Lucas Leiva: Retire The 21 Shirt

Lucas Leiva: Retire The 21 Shirt

“People just don’t know just how good Lucas is” – Rafa Benitez, 2009. Well, I think this is it. He’s finally gone. On Sunday, Lazio tweeted a photo of Lucas Leiva holding one of their scarves and unless he bought it at the airport and just happened to have been spotted by the Roman club’s photographer, it signals the end of his Liverpool career. After ten years and 344 appearances, he’s finally relinquished the number 21 shirt for good. Of …
The Cult of Lucas Leiva

The Cult of Lucas Leiva

Liverpool fans are an emotional and nostalgic bunch. We feel the need to eulogise our players to the point where there always needs to be someone at the club who can be considered a legend. With Lucas Leiva the longest standing player at the club and the only member of the first team who was around the last time we won a trophy except for our captain (and God knows our fan-base will refuse to acknowledge Hendo as a good …
Liverpool's Transfer Window: As One Door Opens...

Liverpool's Transfer Window: As One Door Opens...

Much of the focus of the summer – which is still only weeks old, it should be said – for fans of any club, is the possibility and speculation of the transfer window. We’re all anxious to see who we can get through the door and onto the pitch for next season’s inevitable League and Champions League double, but it’s also worth remembering that there are two elements to all this. While incoming signings are by far the more exciting, …
Profiling Liverpool's Squad Depth Ahead of Next Season

Profiling Liverpool's Squad Depth Ahead of Next Season

After Liverpool secured qualification into the Champions league for next season, attention turned to the summer transfer window and who the Reds would be signing to both improve and bolster their squad heading into next season. One of Liverpool’s main weaknesses this season has been their lack of squad depth, which has been highlighted following injuries to key players such as Coutinho, Mane and Lallana. When the Reds have everyone fit they are as good as any team in the …
Believe, Doubters - Klopp Is Driving LFC Onwards

Believe, Doubters - Klopp Is Driving LFC Onwards

At Anfield yesterday, after a creditable objective had been achieved by Liverpool, as cute children in replica kits tottered wide-eyed after their fathers, and as an intoxicating relief had flooded the famous old stadium, Lucas Leiva said some words into a microphone, whilst clutching a small memorial in the shape of the number 21 he has worn for a decade. The famously amiable Brazilian was struggling to master his emotions. His wife had long-since given up the fight, sobbing as …
Mignolet And Milner Staying Positive

Mignolet And Milner Staying Positive

I've been thinking about building a shelter. You know, a proper, dug out of the ground, own generator, multi-roomed, stocked-to-the-hilt-with-provisions-for-the-zombie-apocalypse type of shelter. Like that one in The Road that Viggo Mortensen and his kid have a few days of brief respite in, before reengaging with cannibalistic crazies and a decaying post-apocalyptic world. The notion's been knocking around in my head for a while but every time I watch the filtered and edited guff that passes for news on television, …
Klopp And Lucas Bond Over Derby Win

Klopp And Lucas Bond Over Derby Win

It's been such an emotionally confusing weekend, friends, has it not? Clearly, the dominant feeling has been the sheer exultation in victory over Everton, in what was, for this columnist, the most crucial derby in years. The nature of that win, the mental toughness the Redmen showed and the imposition of their superior quality on a fierce local rival, was even more pleasing than relief that came with the attainment of crucial points in a round of the Barclay's Premier …
Leicester must be a watershed game for Klopp

Leicester must be a watershed game for Klopp

They say you shouldn't write about your team when you're angry and after that abject display against Leicester, I was both furious and embarrassed. Therefore, I thought it best to take some time before reflecting on the game. Unfortunately, 48 hours has done little to quell my emotions. I have unashamedly been an advocate of Jürgen Klopp for years and was elated at his appointment. Make no mistake, I am still delighted he is our manager and I have absolute …
Yes, Klopp Is To Blame. Now What?

Yes, Klopp Is To Blame. Now What?

"Consistency is to do what you have to do always. We’ve brought ourselves into a situation where everyone can doubt our attitude. That’s really our fault, our mistake and nobody else’s." Jürgen Klopp
If you're bothering to read anything associated with Liverpool FC this morning then you are either calm enough to put football into some kind of perspective or frenzied enough to actively search for something to rail against and deride. Either way, you are welcome here. There will …
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 …
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