Sunday Jul 18Posted by: Justin Heron  2 Comments »

#lfcfollowback and Twitter

If you are a Liverpool fan that likes to connect to your fellow Reds fans around the world, then there is a good chance that you are using social media to do it. The likes of Twitter and Facebook are regular sources of information sharing, debate on the latest news and rumours surrounding the club and unity between far stretched places around the globe.

Twitter uses hashtags to allow people to search and connect across its platform for sharing or seeing information about certain subjects and events, for example many Reds fans use the hashtag #LFC or #YNWA at the end of their tweets to mark it as a Liverpool FC tweet subject so it is easily seen and found in the timelines of Twitter, it assists people in following other members interested in like minded subjects.

A hashtag has been pushed out at present of #lfcfollowback to allow Liverpool FC fans to search each other, mutually follow each other and interact. So if you are a user of Twitter and wishing to communicate with your fellow supporters then just add the hashtag #lfcfollowback at the end of your tweet and hopefully the rest will take care of itself for you. Given the fan base that Liverpool FC holds across the globe it may well be something that is soon visible in the Twitter trending subjects.

Happy following!

Sunday Jul 18Posted by: Antoine Zammit  8 Comments »

Weekly Transfer Round up – July 18th, 2010

Here is my update for this week’s transfer activity, the percentage is strictly my prediction based on the different sources the stories are coming from.

Confirmed So Far:

In:
Jonjo Shelvey - The youngster has signed from Charlton Athletic for £1.7 million.
Milan Jovanovic – The Serbian striker has penned a 3 year contract.

Out:
Mikel San Jose –
The Spaniard who was on loan at Athletic Bilbao has now made the move permanent.
Fabio Aurelio -The Brazilian’s contract was not extended.
Yossi Benayoun - The Israeli has joined Chelsea.
Francisco Duran - The youngster has been released.
Emiliano Insua – The Argentinian is joining Fiorentina.

Not Confirmed & Rumours:

In:
Danny Wilson -Nothing new here, keeping him at 50% - 50%
Loic Remy –
Looking likely but I will start him at 50% as I am hearing some conflicting news - 50%
Joe Cole – Increasing him from 15%, Roy revealed that he had talks over Cole so it might actually happen – 40%
Maynor Figueroa – With Insua leaving this is a good possibility raising from 15% - 30%
Taye Taiwo - With Insua & Aurelio leaving, we need a left back - 30%
Reto Ziegler – Another Left Back, raising from 5% as it might be a possibility – 20%
Arda Turan - Story has been quiet, keeping him at 15% - 15%
Bryan Ruiz – still being linked but keeping him steady – 15%
Klass-Jan Huntelaar – The Dutchman is being linked with us and Spurs –  15%
Paul Scharner – The Austrian is being linked with Liverpool - 15%
Park Chu-Young – The South Korean is being linked – 15%
Edin Dzeko
- The Bosnian is being linked again - 15%
Victor Caceres – The Paraguayan is being linked – 15%
Ever Banega – Story returned this week – 15%
Steven Defour –  The Belgian is being linked – 15%
Paul Konchesky – The Fulham Left Back is being linked however it is my understanding that Roy can’t take Fulham players with him – 10%
Djibiril Cisse – The former Red could return to Anfield – 10%
Christian Poulsen - The Dane is being linked by the Italian press – 10%
Rene Krhin – Not sure if Rafa will sell the youngster, dropping him from 15% – 10%
Alou Diarra – Story has gone quiet, dropping him from 15% – 10%
Stefan Kiessling - Story has gone quiet this week, dropping from 15%  - 10%
Peter Crouch – Crouchie could return but the story has gone quiet, dropping from 15% - 10%
Keisuke Honda – The Japanese star is being linked again –  10%
Asamoah Gyan – The Ghanian was being linked but the story has been quiet this week, dropping from 10% – 8%
Ashley Young – No word this week, dropping from 10%  – 8%
Steve Taylor – No word this week, dropping from 10% – 8%
David Trezeguet - Unlikely, dropping from 10% – 5%
Gervinho - The Ivory Coast player was being linked however his agent dismissed it – 5%
Wayne Hennessey - Story has been quiet this week but I will leave him at 5% – 5%
Madjid Bougherra - Story has been quiet, leaving him at 5% - 5%
Esteban Cabiasso - Was rumoured as a possible trade for Masch, dropping him from 5% – 4%
Yasuhito Endo
– Dropping him from 5%, nothing new on this story  – 4%
Stefano Okaka -Unlikely move, dropping him from 5% – 3%
Royston Drenthe – Dropping him from 5%, nothing new on this – 3%
Fernando Gago – Still linked but unlikely, keeping him at 2% - 2%
Diego Tardelli - Story is dying, dropping from 5% – 1%
Brede Hangeland – Roy can’t take any Fulham players, dropping from 5% - 0%
Rafael van der Vaart - Story died 0%
Gilberto Silva – Story died – 0%
Daniel Opare – Story died – 0%
Stephen Ireland - Another story that died after Rafa left – 0%
Guiseppe Rossi – Can’t see this happening - 0%
David Bentley - Don’t see this happening – 0%
Giampaolo Pazzini - Does not look likely – 0%
Simon Kjaer - Nothing – 0%
Marijan Antolovic – Nothing – 0%
Micah Richards – No news – 0%
Roque Santa Cruz – Not happening – 0%
Simao – Nothing here - 0%
Oscar Cardozo – Not happening – 0%
Adam Federici
- Nothing on this – 0%
Mesut Özil – Nothing on this - 0%
Yaya Toure – Signed with City – 0%
Gary Cahill - Was originally linked, faded - 0%
Juan Mata – Was originally linked, faded – 0%
Jesus Navas
– Was originally linked, faded - 0%
Javi Martinez – Was originally linked, faded – 0%
RaulRumour 0%
Diego Forlan – Rumour - 0%
AdrianoSigned by Roma0%
Edin DzekoRumour 0%
Gareth BarryRumour - 0%
Nikola Zigic
Signed with Brum0%
Nedum OnuohaRumour - 0%
Michael Johnson
Rumour - 0%

