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  1. Report by Dave Usher I suppose we should be grateful we didn’t lose. We could have. Probably should have. They had the two best chances of the game even if we had most of the ball. It was just a continuation of what we’ve seen over the past four games. West Brom, Newcastle, Southampton and now this. Very little difference as far as I can see. Klopp says differently and I'm sure there were things he seen that I didn't. Goals and chances were not among them though, I know that much. I’m struggling with it. Not being able to go the game is really having an effect on me now. I hate this. It’s not enjoyable at all and it’s not just because we’re shite at the moment. Not having fans in the stadium is hurting us more than anyone and this game brought it home to me more than ever before. The lads are in a bad run of form and you can see their confidence is at rock bottom. They need us. This is exactly the kind of occasion when the fans would normally get them through it. A packed Anfield, giving the team that extra push and boost of confidence to go and get the result. They badly need us right now but there’s nothing we can do for them. They’re on their own. We just have to sit and watch on telly as a team that blitzed the league last season somehow finds itself not only behind both Manchester clubs and Leicester, but could quite easily be below fucking Everton if they win their game in hand. It’s hard to process it and I don't know how we got here so quickly. This shouldn’t be happening but it is and unless the players come to terms with it and sort this shit out, things are going to get worse. I stressed all week about this game and I had absolutely no belief that we’d win it. Usually that’s a good thing. Any time I’d doubted this team they’d responded. The wins over the likes of Leicester, Spurs, Wolves etc this season were a big ‘fuck you, we've still got it’ to the doubters. This was different though. I knew it was going to be. I had no confidence at all because of a) how we’ve been playing and b) because it clearly wasn’t just a case of us having a couple of bad games and knowing we’d just click back into gear. The game for that to happen was Southampton last week and it didn’t. That was a red flag and hinted at deeper problems. We’d drawn with West Brom and Newcastle and ordinarily there’d have been a response to that. That’s what this team has done consistently these past few years. That response didn’t come though. We lost. So there was absolutely nothing to suggest we’d get it right against United, especially with no fans there to will a result and performance from the players. That’s why I say we should be grateful that at least we didn’t get beat. I half expected we would, so avoiding the loss is a small crumb of comfort to cling to, especially as the incredible unbeaten home record was extended for another game. It’s the only thing we can take from this really. What else is there? Nothing. It was the same old shit we’ve seen for probably half the games under lockdown. Loads of possession, hardly any chances and the opposition actually having the clearer opportunities. Rinse and repeat. This seems to be who we are this season. We’re a completely different team in an empty stadium. I don’t know how we get out of this either. That’s the most depressing thing. The fans aren’t back any time soon and neither are the centre backs, which in turn weakens the midfield, impacts the balance of the whole team and has rendered us virtually impotent on attacking set plays. But the big thing, once again, was the lack of potency up front. We’re about as threatening as Sheffield United these days. That forward line is staler than a loaf of bread that’s been sat in the sun for six months. Opponents know how to stop them and, quite frankly, it isn’t even that difficult for them anymore. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full report Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  2. Sunday Jan 10: No fairytale upset for Marine, who got stuffed by a Spurs side that rarely got out of third gear. There’s no shame in it, Marine were severely outgunned and the Spurs team was packed with internationals, even if they did leave out Kane and Son. Didn’t help that Marine’s centre forward seemed more concerned with picking arguments than trying to play football. Turns out he’s an Arsenal fan, which explains a lot. Dave Raven was playing too. He’s beaten Spurs before in a cup competition of course. What a night that was. It doesn’t feel like that long ago but it was. 15 years or something. I seem to recall that I had to listen to that on the radio as it wasn’t on telly, which makes it seem like a bygone age. Most of the kids who played that night are long retired, but Ravo is still going. Just. It’s great that Marine made a few quid out of this as the clubs lower down the pyramid must really be suffering without fans. There’s no TV or sponsorship deals to keep them going and there’s seemingly no end in sight with this fucking Covid thing. I’m amazed loads of clubs haven’t gone under already. At least Marine will be safe for a while. They got 300k for this apparently which is great for them. The other clubs in their division haven’t been so lucky though and I don’t see how most teams are going to be able to survive this. Same with loads of small businesses. It’s a fucking nightmare. Shout out to the Red who was there watching with his arm around a cardboard cut out of Klopp. BT were showing it constantly and it caused Everton twitter to lose their minds. Good job that man, nicely done. Meanwhile, Michael Oliver has done an interview and admits he should have sent Pickford off. He says he was going to give a penalty providing there was no offside, but they got pre-occupied with whether it was offside and therefore forgot to check for a red card. Sorry, not buying it. You’re the best ref in the country, you don’t just ‘forget’ about a challenge like that, especially when you see Van Dijk having to go off. I could understand one official doing that, but for both Oliver and Coote to do it is criminal. Not to mention the lino who had a better view than anyone, and the 4th official who could have mentioned it in the headset. Inexcusable and I’ll never, ever, get over what happened that day. The anger will be with me until my last breath. My last words might even reference it. The worst thing Oliver said though was that “none of the players even appealed for a red card”. What the fuck does that have to do with anything? Not that I believe him anyway. Someone will definitely have said something to him about how bad the tackle was. But just because they weren’t surrounding him waving cards he’s using that as an excuse. Shithouse. What it does show you though is that being sporting and worrying about fair play gets you fucking nowhere. He’s more or less said that if our players had harassed him into a sending off he’d have done it. Cheats and twats prosper in this game, and it makes what we’ve done these last few years all the more remarkable because we haven’t compromised Klopp’s sense of fair play to do it. It’s getting us fucking nowhere now though and I’d be telling the lads to ramp up the cunt factor massively and start letting refs know that we’re no longer going to accept being shat on by them. Starting on Sunday. On a lighter note, Sheffield United won their first game of the season today, in the cup, and they used five subs! The funniest part was the club tweeting out that it was Wilder’s 100th win, and someone replied saying “how long have you had that one saved in drafts?”. It’s a good question, as their last win must have been in, what? May or June? Fucking hell that’s bad. Monday Jan 11: Hahahaha United away in the cup. Of course it is. And City got fucking Cheltenham. Only shock is they didn’t get Chorley. Its funny really when you think about it. Klopp always has the ‘no respect for the FA Cup’ thing thrown at him but we always get Premier League opponents which means that any rotation is more likely to get punished. City are seen as the bastions of FA Cup integrity but it’s fucking easy to look like you’re taking it seriously when the list of opponents you’ve been drawn against (so not counting finals) in this competition since 2017 is Burnley, Cardiff, Wigan, Rotherham, Burnley, Newport, Swansea, Brighton, Port Vale, Fulham, Sheffield Wed, Newcastle, Birmingham and Cheltenham. It’s not fixed but it’s utterly ridiculous. I mean what must the odds be on them never getting anyone good even though they go all the way to the final every year? And then there’s us, the flip side of that coin. I’ve long since stopped caring about the FA Cup but I really, really didn’t want United at Old Trafford. United at Anfield, fine, whatever. Bring it on. But we’re fucking shit at Old Trafford. Even when we have a much, much better team than them, we go there and shit the bed. Without fail. So yeah, I didn’t want this and frankly I’m not looking forward to it one bit. I really wanted Everton because we owe them cunts massively and I reckon our lads would be salivating at the idea of getting revenge on them for Virg and Thiago. 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 £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  3. Saturday Jan 2: Hmmm. Curtis wished Happy New Year to the “real” fans who have supported him. Apparently he’s been getting the Neco Williams treatment on social media. These people need to fuck off and die. I’ve said it before and I’ll re-iterate it. Anyone sending abuse to players, especially young lads, I hope they fucking die. Twats. Curtis won’t be affected by it as he’s a confident lad, but it’s fucking scandalous that pricks who claim to support us feel they have the right to force their shitty little uneducated opinions onto lads who have more talent in their little toe than these cunts have in their entire bodies. If I ruled the world I’d make a law that says any time some twat sends abuse to a player from the team they support (which is entirely different than having a pop at players from rival clubs, because if you're a player why would you care what a rival fans calls you? Your own fans though, different story completely), a couple of boys show up at their house and drag them outside for a beating. Not even joking. I would happily see these pricks who are messaging our players and telling them they aren’t good enough or saying “get out of my club” sent to A&E. Oxygen thieves, the lot of them. Meanwhile, West Brom ship four at home to Arsenal. Looking forward to hearing Fat Sam on Talksport Monday morning talking us through how he masterminded it. Speaking of Allardyce though, this was absolutely fucking priceless. He’s got three signings lined up for WBA but they can’t go through because of the new Brexit laws. This fat prick was on Talksport a couple of years back belching out about how great Brexit was going to be and how everyone will benefit from it. And now, here he is, complaining that Brexit has stopped him making signings (and a little side profit?). Life comes at you fast, eh, you odious slug. Sunday Jan 3: Maybe the Botman thing was a false alarm as all the media in Portugal are linking us with some cat named David Carmo. Plus the Transfer Window Grim Reaper James Pearce is saying there is no interest in Botman at all. Meanwhile, a City player threw a New Year’s Eve party, breaching Covid rules. It wasn’t Walker though, he’s probably lying low after whatever it was he did last week. No, it was someone else. And if you had to guess which City player would be stupid enough to do this I don’t think you’d need many guesses. Benjamin Mendy is a clown and a move like this is entirely in character. It’s not on though really. They were ‘unable to play’ against the Blues last week because of an outbreak in their squad (allegedly because Walker had a party) and now another one of their players is having a party in his house too. Fuck all will happen, but they should have points deducted for this shit. I don’t agree they should forfeit the Everton game because why should those cunts be handed three points for nothing? Nah, play the fixture, but if it turns out that the outbreak was self inflicted then City should have points docked. Still, even with six players out with Covid they still battered Chelsea. Helps that they’d had the week off to prepare, but the real advantage they had was Lampard being in charge of the opposition. Twitter was weird today. Chris Kirkland got into a spat with the son of Paul Scholes. Seems Wee Scholesey’s kid threw a New Year’s Eve party in the family mansion, and Kirky not only condemned it, he tagged him in while doing so. The response was exactly as I’d expect. No contrition, no regret, no humility, just abuse, which proved Kirkland’s point really. Have to laugh that he called him a “washed up Wigan keeper” though. And what exactly is your claim to fame, junior? This is the first time anyone has even heard of you, you soft cunt, and it’s for breaking covid rules. Go back to sponging off your arl fella and *googles* “punching a former school pal in unprovoked attack” and “playing football for Chadderton in the ninth tier” hahaha. You could only dream of playing for Wigan, you tit. Also on Twitter, the club wished Adrian happy birthday and I made the mistake of looking at the replies. “Get out of my club” “please leave” etc It’s his birthday you fucking bad, bad virgins. Have a day off. What are you even hoping to achieve? Klopp isn’t making a decision based on you tweeting from yer ma’s spare room. So the only thing that will happen is Adrian himself might see it if he checks his mentions, and he’ll probably get a little hurt by it as he’s only human. Still, as long as YOU feel better eh? Honestly, these people are the fucking worst. Also today, Gerry Marsden died. Fucks sake. 2021 picking up where 2020 left off. I’ve heard loads of versions of YNWA but Gerry’s has ruined them all for me. Any other version I’ve heard I’ve tended to go “this is shit” because there’s only one version of it for me. Obviously I’m biased, but it’s just the best. Others might have better voices but no-one did the song better. 