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  • in reply to: Benteke the top target as West Ham plan summer spree #1006850

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    I’ve always liked Benteke (even at Villa) and it’s a shame it hasn’t worked out for him here. I thought he was off to a solid start under a poorly performing Rodger’s team. That said, Ings in the short period of time I got to see him play looked promising as well – Origi has made excellent progress and then there’s Sturridge. It’s very hard to see how Benteke will command a regular place in the team when all are fit. In any case, should he move on, I’d like a clause in the contract about him not playing against Liverpool in the future…coz whether he’s successful elsewhere or not, he’ll stick it to them big time the next time their paths cross.


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    suarezsteeth – I hope so too because I’m not as young as I once was and I can’t cope either mentally or physically with another of these hard fought finals. :o)


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    Indeed, we are no Middlesbrough (2006), nor Espanyol (2007), nor Benfica (2014) or Dnipro (2015) but we might as well be…such is the hard work we make of any final we ever seem to be in during the 2000’s where we’re expected to prevail. Birmingham, Alavés, West Ham and Cardiff come to mind…and it’s what is keeping my feet firmly planted on the ground for this one.

    in reply to: Ref Review: The controversial decisions from week 35 #981400

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    liverpool_1986: In all fairness, we’ve had quite a few calls go our way…so probably best not to dwell on this one. Plus, there’s the consolation of it being against Rafa…and I’ll be very happy if his Newcastle stay up…preferably at the expense of Big Sam. What a fun little scenario – I wonder how hot shot manager Big Sam would feel about that, losing out to his former club and the manager who was only at Liverpool for as long as he was because he reached a couple of Champion League finals :o)


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    Not as old as McAllister…but having a similar kind of effect for us. When we were linked to him a couple of seasons back, I mocked the idea of him playing for us before a City fan shot me down with a firm rebuttal. Turns out he was right.


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    “In stark contrast Slaven Bilic was considered a massive gamble when he took over at West Ham but he’s transformed the Hammers into a superb, easy-on-the-eye footballing side.” Who considered him a gamble? He’s earned a reputation as a solid manager prior to his appointment. Who the heck considered him a risk or any eye brow raising appointment? Even I, with my tendency of calling things wrong…said he’d make them a hard to beat team. Sure, I had no idea he’d do what he’s done…but never did I have the reaction that say I had when Ranieri was appointed.

    You really think it’s fair to bring Rafa into this…this soon? I’ll give you Remi Garde…but Rafa, c’mon? How are you assessing this – that he hasn’t had an immediate impact? That Newcastle should already be 6 points clear of the drop zone? His first PL season for us was very poor – who remembers the FA Cup exit that season? Sure, we got to the LC final and won the CL…but we stumbled through the early stages before getting stronger in those competitions..later in the season. Point is, he needed a little time to get something going. I don’t think he’s got that here and I expect him to fail. I certainly wasn’t (am not) expecting him to get it right…there’s just not enough time.

    In recent seasons, we’ve seen people like Mauricio Pochettino, Koeman, Laudrup (for a short while) come in and make a difference – we’ve seen, mostly via Chelsea, big managers come in, and not do so well (relatively speaking and literally speaking) – there’s nothing new – nothing is for sure – I certainly don’t think any sane person should be banking all their hope on just reputations.

    Klopp came in…there was a super overdose of optimism – just listening to him was enough to motivate me and have me charging head first…at a steel wall. A little while in, and we (well, at least, I) quickly realised it’s going to take actual hard work to make things better (that said, I’d have more faith in this happening with him in charge).


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    gignerlfc – but then when you get that…you’ll want a defender who can do the rest. It’s inevitable. There was a poster on the old Your Say LFC page who I shall not name who absolutely did not rate JC because he couldn’t do ‘the rest’. Ideally, you want both…but since we never seem to find hidden gems in the way, say Southampton do…or have the money to buy a a defender that is a genuine goal threat too…we’re probably only capable of picking up the type of players who can only do one or the other – in which case, I agree, we need ones that can defend first. God, I miss Hyppia.


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    I like Pellegrini…and whilst I’m gutted we didn’t win the title a couple of seasons back, I’m glad it went to his team (though obviously, I hope he’s on the receiving end of another Liverpool beating this season when Wembley comes calling :o) Anyhoo, seems like a dignified way to deal with his departure and the new arrival. Certainly, given how things can be (Moyes knows about that) there were far worse ways to deal with this.

    in reply to: Liverpool shocked as Teixeira release clause revealed #827882

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    For the sake of suarezsteeth’s sanity, please, FSG, meet the buyout clause ;o)

    in reply to: Red Letter: Emotion the real Klopp effect at Liverpool #825548

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    I preferred meeting City to Everton…but only because we seem to rise to the occasion when it’s not expected since Klopp’s arrival. City, Southampton, Leicester and Stoke first leg are games one may easily of doubted we’d win. We played very well in strong spells against Arsenal too. I also find that City are a bit like us…blowing hot or cold so we might find a City that we easily turnover…or one that gives us a hiding. Everton, no, they’d have given us a very hard time and if we went on to win it…no doubt it’d have been a very messy affair where it’d had felt like we lost it (bit like when we beat Cardiff on penalties).


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    AbdiAziz Hashi Egal – I don’t see the killer striker that plays for Lapland Rovers…Father Christmas. ;o)

    in reply to: Suarez remains open to sensational Liverpool return #820637

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    He’s been looking to move to Barcelona since, like…forever. His family is settled there. He’ll leave once Barcelona have got the last bit of bestness out of him. Whilst it’s nice to hear a former players such such a thing, this won’t happen.

    in reply to: Liverpool make another bid for Shakhtar star Teixeira #819332

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    Liverpool bid the way I do on eBay…and it sucks when you lose out to a valuation that was close to what was being offered. Still, whilst it’s disappointing to lose out on something by a few million in LFC’s case (or pennies in mine :o), we all have budgets we need to adhere to. I always wonder how the people who whine about LFC not paying a little bit more manage their own finances. It’s not like Liverpool aren’t already offering a significant sum for a player that seems to want to leave…and doesn’t have any other options in the pipeline.

    in reply to: Top 10: Most important players to the Prem’s top 10 #716777

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    Whilst Rodgers only ever seemed to use Lucas when things didn’t go well for him, he’s been consistently used by all managers during his time at the club. He’s a dependable player that doesn’t get the credit he deserves from some quarters.

    in reply to: Hodgson: Spain punished us – but England will learn #705790

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    I’ve said this about Roy since I had the displeasure of experiencing his Liverpool reign…he’s just not good enough at “real” international level and I smack my head repeatedly thinking about the young talent he is and continues to be responsible for. As impressive as the qualifying record was, opposition was very similar to the kind of level he excels at – whether it be his “glory” years that he experienced in Scandinavia or more recent accomplishments with the likes of Fulham and WBA. There’s a valid argument to say that England are in fact the Fulham (at the time, a PL team) or WBA of international footy and it’s no wonder he does well against a certain level of opposition (results wise, if not performance wise). Against the likes of Spain…or at the championships next year…expect more of the World Cup level of performances.

    in reply to: Your Says replace Facebook comments on TEAMtalk #703573

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    So I left quite a witty post under the Facebook setup on another story just this very morning…and it’s now been taken off. This upsets me…coz it’s not often I can show the world how witty I am :o(

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