CelebrationPosted by Leif Larsson Sat, April 25, 2015 11:38:59
He is currently standing on 499 league matches for Liverpool and if he plays today (he probably will) Steven Gerrard reach the impressive landmark of 500 league outings for the same club. Only Jamie Carragher, with 508 games for Liverpool, and Ryan Giggs, 632 for Manchester United, have managed the same feat during the Premier League era.
Steven Gerrard made his debut in a red shirt in 1998 and recently he played his 700th competitive match for Liverpool. And now another milestone beckons. During his 17-year spell at Anfield Captain Fantastic has achieved a lot and the Champions League triumph in 2005 is the highlight of his career.
His final game as a Red is now only weeks away and then the 34-year old (35 on May 30) crosses the Atlantic to start a new football chapter with Los Angeles Galaxy. His decision to depart is partially due to the prospect of nothing being an automatic choice for the starting eleven. Stevie G wants to play regularly the career through.
But I´m not so sure he will be in the Galaxy team all the time. Not if his recent performances is anything to go by. Gerrard has been subdued and appeared uninterested as if his heart is somewhere else. I think he mourns that everything soon is over and perhaps even regrets his decision to leave Liverpool. But pride, and contract, will stop him from change his mind.
Sadly if he or anyone in the Liverpool staff had thought about his role a bit more he could have stayed on. I have written about it before and I think he could have been a perfect centre-back for at least three seasons. He is good at every aspect of the job and would have got a new lease of life in a new role and maybe even got the chance to lift the Premier League.
Now the chance is gone and Gerrard has to live with it. So it´s goodbye soon but before that we have to congratulate our talisman for his 500th league match and hope that he returns and manage Liverpool some day. I´ll be waiting and in the meantime:
We Go Again.
CelebrationPosted by Leif Larsson Mon, February 16, 2015 14:41:50
Last summer his boyhood dream came true when he signed for Liverpool. But Rickie Lambert has by no means been a regular in the line-up. Today he turns 33 and must make the most of the coming months, it could be his last at Anfield. Anyhow, congrats Rickie!
Rickie Lambert was born i Kirkby and belonged to Liverpool until he was 15 when the club released him. Since then the striker has played for several clubs, at many levels, and always been prolific. He never stopped supporting Liverpool and when the Reds came knocking in the summer of 2014 Lambert didn´t hesitate for a second. He made the emotional return even if he understood that his role was to be a squad player.
But I guess he expected to play more than he has. His game time has been restricted to a few starts but mostly to short cameos. The prospect of playing is even less likely in the coming weeks since Daniel Sturridge is back from injury, Mario Balotelli finally appears to have found his feet and Raheem Sterling is capable of filling the striker´s role. It´s hard to see Lambert getting any more starts. And when the season is over he will probably be sold.
He undoubtedly want to stay but to get another year at L4 he must play a lot better than he has done so far and above all start scoring when getting his minutes here and there. But I suspect that not even a major improvement will be enough so the best advice for Rickie Lambert is to enjoy the stay at his beloved Liverpool as long as he can. It can be over in a flash and then he is unable to say:
We Go Again.
CelebrationPosted by Leif Larsson Fri, February 13, 2015 13:09:19
He had a rocky start in Liverpool after signing in the summer of 2013. But nowadays Mamadou Sakho is a regular feature in the side. Today he turns 25. Congratulations are in order.
When the French central defender arrived from Paris SG he was described by Liverpool as a marquee signing. Well, Sakho hardly lived up to the billing in his first season when he played in just 18 league games. This season he also was outside the starting eleven at the start of the season but for quite a while now he has been playing regularly. And by each passing game Sakho grows in stature and is now an important figure in the new-composed back three.
Sakho is strong in duels, uncompromising in tackles, good in the air and fearless. At least when defending. In possession he still seems a bit shaky and his body movements are a bit awkward. But his passing ratio is good and the cooperation with fellow defenders Martin Skrtel and Emre Can is improving all the time.
Mamadou Sakho is now entering the first stages of a centreback´s prime years. Hopefully Liverpool can keep hold of the French international and make him a cornerstone in the side when:
We Go Again.
CelebrationPosted by Leif Larsson Fri, January 23, 2015 19:57:42
Today Liverpool fullback José Enrique turns 29. Congrats The Bull!
The Spaniard joined Liverpool in the summer of 2011 and has played around 100 matches for the Reds. In recent years he has been injured quite a lot and lost his place. This season his playing time has been restricted mostly due to tough competition for the left-back position from newcomer Alberto Moreno and lately from Mamadou Sakho occupying the left defender spot in a back three.
