LFC Advent Calendar 22 – Emiliano Insua

There could be no worse time for a youngster to break in to the Liverpool first team than those turbulent years of 2009-2011. As the club went through trauma that so nearly crippled it, a host of players came and went leaving little or no mark. Stability and progress were miles off, and it’s of little surprise that some decent young players fell through the cracks. Emiliano Insua had emerged on ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 21 – Lucas Leiva

Just like with a real advent calendar, occasionally you'll miss a day. That only makes the next day better though as you have two treats to wake up to instead of just one! Having said that, enjoy the first of two LFC Advent Calendars for today. Unluckyyyyyy What a man. In terms of players who join a club and completely immerse themselves in the values and culture of the club and city, ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 19 – Ryan Babel

Fewer Liverpool players encapsulate the maxim 'what might have been' better than Ryan Babel.  The man from Amsterdam arrived at Rafa Benitez’s juggernaut in 2007 for £11.5 million, after earning rave reviews in Europe. None other than Marko van Basten had made some, perhaps unhelpful, comparisons to Thierry Henry as Babel roared through the Eredivisie and into the Dutch National Team.  Not bad for a player who’d only been in the ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 18 – Dirk Kuyt

Ordinarily when a player becomes a legend it's due to their goal tally, trophies won, or the fact that they're a local lad come good. Dirk Kuyt from the Netherlands scored a respectable total of 71 goals for Liverpool, but unfortunately only lifted one trophy for the Reds, yet we still love him dearly. So how did he become a true icon at Liverpool? His memorable goals in big matches certainly ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 17 – Maxi Rodriguez

In recent seasons, Liverpool has had its fair share of South American footballers. Big name players, including Javier Mascherano and Philippe Coutinho, have graced the Anfield turf over the past 10 years. The man who features in today's advent piece can almost certainly be described as the most underrated South American to have played for the club; Maxi Rodriguez. Loved by the fans during his time at Anfield, Rodriguez is one ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 16 – Jermaine Pennant

What can you say about Jermaine Pennant that hasn't been spread across tabloids already? That he is was the first (and currently, only) professional football player to wear an electronic tag on the pitch? Or that he cost Arsenal £2 million as a 15 year old? How about the player that put in a man of the match performance in a Champions League final just a year after leaving prison? Jermaine is ...

Read More

Advent Calendar 13: Danny Murphy

After rising to prominence at Crewe Alexandra, making his full debut for the club at the ripe age of 16. Once he had helped Crewe make their return to the second division of English football (League One), he had garnered the attention of many top English sides. His boyhood club came calling, and Murphy snapped up the chance to join the mighty Reds in the summer of 1997 for a ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 12- Dani Pacheco

After coming through Barcelona's La Masia academy and being regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Spanish football at the time, Liverpool stumped up £5 million to bring Dani Pacheco to Anfield.  The Spaniard was well thought of in Spain, and it showed a sign of intent from the club that they were looking to bring in some of the best young talent to the club. In the end, it ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 11 – Florent Sinama Pongolle

Florent Sinama Pongolle's time at Liverpool left a lot to be desired. Yet the one-time French international did manage to carve something of a decent career for himself in the end; playing (and impressing) at Recreativo de Huelva saw him attract the attention of Atlético Madrid and Sporting Lisbon. He then became a journeyman and joined a whole bunch of clubs he would probably rather not think about. Florent was something of ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 10 – Joe Cole

When Roy Hodgson arrived in summer of 2010, he had the services of Joe Cole to look forward to as he had agreed to sign before the former England manager arrived. Cole's contract had just expired after a 7 year spell at Chelsea and subsequently he decided to join the Reds. Joe Cole with Hodgson on his arrival Upon his arrival at Anfield, Steven Gerrard spoke very highly of his international team ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 9 – Rickie Lambert

Luis Suarez made quite a few waves during his time at Liverpool. From his conflict and racial insult of Manchester United's Patrice Evra, through his attempt to force a move to Arsenal in 2013 and his unhealthy human flesh diet, to his glorious 31-goal contribution to the ultimately doomed 2013/14 title run, there was rarely a dull moment with the controversial Uruguayan. He finally got his wish to leave and ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 7 – Kevin Keegan

Everyone knows the story of King Kenny, but the man he replaced was also a famous #7. Kevin Keegan arrived from Scunthorpe in 1971 as a 20 year old for 35,000 pounds. He would score on his debut against Peterborough after 12 minutes, and score 100 goals in 323 games for the Reds. Originally signed to replace an aging Ian Callaghan on the right wing, it was in a full-scale practice match ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 6 – John Arne Riise

John Arne Riise signed for Liverpool in 2001 for a fee of £4 million from Monaco. The Norwegian was at the club for seven years and made 348 appearances in the Red shirt, scoring 33 goals along the way. Some of those goals were what Reds fans remembered best, as plenty of them were absolute screamers. It should be noted though, that he was more than just left-footed canon. Until ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 5 – Daniel Agger

Daniel Agger Daniel Agger is one of my all-time favourite Liverpool players. It wasn't just because he was one of the best defenders in Europe at one point. It wasn't even just because he created some truly special memories. It was because of his nearly unmatched devotion and loyalty to the club. There's been very few players, especially non-local ones, who have worn the jersey with more pride than Agger. Embed from ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 4 : Kolo Touré

Touré signed for Liverpool on in the Summer transfer window of 2013. He left his former club, Manchester City after his contract expired. This led to Liverpool signing the Ivorian on a free transfer, becoming one of the "bargains" of the window. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'d7E-II5TT9lqnXr9hnQcTA',sig:'YsNHlcZg2ZrxVatRNFY8D3JRaWZ-CVLmbcpQ8Wr_CKk=',w:'594px',h:'406px',items:'452948034',caption: false ,tld:'co.uk',is360: false })}); Touré played at Liverpool for 3 years, leaving in 2016. In his time on Merseyside, he played for the club 71 times, ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar: 3 – Paul Konchesky

I'd just like to start this piece by thanking Andy Robertson for finally solving a problem the club has had since John Arne Riise's departure in 2008. After almost ten years of struggles, the left-back position at Anfield finally seems to be sorted. But in those ten years we as fans have certainly seen our fair share of average left-footed defenders enter (and exit) the club. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'-YPgHSQLR5ZFIuc2IsnBQw',sig:'l6gn6G1YyNypDInnnD4ZSJXCsMQifaYncxv_7JZFXGw=',w:'594px',h:'537px',items:'106614279',caption: true ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar 2 – Andrea Dossena

In the summer transfer window of 2008, Rafa Benitez was in the market for a left-back. In the end, he found his man in Andrea Dossena who joined the Reds from Udinese. Rafa splashed out £8 million to secure the his services at Anfield. He was given the No. 2 shirt when he arrived, and he also played as a left winger in his time at the club. Embed from Getty ...

Read More

LFC Advent Calendar: 1 – Brad Jones

This is the first in a series of fun articles as we'll be counting down to Christmas this year with an LFC Advent Calendar. Each day will correspond with a single player who wore that number for Liverpool. There's plenty of opportunities to write about the usual contingient of former legends and current stars, so instead, we'll be focusing on some memorable Reds that don't often get featured; the good, ...

Read More