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  1. Saturday Mar 16: I’ve been saying for over 12 months now how much I hate VAR and that it’s the worst thing to happen to football since oil money. I’m having seconds thoughts now. I mean, I hate the idea of it, but anything that stops City from getting all these ridiculous decisions has to be an improvement, right? Of course the ideal solution would be if officials just stopped handing them illegal goals and soft penalties, but clearly that’s not going to stop so it’s going to have to be VAR. That was an absolute joke today. Swansea deserved so much more from that game than what they got. I thought they were fantastic, but they got utterly screwed by that prick Marriner (who followed up his pitiful showing at Anfield last week with an even worse one here) and his linesman. My utter contempt for anything City related is reaching unprecedented levels. It might even be eclipsing how I felt about Ferguson’s United and Mourinho’s Chelsea. I dunno, maybe I’m forgetting just how much I despised them, but this City thing is really bothering me just because of how they’re doing it. I know Chelsea did it too, but it wasn’t against the rules back then. Unpalatable, yes, illegal, no. Fuck Man City, the absolute pricks. And fuck Guardiola too, the fake nice guy piece of shit. Hate that twat and how loads of people don’t realise yet what a snide he is. Apologising to Swansea and admitting it wasn’t a pen and the winner was offside. Fuck off with your fake apology you insincere baldy bastard. You don’t fool me. You have to wonder just what the fuck the FA are doing with this VAR thing though. How can you have it at some games and not others? Only at Premier League grounds, which is ridiculous when you consider that virtually every Championship club would have the facilities to use it, especially Swansea who until last year was a Premier League ground. It’s a farce, you either have it for all or none. On the bright side, it means an extra game for City I suppose, but that still left an awful taste in the mouth today. Sunday Mar 17: Fulham 1 L 2 The three points are all that matter, especially at this stage of the season, but bloody hell you have to wonder how this game ended up as close as it did. I don’t think there’s been a bigger gulf in quality between us and any opponent this year, yet we needed a late penalty to spare our blushes and keep us in the title race. It might sound melodramatic, but if we’d dropped two points here I genuinely think that would have been the end for our title bid. We don’t have any real margin for error, and what little margin we have might be required when we play Spurs or Chelsea. You simply can’t drop points against Fulham and their worst defence in Premier League history. Thank God for Sadio's hot streak and for James Milner’s balls of steel. He’s got more nerve than me that’s for sure. I couldn’t even watch him take it, I ran into my mum’s kitchen and waited to hear my Dad’s reaction before going back in. Yeah I’m a shithouse, but Klopp has turned his back on pens before so I’m in good company. The goal we gave away was a total clusterfuck with Milner, Van Dijk and Alisson all culpable in varying degrees, but I’m fine with that as the occasional mistake is inevitable. I’m not fine with how wasteful we were in countless great situations. It’s been happening all season and nothing drives me more mad. I feel guilty that I’ve got such a fucking downer on Mo at the moment. I gave him 4/10 in my ESPN ratings, which on reflection was harsh, but I was just so frustrated with him. The missed chances are one thing, but it’s the all too frequent hideous decision making that’s doing my head in. He’s so desperate to score that it’s completely clouding his judgement now. Without Mané picking up the slack in recent weeks our season would be over. Come on Mo lad, find that mojo again as we need it. Also today, the youngsters reached the FA Youth Cup final after a 2-1 win over Watford that was just as one sided as the first team game at Fulham. Same score too, which is mad because it should have been about 10-1. Glatzel scored both goals and could have had five, as could Duncan who will go to bed tonight wondering just how the hell he didn’t score. The lads played really well and deserved a bigger crowd than what they got. But scheduling a game right before the first team are playing was a bit mad. The club did that bullshit ‘ticket only’ thing too. I don’t know why, but it’s clear they really don’t want people turning up to these games, which is a shame as I remember being one of around 26,000 who showed up to watch Carra, Owen, little Thommo & co win this back in 1996. They’ll be lucky to get a tenth of that crowd for this year’s final. 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.
