New Year’s Eve at Anfield had a genuine workday feel to it in some respects. A lot was made of the fact that the Premier League and beyond had scheduled an extensive day of football, when many people had parties, or nights out to get to. In reality, although it doesn’t happen too often, it […]Read more "Liverpool 1 Kenneth Branagh 0"
Sadio Mane made this game much harder to write about. I tend to look for the hidden absurdities within these match response pieces, but when the match is settled within an act of such late, late beautiful absurdity, then where are you left to turn when you sit down in front of a keyboard? Pyro […]Read more "Merry Christmas, Everton (v. Liverpool)"
The sound of silence. It doesn’t matter how many times you encounter it; you never really know how best to deal with it. It’s an odd thing. Silence. Jürgen Klopp dealt with the silence at Anfield on Saturday in an effective and demonstrative manner. It was a course of action which arguably swung what was […]Read more "The Sound of Silence"
Crystal Palace. Crystal Amazed. See what I did there? I absolutely loved The Crystal Maze. Alberto Moreno and Emre Can combined to put us 1-0 up. Amazing really. That’s the much maligned Alberto Moreno and Emre Can. I’m not downplaying the initial ball played in by the enigmatic Philippe Coutinho, but come on, that’s Alberto. […]Read more "Crystal Palace v Liverpool – Crystal Amazed"
Lucas at centre back. James Milner at left back. Simon Mignolet STILL in goal. Jordan Henderson being primed as a defensive midfielder of purpose. Adam Lallana Appreciation Day coming soon, for a man who seems set to follow in the footsteps of Joe Allen in becoming the ‘darling’ of the crowd, when previously viewed with […]Read more "Recycled Furniture at Anfield"
The snowball effect. It’s a multi-occasion phrase. Anything can escalate, and when it does it’s often referred to as being party to the snowball effect. The snowball starts as a small thing, but as it rolls it gets bigger and it gains more and more momentum. Where it stops is anyone’s guess. I once wrote […]Read more "New Issue – Out Today"
Non-League Football day came and went last weekend. A new-wave occasion held during the first international break of the season. Much has already been written about the positive effects and the general feel-good benefits for those who admirably step out to lend their support to football clubs at local grassroots levels. Those positive effects are […]Read more "Non-League Daytrippers?"
You have to love a League Cup away. There was an appetite for that last night. An appetite on the pitch and an appetite on the terraces. Yes, actual terraces. Burton Albion have three years to get rid of those terraces. While the introduction of all-seater stadiums hasn’t stopped supporters standing at football matches, it […]Read more "You get bags more buzz at Burton"
It’s an odd concept, but given I’d class myself as red blood a Liverpool supporter as you’re likely to find, I’m also an unashamed football fan in general. I write words of a historical footballing nature on a regular basis for the wondrous These Football Times. Anything has been fair game over the last few […]Read more "Another result to look out for…..(Part 1)"
His glasses keep falling off celebrating. It’s only a matter of time before a lucrative *Specsavers contract falls his way. *Other optical enhancement outlets are available. Jürgen Klopp embraced Saido Mane and the boys on the touchline last Sunday at Arsenal like many of us would greet news of a new left back. When he […]Read more "Becoming A Spectacle?"