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  1. Another game another 3-0 win. Jurgen shuffled his pack and the Reds saw off a much changed Norwich side without any problems to advance to the next round of the League Cup. Chris Smith is joined by Liverpool Way editor Dave Usher to dissect a highly satisfactory night for the lads as Taki bagged a brace, Divock was back among the goals, Kelleher saved a penalty and three Academy kids made impressive debuts. Chris and Dave also look ahead to an exciting looking clash away at Brentford this weekend.
  2. Report by Dave Usher This is exactly what a League Cup game should be like. Fringe players getting minutes and contributing, kids coming in and showing real promise, and of course winning the game. You can’t ask for much more than this. The team selection is always something that causes debate in these cups, especially when we lose. When we win it’s fine, but as soon as you don’t win the ‘disrespecting the cup’ argument rears its ugly head. Everything is positive today after a 3-0 win but if Norwich had fielded their best eleven it might be a different conversation. I can honestly say my view on it doesn’t change whether we win or lose. The League Cup (and depending on the level of opposition this applies to the FA Cup too) is now is purely about blooding kids who may become the next Trent, and getting game time to players not in the first eleven who we may need to call on. If you reach the latter stages then you can go stronger, but in the early rounds this is the way to go. We’ve actually done this for years, but the difference now is we have good enough players to be able to do it and not lose the game, unless we get unlucky with the draw and end up playing one of the better sides. This isn’t a new strategy, Rafa used to do this all the time. We had some decent results with it, most notably when a team of kids won at Spurs. We also had some horrific results with it. Most notably when a team of stiffs lost at Spurs. Now we’ve got the right blend. The team Klopp sent out for this one had a lot of players who either needed to impress to put themselves closer to the starting line up, or to show that they can be relied upon if they are needed again. And most of them did exactly what you’d have wanted them to. I’m not sure what the line up would have been if Milner hadn’t been taken ill. He might have played right back ahead of Conor Bradley, or maybe he’d have been in midfield which would have seen Curtis moved into the front three in place of Kaide Gordon. Milner not being available meant both teenagers got a chance. We still looked strong though with Gomez and Konate at the heart of the defence and plenty of experience in midfield with Keita, Ox and Curtis. When I saw the Norwich line up and compared it to ours I fully expected us to win by a few, and so it proved. The first half wasn’t very good though. It started well enough and we were on the front foot immediately. We scored after only a few minutes too, which obviously helps. We’re absolutely killing it from corners this season aren’t we? This one probably looks a bit scrappy and fortunate but it looked well worked to me. Minamino’s movement is brilliant and he completely lost his marker to find himself all alone. Origi headed it down to him and he finished smartly. We were playing some nice stuff in that opening period, even though we had Curtis in an unfamiliar sitting position. The longer the half went the worse we got though and to me that was almost entirely on the midfield. Or specifically, two of them. Curtis was out of position so I’m not pointing the finger at him for the lack of control we had. It’s the other two. Jesus. 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.
  3. Lots to get through this week so let’s start with our neighbours, who are not a happy bunch after a spanking at Villa followed by a League Cup exit at QPR. Asmir Begovic was in goal for the Blues as Pickford is injured. What happened to the Swedish fella Carlo Magnifico brought in to keep Prickford on his toes? Has he fucked off too like Carlo and “Hamez”? Some Blues were crying about an injury crisis but from what I could see they were only missing Pickford (which is a good thing) as well as Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. It’s not like they had to start a load of kids, the bad cryarses. Matty Cash put Villa in front with a brilliant goal to cap off a terrific move (questionable keeping though). Luca ‘better than Robbo’ Digne headed into his own net to make it 2-0 and Bailey added a third after a quality ball by Ings put him clear. Again, what the fuck was Begovic doing there though? The opposite of making himself big is what he was doing, the shrinking tit. Everton had actually been unbeaten in their first four games but there was a thread on Grand Old Team entitled “Has Benitez taken us as far as he can?”. That was posted BEFORE they got spanked by Villa! The funny thing is, the answer to that is probably ‘yes’ because they were in the top four before this game and are unlikely to ever be scaling those heights again. It’s easy to criticise Everton fans for their stance on Rafa, sorry, Rafael, but who the fuck are we to be telling them how they should feel about their manager? Because he is their manager. Some Reds seem to still see him as our manager and are protective of him, but he isn’t our manager. He’s the Everton manager and loads of them hate him. And you know what, they’re entitled to. He was our manager, he took the piss out of them, he made us European Champions which gave us the opportunity to rub their noses in it. They hated him. They’ve hated him for years and then out of nowhere the people that run their club went “here you go, we don’t care what you think. He’s your new manager, get behind him”. Some of them have, others just can’t find it within themselves to do it and I respect that. I fucking despise Guardiola and if he became our manager after Klopp I’d struggle to overcome that. I’d try, but it wouldn’t take much for me to completely turn on him and want him gone. So after this week the honeymoon period, if there even was one, is well and truly over and you only have to look at some of the posts on Grand Old Team to see Rafa, sorry, Rafael, is on a sticky wicket over there. 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.
  4. Another game another 3-0 win. Jurgen shuffled his pack and the Reds saw off a much changed Norwich side without any problems to advance to the next round of the League Cup. Chris Smith is joined by Liverpool Way editor Dave Usher to dissect a highly satisfactory night for the lads as Taki bagged a brace, Divock was back among the goals, Kelleher saved a penalty and three Academy kids made impressive debuts. Chris and Dave also look ahead to an exciting looking clash away at Brentford this weekend.
