Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview: La finale, décideur

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview: La finale, décideur

Liverpool's officials will be hoping to brush up on their French for a Champions League draw in Monaco in a few months time, should they see off Middlesbrough on Sunday in the final game of the Reds' season. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Venue: Anfield Referee: Martin Atkinson Date: Sunday 21st May Time: 14:00 BST FORM After a Winter, and arguably Spring, filled with darkness but short of points, Liverpool have rallied to leave themselves just a win away from securing a …
The 4-4-2 Diamond is Perfect for Liverpool

The 4-4-2 Diamond is Perfect for Liverpool

Liverpool travelled to the London stadium for the first time in a game which had a cup final feel about it, win and the Reds would be three points away from Champions League football, lose and Liverpool would be reliant on either Man City or Arsenal dropping points. Fans were understandably extremely cautious after a number of inconsistent results and poor performances over the last month. However, with Lallana and Sturridge returning to the starting line up and the prospect …
Progress At Liverpool FC Regardless Of Final Fixture

Progress At Liverpool FC Regardless Of Final Fixture

Let's get something absolutely clear from the off, friends - whether Liverpool beat Middlesborough and secure a Champions League play-off or not, there has been obvious, demonstrable progress under Jürgen Klopp this season. This really shouldn't need saying, but the fickle and pugnacious nature of many of our fans makes it important to nail your colours to the mast on any areas of potential conflict. Heaven forbid that one might not be comically extreme on every position. It seems to be de rigeur …
Top Four: Who Wants It Least?

Top Four: Who Wants It Least?

Initially, as I grimaced in recollection of the season's third-last serving of delicious Barclay's goodness, it was tempting to liken Liverpool's struggles to make any progress to the myth of Sisyphus - you know, the unfortunate chap punished by the gods of the Greeks for his offences against them. His sentence was to push a huge boulder to the top of a hill, only to see it roll back down every time and know he must start over. For eternity. …
Klopp's Tactical Ineptitude Costs Liverpool

Klopp's Tactical Ineptitude Costs Liverpool

Liverpool were presented with the opportunity to consolidate their stranglehold on top 4 when Southampton came to Anfield - a win would've taken the Reds ahead of Manchester City in 3rd, but instead Liverpool produced a dire performance which saw a blow in their hopes for Champions League football next term. Before kick off, a lot of supporters were saying how a win here would be a huge statement of intent as it would be a mental and tactical block …
Liverpool’s Saints Raid: A Success?

Liverpool’s Saints Raid: A Success?

Until very recent years, Liverpool and Southampton were two clubs who had very little to do with each other. There was no rivalry to speak of, there had been no real classic contests between the pair and the relationship between the duo was relatively healthy. That all changed in the summer of 2014, when all of a sudden, the Reds started raiding Saints’ best players, with five signings made in total in the years since. There may be more to follow at …
Candidates For Liverpool's MOTM Against Watford

Candidates For Liverpool's MOTM Against Watford

Liverpool edged one huge step closer to qualification for the Champions League proper next term with a hard-fought 1-0 away win at Watford. Emre Can scored the solitary goal that separated the two sides - and I really cannot quite put the strike from the German into comprehensible words. In what was a first half deprived of any clear-cut opportunities (bar Lallana's strike which looped onto the post), Can sent the whole football sphere into stunned silence when his acrobatic scissor-kick …
Four Games. Twelve Points.

Four Games. Twelve Points.

This is no time for faint hearts. This is no time for shrugs and voices whining ‘What? We have to win all four of them?’ The Mancunian derby did all it could to help the Reds out so let’s not throw away that luck by going into the final sprint with chewed lips and winces. It all comes down to this. Watford. Southampton. West Ham. Middlesbrough Four sides. Four teams. One good but one we’ve already battered, the swines who …
Assessing Klopp's Tactical Options for Watford

Assessing Klopp's Tactical Options for Watford

After yet another home loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend, that's the Eagles' third win in as many visits to Anfield, and the Reds' chances of top 4 are hanging in the balance. As a result, Liverpool's trip to Vicarage Road on Monday night becomes all the more important. Despite winning the previous two away games at Stoke and West Brom, this Liverpool side has looked far from their fluid best and are still struggling to find the solution …
Watford v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles to Look Out For

Watford v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles to Look Out For

Make or break time. You get the feeling that Liverpool fans will be repeating that sentence before every game between now and the end of the season, but with the Manchester and London derbies providing Liverpool’s best chance to regain control of their own fate, the Monday night clash at Vicarage Road is one of Klopp’s most important affairs of the season. With teams in or around Liverpool playing each other it would be worth placing a bet with Lottomatica on Liverpool …
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