Deluded Liverpool fans off-target

Lawrence Gray-Hodson October 7, 2010 170

Every week Lawrence Gray-Hodson, a man who made his name in the upper reaches of Division 2 in the 1970s and 80s as well as being a former Scotland and England international, writes a column exclusively for Three and in.

This week it’s the situation at Liverpool

Like many of you I have been astounded by the shocking situation at Liverpool this season. Beaten last weekend by Blackpool, which is the football equivalent of Muhammed Ali being beaten up by a dwarfer, they find themselves in the bottom three and the fans are not happy.

While I understand being upset at such a defeat I have to say their fans have acted quite disgracefully in turning on the owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks. I watched the now famous YouTube video in which Liverpool fans started by talking about how much they loved their club and then ended up talking about raping the Americans and making threats to burn down their houses. If you’re capable of love you should not be capable of sexually violating a fellow human or man, let alone burning his house down. What if his wife and children were there? His dog? Why would you burn somebody’s dog to death? It’s unconsciousanable.

Frankly, it was unbecoming of a club whose fans have always carried themselves with a quiet, unassuming dignity. We didn’t need Benny from Brookside or the fat beardy fella from The Royal family to preach at us. We can all look, with our own eyes and ears, at what’s going on at Anfield and it strikes me that the Liverpool fans are completely misguided.

The team is playing badly, the new manager is proving quite quickly he’s not up to the task, his signings have been dreadful, and they can’t even beat a third division side in the Carling Cup, so what do the Liverpool fans do? Blame the players, no. Blame the manager, no. Blame the previous manager who left the new manager a poor squad, no.

Instead they blame a pair of businessmen who have always tried to do their best for Liverpool Football Club. Some might argue that’s not the case but not once have I heard a decent argument to back that up. Do you think Hicks and Gillett actually bought Liverpool to run it into the ground and lose millions of pounds in the process? Of course they didn’t. They wanted to make money so why would they do anything other than their best?

Fernando Torres unhappy

Torres wants to go back to his native Italy

Another thing to consider is just how many games have the Americans played for the club. That’s right. Not an appearance between them. They haven’t played, they haven’t picked the team, they haven’t told the managers who should play. They gave Rafa Benitez £20m and he wasted it on Alberto Aquilani, an Italian so abject and spineless he wouldn’t even get a job as Berlusconi’s shoe shine. Where’s the anger directed at the Spaniard for getting that transfer so wrong?

“It’s the owners, it’s the owners!”, they cry instead of looking at the evidence right in front of their eyes. Perhaps if Steven Gerrard put as much effort into his football as he does into telling disco bar DJs which songs to play they might be doing better. Perhaps if Fernando Torres didn’t have the groin of a clapped out gigolo he might score the odd goal. Perhaps if Poulsen hadn’t been signed just to make Lucas look good, perhaps if Martin Skrtel focussed more on the game than his vicious body art and perhaps if Jermaine Pennant could get in a decent cross now and again things wouldn’t be so bad.

Perhaps is a small word with a big meaning and it’s easier for Liverpool fans to point fingers at two, honest, hard-working Americans than at the bigtime Charlies who are picking up their massive wages and simply not putting in the required effort to win football matches. And who pays those wages? Exactly.

It reminds me of a time early in my career when we went to Milwall when their fans were particularly disenfranchised with the men running the club.

“It’s brilliant”, said one Milwallian in the player’s bar after we’d won 5-1, “they’re so wrapped up in their hatred of the chairman that they don’t even notice how bad we are. We don’t even have try. Chug chug, mate”. We got so drunk that night I ended up vomiting in Cyrile Regis’s front garden. I don’t think he ever knew it was me.

His words were shocking to me at the time but it’s part and parcel of the game, any pro will tell you that. And that’s what’s going on at Liverpool right now. There’s a culture of excuse making. The manager and the players know they can coast through games and the ire will be directed at the board. Why bother trying your best when someone else can take the blame?

I suppose if and when the new Americans take over that things will be all sweetness and light for a while but if the team loses a few games the same old story will emerge. Fans, too cowardly to blame their half-baked on-pitch heroes, will decide these Americans are no good as well and threaten to kill them.

When you consider how the Americans helped us out in our great fight against the Germans it makes me ashamed that Hicks and Gillett are being treated like this. They should know that those of us who love football in this country appreciate what they’ve done and a few ‘scallies’, as they love to be known, do not represent us.

They’re walking through a storm with their heads held high. Oh yes they are.

Comment below or you can contact Lawrence by email.

170 Comments »

  1. Bob December 22, 2010 at 9:07 am -

    Torres is from Italy? Fuck you.

  2. David November 18, 2010 at 9:56 am -

    It’s interesting to see just how well mr Torres has been doing lately.

  3. Chris Kiwomya October 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm -

    @ccdaniels65
    Al (7/10/10 5.20pm)
    Godwin’s Law never fails

  4. Niall October 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm -

    gary neville write this??

  5. ccdaniels65 October 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm -

    Al (7/10/10 5.20pm) invoked Godwin’s law. he loses

  6. FunkyMunkey October 11, 2010 at 11:02 am -

    Holy shit, this is hilarious.

    Calling the maker of Dear Mr Hicks a “Hollywood director”, calling the author a “thundercunt”. I’ve spent the last half hour in the office trying not to burst out laughing.

    Also, Torres having the groin of a clapped out gigolo. Great line. Bravo!

  7. Alex October 11, 2010 at 9:17 am -

    “as well as being a former Scotland and England international”

    Can’t believe how many people take this piece seriously after reading this line. So obviously a parody. Great stuff.

  8. Jack Treetrunk October 11, 2010 at 9:00 am -

    I see Arseblog has a sideline writing under another pseudonym

  9. Benitez and the Pool players are to blame October 11, 2010 at 6:20 am -

    Have to say this is one of the most funniest articles I have read for a long time. Liverpool fans need to grasp the idea that it was a true piss take, hence the abundance of sarcasm!! Even though the writer went a bit to the extreme, I agree with the general point of it all.

    The Amercian owners are not to blame, Benitez and his players are. No wonder Benitez is now even making parting shots to further deflect the blame onto Hodgson!!! Excuse after excuse, and its rubbed off onto the Pool fans.

  10. Adam Pembrey October 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm -

    Finally 1 person gets it, it’s not baiting scousers it’s satire on pundits like mark lawrenson writing poorly researched drivel in the papers that’s all.

  11. LFCforum.co October 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm -

    ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!

    “…as well as being a former Scotland and England international…”

    hahahahahahahaa

  12. Ash Burton-Grove October 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm -

    The article was funny (as many of the previous ones have been) but the comments have had me in stitches! Who’d have though so many scousers could have such a sense of humour failure? Calm down calm down! More of the same good sir!

  13. Tdjukic October 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm -

    People, scousers… Whatever… This article is satire, written by a fictional character. The main purpose of it is to make fun of British pundits and their closed minded, sweeping & broad statements.

    Here’s a piece of advice, read the article and reverse the points to mean the opposite of what they actually say & you’re a bit closer to what’s actually true.

    I’m dumbfounded that so many of you haven’t been able to discern what this is all actually about. Ludicrous.

