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When UEFA banned English clubs

This day in football history On 2 June 1985, the governing body of European football, UEFA, banned English clubs from participating in European competitions. UEFA enacted the ban in response to the Heysel Stadium disaster four days prior. On 29 May, at the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, …

ICYMI: Emre Can proves that even a blind squirrel finds a nut

A spectacular goal you have to see So, Monday’s match between Watford and Liverpool might have seemed a barely-consequential chapter in the Tolstoy-dense narrative that has been the 16/17 Premier League story. Liverpool’s unsurprising win inched them closer to becoming Champions League placeholders, and Watford’s unsurprising loss cemented them as Just Good Enough in a league …

Coutinho agrees to give Liverpool five more years of unfulfilled hope

Club eager to continue perpetual trend of dreams followed by disappointment (Liverpool FC) Philippe Coutinho has agreed to a five-year contract extension with Liverpool, reportedly making him the club’s highest paid player and fueling hopes of future successes that will inevitably be squashed. “I am very happy to sign a new contract here,” said the …

When Liverpool suffered their worst cup defeat

This day in football history (Worcester City/Twitter) On 15 January 1959, Southern League side Worcester City staged one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history by beating Liverpool 2–1 at St. George’s Lane in the third round. At the time, Liverpool were atop the Second Division table, three levels above non-league strugglers Worcester City. City, …

An interview with David Peace, author of Red or Dead

“I view Shankly as about as close to a 20th-century saint as it comes to Britain” Red or Dead author David Peace (Naoya Sanuki) It’s not often you get to read a book that really grabs your heart and mind and carries you along for hundreds and hundreds of pages, and then get to call the author …

Southampton teach Liverpool a lesson about social media karma

The Saints get retribution for Liverpool’s Twitter flippancy (Southampton/Twitter) In the lead up to the first leg of their EFL Cup semifinal against Southampton, Liverpool Tweeted a bit of promotional artwork. Take a look: At first glance, it appears to be nothing more than a nice change of pace to the usual stream of promotional …

Xabi Alonso’s long-distance FA Cup goal in 2006

This day in football history On 7 January 2006, Liverpool overcame a two-goal second half deficit against Luton Town in the FA Cup third round, capping the win with a 70-yard goal from midfielder Xabi Alonso. The reigning Champions League winners, Liverpool were sitting third in the Premier League table, having just ended a 10-match winning …