Liverpool News: How Brendan Rodgers can unsettle Alex Ferguson as Liverpool prepare to take on Manchester United Sunday
There are some who would like to see tackling outlawed in football. There are others who want to see the crowd sitting quietly while the ninety minutes passes them by, expecting fans to show support their team without permitting any show of passion. And there are others who don’t understand why bitter footballing rivals share such an animosity for one another. In a week when football has been trying to recover from the shock of the Hillsborough review panel’s findings, the well-meaning masses have sought to play down Sunday’s encounter between the two most successful clubs in England.
Liverpool News: Have the fates of Liverpool Football Club and the Hillsborough 'cover up' been Intextricably Linked for 23 Years?
Liverpool News: Have The Fates of Liverpool Football Club and The Hillsborough 'cover up' been Inextricably Linked For 23 Years?
By Kevin Morley.
When the outcome of the Hillsborough panel review was announced, almost a week ago, nobody in Liverpool was to be found rejoicing. There was an air of respectful gratitude for the diligent work of the review team, and a sense of relief that the truth had finally been uncovered. There was, however, no joy, and there is, as yet, no retribution for those who perpetrated what has been described as the biggest cover up in English legal history. It is hoped that this justice will come later and, until those responsible are brought to account for their most heinous actions following the tragedy, there will be no justice.
Liverpool News: Will Brendan Rodgers adapt LFC style to get the most out of Gerrard
By Kevin Morley.
Steven Gerrard has had a tough couple of weeks. First he has to listen to Sven Goran Eriksson telling him he will never win the Premier League with Liverpool, this was followed up by two performances for England, both unjustifiably described as subdued by the media and then rounded off by his first international sending off. Knowing Gerrard as we do, you would expect he is desperate to get back in a Liverpool shirt and throw himself into the blood and thunder of a Premier League clash.
Liverpool News: Time to move on, and stand together, at Liverpool FC.
By Kevin Morley.
At the beginning everything went smoothly. Brendan Rodgers was announced as the favoured choice for the vacant managers position and, as negotiations for his appointment continued, the fans, who were initially sceptical, came round to the idea that he might just be the man to turn things around at the sleeping giant that is Liverpool Football Club. Once he spoke, eloquently, with passion and an honesty and humility, it was clear that Brendan wanted to be seen as a 'man of the people'. In his first interviews he talked of 'fighting with his life for the club.' This was what the Liverpool fans needed to hear, it was almost a throwback to the days of Shankly 'drumming it into my players what a privilege it is to play for you.'
Less than twelve weeks ago Brendan Rodgers was a darling of the media who it seemed could do little wrong. After Rodgers had taken Swansea to the dizzy heights of mid-table in the Premier League he was being hailed as the next big thing, a manager who knew how to get a British team playing the Barcelona way, and getting results by playing that way too.
Fast forward less than three months and Rodgers is Liverpool manager, with the media describing him as out of his depth, undermined and one dimensional. If readers want another example of the fickle nature of the British press we need only look to Andy Carroll. Three months ago he was allegedly the biggest flop in Liverpool history - a £35m waste of money. In the last week he has been hailed as the saviour of West Ham and has been given rave reviews by the British media for a single performance in which he last less than seventy minutes and failed to score. He is now injured for six weeks but someone will find a way of blaming Rodgers for that.