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    Interestingly, the largest producer of Brazil nuts is not Brazil but Bolivia. Been itching to find a conversation to slip that one in. As you were.
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    This, the care sector is majorly fucked at the moment not just because there is no money in it for staff, but because the opportunities in Tesco are far better, as are the perks. A discount on your shopping goes a fair way more than a round of applause during a pandemic does. That's not saying retail should lose their perks, its saying fucking man up. These people are wiping your nans arse, give the sector what's needed and the incentives to work there. The council rates are a joke when you start to take off overheads. In my area they've started banking all their hopes on micro enterprises, which is all well and good until 1 member of that micro enterprise has to take some sick leave. They think throwing money is going to fix the problem, it's way more complicated than just the pay (though it helps). It's the social value we put on the role for a start. On top of it all, social care will get the crumbs off the table, by the time the NHS has had their bit, then the rest is divided between authorities it will hardly make a dent. Can we not just get this revolution started? I'm a dab hand at DIY these days, reckon I could rig up a guillotine in a day or so. I fucking hate Tories, parasitic cunts.
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    Hi All, Our flowers and card arrived to the crematorium before the service this morning, I’ve just watched her service as I couldn’t attend in person earlier. I’ve since transferred the rest of your kind donations to the families chosen charity fund. https://localgiving.org/fundraising/AmyPurcell/ Thank you to everyone for your generosity. RIP Amy, YNWA
  5. 16 points
    This. I don't give a fuck what other clubs sing. We can't criticise others and sing shit like this. Focus on singing about ourselves and our achievements, and leave the petty shite to the likes of the Mancs and Everton.
  6. 15 points
    As it’s National Suicide Prevention day today, just using that as a prompt to air some things which have been on my mind a lot lately. Apologies for the long post, I rarely frequent this thread for a number of reasons, so this is a bit of a Hindenturd covering all of it on one go. Had plenty of my own dark times over the years, lived with fluctuating bouts of depression and had recurring mental health challenges my whole life, including several periods where I was in an impossibly deep black hole for a year or even more, before I eventually realised and was able to gradually work on coming back out of it. 2019 was the last time I was really in the thick of that, but the first time fully contemplating not being here anymore of my own volition. I’ve since taken the opportunity to open up more and talk to people, both professionally and otherwise, about how things are and have been. That’s helped immeasurably, along with several other factors making life significantly easier in general. As many have, I’ve lost a number of friends to suicide, and it’s beyond words. A good college mate when we were 17. A lad who was more of an acquaintance, but had stayed at mine with his wife and partied with us a few times. In particularly traumatic and tragic circumstances a long-standing family friend who, as well as my brother and I, gave a eulogy at my Dad’s funeral and for whom I then repaid the tribute at his. And a really dear friend, 5 years ago already, who had done so very much for me and who the loss of and the circumstances surrounding that remain painful. His death was the final straw in me deciding to try to get qualified to work in counselling/therapy as a profession and to start taking up voluntary roles supporting people going through a hard time. Started training with The Samaritans recently and already seeing the great work they do giving people the chance to be heard and to say what’s sometimes bottled up deep within them, without an outlet or a listening ear, is inspiring. I often think how at odds all that is with me sometimes contributing to daft, spiteful online spats and arguments. I apologise for my part in those. Many of us do that on here without giving it enough thought, but despite our various differences, I know plenty chronically battle with their mental health and/or face major challenges in life which trigger such issues. I also know everyone ultimately wishes each other all the best and wants each other to be well, whatever gets said in anger. I sometimes wonder if the direction of travel is that spending too long arguing/getting irritated by stuff you read online can be detrimental to your mental health, if experiencing mental health problems make us more likely to seek such online information and interaction, or a bit of both. Maybe it’s neither, and the prevalence is just the same as it is among the general population, whether they’re regularly using the Internet like this or not. Who knows. Either way, I just wanted to wish everyone who’s struggling all the best, and to say keep on keeping on, because now and then life shows you new light when it seemed things would always remain in darkness. Talking to people can truly help in getting your thoughts - which we should always take with a huge pinch of salt anyway, as they’re not the facts we often treat them