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Realistic Scouser Admits Title Defeat Already

Every year since Liverpool last won the title in the 1989/1990 season, their fans harp on about this year being their year. This season the glory days will return and they will win the title, something they used to be able to claim they had won more than any other team.

Since Liverpool last won the league, United have won an incredible eleven titles, as well as two European Cups, but this doesn’t seem to dampen the scouse spirit.

“I think next year could be our year – I’m really confident about that,” Steven Gerrard said at the end of last season. It was an odd comment to make, given that fifteen months earlier Gerrard appeared to be all too aware of how amusing the rest of us find ‘this is our year’ talk.

“We can’t keep talking about next season all the time,” he said in February 2008. “There are only so many times you can say it and believe it. Sooner or later we have to make one season the season we make it happen and do the talking on the pitch. We need to make people believe it. I’m 27 now, I don’t want to be talking about ‘next season’ for Liverpool when I’m 32.”

Gerrard is 29-years-old now and will be 30 by the time the season finishes… a season that Liverpool goalie, Pepe Reina, says his team-mates are resigned to finishing without the title.

“Teams like Manchester United have lots of players who can tip the balance; we haven’t got the individuals,” said Reina yesterday. “There are games that get congested and we haven’t got the vision other sides boast. There isn’t frustration, there is resignation. We all want to win the league but right now it’s not a realistic objective. Maybe it’s time to get realistic and not think about the title but just about winning the next game.”

A realistic scouser? Well I never!

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  1. Red Dave says:

    aww reina
    it takes all the fun out of humiliating you if you just give up and roll over
    the victory is all the sweeter when you inevitably fail after trying so hard
    you’ve got no balls reina
    no balls

  2. hurr says:

    If they started Benayoun every game then they might have a chance. But, knowing the FSW, tough luck suckers!! HAHA!

  3. stewart says:

    Fuck off, fuck off with an ‘ole in your arse, and you’ll never win the league! You’ll never win the league!

  4. Macedonia_United says:

    I wouldnt count them off , i would like to ,but think the best of them is yet to come.They also make unbeaten runs like us, couple wins in a row…Hope they lose in london this weekend, they miss xabi alonso more than they think.

  5. Macheda is GOD says:

    And this was said after a victory from liverpool!

  6. 9jmac says:

    Well hes not actually scouse if that helps!

  7. Macheda is GOD says:

    Liverpool are a joke who knows they will win fuck all.

  8. edwin says:

    Still, we need to keep our eyes on the prize, and not let up until it is won. Who knows, this could be a shitty attempt by Manuel at Mind games!

  9. Sunny says:

    More worried about the rent boys to be honest…

    And Shitty next week is crucial.

  10. trevor says:

    It is really early in the season to know what is going to happen.

    For any of the major teams to write themselves off is beyond me! It certainly will be difficult for them but not impossible!

    For me it pains me to say it, i think we are going to find it difficult against chelsea.

    At the moment they have the momenum, They dont have many injuries & look on form!

    Its going to be an interesting year thats for sure.

    For me there is a top 3 of United, Chelsea & Liverpool

    There is a second teir 3 behind them in Man City, Arsenal & Aston Villa(maybe!)

    Then we have outsiders of Everton, Tottenham…….

    Their was a differnce in quality between us and tottenham yesterday but i think that was down to the performance of the Spurs players….They were awful at times!

    This season sure is interesting and bloody exciting!

  11. wayne says:

    what a bunch of losers all we’ve heard from all of them is how their ready to win it all now 5 games into the season they’ve given up already,fuck me gotta love the grit and heart in that team

  12. ash says:

    dont be surprised if both liverpool and gunner are out of top 4.
    i still wont comment about cheslea. dont get me wrong but i am still not that much impressed with the rentboys.they have played the easiest fixture so far and still have struggle to win convinsingly.
    i hope spurs give them a tough fight next week.
    we are the only team who has has the toughest fixture so far.away to wigan is always tough and then arsenal and then to white hart lane.
    i still say and believe united are the favourites. liverpool counldnt play like last season thats for sure.

  13. wayne says:

    another thing always whining about other clubs having money to spend, out spent utd,chelsea and aresnal 3rd biggest spending club behind city and villa in the off season its losers that make excuses what a bunch of wankers

  14. Bruno says:

    Manu PWN Liverpool. Liverpool will not win another title this season.

