Neil Bason

James Milner: The Natural

James Milner: The Natural

“I am a Liverpool player and what the manager asks me to do I will do. Ultimately, if he thinks that is the best thing for the team then I will do it.” James Milner, August, 2016.
There it is. The quote that, for me, cements the fact that what we have in our experienced, tireless and ever-willing number seven is something to be treasured and lauded. I can’t imagine many other players being so ready to shift …
More than Most, Klopp Deserves our Patience

More than Most, Klopp Deserves our Patience

Since the second coming… I mean, arrival of our charismatic manager, Jurgen Klopp, there has been the undeniable whiff of an air of optimism around us fans in regards to what riches the future might now hold for our club. Looking back I’m pretty sure Klopp arrived for that first press conference descended from the heavens in a Pegasus drawn chariot, announced by trumpeting angels. Although it could have been via car, I get a bit hazy at my age. …
Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No, It's Super-Flan!

Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No, It's Super-Flan!

As another round of transfer window madness sets in, the rumour mill is already in overdrive. Seriously, I used to be okay with the window, but that was pre-Twitter when we lived in much quieter less bullshit-riddled times. Of course every hushed tone player rumour, once kept to the smoky backroom of the local, now booms onto Twitter via some in-the-know who usually knows sweet FA, and triggers a ripple of retweets that quickly grows into a tidal wave before …
Not wanting Europa League Football is a mistake

Not wanting Europa League Football is a mistake

There’s a train of thought currently steaming along that suggests not competing in Europe next season is actually a blessing for Liverpool and Klopp. That it was a Champions League or bust situation, and bust was worth more than a spot in the Europa League. It’s a train of thought that I won’t be boarding, and have never truly understood. In both the run up to, and the wake of our two cup final appearances, and ultimately failures, this season, …
Liverpool FC, Folk Heroes and Cult Classics

Liverpool FC, Folk Heroes and Cult Classics

Brace yourself, as that dreaded time of year is upon us. From roughly now, until early September, we’re about to be inundated by daily updates on which name, big, medium, or never heard of him, is about to be photographed leaning awkwardly against a wall at Melwood, or holding the obligatory red and white scarf above his head after signing on the dotted line for Liverpool. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as long as you enjoy scrambling …
The Liverpool Kids - The Future or No Future?

The Liverpool Kids - The Future or No Future?

As seasons go, this one has been something of a bonus for those Liverpool players looking to make the break through proper into fully fledged first team players. The arrival of Jurgen Klopp offered a fresh start, and the run in the FA Cup a platform on which to grasp that opportunity and show the boss why they warranted more than just a spot in the shadows going forward. But now as we enter the twilight of a season that …
I Just Can't Celebrate Everton's Decline

I Just Can't Celebrate Everton's Decline

Liverpool are magic, Everton are tragic, tra la la la, tra la la la… Those words rained down from the Kop last Wednesday as Everton limped to a humiliating defeat at the hands of Liverpool. Four – nil, could have been eight, should have been really. And yet as a Liverpool fan watching on, it was something of an odd experience. I roared as Divock Origi opened the scoring and leapt with delight when Sakho made it two, but then …
Liverpool FC and the Beauty of Being Proven Wrong

Liverpool FC and the Beauty of Being Proven Wrong

Sometimes being wrong is a beautiful thing. I have an admission to make. I’ve been a bit of a tit. I allowed myself to become a judgemental, hypercritical and altogether hard-to-please bastard of previously unseen proportions. I don’t know what it is about this season, but it definitely brought out the worst in me at times. You see, it was only a few short months ago that I openly questioned why my beloved Liverpool Football Club had sold a player …
Only One Man Could Replace Klopp

Only One Man Could Replace Klopp

See that man pacing the touchline, intensity and focus etched into his brow. See that man tearing from the dugout, leaping and punching a fist through the air. See that man smile and laugh, the gathered masses of the press sat comfortably in the palm of his hand. That man is Jurgen Klopp, and Liverpool will never be the same again. I was inclined to say that the arrival of our new manager was something of a breath of fresh …
Why Liverpool Dare Not Fail Next Season

Why Liverpool Dare Not Fail Next Season

Behind us lie the ashes of the false dawns. Scattered across the landscape of the nineties when illustrious and God gifted Liverpool men such as Fowler and McManaman weren’t enough to steady a ship ran from its course under the guidance of Souness. Haunting us through the opening acts of the new century, as one of our greatest called time on his life in red having never been blessed by the League title, and one night in Istanbul became further …
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