• Free, Liverpool FC - Books

    Posted on March 31st, 2009

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    TWO new books now available to pre-order

    I am currently working on a new Liverpool book, called ‘Red Race’, due to be released in the summer of this year.  Unlike my other main books, it will be available ONLY via my website.  ‘Dynasty’ has sold very well via limited outlets (an incredible straight six months since its release in the top 10 [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on March 29th, 2009

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    UEFA: take your oars and stick them where the sun doesn’t shine

    It wouldn’t be UEFA if they weren’t having a pop at the top English clubs. Ever since the top sides became Europe’s elite, it seems that they are scrabbling to rewrite the rule book. Now, with UEFA sticking their mighty oars in once more, Liverpool are being criticised for having a squad of “62 professionals”. [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on March 21st, 2009

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    Ferguson is wrong

    Thankfully, most media outlets seem to have seen the massive inaccuracy in Alex Ferguson’s figures relating to Liverpool’s spending. That he should even choose to come out with such figures in the first place is interesting, given his rather undignified reaction to Rafa’s ‘fact’ press conference a couple of months back.  I’m also still smiling [...]

  • Tomkins Rants

    Posted on March 19th, 2009

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    The Worst LFC-related Newspaper Article EVER

    So there we have it. Rafa Benítez has to compete with Bob Paisley, not Alex Ferguson. Rafa Benítez isn’t allowed to use modern techniques, but must stick with those from the 1970s, because they worked then.  Why stop there? Why not insist on the hugely outdated formations from the 1930s? Or why not select those [...]

  • Tomkins Smokes A Cigar

    Posted on March 14th, 2009

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    Tomkins Smokes A Cigar

    <Strikes match> Ahhhhhh…. (Okay, so United are still going to win the league, and I'm not really smoking a cigar, but even so, I've lit up a big, fat imaginary one and it tastes pretty damn good.) Tomkins Smokes Another Cigar: Said Ferguson: "We have lost a game. We need to respond and that is [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on March 10th, 2009

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    In Defence of Lucas Leiva

    Rafa Benítez had his latest press conference interrupted by a "guerilla journalist" (i.e., a wanker) pressing him on why he persists with Lucas Leiva. I’ll admit to being disappointed with how the Brazilian has performed this season; I expected more, and he's had a few stinkers. But he is a full international and the Brazilian [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on March 4th, 2009

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    The Cost of Premiership Squads – A Comparison

    This is designed as an accompaniment piece to my latest article for the LFC website, which I've submitted today. The explanations of the figures are in that article. (I've updated the figures to include most of the well-known home-grown players from all teams, and added Zoran Tosic to United's figures; the Guardian said he and [...]

  • Idiot of the Day

    Posted on March 2nd, 2009

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    Idiot of the Day #2 – Forum Muppet & Friends

    I wondered why I kept getting referral links from the BBC football website.  Here's why – idiots are on the loose, and some tit called Tomkins is in their sights. http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A48119439 Watch out on the official Liverpool website for Rafa's official mascot/cheerleader, Paul Tomkins, whittle on about stats, Man Ure, zonal marking and a bit [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on March 1st, 2009

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    Why Have the Reds Collapsed?

    So why has it all gone wrong in the Premiership, after the best start in donkey’s years? I’ve tried to think of all the reasons I see as valid. Some fans will see a number of these as excuses, but for me it’s the context: the extenuating circumstances, the unique difficulties, and in some cases, [...]