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30 May 2015 12:53:15
Eds there are rumours we're interested in Carl Medjani of Trabzonspor. He's a centre back though.

Surely it's BS?

{Ed002's Note - It seems unlikely - and I know nothing of it.}

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30 May 2015 10:10:55
Hi eds.

I was just wondering if we would look towards Paul Georges Ntep if Sterling leaves?

On a sidenote, could I bother you for your take on the player? If you have watched him, is he someone that would fit into our style?

Myself, i see a lot of Sturridge in him, quick, technical and shoots hard everytime no matter how far away from goal.
The negative is that i feel he always does the same as Sterling and Sturridge, running down towards the line, a couple of nice looking twist and turns and ALWAYS continues towards the line and passes the ball in 45degrees. Rarely they/he goes in towards the middle to try a shoot.

{Ed002's Note - Stade Rennais' Paul Georges Ntep has been of interest to Stoke, QPR, Bordeaux and Montpellier. Marseille, Liverpool, Saint-Étienne, Chelsea, Arsenal, Lille and Manchester City are known to have watched the player this season.  But only Stoke has made a firm offer. }

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30 May 2015 08:31:50
Hi Eds, do you know the current status of Kovacic and Clyne? I would be more than happy to see them arrive at Anfield, but why do we set ourselves up to fail every window?? I understand you have to manage to expenditure but all we do is advertise we have made a derogatory bid and alert the big guns to step in and buy them. We need a new transfer policy IMO. Is there also serious interest in Klopp? I read this could be from both directions?

{Ed001's Note - according to Southampton they have received no bid for Clyne and are expecting him to sign a new contract. I don't know anything about a bid for Kovacic.}

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30 May 2015 08:50:12
You should not believe all you read in the press.95% of it is either made up rubbish or copied from someone elses made up rubbish.

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30 May 2015 09:05:48
Yes there is a lot of rubbish but we have failed to sign an abundance of players as we seem to spend weeks/months negotiating bids before losing the deal to someone else. Hence we end up with a load of players that are not good enough!!

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30 May 2015 09:18:51
Well that's quite firm response Ed, I thought the Clyne bid was true ffs but that's done it for me lol. Seems all we've been reading on these 2 players is not true.

{Ed001's Note - the thing is papers make more of things than they are, bids are extremely rare in modern football, yet they are full of bids going in. Normally it is more of a negotiation, then a fee agreed and deal done. No bids involved in that at all. If you read about a bid, 99.9% of the time it is utter nonsense, no matter who is involved. They will talk of a bid when a rep has simply asked if he would consider a move to a particular club. It doesn't even necessarily mean they will make a move, just means they can decide whether to include him on a shortlist of possibles or just remove them from the equation altogether. If a paper gets that info they will talk of a bid and then put a figure to it.}

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30 May 2015 09:45:26
it's truly amazing what i/we learn on this page. The eds and fellow posters give so much insight into how the sport we love really works. I know the eds and fellow posters don't always agree with what i say but i respect everyones opinion. YNWA

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30 May 2015 10:25:34
See lads what you don't realise is Ed 1 has been involved in the footy business for years and years so is privvy to this info. Back in the day he was the best tea lady around

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29 May 2015 20:22:38
Ed002, Regarding Kovacic, is it still likely he will be part of a deal going to Barca with Pedro & Song going to Inter on loan?

Do you no if Barca are still pursuing this option or not please as I'm just trying to weigh up if we might have a chance of him or not?

{Ed002's Note - The issue is that they had a really low bid and decided that they would look to other folk leaving to raise money for the summer. Bid sensibly and then negotiate, a deal may be viable.}

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29 May 2015 23:11:36
cheers for reply mate, we have yet to follow up that very low insulting offer but we may well do.

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30 May 2015 00:58:55
Apparently Liverpool representatives have met with the Inter Director of Football tonight according to reports in Italy.

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29 May 2015 08:08:08
A link to kovacic ed in gazzetta del sport saying €18m bid.

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29 May 2015 12:29:30
There is no bid. It's also a little lower than inter are hoping to get from any kovacevic sale.

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29 May 2015 21:25:23
I don't think Eds are aware of any bid.

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29 May 2015 21:36:06
I call it bul!

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29 May 2015 00:55:33
Any movement for Roberto Firmino from LFC?

