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27 May 2024
27 May 2024 17:30:00
Ed1, on the other hand seeing all these clubs like Chelsea, Bayern and possibly MU are scrambling to find their new manager, kinda glad that we resolved our manager position early. Otherwise we could be in the same position. Still can't believe that Kompany might be Bayern's new manager after spending 100M on new players at Burnley and still getting them relegated.

On the new structure, Edwards would not be involves in choosing the players right? That probably between Hughes, Fallows and Hunter. On Edwards, he need to step up and take charge though. That is something you expect from someone with the title CEO of Football. Tbh that is a ridiculous title though.

mfahmee2

{Ed001's Note - I can't understand either Bayern's nor Chelsea's choice. Neither Maresca nor Kompany impress me. But Kompany should have enough to stroll the Bundesliga with Bayern. No matter how great Alonso is, Bayern are still light years ahead of Leverkusen in financial terms and quality of overall players. If Kompany even half gets it together, they should have enough to at least push Leverkusen.

Edwards won't be choosing the players, but he will be in overall charge, so he needs to step up and actually lead. While with us first time, he was far too willing to differ to Klopp. He was far too weak and that is not what you want from a CEO.}


 

 

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27 May 2024
27 May 2024 15:18:36
Ed001, are you in favour of this new approach to transfers? Who do you think will carry the can if it doesn’t work out? Would love to hear your thought's.

Otty

{Ed001's Note - it really depends on how it works in practice as to whether I am in favour or not. I would prefer a much more ruthless approach, which this should allow for, but it comes down to if the people making the decisions are the right ones or not. Only time will tell. I certainly prefer having a single decision maker for things. Committees end up with compromises and compromises are not the way to go in sports. But it does come down to finding the right ones to put in the decision maker spots. I am not convinced we have that yet. The likes of Edwards and Ward were far too weak in previous roles, so bringing them back with more responsibility seems an odd choice to me. But I don't know them well enough as people to know if it will bring the best out of them or the weight of responsibility will weight too heavily on their shoulders. Will they step up and take charge this time, or will they again let what is essentially an underling overrule them time and time again? We need them to be strong enough to be ruthless and get rid of players past their time while they still have value to be sold. The Saudi league is not going to offer us another get out of jail free card, so they have to be better.}


 

 

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27 May 2024
27 May 2024 15:18:36
Ed001, are you in favour of this new approach to transfers? Who do you think will carry the can if it doesn’t work out? Would love to hear your thought's.

Otty

{Ed001's Note - it really depends on how it works in practice as to whether I am in favour or not. I would prefer a much more ruthless approach, which this should allow for, but it comes down to if the people making the decisions are the right ones or not. Only time will tell. I certainly prefer having a single decision maker for things. Committees end up with compromises and compromises are not the way to go in sports. But it does come down to finding the right ones to put in the decision maker spots. I am not convinced we have that yet. The likes of Edwards and Ward were far too weak in previous roles, so bringing them back with more responsibility seems an odd choice to me. But I don't know them well enough as people to know if it will bring the best out of them or the weight of responsibility will weight too heavily on their shoulders. Will they step up and take charge this time, or will they again let what is essentially an underling overrule them time and time again? We need them to be strong enough to be ruthless and get rid of players past their time while they still have value to be sold. The Saudi league is not going to offer us another get out of jail free card, so they have to be better.}


 

 

27 May 2024 14:19:40
Hello Ed001,
Top of the day to you. I am still mourning the loss of Klopp. But we move. If you have the time, could you discuss what are you expecting from our new dispensation in terms of style of play, the youth integration and the expected ins and outs (especially with our injured guys)

{Ed001's Note - it is impossible to say on most of it, though the style of play is likely to be what MKS described. Slot likes a version of 'Total Football' similar to Guardiola as it is the same basis they have got it from but with his own personal spin on it. He is very detail orientated, putting a lot of work into researching opponents to find their weaknesses. So it will vary slightly on a game by game basis.

