Observations from Liverpool's 1-1 draw at the Etihad

Observations from Liverpool's 1-1 draw at the Etihad

Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad is one of those results which divides fans. If you’re a glass half-full type of person then it’s a point gained away to a rival and a positive performance to go alongside it. If you’re a little more cynical then it’s two points dropped in the hunt for Champions League football and there are concerns over the team’s mentality. The Reds started off slowly but grew into the game and became …
Observations from Liverpool's win over Burnley

Observations from Liverpool's win over Burnley

It was as though Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, and the players, set out to troll the fans today. The 2-1 win over Burnley was by no means pretty but three points are three points no matter how you pick them up. At the end of the day, the team did what they had to do to pick up the all-important victory. As the game headed into first-half added time it was as though the players had read the majority of drafts …
Observations from Liverpool's win against Arsenal

Observations from Liverpool's win against Arsenal

Liverpool were back to their Dr Jekyll best in the 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday evening. It came in the same week Mr Hyde had made an appearance at the King Power stadium as Leicester vanquished some of their demons and put a dent in our top four challenge. The Reds hosted Arsenal knowing a defeat could leave their Champions League hopes dangling by a thread, but like so often this season they effortlessly brushed aside one of their …
Observations from Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Leicester City

Observations from Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Leicester City

What can you say really that hasn’t been said before? Liverpool follows up an impressive victory over a top-four rival with a dismal defeat against a team in a relegation battle. The 2-0 win over Spurs is a distant memory now and Jurgen Klopp’s men failed once again to build up some much-needed momentum. Top four looked a shoe-in a few months back but now if Manchester United win their game in hand the Reds fall to sixth in the …
Observations from Liverpool's win against Spurs

Observations from Liverpool's win against Spurs

So that's what it feels like. A win in the league. The first three points since New Year's Eve when Pep Guardiola's Manchester City got the full Jurgen Klopp treatment. Truth be told it's the first time we've looked like a Klopp side since the turn of the year. The performance against Spurs had everything we'd become accustomed to as Liverpool fans earlier on in the season; hunger, desire, passion, confidence and a bit of swagger thrown in for good …
Observations from Liverpool's loss to Hull City

Observations from Liverpool's loss to Hull City

Hull City didn't read the script. The return of Sadio Mane was supposed to spark a Liverpool revival. Goals were supposed to flow, the Reds were supposed to get back to winning ways, and I was supposed to have a good weekend. Marco Silva's men just gave me the middle finger and continued their resurgence. The 2-0 defeat now means Liverpool have won just one of their last 10 matches. During that spell we've played Plymouth twice, Swansea, West Ham, …
Observations from Liverpool's draw against Chelsea

Observations from Liverpool's draw against Chelsea

"Encouraging" That's one way to describe the performance in the second-half tonight against Chelsea. It wasn't the swash-buckling, all action, interchangeable attack we'd become accustomed to earlier on in the season but there were signs it was awakening from a winter slumber. There was movement, incisive passing and an attacking edge that we'd been lacking in recent weeks and it was good to see. We made Chelsea, the runaway league leaders, look average. That, in itself, is quite the feat. …
Observations from Liverpool's FA Cup defeat to Wolves

Observations from Liverpool's FA Cup defeat to Wolves

The 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves means it's three defeats on the bounce now. All at home. Fortress Anfield has fallen. January has been a bit of a sobering experience for Liverpool fans. Out of the League Cup, out of the FA Cup and we've fallen 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea, and that could be a further three come Tuesday evening when we host Antonio Conte's men. The squad, not just the first-team, look bereft of confidence and uneasy …
Observations from Liverpool's Defeat to Southampton

Observations from Liverpool's Defeat to Southampton

Liverpool's horrid start to 2017 continued with yet another defeat. The Reds have now won just one of their seven matches since the turn of the year, missing out on a return to Wembley after a frustrating night against a weakened Southampton at Anfield. The visitors were without the injured Virgil Van Dijk and started 22-year-old Jack Stephens alongside Maya Yoshida. It should have been like lambs to the slaughter for the likes of Firmino, Coutinho and Sturridge, but the …
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 …
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