Firmino: The Bobby Dazzler

Firmino: The Bobby Dazzler

The story is familiar.  Poor kid from South America, family makes sacrifices to help him on his way, makes breakthrough in his home-country before transferring to a middle-of-the-road European club, performs highly in Europe, earns big-money deal to Premier League. Most of us are familiar with the tale of Luis Suarez’s career journey and ambition, however, this time it is Roberto Firmino’s story we are narrating. After failing to impress in a trial with first division Sao Paulo he made …
All Aboard The Lovren Bandwagon

All Aboard The Lovren Bandwagon

Hands up if you were one of the fans who jumped feet first on to the "Lovren is shit" bandwagon? Hands up if you are one of the fans who would be at the front of the bandwagon organising the Lovren is shit chorus? Who could blame you right? For nearly eighteen months of his Liverpool career, Lovren produced so little. His poor performances greatly outweighed his good ones and we all prayed that he would join the ranks of …
Liverpool Squad Analysis, Part Three: The Forwards

Liverpool Squad Analysis, Part Three: The Forwards

Public perception over Liverpool's forward line has changed drastically from the start of the season; Danny Ings and Christian Benteke started fairly well, whilst Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino struggled, as Daniel Sturridge looked on from the sidelines. Fast forward to late October, where Ings had been ruled out for the season, Benteke was misfiring, Origi and Firmino still struggled and Sturridge was still unfit. All the attention was on Klopp bringing in a new striker in the January transfer …
Can or Lucas? Capital One Cup Starting Spot Showdown

Can or Lucas? Capital One Cup Starting Spot Showdown

With the dangers of Manchester City’s attack and the energy needed in Liverpool’s midfield, who starts in midfield on Sunday will play a pivotal part in Liverpool’s fortunes. Emre Can is expected to appear in the middle, but calls for Lucas Leiva’s inclusion have increased, with former Red, Neil Mellor, saying the Brazilian should get the nod ahead of Can. Lucas played at centre-back against Augsburg on Thursday and has gotten a lot of game time recently because of defensive …
Hot and Cold; why are Liverpool so inconsistent?

Hot and Cold; why are Liverpool so inconsistent?

Inconsistency has been a hallmark of Liverpool's performances since the start of Brendan Rodgers' tenure in 2012, but why do Liverpool still struggle to put together a string of successive good performances, or put a small handful of fantastic performances in between a sandwich of dull, slow and rather boring ones? There is no clear answer to Liverpool's contrasting performances over the past few seasons, but a few standout factors, such as injuries, confidence amongst the team, changes in tactical systems, uncertainty …
The Mignolet Problem

The Mignolet Problem

What a week it has been so far for Liverpool fans. With the arrival of Steven Caulker on a six month emergency loan, something that split fans' opinions, the news that Joel Matip has allegedly agreed a contract with Liverpool and will walk away from Schalke on a free transfer during the summer, news that will no doubt be greeted with glee once it's announced officially and finally the news that goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a five and a …
Time is the Best Remedy for Benteke's Form

Time is the Best Remedy for Benteke's Form

Christian Benteke has been subject to heavy criticism amongst the Liverpool fanbase in recent weeks, with some drawing parallels between his and Andy Carroll's fateful move to Liverpool. Yet in the league, Benteke has made 15 appearances, started on 10 occasions, and scored five, and even chipped in with one assist. In comparison, Luis Suarez in his first season for the club (played 12 in the league), only managed four goals and three assists. When considering these figures, criticism of Benteke …
Three Liverpool Problems Even Jurgen Klopp Cannot Fix

Three Liverpool Problems Even Jurgen Klopp Cannot Fix

For many Liverpool supporters the arrival of Jurgen Klopp was a godsend. The charismatic and passionate German has been a breath of fresh air on Merseyside and in English football.  He has rejuvenated Liverpool and masterminded incredible away wins at Chelsea and Manchester City. He even made Dejan Lovren look not-so-terrible. But as much as we all swoon over Klopp's excellence, he is in fact not a god. He faces the same challenges as Brendan Rodgers did. Yes he is …
The Coutinho Conundrum

The Coutinho Conundrum

In recent weeks, Liverpool have put on three stellar displays: dismembering Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton all away from home, and yet there have also been some dire, and rather boring affairs - the Newcastle and Sion matches, and to an extent the Swansea match were all too familiar and brought back bad memories of the last few weeks of Brendan Rodgers' campaign and the lacklustre season before it. In these games, there seemed to be a distinct lack of …
Newcastle Utd vs. Liverpool: Team News, Key Stats & Predictions

Newcastle Utd vs. Liverpool: Team News, Key Stats & Predictions

Klopp's Liverpool continue to impress, moving up to sixth in the league with three points against Swansea at Anfield, before thumping six past a full strength Southampton side at St Mary's midweek in the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final. Steve McClaren's Newcastle, on the other hand, are probably alongside Aston Villa as the worst team, on form, in the Premier League. They were very lucky to take three points against Bournemouth, and many reports are suggesting the former England boss has …
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