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      The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?

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      The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Aug 09, 2018 02:15:36 pm
      Managers need to be given time - well Jürgen is the fifth longest serving Premier League manager at the minute, which shows just how sh*t football has become given he hasn't even been here three years yet. And he's the second longest serving of any of last year's top six.

      You need to spend money to compete - well this summer we've spent a f**king fortune, which again shows just how sh*t football has become given the amounts being splashed out on players nowadays. Some will argue we're still a long way behind the other clubs in terms of spending because they've done it for the past decade or so, others will argue that it's all "net" spend but the truth is we've spent a sh*t load of bread over the past six months.

      You can't go from seventh to League winners - well this is our third consecutive year in amongst Europe's elite, a nod in the direction of Jürgen for achieving qualification to the following year's Champions League in both of his full seasons in charge. Again others will moan about the fact that other teams have been in there for years on end to justify us not winning the League.

      We need a bigger ground to compete - well we're now racking in well over 50,000 on any given match day which is still considerably less than United's 75,000 or Arsenal's nearly 60,000 (though look where they are). Has an extra ten thousand fans a week made that big a difference to the club's on-field "success"?

      So with all the old excuses being thrown out the window as of late, where do you see our Premier League form going? Are we actually going to get the monkey off our back and claim that elusive 19th title? Are we only ready for a sustained title challenge and preferably not one that fizzles out by mid-April? Or are we going to revert back to type and after a lot of hype in the summer just end up playing catch up from mid-September onwards and never really looking like challengers but tapping ourselves on the back for another hugely successful season because we've pipped Chelsea to fourth?

      Unusually for me I'm going to say we'll win the League. I know that will surprise some as I never have that kind of faith in my club but this year is different. Who the f**k am I kidding, I say it every year and this is no different. We're Liverpool Football Club for fucks sake, the biggest club in the world. And we should be winning trophies each and every year. After seeing how well this group of players can play at times last year, I think with the additions we've made in the right areas for once, we're very suited to go and bring the Title home.

      It's been a long time coming but 2018/19 is going to be our year!
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #1: Aug 09, 2018 03:09:20 pm
      Managers need to be given time - well Jürgen is the fifth longest serving Premier League manager at the minute, which shows just how sh*t football has become given he hasn't even been here three years yet. And he's the second longest serving of any of last year's top six.

      You need to spend money to compete - well this summer we've spent a f**king fortune, which again shows just how sh*t football has become given the amounts being splashed out on players nowadays. Some will argue we're still a long way behind the other clubs in terms of spending because they've done it for the past decade or so, others will argue that it's all "net" spend but the truth is we've spent a sh*t load of bread over the past six months.

      You can't go from seventh to League winners - well this is our third consecutive year in amongst Europe's elite, a nod in the direction of Jürgen for achieving qualification to the following year's Champions League in both of his full seasons in charge. Again others will moan about the fact that other teams have been in there for years on end to justify us not winning the League.

      We need a bigger ground to compete - well we're now racking in well over 50,000 on any given match day which is still considerably less than United's 75,000 or Arsenal's nearly 60,000 (though look where they are). Has an extra ten thousand fans a week made that big a difference to the club's on-field "success"?

      So with all the old excuses being thrown out the window as of late, where do you see our Premier League form going? Are we actually going to get the monkey off our back and claim that elusive 19th title? Are we only ready for a sustained title challenge and preferably not one that fizzles out by mid-April? Or are we going to revert back to type and after a lot of hype in the summer just end up playing catch up from mid-September onwards and never really looking like challengers but tapping ourselves on the back for another hugely successful season because we've pipped Chelsea to fourth?

      Unusually for me I'm going to say we'll win the League. I know that will surprise some as I never have that kind of faith in my club but this year is different. Who the f**k am I kidding, I say it every year and this is no different. We're Liverpool Football Club for fucks sake, the biggest club in the world. And we should be winning trophies each and every year. After seeing how well this group of players can play at times last year, I think with the additions we've made in the right areas for once, we're very suited to go and bring the Title home.

      It's been a long time coming but 2018/19 is going to be our year!

