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  1. Should have played the kids. Not only are we trying to play as if Mo and Sadio were out there, we've too many players getting in the way of each other. And instead of trying to walk the ball into the box all the time, take a fucking shot for a change. It's a pity Trent doesnt give as much attention on his corners to beating the first man as he does to make sure a millimetre or two of the ball is on the quadrant line before he takes it.
  2. Jesus, we've just no idea how to play against 10 men, have we?
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Yeah I thought that was weird considering he trumpets turning down Liverpool twice!
  4. I love this bollocks from other clubs fans that we disrespect the domestic cup by playing weakened teams, when their own club do the same. Jurgen selects a team he thinks is capable of winning on the day. It's as simple as that. But like everyone else and his dog, he has priorities.
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    Mohamed Salah

    This time last year all it took for Mohamed Salah to light the fire was his choice of publication: an interview with the Spanish sport newspaper AS just before Christmas that was enough to indicate the scope of his horizons and where his mind might wonder as time ticked down on his Liverpool contract. One year on and another interview, although this time there were no subtle inferences and Salah was obliged to spell out his contractual stalemate in much blunter terms. “I'm not asking for crazy stuff”, was his summary of the long negotiations with Liverpool over the renewal of his contract. Although what qualifies as crazy in the salary wars of the modern Premier League depends on whether you are the one playing or the one who is paying. The strategy pursued by Liverpool through this negotiation was repeated once again on Wednesday when Jurgen Klopp responded in his press conference. The club are not challenging the player publicly, and they are not even prepared to contest Salah’s claim that his salary demands – whatever they might be - are appropriate. All that is for certain is that Liverpool are simply not prepared to meet them. As for Salah, it is hard to know what he does next. His record this season is that of the most effective attacker in Europe’s top five leagues, with 16 goals, nine assists, 41 chances created. His game has redefined what many of the leading clubs want from a forward player. What he lacks is a viable alternative destination to drive the market for his salary level. In the post-Covid, post-Barcelona meltdown, European game, there is no-one out there to apply the pressure that he needs to force a decision on Liverpool. Real Madrid and Barcelona are still buying players – just not at the level of Salah. Real seem confident that they will outbid Paris Saint Germain for the free agency of Kylian Mbappe this summer. Barcelona are acquiring players although not necessarily registering them to play. Certainly no more from Liverpool where the deal agreed by sporting director Michael Edwards for the 2018 sale of Philippe Coutinho might well be remembered as the point the Catalan club finally lost the plot. Even in March last year, when Salah spoke to another Spanish newspaper, Marca, ahead of the Champions League quarter-final against Real it was enough for him to agree politely that playing in La Liga was an appealing notion for that prospect to be launched into the fevered football news cycle. The Spanish bubble has now burst. It is no longer credible for Salah to pick at the thread of La Liga financial pre-eminence. So where does he go? One supposes that he could replace Mbappe at PSG. After that, the exit options become harder to achieve and the potential for an exhausting and combative departure looms. A forced exit to Manchester City would be legacy-crushing. Needless to say the same goes for the other Manchester option, which one would dismiss summarily were this not a club where transfer policy could be anything by next year. A fantasy XI encompassing players United wished they had signed in their prime? Perhaps Salah could join as a 31-year-old free agent to complete a heritage forward line comprising Ronaldo and, for argument’s sake, a low mobility, high tricks-quotient, Ronaldinho. Hard to shake the feeling that Salah is negotiating against himself, and Liverpool are happy to wait him out. The perfect footballer in the wrong era to command the auction for his services that might once have existed between two or three of the superpowers. Real, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City - all have paid big money at different times for Liverpool’s best players. Even Arsenal upped their £40 million offer for Luis Suarez in 2013 by one whole pound. None of Salah's predecessors can beat his numbers but that does not guarantee a certain level of contract if it cannot generate a market. Age is against him. Klopp generously suggested that Salah could continue at the highest level into his mid-thirties, but that is a hard sell to owners looking at a salary commitment that runs into what many consider football’s old-age. By the time his contract at Anfield expires he will be 31. The old days of panic when a player passed the threshold of two years left on a deal are gone and big clubs have gone into the final years of a contract without blinking. Mohamed Salah maintains a good relationship with Jurgen Klopp Credit: REUTERS Fenway Sports Group have been shrewd player traders thus far: top players signed, renewed and occasionally sold at the right times. Even Steven Gerrard was not offered that extra year he craved. Contracts are heavily incentivised by bonuses. There have been no impulse deals that have outlasted player usefulness, such as those signed elsewhere by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and, now it seems, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Admittedly FSG has never had to play this chess game with a player as big as Salah, where the stakes in terms of performance, status and fan sentiment have never been higher. Yet so far: no deal. If Salah’s demands had been as market-appropriate as he suggests one might assume that agreement would have been reached by now, and perhaps it will. Yet the older Salah gets, the more one feels the club in the ascendancy, and another year makes a big difference at his age. The final dimension is the effect a significant raising of the salary level might have on the wider squad. If Salah has his eye on the kind of deal that Kevin De Bruyne secured at Manchester City then where might that leave Sadio Mane, whose contract also expires in the summer of next year and to a lesser extent, Roberto Firmino. The effect of David De Gea’s 2019 contract at United that changed the expectation of United’s players stands as one such warning. There is also the question of Klopp’s future and his 2024 contract expiration. All this future planning, the renewal of a squad, perhaps its manager too, has to be accomplished within the boundaries of what is possible. Salah is the best attacking footballer in the world currently but whatever he is asking for thus far has proved eminently declinable for his employers. That says something about the market he is in. A player who could not be performing any better but appears to be running out of ways to convince his club to pay him the price he wants. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2022/01/13/mohamed-salah-victim-unfortunate-timing-worst-moment-superstar/
  6. Will be a bit tough on Kelleher if he doesnt play tonight but can see Jurgen's point that Alli needs a game after missing a few.
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    The Model Building Thread

