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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Own Goal? Who Cares, Isn't It About Time Liverpool Had A Date With Lady Luck?

Ohhhh pants...

Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Fulham last night has sent the Reds into the dizzying heights of 7th place. It wasn't a perfect performance and a few nervy moments towards the end of the 90minutes nearly saw Liverpool lose their lead. Strong heads from the likes of Pepe Reina and Meireles though meant Liverpool could celebrate a second win under Kenny Dalglish.

After Lucas apparently was unfit, Christian Poulsen kept his place in the starting line up even with the reintroduction of Steven Gerrard. The rest of the side was the same put out against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The first half for Liverpool indicated that Fulham were going to be harder to break down than Wolves at the weekend. Although the Reds were taking their chances; mainly via Fernando Torres, the likes of Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele were causing problems regularly for the defence and Pepe Reina.

Steven Gerrard had a decent first 45minutes even with his three games out he looked pretty fresh. His partner in midfield Raul Meireles was again lively and perhaps by the end of the 90minutes worthy of man of the match once again.

It took Liverpool until just after the 50minute mark to get on the score sheet... Well... To let Fulham get them on the score sheet but we started it so there.

Ok, so in a childish manner i literally couldn't give a toss it was an own goal and what a funny own goal it was, poor old Pantsil... Why'd he even bother? Point was the Reds had finally tasted a bit of luck. Weighing it up with a poor offside decision you have to say it balanced out quite nicely. Although Fulham possibly did deserve something out of the game.

Shelvey and Aurelio made appearances as the second half went on but Liverpool never really managed to take a full hold of the game. Thankfully a very close Hangeland effort didn't find it's way in towards the end and Dalglish's boys could boast of another clean sheet and another 3 points.

With Stoke up next at Anfield it would be a massive bonus to get another three points out of Pulis's side. An away trip to Chelsea after this even with their own problems performance wise, it could be a bump in the road for a progressing Liverpool side.

Nevertheless, isn't it nice to have some positives to focus on for once?

A steal in the transfer window wouldn't go a miss though!

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Fulham Travel To Anfield

Can Torres continue his run of goals?...

Well, Roy Hodgson never got to face his old side Fulham in charge of Liverpool FC... (thank god) and so it's Kenny's turn to attempt to add another win to his sides superb 3-0 victory at Molineux last weekend.

Fulham have hit a run of form recently after beating Stoke City, West Brom and also drawing with Wigan Athletic in their last three matches. Ok, there's more formidable oppositions within the Premier League but some steady results and goals mean they will have some confidence heading into this fixture at Anfield.

Clint Dempsey has been on fire of late scoring three goals in his last three Premier League matches. Personal opinion means i for one will be most weary of him tomorrow.

Fulham do have quite an extensive injury list with Briggs, Zamora and Senderos all out injured and Schwarzer out on international duty. Etuhu and Hughes are also doubts after picking up hamstring injuries at the weekend.

Liverpool are still without Jamie Carragher but his return is getting closer and closer. There are no other real injury worries and of course captain Steven Gerrard will be back after serving his three match ban.

Liverpool's recent performances even if only one result has backed them up, imply that tomorrow's game should be one with more of an attacking flare. The defence against Wolves looked a lot stronger and there were minimal mistakes so i assume the partnership of Agger and Skrtel will be reused once again.

After Fernando Torres scored twice at Molineux, he will no doubt be on the lurch to continue his goalscoring run, with Gerrard now an addition to the on form Raul Meireles tomorrow, well Torres should not be without a good supply.

As the transfer window edges closer to closing, Ryan Babel is making an exit for Hoffenheim, will we see the addition of a certain Suarez? I just don't know, but here's hoping a win tomorrow night and a new addition to the side in the next week or so add even more positives for us Liverpool fans.

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Sunday, 23 January 2011

The Redmen - Independent Liverpool FC Show

If you haven't seen or heard about this You Tube phenomenon yet then where on earth have you been???

Paul Machin and Chris Pajak plus a team of dedicated people bring to you the uncensored views of Liverpool fans from across the globe. It's by the fans, for the fans and that's what makes it so special.

With regular features every week this time out we have the fans reactions to the 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. You can find a little snippet of my thoughts on the game there and even some dancing from Antoine Zammit of @empireofthekop along with summaries from a bunch of other Liverpool supporters.



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Pass And Move It's The Liverpool Groove


My view yesterday from the Billy Wright stand (i was sat with the Wolves lot)...

Ok so the song was bloody awful "they talk dead funny but they play dead great" but the meaning of the song, the passing and moving style of Liverpool Football Club, well it's what we all love. Yesterday the lads in Red proved that it wasn't unrealistic to go back to those days, with King Kenny in the dugout it truly felt like we'd rolled back the clocks.

The starting eleven did raise some questions from most fans before kick off, namely for the inclusion of scapegoat Christian Poulsen. I'm not going to lie, i myself have been one to highly criticize the midfielder and it was no different yesterday after seeing him on the team sheet. My natural reaction was "oh god" however, to be fair to the bloke, he totally shut my mouth after his stint.

Wolves set up in a 4-4-2 style with Fletcher and Doyle leading the eleven. Hennessey was in goal for the side in gold and black and captain Karl Henry was reintroduced.

In case any of you still don't know by now, i may as well quickly explain my reasons for sitting in with the Wolves fans. I live in Wolverhampton and work for a betting company in the Molineux boardroom, because i work there, once I've cashed up and stuff I'm allowed to go and find a seat to watch the match. It's harder to muscle your way in with the away fans so i settled for the family section in the Billy Wright.

Saw Christian Purslow and Suso too whilst in the boardroom and a couple of the other youths but didn't catch their faces so i have no idea who they were haha. Capello was there too but I've seen him loads now, getting bored of him!

Anyways back to the game. I missed the first 10minutes or so but thankfully i didn't miss anything of note. The lads started steadily and it was easy to note that Dalglish had set them up to attack. Away from home lately, especially under Roy Hodgson, it was a drab display every week for the travelling fans but this time would be different.

As everyone has surely already noticed, Fernando Torres is back to his old self. His few games under new management seem to have sparked something and the fear he instills into the oppositions defence is well and truly back.

Liverpool's number 9 got the Reds off the mark just after 30minutes. With several attempts beforehand either going just wide or being blocked, it was only a matter of time before the Spaniard punished the sloppy Wolves defence.

A controversial moment has spurred since Torres slipped in his chance from a Meireles assist after Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys were heard criticizing the female linesman and going as far to say that somebody should go and explain the offside rule to her. Hilariously though, the official got the last laugh after a superb decision due to Zubar playing Meireles onside.

