Taking this post from the argument in the Shawcross thread, I think that there is quite a good debate to be had about English football.
I love Everton, but I can't say that I love English football.
If it came down to a choice between a middle ranked European game and a middle ranked European game, I'd go for the foreign game nearly all the time.
The playing attitude to football, of the majority of foreign teams, is far more appealing than almost all English ones.
I'm fed up of people criticising players who try and bring the ball down under pressure, to actually play football, and then listening to the same people cheer when someone launches themselves into a header that will only ever end up straight back with the opposition.
I'm fed up of people wildly cheering a slide tackle but then moaning if a through ball that would set up a goal scoring chance, if successful, gets cut out.
I want out full backs to have confidence on the ball and not feel that they are running the risk of a huge storm of abuse if they try and pass the ball back where it has just come from if there are no other free options.
For me, too much store is placed on being able to run around at a ridiculously high tempo for 90 mins.
This isn't just something that is at the top of the senior game.
Junior level football is almost exclusively on over sized pitches.
This positively discourages the development of a short passing style. Players know that they have to kick it long, or dribble themselves, to get anywhere near the goal.
Anyway these are just some of my grumbles with the English game.
What I do like, is the aggression and hostility of the crowds. And the fact that, Liverpool aside, turning up and watching the match isn't some pre-orchestrated idea.
You turn up, watch the match and react accordingly.
I'm sure there are plenty of opposing views, but I think it will be interesting to see what people's likes and dislikes are!