Hamzah Khalique-Loonat

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, …
Daniel Sturridge: Give the Man a Break!

Daniel Sturridge: Give the Man a Break!

In a recent interview, Daniel Sturridge claimed that he believed he was Liverpool's best striker. Yet in the comments section below the online article, a debate raged over Sturridge again, with familiar words and phrases banded around. A select few are below: Arrogant Selfish Injury prone Poor attitude Incompatible Once again, Daniel Sturridge is criticised and hounded for doing next to nothing. It's about time we give this player a break. Daniel Sturridge, since arriving to the club has, in my …
The Long Game: Tough Fixtures & Plenty to Look Forward To

The Long Game: Tough Fixtures & Plenty to Look Forward To

Dropping points at Old Trafford is always a bitter pill to swallow, especially so in the manner that Manchester Utd scored: late, and with the help of a useless linesman. Regardless, it's very much onto the next one for Klopp's Liverpool who face a series of tough fixtures over the coming weeks. In Liverpool's next eleven games, they have one cup semi-final, another FA Cup replay, and fixtures against Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton. That being said, looking …
Liverpool Fans and Their Great Expectations

Liverpool Fans and Their Great Expectations

Southampton 1-0 Liverpool. A truly dreadful display, that could have seen the end of Liverpool's EFL Cup ambitions if not for an impressive performance by Karius, and woeful finishing on Southampton's part. To take my mind off the defeat, I decided to watch a film, and Christopher Nolan's magnum opus was on television, The Dark Knight. Rather surprisingly I found an intriguing parallel that Heath Ledger's The Joker raised, when in conversation with Harvey Dent,
"...nobody panics, because it's all part of the …
Tipping the Scales: The Fine Margins against Manchester City

Tipping the Scales: The Fine Margins against Manchester City

Liverpool's New Year's Eve tie against Manchester City has already been noted as a "6-point" match, and with Chelsea already sitting atop the table, with a 6 point gap between them and nearest rivals, Liverpool, which will likely remain when considering Chelsea's upcoming fixtures, this fixture has the potential to go a long way in altering the balance and probability of the 2016/17 Premier League champions. Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have been both dauntingly impressive, but also, soft at times, …
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