Brendan Rodgers' sacking was met mostly with relief by the Liverpool support. Predictably, and rather depressingly, this was not reflected by a good many of the good old British press, pundits, ex-players and others involved in the sport. Why the disparity?
On paper, the decision can appear a harsh one. Rodgers almost won Liverpool's first league title in a quarter of a century, then lost his two star strikers, proceeded to finish sixth, lost the legendary captain plus another prodigious talent, and was afforded just eight games of the 2015-16 season to try and turn things around. This, possibly along with an excessive permissiveness of failure as long as the coach is British, is probably why a lot of pundits and other commentators criticis…Read more >
Steven Gerrard has announced his lifelong association with Liverpool Football Club will come to an end in the summer of 2015. I am not going to tell you what Steven Gerrard has been or what he has achieved in his career- there will be plenty of others who will do a far better job of that than I ever could over the coming days, weeks, months and years. But before I am accused of a lack of support or otherwise, I will say this much: Steven Gerrard is the single greatest sporting icon I will ever have.
It is partly because of this that I am pleased he will leave Anfield in the summer. Steven Gerrard's prime years extended from about 2000-2009. He was a colossus as Liverpool finished second in the 2008-09 season, helping the Reds destroy Manche…Read more >
Wasn't expecting that. Wasn't expecting that at all. We collected 36 points from the latter 19 games of the 2012-13 season- top 4 form by most seasons' standards- and had recorded some very impressive victories along the way. I was optimistic about the season ahead, but even so, did not expect that. The vast spending of Tottenham scared me (and don't lie, it scared you too). I struggled to see Man Utd falling from 1st to as low as 5th, let alone 7th- David Moyes or no David Moyes. Chelsea and Man City were the immovable superpowers, and Arsene '4th place' Wenger had just acquired a £42m worldie. I was optimistic, but wouldn't this season prove to be just too difficult to finally reach the promised land- the platform of Europe's elite? 5th …Read more >
Pepe Reina is set for a year out on loan to Italian side Napoli. Coached by Rafa Benitez and with Xavi Valero in tow- the coach who got the best out of Reina during his Liverpool heyday- one can see the appeal of the move to Reina.
But what is the appeal to Liverpool? This is proving a contentious issue amongst fans. Not so much that Reina is leaving the club- but that he's leaving on loan. Loan deals are typically used to provide game time for young-up-and-comers to get some real, senior football under their belts (clearly not applicable to Reina). Alternatively, loans are used to shift players who just aren't cutting it- putting them in the shop window in the hope that someone will eventually choose to take the player permanently. This is…Read more >
So it seems this will be another season to be placed in the 'transitional' category. It's been four years since we were last in the top 4; now is surely the time for us to make the jump from 'team in transition' to 'force' again?
Opinion on Brendan Rodgers appears split, although favour was encouraged with the positive end of season form. I am firmly in the pro-Rodgers camp; I like the way we're playing, the way he's solved our goalscoring problems, the way he's gotten the best out of failing players like Downing and Henderson, I like his tactical nous and I like his signings- yes, even Joe Allen! That said, he has had a far from perfect season, and our progress under him has been less than hoped- no Liverpool fan can be satisfied with seve…Read more >