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Saturday Feb 15:

 

Norwich 0 L 1 Another win churned out. Wasn’t pretty, we weren’t anywhere near our best, but the result was never really in doubt. It took us 78 minutes to score and yet I always knew it was coming eventually. That’s the mark of how great this team is.

 

You can keep us at bay for a while, but you can’t do it indefinitely as eventually we’ll find a way. Not sure we would have if Mané hadn’t come on mind, but we’ll never know. Sadio is fucking incredible these days isn’t he? That goal was stunning, but we’re so good and we score so many great goals that ones like this are almost run of the mill now.

 

Norwich played like a team who knew they hd no chance and just wanted to keep the score down. Stark contrast to the fresh faced, enthusiastic, innocent side who came to Anfield on opening night and went down swinging. It’s a better league with them (and Daniel Farke) in it, but unfortunately their days are numbered.

 

Meanwhile, on this day 19 years ago we beat Roma 2-0 in the Stadio Olimpico. I know this because the excellent LFC History website tweeted it out. Nothing from the club though, which goes back to what I was saying last week. It’s ridiculous. You can’t airbrush Michael Owen from our history, not unless you want to remove those trophies from the trophy wall that he helped us win.

 

That night in Rome is something he doesn’t get anywhere near enough credit for. I remember interviewing Carra a few years after it and he was saying how Owen wasn’t supposed to play because his ankle was fucked. Heskey was meant to lead the line but was complaining about some minor knock and to everyone’s astonishment (and in some cases disgust) he ruled himself out. 

 

Houllier had to then to turn to Owen and he played through the pain to win the game for us. We went on to win the trophy that year, and no-one contributed more to the cause than Owen. For the club to completely ignore all that is just fucking weird to me.

 

Sunday Feb 16:

 

Todd Cantwell? Fuck off, not on my watch. Firstly he’s not that good. He’s not bad, but he’s no Curtis Jones. Secondly, I can’t stand even looking at him. His face winds me up and I don’t like the fact his hairband is white. I also don’t like how he wears his socks, how he runs, how he talks, I don’t like how he’s called ‘Todd’ because outside of America nobody called Todd has ever been famous for anything. 

 

Most of all, I don’t like his diving. If we sign him then all the titles and Champions League in the world won’t be enough to spare Jurgen from my wrath. Tory looking Jack Grealish. Steer clear.

 

Meanwhile, Tim Sherwood, my guy, went full on yer Da when talking about Klopp and his use of a specialist throw in coach.

 

 

 

I like Tim, he’s a funny guy. Even that made me laugh. Of course he’s talking shite and embarrassing himself, but he’s done it in a way that amuses me. He always does. Chris Sutton has a similar thing going, only he’s far more better at it. He’s up there with Partridge and Goldbridge.

 

Sherwood isn’t alone in his mocking of the throw in coach thing as Stevie Nicol was even more scathing about it. I don’t understand why you’d be so closed minded about something like this. Granted, the gains from it are only ever going to be marginal, but if you get a shitload of little things right, a lot of marginal gains add up to something significant.

 

Sherwood sounding off like that just made him look like a Sunday golfer sat in the clubhouse after shooting 104, loudly mocking Rory McIlroy for spending half an hour a day practicing bunker shots. It was genuinely embarrassing and did him no favours whatsoever. I doubt Klopp even knows who Sherwood is, but if he saw that I can only imagine what he’d think.

 

Some nice comments from Sturridge today. 

 

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Mike Gordon should call his bluff and offer him a job selling hot dogs. Seriously though, it wouldn’t have taken much for Sturridge to remembered as a legend here. If we’d won the league in 14 or if his team-mates hadn’t shit the bed in the Europa League Final after he’d scored one of the greatest final goals in club history, his legacy would be a lot different. 

 

 

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"Meanwhile, on this day 19 years ago we beat Roma 2-0 in the Stadio Olimpico." That was a such a great game - they had Cafu, Devlvecchio, Batigol, Capello as manager and won the league that year. Owen's first goal in the game was such a quality finish. I'm still not sure how the ref changed his mind for heir penalty in the second leg though, lol

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2 hours ago, Moin Kapadia said:

"Meanwhile, on this day 19 years ago we beat Roma 2-0 in the Stadio Olimpico." That was a such a great game - they had Cafu, Devlvecchio, Batigol, Capello as manager and won the league that year. Owen's first goal in the game was such a quality finish. I'm still not sure how the ref changed his mind for heir penalty in the second leg though, lol

 

The power of Anfield!

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Re: the Solskjaer thing. Gordon Strachan made a valid point about there being no morals in football when Suarez was front and centre at the 2014 World Cup after biting Chiellini. This sounds similar in the sense that clubs, managers and fans will continue to stick by a player if he's doing the business on the pitch and helping the team get results, even if the player's behaviour and actions on or off the pitch are reprehensible.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Trumo said:

Re: the Solskjaer thing. Gordon Strachan made a valid point about there being no morals in football when Suarez was front and centre at the 2014 World Cup after biting Chiellini. This sounds similar in the sense that clubs, managers and fans will continue to stick by a player if he's doing the business on the pitch and helping the team get results, even if the player's behaviour and actions on or off the pitch are reprehensible.