It is the youth integration and ins and outs that is impossible to assess. He heavily favoured youth development in the past, but he had little to no option but to do so, will he shift away from it when given the chance? Will he be allowed to? He is a head coach, not a manager, so it will not be down to just him to decide transfer policy or who goes and stays. I would expect a much more stats-based approach to who stays and goes. Hopefully that will mean no more Naby Keita's hanging round stinking the place out for years.}


27 May 2024 15:18:36
Ed001, are you in favour of this new approach to transfers? Who do you think will carry the can if it doesn’t work out? Would love to hear your thought's.

{Ed001's Note - it really depends on how it works in practice as to whether I am in favour or not. I would prefer a much more ruthless approach, which this should allow for, but it comes down to if the people making the decisions are the right ones or not. Only time will tell. I certainly prefer having a single decision maker for things. Committees end up with compromises and compromises are not the way to go in sports. But it does come down to finding the right ones to put in the decision maker spots. I am not convinced we have that yet. The likes of Edwards and Ward were far too weak in previous roles, so bringing them back with more responsibility seems an odd choice to me. But I don't know them well enough as people to know if it will bring the best out of them or the weight of responsibility will weight too heavily on their shoulders. Will they step up and take charge this time, or will they again let what is essentially an underling overrule them time and time again? We need them to be strong enough to be ruthless and get rid of players past their time while they still have value to be sold. The Saudi league is not going to offer us another get out of jail free card, so they have to be better.}


27 May 2024 17:30:21
How important really is ‘youth integration’ you look at the teams who won titles this season

City. Only Foden from the academy made 10+ starts

Madrid: Only Nacho. Technically Valverde, Rodrygo and Vinicius but they were all playing first team football before they signed.

Inter: Bastoni and Dimarco

Leverkusen: Wirtz and Tah.

PSG: Zaire-Emery

We already have Trent established then a few others playing regularly We don’t need to fill the squad with academy players beyond the HG quota It’s not what the successful teams do anymore.


27 May 2024 17:30:00
Ed1, on the other hand seeing all these clubs like Chelsea, Bayern and possibly MU are scrambling to find their new manager, kinda glad that we resolved our manager position early. Otherwise we could be in the same position. Still can't believe that Kompany might be Bayern's new manager after spending 100M on new players at Burnley and still getting them relegated.

On the new structure, Edwards would not be involves in choosing the players right? That probably between Hughes, Fallows and Hunter. On Edwards, he need to step up and take charge though. That is something you expect from someone with the title CEO of Football. Tbh that is a ridiculous title though.

{Ed001's Note - I can't understand either Bayern's nor Chelsea's choice. Neither Maresca nor Kompany impress me. But Kompany should have enough to stroll the Bundesliga with Bayern. No matter how great Alonso is, Bayern are still light years ahead of Leverkusen in financial terms and quality of overall players. If Kompany even half gets it together, they should have enough to at least push Leverkusen.

Edwards won't be choosing the players, but he will be in overall charge, so he needs to step up and actually lead. While with us first time, he was far too willing to differ to Klopp. He was far too weak and that is not what you want from a CEO.}


27 May 2024 19:27:21
Interesting takes esp. on the Slot side of things. I liken it towhen we got Klopp and comparing how he worked at BVB and how he would and later worked here.

Sure, Klopp had good players and a decent youth systemat Dortmund BUT you're at BVB so there's not that much to work with money-wise hence, Klopp and his bros. had to box smart signing players like Shinji Kagawa from the Japanese second division. Same for Slot .

Slot did not have that much resources to work with at Alkmaar or Feyenoord so he had to box clever. Here like Klopp, he will have a lot more financial resources to work with and if the recruitment team and him get things right then, Slot could have a lot more quality players (to add to ones in the squad) to recruit and work with. That can only bode well on paper at least, IMO.


28 May 2024 05:00:35
@OneKiss I completely disagree I couldn’t disagree more if I tried.

The reason the academy system isn’t fashionable with the bigger clubs - City are owned by Abu Dhabi, PSG are owned by Qatar and Real Madrid are financed by financial institutions owned by the Spanish Government - is because they have, in relative terms, unlimited access to funds and can, basically, buy whoever they want.

