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11 Jan 2018 10:03:38
Heard from a good source that Ceballos is 'nailed on' to join before the window closes. No idea how my source knows but works within football and simply passed it on, make of it what you will.

Personally I would be a bit underwhelmed if the de facto replacement for Coutinho was Ceballos as seems a marked step down in quality but hey ho let's see what materialises.


1.) 11 Jan 2018 10:37:30
Why are people saying he is the replacement of coutinho? What if we are taking advantage of his situation at madrid?

Although I agree that he is not a Coutinho replacement, I think he is a good player and would be a good acquisition for the squad looking forward.

2.) 11 Jan 2018 10:55:19
Yes we ain't going to replace coutihno he is a world class Brazil international, but what we can do is strengthen the areas we are weak in we lack creative spark in midfield an someone who can manipulate the ball he is a gamble but could also turn out too b real quality well worth a punt especially if we can get keita early as well suddenly midfield is lookin healthy freeing up the attack, ox, mane, Salah, firmino, lallana, solanke, sturridge, nice options, still I would like us too buy an attacker like lemar, mahrez, suso, draxler wishful thinking though.

3.) 11 Jan 2018 12:00:02
I wonder if we will hear from wonder dog sparky?

4.) 11 Jan 2018 13:53:12
Hi eds i'm going to need your email addresses, mothers maiden names and the names of your first pets. uh. for science

Seriously though I hope we can do something like this, the buzz the club had post VVD left along with Phil.

5.) 11 Jan 2018 22:02:17
Coutinho was crap in midfield. Addressing the balance there would be an upgrade.

6.) 11 Jan 2018 22:39:08
Faith, he wasn’t really crap in midfield though was he? He played most games in midfield this season and had one of his best (half) seasons.

7.) 12 Jan 2018 19:12:12
our midfield is very weak at the moment, and could be the weakness that City will try and take control over, we really need at least one top player coming in this window, the name I have is the big guy from Roma,




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02 Aug 2019 07:24:36
I know clubs have their own colours, especially for home kits, so manufacturers are guided by these to an extent - with away and 3rd kits much less so - but I was wondering how much creative control, if any, does a club have over the kit design. Kit manufacturers are paying huge sums of money to, well, manufacture so I was wondering how much input, if any, clubs have over the design of their kits. Does it vary from manufacturer to manufacturer? Do some clubs request more control over design than others? Has a club ever completely rejected a design for a kit? I'm just curious, any information would be appreciated.


1.) 02 Aug 2019 14:15:00
Unless you're Jorge Campos, I expect the design to be pretty much decided by the manufacturers. Perhaps colours or "do not use such and such a design" might be part of it for bigger clubs, but considering all shirts look the same these days, I expect it's mainly the manufacturer's designs that are used.

Good question though, and my reply is only opinion, I don't actually know the truth, other than that Jorge Campos designed some awful goalie shirts in his time!

{Ed002's Note - Clubs always have the opportunity to reject designs put to them - one notable Englsh side rejected an Adidas magenta/deep pink away kit about five years ago. Given the trend for having pictures as part of the design now I am surprised more don't get rejected.}

2.) 03 Aug 2019 03:32:37
We always seemed to use a mix of white yellow and green as colours but as late we have black purple orange grey blue designs. I prefer the tradition of away kits being rotated from the yellow green or white designs from the historic kits in our past. We used blue for the first time a couple of years ago, didn't like it. We're the reds, Everton are the blues.



12 May 2019 17:17:48
I know it sounds stupid but I'm not disappointed. It's been a phenomenal, enjoyable, intense season and, despite our tremendous play, we have come up that little bit short. I feel fine with that, the club is headed in an excellent direction, we're managed well and playing well, and still have a Champions League final to look forward to. Next season is another chance to topple City and try and grab that elusive title number 19, I'm looking forward to it.

Hats off to City as well, they've been excellent and, as the saying goes, the league never lies.


