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  1. Monday Jul 15: The inquest into England’s failure begins. As you’d expect, the Athletic - bless them - have done the whole deep dive “inside England’s Euros disappointment” thing and much of their focus is on Bellingham being unpopular with the rest of the squad. It’s all pretty tenuous “sources say” “some players believe” etc but honestly I reckon it’s probably even worse than they’re reporting. Bellingham gives off that Ronaldo stink even though he hasn’t achieved anywhere near as much as Ronaldo achieved. Ronaldo earned the right to be a bellend. Of course you can choose not to be one, as Messi has for the most part, but the point is when you’ve done everything Ronaldo has, if you want to act like a prima donna “I’m better than all of you plebs” type of knobhead, you’ve earned the right to. Bellingham hasn’t, but he seems like an absolute cock. The claim is that some players didn’t like the “who else?” celebration while others aren’t happy that he took up a position in the leadership group and then just refused to do press duties, leaving it to the likes of Palmer and Gordon etc I’m mindful of going in too hard on Bellingham because he’s still a kid really. We judge these lads to a high standard of behaviour when they’re still maturing and learning. Bellingham seems very mature but he is still a kid, and some of the things he’s said and done that have annoyed me are probably not that big of a deal and can be put down to his age. That being said, if the lads who are around him all the time think he’s a knobhead then he probably is. It seems like Trent is his only mate in the squad, which makes me worry a bit about Trent's judgement. His best mates are Hendo, Bellingham, Ramsdale and Robbo. If it wasn't for Robbo I'd be seriously questioning his taste in friends.
  2. Monday Jul 15: The inquest into England’s failure begins. As you’d expect, the Athletic - bless them - have done the whole deep dive “inside England’s Euros disappointment” thing and much of their focus is on Bellingham being unpopular with the rest of the squad. It’s all pretty tenuous “sources say” “some players believe” etc but honestly I reckon it’s probably even worse than they’re reporting. Bellingham gives off that Ronaldo stink even though he hasn’t achieved anywhere near as much as Ronaldo achieved. Ronaldo earned the right to be a bellend. Of course you can choose not to be one, as Messi has for the most part, but the point is when you’ve done everything Ronaldo has, if you want to act like a prima donna “I’m better than all of you plebs” type of knobhead, you’ve earned the right to. Bellingham hasn’t, but he seems like an absolute cock. The claim is that some players didn’t like the “who else?” celebration while others aren’t happy that he took up a position in the leadership group and then just refused to do press duties, leaving it to the likes of Palmer and Gordon etc I’m mindful of going in too hard on Bellingham because he’s still a kid really. We judge these lads to a high standard of behaviour when they’re still maturing and learning. Bellingham seems very mature but he is still a kid, and some of the things he’s said and done that have annoyed me are probably not that big of a deal and can be put down to his age. That being said, if the lads who are around him all the time think he’s a knobhead then he probably is. It seems like Trent is his only mate in the squad, which makes me worry a bit about Trent's judgement. His best mates are Hendo, Bellingham, Ramsdale and Robbo. If it wasn't for Robbo I'd be seriously questioning his taste in friends. View full article
  3. Right now, thousands of Liverpool fans are waiting anxiously for the new season to start. Will the 2024-25 season bring another EPL title to Anfield? Only time will tell but if you feel the close season is dragging in, here are a few alternative options worth considering in the meantime. Fishing Around the City or Online Fishing has long been a hugely popular sport and the Liverpool area has some interesting spots where you can cast your line while enjoying the view. You need get a rod licence from the Environmental Agency for freshwater fishing and a Liverpool City Council permit to fish in the city’s park lakes. Liverpool Marina is probably the most iconic spot, with cod, flatfish and whiting among the species you can try to reel in here. Seaforth Rocks and Calderstones Park are popular spots you might like to try. Interestingly, fishing has also now become a huge part of popular culture, so you can also watch TV series like Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing or River Monsters while you wait for the games to kick off. Fishing has become a popular theme of slot games including Big Bass and Fishin’ Frenzy titles too. You can try these games when you pick up a Paddy Power casino bonus to start playing online with extra funds. The games themselves offer varied bonus rounds such as free spins or the chance to collect fish with cash values on them. Hiking and Climbing for All Levels Getting out to hike or climb might not seem like the most obvious entertainment option when you live in a big city like Liverpool, Yet, there are a few great options for those moments when you want to take your mind off the transfer window sagas and pre-season friendlies. Indoor climbing walls are a solid starting point for beginners, while this look at sandstone climbing experiences by BMC reveals places like Frogsmouth Quarry and Frodsham where you can experience outdoor climbing thrills. If you prefer a long walk, Croxteth Park and the riverfront provide more terrific scenery without straying too far from the city centre. A look online is enough for you to discover plenty of recommended routes like the Sefton Park loop and Calderstones Park circular trail. Go just a bit further from the city and you get far more options to choose from in the surrounding villages and countryside. Trace the Club’s History What if you decide to use the remaining time in the summer to build up your knowledge about your favourite football club before the action begins in earnest again? A guided tour around Anfield Stadium is the ideal starting point, with the Boom Room and the interactive museum among the areas providing fascinating details. The National Museum of Liverpool contains many exhibits related to the various sports and teams here too. The close season should seem a lot more manageable once you realise how many different sporting options are available to you at this time of year. You don’t need to go far to find alternative ways of getting ready for the upcoming season.
  4. Liverpool are set for a season of change following Jurgen Klopp's departure at the end of the last campaign. New manager Arne Slot arrives from the Netherlands and will be keen to follow on from his predecessor's success at Anfield. The red side of Merseyside could face a year of transition as they enter a new chapter. Can the Reds Win the Premier League Title? Liverpool have been Manchester City's main rivals for the title during Pep Guardiola's dominance in England. The Reds are the only club to have finished above the Cityzens since 2018 after Klopp guided the team to top spot in 2020. During other seasons, Liverpool were narrowly pipped to the title though in the previous two campaigns it's Arsenal who have challenged for the main prize. So, with a new coach at the helm, can the Reds leapfrog Arsenal and go one better than City to lift the Premier League trophy in 2025. Well, the team certainly boasts quality in key positions with Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah still among the best players in the world and shining in the biggest league at Anfield. However, this campaign could be one of transition and so it could be difficult to enjoy the consistency required to win the title. Arne Slot has emphasized that he is not a Klopp clone, aiming to instill his own tactics and approach to push Liverpool toward the title. Slot will have to implement his ideas, style and tactics swiftly to ensure a strong start. Liverpool kick-off the season at Portman Road against newly-promoted Ipswich Town before hosting Brentford ahead of a trip to fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. If Liverpool can set their stall out and pick up points early on, confidence will build, putting pressure on the likes of City and Arsenal at the start of the campaign. With another European campaign to compete in, half of the battle is how the new boss managers the squad throughout the season and the question remains whether Liverpool have enough quality in the entire squad to compete on all fronts across ten months. To back Liverpool during the season, it is important to compare and assess UK betting sites to find a platform that matches your preferences. Here, you can view odds and make informed decisions based on sound knowledge. Could Liverpool Lift Champions League Trophy? Liverpool are one of the most successful teams in European up history having lifted the famous trophy six times, most recently in 2019 and most dramatically in 2005, coming from three goals down to defeat Milan on penalties in the final. However, having successfully advanced from the traditional group stage ahead of the knockouts regularly in recent times, Slot and his men will have to navigate a newly-introduced league system this time around though will be confident of earning enough wins to finish in the top eight and secure their place in the last 16 of the tournament. Among the sides Liverpool could come up against this season are the regulars including current champions Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Inter and PSG. Elsewhere, there are some new teams on the scene. Fellow Premier League side Aston Villa have qualified as have Bologna from Serie A. French club Brest and Spanish side Girona will also feature in what will be their maiden campaigns in Europe. Liverpool may also take on a familiar face in former midfielder Xabi Alonso, manager of Bayer Leverkusen who will compete in the Champions League after a thrilling Bundesliga title triumph, the first of their history. What's more, they became the first team in German top-flight history to go unbeaten through the league season. A fine achievement and they will be a test if they come up against the Reds. However, the Reds are always confident in Europe, particularly in the Champions League, with the magic of Anfield and stunning atmosphere of the Kop often helping Liverpool get the better of some might clubs from around the continent. FA Cup and League Cup Every season Liverpool and the fanbase hopes and expects to lift one of these trophies. As Arne Slot looks to push the club forward on the back of huge success under Klopp, one of the domestic cups may be the most attainable during his first season at Anfield. While Liverpool likely need to rebuild and strengthen certain areas of the squad, they will still be heavy favourites when up against 99% of the Premier League and Football League when it comes to knockout football. A Reds visit to Wembley would not come as a surprise. How Slot uses his team and gets the best out of fringe players and youngsters could prove key to Liverpool going all the way and lifting silverware in May. Summing Up While Liverpool have headed into previous campaigns stronger and more settled than this one, the team still possess enough experience and quality to be crowned winners at the end of the season. It would take an extraordinary season from Arne Slot to lift the main prize in England but a domestic cup is certainly achievable for the Dutchman. Liverpool's history and standing in Europe should also see them reach the knockout stages of the Champions League at the very least.
