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  1. Saturday Jun 8: Fuck all happening at the moment. The most interesting thing I saw today was something on Twitter that might have been complete bollocks for all I know. It got my attention though. Klopp was apparently invited onto the Graham Norton Show but declined, as he preferred to go on holiday instead. Completely understand why Kloppo couldn’t be arsed with it, as he doesn’t get much opportunity to get away from it all and spend time with the family. Besides, he’s not really into all that celebrity jazz anyway. Still, imagine how fucking funny he’d have been on there. He’s the only manager with the personality to pull a show like that off. Actually I tell a lie, my man Tim Sherwood could do it. If he had a job. And if he ever actually won something. Tell you who couldn’t pull it off. Pep, the boring bastard. He’d be whining about not getting credit for his treble and telling everyone about how big John Stones' balls are. Actually, that might make decent telly thinking about it. Is this what the summer is going to reduce me to? Just talking absolute shite about nothing to fill space? Anyone makes a crack that it doesn't take the summer to have me doing that can fuck off. Oh wait, something did actually happen today. Robbo scored a screamer for Scotland. It was like the shot he had in the final against Spurs only this one went in. Willing to bet here and now that he bags at least a couple like that next year. He’s finding his range I reckon. Imagine how good he’ll be when he adds a few goals to his armoury. We’re talking Balon d’or. Sunday Jun 9: England won the third place game against the Swiss after penalties. I didn’t watch it as to be honest I didn’t even know it was on. I wouldn’t have watched even if I had known, but I might have dipped in and out of it just to check on Shaq. Trent had a good game, apparently. I only know this because Lineker was tweeting about him. Again. Lineker obsesses about Trent almost as much as Man City’s press office obsesses about the Reds. In the final, Portugal beat Holland, which is a minor blow to Virgil’s hopes of pipping Messi. It shouldn’t make any difference either way really, but if he’d skippered Holland to this trophy it might have had an influence. Bernardo Silva was named player of the tournament, much to the visible disgust of Ronaldo. Maybe he is just a selfish, self absorbed, individual glory above the team wanker, or maybe he’s just playing up to that now and it’s all just some elaborate in-joke between him and his team-mates. He pulls this kind of shit all the time. The hissy fit he threw a few years ago when Arbeloa nipped in front of him to score a back post tap in was sensational. Is he really this much of a diva or is he just winding us all up? I reckon it’s a bit of both, as that one today can’t possibly be real. Meanwhile, one of his Portugal team-mates is hoping for a call from the Reds. Bruno Fernandez (who I mentioned a couple of weeks ago after he said he likes us better than City), is reportedly wanted by Spurs to replace Eriksen but he’s holding out in the hope that Klopp makes a move. United want him too, but what self respecting decent footballer is going to join that circus when there are better offers on the table? They are on the brink of signing that Welsh winger from Swansea and they’re being linked with Longstaff from Newcastle. They have no idea what they’re doing. They tried the “throw massive money at superstars” approach and it bombed spectacularly. So now they’re going oppo and doing it the “sign young and hungry players from unfashionable clubs” route. It won’t work because they don’t have the structure (or manager) in place to make it work. It’s a long way back for them fuckers. This is just a teaser, click here to read the full article Please note that 'the Week that Was' is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  2. Report by Dave Usher I’m going to start the report on this final by rewinding back 12 months to last year’s one. Specifically, the aftermath of it and Jurgen Klopp’s reaction. While the rest of us were still in a daze, trying to process the mad shit that happened and attempting to deal with the disappointment of it all, Klopp was on the ale with his mates, grinning and singing about how “we swear we’ll keep on being cool, and bring it back to Liverpool”. And he actually did it. He fucking did it. Not only that, he did it while also registering the highest points tally in club history. We’ve just witnessed the most impressive season in the entire history of the club. It might not have produced as many trophies as some of the memorable campaigns of the past did, but 97 points in the league and a European Cup in the trophy cabinet is a monumental accomplishment. It can’t be over-stated what Klopp and his team have done this year, especially in light of how last season ended. My memory is terrible these days but I remember how I felt a year ago as though it was yesterday. Initially it was anger and disappointment. The anger never really went away (fuck you, Ramos, you’re still a shithouse) but the disappointment was replaced by defiance and confidence within a day or two. On the Monday after the final I wrote something for ‘This is Anfield’ about how I wished the new season was starting there and then because I was sure we were going to make everyone pay for what happened in Kiev. I’ve just had a look back to see exactly what I wrote and here are a few snippets from it: “The loss to Madrid isn’t the end of the journey, it’s just a speed bump on the road to glory. We have a young and incredibly exciting team with the best manager we could possibly ever hope for. This defeat won’t break them and it won’t break us. It will be the fuel that fires us through next season. "I’m over it, and far more quickly than I ever imagined. I just wish the season was starting again this weekend because I’m raring to go again already. We were the best team in the Champions League this year and we’ll be even better next year. We aren’t going away this time; we’re going to come back stronger, better and hungrier than before. You only had to look at that video of Klopp singing with his mates at 6am after the final to know that. He’s not worried, he’s excited and confident. We should be too. "We’ll be really good next season no matter what, but depending on what we do in the transfer market we might actually be sensational. I expect mayhem from us next season. The disappointment of Kyiv should fuel the players and the new signings will hopefully bring a bit of nasty with them. Add a bit of devil to what we have and…well, look out. "The final is in Madrid next season, at Wanda Metropolitano, the home of Atletico. It’s a pity it isn’t at the Bernabeu because what better way of exacting revenge on Ramos & Co. than by taking their title off them in their own stadium? Beating them in their own city will have to do.” It's funny looking back at that, and uncanny how it played out almost exactly the way I predicted. We didn’t get to beat Real in their own city but that’s because they just turned to shit when they sold Ronaldo. We had to make do with smashing Barca instead, but Zidane, Ramos & co should be glad that Ajax humiliated them as it saved them from getting it even worse from our lads. The point I’m labouring to make here is that Klopp is remarkable. He's the reason I was so full of bravado after we lost to Madrid. He just inspires belief. If he had me thinking like that, imagine the impact he will have had on the players he mixes with every day. Actually we don't need to imagine, because we seen it. There just aren’t words to do justice to what this man has done, and how he’s done it. There’s nobody like him. Nobody. He's completely unique. That night a year ago just sums up why he’s so great. He’d just lost his sixth final, he knew he’d never hear the end of it because prior to that all he’d been hearing was how he’d lost his last five. But none of it fazes him at all. He doesn’t get disappointed, he just picks himself and starts throwing punches again. No wonder he loves the Rocky films so much. He lives his life by the code of the Italian Stallion. “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!” You just can’t keep Klopp down. He just takes the punishment, smiles and comes back for more, determined to go one better. So I go back to that night when Klopp and his mates are singing, with beers in their hands, and then I fast forward to yesterday. Klopp once again singing, with a beer in his hand, only this time he’s hanging off the back of a big red bus doing a parade around the city in front of 750,000 fans. And he’s got ol’ Big Ears on the bus with him. This is just a teaser, click to view the full report Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  3. Before writing this I had a look at Matip’s report card from this time last year. He was a 6 out of 10 and I ended the review with this: "The main thing for him is to stop getting injured so we can see what he’s made of. We know his partnership with Lovren isn’t bad but we’ve not seen much of him with Big Virg. Lovren's game went up another level with the Dutchman alongside him, so perhaps Matip's can too? At the moment Lovren is in possession of the shirt but there’ll be more than enough games to keep them all involved next year. I feel as though next year is make or break for Matip. He's got the ability but he needs to show he has the durability and the consistency." I’d say he did it, wouldn't you? Are there any Matip doubters still out there after the last six months? He only played half a season, but he was pretty much flawless when he did play. This wasn’t as surprising a success story as Divock Origi, but back in the opening months of the season no-one could have predicted the vital role Matip would play in a team that picked up 97 points and also became European Champions. It was hardly his fault he only played half a season, so I couldn’t really factor that into his rating. He had to be judged on the games he did play, not the ones he didn’t. And based on the games he played, he was actually one of our most impressive players. He's much more low profile than virtually everybody else in the squad, so he's never going to get much in the way of hype, but in the closing weeks of the season he was arguably as good as anyone. He started the season injured and number four in the pecking order but he ended it as the number two behind Van Dijk. He got in the side through injuries to Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, but he stayed in there because of his own performances. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note, 'Season Report Cards' are only be available to TLW subscribers. Subscriptions are just £2 per month and can be purchased here.
