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Tactical Versatility, Naby Keita and a Sign of Things to Come

Tactical Versatility, Naby Keita and a Sign of Things to Come

Horses for courses With Jurgen Klopp showing an encouraging level of pragmatism following the Spurs game, he deserves a great deal of credit. Whilst his squad is not yet at the level he would want, he is maximising what he has at his disposal. An interesting recent tactical development is the use of the 442, arguably a precursor for things to come next season. Many have spoken about a 4231/424, but essentially Klopp used a fluid 442 against West Ham …
Key Stats from Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow

Key Stats from Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow

Liverpool ran riot on a famous and record-breaking night at Anfield, putting Spartak Moscow to the sword to secure their second 7-0 win of the group stage and cruise into the Last 16 of the Champions League as group winners. So what were the key stats from the night? Clinical Reds Don’t Dominate When I say that Liverpool didn’t dominate this game, what I mean is that on paper they weren’t as wholly on top of every stat as you’d …
Observations as Liverpool spark out Spartak

Observations as Liverpool spark out Spartak

Absolutely joyful football from Jurgen's last 16 Reds as Liverpool bounce into the knockout stages of the Champions League, top of the group and on top of the world after another devastating win. 17 goals in 7 days. Mustard. From Coutinho's slick penalty early on to Mo Salah capping his night off with a goal, it was a perfect night that Klopp will have gone to bed dreaming of on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, will a Champions League trophy be …
Liverpool 7 - 0 Spartak Moscow: Iron Curtain torn apart by Reds onslaught

Liverpool 7 - 0 Spartak Moscow: Iron Curtain torn apart by Reds onslaught

The Details Date: 6/12/17 Venue: Anfield, Liverpool Background The stage was set at Anfield. The knockout stages of the Champions League awaited the victors. A win for Liverpool would also guarantee top spot in the group. Draw, and the Reds would probably slip into second place as Sevilla were widely expected to defeat Maribor in their final game, also tonight. Spartak had to win to progress. Klopp again rotated his starting eleven with five changes from the team that took the pitch at …
Player Ratings as Liverpool Advance to Knockout Stages in Style

Player Ratings as Liverpool Advance to Knockout Stages in Style

Loris Karius - 6 Didn't have all that much to do due to the brilliance of Liverpool's front four. However, there was one shaky moment in the first-half for the German goalkeeper who rushed off his line to close down a promising Spartak attack - a rather reckless decision albeit one that resulted in a free-kick due to an offside call. Alberto Moreno - 7 Wasn't particularly troubled down the left-hand side by the Spartak attack as he continued to …
Rampant Coutinho Still Liverpool's Main Man

Rampant Coutinho Still Liverpool's Main Man

With their star-studded performance against Stoke, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah were once again the men in the lights. Salah, in particular, has seen himself lauded after just about every Liverpool game, following a phenomenal November, in which he scored eight goals from six games. Mane meanwhile, has once again been reminding Liverpool fans that he is a key man for the side, with two assists against West Ham, a brilliant goalscoring performance against Sevilla and then, of course, his …
Oxlade Chamberlain: Shrugging off irrational criticism to prove his worth to Liverpool

Oxlade Chamberlain: Shrugging off irrational criticism to prove his worth to Liverpool

Football fans as a whole love to criticise players right from the get-go, as was the case when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool in the summer. Moving from Arsenal for a reported fee of £35million, he was labelled a flop after failing to catch the eye after coming on as a sub. Question marks were raised about the club’s investment in the Englishman given his eye-opening injury record and severe lack of contributions in the final third. Said question marks were …
Dominic Solanke: Liverpool's Something Different

Dominic Solanke: Liverpool's Something Different

Dominic Solanke was given his first Premier League start in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Stoke City in midweek, replacing Roberto Firmino upfront as Jurgen Klopp shook his side up to contend with an increasingly gruelling fixture list and it proved to be a chance well taken from the former-Chelsea man. Deployed through the middle, Solanke showed huge flexibility at the Bet365 stadium, with an interchanging of positions between him, Mane and Chamberlain adding an extra unpredictability to the forward line. …
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The "False" Roberto Firmino - Brighton 1 Liverpool 5

There are times when supporting this team can be a chore. I doubt there is a fan base in the world that has quite so much internal bickering than ours. The whole #lfcfamily hashtag is magnificent of irony, unless, of course, its creation is to illustrate how much families fight over the smallest thing. Yesterday afternoon provided a similar case. When the team was announced many of us scanned the names, looking for centre-backs. It transpired that Emre was playing …
Red Reset: FA Cup Key to Liverpool Expectations

Red Reset: FA Cup Key to Liverpool Expectations

With six wins and two draws by a combined score of 25-6, Liverpool supporters can safely close the chapter on a poor run of form that ran through late September and October. Fervent Firmino fans have joined satisfied Salah supporters in whipping out all of the stats and rubbing it in the face of anyone that ever doubted the two Liverpool forwards who did sputter at times early on. What is true is that Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah have …
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