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  1. Saturday Dec 1: Interesting Klopp quotes on the different style of play this year. Basically confirming what we thought, that the new more patient approach is deliberate and that the team needed to evolve. He put it down to how opponents play against us, saying that they won’t play football in their own half because they don’t want to fall victim to our press. Not entirely sure it's just that though. To me there's definitely an element of us just not playing that well and individual players not hitting the heights they did last season. We aren't at full throttle but I think that's also deliberate, and the team is geared up to hit it's stride in the new year. If that happens and we're still in the position we're in right now then we really will have a great chance to win the bloody thing. Meanwhile, Bobby Duncan scores four and makes two for the u18s as they won 6-5. I watched the highlights, and one of the assists was a mis-hit shot that Paul Glatzel turned in at the back post, but Bobby still claimed it as an assist. Kids eh? He’s got 16 goals so far this season and is getting better by the week. Really want this kid to be boss. Not only that, I want him to win titles, not just for us but for his cousin Stevie. Not only that, I want him to win a title by scoring an Anfield winner against Chelsea to deny City the title. In fact, I want him to do it after slipping over, getting up and beating half their team before scoring in front of their fans in the Anny Road and then doing a post match interview like this…. Sunday Dec 2: L 1 Everton 0 Hahahahahahahahahaha. Oh man, fucking hell. Hahahahahaha. It’s going to take an awfully long time for me to stop buzzing off this one. The only thing more satisfying than winning a derby by being boss and embarrassing the Blues, is not being boss but beating them anyway, in stoppage time. We’ve done that a few times, but this was the best of the lot just because of how comical the winning goal was, and also the perfect comedy timing of it. “Murderers” was belting out from the away end, and literally two seconds before the goal one of them lashed some purple pyro on the pitch because they thought Van Dijk’s shot had gone in the Kop and they’d clinched a famous draw. You just can’t make this shit up. Everton - Being funnier than fiction since 1878. Pleased for Origi, it’s probably his final swan song for us barring an unlikely return to the fleeting, blistering form of spring 2016, but if it is then what a way to go out. He’ll forever be remembered by Kopites now and tales of his heroics will be handed down from generation to generation. The icing on the cake was Klopp running onto the pitch like a madman. I didn’t even see it at the time as I was watching the lads celebrate. It was only when I got in the car afterwards and checked my phone that I saw the magnificence of it all. It was so out of order and he deserves all the criticism he’ll get for it, and if the FA hit him with a touchline ban he can have no complaints. It’s ok to love it and buzz off it, as it was funny as fuck and an all time derby moment. But you can’t defend it, and if you are defending it then ask yourself what your reaction would be if Mourinho did that after United beat us with a 97th minute fluke. If you say you’d be ok with it, then you’re a big fat liar. What Klopp did today was not ok, it was out of line and there’s no excuse for it. It was also one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that 'The Week that Was' is only available to TLW website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first, registration is FREE) and can be purchased here.
  2. After going behind to Burnley it looked like Liverpool were once again going to lose to a team they should comfortably beat. Losing to lower opposition is the biggest thing has held the team back since their last league title, but this time around Klopp was determined not to let it happen again. The win proves to the rest of the top clubs that Liverpool are serious title contenders this campaign but even though they are now only two points off the top, Manchester City are looking formidable this season and will be hard to overtake for the title. After going down a goal in the 54th minute to a Jack Cork goal, the manager had it all to do in order to turn things around. James Milner was able to pull one back and thanks to key substitute decisions made by Klopp, the team was able to win comfortably in the end. He brought on both Mohamed Salah (who bagged an assist) and Roberto Firmino (who scored with his first touch) as the Reds stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games. After the result, new UK betting sites have slashed the odds of them winning the EPL title and Klopp's men are second behind favourites Manchester City to achieve it. Since arriving at Liverpool Klopp has managed to put his stamp on the team and they are now playing in his image with a high press game. He has turned an average team into one of the best in Liverpool's history if you look at the stats. So far his team has the highest points total for any Liverpool team with 39 points from 15 matches. Previous to that the highest was 38 points which you have to go all the way back to 1990/91, 1978/79 and 1904/05 campaigns. One of the key decisions made by Klopp was to bring back into the team Naby Keita who was rested for the Sunday game against Everton which the Reds won 1-0. The manager was greatly rewarded for this as the Guinean control the midfield and his box to box running caused problems for Burnley all night. He completed the whole 90 minutes and had the most impressive stats for both teams. He managed to gain possession back 10 times along with 6 shots with 4 on target. On top of this, he was able to have a passing accuracy rate of 93.2% which was the best on the night. Since arriving at Anfield Klopp has put a lot of trust in James Milner and so far he has not let the manager down. Even at 32 years old the former England man is able to have a huge impact on the game and thanks to his fantastic placed shot in the 62 minutes the Reds were able to get the momentum they needed to go on and win. When Milner scores the team always goes on to win with the player having an unbelievable record of his team not losing in 50 games that he has scored in which is the best in the EPL. All of the substitutions that Klopp made paid off big time with them all been involved in the goals. Salah who was left on the substitute bench for the start of the match was impressive when coming on as he provided 3 goal scoring chance and the Shaqiri assist in the 30 minutes of game time he played. If Liverpool can keep up this type of form until the end of the season they will have a chance to pip Manchester City to the title. Klopp will have to keep on making vital decisions that will need to pay off, but if anyone can do it the charismatic German manager can.