{Ed002's Note - Firmino will very likely move from Hoffenheim in the summer with talks already having happened with Manchester City and Inter. Whilst I understand that there was a reasonable level of confidence from all parties that a deal will go ahead with Manchester City, they remain in a difficult position with FFP and cannot necessarily move quickly in the case of Firmino. Barcelona (who would delay a move until January), Arsenal, Dortmund, Zenit and Schalke are probably all still interested but none are apparently active in looking for something to happen. Manchester United have looked at him again but are not seemingly looking for a deal. Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Shakhtar and Inter have dropped their previous interest. I am aware that Everton, Dynamo Kiev and Liverpool looked at Firmino last season but did not declare any interest with his agent at the time - although Liverpool have looked again, but a move to Merseyside seems very unlikely. Roberto Firmino was previously subject of a rejected bid from Southampton.}

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29 May 2015 08:24:55
Good info! Thanks ed:)

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28 May 2015 22:57:20
Ed have we bid for Nathan Clyne from Saints??

{Ed002's Note - I am aware of what ESPN were told and who by, but I personally know nothing of it.}

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29 May 2015 02:25:44
I reckon Southampton told espn to try a get a bidding war going, because there not going to let him go on a free next year, but need others to jack the price up as they haven't really got my chips to demand more.

{Ed002's Note - Or not as the case may be.}

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29 May 2015 19:33:13
Haven't we learnt about signing Southampton players? Clyne looked really out of place at international level

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28 May 2015 22:57:20
Ed have we bid for Nathan Clyne from Saints??

{Ed002's Note - I don't know anything of it.}

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29 May 2015 00:10:06
We've had a 9m bid rejected for clyne.

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28 May 2015 17:34:52
Hi Eds, there are some reports today that Fenerbache are interested in signing Yesil on a loan deal for next season? Do you have any idea whether this is true or not, or whether any clubs at all are interested in taking him on loan?
Cheers for any help

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anything right now.}

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28 May 2015 10:35:33
Hey eds just wanted to report that Danny Ings has rejected Spurs to join Liverpool in July, Liverpool will pay 5mil roughly as compensation

Thanks
Chris the red

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28 May 2015 12:25:30
Nothing done yet with Ings

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28 May 2015 13:15:14
Been rerading the paper Chris? I don´t think it is sorted yet but hope it does go through o.k. Think it will cost us more than 5m though.

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29 May 2015 00:46:54
Because another mediocre striker is exactly what Liverpool need.
I despair at this club, I truly do.

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27 May 2015 20:28:34
Ed2 on the arsenal roundup you mentioned possible interest in benzema from us. Is it still there?

{Ed002's Note - Note the use of the word "possible".}

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28 May 2015 11:14:03
I'm interested in Benzema as well. However, I also enjoy strategy war games, but that doesn't mean I'm going to conquer the Roman Empire anytime soon. If Benzema signs for Liverpool this summer I will run naked through the streets signing "Kariiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim." If you expect that to happen you are wildly optimistic. And a little bit kinky. ;)

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28 May 2015 12:05:34
Ok ed i take it as he's signing then cheers.

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28 May 2015 04:12:02
We all know the favourites to leave, but has any clubs expressed an interest in the following players?

Mignolet, Enrique, Allen, Skrtel.

All good prem players but not quite the standard we need.

Cheers

{Ed001's Note - no, no one he has shown any interest in, no, not for a while.}

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28 May 2015 08:23:03
Consider this. Liverpool have one of the worse defenses in the EPL, yet LFC has the joint highest amount of clean sheets. I know that distribution is also an important aspect, but a GK main task is to keep the ball out of the goal.

{Ed001's Note - except that we achieved that by possession of the ball, rather than good defending or a good keeper.}

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28 May 2015 08:47:58
Would be happy to see them all leave but we would only recoup half what we paid for Allen Mignolet Enrique
Skrtel has value but massive wages will put clubs off a 30 year old

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28 May 2015 09:15:23
I´m not a fan of using hypothetical situations, but which EPL goalkeeper with our defense and John Achterberg as his coach would do much better than Mignolet?

De Gea, Courtois, perhaps Cech?

I know it´s impossible to answer, but I´m just pointing out that Mignolet doesn´t have the best conditions to improve, and that another goalkeeper might not be the solution.

