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  • in reply to: European Super League to be announced tonight? #177972
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    https://video.liverpoolfc.com/player/0_2lpzjyjc/

    Any believe one word that comes out of his mouth?

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    in reply to: Weekend Football – Gameweek 31 #177353
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    All the best, Adlab! Hope you’re on the mend, and back on here regularly! We miss your conspiracy theories!!

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    in reply to: CL Qtr Finals. #177174
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    What a deflating night that was! None of them could pas to a red shirt, misplacing simple balls, there was no energy, no aggression, no leadership. Not one of them can say they performed to anywhere near their optimum level, and frankly with the score being only 3-1, I feel we got away with it a bit. There will have to be a vast improvement for the 2nd leg, but as 9 says above, I can’t see Real not scoring themselves.

    Allison recently has been playing like a bang average keeper when we know he’s not, Trent and Robbo are shadows of last season’s versions of themselves, Gini looked like his mind was already at the Nou Camp, Mane looks like the victim of having played far too much football over the last 2 years, Philipps looked like the lower Premiership/upper Championship player that really he is, and arguably, Naby Keita has played his last game for Liverpool as everyone’s patience must have run out by now.

    A woefully depressing night!

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    in reply to: Top 4 race #177096
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    9 – your lot still have to be favourites for 4th position…points on the board and all that, plus a healthy goal difference. It’s obviously a lot tighter now than it was Saturday morning, but I’d still have you doqwn as favourites. Think you’re just not wanting to jinx it! The bottom line is that there are cases to be made for everyone from Leicester down to Everton as to why they should make it and also why they may not. Everton and West Ham have no distarctions which will help them. It’s going to be exciting, and I’m just grateful our season hasn’t disappeared like it threatened to a few weeks ago. Have to say, I would happily sacrifice top 4 for a CL win, obviously, I suppose, but the thought of No 7 does excite me. So many echoes of 2005 as well. Istanbul as a venue, Chelsea (probably) in the semis, a crap domestic season. The stars are aligning!!

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    in reply to: Weekend Football – Gameweek 28 #176590
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    Very impressed with Arsenal yesterday. That Smith-Rowe is a player, isn’t he? Thought Odegaard did well also. But for me the highlight was Lamala’s goal. Now that is why we all love football! I could watch that over and over again!

    Sean, you’re right about Jose. He’s got an array of attacking talent in that squad, arguably as good as anyone in the country, and yet he plays tactics like that. Man, you’d be pissed off if you were a Spurs fan, and then he has the nerve to blame Michael Oliver for the defeat. No, Jose, down to you, my old son! As it happens, it was never a penalty, and yet another example of how crap VAR is. Sort out controversial decisions? Yeah, right! I don’t have a problem with Oliver’s mistake in awarding it…mistakes happen, Suck it up! But stop the wasting of everyone’s time by getting VAR involved.

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    in reply to: CL last 16 games. #176491
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    Sean…you just never know, mate! In 2005 we lost 14 games in the Premier League and somehow won the Champions League, and no-one would argue we’ve got a better team now than we had then. I agree it’s hugely unlikely, but get Porto in the next round, have City play Bayern and Chelsea play PSG, and you just never know. Stranger things have happened…like in 2005!

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    in reply to: Weekend Football – Gameweek 26 #176314
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    Nil – can I just say how refreshing it is to read one of your posts after a Liverpool defeat, and for it to be insightful, well written and sporting. Gone are the days of the Nil foul mouthed rants. Well done, sir, keep it up.

    Perhaps I’ll have to take over and issue the foul mouthed rants! What the f*** is going on? I know there are injuries, but if everyone was fit, probably only VVD, Hendo and Gomez would have been different in tonight’s team. The issue for me is that we have a whole team playing so far below the level they have shown the last couple of years, and Jurgen appears unable to change it. How does the saying go? The definition of madness is when something doesn’t work, just keep trying the same thing over and over again. I would hope to see some radical changes for Fulham at the weekend, with Keita, Jota, Shaq, Millie and maybe even Tsimikas starting ahead of any of Trent, Robbo, Thiago, Gini, Sadio and Bobby. Partly because some of those players need a rest, and partly because they are so woefully out of form. Something needs to be changed and quick!

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    in reply to: Uk & Ireland World Cup bid 2030? #176241
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    My thoughts exactly, Ed. I was 4 in 1966, so have no recollection of it whatsoever, but I do remember how good Euro 96 was. It would be fantastic.

