Archive for July, 2013

Pepe Reina: A Nonperforming Asset

Pepe Reina: A Nonperforming Asset

Quite a few confused people were throwing the ‘FSG are asset-stripping’ trope at me on Twitter, so instead of argue with them all, I thought I’d quickly make my argument here. An asset is, I hope we all know, a useful or valuable object, person, quality or thing which is owned. It is not anything that can be owned. I […]

Ten Predictions For Liverpool’s Season

Ten Predictions For Liverpool’s Season

1 – Higher Defensive Line As I’ve written at length, the defining tactical tweak Rodgers needs to make this season is to set us up to play with a higher defensive line. A lack of pace at the back forced us to drop deep last season, but with the acquisition of quicker centre-backs with more experience playing high-up, we should […]

Lucas the Lynchpin?

Lucas the Lynchpin?

Lucas Leiva is no stranger to criticism. Prior to winning the Standard Chartered Fans’ Player of the Year award for 2010–11, the Brazilian midfielder was far from a fans’ favourite, but as one of the few players to come out of Hodgson’s brief stint in charge with any credit, the days of Lucas as scapegoat are over. Or are they? […]

The Rise and Fall of Football Empires

The Rise and Fall of Football Empires

When Alex Ferguson became Manchester United manager in November 1986, United were languishing second bottom in the First Division table. After a 3–1 win at Queens Park Rangers two days later, Liverpool – under the management of newly appointed Kenny Dalglish – moved to the top of the league. But the first cracks in a great footballing empire had already […]

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