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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: NOTW - Rafa to spend £70m
« on: May 25, 2008, 11:09:44 AM »
Maybe that's not such an outrageous idea...  He's always carrying on about challenging for the title yet his knees knock as loudly as anyone's when we're lining up against ManU.  Spend spend spend he says seemingly ignoring the fact the club is already massively in debt.

In our best season under Rafa he was often playing on the right, a problem position for us, but of course he doesn't want to play there (and we all know how important it is to keep Jezza happy).  Even though he won PFA Player's Player of the Year that season.

Look he's a brilliant player and has the ability to win matches on his own, but he does carry on a bit sometimes.  The club is bigger than Steven Gerrard, and if we could get 40-50M for him...?
you're right, Hop.

Captain Marvel is the one common denominator in all these years of us not competing for the title.  Every other member of the team has been changed in these years.   

Nobody is bigger than the club, despite what Gerrard may think.

We got better after Owen left; and the same will be true when SG goes.

I'd move him over to the right hand side of midfield.  And if he doesn't like it, I'd put him on the transfer market.

United can sub the likes of Scholes and Rooney in a Champions League final - but can you imagine the toys out of the pram if we'd dared sub Captain Marvel in a Champions League final. 

The bloke has a helluva amount of stamina, but beyond that, he doesn't cut it.  And beyond limited technical skills and lack of tactical discipline, he doesn't have the brains to be captain of the club.

He gives us most when we play him on the right.  If he doesn't want to play a role that optomises Liverpool FC, he can sling his hook.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: NOTW - Rafa to spend £70m
« on: May 25, 2008, 12:16:13 AM »
sell Gerrard and use the funds to bolster the team.

we've never competed for the title with him at the core of our team.

<the dude battens down the hatches>

I know he has been abit of a Judas and to some what he did was unforgivable (including myself at the time) but how about Mr Owen returning. I think he would come at a knock down price and would jump at the chance. Rafa may not want him of course owing to the clique that formed with the English players but I believe he could be the missing piece of the jigsaw.
if he wants to crawl back and agree to a pay-as-you-play type contract, then why not.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: New Forum
« on: May 24, 2008, 09:16:04 PM »
I post elsewhere occasionally, and browse/lurk elsewhere too, but not under any id recognisable from here! I enjoy my anonymity... Sites include RAOTL, YNWA, RAWK, TLW, EST1892, TIA and others, in no particular order of preference!

I remember the early days of the internet in LFC terms, when there was no official site. The error pages on one site, mightyreds I think, came up with a picture of Steve Heighway as part of a pun on "information superhighway".

Unfortunately one of the earliest LFC forums went bad, and probably isn't worth giving the publicity to here, but it at least got a lot of other sites started.

I did read a lot of usenet in the good old days, the two LFC groups, but rarely posted. It was very much an aggressive little world that I felt. When you did post you either got ignored or flamed! And I was far less controversial then too.

BTW if anyone registers on here using "your" name from other forums let me know, especially if they seem to be doing it to cause trouble for you in some way.
great to see another person who has been around since usenet days!

I am not gonna reveal my handle from usenet days - but I bet you read a lot of my posts!   :D   The flaming eventually got far too mcuh to persevere with.

So you are now more controversial, Jim?  Way to go.  I personally enjoy a bit of devil's advocacy/fishing.  It gets a few folks wound up.

overcoming the monies of chelsea and united will be very difficult.

we finished 11 points off united....that is a helluva achievement.

Rafa has it right, in saying that to have a chance of winning the league, we need to beat those other top three teams on a regular basis.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: New Forum
« on: May 24, 2008, 01:13:19 PM »
great to see this forum up and running.

do any of the rest of you post (or have posted) in other forums?

I have been posting in Liverpool FC forums since the 90s....usenet, ynwa, rawk, etc.

I'd kick that lad Gerrard onto the bench and raid Boro for Graeme Souness.

reckon you could be right, skippy.

I think the lad is a loner...and always has been.  He's a good lad, but just probably not one for the group hug type of thing.  He always looks like he's on the outside, looking in (or in his case, NOT looking in).

The Rest / Re: Introduce yourself
« on: May 23, 2008, 09:44:16 PM »

Many thanks, Jim.

The Rest / Re: Introduce yourself
« on: May 23, 2008, 08:03:38 PM »
I can try and change it if you like, let me know...
Please do change it, if possible. Many thanks.

I changed one or two folks handles in the old version of in their account settings.

Hi Edward!

Yes, there has to be more to the whole Barry thing than we know about.

If we assume that Barry is a replacement, then there are a number of possibilities.

1 - Alonso is unhappy in Liverpool (for whatever reasons).  We've been assured that this is very much not the case.

2 - Rafa has identified that despite Alonso's excellent technical ability, it is not best suited to the english premiership.   Alonso just doesn't get the time on the ball that he needs in this league.

3 - Money is tight.  In a perfect world Alonso would stay, and Barry would increase the depth of our midfield resources.  But Rafa doesn't have the seemingly unlimited reources of Chelsea or Man Utd. Thus Rafa needs to sell in order to bolster the overall team.

I think it could be a mixture of points two and three.  I'm leaning more towards the second point.  I think Rafa has seen enough to realise that Alonso's style is not best suited to England.  The lad has been in and out of the team this season.  The arrival of Mascherano this season, and the emergence of our young Brazilian midfielder (Lucas), coupled with the potential arrival of Barry, allows Rafa to feel pretty comfortable re midfield resources, should Alonso leave.

@ martin - yes, that's true.  But I'm afraid we are just not at Man Utd's level.  And if United had went one or two up, and we had to chase the game, then I hate to think of what might have eben the result.  (Cjhelsea could have came in 2 or 3 down at half time last night).

@ egg man - I remarked at the time that Anelka looked petrified as he walked up to take his penalty.  It was no great surprise when he missed.

I've long been an advocate of doing away with penalties and instead deciding it on the pitch (e.g. by coming up with a formula for working out the best team during the match - eg, adding number of corners to number of shots on target, minus bookings, etc etc).  I wouldn't wish what happened to Terry on anybody. 

The Rest / Re: Emails
« on: May 22, 2008, 06:17:07 PM »
I've already sent this forum url to three other friends, Jim (hope you don't mind).  If we could all mention it to fellow Liverpool friends, then it would help get things going.

Also, for those who have not got an email, perhaps you might want to reference the new forum at the bottom of each new blog post.

The Rest / Re: Big Brother
« on: May 22, 2008, 06:13:33 PM »
didn't they pull the celebrity version this year  IIRC

the BB franchiose is long sinc epast it's sell by date IMHO

I only tune in on occasion (A Friday eviction night) to see kinky slinky Davina McCall.

yes Jim, it doesn't bare thinking about (us losing to Man Utd, when on match point our captain slips on his bottom and misses a penalty to take the trophy to Anfield)

Like you say, we might have won the penalty shoot-out. 

I have to say once again I was perplexed at how much Van Der Sar was able to get away with.  On every Chelsea penalty, the ref kept standing beside the penalty spot tightly monitoring the Chelsea penalty taker. 

Meanwhile Van Der Sar was going walkabout each pre-penalty (over to near the corner flag and back).  It was like pantomime, I felt like shouting to the ref "Look behind you" ITV's wrestling in the 80s, where the ref always managed to not see obvious infringements by bad wrestlers like Jim Brakes and Mick McManus. 

You wouldn't catch our keeper pulling such penalty shoot-out antics.    :P

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