A disgrace to say the least i feel but i also had several fans sitting in my vicinity saying the same thing. It was only after one of my work colleagues who was sitting near me rang his brother to ask if it was offside (to which he replied no) that everyone bit their lips. I found it appropriate at this point to say "Now what do you think of female officials?!" Some people laughed, others just kept quiet, either way i felt smug.

Another moment to take note of was the cheeky little dig from Fernando Torres after scoring Liverpool's first. The number 9 jogged up to Richard Stearman and gave him the ball. So simple but so gutting for the Wolves defender to take, they had been having spats throughout the game and it looks like Torres got the last laugh.

Wolves' only real effort came just before half time when a close range attempt in a packed penalty area was saved by Pepe Reina. Other than this, Liverpool didn't really have very much to deal with, Mick McCarthy's side were a shadow of the team they were at Anfield, and attacking wise, they were very poor.

Lucasade...
Lucas grabs a refreshment at half time...

After a strong first 45 minutes from Liverpool it only took them 10 minutes in the second half to get themselves another goal. Raul Meireles who had been on fire from kick off delivered an absolute peach. After Kuyt battled for the header the ball splayed out to the number four who hit the ball first time on the volley, his effort dipped as it travelled and Hennessy had no chance. Gets better each time you watch it and I'm so glad i got to see it live!

By now Liverpool were running rings around Wolverhampton Wanderers, even though our second goal was by no means due to a defensive fault, McCarthy's back four did look somewhat unsteady. 

At 70 minutes Wolves introduced new signing and ex Liverpool player Adam Hammill. He replaced the ineffective Stephen Hunt. An immediate impact from the 22 year old after some fantastic balls into the box gave Wolves some attacking options.

Liverpool replaced Poulsen with Shelvey and Maxi with Aurelio in the run up to 80 minutes. To be quite honest i think we could have continued without making any substitutions but it was good to see Dalglish add some fresh legs into the game.

The three points were safely intact but just to be sure Fernando Torres decided to settle the deal with a second goal. In a build up which saw 31 completed passes before it even reached the Spaniard i think that must be credited. A superb display whether it was Barcelona or Barnsley I'm sure you'll agree and yet another point proving that pass and move is an ideology that works, it's not old fashioned, it's just good football.

Torres finished with another close range effort eventually when he finally received the ball after all that passing. 

A clean sheet, three goals, no real defensive mishaps, an actual good display from Poulsen, all this without Gerrard or Carragher and done almost effortlessly. We made Wolves' 1-0 win at Anfield look pathetic and i for one am so glad because it was my turn to gloat to the Wolves supporting fella! He thought it was funny to make a one and a zero with his hands but he didn't like receiving a three and a zero from my hands in a picture message! Haha.

Here's a short video i took (sound quality ain't great) from the fans singing You'll Never Walk Alone at the end. The banners (white sheets) you can see in the video when i move towards the right of the stand were in memory of Joey Cummins, a massive Liverpool fan who was tragically murdered in the city earlier in the week.


I've only been able to go to see Liverpool on three occasions due to money, fixture clashes with work and difficulty getting to games etc but this game is easily the best so far. Nothing will ever take the magic from watching my first match at Anfield (see here) but performance wise, this game tops it, sitting with the Wolves fans was a minor set back to see this.

Up next is Fulham at home, here's hoping that yesterday's win was the first of many to come!

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Friday, 21 January 2011

Dalglish Takes Reds To Molineux In Search Of First Win

Wolves celebrate after scoring the winner at Anfield...

It's the big one for me tomorrow! It's the one day each season i am guaranteed to see the lads play because i work at Molineux, might have to sit in with the Wolves fans but i can't complain! Super excited because i haven't seen Torres play before so well up for that, also hoping to see Carragher and Gerrard go through the boardroom. Literally bubbling with anticipation here!

For everyone else of course the main point of tomorrow is to finally get King Kenny off the mark and earn a well needed 3 points. How can we forget Wolves beating us fair and square at Anfield? I'm sure they will be confident coming into this fixture.

New signing Adam Hammill could also feature in McCarthy's line up tomorrow, no doubt the ex Liverpool man will relish the chance to face the Reds.

Wolves are without George Elokobi who got a red card for being knocked unconscious recently haha. Doubtful is Edwards who has a hamstring problem whilst out injured are Michael Kightly, Sylvan Ebanks Blake, Guedioura and Mancienne. After a long period out however influential Karl Henry is now back in action.

For Liverpool surprisingly for once, there is no actual "list" of injuries just simply one man - Jamie Carragher and captain Steven Gerrard is on his last game of a three match ban.

Although Liverpool's results haven't changed much since the defeat at Anfield at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers last month, it's safe to say the performances have.

Watching us last month, it was quite clearly one of the worst displays i've ever seen us put on. The chances were sparse and Torres looked lost. This time out however we can guarantee a more attacking style of football and definitely a more lively Fernando Torres.

The defence is the area i am worried about and their ability to keep out the partnership of Doyle and Fletcher who McCarthy will probably start. Skrtel has been so disappointing of late and although we can bank on Kyrgiakos to win every aerial battle and supply some strength/experience it doesn't hide the fact that he's lacking pace and can be turned or slipped with a quick trick quite easily. Here's hoping some work on the training ground has paid off though.

I'll try and get some decent snaps tomorrow and put them up in the match report. I have a digital camera now so they should be better quality than the ones i took with my phone last year. Probably end up sitting in the Billy Wright which is just behind the dugouts so hopefully be able to get a decent snap of the King.

I'm hoping i can walk out of Molineux with a grin on my face tomorrow so fingers crossed folks!

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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Special In Depth Wolves Preview

Right folks, i don't know if many of you use the forums on www.redandwhitekop.com but i do and usually have a right laugh flipping through the posts & pictures, anyways, they do a special feature before each game called "Spyin' Kop".

Basically what happens, a member of the forum offers to volunteer to do the preview, they email a website with opposition fans or ask some fans of the opposition that they already know to answer some generic questions (you can also add your own questions as i did) and then it gives the Liverpool fans a nice insight into how the opposition are feeling in the run up to kick off, who they might field, which Liverpool player they are fearing etc etc.

Without further interuption, here is my attempt, i'll also be doing a regular little match preview probably on Friday but for now... Enjoy!

So after the embarrassing 90minutes endured against Wolves at Anfield last month i think it’s safe to say no Reds are going to want a repeat performance. Anfield was supposed to be our confidence booster but we suffered terribly.

