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    RAWK: a warning from history

    It is excellent, pretty much the only thing I can stand to read on there though. Photoshop thread can be quite funny sometimes too, but I'll only have a look if I am really really bored.
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    Football kits show and tell: The Best and the Worst

    I've seen this one posted on here before, and whilst it may not be the best, its one of the funniest
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    Football kits show and tell: The Best and the Worst

    This Juve one is pretty bad
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    Football kits show and tell: The Best and the Worst

    My favourite Liverpool kits are probably the 86 double winning shirt (my first), the first Champions league special by Reebok, and the one the collar that Bellamy used to cut off This Boca one from 2001 is one of my favourites from other teams Unfortunately for me I got it when I was there in 2002, which was the same kit, but they changed their sponsor from the biggest selling beer in South America to Pepsi Liked the Barce Turquiose one too And being half Jamaican, I love this one, although the problem I have with this one is that basically I am so light skinned, I look white, so have had a few funny looks. I was out wearing it years back and decided to go to the cinema to see the Ali G film, in which Ali G also wears one, have to say I felt a bit embarrassed when I left!
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    I did say he could still be of use, but I think it would be better for his development at this stage in his career, and thus better for us in the long term, to play more games more regularly. We've already got Spearing, Henderson and Adam to play those games, and who will need to play themselves if they are not first choice, and we can promote from the reserves to cover them, it would be good for Coady or Suso to get a game for instance. I would perhaps keep Shelvey for the qualifying stages of the Europa League, then send him off.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    Although he could still be useful for us, I would like Shelvey to go on loan and get the benefit of a full season playing more regularly. Perhaps Swansea or West Brom might be interested as we now have good contacts there, otherwise I reckon Blackpool would have him back, he could go there until the New Year and then see if he could get the 2nd half of the season at a Prem team.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    Only need to press when we don't have the ball, and if we have it for 55-60%of the game, then he only needs to press for 35-40mins...
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    Read a few articles about him the week after a dubious source linked us, sounds class and would be a good foil to Lucas, but could perhaps cover for him as well if his defensive side is as good as the reports said (I can't open Youtube at work, so not seen him yet). Also sounds like he might not want to leave just yet. World Soccer Talent Scout: Jordy Clasie | World Soccer Jordy Clasie – Xavi in De Kuip - Netherlands The ‘Dutch Xavi’ Jordy Clasie – from 'physically too weak’ to Euro 2012 candidate within six months - Goal.com
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    Whilst his scouting network should be established, I'd have thought they would have been scouting at a different end of the market to us.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    According to the OPTA stats I've got, he attempted 176 tackles, and he won 125. Mascherano attempted 178 and won 144. Always possible that the different firms that record these things define a tackle differently though. Here's an interesting stat from last season. 6'1" tall Diame attempted an arial duel every 72.5 minutes, of which he won 45.5%. 5'6" Spearing attempted an arial duel more often at 1 every 68.5 minutes, of which he won a higher % at 47.4%.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    I am having a look at some stats now, might put something together. Would prob be on the MF though on the Lucas thread I started. Non-mumbers are missing some fantastic statistical analyses I am doing, worth signing up for alone...
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    I think Wilson signed a 3 year contract, so only a year left. We need to decide if we want to extend it or let him go now I think.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    There were rumours in January as well. He had some kind of heart issue, but was cleared to continue playing by specialists. Has played just over 40 games in each of the last 2 seasons
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    Seeing as we are discussing players that we would like to see signed, I think Loic Remy from what I have seem (admittedly litlle) and read of him could fit in very well. I think he would suit playing on the right of a front three, and add some pace and directness that we are sometimes missing, and could also be used as the central striker if needed, killing 2 birds with 1 stone. Suarez, Carroll and Remy would have a bit of everything. A 1 in 2 striker who Spurs are looking at for £20m. Go get him Brendan!!
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    LFC approach Wigan for martinez

    I'm not going to fully quote the list of transfers, because to be honest I found it hard to read, which might be because I've had a day in the sun, did a lot of driving, and have now had a few beers, but Bruce and Martinez did not work on similar budgets. But just going from your numbers, if I have read them right, Bruce had a net spend of about half a million, Martinez's net spend is negative £10m, how is that similar?!? Your numbers are confirmed by Swiss Ramble in his blog from last year, with the numbers taken from the annual reports, although it does not include last season. The Swiss Ramble: Wigan Athletic's Unlikely Survival This table shows the transfer spend, just look at the transfer income of £15m, and remind ourselves it was Martinez's first season. Yes the next season he spends more in one season than any other manager, but it is not even half of what he brought in the season before. I think it should also be pointed out that in Bruce's last season, his net spend was heavily affected by the January sales of Palacios and Heskey. From what I can gather Bruce's net spending the summer before that season was about £7m. At the end of Jan, after 24 games, Wigan were in 7th on 33 points. They then had a big net transfer income in January, but finished the season in 11th on 45 points. So 12 points from the 14 games before Martinez came in. Martinez did not get to spend the money that was brought in in January. The next thing to look at is wages, which is the biggest single predictor of final league position. This table shows that wages dropped by almost £3m after Martinez came in. Before anyone says its still more than Bruce got spend on wages in 2008, we need to remember its all relative, and that a new TV package for the Prem was signed from the 2009/10 season, which was 5% higher, so the other clubs were spending more on wages when Wigan were spending less. If we compare Wigan to the teams they compete against from 2009/10 to 2010/11 (taken from here Revealed: the financial health of the Premier League laid bare - Telegraph, last season's figures won't be available until next season), Wigan went from £39.4m to £39.9m, Wolves went from £30m to £38m, Blackburn from £47m to £50m, Bolton from £46m to £56m, Stoke from £45m to £47m, West Ham from £54m to £56m, Fulham from £49m to £58m. So Wigan have gone backwards on wages since Bruce left, whilst everyone else has been spending more, and Martinez has had a net transfer nicome of about £10m. So whether you think Martinez is good enough or not, lets at least stop with these comparisons with Bruce as they were simply not under the same conditions.
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    André Villas Boas (Manager)

