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  1. TheDrowningMan

    January 2021 Transfer Thread

    I doubt we'll be in a position to keep hold of all of our best players if we're not in the CL next season.
  2. TheDrowningMan

    January 2021 Transfer Thread

    That’s okay. There will be no shortages of takers for a Van Dijk unlikely to want to spend a year in the Europa at 30 but Ben White will be a somewhat cheaper replacement, particularly where wages are concerned. Jota slots in for the outgoing Salah and for Mané's replacement we hope lightning strikes twice by signing a forward with a similar 'profile' from a mid-table Premier League side. Origi or Minamino get to be the new Jota from the bench, only not good to enough to have any sort of chance of breaking into the team other than in the event of injury. There won’t be any other spending of note because we missed out on the CL and the additional profits from the outgoing players will be needed to cover that shortfall.
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    Man Utd (H) - Premier League -17/1/21 - 16:30

    Agreed. I was saying if we found ourselves 6 points behind (ie we lose at the weekend with the current demoralised, patchwork team) I'd still be confident of finishing above them if we did somehow get everyone back immediately afterwards. City, on the other hand, are brilliant flat-track bullies, which is why I think they’d be hard to reel in regardless of who we had available.
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    Man Utd (H) - Premier League -17/1/21 - 16:30

    If we were to fall 6 points behind Utd, City would be 5 points ahead in the likely event of them winning their games in hand, so I think they’d be favourites.
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    Man Utd (H) - Premier League -17/1/21 - 16:30

    I don’t know what’s going to happen in this one. Under the right circumstances, a win would set us up nicely to still be in with a shot at challenging for the title. Even a 6 point gap with Man Utd could be overcome if we were to find ourselves with a fully fit squad (although a City title would be the most likely outcome in that scenario). It's just that with our dreadful defensive injury list, I can’t see us winning the league without signing a top quality defender - given how close we are to dropping out of not only the title race but the top four, it’s the single most irresponsible thing the club could do under these sort of circumstances, and unfortunately Klopp has to take his share of the responsibility because if anyone has the power to force the owners' hands, it’s him.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    On one hand, I think much of the transfer philosophy has been vindicated. We won the league at a canter last season and have had a freakish run with injuries this time around - not buying an additional CB was a gamble, although I don’t think anyone could have foreseen the sort of crisis we’ve had. On the other hand, not buying a CB this month in the midst of such a crisis would be unforgivable and might well result in us facing a serious battle to finish in the top four. Hopefully we’ll win on Sunday, buy a new CB and consequently kick on as important players return, but if we fail to do either of the first two, the only consolation as far as I can see is that Man City are coming into form and should have enough to deny Solskjaer a title.
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    Rhys Williams

    Maybe he’s got kitten heels on underneath his boots and they’re slowing him down.
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    Villa (A) - FA Cup - 8/1/2021 - 19:45

    Don’t worry, I’m sure FSG will recognise that, if we miss out on the top four as a result of their failure to make crucial signings this month, we’ll need to massively outspend City this summer and pay over the odds for wages to tempt top players and keep hold of those we have when we end up outside of the CL.
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    Coronavirus

    I’ve just had a positive test, confirming suspicions I’ve held for a while. All I’ll say at the moment is don’t for a second think you can’t have it if you’re unwell without any of the listed symptoms and definitely don’t assume you’re fine and non-contagious as soon as 10 days pass, despite what certain governments like to insist. Not been an enjoyable time.
  10. TheDrowningMan

    January 2021 Transfer Thread

    Seems that way, followed by a nervy summer if we don’t manage to achieve that in what looks as though it’ll be a tight, abnormal season. I think it’s a ridiculous decision at a time where we should be consolidating our position as a long-term fixture at the top. Would anyone seriously be surprised if a 30 year-old Van Dijk didn’t fancy wasting one of his remaining seasons fucking around in the Europa if a continental giant or Manchester club offered Champions League football along with a big, fat pay rise? I doubt much of the fee would be made available for incomings under those sort of circumstances, either.
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    Villa (A) - FA Cup - 8/1/2021 - 19:45

    Well, if there was ever a possibility of fielding a strongish team in the FA Cupmthis year, that’s definitely gone now. We can’t put any sort of stock in it given the CL and a potential title / top four race.
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    January 2021 Transfer Thread

    Realistically, I don’t think we can afford to drop points in more than one of the games pre-City and even then will need to beat them to have a chance. They’re in form, effectively ahead of us with the game in hand and have an easy 18 points from the six fixtures before they come to Anfield. If beating City at Anfield leaves us ‘only’ five points behind, I’m not sure I can see us being that much better than them over the rest of the season when our squad is so limited through injury with apparently no real desire to bolster it. The real key, as far as I’m concerned, is making sure we don’t really stuff it up and drop out of the top four - given the age of our best players, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see many want out rather than waste a crucial year in the Europa.
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    Southampton (A) - Premier League 04/2021 - 20:00

    United would have got a penalty there, without a doubt. Didn’t have to be in the box.
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    Southampton (A) - Premier League 04/2021 - 20:00

    United would have probably been given a goal instead of a corner there.
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    Southampton (A) - Premier League 04/2021 - 20:00

    It’s very clear that the powers that be spy a close Manc on Manc title battle and have decreed that it’s best for business.
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