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27 Feb 2020 18:53:02
James Pearce, a very reputable source regarding Liverpool, has said that Werner is effectively waiting on Liverpool as Barcelona and Man United have supposedly moved for the player. Basically stated that Klopp and Edwards will have decided by March on their transfer plans (much like with Alisson and Fabinho) and will negotiate in March. Used the phrase 'Jurgen Klopp holds all the cards'. Not so sure myself.

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27 Feb 2020 19:43:36
I thought something was already happening tbf after yesterday and last night on here with what was explained.

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27 Feb 2020 20:08:05
I'd be hoping that any potential deal will wait until March or April when his supposed deadline for transfer fee is. Last thing we want now is media frenzy over a big signing when klopp will want desperately to keep the lads focused on making history over coming months and any distraction like that could unsettle some players with plenty of football left to play.

Is it true though that Fabinho and allison were negotiated months in advance also? Seems unlikely as they were both arguably our most discreet and quick signings.

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27 Feb 2020 07:37:36
Well if you believe the papers today, (which I don't), the following is happening:

Salah: El Desmarque in Spain have said that Real Madrid plan to offload Bale and are confident that £150m is enough to get the Egyptian.

Mane: Various Spanish papers say that Barcelona are planning on negotiating with Edwards over Sadio. The Coutinho clause being well discussed and played down as not an issue to stop the Spaniards making an offer.

Firminho: Bayern, Bayern, Bayern. German papers (picked up by the Echo) are saying that Bayern have made contact with Bobbys representatives and £75m is the expected amount we would take for the player should a bid be welcomed.

It seems that this is what the rest of the season and summer will be like for us, constant speculation on all three.

1/ Do the Ed's think that there is a chance that there will be movement on any of these stories or are they destined to be fantasy?

2/ If we lost ALL 3 (we won't, a fantasy question for fellow fans and Eds if they are bored), which 3 players within our financial capabilities would you have replace them?

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{Ed002's Note - The fans want new forwards and are obsessing about other players - so Liverpool will need to make space in the squad to bring the likes of Sancho, Werner and Mbabbe in. Liverpool cannot keep adding players without making space as has been explained over and over again. In all seriousness:
Roberto Firmino (F/LW) Bayern see RF as a versatile forward who can play on the left or through the middle but they have other priorories, so nothing is likely to happen. A way down the list but discussed not only as a potential Thomas Muller replacement but also as an option to Leroy Sane (as Firmino primarily played on the left wing for Hoffenheim).
Sadio Mane (W/F) Real Madrid are still looking at a major revamp and are using Eden Hazard on the LW which was not their plan. They have plans to bring in a specific RW/S in mind and a couple of alternatives but are likely to hold on to Asensio who they would rather let move on once fully fit - which he may not have proven by the summer. They have a bunch of senior players they have available for horse trading, particularly James Rodriguez, Isco and Bale and will look to include them in any deal. I am not aware of any direct approach to the clubs for Mane or indeed Sterling at this time and it sounds rather speculative that they would go down that route - but they will be in thir thoughts as it is not working out for Vinicius Jr at this time either. Mane is also seen as a possible Neymar replacement by PSG and by Barcelona as an option to Neymar.
Mo Salah (RW) has been offered, by his "agent", to Real Madrid and others on several occasions but a move to Real Madrid is unlikely after they have kicked out his agent out over ridiculous demands on more than one occasion - but player still feels that this might be his best chance to move to Real Madrid and he wants to be there new poster boy who they have not replaced since Ronaldo left - hence Salah holidaying witha professional photographer and upping his profile considerably. There have been further attents to tempt Madrid by offering up lesser demands. PSG have also been approached as they will need a replacement for Neymar, and previously Juventus has been approached. Recenntly talks have again happened with Barcelona who see Salah as an option to Neymar. But it is Real Madrid that the player clearer desires.}

27 Feb 2020 11:41:44
Interesting as always Ed002.
The club will obviously be aware of Salah’s desire to move and his agent’s attempts to broker a deal.

Tricky situation for LFC as we’d need to be looking at alternatives should the likes of Madrid decide, yes we want the player? Leaving it late with no planning and you end up like a situation United are in.

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{Ed002's Note - It has been going on for at least two years. The club are, as you say, well aware of the situation.}

27 Feb 2020 13:20:41
Cheers ed2.

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27 Feb 2020 13:32:01
Thanks Ed, I appreciate you have been steadfast on that info for months so I knew it all already thanks to you but hopefully this post can help with searching in the weeks/ months to come to save you repeating it as this is going to be the subject of the close season and summer as we know we won’t be getting excited over a star coming in unless one leaves (which I hope they don’t) .