1.) 12 May 2019 17:32:15
After some self reflection, I have to agree with Seano. Many of us, myself included, have looked at one or two results as the reason we lost the league. All I can say is this, when you have the third highest point total in premier league history, you have only one loss, you have the golden glove winner, the golden boot winner, and the player of the year and finish second, all you can do is tip your cap to the champions and say well done. No doubt the lads are disappointed, I just hope that they channel that disappointment into a fantastic finish as Champions League winners. I'd still call that a successful season.

2.) 12 May 2019 17:40:21
Completely agree Stone.

3.) 12 May 2019 17:48:28
Very much so. I agree with both of you. Once we let them get in front I was never confident. We weren't good front runners but 97 points you can't question that. What makes it a whole lot better to take is that somehow we made another final.

Stone - if we win the 6th it will be very much a great season.

4.) 12 May 2019 17:49:22
Agree mate. I thought that deep down I would feel upset and bitter if we lost this after the season we just had. Surprisingly though the only feeling I have is of immense pride for the lads and respect for City. Well played to both teams.
We go again!

5.) 12 May 2019 17:49:35
Spot on.

6.) 12 May 2019 17:59:56
great point mark. If we get in front next season with this core group, I don't see them letting the lead slip again. I think they learned a great deal this season and they will only get better.

7.) 12 May 2019 19:49:12
I think it's safe to say that City and LFC are the two best sides in Europe. I don't think you can say LFC lost it as much as City won it. Now we got one more to win and I would consider this the best season and team I have ever witnessed since following this wonderful club. I hope no one is disappointed and appreciate what we all witnessed.

Eds and all posters thanks for a magical season, and now let's "WIN IT 6 TIMES"
Matt in FL.



07 May 2019 22:47:54
Liverpool vs Barcelona - well well well, what a result. Up there with any result in the clubs history, truly a magical, historic night. Hopefully I'm not too biased but here's how I saw it.

Alisson - Excellent. Made a number of excellent stops, made them look easy, got them out of the danger area, and basically did what Ter Stegen failed to do. Huge performance.

Robartson - He was lively but, like TAA, getting forward at will so leaving gaps. His intensity is to be admired but almost spilled over and, thought I like him as our fullback, his injury wasn't the worst thing in the world to happen in the circumstances.

TAA - Wow. That incredibly clever corner alone was something else but his overall contribution was excellent. For the most part he tracked his runners, he got forward and back superbly, and added a lot to this performance. The last player off the pitch after the celebrations, and totally deserved. Take a bow, son.

Matip - I've been a big critic of his and, whilst there were a few dodgy challenges, he was overall excellent. Didn't let anything past, put his body on the line, and made sure he contributed to a very exposed defences clean sheet in the best possible way. Can hold his head high.

Van Dijk - His imperious self and, though he let e few runs behind go in the first half, let absolutely nothing go in the second. Amped his performance up and was instrumental in the win. His advances to stop Messi getting anytime on the ball were crucial and played a big part in Barcelona altering their style.

Henderson - Honestly, he was incredible. He was everywhere, doing everything, pretty much every minute of the game. His drive an determination stirred and inspired those around him. How he can be doubted as captain I will never know.

Milner - His intensity and desire were excellent, even if his quality first half wasn't there. Looked far more comfortable, and useful, taking Robertson's place in the second half and really shut down their attacks. As an attacking threat he wouldn't work, but as a defensive unit he is immense and a vital cog in the result tonight.

Fabinho - All of the midfielders were excellent, for me he was the most excellent. Somewhat harshly booked for a tackle on Suarez first half I have seen him, in Premier League games, fade after a booking. If anything he was more prominent, took control even more, and dominanted Barcelona like Busquets wishes he could dominate an opposition team. Absolutely outstanding.

Shaqiri - Some telling contributions which lead to goals but, in my opinion, a little ineffective overall. Certainly worked hard, tracked back, and did everything you'd want. But could contribute more in the final third for me - maybe the final is his time!

Mane - absolutely tireless. Ran himself into the ground, always looked for the ball, and though he didn't always make the most of the ball, a really solid performance. So much heart.

Origi - Two goals, two well taken goals, a will to keep on going, and keep on putting the opposition under pressure. I thought his overall contribution wasn't the greatest but, when the team needed him, he was there, and that is something to be lauded. Well done lad!


