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12 Dec 2019 13:15:57
The Salzburg sporting director, Christoph Freund, said on Thursday that the club had held discussions with Liverpool. “I can confirm that there are talks with Liverpool at the moment. It is an honour [for us] to see the calibre of clubs who are interested in our players. ”

I guess there is some truth behind the Minamino rumours after all.

zpecialone

1.) 12 Dec 2019 14:11:40
James Pearce tweeted a couple hours ago that Minamino moving to Liverpool is "highly likely".


2.) 12 Dec 2019 14:19:13
I really liked the look of Minamino, albeit admittedly from a very small sample set of matches.

Seems to be very versatile player to cover any of the front three positions and a more natural like replacement for our style of play than a Origi or Shaqiri.

Also reminds me a bit of Son with his ability to play all across the front line, and who I’ve always thought would be perfect fit for us.


3.) 12 Dec 2019 14:21:05
Ed1, what do you make of this as a potential transfer? A good addition?

{Ed001's Note - looks a very good player but I have only seen him against us and he only looked good when we sat back. Just look at the second half, he was anonymous. So difficult to judge him as they were not giving him the ball and he was not able to get it back on his own. I certainly would not be against signing him from what I saw, though his end product was very inconsistent, at best.}


4.) 12 Dec 2019 14:32:05
Cheers Ed, you’re not usually wrong about players so if your even half on board with it, it’s a good sign for me.

{Ed001's Note - if those games are a good indicator, then he is probably the best option I have seen to slot into our team in recent months.}


5.) 12 Dec 2019 15:00:22
Watching those Youtube clips, RBS score some beautiful goals, haha.


6.) 12 Dec 2019 15:05:53
Also consider the price, a reported release clause of 7.5 million. In today's market that's a steal.


7.) 12 Dec 2019 15:28:39
Well that escalated quickly.

End of the road for Shaq? I know he would've played more often without injuries, but there isn't exactly a massive hole in the squad when he's missing.


8.) 12 Dec 2019 16:23:05
He seems to be keen and has the right attitude to play and press which is a good start, I bet he can’t believe his luck that we are interested. I thought we would be linked with him and Haaland after the game as it seems to be the way, but this one seems to have legs.

We have said for a while we are looking for a creative midfielder and cover for the wings and he looks like he could offer both.

When Salzburg were on it, he was always involved and we are most likely to have the ball and be required to break teams down, which he looks like he will help do! For the reported fee, looks a steal.


9.) 12 Dec 2019 19:03:35
Ed2 said the release clause is irrelevant to us so I expect it to be more than the £7.5mil reported.
Regardless though I think he looks a player and would do well for us if it happens.

{Ed002's Note - That would be Liverpool’s srarti g point,}


10.) 12 Dec 2019 20:40:41
We welcome Minamino (on 1/ 1/ 2020)
£7.25m. that's the money from selling Kent very well spent ;)


11.) 12 Dec 2019 23:11:52
Cheers Ed2. Do you think that Salzburg’s president making the talks public are a tactic to bring other teams in to drive the price up? I wouldn’t blame him if it was he’s got to be worth more than £7m in today’s market.

{Ed002's Note - No.}


12.) 13 Dec 2019 13:39:48
To be fair ed001, regarding your point of him being at his best when we sat back, the majority of the teams we face, particularly in the league tend to sit back for large portions of the game. I think on of the only problems we’ve had over the last couple of seasons is breaking down teams who sit back and this lad could be the final piece in the jigsaw!


13.) 13 Dec 2019 19:29:06
If Minamino is indeed brought in, then i'd say he's a good replacement for Shaqiri. Minamino accelerates faster, has a wider range of play on the field (Shaq is mostly right sided) and I feel he could probably take on the defensive aspect that Klopp requires from his midfielders, far better. I too, saw him play only twice (against us) and went through some videos. There's a quickness in thinking and movement that suits our game very well. He's 24, therefore moving into his prime years; so maybe the inconsistency will settle down. Who knows, but he looks good.


 

 

01 Jul 2017 03:46:07
Hi Ed002,

Did you confirm that Liverpool have agreed a fee with RBL for Keita in a post about Laimer to RBL which seems to have been taken down?

