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  1. It was a surprisingly lacklustre display from the Reds at Craven Cottage as they had to twice come from behind to salvage a point against a lively Fulham side. TLW Editor Dave Usher was joined by Stu Montagu and Paul Natton shortly after the final whistle to go through all the main talking points from the game. How can we play that badly? What was wrong with the midfield? Did Trent have someone else's boots on? Is Bobby done as a regular starter? What the hell was Virg doing for the penalty? All that and much more is covered in a lively post match chat.
  2. It was a surprisingly lacklustre display from the Reds at Craven Cottage as they had to twice come from behind to salvage a point against a lively Fulham side. TLW Editor Dave Usher was joined by Stu Montagu and Paul Natton shortly after the final whistle to go through all the main talking points from the game. How can we play that badly? What was wrong with the midfield? Did Trent have someone else's boots on? Is Bobby done as a regular starter? What the hell was Virg doing for the penalty? All that and much more is covered in a lively post match chat.
  3. Monday Aug 1: The England women won the Euros yesterday so good for them. I didn’t watch any of the tournament before this and wasn’t going to watch any of the final either, for no other reason than I don’t give much a fuck about it. Not because it’s women, but because I’m just not interested. I’ve got nothing derogatory to say about women’s footy at all, any time I've watched it I've thought the standard was good, it's just that I don’t really care about it. It’s the same reason I wouldn’t watch the Scottish Cup final or a Serie A game. Nothing against it, I’d just rather spend my time doing something else. But Adrianna decided to put it on (she hadn't watched any of it prior to the final either) and because I was in the room I got to see a decent chunk of the game. I didn’t cheer when they scored but I was pleased for them and posted in the group chat about what a boss finish it was and that “Nunez should have done that with his chance yesterday”. When Germany equalised I felt something approaching disappointment. Had that been the men I’d have been laughing my head off. Clearly my disdain for England does not extend to the women’s team or the fans of it. I had to go out so didn’t see extra time but I’m glad they won. You know what’s funny though? All of a sudden you’ve got people trying to make out this is the same as the men winning something. Not because they see women’s footy as equal to the men’s game, but because they’re so desperate to hitch themselves to any trophy laden English wagon. “The 56 year wait is over!!” I kept hearing on Talksport and on the news last night. Is it fuck! Don’t be piggy backing on the success of the women just because the men are shit. Let them enjoy their own success without patronisingly trying to put them on equal footing with the men’s game and making out this is like 1966. It isn’t and trying to suggest otherwise just demeans what they achieved and makes those who talk it down rebel against it even more. Just celebrate it for what it is. The English women are European Champions, it's has nothing to do with the men's game though. Hopefully it gives their league a boost because the attendances are pretty shite. Meanwhile, we had a friendly yesterday. It was essentially a reserve game even though it was played at Anfield in front of fans. We lost 3-0 to Strasbourg so I’m not bothering with any catch up of it either. I did see some complaining on twitter about the team and some were even saying the game was sold to fans on ‘false pretences’. Fuck off. If you bought a ticket for this thinking that Salah and Van Dijk and Nunez etc would be playing then more fool you. It’s the day after the Community Shield. The only players who were going to feature in this were the ones who missed out against City. In other words, the squad players and kids. What made the line up weaker was the number of injuries we have. Jones and Keita pulled out of this one, while Jota, Alisson and Kostas are all out too. Calvin Ramsay hasn’t kicked a ball for us yet as he’s injured too, so the team was as strong as Klopp could have picked. I doubt anyone who actually paid to go had any problem as they knew the situation. It’s the fucking internet cry babies complaining