History UsefulNotes / BritishFootyTeams

8th Dec '17 4:14:09 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** 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.

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** 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.
laugh. And then in 2017/18, Liverpool came to the Etihad... and one sending off later, were thumped 5-0.
8th Dec '17 4:11:53 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** After decades of campaigning by groups such as 'Justice for the 96' and latterly by local Labour MP and then Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, raising the matter in Parliament after being heckled with cries of 'Justice for the 96' when giving a speech at the 20th Anniversary of the Disaster and triggering the Second Hillsborough Inquiry. This exonerated the fans in 2012 and changed their official cause of death to 'unlawfully killed' after concluding that 'up to 41' might have survived had the emergency services coordinated better. Afterwards, campaigning groups and Burnham pushed for further inquests into just who was responsible, forcing the resignation of a number of senior police figures. His campaigning earned him cheers at the 25th Anniversary of the Disaster, and a speech in Parliament in April 2016 which included a vicious excoriation of the involved Police departments and others responsible drew thunderous applause, in defiance of Parliamentary convention.

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** After decades of campaigning by groups such as 'Justice for the 96' and latterly by local Labour MP and then Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, raising the matter in Parliament after being heckled with cries of 'Justice for the 96' when giving a speech at the 20th Anniversary of the Disaster and Disaster, triggering the Second Hillsborough Inquiry. This exonerated the fans in 2012 and changed their official cause of death to 'unlawfully killed' after concluding that 'up to 41' might have survived had the emergency services coordinated better. Afterwards, campaigning groups and Burnham pushed for further inquests into just who was responsible, forcing the resignation of a number of senior police figures. His campaigning This earned him cheers at the 25th Anniversary of the Disaster, and a speech in Parliament in April 2016 which included a vicious excoriation of the involved Police departments and others those responsible drew thunderous applause, in defiance of Parliamentary convention.applause.



** Since 1990, their fortunes have been decidedly mixed, becoming known as the team most likely to come third in any competition you care to name. High points including a Treble in 2001, an epic underdog comeback Champions League win in 2005 against AC Milan, then one of the best teams on the planet (while even Liverpool's own players didn't think that their squad was exactly vintage) who raced into a 3-0 half time lead. Six second half minutes later, it was 3-3 and Liverpool won on penalties. For this reason it is generally referred to as 'the Miracle of Istanbul'. Then there was the FA Cup Final of 2006 against West Ham, in which the score was also 3-3 and was almost singlehandedly won by Steven Gerrard, another Champions League Final appearance in 2007 (Milan got their revenge), a League Cup triumph in 2012 and highly creditable title challenges in 2001/2002 and 2008/9. After that, it went decidedly downhill for a few years, before the title challenge of 2013/14. However, this was followed by another steep decline, confirming the club's reputation as a footballing yo-yo. For this reason, 'Liverpool fan' is sometimes considered synonymous with 'masochist'.

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** Since 1990, their fortunes have been decidedly mixed, becoming known as the team most likely to come third in any competition you care to name. High points including a Treble in 2001, an epic underdog comeback Champions League win in 2005 against AC Milan, then one of the best teams on the planet (while even Liverpool's own players didn't think that their squad was exactly vintage) planet, who raced into a 3-0 half time lead. Six second half minutes later, it was 3-3 and Liverpool won on penalties. For this reason it is generally referred to as 'the Miracle of Istanbul'. Then there was the FA Cup Final of 2006 against West Ham, in which the score was also 3-3 and was almost singlehandedly won by Steven Gerrard, another Champions League Final appearance in 2007 (Milan got their revenge), a League Cup triumph in 2012 and highly creditable title challenges in 2001/2002 and 2008/9. After that, it went decidedly downhill for a few years, before the title challenge of 2013/14. However, this was followed by another steep decline, confirming the club's reputation as a footballing yo-yo. For this reason, 'Liverpool fan' is sometimes considered synonymous with 'masochist'.



*** 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'' (attacking players hunt down the ball in packs, either winning it back high up the pitch or forcing errors) with an attack led by a floating front three of wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]] and creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]]. And when [[WeakButSkilled Adam Lallana]] [[TheLoad (formerly deemed to be a waste of space)]] is in midfield, he's given license to use his extensive technical talents to knit play between midfield and attack, making it a front four. This style, along with the reinvention of captain Jordan Henderson as a deep lying 'number 6', using his energy and passing skill to dictate play and break up opposition attacks, 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 once to any of 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 - while they entered 2017 still in striking distance, 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 leading to six games in a month (including two games in less than 48 hours) after a busy Christmas, their form collapsed. This left them outside the top 4 at the start of March - though at this point, only four points separated 2nd and 6th. Ultimately, they limped over the line to Champions League qualification, helped by the fallibility of rivals Arsenal and Manchester United and by grinding out results over weaker teams. The start of the 2017/18 season has been rather hit and miss - one moment they're pasting Arsenal 4-0 and playing 'how many can we score' away at Maribor, a team who'd shut out Chelsea only the previous season, in the Champions League (answer: 7, setting a new away goal-scoring record in the CL, and it could easily have been 10), the next they're getting turned over 5-0 by Manchester City (admittedly, they were only 1-0 down before they had a player sent off on the stroke of half-time, and City are in imperious form), and 4-1 by Spurs (which was a defensive comedy of errors and led to centreback Lovren being substituted after barely 30 minutes).
*** While Klopp's side are deadly going forward, they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues'. Or, less kindly, a defence that on occasion closely resembles a slapstick comedy routine. To take one example, Lucas Leiva was frequently called upon as an auxiliary centre-back. Lucas is a central midfielder by trade. While widely beloved by fans for his absolute devotion to the club through 10 years of service, receiving nothing but good wishes when he moved to Lazio in July 2017, and capable of superb performances, he's not a centre back. He's also short, not that mobile after an ACL injury several years ago, and a yellow card waiting to happen. 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, exiled to the reserves, then sold to Crystal Palace, for disciplinary reasons. The left back position was held by James Milner, a flexible midfielder by trade, and seen as a perfectly competent, reliable, and hard working 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 and wasn't a left back, he's in his early 30's 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've 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. While other left back Alberto Moreno has hit his best form in years and young right back Trent Alexander-Arnold has made his mark, alternating with Joe Gomez, the middle of defence in particular is still their AchillesHeel.
** 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 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0,'' and crushed Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009. In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is 'Fortress Anfield' a place you particularly want to go.

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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'' (attacking players hunt down the ball in packs, either winning it back high up the pitch or forcing errors) ''gegenpress'' with an attack led by a floating front three the 'Fab Four' of wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]] and Coutinho]], creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]]. And when [[WeakButSkilled Firmino]], and as of 2017/18, the apparently unstoppable [[LightningBruiser Mohammed Salah]]. All this with the likes of Adam Lallana]] [[TheLoad (formerly deemed to be a waste of space)]] is in midfield, he's given license to use his extensive technical talents to knit play between midfield Lallana and attack, making it a front four. Daniel Sturridge in reserve. This style, along with the reinvention of captain Jordan Henderson as a deep lying 'number 6', using his energy and passing skill to dictate play and break up opposition attacks, 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 once three times to any of 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 - while they entered 2017 still in striking distance, 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 leading to six games in a month (including two games in less than 48 hours) after a busy Christmas, their form collapsed. This left them outside the top 4 at the start of March - though at this point, only four points separated 2nd and 6th. Ultimately, they limped over the line to Champions League qualification, helped by the fallibility of rivals Arsenal and Manchester United and by grinding out results over weaker teams. qualification. The start of the 2017/18 season has been rather hit and miss - one moment they're pasting Arsenal 4-0 and playing 'how many can we score' by racking up ''7'' away at Maribor, a team who'd shut out Chelsea only the previous season, in then the Champions League (answer: 7, setting a new away goal-scoring record in the CL, and it could easily have been 10), the very next match they're getting turned over 5-0 by Manchester City (admittedly, they were only 1-0 down before they had a player sent off on the stroke of half-time, and City are in imperious form), and thumped 4-1 by Spurs (which was a (a defensive comedy of errors and led , leading to centreback Lovren being substituted after barely 30 minutes).
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'. Or, less kindly, a defence that on occasion closely resembles a slapstick comedy routine. To take one example, Lucas Leiva was frequently called upon as an auxiliary centre-back. Lucas is a central midfielder by trade. While widely beloved by fans for his absolute devotion to the club through 10 years of service, receiving nothing but good wishes when he moved to Lazio in July 2017, and capable of superb performances, he's not a centre back. He's also short, not that mobile after an ACL injury several years ago, and a yellow card waiting to happen. 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, exiled to the reserves, then sold to Crystal Palace, Palac for disciplinary reasons. The left back position was held by James Milner, a flexible midfielder by trade, and seen as a perfectly aperfectly competent, reliable, and hard working 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 and wasn't a left back, he's in his early 30's 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've 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. While game on the road. A tactical shift and other left back Alberto Moreno has hit 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.
** 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 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking broke the Champions League's goal scoring record, 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 not a team you want chasing a game ''dangerous'' in Europe, nor is 'Fortress Anfield' a place you particularly want to go.Europe.



** 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 of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely 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 and ferry tickets to Liverpool probably have something to do with it. One other possibility is 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 regularly did passable impersonations of [[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.

