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27 Nov 2014 09:36:22
Hello Eds,
The papers really are making some ridiculous links these days. Redmond? £10m? Really!?

Anyway, while I cross my fingers that Santa Claus will convince Chelsea to let us loan Cech, my question is about Luiz Adriano. Who is interested in him and have Liverpool ever had any? His contract is finishing right?
I wonder where he might end up, I would love him in January. Don't want Berahino with Origi on the way and J. Martinez wouldn't compliment what we have already. Adriano's trickery and pace would give us sth we're lacking up top. Thanks a mil in advance for taking the time to answer. Would you like him yourself?

RedKev   RedKev

Ed02{Ed002's Note - There has been no suggestion of any loan for Petr Cech. Luiz Adriano's contract runs out in the summer - Porto and Galatasaray are interested.}

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27 Nov 2014 20:36:36
Why loan?! We need a first choice keeper. I'd pay whatever why want!!

Sam5

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27 Nov 2014 07:43:40
Morning Eds
Sorry if this has been asked before but as Mignolet had another poor display last night would you give Brad Jones a couple of games? Also I've not seen anything in the press recently about a replacement/backup keeper. Can you provide an update?

RedArchie

Ed01{Ed001's Note - as far as I can find out, right now there is no plan to buy a keeper in January, but then the club are working towards an overhaul of the transfers and who makes the decisions. So there is no clear idea of who is going to be making a decision in January. That is if any players are even brought in at all, which is a very distinct possibility.

Personally I would give Ward or one of the other youth prospects a go, tell them they have nothing to lose and just go out their and play their game. Jones is not good enough, Mignolet is so bad he is looking like he is on the take, so why not see if one of the kids just might turn out to be something special given the chance? What do we have to lose? We either have one of two dodgy senior keepers, who struggle to catch cold, or a kid who might well be as bad, but couldn't possibly be any worse.}

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Completely agree with ed001, we've nothing to lose in giving Ward a game, in Mignolet and Jones we have the worst keepers in the premier league, which is simply unacceptable.

Mr Dennis

Ed02{Ed002's Note - This is why I feel sorry for the Liverpool players when the club has so called "supporters" like you. For years Liverpool fans had a good reputation, were seen to be knowledgeable and were well respected. That has all long gone with statements like this about Brad Jones being, with MIgnolet, the "worst keepers in the premier league". How many times has Jones played in the EPL this season? And how many last season? And how many the season before that? These are the sorts of posts that the players should see so that matters can be put in context.}

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27 Nov 2014 11:14:19
Spot on Ed001!
"a kid who might well be as bad, but couldn't possibly be any worse."
Ibe for Markovic, Rossiter for Allen, Sinclair/Yesil for Balo.

If you don't give the youth a chance when the experienced players are letting us down, they will just leave - like Suso et al.

And to Ed002, except for that Italian lad who used to be at Arsenal, can you point out a keeper in worse form than Mignolet? I honestly can't, and if Jones isn't deemed good enough to get a game now I can only assume he never will. Has he ever been a number one 'keeper?

Bram

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27 Nov 2014 13:56:28
To be fair Ed002 they are pretty poor keepers and better judges than me have said so as well (Souness, Carragher, Neville, Keown and Ed001, in fact Carragher said last night that there was no point putting Jones in place of Mignolet for that very same reason as we would still be conceding sloppy goals), every time Jones has played in the first team he has also made the same kinds of mistakes as Mignolet in terms of poor handling, poor at collecting crosses, poor distribution and positioning, which are fundamental skills for a keeper (I remember the cup game at Oldham that he played in and the mistake he made which cost the game was a bread and butter save that the keeper should be making).

I would happily give the young lad Ward a game at the moment as something has to change and he really couldn't do any worse than the other two keepers.

I genuinely think that they are two of the worst keepers in the premier league and nothing I have seen can convince me otherwise, this isn't an adverse inference on them as people, just as professional footballers, they aren't very good.

Mr Dennis

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Get down to the ground and daub abuse on the outside - force them out - see if Carragher will join your quest. If not perhaps a small fire at the stadium - show the owners you mean business. I have no idea what Carragher said last night, but if he has taken to saying such things about Jones, it is pitiful. But then again you are all watching him on Mt Murdoch's Sky.}

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I've backed Mignolet numerous times but no more he's lacking in confidence as all the players are.

Reusch Reusch

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27 Nov 2014 05:58:59
hello eds.

are we looking at villas boas as replacement?

YNWA

14_lfc

Ed01{Ed001's Note - not as far as I am aware. From what I have been told things haven't got that far along the way to bringing in a replacement, they are still examining the club to decide exactly how best to run the football side. But my information hasn't even mentioned him at all, as someone who is in the running to replace Rodgers when the time comes.}

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27 Nov 2014 07:20:54
Oh yeah, that would be a great move!!!!

Cardiff Red

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With his transfer record he will fit right in. lol

Red Raj Red Raj

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26 Nov 2014 18:43:22
Team: Mignolet, Manquillo, Skrtel, Toure, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Lambert

Be interesting to see how Gerrard and Lucas are deployed. I'm assuming it'll be a diamond with Gerrard at the tip and Lucas at the base, but I'm worried that it'll be both of them as DMs which didn't exactly work against West Ham.

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26 Nov 2014 18:34:48
Ed001,

I know you say you doubt klopp would take on the job but do you know if is at least a consideration or if we looked at him the last time round

Cheers!

