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 …
Observations from Liverpool's draw against West Ham United

Observations from Liverpool's draw against West Ham United

A chance to open up a three-point lead over Manchester City, who sit in fourth place, was what was on offer as 18th place West Ham came to Anfield. A three-point lead in December doesn’t mean much but it would have given us some breathing space going into the festive fixtures knowing a date with Manchester City on New Year's Eve awaits. However, Klopp’s men didn’t capitalise on their Manchester rivals slipping up against Leicester on Saturday evening. A 2-2 …
Observations from Liverpool's Capitulation against Bournemouth

Observations from Liverpool's Capitulation against Bournemouth

Talk about deja-vu. Liverpool dominate the first-half and take a 2-0 lead into half-time but capitulate in the second-half to undo all of their good work. It was a 45 minutes so far removed from what Liverpool fans are used to under Jurgen Klopp this season that it felt like groundhog day and dredged up memories of matches against Sunderland, Newcastle and Southampton during the 2015/16 season. To say this result and second-half performance was unacceptable would be an understatement. …
Observations from Liverpool's win against Leeds United

Observations from Liverpool's win against Leeds United

Well, it wasn't pretty but after making eight changes, giving players a go in different positions and blooding a few youngsters it wasn't going to be, was it? It was an intriguing watch but not if you're a fan of entertainment. It was once again up to Liverpool to be patient in possession and work hard to create chances against a well disciplined and defensively organised Leeds United. Just like against Sunderland, Liverpool did eventually put away one of the …
Observations from Liverpool's win against Sunderland: Patience is key

Observations from Liverpool's win against Sunderland: Patience is key

The Reds weren't rampant. The floodgates didn't open like many had expected them to prior to kick-off.. Klopp's men didn't dismantle yet another side at Anfield. Instead, it was tense and a little uncomfortable as Sunderland threatened to frustrate the home side. They held out for 75 minutes but in the end Liverpool came away with the all important three points to put them top of the Premier League for the time being. Usually I take a look at positives from …
Observations from Liverpool's frustrating draw against Southampton

Observations from Liverpool's frustrating draw against Southampton

A draw away to Southampton isn't the worst result but given how the events played out it's disappointing to say the least. The Reds carved out some good chances but were wasteful throughout when in front of goal. The finishing clinic they put on against Watford just a fortnight ago eluded them against the Saints. Manchester City's win against Crystal Palace means Pep's side are now level on points with Liverpool and Chelsea have the opportunity to go clear at the top if …
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