Twitter #cleaveropinion – Premier League Week 4

Back after the international break (or as I call it a football entertainment nap) the Premier League is in full swing. And as my predictive powers are in full fail mode over at firstdownuk.com, I’m sure this will be fairly obvious punditry. Or Alan Shearer in 140 or less characters.

ARS 6 – 1 SOT. No luck for Saints. But much better play from Gunners. Finding some confidence and more importantly, goals. #cleaveropinion

MNU 4 – 0 WIG. Sloppy Wigan suitably punished. Hernandez’s runs perfect. Good Buttner debut. Soft penalty though. #cleaveropinion

Side note: This must be Man U’s Capital One Cup/Early round FA Cup team. Looked good. #cleaveropinion

FUL 3 – 0 WBA. Definite red card. More like Odemwingie was trying to punt the guy. Baggies leaving too much room for Berba. #cleaveropinion

AVL 2 – 0 SWA.Villa looked something else. Much promise and great goals. Hoping Swansea don’t suffer an away form slump. #cleaveropinion

STO 1 – 1 MCY. Crouch showing his best accidental prowess. Garcia with an easy header. But great Begovic/Shawcross save #cleaveropinion

Side note: I can’t decide what Balotelli would do if he wasn’t a footballer. MMA Fighter? Body builder? Royal Bodyguard? #cleaveropinion

SUN 1 – 1 LIV. L’pool had the run of the game really but lacking the goals/will to score. Sunderland, good squad but wins? #cleaveropinion

Side note: I mean that I can’t see the, winning games, despite their squad. Talent on paper, yes but in games, not sure. #cleaveropinion

QPR 0 – 0 CHE. Handshake gets headlines but Cesar the real story. Great debut. Chelsea good start goes on, keep Hazard fit. #cleaveropinion

Side note: QPR!!! CESAR??? Seriously? How do they afford this? Also, their shirt numbers are ridiculous. Who decides this? #cleaveropinion

NOR 0 – 0 WHU. Vaz Te was pretty good. Norwich couldn’t score despite trying hard. Mad jaaskelainen saves though. #cleaveropinion

REA 1 – 3 TOT. Spurs deserved win really. Great goals from Defoe, good to see him on form. Not too sure on Spurs away kit. #cleaveropinion

EVE 2 – 2 NEW. What a game. Bad ref decisions, goals, emotion & some great passes & play from both. Classic football match. #cleaveropinion

Final Note: On a week where football was secondary to justice and apologies were made, the truth has proved the 96 will never walk alone.

 

Want more? Read my history of Liverpool’s poor January Transfer record or catch up with the previous weeks below:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

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Twitter #cleaveropinion – Premier League W/C 1/9/12

Another week gone by and my Liverpool side are looking flatter in football than Holland does geographically. See what I thought of the rest of the games and keep up with me on twitter: @cleaverslips.

SWA 2 – 2 SUN. Good game, Fletcher with a good goal & uncharacteristic lapse for the second from Swans. Right result here. #cleaveropinion

Side Note: Sunderland look to have brought well, Chico needed to go. But gutted for Taylor. An unlucky injury. #cleaveropinion

WBA 2 – 0 EVE. Great attacking game from 2 in form teams. Nice goals Howard couldn’t do much about. Fellani didn’t turn up.#cleaveropinion
Side Note: Agree with Redknapp on Clarke. Looks to be brining the best out of his team and it’s good to see. #cleaveropinion

WHU 3 – 0 FUL. Carroll centre of everything, hope not injured as this was a West Ham side possessed. Nolan – class finish.#cleaveropinion

MCY 3 – 1 QPR. Result never in question, but commanding game for City. Nice for QPR to get a goal though. Fear for them.#cleaveropinion

Side Note: I still don’t understand QPR’s transfers. They need defence. Big players, high wages, typical rich club syndrome.#cleaveropinion

TOT 1 – 1 NOR. Friedel still great. Heard a. Lot about uncreative Spurs yesterday, have to agree. Harsh red card maybe.#cleaveropinion

WIG 2 – 2 STO. 2 easily avoidable pens. But Wigan can counter attack well. Great Al-Habsi save though. Wigan will survive.#cleaveropinion

Side Note: Pulis at one point lifted his baseball cap to comb his hair back with his hand. HE DOESN’T HAVE ANY HAIR!!! #cleaveropinion

LIV 0 – 2 ARS. Woeful Liverpool. No goal scorer will ruin their season. Giroud should have buried his chance though.#cleaveropinion

STON 2 – 3 MNU. Harsh on Saints. Deserved the point. Lambert great, RVP slightly better… Slightly. Still a bit ropey, MU.#cleaveropinion

Side Note: I’ve never seen a penalty where the striker thinks they’ve already sent the GK the wrong way before they kick it.#cleaveropinion

NEW 1 – 1 AST. To follow.

