Jordan Henderson and Aaron Ramsey: Undroppable Footsoldiers of the Revolution

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Having enjoyed quietly assured starts to the season, James Dutton and Hugo Greenhalgh assess the rising fortunes of Jordan Henderson and Aaron Ramsey – the undroppable footsoldiers of the revolution…

After a low-key opening three weeks to the 2013-4 Premier League season, 58 goals scored at a rate of less than two per game is a significant departure from the norm. And yet the focus of this season’s infancy has not been shone towards rejuvenated swashbuckling defences, but to the goal scorers making the difference at the ‘business end’ of the pitch.

Daniel Sturridge and Olivier Giroud have attracted headlines for possessing predatory instincts that have fired Liverpool and Arsenal towards the top of the table, and currently the pair share the golden boot berth with Christian Benteke.

Scratch underneath the surface, however, and you will find an unlikely duo who are no less vital to their respective sides, who provide the elbow grease and unstinting work ethic without which the teams would self-implode. The beginning of this new league season has witnessed the continued renaissance of Jordan Henderson and Aaron Ramsey, and confirmed their centrality to how Liverpool and Arsenal perform. Continue reading

“The Unsellables” – From Winston Bogarde to Joe Cole

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Winston Bogarde – a contract renegade from a bygone era.

The False Nine‘s Ethan Meade investigates the unfortunate rise of veteran has-beens on fat wage packets; ‘The Unsellables’…

What do Joe Cole, Andrei Arshavin, Florent Malouda and Sebastien Squillaci all have in common? No, not just the fact that they have all won domestic titles in their respective homelands – but also the fact that they all represent a very modern type of player – ‘The Unsellable’. Continue reading

FSG: A Two-Year Appraisal

John Henry celebrates his successful takeover of Liverpool FC in 2010, after a dramatic week in the High Court

False Nine editor James Dutton offers a candid assessment of Liverpool owners’ Fenway Sports Group on their two year anniversary…

Two years ago this week Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton negotiated the protracted sale of Liverpool Football Club to the owners of Boston Red Sox; New England Sports Ventures, led by John W. Henry and Tom Werner. The new American owners won instant approval across the city for simply not being their predecessors – their national counterparts Tom Hicks and George Gillett, the most despised parasites on Merseyside since Kelvin MacKenzie. Continue reading