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10 Jun 2018 21:35:22
6 days to go!

On the 16th of June our Facebook page will go live to a charity match the site has organised, in aid of Seva and Macmillan nurses.
It will be a 3pm kick off!
Please share and like our page to support the boys taking part. We have one crowdfunded page on justgiving that raised £300 before prematurely ending so stay tuned for a new one setting up. We are hopeful to raise £1000 with this and the players match fees.

This is also the last call for anyone else who wants to play in the game held in north oxfordshire. Current players range from all abilities and ages! So do not feel you cannot contribute.

Text me on 07719565417 for more info!

Will ed001's "Just like watching brazil" better ed002's "Walham green east wapping, carpet cleaning rodent and boggit exterminating association"....FC?

Who is your money on?!


1.) 10 Jun 2018 21:47:19
Every time I see posts about this I kick myself because I lived in Oxfordshire but moved to Liverpool last year ;_;
Would have loved to play after work but would never make it there in time now xD

Good luck to everybody participating and ed2s players repeating that name haha.


2.) 10 Jun 2018 22:30:30
Going to be a struggle carving that name onto a trophy haha
Happy to donate and looking forward to watching the live stream.


3.) 10 Jun 2018 23:36:30
Would love to have made it from Ireland. Well done to all involved as it's for a great cause. Enjoy the day and be proud.


4.) 10 Jun 2018 23:41:46
How are you going to fit that team name on a jersey?


5.) 11 Jun 2018 01:37:23
I’m gutted, I was going to play and had it tied to when I was back in the uk ( I live in aus) my trip moved numerous times. I’ll be back in time but pulled a hamstring 2 weeks ago so can’t play regardless!


6.) 11 Jun 2018 06:26:45
Would have loved to play and show off my silky skills but unfortunately I won't be able to make it this time. If successful maybe we could make this an annual thing?


7.) 11 Jun 2018 18:09:13
Any chance to do some commentary from India, Ed001? xD.


 

 

08 Jun 2017 06:28:27
Having spoken to the person who has been keeping me informed on this, to get clarity, I think it is time I gave the full explanation of what I am now being told. I am going to refer to the person as he/ him, just because it is easier rather than because it is a male.

So I have pestered him, because I wanted some clarification of the full story and to know if I am being deliberately fed misinformation to keep the club out of trouble. He claims that he is telling me exactly what he has been told, that there is no attempt to mislead me on his behalf, either knowingly or unknowingly. So this is basically the story as he gives it:

After matches Klopp will often chat with opposition players, just a friendly chat, nothing untoward, many managers will do it.

However, remarks were made to VVD along the lines of 'I would love to have you in my team' or similar when we have faced Southampton. Which VVD has obviously taken to heart, though we have no way of knowing if Klopp was making the first moves towards a signing or just making a throwaway remark regarding the player. So that could be seen as a problem in the light of following events, though would normally not even be noticed.

Anyway, last summer things were a bit unsettled there with Jose Fonte fighting to leave and it caused a few issues with a number of the players there, who felt Fonte was unfairly treated after his years of service to the club. There are a number of players there who did not like the treatment Fonte received and felt he should have been allowed to make his dream move, rather than held to his contract and then ended up in limbo before joining West Ham United just to get away from Saints. VVD has at this point made the decision he wants to go and asked his agent to put out feelers looking for interested parties.

We showed interest at this point, I don't have dates, I have never had any kind of dates to give, which is why I have never mentioned any, but I would assume this is just after the January window, as this was when he was disgruntled. However, instead of going direct to the club and seeking permission to speak to them and him over a summer move, we spoke directly to the agent.

Now our excuse, which is why I am told the club immediately backed out and apologised, is that we were told the agent and player came to us with Saints' blessing. I will leave you to make up your own mind over the truth of that claim, as I really do not know. I have no way to verify that information one way or the other.

To cut a long story short, the player, agent and club sorted out a deal, then and only then do LFC go to Saints to negotiate a price. That is when all hell broke loose and Soton investigated, made a complaint etc.

That is how he explained it to me, but I have no way to verify any of it, which is why I am giving you a full version as he tells it. In the past he has been reliable, though he has often asked me not to pass on things, the info he has given had checked out. This time I am not sure though, this feels too neat and like someone is trying to shift the blame. Either way the club is at fault for not ensuring they had permission to speak to the player.


1.) 08 Jun 2017 06:43:11
Make you right ed001 with it sounding to contrived but it does not mean what he has said is not the truth. Like you say it's not difficult to follow the correct way of approaching a transfer a club either says yes or no what is the problem. Baffling really still men in suits are never the smartest.
Up the pool.

{Ed001's Note - I just don't understand why the club still has this issue. We do not need to act underhand, the club is, in terms of brand power, according to those that measure these things, ahead of all but Man Utd in English football. We should not need to be underhand to attract quality players. They should want to play for us because of who we are. So just concentrate on getting the right deal with their current club, then worry about convincing the player.}


2.) 08 Jun 2017 06:48:37
Qyestion for the Eds, not just about this event. What is the situation regarding speaking to agents. As i understand it agents put feelers out to other clubs and that is ok. In those circumstances i assume it is ok for a club to speak to the agent. If that has happened can the club contact the agent again for further discussions? Is it a case of the player basically can't be in the room with them? Or more complicated, e. g. you can't talk beyond a certain point even with the agent? Thanks.

{Ed025's Note - if a club wish to talk to a player who is under contract at a club then they must inform the parent club for permission DL, anything less is seen as "tapping up" even if its done through the agent mate..