  4. A couple of weeks ago I did player ratings in my monthly column for the Norwegian supporters club magazine, “the Kopite”. Even though the ratings were done the day before the Champions League Final, the ratings I gave each player in “the Kopite” will be the same as the ones I’ll be doing on here too. With just one exception - Alisson. I gave him 8 out of 10 in the Kopite, which on reflection was…. well, it was bollocks. I did him a dis-service. Like I say, the ratings were written the day before the final, but it was not his performance in that game that caused me to revise the rating I gave him. Well it was, just not in the way you’d think, but I’ll explain that shortly. So why did I ‘only’ give him an eight initially? My justification for it was that he made several mistakes that have been mostly forgotten about because either they didn’t result in a goal, or if they did, never cost us points. I stand by that point, if not the overall rating. Two examples off the top of my head are a cross he misjudged against Cardiff that Sean Morrison should have buried (the ref would have given a foul anyway, but there didn’t look much wrong with it to me) and an incident at Anfield late in the season (can’t remember who it was against) when he came out for a ball and missed it, the ball hit him in the face and then popped up perfectly for him to grab it. There were other similar ones throughout the season, which I accept is no big deal as it goes with the job. All keepers make mistakes, it’s unavoidable. The only reason I bring them up is to explain why I was ‘only’ giving him an eight and not higher. Alisson made a fair few errors but I don’t think they cost us a single point. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, but if you can be both then that’s perfect, and finally it looks like we have a keeper who fits that description. Alisson is great, and he also seems like he has Lady Luck in his corner. Neither Mignolet or Karius could ever be described as ‘lucky’ and many wouldn’t call them ‘good’ either, although I have a lot of time for big Simon so I’ll always fight his corner. As for ‘the Instagram Kid’? Yeah, that’s not a hill I’m prepared to die on, sorry. It always felt to me like any time Mignolet made a mistake it ended up costing us a goal. The poor bloke never got away with anything. Alisson made some blunders this year that Mignolet would have been slated for, but most of the time his blushes were spared because the ball didn’t end up in the net, or if it did it didn’t cost us points. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note, 'Season Report Cards' are only be available to TLW subscribers. Subscriptions are just £2 per month and can be purchased here.
  5. One of the least likely success stories in recent times. Two years ago he was loaned out because he was (rightfully) behind Dom Solanke in the pecking order. One year ago he was on the market but nobody was willing to meet an asking price reported to be around £20m. Wolves were the one club who seemed genuinely interested last summer, but they wouldn’t pay the asking price and the rest is history. As it turns out, the goals he scored this season were worth more than double the fee we wanted for him. Funny old game, Saint. I’ll be honest, I’d have happily seen Divock leave last summer as he’d done nothing for two years and there was no reason to think this year would be any different. He didn’t exactly light it up in pre-season, and with Sturridge looking rejuvenated and fitter than he’d done for years, Origi just looked like a spare part. There was nothing to suggest he’d have much of a role to play and that’s why he was available for such a relatively low fee. £20m might not seem like that low a fee, but in today’s market it really is. He’s an international striker and only 24 years of age. Someone really should have taken him for £20m but luckily for us they never. It’s really tough getting a handle on him. For a while there he looked like he was going to be a real player, but after the Funes Mori tackle he just wasn’t the same. I don’t think it was the injury itself that did the damage, it was more that it came at a time when he was absolutely killing it, and when he came back he wasn’t at the same level and his confidence suffered. He just never looked the same and his loan in Germany last year was mostly a waste of time. This late season impact he’s had just pretty much came out of nowhere. He deserves every bit of adulation that comes his way though because the success he had was a direct result hard work and a fantastic attitude. I can't praise him enough. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note, 'Season Report Cards' are only be available to TLW subscribers. Subscriptions are just £2 per month and can be purchased here.
  6. When it comes to football, it is hard to know everything about every team because there are so many. Liverpool has consistently topped their leagues for quite some time. If you would like to know more about the Reds, check out this article. A team with as long and as prestigious a history as Liverpool is always going to have some interesting history. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting things about the team now. History of Liverpool Football Club Liverpool Football Club was founded in 1892 and has won; • 18 League Titles • 7 FA Cups • 6 European Cups • 8 League Cups • 3 UEFA Cups This team is one of the most popular football clubs in the world and has over 200 other supporter clubs across 50 different countries. Top Players Since this team has been around for many years there have been some brilliant players scoring some brilliant goals and winning many matches. Some of the top Liverpool to this day include; Luis Suarez, John Barnes, Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard, Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker as well as many others. Premier League Liverpool Football Club is currently competing in the Premier League and has many upcoming matches to play in order to win points. So far, Liverpool is sitting at 2nd place in the Premier League. The Premier League is a great deal to many football teams because it involves 20 different teams all trying to score as much as possible in order to be crowned English football champions. Premier League matches are watched by around 900 million people across 190 countries from August until May. During the League 380 matches are played both at home and away across the August-May season. 3 points are awarded to a team that wins and if there is a draw 1 point is awarded; the teams that fail to win points at the end of the season are relegated to the championship. Betting When it comes to football many people decide to place bets to try and win money by guessing which teams will win the matches. Betting can be done any time when there is a football game on, however, one of the most popular times to place football bets is during the Premier League. Premier League online betting can be done either by using an app or going online to different betting sites, for example, Ruby Bet. Head over today and place some bets to see if you could win. In Conclusion Overall, there are many things that you should know about the Liverpool Football Team because they are a very popular football team and have been around for a long time which has helped them achieve a lot of titles and cups. Are they your favourite team? How many of the points above did you know? They have a long and healthy history which is in no doubt going to get even better in the future years. What do you think will happen in the next season?
  7. What more could Robbo have done this season? In terms of relentless, consistent quality, it might be the best season we’ve ever seen from a full back. Certainly since Stevie Nicol won the Player of the Year award back in the late 80s anyway. That was the benchmark and no-one has ever really come close to matching it, until this year that is when you can argue that both Trent and Robbo were right up there with ‘Chico’. Robbo’s consistency is just off the charts. He’s great every week. I genuinely can’t remember him ever having a bad game and he’s only had a few average ones. The rest of the time he ranges between excellent and sensational. You notice it more when he isn’t brilliant than when he is, because those rare occasions when he isn’t really stand out. And even then, he’s rarely (if ever) less than a 7 out of 10. The only thing missing is the odd goal or two, because other than that he’s been close to perfection. Virgil gets all of the headlines and the awards, and deservedly so, but I ask again, what else could Robbo have done this year? The answer is pretty much nothing. But playing full back isn’t going to win you many awards. It’s not ‘sexy’ enough, although both Trent and Robbo have done a lot to change that this year. As I said in Trent’s report card, these two have made playing full back cool. They’re the coolest full back pair since Cafu and Roberto Carlos. Kids in the playground want to be Alexander-Arnold or Robertson. ‘Robbo’ is my daughter’s favourite player. Most kids love the goalscorers. Salah is the most popular player in her school but when I asked her what t-short she wanted me to make her for the final, she immediately said “Andy Robbo” and wouldn’t be swayed. Not that I tried especially hard to sway her. She’s clearly got good taste. This is just a teaser, click here to read the full report Please note, 'Season Report Cards' are only be available to TLW subscribers. Subscriptions are just £2 per month and can be purchased here.
