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    Russia v Ukraine

    Fair enough bud. Im not saying all reports out of war zones arent embellished to a greater or lesser degree.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Funny how this has slipped to the bottom of the Echo's second web page after being given prominence this morning! Commissioners have slammed Liverpool Council ’s “failure of governance” over a potential loan agreement with Everton FC over the funding of a new stadium. The local authority has been ordered to conduct an investigation into how it incurred “significant expenditure” to investigate the possibility of a loan to Everton FC as the club sought funding options for its new ground over a three year period. A cabinet report to be discussed behind closed doors next Friday has detailed the damning verdict of government appointed commissioners to how Liverpool Council acted “without any formal council approval and without any budget provision approval” from April 2016 to March 2019. Between that time, according to the report, the local authority engaged with Everton “to investigate assisting with the funding of a new stadium development project” but these discussions “were ultimately unsuccessful.” It is said that during this period Liverpool Council failed to manage costs, “some of which are now irrecoverable.” Now commissioners have lambasted the council for their mismanagement of the project. The commissioner review within the cabinet report said: “The Council incurred significant expenditure to investigate the possibility of a loan to EFC without any formal council approval and without any budget provision approval. The council failed to adequately manage costs, some of which are now irrecoverable. “The Council failed to secure a cost indemnity to protect its position on fees and has been in negotiation with EFC for a number of years to reach a settlement, again without any council approvals in place.” The commissioners added that this was a “failure of governance” and they “require a lesson learned” to be conducted and reported within three months to the council’s audit committee. The report said that this “resolves one of a number of outstanding finance issues at the council and contributes towards the resolution of outstanding projects, working with the local government commissioners.” It added that both Liverpool Council and Everton FC were “keen to resolve this legacy issue” after several rounds of failed discussions. In January 2018, the council asked Everton for a cost indemnity for due diligence costs, in case the parties were unable to agree on loan arrangements, which the club provisionally agreed to, subject to reasonableness of costs. The cabinet is recommended to agree that chief executive Tony Reeves agree the final settlement with the Premier League outfit. Authority could also be given to Mel Creighton, deputy chief executive, to write off any debt that arises from the difference between the invoice raised by the council and the settlement reached. The report said that should the matter be left outstanding any longer, it risks “negatively affecting the relationship with Everton Football Club.” It added that this proposal would bring an end to the saga via a “rational settlement in all the circumstances and allows the focus to return to the existing stadium development project, with its expected regeneration benefits. Both sides are now keen to draw this matter to a mutually satisfactory conclusion.” https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/investigation-ordered-proposed-everton-fc-23684145
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    Man City - the new bitters?

    Cunts! Manchester City have launched an investigation after footage circulated on social media appearing to show two home fans mocking the Hillsborough disaster. In a clip which has been widely shared on Twitter tonight, a pair of City supporters were filmed seemingly making obscene gestures referencing Hillsborough in the direction of fans in the Liverpool end after the final whistle. The ECHO understands Man City officials are looking into the incident - and take such matters seriously. The person who is believed to have initially shared the footage on Twitter said: "All for the footy banter and that but draw the line with Hillsborough". Liverpool and City drew 2-2 at the Etihad earlier today in a thrilling top-of-the-table clash. Pep Guardiola's side led twice but were pegged back by the Reds each time, with goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane. The result means City remain one point ahead of Liverpool at the summit of the Premier League, with both teams having seven games left to play in the competition. And the clubs meet again next Saturday at Wembley in the semi-final of the FA Cup. https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/liverpool-man-city-23653467
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    Russia v Ukraine

    I have to disagree. It wasnt a lie. Jokey nonesense about farmers driving tanks around? No, I saw pictures of tractors pulling abandoned APCs and tanks away. What you say happened is the 'lie' here. Oh and by the way, the Russian ship involved in the Snake Island stand off was none other than the cruiser Moscow which is armed to the teeth. Strange that.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    The scenes in the tunnel and elsewhere from the Atletico v city game are both funny as fuck while at the same time, disturbing. I really dont get why people think Simone is a great \ good \ better manager. He plays anti football and is all about aggression. If he rocks up in the PL with any club, those games will be like fucking battle fields.
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    Russia v Ukraine

    I dont think we were 'fed the lie' over that incident. Id say being told to surrender or else we'll pound the fuck out of you with our ship's gun, telling the aggressor to 'fuck off' the ship opening fire then nothing being heard from the defending soldiers, them being killed was a likely scenario. It's not like the Russians countered with any news 'you know those soldiers you said we murdered? Well here they are' until a couple of weeks later. This is a fucking combat zone. News doesnt always travel well but that doesnt mean reports are lies.
  7. Agree with that. I love Bobby, I thought last season he relied too much on the back heels that didnt come off. It was great seeing him instinctively notch 2 goals last night.
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    Jurgen Norbert Klopp

    Had to be to a Beatles song!
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    Kostas Tsimikas