on their behalf. Always have to have something to moan about. As for today’s news, there were some quite revealing quote from Nunez about how hard he found it when he first got here. Basically to paraphrase, he was shit in his early training sessions and couldn’t do anything right because he was trying too hard to impress and justify his fee. He said the lads helped him and a chat with Mo was the main turning point. I found this interesting because I was only thinking yesterday that whenever any of the lads have spoken about him it’s been carefully worded and not particularly effusive. They haven’t been saying how incredible he is, it’s all been about how he needs to work hard, learn how we play and that his quality will shine through. It kind of makes sense now if he was shite in his first week or two. I bet he’s fucking flying now though. 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 £3 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  4. After running Pep Guardiola's Manchester City as close as we possibly could last season and reducing our one time 14 point deficit to them, right down to a single point in the battle for the Premier League title, manager Jurgen Klopp can still be proud of our double domestic cup successes in the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. With the big kick off to the 2022/23 campaign nearing and build up well underway to Friday evenings opening game as Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira welcomes Mikel Arteta's Arsenal side to Selhurst Park, Liverpool's preparations for Saturdays early afternoon clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage continue at pace and fans will now find it incredibly difficult to get football tickets Liverpool for the game this late on. Despite our moves in the summer transfer market so far (the arrivals of Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez, and numerous departures including Divock Origi and Neco Williams), our business clearly is not done yet and one of the main pieces of speculation right now concerns another player leaving, with 25-year-old centre back Nat Phillips expected to depart Anfield again, but this time on a permanent basis. Speculation about his future has been around for a while, with newly promoted top flight sides Bournemouth and Fulham very heavily linked with him - however, the potential sticking point appears to be that Liverpool themselves seem to want around the £10 million mark for his services. Having come through Liverpool's Academy set up, Phillips spent a two year loan spell out with German Bundesliga side Stuttgart, making a total of 17 starting appearances in total, with a further five showings from the substitutes bench. Having spent the second half of last season out on loan at Dean Court, making a further 18 starting appearances - Liverpool's valuation seems incredibly high for someone of his experience and overall game time, and even during his time with us, he has only featured 24 times in total. That is certainly the opinion of journalist Luke Edwards. Having recently appeared on BBC Sounds Transfer Gossip Daily podcast, he explained. "He’s 25 and he’s only made 17 first-team appearances for Liverpool. He seems to have been on the fringes of their first team for a while. He was on loan at Bournemouth last season and did really well, and I think they would like to sign him permanently. Fulham are also interested. Both of those clubs are looking for players who are good enough to keep them in the Premier League and probably not much else. They are looking for players who are top six in the Championship, bottom six in the Premier League." Edwards did acknowledge that Phillips' time at the club was most certainly over, and he felt that ultimately a compromise would be made that saw him leave for significantly less before the transfer window slams shut. "His time is over at Liverpool, I think he would be the first to accept that. Liverpool have been trying to sell him for a while now, which suggests to me that the £10m asking price is too much. But I think we will see him move on this window before the deadline." With so many departures so far, Phillips will almost certainly join that list at some point before we tick into September, but fans will naturally keep a closer eye on further potential incomings as we look to end Guardiola's chase for three successive titles.