Out:
Javier Mascherano - Didn’t return Roy’s call, I think he is leaving raising from 80% – 85%
Albert Riera - Is being linked with Olympiacos, raising again –  75%
Ryan Babel – No word yet on Ryan’s future, dropping him from 50% - 45%
Nabil El-Zhar - More talk on him leaving, raising from 15% – 40%
Diego Cavalieri - New talks of him returning to Brazil, raising from 10% – 35%
Dani Ayala – No news this week, keeping him at 35% – 35%
Dirk Kuyt -Sunday Times is linking him with Inter & Italian Press with Juve - 30%
Krisztian Nemeth – Lecce have put a bid in for the youngster – 15%
Daniel Pacheco - No news this week, dropping him from 15% – 10%
Lucas Leiva - Wants to stay and Roy wants him dropping from 15% - 10%
David N’Gog
- No word yet if WBA are taking him. Keeping him at 10% - 10%
Steven Gerrard - Roy said that he is not for sale, dropping him from 30% - 5%
Fernando Torres - Wore the Liverpool colours after winning the World Cup and Roy said that he is not for sale, dropping from 40% - 5%
Glen Johnson - Story is dying, dropping from 2% – 1%
Alberto Aquilani – Looks like he is most certainly staying. Dropping him from 2% 0%



Sunday Jul 18Posted by: Antoine Zammit  Comments Off

The Daily Antoine 18/7/2010 LFC News Digest

Last night’s game was called off due to the bad weather more…
(Bummer)

Looks like Hodgson met with Gillett before the game more…
(Aha! Gillett did the rain dance that is why it poured down)

There is a Joe Cole link after all more…
(If we can afford him then I say bring him on board he is good friends with Stevie too)

According to this Cole is being offered a salary of £4.7 million more…
(Wow)

According to the Sunday Times Rafa is after Kuyt
(No Rafa, please no)

Insua is off to Fiorentina more…
(Good luck Emiliano)

Paul Konchesky is being linked as a replacement more…
(I still remember the goal he scored in the FA cup against us)

According to the Italian press Poulsen is being linked too more…
(It is looking more likely that Masch will be gone)

The U18’s were held more…
(Y.N.W.A.)

According to the Star, Millito claims that Masch is too good for the Europa league more…
(Masch was sitting on a bench at West Ham before we rescued him)

The same rag reports that Fergie has saluted Roy Hodgson more…
(Wait until we beat you)

Ian St. John revealed his L.F.C. dream team more…
(Love it)

And finally the Stars report that The New York Yankees want to buy Spurs more…
(Yep those are the real Yankees)

Sunday Jul 18Posted by: Justin Heron  10 Comments »

Hodgson, Purslow and Interpretation

Liverpool is a club steeped in tradition. Tradition that it has created around a unified work ethic and through respect it has earned from the results that commitment achieved. Today’s Liverpool Football Club finds itself in waters that it is very much unfamiliar with, carefully and questionably at times, making decisions day by day that will return it to a somewhat calmer bouyancy which could present itself in different ways and over an unknown time duration.

With minimal direct press access on offer to its key staff and star players, both fans and media alike find themselves at a point in time where interpretation is more open to evaluation than it possibly ever has been before at a business and footballing level. Interpretation from the media on this level allows them to present articles that in a previous era would have only occupied a spare couple of inches of space that no one could think of anything else to stick in, these now run as headline news.

In turn this opens up the fans to their own interpretation of what is presented in front of them and the bold headline fonts get digested a little slower and with more thought as to whether any validity exists. People will sway either way and the story then opens up into further avenues of speculation, opinion and variation as to the facts. The story runs for longer and is therefore perceived as potentially more genuine in part, there is of course “no smoke without fire” as far as a scoop is concerned so we are told.

At present a Liverpool fan seems to find themselves each day on a roller coaster of interpretation to a level that Alton Towers would be happily smug of its design. Their own interpreation, swayed at times by the interpretation of others and the next breaking story. A journalists dream – a period of time where within reason, most presented articles are going to be given substantial thought despite lack of source or minimal quote, let the fans evolve them for you.

Take two quotes from Roy Hodgson concerning current MD Christian Purslow and interpretation can set alarm bells ringing and papers selling very quickly.

Quote 1 (on his brief meeting with Fernando Torres)
“Christian Purslow was also at the meeting and chatted to Fernando for a lot longer after I left but my chat with him was only about football matters.”

Quote 2 (on his opinion of LFC’s continued links with Joe Cole)
“If you want to know about transfer targets, and how things are progressing, you’ll have to ask Christian Purslow because he’s the man looking after those discussions, not me.”

At present Christian Purslow finds himself high on the wanted list with many Liverpool fans but for all the wrong reasons. A man with excpetional business skills in his chosen financial sector, impeccable even but sorely lacking a background in football at any level, is seen to be the man calling all the shots on and off the pitch at Anfield these days by many a spectator. Opinion continues to develop that he was an appointment for and involving Liverpool’s biggest debtor RBS as a bargaining chip for more time to pay and internal clarity between the two organisations. This mixed with stories of upsetting LFC fan forums (his own revenue stream), removing Istanbul victory murals at Melwood and a stand off with former manager Rafa Benitez never lend themselves to painting a picture to the fan base that the club really is within his blood.

So taking these two recent quotes involving star striker Fernando Torres, now the owner of a World Cup winners medal and the free agent that is Joe Cole, to many one of, or the leading, creative English player plying his trade today and most certainly one of the few high grade players linked with the club at present across a field of much mediocracy.

Within seconds of these articles going live in the public realm, the questions started to arrive at speed and agression from the LFC fan base as to who really is calling the shots at the club? Do all avenues point to Christian Purslow and that Roy Hodgson is purely the “Yes” man that many a fan thought the board would be quick to find, without making it too glaringly obvious? Or is Roy perhaps a little smarter than Christian gave him credit for?

Since his press conference on Day 1, Hodgson has been quick to distance himself from every financial aspect of the club (a wise choice) and leave this ball firmly in the hands of Purslow and Broughton to deal with and comment on, this was of course both predictable and more than acceptable for the new man in the door. But how far does this extend before it impacts on footballing decisions? The events that impact on the ability to win, to be competitve across the course of a season, maintain morale and confidence and deliver progression?

We know that at present the revolving door that is players in and out of Anfield is probably turning quick enough for Superman to get changed in but how alarmed should we really be? Interpretation has told us so far, with the helping hand of the voice of Chairman Martin Broughton, that commitment has been made that the funds from player sales generated will be given to Hodgson to reinvest in the squad, a simple 1+1=2, we all understand, well not quite.

Yossi Benayoun
Ignoring some bitter words for the moment from the winger while he admired his new but less history attached Chelsea kit, it is believed that interpretation of this simple statement is in fact not quite correct as it actually only relates to player sales that commence after the arrival of Hodgson is what is really understood. So the funds from the departure of Yossi Benayoun (earmarked to cover towards Rafa’s exit compensation and Fulhams compensation for Roy Hodgson) and also for the imminent departure of Emiliano Insua are in deed straight back to the owners and the side left with the deficiency of being £10m worth of talent down and two squad positions empty. So interpretation of the facts can only be as good as the facts presented to you.

