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  1. Massive win, potential banana skin avoided and we extended our lead over City by two points. That’s the good news. The bad news is we may have lost two key players for the foreseeable future, but we have to cross our fingers and hope for the best on that. This was a great win and while maybe the scoreline flattered us a little, it was a comfortable, deserved win in a fixture that has given us problems in recent years. I think we were assisted by how shit they were at the back but I also think we spotted things in their game that we could exploit, and we did. It wasn’t a co-incidence how we created so many chances by knocking the ball forward early and turning them around, or the way we countered them on their set-pieces. That was a big weakness of theirs and we exploited it. It was quite strange to see really. In open play they had a compact shape, five across the back, three sat in front and Maupay dropping off to get turned and start counter attacks. It was tough to break down, as we thought they would be. But then they’d get a set-piece and turn into Keegan’s Newcastle, throwing everyone forward and having all of their players in our final third. They started well and although I didn’t think we were playing badly, they were the better side in the early stages. They were quite slick on the counter attack and had a few chances. One counter attack they had ended with a Toney shot that Kelleher saved comfortably, but it was lovely football. Konate did well to put Toney off in the end but that was proper incisive stuff from them. Toney had another chance that he dragged wide after being found by Maupay, and those two were really lively early on. I felt as though we were looking decent enough though and had some good situations ourselves. Unfortunately we lost one of our better players when Curtis went down after an innocuous looking challenge. It’s a good tackle by their lad and it’s not reckless or overly physical, Curtis just landed awkwardly. He was in agony and it’s a big worry.
    16 points
  2. So get your coat on and get moving, financial fair play were abusing, So come on, come on, pay all the Bramley Moore Sparks, WOOOOOOOO
    9 points
  3. Monday Feb 12: Reports today say Postecoglu won't be joining us at the end of the season. In other news, I can confirm that I won't be taking up a membership at Augusta National. Seriously, how the fuck is he even being linked with the job? Because he's a fan? So are all of you reading this and you won't be getting the job either. Ok, I'm being flippant as he's clearly got something about him, but that's not anywhere near enough to be qualified for this job. If we appointed him I'd be fucking livid. I don't care for that guy. I've been watching loads of tactical analysis videos of Alonso's Leverkusen and I'm all in on this. I was even before I'd seen all the tactical stuff, but that was based on the fact he's Xabi Alonso, he's top of the Bundesliga and he's taken a team from 2nd bottom to being unbeaten in all comps this season. I knew very little about how he'd done it. Now that I've seen what he's actually doing, fucking hell. It's proper high end, ahead of the game shit. He's not unbeaten because he's got the best players, it's because he's got the best tactics and motivational skills. Some of his key players were free transfers like Xhaka and Grimaldo. He's got another lad who was at Southampton and Burnley and pulled up no trees. He hasn't done this by buying boss players, he's done it by coaching. There was another team that took it to Bayern Munich in similar fashion in recent times. You might be familiar with their manager.... This is the biggest no brainer decision any club could ever make. Don't overthink it, this is just so obvious. Of course there's risk involved and none of us can know how it would turn out, but there's risk with any appointment as there are never any guarantees. You just have to make the decision that gives you the best chance of success, that's all you can do. And if it doesn't work, there's no regrets because you made what was the best decision you could have made at that time with all of the information available to you. It's almost like the NFL draft in some ways. The Bears have the number one pick this year and there are a lot of arguments going on about what they should do. There's a quarterback available who is being touted as a generational talent and half the teams in the league would kill to get him. He might turn out to be a flop, but if you don't take him you'll always be kicking yourself in case he becomes what the experts are saying he could be. We're in that unique situation this summer. We've basically got the number one pick in the draft as we're in a position where we can choose ANY manager we want (nobody is turning down this job, it's the most attractive available job in the world other than maybe Real Madrid, but I just don't see Xabi wanting to join them over us at this point in his career). Alonso is the clear stand out star of the draft, yet you've got people suggesting we pass on him and take De Zerbi, the Sporting fella or even Eddie fucking Howe (ok, that was Agbonlahor who said that so it doesn't count). If we took anybody else other than Alonso the risk would be much bigger than giving it to him and it's a decision we might live to regret forever. Like when the Bears traded up to draft Mitch Trubisky instead of Patrick Mahomes. It takes years to recover from mistakes like that.
