Fergal McAlinden

Leonardo Bonucci and a bizarre year in Milan

As the next instalment of one of Italian football’s fiercest rivalries, this Sunday’s clash between AC Milan and Juventus is hardly in need of a talking point or two to grab the…

The unravelling of Gérard Houllier’s Liverpool

It was March 2002 and Liverpool were flying high. As the 2001/02 Premier League season entered its closing stretch, manager Gérard Houllier made a grandiose declaration about his team’s future; they were,…

Liverpool and Roma’s classic Anfield duel of 2002

The expected flood of nostalgia that’s ramped up over the past couple of weeks following Liverpool’s march into the Champions League semi-finals is a product almost as much of their opponents at…