Twitter #cleaveropinion – Premier League W/C 25/08/12

So here is week two of the premier league results and the collated Cleaver Opinion from twitter this weekend. Agree or disagree? Want to follow? Just use #cleaveropinion on twitter.

MNU 3 – 2 FUL. RVP great finish, but too much space. Big teams will punish that. De Gea still occasional comedy gold. #cleaveropinion

AVL 1 – 3 EVE. Everton look good. Will be in Europe, full of goals. Villa? Bad… Very bad. Picking up where they left off. #cleaveropinion

SWA 3 – 0 WHU. Swansea took goals from nothing. Essential for PL. Be interesting to see how they do against top 3. #cleaveropinion

Side note: West Ham. If your offside trap hasn’t worked, just keep using it against a good team with pace, yeah? #cleaveropinion

CHE 2 – 0 NEW. Quality Chelsea. Newcastle didn’t turn up and the Torres we love and fear did. Hazard and him, telepathic.#cleaveropinion

TOT 1 – 1 WBA. Tough for Spurs but they need goals and decisive play. Or else 90 min equalisers will occur. Frustrating.#cleaveropinion

SOT 0 – 2 WIG. Just didn’t happen for Saints. Defensive errors quickly exposed. But good play & Wigan have goals for once.#cleaveropinion

NOR 1 – 1 QPR. Unlucky for Norwich. Should have won, created chances, Green handling outside box. Not convinced by QPR.#cleaveropinion

Side note: Football & goals = good. MOTD lineup though is worryingly bland. But better Lawro there than the commentary box.#cleaveropinion

STO 0 -0 ARS. Bogey team but Arsenal need goals. Although in honesty, I think they need service more. Playmakers needed.#cleaveropinion

LIV 2 – 2 MCY. Liverpool threw it away, frustrating. But hope for fortress Anfield. Allen: Immense. Borini: Found wanting.#cleaveropinion

Side note: Another impressive run out for Sterling. Reminds me of a young McManaman. Maybe LIV’s Walcott… But with goals.#cleaveropinion

Bonus Side Note: Some cracking goals. McGugan for Forest. Tiago for Athletico Madrid. Torres for Chelsea & Suarez for LIV.#cleaveropinion

Twitter #cleaveropinion – Premier League W/C 18/08/12

So here is week one of the premier league results and the collated Cleaver Opinion from twitter this weekend. Agree or disagree? Want to follow? Just use #cleaveropinion on twitter.

WBA 3 – 0 LIV. Deserved win, arguably Reina had no chance with goals. Liv missed 2 easy shots. Red card made the difference. #cleaveropinion

QPR 0 – 5 SWA. Very poor defending. Irresistible attacking. Michu looks great. Fear for QPR, they’ll need goals. #cleaveropinion

NEW 2 – 1 TOT. Good attack from both. Ba-great finish. Silly Pardew push. Both will be tough to beat. NEW at home even more. #cleaveropinion

Side note, if Newcastle can get both Ba and Cisse firing, god help everyone. #cleaveropinion

FUL 5 – 0 NOR. Clint who? What’s a Prog? NOR showed no attack & bad def. Exhibition for an interesting FUL side. Happy Jol!#cleaveropinion

Side note, Happy Jol is subjective. His face is like a stone with features painted on. #cleaveropinion

WHU 1 – 0 AST. Physical Villa, Cole falls over… And over. Goal on technicality. Will be a long season for both clubs. #cleaveropinion

Side note, two constants in PL. Big Sam will chew and at least one team will have a flourescent away kit. #cleaveropinion

REA 1 – 1 STO. Stoke becoming the new Bolton in physicality. Hilarious keeping. You have to feed the Prog. Balls = goals.#cleaveropinion

Side note, nods to @FootballRamble for “Feed the Prog.” enjoy some of their many great T Shirts here:http://www.thefootballramble.com/shop/t-shirts#cleaveropinion

ARS 0 – 0 SUN. Frustrating for ARS. Good team, played ok. SUN had an invisible bus. No RVP hangover yet but goals needed.#cleaveropinion