  2. One of the most maligned Liverpool players in modern times seems to have played his final game for the club with Alberto Moreno jetting off to Rome to reportedly sign a pre-contract agreement with Lazio.The contract of the 26 year-old is due to run out at the end of the season but the Liverpool Echo reports that a new contract will not be forthcoming from the club, hence why the Spaniard has looked abroad to kickstart his career againMoreno who has made 90 appearances for the Reds, is under no obligation to tell the club of his future intentions and it is believed he has yet to do so.The left-back came to the club in the summer of 2014 and was viewed as a exciting prospect who had already won a handful of caps for his country in his early twenties.However from his early games for the Reds, it was evident that he struggled with the frenetic tempo of the Premier League and that led to mistakes and a weak-link that was regularly targeted by the opposition.Moreno can never say he wasn't given opportunities to correct his flaws with Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp showing a great deal of faith in him.It appeared Moreno was well and truly on the outside when the patience of Klopp finally snapped and he was replaced by midfielder James Milner at left-back for the majority of the 2016/7 season.To his credit, Moreno dusted himself off from that indignity and had a renaissance at the beginning of last season even winning another cap for Spain. However just as it seemed he had won the trust back from his manager and teammates, a serious ankle injury against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League group stage was arguably the most symbolic moment of his stint at the club. If you were ever looking for a sliding doors moment, that would be it. The tears Moreno shed as he left the field that night was a indication that he was giving a golden opportunity to his left-back rival in Andy Robertson who was desperate for show his wares on the main stage after his summer move from Hull.The rest they say is history as 'Robbo' has cemented his place as one of the best left-backs not only in the Premier League, but in all of Europe.Since that moment, Moreno has become a bench warmer only making cameo appearances which have included just the two league starts this season (against Cardiff and Burnley).The imminent departure of Moreno could open the first team door to another exciting local prospect in Adam Lewis.The 19 year-old has been slowly eased into the first team set-up having joined the squad for the warm weather camp in Marbella last month.There is a feeling that managers of the top English clubs are unwilling to give youth a go, and hence they have to either go on loan or look at another club to further their career.The beauty about Klopp is that he doesn't look at a player's birth certificate. If he believes you are ready, he will put you in as he has shown with Trent Alexander-Arnold and even 16 year-old Ki-Jana Hoever against Wolves in the third round of the FA Cup.Regular observers of Liverpool's U/23s have commented that Lewis shares many qualities of Alexander-Arnold in a defensive and attacking sense.The youngster who came on in leaps and bounds under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard in the U/18s knows that under Klopp there is bound to opportunities if he works hard enough. "My aim is just to try and get on the bench or maybe in the squad for a Premier League game. Just to keep doing what I’m doing, to be honest."Everyone knows the manager gives opportunities. So he believes in you as players and if you do well then he’s going to give you that chance.”It would be something special to see another academy graduate become a full-time member of the senior squad. View full article
  3. One of the most maligned Liverpool players in modern times seems to have played his final game for the club with Alberto Moreno jetting off to Rome to reportedly sign a pre-contract agreement with Lazio.The contract of the 26 year-old is due to run out at the end of the season but the Liverpool Echo reports that a new contract will not be forthcoming from the club, hence why the Spaniard has looked abroad to kickstart his career againMoreno who has made 90 appearances for the Reds, is under no obligation to tell the club of his future intentions and it is believed he has yet to do so.The left-back came to the club in the summer of 2014 and was viewed as a exciting prospect who had already won a handful of caps for his country in his early twenties.However from his early games for the Reds, it was evident that he struggled with the frenetic tempo of the Premier League and that led to mistakes and a weak-link that was regularly targeted by the opposition.Moreno can never say he wasn't given opportunities to correct his flaws with Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp showing a great deal of faith in him.It appeared Moreno was well and truly on the outside when the patience of Klopp finally snapped and he was replaced by midfielder James Milner at left-back for the majority of the 2016/7 season.To his credit, Moreno dusted himself off from that indignity and had a renaissance at the beginning of last season even winning another cap for Spain. However just as it seemed he had won the trust back from his manager and teammates, a serious ankle injury against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League group stage was arguably the most symbolic moment of his stint at the club. If you were ever looking for a sliding doors moment, that would be it. The tears Moreno shed as he left the field that night was a indication that he was giving a golden opportunity to his left-back rival in Andy Robertson who was desperate for show his wares on the main stage after his summer move from Hull.The rest they say is history as 'Robbo' has cemented his place as one of the best left-backs not only in the Premier League, but in all of Europe.Since that moment, Moreno has become a bench warmer only making cameo appearances which have included just the two league starts this season (against Cardiff and Burnley).The imminent departure of Moreno could open the first team door to another exciting local prospect in Adam Lewis.The 19 year-old has been slowly eased into the first team set-up having joined the squad for the warm weather camp in Marbella last month.There is a feeling that managers of the top English clubs are unwilling to give youth a go, and hence they have to either go on loan or look at another club to further their career.The beauty about Klopp is that he doesn't look at a player's birth certificate. If he believes you are ready, he will put you in as he has shown with Trent Alexander-Arnold and even 16 year-old Ki-Jana Hoever against Wolves in the third round of the FA Cup.Regular observers of Liverpool's U/23s have commented that Lewis shares many qualities of Alexander-Arnold in a defensive and attacking sense.The youngster who came on in leaps and bounds under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard in the U/18s knows that under Klopp there is bound to opportunities if he works hard enough. "My aim is just to try and get on the bench or maybe in the squad for a Premier League game. Just to keep doing what I’m doing, to be honest."Everyone knows the manager gives opportunities. So he believes in you as players and if you do well then he’s going to give you that chance.”It would be something special to see another academy graduate become a full-time member of the senior squad.
