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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  6. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Agree, though the position he plays for us seems to be more about defensive work and keeping play ticking than attacking. When both Fabinho and Henderson play he gets into the opposition area a bit more, he's worth a sneaky FG bet then... When Ox is one of the three in MF, Gini tends to sit a bit more. He's a goal machine for the Netherlands the last year or so, so it's not for lack of ability.
  13. Babacar Sarr (mentioned in the Josimar links above) has been charged with another rape and is headlining Norway's biggest Newspaper today. Will be interesting to see if Interpol can get him to attend this one. https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/i/g7OoO5/internasjonalt-etterlyst-tidligere-molde-spiller-tiltalt-for-ny-voldtekt Good on Solskjaer and Solbakken for backing him...
  14. Safe to say that I wouldn't take Code's view on Solbakken (or Sarr) as gospel. Solbakken is pretty universally known as a crook in Norway, agenda from Josimar or not. He's well protected though, as Solskjaer's shit doesn't stink over here, and a lot of powerful people in and around Norwegian football has made a lot of money from his deals. Allegedly...
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    Shrewsbury (H) FA Cup - 4/2/2020 - 19:45

    Fantastic effort from the lads, done the club proud. Love how confident on the ball they were, much like the Villa game they really took the game to the opposition, showing no respect for the senior players they were up against. This time they got the result that their play deserved too. Think I've said this before, but can't understand why no-ones snapped up Chirivella yet, he's a proper midfield maestro, would be perfect for any top division club looking for someone to orchestrate play from the centre of the park. Might not be good enough for a top 4 club, but most others looking to play football from the back could surely make use of his talents. Agree with the shouts for Curtis Jones too, he's actually been even more impressive on the other occasions I've watched him, but he's got the confidence and ability to make it at senior level, and influences every game he plays.
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