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    Monday Nov 27:
    More craziness from the Blues. They’ve got major beef with Sky now as well as the “Corrupt Premier League”. They’re going mad because Sky didn’t show their plane during our game with City. What did they think was going to happen? There are so many reasons why Sky were never going to show it, and every one of them is valid. Firstly, it was City and Liverpool playing. Who gives a fuck that some knobheads with an unjustified beef are making a protest? If Sky show that then they’re opening the door for anyone else who wants to get publicity for themselves. Just because you fly a plane over doesn’t mean Sky have an obligation to show it.
    Secondly, it’s City v Liverpool. The biggest game of the season. People are tuning in for that, why would you take eyeballs away from that to show a fucking plane making a false claim about the Premier League? Thirdly, the PL and Sky are business partners. There’s no industry in the world that is going to promote slander of a business partner. The whole thing is hilarious, you could hear on TV the plane circling the stadium as the game was going on but nothing was said about it and they sure as shit didn’t show it. Maybe Everton can claim the cost of the plane and use it to help offset some of their losses on their next set of accounts?
    Meanwhile, staggeringly bad officiating fucked Wolves again tonight. Wolves fans piss me off but I’ll happily stand with them against Howard Webb and his band of knobheads. What happened tonight was a fucking joke, yet again. Poor Gary O’Neil, he’s a top fella and the way he’s handled all of the incompetence he’s been hit with this season is admirable. It wasn’t the on-field ref tonight who was the problem, it was the clown on VAR, Stuart Atwell. He’s awful isn’t he? Some of them I think are biased and have agendas. Him? I just think he’s truly awful. He massively favoured Fulham tonight though and Wolves have every reason to feel victimised again.
    Newcastle fans were attacked in Paris tonight and it’s lucky that nobody was seriously hurt as it looked pretty bad. The Geordies who travelled are almost certainly not the bellends who attacked the PSG fans the other week though. Everyone said at the time that those pricks were just ensuring that things were going to be really dangerous for the ones travelling over and that’s what we’re seeing now. It’s the kind of thing you often get from Italians or Turks. They kick off in their home leg and then it’s the fans who go to the away game who pay the price. We’re in 2023 and you’ve still got wankers carrying on like this at footy. Hopefully no-one gets seriously hurt.

  • What a wild ride that was! Having fallen behind late the lads were able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat thanks to goals from Endo and Trent to move the Reds up to second spot.
    Chris Smith is joined by Paul Natton, Dan Thomas and TLW Editor Dave Usher to reflect on a crazy afternoon at a bitterly cold Anfield.

  • Kostas Tsimikas says the secret to his positive outlook is realising what a opportunity it is to be playing at one of the biggest clubs in World Football.
    Tsimikas who has made 73 appearances for the club since joining from Olympiakos in the summer of 2020 has made a lasting impression on the fanbase and teammates alike due to his ability to fit in seamlessly and connect with everyone. There is literally no ego with the 27 year-old, and what you see is what you get.
    Being a back-up is often seen as a difficult position to hold in a squad as you can go for weeks without seeing any significant minutes of action.
    But Tsimikas can see the bigger picture, he realises that in front of him is arguably the best left-back in Europe and his role is to keep pushing Andy Robertson to be the best player he can be for the success of the side. And in turn, that will help his own game.
    Currently the Greek international who has averaged just over 20 appearances a season in his three completed campaigns, is getting a sustained run in the side due to a shoulder injury that Robertson picked up on international duty.
    And as the Mirror reported, while Tsimikas is thriving with the opportunity, he can’t wait for Robertson to be fit again.

    “I always enjoy playing - even the bad games! I try to enjoy every moment because every game is a big opportunity. Of course, I am really enjoying playing more often now. For me, it is something very big to play for this club and I will give my best.
    “But I want Robbo - and Robbo wants me. It is not possible for one player to play all the games. Right now I am really enjoying playing and want to keep focussed and hungry for the next games. I always feel I can play. I’m not thinking when Robbo is coming back or who is going to play.
    ‌“I hope all the best for him to come back as strong as before. We will see, no-one knows. I just always try to be focused to try to do my job as best as I can. It’s important that everybody is fully ready, always. I think every player in the squad wants to play every time but, as I said before, you cannot play all the games."
    Tsimikas reflected on his early days at the club and says while it was a difficult time to adjust, he is thankful for the support he was given.
    “You need time to adapt. But the club believed in me, even when I didn’t play too much. Everybody needs time to find your best shape, but you must always enjoy it as much as you can at this club.
    ‌“The training sessions are very hard in order to keep yourself fit and, when it is your time, to be 100 per cent ready for what you do. Many times we’ve seen everybody who plays, me, Joe Gomez, always we are there. We have very good players and that is why we are in this big club. We fight every day, even when you don’t play, training is very hard, to keep yourself fit and when it’s your time, to be 100 per cent ready.”
    Another player in the same boat as Tsimikas is Caoimhin Kelleher and with Alisson out for a few weeks with a Hamstring injury, the Irish international will be given a opportunity and the left-back couldn’t be more happier.
    “I always chat with Caoimhin at the training ground and we always try to make fun. He always smiles.
