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 …
Do Reds Fans Know What They Have In Klopp?

Do Reds Fans Know What They Have In Klopp?

Liverpool fans are the daftest and most emotionally volatile bunch of people on the planet. Now, before you start to type your opprobrium and disdain for that opinion in the comments section, save the righteous indignation for some other platform, because Latest News openly admits to fitting cozily into both categories. There is no point to football if it doesn't embrace wild oscillations of emotion and moments of sheer silliness. Whether it's a half-formed opinion bellowed passionately at the television, an …
Can Lallana And Liverpool Be Winners?

Can Lallana And Liverpool Be Winners?

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing. ALWAYS BE CLOSING. A-I-D-A. Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. Attention – Do I have you attention? Interest – Are you interested? I know you are, because it’s fuck or walk. You close or you hit the bricks. Blake, Glengarry Glen Ross
Popular culture is full of people theorising about what makes a winner. From the vulgar to the sublime, you can't swing a cat in a Hollywood archive without battering the unfortunate moggy off …
Klavan: Fans Will Have A Big Impact

Klavan: Fans Will Have A Big Impact

Today, The Echo and liverpoolfc.com are running a story about how a lucky punter can win the chance to play 'paddle-tennis' with Jürgen Klopp. Apparently, a £5 donation to the Liverpool Foundation means any fan who is not yet a member of the burgeoning #KloppOut movement can enter into a raffle, the prize of which is a day with the big amiable German. Elsewhere, the club is being touted as next summer's most feckless spenders and the perpetual transfer tittle-tattle train …
The Ugly Lovren Witch Hunt

The Ugly Lovren Witch Hunt

Between 1644 and 1647, Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled Witchfinder General, wandered England deciding whether or not women (it was mostly women) had made a covenant with the Devil and were, therefore, heretics to Christianity. Once Hopkins and his zealous chums had 'confirmed' their thesis, the unfortunate object of their accusation was declared a witch and given a 'trial.' You know how this went. Religious fanaticism and deeply held misogynistic beliefs do not make for tolerant appraisal and the women accused, over …
What Do We Want From Klopp And Liverpool?

What Do We Want From Klopp And Liverpool?

Are you adrift on an undulating sea of football-based emotion? Are your thoughts oscillating uncertainly between bleak despair and manic attempts at forced positivity? Perhaps, you’ve long-since settled at the bottom of that metaphorical ocean and developed a fevered interest in, let’s say, sea anemones. Well, that just makes you a Liverpool fan, my friend, and your experience is shared by us all. In what some folk condescendingly dub 'the real world,' there is currently such deep-state-induced chaos at play, such …
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