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19 Aug 2018 15:29:53
Hate to be like this, I just don’t see us beating city to the title, I just don’t think they’ll drop enough points. Yes we may beat them, and maybe our 11 can match them. But they just score goals, and their bench had same, Sterling, mahrez, with KDB out. They can handle 3/ 4 key injuries and still shift it around and put out a very strong eleven.
I think we will come second, I think we will get more points, but Huddersfield weren’t even in the same league today, yes they weren’t good by an stretch, they rolled over, but that’s part of their aura.
They can rest Aguero, sane and mahrez and still start Jesus Sterling and Bernardo Silva. If we wanted to rest, we are losing a lot more quality that they are.
I know I’m going to get a lot of disagrees, but you have to respect the way city play, their strength and their imperiousness in most games.

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19 Aug 2018 15:40:11
It will be close I think.
Can’t really judge after 2 games.

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19 Aug 2018 15:40:51
Its been two games man! they played two fairly poor sides. Anything can happen between now and October/ Novemeber. let alone by the end of the season. Just chill and enjoy the football.

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19 Aug 2018 15:44:16
City were favourites before the season started and still are. But they’ve literally played two games, let’s see how things look around Christmas.

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19 Aug 2018 15:47:24
Yeah we probably have our best ever team in the Premier League, it's a shame that we're up against probably the best ever team in the Premier League.

There's no pressure on us and unlike them, we have nothing to lose. If we want to challenge, we need to be consistent throughout the season and hope teams nick points off them (red cards, pens, dodgy offside goals etc) .

Let's just enjoy our football and take things one game at a time.

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19 Aug 2018 15:58:44
How city and liverpool both perform away from home will be the decider this year.

Both teams will blow most away at home.

Lets see how they do if we are breathing down their neck after 20 games.

City have the stronger squad and were favourites going into the season.

And low and behold after only 2 games nothing has changed!

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19 Aug 2018 18:02:24
Yes it’s only a few games in, but it’s the same squad as last year, adding mahrez and mendy. They haven’t lost anyone, or is we any reason to b me 15 points worse than last season, even if we get 15 more.

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19 Aug 2018 19:13:42
Lads please, can we wait till we have played four or five games or at the very least, wait and see can we beat Palace before we announce ourselves as contenders.

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19 Aug 2018 19:35:11
Game 2 wow!

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19 Aug 2018 20:58:32
Spot on, Wolverine. Firmane, City played an Arsenal team who are in transition and a Hudd team that literally gave up before even stepping on the pitch. That is going to happen this season at the Etihad with these lesser teams. We cannot be getting our wires crossed or getting worked up over whether we can beat City to the title or not cos we are going to need the psych ward doing that.

We just have to focus on nus and what we do and not worry about what happens with City esp. at this early stage after two measly games. News Flash: City are Favs., end of story. We have achieved nothing yet and it is up to us to prove ourselves and if we don't win the title then, NOBODY will be surprised.

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{Ed025's Note - i will..

20 Aug 2018 07:07:30
To win the title you need s large squad packed with quality, you need team spirit, consistency and luck.

City have played 2 games, you can’t judge them on consistency or luck after 2 games. There is no reason why we can’t streak ahead of them let alone “catch” them.

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20 Aug 2018 08:53:03
You never know what will happen over a season. They might reach the CL final and slip up for the last 5 games as they focus on that. They might lose Aguero and Jesus for 4 months at the same time and be left with all that creativity but no one reliable to finish the chances. We might lose Salah and Mane for 6 months and be way off pace by the end.

It's a long old season. We have a good squad for the moment and so do they, best just see what they do really.

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Premier League 2018/2019 Top 6 Prediction

19 Aug 2018 14:57:42
{Ed's Note - Banda has posted a new article entitled, Premier League 2018/2019 Top 6 Prediction

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19 Aug 2018 20:33:44
Jesus top scorer for city

Serigo won't be far if this season.

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20 Aug 2018 09:01:27
Love this prediction - we were the first team to ever score 100 goals and not win the league, and now we're tipped to be the first over 90 points to not win it! Would be a special kind of gutting.

