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  1. 34 points
    My girlfriend made me this, starting last year and spent countless hours with it. It has 13,400 stitches, it's finally finished now and I'm going have it framed. It's lovely, going up in the sitting room too, she loves Liverpool and Jurgen.
  2. 12 points
    The thing is, as much as I want a Kinnock/Brown left of Blair, right of Corbyn character, I think the Sun, Mail & Telegraph and their billionaire backers now know that they can install a partner-beating, child-denying, phone-stealing, fridge-hiding, ‘bum boys’ picanninie, letterbox, de Pfeffel, bendy bananas, sacked from the front bench, sacked frim the Times, interview-dodging, ‘no media here’, ‘Jews control the media’, Russian funding report suppressing, woozy Hay stack into Downing St, so there is no need for them ever to cosy up to a left of centre leader of any stripe. They sold the most odious, ignorant, thick as pigshit empathy vacuum as a man of the people and the people bought it. Their playbook will be to back anyone who turns a blind eye to environmental catastrophe, keeps tax low for the ultra rich, and keep wages low for everyone else. They will fuel the campaigns of the amoral chancers who support their death cult by feeding them populist panics on their front pages. It’s been immigration, ‘political correctness’ (aka compassion) and Europe for years. It’ll be the death penalty in 5 years. Make elections about culture wars that decent politicians can’t possibly win and divert from the rank injustice that they want to perpetuate in this country and globally. The playbook has worked in the US, Australia and here. A more marketable leader who didn’t miss open goals and who is actually capable of leading would help massively, but I’m not sure any Labour leader will stand a chance. The current shower are at least as unpopular as Major’s muppets were in 1997 and the economy is worse, but if you are not politically engaged and you are exposed to headlines in 4 or 5 papers every day about the alleged deficiencies of a labour leader and panics about the culture war issue of the moment you can easily be influenced. For fuck’s sake, they smeared the previous leader for the way he put a pig in his mouth, preferring to ignore the way in which is opponent put himself in a pig’s mouth. This is the despair. The solution has to be to elect a leader who is less likely to do the media’s work for them and who is sufficiently organised and thick skinned to deal with the pressure. They have to be able to unite Corbynites and Blairites and if they have a chance of taking down this perma-surprised haystack they will do that. They have to support a trade deal that is business friendly and that supports the social chapter rights gained in 1992. They have to support Scottish independence despite the electoral disadvantage that brings. They have to support radical and workable House of Lords reform to outflank Farage’s latest weirdness - this should be a strong second chamber elected by PR with a preferred candidate list at the same time as the GE. They have to be seen to stand up to Trump, Putin and China. They have to support environmentalism in all its forms. There has to be a massive emphasis on public service via community charities. Nationalisation would be good but is not a massive priority. Capping energy prices, taxing fossil fuels and subsiding green energy are all more important. Free broadband (not necessarily via nationalisation) was a great idea. There has to be a generational settlement that provides some funding for dementia care while acknowledging that those who receive it have benefitted from historical house price inflation, and that their kids and grandkids need access to housing. There should be a pledge to return homelessness and NHS waiting lists to 2009 levels and to start a savings and investment scheme to fund medical research and NHS drug research. There should be a review of working hours and tax incentives to companies providing 4-day working weeks. There should be a lot more. This is the hope.
  3. 8 points
    I’ve said for years that there was literally no Brexit stance that Labour could have taken that would have secured a victory for us. If we’d gone full Leave, we’d have picked up some eventual Tory votes but lost our Remain supporters. Similarly if we’d gone full Remain we’d have been equally fucked. There are too many Leavers, unfortunately. I agreed completely with Corbyn’s stance, and was expecting a small Tory majority. Even with the benefit of hindsight, I can’t see a Brexit stance that would have worked. What we got was the best we could have expected in the circumstances (‘The circumstances’ being Brexit, a Labour Party full of non-socialist MPs intent on sowing division, and a corrupt, filthy media). The only thing I would have changed is that I wish we’d played dirtier. We were too nice, too fair. We should have purged the trouble-making centrists and Corbyn should have stood up for himself and answered the criticisms thrown at him head on, instead of being all Gandhi and turning the other cheek. I think that’s been his downfall. People see it as a weakness. I believe it’s a strength.