  5. Monday Sep 13: Harvey is one incredible kid. Just thinking about what happened to him yesterday and how he handled it, and if that was me, seeing my foot hanging off and pointing the wrong way, I’d have been screaming my head off demanding all the gas and air they can give me. I wouldn’t have give a fuck about anything else that was going on, but that lad is applauding the crowd, then going on Instagram thanking people for their support and saying the comeback starts here etc. Then he gets into hospital and he’s telling the kid in the next bed who has broken his arm not to worry and that he’ll be fine. He’s an absolute credit to his family. And then today he’s sticking up for the lad who made the tackle. “Wasn’t his (Struijk) fault whatsoever. Neither was it a red card. Just a freak accident but these things happen in football. I’ll be back stronger 100%. Thanks for all the support.” Agree with all of that except it defo was a red card because that’s the rule nowadays. He tackled from behind and endangered an opponent and there’s not a chance in hell Leeds win that appeal. Still class from Harvey though. The German media are still mentioning us as a viable destination for Haaland. Honestly, there is nothing more certain football than him joining City at the end the season. I can’t believe it isn’t being mentioned by every media outlet as it’s absolutely nailed on. His agent wants £40m in his back pocket and he wants an astronomical salary for the player. We’re struggling to get Salah tied down to a new deal so there is zero chance we would be offering what Haaland is going to demand. City are desperate for a striker, money is no object and Haaland’s dad played for them. The suggestion he’s going anywhere other than there is ludicrous. Tuesday Sep 14: Harvey has his op and they seem confident he’ll play again this season. From what I remember, Andre Gomes was only out for three or four months with a similar looking injury so I’m optimistic. You can tell Harvey is a tough little bastard and it wouldn’t shock me if he’s back well before anyone expects. Spurs teenager Alfie Devine scored a couple of goals against our under 23s last night and posted “It always comes back to haunt them”. Turns out we released him when he was 11 apparently, and Spurs signed him from Wigan. Cocky little shit. Maybe when you’ve done it against the first team you can start smelling yourself like that, but after an u23 game?? Behave yourself. Kaide Gordon scored for us in that game and he’s started the season in great form. I do think by the time January comes around he’s going to be on the fringes and will probably get some playing time when the AFCON starts. He plays like a mini-Mo. I reckon he’ll feature at Norwich next week actually, as we aren’t exactly blessed with other options if we want to rest people. We may even see Oakley Cannonier in a squad before the end of the season as he can’t stop scoring for the u18s. He’s the ballboy from the Barca game in case you’d forgotten. Speaking of Barca, they were humiliated by Bayern tonight which will come as a surprise to absolutely nobody. What a sorry state they’re in now. Might take them a while to get out of it too. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever but them and Madrid being shit isn’t necessarily the great thing it might have been in the past. The balance of power in Europe is shifting to the oil clubs in a massive way now. Maybe not yet with results and trophies, because the likes of us and Bayern are still highly competitive, but we’re now at a point where United are the only non-doping club that can compete financially with them and that isn’t a good thing for the future of the game. Something needs to change, maybe someone should have thought of an alternative to all this. I don’t know, maybe some sort of European Super League…. Wednesday Sep 15: L 3 Milan 2 Cracking game, cracking atmosphere, cracking club to play against for our first game back. This was just great. Our performance was fantastic other than for a ten minute lull at the end of the first half in which we conceded twice out of nowhere. Take that away and we were brilliant. I thought Milan looked ok but clearly they’re a shadow of what they used to be, which is kind of a shame. I think I want the Italian clubs to be strong again just to make European competition more interesting. Currently you’ve got three of the four English clubs, PSG and Bayern, and then there’s a big gap to everyone else. Good to see Gomez back out there after his layoff and he did well. Being able to rest Virgil and still win is a big boost, while Origi came in for Sadio and made a decent contribution. I think his performance was overstated in some quarters, probably because the bar has been set so low for him, but he did ok and he looked engaged and committed. I’m not holding out much hope for him but if he can somehow get back to being a useful option then that solves our biggest problem. The other game in the group ended in a draw, so that's good for us. I expect we'll beat Porto at Anfield and as long as we don't lose away it's going to come down to what we do against Atletico, and we owe them big time. Thursday Sep 16: Lot of talk about Origi today after Klopp’s comments last night. All this “you’ve all forgotten how good he is” is a bit disingenuous isn’t it? “It’s hard getting into this team”. True, but how hard is it to get on a nine man subs bench when you’re the only back up striker? So spare us the “you’ve all forgotten how good he is” spiel when clearly you must also have forgotten until you took him out of mothballs for last night. He’s just trying to boost Div’s confidence, but I heard that and couldn’t help but think “the fucking balls on him saying that!”. We spent all summer trying to offload him, Klopp isn’t even naming him in his best 20 players but he’s accusing everyone else of forgetting how good he is! We’re taking our lead from you, boss. Meanwhile, trouble at City as Guardiola complains that not enough fans are coming to watch them (they won 6-3 last night), and the spokesman from their official supporters club told him to “stick to coaching”. I’m so conflicted here because I hate them all and don’t want to side with any of them. So I won’t. Guardiola is out of order because he chose to sign for a small club just because the deck was stacked in his favour financially. You can’t go there and expect support like we get, because that’s the one thing they can’t buy. He’s also out of line telling fans they should be spending money to go and watch them when loads of people are suffering financially after the pandemic. In short, fuck Pep Guardiola and his egghead. The fans representative though is also a tit and should be a bit more respectful of a manager who has delivered so many trophies and such entertaining