  5. I’m doing this rating based on the numbers he’s produced rather than how I’ve felt watching him. I don’t think he had a good season and there were times when he was inexplicably bad, whether it’s horribly missing chances, continually just running into full backs or breaking down our attacks with sloppy passes. He’s a world class player who does a lot of things that you wouldn’t normally see from world class players. He also still scores and creates more than anyone else in the team though so it feels churlish to criticise him. I think it’s the way he misses the chances that makes it seem worse. Also the timing of his poor form killed us, but he wasn't alone in that as virtually everyone stunk during that period. At least Salah had the excuse that he was coming back from injury.On top of that, he doesn’t press and he doesn’t track back much. So in a lot of ways the team (and by that I suppose I mostly mean Klopp) has indulged him because of the incredible things he’s done in terms of goals and assists. Now, with a new manager who has no emotional attachment or loyalty to him, that might change. There is also the added issue that he doesn’t take people on anymore. At least not successfully. How many times did he beat a man this season? I can barely remember him doing it at all. Slot likes his wingers to be great in one v ones, so maybe we’ll see Salah in a different position next season. Either that or Slot changes what he does with his wide men, because I don't see him contributing much if his role is to stand out wide and try to beat the full back. It's a weird one to judge because the eye test tells a hugely different story to the spreadsheet. Mo put up decent numbers and in the first half of the season he was playing pretty well fort the most part. Then AFCON comes along and fucks up his (and our) season. Not for the first time either. Two years ago he was on course to break all kinds of records and had 23 goals before heading off to AFCON. When he came back he scored just eight goals in 25 games and looked nothing like himself. This time he came back with an injury and couldn't play for weeks. Then when he did come back once again he looked like a shadow of the player he is. I'm not worried about that poor form, it doesn't really mean anything and there's no AFCON this season either. The injury he picked up is a concern though as it has never happened before. He's been indestructible. But he's approaching his mid-thirties and he can't just play 90 minutes of every game without there being a toll to play. Does he know that though, and will he accept it? We saw the reaction to Klopp when he didn't start at West Ham. If he can do that to someone as revered and respected as Jurgen Klopp then how is he going to react when Slot leaves him out of subs him? He might be fine, we'll see. It is something that concerns me a little though. Previous Season Ratings: 2022/23: 8 2021/22: 9 2020/21: Season doesn’t count 2019/20: 8/10 2018/19: 8.5/10 2017/18: 10/10 This Season’s Rating: 8 I think it's too high, but the numbers are hard to argue with. Not just the goals either, his assist numbers are good and would have been even higher but for wasteful finishing by others. 25 goals and 14 assists is a good return, regardless of how he looked getting them. Best Moment: Probably the goal against Arsenal when he collected the ball in the corner, breezed past Zinchenko and lashed one in like the Salah of old. Worst Moment: I could mention some of the sitters, or the AFCON injury, but clearly it's the spat with Klopp. The Future? I don't know. He's got one year left on his deal but even if a massive offer came in this summer (which it won't) it doesn't matter. The club might want to cash in but if he doesn't want to leave (which he doesn't) then he's going nowhere until his contract runs out. Will he get a new deal? Doubtful, because it would need a significant pay cut which he's unlikely to agree to. I think he has one more year and then he moves on. What is more unclear to me is where he will play, how he will play and how much he will play. That doesn't just go for Mo though, I have similar questions about most of the squad because with a new manager none of us know how things are going to play out.
  6. Monday Jul 8: Thiago is retiring. I’m kind of shocked, although I probably shouldn’t be. He missed virtually the whole of last season despite spending so much time rehabbing to try to get himself fit. Every time he got close, he broke down again. I don’t know if it was the same injury or a different one, but it doesn’t matter I guess. It must have been utterly demoralising for him. His body was breaking down, it just wasn’t up to the demands of professional footy anymore. He probably could have taken a big money deal in Saudi but big respect to him for deciding to bow out now. It’s such a massive fucking shame as he’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen play for us. A brilliant technician who loved putting his foot in and working his nuts off too. Seems like a top fella as well and this has hit me quite hard. I’m surprised at how sad I feel about it actually as he wasn’t here that long and he missed more games than he played. What a player he was though when fit. An absolute joy to watch. Meanwhile, Uruguay are in the semis of the Copa America after a penalty shoot out win over Brazil at the weekend. They’ll play Colombia, who romped through with a 5-0 win that saw Diaz get a goal. He’s still being linked with Barca who have somehow now apparently come into some money and can buy players again. I’ve said before that I don’t want him to go and I wouldn’t sell him, but it does kind of feel like there’s some fire to go with this smoke, especially with all the Anthony Gordon talk. If we sold Diaz and brought in Gordon for a similar fee would that be an upgrade? Personally I don’t think so, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world either. We would be getting younger and it’s another homegrown player, which helps, and Gordon has developed into a really good player over the past 12 months. I just think we often under-rate some of our players and over-rate other team’s players. What on earth has Gordon done in his career to this point to be seen as being clearly better than Luis Diaz? Maybe I’m in the minority here, I don’t know. Don’t get me wrong, if it happens I’m ok with it, I’d just rather it didn’t. View full article
  7. Monday Jul 8: Thiago is retiring. I’m kind of shocked, although I probably shouldn’t be. He missed virtually the whole of last season despite spending so much time rehabbing to try to get himself fit. Every time he got close, he broke down again. I don’t know if it was the same injury or a different one, but it doesn’t matter I guess. It must have been utterly demoralising for him. His body was breaking down, it just wasn’t up to the demands of professional footy anymore. He probably could have taken a big money deal in Saudi but big respect to him for deciding to bow out now. It’s such a massive fucking shame as he’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen play for us. A brilliant technician who loved putting his foot in and working his nuts off too. Seems like a top fella as well and this has hit me quite hard. I’m surprised at how sad I feel about it actually as he wasn’t here that long and he missed more games than he played. What a player he was though when fit. An absolute joy to watch. Meanwhile, Uruguay are in the semis of the Copa America after a penalty shoot out win over Brazil at the weekend. They’ll play Colombia, who romped through with a 5-0 win that saw Diaz get a goal. He’s still being linked with Barca who have somehow now apparently come into some money and can buy players again. I’ve said before that I don’t want him to go and I wouldn’t sell him, but it does kind of feel like there’s some fire to go with this smoke, especially with all the Anthony Gordon talk. If we sold Diaz and brought in Gordon for a similar fee would that be an upgrade? Personally I don’t think so, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world either. We would be getting younger and it’s another homegrown player, which helps, and Gordon has developed into a really good player over the past 12 months. I just think we often under-rate some of our players and over-rate other team’s players. What on earth has Gordon done in his career to this point to be seen as being clearly better than Luis Diaz? Maybe I’m in the minority here, I don’t know. Don’t get me wrong, if it happens I’m ok with it, I’d just rather it didn’t.
