Monday Feb 13Posted by: Peter Higgins  6 Comments »

Moving forward

It was the right thing for Suarez, Kenny and Ayre to apologize for the handshake saga. It wasn’t a good move by Suarez, refusing to shake hands. I can understand him feeling hard done by when he has been globally branded a racist. He maintains his innocence. But as a professional footballer he should have shook Evra’s hand, put the matter to bed once and for all and got on with the game. Likewise, Evra shouldn’t have tried to provoke him at the final whistle and Ferguson shouldn’t have made his comment that ‘Liverpool should sell Suarez’ as that’s got nothing to do with him.

Nobody at Liverpool told Ferguson he should sack Cantona when he kicked a fan. Or that he should get rid of Ferdinand when he was found guilty of deliberately missing a drug test. Or that Keane should be shown the door when he went out to injure Alf-Inge Haaland. You didn’t hear Benitez, our manager at the time, calling for Rooney to be sacked when he was proved to have once again cheated on his wife when he paid for prostitutes. And Kenny didn’t call for Giggs to get cast aside when it came out that he had been having an affair with his brother’s wife for years. Fair enough, Ferguson had a right to say he thought Suarez was wrong not to shake Patrice Evra’s hand but he shouldn’t start telling Liverpool Football club which players they should sack.

I was glad that the apologies were subsequently issued and accepted. Hopefully this goes some way to repairing the image of our great club. I also hope that we can all move forward and concentrate on football. Obviously there’s no love lost between Liverpool and Manchester United. We just don’t like each other. But that’s been the case for years. Fowler and Neville were never best friends. In fact it’s fair to say they despised each other. But the best way Liverpool or United can hurt each other is by winning matches. Knock each other out of cups. Beat each other to titles.

Personally, I would love Liverpool to keep Suarez. He’s one of our best players. He scored against United on Saturday and continually caused their defence problems. I’m just a bit worried that he won’t be allowed to get on with his career without discrimination. Liverpool won’t sell Suarez because Ferguson thinks we should. But if referees and the FA treat Suarez harshly and give decisions against him in the future then the club might have no choice but to sell him. I already think there are decisions that haven’t gone in his favour because of his reputation. There have been times when he has genuinely been fouled and referees have automatically assumed that he’s dived. Decisions like this will cost us trophies if they continually go against us and we lose games as a result.

Suarez has to try his best to repay the fans, Kenny and everyone else at the club for their unequivocal support throughout the racial allegations and his ban. He has to stop doing silly things like sticking two fingers up to Fulham fans and do his talking on the pitch. But the authorities have to allow him the opportunity to do so. Anyone can make a mistake. It’s what Suarez does next and how he is treated in return that will dictate whether he is able to move forward or forced to move on.

Monday Feb 13Posted by: Antoine Zammit  1 Comment »

The Daily LFC: 13th February 2012 – Liverpool F.C. News update

Rupert Murdoch is determined to keep The S*n printing more…
(SHUT IT DOWN)

Suarez has apologised for not shaking hands with Evra more…
(YNWA, time to move on)

And Ian Ayre has issued a statement on the case more…
(Case over now)

And Kenny too has apologised more…
(Case totally over now)

Man Utd have accepted the apologies more…
(A lot of love floating around now)

John Barnes talks some sense more…
(YNWA John)

And Shearer and Hansen talk about the issue too more…
(Everyone is talking about this) 

The PFA chief wants the EPL to take action regarding the handshake more…
(Oh yeah and that is going to help the situation then) 

Rio “I have lost respect for Suarez” more…
(I lost respect for Rio a very long time ago)

And the PM chimes in and wants to hold a racism conference more…
(Racism is not a football issue but a social issue)

Even the New York Times chimed in more…
(Interesting that it was on the front page)

Rooney wants Stevie G as England captain more…
(Humm)

And finally here is an update on the Brighton tickets more…
(Good luck) 

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Saturday Feb 11Posted by: Peter Higgins  2 Comments »

Liverpool vs United

Part of me hates these games. They’re so stressful and the feelings that come with this match go way beyond football. Win and I’m over the moon – life just seems so much better. Lose and I have no appetite for football – or anything else for that matter. If we get beat I’ll want to lock myself away from the world with just a beer for company.

Form counts for nothing when Liverpool clash with Manchester United. Either team can be on a bad run and raise their game to produce a win. And so the momentum begins. The week that precedes this fixture is when the nerves start. Listening to pre-match interviews get the adrenalin pumping. By the morning of the game I’ve already worked myself into a frenzy. And I’m not only hungry for football but looking forward to a feast. I guess people would class Liverpool versus Manchester United as football’s equivalent of a feast: a mix of blood and thunder, with generous helpings of guile and class. Well for neutrals this may be true, but for me the emotion that accompanies this fixture often makes it hard to enjoy. Unless of course we win!

