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27 Aug 2014 06:40:45
Hey eds, wondering if you can shed a bit of light on ukrainian league and players, is the season cancelled? What about shaktars CL spot? Have all the players come back? Any refusing to report? Are we still looking at kono loan with balotelli signing? Seem to remember shaktar had some good brazilians, any of them available for loans or signings that we could swoop in for because of the crisis? Yarmo? Or any players you rate there.

mflis

Ed02{Ed002's Note - The headlines are: (a) The big issue: UEFA (probably not in line with their own rules) are not recognising Simferopol nor Sevastopol as Russian league clubs. (b) The league is already underway with the likes Konoplyanka, Yarmolenko and the other high profile players contributing. (c) It is fair to say that Shakhtar have four players who are being offered to other clubs and may well move on in the coming days (Luiz Adriano, Bernard, Fernando and Douglas Costa).}

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27 Aug 2014 00:49:32
Rumours around we're still after Xherdan Shakiri and have asked Bayern about a move. Any chance? Maybe loan?

Death By Kop Death By Kop

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Bayern have been talking to Monaco and will talk with Atletico (tomorrow I understand) - with Fiorentina and Juventus also showing some interest. That is all I am aware of.}

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Shame has abit of champions league experience would have helped.

Death By Kop Death By Kop

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We have enough forward, really.

Kaizer

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26 Aug 2014 23:20:22
Ed it's says in tomorrow's star utd 20 million shock move for joe Allen, are the journalists just getting desperate now

Dublin_red96 Dublin_red96

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea. Sorry.}

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26 Aug 2014 18:27:28
A couple of dodgy rumours in papers saying Borini to Milan.

SB FL

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Don't be surprised if Fiorentina show an interest - he has been offered to them as well.}

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26 Aug 2014 19:09:10
Shame really Ed. I thought he could of made it with us and progressed. Did you?

Dezmondo

Ed02{Ed002's Note - He would like the opportunity but is not being given the chance it seems.}

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Fiorentina. is that because Anderson ate one of the players. Did you see him tonight against MKDons, the boy has always had a problem with his weight. but what were they feeding him in Italy.

SB FL

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There's an even dodgier one about Man U being interested in Joe Allen going around.

Mr Dennis

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26 Aug 2014 15:26:51
Ed002/001, with Cech being available, and Liverpool seemingly being interested in a GK, is it even remotely possible that we may look to him to resolve that? I understand Romero is of interest & it's unlikely that we've ever shown an interest, but I'm just wondering if it's impossible.

Cheers,

YNWA

FORNAX

Ed02{Ed002's Note - The interest in Cech is from Real Madrid, Monaco and PSG. Not from Liverpool.}

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26 Aug 2014 11:50:21
Eds, Has any club shown any interest in Allen this window?
Considering if any better pedigree out there, I would swap either one for another quality Midfielder.
Both aren't adding anything to the team, I am afraid.

Boom Boom

Ed01{Ed001's Note - Swansea did.}

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26 Aug 2014 12:50:33
Ed01, Thanks mate, Now I need your view on this. Its been sometime Allen with us as much as Borini. Borini is moving out with a label not good enough. Y not Allen then? ( don't wanna force someone out)
But what's the actual reason for this.
TBH Borini had a much better spell than Allen over the past 2 years.
I hope you saw the last match, I must agree with some poster, We need an upgrade on both Lucas and Allen to challenge the title.

Medal is the one which we missed.

Would love your thought mate.

Boom Boom

Ed01{Ed001's Note - I don't see the problem with Allen at all, he is not what we need but he is not a bad player. There are others that are holding us back far more than he is.}

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26 Aug 2014 13:24:15
Thanks Ed01, You have a great week ahead, Hope we smash Spurs on Sunday to go right back where we belong.

Boom Boom

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Ed 1 if your about which players do you think are holding us back?!

bwettysollocks316

Ed01{Ed001's Note - Johnson, Skrtel and the use of Gerrard in every single game for every single minute.}

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I still see purpose in keeping Allen, but he won't be first choice, but the type of player that he is, is nothing like any other midfielder that we have. He will be useful in certain games. i'd rather let go of Lucas before Allen tbh, but midfield isn't really a position that were struggling with, its the defence and GK harry.

Kaizer

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I don't see the problem with Allen whatsoever. Johnson, Lucas and Gerrard to me are bigger concerns. Allen had a great end to the season when called upon, and has never let us down. Could just as easily be Allen receiving the, slightly over enthusiastic, adulation that Henderson is now enjoying

rollanfield

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I have to say that Allen is improving but he needs to be played in a position that suits. He is nowhere near physical enough to play deep .

I agree with ed that we need to prepare for life without Gerrard and to me Can is the one to come in to give Gerrard a break and to also provide competition.

kobi

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I'd say that Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Skrtel and Lucas need to be moved on.

We already have replacements for them in Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho and Can who should be played together regularly in order to improve.

I don't think Gerrard is holding us back as such, but he doesn't provide adequate protection for our back 4. I still think he could provide something further forward like Yaya Touré does for City.

Red Rum

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Harry
You have made it quite clear you don't rate Joe Allen.
He has a role to play in our squad and gives his all every game. He doesn't run 40 yard with the ball or dance through tackles but his ball retention and movement off the ball to always show and receive a pass is top drawer.
Admittedly he could improve in the final third and hopefully this will come. He is a young improving player and I thought he was one of our better performers last night.

ARROW ARROW

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Thought Allen was quality against City

RedJoel

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Gerrard is holding us back as he is playing for 90 minutes yet is incapable of performing for 90 minutes. He could barely jog towards the end of the City game and that lack of stamina and mobility will be exposed time and again. We play with 3 central midfielders, this seems to be a standard, with 1 of them being Gerrard. The problem for me is that Gerrard just isn't a natural defensive midfielder - sure he can ping long passes about - but his reading of the game, to occupy that defensive midfield role, is not good enough. As a result one of the other playing is required to cover Gerrard's positional and physical weaknesses: this means the midfielder covering Gerrard is unable to fulfil his own role - this, I suspect, is why Allen was somewhat underwhelming against City (though personally I thought he was fine). Gerrard's weakness is our midfield's weakness, it was exposed ruthlessly against Southampton (a game we were fortunate to win) and again, as the game wore on, against City. I would still say Skrtel and Johnson are by far the most detrimental to our team but make no mistake, Gerrard's inclusion and 90 minute spells are damaging the entire midfield. It is something Rodgers needs to address.

