Tuesday Aug 31Posted by: James Barlow  14 Comments »

Transfers, but Babel not gone!

We welcome Konchesky and Meireles, straight swaps for Insua and Mascherano. In my view both of these are an improvement.

But yet again Babel stays and I’m glad for one. I know there are many more of you out there that are glad to see the Dutchman stay, and many more who are a little gutted. We must sit back and review this though.

Since he arrived, Babel has not shown us what he can do, day in day out. We see glimpses of his wizardry and when he does show it, it tends to be a brilliant goal and we think “why don’t you do that day in day out!”.

The reason we have not see the best of Ryan is simple really, he has never been given the chance to play where he was playing before he was signed, up front! The goals he has scored for us over the past few years, have said it all, he collects the ball with his back to goal, turns and puts his laces through it, power, accuracy, goal. Where does he collect the ball, in a strikers position, not on the left. If he gets it out there, he bumbles his way down the line and once in a blue moon finds someone. He is wasteful in possession on the left and wasted being played on the left.

Play him up front Roy, with Torres, not only will he leather the lay off’s but he will provide them as well. I see it like this. He could sit in the pocket in front of the oppositions back line, receive the ball to feet, chest or head lay it back to an on coming Gerrard, turn and shoot, or turn and slide it through. if he had been doing this for 3 years, Ryan would be hero by now and comparisons to Bergkamp would not surprise me! Torres meanwhile being doing what I call a Rushie, sitting on the last man waiting for his chance to make that diagonal run beyond the defence, then shoot or knock it square to either winger, Gerrard or Babel as they come up in support (hopefully passing to Torres and then following through and not standing there admiring there pass!).

I could go into greater detail about tactics and how it would fit together in different scenarios, but I do not have the Sky sports computer programme or patience to write book!

Tuesday Aug 31Posted by: Antoine Zammit  18 Comments »

The Daily Antoine 31/8/2010 Liverpool FC News Digest

I thought I will be able to do the update today but they did keep me in hospital. Thanks again for your wishes as I recover from Gallbladder surgery.

A little different format today as I am only armed with my phone. I am on heavy medication & I must say it is tough trying to type with an IV attached.

The big story that came out in the last few hours is that Insua is off to Gallatasaray.

Some speculation that Ryan Babel might be leaving emerged after he tweeted “sigh…” twice, According to a report he might have met with Roy who told him that he must prove himself.

A report from Greece also suggests that Damien Plessis to Panathinaikos.

Many reports are suggesting that Mario Gomez could become our striker, he is the front runner right now.

The konchesky deal is not complete yet.

Torres will play for Spain in the international break against Roy’s wishes.

Lucas hails Nando more…
(YNWA)

And Roy doesn’t want to sell Lucas more…
(YNWA)

Hull admit interest in Ayala more…
(:-()

Daniel Agger welcomes Paul Konchesky more…
(YNWA)

Tuesday Aug 31Posted by: Amanda Musch  Comments Off

S.O.S German Branch

A couple of time ago the Liverpool’s Supporters Union (S.O.S) have announced that they are opening branches beyond Merseyside. They are starting their global expansion by opening union branches in London, Sweden, and a virtual branch online.

Joackim Lundberg, founder of the Sweden Branch said “I have together with some other supporters started a Sweden Branch, I hope that more countries and cities are following us. We have 69 members”

Scouser Tommy Branch Chair Kevin Reavey commented “As an online community the Scouser Tommy Branch brings together Reds fans from all over the world, which reflects not only the scale of our club’s support, but also how far the real concern over its current state and future direction has reached. The club is at a crossroads and, if we want to safeguard its future, we supporters must unite behind a common cause and speak with one voice.”

There are also plans to start a German Branch run by Thomas Stanke, a red from Bremen. Currently he’s gathering feedback from reds in Germany which would allow him to open this branch. For all German Reds reading this: If you’re interested in joining the German S.O.S Branch do not hesitate to contact Thomas Stanke (bremer@german-reds.de) or go to the German Reds official site german-reds.de for more information. Or do it both.

I have the pleasure to be in contact with Thomas, and recently I had the opportunity to ask him some questions about his commitment to LFC, his S.O.S membership, and about starting the German Branch. I find the result as a very – small – interesting look on the “being a foreign LFC supporter” issue.

 Why and how did you become Liverpool FC fan?

THOMAS STANKE: I was born in 1976 in the DDR (The German Democratic Republic; German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik), and grew up in Schwedt/Oder. As far as I can remember, football always has been important to me. I used to play in a team since the age of six. The one who infected my Liverpool was my father; through his passion for The Beatles, and the City of Liverpool.

Unfortunately, in those days, it was rather difficult, to get some information about the club. The one or the other percolated through the Berlin Wall, but first after the political change I was able to becalm my curiosity about the LFC in a proper way; I tried to obtain as many information about the club as possible.

Though for my first live experience I had to wait till 2001: the UEFA Cup final in Dortmund against Alaves. An experience I shall never forget. From that time on I’m trying to attempt all matches in Germany, and within the radius of 800 kilometers. I’m visiting Anfield as often as possible as well.

What does Liverpool FC, and the fan fellowship mean to you?

T.S.: LFC and the fellowship became a part of my family life. Via LFC, and the German-Reds fan clu, I I’ve found lots of friends here in Germany, England, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and France, and I’m giving myself over to this.  

