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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: December 16, 2014, 02:41:46 AM »
text from above
Liverpool Echo's James Pearce one of the most trusted persons regarding LFC affairs has come out to suggest that the Transfer Committee (TC) could have made BR's work difficult at Anfield. The sale of senior players on big wages and the signings that BR made this season were not totally his choice, but the committee's. Many managers refused to work under a sporting director when they were interviewed by FSG for the job before BR came in. FSG later set up this committee that is identical, or perhaps wields more power than a sporting director, whilst giving the idea that the manager is totally in charge. Whatever decision the manager makes with regards to signings and contracts, will be voted by 5 people in the committee. Only in the case of a majority vote, BR can sign the players he wants. Otherwise he has to improvise with the players chosen by the TC. Pearce says BR NEVER wanted to sign Balotelli but was forced to settle for him. In other words, it was the TC that ultimately failed to replace Suarez despite getting big money by selling him. Pearce says BR also made it clear that he wanted Michel Vorm and that signing a GK is a priority. But he says the transfer committee refused to pay his value despite only spending over 30mil in net spending this summer. This also had a significant impact on Mignolet's form as LFC didn't try to provide competition for the Belgian. Pearce says paying top bucks for Lovren made perfect sense at that point, as he was not one for the future, but was coming in as a top centre back, based on his form with the Saints and his Premier League experience. He was bought to hit the ground running. However he's had a major dip in form which is disappointing says Pearce. Similar tone has been voiced by Mike Bernard, a former employee of FSG, who said BR failing to see eye-to-eye with some of the TC members and their signings, is getting a little unsavoury. Mike noted that BR wanted Eriksen and Bony but was overruled. This also goes back to previous failures to show the money and securing players early when they had interest to move to LFC. Plenty of dragging negotiations and low-balling saw the failure of securing targets such as Willian, Salah, Mikhtaryan, Konoplyanka and more. Diego Costa was identified by BR as a transfer target when Costa was playing as a wing-forward, long before he became a star in that out-and-out striker position and caught the whole world's attention. TC thought his release clause of 20mil back then was too much. The rest is history. While we drag our feet on targets, other clubs come into the picture, showed the money and swooped them as we watch helplessly. Even for Sanchez, Phil Thompson declared during the world cup that we had Sanchez in the bag. However too much negotiations into details and conditions in payment method allowed Arsenal to sneak in and turn his and his wife's head.
Pearce also does not believe with the popular excuse that BR got founded after Suarez left, and that it was the Uruguayan who made BR look good last season. He says BR's tactical acumen led the team prosper last season, not Suarez alone. The expectations has been raised by last season's football and LFC are struggling with the pressure now he adds. Pearce labels Borini's position as strange and wonders if it could be the club showing frustration against him, for not being able to secure 14mil from Sunderland and another 13mil from QPR. They're certainly making it clear to Borini that he shouldn't reject another deal in January. Another journo Graham Beecroft says Borini could have indicated that he rather sit on the bench and take the wages or run down his contract, than moving to a small club ie Sunderland, QPR who are also refusing to pay more wages than LFC. Could be the reason why he's strangely frozen. Could be the club's decision not the manager's.
The last time Pearce spoke to BR, the manager said Can and some of the new players are still trying to adapt to his philosophy of football and it could be the reason why BR resorts to playing those who know what is expected of them for now. But Pearce says he will speak to BR again about Can to find out more on his position. Pearce says LFC's season could depend on Sturridge coming back to be paired with Balotelli upfront, and then allow the rest of the team to click. Pearce doesn't know if FSG are willing to spend in January but it's a question of can they afford not to. As champions league new TV deal brings in over 40mil next season compared to 25mil before, he opines that LFC must spend. Especially on a top quality striker, taking into account Studge's fitness

General discussion / Re: 2015 Predictions
« on: December 15, 2014, 03:43:42 AM »
and cue Ziggy...

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: December 15, 2014, 03:42:30 AM »
In saying that, a God knows what they are at now. Utd are dung and still managed to win 3-0

De Gea is why they won 3-0
Balotelli did everything right a few times

That's the attitude. What are keepers meant to do during a game??  Strikers put the ball in the net wingers cross the ball. So lets get it straight the only reason they won 3-0 was because of the keeper?

easy there tiger. United made it look comfortable today, and were good value for the win, my reasoning behind the De Gea remark is this: united had 6 shots on target, one was offside (not given) and one was a decent save from Jones from Van Persie. Thats 2 out of the 4 remaining shots united put away.
Liverpool on the other hand had 9 shots on target, of those shots 1 was a poor effort from sterling, and one a world class save palming Ballotelli's snap shot on to the cross bar. 2 goals would have been a reasonable return on another day but, De Gea again demonstrated his excellence, and I find to tough to see much difference between him and Neuer, and would rank them both just ahed of Courtois.
A good keeper would lift that Liverpool team no end and stop the back 4 cowering and panicking.
The chances that Balotelli has been missing will start to drop, and i look forward to him and Sturridge together, not all doom and gloom, but any other keeper outside of the 3 named above would have been a completely different story.