    8 points
  4. I think we're in broad agreement generally, I don't know if Starmer believes anything, I don't find him inspiring at all, I just view him as a means to an end. Starmer’s labour might be Cameron lite, I don't know until they're in power, but they're not gangsters. We're literally run by gypsies, tramps and thieves. People who profiteer off pandemics and social strife, then brag about it on their own GB News channels. The difference between Labour and Tory now is the same as Democrats vs Republicans. One is centrist, the other is a collection of thieves, liars, flat earthers and abject scum. What absolutely bakes my noodle though is that there's people out there claiming to be left wing who'd happily see Starmer’s labour lose. They can't claim to care about ordinary folk and hold that belief, they just can't. There's lots of people out there now, people with blogs, YouTube channels and all that bollocks - bums generally - who if they weren't obsessing over all this, it'd be lower league football or steam trains. They rant and rave in their own echo Chambers. Owen Jones makes money out of Starmer the way Alex Jones rants about gun control, monetised fume to the already initiated. But 99.9% of people through don't give a fuck, they just don't want to live in a country that's falling apart around them. I'm one of those people.
    7 points
  5. Disgrace that they made us play Brentford and Burnley at the same time. Good job Burnley we’re so passive. There was definitely an element of the lads thinking it was over, but Burnley had been so passive in that second half I can understand why.
    5 points
  6. Work-rate. Incisiveness. Nous. I don't ask for much. This is how it's gonna be. Build from the ground up. Note this game is not on TV in the UK, and yet this is a game that requires more focus than most. City play Brentford the day before so the gap is likely to again be reduced. We also have the small matter of the League Cup final at the weekend. I don't think Jurgen or his players are the type to take their eye of the ball, but it is still something to guard against. Luton have been punching above their weight all season, and while it hasn't translated into points on the whole, their opponents have generally known they were in a contest. We saw that in the return fixture earlier this season. They started badly against the Mancs earlier today and were 2 down within 10 minutes, but gradually got somewhat of a foothold and pulled a goal back. They were unfortunate that dickhead David Coote (he who as VAR didn't see anything wrong with T-Rex's reckless lunge on Virg in the derby) deemed Casemiro's challenge from behind to not be card-worthy. He probably more than any of the other PGMOL brigade needs to hope PGMOL don't come under any investigation because he just looks the type to turn into a puddle of piss and shit under questioning. Luton had to push forward so left themselves open to the counter, so they certainly gave it the beans in that game. They play us and then City in the Cup over the coming week, but the City game is the following Tuesday so they can attempt to go strong for this one. The two sides last met in the league at Anfield in January 1992. We were miles off the pace in the title race and they were battling against relegation. Chris "Unbelievable Jeff!" Kamara was in the Luton side that day, as was Mark Pembridge, later to represent the blueshite as an industrious but limited midfielder of the sort they have filled their team with since the 90s. Nick Tanner did Nick Tanner things to gift Luton the opening goal, passing the ball into his own net following a miscommunication with Grob. We huffed and puffed but eventually broke Luton's stubborn resistance when another defensive mix-up left Macca with a simple tap-in with 5 minutes to go. It gave us a lift and in stoppage time, Dean Saunders stole in to bundle a Barnesy cross past Steve Sutton for the winning goal. Results-wise, we were actually in a bit of decent form, with the Luton game part of a 12-game sequence featuring 8 wins and 4 draws. We were by no means a prolific side that year, with results like the 4-0s against Swarovski Tirol and Crewe definite outliers. I said in the previous match thread that I don't know the fitness situation of the squad at the time of writing. Ali then dropped out with a hamstring strain in training, and both Curtis and Diogo were crocked in the Brentford game. Darwin was also taken off at half time as a precaution, so who knows what the situation is. The rotation in the Luton game might be more down to necessity than design, as Trent, Dom and Thiago are all unavailable. The hope is that the players involved are capable of doing the business. Aside from the usual maximum motivation, attitude and application required from first minute to last, I hope the players aren't casting one eye on their place in the cup final team and taking their focus away from this one. Concentration needs to be bang-on here. More than that though, I hope we get some much better luck on the injury front, with players staying fit and the injured ones coming back quickly, fully recovered, sharp and hungry. Three points please. Get it done!
    4 points
  7. After the depths of grief - hope and happiness….say hello to Bailey the Goldendoodle
    4 points
  8. It's been said a thousand times but fuck it, once more can't hurt: If they're such an attractive investment and categorically NOT a money laundering vehicle for a mate of Vlad's, then why couldn't they just swap to an almost-as-lucrative sponsor for Finch Farm and BMD the minute that fat slug Usmanov's assets were frozen? Oh yeah, because there was barely any interest in sponsoring either for useful sums of cash beyond said fat slug's unspecified purposes. They should just count their lucky stars the PL has been so circumspect about challenging their Covid losses (because they'd have an even bigger deduction if they took the dim view they should have about theoretical valuations of players sourced from SteveO), and that these point deductions are coming for them in a year of historically bad football teams in the league. Honestly, their sense of outrage about all of this is fucking scandalous. They're bang to rights and yet are probably going to be let off without any kind of meaningful punishment, but they can't help being cheeky bastards and foaming at the mouth about it. The karmic reckoning of 777 ownership and financial oblivion is more than they fucking deserve.
    4 points
  9. What they can't seem to grasp about the war in Ukraine ending their sponsorship deal is that they were funded by a mate of Moshiri who seemingly wanted to put a lot of money into the club without ever owning it. Their fans were all laughing about him being the real owner and just using Moshiri as a front man. They've always been cagey about him being involved yet what company would offer £30m naming rights for a stadium that had had yet to even be started?. It also conveniently appeared when the club were that amount short of meeting ffp and they announced it at their AGM with a straight face. So he blagged his own money into the club with inflated sponsorship deals which no one else would pay. Since then they've been unable to get equivalent deals or even replace them with anywhere near what he put in. Spurs despite being based in London and using the stadium for other things like NFL and concerts still haven't been able to secure naming rights a few years after they built it. If AXA or Standard Chartered got liquidated Liverpool would still be able to get a similar deal from another sponsor yet Everton want you to believe that they lost all their funding from one dubious source because of the war.
    4 points
  10. On everyone's favourite villain Owen Jones (who's articles are very rarely linked or discussed). I'm no fan and rarely read him as the issue of LBGT rights doesn’t interest me which he's obviously passionate about as a gay man. To be honest I could hardly care less. Their was a concerted effort to have him cancelled at the start of the Israeli invasion into Gaza by many in the media. I'm glad it wasn't successful. He is a journalist. To try to say otherwise is ridiculous. He comes a working class background from Stockport, got top grades at Oxford, is left wing who's been writing for the guardian (amongst others) long before Starmer became an MP. He's one of the few left wing political commentators in the media and he's definitely one of the most qualified. He can certainly be an annoying little twerp but like him or loathe him he hasn't been given his voice in our printed press or on our TV screens by coming third on Alan Sugars the Apprentice.
    4 points
  11. Just watched The Zone of Interest. Went in with high expectations and it didn’t disappoint. An absolute harrowing, unique take on the holocaust. Was absolutely brilliant and would really recommend finding a cinema showing it if you can. The sound is what drives a massive chunk of the film and anything other than a cinema will do it a disservice.
    4 points
  12. Trying to lose weight whilst frantically refreshing the page and eating a box of heroes isn’t how I saw my Monday evening panning out if I’m honest
    3 points
  13. Always think Akehurst looks like a cartoon depiction of a tumour, like if you had an advert for kids about stopping smoking.
    3 points
  14. There was one post I couldn't find again referring to BMD as one of the most important building projects in Europe.
    3 points
  15. It's Liverpool FC, not Van Dijk FC.
    3 points
  16. Fucking hell, one of the lads in the chat did that before the game and I ripped him for it and there was a pile on from everyone else. Life comes at you fast.
    3 points
  17. Ah, Smithers has arrived to release the hounds.
    3 points
  18. Are you old enough to remember when Phil Boersma was here under Souness?
    3 points
  19. Van Dijk’s man of the match performance was mentioned twice, Nunez’s goal got eight full paragraphs. I really should have taken that offer from RAWK.
    3 points
  20. Not you obviously as you've just replied to one.
    3 points
  21. And if it's a DCL he'll be wearing knickers and bras.
    3 points
  22. One more and you'd have a barber shop quartet.
    2 points
  23. The Tories are starting to remind me of a dog after it's shit in your shoes, then tilts its head quizzically because it doesn't understand why you're not over the moon.
    2 points
  24. Get stuck in, I think it's great. Just fingers crossed it gets picked up for a 4th season due to it's new netflix popularity
    2 points
  25. He should never have come back. Hodgson is from the same school as Rafa. Men who can't step away from the game because it's all they know. I've seen this in the legal profession. Old school solicitors who just can't step away from it, working themselves into a grave because they know nothing else and won't step back. Proof, if anything, that Klopp is right to take a break.
    2 points
  26. Yep. A 62k capacity stadium with the highest fan spend per head that has held NFL games, numerous concerts and boxing matches since it was built wasn't able to get naming rights but one that hadn't even been built was able to get a £30m deal off Moshiris mate. Not dodgy at all.