  8. One of Liverpool's biggest draws is the city’s vibrant blend of history, culture, and fun. Whether you are a history lover, a music fan, or just want the chance to discover a new place for excitement, Liverpool has some offers waiting for you. Liverpool has a rich history and a famous music scene. Its people are warm-hearted. It is the perfect place for a memorable weekend escape. Below is a fantastic guide on how to spend your weekend in London. Day 1: Learn about the City's History and Culture Morning: The Royal Albert Dock Your UK tour always begins from the capital. You should find the best luggage storage in London to go to Liverpool and beyond without restrictions. This lets you freely explore the city and its environs, and your first place should be at the Royal Albert Dock. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that epitomizes Liverpool’s historic character can make your first day great. The beautifully restored waterfront area is home to some attractions. You should also visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum: where you can learn about Liverpool's proud maritime past. Midday: The Beatles Story No trip to Liverpool would be complete without a visit to the city's musical roots. Go to The Beatles' Immerse Museum, which is dedicated to the legendary band that put Liverpool on the global music map. In this museum, you can follow the Beatles' journey in detail, from their birth in Liverpool to worldwide fame. It is an essential visit for music lovers. The interactive exhibits and original memorabilia mean you can even re-live the magic of the Fab Four. Afternoon: Liverpool and Metropolitan Cathedral Then, if you have not already done so, visit the symbol of Liverpool. It is the Anglican Cathedral, one of the world's largest cathedrals. You will see its beautiful Gothic architecture. You will also see its splendid interiors and the views from the tower. The tour is unforgettable. The spacious cathedral with its tiny details and hidden corners has a moving and intense silence. The Metropolitan Cathedral is just a short walk away. It is world-famous for its impressive stained glass windows and modern design. This remarkable structure has a circular layout and multicoloued windows. It contrasts completely with old-fashioned high Gothic of Liverpool Cathedral. Evening: Dining at Bold Street For dinner, there's Bold Street, with a wide range of superb cafes, restaurants, and theatres. Along the street are also fashionable boutiques where you can enjoy the life of this famous retail district to your heart's content. It's a city with beautiful, restored Victorian terraces. It also has high-fashion eateries. This busy street is a paradise for food lovers. It offers everything from British meals to exotic international cuisine. Day 2: Immersing in Local Life and Leisure Morning: Sefton Park and Palm House Day two begins with a visit to Sefton Park, a lovely green area where one can enjoy a pleasant stroll. The park is expansive. It has an attractive lake, winding paths, and green plants. It offers a peaceful refuge from the city's hustle. You should not omit the Palm House, a breathtaking Victorian greenhouse filled with foreign plants and flowers. The glass-and-steel structure of the Palm House, set amid a collection of tropical plants, is a serene place to find some enjoyment. Midday: Tour of Anfield Stadium Those who love sports should definitely take a tour of Anfield Stadium, home to Liverpool FC. This famous ground whose history is famous presents for fans into what it means to be in football. Hear about the club's exceptional history, visit the dressing rooms, and walk onto the pitch through the tunnel. The interactive museum offers a full-blown chance to see the club's achievements and legendary players, so it’s a place no soccer fan should miss. The lively atmosphere of Anfield is accompanied by its rich history. It will give you an unforgettable experience that embodies Liverpool FC's spirit. Afternoon: Shopping at Liverpool ONE Spend your afternoon shopping at Liverpool ONE, a largely open-air shopping complex catering to all tastes and budgets. Liverpool ONE offers a range of stores that is unparalleled anywhere else – from high street fashion to designer boutiques. As you walk through the complex, you will find clothing, accessories, and consumer goods. Evening: Live Music and Nightlife Even on a tight budget, you can still have a great night out in Liverpool. If you want to really get into the local scene, go to a neighborhood pub instead of a fancy bar. Liverpool’s nightlife is so varied and lively that there is indeed something for every taste. The Cavern Club is one such venue with its own history. It's where The Beatles first got famous. Today, an appreciative audience also hears great live music here every day. The Alchemist or Jenny's Bar have the city's top cocktail bartenders. They make highly original drinks that wow even the most experienced connoisseurs. If a quiet evening is more your thing, simply walk into one of Liverpool's many pubs. For example, the Philharmonic Dining Rooms offers keg bitter. It has a traditional pub atmosphere in a setting from the splendid days of yore. Whatever your taste, Liverpool's nightlife is there for you to choose from. Final Tips Liverpool is full of surprises and hidden treasures, a city that feels as fresh and alive as spring. Check out the local events calendar for festivals, concerts, and special exhibitions. Whether you like history, music, or sports, or you just want to take in the atmosphere, you are sure to enjoy a weekend trip. Liverpool has friendly people and deep culture. It will give tourists a warm welcome and happy memories.
  9. I would have given him an eight at the midway point and feel pretty bad about bumping him down, but he was struggling a bit when he came back from that injury. Understandably so of course, and this always happens. When he first came back he was flying and looked like he’d never been away, but it always catches up with players after the initial first couple of weeks back. It’s completely normal, adrenaline gets them through the first few games and then there’s a dip. The injury wasn't even that bad but when he came back to training he re-injured himself within a couple of days and it kept him out a while longer. There were a couple of times when he was very poor (Leicester away stands out) but this is all money in the bank for him ahead of next season. It didn’t really matter how he played, just having him out there was the main thing because now he can hammer it over pre-season and hopefully be flying when the new campaign starts. If he hadn’t picked up that injury I don't think there’s any doubt whatsoever that we’d have finished no lower than third. Losing him was a massive blow, especially as he should have been back following the World Cup only he re-injured himself in training and missed another three months. That killed our season as prior to the injury he’d been our best outfield player. All things being equal, he’d always be in my starting eleven and when it comes to the front three the question for me is who plays with Diaz and Salah. That’s how good I think he is. Previous Season Ratings: 2021/22: 9/10 This Season’s Rating: 7/10 He was headed for a similar rating to his first season until he picked up that injury. He was one of a very select few players who didn't look like crap at the start of the season and up until the injury he was our best player. After it he was way off, but that's through no fault of his own. Best Moment: A brilliant equaliser against Palace after Nunez had been sent off. He put the team on his back that night. Worst Moment: Either the first injury, or the second one when he was trying to come back. The Future? He'll be flying next season now that he's had time to shake off the cobwebs.
