Analysing Liverpool’s Finances and Transfer Activity

Analysing Liverpool’s Finances and Transfer Activity

When it comes to football, there are few things less interesting then examining sets of accounts. However, the audited set of figures released by Liverpool in the first week of March each year give one of the clearest indications of the off-field standing of the club and its ability to effectively challenge on the pitch. This article aims to explain why the club’s net spend in recent seasons has appeared to be so relatively low, examines the story behind the …
FSG - Learning From Past Mistakes?

FSG - Learning From Past Mistakes?

Things have changed a lot in Liverpool football club and in football in general since Fenway Sports Group acquired the Reds back in 2010. FSG themselves have evolved as owners after trying several different approaches in managing the organization within the club with questionable success. It is still too early to rate this summer's deals (or the lack of them). Some supporters are cautiously optimistic, for others failing to sing a starting caliber centre-back is inexcusable. LFC went after top …
The Boston VVD Party

The Boston VVD Party

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece for Anfield Index, urging the club to be step up the quality of its transfer targets. No more, I claimed, should we shop at the local grocers when we can afford to stroll the aisles at Harrods. After all, we’ve entered the porches of the elite now and are allowed to move away from the discount section. Because the title involved the acronym ‘FSG’ the comments were crammed with people either defending …
The end of Liverpool?

The end of Liverpool?

Mourinho. Guardiola. Conte. Wenger. Klopp. If there was an Expendables movie for football managers, it would surely include all five of these esteemed and widely respected managers, all of whom have a history of success at the top level. Yet whilst the movement of two of the most impressive managers of recent years, in Mourinho and Guardiola, to the Premier League is a spectacle for both the neutral observer and fans of competition teams alike, it may well herald the definitive end …
Without Rodgers, We Wouldn't Be Here

Without Rodgers, We Wouldn't Be Here

You all know, I'm no advocate of Brendan Rodgers.  There are have been several articles and podcasts that I've been on where I've slated, bemoaned, and even be-damned our former manager. But, if we're honest with one another, we wouldn't be in this current position without him. Going back a little, we were a club that was nearly drowned in anonymity.  After Hodgson (#HeWhoMustNotBeNamed) and Dalglish, Fenway Sports Group hired Brendan Rodgers with the hope that a new era would …
A No-Win Situation For Brendan Rodgers

A No-Win Situation For Brendan Rodgers

"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds." Franklin Roosevelt "Win a no-win situation by rewriting the rules." Harvey Spector, Suits
In medieval times, folk had altogether different notions of what constituted a bad person. With predictable misogyny, it was often the ladies who came off the worst, what with that era's unsettling penchant for drowning 'witches.' Now, we're not talking, wart-nosed, cackling broom-fanciers here. For the gents of the 1600s a witch …
Pepijn Lijnders - The Managerial Wildcard?

Pepijn Lijnders - The Managerial Wildcard?

"Keep your friends close but your enemies closer." I recently read an article on this site by the talented Rory Greenfield. It was a piece about why Jurgen Klopp was the sole candidate to take over as Liverpool FC manager if Brendan Rodgers were to leave. He talks about his playing style and what he'd bring to the Liverpool fans. Some much needed unity. I won't spoil it for you, you can read it yourself here. It was an article …
Dysfunctional Transfers And The End For Rodgers?

Dysfunctional Transfers And The End For Rodgers?

Since Rodgers has taken over at Liverpool 33 first team players have been signed on a permanent basis with a total of £270.50m spent. However, no significant improvement has been made. The first reason for this can be explained by the phrase “you have to spend to stand still”. This is best shown by Chelsea in the past two seasons. Chelsea topped the league in 2014/15 from the first to last game week and won the competition by eight points. …
Main Stand's Naming Rights: Good or Bad?

Main Stand's Naming Rights: Good or Bad?

It's clearly a good thing, who are we kidding? Rumours broke in the media that Liverpool were looking to sell the naming rights for the new stand that's under construction. You'd assume this would be a positive and fans would react accordingly so but apparently it's "small time", "plastic" and "beneath a club with such history". No, really, people actually said those things. Just search Twitter. I even seen someone say we should keep 96 seats empty in memory of …
Year 4 Really is Brendan's Year 3

Year 4 Really is Brendan's Year 3

So much has been written and said since Liverpool's 2014/15 season petered out with the abysmal 6-1 away defeat to Stoke City that it's hard not to cover old ground. Much of it was targeted at Brendan Rodgers and how he should pay for the disappointment by losing his job, after all Brendan had said "judge me after 3 years". That's what the man wanted and that's what has happened, in the fan base anyway. It's clear however, that Fenway …
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