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    Asda budget brand!
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    Steven Gerrard - Aston Villa Manager

    I keep saying it, FSG wanted Jurgen as manager before he actually left Dortmund but he wouldnt break his contract. Knowing they were not going to get him and as results under the King had massively dropped off something had to give. And the bottom line is Rodgers team came tantilisingly close to winning the title. Then when his results nosedived acted decisively to remove him and once again, approach Jurgen who this time accepted the offer. They wasted no time getting rid of the owl.
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    Mohamed Salah

    Amidst the chaotic glory of Manchester City's 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, one statistic slipped past unnoticed. Mo Salah's failure to score stretched his goalless run from open play to 10 matches for club and country - his longest such sequence since the 2015-16 season, when he was still playing for Roma. Only a solitary penalty, dispatched against Brighton on March 12, has prevented him from an entirely barren spell. Nobody is suggesting that Salah's powers are waning - even on Sunday, he supplied one of the passes of the season to set up Sadio Mane's second equaliser early in the second half, and he is still three goals clear of Son Heung-Min in the race to win the Premier League golden boot. But his unusually fruitless run in front of goal does present Jurgen Klopp with an unusual selection dilemma ahead of Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg: does he leave his star man on the bench to try and refresh him for Saturday's re-match with City in the FA Cup semi-final or continue to start him in the hope he re-discovers his goal touch? Advertisement Salah, 29, is one of the fittest players in the Premier League but he is not superhuman and could be feeling the effects of playing 48 games for club and country already this season - a figure that could rise to 61 if Liverpool go all the way in the Champions League and FA Cup. His performance in the first half against City was notably lacking in fizz, failing to produce a single touch in the hosts' penalty area, although he did perk up in the second period, along with his team-mates. It is undeniable, however, that he has not looked in peak form since returning from the disappointment of Egypt's penalty shoot-out defeat to team-mate Mane's Senegal in the final of the African Cup of Nations, where he played seven times in 18 days. To compound that disappointment, Salah then had to cope with the trauma of Egypt missing out on qualification for this year's World Cup in Qatar after losing again to Senegal in the two-legged African play-offs last month - a tie also settled after a shoot-out when Salah blazed his penalty over the bar. Another explanation for his form dip could be the distraction of the speculation surrounding the protracted negotiations over a new contract - his current deal expires at the end of next season. There are suggestions a compromise is close to being reached, but for as long as the doubts over his future remain, it would hardly be a surprise for his mindset to be affected. Advertisement In truth, Liverpool have not missed Salah's goals. Diogo Jota has four goals in his last five matches while the form of January signing Luis Diaz, the return from injury of Roberto Firmino and the availability of squad men Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino gives Klopp plenty of options. Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz have stepped up for Liverpool in light of Mohamed Salah's slump in form Credit: AFP Klopp hinted that he could make changes for Wednesday after assessing how fresh his players look and feel after Sunday's physically and mentally draining game at the Etihad but he insisted his selection will have nothing to do with the Wembley reunion with City in four days time. "The next game has absolutely no influence on the line-up tomorrow night, " he said, "but the last game obviously has. So we have to see. It is a super intense schedule. There is nobody injured, as far as I know, but we have to be careful with who is fresh enough for this game and stuff like this." With their two-goal lead, Liverpool are firm favourites to go through to their third Champions League semi-final in the last five seasons but an early Benfica goal would change the dynamic and Klopp doesn't need reminding that after beating Inter Milan 2-0 in the San Siro in the first leg of the round of 16, they were given a nervy night by the Italians in the return at Anfield when they lost 1-0. Advertisement He added: "We see it as a super-important game, but we are in a world where if you win the first leg 3-1 and you have City either side, people think you can focus elsewhere. We see it slightly differently. This is a super, super, super important game. We tried to hard to qualify for the Champions League, and now we can make it to the semi-finals, which is incredible, and that’s what we want to show tomorrow. "I don't know what Benfica’s tactics will be but I know what I would do - I would go for it, full throttle. I would try to put us under pressure, score early, and, if not try, to score a bit later. That’s what we expect. "It’s obviously better for us that Diaz scored the third goal in Lisbon. It's 3-1 at half time, as tricky as 2-0. A good basis, but as we felt against Inter, if they get one goal, the game changes. "We felt it in the first game. Benfica scored and all of a sudden, bam, it felt different. We have to make sure that this really feels like a place that they don’t want to go. We have to be really on our toes, really angry in a good way. They want to kick us out of the competition, so we have to be ready for that." Advertisement Ibrahima Konate, who scored Liverpool's first then gifted Benfica their goal in the first leg, could come in for Joel Matip while Diaz, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Joe Gomez could also all start in what will be Liverpool's 51st game of a marathon season. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2022/04/13/mohamed-salah-worst-scoring-run-since-2016-does-jurgen-klopp/
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    The Ships and Boats Thread