  4. It was a reduced fixture list in the Premier League this weekend because of the “FA doing their bit to help City win a quadruple Cup”. While Andre Marriner was channeling his inner Paul Tierney to ensure a favourable result for the sky blue half of Manchester, things didn’t go so smoothly for the red half, as United were dumped out by Wolves. Amusing, yes, but in the big picture it’s bad news. Why? Because it increases the odds of Pep's Financial Dopes winning another trophy and it decreases the odds of United hiring the Goblin full time. I was hoping Solksjaer wouldn’t be found out until next season, but that’s two defeats in a row now and he’s in danger of fucking the whole thing up. Enough about Micky Mouse cup competitions though, let’s get straight into the league action. Somewhat surprisingly, the best game of the weekend was at West Ham, who were involved in a seven goal thriller with Huddersfield. Usually Huddersfield being in a game with seven goals would mean either a 7-0 or 6-1 loss, as they’d only scored more than once on one solitary occasion this season, so no-one could have predicted they’d put three past the Hammers. The fact it still wasn’t enough for them to even get a point must be pretty depressing for all concerned. They know they’re down but you don't want to go quietly. You want to go kicking and screaming, like West Brom last season for example. Huddersfield’s fighting spirit can’t be faulted but they’re just shite. They’ve probably got one win left in them though and I just hope it's not against us. West Ham drew first blood when Noble calmly slotted a penalty after Lanzini had been brought down. Bacuna levelled so quickly that there were still bubbles floating all around the place. When did they start doing that? Is it a recent thing or did they do it at Upton Park. Can we still say Upton Park, or do we have to use “Boleyn Ground” now as that’s what they started calling it when they realised it’s days were numbered. Back on topic though, he’s alright that Bacuna you know. At least he’s really stood out the last few weeks on MOTD, and that's all I can base it on. He’s been there all season but I’m only just noticing him now, so either he hasn’t played much or until recently he’s been shite. *googles* Ok so it’s the former. Barely played before the turn of the year and is only just getting a proper run now. Might be worth keeping an eye on as he’s got something about him and is only 21. Karlan Grant put them ahead when he rolled a shot into the bottom corner with his left foot. Then he made it 3-1 with a screamer with his right. He’s another one who I hadn’t noticed until recently, but that’s because they only bought him in January (from Charlton). Don’t know if he’s any good yet but in a few weeks he’s already scored more than their other strikers have between them all season. It’s an extremely low bar but he’s sailed right over it. That was as good as it got for them, as Ogbonna’s thumping header got the Hammers back in it and substitute ‘Cheatarito’ came off the bench to equalise. My boy J-Punch missed a late sitter for Huddersfield and then in stoppage time Hernandez glanced in the winner. That Huddersfield manager won’t last long. He’s too emotional and a few times he’s had a moan about his players in his post match interviews. Rookie mistake that, but then he is a rookie (36 years old and plucked from Dortmund reserves). Bet Allardyce and the LMA fucking hate him. 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.
  5. Virgil Van Dijk believes it is only a matter of time before Mo Salah makes a return to the scoresheet.It felt like a game didn't go by last season where the Egyptian King did not put the ball in the back of the net. His longest goalless streak during the 2017/8 season was three games which occurred on a couple of occasions.Currently, Salah has gone seven games without scoring, with his last goal coming against Bournemouth on the ninth of February.While the drought would certainly be frustrating to the player concerned, it is to the great credit of the 26 year-old that he has not dropped his head which has been known to happen to numerous players in the past.Salah has been involved in key passages of play which have led to goals in recent weeks, most recently the penalty against Fulham on the weekend when Sergio Rico fumbled his incoming shot, which in turn led to him fouling Sadio Mane and James Milner scoring the winner.Van Dijk is a big believer in the adage that form is temporary and class is permanent and that certainly applies to Salah.The Official site reported the Dutchman as saying:" Mo is a world-class player."People can say all they want but I think all the teams in the Premier League would love to have him in their side. "We have him and I think he is playing well. "The goals will come. "That’s something for a striker that is maybe going to be in your head but we tell him every time: you just need to keep working, keep going and you will be fine. "He’s still scored plenty of goals for us, to be fair, so it’s not like two like me! "It is like this.” The title of quickest to score 50 league goals for the Reds has become somewhat a millstone around Salah's neck in recent times.But it he is still well on track to beat the existing club record currently held by Fernando Torres.Salah's current record is 49 league goals in 67 games, while Torres reached the half century mark in 72 goals.The fact remains that despite the extra attention he cops on week to week basis, Salah has had a pretty impressive campaign with 20 goals in 41 appearances including 17 in the league.You will take that sort of output everyday of the week, and the pleasing thing in a team sense is that Sadio Mane has taken the scoring load upon his shoulders.Having a greater spread of scorers makes us a more unpredictable opposition for the opposition to plan for.Once Mo gets his long awaited goal, they will certainly start to flow again. View full article