      I genuinely think that if we can keep the bulk of our squad fit, and rely on Sturridge for a reasonable number of games then we can win the league. I have a feeling that Citeh will not find it quite so easy this time around, we showed the others how to beat them and they definitely slowed down a bit towards the end of last season.
      I think it will be between us and Citeh though as I can't see the other teams mounting much of a challenge, Chelsea seem to be in disarray, as are the Munts and Arsenal I think will take some time to get out of their Wenger funk. Spurs could challenge but they haven't strengthened and that will ultimately bite them in the ass again.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #2: Aug 09, 2018 10:04:51 pm
      I genuinely think that if we can keep the bulk of our squad fit, and rely on Sturridge for a reasonable number of games then we can win the league. I have a feeling that Citeh will not find it quite so easy this time around, we showed the others how to beat them and they definitely slowed down a bit towards the end of last season.
      I think it will be between us and Citeh though as I can't see the other teams mounting much of a challenge, Chelsea seem to be in disarray, as are the Munts and Arsenal I think will take some time to get out of their Wenger funk. Spurs could challenge but they haven't strengthened and that will ultimately bite them in the ass again.

      Sturridge staying wasn't on the cards after he was loaned out last season but he's had a good pre-season. Got himself fit and if he stays fit he can compete for a place. But it was our inability to finish games off that cost us. City only failed to win 6 games last season. We failed to win in 17 of our games. That's huge gap - 25 points in total and Pep is not likely to suddenly accept lower standards, so we have it all to do. We have to at least stay with them. Nothing is guaranteed obviously.

      We can do it, we can win this league. Looks like we will hit the ground running, anything is possible.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #3: Aug 09, 2018 10:10:27 pm
      To turnover a 25 point gap we need

      City to be not as good as last year

      our front 3 to stay fit and repeat last season

      Lallana fit for majority

      Sturridge fit for majority.

      Will we get that perfect storm?? If yes fhen the title is on.If not I think were another season away.

      On a  sidenote this could be a very different season. Several clubs doing some great business might see the big 6 dropping a few more points then usual
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #4: Aug 09, 2018 10:17:55 pm
      Not predicting anything apart from something that is fun and one hell of a ride!
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #5: Aug 09, 2018 10:38:50 pm
      If Sturridge stays healthy he will be a massive asset to this club and allow us that quality depth up front that we need and lack when compared vs. City. Another area we are behind them on is the ability to unlock parked buses, something Sturridge would also help with.

      When Klopp first came in i thought this would be the first season we'd challenge for the tile as i figured we'd need 2 summer windows of heavy changes and another of quality tweaks to mold us in his desired team, so i am bullish in that we will put up a very strong challenge this coming season.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #6: Aug 09, 2018 10:47:10 pm

       We're Liverpool Football Club for fucks sake, the biggest club in the world.

      And we should be winning trophies each and every year.

      After seeing how well this group of players can play at times last year, I think with the additions we've made in the right areas for once, we're very suited to go and bring the Title home.

      It's been a long time coming but 2018/19 is going to be our year!



      Is Right !   

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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #7: Aug 09, 2018 11:01:24 pm

      Win it for our sake Skip,we have waited far too long.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #8: Aug 10, 2018 03:02:10 am
      Think we will improve on our points tally and get over 80 which should see us improve on fourth.

      Don't think we will win the league though and I think we will finish somewhere between half a dozen and dozen points behind city who I think will win it.

      I'm going for second place. 2-3 additions away from winning it yet.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #9: Aug 10, 2018 07:23:40 am
      To turnover a 25 point gap we need

      City to be not as good as last year

      our front 3 to stay fit and repeat last season

      Lallana fit for majority

      Sturridge fit for majority.

      Will we get that perfect storm?? If yes fhen the title is on.If not I think were another season away.

      On a  sidenote this could be a very different season. Several clubs doing some great business might see the big 6 dropping a few more points then usual

      I really don't look at it as turning over the 25 point gap. Just because City got 100 points last season doesn't meen they will do it again this season. I deffo think that the other teams in the league will want a go at them this season, I'd imagine it will be the same for us.

      The majority of that 25 points has been bridged with our signings. If we had VVD at the start of last season I don't think it would of been 25 points and we would of finished 2nd or 3rd IMO. City have improved their squad and I would think Marez would play more than Sterling this season. Plus they have Mendy back and Laporte and their defence wasn't an issue last season so it is practically the same team. We've got a world class goalkeeper now, we've improved defencively and will have VVD for a whole season now and midfield can now hold its own when we need to grind out those results and with Keita who can burst forward.

