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  1. If this speculation were to prove true there would be some tortuous double thinking on here. Inter Milan boss Benitez would love reunion with Real Madrid star Xab Inter Milan boss Benitez would love reunion with Real Madrid star Xabi | Spanish Football News | tribalfootball.com
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    Training changes

    I could never understand how people on here called Rafa defensive. The season before last we had a string of consecutive games home and away where we scored at least four goals Rafa posted another 4 goals victory tonight against Werder Bremen in the Champions League. That's two 4 goal matches in the short time he's been there. He's on track to have them scoring more than Mourinho. It was a match in which he also introduced an 18 yr old Brazilian and a young Nigerian. His first and only defeat was against Roma on Sunday. A match Mourinho never won. But Roma scored in the last minute of extra time. Even so, Inter had 15 shots on goal. .
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    Roy : I'll pat myself on the back over Torres.

    He's doing what he does at practically every press conference - grasping at straws as he sinks beneath the waves.
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    Roy : I'll pat myself on the back over Torres.

    Cruel, but funny (for a change).
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    Another good read

    Yet another good read. Tomkins talks about whose responsible for the present mess and concludes its not the manager of Inter Milan. So, Whose Fault Is It? | The Tomkins Times | Paul Tomkins' blog about Liverpool Football Club (LFC) This is an excerpt: "To compound the mess created by the awful Americans, Rafa’s purchases in the last two years weren’t universally successful, and Roy’s methods, on the early evidence, don’t seem appear suited to the personnel, and possibly, to a big club (or one with big expectations). But it’s complex. He neither has the personnel for his more simplistic 4-4-2, which can be relatively effective; nor does he seem to be able to get 4-2-3-1 (or variations thereof) to work. Equally, he hasn’t had the money to buy the ideal striker to dovetail with Torres in his version of 4-4-2, so right now we are getting neither the best of Roy’s Fulham approach (which in itself may not transfer to Liverpool), nor the best of Rafa’s more fluid, modern approach." And another: "So it’s not simply a case of Rafa leaving some dross, or Roy getting the tactics all wrong, or the players not performing. Perhaps all of these are true to varying degrees, but the main concern is that the squad depth is just withering away. Perhaps harder to understand is why Aquilani was loaned out, when finally fit and, within reason, raring to go. Insua was loaned out, too. These were two of the more technically gifted players in their respective roles, with the potential to improve (Insua as he’s still a kid, Aquilani as he adapts and recovers from injury). Unless Roy actually wants a small squad, then it’s hard to see why they were sent away; if saving a couple of players’ fairly moderate wages is that important, then that says a lot. To compound matters, Daniel Agger, the best ball-playing centre-back since Alan Hansen, has been relegated to reserve left-back. Is it any wonder the Reds are struggling to build from the back? And did Roy really need to pay almost £5m for an aging defensive midfielder who, on the evidence so far, is making even the most ardent Lucas-basher a convert?"
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    Another good read

    This really is a good read. Yet Again, Ferguson is Wrong About Liverpool | The Tomkins Times | Paul Tomkins' blog about Liverpool Football Club (LFC) Its long but here's an interesting excerpt: "However, none of our research shows Rafa Benítez to be anything approaching the root of Liverpool’s financial problems in the past few years, in the manner Ferguson suggests. Indeed, it shows a job well done by the Spaniard, based not on my bias but on the cold hard facts. Benítez does not come out top in any of the numerous categories, but he is consistently one of the better performers. What the research does show – in crystal clear form – is that Liverpool were never more financially adrift of Manchester United in terms of £XI and Sq£ than during the past six years. Indeed, it clearly points to an expensive Liverpool team in the ‘90s performing well below expected levels, with the Reds growing increasingly poor in relation to other big clubs."
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    Another good read

    No its not. We know, you don't. Hodgsons' record is an open and very long book. You have spent years sneering at Rafa with ethnic and other personal insults in a pathetic attempt to be recognised as cognoscenti by the anti-Rafa loonies on this site. Now you offer a constant stream of comparisons between Rafa and Hodgson in a rather stupid attempt to prove that the latter is superior. Hodgson's record at LFC is proving what was already obvious to most.
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    Game thread v Sunderland (h)

    Ahem. The Apache don't live in a forested area - they live in deserts. Try "Mohicans"
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    Game thread v Sunderland (h)

    Yeah, but on the other hand Gerrard and Carragher think that there's a good atmosphere at Melwood, everyone enjoys training and there's a positive buzz about the place. Must be nice.
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    Game thread v Sunderland (h)

    You should take your own advice.
  11. Tony Barrett uses an ambiguous word when he says Rafa was "divisive" with respect to supporters. He was the opposite of divisive. From the beginning he aligned himself with the clubs traditions and its supporters - and he still does. The great mass of the club supporters in the UK and internationally admired and respected him and were grateful for him making the club a force again, ranked by FIFA as No. 1. The only so-called "divisive" words and actions for which he was responsible were his criticism of Parry's failure to secure transfer targets quickly enough - a failure for which Rafa was being held responsible. Rafa was also the first to expose that the owners were cash-less leverage buy out merchants - something that Parry and Moore and most of the supporters had failed to spot. And Rafa put his job at risk to take this stance. Leaving aside the agenda-driven national media for the moment - and concentrating on the supporters - the divisive ones were those such as the pathetic TLW-Bascombe-Carragher-Gerrard alliance which disliked him essentially because he was not from Liverpool and because he did not show them and their pals the deference they thought they deserved. Tony Barrett is wrong to suggest that the supporters are united because Rafa has gone. The damage done to the club by the Rafa-haters (and now I will also include the national media from whom many of the loonies took their marching orders) is profound. I suspect that the club has lost some support. The lies, slander, personal insults and ethnic and nationalistic slurs on Rafa emanating from TLW and similar sources has left a burning sense of injustice. Tony Barrett was right to note that there is a new concentration on the owners. It is partly fuelled by Rafa's departure because those websites leading the charge against the owners are also Rafa supporters. But the main force behind the process is the growing realization that with Rafa gone there is nobody at the club willing enough or strong enough to oppose the owners and their stooges on the board.
  12. As a rabid hater yourself you should know. Your comment is nonsense. He showed weakness and bad judgement in not responding immediately. Torres reputation has been damaged by almost a week of worldwide headlines and discussion about Ferguson's comments that he is a cheat. The suggestion gained strength from the fact that there was no denial from LFC. Given the media's and your agenda-driven attempt to prove that Hodgson is somehow more classy than Rafa, the inference was drawn that Hodgson did not reply because he was too fair-minded to disagree with the cheating charge. Hodgson has responded now because he was strongly told or advised to do so, and because he has made a series of gaffs this week and needed to do some damage control, not because he controlled the situation as you laughingly suggest.
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    Hodgson quotes

    Rafa would have been cut to pieces on her for 70% of the things Hodgson has said about football. His several "political" comments including his particularly inept comments today about the protests, would have sent the TLW anti-Rafa loonies wild. Rafa was called arrogant and abrasive by the loonies for his relationship with the media yet Hodgson has hardly managed a press conference without becoming prickly. The initial media fawning is quickly turning to pity - which is worse than contempt. If he can't hold his tongue he should ask Rafa to give him a few pointers on how to turn a pithy phrase.
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    Will Roy last to christmas?

    Gerrard calling on "senior players" to step up. When Rafa said the same thing one third of the way through last season, Gerrad went on a season long sulk. Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard urges senior stars to step up following League Cup exit to Northampton Town - Goal.com
  15. He needs to learn how to put his arm around the players and ruffle their hair. He's too cold and stand-offish. Fancy saying "they deceived me"! If he's not careful Carragher and Gerrard will be sending text messages about him to Purslow and having a quiet word with Bascombe about how he's lost the dressing room.
  16. Your right it wasn't only the individuals who played. These are the reasons the club is in such a mess. 1. inept manager 2. too much player power - especially Gerrard and Carragher 3. media manipulative Acting Managing Director 4. insufficient funds
  17. It'd be good if we could say it about you, too.
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    Will Roy last to christmas?

    Broughton said he was hired to bring stability - a safe pair of hands. To be fair, the ship is now stable in the bottom half of the league and I for one believe he has a good shot at keeping us out of the bottom four.
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    Northampton

    Maybe Purslow should 'ave hired `arry instead.
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    Rafa's unfinished business here.

    I'm sure you did not intend to overlook the follow-up to the "Milito rebellion" story you posted. Rafa's team won 4-0 on Wednesday to go clear at the top. Milito scored two goals. Inter gain outright leadership on UEFA.COM
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    Northampton

    I was going to try to raise everyone's spirits by mentioning Rafa's magnificent 4-0 win tonight to put Inter clear at the top, but on second thoughts I think it would be gratuitous of me to interrupt the thread's finely balanced syllogistic discussion of racism and potatoes.
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    Rafa's unfinished business here.

    Its good to see your still following the minutia of Rafa's career. Why don't you join me in asking the ruling clique on TLW to swallow its bitterness and set up a stickie thread about Rafa - most on here including the anti-Rafa loonies, are still fascinated with him. Even Usher started a thread about Rafa removing a Mourinho poster at Inter - which turns out to have been a lie. As for your post about Millito - you selected it because you thought it showed Rafa in a bad light. The fact is that most supporters and press in Italy are in agreement that Millito has started the season out of form. Rafa has publicly supported him on numerous occasions claiming his form will return soon. Last week Millito proved him right by playing better although he missed a sitter. Rafa substituted him and Millito complained.
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    Purslow on LFC TV today

    He spent a large part of the interview selling himself - his expertise, his experience, his decisions. He does all this, he said because he loves the club. No mention of his 1.5 million pounds a year salary for a part-time job and his generous expenses, no mention of any bonus he may get if the club is sold or investments funds brought it. Also no questions or comments about his employment status - he is actually acting managing director. What is he doing about finding a permanent one for the club? He assumed the mantle of nobility in saying he has no contract and a new owner can sack him without compensation. But he had no say in that matter - it was the condition of his employment as an acting, part-time MD. What would be more interesting is a statement that he and the board will not make any decision to award themselves contracts, bonuses, life-long memberships or any other unusual benefits before a sale, or that,they will not offer to smooth purchase for any potential buyer in return for employment contracts and golden handshakes. Purslow worked assiduously to undermine Rafa through briefings to selected members of the press. He also tried to undermine his employers, the owners, in his meetings with SOS, and tried to wriggle out of what he said. He is not to be trusted.
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    Take Rafa back..

    Rafa is too good for some of the snivelling gits on here. The ruling clique on TLW go all puffed up in their self-importance because (gasp) they had links to Bascombe, a junior hack at the bottom of even the NoW totem pole, and (gasp) Carragher and Gerrard who hire Bascombe to write what they want him to write and have a similar relationship with TLW. In their over excitable and pathetic attempts to prove that they had some relevance, the barking dogs of TLW aligned themselves with the owners and their agent Purslow to lie about and insult Rafa and conduct what must be one of the most disgusting campaigns the club has ever seen. Events have proven that they are a very small minority of malcontents. Most genuine supporters in Liverpool and elsewhere appreciated Rafa and would happily have him back. But in the deep affection and respect they have for Rafa they don't want him back until the conditions are right for him - and that would mean the sacking of Brougton, Purslow and a change of ownership. Even with that most genuine supporters would want Rafa to do what is right for himself.
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