'The Blonde Bomber' Roger Hunt | Strikers Week

'The Blonde Bomber' Roger Hunt | Strikers Week

Long before there was Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler....long even before there was Ian Rush, John Aldridge, Kenny Dalglish or even Kevin Keegan, there was a Liverpool striker who scored 286 goals in 492 appearances - a record only ever beaten by Ian Rush himself over two spells at Liverpool and 23 years later, a player so silken in his touch, so graceful in the use of both feet, so adept at timing a run …
Once Upon A Time…There Was a Boy Named Torres

Once Upon A Time…There Was a Boy Named Torres

Think of Fernando Torres, and you think of the story of the past few years. The poor performances, the missed opportunities, failing to be the main man - the ghost of the old Fernando Torres, if you will. As much as his work for us deserves to be remembered, it's hard to look past what happened on his way out of Anfield. But isn't that always the way with strikers? Especially at Liverpool; they arrive unknown, transform into a superstar …
Daniel Sturridge: The Star Striker

Daniel Sturridge: The Star Striker

Recently, Steven Gerrard admitted he believed Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge was the best striker available to Roy Hodgson, eclipsing Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. Although there is debate in this, there is little when suggesting he is Liverpool's main man. Following Luis Suarez's unfortunate departure, the Reds have struggled so far this season to score goals. Whilst Sturridge has remained sidelined through injury - Liverpool have had to continue without the two sources of 80% of their goals scored last season. Furthermore, …
The Curious Case of Mario Balotelli

The Curious Case of Mario Balotelli

 “If it was my choice, I would always go with two strikers. It’s the way I like to play, but Brendan asked me to play as the first striker.”
These are the words of Mr. Mario himself, back in October. Balotelli has been heavily criticised in recent months by practically everyone in football. Everyone has an opinion on Balotelli and one dominant theory is that he is just not suited to the lone striker role. He himself says …
Raheem Sterling: The Best Player in the Premier League?

Raheem Sterling: The Best Player in the Premier League?

Every season you’re bombarded with tweets and articles about a world beating 18 or 19 year old playing here or there around Europe. Gotze, Hazard and Lamela all spring to mind from the last few campaigns. However, this year the player on everyone’s timeline is Raheem Sterling. He is easily working his way into as many column inches as the likes of Draxler and Deolufeu. High praise indeed but definitely deserved. There are really only two players who have outshone …
Losing Luis Suarez - is it a Big Problem?

Losing Luis Suarez - is it a Big Problem?

The thought of writing this article was a no brainier. Throughout the last two and half months,  most football pundits have predicted Liverpool will fall down the pecking order this season -  just because they lost their talisman Luis Suarez. Nevertheless, in the words of fellow AnfieldIndex writer Ryan McTernan, "it would be reckless in the highest regard to dismiss the impact Luis Suarez had in his time at Anfield." This is not what I am doing. Without question Luis …
Suso - Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Suso - Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre. You might know him as Suso. A prime example of another young talent in an all too familiar situation. Is there room for him in the squad for the up-coming season or should he be loaned out again? Where would he go? After showing plenty of promise in 2012/13 he was slowly phased out by Rodgers due to the transitional situation of the club not particularly allowing for youth development. Suso has continued …
Replacing Suarez's Goals

Replacing Suarez's Goals

He's finally gone. Weeks of negotiations have seen the third best player in the world move to Barcelona for £75m. Many have said this is too cheap, especially when you consider the 'less good' Gareth Bale, moved for £80m just last season. However, Bale has never bitten anyone, nor (supposedly) racially abused someone and wasn't serving a four month ban. So £75m is probably the best we could hope for, and Barcelona got a £100m player at a discount (for …
Sterling is Money

Sterling is Money

"This does not f***ing slip now. "Listen. Listen. This is gone. We go to Norwich. Exactly the same. We go again. Come on!" Steven Gerrard delivered the aforementioned words following the most dramatic ninety minutes of Premier League football this season. His side had let slip a two goal lead versus league chasers Manchester City, but a 78th minute striker from Philippe Coutinho edged the Reds further up the hill with the final score reading Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City. As …
Raheem Sterling - A Wing and a Player

Raheem Sterling - A Wing and a Player

Brendan Rodgers once spoke of his reluctance to give a young player a lucrative contract early in their career. The thinking behind this is that the natural hunger for the game which players possess at this age, can transform into a hunger for their next pay packet or bonus, and have an adverse effect on their performances. Not long after he became Liverpool manager, Rodgers had this to say on the subject:
“I believe a young player will run …
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