May 2008 Archives

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SUCH is Warren Bradley's commitment to the Blue persuasion, it came as something of a surprise that he didn't follow up his speech at the opening of the new Liverpool One shopping complex with a vow to open Everton Two.

The leader of Liverpool city council has seen his stock fall amongst his fellow Evertonians in recent years with many blaming him for failing to do enough to keep their club in our city, and is seemingly desperate to get himself back on side.

GARY ABLETT compared promising Hungarian youngster Krisztian Nemeth to Kenny Dalglish this week.

Liverpool's reserve team boss didn't say the 19-year-old will be as good as the man still revered as "King Kenny" on the Kop, but he did argue that the way Nemeth sticks his backside into opposition defenders before twisting and turning away from them brought back memories of Dalglish.

The comparison is an apt one because Nemeth can undoubtedly boast that particular talent in his wide repertoire of skills.

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WHEN Liverpool's new city centre store threw open its doors for the first time yesterday it was deluged by fans with shopping lists as long as a John Arne Riise throw-in.

But there were two special guests who had very different shopping on their minds from the majority of people at the biggest official club store in Europe in the newly opened Liverpool One development.

The thoughts of former Reds stars Jason McAteer and Jan Molby were concentrated more on the forthcoming Anfield bring and buy sale as Rafa Benitez gets to work on moulding his squad for the coming Premiership season.

IT SEEMS there's more chance of the UK winning the Eurovision Song Contest than there is of getting a straight answer out of Anfield these days; and in both cases you sense that politics are becoming more important than the game itself.

No sooner had Rick Parry declared the Premier League to be our 'number one priority' for next season than Rafa rushed into print calling winning the league 'an option', while reiterating just how hard it is going to be to break the United/Chelsea axis due to their enormous financial resources.

You'd have to be very cynical indeed to think that Parry, recovering from his very public mauling at the hands of Tom Hicks, is playing to the gallery and trying to build popular support by repeating the mantra that will resonate with the vast majority of the fans.

RAFAEL BENITEZ can search the globe for solutions to his defensive problems this summer all he wants. But if he wants to cut down on the number of goals his team conceded from set-pieces last season then it's not individuals he should be concerned with - it's tactics.
Liverpool employ a zonal system, which has generally worked just fine during Benitez's reign.

But once teams know you are going to set up like that, they work out ways of getting an extra man off to capitalise if the ball goes loose in the area.

From Benitez's own analysis, Liverpool conceded 10 goals more from set plays than they did in the previous campaign and that is a worrying statistic.
One which suggests that something somewhere clearly isn't working.

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