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20 Jun 2018 19:37:45
Been wondering this for a while but not sure how many honest answers I would actually get, I was wondering how many contributers to this site actually have 'connections' at Liverpool FC or perhaps just footballing connections in general?

You get the odd poster on here who is clearly bullshiting but I wonder if any of the regulars are 'ITK'.

Funnily enough I have recently gained a few connections in the world of football but not really anything to brag about and certainly not related to Liverpool.

Hope to find out that MKS is actually Joe Cole's cousin!

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20 Jun 2018 19:52:59
I played football for a team now in the conference through my teens. They were semi professional back then, so no professional contract was offered and I decided a different career path, now a pharmacist. If only I’d stayed, they are now well backed by Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi and are rolling in cash. A few teammates now play in league football. I still talk to them, and I know a few coaches and one ex-England international (called up, never capped) . Don’t get any information as you’d expect.

20 Jun 2018 19:59:02
Being a former pro myself I keep in contact with absolutely no one. On a serious note edd 1 and 2 have contacts and I believe tomato squares is the brother of Joe gomez. Apologies if incorrect but I think I am correct.

20 Jun 2018 20:02:41
Couple of players from my boys team went on to play professionally, not in the prem though and I don't see em much these days.

I think mks just knows his football, he's a shrewd tactician and would probably be brilliant as liverpool manager!

Ed01, ed02 and macca definitely have some inside info and carragold knows his stuff.

I think I've spoken for everybody, I'm off to meet Angela murcall.

20 Jun 2018 20:04:07
You say the odd poster is bullshitting?
I'd say the odd poster is genuine. Most indulge in speculation, and over a transfer window there's a good few who clearly just invent stuff. Then that causes aggro for the poor Eds who do a damned fine job and can do without it.

20 Jun 2018 20:34:15
Childhood friend who I used to play football with and lived on the same street as me went on to play in the Premier League and have a decent international career, although he was a few years older than me and has recently retired but now does a fair bit of punditry on tv.

20 Jun 2018 20:34:17
I have no inside info whatsoever and I doubt many on here do. I’m not even on here to find out about possible transfers I just like chatting footy and sharing opinions.

20 Jun 2018 20:40:36
I’ve never pretended to be ITK, because I’m not ITK, never have been or ever will be ITK, just love this site, that’s all folks.

20 Jun 2018 20:49:26
Oh, may I add I have no inside knowledge and wouldn't want it any other way. Love it when Ed2 confirms our interest in a player or Macca appears out of nowhere.

20 Jun 2018 21:00:54
I have no inside information at all, even though I am related to Zidane. He doesn't speak to anyone in the family since we all got Materazzi tattooed on our bums for banter. He didn't take it well at all.

20 Jun 2018 22:09:37
Ken on the Man United page is actually Jamie Carragher dad 🤫.

20 Jun 2018 22:26:04
Not quite my brother mate lol.

20 Jun 2018 22:30:00
A friends husband works for the club very high up (don’t get any decent exclusive info from them so don’t ask)
Another friend used to go out with a famous ex player, also still knows several other ex players very well.
I get to meet current and ex players and managers through my job, Sterling, Reina. Macmanaman, rush and dalglish being memerable.
Get to meet current and ex players and managers for other clubs as well, again through Work, Ronaldinho, Messi, Ronaldo, Cannavaro, Rooney and fat sam being the biggest names.
Got to meet Abi Clancy once as well 😍
Showing off now 😁.

20 Jun 2018 22:43:31
Mike Marsh is a relative and never tells me anything.

20 Jun 2018 22:43:40
I have no connections whatsoever to Liverpool sadly. I used to watch a lot of Irish premier league matches with the old chairman of bray wanderers before it all went terribly wrong with the club.

20 Jun 2018 22:43:41
I played in the youth Bundesliga and for a Bundesliga reserve team but no connections Liverpool related.

Im normally just posting stuff when it’s Bundesliga related as i just know where to look for reliable infos and British media get stuff wrong when it comes do Bundesliga players most of the time. :D.

20 Jun 2018 22:48:02
Bit of both, connections and ex-players who are on friendly terms. Not in the know though, most of them speculate as much as people on here 🤝.