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27 Feb 2020 15:57:56
so Mane, salah and Firminho leave for somewhere between £350m to £400m and we spend that on Sancho, Werner and Mbabbe what will coast us £400m+ that's a very active summer but at least we won't lose any of are forwards for African cup of nations. And we bring the age of the forwards down by good few years.
I just love paper talk all ready can't wait for the summer transfer window to open lol.

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27 Feb 2020 18:49:42
Salah, Werner, Firmino and Mane


Sancho, Werner, Firmino and Mane.

Hmmm - tell the poster boy he can go.

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27 Feb 2020 20:03:45
Ed002: re the Vinicious Jnr not working out bit, are you in a position to give more info? He seems to have a lot of potential. He was in and out of the game last night, but had some very good moments. He was certainly giving Man City a lot more to think about than Bale.

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{Ed002's Note - Vinicius Jnr has been offered around to a number of sides. It has not been working out well for the player in Spain and Wolves have shown an interest in him but he would only be a second string to Diego Jota - and the asking price (circa €60M - although they may accept less) is seen as high. Arsenal have been approached but with Saka emerging on the left it is the issue of Pepe on the right and Aubameyangadingdong in the centre or left that needs the most consideration - but he shares and agent with Martinelli so there may be a discussion. Chelsea have also been approached as he would provide an option to Hudson-Odoi on the left allowing Pulisic to move to his more natural right side. Others have been approached but none would be in a position to look for more than a loan and Real Madrid need players gone to continue their rebuild.}

26 Feb 2020 17:45:30
Ed002 I know what you've said about Werner in the past. BUT has anything changed recently and do you know or heard anything about us being in talks with his club and his agent which is being reported in the press . or is it all bull as usual. not sure what I think about this as I really can't see where he would fit in to our starting 11 at the moment. obviously things happen and people are expected to leave in the summer but I'm hoping our front 3 stay intact. sorry if you've had enough of questions about Werner it's just he seems to be cropping up a lot lately with links to us.

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{Ed002's Note - The last we knew was the involvement of Oliver Mintzlaff who has asked Karlheinz Forster (the "agent" of Werner) about whether or not Klopp or anyone else from Liverpool (or any other club I would think) has spoken directly with Werner. If Liverpool has now approached his club and are in the position of having some sort of feen and has permission to negotiate with the player then it has happened in the paste 48 hours since his club has starter their investigations. How much has Liverpool agreed to pay Dortmund?}

26 Feb 2020 20:48:15
Sorry Ed who is Oliver Mintzlaff?

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{Ed002's Note - Red Bull's Head of Football.}

26 Feb 2020 20:53:19
Dortmund Ed?

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{Ed002's Note - Should be RBL, sorry.}

26 Feb 2020 20:54:25
Not tapping up again surely?

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{Ed002's Note - RBL are looking at it after recent events - it seems it is now being reported Liverpool are working a deal. This will put off other clubs and could leave RBL with a toxic player. Liverpool has a history of this and it has got worse under Klopp. But I don’t know if it is true that Liverpool have now gotten in to this position - neither do his club.}

26 Feb 2020 21:17:02
Ed sorry how do you mean it will put off other clubs and leave RBL with a toxic player? Sorry I don’t follow.

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{Ed002's Note - f a player has been tapped up such that he wants to join one club over any other (such as van Dijk who Liverpool got to really screw his club and go on strike), took other clubs such as Manchester City and Arsenal out of the equation. It is cheating and Liverpool paid way ver the odds to avoid charges. One would have thought we have seen the last of this, we’ll see.}

26 Feb 2020 21:40:21
Owe right I see. I truly hope we have gone about it the correct way then this time if there has been any contact at all.

Thanks Ed for telling us what you know.

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{Ed002's Note - I really hope the club has done as well.}

27 Feb 2020 09:05:34
Oh god i hope we haven't been tapping up again, i don't think an apology will be enough this time.

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27 Feb 2020 10:53:05
Relax folks, people are getting their knickers in a twist over a tweet from some Italian journo, why is he not been looked at as unreliable like the fat kid from Bolton. don't expect the worst without any proof whatsoever.

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26 Feb 2020 23:10:46
Are you able to confirm Either way Ed If there has been some contact or not over last 48hours?

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{Ed002's Note - I have explained - RBL are looking in to the potential that a club has directly approached the player - Liverpool has not made an offer to RBL.}

27 Feb 2020 02:45:07
Did it happen with fekir as well ed?

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{Ed002's Note - Try the search engine.}

27 Feb 2020 03:41:25
Ed002 am i right in believing that Liverpool can touch base with Forster to sound out possible interest but can't progress further than that unless RBL agree eg can't agree package or anything similar?

