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  1. This one isn’t about football; it’s about setting the record straight. We’ve spoken to TLW contributors and members about their experiences at the Champions League final in Paris. The travelling reds were victims of the woefully inept organisation, subject to barbaric treatment from the French police, left vulnerable to gang attacks, and were immediately blamed by the authorities. Here’s what people on the ground saw and experienced.
  2. So near and yet so far. Having seen hopes of the Quadruple dashed a week earlier, the Reds missed out on the Treble too after being rope-a-doped by Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid in Paris. The bigger story on the night of course was the disgraceful treatment of supporters before and after the game and we'll have a special pod dedicated to that this week, but for this one we're just covering the game itself. What went wrong and where do we need to improve to go one better next year? Chris Smith is joined by Paul Natton, Julian Richards and TLW Editor Dave Usher to sift through the debris of a frustrating loss and look ahead to what is likely to be a big summer of ins and outs.
  3. Liverpool may have enjoyed one of the most prolific front lines in world football but there is a clear need for reinforcements this summer. Divock Origi is already on his way and, if reports are to be believed, Sadio Mane is also looking for a new challenge. Assuming Mohamed Salah stays at Anfield, that still leaves room for new faces. A number of players are being linked but one seems to stand out from the rest. Klopp and Lewandowski Reunited? After eight years with Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski is set to call time on his career in the Bundesliga. He may be approaching his 34th birthday but he remains prolific at the top level, and he will leave the Allianz Arena with a stunning record of 344 goals in 375 games. Prior to joining Bayern, Lewandowski scored 103 goals in 187 games for Borussia Dortmund. During his time with BVB, the player was coached by Jurgen Klopp and that’s one of the reasons why Liverpool have emerged as a likely destination. The Polish international striker was guarded about his future when interviewed at the Monaco Grand Prix. It’s suggested that he prefers Barcelona but Liverpool’s sudden, pressing need may have put them in pole position. Lewandowski also stated that all would be revealed soon but is he the player that Liverpool need? Targets for Next Season It seems odd that a team that won two trophies would have ended their season in great disappointment. That’s the standard that Liverpool set themselves and it would have been a blow to have narrowly missed out on the Premier League title and the Champions League trophy. Klopp will make the necessary changes to his squad and the Reds will be up among the favourites once again. In fact, they are second favourites for both the Premier League and the Champions League at this early stage. Opening markets, as reported by the best betting sites associated with Arabianbetting.com, put Manchester City in front for both events with Liverpool close behind. There’s such a long way to go and plenty of scope for those odds to change but the same two sides are expected to go deep into both competitions once again. Any updates to the figures will be published by Arabianbetting.com while visitors to the site can also access breaking news stories and general blog posts. It’s also possible to study bookmaker reviews and to get directly involved with the markets. Each sportsbook mentioned on those pages will accept new players. Subject to eligibility and a secure sign up form, many will kick things off with a welcome promotion. Once that’s been used up, there is the potential to access other offers through the life of the account. Other benefits to being a customer are likely to include a range of deposit and withdrawal methods, fast and friendly customer service plus the ability to bet via a mobile app. It’s a useful site to follow for all football betting but would Liverpool’s chances be boosted by the arrival of Robert Lewandowksi? Looking to the Future While he remains one of the most prolific strikers in world football, Liverpool would be aware of Lewandowski’s limited shelf life. It may be true that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still banging the goals in at the age of 40 but there aren’t too many like him. The Polish international can do a job but Jurgen Klopp will also have one eye on a longer-term future. A passing story linking Liverpool to Harry Kane has emerged but Spurs’ reported investment in their squad makes that seem unlikely. Canadian international Jonathan David has less experience at the age of 22 but he’s had a promising season with Lille and has been impressive at international level where he has scored 20 goals in his first 30 senior games. Uruguayan attacker Darwin Nunez is believed to be another target. The Benfica man is said to be attracting interest from Manchester United but could well be swayed towards Anfield with the promise of Champions League football. It’s clearly going to be an important transfer window but, in terms of an incoming striker, is Robert Lewandowski the best fit for Liverpool next season?
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    PODCAST: Paris - What Really Happened

    This one isn’t about football; it’s about setting the record straight. We’ve spoken to TLW contributors and members about their experiences at the Champions League final in Paris. The travelling reds were victims of the woefully inept organisation, subject to barbaric treatment from the French police, left vulnerable to gang attacks, and were immediately blamed by the authorities. Here’s what people on the ground saw and experienced.
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    PODCAST: CL Final Match Reaction

    So near and yet so far. Having seen hopes of the Quadruple dashed a week earlier, the Reds missed out on the Treble too after being rope-a-doped by Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid in Paris. The bigger story on the night of course was the disgraceful treatment of supporters before and after the game and we'll have a special pod dedicated to that this week, but for this one we're just covering the game itself. What went wrong and where do we need to improve to go one better next year? Chris Smith is joined by Paul Natton, Julian Richards and TLW Editor Dave Usher to sift through the debris of a frustrating loss and look ahead to what is likely to be a big summer of ins and outs.
