& LUIS STILL needs YOU!
being "housebound" gives me plenty of opportunity to write
...see http://chrismithlog.blogspot.com/2011/12/111212-live-r-pool-update-review-viva.html 12/12/2011, 21:18
...today (as I write late in the evening on friday 16th) ends a dark phase... anniversaries 3 people lost, but I feel we should all "move on" taking the most we can out of the bad times and investing ourselves into the future, whilst I want to remember those who are no longer in my life..I feel its part of my Life to place my energy into various positive activities. and a lot of the "REdNeT" project is taking shape.. got a rare "outing" last night thanks to Wolfie for taxi-ing to Cetinje and Zorka for the lift home, and to Perrine for "testing" my ankle ;) another 3/4 weeks before the plaster is off..going to be a very "quiet ChriSmitH" over the "holiday period" ...c'est la vie!
The Team were cheering up kids at Alder Hey hospital during the week..
|Luis - the Media & other enemies want to crucify!|
so we enter a difficult phase..with the FA morons doing their utmost to distract Luis & the Team
ChriS SmiTH added a new photo.
villA v LIVERPOOL sunday 18th december..
Charlie Adam is taking no notice of suggestions he's in the best form of his fledgling Liverpool career so far - insisting the performance of the team gives him much more satisfaction than any personal acclaim. The Scotland midfielder has been in impressive form in recent weeks having figured in every Reds Barclays Premier League contest since his summer switch from Blackpool.
However, Adam is not about to rest on his laurels and has vowed to continue giving everything he can to try and help Kenny Dalglish's side achieve their targets this season.
"Everybody has an opinion on how you play, but I just want to keep playing as well as I can," he told Liverpoolfc.tv. "The important thing for us is the team winning - not any individual.
"You can't play well every week, but if you give 100 per cent Liverpool fans will back you no matter how well you're playing. That's what I try to do - if I give 100 per cent, then they know I am working hard for the team and that's the important thing.
"I've played every Premier League game and I've really enjoyed it, but as I said the most important thing is the team and if we could kick on now and get a few wins in a row under our belt, we'll set ourselves up nicely for the end of the season."
Injuries have depleted Liverpool's options in midfield, with Lucas Leiva out until the end of the season after sustaining an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, while Steven Gerrard continues his rehabilitation from an ankle infection.
However, while Adam acknowledges having the pair fit and available would significantly bolster the Reds' ranks, he's not feeling any added pressure to perform in their absence.
He added: "I've always felt responsibility because when you come to a club like this you have to take responsibility and you can't hide. "The two players we've lost is a big loss for us - one is the captain and one is an international for Brazil. It's been difficult, but the lads have come in and done and great job. Hopefully we can continue that and it will be nice to see them back in the first team."
Adam will be hopeful of maintaining his midfield berth for Liverpool's trip to Aston Villa on Sunday. And if selected, the 26-year-old will come up against a few familiar faces - not least in the form of Villa boss Alex McLeish, who gave him his break in professional football during the pair's time at Rangers.
In addition, Adam counts Villa Park pair and fellow Scotland internationals Alan Hutton and Barry Bannan amongst his friends. "Alex McLeish gave me the opportunity to play there (Rangers), gave me my debut and put me on loan a couple of times as well. He's a good manager and there are a couple of lads there I know and they've got some good players. "Alan Hutton should be involved, and they've got Barry Bannan too, so it will be good to see them. I still keep in touch with both of them.
"I haven't spoken to either of them yet, but I will do over the weekend before the game and see how things are. I keep in contact, see how they're doing and how their families are because they're nice lads. It's nice to keep in touch." Liverpool travel to the Midlands on the back of a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers last weekend, while Villa were buoyed by a 2-1 triumph at Bolton Wanderers.
But while Adam is anticipating a difficult test against McLeish's side, he insists confidence within the Reds camp is in the ascendancy. "We know it is going to be a difficult game because they're a good side at home," he said.
"It is a difficult place to go. Their crowd expects a lot, the manager is a good manager and has good players, so we know it's going to be difficult but we know if we can reach anywhere near our potential then it's going to be a terrific game and hopefully we can come away with a victory.
"We go into every game with confidence. No matter who we've played this year, we've gone into the game with confidence." Author: James Carroll
Liverpool travel to Villa Park to face Alex McCleish’s Aston Villa on Sunday.
EA Sports Player Performance Index provides some player stats ahead of the game;
Villa beat Bolton 2-1 in last game with strikes from Stiliyan Petrov and Marc Albrighton
James Collins made an incredible 31 interceptions in that game, the highest total for a single player in the league this season
Darren Bent has made 14 clearances this season, the highest total for a striker in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index
Petrov’s goal was his third of the season, boosting him to 45th in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Petrov has also contributed an impressive 45 interceptions in midfield this season.
Albrighton’s goal was his first of the season so far, he has also contributed 11 crosses and 11 dribbles so far this season
Albrighton covered the most ground for Villa in the game against Bolton with 6.4 miles.