  3. Lots to get through with it being a double round of fixtures, so I'll get straight down to it. “Useless” got the old heave ho at last as Southampton finally saw sense and sent his fraudulent arse down the road. The final straw was failing to beat Manchester United. Fair enough I'd say. They went 2-0 up but then blew it. Armstrong fired in the opener and Cedric’s superb free-kick doubled their lead, but they got nervous and let United get back on level terms before the break. Now usually you’d expect United to go on and win the game, but this is Mourinho’s United and…well… they’re fucking shit aren't they? It ended 2-2 and the Saints board had clearly seen enough. “We can accept you losing to Fulham, but drawing with this United team is humiliating. We’re gonna have to let you go”. As for Mourinho, I can’t even keep up with his antics now. I know he’s now dropped Lukaku and Pogba for being shit, and I know he’s been ripping into his players all week. What I don’t know is what he actually needs to do before they sack him. Hopefully we’ll never find out, because this is great and long may it continue. I heard this week that Pogba has given the ball away more than any other player in the Premier League this season. Not surprising, the Southampton game alone would probably have him in the top ten. One of the worst performances you’ll ever see from a so called top player. Fucking fraud him. Mourinho didn’t specifically call him out by name, but he said “we need to lose less ball in midfield” and then dropped Pogba for the Arsenal game in midweek, so that tells its own story. There were also reports that he called Pogba a "virus" in front of the rest of the team afterwards. Mourinho is right of course, but then Pogba could hit back with "takes one to know one". It's all gone a bit playgroundish at United this season, and it's great. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  4. It has been a week where Jurgen Klopp has made his fair share of the headlines.Fresh from the 'outrage' surrounding his unbridled passion in running on the pitch to celebrate with Allison after Divock Origi turned home the winner in the 96th minute of the Derby, he now has come under fire from Clarets manager Sean Dyche. The two managers greeted each other with a big smile and warm handshake before kickoff, but by the end of the ninety minutes, the relationship was as frosty as the weather on a cold Wednesday night in Lancashire.Klopp and Dyche exchanged words at the final whistle with the German saying he was unhappy with some of the tackles that the Burnley players were putting in.In response, Dyche was unapologetic about how his team went about it and actually pointed the finger at a Liverpool player for an incident on the evening.The Express reported Dyche as saying:He [Klopp] didn’t reference Daniel Sturridge’s cheating when he went down, nothing near him, and he got a free-kick for it.“I watched Liverpool as a kid, I was a Liverpool fan growing up in the 70s and they had a fantastic side, one with skill, will and a physical edge."Now if that has gone and been replaced by cheating, I’m absolutely happy to be old-fashioned."There’s no way I’d want to see good proper professionals challenging in the manner that ours did and replace it with cheating.”In responding to Klopp's accusation about the tackling, Dyche did concede there was one tackle which was questionable, however he was more than happy with the one which has seen Joe Gomez sidelined for six weeks with a lower leg fracture. "What I would say is this, and it’s important to register: there were some excellent tackles in the game.“The only one that was questionable was Bardo’s (Phil Bardsley on Alberto Moreno). Ben Mee’s was a fantastic tackle (on Gomez).“I imagine a player who seems to be an honest player, in Gomez, realised that. That was the message we got after and we send him our best.”These squabbles are commonplace in the world of football management and Klopp will by and large brush off the response as every manager worth his salt is going to fight the cause for his own players.However the cheating reference regarding Sturridge will grate somewhat for the manager and player concerned as it is something you never want to be known as.Just like teams managed by the likes of Sam Allardyce, Neil Warnock and Tony Pulis, you know exactly what you are going to get when coming up against Burnley.That is plenty of physicality, long balls and set pieces to deal with.If you come out the other side with a victory, you have certainly earned it as Liverpool did on Wednesday night.Now they will put this behind them as the team have much bigger fish to fry in the upcoming months. However you suspect Dyche will be sure to receive a interesting reception when the Clarets come to town in early March.
