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  1. Has our watering department been let go? Looks like there's glue on the ball. Can't get any tempo on our passing. Hopefully they water during the break.
  2. lebron

    Summer 2020 Transfer Thread

    I think a lot of people are underestimating the cost of us being successful in terms of payout to the players and their agents. We've nearly doubled our wage bill over the last few years, and I believe only the Manc clubs pay as much as/more than us at the moment. If we want to keep the likes of Mane, Salah, Firmino, VVD, we will have to pay them close to the amount they would have gotten at Barca, Real, City etc. In doing so, we will attract new players, but we won't pay them as much as our stars until they have proven it on the field. I can see a lot of players interested in moving to us in the coming years, only to be knocked back when they understand they have to deliver first and be paid later. I think it's a sound strategy, and will help us avoid transfer disasters from previous years. There's a reason why rumours around our top players have died down lately, and it ain't all about sporting success and the relationship the players have with Klopp. There simply isn't as much of an incentive for the agents to start stirring shit when our players are paid according to their stature. In the case of Werner, I've the same impression as Dave U (and Hamann), he lacks the skills needed to play to the level of our front three. He might be an upgrade on Origi, but we're not going to be paying the sums mentioned for a squad player.
  3. Yeah, after the hamstring injury against Leeds he lost quite a bit of pace. Never went on to the level he should have reached after that. Rushed back one too many times, either by our manager or by himself to get ready for the next England games. Frightening potential, and even if he got us some vital (cup) wins, another tale of what could have been if managed better by himself and others.
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    Robbie Fowler

    As with a couple of our later strikers (Owen, Torres) and despite his incredible goal-scoring early on, the story of Robbie will always be a bit of what could have been for me. He was by far the Liverpool player I've taken to the most, and he's still perhaps my all-time favourite player (might have been coincidental with my LFC interest at it's peak during late teenage years). Can't help thinking that he would have overtaken Shearer/Henry etc as the best PL goalscorer of all time if he had been managed better or had taken better care of himself. I still get teary whenever thinking about all the times when his name appeared on the screen in the 90's (when not all our games were televised here in Norway), you just knew if Liverpool needed a goal late on that his name would pop up on the goal-service back then. He was just absolutely lethal from every which angle and with either foot (and head) as well. He had that trademark burst of speed that all great strikers have too (even if not as rapid as Owen later on). That period from getting the 5 goals against Fulham until he was injured against a select Norway XI in Oslo is probably the best, most consistent source of goals we've had at the club from one player (since I started watching us). After that injury he was never quite the same, picking up a series of other knocks as well as never really recovering that yard of pace he needed to get away from the defenders. One of the few players I've really watched and hoped would do well for other clubs even after he left us, it was one of the best and most emotional moments of my football-supporting life when he re-entered Anfield in February 2006. Got a real lump in my throat watching that again, as I do when I watch Anfield erupt at him making his 2nd home debut. Suarez might have been a better all-round player, both Owen and Torres (and Mane/Salah) were quicker, but the sheer genius involved in every Fowler goal means I still think he'll stack up favourably against all of them when comparing peak performance. Still, as with Owen/Torres, his powers waned considerably, and instead of topping all goalscoring records for us, he ended up as one of the greats instead of the greatest.
  5. We've moved on a bit from the times where most players would come back from vacation to preseason several pounds overweight, don't you think? I guarantee that every single top club across Europe have their players on strict training/eating regimes, as well as having them wear activity vests/trackers to make sure they stay in shape. Even my local tier 2 club here in Norway are doing this, and their athletes surely ain't worth a fraction of what LFC players are worth. Anyway, Tottenham and Burnley have been having full training sessions during this affair, Arsenal are starting training together Monday. Most PL clubs will follow suit. For the PL, I think mid-may behind closed doors is a realistic scenario. It will surely be a money-driven affair, as ideally you would want to wait longer. Tough to say what happens in Italy, but I'm guessing their NEXT season will be affected more than the NEXT PL season. And to those arguing that ALL the leagues in Europe must be synchronised, that's not the case now, so surely there'll be exceptions made during this crisis. Norway, Russia and other Northern European countries have seasons from March-November, and still manage to take part in European competition. It's not unfeasible for the big leagues to follow suit for a year or two until things are back to a relatively "normal" level. Edit: As for comparing tennis (and golf etc) with a football league, that's just nonsense. Those are stand-alone events in the future that require sponsors and fans to commit to an event that isn't already underway. The PL has completed 3/4 of a season.
  6. Have to agree with this. Blackadder is pretty lonesome at the top of my list, but that is mostly a testament to the brilliance of series 2-4. I've tried to rewatch series 1, but it's just excruciatingly bad.
  7. 1.Seinfeld A gigantic chasm 2.Friends (the first few seasons were funny, tailed off REALLY badly towards the end) 3. Curb your enthisiasm (got a bit bored with this as well) 4. Arrested development 5. A lot of other nonsensical shows American sit-coms are really poor compared to their British siblings. If I hadn't grown up with Seinfeld and later Friends I doubt I would hold them as highly
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    Hating our own players