 

 


Surely there’s a difference between defending Suarez being a bit bitey and being complicit in helping a rapist move to Saudi Arabia to evade Interpol. 

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9 hours ago, tlw content said:

Some 10 year old Manc is in the news after getting a letter from Klopp...

 

A couple of days later, the Mancs are in the news offering said brat free tickets and a stadium tour as a "loyal supporter".

 

I really didn't like the original story. It really felt to me like something our marketing department had dreamt up to make us look all virtuous.

"Here Jurgy, look at this kid's letter. I'll draft a reply, just sign it will you? Then I'll make sure it makes the press. OK?

"Jawohl. Das ist ein gutten idea." 

*Mancs offer kid Old Trafford stadium tour and free tickets*

"Donner und blitzen vass ist diss? Diese Manc schweinhunds haven gott von uber on me gottdammit."

"Erm sorry Jurgy, I'll get me trenchcoat."

 

9 hours ago, tlw content said:

Time for Keita to make his mark I think.

 

That horse bolted over a year ago Dave. He's a waste of time and hope. He's the modern-day Harry Kewell only more fragile. If he were a goalkeeper he'd be a pre-Kiev Karius without the appearances. I'm afraid I think Jurgen's perseverance with both Karius and now Keita isn't amongst his finest decisions.

 

9 hours ago, tlw content said:

Agüero has scored unbelievable goals during this time, yet none of City’s players have won it.”

 

Hahahahahaaaaah "...none of  City's players has won it." You idiot Sterling, "has" not "have". What a dick. Everyone knows it's "has".

*Looks round proudly* 

*Keeps looking*

*waits a bit longer*

*shuffles off disappointed*

 

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Ok ok I know, it was a nice touch. Ignore me. I’m just pissed that I’ve never had a reply from him even though I write to him once a week asking him if he wants to come round for tea and watch Rocky movies with me. Actually I did get a reply once, from the club’s legal team threatening me with a restraining order. Yet this little fucking manc gets a reply???? Pfffft.

 

No way is Jurgen getting your letters, Dave. Someone at the club is definitely intercepting them. I bet he'd be excited as fuck to watch some Rocky movies with you, and have tea and custard creams.

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Love those Sturridge comments Dave. Hadn’t seen them before reading this. Nice one. 
 

Bit surprised you compared your boy Curtis to absolutely not your boy Zidane though. 

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On 22/02/2020 at 22:53, Arnaud said:

Comparing Jones with Zidane whom you don’t rate ! That’s hard on young Curtis.

Hold on now, I've never said I didn't rate Zidane, my argument is that he's massively over-rated and nowhere near the all time great he's portrayed as. A French Paul Scholes if you like!

 

What I would say about him is his balance and control were remarkable, especially as he wasn't a little fella. Very graceful, superb control and manipulator of the ball. Very Curtis Jones-like in fact.

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20 hours ago, Jarvinja Ilnow said:

Ok ok I know, it was a nice touch. Ignore me. I’m just pissed that I’ve never had a reply from him even though I write to him once a week asking him if he wants to come round for tea and watch Rocky movies with me. Actually I did get a reply once, from the club’s legal team threatening me with a restraining order. Yet this little fucking manc gets a reply???? Pfffft.

 

No way is Jurgen getting your letters, Dave. Someone at the club is definitely intercepting them. I bet he'd be excited as fuck to watch some Rocky movies with you, and have tea and custard creams.

 

You see, that's what I always thought too. I was beginning to doubt myself and think maybe he didn't want to hang out, but seeing you confirm my thoughts has made me feel better.

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2 minutes ago, dave u said:

Hold on now, I've never said I didn't rate Zidane, my argument is that he's massively over-rated and nowhere near the all time great he's portrayed as. A French Paul Scholes if you like!

 

What I would say about him is his balance and control were remarkable, especially as he wasn't a little fella. Very graceful, superb control and manipulator of the ball. Very Curtis Jones-like in fact.

 

See my reply to Arnaud.

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7 minutes ago, dave u said:

 

See my reply to Arnaud.

Seriously? You're now telling yourself to look at a reply you wrote earlier. Didn't you see it first time like? When Jurgy's round at mine tomorrow watching stock car racing videos, abom79 and Project Farm on YouTube, I'm going to tell him how he deffo dodged a bullet not going round yours. You're soooo losing it. 

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Thought I was replying to Paul. Dunno what happened there.

 

I have no idea what abom79 or Project Farm is, but if it's anything like the whatsapp videos and photos you send me then Jurgen has no idea what he's letting himself in for.

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2 hours ago, dave u said:

Hold on now, I've never said I didn't rate Zidane, my argument is that he's massively over-rated and nowhere near the all time great he's portrayed as. A French Paul Scholes if you like!

 

What I would say about him is his balance and control were remarkable, especially as he wasn't a little fella. Very graceful, superb control and manipulator of the ball. Very Curtis Jones-like in fact.

I was kidding anyway, but you’re wrong on Zidane. He was outstanding, playmaker, match winner, assists and goals, he had everything. 

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6 hours ago, dave u said:

Nope. Top player yes, but nowhere near the level he's made out to be.

 

Out of interest, would you put him above Platini?

Tough question, but for my generation, Platini is the best. He was the only one who could talk with Diego. 

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