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 £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  4. Report by Dave Usher I don’t even know what to take from this. Other than progress to the next round, nothing positive, that’s for sure. It wasn't an enjoyable watch. At half time I just felt embarrassed. It’s one thing being held by West Brom or Newcastle, but this was quite literally a fucking youth team we were up against. As BT informed us at least a dozen times during the broadcast, half their side were dropped off by their parents because they were too young to drive. And we went in at the break 1-1. Jesus. The second half was much more like what it should have been from the start and the result was comfortable enough in the end but it did absolutely nothing to make me feel any more encouraged about how we’re playing at the moment. In fact, it did the opposite. If you're not worried, you're not watching. Klopp picked a strong team and for me that was the right thing to do. We’re usually garbage when we have too much time between games so it made sense to play most of the regulars in this one. Of course there’s the risk of injury and initially I wasn’t thrilled about Fabinho being out there as he’s now become the most important player at the club. We are completely fucked if anything happens to him. On reflection though, picking him - or any of the other senior players - wasn’t a risk. This wasn’t like starting Salah, Jota and others in a dead rubber CL game sandwiched in between league games. The circumstances are completely different. Resting players for this would have done more harm than good, especially when it became clear that Villa had no players available and would be fielding a load of untested teenagers. Klopp said after the Southampton game that there were a lot of things we needed to work on in attacking areas and that he wanted to do a lot of 11v11 in training in the build up to the United game. So, a game against Villa’s kids was going to be much less taxing for our senior side than a game against our own second string. Pre-Covid, in a week like this we’d have invited a local lower league side over to Melwood (or new Melwood now) for a behind closed friendly. And all the senior lads would have played. This was no different. In fact, it was a much easier game because WE WERE PLAYING A LOAD OF KIDS!! Not even Villa’s best kids, as some of those were unavailable because they either train with the first team or they were in contact with ones who did and therefore had to isolate. This is just a teaser, view the full report here Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  5. Report by Dave Usher Anyone else wishing the footy had been put on lockdown like everything else? We need a factory reset. Watching us at the moment is like when my mac freezes and I’m staring at the spinny disk thing waiting for it to correct itself. It rarely does and it usually needs switching off and on again to start working normally again. The Reds aren’t going to have that luxury though. They have to play through this slump but the fixtures aren’t getting any easier for us. Not that any fixture is easy at the moment anyway. We probably wouldn’t even beat Sheffield United right now, and they’ve still got more subs than points. Shit, you just know Brewster would bang in a last minute equaliser given the way things are going for us right now. Once again we weren’t good enough. One shot on target is fucking abysmal. The overall performance wasn’t bad and it was really just a lack of cutting edge that did us in. We controlled possession, moved the ball around into the right areas and I’d say did 90% of what Klopp wanted us to do. That final 10% killed us though. Zero quality in attacking areas and virtually zero for their keeper to worry about. When things don’t go well the first thing I always focus on is us. How did we play? What did we do wrong? Were we unlucky or did we not do enough? I rarely look for excuses and I’m not doing that now either. I can see that our attacking play has not been anywhere near what it needs to be. There are a lot of things to be concerned about currently and I’ll get to that in more detail shortly. We’re not playing well, we aren’t creating enough and the side has been unbalanced by those injuries in defence. We’re in a bad run and we have to battle through it. You know what you need when you’re in runs like this? You need a break and you need to be playing on a level playing field. The only luck we’re getting is bad and the playing field is currently so slanted I’m surprised the players aren’t falling off it. We had TWO clear penalties completely ignored in this game. And fuck all is being said about it, either on commentary or in the post match analysis. Why is that? I’ll tell you why. Because either consciously or sub-consciously, everyone seems to have the attitude that “well if you’re as good as everyone says you shouldn’t need any help from the refs”. The ‘sexy’ media story is “what’s wrong with Liverpool?” and no-one wants to point out that we are being held to a much higher standard than everyone else. We’ve had 12 subjective VAR decisions go against us this season. The next highest is apparently five. That’s a fucking incredible margin. Seven more subjective decisions against us than the next highest. Yet apparently mentioning this is just an excuse and we should be looking at the performances of our players and not the refs. Can we not do both then? “Crying about penalties when you only had one shot on target”. What, so because we’re struggling for form we aren’t entitled to have referees enforce the rules of the game? Get to fuck. I can say that we aren’t playing at our best but I can also say we’re continually being fucked over by officials. Both are true and pointing out one of them is not turning a blind eye to the other. United are being lauded to the fucking rooftops but they haven’t been better than us this season. Not even close. It sure helps though that any time you’re struggling you can rely on the refs giving you a penalty or two to help you on your way. If we had that luxury the table would look a lot like it did last year. It’s like I’ve been saying. It’s not that the penalties United get are blatantly not penalties (barring some glaring exceptions), it’s just that every appeal they have seems to be given. Whereas with us, those same type of calls are ignored. And when they aren’t given no-one cares because “they even out over a season” or “you didn’t play well enough, focus on that”. Honestly, it’s fucking scandalous what we’ve been subjected to at times this season. Our players are fouled in the box and it’s “you shouldn’t need penalties to beat Newcastle / Brighton / Southampton / whoever”. It’s like there’s an unofficial handicap system that’s been introduced because of how far ahead we were last season. What do you want a penalty for, aren’t you meant to be dead good? I hate blaming referees as my main focus is always on what we can do better. And there are plenty of things we can be doing better right now. I’m not shying away from that. Nevertheless, a penalty is a penalty and when you aren’t being given them for clear fouls it’s just not acceptable. If the ref and VAR did their job we’d have won this game and therefore I don’t think it’s unreasonable to be extremely fucking pissed off about that. Things are tough for us right now and we’re nowhere near our best. But you can’t overlook that we’re being asked to play with a deck that’s stacked against us. They were blatant fucking penalties but not only was the ref not interested, but VAR was like “nothing to see here, move along, move along”. Compare that with any decision at the other end, where it’s a five minute forensic analysis with slo mo’s and fifty different angles. There were other mad decisions too, such as the foul that was given against Salah when a defender ran into the goalkeeper and caused him to spill a cross. Mo was merely an innocent bystander and no involvement in it at all (which could also describe his second half performance actually). The only reason that disgraceful decision wasn’t a big deal was because Bobby somehow failed to put the loose ball into the empty net. That cunt Marriner couldn’t blow his whistle quickly enough there. And because of how quickly he blew, VAR wouldn’t have been able to over-rule the incorrect decision and given the goal had Bobby done his job. What about the lunge by Walcott on Milner late on? Studs up, dangerous, out of control. Not even a free-kick. And again, fuck all mentioned by the commentary team. They set the narrative for these things. You can’t under-estimate how much influence they have on perception with the replays they show and what they say about them. They brushed off both penalties and said nothing about Walcott’s challenge. And guess what, other than Klopp nobody else wanted to talk about them either. The TV coverage has a massive impact on storylines and narratives after games. Tyler and Smith did spend a good bit of time complaining about Trent stealing six yards on a throw deep in his own half though, and how much of an ‘influence’ that could have on Southampton’s ability to get up the pitch and relieve the pressure they were under. But there’s nothing untoward about that, honest. Fuck off you agenda driven cunts. It’s the two penalties that need talking about though. The one on Sadio looked a pen the first time I saw it but I wasn’t sure until I saw the replays so I understand why Marriner didn’t give it on first view. It was clumsy as fuck from the defender and it wasn’t even a case of Sadio making the most of contact. He was just fouled, pure and simple. Why is VAR not telling him to check? Cunts. I’m as concerned as any of you are by how poor we’ve been in the final third for large parts of this season but you just can’t brush shit like this off. It isn’t excuse making. It’s a massive handicap to overcome. Look at that pen United got against Villa last week to turn one point into three. I’m in a minority in that I actually think it was a pen, but it was nowhere near as clear as the one on Sadio here, or on Sadio at St James’ the other night for that matter. Then there’s the handball. The lad comes flying out and hurls himself in front of a goal bound shot and he blocks it with a hand that is away from his body. That’s just a stone cold penalty, no ifs ands or buts about it. Look at the one given against Gomez at the Etihad and then look at this. Now tell me that the reason we aren’t clear at the top is just because of how we’re playing. You have to be almost perfect every game to be able to overcome officials who are giving you fuck all, and no team is almost perfect every game. I’ve spent a lot of time so far talking about the officiating and I make no apologies for it. I could go on, as this is such a big fucking deal and there is no doubt in my mind that we are being shafted here. But there’s fuck all we can do about it, so the only thing we can do is play so well that we can overcome this handicap that has been placed on us. We shouldn’t have to play with that burden on us as it’s blatantly unfair. No-one else has to play with that burden (except Burnley, who have been getting shafted like this for years) but it isn’t something we can control so we have to focus on what we can control. So the first thing I’d be looking at if I’m Klopp is that front three. Refereeing aside, they were our main problem in this game. In fact, they’ve been our main problem in this bad run we’ve been on. One goal in three games. Not good enough. I’ve been saying it for a while now but they just aren’t as good as they were, collectively more so than individually. The production has dropped off from them season by season and that trend is continuing now. I haven’t checked but I’d be fairly confident that they’re on course to score less than they did last season. It’s a downward trend and it surprises me that more isn’t being made of it. The pundits are still billing them as “that much vaunted front three” and always talking about how brilliant they are. BT are the worst for it. Every time we have a Champions League game Lineker, Ferdinand, Hargreaves, Owen etc are waxing lyrical about “the front three”. Lads, 2018 called, it wants it’s analysis back. The numbers paint a different picture. Much like the majority of pundits, we’re guilty of judging them on how they’ve played in the past. We judge them on their good games and gloss over the bad, but there have been too many bad ones, individually and collectively. They might be great in our next game and everyone will be kissing their collective rings again and hailing them as the best forward line in world football. They aren’t. Not no more. They have too many of these games. Last season we were usually able to overcome those bad games and win by the odd goal, mostly due to being tight at the other end. We no longer have that luxury. It’s not like we’re leaking loads of goals but it now feels like any one we do concede could be crucial because, and this is a bold statement I know, we can’t rely on that front three anymore because they’re too inconsistent. What’s the answer? I don’t have it. All I know is that Sadio is the only untouchable for me. What happens with the other two - if anything happens with them - is a decision for Klopp and Edwards. I tell you what they won’t allow to happen though. They won’t want to let all three of them get old at the same time, as replacing all three in one swoop would cost a fortune. So I suspect it will be broken up at the end of this season but how they do that will depend on the market and who has money to spend. It’s a really difficult decision to make as all three are great players and all are still contributing regularly. My issue with them isn’t about them individually, it’s about the collective. I love them all as individuals but they seem to have lost the ability to link up with each other. It happens in flashes but it used to be every fucking week. Now when they try passing to each other it invariably breaks down. The first half of this game was shit. We just weren’t good enough. We gave away a goal from a set-piece after a minute but aside from that I didn’t think we were too troubled defensively. It was going forward where we looked lost. We dominate possession, pass it around, sling in a cross, pick up the loose ball and then do it all over again. Much of what we do is good but no-one really notices it because we aren’t getting it done in the final third. And any lapse at the back is costly because of that. Trent didn’t cover himself in glory on their goal but he was left marking two players and that may have caused a moment’s hesitation that saw him get caught under the ball and fail to clear it. The finish from Ings was brilliant although he seemed to be hinting afterwards that it was a mis-hit cross. Looked like he meant it to me, but it would typify how things are going for us if it was a fluke. They also cleverly blocked off Hendo and from their perspective it’s a good goal, well worked. I can live with that. Conceding the odd goal from a set-piece is just normal. We should be able to overcome it but right now we can’t. The response was good initially. We penned them back and dominated the ball. We looked to be on the brink of a breakthrough but just couldn’t produce the moment of quality we needed. It was just highly frustrating as it felt like we were in complete control but we just couldn’t create anything. We started the second half really well and set about them with a purpose. They couldn’t get out of their own half and it continued like that for more or less the entire game. The chances we created were wasted and at no point in that second half did I ever think a goal was coming. I knew we wouldn’t score when the two penalties were ignored. It never rains but it pours. Shaq came on for Ox and Trent was subbed for Milner as Tyler gleefully pointed out that he’d set a new record for the amount of times he gave the ball away. That’s a bullshit stat. It’s not like he kept dribbling into trouble or passing it to the opposition. It was crosses. He kept putting crosses in and Southampton kept clearing them. Robbo probably wasn’t too far behind him as that’s how we play. It feels like we’re overdoing it though, doesn’t it? Sick of seeing crosses being slung in to a box that has ten opposing players in it. And why will no fucker ever take a shot? Pass pass pass pass pass pass cross pass pass pass pass cross. Too easy to defend. Have a fucking dig from the edge of the box now and again for fucks sake. Sadio lacked quality but he fought his nuts off and gave absolutely everything. The lack of protection he got from Marriner was a joke. They just wrestled and held him all night. Eventually he snapped and was booked for kicking out after he didn’t