By Shane Clancy
Back to the Future
As the dust settles on another domestic season we get an opportunity to assess where our great club is at, and the journey we can reasonably expect it to bring us on in the season to come. As discussed on the LFC Daytrippers pod last week, some fans are happy to just enjoy watching their team play an exciting brand of football. Any success achieved along the way is treated as a bonus. The big deal is to be able to sit and be entertained by your team on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. These are the fans who remember that above all, football is a sport, the old romantics. To understand this point of view it’s worth hearing of my friends decision from around 1999.
A Foreign Imposter
It was the time of Gerard Houllier, and a new continental influence at Anfield and Melwood. More significantly, perhaps, it was the end of Roy Evans’ tenure and the era of the “bootroom boys”. Houllier brought with him a very defensive, pragmatic approach. With Heskey and Owen up front we depended on long balls for Owen to chase or highballs for Heskey to win. We no longer had the passion or technique of the 90’s when McManaman, Barnes, an emerging Jamie Redknappand pre-injury Robbie Fowler ran the show. Roy’s time in charge almost brought us the ideal of successful AND entertaining football. Much like the 2013/14 season under Brendan Rodgers, when Suarez et al just blew everyone else away. That was all to change under the new French boss.
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By Sam McGuire
Liverpool Twitter is hardly ever united. There is always an argument or a disagreement which seems to fracture the fan base, even with Jurgen Klopp in charge. Yet on Tuesday 24th May 2016 the fan base was unequivocally unified as Liverpool announced that they’d signed Mainz ‘keeper Loris Karius. The unity wasn’t because Karius is a world class ‘keeper, he isn’t, but because this spelled the end for current goalkeeping incumbent Simon Mignolet.
The much maligned Belgian has been the instigator of much frustration this season for Liverpool fans.
A brilliant shot stopper on his day, it’s his tendency to inexplicably concede sloppy goals that riles up the fans and these mistakes/errors in judgement are the ones that seem to have cost Liverpool quite a few points this season.
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Lorient vice-president Alex Hayes has said that Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool are among the clubs that have made bids for their left-back Raphael Guerreiro.
Guerreiro, 22, scored three goals in 34 appearances this season and last month he admitted that it could now be time for him to switch to a bigger club.
Catalan newspaper Sport reported this week that Barcelona have made a move for the Portugal international and Hayes told Ouest France that Lorient have already received several formal offers.
“No one wants to see Raphael leave, especially the president,” Hayes said. “He will only be transferred if a club makes an offer that we can’t refuse.
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By Anfield Index News Team
They say all goalkeepers are a little bit crazy. Then again, Simon Mignolet might be the exception to this rule. Steady, but rarely spectacular and for every calamity there’s a world-class save thrown in for good measure. He is a bookies worst nightmare; no-one can predict which Mignolet will show up on the day. That’s a goal even wrote a piece on their blog in January asking for replacements for Mignolet’s as his antics seemed to spoil lots of safe bets and accumulators.
The Belgian international has just finished his second full campaign with the Anfield club and made 55 appearances this season – more than any other Liverpool player. However, this impressive run of games has not been determined through a wealth of consistent performances, but through the distinct lack of rivals for the number one jersey.
Manager Jurgen Klopp isn’t exactly spoilt for choice when deciding who his shot stopper is going to be, although he has publicly declared his admiration for the 28-year-old: “I’ve had a lot of goalkeepers over the last few years and Simon Mignolet is one of the smartest I have ever had.”
Alex Bogdan and youngster Danny Ward have failed to offer a serious threat to the current Liverpool number one and the German has moved quickly to address this positional deficiency in the summer by sealing a deal for Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius.
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Demolition work has made Anfield almost unrecognisable
These images show the changing face of Anfield, as demolition work continues in the race to build the new Main Stand .
Photographs taken by ECHO photographer Ian Cooper reveal rows of terraced houses in Pulford Street being pulled down .
The once-busy terraces are being razed to the ground as part of a wider scheme to re-generate the area .
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Jack Lusby on 25.05.2016
Winger Jordon Ibe could be among those to leave Liverpool this summer, with Jurgen Klopp reportedly willing to sell the 20-year-old.
Ibe found himself drop down the ranks in the second half of 2015/16, following a muted campaign struggling to fill the void left by Raheem Sterling.
With Sterling leaving in a £49 million move to Man City, Ibe was held up as the ideal replacement for his fellow youngster, supplying width, pace and power to the Liverpool attacking line.
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