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Posted on 12. Jun, 2011 by RW Hegarty.
How times have changed. Over the last couple of years, Liverpool’s transfer budget seemed increasingly restricted to bargain basement buys funded by selling our best players. Out went Alonso and Mascherano, in came the likes of Ngog, Maxi, Cole, Jovanovic and Kyrgiakos, all costing less than £2m if there was a fee at all. Anyone [...]
Posted on 18. May, 2011 by RW Hegarty.
Terry Venables once said that the trouble with England fans is they either think they’re the best team in the world or think they’re the worst, whereas the truth is somewhere in between. Those words could equally apply to a number of modern Liverpool fans. The astonishing knee-jerk reactions to every result – admittedly more [...]
Posted on 09. Apr, 2011 by RW Hegarty.
Steven Gerrard is out for the season after playing only 24 games. Kenny Dalglish refuses to speculate on his long term future, saying only that Liverpool do not know what the problem is. Could the career of one of the club’s greatest ever players be about to come to a premature end? Clearly, we hope [...]
Posted on 04. Apr, 2011 by RW Hegarty.
Daniel Agger’s exit through injury at the Hawthorns has re-ignited debate among Liverpool fans about his value to the club. Few dispute his ability, but some see his injury prone record as a glaring weakness which makes defensive stability impossible. Sell him, they say, and get someone more reliable. They have to be kidding. Daniel [...]
Posted on 12. Mar, 2011 by RW Hegarty.
Two steps forward, one step back. It seems every convincing win in a big game at the moment is followed by disappointment. The 1-0 triumph at Chelsea seemed to underline the team’s recent improvement under Kenny Dalglish to such an extent that unlikely Champions League aspirations were whispered, only for a series of underwhelming performances [...]
Posted on 23. Feb, 2011 by RW Hegarty.
We have won more games this season when Jamie Carragher has not played than when he has. Martin Skrtel has won more tackles and completed more successful passes than any other Liverpool defender and won more headers than Kyrgiakos. And Glen Johnson has made more successful tackles than Martin Kelly. Three somewhat surprising statistics from [...]
Posted on 08. Feb, 2011 by RW Hegarty.
Rarely has a victory been sweeter. A player idolised by the Kop and who seemed to embody our values didn’t just leave, he did so for a club that is the antithesis of all we stand for. He went following a deadline-busting transfer request that threw our plans into chaos just as we seemed to [...]
Posted on 25. Jan, 2011 by RW Hegarty.
Roy Hodgson describes his approach to coaching as “a form of brainwashing”. Players need to un-learn all their previous habits and adopt the Hodgson way. We saw much dubious evidence of Liverpool players un-learning their best habits under him, standing off when they would have pressed, hitting long balls when they could have played it short, [...]