    “For me personally, I feel very safe when he’s the goalie. I am really happy for him. To be at Liverpool it means he is a very good goalkeeper. That is why he is here.”

  • Royale Union SG will welcome Liverpool to their home ground for the final group game of their Europa League group. Liverpool will be looking to finish as group winners, while Royale will be hoping they can keep their qualification hopes alive.
    Royale Union SG made a strong start to the new Belgian League season, claiming three consecutive wins in the games against St.Liege, Anderlecht, and Leuven. However, they were brought down to earth at KV Mechelen as they were hammered 4-0. Their third-place finish last season meant they would be playing the Europa League this term, and they faced Swiss side Lugano in the playoffs. They won 3-0 on aggregate without conceding in 180 minutes. 
    Back in the league, Royale Union drew 2-2 with Antwerp before suffering a first home defeat of the season to Genk. Royale SG then went ahead to draw their Europa League opener at home against Toulouse but have since returned to winning ways in the League with victories over Cercle Brugge, RWDM, and Charleroi. A trip to Liverpool followed in the Europa League, but it ended in a narrow 2-0 defeat.  
    Royale then went on a run of several wins in the Jupiler League featuring teams like St. Truiden, Westerlo, and Club Brugge; sandwiched with those wins was a first win in the Europa League against LASK. On match day four, LASK got their revenge, winning the match 3-0.
    Forward Eckert Ayensa has stood out as one of the players of the side, and they will be hoping they can eclipse their quarterfinal feat of last season. 
    On the other hand, Liverpool's strong start to the season came as a surprise after the Reds lost the likes of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino in the summer. Liverpool were not at their best last season as they missed out on the UEFA Champions League to return to this competition.
    Following those departures, Jurgen Klopp has been able to get the likes of Dominik Szoboszlai, World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton, Ryan Gravenberch arriving from Bayern Munich, and Wataru Endo in and they have been very competitive this campaign. Upfront, Mohammed Salah remains the go-to-man for the Reds and has been showing his worth in games this season. 
    In the season opener against Chelsea, he set up Luis Diaz for his side’s first PL goal of the season before goals from Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah, and Diogo Jota got the 2019-20 Premier League Champions their first three points of the season against Bournemouth at Anfield. Liverpool built on that win with a 2-1 comeback win over Newcastle before beating Aston Villa 3-0 and earned their first clean sheet of the season. 
    Jurgen Klopp’s side then went on a streak of 3-1 wins - a comeback win over Wolves at Molineux and another comeback win over LASK in the Europa League opener. Liverpool’s next two results both ended in wins as well - West Ham in the Premier League and then Leicester City in the Carabao Cup. Liverpool then suffered a controversial 2-1 defeat at Tottenham before going seven games without a defeat until the 3-2 loss to Toulouse on match day four of the Europa League.
    Based on form and pedigree, this is a game Liverpool should win easily, but after seeing them crumble against Toulouse, a bit of doubt might set in here. However, having secured top spot in the group after a 4-0 win over LASK in Matchday 5, Jurgen Klopp should be able to put out a significantly weaker side than he would otherwise have had to select. 
    This will be their second-ever meeting, but the Reds are huge favorites to not just win on Thursday but to win the tournament overall. And they are expected to cart away all three points and finish as group winners.
    Match tickets
    The epic match at Lotto Arena in Brussels kicks off on 14th December, at 5:45 PM UK time, and it will be shown live on TNT Sports, with coverage starting from around 5 PM.
    This particular European night will be special at Royale, and fans should be ready for a treat. Union are not playing at their home ground, but this 22,000-capacity will be good to accommodate them and the Liverpool fans coming for the game. 
    Getting tickets for Royale Union SG vs Liverpool tickets shouldn't be difficult, considering the opposition and status of this competition. Hence, you are advised to search ticket reselling sites should they be expectedly sold out on each club’s channels. 
    Team news
    Royale usually line up in a 3-4-3 formation, and they might stick with it for this final Europa League group game of the season. With no major injury casualties, Moris should start in goal, while Sadiki and Vanhoutte sit in midfield, and Nilsson leads the line in attack.
    Royale Union SG: Moris; Mac Allister, Burgess, Leysen; Castro-Montes, Vanhoutte, Sadiki, Lapoussin; Amani, Nilsson, Puertas.
    Jurgen Klopp’s side is guaranteed a spot in the next round, but he will be keen to offer some minutes to other team players and Academy products. Goalkeeper Kelleher should continue in goal, while Tsimikas may start at left-back and Gravenberch is expected to play a part in this game. Meanwhile, Thiago remains a long-term absentee.
    Liverpool: Kelleher; Gomez, Matip, Quansah, Tsimikas; Endo, Gravenberch, Elliott; Doak, Gakpo, Gordon.
    One area Liverpool has not improved this season is keeping clean sheets. The Reds now concede goals regularly and in their last away game in the Europa League, they conceded three goals at Toulouse and have kept only two clean sheets in the competition this season.
    Royale is used to scoring in games, but they failed to score at Anfield they will be hoping for a much better performance on Thursday night.
    Liverpool have an impeccable record against Belgian opposition, as they have won 13 of their 16 matches against teams from that country. 
