|Russia Today Host|
|Org||England National Team|
|Media||Russia Today [RT]|
|Club as Player||Liverpool FC|
2017 04 21 Retrieve
[In the wake of Ugo Ehiogu’s death, former Aston Villa teammate Stan Collymore paid tribute to the late defender] I joined Villa straight after the 96/97 season ended and immediately went with the gaffer, Brian Little to San Francisco to meet up with my new team mates on a post season 2 game tour against LA Galaxy and San Jose
Being ‘My’ club I was so excited to get there ( Steve Gough of Cannock Villa was waiting at San Fran airport with the Cannock Villa flag!) so I got to the hotel , did a medical and Ugo was the first person to come and say hello, the first person to take time to welcome me to the club I supported as a kid. I was nervous, he knew it, and rather than be the alpha male that many of us players can be around each other, he showed me around, we hung out over the coming days and he was instrumental in helping me settle in. Going to Villa was my dream so for him to see that and just offer calm, cool friendship is something I’ll never forget.
He was already great friends with Bozza and Dwight Yorke but wasn’t as loud as them or me, just cooler than cool at the back with a big smile but always up for fun and a laugh
2019 03 09 Retrieve
[Stan Collymore heaps praise on Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk] And by the time he hangs up his boots, we could be talking about him in the same venerable tones as Sergio Ramos if he gets the chance to win as many titles either at Liverpool or elsewhere. Van Dijk has to be worth at least £175m of anybody’s money and, while it’s easy to throw around statements such as ‘best in the world’, I really believe he is
2019 12 07 Retrieve
[Aston Villa to honour former manager Ron Saunders against Leicester] Sincerest condolences to Ron’s family and friends. [This was] the man who made many Villans fall in love with a club and a team that gave us the very best of days: Wembley, Old Trafford, Highbury, which all led to one special night in Rotterdam. Rest in peace, boss
2019 12 14 Retrieve
[Former Reds striker Stan Collymore on Jordan Henderson, along with fellow experienced head James Milner] I was with a lot of Liverpool fans who also wondered if Henderson should even be in the team, let alone be captain. But the pair haven’t just answered the questions about them, they have become intrinsic parts of the team and the dressing room. Any team that has lots of mercurial characters and youngsters need a glue to bind it together and those two have done that and then some for Liverpool.
2019 12 21 Retrieve
[World Cup winner and West Ham legend Martin Peters has died aged 76] Extremely sad to hear of the passing of West Ham, Spurs and England legend, Martin Peters. An English sporting icon and a lovely man who’ll be sadly missed
2020 04 04 Retrieve
[Stan Collymore astonished by Liverpool’s furlough decision during coronavirus pandemic] I don’t know of any Liverpool fan of any standing that won’t be anything other than disgusted at the club for furloughing staff. It’s just plain f*cking wrong.
Fellow football fans, furlough is for small business staff to keep those small businesses from going bump! Every Premier League owner has serious cash, and make money from skyrocketing values of clubs, so what aren’t you getting about YOUR owners dipping into THEIR pocket?
2020 04 06 Retrieve
[Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore on furloughing] I don’t know of any Liverpool fan of any standing that won’t be anything other than disgusted at the club for furloughing staff. It’s just plain wrong. Fellow football fans, furlough is for small business staff to keep those small businesses from going bump!
