a good squad harmony atm and signing 5-6 big ego mercenaries just to keep fans happy could ruin that.


5.) 30 May 2017 15:49:58
Nobody knows a thing about the finances of the club nor how it is run nor how the funds are allocated for transfers. This is why the Ed's don't talk money on this forum cos it gets everyone's hair to get on fire. I suggest people ignore the transfer amount being bandied around in the media or you will just be disappointed and angry for no reason. Just trust the manager and know that he will do what is best for the team. We know where our deficiencies lie and the Ed's have mentioned the players they know we are interested in so let the manager do his work.


 

 

22 May 2017 15:25:49
Just saw the list of possible teams (eleven of them) that LFC could face in the qualifiers for the Champions League. Not exactly a cake walk, as I thought, but certainly doable.


 

 

 

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23 Jul 2017 00:29:26
If we don't manage to get the player with this last offer, we'll really look like rank amateurs for persisting on something that RBL (officially) have been saying will never ever happen. And doubly so, because we're adopting (officially), the RBL stance of "we don't sell our best players and it's not going to happen", on the offer from Barcelona for Coutinho.

Given that players have to be sold if we manage to buy (to maintain squad size), I think it's actually Can that will be sold and not Coutinho, in the case of Keita. But maybe we'll find out tomorrow, since Can is back this weekend. The contract is supposedly ready and let's see if he signs it; what excuses are left for not signing it if he is indeed staying? And it's not as bad a deal if the outgoing of 75Mil for Keita is offset by a deal of 30-35Mil for Can. If we buy VVD then I see Lovren being sold and not Gomez. It's those long contract renewals/ extensions that seem to be the final kiss of death, LOL. Mignolet has escaped this fate, but that's because of his upturn in form, whereas Lovren is still flailing in the wind. How ironically funny it would be if Sakho could not be sold/ loaned and ended up wearing LFC red for next season again.


 

 

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11 Jul 2017 16:53:56
Most of us agree we need a deeper bench. And most of us can see that Klopp likes versatile players. What's the problem with signing versatile players for the bench? I'm sure even Ox knows he will not start at either Arsenal or Liverpool, regardless of whom he chooses. If it mattered so much to him, then he would have talked with mid or lower table teams where his chances of starting are higher. People need to chill a bit and yes, read their posts, at least once, before posting.


 

 

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26 Jun 2017 00:07:51
I don't agree that VVD is just an average defender; he is far far better than that. But then I also don't agree with "pay the price and get him and we'll learn our lesson". The prices being bandied about, even before the tapping up revelations, was already too high. And it seems to be a crazy sellers market out there now, particularly when English clubs are involved. It makes no sense at all when you consider that the best player in the League this past season (Kante) was bought for 36 Million, and players who might reach his level or standard (VVD, Keita and Mendy) are being quoted at double, a year later.

We got our LW. Let's go out and get competent LB and RBs, and then scour the market for fair priced players that will strengthen our bench. They are definitely out there. Agreed, EPL teams are flush with funds because of the new TV deal, but that's no reason to forget we were bleeding a million a week just a couple of years ago.

Many will say "what about the other teams that will strengthen? ". I'd say let them. ManU did beautifully with Mourinho and Ibrahimovic, did they? Arsenal imploded as usual, and there is no reason to believe it won't be repeated. ManC needs a rebuild anyway, simply because the squad is old, and not only because they have a new manager. Spurs are a threat but they don't have any glaring weak positions, so how much can they improve? Chelsea won because they added two key players to a squad that already won two years ago, and they got a manager who screwed the players' heads back on straight. Let's not forget we were title contenders on January 1st, before the cracks started showing. We need a minimum 2 players (LW and LB) and probably a maximum of 4 (adding a CB and CM) . And I don't see the need the pay extortionate prices. Both FSG and Klopp seem to be fiscally prudent, so I don't see any problems there. It's just the supporters who start salivating at the bait that is always being thrown at them by the journalists and media.


 

 

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24 Jun 2017 22:51:08
I was one of those who was doubtful about Wijnaldum, and Klopp basically took skills that he saw in him and put them to far better use for the tactical structure he wanted the team to play in. And it worked. Klopp took a supposedly lazy midfielder with a powerful long shot and turned him into a multi-faceted player who plays with far more skills, in many ways, than he ever did at Newcastle.

So why can't it happen with Oxlade-Chamberlain? Klopp has a plan. Trust the man and trust the plan!


 

 

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23 Jun 2017 21:25:16
And I repeat, the persistence (y)


 

 

 

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24 Jul 2017 11:34:46
An EPL squad is made up of up to 25 players. Only 11 are allowed on the pitch at the same, in a game. Therefore, it is impossible to keep everyone happy. ;-)


 

 

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24 Jul 2017 08:45:57
If we keep Coutinho and Can, and add the signings of Salah and Robertson, then we are unquestionably a better team. If we add VVD then we are far better. If we had signed Keita, then selling Can would almost have been a necessity.


 

 

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24 Jul 2017 08:33:33
While I think most people underestimate the impact Salah will have on our play, and is consequently a fantastic buy, the VVD and Keita situations could have certainly been handled far far better. Maybe it's me, but I get the impression that other teams handle their transfers far more discreetly and with far less of a media circus around them. And I'm sure the teams, whose players we want to buy, don't appreciate this media circus, and consequently put up higher levels of resistance just to lower LFC down a peg or two. Just seems there's a vacuum in leadership and strategy when it comes to transfers. It makes you wonder who is really in charge, when a price is quoted for Coutinho a month ago, and yet now there's loud strong denials of any intent to sell.


 

 

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23 Jul 2017 23:05:19
Ditto, Benny.


 

 

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23 Jul 2017 22:22:19
And the beat goes on. (it's a good thing vinyl records wear out, because it's sheer torture listening to the same off-tune song again and again) .

{Ed002's Note - I love vinyl records man.}