  5. Mohamed Salah finally reaching an agreement with Liverpool was probably the best news every Liverpool ticket holder wanted to hear before the new season. It was a long time coming, and there was much speculation surrounding the Egyptian king and his future in a Red shirt. Finally, everything is put to bed - Salah is a Liverpool player until 2025 (and hopefully beyond). With several transfer rumours that got almost all who purchased Liverpool tickets for the upcoming season on the edge of their seats, Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool owners confirmed that Salah is here to stay. In an official statement by the club, Liverpool announced the long-term deal with the forward, as he looks to continue his form and what he does best. It was an all-important move for the club, with the speculation finally ending and the club and Jurgen Klopp understanding their priorities. This announcement came after growing concerns among the supporters, with a heightened worry after the loss of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich in June. To lose one of the club's leading forwards was a big blow, but to lose both would have left the Anfield club in turmoil. The new Salah deal In 2017, one of the first signings in the Klopp era was the arrival of Salah from AS Roma. He was sensational in the first season, netting on 44 occasions. 32 out of the 44 came in the Premier League as he set the Premier League record for the most goals scored in a single season. Since then, he has been unstoppable and was the driving force in Liverpool's road back to supremacy. The previous contract was expected to run out in June 2023, and his new terms ensure that he has a fair remuneration for his efforts at the club. The newly signed contract that keeps him focused with Liverpool will see him make an excess of 350,000 a week and makes him the highest-paid player in the club's history. Earlier, Salah was capped at $200,000 a week, and with this signing, he is expected to make over 400,000 a week with the added incentives. Now a three-time Golden Boot winner, he is currently the fourth highest earning player in the league behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, and David De Gea. As Salah took to social media to announce his extension, it felt like everything was falling into place again for the side. "I feel great and excited to win trophies…." "It is a happy day for everyone," Salah added. The deal was finalised while the Egyptian was on holiday, speaking volumes of the deal's importance. Sporting director for Liverpool, Julian Ward, jetted to meet Salah with the confirmation from FSG president Mike Gordon. The Team is Excited to Have Salah - Fabinho Since his arrival at the club, Liverpool hasn't stooped down in their playing style. Much of the credit goes to Jurgen Klopp, but the team had a great combination with Mane and Salah. Speaking about his teammate, Fabinho adds that his teammate is happier, and after Sadio left, the contract agreement was crucial. "That was really important, especially after losing Sadio," Fabinho added. Speaking to The Athletic's James Pearce, Fabinho wasn't too shy to state that Salah was undoubtedly the side's best player in the last few years. "He's (Salah) been maybe the best player in this team, and he's shown how important he is…." And Fabinho isn't wrong - the numbers speak for themselves. Since he moved borders, Salah has scored 156 goals for the side in the 254. He also won six trophies with the recent FA Cup and the EFL League club in the previous season. Salah was pivotal in ensuring that Liverpool won their first Premier League title in the 2020-21 season after nearly two decades. In the earlier season, Liverpool won the Champions League defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the final. The Egyptian is in 9th place in the all-time goalscorers list for Liverpool in such a short time and provided he replicates his 31-goal run from last season, he will be overtraining Liverpool legends Kenny Dalglish, Robbie Fowler, and Steven Gerrard to fifth. Re-signing Salah might be Liverpool's biggest signing this season, but there will be a search for a replacement for his strike partner Sadio Mane to continue the success story. Liverpool missed out on a possible back-to-back league title in the concluded season - a season that went down to the wire. City came out on top on the final day, anchoring a memorable comeback against Aston Villa despite the Salah heroics to win the title. Still, ambition is strong with the Reds for the upcoming season. Liverpool will commence their new season run with the re-promoted Fulham in August. It will be the 4th season that the team will start a new season with a newcomer. Crystal will follow up the opening fixture, and the decisive game in the first few games would be the one against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the 20th of August. Last time around, when Liverpool went to Old Trafford, they came back with a 5-0 win, with Salah scoring a hat-trick. September will be a challenge with trips to Everton and Chelsea, which will follow crucial clashes against Arsenal and Manchester City. The final game before club action halts for the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be against Southampton at home. The return fixture after the world cup is Aston Villa, expected to be held on Boxing Day. The Egyptian failed to make it to the FIFA World Cup this year with his national side after losing the AFCON title to Senegal, which Sadio Mane led. Hype is on After a long hiatus of disappointment and regret, Liverpool is again season favourites for a 5th successive season. In the last five seasons, they've almost won the league title on two occasions but couldn't overthrow City. The Salah signing and Liverpool's playing level have also amplified the demand for Liverpool tickets. Tickets for the upcoming season were already in demand, and the chances are that you've already passed the deadline. With Liverpool tickets available for four tournaments - the Premier League, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, and the UEFA Champions League- you might still have a chance at securing a few. But, the official sources can disappoint you and end your hunt for tickets. Instead, an ideal option would be to search for available options on a certified reseller website. The reseller website would consist of verified sellers that list authentic Liverpool tickets for anyone to purchase. Do note that all tickets undergo a strict verification process to ensure that every fan can start making plans for their match days.
