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On 6/5/2019 at 8:03 PM, JSSkinz said:

Curious if Liverpool fans feel this CL title more satisfying than 2005?




Not even close.


The last one was more of a surprise, for example - we were "Spurs" in that scenario.  This one was a team that has beaten down the door for a trophy, unluckily lossed all three finals (Pens vs City, no hand balls given vs Sevilla, and injury/Karius gaffes last year).  This squad needed it and deserved it to get over the mental hump and these fans needed and deserved it as well.

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I'm not a Liverpool fan, just a fan of football in general with no connections to any team but as a watcher I enjoyed 2005, that was one of the best comebacks in sports history when it comes to championship games.

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2 hours ago, JSSkinz said:

I'm not a Liverpool fan, just a fan of football in general with no connections to any team but as a watcher I enjoyed 2005, that was one of the best comebacks in sports history when it comes to championship games.

That Barca second leg semi final this year wasn’t too bad either!

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Justin Edinburgh passing away recently is such a shame.  I was following along with Leyton Orient's campaign this year and he seemed like a genuinely kind bloke.  RIP to him and condolences to his friends, family and Orient.

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16 hours ago, Old Bay said:

Justin Edinburgh passing away recently is such a shame.  I was following along with Leyton Orient's campaign this year and he seemed like a genuinely kind bloke.  RIP to him and condolences to his friends, family and Orient.


49. Tragically young age to pass. 


Just shows yer. No matter how healthy you are, when your times sadly uo .....


God rest. 



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I thought of all the gifs/ videos out of numero seis, Henderson and his dad was my favourite for raw emotion and the human aspect after both their incredibly hard journeys. 

But I think this top's it- 


Warra' top, TOP bloke. Son look's like he's just found his long last father.



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We know mate. We know. smile.gif

Mikel Arteta on his Man City future, why Liverpool’s Anfield is unique & his relationship with Mauricio Pochettino

By Benjamin Newman Last Updated: June 12, 2019 10:37 am

Mikel Arteta talks to Marca

Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta has sat down for an in-depth interview with Marca.
Arteta enjoyed a magical season with Man City as they won the domestic treble.
In recent weeks, Arteta’s name has been linked with the vacant job at Middlesbrough.
In his Marca interview, Arteta has discussed his future at Man City, what it’s like working with Pep Guardiola, why Liverpool’s Anfield is special, his relationship with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and more.

Why Liverpool’s Anfield is unique

Man City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title in 2018-19.

Arteta was asked if he was surprised by Liverpool’s challenge last season. He replied:

No, because it is very difficult to beat them. Also, in my playing career, Anfield was the only ground where in which I had the feeling of ‘pájara’, of being stuck. 
It happened to me with Arsenal, and we conceded five… You say: ‘I do not know what’s going on, stop the game, please, because I do not know where I am’. 
It’s hard to explain, but it never happened to me anywhere other than Anfield. 
Barça surprise me by the form of some of their goals, but at Anfield you can concede five without knowing.
Neither in Spain nor in Greece or Germany did I have that feeling. Not even in Old Trafford.




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The baffling experiment of Coutinho deployed as a mezalla continues for both club and country. Brendan Rodgers was the last manager to use him correctly. On current form he may just be able to wrestle a spot off James Madison. 

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Anyone else remember watching the Copa America in the 90s? At the time it was a big deal, the quality of the soccer made the European Championships look minor league. Brazil and Argentina's teams between 96 and roughly 2000 were downright terrifying. 

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On 6/14/2019 at 9:53 PM, Berggy9598 said:

Anyone else remember watching the Copa America in the 90s? At the time it was a big deal, the quality of the soccer made the European Championships look minor league. Brazil and Argentina's teams between 96 and roughly 2000 were downright terrifying. 

I watched and that never happened.

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Nasser is finally pissed off ! :ols:

"I want players willing to give everything to defend the honor of the jersey and to be a part of the club project. Those who do not want, or do not understand, we see each other and we talk to each other. There are of course contracts to respect, but the priority now is the total commitment to our project, 

Speaking about Neymar: "Nobody forced him to sign here. Nobody pushed him. He came knowingly to join a project. "- Source

Tuchel convinced him that Neymar is expendable pending an XXL trade offer


Kylian Mbappé (20) was also targeted. The French striker, who has been criticized for his shattering statements at the UNFP Trophy, when he called for "more responsibilities,"

"He wants to be more involved in our project to grow with the team, the club. But I explained to him that you don't ask for responsibilities. You must go out there and earn them.

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20 hours ago, Gibbs Hog Heaven said:

Platini detained on suspicion of corruption (shocker that. *Eye roll) over the Qatar WC.


Just knowing the horrible lil rat (no offence @FrFan) is now squirming has made my morning.



No problem my friend ;)

In 2018 he was suspended by MaFifa for a payment without a written contract worth 1.8 million euros, has was cleared by the Swiss justice department.

Today he was just brought in for questioning but has not been charged with anything yet. Investigators are trying to find out if during a diner with Sarkozy and a qatari prince he favored Qatar for future investments in France. He said he was voting for USA and then confessed he changed his mind and voted for Qatar.

