so long, lonesome

Katie, 21 · Currently loves: Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Gerlonso, Shameless (US), Fringe, Firefly, Weeds, Cook/Effy

I see unity between Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso. When Alonso arrived, Gerrard could have felt marginalised. The Spaniard turned up at Anfield, a compatriot of the manager, and arguably an even better passer of the ball. Gerrard was suddenly less crucial in his old role at the heart of the midfield, and pushed further forward. The two men could have ended up hating each other, jealous of what the other represented. But they don’t. They’re clearly good friends, and most importantly, they share a hefty mutual respect. There is some overlap in their skills, but also essential differences, such as Gerrard’s pace and dynamism, and Alonso’s calm assurance. Gerrard seemed to instantly trust Alonso with the ball, understanding he was here not to compete with the captain, but to improve the team.

Together, on the same wavelength in numerous ways, they are far more dangerous than two equally talented players interested only in their own success.

Paul Tomkins on the dynamics of Gerrard and Alonso (2005)
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news. My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world.”
“When he learned that I was being appointed, Steven cut short his holidays to see me. He knocked on the door when I first arrived at the club. He said that he and Jamie Carragher would be 150 per cent behind everything I did. But in reality it has been more like 200 per cent. They respect the role of the manager and all that goes with it.”
Brendan Rodgers. (via lfcforlife)

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“One of my close friends was giving me stick about my hair before the game, and said that I might score the winner with my head today. The penalty was the winner but I think the header actually won us the game, so he was right in the end. That’s what the celebration was about.”
Steven Gerrard (via kingofkop7)

Xabi Alonso interview during Euro 2008

Question: If Spain win the Euro's, will you have a rum & coke to celebrate?

Xabi: I would go all out and have a great time, but no alcohol.

Question: What is your favourite television show?

Xabi: The truth is television bores me a little bit.

Question: How long can you go without releasing yourself?

Xabi: Long enough.

Question: What do you find most embarrassing?

Xabi: I am in general.

“It’s fucking football!”
Steven Gerrard to the ref during the Liverpool-Aston Villa game after a challenge (via allyouneedisliverpool)
“Remus Lupin was supposed to be on the H.I.V. metaphor. It was someone who had been infected young, who suffered stigma, who had a fear of infecting others, who was terrified he would pass on his condition to his son. And it was a way of examining prejudice, unwarranted prejudice towards a group of people. And also, examining why people might become embittered when they’re treated that unfairly.”


- Helen Mirren, beautiful in every way it’s possible for a human to be beautiful. 

“I felt so bad [for Kristen]. I just wanted to pick her up, put her in my arms and carry her onto the stage. Or maybe not: I probably would have dropped her and opened her wound again! I felt like [meeting her] was a long time coming. I feel like we’ve been meant to meet. This was the perfect way. And you know what? She is so nice—really, really nice.”
Daniel Radcliffe on Kristen (x)

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