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This could get really, really ugly now. Liverpool body language looks like the red Manchester team a couple of weeks ago.
 

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Match is pretty different if Rodri's pullback on Gakpo isn't ignored simply because he was booked a minute earlier.

Without that breaking Liverpool's way, no question City have outclassed them.

edit: should be a dive on Gakpo
 

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The narrative that City had to scratch and claw to get a lineup together with Haaland and Foden out is great
 

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Thank god he won’t get a second. That blocked pass in the first half when it was 1-0 was the turning point.

Still, the second half collapse was reminiscent of the Madrid first leg. Folded like a cheap suit.
 

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Still, the second half collapse was reminiscent of the Madrid first leg. Folded like a cheap suit.
A guy that clearly had nothing in the tank was allowed to start the second half and was immediately exposed. That’s on Klopp, They were shell-shocked and the rout was on.
 

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I just watched the Palace-Leicester match. I need a cigarette. The Union Berlin game was pretty satisfying too.
 

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I usually hate the Live Table, but it’s amazing to look at it right now (first half stoppage time of West Ham/Southampton). West Ham climbs from 19 to 14, and Everton and Leicester fall to 18 and 19.
 

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Foxes are sans Rodgers.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/64278178
But in a statement, chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said performances and results this season have been "below our shared expectations".
"It had been our belief that continuity and stability would be key to correcting our course, particularly given our previous achievements under Brendan's management," he added.
"Regrettably, the desired improvement has not been forthcoming and, with 10 games of the season remaining, the board is compelled to take alternative action to protect our Premier League status.
"The task ahead of us in our final 10 games is clear. We now need to come together - fans, players and staff - and show the poise, quality and fight to secure our position as a Premier League club."
 

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Congrats to Brendan, who finally gets his wish after trying to get fired since August.
 

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While I kind of think Rodgers was past his Best Before date, club ownership should be looking into the mirror when assigning blame.
I think Leicester needed to just avoid the drop, which i assume they will, get through this season and regroup for next. They're a team/squad in transition, they tend to get good money for their best players, but they're entering the proper post Vardy/Schmeichel era and that's brought changes; playing style and personnel.

I hear you in that a new face at the herlm is required, but Rodgers did well for Leicester, put another trophy in the cabinet. Not many managers can say that these days.
 

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Congrats to Brendan, who finally gets his wish after trying to get fired since August.
The word is that Moyes will leave West Ham in the close season. D'you think Brendan would be up for that gig? Would he want it, see it as a step up? Will he be in the frame?
 

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Leicester also got caught out by the pandemic. They had taken big loans in 2019 to build a new training faculty and headquarters plus stadium improvements, and then the lost revenue from the pandemic simply wrecked their budget. They don’t appear to be near insolvency, but they definitely took from the transfer kitty to make payments. They can ride this out if they avoid the drop.
 
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The word is that Moyes will leave West Ham in the close season. D'you think Brendan would be up for that gig? Would he want it, see it as a step up? Will he be in the frame?
maybe they swap managers? LOL.

I look at the Hammers and think Rodgers would ask for a lot of squad turnover to fit his style, but he’s not really in a strong position to make that ask now. And the directors interviewing will be well aware of the public criticism Brendan lobbed at the Leicester brass for the past 9 months.

Not sure he’d do it again, but it worked magically last time - head back to Scotland. Would the Celtic fans tolerate it if Rodgers ended up any lance except Rangers? Or if Celtic’s own got shot manager moves on, is a reunion in order?
 

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If you think of managers as teams in the pecking order sense, I think Rodgers is definitely in the European places , maybe even top four if things break right. Can’t say the same for Moyes - his ManU stint really hurt his reputation. So, not sure if Rodgers would hold out for a better gig than West Ham - depends on the options obviously.
 

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These WWE crossover pieces are too much. The Venn diagram’s overlap is far too small.
View: https://twitter.com/NBCSportsSoccer/status/1641857872194592781?s=20


I tend to agree. The overlap would be the referees. Perhaps they should have done referee comparisons. Was Anthony Taylor the Earl Hebner of the EPL?

Can't wait to see the Days of Our Lives crossover with EPL. Perhaps Peacock's 20th season carrying EPL will we finally have those audiences become one - the dream of Comcast!
 

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maybe they swap managers? LOL.

I look at the Hammers and think Rodgers would ask for a lot of squad turnover to fit his style, but he’s not really in a strong position to make that ask now. And the directors interviewing will be well aware of the public criticism Brendan lobbed at the Leicester brass for the past 9 months.

Not sure he’d do it again, but it worked magically last time - head back to Scotland. Would the Celtic fans tolerate it if Rodgers ended up any lance except Rangers? Or if Celtic’s own got shot manager moves on, is a reunion in order?
He's not going back to Celtic and he'd never manage Rangers. Although Big Ange is going to be in the running for some of these jobs down south and I can see him being tempted away from Parkhead next season.

