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 …
Change is not an Option for Liverpool, it is the Only Way

Change is not an Option for Liverpool, it is the Only Way

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was the King of Ephyra (now known as Corinth) who was punished for hubris. According to author John Stoessinger (The Might of Nations 1993) Sisyphus was “condemned by the gods forever to exact his entire being towards accomplishing nothing. He was to roll a rock to the top of the mountain only to see it fall each time into the depths”. Several reports in the media suggest FSG, Liverpool’s owners, are determined to stick with their …
Liverpool's Summer Signings Review

Liverpool's Summer Signings Review

Brendan Rodgers and the mysterious Transfer Committee spent over 100 million during the summer of 2014. After selling star-man, Luis Suarez, for a hefty fee no Liverpool fan was too worried. Money had been spent and hopes were high that another title tilt could be launched. Now a season on and expectations have been well and truly stomped on. A sixth place finish and horrific final few weeks have left many wondering what is next for Rodgers and Liverpool. A …
The Fickle Liverpool Fan Base

The Fickle Liverpool Fan Base

"The defeat to Stoke was too far. The straw that broke the camel's back. Rodgers out." "He's lost the dressing room. That's humiliation and a team that doesn't back the manager." That was the message that kept appearing on twitter after the loss at Stoke. The two statements show how exaggerated one  persons opinion could be from the next. "Elements of today's performance didn't surprise me" said the Northern Irishman post game. This statement seemed to further antagonise the fan base. …
The Reasons for Liverpool FC's Transfer Troubles

The Reasons for Liverpool FC's Transfer Troubles

It's transfer window time again! The time of year when all football fans get more excited than pre-pubescent girls at a One Direction concert, preempting the latest moves in and around Europe. The buzz is palpable and tensions are high. Obscene amounts of money are exchanged; amounts that would put small countries' economies to shame. Repulsive wages are agreed whilst club doctors awkwardly perform medicals on footballers from London to Moscow. Cheesy photos are beamed across the globe of players …
Liverpool's Dark Night of the Soul

Liverpool's Dark Night of the Soul

A few years ago, I spent time on a retreat. No mobile phones, no conversation allowed. Just me, my surroundings and a few books. For the first few days, I enjoyed it. I read the books cover-to-cover, I woke up early and treasured the views of Salamanca. I enjoyed the cool night air which acted as a refreshment from the mid summer Spanish heat. I enjoyed the wine at both lunch and dinner. Then the books ran out. At that …
Steven Gerrard - The Best There Ever Will Be, According To...

Steven Gerrard - The Best There Ever Will Be, According To...

There are some lies floating around lately, suggesting that Steven Gerrard is over-rated. Whilst some of the coverage given to his last game at Anfield might have been over the top, and were perhaps something Gerrard himself might have toned down given the choice, the respect he’s been given from his peers and football fans in general has been fitting. This was epitomised by the actions of the opposition players and fans during his Anfield swansong. Both teams lined up …
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