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I'm sick of all these new Liverpool signings saying that they are ready to challenge for titles. I can't do anything but laugh at the players who think their team can challenge for the title after losing their best player and not being able to win the League for 26 years.

I know it's just a pre-season friendly, but Liverpool struggled really hard against City who were missing Aguero, Kompany, Demichelis, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, and Negredo.

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Listening to Jordan Henderson this morning Raheem Sterling is the new Messi.

English Messi? :D

It went well with the other nations messi', like the german one :D

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Liverpool aren't contenders. You can't replace someone like Suarez (2 good players don't equal a great one), other contenders improved, they had the benefit of not playing in any other tournaments for any length of time, and they got lucky last year, Still a good team who I think will battle United for 4th but I could also see a disaster season if things go a little wrong which is quite possible and something around a 7th place finish. .

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Bacary Sagna is in Romania these days, chilling at the Black Sea with his brother and his friends.

He did an interview for a local TV station and, among other things, he said that he needed the City move because after seven years at Arsenal he wanted to move forward in his career.

Wasn't the FA Cup trophy supposed to turn Arsenal into a worldwide attraction? :lol:

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Brenton Rodgers... remember this ? http://www.teamtalk.com/news/2483/9402988/-

"Jose is happy to work that way and play that way and he will probably show his CV and say it works but it's not my way of working. I like to take the initiative in games and let players express themselves.

"Chelsea defended well. We tried everything we could but our game is based on being offensively creative as opposed to stopping. Their style of football, it's defensive, and the polar opposite of the way we work. It gets results - Jose has got his today and he will be happy with that."

Although Brendan Rodgers tried to claim a moral victory after Liverpool's title-blowing defeat to Chelsea in April, he must have known it was a hollow argument.

His admission that the Reds had been beaten in the biggest match of the season by an approach supposedly the polar opposite to his own was telling. Mourinho got his result, taught Rodgers a different way to skin the cat, and left Liverpool to lick their wounds over a long summer. A first Premier League crown remained elusive.

Much has happened since that balmy spring afternoon when the TV cameras broadcast the incredible scenes outside Anfield as Liverpool fans lined the streets in their thousands to greet the champions-elect.

Manchester City won their remaining three matches to pip the Reds to the title by two points, Luis Suarez has bitten again and been sold to Barcelona, and six players have been brought in for a combined total of almost £90million.

But amid the upheaval, one constant has remained: Rodgers' commitment to an attacking style of play.

It was arguably the most important ingredient in Liverpool's success last season as the manager unlocked the remarkable scoring potential in Suarez and Daniel Sturridge en route to the team's 84-point and 101-goal haul.

The Reds displayed a thrilling freedom that took them agonisingly close to Premier League glory as Rodgers' reputation was enhanced and self-belief cemented. "We play to win. The philosophy will not change next season," he said at the end of a brilliant campaign. "There is no fear here."

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