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    RIP Peter Robinson

    As much an influence on what we have today as anyone else in the Clubs history. RIP Mr Robinson.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Plucky display by Brighton and a deserved point. Calmer play in the Chelsea half and area and they should’ve took the three points. Lamptey took the piss out of Alonso all night and I thought he looked very useful. Wonder how Tuchel explains this away.
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    Man City - the new bitters?

    There’s a world of difference between calculating what could happen and what is likely to happen for the rest of the season. True, if we beat them, we need them to drop 5/6 more points than we will and, presumably Chelsea won’t have a perfect record either to overtake us both should we drop enough points for that to happen. The only possible way I can envisage them dropping points is if they end up having to make enough changes to concentrate on, what I believe is, the holy grail of the CL, and in doing that they drop points that way. Still a massive ask and the head says they’ll win it by a distance even if the heart won’t give it up until it’s mathematically certain. The Champions League though, now that’s another matter……..
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    January 2022 Transfer Thread

    He hasn’t got the best right foot in the world, but I do like Ward-Prowse. It would have been interesting to see how he might have been if Klopp had have got him a few years ago.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Why are we worrying about what is happening at Everton? The time to worry is if they ever ask themselves “What would the Everton Board do?” They plainly haven’t been doing that any time in the recent past. Long may it continue.
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    Liverpool 0 Arsenal 0 (Jan 13 2022)

    Sadly accurate report. It was one of those games where you knew early on we probably wouldn’t score. As soon as Xhaka was sent off and they went 5 at the back, I was looking for us to change the 3 defensive midfielders we had and add a bit more positivity and attacking threat. It didn’t happen until way too late and Arsenal, yes Arsenal, had played themselves into a semi decent defending block who looked as though they were happy to put themselves in the firing line to keep it to nil. No point in repeating who was playing shite as there were times when every one of our players made simple basic mistakes, apart from Matip. The lads who came on improved us a bit, but I expect many of us left thinking we should have kept the kids in the team. That’s the most damning thing that can be said, and while any team is entitled to have an off day, we really can’t afford them if we’re to pick any silverware up this season. I don’t expect Arsenal to be as good defensively as last night, or us to be so turgid and so next Thursday could still see us through, it’s only half time as they say! But we need to get the sluggishness out of the way against Brentford, who’ll have seen that performance and Salah and Mane away and will be thinking we’re there for the taking, and I’m not just talking about the players either, for pretty much the first time I thought Klopp was at fault last night in not making changes as quickly as Arteta did and it could have made a big difference if he had.
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    The 97

    Very well done series. Maxine Peake is a fabulous actress and was brilliant in the role. Tough watch at times though, and brought back feelings of sadness and of course, anger. Don’t mind admitting there were a few tears being brushed away. I had a mate a few years ago who was a copper in Merseyside Police, he’s a Blue too, but a pretty sound lad. We only ever talked about Hillsborough once, several years after it happened, and he said to me that they were trained to treat crowds, particularly football crowds, as a “fluid force”, that if you stopped the flow at one point, then it would flow around you to another point, but that it was their job to anticipate and counter the flow becoming dangerous to the public. I remember he said that they’d plainly got it wrong at Hillsborough, and he was always uncomfortable with how the West Midlands and South Yorkshire Police forces had gone about their “duties” afterwards. He also said Bettison was disliked and couldn’t understand how he’d been appointed Chief of Merseyside Police. Sadly, we’ve all known for decades what went on, and I will never forgive the slimy cover up from our so called betters that caused so many years of hurt and angst for everyone affected by it.
  8. Good points there, I also feel Jones has stalled somewhat and possibly because he’s been asked to play a more “safe” game? Certainly his performances have changed, but I’m not savvy enough to say exactly why.
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    The Garth Crooks Wisdom Thread

    I suppose doing his Team of the Week keeps him busy.
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    The 97

    There are still those who believe the Earth is flat. Not a big jump to realise there’ll always be some who believe they know better than the actual truth and proven facts. Or who just have an agenda and always will have.
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    Unsung Players/Notable Opponents

    Keith Weller at Leicester, liked him a lot, think he may have got a handful of England caps but was a good player.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Has done that in every game he’s played in so far. Been booked once I think.
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    Leicester (A) - Tue 28th Dec 2021 (8:00pm)

    An off night all round. Can’t afford too many of them, or draws. Not over yet, but starting to look like almost perfection is going to be required if much more of this goes on, City unlikely to be leaving too much wriggle room. Next.
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    Man City - the new bitters?

    Their best eleven and our best eleven, currently, are very even. They too are capable of having “off” days/nights as we did against Leicester last night. They have an obvious financial advantage when it comes to buying and maintaining a large squad, which is one of the main reasons, over a season, where they should edge it over us, depending on how injuries and suspensions affect each squad. We can’t afford to have too many of either, they can because they just bring in another similar player and carry on. The only other difference that I perceive is they are more ruthless than we are, which could be construed as other teams rolling over more for them than us, but I don’t think it’s just that. There’s a coldness and aggressive streak to them such that they rarely take their foot off the gas at 3 or 4 goals up, they destroy teams, not just outplay them. It could be a reflection on their coach and his outlook, whereas our coach doesn’t give the impression of being cold and ruthless. All in all, it is a minor miracle that we have lived with them for several seasons now, where all the other teams in the PL haven’t. We’re still more feared in Europe I suspect, by the big hitters, than they are, but that might change when they win their first CL, and they will at some point, because ultimately, that is why vast amounts of money still get thrown at them. Hopefully they’ll have to wait a little while longer for it to happen. I also agree that the ESL hasn’t gone away and is more likely to happen the longer City and their likes turn domestic and international competitions into Scottish football.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Mings doing a respectable impersonation of a shop window dummy there, doubt if Lukaku has scored an easier headed goal.
  16. Have to say that was the game I’ve most enjoyed seeing so far this season. Even at 0-2 & 1-3 I thought if we just cut out the silly mistakes we could salvage it, and so it proved. A couple of the youngsters were out of sorts, (nerves maybe?) and unfortunately were punished for mistakes, but I’m sure they’ll benefit from the experience of playing before a packed ground generating, what has to be said, a great atmosphere, stimulated in part by the Leicester scruffs crowing far too early and then getting their arses handed to them. The difference when the three experienced players came on was marked, and without Salah and Mane showed that maybe we won’t struggle as much as first thought when they go to the AFCON. Leicester we’re cynical in their time wasting and feigning injury, and I think it’s a pattern we’re beginning to see from teams who play us at the moment, tactics meant to frustrate and break rhythms, as they don’t have the players or tactics to do anything else. That’s where referees should bring their authority to bear and I felt the ref last night gave us a little bit of the benefit sometimes because of Leicester’s shithousery. A really good night for us and for football, the right result for the right team. Merry Christmas Reds.
  17. I can remember the days of Jack Taylor when many English referees were regarded as the best in the world, and we seem to have fallen way below those standards in recent years. A few years ago I was involved in youth football and took a referees course because quite often there wouldn’t be enough refs to go around and you’d end up officiating yourself for half a game while the opposing coach would do the other half. It struck me then that refs were always on a hiding to nothing and I didn’t like criticising them because, having had the experience, I knew you were never right in some peoples eyes. When VAR came along, I thought that it would make the officials lot much easier as surely it would allow the correct decision to be arrived at in the end. I still think VAR as a concept is right, but all that has happened is that it has shown up how shite some of our officials are and how inept they are at reading games, not to mention that some of the appointments made and decisions arrived at have made them look corrupt. Jack Taylor will be spinning in his grave.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    They certainly bring up their youngsters with one eye on the diving too. Dobbins first game and he was booked for simulation, just like the other kid should have been against us. DCL isn’t averse to toppling easily and the less said about Richarlison the better. But cheers Rafa for nicking a point.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Everton FC - “Getting it Right since 1878”
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    Formula One...

    I don’t usually watch F1 as I think it is more the cars than the drivers these days, and it has tracks which don’t allow for racing skills to influence races. But today I was surprised five (?) cars were allowed through to leave Verstappen immediately behind Hamilton, and even more surprised that the eleven second lead Hamilton had before the safety car was deployed wasn’t re-established by the stewards before Verstappen was allowed to chase him. He’d worked hard for that lead and, in my opinion, should have had it back before the race restarted. Maybe that’s naive of me, but wouldn’t it be fairer to have it that way?
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    Other Football 2021/22

    What’s that I hear wafting over Stanley Park………”null and void, null and void, nu…..”
  22. That was a great game to get out of the way, and have 3 points at the end of. Gerrard did as much as he could with what he had available to him, only his 5th game don’t forget, and it’s always easier to try and frustrate us than go toe to toe, and he will have known that. How he will play with better quality players at his disposal will only be clear when he has them. Thankfully he didn’t pull off the draw that he wanted, but also, we were poor at times all over the pitch and struggled as we sometimes do when presented with this kind of challenge, and also with some really poor officiating, and it’s frustrating that we don’t put these kinds of teams to the sword as City tend to do. Something of a blip these last two games then, but two clean sheets and 6 points is title winning form.
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    Nathaniel Phillips

    I think he’s fucking boss. Proper footballer. Limited? Sure. Klopp knows his limitations and I bet he’d love to see him stay, but won’t stand in his way if he’s got the chance of more first team action elsewhere. Sadly.
  24. Where are the traffic cones?? Won’t believe it’s happening until there are traffic cones a La BMD.