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 | 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.

23 Oct 2020 - 3:05PM

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
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.

10 Oct 2020 - 8:28PM

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
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.

26 Sep 2020 - 7:23PM

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
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.

11 Sep 2020 - 10:04PM

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
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.

29 Aug 2020 - 4:40PM

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
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.

14 Aug 2020 - 5:00PM

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
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.

31 Jul 2020 - 10:49PM

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
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.

17 Jul 2020 - 10:26PM

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
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.

3 Jul 2020 - 10:01PM

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
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.

26 Jun 2020 - 12:32PM

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
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.

19 Jun 2020 - 9:29PM

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
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.

5 Jun 2020 - 4:05PM

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
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.

22 May 2020 - 2:29PM

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
On The Ball | Liverpool’s greatest day: driving an open-top bus through Everton’s hopes and dreams in 1986

The 1986 FA Cup final was the denouement to a restorative season for English football and was an occasion which went some way to repairing the damaged reputation of people in Merseyside.

8 May 2020 - 2:03PM

The 1986 FA Cup final was the denouement to a restorative season for English football and was an occasion which went some way to repairing the damaged reputation of people in Merseyside.

Liverpool’s greatest day: driving an open-top bus through Everton’s hopes and dreams in 1986
On The Ball | Jurgen Klopp follows Bill Shankly’s example by leading from the front in the local community

Klopp and his players have been a credit to the club during the pandemic crisis with he German’s acts of generosity have been widely reported in the city.

24 Apr 2020 - 6:03PM

Klopp and his players have been a credit to the club during the pandemic crisis with he German’s acts of generosity have been widely reported in the city.

Jurgen Klopp follows Bill Shankly’s example by leading from the front in the local community
On The Ball | The bleak Anfield night in Liverpool’s history at the centre of a massive Covid-19 spread

Professor John Ashton says it was ‘incredible’ that the Liverpool-Atletico Madrid Uefa Champions League tie was allowed to go ahead and believes it likely that Kenny Dalglish contracted the disease in a second wave of infections following the match.

17 Apr 2020 - 1:41PM

Professor John Ashton says it was ‘incredible’ that the Liverpool-Atletico Madrid Uefa Champions League tie was allowed to go ahead and believes it likely that Kenny Dalglish contracted the disease in a second wave of infections following the match.

The bleak Anfield night in Liverpool’s history at the centre of a massive Covid-19 spread
On The Ball | FSG has consistently undervalued Jordan Henderson, but the skipper is proving priceless in repairing the club’s tattered image

Liverpool’s PR department were in dire need of the feel good story Henderson and his Premier League colleagues are providing.

10 Apr 2020 - 6:00PM

Liverpool’s PR department were in dire need of the feel good story Henderson and his Premier League colleagues are providing.

FSG has consistently undervalued Jordan Henderson, but the skipper is proving priceless in repairing the club’s tattered image
On The Ball | Liverpool’s owners have let down Jurgen Klopp, the players and the community with grubby furlough move

Liverpool, the European Champions who recorded a pre-tax profit of £42 million last year, follow Tottenham Hotspur in placing the responsibility for non-playing staff’s wages on the stricken UK government during crisis.

5 Apr 2020 - 7:43PM

Liverpool, the European Champions who recorded a pre-tax profit of £42 million last year, follow Tottenham Hotspur in placing the responsibility for non-playing staff’s wages on the stricken UK government during crisis.

Liverpool’s owners have let down Jurgen Klopp, the players and the community with grubby furlough move
On The Ball | History won’t look fondly on Premier League clubs resorting to self-interest after pandemic crisis is over

Tottenham Hotspur have been condemned over decision to cut non-playing staff’s wages.

3 Apr 2020 - 4:28PM

Tottenham Hotspur have been condemned over decision to cut non-playing staff’s wages.

History won’t look fondly on Premier League clubs resorting to self-interest after pandemic crisis is over
On The Ball | Liverpool’s Premier League party can wait but players desperate to complete the final act

British government plan to lift spirits might see English Premier League back behind closed doors as Klopp’s Liverpool side desperate to get two wins.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:43PM

British government plan to lift spirits might see English Premier League back behind closed doors as Klopp’s Liverpool side desperate to get two wins.

Liverpool’s Premier League party can wait but players desperate to complete the final act
On The Ball | Liverpool are worthy English Premier League champions – whenever it happens

Liverpool are worthy English Premier League champions – whenever it happens – as season looks set to be longest since 1946-47

3 Apr 2020 - 1:45PM

Liverpool are worthy English Premier League champions – whenever it happens – as season looks set to be longest since 1946-47

Liverpool are worthy English Premier League champions – whenever it happens
On The Ball | Liverpool have no time to lick their wounds in a race against Coronavirus to win Premier League

Jurgen Klopp’s men are desperate to wrap up the league title inside the next two games as Covid-19 threatens to hamper their progress towards a coveted 19th English title.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:45PM

Jurgen Klopp’s men are desperate to wrap up the league title inside the next two games as Covid-19 threatens to hamper their progress towards a coveted 19th English title.