  5. It has been a week where Jurgen Klopp has made his fair share of the headlines.Fresh from the 'outrage' surrounding his unbridled passion in running on the pitch to celebrate with Allison after Divock Origi turned home the winner in the 96th minute of the Derby, he now has come under fire from Clarets manager Sean Dyche. The two managers greeted each other with a big smile and warm handshake before kickoff, but by the end of the ninety minutes, the relationship was as frosty as the weather on a cold Wednesday night in Lancashire.Klopp and Dyche exchanged words at the final whistle with the German saying he was unhappy with some of the tackles that the Burnley players were putting in.In response, Dyche was unapologetic about how his team went about it and actually pointed the finger at a Liverpool player for an incident on the evening.The Express reported Dyche as saying:He [Klopp] didn’t reference Daniel Sturridge’s cheating when he went down, nothing near him, and he got a free-kick for it.“I watched Liverpool as a kid, I was a Liverpool fan growing up in the 70s and they had a fantastic side, one with skill, will and a physical edge."Now if that has gone and been replaced by cheating, I’m absolutely happy to be old-fashioned."There’s no way I’d want to see good proper professionals challenging in the manner that ours did and replace it with cheating.”In responding to Klopp's accusation about the tackling, Dyche did concede there was one tackle which was questionable, however he was more than happy with the one which has seen Joe Gomez sidelined for six weeks with a lower leg fracture. "What I would say is this, and it’s important to register: there were some excellent tackles in the game.“The only one that was questionable was Bardo’s (Phil Bardsley on Alberto Moreno). Ben Mee’s was a fantastic tackle (on Gomez).“I imagine a player who seems to be an honest player, in Gomez, realised that. That was the message we got after and we send him our best.”These squabbles are commonplace in the world of football management and Klopp will by and large brush off the response as every manager worth his salt is going to fight the cause for his own players.However the cheating reference regarding Sturridge will grate somewhat for the manager and player concerned as it is something you never want to be known as.Just like teams managed by the likes of Sam Allardyce, Neil Warnock and Tony Pulis, you know exactly what you are going to get when coming up against Burnley.That is plenty of physicality, long balls and set pieces to deal with.If you come out the other side with a victory, you have certainly earned it as Liverpool did on Wednesday night.Now they will put this behind them as the team have much bigger fish to fry in the upcoming months. However you suspect Dyche will be sure to receive a interesting reception when the Clarets come to town in early March. View full article
  6. Liverpool emerged with a precious three points after a searching test of their title credentials from a physical Burnley side at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.It was clear from the kickoff that the Clarets were up for the contest and would have fancied their chances further when they saw they were coming up against a much changed Reds lineup.It was the first time since the end of the 2016/7 season that none of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino were in the starting lineup.Daniel Sturridge and the rejuvenated Divock Origi fresh from his winner against Everton, led the line for the visitors.Alberto Moreno also made a rare start at left-back replacing the injured Andy Robertson.Liverpool suffered a major setback midway through the first half and quite possibly for the foreseeable future when one of the stars of the campaign so far Joe Gomez, was helped off on a stretcher with a ankle injury after a challenge from Burnley defender Ben Mee. Burnley's tactics of making their presence felt in a physical sense all over the pitch was certainly on Klopp's mind after the 3-1 win.ESPN reported Klopp as saying: "I'm pretty sure I don't make a lot of friends, but that's not my job."I said after the first challenge, I don't know who did it, sliding tackle from six, seven yards, getting the ball, everybody likes it. "I said to the ref: 'It's no foul, but please tell them you cannot do that. Nobody can judge that. You get the ball, nice, but it's like bowling because you get the player as well.Klopp understood the tactics of the home side but said a line had to be drawn somewhere."They wanted to be aggressive, aggression is a part of football. You try something, and you need someone to say: 'Be careful.'" There were a lot of situations, challenges. There was nothing to say. They were normal challenges, but with six or seven yards and then [slide], these times are over. They are over." Don't go five yards before the player because the grass is wet and take any risk. It's not intentional, but these are the situations." I think the referee has to make sure that things like this don't happen constantly. It's not how it should be. Let's play football.On a happier note, the German was thrilled with the composure to turn it all around in the last 30 minutes after trailing 1-0 courtesy of a close-range Jack Cork finish nine minutes after the interval.James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri were on the scoresheet for the visitors.Reacting like we did at a tough place like Turf Moor, that's special."We controlled the game in a lot of moments, but in the moments where we allowed Burnley to make proper tackles, it didn't look that cool. Second half, perfect reaction and really happy with three points.Milner was also delighted with the resolute nature of the victory."It was really tough but we showed the character of this team and these are performances you need." The 3-1 win saw Liverpool off to their best top-flight start in their 126-year history, an achievement that is certainly noteworthy. While Liverpool still sit two points behind Man City, a positive is that they feature in early-kickoff game on Saturday at home to Bournemouth, therefore putting some pressure on City if they were to claim the three points. Another massive week looms on the horizon for the Reds in this fascinating season.