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    Van Dijk: The goals will come for Mo

    Virgil Van Dijk believes it is only a matter of time before Mo Salah makes a return to the scoresheet.It felt like a game didn't go by last season where the Egyptian King did not put the ball in the back of the net. His longest goalless streak during the 2017/8 season was three games which occurred on a couple of occasions.Currently, Salah has gone seven games without scoring, with his last goal coming against Bournemouth on the ninth of February.While the drought would certainly be frustrating to the player concerned, it is to the great credit of the 26 year-old that he has not dropped his head which has been known to happen to numerous players in the past.Salah has been involved in key passages of play which have led to goals in recent weeks, most recently the penalty against Fulham on the weekend when Sergio Rico fumbled his incoming shot, which in turn led to him fouling Sadio Mane and James Milner scoring the winner.Van Dijk is a big believer in the adage that form is temporary and class is permanent and that certainly applies to Salah.The Official site reported the Dutchman as saying:" Mo is a world-class player."People can say all they want but I think all the teams in the Premier League would love to have him in their side. "We have him and I think he is playing well. "The goals will come. "That’s something for a striker that is maybe going to be in your head but we tell him every time: you just need to keep working, keep going and you will be fine. "He’s still scored plenty of goals for us, to be fair, so it’s not like two like me! "It is like this.” The title of quickest to score 50 league goals for the Reds has become somewhat a millstone around Salah's neck in recent times.But it he is still well on track to beat the existing club record currently held by Fernando Torres.Salah's current record is 49 league goals in 67 games, while Torres reached the half century mark in 72 goals.The fact remains that despite the extra attention he cops on week to week basis, Salah has had a pretty impressive campaign with 20 goals in 41 appearances including 17 in the league.You will take that sort of output everyday of the week, and the pleasing thing in a team sense is that Sadio Mane has taken the scoring load upon his shoulders.Having a greater spread of scorers makes us a more unpredictable opposition for the opposition to plan for.Once Mo gets his long awaited goal, they will certainly start to flow again.
  7. Report by Dave Usher It feels churlish to keep harking back to last season considering we’re doing so much better this year (we've already got more points and have seven games left!), but watching this I couldn’t help but think that we’d have scored six in a game like this last year without even breaking sweat. I know, I know, I’m even annoying myself with this 17/18 season nostalgia, but I can’t help it. Fulham were dreadful and they were there for the taking. Frankly, it’s ridiculous that we needed a late penalty to get over the line. This should have been a routine win with a big dent put into the seven goal advantage City have over us. Instead it was a torturous last 15 minutes that has probably knocked six months off the end of my life. We won’t play a worse team all season (Huddersfield are shite but at least they can get behind the ball and make it difficult) but it’s typical Liverpool that they can make it look easy against Bayern Munich and then almost royally fuck things up against Fulham. Sometimes games are just really difficult because the opposition dig in and are well organised, or because the players just can’t really get going. Neither was the case here. We played well in most aspects of the game and it never looked flat or disjointed. Fulham may have had men back behind the ball but there were still gaps all over the place and we had no problems playing through them. Up until the final pass, cross or shot I thought we looked good. We passed it around, switched the play quickly, found space between the lines, won it back quickly when we lost it and basically did everything you’d want to do up until the decisive moment, which was usually shite. That's why I think we'd have killed them last season. I’m singling out Mo as the worst offender but it wasn’t just him. Both full backs got into some great positions but their delivery just wasn’t up to the usual standard, while Bobby started the game brightly but faded, seemingly bothered by whatever injury it was he picked up late in the first half. It was mostly Salah though. He’s definitely let the recent lack of goals get in his head now. He’s missing easy chances, he’s going it alone when he should be passing, dribbling when he should be shooting, and too many of his shots are going straight down the keeper’s throat, whereas last year they were finding the top corner. The worst moment of the game for him was when he completely ruined a glorious counter attacking opportunity because of a terrible, inexplicable decision. He had two players to his left and only needed to come inside to open everything up, but instead he went the other way and lost the ball. That just doesn’t happen if he’d been scoring regularly. I said a few weeks ago that the Salah we’re seeing now is the Salah we thought we were getting when he signed him. A very good player but not the superstar he morphed into within a few weeks of his arrival. Sadly, “Superstar Mo” left the building in Kiev and barring a handful of cameo’s hasn’t been seen since. I keep saying it, but we need him back sharpish if we’re going to get over the line in either of these competitions we’re chasing. We’d be well clear at the top with last year’s Mo and that’s just so incredibly frustrating. It’s not his fault and he’s trying his best, but whereas last year everything just happened naturally and he didn’t have to think about anything, this year has been the