Cheers.

zpecialone

{Ed002's Note - No, Liverpool has not agreed any fee with RBL over Naby Keita and unless something has changed overnight they have yet to make any offer to RBL.}


1.) 01 Jul 2017 08:43:45
The tabloids are loving it, looks like this Keita news is going on overdrive this weekend.


2.) 01 Jul 2017 09:08:05
When the news is that Liverpool are 'preparing' a bid for the player it just shows how bad the leakage situation is at Liverpool. I'm not sure any other club has this problem to the same extent. Ed please can we have you opinion on who is to blame for the porous nature of information-security at our club and what can be done to fix it?

{Ed002's Note - Well it was Klopp who briefed the press - so him. As for the "preparing a bid" I have no idea what that means. Are they going from sofa to sofa looking for cash? Is some one checking the spelling on the fax?}


3.) 01 Jul 2017 09:39:11
ed002 why do you have to try and be funny and blunt about the wording people use? obviously you know what the guy meant.

{Ed002's Note - I answered his question - it was KLOPP who briefed several members of the press so he is to be held accountable. Are you some sort of halfwit? You tell me what "preparing a bid" means then.}


4.) 01 Jul 2017 09:52:15
Haha, thanks Ed. I agree. Maybe they're wrapping up a cake and some prezzies with shiny paper and ribbons and hiring an old Spitfire to drop it over Leipzig. Not sure RB will appreciate the gesture.

And thanks Gayfish, but he wasn't being rude towards me, I was only using the phrase in the press, which makes little sense to me.


5.) 01 Jul 2017 09:58:17
It clearly means sat with the transfer committee, talking about what would be an acceptable first offer! Prepare the £15 million offer from liverpool! 😂.


6.) 01 Jul 2017 10:12:01
I recall that Klopp said that talks were ongoing regarding transfer targets. I don't recall him talking specifically about who so I'm not sure how that makes him accountable or even what he'd be accountable for.

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you are talking about. The talks with van Dijk were the result of an illegal approach from Liverpool and Klopp briefed certain members of the press in order to unsettle targets. If he also made illegal approaches to the three other players then it would be reasonable to expect retribution. This has been done to death.}


7.) 01 Jul 2017 10:15:09
I would imagine the powers that be sit round a table and decide how much the player is worth and if they are prepared to pay the asking price.

{Ed002's Note - What "asking price" would that be?}


8.) 01 Jul 2017 10:26:26
Even I felt it was odd when late last season, Klopp was saying that "talks were on going with prospective targets". I have never heard a manager say that in public regarding transfers. I do not recall him ever mentioning players by name tho I could be wrong but even if no names are mentioned, it still seems odd which goes hand in hand with the tapping up nonsense he seems seems unable to stop.

{Ed002's Note - He briefed members of the press and gave them four names in order to unsettle the players. Why do you want to drag this all up again?}


9.) 01 Jul 2017 10:49:12
what do you want posters to do? know exactly how transfers work step by step and know exactly what wording to use?

{Ed002's Note - It has been explained to posters how transfer work and most are fine with that. Perhaps you wouldn't have embarrassed yourself if you read posts on the site and searched for such things.}


10.) 01 Jul 2017 10:50:18
Just a quick question:

Who is really invovled on transfer talks with the player/ clubs? Surely it can't be just the manager. Because everything i mostly read on here regarding the tapping up situation or anything transfer talks related really is about Klopp doing stuff.

{Ed002's Note - Klopp was the one who met with van Dijk and then continued communicating with him. The two letters warning the club over illegal approaches last summer both related to approaches made directly by Klopp.}


11.) 01 Jul 2017 10:57:27
"talks were on going with prospective targets". Internal discussions targeting certain players nothing wrong with that.

{Ed002's Note - It is like some sort of joke. So you think Liverpoool did not illegally approach van Dijk? Isn't that a very stupid position to take?}


12.) 01 Jul 2017 11:19:09
When we get charged by the FA for an illegal approach then I'll believe we did. Until then Ed even you can't claim we did anything wrong. Innocent until proven guilty and we have not been found guilty of anything.

{Ed002's Note - I am sorry. The club issued a grovelling apology and withdrew intersest in van Dijk. You are some sort of idiot if you are still in denial of this. And don't forget that club are already serving one ban for making an illegal approach.}


13.) 01 Jul 2017 11:25:21
I may have missed a post concerning this but who were the two letters from and about who? I know this must go on all the time but isn't Klopp treading a fine line?

