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  1. It’s getting to the point that I’m wondering if he might be the best player I’ve ever seen play for us.
  2. ttfn

    The top 4.

    Really recommended listening.
  3. Yeah the replay they showed in the ground was atrocious, they’d have been better off just showing nothing.
  4. In the first half Everton took about 90 seconds celebrating their goal, there were at least 2 or 3 reasonably lengthy stoppages for injuries and a VAR incident which went on for about 3 minutes. The ref added 2 minutes of stoppage time. They have to take timekeeping away from the referee, it’s mad that in a 90mph sport like this they’re also supposed to ensure that time is kept. Especially when there’s a simple solution in stopping the clock, a solution which is used in most other time restricted sports. You could shorten Premier League matches to 2 30 minute halves where the clock stops when the ball goes dead and still have the ball in play about 10% longer than we currently get on average.
  5. I think the protocol is that the linesman is supposed to keep his flag down unless certain. But as others have said the linesman’s flag has only ever been advisory. Everton have nothing to complain about.
  6. They surprised me as well, there’s a lot of quality there and actually a lot of effort too, they didn’t look like a side not playing for their manager. Their shape completely went after we equalised though and were pretty lucky to survive that 65-80 minute onslaught only conceding once.
  7. I don’t know why people are getting worked up about this, Rodgers is not going to go anywhere this season and in the unlikely event he does: 1) He leaves us in a much better position than we started 2) We’re an extremely attractive proposition for a new manager 3) **** him, man’s dug his own grave for his career at that point. People getting worked up about the £14m fee too - you know if Arsenal pay it he doesn’t have to go? Arsenal triggered Vardy’s release clause and he stayed put despite them being a far more attractive option at the time than they are today. His agent will be absolutely loving this. I reckon he’ll sign a new contract before Christmas with a bigger buyout/pay-off.
  8. I enjoyed this period of the season back in 2015-16 more than I’m enjoying now, largely because I never dreamed that we’d even get in the top 4 at this point in 15-16 so there seemed to be very little at stake. As far as I was concerned the main benefit of our good form was that we weren’t going to be in a relegation battle which was something in itself following the previous season, plus we were great fun to watch with Vardy, Mahrez and Kante all in top form. Obviously once we got to about February every game was pretty much completely unbearable.
  9. Difference is of course that they’ve already had players out for a decent period and still won almost every game. When you can bring in the likes of Shaqiri, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana and Keita it softens the blow somewhat. The only one of our non-starters who’d get a look in in a Liverpool match day 18 is Praet.
  10. In a “normal” season (ie basically any season before 2017/18) we’d be in with a chance. Liverpool will get at least 90 points this season - they barely need 2 points per game from here to get to that mark. We are not going to get 90 points. 80? Maybe but still unlikely despite our good start. 85? Outside chance.
  11. People talk about that game like it was the best game of the season for us. The journey to get to that point contained 36 games I was more enthralled by than that. If we didn’t win it that Monday night we had 2 games left, one against a checked out Everton and the other against a mid-table Chelsea side who plenty of Spurs fans were convinced were going to throw the game anyway. Doesn't sit well with me the way people go on about the Hazard goal like it “won us the title”, it was virtually immaterial in the scheme of things. What won us the title was the 9 months of superb, largely entertaining football that preceded it.
  12. Not necessarily, there’s 26 games left. They took 60 points from the first 26 games last season, if they do the same again in the last 26 games of this season we will struggle to finish above them. Obviously unlikely they will do that but not impossible by any stretch.
  13. Unbelievably they’ve managed to make themselves even more dislikeable.
  14. It’s absolutely crazy, what’s the end game here? Kane becomes the highest goalscorer, we don’t win anything and in the (fairly likely) event he gets injured there’s nobody ready to come in and replace him. I still can’t believe he played the 3rd place play off at the World Cup when he’d already sewn up the golden boot. Vardy was likely playing his last World Cup and Welbeck hadn’t had a minute in the tournament to that point but Kane did the same carthorse act he did in the three previous rounds.
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