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{Ed002's Note - The process should be along the lines of: Clubs will typically informally ask an agent (a) if the player is going to be available, and (b) would the player consider a move to the club. There may be some broad discussion on the sort of deal that would be offered but no more than that. If the answer is yes, it is then necessary for the club to approach the player's club to ask if they would be willing to sell and if they would grant permission to speak to a player's agent formally about a transfer and possibly even the player about actually making a move. This will typically involve either broadly (through an offer) or actually agreeing a fee and responsibility for any significant costs (agents fees etc.). Once this has happened the club will be able to speak formally to the player's agent and perhaps the player himself to look at the package that will be involved. Many players are looked at and discussed at a high-level with agents and clubs; a subset of those have an offer placed; a subset of those involve discussions with the player's club; a subset of those involve discussions over terms, and; a subset of those go ahead.

Agents will often try and get more specific details of wages and other financials before they should - but most clubs are happy to follow this process. Players will often talk to other players about moves but, whilst wrong, is tolerated as it would be impossible to manage.}

27 Feb 2020 08:21:05
did RBL have a bit of trouble with Timo Werner last summer as he wanted a move but know one come in for him so he signed a new deal. Is there a problem if clubs have spoken to his agent to see if there is any interest from him to joining there club before they waist time negotiating with RBL or any club or play to that point. And if his agent is speaking to clubs is it a bit like Salah agent with Madrid. I think the van Dijk one was different because Klopp spoke to him his self. As for us revealing are interest to unsettle players don't most of the big sides do that Barcelona and Madrid do it all the time.

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{Ed002's Note - Last summer there was an approach from PSG who wanted Werner as a Cavani replacement - in the end Cavani stayed and they took Icardi on loan. The player has always said he wants to play for Manchester United one day but a move last summer was not possible and then Werner said he wanted tp play for Bayern Munich over all others. There was a third patrty trying to negotiate for a BM move but they were a long way apart on price and RBL looked to extend. As BM were expected to need Werner this coming summer, a release clause was agreed with his new contract that would make him available at a low fee so RBL would keep him another year and then he could move to Bayern Munich this summer.}

26 Feb 2020 17:30:03
Seen some news floating around. I presume it's all rubbish but indication from a few media sources, the super reliable Sky say Werner is nailed on whilst Nico Schira has outright claimed Liverpool are currently in contract negotiations. A contract until 2025 and worth 8M a year. Please can one of the Ed's put this to bed?

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{Ed002's Note - The last we knew was the involvement of Oliver Mintzlaff who has asked Karlheinz Forster (the "agent" of Werner) about whether or not Klopp or anyone else from Liverpool (or any other club I would think) has spoken directly with Werner. If Liverpool has now approached his club and are in the position of having some sort of feen and has permission to negotiate with the player then it has happened in the paste 48 hours since his club has starter their investigations. How much has Liverpool agreed to pay Dortmund?}

26 Feb 2020 22:05:36
From the media source the quoted price is reportedly €58million. I'm really hoping Liverpool haven't been tapping players up again, seems to be what you are suggesting Ed002. Thanks for the information as always.

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{Ed002's Note - I know of no deal for €58M - it seens a strange number.}

26 Feb 2020 23:19:46
What do you think the price would be closer to Ed002?

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{Ed002's Note - I have no feeling for what RBL would want. They know of interest from several sides so would look for the best deal they can.}

26 Feb 2020 11:02:10
Hi eds,

Are you aware of the clubs plans for Chirivella in the summer? Seems he's had some sort of resurgence this season (at least from what I've seen during the cup matches) .


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{Ed002's Note - A decision needs to be taken over Pedro Chirivella in the summer. There has been no indication that the club plans to play him - if he is in the first team squad he takes up one of the 25 available spaces, but is HG. He has been playing predominently as a DM in Premier League 2 but is more than capable of playing CM, but Curtis Jones is ahead of him in that role. So it is time for a decision to be made. I don't think the club have plans to sell him - but they will need to tell him what their plans are. Milner signing a new contract, Wijnaldum probably staying, the emerging Jones and the possible return of Grujic will make opportunities thin on the ground - and the lack of any prior playing time implies he may not be seen as trusted cover for Fabinho. But a good question.}

26 Feb 2020 11:32:17
He will be sold.

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26 Feb 2020 11:25:51
Personally, I'd like Chiravella to be given a chance of a move to get some regular playing time. The only reason for keeping him is cover for Fabinho, and he deserves more than that.

I think Lallana and Keita will both leave this summer, but Jones deserves one of those places and I have a sneaky suspicion that Havertz may join. Hendo, Gini, Milner, Fab will all stay.

So best for Pedro to carve his niche elsewhere as I think he's a fantastic player, but just not better than the others we have.

BTW, I can also see Werner joining in place of Origi (sadly - he'll always have a place in my heart after his crucial goals! ) and I see us bringing in cover at CB to replace Lovren.