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26 Aug 2014 02:28:30
Hi ed, I read that we are look at Christian Toselli can you shed any light on this? Who is he?

Hutch

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Sorry I can't help - there is a South American GK Toselli but I can't see that he would be able to make the move.}

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26 Aug 2014 14:04:43
Are we still looking ship out Coates in exchange for Romero? If not, is there another keeper that we're targeting?

Just think we need someone who can command the box with more authority and actually catch the ball from set pieces. No doubt a keeper with such attributes would instill more confidence into our back four.

m1lz

Ed02{Ed002's Note - An exchange was suggested but there has been nothing recently mentioned.}

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25 Aug 2014 22:16:05
Lovren will turn.out to be.top class but he needs to have confidence. Skrtl gives noone.confidence and mignolet we know Rodgers doesn't rate that.highly.
Edd002 Cech would be an.outstanding GK for us but I think our spendings.done, can I ask whether cech will be at Chelsea this season?

Big Al

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Cech will likely leave this week for Monaco or Real Madrid - or just possibly PSG.}

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Rodgers doesn't rate Mignolet? Rubbish he signed him for 9mil and got rid of Reina because he does rate him. I personally think he's OK not great.

sean88red

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Do you seriously think that Skrtel gives no confidence, christ he has been our most consistent centre back since he cam eback into the side last season. Last night the defensive errors were Moreno's and Lovren's full stop.

PSG

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Sean I seem to remember Reina was sold because of him wanting the move to Barca, and Rodgers weren't going to take a chance on him staying.

Kaizer

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Would love to somehow see Cech coming to Anfield instead. He's a brilliant keeper.

RDL

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What? He was our best defender last night, you can't blame him for Lovrens shocker. He was way out of position not Skrtl.

rikdangerous

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I fully agree with Jamie. Lovren needs to work on his positioning as same as Skrtel. I think the your comment is a bit harsh on Skrtel

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25 Aug 2014 22:06:16
Disappointing tonight, I think that the 1st 11 will look very different in a few weeks, I would like to see Sakho play with Lovren in defence.

I feel sorry for Moreno, he had a tough 1st match, full respect for battling through a painful looking twist of his ankle.

Looks like Manquilo will get a few more games now that everyone’s favourite right back seems to be injured… I think that Mignolet needs serious competition.

I am hoping we start playing 2 up top, just the one against a back four like that was tough to watch… Rickie and Markovich caused problems…

SB FL

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Sakho and Lovern is less than likely as a way forward.}

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I'm not one to panic, but if we had not have landed Balotelli, I would be very concerned with our first eleven. We really needed an additional presence up top today and Lambert coming on changed the game. For all of Sterling's penetration, he wasn't going to get through without someone opening the way for him, and likewise for Coutinho.

Can't wait to see Lallana make his debut as well. He should open up the midfield. Lallana, Henderson, Gerrard with Sterling, Sturridge, Balotelli. Lots of goals in that team.

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If we persist with 'norma'l being Skrtel + Lovren, then some questions need to be seriously asked about our bizarre transfer policy. Lovren cost near enough to Soton about what Ilori cost us last summer. And that much money for Sakho and not playing him? That's what, something like the better part of 40M lost versus just buying Lovren last summer?

It really does boggle the mind.

RDL

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25 Aug 2014 22:26:16
How do you mean Ed? Is that not our first choice?

Dezmondo

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I expect Skrtel and Lovren will be the number one choice.}

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Forgive my ignorance Ed but why exactly is Lovren/Sakho not likely to be given a go?

Seano

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I expect Skrtel and Lovren will be first choice with Toure and Sakho providing respective cover.}

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Can you explain why the combination of lovren and sakho is unlikely? I'm fine with that. I would much rather prefer sakho skrtel. The lovren transfer never made any sense.

lfcohio

Ed02{Ed002's Note - The two left sided players are Lovren and Sakho. The two right sided players are Skrtel and Toure. Generally the combinations will come from those.}

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Ed, I was wondering if the lovren sakho partnership just your opinion or something you have heard. Ed 01 seemed to think they would be the partnership and I personally love sakho as a CB.

jraz624

Ed02{Ed002's Note - See above.}

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26 Aug 2014 05:44:15
Ed002 do u not believe they can play together?

mike g

Ed02{Ed002's Note - CBs are normally versatile enough to play in both positions as required - but I doubt that is the expectation. Kirikou will be of the same opinion (see #WonderDogSparky on Twitter).}

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Sahko has to start eventually! You don't spend 17mil on a centre back to have him play back up!

sean88red

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Then you will have Lovren as back up.}

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I think at some point we have to acknowledge that there could be an issue with the way we work on defence in training. It's not just the defenders at fault, through balls shouldn't be allowed to come straight from defenders to attackers like they were last night, our midfield needs to pitch in too but our defensive shape was awful last night, 2 or 3 players running to the same player at once and exposing huge gaps in the back line isn't acceptable. We need to work on defending as a team as well as attacking as a team or we're in for conceding another 50 goals this season, it's not good enough.

NbRed NbRed

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Lovren is right footed but can use his left well! there is no reason why lovren and sakho can't play together!. lovren plays left and right centre back

starks1080

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Nobody has suggested they cannot play together. You seem to be a very angry young fellow.}

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Angry? what on earth makes you think that? was just stating a fact.

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25 Aug 2014 19:30:44
Hi ed 2,
do you now think we've finally finished our buying this summer? I posted earlier in the summer about lavezzi but we moved on from that and iv not heard anything concrete linking us to other new signings and I think our squad as a whole has a strong look to it now, great starting XI (particularly once Moreno, Manquillo and Markovic adapt to the prem) with a very strong bench. Also I know you hate talking finances but i'm also worried about our FFP status if we were to spend much more as £116 mil is a huge sum to spend on transfer fees considering all the other fees that need to be added to this before you get our actual expenditure.
COME ON YOU REDS TONIGHT

rp96

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I am not so sure right now. The key in coming days will be clearing the decks with the players who can be sold - then it will be clearing the decks and loaning out a few. This will certainly happen. It seems to have gone a little quiet regarding Romero - perhaps Coates did not want the move in the other direction. Perhaps Romero was concerned he would be stuck on the bench. Liverpool has a very good young keeper I am told - the lad from Swansea I think. I don't recall his name but he won't have done anything wrong that he deserves to be "Brendaned". I don't see the need to rush to put pressure on Mignolet. If Lucas goes it means Can will get chances. I am told by a really well really well respected German ex-international that Can has the capability to become something really special and says he really is a versatile player. Markovich is a player that Chelsea could have taken for a lot less money but chose not to. They still think he is going to be really good in the future but they have no use for him now and it would mean a loan. Moreno is one I will need convincing about. Good player, not the brightest by all accounts, and really wants to play for Real Madrid. I hope he works out. Manquillo is very young and very inexperienced. If he does well he will likely return to Spain with Liverpool getting a nice payment. Lallana I see as the real winner - I suspect he is being looked at as the long term replacement for Gerrard. Perfect attitude, a leader and probably the shrewdest buy of the summer. I find it hard to see what else would be needed in the short-term. Buying for the sake of it makes no sense. The owners are out on a limb with this financially.}

