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, …
The Champions League Isn't Needed for LFC to Strengthen

The Champions League Isn't Needed for LFC to Strengthen

Lucky number Slevin is a good film. If you haven't already seen it then you should put aside two hours of your life and give it a watch. There will be no spoilers in this piece but the plot is built around a con named 'The Kansas City Shuffle'. It's hard to really put into words what this con revolves around but Wikipedia does it's best - In order for a confidence game to be a "Kansas City Shuffle" the …
The Defensive Spine - Ten Years of Decisions

The Defensive Spine - Ten Years of Decisions

All football clubs make decisions based on scouting, word of mouth etc, on players they believe can improve their football side now, or in the future where they look to unearth new gems, the next Messi, the next Zidane, you hear quite a bit from fans and the media, but in reality very small numbers of players reach the potential of those elite players. A number of clubs have the financial clout to take these risks, but this article looks …
Do Liverpool Utilise their Academy Players Properly?

Do Liverpool Utilise their Academy Players Properly?

The academy is in place for the clubs to use the elite youngsters to subsidise their first teams and then sell the players that aren't quite Liverpool quality for a decent price and use that money to reinvest. As Liverpool fans we're always hearing about the next big thing coming up from the academy to follow on from the likes of Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen. It's common practice for fans to overhype their own players (fuelled by Football Manager …