    OO so 1:76 scale.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Haha, Chris Wood, Newcastle's latest signing do his pressie. Not one of the journos have asked 'So Chris, what attracted you to newcastle's billions of pounds?'
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    Mohamed Salah

    I agree they need to give Mo the contract. It'll cost more to replace him and there's no guarantee the 'new' player would deliver.
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    The Model Building Thread

    DCC locos with sound and lights today are almost unbelievable. You can ramp up the engine, coast, lock the engine speed, apply brakes etc. They cost mind.
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    Mohamed Salah

    There were loads in Anfield singing 'you greedy bastards, get out of our club' during the £77 ticket protest. There were even leaflets printed and handed out in that game, certainly in the SKD Upper and Ive no reason to believe they weren't in the other 3 stands. There were protestors outside Anfield effectively saying the same thing over the Euro League. A number of posters on here have made clear they want an ownership change. I only see comments from certain poster when he's quoted as I have him on ignore.
  12. Yes, so am I. Div's problem is the same as any player who doesnt play regularly in the modern game. When they go to playing a full 90 minutes, they pick up little niggles so they miss the next couple of opportunities to play. We need something like the old Central League where these players can play regularly. I guess 'modern' players wouldnt be too happy playing in it though due to the 'stigma'? Wasnt the last game he played at Milan where he got a kick on the ankle or something?
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    The Model Building Thread

    She's going to do the scenery and Im doing the build of baseboards. It's going to be OO scale DCC which means you can individually control the locos and accessories unlike DC where you just increase or decrease the voltage to drive them. Yeah you need a lot of space for an O scale layout! Waterman has a large O scale one and recently did a large OO scale one in Chester Cathedral.
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    The Model Building Thread

    Im currently flying a 'semi scale' MD500 which is about 1350mm long. It has what's called a 2 blade 'fly bar' rotorhead and is easier to fly. The bigger Vario ones will be using scale heads that will need a 'flybarless' flight control system. Are they hard to fly? Yes although Im no expert. It's best to learn on what's called a pod and boom heli which is basically one without a fuselage but has a fish head like canopy on the front! Alternatively, there are RC flight sims that you can use. The thing is with a flight sim, you have no nerves flying but when your model cost a couple of grand, that's always at the back of your mind when flying the thing! You have to learn in stages. First is getting it off the ground into the hover without it tipping over. Think of holding a tray underneath with one hand. Place a ball bearing in the middle of the tray and keep it there by gently tilting the tray backwards, forwards and either side and you get the gist. Once you've mastered hovering, flying figure of 8 circuits is the next challenge as you're having the heli fly away from you then back towards you, left and right turns. What you have to remember is flying towards yourself, turn command become transposed. Your left becomes the heli's right which can be interesting. RC helis 'work' the same as full size heli's do. You have to control rotor blade pitch, input roll and yaw all the time. The only real difference is the power source where full size helis use a wet fuel. RC can use lipo battery or a wet fuel.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    DAZN on the verge of buying BT Sport for £580m according to breaking reports.
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    The Model Building Thread

