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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Season 2012-2013
« on: August 02, 2012, 06:51:58 PM »
And so it starts.........

Team lineup:

Starting XI: Jones ; Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique ; Henderson. Spearing, Gerrard ; Cole, Borini, Downing

Subs : Gulacsi, Lucas, Adam, Shelvey, Kelly, Robinson, Sterling.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Pre Season Friendlies
« on: July 21, 2012, 10:33:23 PM »
Toronto v Liverpool : Live on ESPN

1st half team : Jones, Enrique, Sama, Carragher, Wisdom, Spearing, Aquilani, Adam, Ibe, Eccleston, Pacheco.

2nd half team : Gulacsi, Flanagan, Skrtel, Wilson, Robinson, Adorjan, Shelvey, Suso, Cole, Sterling, Morgan.

Subs : Lucas, Smith, Ward, McLaughlin.

First half was even enough. You could see the changes that Rodgers is trying to implement. Players showing for the ball to give options was noticeable but it also looked a bit forced, its clear our players didnt naturally do it.

I only saw a few minutes of the first half  but according to the commentary team our stand out performer was Daniel Pacheco. Id love to think he could thrive under Rodgers because hes technically very good and he has bags of ability.

Into the second half a new team. Suso and Sterling are linking up well and we seemed to have upped it. We conceded a poor enough goal, long range effort, Galasci palmed it back into the path of a Toronto player who slotted it.  It will be interesting to see how we react but Suso has just pulled off another superb piece of skill to leave two Toronto defenders for dead and then get his shot away. He is going to be some player..........

Toronto 1 - 0 Liverpool

My whole point is this. During the week reports suggested that Skrtel is currently enjoying working under Rodgers but that his future at the club remains unclear. Man City and Zenit are both being linked with moves.

Undoubtedly Skrtel was probably the stand out performer for us last season. It was a poor campaign but defensively we were pretty solid and had one of the best records in the league. But before last season Skrtels form was erratic, error prone and he wasnt consistent enough to deservedly hold down a first team spot.

So with the supposed interest from Man City, with the fact that Skrtel has only had one good season at the club and knowing he now only has two years remaining on his deal would you be willing to let Skrtel go if Man City were to bid in the region of 15-20 million? The other condition would be that the money received would be reinvested into a top young replacement.

Personally I dont rate him as highly as many others, I have doubts about his effectiveness in the air especially defending set pieces and if an offer of 20 million were to arrive Id bite Man Citys hand off for it.

Given his good season Id be interested to see what others in the forum would think?

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Breaking News.............
« on: May 16, 2012, 04:21:26 PM »
Thought we could use this thread for breaking news. Heres a biggie to start......

Kennys been sacked

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Comolli leaves club
« on: April 12, 2012, 10:47:48 AM »
Dont see any details on this yet but Comolli has left the club...........

Just weeks after Fabrice Muamba collapsed during Bolton Spurs more sad news coming from the Premier League. Aston Villas Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed acute leukemia.

All we can do is wish the guy the very best and hope he can eventually pull through and overcome the disease.,,10265~2706308,00.html

The Villa Board received news today that our long-standing captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia.

Stiliyan developed a fever following the Arsenal game last Saturday and subsequently underwent tests conducted by Dr Ian McGuinness.

Haematology experts confirmed the diagnosis today.

We expect to learn more about Stiliyan's situation in due course and we have moved quickly to support him and his family.

During this time we ask that Stiliyan's privacy is placed ahead of all inquiries and trust that we will share information as we receive it.

Stiliyan is cherished by many and he will get from Villa every ounce of love and support that we have to help bring this to a positive conclusion.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Kenny - What should happen next?
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:33:59 PM »
After yesterdays defeat to Wigan I was interested to see if Kenny still maintains any kind of level of support amongst fans on here.