He might be in deep **** !

We all know Qatar bribed Mafifa to host the WC and other sports events, now it's a matter of who's responsible for that.


Update: He's been released


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A quality, must read on Norbert being Norbert to start your day. 

BIG props to the German-American fella' who translated. 


Tom Weber @tomalexweber


German broadcaster ZDF released a documentary about Jürgen Klopp last month. There are no English subtitles for the video as far as I can tell, so here are some translated quotes for anyone interested. #LFC

12:53 pm - 19 Jun 2019

I sat here for literal hours translating this ****e so please give me a cheeky RT, a follow or, if ya fancy it, a million dollars thx x

Narrator: "He (Klopp) was never truly 'gone' even though he left the Bundesliga 4 years ago. The most popular face of German football - Jürgen Klopp, manager of LFC, is at the heart of a modern-day football fairytale."

N: "Under the floodlights on European nights at Anfield, with the dream of winning the European Cup, in the pubs on the Anfield Road, they (fans) celebrate their club's return to old glory, even though they failed to win the league by 1 point."

Jürgen Klopp: "We're completely at peace with ourselves."


JK then goes on to talk about how 97 points would've been enough to win the league in any other season.

JK: "It's not like LFC fans wake up in the morning and feel the weight of 29 years without a league title. LFC fans wake up in the morning and think '#phwoar what a season'."

N: "Liverpool is a proud city with half a million people, which has faced huge social struggles since the '60s."

JK: "This city lives and breathes football. It's incredible. They (the issues) aren't talked about *that* much, because Liverpool is a city of music and football. It's a great city and the two things that define it are music and football. It's actually quite calming."


When asked about being ambitious: 

JK: "Early on in my life, I had to learn that giving it your all doesn't automatically lead to getting everything you want. But I also quickly realised that there's no alternative - you have to give it your all."

JK: "I am ambitious. But not in a bad way, not too ambitious. *laughs* I lust for success."

N: "Klopp got Mainz promoted and he would go on to win over the hearts of the people of Dortmund with his heavy metal football and two league titles. With his gigantic presence and real, unbridled passion, Klopp conquered Anfield and English fans."

JK: "At the very beginning of my career, I decided that I would be the coach that I always wanted to have. Someone who's understanding, but also not afraid to be imposing. Uplifting, but also critical."

JK: "I just want to be open with my players. If one of them has a question, they can just ask me. If they want to talk about private stuff, I'm also there."

JK: "After a bad game, they can come to my office and I'll explain what went wrong. That's the type of coach I am and...it's really exhausting *laughs*."

When asked about his touchline celebrations when Liverpool score compared to when he was a Dortmund: 

JK: "I am older and more experienced. Because of that, I've realised that my antics don't actually impact the game that much."

JK: At home, I am actually a very calm person. That might sound silly judging by how I act on the touchline, but in those 90 minutes, something is different. In my private life, I am very relaxed."

N: "World Cup 2006. Klopp's tactical analysis and matter-of-fact punditry for ZDF endeared him to the German public, even to those who didn't care about football. The way he talked about and explained football was unheard of."

N: "The people of Dortmund worship him and not because of the DFB Pokal, league titles and Champions League final. They worship him because Jürgen Klopp is a man of the people."

The narrator then talks about how Klopp's impact has helped Liverpool financially.

JK: "The club is massive, a worldwide brand. But within the club, it's all cosy and warm, it's like a family and that is what I love the most."

JK: "Everybody in England has a favourite club. I don't think I've ever met someone who didn't like football. Doesn't matter if you're in Burnley or anywhere else, you have a club you grew up supporting. It's a bit different, I know a lot of Germans who don't care about footy."

Klopp on his 2016 money quote:

JK: "Back when I was in 
1f1e9-1f1ea.png, Bayern had a 'bottomless pit of money', like £100m. In today's market, that gets you one centre back. So this bottomless pit of money is enough to buy one player in today's world and that doesn't even cover their wages!"

JK: "The market has changed more than I expected, but I stand by what I said. Maybe things were lost in translation but my point was: if we reach a point where football is solely about money and not football, then I'm leaving. And I still feel the same way about it."

JK: "Liverpool is an ambitious club and if we didn't spend the same amount of money as others, we wouldn't be able to compete. Everybody's splashing the cash, so we have to do the same."

When asked why he rarely leaves his house: 

JK: "I'm approachable, but I can't always be there for people, I have to draw a line somewhere. A lot of people think that they can just knock on my front door and ask for an autograph, that drives me absolutely crazy."

JK: "When I was still a player, we played Bayern in a friendly. I was walking next to Oliver Kahn and someone goes up to him and asks for an autograph. Kahn said 'not now' and I thought to myself: what an arrogant prick. But now, I understand him, you can't always help people."

JK: You can't be a public figure all day, every day. Nobody can do that. Sometimes you have to erect a wall just to have some privacy, just to be normal."

