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 …
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 …
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 …
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