get a blatant foul. I felt sorry for Mané. Most of the others seemed to feel sorry for themselves. Where the fuck was Salah in that last 20 minutes? He vanished. Bobby tried but he contributed very little. The midfield controlled the ball but provided no drive or penetration to support the forwards. Thiago was pretty average really. Wijnaldum was the pick of the midfield and he was no more than a 7 out of 10 at best. Hendo was fine at centre back but it highlights a major problem that needs addressing. Not only are we without a three senior centre backs (two of them for the season and the third will probably play no more than half a dozen games) but we’re also without our best number six because he’s now needed as a full time defender. And now we’re taking away another of our first choice midfield to plug him in at the back too? Fuck that. It’s not that Hendo can’t do a job there for us, it’s about what we lose in midfield. We have a defence that is missing Van Dijk and Gomez and now we have a midfield missing Henderson and Fabinho. That’s the spine of a CL and PL winning team ripped out. We still had Thiago and Wijnaldum in midfield so it’s not like we’re massively understrength but all these things add up. And it has to be said that Ox contributed the square root of fuck all before he was replaced by Shaq, who was only fractionally more productive. I don’t want to judge Ox too harshly because he was out injured for months and is still finding his way back to sharpness. You want him contributing more than this though. Not sure why Minamino has been bombed out after doing well at Palace. I’d have brought him on for Firmino with 15-20 minutes left personally as he couldn’t have been worse. The sooner Jota is back the better. We’ve missed him more than we’ve missed Van Dijk. How mad does that sound? It’s true though. We aren’t scoring enough goals and the front three are erratic as fuck. The sooner Jota is back the happier I’ll be. The defence has done well statistically but it is an issue that we’re having to use our best midfielders there and we therefore end up weaker in two areas. Klopp seemed to lose confidence in Williams after he was done by a ball over the top against West Brom. And he lost confidence in Phillips after he was skinned by Calum Wilson. I’m not even saying he was wrong to do so and I’d say Henderson is a better option than both, but taking him out of our midfield really hurts us. So I don’t care how they do it or how much they have to spend, we HAVE to buy a centre back in the next week or so and failing to do so is just unacceptable. In fact, failing to do so is basically waving the white flag on our season. And while we’re at it I’ll tell you what else Klopp needs to do. He needs to make the players watch the stoppage time periods of the last few games and ask them just what the fuck they were thinking taking short corners when we were already well over the allocated time added on. I don’t remember if it was West Brom or Newcastle, but it was defo one of them. And it happened again in this one. It’s braindead beyond belief. You could actually see Marriner looking at them like “I’m trying to give you time to take it here, but you’re taking the fucking piss”. If it happens again then fines need to be handed out. We’re not in a good place mentally. You can see it. The players are shaken by what’s happening. They’ll come through it because they’re winners, but how much damage will have been done before they get their mojo back? That’s the worry. And it’s a double edged sword. As our confidence has dropped, City and United have been given a huge shot in the arm because it wasn’t so long ago that neither of them believed they had a chance. Now United can’t believe their luck. Any time they’re in trouble the refs are bailing them out and then they see us dropping points all over the fucking shop. With a level playing field they’re nowhere near us but in this current climate of officiating then I don’t see how you can fail to be concerned about them. As I said, we need to start playing at a level where the referees performance doesn’t have such a significant impact on us. Our next league game is United and we’ll not only have to beat them but we’ll no doubt have to overcome whatever the officials throw at us too. It’s not fair that we should have to do that but that’s the situation. Our margin for error is tiny at the moment and Klopp needs to get that siege mentality going. Ordinarily I wouldn’t give a fuck about Villa in the cup but that now has added importance. There’s enough time before and after that game to be able to go strong and we need to strike back at Villa after what happened last time. Plus we need a performance to get some confidence back. It’s a bigger game than I’d like it to be and I’m not looking forward to it if I’m being completely honest. Star man is Robbo. He didn’t start well but by the end it looked like there was only him and Sadio still trying to force something. Nobody else looked like they had any belief left. Grim. Team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold (Milner), Henderson, Fabinho, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Shaqiri); Salah, Firmino, Mané: View full article
  6. West Brom have followed up their draw at Anfield by shipping I’ve against Leeds and four against Arsenal, who have now won three on the spin. Allardyce isn’t smelling himself anywhere near as much as he was a week ago. Instead he’s bemoaning how Brexit has stopped him making three signings. A far cry from this…. West Brom’s defending was horrendous, just as it was against Leeds. This is the thing though. They defended well against us because that was all they were really focused on. They did counter attack a little in the second half when they played us, but mostly what they wanted to do was defend with everything they had. As with a lot of these negative, bottom dwellers, as soon as they have to think about attacking there are gaps everywhere and they get exposed for what they are - shite. I’m proper fucking wound up now just thinking about it. Dropping two points to these shit cunts. Fuck off. This season is doing my head in. Still, better to be complaining while sat at the top (albeit only just) than being where Arsenal are. They’re improving though, seemingly. Tierney’s brilliant individual effort set them on their way. Great goal that. The second goal was boss too, albeit a completely different type. This one was old school Arenal, slick one touch passing and movement around the box finished off by Saka. Lacazette made it 3-0 and added another one soon after to wrap it up. That Smith Rowe lad has made a big difference to them. I don’t like, obviously. It almost goes without saying when he wears his socks like that. He’s given them something they’ve been lacking though. He’s what I imagine Ozil would have been if he hadn’t kept pulling his disappearing act. When West Brom go down hopefully this time they stay down. These yo-yo clubs are boring. West Brom, Watford, Norwich… make your mind up. You’re either Premier League or Championship. I’d much rather they just fucked off and let the likes of Brentford, Preston, or even throwbacks like Luton and Forest (the fucking scabs). Arsenal were never as bad as 15th place but they aren’t good either. Maybe those kids will give them something to build upon, but most of those players need fucking off. Not sure any big club has had worse recruitment in recent years as they have. Having tumbled off the window ledge Mrs Doyle style after going top a few weeks ago, Spurs got themselves back on track with an easy win over Leeds. Not a surprise this. Bielsa’s style is tailor made to be Mourinho’d and that’s what happened. Leeds attacked, Spurs repelled them and then killed them at the other end. It might have been different if my boy Bamford had converted a good chance at 0-0. He missed and then Spurs were given a dubious penalty. Dubious mainly because it looked to be outside the box, but also because occasionally those decisions go against the forward. Not that it should go against the forward, but sometimes they do. It usually depends on who goes down. Bergwijn stepped across the defender who collided with him. Bergwijn hit the deck because he wanted the decision. If that had been higher up the pitch he might have stayed on his feet and got away from the defender, in which case he might have been the one penalised. I’ve seen that so many times where the attacker is wrongly penalised. It’s always annoyed me because I think it’s clever play by the forward. You’re entitled to shield the ball and if the defender over commits then that’s his fault. In fact, I got sent off once in school for telling the teacher to “fuck off” after he gave a foul against me for turning a defender exactly like that, so while I side with Bergwijn I do think it looked outside the box. Put it this way. If that was Salah or Mané in that situation, what do you think the outcome would have been? Most likely would have been “no foul, play on”. Next most likely would have been “foul on the defender, free kick to Leeds”. Then you’re looking at “foul, free-kick on the edge of the box”. Penalty wouldn’t have even been on the table. Kane scored and Spurs were never likely to let it slip. Leeds had a go, they always do, and Harrison went close with a dipping shot from 20 yards before Son tapped in a brilliant cross by Kane to make it 2-0. Alderweireld added a third that the keeper made a complete mess of. He’s a weird one him. He makes world class saves every week but I’d be reluctant to say he’s really good. He might be, I don’t know. I think he is, but don’t hold me to it. I got my fingers burned with Pickford who I thought was boss at Sunderland because I’d see him making worldies every week. That’s not what makes a top keeper though. Sometimes they are making those spectacular saves because their positioning is shit. It’s really difficult to judge I think. Meslier is only a kid though so you’d assume he’s only going to get better. What’s with the shit music Spurs are playing after goals? I know we can’t talk, when we’ve got fucking “Song 2” blasting out (at least I think we do, it feels like months since we actually scored so I’m not sure), but this is a trend I’m not liking. When fans are allowed back into stadiums in 2025 they’d better fuck this off. Doherty was sent off for two yellows. The first one he actually missed the lad by a long way. He had a bit of a swing but are we booking players for not getting anywhere near fouls now? David Coote is anyway. The second yellow was correct though so he finally got a decision right. Who’d have thought that the best game of the weekend would be Brighton v Wolves? Not me, that’s for sure. It was though. By a mile. Connoly toe poked Brighton in front early but the lead didn’t last long as Seiss headed in the equaliser. I don’t like Connoly and I’m fairly sure it’s 100% because he looks like a young Wayne Rooney, which in fairness is as good a reason as any for not liking someone. He’s even doing fucking overhead kicks like Rooney and he was within a whisker of replicating that famous Manc derby winner. The two main differences being that Connoly didn't score but he did at least hit it with his boot and not his shin. Wolves went ahead when the Brighton keeper palmed a Neto shot onto Dan Burn and it bounced off the big man and into the net. Never made it 3-1 from the spot after Burn hacked down Adama. Clearest pen you’ll see that one. You may have noted the lack of a ‘my boy’ in reference to Adama. He’s lost his ‘my boy’ privileges for now. It’s a fluid situation though and I’m not making any definitive decision on it yet. Maupay won and converted a pen to get Brighton back in it and Dunk powered in a header to equalise. The fun didn’t stop there though. Trossard thought he’d put Brighton in front but Andy Madeley had blown for a foul. It was never a foul in a million years and if he’d just waited instead of blowing his whistle then VAR may have sorted that one out. I say ‘may’ because frankly who knows? Second guessing these things is impossible, but he was defo too quick with his whistle. Adama then went on a mazy run past three defenders before throwing himself to the floor after being dispossessed by Dunk. One, it wasn’t a foul. Two, Dunk got the ball anyway. He was much livelier in this game than he has been though, and he put one on a plate for Samedo at the end only for him to head over from close range. Maupay channeled his inner Lovren afterwards by telling everyone about the team-talk he gave at half time. “I told the lads they weren’t giving anything and needed to run more” etc. Astounding levels of arrogance there and no sense of self awareness whatsoever. He seems like a tit him. And not a likeable tit like big Dejan. People keep telling that Bissouma is class, and he’s actually been linked quite strongly with the Reds. I need to watch him closely as I’ve never really been overly impressed any time I’ve seen him. That Ben White is another we reportedly have a long standing interest in. He’s playing in midfield at the moment which is a bit of a red flag to me. If he isn’t good enough to be one of Brighton’s THREE centre backs then is he good enough for us? Of course right now I’d gladly take him. Maybe they’ll swap for Origi? Speaking of centre backs though, Wolves are asking for trouble going with a back four. They’re shipping goals and it’s no surprise to me as I’ve said for fucking ages that Coady in a back four is not going to go well for him or them. Maybe it’s injuries, or maybe they’re trying to find a system to get the best out of Adama. They look a bit unbalanced at the moment after looking so well organised for so long. It’s a good test of Nuno Holy Spirit’s credentials though. If he changes the system and gets them to the level they were before it’s another string to an already impressive bow. I wonder sometimes though if some of us are guilty of over-rating him a bit just because he’s such a top fella? Sheffield United lost again and still have more subs than points. As embarrassing as that is, they’re also the only side in the league to have been given less fouls than the Reds, which is pretty shameful. Imagine getting less free-kicks than a team that refs are deliberately not giving free-kicks to. It’s almost impossible to be that bad, so fair play to the Blades. Seriously though, you can understand why they don’t get many fouls as there is virtually no guile or trickery in their side and they don’t see much of the ball. Explaining why we aren’t getting them is much more difficult, at least without sounding like one of the tin foil hat wearing brigade. Just because we’re crazy doesn’t mean we’re wrong though. It took just three minutes for the Blades to go behind at Palace as Schlupp latched onto a loose ball and scored with the aid of a deflection. If I was a team-mate of Zaha I reckon I’d smack him right in the fucking mouth. He’s always berating those around him and flinging his arms up in the air. He got to the byline and cut one back for Benteke who failed to convert it (wasn’t even a bad miss, he just had it blocked by a defender) and Zaha is having a pink fit shouting “OH MY GOD” like Kevin the Teenager. He does this shit all the time lately. I’d not noticed it previously but he’s a right spoilt whiny bastard these days. Just because he’s their best player doesn’t give him the right to carry on like that. Mind you, he might not be their best player for long, and I don’t mean that he’ll