|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Player||Liverpool FC|
2016 02 18 Retrieve
[on Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United] Physically, he could outmuscle you, he could outplay you, his positional sense was fantastic. What a player
2016 02 19 Retrieve
[on Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United] This is a guy you just don’t want to play against: big and strong, there was only one winner in a 50-50. But the guy could play as well, he could pass the ball, he was a danger in the opposition penalty box as well. You need a football brain more than anything else when you play at center-back, and this guy had brains and brawn
2019 07 15 Retrieve
[Steve Nicol believes Adam Lallana, an England international playmaker, has not lived up to expectations and could be moved out of Anfield this summer] I think it’s pretty clear the odd man out in that lot is Lallana. At his best he can give you a little sparkle. Unfortunately, in his time at Liverpool, he’s not really been at his best very often. So right now, for me, he is the one completely on the out
When he got his injury, he was arguably one of Liverpool’s best players at the time. It’s an interesting time to see whether he can recover completely from his injury and can he recover the form that he was showing?
The form he was showing was not the form of Arsenal. This was not the Ox of Arsenal, this was a completely transformed player. At Arsenal he looked one-dimensional, the Ox, but when he came to Liverpool all of a sudden he did all types of different things
2020 02 10 Retrieve
[Nicol expects Lallana will end up staying at Liverpool] I’m not so sure. As a player you want to play but I think he seems to me he’s in a stage where ‘I like being at Liverpool, I enjoy being at Liverpool, it’s a great place to be, I’m playing some games, I’m having fun. Do I want to leave Liverpool and go somewhere just to play, where it could be hard work and not enjoyable?’. So I don’t think this guy’s going to leave and it’s good for Liverpool that he doesn’t leave because he’s a great squad player. I don’t think he’s going anywhere
[Nicol said when discussing Klopp’s creative options] I think it’s pretty clear the odd man out in that lot is Lallana. At his best he can give you a little sparkle. Unfortunately, in his time at Liverpool, he’s not really been at his best very often. So right now, for me, he is the one completely on the out.
2020 03 27 Retrieve
[Liverpool legend Steve Nicol criticises Rio Ferdinand for saying Premier League season should be voided] Why [void the season]? The way [Ferdinand] was talking, it was all about the safety of the players
Well, the players aren’t training, they’re not together, the teams aren’t together. When they do start playing again and are together, then they’ll be no risk to the players.
There’s ten games to go. Listen, if we were only ten games in, I would have absolutely no problem with voiding the season
2020 04 09 Retrieve
[Mythbuster: Ferguson knocked Liverpool ‘right off their f*cking perch’] The last time we won the league (1989-90), we were in decline from the team the year before. There’s no way we played half as well or with the same passion or commitment that year. That’s when [the decline] started.
[The Hillsborough tragedy, the 1989 stadium crush which had claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, had affected the players deeply, far more than they were willing to admit, even to themselves] Three years of being unable to focus properly. Three years of playing in a bubble. Three years on autopilot. It was hard to realise that was the case at the time. Impossible, in fact. Trying, and failing, to deal with the aftermath was obviously having an effect but nobody knew how to properly cope with it