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 Balotelli have a future at Anfield?

Does Balotelli have a future at Anfield?

Mario Balotelli has reported back to pre-season at Anfield and his role in Jurgen Klopp's plans is not yet known. He was already on loan when the German arrived at the club and this will be Klopp's first viewing of the Italian at training. Balotelli will be well known to him, as he is to everybody in the world of football, but Klopp may see a role for the striker. There is no doubting his talent and potential, it is …
Where are the Premier League's world class strikers?

Where are the Premier League's world class strikers?

It seems a very long time ago since Arsenal fans witnessed their emphatic strike partnership of Theirry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp ripping up the Premier League every week. The same generation were able to appreciate Manchester United’s attackers in all their glory – from Cristiano Ronaldo to Ruud Van Nisterooy. Even in recent seasons, ex Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, brought more quality to the Premier League as Chelsea waved goodbye to their long-serving Ivory Coast international, Didier Drogba. This season, …
February, March and Arsenal

February, March and Arsenal

In recent years, when it comes to the Champions League knockout stages, it’s seemed you could guarantee two things. One: Arsenal would qualify for it. Two: Arsenal get knocked out. In fact, it’s not since the 2009/10 season that Arsenal have progressed beyond the round of 16, when they were eliminated from the tournament by Barcelona at the quarter final stage. Each of the seasons from then on, Arsenal went out of the competition in that round of 16 and …
January Transfer Window: Hey Big Spender

January Transfer Window: Hey Big Spender

For those of an age similar to mine, I promise the title is not a Jimmy Nail and Tyneside related pun and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, Jimmy Nail played a Tyneside detective called Spender in a 90’s cop series of the same name. Anyway, enough of the digression and on to the subject at hand: the January transfer window (sound the trumpets). January is the extrovert sibling of the summer transfer window, the odd one …
Guilty Pleasure of a Liverpool fan - Thierry Henry

Guilty Pleasure of a Liverpool fan - Thierry Henry

We’ve all got one. The one we weren’t allowed to look at; the one we had to admire in secret, from a distance. One more appropriate to deny than to acknowledge, to dismiss than to appreciate. Guilty pleasures in football usually cross supporting lines. It’s very seldom that one can support one of the top sides and not suddenly themselves in awe, in nearly shameful veneration of a particular talent that not only plays for a rival team, but in …
Arsenal's Transfers: Vidal and the striker...

Arsenal's Transfers: Vidal and the striker...

As far as I’m concerned Cech is an Arsenal player – so I won’t be entertaining any comments that I’m jumping the gun. What I feel needs commenting on, is below. The formation and team I’ve detailed below is, worryingly, a lot of Arsenal fan’s preferred team, minus any potential signings that will improve what I have selected. These two points I’ve made tie in nicely, if the fans want superstar players – but want a majority of the team I’ve …
Quality versus Quantity | Clubs Should Be Wiser With Their Money

Quality versus Quantity | Clubs Should Be Wiser With Their Money

‘If you spend more than £100 million, you expect to be challenging for the league.’ Sorry about this Brendan, I know you’ve got enough on your plate at the moment, but you can’t expect to get away with comments like that with Liverpool finishing 25 points off the pace. Since 2012, Rodgers has bought 24 players, with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho the only confirmed hits. This year’s crop of Lambert, Lallana, Can, Lovren, Markovic, Manquillo, Moreno and, the crowning …
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