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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2012-2013
« on: April 04, 2013, 05:10:34 PM »
Hi ASI, aren't we supposed to mix it up? If we conform to one template then the opposition can soon adapt...
Rogers clearly doesn't want to do that and given we have no tall forwards I don't blame him. Look at Spurs position. It's not doing them any harm. Mixing it would be nice and maybe he'll do it when he's got more experience. But for now he's probably sticking to what he's most comfortable with. If he mixed it up he might be accused of not knowing what style he wants to play.

It's another daft Mail league table. They could do countless ones based on different criteria and we would probably finish quite high on several.


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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2012-2013
« on: April 04, 2013, 12:51:34 PM »
That's because we don't play that style of football! Not exactly doing Reading and Newcastle any good is it?  ::)

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2012-2013
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:42:53 PM »
I would like to know how the club has gone backwards since Rodgers became manager.
I look forward to reading that response too Edward.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2012-2013
« on: February 22, 2013, 10:05:03 PM »
Being in the europa or not will not be a factor in attracting players.

You think because we'll be in europa next season players we want to buy will come because of that? Be serious.

I'm sure not being on Channel 5 or ITV 3 or 4 next season will cause sleepless nights for our sponsors......

I agree. There are 38 league games and all of those are available to the wider world. LFC gets plenty of exposure every week. And despite our league position Sky feature LFC as many times as Manure. That's because 1) we're exciting to watch and 2) we have a huge world-wide fan base.

There'll be other sponsors if SC decide to pull out.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Europa League Campaign 2012/2013
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:27:31 PM »
Sorry Ray, but I was answering your point directly about his value. Whether to sell or not is another issue.
Whether we can afford to replace before selling or have to sell with the proceeds part funding his replacement is something we don't know.
His value won't increase Tes so I'd be inclined to hold fire and keep him.

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At the moment sorting out the defence, both what to do as far as defending goes in play and how that translates to transfer movement of personnel looks to be a more pressing problem.
Agreed. That has to be the number 1 priority this summer. I think and hope Pepe will stay. There's enough change going to happen with the defenders without further confusing things with a new keeper. Anyway, I think he (or perhaps Lucas) will become the new vice-captain. I think young Kelly might do quite well at CB maybe alongside Agger.

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Downing could be a squad player, though an originally expensive one, or could be upgraded and shipped out, who knows, but I think there's more pressing areas. If nothing more, he can provide cover either side. I'm just so nonplused with him. Hugely disappointed in him. His last season at Villa was decent, not brilliant, but cheese to our chalk in comparison to what we've seen from him at any time since he arrived.

He's improved in recent weeks. Keep him.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Europa League Campaign 2012/2013
« on: February 21, 2013, 11:20:05 PM »
Considering we overpaid for him by a fair bit, if we got anything over £8M I'd be amazed and delighted.

He simply doesn't have the mentality to play at the level we require.

I imagine Arsenal fans are delighted they never signed him the Summer we did.

There's no point selling him until a better replacement has been lined up. We shall have to wait to see if that happens. He's a decent enough player but his age is probably against him now. He won't get any better.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Europa League Campaign 2012/2013
« on: February 21, 2013, 11:09:14 PM »
At least I got one thing right.  :D We are where we are and we're a tad too lightweight at the moment. With Sturridge and Coutinho we would've strolled past this round so that gives us a hint that some players will be gone in the summer, most notably Downing and Shelvey.

You get more things right than I give you credit for Martin.  :D I'd put Shelvey out on loan next season just to see if, at 20, he can learn and develop. Still undecided on Downing. He's played pretty well in recent weeks and we'd never get more than half our money back for him.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Europa League Campaign 2012/2013
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:42:50 PM »
Proud of the team and Anfield tonight - especially Anfield as I want to the crowd to be like that always.

When Allen and Henderson came off we lost composure in the middle, but if they ran out of puff, then not a lot we can do about that. Hopefully it will reinvigorate Allen to reproduce that on a more consistent basis.

I can only assume like you that Allen and Henderson were getting tired. Can't see Rogers taking them off otherwise. Pity Shelvey didn't have a bit more composure. He could have been the hero tonight. Pleased with Allen. Hope to see more of that in games to come.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Europa League Campaign 2012/2013
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:00:39 PM »
A fantastic fightback but sadly not quite enough. Hats off for a damn good performance. Damage done last week.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2012-2013
« on: February 21, 2013, 08:56:12 PM »
But we would agree that if he's to put in a performance like he did against City at home it is most likely to be at Anfield? Do we agree that much? And do we agree that his performance in that match played quite some role to the overall performance of the team?

I can't remember that far back, sorry. But his goal tonight vindicates his selection. Interesting 45 mins coming up.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2012-2013
« on: February 21, 2013, 07:21:25 PM »
Means Hendo on the left up front, I think.
Bit unbalanced.

Thought my idea with Wisdom would have
fixed that with Enrique up top on the left.

+ Wisdom would be a better presence in the box for corners.

Oh well.

Yes, I would have preferred Wisdom to Allen. Still, he's on the bench and will probably get game time.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2012-2013
« on: February 21, 2013, 07:17:43 PM »
Hold up a sec, what I meant was it does a disservice to those
managers to think that we can now mismanage our approach
to Europe and rely on the "big night" effect to get us through.

But we probably bigged up things in May 2005 prior to the Chelsea CL semi. Difficult to find quotes now but I'd be surprised if Rafa - when questioned by the press - didn't call on the Kop to give the team that extra man advantage. Anyway, I don't agree that we've mismanaged our approach. We played the kids in the group games and now we're playing the senior players. How is that mismanaging?

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I've no doubt Stevie will be determined and has the quality and
nerve to grab a goal. He's just not a spring chicken anymore, so
a rest seemed logical. Regards the 5-0, it's meaningless because
Swansea were weakened and we don't have Sturridge or Coutinho.
These Zenit lads are Champions and have quality an entirely different
proposition imo.

We played well on Sunday after less than 3 days break including a long flight. We've had 4 days to rest for this. That's enough. Regarding the meaningless 5-0 it won't be if the better goal diff gets us into Europe.

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Yet you can decipher BRs messages perfectly?  :P
I have special skills.  :D

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2012-2013
« on: February 21, 2013, 07:07:13 PM »
The inclusion of Allen concerns me. It will be difficult. What a pity Couthino and Sturridge can't play. They would make a huge difference.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2012-2013
« on: February 21, 2013, 07:04:46 PM »
Are you criticising my perfect Swenglish???!!!

LOL! Not at all.

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Liverpool FC, football, sport / Re: Season 2012-2013
« on: February 21, 2013, 06:56:30 PM »
I don't know why, but I don't have a single doubt in my mind we won't progress.

As a programmer I find double negatives particularly difficult to cope with. Does that translate as "I have no doubt we will progress"?  :D

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