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Representing A Continent

Started on 15 November 2019 by TheLFCFan
Latest Reply on 13 August 2020 by OneMoreGame
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Haha very nice that you see that Luke his head is as big as Maurice his haha, good job against Krasnodar!
Even though its not CL, it will be good to add this trophy to the clubs cabinet!

Cutting Ties



November 28th 2021

“In Breaking News today, a man in Russia has been found dead following what seems to be a vicious murder. The man named as football club, Zenit St. Petersburg Chairman and owner, Boyra Uys. Uys was found dead in the early hours of this morning at his home in St. Petersburg.” the news reporter announced.

“In the disturbing scenes, the man was found hanging from a balcony on the outside of his house, with a neighbor seeing him as he left for work. It is believed that Boyra was tortured before his death, with a number of broken bones, his teeth missing as well as a couple of fingers being removed.”

“Boyra Uys became the Zenit St. Petersburg, one of the largest football clubs in Russia, owner following a takeover in 2006. He was a well known face across Russia, with a number of well reported issues involving former Bafana Bafana (South Africa's National Football Team) star, Luke Hendricks.”

“Uys signed Hendricks in July 2007, with Luke impressing many at the Russian club, excelling following the sale of Andrey Arsharvin in the 2009 January window. However, with Luke receiving a horrific injury in the 2010 World Cup, a contract dispute over who paid for the surgery ensued, with the two parties having a major falling out. The loss of trust, saw Luke leave for Russian rivals CSKA Moscow.”

“That move enraged the Zenit fans, with many of them turning on Luke. It also saw Boyra Uys out for revenge on his former player. Uys was charged and fined for paying his player, Maurício, a ‘bonus’ for a tackle on Luke that ended his playing career. Further issues between the pair continued into Luke’s managerial days, with many comments from both sides, with the feud never seeming to end.”

“Hendricks is yet to comment on his former employers death and despite many social media comments questioning if Luke is behind the murder, the police have ruled the Liverpool manager out as a suspect. Although in the country at the time of Uys’ death, following Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Krasnodar, it has been shown that he, along with the rest of his side were boarding the plane home to England at the estimated time of death.”

“Uys’ death has further links to South Africa though, with pictures stapled to the former Zenit owners chest. The pictures show Uys as a young police officer, at a time of the Apartheid era. Also stapled to his body was a newspaper clipping of a raid on the District Six area in 1982 that he is believed to be involved in.”

“The pictures, seemingly specifically chosen, are being looked into further, with the murder having many links to that of the death to Sergei Titov, a man who was also found hanging at his house with pictures stapled to him in 2021. With the investigation into that murder not seeing any leads, the Russian police have announced it will be re-oppened following the suspicious similarities between the two murders.”




Umholi switched off the radio as a knock came at the door.

“Come in,” he called.

“It’s done Umholi, there is just one more to go now.” replied the man as he entered the room closing the door behind him.

“I just heard. You are right, there is just one now” Umholi agreed, as he opened a notebook.

As the leader of the SnowDevils picked up his pen, five names were on the page in front of him.

Grace Adams (Now Hendricks)
Liam Hendricks
Sergei Titov
Boyra Uys


As Umholi struck through Boyra Uys’ name it left just one on the otherwise blank page:

Luke Hendricks.

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James:Dybala has been incredible, such a creative force who needs to have a replacement in waiting as without, we could be struggling with an injury.
Scott:It went as expected. I am interested to see who exactly drops down, and then who we get.
Jack:He didn't but perhaps the past is the past, his thoughts on the latest events will be interesting.
Wolf: :D Thanks!
OneMoreGame:Agreed! Will be great to get it won.
Umholi's first high profile success in eliminating targets. Luke will be unaware which is the most frightening thing. Who will be there to warn him?
:O Gripping stuff! This group have been extremely successful in picking off their targets. Luke is in serious danger without realising it.

There's so much going on! Umholi is a man that is in complete control, whilst also being out of control at the same time. Luke needs to get some of his CSKA comrades to surround his house, so that he and his family will always be safe.

