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Chelsea

Klopp at a low ebb as Chelsea come to town

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London (AFP) Viewed as Premier League leaders Chelsea's closest rivals a month ago, Liverpool confront Antonio Conte's side at Anfield on Tuesday with their season on the brink of total collapse.

Brimming with energy as 2016 drew to a close, Liverpool have looked a spent force in 2017, their only win in eight games arriving in an FA Cup replay at fourth-tier minnows Plymouth Argyle.

A Short History of Football and Music: 2000 to the Present

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[W]ith football cock of the walk as the new millennium dawned, the extended love-in with music and other elements of popular culture continued to drag on through the early years of the decade. Soccer AM remained as popular as ever, Doves' anthem Pounding soundtracked Saturday lunchtime's On The Ball presented by Gabby Yorath, Sham 69 enlisted Blur guitarist Graham Coxon on a reworking of one of their most famous hits, producing the subtle Hurry Up England, and those chancers Kasabian took the stage for a gig in Paris sporting the national team's new replica shirt.

A Short History of Football and Music: 2000 to the Present

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[W]ith football cock of the walk as the new millennium dawned, the extended love-in with music and other elements of popular culture continued to drag on through the early years of the decade. Soccer AM remained as popular as ever, Doves' anthem Pounding soundtracked Saturday lunchtime's On The Ball presented by Gabby Yorath, Sham 69 enlisted Blur guitarist Graham Coxon on a reworking of one of their most famous hits, producing the subtle Hurry Up England, and those chancers Kasabian took the stage for a gig in Paris sporting the national team's new replica shirt.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

FA Cup

I Scored Last Week In Training...

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Get in. Thank god we got past Plymouth, as a Liverpool fan from Wolverhampton I would have never heard the last of it. I was so desperate for us to win last night it was ridiculous, who'd of thought you could get as nervous for Plymouth away in an FA Cup replay as you did for the Champions League final?

Jurgen Klopp Presented With Giant Cornish Pasty After Seeing Off Plymouth In FA Cup Third Round (Photo & Video)

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For reasons we can't quite fathom, Jurgen Klopp was presented with a rather fantastic souvenir afterlast night's FA Cup third round replay at Plymouth Argyle.

At the behest of Argyle's sponsors, the Liverpool coachwas given an enormous commemorative Cornish pasty, presumably to tide him over on the long trip back home.

Lucas sees Liverpool through in FA Cup replay

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Plymouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) Stand-in captain Lucas Leiva scored his first goal in seven years to earn Liverpool a 1-0 victory at fourth-tier underdogs Plymouth Argyle in Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay.

The Brazilian, playing at centre-back, met countryman Philippe Coutinho's 18th-minute corner with a firm near-post header to sink Plymouth, who had drawn 0-0 at Anfield 10 days previously.

Lucas sees Liverpool through in FA Cup replay

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Plymouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) Stand-in captain Lucas Leiva scored his first goal in seven years to earn Liverpool a 1-0 victory at fourth-tier underdogs Plymouth Argyle in Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay.

The Brazilian, playing at centre-back, met countryman Philippe Coutinho's 18th-minute corner with a firm near-post header to sink Plymouth, who had drawn 0-0 at Anfield 10 days previously.

Liverpool at Plymouth Argyle 01.18.17

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 1

Last four head-to-head:
0-0 (h) 01.08.17
3-2 Liverpool (a) 04.28.62
2-1 Liverpool (h) 12.09.61
1-1 (h) 03.24.61

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 Manchester Utd (a); 0-1 Southampton (a); 0-0 Plymouth Argyle (h)
Plymouth: 4-2 Stevenage (h); 0-0 Liverpool (a); 0-1 Barnet (a)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 0-0 Plymouth Argyle (h)
Plymouth: 0-0 Liverpool (a); 1-0 Newport County aet (a), 0-0 Newport County (h); 2-1 Mansfield (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Mané 9; Firmino, Lallana, Origi 7; Coutinho, Milner, Sturridge 6; Can 3; Lovren, Wijnaldum 2; Henderson, Klavan, Matip, Woodburn 1
Plymouth: Carey 10; Jervis 8; Slew 6; Tanner 5; Bradley, Bulvitis 3; Donaldson, Garita, Smith, Songo'o, Spencer, Threlkeld 2; Fox, Goodwillie 1

Referee: Graham Scott

Guess at a line-up:
Karius
Alexander-Arnold Lovren Gomez Moreno
Ejaria Stewart Wijnaldum
Ojo Sturridge Coutinho

"We have, in general, a very young team.

