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    Fulham (H) PL - Sun 7th Mar 2021 at 14:00

    I agree and in fairness given what the poor man has gone through over the past few weeks he is completely blameless. He owes us nothing and even if he lost every game for the rest of the season 5-0 I'd still take a bullet for him. Ali had a few weeks of poor form but what an incredible person to be back in goal. If he took three months off, I'd understand after what he has been through. The others though need to take a good long look at themselves though. Again they have credit in the bank. Yes, there is no Anfield crowd or vocal away support. Yes, there is a lot of players missing. However, I'm struggling to think of more than one or two players that have consistently performed anywhere near what they should. They look like a very poor bunch of individuals who don't very much like each other rather than a world class group who fight for each other.
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    Fulham (H) PL - Sun 7th Mar 2021 at 14:00

    Disgraceful performance. Something has to be up behind the scenes. Jurgen lost his mam so I'm not talking about him. Ali is pretty incredible to be playing after losing his dad. The others? They have so much credit in the bank, I can take a shit half season. My gut is that something big has happened and it's completely fucked up morale. A team with so many so called world class players losing so many games to shite teams can happen maybe twice in a few weeks. Not six or seven times in two months.
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    Summer 2021 transfer thread.

    Big reason why he left, but he's exactly the type of player we need to challenge the first team players. I agree about us being unlikely to spend that type of money but that would be a dream summer. Sorry that's what I meant - he's a knobhead. You're right though. He loves the game and is a proper worker as well.
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    Summer 2021 transfer thread.

    Very tempting that, but really would like to see the age profile come down.
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    Summer 2021 transfer thread.

    Yeah Dave. Really realistic targets. Having said that I would say there is only a handful of players out of our reach if we don't have Champions League. We as a club, our team( I know I know) and Jurgen are a massive draw to players. Rate Grealish so highly but nothing in it for me Bobby. Maddison shades it because he seems sound, though I think we need a few knobheads around our choirboys. We can afford both - issue is FSG spending the cash and whether Jurgen would buy them. I can't see Jurgen liking Grealish as a person and that is s big thing with who he signs. Competition Joe. Keep Trent on his toes and Lamptey could play in a few positions I reckon. I do reckon he would cost a lot though with the English tax.
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    Summer 2021 transfer thread.

    Botman: 20-30 million * a lot of the other young players we should target would be about that price range as well. I like Schurrs at Ajax also. Lamptey: 35 million - English tax but a proper player. Genuine cover for Trent and possibly cover in other positions. Maddison: 70 million: Arguably a better player than Grealish and definitely a sounder lad. A lovely player. A top forward/winger: Might be very expensive but absolutely essential. Gini replacement: I like that Grovenbach lad at Ajax. Probably not cheap though as he is very good and only 18/19. Maybe a double swoop for Schurrs and him. I doubt Ajax are loaded. Tielemans would be a great addition but he is probably near 100 million. That would be the dream summer. If we even did half that this summer, I'd feel happier.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    I just can't see them sacking him. He's the best manager in the world and thanks to him they have massively increased their wealth and won trophies. Someone said this feels like a much shitter version of 1990/91 but definite similarities. A core of top players who are in their late twenties and early thirties is the biggest one for me. We really need to get the age profile down this summer, but I wouldn't be in favour of a big clearout. That ended horribly with Souey and these lads even taking into account the last few weeks, are a great bunch. I still back them to be ready to rock come next August. We just need to ensure that we get this generations Shearer or Keane rather than slumming it with one season wonders or hoping decent players turn out to be very good which was the Liverpool playbook for thirty years. I would sign Botman and Lamptey for our defence. Both young players with a massive future. I would love Maddison in midfield, though he would cost a bomb. He's the type of signing we have to make. A proper top class forward as well and that's a really good summer. With or without Champions League, we need to make a statement. We are quick to take the piss out of the likes of Arsenal but they have put their money where their mouth is over the last few years without champions league. This summer makes it or breaks it for me with FSG. If we lose Milner from the squad this summer and that is a possibility, it is concerning that we could allow Gini, who is not just a top class player, but a popular player in the dressing room go so easily. Give him the four years and if he declines in two or three, you would still be able to sell him to a lot of clubs who would bite your hand off for him.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    I think he will stay one more season. I think it's unlikely we have him until 2024 though. I think he will want to have a proper go at it next season and with a fully fit squad and a packed Anfield I would hope we are a different beast. Really depends how the next few months go and that's separate from the goings on at the club. If he can have a nice break and recharge the batteries then I think he may be up for staying longer. Jurgen owes us nothing. Regarding the summer and potential transfers, if they don't make money available then there should be hell to pay. I mean Jurgen may decide to spend sweet fa or bring in players he likes for 15 million rather than 60 million, but no excuses from them. Back the manager. Was thinking of genuine positives this season and it's telling that Curtis Jones, Kev and Harvey Elliot on loan are probably the only ones I can think of. Curtis Jones has had a great season. I would say Mo has been par for himself (i e very good) and maybe two or three others have as well. Gini has been about a 7 as has Fabinho. Hendo when he has been fit has been very good. Ali for most of the season was very good but it says something about what a great fella he is that he comes back last night so soon after the most horrendous tragedy and plays so well. The others have been mediocre to awful. Maybe a bit harsh on Robbo who was very good up until Christmas. That just isn't good enough and the lads need to take a good luck at themselves.
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    Ian St John

