Fear and Loathing of a New Liverpool Season

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The 2014/15 season is in it’s fledgling state and a ball has been kicked by Liverpool in the Premier League for 90 minutes—plus four added on for argument’s sake—yet the fear and loathing barometer is bizarrely at a mid-season level of intensity. The Fear 2013-14 was a season that the Reds made great strides forward on the pitch; in fact it wasn’t just a stride, it was a giant footprint, a stomp right smack bang in the middle of the top four and led by a manager who had now proven to the doubters that he was the one to bring it all back to Anfield: trophies, Champions League football, the league title. 2013-14 was meant to be where Liverpool FC were finally going forward as one. Fast forward the summer. Liverpool lost the third-best player in the world but have dabbled in the transfer market, making some key acquisitions … Continue reading

Rise, Red Heroes, and Smite United’s Hopes and Hearts

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There are times, before big games in football and important moments, that a sense of perspective, long-term appreciation and “heads over hearts” thoughts are important. But there are also occasions when everything is going so right, so well, that you simply need to believe that your team can achieve not only what it is capable of, but what it needs to do to give itself a chance of amazing, incredible success. Liverpool travelling to Old Trafford to play Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday is one of those latter fixtures. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— The Reds are absolutely flying, have an attack which can kill anybody they come against and confidence is sky-high after a season of exceeding expectations and taking wins from teams who they would normally slip up against. Big games such as Arsenal and Everton were not only won, but the opposition completely … Continue reading

View from the Opposition: Liverpool travel to face Manchester United

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Following Chelsea’s late defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday, Liverpool have the chance to take a big step forward in the Premier League title race today—if they can overcome huge rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Liverpool Word spoke to United fan Dale O’Donnell, from StrettyNews.com, to gauge his thoughts ahead of the match. TLW: Few people expected United to be outside the top four this season, even if the title was going to be out of the question after an important change at the top. Has being in sixth and seventh been too much of a drop to bear, or are you accepting this as a one-off which needs to be powered through and written off? Dale: I certainly did not expect us to retain the title this season. Our expectations were lowered when David Moyes was appointed. Saying that, we never saw it getting this bad. The results, as … Continue reading

Liverpool’s Coutinho: The Sporadic South American

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“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.” – Aldous Huxley We all strive for perfection. Although the concept can never be properly defined or attained, we still continue to search for pristine excellence in our lives. Perfection is the cornerstone of the ‘circle of life’ because that’s exactly what it is, a circle. We go around and around seeking eternal completeness even though we know in our hearts that it can never be accomplished. However, without the prospect of perfection, life becomes meaningless. We still want to explore the journey of potential prosperity. And with this journey comes inevitable inconsistency. How you handle this ever long rollercoaster will define your success. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— Philippe Coutinho is the epitome of extreme inconsistency in the Liverpool squad. Kopites seem to be seeing the transcendent best of the Brazilian one weekend … Continue reading

Domestic Success the Best Way to International Recognition

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Five Liverpool players started England’s last midweek, with international captain Steven Gerrard being joined by club team-mates Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Glen Johnson in the game against Denmark. It’s been quite some time since the Reds had such a contingent in a meaningful game; the likes of Emile Heskey, Michael Owen and Nick Barmby, along with Gerrard, were involved in that 5-1 demolition of Germany many moons ago, but this quintet have a chance of being a huge part of England’s World Cup XI. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— For two, it should be clear-cut: Gerrard is the skipper and Sturridge is the best striker England have. It’s that simple. For the others, form and regularity in their club team has seen them come to the attentions of the wider footballing world; Kopites have known Henderson to be one of the most important central midfielders around the Premier … Continue reading

Analysis of Liverpool’s Defensive Errors in Conceding Goals

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Liverpool’s attack has been phenomenal this season, outscoring the rest of the Premier League—but the defence has been somewhat less impressive at times. A clean sheet against Southampton of late was more than welcome, but question marks still linger over why, and how, the Reds are conceding so many chances. The Liverpool Word are delighted to bring Hari Sethi (@Hari_Sethi) on board, as he takes an analytical view on where the Reds have been going wrong defensively. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!————   Given the fact that 2014 has seen Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side take 20 from a possible 24, scoring 26 goals in the process (a rate of 3.25 gpg) it’s hard not to get excited by what is now officially the Reds’ strongest league campaign for two long decades. Yet whilst the inexorable duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have continued to delight, their defensive counterparts have … Continue reading