  7. Monday May 23: The aftermath. I’m still pretty down today. Yesterday was hard to take and was made even worse for me when I got home from Anfield and threw the golf on the TV looking for a distraction, only to have salt poured into the open wound as Mito Pereira, a 110/1 outsider I’d bet on to win the US PGA Championship, went the full Aston Villa and blew a lead playing the 18th by hitting into the water. So yeah, a shitty day and today doesn’t feel any better. I’ll be fine by tomorrow I expect but right now I’m just full of resentment, anger and disgust. Towards Villa, City, the Premier League, fans of pretty much everyone other than Palace and of course to Mito fucking Pereira. I’m just catching up on some of the other stuff that happened yesterday and the first thing I want to do is talk about that Richarlison tweet. He’s done that to trigger us, to get under our skin, to rub our noses in the ‘disappointment’ of finishing with 92 points and second to a team that has blatantly cheated. It hasn’t worked though. I’m annoyed at the tweet but it’s not for the reasons he intended. What annoys me is his lack of self awareness. This cunt just seen his team lose 5-1 and they survived relegation by the skin of their teeth. Yet he thinks it’s acceptable to poke fun at Liverpool for not winning the fucking quadruple!! I mean, even by Everton standards that’s something else. This is the same cunt who posted a picture of himself with the number 7 on his back after Villa beat us 7-2, and then went crying to the Brazilian media about how Liverpool fans are always mocking Everton. He’s the fucking worst. Biggest cunt in football and I’m including the rapists and nonces in that. I don’t think I’ve ever wished serious injury on a footballer but I’d gladly make an exception for him. I don’t think ever seen him smile. I know he plays for Everton so there’s not much to smile about, but even allowing for that he seems like a miserable, ornery bastard. Even when he scores there’s no joy. He just looks angry all the time, the horrible little fucking scrote. The irony is that he’s doing all this shit to play to the gallery, but if another club comes calling for him this summer you won’t see him for dust (and whatsmore, he’d jump at the chance to come here if we were ever stupid enough to give him the opportunity). Then he’d tell the fans he had no choice and that the club forced him out to pay off their debts. They’ll believe it too, because “Richy lad fuckin’ loves us yeno”. Meanwhile, City had their parade today. If you can call it that. There were more people in the guard of honour for Divock yesterday than there were lining the streets of Manchester. My first reaction when I saw the footage was to laugh. The more I thought about it though, it stopped being funny and it just annoyed me. Even most of their own fans realise how hollow the success is, that’s why the parade’s are so shit. Any other team in the country that won a title would put this to shame. Fucking hell, Sunderland took 75,000 fans to London last week for the League Two playoffs. If they ever won a title, literally every non Newcastle fan in a 50 mile radius would be lining the streets. I resent them having days like this because they don’t fucking deserve them. It’s wasted on them and I’m not buying the excuse that it’s because it’s become normal now so they take it for granted. We wouldn’t. United didn’t. Besides, wasn’t their first parade an abject embarrassment too? I looked at De Bruyne on that coach today, staring down at the sparsely populated pavement and I just thought “knobhead”. Some might feel that it’s a shame and that he’s wasted there. That he deserves better. He doesn’t. He fucking chose to be there. No-one twisted his arm. He chose to extend his contract so fuck him. Fuck all of those players on that bus and especially fuck the manager. This is exactly what they deserve, the sportswashing pricks. When De Bruyne hangs it up he’ll be viewed as Aguero is. A great player who really shouldn’t have spent the best years of his career at a club not really befitting his talents. He’ll have medals of course, but its hollow success that means fuck all. Whatever happens in Paris on Saturday our lads will have one of the greatest days of their lives when the parade hits Liverpool next week. You think City players will be telling their grandkids about the 20 minute bus ride they had around the Etihad in front of fewer people than you get at an Everton pitch invasion? Our parade is over 8 miles and it will be packed the whole way around. Theirs was less than one mile and most of it looked like a deleted scene from “28 days later”. Look, I get it. It’s understandable they don’t have a million people showing up like we do. They just don’t have the fan base. It’s not that they’re a small club, clearly they aren’t and never have been. They have more fans than most clubs but they aren’t anywhere near as passionate as most. They might be the most apathetic fans in the entire league and it’s completely understandable too. How would you feel if we were owned by Qatar, Abu Dhabi or the Saudis? I wouldn’t be going to any trophy parades either. Nothing City win is worth anything. It’s hollow and meaningless and no-one gives a fuck. Even loads of their own fans can’t even be arsed showing up to celebrate it. So the next time when Guardiola is crysarsing about a lack of recognition for their ‘achievements’, maybe he should look a bit closer to home. If even their own fans are apathetic about it why should anyone else care? The laughable thing is City are claiming to have the most commercial revenue of any club in the world. Seriously, Everton would have double the amount of people at a parade if they ever win anything again. Granted, there’s more chance of Ed Sheehan making a decent song, but you get the point. In fact, City would have had a better turnout if they’d gone down County Road. I’m not even kidding. 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.
