Aaditya Narayan

Born an Indian. Somehow, a lot of Scouse has gotten in me.

Liverpool 1 - 0 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

Liverpool 1 - 0 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

Liverpool huffed and they puffed but in the end, Sadio Mane's first Anfield goal of the season ensured that the Reds took their first Premier League win of the season. It wasn't pretty for large parts of the game, as a sluggish Liverpool threatened to be stifled out of the game by a disciplined Palace, but a stroke of good fortune meant that the ball fell in Mane's path for him to calmly slot past Wayne Hennessey. Here are the …
Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Key Battles

A disappointing late goal conceded at Watford in the opening Premier League game was almost followed by a sense of Deja(n?)-vu at Hoffenheim, as Liverpool nearly contrived to blow a 2-0 lead at the Rhein-Neckar Stadion. But with the win in Europe in the bag, and some much-needed confidence, Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield for the first of three consecutive home games that could form a defining period, even so early in the season. Trent Alexander-Arnold will be brimming with …
Watford v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Watford v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Finally, it is that time of the year, when Liverpool fans can finally shift their attention from Twitter to events on the pitch. The transfer window and the deals (lack of) can be the topic of discussion for another day. This Saturday, when Liverpool face Watford at Vicarage Road, the only thing on the agenda must be three points. Jurgen Klopp's Reds will be aiming for a fast start and a morale-booster ahead of the visit to Germany to face …
The criminally under-rated Liverpool captain

The criminally under-rated Liverpool captain

Last year, when Jurgen Klopp was once asked about Jordan Henderson, the German was unflustered when he said his captain is the most criminally under-rated player in the Premier League. Henderson is the subject of ridicule, from Liverpool fans and opposition fans alike. But does he deserve that? I don't believe he does. Since he permanently took over the captain's armband from Steven Gerrard at the start of the 2015-16 season, the biggest drawback about Henderson has been how often …
Coutinho, Van Dijk, Keita and hypocrisy

Coutinho, Van Dijk, Keita and hypocrisy

Are Leipzig a bigger club than Liverpool? How can they reject a 70 million euro bid from one of the most decorated clubs in the world? Cue the next bit of Liverpool ranting on Twitter. Are Leipzig Barcelona a bigger club than Liverpool? Why should Liverpool accept a 70 million euro bid from one of the most decorated clubs in the world? What does that reek of? There is only one word, hypocrisy. Over the past couple of weeks, Liverpool fans …
Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Key Battles

Four wins and two draws from the set six Premier League games have meant that Liverpool have ensured the top 4 place is in their own hands, but that counts for nothing, if the Reds do not take as many points as possible from their remaining games. Among the teams battling for the Champions League places, Liverpool definitely have the most favorable run-in, but the problem is, football is never played on paper. The challenge for the Reds begins with …
Observations from Liverpool's 1-0 win over West Brom

Observations from Liverpool's 1-0 win over West Brom

The end is near, isn't it? Liverpool were barely troubled by any West Bromwich Albion set-piece. Liverpool scored off a set-piece against West Brom. But, the bigger picture is crucial. It was another massive win for the Reds in the race for the top four, as they eked out a 1-0 victory. This was the first time that Liverpool had won at The Hawthorns in ages. Here are the main talking points from the game, as Liverpool went back up …
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

It was a hard-fought, sometimes even ugly, win that Liverpool earned at Stoke last weekend. It was a priceless win in the context of the race to finish in the Premier League's top 4. It meant that the Reds still have their fate in their own hands. However, Jurgen Klopp will know fully well that the win will mean nothing if his team fail to turn up at The Hawthorns on Sunday, against a West Brom side who have been well-drilled by …
Stoke v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Stoke v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

The highs from the Merseyside derby victory were quickly erased as Liverpool were brought back down to earth after a disappointing 2-2 draw against Bournemouth at Anfield. But, there is no time to dwell on that result as the Reds face a trip to the Bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City. Since Stoke got promoted in the 2008-09 season, the Reds have generally found it to be a banana skin encounter, exemplified the most by the humbling 6-1 defeat on …
Liverpool v Bournemouth Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Bournemouth Preview - Key Battles

The derby has been won. The top seven have been played against and Liverpool are unbeaten. But the real challenge, in many ways, begins now. Liverpool face what many would call "inferior" opposition in their last nine Premier League games, and a top four place is by no means sealed. The challenge starts with the visit of Bournemouth to Anfield on Wednesday night. Liverpool will be without Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson again, but the only negative from the derby that …
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