as - out of your head, so you can order and make better sense of them. Keeping hold of the ones which are useful and dispensing with the ones which aren’t serving you well. I saw this for the first time a few weeks ago, and for many of the reasons above and simply because it landed square on any humanity I have, it really affected me. Found it very powerful. The humility and gentle bravery of this fella, and his evident desire to pay forward his own positive outcome even though it was tangibly difficult for him to speak about, says more about this subject than one of my Paul Tomkins-esque diatribes ever would. What a fucking marvellous person. There’s a slightly more life-affirming overall second video with where he’s at now in the link below, which bookends the first one quite nicely. https://shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk/story/darran/ Obviously there is no one size fits all, no identical circumstances experienced and no path one person has taken which will work for everyone. We can’t know someone else’s experiences or difficulties precisely, even if we’ve lived through similar, because we’re all so different in how we respond and where our various thresholds are set. But if anyone is really struggling and needs someone to sit with them and hear them out, to talk through difficult feelings and situations being faced, though asking for it often feels very hard, it can be a great thing to do. Be it via organisations like The Samaritans, be it on the open forum, a PM to another poster (I’m always happy to listen and give my number to someone who needs a chat, I’m sure plenty of others are too) or with people who, if you’re really fucking strange, you know in the real world, away from all your Internet friends. It might just be the best thing you ever do, because please trust me, even if you’re in the headspace where you think people or life are better off without you, they’re really not. The one thing I thought at each of the funerals of my mates who took their own life, was ‘if only they could have seen this today’; how much they meant to everyone there and how much people loved and wanted them around. I wondered if that might just have given them pause and the thought that was even a possibility was absolutely brutal. Don’t really know how to end that far too long stream-of-consciousness other than to say nice one if it didn’t bore you to tears well before the end, and be well you cunts, best wishes to all.
  7. 15 points
    I have just discovered today that Amy lived in the same town as me and that we have friends in common, although we did not know each other. It makes the world feel very small to discover the young woman called Amy that tragically passed recently that mutual friends spoke about is the same lady spoken of in equally glowing terms here. I have a vague memory of Gazelle's posts on here from my very early days. There is an online book of condolence from the undertakers: Amy's book of condolence The gent handling matters on Monday is top class. After my Mum passed last year, the same chap organised everything for us, so she is in great hands. I will see if I can square it for Monday to attend, as it would be nice I guess for the forum to be represented with someone there. RIP Amy
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    A year today since this bastard took my mum. Trying not to think about it too much but we’ve said we will go and see my mums husband later. He’s been putting soppy stuff on Facebook constantly and while I guess people have their own way of dealing with things it’s coming across very selfish. He hasn’t even replied to me today, I text him first thing. Completely making it all about him forgetting she’s got two sons who miss her dearly. Not looking forward to later. Gonna head up to Crosby beach now for some fresh air before it so I don’t go round there already stressed.
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    The spelling of her first name pisses me off far more than it should.
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    The most anticipated clash of the season so far saw honours shared as the Reds were unable to put away a spirited and organised Chelsea side who comfortably navigated the entire second half with only ten men. Ian Brown was on the Kop and penned some thoughts on what we witnessed.... 1. My first thought is what a relief it was to actually make it to the game! I set off 5 hours before kick off for a journey that should normally take around 2 hours but due to an accident on the M62 I got to my seat 5 minutes before kick off. The long queues outside didn’t help and this was the first time i’ve had problems with NFC; it took 3 or 4 attempts for the scanner to read my phone. A few people in front had similar issues. It needs sorting out as this just isn’t sustainable and the club can’t expect people to permanently change their match day routine. Yes, we’re all made up to be back and can make some short-term changes but this needs sorting now. 2. I was really happy with the team selection and especially intrigued to see Harvey Elliott had been picked. I assumed he’d be rotated for experience given the scale of the game but Kloppo gave him a huge vote of confidence and his trust was repaid; I thought Harvey was one of our best players on the day and definitely the pick of the midfielders. There were moments where he could have done a little bit better but for me that was something that will come with more games. As he gains experience and confidence I can see some huge performances from this lad. Earlier in the summer I wanted Gini to be replaced but i’m now completely fine with the situation. 