    Ive said for a while the Greek Scouser is knocking on the door of a first team spot. His crossing and corners are excellent and he appears to have almost as much stamina as Robbo. I still think the left back berth is Andy's to lose and again, Ive said I think he sometimes lacks a little bit of composure at both ends of the pitch with his wild swings at the ball. At any rate, Tsimikas is a great back up to have and hopefully sticks around for a number of years because the boy would walk into almost any other PL team right now.
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    Medical Emergency

    Saw this story in the Echo after the club released a statement. Terrible news and condolences to his family. Another fan to join the swelling crowd in the sky forever looking down on the boys. RIP and YNWA.
  11. All good points and I take on board all you've said. I just dont like us conceeding goals. Hupefully these are just a blip and we become real tight arses at the back again!
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    Mohamed Salah

    BBC Gossip stating the club have agreed a £400,000 a week deal with Mo. But, the dullshit-ometer is twitching because the story is just Agbonlahor saying he's 'hearing' this is the deal.
  13. Some goals you cant avoid. They're either well worked or some twat buys a ticket in the lottery and scores a once in their life time goal against us. A goal's a goal but sloppy goals do grind my gears. Appreciate one's man's well worked goal is another's sloppy one. Like I said elsewhere, Ive no problem with Jurgen's team tonight. I am majorly disappointed we conceeded 3 tonight and 2 on Sunday. One, our best team, the other a second 11 put out to do a job. Funny game football but I wouldnt want a repeat of the goals on Tuesday as the league is still the priority for me. Sometimes I think we still go a bit gung ho, like tonight, chasing goals when we should be making sure we dont conceed in the last 15-20 minutes. How many arses would have been squeaking if another of those offside goals had been legit? Jurgen's done great getting us to be in the hunt for 4 trophies with one in the cabinet. But, it could quickly go tits up if we ship goals like in the last few games and the EFL Cup becomes the only one in the cabinet.
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    Home broadband speed

    They just read off a script so when you go off script, they come out with bullshit. That said, you should test your DL speed wired not wireless but even so, unless your device is ancient, you should get more than 244Mbps when you do a test. I think the equipment BT give customers is crap. When I went FTTC, they gave us a modem and Home Hub3. The HH3 was crap and had zero functionality so swapped it out for a Netgear WNDR4500 router. Everything was fine for 7 years then everything went tits up with frequent disconnects. In desparation, I took out the BT modem and WNDR4500 and started using a Home Hub 6 they gave me. Connection was shite even with the HH6 but stabilised a little such that I was only getting disconnects every 2 to 4 weeks. Things came to a head again recently and after having a few BT visits which included them swapping out the HH6 which made things worse, decided to bin off the HH6 and re instate the BT modem and WNDR4500 combo. So far touch wood and everything has improved. The ping rate has gone down from 26ms to 17, speed has stabilised at 47Mbps instead of 42 and connection hasnt dropped once in the last 21 days. If you can, Id replace any BT supplied modem\router combo they have given you with a 3rd party one.
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    Russia v Ukraine

    Maybe they did, maybe their forces were stretched or maybe with the Russia forced able to re inforce in the east quicker than any other part of the country, they were overrun despite the valiant effort? It wouldnt be the only war that mistakes have been made in.
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    Steven Gerrard - Aston Villa Manager

    Why arent you 'buying it' they wanted Klopp originally? I dont think Suarez was the best player in the world when we signed him else everyone would have been in for him, bad boy image or not. Was Ranieri instrumental to Leicester's title? No because he was called the tinkerman and the players got the club over the line. But the history books show him as a title winning manager as they would with Rodgers if we'd won in 2014.
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    Flying. Everything planes.

    Awesome. Out of juice, will be back!
  18. I agree with this. We get very sloppy at times and the thing is, once it creeps into your game, it's very hard to cut it out. it's like taking your foot off the gas because you think the game's won, then the oppos score a couple of quick goals and you have a fight on your hands. Alli nearly did a Karius rolling one ball out which the Benfica player got a touch to and put us under pressure. People can say it doesnt matter, that's their opinion and they're entitled to it. But it does matter. We've gone from conceeding 4 goals since the turn of the New Year to shipping 3 tonight, 2 against city and another against Benfica in the first game. What I loved about the 78 team is even at 1-0 with 20 to go, they'd shut up shop and see the game out. I agree with this, from their point of view, it was shit or bust tonight. And it nearly came off for them.
  19. Some of our defending in that 2nd half and especially the last 20 minutes was bloody shocking even for a makeshift defence. I mean why are we having both Joe and Kostas bombing down the wings with less than 20 minutes left and they've made it 3-2 on the night? Just close the game out and dont do anything stupid FFS. Good job those linos got the offsides right, you wouldnt have wanted those decided by PL VAR and refs or we'd possibly be up shit creek right now. Ive no problem with the make shift team tonight, I just dont get the almost tactics we had at Palace in 2019 when we were 3-0 up and proceeded to piss the games away by wanting to score another and another all the time.
  20. It's ok blaming Gomez but how good does Matip or Konate play right back? That's what we're asking Joe to do.