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28 May 2015 10:05:42
Im guessing we can't actually afford to buyba new first coice centre back and goalkeeper as well as everything else we need. So Skrtel and Mignolet shoumd probably stay. And tge money we'd get for Allen probably wouldn't be worth it anyway so we might as well keep him as backup.

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28 May 2015 10:41:29
@RedFuzz, all three would of course have done a lot better than Mignolet.

If we had a better keeper he may have organised the defence better too, it's not all about shot stopping. Organising the defence better would lead to us building attacks from better foundations and do you know what, we may have scored some more goals and won some more matches with a better keeper.

Even his shot stopping is being over-rated. Stoke being the most obvious recent example. His defence crumbled in front of him 100% I know that but he should have done much better himself too.

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28 May 2015 10:47:21
mingolet has turned his season around and will stay, Allen is always brendans (son) by that I mean Brendan has always admired him, he will stay. Skrtel has been easily our best deffender this season, he will stay. However Enrique has been told he can go

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28 May 2015 19:03:31
Skrtel not good enough???? what planet are you on? he's been our best CB for the last two years! Braindead Retard has already pushed Agger out the door, now he wants to push Skrtel out as well. While meantime handing the 75 year old Toure a new contract! wake up! The players that REALLY aren't good enough and that should be sold is endless unfortunately, what is easier is who should stay!

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28 May 2015 20:20:12
I like Skrtel, he's never injured and always does his best. I guess I would just like to see us have ball playing centre backs who can hold a high line and communicate with each other. I'd prefer Toure just because of his leadership. If he got a good run with Sakho he could do well for us. He's not too old.

As for Migs, I don't think he's good enough at all. And for those who say he's a good shot stopper, shouldn't all keepers be good shot stoppers, hence their role of keeping the ball out of the net. There's mignolets and Czezsnys, then theirs Cechs and Courtois who are a class above.

Red Rum

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27 May 2015 21:01:16
reading rumours about Adam Bogdan from Bolton. Please tell me its a wind up?!

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27 May 2015 20:56:59
Milner WILL sign contract extension at City

Heard it here first

Rkjft96

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27 May 2015 23:53:15
Thank Heavens!

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28 May 2015 07:51:05
Well he wasn't going to get the same money anywhere else - unbelievably money does talk in the modern version of what used to the sport called Football.

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28 May 2015 10:45:16
@John B, how do you know he is motivated by money alone?

Milner was clearly only backup up until this season. He is now clearly ahead of both Nasri and Navas and he has been an important member of their squad and their team.

Why would he look to leave? He is challenging for a lot more than we are and he is considered first team. Look at Redohio's comment and you see some of our fans don't think he's good enough for us - so why oh why would he come to a worse team to be under appreciated and abused?

I think he would be a great signing personally. He has great experience, he stands up when it matters, he is skillful and an all round very good player.

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28 May 2015 12:18:23
@redohio why thank heavens? Milner is a great, versatile player who could prove really useful to us in a number of positions. Unfortunately we have little players now who actually have fight in them (our vice captain included) so it would be great to have a player who can add that in abundance. I honestly don't understand the negative feelings towards Milner, is it just because he's not a £30m "marquee signing"? That's worked well for us lately hasn't it?

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27 May 2015 20:55:56
Echo now reporting that Ings will sign for us. not sure if they are jumping the gun or if there has been any progress. Will see what develops

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27 May 2015 19:48:27
Greg Stobart @gstobart
Danny Ings has told Liverpool he will sign for them (Spurs know too). Tribunal fee expected around £5m

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27 May 2015 20:56:12
The chap you're quoting there is using a stock photo, and is apparently a 'journalist' for goal.com.

He probably barely knows his arse from his elbow.

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27 May 2015 20:25:38
Whos Greg Stobart ed?

{Ed007's Note - Eddie's brother.}

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27 May 2015 19:18:55
I've seen a few report's today that LFC have made an approach to Carlo Ancelotti to become our next manager AND he is wager to sign up!!

It also has a quote from him saying that LIVERPOOL, because of its history and tradition, WOULD BE the only club he would consider not to take a year out from football for.

So, EDS. Truth or paper talk??

vrcomp
Y.N.W.A.

{Ed001's Note - paper talk.}

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27 May 2015 19:40:25
Even if he we were interested I wouldn't want him to join, he needs to get his health sorted first, that's a priority for him right now, as much as I'd love to have him.

