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  1. Easy target Suarez isn't the only controversial person in the Pre...

    Kristian Walsh

    Football exists in its own world, a strange world, one far removed from reality. The moral code is jumbled, the traditions are odd, and the expectations are unreasonable. This is a sport where Sam Allardyce is the 13th highest-paid manager in the wor...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  2. Liverpool's attacking genius paving Euro road

    Kristian Walsh

    This is probably the thousandth time it has been said, but needs saying again: Liverpool's 5-3 win against Stoke showed they are a serious football team, a football team that is serious about reaching their expectations this season. - Usher: Luis ...

    Blog | January 16, 2014
  3. No room for sympathy with first place at stake

    Kristian Walsh

    Of all the clubs in English football to comment on the current plight of Cardiff, Liverpool must rank among the most qualified after their three-year horror with former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Though the Americans did not change the c...

    Blog | December 20, 2013
  4. Liverpool fire warning to contenders as they show another gear

    Kristian Walsh

    The start of the second half at Anfield against West Ham on Saturday signalled approximately the 215th minute of football played by Liverpool in the past six days. In the 216th, they turned one-nil into two-nil; by the 235th they had completed a stun...

    Blog | December 08, 2013
  5. Sturridge injury reveals problems both obvious and hidden

    Kristian Walsh

    Cold, hard facts bring a cold, hard reality to Liverpool: The ankle injury to Daniel Sturridge, which sees him sidelined for two months, is a massive loss. It is one that could ultimately deny them Champions League football. In the 12 league games...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  6. Rotation, rotation, rotation

    Kristian Walsh

    Rotation, rotation, rotation. On the hefty list of things people just don't get in English football -- zonal marking, two holding midfielders, waiting for contact in the penalty box -- rotation is the one that has gradually seeped into the collective...

    Blog | November 17, 2013
  7. Scene is set for questions to be answered

    Kristian Walsh

    If Brendan Rodgers is to achieve what is ultimately expected of him -- Champions League football, the Premier League title, the world -- then it would be a story deserving of star billing on the biggest stage. His career at Anfield, and the narrative...

    Blog | October 24, 2013
  8. 'How long, ref?' Only success can stop Liverpool looking ahead

    Kristian Walsh

    It can be heard on the landfills of mud and grass that pose as football pitches on Merseyside, spiralling through the Sunday morning mist, asked in a tone that is both accusatory and suppliant. It makes an odd appearance at Anfield, and probably G...

    Blog | October 16, 2013
  9. Liverpool now and then

    Kristian Walsh

    It is impossible to ignore the history of Liverpool Football Club and the people -- the managers, players and supporters -- who wrote it so fantastically and dramatically. Nobody would saunter past the Bayeux Tapestry without taking a look, after all...

    Blog | October 10, 2013
  10. Credible draw as football has its wicked way at the Liberty

    Kristian Walsh

    Sometimes, football cannot be fully explained, and there is futility in even trying. High-tech televisions and digitalised analysis from men in shiny suits and tight ties are not sufficient enough to appreciate 90 minutes of mind-melting surrealism; ...

    Blog | September 16, 2013
  11. So far, so good for Rodgers' evolution

    Kristian Walsh

    Football does not revolve around transfer tittle-tattle and transfer tittle-tattle alone. It's pretty difficult to fathom such a notion after 55 days of the transfer window being officially open, particularly with gale-force hot air blown from the mo...

    Blog | August 25, 2013
  12. Mignolet saves more than three points for Liverpool

    Kristian Walsh

    Football is back. Football, and all that comes with it -- the hope, despair, optimism and pessimism -- is back. The opening day of the season is the one day everybody could be champions, every new striker is worth 50 goals a season, and nobody can sa...

    Blog | August 17, 2013
  13. The pre-season story of Frank and Billy

    Kristian Walsh

    The smell of football is not wet grass, mown to the shortest possible length; it is not cremated onions, raw sausages and mustard regret outside a football stadium. It is where Frank and Billy sit, where they have always sat, where they always will. ...

    Blog | August 15, 2013
  14. Costa pursuit shows football can be simple

    Kristian Walsh

    I was halfway through my chat with a Football League manager when I asked about his tactical influences. He cut me off sharply. "Football is a simple game made complicated by people who think they know what they are talking about," he said. "Remember...

    Blog | August 07, 2013
  15. Liverpool must tear down their marquee infatuation

    Kristian Walsh

    The lexicon of football can be wonderful, the perfect opportunity for those with an unconventional imagination to flex their minds. A "managerial merry-go-round" prompts images of Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp and Sam Allardyce straddling pink pla...

    Blog | July 18, 2013
  16. Preston win heralds return of football and fancy

    Kristian Walsh

    Football is back. Or at the very least, the embryonic stage of preseason that masquerades as football. This is not football, not in its purest sense, but simply a necessary evil, an opportunity for players to familiarise themselves with teammates old...

    Blog | July 13, 2013