- Daniel Sturridge scored his first ever professional hat trick in Liverpool’s last league outing to see off Fulham 3-1.
- That took Sturridge’s goal tally for the season to 11. He’s one of 25 players in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to have scored ten of more Premier League goals this season, and he’s done it in the least amount of minutes on pitch (1248 minutes, averaging a goal every 113 minutes 27 seconds).
- Sturridge converted his hat trick from 7 shots at goal with 5 on target – more than any other Liverpool player has in either category this season. Sturridge plagued the Fulham defence, exploiting space by taking 15 touches in the opposition box. He also completed 8 dribbles, more than any other player in the last round of games. Sturridge is 4/6 with 888sport.com to get himself on the scoresheet again this weekend.
- Sturridge’s attacking play was complimented by a tough midfield performance from Lucas and Jordan Henderson. Lucas attempted ten tackles in the game, winning six, the most of any player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, while Henderson was the only player in the Premier League to commit four fouls in the last round of games.
- Lucas is now ranked 5th in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for tackles attempted with 121, an incredible feat given he has played just 1957 minutes this season. To put it in context, 4th ranked Robert Snodgrass has taken 3126 minutes to attempt 127 tackles.
- Jamie Carragher will wave farewell to his beloved Anfield on Sunday before retiring. He showed what his team mates will be missing in the game against Fulham, completing 64 of 67 passes in the game.
- QPR went 1-0 up in their last game against Newcastle before falling to a 2-1 defeat.
- QPR did well to disrupt Newcastle’s passing game though, limiting them to a 66% success rate, their lowest of the season. Jermaine Jenas, meanwhile, completed 64 passes in the game, more than any other player on the pitch.
- QPR defender Clint Hill has been one of their most impressive performers this season. He has been the fifth busiest defender in the league this season, contributing defensively 342 times across tackles, clearances, blocks and interceptions.
- Christopher Samba joined in January and has the best minutes per defensive contribution rating in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, averaging one every 7 minutes 12 seconds.
When Jamie Carragher hangs up his boots on Sunday he would have played his 737th game for Liverpool F.C., only one player in club’s history has played more and that was Ian Callaghan with 857 games.
The number of appearances doesn’t tell the whole story of one of the greatest players to ever play for Liverpool. Jamie is one of a kind, he came up through the Liverpool academy and now will retire having only played for one club. This is something you don’t see often in football, even past Liverpool legends like Ian Callaghan, Kenny Dalglish, Phil Neal, Ian Rush, John Barnes and Robbie Fowler had played for other clubs.
Ironically Jamie (as described in his excellent autobiography) grew up as a Blue, he even showed up wearing his Everton shirt at his earlier training sessions however he turned out to be a true Red, bleeding Redder and anyone of us. We of course remember his heroics at Istanbul and the treble winning season of 2001 however there was more to Jamie than that. He is a proven leader and I would love to see him coaching back at Liverpool sometime soon, he would eventually make a great manager.
Jamie Carragher and I
On a personal note, I met Jamie last Summer in Boston (Yes, I am gutted that my only photo with him is blurred) and what I had heard was true. The guy is the most down-to-earth person you will ever meet. For those wondering, he does speak slower when he is not being shoved with a microphone in his face :-) Jamie was happy to hear that I was Maltese, his maternal grandparents came from my home country so I can’t be prouder of our Number 23.
My favourite Carra moment was in Istanbul, he convinced Dudek to do Grobbelaar’s spaghetti feet dance before the penalties to distract the AC Milan penalty takers. And yes it worked, proving that knowing your rich history can also win you trophies.
Sunday’s visit of QPR to Anfield will be Jamie Carragher’s last game for Liverpool before his retirement. Ahead of kickoff The Redmen TV bring you all the Uncensored Match Build Up…
- Farewell Jamie Carragher…
- TRIVIA QUESTION
- Nothing to play for but pride, for both sides.
- Dangerman Focus: Loic Remy
- If he was cheap, would you take Remy?
- One last chance to experiment?
- Lineup Thoughts?
- Score Predictions
- TRIVIA ANSWER
With the new Liverpool home shirt being announced a few weeks back, the classy red shirt looks set to soar in sales, especially amongst the younger fans, with many running around with ‘Gerrard 8’, ‘Suarez 7’ and even possibly ‘Coutinho 10’ on their back, wanting to be like their heroes.
This means last season’s kit may be unused and unwanted, and you may decide to sell your old shirt, to help fund your new shirt, especially when the away and third shirts are announced too.
However, no matter what new kit comes out, some kits just can’t be beaten, and one of these are the classic 1984 European Cup Final shirt, in which we beat Roma 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, thanks to Phil Neal, Graeme Souness, Ian Rush and Alan Kennedy all stepping up to the mark at Roma’s home ground in Stadio Olimpico.
Well how would you like to win not only your very own 1984 European Cup Final replica shirt, but also with your own name and number on the back, something that every Liverpool fan would love to own.
With thanks to musicMagpie, one lucky fan can win their very own replica shirt with their own name and number on the back, a classic kit that not only holds so many memories, but one that will remain a classic with Liverpool FC forever.
To enter is easy, you just have to retweet the tweet on @EmpireOfTheKop’s Twitter page, and follow musicMagpie, and the winner will be chosen at random on Thursday 23rd of May.
This is the first of a series of blog entries named :
Hillsborough – A Wider View
In this first entry, we look at the wider scope of the fallout from the events at Hillsborough in very brief terms.
More detail and a look at individual errors will follow in future entries.
HILLSBOROUGH- what an evocative word, or is it?
If you’re a citizen of Britain or indeed a football fan, we would strongly suggest that it should be.
On Saturday 15th April 1989, the worst ever British sporting disaster occurred, & many have taken to pen and paper, recording their thoughts, but here we ask:“What should that simple phrase, Hillsborough, April 1989, mean to a British citizen?”In short, it should bear witness to a tragic injustice of our ‘green & pleasant land’, to wear the scars of British hypocrisy & never be hidden away.
Because that dark scheme leaves a stain that seeps into many prongs of our Society, from young to old, from poor to rich, & from those of privilege to those who scrap for everything they have in life.All are touched by the events of Hillsborough, but especially by their aftermath; whether in ignorance or the criminally tragic truth.
Abundant are the names of those hypocrites, many living today & those now dead, but it is in what they did & yet what they claimed to represent, that we should never forget.
Policemen, doctors, nurses, politicians, teachers, parents, football supporters, journalists, tradesmen & executives of many sorts, have all been very powerfully touched by those 96 innocent deaths.An extraordinary account of events is for an eternity inscribed, in the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s Report.The 395-page chronicle of responsibility is not easy for any honourable person to contemplate, nor should it be; if we are to honestly remember, respect and provide justice for those who died and those who survived but are forever physically and/or emotionally scarred.
The Panel’s Report was published on Wednesday, 12th September 2012 (Wednesday’s child is full of woe), & in our view permanently changed our relationship with the British “Establishment”, because institutions now undeniably have blood on their hands, as well as those forever tarnished for publishing lies.It is an horrendous fact that if we wrote this to point the finger of blame, we would only currently fail to do so, because who exactly takes responsibility for the deaths of The 96 cannot be identified right now; precisely the reason why we have a number of investigations proceeding, & of course the crucial High Court judgement exposing very serious corruption at the heart of this nation’s judicature.
Which is why this is so much more than a sporting disaster.
It should be remembered for a very long time in our history, reminding us of what takes place when a ‘modern’ democracy seeks to quell, yes, even crush its citizens’ voice.It has been established that Policemen lied & their Force(s) colluded, that the English FA denied people their human rights for monetary profit, that people in various organisations failed to ensure grounds being used were basically safe, that coroners & medics essentially lied to hide accountability, that judges conspired to subdue the truth, & politicians connived to hinder innocent victims.
Consider now more closely, which ‘professions’ made such mendacious schemes, to trample & silence the voices of dignified memorial:
First we have to understand that such lying smears only compounded Police force failure & Ambulance service incompetence, which are now established facts.It began with an MP & Policemen’s lies, probably within minutes of the tragedy’s first victim, & once the tangled web of lies and deceit began, many would implicate themselves in its deceit and by doing so also tarnish the reputations of many innocent people and indeed a whole city.To make matters worse, journalists & press agencies bought into the lies, many without question. This only served to spread the lies not just to those alive at the time but to a whole generation who followed.Indeed, one utterly discredited agency clung to its bigoted insults, which to this day is hated.
What followed these initial lies only makes for very uncomfortable cognition, that senior Police officers could lie to protect those they saw as their own, that well respected UK coroners (themselves responsible for very serious tasks) could take part in deception, which would only brutalise & smear innocent people, denying them true justice.These are the very people we as citizens put our trust in to protect us. To uphold the law, & to ensure that there is justice when there is wrongdoing.On Hillsborough, they failed.To date not a single person has been held accountable for the deaths of 96 innocent people at Hillsborough. That is not merely unjust – it is a national disgrace.What about the football authorities though ? This happened prior to the Premier League and it happened in an English FA organised competition – their prestigious cup tournament : The FA Cup.
So where have the English FA been in all of this?
This potentially corrupted Body have said absolutely nothing of note, since the HIP published that damning Report, except a half-hearted apology that doesn’t even come close to recognizing the terrible, double injustice done, nor in any way attempt to lift the very heavy burden carried by the victims’ families, & to many more who survived Hillsborough.
It is this glaring abuse by a Governing Body which proves that it isn’t fit for purpose. Indeed as in many organisations instead of the guilty being shipped out, sacked and/or prosecuted many have been promoted or are still in other positions of influence within either the English game or abroad.
Hillsborough is a massive stain on not just Football but also the English Justice System, Democracy and indeed on basic human decency.
Justice is coming. But it is over 24 years too late for some.