      If city are to win the league again, like every pundit is predicting, then I don't think it will be by anywhere near 25 points this season and I think we'll push them all the way.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #10: Aug 10, 2018 07:50:40 am
      It's 50/50. We have a real shot here, IMO the best shot since 25 years.

      + This Liverpool squad is better 'pound to pound' than the one last season
      + Teams could study MC over a full season and will be better prepared and more motivated against the superior champ of last season
      + Chelsea, Tottenham, United and Arsenal didn't make a step forward

      ? Injuries, if e.g. VVD or Salah goes down it's over, but the same happens for MC if KDB goes down
      ? Luck, here and there winning on last minutes goals or gettin some favorable ref decisions can easily add to 10 points over the season

      - Pressure, if we struggle early things could fall apart due to the anticipation
      - As with MC, teams had plenty of time to study Klopp and could figure him out at any point esp. with Buvac out, hard to tell his impact.

       
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      Reply #11: Aug 10, 2018 07:53:48 am
      Think if injuries are no more than standard issue (ie no long term physio table stints to the A+ stars, and no major multiple injury at once periods) then we should be bang on for 80-85 points at minimum, which depending on the season can be anywhere from 1st-4th. So, challenging is bare minimum.

      Title is definitely on the cards, and I do think we can win it with this squad. First time in a long time I've had that genuine belief, and the most confident in a Liverpool side I have ever been I think. Sure, I do think we're a little light on at the back, and Fekir would have been nice - but if his knee is a genuine issue, then I'm happy letting that one go if we couldn't do a deal that didn't break the bank for a noodle knee.

      Bring this year the f**k on. Been counting the days for weeks now, and it's finally just about here. Big win to open up against a West Ham team that is showing some ambition will be a big sign of things to come.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #12: Aug 10, 2018 09:46:03 am
      A recent analysis showed that if we want to win the league this season we should get more than 90 points, considering that City won't have last season's performance.
      Moreover last season we had 5 losses and 12 draws. All 5 losses were away from Anfield. However, from our 12 draws, 7 were at home. This is the same problem that we had when we lost the league back in 2008/2009, when we had 11 draws (7 at home), with Rafa on our bench.

      So, history shows that we should/must win those "draw" games at home. The additions of Keita, Fabinho and Shaqiri (together with a healthy Sturridge) are enough I believe to help us win these games. There are a lot of teams which will park the bus in Anfield this season and we should have the quality/solutions to break them.

      It doesn't matter if our front three repeat their last season and score 3-4 goals in a match. What it matters is to constantly pushing for 90 minutes and create chances in order to win those "draw" games.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #13: Aug 11, 2018 01:36:53 am
      A bit of fine tuning and we will skoosh it
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #14: Aug 11, 2018 04:07:49 pm
      We not going win it cback areas too many injury all time, l think we end 3 or 4 in league
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #15: Aug 11, 2018 04:11:00 pm
      Weak at Cb for me but will be so good upfront think we will be a close second
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      Reply #16: Aug 11, 2018 04:51:56 pm
      Well, i am always optimistic and even though we have acquired some top top talent i still see a weakness at centre back, that being said it is a weakness that could be fatal to our title aspirations. It is looking like Gomez will partner van Dijk tomorrow and i am praying that he plays as well as i know he can and that he makes that place his own.

      Up front we are phenomenal, Firmino, Salah and Mane are the best front three in the League bar none. We have Shaqiri and Sturridge to rotate and as long as Sturridge stays injury free i think that department is solid.

      In midfield we have Henderson, Fabinho and Keita... WOW!!! That is some mother f**king midfield right there. If Lallana, Milner and Wijnaldum can perform at an acceptable level then we should be alright here.

      The back four. Alexander Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk and Robertson is a very solid defence for me. It's when i look at Lovren, Klavan, Matip, Moreno and Clyne that i start to worry slightly.

      The keeper. Alisson Becker, well what can i say? An absolutely brilliant piece of business in my eyes. A position we have struggled with for years has been firmly dealt with. Hopefully Karius can get his head down and work on his issues and learn from Alisson as well. He has 2 options, he can sulk like a little bi*ch or he can man up and prove people wrong. Grabara looked good in pre season and on form i'd put him ahead of Karius.

