Abdul Rahim

Football Writer. I chronicle the growth of football in India at my blog, Flying Goalie.

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Opportunity For Gomez In Van Dijk Heartache

Opportunity For Gomez In Van Dijk Heartache

Joe Gomez. 23. Champions League and Club World Cup Winner. Premier League Champion. That makes for impressive reading. The former Charlton Athletic player has already built up a CV which proved to be beyond many a Liverpool stalwart. There are quite a few of these young Turks going around at the moment – those hauling in trophies that belie their tender ages – in Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé, Alphonso Davies and Gomez’s own teammate in Trent Alexander-Arnold. These players are …
Is Football Going The Basketball Way As A Spectacle?

Is Football Going The Basketball Way As A Spectacle?

In the 2004-05 season, a team arrived that revolutionised the sport: their previously unheralded coach popularised a playing philosophy rooted in fluid passing and frantic pace. The rules of the game had changed a few years before to encourage more offensive systems and with players pushing the boundaries of what was physically possible, the Seven Seconds Or Less rule took the league by storm. The system was based on the belief that the best opportunity to score was within the …
Wijnaldum Exit Would Hit Liverpool Badly

Wijnaldum Exit Would Hit Liverpool Badly

Gini Wijnaldum did not have a great Community Shield. But then, no one expected a team two weeks into pre-season to play with any rhythm or consistency and every Liverpool player’s performance on the day reflected that. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s absence exacerbated matters further and the Reds seemed bereft of ideas until Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino entered the fray on the hour mark. The game provided those who bemoan the lack of creativity in Liverpool’s midfield with an opportunity to …
Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

A video of Alphonso Davies went viral when football returned to the Bundesliga in May. In a crucial encounter against Borussia Dortmund which eventually tipped the league title Bayern Munich’s way, the left-back made an astonishing recovery run dispossessing Erling Haaland in the box while he was poised to score. With the striker having a head start of 12.5 meters on him, Davies caught up in 3.1 seconds while hitting a top speed of 35 km/h. The Canadian’s speed had …
Are Manchester City Under-Represented At The POTY Awards?

Are Manchester City Under-Represented At The POTY Awards?

I am a Liverpool supporter and hugely appreciative of Jordan Henderson. In fact, I wrote a piece on his value to the Reds more than a year ago. Well before he got to lift four trophies and made the Hendo-shuffle such an attractive proposition to kids everywhere. He’s an all-round good egg and as Adam Lallana highlighted this week in an emotional farewell interview, a captain who takes responsibility for the club in good times and bad. Given his backstory, …
Minamino Ready To Step Into Firmino's Shoes

Minamino Ready To Step Into Firmino's Shoes

Leading up to Liverpool’s recent fixture against Arsenal, the TV broadcaster showed highlights from the Reds’ 5-1 trashing of the same opposition at Anfield towards the end of 2018. Much like this season, Roberto Firmino had not scored at home for more than eight months but delivered a virtuoso performance on the night and the only hattrick of his Liverpool career. What struck me most was his behavior after tucking in a 65th minute penalty that secured his hattrick. While …
Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

After a comprehensive victory over Crystal Palace, Jürgen Klopp built this fixture up by claiming that TV records would be broken with everybody and their dogs tuning in to watch the two best teams in the country. The prospect of the champions-elect claiming their first title in thirty years at the home turf of the holders certainly would have had television executives excited. Alas, it was not to be as City’s loss to Chelsea a day later handed Liverpool the …
Thirty-Two Years Following Liverpool - A Chronology

Thirty-Two Years Following Liverpool - A Chronology

1988 - Red shirt with Candy splayed across the front, a seven-year old is hooked. 1989 – Hillsborough in April and Michael Thomas in May, it is all too much for a kid to take. 1990 – My favourite player, John Barnes, lights up the league and King Kenny tosses the tracksuit aside for a final appearance as Liverpool win Number Eighteen. I could get used to this. 1991 – Kenny stuns by leaving midseason and club legend, Graeme Souness, …
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