    Rip Saint. A great player and a great man.
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    Ozan Kabak

    He is very raw. In fairness to him, I'd like to see him with a fully fit and confident Liverpool side. I see a lad with potential but he is not in Botman's class right now imo and I feel if we are judging him against players of his age group and players in a similar enough price range, that is the best way to make a decision. Still he is very young and if he can show solid improvements for the next few months, then maybe.
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    Summer 2021 transfer thread.

    I think they thought last summer that the team was so good we would win another title or at least come second and have a proper go at the Champions League. Music to their ears. In their defence, Thiago was world class, Tsimikas seemed a shrewd signing and Jota looked very good at Wolves. Again not wanting to make excuses for them, but the odds on our bad luck with injuries this season would have been enormous last summer. I think it is possible that in the last window, clubs really jacked up the price for players we looked at. I know if I was say Lille and we came calling about Botman in January, that's what I would do. I think they still arrogantly thought that we would get top 4 and they were happy with that. I have a problem with that decision because if he went out and bought a defender we really like then aside from us being more likely to get top 4 this year, there is the added bonus that they will be more settled for next season. In some ways, kabak is a win-win though because if he doesn't cut it, we just saved ourselves a lot of money and if he does do well or at least show he could cut it, then 20 million is a steal. I don't like them, but I think on the whole their decision making has put us in a far better position than when they took over. We have been very good for them and in fairness their decisions have given me moments I genuinely thought I would never experience again. This summer does feel different. I would still feel we start it in August with the best starting eleven. We have some good-very good players after that, but the drop down in quality after about 16 players is huge. I don't like to put numbers on what I would expect them to spend, but even with a few outgoings, I would expect them to net spend a good bit. If they don't spend a good amount this summer, then it shows where their thinking is at. In fact, my gut is they will look to sell us and get out before Jurgen leaves because they know they won't win the lottery again and with the two Mancs and Chelsea always likely to spend big, it does leave much room for their coveted top 4 trophy. They certainly won't ever spend like those three so I would imagine their thinking will be to sell us to a sheikh, oligarch or the chinese for an absolutely enormous profit while our stock is massively high. I will say I think they are incredibly smart and astute people, so as much as they are tight arses at times, I would be genuinely shocked if they run such a valuable asset into the ground over the next 18 months when a solid bit of investment in that time can make them a lot more money in the long run, regardless of whether they plan to stay long term.
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    Summer 2021 transfer thread.

