The Wonder Of Macca

To be honest we weren’t very good against relegation bound Sheffield United.  Too many passes and not doing very much. The goal Darwin scored was a freak, but they all count but we needed a second. When the Blades levelled, I feared the worst.  Jürgen must have done as well because he made three changes and a fourth would follow. First Robbo, Harvey and Curtis came on and the temp changed. Even so it took a wonder goal from Alexis Mac Allister to change to mood from tension to something else. His free kick that hit the woodwork would have been just as good had it gone in. We are seeing a wonderful player. When Gakpo came on we all knew he needed a goal. He finally got one. From a Robbo cross as well. Top but we need to be better at OT on Sunday.

Red All Over The Church

On Saturday May 4th, subject to the football fixtures we hope to stage an event at The Church on Oakfield Road to celebrate what was the Bastion Of Invincibility – The Kop 1964 to 1994. We are inviting the families of those who helped make Liverpool the club they are today and so far interest in attending has been shown by the families of Ronnie Moran, Emlyn Hughes, Tommy Lawrence and Peter Thompson. As we move on we hope to have more.
We are keeping everything crossed that our club doesn’t have a fixture on this day, we are gambling on the reds still being in Europe and therefore we know the date will be free.
David Jaggs of The Ragamuffins will be there and the show will be hosted as usual by Graham Mack. The idea is to raise funds for The Community Basket – a small group who work for the Anfield Community.

Stretching The Nerves

Jürgen said he enjoyed the game against Brighton. Well, I’m glad he did. For me my nerves were stretched and the last ten minutes when Brighton had a go, I kept covering my eyes. We played okay and deserved the win, but we were sloppy at the back and wasted so many chances. Still, what Luis Diaz and Mo Salah did leaves us top of the league for a few days because that game in Manchester bored the pants off all who watched it.

Editorial Issue 301

Welcome to Issue 301 of Red All Over The Land.

At the start of the season, I didn’t see Liverpool as title contenders and that a good season would be a top four finish, some silverware and a final in Dublin wouldn’t go amiss.  Well, whatever happens we’ve achieved my target of silverware.  The quad hopes have gone, the treble hopes live on.

Losing at Old Trafford in the FA Cup hurt but these things happen. More important will be our next game there, a chance to put things right on the bigger picture.

Atalanta in the Europa League won’t be a given.  They’ll be the best side we’ve played in the competition to date.  Unlike many others I sometimes prefer the home leg first and this is one of those times.  Hopefully by then we’ll have most of the walking wounded back and ready for action.

The highlight of the season has been the emergence of so many of the Academy players.  Jürgen has given them the chance and they’ve not looked out of place.  In fact, some of them are now essential members of the squad.  I’ve hinted before about how much these players will save the club in transfer fees and just thinking about Conor Bradley, Jarrell Quansah and Bobby Clark, all of them will surely be part of the Liverpool future.  At the start of the season, we had hopes for Ben Doak, but his progress has been halted by injury but next season he should be back to join those mentioned, plus Stefan Bajcetic, Kaide Gordon and both Jayden Danns and Louis Koumas.  There are other players out on who are not letting anyone down.  So, whoever takes over from Jürgen will inherit probably the most talented group of young players in our history.     

There’s no space in this issue to accommodate the usual Red All Over YouTube slot but the shows appear to be going from strength to strength and are watched by Reds All Over the World.  I must thank the show host Graham Mack for making this possible.  We try to cover varying topics, but we don’t try to be too serious when doing so.

We have a date in mind for our next event which will hopefully be on Saturday May 4th, and it certainly will be if we remain in the Europa Cup.  If that’s not the case we’re going to be in the hands of the TV boffins, and they can screw up even the best of plans.  We should know soon enough, and the details will be on every social media platform available to us, and I’ll also email the world and the details will be in Issue 302. 

Thank you to everyone who passed comments about this Fanzine reaching the milestone of 300 issues.  I doubt we’ll achieve another 300 because if so, I would be one of the world’s oldest men.  As previously mentioned, Issue 303 will be a Jürgen Klopp special.  I’m hoping to get it printed in full colour and over the next week or so following the publication of this issue I’ll start planning it.

 

JJP: Some people try to hide what they don’t know to begin with.  They’re usually pundits or Mike Dean.