87red

Ed01{Ed001's Note - he will always be under consideration mate, it comes down to if he has any interest in the role, which seems unlikely considering how beloved he is in Dortmund.}

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25 Nov 2014 22:47:50
Ed1, if we lose tomorrow would you expect Rodgers to be gone- or given you've said the owners don't want to go through a caretaker manager would you expect them to take more time while they look for a perfect replacement?
I'm not completely Rodgers Out, but something has to change quickly to keep it that way; and if Klopp could somehow be convinced, I'd make the switch in a heartbeat

toddythered   toddythered

Ed01{Ed001's Note - I don't expect them to just sack him after a bad result, I expect them to work through the consultation before making the move.}

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26 Nov 2014 08:00:07
If we loose today we are basically out of the Champions league. We are 4 points from the bottom 3 in the league It would not just be one result it will be a number of bad results. Imo I can't see him given another transfer window. I see a new manager and a dof at the club by Jan.

Red Raj Red Raj

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A litany of bad results

Mcgoveb Mcgoveb

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25 Nov 2014 14:02:13
Hi Eds,
I was just wondering whether any teams are looking at Clyne? Its only recently people have started to rate him. Is anyone interested in him? Are Liverpool, seeing as johnson looks likely to be exiting?
Thanks and keep up the good work!

kinglfc

Ed01{Ed001's Note - Man Utd were showing interest last season, but Van Gaal didn't want the club to move for him in the summer as he hadn't seen enough of him.}

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We already have Wisdom, Mclaughlin, Flanno who will challenge for the RB spot once Johnson leaves. Clyne whilst a quality player is not needed at all and would be another unnecessary signing like Markovic and Manquillo.

Indian Buzzer

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Clyne is a superb prospect and will absolutely not be joining us as he'll be too expensive and not justifiable to the owners while we have Glen Johnson on the books.
Until Rodgers packs his bags we won't attract anyone of quality.

ANFIELDPETE

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25 Nov 2014 10:04:40
are there any legs in these jackson martinez to liverpool rumours?

starks1080

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Would this be as a replacement for Sturridge? Liverpool has Balotelli, Yesil, Lambert, Sturridge, Borini and Origi as strikers already - plus Sterling and Markovic who could be used. They also have financial issues with borrowing and FFP. SO I think it unlikely unless the club could clear the decks a bit.}

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25 Nov 2014 04:08:07
Hi eds,
With brendan at this moment and time looking to be gone. How long do you think he be still in the job for?
Just like to know do you think Fsg will have someone in place to replace rodgers straight away or do you think they will have someone to step in till they find someone suitable.
I can see down the page you said about rafa family in liverpool and frank de boer is favourite. But no one have asked you about klopp? I would love to have Klopp he be the perfect manager, he's also a lfc fan. Klopp fit right in the kop.
Thanks Eds.

94lfc96

Ed01{Ed001's Note - they don't want a caretaker again, because they realise it is difficult then to look elsewhere if the caretaker is successful. The fans start wanting them to stay and it increases the pressure on a new man. They would like to avoid it and be prepared.
I would absolutely love Klopp, I am sure everyone around the club would also say the same, but it is a very remote possibility he leaves Dortmund. If he did, then he would have his pick of the clubs he wanted. Why would he want to move to a club that only offers him the same as he has currently at Dortmund? That is my worry, I just can't see what he would gain by leaving them to join us.}

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So eds, are we saying BRs sacking is inevitable or will he be givin more time to turn thing around? Are we talking days, weeks, end of season before sacking?

AlwaysTipsy

Ed01{Ed001's Note - FSG are in the process of investigating the best course of action via people with more knowledge of the game than themselves. From the feedback I have been given, there looks to be 2 possible options regarding Rodgers.

Firstly that he accepts help on the coaching side, particularly regarding a specialist coach to work on defending in open play and especially set pieces.

Secondly that he is removed and a new coaching team plus a director of football to take overall control are put in place instead.

According to everyone who has ever known Rodgers, he is too arrogant/proud (depending on who you speak to) and would never accept the help, knowing that it would be casting doubts on his ability to manage the club, especially after the installation of the transfer committee due to his lack of transfer acumen.

In my personal opinion, I believe FSG will take the second option anyway, as they wanted the DoF in the first place and they have already lost faith in Rodgers' transfers and dealings with the media.}

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Klopp would be a great manager for liverpool, and hopefully would bring reus, Gundogan and hummels with him. when we played dortmund in pre season and i saw klopp touch the this is anfield sign with a massive grin on his face, i thought. this guy is going to be our next manager!

starks1080

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Dealings with the media? I've always thought of Rodgers as pretty good with the media?

nick1811

Ed02{Ed002's Note - No, he is a complete joke with the media.}

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25 Nov 2014 12:19:23
I don't want klopp, ! Have you seen Dortmund where they are in the league?

tonkz99

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Ed001, when you say they've lost faith in his signings, did they not see some of this coming and realise a few were bought for the future, when in fact we needed them for now? It didn't take a degree in football (can you get one of those) to think that we bought too many, sent too many on loan, some of which could have been used for the ones coming in! They must have signed off for the transfers, so what were they told was going to be the whole grand scheme of things?
On option 1, I thought it makes you a man, if you can accept help when help is what's needed?

Keith

Ed01{Ed001's Note - they appointed people to run the club, they are not football experts, so they take advice. They have just clearly made a mistake with the people they appointed, so now they are re-examining the situation. When you are new to a job, you take advice and instruction off people who have been there a lot longer. If it turns out to be rubbish advice, well you only find that out later when it all goes tits up. They will learn from this though.

I do agree on the help thing, intelligent people look to learn from those who know more than them, as they realise that no one person can know everything. Unfortunately, a lot of people who could be intelligent fail to use their brain and think they are more intelligent than they are and so refuse to accept help.}

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Thanks Ed, as usual a great reply!

I really do hope Brendan is doing similar to what the owners are doing, maybe listening to people like Carragher and the like about the use of Gerrard as a DM. That would do for starters, maybe even look back at the RM game and 'really' learn from it!

Keith

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Ed01, Do you think D.Dein would involve in helping the owners?. Last time h was at Anfield and lot rumored that he was going to be our DOF.

stg

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Ed01, Do you think D.Dein would involve in helping the owners?. Last time h was at Anfield and lot rumored that he was going to be our DOF.

stg

Ed01{Ed001's Note - he was involved in consulting last time, this time I believe they are looking for different opinions.}

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Going back into the last time we went through this little exercise, do any of the Eds have any insight why FSG elected to not go the DoF route back then? I remember there being lots of speculation at the time about Txiki, Dein, and probably others before we eventually just went with Rodgers. Honestly as bad as the committee has been at transfers the owners (who I have nothing against otherwise) aren't exactly batting a thousand (to use a baseball metaphor) either when it comes to their appointments, so I do admit some degree of nervousness about whether they'll get it 'right' this time or not.

RDL

Ed01{Ed001's Note - because they couldn't get the DoF they wanted and all the managers that would work with one were not interested in the job.}

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Interesting. Thanks, Ed001, and makes sense.

I guess we'll see what happens when/if it happens, just really hoping we're not moving from relative disaster to relative disaster with respect to club management as the evidence thus far seems to be whoever FSG is getting advice from is perhaps not the right person (e.g. Comolli, appointing Kenny on a permanent, and the appointment of a young, inexperienced Rodgers).

RDL

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I would love to see tony pulis come in personally. Defensively sound coach, coaches a very attractive style of football, always has a very strong back room staff and finally he won't put up with absolute garbage players playing week in week out. Pulis likes big strong players the likes that we haven't seen since sissoko and hyppia and again personal opinion but something you need in modern day football. Also he's a free agent.

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Hey ed, can you tell me please what he did wrong in the media ? Thank u ed !

moshe1980

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Done to death - RTP.}

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25 Nov 2014 00:32:19
Steve Nicol as Rodgers replacement? Thanks Eds.

JABATO

Ed01{Ed001's Note - he is rated very highly in the US, but I would doubt it. His brand of football makes Houllier's look like all out attack.}

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Love watching him on ESPNFC. Tells it how it is.

nick1811

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Could be a good adittion as a first team coach if Rodgers is going to stay. Probably adds some defensive thinking to the team.

JABATO

Ed02{Ed002's Note - You think it would help Liverpool just to add ex-players to the coaching staff? It is like some sort of joke. Joey Barton to come back to sort out midfield?}

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23 Nov 2014 17:58:32
I'd love to hear what Macca knows and thinks right now.
Come on Macca, speak to us.

The Goatherder   The Goatherder
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Couldn't agree more. GET BACK IN THE GAME MACCA

HardkaareKop

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24 Nov 2014 12:05:17
not a lot if you go on what macca said in september.
I think we had a great transfer window, really improved the squad.

Looking forward to the season ahead.

See you in Jan.

Cheers

Macca

Ziggster

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Erm, that's the reason I posted Ziggster.

The Goatherder The Goatherder

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24 Nov 2014 17:27:32
His opinion on the success of a transfer window has nothing to do with the reliable information he's passed along over the years.

He missed the mark on the quality of players, but his rumours are usually pretty reliable.

JCS

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I'm not questioning that, Macca is the most reliable source of info on this site when it comes to news, usually transfer news, from inside the club.
I was just curious to hear from him on whether he still stands by his view on how successful a window he thought we had in the summer and if he's heard anything recently regarding BR, the players etc etc

The Goatherder The Goatherder

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A great piece on 'The Tomkins Times' just accurately pointed out that only 50% of transfers are 'hits' while only 25% are 'hits' in the first season.

Of this summers buys Manquillo & Moreno look like hits, Lallana & Lambert look like value for money, Balotelli, Lovren & Markovic are struggling, Origi is doing well on loan. Of the strugglers, Balotelli & Markovic probably have protected value with the latter still considered to have loads of potential.

Through the Storm Through the Storm

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23 Nov 2014 12:28:28
Hearing it's lambert and borini up top

Clee Red

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You could have waited a min and half longer and got the actual team.

Gingerlfc

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Thanks ginger I know one think we are both really fed up

Clee Red

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21 Nov 2014 06:21:03
Hi Eds,
With Sturridge's injury problems seemingly never-ending, along with the less than impressive performances of Balotelli, Borini and Lambert, is there any chance of us going for a short-term striker deal in January to fill a gap until Origi arrives in the summer? I believe Juan Agudelo is a free agent at the moment who's goal-scoring record, at least in the USA, isn't bad for a 21 year old. If not, then could a loan deal for a player be possible?
Thanks very much
YNWA

oweng

Ed01{Ed001's Note - it seems highly unlikely.}

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So you think we should spend some more money (I know not much but it's not even the money is my main issue with this bad idea) on a 21 year to have a punt on him rather than playing what we have or youngsters we have?

What really annoys me about silly ideas like this is the likes of Borini and Lambert - how many minutes have they played? They are not getting enough chances and Sturridge has been out for ages already so if they don't get a chance with him out for ages and Balotelli isn't playing well then why do we have them?

Borini - signed by Rodgers. We paid too much for him. Then we actually nearly sold him for a profit so arguably we didn't pay too much for him. Money aside the lad is here and he deserves a game.

