Trending Topics

      Next match: LFC v Spurs [Premier League] Sun 31st Mar @ 4:30 pm
      Anfield

      Today is the 22nd of March and on this date LFC's match record is P23 W10 D5 L8

      The Anfield Wrap

      Read 40143 times
      0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.
      redkenny
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 24,903 posts | 1027 
      • 96 - Always Remembered
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #30: Jun 05, 2012 03:57:18 pm
      Usually listen when I'm in the gym or driving home from work. Defo a good listen for reds.

      Was pleased about them uploading the press conference for Brendan.

      what-a-hit-son
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • Started Topic
      • 14,101 posts | 3166 
      • @MrPrice1979
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #31: Jun 05, 2012 06:57:25 pm

      Thanks for reminding me, done!
      HeighwayToHeaven
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 8,468 posts | 242 
      • Don't buy The Sun
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #32: Jun 05, 2012 07:17:07 pm

      I've voted too. I hope they win it.  :gt-happyup:
      onecoolcookie
      • Forum Alan Hansen
      • ****

      • 653 posts | 10 
      • YNWA JFT96
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #33: Jul 19, 2012 09:56:37 am
      anyone know what the craic is with Andy Heaton and Jim Boardman tweeting about Trolls? The been taking sh*t off idiots? Because if they have forums need to support them.

      Great podcast but great organisation too, can't let it be ruined.
      what-a-hit-son
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • Started Topic
      • 14,101 posts | 3166 
      • @MrPrice1979
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #34: Jul 19, 2012 12:51:54 pm
      I've voted too. I hope they win it.  :gt-happyup:

      And they did  :)

      anyone know what the craic is with Andy Heaton and Jim Boardman tweeting about Trolls? The been taking sh*t off idiots? Because if they have forums need to support them.

      Great podcast but great organisation too, can't let it be ruined.

      Pretty sure it's something they can handle mate and also something that they will of expected.
      redkenny
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 24,903 posts | 1027 
      • 96 - Always Remembered
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #35: Jul 19, 2012 12:54:37 pm
      To be fair, the bigger TAW gets and the more involvement certain members of TAW have personally on Twitter, the bigger the risk of them getting some grief off certain WUMS etc.

      Sure they'll be fine.
      HeighwayToHeaven
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 8,468 posts | 242 
      • Don't buy The Sun
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #36: Jul 19, 2012 02:29:49 pm
      anyone know what the craic is with Andy Heaton and Jim Boardman tweeting about Trolls? The been taking sh*t off idiots? Because if they have forums need to support them.

      Great podcast but great organisation too, can't let it be ruined.

      From what I have seen on Twitter, Andy Heaton, Jim Boardman and the other Anfield Wrap lads have no problems dealing with idiots, trolls and WUMs.
      what-a-hit-son
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • Started Topic
      • 14,101 posts | 3166 
      • @MrPrice1979
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #37: Aug 16, 2012 08:34:11 pm
      The curse has struck again:

      Neil Atkinson‏@Knox_Harrington

       So we're recording @TheAnfieldWrap and we buy someone.



      Expand Reply
      Retweet

      Favorite
      what-a-hit-son
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • Started Topic
      • 14,101 posts | 3166 
      • @MrPrice1979
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #38: Aug 25, 2012 02:41:28 pm
      Some good pieces of writing have gone on the website today.

      Was looking back over the last week and seen that Neil Atkinson (presenter of the podcast) asked everyone to do a 500 word article on Mark Lawrenson. Some funny stuff got wrote.

      This was my favorite, funny whilst hitting the nail on the head:

      ‘LAWRO’ – IAIN MACINTOSH
      By Iain Macintosh


      LOOK, let me make one thing clear. I don’t want this to get nasty. We can all start with the best of intentions, with lofty ideals of objectivity and balance, but there’s a high risk that before long we’ll be circled around his prostrate body, boots flying in, veins popping out of our foreheads, screaming, “Say NOT again! SAY IT! I DARE YOU!”
       
      Nobody wants to see that.
       
      If we’re going to assess Mark Lawrenson and his contribution to British broadcasting, I think we should do it as rational adults. We’re not animals now, are we?
       
      The people of Liverpool, more than anyone, owe Lawrenson a great debt. A five time winner of the First Division, he served his club to great effect during the 1980s. It has been said that his failure as a manager should preclude him from criticising others, but to ignore the fact that his ill-fated Oxford United side were asset-stripped by the nefarious Maxwell family would be an act of gross revisionism. He had no chance of success there and so he fulfilled all expectations. Besides, a lack of relevant experience has never stopped me from opening my mouth. As a player then, he was a legend. As a coach, he was unfortunate. As a man, he is known to be entertaining, affable company and a loyal friend. It is as a pundit that he really boils my piss.
       
      I genuinely don’t understand what purpose he serves on television. Traditionally, the commentator tells us what is happening and the pundit explains why it is happening. If the pundit is Lawrenson, however, both roles fall to the commentator. Lawro just sits quietly, occasionally moaning, occasionally asking questions you might expect from an eager nine year old at his first live game. “Do England have an U20 team?” he asked Jonathan Pearce during the Olympics. Yes, Lawro. Yes, they do. And you should know a little about international youth football, given that the Olympics is essentially an INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TOURNAMENT!
       
      Sorry.
       