    Based on the attacking prowess of the two teams, we expect a goal fest in this final group game between the Belgians and the former English champions. 
    Royale Union SG 1-3 Liverpool

  • Well that was about as entertaining an experience as it's possible to have on a cold Thursday night at Anfield in the Europa League. To say it was "big coat weather", would be an understatement and both Dan and I (the only Team TLW lads doing the Europa matches this season) duly obliged. Because it was fucking Baltic, regardless of the warm glow of pleasure emanating from a very comfortable 4-0 win that left us as group winners before the season moves up a gear as we head into a very busy December.
    As expected, Klopp made a selection that looked easily good enough to win the match, while simultaneously resting some of the big guns. The presence of Virgil, Macca, Dom, Joel, Trent and Darwin on the bench spoke volumes, as did the fact that the first four of those names remained there all night. Klopp has quietly become arguably the best manager around for making use of his full squad, keeping everyone happy without letting standards or development dip (recent strange and humiliating defeat in France notwithstanding). It shouldn't be forgotten that we've already had quite a few significant injuries and suspensions this season, yet Jurgen has managed to negotiate pretty much every hurdle before us, regardless. Further tests await on that score - not least Alisson's absence for the next couple of weeks, minimum - but we must acknowledge that the days of a first eleven are pretty much gone now and we seem all the better for it as a club, despite still rapidly developing a new way of playing with many new personnel.  
    Despite the many changes, virtually from the instant the match kicked off, we were playing some really nice stuff: all fluid movement and crisp, intelligent passing. Obviously both the quality of opposition and the fact that we were at home have to be factored into assessments of the significance of the performance, but I can't be anything other than pleased to see a heavily rotated team play some really entertaining stuff. We seem to have almost instantly switched from being a turgid and predictable mess filled with players whose standards had fallen off a cliff just a matter of months ago to a side now brimming with young, hungry, intelligent technicians. In fact, I don't think we've had a technically better squad in all the (approaching 40) years I've been seriously watching Liverpool. As fans I think we take for granted a little the fact that - almost to a man - the entire squad plays sensational one and two touch, head up football that's imbued with intelligence and composure.
    For examples last night, look no further than Harvey Elliott and Jarell Quansah. Harvey has to be the best midfield decision maker for his age I've ever seen. Not only that, his movement and use of the ball are as technically prodigious as they are tactically astute. For a player who has only known the best of the academy era of professional development, maybe those things should be a given (even ignoring the fact that he seems to be levels above all his peers). However, look at the unrelenting desire to maximise every element of his game evident in his clearly improved core strength this season. For inspiration, he's not had far to look and it seems obvious that Mo's mentorship of him is showing itself in a growing physical development that seeks to emulate that of the superstar captain for the night. Harvey was really fucking good last night in a manner that utterly belies his age - a description that can be equally applied to his teammate at left centre half.
    I don't religiously follow the youth teams at Liverpool, but it's pretty unusual for me to be completely unaware of the names of the various young prospects making waves in our development sides. However, until pre-season this summer, I had never registered Jarell Quansah's name. It therefore feels slightly bizarre that he's made such a seamless, calm and confident transition to first team squad member so quickly. But that's exactly what he is. I've resisted eulogising him too much, despite his obvious technical, tactical, physical and mental strengths as he's yet to be fully tested at this level. No matter that he appears to have the touch, height, pace and strength to play centre half for Liverpool, until I've seen him come under real pressure from the kind of physical duel-happy forwards the Premier League is full of and escape unscathed, I will retain question marks about him. However, until that test is passed, I think it's also fair to consider that maybe the reason he's not come under pressure is as much to do with how he plays as with whom he's faced. Either way, it's getting harder to temper expectations. Nothing will deflect me from my view that we need another left footed defender, but that needn't be at Quansah's expense. In fact it mustn't be. We need to keep him very firmly on this apparently exponential development path he's on because who knows where his ceiling is?
    In terms of the game itself, despite the front-foot bravery of LASK (or maybe because of it), we played fluent attacking football right from the off which was swiftly rewarded after just twelve minutes with the first goal. Luis Diaz collected the ball running across the edge of the penalty area from the left following a little half-stabbed clearance, and immediately played it out to the overlapping Joe Gomez who hit a lobbed half volley into the six yard box which Diaz ran through to dive and bury himself with a superb flick of his head that left the keeper stranded. This was followed a mere three minutes later with a trademark Cody Gakpo back post tap in from Mo. Salah received a pass from Endo out on the right touchline maybe ten yards inside the opposition half and immediately hit a first-time ball to Diaz on the edge of the D which cut out three opposition players. Unfortunately Diaz mis-controlled the ball, but then pounced as the centre half failed to clear convincingly under pressure from Gakpo, playing in Mo as he ran into the penalty area from the right. He was closed down and challenged as he played the ball in for Gakpo, but it wasn't enough to prevent the assist. You know, assists: they're those stats that Dave reckons are meaningless, even though only a handful of players in the game consistently deliver them in high numbers.