I assume they have academies more to comply with their governing football associations rather than the need to grow their own talent - at least at the moment.

TAA, Bradley, Quansah, Beck, Danns, Baj, Clark, Koumas could save us literally hundreds of millions by making the grade.

The model you seem to aspire to is inherently corrupt as it is based on financial greed, and as my Nan used to say ‘radix malorum est cupiditas’.


 

 

27 May 2024 14:19:40
Hello Ed001,
Top of the day to you. I am still mourning the loss of Klopp. But we move. If you have the time, could you discuss what are you expecting from our new dispensation in terms of style of play, the youth integration and the expected ins and outs (especially with our injured guys)

{Ed001's Note - it is impossible to say on most of it, though the style of play is likely to be what MKS described. Slot likes a version of 'Total Football' similar to Guardiola as it is the same basis they have got it from but with his own personal spin on it. He is very detail orientated, putting a lot of work into researching opponents to find their weaknesses. So it will vary slightly on a game by game basis.

It is the youth integration and ins and outs that is impossible to assess. He heavily favoured youth development in the past, but he had little to no option but to do so, will he shift away from it when given the chance? Will he be allowed to? He is a head coach, not a manager, so it will not be down to just him to decide transfer policy or who goes and stays. I would expect a much more stats-based approach to who stays and goes. Hopefully that will mean no more Naby Keita's hanging round stinking the place out for years.}


27 May 2024 15:18:36
Ed001, are you in favour of this new approach to transfers? Who do you think will carry the can if it doesn’t work out? Would love to hear your thought's.

{Ed001's Note - it really depends on how it works in practice as to whether I am in favour or not. I would prefer a much more ruthless approach, which this should allow for, but it comes down to if the people making the decisions are the right ones or not. Only time will tell. I certainly prefer having a single decision maker for things. Committees end up with compromises and compromises are not the way to go in sports. But it does come down to finding the right ones to put in the decision maker spots. I am not convinced we have that yet. The likes of Edwards and Ward were far too weak in previous roles, so bringing them back with more responsibility seems an odd choice to me. But I don't know them well enough as people to know if it will bring the best out of them or the weight of responsibility will weight too heavily on their shoulders. Will they step up and take charge this time, or will they again let what is essentially an underling overrule them time and time again? We need them to be strong enough to be ruthless and get rid of players past their time while they still have value to be sold. The Saudi league is not going to offer us another get out of jail free card, so they have to be better.}


27 May 2024 17:30:21
How important really is ‘youth integration’ you look at the teams who won titles this season

City. Only Foden from the academy made 10+ starts

Madrid: Only Nacho. Technically Valverde, Rodrygo and Vinicius but they were all playing first team football before they signed.

Inter: Bastoni and Dimarco

Leverkusen: Wirtz and Tah.

PSG: Zaire-Emery

We already have Trent established then a few others playing regularly We don’t need to fill the squad with academy players beyond the HG quota It’s not what the successful teams do anymore.


27 May 2024 17:30:00
Ed1, on the other hand seeing all these clubs like Chelsea, Bayern and possibly MU are scrambling to find their new manager, kinda glad that we resolved our manager position early. Otherwise we could be in the same position. Still can't believe that Kompany might be Bayern's new manager after spending 100M on new players at Burnley and still getting them relegated.

On the new structure, Edwards would not be involves in choosing the players right? That probably between Hughes, Fallows and Hunter. On Edwards, he need to step up and take charge though. That is something you expect from someone with the title CEO of Football. Tbh that is a ridiculous title though.

{Ed001's Note - I can't understand either Bayern's nor Chelsea's choice. Neither Maresca nor Kompany impress me. But Kompany should have enough to stroll the Bundesliga with Bayern. No matter how great Alonso is, Bayern are still light years ahead of Leverkusen in financial terms and quality of overall players. If Kompany even half gets it together, they should have enough to at least push Leverkusen.