FA Cup 4th Round draw, 3rd round talking points and best goals as Rooney equals record

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There will be plenty of words written and said about whether the FA Cup still retains its trademark magic especially after Cardiff City played Fulham in front of sparse crowd of just over...

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Liverpool 0-0 Plymouth Argyle

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This is the Magic of The FA Cup©®™.

It's not the fading prestige of a domestic cup competition. It's not match-ups like this that we otherwise wouldn't see. It's not CUPSETS, and it's certainly not a League Two side earning a replay that Liverpool really didn't want.

The magic is this season's first appearances for Joe Gomez and Sheyi Ojo this season after long struggles with injury.

Plymouth And Beyond

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I haven't posted since the massively frustrating draw with Sunderland so I thought I'd take this opprtunity to do a sort of catch up post while looking forward to Liverpool's next three fixtures in the FA Cup, League Cup and Premier League.

I never saw the Sunderland match so it's not my place to offer an opinion really, what I will say is that I knew we'd slip up against them, it's just bloody typical Liverpool isn't it?

Liverpool v Plymouth Argyle 01.08.17

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8:30am ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 1

Last four head-to-head:
3-2 Liverpool (a) 04.28.62
2-1 Liverpool (h) 12.09.61
1-1 (h) 03.24.61
4-0 Liverpool (a) 11.05.60

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-2 Sunderland (a); 1-0 Manchester City (h); 4-1 Stoke (h)
Plymouth: 0-1 Barnet (a); 2-0 Crawley Town (h); 3-3 Wycombe (h)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: n/a
Plymouth: 1-0 Newport County aet (a); 0-0 Newport County (h); 2-1 Mansfield (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Mané 9; Firmino, Lallana, Origi 7; Coutinho, Sturridge 6; Milner 5; Can 3; Lovren, Wijnaldum 2; Henderson, Klavan, Matip, Woodburn 1
Plymouth: Carey 10; Jervis 7; Slew, Tanner 5; Bradley, Bulvitis 3; Donaldson, Smith, Songo'o, Spencer, Threlkeld 2; Fox, Garita 1

Referee: Paul Tierney

Guess at a line-up:
Karius
Alexander-Arnold Lucas Gomez Moreno
Eiaria Stewart Wijnaldum
Ojo Origi Woodburn

This won't be last season's XIs against Exeter, mainly because yikes look at that defense, but we won't be far off either.

On This Day In 1984: Plucky Plymouth Argyle Take 20,000 Fans To Villa Park For FA Cup Semi-Final (Photos & Video)

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On 14th April 1984, Plymouth Argyle played an FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park against Watford.

The Pilgrims' progress in the 1983/84 competition had definitely caught the imagination, coaxinga whopping 20,000 travelling Argyle fans into making the 350-mile round-trip to the West Midlands in order to roartheir team on.

Semi Final Memories: Plymouth Argyle 1984

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Second up in this week's series looking back to non-top flight appearances in the FA Cup semi finals, we look back 31 years to a time when George Reilly broke Devonian hearts. Here's Roger Willis:

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In 1984 I was in my first year of higher education and living in Gloucester, Mrs Thatcher bestrode British politics like a colossus and unfashionable, unfancied, unlikely Plymouth Argyle made it to .

Manchester United

Mourinho: Everyone knows United is the biggest club

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Ahead of Sunday's game between Manchester United and Liverpool, Jose Mourinho claims he doesn't know whether this game is the biggest in English football, but he does know that United are the biggest club in England.

I don't know. I know that Manchester United is the biggest club in this country.

Retro Football: Here’s The £35-Per-Week Contract Manchester United Offered Goalkeeper Pat Dunne In 1965 (Photo)

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Pat Dunne in action for Manchester United (Photo: Popperfoto/Getty Images)

An image has surfaced on Reddit of what is purported to be the very contract that Manchester United offered to goalkeeper Pat Dunne in 1965.

Having joined from Shamrock Rovers the previous year, United decided to reward Dunne for playing his part in their 1964/65 title win by lavishing him with a bumper new contract.

