Mme Erzulie

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  1. Giovinco still tearing it up for Toronto?
  2. I think you're all overlooking Trent Alexander-Arnold.
  3. Yes I've been raving about him for little over a year to my fellow 'pool fans. Obviously he could fizzle out, but he's got technique, vision, composure and a knack for scoring goals. Obviously I'm counting my chickens a little, but it's nice to have youth players that are genuinely promising, rather than Spearing, Pacheco, Flanagan, Nemeth and a bunch of other less-than-stellar academy players over the past 15 years I've forgotten about. I think Everton have got some very exciting kids as well (Davies, Lookman and Calvert-Lewin in particular). Woodburn became our youngest ever goalscorer last season, TAA scored a worldie of a free kick on his European debut, and Gomez had a weak foot assist against Arsenal. It's too early to say for sure, but I'm gonna enjoy these prospects for their undoubted potential. Isco is on his last year - does anyone with an intimate knowledge of La Liga or Real know whether there's any chance of him actually turning down Real and going somewhere else? Surely playing time won't be an issue if he keeps playing like this?
  4. Ben Woodburn - the most aroused I've been by a 17 year old for quite some time. Love that he and TAA apparently have a got a training ground rivalry (of the friendly sort) with free kicks etc. Excepting Gerrard and Fowler, I can't remember being this excited about Liverpool's youngsters. It's what I imagine Arsenal fans felt about their youth 5-10 years ago, when they would routinely embarrass other sides in domestic cups. In addition to Woodburn and TAA, there's Grujic, Ejaria, Solanke, Gomez - all players you can envision having an impact this season.
  5. Maybe not, but 50 miles adds one hour via car (without accounting for London traffic) each way, so that's potentially two hours less family time each day. Might not be a deal breaker, but not necessarily insignificant.
  6. The other thing to note with Benitez is that he's very reluctant to leave (or stray too far from) the northwest. His kids have grown up there and he doesn't want to uproot them, and he also doesn't want to be away from his family, from what I've been given to understand. So whereas West Ham could be a possibility, I think it unlikely. His geographical immobility has contributed to the fall of his managerial stock, and might also give an impression that it is lower than what is actually the case. I don't for a second think the Newcastle job was the most prestigious he was offered, just the best one within his range. Good family man, Rafa. YNWA
  7. Football fans having pops at each other's clubs is pretty inevitable. But do stick around, I think you'll find that this place is saner, more considered and less bellicose than most. It's the only reason I come to these forums anymore, having lost interest in the books long ago and never having been impressed by the tv show. Dead horse flogging to follow: Fuck international breaks.
  8. Klopp knows what he's doing.
  9. Seems to me Stoke have had a very good window as well. Zouma is an upgrade, and Jese looked very hungry against Arsenal. Choupo-Moting also gives them something, and Fletcher on a free is nothing to sneer at. Not sure they're gonna miss shit-for-brains Arnautovic.
  10. We'll see. I judge transfer windows by how good and well-balanced the team looks at the end of them rather than how many players they brought in. Man U weakened two other clubs, one of them a direct rival, and addressed the biggest weaknesses in their own team. They also didn't lose any players they didn't want to lose. True. I wasn't following football that closely last season, and while Monaco's meteoric rise registered with me, I don't really know many of the players that well (apart from Mbappe). Don't really know Danilo or Ederson either, and £50 million for Kyle Walker seems like questionable business, at best. But they've obviously got an impressive squad. I think it's a case of quantity over quality with Everton, although I might be wrong. It reminds me a little of Liverpool's summer 2014 window, when we brought in Balotelli, Lovren, Markovic, Lambert, Origi, Lallana, Moreno and Can. Out of those, only Can and Lallana can be said to be successes, but it took a couple of seasons for them (and Moreno?) to come good. Rooney has started well, and I was impressed with Pickford last season (but you could argue that it's easier to look good as a GK for a shit team), and Gylfi will obviously give them an added threat on set pieces, but I still remember him "flopping" at Spurs. Also, they did lose one of the deadliest strikers in the league. I somehow doubt Sandro is gonna fill his boots. Huddersfield I think might have done some very shrewd business. To be fair to him, he turned Chelsea down. And looking at transfers by club, Jesus Christ, Chelsea have a bloated squad. Outgoing transfers: Juan Cuadrado - Juventus, £17.3m Christian Atsu - Newcastle, £6.2m Asmir Begovic - Bournemouth, undisclosed Dominic Solanke - Liverpool, fee by tribunal John Terry - Aston Villa, free Alex Davey - released Fankaty Dabo - Vitesse, loan Bertrand Traore - Lyon, £8.8m Nathan Ake - Bournemouth, £20m Tammy Abraham - Swansea, loan Kasey Plamer - Huddersfield, loan Bradley Collins - Forest Green, loan Charlie Colkett - Vitesse Arnhem, loan Ola Aina - Hull City, loan Mukhtar Ali - Vitesse, undisclosed Ruben Loftus-Cheek - Crystal Palace, loan Nathan Baxter - Woking, loan Alex Kiwomya - Doncaster, free Josimar Quintero - Rostov, loan Todd Kane - Groningen, loan Nathan Chalobah - Watford, undisclosed Lucas Piazon - Fulham, loan Marco Van Ginkel - PSV Eindhoven, loan Ike Ugbo - Barnsley, loan Jay Dasilva - Charlton, loan Kurt Zouma - Stoke, loan Mason Mount - Vitesse, loan Nemanja Matic - Man Utd, £40m Izzy Brown - Brighton, loan Jamal Blackman - Sheffield United, loan Michael Hector - Hull, loan Tomas Kalas - Fulham, loan Matt Miagza - Vitesse, loan Bekanty Victorien Angban - Waasland-Beveren, loan Mario Pasalic - Spartak Moscow, loan Lewis Baker - Middlesbrough, loan Why any young player would ever go to Chelsea in hopes of getting playing time is beyond my comprehension.
