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10:29 AM ET 09.21 | Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has openly questioned new manager Roy Hodgson's methods. Danish star Agger said Liverpool's back four were now under orders to launch long balls, and he made it clear he was prepared to risk the wrath of Hodgson rather than compromise his beliefs. Speaking on Danish television, Agger said, "The manager has a philosophy that we're playing football further up the pitch, and that means having to play a different kind of football at the back. That's not my style. That's not the type of football player I am. I like to keep the ball on the ground, and I'm going to keep doing that. Whether he'll use me or not, time will tell."

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September 21, 2010  10:37 AM ET

First- yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh booooooyeeeeee!!!

September 21, 2010  10:39 AM ET

Well- at least the man has convictions... With that said, what are Liverpool's current options for their back line? Would they sit Agger?

Looks as if Hodgson needs to have a little sit down with Mr. Daniel and try to open up his heart to buy into the philosophy of blasting the ball downfield as much as possible.

That, or threaten to transfer his **** to MLS for pennies on the dollar (Liverpool management might not mind) in January.

September 21, 2010  10:41 AM ET

Maybe another selling point to Agger about this philosophy is that he could find himself the recipient of many more assists on the score sheet considering Torres consistently makes off-side runs that aren't always called...

September 21, 2010  11:11 AM ET

Wake me up when Duece gets to Anfield.

September 21, 2010  11:16 AM ET
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Wake me up when Duece gets to Anfield.

Thank you G- I thought this might become an ongoing conversation with myself, which would suck considering how boring I am...

What's on everyone's radar for the up-coming weekend? I haven't checked out who is playing (other than my Fire hosting Sounders in which I fully expect the Fire to lose by at least 2 goals).

September 21, 2010  11:22 AM ET

Let's get a decent topic going on....

thoughts on the Klinsi interview posted yesterday?

September 21, 2010  11:23 AM ET
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I just like that the long ball is Hodgon's strategy.

Either that is a gross misunderstanding by Agger of what they are trying to do, or the word "philosophy" needs to be replaced by the word "hope."

"Our philosophy/hope is to kick the ball as far as we can..."

September 21, 2010  11:24 AM ET
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He must have read the same book as BB.

No- BB got away from the Bruce Arena hope that kicking the ball down the field (usually by Freidl or Keller) would work out in the end.

September 21, 2010  11:27 AM ET
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Lothar Matthaus new manager of Bulgaria national team.

Insert imminent joke here.

September 21, 2010  11:27 AM ET

Just to let everyone know I rapped with Dynamo last night and all is well. He is not either of the ACMs who posted yesterday (obviously). He's just really busy with Beyond the Pitch.

September 21, 2010  11:28 AM ET
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No- BB got away from the Bruce Arena hope that kicking the ball down the field (usually by Freidl or Keller) would work out in the end.

Yea he figured a Joe Montana-worthy pass from Howard would do the trick.

September 21, 2010  11:28 AM ET
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Just to let everyone know I rapped with Dynamo last night and all is well. He is not either of the ACMs who posted yesterday (obviously). He's just really busy with Beyond the Pitch.

Ditto. Meant to post that last night.

September 21, 2010  11:30 AM ET
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I suppose mean other then Sunil Gulati is an idiot. That is twice now that he has let Klinsman slip through his fingers. And why... becasue Gulati doesn't want to give up some of his control over the team. Are Klinsman demands unreseasonable?I would think that they pretty much what any other NT manager has.

The thing about it is that Gul was willing to give Klinsi the control, but JK wanted it in writing, which is where the Gul balked.

September 21, 2010  11:33 AM ET
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Let's get a decent topic going on....thoughts on the Klinsi interview posted yesterday?

I talked a whole lot about it yesterday in that other LiverFAIL thread started about Torres being a cheating bastage (according to Sir Alice).