So on our trip to Molineux after a run of (L/W/L/L/D) how are we rating our chances?

Wolves are still struggling, hovering around the bottom section of the table but some encouraging performances of late, namely the win over Chelsea and pushing Man City to the wire mean that they will have some faith ready for facing the Reds again in quick succession after their historic victory at Anfield.

Liverpool currently lie in 13th with 26points whereas Wolves are in 19th on 21 points.

I asked Thomas B, Louie S & Rich G all members of Wolves Blog what they thought in the run up to the game...


How has the season been shaping up so far?

TB: Pretty much as expected for me. There was a lot of talk from some fans about us 'establishing ourselves' and not being involved in the relegation scrap, but I always thought that was ambitious. However, we did spend a lot of money in the summer so there is some disappointment that we've been in and around the bottom three pretty much all season.

LS: We've had some high and some real lows, we haven't really found any consistency yet which I'm confident we will. It started with us being accused of dirty tactics, but people are now starting to praise us for good attacking football. It's been a weird one!

RG: It’s been a strange one, but ultimately disappointing. Despite wins over Chelsea, Liverpool – two of the greatest results in my time as a fan - and also wins against top six sides Manchester City and Sunderland, we have not been able to beat the sides around us which is costing us dear. West Ham have taken four points off us, Wigan six! A rollercoaster ride would about sum it up.

What are your expectations now for this season? Have they changed from day one?

TB: Survival is all that matters and that's been my only expectation all season. If we achieve that, all fans will be fairly satisfied. Of course a win over Albion wouldn't go a miss either. It's been far too long since we overcame our fiercest rivals.

LS: Not much. At the beginning I was confident we could improve on last season' 15th place, anything could happen but I would be glad and pleased with another 15th place.

RG: They have. I honestly expected us to be fine this season and progress from last year, finishing somewhere just below mid-table, but it’s been a struggle all the way along. I honestly don’t know what to expect now. We could easily be playing Championship football next season, yet we could just as conceivably survive.


Who do you think is your most important player(s)?

TB: It's hard to single out one player because, without wanting to sound corny, Wolves are very much a team. Of course players like Jarvis, Milijas and Doyle all bring important qualities to our side, but nearly every member of the squad tends to chip in when we really need it. Take Stephen Ward for example, a player highly criticised by many Wolves supporters, yet he put in a man-of-the-match performance in a home win over Birmingham and then went on to bag the winner at Anfield. We get important contributions from everyone and it's vital for any success we have. 

LS: He hasn't been noticed as much as Jarvis or Doyle but since he came back into the team Nenad Milijas has been fantastic. Liverpool fans should have noticed him though, as he was our best player in our game last month. I was gutted when Matty Jarvis wasn't selected in one of the England squads, he was on fire last season and Kevin Doyle has now returned from injury and should give us a boost.

RG: Matt Jarvis has shone as the star player, but we’re more of a unit. The sum of our parts is greater than the whole as the saying goes. Nenad Milijas has been impressive, forcing his way back into the team and Stephen Hunt has made a good impression and is fast becoming a fans’ favourite.


Your worst player(s)?

TB: I wouldn't like to name a worst player. I honestly feel confident, whatever eleven Mick McCarthy puts out, we'll give a decent account of ourselves. And in 20-odd years of supporting Wolves, I've never been able to say that. There's not always a great deal of quality, but the effort is always there, which always makes it harder to knock any of the players. However, if you asked the majority of supporters, I suspect they'd say Stephen Ward.

LS: Our weak spot has always been left back, George Elokobi has played well there recently but is suspended. Stephen Ward, who played up front and scored the winner against you will play left back. Neither are particularly bad players though. I'm happy with our squad, and there aren't really any players I want us to get rid of.

RG: I never like to single out my own players but Stephen Ward has come in for a massive amount of stick from a lot of Wolves fans. It is perhaps a bit unfair, because he ‘puts a shift in’ as Mick would say, even if he lacks the quality, and that’s why he’s pretty much first name on the team sheet.

Do you have a particular memory of any previous meeting between our clubs? If so what is your favourite moment?

TB: One recent triumph springs to mind! Has to be that post-Christmas victory at Anfield I think. I never thought I'd see the day Wolves beat Liverpool on their own ground, but that's exactly what happened and deservedly so too. We desperately needed the points having lost at home to Wigan on Boxing Day, so it made victory taste all the sweeter. A lot was made of how poor Liverpool were that day, but I thought Wolves were excellent and Mick McCarthy got his tactics spot on.

LS: In my lifetime is it easily our win at Anfield last month! Then there are the draws last year and in 2004.

RG: Funny you should say that! That meeting last month is pretty fresh in the memory, and will live there long. A truly wonderful performance and brilliant result. There have not been many meetings in my life time, and other than that meeting the only good memory I have is a last minute Kenny Miller equaliser in 2004.


Any young up and coming players in the squad that we might not know about?

TB: We've got quite a young-squad in general but in terms of players you might not have heard of, perhaps keep an eye out for winger Geoffrey Mujangi-Bia. We've taken him on a season-long loan, but he's hardly featured up to now. However, he came on against City last weekend and looked quite sharp so perhaps his time is coming. I should imagine he'll be on the bench Saturday, but could make an appearance.

LS: Our young winger on loan from Charleroi, Geoffrey Mujangi-Bia came on at City and tore them to bits, that was his first appearance of the season. He's quick and skillful, though I don't expect him to start this Saurday. We may still have a couple of youngsters on the bench due to injuries, so the likes of Danny Batth (centre back), Matt Doherty (right back) and David Davis (centre mid) may need to be ready in case of an emergency.

RG: In short, no. Youth rarely gets a chance these days at Molineux, but if they’re not good enough, then you can’t throw them in. That being said, we do have Zele Ismail in our ranks, once dubbed ‘the first £100 million player’, so maybe he’s one to look out for and we have signed Leigh Griffiths from Dundee as one for the future.


What sort of line-up will Mick McCarthy put out against us?

TB: It'll be 4-4-2, but the personnel will be different to the side that won at Anfield. Doyle and Fletcher will almost certainly play up front instead of Ebanks-Blake and Ward. Those are our two record signings so hopefully they'll be able to get at the Liverpool defence. Fletcher is long overdue a good performance, but he's capable of brilliance on his day.

LS: One with a game plan. We are starting to come somewhere close to our strongest eleven. Our captain Karl Henry should be back, he's an important player for us. We will probably go with two up front and two wingers so it could be an open game.