3.) 08 Jun 2017 06:55:11
Shame Ed, at the very least I hope the club learn a lesson, I think we're sailing very close to the wind with our transfer activity.


4.) 08 Jun 2017 07:00:49
Thanks Ed025.

{Ed025's Note - anytime mate..


5.) 08 Jun 2017 07:05:44
Its the premier league response that intreagues me. Would it not be the case that if they thought we were genuinely guilty of wrong doing on purpose then just an apology from us would be irrelevant?

{Ed025's Note - i must say that you make a fair point slowdog, maybe we have not heard the last of it yet mate..


6.) 08 Jun 2017 07:15:27
We have read news that VVD agent also spoke to Conte and Pep; that would have constituted tapping too right?

{Ed001's Note - no, you are missing the point, the intermediary can speak to others, it is the player himself that is unable to discuss things.}


7.) 08 Jun 2017 07:17:07
Do you think this is the end of the saga with LFC and VVD ed?

{Ed001's Note - depends on what Saints think. If they are satisfied with the apology and us backing away, then yes. Though a lot comes down to VVD himself as well.}


8.) 08 Jun 2017 07:31:15
If Saints had any decency, they'd accept the apology and move on. Liverpool acted underhandedly but, judging from ed001's post, not in a deliberate way. It's not like the club had been scheming to prevent a bidding war that Southampton were entitled to.


9.) 08 Jun 2017 07:30:15
Thank you for letting us know the situation ED001, we appreciate it!

I was on these pages when the whole Clint Dempsey saga happened and it's beyond belief that the club can act in such a amateurish fashion! Or is it arrogance on the clubs part?

Considering how many times we have dealt with Southampton over the past few years makes this surprising as well as irritating to say the least!

Again, thanks for keeping us in the loop Ed.

{Ed001's Note - it feels like arrogance to me, believing they can do what they want with no consequence.}


10.) 08 Jun 2017 07:35:05
Hey ED001. Is the extent to which the VVD deal played out in the media seen as a massive issue by the club? I know this doesn't excuse the club's behaviour but the extent to which transfer info is leaked is quite extraordinary. Similarly a lot has been written bout the Salah deal. Can the club not conduct business in a private professional manner, or is it just the case that this not easily done in modern football? Thanks Ed.

{Ed001's Note - it is always a concern, the club put a lot of effort into keeping things quiet in the past, hence the Jen Chang thing. Now it has gone back to the old flood of info coming out. It is not easy to keep things quiet, but it certainly should not be coming out in the amounts LFC are producing it.}


11.) 08 Jun 2017 07:35:11
eds i know this is an outrageous idea/ thought, but truth be known the window don't open until july between now and then the saints accept the apology after believing because of the blame game as you said, that the tapping up was accidentally stupid, could liverpool get the deal sorted and pay more as in a way to save face or is it just a stupid thought.

{Ed001's Note - it could happen and has happened in the past. The likelihood is that we will not pay the price regardless.}


12.) 08 Jun 2017 07:37:52
Nice one ed.

{Ed001's Note - welcome and RITH is wrong. The whole point of speaking to a player is to cut out the whole auction aspect of transfers by ensuring you get the best price with the player only wanting to join you.

As for Saints, they have done nothing wrong and RITH is just showing how bitter he is by constantly deflecting and blaming the victim.}


13.) 08 Jun 2017 07:57:21
Thanks for the info Ed. Legend.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}


14.) 08 Jun 2017 08:03:54
Ed 1 - you make some great points here. We were discussing it in the pub last night and I think the consensus of opinion was that tapping up players has always gone on and always will to some degree. It is maybe a bit easier to hide behind agents and third parties these days than it was years ago but I think even an indirect approach - I. e. To an agent is tapping up. I know clubs often give players agents approval or even instructions to find a new club for a player maybe even with guidelines as to what a sell price may be. More often than not all of the above happens in secret.

You make a very good point that too much information seems to be leaked out of LFC and whilst it seems clear that the club has acted beyond what can be excusable (I. e. A sounding out of an agent etc. ) and especially with meeting the player directly, the leaks to the press in my view is what has really caused the most problems.

I hope there is a full investigation internally and these internal problems are fixed now or we could have a long summer of problems in the transfer market.

{Ed001's Note - not just a long summer, it will be the same every transfer window until we fix the internal problems.}


15.) 08 Jun 2017 08:10:12
Is there any suggestion that there will be any internal disciplinary actions taken by the club towards any LFC staff involved in the transfer Ed001? Do you think the VVD events will see Liverpool changing their approach to transfers and lack of professionalism? If nothing changes or there isn't an acceptance that change is needed then that would really stink of arrogance.

{Ed001's Note - the first thing that will happen is likely to be an internal investigation to examine what went on, what the club did wrong and what the club did right. That analysis will have to lead to changes or this summer will be nothing compared to how bad things will get for the club in the future.}


16.) 08 Jun 2017 08:15:14
It's all just so distasteful. Look at what Lukaku is doing to them across the park. Young men who get paid millions to play a sport they love and show this kind of disrespect to their employers. Regardless of whether Liverpool's conduct was really dodgy or just downright dumb, I really do not like to see these spoiled players showing such an extreme lack of loyalty to the shirt and fans they represent. If I wanted to leave my job and go to a bigger company, I would have the decency to go to my boss and tell him to his face. Of course, I don't have a greedy agent trying to drum up a sale to line his own fat palm with silver.


17.) 08 Jun 2017 08:15:37
What does this mean for the player himself ed001? Is he also facing the prospect of a ban? Maybe not by his parent club who might not be able to afford it, but by the governing body.?

