Sticksboi05

ES Soccer Thread

Recommended Posts

Ugh. The FIFA darling wins out for the best Men's Player.

 

Messi you can sort of accept. The absolute joke FIFPRO Men's World11 on the other hand .....

 

A good night. Our outstanding manager and goalkeeper recognised as the Worlds best over the last season. Our outstanding CH just falling short to arguably the GOAT. Two of the three biggies.

 

So van Dijk is the UEFA Men's Player of the Year.

Messi is the FIFA Men;s Player.

 

Who will come out on top in the Ballon d'Or? Roll on that one.

 

Hail. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not that Jurgen's press conferences aren't always worth the watch, but with him picking up his BEST FIFA's Men's Coach award for 2019 in Milan. the always superbly spoken, engaging Pep faced the cameras today for the first time in that guise.

 

And it's worth putting it up as it was an excellently insightful presser on a whole host of things from why we deliberately choose to keep a smaller squad, through tactics and players et al.

 

 

Can't speak highly enough about that guy. Always fascinating to listen to/ read with his in-depth knowledge of/ ideas on, the game. Proper football man and he always comes across as a real genuine, nice fella' with it.

 

 

But then he wouldn't be working on Jurgen's staff if he wasn't.

 

Hail. 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 9/23/2019 at 10:22 PM, FanboyOf91 said:

Of course Messi voted for Sadio Mane over Cristiano.

 

It was interesting to note that van Dijk, and to a lesser extent, Messi with his second vote for Ronaldo were the only ones voting with integrity based purely off the football between the three finalists. As opposed to Ronaldo being totally self-serving yet again-

 

Lionel Messi -

 

(1st) Sadio Mane (2nd) Cristiano Ronaldo (3rd) Frenkie de Jong

 

Cristiano Ronaldo -

 

(1st) Matthijs de Ligt (2nd) Frenkie de Jong (3rd) Kylian Mbappe

 

Virgil van Dijk -

 

(1st) Lionel Messi (2nd) Mohamed Salah (3rd) Sadio Mane

 

Best FIFA Player of the Year - top five

 

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

 

2. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

 

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

 

4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

 

5. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

 

 

3 of the top 5 seems just about the right recognition from within the game after all they accomplished last year.

 

So many positions right across the XI we've got one of, if not the best individual player in their respective positions in World football now. Which is a ridiculous turnaround from the absolute S/show Klopp inherited a mere 4 years ago next month.

 

Hail. 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Over 6.3K Reds in what's fixing to be a Stadium MK record crowd.

 

New ground #70 personally of the current 92 ticked off after losing Bury, Coventry, Notts County, Tottenham (although that will obviously be picked back up later in the year), and Yeovil since the end of last year.

 

Fixing to be a real pride night with a boss atmosphere. Ala that one down at Tottenham way back when Rafa put that mad side of kids and back end squad depth and they turned 'Spurs first team over on pens.

 

And the unleashing on an unsuspecting World of the best striker many have never seen play with this professional debut!

 

Who doesn't love the League Cup?

 

Up the trophy hungry Reds!

 

Hail. 

 

*Edit* 

 

BTW, I LOVE that both Crawley and Colchester made it through last night. 

That's, presuming we go through, 2 new grounds in tonight's 4th round draw I was never expecting. 

BONUS! 

Edited by Gibbs Hog Heaven
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That Harvey Elliott hey?

 

Still not having it that he's 16. Not with the composure he's shown ever since he set foot in the door. There are certain players, yer McManaman's, Fowlers, Giggs, Sharpes etc, that you just know when you first see them will be nailed on top-level footballers. He's one of them. If the one where he smacked the bar the end had gone that would have capped off a perfect night. Loved the end the game too were a young lad came out of our end to him and he readily took off his shirt to give to the kid.

 

Really impressive display that. Curtis Jones continuing the big strides he's made again this year with the responsibility of the 23's captaincy to show he belongs and can be relied upon in this company. Hoever capping another really impressive outing with a superb goal. Kelleher calm as anything in nets. Great distribution and awareness to go along with that belter save second half. Didn't really run for Brewster but we know what a special, special talent we have there who's still rehabbing to full fitness. And good minutes in Naby and Oxo-Chambo's legs. Albeit in pretty non-descript displays.

