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  1. coachpotato

    VAR Thoughts?

    I think this is the important point. Ashley Young was noted for knocking the ball past a player, going into a dive and “initiating contact” and got away with it for ages. He wasn’t, and isn’t, the only one. It was obvious from the replays that Barnes pushed his foot down onto Allison to get, or exaggerate, contact and it was, arguably, the only contact that was made. If exaggeration is the case, or whenever contact is initiated, it shouldn’t be a penalty in my eyes. The problem is whoever is making the decision through VAR will have their own definition of what is deliberate contact or not. And we know how that has gone in the recent past.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    Baz, I agree with your comments to a large extent and appreciate you have been as vociferous as anyone else on here. I think the big difference this time though is Klopp has come out openly and said he’s not being backed, whereas before he’s kept his countenance. That marks a change for the worse for me and if FSG can let it get this far, perhaps they need a gee up from somewhere that they’re, once again, making the wrong decision.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    I also have been somewhat reluctant to overly criticise the current owners, especially as it wasn’t too long ago that Hicks and Gillet were doing their best to ruin us, and they came along and acquired us to take us out of that shite. Now though, after Klopp has said publicly that he let it be known that a centre half would be required, and got fucked off, they deserve to be pulled about why it is exactly they can’t afford for us to buy what Klopp wants, after all, he’s brought about as much financial success on the pitch as has been possible over the last 3 years as you can get. I don’t want to switch on the TV to find Klopp has walked because they wouldn’t back him when he feels we needed strengthening. Maybe it’s time SOS or similar got in touch and let it be known there’s growing disquiet amongst the troops.
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    Burnley (H) Premier League - 21/1/21 - 20:00

    Have to say I didn’t like Klopp’s demeanour both on the line and during his post match interview. He looked bewildered to me, and was clearly exasperated about what was going on during the game. His spat with Dyche was probably what goes on between managers more than we think, but usually he laughs at them, as he did at Mourinho when he claimed the better team lost. That he took the blame on himself was standard manager speak for when you’re trying to protect your players. I hope this isn’t getting to him too much and he decides a break is what he needs.
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    Burnley (H) Premier League - 21/1/21 - 20:00

    Maybe the secret is to hammer it low and hard across the box, the grocks can’t adjust their feet as quickly and you’ve more chance of a ricochet going in, which quite frankly, I’d take at the moment.
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    Burnley (H) Premier League - 21/1/21 - 20:00

    Lots of chickens coming home to roost at the moment, and just like Watford ending the unbeaten run last season, it was odds on it would be some no mark team to beat us and end the undefeated run at home. We still have the players that have been brilliant over recent seasons, but we can’t put them on the pitch at the same time for a variety of reasons, mainly injuries, and may not be able to do that at all this season. There is no doubt whatsoever though that not buying from a position of strength has badly affected our ability to keep up, and I hope that our owners realise, very quickly, that their “asset”won’t be as valuable out of the top four at attracting the talent required to keep their “asset”increasing in value as they would like. Blaming it on the Coach is the usual fall back when things go tits up, but unless there’s a genius like Klopp somewhere else that I haven’t heard of, that route isn’t likely to bring them any improvement either. They have 10 days to make a start in getting the balance of this team back where it needs to be, or it might be more than this season that gets written off.
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    Burnley (H) Premier League - 21/1/21 - 20:00

    Burnley must spend hours practising heading away crosses and flinging themselves in front of shots, they are World Class at it.
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    Burnley (H) Premier League - 21/1/21 - 20:00

    All the PED factories have been commandeered to make the Covid vaccine.
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    Burnley (H) Premier League - 21/1/21 - 20:00

    Burnley full of grocks, maybe that’s why Minamino isn’t in? Shop window is only open for another 10 days so maybe Jurgen is hoping a couple might attract buyers? Plus we’ve got United on Sunday so maybe, just maybe, we could be looking at trying to win the FA Cup, or at least beating the mancs as a priority?
  10. All the reasons given in the previous posts have some validity. Tiredness, lack of cover, injuries, VAR, referees etc. etc.. It isn’t one single thing that’s causing the obvious slump in form which has been going on since we confirmed the title really, and let’s not kid ourselves, we know we haven’t been right since then. Had that been the case, that it was one thing, I’m sure Klopp would’ve come up with a solution. How we deal with things going forwards is, I believe, two fold. Firstly we need players in to stop us having to play square pegs in round holes, so at minimum, one CB and a striker. Secondly, we need the crocked players back. The problem is we aren’t likely to see the first happening, and the second will only happen in time for next season probably in Virgil’s case. This season appears to have been written off unless there’s a sudden (and extremely unexpected) loosening of the purse strings for new players, if they are out there. It is what it is and the frustrating thing for us as supporters is that we can see that there’s nobody better out there, other than City, maybe, who could challenge should we improve even 10% more than we are currently.
  11. coachpotato

    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Then I missed that. I stand corrected
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Rooney was a very very good striker, his goals record backs that up. Taking aside that he only really pulled on an Everton or United shirt in his career (apart from England as well) the one thing I felt he could have helped with, given the almost god like position he had at old toilet, was the enmity between us and them. He perpetuated it, despite being a scouser, and I think had he made a subtle reference to the shite Ferdinand, Neville et al were coming out with, then I’d think a lot more of him today than I do.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    That video of the United v Arsenal game shows up a lot of things. As I recall it, Arsenal were no shrinking violets either, so a video of outtakes by an Arsenal website can’t really be taken as unbiased. Having said that, and given Clattenberg’s comments yesterday, is it any surprise that with Riley in charge of the referees we’re getting nothing from them? Sunday might be a VAR-fest like no other, I think we could be doing well to get a draw, whereas without any thoughts of any skullduggery, we could still beat them, even given our injuries. Is that a conspiracy filled, hysterical fanny like reaction too far? Hopefully it will turn out to be.
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    Too nice?

    It’s not been our way for years, apart from the odd player or incident. Generally we get on with things and hardly ever crowd the ref, you can see Hendo having a go sometimes, Milly too, but they usually get waved away. It’s not something I like to see from our players, but Corinthian values don’t get you a penalty when you’ve been illegally tackled and stayed on your feet or get one of the opposition sent off when you get straight up after being brought down.....again. The behaviour of the team reflects how they are coached and for that Klopp should be applauded and the officials know who the cunts are and who aren’t. That they condone the cunts says a lot about how the game in this country has gone.
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    VAR Thoughts?

    That Oliver has come out now and admitted his shortcomings in not sending Pickford off is, I feel, somewhat suspicious. Normally these things are kept muted. He wouldn’t have said this without the PGMOL knowing or perhaps even condoning it surely? I can’t help feeling the timing, with us playing United next, is too convenient. Perhaps I’m looking too much into it, but it’ll be interesting to see how the decisions go on Sunday, I won’t be holding my breath about who gets any contentious decisions though.