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  1. 9 points
    I had to laugh when I saw the advertising hoardings proclaiming that Elland Road was going cashless. What, again?
  2. 5 points
    I know a lot are pissed off with Mane but I'm cool with it, I guess that old saying is true in that at least he's getting in the positions to actually miss them as for large parts of last season he wasn't even doing that. I remember the Napoli deciding group game in 2018 when he could and should have had about 5 (thanks to Allison's late save it didn't matter) and that season and Mane didn't turn out too bad..For me he was starting to look like the Sadio of old
  3. 5 points
    My heart goes out to all of the lads who have lost their bezzies, as described in the last two or so pages. My 21 year old cat died last week in the Mrs' arms and we were all quite cut up over it, it's never easy seeing any living thing die in front of you. The dogs have been so quiet since, but are starting to get back to their old selves now.
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    Played the new course at Sunningdale yesterday. Shot 85, but played way better than that. Dropped eight shots on between 9 and 11 though after getting some bad lies in the heather. If you miss the green in the wrong spot there it's big trouble. Highlight was when Wes Brown let us play through and I smoked a 3 wood off the deck 235yds onto the top tier of the green to set up a 15 foot eagle putt. I didn't make it, but Wes was effusive in his praise of the shot and now has a completely false impression of my ability! Full account of it will be in the next golf diary.
  5. 3 points
    Jamie Carragher believes that Mo Salah is still underrated despite his fine record for the club. The Egyptian superstar scored his 100th Premier League goal in the Reds 3-0 win against Leeds on Sunday. 98 of those goals have come in Liverpool colours from just 155 league appearances while his overall record for the club has him on 128 goals from 208 games. It is why Carragher says that the impact of Salah has been such a important factor in the success of the team and why he is just as vital to future prospects. Sky Sports reported the Liverpool great as saying: "He is massively important and sometimes I feel sorry for Mo Salah because I think he goes under the radar in terms of Liverpool. "When people talk about Liverpool winning the league, they always go back to Liverpool signing Alisson and Virgil Van Dijk. Mo Salah came in six months before [Van Dijk]. “It is the three of them but everyone mentions that it was the goalkeeper and the centre-back that took Liverpool to this next level. Mo Salah is a huge part of that.” Consistency and durability are two major aspects that make a great player and Carragher believes that having a player like that in your ranks is incredibly invaluable. “We should not forget as well that Salah plays from the right. Yes, he is a wide forward but he does not play through the centre. He is Johnny on the spot. “If he goes a few games without a goal you just think there is one coming because it is Mo Salah. That is just how it is." While this summer was largely noted for re-signings more than new players arriving at the club, the pundit believes money should not be an issue when locking away the 29 year-old. “Now, he (Salah) obviously wants a few quid. And rightly so. Good luck to him. He deserves it. He deserves to be one of the highest paid players in the Premier League for what he has done since he came to Liverpool, he really does. "He is never injured and year after year he is top goalscorer. He just is. That is what he is.” The former Centre-back who made 737 appearances for Liverpool across 17 seasons is very well placed to assess where Salah sits in the pecking order when it comes to all-time greats. “When you pick your all-time Liverpool XI, there are positions where you just think, 'He is in.' Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, John Barnes, Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish. You could fill all those positions no matter what this team does. “There is nobody you ever think of on the right. Mo Salah will be in that position when he finishes his Liverpool career. He will be in that all-time Liverpool XI. There is no doubt for me about that.” · View full article
  6. 3 points
    All jokes aside, his mother died yesterday. Her ex husband and Boris's father Stanley was just on morning TV reminiscing about her and it was actually quite touching, he spoke of her fondly and expressed regret that although parted he'll no longer have the pleasure to wish her happy birthday, spend time at Christmas with her and give her a left hook to eye when she gets a bit above herself. RiP.
  7. 3 points
    Happily drives a blue car? Haha, fucking hell, give a contract extension on that alone. Imagine.
  8. 3 points
    Only one man I know could do that
  9. 3 points
    Pretty much summed up my feelings , Dave , and interesting to see the first use of the word Chancellery in a body of writing since Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated. The only thing that I was alarmed by and hasn't really been mentioned on the various threads was how long Andy Madley tried to find any excuse to chalk off Fab's goal.
  10. 3 points
    It'll be a cold day in hell before I accept Salah is better than Sam Raybould.
  11. 3 points
    Shameful nepotism by failing to mention Bamford’s mistake in helping Fab score, just because he has ‘my boy’ status…
  12. 3 points
    Thing is, overall I thought this was more like the old Mane. Even when he was properly firing he'd have these games where he played really well and miss a bunch of chances. His overall play was really good, I thought. He looked really sharp, moved the ball well, his movement was good, he looked right at it. He was a bit more decisive. There was less of what we saw last season where he would tiredly just try and keep hold of the ball before getting easily tackled. Overall, I think it's a net positive despite the missed chances. I feel better about the possibility of him recapturing his better form after this.
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    Harbour Lights cafe in Lossiemouth, Full Scottish breakfast £12 including tea & toast. All the meat products were very good apart from the Lorne sausage, the Stornaway black pudding and haggis was lovely , wanted some mushrooms but they wanted an extra £1.50 and wouldn’t do a swap for the Lorne sausage. My other half of tomato must have fallen off the plate somewhere between the kitchen and the table. Decent breakfast solid 8/10
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    And the Champions League is back. Anfield in midweek under the lights with a full house welcoming European royalty. Milan are a far cry from the star-studded outfits that represented them between the late-80s and the late-noughties, but they are still a historically huge club. We are just one European Cup behind them on the all time list, and only Real Madrid have won Big Ears more times than the red half of Lombardy's largest city. Incredibly, we have only played AC Milan competitively twice in our history. Veracity. Intelligence. Tactical flexibility. Resolve. Urgency. Vim. Impudence. Accuracy. Nous. Mettle. Avarice. Nerve. I don't ask for much. I don't think I need to mention which of the two past encounters I'm going to cover here. The date, the venue and the outcome are all enshrined in the brain of any Liverpool fan fortunate enough to experience one the most incredible nights in the club's long history. 25th May 2005. The Ataturk Olympic Stadium on the outskirts on Istanbul. The most improbable recovery from a 3-goal half time deficit to win No5 on penalties. We went into that match as definite underdogs and it wasn't hard to see why. Milan had won the Champions League 2 years earlier and reached the semis the following year. They more or less ended up repeating in the 2005 final what had happened to them in that 2004 semi final against Deportivo, much like Barcelona did when Roma and then ourselves overturned a hefty first-leg deficit two years running. Just look at that Milan starting line-up compared to ours; Dida or Jerzy? Cafu or Finnan? Nesta or Carra? Stam or Sami? Maldini or Djimi? Pirlo or Xabi? Gattuso or Stevie? Seedorf or Riise? Kaka or Lil Luis? Shevchenko or Kewell? Crespo or Baros? Being honest, Gerrard for Gattuso is just about the only swap that would have definitely made them stronger. You could argue between Stam and Sami, and Dida and Dudek could both be erratic and yet have moments where they were brilliant. The Pole in the goal absolutely showed this that night. Man for man, the rest were a cut above their Liverpool equivalents. Xabi was a few years away from becoming top class. Dudek could do nothing about the Milan goals. The game had barely begun when Maldini's volley bounced off the deck and put us on the ropes. Crespo tucked home Shevchenko's ball across the box following a swift break. The Argentinian then scored the goal of the night, running onto Kaka's brilliant dummy and inch-perfect through-ball to dink the ball over Dudek with the outside of his right foot. We hadn't been able to lay a glove on them and had already made one enforced change when Kewell came off for Vladi. Another was practically enforced upon us at half time when it emerged that Finnan was unable to shake off a knock. Rafa had to tweak the team into a back 3 with Stevie at wing back and Didi manning the fort just in front of the defence. It was really about damage limitation. The fans belted out the club's de facto anthem throughout the interval, but nobody thought any kind of comeback was on. Ancelotti's side were just far too good. For the first 10 minutes of the second half, Dudek had twice had to keep out Shevchenko, who would not have any luck in front of goal that evening. And then Stevie gets one back, rising to head home a cross by Riise. And then Vladi hits a piledriver from 25 yards that Dida sees too late (thanks to the Milan players and Milan Baros for getting out of the way!). And then Stevie is upended in the box by Gattuso. Bedlam. After a lengthy protest by Gattuso and co,finally we're awarded the spot kick and Xabi steps up. And sees it saved. And then buries the rebound. Bedlam on the pitch. Bedlam in the stands. Absolute pandemonium in homes and bars up and down the country and beyond. This was actually happening! We were flying and Riise hit a rocket a couple of minutes later that Dida had to deal with. All of a sudden, this brilliant Milan side looked truly vulnerable. The game did calm down with little of note happenng in normal time. Carra's groin cramp following last-ditch interceptions in extra time is about all I remember of extra time. The Lord of Frodsham coming on 6 months after a serious leg break as our third and final change was a surprise. Then the moment where it must have finally dawned on the Italians that this might not be their night. Serginho for once gets some space down the left and plays an inch-perfect ball in. Just begging for Shevchenko to bury the header. Dudek saves it but the rebound falls to the Ukrainian a couple of yards out and with the goal at his mercy. Surely he can't miss. Somehow the Pole in the goal stands up and the ball cannons off him and over the bar for a corner. Somehow we had dragged ourselves off the canvas and taken the match to penalties, where anything can happen. Dudek had the chance to make himself the hero, and he took it with both hands. Serginho panicked and blazed his effort over the bar. Pirlo lost his nerve. For us, Didi, Vladi and Djib found the net with aplomb, with Riise seeing his weak penalty saved. He should have just wellied it like he usually did. Tomasson and Kaka found the net with their spot kicks. It was down to Shevchenko to keep Milan in it. He'd taken their decisive penalt against Juventus two years earlier, wasthe club's regular penalty taker, and was the reigning European Footballer of the Year. He looked nervous as he waited - Dudek's practice of standing on the penalty spot and handing the ball to the penalty takers politely a much more effective psyche-out tactic that imitating Brucie's "spaghetti legs" routine from 1984. One of the worst attempts at a Panenka. One outstretched left hand. The ball staying out of the net. The rest is just a level of euphoria that I have never before experienced watching sport before or since. This ragtag squad cobbled together with the remnants of the Ged era and the question marks of the beginning of the Rafa era had well and truly upset the odds. This trophy was for keeps. It's incredible to think that this was just over 16 years ago now! The box office was dominated by a different sort of epic in late May 2005. George Lucas' Star Wars behemoth had delivered its third instalment of the prequels, which were about how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith proved to be closer to what the franchise's many fans had wanted from the sequels. Even if it still didn't recapture what had drawn them in in the first place, it was better than Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and a massive improvement on the hugely disappointing Episode I: The Phantom Menace. You wonder just how bad that one might have been if it had also starred Hayden Christensen and his whiny emo Anakin. It wasn't really a strong era for sequels because you had the problems of bringng another interesting story featuring characters that were now known to audiences, with the background of massive hype so typical of Hollywood in particular at the time. More money did not necessarily mean better. It's hard for me to write about Star Wars because I've never really got into it. The current Milan squad are not a patch on the great teams of years gone by - one might say their greats were from a galaxy far, far away! - but they still have enough players to cause us problems if we let them. The key is not to let them, to take the game by the scruff of the neck and, unlike Ancelotti's 2005 vintage, not to get complacent and think the job is done before it's done if we have them on the ropes. They had their best season in a decade last season, and it got them into Europe's premier club competition for the first time since then. If we approach the game with the right mindset and do all the right things, I'm certain we can get our European campaign off to a flying start. Make it so. (I know that's from a different sci-fi franchise!)
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    And the thing is, hes fully embraced it hasnt he? Happily drives a blue car, talks about coming home when he got here, seems very happy and relaxed here. It's almost like he resents Liverpool and their fickle supporters are all the abuse they gave him at the back end of his spell, where they drove him out. Like Quote Reply Report Reactions:NathDogg and helpimonfire Drives a blue car - hahahaha! We drove him out eh? Nothing like what happened to poor Red Ron and his Christmas tree. Most deluded set of weirdos going. They call us the cult - this from a fan base who trot out the exact same things as each other almost to the letter. You hear one of the new sound bites from one of them, and just know you’ll be hearing it from them all within weeks. Absolute fucking barm pots
  20. 2 points
    Bit of an odd one this as when my Mrs goes in hospital on Thursday the kids have been told to ‘ keep me busy ‘ don’t know if I feel old or young?
  21. 2 points
    I hope to god Burnley go down.
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    Ridsdale spent the redevelopment money on goldfish and Seth Johnson.
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    Got to add this in too. On top of his 128 goals in 207 appearances, he's also contributed 45 assists in those 207 appearances. 173 goal contributions in 207 appearances is phenomenal. Worth noting that 17 of his 128 goals have come from the spot from 16 of the 207 appearances - 14 penalties scored in the league. (Scored 2 penalties in the 4-3 home win against Leeds at the start of last season). So, even when you take out his penalties, he's scored 111 goals from open play in 207 appearances in all competitions. Outstanding.