Edwards won't be choosing the players, but he will be in overall charge, so he needs to step up and actually lead. While with us first time, he was far too willing to differ to Klopp. He was far too weak and that is not what you want from a CEO.}


27 May 2024 19:27:21
Interesting takes esp. on the Slot side of things. I liken it towhen we got Klopp and comparing how he worked at BVB and how he would and later worked here.

Sure, Klopp had good players and a decent youth systemat Dortmund BUT you're at BVB so there's not that much to work with money-wise hence, Klopp and his bros. had to box smart signing players like Shinji Kagawa from the Japanese second division. Same for Slot .

Slot did not have that much resources to work with at Alkmaar or Feyenoord so he had to box clever. Here like Klopp, he will have a lot more financial resources to work with and if the recruitment team and him get things right then, Slot could have a lot more quality players (to add to ones in the squad) to recruit and work with. That can only bode well on paper at least, IMO.


28 May 2024 05:00:35
@OneKiss I completely disagree I couldn’t disagree more if I tried.

The reason the academy system isn’t fashionable with the bigger clubs - City are owned by Abu Dhabi, PSG are owned by Qatar and Real Madrid are financed by financial institutions owned by the Spanish Government - is because they have, in relative terms, unlimited access to funds and can, basically, buy whoever they want.

I assume they have academies more to comply with their governing football associations rather than the need to grow their own talent - at least at the moment.

TAA, Bradley, Quansah, Beck, Danns, Baj, Clark, Koumas could save us literally hundreds of millions by making the grade.

The model you seem to aspire to is inherently corrupt as it is based on financial greed, and as my Nan used to say ‘radix malorum est cupiditas’.


 

 

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27 May 2024
27 May 2024 11:02:19
Ed001 I agree. Their stats are very similar TBH in terms of games/ goals. Stick with Gakpo on the left, Nunez and Jota can also play there, but Gakpo can also do a job upfront if needed soore versatile than Diaz. If Diaz is agitating for a move then get top dollar and buy that new top class DM that we really need.

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27 May 2024
27 May 2024 10:29:10
Ed1, do you think that if Diaz is to be sold, just use Gakpo to replace him? he's been very good in last few matches on the left. I just want to see what he can do if he is allow to play on the left on full time instead of moving around without a fix position.

mfahmee2

{Ed001's Note - I would play Gakpo on the left anyway, rather than Diaz. More end product. }


 

 

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27 May 2024
27 May 2024 04:48:31
Can anybody answer the OP’s original question?

West Derby Wanderer3

{Ed001's Note - his reps have met Barca yes. No idea if they could or would want to buy him, but he does want to go there. }


 

 

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27 May 2024
27 May 2024 00:42:34
Ed001-Because it doesn't fit the narrative of whining about our players. I think the squad is pretty good to be honest. Main problem recently tactically IMO. Few tweaks and no reason why this squad shouldn't be challenging.

Westwood666

 

 

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26 May 2024
26 May 2024 19:19:51
Rumours now saying Summerville and Archie Gray.
I’m not convinced Summerville is good enough and Gray is too young and in my opinion a player we don’t need.
What’s everyone’s thoughts on the duo?
And if possible Ed1 what’s your views on this being realistic and your opinion on how good these two are.

MightyReds10071975

{Ed001's Note - both are very raw and neither look quite ready for a team challenging for the title to me.}


 

 

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26 May 2024
26 May 2024 16:38:01
Ed001 has alluded to it a few times, but Slot doesn’t necessarily play with a 6. He plays a more old school 2 man midfield and it’s normally multifunctional players who can do a bit of everything. Koopmeiners will hopefully be signed and I personally think if he does, we might see Trent or Macca alongside him.

MK Scouser

 

 

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26 May 2024
26 May 2024 16:22:15
Not good enough. If we want to be challenging City Arsenal, our defensive midfielder needs to be Rodri/ Rice level
Depends what the ambitions are I suppose.

LiverpoolFC8

{Ed001's Note - why are people not getting it that Slot doesn't play that way?}


 

 

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25 May 2024
25 May 2024 15:59:18
Did Fergie own Man Utd then?

