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  1. 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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    Anatomy of a picture - by John Brennan

    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
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    PODCAST: FA Cup Final Match Reaction

    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!
  5. What a shit week. Virtually nothing good has come out of it at all. We dropped points and City not only didn’t but they piled up their goal difference by such an extent that they can even afford to lose a game now and it won’t matter. That isn’t even the worst of it though, as it was kind of expected. The worst thing that has happened is that Everton are virtually safe now after picking up four points as Leeds vomited all over themselves. I’m proper gutted about that as a couple of weeks ago Everton were virtually down. I mostly blame Chelsea, but Brendan can fuck off too. Leicester have been dogshit this season, which makes it all the more galling that we let them fuck up our title hopes back in December. Having been knocked out of Europe by Mourinho last week there was no way on earth they were going to lift themselves for a game with Everton. It’s sickening, everything has fallen nicely into place for Lampard in recent weeks. Playing teams at just the right time while Leeds are losing players left right and centre to injuries and red cards. Everton will stay up now and as I said, I’m proper gutted about. Way more gutted than I thought I’d be. It’s on Chelsea, Leicester (who let’s not forget the other week choked and conceded a stoppage time goal at Goodison), United and Arsenal. Those are the cunts who have allowed this to happen, the Lampard enabling wankers. Fuck each and every one of them. This is a grudge I won’t forget any time soon. 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.
  6. World-renowned teams like Liverpool are responsible for inspiring several people and even influencing certain industries. This includes the casino industry, where football-based casino games such as those on Platin Casino in the UK have been created to attract the huge football fanbase. It is clear that football is important to many fans around the world, and therefore teams are constantly trying to improve themselves, gain a bigger fan base and ultimately win games and trophies. One major way teams improve season after season is by making the right call during transfer windows. Liverpool are currently trying to complete what would be a historic quadruple. The Reds have a long history of success, including winning the English league title 19 times and the Champions League 6 times. The 1970’s and 80s’s were particularly dominant times for Liverpool and the club is hoping to replicate that success in the 2020’s. To do that, they must continue to add quality to the squad, and we assess some of the players they should look to sign in the 2022 summer transfer window. Jude Bellingham Jude Bellingham is one of the brightest English prospects in world football. The central midfielder currently plays for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and is one of the first names on the team sheet for the German club. Bellingham can play anywhere in central midfielder, perfectly capable of operating from box-to-box and that is an immediate tick in the box as far as Jurgen Klopp is concerned. Best playing in a midfield three, with two more defensively minded players, Bellingham receives the ball nicely between the lines, ready to hurt opponents. Raphinha Should Liverpool lose one of their wide attacking players this summer, Raphinha would be the perfect replacement. The Brazilian has excelled for Leeds United in the Premier League, even when the team has been struggling. Despite having the pace and shooting ability to create and score goals, Raphinha has proven he is not afraid to work hard for the team when required, a trait that will not have gone unnoticed by Klopp. Raphinha would fit in immediately at Liverpool considering his quality. Aurélien Tchouaméni Aurélien Tchouaméni plays in midfield for Monaco in Ligue 1. The 22-year-old is expected to leave the Stade Louis II this summer and has already made his debut for the France national team. Tchouaméni is an athletic defensive midfield player and could compete with Fabinho for the job of protecting the Liverpool back four. Tchouaméni could give Klopp a new option in the midfield, to not overwork any players. Additionally, Tchouaméni also likes to drive forward with the ball, but is also great at intercepting plays, and tackling. Darwin Nunez There have been rumours linking Roberto Firmino with a move away from Anfield this summer and that could leave an opening for Darwin Nunez. The Uruguayan international striker plays for Benfica in Portugal and has had a tremendous 2021/22 campaign. Nunez has scored over 30 goals for Benfica and boasts the exciting combination of strength and pace. At 6 foot 2 inches, Nunez is a presence at the top end of the pitch and would offer Klopp something different to what he already has at his disposal. Gleison Bremer Liverpool have been linked with Torino centre back Gleison Bremer for several months. The Brazilian is expected to leave Turin this summer and has risen to stardom in Serie A this season. Gleison is close to the top of the rankings for both interceptions per game and clearances in Italy but is more than comfortable with the ball at his feet. The only issue regarding a potential move to Liverpool would be how Gleison fits into a back four and the options already available to Klopp in central defence. Conclusion Regardless of the number of trophies won by Liverpool at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, there is always room for improvement. The most likely addition will come in midfield, but we could also see a new forward, should one of the existing players move away from Anfield. It is an exciting time to be a Liverpool fan and some of the world’s top talent could arrive in the summer.