  10. An up and down season for the Colombian. He started well, then his Dad got kidnapped and understandably his form became somewhat erratic, and by the end of the season he was carrying the attack almost single handedly at times as others lost their form. Diaz is a fighter and I love him for that. Look at how he played against Man City at Anfield. He was relentless and just ran Kyle Walker into the ground. People don't usually even try to run at Walker, but Diaz went at him every chance he got and tied him in knots. Every time he got the ball he drove at them and his performance was brilliant that day. Yet he did miss a glorious chance to win the game when he completely fluffed a one v one. Generally though, in the last few months of the season he looked to be back to his best level. We hadn’t really seen that since he picked up that knee injury last season, but he’s definitely back now. The problem is his end product just wasn’t anywhere near good enough. He missed loads of chances (he wasn’t alone in that) but even more of a problem was his final pass, especially on those attacking overloads when we’d have five v two or four v three. So many times we had those situations and so many times we messed them up. Diaz was the biggest culprit. His future is the source of much speculation right now and while I understand those who think we should cash in on him now as at 27 this is who he is, personally I’d be reluctant to do that because of the managerial change. Slot loves to isolate his wingers one v one and he wants them to be dribblers. I’d back Diaz to beat any full back one v one so this change might actually benefit him a lot. Previous Season Ratings: 2022/23: 7/10 2021/22: 9/10 This Season’s Rating: 7.5/10 If he had another five or six goals to his name I could easily have gone a point higher as by and large he played better than he was probably given credit for. Goals really make a difference to how we view attacking players though and he should score more. Best Moment: Probably coming off the bench to score a late equaliser against Luton while his Dad was still being held captive. I give him all the credit in the world for carrying on while all that was going on. Worst Moment: The miss against City, or the great goal he scored against Spurs that didn't stand thanks to the most scandalous bit of officiating I've seen in my lifetime. The Future? It feels like he's off doesn't it? There's a lot of smoke about Barca and PSG. If we did sell him I’d understand it, but I’d miss him as he’s a player I really enjoy watching when he’s in full flow.
  11. Legal sports betting is a multibillion-dollar industry. According to Research firm Statista, British sportsbooks generated over £4 billion in revenues annually. The industry is projected to grow by 4.5% in the next five years, peaking at £6 billion by 2029. Although bookies generate billions of pounds from the UK market, they also spend a lot of money on sports endorsements. The Premier League is the biggest beneficiary of betting dollars. In Europe, 25% of all sportsbooks have a betting partner. Why do bookies love football endorsement deals? How is sports betting changing football? Jersey Sponsorships Forty percent of all bettors bet on football. This explains the massive amount of money sportsbooks spend on top leagues and teams globally. Before the Premier League announced it would suspend jersey sponsorships by betting companies, half of the league had gambling partners. During the 2019-20 EPL season, Betway had a £10m sponsorship deal with West Ham. Newcastle United had a deal with FUN88 while W88 sponsored Burnley. Some of these companies still have endorsement deals with EPL teams. Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brentford, Crystal Palace, Everton, West Ham and Newcastle United all have front of jersey deals with betting companies. The reason pay big money for these deals is to promote their brands to millions of people. More than 50m people watch English Premier League matches every weekend. If 0.1% of these viewers (50,000) join a betting site, it can easily recover its sponsorship money. Football sponsorships are so popular these days that it is hard to own a jersey without a betting partner. As mentioned, the UK is trying to change this culture by ending front-shirt betting deals in 2026. Enhancing Football Engagement People who bet on sports watch more football matches than non-bettors. They also tend to watch games to completions, sometimes even extending their viewership to post-match analysis. Football bettor engages with their favourite teams and leagues more to keep up with their bets. If you wager on a game starting tomorrow, you're likely to look up lineups, injury lists and predictions. Some bettors form virtual forums to talk more about football betting. The main objective is to enlighten one another on ways to profit from betting. However, people also network, chat and make friends. Fans don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds to stay engaged. Many bookies accept as little as £5. Some £5 minimum deposit casino UK sites give you a sweet reward worth up to 100 free spins as a welcome gift. The only catch is that you need to meet a few requirements before you can turn your bonus into profits. The main requirement is to fulfill wager requirements, usually 2x or 3x for sports and up to 30x for casino games. Live Streaming Through Betting Apps If you’re a football bettor, there’s a chance you could watch live games at no cost. The secret is to join a sports betting app with a live streaming feature. You don’t need to be a long-term customer to access live matches. You just need to be an active customer. Before you cancel your current football subscription plan, keep in mind sportsbooks watch selected games. There could be five Premier League Games on TV in one day. However, the betting company can choose one popular game to stream. That’s great if you’re interested in watching that match. If you would rather watch a different team, you’ll still need your TV license. That being said, the streaming feature comes in handy when betting on live games. Live betting demands watching a match you’re interested in. That’s the best way to predict every minute of the game. Funding Athletes and Teams Some of the biggest athletes in the world only afford training, equipment and facilities because of brand sponsors. Betting companies are some of the most generous companies when it comes to nurturing upcoming talents. In the small leagues, athletes primarily benefit through from training equipment and jerseys. Bookies might also pay for accommodation and other expenses. In the major leagues like the Premiership, a betting endorsement deal can be worth millions of euros. Football teams, in particular, love betting endorsement deals. With some betting companies paying up to 10m for a sponsorship deal, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that almost every team in Europe has a betting partner. Branding Stadiums and Leagues Betting companies play an important role in football branding. Some of them pay enough money to change league names. For example, the premier football league in Portugal is now called the Liga Portugal Betclic. Before the new deal, Primeira Liga had a deal with Bwin. The deal ran from 2015 to 2021. During that time, the league was called Liga Portugal Bwin. In English football, a few teams have changed their football stadiums to take up the names of their sponsors. The Stoke City Stadium is officially known as the Bet365 Stadium. Still, within the stadium, many betting companies buy the rights to advertise on teams' advertising boards and panels. Nowadays, most football matches in Europe are packed with betting advertising messages within the stadiums. In some cases, teams also help push betting lines on social media. A football team might announce a game’s odds on Instagram or X asking fans to bet. Sponsoring Football Causes Betting companies play a crucial role in promoting football at the grassroots. Some bookies fund local tournaments to nurture talent and further important community causes. Some bookies build schools, hospitals and sports academies in areas with young people interested in football. Although sportsbooks sponsor events for Public Relations, they help local communities in the process. A great example is Goodbookey, an American sportsbook that turns lost bets into donations. The bookie invites its customers to bet against one another on Major football, basketball and soccer matches. For example, you can challenge your friend to an MLS match. If you lose, the bookie sends your money as a donation to a charity chosen by your friend. You can use the rest of the money on a regular sports bet. Or, you could also donate the money.
  12. Football is one of the most popular sports on the planet. All it takes is a ball and anyone from any culture can understand what’s happening. For that reason and many more, it only stands to reason that betting on football is quite popular. Whether you are new to sports betting or a seasoned pro, having a few extra tips never hurts. When it comes to making football picks, these helpful tips will go a long way toward making you successful at choosing a winner. Bonuses are Your Friend When it comes to making football picks, there is one important thing to keep in mind before actually making a choice. Sportsbooks offer bonuses to new and returning users all the time, so make sure that you take advantage of them as they pop up. Whether betting on football or other sports, those bonuses can provide a major boost. Whether it be a bonus bet or a deposit match, those bonuses can go a long way. Use them strategically and you can bolster your bankroll in no time. Compare sportsbooks to find the right bonus and you will be glad that you made the move right from the start. Keep Up with Football News Another way that you can get better when it comes to betting on football is to pay attention to football news. Things happen all the time that can have an impact on the final score. Whether it be a player missing due to injuries, personal slumps, or any number of factors, they all play a role in the game. Going blindly into a contest is the surest way to lose. By keeping up with news, you give yourself the most information possible. When it comes to winning as a sports bettor, you can only do so on a consistent basis by having as much information at your disposal as humanly possible. Consider Team Motivations A lot can change from one match to the next. Perhaps a team you have your eye on put on a spirited performance in their last contest. Will they have the drive to repeat that performance and leave it all on the pitch the next time out? Motivations matter and it is apparent when the drive isn’t quite there. High motivation and a good team dynamic leads to a winning formula. Wagering on an underdog with a lot to gain can be just the right pick at the right time. If a club is struggling with coaching issues, it is entirely possible that they have become disconnected and might not listen to the coach when it matters the most. Analyse Strengths While anything can happen at any time, football is generally about matchups. Finding a team that has a matchup favor is often the best way to find a wager. For that reason, it helps to analyse the strengths and weaknesses that each team has. It is the quickest way to sport a matchup advantage one way or the other. For instance, perhaps one club likes to shorten the field while their opponent likes to push the pace. Knowing their strengths, you can research stats to see how they compare in similar matchups. It isn’t a foolproof system, but it can provide insight. There are plenty of other ways that you can give yourself a leg up. At the end of the day, luck still matters but data can be the great equalizer. Give yourself as much information as possible and you will be in the best position to secure the win more often than not going forward.
