The Late Lunge: Shankly turning in his grave and Ireland at the Homeless World Cup
Mark Lawrenson is not a happy camper with the new Liverpool documentary, Del Piero and Heskey make losing starts and Ireland's performances at the Homeless World Cup.
By Declan Whooley
Lawrenson claims Shankly would turn in his grave at documentary
Former Liverpool defender and TV pundit is not impressed with a behind-the-scenes documentary looking at Liverpool’s pre-season tour this season in the US. Not one little bit.
The cameras followed the Reds on their tour of North America and Lawrenson thinks it reeks of ‘American schmalz’.
"What on earth is Brendan Rodgers doing in this programme Being: Liverpool? I'm sorry, I just think this show comes across as American schmaltz," a clearly irate Lawrenson writes in his column for the Daily Mirror.
Not stopping there, football’s least funny pundit – and that is an accolade that has stiff competition – thinks one particular scene of chief executive Ian Ayre jumping on a Harley Davidson is particularly cringe-worthy.
“Come on!! Shankly would be turning in his grave,” he added.
We'll have to take your word for it Lawro.
Del Piero and Heskey make losing starts in Oz
International heavyweights Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey (we can’t imagine the Italian would ever have thought he would be mentioned in the same sentence as the former England striker) both made losing starts to their respective Australian careers.
Heskey could not prevent his Newcastle Jets side going down 2-0 at home to Adelaide United. Heskey lasted 70 minutes and managed a couple of shots on goal before being substituted in the second half.
Sydney FC also went down 2-0 as Del Piero showed a few moments of magic but was also unable to prevent a defeat, with Wellington Phoenix taking the three points.
The Italian was happy with his fitness but not his overall performance.
“I am not satisfied - we lost but it was the first match. I'm okay. I played 90 minutes but I need to do better,” the Italian is quoted as saying in The Daily Mail.
It would be a slight understatement to suggest that Newcastle and Sydney fans having contrasting attacking options for the forthcoming season.
Homeless World Cup
An event which has, not surprisingly, escaped a lot of media attention is the homeless World Cup which is taking place in Mexico. The tournament began on Saturday and runs until next Sunday.
The criteria for participation states that you have to be at least 16, have been homeless at some point since the previous tournament and currently be in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation centre. It really is great initiative.
The tournament is an annual event now and last year’s World Cup in Paris saw live streaming of games for the first time, with more than 63,000 viewers watching the action.
It didn't begin well as Ireland went down in their opener 4-3 at the hands of Costa Rica on Saturday, though we would beat Argentina and Norway yesterday. Go lads!