Ash Hebs

European Adventures Raising The Bar For This Liverpool Team

European Adventures Raising The Bar For This Liverpool Team

Liverpool are riding high right now. That fantastic feel-good factor, as we approach the season’s run-in, brings back memories of the good times under Houllier, Benitez and Rodgers. When we were fighting for targets and silverware at the business end of the season. A team playing terrific, brave football, in fine fettle as rivals start to wilt around us. Our form following the recent international break has been phenomenal. Three wins and a draw secured in a congested and tiring …
Liverpool v Man City | A Tale Of Two Attacks: Analytical & Tactical Preview

Liverpool v Man City | A Tale Of Two Attacks: Analytical & Tactical Preview

With an epic two-legged quarter-final looming against Manchester City, I took a look at the way both teams attack. The Champions League tie promises to be one of those contests for the ages. Two brave, attacking teams locking horns; this could be another legendary European contest that, we as fans, will be talking about for years to come. The context We know we can beat City. However, it is also true that we are facing the (inevitably) greatest champions of …
Why defeat to United is only a footnote in Klopp's Liverpool story

Why defeat to United is only a footnote in Klopp's Liverpool story

Old Trafford hasn't been a happy hunting ground for Liverpool over the years. This weekend's result ensured that remained the case. United did what United do and took their chances and then held on for dear life. Our rivals were aided and abetted by a criminally incompetent refereeing performance. How Craig Pawson can call himself a professional referee is beyond me. More pain at United Defeat to United hurts more than perhaps any other team. When Klopp's Liverpool side plays …
LIVERPOOL ON THE UP: A statistical look at pressing and team performance

LIVERPOOL ON THE UP: A statistical look at pressing and team performance

Liverpool’s current league position and recent Champions League performance emphasise the fine job that Jurgen Klopp is doing. Things are not perfect, they indeed rarely are in football. However, despite the squad still being a work in progress, the year on year improvement is undeniable. A large part of Liverpool’s success this season is down to the fine-tuning of the acclaimed gegenpress. The addition of the likes of Van Dijk, Oxlade Chamberlain and Salah have only served to add more …
Liverpool March On In The Battle For Top 4

Liverpool March On In The Battle For Top 4

Another efficient away day performance from the Reds (or more correctly the Oranges); we find ourselves within 2 points of a drab Manchester United team. The 3 points at the Saints sealed a pleasing season double against a side that gave us 4 torrid games last season. Whilst the performance was not spectacular (even if the assist for both goals were), it was another generally solid performance on the road. All without really having to get out of third gear. …
No need for panic after Swansea defeat

No need for panic after Swansea defeat

The Swansea defeat was a real kick in the teeth for Liverpool. After a weekend where all bar one of our top 4 rivals gained maximum points. Yet it is too early to panic after previously going on such a long, unbeaten league run. Context Klopp's team is still creating good goal-scoring chances. The team can do more to create better quality chances. However, sometimes the finishing touch can be lacking. This, compounded by the team's inability to deal with a …
What We've Learnt About Klopp's LFC | Part 3: The Reds Making Great Strides Forward

What We've Learnt About Klopp's LFC | Part 3: The Reds Making Great Strides Forward

Much has been made in recent months about Jurgen Klopp's stubbornness. From slow in-game changes to persevering with persistent underachievers. However, Klopp has come out fighting since the Spurs game and stuck the proverbial fingers up to the critics, with his team showing some really good form. This form culminated in what was a largely magnificent tactical performance against Man City (despite our defenders' best efforts to throw the game away!). Character The City game showed Klopp's ability to go …
Why Klopp was right to sell Coutinho

Why Klopp was right to sell Coutinho

If you are like me you're still probably feeling more than slightly irritated at the sale of Phil Coutinho. Yes, the club got good money for him and it allows Klopp to build up the wider squad. But the circumstances and manner of his departure certainly leaves a sour taste behind. Frankly, the way Phil behaved prior to his departure was poor; it was disrespectful to a manager who values a unique team ethic and sense of togetherness in his …
Gini Wijnaldum the Enigma

Gini Wijnaldum the Enigma

Gini Wijnaldum is one of the most misunderstood players on the club's books. Most fans will be aware of "the Ghost" and similar nicknames bandied around this season. In spite of the stats often showing little involvement over 90 minutes, the team seems to do well in his presence. My feeling about Wijnaldum is that he is a tactically intelligent player compromising his natural number 10 game, for the greater good of the team. Having analysed him closely in recent …
What We've Learnt About Klopp's LFC | Part 2: Midfield dynamics and game impact

What We've Learnt About Klopp's LFC | Part 2: Midfield dynamics and game impact

Following on from part 1 of this series, which can be read here. After more disappointing dropped points at the Emirates, that piece is worth a read. In this piece, I will take a brief look at the midfield and Klopp's use of his players in his various systems. Klopp is the best manager we've had since Rafa. The latter is still the best and most recent yard-stick to assess Klopp's performance and team building. Our midfield is clearly sub-standard …
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