    2 points
  27. Fucking hell, as someone who works in research that's an utter clusterfuck of a question that's designed to do nothing other than give you a few soundbites rather than any kind of meaningful plans. The fact that the only headline you can get is zeroing in on a small group of people who fulfil not just one (ex Tory voters), but two (ex Tory voters who are undecided on their next vote) criteria says it all. At most it gives you a bit of insight into why they might have changed allegiance but in the absence of any other questions about other factors that may have driven them away, it's utterly meaningless. Propaganda dressed as 'research' - boils my piss.
    2 points
  28. nah think he is toast now think that covid enquiry probably finished him off
    2 points
  29. No you wouldn't. You'd love to keep making shitwitted snarky jibes that would fit right in on GB News. It's much easier than trying to learn stuff.
    2 points
  30. Life under Blair was Utopia compared to the current shite. I can't see how anyone would object to that level of living standard again. I think he should have paid for his Iraq shenanigans however.
    2 points
  31. Are you just going to take that @YorkshireRed ?
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. He's not a bad guy Jones but he's not a journalist he's an opinion writer (nothing wrong with that, but it's not the same). He launched his own YouTube channel a couple of years back and YouTube depends on you having subscribers and the best way to get them is through knowing your audience. I used to watch a couple of pop culture/sci fi YouTubers but don't watch them now as they've gone down the whole incels, "disney is woke" rabbit hole. It's monetised fume. Jones knows his audience, it's the same as Skwarkbox and the like. I just don't see the point of it at all. Jones hates Blair, but how many lives were made better under new Labour compared to what had gone before and what came after? My happiest times living in this country were under Blair nationally and the Lib Dems locally, both "centrist" by any measure. Perfect, no, better than this shit, absolutely. I saw someone, possibly Jones, posting a michael foot quote recently. Michael foot lost.
    2 points
  34. Obviously, I know that slavery is not the only aspect of colonialism, and obviously there's no reason to draw the line at slavery when you're talking about colonialism. Equally obviously, any talk of "bloodlines" is bullshit and needs to be avoided. Maybe "descendants" was the wrong word. The point is that the USA still lives with the legacy of slavery; for some, it's a legacy of wealth and privilege; for others, it's a legacy of poverty and oppression. And which side of that legacy you fall on depends on (the social construct of race). In the USA, the impact of slavery never ended. Reconstruction was botched, Jim Crow laws, segregation, mass incarceration, zoning laws, voter suppression, the deliberate underfunding of black-majority schools, the "war on drugs", etc, etc; all of these (and more) have their basis in racist ideas that were created to justify slavery and are still used today to disadvantage black Americans. If you are serious about removing barriers, you need to be serious about how widespread and deeply entrenched those barriers are and the cost of removing them (e.g. with increased investment to make up for decades of under-investment in black Americans' housing, education, healthcare, etc.). That would be a huge transfer of wealth and power from (for want of better terminology) White America (specifically, rich white Americans) to Black America. That transfer is what I understand by "reparations".
    2 points
  35. I think he's fucking shit. He makes a few saves here and there (all keepers should do that). He has no idea where the ball is in the air on crosses and he's often just in awful positions for shot stopping.
    2 points
  36. 4 weeks ago Neville said Spurs would finish 2nd. Now he doubts they'll get 5th. Our greatest pundit ladies and gents.
    2 points
  37. If we're going on camera angles of still photos, that's handball.
    2 points
  38. Ha. He’s right. Without the commentary you can clearly hear it.
    2 points
  39. Damn, I've been rumbled again. You kids are just too smart for me.
    2 points
  40. Just seen that Holgate challenge. He is one horrible little cunt. Got a grid would never tire of punching.
    2 points
  41. Children of Men. Haven't watched this in years, still great. 9/10.
    2 points
  42. Specsavers reply under that.
    2 points
  43. Having been (un)fortunate enough to spend many days canvasing at the last election in Blackpool (South I think it was), I can say anecdotally that a lot of voters liked and would normally support Labour but just couldn't bring thmselves to vote for him. One of my arguments of choice was how you are voting for a party/policies not a person, as the leader can change at anytime, but obviously it didn't work. To impress you even more, as we knew Liverpool seats were safe I spent no time there during the campaign. As well as Blackpool I spent time in Warrington and Crewe, even having the joy of door knocking on election day in Crewe. Don't bother checking, everywhere I went we lost. I am now fed up and will not campaign as the next election, which is why Labour will win. We all have to not do our bit.
    2 points
  44. I've been through this with other posters before but I want them to lose every game, regardless of the circumstances. I don't do pragmatism when it comes to that lot.
    2 points



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