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Please excuse my ignorance but is Can Injured? I have not seen the bench for tonight but just heard that we are going with Allen, SG and JH. I think Can needs games and could be a real gem, having said that Allen did extremely well against the Saints when he came on and we won the game so I am not complaining. Just really wanna see him in action, he seems a very confident player

Coolie

Ed02{Ed002's Note - His chances will come.}

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Thanks ed.

Redwin

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Cheers Ed, I can't wait

Coolie

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I have to say that the player I was with really enthused about him.}

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He just seems like he will be a perfect fit, I have not seen much of him to be honest but I just get the feeling the lad will be a big hit. If the player you were with rates him highly that is good news!

Coolie

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May I ask who this German is Ed?

BigRedF BigRedF

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Michael Ballack.}

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25 Aug 2014 20:57:32
Ed, must agree with you about Moreno. He has been superb going forward but has made a few mistakes defensively.
Rugged and dangerous challenge from behind on Zabaleta and then no anticipation of Jovetic storming in.
I have enjoyed his forward play though, fast and physical, just needs time to adjust to the league.

Anfield Andy Anfield Andy

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Cheers Ed.

BigRedF BigRedF

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Michael Ballack? Well praise from him can only be a good thing considering what a brilliant player he was.

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We've bought great individual players (I quite like all of them), but there seems to have been very little thought about how the puzzle pieces fit together as a unit and how they fit with the pieces we already had to make the overall best starting 11 on any given day.

The strategy seems to be lacking and while I don't know who to pin that on I have to say if I were FSG at this point I'm not sure how pleased I'd be to see Ilori on loan again, Aspas on loan, Borini sold/on loan/wanting out since he never plays, Allen hardly playing, Sakho on the bench and seemingly already replaced after one season, Alberto on loan, Assaidi apparently having fallen into a black hole, Markovic and Can as seemingly 'for the future' rather than for the now, and Lambert being used as an 80th minute sub to kick the ball long to. That's what, near enough 100M spent on the above? Brilliant.

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26 Aug 2014 02:48:08
So what if Chelsea could have had Markovic for a cheaper price? That's a bit random so should just go on the Chelsea page.

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26 Aug 2014 05:44:30
Thanks Ed002, really interesting views and very much appreciated.

Mr Dennis

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Ed that's a great reply! Completely agree especially based on today's game! Moreno had a few lapses, the goal was probably a lack in communication, but the lunge on zabaleta for example. Markovic looked sharp when he came but if we play balo and sturridge up top, he will probably be behind coutinho, lallana and sterling for a spot.
Is the keeper danny ward?

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26 Aug 2014 05:43:14
Without wishing to crawl too much.

I joked earlier in the summer when asking if Ed002 was available as an adviser to LFC. . But having read that response, and yesterdays comment on the lack of transfer / youth strategy, I cannot help thinking that Ed002 could help Brendan considerably?

ProfG

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When you say "out on a limb financially". Do you mean we must stay in the champions league?

GW85LFC

Ed02{Ed002's Note - The club is now carrying a lot of debt and will need to borrow very significant further funds to rework the stadium. It needs income from sponsorship, television and from competitions such as the Champions League. Naming rights will be on offer and I suspect that will not please many supporters. Failure to get a Champions League place next season will be a major failure.}

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27 Aug 2014 04:59:18
great insight Ed002. Cheers.

rikdangerous

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25 Aug 2014 17:11:27
Number 45 Mario has just signed and been confirmed

Mike the red

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Confirmed? Wow! Which Cathedral?

Kev1950

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Anfield.

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25 Aug 2014 15:11:07
Liverpool are interested in signing julian brandt

JPW1979

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Winger Julian Brandt turned down a contract extension from Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund all showed interest with Chelsea offering a player in part exchange last summer. Liverpool certainly took a look. He moved to Bayer Leverkusen in Janauary this year and is still only 17 - a move this summer seems very unlikely.}

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Next summer but january a possibility, serious interest

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24 Aug 2014 23:10:04
Balotelli to be annouced Tuesday!
Romero deal will be completed for 1.5m
Coates off to Sunderland.
Liverpool are in for a Midfielder hearing it is a young lad from Inter trying to include a deal with Lucas or Borini plus Cash.

94ynwa14

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25 Aug 2014 09:50:44
Will be a little bemused (not dissapointed) if this Kovacic. We have a wide selection of players for that role.
The top teams all seem to be going a similar way these days. Have 1 top striker and a decent back up then fill your midfield with creative players.
Madrid have Benzema then currently James, Ronaldo, Bale, Modric, Di Maria, Jese, Isco amongst others.
Barcelona have it similar, although they rotate and any one of their AM can take the role of Striker.
Chelsea have Costa then everyone knows about their seemingly endless supply of attacking midfielders and tricksters.
Rodgers seems to be fulfilling this in his own manner.

Anfield Andy Anfield Andy

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25 Aug 2014 17:39:54
Or even Monday!

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So Balotelli was announced Monday
Romero is not joining
Coates will not be going to Sunderland

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24 Aug 2014 20:43:37
I'm hearing we are very interested in kovacic from inter. If lucas goes to Napoli, we would be looking to try and include Borini in a deal for him. Swap deals are rare, but Borini wants inter and we want kovacic. I think it's unlikely this will happen this window, but kovacic is definitely on Rodger's wish list.

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I would love this to be true; Kovacic is already a good player and would fit in well. Probably unlikely though.

kirkbyred1

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Looks very talented but I'm not sure he is the tough tackling player we need and is too similar to our other midfielders in Can, Allen, hendo.