The Irish Rover

{Ed001's Note - why do you have to spend your time just being snarky? Ferguson's support and dealings were essential to getting the Glazers the shares they needed to buy the club. Simply because of his dispute with Magnier and McManus over money.}


 

 

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25 May 2024
25 May 2024 08:02:06
Have you heard anything about Figueroa, Ed? He seems to know where the goal is and the press were complimentary about him when he signed the professional contract a little while back.

West Derby Wanderer3

{Ed001's Note - only about him being the son of the former player, I have not seen him play yet.}


 

 

25 May 2024 07:24:40
Happy Saturday everyone.

Quick question; who do we think will make a breakthrough from the academy next season. Anyone know anything about the talent at U-18 level? Ed’s?

{Ed001's Note - does Beck count? If so I will say him. If it is ones that haven't played for the first team yet, maybe Morrison.}


25 May 2024 08:02:06
Have you heard anything about Figueroa, Ed? He seems to know where the goal is and the press were complimentary about him when he signed the professional contract a little while back.

{Ed001's Note - only about him being the son of the former player, I have not seen him play yet.}


25 May 2024 08:24:08
Trey Nyoni and Trent Kone-Doherty both looked exceptional at u18 and u21 level this year. Trey plays CM/ AM and Trent plays LW/ RW.

Doubt we’ll see them as regulars but certainly could see them in cup games or making the bench if we have injuries again.


25 May 2024 09:43:55
I would quite like to see Danns get more time on the pitch this season. Really looked bright and had a great eye for goal.


25 May 2024 10:34:26
Agree with MK, both Nyoni and Trent Doherty look top notch at that level, infact nyoni who only turns 17 this summer only played a few games b4 he was bumped upto the u21s. morrison does look good also, as does Pinnington.


 

 

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24 May 2024
24 May 2024 11:04:49
I think Bakayoko can make the step up and become something special but it's not without risk.

Many players from the Dutch league have not looked the same in a tougher league. But I think he is one of the ones who could make it.

He'd be my choice right now.

Davey Sulls

{Ed001's Note - I haven't seen much of him, Kubo is the only one I have really watched a lot of and he has come on in leaps and bounds.}


 

 

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24 May 2024
24 May 2024 10:09:16
Ed1 then if you could pick someone who would it be that’s obtainable.

Magico1234

{Ed001's Note - probably Kubo.}


 

 

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24 May 2024
24 May 2024 02:20:01
{Ed001's Note - Saloe, it's Ed1 not me ;) wait, why am I speaking to myself? :)

Bloody barmy you two, I don't know where you get it from, saying to myself in the mirror. If I had a drink I'd get it but seeing triple vision like this? what is going on.

Still speaking to myself. God help me.

Lol jesus if a randomer came on here they'd think we're a bunch of looneys, wouldn't be wrong though would they? good god I don't even know my name at this point! }.

Salah

{Ed001's Note - I am so confused. This must be how Ed25 feels all the time, not remembering anything or knowing anything.}


 

 

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24 May 2024
24 May 2024 01:50:21
Are you still in the Middle East, Ed01 mate?

HaizanMSS

{Ed001's Note - I am moving back there now, or rather I am trying to but it is difficult to find a place within my budget at the moment.}


 

 

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24 May 2024
24 May 2024 02:20:01
{Ed001's Note - Saloe, it's Ed1 not me ;) wait, why am I speaking to myself? :)

Bloody barmy you two, I don't know where you get it from, saying to myself in the mirror. If I had a drink I'd get it but seeing triple vision like this? what is going on.

Still speaking to myself. God help me.

Lol jesus if a randomer came on here they'd think we're a bunch of looneys, wouldn't be wrong though would they? good god I don't even know my name at this point! }.

Salah

{Ed001's Note - I am so confused. This must be how Ed25 feels all the time, not remembering anything or knowing anything.}


 

 

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24 May 2024
23 May 2024 23:23:54
Cheers Ed, appreciate it. Hope the country situation has got better.

Taurus01

{Ed001's Note - trying to sort that now mate.}


 

 

 
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