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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: We've Turned a Corner!
« on: January 27, 2010, 11:01:25 PM »
I give out about him a bit but this is the captain of the football club speaking and based on what I've seen it feels right to me (for once this season!):

Steven Gerrard has spoken of his delight at being back in action - and insisted Liverpool have turned the corner in their battle to claim a top four place. The Liverpool skipper completed all 90 minutes of the Reds' goalless draw at Wolves on Tuesday night as Rafael Benitez's side moved into fifth place in the league table.

Although not the victory the Reds craved in the Midlands, Gerrard believes there were enough encouraging signs over the course of the match to suggest the team are heading in the right direction. "It was a frustrating and difficult game tonight," he said. "Wolves defended well and the pitch was difficult to string passes together on.

"We're happy with how we defended as a team and that's four or five games undefeated for us now. We're a more difficult team to beat at the moment. Earlier in the season we'd have lost this game 1-0 but we've turned the corner now. "We will keep fighting for this fourth place. We've a couple of home games to play now and if we can keep the momentum going and take maximum points then we'll edge into the top four.

"If we keep battling and keep defending as we have been then results will follow. "There are a lot of people in the dressing room who are hurt at seeing us lying in seventh and eighth position and you learn a lot from these situations when times are hard.

"We have looked at each other and we want to put it right. The most important thing for me over the last four games has been the character and the desire the players have shown. "As captain, that gives me major confidence as you know the good performances are around the corner if the solid base is there. Nobody is hiding and that's a big positive."

Gerrard, meanwhile, reported no reaction to the hamstring injury which has sidelined him for the past couple of weeks. "It's great to be back, but just disappointing we didn't win the match," he said. "It's good to be back in the group again and I'm just looking forward to the next game now.

"The physios said I'd be out for two or three weeks when I had the scan, but I have healed quickly and there were no problems with the hamstring tonight, so I'm really pleased."

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: We've Turned a Corner!
« on: January 27, 2010, 04:13:36 PM »
Yip, definitely in May hard questions need to be asked e.g. how come we've got so many friggin' injuries all the time.

& I'm not saying that the world is a perfect place, (we'd all have liked a win last night!) e.g. how does Maxi waltz into the first 11, where did Lucas disappear to in the second half, why can't Gerrard do the hand waving Istanbul thing away to Wolves, why does Skrtel look so anxious in possession and a few other annoyances......

However the pitch at Wolves was like something from eastern Europe (hence no Aquilani I presume), it's another clean sheet and this guy Kyriakos appears to be able to do something which I have failed to see all season (btw Hypia could do it with his eyes closed) HEAD THE BALL AWAY WHEN IT COMES IN THE BOX.

So I'm hoping that when the lads get back from injury we are going to crack on win the Europa cup and finish 4th in the league. At which point it would be the right time to have a serious look at things and make some decisions.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / We've Turned a Corner!
« on: January 27, 2010, 01:25:16 PM »
According to Gerrard. I agree with that and am looking forward to the rest of the season. Bizarrely, I think Kyriakos has come in and settled us down at the back and the rest will come with results and players returning.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Reds Vs Wolves
« on: January 26, 2010, 05:21:04 PM »
Bit nervous, but if we keep it really tight at the back then I fancy Riera tonight!

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: I'm having a bit of a crisis
« on: January 23, 2010, 07:35:27 PM »
Souness was a man, a motherf**ker, a bollocks, a warrior, a thug, a narcissist and he was also a damn fine footballer in my opinion. You could argue how many years later that Stevie is perhaps more technically gifted (It's a close call and skewed by the difference in eras and the nature of the modern game i.e. boots and balls etc.).
For me, in every other department though Souness wins hands down.

I fully expect a renaissance of form or even Indian summer from Gerrard but he should start looking in the mirror and asking himself if he has what it takes to lead 11 men to the title and if not step aside.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: I'm having a bit of a crisis
« on: January 21, 2010, 11:04:58 PM »
Selling Gerrard, not sure!

I've argued for awhile that I'm suspect about his captaining ability. We had the argument way back here:

http://www.anfieldroad.co.uk/forum/liverpool-fc/notw-rafa-to-spend-pound70m/30/


It would be interesting to wonder whether are inability to beat weaker teams consistently in the past is connected to his style of captaincy. No doubt he can rise to the big one-off occasion as he's demonstrated on many occasions.

