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15 Apr 2018 14:50:54
Hi Ed's and Reds.

As you know I very rarely post "rumours" however I've heard from my source at Swansea that us, along with a number of Prem clubs have been closely watching Ollie Watkins of Brentford. Now I know we watch loads of players all the time, so I'm not saying there is concrete interest, but I'm wondering if any of the Ed's had heard his name mentioned in relation to us scouting him? And if he is any good?



{Ed002's Note - Others I am aware of, not Liverpool.}

1.) 15 Apr 2018 17:21:16
Ok thanks Ed.



28 Apr 2017 15:13:03
Good afternoon Ed's and reds.

I very rarely post rumours as I don't have many sources.

However, I have just been confidently told that Aaron Creswell will be a Liverpool player in the summer. Do you know if there is any truth in this?



{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Liverpool and West Ham agreeing the transfer of Aaron Creswell this summer.}

1.) 28 Apr 2017 15:44:53
Ok thanks for the swift reply Ed.

2.) 28 Apr 2017 16:26:08
good player.

3.) 28 Apr 2017 17:25:55
That would make no sense to me.

4.) 28 Apr 2017 18:17:17
He's had shocking season, small upgrade on Milner.



28 Jul 2016 20:28:16
Evening Eds and Reds.

My pretty reliable source at Swansea has said that he has heard that both us and West Ham have enquired to Leeds about the possible sale of Charlie Taylor.

Any truth in this eds?

Cheers, YNWA.


{Ed001's Note - last I heard we hadn't, but since then he has made it known he wants to leave and turned down a new contract. So it is entirely possible.}

1.) 28 Jul 2016 22:50:47
How good is he Ed?

{Ed001's Note - not sure, only seen him a couple of times, but the Leeds fans on their site are happy to see him go, which is never a good sign!}

2.) 28 Jul 2016 23:46:15
Do you rate him Ed01? Other posters?

{Ed001's Note - not seen enough of him sorry.}

3.) 29 Jul 2016 05:18:15
Are the fans happy for him to go because of the money he would bring or because they don't rate him? There's a difference. I don't want Coutinho to go but if a mega Sterling type offer came in I would be happy for him to leave.

{Ed001's Note - he is in the final year of his contract, he won't bring much money. They are happy to see him go anyway.}

4.) 29 Jul 2016 08:01:05
Ed001 Do you believe about klopp saying our transfer business is over now (excluding the players going out) and klopp will stick with moreno and turn milner as backup fullback?

{Ed001's Note - nope, we are still trying to sign full backs.}

5.) 29 Jul 2016 08:16:55
Same old story.

We spend money on areas that aren't really a priority then the 1 area we needed more than anything (LB) we try and spend as little as possible.

We would have been better just keeping Smith.

6.) 29 Jul 2016 09:09:06
Can he play attacking midfield? 🤔.

7.) 29 Jul 2016 10:30:03
We not only need a LB but need backup too. Moreno has shown his lack of defensive ability all too often.

8.) 29 Jul 2016 12:38:56
The transfer windo does not close until the end of August. Plenty more suprises to come in the transfer market yet. Have patience. We will sign a LB before then pkus 1/ 2 more will leave.

9.) 29 Jul 2016 16:30:32
The internets says he can play as a full back or a left winger which immediately makes me think

RUN! Run as far away from this deal as possible and never look back 😄.

10.) 30 Jul 2016 12:21:13
Modern football sadly, apparently the first job of a full back is to be a winger and if they can't defend then that's a minor issue. Frustrates the life out of me.



06 May 2016 16:35:16
Hey Eds and Reds. Still buzzing from last night.

Now as you know from my lack of posts on the rumours page, my insider knowledge is evidently non-existing and I'll only post if I hear something.

Now I previously mentioned from my contact at the Swans that they are looking to take Joey Allen back this summer.

The same contact has also informed me that Swansea and Liverpool are 2 of 3 premiership clubs with concrete interest in Lukasz Teodorczyk, a polish striker playing in Ukraine. Now I had to look him up as I've never heard of him or seen him play. I was wondering if any of the Eds or reds had seen him or know much about the lad?

Keep the faith guys! YNWA.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any English interest in Teodorczyk at this time - last up it was Wigan, Sheffield United and Wolves but he moved to Dinamo Kyiv.}

1.) 06 May 2016 23:34:25
lol not going to happen.

2.) 07 May 2016 09:47:02
Sure he played and scored against Everton last season. Name rings a bell.



15 Aug 2015 08:49:34
Good Morning Ed's and Reds.

Unfortunately the only rumours I get from my source are Swansea City related.