  8. Given the situation we were in and the drama and emotion of it all, I didn’t even catch up on most of the other results until the day after. I wasn’t looking forward to Match of the Day because I knew I’d have to skip through our game and City’s game due to them doing that thing where they show both at the same time so you can see “how it unfolded” Fuck. That. Other than what happened with us, it was a decent enough final day in which most results went the way I’d want them to. In fact, if Aston Villa weren’t so…. well, Aston Villa… this would have been the absolutely perfect day. No top four for Arsenal, Leeds saved themselves (I’m glad, most of you probably aren’t!), Everton got battered, United lost yet again. The only slight blemish was West Ham didn’t win and push the Mancs down into the Europa Conference where they deserve to be. How have they finished above West Ham? That European run really torpedoed the Hammers' league campaign didn’t it? I’ll start at the bottom with Burnley and Leeds. I strongly fancied Burnley to stay up because they were at home to Newcastle while Leeds had to travel to Brentford. Newcastle had nothing to play for, whereas Brentford were looking for payback on Leeds because of a video that circulated after Leeds beat them in the playoffs a couple of years ago. The Leeds players were singing about Thomas Frank and Brentford had been waiting for their chance at payback. My boy Ivan Toney tweeted it out a few weeks ago so you know Brentford were relishing the chance to put Leeds back in the Championship. So yeah, advantage Burnley I thought. Leeds had a kid making his debut in midfield and Gelhardt leading the line as my boy Bamford was still not ready to return. I didn’t like their chances of beating Brentford at all so fair play to them. It wouldn’t have mattered what Leeds did if Burnley had won though, but they shit the bed completely. The first goal they gave away was unbelievable. Nathan Collins just punched the ball off the head of a Newcastle player. Not one of those, hand above the head inadvertent handballs either. He deliberately did it. It was like watching a kids game when the ball comes within range of the hand and they can’t help but instinctively reach out and touch it. Wilson buried the pen and Burnley never really recovered. Burnley got relegated because Ben Mee got injured. It’s that simple I think. If he’d been available during the run in they’d have been fine. That Collins is terrible, I have no idea where they found him but they should send him back there. Unless it was the Championship, in which he’s headed back there anyway. As this was happening, Leeds thought they’d taken the lead with a smart finish by Gelhardt. He had just strayed offside though. They did eventually go ahead when Raphinha won and converted a pen. Things got worse for Burnley as Wilson added a second to make it 2-0 but Cornet pulled one back to give them hope and when Sergi Canos brilliantly headed Brentford level with 12 minutes to go it was game on. Especially as Canos was booked for taking his shirt off and then picked up another one minutes later for a foul. That’s why if I was a manager I’d fine any player who takes off their shirt unless it’s right at the end of the game. It's fucking stupid and serves no purpose. The situation was on a knife edge now and Weghorst was inches away from scoring the goal that - at that moment at least - would have saved Burnley. Cork had an effort cleared off the line too as the Clarets threw the kitchen sink at Newcastle. A goal then would have been enough, but then Harrison won it for Leeds with a deflected shot that found the bottom corner, sparking wild scenes of celebration in the away end. Bye bye Burnley then. You know what always shocks me? Hearing Ashley Barnes talk in his southern accent. He’s got Burnley stamped through him like a stick of rock and I always expect a Lancashire accent when he speaks. Then he’s all “yeah up the apples and pairs, guv’nor”. Freaks me out. 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 £3 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  9. The double winning Reds are looking to make it a treble as they bod for a seventh European Cup this weekend in Paris. Standing in the way are a familiar foe. The last time the sides met in Paris it ended with Alan Kennedy securing number three. Four years ago in Kyiv it was Real who emerged victorious. To discuss who will triumph this time, Chris Smith is joined by Julian Richards and TLW Editor Dave Usher. Allez les Rouges!
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    PODCAST: Champions League Final Preview

    The double winning Reds are looking to make it a treble as they bod for a seventh European Cup this weekend in Paris. Standing in the way are a familiar foe. The last time the sides met in Paris it ended with Alan Kennedy securing number three. Four years ago in Kyiv it was Real who emerged victorious. To discuss who will triumph this time, Chris Smith is joined by Julian Richards and TLW Editor Dave Usher. Allez les Rouges!
