Klopp and Liverpool: The greatest challenge in world football?

Klopp and Liverpool: The greatest challenge in world football?

When Jürgen Klopp was appointed in October of 2015 he promised to deliver a league title within four years. Yet the prospect of winning a league title & achieving consistent success over the upcoming three seasons looks a far fetched one, especially with both Manchester clubs strengthening at an alarming rate, and building upon strong foundations, whilst Liverpool still do not have a squad that has the capability to permanently challenge at the highest level. Those who point out that …
The end of Liverpool?

The end of Liverpool?

Mourinho. Guardiola. Conte. Wenger. Klopp. If there was an Expendables movie for football managers, it would surely include all five of these esteemed and widely respected managers, all of whom have a history of success at the top level. Yet whilst the movement of two of the most impressive managers of recent years, in Mourinho and Guardiola, to the Premier League is a spectacle for both the neutral observer and fans of competition teams alike, it may well herald the definitive end …
Can Liverpool really rely on Sakho and Lovren?

Can Liverpool really rely on Sakho and Lovren?

Pitchforks down please. This isn't about whether Sakho and Lovren are good enough for Liverpool. It's about their durability. Liverpool may find themselves in many predicaments this summer but one that's been overlooked due to more pressing issues is the Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho conundrum. Both players divide opinion amongst Liverpool fans but this time the debate isn't with regards to talent. Many can make an argument for and against the Frenchman starting over the Croat and vice versa. …
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Enrique, Mourinho & Lucas Bring The Comedy

Don't Worry, Be Happy - Enrique, Mourinho & Lucas Bring The Comedy

"If you want to be happy, be." Leo Tolstoy "You're in pretty good shape, for the shape that you are in." Dr. Seuss
An unusual thing can happen when one is confronted with the disquietingly fragile nature of one's own mortality. Instead of becoming maudlin and resentful of the unseen forces threatening to extinguish life, sometimes the reaction of the person enduring the slings and arrows is quite the opposite. In the face of horrendously bleak reality, sometimes …
Liverpool beating Chelsea is the sweetest thing in football

Liverpool beating Chelsea is the sweetest thing in football

For  a Liverpool fan, there are very few feelings that can top the joy at the final whistle of a victory over our age-old rivals, Everton and Manchester United. What could be sweeter than wins over your local rivals and long-term competitive rivals? Well, the answer to that of course is beating Chelsea. The Liverpool Chelsea rivalry really blossomed into a thing of dark and twisted beauty when Messrs Benitez and Mourinho took control of their respective clubs in 2004. …
Can Klopp's

Can Klopp's "Choir" Boys Replace Mourinho's Chelsea in the Top Four?

Perception is a wonderfully subjective thing. You, dear reader, delightfully urbane aesthete that you are, may consider the ideal evening to consist of a few glasses of Pinot noir and a poetry reading from a celebrated bard, whereas you, equally treasured reader, might prefer a night of sticking sharp objects in your sensitive regions to faffing about with wine and earnest versifying. After all, there appears to be a cache of strong lager in the fridge and you've just bought …
Liverpool, Halloween, Zombie Skrtel and seeing off Mourinho

Liverpool, Halloween, Zombie Skrtel and seeing off Mourinho

It’s that time of the year again. The time as a kid where you stick your hand into a bin bag marked ‘Zombie Brains’ and hope it’s jelly sweets and not a mash up of frog spawn and boiled eggs. Liverpool’s performances over the past 11 seasons on, or just after, Halloween have been similar to that. Everyone starts off in the hope of a victory; let’s call it a Haribo cola bottle, but it’s not always the case, sometimes …
Klopp is the Right X-Factor for the Right Time

Klopp is the Right X-Factor for the Right Time

Just days ago, when an Arsenal fan mentioned Sanchez, Arsene Wenger or their huge stadium as their x-factor, I would have struggled to respond. I would have suffered a similar fate when a United fan talked about their riches, their experienced and accomplished manager. Or a Chelsea fan brought up their world class manager (Mourinho), world class players and an ambitious owner (Abramovic); or a City fan mentioned Aguero, Yaya Toure and the deep wallets of their owners. But today, …
Everybody's Talking At Me - Mourinho, Carragher & Can on Klopp

Everybody's Talking At Me - Mourinho, Carragher & Can on Klopp

“Will you always ask the players about the manager? If Lucas thinks I’m an idiot, he’s not going to be able to say here! Why are you asking self-answering questions?” Jürgen Klopp
Relentless overexposure via histrionic media saturation; unreasonably heightened expectations arising from forensic, but premature analysis; crappy lookalikes hanging around in Audis and behind Pep Guardiola and incessant, self-indulgent columns by irksome Irish scribblers -- these, gentle reader, are just some of the assorted absurdities with which …
Klopp's arrival - Rafa Parallels & Battle Cries!

Klopp's arrival - Rafa Parallels & Battle Cries!

At White Hart Lane on Tottenham’s High Road, Liverpool’s latest hotly anticipated football revolution will begin again. Perhaps not in the sparkling splendour of the blistering sunshine of August 2004, when a trim and sharply dressed Rafa Benitez first stepped out into the away dugout as the new LFC manager, embarking on his mission to return the Reds to domestic and European success, but a revolution nonetheless. It’s not a season opener this time around either, but it sure as …
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