Liverpool fans are divided in their opinions about Enrique. Many thinks he is not good enough to play in the red outfit. They have a case since his fine performances are fewer than the ones below par. He has got the physical attributes, hence his nickname The Bull (El Toro), and will to attack to be a fine footballer. But his inconsistency and his tendency to think to highly of his own capacity, showing in to many dribbles and other peculiar actions, is holding him back.
It is doubtful if he can be a regular at Anfield again. At 29 he has at least five years left at a high football level but I think a move to another club would be his best choice. It wouldn´t be a surprise if he leaves Liverpool in the summer. In the meantime let´s hope he performs well when picked in the coming months. With or without him in the future:
We Go Again.
CelebrationPosted by Leif Larsson Mon, January 12, 2015 11:09:30
There is quite a few Liverpool players celebrating their birthday in January. Today it´s time for Emre Can as he turns 21. Congrats Emre!
The German signed for Liverpool last summer who paid Bayer Leverkusen almost ten million pounds for his services. Described as one of the most talented midfielders in German football he has had a slow start to his Liverpool career. He was on the bench in the beginning of the season but in recent week he´s been a regular feature in the line-up. Can has played as a holding midfielder, defender to the right in a back three and in the last game he played in midfield to the right for 45 minutes. He has performed well in all roles.
Emre Can is a well-built and mature guy already and has a lot of fine football qualities. He is strong, tough, quite quick and possesses fine technique. He will be an important part of Liverpool future and I think he can soon turn into an outstanding figure at Anfield. With him in the starting eleven:
We Go Again.
CelebrationPosted by Leif Larsson Fri, January 09, 2015 18:14:47
He has been with Liverpool since 2007 and is currently playing in his 8th season with the club. Today he turns 28. Congrats Lucas Leiva!
He signed from Brazil club Gremio and was then known as a box-to-box-midfielder. In Liverpool it soon became evident that he was better suited as a defensive midfielder. But he didn´t impress even in that role and the fans often turned against him. His performances was indifferent to put it mildly. The young Brazilian had a hard time but knuckled down and never gave up.
And his perseverance paid off. Slowly but surely he took to Premier League life and became a regular in Liverpool. In 2010/11 he was voted player of the year by Liverpool supporters. That season Lucas was one of the best defensive midfielders in the league.
The following campaign bad luck struck. In November 2011 Lucas got a serious injury and was sidelined for seven months. When returning a new injury soon occured and it kept him out for another four months. Since then Lucas has not been able to produce the same form as in 2010/11, far from it. He is no longer a regular and there has been speculation about a move to Inter Milan.
Whatever happens with Lucas´ career let´s hope he can regain his best form wherever he plays in the future. With or without him:
We Go Again.
CelebrationPosted by Leif Larsson Thu, January 01, 2015 12:31:58
He´s been out due to injury since the summer. Hopefully 2015 will turn out to be a better year for Jon Flanagan. It should be, the year is off with a bang, he is turning 22 today. Congrats Scouse Cafu!
He got the nickname when manager Brendan Rodgers compared him to the long-serving Milan defender and Brazilian full-back Cafu. And then the real Cafu mentioned Flanagan in a tweet saying he´s been checking him out playing for Liverpool.
Jon Flanagan´s career is still on the runway waiting to takeoff. He has been trying hard to get into the Liverpool starting line-up and finally managed it last season. Then bad luck struck. Last summer he suffered a knee injury which demanded surgery. The prediction was several months on the sidelines. Months have passed since and it shouldn´t be too long before the young full-back is back in the red shirt.
Especially as he is a battler, we´ve seen that on and off the pitch. He won´t give up until he is back playing at Anfield. Local lad Flanagan is not the most gifted footballer but a grafter, a player that never shirks responsibility. He could in the future easily be a crowd favourite to the same degree as former full-back Joey Jones was. The Kop always loves a fighter. Get better soon Jon, we need guys with big hearts and a winning mentality.
CelebrationPosted by Leif Larsson Mon, December 15, 2014 16:47:41
He is one of the most long-serving players on Liverpool books and today central defender Martin Škrtel turns 30. Congrats!
The Slovak signed for the Reds in January 2008 and is now playing in his 8th season at Anfield. He has clocked up just over 200 league games and scored 14 goals in the Premier League. For most of the time Škrtel has held down a regular spot in the team. In 2012 Liverpool supporters voted him player of the year. But his form has been up and down during his Anfield career.
Škrtel has all the attributes to be a top defender. He looks pretty scary and is brave and uncompromising. The Slovak is tough in the tackle, useful in the air and has decent ball skills. His positional play is sometimes questionable and too often he gets nervous or too eager and therefore makes silly mistakes.
Martin Škrtel should by now be the leader in the Liverpool defence, organizing, steering and be the vocal guy. But on this count he bails out. So it´s about time for Liverpool´s number 37 to take charge of his defensive troops and be the reliable Red rock in his final five or six years in football.