      It’s not the ignorance that gets me. It’s the wilful ignorance. He doesn’t seem to do any research and that’s inexcusable. Jeff Stelling will sit in a service station all day on Monday, reading and digesting every report he can find, compiling data in his own hand-written charts, refusing to leave until he can name the top scorer at every club in England and Scotland. Stan Collymore is the first into the press lounge every match day, hunched over his laptop scouring stats. Gary Neville crams for hours, reviewing games, refining his demeanour, looking for angles. We have satellite television, foreign newspapers, the internet, Twitter, live streams, You can’t wing it anymore! DO YOU HEAR ME?
       
      Sorry, sorry. Deep breaths.
       
      If Lawro was working for ITV, it wouldn’t be a problem. ITV pay their pundits out of their advertising revenue. The BBC, on the other hand, pay them out of a mandatory national telly-tax. Essentially, we’re paying Lawro and I want my money back. He’s got one job and that’s to know about the football we’re paying him to watch so that he can tell us about it.
       
      But Lawro doesn’t tell us anything. He just sits there making stupid jokes. He’s like a slightly tipsy uncle at a barbeque, glugging the good wine, convinced that he’s ‘holding court’, unaware that most of the court have fled to the sanctuary of the kitchen. We ask for analysis and he brings us low-level wordplay. We ask for answers and he has to first ask Jonathan Pearce. His English football knowledge has holes in it, his European football knowledge is negligible, his global football knowledge is non-existent, WHAT THE HELL WERE THE BBC PLAYING AT PUTTING HIM ON A U23 INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT?!
       
      Sorry. Please…Let me stay. I’ll be good
       
      Most offensive of all is his attitude. He is doing a job that we would all kill for and he acts like he’s been forced to flip burgers at the back of a motorway McDonalds on a sunny August afternoon. It’s bad enough when Alan Hansen implies that he’d rather be somewhere else, but at least he occasionally tells us something useful. Lawro just whines.
       
      “It’s a cracking game isn’t it, Jonathan?” he’ll say slowly. “Not.”
       
      Not.
       
      Not.
       
      Not.
       
      It’s ok. I can do this.
       
      Steve Martin first showcased the ‘Not’ gag on Saturday Night Live in 1978. Fourteen years later, it was re-popularised by Mike Myers in his film ‘Wayne’s World’. We are, therefore, 34 years on from its original usage and 20 years away from the last time it was in popular circulation. During those 20 years, the ‘Not’ gag has been annoying me for about 19 years and eleven months. It is not funny. I’m not sure if it was ever funny. I want bad things to happen to anyone who says it. Really bad things.
       
      DO YOU HEAR ME, LAWRO? DO YOU F**KING HEAR ME? SAY ‘NOT’ AGAIN! SAY IT! SAY IT! I DARE YOU! I F**KING DOUBLE-DARE….
       
      Aw, bugger. I was doing so well….

      http://www.theanfieldwrap.com/2012/08/lawro-iain-macintosh/


      finchie
      • Forum Legend - Benitez
      • *****

      • 1,569 posts | 153 
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #39: Aug 27, 2012 05:42:56 pm
      HeighwayToHeaven
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 8,468 posts | 242 
      • Don't buy The Sun
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #40: Sep 25, 2012 01:11:09 am
      Q&A: LFC ACADEMY DIRECTOR FRANK MCPARLAND
      by TheAnfieldWrap // 24 September 2012

      By Sachin Nakrani

      ON Monday 10th September, I interviewed Liverpool academy director Frank McParland at his office in Kirkby. The 53-year-old, a lifelong Red who was born and raised in Huyton, was engaging company and over a period of 35 minutes spoke to me about how the academy has evolved since he joined to head it up in 2009, how he feels it will benefit the first-team in the future – and specifically how it will benefit the style of play Brendan Rodgers want to establish at first-team level – and about youth development in general.

      We also spoke in some depth about the NextGen series, the Uefa-sanctioned under-19s competition that is now in its second year. Liverpool reached the semi-finals last season and opened this campaign with a 3-2 defeat to the holders, Internazionale, last Wednesday.

      Raheem Sterling cropped up, too, partly due to the impact the 17-year-old academy graduate has had at first-team level this season but also because on the same day I travelled to Kirkby to see Frank, Raheem got called up to the England senior squad for the first time. It was a piece of fortuitous, pleasant timing.
      Below, then, is the transcript of my interview with Frank. I would like to thank Shaun Gaddu and Paul Grech for contributing some of the questions. Very much appreciated.

      You must be delighted to hear Raheem Sterling has been called up to the England squad?

      “Immensely, it’s great news. We signed Raheem from QPR when he was 14 and he’s been here ever since. Everyone has worked hard with him and eventually he’s pushed through [to the first team]. We always thought he’d be a special talent, so we’re really pleased he’s been chosen for the England full team.

      “At 14 its difficult to say [if they’re going to make it at the highest level] because at 14 there is so many things can happen in their development; where do they live? Do their parents live with them? Are we managing them properly? It was a big thing for Raheem [moving to Liverpool] and he got home sick, so we brought his mum up and he’s been flourishing ever since. So it’s not always about things on the pitch, why kids improve.

      “Raheem’s very quick, he’s an intelligent player, he’s an extremely hard worker and he’s a winner. He’s also a really quite lad, he’s got a very good personality, good sense of humour, and he’s a nice boy, really nice boy. And when he’s on the pitch he has a real determination of what he wants to do and how he wants to push himself.”