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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 of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely 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 and ferry plane/ferry tickets to Liverpool probably may have something to do with it. One other possibility is 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 regularly did passable impersonations of 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.
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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 in charge.
30th Oct '17 11:06:06 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Won UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup in 1966, still their only major trophy to date. Traditionally play home games in white shirts and navy shorts, with their away kit usually red shirts and white shorts, the colours in which they won in 1966. Grey has also been known on one infamous occasion. Despite the 50 years that have passed since their one and only triumph, great things are still expected every time (albeit somewhat half-heartedly nowadays). Despite frequently producing any number of internationally admired world class players, including the so-called 'Golden Generation' of the noughties, featuring Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Terry, Ferdinand, Seaman and Owen, among others, some of the best players on the planet (though Owen was, after about 2004, frequently injured) and having the best league on the planet, they never get anywhere. This is down to a puzzling inability for the team to play together (the Gerrard-Lampard dichotomy baffled many a manager), exhaustion after the gruelling domestic season and a somewhat proverbial problem with penalty shoot-outs, being eliminated in the '90, '98 and 2006 World Cups and Euro '96, 2004 and 2012 on penalties, meant that this star studded team never got anywhere. In 2014 they reached an all new low, failing to even get out of the Group Stage. Sadly, no-one was particularly surprised. The fact that their number one goalkeeper for much of this period was nicknamed 'Calamity James' didn't exactly help.
*** England frequently receive a pasting abroad for considering themselves a world championship side despite not having won the trophy in over 40 years. However, when you consider that a) only 8 countries have ever won the World Cup, and b) England remain one of a relatively small number of teams to consistently make it to the later stages of the tournament, this doesn't seem quite so fair.
*** Albeit they reached the semi finals only once since then (in 1990 when they came in 4th), did not qualify three times and meandered between quarter finals and the round of 16 the other times. Altogether tied 3rd (with Italy, behind Brazil and Germany) for quarter final appearances but a measly tie for 9th place (with seven other countries) for the semis. So yes, a comparatively strong side, one capable of going toe to toe with the best in the world on its day and considered a serious scalp for smaller teams, but rarely considered a serious contender or favourite to win.
*** As a result of the 2014 debacle, the last of the old guard was cleared out, old captain Steven Gerrard retiring from international football. The only real survivors were new captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper Joe Hart (who was widely considered to have not had much of an ability to prevent the rest of his team from folding like wet paper). Instead, an exciting generation of youngsters and former outsiders was pushed to fore for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, including highly rated striker and 2015/16 Premier League top scorer Harry 'Hurricane' Kane, £49 million winger Raheem Sterling, attacking midfielders Dele Alli and Ross Barkley and centre back John Stones, as well as the steady maturing of the aforementioned Hart, striker Daniel Sturridge and defenders Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling and Danny Rose all coming into their prime, as well as Jamie Vardy bursting onto the scene as a Premier League champion and runner up to Kane for top scorer by 1 goal. This was underlined by England executing a faultless qualifying campaign, being the only team not to drop a point and the first to qualify after the hosts, France. Despitethat a 3-1 hammering of Scotland and a close fought draw with Italy demonstrating that this new look England side had spine as well as generally favourable friendlies against superpowers Spain (lost 2-0), hosts and favourites France (won 2-0, but only a few days after the Bataclan gun attacks, meaning that French hearts weren't quite in it) [[note]] And in any case, that particular match was more notable for [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the heartwarming response]] by the Football Association and the English fans, with Wembley lit up in the colours of the French tricolore, the motto of the Republic emblazoned on the side, the usual massive St. George's Cross at the home end replaced with a tricolore and the entire stadium impeccably observing the [[DueToTheDead minute of silence]] before raucously joining in with the French national anthem. [[/note]] and World Champions Germany, in which England executed a stunning 3-2 comeback victory in Berlin, England once again performed their usual crash and burn, by going out in the Last 16 to ''Iceland''. Yes, population-of-300,000-with-a-popular-app-to-check-if-you're-accidentally-dating-a-relative-never-been-in-a-tournament-before Iceland. This is widely considered to be England's worst result since losing 1-0 to the US at the 1950 World Cup and [[EpicFail the most spectacular failure of the modern era.]] England manager Roy Hodgson unsurprisingly resigned immediately after the match, presumably in the hope that enraged England fans wouldn't lynch him. Following that, Sam 'Big Sam' Allardyce, known for [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic and very physical tactics]], being a pioneer in new sports science techniques and (either depressingly or encouragingly depending on your point of view) usually being hired to save struggling teams from relegation. The upside of this is that he's never been relegated and he's very good at instilling team spirit and motivation, something England teams of recent years have sorely lacked. The downside of this is that the England job has gone from being a possible career for some of the best regarded coaches in the modern game to being one that you can hardly give away. Oh, and then he got sacked 18 DAYS later in a newspaper sting where he talked about getting around FA rules on player contracts
** Their post tournament stint of being ranked 13th in the world seems to be a metaphor for their troubles.

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** Won UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup in 1966, still their only major trophy to date. Traditionally play home games in white shirts and navy shorts, with their away kit usually red shirts and white shorts, the colours in which they won in 1966. Grey has also been known on one infamous occasion. Despite the 50 years that have passed since their one and only triumph, great things are still expected every time (albeit somewhat half-heartedly nowadays). Despite frequently producing any number of internationally admired world class players, including the so-called 'Golden Generation' of the noughties, featuring Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Terry, Ferdinand, Seaman and Owen, among others, some of the best players on the planet (though Owen was, after about 2004, frequently injured) and having the best league on the planet, they never get anywhere. This is down to a puzzling inability for the team to play together (the Gerrard-Lampard dichotomy baffled many a manager), exhaustion after the gruelling domestic season and a somewhat proverbial problem with penalty shoot-outs, being eliminated in the '90, '98 and 2006 World Cups and Euro '96, 2004 and 2012 on penalties, meant that this star studded team never got anywhere.penalties. In 2014 they reached an all new low, failing to even get out of the Group Stage. Sadly, no-one was particularly surprised. The fact that their number one goalkeeper for much of this period was nicknamed 'Calamity James' didn't exactly help.
*** England frequently receive a pasting abroad for considering themselves a world championship side despite not having won the trophy in over 40 years. However, when you consider that a) only 8 countries have ever won the World Cup, and b) England remain one of a relatively small number of teams to consistently make it to the later stages of the tournament, this doesn't seem quite so fair.
fair. Nowadays, the attitude is somewhat diminished, with a very English morbidly humorous attitude attached - 'how badly are we going to do ''this'' time?'
*** Albeit they reached the semi finals only once since then (in 1990 when they came in 4th), did not qualify three times and meandered between quarter finals and the round of 16 the other times. Altogether tied 3rd (with Italy, behind Brazil and Germany) for quarter final appearances but a measly tie for 9th place (with seven other countries) for the semis. So yes, a comparatively strong side, one capable of going toe to toe with the best in the world on its day day, even beating the likes of Brazil, France, Argentina, and Germany, and considered a serious scalp for smaller teams, but rarely considered a serious contender or favourite to win.
*** As a result of the 2014 debacle, the last of the old guard was cleared out, After 2014, old captain Steven Gerrard retiring from international football. The football, ending the old guard - the only real survivors were new captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper Joe Hart (who was widely considered to have not had much of an ability to prevent the rest of his team from folding like wet paper). Instead, an An exciting generation of youngsters and former outsiders was pushed to fore for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, including highly rated striker and 2015/16 Premier League top scorer Harry 'Hurricane' Kane, £49 million winger Raheem Sterling, attacking midfielders Dele Alli Kane and Ross Barkley and centre back John Stones, as well as the steady maturing of the aforementioned Hart, striker Daniel Sturridge and defenders Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling and Danny Rose all coming into their prime, as well as Jamie Vardy Vardy, the latter bursting onto the scene as a Premier League champion in 2015/16 and runner up to Kane for top scorer by 1 goal. This was underlined by England executing a faultless qualifying campaign, being the only team not to drop a point and the first to qualify after the hosts, France. Despitethat a 3-1 hammering of Scotland and a close fought draw with Italy demonstrating Despite that this new look England side had spine as well as and generally favourable friendlies results in the run-up to the tournament, including against superpowers Spain (lost 2-0), hosts and favourites France (won (they won 2-0, but only a few days after the Bataclan gun attacks, meaning that French hearts weren't quite in it) [[note]] And in any case, that particular match was more notable for [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the heartwarming response]] by the Football Association and the English fans, with Wembley lit up in the colours of the French tricolore, the motto of the Republic emblazoned on the side, the usual massive St. George's Cross at the home end replaced with a tricolore and the entire stadium impeccably observing the [[DueToTheDead minute of silence]] before raucously joining in with the French national anthem. [[/note]] and World Champions Germany, in which England executed a stunning 3-2 comeback victory in Berlin, England England... once again performed their usual crash and burn, by going out in the Last 16 to ''Iceland''. Yes, population-of-300,000-with-a-popular-app-to-check-if-you're-accidentally-dating-a-relative-never-been-in-a-tournament-before Iceland. This is widely considered to be England's worst result since losing 1-0 to the US at the 1950 World Cup and [[EpicFail the most spectacular failure of the modern era.]] England manager Roy Hodgson unsurprisingly resigned immediately after the match, presumably in the hope that enraged England fans wouldn't lynch him. Following that, Sam 'Big Sam' Allardyce, known for [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic and very physical tactics]], being a pioneer in new sports science techniques and (either depressingly or encouragingly depending on your point of view) tactics]] and, somewhat depressingly, usually being hired to save resuscitate struggling teams from relegation. The upside of this is that he's never been relegated and he's very good at instilling team spirit and motivation, something England teams of recent years have sorely lacked. The downside of this is teams, demonstrating that the England job has gone from being a possible career for some of the best regarded coaches in the modern game to being one that you can hardly give away. Oh, and then he got sacked 18 DAYS later in a newspaper sting where he talked about getting around FA rules on player contracts
** Their
contracts. All in all, England's post tournament stint of being ranked 13th in the world seems to be a metaphor for their troubles.troubles.
** However, under young manager and former player Gareth Southgate, there is a degree of cautious optimism, with Rooney having been ejected, and Kane and Alli spearheading the attack, along with the likes of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling in support, albeit with a solid but not especially creative midfield, the attitude is now more 'we might not go down in flames ''quite'' as spectacularly'. Regarded with distinctly more optimism are England's youth prospects, with both the U-17's and U-19's ''winning'' their respective World Cups in 2017, the former disposing of Spain in the final 5-2, after having gone 0-2 down. Meanwhile, the U-21's reached the semi-finals of their European Championship, before losing on penalties to Germany - some things, it seems, never change.



