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Liverpool FC, football, sport / The Way Forward
« on: September 03, 2012, 09:09:28 PM »
I think we need to

1.) Bin Ayre or re-assign him to commercial stuff.
2.) Appoint a world-class guy to run the football club
3.) Move forward with the Stadium
4.) Roar the team on!

The alternative is to sit around bitching, moaning and feeling sorry
for ourselves. Sir Bob Paisley always said "Stick together". Our backs
are against the wall after a poor start. It's not the end of the world if
one guy stands up and provides leadership (The way Shanks did) and
drives the club on, instead of capitulating to some media campaign to
make us a laughing stock.

It's leadership, not signings that we need.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / The Team with no Heart
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:35:55 AM »

After another shambolic display against West Brom it would appear that
Dave Whelan wasn't far from the truth last season:

"When we have been there playing them, there is no heart in the club at present. It's
a little bit disturbing when you think that a football club as big as Liverpool is functioning
without a heart."

Are we off down the yellow brick road for another season filled with delusions that there's a
great Wizard of Oz (Brendan, perhaps  :) ) to solve all our problems?

Forget about systems, in my opinion the priority is heart, the team needs to play with heart,
we simply don't have enough quality to think that we have some divine right to win premier
league football matches because we're LFC. if Stevie isn't up to the job then he needs to step
aside and give the armband to someone who shows leadership on the pitch and instils a
fighting spirit in the side. Tbh, I really believe that we'd see a much better player if after 9 years
he had that weight taken off his shoulders.

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Post Match Interviews - Season 2012/2013
« on: August 18, 2012, 06:41:39 PM »
Decided to collect post match interviews here for the
season. With a new gaffer it's always interesting, imo, to
see how the demeanour changes as the season progresses.

So courtesy of BBC Football  :):

Brendan Rodgers:


Steve Clarke:


Liverpool FC, football, sport / The New System
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:31:23 PM »
Anyone any thoughts on the much heralded Rodgers system?

We've heard about the passing the ball to death bit and pressing part.
On the North American tour a good deal of the passing was deep within our own
half, this appears to have had more to do with the nervous players from the youth
ranks. As more first teamers have returned the passing appears to be further up the pitch.

The pressing part, I've seen much less of and there hasn't been sustained and effective
pressing in the matches i've seen (maybe that's cos we're playing keep ball in our own half  :) ).
Tbh, the pressing part was more of a priority, imo, based on last seasons lacklustre efforts
in that department  :(

Anyway what I've heard or read nothing about is what happens when the zippety zip passing
stuff breaks down and the ball gets intercepted by the opposition. Particularly in its infancy that
would strike me as something that's likely to happen a bit i.e. it's not clear to me how the system
re-structures itself when we lose possession in dangerous areas in our own half as a result of a
lapse in concentration, tedium or pressure from the opposition?

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Europa League Campaign 2012/2013
« on: August 11, 2012, 06:59:53 PM »
So we beat the Gomel 4-0 on aggregate, 3-0 the other night at Anfield.

Reminds me of our Carling cup campaign last year, taking it so seriously
early on (or maybe the gaffer was just treating it as a more competitive
preseason workout for the guts of the 1st team).

However 19 (half a season) more games required in order to win it, so despite
the prestige of winning a trophy in Europe the obvious question concerns the
amount of 1st team resources we're going to devote to it, bearing in mind the
Thursday night fixtures and our league ambitions.

Ideally, imo, we'd leave it to Stevie (icon) and Carra (stalwart) to lead a bunch of
fringe players and youth prospects through the early stages (induct them into
European football, so to speak) and conserve the energies of our prize assets,
Lucas, Suarez and the likes of Reina and the two CBs for the league campaign?
Maybe the priority is to qualify for the group stages before such experimentation
can take place. Surely though the likes of Kelly, Coates, Suso, and Sterling (to name
a few) have a role to play in what is almost a mini-league campaign.


I appear to be on my own on this one but I'm not convinced about
the new gaffer. There's an argument that some of his philosophy is
much needed at the club after being labelled a team with no heart
and finishing 8th last season (note to ed, Andy Carroll was the only
one who showed any heart in the FA cup final). Ok we need to press
more and stop being brittle (bit of a no-brainer if you watched the
games last season). Frankly, I don't think he's the only manager in
the world who could instill that in the team.

Anyway, i grow weary of the stunts. The new "This is Anfield Sign",
the big statement at the expense of Carroll, the cozying up to the
local talent and the Bill Shankly-lite impersonations. Less talk, more
action. Deliver 4th and then you can start. Seriously, if i have to
listen to him bullshit on for the entire season and we end up 6th, I
just don't get it  :'(

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Hasta la Vista Maxi!
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:02:32 PM »
Oh Well, off goes Maxi then  :'( Totally respect his attitude during his time at our club,
gave me some good memories as well. Another clever player with heart leaves!  :(


Dear Reds, I am leaving Liverpool FC today.