      The NextGen series was well received last season by those who took part in the tournament and watched it. What was your take on it?

      “It was a massive learning experience for the players, the staff, and me. For all of us involved, it was a fantastic experience. “We came third in the tournament [last year], which was crazy because Sporting Lisbon beat us twice, really comprehensively, and they were probably the best team we played.

      “The experience for us is playing against different systems, different managers, different referees, going abroad, going on the flight, getting the kids used to travel, staying in hotels – it’s about playing best against best and is designed for the next level, so when kids push through to the first team they are used to doing what the first team do.”

      Liverpool experienced some heavy defeats during last season’s tournament, such as against Sporting Lisbon, and also against Ajax in the semi-final. Have those experiences scarred the players involved?

      “Not at all. When Ajax played us they had three players who had played in the Champions League, and they made sure they were fit for that game. We had players who were with the first team and couldn’t play for us, so it was a bit unfortunate that night as we weren’t at full strength and in the first half we were getting beat 1-0 and missed a penalty, and were playing really well up to then. But after we missed the penalty a lot of our heads went down. We’ve spoken about that and everyone’s learnt from that, coaches, players, everyone.”

      How do you assess the group Liverpool have this season? They’re in Group Five with Borussia Dortmund, Internazionale and Rosenborg

      “It’s a really interesting group, with teams from Scandinavia, Germany and Italy, one of whom, Inter, are the winners [of  last season’s tournament].

      “What’s great for us is that in Scandinavia we have a massive fan-base – the last time we played at Molde there were more Liverpool supporters there then there were Molde supporters, and Molde is in the middle of nowhere! It was incredible. So we know in Scandinavia we’re going to have a big crowd fighting for us, which will be good. “Inter are a typical Italian team, they won the competition last season, and rightly so. The group is a really good group and we’re looking forward to it.”

      Will the newly established under-21 team [which has replaced the old reserve team] take part in NextGen?

      “It’s actually players born in 1994 and below, so most of them are 18-year-olds. There will be very young under-21s involved in it, but most of the team will be the best 18-year-olds.”

      Can you name some of the more high-profile players that will be involved?

      “Suso’s got a chance of being involved in it. You’re allowed three [players born in] 1993, so it’s possible we’ll have Conor Coady, Suso, Andre Wisdom and Stephen Sama.

      “We’re going to be OK at the older end, it’s at the young end where we may struggle. We haven’t got a lot of 1994’s to be honest, mainly ’95’s. But they’re good ‘95s.”

      Will any of the NextGen games take place at Anfield?

      “All of them will take place at St Helens, where we played the Ajax game. Around 6,000 [spectators] watched the game, we had to put the kick-off back half an hour as there was that many people queuing to get in. When Inter Milan play Liverpool you can bet there’ll also be a big crowd there.”

      Did you made a conscious decision not to play any NextGen matches at Anfield?

      “With the Europa League it was always going to be difficult. If we progress we would hope to have one or two games there, but for the moment it’s going to be St Helens, which is a fantastic stadium, has a really good pitch and really good facilities.”

      What do you make of the introduction of the new under-21 league, is it something you support?

      “It’s part of the Premier League’s EPPP [Elite Player Performance Plan] and, again, is supposed to ensure best against best. We’re really young in it because most of our players are 19 – you can have under-21 and some over-age players but we’ve tended to stick with the group we’ve got, win, lose or whatever, no matter what. As long as the boys get used to the system we play and progress in the system, we’re happy with that.”

      The aim of the EPPP is to increase the number of England-qualified players in the Premier League from the current 39% to 50% How realistic do you think that is?

      “It depends on the club – if you’re scouting abroad you can have a lot of homegrown players who aren’t actually English because if you get them at 16 they become homegrown at 19 no matter where they were born. You would hope it will increase because of the way younger age-groups are going to work; the under-16s are now playing the same games as the under-18s and the under-21s.”

      Liverpool’s youth setup has become increasingly continental, but is there a desire to have a strong core of English and, specifically, Liverpool-born players at the academy?

      “When Rafa Benitez brought me back for this project [in 2009] he wanted English and British players to come through and he was really keen on getting the best players from the Liverpool area – and I was tasked with doing that. We scout very hard here now and it is important with Financial Fair Play coming in that we start producing more British players.

      “If there are two players worth looking at, one is English and one is foreign, and they’re at exactly the same level, we’d always take the English player. If one is English and one is Scouse, and they’re at exactly the same level, we would 100% always take the Scouse one, because our club’s identity has always been about having local kids coming through and we’re desperate to carry that on.

      “But the quality is the quality and if we can’t get the quality in Liverpool or surrounding areas then we’ll go somewhere else. But we love having Liverpool lads coming through and it’s great to have [Jon] Flanagan and [Jack] Robinson make their debuts [for the first-team] in the last couple of years, then Raheem, who is from London, and now [Adam] Morgan, who is probably the most fanatical Liverpool supporter you could meet.”

      How far and wide is the academy’s scouting network? Do you, for instance, have scouts in Africa?

      “At the moment the first-team [scouting] setup is going through a big change and it’s likely to go even more global. At the moment we don’t have anyone in Africa, but I can see with the new setup that there is a keenness for greater globalisation. We have people in Argentina and Brazil and we have all of Europe covered, but we do need to branch out to Africa and places like that.”

