Liverpool-Kop.com – The new independent Liverpool FC site launches
Critical realism in the analysis of Liverpool FC is almost nonexistent in the media, with the majority of the press and most Liverpool fan-sites engaging in any or all of the following:
1. Constant blind-faith praise: Always praising the team and the management regardless of what is happening on the pitch.
2. Intolerance of criticism against LFC: This is prevalent in LFC fan-sites and talkbacks, and entails so called ’fans’ castigating anyone who has a critical word to say against the club.
3. Exaggerated hype: The mainstream media are the biggest culprits here. This manifests itself in the constant hype over English players. With LFC, it is Steven Gerrard who gets all the plaudits. According to TV ‘pundits’ and the written press, he is the greatest player in the world; solely responsible for all of Liverpool’s success; never has a bad game; is man of the match in every game and has no faults as a player. This is nonsense and amounts to irresponsible, dangerous ‘journalism’.
4. Sycophantic player worship: So called ‘fans’ put players on pedestals and worship the ground they walk on, showering them with unwarranted praise and generally inflating their already humungous egos.
5. ‘Toe the line’ punditry: This is the worst kind of expert ‘analysis’. Ex players and sports journalists who refuse to be critical for fear of consequences from the club, such as: Not being granted interviews; being refused access to Anfield; not being welcomed by the players etc.
Liverpool-Kop seeks to redress the balance with a critical approach to analyzing Liverpool FC. As a rejection of the poor current state of Liverpool FC journalism, the focus will be predominantly critical. Premiership clubs like Liverpool already have enough people fawning over them; what is needed is proper critical realism and a ‘tell it like it is’ approach.
The notion that criticizing the club and its management is synonymous with ‘not being a proper fan’ is the illogical and ridiculous.
Liverpool-Kop founder Jaimie Kanwar commented: “So called ‘fans’ who are incapable of accepting critical opinions that differ from their own are the real problem. I’m sick to death of the blind faith and the ridiculous notion that the only ‘real’ fans out there are the ones that always praise the club no matter what”.
The writers who contribute to Liverpool-Kop are all die-hard, lifelong Liverpool fans; however, they have not bought into the shallow commercialization of the modern game and hold Liverpool FC to the standards set by Bill Shankly and the old Liverpool boot room – standards that are sadly in decline.
A more critical perspective needs to be taken towards Liverpool FC, and football overall. That is what Liverpool-Kop is all about. Ultimately, Liverpool-Kop is an antidote to the hordes of brainwashed fans, pundits and sports writers who continually regurgitate the same tired media clichés about the club.
Rejecting biased media hype and fawning blind faith fandom
Site - http://www.liverpool-kop.com
Contact - Jaimie Kanwar
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel - 07779 210994
Liverpool-Kop is a news portal offering hard-hitting views on Liverpool FC. The site was set up as a rejection of the cliched, sycophantic, biased approach of the mass media when it comes to reporting about LFC.
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