History UsefulNotes / BritishFootyTeams

13th Apr '18 8:55:48 AM Rytex
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** AKA "The Gunners". Play in red and white. Based in North London at the Emirates Stadium, replacing their historic home of Highbury. Was British-owned until late in 2010 when American Stan Kroenke launched a takeover of the club. Have not won the Premiership since 2004 and since them have come 4th three times and 3rd twice. However last time they won it they went unbeaten.

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** AKA "The Gunners". Play in red and white. Based in North London at the Emirates Stadium, replacing their historic home of Highbury. Was British-owned until late in 2010 when American Stan Kroenke launched a takeover of the club. Have not won the Premiership since 2004 and since them have come 4th three times six times, 3rd four, 2nd twice, and 3rd twice.most recently 5th. However last time they won it they went unbeaten.



** Hope was kindled by Wenger finally opening the purse strings and spending big, with hopes of a strong win in the first game of the season, a home game against Liverpool, who had only won once at either the Emirates or Highbury in 20 attempts and had well publicised frailties at the back, including naturally right-sided midfielder James Milner playing at left back. Liverpool promptly went through Arsenal like a buzzsaw, going 4-1 up within an hour, and only a late rally by Arsenal and those frailties in the Liverpool defence gave the result (4-3) a fig leaf of respectability. However, that result remains their only loss in the last seven months and as of December 2016, they are level on points at the top with second placed Liverpool, in third place on goal difference.

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** Hope was kindled by Wenger finally opening the purse strings and spending big, with hopes of a strong win in the first game of the season, a home game against Liverpool, who had only won once at either the Emirates or Highbury in 20 attempts and had well publicised frailties at the back, including naturally right-sided midfielder James Milner playing at left back. Liverpool promptly went through Arsenal like a buzzsaw, going 4-1 up within an hour, and only a late rally by Arsenal and those frailties in the Liverpool defence gave the result (4-3) a fig leaf of respectability. However, that result remains their only loss in the last seven months and as of December 2016, they are level on points at the top with second placed Liverpool, in third place on goal difference.



** 2017-18 lurched dramatically between highlights and lowlights. A league cup final (where they will take on Manchester city than face them in the league immediately after), solid North London derby win, and not losing to Chelsea in any of their 5 competitive meetings during the season juxtaposed with some bad defeats to smaller names like Watford and Bournemouth, contract standoffs with likes such as Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez, their two best players of the 2016-17 season, and the club shop being looted, as well as their first direct round 3 FA cup exit since 1992, and first of any form since 1996 (a replay defeat before Wenger took charge), against a young Nottingham Forest side (without a boss at the time) and with a demotivated reserve squad, the first loss of the holder at this stage since 2012.

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** 2017-18 lurched dramatically between highlights and lowlights. A league cup final (where they will take on lost to Manchester city than face City, and then lost to them again in the league immediately after), League by the same scoreline only days later), solid North London derby win, and not losing to Chelsea in any of their 5 competitive meetings during the season juxtaposed with some bad defeats to smaller names like Watford and Bournemouth, contract standoffs with likes such as with, and then the departures of, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez, their two best players of the 2016-17 season, and the club shop being looted, as well as their first direct round 3 FA cup exit since 1992, and first of any form since 1996 (a replay defeat before Wenger took charge), against a young Nottingham Forest side (without a boss at the time) and with a demotivated reserve squad, the first loss of the holder at this stage since 2012.
6th Apr '18 1:44:12 AM Nick98
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** Liverpool are also known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, where they have a rich history, especially when completely outclassed on paper, thriving on ridiculous odds and underdog status. The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 54 minutes in, level at 3-3 on 60 minutes) and the 2016 Europa League Quarter Final against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (after Dortmund #[=ComeBackKings=] was actually trending). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings either; in 2007, they broke the Champions League's goal scoring record against Besiktas, obliterating them ''8-0,'' and crushed Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009. And in 2017/18, as mentioned, they outdid themselves by crushing both Maribor and Spartak Moscow ''7-0'', breaking the English record for the most goals scored in the group stage in the process, before making their mark in the Last 16 by going to Portugal and crushing Porto 5-0 in what could charitably called second gear. In short, Liverpool are ''dangerous'' in Europe.

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** Liverpool are also known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, where they have a rich history, especially when completely outclassed on paper, thriving on ridiculous odds and underdog status. The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 54 minutes in, level at 3-3 on 60 minutes) and the 2016 Europa League Quarter Final against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (after Dortmund #[=ComeBackKings=] was actually trending). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings either; in 2007, they broke the Champions League's goal scoring record against Besiktas, obliterating them ''8-0,'' and crushed Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009. And in 2017/18, as mentioned, they outdid themselves by crushing both Maribor and Spartak Moscow ''7-0'', breaking the English record for the most goals scored in the group stage in the process, before making their mark in the Last 16 by going to Portugal and crushing Porto 5-0 in what could charitably called second gear. They then outdid themselves by wiping out Manchester City 3-0 in the first leg, even though it was even more of a CurbStompBattle than the final result would suggest. In short, Liverpool are ''dangerous'' in Europe.