  11. Report by Dave Usher I often find writing match reports can be somewhat cathartic after setbacks. Usually those are when we’ve lost games though or put in a terrible performance. This is different. I don’t want to be writing this at all as I just feel really flat today. It’s a weird situation as I couldn’t be happier or more positive about our team and where we are at, but it’s really fucking galling that it isn’t enough to be winning titles because of things that are beyond our control. Three years ago we picked up 97 points and didn’t win it. This year it’s 92. It should be enough but it isn’t because of a fucking abomination sports washing project up the road. It’s galling and as cheated as I feel for myself as a fan, I feel even worse for Klopp and his players. They’ve put everything into this season and what they’ve done is truly incredible. To be able to still top the ninety point mark while going all the way in every other competition is unheard of. They deserve to be Champions but modern football is just so fucking corrupt it’s harder than ever to win anything if you’re playing by the rules. Cheats usually prosper, and without us fighting the good fight City would have five titles on the bounce and probably another FA Cup to add to their tainted collection. I’ll bounce back in a day or two, especially with a Champions League Final to look ahead to, but I’m just pretty gutted today and struggling to motivate myself to do anything really. I didn’t think I would be. In fact I said going into this game that I’d made my peace with missing out on the title and that this game was going to be a celebration of what the lads have given us already, as well as a rousing send off for next week. It didn’t really turn out like that though, mainly because I broke the golden rule I have lived my life by for decades - never rely on Aston Villa. In my defence, even when they led 1-0 I didn’t get my hopes up. I fully expected them to go on and lose the game. My only focus was on us. I badly wanted to win our game to at least make City have to win their game to beat us. I also wanted the win to keep up our incredible home record over recent years. Last year doesn’t count as there were no fans. Anfield with fans is a fortress and we’ve just completed a fourth successive unbeaten season at home (as I said, last year doesn’t count). So that was my focus, nothing else. But then Villa went 2-0 and everything changed. Now all of the stars seemed to be aligning. Coutinho even got the goal. So, more fool me, I started to believe. The Gerrard factor, Coutinho scoring, it was going to happen. Fucking hell. We just needed to find a goal ourselves as we were drawing 1-1 and facing the nightmare scenario of losing the title on goal difference. At least that didn’t happen, so that’s something I guess. Not that it makes me feel any less shitty. Today is a tough day and I’m sure most of you feel as low as I do. There are all sorts of emotions flying around and I’ve been trying to isolate them to see which is the most prevalent. One thing I know is that I’m not disappointed, I’m mostly just pissed off. Not with our lads mind. I couldn’t be prouder of what our team has done this season. Even if the title had found its way here I couldn’t be any more proud of them. So much so that I’m not even going to reference THAT game which I’ve been banging on about for months as the one that would cost us the title. I no longer see it that way. Yes, we absolutely should never have dropped points that night, but look at all the games we’ve won since when you could argue we shouldn’t have. By that I don’t mean ‘shouldn’t’ as in didn’t deserve to. I mean shouldn’t have been able to because we were playing twice a week every week for months and on occasion had to make five, six, seven changes. We still kept on winning. So no, I’m not going to pick holes in it with “if only we hadn’t done this or if only we’d been able to do that.” Fuck that. 92 points while going all the way in every single cup competition we played in is incredible. Unprecedented. I have no regrets from our perspective. This is just a teaser, to view the full report click here 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.
  12. On a rollercoaster day of emotions filled to the brim with high drama, the Reds fell just short of clinching the Premier League title. A hard-fought 3-1 victory over Wolves at Anfield on the final day was not enough to deny rivals Manchester City. In the end, the quadruple was not meant to be but the opportunity for a treble of major trophies is well and truly alive. Jurgen Klopp and his men have enjoyed an immensely successful season thus far and still have the chance to add the Champions League trophy to their list of honours for the campaign. What this group of players has achieved this year is nothing short of remarkable but to ensure they carry that momentum forward into 2022/23 and pip Pep to the Premier League title they will need to bolster their ranks this summer. The Reds look to strengthen midfield Liverpool faces a pivotal Summer transfer window in a number of positions, but the midfield should be the priority despite garnering little attention. Klopp has a number of options at his disposal but with Oxlade-Chamberlain looking set to leave and James Milner and Jordan Henderson entering the latter stages of their career, those options are thinning. Klopp is already on the move in the transfer market having recently secured the services of Portuguese winger Fabio Carvalho from Fulham and looking to add further to his ranks. Liverpool is also in the race to sign Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni alongside Champions League final counterparts Real Madrid. The French defensive midfielder has emerged as one of Europe’s top rising stars over the past two seasons and has agreed on personal terms with both Liverpool and Los Blancos. Where he will end up we shall have to wait and see. One choice available to Klopp should he fail to obtain Tchouameni in the Summer is Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham. The 18-year-old has commanded games at the highest level and maintained his form in the German Bundesliga throughout his spell at the Westfallenstadion. 