Liverpool

24 Jan 19
The Footie Analyst

Leading Manchester City by four points, Liverpool currently sit top of the English Premier League and are considered strong favourites to win their first league title since 1990. It has been suggested in the media that a key reason for their recent success has been the £75 million signing of defender Virgil van Dijk, with […]

24 Jan 19
The Irish Sun
GONZALO HIGUAIN has finally completed his move to Chelsea – and bravely opted to take on the “cursed” No9 shirt. The former Napoli star, 31, has reunited with Maurizio Sarri at the Blues after his loan at AC Milan from Juventus failed to pan out. Gonzalo Higuain has bravely opted to wear the No9 jersey at Chelsea But Chelsea fans have every reason to be concerned. After all, Higuain was supposed to be the man to come in and finally provide their first solid centre- forward option since Diego Costa. Instead, the Argentine has risked it all for the infamous shirt… we take a look back at the last nine Chelsea No9 and how it all turned sour for them. MATEJA KEZMAN Mateja Kezman was arguably the start of the Chelsea No9 curse When: 2004-05 Games: 41 Goals: 7 THE Serbian star arrived in England with a huge reputation after racking up the goals in Holland with PSV Eindhoven. However, in England, Kezman scored just seven goals in 41 games and was promptly axed by then-boss Jose Mourinho. HERNAN CRESPO Hernan Crespo was hit by the curse off the pitch rather than on it When: 2003-05 Games: 73 Goals: 25 ARGUABLY the “most successful” flop on the list, Crespo didn’t fare too poorly in West London. However, while the curse of the shirt avoided his form on then pitch, it wrecked his career off it as he failed to settle down in the Premier League. Crespo was then sent packing, spending stints at both AC and Inter Milan before leaving permanently. KHALID BOULAHROUZ Khalid Boulahrouz is arguably the weirdest No9 in football history When: 2006-08 Games: 20 Goals: 0 WHAT on Earth was this all about? A second-choice right-back taking on the No9 jersey. Is nothing sacred? Boulahrouz played just 20 times for Chelsea, failing to score a single goal. Hardly a shocker… [bc_video video_id=”5993033770001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Gonzalo Higuain signs for Chelsea on-loan until the end of the season from Juventus “] [article-rail-topic title=”MORE CHELSEA STORIES” term_id=”979″ posts_number=”12″ /] STEVE SIDWELL Steve Sidwell was a a No9 at Chelsea once upon a time When: 2007-08 Games: 25 Goals: 1 SERIOUSLY, what’s with the bonkers shirt number choices? This time it was the turn of ex-Wigan centre-mid Sidwell to take over the No9 jersey – scoring once in 25 games. Prolific. FRANCO DI SANTO Franco Di Santo failed to score a single goal in 16 games for Chelsea When: 2008-09 Games: 16 Goals: 0 YIKES. This is getting ugly now. The ex-Wigan star – now at Schalke – played 16 times for Chelsea, failing to net in a single game. And he was an actual striker… FERNANDO TORRES Not even Fernando Torres could save Chelsea from the curse of the No9 shirt When: 2011-2016 Games: 172 Goals: 45 FINALLY. Chelsea bosses saw sense and opted to end the curse by splashing £50million on arguably the best striker on the planet… with Prem experience to boot. Nope, nobody is safe from the curse of the No9 jersey – as Torres looked a shell of his Liverpool self, scoring just 20 Premier League goals in 110 games. That’s a truly abysmal record for a man who’d worn the No9 jersey almost his entire career at Atletico Madrid and the Reds. RADAMEL FALCAO Radamel Falcao mustered just one goal in his disastrous stint When: 2015-16 Games: 12 Goals: 1 CHALK Torres up to a loss, surely Falcao could restore the glory days of Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink. Well no, we all know what happened here. A single goal in 12 games – in the 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace – the Colombian ended up getting injured and being replaced by Alexandre Pato, who steered clear of No9. Wise boy. ALVARO MORATA Alvaro Morata is the most recent star to succumb to the No9 shirt curse When: 2017-present Games: 48 (as No9) Goals: 15 (as No9) THINGS got so bad for Morata wearing the No9 shirt, he gave it up after a single season. After a flying start to life at Chelsea, Morata ended up scoring just 15 goals in 48 games wearing the No9 top. Mind you, he’s hardly fared better with the No29 – with five Premier League goals in 16 games this season. GONZALO HIGUAIN Only time will tell whether Gonzalo Higuain can break the curse of the No9 shirt When: 2019-present Games: N/A Goals: N/A WITH 107 La Liga goals in 190 games and 71 Serie A goals in just 104 games at Napoli – Chelsea FINALLY have their star No9. Or have they? After all, at AC Milan this season, Higuain managed just eight goals in 22 games – a far cry from his 36 strikes in 35 games – an Italian record – in 2015-16. The Argentine’s dip in form this season hasn’t put them off the star – but perhaps they could have given him a less high-profile jersey… [bc_video video_id=”5992870443001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri hails Gonzalo Higuain one of the best strikers he has worked with “]