    No, I'm not letting this one go, regardless of what the data geeks think about them as a stat; why the fuck would we dismiss a statistic that the players themselves are proud of or that some of our lads are setting all-time records for? What next? Tap ins no longer count as goals because they're so easy? There goes a certain a certain centre forward's "career" record. (Sorry John - I know that'll sting a little about your boy, but truth hurts). Anyway, enough about "Kenny" Usher's nonsense, back to the game.
    Throughout the first half, LASK had a number of instances where they broke through our back line with skill, intelligent movement and purpose. However, virtually every single one was flagged as offside (regardless of the infuriating VAR policy-related late flagging from the linesman). It blows my mind a little how many of our fans are still not used to this because it is an absolutely fundamental part of how we play. You may well find it difficult to watch at times, but it's a well established tactic that, crucially, is brilliantly effective. So despite what commentators or various fans may believe, we didn't actually come under much pressure at all. I only know one team that is able to consistently exert pressure outside the laws of the game and it's not LASK. File this one under the same tab as "Alisson can't kick"; he clearly can as his frequent ability to control the ball with either foot and pass it long or short with total precision attests. Alisson's problem is not his ability to kick effectively; it's his over-confidence in doing so when under a high degree of pressure from opponents. Even then though, it very rarely costs us and so I'm more than happy to see it continue (even if I'll concede that it's nervy to watch at times). So as I said, offside "chances" are not changes; they're offsides.
    That said, egged on by their consistently loud and supportive away fans, LASK kept plugging away when they could, including deep into the second half when already well beaten. However, they were unable to do anything about multiple further chances and goals for us, including a great effort from the recently revived Kostas who hit an absolute peach that was unlucky to hit the crossbar after he got over the ball well and struck it sweetly. Normal goal-scoring business was resumed soon into the second half though when Gakpo created his own opportunity to go one on one with the keeper and used a good burst of pace to edge the ball away milliseconds before being brought down for a penalty, duly dispatched by Mo to take him onto 199 goals for Liverpool. 
    Another game, another record for the main man. This was also his 16th consecutive game at Anfield with a scoring contribution (I won't mention the A word again) and he extended his European record for a player representing an English club to 44 goals. He's unbelievable - almost literally so. The guy has huge moments every single time he steps onto the pitch, regardless of the narrative around him - including from some of his own fans - that he doesn't dominate games. Chris said on the pod in the summer/early season that he'd give Mo another contract right now and I absolutely agree. We have one of the very best players in our entire history (certainly an all-time eleven player) who is adapting his game for new tactics and team mates in a changing body as he ages and yet he's still there game in, game out delivering. I see absolutely no let up in his hunger and it defies what we know of his ambitions as a player that he's simply biding his time for the Saudi call. That looks years away to me - if it ever comes (I reckon he'll want to retire at the very top with us). 
    The final goal came two minutes into injury time with Gakpo running onto an absolutely perfectly weighted fizzed ball from substitute Trent who'd run through the middle of midfield to do so. Cody cut onto his right and lashed it in beyond the keeper at the far post. 4-0, game over.
    So, given the other result in the group last night, we have qualified top and don't need to give serious consideration to this competition again until March. Don't get me wrong though - I badly want to win this. And we absolutely should win it too, playing this way. I see no reason at all why Klopp can't complete his clean sweep of trophies with Liverpool in Dublin in the late spring of next year. However, it's not just the prospect of further silverware that I'm appreciating about this competition; I'm also delighted to see how positively its affected our development, both accelerating and honing our transition into a new way of playing with lots of new or changing players. I'd never have chosen this route forward last season, but now we're here, I think it's obvious that Champions League participation would have made it far harder to rotate and develop players in the way we have so far in this campaign.
    Star Man is Cody who had arguably his best performance for us, with nods to Harvey, Joe G and the consistently classy Gravenberch too. 
    And so onto December which brings a step change in challenge for us, both in terms of the quality of opponent and the frequency of matches. However, as I've said repeatedly on the pod this season, could any of us seriously have expected such a rapid development in our football by this stage of the campaign? It seems that yet again Jurgen is defying received wisdom of what's possible in football and long may it continue. Given our strength at Anfield, I'm expecting a big December from us, regardless of the quality of opponent coming to try their luck. I remain focused on second as a realistic prediction of where we'll end the campaign. However, throw into the mix highly possible European and domestic cup wins and it's starting to feel like there's a really great end to a highly enjoyable campaign on the way.
    Come on you Reds!!!
    Team: Kelleher; Gomez, Konate (Alexander-Arnold), Quansah, Tsimikas (Chambers); Endo, Elliott, Gravenberch (Bradley); Salah (Nunez), Gakpo, Diaz (Jones):

  • Chelsea followed up their impressive 4-4 draw with Man City by shitting all down their own leg at St James’ Park. They’re definitely the most unpredictable team in the league. How can you possibly predict their results? Bonkers team. Generally they’ve played alright but they’re crap in both boxes and it's difficult to win regularly with those glaring weaknesses.
    They fell behind early against Saudi Arabia when they left Isak all alone in the middle of the box and he finished well. Chelsea then equalised in the most unlikely of circumstances. And I mean that literally, because I’d have said there was more chance of the keeper scoring with a clearance from inside his own box than there was of Sterling planting a free-kick in the top corner from 25 yards. He’s one of the last players on earth I’d want taking a free-kick, but fair dos, that was fucking boss. He did that thing that Ronaldo has been trying and failing with for 15 years. That one where you hit it on the valve with your laces and it dips wildly. Honestly, that’s such a great strike and it’s a huge shock, proving that the sun does indeed even shine on a dog’s arse somedays. Bet he could never do that again if you gave him a thousand tries.