  14. burek October 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm -

    Dear Mr. Gray-Hodson,
    Let me start by saying I have fond memories of your playing career. That FA cup game in ’75 where you scored by kicking the ball and City’s keeper both across the line was a particular highlight. Good British tackling, so sorely missing from today’s game.
    I agree with 110% of what you’ve written. And who cares if Torres is Italian or Spanish, a greasy foreigner is a greasy foreigner.

  15. Livershit fans r stupid October 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm -

    liverpool fans have proved that they really are the dumbest human beings on the planet. “Do one you mong, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Torres is Italian? Liverpool fans are laughing at you mate.”, no everyone is laughing at u, liverpool fans.

  16. asfafssa October 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm -

    scousers…

  17. akki October 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm -

    the chump L G-H isn’t even on wikipedia !!!

  18. Stammer October 10, 2010 at 1:19 pm -

    Hahahaha! A top piece of staire, made all the moire funny by the oh sooooo serious over the top reactions of humpurless scousers!

  19. FreakLikeMe October 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm -

    Obviously some facts out of place in this piece but quite a few good points made and if you don’t follow the Reds and are soooo furious about the p*ss take in this you could probably see that. Rafa’s/Roy’s spending, Carra’s downward spiral, lack of squad quality, dependance on Gerrard and The Italian striker, low confidence and the distraction off field all factors which share equal blame for the decline of this football giant……the bigger they are the…..more fun it is to watch!!!

  20. RVP1968 October 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm -

    I don’t know what to laugh loudest and longest at:

    A. The brilliant piece of comedy “journalism” by L.G.H. (It IS brilliantly written comedy gold). Written to illicit just the response it has, and the brilliant follow ups to illicit even more scouse indignation. I particularly loved the “Gary Barry” name drop!!

    Or

    B. The supremely ironic indignation of some Liverpool fans who have singularly failed to grasp what this was all about.

    It was written to illicit a few laughs about people’s desire for scapegoats. To insert a few hometruths amongst some bizarre and outrageous statements to get some belly laughs.

    It suceeded with the neutrals. Failing spectacularly with those wearing scouse specs..but then I think that too was a tactic employed by the author to give a lie to the idea those scousers do indeed have a sense of humour that cannot be matched in any corner of the U.K.

  21. J October 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm -

    What exactly have Hicks and Gillett done for us that’s so magnificent? The crippling debt? The lies? The £9.5m net spend during their tenure?

    And it’s not just Liverpool. Hicks owned the Texas Rangers, making them endure a plight similar to us. They were declared bunkrupt this summer. Look at what he did at Corinthians, selling of their star players and changing the strip of a well-respected Brazilian club. He was hounded out of the club, and rightly so.

    Of course, there have been some terrible decisions by managers, but that pales in comparison to what H&G have put us through.

    Despite your claims, you clearly haven’t done your research. This is a very poor piece of writing. Perhaps in future you’ll at least spend a few minutes on Google?

    “… perhaps if Jermaine Pennant could get in a decent cross now and again things wouldn’t be so bad”; Pennant’s been gone for two years.

  22. (arYse) October 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm -

    ROFLA BENITEZ:P

  23. Bamber Gascoigne October 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm -

    @Reader

    “This article is a joke”

    Correct for your starter for 10 LOL :-)

  24. reader October 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm -

    “Torres wants to go back to his native Italy’

    Torres from Italy :-))))))))))

  25. reader October 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm -

    “When you consider how the Americans helped us out in our great fight against the Germans it makes me ashamed that Hicks and Gillett are being treated like this.”
    ————————————–

    and another Britain’s friend from WW2 is Soviet Russia.
    what it has to do with present situation in Liverpool ?

    this article is a JOKE

  26. Sean October 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm -

    Now that sme division 2 player from the 70s who I never heard of before today has told me his opinion on the matter, I now change my opinion on the Americans and will campaign for them to stay. YNWA.

  27. Ricky October 10, 2010 at 11:47 am -

    No, I think, they really mean it, they really don’t get it. You can almost hear the Battling Banjos in the background when them leeverpeewl fans bemoan their victim status (they love it don’t they) Do you reckon the low intelligence is some kind of genetic mutation after a hundred years of interbreeding with the Evertononions?

  28. Ghuner October 10, 2010 at 11:27 am -

    Trying to give them the benefit of the doubt (And I’m really really having to try hard) I assume the eejits who are getting their breeks in a twist were being as tongue in cheek as the authoir of the article

    It was so obviously a piss-take FFS :-)

  29. Richard October 10, 2010 at 11:27 am -

    I am so disappointed at the intelligence of some people! LGH Very funny, but ultimately a correct assessment of LFC’s situation!

  30. don dapper October 10, 2010 at 10:42 am -

    The ‘famous’ scouse ‘sense of humour’ seems to have gone missing here. Try reading, thinking then replying. The order is important.
    Despite the obvious wind up, he’s actually spot on though.

  31. Nick Wall October 10, 2010 at 7:24 am -

    I guess this is supposed to be amusing. It’s an abysmal bit of writing that’s misguided and in poor taste. The standard of writing on this site has clearly plummetted since I last visited, so I’m deleting my bookmark for it. Bye

  32. Understanding of Satire October 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm -

    Are you guys really so thick as to not understand that this was written firmly with a tongue-in-cheek?

    Also, there is no U in appalling.

  33. scouse mugs October 9, 2010 at 11:25 am -

    While parts of this blog are a joke some parts are spot on.The yanks alway backed Rafa in the transfer market and he bought a bunch of retards, now poor old Woy is trying to turn Liverpool into Chelsea rejects, I found it very amusing at how some deluded mong (Gerrard) compared Chelsea reject Joke Hole, sorry I mean Joe Cole to Messi LOL.When I look at the state of Liverpool it reminds me of Dirty Leeds a few years back. It will be interesting to see how loyal some of these Liverpool legends will be when Liverpool are a championship club,I mean Torres had his bags packed in the summer waiting for a Chelsea bid that never came.Time to open your eyes people its not the owners fault.

  34. RooneyMUFC October 9, 2010 at 11:19 am -

    Danny Murpphy concurs with Lawrence:

    “And the former Liverpool midfielder was equally adamant Hodgson is not to blame for the chaos at Anfield, instead blaming Rafa Benitez.

    Murphy added: “It’s not just this season. There was a huge influx of Spanish staff and players, and other foreigners, under Rafa Benitez.

    “That took away what Liverpool was about in many ways. The spine and nucleus of the team was disbanded and that’s been going on for a few years, it hasn’t just happened overnight.

    “To say the off-field things have had an effect is something of an excuse. The players at Liverpool would not use that as an excuse and I know Jamie Carragher and Stevie Gerrard wouldn’t hide behind that.”

    Don’t blame the H&G or Roy – your former manager is to blame. He bought overpriced rubbish and only won the CL with an inherited team he subsequently destroyed.

    Justice for H&G! :)

  35. RooneyMUFC October 9, 2010 at 11:11 am -

    “Do one you mong, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Torres is Italian? Liverpool fans are laughing at you mate.”

    This article is such an obvious wind-up that everyone with two brain cells to rub together is laughing at you and all the other deluded Liverpool supporting mongs who singularly failed to understand the nature of this article.

    Then again, there is an element of truth in what Lawrence says here so maybe that’s why you’re all so upset – as is your way you blame everyone but those who actually deserve the blame.

    Hope you go into administration and get 9 points deducted.