  7. Sadio sunk Villa with a second half header once again to keep the pressure on City at the top of the table. The Reds weren't at their best but the 'mentality monsters' found a way to get over the line and responded well after going behind early. Chris Smith, Julian Richards and TLW Editor Dave Usher look back on a scrappy win for the boys and also preview this weekend's FA Cup final.
  8. Liverpool FC is about to contest another FA Cup, playing against Chelsea FC this Saturday, and things are looking up for the Reds. After Chelsea reported several injuries, Liverpool is looking in a particularly strong position to press on and take the title, as they have done many times before. The FA Cup final is much like roulette with high limits where the rules are fixed and while there is a chance factor, being smart in your gameplay would usually yield better results. But, what makes Liverpool’s bid for the FA Cup finals so strong in the first place? Consistently Good Performance Look at it any which way you will, and you will reach the same conclusion – Liverpool FC is incredibly capable of delivering on some of the most worthwhile experiences and performances out there. The club has been going through Premier League as the #2 Seed and while Manchester City still holds a slight advantage Liverpool has a very good chance to contest the Premier League title as well as the FA Cup finals on Saturday. But why is this the case? Liverpool has been thriving under the management of Jurgen Klopp who has no doubt been given a generous purse to tinker around with and buy some of the best and most talented soccer players in the UK and beyond. This has not been all of the club’s success, as the team has learned to work well together and play around with its weak links. This has enabled it to lose fewer games in the 2021/2022 season and has made the overall pace of play dynamic, but not at the expense of exposing the team’s defences too much. Liverpool has been simply consistent in the way it delivers on wins or fends off a tougher team. And yet, there are a few “tougher” teams. The upcoming bout with Chelsea will indeed prove to be one of the most exciting things to watch on your TV sets this weekend, especially if you are a huge soccer fan. But Liverpool is not very likely to stop there. For the club, it will be equally important to use its good track record and secure more than just the short-term success of the FA Cup. The Premier League is really where the prize is at as Manchester City is a team that has been hard to dethrone from the premier spot. However, Liverpool has a lot of hard work to do before it can get there. Can Liverpool Grab 2021/2022 Premier League? This will partly depend on how the team does this Saturday. On the one hand, Liverpool FC has all the reasons to be gunning for both the FA Cup and Premier League titles, but there are other factors to consider as well. For example, Manchester City may have more losses than Liverpool, but the bottom line is that City has played five wins in their past five games. Liverpool drew a single game, which is not much to go on but still an important factor to consider. Plus, facing Chelsea with the stakes that high will surely have its toll on Liverpool which will need to play toe-to-toe with the Blues for the FA cup and then face Southampton next Tuesday with barely enough time to recover. The good news is that Liverpool will have somewhat easier games ahead of schedule so if it pulls through successful on Saturday, this should give it all the fighting spirit it needs to contest the Premier League. Of course, part of Liverpool’s success will depend on how far Manchester City makes it. If they continue to maintain their healthy lead, then the title may just slip between Liverpool’s fingers like it has done so many times in the past. However, fans and analysts are optimistic about the club’s real chances of securing several trophies this year and we will be tuning in to see if this would indeed be the case.