** They then looked on the edge of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, before narrowly failing to get the win they required to go through to the play-offs. Again.



** Play all in red. Managed to make the World Cup quarter-final in 1958, but Wales is really rugby territory and until recently, the team had never enjoyed much success, failing to qualify for any international competition until 2016. John Charles played well for them in the 1960s, Ian Rush was a legend in the 80's and 90's, and Ryan Giggs of Manchester United is their most famous recent player.
** Gareth Bale is the current star for Wales, having come into his own at the same time Giggs was nearing the end of his career. Just before the end of the summer 2013 transfer window, Real Madrid purchased him for a fee of what some sources reported as £86 million ($132 million), which if accurate would be the largest transfer fee in history until Paul Pogba's £89 million transfer to Manchester United in 2016 (something that apparently put, and continues to put, previous holder of that accolade and Real Madrid team mate Cristiano Ronaldo into an almighty snit). He has since become a key part of Real's first team.

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** Play all in red. Managed to make the World Cup quarter-final in 1958, but Wales is really rugby territory and until recently, the team had never enjoyed much success, failing to qualify for any international competition until 2016. John Charles played well for them in the 1960s, Ian Rush was a legend in the 80's and 90's, and Ryan Giggs of Manchester United is their most famous recent player.
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ex player. Gareth Bale is the current star for Wales, having come into his own at the same time Giggs was nearing the end of his career. Just before the end of the summer 2013 transfer window, Real Madrid purchased him for a fee of what some sources reported as £86 million ($132 million), which if accurate would be the largest transfer fee in history until Paul Pogba's £89 million transfer to Manchester United in 2016 (something that apparently put, and continues to put, put previous holder of that accolade and Real Madrid team mate Cristiano Ronaldo into an almighty snit). He has since become a key part of Real's first team.




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** After failing to reach the 2018 World Cup, Coleman confirmed that he plans to leave the job, despite the pleas of a number of players. He deserves credit for not only the astonishing 2016 campaign, but bringing through young talent, including 17 year old wunderkind and Liverpool player Ben 'The Prince of Wales' Woodburn (an accolade he got for a stunning goal in qualifying).



** At the same time, ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'', with its infamous headline 'The Truth', smeared Liverpool fans by claiming that they attacked police officers, as well as that they urinated on and stole from the dead, all in order to deflect blame from the South Yorkshire Police, in collusion with the Government as part of a cover-up (slurs, incidentally, which were disproved and dismissed by the Taylor Report and over 150 witness statements were later proved to have been altered to show the police in a better light). To this day, you quite literally cannot give away a copy of ''The Sun'' in the city of Liverpool, despite numerous grovelling apologies of dubious sincerity. As of February 2017, the club has outright banned ''The Sun'' and its reporters from Anfield, the Melwood training ground and club press conferences.

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** At the same time, ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'', with its infamous headline 'The Truth', smeared Liverpool fans by claiming that they attacked police officers, as well as that they urinated on and stole from the dead, all in order to deflect blame from the South Yorkshire Police, in collusion with the Government as part of a cover-up (slurs, incidentally, which were disproved and dismissed by the Taylor Report and over 150 witness statements were later proved to have been altered to show the police in a better light). To this day, you quite literally cannot give away a copy of ''The Sun'' in the city of Liverpool, despite numerous grovelling apologies of dubious sincerity. As of February 2017, the club has outright banned ''The Sun'' and its reporters from Anfield, the Melwood training ground and club press conferences.conferences, and Everton have since followed suit.



*** As a side note, the youngest victim of the Hillsborough Disaster, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of a then 9 year old little boy named Steven Gerrard. Gerrard grew up to become a club legend, talismanic captain of club and country and a player widely considered by his peers to be one of the best players of his generation, with luminaries such as [[TheAce Zinedine Zidane]] calling him the best midfielder in the world. What could motivate such a man? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Well, in his autobiography in 2006, he revealed that he played for Jon-Paul.]]

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*** As a side note, the youngest victim of the Hillsborough Disaster, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of a then 9 year old little boy named Steven Gerrard. Gerrard Steven. Said little boy grew up to become Steven Gerrard, a club legend, talismanic captain of club and country and a player to be widely considered by his peers to be as one of the best players of his generation, with luminaries such as [[TheAce Zinedine Zidane]] calling him the best midfielder in the world. What could motivate such a man? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Well, in his autobiography in 2006, he revealed that he played for Jon-Paul.]]



** Famous for, when they're playing well, [[AttackAttackAttack fast, skilful and downright mesmerising attacking football which makes up for an often dubious defence,]] spearheaded by lightning fast strikers who usually do phenomenally well, then get snapped up by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea (and frequently suffer a collapse in form thereafter. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres were never quite the same. [[KarmaHoudini Luis]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate Suarez]], on the other hand, seems to be doing just fine). It's generally best summed up by the popular Kop chant created during the 2013/14 season called 'Poetry in Motion'. When they're not playing well... well, since the defence is still dubious, the results are generally a little embarrassing. Internationally very popular, with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Their rivalry with Manchester United is so intense it's pretty much hatred.
** Infamous (like Arsenal) for [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut fizzling out]] dramatically; they made a decent challenge for the title in 2008/09, but hit a stumbling block around November the following season. They had to rely on Chelsea, Tottenham, and ''Portsmouth'' to get into Europe by the skin of their teeth. Then they did it again in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football, unleashing one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches thanks to nerves and a very unfortunate slip by [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard.]] Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. Ultimately, they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of Gerrard's Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** 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'' (attacking players hunt down the ball in packs, either winning it back high up the pitch or forcing errors) with an attack led by a floating front three of wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]] and creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]]. And when [[WeakButSkilled Adam Lallana]] [[TheLoad (formerly deemed to be a waste of space)]] is in midfield, he's given license to use his extensive technical talents to knit play between midfield and attack, making it a front four. This style, along with the reinvention of captain Jordan Henderson as a deep lying 'number 6', using his energy and passing skill to dictate play and break up opposition attacks, 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 once to any of 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 - while they entered 2017 still in striking distance, 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 (or international legal limbo in Joel Matip's case) and injury, and a pile up of matches leading to six games in a month (including two games in less than 48 hours) after a busy Christmas, their form collapsed. This left them outside the top 4 at the start of March - though at this point, only four points separated 2nd and 6th. Ultimately, they limped over the line to Champions League qualification, helped by the fallibility of rivals Arsenal and Manchester United and by grinding out results over weaker teams - notably, beating Watford 1-0, a dour game being livened up by a spectacular overhead kick from Emre Can.
*** While Klopp's side are deadly going forward, they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues'. Or, less kindly, a defence that on occasion closely resembles a slapstick comedy routine. To take one example, Lucas Leiva was frequently called upon as an auxiliary centre-back. Lucas is a central midfielder by trade. While widely beloved by fans for his absolute devotion to the club through 10 years of service, receiving nothing but good wishes when he moved to Lazio in July 2017, and capable of superb performances, he's not a centre back. He's also short, not that mobile after an ACL injury several years ago, and a yellow card waiting to happen. Preferred centre backs Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been inconsistent and/or injured. Or in the case of [[ConfusionFu the unconventional yet effective]] Mamadou Sakho, exiled to the reserves, then loaned to Crystal Palace, for disciplinary reasons. The left back position is currently held by James Milner. Milner is a flexible midfielder by trade. Considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional, he's also well-liked - and the subject of MemeticMutation via the Boring James Milner Twitter account. However, he is not a left back, he's turning 31 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. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse. While Karius has put in some decent performances since his recovery, adjusting to the league, Mignolet has upped his game in response and hit the form of his career, and Liverpool have 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)]], it's still their AchillesHeel.