3. I thought we started the game well. Trent's range of passing and his linking up with Harvey and Mo on the right side was a feature early on and we looked dangerous. It was from one of Trent’s raking passes that we created our best chance of the game. The ball was just superb and Hendo really should have done better. He tried to guide it with the side of his foot but got it all wrong. 4. After that Chelsea settled into it and started to look like a really good side to me. They were soaking up our pressure and then trying to hit on the break and looked dangerous. The goal was probably slightly against the run of play overall when it came but the game was becoming more even at that point. I thought the goal had a fair bit of luck attached to it as Havertz was just looking to flick the ball into a dangerous area. Having watched the replay back you can see that they had worked on that particular corner though. Havertz purposely made a run in front of Robbo at the front post and the way the Chelsea players celebrated you could tell it was a plan they had come up with. 5. I wasn’t especially worried about going behind, indeed i’d predicted that we would on the preview pod. As half time approached though I have to admit to being a bit concerned because our attacks were breaking down a bit too easily and Chelsea were creating chances with their counters. Mount missed a decent chance to make it 2-0 and I was hoping to get to half time and make some adjustments. 6. Those few minutes before half time were absolutely amazing! It all started when Jota picked up the ball and just drove at the Chelsea back line and won a corner. From the corner, all hell broke loose. From my spec on the Kop it just looked like your bog-standard penalty box scramble. Matip clearly had a chance but after that it was hard to see what had happened. Something clearly wasn’t right because our lads were going apeshit at the referee (i’ll get to that prick later). It was no surprise when the board came up with a VAR check. The moment the ref goes to have a look you think there’s a good chance you’ll get a decision, although I had my doubts with this prick. He gave the pen but the red card took me by surprise and was a massive bonus. I didn’t once consider that may happen, I was just happy to have the penalty. I know a few people have since said that the rule should be changed because of double jeopardy and all that but having watched the incident back on MOTD I don’t agree with that. For me, Reece James knew exactly what he was doing. He blocked the effort with his arm and scooped it out. It was completely deliberate. Whether it was instinctive or not doesn’t matter, it was a deliberate act that prevented a goal so i’m happy with that being a red. If you deliberately hack someone down in the box when you’re the last man, that’s a red too. Double jeopardy only applies if it’s not deliberate, i.e. you go for the ball in a tackle or the handball is accidental. That wasn’t the case so for me they got this one right (it was exactly what VAR should be used for). Mo slotted the pen and that was basically half time so we had 45 minutes to break them down and lay down a marker. I was bullish at this point; the noise from the Kop in those few minutes towards the end of the first half was just boss! I’ve missed it so much. I had my 10 year old son with me and although he’s been to a couple of games before this was his first ‘big’ game and his first proper Anfield experience in terms of the noise. He was physically shaking from it but had a big grin on his face, it was a real proud dad moment for me to see it. 7. To be totally honest I thought the second half was really disappointing. We had a couple of efforts from long range but the best chances came from a Jota header and Mo with a really tame effort on his weak foot. None of those were big chances though, we really struggled to create. It was clear that they would be hard to break down but I thought we moved the ball far too slowly and were also very predictable in our decision making. It just felt like the ball was moving from side to side at snails pace and it wasn’t especially tricky to defend against. It felt like a lot of the ball came down our left side and both Robbo and Sadio had poor halves. Instead of whipping balls in when we had half a yard, the ball would come back inside and we’d try to create something with intricate passing. That was never going to work, we needed to stretch the game more and move it far quicker. Our lads looked really leggy to me so whether this was down to a gruelling pre-season or not I don’t know; that might be something to keep an eye on going forward. 8. It was really pleasing to see Virgil looking almost back to normal. There were times where the ball went up to Lukaku and he just handled him with ease, almost nonchalantly moving him out of the way as if he was just a kid. You know Virg is getting back to normal when he’s doing that. Joel also handled him well apart from the one time he got too tight in the first half and was easily rolled (I think it was in the build up to Mounts chance?) As I said in the preview pod, our lads are built to handle the likes of Lukaku so I had no concerns on that front and was happy to be proven right for a change! 