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  1. Jairzinho

    Strong words from Bascombe

    A once grand ballroom that fell into disrepair, it was a location where ladies of a certain vintage relived their golden days, throwing on the lipstick for one more shot at rapture alongside a fresh generation. Every now and again they would strike lucky too, as visitors in awe of the sheer novelty value of the 'grab a granny nights’ succumbed to its particular charms. In so many ways, Liverpool Football Club have something in common with the ladies of The Grafton. They are like an old lush, sat in the corner telling the world how attractive and marvellous they are, utterly affronted when anyone blind to their natural beauty suggests otherwise. Friends, lovers and acquaintances nod enthusiastically each time the club attest to their own greatness, but neutrals and rivals think their better days have long since passed. Every so often the reminders are more potent. A magical one-night stand in Europe, or (as this season’s Carling Cup final demonstrated) an occasional trophy, but the most serious threat to Liverpool’s enduring significance is not the criticism or pity of onlookers, it is their own lack of self-awareness. Defeat at home to a bottom-three side such as Wigan Athletic is still looked upon at Anfield as a shock, a performance which belies form or tradition. Why? Wigan have not lost to Liverpool for three years. They are one of 10 teams to have left Anfield this season enthused by their opponents’ inability to win at home. Shaun Maloney’s penalty and Gary Caldwell’s 64th-minute winner condemned Liverpool to their worst Anfield run since relegation in 1953. In applauding his own side’s “historic” win, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez generously suggested Anfield remains a special, iconic football venue. That view is based increasingly on the place’s sense of the past. Liverpool might as well be playing in their museum. Walk around Old Trafford, the Etihad Arena or the Emirates on matchday. Pause, soak in the scale of the view and keep convincing yourself Anfield does not look like the remnant of another era. One day you will wake up and those Malaysian fans you keep fluttering your eyelids at will be wearing City scarves. Look at the league table for the last 22 years and ask how many genuine title challenges there have been. Two? Three perhaps? Thoroughly examine why the club have fallen from their lofty perch. It is not because they have been pushed off by others, been victims of some bizarre FA or Sir Alex Ferguson-led conspiracy, been sidelined by high finance or have suffered two decades of bad luck. It is because successive managers have wasted millions on inadequate players. Those still inaccurately perceived as their closest rivals (a 28-point gap to United is a loose definition of 'close’) have used their resources infinitely better. When a £35 million striker and a £20 million midfielder turn out to be appalling, the simplistic demand is for another cheque to be signed. Supporters work out the profits from sales, subtract the fees from purchases and use this an excuse for buying pap. It is desperately feeble. The other option is another managerial change and the recycling of mitigating factors for 12 more months of rebuilding. That has not worked much, either. Kenny Dalglish is destined to get one more chance next season regardless of the debate about whether he should. Not because it has been a fantastic season (it clearly has not), not because the league table tells fibs (it does not) and not because his signings are good enough (they certainly are not). He will get another season because there is no appetite to write him off after one trophy winning campaign, which could still end with the FA Cup. When Rafael Benitez came seventh and Roy Hodgson flirted with a relegation scrap, you could call anyone at Liverpool and aside from a handful of sycophants, 90 per cent of employees from the board down to the secretaries did not just crave change, they lobbied for it. The fundamental difference between then and now is the same enquiries provoke the opposite view. Dalglish is not just liked, or respected. He is adored and trusted. Liverpool were booed off on Saturday, but Dalglish’s name was still sung (although not as much as it was when he still a club ambassador). For the club’s American owners, the challenge is brutal. Chief among them is convincing their fan base to share in a communal period of self-revelation. “Slow and steady progress,” is their mantra. The emphasis is on slow. They may also have to add the word 'agonising’. Expecting them to repair two decades of fierce cultural resistance to any view suggesting the Liverpool way is no longer the correct one will take courage and a willingness to flirt with unpopularity to do what they believe is essential and right. “There’s a word we have been using for the last 12 months,” managing director Ian Ayre said last week. “Unity.” That is all well and good, but here is another one the club better get used to if they do not accept, confront and deal more urgently with the problem of their current place in English football. Irrelevance.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    Few from La Liga (as I don't watch a lot of other leagues regularly). Rondon (22) at Malaga. Striker that may look to move on as its likely Malaga will keep spending. Ruben (25) at Villarreal. Scored goals in a poor side. Stuani (25) at Racing. See above. Agirretxe (25) (might be tricky finding him a song) at Real Sociedad. Cuesta (26) at Rayo. Attacking midfielder, got a lot of goals this season. I think they're all fairly realistic. You're right in that we've no chance of getting the likes of Cavani, Lavezzi or Llorente. They'll all be playing for clubs with Champions League football next season. So we have to be creative.
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    Kenny out