Guys like this will suffice:
So this is how The Notebook started....

Premier League Team Review: Liverpool Under Luke




With the World Cup set to get underway and the unusual break for Premier League sides, we at Sky are reviewing each premier league team's season so far. Today, we will analyse Liverpool, in their first few months under new manager, Luke Hendricks.

Luke Hendricks took charge of a Liverpool team who had significantly underperformed last season. Finishing seventh in the table, many were disappointed with the sides performances, despite a Champions League final, the clubs fourth in five seasons. But what has Luke done to turn a team that won just twelve games in a possible twenty-nine (losing nine) in the final five months of last season, into table toppers and unbeaten in all competitions so far.

A Change in Transfer Policy

In Jurgen Klopp's first five windows as Liverpool manager he had a net spend of just £74,000,000. The focus was on buying ‘project’ players who could come in at a relatively cheap price to fit the Klopp mould. The likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, all joining the club for under £40,000,000 each. Liverpool spent £50,000,000 on signings on just three occasions in Klopp's first five windows, with those being on Alisson, Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk all who became vital cogs in the team who won the 2019 Champions League.

But having come so close in the 2018/19 season, finishing second to Manchester City, Liverpool changed their transfer policy. Liverpool moved from buying those who could fit Klopp's system with some work, to buying the finished product. The likes of Toby Alderweireld (£25,000,000) Álex Grimaldo (£40,000,000) and Arkadiusz Milik (£45,500,000) all joined the club in the 2019/20 season. Between the three of them, they made 132 league appearances for the club before being sold on all but Alderweireld for a loss to PSG three seasons later.

The trend of buying the finished product didn’t end there either, with Paulo Dybala joining for a club record £103,000,000 in the 2020/21 season. Again in Klopp's last season, Liverpool signed twenty-eight year old Florian Thauvin (£41,500,000) twenty-seven year old Memphis Depay (£69,000,000) twenty-six year old José Giménez (£63,000,000) and Ben Chilwell who played just fourteen games in a deal worth £40,000,000. The large outlays spent on players who are coming towards the end of their careers or to be used as rotation players, isn’t something Luke Hendricks has done in his time as a manager.

Luke was known to find young talent on low prices during his time at CSKA Moscow, with his most expensive window seeing a total spending of £26,500,000. That was despite raking in £62,500,000 worth of player sales that season following the sale of Nikola Vlasic. Luke’s spending within his means is something he has seemingly begun with at Liverpool.

With the big money sale of Fabinho (£57,000,000) coming before Luke’s arrival. Luke made three deals valued at £60,000,000.Alphonso Davies, Leonidas and Armerl Bella-Kotchap joined his team, with both Davies and Leonidas playing vital first team roles already. That total net spend of just £3,000,000 means Liverpool had the fourth lowest spending in the league this summer. Only Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton Hove Albion and Everton spent less.

Alphonso Davies’ arrival

The signing of Alphonso Davies was considered a great capture when it was first announced, but it has been made to look even better in the first thirteen games of the season. Davies made an immediate impact, receiving his first start in Liverpool's opening game of the season against Arsenal, scoring twice in his side's 5-1 victory. Many believe that his start was partly down to Memphis Depay’s injury and original plans would have seen the dutchman start, however, Davies took his opportunity.

Since then, the Canadian hasn’t slowed down, scoring ten goals in his twelve league appearances, with eleven of those being starts. The left wingers involvement has seen him named Young player of the month twice already this season. Although commonly thought of as a traditional winger, Luke has employed him as an inside forward this season. The move has seemed to work, with Davies producing numbers he has never seen before. Having previously never had a double digit scoring season, at any level of professional football, Davies has hit that total with a large percentage of the season still to play.

Attacking Intent.

It isn't just Davies that has seen an improvement since Luke’s arrival however, with his sides new found attacking intent clear. In his last three seasons, Mohamed Salah has scored twenty plus goals just once in all competitions in a season. That came in 2019/20 with his numbers seeing a drop off in the last two seasons. However, in seventeen games this season, he has managed thirteen goals from the right and is well on his way to breaking twenty for the first time in three years.