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19 Aug 2018 14:33:31
Watching citeh right now, how good is David Silva?


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19 Aug 2018 14:51:36
Not quite Liverpool related, but fair enough. Silva is a genius, but the greatest of all time? At what? Maybe Manchester City’s greatest ever player, but that’s it.

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19 Aug 2018 15:07:08
One of the greatest premier league footballers!

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19 Aug 2018 15:18:31
Seeing as there is a man city thread, can anyone shed light on Sane? I thought he would be a mainstay in the side with him not going to the world cup? Or is it just pep switching his options. Just seems weird he hasn't started either game.

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19 Aug 2018 15:43:14
My word City are breathtaking. Even when up by 3 or 4 goals they are relentless going forward. They just don't seem to take their foot off the gas.

Not many teams can beat them. We have the energy and pace to press and counterattack them but who else can? United beat them by defending deep and nicking goals off set pieces/ crosses. Hard to see how and where else they'll drop points this season.

I'm still confident in our squad and believe we can give it a good go.

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19 Aug 2018 19:39:33
Great player, not in the top 20 greatest ever players though.

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19 Aug 2018 20:59:39
Ron, not even in the top 30. Great little player tho, no question.

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19 Aug 2018 14:08:25
Everyone, seen this fly-on-the-wall footage of Pep (rightly) quaking in his boots over our front 3? It made me feel very proud. :)

I can see an epic battle between City and Liverpool for the title this season, one which I hope we win, of course.

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19 Aug 2018 21:01:26
I saw this on youtube, man. Pep was terrified of us and even his assistants making smug comments about LFC, he just swatted those comments aside and kept talking about the front 3 and Salah. He was terrified of Salah esp. And as history would have it, for good reason.

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20 Aug 2018 07:14:08
Shows why he is such a good manager, he’s better at analysing (the game and other teams) than all his assistants.

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19 Aug 2018 14:01:57
Ed001 has created a new site which is a humorous Football Player Top Trumps type site. It is on our Player Ratings site if you want to take a look.

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19 Aug 2018 13:26:21
Random thought but just saw the video on LFC Facebook of Dirk Kuyt hat trick against manu. I really loved Kuyt, he worked his heart out every game and what he lacked for in ability he made up for in heart. Eds and posters, what did you think of him?

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19 Aug 2018 14:36:06
A very very average footballer.

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19 Aug 2018 14:44:59
He was decent. But him being a regularly starter says a lot of the quality we had in our team at the time.

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19 Aug 2018 15:06:11
Reminded me of Craig Johnston. Maybe not the greatest footballer ever, but his commitment and effort more than made up for that.

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19 Aug 2018 15:07:04
Agree he wasn't the best but he always gave his all for the team.

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19 Aug 2018 15:11:55
I would love to have a Prime Dirk Kuyt in our team now, he always popped up with goals. The man scored over 70 goals for us and was never really an out an out striker. He'd be perfect as cover for Firmino or any of the front 3, would be perfect for Klopp's system!

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19 Aug 2018 15:33:14
In any team you need at least one player who just joins stuff up and keeps the team and the ball moving. KD did that for us the whole time. I’m sorry, but if you could t see that about his play then that’s your ignorance. He also had energy to burn and he used every ounce of it to help the team. He also happened to be a genuinely nice guy.

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19 Aug 2018 16:00:04
Average is very very harsh. He was a decent player that tried really hard and deserves better than that.

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19 Aug 2018 16:28:53
World class attitude was played on left wing and he was a striker.

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19 Aug 2018 18:45:48
Hat Trick against Man Utd in the league.
Double Penalty against Everton in the league.
112th Minute Equaliser against Arsenal from the spot.
88th minute winner against Man Utd in the FA Cup.
Scored in the Champions League final against Milan.
Scored in the League Cup final against Cardiff.
Won the Semi Final Shootout against Chelsea with his penalty.

I love Dirk Kuyt. He was a brilliant player. Lovely person and always gave 100% excellent role model for younger players. It is an insult to call him Average, he was a brilliant player for us.

