What’s Next For Joe Gomez

Photo: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda

Photo: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda

Originally published on The Anfield Wrap.

So this is what potential looks like — 6-feet-2-inches and still growing at 18 years old, a slender frame packed with deceptive strength and a startling turn of pace. Liverpool went out this summer and got themselves one of the most sought-after young English defenders in recent years, a teenager coveted by Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund and who knows how many other top-flight European clubs. Continue reading

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Christian Benteke: Can Villa’s Thriller Be Liverpool’s Love?

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Photo: Nick Potts/PA Images

Originally published on The Anfield Wrap.

Christian Benteke’s move to Liverpool is all but sealed, with Brendan Rodgers finally landing a player who, by many accounts, he’s coveted for years. After a dreadful season featuring an anemic attack unrecognizable from the Luis Suarez-led unit that once dominated the Premier League, Rodgers has signed a player he believes will get his team back among the goals — and all for a cool £32.5 million. Continue reading

The Men Who Decide: Brendan Rodgers, FSG and the future of Liverpool Football Club

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Photo: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda

Originally published on The Anfield Wrap.

First, a little history lesson.

Yankee Stadium, October 2003. The Boston Red Sox are playing their hated rivals, the New York Yankees, in the semi-finals of the Major League Baseball playoffs. It’s game seven of a seven-game series to determine which team will advance to the World Series to play for the title — a title that the Red Sox haven’t won in 85 years. Continue reading

In Praise of Lucas Leiva

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Originally published on Premier Punditry.

Lucas Leiva has been confined to the pine of the Liverpool bench for much of 2014, after Brendan Rodgers decided earlier this year that Steven Gerrard would best serve his side as a deep-lying playmaker whose legendary distribution abilities could springboard the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling up front. Continue reading

Why Liverpool Need Daniel Sturridge

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Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Originally published on Premier Punditry.

Forget the premature reports of Liverpool Football Club’s demise — the sort of reports my fellow contributors, and a good deal of Premier League pundits out there at large, are all too willing to revel in. Liverpool will persevere as it always has; whatever the current travails on the pitch, they are nothing we won’t overcome, because this is a massive club that has success ingrained in its very fiber. Doomsayers can doom-say all they want; we survived Hicks and Gillett and the Roy Hodgson era. We can cope with a 0-3 defeat at home to the champions of Europe. Continue reading

Football Eats Its Young

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Photo: Getty Images

Originally published on The Anfield Wrap.

No outfield player at Liverpool Football Club has played more minutes through the first eight weeks of the season than Raheem Sterling. Not the inexhaustible Jordan Henderson, nor the preferred centre-back pairing of Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel. At the age of 19 – when most of us were sleeping in through class and making all sorts of mistakes we’d rather forget – he’s become an indispensable asset to one of the biggest sporting institutions in the world. Continue reading