  4. 6 points
    From the Athletic. I truly, truly love Jürgen Klopp. He makes me want to be a better person, without even meeting him. I hope he stays 20 years. To understand Jurgen Klopp the football manager is to appreciate the effect he has on people. Consider the story of a six-year-old boy suffering from leukemia invited to Melwood the morning after last month’s victory over Crystal Palace with his father, who left the facility frantically typing his recollections into his mobile phone just to ensure his son did not forget any details of the conversation he had with Liverpool’s manager. The players were beginning their recovery session when Klopp noticed the boy sitting on the wall waving at him, so he waved back. A little while later, Klopp came over and casually sat down and instigated a discussion by explaining what was happening in front of them. After a warm down, there was rehabilitation to prevent injuries and something called “pre-activating,” which the boy nodded at, like he was already in the know. Some light training followed. Pretty standard stuff but all along, Klopp quietly acted like he was giving away state secrets and it made the boy feel a thousand feet tall. He told Klopp that he plays first to 30 goals with his dad in the garden and he usually wins. His dad spoke to Klopp about his diagnosis, which means he’ll still be having treatment in 2022. Klopp reassured him that the staff at Alder Hey were amazing, that he was sure he was in excellent hands. The boy showed Klopp his scar and told him he’d come straight from hospital where he told the nurses they needed to hurry up because he wanted to see Liverpool train. Then the boy leaned over to Klopp and asked him whether he could tell him a joke. “How do you get an astronaut to sleep?” he said and before Klopp could respond, the answer came, “…you rocket!” Klopp would let off an enormous laugh but advised him to wait a little longer between the gag and the punchline. He likes to tell jokes himself, so the boy should take his advice. The conversation continued and right at the end the boy asked Klopp whether he could tell him his own secret. “Do you know why you always win?” According to the boy, it was because he makes a wish before every game. With that, Klopp gave him a big hug, whispering, “Keep some of those wishes for yourself…” Klopp the manager, Klopp the person. Not altogether that different. The father came away thinking he’d exceeded his expectations. “Whatever positive image you have of him in public, he’s 100 times that in private,” a source in Boston told The Athletic in the summer when Liverpool’s pre-season tour rolled into the city where the club’s ownership is based. There is another story, one which you may have read about before, though it is one with a direct link to sporting practice, which reminds where Liverpool have been and where they are now thanks to a manager who is planning to stick around for longer than many expected after he signed a two-year extension to his contract on Friday. That news was followed 24 hours later by a hard-fought 2-0 win over Watford, courtesy of two goals from Mohamed Salah. Watford’s visit to Anfield came almost exactly four years after Liverpool went to Vicarage Road and were bullied, losing 3-0. It was Liverpool’s Christmas get-together at Formby Hall golf club that night and many of the players involved expected it to be cancelled. Instead, Klopp distributed a message which decreed that everyone had to stay until at least 1am. “Whatever we do together, we do as well as we can and tonight that means we party,” a text read. With that, indeed, a four-match winless run at the beginning of Klopp’s reign came to an end with two hard-fought victories between Christmas and New Year, one of them over champions elect Leicester City. Klopp’s concerns about longevity as a manager relates to this voice and whether his messages will continue to hold the same meaning after several years at the same place. Listening to those who are able to speak on his behalf this week, it seems he has realised he has a unique opportunity at Liverpool to stay a little longer than he has elsewhere because of the career cycles of those he needs to convince most. Liverpool’s midfield in Saturday’s victory over Watford, for example, included two 29-year-olds in Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum. Age is something Klopp is conscious of, an unavoidable feature of lifespans in any team. While one will be 32 and the other 31 by the time Klopp’s original contract would have ended in 2022, each member of the prized forward line will have either passed or will be pressing on 30. It is convenient that the lifespans of these players coincides, potentially, with their attention spans. It is different at Liverpool compared to Dortmund, where it was impossible for a team to grow old together because of the presence and appetite of Bayern Munich as well as other vultures from abroad. There is a future at Liverpool that did not exist in Dortmund, and certainly not Mainz. At Liverpool, the team is more likely to stay together for as long as he thinks it is benefiting the club. The challenge creating a new cycle on his own terms is something he’s never really experienced before and the talents of Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams excite him greatly. Klopp has more control at Liverpool than he did at Dortmund and more than he might have elsewhere. There can be few relationships in football as close as the one between Klopp and Mike Gordon, who hates creating headlines but could not avoid them last week after his airplane overshot the runway at John Lennon Airport in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He had been on Merseyside to oversee the final touches of a new deal for Klopp, someone he’d keep in charge forever if the circumstances were right. Gordon loves Klopp like a brother because he knows how much the German cares about the long-term welfare of the club he part-owns. When Klopp highlighted the importance of a new training ground barely a year into his Anfield tenure and was warned that funding for a new complex might impact on his own budget, Klopp response was: “Go for it.” It is possible that Liverpool will enter Christmas ten points above their nearest challenger with a game in hand. There has never been an opportunity like this to end the club’s 30-year wait for a title. Yet Klopp sees a bigger picture — an enticing longer-term pursuit. Should he overturn the weight of history, he sees it as part of his job that his successors find it easier to ensure a culture of success endures in a way that it probably hasn’t when you look at what has happened at Manchester United over the last six years. Klopp wants to create “a way of being”, said one source close to the manager, who admittedly did not know about the boy on the wall being invited back by Liverpool as a mascot for the Merseyside derby. Klopp recognised him in the tunnel that night and asked, “How are you doing?”
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  6. 4 points
    The Bald cunt already had his breakdown at Anfield when we bummed them last month. I can honestly say I've never seen anyone lose it like he did.
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  8. 3 points
    Those dopes only belong to one club though. Anyone but a rabid, foaming at the mouth Blooshite would concede that Alisson is simply light years ahead of short arms. A keeper like Alisson regularly gives you the chance to win games, whereas you only have to look at how short arms got his nickname. You don't hear people bringing up how much we paid for Alisson any more, that's something in itself.
  9. 3 points
    Deulofeu is an Everton player (even though he's left them) to his bones. A winger who is capable of doing something divine about once every five games or so, and then the rest of the time is Championship standard. Enough to look amazing in a youtube video, but if you brought his name up to Mickey Edwards as someone we should look at you'd be sacked on the spot. He is Yannick Bolasie. He is Kevin Mirallas. He is Aaron Lennon. He is Royston Drenthe. Everton have seemingly had dozens of them in the past decade or so, and Deulofeu is decidedly among them.
  10. 3 points
    Interesting, that. The whole lot here - https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1205785072244269056.html 1/ 2005 — Lab vote share in England, 35% Lab seats in England, 286 2019 — Lab vote share in England, 34% Lab seats in England, 180 2/ That is quite a contrast and one I think worth pausing on, although such is the sectarian madness of the Labour party that simply highlight information like this is somehow seen as "making excuses" 3/ It goes without saying Labour will go nowhere unless it can (to borrow the title of the 2005 manifesto) go "forward, not back" under the existing rules of the electoral game 4/ The single biggest difference with that year is, of course, that the Tories are hugely up (by 12 points of UK-wide ballot). And this does represent a real shift to the right, because the other big change has been a corresponding collapse of the centre in the form of the LDs 5/ All politics is relative, so Labour is bound to pay a heavy price for this. But still, to lose over 100 English MPs off what is roughly a six-point swing between these two years is extraordinary. Suggests problem is not only about the number of votes, but where they are 6/ I never had much confidence about what Corbyn would do to Lab's vote share, & it turned to be something v different in 2017 and 2019. But from the very beginning (& i can remember chatting to @rafaelbehr in Corbyn's earliest days) I was convinced he'd damage its distribution mentions 7/ Votes were bound to pile up in student towns and diverse inner-cities, where they would bring in few extra seats At the same time they were always likely to fall away in towns and suburbs where there is more of a premium on patriotism mentions 8/ We saw the first half of this at work in 2017, with the 75%+ Labour shares in Hackney and Walthamstow Only now, as the overall tide goes out, is the susceptibility to the second exposed 9/ Two clues about this divergence c/o @drjennings’s excellent thread Brexit really has inflamed it 10/ But it is deeper and more cultural than that — votes have been shifting left in more educated places, and right in less educated ones. (A point David Runciman if @TPpodcast_ has been making since the referendum How the education gap is tearing politics apart | David RuncimanThe Long Read: In the year of Trump and Brexit, education has become the greatest divide of all – splitting voters into two increasingly hostile camps. But this is not a clash between the ignorant an…https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/05/trump-brexit-education-gap-tearing-politics-apart ) mentions 11/ The cultural front is going to be fraught for ANY Labour leader who wants to try and hold on to its metropolitan voters and members, while also reconnecting with all the communities it lost on Thursday mentions 12/ We can see same dilemmas in the US When i was a child coal-rich West Virginia was deemed safe Democratic, now it's safe Republican. Dems are said to fear parts of rust belt (marginal in 2016) are now slipping away for good, & their only strategy has to be growing elsewhere mentions 13/ Forget Labour's partisan interests. For the good of society as a whole, it has to be hoped that a Trumpian politics of resentful and rageful nostalgia does not forever displace an older spirit of solidarity our own former mining communities mentions 14/ So, looking the electoral map, the first conclusions I'd draw is that the next Labour leader, from whatever wing, will have an exceptionally difficult job to do in trying to revive the old coalition. Members should not vote on faction, but look for creativity & talent mentions 15/ Even with a decent leader, though, deep demographics (such as the rapid ageing of our towns) mean Labour won't get that ultra-efficient map from 2005 back mentions 16/ Lab's traditional defensiveness about redrawing electoral boundaries may now be displaced (as i've been discussing with @election_data) In the 80s, new boundaries meant more 'Tory suburb' seats, fewer in cities. These days, it's more likely to be more cities, fewer towns mentions 17/ The bone-headed tribal resistance to PR also needs to go—and urgently. It's a point of principle, but for anyone who is not keen on Bo Jo's hard Brexit, it is also about self-interest: look at @StephenDFisher's analysis of the map if you doubt it How did the Conservatives win?A leading psephologist, and member of the exit poll team, on how electoral geography—and the voting system—helped to give Boris Johnson a majority of 80https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/how-did-the-conservatives-win-boris-johnson-election-voting-polling-numbers mentions 18/ Before you can get PR or other reform you have to make progress under current rules, which means getting over the old tribal refusal to co-operate with other parties Even before we get to Scotland, the 2005 alliance isn't coming back, still less that of 1945. You need help! mentions 19/ The most important lesson of the lot is probably to look outward — thinking about how things look outside your own local community and immediate circle, and not squandering energy on spats within your own tribe mentions 20/ While the challenges are daunting, these are fluid times, and things can shift fast. The new Conservative coalition, just as much as the old Labour one, is decidedly fragile I'll shut up with my "cheer up" piece from yesterday Six reasons why the Left need not despairBoris Johnson has routed Labour. But his victory could turn out to contain the seeds of its own destructionhttps://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/six-reasons-why-the-left-need-not-
  11. 3 points
    Half the people are more stupid than the average person. So, ‘the many’ that you lot are so keen to help are just too dumb to appreciate it?
  12. 3 points
    Keep up the good work, SHG.
  13. 2 points
    Takumi Minamino appears to have played his final match for Red Bull Salzburg after missing their 2-2 draw with Hartberg on Saturday – the club’s final match before a two-month winter break. Liverpool are on the verge of signing the Japan international for a bargain £7.25m after it was revealed earlier in the week that the Reds had accelerated their plans to sign him. And with details emerging about how the club’s transfer guru / sporting director Michael Edwards worked behind the scenes to secure the deal, it seems Minamino’s last game for the Austrian champions came against his would-be next employers during last Tuesday’s Champions League clash. And according to the latest reports, Minamino will now complete his move to Liverpool on January 1 and has been slotted in to take his place in their matchday squad for the first time on Sunday 5 January when they face Everton in the FA Cup third round. After a hectic December and festive period, Klopp is likely to continue utilising his squad for cup competitions and widespread reports believe that the 24-year-old could feature in the match at Anfield. Minamino has twice faced Liverpool this season the Champions League and he left a huge impression on Klopp’s players, with their stars reportedly urging their manager to snap him up after last week’s game, very much unaware that the wheels were already in motion over the deal. It has emerged that Liverpool had been keeping tabs on Minamino since 2013, it is understood they accelerated their pursuit in November after learning of interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United and a number of Bundesliga and Serie A clubs. Sources believe it would be an “outstanding” deal as Minamino’s current market value is at least three times the value of his buy-out clause and the club are confident – providing there are no issues with his medical or personal terms – the deal will be completed early next month.
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    No. Please no. There. Fixed it for you.
  16. 2 points
    Thanks Pep, don't know what we would have done without you
  17. 2 points
    Take 4 minutes out of your life for this, you'll thank me
  18. 2 points
    Wouldn't surprise me if he was posting on Bluemoon.
  19. 2 points
    Tactical in the sense he was in danger of getting sent off for being a cunt ?
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  23. 2 points
    Plenty to criticise Labour about, but this binary stuff about whether they should have gone full Leave or Remain is just daft. You’re going to struggle to find a Lib Dem supporter who votes Leave, there will probably be one somewhere as there are always anomalies and contrarians who make you shake your head, but for obvious reasons Lib Dems didn’t have to worry about keeping both sides happy; if you support the Lib Dems, then their whole ethos means you’re a natural Remainer. Less cut and dried within the Tories, but far more able to humour their Leave voter base - who are certainly in the majority among their support - and set themselves as the party of that side of the argument nationally. If any one of the major parties perfectly typified the 52/48 split within the overall country, it’s Labour. It’s not for no reason you had Swinson and co claiming Corbyn was betraying Remain voters and Johnson/Farage and co claiming he was betraying Leave voters, on different channels at the same time day after day during this election. If Labour had come out unambiguously for either side during the campaign they would have lost the other immediately, perhaps forever. That’s just arithmetic for you. You had people saying “They’re only following this fence-sitting approach to try and keep both sides happy to get their votes”. No shit. And Mo only shoots because he wants to score more goals. As it happens, on top of that, attempting to be less divisive and include the whole of the country in their reckoning - with a mind to how we somehow have less division nationally after Brexit is eventually resolved in circa 2038 - wasn’t an irresponsible thing to do. Someone needed to. Brexit wrecked Labour, among other complex and less complex factors of course, but it was always going to once that genie was let out of the bottle, because whichever way they went on it they would inevitably shed voters they may very well never get back. I get they may still not, but they were in an impossible situation trying to reconcile two groups within their base with such diverse positions on this issue. Critiquing how the party reacted to and chose to try and mitigate that fact is missing the point, in my opinion. As is the complete astonishment that people who are traditional Labour could ever vote for the Tories. It’s like the endless Lib Dems are Tories tedium. It’s more nuanced than that. Economically closer than they are to Labour, yes. But setting aside the obvious economic differences separating them from Tories, socially, for many traditional Labour voters traditional is the operative word...there’s a small c convervatism within certain attitudes and world views of many I’ve known down the years which generally isn’t there among the Lib Dems, particularly on law and order, race and immigration, drug policy, etc. For example, rubble rouser said the other day that Capital Punishment will be the big cultural signifier of the next election, and there’s a shrewdness in that shout. Very much some and not all, but some of those who voted Leave among the Labour support are the comments below online newspaper articles on legs. They co-exist within the party with a totally different group of people typified by those voting Labour across big cities and metropolitan areas who have a totally different worldview. Labour truly is a board church, and straddling both sides of their supporter base on this issue was never, ever going to make “Just come out Leave” a simple vote-winning solution in sufficient numbers. Quite apart from whether that would have even morally been the correct thing to do in the first place, for the party, for the country and for the whole populace.
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  25. 2 points
    Alright motherfuckers. Alan Sex is bringing you the one, the only, the definitive Minamino song. You already know the tune. You already know the motherfucking words. Old school muppet show in the motherfucking house. Minamino do do do do do Minamino do do do do Minamino do do do do do, do do do, do do do, do do do do do do do do do do In case you don’t know the song, first of all your life up to this point has been sad and pathetic. Second of all, you’re motherfucking welcome.