20 Jun 2018 22:48:30
I used to play semi pro football for Scarborough and have two friends that work at hull city, one as a coach and one as a physio.
I’m itk on a few hull transfers but that’s as far as it goes.
As for Liverpool I just use Macca and the Ed’s.

20 Jun 2018 23:44:28
My contacts are sadly now passed away. My grandfather was best friends with Sir Alf Ramsey. I remember once asking him to manage my five a side team but he politely turned me down.

My grandfather used to get free tickets for every Wembley game including our European Cup win in 1978!

20 Jun 2018 23:49:42
No connections at the club. Know a couple coaches/ ex players around semi pro and soccer schools, mainly goalkeeping coaches, (who seem to all know each other around the game) . Get very few bits worth repeating from them, from what I've heard Pope is reasonably well thought of, Kasper Schmeichel thinks he's better than his old man (apparently everyone laughs at that one) . Also get a few bits from ITK people at a lower level south London club but zero use to LFC supporters.

21 Jun 2018 00:09:43
Don Mcalistair who played for Spurs, moved into a resort complex in Queensland and used to be good for a chat, mostly about the good old days when he played alongside Hoddle, Villa and Ardiles. He was still in touch with Ardiles. I went to school with a lad called Rhys Wilmot, very good rugby player but wisely chose soccer and kept goal for Arsenal, mainly as backup but good stopper. Think he ended up in plymouth but no longer in touch so no info there-bugger.

21 Jun 2018 00:31:35
For 1985mikey1985 - just wondering what Messi, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were like when you met them?

21 Jun 2018 01:42:50
There is a lot of the people who post rumours that are ITK. they all have the same contact too, the fat kid from Bolton 😂.

21 Jun 2018 01:58:56
No connections but a do have a good friend that went to high school with and still friends with a former Leicster City player (he was part of their title winning squad) . Said player is actually from your town MKS.

21 Jun 2018 07:03:40
What a nice little thread this was! Cheers guys, interesting stuff.

21 Jun 2018 08:06:28
Bennett Jnr, I know who you are talking about. How is he finding life under Roy Hodgson 👀 I assume you studied at Oakgrove then?

21 Jun 2018 08:33:39
I use to know a German dinner lady who's mother in laws, aunties, neighbour use to go to school with the brother of Jurgen Klopps, uncle's, barber who has a shop next to the butchers that Jurgens mum use to go to hen visiting her brother, and she said that our managers mother doesn't give any information away regarding transfers.

21 Jun 2018 09:09:39
My mother's cousin has a sister who married a girl who's brother had a son. He married a girl, her cousin does all the recruiting.

21 Jun 2018 09:32:28
Ronaldo is a nice fella, quite friendly, the whole universe revolves around him though, he was with Nani at the time and he may as well of been invisible. Lol
Messi was really young, maybe 20-22 So can’t really remember much other than that he was quite shy and timid.
Ronaldinho had this Star like quality to him, like an aura, I was so star struck I didn’t even say hello.
Rooney is a strange one, completely unlike what you expect, really shy and quiet, if you met him you would think he was a really nice fella, he was going red just talking to me he was that shy.
Pepe Reina probably has more personality than all the other players I’ve met put together.

21 Jun 2018 09:53:17
Want to swap careers mikey? lol.

21 Jun 2018 10:26:02
@MKS I had a feeling you would know 😉 as far as I last heard he was happy. In part due to certain pressures put on him and former teammates that go beyond the football pitch but also due to certain players almost being bullies in the way they would dictate to the rest of the team (particularly the younger players would get this treatment) . I cannot go into more detail unfortunately (not on a public forum anyways) .

The last time I saw said player he was back 'home' and we was in the barber shop. He actually paid for everyones haircut in the shop which was nice.

The only thing I have heard for certain at his current location is that the players are 'encouraged' to go with certain 'advisors' for the good of their careers. Again i cannot go into more details at this time unfortunately.

21 Jun 2018 11:43:15
No worries Bennett.

Nice to hear a story of a local lad giving back though. He clearly didn't forget where he came from.

I won't press you for anymore details as it sounds like a couple of tricky subjects!

