Olli Emmerson

Observations as Liverpool are Left Sick from Toffee

Observations as Liverpool are Left Sick from Toffee

For 70 minutes, it was a Christmas party. The snow fell, the scoreboard looked pretty and the Kop sang a merry tune. Liverpool players, picked in order to combat the sub-zero conditions, were far superior to those they came up against. They were quicker than the Blues, stronger than the Blues, better technically than the Blues and ahead of the Blues, for the most. But it wasn't enough. A ball up the pitch, some contact and a penalty. 1-1, knocking …
Observations as Liverpool spark out Spartak

Observations as Liverpool spark out Spartak

Absolutely joyful football from Jurgen's last 16 Reds as Liverpool bounce into the knockout stages of the Champions League, top of the group and on top of the world after another devastating win. 17 goals in 7 days. Mustard. From Coutinho's slick penalty early on to Mo Salah capping his night off with a goal, it was a perfect night that Klopp will have gone to bed dreaming of on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, will a Champions League trophy be …
Praise for Klopp, There's a Reason he Picks the Team!

Praise for Klopp, There's a Reason he Picks the Team!

I've criticised Jurgen Klopp quite often this season, in all honesty. I like the guy, I think he's pretty much everything I want in terms of how I'd like a Liverpool manager to act and conduct himself, he 'gets it'. Part of that, is probably what makes me criticise him more than I should. I want him to be perfect, so every minor - and major - blemish is under the microscope. Sometimes he selects players I don't think he …
Liverpool Player Ratings From Chelsea Draw

Liverpool Player Ratings From Chelsea Draw

Disappointing to once more throw away a lead, but given the team selection and crazy run of fixtures ahead of Liverpool, denying Chelsea a win whilst resting Mane and Firmino may well prove positive in the long run. Here's how the Reds rated at Anfield. Simon Mignolet (6): Very solid from corners and looked like he was going to pick up a clean sheet before Willian intervened. Hard to blame him for such a freak goal but some may suggest …
Liverpool Player Ratings from the 3-3 Rollercoaster Ride in Spain

Liverpool Player Ratings from the 3-3 Rollercoaster Ride in Spain

Right. Let's try and not get too worked up. We're all frustrated, we're all angry, but all we need to do to top the group is beat Spartak at home. Here's how the Jekyll and Hyde Reds fared individually. Starters Loris Karius (7): Got to feel for him. Some stunning saves, some really good punches yet concedes three goals he can't really do anything about. Does himself no harm in the long run but you feel that his contribution will …
Is Joe Gomez Becoming a Right-Back?

Is Joe Gomez Becoming a Right-Back?

A series of unfortunate developments have seen Joe Gomez play most of his minutes for Liverpool at full-back, despite signing as a fresh-faced centre-back in the summer of 2015. The first of those developments was Brendan Rodgers developing the idea that to save his job, a back four with an 18-year-old out of position at left-back was the obvious solution. Gomez made five appearances, playing fairly well before injury curtailed his season. Finally getting back to full fitness after a …
West Ham 1-4 Liverpool - Player Ratings as the Hammers are crushed

West Ham 1-4 Liverpool - Player Ratings as the Hammers are crushed

Well in, Reds. After a couple of routine 3-0's, a fairly hair-raising 4-1 got the heart rates back up whilst still providing a healthy kick to the goal difference. It looked bad, then it looked oh so good. It looked bad again for exactly 57 seconds, and it was more than good by the end. Roll on some dropped points on Sunday! Here are the ratings. Defence Simon Mignolet - 5: Why the *bleep* doesn't he come and get the …
Observations from Liverpool's comfortable night against Maribor

Observations from Liverpool's comfortable night against Maribor

Three goals, three points and an efficient performance. The Reds are back, kind of, with the Champions League last 16 well in sight. From the top of the main stand, where I sat for the first time (pleasantly surprised at noise), what did I observe? Daniel Sturridge Yes, I’m starting with a substitute scoring in the last min. Sturridge is the real story of the night. After all, he’s been through, he finally gets his Champions League goal, and a …
Klopp set to be vindicated over Oxlade-Chamberlain use

Klopp set to be vindicated over Oxlade-Chamberlain use

Jurgen Klopp has taken something of a beating from supporters in recent weeks from Liverpool fans criticising his signing, and resulting use, of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Much of that criticism has been fair. Whether or not you subscribe to the '£35M is the new £15M' club, it's okay to expect something of a quick return from a player Liverpool put so much money down for in late August. The sort of return that Nemanja Matic, Ederson and Mohamed Salah - all …
Observations as Liverpool are whacked at Wembley

Observations as Liverpool are whacked at Wembley

I'm going to level with you all, in my good honest way. Racing back from Goodison (at least we can laugh at Everton) to watch this one, with the rain lashing down on my phone screen until I got in for the last 30 minutes on a telly, my analysis of this drubbing may not be as detailed as on another occasion. However, when you lose 4-1 to a team that you're meant to be 'at least as good as', …
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