Need to be going for De Jong, Diame type for me

daniellambretta74

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The realist, normal me sees this rumour with a raised eyebrow and tempered expectation.

the fifa player in me just let out a little wee

slowdog76

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Any truth eds I no you said inter might want borini

lfclee

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Actually I said Inter don't want Borini.}

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24 Aug 2014 09:08:18
Ed1 do you have any idea when we will announce the signing of mario? I'm getting bit nervous wondering if this signing will fall through aswell. Cheers mate. Sorry this isn't on banter board but for some reason it puts me straight onto rumour messages, .

suarezgumshield

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I cannot reasonably answer questions about timings, particularly when Mr Ayre will burst forth from the maternity ward declaring "It's a boy - Balotelli is joining Liverpool!"

Reasonably, and as I must have typed a hundred times this week, he will be announced once his medical has been successfully completed, terms have been agreed and signed off (no bizarre clauses of course), the paperwork has been submitted, processed and international clearance obtained. I would think everything will be fine and sorted out in the next few days.}

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Bank holiday weekend won't speed up the process I'm guessing.

Rikintwirral Rikintwirral

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Why would it need "speeding up"?}

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Thanks ed your a sweetheart. Have a nice day.

suarezgumshield

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Once Ballotelli signs his contract, sings his initiatation song, digs up some of the ground outside Anfield, buys Brendan a Mars bar, fixes the puncture on Ayre's bike and finally hands all his fireworks over to the club then AND ONLY THEN will the deal be finalised.

In all seriousness though folks this story only broke a couple of days ago and has progressed at a quick rate as it is compared to some of our other aquisitions, what the hell is people's problem waiting an extra couple of days?

You all read this site so you all know the countless times the eds have explained how rigorous our medicals are.

Take a chill pill and go enjoy your weekend.

Irishkopite2014

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24 Aug 2014 05:58:24
Hi Eds, have we shown any interest in Jese from Real Madrid? Personally think he'd be a great signing if Borini goes. He's so much better and could be a first team star in a couple of years.

jezzam94

Ed01{Ed001's Note - there was interest a few windows back but Madrid were not interested in a sale.}

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Great signing if Borini goes? How many new players do we need, exactly?

RDL

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Jese is not going to be moving to Liverpool.}

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23 Aug 2014 18:28:25
Eds you don't have earlier answers on this - can you shed light on today's reports from Sportmediaset and FootballItalia that Lucas is heading for Napoli on 2m euro loan with 10m option to buy?

Through the Storm Through the Storm

Ed02{Ed002's Note - It was probably deleted. I don't know any details of any loans but the club will be keen to move players on this week. €10M for Lucas in a years time seems rather high to me.}

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23 Aug 2014 17:24:26
Eds, if you are around here

Reports coming out, Lucas is nearing an exit on a loan to Napoli with an option to buy next summer?

Do you have anything on this?

Boom Boom

Ed02{Ed002's Note - See earlier answers.}

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23 Aug 2014 16:25:44
Hello, Ed002. I haven't posted for a while as I had been a bit busy. But I always visited the site before going to sleep. Anyways, I was going to ask about the possibilty of Dele Ali(excuse the spelling) joining. His name has not been mentioned for a while. Would be great if you could reply.

SUMON VAI SUMON VAI

Ed02{Ed002's Note - You are right about the interest Simon but it has gone very quiet. There were a whole bunch of interested clubs and Liverpool had spoken with MK Dons. Maybe he is the best place he can be right now.}

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23 Aug 2014 23:41:24
Alli is keen on the move but Dons want crazy money - a league one record so I've been told. Don't rule out a deadline day bid which includes a season long return to MK.

kirkbyred1

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23 Aug 2014 12:53:10
Hi eds. What do you know about Pinto? I'm far from believing his hype but a South American friend thinks we may have a major coup in the offing. What would be the likely scenario if his trial goes well? Would he join the academy or would there be permit issues? Thanks.

kirkbyred1

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Not much at all - obviously he is just a child. However, Maurizio Micheli had pointed Pinto a while back out so I assume Napoli would have taken a look.}

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Thanks for the quick reply!

kirkbyred1

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23 Aug 2014 08:54:06
Hi Eds,

Great Job as usual!

What's the score with Will Hughes of Derby County, I believe he has signed a new contact.

In the Jan transfer window there were lots of rumors of Liverpool interest and 1st option to buy deals etc.

Whats the current picture with his development and the likelihood a move to Liverpool or the premiership?

aces_up1504

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I would think he will stay at Derby this season and then see where they stand next year (promotion, offers etc.). For now the chance of a move to Liverpool seems to be off.}

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I can't believe these Will Hughes rumours. I'm from Derby, I've seen his play loads of times and he is massively over-rated. He would never break into Liverpool's first team. He had a couple of good games and the media jumped on the bandwagon. I don't think he's good enough for a mid table premiership team. . Like Man Utd:)

Angrychef

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23 Aug 2014 12:57:06
Has his development stalled or was it a case of media overplaying a story?

There was a lot of he was the long term replacement for Gerrard etc.

Given the lads supposed talent, thought there must be a reason why no premier league clubs have taken the gamble

aces_up1504

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23 Aug 2014 05:43:55
Hi Ed002,
surely not possible both Balotelli and Eto`o will sign. Have you heard anything about Samuel Eto`o joining Liverpool as Balotelli`s move seem inevitable. thanks.

Tom

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I can only see Eto'o as a possible option if Liverpool cannot complete a deal for Balotelli in the coming days Tom. It won't be both.}

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23 Aug 2014 09:34:47
Could both be viable if boring were to move on Ed002

Redsimmo

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Personally it makes zero sense.}

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23 Aug 2014 14:24:06
Ed002, that reply has made me the happiest man in the world!

hjikle

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24 Aug 2014 04:32:54
Could be both. Etoo'll only be keeping Origi's place on the bench warm for a year. Has Champ's League experience too.All the top teams have four strikers.

andred71

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22 Aug 2014 20:26:31
Eto'o undergoing a medical according to various news feeds. Cannot believe how well Brendan has assembled our squad over the last couple seasons. Quality manager!

nomisyoung

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22 Aug 2014 17:45:20
I'm hearing a deal for Samuel Etoo has been agreed 1 year deal.
Just passing on what I've heard.
Wouldn't say it's a good source but excellent addition
If it is.