      As part of EPPP, clubs can recruit 30 players in each age group from under-9 to under-14, 20 at each of under-15 and Under-16, 15 in each from under-17 to under-21. How does that compare to what’s currently happening at the academy?

      “It’s pretty much what we’re doing at the lower age. When I came back they used to bring in between 14 and 16 under-9 players per year and we’ve got that up to 24 now because you need that pyramid at the bottom where there are a lot of players to choose from. To get the 24, we first look at around 5,000 kids, who are brought to us through our scouting system.”

      Are there a certain number of kids who are let go each year?

      “Normally one or two are released at the end of each year and we then take one or two in throughout the year, so the numbers are constantly in a state of flux, going up and down.”

      What are the current staff numbers at the academy?

      “The EPPP states you must have one coach to every 10 players, so our coaching staff has increased, as has the medical staff, also the fitness, strength and conditioning staff. It’s a really busy setup.”

      How many kids are there at the academy at any one time?

      “Signed kids; there are probably between 180-200. But we also hold regular trials.”

      On your profile page on Liverpool’s official website, it says the academy offers kids here with “best possible guidance.” What does that mean exactly?

      “We have Phil Roscoe, who is in charge of education and welfare, and he does an unbelievable job looking after the kids. We speak to them about social networking, about sexually transmitted diseases … we have a full educational programme, we don’t just leave them to go back to their house parents and don’t teach them about the life. At the end of the day we want them to be fantastic footballers but we also want them to be fantastic lads as well and we work hard at achieving that.”

      Fair to say the hardest part of your job is telling a kid he isn’t going to make it at Liverpool?

      “It’s the worst part of the job and it’s heartbreaking to do it, but I’m pretty sure all of the players that didn’t become scholars [graduates who are signed on two-year contracts] last year got a club somewhere else through our help. Wolves took two players off us, Stoke took some … we’ll always ring around clubs and say ‘We’ve got a decent player, what are you looking for? Come and have a look at him.’ Whatever we can do to push them on, we will.”

      Pep Segura recently resigned as the academy’s technical director, which must have come as a blow. Is he going to be replaced?

      “It was a blow, yes … Pep is actually still here at the moment so I don’t know where we are with that, but as soon as that is resolved the boss [Brendan Rodgers] and I are going to speak about the situation and how he wants to move the academy forward. The boss has great experience of working with youngsters from his time at Chelsea and I know he has his own ideas of what he wants done here. I also have my own ideas and we’re not too far apart in terms of the way we think about the game. So I’ll be having discussions with him and, for sure, he’s going to have a major influence on how we push forward here.”

      Has Brendan Rodgers embraced the academy and the work you’re doing here?

      “We have an established style [of play] and it’s not too far away from what Brendan wants. I’ve had five or six meetings with him and he’s always been positive about the players here, especially those who have gone up and trained at Melwood. We had a game there last week in which Brendan put 15-year-olds in alongside the likes of Jamie Carragher and Stewart Downing, so he’s really looking at the whole setup and I think he’s happy with it.

      “As I say the whole time, there is only one team that matters at Liverpool and that’s the first team, no matter who has been the manager here that has been our philosophy. Our job is to help the first-team.”

      Brendan has a clearly-identified playing philosophy, will that philosophy be adopted throughout the academy?

      “It’s pretty much the way we play here already; the kids are told to press high, the full-backs are told to push on … one thing he wants is for the players to be comfortable on the ball in all positions and that is what we’ve been striving to do with the programme Pep Segura setup. He [Rodgers] is happy with the results and I am sure he will want to influence that further.”

      Brendan stating publicly that more youngsters are going to get opportunities in the first-team must only encourage everyone associated with the academy?

      “All we can do here is work hard. We believe we’re doing it right way – the kids understand tactically better now, they still have work to do when they go with the first-team, but the work is getting done properly and there is no one better than Brendan to make the necessary tweaks once they are with him.”

      The last Liverpool youth-team player to establish himself in the first-team was that man there [I point to a large photograph of Steven Gerrard hanging in Frank’s office]. He made his debut in 1998, why has not been another Steven Gerrard in the past 14 years?

      “To produce another Steven Gerrard is difficult because his mum and dad produced Steven Gerrard, as Shankly would have said, not the coaches here. Steven Gerrard was born to be a top player, but what we’re better at now is producing players that can player in the Premier League and you’ll find that in the next three or four years we’ll have a lot more players come through and play for Liverpool.

      “This is the fourth year of the project and already we’ve had the youngest player to have ever played for Liverpool in Jack Robinson, the third youngest player in Raheem Sterling and then there is Flanno and Morgan, who are both in the top-20. So in the history of a club that is 120 years old, four of its youngest ever players have come through the current youth setup, that shows we’re starting to make a real impact and pushing the kids on quicker. NextGen will only help that process.”

      Can you give specific examples of things that are being done with the kids now that weren’t before Rafa overhauled the academy in 2009?

      “The programme introduced in 2009 is the Spanish way, which is about pressing hard, working hard, keeping the ball and being comfortable in possession. All the coaches here work to the same plan. Each coach has specific duties they have to undertake on specific days, it’s all timetabled and has been proven to work in Spain through the work Pep Seguara did at Barcelona, it’s mainly his ideas.