football to a group of fans who until 15 years ago classed Jamie Pollock, Paul Dickov and Shaun Goater as all time greats. God, I despise everything connected with City, the sports washing cunts. Gini is still talking about us but not really saying anything. “Several months ago, I had expressed the desire to stay in Liverpool but, without going into details, Liverpool did not give me the feeling of wanting to keep me. In these cases, we have to move forward.” For fuck’s sake Gini. Either say something or don’t. All this “one day it will come out why I left” and “without going into details” is pissing me off. Either say what you want to say or say fuck all, just stop with this cryptic facebook style shite. Friday Sep 17: Man City have apparently ‘joined’ us in the race for Jude Bellingham. Newsflash, if City are in for Bellingham then there is no race because we won’t be matching whatever they offer. Don’t mistake that as me complaining either, as I’m not. We can’t offer what they can and short of selling to similar cunts as those who own City, we never will be able to. Anyone pinning that on ownership though is picking the wrong battle. The problem isn’t FSG (or any other non-oil club for that matter) not matching what City can pay, the problem is City being allowed to spend money they haven’t generated themselves. The sooner everyone realises that and focuses their anger on the real villains here the better. I won’t hold my breath though. Rumour today is that Keita will be the next contract extension. If they announce that before tying down Mo then they deserve every bit of shit that comes their way. Keita has two years left and needs to prove he deserves to stay beyond that. The logic is that they’re protecting his transfer value but if he gets a new deal based on doing absolutely fuck all for three years that’s going to leave a sour taste in a lot of mouths, mine included. Klopp was asked about Mo’s contract today and basically gave us nothing. Just stonewalled it and said there was nothing to say. That’s worrying because with Hendo he was reassuring us and saying “don’t worry it’ll get done” but this feels different. Mo’s agent is going to be asking for a fucking fortune and he’ll point to the wages being paid by City and United for players not as good as Mo as his justification, and if he wasn’t doing that then he wouldn’t be doing his job properly. I’m getting a bad feeling about this. Vieira talking a little bit smack ahead of tomorrow: “We just have to be prepared, go to the field with personality and try and give them problems. There is a weakness on their side we can try to exploit. To exploit that we have to be brave and to try and get something from the game. If we go there and think about defending for 90 minutes they will score goals.” The only weakness we might have playing against his team is complacency, because other than that there’s no way they can ‘exploit’ anything. But if teams that think the way to beat us is to attack then that’s great, let them try. Nobody is beating us by going toe to toe . ….and that was the week that was. View full article
  6. The Reds stormed to the top of the Premier League table after a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by Julian Richards and Ian Brown to go over the major talking points from the game, as Mo Salah stole the show, James Milner came in at the last minute and did what James Milner does and 'Captain Marmite' Naby Keita came off the bench to score a worldy in front of the Kop. Also under discussion is Mo's contract situation, Konate's debut performance and just how much defensive rotation should we expect to see this season.
  7. Report by Dave Usher Fairly routine, just like it was before the whole empty stadiums debacle. We made a habit of doing this during that two season spell when we were pushing the 100 point mark and it just feels like we’re back in that groove. Palace played alright, they gave us a few problems but we still won 3-0. It’s what we do. The performance was quite patchy. There were spells in which we were brilliant but there were also periods where I thought Palace were on top. Specifically in the second half before we eventually made it 2-0. At 1-0, Palace were well in this game and were pushing forward trying to get an equaliser. We defended well and on the occasions when they got through, Alisson was there to deal with any danger. Keeping a clean sheet despite having to change three of the regular back four is a good sign. Losing Trent was a blow, not least because it meant Milner would be charged with keeping Zaha in check, and the last time that happened it didn’t go well. He was sent off. Not this time though. Milner was brilliant and his team-mates did a good job of helping him when necessary. Having lost Trent I thought it was surprising that Klopp chose to keep Robbo on the bench. Fair enough if he’d been planning on resting him, but I would have expected that plan to change once Trent was ruled out. That’s nothing against Kostas, I have no concerns about him being brought it to give Robbo a breather, but when two other members of the back four are missing I wouldn’t have thought Klopp would have voluntarily changed a third. Virgil makes a lot of problems go away though doesn’t he? You can pretty much slot anybody in around him as long as he’s there to organise everything. Konate had a solid debut, Tsimikas impressed again and Milner would have been star man but for the brilliance of Salah. And we got to wrap Matip in cotton wool, let Robbo recharge his batteries after his phenomenal efforts in midweek, and even Trent wasn’t missed too much. He was missed, because as well as Milner played he can’t produce the same kind of creativity we get from Trent. No-one can. He’s the most creative player in the league so you can’t replace that, but even without him we scored three times from corners. We created plenty off opportunities in open play, especially in a rampant spell we had from the midway point of the first half up until half time, but it felt like every time we got a shooting opportunity a Palace player came from nowhere to get a block in. They defended their box brilliantly because a lot of teams would have wilted during that spell. 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.
  8. The Reds stormed to the top of the Premier League table after a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by Julian Richards and Ian Brown to go over the major talking points from the game, as Mo Salah stole the show, James Milner came in at the last minute and did what James Milner does and 'Captain Marmite' Naby Keita came off the bench to score a worldy in front of the Kop. Also under discussion is Mo's contract situation, Konate's debut performance how much defensive rotation should we expect to see this season.
