5 reasons for Liverpool’s good start

October 2, 2013 in Premier League

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I had a nosebleed the other day. It wasn’t because Fernando Torres gauged me in the face with his claws or because the weather has gotten nose-numbingly cold. It’s because Liverpool are in a position of solidarity at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, and it feels so damn good. It’s an unfamiliar climate up there – the last time the Reds were sitting pretty in second, Gordon Brown smiled. Talk about once in a blue moon. But Brendan Rodgers has manufactured Liverpool’s best start to a league campaign in 20 years and he’s had a little help along the way. Read the rest of this entry →

Footballer’s accessories: Remembered your boots, socks, shorts, mask?

September 24, 2013 in Funny Stuff

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Be honest. How much time did you spend in Sports Soccer scouring the shelves for as much needless apparel as you could fit in your Lonsdale sports bag ahead of the new season? From ‘muscle-warming’ under-garments to sweatbands that would never meet a forehead, from electrical tape to wrap around your wrist because… well, for absolutely no reason, to greasy boot polish that does nothing but stick to your hands in places you didn’t know existed. Well, ladies and gentleman, there’s a new product on the market that is set to rival those superfluous inhabitants of your bag’s hidden compartments. The mask, fashioned by Facundo Sava, Fernando Torres and Jim Carrey, is set to take the sports retail world by storm and dominate sales in a manner Gareth Bale would have a wet dream over.

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Liverpool braced for United test

August 30, 2013 in Premier League

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Never before have two 1-0 victories been met with such unbridled elation, yet Liverpool’s perfect start to the new Premier League season has supporters salivating at what their side can achieve in the coming nine months. It’s a sign of Liverpool’s misfortunes of the post-Benitez era that two slightly fortunate wins against Stoke City and Aston Villa, two clubs burdened with the expectation that they shan’t stave off relegation, have caused as much optimism and hysteria as seen at Anfield since the 2007 Champions League final. As contenting as Daniel Sturridge’s brace of match-winning strikes was, there needs to be a reality check on Merseyside before people start getting carried away. The perfect time, then, for Manchester United to pay a visit.

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Season Preview 2013-14: Chelsea

August 12, 2013 in Premier League, Team Previews

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Rarely has a Premier League season shaped up to be so unpredictable. Sky Sports are billing it as the biggest of all, supporters are thirsty to see a new crop of stars strut their stuff on our stage, and everybody is perched with unprecedented eagerness as they await the return of the Special One to Stamford Bridge; at least geographically, that is where he will be. But such was the hype and fervour surrounding his widely foreseen reunion with the club, it feels like word of mouth was what secured him the job, and as such, he is representing us, the Premier League and Chelsea all in one. We feel proud to accommodate football’s most grandiose manager.

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Liverpool’s transfer dealings look to be a cause for optimism

July 23, 2013 in Premier League, Transfers

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Regardless of the furore surrounding Luis Suarez’s insistence that he shall not enter the new season as a Liverpool player, the Reds have encountered an unnervingly smooth start to their summer’s work. The low-key arrivals of Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Kolo Toure, as well as the capture of the highly-rated Sunderland stopper Simon Mignolet, have been complimented by two efficient performances against Preston North End, and in the rather more sapping climate of Indonesia, as they took on a Select XI and ended up 2-0 winners. What’s more, Steven Gerrard’s commitment to the club has been put into further writing as the Liverpool captain extended his contract by two years. Seldom have Liverpool been able to combine shrewd transfer dealings and sharp football so early in the footballing calendar, especially whilst the future of their prize asset remains in the balance.

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