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& "NOT the English but, the Euro-Scouse patient" - ?
Personal comment and intro..
A "new experience" ….I have played footy almost since I was a bairn, youth team, local league, captained my team, then tournaments, traning coaching kids, senior/vets footy, abd recently 6-a-side in Pg, went over on my ankle, having "celebrated" the Reds win at chelski,
I was slightly inebriated…but still played, a mistake..(?) …my own fault!...all those year hard tackling, ball-winning against bigger guys than me , without more than the occasional cut or bruise……had some pain , but applied "hot and cold" in the hope it would cure itself until yesterday, I felt my first fears confirmed, I still was "hobbling"..a medical student told me go to the health centre, wrong….another taxi, to the emergency centre,,wrong…then another taxi to the main klinic emergency unit (orthopedic) -x-ray confirmed a break! (fractured fibula) and I am now up to me knees in plaster, at least 6 weeks out,(house-bound) and maybe an "op" to correct it…its another reminder (if I need it!) to trust my first instincts ("its broken" I said Sunday night) I shd have gone direct to hospital then…now I will find out who is truly a "friend"…(any one got "crutches" I can borrow,,then I can do my "long-john silver impersonations" ) lol … :D
…. there was a Funny Dr "alex the great" (who "corrected " my bone with his hands, (and no warning, shd have given me "Rakija" ..) and I met momo in the unit, assisting the doctor, chatting about LFC, the REDs are everywhere… ;) and I saw Ugo as I was coming out of the emergency unit, he called a taxi for me, good lad! (hope yr bro, gets well soon….
Theres a lesson again…as I'd had a few drink to celebrate LIverpool winning at chelski last sunday, THEN played 6-a-side football with the lads in Podgorica later that evening, my "timing" was off brain didnt connect with my feet and went over on my ankle, I heard a "crack" ...hoped it was a minor thing, BUT then yesterday doctor confirmed a fractured fibula...so ....amazing and frustrating because I never had a leg injury in all the years i played footy,,but , of course I will surivive.. ;)
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Saturday 09h …"(above) this is the GUILTY ankle, heavily disguised by white plaster…I now seek a "live-In(g) Nurse" / girl Friday…free board (bed and meals) and "pocket money" TBN … ;) Please all of you, don’t rush to Monty all at once...(i wonder what Jul. Binoche is doing now, keep thinking about her from the "english patient" this could be the sequel..."the not english but euro-scouse patient" lol ??)
I see no reason why we cant get "at" the mancs in sky-blue, bunch of prima donnas with a lot of talent, BUT its 11 v 11 plus US the 12th , 13th and 7 millionth man, get behind our team, support Kenny and the lads 1000 % make it like a big european night and BATTER them…
We had a great result last Sunday , we beat their youth team 3-1 last week too, and turned em over 3-0 already earlier this Year, they can be beaten (as in Napoli ) and IF we can perform to our best, and most importantly TAKE all the chances we make WE can take an important step to the top and make people realise WE are a team to be scared of..come on REdS..whether the Team, Supporters, at Anfield or watching Worldwide , make the "holy TRINITY" WHOLE again!! ..WE ARE LIVERPOOL!
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KENNY DALGLISH has praised the attitude and application of his Liverpool FC first team squad players who impressed on duty for the reserves. Jay Spearing, Sebastian Coates, Jon Flanagan and Danny Wilson all played 90 minutes for Liverpool FC in yesterday’s 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland at the Kirkby Academy. Spearing struck twice and Coates was also on target in front of a crowd which included Dalglish and striker Luis Suarez.
The quartet are battling to force their way into the manager’s plans with only Spearing in the 18-man squad for last weekend’s victory at Chelsea. They are all likely to feature in next Tuesday’s Carling Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge, which comes just 48 hours after Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield. And Dalglish believes they will have benefited greatly from their involvement with Rodolfo Borrell’s second string side.
“They applied themselves very well and they will be better for getting 90 minutes,” Dalglish said. “They need to play games and it was good for them to be involved. It’s better for them than training. “Some people look at it as a form of punishment asking them to play for the reserves but that’s certainly not the case. “It was a necessity and it’s important we give everyone opportunities to play matches. “For the likes of Seb and Jay, it gives them the chance to get match fit and they did well. We need a strong squad with players who are ready to step in when they’re needed.”
One area where Dalglish certainly has an embarrassment of riches is at right-back. Glen Johnson, who netted a stunning winner against Chelsea, currently occupies that spot but he has stiff competition from home-grown talents Martin Kelly and Flanagan.
Kelly scored twice during his recent two outings for England Under-21s, while Flanagan is also part of Stuart Pearce’s international squad.