      The transfer fees have never bothered me really, as long as Klopp gets who he wants. Like i said, my only concern was that we didn't get an Alderweireld type centre back but it is what it is.

      Are we better equipped to launch a title assault? Definitely. Do we have the squad depth to maintain a title assault if we suffer injury problems? Probably not.

      We'll have to wait and see. I for one can see us winning the League, provided we have that little bit of luck. The hard work is already there.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #17: Aug 11, 2018 05:15:28 pm
      Back line is my biggest concern, but the self-belief and squad depth are there to mount a real challenge. We must start well. We must eke out wins in some of those draws we played last year vs. lower-table teams. We must at least break even with the other big clubs, and as others have said, we must stay relatively healthy. But yes, we CAN win. City will be strong again but I think we have a chance to get a leg up on them early in the season.

      But watch for Chelsea...
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      Reply #18: Aug 11, 2018 07:21:19 pm
      Win it.

      Nuff said :D
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #19: Aug 11, 2018 08:41:56 pm
      September is a huge month, that will lay the foundations for the season ahead. The home game v City will be a massive game in the title race. Once the international breaks are done, we resume at Watford at the end of November kicking off 3 busy months, that will build a title challenge or allow us to consolidate a top 4 spot. The run in looks favourable, and the last game is at home.

      We will be tested in September, so the team have got to show us that we finally have the character to cope with pressure and setbacks. If we can, we can win the league. If we pack it in when the going gets tough, then we'll have to settle for a top 4 spot again.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #20: Aug 11, 2018 09:09:04 pm
      We'll win it this year, City won't steamroll everyone like they did last year, but the turnabout is that we will steamroll everyone. Starting tomorrow.

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      Reply #21: Aug 12, 2018 08:05:00 am
      We need to challenge to the end and if we do that, I'm happy. We can win it!
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      Reply #22: Aug 12, 2018 08:30:59 am
      I think we will challenge.

      Maybe just fall short of toppling Citeh, but I can see us finishing above the rest (Mancs to be trailing in third  xxxxx:action-smiley-065: )

      Maybe by next season we will have fully bridged the gap and toppled Pep and Co. Do see progress this season though (2nd + a trophy).
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      Reply #23: Aug 12, 2018 09:13:38 am
      I’m thinking if we have s good start and get 3 or 4 wins under our belt, that will build confidence and belief.
      With Shaquiri and Studge looking good together as an option up top, we at last have s plan B if things aren’t going to plan. We will be able to take off strikers and replace them with strikers, instead of defenders or midfielders. That, along with a quality keeper, gives me confidence that we can win it.
      If we up our consistency to the level of City, which I think we now can, we have the advantage of being capable of beating them anywhere anytime.
      They won’t like playing us home or away, they fear what we are capable of, and that will win us the Prem 😁
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #24: Aug 12, 2018 09:41:18 am
      We have as good a chance as any of the title contenders of winning it  ,Cliched to f**k I know,but I don't see city having it all there own way this season & wont waltz it.
      Still would have liked  a CB but my main area of concern was a new keeper which has been sorted & I feel that could be the difference this season along with players staying injury free of course.
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      Reply #25: Aug 12, 2018 09:57:19 am
      Firstly, City need to dip. Can't see us making up 25 points without City throwing about half of that gap away themselves.

      Secondly, need to start fast. Last season was reduced to a scramble for top 4 by mid October due to our poor start. Can't afford the same again.
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      Reply #26: Aug 12, 2018 10:13:38 am
      Realistically 6 teams have a chance, I don't care how much teams have spent or haven't and it's all about work ethic mixed of course with ability. The top teams all have players with the ability but it's how much work they are going to put in over the season. That's the secret to gaining the consistency, every player giving a full 100%, 99% won't be good enough even Barca and Madrid with all their talented players have to work f*cking hard every game to be at the top of their game. I know people go on about that we have to make up 25 points on City, but in reality as Klopp says we just need to turn up for every game with the right attitude and work ethic and we are in with a chance. The spotlight is on Salah this season but I think our most dangerous player will be Sadio. Interesting times, come on!  :boxing:
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      Reply #27: Aug 12, 2018 12:03:25 pm
      We'll be challenging for the title, I've no doubt about  that really but we do need a massive swing in points so will be hoping City slip up more than they did last season.