Wijnaldum - jesus christ! Two goals, an imperious midfield performance - honestly he came on at half time and could be man of the match, that's how good he was. His levels this season have been superb and this game underlined them in the best way possible. Fast becoming indispensible.

Gomez - came on to sure things up and he did that for the most part. Not the longest cameo but he made a difference and, from a defensive perspective, does solidify the defence.

Sturridge - a time wasting substitution so not much to say.


Honestly, I expected nothing. I thought we were done. Somehow, in the most incredible of circumstances, we have forced our way through to the final. The mentality of this team is absolutely second to none, pure drive and determination. At this stage of the season, to do that, was extraordinary. Sunday looms, and sure it seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened, and this team truly is exceptional. Bask in this glory Liverpool fans - most supporters can only dream of such memories.


{Ed0333's Note - Thankyou Seano we appreciate the effort and time you took to post

1.) 07 May 2019 23:04:12
Got to mention Klopp, how he managed to get the team ready and fired up for that game I don’t know.

{Ed0333's Note - the man is just an incredible man manager.

2.) 07 May 2019 23:06:55
I was expecting something like the 4-4 Chelsea 10 years ago. Give a good account of ourselves, be within reach of the required result a couple of times during the game, but ultimately, gallantly, fall short.

It appears I severely underestimated our team. Salah's "Never Give Up" t-shirt at the end sums it all up.

{Ed0333's Note - I friggin love that hoodie Salah was wearing. Talk about the club running through the course of his veins. If there’s any justice in this world Salah will have a CL winners medal on June 1st.

3.) 07 May 2019 23:37:20
Brilliant review, Seano. Like Mikey said, how Klopp get these guys ready to play the game of a lifetime after all that has happened in the last ten days, beggars belief.

Ed033 regarding Salah and you can take this to the bank, he will be on a mission to right the wrong he was dealt in last years final. IMO, he feels something was taken away from him in that final and now, he is back. He will be super determined and super angry and we all know what Salah is like when he is angry. Like the Incredible Hulk, you're not going to like Mo when he is angry.

{Ed0333's Note - god willing he plays and if Salah does play I 100% agree with you redwolf we’re gonna see a monster out there. My only fear is he might get a little greedy and play for himself more than the team. But it’s no different from what we’ve seen Ronaldo do for the last decade and he has won title after title.

4.) 07 May 2019 23:40:54
It'll go nicely alongside the PL medal he'll get on Sunday, 333.

{Ed0333's Note - mate I really don’t care which one we win I just want either or both lol. Wouldn’t it be ironic if we won the CL and City won the Prem?

5.) 07 May 2019 23:58:25
Although we won’t win the league, Wolves isn’t a dead rubber any more as beating then will keep the run going and the confidence up. Beat them soundly and then look forward to a trip to Madrid. Old big ears is coming home.

6.) 08 May 2019 00:03:34
Brilliant review Seano. Love the line at the end "Sunday looms, and sure it's seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened. Tonight's comeback just shows that it's not over til it's over.

7.) 08 May 2019 00:24:11
We'll win both Ed mate, mark my words.

{Ed0333's Note - it’s destiny mate. I was with my wife watching the final in a bar in Dallas I never want to feel those emotions again Salah. Let’s hope you’re namesake can create some magic and do the business. I really need redemption.

8.) 07 May 2019 23:42:54
Does everyone get a 10 this week ed01?

{Ed001's Note - possible.}

9.) 08 May 2019 02:46:06
Really thought Fabinho was tremendous today. Great game for the whole team. That match was nuts!



05 May 2019 16:33:06
Eds Note - Seano_ has written an article entitled
Newcastle vs Liverpool Review


1.) 05 May 2019 17:33:00
While I don’t agree with all your assessments of the individual players, I think your overall conclusion is spot on. Good read that Seano.

2.) 05 May 2019 17:37:30
Deffo don't agree with the assessment also but great read mate
thank you for posting.

3.) 05 May 2019 17:43:10
A great read that Seano, the effort is appreciated, may I suggest you give player ratings as well in future ones?

Thank you mate.

