Monthly Review - November
November 1 - Fowler sent off as Reds fail to win at
What turned out to be a great start for Fowler ended up as a disappointing day
for both Fowler and the team. Fowler took only 50 seconds to take the lead at
Bolton. The second half began much the same with neither team really taking control of the
game and both defences were still on top. Liverpool were dealt a huge blow after 75
minutes when Robbie Fowler was sent off for a reckless challenge on Per Frandsen. Fowler
appeared to use an elbow and the referee had no option but to send him off. Bolton made
their one man advantage tell almost immediately and equalised through Nathan Blake after
84 minutes. Jimmy Phillips produced a great deep cross for Blake to head beautifully past
James in the Liverpool goal. 1-1 it ended.
November 4 - Liverpool 2 Strasbourg 0... the French
Liverpool notched it 100th European victory but failed to progress to the 3rd
round of the UEFA Cup. Its double dejavu from last season's European Cup-Winners' Cup
contest with another French team, Paris Saint Germain. The victory means that Liverpool
has failed to overcome the 3-0 away deficits suffered at the hands of their French
opponents these 2 seasons. Fowler and Riedle scored for the Reds. Fans can only take
heart that the team played well but just missed out on luck.
November 8 - Liverpool 4 Spurs 0
Liverpool recovers from a sluggish first half to win Spurs 4-0 at
Anfield. McManaman, Leonhardsen, Redknapp and Owen scored for the Reds. This victory
provided Evans with much relief as speculation of the board seeking a foreign coach
intensifies. The Reds leaped to the 6th spot in the Premiereship after this match, 5
points behind leaders Manchester United.
November 9 - Southgate targeted... Macca rumoured to go
Gareth Southgate is rumoured to be targeted by Roy Evans to strengthen the
erratic defence. Southgate lashed out in papers earlier, questioning the direction that
Villa is heading under Brian Little. Meanwhile McManaman is said to be the target of
Juventus and AC Milan with a fee expected to be worth at least £11 million. Macca still
has 18 months of the current contract left and the board is eager to extend his contract.
November 10 - Macca squashed rumours of leaving
Macca revealed that he is not prepared to leave Liverpool at the moment. He
revealed that he will want to help Liverpool win the title either this season or next.
However he said that it would be too early to renegotiate his current contract now.
November 14 - Liverpool's shock bid rejected by
Liverpool have had a shock £10 million swap deal for Sol Campbell rejected by
Spurs. The club offered three stars - Neil Ruddock, Jason McAteer and Mark Kennedy - plus
£2m for the England defender. But Spurs informed them that Campbell, 23, is not for sale.
Evans knows if he could get Campbell, it would be a major boost to Liverpool's title
chances - and his own prospects of remaining as manager. - condensed from Press
November 15 - Fowler stakes his claim
Robbie Fowler staked his claim to be Alan Shearer's strike partner for next
summer's World Cup Finals after finding the target in England's 2-0 victory over Cameroon.
Fowler struck in first-half injury time for England's second goal in the friendly
international played at Wembley. - World Soccernet
November 18 - Liverpool 3 Grimsby Town 0
Michael Owen returned from his week training with the
England squad to plunder his first hat-trick in senior football. The Liverpool boy wonder,
who has set his heart on become the youngest player ever to pull on an England shirt, sent
the Anfield side into the quarter-finals of the Coca-Cola Cup. The young predator is fast
emerging as one of the country's finest strikers and even Robbie Fowler, England's hero of
last weekend, will surely be left pondering whether he will be in Liverpool's next
- Press Association, Team Talk
November 20 - Coca-Cola Cup Q-Finals clash with
Liverpool will play Newcastle United in the
Coca-Cola Cup Quater-finals at the St. James Park. The two teams will face each
other 3 times in less than a month. Liverpool visit St James Park in the Premiership
on December 28 before the Reds return to theNorth East a week later when the sides clash
in a titanic Coca-Cola Cup quarter-final shoot-out tothe death. The trio of matches end
with the Magpies trip to Merseyside on January 20 when the Premiership sides play
their re-arranged league game which was cancelled on August 31 because of the tragic death
of Diana, Princess of Wales. - Liverpool Echo
November 21 - Dalglish signs Dalglish
Newcastle have signed manager Kenny Dalglish's
son Paul from Liverpool - and immediately sent him on loan to Bury. The 20-year-old
midfielder, who was previously at Celtic, will stay at Gigg Lane until the end of the
season. Dalglish goes straight into the Shakers' squad for tomorrow's home game with
Sunderland. - Press Association
November 22 - Bogarde's deal abandoned
Liverpool have pulled back from the deal of AC
Milan's Dutch star Winston Bogarde. The £3.5million move was believed to have been called
off due to concerns about Bogarde's temperament. Apparently it was due to a row with Van
Gaal last season when he was left out of the Champions Cup quarter-final first leg against
Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, American 'keeper Brad Friedel looks set to join Anfield.
November 22 - Liverpool 0 Barnsley 1
Ashley Ward scored a simple tap-in goal after 35 minutes to stun Liverpool in
a match he thought he would never play in. This game, the first between Liverpool and
Barnsley in the Premiership, should have become little more than a curious footnote in the
Merseyside club's history. Instead it encapsulated everything that has been frustrating
and disappointing about Liverpool in the 1990s. It was a messy affair contributed to
largely by some woeful Liverpool defending, but it was enough to provide the shock result
of the day and Barnsley thoroughly deserved the points.
November 24 - Eggen for Manager ?
Nils Arne Eggen (56) wants to become manager for Liverpool. He
hasn't heard anything from the club yet, but the rumours are increasing in strength in
England. "I think it's both flattering and interesting. It would be interesting to be
a manager for a team that has got opportunities that Rosenborg hasn't", Eggen says.
Meanwhile , Swindon boss Steve McMahon has been named as a 4-1 favourite to succeed
under-fire Roy Evans as manager of Liverpool after the Merseysiders crashed to an
embarrassing 1-0 home defeat against Barnsley on Saturday.
November 28 - Friedel deal off !
The Department of Employment has rejected American keeper's application
for a work permit to play in England. Apparently the DOE are not convinced that Friedel
will be become the number one in Anfield right away and will thus fail to fulfil the 75%
match attendance requirement. The whole situation was made worse because of a trial
involving Portsmouth and DOE over Australian keeper Zeljko Kalac. This caused all
impending applications on hold. It is a serious blow to Evans as he has been hoping
to sign Brad Friedel for weeks to provide a severe challenge to David James.
November 30 - Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1
Liverpool has to play the crucial match at Highbury without skipper
Ince and leading marksman Fowler. However stand-in captain, Steve McManaman scored a gem
of a goal in the 56th minute to give the Reds the vital 3 points. With this win, the Reds
moves up 2 places to 7th position. Meanwhile, Manchester United thrashed Blackburn Rovers
4-0 in the top of the table clash to reinforce its pole position.
November 30 - Evans to stay
Liverpool boss Roy Evans has declared he will not walk out on Liverpool,
despite the pressure he is currently under to win a major trophy this season. Evans,
speaking after the win at Arsenal on Sunday, said: "If they (the press) think they
can get me to walk out they're picking on the wrong guy." - TeamTalk
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