2020 04 13 Retrieve
[Stan Collymore says Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has put himself in contention for an OBE or MBE] When the New Year gongs are announced we should be hearing Jordan Henderson OBE or MBE – simple as that. The conscience he has shown football these past couple of weeks is more important than any trophy he will ever lift for Liverpool. Henderson has been the driving force behind the Players Together campaign and no one should underestimate the work he will have had to put in. A few might say, ‘What are you talking about, Stan? It will only have meant him calling a few of his mates.’ Yes, he’ll have had a couple of numbers through England, but even in the best of times, getting hold of the rest of them wouldn’t have been easy – and in a lockdown it will have been even harder. Don’t underestimate either how much work will have had to go into having chats with everyone and working out with 19 other fellas the mechanics of what you need to do and the right vehicle for the support you want to give. That isn’t easy at all. Then you have to make sure the money gets to the right places – the NHS and other community initiatives set up to help people during the coronavirus pandemic – and again it’s not something that’s straightforward. The way Jordan has conducted himself has been exemplary
Four or five years ago, many – myself included – questioned what he brought to the team… but we know now what it is. He isn’t a great orator like Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard and maybe doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve as they did. He certainly doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a Dalglish and he might not have a stand named after him in years to come, but heroes come in all forms and Liverpool fans remember theirs. Henderson will go down as the quiet man who got things done – both on the pitch and off it
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Stan Collymore offers his verdict on season resumption plans] I’ve changed my mind and, if we do reach a stage where a line has to be drawn through the season, then I see no option but for the three teams at the bottom to go down
I say that with a heavy heart because it would mean my club, Aston Villa, being relegated with Norwich and Bournemouth. Although the caveat is we’d have to level the playing field by making sure all top-flight clubs had played 29 matches
That would mean Sheffield United versus Villa and Manchester City-Arsenal being played behind closed doors. And if Villa win, great, they stay up. But if they lose, they’re down – tough luck and lump it
I know people will argue the clubs signed up to a 38-game competition and that they shouldn’t be relegated if the season isn’t fulfilled, but we’re never going to get a perfect solution. I’d argue teams shouldn’t be in that position after 29 games, so they only have themselves to blame
2020 04 28 Retrieve
[Stan Collymore suggests Philippe Coutinho should join Everton, West Ham or Wolves] If Frank Lampard signs Philippe Coutinho it could well be his first mistake at Chelsea. The Brazilian would help an Everton, a West Ham or possibly Wolves – tier-two Premier League clubs who aim to finish between sixth and eighth
2020 06 01 Retrieve
[Jack Grealish has been warned that he risks scaring Manchester United and Chelsea off with the mistakes he has made off the field] As an older guy now, looking now at some of these young kids, older players now should be able to pick the phone up and say ‘have a think about that - have a word about that. I did that with Jack Grealish. I sent him a long email when he went to a party. I told him he needs to make amends. I said to him ‘you’ve got good people around you, you’ve let them down but now it’s time to get back on track’. Pretty much as a prescription, he did everything that I requested he did. He made a big donation to a local hospital and he was forgiven. If you look at Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, who all might be looking at you, if he keeps making these kinds of mistakes, they just won’t take him. A big conversation - make sure the football family, doctors, clubs, keep their phone lines open because players are humans like we all are.
2020 06 09 Retrieve
[Stan Collymore says Werner isn’t Messi & would’ve flopped at Liverpool] The deal to take Timo Werner to Chelsea is a perfect arrangement for all concerned. Perfect for the player, perfect for the Blues, perfect for RB Leipzig, who are trousering £53million, and perfect for Liverpool as well. He’s a good, solid striker with promise - an all-rounder who holds the ball up well, is mobile, gets into the box and scores goals. But the Liverpool fans sobbing about missing out on him can spare me the tears because he’s not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo and the way some have reacted, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was some sort of reincarnation of both. Liverpool are the European champions, world champions and soon-to-be Premier League champions, and there would be massive pressure on him as the summer’s marquee signing at Anfield on the back of all that. Add in the fact that Liverpool already have arguably the best-balanced front three in the world and I’m struggling to see where Werner would have fitted in. I wouldn’t have seen him displacing any of them and, given everything that team has done together, I could even have seen him flopping. Why? Because walking into that dressing room would have been massively intimidating for a 24-year-old. At Chelsea, though, he will look around and see Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, and think, ‘Yes, good players, but I’ll have that challenge’. He knows he’s not the finished article yet and that’s what Liverpool will be looking for even if they aren’t the sort of signings Jurgen Klopp is fabled for making.