9. Now onto the referee. I can’t stand this c***, i’m not even mentioning his name. What happened to letting the game flow?! He let the game flow whenever one of our lads went down but when we breathed near a Chelsea player, this prick was whistling. It was absolutely infuriating. Some will say “oh yeah but he gave you the pen and red card” but no he didn’t did he? He missed that, it was the VAR who gave us those, he had no choice in the matter. In fact, he spent the entire second half trying to pay Chelsea back for it. I cannot stand him and shudder every time he gets one of our games. Plenty has been said and written about VAR but thankfully we had it as a back-up to this whopper. I’m not wasting any more of my energy on this gobshite. 10. Overall, a draw against title rivals is a never a bad result however it does feel like a lost opportunity considering the circumstances. A win here would have been great heading into the international break (international football again, already?!) but it wasn’t to be. One thing is clear after this game for me though, we are definitely challenging for the league this year. Chelsea are supposedly a better team than us according to all of the experts and although they did impress me to a degree, it was hardly frightening stuff was it? We’ll be there or thereabouts I have no doubt about that. Ian Brown View full article
  13. 12 points
    Posted some of this on Twitter yesterday and addressed it in the podcast last night, which Dave will be putting out imminently. Apologies for being repetitive but it’s worth putting here, I hope. It was deliberate yesterday; belligerent almost. Most Reds are being totally honest in saying there’s no homophobic intent, but they’re missing the fucking point. It’s a slap in the face to our LGBT+ fans. It’s hurtful to some of them. So knowing that, why continue? When they’re literally saying, “Please don’t”, why the fuck are some continuing? For fuck’s sake!!! We’ve all got LGBT+ family & friends. Why the fuck would we knowingly hurt them? It’s just fucking wrong, regardless of your intentions. Blows my mind how people put shit like this in a mental box marked, “political correctness” and then react to being told what to say accordingly when it’s got fuck all to do with being politically correct and everything to do with listening to how these words make other people feel. Show some fucking empathy. Imagine how it feels to be bombarded with words, ideas and attitudes on a daily basis that make you feel unaccepted, rejected and worse. Just because of how you love. I felt angry and ashamed yesterday. It was kind of understandable before Kops Out and Klopp made their point, but there’s no excuse now. It was a “fuck you” to Klopp, Kops Out and all our LGBT+ fans yesterday and that’s a fucking disgrace.
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    I think once everyone who wants a vaccine has had one, whatever rates we're left with is the world we're going to have to live in. I don't see how more lockdowns or curbs are sustainable socially or economically. They made sense while trying to 'hold back the fire' while we developed countermeasures, but after that, they don't IMO. It's tragic when anyone gets ill or dies, and the coldness of that attitude is meant as no insult to anyone who's suffered as a result, but illness is something virtually generation before us has had to build their lives around. We're singularly lucky in that we haven't grown up in that type of world due to modern medicine, but I bet most of our grandparents had lost at least one sibling before they'd even reached adulthood, it was just the way the world was. Sadly, because of the way our society is now, even a pandemic has been weaponised against 'the other side'. Rather than solidarity in the face of adversity, it's been used as a stick to beat the bad guys with, as they too accuse you of being the bad guy.
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    Samed Yesil: From playing for Liverpool at Anfield to working in a factory Samed Yesil should be entering his prime. He was one of the biggest talents of his generation in Germany. He made his Bundesliga debut for Bayer Leverkusen when he was just 17. His prolific goalscoring at youth level for club and country earned him the nickname ‘Gerd’, after legendary striker Gerd Muller. Liverpool paid Leverkusen £1 million to sign him at age 18 in the summer of 2012 and he was soon rubbing shoulders with Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez at Melwood. He had the world at his feet. Now 27, Yesil’s life is far removed from the bright lights of the Premier League. Living in the city of Krefeld, north west of Dusseldorf, with wife Gonca and their young son Ilyas, he plays for DJK Teutonia St Tonis in the Oberliga Niederrhein, a regional league in the fifth tier of German football who train three times a week. From 7am until 3:30pm Monday to Friday, he works in a factory, building air filters. “It’s an amateur league, but it’s still a good league to improve yourself and get fit,” Yesil tells The Athletic. “We’ve taken four points out of six so far this season and I’ve got a few assists, so I want to build on that. It depends who we are facing but usually we get crowds of around 200 to 300. I’m sure if I can play 30 games this season and score 15 to 20 goals then I will move back up the leagues again. “The president of the