  9. There is nothing like going to Anfield to watch Liverpool on the pitch in real life. The excitement of game day cannot be beat, but it is unfortunately not always an option. In between our busy schedules, and away games, we need other ways to continue to enjoy and support our beloved team even when we cannot do so in person. Luckily the internet gives us an increasing number of ways that we can continue to be the best fans for Liverpool, either by participating and enjoying the actions, or showing our support in more concrete ways. Here are some of the sometimes surprising ways we can continue to fly our colours proud. Soccer’s Growing Presence in Web3 We should start with the newest possibility on this whole list. For many of you, this is probably a completely new thing to do on the internet. Web3 is the decentralized version of the internet enabled by the technology behind Bitcoin. This includes everything from the metaverse, to non-fungible tokens and cryptocurrencies. Soccer has been entering the metaverse in a big way. Some teams have been building their stadiums in the metaverse. Some teams have their official fan tokens, and some are even launching official governance tokens. This is to say that they are creating new ways for their fans to enjoy their team. Liverpool has been less active than Manchester United or Manchester City football clubs. This is not to say they are not making moves! Their main sponsor, Nike, acquired a virtual shoe and clothing company called RTFKT. This is a great opportunity for Liverpool’s potential expansion into the metaverse and NFT markets. Liverpool’s five-year deal with Nike comes to a close in 2025, so there is still plenty of time for this partnership to produce a clothing line or some other sort of collection of tokens. Showing Concrete Support for Our Team Enjoying walking around a virtual stadium is a great way to enjoy being a Liverpool fan, but it is also nice to show some concrete support. The same way fans in the real Anfield Field lend their voice and lift Liverpool to victory, there are concrete ways on the internet we can lend our support. Betting on the team is one way to show real support. SBO will help connect you to the best online sportsbooks. They have spent hours creating nearly 300 reviews of these online sports betting sites. You can select your country, and they will make a list of great options for you. Plus, they will show you how to get your account setup, as well as give you some strategies to make the best sports bets. Another way to show concrete support for Liverpool is to show them some love on social media. If you follow them on Instagram and Twitter, it is a way to show them and your community who you support. Plus, you can retweet and like their posts, helping pump them up before their big games. When You Miss the Game on the Telly We are used to watching the games of our favourite team on the television. Of course, we do not always go to the stadium for every game we watch. But the TV is also not always available. Perhaps we are on vacation or we no longer have cable in our homes because we are more used to watching movies on the internet. This is where our trusty internet connection comes in. You can stream Liverpool games from a number of sites. There will be few to no options for streaming these games free of charge. However, you can check out many pay per view sites that will let you stream the games right into your living room. While our laptop screens are technically good enough, it is a good idea to also have a connection to a larger external monitor. This is especially true if you are watching the game with some buddies. You will not all be able to crowd your little monitor so make sure you are investing in your friends and Liverpool, as they will make sure you never walk alone.
  10. Report by Dave Usher This was never going to be easy and the only thing that mattered was the points. Yeah, we might need to claw back that goal difference at some point but this wasn’t the night for that. A rabid home crowd and an energised opponent all wanting to have their ‘Crystal Palace moment’, coupled with a lot of changes in our side guaranteed this was going to be a grind. And it was. Villa have been shite for months. They’ve won a few games recently but only against bums. Maybe if they’d been as up for all of those games as they were for this one they’d be pushing for a European spot. It’s embarrassing seeing how fired up some of these fans are when they play us. But everyone wants us to win the title. Villa started the game really well and we didn’t. Even before the goal it was clear they were at it and we would need time to settle. Then they scored after just a few minutes. The goal should never have stood of course, but it was also alarming how ragged we looked. Watkins was offside and should have been flagged, but the ease with which he beat Virgil to get a shot away was surprising. Alisson saved it and the ball went out wide. No flag from the lino, which was surprising as they don’t usually miss ones that obvious. The cross comes in and isn’t cleared. It ends up on the other flank, another cross comes in and they score. Now here’s the thing. We never got the ball back after that initial attack, so how is that a different phase of play? The entire thing only happens because an offside player runs through and has a shot. Did the lino not see it or did he just think VAR would sort it out? I’m fine with him making a mistake but why did VAR not go back and correct it? It’s bad enough when it actually is another phase of play but this clearly wasn’t. The only Liverpool player to even touch the ball from when Watkins ran through to when Douglas Luiz scored was Alisson, who made two saves. How the fuck was that allowed to stand? Officials can make mistakes and that’s fine. But VAR is meant to be the safety net for that. Shit like this can decide where the title goes. In fact, it probably has already if you look at the staggering decisions City got against Wolves and Everton, not to mention what happened to us at Spurs. It’s not good enough. 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.
  11. Luis Diaz was on the scoresheet once again but the Reds were held to a frustrating draw by a dogged and dangerous Tottenham side. Is the title now beyond us? TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by John Gallagher and Stu Montagu to discuss that as well as other talking points from the game. The lads then preview the midweek trip to Aston Villa and look back on Real Madrid's dramatic win over Man City that set up a clash with Kloppo's boys in Paris later this month.
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  13. Sadio sunk Villa with a second half header once again to keep the pressure on City at the top of the table. The Reds weren't at their best but the 'mentality monsters' found a way to get over the line and responded well after going behind early. Chris Smith, Julian Richards and TLW Editor Dave Usher look back on a scrappy win for the boys and also preview this weekend's FA Cup final.