20 goal contributions this term shows just how he is developing as a player and given the right time at Liverpool and he could be terrorising Premier League defences for years to come. He has poise in attack well beyond his years and demonstrates maturity in his play that marks him out as a truly generational talent well worth the £83million price tag. Those wanting to bet on whether Jude Bellingham will sign for Liverpool this summer can get free bets in the UK using these sites. An outside-the-box choice should both those targets fall through is Ivorian international Ibrahim Sangare. The PSV midfielder has played a crucial role in the Dutch outfit’s charge to the Eredivisie title this season, no doubt catching the eye of several interested onlookers hoping to lure him away from Eindhoven. His strength and power have led to impressive performances throughout the season for the Eredivisie champions and proved that the 24-year-old is more than capable of slotting straight into Klopp’s side. He will have to fight for him though as other Premier League clubs such as Newcastle and Aston Villa are also in the hunt to lure him away from the Netherlands and onto English soil. Keeping hold of stars is just as important as bringing them in The need for Klopp to freshen up his squad is readily apparent with the likes of Divock Origi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and perhaps Joe Gomez looking set to depart the Reds this summer, the impact of the gap left by each varying drastically. Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t played for a couple of months now, while Origi leaves with a cult-hero status amongst the Kop having scored a number of iconic goals for the club since his arrival in 2015. It goes without saying that replacing these assets to maintain Liverpool’s strength in depth is important, but it will be crucial and ultimately season-defining for Liverpool next year if they can manage to retain the services of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. The Egyptian has been in stunning form for the Reds this season in their quadruple chase securing the Premier League golden boot alongside Heung Min Son and making significant contributions throughout their various knockout competitions as well. Since arriving in 2017, the 29-year-old has scored 156 goals in 253 games for the Anfield outfit and is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world right now. He is a talent that Liverpool simply cannot afford to lose if they are to mount another challenge to Manchester City in the coming seasons. However, contract negotiations with the star have been turbulent and stretched all the way back to the beginning of this season. Uncertainty has persisted throughout the year regarding his intentions as the clock ticks down to the summer of 2023 when his current deal expires. Having said that positive steps have been made as of late despite Liverpool’s very strict wage structure; if there was one player to make an exception for it is surely the ‘Egyptian King’. Another vital cog in the Liverpool machine is Senegal’s Sadio Mane. The 2019 African Footballer of the Year joined the Reds in 2016 and has been critical in their success ever since contributing 116 goals to the sides that claimed the Champions League and Premier League titles in consecutive years. The front man is out of contract in just over 12 months’ time and has been quiet as to whether he will stay on Merseyside up until this point. In light of Mane stalling on putting pen to paper, Europe’s elite are hoping to capitalise with clubs such as PSG and Bayern Munich looking to get his signature this summer. The 30-year-old has made 28 goal contributions in 50 games this term and would no doubt add more if given the opportunity beyond 2023. Much like Salah, Mane is another player Liverpool can ill-afford to lose.
  13. It was so close at one point we could almost touch it but the quadruple is finally out of reach despite the lads taking care of business with a hard fought win against a determined Wolves side. TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by John Gallagher and Paul Natton to look back on an emotionally shattering afternoon at Anfield and to reflect on another incredible 90+ point season from Kloppo's boys. And of course we look ahead to next weekend's date with Real Madrid in Paris. Up the Treble chasing Reds!
  14. It was so close at one point we could almost touch it but the quadruple is finally out of reach despite the lads taking care of business with a hard fought win against a determined Wolves side. TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by John Gallagher and Paul Natton to look back on an emotionally shattering afternoon at Anfield and to reflect on another incredible 90+ point season from Kloppo's boys. And of course we look ahead to next weekend's date with Real Madrid in Paris. Up the Treble chasing Reds!
  15. We won a trophy, City finally slipped up, Everton were dragged back into the relegation mire and Arsenal went the full Arsenal to gift wrap a Champions League place to their most hated rivals. I’ve had worse weekends! I’ll start at Goodison because that’s where most of the fun was. It started with their fans pulling that stupid “fireworks outside the team hotel” shite. They did it against Chelsea and won the game, so they figured they’d do it against when Brentford came to town. You shouldn’t provoke Bees because when they get angry or feel threatened they sting. Evertonians have spent years mocking our support. The banners, the chants, the pyro, the greeting of the team coach before big games… “Kopite behaviour” they called it while they scoffed. Now look at them. They’ve embraced all of it. Frankly it’s hilarious. We’re greeting coaches before we play in massive European games or league fixtures that could decide the title. They’re doing it against Brentford as they look to stay out of the bottom three. It’s world’s apart isn’t it. I almost pity them. Almost. How can you pity them when they carry on the way they do though? Going to the Brentford team hotel in the early hours of the morning is just embarrassing. What’s worse is how many of them were bragging about it like it was some kind of achievement. Still, it all adds to the comedy, especially when they lose the game, have two players sent off and then Brentford’s official twitter account (as well as their captain) trolled them on twitter. This shit only ever happens to Everton. What makes it all the more amusing is they were ahead and well on top. Calvert-Lewin deflected in a feeble shot by Richarlison to put them ahead and it was all going swimmingly. Richarlison ran off celebrating while Calvert-Lewin was telling anyone who would listen that it was his goal. Then, the Premier League led conspiracy to send Everton down reared its ugly head again. How are people not seeing this? It’s so obvious that everyone is conspiring against the Blues. Frank should write another letter. Or maybe get his mates in the cabinet to order an inquiry. 