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ARE WE SEEING THE REBUILD OF A NEW LIVERPOOL TEAM? – BY PETER

On the 13th June 2021, I released an article DOES THE LIVERPOOL SQUAD NEED A BIG REBUILD OR SOME MINOR TWEAKS? – BY PETER – Touchline Media Group (touchlinefracas.co.uk) suggesting Liverpool needed to make some adjustments and start the rebuild of a new iteration of the team. After a tumultuous season last year, it was…

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Brian Under Duress List Gameweek #28

The Brian Under Duress (BUD) List is back for Gameweek 28 of Premier League fixtures. Every week players, teams and managers will be assessed and narrowed down to a list of 5 who I believe are under the most pressure heading into the upcoming Premier League game week. Starting off in 5th place is: 5th:…

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In defence of the referees..

‘Extra money, with some slight abuse on the side’. I remember describing to my friends my rationale for becoming a qualified match official during my time at university. It was a decision I had made rather easily, having volunteered as an official prior in more disjointed, disorganized levels. Yet, 6 months on from my last…

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Brian Under Duress List Gameweek #27

The Brian Under Duress (BUD) List is back for Gameweek 27 of Premier League fixtures. Every week players, teams and managers will be assessed and narrowed down to a list of 5 who I believe are under the most pressure heading into the upcoming Premier League game week. Starting off in 5th place is 5th:…

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The Pulisic Paradox – Case of Mistaken Identity?

Since the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, Chelsea have lacked a true creative focal point in attack as a result. Eden was a playmaker in its true essence; painting beautiful pictures on his canvas (football pitch), his feet being the paintbrush and the ball the paint. Eden’s trademark back flick’s were imperious. Exploited…

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Brian Under Duress List Gameweek #26

The Brian Under Duress (BUD) List is back for Gameweek 25 of Premier League fixtures. Every week players, teams and managers will be assessed and narrowed down to a list of 5 who I believe are under the most pressure heading into the upcoming Premier League game week. Starting off in 5th place is:  …

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Still Finding Lukaku – Touchline Notebook Special

Sequels are always hard when they have to top what came before it. The more time that passes on from that first instalment, it becomes even harder still. In many ways, Romelu Lukaku’s big money transfer to Chelsea was a sequel in more ways than one. Not just back to the second club of his…

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Brian Under Duress List Gameweek #25

The Brian Under Duress (BUD) List is back for Gameweek 25 of Premier League fixtures. Every week players, teams and managers will be assessed and narrowed down to a list of 5 who I believe are under the most pressure heading into the upcoming Premier League game week. Starting off in 5th place is: 5th:…

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Brian’s Premier League Under Duress List

I’ll be producing a new series called “Brian’s under Duress” List aka as the BUD List. Every week players, teams and managers will be assessed and narrowed down to a list of 5 who I believe are under the most duress/pressure heading into the upcoming Premier League game week. Starting off in 5th place is:…

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5 Reasons why Tottenham fans hate Arsenal

The North London derby. Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur. A rivalry full of antagonism and hatred between both sets of supporters. As we build up to the 190th North London derby this weekend, we are going to analyse why Tottenham fans despise Arsenal so much. “F**k off back to Woolwich, North London is ours” Firstly, some…

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Taking the knee: why has the gesture caused so much debate?

When the England national team took the knee before their EURO 2020 warm-up games against Austria and Romania in June, the players were booed by a significant number of their own supporters. The reaction surprised many given that the players were kneeling in solidarity for the fight against racial discrimination, so it raises the question…

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Cristiano Ronaldo – Painting The Elephant. MUGA Special by Elijah

Invariably, where there is an Olympics, there is a new state of the art stadium to host the shining spectacle. A city with a great wondrous stadia in it, one that invariably stands out like a sore thumb as time passes. One only has to search Olympics and White Elephants to see the remarkable trend…

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Jorginho and the problem with individual awards

The Ballon d’Or and the UEFA Men’s Best Player awards are the two most coveted individual trophies within men’s football. The ceremonies are star studded, the candidates boast extraordinary statistics and feats, and the football world argues relentlessly over which incredible athlete deserves the immortalisation of their performance in the records. So, it is little…

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TG Special: What do you think they’re smoking over there at the Emirates? – by Dan Koogs

A real mixed bag Mikel Arteta has been in charge of Arsenal since December 2019 signing a 3 1/2 year deal. “A completely mixed bag” would be an accurate description of performance both in terms of off and on field performance. Fan opinion seems fairly split when evaluating his time at the club so far….

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2011 THROWBACK: WHY ‘NEW DROGBA’ IS DIFFERENT TO DIDIER

This article is a time capsule as I (Daniel Soff) wrote this on the 13th of May 2011 whilst Lukaku was still at Anderlecht. There is a very good chance young Romelu Lukaku will be a Chelsea player next season and in my estimation as an asset, he will prove a great buy. On first…

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Have Chelsea finally overtaken Arsenal as London’s biggest club?

On the 29th May 2021, Chelsea won their second UEFA Champions League (UCL) title. Going in as underdogs, the blues defeated the Premier League Champions Manchester City led by Pep Guardiola who had only lost one final up to that point in his illustrious career. The triumph was yet more bad news for Arsenal fans…

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Steven Gerrard: The Rangers Journey to 55

In Steven Gerrard’s final days at Liverpool, he had bowed out in embarrassing fashion losing his final home game at Anfield 3-1 to Crystal Palace and losing 6-1 away to Stoke City in his final ever league game. It was certainly a bitter end to his Liverpool career and not the way he had hoped…

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DOES THE LIVERPOOL SQUAD NEED A BIG REBUILD OR SOME MINOR TWEAKS? – BY PETER

The 2020/21 Premier League campaign has concluded and for Liverpool it has been the most peculiar season. The Reds came in as favourites being the reigning champions but succumbed to a scrappy top four race, of which they achieved on the last day. A mix of unfortunate events such as injuries and personal problems has…

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Wilfried Zaha: Has he missed the boat?

In recent years, Wilfried Zaha has been heavily linked with moves away from Crystal Palace to teams in the top 6 of the Premier League as well as European giants abroad. However, it remains to be seen whether he’ll be able to secure his desired move. As time goes by, Zaha’s chances of playing European…

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Starboy rankings 2021/22

Touchline Analysts were challenged to do a rank that stands the test of time. The composite column on the left is what our combined rankings of the players are. You can see where each analyst rated a player by looking at the matrix. If you’re on mobile switch to landscape!! Only attacking players under 21…

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