Alex Barilaro

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

Liverpool FC: Let's See How Far We've Come

Liverpool FC: Let's See How Far We've Come

Perspective is often the rarest of commodities in football. Swept up in the bustling action of the season, results are often what matter the most. The mood of a fanbase is determined by the way their team is playing, and more importantly, whether or not they won their last three games. Winning three in a row; now that’s grounds for celebration. Losing three in a row, and the mood will be one of despair. Anything in between – and it’s …
Defenders for Liverpool to Target in January

Defenders for Liverpool to Target in January

Virgil van Dijk Perhaps the most obvious choice; given Liverpool’s affinity with buying Southampton players as of late; but Virgil van Dijk may well be the one key Southampton player Liverpool actually spend money wisely on. Of course, Sadio Mane and Nathanial Clyne were shrewd, if not slightly over-priced; but van Dijk has the potential to fix a glaring problem in Liverpool’s lineup; having a partner for Joel Matip that can be relied upon. The travesty that occurred against Bournemouth …
Divock Origi - Taking Chances

Divock Origi - Taking Chances

From groans of displeasure to the Kop’s thunderous chorus. “Divock Origi” they chanted, moments after the 21-year old Belgian dashed towards the waiting Liverpool collective, all holding their hands out as if to embrace the man who’d finally undone the frustration. He slid; elegant and impassioned, majestic and manic, as Anfield lit up in celebration. Minutes prior, the noise levels around Anfield were reverberating very differently. There was a discouraged mumbling; a fragility that Liverpool have seen so often in …
Why Liverpool Need: Mahmoud Dahoud

Why Liverpool Need: Mahmoud Dahoud

In times before the great Liverpool ascendancy of season 2016/17; before Jürgen’s rampant Reds stormed into the Premier League landscape and claimed it as their stomping ground, there was a 20 year-old starlet coming through the ranks in Borussia Mönchengladbach. It was hardly a well-kept secret that Klopp, in his first summer transfer window at the club, courted the young Syrian-born German under-21 international. And he should do it again come January. To retain their status as Premier League title …
Jürgen’s Marauders: Getting Liverpool an 80-Goal Season

Jürgen’s Marauders: Getting Liverpool an 80-Goal Season

Liverpool Football club isn’t for the faint of hearted. The evidence is there; between Istanbul, the now infamous games against Dortmund and Villarreal, and even that fateful night in Basel when the lights shone down on Klopp’s tenure and left Liverpool in a puddle of despair. Every game is a new cardiac examination of one’s heart and ability to deal with pressure; and Jürgen Klopp hasn’t exactly done much to prevent that. In fact, in true Liverpool fashion, he’s built …
Dahoud, Pulisic, and a Bit of Patience

Dahoud, Pulisic, and a Bit of Patience

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s such a clichéd turn of phrase. Often, with sayings such as that, meaning gets lost. What does it actually mean? If things change, surely corresponding changes occur. Something can’t possibly change without things changing alongside it, that’s the point of change. It inspires things, it creates other things, and it destroys some things. Through all of the change that’s occurred within the last twelve months at Liverpool, the undying …
Georginio Wijnaldum: Klopp's New Weapon?

Georginio Wijnaldum: Klopp's New Weapon?

As Jürgen Klopp continues to assemble a litany of players for his foray into the 2016/17 Premier League, and Liverpool fans continue to freak out and overreact to even the tiniest bit of news, one player has burst onto the public sphere of Liverpool transfers without much of a prior whisper. Instead, Reds fans were greeted by news of Wijnaldum’s possible – and by all accounts imminent – signing for the first time when the news broke among journalists. The …
Gonzalo Higuain - Klopp's New Talisman?

Gonzalo Higuain - Klopp's New Talisman?

Psychology has the power to make you feel things with a few choice words. So here goes. Higuain, Sturridge, Firmino. Now that this piece has gotten to its intended introduction, and your imagination is stimulated with the idea of the sheer frenzy that trio would bring to our front line; the goals and excitement, the dynamism and movement, the exhilaration, and a blitz of Jurgen Klopp fuelled extravagance and… You get the point. Gonzalo Higuain scored 38 goals in 38 …
Roberto Firmino - The Defensive Machine

Roberto Firmino - The Defensive Machine

In 2013/14, Luis Suarez made 1.1 tackles per game. In 2015/16, Roberto Firmino has made 2 tackles per game. Let’s not dilly-dally, nor wander aimlessly around the point. It’s right there, staring at you in the face, the full, gargantuan influence that Roberto Firmino had had on this Liverpool team, even in a season which most have deemed Europa league focused and building for the future. The sheer scope of Firmino’s ability has been on show this season, not merely …
Liverpool's Progress Under Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool's Progress Under Jurgen Klopp

It was a time of conflict, of separation and fissures growing ever fractured by the day. If ever there were an embodiment of how a sinking ship can simply initiate a cold depression, it was Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers. Steven Gerrard was a club legend. Yet even his influence, his special goals, the undying embers that burned in his eyes, were beginning to fade along with any hope of Liverpool recapturing that wonder of 2013/14. Manchester City – by extension …
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