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  1. RedPaul

    New Super League to Rival CL - 11 Clubs Sign Up

    Football lost it's soul years ago, it's been about the money for a long time now. The powers that be give absolutely no shits for the fans and haven't done for an age, so all this bullshit rhetoric from the PL/UEFA/FA etc... is just that, complete bullshit, designed to try and get the fans of these breakaway clubs to kick off. And some will. I've never been a huge fan of the idea of a breakaway super league, but the amount of money that has flooded into the game the past 15-20 years; the toothless and completely ineffecitve FFP; the sportswashing of abusive regimes; the fantasy football plaything of an incredibly rich elite; the corruption that is undoubtedly prevalent in a football system that is so flooded with money (much of which has yet to be exposed); the ridiculous and for me immoral sums of money footballers earn these days; and the exploitation of ordinary working class fans for every last drop they can muster has caused me to lose a lot of love for the game. It's become detached from its roots and it doesn't care about the ordinary fan other than how much money it can make from them. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching us and still get far too passionate about it sometimes, have loved the energy and passion Klopp has for the game and the fan, but I'm not blind to the fact that football has lost its way (in my opinion), is heading in the wrong direction (for me), and is rapidly becoming a reality TV like farce, complete theatre rather than gripping sport, and so if we go the way of a super league, so be it. I have no love for the FA, UEFA, FIFA or the PL. They're only in it to enrich themselves anyway. Que sera sera.
  2. Has been the story of many games recenty...
  3. So careless and profligate in such good attacking positions! Still loads of time, but really got to take those kinds of chances at this level against teams like this. We've been far too profligate this season.
  4. We had enough good chances and good positions to be well ahead here. We seem to lack focus at crucial times, both in the final third and sometimes in defence, with por passes, poor shooting technique or bad keeping/defending. It's plagued us for about a year now, with a just a few performances at the standard we previously set. And then we have the farce that is VAR which is completely ruining the joy of footbball for me. Trying to find a part of the body that might be offside when the player is leaning into his run. It should be based on foot position only.
  5. Madrid chatting up the ref. Nice.
  6. Shocking lack of intensity again for whatever reason. Such a jekyll and hyde team at the moment. Are they just in awe playing Real Madrid? So frustrating, where is the famous Klopp high tempo performance? So many mistakes, no chances created. Madrid could have had more.
  7. RedPaul

    Jurgen Norbert Klopp

    He's obviously going through some very tough times in his personal life, you can tell from his general demeanour. He needs a break at the very least for the sake of his own health.
  8. Have to admit, with all of our injuries, the inconsistent form, a tired looking team mentally, I'm not exactly looking forward to this early kick off with a Manc ref! But we will still put out a side with great players, and maybe with the news during the week, we will put in a good performance like those against Spurs and West Ham.
  9. RedPaul

    Spurs (A) 28/1/21 - Premier League - 20:00

    Firmino getting pulled all over the place, yet another ridiculous decision
  10. Teams just pack the box against us, throw men in front of shots and crosses, and our generally slow and ponderous football at the moment just can't break it down. Our passing is inaccurate at times and a number of players struggling for form. Very frustrating, but we will have to find a way through this
  11. RedPaul

    Liverpool 0 Manchester United 0 (Jan 17 2021)

    I think two incredible, but highly intense (in terms of continued effort on the pitch) seasons is taking its toll. I also agree that stadiums without fans has dulled our instinct and intensity to some degree and made football less enjoyable for both fans and players alike. For me, the slight decline in performance started after the March lockdown, the players knew they had run away with the league and after all that effort over the previous two or three seasons they had reached the pinnacle, achieved their destiny. For me it was inevitable there would be some kind of drop off. Signing Jota masked that as he arrived with amazing enthusiasm and hit the ground running, scoring goals and generally looking a brilliant signing. He inspired the team to reach some of the peaks we had in the previous seasons, but for some of the players the performances were already starting to become a little inconsistent. Losing Van Dijk and Thiago so early was bad and we have been hit by further injuries and poor officiating which has now probably now also taken it's toll on the players. It feels like there is a little negativity around the club and no fans to challenge the players to move beyond it. This run of games was going to happen and we are comparing the team to the amazing heights they have reached in previous seasons, understandable as we know what they have been capable of, but perhaps a little unfair given how much they have put out there on the pitch for 2/3 years. Every squad needs to be freshened up regularly and we did that to some extent. If we hadn't lost so many players early on (including the new players we brought in), and who knows what effect covid might have had on some of the players (in terms of overall fitness/energy), then perhaps we would be in a better position right now. However, we are in a bit of a rut and the front three are definitely struggling for form. I have been getting very frustrated with our slow attacking and often toothless play and yearn for the quick, incisive interchanges in the final third that we know they are capable of producing. I am sure it will return and we have shown it in patches like the Palace game, but I am half expecting this inconsistent run to continue for a bit longer. I hope I am wrong as, as you rightly say, it's no fun watching this on the telly.
  12. I hate this f'king rule where the game continues even when the player is clearly offside and is eventually flagged as such. What's the point!?
  13. RedPaul

    Villa (A) - FA Cup - 8/1/2021 - 19:45

    This is more like it! No mercy!
  14. RedPaul

    Villa (A) - FA Cup - 8/1/2021 - 19:45

    Slow, predictable, lacking any intensity. What's happened to us, where's the pace, movement, speed, skill and incision? Sideways passing, slow, easy to predict and then a looped cross with hardly anyone in the centre to meet the cross, or easy for the opposition goalkeeper to collect, if not overhit. It's like watching a completely different team to the past two seasons. Feels like we are holding back. Where is the heavy metal football? Feels like they are walking through treacle. Like they've all got covid on the brain. No imagination. Am not usually one to overreact, but the players really need to start playing like the champions they are.
  15. Fulham deserve their lead, full of energy, running, strength, first to the ball. We're making mistakes, bad decisions and looking very lethargic. No wonder Klopp is raging.
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