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27 May 2015 20:04:54
IMO if it wasn't for the back surgery and the year long sabbatical if we would have been interested we might have actually stood a chance as there arw not many top class managerial jobs available

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27 May 2015 22:41:10
Would like to see these "quotes" that Ancelotti apparently said.

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27 May 2015 23:03:22
He would be interested, but we can't put together the right circumstances and as of yet no approach has been made.

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28 May 2015 06:37:57
Believeble

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28 May 2015 10:46:48
He seems like a lovely fella so hopefully he'll hit it off with Sturridge in the treatment room!

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27 May 2015 18:20:23
With his wealth of footballing experience and ruthless streak infront of goal, could LFC kill two birds with one stone and sign Sepp Blatter as a player/manager next season?

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27 May 2015 17:02:02
Hey eds, what do you make of Ballotellis agent saying he will be staying at the club next season? Do you think the club won't be able to drop their price enough to sell him on?

{Ed002's Note - It is posturing to get to a price where a deal can be done elsewhere. As I have explained, Liverpool want way too much. Mino will posture until he gets his way.}

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27 May 2015 21:57:37
Balotelli, from what I observed last season, is worth f@:kall!!
to get him off the wage-bill would be an achievement.
Personally, I'd make him stay and put him in goal 'cos Mignolet's sh"t!!
On the positive side, Liverpool cast-off Iago Aspas has a Europa League winners medal in his back-pocket!

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27 May 2015 16:29:13
Hi eds, sorry the search function isn't working for me and i'm sure you have been asked several times but what is the situation with Benteke? Does he want to leave Villa? Thanks!

{Ed002's Note - No problem Ulster Red, I don't recall anyone asking - just a few getting themselves off on his photograph no doubt.

I don't know what he himself wants but he has said that he regretted handing in a transfer request last season, but he has an agent who has been talking with other clubs.

Aston Villa's Benteke has performed well enough this season to rekindle interest from Spurs and for approaches to have been made to his agent by Roma and Atletico Madrid. I am not aware of any approach to Aston Villa or his agent by either from Manchester United or Liverpool at this time. Liverpool has shown previous interest and might rekindle it but need to deal would a certain amount of baggage in that Benteke has already made it clear, through his agent, to interested parties he wants to be first choice and wants that in any contract - effectively guaranteed game time. Aston Villa will offer him an improved deal.}

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27 May 2015 08:27:48
Spurs rumoured to offer £12million for Danny Ings. Have you heard anything eds? Isn't he a free agent next month? What does this mean LFC have to do to get him? Bid more?

{Ed002's Note - It seems an unlikely scenario. Twitter or the conspiracy page?}

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27 May 2015 09:04:30
SSN reporting the name

{Ed002's Note - As of the end of this week Spurs can speak directly with the player and his representatives and agree any deal that suits both parties. Liverpool can do the same. Making an offer to Burnley will not make one iota of difference to what the player decides to do.}

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27 May 2015 09:26:07
I can't see why Spurs would offer Burnley 12 million for a player who is essentially free, bar compensation that is due. I would imagine Spurs would maybe offer him more in wages but a transfer fee seems strange to me.

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27 May 2015 09:27:29
sky saying their trying to get the player before anyone else can speak to him as his contract is up next month.

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27 May 2015 13:00:28
why would they pay £12 million now plus wages when they would only have to pay compensation and wages next week? I doubt the compensation would be £12 million. Sounds like putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5 from the press.

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27 May 2015 13:08:11
just because ssn reported on it, doesn't mean its true. these reporters are in the pockets of the big media companys.they will come up with anything to sell a story. SSN sources as they put it, are twitter or so called people in the know.

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27 May 2015 19:10:58
Is the money anything to do with trippier as well?

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27 May 2015 21:44:21
They saying that because Spurs bid £12 million that the tribunal price could be as high as £8-10 million

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27 May 2015 04:12:07
I heard a rumour that Sterling is off to PSG with Silva coming to Anfield. Is there anything in this rumour?

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27 May 2015 23:34:00
Lol at the unbelievable button explosion

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26 May 2015 19:47:04
hi ed and fellow red.can u please tell which club has shown interest in zakarai bakkali, and do u think he will move in coming transfer window.

