Lovren: Liverpool Learning From Klopp

Lovren: Liverpool Learning From Klopp

On Friday mornings, as Latest News sips an Americano and contemplates its navel, the events of the week tend to spill out from the dark recesses of a troubled mind. There was that idiot on the roundabout with a death wish, the older lady who aggressively elbowed her way past schoolchildren in a coffee queue and the nice fellow who popped up in the comments section pleading with the author of this column to "speak english (sic) please." In a week where the only …
Karius: We Can Turn It Around

Karius: We Can Turn It Around

Instagram enthusiast Dejan Lovren took to his preferred social media platform to wish Emre Can a happy 23rd birthday today. For once, the Croat was not driving at the same time and his heartfelt sentiment was accompanied by the inevitable selfie with the German. "Happy birthday, my brother," Lovren gushed. "Think that you're a top player in my eyes." Without doubt, the post will have enraged the angry ants that swarm Liverpool fan forums looking for opportunities to be outraged, but for this writer …
Klopp: Reds Will Strike Back

Klopp: Reds Will Strike Back

"We will strike back, we will be a different team, a different side, everything will be different at Anfield. So, for us, it's still possible to go to Wembley, and that's the target." Jürgen Klopp
On balance, it felt like the worst 90 minutes of Jürgen Klopp's time at the Anfield helm. Obviously, the pain of witnessing the impotent, and often incompetent, staggering about of many of our established stars was exacerbated by having the unfolding shambles bathed in the greenish yellow …
Lallana Left The Comfort Zone

Lallana Left The Comfort Zone

I've always been fascinated by comfort zones. It's probably a lot to do with my ongoing self-doubt. I know they get a bad press but I'm fascinated as to the kind of calm and ease that residing in a zone of comfort would bring. Imagine not questioning oneself endlessly or simply being content with oneself, warts and all. Isn't that the kind of zen self-acceptance we're all supposed to aspire to? Don't the life-coaching gurus preach such blissed out forbearance of …
Sturridge Could Be Perfect For Klopp

Sturridge Could Be Perfect For Klopp

Listening to Jürgen Klopp speak about Daniel Sturridge is intriguing. Anyone who's ever had to manage people at any level will find themselves brimful of empathy for the affable German when he is asked to respond to questions about his gifted but often absent striker. People are more fragile than they like to believe and as the person entrusted with eliciting the best possible performance from someone, one must remember that. The trick is to disguise one's frustration, accentuate the positive …
Lucas Leaver?

Lucas Leaver?

Earlier today, I wrote for the Latest News section about the divisive figure that is Alberto Moreno but the Spaniard is a mere amateur at dangerously dividing the fan base in comparison with the focus of this evening's scribbles - Lucas Leiva. The affable Brazilian will always have his fans because he is patently a fellow of tremendous character and has done the club redoubtable service over a decade. However, there have been many fans who simply never took to the …
Moreno Wants A Trophy

Moreno Wants A Trophy

Alberto Moreno is one of those players whose name is guaranteed to elicit a reaction whenever it is mentioned wherever supporters gather to discuss the Redmen. Those discussions are likely to be characterised by wild oscillation between two polar positions. You see, people tend to either love or loathe the Spaniard's presence in Liverpool's starting XI. The Liverpool fans I know are never shy about making definitive pronouncements on players and Moreno has been a topic of furious debate since his …
Klopp Content With The Kids

Klopp Content With The Kids

If we're all completely honest with ourselves, yesterday's 3rd round FA Cup match against Plymouth at Anfield was everything one would expect to emerge from the disorientating fug of the post-Christmas period. It was the Redmen, but it wasn't really. It was a competitive match, but it wasn't really. Jürgen Klopp was clearly on the touchline and yet also appeared to be in the stand looking decidedly non-plussed. As Alberto Moreno jogged over to ineffectively strike his twentieth corner of the game, this scribbler …
Gomez Back On Klopp's Radar

Gomez Back On Klopp's Radar

October 2015. That's when Joe Gomez last featured for Liverpool's senior side. October 2015, when, on England U23 duty, the promising then 19 year old suffered serious injury and began a very long journey back to recovery. The last few appearances he had made before getting crocked had perhaps removed a little of the lustre that accompanied his initial impression on Reds' fans, but it is testament to the enduring nature of those earlier showings that so many fans are …
Klopp on Karius, Sturridge and Coutinho

Klopp on Karius, Sturridge and Coutinho

Last night I watched Dinosaur 13, the heart wrenching tale of the world's most impressive Tyrannosaurus Rex discovery. Sue, that's what they called her, was subsequently impounded by the FBI for dubious reasons and remained in storage for years, much to the chagrin of the hapless paleontologists who'd quite literally unearthed her. Now it may be that my brain is even more damaged than I had believed, but this struck me as the perfect metaphor for how many of us …
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