Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Brand New Liverpool

With Rafa departure, the Rafa-lution has all but ended. Roy Hodgson was named the new Liverpool manager.

Soon after, Milan Jovanovic signed on free transfer. The biggest coup was the capture of former West Ham and Chelsea player Joe Cole on a free transfer.

The signing of Joe Cole sent a strong message of intent by Roy Hodgson that he meant business in turning Liverpool around.

Further good news came when Steven Gerrard commit his future to Liverpool. It is still unknown if Torres and Mascherano is staying.  

Liverpool has also agreed Danny Wilson deal with Rangers.

There are more players linked to Liverpool.

If Torres and Mascherano stays, this season will be a exciting season for the Reds.

Let's hope for further signing before the season starts.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Who's Next For Liverpool?

With the departure of Rafa Benitez, many candidates are linked to the Anfield hotseat.

The following managers have been linked in recent weeks:

Roy Hogdson

Martin O'Neil

Manuel Pellegrini

Harry Redknapp

Guus Hindink

All the above are capable managers who have proved themselves in the highest level. However if I can make a decision, I will go for this man.

He is Arsene Wenger. He is a manager with great foresight and midas touch. Just look at the players he bought as an unknown and turned him into a real gem. Anelka, Overmars, Petit, Fabrages, Van Persie and many more.

It is because of his vision and know how in the transfer market, Arsenal's finanical is in the pink of health compared to the likes of Man Utd and Liverpool.

It remain to be seen who will the next Liverpool manager. The next manager to take over will have a huge task on his hand.

Good Luck to the next manager!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rafa Sacked!

(Pay me 5 Millions and I leave!)

In what a unexpected turnaround, Liverpool ended Rafa's 5 years regin by sacking him.

This come after a disappointing season when Liverpool finished 7th in the BPL and knocked out of the Champion League group stage.

Goodbye Rafa, thank you for the wondering memories.

We will not forget the Istanbul truimph, the sweet FA Cup win and the Super Cup. We will also remember that you brought Liverpool so close t0 the title the previous season.

Wonderful memories there were but you also have a fair share of undesired decision that left us so bewildered.

It was you who forced Alonso out when you once tried to buy Barry over. It was you who brough the injured Aquilani in to replace Alonso.

While I respect you, I also have some doubts over your foresight and power.

If you have possess the foresight like Wenger, the charm of Mourhino and the power of Ferguson, you would have transform Liverpool into a fearsome team but it was not to be.

May we wish you success in your managerial career.

Thank you, Rafa.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Rafa handed a misery $5 Million Pound Transfer Kitty

Oh my, oh my. Just when Liverpool season got worse, they were handed further bad news when it was rumoured that Rafa had only $5 million to spend on new players.

(Who can I buy with such misery transfer money???)

This is certainly not good news for Liverpool who is rebuilding for next season. So far, they have brought in Jonjo Shelvey from Charlton and are negotiating to bring Danny Wilson from Rangers.

With such small transfer kitty, it is hard to see Rafa bringing in top quality players. He must now sell to buy.

Things are certainly not well for Liverpool.

It is hard to imagine Liverpool can be challenging for any title as long as the Amercian owners are in control of the club.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rebuilding At Anfield

Liverpool endured what has been a frustrating and disappointing 2009/2010 season.

They finished seventh in the table, dumped out of Champion League knockout stage and dumped out at the semi-final stage of the Europa League, lost Torres for most of the season due to injuries and heavily in debt. These sum up Liverpool season.

This explain why I have not been updating my post until now.

Now that the season is over and players preparing for the World Cup, the question is how to strengthen the team with limited budget.

It is likely that Rafa will still be in Liverpool next season. For Rafa to buy, he must sell. It would be another tough season for Liverpool if the club is not sold to a new investor.

Who are the possible departures?

1) Fabio Aureilio - Confirmed departing

2) Ryan Babel - May used as a swap deal

3) Youssi Benayoun - Likely destination - Chelsea

4) Albert Riera - Highly likely to depart

5) Alberto Aquilani - Likely back to Italy

6) David Ngog - Bit part player who is only good for Championship side.

7) Philip Degen - Who is he? I nearly forgotten about him

I hope these players can fetch at least 20 Million pounds.

The new season is just 3 months to go. We shall await good news from Rafa and team.

For now, all eyes will be on the World Cup.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Thank You and Goodbye, Sami Hyppia

The Marking Of A Truly Great Finn.

With his move to Bayer Leverkusen confirmed next season, it marked the end of a 10 years industrious career with Liverpool where Hyppia won numerous trophies with the Reds.

I must admit that when Houllier signed him in 1999, I was saying "Hyppia who?". He was relatively an unknown centre back. I had my doubts.

Soon he formed a formidable partnership with Henchoz that set the platform for Liverpool's treble in 2000. Hyppia positioning and reading of the game is excellent. He also was a good target man for corner kicks where he scored goals with his head.

He repaid the faith and money Liverpool showed and paid for him.

As his career with Liverpool finally end, I wish Hyppia all the best and he shall remain as one of Liverpool's legend.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hillsbrough Tragedy

As I read about how Liverpool FC and the supporters paid their respect to the 96 victims during the Hillbrough tragedy, I could not help but to recall the incident that fateful day.

I was 15 at that time. I could still remembered I was watching the telecast of the FA Cup semi-final when suddenly crowd broke into the field. Mayhem and chaos engulf. Back then, I was wondering what was happening. I could see spectators are trying to flee the place. Moments later, something was very wrong. I saw people using the advertisement board as stretchers. However I was unable to realise the seriousness of the heart broken moments.

I went through some letters written by the parents / kin / spouse on their thoughts on her children / sblings / spouse that never returned after a football match, I felt terribly upset.

Personally, I hope these people will be strong and that their love ones who perished in this tragedy will always remain in their heart.

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