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  1. Slipperduke

    Dire Chelsea Give Scolari Headache

    They say that fortune favours the brave, but apparently the deal isn't exclusive. On a miserable night in Southern France, the fates took a shine to a substandard, disappointing Chelsea side who should have seen their Champions League hopes laid to waste, but somehow survived to snatch a vital...
  2. Slipperduke

    Rafa's Poisonous Glow

    There is a frog in Central America, the strawberry poison dart frog, that is born bright red as a warning to predators of the poison that lurks in its blood stream. It is not the only creature whose colour signifies danger. Certain snakes, insects and the oft-spotted Rafa Benitez all share the...
  3. Slipperduke

    Woeful Reds Ravaged By Redknapp

    The Tottenham Hotspur revival continues. Not content with robbing Liverpool blind in the League ten days ago, Harry Redknapp's resurgent warriors battered them in the League Cup as well. This emphatic and fully deserved 4-2 victory means that the North London side have racked up an astonishing...
  4. Slipperduke

    Liverpool's Litmus Test

    Liverpool's Litmus Test Little by little, Liverpool are beginning to come together. A 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday night banished any lingering fears that last weekend's White Hart Lane debacle had caused permanent damage to the morale of the squad and gave yet another...
  5. Slipperduke

    Liverpool's Slippery Title Chase

    There's a distinct Joey Barton vibe about Liverpool this week. We look at them with a grudging respect, we acknowledge the good start, but we all share a growing sense of uneasiness, as if it's only a matter of time before they fall flat on their face, or in Barton's case, re-arrange someone's...
  6. Slipperduke

    Rafa's Tactics Secure Win

    The journey back from London to Liverpool is a long one and, if any of the American contingent from Anfield bothered to make it, you rather hope that someone sat next to them on the bus and told them exactly why they were returning with three points. This victory wasn't due to their only notable...
  7. Slipperduke

    Gerrard & Co Give Scolari The Blues

    Apologies for the lateness of this, chaps. Should have been up straight after full-time. They may have come back from the dead against Manchester United in September and they might have turned the game around against Arsenal in Easter, but of all the teams to end their 86 game unbeaten home...
  8. Slipperduke

    Scolari Still Not Happy

    Under ordinary circumstances with an ordinary manager, a 4-0 victory in the Champions League might be considered worthy of celebration. However, it is rapidly becoming apparent that Luiz Felipe Scolari is very far from ordinary. "We did not play very well," he complained afterwards. "We made...
  9. Slipperduke

    Stupid England Get There Slowly

    The signs of improvement are visible, but Fabio Capello's mission to revitalise the England team is still some way from completion. There were moments, during this frustrating, attritional non-contest, of class and sophistication, but sporadic style couldn't eclipse the fact that this side are...
  10. Slipperduke

    Benitez Must Improve

    It's two wins from two for Liverpool in the Premier League and European qualification has been secured, but has success ever been this abject? If the sign of a champion is the ability to win when you play badly, then Liverpool should have the title wrapped up by Christmas, because I don't think...
  11. Slipperduke

    Rafa Benitez

    In an ideal world, Rafa Benitez would have flown back to England with the rest of us on Monday, tingling with excitement after watching one of the finest international tournaments in decades and clutching a notepad full of potential summer signings. In an ideal world, as manager of one of the...
  12. Harold Bishop Killer

    Fancy a swim?

    If you like doing laps in the swimming pool, you might want to stock up on the energy drinks before diving in to this one. It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water. Yesterday the Guinness Book of Records named the vast pool...
  13. Slipperduke

    There are no flags on cars and no posters in windows.

    There are no flags on cars and no posters in windows. No sweeping advertising campaigns and no collectable badges. Here in the UK, you wouldn't guess that we're just hours away from the start of a major football tournament. Ok, so the nearest that the England team can get to European involvement...
  14. Slipperduke

    Euro 2008 part 2

    Even without England's involvement and, in fact, maybe even because of their absence, the European Championships are a mouth-watering prospect. Three weeks of Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Klass-Jan Huntelaaar and Franck Ribery at the top of their professional game, battling for supremacy...
  15. Vange Shrimper

    Is Crouch worth £15m?

    Discuss. Benitez seems to think so..... Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has hinted Peter Crouch can leave should the club receive £15m for the striker. Benitez also confirmed that midfielder Harry Kewell and first-team coach Alex Miller would be leaving Anfield. "Crouch wants to play every...
  16. Slipperduke

    Reserve League Play-Off Final

    Liverpool's senior side may not picked up any silverware this year, but on Wednesday night at Anfield, Gary Ablett's reserve team were on hand to show them how it's done. Having won their regional divisional with room to spare, the youngsters were sent out to face Aston Villa's second string for...
  17. Slipperduke

    "squeaky-bottom time."

    For the first time since 1968, the destination of the title will be decided on the last day between two teams on level points. One slip-up, one mistake, and an entire season's hard work will come crashing down around the ears of one unfortunate manager. Hundreds of millions of people will crowd...
  18. Slipperduke

    Chelsea v Liverpool

    Frank Lampard has never been the most popular of footballers, certainly not with fans of other clubs, but you'd have to have a heart of stone not to stand up and applaud his astonishing composure after a emotional night at Stamford Bridge. Seconds after seeing a goal they were already busy...
  19. Slipperduke

    Arsenal v Liverpool

    Arsene Wenger was left baffled by his team's failure to beat Liverpool in an intruiging contest at The Emirates, but refused to agree that their opponent's away goal made them favourites to progress to the last four. Arsenal certainly had the better of the game, particularly in the second half...
  20. Slipperduke


    Liverpool won the battle for fourth place more comfortably than their 1-0 scoreline suggested with a confident, accomplished victory that will send them to London on a high. The fact that this mighty club was fighting for such a lowly league position is a searing indictement on this season's...