RG: I expect him to go 4-4-2, hopefully the same side that gave Man City a scare on Saturday. Karl Henry may return from injury, we’ve missed him.

Do you have any favourite/best chant(s) and perhaps any that require an explanation?

TB: There's a few flying around. For Nenad Milijas there's the Vidic chant ending in 'He comes from Serbia, he'll f*****g murder ya' With the same tune used for local-lad Karl Henry ending with 'He comes from Ashmore Park, he'll rob you in the dark'

LS: I don't get to many games but I went to the recent ones against Chelsea and West Ham where the crowds sang 'sit down, shut up, in a cockney accent, I thought that was quite funny. I presume most teams sing that though. If you don't understand the 'Ebanks-Blake is Wanderers number nine' song it's because he hit a bouncer and was charged for it.

RG: Obviously, there’s the classics, ‘Those were the days’ and ‘Wanderers Scarf’ and it’s always nice to hear a bit of ‘Stevie Bull’s a tatter’ when it’s dusted off now and then (usually against Albion or on away days). At the moment, the Milijas chant’s a pretty good one. ‘Milijas, woah, he comes from Serbia, he’ll f***in murder ya!’

Where do you expect Wolves and Liverpool to finish in the Premier League?

TB: Wolves just outside the bottom three I hope. 17th will do for me. Liverpool is a tough one. I expect improvement but I've been saying that for a long time. I reckon mid-table. 10th.

LS: Wolves, 14th. Liverpool, 9th. 

RG: As mentioned above I really don’t know with us, anywhere between 16th and bottom. With Liverpool, I expect them to pick up plenty of points at Anfield, but not many away. King Kenny might see some improvement. I’ll say 10th.

Which Liverpool player will you fear the most?

TB: Got to be Torres. I'm positive he'll start turning up for games again this season and if he's firing on the day, we're in trouble. A truly world class striker. Hasn't looked bothered this year for some reason.

LS: Even out of form, Torres is someone I will always worry about. Kuyt is another too, as he just keeps trying.

RG: Well, with Stevie Gerrard suspended, the only player I fear is Fernando Torres. He looked back ‘at it’ again against Everton, despite not scoring, he was back in the thick of the action. And with Torres, he only needs one chance.

With Kevin Foley unavailable how big of an effect do you think this will have on your chances?

TB: He's done a good job anchoring the midfield in Karl Henry's absence and is a useful player to have around. Let's not forget he's a full-back by trade but his versatility makes him a vital squad player for us. However, we've got Henry back now as well as David Jones and Nenad Milijas, so there are options for Mick McCarthy in midfield. Put it this way, if we lose, I doubt anyone will be saying 'if only we'd had Foley'.

LS: He's our Mr.Consistent and is a great footballer, but he won't be missed hugely. He has performed well in centre midfield but that's not his natural position and Karl Henry will come in for him.

RG: Strangely, a positive one in my opinion. Now, Kevin Foley is a fine footballer and has been a consistent performer since joining the club, but he’s better deployed in his natural position at right-back (where Ronnie Zubar is currently keeping out with some brilliant performances), rather than central midfield. His absence allows for a more attacking midfield.

Matt Jarvis has been talked up a lot recently and almost managed to get himself a place in the England squad in the latter half of last year.  Are you pleased one of your most talented players is finally getting the recognition he deserves?

TB: Well, he hasn't had an England call-up yet so I'd argue he probably isn't getting the recognition he deserves. The fact of the matter is, he's an exceptionally quick winger who I think offers something different to the likes of Lennon, Young, Walcott, etc. He operates best down the left and dribbles with the ball on his back foot, making it incredibly difficult to dispossess him. He's not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination and for me lacks a killer instinct, particularly when shooting, which is a weak part of his game. But he should be given a chance at international level. He's more than capable.

LS: As I said before, I was gutted he didn't make the England squad and I thought it was a bit of a joke. His form hasn't been as good since, but he has been injured too. He fully deserves the praise and recognition, being linked with Liverpool and Everton shows he's doing well. (But no way will you get him for the £4m I heard he was valued at)

RG: Obviously it’s pleasing, no Wolves player has played for England since Bully. I do feel he might have missed the boat though after missing out in the friendly against France. If Capello was going to give him a chance, I think it would have been then. But it is great to finally here some recognition for Jarvo. Let’s just hope the vultures stay away.

Mick McCarthy is a massive character and appears to be what we here at Liverpool refer to as a “fan-splitter” (Rafael Benitez being the key example.) What are your thoughts on your boss?

TB: I can't say a bad word about Mick. Yes, he often infuriates me with his tactics and team selections, but what manager doesn't? He took over when the club was in disarray, rebuilt the team, took us up to the Premier League as champions and has so far done a solid enough job of keeping us there. Victories over the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs were things we could only dream of a few years back and now we almost expect them. That's credit for the job he's done. In terms of his personality, I actually like the fact that he doesn't just come out and give mundane, boring interviews. He's great to watch and is obviously well respected within the game.

LS: I love him for what he has done for this club, and believe he can make us into a big club once again. There are others, that think this is as far as he can take us. I'd keep him at the club just for his interviews though!

RG: Ah, the $64million question. Mick McCarthy has done a superb job since day one, but fans have started to question whether he can manage at this level. He can be stubborn at times, and isn’t the greatest in the transfer market. Where fellow West Midlands strugglers West Brom and Birmingham are targeting the likes of Bentley, Keane and Carew, we seem only to look to the Championship and Scotland. But I would stick with him, I still think he can keep us up.

Speaking of managers what were your thoughts on Roy Hodgson and his start to the season with Liverpool? And do you feel the Dalglish factor adds a new threat for Wolves this time out?

TB: I don't want to offend anyone here, but I thought the treatment of Hodgson was abysmal. He inherited a very average side and was given little time or money to improve it. Wholesale changes are needed if you want to get back to the very top and Rome wasn't built in a day. Obviously, results were poor. Even with the squad you have available, you should be occupying a position in the top-half so I can understand fans frustration. I just think Roy should have been given more time. With Dalglish in charge, there's obviously the threat he'll get the players motivated better than Hodgson was able to, which would see an upturn in your results. However, I don't for one second believe Dalglish is a superior coach to Hodgson so I wouldn't expect a drastic improvement in the short term.

LS: It's given the club a lift, but I 'm not sure it has had that much of an effect on the performances. You are playing slightly better though, but not as much as some Liverpool fans may make out.

