A must win game at Rafa's Newcastle for Liverpool

A must win game at Rafa's Newcastle for Liverpool

First of all let's be clear, Rafa is a legend. What he did for Liverpool FC and its fans; the level he took the team to, setting a benchmark for future managers to aspire to. Pound for pound he did an incredible job at the club and seems to be continuing in the same vein at Newcastle. Once again he seems to be operating with one hand tied behind his back. I don't think he got anywhere near enough credit …
Are Liverpool Becoming Boring?

Are Liverpool Becoming Boring?

MANCHESTER, England: The walls were closing in on Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Manchester United as a hugely unfancied Newcastle side, managed by (one of) the Portuguese’s biggest rivals visited Old Trafford, to try and seal the 3-time Premier League champion (as he is constantly reminding us) managers fate. The history of bad blood between the pair dates back 14 years when Jose was in the Blue of Chelsea and Rafa in the Red of Liverpool. A time when defensive football …
Why do the Benitez Worshippers Have it in for Klopp?

Why do the Benitez Worshippers Have it in for Klopp?

Despite Liverpool actually doing fairly well this season, some of the negativity surrounding the team would make you think they are in Everton’s current plight. It hasn’t been a memorable campaign so far, and some nights have been ruined by poor displays and late capitulations, but just one defeat in 13 matches suggests the Reds are progressing nicely. They have won four of their last five Premier League games, at an aggregate score of 14-2, and only Willian’s lucky late …
Klopp Needs Our Support Now More Than Ever

Klopp Needs Our Support Now More Than Ever

My 3 part series "The Klopp Project" discussed some of the context around the club's current position and fortunes. Context is one thing, but the Spurs debacle at Wembley (Huddersfield result notwithstanding) put some things into perspective. It is undeniable that LFC and, perhaps more pertinently, Jurgen Klopp stands at a crossroad. It almost beggars belief that we're now broaching the subject of sacking Klopp. Especially considering it is only two years since the acclaimed, larger-than-life German walked into the …
Rafa Vs Jurgen: Differences and Similarities

Rafa Vs Jurgen: Differences and Similarities

"I am very, very proud to be joining one of the most important clubs in the world in one of the best leagues in the world - and I want to win."- Rafael Benitez, June 2004 "It's the biggest honour I can imagine, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I've been given the opportunity to help in this situation, but it's not so difficult as some people in this room think … It's not a normal, usual …
10 Years Since Torres

10 Years Since Torres

July 4th will always have a place in Liverpool fan’s hearts. Back in 2007, Rafael Benitez smashed the club’s record transfer fee to bring Fernando Torres to Anfield for £20.2 million. During his three-and-a-half-year spell, Torres established himself as one of the best No.9’s the club had ever seen. Much like Bonny and Clyde, Batman and Robin or Harvey and Mike from TV series Suits (yes, I’m a huge fan), El Nino and Liverpool were perfect partners in crime. A …
Why This Summer Is Genuinely Liverpool's Biggest In Recent Memory

Why This Summer Is Genuinely Liverpool's Biggest In Recent Memory

I know that some of you will have read that headline, tutted to yourself and thought, “we say that every year”. You’re right, to be fair. Every summer that comes along, we tell ourselves that this is the one that will see Liverpool reach the next level. The one that will finally end the wait for that elusive Premier League title. We said it in 2002, 2009 and 2014, following the Reds’ best attempts at lifting the trophy since its …
Lucas Leiva: The Intangible Benefits of Liverpool's Most Experienced Player

Lucas Leiva: The Intangible Benefits of Liverpool's Most Experienced Player

I’m pleased it was Lucas. For all the talk of Jurgen’s ambitious new shavers coming in to kick start the FA Cup campaign, it took the oldest head in red to beat his man at the near post and thunder in from close range. A goal from the other end of the Woodburn/Leeds scale. Old man comes in and saves the day rather than a new buck makes a good start for Liverpool. As a man of advanced years I …
Liverpool's Late Winners

Liverpool's Late Winners

Learning to Love the Fat Lady’s Tune When Sadio Mané reacted fastest to the rebound, breaking Everton hearts on Monday night, he unleashed the most primal act in all of us. If you weren’t at Goodison, then, like me, you were up off the couch, fists clenched with the most guttural of roars leaving your throat. Relief, coupled with mild disbelief, takes over. You watch the players celebrate, dreading the linesman’s flag, then you hear Mike Dean’s whistle during the …
How do Liverpool compare to previous 2nd place finishes?

How do Liverpool compare to previous 2nd place finishes?

Liverpool’s form has picked up, the team seem to be gelling, and there’s a lot of belief among the Anfield faithful that something very special could be upon us and our beloved Reds. This I expect. What I didn’t expect, however, was for neutrals and bookies to be quite so on board as well. Last I checked, we ranked at 5/1 for the title, second only to Manchester City and at around half the odds of Arsenal and Man Utd. …
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