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02 Aug 2023 21:52:27
Hi Ed002, are Liverpool still interested in Kalvin Phillips?

I’ve got a bad feeling about this….

Ron Keague

{Ed002's Note - I gave not heard he is no longer an option.}

1.) 02 Aug 2023 22:26:14
Oh ed002, you tease!

2.) 02 Aug 2023 22:31:21
Thanks Ed002.

3.) 03 Aug 2023 09:45:00
Ron. We need a player prepared to sit and shield our defence - whoever that is I’d be happy right now. I actually quite like Tyler Adams who has a £25m release clause apparently.

4.) 03 Aug 2023 10:23:03
I don't think Tyler Adams is good enough and we shouldn't be bothered signing someone at his level. We need better than that.

Quality over quantity, I would rather have a smaller squad of a higher quality than pad the squad with below par players.

5.) 03 Aug 2023 11:07:53
He’s no Bellingham Sean but I’d rather have a squad with a DM than none at all regardless of who we could have got or what we should have paid etc.

6.) 03 Aug 2023 11:20:56
Can Phillips stay fit though?

And by buying him off City aren’t we just creating space in their squad for them to go out and get an even better player.

7.) 03 Aug 2023 11:35:31
Adams would be such a good signing. Kid is a natural born leader with a great head on his shoulders. Any interest ed002? Papers linking him with Chelsea or arsenal, with an offer from villa.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

8.) 03 Aug 2023 17:24:34
Phillips has weight and fitness issues, also isn’t that good, Adams has injury issues as well, both should be avoided at all costs.

9.) 03 Aug 2023 18:36:56
If Adams is £25m, why not get Andre for a little more?



12 Jan 2017 19:05:07
Barca to bid for Lallana?

Anything in this ed002? Is Lallana going to fulfill his destiny and start Cryuff-turning in the camp nou?

Ron Keague

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any interest from Barcelona but I am told he is on a list of possibles for Juventus - but lots of folks are.}

1.) 12 Jan 2017 19:34:27
Thanks ed002 😘😍



27 Jun 2016 00:09:22
Looks like Sergi Canos is off to Bristol City.

Good luck Sergi YNWA.

Ron Keague

1.) 27 Jun 2016 03:56:14
Shame as he clearly has potential. The lad could really have shown a bit of patience and maybe left on loan than permanently. Maybe he saw us signing Mane and knew Ojo was ahead of him in the pecking order, so cannot really blame him on the other hand either.
Best of luck Sergi.

2.) 27 Jun 2016 05:43:39
If LFC is not giving these youngsters game time then set them free, there have been too many players futures have been dented or destroyed because of hoarding.

3.) 27 Jun 2016 07:45:22
Apparently it's 2.5 million, with large sell on fee and buy back clause. Way to stick it to the smaller clubs.

4.) 27 Jun 2016 07:51:39
Are you suggesting we just let players that we have invested in go for free Frisky? I wouldn't let you run my business.

5.) 27 Jun 2016 08:12:31
All big clubs like Real, Barcelona and Bayern have these clauses and used them especially buy back clauses on players like Alba, Denis Suarez, Kroos, Alaba, Lahm, Morata and so on. Didn't hear you moan about it then, Frisky.

6.) 27 Jun 2016 08:13:21
I read he was leaving as we wouldn't match his 10k a week wage demands which would make him the highest paid player in the academy? don't know how true that is though.

7.) 27 Jun 2016 08:15:21
No johnnyr1970, I am saying have a good business plan.

8.) 27 Jun 2016 09:55:52
Basically you're right Carra he wanted £10,000 per week.

9.) 27 Jun 2016 10:07:53
I think it's the right move for the player and the club.

10.) 27 Jun 2016 12:11:30
If he was good enough he would have been given a chance, or maybe a bigger club may have took him than Bristol City. Just because he plays for us does not
Make him instant world class.

11.) 27 Jun 2016 12:32:25
Well at least reports suggesting clauses being put in so that's all you can do if you can't give the lad game time. Well done an good luck.