{Ed002's Note - It was dealt with last year and unimportant. Klopp is well over the line - this has all be dealt with recently but again all of those morons in denial are out.}


14.) 01 Jul 2017 11:28:01
Could that not just be because they respect the position of Southampton so apologised for any misunderstanding and withdrew their interest to avoid any animosity between the clubs? Nothing has been proven, I'd argue you'd have to be some kind of idiot to condemn someone without enough evidence to convict. Isn't that what the law is based on in all walks of life, not just football?

{Ed002's Note - A complaint sits on file with the Premier League. Why do you want to drag up all of this yet again?}


15.) 01 Jul 2017 11:33:23
I don't Ed I'm just putting another spin on it. At the end of the day we've not been found guilty of any wrong doing regarding VVD. I think we should accept this, move on and stop bashing the club and Klopp when in actual fact according to the FA who are the law in our league we have no case to answer.

{Ed002's Note - There is no "spin", the club and Klopp get "bashed" because people like you keep dragging it up. I have no idea what the FA has to do with this. You really don't get how bad the club and the manager have been behaving.}


16.) 01 Jul 2017 11:34:37
I'm not sure how anyone can deny what happened given the club itself issued an apology, it's like you all live with your heads in the sand. I love the club and Klopp but poor mistakes have been made. To be honest I'm not sure why we're dragging all of this up again.


17.) 01 Jul 2017 11:42:20
Liverpool's embarrassing apology to Fulham sees Clint Dempsey tapping-up complaint dropped. 2012.

Liverpool banned from signing academy players. (Stoke 12yr old)

All this is Klopps fault is it. Obviously a fundamental issue within liverpool Im sure the idiot transfer committee or agent has badly advised Klopp.

{Ed002's Note - You do want to drag it out then. Nobody has blamed Klopp for either of those matters although he could yet be dragged in to the issue over the ex-Stoke player whose career the club screwed up if that goes to court as planned. He wasn't even at the club when there was tapping up when there was the tapping up of Dempsey, nor when the club had Gerrard tap up players on their behalf. Klopp is far from an innocent party but of course you want to blame the "idiot transfer committee" or "agent" and absolve him. This really is the sort of nonsense that does indeed make some fans a complete laughing stock.}


18.) 01 Jul 2017 12:48:50
Why doesn't the club put a gagging order on Klopp with respect to other team's players?
I don't get it, it's like they want him to keep doing it.


19.) 01 Jul 2017 13:11:58
Thanks, Ed for the clarification and for full disclosure, I have and will never defend the club or Klopp for any tapping up issues we and he have had. What he has done is flat out disgraceful and should be reprimanded internally by the owners. And to those defending the club or Klopp and deflecting on this issue, you seriously need to knock it off with your pathetic excuses and arguments for defending the indefensible. It is becoming pathetic and like Ed02, I am fed up with it.


20.) 01 Jul 2017 13:41:35
Just for the record Ed I didn't drag anything up if you look at the thread it was being discussed before I got involved. It just makes me laugh that we've got so called Liverpool fans bashing the club and manager for an issue they know very little about. If we were found guilty of tapping up and the details made public then we could all have an opinion good or bad. Until then there has been no proven guilt so we need to forget it and move on. There's no point criticising base on hearsay and half truths.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool have been found guilty - you seem to grasp any of this.}


21.) 01 Jul 2017 14:08:10
I bet some of you wish you'd "prepared" your postes more! So just to summarise; Southampton are out of order!


22.) 01 Jul 2017 16:25:07
Are we, honestly, still talking about this? I leave the page for a week and it's still happening? Klopp was a jerk. LFC have been jerks.
We need to buck our ideas up and do the right thing by other clubs and their players whilst we still have some clubs who want to deal with us.
It's not difficult. We know the rules. Break them, we pay the price.
Fully deserved as well.


23.) 01 Jul 2017 17:02:41
I'm sure we were done for tapping up Christian ziege all them years ago. Were masters of tapping up. Haha. Not good tho.


