premier league

DOES THE LIVERPOOL SQUAD NEED A BIG REBUILD OR SOME MINOR TWEAKS? – BY PETER

The 2020/21 Premier League campaign has concluded and for Liverpool it has been the most peculiar season. The Reds came in as favourites being the reigning champions of but succumbed to a scrappy top four race, of which they achieved on the last day. A mix of unfortunate events such as injuries and personal problems…

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KOP END SPECIAL: WHO SHOULD BE GINI WIJNALDUM’S SUCCESSOR? – BY PETER

Gini Wijnaldum’s contract expires at the end of the season and his time at Liverpool is coming to an end. The Dutch midfielder has been at the Reds for five years. A key cog in Jurgen Klopp’s machine, which has won the Champions League and Premier League in recent years. Wijnaldum is 30 years old…

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Touchline Fracas – Catenaccio

Morayo is joined by Tobs, Ellis, Shabs and Babs as they look over this weekend results, look ahead to the mid-week European fixtures and discuss the Top 4 race. Spotify Podcast Listen here or on your podcast app

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KOP END SPECIAL: THIAGO ALCANTARA – THE ‘IDEA BALLER’- BY PETER

The announcement of signing Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on the 18th of September was big. It was a statement of intent from the Champions to regain their Premier League trophy. This was a marquee signing which put the league on notice. He was almost guaranteed to hit the ground running. Wayne Rooney stated “if…

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“Cross and Inshallah” – Premier League’s Team Crossing in 2020/21

‘Cross and Inshallah’, a phrase adopted by Football Twitter in recent years. A term of derision, it’s usually reserved for instances where players and teams have run out of ideas. In doing so, they adopt a hit-and-hope approach of crossing from deep. Often when frustrated, players will prefer to deliver a ball into a ‘dangerous…

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KOP END SPECIAL: KIRKBY BOYZ – BY PETER

Barcelona, Ajax, Athletic Bilbao, and even the ‘rivals’ Manchester United are renowned for their great youth academies. Many players have been able to forge careers at the highest level with the education they gained from these institutions. The development of young talent is often at the top of many club’s ambitions and the forefront of…

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Touchline Hotspur – Oh, Spurs do have starboys?

Man United, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and even the Arse all have starboys, so where are Tottenham’s? It’s a question asked by rival fans across the board, Spurs do have a respectful history of bringing through talent. Players as recently as the last decade such as Gareth Bale, Danny Rose, Tom Huddlestone, Andros Townsend, Nabil…

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Arsenal v Liverpool Tactical Breakdown

Pre-game: Watching Emery’s first season at Arsenal, it is clear that he opts to play out from defence to build attacks. This is facilitated by the passing options available to the keeper with the centre backs split, the defensive midfielders dropping deep and wingers operating in the half spaces. Going into the game it was…

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The Sorry State of British Football Punditry

A large proportion of the football pundits on our televisions are ex-professionals. Some viewers see this as a positive due to the belief that professional experience brings a level of insight which is unmatched to the ordinary fan. Personally, I think that is rubbish. Sky Sports Pundit : Gary Neville[/caption] Pundits do not need to…

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The Washed One

Jose Mourinho is arguably the most polarising figure in world football today. Despite his critics, he is also one of the most decorated managers. So, on 27th May 2016, when it was announced that Mourinho had been appointed as manager of Manchester United, fans were relatively optimistic of what the future held. However, after the…

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Blackout

Let me set the scene. 3pm on a Saturday, after a hard week at work you look forward to watching your favourite team in the premier league. Instead you’re treated to Sky sports football league coverage or none at all. The Sky sports package at time of writing will cost you £28 a month, whilst…

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Is Batshuayi’s time at Chelsea over ?

When Michy Batshuayi poked in the winner for Chelsea against West Brom effectively securing the title at the Hawthorns, you could have forgiven him for thinking that it was a turning point in his career at Chelsea. Almost a year on with the world cup on the horizon Batshuayi’s situation still hasn’t changed. Batshuayi arrived…

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Winter Winner

As the Christmas bells jingle louder the inevitable grumblings escape from top flight changing rooms, bemoaning the lack of the winter break. Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and co are left frustrated as their squads are put through a gruelling winter schedule. So should we have a winter break in England ? Does the Europe wide…

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Surely thats a red ?

Let me preface this by saying I generally dislike referees. They remain a frequent blemish on the beautiful game, as someone who has played the football all the way from grassroots to semi-professional level, I can confidently say that the the level of officiating I have experienced is appalling. I cannot tell you how many times…

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The Evolution of the Centre forward

Dixie Dean, Arthur Rowley, Jimmy Greaves (and before you ask I never saw any of them play). Three of the best strikers who ever lived, but could they survive in today’s game ? Were they even strikers?  Centre forward, target man, poacher, numerous titles are attached to the man who gets the girls, the lead…

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The Curious Case of Antonio Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was the recipient of much acclaim last year, approaching the end of last season the italian was living the dream, he had taken the league by storm and turned the flickering blue fire at stamford bridge into a raging mechanical inferno dismantling everything in its path. Chelsea stormed to the title…

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Norbert the lights are shining

Jurgen Norbert Klopp…Norbert. For the duration of this article we will address Mr Klopp as Norbert. The lights are shining too bright to read any of his other names. Norbert took over the Liverpool job in October 2015, roughly 3 seasons ago now. In that time his win record stands at 41 games out of…

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Giggs-eh

109 goals in 632 premier league appearances, Guess who ? You would be forgiven if you guessed Yaya Sanogo, or Bosko Balaban (One for Danny Rose to google). Alas you would be wrong. These are the stats of Manchester United ‘legend’ Ryan Giggs. In his career he only scored 109 goals in 46,433 minutes of…

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ARSENE WENGER: WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE

Arsenal have started their meltdown to the season much earlier than expected. The #WengerOut brigade are in full voice, calling for Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke to leave the club. Such noise usually comes around March where the team makes the scheduled downward spiral into mediocrity. The environment around the Emirates is ominous at best…

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Live For The Moment

“Am I happy or in misery” ? Jimi Hendrix got it right, the life of a football fan for the most part is a weekly swap between joy, pain, misery and apathy depending on your team of course. Not to mention the ridiculous pre season optimism that convinces us our team could win the league…

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