  7. Liverpool emerged with a precious three points after a searching test of their title credentials from a physical Burnley side at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.It was clear from the kickoff that the Clarets were up for the contest and would have fancied their chances further when they saw they were coming up against a much changed Reds lineup.It was the first time since the end of the 2016/7 season that none of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino were in the starting lineup.Daniel Sturridge and the rejuvenated Divock Origi fresh from his winner against Everton, led the line for the visitors.Alberto Moreno also made a rare start at left-back replacing the injured Andy Robertson.Liverpool suffered a major setback midway through the first half and quite possibly for the foreseeable future when one of the stars of the campaign so far Joe Gomez, was helped off on a stretcher with a ankle injury after a challenge from Burnley defender Ben Mee. Burnley's tactics of making their presence felt in a physical sense all over the pitch was certainly on Klopp's mind after the 3-1 win.ESPN reported Klopp as saying: "I'm pretty sure I don't make a lot of friends, but that's not my job."I said after the first challenge, I don't know who did it, sliding tackle from six, seven yards, getting the ball, everybody likes it. "I said to the ref: 'It's no foul, but please tell them you cannot do that. Nobody can judge that. You get the ball, nice, but it's like bowling because you get the player as well.Klopp understood the tactics of the home side but said a line had to be drawn somewhere."They wanted to be aggressive, aggression is a part of football. You try something, and you need someone to say: 'Be careful.'" There were a lot of situations, challenges. There was nothing to say. They were normal challenges, but with six or seven yards and then [slide], these times are over. They are over." Don't go five yards before the player because the grass is wet and take any risk. It's not intentional, but these are the situations." I think the referee has to make sure that things like this don't happen constantly. It's not how it should be. Let's play football.On a happier note, the German was thrilled with the composure to turn it all around in the last 30 minutes after trailing 1-0 courtesy of a close-range Jack Cork finish nine minutes after the interval.James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri were on the scoresheet for the visitors.Reacting like we did at a tough place like Turf Moor, that's special."We controlled the game in a lot of moments, but in the moments where we allowed Burnley to make proper tackles, it didn't look that cool. Second half, perfect reaction and really happy with three points.Milner was also delighted with the resolute nature of the victory."It was really tough but we showed the character of this team and these are performances you need." The 3-1 win saw Liverpool off to their best top-flight start in their 126-year history, an achievement that is certainly noteworthy. While Liverpool still sit two points behind Man City, a positive is that they feature in early-kickoff game on Saturday at home to Bournemouth, therefore putting some pressure on City if they were to claim the three points. Another massive week looms on the horizon for the Reds in this fascinating season. View full article
  8. Report by Dave Usher That’s a great win. I know it was only Burnley and they’re shite, but this was a big boy second half performance from the lads and it’s a huge three points. Seven changes and playing three days after a physically and emotionally draining Derby win, this was always going to be a grind. The first half was predictably gash and when we fell behind early in the second there’s no doubt we were in trouble. We’ve seen games like this before. Hell, we’ve seen them at this ground. I wasn't exactly panicking, but I was seriously concerned. Two years ago we completely dominated the game, fell behind, couldn’t get back into it and then conceded another. This is a massively different team these days though. They’re battle hardened, know how to get results and don’t need to be at their best to do it. That said, I thought the second half display was really, really good. I had no issue whatsoever with the team selection. I’ve said this before, but if we accept that players can’t play in every single game (which I think we all do, don’t we?), then we can’t complain when they’re left out, surely? Ok, seven changes seems a little excessive, but Klopp doesn’t just do this on a whim. We’ve had a busy time of it and the fixture load gets even more hectic over the next couple of weeks. Mane and Robbo were injured, while leaving out Firmino was a no brainer. It made sense to freshen up the midfield too with Hendo, Milner and Keita. Maybe Salah could have started considering Sadio and Bobby weren’t, but we’ve got some big games coming up and Klopp has to manage it as he sees fit. Some may call it arrogance, believing Klopp has thought “it’s only Burnley”, but I don’t see it that way. If he’d played his strongest eleven in this game he’d have had to leave a few out at the weekend when we go to Bournemouth. What’s the tougher looking game? Burnley might be more of a battle, but Bournemouth is the tougher fixture. Besides, the line up that we put out should have been good enough to take care of Burnley. It wasn’t though and Klopp had to send for the cavalry in the second half. Most of the players who came in didn’t exactly enhance their hopes of a more regular start. Moreno was ineffective, Origi never really got into the game, Sturridge took a long time to get going (he was good when he eventually did) and Matip was ok but had some problems dealing with the awkward Ashley Barnes, who’s the master of backing into defenders and winning free-kicks. He’s a right bastard to play against him, such a crafty fucker. He’s great at what he does and for me he represents the only chance Burnley have of staying up. If he doesn’t start scoring goals they’ve had it, as he’s their most important player. He found the net in spectacular style in the first half but was rightly ruled offside. Great finish though. He’s a handful. He robbed Van Dijk at one point and for a second it looked like trouble, but Virgil had caught up with him within about five yards and just shrugged him off like he was a little kid. Not many are going to do that to the powerful Barnes, but that’s Virgil for you, he’s a one off. This is just a teaser, click 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.
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    Why Shaqiri is a Klopp masterstroke

    When Xherdan Shaqiri joined Liverpool for only €15 million this season, nobody was expecting that he would play much of a role in a front three which already consisted of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino. The only thing which was expected from the Swiss international was to serve as a backup if any one of those three was to be injured or to play in second rate matches in the Carabao or FA Cup. And in all honesty, Shaqiri's stay in Liverpool started in pretty much the same way as it was expected. He was a late substitute for one of the three main men upfront or filled in during cup games. However, as time went on, Shaqiri started getting more and more minutes next to his name and he also started pitching in with goals and assists. A player who was only considered as a squad player involved only in the standard squad rotation, now started being an integral part of a well oiled machine operated by a German mastermind. In fact, it seems like Klopp knew right from the start that Shaqiri will be a success, but wanted to give him time to adapt to the Reds' style of play. This certainly isn't easy, and all you have to do is to just look at Fabinho and see his struggles. The German knew that Xherdan will be a success and he knew it because the Swiss international had 3 things going for him right from the start. Acquired on the Cheap Acquiring Shaqiri on the cheap paid off to Liverpool in more ways than one. First Liverpool acquired a player of world class quality for literally next to nothing, a deal which you would struggle to find even at some very generous casinos listed at feedback casino. Getting him for less than €15 million was equal to an out-of-this-world jackpot. The second advantage to acquiring Shaqiri cheaply was that there was no pressure on him to justify that price tag. Players such as Fernando Torres, and recently Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, and Alvaro Morata have felt immense pressure to repay the money that the club invested in them which only hurt their performances. Played for Europe's Elite Shaqiri is still only 27, but has played for renowned clubs such as Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, and Basel in his illustrious career. He must have picked up only positive things at such highly competitive environments and Klopp must have felt like he won at the Slots Million when he found out that there was no competition from other big clubs to acquire the services of a player who played for some of Europe's top clubs. Point to Prove The fact that Shaqiri is still only 27 means that he will be in his prime during his Liverpool tenure. However, there's an additional factor which should make Liverpool fans confident that he will succeed - he is a player with a point to prove as he has never been given an adequate shot at the big stage in his career.