  36. H.o.B October 9, 2010 at 11:02 am -

    I thought Liverfool fans were famous for there wit and humour !
    Seems like they might have lost it just a little judging by the comments below.
    So sweet to see them becoming THE ‘music hall joke’ of the football world.
    Long may it continue.

  37. Thommo October 9, 2010 at 10:42 am -

    Do one you mong, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Torres is Italian? Liverpool fans are laughing at you mate.

  38. Mack October 9, 2010 at 2:58 am -

    Yank-hating scum can’t even spell YAWN! Dumb shits.

  39. Lawrence is the man October 9, 2010 at 12:31 am -

    Lawrence what a fantastic article once again. This tops footballers hair cuts, what a great way to end the week than a piece of scouser baiting. You should replace those dodgy scousers that they have on MoTD as you are so much more in touch with the real world ;-)

  40. john October 8, 2010 at 11:52 pm -

    Wow. This may just be the most clueless article of alltime. Just brilliant.

    - Torres is from Spain, not Italy
    - Jermaine Pennant left the club over a year ago
    - Nobody said in that video they wanted to rape the owners. Or indeed burn their house down.
    - Who on earth is Benny from Brookside?

    Thank you though, it’s been a shocking season for us supporters, and this has been the first thing written about the club all year that’s genuinely made me laugh. Keep up the great work.

  41. marto October 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm -

    lawrence:

    do you edit out the comments from the ones who get it? that might be the bit i like the most!

    mmm…

  42. Lawrence Gray-Hodson October 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm -

    I did my research, did you?

    I’ll tell you this, I was out for a drink with an ex-Liverpool player during the week and he said to “Lawrence. If the Liverpool fans had just been more open with the owners instead of hearing what they wanted to hear then things would be much better”.

    Horse’s mouth, folks, whether you like it or not. And it seems many of you don’t.

    Nevertheless, I wish you all a great weekend. I hope your new Americans are more palatable to you than your old Americans. And I hope your great club gets itself back on track.

  43. Steven Simon October 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm -

    this is one of the worst researched articles I have ever written – you are an embarrassment to your employer.

    PS: please do a little research before making an idiot of yourself in the future… look at the facts, not glib overviews (LFC have spent an overage of £3.5M per season for the past 3 seasons, and the rest has gone on crippling interest repayments that were promised not to happen – circa £50M has been spent on stadium designs by a US firm based out of the owners hometown… and you are correct in thinking I did say DESIGNS. Also, understand who plays for the team and who doesn’t… Pennant)… too much more wrong with your drivel to detail….

  44. Dubya October 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm -

    I had to stop reading it when he said Torres is an Italian. ahhahahha

  45. Lolorific October 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm -

    You people aren’t too sharp are you?
    Get off the internet if you don’t know how to use it.

  46. S.Morgan October 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm -

    You have really embarrased yourself with this. Utter, Utter garbage! If I was you I wouldn’t give up the day job. A**hole!!!!!

  47. Will October 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm -

    ROFL.

    This article is an utter embarrassment.

  48. Liz October 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm -

    this is a giant piss take

  49. Srujal October 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm -

    LOl, I didn’t read this:

    Every week Lawrence Gray-Hodson, a man who made his name in the upper reaches of ***Division 2*** in the 1970s and 80s as well as being a former ***Scotland and England international***

    Hahahaha what a joke.

  50. spoons October 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm -

    Of course this is a joke. “scotland and England international”

  51. Matt October 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm -

    Henry Rapey is of course Lawrence himself.

    There can´t be two people in the world this dumb, can there?

  52. Srujal October 8, 2010 at 5:59 pm -

    Anyway, I seriously think this is an attempt to increase visits to this site. I’m not sure how one can be terribly wrong.

  53. Matt October 8, 2010 at 5:57 pm -

    Haha, did you write that all on your own?

    I guess you deserve applause for the ability to write.

    Did you also write the text for the photo of Torres? Of course you did. “…his native ITALY.” HAHAHAHAHA

    There is a saying you know (you probably don´t): It´s better to keep quiet and have people think you are stupid, than to open your mouth and remove all doubts.

    I hope no- one pays for this “work”.

  54. Colin October 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm -

    An astonishingly ignorant piece of writing.

    “not once have I heard a decent argument to back that up”. Tip – take your head out of your arse & you will hear better.

    But anyway, tell Tom to have a safe trip, and not to let the door hit him on the way out.

  55. Srujal October 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm -

    *Torres wants to go back to his native Italy

    *Jermaine Pennant could get in a decent cross now and again things wouldn’t be so bad

    ^^^^^^

    who is deluded dude hahahahaha.

  56. Marv October 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm -

    @ Henry Rapey

    Some question his journo credentials because they’d like to know why the pig thinks Torres is Italian?

    My thoughts so far is that this is a joke article, no one who has the slightest bit of an education would write such horse shit as this and be serious!!

    Retarded little munchkin, what say you?

  57. Sepp October 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm -

    Is Henry Rapey, Harry Redknapp in disguise?

    I actually think he is Mack Hicks.

    HONEST, HARDWORKING BUSINESS MEN :D

    ROFL

  58. WTF? October 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm -

    Three and in – not just another football blog

    You’re right there. This isn’t a football blog, it’s a pile of crap.

    Seriously? Pennant? Torres is Italian? H&G haven’t loaned over £200,000,000 against the club? Liverpool haven’t made a net profit on transfers for the last 3 windows?

    I think we’ve found the winner of most idiotic blog writer of the year.

  59. Gee October 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm -

    Wow. What a turd of an article this is.

    Firstly no one on the viral video said they were going to Rape the Yanks. They said that the Yanks raped the club.

    Secondly our campaign against the owners has been going on for longer than this season. The fact that now Rafa has gone and we have no-one to fight for us in the press and in the club meant we had to step up our protests.

    Thirdly The Yanks didn’t come to our help in the Second world War, Churchill had been asking them to join the fight for years until the Japs bombed Pearl Harbour and dragged them kicking and screaming into it. So don’t make out like they came to Europe’s aid on a white horse, they came kicking and screaming.

    Check your facts and check your mouth. You’re a piss poor writer.

  60. Henry Rapey October 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm -

    @ Al
    “1. Now you’re really saying that you’ve watched the Video ‘Dear Mr Hicks’, incidentally made by a Hollywood director and featuring respected celebritie”

    You mean thriving , lying, junkie rapist who condone the likes of the Norris tossers…

    Lawrence is as per usual spot on about this.. As for those querying his journo credentials, I’d look closer to the PR liars who made Dear Mr Hicks…

    Liverpool, mid table club AT BEST!!
    Next.

  61. AntoninustheRed October 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm -

    “Two honest, hard-working Americans…” That’s almost funny. How can you be so incredibly ignorant, so ill-informed, so offensively dim-witted, and so deluded, all in one article? All I ask of feature-writers is to do a little research (no, that doesn’t mean listening to Sky Sports News, and reading The S*n,) and then consider the matter, preferably without being on mind-altering drugs at the time. Then write. Otherwise, just shut up, for you have absolutely nothing intelligent to add to the debate.

  62. Sepp October 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm -

    this article is so hilarious I don’t know where to start.

    what a clueless son of a bitch the writer is…absolutely unreal

  63. Richard October 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm -

    What on earth is that drivel??

    There is so much nonsense written in this!!

    One of the worst, ill informed pieces of writing I have had the displeasure to read.

