Features

You’ll Never Fewm Alone

You’ll Never Fewm Alone

In the wake of Sunday’s home defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United, esteemed football writers have provided a fleet of journalistic hot-takes explaining The Problem Jurgen Klopp must resolve. Amidst a rising tide of online fan fewm, these guiding lights of football narrative help us rudderless fans to understand the currents beneath the surface as our team appears to float aimlessly […]

A Giant Awakens

A Giant Awakens

Supporters of Liverpool’s greatest foes have long labelled Kopites a deluded, sentimental breed stuck in the past and unable to come to terms with the club’s long, gruelling decline. We cling to our history, convincing ourselves that our past glories make us a special club, but fans of our rivals helpfully remind us – without a hint of envy – that […]

Death by Football and Reanimation

Death by Football and Reanimation

In the end, even Brendan Rodgers’ most ardent supporters – myself included – were relieved to see him go. The young manager who had arrived armed with an array of colourful soundbites and tales about the enchanting, relentless attacking football we were going to play – and did for one remarkable season – had been reduced to a defensive, fumbling […]

Modern Football Fans and Why I’m Still Backing Brendan Rodgers

Modern Football Fans and Why I’m Still Backing Brendan Rodgers

Joy. Outrage. Hope. Despair. There isn’t a football fan alive who could claim they haven’t felt all these emotions. Whether it is the elation felt seeing your team win, a tear shed when a club legend says his goodbyes or anger at Glen Johnson being inexplicably named on the team sheet once again, football is a sport fuelled by a […]

The Return of the Philosophy

The Return of the Philosophy

‘He built a team like Shankly did’. Just over six months ago this was the anthem Liverpool fans sang in praise of a young manager who had allowed them to dream once again. Half a season later, and even some of Rodgers’ most ardent backers back then can’t wait to see the back of him. How quickly things change in football. It would be […]

Brendan Rodgers’ Perfect Storm

Brendan Rodgers’ Perfect Storm

Just six games into the Premier League season Brendan Rodgers must find his way through a perfect footballing storm. Already facing a confluence of issues in goal, defence, midfield and attack, Liverpool’s manager must now contend with a growing rumble of discontent from within the fanbase, as well as dwindling squad moral. During the Northern Irishman’s first six months in […]

A Case of Dejan Vu

A Case of Dejan Vu

Two years into his reign as Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers is facing pressure for the first time. It took some of the fanbase six months to embrace the Northern Irishman after a slow start but having taken over a shambles of a team and operating with a woefully weak and inexperienced squad, there was never any doubt that FSG and […]

No One Rates Us, We Don’t Care

No One Rates Us, We Don’t Care

Another season, another set of cliched soundbites in place of nuanced analysis explaining why Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers won’t be good enough. Last year it was the dearth of a Plan B, Rodgers’ idealistic naivety or the side’s inability to beat the top teams. This time around we have “won’t replace Suarez’s 31 goals with a marquee signing”, “only did […]

English Football Realism

English Football Realism

In his book by the same name, Mark Fisher defines ‘Capitalist Realism’ as “the widespread sense that not only is capitalism the only viable political and economic system, but also that it is now impossible even to imagine a coherent alternative to it.” While the analogy has only limited scope, some of the reactions to England’s loss against a very average Italy side suggests […]

Counter Narratives

Counter Narratives

This piece was written for the Anfield Index website.  From the first moment Brendan Rodgers was appointed as the new manager of Liverpool Football Club, fans angry with FSG for sacking a club legend couldn’t wait to see him fail. First, his team played too many passes sideways. Then, Rodgers was ‘too idealistic’. He talked too much, had no Plan […]

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: