Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool's Little Magician, Inter's Big Regret

Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool's Little Magician, Inter's Big Regret

Currently considered to be one of European football's premier playmakers, the Seleção's Philippe Coutinho Correia has evolved into everything Liverpool had hoped for when they acquired him from Italian giants Internazionale nearly three years ago. Known around Merseyside as "The Little Magician," Liverpool's modest number ten has been a breath of fresh air since swapping the black and blue shirt of former treble winners, Inter, for the red of Liverpool. Coutinho, born in the football haven of Rio de Janeiro, became heavily …
Nathaniel Clyne: Time to Celebrate Liverpool’s Most Reliable Player

Nathaniel Clyne: Time to Celebrate Liverpool’s Most Reliable Player

Nobody really grows up dreaming of being a right-back, do they? It is, quite possibly, the least glamorous position in football. The likes Carlos Alberto, Cafu, Philipp Lahm and Dani Alves have done their utmost to make it fashionable, but it has invariably been a role that goes relatively unnoticed, in comparison to goalkeeper, centre-back, central midfield, striker and pretty much any other position on the field. Even left-back is a little more mysterious and cool, due to left-footed players …
Sturridge's Positive Development Under Klopp is Worth Noticing

Sturridge's Positive Development Under Klopp is Worth Noticing

When Jürgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool, much was made over whether Daniel Sturridge - the Reds' star man - would suit the German's high-intensity pressing style of football. Comparisons were made between Sturridge's inability to fit into the style of play, and Christian Benteke's. Then came Southampton away. Southampton 1-6 Liverpool, eight weeks into Klopp's tenure. "Now I know what everybody is talking about", stated Klopp after the game. It was a small quote, as he swiftly went on to speak about …
Henderson - A Leader At Last

Henderson - A Leader At Last

Happy Klopp anniversary everyone! Ok, I'm a little late. Sorry. Nonetheless, during these lengthy and joyous annual celebrations of Anfield life under Klopp, I’ve decided to take a look at our captain, Jordan Henderson, and what’s changed for the skipper under his manager. As he hardly played under Rodgers last season due to injury, it’s pointless comparing him to the couple of games he featured in so my statistical comparisons will be between this season and the 2014/15 one for …
Divock Origi: Klopp's most improved player?

Divock Origi: Klopp's most improved player?

As part of a series celebrating Jurgen Klopp's first year in charge, we take a look at some of the candidates for Most Improved Player since his appointment in October 2015. There's been a number of changes at Anfield since the German manager took charge but the most important difference has been an improvement in performances on the pitch and this has been a mixture of individual progression, tactical success and strategic change. All these have played a major contribution …
Patience Required with Loris Karius

Patience Required with Loris Karius

Football can be strange. Fans are often found moaning about the current state of the sport, about how players are overindulged and clubs are greedy.  How everything in the player's existence is excessive - the wages, the cars and the lives they live.  So it's kind of ironic that in reality we as fans are just as greedy as the players we bemoan. One such example of this is inspired by new Reds 'keeper Loris Karius. In theory 99% of the …
James Milner - Right At Left-Back

James Milner - Right At Left-Back

At the end of the transfer window, Jurgen Klopp looked at his left back options, nodded and moved on. With Alberto Moreno throwing himself about with reckless abandon, the German gave the shirt to the 30 year old James Milner, knowing that the Yorkshireman would simply get on with it. Left back was done as far as he was concerned, though some questioned the wisdom of having a veteran player in such a demanding role. Eyebrows were also raised at …
Loris Karius - Undisputed Liverpool Number 1?

Loris Karius - Undisputed Liverpool Number 1?

The Liverpool fanbase is littered with inconsistencies. People go from really disliking a player to raving about him in a matter of weeks. A player can go from being considered one of the best at the club to not being rated because they've left the club. You can adore one player so excuse everything he does while chastising a player you dislike for doing exactly the same thing. We're fickle, we're tribal and we're reactionary. It makes for some enjoyable/heated …
Giorginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool's Gini in a Lamp

Giorginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool's Gini in a Lamp

In recent seasons, I think Liverpool’s transfer dealings – signings mostly – have been pretty poo. From Balotelli and Benteke to Carroll and Markovic, there have been a number of expensive signings bought for their individual quality rather than as crucial cogs in a cohesive machine. I think the aforementioned are all talented players, but Markovic spent some of his time under Brendan Rodgers at right wing-back, and I’ve never really known Liverpool to succeed on the route one, cross-pumping …
Why the Simon Mignolet era is likely to end soon

Why the Simon Mignolet era is likely to end soon

On a weekend where more than a few headlines were devoted to Manchester City’s new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and his struggles in the derby at Old Trafford, 34 miles down the road his (presumably outgoing) counterpart at Liverpool, Simon Mignolet, provided an expert, if subtle, lesson on why Pep Guardiola’s decision to allow Joe Hart out on loan to Torino was the correct one, a lesson so timely and apt that not even the England number one’s mistake against Atalanta …
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