      “We have an established style in regards to how we play and it’s not far away from what Brendan wants to do with the first-team. To go back to that game we had at Melwood last week which included first-team players and 15/16-year-olds; the level was really high, and for me that highlighted just how on track the work we’re doing here is.”

      In his open letter to supporters, John Henry said the club wanted to put an emphasis on “developing our own players.” But has that not been the case here before FSG took over?

      “It is Rafa Benitez who put us on the successful track we are on now. He asked me to come here and change the way we did things, to get the kids through quicker, to make sure the fitness was right, to make sure the physiotherapy was right … I feel it’s not just one thing we do right, it’s a lot of things we do right, collectively. I have fantastic staff here, I’m really proud of them all, they work tirelessly and are so dedicated to what they do. We’re one club, we were one club under Rafa, we were one club under Kenny and we’re still one club under the new boss.”

      You speak with real warmth about Rafa, I get the sense you feel his imprint is on everything that is achieved at the academy?

      “Absolutely, and Kenny always mentions him when he speaks about the academy. He started it all off, he was passionate about youth football and I see similarities in the new manager. I’m hoping it’s going to be continued success with Brendan and we continue to push on.”

      Is there a direct link between the academy and FSG? Do you answer to the owners directly?

      “No … Tom [Werner] and John [Henry] have been down here on a couple of occasions and I know they’re very keen on what we’re doing. But they’re obviously busy with the first-team.”

      Has FSG’s emphasis on developing players put pressure on you? Do you feel under more pressure now than at any other time since becoming academy director?

      “All the staff here put themselves under pressure to produce and work hard. We’re self-motivated and will work through thick and thin to do what’s best for the kids. At the end of the day it’s about the kids and how we can push them on.”

      When you look back at your time at the academy what would like to have been your greatest achievement?

      “I had really good success with Rafa and the first-team; I was chief scout and did team-analysis on our Champions League opponents. Being involved in that and the success which followed was probably one of the proudest moments of my life. When I finish at the academy, I would like to be remembered for helping the entire setup here improve and, most importantly, for getting players through into the first-team. The target is to have 50% of the first-team squad having coming through the academy.”

      Do you think that’s realistic?

      “I honestly do. If we keep investing in players like Raheem Sterling when they’re a little bit younger and work with them in the way we worked with him, I know we’ll produce players for the first team.”

      Are you open to adopting ideas from other successful academies?

      “When we go abroad as part of NextGen I like to speak with my counterparts about what they’re doing with their clubs – you’re always likely to learn one or two new, useful things. It was amazing when I asked Barcelona about how they get kids into La Masia every day; a lot of their kids live in La Masia but they also transport a lot of kids in from around Spain. They told me they spend 800,000 Euros a year on taxis, which is incredible.”

      Is there any way Liverpool could spend £800,000 on taxiing kids to Kirkby?

      “No chance!”

      Being a Liverpool fan yourself must make being the director of the academy particularly special?

      “You ask anyone who has stood on the Kop, or watched Liverpool for years, they’re all mad supporters who at some stage in their life have wanted to play for the first-team. I’m in a unique position where I can watch some of the kids we have worked with here play in the first-team and that honestly gives me a massive buzz.”

      You once said that you came into work at 8.30am and left at 8.30pm. Is that still the case?

      “I wouldn’t say its 8.30 in and 8.30 out anymore but it’s still a seven-day-a-week job with two weeks off in the summer and one week off at Christmas. It’s a job that requires full dedication, but when you love doing your job it’s not really a job. All of us here are getting paid to do a job thousands of Liverpool supporters would do for free. I realise how lucky I am.”

      @sachinnakrani

      http://www.theanfieldwrap.com/2012/09/qa-lfc-academy-director-frank-mcparland/
      Reprobate
      • Forum Legend - Paisley
      • *****

      • 11,055 posts | 435 
      • Avatar by Kitster29@Deviantart.com
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #41: Sep 25, 2012 01:30:23 am
      When I came back they used to bring in between 14 and 16 under-9 players per year and we’ve got that up to 24 now because you need that pyramid at the bottom where there are a lot of players to choose from. To get the 24, we first look at around 5,000 kids, who are brought to us through our scouting system

      Wow. I expected the numbers to be high but 5,000 kids to find 24?  :o
      HeighwayToHeaven
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 8,468 posts | 242 
      • Don't buy The Sun
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #42: Sep 25, 2012 01:39:09 am
      Wow. I expected the numbers to be high but 5,000 kids to find 24?  :o

      Yep, I thought that was a lot too, but it just demonstrates how hard you have to try to find real quality in young players.
      linneman
      • Forum Legend - Benitez
      • *****

      • 1,426 posts | 16 
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #43: Sep 25, 2012 10:15:44 am
      Anyone listened to the edition of yesterday? The thing about Halsey sitting 2 seats away from Fergie on a charity dinner last week? I'm probably making to much out of it, but come on!
      what-a-hit-son
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • Started Topic
      • 14,101 posts | 3166 
      • @MrPrice1979
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #44: Sep 25, 2012 12:59:37 pm
      Anyone listened to the edition of yesterday? The thing about Halsey sitting 2 seats away from Fergie on a charity dinner last week? I'm probably making to much out of it, but come on!