Out of curiosity, if the only change in that game had been switching keepers, what do you think the score would have been?


General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: December 14, 2014, 10:05:58 PM »
In saying that, a God knows what they are at now. Utd are dung and still managed to win 3-0

De Gea is why they won 3-0
Balotelli did everything right a few times

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: December 14, 2014, 04:34:14 PM »
why sterling didn't pass that back to Ballotelli for the tap in is utterly beyond me, he knows he has taken it too far out and Mario is yelling the whole way to lay it off...

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: December 13, 2014, 06:12:24 PM »
Do you mean Torres? On a free I am inclined to agree. Why not?

General discussion / Re: The Whiskey Thread
« on: December 10, 2014, 03:04:25 PM »

Interesting that everyone takes it differently. For me, it has to be poured into a hot class. Ice and water would destroy it. I used to work in pubs years ago and the old lads would have it with a dribble of room temp water and a bottle of stout of the shelf.

Everyone has their own way of drinking the stuff, the recommended route is what the auld fellas do, in a tumbler, add the whiskey, and then add about the same amount of room temperature water, give it a minute and proceed to consume.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: December 04, 2014, 01:10:24 AM »
Ok. I give up. Apparently at this point it is perfectly acceptable for cops in the US to kill and the benefit of the doubt will be given.

Ah, I miss the good old days of the RUC...

At least when I got stopped at a checkpoint then I knew what I was in for. I miss the old red torch circle with 5 other guys in flak jackets pointing guns at the car. Poor 17 year old English kids crapping themselves in the hedges and ditches.

Now a 12 year old can get shot on sight in a playground. Cop can kill a guy with an illegal chokehold. And who knows what else. It's definitely a win to have genetically low amounts of melanin in the US.

General discussion / Re: 6 county corporation tax
« on: December 03, 2014, 07:36:27 PM »
so interesting point ref EU law, but not really a big issue. The total corp tax in NI (revenue) is 200M. and they get that back as part of the block grant. By deciding their own tax level they give up the 200M refund, but get to keep what they make in return.
That trade is really not a fair trade, the additional boost of attracting business to the economy by having a lower corp tax rate (but within not only the EU but also the UK)  make it virtually a no brainer

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: December 02, 2014, 02:30:48 PM »

I know,  imagine trying when the transfer window is coming up and you can agree a pre-contract agreement on a nice fat wage or renew your contract on a nice fat wage!  A cynical man could be very cynical.

Good job we don't know any cynical men...

General discussion / Re: Beer....
« on: December 01, 2014, 02:37:05 AM »
No, it went down like a lead balloon. A bit like their black lager.

Guinness black lager, and Guinness Blonde American lager still on sale in the US, and doing well

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: December 01, 2014, 02:34:59 AM »

Wow......were really getting into the weeds on this one.

you have got to be kidding now, weeds? Do you mean facts? Facts is what we are getting into.

As part of Holders investigation into the Fergusn Police Dept. It would be very easy to broaden the probe and investigate McCulloch's department. Dig up enough $hit on him, pressurize him to resign and see where you go with a new prosecutor.

Mr Whitey, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this board is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: November 30, 2014, 06:08:33 PM »

Feds pressurize McCulloch to resign, new prosecutor reconvenes a grand jury....simple as.

Again interesting opinion, unfortunately again, not legally possible with the current system in Missouri, or indeed anywhere in the United States. However there can be the appointment of a special prosecutor to convene a new grand jury. That would be up to Governor Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor, and he has already come out and categorically stated he would not entertain the idea.

Some (very disputed) legal opinion suggests that there is a legal possibility that St. Louis County Circuit Court may have a right to appoint a special prosecutor for the case, however they have been closed since last week and have not commented as yet as to whether they believe they have that right, or whether if they do, they would even entertain the idea.

As before this has absolutely nothing to do with any Federal body or "Feds pressurizing" whatsoever, but don't let that get in the way of any more of your posts.

Out of curiosity, can you also clarify to whom you are referring when you say "Feds"?

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: November 30, 2014, 03:46:32 PM »


There is already on ongoing federal investigation:10 second Google search would have uncovered
that fact/opinion for you.

Holy crap Whitey, I have got to hand it to you, I knew you were a big shot, but I don't know how you managed to get the constitution of the great state of Missouri, and the US constitution changed overnight in order to win a couple of points on a discussion forum on Gaelic games but I'm looking forward to reading your article to find out.

"pregnant pause"

oh wait, no you didn't. You have posted an article about the ongoing federal investigation into a civil rights case which has been ongoing since the incident itself.
Some details for you on that one and how unlikely that is to happen:

you do of course realize that a federal civil rights case has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the grand jury? Or maybe that's an opinion too?

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: November 30, 2014, 03:27:38 AM »
Far better in the second half. Was more like the Liverpool of last season. They closed Stoke down not giving them any time on the ball....

actually sounds good until you get to the word Stoke

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