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So it's finally here. What you've all been waiting for had no idea was coming, the world's first Olympique de Marseille, Celtic FC & Liverpool FC blogging site.

Basically this will mean me, Jay, writing about my favourite football teams and various other things. You may agree with me on some points, disagree on others, but hopefully you'll find it somewhat entertaining and not feel that you've wasted however much time you've spent on the site.

There are several sections and you may be able to subscribe to rss feeds for whichever part is of most interest (though possibly not at time of writing). So if you are a fan of Liverpool, for example, you can focus your attentions on that tab and ignore everything else I prattle on about.

As well as blogging about l'OM, Celtic and Liverpool, the site will also host news about the London-based football team I set up a couple of years ago, Marceltipool. Our occasional games are great fun and the club should build in line with this website so it may be worth keeping an eye on.

I post this article under "Liverpool", and whilst that is practical the fact remains that this story has implications as far reaching as any, with connotations for society in its entirety.

What has been revealed in the documents being made public has shocked many. For there to be so much confirmed and further ambiguity emerging in the news that 41 of the victims may have been saved is viewed by some as a greater disclosure than could have been imagined.

Sadly, the information, the facts, the now received wisdom, is not as shocking. People who have followed the story of Hillsborough and the families' search for justice are not surprised the police have been involved in a cover up, not surprised that statements were amended, not surprised that lies have been told for 23 years. Sadly - most sadly of all - not wholly surprised that almost half of those who passed could have been saved had the disaster been handled better, even after the crush occurred.

Everyone's seen it, everyone's realised it belongs to one of football history's most famous and successful clubs. The new Warrior Liverpool Away shirt is in the public domain, it's out there, it's reflecting on our team.

Let's get some things out of the way. Warrior have paid an awful lot of money to get Liverpool onboard. So have Standard Chartered, and they'll surely be revisited, but let's focus on the kit manufacturer for now. Warrior have paid a lot of money to make the kit so, in some people's twisted logic, they have carte blanche to deliver whatever they like, certainly with change strips. They can take that white card and slap some passé red lines on the sides and corners and scribble some ungodly mess down the bottom.

Well no they f*cking can't. Because, and this is where it goes beyond just being an insult to a legendary club and becomes an insult to human intelligence as well, if it looks terrible, it doesn't sell. Not simply because every Liverpool fan looks at it and is appalled - kit design is subjective, sadly - but because if it looks a bit rubbish then the wonderful British meeja, who are always on the lookout for any excuse to ridicule Liverpool FC, jumps on it and immediately stigmatises it.

Liverpool play Norwich today. I hope Liverpool win. Much, much more, whatever the result, I hope we don't boo our players, our manager or, for those who believe it to be that vague, our club.

Liverpool will be going to Wembley thrice in 2012. Kenny Dalglish, the supposed failure in the mainstream press for admittedly poor league form, is one game away from a two trophy season, but still it seems Anfield attendees are buying into the opinions and agendas of the newspapers - a collective we have always been at odds with. It's a worrying development.

Speaking of "failures", for two games running Andy Carroll delivered victory with a late header, the most recent over Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup semi-final played at Wembley. That particular win was inordinately welcome, firstly because it is always enjoyable to reach a cup final - The Cup Final - and secondly because we got one over the bitter Toffees, again, though both of these reasons pale into insignificance compared with the third reason: we have the opportunity to beat Chelsea - now quite possibly to instigate a role reversing parallel of our fortunes in 2005 when a loss in a domestic final preceded our Champions League triumph.

And so he's off. Luis Suarez, the pantomime villain of the English Premier League has stated that he wishes to depart for pastures new and, as it will come to pass, he will not pull on the red of Liverpool next season.

It's ok. I've celebrated his goals with gusto, I've felt his torture when his majestic runs at defences have culminated in an almost predictable rapping of the woodwork and I've argued against his punishments from the FA even when his actions do not lend themselves to sympathy, but I wish him luck for the future and don't regret him leaving our club behind.

The OCD wet dream of his transitions to and from Anfield both being to the backdrop of a ban, incredibly both for biting an opponent, says enough about the man. As an isolated incident, the Cannibal of Ajax episode could be spun as a momentary lapse, but, as they say, to bite one opponent may be regarded as a misfortune, to bite two looks like carelessness.

So Transfer Deadline Day (sic) happened again. Lots of players moved, as is the point of such an occasion, Liverpool bought back former player (and former Celt) Craig Bellamy, Celtic welcomed Badr El Kaddouri and again bade farewell to Shaun Maloney (good business but sad times), l'OM kept Valbuena, Lucho and Gignac...thankfully.

Oh, and Raul Meireles did a Torres. He had a great season last year, he wasn't in Dalglish's first team plans, that was obvious so he handed in a transfer request - though not at 10:30pm as some Liverpool fans misunderstood and had a very brief chuckle about. He made the correct decision in leaving Anfield for the sake of his career but the manner in which he went about it, the timing and the club he chose to join is both inexplicable and insulting. Why does a player that witnesses the method of a fellow Iberian's departure causing such uproar decide to follow that lead?