  11. Didn't he play for Juve before Barca? I guess it's not unheard of for players to return to a club, but it's not like it's his childhood club or anything. As Baxus pointed out, Grujic is not a new signing. And what's becoming increasingly apparent with Klopp is that he'd rather wait a year for the right player than panic buy a stop-gap solution. I do think we need a better keeper to win the PL (and potentially other trophies), and getting VVD would be a massive boost to our defence. But I don't necessarily buying anyone who's going is a better solution than sticking with what we've got for the next season. But if we get Lemar and VVD, I think you'd have a hard time arguing anyone (in the PL) other than Man U have had a better transfer window.
  12. And for the first time in a long time, I'm excited to see what a team of our "kids" would look like. ----------------------------Ward-------------------------- Flanno---------Gomez-----------Klavan-----------TAA -----Woodburn-----------Grujic-----------Ejaria-------- Ings---------------------Solanke------------------Kent The team would probably include a couple of other oldies, but it's a pretty exciting line-up.
  13. Pardon double post, but wanted to reply to this. So fucking annoying, and I feel a dreaded sense of deja-vu of going into an international break on great form and then having one or more pivotal players injured, messing up the team's rhythm and momentum. I look forward to when the World Cup Finals will inevitably include every nation in the world, eliminating the need for qualifiers.
  14. While Arsenal were poor, and Wenger's tactical decisions were odd, to say the least, that was a really good game by Liverpool. If you're gonna come out and play against this side, you better have something. Can was outstanding today, as was Gini. Salah could have had two or three more goals, but a goal and assist is pretty damn good. Mané was class, which we're almost starting to take for granted. Bobby superb, work rate, hold up play and incisiveness all impeccable. The weight on the pass for Mané's goal was tantalising. Hendo was great defensively, but should have scored at least one, and probably two. Back four didn't have much to do, but that's also a result of playing disciplined and with good positioning and pressing. Karius somehow managed to almost gift Arsenal not one, but two goals in a match where they had zero shots on goal. Generally more assured with field work and punching the ball than Mignolet, about whom all kinds of rumours are suddenly swirling. But maybe the backline looking assured against a normally very impressive attack has something to do with who's playing behind them? The best bit about these first few games is that we honestly don't seem to be missing Coutinho that badly. You can tell that (most of) the players have had a season and a half now of learning Klopp's playing style and tactics, and the interplay, give-and-gos and 1-2s always seem purposeful and instrumental in unlocking organised defences.
  15. Yeah, he's showing his enormous potential here. Almost looks like he's playing for the armband. Hope rumours of promises made to Juve are untrue.
  16. Real Madrid do indeed look very impressive. I'm not saying I think anyone should bet their life savings on Liverpool winning the CL. I'd be worried if we still had a lot of players from 2007 still playing for us today. Here's where I think a lot of people are underestimating or misjudging Klopp's LFC: They are fucking deadly when they're the underdog, i.e. when teams come out to play. Liverpool didn't lose to another top 6 PL side in the league last season. We won five and drew five. And yes, it was pre-season, but we demolished Bayern as well. We're much better against stronger opposition. Atletico Madrid are an exception among the big European teams, in that their whole setup is destructive and defensive. But group 1 consists of teams like Spartak Moscow and Shaktar Donetsk, a heavily depleted Monaco and Benfica. Group two actually looks tougher on paper if you disregard Real, Bayern and Juve. Barca, Atletico, Sevilla, Dortmund, both Manchester clubs and PSG? People will be praying they draw Porto from that group (who are no slouches themselves). In conclusion, I think Liverpool are about 85 % to win the treble this season. YNWA
  17. Give it to Trent Alexander-Arnold and be done with it. Captain for the next 20 years. What a hero. Honestly haven't been this excited/nervous about a Liverpool game in a long time. If we win and get a favourable draw in the group stages, who knows where we could end up? This has the feeling of a year where an "underdog" team might challenge. Bayern and Barca seem out of sorts, Neymar's PSG are untested as of yet, and Liverpool have shown they can go toe to toe with all the top English sides in head-to-head matchups. Before you laugh me out of the room, it might be worth to take a look at the squad we won the 2005 CL with. Yes, we had a couple of worldies, notably Gerrard and Alonso, but we also had Djimi Traore, Harry Kewell, Milan Baros, Djibril Cisse, Jerzy Dudek (who despite his heroics in the final was not a top class keeper) and Steve Finnan. We had Igor Biscan, Josemi and Antonio Nunez (who?) on the bench, FFS. I'd fancy our current squad against that team. Obviously, it's a long shot, but winning tonight would be huge, also in terms of getting new players in before the window closes or in January.