      If we don't win it I'm convinced we'll be second and I want some sort of silverware this season. It's been far too long.
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      Reply #28: Aug 14, 2018 01:07:02 pm
      City

      Huddersfield (h)
      Wolves (a)
      Newcastle (h)
      Fulham (h)
      Cardiff (a)
      Brighton (h)

      Liverpool

      Palace (a)
      Brighton (h)
      Leciester (a)
      Spurs (a)
      Southampton (h)
      Chelsea (a)

      I really can't see City getting anything less than 18 points for the next 6 games, where as we should really look into getting at the very least, 14 points, 16 would be great if we can.
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      Reply #29: Aug 14, 2018 07:22:22 pm
      Quietly confident here!
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      Reply #30: Aug 14, 2018 10:00:57 pm
      I honestly think we can win it. If we don’t, I sincerely hope we challenge deep into the league campaign and excel in the Champions League again.

      Pep will obviously try and keep City’s high standard of last season going however I agree with an earlier poster. They won’t have it so easy this time round.
      They are still a very strong unit but so are we.

      The bit part players such as Lallana, Sturridge will play a big part, if they finally stay injury free! We need strength off the bench during this long season.

      Shaqiri I think will have a big impact as he looks like he’s super happy with this dream move to us.
      Fabinho and Henderson can soak up all the pressure and rebound to our wrecking crew.
      In just one match, our attacking moves looked in waves and more swift than last season. The passes looked firmer and quicker.
      Keita and Alisson will play our most important roles. Naby is a machine and he’ll only get better when he starts getting shooting chances and through balls going.
      He’s going to be incredibly exciting to watch and what a buy!

      Fekir would’ve been the icing on the cake however don’t rule out a January move as we’ve seen it before.
      To be super greedy, I’d love solid cover for Lovren as well.

      I’m impressed with his late confidence and form however not totally convinced he can keep it going for a whole season. I truly hope I’m wrong.

      Onward and upward my fellow Reds.

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      Reply #31: Aug 15, 2018 07:53:52 am
      We had a sh*t start to the season last year,  no VVD and relied on rabbits in headlights in Lovren & Matip, with Migs between the sticks, Alberto doing his impressions of a LB, and a slightly dis-jointed midfield,
      Fast forward to Sunday 12/8/18, We have VVD, firmly enconsed as our CB Colossus, a confident young protege in Joe Go next to him, with two outstanding wing backs in Trent & Robbo scaring the sh*te out of the opposition with fearless abandonment, we have a midfield that will penetrate the tightest defence with Keita fastly becoming world class , and of course as Carlsberg will tell you the best three attackers on planet f***in football,  Probably,

      Let me tell you, City are F**kin scared, they know we are capable of ripping them apart, 4 times we played them last season,  winning 3 and losing 1 with ten men,
      They were much stronger, played better throughout, deserved their title, this season they have strengthened, but not as much as we have, i actually think we have levelled the playing field,  yes they de Bruyan, we got Naby, they brought in Mahrez, we got Mane, they have a ageing Aguero, we have Bobby, Salah, Sturridge,  they have Jesus, not too reliable him,

      We have Alisson, a keeper a million times better than our previous incumbents, We have a spine now that will send shivers down other's backs,
      Back in tge 70's, 80,'s teams would fear coming to Anfield they knew they were on a hiding, teams would buckle at the knees when we ran down their home tunnel,  they knew they were fu**ed, i believe we're getting back to those days....the fear factor...where teams were beat psychologically as they became our next victims in the fixture list,

      This season IS a two horse race, it will be neck & neck for the most part,  until the CL enters the equation,  even then i doubt anyone else will be close enough to gatecrash the party,
      So i guess it could come down to head to head winner takes all, well i know who my money is on if it does,
      Over to you Pep, yer 3-1 down !!