  8. When Trent Alexander-Arnold first appeared in and around the first team squad, I saw flashes of the teenage Steven Gerrard in him. I may have even written it once or twice (albeit hesitantly), but generally I steered away from making any comparisons. After all, there’s a strong case to be had that Gerrard is the best to ever play for the club, so even mentioning anybody else in the same breath seems like lunacy, no matter how carefully chosen the words are. Nevertheless, having watched Trent coming through the Academy sides, there were times when he reminded me of Stevie. He wasn’t a carbon copy of course, but every now and then he’d do something that would make you think “there was a bit of Gerrard in that”. It might have been a crunching tackle (one against Spurs in a League Cup tie at Anfield springs to mind) or a raking cross field ball. Sometimes it was just the way he carried himself. Just little things that reminded me of the young Gerrard who first came into the side playing right back. Like Gerrard, Trent was a midfielder who initially could ‘do a job’ at full back. Unlike Gerrard, Trent looks like he might actually stay there. I still feel as though there’s a world class midfielder in there should Jurgen ever decide to unleash him, but he’s so special at right back there’s no rush to move him, especially as the full back position in this current team is massively important. More important than it’s ever been in fact. I’m not saying that in the past you could just throw anyone in at full back, but it was certainly the least important position in the side. You could ‘make do’ and we often did. For example, we nearly won the league in 2014 with Aly Cissokho and Jon Flanagan sharing duties at left back, and with Glen Johnson underachieving like only he could on the opposite flank. Djimi Traore was left back in a Champions League winning side. Now, the style we play under Klopp, it’s a whole different ball game. The two full backs need to be skilled footballers and terrific athletes because the way we play demands it. Not only do they have to defend, but they need to provide the creativity from wide positions because the wingers play inside. Traditional full backs just won’t get it done in this set up. That’s why I’m no longer as convinced that Trent is going to end up in midfield, at least not any time soon. He’d be incredibly difficult to replace at right back because of the quality he has and his knack for creating goals. Like Andy Robbo on the other side, Trent is essentially doing the job of two players. They’re both doing it incredibly well and earlier this season L’Equipe hailed them as the best full back pairing in the world. Credit to them for noticing that, because you rarely hear anyone else pointing it out. They are the best full back pairing in the world and I don’t even think it’s close. Who else would even be in the discussion? They’re part of the tightest back four in Europe so there’s no weakness defensively, but look at what they’re doing at the other end. It might be unprecedented actually. Look at the assists leaders in the Premier League. Trent (with 12) is equal third with Christian Eriksen, behind Eden Hazard and Ryan Fraser. Robbo is fifth, with just one assist fewer. Two full backs in the top five, having created more goals than the likes of Sterling, Sane, Alli, Pedro, Ramsay, Pogba, the Silvas, De Bruyne, Willian etc…. I don’t think enough attention has been paid to that. The last pair to make playing full back so cool were Cafu and Roberto Carlos. Trent added another four in the Champions League, giving him 16 assists from right back. It’s almost unheard of. Admittedly, unlike Robbo, some of Trent’s have been from set pieces, but even that is credit to how special he is. How many full backs are entrusted with taking their team’s free-kicks and corners? He’s a top player in just about every way. The only thing lacking is a few goals, but that’s not really his job, and besides, it’s only a matter of time before he’s chipping in with a few. So now, a little over two years later, I’ll have no qualms about mentioning Trent in the same breath as Gerrard because 20 year old Trent compares favourably with Gerrard at the same age. Yes, Stevie was brilliant even at 20 years old, but so is Trent. Whether Trent goes on to become anywhere near as incredible a player as Gerrard went on to be doesn’t matter. He might, he might not, but I’m saying that, right now, at 20, he’s in the same bracket. I’m aware that’s a bold statement but the body of work stacks up. By the age of 20 we knew Gerrard was special and was going to be a great player. We didn’t know that he’d turn into Superman and carry the team for several years, or inspire the greatest comeback in football history to clinch our fifth European Cup. We don’t know what Trent will do either. We do know what he’s done so far though, and like I say, it stacks up with what Gerrard had achieved at the same age. Trent was named in the ‘Team of the Year’ and played in his second Champions League Final in consecutive seasons. He is a key player in a side that has just collected a club record 97 points and won a European Cup. He’s not just a part of the team, he’s a vitally important player in it. A genuine difference maker. From bloody right back! How many right backs are true difference makers? It’s often been said that had Gerrard stayed at right back he’d have been the best in the world. I agree with that because he’d have been phenomenal wherever he played. He didn’t stay at right back though, he was moved into midfield because that was a more important position and he became the best in the world in that position instead. Trent, on the other hand, has been left where he was and is well on his way to becoming the best right back on the planet. He might be already. I don’t watch enough European footy to know, but I do know he’s already the best in the Premier League and will only get better. The belief back then was that Gerrard would have been wasted as a right back and a part of me thinks maybe Trent would be too. But then, as previously stated, being a right back in this Klopp team is unlike playing there for most sides. There are no restrictions on going forward and the full backs see plenty of the ball. I imagine it’s a lot of fun playing full back in this Liverpool team. Besides, Trent’s attributes are different to Gerrard’s anyway. He doesn’t tackle as fiercely, his long range shooting doesn’t compare yet and he seems to be a calmer, less aggressive type of character on the field. He’s not as rash as Gerrard could be and is far less likely to land himself in bother with refs. Maybe his skillset is better suited to full back than midfield, time will tell on that. What we do know is that in the two full seasons we’ve had from him at right back, it’s impossible to have asked for more from him. He’s ended this season in sensational form, creating goals on a weekly basis. He had an understandably slowish start to the campaign though due to reporting back late following the World Cup. It had been a long season anyway but his inclusion in the England squad meant he had virtually no summer holiday. Nevertheless, despite his lack of a pre-season he was in the line up for the first game and was an ever present until Klopp took him out of the line up for a couple of games in October. One of those games was against Manchester City, and he was then left out at PSG a month later. He was also on the bench at Old Trafford and for the trip to the Nou Camp, which could be co-incidence or it might point to a tendency from Klopp to go with a less ‘adventurous’ option in the most difficult games. His creativity was badly missed in that game away at United though and the point was emphasised a few days later when he claimed a hat-trick of assists against Watford at Anfield. It’s interesting to look back over the season at his assists, because prior to that Watford game he only had three. He had none for the following month and then went nuts in April and May when he had ten. TEN!! His performance level in the closing months of the season has been staggeringly good. Ten assists in two months from right back is nuts. Just think about it for a second, it really is astonishing, especially given the pressure of the games and the high quality of the opposition, such as Spurs, Porto & Barcelona. The rest of his game has been top drawer too. The effortless way he just sprays it around. Whether it's the crossfield balls to Robbo, the fizzed passes into the feet of Bobby and the midfielders or the pinpoint knocks into the channel to Mo running free, he can do it all. And we saw with that quick corner kick against Barca just what a great football brain he has. Only special players produce that kind of thing. It was Gerrard-esque. Defensively he’s been solid too. That side of his game isn’t as spectacular as when he has the ball at his feet, but he’s already very good and will only get better, as that’s something that comes with coaching and experience. That's why it was laughable hearing Martin Tyler question whether Trent is good enough defensively for international football. The standard of football in the Premier and Champions League is way higher than international football. If Trent can cope against Man City and Barcelona, I think he can handle Serbia and Malta. And on top of all that, he’s a local kid. I don’t think any of us really care where our players come from as long as they’re good enough and give us their all, but it’s also fair to say that there’s something special about one of our own coming through the ranks to establish themselves in the team. Especially now, in this era when it’s so difficult for local kids to make it due to the incredibly high standard of players at the top clubs. It was difficult enough in the 80s when the club were generally only signing players from this country, but it’s nigh on impossible now when you look at the competition for places. Youngsters have to be something very special to force their way into squads that are heaving with world class players from all around the globe, but Trent has managed to do it and there’s something heart warming about that. A kid who has been a fan his entire life, who was a ballboy at Anfield and has been at the Academy since he was six, is now a mainstay of the first team and one of the best players in the world in his position. And he’s only 20 years old. The sight of him whipping in crosses for his brothers on the pitch after the Wolves game showed you everything you need to know, as did the emotional scenes in Madrid when went to celebrate with all of his family. He’s just a young Kopite living the dream. Dare I say it, just like Stevie. Best Moment: The corner against Barca. That’s an iconic goal that will be remembered for decades, and it will be remembered as much for Trent’s quick thinking and perfect delivery as it will for Divock Origi actually finishing it off. Worst Moment: Tough one this. It would have been the handball on the line at St James’ Park had Christian Atsu not got him off the hook by burying the rebound and sparing the referee from having to produce a red card. Conceding a penalty and being reduced to ten men at that point may have been immaterial now with the benefit of hindsight, but at the time it would have been devastating. And besides, the last thing any of us want is Newcastle’s moronic hordes singing about costing us the league for the next couple of decades. Getting skinned twice in ten minutes by Mendez-Laing at Cardiff wasn’t Trent’s finest hour either, but that lad has Olympic sprinter speed so it’s pretty difficult to do much about it when it comes down to a race. So in short, I can’t really think of a ‘worst moment’, which shows just how good he’s been. Rating 9/10: Same rating as last year, but I wouldn’t bet against him getting higher this time next year, considering the rate at which he’s progressing. Please note, this is a free article but the rest of the 'Season Report Cards' will only be available to TLW subscribers. Subscriptions are just £2 per month and can be purchased here.