Lambert - signed by Rodgers. I was delighted with this signing, I thought it was very clever. I didn't know Rodgers was allergic to playing him though. As per my first paragraph, Sturridge out ages, Balotelli not playing well, Rodgers tried his best to sell Borini, Lambert - how is he not getting game time in this scenario? Did we sign him just to help make up the numbers for training was it?

Signing more players is not the answer. We already don't play a lot of the players we have.

Sean Ireland Sean Ireland

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I would think about giving a youngster a chance. Samid Yesil is fit again now, give him a go, can't go worse than what we have at the moment

RedWalt

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Not a liverpool fan but has Lambert actually been given a chance?

Pardoe Pardoe

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Lambert hasn't been given a chance per se, but the reality is we aren't set up to his strengths so he would fail too.

The depressing thing is that it's not going to get any better any time soon, there isn't any money available in January and let's face it, would you trust BR and the committee with another transfer window?

Mr Dennis

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Spend! Spend! Spend! I think we should buy Scotland as well. I hear icelands nice this time of year too. Perhaps we should look to buy it n'all

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19 Nov 2014 16:16:19
Sturridge out for 6 more weeks.

- BBC

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19 Nov 2014 12:39:24
Ed002 I know you say there's no financial sense to selling GJ in January which I don't doubt but why? From where I'm sat getting a fee no matter how minimal and saving his reported wages for the rest of the season seem like a great reason?

not one of harrys

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I didn't say that. What I sait is that it make no financial sense for Johnson to make a move in January. He will move in the summer when his contract expires.}

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To clear things up for people who don't read the ed's comments; Johnson is on 120k a week until the summer. His future suitors will not pay wages even near to that.

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19 Nov 2014 15:05:00
Arh okay I get you now! He'll stay for his pay check then get a massive signing on fee for whoever in the summer am I right? So it's not good for him but good for the club if we could get rid which we won't be able to because he'll block it

not one of harrys

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Along those lines.

dwarfonaboat

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Well ed, I think manquillo given time will do a job. Gj seems to have lost his way of late, very very lazy looking, no bite. I watched the rep of ire the other night. This cyrus Christie looked very composed, similar mould to Coleman of everton. Just putting it out there, might be worth a punt. What do ye think??

rryan

Ed01{Ed001's Note - what's wrong with Wisdom, McLaughlin and Flanno?}

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Nor does it make sense in playing the fella. A blatant example of a lot of money ruining a talent. Cannot pass water and offers nothing to the team.

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18 Nov 2014 08:57:32
There is a story in the Mirror today saying that Rafa Benitez may leave Napoli in the summer and return to the Wirral and they are giving it the "2+2=4" and saying he could replace Rodgers. Now its probably bull but I just wondered who would have Rafa back. Yes he could negative at times but we also had one of the best midfields in Europe in 2005 when he was manager and I always wondered what he could with decent backing from the current owners which is something I believe he didn't get with Hicks & Gillet.
So Ed(s)/everyone else would you have him back?

RedArchie

Ed01{Ed001's Note - there are a few people talking about this, I would be very surprised as last I heard he was looking to sign a new contract with Napoli, who were also looking to offer him one. While he was beloved at Liverpool as a person, there are still a lot who remember his politicking behind the scenes and his massive spending on players each season. It would be a huge sea change in the feeling there if Rafa was brought back. De Boer still seems the favourite, from what I can find out.

As for whether I would have Rafa back, for the club's sake not as the manager. If it is as a DoF, that I would also have reservations over. For the city though, his return would be a boost, as he and Montse are very heavily involved in working for local charities etc.}

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Edd I would love him back I see wat u say but look at the deals he had set up for people villa silva alves even Ronaldo and bale but his hands were tied by the owners. I think he tried to fight the last owners realising wat they were doing to the club it was him trying to rid of us of the owners. rick parry buying players on his own accord. I think under these owners he would be an excellent choice cheers

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18 Nov 2014 10:06:27
Imo I think he will manage man city next and take on his nemesis mourinho with equal backing money wise to compete.he could still live in the Wirral and I'm sure city want a manager capable of taking them to cl glory.

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Any chance of rodgers getting the sack then

lfcleee

Ed01{Ed001's Note - of course there is a chance, his position is under review.}

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When you say, "from what I can find out" Ed, are those the noises coming from within the club?

Also, I was just wondering, what the players feelings towards Brendan at the moment? I'm sure they thought he was brilliant last season, however as cracks have appeared, has the general attitude changed?

Cheers

ToonRed

Ed01{Ed001's Note - yes, that is the noises I am getting, which is why I kept bringing his name into the convo in recent weeks.

It depends on the players, a lot of them are disillusioned with him and are fed up of not getting a look in, others love him for standing by them. That is all most players care about. The ones on the outside are growing though, as he is alienating more of them, along with the club's form being poor, so no one on the outside can accept being frozen out.}

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18 Nov 2014 10:28:29
Should I say nemesises mourinho and man utd.

Tommy Irish Red

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Rafa wanted Kun, but the owners wouldn'y pay the £7.5m for an untried South American teenager. So they went for the experienced European International superstar - Voronin.
As Mike says - Villa and Silva would have come here if Rafa had his way. Yeah we might have ended up bankrupt, but we wouldn't have been without CL money.

Also, Rafa never could quite break the stranglehold SAF had on the league (and most of the managers). I would love to see him back in the EPL now the wicked ol' witch has gone!

Bram

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Ed001 - "De Boer still seems the favourite" - for what? To replace BR, to become DoF, or something else.