Liverpool beat QPR 1-0 in last outing with a goal from Luis Suarez. Suarez had been having a frustrating time in front of goal, having had 62 efforts at goal including 34 on target for a return of five goals. In comparison, Robin van Persie has had 66 efforts at goal and a return of 15 goals.
Hard working Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has made 17 clearances so far this season, the joint highest total for a midfielder in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index
Adam has also made 7 assists, second only to David Silva for creating goals in the Barclays Premier League this season
Adam topped the charts for distance covered in the game against QPR with 5.12 miles, the 9th time the midfielder has covered more distance than any other Liverpool player
Kenny Dalglish today revealed that Steven Gerrard has stepped up his rehabilitation - but refused to give a timescale on when the skipper will return to action. The midfielder has made great strides in his recovery from an ankle infection and was back in light training at the end of last week. However, the boss remains cautious over when the No.8 will be available for selection.
Dalglish told reporters at Melwood: "We are looking alright I think. We only trained on Tuesday, but there's nothing there that will cause us a problem for Sunday." He continued: "Steven is progressing and training really well. Everybody is delighted with his progress, so that is positive as well. "We'll wait and see (if he's available). We won't set any targets for Sunday that we won't reach. When he's ready he'll be ready. It's fantastic for him that he's progressing as well as he is and great for us as well."
He said: "We can't do or say anything that will be prejudicial in any way, shape or form.
"With regards to Luis, we'll say what we have said before. We'll stand right beside him and help him as much as we possibly can. After it's finished there will be a chance for a conversation."
Kenny Dalglish insists Liverpool are ready to tackle the busy schedule awaiting them over the Christmas and New Year period.
Following Sunday's clash at Aston Villa, the Reds will take on Wigan on Wednesday night before playing host to Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day. Newcastle United then travel to Anfield on December 30, before Liverpool's first test in 2012 is against Manchester City on January 3, with the FA Cup third round tie against Oldham scheduled to take place just three days later.
But while Dalglish acknowledges the programme is a demanding one, he maintains his side will stick to their tried and tested mantra of taking each game as it comes. "Obviously you take into account the fixtures you've got coming up and how many days you've got in between," he said. "There is a great deal of thought that goes into the process. "After the first game, you take into account how your players are before you move into the second game - but you do that before every match.
"The games do come thick and fast now and we've just got to deal with it, but you do take into consideration the workload. Everything is monitored anyway, so you've got a good idea of how the players are." Dalglish added: "We'll get the first game done, and then we'll worry about the one after it. We know what fixtures we've got coming up, but there is not a great of thought that goes into the one beyond the Aston Villa game.
"The greatest influence on the team against Aston Villa will be who we're playing against - not the game that's coming after that at Wigan. First thing's first."The Reds head into Sunday's contest at Villa Park hoping to build on an away record that has seen them take 12 points from a possible 21 so far. Dalglish acknowledges that the Villans will pose a real threat to his team's chances of closing the gap on the top four and is hopeful the encounter will see Liverpool hit the goal trail.
He said: "We're not going to sit and identify their dangers or weaknesses because we're not going to sting ourselves. "Any information we've got we'll keep to ourselves. That's the way we've operated and that's the way we'll continue to go. "They (Villa) got a fantastic result at Bolton at the weekend. It's been difficult for Alex (McLeish) moving from Birmingham to Villa, obviously. But he seems to have got them going a little bit, just at a bad time for us. We aren't doing bad either, so we'll be respectful and look forward to a difficult game.
"Our away form has been really impressive. We got beaten the last time away from home (Fulham) but the performance was good enough to have won it. We'll just keep going like we have done before. "I think the only stat that isn't in our favour is probably in the goals for column. We've got fewer points than the performances deserve. We've got that in our own hands and we'll just continue to do what we've done and sooner or later we'll turn our chances into goals."
He added: "We've not come up against a goalkeeper who hasn't been outstanding against us. I think 16 times against the woodwork makes a contribution as well. At the same time the responsibility is on us to create chances and then finish them off.
Kenny Dalglish today confirmed Liverpool 'have the option' to add to their squad in January - but insisted they don't necessarily need to bolster the ranks. With the transfer window set to re-open in 16 days' time, journalists at Melwood were eager to quiz the boss on any potential plans to bring in new faces to the Reds squad. "We don't speculate on anybody - either our own players or somebody else's players," Dalglish told his pre-Aston Villa press conference. "It doesn't matter what we say, there is going to be speculation in the newspapers - but we won't be here to answer every question that's in newspapers.
"We'll do our business the way we've been brought up to do our business, and that's privately behind closed doors. "We have the option to add if we want to, but we also have another option that we don't have to."
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Bill Shankly was speaking and Cally was spellbound by his master’s voice all over again.