As for the notion that Jurgen Klopp couldn’t justify Werner’s fee, I’m sure there is an element of the Kop boss not wanting to appear gaudy or louche in the current climate. He’s not a Billy Bullsh*tter after all. Had he firmly believed Werner would be the next Sergio Aguero or Fernando Torres, though, I’m pretty sure he’d have been whipping out the old chequebook in a heartbeat
2020 06 14 Retrieve
[Stan Collymore believes that while Jurgen Klopp’s vintage makes for a fine team, they have not been put up against opponents of comparable quality] Liverpool are a fine team and they will deservedly have the title wrapped up within two games. But while I will celebrate my old club’s success, I will also lament that their domination isn’t just because Jurgen Klopp’s side have been so good but also because plenty of others around them have been bad. Liverpool’s dominance is not a sign that we’re seeing the greatest sides ever, it’s about a limited number of clubs being able to fill out squads because they have the biggest budgets, something that puts other clubs in leagues at a competitive disadvantage. Liverpool have been exceptional but will they go down as one of the great all-time English clubs? No, for the reasons above they will not. There are issues in the Premier League that are starting to echo in the Bundesliga, La Liga and Ligue 1, where no more than a handful of teams have the money and there is a brain drain of the top talent towards them
2020 06 21 Retrieve
[Klopp has already achieved more than Guardiola in England] If Jurgen Klopp carries on like this he will go down as one of the all-time great managers – not just at Liverpool but in English football history. His buying and building of a team, his management of his players, his demeanour and his achievements are first class
And if he can back up last season’s European Cup win, and this season’s Super Cup, Club World Cup and Premier League triumphs with two or three more titles, maybe another Champions League and a domestic cup or two, then he will quite rightly be talked about in the same breath as Sir Alex Ferguson, Bill Shankly, Brian Clough, Bob Paisley, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola
In terms of what he has achieved in England, I’d even put Klopp ahead of Guardiola now. Manchester City were already four, five or six years into a project when Guardiola arrived at the Etihad, whereas Klopp pretty much had a standing start at Anfield by comparison
I know some people will point to the £75 million-plus Klopp splurged on Virgil van Dijk and £56 million on Alisson. But others have spent those sorts of sums several times over without the return Klopp is enjoying
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[Stan Collymore claims Pep Guardiola could not have achieved what Jurgen Klopp has at Liverpool] In the likes of Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino and Sadio Mane, he has turned world-class players into absolute machines, and in Virgil van Dijk you’re talking about the best central defender in the world. He has transformed Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson – one homegrown kid and one £8 million ‘steady Eddie’ signing – into arguably the best full-backs in the world. There have been times Liverpool fans have felt sorry for themselves, times when excuses were made about why they weren’t winning titles, times when the buying and selling was poor
There have been times when you looked at some of the Liverpool sides and thought, ‘Will they ever get back to a position to compete again?’ Klopp has ended all that. I’m not convinced Guardiola could have done what Klopp has done if things were the other way round. I still want to doff my cap to Guardiola and City because it has been a cracking effort from them again this season. They have been an admirable foe and it’s not easy to go again after back-to-back title wins in which you have amassed 100 and then 98 points. But to the victor the spoils and they are deservedly Liverpool’s this time
2020 06 30 Retrieve
[Stan Collymore says Andy Robertson is a perfect example of the ‘brilliant’ transfer business overseen by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool] Making the big signings work is impressive enough, but what he has done with Robertson is just brilliant. Most of the top flight’s bottom five or six clubs at the time would have baulked at the £8 million Klopp paid Hull for him. Yet the German took a jobbing young left-back and turned him into arguably the world’s best in that position. Can you name me one Steady Eddie who has arrived at Manchester City under Guardiola’s reign and is now seen as the pre-eminent player in his position? Klopp has worked wonders with individuals, and collectively he has made that dressing room. Everyone in that squad clearly loves each other and it’s obvious the manager has drilled home the importance of doing things properly and making sure there aren’t any cliques. For it to have taken just under five years to get from where Liverpool were when Klopp arrived to where they are now as world, European and Premier League champions is an incredible feat. You look at the players they have now and say, ‘Now that is a Liverpool squad’