      Your not, the man is a law unto himself, this league is corrupt in Utd's favour and nobody can tell me different.
      Roddenberry
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 15,824 posts | 1502 
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #45: Sep 25, 2012 01:43:58 pm
      Slightly off-topic but this weeks football ramble podcast is a good listen as well.
      BarneyLFC
      • Forum Legend - Fagan
      • *****

      • 2,838 posts | 136 
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #46: Sep 26, 2012 02:41:40 pm
      Love TAW. Listened to it for about 4 months, and still do. Well worth a listen.
      finchie
      • Forum Legend - Benitez
      • *****

      • 1,569 posts | 153 
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #47: Oct 12, 2012 11:51:34 pm
      Paul Dalglish interviewed tonight. He's clearly still bitter and rightly so.
      what-a-hit-son
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • Started Topic
      • 14,101 posts | 3166 
      • @MrPrice1979
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #48: Oct 24, 2012 02:56:03 pm
      Can see Neil Atkinson going on to bigger things in the future, very clued up and knowledgable lead for the show.
      lefty1896
      • Forum Legend - Benitez
      • *****

      • 1,700 posts | 23 
      • He scores a goal and the kop goes wild...
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #49: Oct 24, 2012 03:01:10 pm
      Can see Neil Atkinson going on to bigger things in the future, very clued up and knowledgable lead for the show.

      Definitely, seems to be able to predict the future with quite a few things also. Downing at left back was one from last year.
      lefty1896
      • Forum Legend - Benitez
      • *****

      • 1,700 posts | 23 
      • He scores a goal and the kop goes wild...
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #50: Oct 24, 2012 03:03:03 pm
      Paul Dalglish interviewed tonight. He's clearly still bitter and rightly so.

      Agreed mate, he seemed to want an arguement didn't he? Clearly loves the club still but its a shame he feels the way he does.
      what-a-hit-son
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • Started Topic
      • 14,101 posts | 3166 
      • @MrPrice1979
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #51: Oct 24, 2012 03:14:20 pm
      Agreed mate, he seemed to want an arguement didn't he? Clearly loves the club still but its a shame he feels the way he does.

      Just seemed to me that he wasn't too fond of the owners.
      what-a-hit-son
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • Started Topic
      • 14,101 posts | 3166 
      • @MrPrice1979
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #52: Oct 24, 2012 09:48:45 pm
      Jase
      • Forum Legend - Benitez
      • *****

      • 1,287 posts |
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #53: Oct 25, 2012 12:42:39 pm
      If Andy Heaton wasn't involved in this, I'd probably still listen to it.

      I just can't take to him at all.
      what-a-hit-son
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • Started Topic
      • 14,101 posts | 3166 
      • @MrPrice1979
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #54: Oct 25, 2012 03:40:47 pm
      If Andy Heaton wasn't involved in this, I'd probably still listen to it.

      I just can't take to him at all.

      I don't mind him to be honest but to be fair, his voice does always sound like he's trying to squeeze a turd out.
      HeighwayToHeaven
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 8,468 posts | 242 
      • Don't buy The Sun
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #55: Oct 25, 2012 03:56:13 pm
      I don't mind him to be honest but to be fair, his voice does always sound like he's trying to squeeze a turd out.

       :lmao:

      Yes he does or that he's got a permanent dry throat which needs clearing.

      I don't mind him at all.
      Jase
      • Forum Legend - Benitez
      • *****

      • 1,287 posts |
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #56: Oct 26, 2012 12:35:09 pm
      Hahaha what a shout.
      HeighwayToHeaven
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 8,468 posts | 242 
      • Don't buy The Sun
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #57: Oct 26, 2012 11:39:13 pm
      INTERVIEW: DARREN BURGESS

      by TheAnfieldWrap // 25 October 2012

      By Daniel Garb

      Liverpool’s former head of conditioning, Australian Darren Burgess, and his sports science countrymen have now all departed Anfield. But they do so with fond memories, and plenty of stories.

      As the man entrusted with getting the players physically fit for the past two and a half years, Burgess knows them better than most.

      He spoke to Fox Sports Australia’s European Football Correspondent, Daniel Garb on behalf of the Anfield Wrap, about why Brendan Rodgers can lead Liverpool to success, being kicked by Luis Suarez, what made Maxi Rodriguez his favourite player and the catalyst for Soto Kyrgiakos’ sudden onset of amnesia.

      D.G – Darren, you left Liverpool a couple days after the Man United game last month, are you missing the club and the city?


      D.B: Absolutely. Once you’re part of the inner family you never really want to leave. It’s costing me a lot of sleep watching the games here and I’m definitely missing being a part of the club

      D.G – Why have you departed?

      D.B: A couple of reasons. Primarily, there was a motivation to come back home, I’ve been travelling for six and a half years now through my posts with the Australian national team and then with Liverpool. Then an opportunity came up back home with a club that I love and wanted to be a part of (Australian Rules club, Port Adelaide). It was a tough decision but in the end this is where I’m from and I thought it’s probably a long term project that Brendan is undertaking and I probably wouldn’t be around long term, so it’s better to leave now so he can get somebody in who might be around for the long term.

      D.G – Brendan, from what I believe wanted you to stay but as most managers do, he brought in his own team did that have an influence on your decision?

