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Ian Salmon

Sabotaging since 1 Jan 2013

Liverpool born and raised, LFC fan from birth (named after St.John/Cally and Hunt. Very close to having Roger as my first name apparently) married to an Evertonian, two sons (one an Evertonian) blogging on football, music, comics and any nonsense that springs to mind on a daily basis until I hit 50 in October. After that..who knows?.

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Football

Liverpool Fan: I’ve Managed To Forgive Mario, So Should You

We may not have had the easy ride we hoped for, we may not have had the clean sheet but this is who we are.

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Liverpool: Mario Didn’t Do Anything Wrong But Did He Do Anything At All?

Rodgers’ post match interview spoke of frustration, spoke of the fact that he didn’t know how Mario hadn’t scored – he did nothing wrong…

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Football

Liverpool: With Real Madrid Looming, All You Can Do Is Laugh

QPR did all the things we should be doing (but everything will be alright – honest…)

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Liverpool: Pushing Gerrard Forward Was A Genius Move By Rodgers

We go again… Again.

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Football

Was That The Worst Liverpool Performance In Europe Ever?

We’re not missing Suarez, we’re missing everything. There’s no ambition, no confidence, no creativity, no bite, no movement, no fluidity, nothing.

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Football

Liverpool: We’ve Been A Shadow Of Ourselves & Derby Felt Like A Loss

You can’t compare our derby to others. Their’s might mean something but our’s means everything…

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Football

Liverpool: Can Sterling’s Confidence Recover After League Cup C***-Up?

Or is he as strong as we all think he is?

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Football

Liverpool: We Were Architects Of Our Own Downfall (& That’s A Good Thing)

We made mistakes but Rodgers nearly fixed them, and that’s a really promising sign…

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Football

Liverpool: Forget The Euro Embarrassment, Gerrard Will See Us Through

Dog of a game. Absolute dog of a game… But we’ll get there. We will do better.

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Football

Liverpool: Brendan F***ed Up Big Time But We Must Keep The Faith

He’s only human after all…

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Football

Liverpool: We Won The Transfer Window (& We’ll Win The League Too)

And we dismantled Spurs and we did it casually. We controlled them. We were imperious. We were a real Liverpool, a new Liverpool…

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Football

Liverpool: City Carved Us Apart But We Must Remember The Positives

There’s no hiding the fact that was no fun. Whatsoever. But for forty minutes we were playing City off the park. Then City woke up…

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Football

Liverpool: We Finally Have Options, We’re Gonna Win The League…

We arrived in anticipation of glory, of wonder but what we got was nervy performance from a tired side…

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Football

Liverpool: This Season Has Been Glorious, Not A Failure

Liverpool may have finished second, but they defied all expectations to do so, and played thrilling football along the way. Not a bad season, is it?

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Football

Liverpool: Make The Right Signings And Next Season Will Be Even Better

After surprising everyone by finishing second, Brendan Rodgers’ side have put themselves in a great position to go one better next year…

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Football

Liverpool: We Really F****d Up But This Title Race Ain’t Over

Suarez was ill, Sturridge was unfit and Palace were brilliant – three things led to an almighty shambles where it (almost) all come crashing down…

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Liverpool: Settle Down Jose, Chelsea Only Won By Accident

Why are people hailing ‘another Mourinho masterclass’? Didn’t Abramovich sack him for playing exactly this brand of football?

