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Archive for December, 2010

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IN terms of what happened on the pitch, Liverpool fans won’t look back on 2010 with any satisfaction. We finished last season poorly and find themselves mid-table after a difficult first half of this season.

There’s been little to shout about and our away record – with just two wins all year – makes dire reading.

But 2010 is memorable for the fact that it was the year when co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett were shown the door.

With new owners in place at least we go into 2011 with the foundations in place for the club to finally move forward.

We were saved by that takeover and at least we’re no longer losing crazy amounts of money in interest payments to the banks.

John W Henry and Tom Werner have said they know it’s going to take time. They are learning about the game all the time and a key thing is getting the right people in the right places.

They have brought in Damien Comolli who they obviously rate highly and soon they will appoint a new chief executive.

I also hope they give Kenny Dalglish a much greater role to make use of his vast experience.

I wouldn’t want Kenny to become manager again. He’s such a major player in Liverpool’s history and I wouldn’t want to see his standing damaged if things didn’t work out.

Kenny should have a pivotal position overseeing what goes on at the club for the next 10 years. He needs to be a lot more than an ambassador.

He should be overseeing what the chief executive does and having a say in football decisions.

The list of bad players who have come to the club over the past decade is endless and the fans are sick and tired of it.

Kenny should be part of the process to ensure the players who come in are worthy of wearing the shirt.

As for Roy Hodgson, I’d love to see him still in charge in five years time.

If he’s here then it will mean he has been successful. That we’re back playing in the Champions League every year and winning trophies.

Managers live or die by results and I want Roy to be successful because I want the club to be successful.

The positive thing is that we’ve got some good youngsters coming through. There’s reason to be optimistic going into 2011 but let’s be realistic as well.

There’s a lot of work to be done and it’s going to take years. Hopefully only two or three but it could be five or six.

One day it will happen and the club will be back where it should be.

No excuses, it’s time for Joe Cole to show Liverpool FC what he’s made of

JOE COLE has to start doing it for Liverpool.

He’s been unlucky so far with that red card and injuries preventing him from putting together a run of games.

But no more excuses. Liverpool are paying him top money and want a return on their investment.

Cole is a quality player and you don’t lose that ability.

I feel a bit sorry for him because I don’t think the left side of midfield is his best position. I’d love to see the manager play him behind Fernando Torres for three or four games.

Just say to him ‘show us what we’ve been waiting for’.

Creative players like Cole and Fernando Torres can be match-winners. We need them to get their heads right and stay injury free.

Come on Joe, we know you haven’t become a bad player overnight.

Let’s have it now. Your club needs you.

Reasons to be cheerful for 2011 but Reds revival will take years

Reds should sign Ashley Young in January

JANUARY is going to be a massive month for Liverpool with the FA Cup tie against Manchester United and a lot of crucial league games.

We could end up playing nine games in the month and that’s going to place a big strain on Roy Hodgson’s squad.

So the first week of January might be a good time for the owners to go out and show their teeth in the transfer market. Go out and snap up one really top player.

We need to buy someone who can go straight into the side and make an impression.

I know I keep going on about him but Ashley Young would be my pick and I would love to see us beat Manchester United to his signature.

Top left wingers are difficult to come by. If you buy someone from the continent you’re not sure how that player is going to fit in but Young knows what the Premier League is all about.

Maxi Rodriguez has done okay out on the left for us but being honest I think if you are looking to compete at the top end he’s only a squad player.

Take a hit and lose dead wood

IT was interesting reading Roy Hodgson’s comments about the problem he’s got trying to ship out the dead wood in his squad.

The fact is a lot of players these days would rather sit tight and pick up their money than go elsewhere and play.

It’s the way football has gone and is a major problem. The hunger has gone and too many have turned into mercenaries.

The worst example of that was Charles Itandje and it took Liverpool years to get rid of him.

However, I think you’ve got to bite the bullet and take a hit financially if you have to.

Fans would much rather see chances given to youngsters who can gain valuable experience than play those who are on the fringes but who have failed to shine in the past.

Time to bite the Wolves

WOLVES are a club I’ve got a lot of affection for.

I used to always score against them for a start but I’ve also got a lot of time for their chairman Steve Morgan and manager Mick McCarthy, who I know from my playing days.

I really want them to stay in the Premier League but I hope Liverpool add to their problems at Anfield tomorrow night.

Wolves are struggling badly and hopefully this is a good time to play them. Losing at home to Wigan on Boxing Day was a big setback for them.

Considering how bad our away record is, it’s absolutely vital we keep winning our home games.

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No truth in Agger rumours

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This evening before the Barclays Premiership Game of Liverpool Football Club and v Wolverhampton Wanders there will be a period of applause to mark the passing of former players Avi Cohen and Bill (William) Jones.

AVI COHEN

Yesterday Avi’s son Tamir gave a press conference to announce that Avi who had been in a serious motorcycle accident the week before, lost his fight for life. His funeral will take place in Israel this evening.

Avi was born Abraham Cohen in Cairo on 14th November 1956 and joined Liverpool Football Club in 1979 after being watched by Bob Paisley for six months.

He made his debut on 15th September 1979 due to the absence of Ray Kennedy but it was the following April before he again featured in the first team, coming on for an injured Colin Irwin during the game with Stoke City.

Avi though became well known for the two goals he scored during the match against Aston Villa at Anfield.This was the game that ensured Liverpool regained the League Championship and after David Johnson had put the home team in the lead Avi had the misfortune to slice an attempted clearance over Ray Clemences’s head and into his own goal.As luck would have it though five minutes into the second half he drove a low shot into the goal at the Kop end.This of course gave Liverpool the lead and the League Championship.

The following season Avi played in 14 league matches (1980-81) before being sold back to Israel.He returned to Britain in 1987 playing for Graeme Souness at Rangers.
During his career, he also played at the following clubs:Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Tel Aviv (2) Rangers, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

BILL (WILLIAM) JONES

It was announced at Lunchtime today that Bill died naturally aged 89 in the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Bill was born on 13th May 1921 in Whaley Bridge and signed for Liverpool Football club in 1938 after playing for Derbyshire Side Hayfield St Mathews.He did not make his full debut for Liverpool until 31st August 1946 due to World War II, during which he won a military medal for the Allied crossing of the Rhine.Bill was now a 24 year old and could play in any position which enabled him to help Liverpool win the first Division Championship that year.

Although the club would not challenge for the league title for the next twenty years Bill was an integral part of the team for seven of those seasons and did all he could to help them progress further up the league.

He played in Liverpool’s first ever Wembley cup final against Arsenal in 1950, but had to settle for the runner’ up medal.Unfortunately though the club did not build on his success and at the end of the 1953-54 they were relegated.This proved to be Bill’s last season at the club.

His 256th and final league appearance was marked by losing to Blackpool. He was also capped by his country twice.

His other clubs were, Hayfield St Matthews (amateur) Leeds and Reading (wartime guest) and Ellesmere Port Town.

He did eventually go back to Liverpool Football Club as a scout and was the man responsible for bringing Roger Hunt to the club.
His Grandson Rob Jones has also played for Liverpool Football Club.

On Behalf of everyone I send our condolences to both families at this very sad time.

My thanks to LFCTV Player Profiles for providing the Information.

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Boss not underestimating Wolves

Roy Hodgson won’t underestimate Wolverhampton Wanderers tonight.
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