  9. Champions League nights are back at Anfield and what better opponent to mark the occasion than our old foe AC Milan. As expected, the game lived up to its billing as the Reds emerged victorious in a five goal thriller. Your midweek podcast host Chris Smith is joined by Liverpool Way editor Dave Usher and long time TLW stalwart John Gallagher to reflect on a thrilling night at Anfield that saw an unexpected return to the first team for Divock Origi, another goal for Mo Salah and a Gerrard-esque winner from the skipper. Other discussion points covered in this pod: • Naby - did he do enough? • Is Curtis a viable front three option? • Not trusting Mo on pens despite his success rate • James Milner's world class gamesmanship
  10. Report by Dave Usher Welcome back Anfield European nights. We’ve missed you. This was actually very similar to the last one we had only this time the result went in our favour. The performance was similar to the Atletico one and we got sucker punched a couple of times just like in that game too. I feel as though that was our last game in this competition even though it wasn’t. For me, it’s almost like last season’s Champions League campaign didn’t happen. Honestly, I’d forgotten about it completely to be honest. On the post match podcast John mentioned us being knocked out by Real Madrid and I almost corrected him to say it was Atletico. I’d just pushed it out of my mind completely. All footy without fans was crap but Champions League nights without them were especially bad. Other than Real Madrid, off the top of my head I honestly can’t remember anyone else we played last season. Probably Napoli as we always play them, but I’m not even sure about that. This year it’s entirely different. This group we’re in is fucking boss and every game is one to look forward to now that fans are back. I’m so glad Milan are back from seven years away and I hope we see them become a threat again over the next few years. Not too much of a threat, obviously, but European football needs the Italian teams to be strong. The balance is too far in favour of the Premier League. PSG and Bayern now. Nobody else is really a factor other than maybe Atletico. AC Milan are probably the Italian club most like us and there’s a mutual respect there. The gap between the sides is massive though and losing only 3-2 is almost like a win for Milan because they got fucking battered here. We were so impressive for almost all of this game but we do have one glaring flaw, and that’s not turning dominance into goals. To go in 2-1 after the way we’d played in the opening 30 minutes or so defied all logic. The opening quarter of an hour was unreal. Milan must have wondered what the fuck they’d stumbled into as they were getting steamrollered. The intensity we started the game with is impossible for any team to live with. You can’t do that for ninety minutes of course, so that’s why it’s so vital that you make it count when you are that dominant. We never did that. I thought we got a bit complacent. That’s maybe not quite the right word, but we definitely relaxed a little too much. It’s understandable to a point as it was so easy and we were in a completely different league to Milan. They couldn’t cope and were hanging on desperately. 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.
  11. All eyes were on Old Trafford for the return of Ronaldo. Well, not all eyes as I didn’t watch it and I’ve just skipped through the highlights on MOTD. I wouldn’t watch them even before football’s answer to Prince Andrew showed up again so I sure as shit won’t be watching them now. Besides, you don’t even need to watch them to know what’s going on as the entire football media has gone completely fucking nuts about it and the obsession with Ronaldo is just plain weird. Of course his debut went well, because he couldn’t have hand picked a better opponent than Newcastle as Steve Bruce’s record against United is fucking appalling, unless I’m confusing him with another of Fergie’s old lapdogs? To be fair it might be Mark Hughes I’m thinking of, but I’m fairly sure it’s Bruce because I seem to remember he had an incredible record at Anfield at one time but didn’t even have a point at Old Trafford or something mad like that. Anyway, he can add another loss to the CV as Ronaldo started off with a brace. It’s going to be interesting to see how he copes with the extra workload this season though as the only other player manager I can think of who had any success was the King. Still, at least he’s got Ole there to help with the little things like handling press conferences, making the tea and putting the cones out. 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.
  12. Some say, if people need to tell you that they're rich, they might not be that rich after all. Others say that there's a big difference between “old money” and “new money”. The core message of both assumptions is that confident people usually don't feel the urge to rub their wealth into other people's faces. And it’s true that some of the wealthiest soccer players seem to live a decent life without escapades, airs, and graces. They prefer not to show off in a pushy way and live understatement. Understatement, in that context, means that you can indeed lead a luxurious life, but you choose subtle material possessions, not obtrusive ones. How to Be Subtle About Wealth A classic Rolex is a good example of a subtle luxury item. Instead of wearing a watch that's adorned with crystals, diamonds, or other gemstones, humble people often decide to wear watches that captivate people through their robustness and fine clockwork. Others will still recognize the Rolex for what it is: a classic masterpiece manufactured by one of the most decadent luxury brands around. But a Rolex never feels obtrusive or pretentious. At the same time, a Rolex luxury watch has a high intrinsic value. It is therefore not just a luxury good, but also a great store of value – hence a good investment. The Choice of Car Wealthy people like to spend their money on things that make life not just easier, but also more fun. Watches are just one example out of many. But the same concept goes for cars. Sports cars are often considered to be for those who like to brag. Of course, there's nothing wrong with purchasing your dream car, but if you prefer to seem humble, cruising around in your Lambo may not be the most suitable choice. A nice SUV or even a decent hardtop can be fun, too. At first glance, those types of cars don't attract the attention of others, which makes them less obtrusive. But while most people get them in the standard version, you could get the full range of technical finesse and luxury equipment: leather seats, a lot of horsepowers, the strongest engine, high-end rims, window tint, and other nice gadgetry. Cars of Liverpool Players You can witness the subtle luxury when it comes to your favourite current or former Liverpool players, too. In 2020, most of them drove high-end cars, which didn't scream for attention. Daniel Sturridge chose a Rolls-Royce, while Nathaniel Clyne had a Bentley. Philippe Coutinho decided on a V8 Vantage Aston Martin. Many others went for German brands like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes. Lorius Karius drove a Mercedes G-Class, the big and boxy SUV. Of course, all of them spent a lot of money on their vehicles. But still, the cars seem a lot less obtrusive as limited-edition sports cards would. Choice of Clothes Clothes and accessories are other popular categories. As there are many exclusive designer brands out there, one has the choice, though, on whether to brag or not. Gold teeth and bold logo prints are for those who need to show their fancy lifestyle to convince others that they’ve made it. “Luxury Is a State of Mind” This quote by Lwren Scott says it all: True luxury doesn't have a lot to do with bragging and rubbing your wealth in other people’s faces. Instead, luxury is a way of living a lifestyle, which is better than most others. Luxury includes the things that aren't necessary in life – like travelling, expensive cars, huge mansions, or fine clothing. Depending on your state of mind, you can enjoy luxury without letting the whole world know how expensive your belongings were. It is very decadent to be part of the small circle of wealthy people – they'll see and know that you belong to them because you don't need to tell everyone.