club gave me a job in his company. I need to try ways into life post-football, in case I don’t get back into a professional league.” To say that Yesil has been dealt a bad hand would be an understatement. Devastating injury setbacks wrecked his time at Liverpool and since his contract there expired in 2016 he’s led a nomadic existence. However, despite all the adversity he’s been faced with, his spirit hasn’t been broken. He is engaging company as he relives a journey that cruelly veered off track after such a promising start. “Growing up, it was always my dream to become a footballer,” says Yesil, as he perches on the edge of his sofa. “I played for a small team in Dusseldorf before Leverkusen spotted me when I was 11 or 12. I signed my first professional contract with them when I was 16. That was the age when I first started playing for Germany. “Emre Can, a good friend of mine, was in my age group. So too was Kaan Ayhan, who now plays for (Serie A side) Sassuolo and (has over 40 caps for) the Turkey national team, and Odysseas Vlachodimos, who now plays for Benfica and Greece.” Yesil scored an impressive 20 goals in 22 appearances for Germany Under-17s. He was joint top-scorer at the Under-17 European Championship in 2011 as Germany lost the final to a Netherlands team including Memphis Depay, now starring for the Dutch senior side and Barcelona, and Manchester City’s Nathan Ake. He was second-leading goalscorer in the Under-17 World Cup later that same summer after finding the net on six occasions. He scored twice in a quarter-final win over an England side featuring Raheem Sterling and Jordan Pickford before Germany succumbed to hosts Mexico in the last four. “When people started calling me ‘Gerd’, I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t even know who Gerd Muller was. He played before I was born,” he says. “But I started to Google him and I watched all his goals. I realised then what a big honour it was. I could see that we were similar strikers in that all his goals were scored from inside the box — in my career, I think I’ve only ever scored one goal from outside the box. “I never felt pressure because of that comparison. I only took it as a compliment when they said I was like him.” Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia was the manager who gave Yesil his senior bow for Leverkusen against Hertha Berlin in April 2012. He had forced his way into the first-team squad by scoring 58 goals in 74 games for the club’s under-17 and under-19 teams. “There was a lot of attention on me but I was just really happy to be involved at such a young age,” he says. “I’d been on the bench a few times before I got on. When I heard my name called out, I was so pleased. Sami was a good coach. In every training game, he played as a centre-back. Even though he was quite old (Hyypia was 39!) you could still see what a great defender he was.” That summer, Liverpool came calling. Brendan Rodgers had just taken over as manager. Yesil had recently turned 18. “I’d always wanted to play in England one day, but I didn’t think it would happen to me when I was so young,” he admits. “I was thinking more like when I was 25 or 26 but I was also happy that it happened. At the time, I didn’t know Liverpool were watching me and I was thinking of a transfer to maybe another club in the Bundesliga. “I only found out I was signing for Liverpool when I went to the airport and my agent showed me the flight tickets. It was a big surprise that they wanted me. “I never thought about clubs watching me when I did well at those international tournaments with Germany. Sometimes I’d read in the newspapers, ‘Arsene Wenger is trying to sign Samed Yesil for Arsenal’. But I never asked my agent if it was true. I just continued to play. “As soon as my agent told me that Liverpool wanted me, I just wasn’t interested in any other clubs. It was an easy decision to make. It was Liverpool. My mind was made up. “I moved over with my cousin. His English was much better than mine, so he helped me a lot with all the paperwork for things. At first, I lived in the Sefton Park area and then I moved to an apartment in the city. Everyone was so friendly. Liverpool was a nice place to live.” Yesil was initially based with the under-21s squad at the Kirkby academy but during the September international break he returned home and played in an under-19s friendly against an England team featuring Pickford, Sterling, Eric Dier, John Stones and James Ward-Prowse. He scored two goals and created the other in a 3-1 win. “Adam Morgan and Raheem, who were both already part of the first-team squad at Liverpool, played in that game,” he recalls. “When I flew back to Liverpool, I got a message from one of the coaching staff to say that, from the following day onwards, I would be training with the first team at Melwood rather than going to Kirkby. “It was like a dream. I only knew these players from the PlayStation and from watching games on TV. Now I was sharing a dressing room with Suarez, Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. I needed a few weeks to realise that it was really happening. “Brendan was so good. He always wanted to play football. Never long balls, always to play it short from the goalkeeper forwards and build attacks. I liked that. “I remember he said to me that when I’d learned good enough English he would give me a chance in the first team. So I got myself an English teacher who came to my apartment three times a week. After about four weeks, my English was good. I went to Brendan and said, ‘Coach, my English is much better now.’ He said, ‘OK, you will start in the League Cup against West Brom.’” On September 26, Yesil led the line for a team including Carragher and Jordan Henderson in front of 21,000 at The Hawthorns. Nuri Sahin scored twice and holders Liverpool advanced with a 2-1 win. “It was my first game in a full stadium and we were up against Romelu Lukaku, who is now one of the best strikers in the world,” he says. “It was a really good moment for me and one I will never forget. The shirt from that game is on the wall in my parents’ house.” A month later, he started the next round as Swansea City, the eventual winners, beat Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield. It proved to be his second and final senior appearance for the club. “I know we lost but that night was something really special for me. It was amazing to play in front of the Kop. It’s difficult to find the right words for what it was like. You have to be on that pitch to feel it like that. “As the coach started to trust me more, I felt more comfortable. I started to know my team-mates better and I spoke to more of them. I felt like I had become part of the squad. “I knew I still had a lot to improve but I wanted to learn and get more minutes. In Suarez, I was learning from one of the best strikers in the world. How he trained, how he finished, it was incredible.” Yesil’s problems began the following February. He was playing for Germany Under-19s in a friendly away to their Italy counterparts when he tore the ACL in his right knee. “The game wasn’t played on grass. It was on an artificial pitch and as I went to change direction, my leg stopped and my knee turned,” he says. “There was some pain but I didn’t think it was serious. I actually played on. After the game, I went to see the doctor. He did all the tests and said it was probably just a bit painful because of the pitch. “When I got back to Liverpool I went out to train but, after about 20 minutes, I had to stop because the pain was so bad. They sent me for an MRI scan and that showed my ACL was badly damaged. I went to London for an operation.” After eight months out, Yesil made his comeback for Liverpool Under-21s against Tottenham in the October. He was desperate to make up for lost time and force his way back into Rodgers’ plans. However, just three months later, his world came crashing down once again. “During a training session at Liverpool, I went to run back and my knee twisted. I heard a big ‘boom’ noise,” he says. “I knew it was the same injury. Same ACL, same knee. It swelled up so much. “Everyone has a different opinion about why it happened again. Some say it happened because my rehab wasn’t so good and maybe I started back too early. Others say maybe the operation didn’t go so well. “The second time, I decided to have the surgery done in Germany by the specialist who operates on all the national-team players. I have to say a big thank you to Liverpool for respecting my wishes on that. They also let me do my rehab in Germany, which was fantastic of them.” Yesil was sidelined for another 10 months. Mentally, that second rehab stint was much tougher. “Before the first ACL injury, I’d never even suffered a twisted ankle,” he says. “I went from never getting injured to doing my ACL twice. “The first time I thought, ‘OK, I can use this time to work on my body and get stronger.’ But the second time I really thought about quitting playing football completely. I knew I’d be out for so long. I was lucky I had great friends and family who stayed always behind me. They kept pushing me and gave me the strength to come back again.” Yesil returned to action for Liverpool Under-21s against Sunderland in August 2014. By then, fellow striker Suarez had left for Barcelona, with Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli being signed to compete with Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge for places up front. Rodgers wasn’t exactly blessed with firepower but Yesil struggled to regain both form and fitness. He made 11 appearances under Michael Beale — now Gerrard’s assistant at Rangers — in Premier League 2 that season, scoring three times. “When I’d been in Germany for the rehab I’d started to eat not so healthy things and I put on some kilos, so I needed to lose some weight. Plus, in my head, when I went into a tackle, I just wasn’t 100 per cent. I was thinking, ‘What if it happens again?’ I was scared. I knew if my ACL went for a third time, I’d never be able to play again.” In the summer of 2015, as he began the final year of his contract, Yesil jumped at the chance to join Luzern on a season-long loan. The Swiss club were managed by former Liverpool full-back Markus Babbel. “At first, I was thinking I could do well there and still have a future at Liverpool. I knew the coach at Luzern from my national team. He knew what kind of footballer I was. The first game I started for them, we won 1-0 (against FC Zurich) and I scored the goal. I was thinking, ‘I’m back’. “But then there were some issues between the coach and the president. Two new strikers came in and I became number three or four. It was really difficult. Long balls, strikers who are two metres tall winning headers, I’m not the striker to play that kind of football.” Having scored just that one goal in 14 Swiss Super League games, Yesil faced