Opinion

The Optimist Friends of Liverpool

The Unsurprised Optimist

Wednesday night was horrible, weren’t it? It looked like we had cracked that problem. It looked like we had overcome that speed bump. It looked we had dispelled that myth. But then West Brom and Alan Pardew came to town and pissed all over our parade. Since we were thrashed by Spurs at Wembley in […]

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The Optimist Friends of Liverpool

The back-to-being-optimistic Optimist

Look at that scoreboard. Take a minute to veer away from this page, open a new tab maybe or go on your phone, and look at the score. I’ll give you a minute, I don’t mind waiting. Ah, you’re back. Excellent. I’ll start by asking you a question then – did you expect that? I […]

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Liverpool Crest

FoL on… Our Greatest Memories vs. Manchester United

There’s no doubt about it – this is a massive game. Ask any Liverpool for THE game they look for when the fixtures are published in June and 75% of them will you tell it’s this one, Manchester United at Anfield. Not only is this probably the biggest game in our season, it is probably […]

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John Flanagan

The Curse of Flanny Alves

For all his faults Brendan Rodger actually did a lot of good at Liverpool. OK, he signed the likes of Mario Balotelli, Iago Aspas and Fabio Borini. But he took Liverpool to their best ever Premier League finish playing football that hadn’t been seen at Anfield since the halcyon days of the later 80’s. He […]

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Man of the Match Friends of Liverpool

Matip solid as a rock as Liverpool edge past Palace

Defender Joel Matip produced a Man of the Match performance as the Reds overcame Crystal Palace 1-0 in a tight affair at Anfield. The Cameroon international was one of very few standout players as both sides left the field knowing they could have given more, yet it was the home side who picked up their […]

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The Optimist Friends of Liverpool

There’s Plenty to Look Forward To; Even Defensively

That was much better. That wasn’t defensive errors and set piece nightmares. That was Liverpool, not quite at their best, but not far off it. Hoffenheim are no slouches. They’re a decent side who did well to finish 4th in the Bundesliga last season. Julian Nagelsmann is the youngest manager in the Bundesliga and he […]

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Philippe CoutinhoPhilippe Coutinho

From admiration to acrimony: The culmination of the Coutinho saga

Three hours. It doesn’t seem a very long time, does it? It’s a flight from Liverpool to Bulgaria. It’s two football matches without any breaks. It’s two full episodes of Match of the Day. 180 minutes. Not a long time at all. But that’s all it took for Philippe Coutinho to take his Liverpool career […]

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Jake Humphrey Exclusive: “Coutinho Will Go”

BT Sport is where the best in domestic and European football go head to head, and while Liverpool could challenge for the top four in the Premier League again this season, it looks like they may have to do it without their star man. Philippe Coutinho looks all but set to join Barcelona, replacing world-record […]

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Friends Of Liverpool

What next if Coutinho agrees Barcelona switch?

With Liverpool’s tough test against Hoffenheim just under a week away, discussions of Philippe Coutinho’s future are dominating the headlines, and are perhaps distracting Jurgen Klopp from focusing solely on the hugely important tie with the dangerous German side. Hoffenheim stormed to fourth placed in last season’s Bundesliga through the genius of their young manager […]

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Friends Of Liverpool

5 out of 15

With the season fast approaching, the bigwigs here at FMG asked me to preview the biggest 5 games out of the first 15 in Liverpool’s league campaign. “That’s tricky. Klopp thinks we’ll win the league – they’re all important!” I said. “Just pick the must win ones,” they said. “They’re all must win,” I said. […]

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