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11 Apr 2017 21:41:24
Steven Gerrard is set to manage the U18s next season. Anyone know how he's been getting on and whether this is a deserved promotion for him?




21 May 2016 11:06:55
Hi Ed002,

With Sakho facing an imminent ban, do you think Liverpool could turn to Sule? I think you recommended him as a player we should/ could target, and he seems very highly rated in Germany.



{Ed002's Note - I would have had him in preference to Matip but right now LIverpool are not looking at him.}

1.) 21 May 2016 21:11:35
Thanks for the reply Ed, would've preferred Sule on the reports I've heard/ read but hopefully Matip comes in a proves to be an absolute legend.

2.) 21 May 2016 21:17:05
Matip is in the official Bundesliga team of the season. Not seen much of him but seems like he is highly rated in Germany.

3.) 21 May 2016 22:15:47
I think he'll be a revelation alongside Lovren.

4.) 21 May 2016 22:36:02
to be fair ed i think saving the transfer fee makes matip the better deal plus he has more experience u have said we are in a lot of debt.

5.) 22 May 2016 02:21:12
The mail are reporting interest in sule.

6.) 22 May 2016 03:09:59
Apparently sule and tahs agents were at the final. Sakho will be kept. Skrtel toure ilori wisdom jones will be sold. Need then 2 cbs as gomez will cover fullbacks.

7.) 22 May 2016 04:59:29
Voted into Bundesliga team of the year. there's a lot of centre backs in Bundesliga, believe it or not. He must be good.

8.) 22 May 2016 07:23:48
I'm sold on Sule, want him to replace Skrtel.

9.) 22 May 2016 07:38:47
I think with the possible outgoings we would have Lovren sahko (banned), matip and probably toure as our centre backs with Lucas as a utility centre back/ defensive midfielder (I could also see Lucas going tbh) . Is Lucas was to leave then I think we would definitely need a centre back as it is, it would be typical of us not to get one in even though we need more quality in there. I don't think matip is an improvement on what we have already from what I've seen since we got him.

10.) 22 May 2016 14:04:53
I watch bundesliga regularly and matip is easily a 20 million defender. Has a great partnership with howedes, he's very good in the air, strong and likes to bring it out and play a bit. A poor man's Hummels if you would. He ain't going to be no bench warmer.

11.) 22 May 2016 15:31:47
People seem to be forgetting Joe Gomez, is he not a CB?

I know he played LB at the start of the season but thought his natural position was CB.

12.) 22 May 2016 16:41:46
Sule was mentioned by Ed002 ages ago. I think it's a good shout.



01 Jun 2015 11:01:30
Hi Ed002,

I remember you had this fantastic list of all our targets (or at least the ones you know of), but I was wondering whether you could provide an update on that list?

Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - There are some minor updates but much of this will change by the summer and there are major dependencies on (a) players leaving (b) how much money the club can raise through sales, (c) any change in senior management or the management structure. However, there is known to be (or have recently been) some level of interest in the following players:

GK: Marshall and Bogdan have attracted confirmed recent attention and are viable replacements for Jones. Thoughts seem to have moved on completely from Patricio, Ochoa, Neto (won't happen), Sportiello (unconfirmed to some extent as Atalanta and the player heard about the interest from an Italian journalist), Romero, Ryan and Ruddy right now. The club have also looked at many others including Mattia Perin - who is financial beyond Liverpool.
RB: Wisdom will return and there is aa new deal for Flanagan and Toure. But if Manquillo and Johnson both leave then the club may look for a new RB - I don't see this as a proiority. If Rodgers remains as manager it is not out of the question that Ibe may be tried in a wing back role. The likes of Adriano and Alves have been mentioned by agents as possible options but such players will be expensive and are unlikely to end in anything but tears. Danilo was looked at but certainly won't happen. Folks, I assume because of something in the press, have been asking about Janmaat moving to Liverpool. I don't know of interest but I am pretty sure Newcastle would not want to sell.
LB: Sam Byram has been watched - a move to Liverpool seems unlikely. Hard again to see LB as a priority, particularly withwith the system being played.
CB: A new deal has been given to Toure. I doubt a CB is a priority - at least not before the club clear out some of those already on the books (Skrtel, Lovren, Sakho, Ilori, Coates, Paez, Lloyd Jones and Kolo Touré).
MF: Milner remains very much on the cards. I understand from an ex-German international that Liverpool were very keen on Lars Stindl but he has decided to reject the interest of Liverpool and will move to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer. Khedira (won't happen), Pjanic (outrageously expensive), Vazquez (interest seems to have gone). Even though he has very recently extended his contract, Inter are willing to sell Kovacic (at the right price)and have spoken with Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool and Hertha Berlin - the Liverpool offer would need to be doubled to give any sort of chance of a deal. Inter now say they will keep Kovacic as no deal seems possible and will make another player available. However, Barcelona will return with their convoluted offer for him. If Liverpool want to do something it will take a significant increase on their previous offer. Filipe Anderson has been watched but nothing will happen with Liverpool.
F/W:Right now it is something like this for the players that I understand have been looked at:
Mandzukic - Someone representing Liverpool has approached his agent, but as of this time, not Atletico.
Ings - every chance this will go through.
Benteke - interest has returned.
Vietto - talking to Atletico Madrid regarding replacing Griezmann and was hoping on Real Madrid turning to him - has made it clear he wants a move to Atletico - and this has made Real Madrid look elsewhere.
Heung Min Son (I suspect it would be very difficult to make happen as he seems very happy where he is and will be playing in the Champions League)
Carlos Vela (looked at recently but nothing more)
Aubameyang (looked at and there may be interest from Liverpool - he is keen on a move to Italy but the most interested side, Juventus, are now out of the running)
Gameiro (his stock is on the rise but Liverpool have had no recent contact (according to a representative of another interested club)).
Baez (Liverpool have recently been told to say if they are still interested in Baez or not - and if they are to make an offer which is much improved over that offered to Juventud previously - I understand that there has been no response and Juventud are now in talks with another side regarding a transfer - this is probably one to forget now).
Kishna (all English interest has gone or never materialised according to De Boer).
Lacazette (another English side met with Lyon about Lacazette and a number of other issues on April 9 and any move this summer, particularly to England, is not viable right now - Aulas has mocked rumours that Liverpool could by the player).
Firmino (he will most probably move with a number of clubs having made formal approaches, and Manchester City and Inter having had formal discussions with Hoffenheim).
Depay (moving elsewhere).
Bakkali (interest will have gone).
Andre Ayew (a free agent who Liverpool enquired about last summer - looks to be heading elsewhere)
Walcott (if Sterling were to leave then a move for Walcott may be considered).
Cheryshev (if Sterling were to leave then a move for Cheryshev may be considered).

1.) 01 Jun 2015 12:58:26
Very interesting Ed! Thanks very much!

2.) 01 Jun 2015 21:51:39
FSG wake up & stop paying double for absolute rubbish. Then baulking at a bargain price for proper talent.
Get some real players in. Here is what a squad brimming with youth, potential and most importantly the requisite skills/ability/desire/determination would look like, players willing to work hard & succeed.

Alexandre Lacazette
Paulo Dybala
Luciano Vietta

Asier Illaramhendi
Mateo Kovacic
Ross Barkley
Mario Suarez
Max Meyer
Axel Witsel

Andre Ayew
Julian Draxler
Heung Min Son
Hakan Calhanoglu
Kevin DeBruyne
Iker Muniain
Lucas Moura

Inigo Martinez
Simon Kjaer
Stephan De Vrij
Kyriakos Papodopolous
Fabian Schar
Ricardo Rodriguez
Mateo Di Sciglio

Andre Der Stegen

No Messi. Ronaldo, Pogba, James Rodriguez, Marcos Reus, Phillip Lahm etc because no realistic chance of them ever coming to LFC. But we could get a couple of those listed, at least

3.) 02 Jun 2015 01:36:12
Those mostly sound better than last summer's dealings. Would hope we don't sign Benteke, but overall it's an encouraging list of possibilities.

I still think we need to look to a player of Benzema's quality. In my humble view, we really do need a quality, proven goal scorer.

Thanks Ed002.

4.) 02 Jun 2015 08:15:26
Haha, possibilities? Get off your cloud and keep the fantasy football on the wishes page please.

5.) 01 Jun 2015 13:01:07
So what's all this about a bid for Clyne and an upcoming improved bid? Untrue Ed?

And Garbutt for LB please. :)



07 Apr 2015 10:25:04
Hi Ed001,

Now that it seems like we won't make the Champions League, do you still think we could be able to lure Klopp and Monchi to Liverpool? Also, would Vietto still be a realistic option? I really hope we get these three men into the club because frankly, I've lost faith in Rodgers and the transfer committee, and I really hope we move on our current strikers (Balo, Lambert and Borini) and have a more potent attack in Sturridge, Vietto, Origi and Sinclair (if given a chance).



{Ed001's Note - if we got Monchi in, I think that would be a far more important addition than a head coach. Klopp has publicly stated his affection for Liverpool, I don't see him joining us, but the club would have to be mad not to make an all out effort to persuade him to take charge. Vietto is less realistic without Champions League than with it, as are all additions really.}

1.) 07 Apr 2015 11:33:37
which striker will be a more realistic option and we are interested?

