It may be game over, now City should go all-out for the Champions League

IF YOU believe the misguided narrative, Pep Guardiola and Barcelona won the UEFA Champions League every season. Those that know, know differently. Pep has not won the competition for eight years, nine if he fails to do so this season. After Manchester City were soundly beaten by Liverpool at Anfield, Guardiola and his entourage may just decide to concentrate fully on lifting that enormous and … Continue reading It may be game over, now City should go all-out for the Champions League

The script has been drafted – Liverpool will [probably] win the title

FIVE POINTS is a substantial gap after five games, in fact it is, apparently, a record margin at this fledgling stage of the season. Such was the miniscule gap between Manchester City and Liverpool last season, Norwich City’s 3-2 win over Pep Guardiola’s treble winners that it may well be considered as one of the decisive moments of the title race. In an age when … Continue reading The script has been drafted – Liverpool will [probably] win the title

Football Media Watch: Klopp, Liverpool and the pursuit of dynastic excellence

EVERYONE loves Jürgen Klopp, even those that do not especially warm to Liverpool Football Club. The current talk is of the popular German coach presiding over the creation of a “dynasty”, not the first time we’ve heard this from Liverpool or indeed a number of clubs, who can afford to talk boldly when things are going well. However, Liverpool are arguably the only club who … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Klopp, Liverpool and the pursuit of dynastic excellence

UEFA Champions League: King Klopp or Crown Prince Mauricio?

THIS year’s UEFA Champions League is not just about two teams battling for the right to stand astride the European game, it is also about a clash of ideals and a journey of affirmation. Liverpool, of course, have been here before, all too often if you ask the fans of clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea, but the premier European trophy has defined the club … Continue reading UEFA Champions League: King Klopp or Crown Prince Mauricio?

Only in Liverpool

JÜRGEN Klopp has his legend, his place in Kop mythology. Whatever happens over the next few weeks, be it gallant failure in the Premier League title race and Champions League final in Madrid, Liverpool have their moment, a comeback that outstrips Saint-Etienne (1976-77) and Istanbul (2004-05). Just how much this drama was carved out of a keep ‘em awake firework display, Barca capitulating for the … Continue reading Only in Liverpool

Commentary Box: It will be painful, but Liverpool should be champions

BE prepared, 2019 will probably be a year of Kop revivalism, Shankly philosophy, Klopp’s teeth and Mo Salah being proclaimed the greatest Egyptian ever to walk down Lime Street. Liverpool could be back at the top to end an incredible 29-year gap between league title wins. What’s more, it’s the 30thanniversary of Hillsborough, so the emotional connection will be even more intense. For some of … Continue reading Commentary Box: It will be painful, but Liverpool should be champions

Football Media Watch: Liverpool have got City’s number

NOTWITHSTANDING the possibility that an inner city ambush may have unsettled Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League victory is being heralded as the arrival of a team that can be compared to the club’s great sides of the past. Ex-Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson, described his old club’s performance on the BBC site: “The way they played before the break was a signature display … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Liverpool have got City’s number

Losing in the honeymoon suite

FOOTBALL FANS are characteristically fickle, especially when you turn a winning position into a defeat in the space of a few minutes. Managers and players go from “hero to zero” almost instantly. Liverpool, May 18, 2016. Those supporters who haven’t helped swell sleepy Basel to uncomfortable levels are taking up vantage points in the city to watch Liverpool take on Sevilla in the Europa League … Continue reading Losing in the honeymoon suite

The managerial merry-go-round is running out of horses…but then there’s Simeone

LIVERPOOL now have their man in Juergen Klopp and the honeymoon begins in earnest. It’s a good hiring for Liverpool, one that should restore their European credentials and maybe reintroduce a bit of fun into what has become a poker-faced club in recent years. Klopp didn’t have many rivals for the job, because the pool of top-line managers is become a bit shallow. The same … Continue reading The managerial merry-go-round is running out of horses…but then there’s Simeone