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What next for Liverpool and Luis Suarez

Following the fall out of the latest Luis Suarez incident, Liverpool are facing having their star striker on the side-lines once more. On Thursday afternoon, FIFA’s disciplinary committee announced that Suarez would be banned for 4 months from all football related activities. Despite the incident taking place whist on international duty with Uruguay, Liverpool are the ones who are really being punished. For the second time, they are facing the prospect of starting their Premier League campaign without the 27-year-old due to a ban from biting an opponent.

His time at the Merseyside club has been littered with controversy. The Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool, along with the then manager Kenny Dalglish, supported Suarez strongly after a racist incident with Patrice Evra. The manner in which they supported him was widely criticised. John Henry, the principal owner, and Tom Werner, the chairman, felt they put themselves on the… Continue reading →

Has the time come for Steven Gerrard to retire?

Since England’s early exit from the World Cup, the expected dissection of everything Three Lion’s related has begun. The public want answers as to why, yet again, the nation has failed in a big tournament. In pubs, front rooms, and school grounds across the country everyone has an opinion. There were questions over Wayne Rooney’s involvement after the Italy game. Then when Luis Suarez scored twice to seal England’s fate, fingers were pointed at the lack of experienced defenders. But as always the responsibility lies with the manager, and it wasn’t long before the question of resigning was put to Roy Hodgson. The question was answered with a firm no. This was followed with strong support from Greg Dyke, the Chairman of the Football Association. A clear move away the experience of previous managers of the national job, who often found themselves looking for a new role after a poor… Continue reading →

The international qualification formality

Every two years sees the draws for either the World Cup or European Championship qualification. A draw which puts the puny Accrington Stanley’s of the international footballing world against such giants as Spain, the Barcelona’s. The draw gives the plumbers of San Marino and the school teachers of Andorra a chance to play against the best, on some of the biggest stages in Europe. And that is fantastic…for them.

England are not up there with Spain and Germany, but when it comes to playing these sorts of ‘David’ teams in qualifying, there is little differentiation in the style of the subsequent matches. The smaller nation will sit back, treat the half way line as the edge of a cliff and hope for the best. Unfortunately for them, their best usually finds them on the wrong end of a heavy defeat.

And that is one major flaw of the qualification process.… Continue reading →

Top 5… Summer Transfer Targets

Last week i brought to you my favourite underrated Premiership footballers. This week i give to you the players all the top clubs will be after as soon as June and another transfer window comes around.

5) Lucas Moura

It would be safe to say that Lucas Moura has not settled in brilliantly at French Ligue 1 champions Paris St. Germain. Having failed to score in his first 10 league appearances since joining in January of 2013, he has since netted just 3 times in 19 more league games. Not a brilliant return for a player who cost the French side a hefty £40 million. Rumours have been rife recently of a move abroad with many clubs interested including Manchester United, Napoli and Atletico Madrid.

If Moura does leave, it would no doubt be for a loss on the fee the Paris side paid for the player a year ago.… Continue reading →

Deadline Day… My guide on how to keep your head!

January 31st. The day when football fans across the country go into meltdown mode. Rumours are traded, false information spread and many many deals completed. This is my guide on how to keep your head on arguably the busiest footballing day of the year.

As a Liverpool fan today has been especially stressful. The on/off, then on again deal for Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka has been playing with fans for a few days now and everyone just wants to see the end right now. This is the case for many clubs around the country. Once a rumour has been leaked about a potentially large signing for the club, fans will do all they can to garner any information on the player or the deal.

Julian Draxler’s apparent transfer to Arsenal is another example. The fans want him at the club and know the club is interested, expectations are raised beyond any… Continue reading →

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