an uncertain future after being released by Liverpool at the end of his contract the following summer. He was without a club for six months before joining Panionios in Greece in January 2017. His first full season with the Athens side was promising, as he scored eight goals in 31 appearances in all competitions in 2017-18. The problems he encountered came off the field rather than on it. “The only reason I left was because payments were either late or they ‘forgot’ to pay me completely,” Yesil says. “They would pay you in January and then there would be nothing until October or November. It was not easy to live with no money. I had to change clubs again.” Panionios’s failure to settle their debts with the Greek government as well as with players and staff led to the club being demoted from the professional leagues to the amateur ranks. Now they are back in the second tier under new ownership, Yesil is on the verge of reaching a financial settlement with them. After a spell with third-tier Uerdingen in his home city of Krefeld, Yesil headed to Turkey to sign for second division Ankara Demir in January of last year. But he played just 141 minutes of football for them in seven appearances either side of the pandemic shutdown before joining Homberg, a fourth-tier side in Duisburg, just a few miles north of Krefeld, last October. “It’s not easy when you are having to move all the time,” he admits. “I’m someone who likes to travel but I was married by then and for my wife it was difficult. You bring your stuff and then a few months later you have to pack everything up and go somewhere else. You reach a point where you just want to be settled.” This summer, after 22 games and two goals for Homberg, Yesil dropped down a division to sign for Teutonia St Tonis. When he’s not on a shift at the KSI Filtertechnik factory or training, he’s spending time with six-month-old son Ilyas. Becoming a father has provided perspective to the anguish he has faced professionally. His faith has also helped during some tough times. Does his mind ever wander back to those days at Liverpool? Does he think about what might have been? “I used to, but I’m a Muslim and I believe now that everything happens for a reason. I’m not angry or upset,” he says. “I just wanted to be a footballer. I didn’t dream of being the next Messi or Ronaldo. I wasn’t in it to earn many millions. I just wanted to get good money to help my family. I have a house with my wife and child. And my parents have a house, so I’ve been able to achieve that. “The first three months with our son were really hard because he had some problems with his stomach and cried a lot but now everything is going well. Everyone is healthy and happy, and that’s the most important thing to me. “Krefeld is a small city but it’s a nice, quiet place to live. I’m still a big Liverpool supporter and I watch all the games. I love Jurgen Klopp. He’s the perfect manager for Liverpool. I can’t wait to come back to Anfield as a fan one day. “But I’m not finished with football myself yet. I haven’t given up. I’m still only 27. My target is to get back up there again. If I can stay fit, I know I will do it.”
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    Yeah, I share a lot of that frustration. But all that you've written there underlines to me that for them to achieve anything literally EVERYTHING has to be going their way...and last season's injuries at the back confirms that when it doesn't they easily fall apart. They have to keep a lot of plates in the air to do what City can do while smashing a few plates along the way...and you can add Chelsea to that now to. Like Quote Reply Report I love the way they convince themselves that we watch their every move, like they do with us. If they stopped some of their players going to red list countries (like many other clubs are planning to do), it really wouldn't register with me at all. I couldn't give a flying fuck about anything they do. Even their new stadium. Build it or don't. Fill your boots. Just don't pretend that we're arsed in any way.
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    Was in Jamaica in early 90s, all inclusive and pissed on red stripe every night. Stood next to Thomas Hearns at the bar one night and told him he was smaller than I expected,told me to fuck off and walked away. Next night Jim Brown (ex NFL superstar and actor, Dirty Dozen etc)was at the bar. Trying to remember who he was I asked him if he played Shaft. Told me to fuck off and walked away. Haven't wanted to talk to any celebrities since then, because they all appear very rude tbh.
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    Remmie eats smashed breakfasts out of a box washed down by Cheese Coffee and then logs onto to TLW to complain about beans.
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    Our new signings in 2035… * joke.
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    Hi All, I’ve spoken to one of Amy’s best mates and there isn’t a date confirmed for the funeral yet but she’ll let me know. We’ve spoken about some flowers and a donation to their chosen charity. More to follow on this when their plans allow. In the meantime I’ve sent her mum a card and a note with love and sympathies from us all. I’ll update when I know about the funeral plans and I’ll put together a collection, so that anyone who wishes to contribute can do so.



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