02 Oct 2015 07:59:33
Guess we know what Carlo's side project is. He's one of the managers at beckhams unicef charity match on mic 14th. Support it lads

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29 Feb 2024 01:06:04
Take a bow Caoimhin Kelleher.

Two fantastic games this week, some absolutely brilliant saves. How lucky are we to have such a classy backup keeper.

Ron Keague

1.) 29 Feb 2024 02:29:47
Was thinking the same earlier mate. Crazy because he's always going to be compared to the best in the world (Alisson) but my god he steps up when needed, keep him at all costs. The lads really good for us, number two's don't get enough recognition and this lad deserves it. Imagine being him at the moment, knowing full well you have to step up, the pressure is immense yet he's doing it and doing it well, fair play to the lad. Two clean sheets in a week, well done Kelleher!

2.) 29 Feb 2024 04:50:05
There was no chance of McCoist giving him the man of the match award, none.

3.) 29 Feb 2024 07:10:17
Great shout Ron.

Kelleher is so composed in big situations. It must help training with Ali but credit also to the goalkeeping coaches.

And I’ve always thought he’s better than Ali with the ball at his feet, less heart in mouth moments.

Let’s face it, Ali plays the big games if fit but there’s still a rewarding career to be had as LFCs No2. No idea of his contract situation but I’d be happy to see him stick around.

4.) 29 Feb 2024 09:09:36
@Pompey I think I read somewhere a while back that CK started out as a reasonable standard outfield player. Might account, at least in part, for the comfort on the ball.

5.) 29 Feb 2024 10:24:07
Why are the "Sell Kelleher for 10 Million Brigade" so quiet? ?.

6.) 29 Feb 2024 11:16:25
Kelleher is a better keeper than half the Premier Leagues no.1s.

7.) 29 Feb 2024 11:42:39
Who knows where Kellehers career ends up. But I do know that the chat around him following that Fulham game was ridiculous.

8.) 29 Feb 2024 12:09:03
Kellerher is playing well cos he knows he is going to play (which helps his preparation) and of course and like every player out there, he is in a rhythm and has a very good relationship with his defenders.

I could never understood the unnecessary criticism he gets when he comes out of the cold to start after months on the bench, plays a bit erratically and suddenly people are shocked. If you don't think he (or anyone) will struggle in those circumstances then, that's not on Kellerher.



01 Sep 2023 21:27:54
I’ve a feeling it’s going to be a rough couple of hours for our fans ?.

Ron Keague

1.) 01 Sep 2023 21:40:10
Not really. We aren’t buying anyone else and Saudi window open for another week so they can bid whenever they want but doubt it will be tonight as we won’t be able to get a replacement now anyway.

2.) 02 Sep 2023 01:25:47
If they had any chance it was when the window was open. FSG know it would cause uproar at this point so they’ll resist, Salah hasn’t once handed in a transfer request either. If he goes it’ll be next summer for a big fee.

3.) 02 Sep 2023 01:51:25
If there's no drama, we should create some.

4.) 02 Sep 2023 09:42:00
Not really. We ain’t signing anyone else. And we ain’t selling anyone either. Onto Villa come Sun.



28 Aug 2023 00:04:47
Rumour : Leeroy Sane to replace Salah?

I have to say, I’d be in favour of this move IF Salah wants to go.
Saudi really have to break the bank to get a deal done.

Ron Keague

1.) 28 Aug 2023 00:44:29
Ron, have you watched Sane lately? He is terrible.

2.) 28 Aug 2023 01:36:19
Sane is nowhere near the same player he was at City. He was absolutely frightening, those days are well gone.

3.) 28 Aug 2023 03:42:56
This an after or before Salah setting up for both the goals? He was our best player yesterday. 3 New castle players on him every time he had the ball.

4.) 28 Aug 2023 03:55:39
Honestly if and when we lose Salah, I hope not yet, we should play a version of 442 with Dom tucked in from right, Diaz left to roam room left and Nunez and gakpo up top. Elliott can also play right, and Jones can cover across. in fact when the AFCON is on that might be my preferred formation. Also, Jota loomed very good on the left and previously did well on right. the players looked comfortable in this formation and better defensively too.

