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David Kennedy

David has the useless superpower of being able to recall the majority of the unimportant football events from the 00s. Keenly interested in tactics, Liverpool and injuries. Holder of a BSc in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin.

Lallana Seems Happier In Supporting Role For Club And Country

Adam Lallana’s goal in Trnava on Sunday evening, the first of Sam Allardyce’s England tenure, was long overdue on two counts. For a start, England had played over 180 minutes of competitive action against Slovakia this year without breaking the deadlock. But Lallana’s late, squirmed effort was also the 28-year old’s first goal for his country after a 26-game and three-year …

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Analysis: Can Liverpool And Manchester City Combat The Decline Of Possession Football?

Last weekend Burnley set a new Premier League record by recording just 19.4% of possession during their 2-0 win over Liverpool, the lowest percentage for a winning side since Opta records began in 2003.  Sean Dyche’s side pounced early at Turf Moor, forcing their opponents into a passing error to reclaim the ball before taking the lead through Sam Vokes after …

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French forward Thierry Henry (L) and Irish defender Richard Dunne are pictured at the end of the World Cup 2010 qualifying football match France vs. Republic of Ireland on November 18, 2009 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, northern Paris. Former champions France secured their World Cup spot after a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France. France won the two-legged tie 2-1. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Ireland Shouldn’t View France Tie As Revenge Mission

The events of 18th November 2009 are well known to those who consider themselves fans of the French or, more pertinently, the Republic of Ireland national team. Sunday’s rematch between these two sides in the second round of the European Championships has been billed in most quarters as a chance for the Irish to finally exact their revenge upon their …

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Opinion: ‘Appreciation Day’ Tributes Likely To Be A Fitting Send-Off For Allen

Tuesday saw Twitter taken over by a rather unusual phenomenon in ‘Joe Allen Appreciation Day’, a campaign started by Liverpool fansite The Anfield Wrap.  The initiative saw the social media platform filled with satirical comparisons between Allen and various legendary midfielders such as Xavi, Andrea Pirlo, and Zinedine Zidane, references to his fondness for poultry as well as Joe Allen ‘quotes’ that may or …

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How Can Jurgen Klopp Solve Liverpool’s Anfield Conundrum?

Jürgen Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside in October sparked immense excitement amongst Liverpool fans who had grown tired of watching Brendan Rodgers’ side’s struggles in the early stages of the season. After losing 3-1 at Old Trafford in September, Rodgers went on to draw five of his last six games 1-1 as manager with three of those deadlocks coming at home …

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Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho: A True Ten at Last

Fresh from signing a new five-year contract, Philippe Coutinho’s injury time winner for Liverpool at Bolton felt big. It felt like a defining moment in his Liverpool career.   It may seem foolish to say – a rare goal to knock the second tier’s 14th-best side out of the FA Cup at the second attempt is rather less significant than, …

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Liverpool: Another Lucas Renaissance

Here David Kennedy analyses the importance of Reds midfielder Lucas to Brendan Rodgers’ improving Liverpool side.   Early season optimism was building and building as Liverpool supporters longed for their beloved Crazy Reds to return to competitive action after a long summer break. Even without Luis Suárez, intrigue and anticipation awaited Brendan Rodgers side’s return to Premier League action at …

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New Full Backs Add Extra Dimension To Liverpool

David Kennedy discusses the importance of full backs to Liverpool’s style of football, and that Brendan Rodgers may have acquired two gems in Moreno and Manquillo. Christian Ziege. Djimi Traoré. John Arne Riise. Stephen Warnock. Fabio Aurelio. Emiliano Insua. Andrea Dossena. Paul Konchesky. Jack Robinson. José Enrique. Aly Cissokho. The preceding is a list of left backs that have been …

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Five Things We Learned: Liverpool 1-0 Olympiakos