    I'm not advocating sacking Dalglish, he certainly deserves time to sort this mess out, but he's bought a lot of these players. So he is responsible for us not taking chances. We've signed shithouses. Players simply not up to performing for Liverpool.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    If we are to only have a small amount to spend, although I'd want the same if we had loads like last summer, I'd like to think our scouting might extent beyond the Premier League. The last thing we need is cast offs from the teams above us, or more mid table shite players from mid table shite sides.
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    Jordan Henderson - what are you?

    He's got a good engine.
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    Blackburn away tickets

    If I had one I'd find you and eat it infront of you.
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    The Official Cricket Thread

    Chin up, Monty. No amount of coaching will ever make him even a competent club level fielder. His brain and limbs unfortunately rarely work in tandem.
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    Kenny out

    We were obviously much better in 2009. We're unlikely to get within 30 points of that season.
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    Newcastle United vs Liverpool

    Reina Kelly Carragher Coates Skrtel Wisdom Aurelio Spearing Henderson Adam Carroll
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    The Official Cricket Thread

    Good game on between West Indies v Australia. Australia got 281 from their 50 overs. West Indies were fucked at 118 for 7, but now thanks to a 20 ball 50 from Sammy are 190 for 7. They need 90 from the last 12 overs.
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    Today's Other Games

    Juventus playing some really nice stuff against Inter. 0-0 after a little under half an hour.
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    Wigan at Home 24/03/12

    I think quite a lot of them are actually play more like they're 17. There seems such a lack of maturity, a lack of wisdom. Lots of aimless jogging, but not a lot of intelligent movement.
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    Wigan at Home 24/03/12

    I think it means we put a couple of youngsters on the bench.
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    Today's Other Games

    They'll probably be adequately replaced. They seem to have an excellent scouting system.
  15. Jairzinho

    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    He was a £350k punt. It isn't comparable to any of our signings.
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    Formula 1 2012 season.

    Good race that.
  17. Jairzinho

    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    No worries, we'll buy him for £28.5m in the summer.
  18. Top half is still achievable.
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    Wigan at Home 24/03/12

    Hicks and Gillett are at fault for Dalglish's starting point. They're not at fault for the fact we're worse than we were then.
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    Summer Transfer Thread 2012

    Fair enough. I think Adam and Henderson are worse. None of the three are good enough really. None of them should be starting for us. We only have two central midfielders at the club definitely good enough.
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    How can we improve?

    Leave out Downing, Adam, Henderson and Carroll. Sell the lot, along with several others, in the summer. Play Coates, Shelvey and Maxi in most games. Give Sterling, Suso, Coady, Wisdom, Flanagan, Robinson and Adorjan some games between now and the end of the season. Revert back to the style of football that served us so well at this point last year.
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    Kenny out

    Agreed, Kevin. Beautiful treble question mark combo secured the knock down. "NB BTW you arrogant, despicable little Fool? Your lame attempt at a joke re' Hugh Grant? Was just that & rather like You actually?"
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    Kenny out

    Thought it was an excellent cast, myself.
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    Kenny out

    A single piece of sweetcorn has emptied the sea.
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