Friday, June 22, 2007

Are You Worried?

Do you stop by daily? Do you have NewsNow on your internet browser all the time? Do you read only the sports section of the newspaper despite all that appears are rumours and more rumours? Do you ask a friend to help you look out for transfer news while you're away for a holiday? Do you drop by a Liverpool FC forums more than 3 times a day?

If you say yes to any of the questions then yes, you're anxious and pretty much as worried as I am. Regarding the so called 'summer clear out' and 'big money spending', all I can sense now is the calmness and overall lethargic feeling when it comes to Liverpool and the transfer market.

As a club that went into 2 European Cup finals in 3 years, why aren't we making the headlines and creating storms? If the American owners really back Rafa with the spending then what's going on at the moment? Talks? Bargaining? Wheeling and dealing?

We've gotten our hopes high earlier on when the American owners took over and we all expect a wholesale change to the team. With money, the rotating doors of Anfield seemed to have set in motion yet after almost a month since the disappointing defeat at Athens, it seemed like nothing has happened.

Samuel Eto'o, David Villa, David Silva, Gabriel Milito and even Thierry Henry. These are just some of the many names linked with us thus far. While some are feasible, most are just absurd and most probably created by tabloid newspapers to get fans like you and me excited, but for no reason.

Recently, posters are seen posting about us doing a double swoop on Fernando Torres and that we have officials over in Spain for discussion since the Spanish La Liga season has finally wrapped up last Sunday.

But nothing, from then on.

Then we're linked with players such as Darren Bent, Yossi Benayoun and Diego Forlan. Yes, Diego Effing Forlan, the ManYoo reject and flop. If we're really looking into players such as him then we really need to question the ambition of the board and also Rafa's judgment.

He might not be too bad of a player in the Spanish League, we've seen how he failed to set England alight in the 2 seasons at ManYoo and why should we pick up scraps from a rival's table? We should aim higher.

Yossi Benayoun? Probably an Israelite that might bring us to the Promised Land but 40 years is a bit too long.

I'm typing with much contempt, feeling disappointed yet hopeful. I'm desperate to see what the board and Rafa has in store for Liverpool FC but now, it seemed like we're losing all our top targets and we're moving too slow.

Before we know it, Rafa might once again throw a tantrum and leave. That's the worst I fear.

Come on, do something. It's getting tiresome already. Show us the ambition. Don't just talk, we need to see it happen.

12: Steven Gerrard vs Charlton

Classy finish from the winner of the unanimous player of the year at Liverpool.A good knockdown from Peter Crouch enables the skipper to fire past the stranded Charlton goalkeeper.

TRC's Liverpool Player Of The Year Award

3 weeks ago, I ended the seasonal team review with players from each position reviewed. Rounding it off, I put up a poll for you, my beloved fans, to vote for who you think deserves the player of the year/season award and I just want to say a big thank you to whoever that has participated. Multiple votes or not I couldn't care less but thanks for your support through it all!

Anyway here's the result and unsurprisingly, club captain, Steven Gerrard is the most popular vote on here and although the margin between him and second placed, Pepe Reina, isn't that big, it's essential to see that the efforts and hard work put in my the skipper didn't go unnoticed.

To me, he didn't play as well as he did in the 2005/06 season in which he scored 23 goals in a season, albeit most of them again some bit part teams like TNS or Kaunas. This term, he continues to be pushed to the right flank by Rafa and didn't seem to impose as much authority as he should.

But a born and bred scouser, he has already found a place in each and every Liverpool fan's heart with his all-action style and 'grabbing by the scruff of the neck' game changing powers. Despite nearly moving to recent rivals, Chelsea, he just signed a new 5 year contract along with the likes of Jamie Carragher and Xabi Alonso.

But to my surprise, Pepe Reina is the second most voted player in the player of the year vote as he holds 53 votes, compared to Gerrard's 57. Only a meagre 4 votes separates the two.