“We are lucky we have the three of them,” Dalglish said.
“It’s a very pleasant problem. We have three boys who are very capable of playing at right-back. We have an England international playing there at the moment. “It’s brilliant for us. Kells played at centre-back for the under-21s and that’s where he started here, that’s where he set out to be and maybe that’s where he will go back to.
“The two goals Martin got for the under-21s will not do him any harm. It will give him a greater appetite to play here, we know he has done well for us.
“We don’t leave players out because of their age, we leave anyone out because you feel it’s right.
“Just because somebody is older, that won’t affect us. You do have to keep the spirits of the young ones up and keep them going.”
Steve Clarke believes Maxi Rodriguez's impressive Chelsea display was just rewards for the Argentinean's professionalism in training.
The 30-year-old marked an energetic first Barclays Premier League start of the season by putting the finishing touches on a well-worked move to net the opening goal in the Reds' 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Clarke insists nobody within the Liverpool ranks was surprised by Maxi's impact and paid tribute to the way the forward has worked hard on the Melwood training pitches to ensure he was primed to take his opportunity.
The first-team coach told Liverpoolfc.tv: "Everybody here knows the qualities of Maxi. "He's been unfortunate this year that he's not had an extended run in the team, but what it does say about him is that he is a complete professional. "When you're not in the team, it's difficult to come in every day, work hard and be prepared for your chance. Maxi has worked hard every day in training.
"Not just Maxi, but all the squad of players - they've worked hard in training, they wait for their chance. When Maxi went in, he did a fantastic job for us." Clarke added: "Everybody has spoken about the squad we've got this year. We feel it's an improvement on what we inherited when Kenny and I came to the club. "The squad is stronger this year and I think the weekend proved that. If you look at the bench, it was very strong.
"What you try to create at a club like Liverpool is competition for places. Everybody has that competition for their place now and it can only be helpful for the group going forward."
Maxi was one of a number of stand-out performers for Liverpool on a highly-satisfying afternoon in west London. Glen Johnson claimed many of the headlines, however, with his stunning solo effort on 87 minutes helping Liverpool clinch all three points. It was only the England defender's fourth start of the season after injuries hampered the beginning of his campaign, but Clarke believes the goal proves he is well on his way back to peak form.
"Glen has been really unfortunate with injury this year," said the Scot. "He's slowly getting back to where we all know that he can be.
"It's another step in the right direction for him, it's another 90 minutes under his belt, and the fact he scored a goal and made a valuable contribution to the team means it will give him confidence in the games going forward. He's improving all the time."
Johnson netted after collecting Charlie Adam's pin-point cross-field pass and surging into the area before retaining his composure to slot into bottom corner with his left foot. "It's great when your full-backs can get forward and create chances or score goals," said Clarke. "We've already spoken about how important the full-back is in the modern game in an attacking sense.
"The timing of Glen's movement was fantastic. We'd had a passage of play on the opposite side of the pitch, and when the ball came to Charlie, Glen realised there was space in front of him and he made the break to go forward. It was a fantastic pass from Charlie, and obviously Glen did the rest." Johnson was one component of a back four that stood firm under pressure from Chelsea in the early stages of the second half on Sunday.
Though Daniel Sturridge netted what proved to be a consolation for the Blues, Liverpool now have the joint-best defensive record in the division along with Manchester City and Newcastle United having conceded just 11 goals.
Clarke admits he's been pleased with the Reds' resilience in recent weeks - but insists the hard work will continue in training to make the team's rearguard even more imperious. "I've said before, it's important to defend well. The foundation of any win comes from a solid defence. "I think we've got the fewest goals against in the Premier League, which is good, and by and large we've defended very well. "You also need your moments of luck - and there was a great save from Pepe on Sunday when the game was 1-1. All those moments are vital in a game. "Up to now we can be pleased with our defensive performances, but that's not to say we're going to sit back and relax."
While delighted at the manner of Liverpool's display at the Bridge, Clarke refuses to be drawn on whether it was the team's best performance of an impressive 2011-12 season so far. Instead, the 48-year-old insists it was vital the Reds bounced back to winning ways following the goalless Anfield draw with Swansea in their previous outing.
Clarke said: "Rather than trying to rank it where it is in terms of the season, it was just a very important performance at a time when as a team we needed a big performance. It's a testament to the players we were able to produce that kind of performance.
"I think it was important after the disappointment of dropping points at Swansea that we went down there, had a positive attitude and tried to get ourselves back on track. I think we did that.
"If you look at the performance overall, the manner we approached the game was one of the most pleasing aspects. We had a shape and we wanted to play a certain way, and I think the players did that.