  13. Champions League nights are back at Anfield and what better opponent to mark the occasion than our old foe AC Milan. As expected, the game lived up to its billing as the Reds emerged victorious in a five goal thriller. Your midweek podcast host Chris Smith is joined by Liverpool Way editor Dave Usher and long time TLW stalwart John Gallagher to reflect on a thrilling night at Anfield that saw an unexpected return to the first team for Divock Origi, another goal for Mo Salah and a Gerrard-esque winner from the skipper. Other discussion points covered in this pod: • Naby - did he do enough? • Is Curtis a viable front three option? • Not trusting Mo on pens despite his success rate • James Milner's world class gamesmanship
  14. TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by Ian Brown and Stu Montagu to reflect on a bittersweet win at Elland Road. A good three points and a convincing performance but the shine was definitely taken off it by that dreadful injury to young Harvey Elliott. Was the red card justified? How good was Thiago? How is Fabinho not the first name on Brazil's teamsheet? Was it disappointing that we only scored three? And what was going on with Sadio's performance in front of goal? All this and more is covered in a lively discussion recorded on the full time whistle. View full article
  15. Report by Dave Usher Talk about a bittersweet result. Jesus. A 3-0 win at Leeds is always cause to feel happy, but seeing what happened to poor Harvey just really took the shine off it. Football is so cruel at times. The kid was about to be subbed and then that happens. Just horrible. At least it was his ankle and not a broken leg as many first feared when they saw the replay. I didn’t see it and have absolutely no desire to either. I’m just relieved the injury was more Andre Gomes than Jim Beglin. I had a front row seat to the Beglin one (not literally, it was standing in those days but I was right by where it happened) and I still feel squeamish whenever I think about it even all these years later. An injury like that puts a career at risk. Thank God that isn’t what happened. The incident saw the Leeds player given a red card and while I agree with the decision, I don’t think it was a ‘bad’ tackle and there was absolutely no intent to do anything but win the ball. The problem was because he’s jumped in from behind, his trailing knee landed on the back of Harvey’s calf and therefore it was endangering an opponent and a justified red card. Granted, I wouldn’t be saying it’s a red if Harvey hadn’t been injured, but he was injured, and you just can’t let the offending player stay on in that situation. There was a very similar one not long after on Sadio which wasn’t even given as a free kick, but Sadio wasn’t hurt and so I wouldn’t be calling for a red card there, even if the tackles themselves were similar. One seriously injured an opponent, the other didn’t. So they aren’t ‘the same’ even if they were similar. Going down to ten men actually helped Leeds. For one thing, it meant they couldn’t be quite as kamikaze as they had been prior that. Also though, we stopped playing for a while as clearly the players were affected by what had happened and they just stopped attacking and played keep ball for a while until eventually they played themselves back into the game. It was just horrible and you could tell the players by shaken by it. It’s bad enough when any team-mate gets a bad injury, but when it’s a kid like Harvey who has been making such massive strides, it’s just upsetting for everyone. We were 2-0 up at that point and the game was over anyway, but the feeling was always there that we could score five or six if we just sharpened up a bit in the final third. I say ‘we’ but I basically mean Sadio. At one point a graphic came up that showed Leeds having had nine shots, and Mané had ten! Astonishing really. Eventually he got his goal late on but he was getting increasingly pissed off at his own inability to put the ball in the onion bag. 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.
  16. Liverpool have had some fantastic goalscorers over the course of their history and Mohamed Salah has proved that he belongs alongside some of the greats who have worn the red shirt. Salah’s record since joining the club from Roma in 2017 is very impressive: he's scored a total of 128 goals in all competitions in that period and last season, he found the back of the net on 31 occasions. The Egypt international has made an excellent start to the 2021/2022 campaign, scoring three goals in his opening four matches. Liverpool are currently 5/1 in the football odds for the Premier League title and with Salah at the top of this game, their chances are helped considerably. In addition, Salah is among the football predictions as a prospective Golden Boot winner for this season. Along with the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo, he's expected to be in contention for that award at the end of the campaign. As the 2018 PFA Player of the Year and a two-time winner of the Golden Boot, Salah is in a remarkably unique and historical position. This is because, since the award was created at the inauguration of the Premier League in 1992, no Liverpool player has won it three times. Salah's win could potentially make history. Salah Set To Climb Into Top Ten It won’t be long before Salah climbs into the club’s top ten list of goalscorers: he's already the team’s top scorer this season. Sam Raybould is tenth on the all-time list, just two goals ahead of the Egyptian. He will then have Michael Owen (158 goals), Kenny Dalgleish (172 goals), Robbie Fowler (183 goals) and Steven Gerrard (186 goals) in his sight. Given that he's now 29 years old, it's hard to see Salah getting close to Ian Rush’s all-time Liverpool record of 346 goals. The Welshman spent 15 seasons at Anfield in two spells at the club. While Salah's goals per game ratio is better than Rush’s, he's unlikely to play anywhere near the same number of games. A more realistic target for Salah could be Gordon Hodgson: he's third on the all-time list with 241 goals. If Salah averages 30 goals a season for the next four years, he'll reach the top three. Salah Up There With Best in Europe Lionel Messi and Ronaldo have produced incredible numbers over the last decade when it comes to goals scored in a season. Both players are at new clubs this year and should continue to add to their tallies at a fast rate. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, two men are at different stages of their careers, are also consistent strikers who have excellent goalscoring records, with the latter expected to fulfil a very bright future. Salah deserves to be discussed within the same conversation as the above players when it comes to Europe’s best forwards. In the Premier League, it's the Liverpool man and Kane who have consistently put up big numbers. Hopefully, Salah remains at the club and doesn't slow down any time soon. If that proves to be the case, it's going to be exciting to see how many goals he can finish his career at Liverpool with.