 

Just a really impressive, professional all-round display won at a canter.

 

And the best thing? As boring as drawing Arsenal at home the next round is, we get to watch these lads again doing it at Anfield and hopefully beyond.

 

We're in it for everything this year with the far better depth. Great to be on a domestic Cup run again. It's been a while.

 

Amused that they put the away attendance up the scoreboard too. 6,926. Is that a lower league thing?

 

All in all an enjoyable, if tiring, night.

 

Up the kindergarten Klopp Reds!

 

Hail. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Was a fun watch that!

 

Jones and Elliott sure have the look of proper first team players, and hopefully Rhian gets back to pre-injury form. Ki-Jana looked a bit tentative first 30, but really got  his legs 2nd half (maybe a couple words from the Klopp maestro at halftime to pump him up?)

 

It was great seeing the kids playing with Degsy, Milly, and Lallana, quite the mix. Thought Adam looked good at 6. No worries when he gets the ball deep, with his ability to turn, create space, and get the ball moving up the pitch. Degsy did a Degsy early on, then didn’t put a foot wrong, blocking a couple, and marshaling the line to catch MK off repeatedly. Still a solid pro. And, Milly just keeps on trucking. Pure professional, pure class. 

 

Naby was hesitant early, but after getting knocked down on a touch line challenge, he seemed to find his legs, and showed enough to make me long for him to get match fit, and become the midfield monster he was in Germany.

 

Seemed a great time, wish I could’ve enjoyed it with you GHH mate. Away Kop resounded on the feed I watched, and had a giggle when “Si Senor” got belted out. You all LOVE singing that one yeah? Even when Bobby’s not even in the squad!

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 9/26/2019 at 12:50 PM, Long n Left said:

.....

Seemed a great time, wish I could’ve enjoyed it with you GHH mate. Away Kop resounded on the feed I watched, and had a giggle when “Si Senor” got belted out. You all LOVE singing that one yeah? Even when Bobby’s not even in the squad!

1

 

Well yanno .....

 

Some silly people still don't appreciate how special he is so the message needs passing on to anyone and everyone. ;)

 

The fact it's a banger helps too like. 

 

Hail. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Never realised we've never won at Bramall Lane in the PL era. 

 

Be right that the only one I'll have missed, today's, we'll end that and extend the club record successive away league win streak to 8 this dinner-time. 

 

8 clear for a few hours at least before the Ev inevitably lay down tea-time. 

 

Into this shower of ****e Redmen! 

 

Hail. 

Edited by Gibbs Hog Heaven
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
26 minutes ago, Gibbs Hog Heaven said:

Never realised we've never won at Bramall Lane in the PL era. 

 

Be right that the only one I'll have missed, today's, we'll end that and extend the club record successive away league win straight to 8 this dinner-time. 

 

8 clear for a few hours at least before the Ev inevitably lay down tea-time. 

 

Into this shower of ****e Redmen! 

 

Hail. 

Was baffled myself when I read that we’ve 3 losses, and 3 draws the last 6 played there. Gives the confidence a knock. But, these are different Reds, and this is a different era.

 

While there’s always the chance to slip on a banana skin, I just don’t see it happening against a newly promoted club (eh Pep, you say something?) Class will out. Expect the XI choose themselves today. Maybe Naby’ll get a 30 minute run out after the Reds go up 2. 

 

Smash this one, and get ready for a tough October, that could be season defining.

 

COYR! YNWA!

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
41 minutes ago, Long n Left said:

...... Maybe Naby’ll get a 30 minute run out after the Reds go up 2. .....

1

 

Presume they're monitoring Naby's minutes right now being as he's not in the 18?

 

Hail. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
35 minutes ago, Gibbs Hog Heaven said:

 

Presume they're monitoring Naby's minutes right now being as he's not in the 18?

 

Hail. 

