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Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez
by Paco Lloret
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better LFC books, 27 Sep 2007
This review is from: Rafa Benitez (Paperback)
Think this is definitely one of the better books on LFC. Having said that, much of it is about Benitez's time in Spain, but it helps put into context his methods and approach to the game. The book does deal with Benitez's early days at Liverpool and does give insight into how he works. Recommended.


Above Us Only Sky: Liverpool FC's Global Revolution
Above Us Only Sky: Liverpool FC's Global Revolution
by Paul Tomkins
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book yet, 27 Sep 2007
Above Us Only Sky is Tomkins 3rd 'annual' book on LFC. Not a massive departure from his previous two books, although this does have a slightly different angle with the new Yank owners and growing overseas influences now at the club. There are also reports from Athens and Barcelona, and other games on the way to the Champions League final. Plus a look at the South American influence now at Anfield, and the new direction for the youth academy. If something works, don't change it. Or don't change it too much. As ever it reads well, has a fair few doses of humour and lots of well thought-out analysis. Unlike his previous books, as well as quotes picked up from the media there are interviews with other football writers and fans from around the world. But maybe the bedrock of the book is the in-depth look at what Liverpool are doing, and must continue to do, in order to challenge for the Premier League title, which offers many fascinating thoughts on this subject complex subject. Clever stuff. I enjoyed this a bit more than his previous two books. It just seems a bit more polished and has more 'flavour' if that's the right world. A nice progression. As ever, heartily recommended.


Golden Past, Red Future: Liverpool FC - Champions of Europe 2005
Golden Past, Red Future: Liverpool FC - Champions of Europe 2005
by Paul Tomkins
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for five star triumph, 12 Oct 2006
This is an superb account of the recent history of Liverpool FC. As with its excellent follow-up, Red Revival, this book takes a balanced look at the club's recent fortunes. In the case of this book, it starts with the demise of Gerard Houllier and looks at the simultaneous rise of Rafael Benitez at Valencia. The book then follows the progress of the 2004/05 season, including all the off-the-pitch activity like investment, proposed stadium move, Gerrard to Chelsea, and Owen to Madrid. It then details the lows in the league and FA Cup, and the hysterical reaction to them in the media, and the heady highs of Istanbul, with a eye-witness account of the occasion in Turkey and the famous game itself. There are some excellent books on that incredible triumph, but this is easily up there with the best.


Red Revival: Rafa Benitez's Liverpool Revolution
Red Revival: Rafa Benitez's Liverpool Revolution
by Paul Tomkins
Edition: Paperback

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb follow up, 22 Jun 2006
Tompkins' work is admired by Rafa Benitez and it's easy to see why, given the astute assessments provided within his two books.

I don't think this book is quite as good as Golden Past Red Future, his first book, simply because it doesn't have the Champions League final as its climax. But it's more than able to stand side-by-side in terms of overall quality, insight, humour and understanding of the game. While generally positive in its tone, there are also criticisms in what reads as a balanced outlook on the club.

The analysis is spot-on, as always from Tompkins. Even if one doesn't agree with everything he says, it can be respected; his views are never less than interesting.


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