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Premier League
Not the best week for Premier League goalkeepers
08:01 Friday 13th March 2020

How many times have you heard it said goalkeepers are a breed apart? It isn’t a lie. The game's last line of defence exerts tremendous pressure. No one minds your back when you fluff your lines. The ball nestles in the back of the…

European Championships
Will Hungary face the Topknot of God?
12:01 Tuesday 19th November 2019

November 18 2009, Stade de France, 104th minute: As Florent Malouda lined up the free-kick from  45 yards, centre-half Sebastien Squillaci hustled into the Ireland box. Referee Martin Hansson blew the whistle to resume play. Malouda’s…

Sing When Youre Winning
12 Days of Football 2018: Six Games Amazing
08:00 Thursday 27th December 2018

On the 6th Day of Football, UEFA gave to me Six Games Amazing, FIVE GOLDEN GOALS, Four Calls Blown, Three French Clubs, Two title races and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Welcome to It's Round and It's White's second annual…

Premier League
Is the cost acceptable when building from the back
09:00 Friday 14th September 2018

We've entered a new era in the beautiful game. Most teams now play with three or five in defence, changing how the game is played. The major annoyance is passing out from the back. Errors are harshly punished, begging the question…

European Football
Loris Karius' two-year temporary move to Turkey
17:00 Tuesday 28th August 2018

Who can forget the Champions League final last season? Lorus Karius drew the brunt of criticism for Liverpool's defeat, spared the full treatment by those with an eye for Sergio Ramos's villainy. Ever since, the German keeper's…

Premier League
Why Liverpool were right to throw money at the problem
12:00 Saturday 11th August 2018

After years of reluctance, Liverpool have registered their place among top clubs willing to dominate the transfer window. During the silly season, there is always one club much sillier than the rest. Quite often, it's Real Madrid but…

World Cup
When it comes to concussion, FIFA are slow learners
09:30 Thursday 12th July 2018

Times change but not always fast enough. When I was a child, Dean Martin’s show was one my mother, aunts and grandmothers would never miss. This is the variety show I’m talking about, not the Celebrity Roast, although they loved…

Premier League
Why Jurgen Klopp is right to back Loris Karius
09:00 Thursday 12th July 2018

Jurgen Klopp once declared he would be the biggest idiot in football if Loris Karius was not a good goalkeeper and he continued to pick him for Liverpool FC. The German boss is ready to lay his cards on the table. He wants to prove the world…

Premier League
Liverpool's Squad Review - Who Stays and Who Goes in Goal
15:00 Saturday 16th June 2018

It’s close to three decades now since Liverpool last won the first tier title in English football. In fact, they have never won one in the Premier League era. They last took successive top four spots when Rafael Benitez was the manager.…

Premier League
Love Island: Premier League edition
17:00 Friday 15th June 2018

Six want-a-away Premier League stars enter the Love Island villa. All are looking for love, but who will they pair with? We're one week in and things are getting juicy. Paul Pogba – Real Madrid Paul entered the villa looking…

Champions League
Every club would take Sergio Ramos in a heartbeat
09:00 Monday 28th May 2018

Greatness does not always equate with goodness. No one reflects this more than arch villain Sergio Ramos. The Spaniard was embroiled in three separate incidents as Real Madrid’s regal stroll eventually saw off a spirited Liverpool to…

Champions League
Where does Loris Karius go from here?
08:00 Sunday 27th May 2018

Blame is the easiest thing in life to give, which also makes it the most worthless. It’s important to identify mistakes so they can be corrected. If they can be corrected quickly, a player’s confidence can be restored. With goalkeepers,…

Premier League
Could Simon Mignolet leave Liverpool this summer?
10:30 Tuesday 24th April 2018

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was an unused substitute for the 13th consecutive Premier League game on Saturday and can be under no illusions that he’s second-choice between the sticks. His manager said as much in January. The Belgium…

Premier League
Loris Karius will only get better for Liverpool
09:00 Tuesday 24th April 2018

In the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, Loris Karius was earning rave reviews for his consistently brilliant performances. Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer was the German top flight's undisputed best but his younger compatriot was also…

Premier League
Do Liverpool have the second-best defence in the Premier League?
11:30 Monday 16th April 2018

The enduring criticism levelled at Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool this season has been their permeable defence. An error-prone, ill-disciplined, and disorganised back line supposedly undermined their attacking efficacy.  Such weaknesses…