    Every club in the world is impacted by the pandemic. There is great talent in France, Portugal and Holland that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Those clubs are likely skint. That's before we talk about the clubs in the bigger leagues. I said it before I don't mind us doing the poor mouth routine. It's stupid to be like the Mancs and get taken to the cleaners. However, this summer feels like a big one with the owners. There is still a top team there but we just need a jumpstart again. If they can't give that to us, I think there will be hell to pay. On the whole, I think they have made a lot more good than bad decisions as a result of their business ability and getting in the best in their fields (Jurgen and Edwards) to put us in the position we got to. This summer will tell us a lot though because those lads can only work so many miracles to keep things together.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Was just thinking that. He's the kind of bloke that might be a friend of a friend but you come across at a big event like a stag. It takes you the full weekend to figure out if he's sound or a complete knobhead. Of the bt crew, Keown would be sound until he gets on the ale and he'd be kicking off. Macca would take take the pranks too far and leave the best man tied to a lampost naked outside a mosque in the roughest part of town. Hargreaves would be non descript and Ferdinand would be a complete knob. Crouchy would be a legend and yeah that Joe Cole I wouldn't even mention.
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    Sheffield Utd (A) PL - Sun 28th Feb 2021 at 19:15

    Haha I liked that one. Probably would be more use to us than Naby.
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    Sheffield Utd (A) PL - Sun 28th Feb 2021 at 19:15

    I remember a mate of mine telling me that he bunked into Coventry back in the 70s or 80s and ended up in their disabled section with a mate of his. Said this middle aged Coventry fella in a wheelchair clocked him straight away bunking in and told him to sit down beside him before he got thrown out. Was telling me the bloke was hillarious giving serious abuse to the Coventry players and roaring to the manager that he could do a better job than their winger. Said winger looked around and the fan pointed at his wheelchair and gave him the wanker sign. For some reason I just thought of that story when I saw this post.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    They could win the league by twenty points Docker, they will take the league cup seriously and I think they will really take the fa cup seriously as well. He really wants the quadruple and immortality. I think they can do because they are playing great stuff. I don't want them winning the Champions League but I would half like them to win the treble and maybe people might start asking questions about them. I wouldn't hold my breath though. They have invested in a pr machine and our journalists are a bunch of lickarses on the whole. I see that Miguel Delaney having a few pops at them and he gets serious abuse. An absolutely horrendous football club.
  17. Yeah it would be such a shame if Hendo misses the rest of the season but them plays in the Euros. Still, I know it means so much to him and Virgil so you couldn't begrudge it to them. If we could make the final and I suppose far stranger things have happened it would be pretty incredible having the band back together. Imagine us winning the champions league after all the shit of this season. It might even top winning the league last year, as it would be a beautiful finale to the most horrible of seasons.
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    Alisson Becker

    Awful news. Thoughts with Ali and his family. Hopefully the club makes efforts to get him over for it. In fact, let Ali take as much time as he needs in Brazil.
  19. If he misses 12 weeks, it will be touch and go for him because he will need to get match fit. Having said that, he will want to play and Southgate will probably have him in the squad regardless.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Nah man I want them to be beaten by a gang of cheating snides in the semi final and Pep to combust. Then to top it all, we win it after finishing 11th in the league. It would be hillarious.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Think the country are too busy rejoicing that we aren't winning anything to care. It would be hillarious if we won the Champions League this year missing loads of players and with it being their Holy Grail.
  22. Hendo better not play at the Euros. We need him getting fit for next season and having a lovely rest. I want Trent dropped for someone as well. Sit back and watch all the Chelsea, United and City lads go out heroically in the quarters or semis and be wrecked come next season. Ideally Virgil the same but getting competitive gametime might not be the worst thing in the world for him.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Think it's more how he was going out of his way to have a go at Kabak. I thought it was distasteful. He came across as very gobby. It is sink or swim though and at least we will know in a few months if Kabak is capable of doing it here.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Agree with that. Interesting what Hangerland said. Makes sense. I agree about drawing Athletico. Would be a horrible draw.
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    Ozan Kabak

    I would love him to succeed because he seems to really want to play here and if it comes off, he is 20 and 20 odd million is a steal. The additional element of sticking it to Carra, who was a disgrace on Saturday. I see some raw potential and I sympathise with him because imagine if he was in a settled confident team. However, there are aspects of his game that concern me. As others pointed out normally you become a top defender after 25 or 26 so who knows. As a club that sees itself as challenging for the top honours, I don't think we have time to see if this lad can cut it. This season is different though so it actually is the perfect audition. If he can show some of his form from the Leipzig game then that would give me some encouragement.
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