robert lynn water polo time PL XI with only one player per club
In response to John, Si, Peter Vishal, I think you all raised valid points. All three teams had great attacking threats to varying degrees. The reason I went for the Benitez side was because it was the only side which had a half decent defence and goalkeeper.
The Benitez side did have its flaws . I stand to be corrected but the reason they were runners up in 08/09 season was because they struggled to breakdown weaker teams. They had 10 or 11 draws that season, most of them coming after the speech and to weaker opposition.
Klopps team when on form is very similar to the Rodgers team (remember the Dortmund game?). The difference being that Rodgers 13/14 team could turn out results more consistently. Klopps teams seem to stutter just as they go on a run.
In my opinion, this year will be Klopps best year. For the first time in many years Liverpool have decent squad depth. Injuries are unlikely to cause the team to stutter and with a decent 16 or 17 players instead of just a decent 11, the team will be able to stay fresh.
Shidaan(I think I need a shower, United fans shouldn spend this much time thinking about Liverpool)
Just a quick one on the teams of Klopp, Benitez and Rogers one think I think everyone can agree on, they would all finish behind FergiesUnited.
Benitez v Klopp is apples v oranges
This argument wondering who would beat whom between Klopps team Benitezs is idiotic as it is like comparing apples and oranges.
I think the better argument/discussion is how would Klopp do with Benitezs 08 team how would Rafa do with this Klopp team. I have no doubt that Klopp would have won the league with Gerrard,Torres,Carra etc and would have been far better in the transfer market then Rafa. Dossena,Aurelio,Lucas,Kuyt,Insua,Aquilani,Ngog, Kyriagkos,Riera,Sissoko should never be allowed buy a red jersey in the club shop never mind be paid to do it.
Klopp gets a lot out of the current squad due to his man management skills something that even the most avid of Benitez fans would acknowledge he clearly lacks.
Lucas was the final Benitez player to leave Liverpool. I figured at 20 mil someone at LFC did their homework and he would be at the club for years to come. Sheesh.
After spells in Portugal and in England at Hull I thought all was lost for the little Serbian. Deadline day came and went and while most Liverpool fans were distraught missing out on Lemar and Van Dijk, I was absolutely delighted that no one wanted our dark wizard Lazar.
Brian (Let hope he has a blinding first half a season) LFC
Thought Id counter the doom and gloom narrative surrounding Arsenal at the moment by throwing out some rays of sunshine. In spite of an insipid off season with poor results from the first three games this team is actually quite good. A back four of Bellerin, Kos, Mustafi and Kola is good. The front three of Ozil, Sanchez, and Laca is almost world class.
When you look at it, we have a strong eleven with a great bench.
I for one, would love to see this team in a 433 which would balance our midfield and give the front three the freedom to do what they do best: create, interchange and score goals. Were not going to win a title this season but we couldbe great to watch again.
Im also eager to see our youngsters getting a runout in the Europa League.
Liam Gabriel Hoskins (You are my sunshine, my only sunshine) AFC
Early closure a blessing in disguise
Here my take on the matter of EPL transfer window closing earlier. To begin with,
I concede that valid points are being made as to why EPL teams will be at a disadvantage. However, I find it significantly probable that it may prove to be a blessing in disguise. EPL teams are being asked exorbitant prices now anyways. But if they shut shop early, together with a more planned transfer strategy, they can come out as beneficiaries. The money flowing in is not going to end any time soon. So put yourself in the shoes of the selling side I can ask for more money, I also know that I have a limited time (till the end of the EPL window). Otherwise I will be forced to sell to their so rich neighbors. will force them to meet the EPL teams in the middle and sell for less compared to the prices they know they can get by dragging out the saga till the end, albeit still at a price higher than what others are willing to pay. But I think if the EPL teams play their cards right, it will be still quite less than what they pay now. I think this makes it fair because they earn considerably more too, so they are bound to pay more than their counterparts.
All these people complaining about the window closing 3 weeks earlier have obviously never heard the word no.
More deserved love for Wrighty
John Nicholson’s article about Ian Wright was fantastic. It’s a niche pleasure, but it was quite fun watching the comments rolling in on Twitter.
Wrighty’s age puts him between his fellow MOTD strikers, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer; like Lineker, in some respects he was unfortunate that he didn’t get to play more of his career in the Premier League era; like Shearer, the fact he was already an established goalscorer when it started makes his prolific scoring in the PL all the more impressive. Also like Shearer, negative perceptions of his television presence for a while clouded the general perception of how good he was as a player. Indeed, there is very little footage widely available of him playing for Crystal Palace, even though he scored 117 goals and is the club’s third highest goalscorer ever.
Last year, this site let me write an FA Cup Final preview, from the perspective of Crystal Palace, based on what happened in the 1990 semi final and final (and replay). I watched the games on Youtube, including this video, from French television, of the final:
With Manchester United leading 2 1, in the 69thminute, Crystal Palace make a substitution. Midfielder Phil Barber is withdrawn and Ian Wright comes on. Three minutes later, he receives the ball on the edge of the area, immediately makes two defenders look incredibly foolish and places a shot in the far corner.
This is one of the all time great Wrighty moments. Like a lot of his moments, there is often a backstory that isn’t always familiar. In this instance, it was his first game back from a broken leg, and he announced his return with a sublime piece of skill and provoked a moment of utter,