Thursday Jun 30Posted by: Antoine Zammit  1 Comment »

The Daily Antoine: 30th June 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

Sammy Lee has left LFC more…
(Good luck Sammy, thanks for your service)



John W. Henry has tweeted that LFC will not buy veteran players

it will not stop the rags from linking us with older players though, lol

According the the FIFA Coca-Cola ranking England are better than Brazil more…
(Did they add Bacardi to that Coca-Cola?)

And more bizarre than FIFA is North Korea who blame the US for their players being struck by Lightning more…
(Brilliant ROFL)

And finally a bunch of Mexican players are in hot water more…
(Oh Boy)

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Wednesday Jun 29Posted by: Michael Elmore  20 Comments »

Transfer Window Madness

The number of players linked with a move to Liverpool football club must have topped a century now, the madness that ensues when the transfer window is beyond belief. We all seem to be after that nugget of knowledge about who is going to be joining our prestigious club. Names such as Mata, Downing, Johnson, Wickham, Diego and more recently Wayne Bridge (please) are but a few of the names linked. Do we need such players to be a success next season? I don’t think so and I’ll tell you for why.

The most important signings have already been made in the Dalglish and Clarke. In Dalglish we have a manager that embraces the Liverpool way and knows exactly how to make the players believe they are capable of performing at the highest level. But in Steve Clarke we have a young coach who is totally in tune with the modern game. He had a fantastic record while working under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea with two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups over three seasons. If he and Dalglish can bring a glimmer of that to Anfield next season I for one will be more than happy. Even when Mourinho left Chelsea still continued to do well reaching the league cup final and also the Champions league final (both of which they lost….. but only just)

Just to highlight things a little further in the 2007/2008 season Chelsea under Avram and Clarke had a win percentage of 66.67% which is an excellent record I’m sure you’ll agree and is better than that of Manchester United’s this year at 63.93% which saw them win the title. Under Dalglish and Clarke we would have finished joint 2nd in the league if you worked the season out pro rata and if you consider the state the team was in when Dalglish took over, time was clearly needed to shall we say “spruce things up”. Since Clarke left Chelsea they have only had 1 good year and that was under Hiddink (need I say more). So for me the missing link at Chelsea since 2008 is Clarke

We also have to remember that we brought in the outstanding Suarez and the “yet to impress” Carroll (who I’m sure will come good) in the winter window. Most Liverpool supporters seem to forget this and I reflect back to earlier that since that time and Dalglish and Clarke coming in we performed at a much higher level. Suarez has been a revelation and I cannot wait to see him in action again next season. Some might say he’s twice as good as Torres at half the price. So with Suarez and Carroll already instilled we have already increased our prospects.

The final factor that needs mentioning is youth. The likes of Flanagan, Kelly and Spearing have shown they have what it takes at such a fledgling stage of their careers. Out of the three Kelly stood out for me and I find it hard to imagine that if both he and Johnson are fit that he won’t get the nod. Further down the line we also have Suso, Sterling and Coady looking like they can challenge for first team honours in the not so distant future.

I suppose the point I am trying to make is sit back and relax, the foundations are already in place for a fantastic campaign next season. We don’t need the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, what we need is the old Liverpool culture. One that works hard as a team unit, that believes in one another and one that has quality direction from its management. We already have that in abundance and I’m not sure I can wait another month and a half for our boys to get out there and start proving me right!!!

By Michael Elmore

Twitter: @Lfcmonkey

Wednesday Jun 29Posted by: Antoine Zammit  3 Comments »

The Daily Antoine: 29th June 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

Looks like we lost out on Connor Wickham more…
(NO)

The rumour is that Sammy Lee could be on his way out more…
(Why now?)

James Milner is being linked more…
(Hummm)

Liverpool reserves are going to the Emerald Isle more…
(Waterford is a great town)

Wayne Bridge is being linked again more…
(Humm)

What he heck was Andy Carroll wearing? here…
(LOL)

Carra claims that playing for England has a negative effect on players more…
(Can’t agree more)

More talk on Diego more…
(Humm)

And also Payet more…
(Humm Humm)

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Tuesday Jun 28Posted by: Antoine Zammit  10 Comments »

The Daily Antoine: 28th June 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

For the 100,000,000th time Pepe Reina has denied he will leave more…

(Enough of the rumours)

He did however predict De Gea will be a success at United more…
(Don’t say that Pepe)

 

Doni didn’t join us because of the wages more…
(Oh well)

Shelvey and Darby could be sold to make way for Wickham joining more…
(Would hate to see Jonjo go, he shows a lot of promise)

 

However reports suggest that he might be headed to Sunderland more…
(Suddenly Sunderland have the money to splash thanks to us buying Henderson)

 

Ryad Boudabouz is being linked again more…
(I think he was linked last Summer)

 

Diego would love to move to the EPL more…
(Let’s get him)

 

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Monday Jun 27Posted by: Antoine Zammit  4 Comments »

The Daily Antoine: 27th June 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

 

The Redmen End of Season Awards and review show is now available more…
(I think I know someone in it, LOL)

 

Liverpool close in on Adam & Downing more…
(Excellent)

 

And there is talk again of Aaron Lennon more…
(Old news recycled I think)

 

Hamburg are also after our target Xherdan Shaqiri more…
(The Swiss have an excellent youth setup)

 

Arsenal are after Mata too more…
(Piss of Wenger)

 

Zapata looks like a no go more…
(Humm)

 

A Don’t Buy the Sun flag was high over Glastonbury yesterday
(Keep the pressure on the scum)

 

Stevie G has been reimbursed for his legal costs more…
(That Man Utd DJ should have paid it)

 

Brad Smith played the full 90 minutes for England U17 against Uruguay more…
(Future looks very bright)

 

And finally Kevin Keegan claims that he is a better boss than Bill Shankly more…
(Did he bump his head or something?)

 

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Sunday Jun 26Posted by: Antoine Zammit  5 Comments »

The Daily Antoine: 26th June 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

Look ma, we got links again :-)
A little better internet connection now, should get better over the next few days when I finally make it to Malta. On a personal note I am feeling a little better this morning too.

Today is the last day of voting for the COS awards more…
(Please vote don’t let the Mancs win)

Talks are ongoing for Charlie Adam more…
(Lets get him)

Andy Carroll is in legal trouble with his former agent more…
(Good luck Andy, YNWA)

More talk on Sissoko more…
(Doubt that we will sign him)

Caroline Wozniacki has received many good luck wishes from LFC footballers more…
(YNWA)

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