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10 Jul 2024 11:45:42
Hi Eds, sorry if this is a bit random but I see Japanese RB Yukinari Sugawara has all but joined Southampton for €7m. I thought he was a decent player in the little time I saw of him and for that price they can't really go wrong. Were Liverpool ever interested in him?

Nella

{Ed002's Note - There was interest from others but not Liverpool.}


1.) 10 Jul 2024 11:56:49
1 Thing we don't need is Right Backs.


2.) 10 Jul 2024 12:35:23
Or right footed left wingers.


3.) 10 Jul 2024 13:53:11
Yeah, but if we corner the market in both RBs and right footed left wingers, it means no one else can have them!


4.) 10 Jul 2024 14:09:42
Is Nella Gareth Southgate in disguise? He loves a right back too.


 

 

01 Jul 2024 11:45:40
Hi Eds, I know you went over it early last month but have their been any updates regarding a RW to succeed/ replace Salah or even just a backup to take some of the load off Salah for next season? Thanks.

Nella

{Ed002's Note - Obviously if Salah stays there will need to be someone to play, possibly during the Olymics, and certainly during AFCON. I am not aware of any changes just yet.}


1.) 01 Jul 2024 13:36:25
Didnt AFCON get put back a year to 2026 or something?

{Ed002's Note - Indeed it did - I forgot.}


 

 

16 Jun 2024 12:37:26
Hi Eds, seeing a report that Liverpool have made contact to sign Waldemar Anton of Stuttgart. I've never heard of the guy is he any good or is there even any truth to it? Thanks.

Nella

{Ed002's Note - Waldemar Anton (CB) Signed a new contract in January to fend off the interest of Borussia Dortmund. Bayer Leverkusen have him as a target to replenish their defence which is attracting a lot of interest but with Hiroki Ito departing and both Rouault & Stergiou returning to their clubs Stuttgart will not look to sell their captain Anton. I am not aware of any approach to Stuttgart by Liverpool at this time.}


1.) 16 Jun 2024 12:58:19
Thanks, I appreciate it as always.


2.) 16 Jun 2024 17:47:11
VDB is a decent bargaining chip.


3.) 16 Jun 2024 18:51:40
Wouldn’t make much sense as a signing, he’ll be 28 in July so he’s getting on a bit, and the only reason to sign a player that old is if they’re exceptional, which he isn’t. He looks a bit one paced and not entirely the most mobile player in the world.

{Ed025's Note - getting on a bit at 28?. i thought that was when a player was nearing his peak VV, that must make me a neolithic artifact mate.. :)


4.) 16 Jun 2024 22:32:35
Correct on both accounts Ed ;)

{Ed025's Note - thanks for that SG.. :)


5.) 17 Jun 2024 06:04:20
Signing someone at 28 years old can make perfect sense with the right player. They’re at their peak and will likely be for 4 years which is plenty of time to get your value out of them.


6.) 17 Jun 2024 10:19:56
if we had the chance to sign Messi at the ripe old age of 28.:D
I have no idea who this guy is but as others have said, it really depends on the player and their own development pathway. Could be the experienced leader we need to add to the squad etc.


7.) 17 Jun 2024 22:53:44
Absolutely. Depends on the player. We signed both Milner and Thiago at age 29.


8.) 18 Jun 2024 18:29:20
If 27 is now too old to sign a player because they don’t have resale value then that’s a hell of a loser mentality to have. Surely we want to have players in their primes?

Madrid have been the most successful team in Europe the last decade and they’ve kept the likes of Rudiger, Nacho, Ramos, Ronaldo, Kroos, Modric and Benzema into their 30’s.

It varies player to player and I think the trick is knowing when certain players are going to peak or dip. You can’t put a blanket age restriction on it.


9.) 19 Jun 2024 09:45:03
Stuttgart are a high pressing high tempo team, so maybe the link isn’t as outlandish as it seems, I know nothing about the player though, from all appearances he seems quite decent.


10.) 19 Jun 2024 13:26:16
See your point mk but Liverpool aren't madrid. We have very limited salary space so we can't really spend it unwisely by giving longer contracts to players with diminishing usefulness. Madrid can afford to that because of the absolutely enormous commercial income they have.

We have to be more careful. Let's not forget that giving extended contracts to hendo, milner and fabinho stopped us from replenishing midfield and it was only after we knew they were going could we seek replacements.

Contract obligations are the single biggest expenditure in football.


11.) 19 Jun 2024 21:04:17
You are in your prime from 27 - 30, as Ed25 said so this player at 28 should be approaching or in his peak already.


 

 

05 Jun 2024 11:05:47
Sorry if this has been asked a lot but if Kelleher is to leave, are there any keepers Liverpool are interested in? I saw we were linked with Bijlow at Feyenoord, but is there any others the club are interested in or would the just promote one of the younger keepers at the club. Thanks.