In third place, the uncompromising Jamie Carragher with 49 votes and then another surprise package, Daniel Agger, with 15% of the votes. The ever 'away-from-the-limelight' Steve Finnan is 5th while both Crouch and Kuyt covers the two bottom spot respectively.

From the votes, we could see the trend that Liverpool does have a pretty impressive backline with most of the defenders having a decent season but we need to score the goals and attackers need to be more consistent and deliver the goods.

A total of 252 votes are taken into account.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

13: Luis Garcia vs Bordeaux

A sweet, sweet volley from a difficult angle and the ball reached Garcia at a rather awkward position but just like any flair players, executed it without fuss.

Simple things like pass and move he might not excel, it's stuff like this that makes people goes jaw-dropped. Looking forward to next season when we'll see Little Luis again!(hopefully)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

14: Daniel Agger vs Chelsea

The goal that brought balance back to the two way tie in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League semi finals. The two great European rivals in recent years, Liverpool and Chelsea met once again and despite Joe Cole's goal in the first leg, the Reds went into the game with much belief and the goal came very timely.

As a young defender, you've got to admire his technique in which he picks his spot and fire it past 2 defenders plus Petr Cech. A well worked goal straight out from Melwood.

The Most Expensive Team?

Reading the title, I bet you'd go 'Oh bugger! it's Chelsea, isn't it?'

The answer is nope!

Perhaps after signing Nani, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves, it's ManYoo?

Still no!

Instead, the most expensive team in the Premiership is ManYoo's most bitter rival, Manchester City! You must be stumped by now as to how a team that scored a pathetic and meagre 10 goals at home all season is the most expensive team in the Premiership.

Here's why.

Despite having one of the cheapest season tickets amongst the league teams, which is calculated at around £385 - £550, the fans are said to have spent on the least 'value-for-money' deals out there because to pay that amount to score just 10 league goals at the City of Manchester Stadium means that the amount of money paid per goal is so high that it's one of the worst deals out there.

According to the report from, the fans that got their season ticket forked out £46.75 per goal. Whereas their great rivals, ManYoo, got a double treat as their fans only paid £14.12 per goal and it puts them 18th on the 'Worth it or not table'.

Surprise comes from Ewood Park as they managed to score 31 goals at home last season and with a relatively low price for their season tickets, the fans were calculated to pay £11.25 per goal.

Column one is the season ticket prices, then the goals scored at home and then followed by the 'cost per goal'

Man City £385 - £550 10 £46.75
Arsenal £885 - £1825 43 £31.50
West Ham £595 - £850 24 £30.10
Fulham £299 - £749 18 £29.11
Tottenham £579 - £1150 34 £25.42
Chelsea £650 - £1150 37 £24.32
Portsmouth £585 - £745 28 £23.75
Watford £349 - £449 19 £21.00
Newcastle £365 - £596 23 £20.89
Aston Villa £330 - £500 20 £20.75
Charlton £315 - £475 19 £20.07
Reading £545 - £595 29 £19.65
Bolton £459 - £498 26 £18.42
Sheffield United £419 - £499 24 £18.01
Liverpool £650 - £700 39 £17.30
Middlesbrough £410 - £580 31 £15.96
Everton £427 - £516 33 £14.28
Man Utd £475 - £836 46 £14.25
Wigan £250 18 £13.88
Blackburn £299 - £399 31 £11.25

Monday, June 18, 2007

15: John Arne Riise vs Spurs

No, this is not against the NBA Champions, Spurs.

Another one of the classic strikes under the belt of the Norweigian 'hammerhead'. He has scored so many of those that we really aren't surprised that he did that against the number one goalkeeper of England.

Not his personal best but still pretty damn good. John Arne Riise...HOOO!

Gunners Outraged

We have transfer speculations on Thierry Henry for the past 4 seasons and every summer, he's linked to Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan. Then recently he's being linked with Liverpool (yes, hear me right).

But what really will get on the tats of Arsenal fan would be the news that links him with Spurs...