Sad Firmino Misses Europe

Sad Firmino Misses Europe

Sometimes this thing just writes itself. After an evening spent sipping wine and solo-chomping through what some buffoon decided to call a 'sharing bag' of salt n' vinegar crisps, Latest News was sufficiently emboldened to return to the often unsettling world of Twitter in the hope of finding suitable topics to discuss here this morning. As ever, that melting pot of horror and delight rose to the challenge, with quotes galore and terrible opinions aplenty. You see, until late yesterday …
Liverpool Must Create A Shakespearean Tragedy

Liverpool Must Create A Shakespearean Tragedy

You all know the predictable narrative for Monday night. Your world-weary mates and naysaying Twitter gurus have already told you what will happen. Leicester City, following their remarkably cynical decision to axe Claudio Ranieri, will benefit from the 'new boss bounce,' or at least some sort of 'caretaker convalescence,' as the delightfully monikered Craig Shakespeare takes temporary control of first team affairs. Liverpool, needing desperately to build upon the foundations of the win against Tottenham, will come immediately unstuck against …
Maybe No News Is Good News For Liverpool

Maybe No News Is Good News For Liverpool

Unbelievable. Well, I warned you, gentle reader. Our beloved model pro, one-game-at-a-time, controversy-eschewing Reds do not make for good copy when we are on a two-week mid-season break. So far, this morning, and Latest News has waited ALL morning, there has not been so much as a whiff of anything newsworthy. We were dangerously close to this becoming one of those dreaded opinion columns, y'know, like that Downey fella used to write, when the midday news dump brought a couple …
Matip Says Nothing Controversial!

Matip Says Nothing Controversial!

Writing this column every day presents some interesting quandaries. Latest News, unlike the vast majority of other LFC pages, will never resort to clickbait titles. This has a massively detrimental effect on page views but it's a point of principle. FIVE PLAYERS KLOPP ALMOST SIGNED is the type of thing readers are free to make themselves clinically dumber by reading elsewhere. However, during a spell like the current one, where the only 'news' of note is about future building projects and …
Alexander-Arnold Looking Very Much At Home

Alexander-Arnold Looking Very Much At Home

James Baldwin once wrote that "perhaps home is not a place but an irrevocable condition." People, by nature, attach a massive significance to the concept of where we belong. We struggle all our lives with trying to reconcile the spectrum of emotions that our native place can evoke in us. Indifference, hatred, fierce pride - we feel them all if we live long enough. If you're a foreign fan of Liverpool FC, you'll have encountered both the warmth of the …
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 …
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