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{Ed025's Note - lovely person and always gave 100% is correct, to say he was a brilliant player is way over the top imho mate..

19 Aug 2018 21:05:22
Skill wise, Kuyt was an average footballer. HOWEVER, he played in EVERY football final in the game (FA Cup, CL, WC, EFL) and to that, you have to credit the man. He was a warrior, courageous and played with commitment, determination and above all, bravery. Kuyt NEVER hid in games and was ALL about the team and if anyone deserved a hatrick (however way you can get it) vs Utd, it was him.

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{Ed025's Note - i agree with all that brover..

19 Aug 2018 21:35:21
As I recall DK came to us as a decent striker. we turned him into an average winger. At the same time ronalso went to Man u as an average winger and they turned him into a fantastic striker. Says a lot for GH.

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19 Aug 2018 22:43:47
There's a reason he's my banner (sigil? Little photo thing by my name) loved him not because he was a great player but because he gave everything for the club.

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20 Aug 2018 00:40:01
I think you’ve got your timings wrong there Langland.

Rafa signed Kuyt, nothing to do with GH.

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20 Aug 2018 09:10:34
The sort of player that every team with skillful stars needs to not be a pushover - he committed, fought, challenged and made everyone around him a better player by doing so. There is a reason he was still starting for the Netherlands even when they had to create spots for him, and he was still scoring in a decent league right up till the end (hattrick for Feyenoord in his final game to clinch the title aged 37). He might never have had the ability of his companions like Torres and Robben, but I don't think he was carried for a single game in his life.

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20 Aug 2018 19:13:34
To the contrary, Hijkle. Kuyt carried others. Example? The hapless Aquilani.

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19 Aug 2018 13:05:36
We're always talking about strength in depth, just look at the city bench with KDB out injured!

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19 Aug 2018 15:34:50
Yeah. Good job KDB was out injured. Only 6:1 in his absence. We really do have our work cut out here, but it’s not impossible. Each game as it comes.

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19 Aug 2018 12:07:25
Is'nt it funny that madrid are reporting inter for unsettling modric,
Karmas a b***h.

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19 Aug 2018 12:17:41
It would be more ironic if one of our players was tapped up and we complained! that would be Karma!

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19 Aug 2018 11:48:02
Hi EDs

Watching the games from start of the season i have noticed a rule that needs changing.
When playing out from the back and the 2 centre halves are either side of the box.
Keeper plays it to one of them and they are being closed down, so they deliberately touch the ball inside the box so the kick has to be retaken.
Surely this should be a free kick to the attacking side as you cannot touch the ball until outside the box?
Something that needs to be looked at i think as teams are using it to their advantage.

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{Ed001's Note - very good point that.}

19 Aug 2018 10:07:17
The only position that concerns me is who will partner VVD. Gomez has made a great start but I'm worried about consistency.
don't really rate Matip but Klopp seems to really rate Matip and if Klopp rates him then that's what matters. Lovren has proven himself the most since January. That's 9 months of consistency and he should be back by time we take on top 6 teams. Then there's Fabinho but I doubt he'll play there unless there's a real urgency. Some people had concerns about his talent because he wasn't included in Brazil's WC squad but neither was Malcolm but that didn't stop Barcelona from splashing the cash on him. It's just very difficult for Brazil to be sure who their best players are because of the ridiculous amount of talent that they have.

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19 Aug 2018 10:59:17
Gomes to would never maintain concistantcy until he actually plays regularly, as you also mentioned there are 2 other options to pick from. While you might see Matip as suitable back up and kloopboss rating him highly just goes to the many different views are out there on playing stuff. I honestly don't think Fabs should not be even considered to play CB as he isn't 1, would rather play him in a position his actually good at instead of repeating the whole thing of having another Marko situation where a new player is being used as a wingback when his not.

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19 Aug 2018 13:15:30
Main difference this season is that behind them they have a world class keeper. the assurance, organisation and communication he will bring will be a major improvement.

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19 Aug 2018 13:30:58
Gomez has more potential than Lovren or Matip, I'm really hoping he gets a run in the team. He and VVD could be partners for the next 8 years.

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