Sam McGuire

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Observations from Liverpool's loss at home to Swansea

Observations from Liverpool's loss at home to Swansea

Swansea, bottom of the Premier League at kick-off, rocked up at Anfield, where we have been unbeaten at all season, and took all three points. Those aren't the words I expected to be writing a few hours ago, and especially not after seeing the line-up. Philippe Coutinho returned and Roberto Firmino was restored to a role he had flourished in earlier this season. The destructive duo were up against a team who had conceded 49 goals already. It was supposed …
Is James Milner a Good Left-Back?

Is James Milner a Good Left-Back?

Roberto Firmino's Return to Form?

Roberto Firmino's Return to Form?

It was going to happen eventually wasn't it? Fans were going to start to question the point of Roberto Firmino after his early season form inevitably dropped off. It felt like deja vu and the start of the 2015/16 season repeating itself all over again. You can't say it hasn't been coming though. The former Hoffenheim player scored three goals and grabbed five assists in his first 11 matches and there was a hope he'd finish the season with 20 …
Observations from Liverpool's win at Plymouth

Observations from Liverpool's win at Plymouth

Liverpool made hard work of it but they're through to the FA Cup fourth round. A Lucas Leiva header - yes, the Brazilian scored, pick yourself up off the floor - was enough to secure a 1-0 win over Plymouth but it was by no means comfortable. The home side had chances to score and clipped the outside of the post with a great effort in the second-half. You should never be negative when you've won, because that's the important …
Observations from Liverpool's draw against United

Observations from Liverpool's draw against United

A draw at Old Trafford against a United side on a nine-match winning streak is never a bad thing, but I don't half feel cheated and I'm not sure whether it's a well-earned point or two dropped. Jurgen Klopp switched it up a bit and once again showed why he's one of the best tactical coaches around. The Reds went with a diamond shape and looked to clog up the pitch centrally. To an extent it worked. Beforehand many fans …
Was Jordan Henderson the Balance Weight for Liverpool FC?

Was Jordan Henderson the Balance Weight for Liverpool FC?

It’s true what they say you know. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about my concerns surrounding Jordan Henderson operating in the number 6 role for Liverpool but it’s clear as day he’s been missed in recent matches. In games against Sunderland, Plymouth (admittedly with a shadow starting XI) and Southampton the midfield have looked lethargic, pedestrian and predictable. The complete opposite of what we’ve come to expect from a Jurgen Klopp …
Observations from Liverpool's Disappointing Defeat at Southampton

Observations from Liverpool's Disappointing Defeat at Southampton

A defeat in a semi-final isn't the best way to warm up for a trip to Old Trafford. Want to know what's worse though? A poor performance just a few days before travelling to a United side who can be described as rampant after nine consecutive wins. Klopp named a strong side but it just didn't click for a variety of reasons. That performance, coupled with the fact James Pearce hinted at no January business, will just exacerbate things and …
Observations from Liverpool's draw against Plymouth Argyle

Observations from Liverpool's draw against Plymouth Argyle

A disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Plymouth means the Reds have a tricky replay to contend with in amongst an already difficult month of January. It's something they could have done without but it's our own doing after not showing enough class to finish off the League Two outfit. Liverpool were utterly dominant but did nothing with the ball. They didn't even trouble the Plymouth goalkeeper. It was a glorified defence vs attack training session and there's now a …
Analysing Emre Can's Performance Against Sunderland

Analysing Emre Can's Performance Against Sunderland

The disappointing 2-2 draw against Sunderland was the first Premier League match Liverpool have been without Jordan Henderson all season. The captain has been a bit of a divisive figure amongst fans since Jurgen Klopp moved him to a slightly more withdrawn role, which has seen him operate as a number 6. He's expected to break up play, cover the space vacated by the attacking full-backs and start attacks. He does the former two aspects of that role well but …
How the Liverpool press Nullified Manchester City

How the Liverpool press Nullified Manchester City

The buzzword surrounding Jurgen Klopp's appointment as Liverpool manger in October 2015 was pressing. Gegenpress this, Gegenpress that, counter-press them here and counter-press them there. Basically, Klopp was supposed to turn up and blitz the Premier League with his high pressing, all action, heavy metal football. When it transpired that this wasn't going to be the case many in the media felt a little cheated. The German maverick wasn't playing ball. To them it was like receiving a toy for …
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