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  1. At this point, did anyone actually think we were still going to sign him permanently? I have nothing against the guy, but he clearly hasn’t done enough to impress Brendan enough to spend £20m+ on him.
  2. It does sound silly. Even if we wanted to, fee paying loans can’t be recalled outside of a set window. Earliest we can recall him is the summer.
  3. That decision to rest players midweek ready for this game is starting to look like a master stroke isn’t it? Mind you, at this rate we’ll only have 11 fit players to play every game until the end of the season, so I guess being out of the Europa is a blessing. Midtable finish, no Europe next season, and no silverware it is.
  4. As much as I am a Rodgers supporter, this one is on him. Said before the game that if we take these lightly we get embarrassed. He was clearly looking ahead to Arsenal, and picked the wrong team. To all those who have been saying Arsenal is the more important game, well, let’s hope we win that now, otherwise we are out of the Europa League for absolutely no reason at all.
  5. Ricardo for Amartey, Mendy for Choudhury, and Before the game I said Barnes instead of Under, but I’m now 50/50 between taking Under off or Albrighton. Albrighton provides better for Vardy, and is less selfish than Under, but Under is getting into better positions. We need to take the game to them. Amatory gives us no width, and Choudhury only plays backwards.
  6. Under is pretty much on his summer holidays at this point. He’s not getting signed, and will only be used in absolute emergencies, as a very last resort. Albrighton will start over him every single time. The general selection order for RW is Albrighton, Perez, Under in Rodgers eyes. This game is trickier than you make out, and won’t be played all in their half. This will be a tough grind, and we’ll have to work just as hard defensively as we do going forward.
  7. The starting line up will be: Schmeichel Ricardo Evans Soyuncu Thomas Ndidi Mendy Tielemans Albrighton Barnes Vardy Rodgers simply doesn’t trust Under defensively, unless Albrighton is injured, he’ll start. Choudhury has no forward thinking in his play. He’s basically a DM but not as effective as Ndidi, too undisciplined, and passes backwards. Ndidi will be the DM, Tielemans in Madders role, with Mendy playing box-to-box, supporting both depending on who is in possession.
  8. There are some very good Champions League teams that drop into the Europa League aswell remember. We won’t be 4th favourite when that happens.
  9. There are already some very tough teams in the Europa League, with a lot more European experience than us, and that’s without the teams dropping into it from the Champions League. When it gets to the deeper stages, and you’re playing teams of the likes of Atletico Madrid (Who we are guaranteed to draw...), Inter Milan, Porto, Shaktar Donetsk, Napoli, Benfica, Leverkusen etc etc, that’s where you come unstuck. Especially if covid is still around, and they could be one-legged neutral/away games. Not to mention the fact that we haven’t got to a domestic final in nearly 20 year
  10. I’m not shocked by people’s predictions, but I am kind of disappointed. I think there will be a lot of people disappointed at the end of this season, based on the sorts of expectations described above. This season is going to be a long hard slog. We’ve not had a fully fit squad since day 1, and we’ve still got to face many, many more weeks of 3 games within 8 day periods. We won’t win the Europa League, I think we all know that, but a decent run in the competition will more than likely cost us a top 6 place. I’m going for a 9th place finish in th
  11. Slimani really isn’t what we need. When he came on, we seemed more willing to cross into the box rather than play through, but as our only target, he won’t get much joy. His passing and link up play was poor, but to be fair to him, he hasn’t played with our team, and some of it can be put down to him being rusty. However, the glaring problem for me was just how immobile he is. I was watching him off the ball, and he rarely even broke into a light jog. He seems lazy and sluggish. He still has strength, but unless the ball goes pretty much str
  12. We all loved him at first due to the fact he came through the academy, and he ran around flying into tackles...... The facts are, that tenacity was all he had, and it soon became apparent that he was a walking red card. He got called out on it by managers, and other players, got a couple of reds, and therefore we reined him in, which then highlighted his lack of footballing brain, and technical ability. Without that tenacity and hard tackling, there isn’t much left in him. He just isn’t good enough for Premier League football. It’s a shame, becau
  13. Praet is very underrated, even by our own fans. Not the flashiest player around, but cool, calm, great technique, and keeps the passing and movement ticking over. Hopefully people are starting to realise what a class act the guy is!
