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  1. True. Signing bargain basement goalkeepers and expecting them to become top players - not so true. There's a great tradition of doing just that, of course, at LFC. Karius arrived with lots of positive predictions from very knowledgeable observers and with the possibility of getting better and better for years to come. Question marks really hover over how our transfer team, who normally seem remarkably good at finding not only good talents but also good people, let a self-absorbed thicko through the net.
  2. He seems like one of the most decent of a whole squad of exceptionally good-natured players. I've often speeculated that he's maybe too intelligent, in a way, to maximise the natural talent that he has as a striker. I mean that many of the top strikers ignore rational expectations when they hunt down goal chances: they close down keepers when 999 times out of 1000 they know the keeper will just clear the ball; they'll chase defenders who hardly ever mistakes because they know that maybe just one time they might slip or stumble; they're basically forever playing the lottery. Div, to me, often seems to play the percentages. He's quick to react but not so quick to anticipate. That doesn't mean there's a big actual difference in most games, but he just lacks a bit of the madness that makes, say, a Suarez or a Fowler able to force an error that didn't seem to be likely to happen. He certainly seems to need to have the right feeling for the club and the team and the context to play to his best talents. His spells away underline that. But the way he was starting to play before Everton provided one of their own 'ifithadnthavebeenfor' moments and crocked him for a few months - he really looked exciting and dangerous. It's sad that, for whatever reasons, he hasn't really recaptured that run of form, and he HAS had some chances to do so, but what moments he's given us, in spite of that. You can't do anything but wish him the best.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Ex-Reds willing to play in the legends game at Old Trafford yesterday were so thin on the ground that the father from Frasier had to make up the numbers: In better news, Mark Gonzalez has at last started to realise his early promise:
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    The shitness of modern football

    One of the silliest aspects of the furore over the Super League plans was the twee depiction of masses of decent, down-to-earth fans of smaller clubs, when the reality is that nearly all of them have just the same, or in some cases even worse, monstrous egomania that's merely largely dormant. I had the misfortune of being in London yesterday, and Sunderland fans were everywhere, being massive tits and generally trying to goad everyone they met into a fight. You could tell that lots of them weren't at all sure why they were doing it, but they knew it was what they should be doing, so they did it. They've been risibly inconsequential for years (it was amusing to hear their presence sparking puzzled discussions: 'Are they Southampton? No, I can't think who it is, maybe it's an away strip...') and yet they can't wait to start reviving their massive arsedom again. Christ knows how bad the Geordies will be in the next few years. That's one of the features of modern football shiteness - the inability of most clubs' fans to simply obsess about their own team and ignore the rest. Everton are merely an egregious example of a general malaise.
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    Jurgen Norbert Klopp

    On top of everything else, to think this is his second language! He's an extraordinary man.
  6. I'm surprised no one has photoshopped this bloke sitting on top of Gomez or Ox.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    This is like some discarded early Monty Python sketch: 'You've broken the rules'. 'No we haven't!' 'Oops, sorry to have troubled you!' The pressure to stop the Super League showed that the football authorities CAN be forced into acting, and yet the passivity and fatalism over the failure to enforce FFP continues. No real investigative reporting outside of Der Spiegel, and only the odd very half-hearted remark in passing elsewhere. Really pathetic. Everton recorded losses totalling £371.8 million over the last three years. The Premier League’s profit and financial sustainability rules allow clubs to lose a maximum £105 million over a three-year period or face sanctions which include points deductions for serious breaches. An Everton spokesman told The Times: “We have worked so closely with the Premier League to make sure we are compliant, we are comfortable we have complied with the rules. When announcing their annual results in March, Everton said £170 million of the losses were related to the “dramatic and ongoing financial impact” of the Covid pandemic. That was far more than other clubs in the Premier League with Aston Villa stating that £56 million was lost due to Covid and Newcastle United putting the figure at £40 million. Everton have also continued to spend on transfers this season and in the January window brought in defender Vitaly Mykolenko for £17 million, Nathan Patterson for £12 million, and deals for Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek. Everton only generated £14 million a season from matchday income pre-pandemic, and in March said the impact of Covid on the transfer market had also contributed to their losses. The club said in a statement in March: “Losses of at least £170 million are attributed to the impact on the club of the Covid-19 pandemic, with £103 million of that figure coming in the 2020-21 financial year. Continued investment in the playing squad, coupled with the impact of the pandemic, has resulted in the club posting a loss of £120.9 million for the year ending June 30, 2021. “The wide-ranging impact of Covid-19 on Everton — which further market analysis has indicated could include an additional £50 million — covers lost revenues, additional costs due to strict Covid-19 playing protocols and a significant contraction in the transfer market which resulted in the inability to generate the level of transfer fees which could reasonably have been expected pre-pandemic.” The statement said the club had also been “working formally with the Premier League regarding its ongoing compliance with Profitability & Sustainability regulations” and had committed “significant amounts to a complex new stadium project” — sums which can also be written off against the £105 million permitted losses. Kieran Maguire, a football finance author, told The Times that it would be “a steep adjustment” for Everton’s £371.8 million losses to comply with the £105 million ceiling.
  8. He was actually quite helpful when Mo and Sadio were away. I hope, beyond the usual agent-planted stories you get at this time, we don't see the squad get slightly smaller rather than slightly bigger this summer. After FSG blew it by not strengthening after the title win, they need to show they've learned their lesson. Even though we reaped the benefits this year from having such a good squad, our midfield problems at certain stages show we still need something more.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Everton have been the club that have made complaints about everything from refereeing decisions they didn't like to someone calling them a small club. It would only be fitting now if lots of others started complaining about them.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Kenwright IS producing a musical version of It's a Wonderful Life so he's probably rewriting the climax right now so that the reinvigorated George Bailey races back into Bedford Falls, smashing red windows and attacking random black people as he holds his blue scarf proudly aloft and shrieks with joy before returning home to beat his wife and stamp on Zuzu's petals.
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    Celebrity Reds Fans