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 £3 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  16. Monday May 16: Just when I thought I couldn’t love him any more than I already do, Klopp has gone and upset that fat, marshmallow headed cunt who is running the country into the ground. What a fucking man. In fairness he didn’t really say anything that should have justified Downing Street sticking their fucking oar in. He just refused to condemn the booing of the national anthem and said the real question that people should be asking is why is it happening because “our people don’t do things for no reason”. Next thing, within an hour there’s a statement coming out and the tory media are putting out headlines like “Boris Johnson slaps down Jurgen Klopp”. Yeah I’d like to see the fat bubbling cunt try. Klopp would make mincemeat out of him in whatever setting you like. Physically or in a debate, Klopp would ruin the cunt. I really hope he does, but Johnson isn’t stupid enough to directly say anything to Kloppo. Meanwhile, “You never know when it’s going to be your last. You go into the dressing room after the game and all of the lads are straight on their phones. I’m saying: ‘You’ve won the FA Cup - get off your phone!’” Peak Milner. What a man. He’s right too. It bothers me when you see the dressing room celebrations and players are sat there on their phones. I get it to some extent. Naby was FaceTiming his family on Saturday, which is completely understandable. Don’t be on social media though, for fucks sake. Not until later when you can post up all the videos you’ve taken so the likes of me can waste away hours just soaking everything in. Meanwhile, Arsenal lost at Newcastle tonight. They’ll lose to Everton on Sunday too, the shit spineless fucking cowards. Not even Spurs can fuck that up now though. They only have to beat Norwich to be sure of 4th. So this is what should happen as soon as Arsenal’s fate is sealed. Julian Ward needs to fire over a bid of £40m plus a quid to activate Saka’s release clause. John W Henry should post a pic of him smoking a cigar. Then we should sign Saka and immediately loan him to Spurs. Fuck you Arsenal. *disclaimer - if they send Everton down I will take back all of the above and will happily let them keep Saka. 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.
  17. This isn’t the first time concerns have been raised about the future of Mohamed Salah, nor will it be the last, as the most prolific forward in recent Liverpool history heads into the final year of his contract. The club has until 30th June 2023 to agree new terms with the player, at which point he will be a free agent. But of course, amidst protracted ongoing negotiations, the aim for all concerned will be to have agreed his contract extension long before then. Let’s face it, attacking players boasting the quality and consistency of Salah don’t grow on trees. Only a handful of leading footballers throughout Europe can boast the kind of numbers he currently produces, and has continually produced throughout the five years this Egyptian dynamo has worn the famous red shirt. Only once during the last five seasons has the Premier League scoring tally of Salah fallen below 20 goals, during the 2019-20 campaign when he still found the back of the net 19 times. That was also the same campaign when Salah registered his lowest number in all competitions, bagging 23 in 48 appearances. According to Transfermarkt, the current market value of Salah is €100 million, so what’s the bigger gamble for Liverpool? Considering how crazy the transfer market is these days, even for anyone half-decent and nowhere near the same level as 29-year-old Salah, what price would anyone genuinely equivalent cost the club? Add agents commission, signing on fees, plus the inevitably sizeable wages, there would be no sensible saving from an economic point of view. This coming June will be when Salah celebrates his 30th birthday, an age at which he can continue to thrive at the very peak of his game. He clearly wants to stay at the club and has even indicated, numerous times, that money isn’t the be all and end all of negotiations. Yet money does talk in modern football and like any top professional, he undoubtedly wants a salary which reflects his current level of importance, both to the club he represents and in the sport itself. The sooner the whole situation is resolved, the better. Financial stability does matter and in many respects, the club is quite correct to play hardball when it comes to balancing the books. However, given what Liverpool has managed to achieve in recent years, and can continue to achieve by retaining their very best players, there must be willingness towards flexibility in exceptional circumstances. And there’s no doubting that Salah is an exceptional player the Reds can’t afford to lose.
  18. Report by Dave Usher The best songwriter / musician of our generation penned a classic called “the more things change the more they stay the same”. Pretty apt whenever Klopp rotates his line up really. Nine changes to the side that started the cup final but this still looked just like Liverpool. Not identical of course, we don’t have clones we can bring in when the main players are out. You can’t replicate what Salah, Mané and Diaz do. Or Thiago or Van Dijk. Or Trent. Especially Trent, who is thoroughly unique in world football. So it’s not identical, but individual traits aside the team just played the same way and dominated the game in exactly the same way you’d expect from the first choice line up. It’s one of the more incredible aspects of Klopp’s tenure here really, and there are many of them. Imagine just being able to pick whoever you like and still be able to get the result you need. We went on a mad winning run at the back end of last season with Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams at centre back. It’s the Klopp effect. Him and his staff. They’ve instilled this belief in the entire squad and they’re so well coached that everyone knows how to play the role required of them. I saw the line up and wasn’t worried. It helped that it was more or less what I expected it to be so I wasn’t shocked or concerned by it, but I didn’t look at that team and think we’d be in trouble. I looked at it and was excited at what we might see from a midfield with both Curtis and Harvey in it. I looked at the defence and thought “Southampton aren’t scoring past those lads” and I looked at the forwards and thought there was opportunity for them to get back in the goals. Diogo and Bobby really need a goal, whereas Taki just scores every time he plays. And if something did go wrong then look at the bench. Granted, we only had three options rather than five, but when you’ve got that kind of talent to call upon you always feel confident. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £3 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  19. Nine changes, all the stars missing but you'd never know as the Reds produced an impressive performance to see off the Saints and ensure the title race will go right down to the final day. What a team. Chris Smith is joined by Julian Richards and TLW Editor Dave Usher to reflect on another highly satisfying night in which several of the lesser lights in the squad took their chance to shine brightly. Up the still quadruple chasing Reds!