  64. Marv October 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm -

    Torres is Spanish mate not Italian!

    Don’t give up the day job either, that was truely appauling and embarrassing.

  65. Sojik October 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm -

    The Yanks aren’t at fault at all. They can leave with their heads held high. YNWA

  66. Liam October 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm -

    Wow. Just wow. I didn’t think it was possible to write such drivel. Apparently it is.

    “Torres wants to go back to his native Italy”

    Really? Oh my god.

  67. Rob October 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm -

    Wow.
    This is just appaulling.

  68. bodicus October 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm -

    Superb, whilst some of what the chap says is toss I think the sentiment is spot on. I don’t want to see Liverpool ‘do a Leeds’ but ffs they are a complete bunch of deluded twats if the only targets for their ire are the owners. Rafa didn’t exactly set the world alight in recent years and selling Alonso is surely unforgivable with no replacement lined up.
    I think it is typical of the maudlin Scouse victim mentality for them to see it as some sort of conspiracy rather than the consequence of having a poor manager and relying on a limited pool of talented players, without Gerrard and Torres they are nowt. The YouTube footage was truly toe-curling, all them professional scousers gobbing off, as they say “Do one la!”
    Anyway, good luck you moaning fucktards and see you in The Chumpionship next season.
    Marching on together

  69. Evan October 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm -

    I thought the article was funny…THEN I read the comments. Top class.

    Al:
    “As a number of posters have already said this is one of the most inaccurate and risible exercises in prejudiced ignorance i’ve ever read. Now, as a regular internet trawler I’ve never heard of threeandin before, and if this is the standard of their opinionated ‘journalism’ i can see why.

    1. Now you’re really saying that you’ve watched the Video ‘Dear Mr Hicks’, incidentally made by a Hollywood director and featuring respected celebrities…”

    Genius.

  70. GoonerAd October 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm -

    Hahaha !
    Can nobody see this is a wind up with some salient points !

    LGH mate, man, is Cyrile Regis gonna be pissed off when he reads this now !
    Superb work sir. It could only have been bettered if it had been aimed at Spurs or Man U.
    It goes without saying that it would have been particularly unfunny if this sort of humour was aimed at Arsenal. So, I just thought I’d say it.

    Hahahahahaha . . . etcetera, , etcetera, etcetera . . .

  71. GoonerAd October 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm -

    Hahaha !
    Can nobody see this is a wind up with some salient points !

    LGH mate, man, is Cyrile Regis gonna be pissed off when he reads this now !
    Superb work sir. It could only have been bettered if it had been aimed at Spurs or Man U.
    It goes without saying that it would have been particularly if this sort of humour was aimed at Arsenal. So, I just thought I’d say it.

    Hahahahahaha . . . etcetera, , etcetera, etcetera . . .

  72. Thieving get October 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm -

    The funniest piece, eliciting the most hilarious stereotypical shit-ignorant scouse comments, that I’ve read all year.

    Nice work sir, whatever your real name. I can hear the moral indignation and whining about their renewed victim status from here.

    Liverpool fans: get over yourselves, you’re becoming a joke.

  73. Yellow Card October 8, 2010 at 11:41 am -

    There’s really only one thing to say to all those who get all worked up and has a cyber-fit over what “Lawrence Gray-Hodson” writes:

    *WOOOOSH*

    But you all gave me a good laugh, so I guess I should really thank you.

  74. Anna October 8, 2010 at 11:23 am -

    You’re a bit of a tool aren’t you?

  75. Molby80 October 8, 2010 at 11:16 am -

    These American have ruined our club and we’ve got to fight them. If you don’t stand up for the things you love then you’re not a man and I’m a man. And you’re an idiot

  76. Toasey October 8, 2010 at 11:00 am -

    Lawrence, once again you prove what a brave and fierce pundit you are. OK, some of your facts are a bit squiffy, but you probably did more research than Hicks and Gillett when they originally bought Liverpool.

    But you’ve probably blown any chance of a job with the LBC, sorry, BBC now. I dread to think what Hansen and Lawrenson would do to you on the MOTD sofa when the cameras weren’t rolling.

  77. Janmolbymiss October 8, 2010 at 10:35 am -

    I was an 80′s kid.. grew in surrey supporting my local team cpfc. All my other mates were livepool fans. its great to catch up with some of them nowadays and find theyre all supporting chelsea. ha. those glory days of barnes, hansen, mcmahon are well and truly over and the best thing is, its the fans that caused the rot…and there are no more level headed southerners around to bail you out… theyre too ashamed/ embarassed to admit they support liverpool these days !! hahahahahha….

  78. Jacquoranda October 8, 2010 at 10:13 am -

    Hear, hear. Great article, LGH! The Liverpool fans are always quick to preach “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, yet look how they treat two of their own Mr. Hicks and Mr. Gillette, two wealthy philanthropists who looked deep into their hearts and saw it within themselves to help a sports club down on it’s luck from a highly disadvantaged part of the UK. Despite all their generosity, the narrow-minded bitterness of Liverpool FC fans means that these two great yankees are destined to walk alone.

  79. Bogie October 8, 2010 at 10:13 am -

    Lawrence Gray-Hodson you tell it like it is, these scousers wouldn’t know the truth if it came up and bit them in the face.

  80. E Lig October 8, 2010 at 10:11 am -

    Ohh boy you’re damn funny. You’re like the Kurt Vonnegut of football analysis. Your use of satire is great. It’s fun to see these people get so wound up. And no, I haven’t been able to find you or your playing stats on Wikipedia either. Hahaha :D

  81. Lawrence Gray-Hodson October 8, 2010 at 10:08 am -

    Pete Novak – you don’t even know me. And maybe the fact Aquilani never got a chance was because he was rubbish.

    If Benitez hadn’t made Xabi Alonso feel so unwelcome you’d be better off. Imagine telling a player you’d rather have Gary Barry in the team than him. No wonder he left.

  82. Tom Hicks October 8, 2010 at 10:03 am -

    YNWA = you’ll never win again. You bunch of daft scousers, don’t you get it? The only reason you came close 2 seasons ago is that throughout the whole of the season you had luck on your side. Has your team really changed? No. What has changed though is the number of goals you don’t score in the last 5 minutes of a match. 2 seasons ago you were lucky and scored a bucketfull but now you don’t score any.

    You’re shit and you know you are, you’re shit and you know you are, you’re shit and you know you are, you’re shit and you know you are…

  83. Pete Novak October 8, 2010 at 9:48 am -

    Aquilani nbever got the chance at liverpool and Hodgson was forced by the Americans to get rid… reduce the wage bill.

  84. Pete Novak October 8, 2010 at 9:47 am -

    Oh and I forgt to say Lawrence Gray-Hodson….you are a twat !

  85. Lawrence Gray-Hodson October 8, 2010 at 9:45 am -

    Thieves? Thieves don’t give managers £20m to buy rubbish Italians, do they?