  13. While we’ve all been more focused on international tournaments — and wondering why Cody Gakpo can’t be that prolific in red — there have been a lot of rumblings happening in pretty much every club. Teams are scouting new players and trying to find the next superstars who are likely to project them to the next level. At Liverpool, this is a summer of upheaval, and the appointment of Arne Slot is exciting even if he does have some incredibly big boots to fill. How will the summer transfer window help? Liverpool is already likely to get one of the European spots according to freelance football journalist Greg Lea, who has covered the betting markets regarding who will finish in the top four of the league. Most bookmakers and betting sites have Liverpool at relatively short odds to get to the Champions League. In the gambling industry, the odds are set before the market opens and this means well before the season, but transfers and other factors can change the odds as time goes on. There are some who have higher aspirations now and want Liverpool to be consistently challenging for trophies and Premier League titles. It’s going to be some job to knock Man City off their perch, but who knows what the future holds. Additionally, we could be seeing Pep go into his final season, so being ready to pounce is crucial if anything goes wrong. Clarity over Salah You may have expected us to start with all those exciting players that could be coming through the door, but instead we’re going to chat about the future of Mo Salah. Talk over the Egyptian king’s future has gone a little bit quiet and we’re not hearing as many rumours of a move to the Middle East, but it only takes one bid, and it is possible that Salah’s head could be turned. It is always a bit of a strange spell when a player is coming to the end of their time at a club, and everyone will want Salah to go out with a bang. His numbers were still super impressive in 2023/24 even though it wasn’t seen as one of his top seasons. Knowing whether Salah will stay or not will help the team to move forward and decide if he’ll still be one of the main men or if a transfer or internal player is needed to replace him. Defensive numbers Virgil van Dijk is a Hall-of-Famer in waiting and we’re not talking about replacing him, but he will need some help this season. Losing Joel Matip means that there’s a big hole in the defence, even though he wasn’t playing for a lot of the last season. If there’s an area where Liverpool is a little light, then it could well be defence. It seems like a lot of the hope has been placed on the shoulders of one man, Riccardo Calafiori, currently starring for Italy at the Euros. The Bologna defender helped the team to the European spots this year and is a good ballplayer, so he could fit straight into the setup at Liverpool. If the deal for Calafiori doesn’t go ahead, then it is hard to imagine exactly who would be next on the list for the Liverpool scouting team. He’s clearly been earmarked by the team as they try to create something new and exciting for the fans. Even if the deal doesn’t happen, we can expect a defender to come through the door in the coming weeks to make sure that there is a more accomplished back line. Young players have filled the void and stepped up well at times, and Jarrell Quansah will also be hoping he keeps his spot for the next season, or at least has a role to play under the new manager. Bolstering the midfield Players who can do a defensive job from midfield are often in demand as well, and this is no different for Liverpool. Endo did a good job last season having come in during a challenging situation, but some are looking for a step up in quality. One of the players who has been strongly linked is Adrien Rabiot. The midfielder is playing at the Euros at the moment, but he’s been a free agent since his time at Juventus came to an end. One thing is for sure, Rabiot will demand some huge wages after letting his contract run down. On the open market, there’s a strong chance he could cost a lot of money. Manchester United and AC Milan are both linked with Rabiot as well, and it is possible that Liverpool won’t be willing to match the money on the table from some other teams. If he doesn’t join, there are rumours of Liverpool looking to Manuel Ugarte. The hard-tackling midfielder has been linked with Man U as well as a potential move to Anfield. Improving the wide positions Most of the rumours doing the rounds are related to wide players, so it seems pretty certain that Liverpool will be looking for somebody to play from the wing. This could further the Salah rumours and fuel the idea that he will move away. Crysencio Summerville is a possibility. He’s currently playing at a Leeds team that is languishing in the second tier of English football and could have a release clause. Leeds recently lost Archie Gray in a huge deal involving Spurs, and the rumours are that the team needs to save or raise a lot of money if it is to survive. There have been rumours of Anthony Gordon being targeted by Liverpool in a sensational return to Merseyside, but it doesn’t look like anything is going to happen there, so the young England winger will likely stay in Newcastle. Funding some transfers with further outgoings Liverpool is not a team that can continually splash the cash like some of the others, and there’s a chance they will need to raise some cash for the deals they want to get done. A lot of the issues with financial fair play has resulted in teams turning to selling younger players at the moment. Some Liverpool players have also been linked with moves away, and it is said that the team has put a £25m asking fee on backup keeper Caoimhin Kelleher. Tyler Morton has also been linked with a move away as RB Leipzig has shown an interest. It is likely more players will leave to raise some money for the team, but some of this will hinge on whether Salah stays. If a club offers big money for his services, it could be hard to justify not accepting it and letting him go after his legendary stint at the club. Thiago has already left, freeing up some wages but not bringing in any form of a transfer fee. His contract expired and he’s been allowed to explore moves elsewhere. Of course, there will be a lot of players who are linked with moves away, but nobody really knows what will happen until the transfer window reaches those last days. Arne Slot will definitely want to put his own stamp on the team before getting into the season. Conclusion Some transfer windows have been relatively quiet for Liverpool fans in recent years or at least the deals have been completed quickly, but it seems that the deals could rumble on for months this season. Money is a problem for many Premier League clubs and there are many holdups in potential deals due to the Euros being underway at the same time. It certainly will be one of the more interesting off-seasons for Liverpool fans as they wait to see what a new-look Liverpool might involve.
