Candidates for Liverpool's MOTM vs Middlesbrough

Candidates for Liverpool's MOTM vs Middlesbrough

Liverpool capped off a successful campaign with a 3-0 home win over relegated Middlesbrough, confirming Liverpool's place in the Champions League qualifiers. Before kick-off, Reds fans greeted the team bus with a voiceforous welcome - it brought back memories of last season when flares billowed through Anfield's Shankly Gate. The atmosphere was deafening inside Anfield too, as the hosts took to the pitch in their slick and contemporary new kit. Nerves were jangling at Anfield though inside the first 40 minutes, …
Observations as Liverpool move one step closer to the Champions League

Observations as Liverpool move one step closer to the Champions League

It's been a long time since Liverpool comfortably demolished their opponents to coast towards three points. Such was the case at the London stadium, with the Reds delivering when it mattered most to secure a 4-0 victory over West Ham. Making a rare start for the club after another injury-plagued season, it was Daniel Sturridge who opened the scoring. Coutinho produced an inch perfect ball to carve open the defence and unleash the striker through on goal, with Sturridge then …
Observations as Liverpool Come Unstuck Against Saints again

Observations as Liverpool Come Unstuck Against Saints again

Forget Crystal Palace, Liverpool came unstuck against another one of their bogey teams on Sunday afternoon as they failed to break down a resolute Southampton defence. That's now 360 minutes played against The Saints in this season in which Liverpool have failed to score. After grinding out a 1-0 win against Watford with Manchester City and United both dropping points and Arsenal losing to rivals Spurs, Liverpool's top-four chances took a massive boost. However, Southampton certainly rained on that parade, …
Can's Acrobatics Edge Liverpool Closer to Champions League Football

Can's Acrobatics Edge Liverpool Closer to Champions League Football

Liverpool edged closer to a crucial top four finish after a tight 1-0 against Watford at Vicarage Road. The Reds are now three points above Manchester City in fourth and more importantly four points ahead of Manchester United in fifth after both teams dropped points at the weekend. A game that lacked real quality throughout will be remembered for a moment of sheer brilliance from Emre Can. The German scored what has to be one of the goal of the …
Observations as Liverpool dig deep to beat Watford

Observations as Liverpool dig deep to beat Watford

With Manchester United and Manchester City both dropping precious points against relegation-threatened Swansea and Middlesbrough along with Arsenal tasting defeat in the North London derby, tonight was a chance for Liverpool to take a huge step in their bid for Champions League football. An early injury to Philippe Coutinho would have rattled even the most cool-headed of fans. In his absence, the team struggled to find their rhythm, with Watford battling well to close down space and deprive Liverpool of …
Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Just as it looked like we were pulling clear in the race for top four, Crystal Palace rear their ugly heads again. It was so inevitable, wasn't it? Well, maybe not if you've got some optimism, something I'm certainly lacking after that performance. Can Sadio Mane have my leg? I didn't observe him, but here's what was on offer at Anfield... Top four gets that bit trickier Oh dear. If Manchester United win the derby and their games in hand, …
Candidates For Liverpool's MOTM Against West Brom

Candidates For Liverpool's MOTM Against West Brom

No type of win betters Liverpool's deserved 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday. Hammering sides often can be very entertaining for the impartial - but there is nothing more satisfying than the wins where it requires a dogged mentality, determination and grit. The Reds coped through adversity in a nerve-wracking finale; which just goes to show that Liverpool are beginning to notch up 'ugly' wins; having previously being criticised for trying to be too entertaining and not divulging any …
Observations from Liverpool's 1-0 win over West Brom

Observations from Liverpool's 1-0 win over West Brom

The end is near, isn't it? Liverpool were barely troubled by any West Bromwich Albion set-piece. Liverpool scored off a set-piece against West Brom. But, the bigger picture is crucial. It was another massive win for the Reds in the race for the top four, as they eked out a 1-0 victory. This was the first time that Liverpool had won at The Hawthorns in ages. Here are the main talking points from the game, as Liverpool went back up …
Bold Klopp & His Risky Substitutions Pay Off

Bold Klopp & His Risky Substitutions Pay Off

One of the things that Jürgen Klopp is often criticised for is his substitutions. Klopp sometimes leaves his substitutions quite late in games and indeed often only makes one change, even when his team is losing. Whilst this has been the case throughout Klopp’s career, his decision to only make one change against Bournemouth has put this back into the forefront of people’s minds, especially given that Daniel Sturridge was an unused sub. Klopp’s rationality for this is twofold: he …
Observations from Liverpool's fight back to beat Stoke

Observations from Liverpool's fight back to beat Stoke

Liverpool's starting eleven was indicative of a side battling several injuries to key players, with Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold replacing Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in the side. The Brazilian pair have both been struggling of late with fitness and illness issues respectively. It was always going to be a tough game for the Reds but the lineup hardly filled fans with optimism going into a must-win game in the battle for a top four spot. That fear was …
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