RG: It’s a difficult one. Hodgson never really had a chance. He took over a poor side in my opinion on the back of a poor season last year, and he didn’t get the chance to shape his side the way he’d have liked. But on the flip side, he didn’t help himself with his post-match comments and negative approach away from home. It quite simply wasn’t working. The return of King Kenny will add something, but that didn’t stop Blackpool beating them last week, so I remain confident.

The match at Anfield was a sorry affair for Liverpool fans but as Wolves supporters you must have been elated with how well your boys played? What were your expectations before kick off and did the team meet them?

TB: I thought we'd play well, give a good account of ourselves but ultimately lose. That was pretty much the pattern for all away fixtures up to that point, so it was fantastic to get the win. Despite Liverpool's predicament, your record at Anfield remains impressive, so victory was a huge achievement. Elation doesn't come close to how good I felt at full-time.

LS: I wasn't expecting anything, in fact I feared a beating after your recent home results. But we put in a great hard-working performance and got the points we deserved.

RG: There weren’t any expectations before kick-off really, just hope that you go into every game with. But the boys did us proud that night. A superb performance, shackling Liverpool’s attacking chances to a bare minimum. One of the greatest nights as a Wolves fan.

If you had a £10 free bet ,who would you have a punt on for first goalscorer?

TB: Kevin Doyle. Only has 2 goals so far this season in the league and he's a far better player than that.

LS: Kevin Doyle. Got a goal at Man City, and is fit and back to his superhuman best. Then again, you do have Torres.

RG: Could be anyone really... Stephen Hunt.

Wolves are a side rich in history and original founder members of the football league, do you see a point in the near future where you can begin to go back to the glory days?

TB: Probably not. The top five have resources we simply can't compete with so unless something drastic happens, it'll be near-impossible to challenge for honours. A cup win isn't out of the question though, particularly with the big boys seemingly less and less interested in them every year. However, we've got an ambitious owner, plans for a redevelopment of Molineux (which could start at the end of the season) and supposedly a bit of cash in the bank to improve the squad. I reckon if we stay up this season, the next couple of years could be successful ones for us.

LS: Yes, but not for a while. The 3 Ms (McCarthy, Morgan, Moxey), are all building the club slowly and in the right way. We have a strict wage structure, and some good young honest players who will never give up. if we can stay up this year, we will start to establish ourselves.

RG: Well that was supposed to be now under Steve Morgan. A steady progression complete with a new 50,000 capacity stadium. Relegation would well and truly throw those plans into disarray. The next four months are the most vital in Wolves’ recent history in getting back to those glory days, because if we did go down, I wouldn’t anticipate a quick return.

Score prediction?

TB: Given your away record, I'm hoping for a win, but it's got to turn sometime for Liverpool and I'm wary of that. I'll sit on the fence and say a draw. 1-1.

LS: I think it will be tight, and I could go either way but i'll go for a 2-1 win for Wolves. Doyle and Hunt for us, Torres late on for you.

RG: Our decent home form coupled with Liverpool’s atrocious away form... 1-0 Wolves.

And finally, if you were faced with a choice of a romping of Liverpool at Molineux or a 1-0 win over the Baggies at The Hawthorns, which one would you choose?

TB: A 1-0 win over Albion every single day of the week. Nothing could possibly be as good as that and I don't just mean in football.

LS: Now that is a tough question! I'm really not sure. I think I'll go for an away win at West Br*m, as it would not only be a derby win (we have a VERY poor derby record under Mick) but also a win in a six pointer over relegation rivals. Unless Liverpool count as that too...

RG: The easiest question; Hawthorns victory every day of the week. They don’t come along very often!

Top lads those three (one of which is me fella haha) and i’m sure you will all join me in thanking them for taking the time out to answer the set of questions and provide a top read.

Thanks again for the help, now roll on Saturday!

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Monday, 17 January 2011

Performances: Better, Results: Need Work


It was always going to be a special moment when King Kenny stepped out for his first game back at Anfield. The fact that it was against the Bluenoses too only added to the excitement of the occasion, as his sole footsteps gave him an echoed soundtrack whilst he made his way up the stairs and out the tunnel, the Anfield faithful were anticipating the arrival of the King.


An emphatic display of flags, chants, cheers, claps, waves and smiles made it clear how good it really can be for a manager at Liverpool Football Club. As one of the more moving versions of You'll Never Walk alone rang out around each of the four stands, despite Everton's best attempts at drowning it out, Dalglish appeared to have a tear in his eye.

Everybody was raring to go now, the fans, the manager and most certainly the players. The Merseyside derby was up and running.

A lively start from Liverpool caught me off guard if i'm honest, i knew Liverpool would be a more positive and attacking side under Dalglish but after getting stuck into a routine it's always nice to see the possession almost completely in the oppositions half for the best part of the first 45minutes.

Fernando Torres particularly shone with offside calls going against him, shots just over the bar and blocked attempts. One chance that stood out early on was when a weaving run from Torres led him into the box, an unfavoured angle saw him curve his effort but unfortunately hit the post. Some inspired movement and desire from the Spaniard though, he looks like he's truly back to his old self now.

Just before the half hour mark Liverpool got themselves onto the score sheet and deservedly so. A double save from Tim Howard after Dirk Kuyt's best efforts saw the ball splay out to Raul Meireles. With enough time to control the ball Meireles set himself up for the shot, a drill from just outside the box sent Liverpool ahead and started the party for the Red wearing fans in Anfield.

Everton fans and Tim Howard himself appeared utterly disgusted with their teams defensive efforts, regrettably for Liverpool, we would have some of our own defensive mishaps to compete with Everton's later in the game.

Several chances missed in the dying moments of the first half would cost Liverpool dearly, some saved efforts from the likes of Kuyt, Torres and Maxi meant Liverpool could have been 3 or even 4 nil up before the whistle. However at this stage, we looked strong, that 45minutes was the best i've seen us play in a long while, the result should have still been very much in our own hands.

A blow for Liverpool coming out second half saw Daniel Agger replaced with Sotirios Kyrgiakos. The Dane was apparently unwell and hadn't been eating properly for a few days. It's such a shame because Agger is different to Carra, Skrtel and Kyrgiakos, the pairing of himself and one of the other lads i feel adds a good balance of pace and experience although even with Kyrgiakos on i was still feeling confident.

Everton hadn't really been showing any signs of getting a goal. Some forward play from the likes of Baines was often wasted when the ball entered the danger zone, even the skillful Arteta appeared to be struggling to lift his side.