  17. The transfer window came and went and the Reds did very little. Understandably, many of the natives are restless and FSG are coming under increasing scrutiny, not least with the news that Michael Edwards is reportedly off at the end of the season. Chris Smith is joined by TLW Editor Dave Usher and long time TLW contributors Paul Natton and Dan Thomas in a bumper length episode of the podcast. Why no new forward? Should the entire budget have been spent on Konate? Do we need new owners? Is there even a realistic and palatable alternative to FSG? All of this is covered as well as some broader points about the damage the oil clubs have done to the transfer market and why transfer windows in general are a miserable and frustrating time. The lads also discuss some of the best and worst transfer windows of recent times, with Gerard Houllier's summer of 1999 in particular bringing back a lot of happy memories. View full article
  18. Over the past two seasons, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hasn't changed his starting XI much and has only been forced to do so due to the impact of injuries on his team. This has largely been down to having a thin squad and the players in those starting shirts producing consistent performances. On the evidence of his team selections in the early stages of the 2021/2022 campaign, it looks as though more players will be used this season. Here are three men who could grab that opportunity and reward the confidence shown in them. Naby Keita It's hard to believe that this will be Naby Keita’s fourth season at Liverpool since moving from RP Leipzig where he impressed in Germany. Within the Premier League, he's only played 56 times in that period, which is far fewer than he would have expected when he first joined. Keita is a quality player and if he finds his best form, he could easily be a welcome boost to Liverpool’s title chances. The 2019/20 champions are currently 5/1 in the football odds for the Premier League crown this season. Liverpool have already established themselves as fan-favourites in the regular football betting tips owing to a fast start in the early stages of the Premier League campaign. Undoubtedly, Keita has played his role to build confidence in the team as he played the opening game of the season against Norwich, while he also was in the starting XI for their 2-0 home success against Burnley. There are hopes that the 26-year-old could fill the void left by Georginio Wijnaldum who joined PSG this summer: he knows Klopp’s system and has made an excellent start to the season. Harvey Elliott In 2019, Harvey Elliott made his debut in the Premier League. Two years on, he's now an integral part of Klopp’s squad. It looks as though Klopp is through waiting on this winger: Elliott, who was on loan at Blackburn last season, has started the opening three games of the Premier League campaign, including in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield. To trust the 18-year-old for a game of that magnitude says a lot about how much Klopp trusts him. The Liverpool up-and-comer is going to continue to develop the more he plays. He's far from the finished article, but he'll be exciting to watch and is destined to produce moments of brilliance this season. Kostas Tsimikas Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas has taken full advantage of his opportunity in the team this season, impressing in the games he's played. He's proving to be great competition for Andrew Robertson in the left side of the defence. The competition for places on the left side of the pitch should benefit both men. It will also help to alleviate some of the pressure from Robertson, who has had to play a lot of football over the last couple of years. Tsimikas is in his second season at Anfield and this could be a breakthrough year for the Greece international. He hasn't put a foot wrong so far and doesn't look fazed by the pressure on his shoulders. Keep an eye on all three men this season. They look set for more minutes and if Liverpool are to regain the title, they are likely to be a big part of that success.
  19. TLW Editor Dave Usher is joined by Ian Brown and Stu Montagu to reflect on a bittersweet win at Elland Road. A good three points and a convincing performance but the shine was definitely taken off it by that dreadful injury to young Harvey Elliott. Was the red card justified? How good was Thiago? How is Fabinho not the first name on Brazil's teamsheet? Was it disappointing that we only scored three? And what was going on with Sadio's performance in front of goal? All this and more is covered in a lively discussion recorded on the full time whistle.