He told me last night that the Swans have made tentative enquiries in to the possibility of taking Allen back to the Liberty Stadium but were told by us that he isn't for sale.

Not sure how reliable this is, just wondering if you had heard anything?


{Ed001's Note - I already mentioned there were talks a while back regarding him, back then we were considering selling him as Kovacic was possible. Now that has died, Allen is no longer available.}




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01 Aug 2020 00:32:40
Ed01 if you're about mate.

With some supporters crying over who we might miss out on this summer (instead of trusting Jurgy and the lads) I was wondering if there's anyone that particularly stands out to you in your life time that we had reportedly had interest in that made you think "Ah I wish we had signed him? "

Maybe wishing that we actually made a move for Simao in one of those 16 summers we were linked with him?

Or maybe wished Thommo hadn't dismissed Ronaldo due to weaknesses?

Or maybe you really wished we had stumped up the extra wages Lucas Neill was wanting?

I'm not sure how much we were actually interested in him as I seem to recall Arsenal and Utd being the main parties involved, but as someone who's of the same age and from the same area, I wish we had picked up Aaron Ramsey. Yes I am slightly biased, but I do think he's underrated, he's scored plenty of goals from midfield and would suited breaking forward in some of our teams. Technically excellent, his goal away to Galatasaray from 35 yards with his weak foot is still up there as one of the best goals I've seen.

Anyhow, hope you enjoy a different question to the usual "when's Thiago signing? ".


{Ed001's Note - David Silva. Rafa wanted him and Villa and they have shown themselves to be class players. Silva is one of the best of the Prem era.}

1.) 01 Aug 2020 06:24:37
Imagine if Rafa could of had the team he wanted?! I seem to remember he wanted Dani Alves before his move to a Barcelona and we ended up with Glen Johnson instead?!

Imagine the team we had with Rafa plus those guys - Reina, Gerrard, Alonso, Mascherano, Dani Alves, Villa, Torres and David Silva 😅.

2.) 01 Aug 2020 06:36:09
Villa - Silva - Gerrard
Alonso - Masch
Aurelio - Agger - Carra - Arbeloa

What a team that would've been.

3.) 01 Aug 2020 07:09:41
Leonardo Brazil left back at 1994 World Cup
I think he is still at PSG in the boardroom now
The first fullback I ever saw who was better then some full fledged wingers.

4.) 01 Aug 2020 08:04:26
Torres in goals and Reina up front Zpecialone dunno if that would work🤔.

5.) 01 Aug 2020 09:12:55
Man, the fact that we wanted David Villa, David Silva and Dani Alves and instead ended up with Glen Johnson, Ngog and Riera makes me want to cry. We would have won at least one UCl and a couple of league titles if Rafa had gotten his first choice targets.
I hope we don't make the same mistakes going forward now that we are back at the top of the ladder.

6.) 01 Aug 2020 09:37:10
JJ, That is cos Leonardo was a creative midfielder playing wingback. At the time actually Leonardo was a CM at Sao Paolo but at the time Brazil often played midfielders at wing back hence, Leonardo’s ability was top class.

7.) 01 Aug 2020 09:34:43
Ed your having a laff right?

Kromkamp, Josemi and dossena where class signings! That’s without mentioning kyriakos, Pellegrino and Nunez!

8.) 01 Aug 2020 09:59:21
Johncrow, Leonardo was actually a No.10 in his local club, and he was simply played by Tele Santana as the LB for that team. I've seen that happen a lot in Brazil with the national team. Their 1970 World Cup team had four No. 10's; Pele, Rivelino, Tostao and Gerson, all playing across the front and midfield. But you're right about Leonardo. Amazing player.

9.) 01 Aug 2020 10:49:08
ArAy1969, you know your history regarding Brazil, man. Even Roberto Carlos was a left midfielder before he went to LB/ LWB. As for Leonardo, he signed for PSG after that '94 WC and played the no. 10 role and is a PSG legend. Remember when they knocked LFC out of the Cup Winners Cup semi final in 1997 where Leonardo ran the show in that first leg?

10.) 01 Aug 2020 10:08:04
Some great shouts there Ed!

Totally forgot we were linked with them 2!

{Ed001's Note - more than linked, the deals were all agreed before Prick Parry pulled the plug.}

11.) 01 Aug 2020 14:13:17
if we had David Silva and David Villa, we would surely have won more silverware and not struggled as hard when Alonso left.

Alonso is awesome, but a midfield of Gerrard, Silva and Lucas in the Rafa era would surely have been solid enough.

