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  1. Some say, if people need to tell you that they're rich, they might not be that rich after all. Others say that there's a big difference between “old money” and “new money”. The core message of both assumptions is that confident people usually don't feel the urge to rub their wealth into other people's faces. And it’s true that some of the wealthiest soccer players seem to live a decent life without escapades, airs, and graces. They prefer not to show off in a pushy way and live understatement. Understatement, in that context, means that you can indeed lead a luxurious life, but you choose subtle material possessions, not obtrusive ones. How to Be Subtle About Wealth A classic Rolex is a good example of a subtle luxury item. Instead of wearing a watch that's adorned with crystals, diamonds, or other gemstones, humble people often decide to wear watches that captivate people through their robustness and fine clockwork. Others will still recognize the Rolex for what it is: a classic masterpiece manufactured by one of the most decadent luxury brands around. But a Rolex never feels obtrusive or pretentious. At the same time, a Rolex luxury watch has a high intrinsic value. It is therefore not just a luxury good, but also a great store of value – hence a good investment. The Choice of Car Wealthy people like to spend their money on things that make life not just easier, but also more fun. Watches are just one example out of many. But the same concept goes for cars. Sports cars are often considered to be for those who like to brag. Of course, there's nothing wrong with purchasing your dream car, but if you prefer to seem humble, cruising around in your Lambo may not be the most suitable choice. A nice SUV or even a decent hardtop can be fun, too. At first glance, those types of cars don't attract the attention of others, which makes them less obtrusive. But while most people get them in the standard version, you could get the full range of technical finesse and luxury equipment: leather seats, a lot of horsepowers, the strongest engine, high-end rims, window tint, and other nice gadgetry. Cars of Liverpool Players You can witness the subtle luxury when it comes to your favourite current or former Liverpool players, too. In 2020, most of them drove high-end cars, which didn't scream for attention. Daniel Sturridge chose a Rolls-Royce, while Nathaniel Clyne had a Bentley. Philippe Coutinho decided on a V8 Vantage Aston Martin. Many others went for German brands like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes. Lorius Karius drove a Mercedes G-Class, the big and boxy SUV. Of course, all of them spent a lot of money on their vehicles. But still, the cars seem a lot less obtrusive as limited-edition sports cards would. Choice of Clothes Clothes and accessories are other popular categories. As there are many exclusive designer brands out there, one has the choice, though, on whether to brag or not. Gold teeth and bold logo prints are for those who need to show their fancy lifestyle to convince others that they’ve made it. “Luxury Is a State of Mind” This quote by Lwren Scott says it all: True luxury doesn't have a lot to do with bragging and rubbing your wealth in other people’s faces. Instead, luxury is a way of living a lifestyle, which is better than most others. Luxury includes the things that aren't necessary in life – like travelling, expensive cars, huge mansions, or fine clothing. Depending on your state of mind, you can enjoy luxury without letting the whole world know how expensive your belongings were. It is very decadent to be part of the small circle of wealthy people – they'll see and know that you belong to them because you don't need to tell everyone.