Emiliano Insua
So, ok previously this was a little misunderstanding or a lack of commuincation… wait, hang on… who else was already being negotiated over then prior to Roy’s arrival? and are we forgetting that Christian Purslow issued a statement that no player would be sold until a new manager was appointed and it would be dealt with then. So does interpretaion tell us that Purslow told the truth that no player was actually sold until Hodgson arrived (Benayoun wasn’t) or did he actually mean that no player would actually be sold until a new manager was appointed but when he does get here he wont have a say anyway? Well the sale of Insua lends itself to that model, after all Roy has stated he liked the look of Insua as a player and as a person. Confusing it maybe but it seems almost certain that his career lies outside of L4 now.

So I guess that interpretation then has to take us to a decision that either Insua has just had the worst weeks training he has ever had in his life and in front of the new manager to boot and our other left back (that we dont have!) outshone him supremely? or the decision is out of Roy’s hands and Purslow is pulling all the strings across the board? Surely not, that would be madness. Surely?

Fernando Torres
We know that Fernando Torres is looking for reassurances at the club as to its future and the level of players that will be playing there, we also know that Roy has advised Purslow has spent more time with Torres than he has himself. Plus Roy was careful to point out that he only spoke about football? So did Christian speak to him on a financial level (where Hodgson cannot operate or give the assurances the player wants)? Did Chritian have promises of old to fufil or maintain? or was he purely asking him about his Sisters wedding in Madrid? 

Roy Hodgson
Hodgson is certainly an experienced if not successful manager, articulate and respectful in his responses, enjoyed by the media and savvy to them. A gift for the media was certainly not part of Rafa Benitez’s makeup but he was happy to walk another line, for which he made his own admirers.

Roy could actually do far worse than to keep things as simple at Liverpool on the pitch as he does off it with the media , whether that methodology works for him long term is a work in progress with many variables at present but its certainly not the worst plan to adopt. This ethos would work well for Hodgson having a greater number of players of a higher calibre now, that he has not had the opportunity to work with at any frequency in recent years. Play football, express yourself, keep it simple, pass and move, enjoy it for what it is. An attraction that could even be a deciding factor for a player like Joe Cole, whether the bookies have their odds right remains to be seen.

Off the pitch perhaps this strategy may actually be serving him well already if you take a look at the other side of the coin. You don’t need to say much for it to have purpose and sometimes what you don’t say is far more important than what you do. A man happy to guide interpretation himself instead of letting it guide him?

At present whether you deem Hodgson to be a pawn in Purslow’s game of chess or whether on the other hand he is the black knight heading down the flank is your own choice. Right now all player sales and purchases remain with Christian’s head on the line and not his. Once that squad is finally assembled for better or for worse, he can only work with what he has and not what he doesn’t, he has no history himself at Liverpool to be compared with right now.

Liverpool fans will back their manager everytime, it is what they relentlessly do whether they agree with him week in, week out or not, the chance will certainly be provided, that comes from supporter trust stemming from a strong knowledge of the game. But any success with that squad will be credited to the manager and the players a long time before it is credited to the person that signs off the cheques, is that such a bad positon to be in?.

Positivity is available and with the right decisions Liverpool’s squad could improve dramatically, even to the point of rejuvenating excitement for its followers and raising a few eyebrows at its rivals. Dark days will continue to come and storms will break but they will pass. The interpretaion of Christian Purslow’s role at the club though and his execution of it, will rumble on for far longer yet.He may as well carry a shirt number for next season as he owes the fans a performance, he has the freedom to roam now that he so badly wanted, so lets see if the lad can actually play, if not then the transfer list it has to be.

Saturday Jul 17Posted by: Antoine Zammit  8 Comments »

VIDEOS: Good luck Emiliano Insua

Today we heard the sad news that Emiliano Insua is off to Fiorentina, we will miss you.
Good luck Emiliano.

Here is the goal Emiliano scored against Arsenal

Saturday Jul 17Posted by: maithri  5 Comments »

EOTK Fantasy Premier League: 2010/2011

Website: http://fantasy.premierleague.com/

League name: The Empire

Code: 80916-56270

A new season means a new fantasy league. I dunno about you but I find myself creating a fantasy league team at the start of every season and gradually loose interest in it as the season wears on. But I’m sure there are many of you who will find time to update your teams every weekend so I decided to create a league for all EOTK fans and whoever you wish to invite.

You can make your team now and change the team as much as you want until the start of the Premier League season, so you can change your team depending on what transfers are made etc etc. If you already have a team on this website, then you just enter the code in and you can put your existing team into the EOTK league. There is forum on there for banter and whatnot, but I’ll try to post regular(ish) updates on the leaderboard (no promises though).

The winner gets the respect and adulation of literally dozens.