The Ghosts of Pre-Season Past

The Ghosts of Pre-Season Past

Pre-season is upon us with all the thrill, excitement and hope that comes with it… Okay, maybe not thrill and excitement but there’s hope, there’s always hope right? That’s what kills us, every year, every pre-season a player rises from the shadows stringing together a series of quality performances only for that glimmer of hope to be dashed by November. This article will look at 5 players who have excited us in the past but failed to keep their form …
Lights, Camera, Action — Gerrard's Hollywood Premiere

Lights, Camera, Action — Gerrard's Hollywood Premiere

It has been quite an exciting week filled with firsts for Liverpool icon, Steven Gerrard.  It began July 11th, with his highly anticipated debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy.  Making his first home appearance in an International Champions' Cup match-up at the StubHub Center against Mexican power Club America.  Though the fixture itself wasn’t anything more than a preseason warm-up for the Mexican side, it was the ideal situation for Gerrard to get his feet wet and familiarise himself with …
Craig Johnston - Heroes of Our Past

Craig Johnston - Heroes of Our Past

Before I begin I have to say that this Heroes of the Past article is going to be a bit different. I have a confession to make – I hardly saw Craig Johnston play (aside from videos years later), of course I saw his FA Cup goal and then played football afterwards but I was too young at that age to really appreciate football players’ abilities and achievements. How if I haven’t seen him play is he a hero of …
Heroes of our Past: Xabi Alonso

Heroes of our Past: Xabi Alonso

In the summer of 2004, there was a renaissance underway at Anfield.  Liverpool replaced Gerard Houllier with a new man on the touchline in former Valencia manager, Rafa Benitez. Freshly off his second La Liga title in only three seasons at the Mestalla, the Spaniard was set to bring a winning mentality and tenacity to Liverpool.  In order to do this, Rafa would dip into a market he was most comfortable with by bringing in four Spanish players to help …
Heroes of the Past: Fernando Torres

Heroes of the Past: Fernando Torres

This is not my first article on Fernando Torres on this site. I had written one when he played at Anfield during the Steven Gerrard testimonial some time back. You can read that piece here. As you can see, I am a huge fan of Torres; a Torres fanatic would sound a bit more apt though. In fact I would put my head on the line and say Torres is my favorite Liverpool player I have ever seen playing live during …
The Brightest Star in LA’s Galaxy: Comparing Gerrard to Beckham

The Brightest Star in LA’s Galaxy: Comparing Gerrard to Beckham

Comparing Gerrard and Beckham’s MLS Impact: Global icon David Beckham arrived in Los Angeles in 2007 and took his place amongst the myriad of stars in Hollywood.  The poster boy for both Armani and English football was set to begin playing soccer in a very young developing league. It was the perfect storm for marketing success, the most recognisable face in world football moving into America’s second largest media market.  A buzz was undoubtedly beginning to build.  Suddenly all eyes …
Steven Gerrard Deserved Better

Steven Gerrard Deserved Better

A picturesque Anfield, basking in the Mersyside suns' radiance, oh, how it all seemed so befitting for a man who had kept the failing recent light on Mersyside, shining as bright as one man possibly could will it to. As the hallowed Saturday approached, it hadn’t sunk in yet, our leader, our role model, our captain was to leave home. The crowd, loud as ever, the mosaics as beautiful as we’ve ever seen grace the stands of Anfield, fitting for …
Steven Gerrard's Top 10 Goals

Steven Gerrard's Top 10 Goals

The end is nigh. For Liverpool fans that is. Steven Gerrard has a mere two games left with his boyhood club and the realisation is hitting many. Local boy who came good. I'm not sure how it compares for the rest of you but for me it's like when my first pet died. You kind of take them for granted and before you know it you're scrambling to make the most of what's left in-between remembering the good times. That's …
Midfielder Week Special: Javier Mascherano - The Mad Dog

Midfielder Week Special: Javier Mascherano - The Mad Dog

There's a great saying that sums up Javier Mascherano: "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog that counts". This sentence really sums the Argentine warrior up because at 5ft and 8.5 inches tall, he isn't your archetypal defensive midfield powerhouse a la Chelsea star Nemanja Matic. Mascherano is a fantastic footballer but most of his power comes from his heart and sheer desire to win.  He will not …
Xabi Alonso: The Pass Master

Xabi Alonso: The Pass Master

We thought it may never happen again. But last weekend we all got to watch Xabi Alonso play at Anfield one last time, as he took to the pitch for Liverpool's all-star charity game and inevitably,  received a standing ovation. Labelled as "the passmaster", the Spaniard arrived at Liverpool young and relatively unknown, developing under Rafa Benitez and left as one of the best midfielders on the planet. Regardless of the underlying reasons of why he prematurely decided to leave, …
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