  14. Report by Dave Usher This doesn’t hurt anywhere near as much as I thought it would. It helps that we’ve got two finals to look forward to of course, but I just can’t get too worked up or disappointed about this particular game or even the implications of it. We gave everything we had but came up short because the opponent defended really well. If we don’t win the title it won’t be because of this game and it won’t be because Newcastle put up the most feeble of resistance at the Etihad a day later (did anyone really expect any different?). I’m more upset about the other game we had with Spurs than this one. Remember, when a couple of manc officials shafted us with two of the worst decisions seen all season? We deserved to win that game, we didn’t deserve to win this one. I think we played pretty well though and there was a lot to like about the performance. Against most teams it would have been enough for a comfortable victory, but the problem is that Spurs are really good when they play the better teams. They beat City twice and that wasn’t a fluke. This was always going to be the toughest game we had left but because it was a night game at Anfield I thought that would be enough to help us come through it unscathed. It wasn’t, although the crowd played its part and the atmosphere was great. The players responded and the intensity was there but the quality was lacking. Sometimes that happens, even to the best teams. Winning every game just isn’t possible and when it comes to retreats when we look back on the season, this game really shouldn’t even be a consideration. It was just really fucking tough. Try as we might, we just couldn’t really play through them and when we did they usually had someone making a great block or clearance. Hugo Lloris hardly had a save to make and we didn’t really do enough to test him. We were almost there on a lot of occasions but just didn’t get it right when we got into promising positions. 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.
  15. Monday May 2: Haven’t done of these in a while but I can’t really be going over all of the things I missed because we’d be here forever. The plan was to pick up from today and go from there. However, there’s one thing I needed to cover because it’s pissed me off so much I needed to vent. So I’ll have to go back seven days…. The Blues wrote to PMGOL to demand why they weren’t given a penalty when that Anthony Gordon rat did his regular Tom Daley impression as soon as he got in the box. I mean, what exactly are they expecting for an answer? Surely even they have to know what happened there. First and foremost it wasn’t a foul by Matip, so there is that. Even if it was though (which it wasn’t), it wasn’t an egregious enough error to be writing letters of complaint about. It’s a decision that sometimes you might get if the ref just gets it wrong. And if that happened, VAR wouldn’t have overturned it because that’s not how it works on subjective calls. You actually have some pundits mistakenly saying it’s a pen but I’d say based on what I heard there were more saying it wasn’t. So what you have here is one of those “could go either way” type deals. Everton are the ONLY club in the entire fucking league that would write a letter of complaint over a decision like that. There’s absolutely nobody else that would do that. They’re missing the bigger picture here though. They want to know why the referee didn’t give them the benefit of the doubt on a subjective decision, but the answer to that is fucking easy. It’s because Gordon and Richarlison spent the entire game trying to con the referee and fool him into giving them decisions they didn’t deserve. So when one came along where he probably wasn’t sure, he no doubt weighted it up in his head like this: “Was that a foul or a dive? It could be a foul but how do I know these cunts aren’t just trying to cheat me yet again?”. And so he waved it away, as most people would because it’s human nature. PGMOL should reply by simply reciting the story of the boy who cried wolf. Nothing else, just that story and leave it at that. Crying fat, balding, tory twat. The other thing in play here is that refs have been told to interpret these things differently now and that contact between two players in the box isn’t always a foul because sometimes its the striker who initiates it. The Calvert-Lewin / Lovren one would never be given as a pen now as that’s a classic example of why they’ve changed things. You could also take away 50% of the pens Jamie Vardy has won and 100% of any decisions Shane Long has been given. We suffered from that new interpretation when the ref wrongly decided that Jota initiated the contact at Spurs, but by and large you see a lot less pens given now for the kind of shit Gordon pulled in the derby, and that’s a good thing. Fuck Lampard and fuck Everton. Honestly, the fucking balls on these wankers kicking off over that. It’s like a murderer who kills a dozen people and then gets all wound up and outraged when he’s asked about a thirteenth one that he actually didn’t do. "Why are you picking on me? This isn't fair". Except that doesn’t really work because in that analogy Gordon would have actually been fouled for the pen, and he wasn’t. What else has been happening? Well I've been watching Top Boy on Netflix and I'd highly recommend it. Probably the best way to describe it is like watching Arsenal Fan TV only there's a bit less aggression and fewer threats on Top Boy. Man defo says da ting worth a watch though, fam. Anyway, back to the present. Richarlison threw a flare into the crowd yesterday as they beat Chelsea at Goodison. Firstly, I called that result a week ago. I knew it would happen. Chelsea were always going to shit the bed there, just as Arsenal and United did before them. Those three are going to be responsible for Everton staying up. They should be ashamed of themselves. Chelsea should have their world champions crown taken away immediately. I’m not even joking. Cunts. But yeah, Richarlison has to be suspended for that. Carra got three games for throwing a coin into the crowd and that’s not as dangerous as throwing a fucking lit flare. That also happened in much different times when you could actually do stuff without there being a massive clamour for excessive punishment. Yeah, I’m saying Richarlison should be cancelled, the fucking scumbag. The Blues actually had a banner yesterday with the PL logo and the word ‘corrupt’ underneath it. Was that there in the game after they got screwed on the handball against City, or do they only get upset when a decision goes against them in the derby? I want them down almost as much as I want the quadruple. As for us, Klopp’s press conference today was decent. Usually these CL ones are shite because the questions he gets asked are so fucking lame that not even Klopp can make an interesting answer out of them. Even this one opened with “is the job done?”