    That was as good as it got for Chelsea though. Reece James had a torrid time, probably because he’s a right fat cunt. Seriously, look at the fucking size of him and his big arse. What’s he been doing during that injury layoff? Entering hot dog eating contests in America? Proper fat cunt. Seeing him waddling after Anthony Gordon was just embarrassing. Should be ashamed of himself getting into that state. He looked like he was pulling two caravans. 
    Trippier hit the bar with a free-kick before Lascelles headed them in front from a Gordon cross. Terrible defending from Chelsea and seconds later it was 3-1 when Joelinton took advantage of even worse defending. Thiago Silva had an absolute Jon Walters of a game. There’s a viral clip of him trying to do a little trick and then just falling over and conceding a corner, and for that third goal he makes the kind of mistake you just never see from a player like him. Father Time might have finally landed a knockout blow on him, which is a shame as he’s been an incredible player.
    Chelsea were all over the place after that and James got sent off for a second yellow when he pulled Gordon back. Obviously Gordon made a right meal of it as that’s what he does. Vile cunt him.
    James’ first booking was a bit harsh I thought. Technically he kicked the ball away but the ball comes to him just as the whistle goes and he’s about to be challenged. He instinctively just flicks the ball around the corner. I’m not saying he didn’t know what he was doing, but there’s enough doubt there that you shouldn’t card him for it. To then pull Gordon back when you’re already on a booking is just fucking stupid, but maybe he had a Just Eat order from Maccies waiting for him in the dressing room?

  • The first half of the 2023/24 Premier League season is gearing to a close. It's been an exciting season so far; Manchester City yet again looks like the team to beat, Chelsea are a distant shadow of their former selves, Arsenal are looking like strong competitors, and Liverpool are showing that last season's poor run of form was just a one-off.
    The Reds sit in third position on the Premier League table at the moment after securing a draw against Manchester City coupled with Arsenal's win against Brentford on Saturday. The Reds, led by a rejuvenated Mohamed Salah, have registered eight wins, four draws, and one loss so far this season. The Egyptian star man has scored 10 goals already this season and sits only behind Man City's Erling Halaand on the goal-scoring charts.
    With the end of the year approaching, Liverpool fans are growing increasingly optimistic about their chances of challenging the likes of Man City and Arsenal for the Premier League title. However, there's still a long way to go in the season.
    In this article, experts at https://tips.gg/football/predictions/ have put together well-analysed football tips for all of Liverpool's remaining games in 2023. Let's delve right into these Liverpool predictions.
    Fulham (Home)
    Liverpool's next EPL game shouldn't be much of an herculean task (although, we've all come to grow fond of surprises in the EPL). The Reds welcome a struggling Fulham side who are yet to register a win in their last four matches (three losses and one draw).
    Fulham currently sit at 15th on the table, and have only secured one win on the road this season (a 1-0 win against Everton in their first game of the season). Fulham are also yet to keep a clean sheet in their last six games, even against a struggling offensive team like Chelsea (0-2).
    Liverpool, on the other hand, have been on a roll when it comes to home form and goal-scoring. The Reds are undefeated at Anfield this season, and have scored in every Premier League game this season. Their defence has been pretty solid as well, with four clean sheets already this season.
    Expect to see an array of goals from the home side and a Liverpool win for this one. A Mo' Salah goal or assist should also be anticipated.
    Football Prediction Today (Safe bet)
    Liverpool 3 - 0 Fulham
    1×2 - Liverpool (Home)
    Over - 2.5
    Sheffield United (Away)

    Just three days after the game against Fulham, Liverpool will take a trip to South Yorkshire to face Sheffield United on December 6. Our football betting tips experts predict this game to be an easy win for Jurgen Klopp's men.
    Sheffield has had a poor run of form to start the 2023/24 campaign, and don't look to make it out of the relegation zone anytime soon. The Blades will be welcoming Liverpool on the back of five losses and a draw at home. Their only victory so far this season  has come against Wolverhampton Wanderers at home, but that seems highly unlikely to repeat itself against Liverpool.
    Liverpool will be hoping to exploit a weak Sheffield defence that has conceded 34 goals already this season, including eight goals vs Newcastle and five goals against Arsenal. 
    Expect an easy win and many scoring opportunities for Liverpool. However, with Manchester City and Tottenham both grinding out a 2-1 win against the Blades, Liverpool shouldn't take this one for granted.
    Football Prediction Today (Safe bet)
    Sheffield 1 - 4 Liverpool
    1×2 - Liverpool (Away)
    Over - 2.5
    Crystal Palace (Away)
    Liverpool's road trip continues as they visit mid-table Crystal Palace on December 9. The South Londoners are average at best this season, and are yet to secure a win at home since September 3 (against Wolves).