4U2NV

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I hope this isn't true, enough is enough. It seems like we are just buying at random at this point. Finish Balo even though I don't think we need him and close up shop.

jraz624

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If true, then I personally don't see it as a good addition - another big ego, no doubt on big money, who I can't see being happy sitting on the bench!

If the deal does go through I hope I am proven 100% wrong, but I just can't see really see it. Yes he will bring untold experience with him, but how much benefit will that experience be from the sidelines? it would almost replicate the Kolo Toure situation (less the ego), plenty of experience but in truth what does he really provide?

GURU

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Deary me, it seems like we are spending money in a candy store, just buying everything in sight. I rather have borini than Eto right now, what's the point having two 30+ strikers in our squad. This is going to be some rollar coaster ride during this season.

SAS96 SAS96

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A bit surprising if true, but I can sort of see the logic.

If (or rather, when) Sturridge gets injured, relying only on Lambert and Balotelli to be our strike force, week in week out - in Europe as well as the league - isn't a great prospect. The alternatives are
1)buying a decent striker, which will mean either spending a significant sum, which probably isn't sensible seeing the competition they'll have,
2) buying an average-to-good striker, which isn't really worth it in the long term, won't be used much and will probably have to be sold soon,
3) buying another untested youngster, which is too risky.
4) Keeping Borini - which isn't a bad option, but 14m is a good deal for us, if we can persuade him to go
or
5) Having a decent, experienced striker on a free for one year as a stop-gap, if and when a bad case scenario happens

Origi's coming in next year, and it'll already be a bit crowded with the other three strikers we already have, so buying another striker on a long contract seems to be bad planning in the long run.

It does mean though that if we sell everyone that Rodgers has told they can go (which I presume include Borini, Assaidi, Lucas, Agger, Johnson, Enrique) then excluding Origi, we'll have broken even in terms of transfers this year, and probably not increased our wages by *that* much either.

rafastarian

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Surprised by both o these headbangers coming in. Hope they don't upset the apple cart.

andred71

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But what if Balotelli gets injured too or picks up a ban for insulting Clattenburg's hair? Clearly we need a 5th choice striker, preferably someone costing more than £10M, to play backup-backup-backup-backup striker.

RDL

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I saw this on the BBC News channel on the red button this morning (I don't buy newspapers). It was in their Saturday gossip column section and attributed to the Daily Mirror. Don't know if its true, don't care but I definitely read it.

Sent to Coventry

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LOL, I think your ITK has got it wrong as Eto is signing for Everton, but a good rumour nevertheless

kg1981

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22 Aug 2014 14:56:53
Brendan Rodgers is still hoping to finalise a deal for Samuel Eto'o, despite Balotelli's impending arrival.

According to Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzia, a move for Eto'o is close after fresh negotiations were held.

Make of this how you wish.

I assumed Mario was instead of Eto' but. .?

Is Romero the most likely deputy GK and are Derby also in the hunt for Ibe?

zod1973

Ed02{Ed002's Note - UTSF.}

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22 Aug 2014 15:11:19
Ibe went to Bolton. , use the search function before wasting the Eds time.

Anfield Andy Anfield Andy

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22 Aug 2014 16:42:54
Apologies Ed002

I saw what you wrote, but I didn't think it was official yet?

The reason I asked is because I read this in todays Derby telegraph:

STEVE McClaren says wherever Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe ends up on loan, somebody will land a very good player.

Ibe is on Derby County's radar and reports in the North West say the Rams - and not Bolton Wanderers, as had been suggested - lead the race to land the 18-year-old.

McClaren will not be drawn on the reports but the head coach is an admirer of the player.

McClaren would see Ibe as an exciting talent who can boost Derby's attacking options.

I apologise if I am wasting your time, but I think it was a relevant question, if nothing has been finalised yet?!

And if he has not in fact gone yet, apology accepted Anfield Andy - get your facts right before having a go

zod1973

Ed02{Ed002's Note -I have no idea if it is "official" or not. The posts today have been at least 95% rubbish or repeated - so I am making little or no effort right now and you may have suffered because of that. I will be in Monaco for a few days next week but I suspect we will just dump all duplicates to the other site. I will look in as and when I can.}}

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22 Aug 2014 17:26:17
Fair play Zod, but as far as I had known from here and other sites he is nailed on to join Bolton.

Anfield Andy Anfield Andy

Ed01{Ed001's Note - Bolton were all set for him, but then he got a couple of other offers and he was thinking over a couple of options.}

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22 Aug 2014 13:26:34
Hi Eds - appreciate all the hard you been doing over the summer.
I am personally really excited about the prospect of Super Mario coming the club.

Quick question though on Ibe - has a loan deal been done with Bolton? If not are there any premiership clubs interested in him on a loan basis? If yes any idea who they are?

Cheers

MrA

Ed02{Ed002's Note - He will be going to Bolton.}

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22 Aug 2014 13:26:34
Hi Eds - appreciate all the hard you been doing over the summer.
I am personally really excited about the prospect of Super Mario coming the club.

Quick question though on Ibe - has a loan deal been done with Bolton? If not are there any premiership clubs interested in him on a loan basis? If yes any idea who they are?

Cheers

MrA

Ed02{Ed002's Note - He will be going to Bolton.}

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22 Aug 2014 14:00:47
Hi Eds and Fellow Reds, I have been outside melwood most of the day since they said balotelli have left italy for medical, so me and my boy have been here most of the day waiting to have a glimpes of Mario and we can annouce that we have just seen him arrive at Melwood, the word going around by the the Gates aswell saying that Romero on the verge of the Liverpool move aswell.
And is it true we still in for another player.?

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22 Aug 2014 14:11:15
Despite all the doubts and his previous behaviour, got to say I will be gutted if we don't get him now. Fingers crossed he does the business on the pitch and don't let us down.

pompeyred

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22 Aug 2014 14:11:15
Despite all the doubts and his previous behaviour, got to say I will be gutted if we don't get him now. Fingers crossed he does the business on the pitch and don't let us down.

pompeyred

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22 Aug 2014 14:30:22
ssn reported he will land in Manchester and LFC officials including medical staff will meet him there to perform the medical in Manchester. So no need to go to Melwood just yet.

SMC

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That is what I heard too. The medical will not be at melwood.

