Like every supporter I was left totally deflated by Liverpool’s poor performance at West Brom last Saturday. I had high hopes and, perhaps naively, was convinced the pre-season performances were real evidence of the good things to come and that the tiki-taka style of football would flow naturally and demonstrate to the rest of the Premier League that Liverpool were on their way back to the top with a slick passing style of football that would surely secure a first and impressive win of the season. 90 minutes later, plus injury time, I was in a state of depression and deja vu. We’d lost a game in a fashion so reminiscent of last season. It’s a game I expected we’d win but Liverpool looked out of sorts, uncomfortable and once again failed to turn possession into goals, a trait they have to overcome if they have any chance of making a serious attempt at a top four place. (more…)
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Tags: Alberto Aquilani, Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool FC, Premier League, Tiki Taka, West Bromwich Albion F.C.
Tags: Brendan Rodgers, Champions League, Daniel Agger, Fabio Borini, Liverpool FC, Luis Suarez, Pepe Reina
- Rodger’s himself – calm, assertive, tactically and strategically savvy
- We’ll win a higher percentage of the games against the none top-four teams
- Suarez & Borini partnership will result in a higher number of goals
- The defence unit will get stronger & Pepe’s form will improve
- Man United, Arsenal & Spurs will have it tougher this season
Ok so there it is. That’s my top five reasons why Liverpool will qualify for the Champions League this season. Blinkered, wearing rose-tinted glasses, unrealistically biased I hear you say. Well I’m probably guilty of all of the above but, as you would expect let’s do a brief assessment of each one and then you have your say.
1. Rodger’s has done nothing but impress since his appointment at Liverpool. He has a clear vision the direction he wants to take the team and the style of play he want to implement . He seems to have a real sense of who in the current squad is able to fulfill this vision and who is not. He’s bringing in quality players such as Allen and Borini and will give them very specific roles plus he’s already worked with them both and knows their strengths and weaknesses. Rodgers has gone about his business in calm yet assertive way and already has the team behind him. We’ve had the best pre-season in years and he understands what an important club Liverpool is and has sworn to do his utmost to get us back to the top. I believe him. (more…)
Tags: Andy Carroll, Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool FC, Lucas, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Tiki Taka
Liverpool have now dispatched Gomel in the Europa League qualifying matches and it heralds the true beginning of the Rodgers era at Anfield. In less than ten days sterner tests await with the start of the Premier League and an away game at West Bromwich Albion on 18 August. The Premiership is where it really counts and where we’ll get to see Rodgers Liverpool playing tougher opposition but with a full-strength team executing their new brand of football, the tiki-taka style of zonal play which is so often associated with the likes of Barcelona. (more…)
Tags: Anfield, Brendan Rodgers, Carroll, Fabio Borini, Liverpool, Liverpool FC, Suarez
It goes without saying that in order to win games you have to score goals, more than the opposition at least, and it’s in this key area Liverpool have so clearly failed over the past few seasons. Even with Suarez and Carroll on board last season the “goals for” statistics was borderline awful and none of us want to hear the word “woodwork” too many times again next season.
Tags: Andy Carroll, Borini, Fenway Sports, Ian Rush, John Henry, LFC US Tour, Liverpool FC
So Liverpool’s squad is now in the US for the first time since 2004 ready for their North American tour. There are three matches scheduled: Toronto FC on July 21, AS Roma at Fenway Park in Boston on July 25 and Tottenham in Baltimore on July 28. So how important is this tour and does this one have more riding on it than previous overseas tours?
There are two main objectives of the tour: commercial and performance. (more…)
Tags: Liverpool FC, Real Madrid, Spain, Xabi Alonso
IT’S the focus of all football supporters during the close season. Who should we sign, who we should let go, who would be a dream signing but we know we could never afford him, who should we get back from on-loan and, in Liverpool’s case, which quality players would consider moving to Liverpool.
It makes for a great summer-long debate on blogs, twitter and websites all over the globe while there no actual football being played but does this kind of speculation actually make a difference?
Does it really influence the thinking of those in charge or the players involved? (more…)
Tags: AC Milan, Andy Carroll, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC
Imagine Liverpool receiving a substantial bid for Andy Carroll. One that made the loss versus the initial £35m outlay not look too bad? Would you sell him, take the cash and invest in other quality players? The fact is this scenario seems to be getting closer to reality.
At the beginning of the year I don’t think many of us would have said no to Carroll’s sale. (more…)
Tags: Andy Carroll, Damien Comolli, England, Euros, Jamie Carragher, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC
To say it’s been a year of transition for Andy Carroll would be quite the understatement. Carroll struggled to make any kind of impact or find consistency throughout most of last season and at times he looked like the proverbial cart-horse. The £35m fee paid for him was way over the top and is one of the main reasons for Damien Comolli‘s departure and cast doubt over Dalglish‘s ability to identify quality players at a decent price. During last January’s transfer window there would have been few who would have questioned Carroll being sold although the financial loss would have been too horrendous to contemplate. Carroll simply looked slow, ineffective and, from Dalglish’s point-of view, unplayable.
But over the last few months Carroll has been transformed. (more…)
Tags: Andy Carroll, Anfield, Brendan Rodgers, Charlie Adam, FA Cup, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Henderson, Liverpool FC, Salomon Kalou, Stewart Downing, Swansea
There is no doubt that Liverpool have one of the finest club histories in the world. They have legendary status which will be with them forever. It’s something all Liverpool supporters are extremely proud of but the club is now entering a new phase in it’s history with a new manager with a fresh approach, stable ownership who are in it for the long-term and the likelihood of a new stadium within the next few seasons. The stage is set for Liverpool to revive and reinvent themselves into one the England’s finest teams once more. Wishful thinking? Of course, but the club hasn’t been in this good a position for a decade or more and with it comes the need to start adding to their already illustrious history. (more…)
Tags: Andy Carroll, Brendan Rogers, England, Euros, Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson, Liverpool FC, Martin Kelly, Rio Ferdinand, Roy Hodgson, Steven Gerrard, Stuart Downing
I don’t know about you but I’ve never really cared too much about England. They’re constant under-achievers, have been poorly managed for decades due to the FA’s low-risk manager selection processand are supported mainly by Londoners who only know one dreadful song. Like most Liverpool supporters when asked if they would prefer England to win the World Cup or Liverpool to win the Premiership you don’t need an extensive opinion-poll to know what the vast majority would answer.