Liverpool’s Midfield Trio Must Be Kept Apart

Liverpool’s Midfield Trio Must Be Kept Apart

Before Philippe Coutinho decided to cause trouble and Adam Lallana picked up a lengthy injury, Liverpool’s best possible starting lineup was a mouthwatering proposition. Assuming your approach was as gung-ho as mine, it was easy to envisage Coutinho and Lallana ahead of a deep-lying midfielder, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino further wreaking havoc in attack. To have that quintet all on the same pitch at once is enough to blow any team in Europe away on its …
Trent Alexander-Arnold: A Star is Born

Trent Alexander-Arnold: A Star is Born

I remember watching Robbie Threlfall in a Youth Cup final between Liverpool and Man United in 2007, and convincing myself he was going to be a future Reds great. I can hear some of you asking who on earth Robbie Threlfall is. The defender starred in Liverpool’s march to glory that year, scoring in the final of the second-leg at Old Trafford, and big things were expected. Threlfall never made the grade at Anfield, as you may have guessed - …
Losing Close-To-World-Class Coutinho Would Be Unbearable

Losing Close-To-World-Class Coutinho Would Be Unbearable

With the great players, you can see the moment at which they are about to become genuinely world-class. With Steven Gerrard, it was 2004/05, when he matured from being one of Europe’s best young midfielders to one of the finest players on the entire planet. Luis Suarez did it in 2013/14 - it should never forgotten how brilliant he was the previous year, too - when his levels of genius were on a par with any player we have ever …
Make-Or-Break Season For Divock Origi

Make-Or-Break Season For Divock Origi

Footballers go in and out of fashion all the time, and any slight lull can see them in danger of being cast aside to the scrap heap in no time. It wasn’t long ago at all that Divock Origi was almost walking on water at Liverpool, earning acclaim from every corner of Anfield and looking like a striker of gigantic promise. That was in the second-half of 2015/16, when a string of dominant performances leading the line helped the Reds …
Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool’s Potentially World-Class Wildcard

Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool’s Potentially World-Class Wildcard

There were a couple of moments at the end of last season that seemed to save Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool career. By the time the crucial trip to West Ham rolled around on May 14th, the general consensus was that Sturridge’s continued fitness woes had left him surplus to requirements, with a move elsewhere likely this summer. Then the vital 4-0 win at the London Stadium happened. Moment number one for Sturridge was, unsurprisingly, his expertly-taken goal that gave Liverpool a …
Are We Underrating Liverpool's Full-Back Options?

Are We Underrating Liverpool's Full-Back Options?

It’s fair to say that Liverpool’s full-backs divide opinion. The performances of James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne came under increasing scrutiny last season, with the duo’s level dipping dramatically at the turn of the year and never returning. Both receive plenty of negative press in an era when full-backs are as renowned for their flamboyant attacking play as they are their diligent defensive work - the names of Milner and Clyne are not likely to make it onto the back …
Will This Be Liverpool's Best Attack Since The 1980s?

Will This Be Liverpool's Best Attack Since The 1980s?

The opening 45 minutes of Saturday’s Premier League Asia Trophy final win over Leicester City were unbelievable. There was a frightening pace to the game, especially compared to the usual slow speed of a pre-season friendly, and Liverpool looked irrepressible for the most part. Jurgen Klopp’s attack-minded lineup saw the quintet of Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi all start, and some of the football was exceptional. The creativity, confidence and interchanging that the attacking …
Dominic Solanke: A versatile squad player from the off?

Dominic Solanke: A versatile squad player from the off?

Mohamed Salah has already signed, and Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita continue to dominate Liverpool-related transfer news, so Dominic Solanke's arrival on Merseyside has almost gone under the radar. The 19-year-old has now officially joined from Chelsea, after a superb summer that saw him win the U20 World Cup with England and be named the tournament's best player. A player full of potential who was never going to be given a chance at Stamford Bridge, Solanke could be a …
Make-or-break season for Nathaniel Clyne?

Make-or-break season for Nathaniel Clyne?

I love a solid player - someone you know will never set the world alight and sell millions of shirts, but who will diligently get on with his job and not leave you tearing your hair out. Nathaniel Clyne has been exactly that for the majority of his Liverpool career, filling the error-strewn void left by Glen Johnson in functional but consistent fashion. He is not as flamboyant as some wrongly predicted when he made the switch from Southampton two …
What Has Happened To Liverpool's Fanbase?

What Has Happened To Liverpool's Fanbase?

Liverpool supporters pride themselves on being one of, if not the best, fan base in the world. It is something that has been associated with the Reds throughout history, and while a certain level of bias will always be involved, I have often thought no set of fans are quite as passionate, intelligent and proud of their team. Anfield creates European nights like no other, supporters come together tremendously in moments of adversity and managers and players across the globe …
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