JK: "When I go outside, people treat me like a king - doctors stop talking, scholars stutter when they see me and I'm just like: what's going on? I'm literally just a random guy you see on your TV screens."

JK: "I mean, of course it's better that people love seeing and meeting me, that means I'm doing my job, but you have to draw a line somewhere."

Sandro Schwarz, current Mainz coach: "When the news of Klopp going to Liverpool broke, I thought: Great, awesome club, Kloppo will fit right in. The way he is, his mannerisms, his style of coaching, the football his team plays and the way he gets people off their seat, it fits."

SS: "But then I remembered the language barrier and I thought: 
#phwoar I can't wait to hear that. But he's done sensationally well, I've even visited him and he's done brilliantly. He's doing things his way and he is 'the normal one'."

Jimbo Pearce: "I think it's his personality which makes him the perfect fit for LFC. The fans put their managers on such a high pedestal. You go back to the days of Shankly and Paisley, they were a lot more than just tacticians, or people who just pick the team or a figurehead."

JP: "They were people who the fans admire and Jürgen Klopp certainly ticks all those boxes, they love his passion on the touchline. He's there fighting for them on a weekly basis when rival players or managers look to have a go at LFC. I think he's the perfect fit for this club."

JP: "I think the best thing about him is his brutal honesty. I think there are some managers who wear two faces - one when the cameras are on and one when they are off. But I think with Jürgen Klopp what you see is what you get."

JP: "He's authentic, down to earth. If you ask him a question, he'll give you the answer. It might not be the politically correct answer or the cliche that another manager would give you. But he tends to speak from the heart."

N: "Unbeaten at home in over 2 years in the Premier League and Champions League. 97 points for Klopp's team - the highest points tally in 104 years of first division footy."

JP: "I think there's been a complete transformation of LFC since Klopp arrived. He said it perfectly on his first day as manager. His mission was to turn doubters into believers."

JP: "LFC fans are weary and desperate for success. Slowly but surely, Jürgen Klopp has given them hope and allowed them to dream of big, big prizes."

N: "The rave reviews Klopp's football has earned - attacking, powerful, reminiscent of Dortmund's glory days. Where, 10 years ago, his heavy metal football started to change the Bundesliga forever."

Former BVB captain Sebastian Kehl: "The way Klopp likes to play his football, how his enthusiasm transforms a team, well simply put, Liverpool and Klopp is a match made in heaven."

SK: "With Jürgen, it's all about communication, of course he's a tactical genius, but language is a very big part of his work as a coach."

SK: "And the fact that he has managed to project his personality and style of play onto the team even though English isn't his first language is quite incredible and impressive. But that is Jürgen, that's what he does."

JK: "I don't think I had to fight my way to the top, you don't need to tear other people down to get what you want. It's extremely important to me that the people around me are happy."

JK: "A lot of risks come with being a manager. I could've lost my job multiple times if someone had just said 'you've no clue what you're doing, you're fired'."

JK: "Nowadays, when a coach gets fired they get called a fraud. One moment their an amazing coach, then they lose 4 games on the bounce, get fired and everyone asks whether he was actually any good in the first place."

JK: "It's as if they think someone sucked the coach's footballing brain out of their head overnight."

JK: "The thing I enjoy most about football is that we can all experience it together. That it's so important to all of us. The thing about football is that you reach a point where everyone is interested. For 90 minutes, everyone is paying attention."

On Brexit:

JK: "I'm glad that I'm here while Brexit is going on and obviously let's hope it doesn't actually happen. Liverpool is a prime example of what bad politics can do."

JK: "When the right people don't care about politics and the wrong people actually do the politics, a lot of bad things can happen."

N: "Liverpool is a part of Europe because of its history. Be it European Cup triumphs, tragedies like Heysel or the Champions League final, Liverpool, more than any other English club, is a part of Europe."

On beating Barca and this current group of players:

JK: "This state of mind, the character that these boys have is incredible. We've always been good, but we've never had the patience to be good throughout a full match."

JK: "We've always started well, but that doesn't work every time. You can't create chance after chance against a team that parks the bus. Now we know that if we keep trying, the opposition will show signs of weakness and that's when we strike."

On finishing 2nd in the league:

JK: "Runners up medals are important to me. People looking in from the outside may think otherwise, but I couldn't care less."

JK: "I understand the 'silverware is the most important thing in sports' mindset, but winning a trophy doesn't make me a happier person."

JK: "I will always give it my all, but that doesn't mean that you always get what you want. Trying your best is the only way to even have a chance of getting what you desire in the first place."

JK: "Throughout my life, I've been extremely fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time and to have met the right people who, for one reason or another, have put their trust in me."



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Our video guys consistently bang out some superb work and this new one is another belter. 


And the ref miced up. That DEFO would improve the VAR carnage massively!


You could guarantee me now that we either win the PL next season. Or we'll be in Istanbul next May for #7. And I'm taking the later in a heartbeat and planning another party on the banks of the Bosporus. 

This feeling man, knowing you're the best in all of Europe. 

It just doesn't get ANY better.



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