** Liverpool, however, tend to get their own back whenever City come to Anfield (most recent result: 4-3). To this day, it is the only stadium which City haven't won at in the Premier League following the Abu Dhabi takeover, and they haven't won there at all since 2003. And this status as chief pain in the neck isn't always restricted to Anfield visits, as Liverpool demonstrated when [[CurbstompBattle they turned over City 4-1 at the Etihad]] earlier in the 2015/16 season. On the other hand, when the two met in the 2016 League Cup final, it was City who had the last laugh. And then in 2017/18, Liverpool came to the Etihad... and one sending off later, were thumped 5-0. Then a couple of months later, City's attempt to do their first league double over Liverpool in 80 years, and extend a 30 match unbeaten run went down in flames after Liverpool, despite having sold star midfielder Philippe Coutinho and missing new centre-back Virgil Van Dijk to injury, promptly ripped them to shreds, scoring three goals and hitting the post once in the space of 8 minutes to go 4-1 up. City ultimately made it 4-3, in a recovery that was too little, too late.

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** Liverpool, however, tend to get their own back whenever City come to Anfield (most recent result: 4-3).3-0). To this day, it is the only stadium which City haven't won at in the Premier League following the Abu Dhabi takeover, and they haven't won there at all since 2003. And this status as chief pain in the neck isn't always restricted to Anfield visits, as Liverpool demonstrated when [[CurbstompBattle they turned over City 4-1 at the Etihad]] earlier in the 2015/16 season. On the other hand, when the two met in the 2016 League Cup final, it was City who had the last laugh. And then in 2017/18, Liverpool came to the Etihad... and one sending off later, were thumped 5-0. Then a couple of months later, City's attempt to do their first league double over Liverpool in 80 years, and extend a 30 match unbeaten run went down in flames after Liverpool, despite having sold star midfielder Philippe Coutinho and missing new centre-back Virgil Van Dijk to injury, promptly ripped them to shreds, scoring three goals and hitting the post once in the space of 8 minutes to go 4-1 up. City ultimately made it 4-3, in a recovery that was too little, too late. \n They suffered an even worse defeat in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, being humiliated 3-0 in a match where they didn't even throw the ball into the box ''once''.
17th Mar '18 1:13:51 AM Nick98
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** AKA "The Reds" or much more rarely "The Anfield Reds"[[note]] Anfield is their home ground, which was formerly occupied by crosstown rivals Everton. Anfield is only added to the name to distinguish the team from the other red team at Manchester[[/note]] is the other Merseyside club. Won everything in sight in the 1970s and 80s, and have 18 league victories. They have the most Champions' League wins in England (5) and they have never let anyone forget it. Fans famously sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song originally from the musical ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', which has become so bound up with the club's identity that it is not only the [[CrowdSong Club Anthem]], but the title is the club's motto, on the badge and atop the famous Shankly Gates. Something of an EarWorm, it has since become one of the best known and most popular anthems in football, having been adopted by Celtic FC of Scotland (leading to a long running controversy about which team adopted it first), Club Brugge of Belgium, Feyernoord, FC Twente and FC Cambuur of the Netherlands and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Borussia Dortmund, as well as about half the other teams in the German Bundesliga]], even by teams as far afield as FC Tokyo of Japan.

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** AKA "The Reds" or much more rarely "The Anfield Reds"[[note]] Anfield is their home ground, which was formerly occupied by crosstown rivals Everton. Anfield is only added to the name to distinguish the team from the other red team at Manchester[[/note]] is the other Merseyside club. Won everything in sight in the 1970s and 80s, and have 18 league victories. They have the most Champions' League wins in England (5) and they have never let anyone forget it. Fans famously sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song originally from the musical ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', which has become so bound up with the club's identity that it is not only the [[CrowdSong Club Anthem]], but the title is the club's motto, on the badge and atop the famous Shankly Gates. Something of an EarWorm, it has since become one of the best known and most popular anthems in football, having been adopted by Celtic FC of Scotland (leading to a long running controversy about which team adopted it first), Club Brugge of Belgium, Feyernoord, FC Twente and FC Cambuur of the Netherlands Netherlands, Genoa CFC of Italy, and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Borussia Dortmund, as well as about half the other teams in the German Bundesliga]], even by teams as far afield as FC Tokyo of Japan.
24th Feb '18 11:06:42 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Liverpool are also known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, where they have a rich history, especially when completely outclassed on paper, thriving on ridiculous odds and underdog status. The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 54 minutes in, level at 3-3 on 60 minutes) and the 2016 Europa League Quarter Final against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (after Dortmund #[=ComeBackKings=] was actually trending). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings either; in 2007, they broke the Champions League's goal scoring record against Besiktas, obliterating them ''8-0,'' and crushed Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009. And in 2017/18, as mentioned, they outdid themselves by crushing both Maribor and Spartak Moscow ''7-0'', breaking the English record for the most goals scored in the group stage in the process. In short, Liverpool are ''dangerous'' in Europe.

