Jim White

  • Liverpool have bigger problems than just Raheem Sterling - here's a few to start with...

    Jim White says Raheem Sterling may have been booed at Liverpool's awards do, but the club have bigger problems on the horizon.

    Raheem Sterling arrives with a guest to Liverpool's awards dinnerRaheem Sterling arrives with a guest to Liverpool's awards dinner

    For Liverpool fans, the end didn’t come soon enough. Their season climaxed in March, when their team was still in contention, still at the party. If only it had finished then: the summer might have been one tinged with optimism. However misplaced that optimism might have been.

    Instead, since then it has been a miserable slide. In their last 10 games in all competitions, Brendan Rodgers’ team have won but three. And those were against Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers. In that time they have lost five times, and have accrued but eight points from their last eight league

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  • Gareth Bale is playing for his future against Juventus - and Man Utd will be watching

    Jim White says Gareth Bale's career may hinge on his display in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.

    Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

    A year ago, the idea that Gareth Bale might be surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu was ridiculous. In the final of the Copa Del Rey he demonstrated precisely why he is the world’s most expensive footballer.

    With extra time looming in the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, in an atmosphere boiling with tension and nerves, the Welshman picked up the ball just inside the Real Madrid half and simply ran at the Barcelona defence. And he kept running, sprinting around the centre-back Marc Bartra as if he were a training ground dummy, taking a detour so extreme he almost ended up in the back row of

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