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Press Releases from Liverpool-Kop (12 total)

02-08-2008 | Sports
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Rafael Benitez needs to stop criticising players in public

Rafael Benitez needs to learn that club affairs, whatever they may be, should always be conducted behind closed doors, writes Jaimie Kanwar, Editor of Liverpool-Kop.com. The recent public spat between Benitez and Tom Hicks made the club a laughing stock and made a mockery of the Liverpool way of doing things. Benitez should have learned from that farcical situation, but his latest comments about Xabi Alonso prove that he hasn’t learned
02-07-2008 | Sports
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Liverpool FC's winning mentality has been eroded by a team of weak-minded losers …

There is a sickness shrouding Anfield, and it is not the anti-football, technical ineptitude and perennial underperformance in the league – it is the death of Liverpool’s winning mentality, writes Jaimie Kanwar, Editor of Liverpool-Kop.com... Quite simply, the current Liverpool team is full of defeatist, whining LOSERS. Bill Shankly once said: “A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that
02-06-2008 | Sports
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Peter Crouch has scored/created 38 goals in the last 44 starts. Stop ignoring h …

Rafael Benitez’s illogical and infuriating refusal to regularly start Peter Crouch is an abuse of his position as Liverpool Manager, especially since the statistics prove that Crouch almost guarantees a goal or an assist when he starts games. Just what does Peter Crouch have to do to be treated fairly by Benitez?. As Liverpool’s top scorer last season, Crouch was an integral part of the team that got to the Champions league
02-06-2008 | Sports
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When will people WAKE UP and realise that Liverpool FC need a new Captain?

Liverpool’s abject performance against West Ham on the 30th January 2008 contained the usual mix of technical ineptitude, creative paucity and predictable anti-football, but one thing stood out more than anything else: The total lack of leadership on the field. My feelings about Steven Gerrard are well known – I do not believe he is world class and I do not rate him as a Captain. I have been criticized all
01-08-2008 | Sports
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Liverpool FC: A footballing 'Phoenix' set to rise from the ashes

The death knell is sounding for Rafael Benitez, and the ominous drums of inevitable fate are banging louder and more frantically with each passing day. It is increasingly clear that Rafa is on his way out of Liverpool. Reading between the lines over the last few months, it seems obvious that the club is conspiring and scheming behind the scenes, laying the groundwork for the future and preparing for the Spaniard’s
01-07-2008 | Sports
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Liverpool FC's coldhearted Luton snub is the ultimate betrayal of Bill Shankly …

Liverpool’s refusal to donate their share of Sunday's FA CUP gate receipts to ailing Luton Town is a disgraceful betrayal of the values and philosophy instilled in the club by the late, great Bill Shankly. The gravity of Luton’s situation cannot be understated: They are in administration, losing ₤400,000 a month, are unable to pay their staff and are on the verge of folding. Liverpool is one of the richest clubs
12-19-2007 | Sports
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The real reason Liverpool have failed to win the title since 1990

A dispiriting policy of buying cut-price, inferior creative players is the principal reason Liverpool have not won the league title for 17 years. Indeed, an examination of Liverpool’s ‘creative’ signings since Kenny Dalglish left reveals a disturbing tendency to buy cheap, substandard squad-fillers. This is indicative of the decline of the club’s attacking philosophy, and until this changes, Liverpool will not win the league. In the 70s and 80s, one thing
12-19-2007 | Sports
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Spending £17m on Javier Mascherano is a mistake for Liverpool FC

If December 2007's defeat to Manchester United proved one thing, it is that Liverpool are in serious need of top quality creative players. Why then is Rafa Benitez pushing hard for 17m to permanently sign Javier Mascherano, a player who offers absolutely nothing going forward? The proposed purchase of Mascherano has been one of the key causes of Rafael Benitez’s recent problems with the club’s American owners; Benitez wants £17m to
12-07-2007 | Sports
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Has Rafa's rush-job inadvertently ended Xabi Alonso's Kop career?

Rafael Benitez’s fatal decision to rush Xabi Alonso back from injury earlier this season may have a profound and unwanted effect on the Spanish playmaker\'s Liverpool future. Add to that the form of Javier Mascherano, the rise of Lucas Leiva, interest from Athletico Madrid and a need for first team games to to ensure Euro 2008 selection, it is not inconceivable that Alonso may call time on his career at Anfield. Before
12-06-2007 | Sports
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Fernando Torres' disappointing and misguided public threat

Last week I criticized Steven Gerrard for failing to provide public support for Rafa. Since then, a host of players have backed the Spaniard, including Peter Crouch and John Arne Riise. There is a fine line though between moderate public support and holding the club to ransom, and Fernando Torres has crossed that line. Torres’ latest comments are quite simply unacceptable and come at a time when the Benitez/Hicks storm seemed
12-06-2007 | Sports
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Rafa the Merciless and his Steven Gerrard masterstroke

When Steven Gerrard was surprisingly hauled off by Rafa in the recent Merseyside Derby and replaced by the inexperienced Brazilian Lucas Leiva, fans and pundits across the globe were aghast at what was perceived to be a humiliating mistake. For millions of fawning fans, Steven Gerrard is untouchable and beyond criticism, and substituting Liverpool’s captain against arch-rivals Everton was seen as a traitorous act. Liverpool went on to win the game, with
11-06-2007 | Sports
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Liverpool-Kop.com – The new independent Liverpool FC site launches

Jaimie Kanwar is proud to announce the launch of a different kind of Liverpool website – Liverpool-Kop.com. 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

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