Dirty Tackle

  • Steven Gerrard's dejection stance through the years

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Disappointment afflicts everyone at certain points of their life, but in recent years it seems to have developed an infatuation with Steven Gerrard.

    Man City's 3-1 win over Liverpool prompted Gerrard to assume a now familiar position: hands on his hips with all his weight on one foot as waves of sadness roll off his body, drowning all who gaze upon him in empathy (or perverse enjoyment, if that's what you're into). This is the Liverpool captain's default "patiently waiting for the world to disintegrate" stance and he has employed it time and time again throughout his brilliant career.

    After England's 2-1 loss to Uruguay at the World Cup.

    After Liverpool squandered a 3-0 lead over Crystal Palace in the final 10 minutes of a title deciding match last season.

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  • Mario Balotelli's first day with Liverpool in pictures

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    Mario Balotelli finalized his move to Liverpool on Monday — the same day his new club played one of his old clubs, Manchester City. This made for a very busy day and thankfully there were photographers present to document every step the Italian international took.

    "I went ahead and crossed out all the behavior clause nonsense before I signed. You're welcome."

    "I'm going to use this as my travel mug."

    "This is where I will fill Simon Mignolet's boots with various jams."

    "It's nice of them to put up hand railings around the training ground to keep Steven Gerrard from falling."

    "I'm moving 'the weather' ahead of 'the press' in my list of things I don't like about England."

    "3-1 Man City. Maybe if I park my car in Brendan Rodger's office they'll sell me to Napoli."

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  • The Moyes-O-Meter: Louis van Gaal falls behind and surpasses David Moyes after two matches

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    Starting the season with a loss against the same team David Moyes' Man United beat to begin last season invited unwanted and previously unthinkable comparisons for new manager Louis van Gaal. And the second match of the season didn't help him in that regard. So to track Van Gaal's progress compared to Moyes' record setting failures, DT introduces The Moyes-O-Meter.

    Results

    Moyes: Swansea City 1-4 Man Utd, Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea (4 points, 4th place)

    Van Gaal: Man Utd 1-2 Swansea City, Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd (1 point, 13th place)

    Advantage: Moyes

    Comments after second game

    Moyes: "I thought we played well and I'm disappointed we didn't get a goal. Maybe we lacked a bit of cutting edge with our final pass and final cross."

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