Through the Storm Through the Storm

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18 Nov 2014 12:30:26
Well, at least there is now precedence has been set by a 'big' club. Inter Milan sacked there manager due to a record of P.11 W.4 D.4 L.3 , Brendon W.4 D.2 L.5.

Love to see Rafa back or anyone else who doesn't have a philosophy, but understands the players he has and the skills the have and plays them accordingly. Lovren can't turn bad overnight, but can be expected to play a still he's not comfortable with and lose 'confidence' (for Lovren read, Skrtel, Mignolet, Lallana, Balotelli, Moreno)

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I too have seen these rumors and hope they are not true. As I remember, Rafa's greatest achievement was winning the CL with gerrard houlliers team.
After years of spending millions and letting Alonso go for Gareth Barry (who he never even got) and then panick buying Aquilani. I was no longer a Rafa Supporter.

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I would love to have him back - if it ever came to that.
There's a lot of talk about wanting to get rid of Alonso for Barry, but go back to that actual time.
Alonso wasn't in the best form and hadn't been for a good season-season and a half (around about the time that fat Frank broke his ankle).
Barry and Gerrard worked great for England at the time and you can't deny how well Barry has played.
Given the form of Alonso, He was a saleable asset (I think Juventus and Arsenal were sniffing around the £16m mark and the owners were bleeding the club dry.
The trouble is Alonso went on to have his best ever season, but the foundations for his departure had already been laid and he wanted out.
Yes Rafa tried to sell him, but in a way he was forced (unless there is more to the above story).
I never feared getting beaten when we played and you can't argue with what he achieved or how close he came.
I know they say never go back and if the owners do get rid of BR I will support whoever replaces him.
I'm just saying that I wouldn't mind it being Rafa

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As far as I'm concerned, the Rafa ship has sailed. He did good things while he was in charge but when he left it was best for everybody at the time, it was Rafa who lost our champions league status and I still can't forgive him for driving Alonso out in pursuit of Gareth Barry. Rogers problem is that he is is dog turd in the transfer market. He had a great starting 11 last season and instead of keeping it intact as best he could and replacing Suarez with a world class striker and building on that with one or two quality players capable of challenging for a first team spot, he bought in bulk and upset the harmony of the team and he has no idea what his strongest 11 is now. He also seems to completely neglect defence in training.

NbRed NbRed

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Rafa Benitez, working for supportive owners, would be brilliant. He is light years ahead of Rodgers tactically. If you are playing a better team than you, to win you either have to be lucky or have a plan prepared to counter them. We would never be getting beat 3 - 0 at home by Real Madrid under Rafa.

Rafa knows how to spot a player and we would be signing players a class above the average ones we recruit now. Most of his signings that didn't come off were when he had to go for 2nd or 3rd choices because H & G wouldn't stump up the money.

I've heard quite a few on here slagging off Rafa. They must have short memories - we played in 2 Champions League Finals, winning one, plus numerous semi and quarter finals. Now we are lucky to get in it. Last season Suarez took us into the Champions League and this season Rodgers is marching us straight back out again.

Bring Rafa back to finish the job that was interrupted by the sharks Hicks and Gillet. He was made for Liverpool and loves the club, unlike playboy Rodgers, who thinks he is using it as stepping stone to La Liga.

Heighway patrol

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Rafa for me. He wasn't given cash or support and players bought who he didn't want. Like has been mentioned Rafa had deals agreed verbally for Villa, Ronaldo, silva and Kun. We would have won everything.

Baz

Baz

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I don't think anybody else would have come close to doing as good a job as Rafa did with those owners.
Like Highway says, imagine Rafa here with owners who backed him and had the same level of ambition that he has.
Rafa got bitter towards the end, too many fights. I think the club is stronger now.
Alonso came in for £8-10m, Rafa wanted to sell him for £30m and get an England international (and SG's best mate) on a free at a time when the owners would not invest any money into the team. I love Alonso, but I can see how it came to that.
Plus (and I can't stress how important this is) my wife used to love watching football when Rafa and his little goatee were in the dug out!

Bram

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Thought there was confirmation on Rafa rumour in today's Daily Mail page 71 column 5. Heading ' Rafa To return for New Year '. Only to read it referred to tennis.

Keenone

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De Boer any day.

dwarfonaboat

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17 Nov 2014 17:20:36
Hi Ed

Is there a chance that G Johnson may move on in January? Also Borini?

Dezmondo

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I would not expect either to move in January. Borini has made it clear he wants to stay and fight for his place but I would think there is a good chance he will move in the summer. Financially it makes zero sense for GJ to move in January.}

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18 Nov 2014 10:17:06
I read mancini might want borini at inter.

Tommy Irish Red

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16 Nov 2014 03:29:34
Hi Eds, just wondering if there are any legs to the Shurrle to liverpool rumours?

brumirish

Ed02{Ed002's Note - As I have explained, Chelsea has no intention of selling Schurrle but are aware of interest in him from Shalke 04 and from Dortmund who are looking for a replacement for Marco Reus.}

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Where is Reus off to? Spain?

hopeful_red hopeful_red

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.}

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If he goes to Dortmund to replace Reus or to Shalke (I presume to replace Draxler?) it may be the first time a star player has ever been sold and an adequate, sensible replacement has been bought in!

hjikle

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16 Nov 2014 02:57:45
Eds,
Do we still interested in Andriy Yarmolenko?

znydz

Ed02{Ed002's Note - No.}

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14 Nov 2014 18:22:26
Hi Eds, I have heard rumours of Yevhen Konoplyanka being available for as low a 5 million pounds, how true is it and if so is Liverpool still showing interest in him, cheers.

felmil GH

Ed02{Ed002's Note - There is interest from elsewhere, but Liverpool did their shopping in the summer and decided to look elsewhere to Konoplyanka.}

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14 Nov 2014 00:35:21
EDs - I know what you've said about Origi & an early move but given that the player himself has now publicly said he'd be open to it (as reported in the award winning Echo), is this a sign that a deal maybe worked out.