    I agree that hate is a strong word, but let's say that my blood has been absolutely boiling with the players mentioned below during their Liverpool careers. Nicky Tanner - I even winced when I saw he was leading the Fantasy Football league earlier this season. He was to me the embodiment that our period of dominance was over. Ruddock and Dicks - too fat to play professional football. Shameful managment letting them get to that has to be said. Bjornebye, Leonhardsen, Kvarme and Kippe. For destroying the illusion (for us Norwegians) that you had to be a good/great footballer to make it to the top level (Liverpool), and for being pretty shit at football. Diouf - for his personality (or lack of it) As I've grown older, not many have been able to usurp these stand-out candidates, but honourable mentions to; Simon Mignolet (for making 1 save for each goal he let in over an entire season) Dejan Lovren (who is nowhere near as bad as Tanner, Ruddock and Kvarme in sporting level), but still sticks out like a sore thumb whenever he plays.
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    Dejan Lovren

    Spot on. Which made Klopp's decision to play Lovren against the most typical such striker (apart from Burnley's two maybe) all the more baffling. We know what Lovren brings to the table. For all of Klopp's and our excellent analytics team's great decision making, Lovren remains a massive excemption to the rule.
  10. 15, and as others have said, not old enough or wise enough to really appreciate it. Will be glorious when we lift it again!!
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    I think the only question here is whether Maguire tries to play the ball or not. If he does, it's a new phase of play, and the player sitting in front of de Gea doesn't matter. I guess with Maguire's general slowness he has a pretty good case of not reacting enough to "play the ball", even if there's some movement from his legs/ankles
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    Chelsea (A) FA Cup. 3/3/2020 - 19:75

    Think Klopp will still give this minimal attention, doubt many of the players playing yesterday will start. Is Neco Williams fit? I'd guess something like this for starting 11: ---------------Adrian---------------- Hoever-Matip-Lovren-Robertson ------------------Lallana--------------- -------Keita--------------Jones--------- Elliott‐-------Origi--------Minamino
  13. There were poor/shocking performances all over the pitch, no doubt about that. We've been riding our luck for too long, no doubt about that either. It's just that Lovren entering the fray makes everyone look a little bit worse. He's not covering properly for Trent. He's often left stranded upfield. He has zero recovery pace, and is nearly always flustered. He spreads the same kind of panic Mignolet used to do. Luckily VVD and Allison are normally the anti-Lovren and anti-Mignolet. I'm sure Dejan does his best, and his heart is in the right place, but the way we set up our team these days, he's a complete and utter liability, and should not play for us again.
  14. What's cowardly about it? If you trace my post history on Lovren my view has been pretty much the same on him whether it's before games or after games. He's shit, and what's worse, he makes everyone around him play bad as well. I'd rather both Fabinho and Hoever played instead of him, nevermind Matip. Imo, he's the only big blind spot in Klopp's otherwise perfect player vision since he arrived. He never deserved or should have gotten his last big contract, neither should he be kept on beyond this summer. I just can't understand what the management sees in him. Someone likened him to Skrtel a few pages back, being the player the oppositon forwards WANTS to have it out with. That's not really a good sign for a CB.
  15. I'll read the full thread later. Just wanted to say that Lovren has that remarkable ability of making everyone around him worse in addition to being quite disastrously bad at football all by himself. Up there with Tanner and Babb as the worst CB's I've seen play for us. Not THAT bothered by the result, wd've ridden our luck too often lately. Hopefully we can get our energy levels back and start attacking a bit more explosively again.
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