{Ed002's Note - PSVs Zakaria Bakkali has attracted attention from Benfica, Celtic, Manchester United, Chelsea, Zwolle, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Stoke, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, Norwich and Augsburg in the past. I spoke with a "specialist" in the Netherlands leagues last summer and he said the player is light years away from first team football in the EPL and any move this past summer would have potentially been a dent in his career - although Chelsea did offer to send him to Vitesse Arnhem on loan. A lot of the "bigger" clubs that were interested have seemingly stepped back. A move to Celtic or Zwolle would probably be best for the kid but I am not so sure he sees it that way - Benfica may be an option. Very significant baggage.}

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26 May 2015 12:04:49
Ed001

few reports this morning that we have made advances towards Benteke. Is this premature with them guessing or any facts that you no of or have developed?

{Ed001's Note - as far as I am aware there is nothing in it right now.}

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26 May 2015 17:52:18
Do you see him as a target ed?

{Ed001's Note - I hope not, he would not suit us at all. He needs the ball to go long and direct to be effective. It would just prove that our transfer system is absolutely hopeless if we sign him.}

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26 May 2015 20:01:12
Glad you said that Devi thought I was the only one who thought that.

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27 May 2015 08:13:39
The lad scores goals for both club and country and would reslly help Origi settle in nicely both being Belgian. Good buy considering we need options up front.

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27 May 2015 10:53:33
@dwarfonaboat, I doubt Origi would have met him all that much. Mignolet is there if you wanted to look at it that way.

I think it would be a poor signing. He's very hit and miss and his style does not suit us at all.

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26 May 2015 16:15:19
Ed's, I am reacting to some of the papers I know. However Rodgers has cleared out the leaders for whatever reason and there is history there so I ask do you believe Skertl will be a Pool player next year and is there genuine interest there in him from else where

{Ed002's Note - I have no real idea what you mean about clearing out "leaders". I am not aware of any enquiries being made of Skrtel recently but if he were to refuse an extension and if Liverpool were willing to let him go, Inter, Turkey and Russia may provide options for him.}

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26 May 2015 20:40:52
personally I feel leaders such as Stevie, agger, reina, Carra didn't leave on their own terms. He's had falling outs with lucas, skertl & hendo. in my opinion the only other with leadership qualities is Kolo and sure he ain't worth falling out with. I guess only time will tell.

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26 May 2015 11:05:39
Ed002- I was looking back at you mention Jese could be considered. Do we hold an interest and do other teams also hold an interest in him? I remember in his breakthrough season he looked a fantastic prospect and he has done okay in patches in his return still young as well

{Ed002's Note - Jese Rodriguez is again going to seek assurances about playing time that I am not so sure Real Madrid will agree to. On the basis of this he has said he may be forced to leave the club. Completely recovered from his crutiate injury Lazio, Inter, Milan and Bayer Leverkusen have made clear their interest in signing the player and Aston Villa, Napoli, Malaga, West Ham United and Everton have all shown an interest in taking him on loan - which may be more palatable to Real Madrid as they are moving in to a potentially difficult period regarding transfers (with a possible ban looming). Interest from Chelsea is dependent upon what happens elsewhere with interest in players. Chelsea and Real Madrid have had a number of meetings over Varane but Real Madrid have made an approach to an agent of a Chelsea player and there may be discussions over him soon. But no bid from Chelsea at this time. Napoli's interest will likely leave with the manager in the summer.}

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26 May 2015 11:34:07
Cheers Ed, I think he would be a good replacement for Sterling if he's to go. Quick always seemed a decent finisher and can play anywhere across the front line.

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25 May 2015 17:52:10
As the rage from yesterday is finally starting to subside, wanted to thank everyone associated with the site As its been a joy to read and learn so much stuff to do with liverpool and football in general.
A quick question for ed002, as a non-liverpool fan what's your opinion on the whole sterling saga? Stay or go? Depending on who is the manager?
Cheers lads bring on next year andbwe go again

{Ed002's Note - With the other issues I suspect that the club are getting pretty sick of him at this time. Typically clubs don't like this sort of thing happening and they certainly don't like it happening in the public domain - sadly Rodgers is happy to air all of the in house issues with anyone who will listen. His agent and another representative have been trying to gauge interest from other clubs. Regardless, it needs resolving this summer. He is toxic and I would get him out as fast as possible.}

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25 May 2015 18:36:59
Well said Ed.

