Category Archives: Liverpool
The second part of this article was first featured on Football Speak – if you enjoy it please go there and “Rate it”.
Here at We Heart Football we have never been described as completely impartial. More likely we are biased, opinionated and some might say at times blinkered. This is not about to change, but in order to offer a balanced view Raffael Fernandes and Tom Gaunt will be giving two different perspectives on one, possibly misunderstood, player. Andy Carroll. Read the rest of this entry
By Tom Gaunt
This week Kenny Dalglish called for greater communication between Referees and Managers, and who could argue. It seems every week another manager is throwing their toys out of the pram. This was a refreshing approach. He did not insult any particular referees but suggested they had not had the rub of the green recently, I think Liverpool fans may agree. He invited referees’ chief Mike Riley to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground and they had an adult discussion and clear the air talks. All very mature. To believe that Kenny merely required some answers to a few questions which were troubling him would be naive. I think this may have been a shrewd move. However this article is not designed to examine Dalglish’s motives, whatever they are I still think it was a smart move. With American owners and with their unproven yet undoubtedly forward thinking Moneyball approach, I wouldn’t be surprised if Liverpool were ahead of the game on this one. Read the rest of this entry
Okay – before you stop doing whatever it was you were doing to fall off your chair in fits of laughter at the title of this article, I have a confession to make:
As a passionate Liverpool fan I have in the past been accused by friends of being outrageously biased towards my beloved team – over-hyping our chances, exaggerating our achievements, and basically defending any action of any manager and player wearing the famous red shirt – something I vehemently deny!
So when comparing today’s Liverpool team to that of the modern-day Barcelona, who are still fresh from their Champions League final mauling of Manchester United – I instantly knew I’d be setting myself up for extreme derision and abuse. Surely this is just another outlandish claim from a typically blinkered Liverpool fan.
How can Liverpool, who finished 6th and 7th in the last two premiership seasons, were on the brink of administration and aren’t even close to be being the best team in England, be compared to a Barcelona team who have just won La Liga, the Champions League and arguably elevated themselves to the mantle of best club team ever?
Well, the answer is they can’t. Even the most deluded fan would feel silly making such a comparison… but is there even a tiny grain of truth in that opening statement after all?
The similarities may surprise you… Read the rest of this entry
Following last weeks news that Liverpool had finally agreed a fee with Sunderland for the transfer of Jordan Henderson for the value of £20million (including David N’gog) – I felt compelled to try to understand how we as fans decide whether a player is actually “worth it” or not. With so many transfers of all shapes and sizes due to be taking place in the coming 12 weeks before the 2011/12 Premiership season kicks off, there will no doubt be plenty of heated debate amongst fans about who got ripped off, who got a steal and who just bought a dud… All before a ball is even kicked.
So who decides how much a player is worth? And how do we judge whether the price is “fair” or not? Read the rest of this entry
By Tom Gaunt
In a league many consider the toughest in the World; patience is not high on most manager lists. With most of the leagues managers looking over their shoulder and required to offer instant gratification to demanding owners and fans alike, they can be excused for not allowing player’s time to “settle in”. If they were to give players time to get used to the pace, physicality of the English Premier League and also allow for foreign players to adapt to the cultural change they face then they may well reap the benefits. It is not just foreign players joining from abroad, some domestic players can take time to adapt to a teams style of play and they too can need time. Many will suggest that with the wages they are paid they should adapt quickly and not be wrapped in cotton wool, but a player can’t physically make themselves settle, just like any of us in a new job or as kids moving to a new school, sometimes it is just time. Read the rest of this entry