For the second pre-season in succession, Liverpool faced Olympiakos in a rematch of that famous Champions League tie in 2004. Raheem Sterling’s early strike was enough to earn the Reds a Guinness International Champions Cup win. The Premier League runners-up welcomed back more of the World Cup contingent after defeat to Roma last time out, with England players Steven Gerrard, Sterling, Daniel …

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Things We Learned: Liverpool 0-1 Roma

A late Daniel Agger own goal was the only separation between Liverpool and Roma in a dull game at Boston’s Fenway Park. Brendan Rodgers named a side featuring most of his first time players that were exempt from World Cup action over the past month with Fabio Borini featuring from the start despite being in talks with Sunderland ahead of …

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Tactics: Departure Of Luis Suarez May Solve Liverpool Headache

At the outset of this article, it’s important that one thing is made unequivocally clear: I loved watching Luis Suárez play for Liverpool Football Club. Internal conflict has shrouded my ability to put coherent thoughts together about his sale. On one hand, losing the Premier League’s best player is a huge blow. Suárez, with his 31 league goals and 12 …

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The Burning Issue for Each Remaining Team

And so we have our first rest day. After two weeks of excitement, controversy and, above all, goals, the identity of the last sixteen of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is now known. The fascinating thing about this tournament is that a clear favourite is yet to emerge. The hosts have been unimpressive, the reigning champions eliminated and the world’s …

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Ángel Di María Pioneers a New Type of Midfielder

Ángel Di María joined Real Madrid at the same time as José Mourinho in 2010 and the Argentine was expected to follow suit when he departed last summer. After three seasons as Cristiano Ronaldo’s foil on the opposite flank of the Real attack, the imminent of Gareth Bale was set to signal the end of Di María’s stint at the Bernabéu. …

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Genes, Pitches & Models: An Anecdotal Look at Grassroots Football

2004. Sometime in late August. Carriganard, Waterford. One of the biggest moments in a young Irish boy’s life is his schoolboy league debut. I’m ten years old, short and retaining some baby flab. I stepped onto Southend United’s pitch in Waterford and took my place at right back as my team, Tramore AFC, ran out 3-0 victors in the Waterford …

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English Talent Is Wasted Under Roy Hodgson

David Kennedy argues that Roy Hodgson is the wrong man to get the best out of the riches at his disposal as England manager. Greg Dyke says he won’t be sacked. Hodgson says he won’t resign. The FA yearn for continuation, but at what cost? The 38-year managerial career of Roy Hodgson reads like this: Success: Malmo, Neuchatel Xamax, Switzerland, Fulham. …

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Top Ten ‘B-List’ Youngsters To Watch At The World Cup

Prior to every major tournament, attention inevitably turns to the stars of tomorrow; those who will be looking to make a name for themselves on the greatest stage or earn themselves a first big move after the finals. This time around, things are no different. Messrs Pogba, Varane, Koke, Sterling, Götze, Neymar and Veratti have all been ear-marked for greatness …

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World Cup Preview – Group H

17/06 Belgium v Algeria 17:00 (Belo Horizonte) 17/06 Russia v South Korea 23:00 (Cuiaba) 22/06 Belgium v Russia 17:00 (Rio) 22/06 South Korea v Algeria 20:00 (Porto Alegre) 27/06 South Korea v Belgium 21:00 (Sao Paulo) 27/06 Russia v Algeria 21:00 (Curitiba)   Belgium Best finish: Fourth (1986) How they qualified: Finished 1st in UEFA Group A Under the guidance of 70-cap …

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World Cup Preview – Group G

16/06 Germany v Portugal 17:00 (Salvador) 16/06 Ghana v USA 23:00 (Natal) 21/06 Germany v Ghana 20:00 (Fortaleza) 22/06 USA v Portugal 23:00 (Manaus) 26/06 USA v Germany 17:00 (Recife) 26/06 Portugal v Ghana 17:00 (Brasilia)   Germany Best finish: Winners (1954, 1974, 1990) How they qualified: Finished 1st in UEFA Group C An astounding four-goal collapse against Sweden apart, …

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