opposite. He’s not playing on instinct and some of his decision making has been dreadful. Sometimes it feels like he's really close to exploding in a flurry of goals again, other times it looks like he couldn't hit Harry Maguire'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 £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  8. Jurgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool were not as convincing as he would like, but says that his teams' title credentials shone through at the end of their 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday afternoon.Despite holding a slender 1-0 lead courtesy of a Sadio Mane strike after 26 minutes, the Reds looked entirely comfortable with Fulham rarely threatening and yet another clean sheet looked to be a certainty.However a catalogue of errors starting with a rash kick by James Milner, and ending with poor communication between Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson saw Ryan Babel pounce and tap the ball home to see the visitors title credentials in serous peril.However, rather than crumble the team steadied themselves and the ever reliable penalty taker James Milner converted once again from the spot after Mane was fouled by Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico.Speaking after the game to the BBC, Klopp said the team were still feeling the effects from their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich and ran the risk of dropping vital points due to inability to finish their opponents off. " We started well but lost the rhythm a little bit."We could've finished it off in the second half but if you don't kill the game, something like that can happen."However the manager always had faith that his team could produce when it truly mattered."I'm not in doubt about my players' nerve. I always want perfection but it's really rare that you get it."People will say we should be more convincing in games like this but this is us. "We are in the middle of a development, not at the end."At this time of the season, it is all about the end result."Anyone whom understands the game well enough will be aware that you are not going to be playing your scintillating best every time you take to the field.Just like at the tail end of a marathon, it is all about getting over that finishing line ahead of your rivals even though every part of your body is screaming for you to stop. After three consecutive draws away from home, the manager was certainly grateful for the points."We want to stay in the title race and that's what we did."First is the best position you can be in. City don't look as if they drop a lot of points, so we have to win, to win and to win."I didn't see us panic, I liked how we reacted. "The penalty doesn't say we are sensational - 10 minutes before the equaliser, we had so many little mistakes."But we had a very intense week, going to Munich, coming back, travelling to London, so I'm completely fine.The large majority of the squad now depart to play for their countries in international week before returning for another crucial clash against third placed Tottenham on the 30th of March. View full article
  9. Jurgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool were not as convincing as he would like, but says that his teams' title credentials shone through at the end of their 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday afternoon.Despite holding a slender 1-0 lead courtesy of a Sadio Mane strike after 26 minutes, the Reds looked entirely comfortable with Fulham rarely threatening and yet another clean sheet looked to be a certainty.However a catalogue of errors starting with a rash kick by James Milner, and ending with poor communication between Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson saw Ryan Babel pounce and tap the ball home to see the visitors title credentials in serous peril.However, rather than crumble the team steadied themselves and the ever reliable penalty taker James Milner converted once again from the spot after Mane was fouled by Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico.Speaking after the game to the BBC, Klopp said the team were still feeling the effects from their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich and ran the risk of dropping vital points due to inability to finish their opponents off. " We started well but lost the rhythm a little bit."We could've finished it off in the second half but if you don't kill the game, something like that can happen."However the manager always had faith that his team could produce when it truly mattered."I'm not in doubt about my players' nerve. I always want perfection but it's really rare that you get it."People will say we should be more convincing in games like this but this is us. "We are in the middle of a development, not at the end."At this time of the season, it is all about the end result."Anyone whom understands the game well enough will be aware that you are not going to be playing your scintillating best every time you take to the field.Just like at the tail end of a marathon, it is all about getting over that finishing line ahead of your rivals even though every part of your body is screaming for you to stop. After three consecutive draws away from home, the manager was certainly grateful for the points."We want to stay in the title race and that's what we did."First is the best position you can be in. City don't look as if they drop a lot of points, so we have to win, to win and to win."I didn't see us panic, I liked how we reacted. "The penalty doesn't say we are sensational - 10 minutes before the equaliser, we had so many little mistakes."But we had a very intense week, going to Munich, coming back, travelling to London, so I'm completely fine.The large majority of the squad now depart to play for their countries in international week before returning for another crucial clash against third placed Tottenham on the 30th of March.
