Archive for June, 2013

Prioritising Success

Prioritising Success

As a club with five European Cups and 18 league titles in our cabinet, other trophies have always been something of a consolation prize for Liverpool. In this era of TV-financed football when only Champions League qualification bestows the wealth necessary for success, it’s understandable that many fans feel the Europa League and domestic cups have been significantly devalued. UEFA […]

Downing and Out?

Downing and Out?

As Andy Carroll was finally jettisoned from Anfield, a debate rumbled on over the creative abilities of the man that was supposed to provide him with ammunition. Just as there are those who wanted Andy Carroll retained as a ‘Plan B’ weapon, Stewart Downing, too, has his apologists. But are they onto something? Is there more to Downing’s game than […]

Why Allen Can Still Be Key For Liverpool

Why Allen Can Still Be Key For Liverpool

Not so long ago, Liverpool fans boasted of having “the best midfield in the world”, and it was no exaggeration. The world-class trio of Mascherano, Alonso and Gerrard were as good as any other in world football at the time, so it’s perhaps no surprise that those who have succeeded them have been made scapegoats for Liverpool’s recent decline. First […]

Dodging Transfer Bullets

Dodging Transfer Bullets

With transfer speculation over who will arrive at Liverpool this summer reaching fever pitch, we take a look at proposed deals – of which some came as close as medicals at the club – that thankfully didn’t materialise.   Read this piece on This is Anfield.

Time to Come Out from the Shadows

Time to Come Out from the Shadows

For years now, Liverpool have been labelled a “one-man-team” by the media. First it was said to be Steven Gerrard carrying his teammates, and more recently Luis Suarez has been credited with winning games single-handedly. For a few seasons the Gerrard-Torres partnership laid the trope to rest, but even then, those two were seen as ‘apart’ from their inferior teammates. […]

Rodgers’ Liverpool 2.0

Rodgers’ Liverpool 2.0

When new ideas and methods are introduced to the Premier League, there’s often a reactionary backlash from fans who find change hard to accept. It happened with rotation, zonal-marking, and when teams first started to experiment with formations other than 4-4-2. When Brendan Rodgers first arrived at Liverpool a year ago, he brought with him his ideas of ‘Tiki-Taka’, pressing and resting […]

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