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Title Favourites Liverpool Lose - Again

Okay, so the Telegraph, the BBC, Guardian and who knows what other rag told us that Liverpool were title favourites. I have given my views on the matter earlier and I won't go into detail again.

I'd just like to cite a sweet, sweet fact: they lost two out of three now, crashing to a 3-1 home defeat to an incisive Aston Villa. They looked out of sorts, out of ideas, they were outfought and out-thought. But of course they are title favourites. Who would dare suggest otherwise when the likes of Rob Kelly and Andy Hunter told us that?

Two losses last season. Two losses this season. Trouble is, there's 35 games left. Any bets of Fergie being proved right with his prediction about Liverpool, for a change?

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 25 2009

Time: 12:25AM

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Really quite embrassing bitter article really. No one at Liverpool thought we were title favourites and if a few hacks make misguided predictions then so be it, it's clear to all of us at Liverpool that we're players short. In terms of Red Nose's predictions, let's hope he's proved as right with this one as when he proclaimed after the 4-1 drubbing that Utd were the better team, or that they were the best team in Europe shortly before the Barca annihilation, or that Wes Brown was in fact the best defender in England. S**te article Zae, very bitter and misguidedly aimed at Liverpool after a few hacks made poor predictions that we'd win the league.
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25/08/2009 01:02:00

Hi Man Utd guys/gals, but i have to say i for one think we were VERY lucky today, what disturbs me the most is that the whole Liverpool squad (and manager)---(if you can call the waiter that) played like your ex god Ronaldo, they dived, moaned, complained to 4th official, dived again, held their face like they was shot, and died on the pitch only to stand up and run again the dive.............UTV
Astonian Villan
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25/08/2009 01:18:00

Sorry mhollinworth but we are the best team in the UK. Check the facts and you'll see fergie was right.Championships are not won by logic, where if A beats B, and C beats A, then C is better than A and B. You are suppossed to have the best keeper, the best forward, and generally be the best according to your Rafa, so my suggestion is to win something before you talk. Fergie, in my opinion has won some bragging rights. And Astonian Villan,i think you are right. I noticed it as well. Torres was on the floor every 5-10 minutes complaining. I'll wait and see now whether he gets the same "treatment" ronaldo used to get.
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25/08/2009 06:12:00

I do think Liverpool are struggling (already having been defeated the same number of times as last season) but I'm not convinced that they're out of it yet. We nearly always start slowly and yet often still end up at the top. Liverpool also end the season well. Also we've had Birmingham, Burnley and Wigan and already lost once whereas Liverpool have got Tottenham away and Aston Villa at home (tricky fixtures) out of the way albeit with no points. We wouldn't have been counting on a defeat at Burnley so therefore we'll have to win one at the likes of Spurs to equal out. Long way to go yet... Liverpool look shaky, Chelsea don't look great despite max points, we haven't really got going yet (even Wigan we didn't play how we can) and Arsenal look brilliant but, especially with injuries, will it last? It looks very open this year so far. In terms of United's season the next two games are crucial and will go a long way towards determining if we have enough to win the fourth title in a row.
Man utd champions
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25/08/2009 10:04:00

What exactly did Ferguson predict for Liverpool?
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25/08/2009 10:47:00

Personally, I'm not gloating just yet. I don't think that Burnley defeat can just be brushed under the carpet because we beat wigan 5-0. A result against arsenal, 2 or 3 more wins and dropped points for chelsea and then maybe I'll laugh at them - until then we're not much better off than they are. - after all we haven't played spurs or villa yet.
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25/08/2009 12:43:00

mhollinworth Stop talking out of your rectum. Since March this year all we have heard is Scouse Scum will firstly pip United to the title in 08/09. In case you missed it despite your best efforts didn't happen! We heard Alonso was the best player ever and now apparently he isn't. Then all summer we heard that Scouse Scum will easily get the same mammoth points total as last year and get the same results against the big four. Well like Zae said 3 games 2 defeats 1 home and 1 away. Championship winning form indeed. Dippers been running their mouths all summer and now things ain't going their way, "Only deluded fans thought they would win the league." This stretches beyond the journos because your fans genuinely believed you would walk the league this year. You're battling for 3rd/4th this year and already lost to one of your rivals for that position Villa! Last year was a one off. Surprised only know people have noticed the diving as part of Torres game. It's always been there if you watch him instead of reading a red top! Well done Villa by the way.
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25/08/2009 12:50:00

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25/08/2009 17:06:00

mhollinworth Stop talking out of your rectum. Since March this year all we have heard is Scouse Scum will firstly pip United to the title in 08/09. In case you missed it despite your best efforts didn't happen! We heard Alonso was the best player ever and now apparently he isn't.
Patrick United
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25/08/2009 21:40:00

then all summer we heard that scouse scum will easily get those same mammoth points total a last year and get thesame result.
Patrick United
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25/08/2009 21:42:00

Hey up, Spurs fan here just nosing about, I think that Liverpool's squad depth is a cliche, but its very very true. Things obviously weren't going their way against ourselves or Villa, so who do they have on the bench to make an impact? Voronin? Babel? Its unfortunate for them, but I think Rafa has to take some of the blame. They do spend money, they don't have a lot for a club of that stature, but spending 18m on a right back (albeit a good one) was ridiculous. They had problematic areas, one being another striker, another being a left back. Arbeloa isn't a brilliant player, but he's not bad. Not bad at all so I don't think there was a need to prioritise. Up front they could have bought Tuncay for about 8m. Again not an amazing player, but he can change games and give them options. I personally think they were rash with Keane too. To not even give him a full season was poor. To not replace/upgrade him was even worse. Spending 20m on Aquilani also has me scratching my head. Good player though he is, 20m is a lot of money, and to spend it on someone who might have trouble adapting anyway, and one that regularly only manages to play 25 games a season is just strange. If they still had Keane, and spent the 38m they had on 4 or 5 players then they would have been better off.
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26/08/2009 00:19:00

Also one thing Liverpool haven't taken into account at all is Torres' form as well as fitness. He was woeful against us, and apart from scoring (sounds daft) he did nothing against Villa either. Form dips in strikers, can't expect them to give the same level of performance every single game. At United if Berbatov showed a lack of form, you can play Rooney and Owen, or chuck Macheda in there. With Spurs we can shove Pavlyuchenko and Crouch in there to do a job. Liverpool only have Torres and maybe Kuyt that can fill in. A lot of pressure on one lad.
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26/08/2009 00:23:00

I dunno... You guys lost against burnley, you've only got three more points. And liverpool have lost to spurs who are in form and villa who are a top 7 side atleast. You only just beat b'ham and lost to burnley. Promoted sides... This article should be written in six months time.
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28/08/2009 00:21:00

Yes i know Mossy, my point entirely. But it's almost not the sides you face that matter at this stage in the season-you can't afford to get left behind this early on cos it's very very difficult to catch up, whoever you're playing. The bottom few sides are dangerous near the end as they're fighting to stay up-i know it's a cliche, but there aren't any easy games in the league. There's everyone's nearly always fighting for something.
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28/08/2009 18:25:00


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