11:23 PM EST, Sun November 29, 2015

The Week in Comments: "ISCO INFERNO"

We revisit a tiny handful of the comments made on the site in the past week. Dejan Lovren Throws Brendan Rodgers Under the Bus If it was the Chelsea bus at least it wasn’t moving. — Tras Jesus if Rodgers was to explain all the wrong things Lovren did in a match it would take up half the week — Agent moyes Klopp "Very Happy" with Europa Progression Mignolet has now finally held the ball longer than sturridge has played under Klopp — Troy433 Klopp Gives Injury Updates on Liverpool's Injured Jordans Elizabeth: oh fun fact to file under "many ways to spell Jordan" I...
The Liverpool Offside 5 hours ago

Klopp Praises Jordon Ibe After Well-Rounded Display

Jürgen Klopp took great pleasure from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Swansea City, noting in his press conference that winning a tough match in difficult windy conditions with an opponent sitting deep showed great fight. "It was really difficult for both the teams," Klopp said. "It was a good result, a perfect result in a normal football game under difficult circumstances." "Swansea defended very well. They had some problems when we saw them in their last few games, playing with not as compact of a formation as today. They did very well." Klopp made sure to single out Jordon Ibe's positive...
Royal Blue Mersey 6 hours ago

Lukaku, fans on the pitch and giving the game away- 3 thoughts

I take a look at 3 things we're all talking about. As Lukaku makes it 8 in 8, that premature celebration and how we managed to give Bournemouth a point. Everton's home form has unquestionably improved since last season. However, as we seen last season our away form was pretty good. Now, it appears the tide maybe changing. It's difficult to explain as to why our form away from home is suffering somewhat, but with only 2 wins out of a possible 7, it maybe an area Martinez may want to address. Travelling to the South coast has been somewhat of a walking in the park for most travelling team in...
The Liverpool Offside 7 hours ago

Liverpool 1, Swansea City 0: Milner Penalty Lifts Reds

Liverpool wins tight one over Swansea City. Liverpool 1 Milner (PK) 62' Swansea City 0 Given Liverpool's Europa League involvement on Thursday and the absence of Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva, there was a sense that the Reds might stumble against a Swansea team mired in a poor run of form. That feeling intensified when a dominant opening stretch from Liverpool failed to net a goal. But a second half penalty from James Milner proved enough to overcome the work of the visitors, giving Liverpool a hard fought 1-0 victory. Lucas' suspension forced Jürgen Klopp to start James Milner and...
7500 To Holte 8 hours ago

Meet your new second-favourite team!

Say hello to the Paget Rangers - 'Pride of Erdington' and see how they got on back in October About a month ago, I had the pleasure of walking down the road to the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, the small stadum that the Paget Rangers call home. My experience was documented in my 'From the Stands' articles, but the performance of the 'Bears' against Knowle FC had me hankering for more non-league action. Especially with Aston Villa performing so poorly, it might be an ideal time to view football from a different angle and take a shine to a new narrative. Maybe the Paget Rangers will remind us...
Lion Of Vienna Suite 8 hours ago

Why Exactly Did Adam Le Fondre Stab Bolton Wanderers in the Back?

Tom W. attempts to tackle something that most BWFC fans are happy to forget... In the wake of all this takeover malarkey, I wanna address something that many Bolton fans have seemingly forgotten about. One of the biggest traitor stories in recent Wanderers history occurred this past summer when prolific striker Adam Le Fondre turned his back on the Whites in order to join Wolverhampton Wanderers. What drove him to this, though? The Macron Stadium was Le Fondre's home for a good four months and he bolstered a goalscoring ratio that some of Bolton's most legendary strikers would be impressed...
7500 To Holte 9 hours ago

WATCH: Aston Villa 2-3 Watford match review from TalkAstonVilla

Cole Pettem returns with another match review after Aston Villa's 2-3 loss to Watford at Villa Park.
Royal Blue Mersey 9 hours ago

Everton at Bournemouth: Tactical Analysis

After struggling to make an impact in the first 15 minutes, Everton discovered a winning formula which led the club to two first half goals. In the second half, Roberto Martinez's side completely abandoned what had worked in the opening 45 minutes and was rightfully punished. The first half of Everton's match against Bournemouth on Saturday was among the most encouraging of the season. The Toffees found themselves on the road, against a scrappy side, in conditions which made the match unpredictable. So, when Roberto Martinez's side found a strategy that was working, even though it was far...
The Liverpool Offside 9 hours ago

Liverpool 1, Swansea City 0: Man of the Match

After Liverpool's narrow victory over Swansea City, we want to know who you think were Liverpool's best and worst performers against Garry Monk's side and who your Man of the Match was. In a weekend where only one team in the top five picked up a win, finding a way past a decent side would have been extremely useful for Liverpool. Thankfully James Milner's penalty was enough to secure all three points against Swansea City to lift Jürgen Klopp's side up to sixth in the Premier League. It was the first league victory at Anfield in the Klopp era as well as the first in the league after a...
The Short Fuse 10 hours ago

Norwich 1-1 Arsenal: match report

That wasn't a whole lot of fun. Remember last week when Arsenal lost on the road after losing two important players to injury? Well, you could be forgiven if you found yourself looking for glitches in the matrix, because today's trip to Norwich was a near-mirror of last week's match against West Brom. This time Arsenal managed to get at least the one point, but that wasn't a massive victory, really. The one bright spot in the match was a great goal scored by Mesut Özil, who is extremely good. It was a tremendous chipped finish, and was created by an almost-equally great pass from Alexis...
Lion Of Vienna Suite 10 hours ago