Although extremely disappointed with this season I would be willing to give Kenny one more season to turn things around. I still look to the fact that Fergie almost lost his job at United before the league cup earned him a reprieve and helped him to build the foundations to create the Man United we've seen over the past 20 seasons.   I'd hate to sack Kenny before seeing if hes capable of building greater things for this club.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / January Transfer Window Ins and Outs
« on: December 14, 2011, 11:37:31 AM »
As another transfer window nears I suppose its time for a new thread to keep up to date with the potential comings and goings.

The first talk of a major exit is coming from Stamford Bridge. Who else but one Fernando Torres and apparently for a fee 20 million.

If a return to Liverpool was mooted would you:

A) Forgive him and welcome him back and

B) Feel with his form over the last year he would be worth the 20 million risk?

I think we could spend the money elsewhere on a striker and I dont think he would be deserving of a second chance. Theres also that small part of me would love to see himself and Suarez play together but all in all I probably wouldnt see it as a wise move on both fronts above.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th...............
« on: August 12, 2011, 01:59:59 PM »
With the new season upon us and with it looking like its going to be the closest Premier League to date its time to get some predictions. This is how I see the table panning out;

1. Manchester United  (I hate to think United will win number 20 but I think its time we stop worrying about what they do and start
                                concentrating on ourselves)

2. Manchester City     (Dont rate Mancini and think hes the only reason they wont win the league)

3. Chelsea                (Jurys out. IF Torres can find his form they could run United close but with the new manager its very hard to
                               predict how their season will pan out)

4. Liverpool               (If we can start the season well I think we can finish even higher but that will also be dependant on bringing in
                               another top CB. Should be alot closer to the chasing pack and although its unlikely I wouldnt rule out a title

5. Arsenal                 (They will spend some of the cash received from Fabregas and Nasri but you cant lose players like those two
                                and expect to improve. Could be the end of Wenger at the club)

6.Tottenham              (Havent done much in the way of the transfer market. Will possibly lose Modric but look like signing Adebayor.
                                Cant see them finishing any higher than 5th)


Liverpool FC, football, sport / Footballing Predictions 2011 / 2012
« on: August 05, 2011, 04:12:28 PM »
Okay this isnt the normal how do you think the Premier League season will unfold thread. I will leave that thread for someone else to broach before the season starts. This thread is dedicated to any footballing related predictions that people may have for the coming season like first manager to be sacked, who will be bottom by Christmas, who you reckon will finish top scorer etc etc.

I will kick it off ;

Fernando Torres : to finish top scorer in the PL with 25 goals (apologies but i can see him coming good)

Steve Bruce : First Manager to walk / get the bullet ( alot of summer signings but after a very poor start to the PL and Sunderland languishing in the bottom half he will finally get the push, his red face may also explode)

Real Madrid : CL winners

Rafa Benitez : To be managing a premier league club by christmas.

Swansea : Bottom at Christmas

Giggs : To be booed at every ground to the furious bemusement of Ferguson

Ferguson : To be found guilty of intimidating / paying off / writing dear john letters to and battery of referees yet to only get a two match touchline ban.

Nani : To win gold for diving at London 2012

Anyone else got any more realistic / unrealistic predictions to add?

Okay we are still only a couple of weeks into the current transfer window but our squad is definitely starting to take shape. There is obviously going to be more ins and outs before the transfer window closes but as it stands what do you think will be the formation we start with on the opening day of the season and who do you think will be lining out.

I will start the ball rolling ( with the squad as it currently stands) ;


Kelly               Carragher               Skrtel                    Johnson

Kuyt                Gerrard                  Adam                    Downing

                              Suarez           Carroll

Daniel Sturridge  :P

Wow even trying to name a simple 442 is so hard when we have so many players. Really not sure how Gerrard, Adam, Lucas, Spearing, Henderson and Meireles are going to fit and stay happy. And thats assuming we sell Aquillani.


Liverpool FC, football, sport / Potential Summer Transfers in and out
« on: February 08, 2011, 11:24:13 AM »
Now thats the january transfer window is over I suppose its only a matter of time before we are being linked with players for summer 2011.