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** Liverpool are also known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, where they have a rich history, especially when completely outclassed on paper, thriving on ridiculous odds and underdog status. The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 54 minutes in, level at 3-3 on 60 minutes) and the 2016 Europa League Quarter Final against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (after Dortmund #[=ComeBackKings=] was actually trending). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings either; in 2007, they broke the Champions League's goal scoring record against Besiktas, obliterating them ''8-0,'' and crushed Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009. And in 2017/18, as mentioned, they outdid themselves by crushing both Maribor and Spartak Moscow ''7-0'', breaking the English record for the most goals scored in the group stage in the process.process, before making their mark in the Last 16 by going to Portugal and crushing Porto 5-0 in what could charitably called second gear. In short, Liverpool are ''dangerous'' in Europe.
1st Feb '18 11:45:20 AM DarkPhoenix94
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*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that led to boos from the Kop,]] Rodgers was replaced by charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for ''gegenpressing'' style of 'heavy metal football', who broke Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, then took them to the Champions League final. The clubs being FriendlyFandoms, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating this was considered a match made in heaven]]. Klopp's Liverpool have since been cast as 'Europe's Entertainers', combining the front foot defence of the ''gegenpress'' with an attack led by the 'Fab Four' of wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]], creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]], and as of 2017/18, the apparently unstoppable [[LightningBruiser Mohammed Salah]]. All this with the likes of Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge in reserve. This style, when properly executed, is very, very hard to stop, and any team that has tried to play open football against Klopp's Liverpool has been torn to shreds - notably, they've only lost three times to the top six teams since Klopp took charge. Particular highlights include in 2015/16 victories over domestic rivals and in Europe: notably, Borussia Dortmund (4-3, from 3-1 down) and Villareal (3-0). In 2016/17, similar form led to the belief that Liverpool were serious title contenders, before they stumbled at Christmas - teams found that playing rope-a-dope worked very nicely, targeting their flimsy defence. Combined with a small squad, the loss of key players, and a pile up of matches after a busy Christmas, their form collapsed. Ultimately, they limped over the line to Champions League qualification. The start of the 2017/18 season has been rather hit and miss - one moment they're playing 'how many can we score' by racking up ''7'' away at Maribor, who'd shut out Chelsea only the previous season, then the very next match they're getting thumped 4-1 by Spurs (a defensive comedy of errors , leading to centreback Lovren being substituted after barely 30 minutes). Following the Spurs pasting, they seem to have learned their lesson (a larger squad has helped), and their form has shifted back to 'imperious', going unbeaten in 19, racking up four victories by three goals in a row, with a brief hiccup against Sevilla [[note]] a 3-3 draw away to a team unbeaten at home in a league dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid is respectable. Having done so after being 3-0 up at half-time is not. [[/note]] and a late fluke equaliser at home by Chelsea being followed three more [[CurbstompBattle curbstompings]]. They then opened 2018 by showing that the loss of Philippe Coutinho didn't slow them down in the slightest, stopping the apparently unstoppable Manchester City in their tracks at Anfield, and in style: Liverpool scored 3 goals in 8 minutes to go 4-1 up, and could have been 5-1 up in that time span if Sadio Mane hadn't hit the post, ultimately winning 4-3.
*** While Klopp's side are deadly going forward, they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues'. Preferred centre backs Lovren, Gomez and Matip have been inconsistent and/or injured. Or in the case of [[ConfusionFu the unconventional yet effective]] Mamadou Sakho, sold to Crystal Palac for disciplinary reasons. The left back position was held by James Milner. A midfielder by trade, seen as perfectly competent, reliable, and professional, he's well-liked - and the subject of MemeticMutation via the Boring James Milner Twitter account. To his credit, he did a decent job. However, he isn't a left back, and until Summer 2017, Klopp refused to buy a replacement, waiting for the right player, leading to an increasingly threadbare defence. Liverpool spent a large portion of Summer 2017 pursuing defensive targets, like Hull left back Andrew Robertson (successfully) and Southampton centre back Virgil Van Dijk [[EpicFail (less successfully)]]. In 2017/18, the defence became somewhat... schizophrenic. As in, they kept 4 cleansheets out of a possible 5 at home, and conceded ''15'' in the same number away. Even taking away the pastings by Spurs and City, that's still an average of two goals conceded a game on the road. A tactical shift, other left back Alberto Moreno hitting his best form in years prior to injury (with Robertson ably deputising), and young right back Trent Alexander-Arnold has made his mark, alternating with Joe Gomez, but the middle of defence in particular is still their AchillesHeel. Whether the acquisition of Van Dijk in January 2018 (after Southampton finally gave in) will change this is unknown.