There really is a lot more to the story than the small blip that Klinsmann gave in that interview to the Kansas City cable affiliate (seriously- THAT right there screams of probably the biggest problem of all with this sport in this country... the fact that some podunk- no offense- cable affiliate gets an exclusive interview with Jurgen Klinsmann in the wake of him not being signed is a travisty, and another topic we talked about yesterday- how there are very few who keep American soccer players/coaches/management honest).

My thoughts are this isn't all about Gulati or anyone else in USSF screwing up necessarily. Klinsmann didn't exactly have the best track record as a manager/coach, in particular- his "philosophies" on what was necessary at Bayern can be easily labeled questionable.

The other problem I have is that Klinsmann was asking for 100% control over all decision making, with no questions asked or accountability listed (other than being fired). While I understand anyone would WANT that type of control- is it necessarily the best thing to give all power to one guy? Plus, we don't know exactly what kinds of consessions or changes Klinsmann is proposing.

Verbal agreements and backing seemed to be given by USSF, but I can also understand why they wouldn't put on paper "USSF hereby gives 100% control over all decision making to Jurgen Klinsmann with no one to verify his decisions being good ones."

I'm not calling Gulati and USSF as the "right" ones in this situation- but I feel like there is a lot more that we need to know before we start to out right call for Gulati's head.

September 21, 2010  11:49 AM ET

I have a feeling that the over all philosophy of the USSF is sustainable, long-term growth, with a strong focus on winning the WC bid for 2018 or 2022.

As TLVG pointed out yesterday- it is probably their #1 goal (not actually WINNING the WC in those years).

I'd add that the USSF is also in the business of not just the Men's and Women's national teams, but to grow the sport in this country as a whole.

So to give so much say and power in a blanket statement is dangerous. There is a business side to the federation, and that needs to be handled by business people. Coaching and "style" and player development can be handled by the experts in that field (which should be, and probably was what Klinsmann was looking for), but it is all a process that has to work together.

My thoughts on Klinsmann at this time would be that he would be looking to be very progressive (not necessarily a bad thing at all) with player development- which would probably recquire a lot of resources, and due to the USSF's philosophy of slow sustainable growth (and passing off a lot of tasks to MLS and NASL/USL as has been the case over the last few years)- the USSF was probably worried that with a blanket statement of "you have 100% control over all decisions" they could find themselves in trouble.

Or if I put on my tin foil cap and tip it just right, I might also think that the WC bids for 2018/2022 are going to lead to MASSIVE pay days for the USSF-heads and therefore giving a lot of control up to another person would limit that eventual pay day...

But I'm not one for wearing foil caps.

September 21, 2010  11:51 AM ET

I'd also love to hear Klinsmann's would-be plans for the USSF and for the job he interviewed for to see just how different they are from the current regime's plans.

That ain't gonna happen though.

September 21, 2010  12:02 PM ET

Wow- was I too deep/profound/incredible/awing/amazing with my last points?

Somehow I doubt it...

Perhaps I was too long-winded? I have a tendancy to do that...

My bad!

September 21, 2010  12:06 PM ET
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Wow- was I too deep/profound/incredible/awing/amazing with my last points?Somehow I doubt it...Perhaps I was too long-winded? I have a tendancy to do that...My bad!

I think Gulati blew it. In essence they agreed to give Klinsmann everything he wanted--but not in writing. Some people just can't allow themselves to let someone else drive the bus.

September 21, 2010  12:06 PM ET

Looks like Hodgson is losing a bit of backing.... If one guy is willing to talk publicly, others are thinking about it.

 
September 21, 2010  12:10 PM ET
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Wow- was I too deep/profound/incredible/awing/amazing with my last points?Somehow I doubt it...Perhaps I was too long-winded? I have a tendancy to do that...My bad!

See, I'd agree with most of your points until we get to this one issue.

The person we have running things now is Sunil Gulati instead of Jurgen Klinsmann.

So, who would you rather trust to be essentially the techinical director? I doubt Klinsmann was looking to control areas outside of the technical director's purview. He just wanted to be both technical director and manager (I'm guessing). Like managers of club teams wanting complete control of the transfer market. Again, would you rather Gulati or anyone but Gulati in that role?

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