Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea was the last game played in the Community Shield at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Over 56,000 people traveled to the game in Wales that day to see John Arne Riise produce a moment of brilliance to help Liverpool on their way to victory.
Chelsea fans were ecstatic to see new signing Andriy Shevchenko score on his debut for the club, but it was Riise’s goal that will be remembered. The left-back picked up the ball from inside Liverpool’s penalty box, before running the length of the pitch and firing the ball into the bottom corner past Cudicini.
Sunday started out with the focus on the passing of Hillsborough Justice campaigner Anne Williams and former Liverpool and current Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez returning to Anfield. Little did the football world know that the focus would change dramatically and once again involve Luis Suarez. Continue reading →
When Brendan Rodgers met the media in Boston I asked him about his history of getting young players into a squad and having them succeed. Rodgers was starting to get a grip on what it meant to be the Liverpool manager and had just completed his first signing – Fabio Borini, a young Italian forward who played under Rodgers while he was the youth coach at Chelsea and then again at Swansea City on loan – but it didn’t look like he was going to be given the chance to sign too many more players, which meant he would need to look towards the young players in the Academy, something managers are usually scared to do because it’s always easier to work with proven players. Rodgers’ response was quick and telling: every player was going to be given a chance to prove themselves, and if they worked hard they might see first-team action.
“Many of my experiences have been with young players, and for me, like I’ve said, the age isn’t a barrier. If they’re good enough, have the personality and the talent, then I’m always willing to put them in,” Rodgers told the media in Boston on July 16.
Yesterday, Rodgers proved he wasn’t bluffing when he put out his Liverpool side against Young Boys in Switzerland. The youngsters were getting their chance to prove to Rodgers that he didn’t need to spend in the next transfer window. That this group of players was ready to step up and fill in when senior players weren’t living up to expectations or went out with an injury.
Did Kenny Dalglish deserve another year? Personally, I would have given him one but if you look at the numbers, which we know here in Boston is what John Henry and the FSG are all about, then it’s so apparent just how awful we have been this past year and so this decision is not without merit or reasoning. Personally, I think Liverpool should have given King Kenny another season — he saved us last year and while some of his signings have yet to repay him for the amount of money he spent to get them, I believe in time he would have gotten it right and restored Liverpool back to the top, where we belong. Continue reading →
Kenny Dalglish has left Liverpool Football Club after just 16 months in charge by having his contract terminated by LFC.
Dalglish’s departure follows hot on the heels of the departures of Damien Camoli and former Head of Communications for Liverpool FC, Ian Cotton. Liverpool football club now has three major positions to fill this summer but foremost on fans minds will be the question of just who will become the new Liverpool manager. Continue reading →