  14. Positives: Castagne is growing into the game, and doesn’t look out of place in the side. Tielemans playing some nice passes around and looks in control in the centre. Ndidi keeping things simple, clearly not his position by any means, but coping ok today. Negatives: Still blatantly clear we need a genuine right winger, Perez cannot play there, however we all knew this. Still clear to me that we need a proper left back. Justin isn’t a prem player yet IMO, on either side, and Castagne is obviously a right sided player. Justin needs a loan at a top end Champio
  15. People seem to be forgetting that we are in the group stage, Celtic still need to qualify for the group stage........... We all know how good they are at qualifying matches........ They may not even make it!
  16. Not saying the system is right by any means, but maybe now Season ticket holders will have some appreciation of what members have to go through..... Leicester Supporter all my life, but only became available to go to every game 3 years ago due to change in working hours. Had to endure 2 years of buying a membership, entering a ballot for every game, buying a full price ticket when selected, then hoping above hope to have enough points to be selected for a season ticket at the end of the season. I spent nearly £1000 each season, for 2 years to see every home game, in a sea
  17. Absolutely. Anything but the most perfect first touch, and that shot gets blocked because it is a split second too late. That perfect first touch made the strike possible.
  18. The strike itself was superb, but Just take a moment to appreciate that first touch aswell. Sublime!
  19. I said exactly the same thing when his goal went in. Everybody loved that goal, apart from anyone connected to Watford, and the Chelsea boardroom!
  20. So the restart appears to be approaching, but without fans in stadiums. Has anyone come up with any ways for us LCFC Fans that would usually be there, supporting the team, to get across to the team how much we are still behind them and will still be watching on matchday? (Obviously NOT by attending stadiums and breaking social distancing) E.g. is there any preferred way to get written messages of support to the players? What about plans for photos of fans in their shirts on the morning of the game to be sent to a specific email / social media account? Are union
  21. Unfortunately, we are just too “nice” of a team in this situation. Their handball, hardly any of our players appealed for it. In the Kop, we had no clue it even hit an arm, because no-one made a fuss. Only realised watching replays when I got home. The penalty, EVERY Man City player surrounded the referee appealing. (Half of them probably didn’t even see a thing). When this happens, the official(s) at Stockley Park have to be seen to be checking it. The outcome? They get a penalty, ours doesn’t even appear to go to VAR. We need to get smarte
  22. The ball was played back, but the player was returning from an offside position, and he hadn’t got back far enough when the ball was played to him. He may have been onside by the time he received it, but that’s irrelevant. The ball went backwards, but that was irrelevant aswell. He was in an offside position when the ball was played to him. Also, I know it’s a very tight call, but if the linesman had flagged for that, we’d all be praising him massively for spotting it when no-one else had, so why are people criticising VAR for spotting it?
  23. It won’t have removed the buy out clause, because Rodgers and his agent will be the ones that want the clause in the first place. What it will do though, as others have said, is probably put the price up, provide Rodgers a bigger wage and “signing on” bonus, reaffirm his commitment in the short term to end the speculation from distracting us this season, and provide another massive boost to the players morale, (and that of the supporters) which is already sky high! A great move for the club. It doesn’t necessarily give long term guarantees against certain specific clubs c
  24. So I’ll admit, I haven’t seen a lot of our u23 games, but I keep hearing George Thomas’s name come up. From what I read, he plays as either a right winger, or attacking midfielder, and it’s raised a question that maybe someone else, who has seen more of him play, can answer......... Do we think we should be looking to integrate him into the first team squad, and give him minutes at RW?? Come January, I think we could (and should) still be looking for a genuine Right Winger. Ghezzal wasn’t good enough, and although Perez has been playing there, I think h
  25. Let’s be realistic here, the only options in the Premier League that could be considered a “step up” are: Man City - Pep is going nowhere yet, and even then, Brendan wouldn’t be on their shortlist, they would need a fan appeasing appointment after Pep. Liverpool - Klopp isn’t likely to go yet, and it’s unlikely they would re-appoint Brendan. They feel they have moved on. Spurs - Possibly one of the more likely jobs to become available, however would he be happy to work with Levy in rebuilding a squad that will need re-invigorating from upcoming big player lo
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