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Liverpool’s Win Was Grim, Gritty, Terrifying & Brilliant

It may have been terrifying to watch at times but three more like that and we are league champions once more…

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Liverpool: That City Win Was An Incredible Tribute To The 96

Liverpool won a lot of admirers with their 3-2 defeat of Manchester City on an emotional day yesterday…

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Liverpool: More Referee Idiocy But We’re 5 Games From Glory

Yet another b*****k dropped from the man in charge but we’ve shown we can fight as well as play sublime football – that’s how titles are won…

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Liverpool: You’d Better Believe The Reds Will Win This Title

The table doesn’t lie, and it’s all becoming a little bit real for Liverpool fans, as they sit top with just a handful of games left…

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Football

Forget Chelsea & Man City, Liverpool’s ‘Beautiful Arrogance’ Will Win Them The Title

Brendan Rodgers summed up the Reds’ title charge perfectly – and Anfield is starting to believe…

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Politics

Budget 2014: Protection For The Privileged And Lies For The Foolish

Do the Tories really think the Working Class will be appeased by cuts to ‘beer and bingo’, or do they simply not care?

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Football

Liverpool: The Title’s In Touching Distance After Destroying Man United

After beating them at Old Trafford, Liverpool might be back on that perch sooner rather than later…

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Liverpool: We Were Magnificent And Fans Need To Believe The League Is Ours

Despite a poor record against the south coasters, Rogers’ men showed themselves to be a consistently class act. The title dream is getting closer every week…

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Liverpool: Now We’re Only Eleven Cup Finals From Glory

We can’t defend, leave huge gaps in midfield but our schizophrenic brilliance has left us just under a dozen ‘cup finals’ from another league title…

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Liverpool: How Many Mistakes Does Webb Have To Make Before He’s Finished?

How many more terrible decisions against Liverpool do we have to put up with before Howard Webb is taken to task?

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Liverpool: We’ve Found Our Rhythm, Champions League Place Is Ours

Our centre-backs are problematic and our first half was poor but coming from behind to beat a tough team might just be the turning point this season…

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Liverpool: It Felt Great To Hammer Arsenal, But We Won’t Win The League

We’ve smashed the league leaders but the manager’s already said the league is out of our reach – now let’s just focus on beating the smaller teams too…

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Liverpool: We’re Ineffective When It Really Matters, Both On & Off The Pitch

Ian Ayre’s incompetent, sure, but signing a winger wouldn’t have solved our very apparent problems against West Brom…

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Liverpool: Sturridge Subbing Proves Rodgers Won’t Allow Ego To Affect Us

Completely outplayed Everton in a six-pointer but Sturridge’s attitude was sour – Rodgers proved he was the right man for us by hooking him off…

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Liverpool: Judging By Arsenal’s Schedule, We Might Just (Maybe) Win The League…

I don’t want to speak to soon but with United out of it, Arsenal facing a tough run-in and all our rivals yet to face us at home, we might just sneak in…

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Liverpool: Suarez Goes Down & The Media Witch-Hunt Starts Again

Forget the decision, it was a stonewall pen but thank God that it happened to mask one of the worst first-halves in recent memory…

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Liverpool: If We Didn’t Have The SAS To Outscore Our Rubbish Defence We’d Be Screwed

With a hard-fought win despite fielding the abominable Aly Cissokho, I can’t help but worry that we won’t be able to rely on our strikers to outscore our defence for long…

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Football

Aspas Not Good Enough, Moses S*** But Kelly & Alberto Have Liverpool Future

Despite his goal and some neat touches he simply lacks the ability to anything more than an understudy, but Kelly’s performance and some neat touches from Alberto were a highlight. Just don’t talk to me about Moses and Cissokho…

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Why The Next 4 Weeks Are Vital In Liverpool’s Rebirth As A PL & CL Force

With Aspas, Moses and Cissokho clearly not up to it, we need to balance the need for bodies with an even greater need for quality if we truly are to prove we’re back…

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Liverpool: Chelsea Were Better Than Us & Howard Webb Is An Inept Idiot

We showed we could (mostly) mix it with the big boys but the last few games proved that we don’t have the strength in depth of our rivals – and Webb’s a cheating ****…

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Liverpool: Better Than City, Now To Take Down Boring Chelsea

City were totally stifled in the second half and it shows Liverpool truly can compete with the best away from Anfield; next up, Jose’s Chelsea…

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Liverpool: Suarez Arsenal Dalliance Forgotten, He’s The Best In World & League Is Ours