{Ed001's Note - it is unlikely to lead to any kind of ban for the player. His issue is that the club themselves could freeze him out and leave him in limbo and his chance to get a big move could go.}


18.) 08 Jun 2017 08:32:25
We appreciate you sharing your info ed, as you have already hinted i think this is standard practice for the americans and i can't see any follow up action apart from a public telling off and a private don't get caught next time.

With regards to vvd we were always going to get our pants pulled down over this deal so maybe its the best outcome overall aside from the massive embarassment.

Moving forward through this window at any rate we must do it correct though because i shudder to think what punishment the club will get if its caught doing the same thing twice in the same window.

Do you think this will have any bearing on players we are targeting not wanting to come considering we have left vvd high and dry?

{Ed001's Note - it is common practice in business in general, end justifies the means for most companies.

That is a good point you raise, other players are going to be wary of dealing with us, if we leave VVD high and dry now.}


19.) 08 Jun 2017 08:32:27
Cheers Ed001. We've not covered ourselves in glory here at all, shambolic behaviour and unprofessionalism is what is smacks of.


20.) 08 Jun 2017 08:42:11
So just reiterating what has been in the press.

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea. I do not read the press.}


21.) 08 Jun 2017 08:44:32
Thank you for the swift response Ed. Much appreciated mate. And thank you for all the hard work! This promises to be a window like no other for you guys! All the best :) .

{Ed001's Note - not sure it is like no other. This seems to have become a recurring theme.}


22.) 08 Jun 2017 09:11:00
Thanks eds for the info. Really appreciate your time forwarding your knowledge on this situation.


23.) 08 Jun 2017 09:30:25
Agree with Max, thanks Ed, appreciate you sharing the info.

{Ed001's Note - cheers Lj.}


24.) 08 Jun 2017 10:25:18
Thanks Eds for the in depth post, we all appreciate it on here, we'd all be clueless if it wasn't for you lot.

{Ed001's Note - thank you mate.}


25.) 08 Jun 2017 11:52:37
Thanks for the info Ed's, but I have to ask, why is it so hard to do it properly, whether the agent instigated it or not? Even if the agent said that the player is doing it with his club's blessing, how hard is it to confirm that with the club? Something is really wrong somewhere within the club and it's not rocket science how it can be fixed!

{Ed001's Note - it is not that hard at all.}


26.) 08 Jun 2017 12:10:38
Ed is part of the problem that the powers of be just aren't from football background? Is it just simple naivity from people that don't know? Most if not all of our top brass are from everywhere BUT football. Is it just me being naive?

{Ed001's Note - very few clubs have top brass from a footballing background.}


27.) 08 Jun 2017 12:11:08
What was Fonte's dream move ED001?

{Ed001's Note - to play for Mourinho.}


28.) 09 Jun 2017 13:45:14
Ed001, Good of you to give us the detail, but I don't think you have to explain things. Everyone said this was going to happen, but then it turned out we built the house on sand, so things fell apart.

You guys run a really interesting site, and try to give us interesting insights. Sometimes things will go pear shaped. doesn't change things, you are giving us your honest (sometimes very honest) view on things. If it was called Liverpool-transfer-facts. co. uk, then that would be different, but I for one enjoy the site, and appreciate you guys giving us the insights that you do (although sometimes I cringe from the tongue lashings delivered :-) ) . If you will forgive me, part of the fun of this site is just like buying the euro millions ticket. the 2 days dreaming about what it would be like if Messi signed brings a smile and some joy, even if the reality is, it is never going to happen. BTW . any chance of Messi :-)

On a different note, I find it really hard to fathom how we can get ourselves into these situations. I have nothing to do with football, but I know you need permission from the other club before you speak to the player. I know from life, that if a middle man says "trust me this is all legit", then that is when you run for the hills. SO, this is either supreme arrogance (which I would hate for my football club, but I accept it is possible), or supreme naivete. I am not sure which is worse.

Thanks for all you guys do, I am looking forward to my near hourly visits to the site during the window!


 

 

12 Jun 2015 21:04:11
{Ed001's Note - We have posted a new confirmed transfer entitled, Confirmed signings 2015-06-12.


 

 

14 May 2015 15:14:09{Ed001's Note - We have posted a new confirmed transfer entitled, Transfer Talk #1 Super Samir Handanvoic


1.) 14 May 2015 15:22:56
link doesn't go anywhere for me?

{Ed033's Note - please try again


2.) 14 May 2015 15:48:57
works now ed thanks


3.) 14 May 2015 19:48:32
Very good . Gives us an insight on players with their situations and some we won't know much about . Very good !!


 

 

08 Mar 2015 18:12:53
So what do you think will happen in the summer then Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Much of this will change by the summer and there are major dependencies on (a) players leaving (b) how much money the club can raise through sales (remembering that Liverpool will be probably be looking to sell players by January to offset FFP issues), and (c) Champions League qualification. However, there is known to be (or have recently been) some level of interest in the following players:

GK: Ochoa, Neto, Sportiello (unconfirmed at this time), Romero, Ryan, Ruddy. The club have also looked at many others.
RB: Danilo (certainly won't happen). I am not sure what will happen to Wisdom. I suspect a new deal for Flanagan but if Manquillo and Johnson both leave then the club will look for a new RB. If Rodgers remains as manager it is not out of the question that Ibe may be tried in a wing back role. Alternative is that MAnquillo stays and RB is no longer a priority.
CB: I suspect a new deal will be offered to Toure and the club will have to have a clear out of CBs in any case. I doubt a CB is a priority.
MF: Milner, Khedira, Pjanic (outrageously expensive), Vazquez
F/W: Ings, Vietto, Gameiro, Baez (a WP would be an issue initially), Kishna (I understand that old interest has been rekindled but it is hard to see how he would fit in), Lacazette (not going to happen). Two other players the club were interested in - Bakkali (I suspect Liverpool have stepped back from their interest like many other clubs) and Andre Ayew (a free agent who Liverpool enquired about last summer - no obvious interest right now but it may return).