  6. Another new season is upon us so that means predictions. Can we go one better than last season or will we be pipped to the post by City yet again? What about the rest of the top four, and will Everton finally stop circling the drain and be sucked down? Chris Smith is joined by Julian Richards, Ian Brown and TLW Editor Dave Usher to look ahead to the upcoming season, while we also get predictions from the rest of the team before we preview the opening day trip to Fulham.
  7. Another new season is upon us so that means predictions. Can we go one better than last season or will we be pipped to the post by City yet again? What about the rest of the top four, and will Everton finally stop circling the drain and be sucked down? Chris Smith is joined by Julian Richards, Ian Brown and TLW Editor Dave Usher to look ahead to the upcoming season, while we also get predictions from the rest of the team before we preview the opening day trip to Fulham.
  8. It’s fair to say that Liverpool fans haven’t always been in love with international football. This, after all, is a fanbase that very much puts club over country. The majority of Liverpool fans would prefer their side to win the Premier League than England win the World Cup, after all. With that being said, though you may feel a greater affinity for Klopp’s boys, that doesn’t mean that you can’t embrace the World Cup. There’s plenty of love to go around! And plus, it’s not as if Liverpool will be playing during the tournament anyway. In this blog, we’ll run through some useful tips for ensuring that you can make the most of the world’s leading sporting competition. Follow Liverpool Players If you can’t watch Liverpool players perform for the reds, then you can cheer them on for their countries. There will be a handful of Liverpool stars who will be representing their country at the World Cup, with some others in with a chance of selection. Players certain to be there include Jordan Henderson, Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho, Diogo Jota, and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Thiago may also receive the call for Spain, which, given his recent form, would be no less than he deserves. Fans who are missing Origi and Mane can see them in action at the World Cup, too. Plus, it’ll be a chance to cast your eye over the players that Liverpool have been linked with; let’s just hope the one that Liverpool sign isn’t the 2022 equivalent of El-Hadji Diouf. Extra World Cup Activities There’ll be plenty for fans to enjoy beyond the many matches of the World Cup. We all know World Cup fever takes over the country during tournament time, and that’ll be no different this year. Get yourself into the spirit by tuning into those yet-to-be-announced nightly World Cup TV shows, challenge yourself to come out on top by participating in BetVictor’s Crack the Code competition, and tune into the many not-so-serious World Cup podcasts that’ll come out daily when the action is taking place. Host a Party If you’re looking for an excuse to host a party for family and friends, then the World Cup provides just that. Grab your loved ones, put a game on a big projector, and sink into all the fun and drama of the World Cup. Think of the Impact on Liverpool’s Season If, for whatever reason, you can’t muster up enthusiasm for the World Cup directly, then you can at least be enthusiastic about how it may impact Liverpool’s season. Liverpool will need all the help they can get if they’re going to finish ahead of Manchester City and claim the title for themselves, and the World Cup might just provide a bit of that help. City have more players than Liverpool at the World Cup, and though it was sad for Salah that Egypt didn’t qualify, him missing out will mean he’s more likely to be fresh come the second half of the domestic campaign.