Whatever we’re paying him is simply not enough…

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Bring On Your Perceptions Of Liverpool & We Will Dismantle Them One By One

This was supposed to be a severe test for us but we passed with flying colours. Bring on Chelsea and City…

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Football

Liverpool: Sign M’Vila & Pastore & Laugh At Moyes’ Destruction Of The Evil Empire

Apart from the ludicrous managerial decisions in the Hull game it’s all going well, now we need a top class destroyer and wouldn’t sniff at giving Pastore the chance to prove he should be in the team at PSG…

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Liverpool: Raheem Resurgent & Win Shows We’re Fine Without Gerrard

Nine goals in two games, second in the league and the Hull win is but a distant memory…

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Liverpool: Suarez’s Genius Demolition Of Norwich May Be His Defining Moment

Coutinho and Gerrard were excellent but in Luis Suarez we have a player of sheer genius and his one man dissection of Norwich may be his defining moment…

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Music

The Return Of Mick Head

Very shortly I’m going to point you in the direction of the greatest pop song that anybody has written in the last ten years but first there needs to be some back story…

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Football

Liverpool: Embarrassing, Disgusting, Pathetic & An Utter Disgrace

Why did Rodgers feel the need to change his entire system rather than bringing in players such as Alberto and Aspas to fill the void? After all, he signed them…

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Politics

Why Is Nobody Talking About The Tories Selling Off Student Debt?

Even in the Tories thinly disguised class war the selling off of student debts to a private company is absolutely shocking…

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Football

Liverpool: Mirallas A Disgrace & Martinez Had S*** In His Eyes

Liverpool may have lost more ground to Arsenal at the top of the league, but they also took part in one of the finest matches you’ll see all season.

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Liverpool: Keep Lukaku Quiet, Smash Everton & Go Top Of The League

Liverpool need their lethal front line to terrorise Everton’s aging spine of Jagielka, Distin and Barry if they’re to win this crucial Merseyside Derby.

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Liverpool: A Top Three Finish & FA Cup Should Be The Minimum Expectation

In the summer, people laughed when I said a top three place was ours but with three of the league’s best attackers and more, they’re no laughing anymore…

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Suarez Brilliant, Gerrard Vintage But Coutinho Makes Us Title Challengers

Without the little Brazilian we’re a good team, with his and his probing, movement and vision we look the real deal…

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Football

Why Liverpool Fans Should Stop Moaning & Get A Grip

Moaning about the formation? Banging on about Gerrard? Rumbling about the SAS? WE’RE THIRD FOR GOD’S SAKE…

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Football

Liverpool: How Long Can Gerrard Be Allowed To Coast Through Games?

This was billed as a top of the table clash, but Liverpool looked second best in every department as a mightily impressive Arsenal got a deserved home win.

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Liverpool: Let SAS Outdo Each Other And Go Hell For Leather To Destroy Arsenal

Forget caution vs. Arsenal, unleash SAS and Liverpool will be top of the table come Saturday evening…

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Football

Jordan Henderson: Why Fergie’s Lost His Marbles About Liverpool’s Machine

Liverpool fans, thank God for Fergie’s criticism of Gerrard and Henderson this week; it was the most unintentionally effective team talk of all time…

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Liverpool: Baffling Tactics, Hideous Defending & A Big Reality Check

Stevie G got his 100th Premier League goal but Liverpool may look back on this 2-2 draw at Newcastle as two points dropped and a massive missed opportunity.