"You can prepare for the game, but at the end of the day the players have to go on the pitch and do it and what you want them to do. That's what they did and we got the win we deserved."
Author: James Carroll
Jose Enrique insists helping Liverpool achieve a top-four finish is his primary objective this season.
The full-back admits he was disappointed to be overlooked by Spain for their recent international friendlies with England and Costa Rica, but is adamant he is only focused on ensuring the Reds enjoy a successful 2011-12 campaign. "I was a little bit disappointed," said Enrique. "I think I am at one of the best clubs, not just in England but in the world.
"For me Liverpool is one of the best three in the world alongside AC Milan and Real Madrid. "But to be honest I don't really think about it too much. My focus is on Liverpool and trying to help us improve. "My objective for this season is to help Liverpool play in the Champions League next season." Enrique has started every Barclays Premier League game for Liverpool this season following his summer switch from Newcastle United.
The 25-year-old has excelled in the left-back berth for Kenny Dalglish's side, establishing himself as a firm favourite on the Kop in the process. Nonetheless, while Enrique is satisfied with his early form for the Reds, he's not about to rest on his laurels. "I think playing in that first game (against Sunderland on the opening day of the season) was really important," said the No.3. "When you come to a new team and then start playing, it helps you settle.
"After that, the important thing is to play well, but I have to say thank you to the manager for giving me that first opportunity. "After two weeks I felt as though I had been here three months with being involved in those early games and developing an understanding with the other players. "I am happy with my start here. The most important thing for any player is to play and at the moment I have been playing in every game. "I am really happy about that. "I feel that I have done well, but of course I have to develop some things and if I can keep on playing, I think I can improve more."
Author: James Carroll
LIVERPOOL FC’S Lucas Leiva believes his double act with Charlie Adam is starting to click. The central midfielders were two of Liverpool FC's outstanding performers in Sunday’s dramatic 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Lucas worked tirelessly to win back possession and Adam played a big part in both of Liverpool’s goals. They have started 11 of the club’s 12 Premier League games this season alongside each other and the Brazilian is relishing playing with the Scotland international.
“Charlie is an offensive player and I try to give him the licence to go forward and make a key pass,” Lucas said. “You could see the pass he put on for Glen Johnson for the winning goal. “When we’re defending he gets back and tries to help me. Charlie is learning a lot about the defensive role. “There are a lot of new players in the team and it takes a little bit of time to get an understanding but like everyone I’m really happy and enjoying playing with Charlie.
“If we play more games together then we will be even better because the understanding will improve.” Victory over Chelsea kick-started Liverpool’s push for Champions League qualification after the frustrating home draw with Swansea City. Lucas says Kenny Dalglish’s side must go into every game with the attitude they showed in the capital – starting with this Sunday’s showdown with leaders Manchester City at Anfield.
“If we approach every single game like we approached the Chelsea game, then we would be in a better position,” Lucas said. Read More
Kenny Dalglish believes the race for a top four spot is as competitive as ever as Liverpool prepare to host league leaders Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds currently lie sixth, level on points with both Chelsea and Arsenal, and just three adrift of third-placed Tottenham.
Dalglish insists he has been unsurprised by the majority of the contenders for a Champions League berth and is delighted that his team are firmly in the mix.
Dalglish told his pre-match press conference: "Apart from the positions of the teams, I don't think there is much of a surprise. It is only Newcastle that you would have said, which has been a pleasant surprise for the Geordies. They will be delighted they are up there in the hunt for it."
He continued: "It's good to see us up there, that's most important thing for us. I don't care how many are involved. If we were sitting there out of sight, it would be even better for us. As long as we are involved that is all that we are concerned with. Whatever any other club is going to do, we can't do anything about it until we play them."
The Reds entertain leaders Manchester City on Sunday hoping to build on their impressive record against the Barclays Premier League's top sides.
Dalglish's men ran out 3-0 victors when the two teams met at the end of last season but the boss is expecting a different challenge on this occasion.
He said: "They have fantastic resources to go and get who and what they want to buy. They've had a fantastic start to the league season this year. I don't think there will be any surprises.
"I think there will be changes from the team they played the other night (Champions League). We know what to expect and we'll give them all due respect. We'll make sure we are right, that's the important thing.
"Their style may have changed but their principles haven't. Maybe bringing in certain individuals has altered it a little bit. Certainly their position in the league has changed and they've had some fantastic performances."
He continued: "We won't sit here and disclose what our thoughts are on the Man City game in detail. What was apparent in the game last season was that Tevez came off after 20 minutes with a pulled hamstring. That helped us a bit more than it did them, I think. But we played well and got our rewards. "They've got different personnel now and so have we, so it might not be the same type of game this time around.