    Thanks. cant take any credit for the build and paint job. Think it will be knee knocking time when I eventually get to fly it! This is one, a Vario Bell 212 about 1680mm. This is it on their stand before I bought it. They didnt tell me they'd damaged the right horizontal stab though. They were going to fit a mini jet engine but I'll be using 2 x 5000mah lipos to fly it. Other project is the old girl wants me to build an OO scale train layout in the garage!
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Just looked like a fucking square beach to me.
  18. To be fair to Jurgen, he's not speaking in his native tongue. Loads have jumped on his statement about 'false positives' for numerous reasons. First, we're every cunts favourite whipping boy. Second, Jurgen spoke passionately about being vaccinated and how it helps cut the effects of covid. Third this stuff about wanting the semi 1st leg postponed because 3 players are at ACON doesnt stand even the slightest scrutiny yet cunts like samuel are giving it credence never mind the hordes on social media.
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    PODCAST: Liverpool 4 Shrewsbury Town 1 - Match Reaction

    I agree Dave. It surprises me the number of people who dont think Jurgen and his staff would improve this lad. At £20m, the lad is well worth a punt in my view.
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    The Model Building Thread

    This is one of my next 3 projects. It's a Vario 1:6 scale Airbus Helicopters EC145 fuselage waiting for installation of Vario 4 bladed mechanics. Overall length is about 1740mm. Will be powered by 2 x 6000mah lipo batteries and capable of upto 10 minutes flight. The fuz was pre painted by Vario to represent the US Children's Mercy Hospitals and the detail is painted, not decals.
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    little things that annoy the shit out of you

    Fuck off, Santander and Ant & Dec! Logged into my Santander accounts this morning to make a payment and, found all my payees have been deleted! Got on the 'chat' to find it's a fucking 'bot' that doesnt answer your question. After a few attempts, it says it will transfer me to an agent. Shame I couldnt get straight to one in the first place. Agent effectively says WTF you on about, we delete payees if not used for 12 months! I said it's a savings current account which I use to, you know, save and occasionally pay bills from. Now I have to re verify and set up each payee because Santander never sent a warning. They'll be deleted if you dont use them once every 12 months, she says! The fuck!? Useless cunts. Not happy!
  22. Playing in t'cup didnt stop leicester asking for and getting the game against the shite postponed a 2nd time.
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    Coronavirus

    An intensive care doctor today said every critically ill coronavirus-infected patient currently being treated at his hospital is unvaccinated. Dr David Hepburn said there are now no vaccinated Covid patients in critical care at Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales. But, the claims the hospital 'isnt representative' or the 'stats are false' are already spouted by the anti vax mob. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10390747/Doctor-reveals-critically-ill-Covid-patient-treated-hospital-unvaccinated.html In other news: The UK is the closest of any northern hemisphere country to exiting the Covid pandemic, an expert has said. Prof David Heymann, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, suggested in a Chatham House online briefing that the UK was seeing the virus become endemic. He said: "In general now, the countries that we know best in the northern hemisphere have varying stages of the pandemic. And probably in the UK, it's the closest to any country of being out of the pandemic – if it isn't already out of the pandemic – and having the disease as endemic as the other four coronaviruses." It comes after Nadhim Zahawi, the Education Secretary, called for the UK to show the world how to move from pandemic to endemic. "I hope we will be one of the first major economies to demonstrate to the world how you transition from pandemic to endemic, and then deal with this however long it remains with us, whether that’s five, six, seven, 10 years," said Mr Zahawi. Prof Heymann, a former World Health Organisation (WHO) assistant director general for health security and environment, said population immunity was already high. He added: "That means immunity against serious illness and death after infection if one is vaccinated, or after re-infection if one has had illness before. And that population immunity seems to be keeping the virus and its variants at bay, not causing serious illness or death in countries where population immunity is high. "I looked at the most recent ONS [Office for National Statistics] report on population immunity, and they estimated about 95 per cent of the population in England and a little less than in other parts of the United Kingdom do have antibody to infection either from vaccination or from natural infection. "And that, as I said, is keeping the virus at bay. And it's now functioning more like an endemic coronavirus than one that is a pandemic." Prof Heymann said many people who were getting seriously ill had not had a previous infection and had not been vaccinated. Asked whether the Covid pandemic is over globally, he said that would not be declared "until all countries have completed what they need to do to make this virus more tame and to become endemic". The European arm of the WHO said the omicron variant represented a "new tidal wave" for Europe as forecasts suggested more than 50 per cent of people would be infected over the next six to eight weeks. Dr Hans Henri Kluge, the WHO regional director for Europe, said people should be doing "everything possible not to get infected in the first place." https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/01/11/uk-closer-northern-hemisphere-country-end-covid-pandemic/
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    Virgin Media

    BT increase their's every March. Expect Sky to announce their inevitable increase soon.
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