Origi: "Although I agreed to stay with Lille until the end of this season, if there was that chance of joining Liverpool sooner, I would take it - I would love to move sooner rather than later."

Through the Storm   Through the Storm

Ed01{Ed001's Note - it was never about Origi, it was always about Lille and the deal signed with Liverpool. The reason it is unlikely to happen is simply because we have to pay a large fee to get him.}

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I don't think it's fair to bring him early, it reeks of desperation and would put so much pressure on the lad, plus to throw him in the PL after Xmas would be a massive shock to the system

Jcw_XS

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12 Nov 2014 15:39:35
I've read the posts which suggest that we are looking to offload Mario Balotelli; Although, admittedly, his performances of late have been poor, I am still pretty surprised by this. Is Rodgers really ready to throw in the towel with him already after less than a third of a season? If so, I think it's pretty ridiculous, and I'm starting to really lose faith in our transfer policy. Particularly coupled with the talk of offloading Sakho as well, it is just terrible, terrible business, and it makes the club look like a bit of a laughing stock.

RedHustle

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Regardless of what Liverpool want to do, his agent has enquired of at least half a dozen clubs as to whether or not they would be interested in taking MB.}

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12 Nov 2014 18:15:48
Can you list the clubs Ed002?

The real AG

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Try the search engine.}

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Couldent agree more with that post, Rodgers has lost the plot, trying to put the blame on ballo. He's been isolated and starved of chances. Obvious he has quality and needs Sturridge back with him, We're awful to watch this season, no chances created with this stubbon formation and as for sakho a French international who I think is solid and our best center half at the club after agger who also left.

Cole25

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Edd 002, is that a reflection of MBs attitude or simply his agent hitting the panic button on the assumption Liverpool might look to offload?

Big Al T

Ed02{Ed002's Note - He had just been fined by the club, he was clearly unhappy, the manager was constantly making a fool of himself and the club by discussing players in public, his agent had met with the club and the result of all of that is that he was offered to clubs in England and Italy.}

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E02 - but are the club looking to offload him?

Agents are always enquiring. After all, it's in their interests.

JimmyHustle

Ed02{Ed002's Note - It is what I said it is.}

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I guess the way I would read the situation is if a club were to make an acceptable offer for Balotelli (a pretty big if at the moment as I don't see many being interested), we wouldn't stand in the way of his going elsewhere.

RDL

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Has any of these clubs he's been offered to shown an interest? Or any other clubs too while we're at it?

redJB

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Done to death.}

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11 Nov 2014 22:31:44
Hi eds really appreciate all the hard work. Especially eds 1 & 2. Enjoy reading your insights in and around the game.

A while back your comments on Suso made it quite clear that he would likely leave (first team football etc) and still looks quite likely, but lots of reports today suggesting he might stay.
Is a liverpool contract extension offer on the table? If so is it just so we don't lose him for nothing or do we actually want him in our plans? Or is it still more likely he'll leave on a free?
Sorry for the three Q's in one! I just really hope he stays as he clearly has more ability/potential than some of our first tearners currently.
Thanks a lot and ignore the haters!

Rosslfc

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Liverpool have tried to extend his contract. He is looking to a pre-contract in January - he clearly has no future at LFC.}

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Brendan took the genius choice of alienating another promising youngster and spending another pointless £23m on Lallana.

Amit

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Even if we change to a manager that really wants to keep him, it might be too late already at this point.

Kaizer

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11 Nov 2014 17:23:55
Hi eds.

You rekon there would be a chance of getting podolski in january? Either on loan or permanent if we sell a few? Think he to good to be warming the bench every week.

Cheers lads

lfc erroll

Ed01{Ed001's Note - no.}

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11 Nov 2014 12:43:37
Is coutinho likely to be staying

lfcleee

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11 Nov 2014 10:24:42
I just wanted to send in a quick note to thank all of you who have been helping to beta test our new free to play game, Flat Out Horse Racing.

Just to let you know that, as soon as Ed033 gets the time to do it, we will be setting up a monthly prize draw for those of you who play it.

You will be able to use the game money won playing it to 'buy' tickets to enter the draw each month to win prizes.

It is just a little thank you for helping us test it, so please, if you haven't yet tried it, feel free to go to http://www.footballrumoursbets.co.uk/games/flatouthorseracing.php and try the game and give us your feedback.

For now it is flash only, but Ed033 is working on converting it to HTML5, so that it will also work on iOS and Android devices.

Thank you all.

Ed001   Ed001
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12 Nov 2014 16:08:08
Looks like good fun!!

One glitch, if you have multiple bets per race, it only seems to count your first bet (as shown in bet history) but deducts the money from your kitty for additional bets.

Z

Zeddicus

Ed033{Ed033's Note - thanks for the feedback. only 1 bet per race is allowed, which is the first bet. thanks i'll look into what happens with attempted other bets in the same race

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It is meant to be just one bet due to the competitions we are intending to run, it would be too easy to rack up lots of points by just making all the possible bets each race.

