Stock-Taking: Liverpool's Welcome Break

Stock-Taking: Liverpool's Welcome Break

Seven games into the season and we've arrived at the second international break already. Ordinarily, I have no time for these most unwelcome of interuptions to weekend life. Like most Reds, and fans of other clubs I'm sure, the highlight of my weekend is watching club football. It's what we look forward to, what we think, talk and in some cases write about all week, and the difference between a win or a loss has the power, should one allow …
Liverpool v FC Basel Preview: Opposition Scouting and Info

Liverpool v FC Basel Preview: Opposition Scouting and Info

On their return to Champions League football after a five year absence, Liverpool made hard work of a home fixture against Ludogorets Razgrad - the so-called minnows of group B. Next week they embark on a trip to the home of perennial Swiss champions, FC Basel, who have a history of troubling English sides in European competition. Last season the RotBlau beat Chelsea home and away in the Champions League group stages, but failed to qualify for the knock-out round …
One Night in Istanbul

One Night in Istanbul

Opposing fans often tease Liverpool supporters over our tendency to re-live past successes. The usual "you're living in the past" is a favourite comment, or "if you were winning titles now you wouldn't need to keep bringing it up" and "your club's history not the future." The thing is, living in the past for Liverpool fans, is simply unbeatable. Every club has their history - some good and some bad. However, 9 years ago, one night in Istanbul, arguably one …
Write-Off Liverpool FC at Your Peril!

Write-Off Liverpool FC at Your Peril!

Football has returned, finally! Club football I mean, the good stuff, the stuff that matters. Yes, the Premier League kicked off its new season last Saturday and, by now, all 20 clubs involved have played their opening two matches. The biggest game of the season so far took place on Monday night, when last year's Champions, Manchester City, took on and defeated the runners up in 2013/14, Liverpool FC. When evaluating how the final league standings might appear come the …
Javi Manquillo | The Right Man For Right Back?

Javi Manquillo | The Right Man For Right Back?

Moves to help curb the frailties of the Liverpool defence seem to be gathering speed now, as Liverpool seem set to sign Atlético Madrid full back Javi Manquillo on a two year loan, only a matter of days after signing Dejan Lovren. For some, the name Manquillo will only bring back memories of the horrific neck injury he suffered in a recent Copa del Rey semi final against Real Madrid. For others, it will make them ask "who?", with the …
Transfers: Don't Believe the Hype | Liverpool FC

Transfers: Don't Believe the Hype | Liverpool FC

Liverpool Football Club just embarked on a pre-season tour of the United States. The Reds will play a least four games over the next fortnight, against the likes of Roma, Manchester City and AC Milan, in four different cities - Boston, Chicago, New York and Charlotte. The tour squad includes new signings Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert, with Loic Remy said to be on route to the USA for a medical, before completing his transfer and …
Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool: A Year of Learning

Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool: A Year of Learning

It is at times required to look back to find focus on what lies ahead. As has been recited in articles, podcasts, and books alike, Liverpool's remarkable achievements last season were unfathomable, especially when one considers the obstacles and interrogations of Rodgers' ability which were  met en route. Unfortunately, many believe 'Brenton Fraudgers' will be found out next year, with a number of fans and pundits citing a lack of preparation time this season due to European competition as one of …
Fixating on Liverpool's Fixtures

Fixating on Liverpool's Fixtures

All eyes are now, and have been for the last ten days or so, on events unfolding at the World Cup in Brazil. Thirty two nations, a fantastic location, some enthralling encounters and hitherto unrivalled coverage of all the action, have helped to shift focus away from matters domestic, for the short term at least. Meanwhile, back in Blighty, the home front has come grinding to halt (after Luis Suarez all but sealed England's somewhat inevitable fate over in Rio), …
Liverpool FC: Following the Dortmund Model into Europe

Liverpool FC: Following the Dortmund Model into Europe

Back to the Holy Land It’s that time of year again isn’t it? That annoying period in a season where every player, manager, pundit and fan peddles out the most irksome of cliché’s in the game: “if you offered me this position we’re in right now at the start of the season, I’d have bit your hand off for it!”. *Patiently waits for the next passing bus and jumps out in front of it* However I think an exception to …
Steven Gerrard and The Missing Page in Liverpool's Scrapbook

Steven Gerrard and The Missing Page in Liverpool's Scrapbook

As I write this Liverpool Football Club sit proudly at the top of the Premier League table and for want of a more suitable phrase ‘this shit just got real’. Of course there’s a legion of old-timer Kopites who have seen all this a dozen times or more, but similarly there is a whole generation of reds who have never been caught up in such a groundswell of optimism and belief that the title might, just might, be coming back …
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