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*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that led to boos from the Kop,]] Rodgers was replaced by charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for ''gegenpressing'' style of 'heavy metal football', who broke Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, then took them to the Champions League final. The clubs being FriendlyFandoms, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating this was considered a match made in heaven]]. Klopp's Liverpool have since been cast as 'Europe's Entertainers', combining the front foot defence of the ''gegenpress'' with an attack led by the 'Fab Four' of wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]], creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]], and as of 2017/18, the apparently unstoppable [[LightningBruiser Mohammed Salah]]. All this with the likes of Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge in reserve. This style, when properly executed, is very, very hard to stop, and any team that has tried to play open football against Klopp's Liverpool has been torn to shreds - notably, they've only lost three times to the top six teams since Klopp took charge. Particular highlights include in 2015/16 victories over domestic rivals and in Europe: notably, Borussia Dortmund (4-3, from 3-1 down) and Villareal (3-0).
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In 2016/17, similar form led to the belief that Liverpool were serious title contenders, before they stumbled at Christmas - teams found that playing rope-a-dope worked very nicely, targeting their flimsy defence. Combined with nicely. This, plus a small squad, the loss of key players, squad and a pile up of matches after a busy Christmas, their Christmas led to a collapse in form collapsed. Ultimately, and they barely limped over the line to Champions League qualification. The start of the 2017/18 season has been rather hit and miss - one moment they're playing 'how many can we score' by racking up ''7'' away at Maribor, who'd shut out Chelsea only the previous season, then the very next match they're getting thumped 4-1 by Spurs (a defensive comedy of errors , leading to centreback Lovren being substituted after barely 30 minutes). errors). Following the Spurs pasting, they seem seemed to have learned their lesson (a larger squad has helped), and their lesson, form has shifted shifting back to 'imperious', going unbeaten in 19, racking up four victories by three goals in a row, with a brief hiccup against Sevilla [[note]] a 3-3 draw away to a team unbeaten at home in a league dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid is respectable. Having done so after being 3-0 up at half-time is not. [[/note]] and a late fluke equaliser at home by Chelsea being followed three more [[CurbstompBattle curbstompings]]. They then opened 2018 by showing that the loss of Philippe Coutinho didn't slow them down in the slightest, stopping the apparently unstoppable Manchester City in their tracks at Anfield, and in style: Liverpool scored 3 goals in 8 minutes to go 4-1 up, and could have been 5-1 up in that time span if Sadio Mane hadn't hit the post, led by more, ultimately winning 4-3.
4-3. Then they lost 1-0 to bottom of the table Swansea (who then promptly thumped Arsenal 3-1) in the League, and 3-2 to second bottom West Brom (a result that looked more respectable than it was) in the FA Cup. A professional 3-0 disposal of Huddersfield seems to have steadied the ship, however.
*** While As might be gathered, while Klopp's side are deadly going forward, forward (especially on the counter), they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues'. issues' - hence the effectiveness of the aforementioned rope-a-dope. Preferred centre backs Lovren, Gomez and Matip have been inconsistent and/or injured. Or in the case of injured, while [[ConfusionFu the unconventional yet unconventionally effective]] Mamadou Sakho, Sakho was sold to Crystal Palac for disciplinary reasons. The Additionally, the left back position was held for a year by James Milner. A midfielder by trade, seen as perfectly competent, reliable, and professional, he's well-liked - and the subject highly experienced, famously reliable (to the point of MemeticMutation via the Boring James Milner Twitter account. twitter account), and very likeable James Milner... who is a midfielder by trade. To his credit, be fair, he did a decent job. However, he isn't a left back, and until Summer 2017, job, Klopp refused to buy a replacement, waiting for replacement until the right player, player emerged, leading to an increasingly threadbare defence. Liverpool spent a large portion of Summer 2017 pursuing defensive targets, like Hull left back Andrew Robertson (successfully) and Southampton centre back Virgil Van Dijk [[EpicFail (less successfully)]]. In 2017/18, Thus, the defence became somewhat... schizophrenic. As in, they kept 4 cleansheets out of a possible 5 at home, and then conceded ''15'' in the same number away. Even taking away the pastings by Spurs and City, that's still an average of two goals conceded a game on the road. A tactical shift, other left back Alberto Moreno hitting his best form in years prior to injury (with Robertson ably deputising), and young right back Trent Alexander-Arnold has made his mark, alternating with Joe Gomez, has helped, but the middle of defence in particular is still their AchillesHeel. Whether the acquisition of Van Dijk for £75 million in January 2018 (after Southampton finally gave in) will change this is unknown.
26th Jan '18 3:48:13 PM Brainbin
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** ''Literature/HarryPotter'' character Dean Thomas is another fan of the team.

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** ''Literature/HarryPotter'' character Dean Thomas is another fan of the team. This was done in tribute to a RealLife friend of Creator/JKRowling - it is in her honour that West Ham is the only football team identified by name in the ''Harry Potter'' series.
26th Jan '18 4:27:08 AM deadbotuliza
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** A 2017 Chinese takeover allowed Jose Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes to dictate the managerial appointments and signings, the effect being Wolves reprising their 2008-9 dominance of the division.



** A 2017 Chinese takeover allowed Jose Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes to dictate the managerial appointments and signings, the effect being Wolves reprising their 2008-9 dominance of the division.

