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

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On The Ball | Huge summer beckons for Liverpool with City, United and Chelsea primed to progress

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 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.

Huge summer beckons for Liverpool with City, United and Chelsea primed to progress
4 Jun 2021 - 5:18PM
On The Ball | Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp needs to be creative to close gap to English Premier League rivals

Anfield boss faces battle as age and injuries take toll on squad that can still qualify for next season’s Uefa Champions League to save this season.

Anfield boss faces battle as age and injuries take toll on squad that can still qualify for next season’s Uefa Champions League to save this season.

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp needs to be creative to close gap to English Premier League rivals
21 May 2021 - 8:43PM
Opinion | Liverpool owners must work hard to regain trust of disgruntled fans in wake of on-pitch struggles and Super League fiasco

Principal owner John W Henry may be reluctant to allow supporters to have two seats on the board and play a role in dictating policy

Principal owner John W Henry may be reluctant to allow supporters to have two seats on the board and play a role in dictating policy

Liverpool owners must work hard to regain trust of disgruntled fans in wake of on-pitch struggles and Super League fiasco
7 May 2021 - 9:14PM
On The Ball | Faith in FSG evaporates as Liverpool owners face the fallout from the latest in a long line of blunders

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.

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.

Faith in FSG evaporates as Liverpool owners face the fallout from the latest in a long line of blunders
23 Apr 2021 - 5:41PM
European Super League: EPL ‘big six’ supporters’ clubs promise backlash; ‘unbridled American greed’ says one insider

American owners of several of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ ESL participants in the crosshairs as fan groups begin the fightback.

American owners of several of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ ESL participants in the crosshairs as fan groups begin the fightback.

European Super League: EPL ‘big six’ supporters’ clubs promise backlash; ‘unbridled American greed’ says one insider
19 Apr 2021 - 3:22PM
On The Ball | Jurgen Klopp’s rudderless Reds in desperate need of a ‘mentality monster’, but who fits the bill currently?

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?

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?

Jurgen Klopp’s rudderless Reds in desperate need of a ‘mentality monster’, but who fits the bill currently?
9 Apr 2021 - 2:01PM
On The Ball | Liverpool vs England: Trent Alexander-Arnold’s dropping by Southgate reignites ‘Scouse Exceptionalism’ debate among Reds supporters

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

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

Liverpool vs England: Trent Alexander-Arnold’s dropping by Southgate reignites ‘Scouse Exceptionalism’ debate among Reds supporters
26 Mar 2021 - 5:14PM
On The Ball | Fabinho underscored his Liverpool player of the year credentials in a return to his natural position – now he needs to stay there

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.

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.

Fabinho underscored his Liverpool player of the year credentials in a return to his natural position – now he needs to stay there
12 Mar 2021 - 5:51PM
On The Ball | Liverpool in mourning again as Alisson Becker grieves tragic loss of father – club must pull together the Anfield way

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.

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.

Liverpool in mourning again as Alisson Becker grieves tragic loss of father – club must pull together the Anfield way
25 Feb 2021 - 5:33PM
On The Ball | Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers returns to Anfield – the last thing Liverpool need is to face a manager with point to prove

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.

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.

Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers returns to Anfield – the last thing Liverpool need is to face a manager with point to prove
12 Feb 2021 - 3:00PM
On The Ball | Liverpool’s defensive risk backfired spectacularly – time to panic-buy reinforcements before it’s too late

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.

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.

Liverpool’s defensive risk backfired spectacularly – time to panic-buy reinforcements before it’s too late
29 Jan 2021 - 3:00PM
On The Ball | Marcus Rashford: Manchester United’s crown jewel who became a national treasure, even in Liverpool

The young Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has successfully straddled the historic divide between the two cities.

The young Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has successfully straddled the historic divide between the two cities.

Marcus Rashford: Manchester United’s crown jewel who became a national treasure, even in Liverpool
16 Jan 2021 - 8:22PM
On The Ball | Barca or Real for Mohamed Salah? Actually, Liverpool is still the perfect fit

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.

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.

Barca or Real for Mohamed Salah? Actually, Liverpool is still the perfect fit
2 Jan 2021 - 2:14PM
On The Ball | Liverpool was more than just a job – a tribute to late manager Gerard Houllier

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.

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.

Liverpool was more than just a job – a tribute to late manager Gerard Houllier
18 Dec 2020 - 4:00PM
On The Ball | Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can sleep easier with keeper Caoimhin Kelleher stepping up

Young Irishman distinguishes himself in European debut against Ajax and is likely to retain his place for Premier League match against Wolves.

Young Irishman distinguishes himself in European debut against Ajax and is likely to retain his place for Premier League match against Wolves.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can sleep easier with keeper Caoimhin Kelleher stepping up
4 Dec 2020 - 3:04PM
On The Ball | Liverpool and Man United streets ahead in English Premier League TV ratings

North West rivals in front of rest of Big Six according to a new study from the University of Liverpool.