. I mean fucking hell, what kind of question is that? There isn’t a manager in the world who would say “yeah this one’s over”. The follow up was “just how important is this game in the context of your season?”. IT’S A EUROPEAN CUP SEMI FINAL!! For fuck’s sake. The Spanish ones were shite too. One fella asked Klopp if he’s worried about the amount of times he’s lost away to Spanish teams. Klopp looked baffled and pointed out times when he hadn’t lost, and also made the point that most of the time he lost he went through anyway. He asked the fella how many times he’d been knocked out by Spanish teams and there were crickets on the other end of the headset. Honestly, some of these journos are stealing a living. The best bit of the presser was on Thiago, who a Spanish reporter asked about because he’s not been getting selected for Spain. Klopp said Spain have great midfield players but that Thiago could play in any national team in the world and look like the best player. That’s true, he often looked like the best player in a star studded Bayern side, and recently he’s looked a level above even in this incredible team. I joked on the pod last week that I’m looking at Thiago recently and wondering if he’s the best player I’ve ever seen. He might be, but it’s way too soon to make that kind of statement. 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.
  16. Luis Diaz was on the scoresheet once again but the Reds were held to a frustrating draw by a dogged and dangerous Tottenham side. Is the title now beyond us? TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by John Gallagher and Stu Montagu to discuss that as well as other talking points from the game. The lads then preview the midweek trip to Aston Villa and look back on Real Madrid's dramatic win over Man City that set up a clash with Kloppo's boys in Paris later this month.
  17. It’s been a while since I did one of these as personal circumstances didn’t allow it, but loads has happened at the top and bottom of the league since the last one. The most significant development was Everton finally dropping into the bottom three after flirting with it for months. I’ll start with that actually. This might be the first time ever that I’ve led one of these round ups with a Burnley game but it seems fitting as they’ve been on an absolute rampage since they sacked Dyche. I’ll be honest and say I thought that was a terrible move and that they were essentially surrendering their Premier League spot and getting Everton out of jail. I was wrong. I’ve been watching Burnley games quite closely of late and I’ve unashamedly become a bit of a Clarets fan, because needs must. If they can send Everton down I’ll be forever grateful. That dramatic win over Watford felt like a pivotal moment until Chelsea shit the bed 24 hours later at Goodison. Still, the importance of this Burnley win could still be massive. Especially given the drama of it. They fell behind early at Watford and it stayed that way until very late, when goals in quick succession by Cork and Brownhill gave them the win and relegated the Hornets. I hope we don’t see Watford again for a while. I have nothing specific against them but I’m just utterly bored of them and their yo-yo shite. Same with Norwich, who have been up and down more times than a fiddler’s elbow. Don’t come back any time soon, you pointless bastards. Burnley have taken 10 points from 12 since Mike Jackson took over. I’d never heard of the fella and given how Dyche has pulled them out of this situation several times before it just seemed like a stupid, panic move. The only caveat I had to that view was if maybe Dyche had lost the players, but there hadn’t been any reports of that and usually in that situation there are leaks in the press every other day. Maybe we didn’t hear about it because no-one gives a shit about Burnley so the press don’t ever write about them? Or maybe it’s because the players are solid pros and not spoiled whiny cunts like at Man United for example. It kind of feels like Dyche must have lost the dressing room though. Maybe not in the sense that they hated him, but it does seem that they’d stopped listening to him because they actually look like Burnley again now. So if they stay up the owners get a massive pat on the back, as does Jackson. Shit, if he relegates Everton I won’t even object if someone wants to build a statue of him outside Anfield. It wouldn’t be the first Mike Jackson statue at a Premier League ground. Remember when Fulham unveiled that Whacko Jacko one at Craven Cottage? Is that still there? How mad was that though, fucking hell. I had to google that just now to make sure it really happened and it wasn’t some weird dream. But yeah, if Mike Jackson is responsible for relegating Everton then a statue is the least he deserves. Can’t be doing with the shit puns though. MOTD’s commentator said after this game that “Mike Jackson has served up a Thriller”. Fucks sake, that’s Bad. MJ was asked what he’d done to turn things around and he said “we just reminded these lads of who they are”. So you could say he told them that it starts with….. the man in the mirror. What? Oh fuck off, that’s gold that is. Burnley have been amazing of late though. They lost at Norwich and it looked like they were fucked, but the spirit they’ve shown since has been great, but it’s not just that. Whisper it, but they’ve played some pretty good footy. It’s not all long balls and set-pieces, they’ve put some nice passing moves together and they look a totally different side to what they’ve been all season. 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.
