Tom Holmes

Why a Deal for Oxlade-Chamberlain Doesn't Add Up

Why a Deal for Oxlade-Chamberlain Doesn't Add Up

The link between Liverpool and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one that has stuck around, despite Jürgen Klopp himself denying it, and it’s one that has created a lot of debate amongst Liverpool supporters. Unlike Salah, Van Dijk or Lacazette, who all were almost universally hyped up as soon as the link was made, reactions to the Ox have varied from delight, to apprehension, to disbelief, and even confusion. Certainly it’s a signing that is not straightforwardly good or bad and reaction …
Liverpool FC Fixtures Analysis 2017/18

Liverpool FC Fixtures Analysis 2017/18

So, with the fixtures out for the 2017/18 season, the initial reaction from Liverpool fans would have been a quick glance to see who we play on the opening day, working out when we play Man United and Everton, and other than that, probably just a bit of a shrug. It’s a reasonably uninspiring fixture list, with no incredibly nice runs but no horrendous patches either. There are, of course, some headline moments: Arsenal and Man City back to back …
Van Dijk and the Consequences of High Wages

Van Dijk and the Consequences of High Wages

So the word on the street is that Liverpool will have to offer, and are offering, £200k a week in order to secure the signature of Southampton central-defender Virgil Van Dijk. And if it’s true, and if the club can get the deal over the line, neither of which are 100% certain just yet, then that will be a massive statement of intent from FSG. But whilst there are a vast number of reasons to be excited about this deal, …
Jürgen Klopp and Excuses

Jürgen Klopp and Excuses

Well phew. I had this article lined up a couple of weeks ago after the 0-0 draw with Southampton, after Jürgen Klopp blamed the pitch for the result, and there were a couple of versions of this article lingering in my brain. But mercifully, Liverpool won their last two games 7-0 on aggregate, to emphatically deliver a Champions League place. And it’s a good thing too. Liverpool fans do not like excuses. If Liverpool had drawn one of their final …
Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool’s final game of the 2016/17 season is in front of their own fans at Anfield, knowing a win against already relegated Middlesbrough will be enough to see them into the top four and with it securing qualification to next year’s Champions League. But it won’t be an easy game, so here are the key battles that the Reds need to win to see off their opposition. Dejan Lovren vs Alvaro Negredo If Middlesbrough are going to any pose any …
Philippe Coutinho: Central Midfielder?

Philippe Coutinho: Central Midfielder?

Philippe Coutinho turned in an absolute masterclass on Sunday afternoon, scoring twice, assisting Daniel Sturridge for the opening goal, creating five other chances for his team-mates and generally wreaking havoc on the West Ham back-line. And he did so from a deeper position in central midfield, whereas generally all season Coutinho has played on the left hand side of Liverpool’s front three. Naturally, his revelatory performance in that position has caused people to suggest that he should play there more …
West Ham vs Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

West Ham vs Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool travel to the London Stadium, knowing that top four is very much within their grasp, and a win against West Ham could be enough to see them over the line. But West Ham will be a tough team to beat, as they have three clean sheets in their last three home games, and are five league games unbeaten. So here are the key battles for Sunday’s game. Aaron Cresswell vs Nathaniel Clyne Cresswell has been one of the shining …
Is Klopp Solving Liverpool's Biggest Problems?

Is Klopp Solving Liverpool's Biggest Problems?

When Liverpool lost 3-1 to Leicester at the end of February, it was the culmination of a truly horrendous run of form that saw the Reds win just one of their seven league games in January and February, as well as crash out of two cup competitions. Overall, we registered just two wins from twelve across those two months, a 1-0 win over Plymouth in an FA Cup replay, and the 2-0 demolition of Spurs. After the Leicester game, Klopp …
Liverpool v Southampton Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Southampton Preview - Key Battles

Three games to go and every one of them is critical. Liverpool need to keep their momentum going for just a little bit longer and their next test is Southampton at Anfield. Here are the key battles: James Milner vs Dusan Tadic Whilst Tadic has been playing across Southampton’s front three, he’s most likely to start on the right hand side, especially as Liverpool’s left-back is the makeshift midfielder Milner. Tadic is a serious threat, an exceptional crosser of the …
Emre Can Deserves All The Inevitable Praise

Emre Can Deserves All The Inevitable Praise

Emre Can deserves this. In the following days, maybe even weeks, he’s going to be eulogized by Liverpool fans, waxing lyrical over his talents and all rushing to be the ones to claim that they always believed in him, as his spectacular bicycle kick, Liverpool’s goal of the season despite Phil Coutinho’s best efforts, gifted Liverpool a 1-0 win over Watford that puts them one big step nearer to Champions League football. And he absolutely deserves it. And it was …
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