24.) 01 Jul 2017 22:26:42
Blimey, this thread has got a little rancorous. Just like the good old days!
Liverpool has picked up a reputation for sailing close to the wind over several years and Klopp seems to be continuing that trend. Naughty, naughty. However, singling out LFC and its fans for special treatment is not really fair. When compared to several top-flight continental European teams, Liverpool is relatively clean. Relatively. And as for Chelsea.
This is hardly the most heavily regulated industry in the world and is dominated by individual owners whose staggering wealth has been almost always been gathered by questionable means, assisted by dodgy advisers, agents and others.
I would suggest we move on from this subject and focus on the tiny nuggets of reality amongst the torrent of transfer speculation.
And "done deals", of course.
Cheers.


25.) 02 Jul 2017 12:21:00
Ed002 can i clarfy something that may have caused the initial confusion at the start of this rehashing. Where you say briefed journalists I'm reading that as the old fashioned quiet chat, unofficial, off the record type of thing not formal press conferences. Would that be correct and why people are struggling to see where Klopp has briefed the press?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, a number of journalistes were briefed by Klopp and given the names of four players in an attempt to unsettle the players.}


26.) 02 Jul 2017 17:20:53
Thanks fot clarifying Ed002.


27.) 03 Jul 2017 01:08:52
Some facts for you kids:
1. What the club has done is shameful. No other word to describe it.
2. We have done that before, plenty of times.
3. Other clubs do it all the time, but that is not an excuse.
4. We do not want the same done to us, although it happened (e: Suarez)
5. A manager does what the club allows him to. He knows very well that this is against the rules, so he could only have done it with unofficial backing.
6. Players and former players have been involved in this activity as well.


 

 

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?

zpecialone

 

 

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.

Cheers.

zpecialone

{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.

zpecialone

{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. :)


 

 

 

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06 Oct 2019 12:22:28
Having heard so much hype about Leicester, I wasn't impressed by them. They were overly physical, to the point where you'd have expected them to be coached by Pulis or Warnock. The centreback, Soyuncu, was terrible. Maybe I just caught him on a bad day, but I don't know what people see in that lad. Salah didn't have the best of games and he still managed to roll Soyuncu multiple times. We dominated them, and were only lacking that cutting edge that made us so clinical in the past. Have to say, hats off to Milner, that assist to Mane was deliciously weighted, and what nerve that was for that peno!

zpecialone

1.) 06 Oct 2019 13:05:51
I think the penalty was fair as there was an easy pass on to lallana for an easy goal. As mane was about to play it albrightin catches him delaying the opportunity to pass until the opportunity was gone. Mane realizes pass is no longer on and goes down. Watch the angles again. I think there's a great chance we score if he doesn't get caught by albrighton.

If the was not a goal chance on then that would be a soft penalty for me but it prevented a big goal chance.


2.) 06 Oct 2019 13:22:28
Same as you zpecialone. They only had 2 attepts on goal. I thought Vardy was poor and they really offered little in the way of goal threats.

I was expecting a closer game. We wernt at our best but we could have been 3 or 4 up

Or were we that good, it made them look average?


3.) 06 Oct 2019 14:13:53
Zpecialone, you beauty! I was just about to post the same thing regarding LC. I thought they were utter dross all game. I mean, people had been promising us hell on earth in this game and rightly so and that was all they got? One shot on target all game, one that Adrian could/ should have saved? That's it? Thielemans for ex., was dreadful. You did not know he was on the pitch except when he had the ball which was rarely. Suyuncu was getting ripped up to pieces physically by Salah (he is Strong BUT not that strong) . I mean if Salah is bullying you then sorry, you are a poor CB, IMO.

Sorry, they were utterly terrible and to those bigging up BR an all that, he is still the same incompetent, small-minded manager who when going to play the big boys on the road (like he did with us), he would play small and frankly, did a Big Scam and parked the bus. His post game comments showed he has not changed one bit. Still the master of distraction and deflection (penalty call, Choudary etc. ) to hide his own incompetence in the game where he was getting his arse handed to him on a plate tactically by Klopp.

As for the penalty, that was a stone-cold penalty, all day. He was clearly kicked by Albrighton. I ain't trying to hear the dross about "Mane took a while to go down" rubbish. It is not Mane's job to stay on his feet when clearly kicked. Also I mean, is there a rule in football stating how long you have to stay on your feet before going down when tackled? If the answer is NO then pls, go somewhere else with that drivel. Also, if you agree that the tackle was a foul anywhere else on the field then, explain how it is not a penalty if it happened in the box?