If Liverpool do qualify for the Champions League and if further funds can be made available through sales, it would not be out of the question for Liverpool to look to one of the following as an option:

GK: Cech
MF: Carvalho, Turan
F/W: Benzema

And who would be my choice of players who will be available?

GK: Handanovic
RB: Germain
CB: Balanta - Caniggia wanted Liverpool to move for Balanta more than two years ago - and he has got better. Rogers ignored the advice. He shouldn't have done. If Liverpool need a CB
MF: Matuidi, Morgan Sanson
F/W: Mitrovic - I don't see a long term future for Lambert and Mitrovic would give Liverpool a very good option that they are missing right now. Rodgers will regret using the words "Origi" and "world-class" in the same sentence. }


1.) 08 Mar 2015 19:06:20
Interesting read, thanks Eds.


2.) 08 Mar 2015 22:03:31
Great work, eds. This is what this site is all about, just a shame it gets hindered by the trolls from time to time!

Cheers,


3.) 09 Mar 2015 00:27:59
Realistically we're only looking to add one in each position right, Eds? So say we signed Ings, Vietto would then be out of the question?

I'd love Khedira but worry about his injury record so can't see FSG taking such a risk.
Would the signings of Romero, Milner, Ings and possibly a battle for Carvalho if we make top 4 seem like a realistic scenario come the summer Eds?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained the situation as I understand it. I cannot sensibly answer questions about different combinations of the players.}


4.) 09 Mar 2015 02:53:55
Thanks a lot ed fot that reply


5.) 09 Mar 2015 07:21:48
Brilliant work Ed001, seducing Ed002 to spill the beans. Was it that "humongous" backside that did the trick?

Also, which Vazquez and Germain are these?

{Ed002's Note - Lucas and it should be Matteo Darmain.}


6.) 09 Mar 2015 07:22:06
Taking into account our finances I completely agree with your choises Ed002 (with exception of Sanson who I haven't seen enough). I will add Luis Adriano to forward list.

{Ed002's Note - I am a little surprised that there is no firm interest from Liverpool, AC Milan or Arsenal in Adriano at this time. It should be Darmain not Germain.}


7.) 09 Mar 2015 07:22:22
great post Ed002. i would like to know if we are really interested in morgan sanson of montpellier? i watched montpellier games few times and he looked a class midfielder and ran the show. i think he will be perfect for liverpool.

{Ed002's Note - No, he would be my choice of player from who will be available.}


8.) 09 Mar 2015 04:28:55
Brilliant views Ed002 thanks!. saves endless questions about targets!, but what about ED001? Care to add anything?

{Ed001's Note - not a lot to add to that, I do believe we have decided against Ryan, despite his agent's best efforts to get him a move, he simply is not good enough for the top leagues and so will probably move to a low end team in Spain or Italy.
Bakkali we were discussing on the editor's widget and I did mention to the other editors yesterday that the feeling is that he is 'difficult' and best avoided.
Turan will again be looking to join us, but I doubt we will have the finances required sadly.
Mostly it is going to be about moving players out to buy new ones, though the removal of Johnson and Gerrard does clear up any issues with the wage bill being too high. It is just that we have to avoid building up debt while the stadium is being rebuilt, so it is going to be a time to be careful with our spending. Thankfully the new TV deal will mean we can sell to buy, rather than having to sell to pay for the stadium.}


9.) 09 Mar 2015 10:12:41
Great response from Ed2 and comments from Ed.

That's what makes this site the best around.

Superb


10.) 11 Mar 2015 06:12:36
Liverpool need to make Ed002 DOF now.


 

 

 

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Review Of The Day 21st September 2018

21 Sep 2018 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 21st September 2018


1.) 21 Sep 2018 07:46:12
Thanks Ed. Can Can Can! Engage brain before spouting off. Did some people say we’d miss Can? I don’t think he’d get into our midfield now.

{Ed001's Note - no but we never thought we were getting Fabinho when people were worried about missing him.}


2.) 21 Sep 2018 09:01:13
Good morning Ed, thank you! hows things mate? hope you have a great Friday!

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, hopefully a good one for you too. Did you book your break? Where are we going? You said us, so I assume all the posters and eds are invited to come along right?}


3.) 21 Sep 2018 10:18:46
You would think it’s a pretty simple concept, if your going to criticise someone or something don’t use gender, race, religion as a point of reference. You just can’t make comments like that without offending people.


4.) 21 Sep 2018 10:39:22
what a gesture by Eddie Davies. I don't know anything about him but he must have really loved that club. Have a great day.

{Ed001's Note - did seem to love them. Have to wonder what kind of person would go ask a dying man for money though!}


5.) 21 Sep 2018 12:41:58
Very true Ed. Everyone have a great day and weekend.


6.) 21 Sep 2018 13:05:29
I literally just booked it Ed1 mate lol going to Lake district for 5 days the week after next but yes, everybody is invited ;) . I'll see you down there mate! Hahaha.