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** Famous for, when they're playing well, [[AttackAttackAttack fast, skilful and downright mesmerising attacking football which makes up for an often dubious defence,]] spearheaded by lightning fast strikers who usually do phenomenally well, then get snapped up by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea (and frequently suffer a collapse in form thereafter. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres were never quite the same. [[KarmaHoudini Luis]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate Suarez]], on the other hand, seems to be doing just fine). It's generally best summed up by the popular Kop chant created during the 2013/14 season called 'Poetry in Motion'. When they're not playing well... well, since the defence is still dubious, the results are generally a little embarrassing. Internationally very popular, with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Their rivalry with Manchester United is so intense it's pretty much hatred.
** Infamous (like Arsenal) for [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut fizzling out]] dramatically; they made a decent challenge for the title in 2008/09, but hit a stumbling block around November the following season. They had to rely on Chelsea, Tottenham, and ''Portsmouth'' to get into Europe by the skin of their teeth. Then they did it again in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football, unleashing one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches thanks to nerves and a very unfortunate slip by [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard.]] Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. Ultimately, they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of Gerrard's Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** 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'' (attacking players hunt down the ball in packs, either winning it back high up the pitch or forcing errors) with an attack led by a floating front three of wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]] and creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]]. And when [[WeakButSkilled Adam Lallana]] [[TheLoad (formerly deemed to be a waste of space)]] is in midfield, he's given license to use his extensive technical talents to knit play between midfield and attack, making it a front four. This style, along with the reinvention of captain Jordan Henderson as a deep lying 'number 6', using his energy and passing skill to dictate play and break up opposition attacks, 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 once to any of 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 - while they entered 2017 still in striking distance, 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 (or international legal limbo in Joel Matip's case) and injury, and a pile up of matches leading to six games in a month (including two games in less than 48 hours) after a busy Christmas, their form collapsed. This left them outside the top 4 at the start of March - though at this point, only four points separated 2nd and 6th. Ultimately, they limped over the line to Champions League qualification, helped by the fallibility of rivals Arsenal and Manchester United and by grinding out results over weaker teams teams. The start of the 2017/18 season has been rather hit and miss - notably, beating Watford 1-0, one moment they're pasting Arsenal 4-0 and playing 'how many can we score' away at Maribor, a dour game team who'd shut out Chelsea only the previous season, in the Champions League (answer: 7, setting a new away goal-scoring record in the CL, and it could easily have been 10), the next they're getting turned over 5-0 by Manchester City (admittedly, they were only 1-0 down before they had a player sent off on the stroke of half-time, and City are in imperious form), and 4-1 by Spurs (which was a defensive comedy of errors and led to centreback Lovren being livened up by a spectacular overhead kick from Emre Can.
substituted after barely 30 minutes).
*** While Klopp's side are deadly going forward, they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues'. Or, less kindly, a defence that on occasion closely resembles a slapstick comedy routine. To take one example, Lucas Leiva was frequently called upon as an auxiliary centre-back. Lucas is a central midfielder by trade. While widely beloved by fans for his absolute devotion to the club through 10 years of service, receiving nothing but good wishes when he moved to Lazio in July 2017, and capable of superb performances, he's not a centre back. He's also short, not that mobile after an ACL injury several years ago, and a yellow card waiting to happen. Preferred centre backs Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been inconsistent and/or injured. Or in the case of [[ConfusionFu the unconventional yet effective]] Mamadou Sakho, exiled to the reserves, then loaned sold to Crystal Palace, for disciplinary reasons. The left back position is currently was held by James Milner. Milner is Milner, a flexible midfielder by trade. Considered to be the definition of trade, and seen as a perfectly competent, reliable, and hard working and uncomplaining professional, he's also 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 is not isn't and wasn't a left back, he's turning 31 in his early 30's 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. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse. While Karius has put in some decent performances since his recovery, adjusting to the league, Mignolet has upped his game in response and hit the form of his career, and Liverpool have 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)]], it's successfully)]]. In 2017/18, the defence became somewhat... schizophrenic. As in, they've 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. While other left back Alberto Moreno has hit his best form in years and young right back Trent Alexander-Arnold has made his mark, alternating with Joe Gomez, the middle of defence in particular is still their AchillesHeel.
30th Sep '17 7:48:49 PM nombretomado
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Britain has a considerable number of teams in the various FootyLeagues. These are some of the more notable ones. Many of the bigger British clubs are currently owned by foreign investors.

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Britain has a considerable number of teams in the various FootyLeagues.UsefulNotes/FootyLeagues. These are some of the more notable ones. Many of the bigger British clubs are currently owned by foreign investors.
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** AKA "The Clarets" from their claret and blue kit. One of the 12 founder members of The Football League. Notable for a pretty large fall from grace in the 70s and 80s, going from top-flight football to narrowly surviving relegation from the Football League. Promoted to the Premiership for the 2009/10 season after winning the Championship play-offs, but dropped back to the Championship the next season. Stayed there until finishing second in 201314, earning a place in the Prem once again. They went straight back down but rebounded again after an unbeaten second half of the season, and survived the 2016-17 season in the PL due to formidable home form, in a season in which they also became notable for the story of star striker Andre Gray, who turned from a homophobic nutcase playing in amateur football who never had a dad and survived a gang stabbing, to a PL hat-trick scorer and a boyfriend of a LittleMix member. In a hyperbole, famous Burnley supporter Alistair Campbell, a key figure in Tony Blair's period as Prime Minister, described Burnley being in the PL as even greater than the landslide he helped Blair to. Historically, they are fierce rivals of Blackburn Rovers due to sheer proximity (8 miles down the road).

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** AKA "The Clarets" from their claret and blue kit. One of the 12 founder members of The Football League. Notable for a pretty large fall from grace in the 70s and 80s, going from top-flight football to narrowly surviving relegation from the Football League. Promoted to the Premiership for the 2009/10 season after winning the Championship play-offs, but dropped back to the Championship the next season. Stayed there until finishing second in 201314, earning a place in the Prem once again. They went straight back down but rebounded again after an unbeaten second half of the season, and survived the 2016-17 season in the PL due to formidable home form, in a season in which they also became notable for the story of star striker Andre Gray, who turned from a homophobic nutcase playing in amateur football who never had a dad and survived a gang stabbing, to a PL hat-trick scorer and a boyfriend of a LittleMix member. Gray joined Watford for a ludicrous £20 million, in spite of having only scored 9 PL goals, admittedly for a side which took the fewest shots in the league that were not relegated. In a amother hyperbole, famous Burnley supporter Alistair Campbell, a key figure in Tony Blair's period as Prime Minister, described Burnley being in the PL as even greater than the landslide he helped Blair to. Historically, they are fierce rivals of Blackburn Rovers due to sheer proximity (8 miles down the road).
19th Jul '17 2:51:36 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Famous for, when they're playing well, [[AttackAttackAttack fast, skilful and downright mesmerising attacking football which makes up for an often dubious defence,]] spearheaded by lightning fast strikers who usually do phenomenally well, then get snapped up by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea (and frequently suffer a collapse in form thereafter. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres have certainly never quite been the same. [[KarmaHoudini Luis]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate Suarez]], on the other hand, seems to be doing just fine). It's generally best summed up by the popular Kop chant created during the 2013/14 season called 'Poetry in Motion'. When they're not playing well... well, since the defence is still dubious, the results are generally a little embarrassing. Internationally very popular, with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Their rivalry with Manchester United is so intense it's pretty much hatred.
** Infamous (like Arsenal) for [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut fizzling out]] dramatically; they made a decent challenge for the title in 2008/09, but hit a stumbling block around November the following season. They had to rely on Chelsea, Tottenham, and ''Portsmouth'' to get into Europe by the skin of their teeth. Then they did it again in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football, tearing almost of all of their rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and a very unfortunate slip by Steven Gerrard. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that led to boos from the Kop,]] Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby, being replaced by charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for ''gegenpressing'' style of 'heavy metal football' having broken Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, before taking them to the Champions League final. Since the clubs are 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 defensive style of the ''gegenpress'' that involves attacking players hunting down the ball in packs, either winning it back high up the pitch or forcing errors with an attack led by a freely interchanging floating front three of dynamic wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]] and hard-working creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]] (recently convicted of drink driving, leading to variations on a classic chant from Liverpool fans: [[DrunkenMaster 'Roberto Firmino... he scores when he's drunk']]). And when [[WeakButSkilled Adam Lallana]] [[TheLoad (formerly deemed to be a waste of space)]] is in midfield, he's given license to use his extensive technical talents to knit play between midfield and attack, making it a front four. This style, along with the reinvention of captain Jordan Henderson as a deep lying 'number 6', using his energy and passing skill to dictate play and break up opposition attacks, 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 once to any of 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, champions Leicester (4-1), Hull (5-1), Watford (6-1), Arsenal (4-3), Chelsea (2-1), Stoke (4-1), Crystal Palace (4-2), Tottenham (2-1 - in the League Cup) - all in the first half of the season, led to the belief that Liverpool were serious title contenders, before they stumbled at Christmas.
*** While they entered 2017 still in striking distance, teams found that piling the entire team behind the ball, letting Liverpool have all the possession and no room before hitting them on the break was an effective strategy, targeting their flimsy defence. Combined with the loss of key players Joel Matip and Sadio Mane to international duty (or international legal limbo in Matip's case) and injury, as well as Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson, also to injury, and a pile up of matches leading to six games in a month (including, at the start of January, two games in less than 48 hours) on top of a busy Christmas, their form collapsed, with a number of humiliating defeats. This left them outside the top 4 at the start of March - though the rest of the top 6 has bunched up so much that only four points separate 2nd and 6th. However, a dominant 2-0 victory over Tottenham, who hadn't lost in 11 matches, seemed to have brought the magic back. Then they lost 3-1 to relegation threatened and managerless Leicester, and then, less than a week after that, beat Arsenal by the same scoreline. At the time of writing, they seem to be limping over the line to Champions League qualification, helped by the fallibility of rivals and by grinding out results over weaker teams - notably, beating Watford 1-0, a dour game being livened up by a spectacular overhead kick from Emre Can.
*** While Klopp's side are deadly going forward, they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues', especially when Lucas is also in defence. Or, less kindly, a defence that on occasion closely resembles a slapstick comedy routine. Lucas is a central midfielder by trade. While widely beloved by fans for his absolute devotion to the club and able to put in superb performances, he's also short, not that mobile after an ACL injury several years ago, and a yellow card waiting to happen. Preferred centre backs Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been inconsistent and/or injured. Or in the case of [[ConfusionFu the unconventional yet effective]] Mamadou Sakho, exiled to the reserves, then loaned to Crystal Palace, for disciplinary reasons. The left back position was previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner. Milner is a right sided midfielder by trade, capable of playing across the midfield. Considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional, he's well-liked - and the subject of MemeticMutation via the Boring James Milner Twitter account. However, he is not a left back, he's turning 31 and Klopp has steadfastly refused to buy a replacement, waiting for the right player to become available. This has led to an unbalanced defence. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley in the second game of the season. While Karius has put in some decent performances since his recovery, adjusting to the league, and Mignolet has since upped his game in response, it's still their AchillesHeel.
** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds and underdog status. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a ''challenge.'' The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 54 minutes in, level at 3-3 6 minutes later) and the 2016 Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (after the Dortmund match #[=ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009 and having in 2007 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is 'Fortress Anfield' a place you particularly want to go.

