Liverpool's not-so-secret, secret weapon

Liverpool's not-so-secret, secret weapon

After this past weekend's win over Stoke, I was a guest on the post-match Nina Kauser Show here on Anfield Index and was asked if it was Liverpool 'winning ugly'. Although it was certainly an ugly win, I did say that I felt when I think of 'winning ugly', I think of teams such as ours under Rafa Benitez, the Man United teams of the 1990's or Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in his first reign there; even Arsenal under George …
How Has James Milner Really Done at Left-Back?

How Has James Milner Really Done at Left-Back?

At the start of the week I penned an article discussing the Liverpool players in the running for the club’s Player of the Year award. I chose five - Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson - and gave honourable mentions to Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner. The reaction to Milner’s inclusion brought the most divisive response of the lot, and it perfectly sums up why the 31-year-old will forever split opinion. He has always been …
Firmino Stunner Will Be Liverpool’s Most Important Goal Of 2016/17

Firmino Stunner Will Be Liverpool’s Most Important Goal Of 2016/17

Sometimes a goal comes along that feels absolutely pivotal. It fills you with so much warmth that you feel as though you’ll be on a footballing high forever. Gary McAllister’s last-gasp free-kick at Everton in 2001 is certainly one that springs to mind, while numerous others have been vital in securing Liverpool trophies and top-four finishes. Come the end of May I may end up looking incredibly foolish, but Roberto Firmino’s wonderful half-volley at Stoke felt as season-defining as McAllister’s, …
Should Liverpool take a risk on signing Ben Brereton in the summer?

Should Liverpool take a risk on signing Ben Brereton in the summer?

Unless you've been living under a bridge for a month or two, you've very probably heard the name of Ben Brereton being linked to Liverpool. The question most Liverpool fans are probably asking is … who? Ben Brereton is the latest 'super kid' to have emerged from the same Nottingham Forest (remember them?) academy that has produced the likes of Jermaine Jenas, Michael Dawson and Oliver Burke. If you've actually seen Brereton play, then the question you ask automatically changes …
Liverpool's Nuclear Attack: Stats Analysis

Liverpool's Nuclear Attack: Stats Analysis

*The stats in the article are gathered manually from Squawka. Minutes include stoppage time. Offensive, Defensive and Net rating are the totals per 100 minutes. Over the last month I have tried to analyze the different defensive and midfield lineups used by Jurgen Klopp and how well they have done. Finally we get to the area of the field for which the Liverpool supporters should have the fewest complaints - attack. After 32 matches Liverpool are the highest scoring team in the …
Jurgen Klopp Gets It Spot On At Stoke

Jurgen Klopp Gets It Spot On At Stoke

I've been peppering Jurgen Klopp with criticism of late - especially following the draw against Bournemouth in midweek. But it's time to give him credit for finally appearing to put the factors that derailed Liverpool's title challenge to bed. He rightly came under stick after repetitive tactical and poor time management against the Cherries on Wednesday - and hopes weren't exactly high ahead of the trip to the bet365 Stadium. Liverpool had not won a league game without Sadio Mane - …
Winning Substitutions Emphasises Need to Invest in the Summer

Winning Substitutions Emphasises Need to Invest in the Summer

Liverpool were hit with a number of crucial injuries ahead of their clash against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon and it almost proved costly. Jurgen Klopp needed to call upon his Brazilian duo Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to grab a tight victory at the Britannia Stadium, as the absence of Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana in the squad meant there were rare Premier League starts for Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Coutinho and Firmino weren't deemed fit …
The Return of 'O Magico: Philippe Coutinho!

The Return of 'O Magico: Philippe Coutinho!

The magician, Philippe Coutinho, is back. His return to form could hardly have occurred at a more opportune time. With Mané, Henderson and Lallana injured, and the stakes as high as ever in the race for a Champions League position, Coutinho's renewed confidence feels as influential and important as a new signing. Like all top players, he delivered when the pressure was on - the Merseyside Derby - a match which he seized and made his own. He dominated from the …
How Liverpool Can Cope Without Sadio Mane

How Liverpool Can Cope Without Sadio Mane

Liverpool supporters are currently indulging in the stressful pastime of facing an agonising wait for the results of Sadio Mane's knee scan. Mane was taken off in the second half of the Merseyside Derby after a collision with Leighton Baines. He left Anfield without crutches - but manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that he will be ruled out of Wednesday's clash with Bournemouth at home. This isn't the first time that Liverpool have been made redundant without their star winger. Back in …
Liverpool Fans - An acquaintance with disappointment

Liverpool Fans - An acquaintance with disappointment

In a season littered with frustrating, inexcusable results, Liverpool FC managed to outdo themselves one more time: and in doing so, gifted away control over their own fate, at perhaps the expense of a Champions League spot. The manner in which Liverpool went 1-0 down was all too familiar, with a dreadful defensive error this time, courtesy of Wijnaldum. For the following twenty minutes, Liverpool looked bereft of ideas, shaken and Anfield watched on, in that routine nervousness the fans have become far …
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