finally get the move he’s been angling for either. I mean that Eze kid might eclipse him soon the way he’s progressing. He made it 2-0 with a glorious goal six minutes into stoppage time at the end of the first half. He was just gliding across the turf leaving defenders in his wake before he rolled the ball into the bottom corner. Usually players will go for power in that situation as he was a good 20 yards or so from goal, but he just stroked it into the corner. Fantastic goal. Zaha was the first on the scene to congratulate him but I bet it was through gritted teeth. Hodgson pulled no punches afterwards when asked about his captain breaking Covid rules by mixing with Fulham’s Mitrovic and others on New Year’s Eve. He made no excuses, said it wasn’t acceptable as it puts the club in a bad light and that although Milovojevic had said sorry that wasn’t enough. Good for Roy. Mourinho didn’t seem pleased at the antics of some of his South American contingent who did something similar, mixing with West Ham players and their families. He stopped short of laying into them but the implication was there that he’d be dealing with them harshly. Then you have Guardiola, defending the antics of Mendy. Not really surprising though. City’s whole culture is that they are accountable to nobody and rules are for others to follow, not them. Fucking scumbags. On that most perfect of segues, United beat Villa thanks to a questionable penalty. I didn’t watch it and I’m forwarding the MOTD highlights because fuck this shit. I’m boycotting all of their games now for the sake of my own sanity. I’ve seen the penalty incident and it’s just the same old same old. You can easily justify giving it because there’s contact. That’s never the issue though. The issue is that every fucking appeal they have ends up in a pen. I’ve seen a lot of people saying Pogba tripped himself up but that’s not really the case. One of the easiest ways to trip someone up is to clip their back leg so it hits their front leg and puts them down. It’s like an ankle tap tackle in rugby. That’s what happened to Pogba, there was a little knock on his back leg and it put him down. I think the reason people get so angry is because any time they appear for a pen they get it, and because not long before that Pogba was blocking Luke Shaw for not going down in the box (I saw that clip on Twitter). They know. They know it. If they go down they’ll almost always get the penalty, so no wonder Pogba has that attitude. I have nothing else to say about them or about this game because I’m struggling to get over the sense of shock and injustice that these cunts have wormed their way back up the table off the back of incredible luck and favourable officiating. I’m not handling it well at all which is why the best policy is to try and pretend they don’t exist. The only good thing about the weekend’s fixtures was Everton losing to Moyes. I’m not surprised, because they’re shit. I have been saying that for a while. And West Ham and Moyes proved it. Everton are shit and in a false position. They’ll be well off the pace come the end of the season and frankly it’s annoying that they are where they are now. Because they’re shit. They lost 1-0 to West Ham and I don’t even need to tell you who scored, because he scores every week. If he doesn’t win the Golden Boot then West Ham should demanding a recount and the fans should march on the PL Headquarters. MOTD reckon he’s only scored five goals this season. Get the fuck outta here. This is complete bullshit. Onto Sunday now. Newcastle kept a clean sheet against us but Leicester had little trouble cutting them open. The finishing wasn’t great until Maddison finally thumped one in from a Vardy cutback. Tielemans added a similarly superb second. Big Andy came off the bench and walloped in a volley to set up a tense finale but Leicester held on. Barnes could have wrapped it up but instead of scoring he lashed it into the face of Darlow. Given the choice I’d have taken the same option, so well played, sir. That Darlow cunt had his little dive for cameras early on when he flew through the air and then pulled his arms away from a Maddison shot that was at least ten yards off target. Any other keeper in the league other than Pickford just stands and waves that one wide. Not this cunt. I fucking hate him and I fucking hate our front three for making him look good the other night. Finally, City complete dismantled Chelsea. Everyone has been creaming themselves about City after this but them looking as good as they did was at least as much down to how bad Chelsea were than it was City being brilliant. Yeah City did look ominously good, but they haven’t done that to anyone else this season and there’s a reason for that. Chelsea were fucking awful without the ball and made it easy for City. City were without Ederson and for some reason Claudio Bravo wasn’t there either. Did they fuck him off and I’ve somehow missed it? They had some American fella in goal and the first thing he did was pick up a backpass and give away a free-kick. A free-kick OUTSIDE the box. He picked it up a yard inside the box, so why is the free-kick being taken outside? For one thing, if it was outside then the keeper should have been booked. But it wasn’t, it was well inside. Nice job, Anthony Taylor, you shit, bald, manc, tit. The free-kick amounted to nothing and that was as good as it got for Chelsea who found themselves 3-0 down by half time. Gundogan broke the deadlock after a move that seemed to develop over about five minutes and a hundred passes while Chelsea chased shadows. Foden made it 2-0 from a De Bruyne cross. Nice little finish but why was Chilwell five yards behind everyone else playing him onside? De Bruyne added a third after Sterling ran clear all alone from his own half but predictably messed up the finish. Luckily for him the rebound fell to De Bruyne who showed him how to finish. City could easily have had another three or four as Chelsea were all over the place. They were running around and there was no shortage of effort, but pressing when you don’t know what you’re doing it pointless against a side who can move it around like City. If only Chelsea had a coach who knew his onions, instead of one who only knows onions when they’re on his triple cheeseburger. Timo Walcott had another uninspiring performance capped by an embarrassing moment when tried to take a corner and kicked the corner flag instead. I’m saying nothing. Except I told you so. View full article
  7. A lot to get through but not as much as there was meant to be as Covid intervened on some of the midweek fixtures. Not much fun this week really. Hate watching other teams win when we haven’t, and it’s even worse when it’s a double header and we’ve filed to win twice. Not really how I’d want to be spending New Year’s Eve but it’s not like there’s anything else to do is there? If 2020 were a footballer it would be Richarlison. The absolute fucking pits. Ok, let’s get started then. Things are finally looking up a bit for Arsenal. Two wins in the space of a few days has taken some of the heat off Arteta. The win over Chelsea was somewhat unexpected, especially considering the youth of the Arsenal forward line. Saka, Martinelli and Smith Rowe (no hyphen, for some reason) all started behind Lacazette. Mount hit the post with an early free-kick but the Gunners went ahead from the spot. Lacazette converted after Tierney had been felled by James. I’ve watched this about half a dozen times and I just don’t think it’s a pen. What contact there is was actually initiated by Tierney leaving his leg there waiting for James to run into him. James can’t actually do anything about that. His mistake was getting beaten in the first place. Mad how all the pundits I’ve seen discussing it all said it was 100% a penalty. Would they be saying that if it was a foreign forward ‘winning’ a pen like that rather than a good old fashioned honest Scottish full back? Timo Walcott had a chance to equalise but scuffed his shot well wide. Then Xhaka lashed in a free-kick from 30 yards to make it 2-0. There hadn’t been much in the game but Arsenal had shaded it. The scoreline flattered them though. And then early in the second half it was 3-0. Again, out of absolutely nothing. Saka was 100% trying to cross that ball. I don’t care what he says to the contrary, that was a cross gone wrong with his weak foot. He tried to claim afterwards he meant it but he’s a fucking liar. It genuinely annoyed me. He didn’t even do that thing where you say you meant it but you have a little twinkle in your eye that shows you’re taking the piss. This fucker was deadly serious, trying to say he saw the keeper off his line and lobbed him with his right foot. Get. The. Fuck. Outta. Here. A dodgy pen, a worldy free-kick and a complete fluke, and just like that it’s 3-0 Arsenal and it looks like they’re back in business. Nah, they were just lucky and on another day they’d have lost this game, even though Chelsea were shite. With a three goal lead though Arsenal’s confidence seemed to grow and they should have had a couple more. Mendy recovered from his own howler to foil Lacazette and Elneny hit the bar. Then Abraham pulled one back with a cool chested finish. Initially it was given offside but VAR said it was a goal. It was one of those that they could have given whichever way they felt like. We would never have been given a goal in that situation, I know that much. Chelsea then got a pen in the last minute but Jorginho was thwarted by Leno. I proper jinxed Jorginho didn’t I? He’s never been the same since I said he was automatic from the spot. So a huge win for Arsenal and a third defeat on the spin for Chelsea. Fucking hell, what a fraud Lampard is though. Completely entitled cunt. He threw his team under the bus by saying they didn’t work hard enough or want it enough in the first half. This is what he said: “Any game in the Premier League you can’t be below par, you can’t lack energy, you can’t lack desire to win balls, second balls, fight for everything. We lacked it and we were 2-0 down at half time”. The interviewer said “presumably you put that right on the training pitch?”. Nope, that would imply that this is something that Fat Frank could be somehow responsible for. He’s not having that. No siree. “And in the mind. You can prepare as well as you want but if you turn up like that then that’s another thing”. That was to the BBC. To Sky he was even worse. “Not good enough. First half not good enough. Second half, yeah good enough but we had a mountain to climb. We fought second half, the people that came on added speed and energy, intensity.. but that should be a given from the start” When asked why that was, he said “Dunno. That’s one for the players. I’ll take responsibility on the outside but the players have to take responsibility because the message was clear. This was a dangerous game for us. We were lazy to give away a penalty. Lazy to give away the free-kick that he puts in from 30 yards. It’s not about tactics and systems or whatever. It’s about do you you want to run. Do you want to back your team-mate up. Do you want to sprint. Or do you want to jog and say maybe I don’t have to run, and we took that decision rather than the right one”. What a fucking bellend. Defo a tory him. “Not my fault, guv”. What he’s said there is basically “I told them not to be shit but they were shit so it’s on them, not me. Because I told them, don’t be shit. It did get better when I made changes though. I made it better. With my changes.” Arsenal have had some shit results and performances recently but all I’ve heard from Arteta is how his players worked hard and they’re fighting and just need some luck. He could easily have done what Lampard did, but he didn’t because most managers don’t do that. Most take responsibility in front of the cameras, even if they absolutely fucking lay into the players privately. Not Lampard though. He’s the type of cunt who probably brings in his medal collection to show his players why he’s better than them. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  8. Report by Dave Usher On the bright side it was better than West Brom. And Fulham. This dropping points to shite really needs to stop though doesn’t it? It’s all well and good us hardly ever losing, but the old expression ‘its the draws that kill you’ is actually spot on. In 2008/09 when we finished second we only lost twice all season. Didn’t do us any good because of all the draws against shite. There are shades of that with what’s happening at the moment. I’m still confident it won’t end the same way, but we could have put a lot of daylight between ourselves and the pack just by beating two shit teams. After that 7-0 over Palace it was all set for us to assert our dominance over the league and all we had to do was beat dogshit West Brom and a very limited Newcastle. And we failed. Just like we failed to beat two other bottom dwellers Fulham and Brighton. The problem is we’ve been spoilt over the last couple of years. These kind of results are normal. It’s always been like this. The Champions will have several games when they drop points to teams they shouldn’t. That’s why anything approaching 90 points would usually win you the league. What we’ve seen from the Reds over the last two seasons and from City in two of the last three has been the exception to the norm. This is the norm and I’ll be honest, I don’t like it. I’m in a stinking mood today because we didn’t beat Newcastle. The dropped points to West Brom didn’t impact me too much because I expected we’d put it right at St James’ Park. We didn’t. In isolation though this wasn’t bad. We weren’t at our best but we played well enough to win. Not just by one either. If this had finished 2-0 nobody would have said we didn’t deserve it or we were lucky. Unfortunately we didn’t take our chances and we had absolutely no luck either. That can happen and if we hadn’t dropped so many points to shite before this one I’d probably have been completely fine about this. But we have dropped loads of points to shite and therefore I’m not taking this one very well. It’s not that I’m blaming anyone or that I’m angry with anyone. I’m just pissed off and feeling sorry for myself that somehow, if they win their game in hand, United will be level with us. That does my head in. Not just because I can’t stand the fuckers, but because frankly I don’t think they’re even close to being on the same level as our team. If it was Man City who were breathing right down our necks (and if they win their games in hand they will be) that would be easier to stomach. But we’re miles better than United but we’ve somehow let them sneak up on us. 