Erling Haaland has six goals in twelve games, having replaced Roberto Firmino as his side's number one striker. Whilst Paulo Dybala has shown why the club spent such a large amount on him scoring five in Liverpool's thirteen league games, with eight assists on top of that.

Tactical Shift

This attacking intent has been in part down to the tactical changes that Liverpool have made this season. Last season, under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool looked to employ a 4-3-3 with a defensive midfielder. This season however, Liverpool have moved towards a more attacking midfielder with Paulo Dybala being moved forward from the center of midfield.


The system is one that Luke employed, with much success, at CSKA Moscow, with his side breaking scoring records in his time in Russia. When asked in his first press-conference on his tactical style, Luke reaffirmed he will be implementing a similar style to what he did at CSKA, and he hasn’t backed down from that either.

The movement away from the defensive midfielder has seen Liverpool score a league best thirty-three goals, two better than second place Manchester United. Liverpool have struggled for goals in recent years, scoring seventy plus just once in the last three seasons. The issue was seen when the side managed to win the league title scoring just fifty-eight goals, something many suggested wasn’t sustainable, to be proven right last year. Despite improving their scoring to sixty-five Liverpool fell to seventh.

Liverpool’s tally of thirty-three goals this season is therefore just twenty five off of their tally from the 2020/21 season, having played less than half their games. This hasn't, however, affected the league leaders' defense. The suggestion is that stability and consistency has been the advantage Liverpool have had this season, with a consistent defense playing week in week out.

Last season, just Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez played thirty or more league games (30 and 31 respectively) in the Liverpool defense. At left back, Andrew Robertson and Ben Chilwell rotated almost weekly, with Robertson playing twenty-five games and Chilwell the remaining thirteen. That rotation was seen to a lesser extent at right back too, with Trent Alexander-Arnold starting twenty-eight league games and Max Aarons starting ten.

Whilst rotation is a luxury, many believed that the lack of consistency cost Liverpool numerous points last season, with new combinations being tried every few weeks. Under Luke that trend has changed once more. Only Trent Alexander-Arnold, in Luke’s preferred starting four, has missed more than one league game this season. His captain's absence was due to injury, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Andrew Robertson all starting every game together.

This improved consistency in the back four has seen Liverpool concede just five goals in their thirteen league games so far, with just two coming in their last eight games. Like scoring, Liverpool topped the charts in stopping goals going in at the other end, with Manchester City sitting second in the ‘conceded’ table with seven. Alisson has also seemingly returned to his best, keeping eight clean sheets for his team this season, just three off his league tally last season.

The impressive lack of goals conceded can in part be put down to Liverpool's equally impressive tackling percentage. Winning 91% of their tackles so far this season Liverpool are also considered to be the ‘cleanest’ side in the league, with just eight yellow cards to their name. The record suggests that Liverpool will have a more consistent lineup throughout, with less players being unavailable due to suspension.

The Worries

What do Liverpool have to be worried about following the end of the World Cup? Well the small challenge of playing greatest rivals Manchester United would be one. Liverpool will travel to Old Trafford in their first game back in competitive action on December 21st.

The table toppers schedule doesn’t get much kinder either, as they face Watford and West Brom before a home tie against Manchester City. Although Liverpool's record against the ‘top six’ this season has been impressive, beating Arsenal (who now sit second), Tottenham Hotspur (6th) and Chelsea (4th) playing the two Manchester sides will be a tough test.

With a number of games continuing to impact the team as we enter the new year, what also may be a concern is the apparent lack of depth at the club in some key areas. In central attacking midfield, Paulo Dybala has played nineteen of his club’s twenty-one games this season. That total could be a concern with the only true backup being seventeen year old Ryan Fraser.

The same can be said on the right flank, with Luke clearly not a fan of Florian Thauvin, with the thirty year old not even being named on the bench in recent weeks.

