Jamie Carragher's autobiography is widely recognized as one of the most honest football books
published in recent years and a passage on youth team football is particularly candid.
Liverpool's longest-serving player, understandably, has forthright views on the Academy system,
given that he was one of the last high profile graduates to break from the trainee ranks into the
Reds' first team.
Neil Mellor left Preston to join Sheffield Wednesday on year's loan deal this summer. It isn't the
sort of transfer many Liverpool fans will have picked on but it is significant for one particular
reason: Mellor is one of the most successful graduates to emerge from Liverpool's academy over the
past ten years.
Newcastle United players Michael Owen and Steven Taylor have today praised stand-in coach Chris
Hughton for the difficult job he's been given at the club. Owen and Taylor - praise coach Chris
Hughton today - good for them Chris must be feeling very lonely right now, and he only has Richard
Money and rookie coach David Thompson [.
Ricardo Quaresma has volunteered to be the Mat├şas Delgado of today's match. Remember Delgado the
Be┼čikta┼č midfielder who proclaimed prior to the 8-0 thrashing his club suffered at the hands of
our boys that 'This Liverpool side is vulnerable and not the super team of previous seasons'? Yeah,
wasn't so smart, well, Ricardo Quaresma has one-upped the Argentine by declaring that he wants to
make us fans cry.