21 Jun 2018 13:39:51
I’ve seen you post about your job on here so no thanks 😂😂😂
Meeting players and managers isn’t all that exciting to be honest, they are usually incredibly boring and disappointing.

21 Jun 2018 16:40:30
Haha I don't blame you mikey mate!

20 Jun 2018 18:52:59
Interesting article on the club website regarding the re development of the Annie Road End.

One of the points raised was that the club needs to eat into the season ticket waiting list, with less emphasis on coperate.

Whilst seats in bums ( new season tickets ) does not bring in the revenue coperate does, for me this makes total sense.

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20 Jun 2018 19:02:30
Without having any idea about the finances of football, maybe they decided that a better atmosphere to carry the team to potential trophies may be worth more than the corporate seats generate. Doubtful though!

20 Jun 2018 19:57:37
Sorry but seats in bums makes no sense. Sounds pretty painful actually.

20 Jun 2018 18:49:09
As far as I know, Alisson is still of interest as is Thomas however I haven’t herd that a deal has been struck more than likely to hear something at the end of World Cup rather than in the middle of it.

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20 Jun 2018 20:06:58
How can a keeper be 90mil? Is Alison 18 times better than karius. Its mental but I seem to say something like this every year. If we spent 40mil on a keeper he would have to be damn good and I don't think he would concede more than twice as many goals as Alison.

I don't really know what I'm chatting about. I'll shut up.

20 Jun 2018 21:28:38
Karius was signed before the transfer world went crazy. Good keepers are in short supply like centre halfs so it's simply supply and demand.

20 Jun 2018 22:45:57
It’s mad money. Agree with you ph about Karius. I just hope we stick with the lad and he proves most of the footballing world wrong.

21 Jun 2018 00:14:17
Good keepers are very hard to find these days. Depends what you want from a keeper - the number of them who can dominate their area, communicate, deal with crosses, that kind of stuff, are low. Other things like the difference between stopping a shot and directing it away to a safe zone.

Also it seems keepers are a lot less mental these days, which tended to make them tougher.

Plus coaches have been trying to turn keepers into outfielders and a lot of EPL clubs are so obsessed with height they're now asking about grandparent height as part of whether or not they'll take a kid on. The ideal keeper for some of them seems to be a 6'6 centre back not a keeper. And I'd guess results driven business means a keeper suffering a dip in form is way less tolerated than an outfield player where it can be easier to cover. Which might also account for how many these days seem to be less confident, which then leads to less capable on crosses, dominating area, etc and around and around it goes. So generally why wouldn't a world class keeper cost 80m when there's only a handful of top level ones around anywhere.

21 Jun 2018 02:00:40
I think Alisson is a bit over rated to be honest.
He’s good but not great. There are better keepers available in my opinion.

21 Jun 2018 10:52:37
Didn't we put 7 past him?

20 Jun 2018 17:19:12
Ed002, I hope your travels are going smoothly. From what I understand both Liverpool and Real Madrid had 2 ‘lists’ for their GK targets this year. Liverpool’s have been dealt with on this page quite a bit. With Madrid signing Lunin and seemingly Alisson soon, it’s a couple struck from Liverpool’s targets.

I’m happy to send this to a different page if you like, but it seems Liverpool’s targets are being affected by Real Madrid’s activity quite a bit. With Strakosha being the other on the ‘2nd’ list, but being priced at £35million (ish) do you think Liverpool will just be looking to bring in the one ‘keeper?

Navas will obviously be feeling a bit pushed out and Strakosha would have to be first choice at that price. Perhaps one of these 2. I assume the plan was to sell 2, bring in 2 but being open to 1 in 2 out and looking to Grabara as third choice.