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** Famous for, when they're playing well, [[AttackAttackAttack fast, skilful and downright mesmerising attacking football which makes up for an often dubious defence,]] spearheaded by lightning fast strikers who usually do phenomenally well, then get snapped up by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea (and frequently suffer a collapse in form thereafter. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres have certainly were never quite been the same. [[KarmaHoudini Luis]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate Suarez]], on the other hand, seems to be doing just fine). It's generally best summed up by the popular Kop chant created during the 2013/14 season called 'Poetry in Motion'. When they're not playing well... well, since the defence is still dubious, the results are generally a little embarrassing. Internationally very popular, with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Their rivalry with Manchester United is so intense it's pretty much hatred.
** Infamous (like Arsenal) for [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut fizzling out]] dramatically; they made a decent challenge for the title in 2008/09, but hit a stumbling block around November the following season. They had to rely on Chelsea, Tottenham, and ''Portsmouth'' to get into Europe by the skin of their teeth. Then they did it again in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football, tearing almost of all of their rivals to shreds in unleashing one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due thanks to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and a very unfortunate slip by [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard. After that, their confidence collapsed. Gerrard.]] Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and Ultimately, they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Gerrard's Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that led to boos from the Kop,]] Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby, being replaced by charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for ''gegenpressing'' style of 'heavy metal football' having broken football', who broke Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, before taking then took them to the Champions League final. Since the The clubs are 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 defensive style defence of the ''gegenpress'' that involves attacking (attacking players hunting hunt down the ball in packs, either winning it back high up the pitch or forcing errors errors) with an attack led by a freely interchanging floating front three of dynamic wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]] and hard-working creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]] (recently convicted of drink driving, leading to variations on a classic chant from Liverpool fans: [[DrunkenMaster 'Roberto Firmino... he scores when he's drunk']]).Firmino]]. And when [[WeakButSkilled Adam Lallana]] [[TheLoad (formerly deemed to be a waste of space)]] is in midfield, he's given license to use his extensive technical talents to knit play between midfield and attack, making it a front four. This style, along with the reinvention of captain Jordan Henderson as a deep lying 'number 6', using his energy and passing skill to dictate play and break up opposition attacks, 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 once to any of 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, champions Leicester (4-1), Hull (5-1), Watford (6-1), Arsenal (4-3), Chelsea (2-1), Stoke (4-1), Crystal Palace (4-2), Tottenham (2-1 - in the League Cup) - all in the first half of the season, similar form led to the belief that Liverpool were serious title contenders, before they stumbled at Christmas.
*** While
Christmas - while they entered 2017 still in striking distance, teams found that piling the entire team behind the ball, letting Liverpool have all the possession and no room playing rope-a-dope before hitting them on the break was an effective strategy, worked very nicely, targeting their flimsy defence. Combined with a small squad, the loss of key players Joel Matip and Sadio Mane to international duty (or international legal limbo in Joel Matip's case) and injury, as well as Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson, also to injury, and a pile up of matches leading to six games in a month (including, at the start of January, (including two games in less than 48 hours) on top of after a busy Christmas, their form collapsed, with a number of humiliating defeats. collapsed. This left them outside the top 4 at the start of March - though the rest of the top 6 has bunched up so much that at this point, only four points separate separated 2nd and 6th. However, a dominant 2-0 victory over Tottenham, who hadn't lost in 11 matches, seemed to have brought the magic back. Then Ultimately, they lost 3-1 to relegation threatened and managerless Leicester, and then, less than a week after that, beat Arsenal by the same scoreline. At the time of writing, they seem to be limping limped over the line to Champions League qualification, helped by the fallibility of rivals Arsenal and Manchester United and by grinding out results over weaker teams - notably, beating Watford 1-0, a dour game being livened up by a spectacular overhead kick from Emre Can.
*** While Klopp's side are deadly going forward, they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues', especially when Lucas is also in defence.issues'. Or, less kindly, a defence that on occasion closely resembles a slapstick comedy routine. To take one example, Lucas Leiva was frequently called upon as an auxiliary centre-back. Lucas is a central midfielder by trade. While widely beloved by fans for his absolute devotion to the club through 10 years of service, receiving nothing but good wishes when he moved to Lazio in July 2017, and able to put in capable of superb performances, he's not a centre back. He's also short, not that mobile after an ACL injury several years ago, and a yellow card waiting to happen. Preferred centre backs Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been inconsistent and/or injured. Or in the case of [[ConfusionFu the unconventional yet effective]] Mamadou Sakho, exiled to the reserves, then loaned to Crystal Palace, for disciplinary reasons. The left back position was previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and is currently held by James Milner. Milner is a right sided flexible midfielder by trade, capable of playing across the midfield. trade. Considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional, he's also well-liked - and the subject of MemeticMutation via the Boring James Milner Twitter account. However, he is not a left back, he's turning 31 and until Summer 2017, Klopp has steadfastly refused to buy a replacement, waiting for the right player to become available. This has In any case, this led to an unbalanced defence. a threadbare defence between 2015 and 2017. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley in the second game of the season. worse. While Karius has put in some decent performances since his recovery, adjusting to the league, and Mignolet has since upped his game in response, response and hit the form of his career, and Liverpool have 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)]], it's still their AchillesHeel.
** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are also known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) where they have a rich history, especially when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, outclassed on paper, thriving on ridiculous odds and underdog status. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a ''challenge.'' The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 54 minutes in, level at 3-3 6 minutes later) on 60 minutes) and the 2016 Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (after the Dortmund match #[=ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter). actually trending). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield thrashings either; in 2009 and having in 2007 2007, they responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' ''8-0,'' and crushed Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009. In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is 'Fortress Anfield' a place you particularly want to go.



** 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 (with a further expansion to 59,000 in vague planning stages), 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'. They're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, 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 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 for Liverpool in Germany, partly because of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely 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 and ferry tickets to Liverpool probably have something to do with it. One other possible explanation is the prominence of the usually under-represented 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 regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] [[note]] Once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in an FA Cup tie in 2006, Alan 'Smudge' Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken and his ankle dislocated.]] 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, 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'') midfielder and [[EnsembleDarkhorse cult hero]] Lucas Leiva 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.
*** Liverpool-United derbies, however, are much more combustible affairs, with vile chants about the Hillsborough Disaster aimed at Liverpool fans, some of whom have been known to reply with chants about the Munich Air Disaster.

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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 (with a further expansion to 59,000 in vague planning stages), 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'. They're Fans are also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, 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 for Liverpool fondness in Germany, partly because of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely 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 and ferry tickets to Liverpool probably have something to do with it. One other possible explanation possibility is the relative prominence of the usually under-represented 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 regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] [[note]] Once when Once, he took a free kick against Manchester United in an FA Cup tie in 2006, 2006. Alan 'Smudge' Smith, Smith was the unfortunate player standing in the way way. He [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken and his ankle dislocated.]] Poor 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'') midfielder and years'')]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse cult hero]] [[{{Troll}} Lucas Leiva to score. 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.
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-United derbies, however, are much more combustible affairs, with vile chants about the Hillsborough Disaster aimed at Liverpool fans, some of whom have been known to reply with chants about the Munich Air Disaster.Disaster, despite routine pleas in the pre-match programs ''not'' to bring the subjects up.



** 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.

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** 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.



** Spurs are notorious for their Chairman, Daniel Levy, being one of the toughest negotiators in football. His ruthlessness has seen Tottenham Hotspur pick up some classy bargains (Van Der Vaart for £8 million from Real Madrid), recoup losses on expensive flops (Darrent Bent sold for the exact amount he was bought for) and sell players for some obscene amounts. (Gareth Bale being sold for a World Record Transfer fee of £86 million).

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** Spurs are notorious for their Chairman, Daniel Levy, being one of the toughest negotiators in football. His ruthlessness has seen Tottenham Hotspur pick up some classy bargains (Van Der Vaart for £8 million from Real Madrid), recoup losses on expensive flops (Darrent Bent sold for the exact amount he was bought for) and sell players for some obscene amounts. amounts (Gareth Bale being sold for a then World Record Transfer fee of £86 million).



