Waiting For Aquilani
Waiting For Aquilani

How did it come to this? I’m resting my hopes for Liverpool’s season on an injured Italian midfielder who remains unproven in the Premier League. Alberto Aquilani, bought this summer for £20m to replace Xabi Alonso (if that’s possible) came to Liverpool a broken man. Hints that he’s been training […]

How Old Is Too Old For A Footballer?
How Old Is Too Old For A Footballer?

I find myself asking it all the time: how old is that player? My last such quandary was over Arshavin (older than I would have guessed). Before that it was over Jovetic (younger than I would have guessed). When I’ m looking up a player’s age for an article or […]

Fan Diary #11: Chelsea v. Liverpool
Fan Diary #11: Chelsea v. Liverpool

Facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is never easy. But with Petr Cech suspended and with Liverpool’s knack for playing well against the London giants, I felt optimistic going into yesterday’s match. And with Liverpool dominating the first stretch of play, I felt a goal was inevitable and a win was […]

How To Buy A Football Club (A Form Letter)
How To Buy A Football Club (A Form Letter)

Dear Sir/Lord/Baron/Chairman/Sheik/The Donald: Thank you for your interest in our beloved club: ______ City/Town/Wandering Athletic Rovers/United/FC. If you should chose to purchase us, we believe this will be an invaluable experience for all parties involved. To be honest, our club has had its ups and downs over the years, most notably […]

Fan Diary #10: Hitting The Champions League Wall
Fan Diary #10: Hitting The Champions League Wall

After Liverpool comfortably dispatched Hull this past weekend, I went into the Fiorentina match with soaring expectations. I tucked all of Liverpool’s defensive and  central midfield problems under the carpet of Torres’ hat trick adorned with Gerrard, Babel and Riera’s collective fuel for the goal-momentum fire. Fiorentina (whom I knew […]

Accepting City; Watching West Ham
Accepting City; Watching West Ham

My distaste for Manchester City’s business model has been well-documented on EPL Talk, but watching City host West Ham United yesterday, I am starting to begrudgingly accept it: City have arrived. Last season, poor away results and hit-or-miss form proved while City could spend on the top players, they couldn’t […]

Fan Diary #9: Torres, Gerrard, Babel, Riera – The Goal Fest!
Fan Diary #9: Torres, Gerrard, Babel, Riera – The Goal Fest!

Or the title I prefer: Fan Diary #9: The Goal Fest; Torres Leaves Me Speechless; Poor Defending, An Infant Scouse-American; Was It A Cross Or A Shot?; Niall’s Wife; Meryl Streep; Has Ryan Babel Finally Embraced Being Super-Sub; And Are You Drunk Or Did You Forget Which Side Jozy Altidore […]

Should The Old Firm Join The English Premier League?
Should The Old Firm Join The English Premier League?

I work with a man from Edinburgh. He’s a Hearts supporter. More importantly to me: he’s the one guy at work who will talk football. He’ll talk about any aspect any match any controversy any player you like. He keeps up with the English Premier League and though he’s never […]

Rafa Benitez’s £20m Buying Cap – Fact, Fiction, Irrelevant?
Rafa Benitez’s £20m Buying Cap – Fact, Fiction, Irrelevant?

The Independent reported today that  documents have been revealed “which suggest Liverpool’s net summer spending will be locked at £20m until 2014″. This is slated to include player pay raises and not just transfer fees. This story has also appeared on Sport.co.uk and in the Daily Mirror. While this might […]

Where Does Sporting Hatred Come From?
Where Does Sporting Hatred Come From?

I don’t really hate anybody in my immediate world (except, of course, my old landlord, Dick Dumont – yeah: he knows what he did). But it’s easy enough to drop the word hate into conversation. “Oh, I hate that” and “Don’t you just hate him/her?” We do it all the time, […]

Fan Diary #8: Fernando Torres…
Fan Diary #8: Fernando Torres…

Going into the West Ham match I asked for a brace (minimum) from Fernando Torres and boy did he deliver. This calls for some pondifercating on The Football Genius. Well, maybe Torres isn’t at Genius Status yet. But of all the players playing in England he’s got to be among […]

Fan Diary #7: Liverpool v Debrecen
Fan Diary #7: Liverpool v Debrecen

Before yesterday I knew about as much about Debreceni VSC as I know about the Faint Object Spectograph on the Hubble Telescope. They are among the “new kids” in the Champions League and not knowing anything about their club (or their league) forced me to underestimate them greatly. I assumed […]

All Credit To Burnley
All Credit To Burnley

Before the season started, I knew little about this Burnley side. I like to see former top-flight stalwarts come up and Burnley – one of the orginal 12 sides in the Football League – haven’t been up in 33 years. But apart from that, I knew no reason why they […]

My Big Problem With Liverpool’s New Sponsorship Deal…
My Big Problem With Liverpool’s New Sponsorship Deal…

I have a big problem with Liverpool’s new sponsor. While I’m glad to see a deal that will provide the club with £80m over the next four years, and while the hope that new stadium plans and healthier transfer budgets will emerge gets me giddy… it’s Standard Chartered Bank… I […]

Fan Diary #6: Yossi Benayoun And My Football Ulcer
Fan Diary #6: Yossi Benayoun And My Football Ulcer

I was a little concerned coming into the last fixture. It wasn’t because Burnley has already beaten United and Everton. It wasn’t because Burnley aren’t afraid to attack. I saw these things as healthy signs for Liverpool.  Liverpool usually do well against attacking sides. And Liverpool have a habit of […]

International Football: Please Don’t Injure My League Heroes…
International Football: Please Don’t Injure My League Heroes…

Lennon’s cross arcs over the box. It hones in on Steven Gerrard who waits just outside the crowd. He jumps, coils his neck and smashes the ball toward goal. His header flies down into the net. 2-0 to England. I’m an American, but I still get chills when Gerrard scores […]

Liverpool Supporter Pardoned After Four Years In Prison
Liverpool Supporter Pardoned After Four Years In Prison

In 2005, Michael Shields was convicted by a Bulgarian court for the attempted murder of a barman after Liverpool’s Champions League victory in Istanbul. Between a jail in Bulgaria and Thorn Cross prison in Chesire, England, Shields, now 22, has spent the last four years behind bars. But, today, his […]

Everton, United, England: What’s With The Star Trek Kits?
Everton, United, England: What’s With The Star Trek Kits?

Admiral Capello strides onto the bridge. “Status report, Lieutenant Rooney!” he shouts. Rooney is grim. “The Croatians have boarded the ship, Sir,” he says. “They’ve already scored two goals.” “I see,” says Capello. He turns to his chief defensive officer. “Mr Neville raise all shields in the back. I don’t […]