    The Reds should be able to see this one off and grab all three points, but expect this to be a dicey matchup. Crystal Palace are a stubborn defensive side that has allowed just 18 goals this season (tied with Aston Villa and Brentford for 7th most). However, Liverpool will find solace in this: when the Eagles have faced tougher offensive opponents, they've struggled defensively; Crystal Palace's heaviest defeats this season have come against two of the top-most attacking teams: Newcastle (4-0) and Aston Villa (3-1). Against a Liverpool team with an offensive A-game, expect to see Crystal Palace struggle yet again.
    Our pro football match prediction for this game is a Liverpool win, although a draw (or even a surprising upset) shouldn't be ruled out.
    Football Prediction Today (High Risk)
    Crystal Palace 1 - 3 Liverpool
    1×2 - Liverpool (Away)
    Over - 2.5
    Man Utd (Home)
    It's always a good game when two of the most historic English teams face off, and this one is set to be no exception. Both teams have won numerous trophies and share two of the most passionate fandoms in the world of football.
    When it comes to H2H records, Manchester United have the upper hand with 82 wins to Liverpool's 71 in all competitions. A winner has emerged in each of the past six games between the two teams; Liverpool have won four times and lost just twice. Their most recent outing on March 5 saw Liverpool annihilate their rivals 7-0, despite the Reds poor 2022/23 outing.
    While Manchester United looked the better team last season, they've been suspect throughout the start of the new season. The Red Devils are sixth on the current standings with eight wins and five losses already this season. However, United have been pretty solid defensively with three clean sheets in their last four games. They are four wins of six away from home, and will be hoping to add to that tally when they visit Anfield on December 17.
    On the flipside, Liverpool has made a huge leap this season, and are one of the favourites to challenge Man City for the Premier League title. They look way better than Manchester United, both offensively and defensively.
    United's poor offensive displays so far this season will be a cause for concern for Erik Ten Hang. Netting just 16 goals in 13 games doesn't appear to be a good sign, especially against a Liverpool side that has conceded the second least goals so far this season (11).
    Still perfect at home this season, we don't see Manchester United causing too much trouble for the Reds this time around. However, one would anticipate a Ten Hag revenge mission to wipe off the memories of an embarrassing defeat last season. All of Manchester United's games this season have ended in a win or loss, and considering their last six H2H matchups, expect to see a winner in this one too.
    Football Prediction Today (High Risk)
    Liverpool 2 - 1 Manchester United
    1×2 - Liverpool (Home)
    Over - 1.5
    Arsenal (Home)

    Here's another interesting match to look forward to in December. It's the battle of two top-table teams. Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League table with 30 points, and Liverpool are not far behind with 28. Considering the games leading up to this big game, the standings could well remain the same, although Manchester City also has a chance to regain top spot.
    Liverpool's defence has been rock-solid this season, with only six goals conceded. Their offence has also been formidable at home; the Reds have scored at least three goals in all but one home game this season (2-0 vs Everton) and remain unbeaten at Anfield.
    The Merseyside faithful will be hoping to continue their fine streak against Arsenal. Both teams have faced each other 16 times since December 2017, with Liverpool yet to lose against Arsenal at home in that span. Also, the Reds have been the better team in their H2H matchups since September 2020 (5 wins, three draws, and one loss).
    While Arsenal are a much improved side, especially in the last one year, we expect to see this trend continue. A draw looks very likely in this matchup, but if there's any team that has the better odds to earn all three points, it's Liverpool.
    Both Arsenal (10) and Liverpool (11) lead the league in least goals conceded, so expect to see stellar defence when they face off on 23rd of December. A goal-scoring party might be too risky to bet on, but you never can tell with these two teams.
    Football Prediction Today (High Risk)
    Liverpool 2 - 1 Arsenal
    1×2 - Liverpool (Home)
    Over - 1.5
    Burnley (Away)
    Liverpool will wrap up the year on the road to Burnley on December 26. Liverpool will be happy to see out the new year with a comfortable match against a Burnley side that currently sit at the bottom of the table, with just a win this season (against bottom-table Luton Town). The newly promoted side have also failed to keep a clean sheet in all of their Premier League home games this season.
    All seven home games for Burnley have ended in a loss, so expect this to be the case when they face the Reds. Also expect goals from the Reds with their offence at full strength. Easy win for Liverpool 
    Football Prediction Today (Safe bet)
    Sheffield 0 - 3 Liverpool
    1×2 - Liverpool (Away)
    Over - 2.5
    Liverpool's year-end fixtures are a mix of easy and tantalising matchups. Our experts predict at least four easy wins for the Reds, and two possible draws against Crystal Palace and Arsenal. The game against Manchester United can go both ways, but Liverpool still remain favourites to secure all three points. 
    Will Liverpool end the year as league leaders? It might be difficult to tell at the moment. However, one can be rest assured that they'll stand tall among the favourites to win it all this season. 
    Note: all football betting tips in this article are based on current statistics and historical data. All pre-game and live predictions are therefore subject to change.

  • Ireland is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality. It's also a paradise for golf enthusiasts, boasting some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a casual golfer, Ireland's top golf destinations offer an unparalleled experience.