** The 2016-17 season was seeming nondescript. Spurs didn't lose any of their first 12 games, but suffered too many draws, and made little impact in the Champions League, in which they played home games at Wembley, losing 2 of them to crash out. However, they than won 19 of their final 23 games in style, including a run of 9 wins on the trot cumulating in a derby win over Arsenal that ensured that Spurs placed above their neighbours, who had still 5 games to play (all of which they won), for the first time since 1995, ending their ultimate bottle. However, they lost to West Ham to hand the title to Chelsea. This was followed by a win over Man U in the final game before White Hart Lane was bulldozed to the ground to be replaced by a new arena that is literally next to it. They than won their final 2 games, both away from home, with a staggering 13 goals across the two games, 7 from Harry Kane, who got 4 of them against old club Leicester in the first of the 2 games - more than he scored in the 13 games he played for Leicester in 2013!
** It should be noted to the casual observer that the fans' self applied nickname - "Yid Army" is causing (as of 2015) some controversy. The Tottenham area of London was known for its Jewish population. Anti-Semitic chants would be directed at their fans by opposition supporters (including references to Gas Chambers). Referring themselves as the 'Yid Army' was seen as a way to [[NWordPrivileges support the Jewish minority]]. However among some in the Jewish community, this is seen now to be belittling, Jewish comedian David Baddiel being particularly outspoken on TV about this.

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** The 2016-17 season was seeming seemingly nondescript. Spurs didn't lose any of their first 12 games, but suffered too many draws, and made little impact in the Champions League, in which they played home games at Wembley, losing 2 of them to crash out. However, they than won 19 of their final 23 games in style, including a run of 9 wins on the trot cumulating in a derby win over Arsenal that ensured that Spurs placed above their neighbours, who had still 5 games to play (all of which they won), for the first time since 1995, ending their ultimate bottle. However, they lost to West Ham to hand the title to Chelsea. This was followed by a win over Man U in the final game before White Hart Lane was bulldozed to the ground to be replaced by a new arena that is literally right next to it. They than then won their final 2 games, both away from home, with a staggering 13 goals across the two games, 7 from Harry Kane, who got 4 of them against old club Leicester in the first of the 2 games - more than he scored in the 13 games he played for Leicester in 2013!
** It should be noted to the casual observer that the fans' self applied nickname - "Yid Army" is causing (as of 2015) 2017) some controversy. The Tottenham area of London was known for its Jewish population. Anti-Semitic population and anti-Semitic chants would be directed at their fans by opposition supporters (including references to Gas Chambers). Referring to themselves as the 'Yid Army' was seen by fans as a way to [[NWordPrivileges support the Jewish minority]]. However among some in the Jewish community, this is seen now to be belittling, Jewish comedian David Baddiel being particularly outspoken on TV about this.
11th Jun '17 1:41:46 PM nombretomado
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** Won the [[FIFAWorldCup World Cup]] in 1966, still their only major trophy to date. Traditionally play home games in white shirts and navy shorts, with their away kit usually red shirts and white shorts, the colours in which they won in 1966. Grey has also been known on one infamous occasion. Despite the 50 years that have passed since their one and only triumph, great things are still expected every time (albeit somewhat half-heartedly nowadays). Despite frequently producing any number of internationally admired world class players, including the so-called 'Golden Generation' of the noughties, featuring Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Terry, Ferdinand, Seaman and Owen, among others, some of the best players on the planet (though Owen was, after about 2004, frequently injured) and having the best league on the planet, they never get anywhere. This is down to a puzzling inability for the team to play together (the Gerrard-Lampard dichotomy baffled many a manager), exhaustion after the gruelling domestic season and a somewhat proverbial problem with penalty shoot-outs, being eliminated in the '90, '98 and 2006 World Cups and Euro '96, 2004 and 2012 on penalties, meant that this star studded team never got anywhere. In 2014 they reached an all new low, failing to even get out of the Group Stage. Sadly, no-one was particularly surprised. The fact that their number one goalkeeper for much of this period was nicknamed 'Calamity James' didn't exactly help.

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** Won the [[FIFAWorldCup World Cup]] UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup in 1966, still their only major trophy to date. Traditionally play home games in white shirts and navy shorts, with their away kit usually red shirts and white shorts, the colours in which they won in 1966. Grey has also been known on one infamous occasion. Despite the 50 years that have passed since their one and only triumph, great things are still expected every time (albeit somewhat half-heartedly nowadays). Despite frequently producing any number of internationally admired world class players, including the so-called 'Golden Generation' of the noughties, featuring Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Terry, Ferdinand, Seaman and Owen, among others, some of the best players on the planet (though Owen was, after about 2004, frequently injured) and having the best league on the planet, they never get anywhere. This is down to a puzzling inability for the team to play together (the Gerrard-Lampard dichotomy baffled many a manager), exhaustion after the gruelling domestic season and a somewhat proverbial problem with penalty shoot-outs, being eliminated in the '90, '98 and 2006 World Cups and Euro '96, 2004 and 2012 on penalties, meant that this star studded team never got anywhere. In 2014 they reached an all new low, failing to even get out of the Group Stage. Sadly, no-one was particularly surprised. The fact that their number one goalkeeper for much of this period was nicknamed 'Calamity James' didn't exactly help.
6th Jun '17 1:37:15 AM deadbotuliza
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**However, things fell apart disastrously, after a shock home loss to lowly Watford at the end of January 2017, having made several strong comebacks or late winners up to that point. Arsenal lost 4 away games on the trot in the League, and crashed out horrifically badly to Bayern Munich in the usual Last 16 stage of the Champions League (in both legs, Arsenal were doing well until they lost Laurent Koscielny at the start of the 2nd half, who was injured at 1-1 in the first leg in Munich, and wrongly sent off for conceding a soft penalty in the home leg, with Arsenal leading 1-0 on the night - they lost both by the same 5-1 score-line). This would have a detrimental effect league-wise. They won 7 of their final 8 league games, but the sole exception, a North London Derby loss, meant that Arsenal would finish below Spurs for the first time since the 1994-95 season with 5 games still to play. They won them all with flair that was displayed little during the late winter-early spring, but others' results meant that they missed out on the CL for the first time since 1997, and finished outside the top 4 for the first time under Wenger's management, despite earning more points than for their second place the previous season! However, they carried on the momentum from their season end into the FA Cup final when they earned an [[UnderdogsNeverLose shock win]] to stop Chelsea earning the double!).



** Were considered TheArtifact of the Premier League. Everton and Aston Villa were founding members of the Football League, and neither have been relegated from the Premier League in its current iteration. However, while Everton still consistently challenge for European football, since Martin O'Neill's departure Villa are usually lower mid-table and battling relegation. As of 2015/16, they lost that battle, spending the entire season rooted to the bottom of the table.

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** Were considered TheArtifact of the Premier League. Everton and Aston Villa were founding members of the Football League, and neither have been relegated from the Premier League in its current iteration. However, while Everton still consistently challenge for European football, since Martin O'Neill's departure Villa are usually lower mid-table and battling relegation. As of 2015/16, they lost that battle, spending the entire season rooted to the bottom of the table. They didn't display enough consistency to look like rebounding immediately, stuck in the middle of the Championship table with no real likelihood of placing in the top 6.



** After early issues, including a 2-1 defeat at home to a Liverpool side in imperious form, new manager Antonio Conte has rearranged his team into a smooth running match winning machine, setting them on a run of form that has taken them past stumbling early season leaders Liverpool and Arsenal, putting them - at the time of writing - six points clear at the top of the table.

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** After early issues, including a 2-1 defeat at home to a Liverpool side in imperious form, new manager Antonio Conte has rearranged his team into a smooth running match winning machine, setting them on a run of form that has taken them past stumbling early season leaders Liverpool and Arsenal, putting them - at Arsenal. They went on to win 13 games on the time of writing - six points clear at trot, and sealed the top league title with 2 matches to spare. However, they celebrated too hard - despite netting 9 goals in their final 2 league games, they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup final, in spite of the table.Gunners' run of Champions league qualifications ending the previous week.



** 2016/17 got off to a rocky start with new manager Ronald Koeman but once the kinks were ironed in (largely starting in 2017), Everton have once again become a serious threat, handing out CurbStompBattle after CurbStompBattle and are, as of writing, all but guranteed a place in Europe and still threatening the top four positions.

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** 2016/17 got off to a rocky start with new manager Ronald Koeman but once the kinks were ironed in (largely starting in 2017), Everton have once again become a serious threat, handing out CurbStompBattle after CurbStompBattle and are, CurbStompBattle, particularly at home, as of writing, all but guranteed they placed 7th (with a place in long time to spare), qualifying for Europe and still threatening the top four positions.again.



** Another impressive thing to note is that while normal service has resumed in the Premier League, they are making waves in the Champions League, comfortably winning their group and set to play against Sevilla in Spring 2017 in the Last 16.

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** Another impressive thing to note is that while normal service has resumed in the Premier League, they are making made waves in the Champions League, comfortably winning their group group, to make the last 16 against Sevilla. They were unlucky to lose 2-1 in the first leg, but it turned out to be the final straw for their title winning boss Claudio Ranieri, with the side falling towards the relegation zone in the league after losing 5 on the trot. To say that sacking was unpopular was an understatement, yet caretaker Craig Shakespeare won his first 4 league games, and set to play won the return leg against Sevilla in Spring 2017 to progress to the last 8 of the Champions League, and be English football's sole remaining representative in the Last 16.competition, where they only lost to Atletico through a penalty for a foul clearly outside the box.