My five-year old son is also already infected with the Red virus … The last summer we both travelled to the 1000 kilometers distant Vienna, therewith he could see the Reds playing live. He’s talking about that ever since, and looking forward excitedly to his first visit to Anfield.

Do you see yourself as a member of a family?

T.S.: YES! Definitely. Every time I’m visiting Liverpool, I’m always received very well, and extremely friendly. I feel at home!

Speaking of which … I have to mention this one experience I made. In 2008 I spontaneously flew over to attend a LFC match, and I had only been able to be in the city for 16 hours. When the taxi driver, who was driving me to the airport, found out that I flew over only for the match, and have been there only for a couple of hours, he didn’t let me pay the for the taxi! I was gobsmacked … !

Since when are you S.O.S member?

T.S.: Since 2008, via a contact to Tommy Keiner!

Why do want to launch the S.O.S Germany Branch?

T.S.: To have the opportunity to make S.O.S popular – or more popular – here, in Germany; and to throw some light on their work. Furthermore there are some issues, which are from especial importance for us in Germany, and which should/could be optimised.

Which aims do you plan to achieve with?

T.S.: Like I said, to clear up the fans, to sensitise, and to enable the German fans to get better information about our Club. To put in other words: to make their fan live easier.

Targets for the future?

T.S.: On Saturday, the 23rd October 2010, the 3rd – and mine second  – consecutive annual German Reds LFC Supporters Club (AIB) Branch meeting will take place in Liverpool City Centre. Between 50-70 German Reds will visit the city and join the event. Tommy Keiner will join the event as well, and he will tell the guests about S.O.S, and his live in Liverpool.

The last Question: your ultimate LFC experience?

T.S.: Every match is an experience. The UEFA CUP final in 2001 remains as THE memory, and of course the many trips to Liverpool. Sami Hyypia’s last match in 2009 against Tottenham was very emotional too.

Thank you for your time, Thomas!

As Thomas mentioned in the interview, he dedicated his life, and a lot of time, to Liverpool FC. During the last friendly encounter with Borussia M’Gladbach he, and 200 reds from Holland, Belgium and France, travelled to Gladbach to support the team. They also arranged a fantastic “Hicks & Gillet Out!” campaign in, and around the stadium, and were even caught be the television cameras. The whole country was able to watch the “H&G out!”, and the S.O.S banners for 30 seconds! Awesome publicity, and a brilliant job.

One more time: thanks for your time, Thomas. In the name of all KOPites.

Here are some photos of the M’Gladbach banner action I mentioned above:

Once again, I am appealing to all German LFC fans: support Thomas Stanke in launching the German S.O.S Branch, and contact him via bremer@german-reds.de or visiting the German Reds official site german-reds.de. Thank you in advance!

Y.N.W.A

For the German version of the interview go to my blog MyRubber-Soul.blogspot.com.

-Amanda

amanda@empireofthe.kop

Tuesday Aug 31Posted by: Justin Heron  7 Comments »

Insua To Galatasaray

Current specualtion is that Liverpool left back Emiliano Insua is heading to Galatasaray in a deal trying to be clinched before the transfer window closes later today.

The Argentinian has been deemed as surplus to requirements at Anfield this summer and moves away from the club have been in progress since before Roy Hodgson arrived to take over at the helm. The player has so far seen moves to Italy collapse with both Fiorentina and Genoa, even though on arrival at the club Hodgson seemed happy to work with the player, it seems his future elsewhere had already been decided.

The youngster who already has U20, Olympic and Senior honours with the Argentina national team has made 62 appearances for the club, scoring one memorable goal against Arsenal in the process. The defender arrived at the club in November 2006 on an initial 18 month loan deal.

Insua is credited with saying on his Twitter account this afternoon and evening:

“I am waiting for news about my future. eager to play and keep dreaming big!”

“Road to Istanbul in search of continuity, I hope everything goes well!”

Official confirmation on the interest or proposed move is yet to be issued by either Liverpool or Galatasaray. News from Turkish sources is that further information is expected first thing in the morning from the club that already have former Liverpool players Harry Kewell and Milan Baros amongst their ranks.

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Monday Aug 30Posted by: Amanda Musch  2 Comments »

Sami’s unwanted experience

Yesterday’s match day in the German Bundesliga was truly a crazy one. The small teams drowned the big fishes, goals were falling like clockwise, some stars proved their brilliance (Ruud van Nistelrooy), some proved their overestimation (Michael Ballack).

One of the most dramatic matches was the Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s encounter with Borussia M’Gladbach. Nine goals were scored, from which six for Gladbach. Well, our Sami Hyppia’s team lost with a real blast. I felt sad for him, but at the same time felt proud of our ex-red, as he was captaining the team yesterday, which really suited him. :-9 Unluckily, he couldn’t avoid the defeat, and feel proud of his team by himself.

After the match he commented on it in a short, Finnish style: This was a new experience for me. I don’t want to have it again.” *grins*

Though I really feel gutted for him, this comment made me smirk. It is so typical for him.

Sami, I agree. Y.N.W.A

Quote provided by: Frank Nägele

Photo by: dpa

-Amanda

amanda@empireofthekop.com

Monday Aug 30Posted by: Nina  2 Comments »

Nina’s weekly League Table Picture

We’re now 13th with 4 points! Better than it looked on Saturday anyway :-) But we can do better! Come on!

You’ll Never Walk Alone!

-Nina