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Old 24-09-19, 12:01 PM   #2961
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Seb Coates last 3 games for Sporting:
3 penalties conceded (in the same game, on the same player), 2 own goals and 1 red card.
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Old 24-09-19, 12:16 PM   #2962
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Seb Coates last 3 games for Sporting:
3 penalties conceded (in the same game, on the same player), 2 own goals and 1 red card.


Classic Seb
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Old 26-09-19, 10:44 PM   #2963
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Old 27-09-19, 09:40 AM   #2964
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Are they playing the Rose & Crown away?
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Old 27-09-19, 12:25 PM   #2965
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Old 29-09-19, 02:00 PM   #2966
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Old 01-10-19, 07:13 PM   #2967
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Old 02-10-19, 01:03 AM   #2968
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Old 02-10-19, 08:39 AM   #2969
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Aye, it's funny now...Spain are thinking that beating Liverpool is a curse...since beating Liverpool, Barcelona & Real Madrid have gone shit in the last year or so!
The rest of Europe, ya have been warned!
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Old 04-10-19, 02:59 PM   #2970
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Dean Saunders wins appeal to overturn jail sentence

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...yside-49934716

Alistair Webster QC, defending, told the court the immediate prison sentence was "disproportionate".

He said the footage which was issued to the media by the police and had left his client "humiliated".

"He rapidly went from an icon to a laughing stock," the barrister said.




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What a piss take - he could barely stand up ffs
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Old 10-10-19, 05:13 PM   #2971
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Old 10-10-19, 06:42 PM   #2972
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Old 10-10-19, 08:23 PM   #2973
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Be careful what you wish for, Emre Made such a I'm the fucking Man Can to get his move...
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Old 10-10-19, 08:51 PM   #2974
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Old 12-10-19, 10:04 AM   #2975
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In football, as in life, timing is crucial. Athletic primes are short, the cogs of innovation turn quickly and crises reside only a few defeats around the corner. It is vital, then, to seize any window of opportunity before it is blown shut by the winds of change. And this is precisely why, by the time he joined the club in January 2001, beset by injuries and just weeks shy of his 30th birthday, Jari Litmanen was the right man at the wrong time for Liverpool.

The advent of the Premier League in 1992 brought an influx of creative attacking players who would revolutionise English football throughout the decade and rewrite the compositional blueprint for what was required of the best teams. Eric Cantona became the most transformative player of the Premier League’s early years for the way he pulled strings between the lines for Manchester United. Dennis Bergkamp helped transform Arsenal from offside-trap-baiting one-nil merchants into the most thrillingly creative side in the country. Gianfranco Zola artfully blended Impressionist improvisation with Renaissance precision at Chelsea. And Juninho’s diminutive genius illuminated grey Middlesbrough skies in his three spells on Teesside.

Liverpool, in this era, never had such a player, a fact lamented by striker Robbie Fowler, who later complained of never being fielded alongside a creative partner. The Reds instead matched Fowler up with other out-and-out scorers such as Ian Rush, Stan Collymore and Michael Owen.

Had they managed to sign Litmanen at the first attempt, during Roy Evans’ Anfield reign, the period of mediocrity and underachievement the club was mired in at the time might well have been arrested. The Finn had risen to Europe-wide acclaim for his performances with Ajax as the Dutch side claimed a Champions League triumph in 1995 – leading to him finishing third in the Ballon d’Or voting that year – and was the highest scorer in the competition the following season.

A classic number 10, Litmanen seamlessly linked midfield and attack in Louis an Gaal’s 3-4-3, providing abundant creativity, flawless technique and unimpeachable workrate. Such was his ability to find space where none seemed to exist, locate team-mates with passes no one else saw, and fire dead-eye shots from adverse angles, it was though he was the sole keeper of the football’s inner secrets. It is no exaggeration to suggest that, had Liverpool succeeded in their first move for Litmanen in 1998, he could have written a Premier League legacy every bit as rich as the aforementioned creators who are still so revered in English football.

“He was a brilliant player. I wish we’d have got him years before,” former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tells LFC Stories. “When we got him, I thought, ‘Wow, what a player.’ But he was just too injury-prone. He’d play two games, then he’d be out again.”

Litmanen’s injury struggles began in earnest during his ill-fated 18 months with Barcelona. Liverpool had competed with the Catalan side for his signature in the summer of 1999, but their offer fell some way short of the financial package proffered at the Camp Nou. The move saw the forward reunited with Van Gaal, but familiarity counted for little and the manager was critical of the former Ajax forward’s attitude. “There are some incredibly talented players who haven't got the character or the personality to suit my methods,” Van Gaal said. “Litmanen, for example, was a different player at Barca than he was at Ajax. You have to adapt to a new culture when you move to a different club, and not every player is able to do that. Injuries and a lack of form meant Litmanen was only a peripheral figure for most of his time in Spain, making just 32 appearances, for a miserly return of four goals, and losing his number 10 shirt to Rivaldo before seeking an exit midway through his second season with Barca.

