Olli Emmerson

Observations as Liverpool throw away two points against Watford

Observations as Liverpool throw away two points against Watford

Given the thrills of the unpredictable, hair-raising Premier League that the media tells us we should embrace and love for it's uniqueness, that all seemed a little predictable. Liverpool were behind, level, behind, level, ahead and level in a topsy-turvy opening clash with Watford, one that finished 3-3. It was disappointing, but perhaps not a terrible point come the end of the season, especially if we get past Hoffenheim. Observations were there to be made, and here they are. PRAISE …
Why Liverpool are proving me wrong this summer

Why Liverpool are proving me wrong this summer

As Liverpool swept Middlesbrough aside on the final day of the season, I was filled with optimism. Let the fun begin, I thought We had Klopp, Champions League football and reportedly a rather large pot of gold to splurge on some much-needed transfers. Most importantly, we'd experienced sensible - logical - progression. We'd moved from a season containing cup runs and an eighth placed finish to a season where the league mattered most, and we moved up to fourth. We …
What happens next with Liverpool and Virgil Van Dijk?

What happens next with Liverpool and Virgil Van Dijk?

In a summer filled with ITK's, unconfirmed reports and general nonsense, concrete news is always appreciated. Concrete news is even more appreciated when it's positive for your interests, something Liverpool fans had yesterday as news broke of Virgil Van Dijk handing an official transfer request into Southampton. Yes, Southampton had known of his desire to leave. So had Liverpool, so had Chelsea. You knew, I knew. The bloke down the pub knew. But, this is certainly a development. Van Dijk …
Would Selling Philippe Coutinho Really be the End of the World?

Would Selling Philippe Coutinho Really be the End of the World?

Right then. There's a fair chance you've sent me a tirade of Twitter abuse before actually clicking to read this piece, so I'll thank you for *hopefully* not having wished death upon everyone I know and love. If you have, then here we are. Philippe Coutinho. What a treasure, Liverpool's darling. The adopted Brazilian that we've all loved for a joyful four and a half year's now, watching his astonishing development ever since that eight-million-pound move from Inter Milan. Heaven …
Does Andy Robertson join as Liverpool's starting left-back?

Does Andy Robertson join as Liverpool's starting left-back?

As Liverpool confirmed the signing of Andy Robertson from Hull City on Friday afternoon, there was widespread relief amongst the fan-base. Given the Scot's impressive form for Hull and potential to grow, the feeling is there that Liverpool may have finally found the solution to their left-back issue. We've seen the likes of Dossena, Konchesky, Flanagan and Moreno all unsuccessfully occupy the starting position at the club, to the extent that we've ended up using midfielder James Milner there. Surely …
With Klopp Keita Crazy, What Can Gini Wish For?

With Klopp Keita Crazy, What Can Gini Wish For?

With the Liverpool fan base going crazy over Paul Joyce's 00:08 truth bombs and continued links to the marvellous Naby Keita, one must feel for Georginio Wijnaldum. Although he's currently enjoying a well earned break from football and seemingly posing for a series of well crafted Grand Theft Auto covers, the Dutchman would be forgiven for considering his place in the Liverpool squad amid all the Keita links. Why Gini? If Liverpool are, as many believe, going to prize Leipzig's …
Why Liverpool can't afford to be reactive in the summer window

Why Liverpool can't afford to be reactive in the summer window

Ignoring the Virgil Van Dijk fume, ignoring Jordan Henderson's ever lasting bruise and ignoring the civil war over FSG's stewardship of the club, Liverpool fans can agree one one thing. The last couple of league games were pretty damn good. A 4-0 win in London, a 3-0 win in Anfield. Everyone was happy, even more so as the full-time blew on the season with Liverpool in the top four and back in the big time, the Champions League. Journalists, fans …
Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Player Ratings

Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Player Ratings

Get in! That's it Reds, into the Champions League and all the relief that comes with that statement. It was nervy for a while until Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum combined for a goal. Coutinho and Lallana added more in the second-half to secure a superb end to the season. Here's how everyone fared individually. Simon Mignolet - 6 - Didn't have much in the way of shots but takes a solid six after another excellent performance when it came …
Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview: La finale, décideur

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview: La finale, décideur

Liverpool's officials will be hoping to brush up on their French for a Champions League draw in Monaco in a few months time, should they see off Middlesbrough on Sunday in the final game of the Reds' season. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Venue: Anfield Referee: Martin Atkinson Date: Sunday 21st May Time: 14:00 BST FORM After a Winter, and arguably Spring, filled with darkness but short of points, Liverpool have rallied to leave themselves just a win away from securing a …
Player Ratings as Liverpool sweep past West Ham

Player Ratings as Liverpool sweep past West Ham

ONE. MORE. WIN. REDS. Excellent performance, great team selection from Klopp. Liverpool could have fourth wrapped up before Middlesbrough, but that's unlikely. We can still get third, but let's not get carried away just yet. Simon Mignolet - 6 - Early save from Fernandes set the tone for another good day, wasn't tested too much but helped himself in that regard with another number of good punches from crosses and corners. Nathaniel Clyne - 6 - Beaten early on a …
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