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  16. Liverpool will be one of a number of Premier League clubs playing pre-season friendlies in the US this season. Real Betis, Arsenal, and Manchester United will be the opponents as the Reds gear up for the new campaign. The club also has another strong connection with America, of course, being owned by John Henry and his Fenway Sports Group. But there are further links between Liverpool FC and the US in the form of players who once graced the Anfield turf and then went on to star in Major League Soccer. The American league has attracted top stars from across Europe and is now considered to be one of the best outside the big five in Europe. Interest is high in the current campaign as well as with all MLS odds 2024. With the World Cup scheduled to be played in the US in two years’ time, American soccer – and MLS – is likely to gain even more attention and coverage. But, for now, here are some Liverpool legends who made the trip across the Atlantic to win over a whole new set of fans. Steven Gerrard For many, Steven Gerrard is the biggest star of the lot. It might depend on which generation you belong to, but there is no doubt that Stevie G is right up there with the legends of the club. He famously turned down the chance to jump ship to another EPL side during his career, finishing up with over 500 appearances for his boyhood team. But that didn’t stop him from extending his career with a new opportunity. Gerrard won everything going during his time at Anfield and had already announced that he was to join the LA Galaxy of MLS before the end of the 2014-15 season. He made his debut in July of 2015 and played a major role in his new team’s exploits in that campaign, as well as being named to the MLS All-Star team. But the long distances for games and diverse weather conditions in the US came as something of a shock to the Liverpool legend, who announced his retirement from the game after just one season in America. Xherdan Shaqiri It is sometimes hard to remember that Xherdan Shaqiri is still only 32, as he seems to have been around forever. He first burst onto the scene in his native Switzerland as a teenager and had already played for Bayern Munich and Inter Milan before signing for Liverpool from Stoke City in the summer of 2018. After signing a five-year deal, Shaqiri would endure a number of injuries while at Anfield that kept him out of the starting line-up. But he was often explosive on the pitch when given the chance and scored some very memorable goals. He also has a Champions League winners’ medal from his time at the club, although he didn’t feature in the final against Spurs. The Swiss international went on to play for Lyon in France before becoming the most expensive signing in Chicago Fire history. His appearances in MLS have enabled him to continue to feature in the national set-up plans and, as this summer’s Euros have shown, he is still able to score spectacular goals. Robbie Keane Widely recognized as one of the finest Irish players of all time, Robbie Keane was something of a globetrotting footballer, having already played in Serie A before making his way to Anfield in 2008. He had originally come through as an exciting striker at Wolves but made a real name for himself at Spurs. Keane announced that it was a dream come true when he signed for Liverpool but struggled to cement a place in the first team, even though he scored some crucial goals in the league and in Europe. It didn’t help that Rafael Benitez also often played him out of position. He rejoined Tottenham just six months after leaving the London club and moved Stateside in 2011. Keane has gone down as one of the legends of Major League Soccer and won three MLS Cups as well as being named as the league’s MVP in 2014. That final achievement is even more impressive when you consider he joined David Beckham and Landon Donovan in Los Angeles when he first signed. Djimi Traore Djimi Traore may be remembered by non-Liverpool fans for his incredible own goal against Burnley in an FA Cup tie in 2005. But the Anfield faithful will have far more happy memories of his time at the club, including the part he played in arguably the greatest Champions League final of all time. Traore had only played a handful of times for his hometown club Laval before signing for Liverpool in 1999. He initially found it difficult to break into the first team before having his career revitalized by Benitez. He famously won that Champions League medal, as well as the FA and League Cup before playing for a number of other sides in England and France. But it was Major League Soccer where Traore ended his playing career. After a successful preseason trial, he joined the Seattle Sounders and became a huge fans’ favorite – especially after scoring an incredible 30-yard volley in a CONCACAF Champions League game against Tigres. After retiring in 2014 he remained in the US, becoming a coach at the Sounders. Figure 2 There have been a few players that have swapped this place for Major League Soccer Steve Nicol The last Liverpool legend in our roll of honor may not have actually played in Major League Soccer. But he did sign as a player-coach of the New England Revolution before returning to the club to become one of the longest-serving coaches in MLS history. He has also now become a familiar face on TV as a pundit in the States, so we thought we could include him here. Steve Nicol played in the legendary Liverpool team of the 1980s and 1990s, of course, winning a string of domestic and European honors. It was after turning out for a string of lower-league sides that he made the move over to America, becoming player-coach of the A-League’s Boston Bulldogs. The Americans obviously liked what they saw and he eventually became the Revs coach in 2002. Nicol won the coach of the year award in his first season and led the team to four MLS Cups in a successful ten-year period.
  17. Integrating IoT in city planning is crucial to sustainable development. It improves life's quality and living standards, forming the bedrock of actualizing the dreams of smart cities. Many would say that advanced technology is already shaping the future of urban living, and it’s exciting to see that there is so much more to come in that regard. IoT application in the non-rural environment is boundless. It applies to transportation, health, waste management, and even personal hobbies like online gambling at the verde casino, let’s say. Here, we explore its contribution to urban transformation in detail by reviewing numerous ways it can help dwellers live smarter and better. Exploring the Benefits of Integrating IoT Into the Urban Environment IoT is the concept of connecting everyday objects to the internet. We could argue that it’s one of the best developments of the 21st century. With everyday appliances like kitchen devices, cars, and doors, and newer innovations like smart homes, IoT is bringing about unfathomable urban transformation. It is streamlining daily living, making it seamless, smart, and sustainable. All of these additions significantly improve the quality of life for residents and promote a unified community. Below is a more detailed overview of its benefits in a non-rural living. Sustainable Environment and Better Living Standards IoT is a crucial technological component for sustainability. The advanced technology can optimize energy consumption, promote effective waste management, and reduce emissions. These reduce cities’ carbon footprints, making the environment more livable and sustainable. The integration provides more innovative solutions to the daily challenges faced by an average urban dweller. It improves security, safety, convenience, environmental, and general well-being, ensuring better living. Efficient Service Delivery From transportation to health and security, the Internet of Things improves service efficiency across sectors. The innovative technology streamlines operations to reduce operational costs, save time and energy, curb indiscriminate use of resources, and ensure all-round efficiency. This contributes to economic growth in the urban environment. Another good thing about this is that it can never go out of date. They can always upscale to meet the urban population’s contemporary demands and fill technological lapses caused by cities' evolution. Thus, its infrastructures are an investment that's less likely to fail, especially in city planning. Informed Decision-Making With this technology, urban developers don't have to make blind decisions based on instinct or history. A lot of its devices provide data-backed insights on critical innovation and events. This allows for informed and strategic decision-making, increasing the chances of providing better public service and improving living conditions. Common Application of IoT in the Urban Environment IoT has diverse but impactful applications in the non-rural environment. This makes it crucial to create smart, livable, and connected cities. Here are some of its common applications: Smart Energy Management: The sensors can monitor and control real-time energy consumption. This makes it easier to optimize usage and reduce waste, contributing to environmental sustainability; Environment Monitoring: Smart cities adopt IoT to monitor air quality, weather, and noise pollution in real time. This ensures prompt data-driven responses to potential environmental hazards; Water Management: City developers deploy sensors in water systems to monitor quality and flow, detect leaks, and use data to predict demand and optimize supply. This ensures efficient water distribution, reduced wastage, and safe consumption; Intelligent Transportation Systems: This innovation for smart cities enables real-time traffic management, smart parking, and an effective public transit system. Its sensors track essential data like the number and types of vehicles, average speed, and most plied routes. Leveraging this data can help improve existing transportation systems, making them more satisfactory; Waste Management: Efficient waste management is crucial to a safe and sustainable environment. Urban planners utilize IoT to ensure an optimized waste collection schedule and reduced disposal cost. They use smart garbage bins that automatically alert collection services once they reach their fill level, ensuring prompt collection; Public Safety: IoT-enabled surveillance and emergency response systems help maintain citizens' safety in non-rural environments. City developers deploy sensors that can detect fire incidents and other accidents in real time, prompting swift actions from the emergency response team. Enhanced surveillance also improves the security of lives and property; Smart Healthcare: Integrating IoT-enabled telemedicine and remote patient monitoring enhances access to healthcare and improves results. It helps the city remain healthier and eliminates the hassle of seeing healthcare providers in the conventional non-rural setting; Infrastructure Management: The Internet of Things is crucial in monitoring and maintaining essential infrastructures in smart cities. Deployed sensors on bridges and roads give real-time data on their state and suitability for public use. Also, IoT can provide real-time alerts if any essential infrastructure is damaged naturally or through manmade actions. The Smarter Way of Living IoT makes urban living more appealing. It has numerous applications in essential sectors in the non-rural environment to make service delivery efficient and improve living standards. This makes its integration into urban living a welcomed development. It contributes immensely to the green future by eliminating carbon footprint and promoting sustainability. It is leading the era of urban transformation and plays a vital role in actualizing the smart cities dream.