  2. All eyes were on Old Trafford for the return of Ronaldo. Well, not all eyes as I didn’t watch it and I’ve just skipped through the highlights on MOTD. I wouldn’t watch them even before football’s answer to Prince Andrew showed up again so I sure as shit won’t be watching them now. Besides, you don’t even need to watch them to know what’s going on as the entire football media has gone completely fucking nuts about it and the obsession with Ronaldo is just plain weird. Of course his debut went well, because he couldn’t have hand picked a better opponent than Newcastle as Steve Bruce’s record against United is fucking appalling, unless I’m confusing him with another of Fergie’s old lapdogs? To be fair it might be Mark Hughes I’m thinking of, but I’m fairly sure it’s Bruce because I seem to remember he had an incredible record at Anfield at one time but didn’t even have a point at Old Trafford or something mad like that. Anyway, he can add another loss to the CV as Ronaldo started off with a brace. It’s going to be interesting to see how he copes with the extra workload this season though as the only other player manager I can think of who had any success was the King. Still, at least he’s got Ole there to help with the little things like handling press conferences, making the tea and putting the cones out. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  3. Report by Dave Usher Welcome back Anfield European nights. We’ve missed you. This was actually very similar to the last one we had only this time the result went in our favour. The performance was similar to the Atletico one and we got sucker punched a couple of times just like in that game too. I feel as though that was our last game in this competition even though it wasn’t. For me, it’s almost like last season’s Champions League campaign didn’t happen. Honestly, I’d forgotten about it completely to be honest. On the post match podcast John mentioned us being knocked out by Real Madrid and I almost corrected him to say it was Atletico. I’d just pushed it out of my mind completely. All footy without fans was crap but Champions League nights without them were especially bad. Other than Real Madrid, off the top of my head I honestly can’t remember anyone else we played last season. Probably Napoli as we always play them, but I’m not even sure about that. This year it’s entirely different. This group we’re in is fucking boss and every game is one to look forward to now that fans are back. I’m so glad Milan are back from seven years away and I hope we see them become a threat again over the next few years. Not too much of a threat, obviously, but European football needs the Italian teams to be strong. The balance is too far in favour of the Premier League. PSG and Bayern now. Nobody else is really a factor other than maybe Atletico. AC Milan are probably the Italian club most like us and there’s a mutual respect there. The gap between the sides is massive though and losing only 3-2 is almost like a win for Milan because they got fucking battered here. We were so impressive for almost all of this game but we do have one glaring flaw, and that’s not turning dominance into goals. To go in 2-1 after the way we’d played in the opening 30 minutes or so defied all logic. The opening quarter of an hour was unreal. Milan must have wondered what the fuck they’d stumbled into as they were getting steamrollered. The intensity we started the game with is impossible for any team to live with. You can’t do that for ninety minutes of course, so that’s why it’s so vital that you make it count when you are that dominant. We never did that. I thought we got a bit complacent. That’s maybe not quite the right word, but we definitely relaxed a little too much. It’s understandable to a point as it was so easy and we were in a completely different league to Milan. They couldn’t cope and were hanging on desperately. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  4. Champions League nights are back at Anfield and what better opponent to mark the occasion than our old foe AC Milan. As expected, the game lived up to its billing as the Reds emerged victorious in a five goal thriller. Your midweek podcast host Chris Smith is joined by Liverpool Way editor Dave Usher and long time TLW stalwart John Gallagher to reflect on a thrilling night at Anfield that saw an unexpected return to the first team for Divock Origi, another goal for Mo Salah and a Gerrard-esque winner from the skipper. Other discussion points covered in this pod: • Naby - did he do enough? • Is Curtis a viable front three option? • Not trusting Mo on pens despite his success rate • James Milner's world class gamesmanship
  5. Champions League nights are back at Anfield and what better opponent to mark the occasion than our old foe AC Milan. As expected, the game lived up to its billing as the Reds emerged victorious in a five goal thriller. Your midweek podcast host Chris Smith is joined by Liverpool Way editor Dave Usher and long time TLW stalwart John Gallagher to reflect on a thrilling night at Anfield that saw an unexpected return to the first team for Divock Origi, another goal for Mo Salah and a Gerrard-esque winner from the skipper. Other discussion points covered in this pod: • Naby - did he do enough? • Is Curtis a viable front three option? • Not trusting Mo on pens despite his success rate • James Milner's world class gamesmanship