Side note, following from friends comments yesterday, Giroud. He’s a handsome lad isn’t he? #cleaveropinion

WIG 0 – 2 CHE. Good outing for the Euro champs. Wigan also did well, possibly deserved consolation. More to come from both.#cleaveropinion

MC 3 – 2 S’TON. Best game so far. Ricky Lambert (YES) & great goals all round. Saints will be good, City machine goes on.#cleaveropinion

EVE 1 – 0 MNU. Fellaini something else. Utd looked patchy under pressure & De Gea kept them in the game in 1st half. AFRO! #cleaveropinion

Evra & Suarez: Let’s Move On

So here’s a bit of work I did today, covering the Manchester United vs Liverpool game for UK TV channel Sports Tonight Live.

But the reason I’m writing this post, especially now is that it’ll be impossible to comment on this with any fairness or impartiality by the end of the weekend, if not before. I’m not here, speaking as both a Liverpool fan who is incredibly unbiased and a sports journalist, to cast any aspersions on the characters involved. The actions of all parties will be commented upon, remonstrated, demonised and made examples of.

Firstly, neither Evra or Suarez are in the wrong with their reactions towards each other. Regardless of thoughts towards the professionalism of the game, it is understandable that they both hate each other for what ever reason they have. Secondly Dalglish and Ferguson are not wrong in their remarks in their post match interviews. It is both their beliefs that are being asked and questioned and therefore formed in their replies. Thirdly, both teams are fully aware and respectful of the rivalry they share and the implications such actions will bear upon their football clubs.

Let’s pretend and postulate that all three of these situations are presented in a Primary School classroom, at least one that I attended in any case. In each respect both parties (Evra & Suarez, Dalglish & Ferguson, Manchester United & Liverpool) would be brought in together to see the teacher. Not a damn in the world would be given as to what occurred and the repercussions or who started it or why. It would be made very clear that behaviour like this is unacceptable. It would be then that they would be forced to make up, fully understanding what they did wrong. Yes there would be dodgy looks and a long period of silence between the parties but it would eventually clear.

The clubs will survive this recent development without too much tarnish upon their characters, that is for certain. The managers themselves will be equally untarnished. In fact, I’ll be surprised if cult elements of the football community don’t put Dalglish in a frame for his response to Sky’s Geoff Shreeves. The players, however, will be vilified beyond recognition. They already have been. Suarez is wrong for not shaking hands after being proved guilty and not making this water under the bridge. The man believes himself to be innocent, who are we to dictate what he should believe and how he acts that out? He’s an adult human being. Evra jumped about post match and flaunted the win for his team at his home ground. Something unbecoming of the defender as far as I am aware. Not until he crossed paths with Suarez (who to his credit completely ignored his machinations) was this then a problem and an obvious retort against the current scandal. Some would consider this the action of a relieved man who’s overcome an archaic adversity. Others would say he’s baited the player and acted like an impudent child. Who are we to dictate what he should believe and how he acts that out? He’s an adult human being.

It may be a cliche that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. But in the world of sport, cliches are almost literal. I must point out that while people will take sides, it’s not always correct. I cannot condone the actions of an individual who has been proven to have been racist (and admittedly has a dubious track record). Regardless of whether he believes he is or not, he has been proven guilty of the offence. Neither can I condone the actions of a man who has proven himself to wear his heart on his sleeve and yet show no decorum or professionalism in the global media spotlight, in order to selfishly celebrate a victory of vendetta (I don’t recall Evra using this as a platform to help oust racism from the sport). What I can condone is that these people really dislike each other, and that if the media spotlight focuses on this mutual disliking between two peoples then it becomes no better than a soap opera or a professional wrestling storyline. The news here isn’t that Suarez refused to shake hands or that Fergie is giving Liverpool transfer advice. It’s that two people dislike each other. Our wall to wall over embellishment of the coverage and a subject that, outside of revulsion and a moral point to prove that intolerance and racism is wrong, has no bearing on either sports or reality within most of the real thinking UK.

Put simply, something happened, people have been punished and its time to move on. Let the players and the clubs get on with it. If there is continued problems pertaining to the original offence then of course we should be mindful and utterly resolute in our approach. That is completely right if that is the case. Speaking as a fan of a club who never expected this scandal to ever be discussed in this country ever again however, not a shit is given this day if two people dislike each other. Let the sport do the talking.