  18. Report by Dave Usher We probably should have expected this. After all, we never make these semi finals easy. Remember when we battered Roma and somehow ended up hanging on? I think we were 5-0 up at one point in that tie weren’t we? This time the lead was only 2-0 so maybe this was inevitable. How else can you explain what happened in that first half? That opening 45 minutes was mad. Villarreal did to us what we normally do to everyone else. They outworked us, outfought us and outplayed us. They were good value for their 2-0 lead even though they didn’t exactly create a load of chances. It was partly them playing out of their skins, and mostly us being absolutely fucking shit. Virtually everyone. It’s easier to name the ones I didn’t think were abysmal. That would be Konate, Fabinho and Virgil. Not that any of them were particularly good, but they weren’t bad. Everyone else though, Jesus. It’s hard to say exactly what went wrong and why. The easy explanation would be that we weren’t prepared for what they threw at us, but I can’t accept that these players will have been complacent and thought the job was done. There’s no way they’d think that and no way Klopp would let them. But that’s how it looked. I just think the early goal rattled us and lifted them. And we just didn’t recover from it until we were able to get in at half time and regroup. Momentum was going against us and Villarreal rode the wave of emotion from the crowd. We know how that is, we’ve done it to the opposition countless times. This time we were on the receiving end. 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. Paris here we come! After being given an almighty scare the Reds advanced to the final by finally overcoming a spirited Villarreal side who had wiped out their first leg deficit before eventually succumbing to a Luis Diaz inspired Liverpool. Chris Smith is joined by Julian Richards and TLW Editor Dave Usher to bask in the glory of a third Champions League Final appearance in five years and to discuss what would constitute a successful season from this point on. Is it already a success or is that dependant on securing more silverware?
  20. The Reds won again as a solitary Naby Keita goal was enough to see off Newcastle in a game completed dominated by Liverpool. TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by Julian Richards and Paul Natton to look back on another impressive display in which Klopp rang the changes and saw the players who came in deliver star performances. The lads also preview the Villarreal 2nd leg, touch on Everton's plight at the bottom and also address "sportswashing" and how it's been welcomed with open arms by Newcastle fans.
  21. Paris here we come! After being given an almighty scare the Reds advanced to the final by finally overcoming a spirited Villarreal side who had wiped out their first leg deficit before eventually succumbing to a Luis Diaz inspired Liverpool. Chris Smith is joined by Julian Richards and TLW Editor Dave Usher to bask in the glory of a third Champions League Final appearance in five years and to discuss what would constitute a successful season from this point on. Is it already a success or is that dependant on securing more silverware?
  22. Report by Dave Usher That was a lot easier than 1-0 makes it seem. Deluded Newcastle fans might kid themselves that this shows their progress and that they’re on the right track to competing with us, but this was an absolute hammering in everything but scoreline. I actually saw one of their owners tweeting that it shows how far they’re come that they’re disappointing at not beating Liverpool. No, it shows just how fucking deluded some of you are up there. Eddie Howe has done really well, there’s no denying that, but it’s just pure Newcastle that all of a sudden they’re bouncing around, dicks swinging after beating half a dozen similarly poor sides. Pipe down knobheads. You haven’t won anything in my lifetime and I’m 50 next year. This was billed as a tough game for us and I kind of agreed, but only because it was a 12.30 kick off away from home. If we were playing at the Dog & Duck at that time I’d still be thinking it will be a close scoreline because we just don’t do that well in this time slot. I wasn’t at all worried about Newcastle, despite their revival under Howe. Just look at their team. Most of them are shite and the ones that aren’t are decent at best. That Bruno fella is the one notable exception and because of the sportswashing they’ll add more like him over the next few years. For now though there was absolutely nothing there that could hurt us, especially given the way we surrounded Saint-Maximin every time he got the ball. I like him a lot but he was so bad in this game I was embarrassed for him. Did he pass the ball at all? It felt like every time he got it he just tried to take our whole team on. He was like the annoying greedy bastard kid in school who thought he was way better than he actually was. We just kept taking it off him over and over again but he didn’t learn and kept doing it. The thing is, we’re just so good that for most opponents there really isn’t any way of successfully playing against us when we’re in the mood. When we’re pressing and chasing people down with the intensity we are at the moment, virtually nobody can handle it. Certainly not Newcastle. 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.