  20. Monday Sep 6: Jesus, it’s all happening on the international front. The decision to stop the Brazilian lads going proved to be a wise one as their game with Argentina was abandoned because four of the PL based Argie lads lied on their immigration forms and said they hadn’t been in the UK in the last two weeks even though the whole world saw them playing for their clubs last weekend! Not only that, they were posting photos on instagram of themselves on the private jet that took them from the UK to South America. Was that stupid or just ballsy? I reckon more so the latter and I’m actually impressed they attempted it. They almost got away with it too, the game had kicked off before the health officials caught up with them. Elsewhere, Naby is stranded in Guinea after some loons tried to overthrow the government or something. If that was any other player in the squad I’d be more clued up on what’s happening but I’d be lying if I said I actually gave a fuck. Harvey being sent home from the u21s is much more of a concern to me, so hopefully he’s ok. What else? Well Trent played a half in midfield for England yesterday as they beat the mighty Andorra 4-0. He played the second half at right back. I have no idea how he played in either role but he didn’t get injured so that’s the main thing. Tuesday Sep 7: Saw an interview with Albert the Moron today. Actually I’m gonna stop calling him that as he’s such a fucking top lad and I genuinely like him a lot. Anyway, he said “I spoke with Jürgen Klopp about my situation (Andy Robertson took his place) and he told me he was counting on me. “In my fifth year, I was offered to renew, but for another five years. I said no. We’d had many years in England. I have three children and spoke with my wife, and we decided that the best thing was to return to Spain. I just wanted to go back to Spain.” We offered him a five year contract? Kinell. Thing is though, a lot of people forget that in his last season here he actually played well. There was that one train wreck performance against Sevilla but other than that he was good. He lost his place when he got injured making a great block, and when Robbo got in that was that. He was obviously much better than Moreno and we never looked back, and he got to go back to Spain, beat the mancs in a European Final and then do this, meaning everyone was a winner….. Meanwhile, Sepp Van den Berg is on loan at Preston and he’s playing right wing back, which seems a bit mad like. Shades of Dan Burn steaming down the wing for Brighton with that. Anyway, I saw these quotes from him today. “I quickly noticed what big steps you can take in six months of Championship [football]. So I thought: if I play there for another year, I really have a chance at Liverpool. Van Dijk and I talked for a while. He asked me how I thought it went at Preston and told me that he thought it was a good choice, because making minutes is so important. Who knows, I may be next to him next season. You should always keep dreaming.” For some reason that made me think of Les Dennis on Family Fortunes and his famous catchphrase “If it’s there I’ll give you the money myself”. He’s as much chance of playing alongside Virgil next season as I have. 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.
  21. Monday Aug 30: Michael Edwards is apparently stepping down at the end of the season. Not good but probably not as catastrophic as a lot of people seem top fear it will be. Without wanting to diminish what he does, a big part of it seems to be analysing data to determine which players we should be looking at. Now maybe he set up the system that collates all that data, I don’t know, but the point is does it really matter which nerd we have crunching numbers? They’ve all got access to the same data. So I don’t think our player recruitment will suffer if he’s replaced by one of his colleagues. Where we may be impacted is in negotiating with other clubs, as it seems like Edwards is a fucking king at that, or at least he was. Not been so great since Covid, but then in fairness he’s probably out of practice as they never let him spend any money. I guess what I’m saying is that the way analytics has taken over has reduced the need for the genius scout who can see a player for 10 minutes and know if he’s good enough or not. A Geoff Twentyman if you like. Someone like that is nigh on impossible to replace because it’s a skill you can’t teach. Analysing data is something you can teach. I’d be more concerned about why he wants to leave. Maybe it’s just a change of scenery he wants after 10 years, but if it’s something else then that could be problematic. People will speculate that he’s fed up of having to tell Klopp he can’t have any new signings, or that he himself is fed up of identifying targets and then the club not spending the money to get them. It could be that, I have no idea. I doubt we’ll ever find out either. Bizarre rumours linking Curtis with a move to Villa. If that happens I’m handing back my season ticket. It was bad enough seeing Gini leave while that waster Keita was allowed to stick around, but if he outlasts Curtis as well then count me out. Also today, some interesting stuff on twitter from people joining the dots about Mendy’s arrest dates and him not only being allowed to play for City, but for the club to be going to bat for him when he was accused of having a house party during covid. Seems one of the terms of his parole was he wasn’t allowed to have house parties. Murky as fuck this, and City’s conduct is predictably shitty. What do you expect from people who feel they are untouchable and can do what they like and just lawyer up to avoid consequences. Cunt club. The absolute fucking worst. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that 'the Week that Was' is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  22. Monday Aug 16: Hendo’s contract is almost agreed. A few finer points need to be finalised but it’s three years with the option of a fourth depending on whether he meets certain criteria. That seems like a very club friendly deal to me so Hendo has presumably compromised. Whatever has happened though I’m just glad it looks like being sorted. He’s the captain, he’s fucking hugely important and you have to get this done as it’s a terrible look if you can’t. Also today, the club put out more information about how to use the new ticketing system. At the risk of sounding like an old fart here, I hate this. Just let me scan my fucking card like I used to. This is not going to be any quicker. If anything, it will be slower in a lot of cases as people have to mess about when their screen has locked and they have to reload everything. With the card, you just put it in the reader and went in. It was as quick as it’s possible to be, so why do we have this shit now? Coz some tit in a suit floated it out there in a ‘brainstorming session’ probably. I suppose this can only be to make life much more difficult (impossible maybe) for the touts, which is a good thing for the most part, but are Thomas Cook or whoever the ‘official travel partner’ is still going get their share of tickets they can sell at a fucking huge mark up? They're the real touts. At least the ones outside the ground put a shift in and have to work for their ill gotten gains. Ben Davies joins Sheffield United on loan. I actually thought this had gone through last week, but whatever. It has now. The logic behind this seems to be that an impressive season in the Championship will increase his value to more than it is now, and the loan fee has already more than covered what we paid for him. I don’t particularly like this kind of cynical business but the way the game has gone it’s smart for us to look for any little edge we can get. It could end up being quite profitable Meanwhile, over at Barca its revealed their debt is over a billion quid. The fella who has taken over now says the issue wasn’t the huge contracts they gave out to everyone to stop them following the Neymar route, it was how they wasted the money they got when Neymar left. Basically they’re trying to blame Coutinho and Dembele for the massive amount of shit they’re in, which is a) not true, and b) an absolute cunty move. They’re giving Coutinho Messi’s number ten shirt now too, which smacks of setting him up as the fall guy. Why the hell would you do something like that if you wanted him to do well? He should refuse to take it, but his ego will probably prevent him from seeing the wood for the trees. 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.