I was so tempted to go for another deal, it was going to Vegas for 4 days then to New York for 3 days just short of £700pp but Vegas just doesn't interest us in the slightest, we aren't gamblers so saw no point. It was just tempting because of how cheap it was.

{Ed001's Note - never seen the big deal about Vegas, went there a few times but lots of flashing lights and slot machines and that was about it. I thought it had closed down years ago, I am pretty sure it wasn't there the last time I was in Lime Street....}


7.) 21 Sep 2018 13:21:35
A) Etuhu obviously sounds like exactly the sort of person that should be going into agency work.

B) Wish people would man up and stop being such big girl’s blouses about silly little nothing phrases like Can used. I know we live in a world where you can’t say boo to a goose (I apologise to all geese), but we all know what he means. He’s not criticising women, he’s criticising the reaction. I honestly do not know where this sanitisation ends. (It’s not just this - the “call off the dogs” and “whiter than white” nonsense have really got me goat up this last week or two (sorry goats) )

C) I wonder if Bartomeu would be willing to give up a Barcelona home match to go to the USA. I doubt it very much.


8.) 21 Sep 2018 14:54:11
Just come back from vegas/ new york and absolutely loved it. didn't do that much gambling but it was such a great place to experience and also went and did the canyon which was mind blowing! Would definitley reccomend it if you have the oppurtunity.


9.) 21 Sep 2018 16:13:30
When can left I bet he thought he was moving on and moving up. Now it looks like he has taken a backwards step. Serves him right. I liked him as a player but have not felt we missed him at all this year.


 

 

Review Of The Day 20th September 2018

20 Sep 2018 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 20th September 2018


1.) 20 Sep 2018 08:38:58
Thanks Ed. Is lovren and modric looking at jail time as well?

{Ed002's Note - The Modric charge is not new and to some extent this is an old story. It won't go away completely but in the worst case scenario for the players if they cannot take a plea based deal and get a short suspended sentence would potentially be a visit to the big house. The whole matter has been dragging on for years and years.}


2.) 20 Sep 2018 07:47:24
Thanks Ed001!

I do marvel at the potential of players like Ampudu, Sancho and Brewster (to name a few) . I know its like finding a needle in a haystack, but it saddens me that teams like Falkirk are closing down their academies. I'm sure I'm over-romanticising the good old days, but its sad that, if this becomes the norm, players like TAA won't have obvious routes into their local clubs.

How would you address the issue and what's your views on the role of the academy system in the game today?

{Ed001's Note - I don't think the academy system works personally. Less quality players have come through in recent years in large part due to the academy system handing them everything on a plate from a young age. They need to earn it. They need to be shown that they have to perform before they get the good stuff. None of this playing on beautiful pitches in brand new kits and boots. That doesn't happen in countries that produce a production line of talent compared to population size such as Uruguay.}


3.) 20 Sep 2018 08:18:47
Cheers Ed, absolutely shocking about Ramos though, who'd of thought? ;) have a great day mate!

{Ed001's Note - hard to believe mate. So not like Ramos or anyone Spanish to be involved in any kind of action outside of the rules.}


4.) 20 Sep 2018 08:22:14
Thanks ed. Have a great day mate. My Thursdays almost over, but spring is in the air, suns out, city lost and liverpool are so good right now that I'm not used to it. Lifes good👍.

{Ed001's Note - it is a beautiful day. Lyon could have won by a bigger margin as well. Again a team that goes at Citeh gets a result, so why do so many just fold against them? Lyon are nothing special, but City made them look it last night.}


5.) 20 Sep 2018 09:48:51
Thanks for the review Ed. 37 CL yellows by Ramos is quite an impressive stat. Dirty Ramos. I really hope we get the opportunity to play Real Madrid this season in the CL.

{Ed001's Note - I don't, I want them out in this round and not qualify for next year's.}


6.) 20 Sep 2018 10:41:03
Thanks Ed. I agree, I want them out as well. I think Ramos should just start every game with a yellow just to get it out of the way. Have a great day.

{Ed001's Note - I think every player on the opposition should be allowed a free hit on him, as he has had years of doing so to every one else, it only seems fair.}


7.) 20 Sep 2018 10:54:30
Great review Ed001
I would of loved to have seen a ramos come up against a John Fashanu or Alan Cork type player.
Someone to smash him into next week with a good honest 50/ 50 challenge
I have noticed he moans a lot when playing this type of player hence why he hated playing against Diego Costa
Ed001 in your time who is the best big man you have seen play up front?
Im probably going Toshack.

{Ed001's Note - he was before my time. Drogba would be the best of my time.}


8.) 20 Sep 2018 12:13:31
Drogba - remarkable player. No opposition player has ever made me more nervous than up to now than him.


9.) 20 Sep 2018 12:51:51
Didier Drogba was always on the floor. cheating sod.


10.) 20 Sep 2018 13:02:27
Drogba was a great player but not only that, most importantly a great person, half of the money he has earnt (or more) has gone towards building new schools etc he's something different that fella. What a man, what a player.


11.) 20 Sep 2018 16:39:30
Teams with big target men like Paris and spurs is easy for van dijk, part of the reason I'm looking forward to the utd games. Van dijk will have lukaku in his pocket.


12.) 20 Sep 2018 17:43:24
Mane man, the same way van dijk had him in his pocket when he was involved in both of utd's goals when we lost there last season?


13.) 20 Sep 2018 20:07:40
@Johncrow Junior
I don’t need any invitation to pass by nostalgia corner, so I’m going to suggest Malcom MacDonald pre his knee injury problems at Arsenal.
Hugely quick, powerful, great header.
Such was his physical capabilities, I think he’d make it in the modern game today.
Best target man for me.