"We'll decide what's best for us and let them worry about us more than we will worry about them. At the same time we respect and appreciate how good they are. "Not much has changed in them really. Obviously their results are better and the way they gone about their games has been fantastic. When they have got their noses in front they have gone on and punished teams. They played fantastic at Tottenham and at Old Trafford, so maybe they are due a bad one - let's keep our fingers crossed."
Last season Andy Carroll got off the mark for Liverpool with a sensational double at the expense of Roberto Mancini's outfit.
Asked if that would have any bearing on whether the big No.9 would feature on Sunday, Dalglish said: "You take into account first and foremost what is happening at this moment and take it from there.
"Andy scored two great goals against them last year. We got our reward for that and so did Andy. That's not to say that because he scored two last year, he'll score two this year.
"We'll all start afresh for the game on Sunday. If we can repeat the same result as last year, everyone will be happy."
He added: "I went on record as saying his (Andy's) best games for us were against Stoke and West Brom. That tells you how he is doing."
Reporters also suggested that the Reds could use the clash with the runaway leaders as a barometer for their progress this term.
"We don't need one game to give us an incentive to bite on and look forward to the future," replied Dalglish. "We will look a lot further than that. We won't get carried away by one game whether we win it or lose it. We are just looking to progress and build something here that will last for a long time.
"I think we are moving in the right direction. Whether Sunday is a positive result for us or not, it won't be a determining factor in the progress of the football club." The clash will also see Luis Suarez go head-to-head with Sergio Aguero in a battle between two South American stars currently settling the Barclays Premier League alight. Asked to compare to two, Dalglish said: "I've not seen a lot of Aguero. He's done well there and scored a few goals. For us, we are delighted to have Luis."
Charlie Adam has revealed why he believes working with Steve Clarke will help the Liverpool squad improve both as a collective and as individuals.
The midfielder admits his fellow Scot is one of the best coaches he's been trained by in his career and feels the 48-year-old's methods on the Melwood training pitches are having a big impact on the field.
Adam told LFC Magazine: "No disrespect to the people I've played with before, but I think the quality of players here is so high. The standard of training is superior too.
"I'd heard about Steve Clarke before I came here and I knew by his record that he was highly rated.
"He's been at some top clubs and been successful.
"He's a very good coach and, as time goes on, we'll get better thanks to his methods. "I think working with him helps us to become better individuals and a better group." He added: "I really do feel there are good times ahead here if we continue to work hard. "We need to just focus on the next game and we'll be okay. We also need to enjoy it too, because that's part of it as well." Pasted from <http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/clarke-can-improve-us-all>
Kenny Dalglish is confident Jamie Carragher will continue to be a major influence on Liverpool's defence.
The Reds' vice-captain was an unused substitute during the 2-1 win at Chelsea after recovering from a calf injury that had ruled him out of the previous two encounters. Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have both excelled in his absence but the boss is confident the No.23 will play a prominent role in the weeks ahead.
Dalglish said: "Carra has only been back a week after his calf injury. He's an important part of this football club and of this squad, now and going forward. He knows that and we know that. "It's always a positive for anyone who is selected and it's a disappointment for those who aren't selected. You have to make decisions.
"We know what he's done for the football club. The respect and admiration he has here from myself and everyone else connected. He understands." Last season Dalglish was faced with a similar situation when Carragher returned from a long-term shoulder injury to star in the 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
However, he feels the system deployed in London last weekend meant he could afford to be more cautious with the veteran defender. The boss added: "We did it the time before. When we went to Chelsea last time we threw Carra straight back in when we played with three centre backs. He was brilliant. If we had played the same way he might have been thrown back in."
Meanwhile, Dalglish feels Liverpool's recent nine-match unbeaten run in all-competitions is partly down to rediscovering their mean streak in defence. The Reds have conceded just 10 goals in 12 Barclays Premier League matches this season and the boss reckons the whole team deserve credit for making them hard to defeat. "I think we defended well (at Chelsea)," said Dalglish. "Along with Man City, we now have the joint best defensive record in the league so we must be doing something right.
"It's not just Pepe (Reina) and the lads at the back who are responsible for that. It's everyone.
"The game was our ninth without defeat in all competitions. That's a good response to the losses at Stoke and Spurs back in September. We'll just keep going now and see how far we can stretch this run." He continued: "It will be difficult against Man City, we know that. They have a fantastic array of players there, probably two for each position, if not more in some cases. "They're top of the league and are playing very well.