GW85LFC

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So your really outside melwood?

suarezgumshield

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Ssn said medical would happen in Manchester originally. Not the case. He's at melwood now.

Goochygoo

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22 Aug 2014 07:53:59
I read from some online sites about LFC offering Samuel Eto'o a one year contract. Any word about this Ed?
Cheers

Nosa

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any offer at this time.}

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22 Aug 2014 12:39:14
Do you believe that the club will pursue Samuel Eto`o with the impending arrival of Mario Balotelli?

Adrianp74

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I can't imagine why they would.}

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22 Aug 2014 06:36:38
hello eds.
is it true that we signed eto

14_lfc

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Not at this time.}

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22 Aug 2014 00:02:07
Hey eds,
Is there anything in Seb Coates to Sampdoria, with Sergio Romero going the other way to LFC?
Cheers.

BigRonSaleh BigRonSaleh

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Maybe, it is in the hands of the club and Coates.}

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22 Aug 2014 06:58:22
Thanks Ed002. Love you.

BigRonSaleh BigRonSaleh

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21 Aug 2014 17:48:37
Who's signing was this? You seem to drop hints that it wasn't brendan

JoshLFCmaniac

Ed02{Ed002's Note - It has been suggested by a couple of well placed folks in Italy that Balotelli was not Brendan Rodgers' choice - however, I am sure he would still need to agree to it.}

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Thanks for the reply ed! Much appreciated:)

JoshLFCmaniac

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I'd probably go with it 'maybe' not being his first choice. No way he didn't ok it.

PerthRed PerthRed

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Sturridge and coutinho weren't brendans choice either, but he still had to agree to it. thank god we got a transfer committee, we'd have bony instead of balotelli if it was only up to rodgers.

starks1080

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Would make sense considering Rodgers' statements a few weeks ago regarding Balo. Perhaps the relatively low transfer fee coupled with the fact that Rodgers can't get his #1 target (I'd assume Falcao) may have changed things?

Amerigo

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Is there any chance that Brendan's comments before re Balotelli was because he was looked at and rejected because of price or other factors.

And only after that did other things happen which meant that Mario could once again be considered as an option.

Wishful thinking I know, but maybe it was just bad timing.

RedDawn

Ed02{Ed002's Note - No, it was foot related again.}

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I thought as much Ed. A big gamble so I can see why Brendan isn't so keen on Mario but now he has to deal with it. Well he and Dr Peters I suppose.

Jassi

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Ed. Classic. You love Rodgers press comments, you have to admit you smile each time your palm slaps against your forehead

Do you have any particular fave cringe moments from the lips of Brenden?

EmreCanDo

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22 Aug 2014 06:51:56
The problem being that if BR is not 100% behind the transfer, then Mario will be sitting on the bench and becoming ever more sulky with the end result being the tears oft mentioned by Ed002. Balotelli doesn't strike me as the sort that will be intimidated into playing for his spot at all.

RDL

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22 Aug 2014 06:54:30
So if not Brendan's choice then who? Care to share Ed002?

The Irish Rover

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Liverpool has a grpo0up of people who deal with transfers.}

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It might be a good sign then him not being Brendon's choice, most of his have flopped. Still love you though Brendon.

NottsRed

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22 Aug 2014 11:43:54
Who within the club would have the ability to sanction a move for balotelli if it was not Brendan Rogers ,,,or at least push it to the stage that it would only need Brs agreement.

Blazing red

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Liverpool has a transfer committee.}

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21 Aug 2014 17:25:04
Hi ED Once again I must say your doing a great job we are not a easy group of fans to deal with . I just have one question ED . Are we still trying to bring Falcao to Liverpool sir?

Thanks again for all the hard work

Bravesun

Ed02{Ed002's Note - The answer remains the same - don't hold your breath about Falcao. He wants to go to Real Madrid, once they have Di Maria off the books I expect his wish will be granted.}

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If not Falcao, what about Eto? Do
you think he would still be a target as well?

scepticoptimist

Ed02{Ed002's Note - RTP.}

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21 Aug 2014 16:27:34
Now that we have Balotelli, does that mean that we are out of the running for Falcao?

Also, I know Borini is deciding on Sunderland, but if he decides to stay, do you think he will be given a chance?

LFC_Indian

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I think a deal can be Borini to Inter.}

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Would Inter have the kind of money Sunderland were ready to offer for Borini?

The real AG

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I really would not get wrapped up in the finances. Inter are still looking to do some transfer business (in and out) with Fredy Guarin moving on. Firmino is their primary target but the feeling is that Borini and Lucas Silva are players they could still bring. It would be fair that the push for Inter is from Borini and De Marchi (who had no problems sharing that information).}

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21 Aug 2014 17:33:53
Borini to Inter? Wow didn't see that coming Ed. Sunderland out the frame now then?

Dezmondo

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Sunderland would like Borini but are looking elsewhere as I suspect Borini does not want to return there.}

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Would they be able to offer a similar amount to Sunderland Ed? Thanks.

BigRedF BigRedF

Ed02{Ed002's Note - See previous answers.}

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21 Aug 2014 14:17:17
16 Million bid accepted by Milan for Balotelli, hopefully a good signing.

#WhyAlwaysAyre

ben0209

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Fantastic news!

dwarfonaboat

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Although I haven't liked the lads attitude in the past, its clear he has talent! £16 million, in my opinion is a very smart buy!

Ljervis

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Agreed. The guy no doubt has quality and I would much rather have him than not get another front man at all before the window closes. And remember guys, Suarez gave us quite a few 'incidents' during his time but was forgiving for being so awesome on the pitch. If MB performs well, I don't care how many fireworks he sets off.

G-Force

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He is no Suarez. you don't all ways get 100% from super mario but hope like sturridge he thinks its about time to knuckle down before its to late. but not sure with mario but if 16m is the right price could be the bargain of the summer.
ynwa

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Its 50/50 whether its the best £16 million Liverpool will ever spend or not, personally I think its a great buy .

"why me "

Brendan gives him the answers to that question and we are well ahead of the game, our fans will be the key in getting Mario to Super Mario big fella just needs a home IMO.


YNWA

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Ive said it before, but if there is one manager capable of getting the best out of Mario, getting him to calm down, getting him to lose the attitude, its probably Rogers.

Like Sturridge, Mario is running out of clubs, and doesn't have that many shots left at becomming the player he really can be. Look how Rogers dealt with Saurez, he was a different player in 2013/14 attitude wise (although the minute outside of Rogers control he reverted to type).

