This should not be seen as in any sense diminishing what this Liverpool side are doing, particularly given a net spend of only around £70m over the past four years and the fact they have had to overcome a brilliant Manchester City; rather it is to say the financial structures of modern football have inflated the gap between top and bottom, through wage bills even more than transfer spending. Even allowing for changes in the size of the league and the number of points for a win, 95 points is easier to achieve than it would have been in the days of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley or Kenny Dalglish. … [Read more...] about Will Klopp’s team become the GLOAT (Greatest Liverpool Of All Time)?
Psl footballers who have gone broke part two
Pellegrini described last week as difficult, but this week brings Chelsea, Dynamo and a Capital One Cup final against Liverpool in the space of eight days. “We weren’t expecting to drop league points at home, and it is frustrating not to be able to get back to league action to try and put things right,” he said. “But the last few days have been useful, I think. We analysed with the players a lot of the things we are not doing well, so I hope that in the two big games we have coming up this week we are going to return to our normal performances.” … [Read more...] about Manchester City’s tight fit forces Manuel Pellegrini to cut his cloth
Ferguson will have had an eye on Wednesday's fixture at home to Portsmouth in the Premier League as he sought to win here while making the minimum use of his leading figures. His ploy, too, was to introduce some experienced men at Wembley, such as Paul Scholes, for the latter stages. The formula was flawed on this occasion. There is, to put it mildly, much that the club can yet achieve in this campaign, but now United will have to rebuild momentum. … [Read more...] about Phil Jagielka ends Manchester United’s dreams of a clean sweep
The toxic relationship between football and gambling has normalised betting among young fans. This season, 27 of England’s top 44 clubs have a gambling company as their shirt sponsor. Companies also frequently sponsor stadiums and advertising hoardings alongside the pitch. … [Read more...] about NHS mental health boss demands an end to ‘shameful’ bribes offered by betting firms to get customers to carry on gambling
"Some are too far gone. You do what you can and you make sure you don't end up causing more distress to the animal. [We want] to get them back to where they want to be - and that's back in the trees." … [Read more...] about Australia fires: ‘Apocalypse’ comes to Kangaroo Island