{Ed002's Note - There is plenty of time still but Ings remains viable but there is interest from elsewhere. Again, Gameiro might provide a viable alternative.}



28 Mar 2015 12:19:04
Hi eds,

Two questions on transfers:

1. Has Khedira signed a pre-contract for Schalke already or is he still considering his options and are we still one of his options?

2. Also, have we looked at Keylor Navas? He sits on the bench for Real Madrid week in, week out, so would he be looking for a move? I really think he could be some great competition for Mignolet and I think he would be available at a decent price (if he's agitating for a move).



{Ed002's Note - No and no.}

1.) 28 Mar 2015 18:10:02
Sorry for taking up more of your time Ed002, but just to clarify, does the 'no' mean Khedira has not signed a pre-contract with Schalke or does it mean that we're no longer an option?

Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It means he has not at this time signed any pre-contract with Schalke 04, but they do remain very keen on him.}




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26 May 2017 22:50:12
Slightly related to Liverpool because we've looked at a couple of Monaco players, but Manchester City have just nabbed Bernardo Silva. Think he's an incredible player and they've done well to get his signature this early. Also, it's a shame Monaco didn't get a chance to win the Champions League this season because I see their team being torn apart. Silva obviously has just gone to City, we and plenty of others have looked at/ are interested in Mendy, Fabinho is of interest to quite a few teams, Mbappe is one of the biggest football talents in modern football and therefore everyone wants him, Lemar and Sidibe also have teams sniffing around. Of course, interest in players doesn't mean that they will leave nor does it mean that Monaco will sell, but with all the extra money that PL teams get to play with along with CL football on offer from five teams from England, and Real and Barcelona going for rebuilds, it'd be a miracle if Monaco can hold on to most of their key players.


1.) 27 May 2017 00:08:06
Bernardo Silva is a fantastic player. I always thought he'd be a good replacement for Coutinho if he left.

Monaco always expected big names to leave this summer - the club's entire business model hinges on it. When Rybolovlev bought his controlling share in 2011, he implemented a strategy to buy and develop young players, and sell them on for a large profit. The club significantly improved its academy and training facilities, and built a large and highly effective scouting network.

What we're seeing now is the fruits of a highly effective business model. But from the footballing point of view, it would be nice to see this team stay together to see what they could achieve.

2.) 27 May 2017 00:54:17
Fantastic piece of business by City for bernardo Silva. Rumors that they are also close to signing Fabinho and Mendy. Pep's serious about winning major titles next season.
Shame about Monaco though, entire team being torn apart. The one player I hope we do sign from them would be Lemar, even if it takes a Bernardo size fee to get him. Genius of a player and is a LW that will enhance our first team considerably.

3.) 27 May 2017 05:31:33
"Pep serious about winning major titles" it's hardly a challenge when it's just a game of fantasy football for him.

Open cheque book and he can buy whoever he wants.

Just to note ion not jealous haha.

4.) 27 May 2017 06:14:29
LAVERS, if u apply that logic then Jose, Zidane, Barcelona coach, Emery also fall under the same category. Enormous sums of money will be spent this summer and Pep is simply doing what it takes to keep his reputation intact by signing a young player who fits his vision and David Silva's long term replacement. Its how football works these days. Unfortunately, the money involved is huge and 43 million is no longer a 'fantasy cheque book signing. ' Its the going rate now and don't be surprised to see even Klopp spending that sort of money on one player.

5.) 27 May 2017 10:47:58
That's my point, all these so called top level managers have unlimited money.

The Manc fans at work where telling me how mourinho got his tactics spot on, on Wednesday night but would you say that about allardyce when he parks the bus, I think not.

Also the 43mil isn't a fantasy amount but the other 200mil to follow will make it that way.

6.) 27 May 2017 12:04:57
Spending stupid amounts of money will not pay off. UTD made Pogba the most expensive player ever as well as Ibra one of the highest paid players in the league. Yes silverware was achieved but let's be honest here, if you cannot qualify for the CL through the League then do you deserve to be there? Won the Europa League but failed in the EPL. If you are good enough to win the Europa then you should be good enough to qualify for the CL by at least finishing 4th.

City have been blowing funds left right and centre for many seasons now and have had some success but continue to fail miserably in Europe.

Liverpool will spend a decent amount again this coming summer but we are going to have to see Klopp get it right and not go the route of being a kid in a candy shop with money falling out of the pockets. I trust Klopp to add the players he requires to take us forward and improve our situation on the pitch. Well, I hope so.

7.) 27 May 2017 13:13:43
Had we got to CL last season through Europa, I wonder what you would have thought of it then.

8.) 27 May 2017 16:13:30
Lets be honest, you shouldn't get CL for coming 4th.