  86. Pete Novak October 8, 2010 at 9:44 am -

    You are an idiot !
    So many mistakes in your article that makes me wonder how you can hold onto your job. The owners did not give Benitez 20million to spend on Aquilani he got that from the sale of Alonso. In fact no money came to Benitezx from the owners, he basically had to sell to buy. The owners are parasites who have bled Liverpool dry and placed a massive debt on the club. How much did liverpool owe before they came ??? approx 40M.
    They made so many promises and have not deliuvered anything, I hope that the sale does go through and that they lose everything they have invested in the club. I hope they hurt like they’ve made the liverpool fans hurt ! The action against the Yanks did not start a few weeks ago but over two seasons ago.. Where in your article is the 50M invested so far for the new stadium that Hicks & Gillett claim ?? They are thieves, liars and are finally going to get what they deserve !

  87. Joe October 8, 2010 at 8:56 am -

    @ Lawrence Gray-Hodson

    No i wouldnt like them if they turned up tomorrow with a new staidum, had they done it yrs ago maybe so. even if they had said look its gonna take a few years to get there maybe. But if they did it now it would be a hollow gesture.

    Add to the the fact that they are clearly not going to to do that!

  88. Sidney Awesometrousers October 8, 2010 at 8:17 am -

    I think Lawrence is Andy Townsend in disguise.

    Great article, as always.

  89. agooner October 8, 2010 at 8:02 am -

    Genius.

    I don’t know what’s funnier the article or the famous ‘Scouse sense of humour’ failure.

  90. abdul October 8, 2010 at 5:25 am -

    native ITALY???? lol?

  91. unitedFixation October 8, 2010 at 5:12 am -

    Arent you allowed to have opinions people!!! slagging off someone is simple guys.Take a good hard look at yourselves.Its idiots like you football is what it is today.

    yes there are glaring errors and they have been pointed out and have been acknowledged.Has even one of you given a single sane argument against what has been said.
    Its this blinkered vision of football supporters who are simply not open to new ideas and follow the herd.
    you have done that with hicks and now with the guy who posted this.

  92. steven. October 8, 2010 at 1:15 am -

    that’s what i call phoning it in….
    you don’t get paid for this garbage do you?

  93. Tomas October 8, 2010 at 12:52 am -

    The article itself was already quite funny, but the comments are truly the real deal. Thanks, Lawrence! Thanks readers! Keep pointing out the errors!

  94. Bob October 7, 2010 at 11:34 pm -

    shite site keep off leave them too fester

  95. Bob October 7, 2010 at 11:32 pm -

    This site is jus like kanwar poison, liverpool fans keep off this site

  96. Jamie P October 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm -

    Whoever wrote this is a sapstic

  97. blackbird October 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm -

    Lawrence, spot on with your views on torres, the benetez era transfer policies and the whinging ‘pool fans. what i dont understand is your attitude towards hodgson. here is a guy who bravely came in knowing full well how dire the situation is and is working with a stiff upper lip. you cant really blame him for not being able to manage a squad featuring a single (perma-injured) striker, an ageing prima donna who can no longer play in the midfield, let alone as second striker, crap wingers and no left back. even so, with the world toppling down during the blackpool game, he hit upon the solution, playing gerrard at CB, completely utilizing his penchant for all-english long balls and playing that greek fella upfront. i reckon if he sticks to it, the might even be back in europe next season! of course, he still has to contend with guys like Agger who openly criticizes these tactics.. maybe he can cash out torres, replace him with big keven davies in Jan and moves for british boys who can get the job done like shawcross and delap, and that kid charlie adam, perhaps..

  98. friedk October 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm -

    Just a few points in this obviously well researched article

    1. Torres is Spanish and not a native of Italy

    2. Jermaine Pennant left Liverpool years ago

    3. The youtube video does not talk about raping Americans and burning down their houses

    No doubt, besides those errors, you have researched the reign of the American owners thoroughly, the promises they have made with regard to investment and building a new stadium, the fact that they have made a profit in the transfer window 4 seasons in a row, the fact that they purchased the club with debt despite assurances they would never do such a thing.

    I could go on, but you’ve obviously done your research.

  99. Bigman October 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm -

    Lawrence gay-boy or what ever your name is; you are really a genuine tosser – wha a pileof s*it this aricle is – I must admit it was so ridiculous it actually made me laugh!! It wasn’t quite as funny as the transcript of the spoof tom hicks phone call to Ocean Finnce looking to borrow £300m to consolidate his debt (see caught offside item)- absolute quality!

    Anyway Lawrence judging by your knowledge of football and LFC in particular, I’m guessing here that you probably gained your ‘expertise’ from playing a few games of subbuteo when you were five years old – You PRAT!!!

  100. james October 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm -

    Hahahaha, your articles are the only ones where I’d make the effort to read the comments.

  101. anon October 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm -

    You’re an idiot if you think that the Americans had LFC’s best interests in their sights. You are quite right to say that they set out to make money and not drive LFC into the ground, however once they realised that they couldn’t deliver on their promises, did they apologise and leave quickly? No, they demand double the market price and try desparately at all costs to saddle the club with even more debt that they cannot afford in the hope of a better return in the future. It’s akin to going to your bank and asking for some more money and then taking it to the casino. It’s ridiculous.

    However it is true that once this ownership saga is dealt with, all eyes will be on Hogdson to deliver. If he doesn’t then the blam will lie with noone else but himself. Then it will be clear as to whether he is good enough or not. Otherwise I would suggest you stop writing journalistic crap.

  102. Skiller October 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm -

    Lawrence, whoever you are I just think you write crap like that to get a rise out of people. I don’t think your football writing is
    responsible, and you are not a Liverpool fan so you just write trash
    for the hell of it! If you know how emotional people get about their football club why do you provoke us? Maybe someone should choke you by the neck and string you up right by the two Yanks! Oh! and Mark from Calgary stick to hockey you dumb F**&^%$!

  103. Fiz October 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm -

    Bloody hell, I keep falling for it. I keep telling myself that this author is NOT REAL, his column is basically a slice of The Onion in this site, and yet I still fall for it. Fine, I’ll fess up, I’m an idiot for falling for it time and time again.

    But at least I know at the very least that every single word in this JOKE article is as FAKE AS PRO-WRESTLING. Which I like, incidentally.

  104. browser bob October 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm -

    You should be used for stem cell research you terrible excuse for a journo. You really are scum.

  105. Mark (Calgary) October 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm -

    Lawrence, top marks again fella! I think like you write. Oh, and I do agree with the whole point of your article, it’s really all down to the Liverpool fans, it’s actually their fault!

    I’ll buy you a pint next time you’re in Calgary.

  106. 5times October 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm -

    Oh dear oh dear.

    I don’t know what’s the worse, the misrepresentation of Liverpool fans as rapists and arsonists or the utterly inane and uninformed content of this blog as a whole. Torres an Italian? Really? I mean, genuinely? Are you Collymore in disguise?

    If you want to be taken seriously as an author, or for that matter respected by anyone with more than a gram of brain matter, than I suggest you study your field. There would be nothing worse than making a tit out of yourself for all to see, would there?

    If you had trained a little harder then maybe you would actually be playing for Aston Villa rather than dining out on the old ‘I had trials for xxxxxxxx’ story that every boring twat in the pub rolls out once the realisation of their sad and success bereft lives hits them. So take that lesson and utilise it; don’t post up ignorant and ill thought-out garbage on your site, because you may be sitting there in a couple of years talking about how you almost had a reputable and informative football blog.

  107. Dave Lewis October 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm -

    Classic post, and sadly the LiverFool fans just aren’t ready to hear the TRUTH…. They should all jog on not H&G. They stand to lose £500M in this sale, too right they should hold out for more!!