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Liverpool: Sturridge Is The Best In The League But Midfield Still Lacks Bite

In Sturridge we have the best striker in the league but we desperately need to sign someone to add bite to our midfield in January…

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Liverpool: Winning Ugly, Godlike Toure & 10 Places Above The Mancs

If titles were handed out for winning ugly then we’d be crowned already, but despite a scatty team performance there are many more positives than negatives…

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Football

Liverpool: Enrique Is A Village Idiot & Failure To Score A Worry

We may have been the better team, but failure to score against United’s inexperienced back four was a big disappointment…

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Politics

Ignore The Papers – Miliband’s Speech Was Comical And Lacked Substance

“Red” Ed’s policies are finally taking shape, but he’s still not the left wing leader Labour or the UK needs…

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Football

Liverpool: Four CBs Was Mental, But Suarez Will Sort Us Out

The shape, passing and performance was terrible, but we’d have taken 10 points from five so we need to move on and prepare for the return of the man who will take us to the next level…

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Football

Hillsborough: All Liverpool (And Football) Fans Should Support This Film

I don’t know Mike Forshaw, but as soon as I heard his story I pledged my support and you should too…

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Liverpool: Sakho Brilliant & Mad, But Aspas Is Sadly The New Borini

Despite allowing Swansea a way back in last night Liverpool proved, in their backs to the wall performance to secure a draw, that they are a much improved side from last year. Imagine how good we’ll be when we can play for two halves…

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Liverpool: 9 Points, 9 New Players – Now To Knock Average United Off That Perch

Indefatigable pressing, resolute defending and with Gerrard Mk ll to the fore. I’m not getting carried away, but…

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Liverpool: United Are There For The Taking & We Might Have Lost The Chance

By not taking our chances to kill off Notts County last night (and losing Kolo Toure in the process) we have made our life extremely difficult ahead of the Mancs rocking up at Anfield…

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Liverpool: Add Quality To Winning Mentality & We Can Start To Dream

Back to back 1-0 wins have raised expectations that Liverpool can challenge for the top four, and if the board can sanction the signings of two more quality players it could be on like Donkey Kong…

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Liverpool: Forget A £25 Marquee Signing & Find Three More Coutinhos

Doubts might persist that FSG are holding onto the cash and bidding for people we can’t get, but I believe it’s more a case of we can’t offer those players what they need in a World Cup year, so the onus is on the scouting department to find more £8m magicians…

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Liverpool: Toure Is A Monster & Could Be As Important As McAllister Was

The Ivorian was seen by many as a squad player, but his display yesterday shows he certainly doesn’t believe it…

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Football

A Liverpool Fan’s Guide To Everton’s Season

Living in a mixed house means I don’t hate Everton, but of course my wife and child hate Liverpool. However, I don’t rise to it but I am worried about them (Everton that is)…

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Liverpool: Coutinho & A Rejuvenated Sterling Will Seal Third Place

I’m forgetting Suarez for now and focusing on the players we have, and I’m delighted with what I’ve seen in pre-season…

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Football

Why Would Suarez Join Arsenal When He Could Be A Liverpool Legend?

Arsenal are a fine club with a good history, but surely Suarez stay and achieve legendary status?

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A Liverpool Fan’s Guide To The Transfer Window: Let’s All Laugh At Arsenal

We will be stronger next year with or without Suarez, we’ve already got next year’s player of the year, but we need some extra bite in midfield.

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Football

Carlos Tevez: Why I Don’t Want City’s Mercenary At Liverpool

There was a time I’d have fancied Carlos at Anfield, but not at 29 with a questionable attitude…

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Football

Liverpool vs Everton: Gerrard Is Still Head And Shoulders Above The Rest

One of the most turgid Merseyside derbies in living memory, this game did however serve to remind Liverpool fans of just how much we need Steven Gerrard in the absence of Luis Suarez.

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Books

Saga: The Comic That’s A Sci-Fi “Him & Her”

Star crossed lovers, charismatic bounty hunters and some of the sharpest dialogue in any medium, Brian K Vaughan’s Saga is more than a sequence of pictures with word ballons, it’s an epic story you should be picking up.

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Football

Coutinho Was Brilliant, Now Give Rodgers The Credit For His January Signings

Liverpool’s other South American superstar stole the show in their 6-0 rout of the Magpies.

