A Banquet Without Wine - Book Review

A Banquet Without Wine - Book Review

A Banquet Without Wine by Anthony Stanley Book Review by Shane Clancy for AnfieldIndex.com This was a monumental undertaking for Anthony Stanley. The book provides a fast-moving, yet brilliantly detailed history of our great club in the Premier League era. First things first - there is only one specific requirement to guarantee your love of this book; you must be a Liverpool fan. Jeez, even if you’re just a football fan that should do it. Anthony has made a pretty …
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 …
Houllier's Treble-Winners: The Squad Klopp Should Replicate

Houllier's Treble-Winners: The Squad Klopp Should Replicate

It may only be the start of June, but already transfer rumours have started, and talk of next season will only intensify. Frankly, we could all just do with a breather after such a stressful last 12 months at Anfield. The various discussions over which players are potentially moving to Anfield will be non-stop in the coming weeks and months, which is bound to cause of mix of happiness, anger and frustration. Rather than Jurgen Klopp signing an array of world-renowned, first-team …
Xabi Alonso, Thanks for the Memories

Xabi Alonso, Thanks for the Memories

"Woah-oo-ah-ah-ooo We've got the best midfield in the world! We've got Xabi Alonso, Momo Sissoko, Gerrard and Mascherano-ooo"
The good old days eh? As we enter the crunch period in the Premier League, Liverpool fans are going to have to prepare their goodbyes for Xabi Alonso, a man of beauty, on and off the ball. He may have left Liverpool in 2009, but after 149 appearances, 15 goals, 28 assists and 2 unforgettable victories in the Champions League and …
Gerrard: Back To The Future

Gerrard: Back To The Future

The lull in Premier League action due to the international break has been frustrating, to say the least. Of course, that has not dampened the mood for speculations about some Liverpool players, like the ones about the likelihood of Coutinho being enticed to jump ship and hook up with his close Brazilian mate Neymar at Barcelona.  Alongside this, for Liverpool fans, there has also been some “news” about a former star and club legend, and his likely departure from Los …

"El Pistolero": Luis Suárez's Ascent To Fame At Liverpool

January 31, 2011, it's Deadline Day of the latest winter transfer window in Europe, and rumours of a possible Fernando Torres sale swirl about Merseyside. The club, sitting in lowly 12th place in the Premier League table, was struggling to cope with life post-Rafa Benitez; straying further away from England's upper-class. In search of answers, Liverpool found one in the name of Luis Suárez who was prepared to rescue the Reds from disaster. Liverpool were in an era of transition. …
Liverpool and Man United - A Centuries' Old Rivalry

Liverpool and Man United - A Centuries' Old Rivalry

In the mid-1990s I was in a band. Don’t bother Googling my name along with the words ‘hits by’ or ‘world tour’. We played two gigs and broke up when the bass player went to play jazz in a London hotel, but back then we were going to build empires with our jangly guitared take on urban life. I moved from Liverpool to London in 1988 and my bandmates were mostly from my Polytechnic, which is what average universities were …
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 …
Five Players LFC Would Happily Welcome Back Now

Five Players LFC Would Happily Welcome Back Now

Alan Kennedy  The left-back scored two European Cup winning goals - need I say more? It was obvious this shortlist would contain a left-back and given there's been very few who have made the position their own in the Premier League era, it's no surprise I went for a solid performer of the past. John Arne Riise is perhaps the best left-back Liverpool have had since the turn of the Millennium and was a close contender but Kennedy was part …
Five Best Liverpool League Wins at Stamford Bridge

Five Best Liverpool League Wins at Stamford Bridge

Friday marks not only the return of Friday Night Football on Sky, but also Liverpool’s seasonal visit to Stamford Bridge, where they shall be hosted by the rejuvenated Chelsea. The rivalry between the two clubs is steeped not only in past European encounters but also based on a cultural rivalry. North vs South, political adversaries and a Southern hatred of the famed scouse humour are just a few to mention. For eighteen other sides, Stamford Bridge has been a near …
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