    As a non member, you've unfortunately missed my excellent analysis of Lucas this season. It was worth the annual subs alone. Here's a snippet for you. This season in the Prem, 57% of all Lucas' passes were actually forwards and only 9% backwards. If you want to compare it to players in similar roles, Parker played only 40% of passes forwards and 13% backwards, Tiote played 43% forwards and 15% backwards, Mikel played 47% fowards and 10% backwards, and Barry 50% fowards and 10% backwards. When it comes to playing balls from outside in to the final third of the pitch, 17.8% of Lucas' balls were into the final third, compared to 10.1% of Parker's, 14.0% of Mikel's, 14.8% of Tiote's and 16.5% of Barry's. Stats don't prove everything, but they do prove that to say the he never plays the ball forwards is clearly bollocks, as the majority of passes are in fact forwards. If I get time, I'll look at a comparison against the other midfielders we have, although the comparison is only really valid compared to Spearing as the other play in a different area of the pitch.
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    Kuyt wants to stay

    Was reported yesterday with a slightly different emphasis Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt snubs interest from Feyenoord | Football | guardian.co.uk Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt snubs interest from Feyenoord • Liverpool forward believes move would be a step back • Kuyt is unwilling to dramatically lower his wages The Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has ruled out a return to Feyenoord in the immediate future because he feels it would be a step back in his career. The 31-year-old Holland international is almost certain to leave Anfield this summer after struggling to hold down a first-team place under the manager Kenny Dalglish. Last month, Kuyt was seen having talks with the Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel, prompting reports he would sign for the Rotterdam club. However, although the player admits he considered a move back to his former club, he believes he still has much to offer a top European side. "The fact I held talks with Feyenoord indicates I wanted to give it a serious chance," he told AD Sportwereld. "But in many ways the gap is too great at this moment in time. If I returned to Holland, I would have to take an 80% cut in my Liverpool wages. "If you are 35 or 36, you know your career is almost done. But I'm only 31 and in the prime of my life. I still have two or three years left at the top. I still have the ambition and fitness to play at the highest level, a club in a major competition or a big club with European ambitions." Translation from a Dutch report probably using Google translate would explain the poor English in his quotes from the other article
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    Coates was a curveball as well. In fact, Bellamy wasn't until pretty late in the day either
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    Holloway or Allardyce

    Holloway is always very respectful and complimentary about both Liverpool and Kenny, so Blackpool by a mile Also we seem to be building a good relationship with them, so we could loan them a couple of young players next season and they'd get Prem experience, someone like Flannagan or even Shelvey again if we get another CM
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    I like Dembele. I see him as an attacking midfielder/forward, but I wonder if he could play in CM alongside Lucas. He would add some skill and speed into the middle of the park, but I've never watched him for his defensive skills, so am not sure.
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    Jay Spearing - what are you?

    What are you on about, he started 7 games including a play off game and had 2 as a sub! We do need another midfielder who can play alongside Lucas and cover him if injured again, but Spearing is a squad player, one who will always do his best when called upon. Utd have been using similar types of players of similar quality who have come through their ranks for years, they've just had more quality alongside them.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    With Aurelio's contract coming to an end, Robinson will be our number 2 LB next season, and with us being in the Europa there should be plenty of chances for him to get a game here. If he could get 10-15 games here next season, that would be pretty good for a 19 year old. If we let him go on loan, we would then need to get someone else in as cover for Enrique, which will cost a bit of money, be it transfer fee, signing on fee (so you'd probably be looking at a 2 year contract at least) or loan fee (can't see someone good enough coming to us on loan to sit on our bench though). So whilst it might be better for him personally to go on loan, I think in this situation, we need him here more. Be a good move for Flannagan though.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    In the article linked above, and another I have also seen, it says Dollars, so $9m is about £5.6m at current rates.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    I agree in general with what you are saying, but whats the point in buying both Hoilett and Moses when we have Sterling who needs to start getting games for his development? Perhaps its because you have forgotten Bellamy from your squad, as he would surely be one of the wide forwards. I also think we need someone like Rodwell, but he will be overpriced for how good he actually is, and there is probably much better value out there, even if they are more expensive such as M'vila or Martinez.
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