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23 Jan 2021 18:05:45
Did we show any interest in Fofana before he went to Leicester. Can see him being a real talent.

{Ed002's Note - No but lots of other sides did.}

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23 Jan 2021 23:05:39
Leicester City have a great scouting department like ourselves, do they use data analytics like we do?

{Ed002's Note - I don’t know what they do nowadays.}

24 Jan 2021 04:53:32
We hardly have a great scouting department.
Not one of our recent youth buys has made the team and most of our first team buys have been 3rd or 4th choices.

We are getting better at transfers because we have been able to sell someplayers at ridiculous prices.

{Ed001's Note - I am not sure you understand how scouting works if you think that 3rd and 4th choices turning a team into champions is not good work.}

24 Jan 2021 11:23:18
Scouting is pretty hard. City/ Chelsea are very good at it because they can just throw money constantly at as many youth players they want. Leicester seem to be one of the best. I actually think Arsenal are good at scouting young players, despite their inconsistent form.

United are pretty decent however a lot of people forget just how many youth players they have signed in the last 10 years who barely played a game for them. I don't think we have a bad department, it's just getting harder and harder to find youth players who can make the step up in England.

A lot of the young talent is being snapped up the German teams and integrated into the first team at a very early age.

Plus the Prem and English fans are very unforgiving, if youth player don't make an instant impact, everyone wants them gone.

Our scouting department isn't bad at all, we get class players these days, we just don't have the finances to buy all our targets like City and Chelsea.

Sadly most of the teams finances have been gutted and we are certainly one of them. Like the Eds have said, we need to sell to buy. If I was FSG currently, I'd be putting huge emphasis on looking for HG players and top youngsters from the championship.

This would help us stabilize finances and keep growing the squad. The other thing I'd do as Liverpool is actually develop a world class teaching/ development plan for the youngsters so if they don't make it at the highest level they have everything they need to thrive in another Career. Imagine having working in Physio/ business/ finance/ data at Liverpool on your CV, that would bring a lot of weight.

If I was a young lad and I had various offers and a team said look, even of you don't make it at the top level we have all this support to help you thrive, I'd be picking them every day of the week.



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