Here was a newly unearthed old cassette recording of Shankly holding court in one of his last interviews, responding at 67 to a question about whether there were any mistakes he had regretted during his great career. “No,” he had scolded his questioner. “I don’t call them mistakes, never mistakes! That’s too negative. I call them ‘happenings’. Aye, you have to learn from ‘happenings!’”
Callaghan could only look and smile at Ian St John, Chris Lawler and Ron Yeats. Ha! As if Shanks would ever have admitted to fallibility! “Eerie. You could feel the same aura, how he compelled you to listen when he spoke,” reckoned Callaghan. “It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, like he was there in the room with us.”
But then maybe Shankly is still with us all. The spirit of the extraordinary people’s manager who took Liverpool FC from a nowhere club to global phenomenon largely through the sheer galvanising force of his personality and footballing passion seems to be more all-pervading by the year, reckons Callaghan. “His values and what he stood for only seem to get more precious, more important to people here.” Saturday’s Merseyside derby came in the week of the 30th anniversary of his death and Karen Gill has, as ever, received hundreds of e-mails, texts and letters
celebrating the memory of her granddad. From New Zealand to Mauritius and, yes, even back to Everton. “I get more every year from all over the world,” she says, overwhelmed at how the cult just grows. “I don’t know why? Maybe, he symbolises good times, positive things about Liverpool. It’s a unique phenomenon.” At her home in Greece, she reads from the tribute the Liverpool Echo offered on his death. “Shanks was not just a soccer genius, a charismatic, inspirational force.
"He won Cups and titles, yes, but he also won the hearts of men, women and children the world over. He walked with the high and the mighty but was never deluded by grandeur.
"His love was rooted deeply among the ordinary folk of Liverpool. He enriched the city immeasurably.” A city, mind, not just a club. How astonishing, thinks Karen, that 30 years on, he still keeps enriching. She was only 16 at the time and, to her, he was just the lovely, gruff, storytelling grandad who was so obsessed with the game that when the local kids came round with a football after Sunday dinner to ask if “Mr Shankly can come out to play”, even at 65 he just couldn’t say no. Of course, he had to be on the winning side, too! On the day of his funeral, when she saw the unbelievable crowds lining the route from his home in Bellefield Avenue to the church, she began to truly comprehend what he meant to Liverpool. “Including plenty who were wearing Evertonian blue,” she recalls. Remember the fabled Shanklyism: “If Everton were playing at the bottom of my garden, I’d draw the curtains”? Well, Karen relates how, actually, he had respect for the old enemy. When he took his dog for a walk, it was usually down to the nearby Everton training ground and he even got physio treatment there.
“Respect, but he still loved to beat them!” she smiles. And, of course, they made a perfect punchline for a bloke with the timing and delivery of a top stand-up comic. Today, Karen is the chair of the Liverpool FC supporters commission, representing all fan bases and designed to give a direct line to the club’s new owners. “In this day of corporatisation of football, at least there’s an indication from the club that they do care about supporters and I’d like to think that has stemmed from my granddad. For me, this feels like a chance to do something in his footsteps. It makes me proud.”
ChriS>I am concerned that the new yankers are only interested in "PR" Karen, they havent DONE anything yet, and all My concerns, clearly recorded have been ignored, so far!! Shanks was my Mentor and I will campaign until his mentality is TRULY part of the club and its global support again ..the "Holy Trinity" Lives on...
Next Friday, extracts from that cassette tape of him being interviewed by former headmaster Frank McFarlane, the recording which has transfixed Callaghan and co at rehearsal, will be interspersed with the four players giving their memories in a special “Bill Shankly Anniversary Show” at Southport Theatre.
The show is written by John Keith, who had the privilege of hearing Shankly’s wit and wisdom at Anfield on a daily basis as the Daily Express’s Merseyside man. For five years now, it has played to full houses from Norway to Ireland and Keith notes: “We do get a lot of Evertonians coming too. They say ‘we hate Liverpool, but we love Bill Shankly!’ You see, he transcended the game.”
It is as the inscription on the base of the statue of the scarf-wearing Shanks, which guards Anfield with bronze arms outstretched like some angel of the north, puts it with perfect simplicity: “He made the people happy”. And, to this day, the very thought of him still does too.
Note ref the "complaint list"
They dont think its necessary to inform their colleague of 10 previous emails and 5 international calls ???? (and they still write to Leon , even if its myself who have replied! ;)
ChriS SMITH > on behalf of my son, it may not be an "individuals" neglect to blame for all the problems@ Lfc office but whilst there is the standard "aplology" theres NO explanation as to why all these problems occur , I am used to this, as i have had a running arguement with "the offfice" since 10 years, but why my son has to suffer , I dont know! ..but i wont let this rest and will keep on complaining direct and via the "committee" (ref 111211-000008)
p.s. just as I cant watch http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/video-archive/LFC-TV/Live-LFC-Now-29575.php3 - (although I have an e-season seperate from Leon ) with a stupid "this video not yet available" !
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