24 Jan 19
The Scottish Sun
GONZALO HIGUAIN has finally completed his move to Chelsea – and bravely opted to take on the “cursed” No9 shirt. The former Napoli star, 31, has reunited with Maurizio Sarri at the Blues after his loan at AC Milan from Juventus failed to pan out. Gonzalo Higuain has bravely opted to wear the No9 jersey at Chelsea But Chelsea fans have every reason to be concerned. After all, Higuain was supposed to be the man to come in and finally provide their first solid centre- forward option since Diego Costa. Instead, the Argentine has risked it all for the infamous shirt… we take a look back at the last nine Chelsea No9 and how it all turned sour for them. MATEJA KEZMAN Mateja Kezman was arguably the start of the Chelsea No9 curse When: 2004-05 Games: 41 Goals: 7 THE Serbian star arrived in England with a huge reputation after racking up the goals in Holland with PSV Eindhoven. However, in England, Kezman scored just seven goals in 41 games and was promptly axed by then-boss Jose Mourinho. HERNAN CRESPO Hernan Crespo was hit by the curse off the pitch rather than on it When: 2003-05 Games: 73 Goals: 25 ARGUABLY the “most successful” flop on the list, Crespo didn’t fare too poorly in West London. However, while the curse of the shirt avoided his form on then pitch, it wrecked his career off it as he failed to settle down in the Premier League. Crespo was then sent packing, spending stints at both AC and Inter Milan before leaving permanently. KHALID BOULAHROUZ Khalid Boulahrouz is arguably the weirdest No9 in football history When: 2006-08 Games: 20 Goals: 0 WHAT on Earth was this all about? A second-choice right-back taking on the No9 jersey. Is nothing sacred? Boulahrouz played just 20 times for Chelsea, failing to score a single goal. Hardly a shocker… [bc_video video_id=”5993033770001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Gonzalo Higuain signs for Chelsea on-loan until the end of the season from Juventus “] [article-rail-topic title=”MORE CHELSEA STORIES” term_id=”979″ posts_number=”12″ /] STEVE SIDWELL Steve Sidwell was a a No9 at Chelsea once upon a time When: 2007-08 Games: 25 Goals: 1 SERIOUSLY, what’s with the bonkers shirt number choices? This time it was the turn of ex-Wigan centre-mid Sidwell to take over the No9 jersey – scoring once in 25 games. Prolific. FRANCO DI SANTO Franco Di Santo failed to score a single goal in 16 games for Chelsea When: 2008-09 Games: 16 Goals: 0 YIKES. This is getting ugly now. The ex-Wigan star – now at Schalke – played 16 times for Chelsea, failing to net in a single game. And he was an actual striker… FERNANDO TORRES Not even Fernando Torres could save Chelsea from the curse of the No9 shirt When: 2011-2016 Games: 172 Goals: 45 FINALLY. Chelsea bosses saw sense and opted to end the curse by splashing £50million on arguably the best striker on the planet… with Prem experience to boot. Nope, nobody is safe from the curse of the No9 jersey – as Torres looked a shell of his Liverpool self, scoring just 20 Premier League goals in 110 games. That’s a truly abysmal record for a man who’d worn the No9 jersey almost his entire career at Atletico Madrid and the Reds. RADAMEL FALCAO Radamel Falcao mustered just one goal in his disastrous stint When: 2015-16 Games: 12 Goals: 1 CHALK Torres up to a loss, surely Falcao could restore the glory days of Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink. Well no, we all know what happened here. A single goal in 12 games – in the 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace – the Colombian ended up getting injured and being replaced by Alexandre Pato, who steered clear of No9. Wise boy. ALVARO MORATA Alvaro Morata is the most recent star to succumb to the No9 shirt curse When: 2017-present Games: 48 (as No9) Goals: 15 (as No9) THINGS got so bad for Morata wearing the No9 shirt, he gave it up after a single season. After a flying start to life at Chelsea, Morata ended up scoring just 15 goals in 48 games wearing the No9 top. Mind you, he’s hardly fared better with the No29 – with five Premier League goals in 16 games this season. GONZALO HIGUAIN Only time will tell whether Gonzalo Higuain can break the curse of the No9 shirt When: 2019-present Games: N/A Goals: N/A WITH 107 La Liga goals in 190 games and 71 Serie A goals in just 104 games at Napoli – Chelsea FINALLY have their star No9. Or have they? After all, at AC Milan this season, Higuain managed just eight goals in 22 games – a far cry from his 36 strikes in 35 games – an Italian record – in 2015-16. The Argentine’s dip in form this season hasn’t put them off the star – but perhaps they could have given him a less high-profile jersey… [bc_video video_id=”5992870443001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri hails Gonzalo Higuain one of the best strikers he has worked with “]
24 Jan 19
Ken's Blog

