Author: Simon Blank

Liverpool FC: Fortune Favouring The Brave?

“You’re attitude needs to improve, okay?…You say to me ‘steady’ again and you’ll be on the first plane home.” It was a warning shot to the Liverpool youngsters and in to particular one young man. These were the words uttered by Brendan Rodgers at the end of training session during Liverpool’s pre-season tour in America. As Rodgers gathered Liverpool’s younger generation in a circle and told them that they were ‘fortunate’ to be here, a cheeky seventeen year old had underestimated Liverpool’s new boss. Raheem Sterling had made a smart-aleck comment, intending perhaps to impress his team-mates but it...

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The ‘New Liverpool’?

Sometimes in the football world, new phrases are coined, new ideas are propagated that at the time sound good; provide optimism and convince eternal pessimists that things aren’t so bad after all. The problem with these labels are that they can come back to haunt you. So to all those who bought into the ‘New Liverpool’ tag that has been circulating on various websites, forums, television panel shows and radio phone ins, don’t worry, you’re half right. A lot of people may be forgiven for tittering at such a potentially nauseating tag but this is a new Liverpool, a...

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Kenny Dalglish Sacked By Liverpool

The circus never stops performing at Liverpool Football Club. Just 16 months after Kenny Dalglish was professed as the saviour for Liverpool’s turmoil, he as been removed from his position by Liverpool owners John Henry and Tom Werner. The rumours started to circulate yesterday that Dalglish had either walked away or had been pushed by Fenway Sports Group but it looked as though he had survived for another season last night as he arrived home from Boston after talks with the owners regarding the season that has just ended and plans for the future. The club refused to comment...

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Liverpool Football Club: End of Season Review

As the end of another season draws to a close, for Liverpool fans it’s time to forget much of what they’ve been subjected to over the last 10 months. It would be unfair however to label the season as a complete and utter disaster. There has been a cup won, albeit the Carling Cup – a trophy much disparaged in the modern day game. The F.A. Cup final was reached and there were some big victories along the way over Manchester United and Everton, but it wasn’t to be. Liverpool go into their final game of the season on...

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A League Of Their Own: Television Review.

A League Of Their Own is back on Sky one for its fifth season and already there has been an excess of excitement in the studio. The popular irreverent sports quiz show has so far welcomed football stars Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch to join the regular trio of ex-footballer and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, comedian John Bishop and former England cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff as well as the shows host James Cordon, for a glut of thrills, spills and amusement. In the opening episode of the series, Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard faced the ‘Stevie-G Force’ challenge in which he had to fire a ball at a target with as much power as possible, and then it was Jamie Redknapp’s turn to fire the ball, only this time towards the backside of comedian Jack Whitehall as part of his ‘initiation’ into the role of the new blue team member as he replaces Georgie Thompson who will be fulfilling her new role as Sky Sports’ Formula One coverage. In the second episode, Peter Crouch demonstrated why he is one of the rare footballers with personality as he performed the renowned robot dance for a delighted studio audience and even went one step further, grabbing the microphone to sing The Jackson Five hit, Blame it on the Boogie, complete with dance moves and a modulation of notes Simon Cowell would...

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