  18. When he played he was generally good, although nowhere near his best, but as ever with Thiago the big issue is his lack of availability. He misses too many games and you’re always just waiting for the next injury to come along. And sadly we never have to wait very long. I don’t really know what else to say, I love watching him play as he’s a class act, but he’s a luxury player now because you’re lucky to get 20 games a season out of him. A real shame as he’s world class and his work ethic is fantastic, but we can’t rely on him and that’s part of the reason our midfield has suffered. We just have too many players who miss too many games, which puts added pressure on the rest. Previous Season Ratings: 2022/23: 9/10 2020/21: Season doesn’t count This Season’s Rating: 6/10 Meh. Best Moment: Nothing springs to mind. Worst Moment: Injuries. The Future? I wouldn’t be shocked if Thiago moved on this summer.
  19. Halfway through the season he was struggling and looked like he might be finished. He'd fallen off a cliff and no-one seemed to know why. Along with Trent he probably caught the most heat for what was going wrong, and it wasn’t without justification. Part of Fabinho’s problems were the structure of the team that was leaving him too exposed, but it was also about how bad he was too. “The hoover” looked clogged and wasn’t picking anything up. I don’t know what happened around the time of the first Real Madrid game, but something changed that night and after that he looked much more like his old self. Maybe someone emptied the hoover bag and unclogged him? I thought he was good that night against Madrid, although like everyone else he ran out of gas in the second half. Most of his performances from that point on were somewhere between acceptable and good and he definitely benefitted more than most from Trent’s positional switch as he was no longer isolated in there. I suspect his days an automatic starter are probably over but he could still have a role to play as we transition to a new, more energetic and mobile midfield. Previous Season Ratings: 2021/22: 8/10 2020/21: Season doesn’t count 2019/20: 8/10 2018/19: 9/10 This Season’s Rating: 6/10 Maybe a little generous but he did improve and end the season looking decent. Best Moment: Can't think of anything. Worst Moment: Nothing specific, just constantly being late to everything and having people run by him. The Future? Not sure. Maybe he leaves if we sign a replacement, but if not he might find himself backing up Bajcetic for much of the season.
  20. Football clubs and online betting companies have a symbiotic relationship that has grown significantly over the past few decades. Liverpool FC, one of the most storied football clubs in the world, has embraced this trend, securing lucrative sponsorship deals with several betting firms. This article delves into the history, current state, and implications of Liverpool FC's partnerships with online betting companies. Historical Context The relationship between football and betting is not new. Betting has been an integral part of football culture for over a century, but the advent of online betting has transformed the industry. The proliferation of internet access and smartphones has made it easier for fans to place bets on their favorite teams, driving significant revenue for betting companies and, by extension, the football clubs they sponsor. Liverpool FC, founded in 1892, has a rich history marked by numerous domestic and international successes. As the club has grown in stature and financial power, its commercial strategies have evolved to include partnerships with various industries, including online betting. Current Betting Sponsorships As of the 2023/24 season, Liverpool FC has active partnerships with multiple betting companies: Interwetten: Interwetten, a prominent European online betting company, is listed as one of Liverpool's official partners. This partnership includes various branding and marketing initiatives aimed at enhancing the visibility of Interwetten among Liverpool's global fanbase. 188Bet: Since 2021, 188Bet has been Liverpool's Official Asia Betting Partner. This deal allows 188Bet to have pitchside LED branding rights during Asian broadcasts of Liverpool's league matches, significantly boosting their visibility in a key market (source). These sponsorships are part of a broader strategy to leverage Liverpool's global fanbase to enhance the reach and appeal of betting sites, while providing the club with substantial financial support. The Benefits of Betting Sponsorships The financial benefits of these sponsorships for Liverpool FC are considerable. Revenue from these deals helps the club invest in player acquisitions, stadium improvements, and other critical areas. The funds generated from these partnerships contribute to maintaining Liverpool's competitive edge both domestically and in European competitions. For the betting companies, aligning with a globally recognized brand like Liverpool FC provides significant marketing advantages. It offers them a platform to engage with millions of fans worldwide, increasing their customer base and brand loyalty. Ethical Considerations and Controversies Despite the financial benefits, betting sponsorships are not without controversy. Critics argue that such partnerships can contribute to the normalization of gambling, which may have adverse effects on fans, particularly younger audiences. There are concerns about the potential for increased problem gambling and the ethical implications of promoting betting through sports. Liverpool FC, like many other clubs, must navigate these ethical challenges. The club has implemented various measures to promote responsible gambling, often working with their betting partners to ensure that advertising is conducted responsibly. The Future of Betting Sponsorships The relationship between football clubs and betting companies is likely to continue evolving. Regulatory changes in various jurisdictions could impact the nature and extent of these partnerships. For instance, stricter advertising regulations in the UK and other countries may limit the visibility of betting brands in football. However, as long as there is significant financial incentive, clubs like Liverpool FC will likely maintain these relationships, albeit with increasing attention to the ethical considerations and potential social impact. Liverpool FC's partnerships with online betting companies exemplify the complex interplay between sports, commerce, and ethics. While these deals provide essential financial support and marketing benefits, they also pose significant ethical challenges. As the landscape of sports sponsorship continues to evolve, Liverpool FC will need to balance these considerations carefully, ensuring that they uphold their values and responsibilities to their fans and the broader community.
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  22. Other than Van Dijk and possibly Mac Allister, nobody had a better season for us than Harvey. The numbers don’t really do justice to the impact he had. Four goals and a good number of assists is decent but nothing special, but there are things Elliott brought to the team that can’t be measured on spreadsheets. First and foremost, he’s a tempo setter. Much has been made of how effective he’s been when coming off the bench, but not too much is said about why that is. He brings a big spark of energy to games when they are flat. So many times the tempo had been too slow and we were struggling, but then on comes Harvey and immediately everything speeds up because of how he plays. He’s positive, moves the ball quickly, tries to make things happen and generally just lifts the game. Because of how useful an impact sub he was, he didn’t get the starting opportunities he deserved. He definitely should have started more games, Klopp even admitted that the biggest mistake he made this season was not playing Harvey more. I suspect part of the reason for that is his lack of height. With Macca in the middle of the park, having Harvey in there too reduces our height when defending set-pieces so Klopp often went with Szoboszlai, Jones or Gravenberch even though Elliott was in better form than all of them. When he played, whether from the start or off the bench, he was occasionally sensational but never any worse than good. It was beginning to look like he was a more effective sub than starter but as the season wore on he showed himself to be a big player regardless of when it was he got on the pitch. Statistically he's one of the best young players in the whole of Europe when it comes to stuff like ball advancements into the box, crossing, expected assists and all that nerdy stuff, but you can see all that with the naked eye. A brilliant season from a quality young player who is absolutely living the dream and is never shy of hiding that. Previous Season Ratings: 2022/23: 7/10 2021/22: 7/10 This Season’s Rating: 8.5/10 Going into a season in which we signed four new midfield players, many will have been wondering where Elliott was going to get his minutes. The answer was mostly off the bench, but he made the most of every opportunity he got and by the end of the season most fans would have had him starting every week. Overall it was a big step forward and for me he was easily in our top three or four players. Best Moment: Brilliant goal at the Kop end against Spurs. The winner away at Palace and the celebration that followed was class too. Worst Moment: Can't think of any. The Future? I’m interested to see how Slot uses him because Elliott is a special talent who to me seems like one of those midfield players easily capable of hitting double figures in both goals and assists. I don't know where he'll play or what his role is, but I'd put money on him being a big player for us once again this season.
