Saturday Apr 14Posted by: Peter Higgins  7 Comments »

Kenny, Comolli and the future.

Whilst the departure of Damien Comolli came as a shock, it was inevitable that there was going to be a reaction to our poor league form this season. Reports that the owners had flown in early ahead of the semi-final against Everton should have given us a hint that something was about to happen. They took the decision that he wasn’t the right man for the job and it’s hard to argue. Whether you think the likes of Carroll, Downing, Henderson and Adam will come good or not, it’s fair to say none of those players have consistently played at a level required at a club like Liverpool. Even the form of Enrique and Suarez could be called into question. This may sound harsh but if we have ambitions of getting back into the top four and challenging for trophies that’s the pressure that the players have to cope with. Unfortunately too many of the players I’ve mentioned have struggled with this pressure and haven’t stepped up to the plate since leaving so called smaller clubs.

I know Kenny took responsibility for bringing in the players, but this is just a sign of the man and his loyalty to those around him. He wasn’t even hired when Suarez and Carroll were bought There’s no way the owners would have entrusted £57m to a temporary manager.

For the owners, getting rid of Kenny is an impossible task. Although some supporters have questioned his position, many still remember all he has done for the club in the past and have faith that he is the right man to lead us to more glory in the future. John W Henry and Tom Werner are no fools. They know if they were to get rid of Kenny and appoint someone else only for it to not work out they would alienate the fans. Furthermore, they have rejuvenated a massive club in America and understand the importance of stability. Replacing a manager every twelve months doesn’t lead to success.

That said, the sacking of Comolli demonstrates the owners are prepared to make big decisions if they feel it’s the right time. The pressure is now on Kenny. What I like about Werner’s interview is that he was very emphatic when he said we will be better next season and we can compete with other clubs for the top players. Another season of underachievement in the league won’t be tolerated. We can expect a busy summer in the transfer window where first and foremost we will undoubtedly look to add a quality goal scorer. Despite our poor results in the league, we have played some great football this season and if we had someone like a young Robbie Fowler who gets in the right positions and puts the ball in the net we would surely be looking forward to playing in the Champions League next year.

For us, this season is now all about adding the FA Cup to the Carling Cup. Two trophies and European football would be an impressive start to Kenny’s second coming. First we have to overcome an in-form Everton. I think we will and I’m heading to Wembley with confidence.

Come on Red Men!

Friday Oct 14Posted by: Antoine Zammit  3 Comments »

The Daily LFC: 14th October 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

Happy Birthday to my son Paul, he is 17 today.

The entire squad is fit for the Man Utd game more…
(WOW, I don’t remember the last time that happened)

LeBron James will be watching his first EPL game on Saturday more…
(Now you get to see a real sport LeBron)

Spirit of Shankly is opposed to Ian Ayre’s proposal of going alone on the TV deals more…
(While I support S.O.S. and am a member of the Union (and will remain) I do have to disagree with them on this one) 

John W Henry admits that we might have overpaid for some players more…
(Greedy small club owners have put huge price tags)

Henry does say it could take years to catch up to United more…
(Well they got a 25 year head start) 

The King compares the owners to his old bosses more…
(YNWA) 

Rafa wants Kenny to retore the glory days more…
(Kwality)

Kenny has played down the United game more…
(LOL)

Alan Hansen believes that the fans can make the difference more…
(United are scared of Anfield)

In the meantime Marsh is ready to unleash his youngsters more…
(Go get ‘em)

Martin Kelly believes that Jamie Carragher will make a great boss in the future more…
(Agree)

Tom Werner is eager to maximise the club’s earning potential more…
(Agree)

Jerzy Dudek revealed that he almost joined Arsenal more…
(Wow)

And we are being linked with Torino defender Ogbonna more…
(Humm)

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Wednesday Sep 14Posted by: Antoine Zammit  3 Comments »

The Daily Antoine: 14th September 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

The MPs will debate the release of all the Hillsborough files on October 17th more…
(Excellent News)

Tom Werner praises Kenny more…
(YNWA)

Nathan Eccleston is in hot water for what he tweeted on Sept 11th more…
(When I saw it I thought he was joking. How can anyone not believe that those horrible acts were not caused by Al Qaeda baffles my mind when we all saw it happen live on TV and there was so much evidence) 

Shearer claims that Kenny will get Carroll singing again  more…
(Actually it was Rooney who got him to sing Karaoke with him in the Barbados, LOL)

Aldo believes that Bellamy is the bargin buy of the Summer more…
(Agree)

He also praises Daniel Agger more…
(Agger has been awesome)

The former striker also blames missed chances not the referee for our defeat at Stoke more…
(Well wait for the next story)

Tony Pulis admits that we were denied a penalty more…
(Huge respect for the guy)

The LFC legend also  insists that we have to bounce back against Spurs more…
(Can’t agree more) 

Ryan Babel blasts LFC training regime for his poor form while with the Reds more…
(Excuses, excuses, excuses)

According to this Comolli praised Aquilani for his professionalism
(Wonder where they got that story from?)