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  11. Saturday Jun 1: Virtually everything I wanted to say about today will be in the match report, but there is one thing I probably won’t touch on too much. It goes without saying I was deliriously happy at what went down tonight, but there was another emotion I was feeling more than anything else. Relief. For the first time that I can remember, the fear of ending up empty handed was stronger than the desire to just win it for the sake of winning. Not winning this game tonight would have really taken some serious getting over, and not just because we've had so many near misses over recent years. Losing to Spurs would have been bad enough for all sorts of reasons, but ending THIS season with nothing after all the incredible things this team has done? It would have just been brutal. That's our trophy, it doesn't feel right when another English team gets their grubby paws on it. Then there’s the piss taking we’d have been subjected to every single fucking week next year. It would have been so hard to deal with, so getting the win tonight was just massive for us. I wish I could have just enjoyed it for the sake of just enjoying it (like Istanbul), but like I say, I think relief was the emotion that trumped everything tonight. I’m relieved for Klopp that he no longer has to listen to that “serial loser” shite. Now he's just be described as world class manager without the 'but' at the end. That 'but' should not have been there anyway, but for a lot of people it was. Now it's gone. I’m relieved for Hendo that he’s captained a European Cup winning side and now has validation against all the unfair shit he takes. No-one deserves it more than him. I’m relieved for Milner that when he eventually leaves us (hopefully no time soon) he can say he won something big, because to me he’s an Anfield great and it wouldn’t have been right for him to have no ‘legacy’ to leave behind. Now he does, even though he didn’t start tonight. He’s the man who smashed into Neymar and Messi and showed he doesn’t give a fuck about reputations. Now he’s a European Champion and his legend will live on for generations. I’m relieved for us too. Just look at the amount of shit we took this year despite getting 97 points. Not just from the usual suspects either. Everyone seemed to want a laugh at our expense. It started in Kiev and they all got a taste for it. What are they gonna say now? Fucking nothing, that’s what. Some will try, but there’s really nothing anyone can throw at us now that won’t be immediately shot down with “We are the Champions, Champions of Europe” chant. Not even City can lord it over us now. Nobody gives a fuck about their treble, not even themselves. That’s why they were singing about us after they won. They’re obsessed, and seeing us do what they haven’t been able to is only going to fuel that obsession. We’ve boiled everyone’s piss tonight but I’ll enjoy that aspect of it in due course. For now, I’m just breathing a huge sigh relief and looking forward to a summer of basking in the glow of being Kings of Europe once again. Boss isn't it? Sunday Jun 2: Wow. I knew the parade would be incredible, but it was way beyond anything I was expecting. I don’t have the vocabulary to sum it up. All I can say is there are very few places in the world where you would see something like we experienced today, and hardly any outside of South America (or Turkey). Naples could probably pull it off, but there’s nowhere in England that could even come close. It’s hard to explain exactly why that is, but it’s definitely true. Who else could even come close? United are the only ones who can match us for the size of support but they could only dream of something like this. The club slogan “This Means More” is cheesy and it’s that kind of thing that contributes to why so many hate us. It’s also 100% true though. It does mean more. We saw that today. I was in town and I’ve never seen so many people in my life. There were Reds EVERYWHERE. It was mad. I didn’t see a single Everton shirt in town, which surprised me as although most of them understandably locked themselves away or left town for the weekend, you normally get a few who want to pay their respects and a few who just want to show their defiance. I didn’t see any though. The atmosphere when the bus came into view was electric. It wasn’t like being at the match, it was a different kind of buzz, but it was spine tingling. The bus emerged through a cloud of red smoke and there's Robbo and Milner hanging over the rail and banging on the front, singing Allez Allez Allez. All the players were giving it loads as they went past, it was fucking incredible. I hadn’t seen anything that had happened prior to that but when I got home I was watching the four hour youtube of it until about 3am. I couldn’t take my eyes off Klopp during that period when he was sat at the back of the bus acting daft. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. This is probably the greatest manager in the world, a fella in his 50s, in a position of authority and who is greatly respected and admired, and he’s sat there, shitfaced, baseball cap on back to front, almost falling off the back of a moving bus. One of his teenage players even had to ask him if he was ok. Who else would do that? More to the point, who else could do it without looking like a prize tit? As it is, it was mostly just greeted with a laugh and a shrug and a "typical Jurgen, off his head". He’s completely unique. There’s no-one like him. He commands respect and his players won’t take liberties, but at the same time they all love him and he’s more of a lad than any of them. The counting to six and then the goofy grin, that’s one of the most iconic things you’ll ever see. No-one else would have done anything like that. No-one else would have been able to pour beer on a teenager without having a word of criticism levelled at them. I could write all day on this as there were so many moments worthy of mentioning from today, but I’ll leave it at that other than to make the point that even though everyone knew today would be something momentous, it surpassed most, if not all, expectations. And the significance of that could benefit us big time over the next few years. I mean, think about it. What player in that squad would even consider leaving after this? Where else would they get a day like this? Combine that with how good the team is, how loved the manager is, and anyone that would even consider going somewhere else would have to be fucking mental. Especially when you see what happened to poor li’l Phil. What must he have been thinking today? At this moment in time, if you were to do a poll of professional footballers all around the world and ask them if they could play for any team in the world right now, I’d be amazed if Liverpool didn’t come out on top. We could probably sign any player that was on the market this summer if we wanted to (De Ligt is probably the hottest available player, and I bet he’d walk over broken glass to come here if we asked him to), but the way Klopp has been talking I’m getting the feeling he doesn’t want anyone. He just wants to keep this entire group together (barring the couple of obvious, out of contract, exceptions). Whatever he wants to do is fine by me though. Fucking hell, he can do whatever he likes as he’s earned the right. It would be a little frustrating if we didn’t take advantage of all this though. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that 'the Week that Was' is only available to website subscribers. 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  12. When Trent Alexander-Arnold first appeared in and around the first team squad, I saw flashes of the teenage Steven Gerrard in him. I may have even written it once or twice (albeit hesitantly), but generally I steered away from making any comparisons. After all, there’s a strong case to be had that Gerrard is the best to ever play for the club, so even mentioning anybody else in the same breath seems like lunacy, no matter how carefully chosen the words are. Nevertheless, having watched Trent coming through the Academy sides, there were times when he reminded me of Stevie. He wasn’t a carbon copy of course, but every now and then he’d do something that would make you think “there was a bit of Gerrard in that”. It might have been a crunching tackle (one against Spurs in a League Cup tie at Anfield springs to mind) or a raking cross field ball. Sometimes it was just the way he carried himself. Just little things that reminded me of the young Gerrard who first came into the side playing right back. Like Gerrard, Trent was a midfielder who initially could ‘do a job’ at full back. Unlike Gerrard, Trent looks like he might actually stay there. I still feel as though there’s a world class midfielder in there should Jurgen ever decide to unleash him, but he’s so special at right back there’s no rush to move him, especially as the full back position in this current team is massively important. More important than it’s ever been in fact. I’m not saying that in the past you could just throw anyone in at full back, but it was certainly the least important position in the side. You could ‘make do’ and we often did. For example, we nearly won the league in 2014 with Aly Cissokho and Jon Flanagan sharing duties at left back, and with Glen Johnson underachieving like only he could on the opposite flank. Djimi Traore was left back in a Champions League winning side. Now, the style we play under Klopp, it’s a whole different ball game. The two full backs need to be skilled footballers and terrific athletes because the way we play demands it. Not only do they have to defend, but they need to provide the creativity from wide positions because the wingers play inside. Traditional full backs just won’t get it done in this set up. That’s why I’m no longer as convinced that Trent is going to end up in midfield, at least not any time soon. He’d be incredibly difficult to replace at right back because of the quality he has and his knack for creating goals. Like Andy Robbo on the other side, Trent is essentially doing the job of two players. They’re both doing it incredibly well and earlier this season L’Equipe hailed them as the best full back pairing in the world. Credit to them for noticing that, because you rarely hear anyone else pointing it out. They are the best full back pairing in the world and I don’t even think it’s close. Who else would even be in the discussion? They’re part of the tightest back four in Europe so there’s no weakness defensively, but look at what they’re doing at the other end. It might be unprecedented actually. Look at the assists leaders in the Premier League. Trent (with 12) is equal third with Christian Eriksen, behind Eden Hazard and Ryan Fraser. Robbo is fifth, with just one assist fewer. Two full backs in the top five, having created more goals than the likes of Sterling, Sane, Alli, Pedro, Ramsay, Pogba, the Silvas, De Bruyne, Willian etc…. I don’t think enough attention has been paid to that. The last pair to make playing full back so cool were Cafu and Roberto Carlos. Trent added another four in the Champions League, giving him 16 assists from right back. It’s almost unheard of. Admittedly, unlike Robbo, some of Trent’s have been from set pieces, but even that is credit to how special he is. How many full backs are entrusted with taking their team’s free-kicks and corners? He’s a top player in just about every way. The only thing lacking is a few goals, but that’s not really his job, and besides, it’s only a matter of time before he’s chipping in with a few. So now, a little over two years later, I’ll have no qualms about mentioning Trent in the same breath as Gerrard because 20 year old Trent compares favourably with Gerrard at the same age. Yes, Stevie was brilliant even at 20 years old, but so is Trent. Whether Trent goes on to become anywhere near as incredible a player as Gerrard went on to be doesn’t matter. He might, he might not, but I’m saying that, right now, at 20, he’s in the same bracket. I’m aware that’s a bold statement but the body of work stacks up. By the age of 20 we knew Gerrard was special and was going to be a great player. We didn’t know that he’d turn into Superman and carry the team for several years, or inspire the greatest comeback in football history to clinch our fifth European Cup. We don’t know what Trent will do either. We do know what he’s done so far though, and like I say, it stacks up with what Gerrard had achieved at the same age. Trent was named in the ‘Team of the Year’ and played in his second Champions League Final in consecutive seasons. He is a key player in a side that has just collected a club record 97 points and won a European Cup. He’s not just a part of the team, he’s a vitally important player in it. A genuine difference maker. From bloody right back! How many right backs are true difference makers? It’s often been said that had Gerrard stayed at right back he’d have been the best in the world. I agree with that because he’d have been phenomenal wherever he played. He didn’t stay at right back though, he was moved into midfield because that was a more important position and he became the best in the world in that position instead. Trent, on the other hand, has been left where he was and is well on his way to becoming the best right back on the planet. He might be already. I don’t watch enough European footy to know, but I do know he’s already the best in the Premier League and will only get better. The belief back then was that Gerrard would have been wasted as a right back and a part of me thinks maybe Trent would be too. But then, as previously stated, being a right back in this Klopp team is unlike playing there for most sides. There are no restrictions on going forward and the full backs see plenty of the ball. I imagine it’s a lot of fun playing full back in this Liverpool team. Besides, Trent’s attributes are different to Gerrard’s anyway. He doesn’t tackle as fiercely, his long range shooting doesn’t compare yet and he seems to be a calmer, less aggressive type of character on the field. He’s not as rash as Gerrard could be and is far less likely to land himself in bother with refs. Maybe his skillset is better suited to full back than midfield, time will tell on that. What we do know is that in the two full seasons we’ve had from him at right back, it’s impossible to have asked for more from him. He’s ended this season in sensational form, creating goals on a weekly basis. He had an understandably slowish start to the campaign though due to reporting back late following the World Cup. It had been a long season anyway but his inclusion in the England squad meant he had virtually no summer holiday. Nevertheless, despite his lack of a pre-season he was in the line up for the first game and was an ever present until Klopp took him out of the line up for a couple of games in October. One of those games was against Manchester City, and he was then left out at PSG a month later. He was also on the bench at Old Trafford and for the trip to the Nou Camp, which could be co-incidence or it might point to a tendency from Klopp to go with a less ‘adventurous’ option in the most difficult games. His creativity was badly missed in that game away at United though and the point was emphasised a few days later when he claimed a hat-trick of assists against Watford at Anfield. It’s interesting to look back over the season at his assists, because prior to that Watford game he only had three. He had none for the following month and then went nuts in April and May when he had ten. TEN!! His performance level in the closing months of the season has been staggeringly good. Ten assists in two months from right back is nuts. Just think about it for a second, it really is astonishing, especially given the pressure of the games and the high quality of the opposition, such as Spurs, Porto & Barcelona. The rest of his game has been top drawer too. The effortless way he just sprays it around. Whether it's the crossfield balls to Robbo, the fizzed passes into the feet of Bobby and the midfielders or the pinpoint knocks into the channel to Mo running free, he can do it all. And we saw with that quick corner kick against Barca just what a great football brain he has. Only special players produce that kind of thing. It was Gerrard-esque. Defensively he’s been solid too. That side of his game isn’t as spectacular as when he has the ball at his feet, but he’s already very good and will only get better, as that’s something that comes with coaching and experience. That's why it was laughable hearing Martin Tyler question whether Trent is good enough defensively for international football. The standard of football in the Premier and Champions League is way higher than international football. If Trent can cope against Man City and Barcelona, I think he can handle Serbia and Malta. And on top of all that, he’s a local kid. I don’t think any of us really care where our players come from as long as they’re good enough and give us their all, but it’s also fair to say that there’s something special about one of our own coming through the ranks to establish themselves in the team. Especially now, in this era when it’s so difficult for local kids to make it due to the incredibly high standard of players at the top clubs. It was difficult enough in the 80s when the club were generally only signing players from this country, but it’s nigh on impossible now when you look at the competition for places. Youngsters have to be something very special to force their way into squads that are heaving with world class players from all around the globe, but Trent has managed to do it and there’s something heart warming about that. A kid who has been a fan his entire life, who was a ballboy at Anfield and has been at the Academy since he was six, is now a mainstay of the first team and one of the best players in the world in his position. And he’s only 20 years old. The sight of him whipping in crosses for his brothers on the pitch after the Wolves game showed you everything you need to know, as did the emotional scenes in Madrid when went to celebrate with all of his family. He’s just a young Kopite living the dream. Dare I say it, just like Stevie. Best Moment: The corner against Barca. That’s an iconic goal that will be remembered for decades, and it will be remembered as much for Trent’s quick thinking and perfect delivery as it will for Divock Origi actually finishing it off. Worst Moment: Tough one this. It would have been the handball on the line at St James’ Park had Christian Atsu not got him off the hook by burying the rebound and sparing the referee from having to produce a red card. Conceding a penalty and being reduced to ten men at that point may have been immaterial now with the benefit of hindsight, but at the time it would have been devastating. And besides, the last thing any of us want is Newcastle’s moronic hordes singing about costing us the league for the next couple of decades. Getting skinned twice in ten minutes by Mendez-Laing at Cardiff wasn’t Trent’s finest hour either, but that lad has Olympic sprinter speed so it’s pretty difficult to do much about it when it comes down to a race. So in short, I can’t really think of a ‘worst moment’, which shows just how good he’s been. Rating 9/10: Same rating as last year, but I wouldn’t bet against him getting higher this time next year, considering the rate at which he’s progressing. Please note, this is a free article but the rest of the 'Season Report Cards' will only be available to TLW subscribers. Subscriptions are just £2 per month and can be purchased here.
  13. Is it safe to come out? Not in the Elton John way, mind. I needed a break from the madness of the transfer window. I’m just delighted that we can get back to the footy now. None of those close season highs in anticipation of a big signing and lows when we didn’t land our man. No, Klopp’s Reds are the very model of sanity, in no way intent on playing with our emotions and blood pressure. Snarky enough? Anyway, the transfer window? Or “That’s the transfer window!” as Klopp will probably shout to the Main Stand if AOC – or whatever we’re calling him (and frankly, who cares?) – scores. Forgive me for using the conjunction “if”, rather than “when”, but NINE goals in 129 League games over SIX seasons will tend to make you sceptical. Another injury-prone player? For £35m? To add to competition for places with Hendo, Milner (our “new midfielder”, remember), Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mané, Salah and Coutinho. Just what we needed! Apologies for the cynicism. No, really. When Can is moved back to centre-half and when our “new midfielder” goes back to left-back due to the inadequacies of our defence, Chamberlain may well come in handy. I can’t wait to hear Klopp justifying this signing! There are those who’ll say it wasn’t a last-minute thing as he’s been linked with us all summer. But who hasn’t been linked with us since FSG got here? Nobody, that’s who. It smacks of an “appeasement” signing to keep us in line. You got Salah. You got Chamberlain. We KEPT Coutinho, fending off the might of Barça. Hell, we even got you Robertson from Hull. Now, do please shut up! I wrote the above on the first weekend of the international break, got side-tracked (think Moreno) and have just found the time now to come back to things. I could talk about us whacking Arsenal, but where’s the fun in that? We were good; they made us look great. Which goes to show that even Arsenal are capable of pulling the wool over Reds’ eyes. Klopp managed to keep his mouth shut for most of the ten days, which in itself is a miracle. Thing is, with him, you know that his next outpouring of verbiage is never far away. Citeh? I’ve said in previous pieces that this team would sometimes need to score four to win. I thought that was reasonable enough! But never five. As for six… There were mitigating circumstances, of course. It’s hard enough playing City with 11 on the park. Try doing it with six. Oh sorry, you thought I was going to count our back four?! There’s no shame in losing to City; the shame is the way we packed it in. so the players obviously have to take responsibility. As does the “Boss”. When anyone dares criticize him, of course, Kloppites trot out the same old “arguments”: “Would you prefer to go back to the 6-1 hammerings at Stoke?” (well, at least we scored that day); “I’d prefer this to those drab days under GH and Rafa.” (yeah, winning all those troffies and trophies, pffff, much over-rated). The reason we are in this mess and that we won’t win anything this season is the fault of the Board and Klopp. In seventy-two League games, his teams have conceded 90 goals. NINETY!!! Seventy-two games is surely enough to realize there’s a problem and more importantly to try to fix it! Up front, this guy has a Plan A, B, C, D and E. There is literally a dozen combinations he has at his disposal and he deserves credit for that. But at the back his Plan A is, at the very best, Clyne, Matip, Lovren and Milner. One of those is injured, the other is average at best, the other is a liability – literally, he’ll cost us 10 goals this season – and the other is our “new midfielder”. If Lovren or Matip get injured, Klavan can slot in! This is negligence on Klopp’s and the Club’s part. But woe betide you if you dare criticize him. That’s the thing with the Cheerleader-in-Chief. Nothing sticks. Get beaten 5-0 at City? He has a built-in excuse with Mané’s sending-off. It would be cynical to suggest that was why he made such a big deal out of it, of course. Concede three at Watford? It wasn’t “that bad” and “too much was made of our defending”. Score on the counter-attack? Shout “That’s football!” at the crowd in a self-congratulatory manner. He’s above us all, isn’t he? The defence is just the on-field manifestation of this guy’s arrogance. We can score at will and we’ll probably score over 100 goals this season. It’s the 14th of September and we’ve already got 16! Thing is, we’ve conceded 13. In seven games, we’ve conceded two or more in four of them (1 W, 2 D and 1 L). Even with our front men, we can’t continue taking on water. How can we expect them to score THREE or FOUR week-in, week-out and still not be guaranteed the win? Lack of signings and an obvious inability to find answers to our numerous defensive problems are compromising any chance of success this season. We’ve got to get to January with these defenders: 23 more games in all, 17 in the League. By which stage we will have conceded another 30-35 goals. And put paid to another season. But we have Oxlade-Chamberlain! John Brennan @JohnAPBrennan Click here to view the article
  14. Jurgen Klopp has given a glowing tribute to the contribution of Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge as it was announced the duo would be leaving the club this summer.The contracts of the Spain and England internationals have expired and with no renewal forthcoming, they will both move on looking for fresh starts.For a majority of Liverpool fans there would be a deal of relief about their departures, but in typical Klopp fashion he has been effusive in his praise of the pair. The Official site reported the manager as saying: "Alberto is a person whose personality is reflected in how he plays. Full of life, full of energy, always positive. "An unbelievable character who is always willing to give all of himself for the team."I know this season, and the end of the last, maybe the minutes on the pitch he would have wanted and deserved were not there, but his contribution did not diminish. How he was in training kept the entire group on their toes. "Albie is world-class and I know he will be back in the Spain national team in the not too distant future." That sort of glowing reference is why the players love Jurgen so much.The German was just as clear about the contribution of the veteran striker. "Daniel has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great, I would think. "He came to the club while we were trying to rebuild and re-establish ourselves. Some of the goals he has scored for Liverpool were so, so, so important."He is one of the best finishers I have ever seen in my life. He scores goals you think could and should not be possible."Again, like many players in my squad, Daniel has had to be patient and contribute when asked during games, but even this season he has played a vital role."What maybe is missed on the outside of the club by many is what a great leader Daniel is in our dressing room. "He is smart, confident and not afraid to speak up when he thinks there is something that needs adapting to help the team. "He has been great with many of the younger players also, so he has been so important to our progression here.“I wish both players nothing but success and joy wherever their journey takes them next. Whoever has them next will be so lucky to have these outstanding personalities in their ranks."We will miss them of course, but we can say farewell with the best words possible: Guys, you leave as European Champions.”After playing a part in the early part in the early reign of Klopp, both players became increasingly peripheral figures as the evolution progressed and their form and fitness deserted them.Therefore, it seems like just the right time for their departure.In all, Moreno made 141 appearances in all competitions for the Reds across and scored three goals.Meanwhile, Sturridge made 160 appearances across seven season and scored 67 goals (which included 24 in a outstanding 2013/4 season).We thank them for their service and wish them well for their future endeavours.
  15. Daniel Sturridge is focussed on enjoying the feeling of team success and not looking at what lies ahead in his own football future.The 29 year-old is strongly expected to leave the club in the summer with future opportunities set to be few and far between in the seasons ahead.That is especially the case when you take into account the overall improvement of Divock Origi and the emergence of youngster Rhian Brewster who in all likelihood will get a good deal of first team minutes next season.Having been a long time member of the Reds squad and experienced plenty of highs and lows on a professional and personal level in that time, Sturridge wanted time to soak up magnitude of the Champions League victory against Tottenham. Sky Sports reported the striker as saying:"What's important now is celebrating something so momentous, something we were striving for, working for a long time. "To finally win something is amazing."It's my second time [winning the Champions League]. "It's almost similar. "The one with Chelsea (in 2012) was the first in the club's history and this is the first under this manager, so it's a similar kind of feeling."Sturridge played a key role in the early part of the Jurgen Klopp tenure which included losses in the finals of the League Cup (to Man City) and Europa League (to Sevilla) in 2016.Sturridge described the range of emotions you go through and how the little things are soon forgotten once you taste victory."The difference is that the heartache never goes away, you always think about it. "There is a difference between experiencing losses and experiencing wins."When you win there is elation and you don't look at mistakes so much. When you lose you think about anything and everything you could have done right and what you did wrong and you learn from that.And as falling just short of ultimate success can play on the mind and be an incredibly tough mental barrier to overcome, winning can also become a habit. One trophy win leads to another, like a good accumulator bet."Once you win one, you hope the floodgates open and you continue winning. "It's that culture of getting over the finishing line."The England international was the latest player to praise the outstanding spirit within this squad."The belief in the group, the togetherness, there's no egos, there's banter. "I contributed - even the players who haven't played a single minute but they have been part of it. "From training, to acting like the opposition that we have been playing against, doing a job and sacrificing themselves on the training field to prepare themselves the best way they can. "Its amazing."
  16. Jurgen Klopp has given a glowing tribute to the contribution of Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge as it was announced the duo would be leaving the club this summer.The contracts of the Spain and England internationals have expired and with no renewal forthcoming, they will both move on looking for fresh starts.For a majority of Liverpool fans there would be a deal of relief about their departures, but in typical Klopp fashion he has been effusive in his praise of the pair. The Official site reported the manager as saying: "Alberto is a person whose personality is reflected in how he plays. Full of life, full of energy, always positive. "An unbelievable character who is always willing to give all of himself for the team."I know this season, and the end of the last, maybe the minutes on the pitch he would have wanted and deserved were not there, but his contribution did not diminish. How he was in training kept the entire group on their toes. "Albie is world-class and I know he will be back in the Spain national team in the not too distant future." That sort of glowing reference is why the players love Jurgen so much.The German was just as clear about the contribution of the veteran striker. "Daniel has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great, I would think. "He came to the club while we were trying to rebuild and re-establish ourselves. Some of the goals he has scored for Liverpool were so, so, so important."He is one of the best finishers I have ever seen in my life. He scores goals you think could and should not be possible."Again, like many players in my squad, Daniel has had to be patient and contribute when asked during games, but even this season he has played a vital role."What maybe is missed on the outside of the club by many is what a great leader Daniel is in our dressing room. "He is smart, confident and not afraid to speak up when he thinks there is something that needs adapting to help the team. "He has been great with many of the younger players also, so he has been so important to our progression here.“I wish both players nothing but success and joy wherever their journey takes them next. Whoever has them next will be so lucky to have these outstanding personalities in their ranks."We will miss them of course, but we can say farewell with the best words possible: Guys, you leave as European Champions.”After playing a part in the early part in the early reign of Klopp, both players became increasingly peripheral figures as the evolution progressed and their form and fitness deserted them.Therefore, it seems like just the right time for their departure.In all, Moreno made 141 appearances in all competitions for the Reds across and scored three goals.Meanwhile, Sturridge made 160 appearances across seven season and scored 67 goals (which included 24 in a outstanding 2013/4 season).We thank them for their service and wish them well for their future endeavours. View full article
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  18. Daniel Sturridge is focussed on enjoying the feeling of team success and not looking at what lies ahead in his own football future.The 29 year-old is strongly expected to leave the club in the summer with future opportunities set to be few and far between in the seasons ahead.That is especially the case when you take into account the overall improvement of Divock Origi and the emergence of youngster Rhian Brewster who in all likelihood will get a deal of first team minutes next season.Having been a long time member of the Reds squad and experienced plenty of highs and lows on a professional and personal level in that time, Sturridge wanted time to soak up magnitude of the Champions League victory against Tottenham. Sky Sports reported the striker as saying:"What's important now is celebrating something so momentous, something we were striving for, working for a long time. "To finally win something is amazing."It's my second time [winning the Champions League]. "It's almost similar. "The one with Chelsea (in 2012) was the first in the club's history and this is the first under this manager, so it's a similar kind of feeling."Sturridge played a key role in the early part of the Jurgen Klopp tenure which included losses in the finals of the League Cup (to Man City) and Europa League (to Sevilla) in 2016.Sturridge described the range of emotions you go through and how the little things are soon forgotten once you taste victory."The difference is that the heartache never goes away, you always think about it. "There is a difference between experiencing losses and experiencing wins."When you win there is elation and you don't look at mistakes so much. When you lose you think about anything and everything you could have done right and what you did wrong and you learn from that.And as falling just short of ultimate success can play on the mind and be an incredibly tough mental barrier to overcome, winning can also become a habit."Once you win one, you hope the floodgates open and you continue winning. "It's that culture of getting over the finishing line."The England international was the latest player to praise the outstanding spirit within this squad."The belief in the group, the togetherness, there's no egos, there's banter. "I contributed - even the players who haven't played a single minute but they have been part of it. "From training, to acting like the opposition that we have been playing against, doing a job and sacrificing themselves on the training field to prepare themselves the best way they can. "Its amazing." View full article
  19. Saturday May 25: Happy Istanbul day. Usually this day depresses me a bit as for many of the years that followed we were a million miles away from that kind of glory. I can enjoy this one though, especially when the world’s greatest player is telling everyone that nothing he’s achieved this season really means much to him because he can’t stop thinking about getting battered at Anfield. These are great days, they shouldn’t be taken for granted. Up the Reds! Tranmere got promoted today. Pleased for them, although I’m not sure why because Tranmere fans seem to hate us, the big weirdos. Nevertheless, I’m happy for them and would love to see them get back to the level they once were, when Aldo was getting them on the fringes of the top flight. It’s mad when you look back on that. They were in the playoff final and were one game away from the Premier League. I didn’t realise at the time just how incredible that was. Would they be the smallest club to play in the Premier League? Maybe Bournemouth is a good comparison, which again shows just what an incredible job Eddie Howe has done there. Especially as he keeps blowing money on our u23 players. Meanwhile, Barca lost the Copa Del Rey. We’ve completely broken them. It isn't just Messi talking about how he can’t think about anything else other than what happened at Anfield, as Pique has said something similar. Glorious. Give us Real next season please. Sunday May 26: Milner reveals that Messi called him a donkey at half time of the first leg. He didn’t say what he called him after the second leg, so I’ll just go ahead and assume it was ‘sir’ or ‘master’. Seriously though, this is just dead funny and makes me love Milner even more than I already did, which I didn’t think was possible. Messi apparently said to him (in Spanish) “that foul was because I nutmegged you”. No shit, Sherlock. That fancy dan bollocks doesn’t fly with Milner. Just ask Neymar. Milner replied to him in Spanish too, which just adds to the hilarity of it as you know Messi wouldn't have expected that. That's how you beat them James, they keep under-estimating you. The beautiful irony about all this is that for all Messi’s snobbery, if Barca had a few 'el burro' types like Milner they wouldn’t have been so easily steamrollered by Roma and us in consecutive years. Meanwhile, Man City’s head honcho says the recent shade that has been thrown their way is based on ethnicity. Get the fuck outta here. Classic case of horrible cunt acts like horrible cunt, and when he’s called on being a horrible cunt he pulls out the race card to deflect away from being a horrible cunt. Depressingly though, his brother is reportedly trying to buy Newcastle, and the owners of PSG are trying to get their hands on Leeds. Why can’t they just fuck off and leave footy alone? Edit: It's not his brother. They have the same name but apparently this Newcastle guy has a whiff of 'fake Sheikh' about him. Imagine if he turned out to be the 'George Weah's cousin' of owners and Newcastle got saddled with him after all the years of trying to get rid of Ashley. I might actually die laughing if it turned out like that. Staying in the North East, what about Sunderland today? Fucking hell that was cruel. It was literally the last kick of the game. Just how many kicks to the balls does one fanbase have to take? My brother in law has been to Wembley seven times now, and they've lost every one. This was probably the worst though. The poor bastards. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that 'the Week that Was' is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  20. After completing a superb season in appropriate style by winning the Champions League on Saturday night, the Liverpool owners are hoping to secure the services of Jurgen Klopp for the long term as they view this moment as a significant point in the illustrious history of the club in building The current deal of the German has another three years to run which will take him to the seven year mark of his tenure. In previous managerial stints with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, that timeframe has seen him move on to another challenge.However, the 51 year-old has said that particular occurance is not something set in stone and is more a coincidence. The Telegraph reports that FSG want to keep this squad and managerial set-up in place for the long term in the firm belief that they are on the cusp of something very special.A sign of a top level manager is building year upon year, and Klopp has been a master at doing just that. In many ways, the only way was up when his tenure began in October 2015, with the black cloud from the failed 2013/4 title challenge and subsequent player departures left the club well and truly at the crossroads.and Klopp took a long range view after his appointment. Despite reaching the Europa League final in his first season, he knew that it was only the beginning and there was plenty of hard work to be done and a lot of that had to do with building a squad that could challenge for honours.While other men in his position would have speculative stabs in the dark when it came to player recruitment looking for quick fixes, Klopp played the long game knowing exactly what was required wanted was prepared to wait for the right time to get his man. There have been no greater examples in this regard than Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson as it It was clear that there were big holes to fill in the central defence and goalkeeping positions.While it would have been easy to blow £40 million on a gamble who may not fix the problem, Klopp was prepared to spend a bit more on elite talent, and the reward for his patience has been there for all to see.His loyalty towards his players is such a refreshing thing to see in the world of cut-throat top level football. He has routinely kept faith with individuals, and while that may have brought some frustration within the fanbase at times, he has stuck to his methods in an unflinching fashion. The squad have now repaid that faith with consistently impressive performances across the past ten months.This club has frittered away positive progress in the past due to the lack of forward planning by key figures in charge.You get a real feeling that it certainly will not be an issue this time around.
