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  1. 7 points
    Using hyperbole and pretending that people are asking for Mbappe and Sancho and spending hundreds of millions when literally nobody is even close to saying that only serves to undermine your own argument and is why you end up calling each other spoilt brats or dickheads. There's a fair debate to be had from both sides so I don't see why you have to make out that expecting just a couple of signings to add depth is in any way equivalent to playing Football Manager or FIFA with unlimited money switched on. It's basic stuff. Even if you already have the best team in the world, all of them are another year older and it's normal for clubs to refresh the squad because any team can always improve. If you stand still while everyone else improves their squad then eventually they overtake you. If the finances don't work then fair enough, make that point without pretending that the other person is saying something they aren't. Bad luck to Liverpool for finally fighting their way back to the top at a time where the global pandemic is messing with the finances of clubs who are still trying to live within their means. Not everyone can do a Man Utd and be shite for far too long then get back to the pinnacle just in time to be the biggest benefactors of huge swathes of money suddenly being poured into the sport. I think the concerns raised about Origi are fair enough. Unless he can play like prime Drogba against teams other than Everton and Barcelona then you should be looking to bring in a fee for him and put that towards another option in the front line. Minamino needs time to settle in and work with the team. Klopp has made loads of signings that have taken 12 or even 18 months to come into their own then been absolutely quality. He might well be the latest one of those. Then again, he's come from the Austrian league so it's not like he has a proven track record of stepping into the first team of a team competing at the highest level. I'm a bit fuzzy on the timelines but Lovren and Lallana both left this summer didn't they? Fair enough if you've got young players who are as good as those but it's not the same as having someone experienced to step in who is a known quantity. Thiago would clearly be a quality signing but depth in midfield isn't really an issue for Liverpool with Henderson, Fabinho, Milner, Wijnaldum, Chamberlain, Jones in there already. He is a different type of player though and you could free up Fabinho as an emergency centre back if you got him in. You can't rest on your laurels. Key injuries kill you if they come at the wrong time. You got knocked out of the Champions League last season because Alisson was injured and your second choice goalkeeper wasn't up to standard at that level. Comparisons to other teams aren't always helpful and yeah, backup goalkeeper is always one of the trickiest positions in the squad to get right, but if you had a Sergio Romero or a Willy Caballero instead of Adrian, you could have stayed in contention for another European Cup that night. It could come at any time with Van Dijk or Salah or Mane if you don't have the right cover. You don't have to be a spoilt FIFA armchair fan or think you could do a better job than Jurgen Klopp to point that out. I think it's absolutely fair enough based on what the team has achieved in the last two seasons to not be worried, but there are rational arguments to support you if you reckon that Liverpool haven't done enough to improve the squad this window. The only thing I disagree with is acting as if people who take the opposite stance to you are being ridiculous. Not every debate has to have a clear consensus. Sadly, because it's the internet, it's easy to forget that.
  2. 5 points
    Season 2 Trailer is out!!! It looks absolutely fantastic... So excited. The way Baby Yoda closes his cradle in anticipation of shit about to go down...
  3. 4 points
    Sold a few players and now I've got 8 Mio in the bank. edit: Ok, just noticed that I'm one midfielder short. Oh oh. edit²: 4-3-3 it is.
  4. 4 points
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  6. 3 points
    @RandoEFC, @nudge, @Bluewolf, @Tommy, @Viva la FCB, @6666, @SchalkeUK, @binder, @cb_96, @londonerlilie, @Meditative, @Tzeentch, @nawoo This is your weekly reminder. Buli starts this friday. I tagged those, who played yesteryear, newcomers are welcome.
  7. 3 points
    For those of you who have negative balances, make sure you put some players on sale today in order to accept the offer and get the money credited to you by tomorrow night. On Friday morning, balances have to be positive, as otherwise you'll miss out on points for matchday 1. Good luck everyone!
  8. 3 points
    Hot damn! That looks epic. Gina is looking mighty fine too.
