Alex Barilaro

Aspiring Journalist from Melbourne, Australia. Football Hipster before it was cool.

Lascelles or Tarkowski: Who's the Better Fit?

Lascelles or Tarkowski: Who's the Better Fit?

The wheels of Liverpool’s busy summer have already begun spinning. Even as they head to a Champions League final, rumours have been rife regarding those who will arrive in the summer: The Independent’s Miguel Delaney reported that Michael Edwards has been tasked with finding a centre-half partner for Liverpool’s perceived most important signing in recent memory, Virgil van Dijk. The first two names out of the block share a nationality, and were both unfortunate to not make Gareth Southgate’s twenty-three-man …
What to Expect When Expecting a Naby

What to Expect When Expecting a Naby

It’s clearly an exciting time to be a Liverpool fan. A Champions League final in Kiev awaits, with the Reds once again at the forefront of European football’s greatest night. Meanwhile, the squad itself continues to grow and develop at the behest of its German architect, led by the season’s most scintillating attack. That’s not to mention the arrival of one of football’s most impressive young midfielders. When Liverpool signed Naby Keita from Leipzig, on the proviso that he would …
Nabil Fekir: The Perfect Fourth Man?

Nabil Fekir: The Perfect Fourth Man?

Liverpool are on the march to Kiev. Amidst the blitzkrieg of goals, celebrations and stunning attacking tsunamis, however, is quite the stark realisation. Liverpool got to the Champions League final off the back of a scintillating, devastating, and unparalleled front three, with a lion tamer of a manager orchestrating their rise to potential infamy. But there needs to be a fourth. Phil Coutinho once rounded out the quartet, and the signing of Mohamed Salah was an excellent one solely for …
Why Pepijn Lijnders Would be the Ideal Buvač Successor

Why Pepijn Lijnders Would be the Ideal Buvač Successor

Liverpool refuse to do things the easy way. 5-2 up in a Champions League semi-final ahead of the second leg, Jürgen Klopp would surely have been less restless had his side already confirmed a top four place, but alas the looming figure that is the tie in Rome seemed to provide enough distraction for Stoke to slip away with a point. Surely, focus was in order. Then news broke that Klopp’s assistant coach – one of the two men who …
Five Potential Liverpool Targets from the Championship

Five Potential Liverpool Targets from the Championship

With the summer fast approaching and Liverpool’s march towards Kiev in full effect, injuries are shining a light on Jürgen Klopp’s worrying lack of depth. A devastating long-term injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Ings’ glaring lack of cutting edge in comparison to the men he usually replaces off the bench and Emre Can’s likely departure (and current injury) have many pondering who Klopp will look to in the summer to bolster the ranks of his squad. That this year’s Championship …
Do Liverpool Still Need to Replace Phil Coutinho?

Do Liverpool Still Need to Replace Phil Coutinho?

Euphoria, that’s the feeling washing over most of the Liverpool supporter-sphere at the moment. Their front three are reaching meteoric heights, and their devastating influence on games has become a staple of both the Premier League and Champions League. Teams now fear Liverpool, not simply because of the goalscoring prowess, but also the knowledge that it is now harder to breach what used to be a shaky back-line. Liverpool bought the most expensive defender in world football to help fix …
Why Rúben Neves Would Be Liverpool's Midfield Conductor

Why Rúben Neves Would Be Liverpool's Midfield Conductor

There will always be archetypes that footballers fit into. Creators, destroyers, poachers, leaders, midfield maestros. That “maestro” trope will be overused, as is the tendency of footballing media. It’s natural to categorise, but what exactly does that trope mean? Maestro? Is he a magic-wielding passer of the ball? Is he tricky with his feet, guiding defenders one way while fully intending to go the other? Does he possess trickery or guile? Is he selfish or will he play others in? …
Klopp, Liverpool, and How Emotion Conquered Perfection

Klopp, Liverpool, and How Emotion Conquered Perfection

Ah, the word “passion.” Somewhat overused in the day and age of exposition, Liverpool Football Club has something of a connection to the idea of pure, unadulterated passion in the vast landscape that is football. Everything is magnified tenfold, because of its relation to everything else in the football sphere. So, when people marry the word “passion” with Liverpool; the fabled atmosphere, the manager, what are they actually saying? What use is passion, really, in a game so dominated by …
Five Potential Liverpool Targets from Outside the Top Six

Five Potential Liverpool Targets from Outside the Top Six

Liverpool’s race for Champions League football next season took a reassuring step as Spurs trounced Chelsea in their own yard on the weekend, giving the Reds breathing room in pursuit of that coveted top four spot. Ahead of a clash with Manchester City, too, one could very easily reflect on how far Klopp’s men have come since the days of former managers. Gone are the times of Rickie Lambert, of Aly Cissokho and Andy Carroll. A once-maligned transfer strategy has …
Do Liverpool Need a Timo Werner?

Do Liverpool Need a Timo Werner?

It shouldn’t be news to anyone who’s watched either the Premier League or Champions League this season or has paid attention to Jürgen Klopp’s tenure at Liverpool, but Liverpool are very good at scoring goals. Liverpool have scored three or more goals in twenty-one matches this season. In the Premier League, they’ve scored 73 goals, just five less than they managed last season, meaning they average 2.35 goals per game. The incredible trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio …
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