    From the memoir by Alistair Taylor (Brian Epstein's right hand man), With The Beatles, on seeing John Lennon talking to passers-by in Manchester Airport in the mid-1960s: 'I almost felt normal for a minute or two,' said John. 'They were Manchester United fans. I was just trying to convert them to supporting Liverpool'.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    I could watch it all day:
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Lampard at Anfield 2020: “Only title you've ever won and you think you can give it the big one, fuck off!' Lampard at Goodison 2022: “People say we’re celebrating staying up, but it means so much to everyone at the club'. Good to see the fat fuck has absorbed their shameless hypocrisy.
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    Divock Origi

    Well, no, he obviously wasn't, unless you regard that standard as being whatever it empirically is at any one point, which would render it relativistically as a transient state rather than a standard as such and thus utterly worthless, in this context, to discuss.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Or it's not funny because it's true. One or the other. I know insiders who work with him are probably the last to notice, or accept, how awful and biased his commentary is these days, but surely even they have noticed by now. He's like a punctured balloon whenever we score, abolutely gutted.
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    Divock Origi

    Personally I wouldn't call him decent. He was a no-nonsense journeyman player at best but never LFC standard.
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    Divock Origi

    We really do have a shocking tradition of crap left backs. There can't be another position where we've so often unearthed an absolutely woeful set of players. Julian Dicks (Reporter: 'Why did you sign him?' Souness: 'He's a man'. He actually said that. That was it.). Burrows (and the often shouted remark, 'Burrows, ya bastard, you couldn't find a red shirt in a bloody abattoir!'); Warnock; Dossena; Insua; Konchesky; Cissokho; Moreno; and the decent but cornflake-frail Aurélio. Only in that company does Stig seem relatively okay-ish.
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    Divock Origi

    Damn that predictive spelling.
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    Will everything be okay next season?

    How about we stop telling others what to do and when to do it before someone tells us what to do and how to do it?
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    Divock Origi

    If you look at his international career, he made his debut in 2014, he scored three goals that year, but since then he's played 18 times, up to and including this year, and scored none. At 27, if he's got any ambition at all, it's pretty obvious he can't let things continue as they've been. I wish him luck but I'm not sure Italy will be a great league for him. He's always been an enigma. You'd think that, with his power and pace, he'd be something of a flat-track bully, but when he's started in cup games against lower league teams, instead of battering them and getting hattricks he's often looked anonymous (as if he's been bored by the lack of a proper challenge), whereas, of course, he's sometimes shone (and sometimes not) against the top clubs. If he ever recovers the form and momentum he had in Klopp's first season he'll be great, but I could also see him being as lost as he was when he went out on loan. He seems a bright guy. There's always going to be more to his life than football, and a good thing too.
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    Will everything be okay next season?

    I'm surprised there's not more anxiety, or at least concern, about next season, because there are certainly more variables, about whose impact (regardless of whatever fatuous responses this, inevitably, elicits) we simply cannot be sure. We'll have an unprecedented six-week break in the middle of it. Presumably the sport scientists are already deep into research about its impact, but no one will really know the full effects it will have on player stamina and general fitness, mentally and physically, as well as team momentum. The pre-season training, presumably, will be changed to take into account the shift in style and intensity of international team training in November., which in turn might have an effect on the initial months. But many pros have spoken about returning from Summer WCs and hitting a wall physically a couple of months later, which, if that's replicated next year, will coincide with the busiest part of the domestic and CL season rather than, as usual, the middle. The size and quality of squads will play a role, as will the new subs rule, but obviously the most international-heavy teams will be affected most, while the smaller clubs might find an advantage from what will be in effect a winter break, but overall it'll be a unique scenario, nothing like losing the odd player to an African tournament. The only thing one can be sure of is it won't be a normal season, and we shouldn't just expect it to unfold like one.
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    Rooney

    What an original insight. Did you write this song, too?
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Rafa on his time there: 'We only spent £1.7m... Even so, we worked with what was available, we were making the most of the team, but we began to have injuries and misfortunes: one who dropped a piece of furniture on his finger and four players were injured.' The 62-year-old then insisted he does not rue his decision to join Everton, where fans quickly turned on him, exacerbated by his ties to Liverpool, and said the negativity of social media contributed to his sacking in January. Benitez later declared his successor Frank Lampard must 'assume responsibility' for their current relegation battle given the league position Benitez left Everton when the former Chelsea boss took over. He stated: 'It was a decision with a certain logic at the time... but seems I was wrong. But I don't see it that way. At that moment, Everton was a competitive team, we thought it would work. But when we left we were six points behind tenth, with two games less, and six points above relegation'. 'It was a bad position for what was expected, but consistent and realistic with the investment and injuries. From there, we talk about patience, trust, but people get nervous, social media influences things and a decision is made. 'Once we left, Everton made five new signings, got all the players back and had a new manager, who had to assume his responsibility. We did well at the beginning, we were a bit unlucky later and we didn't have time to keep doing things and adjust.'
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    Takumi Minamino

    The great thing about Taki is he's very coachable. He learns really quickly. When he first arrived I've never seen a player at that level get in the way of teammates so often, but now he's really locked into Klopp's patterns of play and makes very clever runs into space. He's not selfish enough in the box - he could have scored several more goals in the cup games but he was always looking to set up the 'senior' players - but, again, he looks like he can improve on that, too. If Curtis Jones learnt as well as Taki does he'd be more of a regular by now.
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