Well it didn’t take long for Steven Gerrard to find his way back to Anfield. The writing is on the wall, then: It may not be this blip that ousts Jürgen Klopp, but at some point The Normal One will get the axe. Why wait? Give it to Stevie now, I say! What could go wrong?
Such is the nature of the fixture list beast, that you get Chelsea in the league after bombing out to Wolverhampton in the FA Cup. From ’04/05 to ’08/09 the two sides met in each of the five Champions League editions, thrice at the semi-final stage. From those Liverpool advanced twice, winning one final and losing another, both against AC Milan in ’05 and ’07 respectively. Whilst Chelsea advanced to the ’08 final which they lost to Manchester United. Continue reading →
Even in the vast expanse of the old Wembley, the gap between both sets of substitute benches was only a few feet wide. Slightly enough to fit another column of chairs had the powers that be chosen to do so. Very close confines for today’s generation of animated managers. On the night no touchline clashes were observed. The two managers would exchange heated words only after the tie had ended, unsatisfied with each other’s approach.
Both of them were legends in their own right, each having already lifted the European Cup. Liverpool’s Bob Paisley had triumphed most recently, overseeing his side’s 3:1 win in the ‘77 final vs Mönchengladbach. The summer brought the challenge of replacing Kevin Keegan who made the £500.000 move to Hamburg. Keegan may not have gotten on the scoresheet in the final, but he was Liverpool’s top goalscorer in the EC with four goals, and for the season overall, netting 20 times in all competitions.
Enter Kenny Dalglish, a then 26-year old striker of slight stature, joining for £440.000 from Celtic, having scored 167 goals in 322 matches for the Bhoys. Dalglish proved an instant success. Though not blessed with blinding pace, Dalglish relied on his superior anticipation and finishing skills. He bagged 31 goals across all competitions in his inaugural season at Anfield.
Had he been a bit sharper in the first few minutes of this match, the 92.500 in attendance would have seen quite a different game.
With half the season gone and the FA Cup claiming the weekend it’s the ideal time to take a look at the title race in the Premier League.
Our main focus lies on Manchester, naturally. We ponder Pep’s motives and approach, while rejoicing in United’s good run. (Of course, we always had faith in Mourinho.) The big question, though, is: With a Top 4 finish now looking reasonable for United, what two sides would they overtake by season’s end?
Here are the minutes in case you want to jump around:
02:00 Can Burnley plan for PL football in 2017/18?
06:30 What sort of impact will Joey Barton have at Turf Moor?
08:30 Is this the Man Utd of old?
12:30 Will we see Memphis Depay again for Man Utd?
16:00 Can Man Utd sneek into the top 4? What competition will they prioritize?
20:30 Do Arsenal suddendly have grit?
23:00 Is there defeatism setting in for the blue part of Manchester?
As an irregular feature on our Facebook page, we’ve run throwbacks to earlier meetings of upcoming match-ups. Say Manchester United are facing Juventus on the day, we’ll dig up memorable, odd or interesting matches between the teams. [‘member Keano?]
We’re moving the series over to the website and are extending it to a handful of upcoming match-ups on the day or the weekend. First up it’s Arsenal vs Palace, Liverpool vs Man City and the Old Firm.
Arsenal 1:2 Crystal Palace, Oct. 1st 1994
Palace are without a league win against Arsenal for more than two decades now. In other words, they never tasted triumph over Arsene Wenger. Their last win came on October 1st 1994, Palace’s side captained by Gareth Southgate. George Graham was still at the helm for the Gunners, presiding over the oldest defence in the world. Tony Adams, at least, always looked to me ten years older than he actually was. Here he’s just 28, Andy Linighan next to him is 32, but they’re made to look 40+ by Chris Armstrong.
Once more during the international break it’s time for our Premier League special/recap. The fourth so far. We’ve jinxed Tottenham, now it’s time for Liverpool.
While doing that, we take a relaxed look at the six championship contenders. Yes, United are still in the race we’ll have you know! But that doesn’t mean we pull any punches on Mourinho, Schweinsteiger & Co.
After musing over what the next stretch of the season might hold in store for the teams we pay a visit to the Bundesliga and our unofficial adopted team.
Here are the minutes, if you want to jump around:
0:02:00 Can Burnley stay up despite their away troubles?
0:07:45 How will Liverpool keep up their intensity through christmas?
0:15:30 Can Chelsea distance their London neighbors in the next few matchdays?
0:21:00 Will The Real Man City Please Stand Up?
0:27:00 Can Arsenal avoid their November-drop?
0:34:15 Could a dual-leadership of Southgate & Wenger work for England?
0:38:30 Should Tottenham pick either League or Europe and go all-in?
0:52:00 Where do Man United go from here?
1:04:00 Has Mourinho lost the plot?
1:10:00 Who would you start, bench, sell: Mkhitaryan, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger?
1:17:30 Can Leipzig maintain their momentum in the Bundesliga?
1:22:00 Is the end nigh?
1:29:00 Will we see SV Horn in the Champions League soon?