  9. 3 points
    And just like that, the first weekend is done in a flash! Week 1 Results Wycombe 0-1 Rotherham Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock Cadiz 0-2 Osasuna Santos 2-2 Sao Paulo Orlando City 2-1 Inter Miami Sparta Rotterdam 0-1 Ajax CSKA Moscow 3-1 Spartak Moscow Trabzonspor 1-3 Besiktas PSG 0-1 Marseille Valencia 4-2 Levante A perfect start for @Mel81x who's high score of 21 puts him top of the pile already. @Viva la FCB was next highest with 20 and then myself, @DeadLinesman and @Azeem with 19 points. Well done to @Mel81x, @DeadLinesman & @Azeem also for getting 3 perfect scores. @Pyfish & @Rucksackfranzose also scored well too with 17 and 15 respectively. The less said about @CaaC (John)'s score the better! Don't start as you mean to go on, sir!
  10. 3 points
  11. 3 points
    The first weekend is wrapped up! Casualties (4) A decent showing for us as a group in the first Gameweek. Perhaps as a result of the Manchester clubs' absence, Tottenham were deemed as one of the safest bets this week, but defeat at home to Everton extinguished the hopes of @Stan, @Rucksackfranzose and @Eco at the first hurdle. Also bowing out in Gameweek One was @Dan who backed Southampton to win at Selhurst Park in our first direct head to head of the season, and came out on the wrong side of the result. Thanks all for playing, sadly you haven't scored in this round, I'll be sliding into your notifications when the next round gets underway. Survivors (13) @Batard, @Bluewolf, @Azeem, @...Dan and @Lucas got their business done early, correctly backing Arsenal to win at Fulham in Saturday's early kick off. @Viva la FCB wasn't far behind, winning the aforementioned head to head tie with his pick of Crystal Palace to beat Southampton. @RandoEFC, @nudge, @DeadLinesman and @Michael were made to sweat on Saturday evening but a late penalty from Mo Salah delivered them the Liverpool win they needed to progress to Gameweek Two. The remaining field is completed by @Mel81x, @Pyfish and @Tommy who called Chelsea's opening day victory tonight down at Brighton. You all have one point on the board, please progress to Gameweek Two to make your next picks. Gameweek Two fixtures A full set of 10 fixtures to feast upon this week. Remember not to pick the same team again! My pick for Gameweek Two is (why am I doing this why am I doing this why am I doing this why am I doing this) Everton. Good luck!
  12. 3 points
    I understand what you are saying, I really do. I don't think you should attack, or hell, even worry about other members on the forum and who they support, but it doesn't mean I don't understand where you are coming from. One of the most popular teams in America are the Green Bay Packers. The population of Green Bay, Wisconsin is just over 100 thousand people, but people from all over the country love the team for either their history, their colors, their image, their style of play, etc... Doesn't make it wrong, but I'd could see where if you are from Green Bay, you can have a slightly negative view of these 'outsiders', as they aren't part of that cherished community. This is exactly the point.. I'd argue you this with you. Many Americans visit London, and certainly Roman's investment brought about a new slew of fans from across the world. I have made this argument a 100 times though, and that is my buddy @DeadLinesman, who is a serious Minnesota Vikings fans. When you fall in love with a sport that isn't popular in your area, I think it's very common now to look at the countries where it is popular and find yourself aligned to a team. Before Atlanta United, I had no one locally except for a small team that had trouble paying their bills. Yes it was soccer, but it was at such a level that even that was under questioned. So I traveled to Europe, and loved the sport in different countries for different reasons, which is why in each country there is a team that I 'support'. It's just the common way of things and I'm not sure it undervalues or impacts you whatsoever, and @Cicero is a class guy and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if he had fallen in love with Liverpool, you wouldn't have a problem with him being an American.
  13. 3 points
    The remaster is much harder than I remember the originals being. But omg it's so fun and it's taken me back about 20 years, to much simpler times.
  14. 3 points
  15. 3 points
    Results Our first set of fixtures are done so let's see who did well and who didn't do so well on our first weekend... (I've only tagged each person once to save on notifications!!) Result of the Round: @Deco - Augsburg whack SEVEN past Celle in the DFB Pokal - a great start to Deco's first full season of Gloryhunter which puts him top of the pile... @Rucksackfranzose 11/09 Braunschweig 5 - 4 Hertha Berlin DFB Pokal Stays with Braunschweig Eco 12/09 Barnsley 0 - 1 Luton Championship Moves to Luton CaaC (John) 12/09 Barrow 1 - 1 Stevenage League Two Choose between Barrow and Stevenage Deco 12/09 Celle 0 - 7 Augsburg DFB Pokal Stays with Augsburg @Toinho 12/09 Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Southampton Premier League Stays with Crystal Palace Pyfish 12/09 Derby 0 - 2 Reading Championship Stays with Reading Stan 12/09 Eibar 0 - 0 Celta Vigo La Liga Choose between Eibar and Celta Vigo Mel81x 12/09 Portsmouth 0 - 0 Shrewsbury League One Choose between Portsmouth and Shrewsbury Drew 12/09 St Etienne 2 - 0 Strasbourg Ligue 1 Stays with St Etienne Batard v Bluewolf 12/09 West Ham 0 - 2 Newcastle Premier League Both now at Newcastle Londonerlilie 13/09 Nimes 2 - 4 Rennes Ligue 1 Moves to Rennes @Tommy 13/09 Tenerife 2 - 0 Malaga La Liga 2 Stays with Tenerife - @Bluewolf will be happy that Newcastle's win and last season's winner @Stan's draw means the former is above the latter in the table! - New boy @Drew also got off to a winning start with his team St Etienne but Marseille are the opponents next. - Just the three changes of clubs due to losses as @Batard, @Eco and @londonerlilie all fell to defeats - Decisions to be made for Stan, @CaaC (John) and @Mel81x as their teams all drew so they can decide between sticking or moving to their opposition. Table A brand new table for a brand new season. Here is how it looks after the first games with four people still to play their first games later this month. P W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Deco 1 1 0 0 7 0 7 3 2 Bluewolf 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3 3 Drew 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3 4 Pyfish 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3 5 Tommy 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3 6 Rucksackfranzose 1 1 0 0 5 4 1 3 7 Toinho 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 8 CaaC (John) 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 9 Mel81x 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 10 Stan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 Azeem 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 Lucas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 nudge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 RandoEFC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Eco 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0 16 Batard 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0 17 Londonerlilie 1 0 0 1 2 4 -2 0 Fixtures Some teams are in action again in a few days time whilst others wait a week, and in some cases, even longer! Toinho 15/09 Bournemouth v Crystal Palace EFL Cup Batard & Bluewolf 15/09 Newcastle v Blackburn EFL Cup Pyfish v Eco 15/09 Reading v Luton EFL Cup Drew 17/09 Marseille v St Etienne Ligue 1 Tommy 19/09 Alcorcon v Tenerife La Liga 2 Londonerlilie 19/09 Rennes v Monaco Ligue 1 Deco 19/09 Union Berlin v Augsburg Bundesliga Azeem 19/09 Verona v Roma Serie A Rucksackfranzose 20/09 Heidenheim v Braunschweig 2. Bundesliga nudge 26/09 Cremenose v Cittadella Serie B RandoEFC 27/09 Barcelona v Villareal La Liga Lucas 27/09 Verona v Udinese Serie A CaaC (John) - Barrow or Stevenage Stan - Eibar or Celta Vigo Mel81x - Portsmouth or Shrewsbury
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
    I expected defeat and we got it. But I just didn't expect to come so close to a point, that's what actually stung. We have a lot of plaudits for the performance but we still won't get points for that, just a pat on the back. But having slept on it, it's easier to reflect now. I have no explanation to what Rodrigo did for the last pen. Fucking plant pot. Typical forwards 'pussy' challenge. What a way to throw it away, no complaints. The first pen is harsh. It has hit Koch's leg and deflected up to his hand. Unnatural position or not, that shouldn't be a penalty. I can't wait to see that happen somewhere down the line and it not be awarded. Anyway, that's the two pens cleared up on my side. Apart from that, I thought we deserved a point. Liverpool did have more chances but to go there and have more possession than them was impressive. I know they weren't at their best but I also think that was down to us. We really shocked them yesterday with the press and relentlessness. I know a lot of people will mention the defence of ours and yes, the two centre backs were a shambles. We have conceded 4 goals from set pieces which is poor, but please remember the context. Last year, we had Cooper and White. They were exceptional and settled. White has gone back to Brighton and Cooper was injured yesterday. So we had a new signing in Koch who has only had 2 days training at the club and a youngster in Struijk, paired together for the first time against the Champions on Thursday and it showed. I can't be too harsh on them given the circumstances. Thought Ayling was supurb keeping Mane quiet. Harrison and Costa were threats out wide and Klich ran himself into the ground. As for Phillips, he showed why he got an England call up by playing decent in his natural position. Take note Southgate. Hopefully we will be ok anyway. It's nice to be back and showing some pride. We might be a little naive in some games but Bielsa is going to do it his way and its going to be interesting how many teams look at that and decided to play a little less expansive against us.
