Daniel Sturridge - The Nearly Man at the Nearly Club

Daniel Sturridge - The Nearly Man at the Nearly Club

There was once a player named Daniel Sturridge. Three years ago, he was one half of an SAS strike force with Luis Suarez at Liverpool FC. The British Special Forces reference, coined by the British media during the 2013-14 season, was well earned. Suarez and Sturridge terrorized countless defenses, successfully bombarding opposition goalmouths time and again that season. The team scored more than a 100 goals in the league, and he ended a bitter sweet season as a runner up, …
Liverpool's Lovren-Sized Problems

Liverpool's Lovren-Sized Problems

In the aftermath of Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield, Sam Allardyce spoke about exposing their opponent’s weaknesses “time and time again”. He went on to elaborate on what those weaknesses were as if he were a college professor introducing a new concept to students, while the reality was that his audience had been aware of it since pre-school. Liverpool have a problem with crosses and set pieces, and the whole world knows about it. The stats bear …
The case for Simon Mignolet

The case for Simon Mignolet

In May of 2015, Simon Mignolet was voted Liverpool’s player of the year by the former players association, to the general bemusement of a lot of fans and observers. He had not yet achieved the notoriety that followed him the next season but had already been dropped for a brief period that season, with Brad Jones being his replacement. With due respect to Brad Jones, any self-respecting goalkeeper of note would hang his head in shame if that were to …
Does Mourinho struggle with the new age footballer?

Does Mourinho struggle with the new age footballer?

Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years – Wikipedia In an interview earlier this week, Jose Mourinho called modern young players ‘brats’ and put forward the view that everything surrounding them do not help with their lives, nor in his work. …
Klopp's Liverpool will not win the title anytime soon

Klopp's Liverpool will not win the title anytime soon

In a fortnight during which rumblings of dressing room and fan unrest have appeared in the media, it could seem that Klopp-mania has well and truly come to an end at Liverpool. While there might be a grain of truth to the stories supposedly coming out of the dressing room, and I believe that to be a good thing (more on that later), the latest story about fan unrest concocted on the basis of some graffiti sprayed on a couple …
Three years to win the league

Three years to win the league

When asked about the dismissal at Leicester City of the incumbent FIFA Coach of the Year and Premier League winner, Claudio Ranieri, Luis Enrique shrugged his shoulders and said, "This is our job. I do not remember how things worked before, but now it's like that. If you do not agree, you can leave the trade; otherwise you have to accept it." He should know what he is talking about, plying his trade in a league where the average tenure …
An Italian Solution for Arsenal?

An Italian Solution for Arsenal?

While drawing up plans for the English FA’s £105 million national football centre, David Sheepshanks, the chairman of St. George’s Park, drew inspiration from a few other national football centres in Europe.  One that impressed him quite a bit was the Coverciano, the central training facility and technical headquarters of the Italian Football Federation. It isn’t a facility that will find favour with many English players, who find St. George’s Park to be ‘boring’.  Steven Gerrard thought it wasn’t player …