  6. Liverpool have had some fantastic goalscorers over the course of their history and Mohamed Salah has proved that he belongs alongside some of the greats who have worn the red shirt. Salah’s record since joining the club from Roma in 2017 is very impressive: he's scored a total of 128 goals in all competitions in that period and last season, he found the back of the net on 31 occasions. The Egypt international has made an excellent start to the 2021/2022 campaign, scoring three goals in his opening four matches. Liverpool are currently 5/1 in the football odds for the Premier League title and with Salah at the top of this game, their chances are helped considerably. In addition, Salah is among the football predictions as a prospective Golden Boot winner for this season. Along with the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo, he's expected to be in contention for that award at the end of the campaign. As the 2018 PFA Player of the Year and a two-time winner of the Golden Boot, Salah is in a remarkably unique and historical position. This is because, since the award was created at the inauguration of the Premier League in 1992, no Liverpool player has won it three times. Salah's win could potentially make history. Salah Set To Climb Into Top Ten It won’t be long before Salah climbs into the club’s top ten list of goalscorers: he's already the team’s top scorer this season. Sam Raybould is tenth on the all-time list, just two goals ahead of the Egyptian. He will then have Michael Owen (158 goals), Kenny Dalgleish (172 goals), Robbie Fowler (183 goals) and Steven Gerrard (186 goals) in his sight. Given that he's now 29 years old, it's hard to see Salah getting close to Ian Rush’s all-time Liverpool record of 346 goals. The Welshman spent 15 seasons at Anfield in two spells at the club. While Salah's goals per game ratio is better than Rush’s, he's unlikely to play anywhere near the same number of games. A more realistic target for Salah could be Gordon Hodgson: he's third on the all-time list with 241 goals. If Salah averages 30 goals a season for the next four years, he'll reach the top three. Salah Up There With Best in Europe Lionel Messi and Ronaldo have produced incredible numbers over the last decade when it comes to goals scored in a season. Both players are at new clubs this year and should continue to add to their tallies at a fast rate. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, two men are at different stages of their careers, are also consistent strikers who have excellent goalscoring records, with the latter expected to fulfil a very bright future. Salah deserves to be discussed within the same conversation as the above players when it comes to Europe’s best forwards. In the Premier League, it's the Liverpool man and Kane who have consistently put up big numbers. Hopefully, Salah remains at the club and doesn't slow down any time soon. If that proves to be the case, it's going to be exciting to see how many goals he can finish his career at Liverpool with.
  7. Over the past two seasons, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hasn't changed his starting XI much and has only been forced to do so due to the impact of injuries on his team. This has largely been down to having a thin squad and the players in those starting shirts producing consistent performances. On the evidence of his team selections in the early stages of the 2021/2022 campaign, it looks as though more players will be used this season. Here are three men who could grab that opportunity and reward the confidence shown in them. Naby Keita It's hard to believe that this will be Naby Keita’s fourth season at Liverpool since moving from RP Leipzig where he impressed in Germany. Within the Premier League, he's only played 56 times in that period, which is far fewer than he would have expected when he first joined. Keita is a quality player and if he finds his best form, he could easily be a welcome boost to Liverpool’s title chances. The 2019/20 champions are currently 5/1 in the football odds for the Premier League crown this season. Liverpool have already established themselves as fan-favourites in the regular football betting tips owing to a fast start in the early stages of the Premier League campaign. Undoubtedly, Keita has played his role to build confidence in the team as he played the opening game of the season against Norwich, while he also was in the starting XI for their 2-0 home success against Burnley. There are hopes that the 26-year-old could fill the void left by Georginio Wijnaldum who joined PSG this summer: he knows Klopp’s system and has made an excellent start to the season. Harvey Elliott In 2019, Harvey Elliott made his debut in the Premier League. Two years on, he's now an integral part of Klopp’s squad. It looks as though Klopp is through waiting on this winger: Elliott, who was on loan at Blackburn last season, has started the opening three games of the Premier League campaign, including in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield. To trust the 18-year-old for a game of that magnitude says a lot about how much Klopp trusts him. The Liverpool up-and-comer is going to continue to develop the more he plays. He's far from the finished article, but he'll be exciting to watch and is destined to produce moments of brilliance this season. Kostas Tsimikas Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas has taken full advantage of his opportunity in the team this season, impressing in the games he's played. He's proving to be great competition for Andrew Robertson in the left side of the defence. The competition for places on the left side of the pitch should benefit both men. It will also help to alleviate some of the pressure from Robertson, who has had to play a lot of football over the last couple of years. Tsimikas is in his second season at Anfield and this could be a breakthrough year for the Greece international. He hasn't put a foot wrong so far and doesn't look fazed by the pressure on his shoulders. Keep an eye on all three men this season. They look set for more minutes and if Liverpool are to regain the title, they are likely to be a big part of that success.
