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JORDON IBE: A VICTORY FOR DEVELOPMENT

JORDON IBE: A VICTORY FOR DEVELOPMENT

EIGHT Liverpool players that started in the 3-2 win over Spurs were aged 25 and under. Five of them were under 22. Remarkable numbers in a sport where trust is traditionally placed in experience for high-pressure games such as the one Anfield witnessed on Tuesday...
LIVERPOOL: SUPERSUBS?

LIVERPOOL: SUPERSUBS?

LUIS Suarez stands five paces from the ball; 25 yards from goal. The Kop stands, expectant. Something brilliant is about to happen. Jaws prepare to drop and spines ready themselves to tingle. Approaching the ball side on, the Uruguayan whips it goalwards with his...
10 YEARS AGO TODAY: LIVERPOOL 2-1 ARSENAL

10 YEARS AGO TODAY: LIVERPOOL 2-1 ARSENAL

LIVERPOOL 2-1 ARSENAL (Alonso 37, Mellor 90+2; Vieira 57) “MELLOR… My goodness. Where did that come from? The right foot of Neil Mellor… it’s probably the last kick of the game.” Scarcely believable as it is but the footage of a fresh faced Neil Mellor unleashing an...
JAVIER MANQUILLO: A LESSON FROM HISTORY

JAVIER MANQUILLO: A LESSON FROM HISTORY

“HE’S one of the best full-backs in the world.” “We want to keep Glen here. There is no question about that, especially now he’s in this form. He’s 29 and we feel that he has still got good years ahead of him. “No contracts will be looked at until the...
LIVERPOOL: WLWLLDW

LIVERPOOL: WLWLLDW

WLWLLDW NOT very good that is it? Someone hands that to you at the beginning of August you’re inclined to think, “Oh, aye? What’s going on here then?” I rarely enjoy international breaks, the monotonous drone of jingoistic mainstream press and the vacuum of current...
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SCOUT: LIVERPOOL v LUDOGORETS

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SCOUT: LIVERPOOL v LUDOGORETS

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad. Liverpool’s five-year exile from the Champions League ends tomorrow with the visit of Bulgarian champions PFC Ludogorets Razgrad. Let’s call them Ludogorets. Oh Ludogorets, what a name. You, Ludogorets, are exactly what the Champions League...
DANIEL AGGER: THE GREAT SHAME

DANIEL AGGER: THE GREAT SHAME

WATCH it. It was a thing of beauty. Eight years ago last week, a young Liverpool centre-back strode forward from the centre circle. Taking a couple of touches, the pitch opened out in front of him. The opposition stood off, beckoning him forwards. There was nothing...

LIVERPOOL: BACK TO THE FUTURE

DID we take the Champions League for granted? I certainly did. Ironically I remember all too well the forgettable 1-0 home win over Hungarian side Debrecen in September 2009, how mundane and routine it all felt. Three points. Dirk Kuyt. Cheers. Two weeks later we were...
Croatia (I):  The Other Openers

Croatia (I): The Other Openers

CAMEROON. Bolivia. Scotland. Senegal. Costa Rica. Mexico. What joins these six countries together may not be initially obvious to the untrained eye, but to the World Cup aficionados out there, and there are many, they can be defined as “the other nation”. They are the...