 

 

Sporting Villains Part 1: Spain's Paralympic Basketball Team 2000

19 Sep 2018 23:11:21
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Sporting Villains Part 1: Spain's Paralympic Basketball Team 2000

Possibly, probably even, the biggest sporting scandal of all time begins our new Sporting Villains series.


1.) 19 Sep 2018 23:39:44
rubbish really, is there enough money in disabled sports to warrant this.

Still to this day remember a swimmer in the Aussie para Olympic games who had no arms and just crashed head first into the pool end, total respect.


2.) 20 Sep 2018 00:45:31
Thanks Ed! Good read that!

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate.}


3.) 20 Sep 2018 00:50:12
Excellent ed, reminds me of a south park episode lol.

{Ed001's Note - is that a compliment? Sounds very insulting from what I saw of that show it was terrible.}


4.) 20 Sep 2018 01:11:47
I’ve seen you try to play football Ed, that’s the number 1 sporting villain IMO 😂
Good read, well written, great source checks and a very entertaining story. Actually looking forward to this article line.

{Ed001's Note - your refereeing career is next....}


5.) 20 Sep 2018 02:06:10
fantastic article ed. I had no idea. thank you for that.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate.}


6.) 20 Sep 2018 02:46:34
Really interesting Ed01, thanks. As usual with your articles it is a mystery that these stories aren't more well known. You are shining a light. In this case, I hope those involved still aren't able to sleep at night. The love of money truly is the root of all evil.

{Ed001's Note - I am just shocked that just one man has been given any kind of punishment and even then a pittance of a fine for a man who milked the system to make himself wealthy.}


7.) 20 Sep 2018 02:54:20
Bloody hell Ed001 I never heard of that scandal before but that is one of the lowest level of cheating I've ever heard of.

{Ed001's Note - sickening isn't it?}


8.) 20 Sep 2018 05:41:24
and they still won 87-63! i think people who cheat are the real mentally disabled. and cheaters at such an event - they are truly mentally sick.


9.) 20 Sep 2018 05:45:51
Do you have US Postal on that list :) ?

{Ed001's Note - I do now.}


10.) 20 Sep 2018 06:29:43
That made a bloody good read that did Ed, nice one mate!

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate. Glad you enjoyed.}


11.) 20 Sep 2018 07:08:50
Ben Johnson on that list Ed?

{Ed001's Note - of course and Carl Lewis, who had the cheek to moan about Johnson despite having received two (yes two) bans while a college athlete for performance enhancing drugs.}


12.) 20 Sep 2018 08:01:13
Carl Lewis?! No way Ed!

{Ed001's Note - Lewis was a vile piece of crap mate. Proper piece of work mate. A real cheat. Johnson took steroids to compete with the likes of him and was just a divvy who was not bright enough to avoid getting caught. Lewis was a serial cheat who started at a young age. The Russians are not the only nation to have run long term PED programmes.}


13.) 20 Sep 2018 10:11:08
So weird. I was wondering what the angle was until money came into it. I can’t imagine anybody could feel an ounce of pride at duping your way to victory in a tournament for disabled people until you find out about all those beautiful, probably tax free, Euros (Not Pasetas? ) . It was a shame for all the subsequent athletes that couldn’t compete, but in a small way we should be grateful. If it wasnt for Spain’s carelessness and arrogance, there would probably still be the occasional ringer. At least there is testing now.

Nice one Ed, I’m going to enjoy this series. Are there any Brits on the list? We always seems to have a smugness in this country that we would never engage in such ghastly duplicity. It would be good to be taken down a peg or two.

{Ed001's Note - there are a lot, some will be serial bad guys, others will be ones who just had a moment of madness like when Beckham became public enemy no. 1 in England after his World Cup sending off. It is not just going to be the Lance Armstrongs etc, just anyone who had their moment of being the bad guy.}


14.) 20 Sep 2018 10:45:08
Ah fair enough. I didn't know if there was a Clive ‘Clubber’ Harris, a farrier who boxed his way across the Eastern Bloc with horseshoes in his gloves. Or a legendary pole vaulter, Neville ‘The Frog’ Francis, perhaps, who had secret springs in his shoes and was the first man to vault over 7 metres. They’d make for good stories.

{Ed001's Note - if there are, I will try and find out so I can write about them mate. Anything like that I will be looking for. I am intending to try and find one obscure-ish one for every well known example I use. Makes it more interesting I think when you are just finding out about it, but the ones that are well known are good stories that deserve telling too.}


15.) 20 Sep 2018 11:15:42
Exactly Ed. Sounds good. Very much appreciate all this, ordinarily there would be a subscription for this information and these types of services so thank you very much for being my go to site. Not just for the football, but for my breaks in day in general.

{Ed001's Note - it is win win to be honest, as I enjoy doing the research and writing the articles, so it is good to be able to do this as my job.

As for subscription, I just find that idea uncomfortable. It is like education and health care, information should be free, not just available to those lucky enough to be in a position to pay. I don't think people should have to miss out just because they can't afford it.}


16.) 20 Sep 2018 12:48:22
Just saying a similar storyline was used in a episode maybe that's where they got the idea. Good article ed.

{Ed001's Note - ah ok, I don't know I never saw much of that show, understand now what you mean. Cheers mate.}


 

 

Liverpool v Paris Saint-Germain - A Liverpool Perspective

19 Sep 2018 19:13:58
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Liverpool v Paris Saint-Germain - A Liverpool Perspective


1.) 19 Sep 2018 19:26:07
Nice one ed. Great read.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate. Even me dad, who doesn't really like footie, is trying to copy Bobby today. He had surgery to remove a cataract and so has one eye covered up. He looks like a really bad tribute act right now....}


2.) 19 Sep 2018 19:37:53
Thanks Ed. Have you ever rated Gini that high and did you ever think you would? Great read and I hope your dad is okay.

{Ed001's Note - I have only just added ratings, so no to both. Cheers mate, he is fine, never happier than when he has something to moan about so he will be happy as larry right now.}


3.) 19 Sep 2018 19:44:49
Good write up Ed01. I'm glad wjinaldum caught your eye. I thought he was very good too. He is not keeping keita out of the team for nothing. Needs more consistency yes.

I was impressed by trent. It is so easy to forget he is 19! Gomez impressed me too. After the way lovren dealt with Ronaldo in the CL final I thought we might miss him last night against neymar and Co but young gomez is really impressing. At this rate dejan may struggle to get back in the team. There have been question marks over gomez' size but I think he is bigger than he sometimes looks on camera. You just need to look at him in the national anthem. He's a big lad. I think it's his baby face and he is well proportioned.

{Ed001's Note - it doesn't help standing next to the man mountain VVD. Most people look small in comparison.}


4.) 19 Sep 2018 20:00:52
Very true Ed. It goes without saying how good van dijk was, I also share your faith in alisson. Everything he should have done so far he has done. No keeper is infallible and he will make mistakes, same as de gea does but on a whole he is so calm and steady.

{Ed001's Note - I knew Alisson was good but I never expected him to lift the whole defence the way he has.}


5.) 19 Sep 2018 20:06:30
Pleasing to see the midfield and full backs contributing to the goal tally, as we discussed after the Spurs game.
Was it Gomez who brought the ball out under pressure, Jocky Hansen style, in the second half?
Anyway I enjoyed your summary, good stuff. Thanks again.

{Ed001's Note - yes mate, Gomez did bring the ball out under pressure well. Really pleasing to see him blossoming as a ball playing centre half.

You are very welcome mate.}


6.) 19 Sep 2018 20:25:16
Thanks very much for that Ed, great read as always mate I agree with all of that especially about Gomez, the lad needed his chance and now he's been given it, he's just shining isn't he. Right now he can't be dropped for anybody because he's playing the best football I've seen him play yet! Sure he could improve here and there but at 21 years old he has plenty of time doesn't he mate. I'm very excited about the lad. This is the season he'll make a real name for himself imo.

{Ed001's Note - Lovren will have a real job on to get back into the team this season.}


7.) 19 Sep 2018 20:46:34
Have to give the PSG fans a 9 for last night, they provided great support to their team.
It was fantastic to finally shut them up near the end though.
I somehow had the opinion that all PSG’s fans were sophisticated yuppies but there looked to be some right meat heads there, lol.

{Ed001's Note - apart from when they were throwing stuff at the corner takers.}


8.) 19 Sep 2018 21:05:08
It's a similar effect that van dijk had last winter. Klopp and the recruitment boys know what they're doing.


9.) 19 Sep 2018 22:20:42
I can help you with the Alisson review ed. He did nothing wrong, had no chance with either goal and was his usual calming influence although he didn’t have much to do.
One thing I did notice is he misplaced a couple of passes badly and generally didn’t look as comfortable as usual with the ball at his feet. Maybe a hangover from the Leicester mistake but I just hope it’s not due to poor coaching. We could really do without ruining this keeper too.
I’d give him a 7 out of 10 overall.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate.}


10.) 19 Sep 2018 22:28:48
A squashed down Firmino 😂.


11.) 19 Sep 2018 22:33:09
You are very welcome mate. I’m sure you’ll still watch him again anyway!


12.) 20 Sep 2018 04:43:42
Of course everything is good but we have never found a way to replace Coutinho's beautiful diagnol balls to Salah.


13.) 20 Sep 2018 04:48:48
hey ed001, when u mentioned about Tuchel, i feel like i spotted this but i wanted to have your opinion on this.

I noticed PSG was playing at the back a little bit in an attempt (possibly) to draw liverpool out to press. but like u mentioned since the 2nd half of last season we haven't really been pressing like the traditional geggenpressing and its more of the calculated pressing. was this another example of a wrong decision from Tuchel or am i just thinking too much? haha.

{Ed001's Note - it is very possible. One of the main criticisms of Tuchel is his constant tinkering with tactics for every game, he tries to be clever and it often backfires. The other is he is hopeless with egos, but he is lucky because he doesn't have any of those to deal with at PSG right?}


14.) 20 Sep 2018 07:21:14
hahah yeah, he definitely no ego problems in PSG to deal with ed XD.

i felt like they wasted a lot of time playing at the back that barely pulled our players for a press in their own half, especially in the second half since they were down 2 - 1 at that time. and their first shot in the second half came from a misplaced pass from Salah, hardly a result of passing around at the back like that.

anyways great review again ed, it really feels great to be a liverpool fan, honestly even when we were 1 down i had that belief in the team that we could snatch a win even up till the last second. 2 wins so far from a supposedly difficult month for us, ill take that.

{Ed001's Note - 6 wins out of 6 so far, long may it continue!}


15.) 20 Sep 2018 08:13:31
Ed on Alison, the strike from Neymar which Alison saved but almost fell to Cavani, should he could have done better? I don't know whether that's fine or not.
And as for Hendo's rating, being a big fan of him, you had harsh rating for him :p .

