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  1. Once we had the first 20 minutes out of the way we played possibly the best football we've seen this season, even allowing that it was Portsmouth who were the opposition. Almost a year to the day from the famous (infamous?) " The shackles are off" comment by Gerrard after the Madrid game, I though I detected more of the kind of attitude we've hoped to see from some of our players this season. Now it might just be several coincidences rolling into one, but it'll be interesting to see whether the same attitude, team etc are evident in the Lille and manc games.
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    SOS membership

    I am a member. I believe that SOS are doing as well as they can in the circumstances and am tired of people who compare them with the manc crowd, who are better funded and have tacit approval from higher up people at old trafford it seems. I will continue my support by renewing my membership.
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    Rhone group in talks over 100mil takeover.

    I'm no financial expert, but it strikes me that we're about to enter a period of manoeuvering for position by interested parties. I've always thought that there'd be a queue of buyers around Anfield if we came up for sale again and it was down to the 2 chancers to decide how much they were happy to walk away with as a profit. Now it looks as though they are possibly panicking that unless they get someone interested, and quick, they might end up with very little given that failure to finish in the top 4 would seriously affect future income. Like him or not I think Purslow will have a big influence on who we next get as owners and I only hope, being a died in the wool Red (?), he's able to use any influence he has to ensure it's people who will take us forwards, unlike the present "custodians". Have to say I was relieved to read this from Nino (if it's not Spanish Paper Bollocks of course) said Torres in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS. ‘To be competitive, we need four or five top-class players, better than are here now. Without reinforcements we will be battling again to make fourth place. I want to be competing next year to win the League and the Champions’ League or Europa League, but that will mean bringing in signings.’ Read more: Liverpool set to keep hold of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres after £100m investment offer | Mail Online
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    If any SOS members read this..

    Most mancs I know (I know, I know) view us in the same light on this subject as we view Everton over the groundshare. They just think we can't organise our own protests well enough and are trying to jump onto their better financially backed bandwagon. Wonder what they'd have been saying had we carried on from last season?
  5. It's a pity we don't play on paper. united have an attitude of mind when they play other teams that we used to have back in the day. They believe they will win games and play accordingly, it scares the crap out of 80% of the teams they play and as such they have an advantage before a ball is kicked. Not counting the psychological advantage they have over officials who don't seem to like upsetting them too much.
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    Who's Going To Finish Fourth?

    Did a quick glance at each run in of the obvious challengers (not Brum or the Blue Noses) and noted down the points for each. Had Villa over Us over City over Spurs. Think Villa have the easier run in by far.
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    European Cup Finals

    Hadn't long been married in 77, couldn't afford it. Mrs CP went in 78 and 84. I went in 81 and 85. Had 2 kids by end of June 1985. All 4 of us went in 2005 (Far too long a story). Me and the lad went in 2007.
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    West Ham match boycott

    But they already have season ticket holders cash in their pockets LP.
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    West Ham match boycott

    Wouldn't a walk out be just as noticeable? Supporters arrive at different times but once they are in the ground, they could all walk out together. Perhaps 20 minutes before the end of a game as a tester? As far as the colours thing goes, don't Madrid/Barcelona wave white handkerchiefs when they aren't happy with the teams performance? I know white tends to mean surrender in our culture but it'd be much more noticeable than black.
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    What is wrong with our team?

    I don't think he is sulking, I think he's realised the season is a write off and he's not going to go full pelt and end up injured before the World Cup. Might also be the reason one or two others appear not to be arsed.
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    Manuel Pellegrini

    There isn't a manager/coach in the world who's good enough to come to Anfield unless they can win us the League in 2 to 3 seasons. That's the kind of pressure anyone would be under if they accepted the job. It's the worst job in the world for having your every move dissected and criticised apart from, possibly, Real Madrid. But there's something in the way the players are at the moment that appears to be terminal, and when that happens it's only a matter of time until change happens. I already feel sorry for the one who signs on the dotted line after Rafa goes.
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    Losing My Religion?

