Are the Kids All Right for Liverpool?

Are the Kids All Right for Liverpool?

Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling. Six names that invoke differing opinions amongst Liverpool fans, but whatever their legacy, those six names are the only ones to have come through the youth academy system and successfully establish themselves as first team regulars during the Premier League era. There have been others, such as Dominic Matteo, Martin Kelly and Jon Flanagan who have had spells in the first team, but never really established themselves …
Are the Wheels Coming Off Liverpool's Season?

Are the Wheels Coming Off Liverpool's Season?

Defeat at home to Swansea was tough to take, a real bitter pill to swallow. January has been a poor month for Liverpool, both from a result and performance perspective. I’ve been quite philosophical about things this year, not wanting to get too carried away by defeats or victories. I’ve long been of the opinion that we are a work in progress under Jürgen Klopp and our over achieving early this season has resulted in some excessive expectations from some. …
Playing United Still Leaves Me in Bits

Playing United Still Leaves Me in Bits

I hate playing United, me. I love beating them, that bit is fantastic and gives me a sense of satisfaction that is difficult to explain. The losing part pretty much goes without saying, especially with our old mucker Jose in charge of them now, but I just hate playing them. Maybe it's down to my blood pressure resembling a thermometer in the Nevada dessert at midday before the game even kicks off - the word tense doesn't come close. I …
Expect More Coaching Than Chequebook from Liverpool in January

Expect More Coaching Than Chequebook from Liverpool in January

January has arrived, which means another transfer window and Liverpool being the subject of multiple links that stretch the imagination. It is click-bait season for certain sections of the media and it serves to feed the frenzy of some fans, as they piece together a Liverpool XI based on players that the tabloids picked out of a hat. It's also the time when many fans hope that their dream of seeing players such as Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana …
Adam Lallana - Renaissance man

Adam Lallana - Renaissance man

Adam Lallana is a player that has divided opinion since his £25m move from Southampton to Liverpool in 2014. His technical ability and work rate have never been in question, but his effectiveness within the team and end product were always seen as an issue. I described Lallana as a 'nearly' player - nearly scored, nearly set up a goal, nearly, but not quite. Whether it be as a winger or in the 'number 10 role' behind a striker, his …
The Other Side of Liverpool's Win at Middlesbrough

The Other Side of Liverpool's Win at Middlesbrough

At the Riverside Stadium, I was able to enjoy what is sadly a rare pleasure for me: getting to attend a Liverpool match in person. It was a good match and a very positive performance, so I could write about how Liverpool comprehensively outclassed Middlesbrough and were, in no way, flattered by the 3-0 score line, but I won't. I could also write about how a centre-back pairing of Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan had my nerves jingling before kick-off, but …
Liverpool fan reaction versus player reaction

Liverpool fan reaction versus player reaction

Whilst I understand fans being upset at the nature of Liverpool's capitulation to Bournemouth last weekend (trust me, I was pissed off too), I feel the level of fume by some was somewhat disproportionate. Some people were losing their minds. Yes, it was bad, hence my use of the word capitulation and yes, fans have every right to be upset by the defeat and the nature of it. My issue is how carried away some people got and how quickly …
Liverpool and the entertainment factor

Liverpool and the entertainment factor

Saturday was a bit of a football feast for me, I watched the intriguing 1-1 draw between two of our rivals: Manchester United and Arsenal. I followed that up with our game away to Southampton and finished the day with an enthralling battle between the German Bundesliga's finest: Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich; where Dortmund put in a masterful display to win 1-0. It has to be said that the Bundesliga game was the best of the three that I …
Potential Bundesliga replacements for Mamadou Sakho

Potential Bundesliga replacements for Mamadou Sakho

If you need proof that Jürgen Klopp can be as ruthless as any other manager, just ask Mamadou Sakho. The French defender became a cult figure amongst large sections of the Liverpool fan base with some heroic performances, particularly in the run to the Europa League final. Despite looking ungainly, he is very effective on the ball and this, coupled with his defensive ability put him in pole position to be a cornerstone of Liverpool's defence going forward. However, he …
Liverpool are still a work in progress

Liverpool are still a work in progress

The start to this season has been very positive for Liverpool - Jürgen Klopp's men are level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League; the football is entertaining and confidence is high. It's too early to get over excited, but things are looking up at Anfield and belief is growing amongst supporters. Klopp's intention of turning doubters into believers is bearing fruit. However, it should be remembered that this is still a work …
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