5.) 28 Aug 2023 05:04:04
The last two games we’ve looked better (and more solid) with 10 than 11 players. I do like the idea of playing the double 6 and a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1.

6.) 28 Aug 2023 06:20:30
I think we revert to a ‘back 4’ when we go a man down and it just looks more solid. Good to see Joel, Joe and Jarell all go well.

7.) 28 Aug 2023 06:58:19
I thought Jota set up one of the goals Harry ?.

8.) 28 Aug 2023 07:25:19
Since the start of last season, I thought we had the players that suited a 4231, with Darwin coming in and Carvalho only really playing as a 10. Obviously this didn’t happen, but with us being heavy in attacking players and light in midfield players (especially sole operating Cdm’s), it could be worth a try. I would prefer it to the inverted fullback system myself.

9.) 28 Aug 2023 08:14:02
It’s just a rumour, I’ve not watched Sane at Bayern - just clips - so I thanks for the info on him.
I was mystified when City sold him. He did seem to pick up injuries though.

Let’s hope Mo isn’t agitating for a move. Jota got the first assist but Mo assisted Newcastle’s goal if that’s what you meant Habibi.

10.) 28 Aug 2023 08:32:02
Sane is decent. Ideal replacement for Salah. But can’t see Salah leaving tbh. Surely this wouldn’t be sanctioned this late? Salah is our headline act. Bayern also unlikely to let Sane leave. Crack on LFC and buy destroyers at CM and CB…like now!

11.) 28 Aug 2023 09:43:08
I’d rather go for Wirtz at Leverkusen if Salah did leave which id not think will happen in this window.

12.) 28 Aug 2023 09:59:31
Harry, Salah was not our best player last night neither did he set up both goals. Not surprised, tho. We had 8/ 10's all over the pitch and Salah did his part but best player? Not for me.

Now am I surprised about you sayin he was our best player? No way. You don't even watch LFC play nor do you even pay full attention on the odd chance you do watch us play.



14 Aug 2023 10:37:14
Good result yesterday.

Sometimes you get outplayed.

I feel both teams went for it at the start of the game and we had the better of it. But both were playing high risk football (I like to call it NBA-style : you attack, we attack, back and forth high risk, very little defending)
We scored but we failed to adapt, whether through style or ability. We tried to continue the NBA style and got punished. Indeed I feel we ran out of legs a bit.

Chelsea adapted better to our style. They realised against our style you have to dominate possession and make us run. Make the ball do the work and pull our players out of position. Easy to do because we often abandon position and we had players playing out of their natural/ most familiar position.

In the end, Chelsea probably feel the least satisfied with a point. Yes we could / should have had a penalty, Nunez could have done better or had a bit more luck. Salah could have done better a few times.
This is a good point earned in my opinion.

Ron Keague

1.) 14 Aug 2023 10:42:54
Sorry Eds, I meant to put this in the match section, didn’t want to clog up the banter section with my ramblings on the game. Probably a user error on my part.

2.) 14 Aug 2023 10:46:57
Why we would adapt after we'd scored?
I think we often start well- or with more energy- and then drop off. I don't think we can run hard for the whole game or pass teams to death.
The team is changing and we've only played one game, mind.

3.) 14 Aug 2023 10:53:06
We scored but we were still giving a lot of space and chances and as you say, eventually you run out of intensity.

4.) 14 Aug 2023 10:56:42
Ya no. unless we change the system it will be outplayed almost everytime.

5.) 14 Aug 2023 11:06:12
I just think their goal and their second disallowed goal knocked the wind out of our sails. And, we have to overcome some mental barriers after last season.

Big picture I think that digging and securing a point was a good result. Last season we may have lost by 2+ after dropping our heads they we did after we conceded. Actually, that almost happened after their second goal but we played a perfect offside trap lol.

6.) 14 Aug 2023 11:07:11
We did, Ron.
We need to realise that we are not the same team that won the League and CL.
The front three and midfield have broken up and the defence isn't the same. I don't think we'll recreate a front three of prime Salah, Mane and Firmino for a long, long time if ever again. The midfield might be more creative and give us more goals but it needs to to protect the defence and without three of the hardest working forwards that I've seen.
This current team makes me realise how good the title winning team was.