I'd like to see a new captain and I'd like to see Gerrard play for us for another 3-4 years.


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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Liverpool - Spurs
« on: January 20, 2010, 11:53:29 PM »
Great result!

Lots of spirit and character tonight!

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Totally agree, come the summer hard questions need to be asked.

Sometimes you'd think that the end of world is nigh with these weirdos that seem to have a wart on their f*nny relating to Rafa.

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Totally agree dude!

I mean once I finally accepted that we weren't going to win the league this season (last week! lol), I just got on with it. Rafa's lost his mojo for awhile, tbh the guy has a lot on his plate, it happens! But I'm not going to desert him in his hour of need. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

I just wish the haters would f**k off and die. Same c**ts baying for his blood now would be the first to have slaughtered him if he'd moved to Real for twice the money. Benitez has enough dignity to go if he feels he can't turn it around and in the meantime deserves our support.

I'm really really looking forward to the Spurs game!

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Sticking Together
« on: January 14, 2010, 03:51:18 PM »
There was a lot of talk about sticking together by the players as we lurched from one bad result to another this season. You expect that because we're Liverpool and that's our tradition. Paisley was a great believer in it:

"One of the things I keep reminding players is that when you're lost in a fog, you must stick together. Then you don't get lost. If there's a secret about Liverpool, that's it."

Well I just want to say that that includes the manager! This clip from The Wild Bunch (If you think of Rafa as the old man!) perfectly explains it and our season (It's worth watching!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jLp1OAvcss&feature=PlayList&p=E2C2ED333F01AB8D&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=4

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Reading - replay
« on: January 14, 2010, 03:19:28 PM »
Sounds ridiculous but personally, I'm dreading Jamie Carraghers next comments on the season ditto Gerrard (if he says anything, probably too embarassed). Equally, I don't care much for the newbies spouting right on shed about this and that. I'd love someone to step up to the plate.......someone with credibility, confidence, a leader to get us to the end of the season and drag the team with them.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Reading - replay
« on: January 14, 2010, 01:48:22 PM »
TBH, I don't really give a monkeys about the FA cup. Sure it's nice to win a trophy but it's not the competition that it was!

I still back the manager despite the results because I think he has been let down this season by the players! When you lose to minnows AT HOME, I think the players have to take the blame. There is an obsession with always blaming Rafa and instead I look for leadership on the pitch.

Nobody wants to say that the captain isn't doing his job this season. Some people don't want to question Stevie G cos of the great things that he has done for the club in the past. But psychologically I think it's all wrong there a) He's one of those guys that feels he has to carry the burden b) he's coming toward the end of his pomp picking up/recovering from injury more and has become desperate/obsessed with winning the league c) He's carried crap teams in the past and probably feels that he deserves better now.

Fine I've no problem with any of that. I do have a problem with a lack of leadership on the pitch though and this notion that certain things can't change or even be discussed. Give the captaincy to a younger, hungrier, mentally tougher guy and let Gerrard get on with adapting his game to deal with his age.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Should Reina be Captain?
« on: December 24, 2009, 05:09:54 PM »
O.K. guaranteed Stevie G will prove me wrong Boxing Day by getting a hat-trick but on the performances and general vibes so far this season, I think that this is fair comment!

Happy Christmas everybody!

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / We Are Good Enough!
« on: December 15, 2009, 02:15:07 AM »
Eeeeeeh the forum is bubbling over again with the usual haters!

I admit there have been problems this season and Rafa takes his fair share of the blame (not disproportionate though! Anyway he's not the messiah he's the gaffer).

Hand on my heart I Believe (nice word!) in the first 11! I love these guys, think they're good enough and WILL HAPPILY SUPPORT THEM ALL SEASON LONG:

Reina
Johnson
Carragher
Agger
Aurelio
Benayoun
Masch
Aquilani/Lucas
Kuyt
Gerrard
Torres

YNWA

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: What will it take for this fool to go?
« on: December 07, 2009, 11:07:37 PM »
I agree with the Dude!

In general I'm not happy (in fact I'm seriously pissed off) about how we started this season and fair enough the buck stops with Rafa regarding that. But I don't feel the need to question the managers ability on a weekly basis ad nauseum.

In particular, those people who claim to attend matches weekly (season ticket holders since 1892) should get down and dirty with proper arguments about players, systems and tactics rather than regurgitating tired arguments about money and transfers that even people that don't know what football is are probably familiar with by now.

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