Hamzah Khalique-Loonat

Is Klopp on his way to Building an Empire?

Is Klopp on his way to Building an Empire?

'There is a not insignificant chance I will have coached three clubs. It is always quite easy for me to fully commit to what I am doing because they are often long-term projects.'
A welcome statement of commitment and intent by Jürgen Klopp, and one which vindicated the board and owner's choice of manager in a way that is not immediately apparent. However, it was Klopp's last three words that really told their own story. There is no …
The Return of 'O Magico: Philippe Coutinho!

The Return of 'O Magico: Philippe Coutinho!

The magician, Philippe Coutinho, is back. His return to form could hardly have occurred at a more opportune time. With Mané, Henderson and Lallana injured, and the stakes as high as ever in the race for a Champions League position, Coutinho's renewed confidence feels as influential and important as a new signing. Like all top players, he delivered when the pressure was on - the Merseyside Derby - a match which he seized and made his own. He dominated from the …
Liverpool Fans - An acquaintance with disappointment

Liverpool Fans - An acquaintance with disappointment

In a season littered with frustrating, inexcusable results, Liverpool FC managed to outdo themselves one more time: and in doing so, gifted away control over their own fate, at perhaps the expense of a Champions League spot. The manner in which Liverpool went 1-0 down was all too familiar, with a dreadful defensive error this time, courtesy of Wijnaldum. For the following twenty minutes, Liverpool looked bereft of ideas, shaken and Anfield watched on, in that routine nervousness the fans have become far …
Lallana Out: A mortal blow to Champions League hope?

Lallana Out: A mortal blow to Champions League hope?

As the Merseyside Derby draws closer, with pressure building around what seems the most important derby since the FA Cup semi-final of April 2012, and Liverpool immersed in a fascinatingly competitive rat-race for Champions League qualification, the FA could not help but get involved in some way or another. This involvement, unsurprisingly, yet still perplexingly, was the injury of Adam Lallana whilst on international duty with the England team. With reports anticipating Lallana being sidelined for a month, at face-value, it …
Roberto Firmino: A False or Faulty-Nine?

Roberto Firmino: A False or Faulty-Nine?

As the dust settles on yet another Liverpool FC setback in their pursuit of a Champions League spot come the end of the season, attention is justifiably set on Liverpool's defence. The Reds are on course to concede over 50 goals in a league season again, and conceded 3 goals to Leicester, a team who had not scored a league goal in 2017. However, during the first half of the season, Liverpool managed to get away with their fragile defence, due …
The Liverpool Delusion

The Liverpool Delusion

Human beings are a species that seek meaning, and self-worth, sometimes over-inflating their own self-worth to feel better about themselves. Nowhere is the overinflation of self-worth more visible than that of certain fans' attitude towards Liverpool Football Club. An extremely strong start to the season had pundits and fans across the country lauding Jürgen Klopp and his team; Liverpool were heading in the right direction, FSG had made the right call, appointing Klopp, the summer transfer policy was good, and …
Where are the Reinforcements Jurgen?

Where are the Reinforcements Jurgen?

At the end of December, many fans saw Liverpool's current position as a golden opportunity - Liverpool could attack on three fronts, in both cups and in the league; Matip and Coutinho were expected to return to the team shortly, and Mané's departure to the AFCON was seen as something that could be coped with either internally, or through buying another player. Now, here we are, at the very end of the January transfer window, without a single addition to a …
If You Can't Support Liverpool When They Lose or Draw, Then Don't Bother

If You Can't Support Liverpool When They Lose or Draw, Then Don't Bother

Utterly embarrassing. Shameful. Disgraceful. No, I'm not talking about the Liverpool performance against Swansea, I'm actually talking about the supporters' reaction to it. So-called "supporters" of Liverpool FC, were absolutely raging, fuming with disbelief - criticising the players, the manager, the board, absolutely anyone that they could attach some 'blame' to.
"Klopp doesn't know what he's doing." "Klopp out!" "Must sell Clyne, Klavan, Lovren and Mignolet!" "We NEED new players!" "Henderson crap. Again." "Top four and the season is over."
Get …
Xabi Alonso, Thanks for the Memories

Xabi Alonso, Thanks for the Memories

"Woah-oo-ah-ah-ooo We've got the best midfield in the world! We've got Xabi Alonso, Momo Sissoko, Gerrard and Mascherano-ooo"
The good old days eh? As we enter the crunch period in the Premier League, Liverpool fans are going to have to prepare their goodbyes for Xabi Alonso, a man of beauty, on and off the ball. He may have left Liverpool in 2009, but after 149 appearances, 15 goals, 28 assists and 2 unforgettable victories in the Champions League and …
Fortress Anfield: Where's

Fortress Anfield: Where's "Phase Two"?

As Jurgen Klopp builds and strengthens Liverpool FC on the pitch, and his staff toil away, quietly and almost thanklessly in the background, it's about time we brought attention back to Anfield and its development. The Main Stand has been a delightful addition to 'Fortress Anfield', but word on the expected 'Phase Two' of Anfield's redevelopment has been surprisingly quiet. Had I not have been searching hopelessly for returned tickets for Premier League home fixtures, late into the night, I probably, …
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