For 16m could be one of the all time bargains, and remembering, the kid (because he is still only a kid) is only 24.

If Rogers can get the best out of him, could be a steal. Personally, i'm not convinced he will fit our way of playing, that said, in europe if Rogers reverts to a more traditional formation he could excel.

dimspace

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21 Aug 2014 12:51:24
Most of the reliable journalists ie Tony Barrett and James Pearce are stating the balotelli fee has been agreed. Is this true eds?

Adrianp74

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I don't know but I see no reason why not. His agent is off trying to get another deal completed right now so perhaps everything is done.}

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21 Aug 2014 13:33:42
Another deal for Balotelli, or another deal for another player he is representing?

Osa

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Another player and I understand that is now donere.}

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I have just read that balotelli himself has confirmed he is going to Liverpool

Biggy Ballz Biggy Ballz

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Who's the other player? Pogba?

barnesybob

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Manolas.}

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Would that player be Assaidi?

hopeful_red hopeful_red

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Why would he have anything to do with Assaidi?}

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Would the other deal be Cavani to Chelsea in your opinion?

Leffeman101

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Why would he have any involvement with Cavani?}

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Sounds like his agent is having a good (pay)day then. Good for him, I suppose.

RDL

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21 Aug 2014 16:57:05
Sorry Ed002 I know it's the wrong page and all but is that other deal Raiola is trying to sort out to do with Pogba?

RedRosie

Ed02{Ed002's Note - RTP.}

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21 Aug 2014 17:45:23
That Manolas deal to Arsenal Ed?

HarrisanoDeYaya

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

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I thought he represented Sergio Romero aswell? and was under the impression he was going to be working on getting him to Liverpool too?

anyway hopefully we can close out that manolas deal.

Lakerville Lakerville

Ed02{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with Liverpool.}

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21 Aug 2014 11:18:17
Heard Jackson Martinez would replace Balletolli at Milan.

Eds. Is there any interest in Martinez from Milan?

Boom Boom

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Porto are prepared to cash in on Jackson Martinez with varying degrees of interest from Valencia, Milan, Inter, Arsenal, Roma, Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Spurs, Galatasaray, Juventus and Barcelona in recent months. However, whilst Porto were seeking a lot of money for the player (two bids from Juventus were turned down and Milan baulked at the original asking price) it left only Inter with a "creative" financial solution and his representatives talking to Valencia - which seemed the likely destination. Porto have now dropped the price a fair amount and Milan are talking to them about taking the player in the next few days.}

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Why don't we go for him? i'd take Martinez anyday of the week over Balotelli

Jackzokay

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21 Aug 2014 17:02:50
Ed002. Thanks for the reply. Could you tell me Milan would would get Martinez for more or less the amount we pay for Mario? ( Let the amount be X).
I rate Martinez, He is a fantastic talent.

Boom Boom

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I am not going to get in to the money Harry. You really have no idea what Balotelli will cost.}

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21 Aug 2014 11:05:11
Hi EDs,

I am just curious as to why AC Milan and AS Monaco are prepared to let their "star strikers", Balotelli and Falcao leave?

Cheers,
Liam

LSM1604

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Players are simply transient members of a staff. Balotelli has played up a lot over the past year in Milan and they are sick of him. Hence the efforts to sell him this summer. Monaco cannot keep players happy easily from a footballing position. They have a wonderful stadium but few locals have any interest in the game so it is not unusual to only have 5,000 turn up to matches. Players can sort of get lost there from an international perspective. Falcao wants his Madrid move and has made no secret of it.}

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21 Aug 2014 13:06:33
Thanks for the reply ED.

Balotelli still hasn't learnt to keep a low profile and get on with his football it seems?!

I suppose we will have to see if BR can handle him if he signs then!

LSM1604

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21 Aug 2014 10:30:54
Hello guys!

Could anyone explain the situation about Lucas Leiva? Is he going to be offloaded?
If so (which I really hope even though the kid loves LFC), have we shown any interest in Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro?

Thanks ;)

Mauritian

Ed02{Ed002's Note - As it stands right now Lucas will stay but if he becomes available at the right price there may well be interest from Inter.

There is interest from two other EPL sides in LS but none from Liverpool.}

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21 Aug 2014 10:47:02
Thanks.

From what I've seen, that Lucas Silva kid shows great composure in the midfield, is good at tackling and passes ball quite well too.
If he does come to England, got to keep an eye on his performances.

Mauritian

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Just out of curiosity ED, are you able to say who the two Premier League clubs are?

_Tom

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Chelsea and Manchester United - plus a host of clubs including PSG, Porto, Benfica ....}

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Hopefully Lucas goes he's not good enough. Bye Lucas I'll drive u myself

Cole25

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21 Aug 2014 09:57:41
Ballotelli deal done according to Milan channel

Robbie77

Ed02{Ed002's Note - They are wrong - it is not done just yet. Mino Raiola has a little trick up his sleeve still.}

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What's he up to now? Those agents are a pain

Robbie77

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Whilst Liverpool were trying to agree a loan that Milan did not want yesterday, approaches were made to both Chelsea and Arsenal about selling the player to them. I suspect that Liverpool will be able to agree a deal but they will be choking at the fees.

I assume there will be a delay as Rodgers prepares his statement rescinding his categorical denial that Liverpool would be buying Balotelli to say he was always the primary target of the club. "I was always attracted by his haircuts". As long as he avoids mentioning the word "transition" he should be just fine.}

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And what might that trick be?

YNWA-SA YNWA-SA

Ed02{Ed002's Note - See above.}

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Well let's hope Raiola has long sleeves and his "trick" is making Mario disappear!

No one can argue that Ballotelli isn't a great player when his head is "right" but gee the man comes with some heft baggage, whilst I obviously don't know him judging from afar the man appears to be a complete - "shed head".

If he joins, and it looks like he may, then I hope Rodgers has been brushing up on his man management skills because he is going to need them. Hopefully he can show Mario "da love", and keep him on song, because if he has doesn't he (Mario) just might become a "wrecking ball".

GURU

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21 Aug 2014 10:30:20
He is just making him self look daft ain't he by going back on his word. Suppose he will get over it though.

