How the Liverpool press Nullified Manchester City

How the Liverpool press Nullified Manchester City

The buzzword surrounding Jurgen Klopp's appointment as Liverpool manger in October 2015 was pressing. Gegenpress this, Gegenpress that, counter-press them here and counter-press them there. Basically, Klopp was supposed to turn up and blitz the Premier League with his high pressing, all action, heavy metal football. When it transpired that this wasn't going to be the case many in the media felt a little cheated. The German maverick wasn't playing ball. To them it was like receiving a toy for …
Liverpool 1 Manchester City 0 - Player Ratings

Liverpool 1 Manchester City 0 - Player Ratings

Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Manchester City was a big step in their title bid, confirming the progress they have made this season. Simon Mignolet - 7 Did well when called upon and kept Liverpool ticking with his distribution. Not much to complain about since he took up the reigns from Karius. Nathaniel Clyne - 7 Clyne is perhaps one of the most underrated members of the squad. He has made a real difference down the right-hand side and did so against …
Tipping the Scales: The Fine Margins against Manchester City

Tipping the Scales: The Fine Margins against Manchester City

Liverpool's New Year's Eve tie against Manchester City has already been noted as a "6-point" match, and with Chelsea already sitting atop the table, with a 6 point gap between them and nearest rivals, Liverpool, which will likely remain when considering Chelsea's upcoming fixtures, this fixture has the potential to go a long way in altering the balance and probability of the 2016/17 Premier League champions. Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have been both dauntingly impressive, but also, soft at times, …
Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview: Fireworks expected in NYE battle

Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview: Fireworks expected in NYE battle

Liverpool close a record breaking year out with a mouthwatering clash against Manchester City on New Year's Eve, one which could go a long way to decide who gives Chelsea the biggest challenge at the top of the Premier League table. Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, previous rivals in the Bundesliga, will meet each other in England for the first time, with a clash of playing style and personality likely to prove entertaining. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Manchester City Venue: Anfield …
Why Don't People Consider Firmino to be a Complete Striker?

Why Don't People Consider Firmino to be a Complete Striker?

Originally, a False 9 was a lone striker who, instead of staying high up the pitch like a traditional striker, would drop into midfield and look to drag the centre-back pairing into areas they weren't comfortable in to enable teammates to exploit the space they had created. Cesc Fabregas played it for Spain. Pep Guardiola used Lionel Messi in that role. Francesco Totti excelled in it for Roma. Even Manchester United used a variation of it with when they had Wayne …
James Milner: Divisive, but increasingly brilliant

James Milner: Divisive, but increasingly brilliant

I have spent the whole of James Milner’s long and illustrious career trying to decide how good he is at football. He has forever baffled me. He was tipped as England’s new wonderkid when he burst onto the scene for Leeds United back in the early 2000s, but barring a few glimpses of class, I remained unconvinced. His spells at Newcastle and Aston Villa seemed to pass me by a little - I was too busy obsessing about how good …
Sturridge's wave or Skrtel's mistakes?

Sturridge's wave or Skrtel's mistakes?

“A good living leads to forgetfulness”- A Ghanaian Proverb This came to mind on one of the many days Twitter’s machine guns and RPGs were set in motion in the Daniel Sturridge battle. For a striker who owns an impressive record that put into shade Suarez, Owen and Fowler, celebrating him should be a chore among fans rather than the sporadic chant of his name when he scores. He should be venerated with universal accord within the club’s fan base. …
One-Paced Liverpool's Need for Speed

One-Paced Liverpool's Need for Speed

When great attacking sides are mentioned, one quality above all springs to mind - pace. Barcelona’s front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are synonymous with bursting runs past labouring defenders, while Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard lit up the Premier League last season as they left hapless opponents in their wake. So when the Liverpool lineup for the West Bromwich Albion game was announced, I was more than a little concerned by our front three. Christian Benteke, …
Liverpool Needs Its Own X-Factor To Progress

Liverpool Needs Its Own X-Factor To Progress

The Oxford Dictionary defines x-factor as “a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome”. X-factors tend to be the difference between teams that win trophies, those who fail to make top 4 and those that end up being relegated. An x-factor of some sort is therefore a prerequisite for success for any football team. When Chelsea won the league last season they did so with a world class manager (Mourinho), world class …