Liverpool FC - Emerging from Transition?

Liverpool FC - Emerging from Transition?

Last time I put pen to paper (metaphorically speaking), it was in some degree of anger. Christmas was still a couple of weeks away and, having had our in -built cushions handed to us by Beavis's sidekick's team of ugly stick victims, led by Phil Jones, Liverpool FC had just endured one of the worst months in living memory. Brendan Rodgers bore the brunt of my dark mood just five or six short weeks ago. The cocky, young manager from …
The Lesser of Two Evils | Liverpool's Goalkeeping Woes

The Lesser of Two Evils | Liverpool's Goalkeeping Woes

Is Brad Jones just a transient in the Liverpool goal? Brendan Rodgers’ comments about Mignolet being ‘indefinitely dropped’ seemed to suggest if Liverpool don’t sign a keeper in January, fans may be seeing an awful lot more of the Australian’s quiff between the sticks at Anfield. It’s been a rarity for Liverpool to have a reliable ‘keeper during the Premier League era having seen the likes of David James, Sander Westerveld, Jerzy Dudek, Chris Kirkland and Scott Carson all appear …
Here Comes Saint Vincent - Vincent Enyeama

Here Comes Saint Vincent - Vincent Enyeama

Last season Vincent Enyeama went 1,062 minutes without conceding a goal. The record was ended by a tame shot that caught a wicked deflection to smash off the post and into the Lille goalkeeper’s goal. The purple patch ended after eleven consecutive clean sheets but the Nigerian international would go on to add nine more to his season, ending the campaign with 20. In a week where Brendan Rodgers seems to have finally lost faith in Simon Mignolet, there has …
Give us a Hand - Samir Handanovic | AI's Xmas Wish List

Give us a Hand - Samir Handanovic | AI's Xmas Wish List

As I was in a maze on how to begin this piece, I was duly provided a helping hand by our manager himself as he outlined the reason for dropping Simon Mignolet in favour of Brad Jones for the game against Manchester United.
I felt I had to change it because we have to find solutions throughout the squad to be better, I said to Simon that it's for an indefinite period - Brendan Rodgers on Dropping Mignolet
I have …

"I've got 99 Problems but White Teeth Ain't 1" | Brendan Rodgers

Okay, maybe 99 is a bit of an over-exaggeration but Brendan is in a bit of a pickle, one which, if we’re honest, is of his own making. He has just embarked on a spending spree that the likes of Jose Mourinho or Manuel Pellegrini would be proud of. You can say that we recouped a large proportion of our outlay from the Luis Suarez sale but apart from Mario Balotelli, who have we brought in that we wouldn’t have …
Does Rodgers Know Liverpool's Best Eleven?

Does Rodgers Know Liverpool's Best Eleven?

Three games in six days represents a tough week for any team, even Liverpool. A midweek date with Ancelotti's "Galacticos Mark II" was never going to be plain sailing, and the distraction (albeit a welcome one) of playing the planet's biggest club, made team selection for Saturday's league match (against Hull) all the more difficult for Brendan Rodgers. Managing team selection, rotating the team, bringing players in and out of the side at the optimum time to maximise their talents, …
Rodgers vs The Committee - Is It Only A Matter Of Time?

Rodgers vs The Committee - Is It Only A Matter Of Time?

We’re all experts when it comes to transfers aren’t we? Whether you are an armchair scout who watches hours of football or a more casual fan who relies on YouTube clips, the chances are you have an opinion on who you think the club should buy. As a result, you simply can’t understand why your club isn’t snapping up the players who you know would make all the difference to the team. Now there’s a school of thought that the …
Liverpool's Catch-22 Season

Liverpool's Catch-22 Season

One of the Webster definition’s for Catch-22 goes like this ‘a difficult situation for which there is no easy or possible solution’. Does it sound vague?  Let’s just make that simple by invoking Liverpool FC 2014/15. After all, the team this season is riddled with Catch-22 situations. Let’s start with the building block of the team. Defence When Simon Mignolet was bought, he was coming off a pretty decent season with Sunderland and had built up a reputation as a …
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 …
Victor Valdes: The view from Barca - Q & A with Rafael Hernandez

Victor Valdes: The view from Barca - Q & A with Rafael Hernandez

When  Simon Mignolet joined the Reds last summer hopes were high for the young Belgian keeper who had impressed during his time at Sunderland. Though eyebrows were raised at how abruptly Reina was sent out on loan to Napoli, many reassured themselves that given such a decision Liverpool's management must've been happy with the replacement they'd  brought in. However, despite an overall impressive debut season, where the keeper's impressive shot stopping abilities saved the Reds crucial points in pivotal moments …
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