NEIL ATKINSON was joined for this weeks podcast by Mike Girling, John Gibbons, Steven Scragg and Boro supporter Daniel Gray in the aftermath of 3rd league defeat for Liverpool against West Ham.
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second podcast in a row that doesn’t work on Android guys. (using Podcast Addict app). And why do you post it as a AAC file? I keep asking. There’s no good reason.
Jesus! You find it hard to fill seats for the podcast after a result like that. Surprised Jim wasn’t knockin the security out at the studio and kicking the door down to get in.
Henderson in the deep holding role would be horrendous, utterly horrendous.
Joe cannot play that role either btw, couldnt at Swansea, cannot with us.
Love the mag, is there any way to comment on it for us non-twatter users?
Fergie better than Bob? Balls to that. Longevity is the only criteria but even then can you imagine how many European Cups we’d have won had Bob stayed in charge? Let’s talk about evolution:
One of the first English managers to move from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2
Playing it out from the back: Bob saw how football had evolved, saw what Ajax and Anderlecht (if memory serves) did to us and solved the problem: a footballing centre-half. Alan Hansen replaces Emlyn Hughes.
Playing a shadow striker; Dalglish was Cantona and more. He scored goals, he made goals, he held the ball up, he could turn on a sixpence. What’s more he did on the big stage.
Total football: watch footage from the Liverpool teams of the late 70s and early 80s: every player could play. Phil Neal, Tommy Smith and Barney Rubble scored goals in European finals. That’s three of the back four. Even Brucie, one of the original sweeper keepers, could play. And as for the midfielders and strikers: they could score goals from anywhere with either foot.
Teams: I can name at least three teams. The one he inherited with Ray Kennedy as a striker, the halfway-house that beat all defensive records and the final masterpiece: Souness, Hansen and Dalglish. Each team was different, each an evolution towards greater heights.
Bob won everything at home and abroad without bullying officials and the opposition, without causing controversy, without bad-mouthing the opposition and without shedloads of money. Don’t be fooled. Bob would have won way more trophies than Fergie had he had time on his side: we were invincible.
The first goal was mainly henderson fault. He’s supposed to mark the guy behind him and there was no other person there. It is so basic and essential that he out jumps and head the ball away. Not only did he not jump, the cross wasn’t even that fast so he shouldn’t have a problem of not having the time to assess and fight for his position. That led to an easy head to an oncoming west ham player to strike into an open goal. there was nothing skrtl could do as it was too fast by then.
I am confused by most fans supporting henderson especially the vice captain promotion. I feel he doesn’t deserve it based on the fact he did not improve enough in his attacking attributes. Hard work is a basic requirement of being a Liverpool player. I still think he is an excellent squad player when we need to take control of the midfield and maintain the with 20mins to go. Our standards have dropped and coupled with gerrards ageing, hendo first team inclusion exacerbate the midfield problem to the point where the defense and attack is dysfunctional. we are not doing any favours by lauding players who are not ready for liverpool first team. even ian st john does not rate him and I believe many are very divided by this henderson sudden popularity.
The podcast should ban the words, last season.
You can not remove one of the world’s best from the team and bring in a new defense and that many players and expect a continuation.
If it was a one-two out and one-two in off season then yes, but an attempt to bring depth has changed everything. Last season was ………….. Insert countless adjectives, but it’s gone. The team the manager the club is in the next phase. Ahead of schedule.
Gibbo discussed the plan of preseason and the signings. I think the signings were chosen to bring variety in attack, an evolution. Brendan knows that standing still is not the way to go.
We all want a continuation but unfortunately that may not be possible. Not writing them off just believe expectation is the most dangerous thing in football and we would be best served in being patient. As was mentioned this is all new to too many of them.