  9. Report by Dave Usher First let me say that this result means nothing when it comes to the season ahead. Not a thing. It’s completely irrelevant. The last two winners of the Community Shield were Leicester and Arsenal, who both went on to finish eighth. Leicester just weren’t very good and Arsenal spent six months smelling themselves after beating us on pens. The point is, winning this is not any kind of barometer for what lies ahead. That said, it feels great doesn’t it? Beating them is always good, whether there’s points at stake or not. Maybe it laid down a marker but I don’t necessarily think so. City know how good we are and this won’t have told them anything new. Except maybe that the King is dead and long live the King. Sadio was great against City so they’ll have been glad to see the back of him. Nunez showed them that life isn’t going to get any easier. Again though, this doesn’t mean that Nunez is going to be a roaring success or Haaland will be a flop. It’s just first blood to us, that’s all. It feels great though, and while the trophy itself isn’t particularly important, it’s something that Klopp and the lads hadn’t won so it kind of does feel important just for them to complete the set. More than anything though it’s just good seeing a performance like that. It wasn’t flawless and we had lulls during the game, but that happens every time we play them. You can’t boss City for 90 minutes as they’re too good. In total we probably bossed two thirds of this game and the other third was relatively even. It never felt like City were on top at any point. We started the game brilliantly and ended it the same way. That bodes well for the start of the season as it shows we’re pretty sharp despite the shortened pre-season. The starting eleven looked really good and then the subs gave us that extra push in the closing stages. It couldn’t have gone any better could it? The start of the game reminded me a little of the semi final a few months back. This wasn’t as spectacular but we’re still in pre-season so we’re never going to be at the intensity we were playing at in April. The way the game went though was similar. We started fast and were well on top. We dominated the ball and were moving it around well. In the first few minutes Mo hit one into the side netting after dancing his way into the box. I really thought that had gone in at first. Would have been a sensational goal. Robbo missed a good chance too when he arrived at the back stick to meet a Trent cross but headed horribly wide. Bad decision, he should have headed back across goal, either to try and score himself or to square it to a team-mate. Robbo might be the worst finisher I’ve ever seen, which is mad because he’s such a great player. He does the difficult stuff really well but when it comes to goalscoring he couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo. 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 £3 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  10. The first silverware of the season is in the cabinet and Darwin Nunez is off the mark as the Reds struck the first blow in what will surely be another epic season long battle with Manchester City. Chris Smith and Dave Usher look back on a quality performance and richly deserved win by Klopp's men. Thiago dazzled, Mo was magical and Darwin has arrived. Up the Reds!
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    PODCAST: Community Shield Match Reaction

    The first silverware of the season is in the cabinet and Darwin Nunez is off the mark as the Reds struck the first blow in what will surely be another epic season long battle with Manchester City. Chris Smith and Dave Usher look back on a quality performance and richly deserved win by Klopp's men. Thiago dazzled, Mo was magical and Darwin has arrived. Up the Reds!
  12. Monday Jul 25: Didn’t do one of these last week because there wasn’t anything happening. Then as the week drew to a close loads went down. David Moores died. I don’t really have anything to say about that other than to offer condolences to his family. His house is about 2 minutes from mine but I’ve never seen him out and about which I always thought was weird. Maybe he’s been in poor health for a while. RIP anyway. Also last week, we had a 5-0 friendly win in Leipzig in which Nunez scored four. I do have things to say about that. Only one of the goals actually impressed me. Three of them were very much in the “Darren Bent finishes” category. The keeper should have saved two of them (one from the spot) and Darwin almost missed the easiest of the chances and it went in off the post. His second goal was a lovely finish though. My point here isn’t to downplay what he did though. It’s more a case of showing the folly of this judging players on pre-season stuff. He was being ripped by rival fans for not scoring in a couple of short appearances. That was ridiculous. Now he scored four in a half there’s a temptation to go overboard and read way too much into that. Don’t do it. It means fuck all. Let’s wait and see how he does when the real stuff starts and then we can judge. These games mean nothing. That said, I’ve seen enough of Carvalho to know he’s going to be a fucking superstar and I’m also really struggling to hold off on declaring Stefan Bajcetic the next big thing. He looks really good so far for 17. I don’t think he’s even played in the 21s yet. Looks to be some prospect though. Staying with the pre-season theme and how results mean nothing, look at Everton. Last week their fans were laughing at us for losing 4-0 to Manchester United. A few days ago they lost 4-0 to… Minnesota United. You just can't write this shit. That might just be the most Everton thing ever. It was their strongest line up too. Pre-season results mean fuck all but there’s still something about this one that sets off alarm bells. 4-0 to an MLS team isn’t good. They’re fucked aren’t they? The only thing that can save them this season is if the newly promoted clubs really stink. If one or two of them are decent, then it’s bye bye Everton. 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 £3 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  13. Who is Liverpool's best ever signing? Is it the King, or perhaps the Egyptian King? Van Dijk or Hyypia? Maybe it's Barnes or Rush? From the players who changed the direction of the club to those who were just incredible value for money, we run the rule over all of them and attempt to come up with a top three. In the interest of balance we also voted on the worst signing. That was a much easier choice. Spoiler; he's the only number nine to play an entire season without scoring a league goal.
