Tony Evans Column

Let’s put the six goals at Elland Road into context. Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace scored five there. OK, we’re starting with a cold shower. But Monday night was a step in the right direction. Quite a few of the team seemed to have their appetite for the game back. Diogo Jota’s two goals were a […]

None of what we are watching is acceptable. The performance against Manchester City was appalling. Everyone knows that Liverpool cannot compete with the Etihad’s spending. The players can work as hard as Pep Guardiola’s team, though. They didn’t. Chelsea wasn’t much better. Jurgen Klopp talked about “small steps” forward. Didn’t see that myself. Chelsea are […]

What’s worse than an international break? An international break that’s overshadowed by a sense of crisis. Bournemouth. Madrid. Neither performance was good enough, neither was acceptable. Jurgen Klopp’s demeanour in the Bernabeu afterwards was worrying. He is a bad loser but that didn’t show. You can moan all you like about FSG – and, yes, […]

Sometimes, in the cacophony of cryarsing that surrounds football, you forget what makes the game great. It should be fun but some people make supporting a club seem like hard labour. And then Liverpool spank Manchester United 7-0. It was an experience of pure, uplifting joy. I’ve always thought that I came from the luckiest […]

The guilty men of Hillsborough will die in their droves in the next few years. They go to their graves with their reputations intact, having enjoyed the honours and status bestowed on them by a rancid country. Those honours should have been stripped from them. Sir Bernard Ingham died last week. Margaret Thatcher’s press secretary […]

How was 2022 for you? The answer has to be “crap” in a general sense. From a Liverpool perspective it’s been a mixed year. We forget quickly but the first five months were as uplifting as any period in my supporting life. The quest for the quad was special. To go into the last week […]

There are a couple of shocking things about Trent Alexander-Arnold this season. The first is that England barely used him in their World Cup campaign in Qatar. The other is that he has no Premier League assists more than a third of the way through the season. The whole assist thing is not completely trustworthy. […]

David Johnson always suffered by comparison with the man who replaced him. Over the years dozens of conversations about the great 1978-79 team have included the line, “Imagine if Rushie would have been a couple of years older.” Johnson’s contribution to the club has too often been overlooked. He was an international-class performer and that […]

The football authorities have developed this unhappy knack of taking something special and ruining it. Generally, it’s in pursuit of money. The World Cup is a perfect example. Switching focus from the domestic season to a tournament and back again in a six-week period doesn’t work. In a World Cup summer, the season ends, there’s […]

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