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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #32: Aug 15, 2018 09:22:44 am
      City lot easy games before play us and will win them all,same last year like premier league what's city win league, if city get run be hard stop, we got Leinster spurs Chelsea away before city match lot will tell after them hard matches if in running for league, l like city fixtures at start season get bit run going
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      Reply #33: Aug 15, 2018 09:44:36 am
      Always seem to seemingly slipup in the end. Finished beaten finalists in the last three finals reached. Having said that seem to have a far stronger squad this season, with a new 'keeper. Obviously would love to win the title, which the brand of football played would be fully deserved !
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #34: Aug 15, 2018 10:54:59 am
      City lot easy games before play us and will win them all,same last year like premier league what's city win league, if city get run be hard stop, we got Leinster spurs Chelsea away before city match lot will tell after them hard matches if in running for league, l like city fixtures at start season get bit run going

      City have a fantastic set of fixtures now, having had their "tough" opening day fixture. We just have to try to keep with them, The Palace match is big, we really need a win there to maintain momentum, then we have 3 easy'ish matches before Spurs away, but God knows where that will be played, perhaps it will be switched to a home game for us.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #35: Aug 15, 2018 11:28:33 am
      City have a fantastic set of fixtures now, having had their "tough" opening day fixture. We just have to try to keep with them, The Palace match is big, we really need a win there to maintain momentum, then we have 3 easy'ish matches before Spurs away, but God knows where that will be played, perhaps it will be switched to a home game for us.

      I’m at the Palace game (with a load of Palace supporters) and they’re up for it! Zaha is quality and we need to shut him down somehow.

      However every time I get worried I just think about the amount of game changers in our side and think ‘f**king hell, what a team, we’ll win this’

      Let’s f**king do it
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #36: Aug 15, 2018 11:32:52 am
      It's almost bad luck that in our best position to win the league for years and years we're up against one of the best teams in the world, who have the capability to keep that level of quality year in year out.

      Which will make it all the better when we do come out on top  8)

      In all seriousness I feel our best chance of success in the league is to have a superb start and just keep knocking teams down. If we can get in a position where City are looking up at us after 10-15 games suddenly the pressure is on them to rein us in. It's going to be a dogfight and every point is going to matter at the end.
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      Reply #37: Aug 15, 2018 11:42:05 am
      I’m at the Palace game (with a load of Palace supporters) and they’re up for it! Zaha is quality and we need to shut him down somehow.

      However every time I get worried I just think about the amount of game changers in our side and think ‘f**king hell, what a team, we’ll win this’

      Let’s f**king do it

      We can afford to man-mark Zaha and have the rest of the team focus on attack. Without Zaha they are bang average in my opinion but they are another one of these bogey teams for us.
      I think we'll blow them away though, we simply have to much for them to handle and we would have to have a massive dip and them the game of their season to beat us.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #38: Aug 15, 2018 09:08:44 pm
      The period 1st September to October 7 will tell us where were at I think.

      Leicester away spurs away followed by champs league. Southampton, league cup, Chelsea away champs league and Man City at home. Probably an international break in there also?

      Should test how good the depth is. If we got 10 or 11 points and came through the cup and champions league unscathed I think it would be a massive massive boost to our prospects not to mention squad confidence
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      Reply #39: Aug 15, 2018 10:53:10 pm
      What we don't want is a roller coaster 7-8-9 goal thriller. We've had a few of them against Palace. We want a clean stress free win. Keep it tight in defence, compete in midfield for 90 minutes, not just for 60 minutes like we have done a few times against the likes of Palace. Get out of there with 3 points.

      We know we can entertain, but we have to put these types of games to bed the way City do, clinically and make sure we see out the last 20-30 minutes without some nerve racking drama. Do that on a regular basis and we are in with a serious chance.
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      Reply #40: Aug 16, 2018 10:13:56 am
      What we don't want is a roller coaster 7-8-9 goal thriller. We've had a few of them against Palace. We want a clean stress free win. Keep it tight in defence, compete in midfield for 90 minutes, not just for 60 minutes like we have done a few times against the likes of Palace. Get out of there with 3 points.

      We know we can entertain, but we have to put these types of games to bed the way City do, clinically and make sure we see out the last 20-30 minutes without some nerve racking drama. Do that on a regular basis and we are in with a serious chance.

      I agree neutralise Zaha and this should be quite comfortable for us, I'd be tempted to play Henderson as DM in this game so that he can help TAA with tracking Zaha.
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      Reply #41: Aug 16, 2018 02:09:42 pm


      City only failed to win 6 games last season. We failed to win in 17 of our games. That's huge gap - 25 point

      That just about encapsulates the issue!