  10. Report by Dave Usher Great comedy is all about timing. That explains why this was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. In fact, can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. I'm laughing now as I type. We’ve had more than our fair share of last gasp derby winners to leave the Blues devastated and heart broken and usually my reaction to them is just to celebrate and go nuts. This was different. For a couple of seconds I went mad, euphorically jumping around in jubilation as you do. Then I just stood there laughing. Uncontrollably. To the point that my stomach began to hurt. I’m still laughing now and will be for a good while yet. It doesn’t get much better than that, and I doubt we’ll ever see an ending that funny ever again. This was an all timer, make no mistake. It's all about the timing, you see. A chant of “Murderers” echoed out from the away end. Purple smoke billowed out too, from flares that had been let off by Evertonians to celebrate what they thought was a famous draw. Trent played a hopeful ball into the box, Everton cleared it and the game looked to be over when Van Dijk tried a ridiculously ambitious volley that ballooned straight up into the air towards the Kop. Virgil turned away in disgust and my frustration spilled over as I yelled “what the fuck was that!”. And then it happened. Perhaps the best moment in Merseyside Derby history. If not the best, certainly the funniest. The ball began dropping down out of orbit and it became apparent that maybe it might just stay in play. Yep, it’s going to drop on the bar so we could get a corner out of this. Wait, what the fuck? It’s bouncing on the bar! There’s Divock, could he…. YEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Un-fuckin-believable. No wonder they hate us. Imagine having to deal with what they’ve had to deal with. No wins at Anfield since 1999 and so many last gasp goals home and away to leave them broken hearted. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost. I heard that “Murderers” chant and saw them throwing stuff at Trent. That Richarlison cunt (I was first on that bandwagon, I hated him even when he was at Watford) had tried to start a scuffle with Gomez to waste more time, and it gave the rabid Blue hordes the opportunity to spew their bile. “Come on Reds, one last chance here. Fucking shut these pricks up” I held out little hope, but that was the thought I had when Trent prepared to take the free-kick. Little could I have imagined what was to follow. A freak winning goal in the time added on after added time because of all the time they had wasted. Poetic that. This is just a teaser, click to view 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.
  11. While there might be individuals out there who feel like sports betting tarnishes the honour of their beloved sport, there’s no denying the fact that one would not be able to live without the other. Sports betting has been a part of football’s history since its inception, and the crowds that these pools tend to draw has played a significant role in financing the sport. Money makes the world go round - and sports betting plays an integral part in keeping the game of football fresh and exciting. That said, it can be quite intimidating to try sports betting without prior experience. Sometimes, even veterans of the pools feel like they’re losing too much money, ending up discouraged and unwilling to continue. Here are just a few methods to help you get your feet wet and hopefully help you to win big. Unrealistic expectations will only lead to disappointment down the line One big reason why some sports bettors tend to win a lot of money is that the majority tend to lose. It’s a fact of life and one that you’ll have to accept before starting. As a beginner, you're even more likely to suffer losses, but that doesn't mean that you're not going to win a couple of wagers. As a matter of fact, you might just win enough that you feel you could start making a real profit. However, don’t let a few wins blind you; making a steady profit from sports betting is an incredibly difficult prospect. Instead, set more realistic expectations. In this case, making the safe bet is all about understanding that you stand to lose as much as you might win. Betting small at the beginning will help provide a foundation for bigger bets down the line. Betting on the long-shot rarely works Do you want to know why many sports bettors lose money and why few win big? A good percentage of bettors tend to give in to temptation and go for the longer odds bet, in the hopes of winning big from an unlikely situation. However, remember that in football, skill will almost always win when put against luck. While there are a few exceptions, that’s exactly the point. It’s the reason why online gamblers who play casino games at sites such as bingo.com have a habit of playing safe. Build your intuition through experience Despite the fact that long odds will rarely work in your favour, it will only be a matter of time before you start building intuition with regards to how some matches will play out. By starting small and doing what you can to make safe bets, you’ll begin to sense certain patterns with how matches play out. If you play your cards right, you could make a long-odds bet that is more likely to succeed than usual. To conclude, betting isn't always going to go your way, and it's important to understand how making the safe bet works - especially in football. By following these simple methods, you'll increase your chances of winning your wagers, and eventually, you'll build real profit! Image: Pixabay.com
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    Origi: That was unbelievable

