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LIVERPOOL: THE RETURN OF THE DIAMOND?

LIVERPOOL: THE RETURN OF THE DIAMOND?

I PRESUMED that we’d seen the last of it. When Luis Suarez departed for pastures new, the chances of Liverpool regularly starting matches with two strikers simultaneously appeared remote. They looked remoter still when you factored in the the £20m acquisition of Lazar...
MARIO BALOTELLI: RISKY BUSINESS?

MARIO BALOTELLI: RISKY BUSINESS?

YOU should know that what you’re about to read isn’t going to unbiased. I love Mario Balotelli. Have done for years. He was born in Palermo where a large chunk of my family still reside. He played for Internazionale and A.C. Milan, the two teams that most of my...
LIVERPOOL: LUCAS AND GERRARD – STOP IT, BRENDAN

LIVERPOOL: LUCAS AND GERRARD – STOP IT, BRENDAN

ACCENTUATE the positives, eliminate the negatives. That’s exactly what Liverpool did during the second half of last season. Brendan Rodgers’ team was far from perfect during 2013-14 but – crucially – as the season went on he got them focused on what they could do...
LIVERPOOL: MIGNOLET CAN REIN SUPREME

LIVERPOOL: MIGNOLET CAN REIN SUPREME

THAT is why Pepe Reina isn’t here any more. Simon Mignolet can be criticised for many things. The continued lack of improvement in his kicking is infuriating. His unconvincing juggling of crosses jangles the nerves. The lack of presence he exudes compared to his...
PEPE REINA: A DEPRESSING FAREWELL

PEPE REINA: A DEPRESSING FAREWELL

IT WAS A SAD IMAGE that will linger long in the memory. A brooding scowl lay upon the face of a man who sat motionless in a resigned slump behind his manager. Watching the football. Not playing it. Predictably, it went viral immediately on social media. It will...
LFC’S PRE-SEASON: THOUGHTS SO FAR

LFC’S PRE-SEASON: THOUGHTS SO FAR

AFTER a few late nights spent staring at my TV and tablet screens as Liverpool do their best to entertain the American masses, a few things have stood out in my mind. I thought I’d share some of my own pre-season thoughts with you: Seb Coates may deserve a stay of...
LUIS SUAREZ: THANKS FOR THE LAUGHS

LUIS SUAREZ: THANKS FOR THE LAUGHS

AND so, at last, he’s gone. So too are the biting scandals, the racism debacle, the laborious diving debates and everything else that came with him. The Luis Suarez circus has moved on to Catalonia and he is now officially FC Barcelona’s ‘problem’. So what are we left...

Rickie Lambert: You know it makes sense

At first I was shocked. Everyone was weren’t they? Rickie Lambert. Who saw that coming? Now that the initial surprise has subsided, I find myself struggling to think of a transfer in recent times that has made more sense than Liverpool acquiring the services of...
THE SEASON THAT WAS: SOME FORGOTTEN GEMS

THE SEASON THAT WAS: SOME FORGOTTEN GEMS

ARE you missing them yet? I know I am. Life isn’t quite the same without a Liverpool game to look forward to at the weekend. This imminent World Cup can’t come – and go – quickly enough as far as I’m concerned. Forget Roy Hodgson and the Three Lions, I...
SORRY ROY, YOU CAN STICK YOUR ENGLAND

SORRY ROY, YOU CAN STICK YOUR ENGLAND

Steve Gerrard, Gerrard He slipped on his f***ing arse He gave it to Demba Ba Steve Gerrard, Gerrard. AND with that nifty little ditty, any conflicting feelings I had about England at this summer’s World Cup all but vanished. The last time that I actively wanted the...