  8. Report by Dave Usher Talk about a bittersweet result. Jesus. A 3-0 win at Leeds is always cause to feel happy, but seeing what happened to poor Harvey just really took the shine off it. Football is so cruel at times. The kid was about to be subbed and then that happens. Just horrible. At least it was his ankle and not a broken leg as many first feared when they saw the replay. I didn’t see it and have absolutely no desire to either. I’m just relieved the injury was more Andre Gomes than Jim Beglin. I had a front row seat to the Beglin one (not literally, it was standing in those days but I was right by where it happened) and I still feel squeamish whenever I think about it even all these years later. An injury like that puts a career at risk. Thank God that isn’t what happened. The incident saw the Leeds player given a red card and while I agree with the decision, I don’t think it was a ‘bad’ tackle and there was absolutely no intent to do anything but win the ball. The problem was because he’s jumped in from behind, his trailing knee landed on the back of Harvey’s calf and therefore it was endangering an opponent and a justified red card. Granted, I wouldn’t be saying it’s a red if Harvey hadn’t been injured, but he was injured, and you just can’t let the offending player stay on in that situation. There was a very similar one not long after on Sadio which wasn’t even given as a free kick, but Sadio wasn’t hurt and so I wouldn’t be calling for a red card there, even if the tackles themselves were similar. One seriously injured an opponent, the other didn’t. So they aren’t ‘the same’ even if they were similar. Going down to ten men actually helped Leeds. For one thing, it meant they couldn’t be quite as kamikaze as they had been prior that. Also though, we stopped playing for a while as clearly the players were affected by what had happened and they just stopped attacking and played keep ball for a while until eventually they played themselves back into the game. It was just horrible and you could tell the players by shaken by it. It’s bad enough when any team-mate gets a bad injury, but when it’s a kid like Harvey who has been making such massive strides, it’s just upsetting for everyone. We were 2-0 up at that point and the game was over anyway, but the feeling was always there that we could score five or six if we just sharpened up a bit in the final third. I say ‘we’ but I basically mean Sadio. At one point a graphic came up that showed Leeds having had nine shots, and Mané had ten! Astonishing really. Eventually he got his goal late on but he was getting increasingly pissed off at his own inability to put the ball in the onion bag. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full report Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  9. TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by Ian Brown and Stu Montagu to reflect on a bittersweet win at Elland Road. A good three points and a convincing performance but the shine was definitely taken off it by that dreadful injury to young Harvey Elliott. Was the red card justified? How good was Thiago? How is Fabinho not the first name on Brazil's teamsheet? Was it disappointing that we only scored three? And what was going on with Sadio's performance in front of goal? All this and more is covered in a lively discussion recorded on the full time whistle.
