I think it’s time to concede the title. In Boxing terms, Saturday was that punch around three or four blows beyond the required stoppage, when the referee finally steps in, arms waving to call a halt to proceedings, when the beating was too ferocious to initially put himself in the middle of it. I gave […]Read more "To Hull in a Handcart"
Diego Costa is like a mard-arse version of Peter Withe. Withe was a horrible, awkwardly shaped individual. All elbows, fists, snarls, confrontation and goals. He wasn’t shy in doling out his thoughts on the game of football, or to his opponents out on the pitch. Physically forthright, is how you could class him. Withe was […]Read more "Withe or Without You"
January Sick and tired you’ve been hanging on me You make me sad with your eyes You’re telling me lies Don’t go, don’t go Now I’m not saying Pilot were a band ahead of their time or anything, but when their biggest hit single ‘January’ hit the number 1 spot in the UK charts, peculiarly […]Read more "Hereditary Conditions"
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"
A cold December evening at home to Stoke City. As first ventures to a football match go, it’s the type of fixture which will either scare you off, or have you hooked for the rest of your life. This was Our Elsie’s first game. Elsie is goblin number two in our collective of three children. […]Read more "Stoking the Home Fires at Anfield"
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)"
You Are Here. Where are we exactly though? 2nd position going into the weekend, and 6 points behind a sickeningly proficient Chelsea would be the short, and wholly accurate answer. Highly likely to be 9 points behind Chelsea before we go into the Merseyside derby on Monday evening. Come on, be realistic. When was the […]Read more "Clusters at Anfield"
2 points dropped, or 1 point gained? What slant have you taken? Even going back to the days of The Dell; Southampton away has always been a complex issue. Some of our most legendary teams tripped up in Hampshire. On other days we strolled in, kicked metaphorical chairs across the room, and turned over metaphorical […]Read more "Saints Day: Southampton V Liverpool"
Sunday was a good day. I was shoulder barged by Luther Blissett on a crowded pavement on Walton Breck Road before the game. Claim. To. Fame. It was one of those accidental things you do when suddenly faced with a wall of people, and you’re left with no option but to go for the most […]Read more "Shoulder barged by Luther Blissett – Liverpool v Watford"
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"