  10. It appears Virgil Van Dijk is human after all. The imperious defender was involved in a bad mixup with goalkeeper Alisson which gifted Fulham a equaliser only for James Milner to save their blushes with a late penalty as Liverpool claimed a crucial 2-1 at Craven Cottage on Sunday.Looking to pass the ball back to the keeper, Van Dijk left his header a bit short and hesitation from the Brazilian coming out from his goal allowed the former Reds winger Ryan Babel to pounce and tap the ball into the empty net.It gave the home team real belief that that they could pull off the upset of the Premier League season.It also threatened to put a major dent into Liverpool's title challenge as this game against the relegation threatened West London outfit presented itself as the ideal opportunity to reclaim top spot on the table with Man City in FA Cup action this weekend.However, Milner who also accepted some blame for the equaliser with his sliced kick placing Van Dijk under pressure in the first place, was his notable fearless self when he stepped up to the spot to convert after Sadio Mane was fouled by Fulham keeper Sergio Rico.The sense of irony of Babel scoring in such circumstances was not lost on Van Dijk after the game after his Dutch teammate said pre-match that he knows of Virgil's weakness which the Premier League had not been made aware of yet.Liverpool Echo reported the vice-captain as saying:" Yeah, Ryan was trying to be clever I think when he said that." I spoke to him as well before the game. "I think he’s a great player and he's important for our country. “I'm obviously a bit gutted and angry that he scored.“I’m going to tell him on the plane now on the way to Holland that I was a bit angry that we didn’t keep a clean sheet."All of us could have done a lot better, including myself." Mistakes are a part of football, you have to take it and I will as well.”It was a certainly a game of two contrasting halves with the Reds clearly the better side in the first 45 minutes and never under any level of sustained pressure from he home team.Sadio Mane continued his remarkable scoring streak when he combined with Roberto Firmino to open the scoring in the 26th minute.But while the Reds dominance was obvious to all observers, try as they might they could not get the pivotal second goal which would have undoubtedly ended the game as a contestWith around half an hour left to play Fulham suddenly awoke and started playing some decent football which made Liverpool realise that they needed to raise their game to a new level.It is a breath of fresh air, and a sign of Liverpool's terrific mentality that they take it so personally when they concede a goal like they did on Sunday. Van Dijk sensed the change of approach was coming from the home side, but said the Reds made hard work of claiming the three points."While there were some uncomfortable moments, the end emotion was relief."The mood is fantastic like after every win."It was obviously important. "I think in the first half we could have maybe killed the game and scored a second goal and make it a little bit easier.“In the second half they obviously had belief and they could play freely as they have nothing really to lose.“I think we made it pretty difficult for ourselves with the goal we conceded, but in the end we got the three points and that’s what matters."It’s a fantastic position that we are in and we have to enjoy it but you know we want to go all the way.“It’s going to be tough because Manchester City are fantastic. "We will take it game by game.”The majority of the squad now go off to all corners of the globe to represent their countries during the international break, before returning to take on Tottenham at Anfield in what looms as another major test of their title credentials. View full article
  11. It appears Virgil Van Dijk is human after all. The imperious defender was involved in a bad mixup with goalkeeper Alisson which gifted Fulham a equaliser only for James Milner to save their blushes with a late penalty as Liverpool claimed a crucial 2-1 at Craven Cottage on Sunday.Looking to pass the ball back to the keeper, Van Dijk left his header a bit short and hesitation from the Brazilian coming out from his goal allowed the former Reds winger Ryan Babel to pounce and tap the ball into the empty net.It gave the home team real belief that that they could pull off the upset of the Premier League season.It also threatened to put a major dent into Liverpool's title challenge as this game against the relegation threatened West London outfit presented itself as the ideal opportunity to reclaim top spot on the table with Man City in FA Cup action this weekend.However, Milner who also accepted some blame for the equaliser with his sliced kick placing Van Dijk under pressure in the first place, was his notable fearless self when he stepped up to the spot to convert after Sadio Mane was fouled by Fulham keeper Sergio Rico.The sense of irony of Babel scoring in such circumstances was not lost on Van Dijk after the game after his Dutch teammate said pre-match that he knows of Virgil's weakness which the Premier League had not been made aware of yet.Liverpool Echo reported the vice-captain as saying:" Yeah, Ryan was trying to be clever I think when he said that." I spoke to him as well before the game. "I think he’s a great player and he's important for our country. “I'm obviously a bit gutted and angry that he scored.“I’m going to tell him on the plane now on the way to Holland that I was a bit angry that we didn’t keep a clean sheet."All of us could have done a lot better, including myself." Mistakes are a part of football, you have to take it and I will as well.”It was a certainly a game of two contrasting halves with the Reds clearly the better side in the first 45 minutes and never under any level of sustained pressure from he home team.Sadio Mane continued his remarkable scoring streak when he combined with Roberto Firmino to open the scoring in the 26th minute.But while the Reds dominance was obvious to all observers, try as they might they could not get the pivotal second goal which would have undoubtedly ended the game as a contestWith around half an hour left to play Fulham suddenly awoke and started playing some decent football which made Liverpool realise that they needed to raise their game to a new level.It is a breath of fresh air, and a sign of Liverpool's terrific mentality that they take it so personally when they concede a goal like they did on Sunday. Van Dijk sensed the change of approach was coming from the home side, but said the Reds made hard work of claiming the three points."While there were some uncomfortable moments, the end emotion was relief."The mood is fantastic like after every win."It was obviously important. "I think in the first half we could have maybe killed the game and scored a second goal and make it a little bit easier.“In the second half they obviously had belief and they could play freely as they have nothing really to lose.“I think we made it pretty difficult for ourselves with the goal we conceded, but in the end we got the three points and that’s what matters."It’s a fantastic position that we are in and we have to enjoy it but you know we want to go all the way.“It’s going to be tough because Manchester City are fantastic. "We will take it game by game.”The majority of the squad now go off to all corners of the globe to represent their countries during the international break, before returning to take on Tottenham at Anfield in what looms as another major test of their title credentials.