  10. TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by Ian Brown and Stu Montagu to reflect on a bittersweet win at Elland Road. A good three points and a convincing performance but the shine was definitely taken off it by that dreadful injury to young Harvey Elliott. Was the red card justified? How good was Thiago? How is Fabinho not the first name on Brazil's teamsheet? Was it disappointing that we only scored three? And what was going on with Sadio's performance in front of goal? All this and more is covered in a lively discussion recorded on the full time whistle. View full article
  11. Monday Sep 6: Jesus, it’s all happening on the international front. The decision to stop the Brazilian lads going proved to be a wise one as their game with Argentina was abandoned because four of the PL based Argie lads lied on their immigration forms and said they hadn’t been in the UK in the last two weeks even though the whole world saw them playing for their clubs last weekend! Not only that, they were posting photos on instagram of themselves on the private jet that took them from the UK to South America. Was that stupid or just ballsy? I reckon more so the latter and I’m actually impressed they attempted it. They almost got away with it too, the game had kicked off before the health officials caught up with them. Elsewhere, Naby is stranded in Guinea after some loons tried to overthrow the government or something. If that was any other player in the squad I’d be more clued up on what’s happening but I’d be lying if I said I actually gave a fuck. Harvey being sent home from the u21s is much more of a concern to me, so hopefully he’s ok. What else? Well Trent played a half in midfield for England yesterday as they beat the mighty Andorra 4-0. He played the second half at right back. I have no idea how he played in either role but he didn’t get injured so that’s the main thing. Tuesday Sep 7: Saw an interview with Albert the Moron today. Actually I’m gonna stop calling him that as he’s such a fucking top lad and I genuinely like him a lot. Anyway, he said “I spoke with Jürgen Klopp about my situation (Andy Robertson took his place) and he told me he was counting on me. “In my fifth year, I was offered to renew, but for another five years. I said no. We’d had many years in England. I have three children and spoke with my wife, and we decided that the best thing was to return to Spain. I just wanted to go back to Spain.” We offered him a five year contract? Kinell. Thing is though, a lot of people forget that in his last season here he actually played well. There was that one train wreck performance against Sevilla but other than that he was good. He lost his place when he got injured making a great block, and when Robbo got in that was that. He was obviously much better than Moreno and we never looked back, and he got to go back to Spain, beat the mancs in a European Final and then do this, meaning everyone was a winner….. Meanwhile, Sepp Van den Berg is on loan at Preston and he’s playing right wing back, which seems a bit mad like. Shades of Dan Burn steaming down the wing for Brighton with that. Anyway, I saw these quotes from him today. “I quickly noticed what big steps you can take in six months of Championship [football]. So I thought: if I play there for another year, I really have a chance at Liverpool. Van Dijk and I talked for a while. He asked me how I thought it went at Preston and told me that he thought it was a good choice, because making minutes is so important. Who knows, I may be next to him next season. You should always keep dreaming.” For some reason that made me think of Les Dennis on Family Fortunes and his famous catchphrase “If it’s there I’ll give you the money myself”. He’s as much chance of playing alongside Virgil next season as I have. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that 'the Week that Was' is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  12. The transfer window came and went and the Reds did very little. Understandably, many of the natives are restless and FSG are coming under increasing scrutiny, not least with the news that Michael Edwards is reportedly off at the end of the season. Chris Smith is joined by TLW Editor Dave Usher and long time TLW contributors Paul Natton and Dan Thomas in a bumper length episode of the podcast. Why no new forward? Should the entire budget have been spent on Konate? Do we need new owners? Is there even a realistic and palatable alternative to FSG? All of this is covered as well as some broader points about the damage the oil clubs have done to the transfer market and why transfer windows in general are a miserable and frustrating time. The lads also discuss some of the best and worst transfer windows of recent times, with Gerard Houllier's summer of 1999 in particular bringing back a lot of happy memories.
  13. The transfer window came and went and the Reds did very little. Understandably, many of the natives are restless and FSG are coming under increasing scrutiny, not least with the news that Michael Edwards is reportedly off at the end of the season. Chris Smith is joined by TLW Editor Dave Usher and long time TLW contributors Paul Natton and Dan Thomas in a bumper length episode of the podcast. Why no new forward? Should the entire budget have been spent on Konate? Do we need new owners? Is there even a realistic and palatable alternative to FSG? All of this is covered as well as some broader points about the damage the oil clubs have done to the transfer market and why transfer windows in general are a miserable and frustrating time. The lads also discuss some of the best and worst transfer windows of recent times, with Gerard Houllier's summer of 1999 in particular bringing back a lot of happy memories. View full article