  23. On we plod, towards the inevitable. A recurring dream: the narrow Liverpool victory, the pointless expectation of a City lapse that lasts barely 10 minutes. A nightmare continually fuelled by the three cruellest words in football; you never know… Newcastle was strangely a more convincing win than Everton, yet they still have to put you through it. Such a creative team just can’t seem to put anyone away early these days, but the games come thick and fast and it’s a wonder they’re still standing, never mind winning. As with Houllier’s treble bid, you can see Klopp beginning to persevere with key players and hope they can last out a while longer. There’s always been a fear that rotation would do for us eventually, but it hasn’t happened yet. You’ve seen certain names in the side and assumed the manager’s taking the opposition for granted. Gomez, Milner, even Keita. It must have been gratifying to see those players competing for man of the match. The main doubt over Naby has always been fitness, and I still can’t believe the usual bone-crumble isn’t due soon, but he was brilliant on Saturday. Milner looked ragged against Benfica but towered above everyone else at St James Park. The man’s a force of nature. Of course, his tackle had the usual conspiracists frothing on social media. The worse they get, the funnier too. I still can’t help being alarmed by the number of chances to settle the nerves we needlessly squandered. That must scream of my usual pessimistic doom-mongery. It’s important to point out that this isn’t based on the reds, certainly not these reds, but football’s caprices and its eternal vow to annihilate us all. The key moments are scars that still seep. Sanchez, Thomas, Pardew, Cantona, Demba Ba, Bale/Karius. Not that many in the scheme of things, but there are other pinpricks that still itch. Thank God all of our nemesises (nemesisi?) are footballers, and not referees. Imagine how bleak that existence would be. Actually, we don’t have to imagine it. We just have to listen to family, friends, and workmates in our own city. It’s been a week of incessant Blue complaint, with another letter sent – written in blood, perhaps, or one of those newspaper & paste efforts that kidnappers send. This isn’t Point Of View, dickheads. Why oh why oh why oh why… Discussion is futile with anybody who begins with Anthony Gordon doesn’t dive, or it was a blatant penalty or there is a referee/VAR conspiracy to hand Liverpool every trophy and relegate Everton for a succulent bonus. You don’t argue with the madman on the bus who says he’s Napoleon. “You look good for 450” “How’s Josephine?” “Where’s your funny hat?” – you just go “riiiiight” and move. No argument back means they believe there isn’t one, and the insanity becomes entrenched. “Stop being a gimp” stopped working a long time ago, if it ever did. Enough about them. We are on the verge of avenging their failed, lonely Champions League campaign for them, but would they be grateful? Would they fuck. We focussed too much on Emery’s extraordinary European record, but in truth they did little to hurt us. Again, Liverpool could have done more to ease the tension, but I think they get a kick out of torturing us. We’d have been far happier if the away goals rule still applied, with the home clean sheet fortifying the two we scored. We’ll be straight into it after Newcastle, and the big fear is the possibility of one calamitous, tired night when everything that can go wrong does. These players have been giants - but big enough to circumnavigate exhaustion and fate? We shall see. Villarreal will come out of their shell at home, they must, and that should suit us down to the ground. Saturday’s finishing is the only thing that makes you pause for thought. No matter what happens for the rest of May, we luxuriate in the knowledge Jurgen is hanging around for a while longer than expected. That’s great, obviously, although a tiny sentimental part of me would have preferred him leaving on his own terms in a blaze of glory. He still might, of course, and his wish to embed a boot room mindset deep into the core of modern Liverpool has to be welcomed, given what’s happened to United after neither of their titans were replaced properly. There won’t be another season like this one, of that I’m (almost) certain. It’s incredible how the signing of Diaz completely altered the landscape. It’s like we went from wonderful team/questionable depth to best squad on the planet with just one (admittedly excellent) player. The fervent, realistic hope of more excellent recruits to come can give us all a semblance of calm for our current trophy hunt. Yes, even me. This isn’t an all or nothing season. It’s only the latest chapter. Steve Kelly @stekelly198586 View full article
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    Terrace Talk - The Steve Kelly column