    Let’s explore the top five Irish golf destinations that should be on every golfer's bucket list. From the iconic Royal County Down Golf Club to the scenic Tralee Golf Club, these courses offer a blend of natural beauty, history, and world-class golf. When you’re not playing at an online casino in Ireland, you need to visit these golf courses! 
    Royal County Down Golf Club
    Nestled along the stunning shores of Dundrum Bay, the Royal County Down Golf Club is a golfing gem situated in Newcastle, County Down. Founded in 1889, this legendary course consistently ranks as one of the world's top golfing destinations. The backdrop of the Mourne Mountains adds an enchanting aura to the golfing experience.
    The course, designed by Tom Morris and later refined by Harry Colt, is a masterful blend of challenging fairways, rolling dunes, and fast, undulating greens. With its constantly changing wind conditions and strategically placed bunkers, Royal County Down is a true test of one's golfing skills.
    Notable holes include the par-3 4th, which offers a breathtaking view of the Mourne Mountains, and the iconic 9th hole, where golfers must navigate a zigzag fairway with precision. The 18th hole, with its deceptive dunes and narrow fairway, is a fitting conclusion to a remarkable round.
    A visit to Royal County Down is not only about golf but also about immersing yourself in a rich history and enjoying traditional Irish hospitality. The clubhouse, with its old-world charm, offers a warm welcome and a chance to relive your round over a pint of Guinness.
    Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club
    On the southwestern coast of Ireland, the Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club stands as a testament to the power and beauty of nature. This historic course has been captivating golfers for over a century, and its wild, rugged setting adds to its allure.
    The Old Course, designed by Tom Simpson and later updated by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, is known for its dramatic dunes, narrow fairways, and incredible sea views. The Atlantic Ocean serves as a picturesque backdrop, while the ever-present winds provide an additional layer of challenge.
    One of the most iconic holes at Ballybunion is the par-4 11th, known as "Watson's." This hole, named after Tom Watson, offers a test of accuracy and strategy with its steep slope and imposing dunes. The 7th hole, a par-3 known as "Castle Green," features a green surrounded by ancient ruins and adds a sense of history to the round.
    Ballybunion's charm extends beyond the course itself. The clubhouse, with its welcoming atmosphere and panoramic views, is the perfect place to relax after a memorable round. The warm and friendly Irish hospitality is ever-present, making a visit to Ballybunion an unforgettable experience.
    Portmarnock Golf Club
    Just a short drive from Dublin, Portmarnock Golf Club is a classic links course that has stood the test of time. Founded in 1894, this historic club has been a host to prestigious events like the Irish Open and the Walker Cup.
    The course, designed by W.C. Pickeman and later redesigned by Bernard Darwin, is characterized by its natural terrain, firm fairways, and fast-running greens. Portmarnock's charm lies in its simplicity and subtlety, where strategic shot placement and course management are key.
    The 15th hole at Portmarnock, known as the "Himalayas," is a challenging par-3 with an elevated green guarded by bunkers. The 18th hole, "Home," is a fitting finish, where golfers must navigate a narrow fairway to reach the green with their second shot.
    Portmarnock is not just a golf course but a piece of Irish golf history. The clubhouse, with its historic photographs and memorabilia, offers a glimpse into the past. The club's warm and inviting atmosphere is the perfect place to unwind after a round and soak in the history of the game in Ireland.
    Lahinch Golf Club
    Lahinch Golf Club, located on the west coast of Ireland in County Clare, is a true links experience that has been a favorite of golfers for generations. Founded in 1892, this course is known for its natural beauty, rugged terrain, and strategic design.
    Designed by the legendary Tom Morris and later refined by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, Lahinch provides golfers with a unique blend of challenging holes and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The course features fast and undulating greens, blind shots, and undulating fairways that add an element of unpredictability to the game.
    The par-5 4th hole, known as the "Klondyke," is a memorable challenge, requiring golfers to navigate a narrow fairway lined with dunes. The par-3 5th hole, known as the "Horseshoe," is surrounded by natural beauty and provides a true links experience.
    After a round at Lahinch, golfers can unwind at the charming clubhouse, known for its warm hospitality and stunning views of the course. The nearby town of Lahinch offers a quintessential Irish experience, with local pubs and shops to explore.
    Tralee Golf Club
    Located on the southwest coast of Ireland, Tralee Golf Club offers a breathtaking and challenging golfing experience. Designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, this course takes full advantage of its stunning coastal location, providing golfers with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
    The course is a blend of links and parkland, offering a variety of holes that range from coastal fairways to lush green meadows. Tralee is known for its dramatic elevation changes, including the iconic par-5 16th hole, known as the "Castle," where golfers must navigate a downhill fairway with the ocean in the backdrop.
    The par-4 3rd hole, known as the "Strand," is a challenging dogleg that requires precise shot placement to avoid the rough and bunkers. Throughout the round, golfers are treated to stunning views of the coastline and the nearby Blasket Islands.
    The clubhouse at Tralee Golf Club is known for its warm hospitality and panoramic views of the course and the ocean. It's the perfect place to reflect on a round and enjoy traditional Irish cuisine.
    Ireland is a golfer's paradise, with a rich array of courses that offer a combination of natural beauty, history, and world-class golf. The top five Irish golf destinations, including Royal County Down Golf Club, the Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club, Portmarnock Golf Club, Lahinch Golf Club, and Tralee Golf Club, represent the best of what Irish golf has to offer.