  14. Monday Aug 30: Michael Edwards is apparently stepping down at the end of the season. Not good but probably not as catastrophic as a lot of people seem top fear it will be. Without wanting to diminish what he does, a big part of it seems to be analysing data to determine which players we should be looking at. Now maybe he set up the system that collates all that data, I don’t know, but the point is does it really matter which nerd we have crunching numbers? They’ve all got access to the same data. So I don’t think our player recruitment will suffer if he’s replaced by one of his colleagues. Where we may be impacted is in negotiating with other clubs, as it seems like Edwards is a fucking king at that, or at least he was. Not been so great since Covid, but then in fairness he’s probably out of practice as they never let him spend any money. I guess what I’m saying is that the way analytics has taken over has reduced the need for the genius scout who can see a player for 10 minutes and know if he’s good enough or not. A Geoff Twentyman if you like. Someone like that is nigh on impossible to replace because it’s a skill you can’t teach. Analysing data is something you can teach. I’d be more concerned about why he wants to leave. Maybe it’s just a change of scenery he wants after 10 years, but if it’s something else then that could be problematic. People will speculate that he’s fed up of having to tell Klopp he can’t have any new signings, or that he himself is fed up of identifying targets and then the club not spending the money to get them. It could be that, I have no idea. I doubt we’ll ever find out either. Bizarre rumours linking Curtis with a move to Villa. If that happens I’m handing back my season ticket. It was bad enough seeing Gini leave while that waster Keita was allowed to stick around, but if he outlasts Curtis as well then count me out. Also today, some interesting stuff on twitter from people joining the dots about Mendy’s arrest dates and him not only being allowed to play for City, but for the club to be going to bat for him when he was accused of having a house party during covid. Seems one of the terms of his parole was he wasn’t allowed to have house parties. Murky as fuck this, and City’s conduct is predictably shitty. What do you expect from people who feel they are untouchable and can do what they like and just lawyer up to avoid consequences. Cunt club. The absolute fucking worst. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that 'the Week that Was' is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  15. Evidence from all over the country suggests that the traditional ways of partying are dying off among adults of all ages. Nightclubs are in steep decline while pubs local to Liverpool, like The Beehive and The Grapes, warned in 2020 that income had fallen so sharply that the industry simply couldn’t survive for much longer. While there have been extenuating circumstances in recent times, 5,000 pubs still vanished between 2015 and 2020, according to research from Newcastle University. Variations on a Theme Changing tastes and generational differences are rumoured to be at the heart of Britain’s fading love for the pub and club. The rise of something called ‘kidulting’, which describes the undertaking of activities not normally associated with adults, like trampolining and Lazer tag, seems to be providing people with an alternative means of de-stressing after the work week, one that’s getting in the way of drinks on a Friday and Saturday night. Of course, many of these new modes of entertainment are just a variation on a classic theme. Bada Bingo, a version of the classic game played in nightclubs, is one of the country’s more unusual attempts at spicing up the evenings. This bingo party takes place in cities like Manchester and Stoke and combines the usual number-calling with all-night dancing and a festival atmosphere. A similar bingo night in 2018 attracted Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, whose reaction to a male stripper was popular on Twitter for a time. Disco Dodgeball Liverpool is full of these alternative ways of having fun. On a football theme, the city has Spartacus Bubble Soccer at Anfield, which is as much a game of football as it is a combat sport. Players are given an ‘armour’ (a soft bubble) in which they can safely crash into other participants, launching them through the air. The same company also offers Disco Dodgeball and the shootout-style game Football Darts. At another palace of sport in the city, Aintree, it’s possible to play 18 holes of footgolf for a tenner. While it’s about as simplistic a sport as it’s possible to get, footgolf challenges the player to hoof a regulation football around the course while trying to deposit it in specially enlarged golf holes. For people in the southern areas of Liverpool, a new 9-hole footgolf course also exists at Allerton Manor Golf Club. As far as other sports go, Ghetto Golf on Upper Parliament Street caters to a similar crowd as party bingo, albeit those with a penchant for golf, while The Climbing Hanger at Liverpool Sandhills offers pleasant day’s climbing for athletes of all skill levels – or a wall of sheer terror for acrophobes. Paintballing, quad biking, and go-karting are all represented in the former European Capital of Culture, too. Overall, there's still plenty to do in Liverpool even if the decline in pubs and nightclubs continues at its current pace. However, it's hard to deny that each lost pub leaves more than a physical hole in the city's ancient brickwork.
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