Maybe I'm wrong but i think Rodger's stock is reasonably high still and a job awaits in the English top flight some time in the next season. There's that much turnover, he's bound to get a call at some point.
 

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He's not going back to Celtic and he'd never manage Rangers. Although Big Ange is going to be in the running for some of these jobs down south and I can see him being tempted away from Parkhead next season.

Maybe I'm wrong but i think Rodger's stock is reasonably high still and a job awaits in the English top flight some time in the next season. There's that much turnover, he's bound to get a call at some point.
Spurs?
 

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Wilson makes it 2-0 a wee nod from inside the six yard box, that's a big 3 points for Newcastle. What a cross into the box.
 

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ASM absolutely terrorizing ManU. He’s setup what should be three goals so far.
When he's on, he's as frightening as any player in the league. He's not on quite often enough.

Leicester also got caught out by the pandemic. They had taken big loans in 2019 to build a new training faculty and headquarters plus stadium improvements, and then the lost revenue from the pandemic simply wrecked their budget. They don’t appear to be near insolvency, but they definitely took from the transfer kitty to make payments. They can ride this out if they avoid the drop.
Leicester seem oddly disinterested in their fate. Kind of rudderless. Letting Rodgers go is too little too late. I'm less optimistic about them avoiding the drop than others here. The few good players they have are going to be attractive pieces - the likes of Maddison and Barnes would help Liverpool reload for much less than they'll have to pay for Bellingham, or they could follow a well trod path and join the Stamford Bridge Handsomely Paid Reserve Midfield Corps - and the next generation is a step down from what they've had.
 

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New owners. Same managerial policy.

The Athletic article quotes a buyout of 20 mil GBP to Brighton. Then they gave him a 5 year deal. Conservatively, they will pay 30 million for a guy to work 6 months for them (And a World Cup was played in the middle of that term). That is after their transfer outlay in January dwarfed most leagues in Europe.
 

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When he's on, he's as frightening as any player in the league. He's not on quite often enough.



Leicester seem oddly disinterested in their fate. Kind of rudderless. Letting Rodgers go is too little too late. I'm less optimistic about them avoiding the drop than others here. The few good players they have are going to be attractive pieces - the likes of Maddison and Barnes would help Liverpool reload for much less than they'll have to pay for Bellingham, or they could follow a well trod path and join the Stamford Bridge Handsomely Paid Reserve Midfield Corps - and the next generation is a step down from what they've had.
Rodgers got nothing in the transfers. Finances seem in shambles.

Rodgers to Chelsea? Who would even go there now!
 

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A Bleacher Report story is claiming Chelsea want Nagelsmann - which might explain the urgency. Maybe they’re afraid he’ll end up at Spurs or PSG. Otherwise this is ludicrous - they’re not going anywhere. What’s the point?
 

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When he's on, he's as frightening as any player in the league. He's not on quite often enough.



Leicester seem oddly disinterested in their fate. Kind of rudderless. Letting Rodgers go is too little too late. I'm less optimistic about them avoiding the drop than others here. The few good players they have are going to be attractive pieces - the likes of Maddison and Barnes would help Liverpool reload for much less than they'll have to pay for Bellingham, or they could follow a well trod path and join the Stamford Bridge Handsomely Paid Reserve Midfield Corps - and the next generation is a step down from what they've had.
I just read that the Srivaddhanaprabha family wrote off £194m in club debt to ownership back on Feb 1. That’s a big statement & can see how that may have changed the calculus on Rodgers.

With the club’s books now clear, in theory Rudkin could go shopping to reconfigure the squad to a new manager’s specifications and/or offer bumper deals to Maddison & Barnes. Rudkin can also drive a harder deal on any transfer offers.

A lot of my optimism here is based on my respect for Rudkin - I think he’s one of the best directors in the world for the past 9 years. But this is surely his toughest task to date.

edit: Potter may want to take a break after his London excursion, but Leicester seems like a fantastic fit.
 
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I just watched the Palace-Leicester match. I need a cigarette. The Union Berlin game was pretty satisfying too.
It was the most fun I have ever had a sporting event that I attended as a neutral. The moment “Glad All Over“ started I was totally in on Palace. When they won I was hugging the supporters around me. Great time had by all.

So glad I picked Selhurst Park over London Stadium!
 

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A Bleacher Report story is claiming Chelsea want Nagelsmann - which might explain the urgency. Maybe they’re afraid he’ll end up at Spurs or PSG. Otherwise this is ludicrous - they’re not going anywhere. What’s the point?
They are in the CL quarter final against Real Madrid… the only chance they can qualify for the CL for next season is winning the CL this season. It’s a roll of the dice… but you never know.