4.) 05 May 2019 18:03:08
Seano’s review mentions Klopp’s positive changes from the bench. Here’s a fact for those who continually question Klopp’s use of substitutes - Liverpool substitutes have scored 12 PL goals this season, more than any other team. Just saying.

5.) 05 May 2019 18:35:21
Biggest thing lovren was guilty of last night was trying to win every ball. He and van dijk needed to drop back 5 yards and have Fabinho sitting in front of Rondon. Should Lovren/ Vvd or klopp be making that call, who knows. But doing that would have totally changed the way Newcastle attacked. You could see plainly from the first 10 minutes we needed to do that and we simply never reacted to it. Other than that it felt like two very good sides having a right old go of it.

6.) 05 May 2019 19:44:01
You didn't mention that it was Sturridge's clever back heel to Trent that made the second goal. I agree, he's not what he used to be, nowhere near, but just give him credit for that piece of skill.

7.) 05 May 2019 20:09:31
Lovs did not play well and that I can accept. As for the first goal, Ed01 and many of us have said that the constant back passes to Allison will be a problem if the defenders kept doing it. And finally, it happened. Now not only did Lovs pass the ball back under pressure, he rocketed it towards Allison and the Newcastle forwards saw that and swarmed all over him and then, we give the ball up, we are all at sea and the mayhem ensues. The the goal comes. Klopp NEEDS to address this situation immediately cos it completely does my head in when the defenders keep shirking their responsibilities. When in doubt, get it out and assess the situation later.

8.) 05 May 2019 20:41:12
The only thing I will add is the rubbish tackle for Milner was a cynical foul and had to do it at the time. He could have actually stopped a goal from happening there even though it didn’t look great.

9.) 06 May 2019 05:41:36
Thanks for all the positive responses, just a response to a few of the comments:

@Salah - cheers mate. Reason I don't add ratings is the Ed does that for all his reviews and I think, in terms of assessment, the Ed is much more thorough. I prefer just describing the performance of a player as I saw it, I find ratings difficult to give and would be either way too generous or way too harsh.

@Epic Potato - that is true but, in that circumstance, he could basically do nothing else. On top of that it was probably his only decent contribution and I think, compared to the quality of Trent's delivery, was quite small fry.

@Redwolf - I can only agree, the players have become too reliant on him and it is putting both Alisson, and the defence, under pressure. They need to be smarter with their usage of the ball and braver with their decision making.

@Longthing76 - I think you're probably right about this, I do remember that it was an attempt to break up play as they were attacking with a lof of gusto. Will say though that Milner's tackling was a bit ropey from the moment he came on, he can perform better in my opinion.

{Ed001's Note - I don't blame you for not doing ratings, they are hard to do. I usually spend my time changing the numbers constantly as I rethink them.}

10.) 06 May 2019 09:44:21
@Seano_ I agree that it was the only good thing he did all game. In fact when I saw the lineup, I was one of the first to post about my dismay of Sturridge starting.

But, the game was won by one goal and he was a part of one goal. I just think that it should be recognised. And this is coming from someone who doesn't want Studge anywhere near the first team again.

11.) 06 May 2019 14:38:27
Studge is finished and has been finished for the past few years now. Him scoring a goal or a worldie here and there or once in a blue moon, will NOT change this fact.

12.) 06 May 2019 15:55:56
Agreed Ed, I mean unless someone has an absolute blinder, or absolute shocker, I find it really difficult to decide on a rating for anyone thus I don't bother anymore. They are popular though and do provide talking points so I can see why posters like them. I like them too so long as I'm not the one actually assigned said ratings.

Just read your review Ed, very good as usual. I perhaps need to go back and watch Robertson as I thought he was poor but yourself, as well as a number of media outlets, said he did well. Perhaps I was overly critical.

{Ed001's Note - his deliver was what let him down.}



15 Apr 2019 06:27:03
Garth Crooks reckons Chelsea were the better team until Salah's goal. Is the guy blind or just a complete cretin?


1.) 15 Apr 2019 06:45:50
I've seen some Chelsea fans online saying that their performance wasn't too bad, what? It was the worst I've seen Chelsea for a long time, we were all over them apart from that brief 10 minutes or so. How any Chelsea fan can see any positives from that game is beyond me.

