Tony Evans
Tony Evans
Tony Evans is a journalist and author. He began writing professionally in his late 20s. Before that he worked a variety of jobs to finance his efforts to follow Liverpool around Britain and Europe. He was Football Editor of The Times for eight years and is now a broadcaster and columnist

Liverpool have squandered the advantage they gained after being crowned champions of Europe and England, but it could well be a busy transfer period for the owners at Anfield.

Liverpool’s owners again underestimate the club’s fan base and the importance of football’s traditions with a sharp increase in anti-FSG sentiment on social media.

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Without Jordan Henderson or Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool have struggled to find a driving force of late, but is a starting role for James Milner the answer to Liverpool’s struggles?

Liverpool wing-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was surprisingly dropped by England boss Gareth Southgate for England’s latest internationals, but some Reds supporters claim to be pleased that it limits the chances of another of their players succumbing to injury on international duty

Fabinho, the Brazilian anchor man, was back to his best in the 2-0 win over Leipzig this week showing Jurgen Klopp that playing players in their best positions is the quickest way out of this rut.

With talismanic goalkeeper Alisson Becker out indefinitely as the Brazilian deals with the loss of his father, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will attempt to rally the troops.

Replaced by Jurgen Klopp in 2015, Brendan Rodgers could hand Liverpool their third consecutive loss, but Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah will be desperate to ensure that won’t happen.

Despite Jurgen Klopp’s first Premier League win in six games, injuries to Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and now Joel Matip will have knock-on effects on title defence and Champions League.

There is a vacancy for a galactico goalscorer at the Bernabeu, while a new saviour will be required in Catalonia, but life on Merseyside offers the Egypt talisman the prospect of more medals.

Frenchman Gerard Houllier, who died on Monday aged 73, will forever be remembered as a Kopite despite some supporters overlooking his glorious season 20 years ago.

Reports of Liverpool’s demise after 7-2 shellacking at Villa Park may be premature as club legend Kenny Dalglish reveals ‘nearly every year we got hammered once’ during the club’s golden era.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will improve the side if and when he needs to, but he won’t enter transfer market simply because rivals are doing so and still has great faith in the squad of last year to defend Premier League title.

As the FA reveals the Community Shield against Arsenal will be played in front of empty stands at Wembley on August 29, it notable that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be most affected by the continued lack of supporters in Premier League grounds next season.

Plans to visit China this summer were destroyed by Covid-19, but the club is keen to return and Nike partnership means both parties see China as integral to short-term strategy.

While two summer windows of inactivity would appear to verge on the absurd, the English Premier League champions can afford to be choosy in the transfer market.

Liverpool need just six points to wrap up a first league title since 1989-90 and Jurgen Klopp’s side play their derby rivals at Goodison Park on Sunday with the hosts playing for pride.

Liverpool’s extraordinary comeback win in the 2005 Uefa Champions League final changed the club forever and ensured that the following two times they reached the showpiece European final, demand for tickets far outstripped supply.

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