North West rivals in front of rest of Big Six according to a new study from the University of Liverpool.

Liverpool and Man United streets ahead in English Premier League TV ratings
20 Nov 2020 - 6:14PM
On The Ball | Diogo Jota has made a splash, but expect Jurgen Klopp to go with his trusted trident at Man City

The Portuguese Jota has a definite role to play when England’s two best teams clash, but Klopp tends to plump for his trusted lieutenants in the biggest matches.

The Portuguese Jota has a definite role to play when England’s two best teams clash, but Klopp tends to plump for his trusted lieutenants in the biggest matches.

Diogo Jota has made a splash, but expect Jurgen Klopp to go with his trusted trident at Man City
6 Nov 2020 - 10:45PM
On The Ball | Liverpool grumbling over Virgil van Dijk’s loss leaves them vulnerable

Jurgen Klopp’s team need to move on from the loss of their talismanic defender and show his loss won’t define the team with Fabinho an able deputy for now.

Jurgen Klopp’s team need to move on from the loss of their talismanic defender and show his loss won’t define the team with Fabinho an able deputy for now.

Liverpool grumbling over Virgil van Dijk’s loss leaves them vulnerable
23 Oct 2020 - 3:05PM
On The Ball | No panic at Liverpool after Villa rout – Reds have a history of recovering well from thrashings

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.

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.

No panic at Liverpool after Villa rout – Reds have a history of recovering well from thrashings
10 Oct 2020 - 8:28PM
On The Ball | Thiago’s arrival brings guile to the Liverpool midfield and a new dimension to their forward play

After an impressive debut, Thiago looks set to change Liverpool’s approach with a focus more on artistry than energy.

After an impressive debut, Thiago looks set to change Liverpool’s approach with a focus more on artistry than energy.

Thiago’s arrival brings guile to the Liverpool midfield and a new dimension to their forward play
26 Sep 2020 - 7:23PM
On The Ball | Liverpool are the envy of the league – Reds don’t need to be green-eyed over big-spending rivals

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.

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.

Liverpool are the envy of the league – Reds don’t need to be green-eyed over big-spending rivals
11 Sep 2020 - 10:04PM
On The Ball | Manchester City signing Lionel Messi could see Barcelona raid Liverpool

Former Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk at Camp Nou as Barcelona eye rebuild whether Messi leaves or not.

Former Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk at Camp Nou as Barcelona eye rebuild whether Messi leaves or not.

Manchester City signing Lionel Messi could see Barcelona raid Liverpool
29 Aug 2020 - 4:40PM
On The Ball | Lack of Anfield crowd is the biggest plus point for Liverpool’s Premier League rivals next term

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.

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.

Lack of Anfield crowd is the biggest plus point for Liverpool’s Premier League rivals next term
14 Aug 2020 - 5:00PM
On The Ball | Liverpool’s Far East assault is on hold, for now, but Nike link-up means China visit is inevitable

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.

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.

Liverpool’s Far East assault is on hold, for now, but Nike link-up means China visit is inevitable
31 Jul 2020 - 10:49PM
On The Ball | Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool need to tinker, but sense will rule in silly season

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.

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.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool need to tinker, but sense will rule in silly season
17 Jul 2020 - 10:26PM
On The Ball | How Jurgen Klopp’s obsession with fine margins is bringing out the best in everyone at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp’s smiling demeanour and seemingly casual attitude is the public face of a man whose attention to detail is fanatical.

Jurgen Klopp’s smiling demeanour and seemingly casual attitude is the public face of a man whose attention to detail is fanatical.

How Jurgen Klopp’s obsession with fine margins is bringing out the best in everyone at Anfield
3 Jul 2020 - 10:01PM
On The Ball | Joy and sadness as Liverpool write another triumphant chapter during this most memorable of seasons

Most Liverpool supporters were forced to witness the club’s once in a generation title win from their own homes, but it was no less special to them.

Most Liverpool supporters were forced to witness the club’s once in a generation title win from their own homes, but it was no less special to them.

Joy and sadness as Liverpool write another triumphant chapter during this most memorable of seasons
26 Jun 2020 - 12:32PM
On The Ball | Seething Evertonians preparing for a gloomy summer as Liverpool head to Goodison with the title in sight

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 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.

Seething Evertonians preparing for a gloomy summer as Liverpool head to Goodison with the title in sight
19 Jun 2020 - 9:29PM
On The Ball | Manchester City’s Uefa date with destiny could pave the way for a period of Liverpool domination

Manchester City face the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne on Monday with their near-term future in the balance.

Manchester City face the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne on Monday with their near-term future in the balance.

Manchester City’s Uefa date with destiny could pave the way for a period of Liverpool domination
5 Jun 2020 - 4:05PM
On The Ball | The Miracle of Istanbul 15 years on: a day that changed Liverpool supporters and the club forever

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.

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.

The Miracle of Istanbul 15 years on: a day that changed Liverpool supporters and the club forever
22 May 2020 - 2:29PM