2.) 15 Apr 2019 06:49:37
They were the better team, but only for about 15mins and that was after Salahs goal, not before. Then Klopp brought on Gini to regain control of midfield and the rest is history.

Let him think what he wants. they tried the same tactic as 13/ 14 by sitting deep and dragging out the game to frustrate, but it didn’t work.

3.) 15 Apr 2019 07:21:39
I thought Chelsea were half decent and matched us first half.

4.) 15 Apr 2019 07:28:58
Chelsea fed off scraps yesterday, they came to contain us and for me, played for a draw. They were time wasting at every moment up until the goal.

They had a 10 min spell when Hazard could of scored -But that’s it!

5.) 15 Apr 2019 07:33:17
I think they are just clutching at straws tbh as they know they will struggle next season without hazard. Pulisic is no where near an adequate replacement and if hudson-odoi leaves too I can't see many positives for them. Kante has been linked with psg also. The main thing is, we beat them, deservedly so in my book. Last four to go. I've got to be honest, my nerves and excitement are growing day by day now. Just hoping citeh drop points against one of their next two league games. Oh and crooks is just as he was as a player, greater in his head than in reality.

{Ed002's Note - Pulisic is not a replacement for Hazard.}

6.) 15 Apr 2019 07:33:47
Yeah exactly Drogie, I said the same yesterday mate.

7.) 15 Apr 2019 07:46:53
Spot on SG red. That’s what I really like about Gini. When he’s on his game, he’s the one that can hold the ball up and retain possession.

8.) 15 Apr 2019 08:03:58
In the first half they certainly had clearer chances. The ball fell kindly for our defenders to clear away though. I would say that even with the possession we had it was fifty fifty. The second half we noticeably upped the tempo and then Salah’s goal changed everything. We were close to our best form second half bar ten minutes when we got sucked into a too open game.

Kudos to Keita with the 40 yard backpass and calm down gesticulation. That was the trigger for the team to control the game thereon.

9.) 15 Apr 2019 08:34:02
Thanks for the reply ed02 and I bow to your greater knowledge of Chelsea, I stand corrected. I still think they will struggle without hazard though.

10.) 15 Apr 2019 08:58:54
g1dgo, well spotted! Keita was right in front of me when he made that back pass and he really looked a calm head on young shoulders with that gesture. He played well again yesterday, not outstanding but good enough, and in my opinion is now established in our inter-changeable group of midfielders with Hendo, Millie, Fab, Gini and the Ox (when fit) . Sadly, that group does not include Lallana - he was not even on the bench yesterday. Injured again?

Oh, and Garth Crooks is as big a knob as Danny Mills.

11.) 15 Apr 2019 10:47:39
Crooks is another rent-a-gobsh—.

Just says controversial things to get attention.

12.) 15 Apr 2019 11:27:10
Ron, you are so right about Crooks and so many other so-called ‘football experts’, pundits, commentators, etc. But what really p*****s me off is that Crooks and Mills and the preposterous Robby Savage are employed and paid by the BBC which is supposed to be an honest, unbiased broadcaster with integrity- paid for by our license fees.

Right, having got that off my chest I am off to listen to my favorite recording of ‘Land of hope and glory’ before The Archers starts.

13.) 15 Apr 2019 12:05:12
We were the better team but chelsea were not awful. With a bit of luck they could have got a 2 2 draw.

Thing is, the luck was with us and that's what you need to win any trophy.

I believe we've done it.

14.) 15 Apr 2019 13:21:58
Personally Robbie, I don't think it had anything to do with luck, we were the much better team on the day and the result proved it, I think Chelsea were very lucky not to lose by a bigger margin. But of course this was just one game, I do understand we've had some good luck this season but imo it's irrelevant because we've had bad luck too, it swings in roundabouts. To me, luck, whether it be bad or good doesn't come into it, the way I look at things is the best team will win and I completely beleieve Liverpool are the best team.