7.) 14 Aug 2023 13:14:24
I’d agree with that Ron. Excellent start to the game and should’ve been more than 1-0 after half an hour but their goal knocked us a bit and the crowd got more into it.

We then huffed and puffed but looked nervy all over the pitch until Doak and Elliot came on, then we finished the stronger of the 2 teams and probably should’ve nicked it.

The narrative seems to be that Chelsea were the better team but I disagree. We were the better team for the first 30-35 minutes and the last 10-15 minutes so if you add it up we were the better team for half of the game.

I’ll take that away from home on opening day to a Chelsea team out to prove a point with a new manager. I don’t think there’s many teams in the league that could’ve got a point there yesterday.

8.) 14 Aug 2023 13:57:57
This was a good day to make an opinion based post ?.

9.) 14 Aug 2023 16:18:36
BP and Big Ron, I haven’t seen the game yet but that was the feeling I got from post game reactions online where their goal knocked the spirit out of us and we started to drop and sustain too much pressure.

I saw the highlights and trust me, had Salah scored the one that hit the post and/ or did not have the goal chalked up for offside along with Diaz’s brilliant goal (all before their equalizer), Chelsea are in real trouble and prolly get smoked. Footie doesn’t work that way so it is what it is. A good point nonetheless and we can prepare well for the weekend. Hope we sign someone this week as well.



07 Aug 2023 01:19:13

If Bajcetic stays for this season, Liverpool will have the best DM in the premier league.

I really believe in this kid.

Ron Keague

1.) 07 Aug 2023 06:16:18
Hey Ken. Did you mean ‘stays fit’? Not sure I’ve heard him linked with a move away. If so, agree; he’s a gem ?.

2.) 07 Aug 2023 06:52:26
Ron Keague - I can tell you right now that your prediction won’t be correct. Bajcetic is 18 years old and about 9 stone soaked through. He isn’t big, powerful or battle-tested enough to get anywhere even close to Rodri (the actual best DM in the league) or Casemiro. With respect, it’s a bit of an absurd prediction.

3.) 07 Aug 2023 06:59:44
Casemiro looks like he could eat Bajcetic for breakfast. Literally.

4.) 07 Aug 2023 07:05:02
Yes “stays fit”.

5.) 07 Aug 2023 07:07:33
1 stone heavier and 6 inches taller than Kante.
77kg = 12 stone approx.

6.) 07 Aug 2023 07:14:54
Ron, the kid is technically sound and a skilful baller, imo. That said and like you, I believe in Baj as a player and talent but he is still a kid and simply is not ready to live up to the praise you are lavishing in him right now.

We don’t even know how his body is going to develop which will then tell you whether he has the physique to play the DM role yet. I’m not even sure if the DM role should even be where he should end up either cos it’s just too early to tell. Relax and let Baj develop. We will know sooner or later.

7.) 07 Aug 2023 07:51:23
You don’t win anything with kids…. Wait a minute.

8.) 07 Aug 2023 08:15:39
Is Rodri even the best DM in the league though? He has the benefit of playing for City, meaning that he can hack down players at will without getting a single card.

I agree with Ron and I think Baj is a great talent and, if he plays regularly, has the potential to be the best DM in the league. I don't get why we big up youngsters for other clubs (like Lavia) but don't do the same for our own.

{Ed025's Note - come on Drac take them red specs off mate, Rodri is excellent and Baj is a young guy who could or could not turn out to be a good player, he has only played a handful of games and i have heard ducks fart before, dont put pressure on him and let him develop at his own pace i would suggest..

9.) 07 Aug 2023 08:28:47
Personally I think the lad has a huge future and I really hope that he is given fullness of a chance but also stays fit to take it.

I steer clear of talking best this best that in the league simply because it is a team game and even if you are quality the team around you can help that quality shine or put it a little in the shade.

Those others mentioned are experienced been there and done it and so no one could question their standing in their position but I am with Ron in one regard and suggest we don’t write off what we have in the continual bemoaning of lack of purchases esp when we have almost a month left to get the right player (s) if the manager still sees value.

10.) 07 Aug 2023 08:39:33
Dacred was right about the yellow cards, though. An Arsenal player got booked for shirt pulling yesterday. In the second half, Rodri blatantly pulled an Arsenal shirt to stop a counter-attack, and got away with it. The commentator made some lame excuse about the fact that the referee had already put his stamp on the game with the early yellow cards and now just had to manage it.

11.) 07 Aug 2023 08:46:05
For me, I don’t think Rodri is the best out and out DM either but for a different reason. Rodri often played in either a double pivot (with Gündogan) and in a triple pivot (with Gündogan and Silva and/ or Stones) . This allows him to get forward and be more versatile while at the same time, breaking up play via professional fouls when caught out or with the others covering for him.

When you compare him with Fabinho in his pomp, he played that DM role on on his own with very little help from his fellow mid’s on the cover cos it was their job to press high and win the ball, not to hold his hand and cover for him. Hence, he couldn’t get forward as often as Rodri does, of course. Fernandinho played the DM role same as Fab played it, imo. Rodri couldn’t do this role the way Fab and Fernandinho (who like Fab, is not a DM by trade) did it.

How do I know? Rodri played it this way invite 19/ 20 season and got overrun cos he was left exposed. Now he isn’t. So Pep changed it and never left him on his own. So to me, you can’t be the best DM in the world with so many people holding your hand thru games. All that said, Rodri is immense and would have him atLFC in a flash. Just my opinion.

12.) 07 Aug 2023 09:13:18
I saw enough of Bacjetic in the first half of the season to be convinced he would be a regular player for the rest of the season. Unfortunate injury and assuming he comes back from that well, I have no reason why he wouldn’t come back and become a regular again.

13.) 07 Aug 2023 09:17:34
Shots fired from Ron.
“Kid’s not big enough. ”
“He’s bigger than the best in recent years, is that all you’ve got? ”

Would love to think he can fill the void we need. It’s been so long that maybe we’ve forgotten how good he was when he came in. It’s a big ask for a teenager to come in with the main responsibility in that position though. Maybe Lavia makes more sense…oh wait. Big Baj gets my vote ?.

14.) 07 Aug 2023 09:04:13
Sorry Ed025, the red-tinted specs are firmly on and have no inclination to come off ?

I admit I may have been a tad bit unfair on Rodri. But he, and Fernandinho before him, have the advantage of committing countless "tactical fouls" each match before they even get carded. He may be a good player but I would class a top CDM as one who can stop attacks without committing fouls to do so.

And I thought I was fair on my assessment Baj. I did say that he has the potential to be the best DM in the league if he gets game time to develop further. The few games that he played in last season were definitely promising and one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise bleak season.

{Ed025's Note - i do admire your positivity Drac, but lets not put Rodri and Baj in the same sentence at this point mate..

15.) 07 Aug 2023 09:35:34
Bajetic only started 2 games in the league last season as a Dm. A draw with Chelsea and a hammering to wolves.

His other 3 starts there came in the league and Fa cup.

His 4 other starts in the league came as the left or right midfielder and from watching the kid live he looked far better.

He was exceptionally good there in our home league win against Wolves.

16.) 07 Aug 2023 09:51:00
Starvation of transfer activity results in wild takes on the prospects of a kid. Not a new phenomena.

17.) 07 Aug 2023 10:08:58
Fly Pelican Fly - Exactly.
I can’t believe some of the stuff I read on here at times. We’re up against Man City, for goodness sake. Do we want to even try to beat them or do we just want to remain glorious losers like so many other nice little football clubs.
People say “This isn’t FIFA. You can’t just spend 4 billion on a team mate”, but in one sense they’re right - it isn’t FIFA, where you can win a Premier League title with Grimsby Town on a budget of 230k.
We are not getting a within 10 points of a league title next season with Bajcetic as our starting DM. Absurd.

18.) 07 Aug 2023 09:59:25
They were mentioned in two separate paragraphs, Ed025, not even in the same sentence. I may have red-tinted specs on but I would suggest you get a regular pair for yourself mate.