Nella

{Ed002's Note - Adrien has been offered a new contract and Jaros has had a good period on loan. The club will also fear an offer from Michael Emanalo for Alisson. I am not aware of any approach from Liverpool for Bijlow but they have looked at:
Anthony Patterson (G) Arsenal and Liverpool have sent scouts to watch the Sunderland player.
Ron-Thorben Hoffmann (G) After turning down a proposal from Liverpool, where his agent has strong ties, to join as a second or third choice goalkeeper, the player decided to leave Budesliga 2 side Eintracht Braunschweig as a Free Agent and join Schalke.
Alex McCarthy (G) Out of contract at Southampton in the summer and accepts he will not be first choice any longer. Bournemouth, Newcastle and Liverpool have all considered him, with Liverpool having prior interest and likely needing two goalkeepers this summer - unless they opt to promote Vitezslav Jaros, then they only need a third choice.
Filip Jorgensen (G) Villareal are stll struggling financially and will sell at the right price. Manchester City and Liverpool are searching for a number 2 goalkeeper and have both sent scouts. Down the list for Chelsea. Seems an odd choice.}


1.) 05 Jun 2024 11:51:38
Appreciate ya.


2.) 05 Jun 2024 11:51:38
Appreciate ya.


3.) 05 Jun 2024 12:15:13
If Alisson was to leave, would Giorgi Mamardashvili be an option?

I read he may move this summer with Newcastle among those interested.

Do you think he would be a good fit for the way we play or is there someone else, we should be tracking.

I'm sure the scouting team have a list of possible options, contingency plans.

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool has shown no interest in Mamardashvili and the release clause is putting off those who are interested. Kobel would likely be a good fit.}


4.) 05 Jun 2024 13:23:22
Jaros and Adrian enough cover.


5.) 05 Jun 2024 14:08:51
There is no chance Allison will go to Saudi.

{Ed002's Note - Would you rather I did not tell you when there is interest?}


6.) 05 Jun 2024 15:18:10
Thank you Ed002, I will take a look at Kobel.

Do you think he would be obtainable? I believe Dortmund will have some meaningful squad adjustments this summer. Perhaps they will need to raise some funds.

{Ed002's Note - Two clubs who enquired were told no.}


7.) 05 Jun 2024 21:48:04
In the same way that there was no way Hendo would ever go to Saudi @Mark?


8.) 06 Jun 2024 06:05:40
When Hendo was offered the Saudi wage his head turned quicker than the girl of the excorcist.


9.) 06 Jun 2024 07:33:42
In fairness Henderson was likely told that he would not be an automatic starter so he either accepted a bit part as a bench warmer or could accept the move as the club had accepted the offer.

There is absolutely no way the same would happen with Allison as he’s still one of the best, if not the best, keepers playing in Europe, I think maybe only Oblak is better and that is fine margins. It would have to be an absolutely insane offer that broke the world transfer record to even make it a discussion.


10.) 06 Jun 2024 07:34:01
Of course not ed. We all appreciate the info, I am just giving my opinion, I just couldn’t see anyway he goes to Saudi.


11.) 06 Jun 2024 18:34:27
If Allison goes Kelleher becomes no 1. He wants to leave for first team football. We offer him that he stays.


 

 

14 May 2024 11:17:13
Seeing some reports that Khéphren Thuram could be available for around €15-20 million. Are Liverpool still interested or have they moved on from him completely?

Nella

{Ed002's Note - Khephren Thuram (CM/DM) Nice felt they were messed around by clubs last summer and then the player picked up an injury. Interest of Spurs and, in particular, Juventus remains but Liverpool will look to other options. Interest of Newcastle will likely of fallen away. Milan may offer an option. Has not had a great season so clubs will be way of taking him on as he enters the last year of his contract. Nice could look to a new contract given the emergence of Alexis Beka Beka has hit a huge problem and they will now be regretting the sale of impressive youngster Reda Belahyane to Verona. Nice do not want to sell and again a move to Old Trafford will not be welcomed by the Nice supporters. Real Madrid have him on a list of potential additions given they are facing midfield departures in the summer - and I would not rule them, or indeed Manchester City or Barcelona, out. Player wants PSG but they continue to have no interest - but his representative is pushing PSG as well as Real Madrid and will encourage the player to wait out his contract and see what happens.}


1.) 15 May 2024 08:42:10
Old man Ratcliffe still signs off on the Nice transfers, I’d say that unless Thuram winds his contract down, he won’t be an option As Ratcliffe isn’t going to do business with us.


 

 

 

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06 Jan 2018 21:09:25
Hi Eds, are we looking at any holding midfielders, think we really need to add one none of our players are great in that position.
Thanks.