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Football

DEGEN You ******* ***: The Funniest Liverpool Moment I Ever Saw

I’ve been reminded recently of the single greatest moment that I have ever witnessed in a top level game of football; the single greatest thing that has ever happened at Anfield.

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Film

The 5 Best Films You’ve Never Seen

We all know about the Hollywood blockbusters, but buried deep in the dirt are diamonds that you’ve probably never even seen before…

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Sport

LiverpooI Fan: “I Adore Luis Suarez But I’m Ashamed of Him”

Liverpool should sell Luis Suarez on principle – unfortunately he’s our best player by far and we’d be lost without our damaged superstar.

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People

RIP Anne Williams: Fighting Liverpool’s Good Fight Until The End

On Thursday morning, an inspiration to Liverpool sadly passed away. Anne Williams had been fighting for the truth surrounding Hillsborough for 24 years. May she rest in peace.

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Football

Liverpool: What If… Rafa Hadn’t Gone On That Mad Manchester United Rant in 2009

In reality Rafa blew Liverpool’s chances of knocking Manchester United off their perch when he lost his sh*t. Now imagine what would have been had he put that piece of paper away.

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Football

No European Football Will See Rodgers’ Liverpool Prosper

We look set to finish behind Everton once again, but sacrificing a place in the Europa League next season will help Liverpool in the long run.

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Football

Andy Carroll: Why Liverpool Should Gamble On Him Doing A Downing

He proved before that he could be unplayable at Liverpool, and the strides shown by Hendo and downing prove he could be a massive asset next season…

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Politics

Bedroom Tax: Kinnock Was Right, The Tories Don’t Understand Welfare

Conservatism is waging class war against those who most need help and the concept of helping those less fortunate is completely alien to these chinless wonders…

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Football

Xabi Alonso: Liverpool Fan’s 663 Reasons FSG Should Sign Him From Real Madrid

Do I want Xabi Alosno back? Of course I bleedin’ do, here’s why.

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Football

Liverpool: Planning For Life After Suárez – Nobody Is Irreplaceable

An international break, a poorly translated interview and suddenly the red half of Merseyside is in turmoil, aghast at the prospect of losing the jewel in their crown. But what if Suárez does leave Liverpool?

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Football

Liverpool: Defeat To Southampton Was Another Shocking & Unacceptable Collapse

Once again the Reds were perfectly positioned to turn a corner and kick on with their resurgence, and once again they blew it. Back to square one…

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Football

Liverpool: Brendan’s Found Our Best Eleven, Now He Must Stick With It

The Reds are enjoying their best period of the season and scoring goals for fun. The key to keeping this momentum? Play the same starting eleven from now until the end of the season…

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Football

I Was Wrong About Rodgers, He Is The Right Man For Liverpool

I had my criticisms and perhaps I should’ve reserved judgement until the end of the season, but I’m prepared to be the big man, eat a big piece of humble pie and admit Rodgers may be right for Liverpool.

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Football

Liverpool’s Destruction Of Wigan: We Should Have Won By More

Liverpool usually struggle at the DW Stadium and this fixture caused the Reds some worry in prospect. After yet another Luis Suárez masterclass, a four goal win seems the least we deserved…

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Politics

Eastleigh By-Election: The Conservatives Are Now Completely Unelectable

Discredited policies, the failure of austerity, the loss of the AAA credit rating and now this. Can the last one to leave the Tory Party please turn out the lights…

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Football

Rafa’s Chelsea Rant Proves He’s Still A Liverpool Fan At Heart

Putting his point across on Wednesday night following Chelsea’s win over Middlesbrough proved one thing – he’s still one of us: a Liverpool fan.

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Football

Is This The Summer That David Moyes Finally Leaves Everton?

With his future to be decided by how Everton perform between now and the end of the season, this summer could be the one Moyes finally leaves Goodison Park. A number of the Premier League’s big hitters will be casting a watchful eye over Merseyside…

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Football

A Magnificent Night That Has Won Me Over To Rodgers

Everything about last night was miraculous – apart from the result – and it’s games like this that are convincing me that Brendan Rodgers just might me be the man to lead Liverpool into a bright future.