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 £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  9. Saturday Dec 26: It seems like every press conference lately Klopp is being bombarded with questions about Salah. He doesn’t seem perturbed at all by anything that was said in the interview Mo gave but he’s probably irked that he keeps having to answer questions about it. Rightly so too, as it was all completely unnecessary. The more I think about that interview he did the more annoyed I am by it. It’s not that he said anything especially contentious, it’s just you have to ask why is he even doing that interview at all? He rarely does interviews at all yet here he is speaking to the Spanish press. Why the Spanish press? Speak to the English press, Mo. By that I mean the local lads who cover the Reds. He never speaks to them, yet he’ll do an interview with Marca or AS or whoever the fuck it was? Honestly, it’s proper bizarre when you think about it but his agent isn’t going to set that up without some kind of ulterior motive. Coming so soon off the back of his Covid shenanigans, I’d say there’s a good chance Mo is very much in Klopp’s doghouse at the moment. If I was having to answer questions about him all the time, and then having to walk on eggshells in case I said anything that would add more fuel to the fire, it would annoy the fuck out of me. Meanwhile, Lampard is moaning about the fixtures because Chelsea have it much worse than we do. He’s got a point but it’s swings and roundabouts isn’t it? We’ve had brutal runs of fixtures before (usually at this time of year) and no-one cares when Klopp complains. “This is how English football is, if you don’t like it, fuck off back to the Bundesliga” etc. I can remember us having to go up to play away at Sunderland 48 hours after playing on Boxing Day. Shit happens, especially in the Christmas period. Lampard loves an excuse though. Anything to deflect away from his own deficiencies. It did highlight something to me though. We’ve got it really, really fucking good here for once. We’ve got West Brom tomorrow, then we don’t play until Wednesday. And then our next game isn’t until next Monday. Seriously, this is almost unheard of. Klopp is always complaining about the timing of fixtures and the stress it puts on the players, but we’ve been helped out massively here. Anyone heard of Folarin Bolagun? I haven’t, but we’re interested in signing him from Arsenal according to reports. He’s a striker who will be out of contract this summer. Surely if he’s good enough for us to be interested then he’d be getting games at Arsenal? It has the whiff of Dom Solanke about it. Sign him for peanuts and then sell for good money. Either than or his agent is flirting with us to get Arsenal to panic into giving him the deal he wants, like they did with Saka. I read a report on this in the Express and it just highlighted how daft modern football / society has now become. Just have a read of this nonsense… “The 19-year-old, who was born in New York, commented on Curtis Jones' latest post yesterday with a handshake emoji. Jones then replied with a prayer emoji, which would suggest he was referring to the prospect of a link up at Anfield.” Honestly, it’s ridiculous. This is what we’ve become? It’s like a conversation between teenage girls - “He sent a handshake emoji and then OMG he replied with a prayer emoji”. This is modern football journalism though and it’s pathetic. I’m not even singling out whoever wrote that article either as I’ve done myself. I’ll see a player message another player and immediately start thinking ‘aye aye, whats going on here?’. What’s going on is probably just two players having a laugh at our expense. Anyway, I’ll go out on a limb and say it right now, we won’t be signing this kid. Sunday Dec 27: L 1 WBA 1 Ah fuck off. The only thing worse than dropping points to relegation fodder is dropping points to relegation fodder managed by Sam Allardyce. The sight of his big smug mashed potato face on the touchline, chewing on his gum and being all self satisfied just makes me sick. As much as I hate him though, this result is on us. It’s our fault, not his. He did what he always does. There was nothing surprising about it even though Klopp made a comment about “who could have expected them to play a 6-4 formation?”. Yeah, only everyone in the entire football world. Kinell. You know the only thing that surprised me about West Brom today? That they actually had a bit of a go in the second half. What they did before half time is what I expected. And I didn’t think they’d change even at 1-0 down. Not until the last 10 minutes anyway. But the second half they did try to counter attack when possible. The first half they left Grant all on his own and made zero attempt to support him. After half time they were considerably more willing to get more men up in support of him and they at least gave us something to think about. We were fucking terrible though. They lulled us to sleep and we didn’t wake up until they scored. Matip going off didn’t help. It unsettled us a bit but there’s no excuse really. This was a strong side we put out and we started the game well. Then we just went shit for a long spell. It’s hard to explain, especially as Hendo was out there and usually he is able to prevent this kind of thing happening. We had eight days between our last game and this one and we’ve seen this before. Lots of times actually. Whenever we have any sort of a break we’re flat as fuck when we come back. The only thing different about this is we actually started well and got worse. usually it would be the other way around. I do think that for all the complaining about no rest and heavy fixture load and all that stuff, we’re actually much better when we’re playing all the time. 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 £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  10. Have you ever watched one of those 5,000 or 10,000 metre races at the Olympics when one of the competitors makes a brave call and breaks away from the pack? It seems to be a considered and calculated call on the face of things, but there is always the risk that they went just a bit too early. While you may not have an emotional interest in who wins, you are holding their breath, hoping their bravery is rewarded with a victory. However the chasing pack is closing in, and working as a team to reign in this individual in. It is like the leader of the race has suddenly become an underdog, and it will take a effort of great strength to hold on when all is against them. At this point of time, it feels a lot like Liverpool are just like that runner, currently leading the race, beginning to feel the heat from behind. What could have been a seven-point gap is now down to three and more than likely come Wednesday evening will have been erased altogether. The psyche of the mind is a remarkable thing. Why does there seem to be a kind of tightness when you leading from the front and an element of freedom when you are coming from behind? For all intents and purposes, who wouldn't want to be leading when you are approaching the critical closing stages of a gruelling season. You are looking to maintain that energy and fine play that got you into the lead in the first place. But it is a bloody tough thing to maintain. Obstacles are appearing all over the place, be it injuries, a sudden lack of confidence, or your opposition starting to find their best form. The gaze from the outside is shining bright, the doubts (be them subconsciously or otherwise) enter the mind. Every slight mistake is documented to the inch of its life and opponents are relishing in your misfortune. It feels like the weight of the world is upon you and the hunters have now become the hunted. How you change that mindset is up to the individual (or this case team.) To the great credit of the squad and management, they are intent on being positive, saying all the right things and not focusing on what they can't control. It might create a sexy story to say that Liverpool are currently crumbling, but that is far from the case. A little wobble most definitely, but at this stage nothing more than that. Good teams manage to contain their sticky spell to a few games and don't let it stretch any further than that. Belief has been the magic word coming from the camp throughout the season. You read any club press release, and it is almost like that word has been drilled into the players’ brain. As we know well, there are a few things you are going to get from Jurgen Klopp on a consistent basis- Complete Loyalty to his whole squad and a positive mindset. Any self doubts are heavily frowned upon and the fanbase have a major role to play in this too. After the West Ham game, their captain Mark Noble raised an excellent point. Although the 'they were scared' quote got all the headlines, the words which really struck a chord were as follows. "They (Liverpool) have got such a great chance, but the fans have to stick by them though. You need to stick together, it will be tough." Now it's human nature to question something when it starts to go slightly astray. Every Liverpool fan would still have some scarring from 2013/4 and certainly don't want to go through anything like that in the near future. But we have shown in the recent past how formidable we can be when we work together as one. There is a view that experience is vital in this situation. Sure that always helps, but on the flip side, the vast majority of the current squad do not carry any mental baggage from failed title challenges. There is also a train of thought that Man City taking back the lead could be the best possible thing to happen. Then we don't have the mantle of 'leader' attached to us and can reset and start again. But personally speaking, that is fraught with danger for many reasons, more so because once they get a head of steam up, they are just as likely to run away with things. We should all look to embrace what is in front of us head on and look it in the eye. At this moment of time, it is still in our hands. It's why I'm on the side of the runner who decides to takes the bull by the horns and believe victory will be obtained in that fashion. In other words, I still think we are a excellent chance of claiming the title. You need to be fearless, don't be afraid of expectation. Don't look back and think about what could have been, do something about it when you have the chance. Certainly all is not lost, far from it. Believe. Jason Harris View full article
  11. Report by Dave Usher Well that was shit. It’s hard to comprehend how a team can go from a performance like we had last week at Palace, to the one we saw here. Well, the second half anyway. I actually thought we were pretty good in the first half and there was nothing to suggest what was to follow after half time. I think West Brom just bored us to sleep. They sat back in their own half and didn’t even try to put pressure on the ball until we got into the box. They just let us have the ball and do whatever we wanted. Until we reached the box and then they actually defended. I don’t think our centre backs or midfielders were closed down even once all day. What that sometimes does is lull you into a false sense of security. Players take an extra touch because they can. They relax a little too much. And before you know it, you’re not creating any chances because the ‘zip’ isn’t there. That’s why Thiago was brought in. Games like this one. We started brilliantly and just got worse and worse the longer the game went on. I can’t even say West Brom didn’t deserve a point because based on the second half they probably did. Their performance levels were as contrasting as ours. From the beginning of the second half they clearly had much more intent to break when they could. In the first half there was zero intent. In fact, there was one breakaway when Grant chased a ball with Matip and when he reached it he was surrounded by six of our players and not one of his team-mates had even bothered crossing halfway. That changed at half time and although they were still playing with everyone behind the ball, they did look to counter when the chance was there to do so. And the chance was there because we were sloppy as fuck and gave the ball away far too often. It shouldn’t have been like this though. We scored early and if we could have added a second the game was done. West Brom always had one goal in them because they did the same thing at City. Went behind, scored with one of only a handful of attacks and then held on for a point. The second goal kills teams like West Brom because at 1-0 they will just stick to their gameplan and won’t change until the last few minutes. At 2-0 they either have to try to keep the score down or open up. 1-0 changes nothing. 2-0 changes everything in games like this. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full report Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  12. It is a known fact that famous football players have a fat wallet. They own expensive houses, ridiculous yachts, and fast cars, so at times it really seems like they have everything. To spice up their lives and get a needed adrenaline dose, some of them turn to gambling in popular casinos. While ordinary people gamble with lower amounts, football players invest thousands on a game. Some enjoy putting their luck to the test so much that they even win and lose millions. Here are four famous footballers who love to gamble. Michael Chopra Chopra is a former professional footballer who scored more than 100 goals for Cardiff, Ipswich Town, and several other teams. This striker from Newcastle spent a lot of time on the bus with his team, where he started to gamble to kill time. He was only 17 when he developed a taste for gambling, and soon he began to bet with as much as £30,000 per wager. As he became hooked on the game, he invested more and more money, but luck wasn’t on his side. He wasn’t even 25 years old when he owed debtors £80,000. Instead of giving up and paying his debts, he was convinced that his losing streak will soon come to an end. It didn’t so Chopra ended up owing more than £2 million. Finally, when his gambling habits affected his lifestyle, he had to seek professional help to overcome his addiction. Dietmar Hamann This footballer has played for Bayern Munich, Newcastle United, Liverpool, and Manchester City mostly in a defensive midfield position. While he was at Anfield he began to gamble, and mostly bet on cricket games. In his book ‘The Didi Man’ he explained how he lost £288,400 in a game where South Africa played against Australia. Then he learned that you should only bet on what you can afford to lose, which is a piece of advice he shares with his fans. Therefore, if you click here and choose an online casino you wish to play in, don’t follow Hamann’s footsteps, at least when it comes to gambling. Dominic Matteo A famous former Liverpool player had a career that spanned close to 20 years. Although he was a passionate gambler, not many people knew about his vice. In fact, Matteo was so embarrassed by his losses, that he hid his addiction even from his closest family members. He wanted to win big so badly, that he ended up penniless in 2015. That year he was declared bankrupt, which is only one year after he returned to Leeds United in a new role as a Football Ambassador. In his book he admitted having run-up over £1,000,000 in gambling debts. Nowadays, Matteo runs a club in his hometown and often appears on local TV stations where he advises viewers to bet minimally and avoid drugs. Paul Merson Merson won the Football League Championship twice with Arsenal and helped Middlesbrough gain promotion to the Premier League in 1997/1998. Since he was a top player he earned more money than his teammates. Unfortunately, he didn’t spend it wisely, since he combined gambling with drugs. He would even gamble £60,000, £80,000 or more, and when he lost he turned to drugs and alcohol. Instead of researching teams or betting on ones he knew something about, he called bookies and made random bets. His gambling addiction was so bad, that at one point he lost his friends and almost everything he owned. After receiving proper help, he managed to get his life back on track and today works as a pundit on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday.