Of all the players to bring Everton level though, i wouldn't have picked Distin. A corner (which wasn't even a corner) was whipped into the area and met by the French defender. The Liverpool defence was quite literally a shambles, Martin Skrtel has completely lost the plot. I don't know what's happened and i certainly can't explain it, but for a player who used to be so reliable, it's baffling me how many mistakes he is now making.

It took just 6 more minutes for Everton to get their second and again no thanks to a poor defensive display from the Reds, an assist from Osman was allowed through to Jermaine Beckford who with a nice finish sent the away fans crazy.

The most annoying part of this goal (without falling back on excuses because to be quite honest i reckon Everton would have got themselves another goal at some point anyway) but Martin Kelly in the run up to the goal clearly suffered a head injury, his drop to the floor showed anyone watching that he'd taken a clash, still on the floor when the ball went to Osman and still on the floor when the ball reached Beckford, well why wasn't the play stopped? Forgive me for perhaps getting this wrong but last time i checked a referee is obliged to stop the game for ANY head injury or even suspected head injury. Thankfully Kelly was ok but it looked terrible from the replays.

With Liverpool now desperate to find their footing again after such an inspired first half, slowly but surely the pendulum was swinging in the favour of a Reds equalizer.

Some positive pressure eventually saw a ball in the area being chased down by Maxi Rodriguez. When Tim Howard brought down the number 17 it was a certain penalty. Phil Dowd points to the spot and a prepared Dirk Kuyt awaits the whistle.

A confident penalty from the grafter meant Liverpool had levelled up. With 20 minutes still left it was a dangerous time for both sides as both Red and Blue searched for a winner.

Jonjo Shelvey was brought on to shake things up a bit for Liverpool but even with some fresh legs on the field the lads couldn't find a winner. Thankfully neither could Everton and in the end a draw was perhaps the best result.

A hard fought game from both sides, some poor decisions no doubt but i think there are a lot of positives to take from this fixture.

I don't personally think under Hodgson we'd have got back into that game and although the defence clearly needs work i feel with Carragher to come back and some work on the training field that can be sorted. 1 point is better than none after all and although it's not 3 at least Everton can't boast of a double.

With Wolverhampton Wanderers up next it's an exciting time of the season for me because as you all know with me being skint 99% of the time i never get chance to see Liverpool play but because i work at the Molineux this Saturday i get my free ticket! Might have to sit in with the Wolves fans again but hey ho.

Didn't get to see Torres last time so really can't wait to see the Spaniard live! Also keeping my fingers crossed that Stevie and Carra come to watch the match because they'll have to come through the boardroom (where i work) to get to their seats and i shall try my utmost to get their autographs without getting sacked! Haha.

Special match preview too will be coming up in the next few days, have offered to do the "Spyin' Kop" feature for RAWK so will be using it within my match preview on here too. Stay tuned!

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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Nobody Wants More January Blues!

Never touched him.... *cough*
I say we just start the Greek to see off Fellaini...

Is this the moment when the Liverpool dream becomes unstuck from pause? Tomorrow we welcome Everton to Anfield, after they beat us at Goodison Park earlier in the season, it already adds a new sense of bitterness to the tie. Add to this of course Dalglish once again stepping out on the sidelines, well we know what a win could do here.

This could be the official start of the King's reign. His crown jewels need to perform though ; (no we're not talking trouser department) the players.

As Jamie Carragher talked about himself earlier today on the Soccer Saturday panel (wasn't he looking dashing in his suit and talking football sense instead of dribbling mispronounced players names like bloody Merson! Lmao) we've had three managers now throughout this tough period, it's time the players looked at themselves. I wholeheartedly agree.

Jamie Carragher of course even though he is back in training is still unavailable for the derby, so too is Steven Gerrard who is suspended for his second match. For Everton they are without Barkley who has a broken leg, Jagielka who has a hamstring problem and Cahill who is on international duty.

The Reds are currently sitting in 13th (i'm not superstitious but that number does give me the creeps when it comes to football) whilst Everton are just above us in 12th with a better goal difference.

The last time Everton won at Anfield was in the 99/00 season where they beat us on a slender 1-0. Of course the Toffees successfully turned us over earlier this season after Cahill and Arteta both converted.

This will be the third game into the second Dalglish era now and i hope that after some good performances even after losing that we can improve even more on this and get something out of tomorrows fixture.

Of course without the passionate influence of Carragher and Gerrard the lads need to realise and remember how important this game is. No doubt Kenny from the sidelines will make sure they get their arses into gear i just hope they actually graft and put in a respectable performance!

Now bring it on Moyes!

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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Torres Nets In Blackpool Defeat

Meanwhile, in Fernando Torres' head... "Just ignore Skrtel... If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all..."

Liverpool fell to defeat yesterday as Blackpool with their 2-1 victory completed a league double over the Reds. Perhaps at fault directly was the poor defensive display from Liverpool and a sloppy midfield who were clearly suffering without Steven Gerrard. Despite all of this i think it's important to note that not many of us realistically expected three points anyway, previous matches with or without Hodgson have proved changes needed to be made.

The difference is however, i feel comfortable and confident in giving that all important "time" to Kenny Dalglish whereas i feared for my life as a football fan when handing more weeks to Roy Hodgson.

My only real problems with Dalglish's chosen line up were firstly the starting of Poulsen but given the circumstances he didn't have too many choices for the centre of midfield but in all honesty i'd have preferred to see Meireles there and then maybe of sat Babel off Torres or something. The only other problem i thought was the starting of Glen at left back, again i would have just started Aurelio personally and kept Kelly where he was too.

It doesn't matter though because as Dalglish said post match he believes the mistakes made in last nights game can be sorted on the training pitch and i too believe that to be the suitable solution. Dalglish of course is only two games in and his first match was nothing to frown at.

The first positive for Liverpool was to see Fernando Torres get himself a goal, this season he appears to be having larger gaps between scoring, we know he can't always score all the time but we bloody love it when he does!

A superb ball from Martin Kelly set Torres up perfectly who with a run into the box fizzled a strong shot from a tight angle into the Blackpool net. We were only three minutes in and we'd already scored! Could it be too good to be true? ... Yes. It was.

Blackpool got their equalizer some 7minutes later courtesy of Gary Taylor-Fletcher, a poor pass from midfield was quickly intercepted and from here on in it was a Liverpool shambles. Skrtel was caught off guard and despite Agger's best efforts a clever dummy set the Blackpool player up to slip the ball past keeper Pepe Reina.

Blackpool on level par were now at their most dangerous, they never class themselves out of a game whether you're Manchester United or West Ham so when they found themselves level against Liverpool they were only increasing their confidence levels.