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    I vote yes for the extra funds. I also vote yes for me getting and extra 5m right now. Thanks @nudge
  20. 2 points
    Liking the idea. Spare yourself some work, simply send the money to me; I'll take care of a fair distribution.
  21. 2 points
    My heart is bleeding...
  22. 2 points
    Accidently bought Ortega after a night out drinking. I didn't need another good goalie, I already have one! Flekken is out injured for several months. @Tommy would you be interested in buying Ortega off of me? Not looking to make a profit off of him, I'll sell him for 2,560,000 the price I bought him for.
  23. 2 points
    Interesting stuff.... I used to be the exact same way when I was in my teens when it came to girls, I never did anything horrible or anything when we split but just never had time for all the drama that went with it so I was happy enough to move on pretty sharpish with no hang up's... it was very much a case of 'there are plenty more fish in the sea' type situation as far as I was concerned.. I did have one memorable moment I will never forget when I used to work for a shop called Bishops back in the day ( @CaaC (John) might remember them ) and back then playing the field and all that I had 3 girls on the go at the same time... like you nothing serious just a bit of fun, a few drinks, cinema or whatever and try and get lucky at the end of the night if possible and one Friday night I was out with my mates and these 3 girls all ended up at a local party and through a twist of fate a couple of them were chatting to another girl and talking about boyfriends and my name cropped up.. you can imagine their massive surprise to find out they all had the same fella on the go... Anyway, the following morning ( which I might add used to be my lay in day ) the phone starts ringing downstairs really early and my old man shouts up it's for me so I had to drag myself out of bed go down and answer it still half asleep with a lingering headache from the night before ( no mobiles back in them days ) When I pick the phone up it's one of these girls and she starts yelling down the phone and tells me she has found out that I have been cheating on her and I am getting my arse dumped then hangs up!! the call lasted about 10 seconds.. So, no problem I was just glad to be getting myself back under the covers.. 10 minutes later the phone starts going again and the old man shouts back up it's for me again... back down I go again and it's one of these other girls who tells me I am dumped and her older brother is going to beat me up blah blah blah... Party last night blah, blah, blah.. Horrible bastard blah, blah, blah and all that and then hangs up!! Obviously despite my tired and slightly hungover state I am now starting to put the pieces together of this sudden mystery double dumping puzzle and kind of suss what's happened.. anyway, off back to bed until about 15 minutes later when the phone goes again!!!... The old man has the right arse by now and I am not far behind, I needed my sleep man not all this piss balling about... so I pick the phone up and as soon as I hear the third ones squeeky voice I just hung up on her.. I told the old man if anyone else calls tell them I killed myself because some girl dumped me.. You never know one or two of them might come rushing around feeling guilty... I will admit that going from 3 to 0 girlfriends in the one sitting was a bit of a set back , I wasn't used to taking so many hits in one go and back in them days I could usually talk at least one of them round and limit the damage but this was a deliberate attempt by them to emotionally carpet bomb me to try and teach me a lesson... Work was a bit tense for a while I will admit as they clubbed together to try and warn other girls off me and all that but lucky for me my smoothy charm and cheeky smile was a bit much for some girls to resist so normal service was soon resumed.. Thing is for me it was just a bit of fun, a laugh and all that but they seem to go into it on a multi platform emotional level I just didn't understand.. If they wanted to see other people then fine, I am not going to lose my shit over it.. They did teach me a very important lesson though... If seeing more than one girl at a time make sure they don't work in the same place or live in the same area By the way, if you made that comment about a woman in the workplace these days it would probably turn into a full investigation/suspension for you..
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    Even Rio Choker would have a difficult time being optimistic about West Ham.