  13. I almost forgot to do this. My routine is all over the place because of Christmas. Thursday is Round Up day and today is Thursday, but it felt like a Tuesday or something. Then I realised it was Thursday and that it was also Christmas Eve and I went into a panic. If I don’t get this done tonight it’s not going to be done, as if I tried sneaking off on Christmas Day to do work you’d never hear from me again (because my missus would kill me. Not sure the implication was clear enough there so I thought it best to explain. Probably ruined the line now). So here I am, Christmas Eve, watching MOTD and writing shite about it. You don’t deserve me you know. Usually I fast forward through our game because I’ve already watched it. This time I watched it again. 7-0 away wins don’t come around too often so I’m making the most of it. There’s nothing in particular that I noticed that I hadn’t already put in the report but I want to further emphasise just how fucking awesome Bobby’s finish on his second goal was. Not enough was said about that because the other goals were so spectacular, but the technique on that off the fucking scale. I didn’t give enough credit to Minamino’s little flick to lift the ball over the defender before his goal either. Lovely skill that. Anyway, let’s get straight into it as I’d like to finish this before Santa shows up. Arsenal lost yet again. They’ve had so many of these shit runs over the last decade but they always found a way to get out of it and pick up some points before they hit the skids again. This time there’s been no respite. They’re just losing all the time. They lose to good teams. They lose to average teams. They lose to bad teams. They got off to a terrible start with an own goal from Holding. Not really his fault, he was running in with Calvert-Lewin and the striker’s poor header glanced off him and went in. Pepe equalised from the spot after Garden Gnome Tom Davies fouled Maitland-Niles, but Mina headed in from a corner just before half time. Arsenal were the better side in the second half and Luiz hit the bar, but they couldn’t find an equaliser and remain in 15th spot. They got twatted by City in the League Cup too and this is probably the biggest crisis I can remember in my lifetime. It’s making for some golden content on AFTV though, so long may it continue. I always say how much I despise those Arsenal players and what fucking cowards they are. Generally I feel like there’s not one who is worth a fucking carrot, but sometimes I wonder if there might actually be one or two of them who are being dragged down by the rest and who might have something about them. Tierney would probably be sound in a different team and I quite like Maitland-Niles you know. I think he’s decent and he doesn’t seem like your typical lightweight Arsenal fanny. I think he has a bit about him but it’s hard to tell when they’ve been so shit for so long and seem to be getting worse, not better. Sacking Arteta won’t change anything either. They need a whole new squad because even Klopp might struggle to get a tune out of those fucking wasters. Everton are still shit though. Don’t let this little run of wins fool you. They’re shit. They briefly went second after this win but I’ve been saying it all season and I’m still saying it now. They’re shit. The best they can hope for is finishing 6th or 7th. Because they’re shit. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  14. Saturday Dec 19: Palace 0 L 7 Holy shit! Well that was fun. Having a game won by half time is something I could defo get used to. It’s nice to just be able to sit back and watch us win an away game with no drama, no VAR, no stress, just some sensational goals. The finishing today was unreal, especially Bobby’s two. Those were just glorious goals. The skill and technique to pull those off was just different level. He’s back now. He’s been steadily getting there for the last few weeks but he’s defo there now as you don’t score goals like that unless you’re right on it. If Jota was fit right now who would you leave out? I think I’d have to pick all four even though that doesn’t really work as well as 4-3-3. It’s not even as though rotation is an option as any time Sadio or Mo aren’t on the field they’re throwing toys out of the pram! Sadio’s reaction today was just hilarious. Angry Sadio is funny because it’s so out of character that it’s hard to take him seriously. He saw his arse big time today because he was brought off earlier than he’d been told. Then you’ve got Mo who wants to play every minute of every game and take every penalty and set-piece because he’s obsessed with the Golden Boot. When Jota is back I reckon we’re going to have one angry forward every week. There are worse problems to have though and I’m sure Klopp doesn’t give a fuck if one of them has a titty lip. Also today, we had some weird shit involving Mo and an interview with the Spanish press. I say weird not just because of what he said, but because of who he was saying it to. He doesn’t do many interviews and when he does he usually goes with the likes of CNN as it’s a global thing and raises his profile around the world. Why is he talking to AS though? There will be a reason for it as he doesn’t do things like this on a whim. He flirted a little with Real and Barca but it seemed more polite than anything else “both huge clubs, you never know what might happen one day” that kind of thing. He also said he wants to break every record there is at Liverpool though, so it’s not like he’s agitating for a move. It’s just really strange, and that shit he said about nit getting the captaincy last week was utterly bizarre. Trent is the longest serving player so he got it. That’s how it works under Klopp. Whenever the regular captains aren’t playing it goes on length of service. If Mo doesn’t like it, tough shit. It’s weird really because I couldn’t be any more relaxed about this situation. If he is getting itchy feet and fancies a move, I’m not bothered. If he wants to stay here for years, great. Whatever happens is fine with me as the club will be just fine whatever happens. This isn’t like whenever the prospect of Suarez leaving came up and I’d be terrified and devastated in equal measure because I knew we’d be fucked without him. If Mo leaves, it’ll be his loss, not ours. Which is why I don’t think he has any interest in moving on as he knows what a great thing he has going on here. Sunday Dec 20: Do we reckon this Mo situation is about him wanting another new contract? And by that, I mean a pay rise? He said something about wanting to stay and break records but that it’s up to the club. And the fact he even agreed to an interview to begin with tells me he’s after something. This is it you know, he wants a pay rise. Nothing else really makes sense. Why would you want to leave the best team int he world when you’re a key member of it? And why would you want to join Barca (skint and in transition) or Real (skint and shite) at this moment? In the past, sure, I get it. The idea of having Barca or Real on the CV is appealing, but going there now is a huge step down if you’re playing for us. So I don’t think he wants to leave. I think he’s using their ‘interest’ as leverage to get a pay rise. But fuck that. He signed a deal not long ago making him the top earner and he’s got three or four years left on it. So if we tell him ‘no’ what’s he gonna do? Fuck all. If anyone is getting a pay rise it should be Gini. 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 £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
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    Opposition View: West Brom

    It has been a difficult return to the Premier League for West Brom after two years in the Championship They have produced some promising performances, but have significantly struggled to put it together on a consistent basis and the table currently sees them in 19th position on seven points. Manager Slaven Bilic paid the ultimate price losing his job last week. with his replacement being a very familiar face in Sam Allardyce. Wayne Gordon from @AllAlbion discussed the comings and goings at the Midlands club ahead of this festive fixture at Anfield on Sunday evening. From an outsiders point of view, the sacking of Slaven Bilic seemed harsh. Especially when it was on the back of a gallant point against Man City along with the fact he seemed to be building with younger players in contrast to some of your previous managers who preferred ‘journeymen.’ What are your personal views on his departure? My personal opinion is that it was very harsh but the Albion fanbase had become quite divided when it came to Slaven. 2020 has not been a good year for us in terms of results so although I felt it wasn’t the right decision it didn’t really come as a surprise. We were told by the club that Slaven’s arrival was the beginning of a two-year plan designed to get us back into the Premier League. He got us there in one year and was then tasked with keeping us up with a squad that has a few talented young players but is lacking real investment and clearly not good enough. West Brom spent a great deal of the 2010s in the Premier League. As we have seen over the years, it is a culture shock for seemingly established teams to fall into the Championship and they find it very difficult to return. So do you think the ability to win promotion after just two years has been undervalued? Absolutely. We’ve seen bigger teams than us get swallowed up by the second tier, teams like Nottingham Forest and until recently Leeds. Our ability to return to the top-flight again isn’t luck, it’s down to the hard work of guys like Darren Moore and Slaven Bilic. Moore did an incredible job of halting the slide after our relegation and was also unfairly fired with us sitting in fourth. This for me shows a real lack of understanding from those making the decisions. Were there any pre-season goals stated by the ownership that you feel led to this kind of decision, especially as we are not even half way into this campaign? Guochuan Lai has only one goal for West Bromwich Albion and it is to make sure we are sold for the highest price. For this to happen, we need to be a Premier League club, which is probably what led to the decision to destroy any long-term plan we had with Slaven and bring in a firefighter head coach. Veteran manager Sam Allardyce has taken the reigns. There likely is going to be few surprises in what he delivers in a footballing sense. But what has been the reaction of fans to his appointment? I would say the reaction has been mixed. We know what we are getting with Big Sam, football fans in this country have seen him arrive at clubs around this stage of the season with one intention only, survival. He’s good at it, but it’s such a shortsighted appointment and that’s what many of us are frustrated by. With January just around the corner has there been any inkling that the manager will be given money to spend to bring in reinforcements? Word from the club is that Sam will have funds available to him in January. I’m not expecting it to be a substantial amount of cash and I suspect we will see a return to the reliable ‘journeymen’ pool that you mentioned. Are there a couple of Baggies players that has impressed you with their performances so far this season? Conor Gallagher has been outstanding, he’s on loan from Chelsea so not technically a Baggie but absolutely deserves a mention. He has a bright future ahead of him. I would say that our goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has been our standout player despite us conceding the most goals in the division, a statement that really paints a depressing picture of our season so far. Honourable mention for Semi Ajayi too, he’s taken to the Premier League pretty well. You have performed admirably when coming up against most of the elite teams in the division so far this season. What are your thoughts of facing the reigning Champions and, additionally, if you do not claim the desired result what do you hope to see from your players? It’s probably not going to be happy Christmas viewing for us Baggies, is it? At the very least, I want to see some reaction to the horrendous showing we had against Villa, which was easily the worst we’ve been all season. Our best performances have come against top sides, we really troubled Chelsea, Spurs, United and City. If we can match those performances then we just might take something, as unlikely as that sounds. Christmas miracles happen, right? View full article
  16. Report by Dave Usher I admit I thought this was going to be a tough one. In fact, it wouldn’t have completely shocked me if we’d lost this, never mind drawn. I’m not sure why and it certainly seems stupid now. Possibly because we’ve not been great away from home. Possibly because we put a lot into that midweek performance against Spurs. And possibly because I’ve fallen into the same trap a lot of people do and over-estimated Palace. Palace are a weird team. No-one ever says “easy game this week, we’re playing Palace”. Everyone sees them as ‘tricky’ opposition and Selhurst Park is always described as “a difficult place to go”. Yet Palace are always in the bottom half. How 'tricky' can they be? I’m not knocking them as given their resources they do as well as can be expected, and they do carry a threat in attack. It’s just weird how loads of people see them as being far tougher opponents than they actually are. I suppose it’s like how a lot of people see them as some kind of bogey team for us when the reality is the opposite. We’ve had a few bad results against them but mostly we tend to beat them. Not as emphatically as this, obviously, but our record against them is really good. In fact our club record home win came against them and now our biggest ever away win is also against Palace. Some bogey team, eh? This wasn’t a 7-0 game though. Usually a performance like this would result in a 4-0 but virtually everything we hit went in. I think we had eight shots on target and seven of them went in. We also had a couple of great chances that missed the target too, but as I say this would ordinarily have been a four or at a push a five goal win. In fact, the main difference between this and the Spurs game was finishing. We played really well in both games but against Spurs the chances didn’t go in. This time we were absolutely ruthless. I’m not a fan of XG and frankly think it’s a load of pointless bollocks. Spurs won the XG the other night despite getting completely dominated so it means nothing. I don’t think the goals we scored against Palace will have all been particularly high XG. The first and the sixth probably carried a high probability of scoring, but Hendo’s, Bobby’s two and Mo’s second definitely won’t have. Not sure on Sadio’s as I’m not an XG nerd. The point is, if we’d been this sharp against Spurs we’d have murdered them as Jose’s “gameplan” would have looked a whole lot different. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full report Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  17. 2020 was a life-changing year for Liverpool, sports, and the whole planet for that matter. Lockdowns and physical distance measures made the sports arenas empty and the fans hungry for some action. Now, everything looks different than it used to be - no audience, no cheering, and tons of precaution measures. But, this couldn't stop the real football enthusiasts from enjoying the sports, even if it meant they would be limited to remote gambling. If you are a fan of Liverpool FC, and you would like to keep cheering from the comfort of your home, stay tuned. Discover how betting on Liverpool FC functions and bring back the thrilling atmosphere of football via wagering. Online and Mobile Gambling When the switch from retail to online sportsbooks happened, the world didn’t find it difficult to follow through. Punters around the globe loved the fact that they could bet from anywhere. If you are considering betting on the Reds, you can try online and mobile betting. It is easy, fun, and straightforward. All one needs to do is register with a creation online sportsbook operator you can find at Gamblerzz, deposit funds, and start exploring the markets and odds. In addition, make sure to opt for a licensed online sportsbook regulated by a legit high authority. Minimize the risk and make sure to carefully plan your Liverpool FC wagering strategy. Matched Betting Speaking of minimizing the risk, matched betting is the type of wagering you can use in your strategy to keep the risk low. The punters place two bets and use free promo bets. One of those wagers favors Liverpool FC as a winner, and it is called the back bet. The other one, naturally, bets on the opposite, and it is called the lay bet. In case the match ends up in a draw the wager that wins is the lay. In other words, regardless of the outcome, the punter will win. Over/Under Once you have mastered the baby steps of wagering on Liverpool FC, you can then move from matched betting to over/under. Use your football knowledge such as home and away statistics, player performance, a number of goals, and even draws for your own advantage. With over/unders, the wagerers guess whether the result will be over or under a certain score. For example, let’s say that the Premier League’s average goal per game is 2.72, and the Reds have an average of 1.7. You will only need to know the average for the rival team to make your prediction - whether the score will be under or over. And the wagers don’t need to be on the score, they could include corners, the number of cards in a game, or even throw-ins. The most important factor that could affect the success of an over/under bet is definitely the bettors' knowledge. If you are good with statistics and you love researching, you might want to try this one. Use the Accumulator In the world of gambling, an accumulator is a term that refers to betting on more than one selection. For example, if you have a single bet and four other selections (or even more) you are doing accumulated betting. Keep in mind that all the selections have to come through so you could expect great winnings. Wagering on the outcome of a series of games such as the Red’s full season in the Premier League or FA Cup. Experienced punters who are trying to stay on the budget will love this type of wager and will not make any mistakes. Surely, it bears a greater risk than matched betting, but it could bring bigger winnings. With this type of sports bet, the more selections you add the better the odds will be. And with more generous odds, you will get a higher payout. Conclusion There are plenty of betting options available to Liverpool FC fans, and your selection truly depends on your expertise and the level of risk you are willing to take. To remain clear-headed and avoid huge disappointment, one needs to know that nothing is guaranteed when it comes to gambling. This is why it is advisable to opt for wagers with less risk and start with small stakes until you figure out what works for you.
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    Opposition View: West Brom

    It has been a difficult return to the Premier League for West Brom after two years in the Championship They have produced some promising performances, but have significantly struggled to put it together on a consistent basis and the table currently sees them in 19th position on seven points. Manager Slaven Bilic paid the ultimate price losing his job last week. with his replacement being a very familiar face in Sam Allardyce. Wayne Gordon from @AllAlbion discussed the comings and goings at the Midlands club ahead of this festive fixture at Anfield on Sunday evening. From an outsiders point of view, the sacking of Slaven Bilic seemed harsh. Especially when it was on the back of a gallant point against Man City along with the fact he seemed to be building with younger players in contrast to some of your previous managers who preferred ‘journeymen.’ What are your personal views on his departure? My personal opinion is that it was very harsh but the Albion fanbase had become quite divided when it came to Slaven. 2020 has not been a good year for us in terms of results so although I felt it wasn’t the right decision it didn’t really come as a surprise. We were told by the club that Slaven’s arrival was the beginning of a two-year plan designed to get us back into the Premier League. He got us there in one year and was then tasked with keeping us up with a squad that has a few talented young players but is lacking real investment and clearly not good enough. West Brom spent a great deal of the 2010s in the Premier League. As we have seen over the years, it is a culture shock for seemingly established teams to fall into the Championship and they find it very difficult to return. So do you think the ability to win promotion after just two years has been undervalued? Absolutely. We’ve seen bigger teams than us get swallowed up by the second tier, teams like Nottingham Forest and until recently Leeds. Our ability to return to the top-flight again isn’t luck, it’s down to the hard work of guys like Darren Moore and Slaven Bilic. Moore did an incredible job of halting the slide after our relegation and was also unfairly fired with us sitting in fourth. This for me shows a real lack of understanding from those making the decisions. Were there any pre-season goals stated by the ownership that you feel led to this kind of decision, especially as we are not even half way into this campaign? Guochuan Lai has only one goal for West Bromwich Albion and it is to make sure we are sold for the highest price. For this to happen, we need to be a Premier League club, which is probably what led to the decision to destroy any long-term plan we had with Slaven and bring in a firefighter head coach. Veteran manager Sam Allardyce has taken the reigns. There likely is going to be few surprises in what he delivers in a footballing sense. But what has been the reaction of fans to his appointment? I would say the reaction has been mixed. We know what we are getting with Big Sam, football fans in this country have seen him arrive at clubs around this stage of the season with one intention only, survival. He’s good at it, but it’s such a shortsighted appointment and that’s what many of us are frustrated by. With January just around the corner has there been any inkling that the manager will be given money to spend to bring in reinforcements? Word from the club is that Sam will have funds available to him in January. I’m not expecting it to be a substantial amount of cash and I suspect we will see a return to the reliable ‘journeymen’ pool that you mentioned. Are there a couple of Baggies players that has impressed you with their performances so far this season? Conor Gallagher has been outstanding, he’s on loan from Chelsea so not technically a Baggie but absolutely deserves a mention. He has a bright future ahead of him. I would say that our goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has been our standout player despite us conceding the most goals in the division, a statement that really paints a depressing picture of our season so far. Honourable mention for Semi Ajayi too, he’s taken to the Premier League pretty well. You have performed admirably when coming up against most of the elite teams in the division so far this season. What are your thoughts of facing the reigning Champions and, additionally, if you do not claim the desired result what do you hope to see from your players? It’s probably not going to be happy Christmas viewing for us Baggies, is it? At the very least, I want to see some reaction to the horrendous showing we had against Villa, which was easily the worst we’ve been all season. Our best performances have come against top sides, we really troubled Chelsea, Spurs, United and City. If we can match those performances then we just might take something, as unlikely as that sounds. Christmas miracles happen, right?