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** A 2017 Chinese takeover allowed Jose Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes to dictate the managerial appointments and signings, the effect being Wolves reprising their 2008-9 dominance of the division.
26th Jan '18 4:26:26 AM deadbotuliza
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**2017-18 lurched dramatically between highlights and lowlights. A league cup final (where they will take on Manchester city than face them in the league immediately after), solid North London derby win, and not losing to Chelsea in any of their 5 competitive meetings during the season juxtaposed with some bad defeats to smaller names like Watford and Bournemouth, contract standoffs with likes such as Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez, their two best players of the 2016-17 season, and the club shop being looted, as well as their first direct round 3 FA cup exit since 1992, and first of any form since 1996 (a replay defeat before Wenger took charge), against a young Nottingham Forest side (without a boss at the time) and with a demotivated reserve squad, the first loss of the holder at this stage since 2012.



** 2017/18, on the other hand, has so far been one big EpicFail with Ross Barkley refusing to sign a contract, Romelu Lukaku and fan favourite Gareth Barry both leaving, several signings which have turned out to be disappointing, a disastrous Europa League campaign, and Ronald Koeman going through one long HumiliationConga which ended in him being sacked in October. Former Everton player and U23 manager David Unsworth is currently in charge.
** After hiring Sam Allardyce to replace Ronald Koeman the team has found their footing once more, emphasising [[BoringButPractical pragmatic]] and [[StoneWall defensive]] play to avoid conceding goals (the single greatest source of defeat during the early season was not their inability to score but their inability to keep goals out, despite the presence of goalkeeper [[TheAce Jordan Pickford]] ). Everton have managed to remain undefeated in their first seven games under Allardyce and have ascended back to the top half of the league from what was thought to be a relegation battle mere weeks before.

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** 2017/18, on the other hand, has so far been one big EpicFail with Ross Barkley refusing to sign a contract, Romelu Lukaku and fan favourite Gareth Barry both leaving, several signings which have turned out to be disappointing, a disastrous Europa League campaign, and Ronald Koeman going through one long HumiliationConga which ended in him being sacked in October. Former Everton player and U23 manager David Unsworth is currently took charge until a new boss was found, with Watford's Marco Silva being headhunted, which led to him being unsettled and, once Watford's form declined, and Everton overtook them in charge.
the standings, sacked.
** After hiring Sam Allardyce to replace Ronald Koeman the team has found their footing once more, emphasising [[BoringButPractical pragmatic]] and [[StoneWall defensive]] play to avoid conceding goals (the single greatest source of defeat during the early season was not their inability to score but their inability to keep goals out, despite the presence of goalkeeper [[TheAce Jordan Pickford]] ). Everton have managed to remain undefeated in their first seven games under Allardyce and have ascended back to the top half of the league from what was thought to be a relegation battle mere weeks before. Whilst they have still struggled to find their bearings at points after their initial revival, they have remained in the top half.



** In 2018, after a poor start to the calendar year derailed their promotion hopes, they attracted derision for the EpicFail of a bizarre centenary badge with a fan doing the "Leeds Salute", which involves beating the chest, which was reconsidered a few hours after being unveiled.




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** A 2017 Chinese takeover allowed Jose Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes to dictate the managerial appointments and signings, the effect being Wolves reprising their 2008-9 dominance of the division.
19th Jan '18 3:59:10 AM DarkPhoenix94
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*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that led to boos from the Kop,]] Rodgers was replaced by charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for ''gegenpressing'' style of 'heavy metal football', who broke Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, then took them to the Champions League final. The clubs being FriendlyFandoms, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating this was considered a match made in heaven]]. Klopp's Liverpool have since been cast as 'Europe's Entertainers', combining the front foot defence of the ''gegenpress'' with an attack led by the 'Fab Four' of wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]], creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]], and as of 2017/18, the apparently unstoppable [[LightningBruiser Mohammed Salah]]. All this with the likes of Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge in reserve. This style, when properly executed, is very, very hard to stop, and any team that has tried to play open football against Klopp's Liverpool has been torn to shreds - notably, they've only lost three times to the top six teams since Klopp took charge. Particular highlights include in 2015/16 victories over domestic rivals and in Europe: notably, Borussia Dortmund (4-3, from 3-1 down) and Villareal (3-0). In 2016/17, similar form led to the belief that Liverpool were serious title contenders, before they stumbled at Christmas - teams found that playing rope-a-dope before hitting them on the break worked very nicely, targeting their flimsy defence. Combined with a small squad, the loss of key players international duty and injury, and a pile up of matches after a busy Christmas, their form collapsed. Ultimately, they limped over the line to Champions League qualification. The start of the 2017/18 season has been rather hit and miss - one moment they're playing 'how many can we score' by racking up ''7'' away at Maribor, who'd shut out Chelsea only the previous season, then the very next match they're getting thumped 4-1 by Spurs (a defensive comedy of errors , leading to centreback Lovren being substituted after barely 30 minutes). Following the Spurs pasting, they seem to have learned their lesson (a larger squad has helped), and their form has shifted back to 'imperious', racking up four victories by three goals in a row, with a brief hiccup against Sevilla [[note]] a 3-3 draw away to a team unbeaten at home is respectable. Having been 3-0 up at half-time is not. [[/note]] and a late fluke equaliser at home by Chelsea being followed three more [[CurbstompBattle curbstompings]], including a 7-0 obliteration of Russian champions Spartak Moscow.
*** While Klopp's side are deadly going forward, they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues'. Preferred centre backs Lovren, Gomez and Matip have been inconsistent and/or injured. Or in the case of [[ConfusionFu the unconventional yet effective]] Mamadou Sakho, sold to Crystal Palac for disciplinary reasons. The left back position was held by James Milner, a midfielder by trade, seen as aperfectly competent, reliable, and professional, he's well-liked - and the subject of MemeticMutation via the Boring James Milner Twitter account. And to his credit, he did a decent job. However, he isn't a left back, and until Summer 2017, Klopp steadfastly refused to buy a replacement, waiting for the right player to become available. In any case, this led to a threadbare defence between 2015 and 2017. Liverpool spent a large portion of Summer 2017 pursuing defensive targets, like Hull left back Andrew Robertson (successfully) and Southampton centre back Virgil Van Dijk [[EpicFail (less successfully)]]. In 2017/18, the defence became somewhat... schizophrenic. As in, they kept 4 cleansheets out of a possible 5 at home, and conceded ''15'' in the same number away. Even taking away the pastings by Spurs and City, that's still an average of two goals conceded a game on the road. A tactical shift and other left back Alberto Moreno hitting his best form in years seems to have sorted this out, and young right back Trent Alexander-Arnold has made his mark, alternating with Joe Gomez, but the middle of defence in particular is still their AchillesHeel.