I will kick off with rumours of a player potentially looking to leave, Pepe Reina. This rumour seems to just keep cropping up, I dont necessarily believe it  and I have always been confident Reina would stay. But with the Spanish influence at the club dwindling and with Torres unexpected transfer to Chelsea for once I'm not sure how to read Reinas link to United.

Reinas one of my favourite players and I'd like to think that he can see whats being built at the club. But if he is going to start going down the Torres route and threatening to leave and flirting with rivals well then I think he too will quickly learn that no one is bigger than the club.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / The Player thread
« on: December 17, 2010, 01:15:19 PM »
No I havent started this thread as a tribute for anyone who feels they have a special talent with the ladies. It is a thread however to air views on any of our own players or players from any other teams for that matter.

I will kick it off by posting a regrettable article in relation to Paul Koncheskys mum.  We all know every mother loves her son but surely Koncheskys mum realises at this stage of her sons career that outside interference (calling Liverpool fans scouse sc*m) only stands to makes things worse and will probably further alienate Konchesky from disgruntled fans.

Paul Konchesky's already strained relationship with the Liverpool fans has been dealt another blow after it was revealed his mum called them 'scouse scum' on Facebook.

Konchesky's mother Carol also stuck the boot into the team, calling Roy Hodgson's side 's***'.

The Facebook post was written in the early hours of November 14 after Liverpool's disappointing 2-0 defeat to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Mrs Konchesky's status attracted a number of supportive messages from her friends. One claimed 'the Liverpool scum don't know class when it hits them in the face', while another referred to the supporters as 'clueless morons'.

Hodgson spent £4million to bring Konchesky to Fulham in a four-year-deal this summer.

But the 29-year-old, who has also played for West Ham and Charlton, has failed to win over the support of the Liverpool faithful, due in part to the team's worst start to a top-flight campaign in over half-a-century.

Konchesky will face his old club on Saturday, when Fulham travel to Liverpool for the late kick-off.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / The Predictions thread
« on: November 26, 2010, 01:45:08 PM »
I'll start the ball rolling with Sundays game with Tottenham.

Van Der Vaart doubtful for Spurs, Gerrard still out but Cole and Lucas in contention for Liverpool.

My prediction is for a 1-1 scoreline.

I see it being a marked improvement on previous away games but only because the players will be more motivated than they were against the likes of Stoke and Wigan.

How the bookies see it;

Tottenham to win 11/10
Draw 23/10
Liverpool to win 5/2

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Damien Comolli joins LFC
« on: November 03, 2010, 02:42:46 PM »

New England Sports Ventures (NESV) and Liverpool FC are pleased to announce the appointment of Damien Comolli as Director of Football Strategy for Liverpool FC.

NESV Principal Owner John Henry said today: "Damien has a proven track-record of identifying exciting young footballing talent and we are delighted that he has agreed to join Liverpool. Working closely with Roy Hodgson and the coaching staff, I know he will make a valuable contribution to strengthening the Club and the squad as we move forward.

"Today's announcement is just the first step in creating a leadership group and structure designed to develop, enhance and implement our long-term philosophy of scouting, recruitment, player development and all of the other aspects necessary to build and sustain a club able to consistently compete at the highest level in European football.

"We intend to be bold and innovative. We will not rest until we have restored Liverpool Football Club to the greatness Liverpool fans expect."

Roy Hodgson added: "I am looking forward to working with Damien whom I have known for many years. We are engaged in an exciting project here and he will bring a lot to the table. We all want to see moves to strengthen the squad and support player development over the next few years. John Henry and I are totally united in delivering on that ambition." 

Damien Comolli said:"I am delighted to be joining Liverpool and look forward to working with John and Roy.  I think we all realise there is a big job ahead, but we all share the vision that John has for rebuilding the club and bringing back the success that the supporters deserve."

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