Trevor Downey

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Leicester City Await For Liverpool: How Nervous Are You?

Leicester City Await For Liverpool: How Nervous Are You?

First, an acknowledgement - every game between now and season's end, the whole baker's dozen, will be dubbed HUGE. If Jürgen Klopp's Redmen go on a winning run, the potential for comparative success will drive the hysteria. If they are patchy, the need for players and coach to PROVE THEIR WORTH AND AVOID THE SUMMER AXE will create a furore around each fixture. Only in the unlikely event of utter capitulation in successive weeks will the enormity of each match …
The Positive Realism Of Jürgen Klopp

The Positive Realism Of Jürgen Klopp

In the tragi-comic dystopia that passes for the 21st century, maintaining a world-view that is both realistic and positive is quite the mental and emotional workout. The gloomier types amongst us often claim realism for themselves and, quite understandably, given the hellish state of the planet, they insist that positivity is the preserve of the naive. However, since it was just an adolescent column with a dream of the big-time, Latest News has always tried to keep the two plates …
Is Liverpool's La Manga Break A Good Thing?

Is Liverpool's La Manga Break A Good Thing?

You know it's a slow news day when the official website is running an article which is essentially John Aldridge saying that holidays are great and trips away help with team bonding and morale. The ex-Red goal-poacher reckons the training camp in La Manga is "a really good idea" and the time can be used for working "some finer things that maybe we've fallen short of, especially in the last month or two, some fresh ideas," or training, as it's …
Klopp And Can Have A Plan

Klopp And Can Have A Plan

Here at Latest News, we have an agenda. It is not a Trumpian agenda. There is no snake oil being sold. It's just that, without straying into self-delusion and inaccuracy, this column will always aim to present what's new around Liverpool Football club in the most positive way possible. Granted, the very fabric of that policy had nearly been rent asunder by the awfulness of the first six weeks of 2017, but here we remain, with a big daft grins …
Henderson Saying The Right Things

Henderson Saying The Right Things

There has always been a tradition around Anfield and environs of club leaders saying the right thing at the right time. You can trace it back to that most articulate and circumspect of gents, Bill Shankly. The Scot was famously loquacious but there was never a word out of place. Every phrase was measured before being delivered in that wistful but authoritative Glenbuck burr. In a time before media saturation, the man who started the most glorious era in the …
Wijnaldum: Klopp Believes In Us

Wijnaldum: Klopp Believes In Us

"Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime." Rupert Pupkin, King of Comedy
In Martin Scorsese's King of Comedy, the central protagonist, the splendidly monikered Rupert Pupkin, is a quietly unhinged man with delusions of grandeur and dreams of celebrity status. Pupkin, whose dark psychopathology eventually sees him resorting to kidnap and extortion, is fuelled by the kind of impervious self-belief that others find ludicrous. The film is an unsettling masterpiece and its prescience about the …
Lallana: We Need To Be More Consistent

Lallana: We Need To Be More Consistent

For the entirety of January and the beginning of February, weekends have been a matter of endurance for Liverpool fans. For this scribbler, the only means of escaping the crippling ennui that seemed to grow with each pathetic result was to indulge a lifelong passion for film that rivals my ardour for the Reds. Ironically, getting lost in a fiction comes easily to us as football fans. So much of fandom is the creating of potential narratives, investing in characters and obsessing …
Can Clyne And The Reds Get Back On Track?

Can Clyne And The Reds Get Back On Track?

If you've ever struggled to break a pattern of behaviour, then you'll know how difficult the psychological aspect of that battle is. There's a whole pageant that seems to play out around the drawing of lines in the sand. Just one more chocolate bar and THEN the salad diet will commence, just a final bottle of beer and THEN productive sobriety will follow, just one more tweet and THEN some interaction with actual humans in the room. Of course, the …
Can Sturridge Fire Liverpool To The Champions League?

Can Sturridge Fire Liverpool To The Champions League?

When Latest News was but a tyke, Liverpool bestrode the domestic and European stage with a paradoxical blend of dignified swagger and quiet arrogance - a unique combination that often accompanies greatness, peculiar to those who know they are the best but retain a humility about that fact. From 1977 to 1984 the Reds were the finest club side on the planet and the four European Cups amassed during that period were the glittering totems of that triumphant era. Instrumental in the …
Wijnaldum: Reds Must Get In A Flow

Wijnaldum: Reds Must Get In A Flow

"Yes, but what does he DO?" How many times have you heard, or perhaps even uttered, that question in relation to the contribution of Georgino Wijnaldum to the Liverpool team? The Dutchman, signed by Jürgen Klopp last summer, has been quite a divisive figure amongst Reds-watchers since his arrival. It was clear from the start that Klopp considered him to be an integral part of his side and, as Liverpool swashbuckled their way through the opening half of the season, the man …
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