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Sterling can prove his value

NOT for the first time in Liverpool’s recent history, a summer that began with hope is unfolding against a backdrop of pessimism and despair. Players have arrived yet the star turn (Luis Suarez) could well be off while the key target (Henrikh Mkhitaryan) has...

FANS SEND MESSAGE TO FOOTBALL

IT was a little after 2.30pm and Peter Hooton, The Farm’s frontman and Spirit of Shankly frontrunner, decided now was the time to blare ‘Fight The Power’ out of his handheld CD player. The mood was certainly heated as the few hundred people who had marched from...

AN OLD FLAME RETURNS

By Sachin Nakrani THE last thing Brendan Rodgers would want on the back of two disappointing results is to be confronted by a ghost of Liverpool’s glorious past, but that is what awaits him on Sunday. Standing to Rodgers’s left as he watches his team try...

SAVVY SUMMERS A MUST FOR LFC

By Sachin Nakrani LIVERPOOL supporters have grown accustomed to greeting anything Ian Ayre says with a raised eyebrow and a gentle shake of the head, and so few will have been too reassured when he did the rounds on Thursday morning to insist he was “absolutely...

Q&A: LFC ACADEMY DIRECTOR FRANK MCPARLAND

By Sachin Nakrani ON Monday 10th September, I interviewed Liverpool academy director Frank McParland at his office in Kirkby. The 53-year-old, a lifelong Red who was born and raised in Huyton, was engaging company and over a period of 35 minutes spoke to me about how...

THE OLYMPICS: NOT A LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP

By Sachin Nakrani THERE was pumping of fists and cheers of delight around the Guardian sports desk, and soon the joy had spread across the office, with one woman in particular getting extremely animated way over on the far side. Meanwhile, some of us simply looked on...

2002 – The Summer Of Love

By SACHIN NAKRANI  A good friend of mine is getting married next week. At moments like this, when someone you have known since the age of 13 enters a monumental stage in their life, it is natural for the memories to come flooding back, to reminisce about how things...

SACHIN NAKRANI’S CULT LFC XI

By Sachin Nakrani IT’S now over a week since Dirk Kuyt announced he was leaving Liverpool to join Fenerbahce and I for one still haven’t got over the news. Dirk, leaving, Liverpool. Please God tell me it ain’t true. Anyway, in tribute to the great man I have put...

The picture has changed

By Sachin Nakrani CLOSE your eyes and what do you see? For a little over two decades now I have clung to an image bathed in golden sunlight, of a man in red, the Liverpool captain, holding aloft the championship trophy while all around him a crowd roared and sung in...

HODGSON – ON A HIDING TO NOTHING

By Sachin Nakrani It is always heartening to see a drowning man raise his head above water, but 16 months on from his sacking as the Liverpool manager, few could have predicted Roy Hodgson would have clambered onto shore in such spectacular style. He was sunk at...