‘Arry is resting Van Der Vaart so he can play against us more…
(Humm putting out a weak team in Europa are we ‘Arry? Isn’t that against UEFA rules?)

Here is some information on the Carling Cup tickets
(We need to win it)

And here we go again, Daily Star claiming that Dirk Kuyt wants out more…
(BS)

Great stuff coming from Craig Bellamy and his foundation more…
(Awesome) 

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Friday Sep 2Posted by: Antoine Zammit  Comments Off

The Daily LFC: 2nd September 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

98 years ago today,  The Great Bill Shankly was born

Of course the great man will be remembered more…
(I can’t believe it has been 30 years since he passed away)

Jordan Henderson scored a cracker for England U21 yesterday more…
(The kid if class, he was the skipper too)

Gary Speed is excited that Bellamy joined LFC more…
(YNWA)

Bellamy came back because Kenny is his hero more…
 (YNWA, welcome back home)

Carra is excited to see Craig return more…
(YNWA) 

Cardiff also tried to sign him more…
(Hummm) 

Comolli talks on how Bellamy has qualities we need more…
(Agree)

Damien hails the owners more…
(YNWA)

Downing talks on how Kenny has given him confidence more…
(The king knows best)

Charlie Adam will not retire from International football anytime soon more…
(Just don’t get injured) 

Cole is gutted that things didn’t work out at LFC more…
(We are gutted too)

Fabio Aurelio doing great things to give back more…
(YNWA)

Stevie and Carra turn blue for a day more…
(Great cause, YNWA) 

Rafa is launching his own website and TV show on Eurosport more…
(Kwality) 

And finally here is an interesting article on player’s salaries more…
(WOW) 

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Friday Aug 26Posted by: Antoine Zammit  1 Comment »

The Daily LFC: 26th August 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

I was interviewed by Adrian Clarke for the Red White & Blue Podcast more…
(At around -13:30)

Aquilani has joined AC Milan on a season long loan more…
(Good luck) 

John W Henry and Tom Werner are rated as the No 1 Major League Baseball owners more…
(And very soon they will also be No 1 footie owners) 

Dani Pacheco was loaned to Atletico who in return loaned him to Rayo Vallencano more…
(Now it all makes sense)

At 97 decibels we are the loudest fans in the EPL more…
(YNWA)

The King is happy that the government has agreed to release the Hillsborough files more…
(JFT96)

Kenny is delighted by Suarez’s form more…
(Yeah Baby) 

He is tight lipped about Coates more…
(That is because it is going to happen)

Martin Skrtel is happy to be back more…
(Great stuff, YNWA) 

Spearo praises Suarez more…
(YNWA)

Kranjcar is being linked more…
(Don’t buy this)

And more talk of Bellamy returning more…
(Put him and Suarez up front and they will destroy everything) 

And there is more BS about Dirk Kuyt leaving more…
(Bull)

Former Red Hugh McAuley was praised by a Norwegian mum more…
(YNWA)

Poulsen has been left out of the Danish squad however Agger made it more…
(Please don’t get injured Danny) 

And he is stressed about his future at LFC more…
(I am stressed too) 

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Tuesday Aug 16Posted by: Antoine Zammit  5 Comments »

The Daily Antoine: 16th August 2011 – Liverpool F.C. News update

Kenny is urged to keep spending by the Owners more…
(YNWA)

Carroll vows to keep improving more…
(YNWA)

Jose Enrique claims that Andy Carroll will terrorise the defences more…
(YES WAY JOSE) 

Rodolfo Borrell talks about some greats in the academy more…
(Future looks bright)

The Supporters’ Committee met with the LFC staff more…
(YNWA)

And Robbie Keane has moved to LA Galaxy more…
(He joined his boyhood club, oh wait the LA Galaxy was created in 1996)

Pacheco’s Spain got eliminated from the U20 World Cup more…
(YNWA)

Stevie G is stepping up rehab to return in mid-September more…
(We miss you Stevie)

Loris Nery is being linked more…
(Humm) 

And the Texas Rangers are suing Tom Hicks again more…
(Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, LOL) 

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