Mediawatch: ‘Scouse heartbeat’ > trophies

Date published: Wednesday 14th October 2015 12:34

Apparently Jurgen Klopp’s priority should be making Liverpool more Scouse, not winning trophies…


Memory lapse
‘Let us not forget it was a friendly just prior to Italia 90 against Chile in which Paul Gascoigne got his first England start and convinced Bobby Robson to not only take him to Italia 90 but start him,’ ‘writes’ Alan Shearer in The Sun.

Now it’s a pity you said ‘let us not forget’, Alan, because it then makes you look a bit daft when we point out that England played Chile in May 1989 – really not ‘just prior’ to Italia 90 – and Gascoigne did so little in that game that he would not start another England game until April 1990 against Czechoslavakia.


Question of the day
When Alan Shearer was putting together his England team (‘if finals started now’), did he simply forget about Chris Smalling? After all, his memory is not so great.


Challenge of the day
‘GET TOUGH ROY’ is the headline on the back page of the Daily Mail, as apparently ‘Phil Jagielka has challenged manager Roy Hodgson to stand up to Barclays Premier League managers by picking his strongest team as the squad prepares for Euro 2016’.

Now Mediawatch cannot imagine that nice man Phil Jagielka challenging anybody to do anything at all, so we were intrigued.

What Jagielka actually said:

“He’ll probably play his strongest team and if not pretty close to it in both games. That should give you a good idea of how he is looking at these friendlies and how we go about it.

“I think the Chile and Germany games (before the World Cup), he went half-and-half on the Friday and Tuesday nights, probably trying to appease club managers and look at players and things like that.

“But maybe this time the manager is going to be a little bit more selfish and plan for France, even before Christmas.”

Less a ‘challenge’, and more ‘speculation as to what the manager might do’, we would say.


Today’s fuss about absolutely f*** all
‘Not only did radio station talkSport commentate ‘live’ on England’s victory in Lithuania from the comfort of their office near Waterloo, but pundit Stan Collymore implied in one tweet – ‘Fights between rival fans here’ – that he was in the LFF Stadium in Vilnius. A talkSport spokeswoman would not comment on Collymore mixing fact (the fight) with fiction (his location),’ writes Charles Sale in the Daily Mail.

Mediawatch can only imagine what the talkSport spokeswoman said when she put the phone down after that particular conversation.


Shop local
‘Klopp must discover why it’s Everton, not Liverpool, who snap up the best local kids’, says the Daily Mail. We suspect it’s not his priority – that might be finishing fourth – but we are ready to listen.

‘It is more than 15 years since a local boy managed to get his name up in lights,’ writes Dominic King. Steven Gerrard? Jamie Carragher? Robbie Fowler? They all did some rather good things for Liverpool and England in the last 15 years. And all are local. Do they not count? Oh, you don’t mean ‘getting your name up in lights’ do you? You mean ‘breaking through after an abritrary cut-off point’. Okay. Carry on…

‘Across town, however, it has been a different story. Everton have been the club with the Scouse heartbeat; since the turn of the century, Wayne Rooney, Leon Osman, Jack Rodwell and Ross Barkley were all taken from local leagues, nurtured and progressed to become England internationals.’

So Leon Osman – from Wigan and just one year younger than Gerrard – counts as contributing to a club with ‘a Scouse heartbeat’ but Gerrard does not?

And Osman – with his two England caps – has been ‘nurtured and progressed to become an England international’ but Martin Kelly – who went to Euro 2012 – and Jon Flanagan have not?

And Flanagan has not ‘managed to get his name up in lights’ despite being a Gerrard slip away from a Premier League medal in a season that ended with him in the stand-by list for the 2014 World Cup?

The fact that neither Osman nor Rodwell were actually good (or consistently fit) enough for Liverpool is apparently irrelevant.

‘At their (Everton’s) Finch Farm base, there has been a clear line for progression. The corridors that lead from the academy changing rooms all have life-size pictures of the players who have worked their way up to play in the Barclays Premier League. There are, at present, more than 20 images.

‘There are key reasons for this,’ writes King.

At this point we expected King to detail Liverpool’s status as a much bigger and more successful club than Everton in the Premier League era (13 top-four finishes v one from Everton), with much bigger resources, that can afford to buy players rather than develop them through the Academy. But no. In the most Merseyside sentence we may have ever read, the Liverpool Academy ‘lacks a Liverpudlian soul’.

We will leave you with this quote from King – a former Everton correspondent on the Liverpool Echo:

‘It is all very well talking about winning titles and conquering Europe but the biggest thing Klopp must do is give Liverpool back its local identity.’

Indeed. Because Liverpool fans would rather their club finished eighth with a ‘Scouse heartbeat’ than win the Premier League with players like Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.

One word: Behave.


Compromise of the day
‘Saido Berahino is ready to play the whole season with West Brom as Albion owner Jeremy Peace continues to stand firm. Baggies chairman Peace refused to sell the striker in August, despite repeated bids from Tottenham and a transfer request from Berahino.

‘He even threatened to refuse to play for Peace – but MirrorSport understands a compromise for the entire season has been reached,’ writes James Nursey.

Is this ‘compromise’ that West Brom do not sell their most valuable player until they want to sell their most valuable player and Saido Berahino continues to do the job for which he is paid? Like every other footballer at every other Premier League club?


Wales watching
Sorry to be that tw*t but James Nursey’s Daily Mirror excitement at Wales being eighth in the FIFA rankings – ‘above England, Holland and Italy’ – will be shortlived: Saturday’s defeat to Bosnia means that they will be 15th next month. Below Austria and Romania. But still better than Holland. Yay.


Headline of the day
‘ORANGE IS THE NEW CACK’ – Truly excellent from The Sun.


Troubling headline of the day
‘SAM: ‘I’LL MAKE DICK EAT HIS WORDS’ – The Daily Star. Please don’t ever put the words ‘DICK’ and ‘EAT’ anywhere near a picture of Sam Allardyce again.


Non-football headline of the day
‘Duck walks into pub, drinks pint, fights dog, loses. Maintains bow tie. Not a joke’ – Cheddar Valley Gazette.


Recommended reading of the day
Joe Bernstein on David Platt and managing in India

Michael Yokhin on Greece’s disastrous Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Johann Sirgudsson on Lars Lagerback and Iceland’s managerial revolution

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