The League Cup Is Still Important

The League Cup Is Still Important

The League Cup is irrelevant. The Champions League, despite bearing little resemblance to its previous incarnation, is the main pot to win and while the F.A Cup will always be the main domestic cup competition, the – God help us – EFL Trophy has been relegated to the lowest of tournaments. It’s an embarrassment to the footballing calendar. No one is remotely arsed about it. Jesus, even Birmingham City won it a few years back. League Cup Schmeague Cup. However, …
Have Liverpool FC let the Academy down?

Have Liverpool FC let the Academy down?

*"Baby I don't need dollar bills to have fun tonight (I love cheap thrills) But I don't need no money as long as I can feel the beat. Cheap thrills, Yeah I love those cheap thrills..." An acapella version of the Sia song rings out around the bathroom as he finishes his morning shave. "John, is that you singing again?"* Since Fenway Sports Group bought the club in 2011 they've been trying to beat the system and yet they've neglected, …
Home Comforts & The Anfield Factor

Home Comforts & The Anfield Factor

A few months ago, Liverpool had lost the League Cup final to Manchester City, on penalties, then a few days later they exacted a bittersweet 3-0 revenge upon Manchester City at Anfield. Arguably this illustrated Klopp's impressive ability to motivate his players, but when you consider that Liverpool played a weaker side in the latter of the Manchester City fixtures, and were utterly dominant, against a City team that still harboured beliefs of winning the title, only then do you …
Liverpool Need To Convert Leads into Victories - It's Not Easy

Liverpool Need To Convert Leads into Victories - It's Not Easy

If it happens once you can pass it off as being normal. You're told that It happens to everybody and not to worry about it. You nod in agreement at the reassurance being offered. If the same problem continuously happens then you have two choices; bury your head, pretend it's normal and carry on nodding or actually acknowledge there's an issue and look to rectify it. Liverpool have a few problems, too many to state and if you attempted to …
Liverpool's Progress Under Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool's Progress Under Jurgen Klopp

It was a time of conflict, of separation and fissures growing ever fractured by the day. If ever there were an embodiment of how a sinking ship can simply initiate a cold depression, it was Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers. Steven Gerrard was a club legend. Yet even his influence, his special goals, the undying embers that burned in his eyes, were beginning to fade along with any hope of Liverpool recapturing that wonder of 2013/14. Manchester City – by extension …
I Just Can't Celebrate Everton's Decline

I Just Can't Celebrate Everton's Decline

Liverpool are magic, Everton are tragic, tra la la la, tra la la la… Those words rained down from the Kop last Wednesday as Everton limped to a humiliating defeat at the hands of Liverpool. Four – nil, could have been eight, should have been really. And yet as a Liverpool fan watching on, it was something of an odd experience. I roared as Divock Origi opened the scoring and leapt with delight when Sakho made it two, but then …
Liverpool vs Everton Preview | Team News & Stats

Liverpool vs Everton Preview | Team News & Stats

Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield on Wednesday night with Jurgen Klopp set for his first taste of the Merseyside Derby since taking over the reigns following Brendan Rodgers’ departure in October, with his last game a 1-1 draw with Wednesday’s opponents. Liverpool currently lie in 9th place with 38 points from 26 games, putting them 3 points above Everton who lie 12th in the Premier League table. The Reds have lost just one of their last eight league matches and thus head …
The Merseyside Derby: What Does It Mean?

The Merseyside Derby: What Does It Mean?

Like most football rivalries, the Merseyside derby is steeped in history. I don’t mean that contretemps in 1892 when chairman John Houlding thumbed his nose at the Everton board and told them that he’d had enough of high rents and was off to set up his own club called, yes, ‘Everton FC and Athletic Grounds Ltd’, nor do I mean tales of Alan Ball and Brian Labone, Billy Liddell and Gordon Hodgson. No. I mean the history in your head. …
The LFC turnaround under Klopp - Stoppage time Victories

The LFC turnaround under Klopp - Stoppage time Victories

Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool and in his very first press conference he stated he wanted to turn 'doubters into believers'. The German spoke from the heart much like he always does and even though this phrase was aimed towards the fans who, towards the latter period of Rodgers' reign had turned cynical to the point that a win was a negative, he was also speaking to his players. Anfield wasn't a fortress. In the past it was a VIP …
Time to go two up-top for Liverpool?

Time to go two up-top for Liverpool?

The blueprint for Brendan Rodgers' successful Liverpool side in 2013/14 is being used by a few teams that are surprising the Premier League this season. Two mobile strikers who combine pace and power. It's not a revelation of course, the two man strike force is something we're accustomed to seeing in the Premier League. However we were used to seeing a different dynamic. It used to be a little and large partnership. One big striker and one smaller striker. When …
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