The Seven Year Itch | FSG - A Review

The Seven Year Itch | FSG - A Review

In October of 2010, Fenway Sports Group purchased Liverpool FC for £300 million. In his first statement as owner, John Henry claimed,
'We're here to win and we'll do whatever is necessary.'
Fast-forward almost seven years later, and fans are still divided as to whether FSG have been good owners for the club, and whether the club has progressed, regressed, or simply remained stationary for this period. Under FSG, Liverpool FC have had four managers: Roy Hodgson (sacked January 2011), Kenny …
Revisiting & Respecting Rodgers

Revisiting & Respecting Rodgers

In light of the treble-winning climax to his first season at Celtic, I’ve recognised the end of the 16/17 campaign to be a suitable time to revisit Brendan Rodgers’ time at Liverpool. In Rodgers’ first full season away from Anfield, he’s managed to secure the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup, and the Scottish Premiership via an unbeaten season. However, the reaction from a significant number of Liverpool fans towards Rodgers’ success has been somewhat bitter, disrespectful and unsupportive, and …
Liverpool Must Build on Season of Progress

Liverpool Must Build on Season of Progress

It's been a season of progress at Liverpool Football Club. Having ended the 2015/16 campaign in a disappointing 8th place, the consensus was that Jurgen Klopp had done a good job at recycling such a limited squad inherited by his predecessor, Brendan Rodgers - leading Liverpool to both the League Cup & Europa League final respectively in the space of seven months. The real challenge for Klopp was to transform a distinctly unimpressive side into top 4, and possibly, title …
Why Daniel Sturridge Has to Stay

Why Daniel Sturridge Has to Stay

For Daniel Sturridge, another season has passed that he will no doubt define as a personal disappointment. This season, Sturridge made 20 league appearances, 17 of which were as a substitute; in 769 total minutes, Sturridge directly contributed to four goals, scoring three, and assisting another. For some Liverpool fans, Daniel Sturridge is perceived to be living off his performances in the second half of the 2012/13 season, and the following 2013-14 season, when he scored 21 goals and assisted …
Scouting Mohamed Salah - The Pacey Little Trickster

Scouting Mohamed Salah - The Pacey Little Trickster

The one that got away is always the hardest to look back on. In the winter of 2014, amidst Liverpool’s most thrilling – not to mention closest run – title challenge in recent memory, many fans called for reinforcements. The spine of the team was functioning well enough, but the team was well and truly carried by a dynamic front three. Mohamed Salah was the man to come in, bolster the ranks and carry Liverpool over the line.
“I …
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 …
The Return of 'O Magico: Philippe Coutinho!

The Return of 'O Magico: Philippe Coutinho!

The magician, Philippe Coutinho, is back. His return to form could hardly have occurred at a more opportune time. With Mané, Henderson and Lallana injured, and the stakes as high as ever in the race for a Champions League position, Coutinho's renewed confidence feels as influential and important as a new signing. Like all top players, he delivered when the pressure was on - the Merseyside Derby - a match which he seized and made his own. He dominated from the …
How Liverpool Can Cope Without Sadio Mane

How Liverpool Can Cope Without Sadio Mane

Liverpool supporters are currently indulging in the stressful pastime of facing an agonising wait for the results of Sadio Mane's knee scan. Mane was taken off in the second half of the Merseyside Derby after a collision with Leighton Baines. He left Anfield without crutches - but manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that he will be ruled out of Wednesday's clash with Bournemouth at home. This isn't the first time that Liverpool have been made redundant without their star winger. Back in …
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, …
Liverpool Are Lacking That One True Superstar

Liverpool Are Lacking That One True Superstar

As Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired Manchester United to their League Cup triumph on Sunday afternoon, it was impossible not to feel a twinge of jealousy. Liverpool’s most bitter rivals had been outplayed for much of the game against a slick Southampton side, but Ibrahimovic was ultimately the difference between the two sides. The legendary Swede has been an enormous success story at Old Trafford, unfortunately, with his all-conquering swagger both on and off the pitch helping transform a club in delightful …
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