I reckon. Was surprised to see that!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Title winning performance that. Last season, we drop points there. Now, as they've done for the 16th consecutive league game, this gang of absolutely superb Reds find a way to win. I loved that side of us where we can grind a game out. Just like the great L'pool sides, we can beat you any which way. You want to play football? Sound, we'll play you off the park. You want a dogfight? Sound, we'll dog it out and still find a way. Mark of a top, TOP side which this group is.

 

Kudos to Sheffield United. You certainly know you've been in a game against them. Wilder has them superbly well-drilled and organised with a fantastic team spirit/ work rate. They just naturally lack that extra bit of quality that makes the difference. Sadio should have comfortably had us in front at HT with two sitters missed but to be fair to Sheff Utd, they had some decent half-chances of their own too. Everything in our game was just a little off today but thanks to that horrendous Dean Henderson goalkeeping error, we dogged out another superb win. AGAIN!

 

This weeks admin-

 

16 straight wins the league. The clear second-best run in English top-flight history now and only 2 away from equalling the all-time record.

 

7 straight wins to open the season. Which is the 2nd best in the clubs history. (8. 1990-91.). And just 2 shy of equalling the PL record start to a season.

 

8 straight away league wins to equal the PL record and extend the club record by a game.

 

Klopp's longest unbeaten league streak now extended to 24 games. (20 wins/ 4 draws.). The longest the football clubs been on in over 30 years.

 

And a new club record of 99 points from the last 38 league games. 

 

What we are witnessing week on week is off the charts historical. Absolutely phenomenal team Jurgen's built here and the best L'pool side I've ever seen in nigh on 4 decades going the match.

 

The one negative from today- F VAR! AGAIN!!!!! Yet another absolutely stonewall penalty on Mane from the Lundstrum diving tattle. Sound if Taylor misses it. But just HOW do the imbeciles with the technology NOT flag it up? It's getting a weekly question but just what the F is the point of the extra officiating tool if it's continuing to get things SO wrong?

 

8 points clear for a few hours at least.

 

Up the perfect Reds!

 

Hail. 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
So I find this interesting—looking back from today—if you count the English Channel (narrow body of water), no country has won a WC without bordering another champion.
 
Only two runners-up have NOT bordered a champion (SWE, HUN). Croatia gets the "narrow body of water exception"
 

Only 3 semifinalists have not bordered a champion (TUR, SKOR, BUL)

 

Less than 6% of semifinalists have NOT bordered a WC champion. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
11 hours ago, SkinInsite said:

Oh you poor Spuds

 

Lest we forget we handed virtually the same Bayern team it's ass in Munich last year. Who, let's also not forget, we comfortably blanked at Anfield with Fabinho playing alongside the only available CH we had that night, Matip.

 

Tottenham's walloping, along with the mid-table standard s/show at Old Trafford Monday night, just brings home again HOW far behind the rest of the league are to ourselves and City. What was the gap to third last year, 25 points? Would it surprise anyone to see it increase to 30 plus this year?

 

The PL now is prime Barcelona/ Madrid La Liga. SO completely dominant of the rest are the top 2.  And you can't see that changing for a GOOD few years more yet.

 

Hail. 

Edited by Gibbs Hog Heaven

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Talking of Europe, the last time we played at Anfield under the European lights was one of the greatest nights anywhere in UEFA Competition history-

 

 

 

 

Hail. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As much as this football club is ALL about Europe, the group stages are often a tiresome inconvenience. A long slog, means-to-an-end to the real stuff of the knock-outs. So-so games with so-so atmospheres that are quickly forgotten and rarely spoke of with fond memories.

 

The season after we last won the European Cup prior to last year, 2005- 2006, all that changed and the atmosphere EVERY Anfield game was among some of the best she's ever seen. A real Scouse celebration of pride at being Europe's top dogs.

 

And here we are again. Only bigger and better! Back in 2005, we were Europe's top team in name only. Fantastic that they won it. But as equally big a surprise that they had and nowhere near the best side in reality in England. Never mind Europe. Now, we are legitimate, home and abroad, the best there is to offer anywhere. And the arl place will be absolutely wild tonight, for little Salzburg, to welcome this awesome gang of Reds home in our competition.

 

Roll on this evening.

 

Up the best in all of Europe Reds!

 

Hail. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.