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*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that led to boos from the Kop,]] Rodgers was replaced by charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for ''gegenpressing'' style of 'heavy metal football', who broke Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, then took them to the Champions League final. The clubs being FriendlyFandoms, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating this was considered a match made in heaven]]. Klopp's Liverpool have since been cast as 'Europe's Entertainers', combining the front foot defence of the ''gegenpress'' with an attack led by the 'Fab Four' of wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]], creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]], and as of 2017/18, the apparently unstoppable [[LightningBruiser Mohammed Salah]]. All this with the likes of Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge in reserve. This style, when properly executed, is very, very hard to stop, and any team that has tried to play open football against Klopp's Liverpool has been torn to shreds - notably, they've only lost three times to the top six teams since Klopp took charge. Particular highlights include in 2015/16 victories over domestic rivals and in Europe: notably, Borussia Dortmund (4-3, from 3-1 down) and Villareal (3-0). In 2016/17, similar form led to the belief that Liverpool were serious title contenders, before they stumbled at Christmas - teams found that playing rope-a-dope before hitting them on the break worked very nicely, targeting their flimsy defence. Combined with a small squad, the loss of key players international duty and injury, players, and a pile up of matches after a busy Christmas, their form collapsed. Ultimately, they limped over the line to Champions League qualification. The start of the 2017/18 season has been rather hit and miss - one moment they're playing 'how many can we score' by racking up ''7'' away at Maribor, who'd shut out Chelsea only the previous season, then the very next match they're getting thumped 4-1 by Spurs (a defensive comedy of errors , leading to centreback Lovren being substituted after barely 30 minutes). Following the Spurs pasting, they seem to have learned their lesson (a larger squad has helped), and their form has shifted back to 'imperious', going unbeaten in 19, racking up four victories by three goals in a row, with a brief hiccup against Sevilla [[note]] a 3-3 draw away to a team unbeaten at home in a league dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid is respectable. Having been done so after being 3-0 up at half-time is not. [[/note]] and a late fluke equaliser at home by Chelsea being followed three more [[CurbstompBattle curbstompings]], including a 7-0 obliteration curbstompings]]. They then opened 2018 by showing that the loss of Russian champions Spartak Moscow.
Philippe Coutinho didn't slow them down in the slightest, stopping the apparently unstoppable Manchester City in their tracks at Anfield, and in style: Liverpool scored 3 goals in 8 minutes to go 4-1 up, and could have been 5-1 up in that time span if Sadio Mane hadn't hit the post, ultimately winning 4-3.
*** While Klopp's side are deadly going forward, they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues'. Preferred centre backs Lovren, Gomez and Matip have been inconsistent and/or injured. Or in the case of [[ConfusionFu the unconventional yet effective]] Mamadou Sakho, sold to Crystal Palac for disciplinary reasons. The left back position was held by James Milner, a Milner. A midfielder by trade, seen as aperfectly perfectly competent, reliable, and professional, he's well-liked - and the subject of MemeticMutation via the Boring James Milner Twitter account. And to To his credit, he did a decent job. However, he isn't a left back, and until Summer 2017, Klopp steadfastly refused to buy a replacement, waiting for the right player player, leading to become available. In any case, this led to a an increasingly threadbare defence between 2015 and 2017.defence. Liverpool spent a large portion of Summer 2017 pursuing defensive targets, like Hull left back Andrew Robertson (successfully) and Southampton centre back Virgil Van Dijk [[EpicFail (less successfully)]]. In 2017/18, the defence became somewhat... schizophrenic. As in, they kept 4 cleansheets out of a possible 5 at home, and conceded ''15'' in the same number away. Even taking away the pastings by Spurs and City, that's still an average of two goals conceded a game on the road. A tactical shift and shift, other left back Alberto Moreno hitting his best form in years seems prior to have sorted this out, injury (with Robertson ably deputising), and young right back Trent Alexander-Arnold has made his mark, alternating with Joe Gomez, but the middle of defence in particular is still their AchillesHeel.AchillesHeel. Whether the acquisition of Van Dijk in January 2018 (after Southampton finally gave in) will change this is unknown.