"Not being in Europe means we have a week to prepare for their visit. City had a Champions League game on Tuesday night and might make a few changes to their line-up.
"We'd much rather be in Europe than not be. But for us it's not about having the time to get ready, it's how we use that time to prepare.
We'll do that properly and see what the weekend brings." Manchester City currently lead the Barclays Premier League after building a star-studded line-up courtesy of their owners' vast funds. Dalglish concedes some teams may look on with envy at the millions Roberto Mancini has to spend but remains focused on achieving his own success at Anfield.
"If you're a football club in the fortunate position Manchester City are in, everyone is going to be delighted," he explained. "They are exactly the same. They are in a position where they can compete financially for any player in the world, whether it's wages or transfer fee. (snip) "It may make the transfer market skewed, but hasn't that always been the case? It's always been harder for some than for others. "Nobody wouldn't want the financial strength they have got. We have to accept that, not worry about it."
Dalglish believes one way of competing at the top of the table is to foster a formidable spirit within his squad.
The Reds boss feels he now has a group who relish the competition for places and points to the celebrations following last week's second goal at Chelsea as an example of what it means to them all.
"Did you see Downing's face when Glen Johnson scored? Print that picture rather than me using any words to describe how he felt. It says more than I could say," said Dalglish.
"That is always the strength of the squad - those who aren't playing. That is where you get your success from. "At the end of the day, it is hard for the ones who don't play. It is hard to keep them motivated and to keep them going. That is understandable. "If they come in with really good attitudes when they are left out, it is helpful to everyone.
Certainly, the 11 that started at Chelsea did very well. It was great for the three boys that came on as well. They have only been in the door two minutes. "For them to come in with positive attitudes has shown their attitude and determination. It hasn't done anyone any harm.
"If they are not committed to playing, it is not going to be my problem - it is going to be their problem. We will go and get people who are determined to play.
"It is not pleasant but it is understandable that there is disappointment if you are not playing every game. But it is a long season and everyone is going to be given their chance."
Author: Paul Hassall
Jan Molby is convinced Anfield's famous 12th man can play a role in helping Liverpool to pass what he regards as their toughest test of the season so far. The great Dane has been hugely impressed by Roberto Mancini's league leaders this term and believes the Reds support can play a vital role in helping to overcome them. Molby said: "Sunday's game with Manchester City will be Liverpool's biggest examination of the season yet, no doubt about it. "City are the only top side Liverpool are yet to face, and head to Anfield well clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table.
"And while Kenny Dalglish's side have faced the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, and won so impressively at Chelsea last weekend, City will pose a completely different threat. One that Liverpool will need to be very, very wary of. "And if the Reds are to get a result on Sunday - against a side that has won 11 of its 12 league matches this season, don't forget - then I feel the fans will have a major role to play.
"Anfield needs to be a cauldron for games like this. It was when City last visited, back in April, and Roberto Mancini's side didn't handle it at all well. Andy Carroll got amongst them and they wilted. "Kenny will want something similar this time out, I'm sure. "He will know the threat City pose from all areas. People single out David Silva, and he is a fantastic player of course, but they have players all over the pitch who can hurt you - Balotelli, Dzeko, Toure, Aguero, Johnson, Milner.
"Liverpool need to be aggressive. They need to play at a high tempo and try to ruffle City. "For that, the crowd can play its part. "It won't be easy, of course. The likes of Silva and Dzeko played here last season, and they will know what Anfield is all about. They are experienced players, class players, and will not be fazed. "But they are arriving at Anfield on the back of a poor defeat in Napoli, and there could be a hangover from that.
"The press have had a field day on their 'failings' in the Champions League, but the Premier League is their bread and butter. "Liverpool will need to be on their game on Sunday, and the Anfield crowd could make the difference."
Author: Paul Hassall
previous pics from games v man city ..
mancs under 18 1 LIVERPOOL youth 2 (Dunn 2)
third win in a row away for our young lads the FUTuRe is LIVERPOOL REd!
Henderson ...nutmegging the rent - blues..
One of the biggest movie stars on the planet has outed himself as a Liverpool fan. Brad Pitt (who is he?) revealed his affection for the Reds during an interview about his latest film, Moneyball. Asked who his favourite football team was, he replied: "I have some friends who are very close to Liverpool, so if I went another way I might be disowned."
Angelina Jolie is a well-known Kopite. Her support stems from the time she filmed Tomb Raider in North Wales, during which her adopted son Maddox spent three days receiving treatment at Alder Hey Hospital. Maddox became a huge Liverpool fan as a result - and his love for the Reds seems to be spreading through Hollywood.
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