  20. Report by Dave Usher I could just copy and paste large chunks of the League Cup Final here as it was basically the same game. Some of the minor points are different but essentially it was a highly entertaining 0-0 that we shaded but that could have gone either way as both teams had plenty of good chances. Extra time and pens once again. *sighs* Thankfully the outcome went in our favour once more but I feel another few months have been taken from the end of my life. Of course there's nothing surprising about the stress and drama of it all. It’s Liverpool in a final, it’s never straightforward. Plus Chelsea are a really strong side on their day. Forget the inconsistent shite they’ve been serving up, like losing at fucking Everton for example, when Chelsea are focussed they’re dangerous because they’ve got quality all over the park and a top manager. They even wore their magic yellow kit which was supposed to bring a change of luck for them as they keep losing finals in blue. Can't believe that foolproof plan didn't work. Four games we’ve had with them now and neither side has won any of them. We got two trophies because we were marginally better at penalty kicks, but that’s four draws with them now. We were the better side in this one but they were dangerous and even when we were well on top they still created chances. Not as many as we did, but with better finishing they could have won in normal time. So could we of course. We started the game like we wanted to blow them away in the first 10 minutes and with better luck we could have. We were absolutely dazzling early on and Diaz was running all over them. They’d left out Azpilacueta and included Chalobah, and that was so obviously due to being scared of what Diaz could do. With good reason. He was sensational all day. He must have had five or six near misses. It’s not like his finishing was bad, but the ball just wouldn’t fucking go in no many how many times he tried. We've had the "Owen Final" and the "Gerrard Final" and It's such a shame because this could have been "The Diaz Final" if he'd been a bit more precise. The only one where I thought he really should have done better though was the one that Mendy just about kept out. That really frustrated me because of what we were denied. That would have been the best Wembley goal ever scored and would be right up there with any goal we’ve ever seen. It started with an outrageous outside of the boot pass by Alisson. Then the ball comes to Trent and he repeats the feat with an even more sumptuous ball to send Diaz clear. That pass was like the Gerrard to Sturridge one at Fulham all those years ago. The difference was that Sturridge finished it off, Diaz didn’t. Virtually everything we did had him at the heart of it though. He was brilliant in the League Cup Final but he was even better in this one. What a player he is. He’s fucking relentless. He’s so good that I wasn’t even that concerned when Mo had to go off. I was concerned about him potentially missing the Champions League Final, but I wasn’t worried about how it would impact this particular game as I thought we’d be fine. 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.
  21. As usual we did it the hard way but just like in the Carabao Cup Final the Reds found a way to get the job done and bring home the silverware. The double is secured, the treble is still on and the quadruple is... well, let's not be too greedy eh? Chris Smith is joined by Julian Richards, Ian Brown and TLW Editor Dave Usher. Paul Natton also checks in with some thoughts from Wembley. Up the Chelsea beating, cup winning Reds!
  22. Nine changes, all the stars missing but you'd never know as the Reds produced an impressive performance to see off the Saints and ensure the title race will go right down to the final day. What a team. Chris Smith is joined by Julian Richards and TLW Editor Dave Usher to reflect on another highly satisfying night in which several of the lesser lights in the squad took their chance to shine brightly. Up the still quadruple chasing Reds!
