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Liverpool (h)
The Sunday afternoon kick about with Liverpool happens today at 4pm (UK Time).

This is the final game of what has been a season disrupted by a virus that has killed an estimated 75,000 of our fellow citizens according to the Office For National Statistics. 

So footy has somewhat paled in comparison with this.

Nevertheless, here we go again for the final time.

This end of season "flip flop" kickabout friendly will be with the newly crowned Premier League champions, and again will be played out with no fans in the ground.

On the telly (BT Sports 2).

The Toon  will be without Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Ciaran Clark and Fabian Schar but Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff could return.

Emil Krafth is doubtful, while Nabil Bentaleb, Valentino Lazaro and Danny Rose are all available for the final game of their extended loan agreements.

To be honest, I'll watch this out of interest - but the big question still hangs over us - we need to know if the takeover is going to be approved so we can plan for next season.

Team: Martin Dúbravka; Javier Manquillo, Federico Fernández, Danny Rose, Matt Ritchie; Jonjo Shelvey, Nabil Bentaleb; Valentino Lazaro, Miguel Almirón, Allan Saint-Maximin; Dwight Gayle.

Substitutes: Karl Darlow, DeAndre Yedlin, Kelland Watts, Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Jack Young, Yoshinori Muto, Joelinton, Andy Carroll.
Can't even compete with half a Liverpool B team who having nothing to play for. Same brand of non football, ASM not involved as he is too far up the pitch, just the usual shit we watch week in and week out. Must be a bloody warm ball as they are doing the old pass the hot potato trick. Frightening to think they are professional players.
The slow pace of this game has really highlighted how awful our players are; special mention for Bentaleb in that respect.  Most of them can't pass a ball most of them can't trap a ball with the possible exception of Lazaro and none of them can tackle.  A special mention must also be made of Almiron who seems to have lost his pace entirely since the restart, rendering him pretty bloody useless - the boy simply cannot pass the ball.  Add to that the likes of Shelvey who hasn't shown much effort in our past few games ('though he can at least pass the ball), and we have our Championship side exposed in all it's mediocrity, ably assisted by Mrs. Doubtfire's cluelessness.
Exhibition stuff by them second half, we can’t even get the ball! Difference in class is immense, sadly.
"The club can never go anywhere under Mike Ashley. I promise you that." Kevin Keegan.
And now they bring on their ‘A’ team stars!!!! 
Cricket score beckons. Lost It
"The club can never go anywhere under Mike Ashley. I promise you that." Kevin Keegan.
One word sums it all up.

He has generally escaped criticism this season, but Dubravka has been poor since the restart.  Liverpool's 2nd and 3rd goals were almost carbon copies and he got nowhere near either of them, which for shots from the edge of the area to the opposite side of the goal from the striker, smacks of poor positioning and slow feet.  Joelinton just doesn't seem to get it; left out of the starting line-up, Bruce brings him on and he ambles about like he can't be bothered; is the most easily dispossessed player on the pitch and needs a minute or two to sort out where the ball is in relation to his feet (clue:  it's usually 20 metres away from him by then).  Overall, rubbish.
Sick of hearing commentators and pundits trying to tell us "what a good season Bruce has had" - then spending the whole game rubbishing us!

Both things can't be true.

Bruce got some good results with the team and the organisation he inherited from Rafa, when the players were clear about their jobs and knew what they were doing. But as the season has gone on he's farted about with the system, lost the organisation and we have been more and more shite.

If this takeover doesn't happen, and Bruce stays, next season will see us down by Christmas.
The commentators are legendary. Pick any combo of commentators:

"They have been really poor today Newcastle... I saw them the other week and they were really poor then too... but Steve Bruce is doing a fantastic job". I quite like Macca, but he was guilty of this today, albeit without the shite praise for an absolute idiot like Bruce.

We have stayed up because of ASM, and that's it, there is no other reason we have survived this season. It has been awful football, an horrific goal return and back to defending like we used to under the likes of Mclaren and Pardew. The only saving grace today is that Brucie didn't get Rafa's points total. So despite spending significantly more money, we finished on less points, scored less goals and conceded more goals. On top of that we have played some of the worst football I have ever seen us play, from start to finish.

Well done Steve, cracking job!

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