LIVERPOOL: THE MODEL OF THE MODEL OWNERS

4 July 2015

I GOT myself into one of those ‘mini-wars’ on Twitter the other day. The type where you spew 140 characters quickly but are then forced to regret at leisure. My ire concerned news of further ‘reforms’ to UEFA’s Financial Fair …
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LIVERPOOL: TIME TO ACCEPT REALITY? A REPLY

2 July 2015

I HAD promised myself the summer off. No football, no Under 21s, no Women’s World Cup, no transfer rumours. Nothing. But then I read Paul Little’s piece about the reality of supporting Liverpool FC and I felt the need to reply. …
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LIVERPOOL: IS IT TIME TO ACCEPT REALITY?

2 July 2015

MY name is Paul Little. I am a Liverpool fan and I stopped believing some time ago that the club will win the league. In fact, I don’t even expect a top-four finish anymore. Despite these admissions, I still think FSG …
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LIVERPOOL: DO WE SEE ANGELS OR DO WE SEE DEMONS?

2 July 2015

ON Sunday, May 24, Liverpool lost 6-1 to Stoke City. Remember that day? Shortly before that, on the 16th of May, they’d lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace at home. Both games had represented ‘lasts’ for Steven Gerrard, beyond the procession of …
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LIVERPOOL: HE’S GOT NO HAIR BUT WE DON’T CARE…

1 July 2015

THERE’S an argument in football that certain players belong at certain clubs. It’s a bold concept. I’m not sure but I think it’s something to do with a synchronicity of values, an alignment of shared characteristics. It’s not just about performances …
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STICK OR TWIST: LIVERPOOL’S 25 YEARS OF DILEMMA

30 June 2015

SOMETIMES it’s easier to diagnose the illness than find the cure, writes PAUL McCABE. If one dilemma has defined Liverpool Football Club over the last 25 years, it could be boiled down to one question: “stick or twist?” Whether it’s the …
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WARNING LIVERPOOL FANS: HOT AIR…EVERYWHERE

30 June 2015

SUMMER. I love it. As much as Kanye adores Kanye. Probably more (if that’s possible). But if heat is the dog’s dingly-danglies, hot air is its diarrhoea that you have to scoop up. And it’s everywhere. Especially on Twitter. You’ll find …
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LIVERPOOL AND THE BIG CLUB PHENOMENON

28 June 2015

“CITY is a massive club”, was the cry from Mancunians of the blue persuasion, years before Emirates riches were ploughed into the somewhat soulless surrounds of Eastlands, the new council-owned home of Manchester’s hitherto poor relations. The claim — made …
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LIVERPOOL: THE CASE FOR THE EUROPA LEAGUE

25 June 2015

IMAGINE there’s this cup. Liverpool FC can go in for it. Liverpool will be the richest club in the competition (at the very least until the last 32 when the third-placed teams in the Champions League groups tumble into it). We’ll …
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FIRMINO: RELOADING LIVERPOOL’S WEAPON OF FAITH

25 June 2015

“OUR faith is the weapon most feared by our enemies.” A week ago, approximately 15 minutes after the Premier League fixtures for 2015-16 were announced, my phone beeped away. A former work colleague, who is a Manchester United enthusiast, texted me …
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FIRMINO: NOW THAT’S MORE LIKE IT, LIVERPOOL

24 June 2015

SO it seems Liverpool are on the verge of signing Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino. As a self-confessed football hipster, I’m punching the air/cat in delight. At the time of writing, Sky Sports News are parading Liverpool’s agreement with Hoffenheim for the …
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LIVERPOOL FIXTURES: SEVEN AND HELL? BRING IT ON

17 June 2015

I WOKE up this morning and I’d had enough. Not of life — life’s cool thanks; it wasn’t a general non-specific malaise: I’d had enough of football. We spoke on Monday’s podcast about the way that nobody seems to know when …
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LIVERPOOL: MALCOLM MCDOWELL’S TURKISH DELIGHT

16 June 2015

I MET Malcolm McDowell once, writes ROB FRASER. I’ve been a [sort of] journalist for nearly 20 years but this wasn’t an interview. I was on holiday in Taormina, Sicily and their film festival was taking place and Malc was being honoured …
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RAHEEM STERLING: NOT FOR SALE AT ANY PRICE

12 June 2015

LIVERPOOL should not sell Raheem Sterling this summer. I don’t care whether Manchester City or anyone else bids upwards of £40million over the coming months, the club should not let the player leave Anfield under any circumstances. As a fan I …
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BUYING A NEW LIVERPOOL STRIKER: THE KNOWLEDGE GAP

10 June 2015

MOST conversations between footie fans end up boiling down to the same thing: the aspiration, the reality and the unexplained gap that lies in between. What fills that gap — the knowledge of what really happens behind walls, in boardrooms, …
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LIVERPOOL AND FSG: STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU

5 June 2015

I’M away. In Fes, Morocco. Been quite the culture shock. Everywhere I look it is full of fellas sitting around arguing and talking shite, not doing much else. Massive, massive culture shock obviously. Anyway. It’s good being away. You get …
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LIVERPOOL: NEXT SEASON – WITH HOPE IN OUR HEARTS

5 June 2015

BRENDAN Rodgers remains as Liverpool manager then; granted a fourth season after this week’s Liverpool get-together with Tom Werner and Mike Gordon. Initial assurance for Rodgers came in the shape of a Merseyside venue for talks, instead of the Boston offices …
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LIVERPOOL: GET SMART

4 June 2015

I REMEMBER one of the first appraisals that I ever had, back in the days when business moved from, ‘Look, you’re doing well, keep doing it’ or ‘You’re a bit shit at the moment, sort it out’ to actual targeted aims, …
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BRENDAN RODGERS: ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE

4 June 2015

NEGATIVITY — like love in the Wet Wet Wet song, is all around me, writes BEN McCAUSLAND. I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes. It’s washing around the city, rampaging through the streets like a …
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EMRE CAN: THE FULL INTERVIEW

3 June 2015

IN a TAW PLAYER exclusive, John Gibbons and Andrew Heaton sat down with Emre Can to talk about his time at Liverpool, this is the full transcript of the interview. TAW: What was it like growing up in Germany, and how did you …
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LIVERPOOL: RODGERS IT IS THEN

2 June 2015

AFTER what has felt like months of speculation (it’s been two-and-a-half weeks…), the manager situation has finally been put to bed. Brendan Rodgers will remain as Liverpool boss… for now. There had apparently been leaks of information — something which seems …
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LIVERPOOL: THE BUYING GAME

2 June 2015

SILLY season is now in full flow. The distraction of actual games of football has gone, and the important business of which footballers we should — and shouldn’t buy — is on everyone’s lips. Not even the small matter of …
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LIVERPOOL: WHERE ARE WE NOW?

1 June 2015

AS the dust settles on a dismal campaign, fans are left wondering what’s next, writes PAUL McCABE. The wounds of a terrible conclusion to the season remain raw but, instead of finger-pointing, name-calling and blame-shifting, it might be the ideal time to …
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HEYSEL 30 YEARS: THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

28 May 2015

GARETH Roberts told me he had access to accounts and documents around Heysel. He had spoken to a senior lecturer at Manchester University, Geoff Pearson, and Geoff had said we could come over and have a look at everything. We …
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HEYSEL 30 YEARS: WE MEET AGAIN

28 May 2015

THE tragic story of the Heysel Stadium disaster is a tale which pains any decent Liverpool fan. I flew to Brussels on a charter flight from Speke airport with my dad and his two friends on the morning of May 29th, …
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HEYSEL 30 YEARS: WHAT ABOUT JUSTICE FOR THE 39?

28 May 2015

WITH the lies, the smears and cruel myths about the Hillsborough disaster exposed once and for all by the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report, those who clung to them out of warped tribalism have but one straw left to …
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HEYSEL 30 YEARS: THE ITALIAN VIEW

28 May 2015

I REMEMBER those days like yesterday. That night, my schoolmates and I had to meet at Simone’s house. It had become a sort of custom, as the year before, coming back from a school trip, we had gathered there to …
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HEYSEL 30 YEARS: OH GOD, WHAT HAVE WE DONE

28 May 2015

FOLLOWING the tragedy, there was a full inquiry in Belgium – a parliamentary inquiry that was very damning in its criticism of the Belgian authorities. A Belgian architect also carried out a survey of the stadium shortly after May 29 …
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HEYSEL 30 YEARS: WHY DID NO-ONE SEE IT COMING?

28 May 2015

THE Heysel Stadium was inspected by Belgian architectural expert Joseph Ange. Called in to assess the state of the stadium which was over 50 years old, he found the terracing “still as it was at the time of its construction”. …
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HEYSEL 30 YEARS: WHEN IN ROME

28 May 2015

MAY 30, 1984. European Cup night in Rome. Liverpool beat Roma on their home ground. In a tense penalty shoot-out, they lift the European Cup for a remarkable fourth time. Liverpool were already League Champions and Milk Cup winners back …
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HEYSEL 30 YEARS: THE BARBARIANS ARE COMING

28 May 2015

THE facts are stark enough. Before the European Cup final, one of the showpieces of world football competition, at the ageing Heysel Stadium in Brussels, on the night of May 29, 1985, Liverpool and Juventius fans clashed in one of …
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HEYSEL 30 YEARS: AN INTRODUCTION

28 May 2015

THIRTY years ago this week a group of Liverpool fans repeatedly charged towards supporters in section Z of the Heysel stadium. Inadequate chicken wire fence did nothing to prevent them running free among rival supporters and 12 policemen stationed to …
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BREAKING BAD NEWS: BENTEKE? NOT FOR ME

27 May 2015

Silly season. I detest it. Practically every little inch of it. The false links to leave publications sat back, feet up, feeling the clicks. The faux outrage at anyone rumoured to be joining Liverpool who doesn’t have some touch of …
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