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The "False" Roberto Firmino - Brighton 1 Liverpool 5

There are times when supporting this team can be a chore. I doubt there is a fan base in the world that has quite so much internal bickering than ours. The whole #lfcfamily hashtag is magnificent of irony, unless, of course, its creation is to illustrate how much families fight over the smallest thing. Yesterday afternoon provided a similar case. When the team was announced many of us scanned the names, looking for centre-backs. It transpired that Emre was playing …
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1 - Flukes and Rebukes

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1 - Flukes and Rebukes

Sometimes there are fluke goals. Sometimes the opposition are just better than you. Sometimes you can be unlucky. The fury about the draw with Chelsea has matched that of the second half in Seville which seems a little unfair. Chelsea have the best centre-back in the country in Cesar Azpilicueta, a monster of a player in N’golo Kante and that Belgian lad, who seems to do well at our ground. Liverpool don’t have any of those things (though Coutinho can …
Kenny Dalglish: The Greatest

Kenny Dalglish: The Greatest

"It was a privilege to even go there and play. It was a privilege to win. The way I looked at it, the club were doing me a favour. Not the other way round." He’ll always be the greatest. No one really comes close. Liverpool have been spoilt when it comes to heroes. Players like Yeats, St John, Hunt, Hughes, Kennedy, Keegan, Toshack, Rush, Souness, Barnes and Gerrard would have statues built for them had they played for anyone else, …
Liverpool 2017/18 - What Does Success Look Like?

Liverpool 2017/18 - What Does Success Look Like?

The Goodison derby is and will always be my favourite game of the year. I’ve been to pretty much every ground in the division (I’m already hoping Huddersfield stay up as I can’t make that game this season) and nothing comes close. I’ve seen us win, draw and lose there since the 1980s and the atmosphere is still palpable. Derby days matter. And the best bit of that day comes before kick off when we bawl at each other from …
Reasons to be Cheerful - West Ham 1 Liverpool 4

Reasons to be Cheerful - West Ham 1 Liverpool 4

Well, didn’t that feel better? Following the nightmare that was Wembley, the Reds/the Shocking Oranges returned to the capital and tore apart a side who were asking to be beaten into submission. True, things could have been different if Andre Ayew successfully dinked a fairly simple chance past Simon Mignolet, but once Mo slotted past Joe Hart there was only one outcome. And yet, we did let them back in. We often do. Joe Gomez could have done better with …
West Ham United V Liverpool: Opposition Scouting Report

West Ham United V Liverpool: Opposition Scouting Report

Liverpool’s visit on Saturday sees them encounter a team with a baffling array of form. Many Reds will look at the Hammers’ incredible turnaround at Wembley against Spurs in the Carabao Cup and wonder just which West Ham will turn up. That night, on the same ground where Liverpool failed miserably days earlier, Andre Ayew (2) and Angelo Ogbonna overturned Spurs’ 2-0 half-time lead in an inspired comeback. Such was the Hammers’ form coming into that game that it looked …
Dejan Lovren and Anti-Social Media

Dejan Lovren and Anti-Social Media

A few years ago I was working for a media sales company in London. It was the standard setup. I was charged with bringing in a set amount of revenue every quarter from a predetermined number of clients, both existing and warm. On top of that, I had to convert a number of cold contacts into regular sales and customers. It was a tough environment and the pressure was always high. One quarter saw me miss my target by a …
Dejan Lovren: The Buck Doesn't Stop There

Dejan Lovren: The Buck Doesn't Stop There

Sometime after 4.15pm yesterday, a collection of mumbles, conversations and downright vitriol ran around the away section at Wembley. ‘He’s got to take him off.’ ‘We’re going to get battered here. Fuck’s sake, Jurgen.’ ‘Get that useless twat off now!’ Later on some people speculated that Dejan Lovren’s was the worst performance ever given by a Liverpool player. That got me thinking. My mind flew to a John Arne Riise display at Craven Cottage years ago when I seriously wondered …
Schooled and Lessons Unlearned - Tottenham 4 Liverpool 1

Schooled and Lessons Unlearned - Tottenham 4 Liverpool 1

There was a minute in the second half today where Tottenham broke through our midfield. Roberto Firmino ran with his man and shoulder charged him off the ball with such ferocity that the Spurs player was left sprawled on the pitch. It was a sulky gesture by the Brazilian and borne purely out of frustration. The goal aside it was the only time I cheered in ninety minutes. We’ve all read this script before. Liverpool go out with good intentions …
An Oasis of Goals in a Tough Campaign - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7

An Oasis of Goals in a Tough Campaign - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7

Following the demolition of Maribor a litany of caveats attempted to bring the stratospheric Reds back to earth. They’re a ‘glorified pub team,’ are ‘easily the worst side Liverpool will play this season’ and ‘well, if you they can’t beat them …’ It would difficult to argue with some of those words. Maribor were poor and how they failed a gazumping by Sevilla and Spartak is beyond me. Their unerring ability to fall for the same trick every time was …
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