Carragher, Neville And The Cult Of The Pundit

Carragher, Neville And The Cult Of The Pundit

Regular visitors to these paragraphs will know that profound analytical breakdowns of systems and tactics are anathema to this columnist. It's not that I don't appreciate the folk who do that sort of thing, you understand. They provide us all with a valuable service, bless 'em. How many times have you drunkenly thrown out a stat or tactical observation that had been painstakingly compiled by one such hard-working analyst - their slaving over a hot laptop serving only to earn …
Inconsistency Of Emre Can Mirrors Inconsistency Of Liverpool

Inconsistency Of Emre Can Mirrors Inconsistency Of Liverpool

Irritation was the name of the game yesterday at Latest News Towers. Irritation with life's vicissitudes (which is not the fodder for these paragraphs), irritation with the media, irritation with the Redmen and, finally, seeing that irritation gloriously manifested in the exasperated form of Jamie Carragher (himself a regular source of irritation to this columnist, of late) as he reacted with remarkable impatience to the interruption of his analysis by the permanently gibbering Sky-candy that is Jamie Redknapp. Amidst the post-match …
Desert Island Reds: My Dream Liverpool XI

Desert Island Reds: My Dream Liverpool XI

My Desert Island Line-Up is made up of players who have represented Liverpool from 1989, when I first started supporting the club, to the present day. The formation is 4-3-3: GK Pepe Reina Liverpool have had some truly dodgy goalkeepers in the past 28 years (David James, Sander Westerveld, Jerzy Dudek to name but three) so any who was even half consistent would get into this team. Reina was more than that. Not only a hugely reliable presence for the …
Are the Kids All Right for Liverpool?

Are the Kids All Right for Liverpool?

Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling. Six names that invoke differing opinions amongst Liverpool fans, but whatever their legacy, those six names are the only ones to have come through the youth academy system and successfully establish themselves as first team regulars during the Premier League era. There have been others, such as Dominic Matteo, Martin Kelly and Jon Flanagan who have had spells in the first team, but never really established themselves …
Liverpool: 2017. Don't Give Up

Liverpool: 2017. Don't Give Up

Well, this is not good. Good is the thing it is not. On a good/bad ratio the numbers are stacked in the latter camp. The opening seven games of 2017 have seen the Reds win one, draw three and lose three. Only at Home Park did Liverpool leave the pitch a goal in credit and that was with a predominantly second string in a pretty average game. We’re just not playing well what with the first team slowing down and …
Is Carragher Correct About Sturridge?

Is Carragher Correct About Sturridge?

The proliferation of former Liverpool players in the punditry business is downright odd. As analysts go, they range from the thoroughly dour and old-school likes of Dean Saunders and Ronnie Whelan to the occasionally insightful and earnest likes of Graeme Souness, to the hopelessly anodyne likes of Cockney clothes-horse, Jamie Redknapp. This is to say nothing of BT's Michael Owen, a man so vanilla that he can make flying helicopters over Dubai seem as bland as an Alan Partridge outside …
Loris Karius: Doomed to fail, or just a rough start?

Loris Karius: Doomed to fail, or just a rough start?

It's not talked about enough, but changing football clubs is hard. Moving to a club like Liverpool as a 23 year old and immediately taking a place in the spotlight as the starting goalkeeper is a lot more intimidating than most like to acknowledge. The most common retort to statements like this usually is along the lines of, "Well he's a professional, so he should get on with his job." This does hold some truth, but if you ask me, …
Liverpool Must Learn From Their Festive Slumps In 02/03 & 08/09

Liverpool Must Learn From Their Festive Slumps In 02/03 & 08/09

Liverpool are 13 matches into their assault on another Premier League title, and they have arguably never looked more likely to seal that holy grail we have all craved so badly since 1990. Under Jurgen Klopp, the Reds are looking the part more and more by the week, and they are picking up points in every way imaginable. They have had to cling on for a few victories, most notably Arsenal and Swansea - if we’d drawn 4-4 with Arsenal, …
Another Crocked Liverbird: Liverpool's Knee-Hilistic Past

Another Crocked Liverbird: Liverpool's Knee-Hilistic Past

Some weeks make you wish God had come up with something other than knees - weeks when you can't wear shorts for fear of seeing your own knees in a mirror and losing all sense of what it means to 'be'. It has been a year since the beginning of one such week, when as a result of two Liverpool employees falling over in unconnected incidents, the phrase ‘anterior cruciate ligament’ achieved unprecedented frequency of use. At the time, Danny Ings …
Ben Woodburn: Liverpool's Rising Talent

Ben Woodburn: Liverpool's Rising Talent

Ben Woodburn has been making headlines recently after great cameos for Liverpool in their first two pre-season games against Tranmere Rovers and Fleetwood Town. The 16-year old (yes, he’s just 16) Welshman has produced a fine performance in both games and has surprised many Liverpool fans who don’t regularly follow the club’s academy teams. And even before he made his senior bow for Liverpool, he scored a goal against Cardiff City during their FA Youth Cup campaign that went viral …
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