Dezmondo

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Did they say it is done? I thought they just siad they are in talks but my Italian is quite poor

fanobip

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Hi Ed, By getting other clubs interested does this raise the fees, or are these already there? It does seem that Liverpool pay a lot of high fees!
To be fair on Rodgers he won't be the only manager who has said this sort of thing(or player to be fair) If the latest rumour is true about Torres moving is true Mourinho will be guilty of similar!

John Wigan

Ed02{Ed002's Note - MR is only interested in one thing - world domination. Mourinho is toying with people constantly, don't believe anything he says like that. He knows what he is doing. Rodgers has no idea what he is doing and has repeatedly erred when speaking.}

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21 Aug 2014 10:19:27
What trick is that Ed please, or can you not say at this stage?

Dezmondo

Ed02{Ed002's Note - RTP.}

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Do you rate him as a coach though ed?

mk

Ed02{Ed002's Note - He is a good coach and did very well with the youngsters (academy and then the reserves) when he was at Chelsea. He was liked and respected by Mourinho and Avram Grant and all of the other staff as I recall. Reading was a bit of a disaster for him but he did very well with Swansea. There have been some odd things in his coaching methods, not least the "six seconds of panic" as one ex-player called it. This is where the players are instructed to chase after a lost ball.}

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I don't really care if Rodgers makes himself look foolish. If he gets a player he thinks will improve the team at a price the bean counters are happy with then why does it matter?

Managers don't look foolish when holding a trophy. I can only assume that he doesn't care if he looks stupid, he believes in himself, and the job he is doing.

Ferguson regularly made comments that made himself look stupid, some of them tactical and measured some of them just plain personic (anyone remember when Van Persie nearly died from football to the head?)

Personally I don't care what the manager says if we end up winning things.

Cheers all

RedDawn

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Thanks Ed. I feel I need hardly ask your opinions on the wisdom of any club paying large fees to obtain the services of the very unpredictable mr balotelli, especially given the challenges of ffp and the need to avoid wasting money- but I would be interested in your views on this potential new signing?
I think br will probably feel that he is the one who can do what others before him have failed to do, and bring out consistently good performances from the player.
Personally, I think it is verging on irresponsible to expend such major financial resources on such a high-risk investment.

anonymush

Ed02{Ed002's Note - Balotelli is a very good player - however I am far from convinced he is what Liverpool need. But then again I am not convinced at all now that the players that have arrived this summer are all what Liverpool need. It is clear that Rodgers has been the proverbial kid in the candy store with his pocket money. I said before that if Rodgers buys simply for the sake of it or simply to give the fans the "marquee" player they desire, then it may well end in tears. I will stand by that.}

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I'm sorry Ed, but Jose has made himself look silly plenty of times. I guess he was just toying when he ended up lower than Liverpool last season?

mushroom

Ed02{Ed002's Note - What sort of idiot are you? A simple thread about Balotelli and you want to bring the Chelsea manager in to it. You are making the Liverpool fans look pretty "silly" with this obsession.}

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21 Aug 2014 11:41:50
Does that trick involve getting himself a lot of money from LFC Ed002?

The real AG

Ed02{Ed002's Note - This is one for record breaking payments to agents, representatives, super agents et al.}

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21 Aug 2014 11:43:16
I really doubt Chelsea or Arsenal would want Balotelli though, what do you think Ed002?

Im not surprised BR likes his haircut as he sure did like Sakho's haircut, they're kinda like twins.

Kaizer

Ed02{Ed002's Note - There were lengthy discussions with Arsenal in Brazil but M Wenger baulked at the full financial implications of buying the player. Not so much the transfer fee, but the add ons, wages, and agent fees. Chelsea are in the midst of a deal for another striker so I cannot image would be interested. Monaco were a club who did express an interest and there were also efforts to sell him to PSG.}

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21 Aug 2014 11:44:51
Ed002, Don't you think A permenant transfer would be a huge risk?

Boom Boom

Ed02{Ed002's Note - My understanding is that a loan is not an option. Milan want him sold on a permanent basis and are looking to use the money to help fund his replacement.}

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21 Aug 2014 11:45:29
lol Ed002 what's your honest take on this proposed move, I know you rightly feel we stocking up debt but purely on the base of tactics, do you see this as viable move for us?

timsuncle

Ed02{Ed002's Note - I have no doubt that Balotelli is a very good player and he does come with some baggage of course, but I am serious when I say he is not, in my view, what Liverpool need. However, Brendan Rodgers may well be adapting to playing a different way this season and perhaps he will slot right in. I will re-iterate that if Rodgers is simply buying for the sake of it or trying to appease the fans with a"marquee" signing, then it may not go as well as expected. Perhaps someone should go to the Teams and Formations page and start seeing how these players will fit in - pretty much all of the new players will be looking for game time.}

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I think you are right Eds but I also think you give too much credit to Mourinho. Yes he is bright and like you said will toy with people but he isn't so smart that other managers don't see it and of course he does cry like a baby sometimes when things don't go his way, or when a team beats his. Finger in the eye anyone?

gareth242000

Ed02{Ed002's Note - His finger was unhurt.}

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Thanks for giving your views Ed. Much appreciated.

anonymush

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HI Ed can you put up a link to the Teams and Formations page. will appreciate it mate .

FRED POOL FRED POOL

Ed02{Ed002's Note - http://www.liverpool-rumours.co.uk/wishlists.php }

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I disagree that Rodgers is just buying for the sake of buying. We needed to strengthen defense, we strengthened defense. A major complaint last season was the lack of depth, he has addressed that. Another complaint leveled our way was that if plan A is not working we have no other ways to break down opposition defenses, we now have Markovich, Lallana, and Lambert to turn to if Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge isn't working (Or any other combination you want to look at). We need to start looking for a replacement for Stevie G, which Can could be plus Lucas may be on his way out. Yes all the players will want games but they will have to earn them. What would be the point in just signing players who would be happy to just sit on the bench. Or players who wouldn't be good enough should they be called on. Having said all that I don't actually see the reasons behind Balotelli. But that's just my opinion.

AMul

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21 Aug 2014 17:03:18
thanks mil for the response Ed002, much appreciated

timsuncle

Ed02{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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I have been shakin my head.

But then it dawned on me. Most of the players we have and have bought over the summer, seems to have 1 thing in common: You know what you are going to get from them. Balloteli is un predictable. Maybe just maybe is he the missing piece

HardkaareKop

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"His finger was unhurt." Megalol! Had me in stitches.

GW85LFC

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