    On we plod, towards the inevitable. A recurring dream: the narrow Liverpool victory, the pointless expectation of a City lapse that lasts barely 10 minutes. A nightmare continually fuelled by the three cruellest words in football; you never know… Newcastle was strangely a more convincing win than Everton, yet they still have to put you through it. Such a creative team just can’t seem to put anyone away early these days, but the games come thick and fast and it’s a wonder they’re still standing, never mind winning. As with Houllier’s treble bid, you can see Klopp beginning to persevere with key players and hope they can last out a while longer. There’s always been a fear that rotation would do for us eventually, but it hasn’t happened yet. You’ve seen certain names in the side and assumed the manager’s taking the opposition for granted. Gomez, Milner, even Keita. It must have been gratifying to see those players competing for man of the match. The main doubt over Naby has always been fitness, and I still can’t believe the usual bone-crumble isn’t due soon, but he was brilliant on Saturday. Milner looked ragged against Benfica but towered above everyone else at St James Park. The man’s a force of nature. Of course, his tackle had the usual conspiracists frothing on social media. The worse they get, the funnier too. I still can’t help being alarmed by the number of chances to settle the nerves we needlessly squandered. That must scream of my usual pessimistic doom-mongery. It’s important to point out that this isn’t based on the reds, certainly not these reds, but football’s caprices and its eternal vow to annihilate us all. The key moments are scars that still seep. Sanchez, Thomas, Pardew, Cantona, Demba Ba, Bale/Karius. Not that many in the scheme of things, but there are other pinpricks that still itch. Thank God all of our nemesises (nemesisi?) are footballers, and not referees. Imagine how bleak that existence would be. Actually, we don’t have to imagine it. We just have to listen to family, friends, and workmates in our own city. It’s been a week of incessant Blue complaint, with another letter sent – written in blood, perhaps, or one of those newspaper & paste efforts that kidnappers send. This isn’t Point Of View, dickheads. Why oh why oh why oh why… Discussion is futile with anybody who begins with Anthony Gordon doesn’t dive, or it was a blatant penalty or there is a referee/VAR conspiracy to hand Liverpool every trophy and relegate Everton for a succulent bonus. You don’t argue with the madman on the bus who says he’s Napoleon. “You look good for 450” “How’s Josephine?” “Where’s your funny hat?” – you just go “riiiiight” and move. No argument back means they believe there isn’t one, and the insanity becomes entrenched. “Stop being a gimp” stopped working a long time ago, if it ever did. Enough about them. We are on the verge of avenging their failed, lonely Champions League campaign for them, but would they be grateful? Would they fuck. We focussed too much on Emery’s extraordinary European record, but in truth they did little to hurt us. Again, Liverpool could have done more to ease the tension, but I think they get a kick out of torturing us. We’d have been far happier if the away goals rule still applied, with the home clean sheet fortifying the two we scored. We’ll be straight into it after Newcastle, and the big fear is the possibility of one calamitous, tired night when everything that can go wrong does. These players have been giants - but big enough to circumnavigate exhaustion and fate? We shall see. Villarreal will come out of their shell at home, they must, and that should suit us down to the ground. Saturday’s finishing is the only thing that makes you pause for thought. No matter what happens for the rest of May, we luxuriate in the knowledge Jurgen is hanging around for a while longer than expected. That’s great, obviously, although a tiny sentimental part of me would have preferred him leaving on his own terms in a blaze of glory. He still might, of course, and his wish to embed a boot room mindset deep into the core of modern Liverpool has to be welcomed, given what’s happened to United after neither of their titans were replaced properly. There won’t be another season like this one, of that I’m (almost) certain. It’s incredible how the signing of Diaz completely altered the landscape. It’s like we went from wonderful team/questionable depth to best squad on the planet with just one (admittedly excellent) player. The fervent, realistic hope of more excellent recruits to come can give us all a semblance of calm for our current trophy hunt. Yes, even me. This isn’t an all or nothing season. It’s only the latest chapter. Steve Kelly @stekelly198586
  25. Of all the great days this season has served up, this is the best yet! Jurgen Klopp has extended his Liverpool contract until 2026. Chris Smith is joined by the delighted trio of TLW Editor Dave Usher, Ian Brown and Paul Natton with their instant reaction to Thursday's announcement. The lads weigh in on Liverpool's ceiling with Klopp around for four more years (at least?) Can the reds get even better and build another all-time great team? What makes the man himself so special? And does this news give us an added boost for the critical last stage of this remarkable season?
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