FSG & Why 'Net Spend' is Irrelevant and Misleading

FSG & Why 'Net Spend' is Irrelevant and Misleading

Today, I read a popular article on the Echo website titled 'FSG - how much have Liverpool's owners really invested in players?'. It's undeniably an interesting read, but one that is misleading - though I do not hold the writer culpable for this. The very nature of the premise 'how much have Liverpool's owners really invested in players' is unfortunately caught up with a great deal of misinformation that stems from the transfer orientated reporting of club business. The result …
Liverpool v Man Utd: The Ugliest and Greatest Rivalry

Liverpool v Man Utd: The Ugliest and Greatest Rivalry

For me this all started in May 1977. I know this is going back a fair bit but bear with me. It was a Saturday afternoon and the League Champions had to conquer the impertinence of Man Utd to secure a League and Cup double. This wouldn’t prove to be a problem. United had finished sixth that season – a full 10 points behind the Reds (two points for a win in those days, of course) and had been at …
The Klopp Project (Part 3): Challenging for the title

The Klopp Project (Part 3): Challenging for the title

In my previous pieces, you can also read part 1 and part 2, I discussed the challenges facing Jurgen Klopp, or indeed any Liverpool manager, in landing the league title. Namely, the issue of finances and the sensible "restrictions" FSG pose on spending money; also, the issues that Klopp's tactical approach has had in overcoming the proverbial parked bus. This series is a look at what it takes to win a title so I will look at various options available …
Are We Fully Appreciating Klopp's Record Against Rivals?

Are We Fully Appreciating Klopp's Record Against Rivals?

What has been the main narrative at Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp took charge back in October 2015? They can't beat the lesser sides. This has undoubtedly been a major issue, and one of the main reasons why a title challenge evaporated in such alarming fashion last season. In fact, it has been an achilles heel for the Reds for so many years, give or take the odd rogue campaign here and there when they sussed it, with both individuals and …
The Rise and Fall of Rafa Benitez

The Rise and Fall of Rafa Benitez

With Lucas Leiva set to leave Liverpool FC for Lazio there will no longer by any players left at the club, who were managed by Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard is a beloved figure at Anfield but the state in which he left the club, even though not entirely his fault, has left a bitter taste in some supporters. The fans saw Benitez build a finely tuned football machine over 4 years only to see it fail to win any silverware and …
Klopp Says The Reds Will Get What They Deserve

Klopp Says The Reds Will Get What They Deserve

With exam season almost upon us, I was reminded of an old teacher of mine who, when presented with a sea of anxious faces, used to say, "pressure is for tyres, lads." Now, plainly, he wasn't the most insightful or sensitive of gents, and no doubt he felt as though he was imparting something of great profundity, but that is the kind of trite guff that actually means nothing and makes people feel worse. Learned critics have maligned me for "verbosity" but …
Emre Can Deserves All The Inevitable Praise

Emre Can Deserves All The Inevitable Praise

Emre Can deserves this. In the following days, maybe even weeks, he’s going to be eulogized by Liverpool fans, waxing lyrical over his talents and all rushing to be the ones to claim that they always believed in him, as his spectacular bicycle kick, Liverpool’s goal of the season despite Phil Coutinho’s best efforts, gifted Liverpool a 1-0 win over Watford that puts them one big step nearer to Champions League football. And he absolutely deserves it. And it was …
Philippe Coutinho Failing In Quest To Be World-Class

Philippe Coutinho Failing In Quest To Be World-Class

What defines world-class? Every football supporter has a different way of seeing it. To some, it is only those truly elite players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Neymar, while others could name 100 who fit into that bracket. For me, it is someone in and around the top 10 players in the world in their respective position - someone who produces the goods almost every week and rarely hits a genuinely poor spell in form. Manuel Neuer, …
Are Liverpool really THAT bad against the Premier League’s weaker teams?

Are Liverpool really THAT bad against the Premier League’s weaker teams?

Make no bones about it, Liverpool are far better against their top-four rivals than those in the bottom-half of the Premier League. The statistics show that, and we can see with our own eyes that that is the case. The Reds have undoubtedly been poor when a number of so-called lesser teams have stood before them this season, which has proved incredibly frustrating, especially when the title looked achievable at one point. Too often for opposing managers, it has been …
Liverpool Supporters Need To Take A Deep Breath!

Liverpool Supporters Need To Take A Deep Breath!

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