Bolton Wanderers vs Brentford: Played For Both Clubs - Dean Holdsworth

A look at former Brentford and Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth. Dean Holdsworth, born 8th November 1968, started his career with Watford FC in 1986. A lot of Holdworth's time at Vicarage Road was spent out on loan, with Carlisle United, Port Vale, Swansea City and Brentford FC. The latter of those, Brentford, signed Holdsworth permanently in 1989 for a fee of £125,000. In his three years with Watford, Holdsworth made 20 appearances, scoring 3 goals. It would be with Brentford where Holdsworth became a prolific goalscorer. Brentford went from 13th, to the Play-Offs, to third Division...
The Liverpool Offside 10 hours ago

Liverpool 1 Swansea City 0: First Thoughts

Jürgen Klopp's first win at Anfield is a boring game, won by a boring penalty kick, scored by boring James Milner. Liverpool 1 Milner (pk) 62' Swansea City 0 Pregame thoughts: Philippe Coutinho may not be fit enough to make Jürgen Klopp's bench, but he'll always be fit enough to make our daydreams.  The loss of the Brazilian unicorn does mean someone else has to stand up, and we're highlighting that right flank of Nathaniel Clyne and Jordon Ibe to have a top, top, top game. Swans' left flank of Taylor and Routledge is pacy, earthily toned, and gloriously grey/green-eyed, but it is...
Cartilage Free Captain 10 hours ago

Watch: Mauricio Pochettino thinks Spurs deserved more than a draw against Chelsea

Most years, if you're Tottenham and you come away with a 0-0 home draw with Chelsea, you'll take that nine ways to Sunday. We're not living in most years. It's safe to say that Spurs are having a pretty good season when you can battle through a scoreless draw with the defending league champions and feel like you've dropped two points on the day. But that's where we are. That's also where Mauricio Pochettino is too, because in post-match comments he essentially said he thought Spurs were more deserving of the win on balance. Your browser does not support iframes. Note: due to licensing...
The Liverpool Offside 10 hours ago

James Milner is becoming a penalty specialist

After a borderline handball call on a Swansea City player inside the penalty area, Liverpool were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark in their Premier League clash. Just like he did on Thursday in the Europa League, James Milner stepped up and confidently buried the spot kick. Milner scores! #LIVSWA pic.twitter.com/GfNOzCjf98— Sergei Kutrovski (@incitetostir) November 29, 2015 This is Milner's third goal in all competitions this season to match his three assists. Even though he wasn't the most glamorous of signings, he's proven to be a valuable asset to this club.
Cottagers Confidential 11 hours ago

Cottage Talk Post Match Show: Fulham vs. Preston North End

Take a listen to the radio show that focuses on Fulham Football Club. This is our post match show of the Fulham 1-1 draw against Preston North End at Craven Cottage.
Cartilage Free Captain 13 hours ago

Pochettino trolls Jose Mourinho after Spurs' draw with Chelsea

#banter Say this for Mauricio Pochettino: he's not afraid to mix it up with Jose Mourinho. Just after Spurs earned a point against Chelsea in a scoreless draw at White Hart Lane, Poche brought the #bantz in the post-match interview. Mauricio Pochettino: "I think Chelsea will be happy with the point. It is more important to them than us." #TOTCHE pic.twitter.com/z7V3ICUMQE — Premier League (@premierleague) November 29, 2015 OH SNAP! Mourinho did what Mourinho does best when faced against a dangerous opponent: he set Chelsea up to get an away draw. And that's exactly what happened....
The Short Fuse 13 hours ago

Arsenal vs. Norwich City: Lineups, live stream, discussion

Breakfast with the Canaries. Arsenal look to resume winning ways in the league today, as they make the short trip up to Norwich to face a struggling Norwich City, a team who have won two games since mid-September. Arsenal haven't won in their last two league games, and they will want to get back to piling up points as December's insane fixture list looms. No new injuries for Arsenal after Wednesday, so that's a relief, and Wenger says that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will play a part today, which is good - warm bodies are a necessity right now. Three points today will make us all forget what...
The Liverpool Offside 13 hours ago

Liverpool's Budding Youth Star Eager to Extend Loan Spell at Brentford

Young attacker Sergi Canos has settled into life in England and is now ready to make good on his immense potential. When Sergi Canos left La Masia as a 16-year-old to join Liverpool's youth system, he didn't know whether things would work out. After two years, Canos has adjusted to life in his new country and is making great strides in his footballing career. "I came to England without any English, and I couldn't even say hello," Canos said to Sky Sports. "It was the hardest decision of my life, but obviously it's gone very well." "I decided to go to Liverpool because they gave me things...
Cartilage Free Captain 13 hours ago

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea: final score 0-0, Spurs earn point off of bunkered Blues

Mourinho gonna Mourinho. Tottenham Hotspur hosted the defending Premier League champions Chelsea at White Hart Lane today, and to absolutely nobody's surprise, the match ended in a defensive, scoreless draw. We expected going into this match that Jose Mourinho would do Jose Mourinho things, and we were not disappointed. Chelsea started the match in a strikerless formation, with Diego Costa benched for Pedro, and Eden Hazard playing as a false nine. Chelsea's gameplan was to put men behind the ball and defend, and try to surprise Spurs on the counter. Spurs started the match in a weird...
The Liverpool Offside 15 hours ago

Liverpool vs. Swansea City: Ways to Watch, Streaming, Lineups, and Live Premier League Coverage

Team sheets, television and streaming options, and live coverage as Liverpool welcome Swansea City to Anfield.. Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool bring your week to a close with an Anfield date against Swansea City. Swans are managed by a man in Gary Monk who appears to be increasingly under fire. And that's not a ginger joke, he actually may have cause to fear for his job security based on the season's results thus far.  Worse comes to worst, Gary, you still get a commiserating bear hug from Kloppo.  Liverpool fans will be hoping Swansea are the second City in a week that their beloved Reds...

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