26 July 2021 (open top bus day)

The first silverware of the Benitez era, the prestigious (well it is now) Florida Cup, arrives courtesy of the Blues’ win in Orlando against ‘crack’ Colombian outfit, Millonarios.

I woke up to a selfie from my cousin outside the stadium with Tim Howard. Apparently he dropped the phone!

He didn’t really.

There’s some funky editing on the YouTube highlights of the game, but Milonarios bundled one home from a corner, Andros Townsend curled a veritable scorcher against the crossbar and then in the second half Demarai Gray scored a penalty. Apparently Nathan Broadhead was fouled by their keeper.

New signing Asmir Begovic, who looks a great ‘deputy’ for Jordan Pickford, made a good low save during the match and then saved two penalties in the shootout. He also scored one himself as the players proved the old adage that they are dead easy to convert when there’s no pressure.  Both sides slotted some crackers, with Jonjoe Kenny’s Panenka the highlight.

The Guardian has another article about Liverpool losing its World Heritage status. The one the other day described Everton’s proposed new ground at Bramley Moore Dock as a huge chrome slug. 

I don’t pretend to know all the ins and outs of the situation, but I suspect there are more subtleties than the way the local press in particular are reducing it to a stand-off between the fusty Luddites of UNESCO and the plucky, philanthropic property developers who just want to create jobs and opportunities for the city. And I’m almost certain that Historic England aren’t just a load of Kopites who want to stop us getting the new stadium.