 

 

06 Aug 2019 07:27:23
Hi ed001, are you going to be doing a match review for the Community Shield? I know it's basically just a glorified friendly, but would be interesting to hear your thoughts on our very first competitive match of the season. Cheers.

zpecialone

{Ed001's Note - I was going to do one via podcast with Ed0333 fingers crossed. As it is a friendly I didn't see the point in a proper review.}


1.) 06 Aug 2019 10:34:48
Will ed be wearing a tin foil hat?

{Ed001's Note - Ed0333 never takes his off. Nor does Ed033 for that matter. Must be a 3 thing!}


2.) 06 Aug 2019 12:01:13
Isn’t Ed003 a Man Utd supporter?

In which case surely he wears pants on his head, has pencils up his nose and goes “wibble” rather than wearing a tin hat? 😉.

{Ed033's Note - No, Ed003 is a Minipool supporter.


3.) 06 Aug 2019 12:20:51
Cheers ed, looking forward to it.


4.) 06 Aug 2019 12:28:47
They’re two different Ed’s? Now I’m confused! Can’t one be Ed 66 or something? I’ll never tell the difference.

{Ed001's Note - it's much more fun when you are confused!}


5.) 06 Aug 2019 12:31:26
Loving the Black Adder reference there, Zed.


6.) 06 Aug 2019 13:52:30
Glad someone spotted it, EP 😂.


7.) 06 Aug 2019 14:48:37
“I have a cunning plan! ”.


 

 

28 Apr 2019 06:48:20
If we manage to win the CL this season, it could be one of the most extraordinary runs ever if things work out in each respective domestic league. We could potentially have played and beaten the champions of France (PSG), Serbia (Red Star), Germany (Bayern), Portugal (Porto), Spain (Barca) and Holland (Ajax), and the runners up in Italy (Napoli) . Granted, the quality of a lot of those opposition have admittedly dropped from a few years ago, but it would feel like a proper *Champions* League if we do win like this.

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28 Feb 2019 11:54:51
Can you imagine just how different the title race would have been if City had signed Fabinho as a Fernandinho replacement? I have to admit us signing him was completely out-of-the-blue for me and I had my doubts about him considering the fee we paid, but man am I glad I've been proven wrong about him. Now hoping for Keita to do a Fabs and improve so impressively after a slow start.

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1.) 28 Feb 2019 12:14:53
Our fans been crying for a Mascherano replacement for years. Now we have an even better one.


2.) 28 Feb 2019 12:21:55
I was thinking the same thing redeka. Mach couldn't really pass like fab.


3.) 28 Feb 2019 13:20:47
Aye, we signed a good 'un there. Seems like a good guy too, from what i've read.


4.) 28 Feb 2019 13:11:47
Its safe to say we have an upgrade Robbie.


5.) 28 Feb 2019 14:42:25
MK Scouser wanted him long before any of us knew him, fair play he got that one bang on.


6.) 28 Feb 2019 15:22:51
When we signed fabinho Ed1 was really confident about the lad, please tell me Ed if it wasn't you mate but I'm sure it was. I knew very little about him at the time. Fabinho has lived up to what Ed1 has said about him, where as the first few months I think the majority of people were already writing him off! Already! Now imo he's as important as Firmino, Allison, trent and vvd. He's bloody quality and really excites me, this is his first season, things can only improve.


7.) 28 Feb 2019 15:39:30
As you say, been my dream signing for a while idontlooklikeKlopp. He is actually even better than he was 2 years ago when I first put his name forward. If he improves at this rate, imagine how good he'll be by the time he reaches the peak years of 27-30. Scary!


8.) 28 Feb 2019 16:09:22
I remember you saying MK, Hope he continues to impress. Anyone out there you think we should be looking at to play alongside him next season? I really like B Silva he seems to be able to do nearly everything well, I would love someone as good as him alongside Fabs.

I know Gini has been much improved but we need someone with more end product IMO.


9.) 28 Feb 2019 16:27:09
We have Keita Mark, plus Gini has massively raised his game this year.