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Football

Liverpool: A Cold Feb Night With A Chill In The Air – Let’s Create A Cauldron Against Zenit

Liverpool’s ability to produce great European home displasy is well known, and they’ll need another against Zenit to make up for conceding the brace of late goals in Russia…

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Football

Liverpool Fans: Kelvin MacKenzie’s Day of Reckoning

23 years after running the headline ‘The Truth’ following the disaster at Hillsborough, it looks set to be the beginning of the end for Kelvin MacKenzie, who should be fearing the sound of justice and The Truth coming for him.

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Football

Liverpool: I Can’t Shake The Feeling That We Should Have Picked Laudrup

Brendan Rodgers is a decent manager but doubts remain as to whether he is the right man for Liverpool. Things would surely have been better with the man in the Swansea dugout…

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Football

Brendan Rodgers: Show Some Balls, Start Borini At 9 & Forget About Sunday

The domestic form isn’t stunning, but do we focus on our league position? Or do Liverpool go for glory in Europe? This is a defining week in Rodgers’ tenure and he needs to get this one right.

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Football

So This Is The Fate of The 21st Century Liverpool Fan

Every time Liverpool look like turning a corner against a big club, we throw it away with an abject performance like this one against West Brom. For twenty years Liverpool have been failing to deceive and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Anfield empty in such a way before

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Football

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher: The Last Of The Old School

The last of a dying breed, Carragher will hang up his boots at the end of the season. He has left a remarkable legacy – and one that should be continued…

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Music

Paul McCartney & Me

At the turn of last century I had the pleasure of going to Paul McCartney’s show at The Cavern in Liverpool. A few half shandies later and I found myself face to face with one of the most iconic people in music.

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Football

Top Four Contenders Beware, Liverpool Are Back

We’ve come away disappointed at “only” drawing against Arsenal and Manchester City this week. Liverpool are back competing with the big boys again and that can only be a good thing for the Premier League.

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Football

Envelopes, Brentisms & Blame: Is Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers Learning From His Mistakes?

‘Being:Liverpool’ didn’t help his cause, but Rodgers needs to shake off the David Brent tag and work hard to ensure the Liverpool youngsters are nurtured properly.

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Football

Liverpool Need To Sign Mascherano Mark 2 To Stop Disasters Like Oldham

I don’t believe in the magic of the cup – Oldham were simply better than us. There is still hard work to be done on and off the pitch, as witnessed in Liverpool’s defeat at Boundary Park.

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Politics

Nick Clegg Should Be Ashamed At The Economic Chaos He’s Facilitated

Clegg says The Coalition was wrong to cut capital spending. Sorry Nick, but why has it taken you three years to figure out the basics of economic policy? Your lust for power has led the nation to the brink of an unprecedented triple-dip recession…

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Life

I’m Going To Lose My Job: One Man’s Impact On The Economy

Music suffers, literature suffers, cinema suffers, artistic endeavour goes unrewarded. All because I am going to lose my job.

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Politics

The Tory Government And The Death Of Retail

George Osborne and David Cameron are not economists. They are out their depth in dealing with businesses going to administration and mass unemployment and as ever, they are preserving the interests of the Tory heartland voter.

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Film

Why The Margaret Thatcher Biopic Should Never Have Been Made

With news yesterday that Margaret Thatcher has opted to recuperate in the luxury of the Ritz following an operation, we look at why the epic biopic of her life “The Iron Lady” should never have been made…

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Football

Suárez Finished Like A Man Who Knew It Was Going To Be Disallowed

According to ESPN’s commentary team, the Liverpool number seven’s goal against Mansfield was reminiscent of Maradona’s Hand Of God. Has the media’s witch-hunt of the Uruguayan gone too far?

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