    Great news for workers in Belfast. The shipyard that built the Titanic has won the UK’s first cruise ship contract in more than 20 years. Harland & Wolff will undertake works on P&O Cruises’ ship Aurora and Cunard’s Queen Victoria in its dry docks in Belfast. The Queen Victoria will be the largest cruise ship ever to have dry docked in a UK yard. The awards will come as a boon to Harland & Wolff, which has fallen on hard times in recent years after once being the most prolific builder of ocean liners in the world. London-based energy firm InfraStrata saved the yard from closure in 2019, paying £6m for the company. Around £1bn of taxpayer money is estimated to have been pumped into the business over the years. Founded in 1861 by Edward Harland and his German business partner, Gustav Wolff, the shipbuilder employed 35,000 people at its peak. Harland & Wolff built 140 warships and 123 merchants during the Second World War as well as more than 500 tanks. It was nationalised in the 1950s as the rise in air travel led to a slump in travelling by sea. The last cruise liner to be built from scratch by Harland & Wolff was the Canberra in 1960. Norwegian businessman Fred Olsen, best known for his eponymous cruise empire, returned Harland & Wolff to the private sector in 1989. InfraStrata, which subsequently changed its corporate name to Harland & Wolff as well, initially planned to focus on metal fabrication for energy projects. Chief executive John Wood said that Monday’s contract meant Harland & Wolff was returning to cruise ship building for the first time in more than two decades. The contracts come just weeks after Boris Johnson announced a new National Shipbuilding Strategy by dedicating £4bn of Government investment to support yards in Britain. The Prime Minister said: “Shipbuilding has been in our blood for centuries and I want to ensure it remains at the heart of British industry of generations to come.” Mr Wood said that the cruise industry was a key target when InfraStrata bought Harland & Wolff. He added: “Our facilities are ideally placed to capitalise on these types of large projects while we continue servicing our smaller but regular clients. We have now secured contracts in four out of our five markets; commercial, cruise & ferry, renewables and energy – we now look forward to completing the final milestone of securing a defence contract in the near future.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/04/12/titanic-shipyard-wins-uks-first-cruise-ship-contract-20-years/
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    Russia v Ukraine

    The danger if that report is true is that an ever desparate and demented Putin resorts to ever more lethal weapons and tactics. I dont see any of Putin's henchmen taking him out. The mothers of these soldiers may force a withdrawal and change like they did with the Russian forces in Afghanistan but that's a long shot, I think.
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    Russia v Ukraine

    Is correct. It wasnt a hard and fast rule by the Allies but, if the Nazi's captured any Allied soldiers in civilian clothes in their territory, they could be summarily executed. Bear in mind, there was the possibility they'd be similarly shot if they surrendered in uniform as well even if that was against the Geneva Convention.
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    Liverpool Fan Club Record - 1983

    Didnt the players have a single in the top 10 in the late 70's with 'We can do it, we can really move' or something?
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Bit of a surprise then that they supposedly refused Palace's request to play him. Maybe they didnt think Courtois would damage them?
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    Other Football 2021/22

    They wont let that Gallagher on loan at Palace play against them but hopefully, they will be fucked after 120 minutes and the loss tonight!
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    Other Football 2021/22

    I think you're confusing Modric's great ball with the strike on goal and what a keeper should be doing. I said Mendy didnt even move for the goal and a keeper should be moving even on a shot from 8 yards. It's not like the ball is way out of his reach either, it is close enough that if he moves he may get something on it. Mendy made a great save from Sadio in the EFL final from about the same distance after saving Keita's shot. He still managed to get off the ground and block Sadio's follow up, managing to get the ball over the bar. I think Real's first goal is savable and I think Alli would have moved for it. Mendy didnt even buy a ticket in the lottery.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    I'll remember that when Alli saves one from 8 yards then. Mendy didnt move so no, he's not stopping it. And Mendy got to Sadio's shot from about the same distance and saved that from a prone position.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    To be fair, Tuchel's got his tactics spot on tonight. He's been let down by Mendy not even attempting to get to Real's first. Dont think there's much he can do about the 2nd because Benzeman's put it back across Mendy as he's coming off the near post following the flight of the cross.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    The scores tonight should make anyone thinking at 3-1 up, we can field a weaker team and expect to go through.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    He would certainly have saved Real's first tonight. Not sure he'd have saved the 2nd if he'd been going the wrong way as well.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Thems the rules, touches the hand immediately before the goal and it doesnt count.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Well Jurgen made it news today and he seems to see the 12:30 kick off as a problem! I dont think he's looking at it being a problem for the following Tuesday or Wednesday. Have to say I wasnt aware of the fixture being re arranged to a 12:30 Saturday. Sure we knew if was going to be on BT.
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    Russia v Ukraine

    Sorry, I got to 40 odd seconds and couldnt watch any more. Bottom line, NATO has to get involved defending Ukraine to put a stop to this murder.
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    Russia v Ukraine

    It's the old addage 'my country, right or wrong.'
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    New York Shootings

    This news, just defies belief? Some guy wearing a gas mask just looses off numerous rounds on bystanders in a subway station? What the fuck is going on in the minds of some people?
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    Russia v Ukraine

    I dont know what excuse they'd come up with, probably NATO's further expansion eastwards despite the fact at least one of them joins NATO exercises? I really dont know where we go from here with this situation. Putin cannot be allowed to dictate other countries foreign and defence policies. The guy is becoming ever more deranged in his rants which are repeated ad nauseam by his lacky attack dogs.