Before signing for LFC, I just saw the club as one of the greatest institutions in football. After my time here I can confirm that this is not just a great club but also a great family.

I have tried to give everything every day that I was wearing the LFC crest. It has been a great honour to defend this shirt during two and a half years. I am returning home with a suitcase full of great memories, good friends within the team and also within this great family that works every day in the club. Thanks a lot for your support. You can NOT imagine what a great honour it was for me when the Kop sang, 'Maxi, Maxi Rodríguez runs down the wing for me da da da da dada...'

Hasta la vista.


Liverpool FC, football, sport / The Rise of Spurs
« on: July 03, 2012, 10:29:33 PM »
With recent 4th, 5th, 4th finishes (versus our 7th, 6th 8th)
a new coach, ambitious chairman, state-of-the-art training facility
and stadium plans in the works...is it time we started forgetting
about winning the league and the 2 United games every season
and got with the reality that finishing above Spurs is the target?

Liverpool FC, football, sport / So long Dirk!
« on: June 03, 2012, 05:47:26 PM »
Sad to see Dirk leave, loved watching him play over the years,
wore the shirt the proper way, hard-working, reliable, determined,
intelligent, team player, big game player, scored some vital goals.
He'll be missed, wish him all the best!  :)

Liverpool FC, football, sport / The Sobering Reality
« on: May 08, 2012, 03:23:35 PM »
Yer man over at Swiss Ramble has his calculator out again  :)


Ahem...cos i was kind of expecting a second wave of investment in the squad this Summer.  :'(

Liverpool FC, football, sport / No. 8
« on: May 04, 2012, 03:53:42 PM »
It's going to be hugely satisfying, imo, if we beat the Blues tomorrow
and would serve as a timely reminder to everyone at the club, why we

Not expecting an easy match by any stretch. Still, as far as I'm aware
there are no new injuries, so there's certainly enough personnel there to
field a strong 11, iow, no excuses for not putting it up to the c**ts.

Here's hoping the wee maestro Suarez can channel some of the King in battle


Fingers crossed  :)

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Pressing High Up The Pitch
« on: March 26, 2012, 02:41:50 PM »
Following on from the Robot Dancers wonder strike at the weekend,
I was pointed to his goal against Galatasaray:


In a moment of revelation, I remembered what we used do, when he were
a well trained & honed Benitez machine (& eschewed PRETTY FOOTBALL in favour
of results, leaving the former to Arsenal). Pressing high up the pitch!

Does Carroll (ok, he should be in the centre anyway waiting for the cross) do it?
Does Suarez?
Does Downing?
Does Henderson?
Does Adam?
Does Gerrard?


So the attack starts when the OPPOSITION have the ball....hmmm...not when it
eventually makes its way forward from the malfunctioning decision making hub
that is our midfield.

Did we get a bit ahead of ourselves, carried away on Wengeresque daydreams?
Are we now a predictable/one-dimensional pretty footballing outfit that can be stymied
by any well-organised, and lets be honest, average Premier League defence? Pretty
football is fine, by all means, if you have the right players and system (Barcelona) .

Need to get some Duracell bunnies in this Summer, methinks  :)

Liverpool FC, football, sport / Race For 4th
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:29:09 PM »
Back to reality, the race for 4th  :D
Below's the table:

Pld    Pts           Club              
26    63            Man City           
26    61            Man Utd           
26    53            Tottenham    
26    46            Arsenal           
26    46            Chelsea           
26    43            Newcastle    
25    39            Liverpool           
26    35            Norwich           
26    33            Sunderland    
25    33            Everton           
26    33            Fulham       
26    33            Stoke

& here's the Fixture List (Is 1 game missing?)
Sat 03 Mar   H - Arsenal
Sat 10 Mar   A - Sunderland
Tue 13 Mar   H - Everton
Sat 24 Mar   H - Wigan

Sun 01 Apr   A - Newcastle
Sat 07 Apr   H - Aston Villa
Tue 10 Apr   A - Blackburn
Sat 14 Apr   H - Fulham
Sun 22 Apr   H - West Brom
Sat 28 Apr   A - Norwich

Sat 05 May   H - Chelsea
Sun 13 May   A - Swansea

1 Conolation being we play the 3 teams ahead of us &
the 4 teams behind us. Lot of must win games in there!

Liverpool FC, football, sport / The Carling Cup Final
« on: February 21, 2012, 01:17:02 AM »
In honour of our first trip to the new Wembley and latest
opportunity of some silverware to end a barren run
stretching to 2006, I decided to give this it's own thread!

RB, Kelly or Johnson? ("I have this vision of Kelly scoring in a cup final")

Spearing or Adam? (our biggest weakness, in front of the back 4)

As if anyone needs a reminder about last year's final:


& then there's the 1988 debacle:


Any thoughts...

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