24 May 2017 19:39:29
Anyone else see that half-time interview today?

Personally, my favourite possession was Linda Blair's in The Exorcist :p.


1.) 25 May 2017 09:31:19
I was so appalled by the pre match that I let my wife change channels during the half time. She kept asking me if that was the normal level of football coverage. If you are going to cover a match with comedians, you need to get ones who are actually funny - or know what they are talking about or even have a love for the game.
In fact they were so bad they made Craig Foster look fairly OK.



30 Apr 2017 18:30:38
So the Gods have been kind to us today, let's make sure we actually take advantage of the results today and smash Watford tomorrow.


1.) 30 Apr 2017 19:09:40
Pretty much the other results were as good as they could be. Now the trick is to make sure we play with skill and determination and take advantage of our fortune. We need a top class display from the team.

2.) 30 Apr 2017 19:22:08
Come on Reds, let's bank the 3 points and take advantage of a great weekend of results!



27 Dec 2016 22:42:17
First time at Anfield was definitely not a disappointment, absolutely loved it! Singing You'll Never Walk Alone with almost 60,000 other Reds was something special, it gave me goosebumps.

Also special shoutout to Gazza who commented in reply to my other post about how his first match at Anfield also finished 4-1 against Stoke, can't believe history actually repeated itself, although I'm not complaining 😂.


1.) 28 Dec 2016 07:20:51
My pleasure bud. I did have a extra smile thinking that it was 4-1 and history did repeat itself. just wish I followed my gut instinct and had a bet on it. As long as Liverpool get the 3 points I'm happy.



27 Dec 2016 11:21:11
Going to my first ever match at Anfield tonight, absolutely buzzing! 😊😊😊.


1.) 27 Dec 2016 11:47:09
Enjoy mate it's such a special place, especially under the lights.

2.) 27 Dec 2016 11:47:50
Good luck and enjoy the evening mate.

3.) 27 Dec 2016 11:48:46
Enjoy mate.

4.) 27 Dec 2016 12:52:35
Ironically my first match was against Stoke. We won 4-1 that day. If history repeats itself for you mate.

Have a great day.

5.) 27 Dec 2016 13:15:38
Stoke was my second Anfield match, but if I tell you Sir Stanley Matthews played you can work out which decade it was. We won anyway! Let's hope it's the same outcome today.

6.) 27 Dec 2016 16:22:57
Oh you lucky basket!
Wish I was going with you. Enjoy the atmosphere it's very special mate.

7.) 27 Dec 2016 23:08:49
Gazza - freaky!

Did you put any cash on 4-1?!?




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24 May 2017 09:47:14
Cheers for the reply Ed. It's a miracle Real Madrid manage to continue to win trophies with the amount of power struggles between everyone associated with the club (Perez v managers, Perez v players, players v managers, players v players, fans v managers, fans v players etc) .


{Ed001's Note - to be fair it helps when the govt, every match official and UEFA itself are on your side each game.}



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23 May 2017 19:35:53
Going along the lines of long-serving Spanish Real Madrid players, what was your opinion on Raul, Ed001?


{Ed001's Note - great player, but it went to his head and he was the one who started the problems at Real Madrid. Raul and Casillas were a little clique who ran the show there, hence why he was moved on too early.}



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23 May 2017 13:41:42
I totally agree with Ed001 on Casillas, he's average at best and was bafflingly rated above Buffon for so many years.




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11 May 2017 17:54:31
Kjaer claims he turned down Liverpool but there's probably very little truth to that, considering he's a massive Liverpool fan and has expressed desire to play for us multiple times in the past.




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11 May 2017 17:52:37
Fingers crossed that we sign either Sessegnon or Tierny.





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27 May 2017 15:17:36
Ed002 has said on the City page that Bernat or Grimaldo are Pep's first choice LBs, not Mendy. I'd love to see Mendy at Liverpool but he'd be supremely expensive.




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22 May 2017 14:23:26
Jeez Ed002, Mbappe will play at left-back next season, isn't that obvious enough? Of course, since he's right-footed I'd expect him to also cover the other flank for whenever our new right-back Griezmann gets tired.




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22 May 2017 14:19:26
Boxing Day match when we smashed Stoke 4-1 but that's just because I got to see Liverpool live at Anfield for the first time ever haha.




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16 May 2017 15:52:54
There's the Ed002 Appreciation Society page on Facebook if that's what you're talking about.




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12 May 2017 13:59:36
Most of the German and Spanish players mainly stayed in one league their entire careers (Bundesliga and La Liga respectively) so it's doubtful they would have the most varied trophy collection. Best bet would be a Brazilian or someone like Henry who has played for multiple great sides (France of 1998-2000, Arsenal's Invincibles, sextuple-winning Barcelona) .