In about an hour I’ll be meeting some mates in a pub where we’ll build ourselves up for the match. The beer will be flowing and we’ll become more and more hysteric as we wait for kick off. I won’t be able to stop the pressure or the intensity from growing inside me. And as I look around the pub I’ll see other supporters, perhaps sub-consciously, gearing themselves up for the match. Just like boxers preparing for a fight, we’ll be getting ready to do battle. The pub is our dressing room. And at 12.45 we’ll go head to head with our opponent. Kopites together. The noise and the passion will reach unbelievable levels.

This is the biggest day of our season and our ambition of getting into the Champions League, added to the recent bad feeling caused by the Suarez/Evra situation will just add to the occasion. As I write this, I’m telling myself we can’t afford to lose. As I make my way to the pub I’ll tell myself we won’t lose. And by the time the match actually kicks off I’ll have convinced myself we are going to win. That we are going to stuff the Mancs. Because we are Liverpool and that is what we do. I hope I’m right!

YNWA

Saturday Feb 11Posted by: Antoine Zammit  1 Comment »

The Daily LFC: 11th February 2012 – Liverpool F.C. News update

Kickoff against the Evil Empire is at 12:45PM

Clarke “Everyone must perform” more…
(Yes)

Giggs is afraid more…
(Imogen that)

Pics of the players training yesterday
(Bring them on) 

While Fergie says that Evra and Suarez’s handshake not an issue more…
(Glad to see that the clubs have agreed on something) 

Enrique might feature today more…
(YES)

Jamie Carragher wants to see Stevie captain England more…
(LFC comes first) 

And Carra wants Redknapp and O’Neill for England more…
(What about Roy?) 

And Kenny wants to see Fergie managing England more…
(ROFL) 

Hendo hails Suarez’s return more…
(YES)

Spearing “Size never an issue”  more…
(YNWA)

The U18 clash has been postponed more…
(Weather) 

Bellamy “Liverpool can end the season on a high note” more…
(AAAAAAAaaaaaaaa  is that high enough? LOL)

According to the Daily Mail we are after Keita more…
(That bastion of truth, The Daily Mail)

And according to the Spanish press we are after Llorente more…
(Humm)

Joao who just signed for LFC has already been sent on a goodwill mission more…
(Teach them young, YNWA)

Here is some ticket info for the Brighton game
(Good luck) 

And also the Carling Cup final here…
(Good luck) 

And finally the FA are in a hypocritical mess more…
(Oh Boy) 

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Friday Feb 10Posted by: Antoine Zammit  Comments Off

The Daily LFC: 10th February 2012 – Liverpool F.C. News update

Good news as the House of Commons is set to debate Kevin Williams’s inquest more…
(That is awesome news)

Sad to hear that Tommy Smith has to sell his LFC medals more…
(Terrible, hopefully someone can buy them for the club museum)

Craig Bellamy was the Standard Charter Player of the Month for January more…
(Congrats) 

Kenny “They have all helped Pepe” more…
(YNWA)

Alan Hansen has praised Jay Spearing more…
(YNWA) 

The King also reveals that Suarez will shake hands with Evra more…
(The question is, will Evra shake hands with Suarez?)

In case you missed it Glen Johnson is upset over Capello resigning more…
(Humm)

Mike Marsh talks about the U18 defeat at Bolton more…
(YNWA)

And youngster Krisztian Adorjan hopes to emulate Stevie G. more…
(YNWA)

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Thursday Feb 9Posted by: Antoine Zammit  1 Comment »

The Daily LFC: 9th February 2012 – Liverpool F.C. News update

Sad to hear that Jessie Paisley wife of Bob has passed away more…
(RIP, to the family and friends my thoughts and prayers are with you)

Fabio Capello has resigned from the England job more…
(Hodgson for England, PLEASE)

Kenny talks about the Man Utd game more…
(Bring them on)

Kenny “Suarez row is over” more…
(Yes it is but the Mancs will not hear that they will still be chanting 30 years from now) 

Suarez “Abuse will spur me on” more…
(Bring them on)

And the League will keep the handshakes more…
(Wonder if Evra will shake hands with Suarez) 

Speaking of handshakes a Man Utd fan has been found guilty of racism more…
(OMG how can that happen to such a wonderful club?) 

Jonjo “I hope I impressed the boss” more…
(I am sure you did)

Kenny is happy that some senior players were given a run against Norwich more…
(YNWA)

The King is really excited about Jack Robinson’s return more…
(Future looks bright) 

Those going to OT here is info from the Manchester Police
(Good luck) 

Kuyt calls Bellamy “Incredible” more…
(Yes he is) 

And Kuyt’s goal against Man Utd was the LFC January goal of the month more…
(Agree)

Aldo “Stats tell story of LFC’s problem this season” more…
(Yes, goals we haven’t scored enough)

The young Reds will face Ajax in the NextGen Semi more…
(Bring them on)

The guy who blasted Kenny and our club over racism made a racist remark himself more…
(Glass houses) 

And finally ‘Arry Redknapp has been cleared of tax evasion more…
(Roy will be upset now because ‘Arry is favourite for the England job)

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