Yearly Archives: 2023

Bill Shankly: Remembering the Legendary Manager on His Anfield Anniversary

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December 14th 3D CalendarDecember 14th might not be a date that means much to most people, but for Liverpool fans it was the day that the history of their beloved football club was changed forever.

For it was December 14th, 1959 when Bill Shankly was appointed manager of Liverpool, at a time when they languished in the Second Division – or the Championship, as we know it today.

By the end of his reign, the Reds were winning the English top-flight and lifting trophies on the continent – a remarkable turnaround, and one that owed much to the coaching talent and man management of Shankly.

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Mind Control: How Dr Steve Peters Supercharged Liverpool’s Epic 2013/14 Season

- - Seasons

Head and Cogs Outline on Red Jigsaw PuzzleJust six games lost, 26 won, 101 goals scored, 84 points claimed.

Those look like the stats of a Premier League champion, and they might have been had Steven Gerrard not misplaced his feet in a key game against Chelsea. Welcome to Liverpool’s 2013/14 season.

Gerrard. Suarez. Sterling. Sturridge. Outrageous talents moulded into an (almost) unstoppable force by Brendan Rodgers, who nearly guided the Reds to their first title of the Premier League era.

But there’s another individual who deserves plenty of credit for nearly ending the club’s long wait for the best of the domestic honours – not that you’d recognise him if he walked past you in the street.

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Will Premier League Titles Be Stripped from Man City and Handed to Liverpool?

- - Seasons

Red Plus with Blue MinusAlthough the two clubs have a famous rivalry, you can imagine that plenty of Liverpool FC fans have sympathy with their Merseyside foe Everton.

The Toffees have been hit with a ten-point deduction over financial irregularities at the club, which has seen their good start to the 2023/24 season effectively ruled null and void as the sanction takes them back into the relegation zone.

It’s possible that Everton will survive the drop anyway, but there’s is a punishment that reeks of double standards considering the madcap transfer spending of the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea over the years.

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Liverpool FC’s Most Famous Fans

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Roll of 3D Red CarpetYou know what it’s like: no matter where you grew up in the world, there’s a chance that there was kids in the school playground wearing the replica shirts of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal – regardless of their geographical location.

These famous clubs just have a certain pull on people – they win lots of trophies, which always helps when selecting which football team to support, but there’s a chance to be involved in a huge community of fellow fans; more appealing to some than the rather more niche pursuits of Accrington Stanley and co.

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Reliving Jurgen Klopp’s Best Moments as Liverpool Boss as He Closes in On Milestone 450th Game

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450 on Striped Grass Football PitchEight years and 31 days. Some 450 games. Seven trophies.

Here’s hoping that there’s many more halcyon days to come with Jurgen Klopp in charge at Liverpool FC, but it’s always worth celebrating the past – especially when milestones have been enjoyed with regularity of late.

The German celebrated his eighth birthday as Liverpool boss in the autumn, while the Europa League tie with Toulouse in France marked his 450th game in charge.

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Which Liverpool Star Has Won the Most Premier League Player of the Month Awards?

- - Players

White Calendar Icon on Red BackgroundIt’s always nice to get the recognition of your peers no matter what your chosen vocation.

For Premier League footballers, being nominated for the Player of the Month award is a happy thing – they have been recognised as the standout players in arguably the best domestic competition on the planet, which is no mean feat.

As you would expect, there’s been no shortage of Liverpool players nominated for Premier League Player of the Month since the division’s inception in 1992, with Mo Salah prominent amongst them.

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Why Do Liverpool Have So Many 12:30pm Kick Offs?

- - Matches

Grey Clock Showing Half Past TwelveHow long is a piece of string?

If anything is possible, is it possible for anything to be impossible?

Can you really expect the unexpected?

These are examples of unanswerable questions; so-called because there isn’t an answer available without additional context.

Presumably somebody, somewhere – at the Premier League, most likely – knows why Liverpool play so many of their games at 12:30pm on a Saturday, and why that is so commonplace immediately after the international break.

But getting an answer….well, it feels like another of those unanswerable questions.

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Who Will Be the Next Liverpool Manager?

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Red Tie Icon Against Grey BackgroundIt’s sad to think that, one day, Jurgen Klopp will leave Liverpool for good.

The German is the fourth longest-serving manager in Premier League history, closing in on 3,000 days in charge in the Anfield hotseat. He is, of course, Liverpool’s longest-serving manager of the modern era, too.

But all good things come to an end, one way or another, and there will be a time when the Reds faithful have to wave Klopp behind for good.

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Jurgen Klopp’s Right: Games CAN Be Replayed Due to VAR Malfunction

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Red Circular Replay Button Against Football Pitch SidelineThe main talking points of any Premier League weekend should be amazing goals, audacious pieces of skill and thrilling games.

And yet, more often than not it’s VAR – whether it’s questionable overrules, a lack of intervention or just downright human error – that dominates the back pages and social media discourse.

Over the course of a season, you’d like to think these things even themselves out – sometimes you’ll be on the right side of an officiating gaffe, other times you’ll be the victim. That’s modern football’s ying and yang.

But when the error is as cataclysmic as the breakdown in communication that cost Liverpool a goal against Tottenham, it’s hard not to feel extremely hard done by.

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