The Reds on the other hand appeared to be buckling, it's no secret that Liverpool have been lacking in confidence of late and missing that little bit of cockiness. Afterall, we are Liverpool FC we should be feared, not fancied to get beat, but of course we can't fall back on the club name anymore as the performances no longer back it up.

Point being that unfortunately at 1-1 Liverpool were quite literally bricking it, with no Carragher or Gerrard to inspire the lads the only other player for me who can add confidence is Pepe Reina but he had his work cut out preventing Blackpool from going in front, he had no time to help instruct the defence.

A Maradona style moment from Milan Jovanovic had Liverpool fans out their seats momentarily as the Serbian entered deep into the Blackpool box but the number 14 was booked for hand ball.

Half time was reached with neither side adding to their tally but it was certainly Blackpool who were looking more likely.

It took them until the 70minute mark but sure enough the Tangerines put themselves ahead with a goal from DJ Campbell. No he doesn't do Mathew Street on a Friday night! I just don't like calling him Dudley!

Yet again Liverpool should be disappointed with their defensive efforts, the amount of space Campbell had was ridiculous and the time he had to get his header in? Well if he'd of missed it would have been a travesty.

It wasn't a totally poor performance from Liverpool and i think importantly it's clear to see Torres already looks refreshed with the influence Dalglish has given him. The defence clearly needs work and perhaps the experience/instructions of Jamie Carragher back but Kenny can sort that one out i'm sure.

As for the midfield, i think they just had on of those days, in the worst kind of way possible.

Of course with Everton at the weekend this kind of display is extremely worrying but thankfully performances and form go out the window for the Merseyside derby, the lads will no doubt be up for an intense battle as always.

There is a slight problem though, i hear Howard Webb is refereeing...

Odds on Babel tweeting a picture of him post match in an Everton shirt? And perhaps a Fellani wig? Hahaha.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Dalglish's First Win?

The big Greek got the goal for Liverpool last time out...

Liverpool travel to Blackpool tomorrow for the rescheduled game after snow prevented it in the latter half of last year. A trip to the Las Vegas of England is perhaps a more exciting prospect now Kenny Dalglish is in charge but i think we all know this will be no walk in the park, after a great performance from Holloway's boys at Anfield they will surely fancy themselves again at home.

Injuries for Liverpool mean we are still without Jamie Carragher and both Joe Cole and Paul Konchesky are doubts. Blackpool are without Gilks, Martin, Harewood, Clarke and Basham whilst Carney is out on International duty. Grandin is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

Kyrgiakos scored Liverpool's only goal last time out in the 2-1 defeat. And it took the Reds nearly 60minutes to get one back against a confident Blackpool side.

Varney is a real talent for them and clearly one to watch, no wonder bids made for their star man have been rejected this week.

Ian Holloway has been making kind voices about Liverpool Football Club in his pre match interviews even going as far to say that "Fergie hasn't overcome LFC" of course we as Liverpool fans know this, nobody will ever be on par with Liverpool's traditions and fanbase, you just can't win that sort of stature.

After the defeat to Manchester United at the weekend but a promising performance, i feel a lot more confident now in our ability to win than i would have last week. I really hope Dalglish can notch his first win on the board because with Everton up next it will be a perfect springboard.

Steven Gerrard after receiving his red card will miss 3 games of course which will be hard to take but we've survived for a while without our captain before and we can sure as hell do it again.

Here's to a lovely day out in Blackpool for the travelling fans tomorrow and here's to Dalglish's first three points hopefully!

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Monday, 10 January 2011

Liverpool Out Of Cup, But Solidarity Shines Through

Can't help but smile! The King is back...

Liverpool bowed out of the FA Cup yesterday after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. In a strange sort of after match feeling though, for once, everything seems and feels ok. It's all down to seeing the legend that is Kenny Dalglish standing on the sidelines at Old Trafford yesterday.

The scoreline may not have quite turned back the clock but the performance, seeing Kenny and Fergie in the dugout, the fans, the "YNWA" rendition at the end... It all seemed like a different time.

As Dalglish himself said in a pre match interview, there is no point in everyone pulling in different directions, we all need to be together. As proved yesterday by the fans, the manager, the staff and the team, we were all one and i felt Dalglish just being there instantly instilled a new sense of solidarity.

For Dalglish's first team back in the hot seat he started Pepe Reina in goal. His back four already put smiles on many fans faces, Daniel Agger was reintroduced, Konchesky was dropped and in my opinion the better option Fabio Aurelio started. Martin Kelly was confidently chosen to replace Glen Johnson who was with his partner who was due to give birth and the fourth man was Martin Skrtel.

Midfield was made up of Maxi, Kuyt, Meireles and Lucas with Gerrard sitting off Fernando Torres up front. I was impressed with the immediate change too from Kenny from 4-4-2. As i've droned on about for weeks, although they are both good players, Torres and Ngog is a no go in my eyes.

Ferguson fielded a strong side, perhaps the only noticeable absentee being Wayne Rooney, but then again when was the last time he did anything of note anyway? Haha.

Before Liverpool fans even had chance to soak in the reality of Dalglish back on the sidelines in his rather large waterproof coat, Howard Webb had blown his whistle.

Without getting into a humongous debate, it wasn't a penalty. Daniel Agger's face said it all as Berbatov lay on the floor appealing to the linesman. Terrible.

Anyway, predictably, Manchester United netted the penalty courtesy of Ryan Giggs. Reina chose the right direction and almost got his fingertips to it but the pace was enough for United to celebrate.

Ok, we were down, but there were still more than 80minutes left. We were far from out of it yet.

Liverpool were already looking like a totally revamped side. Despite many of the same team players Hodgson started being on the field it was clear there was a twinkle in their eyes. Maybe it was because Manchester United were the opposition but i'd find it hard to find a Liverpool player who wouldn't be excited and want to show what they can do for Dalglish.

The passing was superb through midfield and to the wingers. Martin Kelly was fantastic not only in his defensive abilities (let's not forget he's actually a centre back) but also his threatening attacks deep into the oppositions half and his crosses whipped in.

I really hope this lad stays with us and doesn't get sent on loan. With Kenny at the helm i have faith he'll be a helpful aid in Kelly's transition into the first team on a regular basis. Real talent this guy.

Fernando Torres in the meantime, although unfortunately still looking ineffective he did appear more lively. A headed shot at goal and a blocked attempt in quick succession to me proved how much he likes his space as the sharp point of the Liverpool starting XI.

