It seems ages now since the season ended; probably because the new fixtures have already been released. I’m sure many can remember the time when we’d put the dates straight into our diary and they would be set in stone, changed only by the weather or Cup involvement. I’m afraid I didn’t get too worked up about the fixtures when Sky made the big announcement simply because the dates mean nothing and it seemed a bit daft when Sky mentioned the dates of games against the likes of Everton and Manchester United knowing full well they, and BT, would swap and change them before the ink had even dried.

Talking about TV fixtures there seems to be discussions about playing Saturday fixtures in the evening in a season or two; I’m sure it’s going to happen but it won’t help supporters who travel on a regular basis from all over the land. It could lead to even more tourists I suppose and the club sees them as more important than anyone else.

Disappointed we haven’t signed anybody yet apart from the young lad from Chelsea; I was hoping we’d have two or three getting measured up for the LFC range of kits by now. We certainly appear to have cocked up our relationship with Southampton but it shows just how much the game has changed when it comes to signing players. The club website love to boast about doing things ‘The Liverpool Way’ but that’s in the cupboard gathering cobwebs. The ‘Liverpool Way’ was to work on the quiet, get it all sorted; then make an announcement before getting on with the next bit of business. Being fair to the club, that was in the days before agents took control but even so, our transfer policy doesn’t seem to be very good does it?

Although I’ve just had a week enjoying the delights of Naples I haven’t heard of too much transfer outs either although there’s plenty of talk about Danny Sturridge and whispers about Philippe Coutinho. I’ve not read about bids from the Spanish giants for Alberto Moreno though!

Good news about a few pre-season games in the vicinity of the North West and if we do have games against Tranmere, Wigan and maybe Preston at least we’ll get the chance to see a few of the young guns giving it a go. Unlike in the pre-seasons following World and Euro Cup competitions we could even get to watch some of the established players shaking off the ring rust and we also get massive ticket allocations as well. Something to look forward to.

Now I’m back from holiday I can start planning for next season regarding RED ALL OVER THE LAND and if the pre-season games in the great North West get confirmed then hopefully we’ll have a Fanzine out to mark the occasion. I’m going to be updating the website as well while having a Facebook page doesn’t seem to bring many rewards. I’ll be sending out some details about these matters shortly.

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John Pearman

Editor of the only remaining Liverpool fanzine, Red All Over The Land. On sale outside Anfield on match days. Started this Fanzine in 1995