10.) 28 Feb 2019 17:17:01
When Ox comes back and "if" Keita hits his form from RB Leipzig, the competition for places in midfield will be very fierce.

I only think we'll sign a midfielder if Milner leaves (which I hope he doesn't) .

You've also got to remember Grujic, who is having an amazing season in Berlin, and it would be silly of us to write him off. Surely it makes more sense to give Grujic a final chance to impress before signing anyone else.


11.) 28 Feb 2019 18:17:22
Masche is NOT in Fab's league. Fab can do the most basic thing that Masche could not as a defensive player. Fab is almost NEVER out of position hence, barely makes recovering tackles except while defending a counter attack. He also has the ability to see danger and snuff it out b4 it even develops, another thing Masch was woeful at.

Masche seemed to always be out of position hence, the headless running around and making last ditch tackles that make him look good on MOTD. Also, Masche lacks the passing range that Fab possesses which is extra-ordinary for a DM. Fab is the real deal and I'm glad we have him.


12.) 28 Feb 2019 18:21:01
I am sure one midfielder will leave so we can add one. I am Kieta's biggest fan but midfield is hard work and Klopp likes to change the 3 around. I would imagine Fabs will play and I dream of adding a real top end midfielder to play along side Fabs, Kieta and the OX.

I like Gruijic but would be surprised if he broke into our first team on a regular basis. But if he is good enough then great.


13.) 28 Feb 2019 18:36:34
Fabinho's far more elegant with the ball and efficient with his positioning and tackling than Mascherano was.

I'm not far of comparing him to Hamann, tbh.


14.) 28 Feb 2019 20:13:52
markp08, I'd say David Brooks. He's going to be a star.


15.) 28 Feb 2019 20:58:48
I feel as though Fabinho is actually the much vaunted Xabi Alonso replacement that everyone hasn’t stopped talking about for the past decade. More all round than xabi and more willing to have a run with the ball up the pitch, perfectly suited to our side.


16.) 28 Feb 2019 22:02:50
AW, I believe that Fab can get to Xabi's level cos remember, Alonso came to us as a a promising 23 yr old from Real Sociedad. He became frankly the best to ever play the DM/ DLP role in the past 25 years and the best to play the position at LFC, IMO. Fab can get there BUT not yet cos well, Alonso was special and till this day, I believe Rafa should have been sacked alone, for letting him go alone.


17.) 28 Feb 2019 22:09:30
I agree with that mate he looks lovely to me. I like Brandt as well they are similar but Brooks looks the real deal.

Probably cost £65m.


18.) 28 Feb 2019 22:59:46
100 per cent that Fab is the real deal, for me, he is along with VVD, our best players,
yes Brooks will be special too, but I have heard that Spuds really want him .


 

 

15 Jan 2019 12:52:41
Never thought I'd miss Matip this much.

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25 Oct 2019 16:49:11
What do you mean, Southern, we've already signed those players for the next window. The Nike money is for their replacements in June.

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16 Oct 2019 15:19:31
Maybe Grujic to replace Keita and not Milner? I don't know.

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12 Sep 2019 06:23:59
@Riomazy: Think he replaced Hamsik in the Napoli side so plays further forward than Fabs.

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21 Aug 2019 13:30:55
Shame, he looks a real talent.

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05 Aug 2019 11:47:53
Good business, selling one of the weaker keepers in the Prem then signing one of the strongest No. 2s on a free. Best wishes to both.

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12 Dec 2019 15:27:06
'For me no' - Robbo ;)

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06 Dec 2019 08:05:26
Zlatan's such a hypocrite, he was one of the first players out the door when Juve were relegated to Serie B!

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04 Dec 2019 15:43:41
Glad Doherty was included, he's one heck of a player.

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03 Dec 2019 08:53:10
Mahrez starred for Algeria in their African Nations Cup victory, Longthing76.

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12 Nov 2019 05:28:03
Hey ed001, why does Aguero struggle so much at Anfield? Has it become a psychological thing by now or is it just a coincidence that he can't score against us at Anfield?

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{Ed001's Note - psychological in part, you could see how tense he was and trying too hard, so he was not kicking naturally and fluently. Also he did not get the kind of chances he normally gets, which didn't help him.}