      D.B: Yes and no. Brendan certainly wanted me to stay as did the rest of the staff from Swansea that he brought in. But by the same token, Brendan has a specific way of coaching and training and I think he was very comfortable bringing in people around him who were familiar with that way. I wouldn’t say it had a big influence on my decision because I certainly learnt a lot under Brendan for the time I was there and I certainly think he’ll be the coach that delivers success to Liverpool in the short to medium term. It was more the opportunity to come back home after being away for six years.

      D.G – Do you feel yourself, along with the rest of the Australian sports science team that have now departed in Dr. Peter Brukner and physio Phil Coles, have left the club in a better place?

      D.B: I hope so. It’s hard to tell because the staff were very good before we arrived and I’m sure the people they’ve replaced us with will also be pretty good. But certainly the injury rates were less when we were around so that’s obviously a good sign but I’m sure the guys there will continue the good work that we hopefully put in place. You like to think that we made some impact on the players in particular.

      D.G – What are the major changes that the Australians implemented?

      D.B: The best thing that we were able to do, and it wasn’t just the Australians it was all the other people that were already there, but we were able to provide some unity between the departments, between the fitness the medical and the physio departments. Often in clubs, by their nature the physio and medical departments may be a bit more restrictive and the fitness department a bit more aggressive in their training but because we were all familiar with each other we were able to bring the departments together, so that was a big thing. The other thing we brought to Liverpool that wasn’t there as much before was the monitoring of the players, the GPS and heart rate which wasn’t used as frequently before.

      D.G – You alluded to it briefly before but why should Liverpool fans be confident that Brendan Rodgers can lead them to success?

      D.B: The main reason is the players want to play for him. He has a great relationship with the players he’s very loyal to his staff which means they want to do a great job for him, but the main thing is that the players really like him and want to play well for him and like his style of football. I think the team with the addition of a few more players will be top four material, no doubt about that.

      D.G – How do the three managers you worked under compare – Brendan, Kenny Dalglish and Roy Hodgson?

      D.B: Roy was an absolute gentleman; he was very structured in his coaching he had a certain idea just like Brendan and Kenny did about how he wanted to play. I have a lot of respect for Roy, he probably didn’t get the credit he deserved at Liverpool and I’m aware of who I’m talking to in this interview and that a lot of Liverpool supporters didn’t warm to Roy but you have to look at the team he had in week one against Arsenal,his first game compared to the team now, it’s a very different team. Kenny, with Steve Clarke and Kevin Kean then came in and provided some great stability and when you work with someone like Kenny Dalglish it’s an absolute pleasure. I hated playing against him in the staff five-a-side’s he was just so competitive and let’s just say some of the refereeing decisions were a little questionable, as he was the referee. But, he was unbelievable, the players immediately respected him. It’s worth mentioning Steve Clarke as well, Steve, most people may forget was Mourinho’s right hand man for however long so Steve was unbelievable on the pitch during the week. He knew everything about every opposition, his drills were terrific the players loved him and warmed to Steve and it’s no surprise to see how well he’s doing at West Brom. Brendan is very similar to Steve in his views on football having been influenced by similar people. Brendan’s very much a coach, he’s on the pitch all the time, he’s doing all the coaching, all the instructing, designing most of the drills and they’re all designed to keep possession and play in a way that players want to play. They’re all different, they all have different traits. I actually signed when Rafa Benitez was the manager, and assumed I’d be working for him and was looking forward to that, but a lot changed in the two and a half years I was there.

      D.G: There was no doubt the players were behind Kenny but when Brendan Rodgers came in the fans thought that would bring about an advancement in the way things were done tactically. Has that been the case?

      D.B: Yes and no. The analysis of the games was very good under Kenny, Steve and Kevin Kean. They really did spend a lot of time studying videos of upcoming games and opponents and like I said before, Clarkey knew everything about every team. Furthermore, what people don’t realise about Kenny is that he’s watched more football than 98% of people on the planet. I’ll never forget him coming to me once and saying ‘gee that young Jeremy Brockie from the Newcastle Jets (an A-League club) he can play can’t he.’ And I remember thinking how would he know about Jeremy Brockie in Newcastle from Australia, but he was watching the A-League highlights show. So, while he hadn’t coached in a few years he was still watching every player and knew all their strengths and weaknesses. Kenny, Steve and Kevin certainly knew all the players and knew how he wanted the team to play to combat each team. Brendan and his coaching team also scout opposition thoroughly but I guess it’s no secret that Brendan has more of a set style of play regardless of the opposition, he has such belief in his methods and the team that his style will win out in the end and more often than not it has in the past and probably will in the future, so they do approach things differently I guess.

      D.G – Your main job was to work the players, we always hear about Premier League players being pampered and overpaid. Is that an unfair perception?

      D.B: Absolutely. It always makes me chuckle when I hear that. Take Luis Suarez for example, he’s had something like 10 days off in the time he’s been at Liverpool. That’s it in two years. I’m sure most people say that if they played for Liverpool they’d never take a day off and that may be true but to play at that level, at that intensity for all but 10 days over two years is just phenomenal. If you liken it to a band, say Coldplay who might sell out 50 concerts a year in front of 15,000 people and earn millions of dollars, these players – Suarez, Gerrard, and the rest play three times a week in front of up to 50,000 people, it puts things into a little bit of perspective in terms of how much money they earn. They earn every cent of it. Their work rate, be it rain, hail or shine is outstanding every day for Liverpool and then for their countries. There’s probably a billion people in the world who want to be them so they have to train at an intensity otherwise they get shafted to a lower club. They work extremely hard for it and I say good luck to them.

