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 …
Firmino Pledges Allegiance

Firmino Pledges Allegiance

I have a theory that you can identify what kind of a Liverpool fan you are and, by extrapolation, what kind of human you are, based on your current attitude to Roberto Firmino. You see, some people are judgers. It's what they do. (I'm not judging them for it) They feel possessed of some moral authority, I imagine, which allows them to pontificate with impunity. Fair play, I guess. I'm not wired that way myself, but yes, have at it. …
Klavan Can't Get No Satisfaction

Klavan Can't Get No Satisfaction

The most disappointing thing about not being active on social media is the fact that all of my hideous puns stay in my own battered brain pan, torturing me with their awfulness. In times past, I'd simply spew these abominations onto my Twitter timeline and I was free of them - a problem shared is a problem halved, after all. I mention this because Ragnar Klavan has been the inspiration for many of these awkward wordplays. The Estonian, you see, …
Flanagan Back To Anfield?

Flanagan Back To Anfield?

This is the time of year that makes idiots of us all, as we speculate wildly about new recruits arriving to L4. Rarely has there been a transfer window where the club's need has been so great but the fact that nobody really knows anything will ensure at least four more weeks of wild emotional oscillations. Belligerent Twitter types are ready to lambast every potential target, Grand Romantics are certain that a couple of key additions will push Liverpool towards …
Mignolet is Predictably Calm

Mignolet is Predictably Calm

I want you to prepare yourself, dear reader, because it's time for Simon Mignolet to speak and, following his recent chicken kebab revelations, literally anything could happen here. Although it probably won't, because Simon is a very nice chap and, if we're honest, a little, well, dull. His take on the set-back at Sunderland is predictably by-the-numbers. "We wanted to win, unfortunately that didn’t happen, although we had the chances to do so,” Mignolet told Liverpoolfc.com. “It’s tough to take, …
Lovren Tired But Upbeat

Lovren Tired But Upbeat

Putting a brave face on a crushing disappointment is never an easy task. Just a few days ago I grimaced and heroically mumbled my gratitude, despite a growing darkness in my heart, as my mother proffered her Christmas present of the same gloves and pyjamas that I have not used or wanted every year since 2004. I'm stoical like that. When even that paragon of affability, Jürgen Klopp, shows signs of fraying at the edges, however, you can be assured …
Managing Expectations: Klopp and Moyes on Yesterday’s Result

Managing Expectations: Klopp and Moyes on Yesterday’s Result

Well, that wasn’t very pleasant now, was it? The spirit-flattening result, the loss of precious points, the inevitable Daniel Sturridge injury and the inspired opposition goalkeeper meant we had the perfect LFC Bullshit Bingo card. However, whilst a degree of irritation and perhaps even a modicum of irrational rage were both fair reactions, almost 24 hours later we can, perhaps, attempt a little more calm appraisal. At least, we could try until we read the post-match quotes from the managers …
Sunderland 2 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Sunderland 2 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Two games within 48 hours was always going to be a mighty ask, and at the end the exertions showed as Liverpool dropped two points on the road at Sunderland. This is how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (6.5) - Had a busier first-half than he would have liked. Made a couple of big saves, especially a one-on-one against Defoe to ensure Liverpool still stayed level on the scoreboard. He could not have done much for either of the penalties. …
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