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    in reply to: Weekend Football – Gameweek 26 #176240
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    I don’t think that is ‘old school’, Brian…I think that is the thoughts of almost everybody who enjoys the pace of football and now understand the realisation that VAR causes as much controversy as the any mistakes the ref made in the past but with the added problem of ridiculous gaps in play.

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    in reply to: RIP Ian St John #176239
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    Very sad. He was playing in the very first match I went to.

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    in reply to: Fed up #176225
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    Sorry, didn’t mean to ‘ha-ha’ your comment, Ed. Meant to press like and now can’t change it! Would be interesting though, wouldn’t it?

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    in reply to: Fed up #176207
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    Met up for a self distanced walk and coffee with Gary (gjblues) today. Good to see Footydebate can lead to a good friendship. Looking forward to him buying me the pint he owes me for our League win last year. Trouble is, by then I’ll owe him one for this season!!

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    in reply to: Top 4 race #176061
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    Think 9 points in 13 games is alot for Liverpool to catch Leicester. My money would be on the top 3, plus Chelsea, sad to say!

    But, hey, we’ll win the Champions League and sneak in to next year’s comp that way!!

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    in reply to: CL last 16 games. #175952
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    Mikus – I’d swap you for Origi!!

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    in reply to: CL last 16 games. #175914
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    Really beginning to think Werner isn’t all that! Thought he looked pretty good at the start of the season but he’s looked poor for months now

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    in reply to: West Ham Fans #175873
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    iratecfcfan – I haven’t seen your original posts on the Chelsea site, but I can only think you were maybe abusive to a fellow poster. It is a small community on here, and all football opinions are welcome, as long as personal abuse is avoided. Try the post again without having a go at anyone, if that’s what you did

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    in reply to: West Ham Fans #175863
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    It’s been pretty toxic there for a few years now ever since they had Sullivan and Gold really. The new stadium made things worse, but although I am no fan of Moyes, I think he has to take alot of credit. They seem to have stopped the big money signings and have instead searched Europe for some bargains, and they, by and large, have worked out. Soucek and Fornals particularly are two of the bargains of the season. I think if the fans were there now, they arguably would be even more of a force than they are currently, at least while things are going well. As Lucky says or at least hints, west Ham fans are nothing if not fickle, even more than your average fan. A couple of defeats and things would change pretty quick, I guess

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    in reply to: Fed up #175859
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    Mikus – amazing pictures! Could they bring back a centre back, do you think?

    Seriously though, thanks to all for your kind and wise words on this thread. While we may all disagree at times, you’re not a bad lot really!

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    in reply to: Fed up #175819
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    Ah, 9, that was a lovely post, and puts things in to perspective for me! I know that there are millions of people worse off than me, and I now feel guilty having a moan!! I think I just had a ‘moment’ yesterday when everything got on top of me. My wife, who also works in the hospitality trade got made redundant last week, the VAR and the football generally over the weekend and I just needed a vent!

    Gary – I would love to kick some leaves around the loop Line. Back end of the week maybe? I’ll give you a call

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    in reply to: Fed up #175800
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    ‘Bet you didn’t feel that way last season Hightown.😊’

    Do you know what, 9, while Liverpool’s pathetic defence of the title certainly hasn’t helped my current mood, it is far more the lack of crowds and not being able to go to a game that is affecting me, and the pathetic inconsistencies of VAR that piss me off. Having been a regular at Anfield for 50 years, I’ve decided TV football just ain’t the same. You can’t immerse yourself in the experience, the noise, the colour, yes, the atmosphere, and not just at the ground. In the pub beforehand, walking up to the ground, chatting to the guys in the seats behind us who we’ve sat in front of for 30 years now and still don’t know their names, but don’t need to, they are there, they are a constant, and we feel like friends though I’ve never seen them outside Anfield. Going to the game was a journey, both metaphorically and physically, and now I switch the TV on 5 minutes before ko, and it’s off as the ref blows the full time whistle whether my team has won or lost. It would be easier if my team were winning, but it’s disingenuous to say I didn’t feel this way last season, because until the restart I was at the game, and prior to that I was still an outspoken opponent of VAR. I hated the restart as I had to watch my team win the league on TV – it was shit!

    And of course STILL being on furlough and doubts as to whether my job and company will survive the lockdown do not help my mood. Sorry for the rant…my pals in the pub at Anfield would normally be copping it but I’ve barely seen them in a year. Roll on the cricket on Wednesday…as yet, unspoiled by the lawmakers of the game.

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