The Football Funny Pages: Retiring at 17

On Sundays we will be bringing you some oddball football stories of the week. Here’s what we’ve got for you this week:

No Club Too Small

YaYa Touré was a Manchester City legend, having made 230 appearances and scored 59 goals. He lifted 3 Premier League titles and 2 League Cups, as well as an FA Cup. Previously he has won the Champions League with Barcelona as well as two La Ligas, a Supercopa de Espana, a UEFA Super Cup, and the Club World Cup. An impressive resume.

Since leaving Man City he returned to Olympiacos, before going on to make 14 appearances for Chinese side Qindao Huanghai. Recently the former 4 time African footballer of the year trained with… League Two’s Leyton Orient.

Man City’s Twitter hasn’t forgotten…

Leyton Orient for promotion?

I Will Remember You

What do you have to do to get a team to retire your number? Jude Bellingham just had to play 44 games and move on to bigger things. Bermingham City have retired the 22 jersey in his honor ahead of a move to Borussia Dortmund.

The Birmingham City FC website had a statement that read:

In such a remarkably short space of time Jude has become an iconic figure at Blues, showing what can be achieved through talent, hard work and dedication.

His caring, humble and engaging off-the-field demeanour has also made him such an impressive role model.

The 22 shirt has become synonymous with Jude, his rise to the first team aged just 16 years and 38 days and these qualities.

And as such the club have decided it would be fitting to retire this number, to remember one of our own and to inspire others.

Bellingham has become the most expensive 17-year-old in football

Finally Happy To See Red

Liverpool were in a party mood during their final home game of the season. Below is a video from Wijnaldum’s insatgram. From 12:30 James Milner talks about how it’s the first time he wanted a red ribbon on the trophy, having previously won the league with Man City. He also has a tasty comment on the red half of Manchester. Also in the video, Wijnaldum wearing Firmino’s sunglasses, and Salah with a kind of red afro.

Milner’s just saying what a lot of Liverpool fans are thinking.

Are you still here?

Liverpool fans may want to forget, but Loris Karius is still employed by the club. He recently terminated a loan spell at Besiktas, but now it seems he may be on his way out on a permanent basis, with Montpellier expressing interest.

Karius last played for Liverpool in the Champions League final in 2018, where he made two disastrous errors that lead to Real Madrid goals. Montpelier were French champions in 2012.

Loris Karius referred for concussion tests by Liverpool – Off The Post
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Ollie’s at the Wheel

With the announcement that Mbappe will be on the cover of FIFA21, there have been multiple custom covers going around. Finn Harps offered what was clearly the best.

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The little moments

Rodg’s Words

This article is going to be nice and simple. I am going to pick out 3 of my favourite things or moments from this season about the Liverpool players whose happiness and success brings me extra joy. (1 player per position)

ADRIAN

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Adrian. (Image:liverpoolfc.com)
  1. Uefa Super cup. Saving the penalty that wins your new team a trophy in your second game? Not a bad start.
  2. Clean sheet away to Sheffield United. One of the moments early on in the season where it looked likely at stages that Liverpool would drop points or perhaps even lose. While he wasn’t tested particularly often, it isn’t rare that in testing conditions (weather wise and opponent) that even the best teams when playing with their backup keeper struggle, it is testament to Adrian that he held firm as Liverpool escaped with 3 valuable points.
  3. Anfield Derby. Allisson’s red card against Brighton could have ended up costing Liverpool dearly with the merseyside derby on the horizon. No clean sheet this time, but another experience I’m sure he’ll never forget and more proof of how it doesn’t matter who plays for Liverpool, they won’t lose to Everton at Anfield. Thank you Adrian.

JOEL MATIP

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Joel Matip celebrating. (Image:Goal.com)
  1. Scoring Liverpool’s first goal of the season. Rewind ourselves to the community shield and bear witness to Joel Matip scoring from a Van Dijk cross. That’s what I call total football.
  2. Opening the scoring against Arsenal. Yes I will admit it I take great joy in Joel Matip goals. The celebration and the joy on his face when he scores. Need I say any more?
  3. Considering injuries interrupted his season, playing a part in the Uefa Super Cup and watching him beautifully celebrate was a precious precious moment. I want more Matip next season!

GINI WIJNALDUM

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Mr Consistent aka Gini Wijnaldum (Pic, liverpoolfc.com)
  1. Winning goal against Sheffield United. While his goals for Holland seem regular his Liverpool strike rate is too low for my liking. His fortunate goal against Sheffield United certainly went a long way to securing a strong early points gap that ultimately allowed Liverpool to saunter to the title.
  2. Nutmeg on Harry Maguire. Watch it. Soak it in. Classy, flawless and perfect.
  3. Consistency. Above all watching the consistent levels he performs at week in week out is a pleasure.

ROBERTO FIRMINO

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Bobby Firmino (Pic, Liverpool.com)
  1. Failed Volley against Arsenal. While his lack of Anfield goals has been an anomaly his performances and touches at Anfield have still been world class. His flick up and mishit volley was something straight from Fifa Street.
  2. Performance against Newcastle. Another no goal game at Anfield but a ridiculous performance with an array of passes like no other. His assist for Salah was absurd and he could have provided one or two more assists if his teammates were more clinical that day.
  3. Second goal away at Leicester. In what was arguably the most dominanting and certainly my favourite performance of the season Liverpool cruised to a 4 nil away win against Leicester. Bobby got two, the second a nonchalant finish into the top corner after an exquisite first touch inside the box.

All the little moments added up to the big moment and these have been some of my favourite little moments. (I enjoyed the big moment too)

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