“MY DEAR ‘BIG BROTHER’, WE ARE STILL THINKING ABOUT YOU.” (1,113 words) Written by Ken Hua Sunday, 4th October 2009 Revised 28th October 2015 My dearest ‘Big Brother’, although you have passed away more than one and a half-year ago now, nevertheless, we are still constantly thinking about you. Quite often, some friends and neighbors […]

24 Jan 19
Sport Archyves

With the Red Devils flying under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, London rivals look over their shoulders at Emirates Stadium, Stamford Bridge and Wembley Manchester United are "a big concern" for Arsenal and the rest of the Premier League team chasing down the top four places, admitted Ian Wright. Liverpool and Manchester City are threatening to turn […]

24 Jan 19
LFC MAVERICK FANS

Liverpool have climbed two places to seventh in the latest edition of the Deloitte Football Money League after a strong […] source https://www.thisisanfield.com/2019/01/strong-rise-in-revenue-sees-liverpool-climb-to-seventh-in-deloitte-football-money-league/

24 Jan 19
Luxury with a History of Love

Polo Ralph Lauren is set to open a 1,900 sq ft store in Liverpool One this spring, showcasing both its womenswear and menswear collections. via http://bit.ly/2MuoQpv

24 Jan 19
Tom Dean

After it was announced that Ryan Babel would be returning to the Premier League I tried to answer the question, certain that many would be asking it.  The story is written in a light hearted fashion to make best use of the aura surrounding the transfer and the attitude towards it taken by many on […]

24 Jan 19

This weekend we see the return of the FA Cup in England, The oldest national football cup competition in the world. First played in 1871/72 season. Behind winning the title the FA Cup is without a doubt the next best competition in England that your club can win. But is it losing its appeal? And […]

