Does Milner's arrival condemn Can to another year in defence?

Does Milner's arrival condemn Can to another year in defence?

For the most part of the 2014-15 Premier League season, Emre Can was selected as part of a three-man defensive unit, despite playing in midfield for the majority of his career. The 21-year-old, who made 40 appearances in his maiden season at Anfield in all competitions, is neat and tidy in possession, while he isn’t afraid of throwing himself into tackles. In fact, the German loves the physical side of the game but knows the importance of remaining disciplined, particularly in Brendan …
The Seven Deadly Sins That Plague Liverpool FC

The Seven Deadly Sins That Plague Liverpool FC

It was a far from perfect season to say the least. Some could argue that it was a combination of poor signings, tactical naivety and injuries that were the downfall of Liverpool Football Club. All of which are valid arguments. However, I can't help but wonder how you can go from finishing 2nd to 6th in the space of a season! Something is fundamentally wrong at our beloved club. We’ve fallen from the high graces and the footballing gods have cursed us. As …
Rodgers and the Committee; Friends with Benefits?

Rodgers and the Committee; Friends with Benefits?

The much maligned 'duo' of Brendan Rodgers and the Liverpool transfer committee have taken much criticism over the past 12 months. To summarise it, the Liverpool fan base is pretty much divided by which side of the fence you take refuge on. Are you someone who sympathises with Brendan Rodgers having to find room in his squad for the committee signings? Alternatively, are you someone who finds it bewildering that Rodgers doesn't fully utilise all of the tools afforded to …
FSG and Brendan Rodgers: Back to the drawing board!

FSG and Brendan Rodgers: Back to the drawing board!

The news emerging in the last 12 hours (at the time of writing) saw Brendan Rodgers being given the vote of confidence by the people who matter, Fenway Sports Group. This ideally puts to rest the anxiety of 'will he stay/will he not' debate amongst the fan base and whether in agreement or not, it is best for the club that the decision has been made swiftly and there is clarity of thought going forward. Or is there...? There have …
Brendan Rodgers: Win (back) the Crowd

Brendan Rodgers: Win (back) the Crowd

I’m a big fan of applying movie quotes to aspects of everyday life. I have a Mean Girls reference for almost any situation. This seemed like as good a time as any to quote the 2000 classic Gladiator. “Win the crowd and you will win your freedom”. With Brendan Rodgers set to remain Liverpool manager for the foreseeable future, following an end-of-season post-mortem with Liverpool’s ownership, the Northern Irishman faces a real test to win back the crowd; to convince …
Rodgers: From Bold & Ballsy to Beaten & Broken & Back Again

Rodgers: From Bold & Ballsy to Beaten & Broken & Back Again

Brendan Rodgers has been given another chance and it's one he has to grab with both hands. When Brendan took over 3 years ago it wasn't so much to a chorus of fan fares and celebration from the fan base, it was more of a quiet contemplation. Not widely known outside of Swansea, Reading and Watford, Rodgers had impressed many with the stylish way he had set his Swansea side up in the 2011/12 season. Our owners wanted a young …
Time for a Change, time for a Director of Football

Time for a Change, time for a Director of Football

This season Rodgers remarked that he had limited time to coach the team on the training ground due to more games. This should have been an invitation for FSG to step in and implement an idea they wanted all along: a Director of Football. This wouldn't take any credibility away from Rodgers. If anything it would show that the owners not only backed him but valued his opinion and coaching ability. So they'd be taking some responsibilities off of him …
Final Boarding for Liverpool Flight 15-16 to Europa League

Final Boarding for Liverpool Flight 15-16 to Europa League

“Thursday nights on Channel 5, Thursday nights on Channel 5” a song that has rung around English grounds for years mocking those clubs who partake in Europe’s secondary competition. First of all, it’s on ITV now but more importantly why is the competition so frowned upon by English football fans? The format? The clubs involved? Or the Thursday nights at 8:05pm? There have been many gripes since the change from the UEFA Cup but how different is the Europa League …
Poor Defending Weakens Rodgers'

Poor Defending Weakens Rodgers' "Mitigating Factor" Argument

A year ago Liverpool fans were dreaming of a promising young manager - Brendan Rodgers - who was going to get better with time and bring success to the club. He evoked comparison with Bill Shankly, the legendary Liverpool coach. A year on, fans are not so sure he's anywhere near a reincarnation of Shankly. His hubris this season betrays the humility he says Liverpool exudes. His failure this season makes it almost blasphemous to mention him in the same …
Change - for Stability - is Required at Liverpool

Change - for Stability - is Required at Liverpool

I’ve had the distinct honour and privilege to be invited onto the panel of Anfield Index’s own Nina Kauser Show this season. Being part of such a popular call in show immediately after a defeat can be tough, with emotions very raw. Sometimes that can exact reactions that, with the benefit of hindsight and reflection, are considered an exaggeration. Following a performance as atrocious as the 6-1 defeat to Stoke, if you can even call it a performance, feelings were …
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