At the third attempt, Liverpool got their man. The move to Anfield was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream for Litmanen, a devoted Liverpool supporter who’d bored Ajax team-mates by reciting title-winning Reds line-ups of the past. He wanted to wear the number 7 shirt, in homage to his idol, Kenny Dalglish, but at the time it belonged to Vladimir Smicer. The numbers 17 and 27 were taken, too, so he settled on 37.

“From the moment I saw Jari Litmanen at Melwood, I was bewitched,” Steven Gerrard wrote in his first autobiography. “He was like a chess grandmaster, always anticipating three or four moves ahead.” And Didi Hamann echoes Gerrard’s astonishment at the Litmanen’s skills on the training ground. “He was unbelievable in training,” the former German international tells LFC Stories. “If there was one player I could have for five-a-side I wouldn’t pick anyone else. He had eyes in the back of his head. I always thought I had good vision, but then I watched him.”

Those displays at Melwood were replicated all too infrequently in competitive action, though. Injury ruled Litmanen out of all three finals as Liverpool claimed a treble of League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup at the end of the 2000/01 season. Before games, he could always be found in the treatment room, heavily strapping a troublesome ankle. And any time he played a full 90 minutes at the weekend, he’d have to limp through training in the days after.

Litmanen’s Liverpool career was not without its highlights, of course. There was the thunderbolt from 25 yards against Tottenham, the nerveless penalty against Roma in the Champions League, and he was majestic in a 3-0 thrashing of Aston Villa. That victory at Villa Park saw him profit when goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel’s throw struck the back of the referee and landed at the Liverpool forward’s feet, allowing him to roll the ball into the unguarded goal. He also capitalised on more uncharacteristically calamitous goalkeeping against Fulham, this time from former Ajax team-mate Edwin van der Sar, who’d raced from his goal to meet a bouncing ball, only for Litmanen to get there first, nod the ball around the stranded keeper and slot into the empty net. There were also precise assists for fine goals from Emile Heskey, Smicer and Danny Murphy.

Ultimately, though, he struggled to adjust to the frenetic football of the Premier League. “With Jari, he could beat people just by giving them the eyes or dropping a shoulder,” Hamann says. “But because the game [in England] was so quick, straight away the next opponent was there. Where in Spain or Holland he only had to beat one player to get a strike on goal, here he had to beat another one and another one; sometimes, by the second or the third, the ball would be gone. I played against Jari in his prime, and he was still good when he came to us, but the pace of the game caught him out.”

Competition for places up front was stiff, with Fowler, Owen and Heskey all younger, hungry options; Litmanen slipped to the foot of the pecking order. There were times his omission appeared inexplicable, and he was twice dropped from the side after scoring in back-to-back games. Fans implored manager Gerard Houllier to rely more heavily the gifted former Ajax player. “The others were three big names,” Carragher reasons. “I think it was hard for the manager – I think he’d have thought, ‘I’d rather keep them happy than Jari,’ in some ways.”

German defender Markus Babbel lived next door to Litmanen during his time on Merseyside, and so was closer than most to a player who, as one former team-mate says, “wasn’t really one of the lads”. “He was always talking about football, very passionate for the game,” Babbel says. “I’m surprised that he’s not now a coach because he understands the game and he was so mad about the game as a player.

“He could show you many, many things with the experience he had and the style he had. He was always thinking about what he could do better, what the team could do better, what the club could do better.”

He was too vocal for Houllier’s liking with his pointers for improvement, though. The pair clashed over tactical disagreements and Litmanen voiced his disappointment over his diminishing role. “Liverpool might have a problem keeping everyone happy at the club if they are not playing regularly,” he said. “I wanted more out of this move, but when you are not playing it is difficult to remain enthusiastic.”

Litmanen left Liverpool to rejoin Ajax on a free transfer in August 2002. With just nine goals to show from a season and a half at Anfield, one can only wonder what might’ve been had one of the most gifted players of his generation made his dream move sooner.
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Old 13-10-19, 05:37 PM   #2976
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What a player he was. Shame Houllier didn't seem to fancy him much. I was at Anfield for that Cup game v Man City and he was absolutely wonderful.
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Old 13-10-19, 06:39 PM   #2977
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Old 13-10-19, 07:14 PM   #2978
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Old 13-10-19, 07:34 PM   #2979
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What a player he was. Shame Houllier didn't seem to fancy him much. I was at Anfield for that Cup game v Man City and he was absolutely wonderful.
Fabulous player, just a shame it wasnt to be with us. Jed couldnt see past the little welsh runt, at the expense of both Jari and Robbie
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Old 13-10-19, 08:02 PM   #2980
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Old 13-10-19, 08:24 PM   #2981
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Fabulous player, just a shame it wasnt to be with us. Jed couldnt see past the little welsh runt, at the expense of both Jari and Robbie


He was some talented player alright. Big fella as well.

I was delighted when we signed him. After he left, I wondered why Houllier bothered
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