Champions League Dreams - For Liverpool, not City!

Champions League Dreams - For Liverpool, not City!

A few of my writings over the years have had reference to songs or movies of old. This one is no different. As it’s a blockbuster tie, there’s only one way to go which is Frankie Goes to Hollywood!!! We've two legs coming up against Manchester City. The fun all starts at Anfield on Wednesday 4th April. So, with that in mind... “Welcome to the Pleasuredome!” Are we ready to stand and be counted? Many a time in the annals …
Liverpool's Attack: From Down Right Disaster To Destructive In Just Three Years

Liverpool's Attack: From Down Right Disaster To Destructive In Just Three Years

Cast your minds back to the gloomy 2014/15 season in which Liverpool parted ways with the talismanic figure of Luis Suarez, replacing him with Rickie Lambert and the ever egotistical Mario Balotelli. From goals galore in 2013/14 to a troublesome goal drought the following season, Brendan Rodgers' side went from a team that could do no wrong to one devoid of attacking verve. The £16million move for Balotelli was a gamble that never paid off, with the forward scoring his …
Burton Albion v Liverpool: Remembrance Of Things Past

Burton Albion v Liverpool: Remembrance Of Things Past

As with most things, I’d like to begin with referencing Marcel Proust. I suppose we all do it. His epic ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ begins with the narrator nibbling away at a piece of madeleine cake he’d dunked in his tea. The taste fires a maelstrom of nostalgia and before too long  he’s reeling off incident which occurred in his youth. He goes on to tell the story for seven volumes and thousands of pages. Strong stuff that madeleine cake. …
How the Europa League run has educated young Kopites

How the Europa League run has educated young Kopites

Liverpool FC, European Elite. That’s one of many banners that hang amongst the Kop on European nights, and one of the easiest to understand. We are Liverpool. Whether rival fans like it or not, we are a club known for its European exploits. Five European Cup’s, three UEFA Cup’s and three Super Cup’s do little to dispute that statement. European Elite, indeed. The big positive is that everyone knows it, and all Liverpool fans understand it. Or at least, I …
Sturridge's wave or Skrtel's mistakes?

Sturridge's wave or Skrtel's mistakes?

“A good living leads to forgetfulness”- A Ghanaian Proverb This came to mind on one of the many days Twitter’s machine guns and RPGs were set in motion in the Daniel Sturridge battle. For a striker who owns an impressive record that put into shade Suarez, Owen and Fowler, celebrating him should be a chore among fans rather than the sporadic chant of his name when he scores. He should be venerated with universal accord within the club’s fan base. …
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 Daniel Sturridge Dilemma

The Daniel Sturridge Dilemma

I’ll cut straight to the chase: very few Liverpool players receive bipolar judgments from the Kop, and Daniel Sturridge is no different. “Sell him, keep him; bench him, play him” – the hymn that goes on rhythmically throughout the season without an end in sight. There’s no doubt in my mind that Jürgen Klopp adores Sturridge, at least to some extent. The Englishman’s show of frustration upon his removal from the pitch in the Reds’ 1-1 stalemate against high-flying Spurs …
The De-Evolution of Philippe Coutinho

The De-Evolution of Philippe Coutinho

I remember when we signed Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan. I hadn't seen much of him other than a few games at Espanyol and the odd Inter game, one of which being their 4-3 victory over Spurs when Gareth Bale grabbed a hattrick. It was the Welshman that grabbed the headlines but I was quietly impressed by with the Inter number 29. Such tight close control, an eye for a pass and the technique to execute it. He had that …
Liverpool FC's Daytrippers and Anfield's Atmosphere

Liverpool FC's Daytrippers and Anfield's Atmosphere

They say that the atmosphere is a thing of the past these days at Anfield. That the famous twelfth man is no more. That fans in the terraces can no longer be bothered to sing or cheer the team on when their backs are against the wall. That Anfield is a silent stadium and at times the only noise you hear is coming from the away end especially on European nights or when one of the so called minnows of …
Klopp, Atmosphere and Fans Leaving Early

Klopp, Atmosphere and Fans Leaving Early

"The goal was on 82 minutes - 12 minutes to go - and I saw many people leaving the stadium. I felt pretty alone in that moment. Between 82 and 94 minutes, you can make 8 goals if you want and we have to work for it." Jurgen Klopp has only been here for a month and he's already felt it necessary to mention the elephant in the room: the atmosphere at Anfield. It's a big game of Cluedo when …
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