  23. The transfer window came and went and the Reds did very little. Understandably, many of the natives are restless and FSG are coming under increasing scrutiny, not least with the news that Michael Edwards is reportedly off at the end of the season. Chris Smith is joined by TLW Editor Dave Usher and long time TLW contributors Paul Natton and Dan Thomas in a bumper length episode of the podcast. Why no new forward? Should the entire budget have been spent on Konate? Do we need new owners? Is there even a realistic and palatable alternative to FSG? All of this is covered as well as some broader points about the damage the oil clubs have done to the transfer market and why transfer windows in general are a miserable and frustrating time. The lads also discuss some of the best and worst transfer windows of recent times, with Gerard Houllier's summer of 1999 in particular bringing back a lot of happy memories.
  24. Arsenal. *shakes head*. I’m a broken record here but I don’t even enjoy Arsenal’s struggles because frankly they absolutely make me sick. The disgust I feel over-rides any amusement I may have as I just find them completely offensive. They’re utterly fucking pathetic and I hate them for it. If I was an Arsenal fan I just wouldn’t pay to watch it. Simple as that. There’s no way I’d be handing over cash to watch that group of players, and that’s before we even start on ownership. Everything about Arsenal is a fucking disgrace and I just find them shameful. City winning this game was as nailed on as when they played Norwich a week earlier. The chances of them not winning either game were about the same as me winning the lottery, and I don’t even do the lottery. Only marginally less predictable was Arsenal getting a red card, and if they were getting a red card the name at the top of most people’s list would have been Granit Xhaka. So named because he’s thicker than a bucket of rocks. He epitomises exactly what is wrong with Arsenal these days. The cunt has nine lives. He’s been on his way out every year for the last four or five years but somehow he’s still there and sometimes he’s actually the captain. That tackle he got sent off for absolutely stank of a player trying to fool people into thinking “at least he cares”. He probably does care, he may be one of the few that does, but he’s a fucking dickhead. He does shit like this all the time and he’s an absolute liability. I’m actually ok with him absolutely fucking wellying someone because they’re getting hammered, but not in the first half! The fact he’s still there doing it does not only reflect badly on him, it reflects badly on the lack of leadership and competence at Arsenal. They either have players who don’t give a fuck (the dancing clowns Aubameyeng, Lacazette, Pepe…) or reckless, ill disciplined liabilities like Xhaka and David Luiz. Then you someone like Ainsley Maitland-Niles who can’t get a look in when he’s one of the few players there with any kind of resilience about him. Arsenal are such a fucking shambles that Maitland-Niles is desperate to get out of there to join Everton. Imagine! They lost 5-0 and they should be relieved it wasn’t double that. If City had wanted to really humiliate them they could have. Still, Arsenal have got Norwich next so they’ll probably win that and be back to doing their whacky goal celebrations. Shameless cunts. I didn’t watch any of it but I’ve seen the Xhaka tackle and read Guardiola’s post match comments praising Arteta. He’d be doing that even if it wasn’t his former protege. As I said last week he loves an opposing coach that makes it easy for him. Disingenuous baldy shithouse. 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.
  25. Evidence from all over the country suggests that the traditional ways of partying are dying off among adults of all ages. Nightclubs are in steep decline while pubs local to Liverpool, like The Beehive and The Grapes, warned in 2020 that income had fallen so sharply that the industry simply couldn’t survive for much longer. While there have been extenuating circumstances in recent times, 5,000 pubs still vanished between 2015 and 2020, according to research from Newcastle University. Variations on a Theme Changing tastes and generational differences are rumoured to be at the heart of Britain’s fading love for the pub and club. The rise of something called ‘kidulting’, which describes the undertaking of activities not normally associated with adults, like trampolining and Lazer tag, seems to be providing people with an alternative means of de-stressing after the work week, one that’s getting in the way of drinks on a Friday and Saturday night. Of course, many of these new modes of entertainment are just a variation on a classic theme. Bada Bingo, a version of the classic game played in nightclubs, is one of the country’s more unusual attempts at spicing up the evenings. This bingo party takes place in cities like Manchester and Stoke and combines the usual number-calling with all-night dancing and a festival atmosphere. A similar bingo night in 2018 attracted Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, whose reaction to a male stripper was popular on Twitter for a time. Disco Dodgeball Liverpool is full of these alternative ways of having fun. On a football theme, the city has Spartacus Bubble Soccer at Anfield, which is as much a game of football as it is a combat sport. Players are given an ‘armour’ (a soft bubble) in which they can safely crash into other participants, launching them through the air. The same company also offers Disco Dodgeball and the shootout-style game Football Darts. At another palace of sport in the city, Aintree, it’s possible to play 18 holes of footgolf for a tenner. While it’s about as simplistic a sport as it’s possible to get, footgolf challenges the player to hoof a regulation football around the course while trying to deposit it in specially enlarged golf holes. For people in the southern areas of Liverpool, a new 9-hole footgolf course also exists at Allerton Manor Golf Club. As far as other sports go, Ghetto Golf on Upper Parliament Street caters to a similar crowd as party bingo, albeit those with a penchant for golf, while The Climbing Hanger at Liverpool Sandhills offers pleasant day’s climbing for athletes of all skill levels – or a wall of sheer terror for acrophobes. Paintballing, quad biking, and go-karting are all represented in the former European Capital of Culture, too. Overall, there's still plenty to do in Liverpool even if the decline in pubs and nightclubs continues at its current pace. However, it's hard to deny that each lost pub leaves more than a physical hole in the city's ancient brickwork.
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