  23. Harvey wasn’t supposed to play as many games as he did but injuries and poor form from the rest of the midfield gave him the opportunity and he took it. He was part of a team that was struggling but he was rarely the one who we looked at and said “he’s the problem”. His lack of pace and physicality didn’t help when we getting over-ran in midfield and it was an obvious thing to point out (I did this myself often enough) but the wider issue was the tactical set up and poor form of key players. Elliott has been an attacking player his entire career but has recently been converted into a deeper lying, box to box type midfield player. So he’s still learning the position, especially when we don’t have the ball. Chasing back trying to stop streaking counter attacks is never going to be a strength of his, but when the team is functioning the way it is supposed to then Elliott’s physical shortcomings are easily disguised. He had some outstanding performances this season and for a while was our only ever present. That caught up with him in the end and he needed taking out of the spotlight for a little while, but overall he can hold his head up this season as he made significant progress. The new tactical set up might help him even more as we are essentially operating with two number tens, and that opens up some doors for him as he’s far more of a natural fit there than he is on the right of a middle three and he does have goals in him. Despite the expected arrivals of three (maybe even four?) new midfield players, I wouldn’t bet against Harvey making more strides next season. I hope so anyway, as when he’s out there he’s just like any of us would be. He’s always posing for photos with fans, giving his shirts away to kids or giving a thumbs up to the LFC TV cameramen when he walks past. He loves it. He’s a fan living the dream and wears his heart on his sleeve more than anyone else in the squad. Previous Season Ratings: 2021/22: 7/10 This Season’s Rating: 7/10 In a season when most of the squad let themselves down for large spells, Harvey consistently delivered good performances and was one of the few to come out of it with his reputation enhanced. Best Moment: Brilliant goal in the FA Cup away at Wolves. Worst Moment: Running out of steam late in the season, and then seeing the team go on a great run that stopped him getting back in. The Future? Much depends on the formation Klopp plays and how many midfielders are brought in this summer. It might be tough for Harvey to get the same kind of playing time he did this season but I wouldn't write him off.
  24. Monday Jun 24: The hero who hacked Man City’s emails and exposed them for all the shit they’ve been up to says he has more emails that prove their guilt and there’s enough there for the authorities to find criminal activity. I wondered why he hadn’t already released them, but it’s probably the smart thing to do to keep them back as an insurance policy so he doesn’t mysteriously “disappear”. He’s not taking on a football club here, he’s going up against the U.A.E. and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say his life is probably in danger. This is from the Mirror and honestly I don’t know how this isn’t massive headline news everywhere. “Pinto, who has been in a witness protection programme since 2020 after being unmasked as the man behind the football leaks revelations, says he has handed over five hard drives which will implicate the club. The 35-year-old shared some hacked City emails with the media in 2018, but kept hold of the vast majority, which he says have now been shared with the relevant authorities. “The Man City releases showed amounts of money being paid into by the club that were not mentioned to the football authorities. These documents are from part of the Premier League investigation into City. I have now handed five hard drives to French and German authorities with millions of documents, including more on City and I have described what is on each. I am confident they will find criminal relevancy.” Lot to unpack there, but firstly the question should be how come he’s had to go in witness protection? What are the authorities worried about here? Who would be a threat to his life? City’s owners? Noel Gallagher? Curly Watts? Little and Large? He’s having to live like Henry Hill in case the mafia come for him. I didn’t know about most of that stuff in the Mirror. I thought the emails that were leaked were all he had but now we’re hearing that he kept hold of the “vast majority”. I mentioned above that it makes sense to keep some as an insurance policy but for the ones that we knew about to only be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ is quite the revelation. The ones that were released had them bang to rights. I read a few of them and their guilt is indisputable. Now we hear there are more that are even more incriminating? Fucking hell, this is the biggest story in English football in years but virtually nobody is even mentioning it. Imagine if this was us, or United, or Arsenal. City’s irrelevance is working massively to their advantage here. Why has he handed the evidence to French and German authorities though? Is he afraid that if he handed them to the English authorities they might “go missing” perhaps? If so, he’s a smart cookie. I wouldn’t fucking trust anyone over here with this kind of shit either. Abu Dhabi would be on the blower to whichever fucking stooge happens to be Prime Minister and before you know it, government pressure would make it al go away. Whatever happens to City, anything short of the being wiped off the face of the planet means they’ve got off lightly. Meanwhile, Darwin scores for Uruguay in Copa America. He missed a few chances before that though so there’s enough for everyone there, lovers and haters alike. What a guy, always thinking of others. We were linked strongly with Nico Williams today as there’s a buyout clause that’s only around £45m or something. He’s on massive wages though so we’d have to at least match those. Lots of people believe there’s something in this, my gut says there isn’t and I’m just waiting on the Pearce the Grim Reaper to shoot it down. View full article
  25. Monday Jun 24: The hero who hacked Man City’s emails and exposed them for all the shit they’ve been up to says he has more emails that prove their guilt and there’s enough there for the authorities to find criminal activity. I wondered why he hadn’t already released them, but it’s probably the smart thing to do to keep them back as an insurance policy so he doesn’t mysteriously “disappear”. He’s not taking on a football club here, he’s going up against the U.A.E. and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say his life is probably in danger. This is from the Mirror and honestly I don’t know how this isn’t massive headline news everywhere. “Pinto, who has been in a witness protection programme since 2020 after being unmasked as the man behind the football leaks revelations, says he has handed over five hard drives which will implicate the club. The 35-year-old shared some hacked City emails with the media in 2018, but kept hold of the vast majority, which he says have now been shared with the relevant authorities. “The Man City releases showed amounts of money being paid into by the club that were not mentioned to the football authorities. These documents are from part of the Premier League investigation into City. I have now handed five hard drives to French and German authorities with millions of documents, including more on City and I have described what is on each. I am confident they will find criminal relevancy.” Lot to unpack there, but firstly the question should be how come he’s had to go in witness protection? What are the authorities worried about here? Who would be a threat to his life? City’s owners? Noel Gallagher? Curly Watts? Little and Large? He’s having to live like Henry Hill in case the mafia come for him. I didn’t know about most of that stuff in the Mirror. I thought the emails that were leaked were all he had but now we’re hearing that he kept hold of the “vast majority”. I mentioned above that it makes sense to keep some as an insurance policy but for the ones that we knew about to only be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ is quite the revelation. The ones that were released had them bang to rights. I read a few of them and their guilt is indisputable. Now we hear there are more that are even more incriminating? Fucking hell, this is the biggest story in English football in years but virtually nobody is even mentioning it. Imagine if this was us, or United, or Arsenal. City’s irrelevance is working massively to their advantage here. Why has he handed the evidence to French and German authorities though? Is he afraid that if he handed them to the English authorities they might “go missing” perhaps? If so, he’s a smart cookie. I wouldn’t fucking trust anyone over here with this kind of shit either. Abu Dhabi would be on the blower to whichever fucking stooge happens to be Prime Minister and before you know it, government pressure would make it al go away. Whatever happens to City, anything short of the being wiped off the face of the planet means they’ve got off lightly. Meanwhile, Darwin scores for Uruguay in Copa America. He missed a few chances before that though so there’s enough for everyone there, lovers and haters alike. What a guy, always thinking of others. We were linked strongly with Nico Williams today as there’s a buyout clause that’s only around £45m or something. He’s on massive wages though so we’d have to at least match those. Lots of people believe there’s something in this, my gut says there isn’t and I’m just waiting on the Pearce the Grim Reaper to shoot it down.
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