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26 Feb 2020 13:15:01
Pedro isn't even cover for Fabinho really. He plays the odd cup game, that's it. I'm not saying he isn't a decent player but he needs to play more than a few games. Sell him and watch him flourish for another club. Who knows, maybe he might return at some stage if he proves himself and Liverpool need his type of talent.

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26 Feb 2020 14:23:22
From the limited games i've seen him play, he looks tidy can pick a pass but is he good enough. Not for me. Release him so he can get his career on track.

I think his contract is up in the summer so don't know if we would get a fee. He is under 24, so perhaps we might? ed2 any idea?

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{Ed002's Note - The only fee would be a Training Fee.}

26 Feb 2020 15:03:02
We have tried to sell him a few times and even had bids accepted but he choose not to join those clubs. He will never break into Liverpool's first team.

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26 Feb 2020 14:54:45
Excuse my ignorance, are we talking tens of thousands or hundreds?

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{Ed002's Note - Not an enormous amount but it is depending on time at the club and not on loan, age at which he joined etc.. Nobody will get rich off it.}

26 Feb 2020 19:50:38
I’d like to see go somewhere like Bournemouth to be honest.

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23 Feb 2020 12:55:40
Hello eds n reds,

Ed2, do you think Mr klopp knows who he wants in the summer, or would he and his team still be watching, discussing and scouting further.

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{Ed002's Note - Scouts work year round and Liverpool has an analysis chap who identifies players to be watched, scouts identify their own and sometimes the coach will ask for specific players to be watched. One of the players the scouts have been watching is playing at Celtic on Thursday - and Liverpool will be represented there. Don’t forget it was the scouts that picked out Salah and Alisson over Klopp own choices.}

23 Feb 2020 14:31:45
It that player Daramy from Copenhagen?

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{Ed002's Note - On Thursday, yes. Not sure if he will start.}

23 Feb 2020 18:47:51
Who did Klopp prefer over Alisson Ed002? Karius maybe before that CL final?

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{Ed002's Note - Oblak.}

24 Feb 2020 00:40:27
Ed02 can you please tell us the name of this scout?

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{Ed002's Note - Liverpool have a whole bunch of scouts so I am not sure who you mean. If you mean the analysis chap it is Ian Graham.}

24 Feb 2020 06:24:29
Damn good keeper is Oblak Ed002, wouldn't have been too shabby a buy that!

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24 Feb 2020 11:53:21
Oblak is a top keeper but I think (correct me if I'm wrong Ed) would have been more expensive than Alisson and not as talented with ball at feet. Scouts made the right choice.

I am happy to hear though that it sounds like we have a good collaborative effort going on behind the scenes. It seems Klopp trusts his scouting network with very noticable results.

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{Ed002's Note - All coaches have to trust their scouting networks - but if Oblak were available I would think he would have been more expensive.}

25 Feb 2020 12:25:52
I think alisson suited our playing style more than oblak aswell as AM play a lot more defensive style than we do.

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26 Feb 2020 11:05:35
Interesting news today that Chelsea are looking to swap Kepa + £25m for Oblak. I'd guess AM may want a bit more cash than that based on what Ed002 said above and Kepa's recent firm!

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{Ed002's Note - There has been no such suggestion - whilst Chelsea has a list of GKs they have been looking at, they know that Oblak will not be available.}

23 Feb 2020 07:50:06
BBC Gossip column reporting LFC interest in Birmingham City's Jude Bellingham.
Imagine the Kop singing "Hey Jude", that would be special.

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23 Feb 2020 09:55:12
Like it.

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21 Feb 2020 10:03:04
Hi Ed002, what chance Talles Magno will be signed by us given that we'd still have enough time for him to eventually be considered a homegrown player?

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{Ed002's Note - Talles Magno (S/W) Vasco de Gama kiddie who has been subject to discussions with Lyon's Sporting Director Juninho and Real Madrid who want him to join and pair up with Reinier Jesus and Rodrygo to ease the transition. Lazio and Roma enquired after a price and were quoted €65M but it went no further than that. Benfica, Manchester City, Braga, Liverpool, Juventus, Chelsea and Bayern Munich were impressed with him enough at the U17 World Cup to continue to watch him at club level. I would suggest the chances of him moving to Europe would be influenced by compatriots at Real Madrid or the lure of Juninho at OL. I cannot assess the chances of a move to any of the other sides.

21 Feb 2020 12:07:25
Thanks for the reply, Ed002.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

22 Feb 2020 10:26:21
Or the lure of learning from some of the best senior Brazilians in football right now, in Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson.

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22 Feb 2020 21:30:32
i think the biggest issue if getting work permits for them, i can't imagine it would be the easiest for young Brazilians.

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