      17/18 Post-mortem,
      We really had a second rate backline until VVD arrived, results speak for themselves after January. Last season we suffered the perennial LFC problem , the goal keeper, or more accurately the lack of one. Karius is a t**t end off, and don't nobody start with the magnanimous sentimentality!!!He needs to go, on a free if necessary. That, in my eyes is where the majority of these 25 points came from.


      This Season, and wining the title?

      Well consistency is obviously the watch word. Manu won the league consistently grinding out 1-0 wins, usually in the final fifteen minutes of games. We have to do what needs to be done, consistently, and the key to this is maintaining concentration. No more banana skins to sh*te sides. If that is maintained across the entire season, then we'll be there, or there about. Other than that
      its is the age old injury problem, as long as the holly trinity stay fit then we should be OK.

      Gaps in the current squad

      We definitely require another CB, the options we have presently are average at best.
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      Reply #42: Aug 27, 2018 01:15:57 pm
      Massive month coming up. 3 very tough away games and a park the bus at home. And God knows who will be added in from the champions league draw.

      8 points would be the minimum for me. 10 would be quality. 12 would have me very giddy
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #43: Sep 23, 2018 03:42:20 pm
      Or are we going to revert back to type and after a lot of hype in the summer just end up playing catch up from mid-September onwards

      Well we can scratch that one off because just after the mid-September point we are top of the League by two clear points. We are the only side to still have a one hundred percent record. And we also have the best defence in the League, which doesn't seem to get as much attention as when we have the worst the defence of any side in the top six. Funny that!

      Just give us the f**king Title now.

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      Reply #44: Sep 23, 2018 06:10:10 pm
      Well we can scratch that one off because just after the mid-September point we are top of the League by two clear points. We are the only side to still have a one hundred percent record. And we also have the best defence in the League, which doesn't seem to get as much attention as when we have the worst the defence of any side in the top six. Funny that!

      Just give us the f**king Title now.



      6 games is a good point to look at the table and whilst I love 100% in terms of played 6, won 6, what I love even more is seeing goals conceded at just 2, one of which can be attributed to Alisson's over extravagance against Leicester! It's early days but the way we've defended is as good as I've seen it in at least a decade.
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      Reply #45: Sep 23, 2018 06:14:45 pm
      I have been saying it for years before this season, upgrade the keeper and it will be worth 15 or more points a season. If we had Alisson when we finished 2nd with Suarez, we would have won the league with a dozen points to spare. We are contenders because of the upgrade.
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      Reply #46: Sep 23, 2018 06:14:51 pm
      Cant remember the "expert pundits" talking about our Goalkeeper or our defence so they talk about Mo playing just a bit below par but still scoring 3 in 6 more or less the same as last season.
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #47: Sep 23, 2018 07:03:40 pm
      Cant remember the "expert pundits" talking about our Goalkeeper or our defence so they talk about Mo playing just a bit below par but still scoring 3 in 6 more or less the same as last season.


      Can’t believe they even dismissed the impact of VVD..
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      Reply #48: Sep 23, 2018 08:02:27 pm

      Can’t believe they even dismissed the impact of VVD..

      I think they'd written his obituary after that defeat to West Brom in the cup back in January. Incidentally, was that the last time Mignolet played for us? I'm dying to see what he has to offer on Wednesday night (not).
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      Reply #49: Sep 23, 2018 08:43:25 pm
      I think they'd written his obituary after that defeat to West Brom in the cup back in January. Incidentally, was that the last time Mignolet played for us? I'm dying to see what he has to offer on Wednesday night (not).

      Well lets see how good he is or he thinks he is because its a great chance to show us or maybe Jürgen will keep with our number 1 our proper number 1
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #50: Sep 23, 2018 10:22:12 pm
      I think they'd written his obituary after that defeat to West Brom in the cup back in January. Incidentally, was that the last time Mignolet played for us? I'm dying to see what he has to offer on Wednesday night (not).

      Let's hope he offers seat warming abilities on the bench
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      Re: The Title - Win, Challenge Or Never Stand A Chance After September?
      Reply #51: Dec 30, 2018 12:47:44 pm
      Just over halfway of the season done and we are comfortably sitting on the top of the League. Very comfortable in fact!

      After 10 games, we were level on points with City with 26 out of 30.
      Over the next ten games, we've moved ten points clear of them. We've picked up 28 out of 30 points available, they've picked up less than West Ham have in the same period.

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