  21. Liverpool have finally received a due reward for their outstanding 2018/9 season after winning their sixth European Cup after defeating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday evening.A penalty by Mo Salah in just the second minute and a Divock Origi strike three minutes from time were the difference in a game which never reached any great heights as a spectacle but that wouldn't bother anyone associated with the club one bit.Speaking after the game, Klopp was truly bursting with pride.BBC reported the manager as saying:"Did you ever see a team like this, fighting with no fuel in the tank? I am so happy for the boys, all these people and my family. "They suffer for me, they deserve it more than anybody," he said."It was an intense season with the most beautiful finish I ever could have imagined."Klopp paid tribute to his family who been on the rollercoaster of emotions with him throughout his managerial career."I feel mostly relief, relief for my family. The last six times we flew on holiday with only a silver medal it didn't feel too cool."Tonight was a big challenge for both teams to deal with the three weeks with no game. "The final is about the result and tonight the boys showed the resilience we needed. "I don't want to explain why we won it, I only want to enjoy that we won it." Klopp said he was able to keep his emotions in check, but the welcoming home parade may well be another story."Tonight is really emotional, but I'm much calmer than I thought."It wasn't important for me to touch the cup. "I loved seeing the boys having it and seeing some faces in the crowd. Going to Liverpool tomorrow with something to celebrate is big and I'm really looking forward to that."
  22. One player who has a special relationship with Jurgen Klopp is Jordan Henderson.The former Sunderland player has certainly ridden the ups and downs of his eight season spell at the club.and while the captain has attracted his fair share of criticism during that time, one man who always has had his back is his current manager.He was very quick to pay tribute to the German as well as reflecting on his personal journey. BBC reported Henderson as saying: "You go through tough times in a season, but what he has done since coming in is unbelievable."There's such a togetherness, he has created a special dressing room - all the praise goes to the manager. "I'm so proud to be a part of this football club and to cap it with this is so special to me.""I just try to give my best every time I play football and to help my team no matter what."I've had tough times but I've kept going - just as this club has."It's the best moment of my life. This is what I dreamed of since I was a kid.""It's not about me, it's not about me being captain or lifting the trophy, it's about this club, these players, this manager. Now we must keep going and kick on." Trent Alexander-Arnold, the youngest member of the starting eleven said it was a much deserved victory."It is hard to put into words. The season we have had, we deserved it more than any other team. " We have done something special, we dominated the game."We will not look back and think it was a sluggish game, we will see we are European champions." Mo Salah who set the team into victory which his penalty on a journey which has seen him come from a village in his homeland to the greatest stage in all of club football."Everyone is happy now," he said. "I am glad to play the second final in a row and play 90 minutes finally. "Everyone did his best today - no great individual performances today, all the team was unbelievable."I have sacrificed a lot for my career, to come from a village to go to Cairo, and to be an Egyptian at this level is unbelievable for me."While Man of the match Virgil Van Dijk, who kept Harry Kane firmly under lock said this can be the start of a special era for the Reds. Four Four Two reported Van Dijk as saying:“Hopefully we can challenge Man City again next season for the title because I don’t think they will go anywhere, but we will go nowhere either."To be two years in a row in the Champions League final is something we hope to be every year, but we know how difficult it is to reach it."But we are all ambitious. We all want to have these nights a couple of times a year."So, let’s just go for it, work hard, stay humble. That’s the only way forward.” The Dutch colossus was asked whether his superb campaign could lead to him challenging Lionel Messi for the Ballon d' Or.But It was certainly not something he had paid attention to.“I think he (Messi) deserves it as long as he plays, so the Ballon d’Or is not something I’m definitely thinking about. "But if it happens by any chance then obviously, I will take it, but I don’t think there is any case."I think he’s still the best player in the world. It doesn’t matter if he’s not in the Champions League final or not.”
  23. After completing a superb season in appropriate style by winning the Champions League on Saturday night, the Liverpool owners are hoping to secure the services of Jurgen Klopp for the long term as they view this moment as a significant point in the illustrious history of the club in building The current deal of the German has another three years to run which will take him to the seven year mark of his tenure. In previous managerial stints with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, that timeframe has seen him move on to another challenge.However, the 51 year-old has said that particular occurance is not something set in stone and is more a coincidence. The Telegraph reports that FSG want to keep this squad and managerial set-up in place for the long term in the firm belief that they are on the cusp of something very special.A sign of a top level manager is building year upon year, and Klopp has been a master at doing just that. In many ways, the only way was up when his tenure began in October 2015, with the black cloud from the failed 2013/4 title challenge and subsequent player departures left the club well and truly at the crossroads.and Klopp took a long range view after his appointment. Despite reaching the Europa League final in his first season, he knew that it was only the beginning and there was plenty of hard work to be done and a lot of that had to do with building a squad that could challenge for honours.While other men in his position would have speculative stabs in the dark when it came to player recruitment looking for quick fixes, Klopp played the long game knowing exactly what was required wanted was prepared to wait for the right time to get his man. There have been no greater examples in this regard than Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson as it It was clear that there were big holes to fill in the central defence and goalkeeping positions.While it would have been easy to blow £40 million on a gamble who may not fix the problem, Klopp was prepared to spend a bit more on elite talent, and the reward for his patience has been there for all to see.His loyalty towards his players is such a refreshing thing to see in the world of cut-throat top level football. He has routinely kept faith with individuals, and while that may have brought some frustration within the fanbase at times, he has stuck to his methods in an unflinching fashion. The squad have now repaid that faith with consistently impressive performances across the past ten months.This club has frittered away positive progress in the past due to the lack of forward planning by key figures in charge.You get a real feeling that it certainly will not be an issue this time around. View full article
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  25. One player who has a special relationship with Jurgen Klopp is Jordan Henderson.The former Sunderland player has certainly ridden the ups and downs of his eight season spell at the club.and while the captain has attracted his fair share of criticism during that time, one man who always has had his back is his current manager.He was very quick to pay tribute to the German as well as reflecting on his personal journey. BBC reported Henderson as saying: "You go through tough times in a season, but what he has done since coming in is unbelievable."There's such a togetherness, he has created a special dressing room - all the praise goes to the manager. "I'm so proud to be a part of this football club and to cap it with this is so special to me.""I just try to give my best every time I play football and to help my team no matter what."I've had tough times but I've kept going - just as this club has."It's the best moment of my life. This is what I dreamed of since I was a kid.""It's not about me, it's not about me being captain or lifting the trophy, it's about this club, these players, this manager. Now we must keep going and kick on." Trent Alexander-Arnold, the youngest member of the starting eleven said it was a much deserved victory."It is hard to put into words. The season we have had, we deserved it more than any other team. " We have done something special, we dominated the game."We will not look back and think it was a sluggish game, we will see we are European champions." Mo Salah who set the team into victory which his penalty on a journey which has seen him come from a village in his homeland to the greatest stage in all of club football."Everyone is happy now," he said. "I am glad to play the second final in a row and play 90 minutes finally. "Everyone did his best today - no great individual performances today, all the team was unbelievable."I have sacrificed a lot for my career, to come from a village to go to Cairo, and to be an Egyptian at this level is unbelievable for me."While Man of the match Virgil Van Dijk, who kept Harry Kane firmly under lock said this can be the start of a special era for the Reds. Four Four Two reported Van Dijk as saying:“Hopefully we can challenge Man City again next season for the title because I don’t think they will go anywhere, but we will go nowhere either."To be two years in a row in the Champions League final is something we hope to be every year, but we know how difficult it is to reach it."But we are all ambitious. We all want to have these nights a couple of times a year."So, let’s just go for it, work hard, stay humble. That’s the only way forward.” The Dutch colossus was asked whether his superb campaign could lead to him challenging Lionel Messi for the Ballon d' Or.But It was certainly not something he had paid attention to.“I think he (Messi) deserves it as long as he plays, so the Ballon d’Or is not something I’m definitely thinking about. "But if it happens by any chance then obviously, I will take it, but I don’t think there is any case."I think he’s still the best player in the world. It doesn’t matter if he’s not in the Champions League final or not.” View full article
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