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: Anfield, Brendan Rodgers, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool, Liverpool FC, Premier League, Roger, Swansea
The prediction (still no official announcement at the time of writing) on Wednesday that Brenda Rogers will be Liverpool’s new manager will be met with a fair amount of skepticism and surprise. FSG seem to be applying their formula of bringing in a young, progressive, manager that has both on eye on developing youth as well and promoting attacking football. The problem is Rogers’s doesn’t have a pedigree that would lead anyone to think he has the credentials to take Liverpool into the top 4 of the Premiership or lead them successfully in Europe. (more…)
Tags: Anfield, Fenway Sports Group, Ian Ayre, John Barnes, John W Henry, Liverpool, Liverpool FC, Premier League
Just over 18 months ago all Liverpool supporters were eternally grateful that John Henry and Fenway Sports Group recognized the true potential of Liverpool and rescued the club from the clutches of Hick’s & Gillett and imminent administration. You all know the parallels they saw between the Boston Red Socks and Liverpool and since taking over Boston in 2002 they have won baseballs biggest prize, the World Series, twice, the first time since 1918! Thankfully Liverpool’s lack of success doesn’t go that far back but their failure to win the Premier League since 1990 sometimes has us feeling that way. From the outset it was clear that FSG’s commitment was to get Liverpool back to winning ways which in turn would further increase the value of the club they had bought in terms of sponsorship opportunities, merchandise sales, lucrative competitions such as the Champions league and television revenues. The objectives were simple: make Liverpool a dominant force in English and European football once more. (more…)
Tags: everton, FA Cup Final, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC, Premier League, Wembley
When Liverpool and Kenny Dalglish return to Wembley on Saturday for the semi-final against Everton don’t be surprised if you see Kenny ponder for a moment to take it all in. Wembley, even though it is now rebuilt, has been and integral part of Dalglish’s career both as a player and a manager. In many ways Wembley has defined Kenny success. When Kevin Keegan departed for Hamburg many Liverpool supporters, including myself, wondered how Keegan could ever be replaced. Bob Paisley solved that one when he signed Kenny from Celtic for a British transfer record of £440,000. Dalglish’s playing career at Liverpool marked one of the club’s most successful periods with him winning seven league titles, three European Cups and five domestic trophies. And where did King Kenny make his Liverpool debut, wearing Keegan’s number seven shirt? Wembley on 3 August 1977 in the Charity Shield match against Manchester United. The 82,000 crowd witnessed a 0-0 draw and with no penalty shoot-outs in those days, the shield was shared. However, Liverpool didn’t have to wait long to experience Kenny’s impact as he scored his first goal on his league debut a week later on 20 August against Middlesbrough.
Tags: Damien Comolli, John Henry, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC, Premier League
It seems one minute I’m reading about how winning the Carling Cup is going to put Liverpool on the map and make Liverpool more attractive to top quality players but then I read statements from Damien Comolli stating that it’s unlikely there’ll be any major signings in the near future. Naturally, I’m hoping it’s the former as the reality is the current squad isn’t good enough to achieve the one goal that goes before all others and that’s winning the Premiership.