24 Jan 19
Sport Archyves

A year on from £ 142million switch from Liverpool, the Brazilian's dream move has not gone to plan. Ernesto Valverde has found it hard to get his hands on the substitute benchmark. Reports from Marca earlier this month said the 26-year-old had hit 'rock bottom' which put Man and Chelsea on a red alert about […]

24 Jan 19
The Scottish Sun
LIVERPOOL have completed the signing of young French starlet Billy Koumetio. The Premier League club have agreed a deal to snap up the 16-year-old French defender this week. View this post on Instagram ⏳ A post shared by @ billykoumetio on Mar 13, 2018 at 12:49pm PDT Koumetio has been on the books of US Orleans Loiret since joining them at the age of 11. The teenager was invited to Merseyside for a trial last year, and is said to have impressed coaches at the club when he travelled to spend time training with them in November. And the Reds had littler hesitation in offering him terms to join their academy set-up with the view to him developing into a graduate in the coming years. Koumetio has been tipped as one of the brightest young talents emerging through the schoolboy system in France. View this post on Instagram Ils m'ont vu creuser, ils m'prenaient pour un fou.
J'ai cherché le trésor sous le sable.💥 A post shared by @ billykoumetio on Sep 15, 2017 at 11:38am PDT The left-footed central defender is said to have excellent ability on the ball and there is real hope he can develop into a top class footballer in the coming years. Liverpool have made a huge effort to bolster their set-up at schoolboy and academy level as they look to implement a model which delivers quality first team players. The club has always produced professionals, but there had been a drop in the volume of players making the grade at Anfield since Steven Gerrard. The likes of Martin Kelly and Jon Flanagan burst onto the scene but ultimately struggled to establish themselves at the highest level. [article-rail-topic title=”Latest Liverpool news” term_id=”1438″ posts_number=”6″ /] But over the past 18 months there have been real signs of progress – marked by the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold. There is a genuine belief that a clutch of other highly-talented youngsters are also about to make the breakthrough and establish themselves as regulars in Jurgen Klopp’s plans. [bc_video video_id=”5991686038001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Watch all the Premier League highlights from Saturday and Sunday’s matches”]
24 Jan 19
The Sun
LIVERPOOL have completed the signing of young French starlet Billy Koumetio. The Premier League club have agreed a deal to snap up the 16-year-old French defender this week. View this post on Instagram ⏳ A post shared by @ billykoumetio on Mar 13, 2018 at 12:49pm PDT Koumetio has been on the books of US Orleans Loiret since joining them at the age of 11. The teenager was invited to Merseyside for a trial last year, and is said to have impressed coaches at the club when he travelled to spend time training with them in November. And the Reds had littler hesitation in offering him terms to join their academy set-up with the view to him developing into a graduate in the coming years. Koumetio has been tipped as one of the brightest young talents emerging through the schoolboy system in France. View this post on Instagram Ils m'ont vu creuser, ils m'prenaient pour un fou.
J'ai cherché le trésor sous le sable.💥 A post shared by @ billykoumetio on Sep 15, 2017 at 11:38am PDT The left-footed central defender is said to have excellent ability on the ball and there is real hope he can develop into a top class footballer in the coming years. Liverpool have made a huge effort to bolster their set-up at schoolboy and academy level as they look to implement a model which delivers quality first team players. The club has always produced professionals, but there had been a drop in the volume of players making the grade at Anfield since Steven Gerrard. The likes of Martin Kelly and Jon Flanagan burst onto the scene but ultimately struggled to establish themselves at the highest level. [article-rail-topic title=”Latest Liverpool news” term_id=”1438″ posts_number=”6″ /] But over the past 18 months there have been real signs of progress – marked by the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold. There is a genuine belief that a clutch of other highly-talented youngsters are also about to make the breakthrough and establish themselves as regulars in Jurgen Klopp’s plans. [bc_video video_id=”5991686038001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Watch all the Premier League highlights from Saturday and Sunday’s matches”]