    Whether you're drawn to the classic links of Ballybunion, the challenging fairways of Royal County Down, or the stunning coastal views of Tralee, these courses provide unforgettable golf experiences. And don't forget to immerse yourself in the warm hospitality and rich history that surrounds each course, making a visit to these Irish golf destinations an adventure for the golfing soul. So, pack your clubs, embrace the unpredictable Irish weather, and embark on a golfing journey that you'll cherish for a lifetime.

  • Before the game I’d have been made up with a point. After the game, I am made up with the point, especially as we had to come from behind to get it. That doesn’t mean I thought we played well though. We were ok, there were plenty of things to like about this, but we were nowhere near our best. Neither were City, despite Guardiola’s protestations to the contrary.
    The early kick off after an international break just doesn’t do this game justice. The Premier League are a fucking joke, letting the Manchester bizzies dictate to them like that. This is their showpiece game and it’s been watered down in quality by that kick off time. This isn’t sour grapes as I don’t think it hampered us any more than them. I’m just saying that neither team were near their best level and the spectacle suffered because of it.
    We got a point though and that’s all that matters. It’s a better result for us than them, especially given they had the lead and were at home. They’d have expected to win from there, I mean, they literally do win all of their home games. Every single one in 2023, in all competitions. Until now. That’s why we should be happy. I wouldn’t be happy to settle for a draw at any other venue (maybe Arsenal currently) but City are better than us and our record there is shit. So this is a really nice result.
    As for the performance, it’s a weird one because we deserved a draw and did not get outplayed, so we must have played pretty well. If we hadn’t then they’d have taken us to the cleaners like they do everybody else at the Etihad. Yet I couldn’t help but feeling a bit frustrated by our play, particularly going forward where we did not make the most of countless decent situations that should have been converted into decent chances.
    That has to be a good thing though big picture wise. Going to City and getting a deserved draw without playing anywhere near as well as we can does make you wonder what might have happened if we had played somewhere near our best. Equally though, we didn’t get City on their best day and they were without De Bruyne and Grealish, who along with Son have probably been the biggest thorns in our side in recent seasons. 
    I didn’t think there was anything surprising in Klopp’s team selection. Maybe Konate over Matip, but he’s not played much of late and Joel is in a better rhythm so I’d have leaned that way too. Curtis coming back in made sense because he keeps the ball and he’s our best presser. It didn’t work out like that in hindsight, but the selection made sense. Jota for Diaz was a coin flip really, but I’d have gone for Jota too. He was crap, but there was no way of knowing he would be as he’s been doing well lately.
    City were able to welcome back all of the players who missed the international games through injury. How about that eh? They all played the full ninety too. No matter how much he wins, Liverpool will always be front and centre in Guardiola’s mind. Sneaky cheating bald fuck.

  • Monday Nov 20:
    Just when I thought I couldn't respect him any less, Gerrard calls Ronaldo 'the GOAT'. Firstly, him using that term at all is irritating and its bad wool behaviour. Secondly, using it to describe Ronaldo is even worse. And thirdly, his fucking kid is named "Lio" after Lionel Fucking Messi!!! But because he's doing the Saudi PR thing he's now declaring himself "Team Ronaldo". What a knob.
    This Everton stuff is batshit mental. I feel like I’m living in some kind of bizarro world. I keep hearing people - not just Blues - talking about how harsh and unfair it is but nobody is saying why. It’s like they haven’t been bothered to read up on any of it and have just gone “10 points? Seems over the top” but that’s just not the case at all. It’s incredibly frustrating listening to this ignorance from people who are paid to talk about football. But then there’s the Blues themselves. I saw someone saying today that they’d lost the plot, but that implies they ever had the plot to begin with.
    The mental ones have gone even further off the reservation, but even the normally rational ones seem to have got swept along with all this. “Corrupt Premier League” they scream. Well, yeah. There is corruption and cheating in the Premier League but you are part of it and your club actually admitted it. They pleaded guilty, so the only decision to be made was whether there were mitigating circumstances for the staggeringly huge losses made. And the answer to that was “was there fuck”. They scream about it being unfair, about the PL being corrupt, about this conspiracy against their club but when you ask them why it isn’t fair they’ve got nothing. Just a shitload of irrelevant whataboutery.
    Whatabout Man City? Whatabout Chelsea? Whatabout when the Sky Six tried to leave the Premier League? I mean fucking hell, I know one who actually said “what about when Liverpool wore those t-shirts for Suarez”. And he’s one of the sound ones! Like I say, this has caused them to lose their fucking minds and lose all perspective about the situation. I get the feeling of injustice where City is concerned. I’d be pissed off if my club was punished when someone else has quite literally done things over a hundred times worse, but surely they can see that the City thing is way more complex and will take time, not least because unlike Everton City have not pleaded guilty.
    I’m really trying to see it from their point of view and understand why they’re so aggrieved, but as of yet I haven’t seen a single valid argument for it. I’m willing to listen if anyone can tell me why this is unfair, but all I’m seeing from Blues at the moment is this….

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