  108. Steven October 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm -

    Guys if you read his other articles, he is just a wind up merchant and quite a funny one too!

  109. Red Ted October 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm -

    You are everything that is wrong with the Internet – when you empower everyone with a platform to speak from, people like you can write unresearched baseless drivel and pretend to be a ‘journalist’. You are either on a wind-up or the most clueless person to have ever put pen to paper.

  110. Steven October 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm -

    I have to say with all the doom and gloom recently this article is just the tonic. And some of the comments are absolutely hilarious – Chutney Ferret is my favourite! I have been pissing myself for the last half hour over that one! Please write more Lawerence, Please!!

  111. Morgan October 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm -

    YNWA

  112. Morgan October 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm -

    Total Rubbish you dont know what your talking about mate

    YNAW

  113. al October 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm -

    Peter, even though I think its a wind-up, the prejudices and inaccuracies of its fictional creator need a rebuttal because real world idiots will believe them

  114. rob October 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm -

    I CAN ONLY SAY LAWRENCE GAY HODGSON THAT YOU HAVE BEEN TAKING 3 INTO 1 ARSE-HOLE ,WHAT A KNOBHEAD
    YOU CANT READ OR SEE PROPERLY OBVIOUSLY
    NOW FU– OFF AND GET YOUR DICK AND JANE BOOKS OUT
    YNWA

  115. Bob October 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm -

    Hodson is Jamie Kanwar in disguise or maybe we have two world class numptys writting crap on the net last time I visit this site.

  116. MattB October 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm -

    Stop giving this know-nothing idiot traffic he doesn’t deserve

  117. Scud78 October 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm -

    sorry i cant stop myself……fifa rules state that a player cannot play for 2 different countries…..Scotland and England…..WTF, clown. go back to the hole you crawled out of. you fake u.

  118. Peter October 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm -

    I have to hand it to Mr. Lawrence Gray-Hodson, you certainly know how to stir things up. People posting claim to be aware that this is a wind-up and yet are making heartfull responses to highlight the inaccuracies of this article!

    You sir are a legend!

  119. Peter October 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm -

    @Nutsack, I think you’ll find that 20m Euro on Aquilani is approximately………..(carry the 5, divide by 3)…..20m too much.

  120. al October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm -

    As a number of posters have already said this is one of the most inaccurate and risible exercises in prejudiced ignorance i’ve ever read. Now, as a regular internet trawler I’ve never heard of threeandin before, and if this is the standard of their opinionated ‘journalism’ i can see why.

    1. Now you’re really saying that you’ve watched the Video ‘Dear Mr Hicks’, incidentally made by a Hollywood director and featuring respected celebrities, “ended up talking about raping the Americans and making threats to burn down their houses”? Really? You really think that was said? You’re either an outright liar and haven’t actually watched it or your ability of basic comprehension is so compromised that you are guilty of abject misunderstanding bordering on delusion. If I were you I’d confess to being a liar, it’s far less embarrassing for you.

    2. Torres is Spanish not Italian, the whole planet knows this, so how someone who ‘came very close to signing for Aston Villa’ (but didn’t)doesn’t know this baffles me.

    3. “the football equivalent of Muhammed Ali being beaten up by a dwarfer” – for someone criticising others for being abusive and vulgar, that is a nice example of sensitive political correctness. Please look up the word ‘hypocrite’ on dictionary.com. and whilst you’re there please also look up ‘unconsciousanable’ {sic}, though it might take you some time to find it.

    4. “perhaps if Jermaine Pennant could get in a decent cross now and again things wouldn’t be so bad” Ha bloody ha ha, now as others have said this gives the game away as being a complete wind-up. Pennant doesn’t play for Liverpool and hasn’t since Jan 2009

    5. Calling Hicks and Gillete “two, honest, hard-working Americans” is like calling Hitler a hard working Austrian with a love of bagels and nice line in leather couture. Both are serial bankrupts with a long charge sheet of lying, greed and financial mis-management.

    6. Now by this time it’s clear that this article is a wind-up, a parody of the ignorant ex-pro pundit whose little education has long since been pummelled by ball heading drills and the after effects of drinking copious amount of aste spumanti from champagne glass fountains. I only hope Stan ‘Dogger’ Collymore takes note and can learn how to up his game to this level of accurate reporting.

  121. Scud78 October 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm -

    fernando gets away with it because he didnt leave in the summer, every player goes through a poor patch in his career, what about Wayne ‘auld Slapper’ rooney ? Why arent u slagging him off ? i seem to remember liverpool were the most successful team in the eighties….where were villa ? who are u man ? never heard of u till now. If u love george and tom so much why not apply to be their press officer or something, maybe u should submit this drivol to them in an email and they will give u a job and u can then say that you signed for liverpool…..albeit for a few days coz they will be gone soon.

  122. Rew October 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm -

    I hold my hands up regarding Jermaine Pennant, I always get him and Dick Kuyt mixed up.

    Easy to mix up with black and white player HAHAHHAH What an absolute moron. threeandin should be closed if they give space for idiot like this.

  123. Rew October 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm -

    Lets all laugh at this former pub player. Idiot like these dont deserve an opinion. shitte site not visiting it again.

  124. Nutsack October 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm -

    I am sick of the constant throwing up of Aquilani as a 20m bad signing by Rafa. Aquilani was bought on the drip with only 5m paid up front – Liverpool did not just stump up 20m to Roma. In addition, part of the fee for him was offset against money Roma still owed Liverpool for Riise. In fact, I very much doubt that if Rafa had been given the full proceeds from the sale of Alonso to spend on a midfielder that he would have chosen Aquilani at all. But he wasn’t, so he ended up taking a punt on an injured player. Incidentally, the fee was 20m Euro, not Stg. You really are a cock.

  125. Robin October 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm -

    Fernando not trying? he crated our last 4 league goals! Not bad for someone who isn’t trying…

  126. Steeco October 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm -

    From your photo I’d say you were a poof too…

  127. Darin October 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm -

    Wow, you Sir, are an absolute Clown, personified. You don’t know our players, you clearly don’t know our (Soon to be) former Owners, or their lies, and apparently, you don’t know much about football, either.

    Aquilani wasn’t even near full health, until 2/3 of the way thru last season, and when he did feature, he did a very competent job. Why he’s on loan, in favour of Poulsen is a mystery, but I’ll take Lucas over Poulsen, everyday of the week. Torres also, never got back to full go, before getting injured again. He’s still in the prime of his career, but dropping the table like we are, he’s forced into action, at 75% of what he was. Name me someone in the Prem, flat out head and shoulders above Fernando Torres, at his best? NOBODY. And Jermaine Pennant? At least bother yourself to visit the roster, before spouting off.

    Now, onto H&G. They knew/know nothing about running a sports franchise. Please reference the American baseball team they bankrupt, in the same fashion they bankrupt Liverpool. They didn’t invest in the CLUB, they invested into making the BRAND of Liverpool FC more profitable, therefore, putting more money into their greedy little pockets. All the while, borrowing and borrowing, never putting spade to ground on a new stadium, selling players, only to turn around and not reinvest, handcuffing Rafa, and now Roy, with an absolute paupers budget. Who exactly could we get, at bargain basement prices, that is going to restore LFC to a Top 4 finish, in your estimation? NOBODY! They would have you believe they “invested” $144M, into the Club over the years. Rubbish, show me exactly where, while they were accruing debt five folder over what they inherited. Raising ticket prices, when nobody else did.

