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Tumbleweeds. Tumbleweeds everywhere.

In all seriousness, it's really quiet on the Liverpool news front right now, but here are a few interesting links and pieces to distract you before you turn to licking toads to pass the time:

* Rory Smith says the club is looking at Defour, Afellay, and Hazard as possibilities for the January window. Rumours at this time of the season are an odd bird, and it doesn't help that we don't know what's going on with our coach/manager, or if Dalglish is being installed as Director of Football, or and etcetera, but I don't think it's a stretch to suggest that none of these players are in the Roy Hodgson mould. Even with the loss of Mascherano I'm not sure how big a need central midfield is, but Hazard and Afellay are wider attackers who would offer a change of pace. And in Hazard's case, if my experience playing FIFA is anything to go by (and I'm sure it is), he'll be one of the three best players in the world in six to eight years along with Lionel Messi and some dude from Kenya with seven South American last names.

* To get a bit of a run on Rory Smith going, over at the Telegraph site he has a piece up looking at the emergence of Sotirios Kyrgiakos as a kind of folk hero.

Steven Gerrard, Merseyside’s Ajax, has at times seemed conquered by his own sorrow at the sight of the club he has devoted his life to begin to stutter and stumble. Fernando Torres, formerly every inch an Achilles, has found his legs peppered with weaknesses, his fallibility evident to all. The suspicion lingers that Jamie Carragher, like Nestor, is too old to engage in combat.

One man, though, has transcended the wreckage of 12 months of despair and doubt to emerge with his reputation not only intact but enhanced....

He also manages more Homeric references per paragraph than anybody in the history of the written word. Including Homer.

* And though it's not about Liverpool, there's been a dearth of news this week and anybody who enjoys tactics just a little too much (if you know what I mean... because I don't) will want to take the time to read Jonathan Wilson's piece asking "Are Barcelona reinventing the W-W formation?"

* It's so quiet out there that I'm going to reach back a couple of days to a link provided by Grubb in the comment sections to a piece with--apparently--actual quotes from Pellegrini saying he's been in contact with Liverpool. Nothing's come up since then, and it's on a site that makes its living printing anything and everything, but there's that actual quotes part. So yeah.

So... um, yeah? Kinda quiet out there. Maybe too quiet. Like something big is about to go down. Or not. Because usually when things are quiet it's just that things are quiet and not that there are major doin's a'transpirin'. Anyhow, make sure you've exercised your civic duty and voted on your preferred defensive partnership, and have some Menomena while you wait for the inevitable news of the world coming to an end to break.

p.s.: Today's phrase of the day of the day is, "How to hack Facebook in seventy-three easy steps."

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