Archive for April, 2011
We have a new author on EOTK, welcome aboard Lizzi. Here is her first post.
Ian Ayre wants the financial fair play rules to be applied swiftly more…
Comolli talks about how we are on the right path more…
And how we will buy top players this Summer more…
Suarez doesn’t like Depeche Mode more…
The “Can’t get enough one” was inspired by Batistuta more…
Barcelona are after Borrell more…
Carra talks on how a victory against Man City will give us a boost more…
(We can beat them)
Lawro talks about our injuries more…
(Can you come out of retirement?)
Kuyt wants the Refs to layoff Carroll more…
Aldo talks on how Carroll must rise above the wind up merchants more…
(Not easy to do)
The former striker also talks on how LFC needs investment to turn us back into contenders more…
More talk on Cahill more…
And Honda wants to stay in Moscow more…
(Watch out for them Ladas)
Aurelio is in line to return from injury more…
(We need him)
On Twitter @empireofthekop
March was a hot and cold season for us. 2 wins and +4 GD in the PL but bowing out of the Europa League with two games without a goal and losing out by the virtue of one ill-conceded penalty. Apart from that, there was the international break which is always unbearably long. When much needed football returned, the result was a terrible one for us craving for LFC action and wanting them to put their run to a top-4/5 finish into overdrive.
Staying in India, the intermittent time was absorbed with a 6 week long Cricket World Cup, which also meant that some games were either not on TV or were hardly watched (WBA game which coincided with the CWC final). It’s time to get back our football. It’s also the time to reflect on the last memories of football from what now seems ages. I’m sharing a few snapshots of the Delhi Kop [the word 'Kop' is used here with liberty and without accreditation from people living in Liverpool since it is fealt that Kop is now an English language word and can be used by any Liverpool Football Club fan] celebrating in the CBD of Delhi on an otherwise dull Sunday evening.
Starting off with Happy Birthday to the King!
Calm before the storm…
Appealing to the referee… guess he could almost hear!
No adjectives left
Still celebrating after the game (about 90 minutes after the whistle)
Unlike some players, the fans absolutely, totally love the badge!
And as magnanimous as we might be, some victories are never complete unless you get to taunt some under-privileged!
This essay wouldn’t have been complete without the look on these guys’ faces. Thank you guys!
Thanks to LFC who made it a memorable evening.
Special thanks to the Delhi Supporters’ Group who compiled and organized such a fantabulous event. Reds from Delhi can check out their page to connect. Surrounded with dimwits who support other clubs, this is the community for better IQ and EQ people in the city.
We all know the chant, but in my eyes it doesn’t get sung enough. Lucas Leiva is the perfect example of what a Liverpool player is and what a Liverpool player should be.
Remember when Lucas got stick from every Liverpool fan when he first came to Liverpool and especially in the 08-09 season; ’ he’s not up to scratch’, ‘he’s too young’ and ‘he’s not good enough’ were the words coming out the majority of fans mouths , after giving him chance after chance. We were losing patience with him. Booed him off the pitch against Fulham because of his performance; surely he’s not good enough to stay?
But one man had faith in him. One man knew exactly what he was capable of and defended him to the entire media. “People just don’t know how good Lucas is” were the words that came out of Benitez’s mouth… and the man was right.
Like a brilliant professional, Lucas took every bit of criticism on the chin and used it to his advantage, improving left right and centre by every game. Slowly creeping into the first team week after week, he was certainly proving his worth. In the 09/10 season he had a running of six games starting for us as a reward for the hard work and passion he puts in week in, week out without fail in a position he isn’t used to.
When I saw Lucas wearing the captain’s armband for Liverpool against Zurich, it really filled me with pride. To think that two/three years ago he was getting rated as one of the worst players to have played for Liverpool, to now captaining one of the biggest clubs in the world in a European match, proves that this lad is worth keeping hold of as an example to the future players of Liverpool.
He is the unsung hero to our ever improving side and deserves much more credit than he gets for the work rate, passion and effort he puts in for Liverpool every single week.
Lucas Leiva, this one’s for you. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
When I asked to be an author on this website I wanted to share a lot of feelings. Being from India, which is hardly present on the football web, I wanted to share my Red passion with the rest of the people of the world and also speak to the rest of the Indians. EOTK has been a forum that lets me be a blogger without qualifications. All that is required is the basic love for Liverpool Football Club and knowing where the keys are on the keyboard. To think of this website, to design and develop it, to maintain it for the past 2 years or so, I think we all need to give a fair amount of credit to one true Red – Antoine Zammit.
While what I am writing on this article may threaten to suggest otherwise, let me please lay it bare that I am neither commercially associated with the website nor do I personally know Antoine any more than the rest of us regulars do.
Here is a lad who dedicates almost his entire time to keep us posted. He tweets, blogs, run competitions, talks on radio, raises awareness, maintenance of EOTK and so on and so forth. This along with things that the rest of us do like raising a family and the jing-bang that comes with having a family.
It’s all too easy to criticize and ostracize people on the blogging forum. But it is an entirely different and unacceptable thing to blame him for things like lying. The man has enough sensitivities to apologize on twitter when he tweets a news story from a website but one that might have originally originated from the S*n (given the level of journalism in England, there is no way to establish the right source of all news items anyway).
Some people blame him for making money by selling t-shirts commemorating Hillsborough and promising that proceeds go to HJC but not actually doing it. To this, I don’t need to say anything to the person who thinks such but something to Antoine – please do not acknowledge that these people exist because if you do you will only dignify their existence.
We are one big Liverpool family, and most of the ties in a family are based on mutual respect and trust. It is not possible that everyone will get along well with everyone else but to disrespect him/her in any way, to accuse him/her of unfounded things, to blame unnecessarily, is uncalled for. If you wouldn’t do it within your family, you shouldn’t do it in this family either.
April is a very sensitive month for us Reds and sometimes people tend to funnel their frustrations and attack the wrong people.
Unfortunately I have been on the receiving end many times and sometimes it could be a genuine mistake while other times someone lies just because they don’t like me. Either way it is wrong to attack fellow Reds without proof and not hearing both sides of the story. Sometimes people jump on a fellow Red and tear him or her apart for tweeting a link leading to a story from sites such as tribalfootball that might have quotes The S*n. Be patient and instead of slaughtering the fellow Red EDUCATE him or her about The S*n.
A good case in point yesterday, I was being accused of profiting from Hillsborough merchandise which is an utter lie. Someone clicked on a link from my site leading to the EOTK shop powered by Sam Dodds. Sam Dodds have a private labeled version for EOTK empireofthekop.samdodds.com and then they have their own site www.samdodds.com. Most likely what happened that by clicking around from the EOTK version they landed on the actual Sam Dodds site via a broken link. On the actual Sam Dodds site they sell a 96 remembered shirt and claim that proceeds go to the HJC. I don’t receive any money from purchases made on the Actual Sam Dodds site.
It pains me that many have believed it and I have received many hate emails and tweets from people who acted on what one person said without any evidence or truth. Hillsborough is a serious issue, 96 of our brothers and sisters went to a football game and never came back. In their memory let us respect one another and fight the real enemies, The S*n, Kelvin Mackenzie and those in the South Yorkshire Police Department who had covered up. By attacking fellow Reds without proof or evidence we are disrespecting the memory of the 96.
Y.N.W.A. and hopefully one day there will be Justice for the 96.
Looks like this is our new away kit or another photoshopped job?