  19. Saturday Dec 12: Browsing youtube today and came across a Milner piece with the BBC. It’s one of those quick fire things where he’s given multiple choice answers and needs to pick one. He’s always good value with stuff like this so I was excited that I found it and settled down to watch. And then, my heart was ripped out of my chest. Why? I’ll tell you. He uttered the worst words in the English language - “I don’t mind a bit of Ed Sheeran”. You know that scene in Dumb and Dumber when Lloyd finds out Harry has been secretly seeing Mary Swanson? That was me when I heard Milner say that. In fact, let me find the clip. No, not Milner saying that. I’m not subjecting you to it too, I wouldn’t do that. I mean the Dumb and Dumber one…. here it is…. Sunday Dec 13: Fulham 1 L 1 Well that was shit. I’m not sure why as most of the team had the night off the other night or only played for a short time. We looked leggy and flat though to begin with and Fulham ran all over us. All the teams that played in Europe were shit this weekend and that can’t be a co-incidence. You know what this looked like? A 12.30 kick off. Except it wasn’t, it was a later kick off. Our away record isn’t good this season and while there are some extenuating factors behind that (getting screwed out of four points by VAR for one thing) there is a massive difference in performances at Anfield compared to away. In the past we’ve always put it down to the fans. Anfield is easier because of our crowd, away games are tougher because the opponent gets a lift from their crowd. Not just us, it’s always been viewed like that across the board. Home advantage, tricky away game etc But there aren’t any fans (at least there weren’t until last week, and even then it was only 2,000) and it’s still exactly the same. We’ve been sensational at Anfield but not so good away. It’s a strange phenomenon. I don’t have an explanation, I just thought it was interesting. 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 £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  20. Hectic week with loads to get through, so I’ll get stuck right in. Things went pretty well for us on the whole considering that bad result and performance at Fulham. Even after dropping two points there we’ve still done better than all the other clubs at the top. City had two draws, Spurs had a draw and a loss, Chelsea had two defeats, Leicester lost a game and Southampton were held to an embarrassing draw by lowly Arsenal. The only side to do better than us were the Blues who have won two on the spin. In other words, that’s two more away from them flooding itunes again. Maybe they’ll have the Christmas number one this year? I’ll start with their win over Chelsea. They’ve been without that Rodriguez tit and it’s not a co-incidence that they’ve done better without him. He’s a talent but he’s one lazy cunt him. His replacement is Iwobi, who’s shite but will at least set foot in his own half of the field and help out his full back. Chelsea continue to be less than the sum of their parts and for that you’ve got to give credit to Fat Frank. It takes a special kind of ineptitude to have so many class players and still not be very good. That new keeper had been good up until this week but he’s been ropey these past couple of games. He gave away a penalty at Goodison when he came out and clattered Calvert-Lewin. Just really poor that. It looked like he was there in time and could have gathered the ball but then he hesitated, allowed the striker to get a toe to it and then he wiped him out. Good play by Calvert-Lewin though in fairness. He won the initial header and then chased after it. He’s a handful him, because he battles for everything and he loves a flop to win a free-kick or pen. He’s a Poundland Harry Kane except unlike Kane he can only score from inside the six yard box. Gylffi Fernandez converted the spot kick after a little stutter (they even have that in common) and that was enough. Chelsea did have chances and Reece James and Mason Mount both hit the post, while Mount also clipped one inches over after Pickford had gone walkabout yet again. Pickford also nearly knocked Mina into the middle of next week when he came flying out and smashed into him. He’s a little too fond of endangering centre halves for my liking, but as long as it’s his own and not the oppositions then that’s fine. The Blues thought they’d won another penalty late on when Calvert-Lewin ran into Chilwell and then hit the deck. It was never a foul in a million years as it was shoulder to shoulder and there was fuck all else Chilwell could have done, but thankfully justice was served as VAR ruled that he was offside anyway. Final thought on this one. There are no words to express how much I despise Richarlison. Diving, dirty, ugly, shit haircut, fucking cheating cunt. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  21. Report by Dave Usher I’m so made up with this. Absolutely buzzing. If we hadn’t won it would have been a massive travesty as Spurs deserved nothing from this game. It blows my mind that some ‘neutrals’ seem to have bought into the Mourinho spin about how well Spurs played. We’ve seen countless teams come and do what Spurs did, but none of them were top of the table when they did it. There’s nothing impressive or valiant about what they did. They played like a relegation threatened side and got exactly what they deserved. Fuck all. We were brilliant and absolutely dominated this game from start to finish. The occasional breakaway or chance that came from alehouse balls up the middle don’t change that. “Ze best team lost”. Been a while since we’ve heard that trademark bullshit from the little gobshite. 15 years apparently since he first said it. Time flies. Alarmingly. 15 years?? Fucking hell. Klopp’s face when he heard that was a picture. At first you could see him wondering if he heard it right and he asked him to repeat it. When he did, Klopp just started laughing at him and then patted him on the back. As far as condescending gestures go, it was a little disappointing. Should have patted him on the top of the head. It’s not mind games though, as in Mourinho’s warped little bus parking head I have no he believes they did deserve to win. Why? Because his gameplan is defend, frustrate and wait for counter attacks or mistakes. They did that but they didn’t convert the chances when they came. Here’s the thing though, it’s a risky as fuck gameplan because you’re relying on the opponent missing their chances. And we did miss chances. Loads of them. If we’d converted a couple more of them then this would have looked like a shite performance from Spurs. There is nothing clever about what he did. Nothing at all. It’s a fine line between a “Mourinho masterclass” and an absolute steaming turd of a performance. He treads that line all the time in big games, yet when it goes wrong he hardly ever gets the criticism his shithousery deserves. On the odd occasions it works though, there’s a line all the way around the block of pundits wanting to hail the latest “Mourinho masterclass”. Get to fuck you lazy, narrative driven bastards. We were brilliant in this game. We dominated possession, played some fucking beautiful football and had at least three times as many chances as Spurs did. Anything they did was the result of a rare counter attack or a hopeful punt upfield. I can’t stress this enough. It actually bothers me a little that they were still level so late in the game as we deserved far better than that. I’d say this was our best performance of the season. It was one of those when you could tell that everyone knew we needed a performance and they went out and dominated. The midfield three were incredible. I mean, the whole team was excellent, but those three in the middle were just fucking immense all night. Hendo played like he always does, Wijnaldum was in ‘Big Game Gini’ supercharged mode and Curtis was absolute quality. They bossed the game from first minute to last. In the build up to the game Mourinho did one of ‘those’ press conferences. Ones when he knows he’ll have everyone talking about ‘good old Jose’. He went through our starting line up but only named ten players. He forgot Jones, which is hardly surprising as he’s been overlooking talented young players his entire career in management. He won’t forget him next time. Not after Curtis went the full Iniesta on him. What a performance this was from the kid. He just oozed class and maturity all night. What a player he is already, let alone what he is going to develop into. This is only a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  22. I obtained a season ticket when the old Kemlyn Road was redeveloped into the Centenary Stand in 1992, just as Souey’s reign was embarking. As Liverpool FC had dominated English football in the 70s & 80s we saw nothing on the horizon that was going to change that. Leeds, Forest & Everton had tried and ultimately failed. Arsenal were the new pretenders. Little did we know as to what was to come. King Kenny had taken over following that fateful night in Heysel but domestic success continued. However, a second tragedy for the club with the awful events at Hillsborough took its toll on our manager and by 1991 he needed to put himself and his family first, so sadly, and unexpectedly, he stepped down. Old teammate Graeme Souness was seen as the man to continue the success. But a succession of poor buys in the transfer market, bust ups with old teammates, poor results and an ill thought out exclusive regarding his heart op in the S** saw his tenure come to an end! So it was that Liverpool turned to old faithful and one of the backroom boys, Roy Evans, to turn back the clock and bring back the good times! Unfortunately kindly Roy was seen more as a ‘father figure’ rather than a boss who could rein in the ‘Spice Boy’ culture that the club had garnished. With just one League Cup to his name and results inconsistent as well as performances and United setting the standard, the club made the unprecedented decision to have joint managers. Gerard Houllier was brought in to co-manage. Anybody in football that knows anything about the game will state joint managers don’t work. It didn’t. It was going to end in tears and the loyal, faithful Evans was the one to lose out leaving Gerard in sole charge. Houllier was a different beast to Evans with a very different ideology. He was determined to drag Liverpool into the 2000s and a new era beckoned. An array of new signings came in with a very different backroom staff and set up. There was a new way of looking at things. An organisation, a system, a structure, which included diets and fitness regimes. Foreign players were brought in from a very different culture. They had been brought up in a system used to looking after their bodies, going out for meals with friends and families rather than the British drinking culture. The days of the Spice Boys was over. Liverpool lined up for games with a presence and a menace. Commentators noted the height in the team as players like Hyypia, Babbel, Zeige, and Hamann dominated the skyline. Owen, Murphy, Fowler and Smicer stood out due to their lack of height. Liverpool’s 'Achilles Heel' of defending corners was being addressed with the presence of Kingpin Sami. Houllier set up a team hard to break down but with the pace of Owen, the muscle and talent of the emerging Gerrard and their dominant height at corners and free kicks. They had a game plan. Game plan A. But only A. Each player knew their job, their specific role. A new Liverpool was dawning. It led to uncharted waters as Houllier’s Reds claimed a Cup treble in 2001. Birmingham, Arsenal and Alaves were put to the sword. A ‘Mickey Mouse treble’ claimed Utd fans, but with the Charity Shield and Super Cup being added, surely the good times were back? As fate would have it, they weren’t! Gerard only added a League Cup win against Utd in 2003 to his impressive early haul. Younger Red fans not familiar with the 70s and 80s dominance had now tasted proper success for the first time. And they were desperate for more. But the Gods were against them as Houllier fell ill at the game with Leeds and emergency heart surgery was required to save his life. After five months away convalescing Gerard returned much to the fans delight vs Fabio Capello’s Roma. The Reds won. All seemed rosy again and surely everything was back on track? Unfortunately many inside the club and game felt Houllier was never the same after his operation and near death experience. Maybe he had come back to soon as his passion for the club and his love of the game meant he literally let his heart rule his head. A succession of poor buys that failed to light the blue touch paper after the promise that they were the next big thing, and failure to land the one prize the fans wanted the most led ultimately to Gerard’s time in the dugout coming to an end. His love affair with the club and the fans was over and a new era with Rafa Benitez at the helm beckoned. Rafa somehow magically took what was left of Gerard’s mismatched signings and led the Reds to an unexpected and unbelievable fifth European Cup. Was he now the saviour the Reds had been waiting for? Despite a Cup success the following year in yet another thrilling final and assembling Liverpool’s best team in nearly two decades, Rafa himself failed to prise the one trophy we wanted from the hands of Utd, Arsenal and now Chelsea. He therefore suffered the same fate as his predecessor. Unfortunately for the Reds fans the sale of the club to two unscrupulous conmen meant that not only did the club nearly go into non-existence, but led to a number of high profile departures and poor signings. The good work and foundations laid by Houllier and then Benitez were now being undone by the appointment of Roy Hodgson and an ill advised prolonged stay by the returning King. Signing after signing failed, with only the odd gem like Suarez and Henderson unearthed. Liverpool seemed to be going backwards again. Brendan Rodgers, an up and coming manager was given his shot, but like his predecessors, he ultimately failed when it came down to the wire. With his dismissal Liverpool finally made what was their boldest managerial move since Houllier with the appointment of the much coveted Jurgen Klopp - United fans first choice to replace the outgoing Alex Ferguson. The rest they say, is history! So why was Houllier so important some may ask? Liverpool truly broke with tradition with his appointment. Souness may have literally dismantled the Bootroom, but Gerard actually ushered in a brand new era and laid the foundations for a new way of thinking for the club. We had finally moved with the times and now had the mentality of European teams with how the players were looked after regarding fitness and diets. Appointments from within were now a thing of the past. Discipline and structure, seen as European and foreign ideologies were now at the forefront. Houllier may have ultimately failed in bringing the fans the Holy Grail, but he brought new, young fans their first taste of success. He brought a mix of local & homegrown talent together with experienced European heads. He gave Rafa, even if it was somewhat disjointed by the time he went through the exit door, a basis and structure to build upon. And though Liverpool nearly pushed the self-destruct button after Rafa's exit, they were ultimately and eventually able to appoint a foreign manager to bring them the success the fans craved. At the time the Cup Treble was not recognised with much significance outside of the club, though 99 other clubs that year would desperately have taken it with both hands and swapped places with us. But now, looking back after Gerard’s sudden and premature demise, it can be seen as the first small important steps in a long slow journey back to where we belong. Thank you Gerard for everything you gave us: Your passion. Your kindness. Your knowledge of the game. Your smile. And nearly, your life. The memories. You will never be forgotten by the fans or the footballing world. You are alongside the clubs many legends and we the fans will be forever grateful to you for your efforts and love towards us. RIP Boss. You Will Never Walk Alone. Ian Evans View full article
