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Klopp went for the latter. But none of these scream 'game changer' to me.
I’d rather he went for the other. Firmino is falling in love with the perfect touch pass lately. This game is screaming for someone to dip their shoulder and run by someone. If someone wins on a penalty, the post games will be something.
 

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I love how they let Allison almost get killed before raising the offsides flag. That rule is maddening for all teams this season.
 

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Having that last ball of the first half be whistled early stings, but United playing at Anfield from behind would almost certainly equalize - especially with how they overran the Liverpool midfield towards the middle of the second half.

Lion's share of attempts and clean sheet with a Henderson / Fabinho CB pairing are better outcomes than expected, no Jota to freshen up the front three sucks. But hey they got that point in matchweek 6 at Midtjylland
 

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Like watching paint dry. They lose so much in the midfield having to play Fabinho in particular, but 2 MF in CB. Thiago further forward with Jones or Gini or Keira would be so much more compelling and creative.
 

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Worth noting that there's a 7-day trial period before you'll get charged for the first month, and the Amex offer ends on March 31, so sign up soon if you want all 3 months free.
 

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I thought I heard Rebecca Lowe say something about why Wilf was left out of the team today, but I was in the kitchen and didn't hear well. Anyone know?

Looks like I picked the wrong week to use my bench boost -- Guaita, Wilf and two Wolves. Yuck.

Edit: and also started 3 Villa players trying to get two games out of them. What a catastrophe in fantasy league this week.
 
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Looks like Palace are planning on a back 10 and hit on the counter against City classic. Has boring draw written all over it but really strange not to play Zaha if you’re hoping to hit on the counter

Edit: As i sent the post KDB hits a brilliant cross for a 1-0 hope it pulls Palace out of their shell
 

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Looks like Palace are planning on a back 10 and hit on the counter against City classic. Has boring draw written all over it but really strange not to play Zaha if you’re hoping to hit on the counter

Edit: As i sent the post KDB hits a brilliant cross for a 1-0 hope it pulls Palace out of their shell
You had to say that huh?
 

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Lol what evidence do you have that it won't be talked about for months.

Spurs look like they've scored enough goals to avoid dropping points at the death. Yay.
My post came across more harshly than I intended. When an English player scores a worldly their press goes nuts. Not a shot at Kane or Spurs fans at all
 

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A brace and a clean sheet for Stones. Talk about a career resurrection to keep Laporte out of the team...
 

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A brace and a clean sheet for Stones. Talk about a career resurrection to keep Laporte out of the team...
There was absolutely nothing in his performances that suggested this was possible. He was a complete train wreck for about a year and a half. Laporte has been injured but he’s taken the chance and run with it.

4 City goals were all from dead ball situations. Palace seemed vulnerable to set pieces the entire match
 

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Palace has seemed to alternate between good performances and completely embarrassing ones lately. Tonight was one of the latter. Hopefully next week is better. I had to turn this one off at 3-0. They didn't look like they belonged on the same field as City tonight.
 

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Good of Newcastle to show up for a training session at the Emirates where the winner gets three points. When they were 2-0 down there was no sense of urgency, now it's 3-0 not much has changed.

Steve Bruce's job has to be on a shoogly peg.
 

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Good of Newcastle to show up for a training session at the Emirates where the winner gets three points. When they were 2-0 down there was no sense of urgency, now it's 3-0 not much has changed.

Steve Bruce's job has to be on a shoogly peg.
In a season where Everton have beaten Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Leicester, etc. was sitting there watching this with the Mike Dukakis SNL line in my head: "I can't believe [we] lost to [these guys]."

OTOH, nice to see that Arsenal turned it around by playing the kids. Every fan's wish.
 

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In a season where Everton have beaten Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Leicester, etc. was sitting there watching this with the Mike Dukakis SNL line in my head: "I can't believe [we] lost to [these guys]."

OTOH, nice to see that Arsenal turned it around by playing the kids. Every fan's wish.
I think Newcastle are no wins in nine (all competions), Everton must have played em before they realized how shit they are. They seem to know it now.

Aye, it's grand to see the kids out there running about keeping out of trouble. Two for Auba, the first was a one v one so that'll do his confidence no harm. But the take away from this is how poor Newcastle are at the moment.
 

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My post came across more harshly than I intended. When an English player scores a worldly their press goes nuts. Not a shot at Kane or Spurs fans at all
Funnily enough, when an English player scores a worldy, the narrative is usually "If a Brazilian/Spanish/Portuguese player had done that, the press/internet would have gone nuts."
 