      D.G – You speak about Luis Suarez in such glowing terms can you wind your mind back to the day he joined the club and the impact he made on you and the rest of the squad.

      D.B: I recall a five-a-side game in the early days where I had to join in because one of the teams was short and I remember him kicking the crap out of me a couple of times and not even bothering to help me up, he just kept on playing. I was stunned obviously, but then at the end of the game he put his arm around me and in his poor English at the time, he said ‘listen when you’re on the park you’re a player when you’re off the park, you get my respect.’ And I just thought that was fantastic. I also remember his first training session with the team, and Jamie Carragher walking off the field saying ‘I love him already’ – just because of his work rate his commitment to doing everything at such a high intensity. That doesn’t just change be it a two on two game or a gym session. His intensity is just incredible.

      D.G – Who are the other star trainers at Liverpool?

      D.B: It depends how you define training, someone like Stevie is always in the gym always doing a bit extra, he’ll do whatever you tell him and he doesn’t need too because he’s won and achieved so much but his desire for the club to do well is just extraordinary. My favourite player at my time though was Maxi Rodriguez because when it came to the running, to say he was average was a compliment. He’d always be last with a smile on his face. But when it came to a five-a-side game he just shone. We used to count the amount of times Maxi lost the ball in a session and more often than not he wouldn’t get over five. I used to love watching him play, he always had a smile on his face, never complained, never got injured, he has such a bubbly personality and whenever he played we seemed to win. And then there’s someone like Lucas who gets to the training ground before everybody else and leaves after everybody else. I was lucky enough to go to Gremio with him and help out with the last part of his knee rehabilitation and it was the same there, he’d be there early in the morning and only leave after six at night.

      D.G – And what about the players, and I’ll phrase this politely, had the biggest discrepancy between their training form and form on the pitch?

      D.B – There really wasn’t too many. Maxi was a fine trainer when the ball was at his feet, when it wasn’t he went through the motions a bit. Big Soto (Sotorias Kyrgiakos) was another who did that, he’d suddenly forget English when you had to do some running or gym work but he understood it perfectly when you told him he had the day off tomorrow. He was a character.

      D.G – Ok, lets get onto some queries on individual players. Can Steven Gerrard play two games in a week?

      D.B – Yeh, absolutely. He’s showing that this year. There’s no doubt after getting to a certain age and a certain tally of games you have to manage yourself and he’s had some injury history but his workrate is outstanding at training so there’s no doubt he can play two games a week for some time yet.

      D.G – Is Daniel Agger’s body as brittle as it seems?

      D.B – When you see Daniel Agger train, he trains like he plays. He trains with absolute commitment to the tackle and the contest and if you do that often enough you’re probably going to get hurt. Our only way of getting Daniel to stop hurting himself is to take him out of training. He just trains incredibly hard and it’s the same when he goes to Denmark, they’re notoriously hard trainers so he doesn’t get too much of a break, Daniel.

      D.G – Lucas, can he get back to his best after doing his knee?

      D.B: For sure. He was very close to that before he had the unfortunate tendon injury, so I have no doubt about that, his attention to detail is second to none.

      D.G – And someone you no doubt got to know very well is your countryman Brad Jones. He’s come in and kept a clean sheet against Reading and is putting pressure on Pepe Reina. After what he’s been through you must be enjoying watching him flourish this season..

      D.B: Absolutely, I stayed up to watch Jonesy the other night and it was great to see him do so well. He’s been through more than anyone should ever have to go through in their lifetime and to come out the other end is just fantastic to see. His training form in the last year was the best I’ve seen in the six years I’ve worked with him (including Australian national team).

      D.G – Darren, we don’t often hear stories of the appreciation players show for the backroom staff at clubs but I believe the two biggest stars at Liverpool during your time there went out of their way to thank you for working with them..

      D.B: Yeh, Stevie was really good when I left, he got the boys to sign a shirt and he personalized a couple of things for me which was really nice of him, he certainly didn’t have to do that. And Fernando Torres of course played his first game for Chelsea against us only a few days after signing for them and he came into the change rooms after the game and gave me a signed Liverpool number nine jersey which again was really nice and something he didn’t have to do. Those boys have reached the top of the game not only because of their talent and work rate but because of their character. Guys with poor character don’t often make it to the top because when the going gets tough, they’re found wanting. So that wasn’t a surprise but a really nice touch. And in the dressing room after my final game a number of the boys gave me their shirts, which again meant a lot and showed they appreciate the work you put in.


      http://www.theanfieldwrap.com/2012/10/interview-darren-burgess/
      KopiteLuke
      • Forum Legend - Shankly
      • *****

      • 21,056 posts | 3784 
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #58: Oct 27, 2012 12:03:26 am
      That guy answers questions well, can see why he got the job that's for sure. Shame to lose him and some great insights in his answers there, wish him all the best for the future.
      what-a-hit-son
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • Started Topic
      • 14,101 posts | 3166 
      • @MrPrice1979
      Re: The Anfield Wrap
      Reply #59: Oct 29, 2012 05:14:39 pm

      Quick Reply