Adam Petruccione

FSG: The Next Seven Years

FSG: The Next Seven Years

Liverpool’s complex relationship with their owners closed another chapter as the calendar turned to September. Despite the Transfer Window ending in relative disappointment, the club made several astute deals again this summer on the acquisitions they did complete as well as on selling end.  The problem for most supporters is that they didn’t make enough deals on the incoming side to satisfy the entire fanbase.  The Reds do so well in fact on the selling side that it often hurts their cause from …
Liverpool's Can Plan

Liverpool's Can Plan

With attention turning back towards the pitch and Liverpool’s nine game unbeaten run going into the match against Manchester City there was a perceptible lack of negativity in the LFC universe this week … Like clockwork, the media and social-media panic mongers filled that void with Emre Can’s contract status. The Reds’ midfield strongman is surprisingly still on his original £55K per week deal which expires at the end of the 2017/18 season. Rival clubs would be able to sign …
Does Klopp Want To Prove A Point Or Win Trophies?

Does Klopp Want To Prove A Point Or Win Trophies?

Heavy Metal. Sometimes it gives you an adrenaline rush. Sometimes it blows your ear-drums out. Heavy Metal Football. Most of the time it has been great. Certainly entertaining. Competitive enough to get very close to silverware and has returned us to the Champions League. Against Manchester City the Reds came out with a formation made up of two centre-backs, one notoriously attack-minded full-back, another who is seen as a future attacking midfielder, and six other outfield players who were either …
Mignolet Benching An Encouraging Sign

Mignolet Benching An Encouraging Sign

Leading up to the Sunday match against Arsenal rumors started spreading about Simon Mignolet being not only benched, but completely out of the squad in favor of Danny Ward and Loris Karius. Why is Klopp doing this?  That’s so unfair to Simon!  The Twitter grievances started to flow, calling out Liverpool’s manager for seemingly reckless behavior. In his pre-match presser, Klopp confirmed the rumour, but stated, “We spoke about it yesterday. It’s just that I want him to have a …
Know Your Group: Liverpool's Champions League Opponents

Know Your Group: Liverpool's Champions League Opponents

Now that all of the gnashing of teeth from May’s race for a Top 4 position is a distant memory and August’s ulcer inducing playoff with Hoffenheim is over we get to finally enjoy the Champions League group stages.  We are going to enjoy this right..?  OK, let’s be honest, you’ll need to pound a few pints just to get through the manager’s pre-match press conference. You’re stressed out.  We get it.  But, now that the group stage draw is …
One Transfer To Save Liverpool's Summer

One Transfer To Save Liverpool's Summer

Keita, Van Dijk, Oxlade Chamberlain... rinse and repeat.  The 2017 summer transfer window passed the annoying stage several weeks ago.  Since the signing of Mo Salah, the remaining names on the list haven’t changed, neither have Liverpool made any apparent progress in getting these deals over the line.  All three would be big additions to a squad with more holes than the old Hitachi kit you have hanging in your closet, but one major problem in concluding these deals is that there is …
Joe Gomez: Liverpool's Most Important Full-Back

Joe Gomez: Liverpool's Most Important Full-Back

Five young full-backs. Like a team within a team, they all have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been absorbing most of the accolades and Moreno has been the whipping boy as usual. Robertson’s crosses against Palace drew audible ooh’s and ahh’s from the crowd and Jon Flanagan regaining a squad position is great to see. But when the story of the 2017-18 season is written, it may be Joe Gomez that has the biggest impact in …
Anfield Index Writers' EPL Predictions - 2017/18

Anfield Index Writers' EPL Predictions - 2017/18

Here are the predictions you've all been waiting for... The Anfield Index writers have put their forecasts on the record for all of you to judge in May. Let us know what we got wrong in the comments below. Adam Petruccione (@adampetruccione) Top 4: 1. Manchester City 2. Arsenal 3. Spurs 4. Manchester United Relegation: 18. West Brom 19. Burnley 20. Brighton POTY: Alexis Sanchez YPOTY: Tommy Abraham Champions League: Real Madrid Pep Guardiola will prove to be the best… …
Virgil Van Dijk Proves Transfer Requests Are Still A Thing

Virgil Van Dijk Proves Transfer Requests Are Still A Thing

They say the purpose of the darkness is that it makes us appreciate the light. And following a night where publications from opposite corners of the globe had Phil Coutinho packed up and gone, any positive news would have been welcome. The sun still came up in Liverpool and the headlines improved as the day went on. “Jurgen insists Liverpool won’t sell Coutinho,” said the Guardian. That’s our Klopp! Then came the classic James Pearce denial. Get in! “Phil would …
How Will Liverpool Survive Early Fixture Congestion?

How Will Liverpool Survive Early Fixture Congestion?

Now that Liverpool’s Champions League qualification opponent has been drawn the club know they will have two matches against Hoffenheim slotted between their opening three Premier League weekends.  The Reds will have very little time to prepare, recover or to sign players before the international break on August 28th. Saturday, August 12th - Away - Watford Tuesday, August 15th - Away - Hoffenheim Saturday, August 19th - Home - Crystal Palace Wednesday, August 23rd - Home - Hoffenheim Sunday, August 27th - Home - Arsenal August 28th …
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