The Curious Case of Luis Alberto

The Curious Case of Luis Alberto

The Rules of Luis Alberto: "1st RULE: You do not play Luis Alberto. 2nd RULE: You DO NOT play Luis Alberto."   Okay, so maybe that is a bit harsh on Liverpool’s number 6, but in light of recent injuries, fans have been calling out for Brendan Rodgers to hand Luis Alberto Romero his first Premier League start for the Reds. Limited to only 9 substitute appearances so far, equating to a total of 135 minutes, Alberto has yet to …
Liverpool's Best and Worst January Transfers

Liverpool's Best and Worst January Transfers

Transfer deadline day has just gone and I have decided to look back at Liverpool’s transfer dealing since the January window became compulsory in 2002/2003 picking my 5 worst deals followed by my 5 best deals made by Liverpool Football Club. The Worst 5: Mark Gonzalez Mark Gonzalez was regard as one of Chile’s brightest young talents after a highly promising season with Spanish side Albecete. Gonzalez has been tracked by Liverpool throughout the 04/05 season and a cruciate knee …
Martin Kelly: Recovery

Martin Kelly: Recovery

Martin Kelly has returned from injury at the perfect time for Liverpool. Liverpool are currently experiencing a defensive crisis, with Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson and Sebastian Coates all out injured. This leaves Liverpool with just five fit regular first team defenders. Without Kelly, this number would fall to four. His return from the awful anterior cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out of action for over a year could not have come at a better time. However …
Why Allen, Aspas and Borini should look to Jordan Henderson

Why Allen, Aspas and Borini should look to Jordan Henderson

‘Overpriced’, ‘Useless’ and ‘Not good enough’ were just some of the phrases banded about a few months after Jordan Henderson joined Liverpool from Sunderland as part of Kenny Dalglish’s spending spree. Sound familiar? Well, it should, as these are the exact phrases that have been used to describe the first few months of Joe Allen, Iago Aspas and Fabio Borini’s Liverpool careers. As a group, fans can be very judgmental. If a player does not show promise in the first …
Liverpool FC: The evidence of mental fortitude

Liverpool FC: The evidence of mental fortitude

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
- Invictus by William Ernest Henley The difference that sets apart individual champions in the sporting arena from their competitors is, almost certainly, the mental strength to win against all odds. Its the mental fortitude that they each innately have to will a victory through. For teams though, building and maintaining this state …
Rodgers Must Improve Team Selection, Learn Selective Faith

Rodgers Must Improve Team Selection, Learn Selective Faith

With a 2013 bolstered by tangible progress, Brendan Rodgers earned the trust of the mainstream Liverpool faithful. However, the 40-year-old manager is still learning the art of proper team selection -- if there's one big knock on Rodgers, it's his propensity to show seemingly blind faith in players that flounder repeatedly. In the doghouse after a catastrophic 2012-13 season, Martin Skrtel appeared destined to leave the club, with Napoli his most public suitor. However, Rodgers displayed unwavering belief in the …
Brendan Rodgers | Stepping Out of The Shadows

Brendan Rodgers | Stepping Out of The Shadows

Picture the scene… Liverpool dismisses an iconic club legend from the post as manager. The outrage is at full tilt, and the fractions amongst the support get wider and wider. The new manager is relatively young, he’s fresh faced and full of idea’s and he’s just walked into one of the biggest clubs in the world. He walks into Anfield and his first official job is to meet the press; the event itself is not in the usual media room. …
Liverpool FC: Christmas Number 1

Liverpool FC: Christmas Number 1

First of all I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from myself and the rest of the AI team. I hope you are enjoying reading this on your shiny new devices or on your trusty old ones. Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have given the fans the best Christmas present that they could ask for. Liverpool are top yes TOP of the league at Christmas and in this article I will be looking back on the season …
Jekyll, Hyde and Liverpool FC | An Analysis of Two Performances

Jekyll, Hyde and Liverpool FC | An Analysis of Two Performances

When the fixture list was revealed at the start of the season, December was always going to be a difficult month for Liverpool and the plan was clearly to secure points in the preceding weeks allowing the Reds to maybe drop harder ones at Spurs, Man City and Chelsea around Christmas. As we got closer to this important run, losing 3 – 1 to Hull and then demolishing Tottenham 5 – 0 probably aren't two results any expected. There were …
How do the Reds cure their White Hart Pain?

How do the Reds cure their White Hart Pain?

Neil Poole ponders Liverpool’s habit of falling asleep away at Tottenham Hotspurs and how it has led to nightmare displays. I had a bad dream last night. I was being chased by a 30 foot cockerel down the High Road towards Seven Sisters tube station. It had a booming cockney voice and it was mocking me as I ran away. “TWO ONE, TWO ONE, COCK-A-DOODLE DO”. Just as I was about to get away my mind wandered and in the …
Page: 1 295 296 297 298 299 302