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 …
Observations from Liverpool's disappointing draw against Sunderland

Observations from Liverpool's disappointing draw against Sunderland

Liverpool followed up their hard fought 1-0 victory against Manchester City with a disappointing 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The Reds took the lead twice but failed to hold on and gifted the home side two penalties. Sunderland did well defensively but it was Klopp's men who seemed to lack concentration, possibly because of tiredness having played two games in less than 48 hours, and really failed to deliver. Chelsea now go into their match against Tottenham …
Observations from Liverpool's win against Manchester City

Observations from Liverpool's win against Manchester City

It was by no means a New Year’s Eve firework as so many had hoped for, but Liverpool ended the calendar year with a 1-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield. The media narrative suggests the away side were terrible but how much of that was down to Liverpool being effective at nullifying Guardiola’s men? It didn’t have to be a classic, the Reds just had to win and they did just that so they go into the New Year …
Rampant Reds keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table

Rampant Reds keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table

Observations from Liverpool's late win against Everton

Observations from Liverpool's late win against Everton

Imagine in the summer, before the fixture schedule was released, someone told you we would go to Goodison Park just six days before Christmas and win 1-0 thanks to a scrappy goal in added-time. Obvious response would have been "Oh yeah, if Carlsberg did football matches"  sort of one, followed swiftly by a "but imagine the Everton fume if that actually happened". Well it has. It was scrappy. The ref bottled it. Everton fans booed. It was your stereotypical derby and you …
Observations from Liverpool's Win against Middlesbrough

Observations from Liverpool's Win against Middlesbrough

The lead up to the Middlesbrough game was odd. On one hand you had people just looking at the Premier League table and expecting Liverpool to just roll over the home side. On the other hand you had those who, because negativity had set into their mindset, were convinced the match would be like Burnley but ten times worse. The fact the Reds started with the same back five from the match against Burnley only added fuel to the fire. Loris …
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