{Ed001's Note - I am torn on that save. Some angles make it look like he did not have time to do any more than just get something on it. Others make it look like he should have done better. So I don't know.

As for Hendo, I guess it may have been low. It is hard to pick a number when doing these.}


16.) 20 Sep 2018 08:15:00
Good Review Ed, only thing i'd say is 7.5 seems a bit tight for Henderson. Thought he had a great game, hard to impress like Milner when you have to be so restrained covering for players, but his performance caught my eye for the amount of tackles he got in, and I lost count how many times he won the ball back.

{Ed001's Note - I know, I know, I probably should have given him an 8 really for the way he played thinking back.}


17.) 20 Sep 2018 12:02:00
Just seen this Ed. Thanks for the article. Yeah Hendo could have been bumped up but a spot on match review. I was really impressed with Big Shaq. Guy looks hungry and really confident. Clearly out to prove he can be a team player which is great for the season ahead.

{Ed001's Note - let's just hope he keeps it up.}


 

 

Review Of The Day 19th September 2018

19 Sep 2018 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 19th September 2018


1.) 19 Sep 2018 07:32:21
Morning Ed, and what a fantastic morning it is! Cheers mate, hope you have a great day.

{Ed001's Note - just think how good Bobby would be if he had two working eyes....}


2.) 19 Sep 2018 07:41:25
Thanks ed. De Francesco did well not to react to costa's dirty spit. I can't say I would have been so calm. Sham to hear about the lad with motor neurons especially after just getting married.

{Ed001's Note - it is a sad day for the lad, seemed like a nice lad when with us and he is held in high regard.}


3.) 19 Sep 2018 07:41:43
Great read Ed001 as always. Desperately sad news regarding Stephen Darby. A model pro, and he was such an important part of that Bradford side that went to the League Cup final, and captained them too. Thoughts are with his whole family and himself of course.

{Ed001's Note - the sad thing is it is just about quality of life for the lad now.}


4.) 19 Sep 2018 07:49:05
Yeah that’s the saddest part Ed. Such a shock. He’s married to Steph Houghton of Man City Women I believe, it’s going to be so difficult for her now too. I hope they get plenty of support around them.

{Ed001's Note - correct mate, he is. A club like City will no doubt look after her well.}


5.) 19 Sep 2018 07:53:09
I know Ed, my boy said if he wasn't a pirate and was on all game we'd of battered them! I couldn't disagree! What a difference Firmino makes to the team, we're privileged to have him. He's the most exciting player we've had for bloody years imo.

{Ed001's Note - even just the sight of him getting ready to come on lifted the crowd.}


6.) 19 Sep 2018 07:54:17
Thanks Ed. Tuesdays will now and forever be known as Bobby Tuesday. Please note Fridays are no longer Fekir Friday. Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - Firmino Friday?}


7.) 19 Sep 2018 08:13:02
Yes Ed lovin that. Everyday should be Firmino Friday!


8.) 19 Sep 2018 10:35:44
Thanks for that Ed. That spitting episode was horrible. He should have been sent off for the head butt though.

{Ed001's Note - he should have gone for the elbow before that.}


9.) 19 Sep 2018 10:35:53
Have a great day.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate you too.}


10.) 19 Sep 2018 22:56:54
Brilliant read ed, thanks a million mate.


 

 

 

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27 Oct 2017 06:56:31
Actually we have 3, Bogdan has been registered so he is in the squad as well.


 

 

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29 Aug 2017 10:01:23
Apologies my mistake, Sakho is going to Palace, I meant to say WBA want him to replace Evans if a deal can't be done with Palace. I really am sorry, it was early and that was a silly mistake not to read back through and check. Thankfully Ed002 pointed it out to me.


 

 

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30 Dec 2016 17:38:49
It is nothing to do with other players and everything to do with his attitude and prior service. It is felt he deserves the opportunity to play regularly if he wants to go. While he does not really want to leave Liverpool, he does want regular first team football.

Whichever way he decides is fine by me, I am in full agreement that he has earnt the right to do what is best for him.


 

 

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07 Jan 2015 12:31:25
Ed002 has some more info on this, which he will hopefully add, and point out I made a mistake assuming a party flying from London might not mean a London club, doh!

{Ed002's Note - As of an hour or so ago Inter's business for the other player has now been concluded and they are looking to sort out the Shaquiri transaction by tonight or tomorrow morning. Their real plus point is that the player wants to move to Italy with them. Against them is that they are unable to pay the full amount upfront.

Therefore if Liverpool want to do something about Shaqiri it must be very soon - and if they are going to pay up front they must have access to the cash. They will also need to persuade the player that he should move to Liverpool.}


 

 

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


 

 

 

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21 Aug 2018 05:44:00
We've been very fortunate to have Salah as a poster on this site (and some of the others as well) I wish him all the best on his recovery and hope to see him back soon posting away. Fingers crossed for his quick return to full health.

YNWA.


 

 

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17 Aug 2018 11:45:05
Brilliant idea Tommy - I would love to read those too!


 

 

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03 Jul 2018 07:08:09
Sorry I knocked the mouse button and submitted before I had finished. The clubs are also there to deal with. It is only some players that won't talk to clubs during the World Cup. I think the lack of activity is perceived as newspapers are not making up as much bull, as they are focused on the tournament.


 

 

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22 Jun 2018 14:08:58
I meant to say that is why he looks so much better for his country, as it is more about the team when he is in a Brazil shirt.


 

 

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18 Jun 2018 12:52:24
very welcome m2 take care mate.