  12. Saturday Mar 9: We all knew City would beat Watford, but it still grates when it’s 0-0 at half time, looking like a bit of a struggle for them and then out of nothing they’re handed the lead courtesy of what - and I’m being deadly serious here - might just be the worst decision I’ve ever seen. We all know the offside rule is completely fucked these days, but I thought it couldn’t be interpreted in a worse way than what we with the Kane penalty incident at Anfield last season. I was wrong. This was a million times worse. It’s easy to say the rule itself is the problem because it causes confusion, but that’s a cop out. The rule might be shit, but interpreting it in the way that Paul Tierney cunt did today genuinely boggles the mind. It’s almost as though he was looking for a reason to give the goal. I mean, why is he even going over to speak to the linesman at all? It’s offside, the flag goes up, just get on with the game. Yet he’s running over there giving it the ol’ “let’s not be hasty here, let’s discuss this”. Really can’t get my head around it at all. The cunts who are making these stupid rules are ruining our game. I said it last week about VAR and handball, but the offside rule is now arguably the biggest problem in football. But even with the shitty changes they’ve made it to it, there’s still no way on earth Tierney was within his rights to award that goal. I’m off to google “Der Spiegel Paul Tierney” to see if the cunt is mentioned is any of those hacked emails. Sunday Mar 10: L 4 Burnley 2 Alls well that ends well, but fucking hell this has been an abysmal weekend for Premier League officiating. Nothing will ever top what Tierney did at the Etihad, but Andre Marriner gave it his best shot by allowing that Burnley goal and then booking Alisson for being unhappy about it. He saw that foul and ignored it. It’s hard to wonder just how that can happen, as Marriner is one of the best refs we have. Ok, that carries as much significance as being the Japan’s slimmest Sumo, but it’s still a valid point. I’d expect a Sunday league ref to get that decision right, so how can Marriner miss it? He was screwing us over all day though, the prick. Thankfully the lads were able to overcome it and get the win. The front three looked like themselves again and Lallana’s inclusion genuinely helped the team, particularly with the balance he brought to midfield. I don’t think he’ll ever be the player he was when Klopp first arrived because his body won’t let him do that for any sustained period of time, but it’s good to see he’s still got it in him to produce performances like this when he is fit. Lallana was one of my favourite players, his ability on the ball and the technique and balance he’s got are a joy to watch, and he’s a grafter too. He’ll run himself into the ground and that’s why Klopp won’t give up on him as quickly as the likes of me. I don’t know how long he can stay fit, but as long as he is fit I’d be looking to start him in every home game and also some of those aways we have, because having someone that can run beyond the forwards and create space fort them makes us so much dangerous. And he’s the best presser we have too, as we saw with the second goal. Fucking boss that was. The other take away I have from this is that Mané has sneakily had himself a really impressive season. Take penalties out of the equation and he’s scored more than Salah this year. In fact, take penalties out of the equation and no-one in the top flight has scored more than Sadio. He’s not getting the credit he deserves because he’s still regarded as the ‘third man’ in our front three because he can be a bit streaky with his form. He’s been more consistent this season than he was last year though, which is not something Bobby and Mo can say about themselves. Massive win this though, as playing the day after City is just shit, I hate it. Much better to be playing first and applying pressure than playing second and having to respond to it. Next week we have the chance to go top again, but looking at all the remaining fixtures I think the key to this will be if we can be ahead of them when they go to Old Trafford, as that's their game in hand and really we need them to go there knowing they have to win. Meanwhile, crazy scenes in the Brummy derby where Jack Grealish was lamped by a fan and then took his revenge by scoring the winner and diving into the away end to celebrate. Good for him, this is one of the best stories of the year as he completely stuck it to the twat who attacked him, as well as the shithouse steward who kicked him (who was immediately arrested) and the thousands of Birmingham fans who cheered the moron off the field. Well done Jack Grealish. Now, can we talk about the haircut and those socks? 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  13. Everton continue to be the gift that keeps on giving. 2-0 up at half time at Newcastle, they somehow managed to fuck it up and lose. In fairness to the Blues we’ve seen this happen to loads of mid-table teams who play in a cup final and then can’t lift yourself for run of the mill games that follow. They achieved their goal for the season last week by knocking us off the top of the table, so a hangover was inevitable. They might not win another game all season. Lucky for them they had a decent start and have a seven point cushion from the bottom three. They started well enough against Newcastle though, and Calvert-Lewin headed them in front. Pickford then conceded a pen when he flapped at a cross and then rugby tackled Rondon. Probably should have been a red card too, although there was a defender on the line and refs are always looking for an excuse to not send the offender off in these situations (like Harry Maguire at Anfield). Pickford then saved Matt Ritchie’s pen, much to the fury of the Geordies who hate him anyway because he’s from Sunderland. 