Slack Reds Pegged Back In Share Of Spoils Against WBA

Slack Reds Pegged Back In Share Of Spoils Against WBA

Liverpool went to the Hawthorns and were pegged back by the basement team West Bromwich Albion, as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Danny Ings and Mo Salah gave the Reds a comfortable 2-0 lead, but goals from Jake Livermore and Solomon Rondon gave Jurgen Klopp's boys a rude reality check. Starting XIs West Bromwich Albion: Ben Foster, Allan Nyom, Craig Dawson, Ahmed Hegazi, Kieran Gibbs, Jake Livermore, Chris Brunt, Matt Phillips, James McClean, Solomon Rondon, Jay Rodriguez Liverpool: …
Liverpool Player Ratings From Hawthorns Holiday

Liverpool Player Ratings From Hawthorns Holiday

Liverpool refused to get out of second gear as they shared the points with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. With AS Roma and the Champions League firmly on their minds, the Reds threw away a two-goal lead to the pretty much-relegated side, but when there's little to play for and the referee is giving free-kicks against you when your player is punched, who's fussed? Hereeeeeee's your ratings. Nice to see you, Albie Loris Karius (6): Was quite meh on the …
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - The Perfect Klopp Midfielder

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - The Perfect Klopp Midfielder

As a raw teenager at Southampton in the 2010-11 season, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain carved out a reputation as one of the hottest prospects in English football. A clamour for his signature ensued in the Summer of 2011, and it was Arsenal who staved off interest from a number of suiters by completing the signing of the exciting teenager. At the time, Arsenal had a strong reputation for developing young talent. So it was understandable that the youngster chose to ply his …
European Adventures Raising The Bar For This Liverpool Team

European Adventures Raising The Bar For This Liverpool Team

Liverpool are riding high right now. That fantastic feel-good factor, as we approach the season’s run-in, brings back memories of the good times under Houllier, Benitez and Rodgers. When we were fighting for targets and silverware at the business end of the season. A team playing terrific, brave football, in fine fettle as rivals start to wilt around us. Our form following the recent international break has been phenomenal. Three wins and a draw secured in a congested and tiring …
Liverpool Player Ratings From Cherries Crushing

Liverpool Player Ratings From Cherries Crushing

Three points closer to more night's like that one against Manchester City, is how I'm viewing it. An afternoon that will be quickly forgotten but one that Liverpool need more of, as they beat Bournemouth 3-0. A day for the goal charts as Firmino gets his 25th of the season, overshadowed somewhat by Salah's 40th. Not a bad time to be a Red. Standout figure at the back Loris Karius (6): Had literally nothing to do first half apart from …
Combative Chamberlain: Understated & Underrated

Combative Chamberlain: Understated & Underrated

Let’s begin with Gary Neville. Twice in the past week, the pundit has used his position in the Sky Sports studio to call out laziness in the elite of the Premier League. At Wembley for the League Cup final (sponsorships changes but the competition remains so please excuse my not mentioning them), he made the following point about Arsenal’s atrocious midfield.
"I don't even want to talk about them because they've been an absolute disgrace. Ramsey and Xhaka walking …
The Bottom-13: Liverpool Have Conquered Their Achilles Heel

The Bottom-13: Liverpool Have Conquered Their Achilles Heel

I went for a drink with a good friend last week - A Man United fan, unfortunately - and as usual, we spent a vast chunk of our time talking about football. The usual discussion about how the top-four will end up looking cropped up, and after making our predictions - it will be Chelsea and Arsenal who miss out, in case you're wondering - my mate declared, “Liverpool would be a shoo-in if they could just find consistency against …
Liverpool v West Ham Preview: Key Battles

Liverpool v West Ham Preview: Key Battles

After a gap of ten days to bask in the glory of a perfect Champions League in Porto, Liverpool are back in action in the Premier League, welcoming West Ham United to Anfield on Saturday. The Reds won the reverse fixture 4-1 at the London Stadium with a Mo Salah brace either side of goals from Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain giving the Reds three points. West Ham will be buoyed by their home win against Watford last time but …
Klopp’s Miracle: Turning Water into Wine, & Making Money at the Same Time

Klopp’s Miracle: Turning Water into Wine, & Making Money at the Same Time

Jurgen Klopp has improved Liverpool all over the pitch, quite literally, since arriving in October 2015. But unlike some of his managerial rivals, he’s done so without spending money in the transfer market. ‘Net Spend’ is a much scoffed at phrase in modern football, but to transform Liverpool into the gegenpressing, offensive monster we often see now, from the weary, possession-obsessed ‘animal’ it was at the end of Brendan Rodgers’ reign – while making £34m – is nothing short of …
Observations as Liverpool ease past the Saints

Observations as Liverpool ease past the Saints

It was a game in which Liverpool never needed to get out of second gear but still came out with a comfortable 2-0 victory. The game was settled by two beautiful first-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah who each continued top-class goalscoring seasons. Here are some talking points from the game: Karius loves St. Mary's Loris Karius's best performance in a Liverpool shirt thus far was in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final last season, and …
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