{Ed025's Note - same thread then Drac..

19.) 07 Aug 2023 10:59:13
While we're talking Kante, even Kante in his prime wouldn't be able to cover the gaps we have in our system.

20.) 07 Aug 2023 12:18:04
It’s a prediction guys, clearly stated. How about we calm down and stop jumping on people?

I’m not saying he is the best I’m saying it’s my prediction he will prove to be the best.

If I’m wrong we can sign Dewsbury-Hall in January.

21.) 07 Aug 2023 12:51:16
Ron - I think some people take any kind of positive spin on the undervalued players as some kind of nail in the coffin that we are aren't a big club.
anyways, I'm with and love Bacjetic. I think he will become a key player in our midfield. He doesn't need to be some kind of huge He-man lol his skillset and desire to win the ball will be enough as that will compliment alongside any of Jones, Mac, Szobo, Trent etc.

22.) 07 Aug 2023 13:06:38
I know he’s only 18 but isn’t Lavia 19?

I just don’t see the urgency to stockpile players.

It works for some clubs but it’s not a model I think we should follow, we don’t have inexhaustible resources and our owners are running the club in a more responsible manner.

This is the season to see what we’ve got.
What do we have in Jones, Elliott, Bajcetic, Doak, Gordon, Quansah even Bradley.

We don’t need to replace all our sales because we’re not competing in the champions league. We don’t need 2 squads of internationals for that reason.

Prioritise top 4, we have enough for that, and see what we can get out of our existing fringe players in the other games.

A small squad is a lean squad, you become more flexible next summer with FFP and hopefully CL qualification.

That’s my position and I’ve a lot of faith in Bajcetic.

23.) 07 Aug 2023 13:15:23
We should sign that Franck Kedgeree from Barcelona. He could eat Rice for breakfast.

24.) 07 Aug 2023 13:25:29
Another kid, who is only a year older (Lavia), is being valued at 50 million and people are interested (Chelsea was last summer) . The game is not only about money of course, but money reflects the value people place on a player. Bajcetic is easily in the same league as Lavia. And people will not like it, but it was no coincidence that we went on a winning run once this "kid" began being a starter. Everyone around him started playing far better.

25.) 07 Aug 2023 14:16:21
Admittedly I have seen much of lavia apart from against us and he was awful. I'd have baj over him and invest the money elsewhere. But at the end of the day its who jurgen wants that counts. I'd personally have baj at dm and buy thuram if still achievable. Honestly don't see the clamour for lavia at that price, eds says he's a good player but it's been 1 season. Time will tell.




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17 Feb 2024 22:10:06

Get him in FSG.

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12 Feb 2024 16:42:18
I can’t see him choosing Man U or Chelsea if LFC are interested.
Let’s be honest, Chelsea is a bit of a merry-go-round, they go through managers quicker than we go through Prime Ministers.
Man U - a club in a very long transition.

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07 Feb 2024 02:18:27
Nailed it JLC.
I don’t care what his reasons are he owes the club nothing and is rightly regarded a club legend.

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30 Jan 2024 00:52:03
The club were going for ZZ way back in the 90’s along with the Brazilian Ronaldo ?

Ah those were the days….

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30 Jan 2024 00:49:34
Imagine if they just said - nah we’ll just wing it on the day lads. We don’t need a plan.

This is a multi-billion pound industry ?.

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29 Feb 2024 01:03:43
“Lallana vibes”?

I don’t remember him doing 1 Cruyff turn so he’s clearly not Lallana-like. ?

Good little player though ?.

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29 Feb 2024 00:58:47
Endo is more effective than Thiago, but has half the ability.

Sometimes a player just isn’t a good fit.

I always thought Thiago was trying to be a bit too clever. Too many 1 touch passes, too many no look passes.

Sometimes you just play the simple game well.

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29 Feb 2024 00:54:42
I like Danns.

That kid is a natural, he moves like a striker.
He has great vision and anticipation.

He’s a future star that kid ?.

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19 Feb 2024 16:40:40
Bajcetic would thrive under Alonso.

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19 Feb 2024 02:02:14
Win the next game, don’t think past your next opponents.

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