Plymouth

Hard Case: Emile Mpenza Set To Take Legal Action Against Paul Sturrock Over ‘Imaginary’ Viagra Tale

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You may recall, not so very long ago, when we featured a passage from Paul Sturrock's autobiography in which the former Plymouth Argyle manager regaled us with an amusing (if a little stiff) anecdote about former striker Emile Mpenza.

Long assumed to be an urban myth, Sturrock confirmed that, among his long list of injury excuses, Mpenza once refused to attend a Plymouth training session as his Viagra hadn't worn off from the night before.

Plymouth Argyle: Crisis Without End?

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[D]espite their outstanding recent form, Roger Willis questions how far Plymouth Argyle have really come since owner and chairman James Brent took them out of administration in 2011. *** "Flies all green and buzzin' in this dungeon of despair" once sang Frank Zappa. Well it's the Greens that are a-"buzzin'" at present and manager John Sheridan has developed a side which – a horrific 0-4 reverse at home to York City notwithstanding – has just enjoyed a fine run of performances and results that has seen Plymouth Argyle shake off an iffy start to the season and surge up the.

Football League

Hard Truth: Paul Sturrock Reveals Emile Mpenza Once Missed Plymouth Training Because His Viagra Hadn’t Worn Off

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There was a time, just before the *real* money began to roll in, where Manchester City apparently made it their modus operandi to sign a sustained succession of dreadful, goal-shy strikers.

Before the arrival of Robinho changed their fortunes forever, City brought in the likes of Bernardo Corradi, Rolando Bianchi, Valeri Bojinov, Felipe Caicedo, Benjani Mwaruwari, Nery Castillo and so on and so forth all of whom failed to make convincing contributions to the cause.

Mansfield Forward Adi Yussuf Given Five-Match Ban For Urinating Behind One Of Plymouth’s Stands

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"Do you mind? I'm trying to take a leak here..."

Mansfield winger Adi Yussuf has been hit with a five-match ban for the heinous crime of going for a quicktinkleduring a recent game.

Yussuf was handed a misconduct charge by the FA after he disappeared round the back of a stand during The Stag's League Two game against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park in mid-February.

Green, Green Growth Of Home Park: Plymouth Argyle Manager Blames Late Defeat On Excess Algae

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Plymouth Argyle found themselves bumped down from second to third place in League Two on Saturday afternoon after succumbingto mid-table Cambridge United in the final few minutes of the game.

With the scores level at 1-1 going into the last knockings of the match, an unfortunate slip from Plymouth defenderPeter Hartley allowedCambridge in to score the winner in the 86th minute at Home Park.

Football League 2015/16: The Story so far – Hull City, Gillingham, Coventry City and Plymouth lead the way

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Plymouth ‘Keeper James Bittner, 34, Makes First Ever Football League Start After Waiting 13 Years For His Chance

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Congratulations are most definitely due to Plymouth Argyle 'keeper James Bittner after the 34-year-old finally made his first ever starting appearance in a Football League match on Saturday afternoon.

Bittner's incredibly belated bow comes a staggering 4,991 days after he first sat on Bournemouth's bench as an unused substitute for a match against Tranmere in 2002.

Carlisle Fans Left Miserable After 779-Mile Midweek Plymouth Trek Results In 4-1 Thrashing

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The hearty gaggle of 169 travelling Carlisle United fans were left well and truly gutted on Tuesday night after making the country-long trek to watch their side in action against League Two opponents Plymouth Argyle.

The away support were rewarded for their strenuous 779-mile midweek round trip by witnessing their side take a 4-1 thrashing at Home Park Carlisle's sole consolation goal coming in the 90th minute.

AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon’s soaring success

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This week has been a good one for AFC Wimbledon. After beating Plymouth Argyle 2 -0 on Monday, they have been promoted to League 1. This will be their 6th promotion in their very short existence. AFC Wimbledon has only been around for the past 14 years, and have been quite an underdog in the in industry.

AFC Wimbledon’s soaring success

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This week has been a good one for AFC Wimbledon. After beating Plymouth Argyle 2 -0 on Monday, they have been promoted to League 1. This will be their 6th promotion in their very short existence. AFC Wimbledon has only been around for the past 14 years, and have been quite an underdog in the in industry.

Phoenix club Wimbledon reach third tier

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London (AFP) AFC Wimbledon continued their fairytale rise up the English league system after beating Plymouth Argyle 2-0 in Monday's League Two play-off final at Wembley to reach the third tier.