  23. I obtained a season ticket when the old Kemlyn Road was redeveloped into the Centenary Stand in 1992, just as Souey’s reign was embarking. As Liverpool FC had dominated English football in the 70s & 80s we saw nothing on the horizon that was going to change that. Leeds, Forest & Everton had tried and ultimately failed. Arsenal were the new pretenders. Little did we know as to what was to come. King Kenny had taken over following that fateful night in Heysel but domestic success continued. However, a second tragedy for the club with the awful events at Hillsborough took its toll on our manager and by 1991 he needed to put himself and his family first, so sadly, and unexpectedly, he stepped down. Old teammate Graeme Souness was seen as the man to continue the success. But a succession of poor buys in the transfer market, bust ups with old teammates, poor results and an ill thought out exclusive regarding his heart op in the S** saw his tenure come to an end! So it was that Liverpool turned to old faithful and one of the backroom boys, Roy Evans, to turn back the clock and bring back the good times! Unfortunately kindly Roy was seen more as a ‘father figure’ rather than a boss who could rein in the ‘Spice Boy’ culture that the club had garnished. With just one League Cup to his name and results inconsistent as well as performances and United setting the standard, the club made the unprecedented decision to have joint managers. Gerard Houllier was brought in to co-manage. Anybody in football that knows anything about the game will state joint managers don’t work. It didn’t. It was going to end in tears and the loyal, faithful Evans was the one to lose out leaving Gerard in sole charge. Houllier was a different beast to Evans with a very different ideology. He was determined to drag Liverpool into the 2000s and a new era beckoned. An array of new signings came in with a very different backroom staff and set up. There was a new way of looking at things. An organisation, a system, a structure, which included diets and fitness regimes. Foreign players were brought in from a very different culture. They had been brought up in a system used to looking after their bodies, going out for meals with friends and families rather than the British drinking culture. The days of the Spice Boys was over. Liverpool lined up for games with a presence and a menace. Commentators noted the height in the team as players like Hyypia, Babbel, Zeige, and Hamann dominated the skyline. Owen, Murphy, Fowler and Smicer stood out due to their lack of height. Liverpool’s 'Achilles Heel' of defending corners was being addressed with the presence of Kingpin Sami. Houllier set up a team hard to break down but with the pace of Owen, the muscle and talent of the emerging Gerrard and their dominant height at corners and free kicks. They had a game plan. Game plan A. But only A. Each player knew their job, their specific role. A new Liverpool was dawning. It led to uncharted waters as Houllier’s Reds claimed a Cup treble in 2001. Birmingham, Arsenal and Alaves were put to the sword. A ‘Mickey Mouse treble’ claimed Utd fans, but with the Charity Shield and Super Cup being added, surely the good times were back? As fate would have it, they weren’t! Gerard only added a League Cup win against Utd in 2003 to his impressive early haul. Younger Red fans not familiar with the 70s and 80s dominance had now tasted proper success for the first time. And they were desperate for more. But the Gods were against them as Houllier fell ill at the game with Leeds and emergency heart surgery was required to save his life. After five months away convalescing Gerard returned much to the fans delight vs Fabio Capello’s Roma. The Reds won. All seemed rosy again and surely everything was back on track? Unfortunately many inside the club and game felt Houllier was never the same after his operation and near death experience. Maybe he had come back to soon as his passion for the club and his love of the game meant he literally let his heart rule his head. A succession of poor buys that failed to light the blue touch paper after the promise that they were the next big thing, and failure to land the one prize the fans wanted the most led ultimately to Gerard’s time in the dugout coming to an end. His love affair with the club and the fans was over and a new era with Rafa Benitez at the helm beckoned. Rafa somehow magically took what was left of Gerard’s mismatched signings and led the Reds to an unexpected and unbelievable fifth European Cup. Was he now the saviour the Reds had been waiting for? Despite a Cup success the following year in yet another thrilling final and assembling Liverpool’s best team in nearly two decades, Rafa himself failed to prise the one trophy we wanted from the hands of Utd, Arsenal and now Chelsea. He therefore suffered the same fate as his predecessor. Unfortunately for the Reds fans the sale of the club to two unscrupulous conmen meant that not only did the club nearly go into non-existence, but led to a number of high profile departures and poor signings. The good work and foundations laid by Houllier and then Benitez were now being undone by the appointment of Roy Hodgson and an ill advised prolonged stay by the returning King. Signing after signing failed, with only the odd gem like Suarez and Henderson unearthed. Liverpool seemed to be going backwards again. Brendan Rodgers, an up and coming manager was given his shot, but like his predecessors, he ultimately failed when it came down to the wire. With his dismissal Liverpool finally made what was their boldest managerial move since Houllier with the appointment of the much coveted Jurgen Klopp - United fans first choice to replace the outgoing Alex Ferguson. The rest they say, is history! So why was Houllier so important some may ask? Liverpool truly broke with tradition with his appointment. Souness may have literally dismantled the Bootroom, but Gerard actually ushered in a brand new era and laid the foundations for a new way of thinking for the club. We had finally moved with the times and now had the mentality of European teams with how the players were looked after regarding fitness and diets. Appointments from within were now a thing of the past. Discipline and structure, seen as European and foreign ideologies were now at the forefront. Houllier may have ultimately failed in bringing the fans the Holy Grail, but he brought new, young fans their first taste of success. He brought a mix of local & homegrown talent together with experienced European heads. He gave Rafa, even if it was somewhat disjointed by the time he went through the exit door, a basis and structure to build upon. And though Liverpool nearly pushed the self-destruct button after Rafa's exit, they were ultimately and eventually able to appoint a foreign manager to bring them the success the fans craved. At the time the Cup Treble was not recognised with much significance outside of the club, though 99 other clubs that year would desperately have taken it with both hands and swapped places with us. But now, looking back after Gerard’s sudden and premature demise, it can be seen as the first small important steps in a long slow journey back to where we belong. Thank you Gerard for everything you gave us: Your passion. Your kindness. Your knowledge of the game. Your smile. And nearly, your life. The memories. You will never be forgotten by the fans or the footballing world. You are alongside the clubs many legends and we the fans will be forever grateful to you for your efforts and love towards us. RIP Boss. You Will Never Walk Alone. Ian Evans
  24. Report by Dave Usher This season is just horrible. It’s just a massive fucking grind and we never know from week to week which player is going to the next to be struck down with injury. Combine that with us suddenly forgetting how to win away from home and if we do manage to retain the title it might well be our greatest ever achievement. This was awful. In fact, for the opening half an hour it was worse than Villa. At least in that game we put some decent attacks together and we were trading punches with them. This was different. We were on the ropes getting battered. At Villa we had Adrian in goal and no Henderson to keep everyone’s heads up and help us turn the tide. This time Alisson was between the sticks making save after save and the skipper was there to drag us back into the game. Other than that this felt a lot like Villa Park. We started terribly. Fulham were bang at it and we just weren’t ready for them. I don’t know why. I doubt anyone really does. It’s probably not a co-incidence that nearly all of the teams that played in Europe this week were rubbish at the weekend though. That was the sixth European game and it would seem that it caught up with everybody. Spurs were below par and dropped points. Chelsea were crap and lost. City and United served up a stinker in the Manc derby. Arsenal were… well, Arsenal. Leicester were the only ones to win I think. Granted, not all of our starting eleven had featured in Denmark (none of them should have, but that’s another story) but they all travelled and trained and had their week disrupted by it. Maybe that’s why we were caught cold by Fulham or maybe it was something else. Who knows? Against Villa a lot of the problem for me was just not being up for it. We just weren’t there mentally and got punished. This won’t have been that. The Villa game showed everyone what can happen if you aren’t completely at it and if you don’t treat every game like it’s a big one. That’s been one of our great strengths these last few years. It’s a mantra within the camp, every game is huge. It was even referenced by Trent and Robbo on Wingmen when they were asked about big games and they were both like “they’re all huge games”. They weren’t saying it for the sake of it either, you could tell it’s something that has been drummed into them all. Hendo referenced it too when he was on. So I don’t think there was any complacency against Fulham but for whatever reason the lads just weren’t ready for what they walked into. Maybe it was the lift that having fans back in gave the home side? We’ve seen that in a lot of other games this past week or so as well. It’s only really Arsenal that didn’t respond. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full report Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  25. Saturday Dec 5: Leyton Stewart bagged a couple more goals but the 18s lost 4-3 to the Mancs in a top of the table clash. Billy Koumetio only played the first half which probably tells us he’s starting in the CL on Wednesday. I don’t think he’s anywhere near ready to be a viable first team option as he’s two years younger than Rhys Williams and six years younger than Phillips. That makes a massive difference for a centre half, as centre back years are different to other players. An 18 year centre back is like a 12 year old winger. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing how Koumetio does. I hope Stewart is involved too. Basically leave everyone at home and let’s go down the Villa FA Cup side route. We’ve got Wolves tomorrow and Nuno doesn’t agree with Klopp on the five subs thing. So he’s one of the five then. We know Chris Wilder is another one, but those two don’t agree with each other on fans being allowed back in. Wilder was cryarsing that it’s not fair that tier two areas get fans back in but tier three don’t, but Nuno says he isn’t arsed and that 2,000 fans inside Anfield doesn’t give us any advantage. He’s right, having 2,000 fans back is nice for us but it’s hardly going to make a difference to the outcome of the game. It’s just great for people to be able to get back in, and Wilder is being a miserable, selfish cunt by complaining about it. I really liked him until this. I’m not arsed about him not being in favour of five subs or the fact he called Klopp selfish. That’s nothing really, but this moaning about fans being allowed back in makes me want them to lose every fucking game now. I was thinking today, now that Neco looks like he’s over his dodgy spell, we might be approaching the time we finally see Trent in midfield because we have so many injuries in that area. I’m not saying it will defo happen, but it would make some sense as the options to rotate in midfield aren’t great at the moment. Keita and Ox should be back soon, which helps, but for how long? The French press say Mbappe has three options for next year. Real Madrid, us or stay with PSG. He’s gonna stay with PSG isn’t he? Because Madrid are skint and we’ve got Jota now. We’d have to sell one of the big three and I can’t see that happening. I suppose he could come in as Origi’s replacement. Sunday Dec 6: L 4 Wolves 0 Wow, that was pretty special I thought. Another tough looking game that we breezed through despite not being at full strength. For the last couple of years we’ve often heard “yeah but let’s see how good they are without Van Dijk and Alisson”. Shit, even our own fans have said similar stuff, like “we’ll be fine as long as we don’t lose Van Dijk or Alisson”. We’re doing alright though, aren’t we? We aren’t going to be as good as we’d be with one or both of them, but the rest of the team are stepping up and the squad lads who are coming in have been pretty fucking heroic to this point. Jones, Neco, Phillips, Rhys, Kelleher, all of them have slotted in and looked more than up to the job. They don’t show any nerves either, which goes back to something I’ve been saying a while about how training with and against our first team is tougher than any test they might face against anyone else. It’s remarkable how well our kids do when they’re thrown in. You’d think coming into a team with so many great players would show up their limitations but it’s usually the opposite. Wolves were shite though. I expect better from them but a combination of Nuno losing his marbles as well as his centre forward played right into our hands. Coady in a back four? Please. And my boy Adama needs to get the hell out of there and his talents are being wasted. If he's not careful he's going to end up stranded in mediocrity like Wilf Zaha. 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 £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
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