15.) 15 Apr 2019 14:32:03
To jump on the Garth Crooks bandwagon, I can't stand the bloke and don't understand why the Beeb stick with him. I have a mate who's a top goalkeeping coach who has come across Crooks in his line of work and he says he's every bit as hateful in real life.

16.) 15 Apr 2019 19:15:25
SGRed, Chelsea were NEVER the better team. They came to play and contain us and then hit us on the counter. We were the brave ones. We were the ones who took the game to them for ALL 90 mins. Sure they had their moments which is normal cos in a big game, that is what happens. That does not mean they were better during that period. It just means they had their moments, end of story. We scored while we were on top. They didn't and that is one of the differences in class between us and them. We were the better team and even many Chelsea fans said the same thing online in spite of their 10 minute moment.




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30 Aug 2019 10:53:27
That sort of sentimental decision-making is what has got United stuck with absolute mediocrity in Solskjaer. I am hoping, when the time comes, that the club are smart enough to make a decision based on rational thinking and coaching quality, not on emotion and nostalgia.




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17 Aug 2019 19:42:26
Not the point 1jj, fans acting like arses should be punished by the club as a deterrent for other arses. It's sad that they need to do that but it seems it's the only thing within their mandate to do.




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17 Aug 2019 04:11:07
Maybe WYRed but what about the Norwich game and City game one of our fans invaded the pitch then? This is clearly not an isolated incident and is something the club should clamp down on - tired of idiots ruining it for other and now, in this case, potentially ruining it for an actual player.




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16 Aug 2019 16:39:50
Idiots who think it's OK to pitch invade need to get a grip. Not just because of this incident but because of the security issue, as well as it making our fans and by association our club look bad. Klopp apparently said that fans also invaded the pitch at the Norwich game and the City game. It needs knocking on the head, and I don't see why life bans aren't dished out by the club for this sort of behaviour. Set a precedent and it'll stop soon enough.




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30 May 2019 06:25:07
Doesn't work like that Firmane, injuries are not something anyone can predict with any degree of accuracy. Whilst Origi and Shaqiri can no doubt deputise for a period of time imagine if, say, Salah or Mane were crocked for an extended period? I have faith that Origi and Shaqiri can perform in spells - but to be consistently as good as those? Probably not. The idea of signing someone to both push them, and give us another option, makes a lot of sense to me, though who that player would be I have no clue as a rarely watch any other football besides ourselves.





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29 Sep 2019 08:07:15
Bad carry on from the club, 6million isn't astronomical to a club like Liverpool and the lad certainly seems to have enough potential to justify such a fee. Can't fathom why we have to be difficult to deal with in everything we do.




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21 Sep 2019 16:50:58
I liked the look of Billing at Huddersfield and thought he stood out for them. Reminds me of N'Zonzi in someways - quite tall and almost clumsy looking but actually good on the ball and definitely has the physicality. Certainly could improve but I think he is a good player.




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21 Sep 2019 16:48:16
It will be very tight with only a goal in it in my opinion, saying we'll batter them seems daft when they are also playing very well and are at home. I'd take a draw, but be delighted with 3 points.




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15 Sep 2019 19:12:22
I know Bobby has came back after summer vacations sluggish before, as if has hasn't kept his condition or has just had too long without football, but I think being active in the summer with Brazil, and coming back quite late, has helped him start the season well and in form. His quality has never been in question but he has been off the pace at the beginning of seasons before - not this one, he has looked sharp from the off and, as he always is when on form, integral to our game.




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09 Sep 2019 11:19:44
The majority of England's batsmen just play as if it is a one day event and it costs the team dear. They showed they can dig in but the mentality just wasn't good enough, for long enough, and they were rightfully beaten by a better Aussie side. They should use Smith as an example of how to play perfect test innings - not just about shot selection, but about risk vs reward, about what is required at a certain point in a test match, about gritty batting - this Hollywood stuff that the players just couldn't resist will, more times than not, lose you tests. I know the 3rd test was an absolute classic, but rarely do those sort of things go your way - they need to find a couple of capable openers sooner rather than later because the way they have played in test matches, and I don't just mean against Australia, is a recipe for consistent batting collapses and humbling test defeats.