    Any delusion, in clearly on your part. We are the MOST successful club in English Football history, period. That is a record that endures. I don’t care whom you pick, currently near the top of the table, it will take them a CENTURY to equal what Liverpool FC have accomplished. If you don’t think that History, that Tradition, that Fanfare will outlast this blip on 118 years of dominance, you are gravely mistaken. We weather this storm, together, and Liverpool FC, in our absolute WORST hour, is still a million times better than any other Club in the Prem, period.

    18 League Titles, 7 FA Cups, 7 League Cups, and 5 time European Champion.

    Wake me up in 100 years, when you find someone that can approach our status.

    YNWA!

  128. Steeco October 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm -

    Nob head,
    You are like so many people in this country, you some reason hate all things Liverpool. Most people who support a club will tell you they hate Liverpool. The reason is their success. Now we are on the floor taking a kicking from all the cowards like you.
    Ex-Pro footballer you are not. Liar and charlatan you are.

  129. Scud78 October 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm -

    Haahahahaaha, Thundercunt…good one mate, @ Glen.

  130. Lawrence Gray-Hodson October 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm -

    Tell me, is the pinnacle of your life really that you were nearly good at something once a long time ago?

    That’s better than never being any good at anything which is more than most people.

    I take it from the rest of the comments that it’s a sensitive subject. Pretty boy Fernando gets away without trying because of the big bad Americans. I see how it is. Consider me educated.

  131. Scud78 October 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm -

    BTW , I resent being called deluded. You dont even know me.

  132. Scud78 October 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm -

    hahaha, i think this article was written by either george or tom….20 million for aqua….yes, BUT, it was to be paid in installments of 4-4.5 million every time the injury prone clown played 20 games or something. They made one marquee signing in their time , and that was torres, benitez desperately needed 4 – 5 world class players and instead of 100-150mil (which is what u wud need nowadays) he was given 20-30 million. You pay peanuts….u get monkeys. Get a grip man. They need to go and if they make a loss, good for them, they should have thought about what they were getting themselves into before they came to anfield. “I will make 4 times my money” – Tom Hicks …. Good luck chap. Your greed will now bite u back right where it hurts !! YNWA

  133. Decky October 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm -

    You sir are an imbecile and a WUM

  134. bootlered October 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm -

    Don’t you be laughing Rafa, apparently it’s all your fault.

  135. Matt Leatham October 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm -

    Mate, I dont mind you having an opinion on the liverpool situation, but please get your facts correct. Almost all of that article is based on one sided knowledge, In fact I cant believe the naivety of some of your comments. To many to put correct in this response.

    Liverpool fans have hated the owners for years because of the debt the piled onto the club using any profits as payment for interest, eating up any transfer budget and forcing managers past and present to have to sell players to buy in new ones, resulting in a massively depleted squad causing player unrest and uncertainty.

    To be honest “Joe” says it all for me.

    Try paying attention to more sources other than skysports news might paint an unbiased picture for you

  136. glen youngman October 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm -

    You are a thundercunt. How many facts can you get wrong in one short piece

  137. Rafa October 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm -

    Hahaha did a kid write this?

  138. required October 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm -

    chutney ferret

  139. Albert Stubbins October 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm -

    Why is coming close to signing for Aston Villa something to brag about? That just means you played the same number of games for them as my Mum !

    You have singularly failed to demonstrate any reasoned argument either in your post or in any of the responses.

    Tell me, is the pinnacle of your life really that you were nearly good at something once a long time ago?

    Look around, writing this blog is your life now, this is it. This is as good as it gets.

    You are a deluded fool who deserves nothing but contempt or alternatively, pity for your educationally sub-normal attempt at being journalist. I have yet to make up my mind.
    .
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    right, made up my mind and quite simply you are a Nobhead !

    How’s that for reason and an evidence based assertion?

  140. Steve B October 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm -

    Poor article Lawrence.

    You have clearly either totally misinterpreted or deliberately lied about the context in which “rape” was used.

    Whichever I suggest you go back and re-watch the video.

    As for the rest of your article, a little research will make it blatantly obvious why Liverpool fans are seething about H&G.

    Specifically you mention Aquilani, but you forget to mention the neutral net spend since H&G took over in 2007. Four consecutive transfer windows have seen Liverpool raise significantly more than they have spent.

    I believe typing “learning to write” into Google may assist if you want your, clearly fledgling, career to take off.

  141. Mike76 October 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm -

    I read between the lines that this article is a swipe at Benitez – the guy that left Roy Hodgson a squad of 15 (yes, 15) international players that went to the world cup this summer. If you also noted the protests have been going on for a long time, this protest was just the latest.

    The leveraged debt is crippling the club. There is income, but not much is available to buy players. The new stadium was promised. The manager was told how to do his job and not worry about transfers. The list goes on.

    I think if you also knew ANYTHING about Liverpool FC, you would know that to regard Alberto Aquilani as a waste of money after 18 games is a nonsense. As is sending him on loan and bringing in Poulsen. Aquilani was one of the positive things about the new season, and fans wanted to see him take part. When he did play last year – he CREATED openings (and scored a few too). What is the team crying out for this season – a creative player. You should also note that Roma are due the fee in installments each season. Rafa should have been allowed the money anyway, as he always had to sell to buy. Many players he sold at a profit too.

    In our new manager you also see how good Rafa was. Rafa played a high line (see recent comments by Samuel Eto about how he prefers Rafa’s style to Mourinho’s), the team presses the opposition high up the pitch. The consequence is more opportunities and more openings for Torres.

    Contrast with Roy’s outdated style. Two rows of four sit deep (and I mean deep) and let LIVERPOOL get dominated in midfield by inferior opposition. The ball is then hoofed upfield to Zamora, sorry Torres who holds it up rather than trying to score. In sum, Roy’s tactics are failing, the team cannot curb their attacking instincts for this dross and he should leave now.

    And if there were any doubt about the quality of the team available to Roy. He CAN put out an attacking team of quality players, most of whom finished second 18 months ago. He CHOOSES not to. Roy is choosing to make this team play defensively as if we are a small club. HE HAS TO LEAVE.

    So, in sum, I think you are confusing recent events on the pitch with the ONGOING saga with the owners. And if you are going to have a pop at Benitez, try to have a look beyond sky sports presentation of the guy and Sir Alex’s little gang mentality. Ask yourself why Sir Alex didn’t like Rafa, because he was a manager who could beat him and he wouldn’t have a clue how he did it.

  142. The Ripper October 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm -

    Fuck off knobhead

  143. Robin October 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm -

    Henry Rapey, I pity you.

    If you’re tired of it, perhaps you should stop reading the stories? Also, posting is probably a bad idea when you have an IQ of less than 1.

  144. Lawrence Gray-Hodson October 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm -

    I am unsure what a Wikipedia is but I came very close to signing for Aston Villa who were better than Liverpool for a brief time in the 80s.

  145. bootlered October 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm -

    HAAA,HAAA, Torres an Italian and ERIC and the bunnymen, HAAA HAAAA, ERIC Haaaa, prize whopper you lad, you should do stand up fella because you’d be a lot more famous than when you were an alleged footballer. ERIC ffs.