Reaching the half hour mark without any real threats for Reina to deal with was good going and Liverpool looked solid. However what followed would be a massive dent in Liverpool's hopes of getting back into the game.

Steven Gerrard with a questionable challenge, tackled Michael Carrick. I personally think the red card was harsh and thought the captain got some of the ball but perhaps (no more than perhaps) Howard Webb had a case. I thought a yellow would have sufficed but again, i'm not gonna go on and on about the refereeing abilities of Howard Webb, see Ryan Babel's TwitPic updates for that! Hahaha.

So with our influential captain now off the field, Liverpool with an hour to go would have to attack United with just ten men.

A very close effort from Jonny Evans smashing off the post meant that Liverpool had survived until half time, able to recoup i still felt we could be proud of our performance and i still felt we were still in with a chance here.

Second half and Liverpool were still looking the stronger side. United were playing more like they were 3goals up than hanging on a 1 nil lead. It was dangerous to say the least.

A block from Rio Ferdinand after a shot from Fernando Torres near to the hour mark sent hearts racing as Liverpool tried to find an equalizer.

Shortly followed by a double substitution i'd say it was perfect timing by the boss to shake things up. Meireles was poor and was replaced by Jonjo Shelvey and Maxi Rodriguez wasn't having one of his good days so was replaced by Ryan Babel.

Babel had an immediate effect after producing a threatening attack and also having a shot on goal just minutes after entering the field of play. He still frustrates me but fair play for his efforts yesterday.

The next notable moment is probably best explained by the info on the BBC's vidiprinter -

"68:43
Rafael Da Silva takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save. Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina. Rafael Da Silva takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. Ryan Giggs takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Jose Reina. Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina."

I'm sorry but that display of goalkeeping was arguably one of the best in the world let alone the league! Too often is this guy underrated, perhaps because he's playing in a below par Liverpool side at the moment but people need to wake up and smell the coffee. Van Der Sar and Petr Cech have nothing anymore on the star that is Pepe Reina. What a keeper!

Michael Owen entered the game just before 80minutes. I've never really voiced my full opinions on Michael Owen and his move to Manchester United, i suppose i'll get round to it one day but whatever you think/thought about him there is no way anyone could have taken him putting one past Reina. Thankfully, he didn't.

Shortly after Dalglish made his final substitution. Ngog replaced Fernando Torres. Although it's always hard to watch Torres when he's struggling, i am glad Kenny wasn't scared to take him off, just another point to prove no player is bigger than the team in Kenny's eyes. This mentality will bring out the best in Torres i feel and bring back that fighting spirit.

Despite some attempts from Ngog, Babel and Dirk Kuyt in the dying moments Liverpool couldn't quite cause an upset and make what would have been a memorable replay at Anfield.

As mentioned at the start though, this is not the end, this is the beginning, the start of something new.

Whether Dalglish stays for a longer period or just until the end of the season, i have faith in his ability to pull Liverpool in the right direction.


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Saturday, 8 January 2011

Roy Makes Way For The King


Photo quality is terrible but just went to fish this out my draw, it's my autograph from Kenny Dalglish when i met him in the Molineux boardroom last year! :)...

Liverpool Football Club today have parted ways with manager Roy Hodgson. In a move that was predicted to happen sooner rather than later it sees Roy leave on the back of just 7 wins out of 20games played in the league.

With the humiliating defeat to Merseyside rivals Everton, a home defeat to Blackpool and an embarrassing loss at home at the hands of bottom side in the league at the time - Wolverhampton Wanderers, well it was no surprise that Roy's time was coming to an end.

A highlight perhaps of some of his achievements are only really an unbeaten run in the early stages of the Europa League and a home victory over Chelsea. Fair play to Hodgson for his time here and i do wish him all the best because i'm not some sort of bitter fan who will do my utmost to continue a disliking for our ex manager. I wish Roy all the luck and hope he finds a more suitable role in the near future.

Roy Hodgson perhaps shouldn't shaft all the blame of course because we've all seen how poor some of the squad players have been this season however i do still think that some of these poor performances fall down to the fact that they weren't happy and didn't want to play for Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson's replacement is none other than the King himself, Mr Kenny Dalglish. I would be amazed if there is a fan out there who is totally against his appointment until the end of the season, of course people will have their niggling doubts and questions but the fact is, most if not all Reds would rather see us sink with a legend in charge who instructs attacking football and knows what the fans want, rather than being defensive with a distanced manager who appeared to have no idea what the fans wanted.

Critics and sceptics are already pulling up the example of Alan Shearer and Newcastle United, but quite simply this is defunct. Shearer had no experience whereas Kenny has bags. Perhaps a comparison to his old friend Kevin Keegan? But again i personally don't feel it's a valid example because without meaning to offend Mr Keegan, his level of management compared to Dalglish's in the game is below par.

Other people are saying that Dalglish's time out of the game will be detrimental and he'll be out of touch. I've always in any case of a manager or even a good player coming back into the game stood by the fact that this theory is utter rubbish. None more so i feel in the case of Kenny Dalglish.

You don't as a football manager come out of the game and suddenly stop caring or keeping up to date. Not to mention his reintroduction into the team of Liverpool staff recently, he's always been close to the club, at Anfield, at Melwood, he knows some of the local lads and players, he's got the knowledge and i have no doubt he can apply his plan of action on top of this to steady Liverpool until the end of the season.

With his first game being an away trip to Old Trafford in the FA Cup and him only having just over a day to prepare, well it would be a tough task for anyyone. Let's face it, we didn't realistically fancy our chances this time yesterday or even this time last week so we should remain in that mindset but i can't help but feel just the reemergence of a man that thrived off battering sides like Ferguson's and wiping their grins of their faces, will spur the lads and definitely the fans on.

The likes of Reina and Fernando Torres who have been here a while and done their duty in terms of learning about the history of the club will no doubt know who Kenny Dalglish is, i feel somebody like Torres who at the moment is struggling will most certainly benefit from the presence of a player who was rated in a poll by Four Four Two as the Greatest Ever British Striker, if that doesn't inspire the Spaniard to put one in the United net tomorrow nothing ever will.

All in all i think it's safe to say this is most definitely a move forward for Liverpool FC. Yes we may be playing it dangerously by literally chasing a dream and making this into a fairytale with a legend at the helm and new owners in place but i think after some horrible weeks and months for Liverpool fans it is time to smile and be optimistic...

Kenny, welcome back!

(Link to article i did here at The Liver Bird on Kenny Dalglish - here)

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