About Me

I have been a Red since I was about 6 or 7. My boyhood hero was Kenny Dalglish and I have an autograph from him while he was still at Celtic. Thanks Gran! As such I gravitated towards the team he played for. So I have been Scottish-South African- Scoucer for about 30 years now! I am extremely passionate about our club, and have felt the need to start this blog in the face of the abject nature of our performaces under Benitez and the Hicks/Gillett ownership.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Welcome Klopp of the Kop

So we haven't wasted any time and have signed a proper manager. By 'proper' I mean a name befitting of our club. Hopefully one who can take us forward. There is no quick fix here. The squad is poor, bereft of confidence and facing a really tough run of fixtures that we have known about since June. So not really expecting anything much for the rest of the season. Top 6 and a good Cup run. I really think the Europa is our best shot at anything, if nothing else to get our name back in lights for the right reasons.

Thankfully the rest of the League is quite woeful too at the moment so we are not that far off top 4. Thats an outside hope but Chelski wont be rubbish all season and for some reason people are scared of ManUre again despite them not having a centreback worthy of the name(says the kettle)..

Firing Brendan after the Everton game regardless of the result seems a tad tactless but really it gives a clean break and gives Klopp some time to get his feet under the table. The unceremonious elbowing of O'Driscoll out the door and bumping Gary Mac upstairs is tactless. Clearly Jurgen is already flexing his muscles and just shows what a bizarre decision we made over the summer to appoint these 2. Completely losing any belief I had that FSG actually understands what football is all about. 

Jurgen Klopp's press conference was quite entertaining, he likes the word cool. He is the normal one. He is confident he can take us forward and I think the players will be in for shock with his straight forwardness. If you don't perform the bench is yours or the Academy team.

Imagine we might bring a couple of player in Jan but really no value. Perhaps a re-assessment of the players we have out on loan would be a good starting place. Lets hope he gets final say on who we sign and lets hope they don't cost £18mill everytime we take out a chequebook.

He has tough start with Spurs, So'Ton, Chelski and Man City in the League with a League Cup tie with Bournemouth and double header with Rubin Kazan. Not the ideal run of fixtures for a new manager but it is what it is.

I am looking forward to 'heavy metal'  football. His style of play and achievements at Mainz and Dortmund are well documented and he brings the kind of clear thinking and tactical understanding we need to drive us forward. He also understand the game at the top level which again is a huge plus for us. So lets all get behind the manager and get onboard Jurgen's caravan of Cool!


The End of Dossier Days

I am glad the club finally saw the writing on the wall and read it.

Not sure what took them so long. If FSG were more attentive and decisive owners they would have surely pulled the trigger at the end of last season and not given a man with no more ideas another £100mill to blown on 'talent'.

The bizzare decision to re-jig the backroom staff but leave Brendan in charge has already backfired as Jurgen Klopp wants neither of them. More money wasted...

Brendan's much vaunted dossier of180 players seems to have run out. Just as well I am not sure how many more Lovren's,Aspas' Allen's and Sakho's we can take.

Brendan Rodgers has ultimately paid the price for not taking the team forward. The run at the Premier League was as close as we have come in quarter of a century to winning the League. For that we are extremely thankful but we know that had more to do with just letting Sturridge, Suarez, Sterling and Coutinho play than any tactical nous.

His own motivation has been seriously dented since the Chelski and Palace debacles in that great but ultimately ill fated run. He has certainly not recovered from that and he clearly hasn't been able to convince the squad either that they can go again.

We have managed to win just 22 League games in the best part of 50 games since those ill fated fixtures and frankly that's not good enough and ultimately why he had to go. Especially when you are trying to re-establish yourself as a serious team in the Premier League pecking order.

His lack of tactical understanding, especially defensively I have covered extensively. He needed to sort out our defending - he failed. You cant go around averaging almost 2 goal per game conceded and expect to win anything. Too many times when pundits have been asked about the defensive coaching at Melwood they have either squirmed in their seats (Carragher) or confirmed they saw none (Zola - after 3 days with us before Villa home game last year).

Our recruitment has been woeful and worringly it looks like Klopp will have to work with this disenchanting discourse. Invisible men, who are not ultimately held accountable for their actions. I am not sure it should take 2 scouts, a statto, a FSG rep, the Chairman and the Manager to decide that
a player is worth signing. From their track record, its clear they do not know what a good player is...

It would appear that a lot of the recruitment was not down to the manager, which to me is bizarre. How can the manager be expected to maximise what he has when he doesn't really know what he is getting? What Brendan Rodgers is responsible for is not standing his ground. Once you cave in once you are on short end of the stick after that.

There are noises that Klopp will have final say on transfer but I remain to the be convinced. Ian Ayre interrupted him during the press conference to answer that question...

Of Brendan Rodgers I can only say goodbye. I do not think he is good enough to coach a 'Big Club'.  Although I am not sure we can call ourselves that anymore. One Champions League appearance in 6 years and 1 trophy in 8 years. His parting comments were extremely dignified and for that he have to respect him.

Ultimately a man out of his depth and will be walking alone.