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  • Jason Jason Feb 9, 2013 18:14 Flag

    The Final Run In...

    13 Games left, basically the final 3rd to go to the finish line.. Obviously talks of where we want to be, where we hope to be and how the season will be defined..

    Alot of looking at the fixture list going forward w/ who we have left, vs who we've already played, and I'm sure everyone agrees there is no easy fixture in this league

    That said, I think the teams we may see on paper (while we're all realists) appear lighter, which if just paper, is true, but after watching some teams of late really finding some kind of form such as: Reading, Southampton (beating City now), along with Swans, Newcastle-France and the unpredictable Fulham/West Brom/Wigan, they are just as difficult as the past 2 we've had @ Arsenal and City..

    These teams will be fighting for their lives, and survival in the prem, which also carries MASSIVE financial implications with the new Tv rights, and FFP starting to set in, and they're going to do whatever is necessary to get points, whether it be park the bus, or play wide open, guns blazing..

    This final third, with the squad we now have, a better understanding within the players and the system, Rodgers having adjusted his thinking/approach, will really define not only where we end the season, but what progress we'll have made, and leading into next season..

    Consistency might be the word we look back on this season, either finding it, or lacking it.. I'm excited about the new players, our attacking style, the young lads, but at the same time, I'm so extremely nervous about this run in. And it's not even due to Rodgers and this squad, it seems it's been a theme for the past few years, just lacking results where we should have gotten them.

    Viewing every game as a cup match, and winner takes all.. From reading all the player interviews, and always hearing Brendan's positive talk, makes me believe, but the question is, will they do it?

    I love the excitement, but could sure do without the butterflies .. Looking UP !

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    • I'll be honest mate, I had a very low expectation for this season. I had very little faith in Rogers and the talk of tiki-taki football before the season started was laughable. However, the form of Suarez alone, never mind the signing of Sturridge has reignited my faith in the team. I believe 4th place is unreachable and I ask anyone who thinks it is possible if they think City cannot overthrow United's dominance then how on earth do you think we can usurp Spurs, the Arse, and both blue teams? Last season is no blueprint for a successful season, but if we can beat last seasons points total it will at least point towards an upward trajectory. Our run in does look quite tasty but I am patiently waiting, reserving my judgement for next season. So far I am reasonably content but far from satisfied.

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      • Actually, I think fourth is more reachable for you than the title is for City. The difference is that United have been incredibly consistent this year and I don't see that changing. At least, if they are put under any pressure. If they aren't they might decide to play weak teams towards the end if they are still in CL and FA Cup. However, all the teams below them have been very inconsistent and so any team making a strong run is going to gain places.

        If City won all their remaining games I doubt they'd win the league. If you won all your remaining games I doubt you wouldn't get fourth.

        But I don't expect it to happen. By definition, your results have so far been worse than the teams you are trying to catch.


      • Hey Hot Dog

        That's exactly how I feel about it. Next year will be a far better time to judge BR's reign but it would be good to get some momentum into the end of the season and finish the season on a high.

    • So, what you're saying is that for some reason, rather than trying to be successful and improve results, Rodgers actually has a plan to make the team lose the next to matches for a 9-9-9 record?

      First question, why would you say he's trying to do that?

      Second quesiton, why would you say he's trying to do that?

      That would be sabbotage, and in order to do so, he would have to bench all of our best players and field a reserves team the next matches.

      How on god's green earth would you come up with that suggestion, or Rodgers or any other manager doing such a thing?

      He's just moved up from Swansea to LFC, and our team and results have been improving, with an outside chance of getting top 4, and you're claiming our manager is going to fix or sabotage the matches to have an equal record..

      If I put your statement together, you're saying he's trying to ruin his team, the club and get himself sacked.. Is that correct? If not, I cannot fathom a human being on the face of the earth making such an outrageous comment on behalf of their own club they support, whether they like the manager or not.. And in doing so, he will have "carefully planned it"!

      So, he'll start with no goalkeeper, no striker, and maybe field 8 players?

      I really cannot quite believe my eyes and I just read that. Absolutely Stunning!

    • I'm just saying Jason don't it strike you as odd that he's lost 9 and won 9?

      So yes I am coming to the conclusion it's deliberate by Rodgers that he wants us to equal our wins, draws & losses.. odd as that may seem.

      It wouldn't be too hard for Rodgers to draw the next 2 games..

      Look how we've been doing.. we've drawn a lot of games of late..

      I can you think differently.. I'm just commenting on what I'm observing from our results of late..

    • I would too. It annoys me that managers go to football matches dressed like bank managers. (or the maitre d', in one case) I prefer the old school approach when the manager looked like a coach and wore a tracksuit or something like it. Like Cloughie and Dalglish did. Now it only seems to be Michael Laudrup who doesn't give in to this fashion one-up manship.

      Can you imagine if the team manager turned up wearing his best suit and shiny shoes to an amateur game?


    • Armchair. You'e just peaked. That's the best I've heard from you yet. Do you happen to play Black Sabbath albums backwards?

    • I think managers / coaches should be dressed in tracksuits at matchdays.. as you say they're not bank managers.

      They should keep the suits for meetings with the board exec's.

    • Armchair - just how is Rodgers going to engineer this?

      In his team talk does he say 'Right lads, we had a win last week, a draw the week before, its time for a loss to make it even'?????????

      What you're saying is that he is as bent as an Arab's dagger!

      I actually worry for you. I sincerely hope that you dont have to make any decisions in your life and they are made for you, because your lack of mental capacity is........staggering! I can understand why some think you are not an LFC fan (I'm not one of them) - because its not just your total lack of support for the owners manager and team, it's the complete and utter nonsense you come out with.

    • You should tie that wheelchair to the back of a train and do us all a favour.

    • My team always joke I should turn up in a suit and scarf. Ironically, last weekend the oppositions manager turned up in a Bentley wearing pinstripes, loafers and a very expensive looking coat, it just made him look even sillier leaning over the railings watching his team of hungover inbreds get a hammering.

      If your not wearing a tracksuit, you should be wearing a comically huge puffer jacket with a hat, whatever the weather.

    • I recall the 1st time round when Kenny was LFC manager, he'd wear a LFC tracksuit and sports shoes or even football boots with a managers jacket on.. on matchdays.

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