Author Archives: Sian Jones

The only female currently writing for OTPN! Sian is a criminology student at the University of Southampton and life-long passionate Liverpool fan. She doesn't have too much in the way of previous writing experience unless you count obsessively tweeting about football (probably more than is healthy). Her favourite football to follow besides Liverpool and the Premier League in general is any team that shows a successful 'tiki-taka' style; Spain, Barcelona and not forgetting Swansea City! You can follow her twitter @siancjones

Liverpool’s Captain Fantastic: OTPN Tributes

Siân  Jones It’s been a struggle to find the words, as a Liverpool fan, to respond to the news that my ultimate idol is to be leaving the club this summer. It sounds cliché when people refer to Gerrard as “Mr. Liverpool” but actually, it is an apt title. Since the age of 8, Steven Gerrard has given absolutely everything ... Read More »

Is it worth signing “old” players?

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As some critics have begun mocking Liverpool FC for signing 32-year-old Scouser Rickie Lambert from Southampton, I consider whether it is, as they say, a waste of time signing players who are over 30 and most probably past their best years. There seems to be an overwhelming focus on youth of late, where it is not uncommon to see young ... Read More »

England vs Montenegro: The Penultimate World Cup Qualifier

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Last nights’ qualifier vs Montenegro was a match that England went into in need of a win to have any hope of finishing top of Group H, and also to protect any pride; an England team that failed to beat Montenegro at Wembley would surely not be missed in Brazil Roy Hodgson started with what was a surprisingly attacking line-up ... Read More »

Jordan Henderson: Future Liverpool and England Captain?

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Upon signing for Liverpool for up to £20million (including add-ons) in 2011, young Jordan Henderson faced some harsh critics. Alongside the arrival of Stewart Downing, he was labelled a waste of money and described by many as average at best, which inevitably placed a lot of pressure on him. Undoubtedly there have been times where he has seemed shaky, out ... Read More »

The Premier League will miss Wigan

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It’s been an odd year for Wigan Athletic Football Club. Just a few days after a momentous FA Cup win they found themselves relegated from the Premier League. They eventually lost manager Roberto Martinez to Everton in June and replaced him with Owen Coyle. The cup win was never expected (especially after they drew 2012 Premier League champions Manchester City ... Read More »

Oscar and Coutinho: The Brazilian Magicians

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Just in case anybody hasn’t quite noticed, Oscar and Coutinho are in many ways very similar players. Both are Brazilian, 21 years old, creative attacking midfielders renowned for their excellent vision, calm execution of penetrative passing, and a keen eye for goal. They have shot into football stardom recently following smooth transitions into the Premier League and the two are ... Read More »

What’s going on with Bale?

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Rumours have been flying around for some time now regarding Gareth Bale’s future at Tottenham Hotspur, and most of them have been suggesting that a move to Real Madrid is most likely. Today, sources in Spain claimed that a deal has been agreed to move the Welshman to the Spanish capital, although these must be taken with a pinch of ... Read More »

Why is Thiago Alcântara such hot property?

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Thiago Alcântara, a young central midfielder currently at FC Barcelona, featured for Spain in the under-21 European Championships this summer and is currently under the spotlight of media and pundits as a key transfer target of top European clubs. At only 22, Thiago has several honours under his belt for club and country (at youth levels), including Golden Player of ... Read More »

Introducing Suso

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Introducing Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre (more commonly known as Suso): the 19-year-old Spanish midfielder who in 2010 chose a move to Liverpool over La Liga giants Real Madrid, thanks to a convincing phone call from then-boss Rafael Benitez. Although popular amongst Liverpool fans and those who follow academy and reserves football (and a fan favourite on Twitter), ... Read More »

Should Rafa return to manage Liverpool?

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by Sian Jones In the wake of Chelsea’s interim manager Rafael Benitez admitting he expects to one day manage Liverpool once more, I look at the reasons why a return to his old club may not be such a great idea. It is widely accepted that Benitez has not been the most welcome at Stamford Bridge, with repeated chants of  ... Read More »

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