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  1. @feltmonkey I was banging on about Keita in here for ages before we signed him and I'm confident I'll be vindicated on that next season. He looks ready now. I agree about the other positions you mentioned apart from centre forward. The lack of depth on the wings is what bothers me. Origi is decent cover for the left but for the right all we have is Shaqiri or Ox. I'm hoping we make the most of our current position and bring in someone that can cover both sides without us having to make stylistic changes to accommodate them. A lot of people were wetting their knickers when we didn't get Werner - many of them made the claim that he was that player but I have my doubts. He's looked at his best when playing upfront alongside a target man, or playing on the shoulder as the lone striker. Admittedly, I've only seen him play on the left for Germany a few times, but he looked uncomfortable out there and struggled. Once you factor in his wages I think it's easy to understand the club's hesitation to sign him in the current market. I expect we'd have taken the punt if there wasn't competition for him, which would have afforded us some wiggle room to negotiate both the fee, and especially, the wages down. I'm not suggesting we'll be able to get another Mane or Salah level guy. But I would hope we can find someone that suits the profile of what we really need there and not have to put up with people that can 'do a job' when needed instead of someone that can do the specific job we need them to when one of Mane or Salah isn't available.
  2. I'd hope we can find somebody better than Adrian. He did all right when he had that unexpected run at the start of the season but the wins glossed over a few big errors, even then. As harsh as it sounds, we'd probably still be in the CL if not for his mistakes against Atletico. Surely we can do better without breaking the bank. I barely post these days and I'm not sure I've said anything on here since it finally happened. Just wanted to say Liquid Myth and Stilly have been on my mind since the win. I feel so lucky to have seen what the boys have managed to achieve over the last couple of years. Up the mighty redmen and bless you all. YNWA.
  3. dogsout


    Yeah, sorry to hear that, man. The same thing happened to me growing up. It's shit.
  4. dogsout


    Get him on AFTV with the other kids.
  5. I tried this. When my first child was born I decided to try to 'do the right thing' and follow a local team so that I could take him to games regularly, and not have him following a team from hundreds of miles away that he'll never get to go and watch play live. It didn't work. I just couldn't make myself care. I went to a bunch of games and just sat there bored wondering what the hell I was doing. My dad's from Neasden and is an Arsenal fan, and was a regular at Highbury throughout my childhood. My dad's an alcoholic, and by the time I was getting into football he'd already left. I couldn't support Arsenal - I didn't want to be anything like him. My mum's side of the family are all Arsenal, too. I was born and raised in West London, and being football mad, I got taken to loads of grounds in search of 'my team'. I was taken to watch games at QPR, Chelsea, Fulham, Brentford, Arsenal, Tottenham... loads of places. One of my mum's friends even took me to see Norwich (he was a season ticket holder there). I loved the game, I just didn't understand why I had to choose one team to follow. One of the games I went to was against Liverpool and I don't know why but I decided that was it; search over. I don't even remember what it was about them - although I remember liking the green kit! I took my son (now 8 years old) to Anfield for the Spurs game this season. I can't even explain what his happy little face meant to me as we walked around outside the stadium. I do sometimes wish I was stronger and somehow soldiered on so he could be at the game every week somewhere local. But fuck it. We've had so many amazing times together the last couple of seasons. He was worried before his first game that he wouldn't be welcomed because he's from London. The guy sat next to us asked him where he was from, told him not to worry, and reached across with his scarf for my boy to hold up with him and told him to sing loud and proud to support our team. He was so happy. I can't afford to take him often so I'm aiming for a few games a year. But so far it's been amazing - I've taken to booking a cheap hotel and taking him up for a couple of days, when there's enough time to do so. And I'll get him to some aways from time to time, too. Obviously it's not the same as it is for someone that grew up local. But that doesn't diminish what we feel and experience.
  6. I think the biggest difference was the break. We're always ropey for a bit after a break.
  7. dogsout

    The Boxing Thread

    At what point will people stop hating on this guy? Stop doubting and start celebrating, because he's quite likely the best of his era. At this rate, he's going down as an ATG. It would be nice if more fans could let go of their own prejudices and just appreciate him while he's here. Ridiculous performance again. He's on another level to anyone else; he has so many ways to win a fight.
  8. It's really frustrating to watch Traore play like that when I was convinced years ago that he'd turn out like this. He's a force of nature now. Massive win. I really didn't feel like we'd do it once they pulled one back because we were a bit of a mess tonight, on the hole. Wolves were brilliant; glad they're out of the way.
  9. I agree that VvD was coming regardless. Not so sure we'd have got Alisson without the Coutinho money but we were always going to buy another keeper. Either way, it's still impressive business. Coutinho was our best player at the time. It was a massive ask to sell him and improve, even if it meant we had a bit more money to play with. I recall most in here weren't particularly happy when we were linked to VvD at £40m during the summer before we bought him. Then when we failed to get him and didn't sign an alternative, many were complaining and asking if he's 'the only defender in the world' and saying things like he 'won't fix the defense on his own'. The club has done insane business the last few years. Also, not many people seemed to care about the fact that he was unable to invest in the defense for absolutely ages after coming into the club. The whole LDF bullshit got coined in the football thread when I pointed that out to fans of other clubs who were saying Klopp was a fraud, the touchline antics were just an act, and some of them were even saying his position shouldn't be secure, etc.
  10. Don't be silly. Imagine Gerrard powered by Klopp hugs. He'd have been unstoppable. Not that he would really fit into our current side but that's kind of the point: Klopp doesn't have a rigid way of playing and then look to fit players into that. That's why there are no square pegs in round holes since he came in. He looks at the group and then makes signings to compliment the group. If we had a young Gerrard when Klopp came in, we probably would just be playing with a more typical right-back rather than an alien like Trent that can somehow run a game from right-back. Phil was very much a Klopp player, too. It's not like Barca came sniffing and we went "yeah, here you go. Take him, please!". We wanted to keep him and he forced his way out. Obviously the group kicked on and grew in his absence so it worked out pretty great.
  11. Minamino really reminds me of our Gini. He's got the same knack for receiving the ball on the turn and just twisting whoever's closing him down.
  12. dogsout

    The Boxing Thread

    Completely outboxed and then jumps on the tiniest opportunity and puts him away. Crazy power.
  13. His passing yesterday reminded me of Stevie. Just ridiculous. I see he's made the most key passes so far this season (37, with De Bruyne in second on 36).
  14. This has been really worth the 5 hour drive so far!
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