Fan Diary – 21 Sept 2010: The Goals In A Loss
Fan Diary – 21 Sept 2010: The Goals In A Loss

Despite the miserable performance (and result), I needed those two goals from Steven Gerrard. Badly. After Liverpool’s goalless, soulless visit to Birmingham the previous weekend, I expected Manchester United to annihilate as literally as possible within the law (I hear it’s a four-match ban for an actual multiple homicide on the pitch). These […]

Fan Diary – 30 August 2010: The Return Of Fernando Torres
Fan Diary – 30 August 2010: The Return Of Fernando Torres

The kid is back. Throughout last season, Liverpool supporters groaned as Fernando Torres fell again and again into the arms of Ol’ Mistress Injury. We groaned throughout the summer’s World Cup as he looked far from his best and couldn’t find a single goal (although we also groaned when Pedro ignored a […]

Fan Diary – 15 August, 2010: Avoiding The Result (Part 2)
Fan Diary – 15 August, 2010: Avoiding The Result (Part 2)

Okay. A late night rant (to be posted in the morning). Before we berate the dubious intentions of a prominent Stateside soccer broadcaster, we should probably first go through that bit where we say that the opinions of Mr Ethan Armstrong don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of EPLTalk etc etc. There. Done. […]

Fan Diary – 15 August, 2010: Avoiding The Result
Fan Diary – 15 August, 2010: Avoiding The Result

It’s been a while since I’ve been unable to watch Liverpool’s opening day match live. The last time was 2007 against Aston Villa. It went like this: George (A Mancunian; a regular at the brewery where I bartended; a City diehard; a Setanta subscriber) plopped the tape of the match on the bar top. I filled his half-gallon […]

World Cup Diary: Time To Choose…
World Cup Diary: Time To Choose…

How did Spain and the Netherlands come to be in the final? How can this be? These are my two favorite National teams to watch (after the USA, of course). These are surely the two greatest footballing countries to have never won a World Cup. Okay, yes: I predicted these two would be in the final in […]

World Cup Diary: Surviving The Group Stage
World Cup Diary: Surviving The Group Stage

Is this World Cup smoking crack? It has been a strange one. Sure, there have been moments of  crisp, clear beauty (beginning with Siphiwe Tshabalala’s screaming torpedo of a shot in the first match), but for me the event has been overtaken by the surprises woven throughout. The unexpected moments […]

Fan Diary #35 – Delay The Broadcast
Fan Diary #35 – Delay The Broadcast

  I admit I’ve been spoiled. For most of the past two and half years I’ve enjoyed just about every Liverpool fixture live. No matter my late hours working in restaurants, I’ve usually been able to trek down to our pub (or at least roll out of bed and catch […]

Fan Diary #34 – Liverpool In Madrid
Fan Diary #34 – Liverpool In Madrid

Eyjafjallajokull. Yes this is what comes out when I drink too much coffee and then absentmindedly drum my fingers on the keyboard without looking. But it’s also the name of the Icelandic volcano that has been spewing ash into the air causing flight bans in Europe and disrupting travel all over the world. Thousands […]

Fan Diary #33 – What Were You Thinking Mssrs Babel and Benitez??
Fan Diary #33 – What Were You Thinking Mssrs Babel and Benitez??

I’m more confused than anything else. In my last post I asked that we maintain the good form, no matter what the outcome of the season. I should have added we must cling to clear-headed decision making from now to the end. The last two outings for Liverpool were derailed […]

Fan Diary #32 – Since Last We Spoke…
Fan Diary #32 – Since Last We Spoke…

In my last post (before the United match), I was filled with cautious optimism. But ultimately I had every reason to believe Liverpool would put up a better fight at Old Trafford than they ended up doing. Even when the Reds are struggling, we tend to switch on and turn into […]

Fan Diary #31 – Fernando Torres, Liverpool's Number Nine (Bounce!)
Fan Diary #31 – Fernando Torres, Liverpool's Number Nine (Bounce!)

Babel lofted the clearance from deep inside Liverpool’s half. The ball somehow latched on to Torres’ homing beacon. The defender let it bounce. Torres ate it up like a starved Bengal tiger. He kept the other defender just at bay, picked his moment and flicked the ball over the sliding keeper. […]

Fan Diary #30 – Four Goals Against Pompey, Can We Carry On Against Lille?
Fan Diary #30 – Four Goals Against Pompey, Can We Carry On Against Lille?

Who were we watching? Standing in the pub, we made the irresistible jokes about how Barcelona had flown to Anfield and donned our side’s red jerseys. The Liverpool side that couldn’t carve out a goal against Wigan or Lille was nowhere to be seen. This was a flowing, determined outfit. Just about everybody […]

Fan Diary #29 – Why Can't Liverpool Keep Any Good Form Going?
Fan Diary #29 – Why Can't Liverpool Keep Any Good Form Going?

 I’m the fan who demands my one year in denial. I cling to the hopes of last season, refusing to believe something can’t be salvaged from this one (as the definition of salvage changes from Can we still finish top four? to Can we still finish top six? Top seven?) With my […]

Fan Diary #28 – Liverpool at Wigan: Give Me Some Triangles
Fan Diary #28 – Liverpool at Wigan: Give Me Some Triangles

Last night I hunted down a clip on my 501 goals DVD. It’s Liverpool’s Craig Johnston talking sometime in the 80s about Liverpool’s approach: “It’s the simplicity of the game that Liverpool play that’s so amazing… You get the ball at your feet… And you see players like Phil Neal and […]

Fan Diary #27 – At Least Torres Is Back…
Fan Diary #27 – At Least Torres Is Back…

Well, Torres is back. That’s about the biggest consolation I can take from the last two outings. We may have gotten the right result against Unirea, but if you didn’t watch that match, trust me, the outcome doesn’t reflect the awful, numbing football we sat through for most of ninety […]

Fan Diary #26 – Not As Devastated By The Arsenal Loss As I Could Be
Fan Diary #26 – Not As Devastated By The Arsenal Loss As I Could Be

We could see the goal coming. Rosicky tore down the right side while our defense struggled to get back into position. His cross was going nowhere but to Diaby’s head which had no one marking it. Diaby knocked the ball past Pepe and the Gunners were up. Liverpool had done so well to absorb […]