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By Michael Owen On the 25th of May 2005 I was sat in the Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul. The players were walking out of the tunnel and my Dad turned and said to me “You’re not going to enjoy this”. He was right. Support for Rafa worldwide (photo from JingMc) Through 90 minutes of football, 30 minutes of extra-time and an agonising penalty shootout I went through more emotions than I’d been through in my entire life from excitement to despair, disappointment to utter euphoria and the lowest of the low to top of the world all over the course of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen This was always going to be a hard summer for Liverpool Football Club, but it’s just been made a lot harder by the ousting of Rafael Benitez from the position of Liverpool manager. Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez set for Inter job Whilst Benitez’s last season in charge of LFC will be one most Liverpool fans will want to forget his defiant attitude towards the clubs renegade owners throughout his time at Anfield is something the former Valencia boss has to be commended for. Whilst the club was crumbling under the pressure of a mountain of debt the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen Liverpool owner Tom Hicks today defended his record at Liverpool Football Club following former chairman David Moores stating he made the wrong decision to sell to Hicks and his partner George Gillett. The current Liverpool co-owner claimed to have doubled the transfer spending since taking over the club in 2007 as well as improving the commercial side of the club including increased sponsorship revenues. “I think we’ve done everything we can to improve the club” Hicks told Sky Sports News. “We have a great management team led by Christian Purslow, the commercial director Ian Ayres has done... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen It’s a phrase that’s been thrown around far too often this season. “We should be better than this, we’re Liverpool” Yes, we are Liverpool, but not the same Liverpool that Kenny Dalglish departed from two decades ago. Anfield doesn't have many years left (photo by Andy Nugent) Our lack of success in recent years has been primarily blamed on our current American ‘custodians’ but the problems facing modern-day LFC are far more deep-rooted than that. The nineties saw English football change forever, a change which Liverpool FC failed to adapt to. Whilst the likes of Manchester United... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen Javier Mascherano may be the first big name player to leave Anfield this summer, with a move to Spanish champions Barcelona on the cards. Uncertain Future: Mascherano The Argentine midfielder told the Liverpool Daily Post today that he wasn’t settled at Anfield and was looking at a move to the Nou Camp as far back as last summer. “The situation with Barcelona really affected me. “It was a shame it didn’t happen as it was the city I wanted to live in. “There were many discussions and problems during that month and a half. They were difficult... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen When Tom Hicks and George Gillett first announced they wanted to sell the club Liverpool fans may have felt that their prayers had been answered, but that joy soon turned to doubt as the two Americans asked for a huge price for the crumbling club. It was initially reported a potential investor would have to pay around £500m to ensure that the American duo departed from Anfield for good, a figure which isn’t likely to be reached when considering the current financial climate and the state that the club finds itself in. But it’s not the initial... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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May 4, 2010
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By Michael Owen It’s been a testing season for Liverpool, both on and off the pitch. Whilst the squads failings have been the centre of attention the fans resilient support of Rafael Benitez has often been commented on by outsiders looking in – but has the Kop’s faith in the Spaniard disappeared? New Sponsors for Liverpool next season and possibly a new manager, too. If those inside Anfield were polled following Liverpool’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday then I’m almost sure that those who want Benitez to stay and those who want him to go would be... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen Chelsea received a major boost in their race for the Premier League title today as they saw off Liverpool at Anfield, beating the Reds by two goals. Gerrard's mistake cost Liverpool in the first-half Dider Drogba and Frank Lampard were the scorers for the Blues, with Liverpool only managing to test Chelsea keeper Petr Cech once, when Dirk Kuyt took a shot from left of the target which the Czech shot-stopper collected awkwardly. The home side had started the game well, playing at a good tempo and piling the pressure onto the Blues defence. But Chelsea’s back-four... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen Rumours about Rafael Benitez’s future at Anfield have been the major talking point going into Liverpool’s tie against Chelsea on Sunday. Regardless of whether or not you believe the paper talk it no doubt leaves the Reds managerial future hanging in the balance. Worrying times ahead for Liverpool fans For most of this season one of the main reasons many of Rafa’s supporters believed he should stay is because there is simply no one better than the former Valencia boss who would give the job a second-glance. This point is of course very true. Liverpool’s financial turmoil... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen A 2-2 aggregate result in the Europa League semi-final ensured Atletico Madrid advanced to the final of the competition after beating Liverpool on away goals at Anfield. Atletico scorer Diego Forlan The reds got the game off to a good start, putting the Madrid defence under-pressure and winning a good number of corners. But the Reds failed to capitalise upon the pressure until late in the first-half, when the ball fell to Alberto Aquilani inside the area, allowing the Italian to fire a shot into the bottom corner of the goal to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen I don’t know what it is about European nights at Anfield, but even after an uninspiring 1-0 defeat at the hands of Madrid last Thursday it’s still a given amongst most of our fanbase that we’re Hamburg-bound. Liverpool seem to have a knack of winning against the odds in crucial European nights at Anfield, whether that be St Etienne in 1977 or Chelsea in 2005, the famous ground seems to have something in the air before European games which turns every red-shirted player on the pitch into a superstar. Of course, that’s not to say that it’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen It’s been a rough season for Liverpool Football Club, and it’s difficult to really pick out a solution for the current on the pitch problems. Some blame the owners, some blame the manager, and fingers have even been pointed at the players. One thing which people do tend to be critical of is Rafael Benitez’s reluctance to include some of the youngsters in his first team squad, especially considering some of the more well-known faces are having such a torrid time of it in the starting eleven. What many may not realise, however, is it’s the pressure... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael OwenLiverpool will be looking for to beat Atletico Madrid at the Calderon tonight without star striker Fernando Torres. But the home side have selection troubles of their own, with Sergio Aguero ruled out through suspension. The Reds undertook a mammoth 23 and a half hour journey to the Spanish capital due to flight restrictions in the United Kingdom, but the Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez says that this won't give Atletico any advantage over the five times European Champions, suggesting the trip via train, coach and plane acted as a good bonding session for his side. Former Atletico midfielder... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen After today’s official statement from Tom Hicks and George Gillett that they were selling Liverpool Football Club the regions local newspaper The Liverpool Echo took a survey asking its readers about what they think of the decision from the owners and what they expect in the future. Here are my answers to their questions. Are you happy that Liverpool FC is up for sale? Yes, it’s as simple as that really. Whilst I am slightly concerned about the type of investor the club can attract at the moment anyone would seem better than Tom Hicks and George... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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Airports around Britain were forced to close yesterday after a work experience employee made the critical error of opening the door to the Everton trophy room, releasing a huge cloud of dust that grounded flights for safety reasons. Experts said that the dust had been collected because of "no major activity for 15 years" in the Goodison Park trophy room. The work experience pupil, who has remained unnamed for his own safety, told us he was gutted to have caused such a major accident. "I've been an Everton fan all my life." He said. "I was walking down the corridor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen It’s been a huge week for Liverpool on the pitch, with the Reds hopes of securing a Champions League spot fading away and an emphatic win over Benfica ensuring progression to the semi-final of the Europa League against Atheltico Madrid. New Chairman Martin Broughton However, what’s gone on off the pitch is going to be the major talking point amongst Liverpool fans for the next few weeks at least, with a major overhaul on boardroom level as well as a refinancing deal and admittance from the two current owners they’re looking for a buyer for the club.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Phil Browne Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League were dealt another blow as they failed to break down a resolute Fulham defence. Frustrated: Alberto Aquilani The afternoon started badly for the home side as star striker Fernando Torres was ruled out of the game with a knee injury. David Ngog replaced the Spaniard in an attacking line-up that included Ryan Babel and Maxi Rodriguez. Alberto Aqualani also started in place of Lucas. The Reds dominated possession for long periods of the game but found the London side’s defence too difficult to penetrate. While this may have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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Posted Apr 11, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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From The BBC The Europa League semi-finalists come together in what could well be a dress rehearsal for the Hamburg final next month. Fulham will be relieved the European final is in Germany and not at Anfield, where they have yet to win in 28 attempts. Fulham's away form is a bit of a mystery. In the Premier League they have not won on the road since the opening day of the season but they were deserving 1-0 winners at German champions Wolfsburg on Thursday. Liverpool also impressed on Thursday night, beating Portuguese league leaders Benfica 4-1 at Anfield. For... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen Liverpool secured their place in the Europa League semi-finals last night by beating Benfica 4-1 at Anfield (5-3 agg). Unlikely Scorer: Lucas A brace from Fernando Torres, header from Dirk Kuyt and a surprise goal for Brazilian midfielder Lucas ensured the reds got a vital win in the quest for Europa League glory. Despite the emphatic score line the Portuguese outfit were far from pushovers, with their goal bringing the score to 4-3 on aggregate, meaning if the reds conceded another goal without reply Benfica would have been facing Athletico Madrid rather than Rafael Benitez’s side. But... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen Going into a second-leg matching knowing that you need to win in order to progress is never an easy task, but with an away goal advantage and a capacity Anfield crowd Rafael Benitez’ men will be confident they’ll be travelling to Spain for a semi-final battle in a few weeks time. Cardozo - Benfica's first-leg savior Inconsistency has proven costly in Liverpool’s season so far, and if the reds want to have any chance of finishing in the top four and winning the Europa League it’s something they’re going to have to overcome starting with Benfica on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at Walton Breck Road
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By Michael Owen In the eyes of most 21 years is a long time, but for the survivors of the Hillsborough disaster, along with the families of the victims, it feels like only yesterday when 96 innocent Liverpool supporters lost their lives at the F.A Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. The Kop following the disaster It’s a strange thing, time, especially when it comes to the Hillsborough disaster. As mentioned, memoires of that day are still fresh in the minds of many, whether that be through bereavement or unjustified guilt. Yet, whilst it doesn’t seem that long ago it’s still... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at Walton Breck Road