Conclusion

Under new manager Luke Hendricks, a number of changes have taken place. The recruitment strategy has changed, whilst tactically adaptations have been made too. This has allowed both new and existing players to make a real difference compared to previous seasons, with Liverpool clearly a more dominant force going forward.

They will have two major tests early into the return of the Premier League, but if they manage to pass them, Luke Hendricks may well bring another league title to Merseyside.

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Jack:Who know's if anyone will be there...
Scott:It seems as though they have a target and do whatever to take them out.
James:I think that should help :D
Justice:How did you know??
A fantastic update to show the improvements of the team under Hendricks. There is great attention to detail in everything written giving us a clear insight into things which I thoroughly appreciate. There is no doubting Luke has taken the Premier League like duck to water.
It's astonishing how such a minor tweak in the tactical set-up has changed the performances in such a large way. I've never played with an AP and DLP at the same time, but it's working for you, and that's quite interesting. Do they keep out of each others way/space, and do you have any issues with turnovers due to having two players that are willing to play a risky pass? Really liking the signing of Davies tbh, having two IF's really takes the pressure off Håland, and you just appear to be headed in the right direction!

Liverpool are lucky to have you ;)
Great analysis of the work of Luke, with just few changes he put the team back on track after Klopo loosed his mind apparently.

Also - it's one thing to kill someone in Russia, and a lot harder to do it in the UK, so for now Luke seems to be safe.
2020-07-16 01:49#276239 J_ames : I've never played with an AP and DLP at the same time

Honestly mate, it's worth trying :P As for the update in general, written perfectly and concisely, Luke's Liverpool are on their way in my opinion.
you guys talking about DLPs and APs and I can get a defender to work with any mentality different than 'defending'

if I put anyone with 'cover' or 'stopper' they'll bottle it
For the first time in Premier League history, a mid-season break was witnessed with the 2022 FIFA World Cup taking place from 21st November to 18th December. A lot of change occurred at Liverpool throughout that break with all focus on the first game back against Manchester United.

This is Luke’s Liverpool.



The 2021/2022 season was a mixed bag for Liverpool Football Club. Everyone knew Jurgen Klopp's contract was coming to an end. The side underperformed in the league, finishing seventh.

The lack of Champions League football this season led to some players becoming disinterested, but the impressive start to the season has seen one man in particular lose any interest in leaving.


“I joined the club back in 2017, and officially moved in 2018 scoring my first goal against Everton. That was a special moment for me. I have loved being here and I think we have achieved so much as a club since then.”

“The club's first premier league title in over thirty yers was another highlight and last season was just a large disappointment. I have to admit I became worried and that is what led to me requesting to leave as I feel I needed to be playing at the highest level in the Champions League.”

“However, this season we have been incredible, unbeaten in all competitions and I am very pleased to see the progression we are making. Seeing this, my love for this club and the people in it has only gotten stronger, for that reason I spoke to the boss to tell him I am delighted to stay here. We have a lot more to achieve and I can’t wait to get to it.” said former wantaway defender, Virgil van Dijk.



Liverpool's renewed form was also recognized with a number of players called up to represent their nations in the World Cup. One particular callup bought a lot of excitement.

“Leo, I just got off the phone with Tite, he has informed me that you will be getting your first national team callup in preparation for the World Cup. I wanted to be the first to say a massive congratulations.” Luke Hendricks informed his young midfielder Leoindas.

“Thank you boss. That is great news, I wasn’t expecting it really.” replied the twenty year old.

“Well you’ve done incredibly well since arriving here. We have been mighty impressed and clearly Tite has seen the same. Bobby and Alisson will also be going so I am sure they will take good care of you if you need anything. But again, you deserve it, we are all very proud of you. Work hard and you will be in the World Cup team mate.” ended Hendricks.




Despite no competitive action, Liverpool played a number of games in the ‘break’ to keep match fitness sharp. Victories over MTK Budapest (2-0), Rangers (4-0) Fulham (7-0) and Ayr (9-0) saw a number of impressive performances with a number of the younger players having a chance to shine.