The south London club was formed by supporters in 2002 after the old Wimbledon relocated to Milton Keynes, 56 miles (90kilometres) to the north, and was re-branded as Milton Keynes Dons.

Phoenix club Wimbledon reach third tier

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London (AFP) AFC Wimbledon continued their fairytale rise up the English league system after beating Plymouth Argyle 2-0 in Monday's League Two play-off final at Wembley to reach the third tier.

The south London club was formed by supporters in 2002 after the old Wimbledon relocated to Milton Keynes, 56 miles (90kilometres) to the north, and was re-branded as Milton Keynes Dons.

Another set of half-baked proposals from the Football League

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Two summers ago, I stood on the stoop of a pub in Oxford and was interviewed over the telephone by the We Are Going Up podcast about the proposals to introduce reserve teams of Premier League clubs into the Football League.

Met with a volley of outbursts and snorts as it was, the idea was given short shrift in most quarters (aside from Mark Warburton – a man who .

TTU Go Predicting: A Club-by-Club League 2 Preview 2015-16

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Kicking off a week of divisional previews, we focus on the movers and shakers in this season's League 2: Cambridge, Portsmouth and Luton are each backed for automatic promotion whereas we suggest it could be a long season for supporters of Carlisle, Dagenham, Hartlepool, Leyton Orient, Morecambe and Newport.

Neil Warnock Week

Neil Warnock Week: The Argyle Years

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Despite managing the Pilgrims for less than 100 games back in the nineties, Neil Warnock remains a firm favourite amongst Plymouth Argyle supporters today – so much so that his name continues to surface every time the team goes on a bad run of form. ‘Warnock would sort this mess out', so goes the mantra.

Neil Warnock Week: Book Review: Made in Sheffield

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Made in Sheffield: My Story by Neil Warnock with Oliver Holt
Published by Hodder and Stoughton
2008, £8.99

"Anyone who writes an autobiography", opines former Slits guitarist Viv Albertine in the introduction to her brilliant memoir Clothes Music Boys, "is either a twat or broke.

The Rest

Promotion specialist Warnock has Cardiff City on the rise

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Neil Warnock. Two words guaranteed to divide opinion amongst football fans, but the controversial manager could be set to confound even his most avid critics.

Cardiff City’s 2-1 win at Wolves on Saturday gave Warnock a fourth successive victory at the start of a season for the first time in his 35-year managerial career.

Klopp Has No Regrets With Liverpool Lineup After FA Cup Draw

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Jürgen Klopp said he had no regrets over selecting the youngest starting lineup in Liverpool's history and a third-round replay at Plymouth Argyle was deserved reward for the League Two side after their display at Anfield.

Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by what Derek Adams, the Plymouth manager, confidently described as "probably one of the best defensive performances Anfield has seen".

Retro Football: The Night Pele Played At Plymouth Argyle (Photos & Videos)

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In 1973, Pele was theinternational football superstar. So imagine the excited fervour when his employers, Santos, embarked on a friendly tour of Britain.

In March that year, Santos played friendlies at Fulham's Craven Cottage (Mr Nascimentocan be seen signing autographs before that game, above) and Plymouth Argyle's humble abode at Home Park.

Football Cities: Exeter

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When football writers talk about provincial footballing sides and cities a few familiar names crop up, such as Nottingham and Derby. These definitely fall into the category of "not London" and smaller than the UK's other major conurbations, but are still relatively large in size and success. When you start heading out to the geographical margins, however, life as a football club is a little less illustrious and more .

Pilgrim’s Progress: Plymouth’s Run To The FA Cup Semi-Finals, 30 Years On

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This weekend, Sheffield United will take to the pitch at Wembley for their FA Cup semi-final against Hull City as representatives of the third tier of English football. It's uncommon but not completely unheard of for clubs from this level to get this far in the competition, although none has ever made the final itself, with the last club to get this far being Wycombe Wanderers, in 2001.

Plymouth Argyle: James Brent – Licensed To… Do As He Wishes

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Whatever Plymouth Argyle chairman and owner James Brent is, and opinions vary passionately among Pilgrims fans on that, he is no "football man." Nor is he a "philanthropist," "benefactor" or "particularly nice." Brent regularly admits to mistakes in his running of the League Two club. So regularly that it was a surprise that BBC Radio Devon's Gordon Sparks was surprised when Brent told him last month that "every day of the week I make a huge number of errors.