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#98 – Watch a Liverpool FC football match at Anfield, Liverpool

‘Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool’ – Bill Shankly

My first official Liverpool game was vs Manchester United in the 2001 FA Charity Shield that ended in a 2-1 victory for Liverpool, courtesy of goals from McAllister and Owen. The game also featured debuts for Riise and Van Nistelrooy. However, this game took place at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, which was hosting this showpiece event due to old Wembley having been knocked down.

My first Liverpool game at Anfield didn’t actually occur until March of the following year, an end of season encounter (more…)

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England’s Euro Disaster: The end of Roy Hodgson

Irregardless of tonight’s result, Greg Dyke should not have even considered handing Roy Hodgson a new contract at the end of Euro 2016. The performance against Iceland will go down as one of the worst in our footballing history, but you can’t argue that it hasn’t been coming.

Much was made of our “100% record” in qualifying, but should that really be such a surprise? I don’t mean to disrespect the nations in our group, but they didn’t pose much of a challenge – then again, we should have swept aside the nation with a population the size of Leicester’s.

So where did it all go wrong? Should Roy take the brunt of the blame, or should we shift it to the players? Or is it a bit of both? Here is 7 potential reasons why:

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A Summer of Klopp pt.2: Defenders

In my previous post, I looked at the future of Liverpool’s goalkeepers. This time around, I turn my attention to our defence.

It is no secret that our success of the 2000’s was built a solid defence. From Henchoz and Hyypia to Carragher and Agger as our central partnership, with players such as Babbel, Finnan, Arbeloa, Riise and Aurelio (when fit) controlling the flanks, “defensive frailties” was a phrase unheard of. Unfortunately in recent seasons it has been something that has become all too familiar.

Between 05/06 – 09/10 we only conceded more than 30 goals once (35 in 09/10). In each season since, we have conceded over 40 goals including 50 goals in the exhilarating 13/14 season, a total matched by this years campaign. Unlike the 13/14 season though, we haven’t been able to bail ourselves out with the “we’ll score more than you” mentality.

The fans have recognised this issue. Other teams know that we have this issue. Obviously Klopp has recognised it too by already moving to bring in Schalke’s Joel Matip on a free transfer. However, one player won’t fix up a team that have conceded an average of 1.32 gpg this season. So, who from our current defence is worth retaining? And whose time is finally up?

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A Summer of Klopp pt.1: Goalkeepers

‘This team will be a bit different next season, it is clear. We will do something with transfers’ – Jurgen Klopp after the Europa League final 18/05/2016

It’s Wednesday 18th May and, at a sold out St. Jakob’s Park in Basel, the half-time whilst has just blown. Liverpool fans are in high spirits as a their “rampant reds” were dominating Sevilla all over the pitch. Daniel Sturridge’s sublime finish with the outside of his boot had given us a 1-0 lead but, in truth, it should have been more. If it had, this wonderful European story may have provided us with a different ending. We could have been watching Henderson and Milner lift yet another European trophy for the reds.

Unfortunately it only took 17 second-half seconds for our possible dream-finish to turn into a nightmare. The fight that got us past Dortmund, the aggression that saw us decimate Villareal was alarmingly absent. The rest, as they say, is history. A disappointing end to an underwhelming season. Plenty of food for thought though as we enter our first summer of Klopp.

In this first part I will look at our Goalkeepers, asking the question of whether or not they should – or will – still be here next season. As Loris Karius has been strongly linked with us in a £4.7million deal, I shall include him as well.

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