The Liverpool Captaincy

The Liverpool Captaincy

As Sami Hyypiä entered the latter stages of his Liverpool career, his brilliant play and guaranteed starting position in the side became slightly less assured. His role for the team had been phenomenal, and he had helped massively in building a defence, deserving of such a club. He took over from Jamie Redknapp as Liverpool captain (as injuries and form sidelined Redknapp), and led the team with brilliant professionalism throughout. As the team entered the final stages of Gerard Houllier’s …
1966 & All That

1966 & All That

Champions Elect.

Champions Elect.

We're past that stage now aren't we? That fear? That suspension of belief? We only sang "We're gonna win the league" with gusto after we beat United at Anfield back in January. Was it really only six months ago? It seems like an age seems like 30 years. Liverpool are going to win the league and soon. I'm writing this just hours before the resumption of the English Premier League. Manchester City play Arsenal tonight in a vacuum; Liverpool poised …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 8) - Thank Evans, it's over!

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 8) - Thank Evans, it's over!

This is the eighth and final instalment of our Souness Years series, looking behind-the-scenes of what went on at Liverpool during the Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first seven parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 STEVE NICOL: On a positive note, he did introduce two of Liverpool’s greatest players in the modern era into the first team – Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman. ROBBIE FOWLER: Macca, Rob Jones, Mike …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 7) - Temper, Temper

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 7) - Temper, Temper

This is the seventh instalment of our Souness Years series, looking behind-the-scenes of what went on at Liverpool during the Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first six parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 IAN RUSH: He had learned a lot from his time in Italy, and was introducing ideas and methods that just about every manager since has adopted. Wenger changed the training, diet and lifestyle of Arsenal when he …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 6) - Ahead of his Time?

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 6) - Ahead of his Time?

This is the sixth instalment of our Souness Years series, looking behind-the-scenes of what went on at Liverpool during the Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first five parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 ROY EVANS: I tried to talk Graeme out of sacking Thommo. I told him to get him in the office, sit him down and have the whole thing out, face to face. Both of them could have got …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 5) - The Unforgivable Interview

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 5) - The Unforgivable Interview

This is the fifth instalment of our Souness Years series, looking behind-the-scenes of what went on at Liverpool during the Souness era of the early 90s.  You can find the first four parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 RONNIE WHELAN: Dicks and Ruddock were bought because Souey wanted strong, hard men in his team. And that’s fine – Souey was a strong, hard man too. But he was a top-class ball-player as well. JAN MOLBY: As a …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 4) - More Transfer Woe for the Reds

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 4) - More Transfer Woe for the Reds

This is the fourth instalment of our Souness Years series, looking behind-the-scenes of what went on at Liverpool during the Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first three parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 GRAEME SOUNESS: I bought Paul Stewart to provide the muscle in midfield. He moved to Spurs and they converted him into a midfield player. JAMIE CARRAGHER: He welcomed me into the reserve side with a ‘What the fuck are you doing …
The Souness Years - Rebuilding & Rob Jones (Part 3)

The Souness Years - Rebuilding & Rob Jones (Part 3)

In this third instalment of our Souness Years series, we delve deeper into the behind-the-scenes activities during the turbulent Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first two parts here: Part 1 Part 2 RONNIE WHELAN: You had a team now that wasn’t stable and united. There was a lot of individual play. Different players were doing different things. They weren’t fitting into a system. JOHN BARNES: When Kenny bought me and Peter Beardsley into the side, …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words: Part 2 - Too Much Too Soon?

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words: Part 2 - Too Much Too Soon?

In this second instalment of our Souness Years series, we delve deeper into the behind-the-scenes activities during the turbulent Souness era of the early 90s. Part 1 - The Souness Years: In Their Own Words - The Change of Guard was released earlier this week. GRAEME SOUNESS: McMahon and Beardsley came into my office and hinted they were ready to move on unless there were guarantees of regular first-team football and improved terms to go with it. I was impetuous …
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