The Anatomy of Liverpool: A History in Ten Matches

The Anatomy of Liverpool: A History in Ten Matches

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By (author) Jonathan Wilson, By (author) Scott Murray

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  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 38mm | 560g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1409144410
  • ISBN 13: 9781409144410
  • Illustrations note: black & white plates, colour plates
  • Sales rank: 152,355

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Much of the acres of football news coverage these days has little to do with what actually occurs on the pitch. Jonathan Wilson has established himself as one of the sport's pre-eminent writers, focussing on the tactics (with the award-winning INVERTING THE PYRAMID) and how events on the pitch have shaped football history (THE ANATOMY OF ENGLAND). His new book is a compellingly forensic analysis of ten key Liverpool matches that have shaped the club's fortunes for more than a century - from the long-lost triumphs of manager Tom Watson, who arrived in 1896, to the 1977 European Cup triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach, to the astonishing Champions League Final comeback against AC Milan, 'The Miracle of Istanbul', in 2005. Legendary players and managers of the stature of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish populate these pages, which highlight the genius and the flaws of individuals by examining them in practice. Certain games lie on the fault-lines of history. Perhaps they mark the end of one era or the beginning of another. Perhaps they encapsulate a summation of a manager's reign. Or perhaps they mark a crossroads, moments at which football looked one way, and then went the other. But this is not a virtual history of Liverpool FC. Jonathan Wilson's prime purpose is not to speculate on what might have been. Rather it will try to determine why what was, was. No game is won or lost, after all, in a single moment but by a million little things. THE ANATOMY OF LIVERPOOL tells the story of a great club through a detailed examination of ten key matches looking, as a football history must, first and foremost at the football.

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Jonathan Wilson's INVERTING THE PYRAMID won the NATIONAL SPORTING CLUB FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD and was shortlisted for the WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR. He is the author of BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TRAVELS IN EASTERN EUROPEAN FOOTBALL, THE ANATOMY OF ENGLAND: A HISTORY IN TEN MATCHES, SUNDERLAND: A CLUB TRANSFORMED, BRIAN CLOUGH: THE BIOGRAPHY and THE OUTSIDER: A HISTORY OF THE GOALKEEPER. He writes for the GUARDIAN, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and WORLD SOCCER. He is the editor of THE BLIZZARD. https://twitter.com/jonawils

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This insightful, highly readable book attempts to map the evolution of the club through ten specific matches... Above all, The Anatomy of Liverpool is an engrossing account of a sporting institution forging its identity through the post-war years. Some of the detail is priceless too... Highly recommended. -- Rob Hughes WHEN SATURDAY COMES This insightful, highly readable book attempts to map the evolution of the club through ten specific matches... Above all, The Anatomy of Liverpool is an engrossing account of a sporting institution forging its identity through the post-war years. Some of the detail is priceless too... Highly recommended. -- Rob Hughes WHEN SATURDAY COMES

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A History in Ten Matches Sunderland v Liverpool, February 1901 Wolves v Liverpool, May 1947 Liverpool v Leeds (FA Cup Final), May 1965 Liverpool v Crvena Zvezda, November 1973 Liverpool v Borussia Mönchengladbach (European Cup Final), May 1977 Liverpool v Roma (European Cup Final), May 1984 Liverpool v Nottingham Forest, April 1988 Everton v Liverpool, February 1991 Roma v Liverpool, February 2001 Liverpool v AC Milan (Champions League Final), May 2005

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Much of the acres of football news coverage these days has little to do with what actually occurs on the pitch. Jonathan Wilson has established himself as one of the sport's pre-eminent writers, focusing on the tactics (with the award-winning Inverting the Pyramid) and how events on the pitch have shaped football history (The Anatomy of England). His new book is a compellingly forensic analysis of ten key Liverpool matches that have shaped the club's fortunes for more than a century - from the long-lost triumphs of manager Tom Watson, who arrived in 1896, to the 1977 European Cup triumph over Borussia Mönchengladbach, to the astonishing Champions League Final comeback against AC Milan, 'The Miracle of Istanbul', in 2005. Legendary players and managers of the stature of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish populate these pages, which highlight the genius and the flaws of individuals by examining them in practice. Certain games lie on the fault-lines of history. Perhaps they mark the end of one era or the beginning of another. Perhaps they encapsulate a summation of a manager's reign. Or perhaps they mark a crossroads, moments at which football looked one way, and then went the other. But this is not a virtual history of Liverpool FC. Jonathan Wilson's prime purpose is not to speculate on what might have been. Rather it will try to determine why what was, was. No game is won or lost, after all, in a single moment but by a million little things. The Anatomy of Liverpool tells the story of a great club through a detailed examination of ten key matches looking, as a football history must, first and foremost at the football.