** Liverpool's fans, colloquially known as 'the Kop' or 'Kopites', after the Kop End, which itself is named after the hill on which the Battle of Spion Kop was fought in 1906, are some of the most famous in the footballing world and certainly among the most vocal, giving Anfield a reputation as one of the most atmospheric stadiums on the planet, famed for 'the Anfield Roar' - which, following the expansion of the Main Stand, taking the capacity from 45,000 to 54,000, has only got that much louder. No matter how well or badly the club is doing, the sight and sound of the Kop in full voice is truly breathtaking. This makes Anfield an intimidating place to go, and when on a particularly strong streak, it's referred to as 'Fortress Anfield'. Fans are also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with a global fanbase estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. The club takes advantage of this with its summer tours to the US, Australia and South East Asia. More local support is drawn from North Wales, Ireland and Scotland, with a long tradition of club legends from those countries, such as all time top scorer Ian Rush (Welsh) and defenders Mark Lawrenson (Irish) and Alan Hansen (Scottish). There's also a certain fondness in Germany, partly because Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp is still beloved by fans of his former team, Borussia Dortmund. More puzzlingly, there's a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff massive fan base in Norway.]] No one is quite sure why, though cheap plane/ferry tickets to Liverpool may have something to do with it. There's also the relative prominence of Norwegians in Liverpool sides down the years, such as fan favourite John Arne Riise, Champions League winner with Liverpool, famous for having a left foot that passably impersonated [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] [[note]] Once, he took a free kick against Manchester United in an FA Cup tie in 2006. Alan 'Smudge' Smith was the unfortunate player standing in the way. He [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken and his ankle dislocated.]] Unsurprisingly, poor old Smudge was never quite the same again.[[/note]] Matchgoers in particular are pathologically loyal to the club; it takes ''a lot'' to make them stop singing for any length of time and if they have done so, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness it's a very bad sign.]] If they have started booing and you are the manager, you are likely to be fired soon afterwards.
** Merseyside derbies are sell-outs and pretty scrappy matches - they have more red cards than any other fixture in the league - and, often, surprisingly high scoring, since both teams desperately want to win. The balance of power is currently weighted towards the red half of Merseyside, with Everton having failed to register a win at Anfield in the 21st century and consistently getting turned over by Liverpool, sometimes in very embarrassing fashion, even when they're the more fancied team. [[note]] In the second derby of the 2015/16 season, Liverpool wound up 4-0 up, despite losing their in-form striker to injury, [[{{Troll}} and to add insult to injury, promptly spent the last 20 minutes, nearly a quarter of the game, camped outside the Everton box, trying to get famously non-prolific (at that point, despite being a first team regular, he hadn't scored in ''six years'')]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse cult hero]] [[{{Troll}} Lucas to score.]] This was a tactic so ridiculous that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was caught on camera laughing his head off. [[/note]] When they do, the result is usually UnsportsmanlikeGloating. Although in times of need both sets of fans can and do become very close, with supporters of both teams often being found in the same family, after Hillsborough there was a chain of scarves [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming connecting Anfield and Goodison Park.]] This is something helped by the fact that, more often than not, supporters of both teams can be found in the same family, and, in essence, the rivalry's more like a family feud - and accordingly, can vary between its current status of mutual hatred and, as in the 80's, being known as 'the Friendly Derby', with one notable FA Cup final featuring both sets of fans mixing freely and singing, 'Merseyside, Merseyside' and, predictably, 'Are You Watching Manchester?' While relations have not so much cooled but frozen, it is notable that to this day, it is the only major derby that does not enforce fan segregation. Oh, and following a particularly nasty newspaper column in ''The Sun'' by Kelvin MacKenzie (yes, the man who was behind ''that'' headline) aimed at Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Everton followed Liverpool in banning the paper and its journalists from their grounds.