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25 May 2015 19:47:12
Well i agree its been handled very badly by almost all concerned. Just wondering ed with sterling if he has caused other problems within the camp other than his ridiculous contract "negotiations"?

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25 May 2015 20:48:58
Thanks for the reply ed

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25 May 2015 21:06:08
Ed002 why are you so down on Rodgers? Everyone on here seems to be extremely harsh on a guy who is in his first big job, managing big players and egos. That was the owners choice who to manage us, so we should back him on all mediums, shouldn't we.

{Ed002's Note - The question was about Sterling.}

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25 May 2015 22:12:42
Do you think a change of manager would change sterlings thoughts or is he a goner?
Would klopp change his thoughts on things?
Not saying it's Brenda's fault by the way!!

Thanks

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with the Manager.}

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26 May 2015 09:50:04
There was a comment that Sterling would stay for a different manager but I do not know or care if that is so.Sell him for the right price and sign someone who is more interested in playing for LFC than his own ego.
Personally I think the sooner Rodgers is gone the better for the club. He has proved to be tactically inept this season and the team simply do not look like a team at all. His team selection has often been very suspect and he makes some ridiculous statements.
Sadly the strong rumour is that he stays.

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25 May 2015 07:40:25
Question to any of the eds please, is there any serious interest in benfica's Eduardo Salvio as Portuguese newspaper O Jogo are saying we are in talks with them, I have looked in the search engine but the info is from March, is there any change, thanks eds and thank you for all your great info you have given throughout the year

{Ed002's Note - Benfica have made it clear that they will be willing to let Salvio leave if any club match the release clause that Portuguese clubs would need to pay. €60million is not insignificant. Zenit St Pete and Manchester United have both kept a watching brief but neither would want to get involved at the asking price. I am not aware of Liverpool having a spare €60M right now but if Sterling were to be sold Salvio might be a viable option. PSG are looking to do some horse trading for the player - but the issue surrounding FFP is still an issue.

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25 May 2015 10:11:06
Not that Salvio isn't a good player, but I'd be massively disappointed if we spent a huge amount like that on another winger if sterling were sold. We have wingers already, and aside from further stifling the careers of Marko and Ibe, we are crying out for a decent striker and DM.

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25 May 2015 11:01:47
If sterling goes we've only got one good winger (ibe) and he's inexperienced. So we will defo need a top class winger.

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25 May 2015 11:28:58
well let him get that experience then. we NEED a striker.

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25 May 2015 11:45:50
I think if sterling goes we will need another winger, we need a top class midfielder to somehow replace Gerard's quality and a top striker, at the moment there is no leader we have hendo who has improved a lot but I don't see him as a leader

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25 May 2015 11:45:50
I think if sterling goes we will need another winger, we need a top class midfielder to somehow replace Gerard's quality and a top striker, at the moment there is no leader we have hendo who has improved a lot but I don't see him as a leader

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25 May 2015 11:58:51
Just because we need a striker don't mean we don't need a winger! - you do know there are two wings left and right?

{Ed001's Note - isn't that why we bought Markovic?}

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25 May 2015 12:55:40
If we got a good midfielder you could also play hendo on the right wing, think that was his position at sundeland

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25 May 2015 13:25:22
Markovic is terrible mate - I told people this before we bought him. don't know what the scouts saw in him.

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25 May 2015 13:32:38
Playing Hendo at right wing is pointless. He can deliver a ball from deep but he can't take a man on. Haha on the Markovic comment. Not to dismiss him yet but even though its his first season I've not seen anything to suggest he will explode into a fantastic player at any stage. Sincerely hope I'm wrong. We need a leader in every position, defense, midfield, and striker. We had Hyypia, Carra all screaming at you, Gerrard leading by example with the likes of alonso and masch, and look at Suarez, he would get in your face if you weren't making a move. We need more than talent and I really hate to use this word. but. we need character

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25 May 2015 14:24:24
Not sure about markovic it's a wait and see, the names you mention hypha, gerrard, Afonso etc, proper players they where if only we could only get back to that standard I would be a happy chappie

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25 May 2015 14:52:19
Ed you mention PSG and fair play rules but I've read something that suggests that UAFA are relaxing the rules. What are you thoughts on that? I tried the search function but couldn't find anything.