Twin Peaks: Two Incredible Liverpool FC Victories Over Time

Life. Death. The rise and fall of an empire. Just as the day has dawned, so shall the night come. t’s only a matter of time. All which has begun will at some point come to an end. Things can change in a heartbeat. In life sometimes those alterations can be irrevocable but in sport every moment that passes arrives a new opportunity. A shot at making it right. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— The first half an hour of Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal may have only been a few short weeks ago but the sounds and sights of it will burn long into the memory. A performance which be put upon the mental mantelpiece of those that were able to witness it (although Gunners may be hard pressed to ever dwell on it again). In recent history, there have been very few like it. But there was … Continue reading

Summer Tour Helps Strengthen Commercial Brand

Liverpool have announced that they will travel back to the United States during the summer of 2014 as part of their pre-season preparations. The move mirrors the summer spent across the water in Brendan Rodgers’ first campaign in charge when he led the Reds against the likes of Toronto and AS Roma, playing at Fenway Park amongst other stadia. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— Of course, many of Liverpool’s first-team players will be at the FIFA World Cup in summer so it is not yet entirely clear how many will take part in the trek to the States, with it likely depending on how far each nation goes. Uruguay and England will have both Liverpool’s strikers, for example, fitness permitting, while both nations are in the same group, along with Italy and Costa Rica. It is not hugely likely that both will qualify for the knock-outs. Aside from the … Continue reading

The Perfect Storm: Why Liverpool Setbacks Will Always Mean More

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A word that means everything. An entirely unattainable concept, yet one that people strive for every day. To actively chase it would be to forever be tailing the impossible. An existence founded upon perilous fragility; for one mistake would erase all that had gone before. Still we frivolously attach it to many different aspects of our lives as well as ourselves. The world itself, a single day and even in relationships. Constructing them in our minds as ideals while knowing that they can never exist because of that one quality which can never be obtained. Perfection. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— In the face of the recent happenings at the Hawthorns, with Kolo Toure central to a rather crucial error, such an all-encompassing In whatever facet of reality, there is usually a margin for error; some much larger than others. Ideally you would stay away from these lines, sailing … Continue reading

Liverpool v Everton Pre-Match Round-Table Discussion

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Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield for one of the most eagerly anticipated Merseyside Derbies in recent times tonight as both teams find themselves right in the mix for a top four place. With nerves and expectation both sure to be building amongst supporters of both clubs we spoke to TLW’s Karl Matchett, Sam Drury and John Cullinane (@JohnCullTLW) as well as Ste Hoare (@stehoare) from The Bib Theorists to get their views ahead of the game. Can the Reds make it 14 years without a win at Anfield for Everton or will Roberto Martinez’s free-flowing side stop the rot? ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— Here’s what our four gents had to say: Firstly, the end of the January transfer window is fast approaching and, despite a growing injury list, no signings appear imminent. Can the Reds still make the top 4 with the squad at Brendan … Continue reading

Merseyside Derby – the most meaningful in years?

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There is always tension leading up to a Merseyside Derby. Local rivals meeting in one of both sides’ biggest games of the season. There are more than just three points at stake. Over the years there have been some hugely important meetings between the sides. During the eighties the clashes between Red and Blue in Liverpool often went some way to deciding where the title ended up. Then there were the two FA Cup finals between the clubs. However, in recent years, as much tension as there has been going into the games, there has relatively little riding on them – 2012’s FA Cup semi-final aside. Indeed since the departure of Rafa Benitez as Liverpool manager the main thing the derby helped to settle was which side finished sixth and which seventh. Bragging rights – although given the history of both clubs, a sixth placed finish was hardly anything to … Continue reading

Whither the role of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard

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“We never got the control in midfield against [Villa’s] diamond and could not build our play, so we needed to change the structure of the team, but there is absolutely no question Steven can play the role and I don’t regard it as a setback, not at all.” The words of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after Steven Gerrard’s astonishingly poor first-half performance against Aston Villa. This in a week where Liverpool conceded five goals to two bottom half of the table teams in Stoke and Villa, with Gerrard as the deepest midfield player. A week where the half-hearted conversations of a ‘title challenge’ were seen quashed by Liverpool fans, an indictment of what this team can realistically achieve, which is still a top four spot. However, implosions were rife on social media at half-time against Villa where Liverpool went in two goals down. Fans wanted Gerrard axed from his learning … Continue reading