Ed001 Ed001

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10 Nov 2014 12:56:01
Hi eds,
I can see that your saying no ins will be coming in, and i can see that you think we might sell balotelli and sakho but what's going on with johnaon because i really don't rate him?.
Thanks

94lfc96

Ed01{Ed001's Note - his contract is up at the end of the season.}

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10 Nov 2014 19:38:26
Sorry if this has been asked. I just don't understand the logic of mario being touted to 3 epl clubs, suggesting we don't want him. If that's the case why are we playing him? is it because maybe he has a clause in his contract that he has to play? It sounds absurd I know but what else could it be.

maltesechris

Ed02{Ed002's Note - No there won't be any clauses.}

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94 would have said "Thanks" to you Ed001, but he has spent the last 8 hours removing all the pens from Glen Johnson's house to ensure he can't sign a new deal!

RedDawn

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10 Nov 2014 10:03:05
i've heard we're interested in patrick roberts, dele alli and martin odegaard. three very talented young players and all liverpool supporters. what are the chances of us signing all three?

starks1080

Ed01{Ed001's Note - none in January, I can't say past that though.}

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10 Nov 2014 08:31:37
Eds as you said Liverpool is trying to offload balotelli. So after sale of balotelli we will have one regular striker sturridge. So who is Liverpool target for striker? will they call Origi back from loan. Thanks in advance eds?

an indian red.

Ed01{Ed001's Note - no and we have Lambert and Borini already. Origi is not an option we can afford in January unless the owners are willing to take on huge amounts of debt.}

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10 Nov 2014 06:04:05
Hi Eds,

Understand from your responses that were at a "sell-to-buy" situation at the moment.

That said, and given your recent reply of Sakho + Balo likely getting the boot. Who do you think are our main targets?

Honestly think that Balo will come good once Studge comes in. Would much prefer to see an actual defensive mid come in along with Karius + a CB who will lead that back line. Any chance these are priorities over all the rumored ST (cavani? Higuain? Benzema? Get real. Horrible reporting. Haha) targets? Delph maybe? Any truth to Carvalho? Howedes (wishful thinking, I know)?

Sorry for the long post, and thanks for all your work!

Can18

Ed01{Ed001's Note - from what I can gather, it is unlikely there will be any ins.}

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09 Nov 2014 18:46:00
will we be looking to sign Huntelaar on a pre contract in Jan? or buy him, if we sell balo? even if he won't be able to play in europe

bobatron   bobatron

Ed01{Ed001's Note - and how would we pay the wages and transfer fee when we are already massively outside the FFP ruling?}

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Does that reply mean we won't get any money for balotelli. or kirikou or any others sold. then again I wasn't just talking about a transfer fee, a pre contract was another thought with a view of next season if we can get rid of mario. I'd rather we just did with sturridge and lambet and borini atm.

bobatron bobatron

Ed02{Ed002's Note - The chance to buy Huntelaar was in the summer - I explained that at the time and it would be easy to search.}

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Ed0001,

How much in transfer fees would be require to bring in in order to be back within FFP or is that far too simplistic?

Elderslie Red

Ed02{Ed002's Note - It doesn't work like that.}

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10 Nov 2014 06:39:03
I know Ed002, but it's no longer the summer. it's now the winter. and he can sign a pre contract no?
I wasn't asking about the past.

bobatron bobatron

Ed02{Ed002's Note - It is too late, it is not going to happen now. The summer was the time to do it as I explained. He will now likely sign an extension with Schalke.}

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09 Nov 2014 13:09:31
Eds, really appreciating your the time and effort that you're putting in to answering everyone's questions and dealing with the mopes who are using the site as a place to vent after each poor performance.

Personally I don't think we need to buy anyone in January. We bought too many players in the summer for far too much money when we had youngsters who would have done equally as well and probably even better.

January should definitely be a selling window in order to trim our overstaffed squad. Eds, do you know of any players which will likely be sold come January?

Unfortunately I have a feeling it'll be the wrong players.

Cheers

ToonRed

Ed01{Ed001's Note - Sakho and Balotelli.}

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Edo1 how come these 2? would that still be true if Rodgers is gone?

mike g

Ed01{Ed001's Note - how on earth could I know what another manager would want before I even know who it is? Those two because Rodgers doesn't rate either, but that doesn't mean they would stay if he went.}

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How about Borini and Suso?

dwarfonaboat

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I would think Suso will be looking to sign a pre-contract in January, that would suit him financially. I would think Borini is (a) priced out of a January move and (b) happy to wait until the summer. Balotelli has been offered to a number of clubs in England (3 I am aware of) and some in Italy (again 3 I am aware of). A move will hinge on the money, not just for the transfer, and that may be a problem. Kirikou would likely welcome a move to get first team football. Perhaps the summer will be an option for a move.}

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Will the committee set up also be scrapped ED? Those two players mentioned were never going to fit in the system BR prefers and they aren't the only ones. Money down the drain.

Jassi

Ed02{Ed002's Note - You will need to wait and see what the way forward is/ Critical right now is an evaluation and the formulation of a plan.}

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Which English sides was mario offered to?

DaRedMan

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle.}

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Are LFC likely to make any money off Balotelli sale?

And why get rid of him after only half a season?

hopeful_red hopeful_red

Ed02{Ed002's Note - There is no guarantee he will go. And if he does Liverpool will not be making any money out of a sale.}

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Eds, is it possible he could go before he let's a good player in sakho especially go? Because for me sakho is our best defender. Just because he fell out with him, is this what happens with every player he falls out with?

