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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 …
Joe Gomez - A Name For The Future Or An Arrival?

Joe Gomez - A Name For The Future Or An Arrival?

There comes a day in every player’s career where they have to stop being the young lad, the starlet with potential and step up to the big arena. If you look down the list at those who have started with a reputation but have failed to build on it, it can make a sad read. Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongollle, Neil Mellor and arguably Jon Flanagan have all had greatness thrust upon them but somehow fallen at the final step. …
Liverpool v Man Utd: The Ugliest and Greatest Rivalry

Liverpool v Man Utd: The Ugliest and Greatest Rivalry

For me this all started in May 1977. I know this is going back a fair bit but bear with me. It was a Saturday afternoon and the League Champions had to conquer the impertinence of Man Utd to secure a League and Cup double. This wouldn’t prove to be a problem. United had finished sixth that season – a full 10 points behind the Reds (two points for a win in those days, of course) and had been at …
Liverpool in Crisis? Really?

Liverpool in Crisis? Really?

One thing that identifies Liverpool supporters and possibly sets us apart from others is the sheer range of emotions when it comes to following the club. For example, you’ll often hear talk of us ‘being by far the greatest team the world has ever seen’ even when we languish in 7th place with a solitary victory in seven games. On the other hand, there are people who are talking like this is the worst Liverpool side/manager/owners the club have had in …
Luck, Pressure and Balls: Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1

Luck, Pressure and Balls: Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1

On a podcast last week I speculated about the forthcoming Newcastle game and said that I had absolutely no idea what to expect. We could lose, we could beat the Geordies to such an extent that they’d need counselling to deal with it or we could draw a humdrum borefest which would cure the more entrenched case of insomnia. It turns out that it was all three. We lost inasmuch as it feels like a defeat, we won because we …
Arsenal vs. Liverpool and The Night Before Christmas

Arsenal vs. Liverpool and The Night Before Christmas

I can still remember one of my first Christmas Eves. I must have been about four years old at the time and it’s one of those memories that stays with you despite its lack of drama. I was standing on my doorstep in Norris Green, Liverpool and looking at the night sky, hoping to see a glimpse of Santa being led across the sky by Rudolph and his mates or espy the Star of Bethlehem rising over Cantril Farm. As …
Rafa Vs Jurgen: Differences and Similarities

Rafa Vs Jurgen: Differences and Similarities

"I am very, very proud to be joining one of the most important clubs in the world in one of the best leagues in the world - and I want to win."- Rafael Benitez, June 2004 "It's the biggest honour I can imagine, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I've been given the opportunity to help in this situation, but it's not so difficult as some people in this room think … It's not a normal, usual …
Leicester 2 Liverpool 3 - Tough Wins Are The Best Wins

Leicester 2 Liverpool 3 - Tough Wins Are The Best Wins

A win! A Liverpool win! Three goals beats two goals and the travelling Reds went home happy. The weekend is saved. It wasn’t pleasant. Jurgen’s lads coasted to a two goal cushion and were slowly beginning to realise that Leicester were not quite the reincarnation of the Dirty Dozen they’d previously thought them to be, but come a myopic official and the lads found themselves being dragged down to their level and had to scrap it out. Not a game …
Jurgen Klopp and the Exasperated Support

Jurgen Klopp and the Exasperated Support

And then came Burnley. Summary: We took lots of shots. Burnley not so much. We scored a goal and so did they. It finished 1-1, which means Liverpool lost. A Liverpool home draw with Burnley can only be that. Oh, you can argue the 'that's the point that could win us the League’ line all you want, but Liverpool should always beat Burnley. The Liverpool manager seemed baffled by the scoreline and took it out on the crowd around him. …
The Gini Wijnaldum Away Day Conundrum

The Gini Wijnaldum Away Day Conundrum

On 17th May 2015, as PSV Eindhoven’s game with ADO Den Haag entered injury time in the Kyocera Stadium, Georginio Wijnaldum scored to give the Rood-Witten a late goal and, subsequently, a 2-3 win. PSV were already champions and the Dutchman was soon to be on his way to the Premier League, but that goal would become significant in his career. It was to be the last time that he would score an away goal in a domestic match. Since then …
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