12.) 01 Aug 2020 15:01:09
Yes, I remember it Red Meister. And he's supposed to be very competent upper management material too. Even though controversy follows him everywhere. Chased out of Milan, then chased out of PSG, and back now again after running a restaurant for some time in Brazil.

13.) 01 Aug 2020 15:11:14
Were Silva and Villa that close ed? Shocking from Parry if so. Aimar always seemed on the cards and never got over the line. Was there anything in that? Also I vaguely remember Lucas Neil not happening because he broke Cisse leg. Or have I made that up?

{Ed001's Note - it was Parry that also nixed the Cristiano Ronaldo deal and nothing to do with Thommo thinking he was weak. It was Parry that refused to spend £3.6m on a teenager! Guy is an imbecile and it is no wonder the EFL is a shambles with that bell running it.

Lucas Neill didn't come because he got offered more money elsewhere and he was only interested in the money despite claiming to be a Liverpool fan. He was not good enough anyway, no idea why we were trying to sign players like him back then. Embarrassing the amount of dross we went for, like that racist piece of **** Lee Bowyer.}

14.) 01 Aug 2020 15:21:04
Good god I totally forgot about Bowyer too. Didn't realise Parry was working with the EFL now. It's no wonder we fell so far behind really is it.

Was Aimar ever really a possibility ed?

{Ed001's Note - no mate, he was constantly linked because he had been key to the way Rafa's Valencia team had played but he wanted to buy Silva for that spot, rather than Aimar. The pair had a difficult relationship, so there was little chance of them reuniting at Liverpool. Gerrard ended up filling the speck in the end.

Prick is the chairman of the EFL now. It is like some kind of cosmic joke that such an inept joke of a man is still working in the game.}

15.) 01 Aug 2020 15:58:23
What a team we missed out on because of that one man. Embarrassing really and like you said mind boggling how he's now chairman of the EFL. He must have dirt on someone!

{Ed001's Note - he was managing to get himself work as a football consultant after leaving us. The only thing I can think is that people brought him in to ask what he would do and then immediately rule that out as an option....}

16.) 01 Aug 2020 19:39:36
surely, £3.6m for a young CR would have been worth it even back in the early 2000s. the desire and talent was clear for all to see, and i remember him playing against us in a pre-season friendly and looked really good.

how then could he justify spending about £4m on the pair of so called French jems (Le Tallec and Pongolle)?



11 Jul 2020 11:12:00
Hi Ed02,

I know you're not a fan of discussing finances and FFP, but I was just wondering if there are changes likely to be made around FFP as a result of the C.V.?

For the likes of Man City/ PSG I'm guessing (could well be wrong) that they can handle the losses from the C.V. and still spend big sums like in previous windows? Whereas others clubs I'm guessing won't be able to as they'll need to focus covering the losses caused by the break? As you've mentioned previously, Liverpool and Spurs are just two examples who have wages to pay and other costs to cover that they would have done by now when the season ended.

If so, is it just a case of it's not their fault they have richer owners, so if they want to carry on spending £100m on players that's fine as long as they stick within FFP? Or will tighter restrictions be brought in do you think to put teams on a more level playing field?

Hope you're well and staying safe on your travels.


{Ed002's Note - There will be no FFP calculation required this season meaning that whilst the FFP version of the accounts are produced, the calculation will be done together with next season. This will allow the teams who have issues (in the PL, notably Everton and Aston Villa) time to sort out their finances. The whole point of FFP is that it stops wealthy owners simply pumping money in to clubs for the purposes of transfers. PSG and Manchester City have to balance the books like all other sides and they will be selling players as well as buying players. Spurs and Liverpool had significant commitments due in June - hence the lack of transfer funds at Liverpool and Spurs taking out a large loan.

Teams will never be on a level playing field as income varies so much from country to country. Eventually the desire is for all European clubs to operate debt free on the footballing side.}

1.) 11 Jul 2020 11:50:23
I don't understand it? If owners can't pump cash into clubs how come Chelsea and city suddenly had tonnes of cash to spend when multi billionaires took over their clubs.

City spend a fortune every year, is that just from sponsorship deals and television money?

{Ed002's Note - The change of ownership at both clubs pre-dates FFP - I don't understand why that is so difficult to grasp. Manchester City and Chelsea have to operate within FFP - and do.}

2.) 11 Jul 2020 12:21:16
I’ve just heard about the Everton fan who won the lottery and said he’s going to use the money to buy them a new striker. He was also quoted as saying if he wins another tenner next week he’ll buy them a new goalkeeper as well.

3.) 11 Jul 2020 13:50:26
So if Newcastle for example get the take over fans are hoping for, it is unlikely that we will see the same thing as we saw with City? Sorry for my ignorance.