** Liverpool, however, tend to get their own back whenever City come to Anfield (most recent result: 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.

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** Liverpool, however, tend to get their own back whenever City come to Anfield (most recent result: 3-0).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.



*** 2014/15 got off to a bumpy start, with [[OldMaster Louis Van Gaal]] taking the helm. The first half of the season was marked by the injury-plagued squad scraping wins and draws by the skin of their teeth, while Van Gaal tested out different formations and played some players out of position. In April, they found their form, holding onto fourth place on the table (by the skin of their teeth) and managing to defeat Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa with something of the style they were once known for under Ferguson. Many United fans remained unconvinced, particularly due to the protracted transfer saga involving star Goalkeeper David De Gea, the last minute purchase of the 19 year old unknown Anthony Martial for ''£36 million'', making him the most expensive teenager in footballing history and a fairly toothless start to the 2015/16 season. This proved to be justified, and United limped to a 5th place finish, losing out on 4th place by goal difference - and, to rub salt in the wound, to arch-rivals Manchester City. Van Gaal was consequently fired and replaced with Jose 'The Special One' Mourinho, who promptly bought highly rated Juventus (and former United youth player) Paul Pogba for a world record £89 million, among others. However, his start has been less than stellar, with United sitting in 6th on 18 points after 11 games, while arch-rivals Liverpool, on 26 points, and City, on 24, battle it out for the top spot.

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*** 2014/15 got off to a bumpy start, with [[OldMaster Louis Van Gaal]] taking the helm. The first half of the season was marked by the injury-plagued squad scraping wins and draws by the skin of their teeth, while Van Gaal tested out different formations and played some players out of position. In April, they found their form, holding onto fourth place on the table (by the skin of their teeth) and managing to defeat Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa with something of the style they were once known for under Ferguson. Many United fans remained unconvinced, particularly due to the protracted transfer saga involving star Goalkeeper David De Gea, the last minute purchase of the 19 year old unknown Anthony Martial for ''£36 million'', making him the most expensive teenager in footballing history and a fairly toothless start to the 2015/16 season. This proved to be justified, and United limped to a 5th place finish, losing out on 4th place by goal difference - and, to rub salt in the wound, to arch-rivals Manchester City. Van Gaal was consequently fired and replaced with Jose 'The Special One' Mourinho, who promptly bought highly rated Juventus (and former United youth player) Paul Pogba for a world record £89 million, among others. However, his start has been less than stellar, with United sitting in 6th on 18 points after 11 games, while arch-rivals Liverpool, on 26 points, had a strange season - they went through 25 games unbeaten, but, during this run, were held at home by Burnley, Arsenal, West Ham, Hull, West Brom and City, on 24, battle it out for Swansea (as well as Liverpool and Everton), with 15 draws throughout the season, meaning they never seriously threatened the top spot. 4 - however, they won the League Cup and than the Europa League, beating Ajax in the final of the latter, just two days after the terror atrocity against Ariana Grande fans in Manchester, making it a particularly poignant victory, with [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Manchester City fans supporting Man U's triumph, and the two rivals donating to the emergency fund together]]. The win over Ajax got Man U into the 2017-18 Champions League, making Arsenal the sole top 6 side to miss out on it.



**The 2016-17 season was seeming nondescript. Spurs didn't lose any of their first 12 games, but suffered too many draws, and made little impact in the Champions League, in which they played home games at Wembley, losing 2 of them to crash out. However, they than won 19 of their final 23 games in style, including a run of 9 wins on the trot cumulating in a derby win over Arsenal that ensured that Spurs placed above their neighbours, who had still 5 games to play (all of which they won), for the first time since 1995, ending their ultimate bottle. However, they lost to West Ham to hand the title to Chelsea. This was followed by a win over Man U in the final game before White Hart Lane was bulldozed to the ground to be replaced by a new arena that is literally next to it. They than won their final 2 games, both away from home, with a staggering 13 goals across the two games, 7 from Harry Kane, who got 4 of them against old club Leicester in the first of the 2 games - more than he scored in the 13 games he played for Leicester in 2013!



** AKA "The Clarets" from their claret and blue kit. One of the 12 founder members of The Football League. Notable for a pretty large fall from grace in the 70s and 80s, going from top-flight football to narrowly surviving relegation from the Football League. Promoted to the Premiership for the 2009/10 season after winning the Championship play-offs, but dropped back to the Championship the next season. Stayed there until finishing second in 201314, earning a place in the Prem once again. Historically, they are fierce rivals of Blackburn Rovers due to sheer proximity (8 miles down the road).

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** AKA "The Clarets" from their claret and blue kit. One of the 12 founder members of The Football League. Notable for a pretty large fall from grace in the 70s and 80s, going from top-flight football to narrowly surviving relegation from the Football League. Promoted to the Premiership for the 2009/10 season after winning the Championship play-offs, but dropped back to the Championship the next season. Stayed there until finishing second in 201314, earning a place in the Prem once again. They went straight back down but rebounded again after an unbeaten second half of the season, and survived the 2016-17 season in the PL due to formidable home form, in a season in which they also became notable for the story of star striker Andre Gray, who turned from a homophobic nutcase playing in amateur football who never had a dad and survived a gang stabbing, to a PL hat-trick scorer and a boyfriend of a LittleMix member. In a hyperbole, famous Burnley supporter Alistair Campbell, a key figure in Tony Blair's period as Prime Minister, described Burnley being in the PL as even greater than the landslide he helped Blair to. Historically, they are fierce rivals of Blackburn Rovers due to sheer proximity (8 miles down the road).



** Playing wise, they are - or were - considered a dark horse team and incredibly strong at home. In the 08/09 season their manager quit seemingly over the notably miserly transfer policy. Despite a valiant effort by former player Alan Shearer, who managed them for the last eight games of the season, they were relegated on the last day. Under new management (although not new owners), they are now back in the top flight and lurking in the bottom half of the table, much to the displeasure of the fans.

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** Playing wise, they are - or were - considered a dark horse team and incredibly strong at home. In the 08/09 season their manager quit seemingly over the notably miserly transfer policy. Despite a valiant effort by former player Alan Shearer, who managed them for the last eight games of the season, they were relegated on the last day. Under new management (although not new owners), they are now back in the top flight and lurking in the bottom half of the table, much to the displeasure of the fans. They spent another 2nd division season, but again went straight back up, though with more home defeats.



** Nicknamed "Pompey". Had a strong spell in the early post-war years, winning the league in 1949 and 1950. They faded away until the mid-2000s, when they reached the Premier League, quickly establishing themselves before winning the FA Cup in 2008, qualifying for Europe for the first time. Severe financial problems set in the following year, however, and Portsmouth ultimately ended up sliding down the divisions until they reached League Two in 2013-14.

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** Nicknamed "Pompey". Had a strong spell in the early post-war years, winning the league in 1949 and 1950. They faded away until the mid-2000s, when they reached the Premier League, quickly establishing themselves before winning the FA Cup in 2008, qualifying for Europe for the first time. Severe financial problems set in the following year, however, and Portsmouth ultimately ended up sliding down the divisions until they reached League Two in 2013-14. It spent 4 seasons there before rebounding



** AKA "The Black Cats". Known for being a "yo-yo team", meaning they tend to keep getting promoted and relegated, being too good for one division and not quite good enough for the next. Play in red and white vertical stripes. Proudest moment was winning the FA Cup as underdogs against the then-powerhouse Leeds in 1973, although they have won the league pre-war. Fierce rivals with nearby Newcastle. Narrowly stayed in the top flight last season, while their rivals went down. Currently clinging onto the Premier League by the tips of their fingers.

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** AKA "The Black Cats". Known for being a "yo-yo team", meaning they tend to keep getting promoted and relegated, being too good for one division and not quite good enough for the next. Play in red and white vertical stripes. Proudest moment was winning the FA Cup as underdogs against the then-powerhouse Leeds in 1973, although they have won the league pre-war. Fierce rivals with nearby Newcastle. Narrowly stayed in the top flight last season, in 2015-16, while their rivals went down. Currently clinging onto the Premier League by the tips of down, but their fingers.luck would run out, as Sam Allardyce left for his ill-fated England job, David Moyes assembled a team made up mostly of players he worked with at Everton and Manchester United that were past their best or unable to fulfil their potential, and they were relegated easily, with a month to spare.



** "West Brom" or "The Baggies" are currently a mid-table Premiership side. A former great, they last won a major trophy (the FA Cup for the fifth time) in 1968 and then spent 1986 to 2002 out of the top flight. Were one of the twelve founding members of the football league (along with several other Midlands clubs, including arch-rivals Wolves) but have only won the league once, in 1920. Like Sunderland, they have a reputation as somewhat of a "yo-yo team" - in the nine seasons from 2001-02 to 2008-09, seven resulted in either promotion or relegation, the other two being a defeat in the play-off final and a survival so improbable it was dubbed "The Great Escape". They play in navy and white stripes, although unusually have no shirt sponsor. Statistically have the most intelligent fans... [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1984648.stm no, seriously]]. Among said fans, they happen to have Music/EricClapton.

