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Weekly Photoshop – Ryan Babel

04/01/2011

Good evening dear readers, and a happy new year. A bit of a Christmas lull meant that there hasn’t been a Photoshop in a few weeks as there was an end of year round-up and then a break. But it’s back and ready to keep entertaining and/or annoying in 2011.

First off this year we have full-time rapper and part-time Liverpool player Ryan Babel. I think it’s fair to say I definitely haven’t got those the wrong way round.

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I personally think the resemblance is uncanny. At the end of his pink and yellow jumper you'll find Liverpool's unravelled title challenge.

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bambi

There are lots of ways of referencing Bambi but let's just say I don't see Babel ever becoming the Great Prince of the Anfield forest...

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Weekly Photoshop – Liverpool’s Woes

12/10/2010

Every week sees something ever more ridiculous happen at Anfield; it feels right they should be the theme this week. I can understand Hicks and Gillett desperately trying to hold on to the club given they stand to lose the best part of £140m but sometimes you have just cut your losses and let go. Tomorrow’s high court decision should be interesting to say the least…

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The Conservative child benefit cuts certainly affected some clubs more than others...

 

(Underwater scenes are quite hard, sorry)

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Season Previews 09/10 – Fulham

12/08/2009

fulham

Last Season: 7th

Say hello to your new teammates: Bjorn Helge Riise, Stephen Kelly.

Close the door on your way out: Collins John, Julian Gray, Moritz Volz.

Predicted star: Another team where organisation and team work is the key, making it hard to pick out individual stars. Danny Murphy is enjoying an Indian Summer and was terrific last season while Clint Dempsey was better and better as the season went on. However, I think it will be Mark Schwarzer again, his saves being worth at least ten points a season (notice Boro go down after he left).

Underrated

Underrated.

Needs a big year: Lack of goals was an issue last season (so many 0-0s and 1-0s) so Andy Johnson needs to show he still capable of more than the seven goals he scored in 2008/09.

One to watch: If Bjorn Helge Riise is half as good as his brother, Fulham will have a decent player on their hands. Chris Smalling could find himself playing a lot in defence.

What they want to happen: More of the same – good football, top half finish. Maybe Chairman Mo to loosen those purse strings just a touch. Oh and keep Hangeland away from the big clubs.

Nightmare scenario: Hangeland gets sold, the small squad gets found out and a return to bottom half struggles ensues.

Plan A: Knock it about prettily in midfield before playing through Andy Johnson or Clint Dempsey to finish.

Plan B, just in case: Play for 0-0.

Predicted finish: 11th

Why? Last season saw everything go right for Fulham and the result was an unexpected highest ever finish of 7th. The defence was inspired and Schwarzer was one of the signings of the season. Luckily for them the squad is intact and Hodgson has added a couple of unknowns to aid the squad with the extra games that Europa League qualification has brought. Assuming they keep Hangeland for now, Fulham should be able to cope with the demands of domestic and European competition.

The secret signals that are key to success!

The secret signals that are key to success!

Away form is still a bit of issue and a defensive midfielder to play ahead of/alongside Etuhu would be helpful in gaining more points on that front. An extra striker is also desirable given Hodgson’s willingness to let Zamora go. They will slip down a few places just due to the level of strengthening of the clubs behind them but their form at Craven Cottage should ensure another good season for Fulham.

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