  146. Albert Stubbins October 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm -

    Mr Grey-Hodson

    I don’t think being “a man who made his name in the upper reaches of Division 2 in the 1970s and 80s” really qualifies you to discuss important matter with the self-appointed authority you seem to be revelling in.

    You whole post consists of conjecture, inaccuracy and inflammatory soundbites that are written without qualification or reasoned argument.

    I suspect your career in journalism will reach the same dizzy heights as your footballing prowess. Sunday Times you are not, (much in the same way Divsion 1 and signing for Liverpool was beyond you during your footballing career).

    Know your limits.

    A fan of football.

    P.S. I cant find you on Wikipedia – have I spelt your name correctly?

  147. Henry Rapey October 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm -

    I for one am tired of these thieving, child raping, piss soaked tracky bottom wearing Jimmy Tarbuck wanna be’s moaning about the owners. Lest we forget the real meat of this shit sandwich of a problem. The fans. All still living the glory days in their heads and wanking off over sticker albums of Keegan, Rush, Hansen and others of yester-year.
    The sooner Liverpool come to the realisation that they are just a mid-table side who are dwarfed by the likes if Man City, Spurs, Newcastle and trophyless Arsenal the better. Get over it, LiverFOOL are no longer relevant.

  148. Gav October 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm -

    Someone should rape you and burn your house down you bellend! You haven’t got a clue.

  149. Lawrence Gray-Hodson October 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm -

    And “at the end of the day he’s European. And that’s what really matters”?? Just what in god’s name is that supposed to mean?

    Are you suggesting the common market was a bad idea?

  150. Lawrence Gray-Hodson October 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm -

    Robin – maybe I need to look at it again but you’re right, it’s extremely crass.

    mclarensmps – my English is perfectly good.

    I hold my hands up regarding Jermaine Pennant, I always get him and Dick Kuyt mixed up.

    Keith – so you’re saying they’re very good liars. What about the Moores family who made millions when they sold to the Americans? Surely they have to take some responsibility.

    Joe – what if they turned up tomorrow with a brand new stadium? Would you like them then?

  151. Ed October 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm -

    The writer is a fictional character. There was no Lawrence Gray-Hodson, who ever played for England or Scotland or in the upper reaches of the second division way back when. (for what clubs Lol? Don’t be shy now!)
    This ficticious wind-up is there for all to see…

    I know cos I was around in the 70′s and 80′s,UNLIKE MOST OF YOUR READERS!
    Nice try Lawrence!

  152. Sam October 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm -

    This is without doubt the stupidest thing I’ve read on the internet – anywhere in fact – for a very long time. The fans’ protests are aimed at the owners NOT because of the state of our playing performances, but because of the financial house of cards they’ve built that has threatened to ruin the club. Next time do some research before you write – or better still, don’t write anything.

    And “at the end of the day he’s European. And that’s what really matters”?? Just what in god’s name is that supposed to mean?

  153. dave October 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm -

    Lawrence Gray-Hodgson, this is either a wind-up or you are so stupid that you dont know your ar5e from you elbow. I actually dont believe you are that stupid so Im assuming its a wind-up.

  154. required October 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm -

    lawrence gay hodson,chutney ferret.

  155. Joe October 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm -

    Shame about this article, you seem to have made quite a sweeping statement against all Liverpool fans.

    “I have to say their fans have acted quite disgracefully in turning on the owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks”

    Now clearly your just paying attention to the media swarm over the past 6 months rather than the whole story. They may not have bought the club to run it in to the ground but what they did do is buy a football club that they had no idea about and they made mistakes. They are only human but mistakes they made.

    They lied to the fans about the stadium, yes they flung a few quid about and yes Rafa signed Aqualiani but thats after they had met with Klinsman and talked about bringing him in behind Rafas back, Rafa was never the most astute in picking players, but on a limited budget he did what he thought was best £236 million spent on players, 76 players to be excact, most sold before he could buy again. avaerage value £3 million. Weather the meeting was the right thing to do is by the by becuase its not “the Liverpool way” and thats the big problem. They bought a club they knew nothing about and just saw the brand and dollar signs.

    I dont like some of the militant action thats taken place but if you live in the city it must feel like someone is raping your family and getting away with it as mentioned in the video.

    Its not about us suddenly becoming milatant its taken 3 years of lies and broken promises to get this far and some people are at the end of there teather. Some folk cant just stand by and watch anymore so they do the only thing they can do.

    If Utd haddn’t been so sucessful over the past 5 yrs do you HONESTLY think that they would’nt have done more than the green and gold shirts and scarfs.

    Liverpool fans have been quiet and upstanding because up untill now the club was run in the Liverpool way.

    were objecting to Tonm & George breaking that tradition.

    fight fire with fire.

    I hope the reign ends soon and we can all go back to following our team in the way thats been respected the world over.

  156. Keith October 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm -

    this isn’t about “losing a few games and turning on the owners”. are you completely ignorant? The fans have been protesting for almost the entire tenure of Hicks and Gillett.

    they have heaped a huge amount of debt onto the club to the point where liverpool are facing administration. They owe RBS over 250m and can not pay it back.

    for 2 out of the 3 years theyve been at lfc, transfer income was higher than outgoings. they didnt just “give rafa 20m” for aquilani… alonso was sold for 30m. they havent put ANY of their own money into the club… it is ALL loans.

    The bought the club via a leveraged buyout (ie loans) that they promised wouldnt be put onto the club…but were. They bought the club promising to build a new stadium….and havent done. Every promise they made they failed to deliver on.

    So please do a little research before writing such complete and utter drivel. What nationality they are is irrelevant so whatever America did during the war has nothing to do with Hicks and Gillett and is frankly an absurd statement.

  157. reader October 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm -

    Lawrence says “perhaps if JERMAINE PENNANT could get in a decent cross now and again”. Says it all really! Lawrence, Jermaine Pennant hasn’t played for Liverpool since January 2009. I would stick to the day job if I were you. Oh, wait……

  158. Robin October 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm -

    I think the bit you’re refering to is where they describe Liverpool FC as a family and say that what’s happening is like having that family raped. For me, it’s a poor simile and not one I would use or agree with but he does not talk about ‘raping the americans’.

  159. magnumopus October 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm -

    When I listen to the fans it seems to me that they find everybody at fault not just the yanks. However, because they need to go for something new to begin then they are the target for now! Then the players and manager will be next!

  160. Lawrence Gray-Hodson October 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm -

    I think you need to look at it again, Robin. The chap from Eric and Bunnymen says it.

    L_E – at the end of the day he’s a European. And that’s what really matters.

  161. Mick Leam October 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm -

    Wind up – the ‘two, honest, hard-working Americans’ bit and the Jermaine Pennant being a Liverpool player bit give it away. Actually, all of it is a bit of a give away.

  162. mclarensmps October 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm -

    I’m struggling to cope with the idea that someone with such a poor understanding of the English language has been allowed to publish an article on ANY website. As the poster above has specified, you have not even gotten Torres’ nationality correct.

  163. L_E October 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm -

    This is one of the worst post i have ever read…one of many probs…the picture of torres wanting to “go back to his native italy” eerrrrr…plonker

  164. Robin October 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm -

    The video says nothing about raping Americans. You’re clearly the deluded one. You don’t even know what Torres’ nationality is – let alone what he wants to do with his life. Work a little harder next time..

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