    This season the title will be between Manu and Chelski. Manu FTW, Chelski 2nd

    3rd and 4th btw Spurs and Citey

    5th to the gooners

    and finally 6th, the number naturally belongs to Liverpool muahahahahhahahahahahahaa

  15. cantona7 says:

    erm i was surprised to hear that confession from Pepe Reina. Surprised because it takes them so many years to realize that haha

  16. King Eric says:

    If I was a dipper (and thank fuck I ain’t) I would be absolutely furious with Reina. What sort of a fucking bottling attitude is that to take? Resigned to defeat after 5 games. You can just imagine our lads talking like that.

    Trevor. I agree the rentboys will be challenging but I ain’t really that worried about them either mate. As soon as Drogba is injured or away at the African Nations with Essien, Kalou etc they will struggle. They haven’t actually played anyone decent yet. Hull, Sunderland, Burnley, Fulham and Stoke aren’t exactly a true test. They were actually quite lucky yesterday, Stoke gave them a good game. It will be interesting to see how they perform against Spurs next week. Having said all that I still think it will be between us and them. Arsenal are already 9 behind them and 6 behind us. They have absolutely no strength or aggression in midfield as outlined again yesterday. They will struggle I feel to remain in the top 4.

  17. King Eric says:

    ash – Sorry mate I wasn’t copying you, we both obviously feel the same way about the chavs.

  18. King Eric says:

    Sorry to go off topic but this beggars belief. From being “weakend” without Ronnie to this!

    From what I have heard from Lineker he adores Rooney!

  19. ash says:

    no probs mate.i am happy atleast someone agrees with me about chelski.
    yeah they are good but not the best.

  20. Drew Vader says:

    Chelski’s luck will run out. They’ve played suck ass teams so far and failed to convince.

  21. Norton says:

    United will prevail again this season: achieving 4 titles in-a-row is incentive enough in its own right. This will be lurking at the back of minds when things get tough, the psychology of the CLUB ensures it.
    Equalling the record of 18 only become a conscious factor late on last time round. But the chance to go to 19 and what I say above will have been instilled in the players’minds pre-season in my view.
    And City? Well, their psychology dictates otherwise than their dreams. While, yep, they’re stronger, I doubt very much they’ll finish in the top 4. And I believe Arsenal will. City? 6th or 7th.

  22. TonyBee says:

    Bruno…. MAN U…..tsk tsk you should no better….. it is MAN UTD, MUFC,never MAN U

  23. TonyBee says:

    And fuck the scouse cunts…. hope they get relegated….

  24. MG says:

    Apparently after the season ends and we finally do the sequel to the treble (touch wood!), Man city and Liverpool are going to play a two team tournament where they can finally end years of hurt.

    You heard it here first Devils : )

    Of course then the real season will start in August again and they will have to come back down to earth…

  25. denton davey says:

    Macedonia_ United @ 13:37: I completely agree with your points; you beat me to it ! Who knows how Aquilani will pan out – he might give them more cutting-edge than Alonso; but, he’s a sick-note and, of course, he might also be a flop in the EPL.

    That said, their front-four of Torres, Gerrard, Benayoun and Kuyt play well together. Underestimate them at your peril.

    What I would add, though, is some “concern” (as in crocodile tears !) that the fulcrum of their defence – Jamie Carragher – is going to start getting skinned by younger, faster strikers and his octopus-style of defending is going to become a red-card-waiting-to-happen. And, as Glen Johnson showed in the Croatia game for Ingerland, he’s a force going forward but a mistake-waiting-to-happen as a defender (kinda like Gabriel Heinze who FSW also wanted to sign !).

  26. Park, Park, wherever you may be says:

    Denton Davey, you’re spot on about the scousers!
    Their defence has little depth, and teams like united and Chelsea (even shiteh) have players that are PROVEN to come in and do the job.
    Attack is even worse for them as they will prove to be 1-dimensional with the whole Torres – Stevie (hyped!) partnership! Mark them, turn Carra & it will be loss after loss as their GK has no balls (or cohunhas) *as proven above!HA

  27. Fze123 says:

    sorry, off topic, but,19528,12040_5556436,00.html

    fergie saying he’d like a rematch with barca, he knew exactly what went wrong that night, some harsh lessons were learnt. worth a read.

