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State Of The Reds: Past Tense Liverpool

State Of The Reds: Past Tense Liverpool

From the outside looking in, sport rewards the patient. The casual observer may get a momentary thrill but the real drama is saved for those who have been paying attention. This Sunday will see Rafael Benitez come to Anfield for the first time since his Valencia side arrived on Merseyside in 2003. It will be [...]

State Of The Reds: Pepe Reina’s Liverpool Reincarnation

State Of The Reds: Pepe Reina’s Liverpool Reincarnation

It’s a fact of life that while everyone is paid to do a job, there are always some that can get away with not pulling their weight. There is however no excuses or hiding places when it comes to goalkeepers. Making an error or neglecting to do what’s required of them and not only does [...]

State Of The Reds: The Dangers Of Looking Too Far Ahead

State Of The Reds: The Dangers Of Looking Too Far Ahead

Planning for the future is fine. Encouraged even. Those that do not prepare themselves fully for what lays ahead further down the road always run the risk of failure. For Liverpool, it seems that once again all there is left to do is look upon what there is to come. For the book to be [...]

State of the Reds: The Defence Industry

State of the Reds: The Defence Industry

In the summer when Brendan Rodgers arrived, Liverpool were in much need of an overhaul. One area which appeared to be regulating itself however was the defence. The lack of any real competition or cover for Jose Enrique aside, there were a plethora of internationals and raw talent which Rodgers could call upon and it [...]

State Of The Reds: Downing But Not Out

State Of The Reds: Downing But Not Out

Counting to a million would take a very long time, discounting it nigh on impossible. These are big numbers, the kind that make you sit up and take notice. Taking even a relatively smaller figure like a few hundred thousand, slapping that kind of figure on a human being seems ludicrous, alien even. But they’re [...]

State Of The Reds: Sign Of The (Financial) Times

State Of The Reds: Sign Of The (Financial) Times

As the demand for exposure has increased over the last decade, so too has the need for knowledge. More specifically, the knowledge of how those – previously anonymous billionaires – are running the team that you support. With the fall of the ITV digital deal, the ownerships of Hicks and Gillett as well as the [...]

State Of The Reds: Renewable Energy

State Of The Reds: Renewable Energy

Whether it be winning or losing, many number of things are pointed at as to the reasons why. When a team goes on a winning run, there are many factors such as it being simply a matter of superior quality, weak opposition or even a sprinkling of luck. Momentum is often referred to as the [...]

State Of The Reds: The Last Picture Show as Liverpool Seek to Topple Zenit St. Petersburg

State Of The Reds: The Last Picture Show as Liverpool Seek to Topple Zenit St. Petersburg

So much can be summed up by so little — a photograph, a song, even a word. For Liverpool, an entire era can bed summarized with the merest utterance of the city Istanbul. The capital of Turkey is where the unlikeliest of Liverpool sides rose to the occasion when everything appeared lost against AC Milan [...]

By February 21, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
State Of The Reds: Falling Down

State Of The Reds: Falling Down

Preconceived notions are the backbone of expectation. We as supporters try to use whatever it is that may already be established as a way of predicting the future, despite the fact that they’re often tainted by prejudice one way or another. As far as Liverpool are concerned, whatever notions anybody had can now safely be [...]

By February 14, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
State Of The Reds: Being The Bully

State Of The Reds: Being The Bully

If. Possibly the biggest word in football. Brendan Rodgers could have been forgiven for saying it on quite a few occasions this season. He could point to Skrtel’s errant backpass against Man City, or to Suarez’s winner against Everton wrongly ruled out due to offside. Over the course of Liverpool’s last two games, there was [...]

By February 10, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
State Of The Reds: Beware The Wounded Liverbird

State Of The Reds: Beware The Wounded Liverbird

It may seem impossible for Liverpool to fall any further from grace following Sunday’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Oldham. The next five days will test that, as their challenge for a top European place next year needs to negotiate a few major obstacles with successive away trips to Arsenal and Manchester City. [...]

State Of The Reds: Liverpool Up For The Cup

State Of The Reds: Liverpool Up For The Cup

Terrible in the league, triumphant in the cup; last season’s results were quite diverse for Liverpool Football Club. Recent victories over QPR, Sunderland and Norwich have all combined garnered less than three points in the previous campaign while it was in this round of the cup last year that a late Dirk Kuyt winner at [...]

State Of The Reds: Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers’ Triple Threat

State Of The Reds: Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers’ Triple Threat

For the final thirty or so minutes at Old Trafford, Liverpool had something at their disposal that they’d not had more or less all season so far: attacking options. They may not have been able to rescue a point, but will attempt to push on for the remainder of the season knowing that they have [...]

State of the Reds: The Over-Simplification Of Luis Suárez

State of the Reds: The Over-Simplification Of Luis Suárez

Time heals all wounds — except for those inflicted by Luis Suárez. Just as the image of the Uruguayan was starting to become more human and stray from the nefarious caricature painted by the media, everything went back to normal for the Liverpool striker. The mud flung in the direction of Suárez after his handball incident [...]

State Of The Reds: Liverpool Transfer Business anything but Casual at Anfield

State Of The Reds: Liverpool Transfer Business anything but Casual at Anfield

With the first week of 2013 still not yet consigned to the history books, already Liverpool Football Club have made moves in the transfer market. After what happened in the summer, more specifically deadline day itself, it was not so important the names of certain players involved in arriving at Anfield but that there would [...]

State Of The Reds: Oblivious To The Obvious

State Of The Reds: Oblivious To The Obvious

Losing happens. Far too often for Liverpool lately. It puts added pressure on the games in between and makes victory that much more necessary and therefore more difficult. A team that has an idea of it’s identity but has yet to fully step into those shoes will fall down every now and then. The frustration [...]

By December 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →