Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1

Shaky start, went one down, great goal though but then found the groove. Brilliant Mane equaliser; then he put us ahead and the goal from Mo Salah was a work of art thanks to Bobby Firmino. We’re blessed to have these players in our team.

Editorial 255

Welcome to Issue 255 of Red All Over The Land.

Just start with some sad news; one of our regular contributors, a lady known as KADJ07 died after a battle with illness.  We have a small tribute to her in this issue.  Those of us whom knew Anita will miss her, she was a wonderful person.

It’s been a long time since we published Issue 254 and a lot of things have been happening both on and away from the football front.  We’re in the process of moving house which could impact on a few things but hopefully we’ll soon be back on track.

So, on to football.  There’s a question being asked, “Is this the best Liverpool side ever”?  In truth, hard to say especially when you look back and try to compare this team with those compiled by previous legendary managers.  Most Reds point to Kenny’s team of 87/88 as arguably the best but the circumstances then were totally different to those of now.  If you look at Kenny’s squad it did have International influences such as Bruce Grobbelaar, Craig Johnston and Jan Molby but the team was mainly of UK and Irish based players.  The sides Liverpool played back then were of similar status with the rules governing overseas players totally different.  The current squad is not just multi-national but multi-cultural as well; as are the majority of sides we compete with, both at home and in Europe.  Therefore comparisons are difficult and although I thought the team of last season was the best I’ve seen others may disagree, which is fine.

The opening four league games have been won.  A Cup Final  has been lost and a Cup Final has been won and we’ve had drama as well – especially on the goalkeeper front.  The League Cup draw threw up an interesting game with MK Dons or whatever they’re officially called and the Champions League group could have been significantly harder but that’s not saying it will be easy.  At least there won’t be the need to jet to far off destinations just yet.  In December, however, there will be the World Club Championship in Qatar which will be different, but if you want to be Champions of Europe, there’s a price to pay.  If we return from Qatar as World Champions…well there will be even more T-shirts on offer.  Let’s enjoy it all.

The Transfer Window hardly concerned Liverpool this time around.  As is always the case, time will tell whether we adopted the right policy or not.  There’s no need to go and spend £50m on a player just because you can.  It’s not that long ago when we bought expensive players and got our fingers burnt.  I trust those involved in our transfer matters and that’s not always been the case – remember Christian Purslow?

Jürgen has had a lot to say about the demands on players and the timing of the start of the season.  I can agree with him.  There should be some uniformity throughout the game but so far removed from reality are those who govern the game in this country, they would expect the rest of Europe to fall in line with us and not the other way round.  On the other hand when we look back at our chaotic pre-season schedule maybe there are a few in-house issues which need looking at?  Is there anybody out there who still believes pre-season is about fitness and football?

JJP: Feeling like a rolling stone, with no direction home.      

 

Burnley 0 Liverpool 3

Sorry for the belated update and the belated news of a clean sheet at last. Just a good performance; rarely in any bother and goals from a Burnley forward playing deep, Sadio and Bobby. Maximum points from the opening four games. That will do nicely.

Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1

Great performance and deserved win. Mo was at his best, the second of his two goals top draw. Matip now a threat when we have set pieces and the Kop in full song. Brilliant. Shame they scored but three points in the bank.

Southampton 1 Liverpool 2

Another long trek for team and supporters and another performance which had highs and lows. Sadio Mane is a world class footballer, thankfully he plays for Liverpool. His goal was one of the highs as was the Bobby Firmino effort as well. Two up, coasting but then it happened.  A slapstick error from our latest goalkeeper Adrian and we have ten minutes of unnecessary and unwanted stress. However, the long trek home was okay in the end, three points make journey’s worth the while.

Liverpool 2 Chelsea 2 [Liverpool won 5-4 on pens]

So, history does repeat itself.  Last time Liverpool played a Cup Final in Istanbul it was sorted out via penalties. Ditto this time although it wasn’t ‘Big Ears’ it was still a ‘final’.  Liverpool and Chelsea did the UEFA ‘final’ proud, gave it a go and we brought the Cup back home. Good to Sadio back in full flow and let’s hope we can now settle back down to the more routine stuff of the Premier league – that’s if the Premier League can ever be routine.

Liverpool 4 Norwich 1

The ultimate game of two halves? Well for an hour we were superb but then switched off. 4-0 at halftime with an an own goal via an Origi cross  getting is going. Mo made it two and VvD headed in the third. Unfortunately we then lost Alisson so on came Adrian for his Anfield debut. Not the situation we wanted. However when Origi scored the fourth we thought we could handle that.  We should have scored more in the first ten minutes of the second half but then we dropped the power and Norwich came back and scored. That’ll do for starters.