  23. A picture paints a thousand words, etc., etc. Fear not, this shouldn’t take more than 300! The background: Fair play to all those in our end who still seem to be going ecstatic! I was shaking like a shitting dog at the point, a good few down the road (it was about 8:15pm in France and I had been drinking for about four hours). Trent: This means more. Probably even more to him. Such intensity, yet he’s also saying to Kostas, ‘You’ve got this, la.’ And he had. Bobby: It’s a photo so we can’t tell if he’s dancing or not. Probably is. But again, he’s saying, ‘You’ve got this, la.’ And he fucking had. Hendo: Remember that game away to Atalanta? Nobody in because of COVID so you could hear Hendo all the way through. Always there. Encouraging. Haranguing. Look at him here. He’s clapping for him. Saying he believes in him. He’s saying, ‘You’ve got this, la.’ And he fucking had. Joel: Clenched fist. A knowing look. Joel knew he was going to slot it. He’s saying, ‘You’ve got this, la.’ And he fucking had. James and Jota (comes as a package): Diogo is thinking, ‘Da, give me a hug, I need you here!’ James is thinking, ‘Kinell, Diogo, I’m not yer Da.’ Konaté: ‘Vas-y, mon gars, tu gères de ouf.’ Kostas: ‘Give me the ball so I can be done with this, go home and smoke 40 Marlboro Light and have a fucking nap.’ John Brennan View full article
  24. Monday May 9: That fucking little weird baldy bastard was talking about us again yesterday. Unprompted too. He was asked about their game and he went off about how everyone in this country wants Liverpool to win and are against City. Fucking hell, you can’t actually be any more wrong than he is right now. Even United fans are rooting for City. Literally nobody other than us wants us to win. If everyone is against City, how come there aren’t any songs about them? Pretty much every set of fans we come up against have songs about us (Palace are probably the only ones who don’t bother with that shit) and most of them are still singing about when we didn’t win the league eight fucking years ago! He also thinks the media want us to win. I reckon he’s right, most of them do because the quadruple is a bigger story than anything City can do, and because the big clubs like us, United, Arsenal and even Chelsea now all move the needle when it comes to getting clicks, selling papers, TV subscriptions etc. Is it better for Sky and BT if Liverpool are more successful than City? Hell yeah it is. Why is he crying about it though? This is what he signed up for when he got on board the sports washing project at an artificially inflated small club (relatively speaking). He’s just talking through his arse again. It’s nothing new, I mean a few days ago he said with a straight face that City’s owners have told him they’re doing everything by the book and that he believed them. I mean this is a fella who has a history of cheating even before he joined up with the sports washers so at this point he’s basically as trustworthy as Boris Johnson. He just lies all the time and is rarely challenged on it. Thank fuck for Nick Harris on twitter though, who seems to be on a mission to get under the skins of City fans on a daily basis by pointing out their cheating ways. He’s fucking great that fella, we should all be grateful to him for fighting a fight that very few others in the media want any part of. Klopp pissed himself laughing when he was asked about all of this and his answer was a lot more dignified and classy than mine would have been. He pretty much said that all managers say daft things after games and he used it as an opportunity to backtrack some of what he himself said about Spurs yesterday. It feels like Guardiola is trying to stoke the flames to create a bitter rivalry but Klopp is just pouring cold water on it. Much as I’d like to see him put the little bald weirdo in his box, I like this better. City need a rivalry with us to make themselves relevant because nobody gives a fuck about their ‘achievements’. That eats away at them. Pricks. Klopp is denying them that by continually refusing to bite. Meanwhile, I’ve finally started watching Sunderland til I Die on Netflix today and fuck me it’s grim. I sort of knew about bits and pieces of what went on there because of my Mackem brother in law but watching this is utterly depressing. The poor bastards. Seeing what those fans have gone though just puts everything into perspective. We drew with Spurs and might have to settle for second place and maybe a European Cup to go with two domestic ones. None of us even give the League Cup we won a second thought anymore but for fans of most teams that would be the greatest achievement in their history. Sunderland went 12 months without even winning a home game! I love all this fly on the wall stuff as you see just how incompetent loads of people in football actually are. There’s a bit in this when Sunderland are about to start their first season in the Championship and the head of recruitment has compiled a list of potential loan signings for the chief exec to look at, and he looks at it and says, incredulously, “why am I seeing Ibrahimovic on this list? Do you think we’ve suddenly come into a load of money?” Imagine them calling Zlatan and asking him if he fancies coming to play alongside James Vaughan in the Championship! There was also a bit where their chief scout ruled out a potential signing because he was wearing gloves when it wasn’t cold. Not gonna lie, I have to admire that level of old school pedantry. Seriously though, when I used to cover the ressies for the Echo sometimes I’d be sat in the director’s box surrounded by scouts, and you’d hear the conversations they’d be having and it was a massive eye opener. You assume these fellas know what they’re doing and are looking at things that us fans don’t really see, but they aren’t. Some of the absolute bollocks I heard some of them saying was mad. It’s the easiest job in the world. Purely about who you know and not what you know. Or at least it used to be, in fairness it’s changed a hell of a lot now with all the data nerds involved. But lower down the leagues where they still do it old school, honestly it’s a complete farce. Anyway, speaking of Sunderland, they beat Sheffield Wednesday tonight to reach the playoff final. Made up for them, partly for my brother-in-law and also because watching that show really highlighted how bad they’ve had it. Plus they have to deal with those Newcastle fucking wankers on their doorstep. Hopefully they beat Wycombe and get promotion, but my brother-in-law has now cancelled a holiday so he can go to Wembley, which is a big mistake. He’s seen them play at Wembley eight times and they’ve lost every single one. He’s a jinx. 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