  14. Who is Liverpool's best ever signing? Is it the King, or perhaps the Egyptian King? Van Dijk or Hyypia? Maybe it's Barnes or Rush? From the players who changed the direction of the club to those who were just incredible value for money, we run the rule over all of them and attempt to come up with a top three. In the interest of balance we also voted on the worst signing. That was a much easier choice. Spoiler; he's the only number nine to play an entire season without scoring a league goal.
  15. We’re just weeks away from the start of the new Premier League season with Liverpool scheduled to take on Fulham away on Saturday 6th August. Klopp will be hoping that this will be an easy warm-up game for his men to ease their way back into another gruelling campaign. After coming painfully close to another Premier League title, the reds will be eager to take another step up this season. Of course, they’ll face all the usual challenges, including a strong and powerful competitor from just a few junctions down the M62. Manchester City have dominated domestic English football for close to a decade now and they don’t look like they’ll be any different this year. One thing that will be different, however, is the fact that the FIFA World Cup, which would normally be held in June and July, won’t be taking place until late November and will run up until just a week before Christmas. For top-flight teams like Liverpool, this could have a major influence on the outcome of the season for several reasons. Here are the main factors that are going to be at play. Fixture Congestion Fixture congestion is not going to be a new problem for Liverpool and other clubs in the Premier League this season. It is something that they have had to contend with for many years, though it is generally believed that the problem has got worse more recently. As this has happened, the talk of how fixture congestion could be having a negative effect on elite footballers has intensified. In particular, Jose Mourinho was very outspoken on the issue back in 2020-21 when he was the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, complaining that he had to sacrifice competitions due to the volume of games his players had to play in quick succession. Liverpool’s Klopp has also been very vocal about the issue on numerous occasions. As recently as May, he was complaining about UEFA’s scheduling. But with the World Cup taking place in November, teams in the Premier League are going to have even more trouble. There will be a break that begins following the weekend games of 12th and 13th November. The pause in the fixtures will last for six weeks with the next matches scheduled for Boxing Day. To accommodate this, the Premier League has extended the calendar at both ends, starting a week earlier and ending a week later. There will also be no winter break, so players will be likely far more fatigued than usual. How teams will accommodate this is yet to be seen and how managers can adapt will likely have an impact on the outcome of the season. Risk of Injury It’s not just player fatigue that is an issue. The World Cup is a high-stakes competition with a winner-takes-all knockout phase that sees players fighting for the pride and glory that comes from helping their nation win the biggest prize in football. As a result, some players get caught up in the moment and take things a little too far. The result is that either they, their teammates, or their opponents pick up some unfortunate injuries. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there was an average of 1.68 injuries per match, totalling 104 over the entire tournament with 63.4% coming from contact with another player. Between 2002 and 2014, the number of injuries fell slightly, but the impact on the players and their league teams can still be huge. Of course, many injuries are only minor and players can recover for the next game, but others can leave them out of action for weeks, months, or even an entire season. In 2020-21, Liverpool learned first-hand the effects of losing a key player to injury and the risk of this happening again increases in tournaments like the World Cup. Had it taken place in the summer, like usual, then players would have had time to recover, but since it’s taking place right in the middle of the season, the impact could derail a league campaign.
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