Can owners put money into improving other areas of the club; facilities and upkeep etc, thus freeing up more money for transfers. Or is that sort of thing the same as pumping money into the club?

{Ed002's Note - Additional money can be spent on the things excluded from FFP - infrastructure, youth etc.. All clubs can inform the Premier League of a single additional cash injection which usually comes with the change of ownership, but you won't see spending of the pre-FFP nature. What you will see again is attempts at getting going on the same basis as the City Football Group operate with many different clubs, or Red Bull operate is a similar way.}

4.) 11 Jul 2020 18:48:28
Thank you for the response Ed.



02 Jan 2019 16:12:20
Afternoon Ed02,

Hope you had a great festive period and New Year!

I was just wondering now that we have entered the transfer window again, if there's ever been quite a big transfer that has caught you off guard / didn't see coming?

Whilst I know you can't know everything about every player / club, nor do I expect you've known about every single transfer, I also respect how much you do actually know, so was just wondering was there ever a fairly big transfer, say top half premier league/ European Level that ever made you think "well I wasn't expecting that? "

Hope all is well! Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - I am not really try and provide deatils of all transfers just to try and relay what I understand to be going on, so there are plenty which are a surprise. Jose Antonio Reyes to Arsenal in 2004 was a major surprise.}

1.) 02 Jan 2019 17:09:18
Surely Fabinho deal caught us all out. Not one report about it. I then left to go play indoor football, and came home to see deal was done!

{Ed025's Note - that caught me out as well coco, i thought he was going to accrington mate.. :)

2.) 02 Jan 2019 17:30:49
Caught utd of guard too ;)

3.) 02 Jan 2019 17:32:24
Morientes shocked me, I didn't spend every day of transfer season checking on rumours like I do now. But I was surprised when we signed him, he was such a big star and a bit of a flop unfortunately.

Ballotelli too.

4.) 02 Jan 2019 17:40:16
Konchesky shocked me. Not in a good way.

5.) 02 Jan 2019 19:46:33
Oussama Assaidi came from outer space for me.

6.) 02 Jan 2019 19:46:45
Biggest shock I remember is Assaidi. Hadn't been mentioned or possibly even heard of until his photo at the signing was released.

7.) 03 Jan 2019 06:51:18
Torres to Chelsea shocked me big time : (.

8.) 04 Jan 2019 00:10:30
Fowler’s return,
Andy Carroll,
Antonio Nunez.



22 Mar 2018 10:08:23
Morning Ed01,

Hope all is well.

Away from the normal questions, I was just wondering what impact do you think, if any, has Peter Moore had on the club in any way?



{Ed001's Note - hard to say but he at least got the van Dijk deal done. However we are still agreeing sponsorship deals with morally dubious (to say the least) companies so that has not improved. Far too soon to have any judgements over him though.}

1.) 22 Mar 2018 10:41:50
Are there any morals left in football Ed? We as fans would love to think so, but are we living in dreamland? Not defending any sponsorships. Just a general comment.

{Ed001's Note - yes. Lots of clubs and people in the game still have morals and are careful of things like sponsorships.}

2.) 22 Mar 2018 10:47:01
Parry or Moore Ed😁.

{Ed001's Note - you are thinking of David Moores mate not Peter Moore our newish CEO.}

3.) 22 Mar 2018 10:52:03
Dunno what you’re on about ed1. Anyway I’m getting my name down for the proposed newly developed Annie rd stand, sorry it’s the Vladimir Putin stand now of course isn’t it, well worth the sponsorship and will sit fabulously with the new Main, sorry Assad, stand.



27 Feb 2018 20:54:17
Mk, for reasons unknown to me, I believe my apology hasn't been posted by the Ed's, or maybe the entire thread has been deleted.

Anyhow, I would like to state that I did apologise in response to your reply to me.

Do I disagree with your opinions, yes. Do I agree with them, yes. Although I'm confident I don't dig at you every day, I apologise if you feel that way.

I work in an environment were bullying can be at it's most extreme form, so if you think that my replies that are intended as banter, hence most of them having a ;) in them, are on the lines of "bullying" then I'm saddened and I am sincerely sorry.

I do think that in the way I may have taken your posts in the wrong context, I believe you've taken mine in the wrong way too.

I will continue to agree and disgaeee with your opinions.

No harm or offence intended, my apologies if any caused.


{Ed025's Note - that thread was deleted mate..

1.) 27 Feb 2018 21:28:36
Nice one smplfc, good lad.

Was it the top 20 lfc players ever that was deleted? Sorry if I caused any problems, it was only for a bit of fun.

I've been out, would have loved to see the results.