71 seconds later it was 2-0 as Richarlison tapped in from a couple of yards out. Pickford then denied that Ayoze Perez loser, which prompted the MOTD commentator to say “Pickford is going to have one of those games isn’t he? He’s going to keep everything out.” Hahaha! Classic commentators curse. Pickford was acting the twat all afternoon though (should have seen him strutting off at half time like Connor McGregor, the knob) so what happened in that second half was extra funny. I mean it would have been hilarious anyway, but Pickford’s antics just added to the whole hilarity of it all. First he came charging out of his goal and got lobbed by Rondon. He had to go chasing back and wouldn’t have gotten there had it been on target, but the ball drifted just wide of the post and Pickford was grinning and pulling tongues at the fans in the Gallowgate End. If you’re going to be that cocky you have to back it up, and he didn’t. He wasn’t grinning a few minutes later when Perez and Rondon combined brilliantly for the big man to score with a volley that went smack bang in the middle of the goal. England’s Number One eh? He was even worse for the Newcastle equaliser. Their new signing, the worm with eyebrows, hit a stinging drive that Pickford made a right dog’s dinner of, palming it down perfectly for Perez to fire home. I’ve always liked that Ayoze lad, good player, very under-rated, and certainly not a loser. It got even better with six minutes remaining when an up and under found Rondon, who was one of FIVE Newcastle players clearly offside, and although Rondon’s touch was a little heavy, my boy Ayoze was on hand to smash it in for the winner. No idea how the linesman failed to see the offside there though. It could just have been that there were so many of them offside that it obscured his view of Rondon. Perez was offside from the initial ball in, but not when he latched onto Rondon’s touch. Things were so much simpler under the old rule, but never mind, eh? I actually think there’s something wrong with Pickford you know. Initially I suspected he might have Tourette’s but it’s not that. He might just be a bit thick, but I’m not sure it’s that either. I reckon he’s on the spectrum of something, as there’s something just a bit off about him. 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.
  14. Gini Wijnaldum believes that Sadio Mane is one of the more underrated players in the Premier League and deserves more recognition for his performances this season.Mane displayed his qualities on the big stage once again on Wednesday evening when he scored a double which went a long way to deciding the last 16 Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.While Mo Salah has hit a rare barren spell of late, Mane has stepped up to the mark in fine style scoring six goals in his last four games (and 10 in 10 in a larger sample size of his current form).Wijnaldum believes that level of performance is a example of his quality and why he should be seen as one of elite forwards in the game along with Salah and Sergio Aguero.Sky Sports reported the Dutchman as saying:" He is really good. The games tell you that, he is really important with his goals and assists. "A good season, his best with us."They (media) do not speak about him? "I think the other players have shown they get the headlines but Sadio also."He has had a big influence on winning games. You have to speak about everyone. For me, Sadio is up there with those players you named (Salah and Aguero)."With eight games still to be played, Mane has already surpassed his best season in terms of goals scored in the Premier League with 16.In relation to his own status, Wijnaldum is very comfortable in the fact that a new contract offer has not come his way at this time. "No. I did not speak with the club yet."(Is it) a problem between me and the club? I am not a person who has problems. That (contract) is something for the club. I will see what happens."I signed a five-year contract (in the summer of 2017) and I am still under contract. I just do my job to perform. A new contract has to come from the club."With the 28 year-old being one of Klopp's most trusted players, along with being one of the most popular and affable members of the squad, you get a feeling that just like his game in general, any future contract negotiations will be done with a minimum of fuss. View full article
  15. Gini Wijnaldum believes that Sadio Mane is one of the more underrated players in the Premier League and deserves more recognition for his performances this season.Mane displayed his qualities on the big stage once again on Wednesday evening when he scored a double which went a long way to deciding the last 16 Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.While Mo Salah has hit a rare barren spell of late, Mane has stepped up to the mark in fine style scoring six goals in his last four games (and 10 in 10 in a larger sample size of his current form).Wijnaldum believes that level of performance is a example of his quality and why he should be seen as one of elite forwards in the game along with Salah and Sergio Aguero.Sky Sports reported the Dutchman as saying:" He is really good. The games tell you that, he is really important with his goals and assists. "A good season, his best with us."They (media) do not speak about him? "I think the other players have shown they get the headlines but Sadio also."He has had a big influence on winning games. You have to speak about everyone. For me, Sadio is up there with those players you named (Salah and Aguero)."With eight games still to be played, Mane has already surpassed his best season in terms of goals scored in the Premier League with 16.In relation to his own status, Wijnaldum is very comfortable in the fact that a new contract offer has not come his way at this time. "No. I did not speak with the club yet."(Is it) a problem between me and the club? I am not a person who has problems. That (contract) is something for the club. I will see what happens."I signed a five-year contract (in the summer of 2017) and I am still under contract. I just do my job to perform. A new contract has to come from the club."With the 28 year-old being one of Klopp's most trusted players, along with being one of the most popular and affable members of the squad, you get a feeling that just like his game in general, any future contract negotiations will be done with a minimum of fuss.
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