    Every post on this thread should be sent to the Club and RBS. That way they might start to realise that unless they get the club out of the mess it's in on and off the field, there'll be no club for them to leech money and support from. Some great and sad feelings in this, from people who deserve much better for their loyalty and faith.
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    Rafa opinion poll

    I don't like to see any LFC manager sacked, i'd much prefer he would walk if we don't qualify for the CL or win the Europa League. He should know when it's time if he's got any understanding of the Club and us supporters. But this situation can't continue.
  14. 1. Mascherano 2. Kyrgiakos 3. ?
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    Exactly. Overall I think we're mainly a loyal bunch, I believe even the "anti-Rafa" brigade don't wish the fella any harm and, I dare say, would prefer him leaving to be on much more positive terms than would be the case if he went soon. I can't comprehend whether the way in which the team plays is ALL down to the manager. He might well decide on the tactics before a game but surely, as professionals, the players MUST know when it's not working? Do they then blindly play on regurgitating the same old crap, or do they decide to change it (shackles off?) and be more positive? Are they that scared of Rafa that they carry on regardless? I could handle us getting beat by some teams if we were more positive, but the dross we're producing in all our games, win, draw or lose, at the moment is inexplicable compared to the performances last seasons end with pretty much the same players.
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    This debacle of a season goes on, and although i've said all along that Rafa should be given the chance until the end of the season to turn things around, now i'm not so sure. I can't comprehend why he keeps trying to fit our players into unfamiliar positions (whether they play there well or not) as this reduces our effectiveness every time. Play to your strengths is a saying that has always rung true, so how does playing Mascherano out of position work? Had Rafa decided to throw caution to the wind and throw in the youngsters he'd have been bollocked by some for taking risks, unless of course it had worked out (a la Moyes/Ferguson/Wenger) personally i'd have gone with it as at least it could construed as being seen to have a go and put some of the wastrels we have as "first team" players under pressure for their positions. But I don't get the square pegs in round holes we saw last night in Kuyt and Mascherano when Johnson and Riera for instance were both on the bench. If you're fit enough for the bench, you're fit enough to start or you shouldn't be htere. He's thinking far too defensively and it's killing us. The players have to take some of the blame as well though as we should have given Wigan more of a game than we did regardless.
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    Wigan Away - Match Thread

    There'll be at least one sending off tonight. This feels like Portsmouth away all over again.
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    Couldn't agree more, the Prospective MP is a Newbint as the incumbent is *ahem* stepping down, so i'm hoping she'll be dead keen to take up the cudgels and get some brownie points. Won't hurt trying.
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    Our prospective MP (the ones you don't see from one election to the next) has sent the usual flyer around asking for my vote. It has a freepost address so you can send in any points or issues you want addressing. I don't know how common this is but given that the post is free, and it only takes a couple of minutes and an envelope to complete, i'll be sending a reply along the lines of RBS is existing because of my (our) tax money being invested in it, and i'm not happy that my (our) bank is continuing to prop up Waldorf and Stadtler's ownership of my (our) football club, so what are you going to do about it Prospective MP? Might not make any difference, but it's another angle?
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    Technical question

    I used to tell those who were bothering to listen that if you looked at where you wanted the ball to go first, then planted your standing foot alongside the ball pointing in that direction, then if you hit through the ball with your laces and kept your head down it'd go somewhere near. Laces were always at the top of your foot in those days mind! At an amateur level all you want to do, given that the 'keepers were/are also amateur, is get the ball on target and make the 'keeper work.
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    Checo Corner.

    This. The kid doesn't seem to have an attitude problem, something a few "first team stars" could do with adopting.
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    Rooney off to Spain ????

    What is there to keep him at the theatre of shite? He's won everything there is to win there. I could see him going to Real or Barca for a few years and then back to the woodyard to finish his career off.
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    Macclesfield boss dies

    Always struck me as a "proper" football man. Younger than me as well. Scary, and sad.
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    1st March 2010

    "The idea that Liverpool and Manchester United fans will walk down the same road together is never going to happen." Maybe not but, fuck, would it get noticed.