Some Liverpool fans grumbled last season when it was reported that they shelled out nearly £30 million pounds for Brazilian international Roberto Firmino. Those critics have mostly been silenced by Firimino’s stylish play and nose for goal insofar as no one mentions his initial price tag these days. However, Liverpool brass were always confident in the Brazilian’s abilities, so much so that they reportedly inserted an astronomical release clause of £82 million into his contract. They also made sure to insert a “What are they smoking at the Emirates?” clause, wherein the interested club can trigger his release unless “the club interested is not Arsenal.” Is it just me, or is John Henry still a
Immediately after the final whistle, Liverpool fans started to do what football supporters do best. How did this happen, we asked ourselves, and proceeded to pick apart every mistake and blunder and lack of coverage we could find. The game would’ve been a draw, could’ve been a draw, had it not been for Karius losing the ball that led to Nathan Aké’s game winner in stoppage time. That much is clear, all the way to Jamie Carragher. Jurgen Klopp, however, isn’t having any of it. “If you make mistakes, you get criticised. That’s what happens in life, so I have no problem with that. So if people want to say we’re blind, silly, not good enough, then do it. We missed chances today but do we have good
Liverpool drew Plymouth Argyle or Newport County in the third round of the FA Cup last night. Most Reds fans know that. What they may not know is that Steven Gerrard was involved in the draw, picking Liverpool’s name out of the pot. He also breathed a quite visible sigh of relief when they drew their opponent—a plucky League Two minnow, either way, and a team that will certainly relish their trip to Anfield in search of a magical upset but who will be very much unfavoured. He then quipped that perhaps he had earned a coaching job at Liverpool with that draw, which only sounds fair. Unless Plymouth or Newport somehow do pull the upset, that is.