Cole25

Ed02{Ed002's Note - He is 4th choice.}

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10 Nov 2014 06:37:32
Ed002 can u say witch clubs for Mario?

mike g

Ed02{Ed002's Note - RTP.}

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09 Nov 2014 12:26:23
Ed001 . Alan Dzagoev. i'm Hearing a lot of talk of a €20 release clause and liverpool are front runners. Is this true

Davies

Ed01{Ed001's Note - no, we need to sell to buy.}

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09 Nov 2014 23:25:55
I'm sure there are a lot of fans who would willingly send LFC the £20 needed to sign this player.

pape

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09 Nov 2014 07:27:45
Morning Ed

Do we have any interest in striker Doumbia of CSK Moscow please? Maybe in January? I'm thinking not but thought I would ask. Cheers.

Dezmondo

Ed01{Ed001's Note - nope. Not as of now anyway. I wouldn't hold out hope of much, if anything, happening in January but outs. We are already falling foul of the FFP rules, we need to sell and sell and sell some more.}

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09 Nov 2014 04:04:20
Ed001, is it a viable option for us in jan window to consider Higuain?

hibsylfc

Ed01{Ed001's Note - depends on how many we offload, as his wages are high and we are already over the FFP limits. So not really.}

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08 Nov 2014 13:59:01
ed anything in the story that if we can sell balo we will try get jackson martinez in january thanks

danny88232

Ed01{Ed001's Note - not that I know of.}

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Again, that should have been the plan in the first place. Bit late now.

RDL

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06 Nov 2014 18:29:56
Reports are saying that we have agreed a fee for the transfer of Guillermo Ochoa. Don't trust the source so, dear eds, do you know anything about this?

dwarfonaboat

Ed02{Ed002's Note - He has been offered around (certainly to Marseille) and Malaga are keen to be rid of him. Not sure if he has played this season. Cannot see the point for Liverpool and I am not aware of an agreement.}

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Good. There are much better options out there. Guess it's just another agent trying to cook up something out of nothing.

dwarfonaboat

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06 Nov 2014 20:20:48
Did Malaga not just sign him? And now want rid and he hasn't played? What did he do lol?

Redlock

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He has not yet played this season

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05 Nov 2014 10:11:38
Away from the discussion of yesterday's game, Eds italy seems to be producing a raft of talented young goalkeepers-mattia perin, simone scuffet, nicola leali, cragno, di gennaro. are liverpool watching or interested in any of them?

sms

Ed02{Ed002's Note - There are a number of clubs interested in Perin - who may well move but won't be cheap.}

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05 Nov 2014 12:27:55
Italy have always had really good keepers. I can't remember a time when Italy didn't have at least one international keeper who would be first choice most other places but couldn't get into the starting line

hjikle

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05 Nov 2014 08:12:52
I can understand the argument that the performance offered an upgrade on the usual defensive shambles; still grave errors in the back four but we looked a bit more competent with the discipline of the midfield and the resultant ability to pick up the second/ lose ball on the edge of the box.

However, to sing from the rooftops about Borini and argue his performance is a case for a start on Saturday amazes me. What did he do besides run diagonally? The lad couldn't trap a bag of cement and I don't think he worked their keeper once!

The only positive to come out of that was the midfield for me. I could see what Ted was out to do and with a bit more quality, we could've pulled off a snatch and grab. If we had a striker who could hold the ball up and run the channels we may have got something. It's the lack of quality up top that's hurting us now. Put Sterling in for Markovic from the start and a striker of Costas profile in that starting 11 and who knows how it may have gone.

Bad bad move neglecting the front line like he has. Question for Ed002 if he's about. If We'd sold Borini to Sunderland for the reported £14mill, I'm presuming we would have brought in another striker.

I know we enquired about Lavezzi and I understand he was available for circa £18 mill. Would this have been something we would have looked at or would it have been the usual punt on a kid for resale purposes?

Ozone

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I don't believe that there would have been any other striker beyond Balotelli so Borini would not have been replaced per se. Liverpool are overstocked by one striker even before you look to the capabilities of Sterling and Markovic. There was certainly nothing serious about Liverpool's interest in Lavezzi - who is closer to the likes of Markovic than being an out and out striker.}

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How can you slag off borini for last night? He didn't do anything amazing but what u expect when we just thump it out of box and ask him to go chase it for 90 mins i think he may deserve a chance up front with balo but not because of hi sperfomwnce last night and markovic was a lot better last night he showed a bit of promise

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We definitely didn't just thump it out of the box for 90mins, and just because Borini looks good in comparison to Balloteli at the minute doesn't mean that he's not the same player we were all offering to drive to Sunderland when they made a bid for him. He's still not good enough, he's just a slightly better option, and that's being kind.

NbRed NbRed

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I agree on Borini, the lad is basically a poor mans Kuyt. I wasn't the Dutch fellas biggest fan either as running around a lot and giving 100% should be the bare minimum, it's the quality to go with it we need.
Markovic although young is as soft as they get, my Mother could beat him in a 50/50! I would definitely play Lucas and if he has to play (don't think he does) put Gerrard more advanced. We have to play two up top as Balotelli and Borini are not good enough, Lambert does a job but we need a firing Sturridge desperately.

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03 Nov 2014 15:06:31
eds, I have seen sturridge has travelled with the squad but is that to then be included in the match day squad? I thought he would be out for a while still?

Ian85

Ed01{Ed001's Note - I was told he was to have a fitness test before the game.}

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I really hope he is not going to be rushed back early to try and relieve some pressure from Brendan on the hope he has a stormer and scores the winner, because if he is rushed back early, it will be more than likely he will pick up an injury in the warm up and be out until after christmas

WelshScouse

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Please be true. it might give the boys a much needed lift.

aussieMARK

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Rumour has it Rodgers has dropped all the good players well good, you know what I mean

Pardoe Pardoe

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