People find their way to TLO using all kinds of search terms. Some can seem a little strange, unusual, or just in need of an answer. Others seem to have nothing to do with Liverpool. Occasionally they’re borderline workplace-appropriate. Every now and then, we try to give answers to a few of them.
And with no football on and so many of us stuck self-isolating, we’re going to start trying to mix in some questions asked by readers to help pass the time. So if you’ve ever had something you wanted to ask us—be it about football or fitness or fashion or food or fencing—drop it in the comments or hit us up on Twitter and we’ll see what we can do.
divock origi vampire
I mean, I know he’s going to go down as a Liverpool cult hero for scoring those goals under the lights against Barcelona and Tottenham in the Champions League last season. Still, I’m sure there’ve been games he’s played well in while the sun is up and that he’s not actually a vampire or a football vampire or some kind of supernatural creature that only scores goals when the sun goes down. I’m sure of it. Probably. Maybe?
liverpool love klopp
Sounds about right. Somebody should put it on a banner.
blue and white liverpool kit
A lot of supporters still consider it a faux pas, but in recent seasons—ever since clubs and the manufacturers took to releasing three new kits every season, really—it’s become fairly common to have some blue or not-quite-blue (it’s electric teal aquamarine, actually) pop up in one of the away or third kit options every couple of seasons.
There is some history to it, though, as if you go back to 1892 Liverpool started out wearing blue and white. It’s all thanks to Everton and a dispute between their club president John Houlding and the rest of the board, as Houlding owned Anfield and after a few seasons decided he wanted to sell it to the club while the rest of the board wanted to agree a long-term lease. The end result was a split, the rest of the board taking Everton and Houlding holding on to Anfield—which no longer had a club to play in it. However, when they split Houlding retained the stock of Everton’s shirts, quartered blue and white, and when he formed his new club they simply started out playing in those.
Everton, who moved to Goodison and lost their kits in the divorce, adopted all blue at that point. And a few years later, when those original blue and white shirts began to run out, the Reds became the Reds—though for a long time they played in red tops with white shorts, and often even had black in the mix, a colour scheme that would eventually become synonymous with rivals Manchester United. The all-red look didin’t arrive until the 60s under Bill Shankly, but when it did it stuck.
In any case, there’s at least historical precedent for blue, though it still undeniably feels a touch wrong to see the liver bird on any shade of it, and perhaps the club would have been better served saving it for change kits in certain historic years to mark, say, their 100th or 125th anniversary.
racism and football
We’ve now gone, what, a month without a major incident? So that’s pretty good. Can’t for the life of me think what changed a month ago, though.
That’s not proper social distancing, mate.
I hear they have those on television, mostly. Or on your phone or laptop if you’ve got Netflix or summat. A lot of them aren’t very good, but at least they help pass the time while there isn’t any football to watch. So. Good luck tracking one down.
is alisson of liverpool best keeper in world
The short answer is yes. The slightly longer answer is that you’ve still got to give credit to Jan Oblak. Still, while he stepped up massively when Atletico Madrid faced Liverpool in the Champions League this season, on the whole he didn’t look quite at his best before that and Alisson over the past two seasons has to just edge it. Meanwhile, the past few seasons really haven’t been kind to David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois, with both falling back considerably when it comes to rating out the game’s best at the position.
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