  28. brwah says:

    So many misconceptions about Liverpool on this thread, let me clear them out. Firstly, Reina said before the game, not after we won it, and Rafa cleared up what he said afterwards as well, saying that it has been lost in translation somewhat, because the point Reina was making was not that we should give up on the title, but that we should look at it game by game. He did say there is not frustration, but resignation, which is disappointing as a Liverpool supporter, but I care only about the results, and Reina’s been a top quality player for us, both in terms of performance and attitude, that I know he and the others will give 100%.

    Secondly, you lot seem to forget that Aurelio, Aquilani and Agger still have to come back from injury, and our team will look a lot stronger defensively once they do. Aurelio at left back, or occasionally central mid, as he did against Pompey last year (and he will help us in set-pieces as well) and Agger to replace Carra, whose legs are starting to give in IMO.

    Thirdly, Johnson will get better defensively, and he is allowed to go up more for Liverpool because Kuyt will protect the right side better than Lennon/Walcott, and Masch is better defensively than Carrick/Barry, so he doesn’t need to do that much work defensively. Our weakest defender this year has not been Johnson, but Carra, and there’s the reason why I think, or hope, that Rafa starts with Agger-Skrtel.

    Like denton davey said, underestimate us at your own peril.

  29. says:

    maybe next year is there year
    anyway fuck them
    i just wanna cream these pricks next weekend
    realistic scouser
    it sounds like polite rent boy
    it just doesnt work

  30. Datnana says:

    I see the top 3standings after this league same as last year’ me,this chelsea setup are yet to meet any title contender.yes,they look aggressive but they’ve not met one united.forget not,their masters tottenham are in-form.villa? Even city. All the teams will try but to win the league,you must have quality squad depth and thats where united come best.

  31. King Eric says:

    Fze123 – Fascinating read. The defeat obviously affected SAF and he says the squad is stronger for it. Makes you wonder just how far this team can go once they get in to top gear.

  32. Ishaq says:

    We need to bring City down to Earth.

  33. Giles Oakley says:

    This is not the time to start crowing about how the dippers are going to blow it again. That’s crazy. We need to pile on the expectations higher and higher, not ease the pressure off, which is obviously what Reina is doing. They’re all frantically trying to lower expectations, knowing how the Kop reacts to every set-back if hopes get raised too high. It was pressure at home last season that helped undermine them last year, hence all those edgy dropped points in draws against ‘inferior’ teams. Same with citteh , we need to talk up their title chances at every opportunity, stressing all the time how much they have spent and what a fantastic squad they have and how we’re all quaking. The time for laughing at opponents is when you’ve won something yourself, not before.

  34. Gudjohnsen says:

    Well let’s not forget that Reina is a “vice-champion” already, lol! Remember that interview?

  35. Drew Vader says:

    Well said Giles

  36. audiods says:

    fuck with scousers..
    I’d rather walk alone
    fuck scousers

  37. cantona7 says:

    yeah underestimate them at your own peril. Liverpool are going to play the game of their life against us. They are gonna be thousand times better when playing us than playing other teams.

  38. sppibsihmkcrkg says:

    how can anyone say liverpoo are missing aqualani or that he’s important to the team when he hasn’t fucking played yet. He could be big bag of shit in prem lge like alot of other players have been coming from serie a. Winds me up when dipper fans and the fsw himself make out liverpoo are missing him. Pricks

  39. Fze123 says:

    @ King Eric

    totally agree. when this team hits top gear, they’ll be too lethal for other teams to stop. fergie actually took the DVD of the game on holiday, his personal time, just so he can study what went wrong and pick out the flaws. another reason why i love our manager, and i don’t think many managers would do the same. i just hope he’s now more carefull tactically when choosing the line-up.

  40. Axeman says:

    Really agree with Giles Oakley here. We shouldn’t be crowing at the start of the season. We can’t afford to get complacent. The scousers are just trying to keep their fans expectations in check. We need to do our talking on the pitch. If & when we win the title.. then we can really rub their noses in it :)


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