    Football never manages to disappoint with its ability to surprise during the course of 90 minutes, just ask Divock Origi. After spending last year on loan at Wolfsburg, you could be excused for forgetting the Belgian striker had returned to the club, as the opportunities have been few and far between for the 23-year-old this season. Origi has seen just 11 minutes of first-team action for the Reds to be exact be exact which came in the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade in Matchday four of the Champions League. So when Jurgen Klopp called his number to replace Roberto Firmino with six minutes remaining and the scores locked at 0-0 in a tight and tense Merseyside Derby, there undoubtedly would have been a raised eyebrow or two amongst the Anfield faithful. As a striker, you can toil for 90 minutes of action and fail to get a decent chance at goal but Origi made his presence known from the moment he arrived on the pitch. After a strong run and cross which set up a corner, he had a clear-cut opportunity when Virgil Van Dijk headed down into the path of the striker. Origi was in the perfect spot, but somehow managed to hit the post from a few yards out with only Jordan Pickford to beat. With the clock ticking down, it appeared to be one of the final chances and two crucial points dropped in the title race. However, the old adage of playing till the final whistle was never more apt in this clash, and in the 96th minute a speculative looping shot by Van Dijk was completely misjudged by Pickford. The English international palmed the ball back into play and after bouncing along the crossbar, Origi was in the vicinity again. Unlike a few minutes prior, this time he made no mistake, nodding home his third Derby goal for the club, sparking euphoria amongst the Liverpool players, fans and coaching staff alike. It was a fine time for Origi to score his first league goal in over 18 months (May 2017 vs West Ham to be exact). Speaking to the Official site after the game, he still seemed to be in a sense of disbelief about what occurred. "It’s unbelievable. Derbies are always special, I’ve played in a couple of them and I’ve scored in a couple of them but this one was the most crucial one, so it is very, very special for me.” When you are on the fringes of a side who is playing well, it would be easy to get downhearted and drop your head. It was testament to the character of Origi that he wanted to play an impactful role when he came on. “I had the first chance and it was Virg, so I knew there was an open ball. Then I just played on my instinct, I was so hungry to help the team and give whatever I could. I had a good action before down the side but I wanted to be in [the box]. "Thank God, it came in front of me.” It is these moments which help you win titles. While the disappointment would have been palpable in the Blue side of Merseyside on Sunday evening, Pep Guardiola would have had a wry grin wiped off his face once Origi nodded home. For Divock Origi and the fortunes of the Reds this season, the second of December 2018 could certainly be a defining date to look back upon.
  13. There was a time in the not too distant past when Divock Origi was a key figure in Jurgen Klopp's starting line-up. The German took a real shine to the young Belgian striker who is blessed with a great deal of power and pace - two things which defenders hate coming up against. Origi also had a very good work ethic, a key if you want to play a consistent role in a team managed by Klopp. He looked to be a star on the rise, winning plaudits on the domestic and European stage, and winning admiration among the fanbase. In online casinos terms, Klopp gambled on number 27 and came up trumps on the roulette wheel. The evening of the 20th of April 2016 would prove to be a pivotal date in the career of the 23 year-old. Origi was in the middle of a hot streak, having just scored his fifth goal in as many games for the club in the Merseyside Derby. However early into the second half, a crude challenge by Everton defender Ramiro Funes-Mori struck Origi down, leading to a serious ankle injury. It led to a crisis of confidence which Klopp identified after the 1-0 win against the same opposition on Sunday: "I said it to him, when I went to him on the pitch I had it in my mind. I've never forgot it since" said the German. "Fouls and harsh tackles happen, but in his case it was so obvious that it [the injury in 2016] was a break in his development. "At that time he was outstanding, after that, it took a long time before he felt absolutely nothing. "In the Europa League final he was somehow ready but not completely pain free. Then there was a tournament [Euro 2016] when he couldn't really show up there. "It all changed a little bit, you lose confidence and you don't play from here anymore. When Divock played at that time he was an unbelievable threat, he had speed, he was strong, remember the Dortmund game [in the Europa League] and stuff like that. Klopp felt that when he brought on the striker to replace Roberto Firmino in the 84th minute that it was the closing of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. The symbolism of the moment was not lost the manager. " Coming on tonight, he can finish that book and from now on everything will be fine again." Origi has ridden the personal ups and down of being a professional footballer in his fledgling career. After being linked to Wolves both in the summer and in more recent times, the winning goal on Sunday could be the start of a re-birth for Origi at the Reds. A little bit of confidence and good fortune certainly goes a long way in this game.