  18. *its Agree that Aguero should be banned for that. And Everton have a really promising batch of youngsters coming through, with Davis, C-L and Lookman. I have an (ir)rational hatred of Klaasen, as he always scores against me on FIFA, and almost always with a header, for some infernal reason
  19. Yeah, Dele Alli seems to have a nasty streak combined with a penchant for diving/acting. Shame to see from a player with so much talent, and who is undoubtedly a big hero to a lot of kids.
  20. As a neutral, Spurs looked the stronger side for most of the match and were perhaps a bit unlucky to not score a couple of goals. In Ligue 1, looks like Neymar's having quite the impact, leading a 10-men PSG to a 6-2 win over Toulouse, scoring two and grabbing 2-3 assists. Not sure if this is Neymar maturing into a genuine rival to Messi and Cronaldo or if it's an indictment of the French league. I have a feeling it's at least part the latter.
  21. Well, that was an important win. Can't be dealing with being 4-5 points off the top after just two games. Also first time we didn't lose to Palace at Anfield in four years, so that was a nice duck to break. Shots / on target stats were 23/13 - 4/1, so I think it's fair to say it was a deserved win. Some of the attacking play is scintillating, and with slightly more clinical finishing, this could and should have been a rout. I'm very taken with Solanke. Sturridge did very little today, and I'm pretty sure Solanke would have sunk a couple of those tasty-looking Robertson crosses. Robertson looked a bit shaky and nervous the first couple of minutes (understandable), but really got into the game and was one of our best players in the end. Firmino's work goes under the radar. He looked really sharp today and has excellent linkup play. Better centrally. I thought Gomez did very well. He's no Trent Alexander-Arnold (who looked hilariously mopey about being left out of the matchday squad), but he did a solid job and is getting closer to full fitness and sharpness with every game. Doesn't offer as much going forward but is more composed defensively and arguably has superior positioning. Klavan is a weird one. Overall his play is really good, I think. He reads the game well and is comfortable on the ball, and has and underrated passing foot. But he's not very imposing physically, and got pushed around too easily by Loftus-Cheek in the run-up to Benteke's massive chance. Definitely a good backup at CB, but shouldn't be a starter. Matip was great today, and kept just picking Townshend's pocket. Midfield lacking a bit in creativity without Coutinho (and Lallana) and with Hendo in particular still looking a bit rusty.
  22. Also, I assume he's not guaranteed a place in the team? I'm not gonna pretend I'm intimately acquainted with Brazil's national team affairs, but I imagine there's enough good players that he has to perform for his club to be safe. Yeah, missing a World Cup at 25 when you're maturing into a world class player is not ideal. Also, you have to be wondering how much fucking Joorabchian is Grima Wormstongueing the poor boy. He's always seemed very level-headed and down to earth, Neymar's opposite number. This isn't really like him.
  23. That's interesting. So a normal standalone C in Bosnian is pronounced TS? And I'm worried that Lukaku is going to be a really good signing for Manu. He just scores a lot of goals and is still young, so if he realises his potential, he could be crushing it for up to a decade. Here's hoping he falls out with Mourinho or starts smoking meth. I also struggle to believe how much Chelsea have strengthened one of their fiercest rivals, directly or indirectly, over the past few seasons. Absolute showers.
  24. I agree that it wasn't a howler, but he was undeniably involved, and I seem to remember him getting skinned once or twice as well. But he's so young and has time to learn, and I think there's few better for nurturing young talent than Jurgen. Hopefully we'll be better defensively against Hoffenheim.
  25. Touché What is the correct pronunciation? And stress? Always good to get these things right. Amen. While none of the goals yesterday were explicit blunders on his part, a top class goal keeper might have kept one out. And he keeps inspiring precisely zero confidence in his defence with his appalling box control and handling. He seems to be a bit better with his feet now, but I wouldn't be surprised if he proves me wrong there shortly. I keep telling him it needs to be "two more than the opposition". The front three were the only ones who get a passing grade for that match. TAA and Moreno did alright as well. TAA was involved in Watford's second goal, but offers a lot more going forward than Clyne, and his set piece delivery was so good we actually looked threatening from corners. Big fan of his, think he'll improve massively this season. Everyone else was below par. Doesn't make sense to call out individuals. The team as a whole just looked unprepared, half-assed and dysfunctional. Midfield improved for parts of the second half, but for most of the first half, we looked outmanned, outworked and outgunned. Annoying that we didn't put the game to bed with several close calls on 2-3. And it's becoming such a pattern that we concede "messy" goals, where the ball is pinballing in and around the penalty area and never cleared properly, inevitably resulting in an opposing player getting a head, chest or a toe poke to it. Salah and Mané are going to be very hard to handle for opposing defences this season, but we need to sort out the defending.