{Ed002's Note - Well, Lunin was the other GK that Liverpool were interested in as I explained. Liverpool will need to go in to next season with three rather than four GKs. I expected them to release Bogdan but they haven't. Ward has the interest of Swansea and hopefully Liverpool will give him the opportunity to get his career back on track if he has no future at Liverpool. The fans have done for Karius as you know. If he were to stay, and had an opportunity, and made a single mistake then I dread to think what would happen. Mignolet was of interest to Napoli but they are embroiled in figuring out otehr solutions. So I don't know. Whatever Real Madrid do will not impact Liverpool. Macca has said Butlan is the man and maybe he is. We will see. Lunin would have been a good addition but the club and the fans seemingly only want expensive solutions - maybe at the behest of the owners. It has been made clear to me that Brugge already have the goalkeeping bargain of the summer in their signing of Karlo Letica.}

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20 Jun 2018 19:02:15
Thanks Ed, I really appreciate your replies. Lunin certainly does look like a player with enormous potential and great current ability. I hope he gets time and the environment to develop at Madrid and wish him well. I’ll take your word on Letica, not even come across him before to be honest. You have some good little birdies in your ear. I imagine you being a bit like the eunuch from Game of Thrones. Of course, I’m sure you’ve never seen it.

{Ed002's Note - Indeed I have never seen Game of Thrones.}

20 Jun 2018 19:08:13
Cheers for the update Ed2.

20 Jun 2018 19:18:50
Varys, great show, great books and great character.

20 Jun 2018 19:52:11
Ed2 is the queen of thorns, Ed1 is Ser Barristan Selmy.

20 Jun 2018 18:05:03
Not to sound wicked but I'd lie if I said I wasn't relieved that Egypt is out of the world cup competition.

Now I'd have Mo' back, wrapped in cotton wool and placed in a warm pad for the rest of the break.

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20 Jun 2018 18:19:30
He’s got a third game. I feel for the lad. Think the manager should have played him against a weak Uruguay. Looked fit enough to play a full game a few days later.

20 Jun 2018 17:55:40
Egypt out!

Send a plane out to bring Mo home wrapped in cotton wool 👍.

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20 Jun 2018 19:56:08
Maybe some bubble wrap aswel.

20 Jun 2018 17:55:19
Has anyone heard from Harry? I am a bit worried about him. I thought he would be all over the charity match. I know he posted on the Facebook of baller player beny but nothing since.
If you're reading Harry hope you are well.

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20 Jun 2018 18:06:41
Can we have a sketch of his face and send to all media houses in Russia. I suspect he is holed up in a boarding house in St. Petersburg.

20 Jun 2018 15:33:45
MK at long last I can put a face to the name. I have to say I was surprised when I saw you I was actually expecting false eye lashes and heels but I was still very pleased to eventually see you, in day light.

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20 Jun 2018 16:03:16
Haha I thought the same Barry! Pictured you with a bit more hair Mk;)

20 Jun 2018 16:17:23
I plan on wearing on off the shoulder floral 2 piece next year, hun.

20 Jun 2018 16:38:22
Lad's Ed001 has nominated me as the soap dispenser for the showers after. I don't know exactly what that entails but I am slightly worried.

{Ed001's Note - Ed0333 has volunteered to provide massages. Not sure what he was talking about when he said happy endings though.}

20 Jun 2018 17:50:35
I used to have hair before I had kids and started living with my Mrs.

20 Jun 2018 15:17:54
Interesting stuff from Fekir's agent, suggesting that a deal isn't necessarily over. Various other sources reckon Liverpool will sign him if they can restructure payments based on his fitness and performance. Let's hope it gets done.

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20 Jun 2018 15:47:23
The eds have also said a deal can be reached, although Ed002 said recently, "can we afford him" so im not sure tbh mate. His figure might be out of reach after World Cup.

20 Jun 2018 17:13:48
Them sub appearances will push it through the roof alright.

20 Jun 2018 17:19:42
I have to give the medical staff credit for airing their concerns about Fekir's knee, that may have cooled other teams interest in him and if it leads to a better deal for Liverpool then all the better. I don't think Fekir's value will increase because of the world cup, he's a squad player not a starter so I personally don't believe he'll ever get enough time to affect games, meaning his value won't increase.

20 Jun 2018 15:00:34
Here I was sad that Arsenal have let Jack go. It was always so comforting seeing him in their midfield.

Then I read negativeredwalter thinks we could have a "great player" on our hands if he signed. And then I was even more sad.

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20 Jun 2018 15:44:01
He smokes more than me Nan and spends the summers at pool parties in Las Vegas

He’d be half decent if it was 1987.

20 Jun 2018 17:47:15
Rates himself too highly and has no end product.


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