Following the two goal victory over affiliate club MTK Budapest, Liverpool announced a brand new affiliate to the club.


“Good Morning Michael” Luke said to Director Michael Gordon.

“Morning Luke. We have some good news today. An agreement with Suwon Bluewings has been confirmed and we will now have a formal relationship with them. It mainly focuses around merchandising, but we can always adjust that to benefit the playing side in the future.” explained Gordon.

“That’s great news, I hear they even won their league this season. A big club over there and that should help boost the fanbase. Good to hear.” replied Luke.




“There is a lot of hatred between us. We have been more successful in Europe, and they have been, especially since the Premier League came around in the 90s, more successful domestically. When Ferguson took over there was obviously that ‘knock them of their perch’ line and they did manage it to be fair to them.”

“That's why the hate is so strong. We are the two most successful sides in the country, over a prolonged period of time and nobody really comes close. They’ve won nothing really, since Ferguson left, a couple Europa Leagues and that’s all. It’s been a decade now since they won the league and we look good to finally match them in terms of league titles again.”

“I think this could be one of the more important games between us in a while. We are still unbeaten in the league and sitting top. They are second and a few points off. Today can open a gap and bring us all our momentum back we lost due to the World Cup, or it could completely destroy it and put them within a point of us and give Arsenal the chance to go top.” explained Liverpool fan Gary Andrews.

With the consequences of the game clear to everyone. Liverpool went into the game with stars, Alisson and Leonidas, both starting despite having only won the World Cup, with Roberto Firmino scoring the winner, three days earlier. Key man, Andrew Robertson was however missing for the game following an injury.

2’ Manchester United 0 - 1 Liverpool

“Good work Ben! Get a ball in!” screamed Luke “Yes, great work.” the manager called as he fist pumped the air in delight.

35’ Manchester United 0 - 2 Liverpool

“Great pressing lads. Keep that going.” instructed Hendricks. “Great job. ERLING! GET IN!” Luke shouted as his Norweigan striker added his second of the game.

Half-time Manchester United 0 - 2 Liverpool

“Good job so far lads. We are working well but we need to keep the ball more and limit their chances. They’ve had double our amount of chances, we have just been more clinical. I am happy with how it’s going, keep the press high and keep the concentration.” Luke told his players.

Full-Time - Manchester United 0 - 2 Liverpool.

“I thought we were very good today.” Luke began in his post-match press conference. “They may have had much more of the ball and more chances but games are won by putting your chances away, that is what we did today and it’s won us a valuable set of points.”

“I was very impressed with the Brazilian lads in particular. Alisson showed why he is one of the greatest keepers in the world at times and to have that level of concentration having just won the World Cup is a magnificent achievement. Ideally we would have liked to have given them a chance to recover today but with the importance of the game that wasn’t possible.”

“We now have another quick turnaround, with two more games still to play before New Years. It’s a tough run of games but one we are ready for.” Luke ended.



With a condensed second half to the season, due to the World Cup changes, Liverpool now play their FA Cup 3rd Round tie to see out December. For Luke, and his players the new year could be one of the biggest of their careers.

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Scott:Thank you, glad it was able to detail enough. Luke really has shown he can handle this level, long may it continue.
James:As Jack said, give it a go. I use them in all of my three man midfield tactics. I've never tried it with two next to each other, but it works great as either a DM/CM or AMC/CM combo. They are lucky to have Luke ;)
Jack:I think you may just be right. Thanks mate.
Tango:Hahaha! I'm just unsure how my story became a tactics discussion board ;)
Virgil speaks highly and that is pleasing to see. It further exemplifies the work Hendricks has put in. A massive congratulations goes to Leo for his call-up. He has been a revelation and a massive success story this season.

The Suwon link will be a massive boost commercially. Relationships like that can't be underestimated.

And a very tidy victory against United which mean the bragging rights head to Liverpool. Not only that, it significantly aids their cause en route to a potential title!

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