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** Liverpool's fans, colloquially known as 'the Kop' or 'Kopites', after the Kop End, which itself is named after the hill on which the Battle of Spion Kop was fought in 1906, are some of the most famous in the footballing world and certainly among the most vocal, giving Anfield a reputation as one of the most atmospheric stadiums on the planet, famed for 'the Anfield Roar' - which, following the expansion of the Main Stand, taking the capacity from 45,000 to 54,000, has only got that much louder. No matter how well or badly the club is doing, the sight and sound of the Kop in full voice is truly breathtaking. This makes Anfield an intimidating place to go, and when on a particularly strong streak, it's referred to as 'Fortress Anfield'. Fans are also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with a global fanbase estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. The club takes advantage of this with its summer tours to the US, Australia and South East Asia. More local support is drawn from North Wales, Ireland and Scotland, with a long tradition of club legends from those countries, such as all time top scorer Ian Rush (Welsh) and defenders Mark Lawrenson (Irish) and Alan Hansen (Scottish). There's also a certain fondness in Germany, partly because Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp is still beloved by fans of his former team, Borussia Dortmund. More puzzlingly, there's a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff massive fan base in Norway.]] No one is quite sure why, though cheap plane/ferry tickets to Liverpool may have something to do with it. There's also the relative prominence of Norwegians in Liverpool sides down the years, such as fan favourite John Arne Riise, Champions League winner with Liverpool, famous for having a left foot that passably impersonated [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] [[note]] Once, he took a free kick against Manchester United in an FA Cup tie in 2006. Alan 'Smudge' Smith was the unfortunate player standing in the way. He [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken and his ankle dislocated.]] Unsurprisingly, poor old Smudge was never quite the same again.[[/note]] Matchgoers in particular are pathologically loyal to the club; it takes ''a lot'' to make them stop singing for any length of time and if they have done so, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness it's a very bad sign.]] If they have started booing and you are the manager, you are likely to be fired soon afterwards.
** Merseyside derbies are sell-outs and pretty scrappy matches - they have more red cards than any other fixture in the league - and, often, surprisingly high scoring, since both teams desperately want to win. The balance of power is currently weighted towards the red half of Merseyside, with Everton having failed to register a win at Anfield in the 21st century and consistently getting turned over by Liverpool, sometimes in very embarrassing fashion, even when they're the more fancied team. [[note]] In the second derby of the 2015/16 season, Liverpool wound up 4-0 up, despite losing their in-form striker to injury, [[{{Troll}} and to add insult to injury, promptly spent the last 20 minutes, nearly a quarter of the game, camped outside the Everton box, trying to get famously non-prolific (at that point, despite being a first team regular, he hadn't scored in ''six years'')]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse cult hero]] hero Lucas]] [[{{Troll}} Lucas to score.]] This was a tactic so ridiculous that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was caught on camera laughing his head off. [[/note]] When they do, the result is usually UnsportsmanlikeGloating. Although
** However,
in times of need both sets of fans can and do become very close, with supporters of both teams often being found in the same family, after Hillsborough there was a chain of scarves [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming connecting Anfield and Goodison Park.]] This is something helped by the fact that, more often than not, supporters of both teams can be found in the same family, and, in In essence, the rivalry's more like a family feud - and accordingly, can vary between its current status of mutual hatred and, as in the 80's, being known as 'the Friendly Derby', with one notable FA Cup final featuring both sets of fans mixing freely and singing, 'Merseyside, Merseyside' and, predictably, 'Are You Watching Manchester?' While relations have not so much cooled but frozen, it is notable that to this day, it is the only major derby that does not enforce fan segregation. Oh, and following a particularly nasty newspaper column in ''The Sun'' by Kelvin MacKenzie (yes, the man who was behind ''that'' headline) aimed at Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Everton followed Liverpool in banning the paper and its journalists from their grounds.



** Liverpool, however, tend to get their own back whenever City come to Anfield (most recent result: 1-0). To this day, it is the only stadium which City haven't won at in the Premier League following the Abu Dhabi takeover, and they haven't won there at all since 2003. And this status as chief pain in the neck isn't always restricted to Anfield visits, as Liverpool demonstrated when [[CurbstompBattle they turned over City 4-1 at the Etihad]] earlier in the 2015/16 season. On the other hand, when the two met in the 2016 League Cup final, it was City who had the last laugh. And then in 2017/18, Liverpool came to the Etihad... and one sending off later, were thumped 5-0.

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** Liverpool, however, tend to get their own back whenever City come to Anfield (most recent result: 1-0).4-3). To this day, it is the only stadium which City haven't won at in the Premier League following the Abu Dhabi takeover, and they haven't won there at all since 2003. And this status as chief pain in the neck isn't always restricted to Anfield visits, as Liverpool demonstrated when [[CurbstompBattle they turned over City 4-1 at the Etihad]] earlier in the 2015/16 season. On the other hand, when the two met in the 2016 League Cup final, it was City who had the last laugh. And then in 2017/18, Liverpool came to the Etihad... and one sending off later, were thumped 5-0.
5-0. Then a couple of months later, City's attempt to do their first league double over Liverpool in 80 years, and extend a 30 match unbeaten run went down in flames after Liverpool, despite having sold star midfielder Philippe Coutinho and missing new centre-back Virgil Van Dijk to injury, promptly ripped them to shreds, scoring three goals and hitting the post once in the space of 8 minutes to go 4-1 up. City ultimately made it 4-3, in a recovery that was too little, too late.
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** After hiring Sam Allardyce to replace Ronald Koeman the team has found their footing once more, emphasising [[BoringButPractical pragmatic]] and [[StoneWall defensive]] play to avoid conceding goals (the single greatest source of defeat during the early season was not their inability to score but their inability to keep goals out, despite the presence of goalkeeper [[TheAce Jordan Pickford]] ). Everton have managed to remain undefeated in their first seven games under Allardyce and have ascended back to the top half of the league from what was thought to be a relegation battle mere weeks before.
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