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Did you miss Wayne Rooney’s entire career?
No, not from the moment I remember reading the season preview where an Everton fan picked the 16 year old Rooney as his one to watch, through THAT city goal, to DC and DC. The "English players don't get credit," mindset, btw, goes at least as far back as Matt Le Tissier.

But please, explain soccer to me. Or better, explain how me pointing out the amusing irony of English fans thinking their players don't get credit while international fans think English players are overexposed equates to me knowing fuck all about the game.
 

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But please wait until I've calmed down from the excitement of watching West Ham take on West Brom for 45 mins. Half time is a good time for this kind of discourse.

Good match up for the kits though. The claret and blue sits nice against the yellow and green of Norw...i mean West Brom.
 

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Good game this. West Ham score in the dying breath of the first half. West Brom restore parity at the start of the second half. Then Antonio puts the Hammers back in the lead. But West Brom are trying, they really are.
 

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Good game this. West Ham score in the dying breath of the first half. West Brom restore parity at the start of the second half. Then Antonio puts the Hammers back in the lead. But West Brom are trying, they really are.
I viscerally loathe both Sam and those WBA kits.

But this is a better game than Pool-Utd was.
 

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I viscerally loathe both Sam and those WBA kits.

But this is a better game than Pool-Utd was.
I have been ruminating soemwhat over these WBA away kits. And i can remember, if i cast my mind back to my distant past, the likes of Regis and Cunnngham strutting their stuff in a striped WBA away kit that was the same colours, but a simple two tone stripe. It never bothered me or made me think of another team.

To quote a semi cancelled Manc, has the world changed or have i changed?

One ponders.
 

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Ndidi with a sliced shot that hits the inside of the post and into the net. Lampard at the wheel.
 

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Not sure if anyone else is following this but apparently West Brom, and maybe West Ham, may be looking at a points deduction after Sam Allardice said Snodgrass didn't play today due to the agreement between the two clubs.

Snodgrass transfered from West Ham to West Brom this month. Obviously Sam is inferring that as part of the transfer, West Ham didn't want him to play in this fixture. That isn't allowed.
 

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That second goal was way too easy.

Every time I watch Reece James he is beyond awful defensively with his awareness and positioning. No idea why Fat Frank has made him a mainstay, especially when he could play Azpilicueta.
 

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Came here to post about Vardy's positioning on the ball from Schmeichel - how on earth isn't that even looked at?
 

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TIL - that's wild, I'm surprised more teams with big-kicking keepers don't use that to their advantage (not that I want to give Burnley any ideas)
 
If you can deprive Douglas Ross of at least one of his jobs, i'd be cool with that.

Are you serious about becoming a ref? I'd love to come see you ref East Fife or a lower league team.
I completed my exams five or six years ago - I'm legit - although I haven't worked a game for more than a year, and I never really put myself forward to be a proper referee (attending the monthly seminars, showing up at training with the other Edinburgh-based refs on a weekly basis, etc.). If I'd have been younger when I started, I might have put myself out there more, but by the time I became qualified, I realised that I had only a few years before I'd become too old to get any decent-level assignments anyway.

At some point post-COVID, and after my kids are off to college and I have more free time, I might get back out there at the youth level and try to give something back, as I know I'm infinitely better that too many of the refs who pollute the youth circuit. But clearly I'll need to revise a bit before then... ;)
 

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I completed my exams five or six years ago - I'm legit - although I haven't worked a game for more than a year, and I never really put myself forward to be a proper referee (attending the monthly seminars, showing up at training with the other Edinburgh-based refs on a weekly basis, etc.). If I'd have been younger when I started, I might have put myself out there more, but by the time I became qualified, I realised that I had only a few years before I'd become too old to get any decent-level assignments anyway.

At some point post-COVID, and after my kids are off to college and I have more free time, I might get back out there at the youth level and try to give something back, as I know I'm infinitely better that too many of the refs who pollute the youth circuit. But clearly I'll need to revise a bit before then... ;)
Thats amazing. And yeah the standard of refs in Scotland is not great. I've always thought, pressure aside, a ref's eye view of a match must be pretty interesting. And you get to see some of the young talent emerge.
 

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Frank getting the sack if the result holds?
Really? Wow. I didn't know he was that close to the ax.

No denying that he hasn't got this group to gel. Less than the sum of their parts. Havertz and Werner looking like maybe not the best use of funds.

But is this the time to be moving for a replacement? Sam has just been snapped up :)