Liverpool have no time to lick their wounds in a race against Coronavirus to win Premier League
On The Ball | Liverpool are having a remarkable season, a few losses doesn’t change that and could spur them to greater heights

Three losses in four games have left some downcast in a superb season, but Jurgen Klopp’s side could be at the dawn of a golden era.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:45PM

Three losses in four games have left some downcast in a superb season, but Jurgen Klopp’s side could be at the dawn of a golden era.

Liverpool are having a remarkable season, a few losses doesn’t change that and could spur them to greater heights
On The Ball | Alisson Becker has excelled in a terrific Liverpool side this year and deserves the PFA award

There is plenty of competition throughout the Liverpool side, but Alisson Becker has been consistently excellent and could become the first goalkeeper to receive the award since Peter Shilton in 1978.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:46PM

There is plenty of competition throughout the Liverpool side, but Alisson Becker has been consistently excellent and could become the first goalkeeper to receive the award since Peter Shilton in 1978.

Alisson Becker has excelled in a terrific Liverpool side this year and deserves the PFA award
On The Ball | Atletico Madrid’s Metropolitano antics have stoked the fire for an epic Anfield showdown

Jurgen Klopp and his side are itching for the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with the Spanish team with Siemone and his players for a raucous welcome on Merseyside.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:46PM

Jurgen Klopp and his side are itching for the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with the Spanish team with Siemone and his players for a raucous welcome on Merseyside.

Atletico Madrid’s Metropolitano antics have stoked the fire for an epic Anfield showdown
On The Ball | Can Europe provide a greater test for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool as they continue to swat domestic all-comers?

Europe’s finest tactical minds are working overtime to figure out how to stop Jurgen Klopp’s marauding side with Liverpool swatting all-comers in the Premier League on their way to a first domestic title in 30 years.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:46PM

Europe’s finest tactical minds are working overtime to figure out how to stop Jurgen Klopp’s marauding side with Liverpool swatting all-comers in the Premier League on their way to a first domestic title in 30 years.

Can Europe provide a greater test for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool as they continue to swat domestic all-comers?
On The Ball | Liverpool are not to blame for this ‘tainted’ Premier League campaign and will relish their title regardless

Claims that the Premier League are helping Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to a 19th league title are growing louder, and the statistics show the suggestions are wide of the mark.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:46PM

Claims that the Premier League are helping Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to a 19th league title are growing louder, and the statistics show the suggestions are wide of the mark.

Liverpool are not to blame for this ‘tainted’ Premier League campaign and will relish their title regardless
On The Ball | Liverpool are well on their way to becoming ‘invincibles’, but Jurgen Klopp couldn’t care less

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp won’t entertain talk of outlasting the famous ‘invincible’ Arsenal side; Klopp’s focus is purely on silverware.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:46PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp won’t entertain talk of outlasting the famous ‘invincible’ Arsenal side; Klopp’s focus is purely on silverware.

Liverpool are well on their way to becoming ‘invincibles’, but Jurgen Klopp couldn’t care less
On The Ball | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes Alex Ferguson’s lead with bizarre ‘long ball’ Liverpool jibes, but they don’t stand up to scrutiny

Man United manager Solskjaer called Klopp’s side ‘the most direct team in the league’ before his side suffered their second 0-2 defeat in a week, the second – at home to Burnley.

3 Apr 2020 - 1:47PM

Man United manager Solskjaer called Klopp’s side ‘the most direct team in the league’ before his side suffered their second 0-2 defeat in a week, the second – at home to Burnley.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes Alex Ferguson’s lead with bizarre ‘long ball’ Liverpool jibes, but they don’t stand up to scrutiny
Opinion | Manchester United delight at denying Liverpool indicates grim times ahead at Old Trafford

You know Manchester United are in a slump when a result against Klopp’s Reds marks a season highlight as Liverpool host the Red Devils at Anfield on Sunday on a seemingly unstoppable march towards the Premier League title.

17 Jan 2020 - 12:52PM

You know Manchester United are in a slump when a result against Klopp’s Reds marks a season highlight as Liverpool host the Red Devils at Anfield on Sunday on a seemingly unstoppable march towards the Premier League title.

Manchester United delight at denying Liverpool indicates grim times ahead at Old Trafford