2.) 27 Feb 2018 21:34:18
Apology accepted and i am glad I've just misconstrued your comments. It just seems like every day i come on here and I'm told I'm a teachers pet, or my opinions are copies of Ed001, or my opinions are ridiculous "as usual", or my opinion is irrelevant because I'm young, or I've created a fake account to back myself up etc. All of that has been levelled at me in the last few weeks and it just makes you think "why do i bother". I've given up hours and hours on end to write articles on request and then i log on to see somebody saying this rubbish instead of just debating my actual point.

It was too much and i felt like i was being singled out, which is in essence, bullying. But i respect a man who apologises especially when things have been misinterpreted and they still hold their hands up. I don't mind banter, but when it comes from the same 3 or 4 posters all the time and they never have anything constructive or positive to say, it doesn't always come across that way.

Water under the bridge. I've had a bit of a bad day, so sorry if i over reacted.

{Ed033's Note - The 3 or 4 posters should get the Captain Needa treatment. 😋

3.) 27 Feb 2018 22:02:52
Thought as much Ed.

Yes it was Super mate. I think the final results were:

1. vignal
2. arphexard
3. coutinho
4. diomede
5. kromkamp

But don’t quote me on that ;)

4.) 27 Feb 2018 22:13:20
Salah, go into my profile, and click on my last 5 banter replies. You will be able to view the thread that way, but your OP won't be visible, is all.

5.) 27 Feb 2018 22:16:36
Nice Star Wars reference Ed.

6.) 28 Feb 2018 08:15:40
You're a star, MK! Don't let the bitters bring you down, they can go down the park and support another team that'll give them rich opportunity to vent their bitterness.

7.) 28 Feb 2018 09:46:38
You being singled out? Look at me 😆😆😆😆. There is always a hope mate 😋. I have taken more sticks than Osama Bin Laden lol 😆😆😆.

8.) 28 Feb 2018 14:39:03
You’re too fickle Baby D, that’s your problem.

One minute I was your man then 2 days later you’re all over ed025 😢.




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14 Aug 2020 19:59:47
Because you have such a soothing voice Ed002 ;)




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22 Aug 2019 06:33:39
I bet Alan Curbishley is about 33/ 1 for the role on most betting sites.




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26 Jul 2018 06:56:31
Riise and Rush are out there too I believe.


{Ed025's Note - freeloading has-beens bleeding the club dry..



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19 Jun 2018 10:12:26
Didn’t the same happen to Mikel going to Utd Ed? All agreed but then Chelsea came and topped it?


{Ed002's Note - No, that was fraud conducted by a Norwegian chap.}



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15 Apr 2018 17:21:16
Ok thanks Ed.





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13 Sep 2020 15:33:44
I’m with Ed025 on this one.

Football is about opinions, that to me, is what helps make football so talked about around the world.

I can also see both sides to the argument. Bobby is a phenomenal player, his movement and ability to create space through his unselfishness to score is irreplaceable and I would argue that whilst there’s no doubt Salah and Mane are good enough to score without him, the game would be a lot harder for the pair without doing what he does.

On the other hand, he isn’t immune from criticism in front of goal. I agree with ED01 that some people see the number 9 on his back and instantly judge him on what he does in and around the 6 yard box and negating everything else he brings. That being said, he doesn’t look confident in front of goal right now. He’s been slightly hesitant for a few months and for me it’s an area of his game that needs rekindling/ improving.

But would I drop him? No chance. Do I back him to find his scoring boots to add to everything else brings to the team, absolutely.




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05 Sep 2020 00:52:43
And how did it work out for the teams that came and parked the bus at Anfield the last 2 seasons pal?




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30 Aug 2020 20:34:25
I still can’t believe Salah still gets stick from some fans.

Having been lucky enough to watch him live on more than one occasion, his work rate and movement for the team goes under the radar so much.

But yet he seems to be the scapegoat for some fans and media for “he doesn’t do much else if he isn’t scoring”. Absolute load of bull.




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24 Aug 2020 23:59:12
Is Newcastle not an obviously good investment as it seems Ed?

I appreciate It’s not as simple as just buying the club and selling for a quick profit in a couple of years. I mean trying to take it away from Ashley won’t be easy as I’m sure he’ll take every penny he can and why wouldn’t he, but with it being a 1 club city, which rakes in large gate receipts and has a fanatical support group, surely a few good steps and ideas put in place would see them be a prime candidate for a great investment move?




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01 Aug 2020 10:08:04
Some great shouts there Ed!

Totally forgot we were linked with them 2!


{Ed001's Note - more than linked, the deals were all agreed before Prick Parry pulled the plug.}