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** "West Brom" or "The Baggies" are currently a mid-table Premiership side. A former great, they last won a major trophy (the FA Cup for the fifth time) in 1968 and then spent 1986 to 2002 out of the top flight. Were one of the twelve founding members of the football league (along with several other Midlands clubs, including arch-rivals Wolves) but have only won the league once, in 1920. Like Sunderland, they have a reputation as somewhat of a "yo-yo team" - in the nine seasons from 2001-02 to 2008-09, seven resulted in either promotion or relegation, the other two being a defeat in the play-off final and a survival so improbable it was dubbed "The Great Escape". They play in navy and white stripes, although unusually have no shirt sponsor.stripes. Statistically have the most intelligent fans... [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1984648.stm no, seriously]]. Among said fans, they happen to have Music/EricClapton.
9th May '17 4:00:43 PM 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 sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby, being replaced by charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for ''gegenpressing'' style of 'heavy metal football' having broken Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, before taking them to the Champions League final. Since the clubs are 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 defensive style of the ''gegenpress'' that involves attacking players hunting down the ball in packs, either winning it back high up the pitch or forcing errorsm with an attack led by a freely interchanging floating front three of dynamic wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]] and hard-working creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]] (recently convicted of drink driving, leading to variations on a classic chant from Liverpool fans: [[DrunkenMaster 'Roberto Firmino... he scores when he's drunk']]). And when [[WeakButSkilled Adam Lallana]] [[TheLoad (formerly deemed to be a waste of space)]] is in midfield, he's given license to use his extensive technical talents to knit play between midfield and attack, making it a front four. This style, along with the reinvention of captain Jordan Henderson as a deep lying 'number 6', using his energy and passing skill to dictate play and break up opposition attacks, 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 once to any of 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, champions Leicester (4-1), Hull (5-1), Watford (6-1), Arsenal (4-3), Chelsea (2-1), Stoke (4-1), Crystal Palace (4-2), Tottenham (2-1 - in the League Cup) - all in the first half of the season, led to the belief that Liverpool were serious title contenders, before they stumbled at Christmas.
*** While they entered 2017 still in striking distance, technically weaker teams found that piling the entire team behind the ball, letting Liverpool have all the possession and no room before hitting them on the break was an effective strategy, targeting their flimsy defence. Combined with the loss of key players Joel Matip and Sadio Mane to international duty (or international legal limbo in Matip's case), Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson to injury, and a pile up of matches leading to six games in a month (including, at the start of January, two games in less than 48 hours) on top of a busy Christmas, their form collapsed, with a number of humiliating defeats. This left them outside the top 4 at the start of March - though the rest of the top 6 has bunched up so much that only four points separate 2nd and 6th. However, a dominant 2-0 victory over Tottenham, who hadn't lost in 11 matches, seemed to have brought the magic back. Then they lost 3-1 to relegation threatened and managerless Leicester, and then, less than a week after that, beat Arsenal by the same scoreline.
*** While Klopp's side are deadly going forward, they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues', especially when Lucas is also in defence. Or, less kindly, a defence that on occasion closely resembles a slapstick comedy routine. Lucas is a central midfielder by trade. While widely beloved by fans for his absolute devotion to the club on and off the pitch and capable of putting in superb performances, he's also short, not that mobile and a yellow card waiting to happen. Preferred centre backs Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been inconsistent and/or injured. Or in the case of [[ConfusionFu the unconventional yet effective]] Mamadou Sakho, exiled to the reserves for disciplinary reasons. The left back position was previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner. Milner is a right sided midfielder by trade, though capable of playing across the midfield. Considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional, he's well-liked - and the subject of MemeticMutation via the Boring James Milner Twitter account. However, he is not a left back, he's turning 31 and Klopp has steadfastly refused to buy a replacement, waiting for the right player to become available. This has led to New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. While Karius has put in some decent performances since his recovery, adjusting to the league, and Mignolet has since upped his game in response, it's still their Achilles Heel.
** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds and underdog status. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a ''challenge.'' The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 54 minutes in, level at 3-3 6 minutes later) and the 2016 Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (as in, after the Dortmund match, #[=ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009 and having in 2007 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is 'Fortress Anfield' a place you particularly want to go.

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*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that led to boos from the Kop,]] Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby, being replaced by charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for ''gegenpressing'' style of 'heavy metal football' having broken Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, before taking them to the Champions League final. Since the clubs are 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 defensive style of the ''gegenpress'' that involves attacking players hunting down the ball in packs, either winning it back high up the pitch or forcing errorsm errors with an attack led by a freely interchanging floating front three of dynamic wing forward [[LightningBruiser Sadio Mane,]] talismanic [[PintSizedPowerHouse pocket-sized playmaker Philippe Coutinho]] and hard-working creative striker [[TheLancer Roberto Firmino]] (recently convicted of drink driving, leading to variations on a classic chant from Liverpool fans: [[DrunkenMaster 'Roberto Firmino... he scores when he's drunk']]). And when [[WeakButSkilled Adam Lallana]] [[TheLoad (formerly deemed to be a waste of space)]] is in midfield, he's given license to use his extensive technical talents to knit play between midfield and attack, making it a front four. This style, along with the reinvention of captain Jordan Henderson as a deep lying 'number 6', using his energy and passing skill to dictate play and break up opposition attacks, 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 once to any of 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, champions Leicester (4-1), Hull (5-1), Watford (6-1), Arsenal (4-3), Chelsea (2-1), Stoke (4-1), Crystal Palace (4-2), Tottenham (2-1 - in the League Cup) - all in the first half of the season, led to the belief that Liverpool were serious title contenders, before they stumbled at Christmas.
*** While they entered 2017 still in striking distance, technically weaker teams found that piling the entire team behind the ball, letting Liverpool have all the possession and no room before hitting them on the break was an effective strategy, targeting their flimsy defence. Combined with the loss of key players Joel Matip and Sadio Mane to international duty (or international legal limbo in Matip's case), case) and injury, as well as Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson Henderson, also to injury, and a pile up of matches leading to six games in a month (including, at the start of January, two games in less than 48 hours) on top of a busy Christmas, their form collapsed, with a number of humiliating defeats. This left them outside the top 4 at the start of March - though the rest of the top 6 has bunched up so much that only four points separate 2nd and 6th. However, a dominant 2-0 victory over Tottenham, who hadn't lost in 11 matches, seemed to have brought the magic back. Then they lost 3-1 to relegation threatened and managerless Leicester, and then, less than a week after that, beat Arsenal by the same scoreline.
scoreline. At the time of writing, they seem to be limping over the line to Champions League qualification, helped by the fallibility of rivals and by grinding out results over weaker teams - notably, beating Watford 1-0, a dour game being livened up by a spectacular overhead kick from Emre Can.
*** While Klopp's side are deadly going forward, they have what could kindly be called 'defensive issues', especially when Lucas is also in defence. Or, less kindly, a defence that on occasion closely resembles a slapstick comedy routine. Lucas is a central midfielder by trade. While widely beloved by fans for his absolute devotion to the club on and off the pitch and capable of putting able to put in superb performances, he's also short, not that mobile after an ACL injury several years ago, and a yellow card waiting to happen. Preferred centre backs Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been inconsistent and/or injured. Or in the case of [[ConfusionFu the unconventional yet effective]] Mamadou Sakho, exiled to the reserves reserves, then loaned to Crystal Palace, for disciplinary reasons. The left back position was previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner. Milner is a right sided midfielder by trade, though capable of playing across the midfield. Considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional, he's well-liked - and the subject of MemeticMutation via the Boring James Milner Twitter account. However, he is not a left back, he's turning 31 and Klopp has steadfastly refused to buy a replacement, waiting for the right player to become available. This has led to an unbalanced defence. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. Burnley in the second game of the season. While Karius has put in some decent performances since his recovery, adjusting to the league, and Mignolet has since upped his game in response, it's still their Achilles Heel.
AchillesHeel.
** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds and underdog status. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a ''challenge.'' The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 54 minutes in, level at 3-3 6 minutes later) and the 2016 Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (as in, after (after the Dortmund match, match #[=ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009 and having in 2007 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is 'Fortress Anfield' a place you particularly want to go.



** 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 (with a further expansion to 59,000 in vague planning stages), 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'. They're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, 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 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 for Liverpool in Germany, partly because of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely 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 and ferry tickets to Liverpool probably have something to do with it. One other possible explanation is the prominence of the usually under-represented 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 regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] Once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in 2006, Alan Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken in two separate places.]] He was never quite the same again. 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. Recently, they demonstrated their displeasure at a proposed ticket price hike to £77 and did so by leaving in the 77th minute of Liverpool's match with Sunderland. Liverpool, who had been winning 2-0, drew 2-2. The owners hurriedly backed down.

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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 (with a further expansion to 59,000 in vague planning stages), 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'. They're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, 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 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 for Liverpool in Germany, partly because of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely 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 and ferry tickets to Liverpool probably have something to do with it. One other possible explanation is the prominence of the usually under-represented 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 regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] [[note]] Once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in an FA Cup tie in 2006, Alan 'Smudge' Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken in two separate places.and his ankle dislocated.]] He Poor old Smudge was never quite the same again. 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. Recently, they demonstrated their displeasure at a proposed ticket price hike to £77 and did so by leaving in the 77th minute of Liverpool's match with Sunderland. Liverpool, who had been winning 2-0, drew 2-2. The owners hurriedly backed down.


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