Cheers

{Ed002's Note - Right now UEFA are trying to deflect a legal challenge and are looking to relax the investment that can be made – but are still aware that they need to deal with other issues, most notably the capping of television income and sponsorship. UEFA has spoken to a number of clubs but have generally not found them supportive – all three English sides spoken to are against the plans to relax the investment cap. However, UEFA has now turned to the association of European clubs and they are keen to have some input. They are traditionally ignored but they have been actively discussing this issue with UEFA. However, they are excluded from the discussions that UEFA and specific clubs have with each other – and it is that forum that will eventually settle on the more critical television revenue and commercial sponsorship caps. There will regardless be a relaxation this summer, but it may not be sustained without ratification – and that won’t happen anytime soon. None of this will be good for the English sides. The worry UEFA has is that the two potentially largest beneficiaries both play in the French league and they may be accused of favouritism.

There are existing sanctions still in place for a number of teams, including PSG.}

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26 May 2015 07:30:05
How is Markovic awful?? He is a young, rapid winger who has been forced to play as right wing back when he has been given half a sniff - all this in an unfamiliar, better quality league with a team low on confidence. This is hardly fair grounds to write him off after a single season. Also don't think the undue amount of stick given to him by the fans has helped either - the lad needs support, from both a manager who'll actually play him as an attacker, and from fans who just need to give the lad a break. Early days to be writing him off and, as we did outlay a significant sum, it is surely in everyone's interests to give him more time and see if he can't become a useful asset to the team. At the minute, under Rodgers titanic-like guidance, it's hard to really assess any of the younger players properly, especially when they've been played out of position or simply not at all.

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26 May 2015 09:53:00
Markovic looked a decent player before Rodgers got his hands on him. Salvio is a no no as I believe he needs knee surgery and will be out for 6/7 months and there is no guarantee he will return to his best after that.

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26 May 2015 10:26:46
Hi all
We have an office in Lisbon and the guys there are mad Benfica fans
Cannot understand why Markovic is not getting more game time
Also Salvio was injured at the weekend and any transfer is likely to be off as early diagnosis shows he will need surgery to rectify

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26 May 2015 18:10:56
All notions of Salvio moving are moot as he is injured, requiring an operation (knee surgery) and will be out for upto 7 months.

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25 May 2015 07:51:47
After yesterdays horror show maybe some good news, it is being reported that the club is about to complete a deal for Benfica star Eduardo Salvio according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo. Apparently Benfica's president Luis Filipe Vieira and agent Jorge Mendes flying into England for talks.
Liverpool were named as a likely destination for Salvio and O Jogo reckon those talks have been going on.
The Argentine has a £40m buyout clause but Liverpool would get him for significantly less than that. O Jogo say in their Monday edition that Salvio's exit is 'a matter of days' away and that exit will be to Liverpool.
The Benfica player injured his knee in his club's game at the weekend but that's not thought to be serious. It will keep him out of the Portuguese League Cup final but an absence of three weeks is the stated lay-off and it shouldn't halt any transfer. A note of caution for Liverpool fans would be that the Portuguese press can get a little carried so could be jumping the gun, but they were first on Lazar Markovic to Liverpool so deserve credit for that.

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25 May 2015 08:46:48
Cheers for the info Slaphead. It may or may not happen and I don't know if he's good enough or not. Hopefully, we strengthen effectively this time round.

Red Rum

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25 May 2015 08:58:22
Good player, but 40 million is way too much, considering the injuries he's had. Maybe if they have halved that price.

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25 May 2015 12:02:20
£40 million is too much ?
We'll probably pay 50 then.
And then have the pleasure of watching him sit on the bench or toil at right back.
The club shouldn't sign anybody until they've sorted the manager situation out.

{Ed002's Note - Just to clarify matters. Mendes has been in London and Manchester over the weekend and is now in Madrid dealing with two matters there.}

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25 May 2015 15:25:57
As usual Ed002 is on the ball with the information that us mere mortals could only dream of.
Totally agree that 40 million is way to much, but we are being linked with quite a few at the moment.
This is a very important window and hope who ever is in charge gets it right.
Thanks for all the hard work Eds and looking forward to the next transfer window.

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26 May 2015 10:37:12
Get Salvio in him and Markovic were elletric for
Benfica 2 season ago.

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