Nella

{Ed002's Note - Read the posts.}


 

 

13 Jul 2016 18:38:12
Anything on Allan? Will he be able to play this season?

Nella

1.) 13 Jul 2016 20:20:33
As far as I know he still can't get a work permit and the club are sending him back out on loan, YNWA.


2.) 13 Jul 2016 20:29:44
I think he's off on loan this season as he doesn't qualify for a permit yet. Although he has been called up to the youth set up for Brazil so hoefully he's on the right path.


 

 

28 Jun 2016 23:17:32
Hi Eds, What first team payers would you say will be leaving Liverpool this summer?

Nella

{Ed091's Note - Done to death.


1.) 29 Jun 2016 02:46:49
As I understand it

Kolo, Teixera, Rossiter gone
Skrtel, Allen, Benteke, Balotelli, Canos, Illori almost certainly gone
Ibe, Markovic, Alberto, Wisdom, Moreno all possibles to leave depending on signings/ pre-season
An outside chance we see Coutinho or Firmino receive large bids and leave, but I suspect they both stay as Klopp will want to keep them
Not too sure about Milner, Llalana and Lucas but guessing they'll very likely stay unless a good bid comes in we can't refuse

On incomings I can see Chilwell and Zielinski joining and possibly Amavi, probably that's it unless Firmino or Coutinho get their heads turned. Dahoud is clearly being watched but maybe for next season.

I'd be very happy with this as a window, I think Klopp will have done a good job addressing the weaknesses at GK, CB, Wing and LB.


2.) 29 Jun 2016 07:17:32
Nice post Zimbo. If you're right, I'd hope both Alberto and Markovic do well enough to stay a further season at least. Obviously hope both are amazing, but trying to stay realistic.

Ibe I'd loan not sell, or as above, I'd hope he impresses.

How close are we really to selling those you listed as?


3.) 29 Jun 2016 08:03:07
About 26.7cm, Max.


4.) 29 Jun 2016 12:24:54
Haha, I believe Skrtel all but done while Allen, Benteke have a few interested parties but still some way to go (will only progress post Euros) .

Canos and Illori we should shift fairly easily with reasonable interest, but Balotelli is anyone's guess who takes him.

I too hope we keep Markovic but I believe he will take some convincing after his first experience here. I doubt we'll keep Alberto, particularly if we get Zielinski.

I agree to lending Ibe. has has long way to go but if he can get lots of playing time next year or two who knows?

BTW most of this is from spending way too much time on this site + my own views rather than any great real inside knowledge like the Eds. just thought it might be helpful to summarise as I read things for those that don't track everything here all the time.

Hats off to them taking the time to keep us updated, and hope they'll correct me if I got anything wrong!


 

 

28 Jun 2016 12:17:37
Mane signed.

Nella

 

 

21 Jun 2016 23:49:35
if Balotelli were to stay do you guys think Klopp would be able to get the best out of him?

Nella

1.) 22 Jun 2016 02:19:52
Balotelli is unmanageable. If klopp gives up in ibe that easily he wouldn't stand a chance with Balo.


2.) 22 Jun 2016 05:11:28
Still better than sadio Mane. Balo is a character, Klopp is an opposite character, they might bring out the best and the worst in each other. its like walking on a twin edge sword. If we can't sell him, then we might use him. But with studger, Ings, Origi, firmino already there he doesn't stand a chance, that is assuming we sell benteke. It might work only if we sell all of them and he is the only striker we have.
Anyways last year he didn't have many off field issues, atleast that's a start, Age is running out for him. His country team has dumped him. No club in the major leagues would touch him. Its now or never for him. or he will end up in china or arab football. He has his last chance as long as LFC can't find a suitor for him, in that period he has to convince klopp he is worthy of staying,
and we all know Balo won't prove Zilch to anyone.


3.) 22 Jun 2016 05:34:52
Disagree. I do not want Balotelli anywhere near Liverpool once we start our pre-season.


4.) 22 Jun 2016 11:32:30
Wasn't it now or never when we originally signed him. Apaer from striker the ball well and looking the part (big strong etc) I just don't think he has the intelligence to be a striker, know when yo run, pass etc picking up positions he definstly doesn't have desire because that was taken away from him. anyway with the 100 grand a week xontrzct from 18. Same as si many.

Just get ride, he's nit evry good.


 

 

 

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Thanks, I appreciate it as always.

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05 Jun 2024 11:51:38
Appreciate ya.

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07 Jan 2022 19:35:30
Well to be fair we don't have many players to sell.

Nella

 

 

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11 Nov 2017 18:34:43
And who would that be?

Nella

{Ed002's Note - Spurs. This has been covered over and over - use the search function.}


 

 

 

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