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    Origi: That was unbelievable

    Football never manages to disappoint with its ability to surprise during the course of 90 minutes, just ask Divock Origi. After spending last year on loan at Wolfsburg, you could be excused for forgetting the Belgian striker had returned to the club, as the opportunities have been few and far between for the 23-year-old this season. Origi has seen just 11 minutes of first-team action for the Reds to be exact be exact which came in the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade in Matchday four of the Champions League. So when Jurgen Klopp called his number to replace Roberto Firmino with six minutes remaining and the scores locked at 0-0 in a tight and tense Merseyside Derby, there undoubtedly would have been a raised eyebrow or two amongst the Anfield faithful. As a striker, you can toil for 90 minutes of action and fail to get a decent chance at goal but Origi made his presence known from the moment he arrived on the pitch. After a strong run and cross which set up a corner, he had a clear-cut opportunity when Virgil Van Dijk headed down into the path of the striker. Origi was in the perfect spot, but somehow managed to hit the post from a few yards out with only Jordan Pickford to beat. With the clock ticking down, it appeared to be one of the final chances and two crucial points dropped in the title race. However, the old adage of playing till the final whistle was never more apt in this clash, and in the 96th minute a speculative looping shot by Van Dijk was completely misjudged by Pickford. The English international palmed the ball back into play and after bouncing along the crossbar, Origi was in the vicinity again. Unlike a few minutes prior, this time he made no mistake, nodding home his third Derby goal for the club, sparking euphoria amongst the Liverpool players, fans and coaching staff alike. It was a fine time for Origi to score his first league goal in over 18 months (May 2017 vs West Ham to be exact). Speaking to the Official site after the game, he still seemed to be in a sense of disbelief about what occurred. "It’s unbelievable. Derbies are always special, I’ve played in a couple of them and I’ve scored in a couple of them but this one was the most crucial one, so it is very, very special for me.” When you are on the fringes of a side who is playing well, it would be easy to get downhearted and drop your head. It was testament to the character of Origi that he wanted to play an impactful role when he came on. “I had the first chance and it was Virg, so I knew there was an open ball. Then I just played on my instinct, I was so hungry to help the team and give whatever I could. I had a good action before down the side but I wanted to be in [the box]. "Thank God, it came in front of me.” It is these moments which help you win titles. While the disappointment would have been palpable in the Blue side of Merseyside on Sunday evening, Pep Guardiola would have had a wry grin wiped off his face once Origi nodded home. For Divock Origi and the fortunes of the Reds this season, the second of December 2018 could certainly be a defining date to look back upon. View full article
  15. There was a time in the not too distant past when Divock Origi was a key figure in Jurgen Klopp's starting line-up. The German took a real shine to the young Belgian striker who is blessed with a great deal of power and pace - two things which defenders hate coming up against. Origi also had a very good work ethic, a key if you want to play a consistent role in a team managed by Klopp. He looked to be a star on the rise, winning plaudits on the domestic and European stage, and winning admiration among the fanbase. In online casinos terms, Klopp gambled on number 27 and came up trumps on the roulette wheel. The evening of the 20th of April 2016 would prove to be a pivotal date in the career of the 23 year-old. Origi was in the middle of a hot streak, having just scored his fifth goal in as many games for the club in the Merseyside Derby. However early into the second half, a crude challenge by Everton defender Ramiro Funes-Mori struck Origi down, leading to a serious ankle injury. It led to a crisis of confidence which Klopp identified after the 1-0 win against the same opposition on Sunday: "I said it to him, when I went to him on the pitch I had it in my mind. I've never forgot it since" said the German. "Fouls and harsh tackles happen, but in his case it was so obvious that it [the injury in 2016] was a break in his development. "At that time he was outstanding, after that, it took a long time before he felt absolutely nothing. "In the Europa League final he was somehow ready but not completely pain free. Then there was a tournament [Euro 2016] when he couldn't really show up there. "It all changed a little bit, you lose confidence and you don't play from here anymore. When Divock played at that time he was an unbelievable threat, he had speed, he was strong, remember the Dortmund game [in the Europa League] and stuff like that. Klopp felt that when he brought on the striker to replace Roberto Firmino in the 84th minute that it was the closing of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. The symbolism of the moment was not lost the manager. " Coming on tonight, he can finish that book and from now on everything will be fine again." Origi has ridden the personal ups and down of being a professional footballer in his fledgling career. After being linked to Wolves both in the summer and in more recent times, the winning goal on Sunday could be the start of a re-birth for Origi at the Reds. A little bit of confidence and good fortune certainly goes a long way in this game. View full article
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