In Defence Of Nathaniel Clyne

In Defence Of Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne seems to have become a hot topic this season. After arriving from Southampton in the summer of 2015, for a fee in the region of £12.5m, Clyne enjoyed an impressive first season at Anfield. As he'd shown in his time at The Saints, Clyne was a solid defender with decent technique, a tidy pass and a good turn of pace. Having also established himself in the England team, it seemed Liverpool had resolved their right-back issue at a …
What I've Learned About Liverpool FC This Season

What I've Learned About Liverpool FC This Season

Once again, I’ve found myself schooled in football fandom over the last nine months. Some lessons I’ve been educated in for the first time, others I’ve shamefully realised should have been taken on board many years ago. That shame stemmed from the age-old occurrence of once again counting my chickens before the eggs were even laid. I got carried away, sucked in by the gathering speed of that train called ‘Momentum’. Yes, at Christmas I allowed myself to believe that …
Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Just as it looked like we were pulling clear in the race for top four, Crystal Palace rear their ugly heads again. It was so inevitable, wasn't it? Well, maybe not if you've got some optimism, something I'm certainly lacking after that performance. Can Sadio Mane have my leg? I didn't observe him, but here's what was on offer at Anfield... Top four gets that bit trickier Oh dear. If Manchester United win the derby and their games in hand, …
Liverpool 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

Liverpool 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

It was a case of two steps forward and one step back for Liverpool, who's Champions League hopes took an almighty blow as Christian Benteke came back to haunt his old club. After a lacklustre opening to the game, Philippe Coutinho put the hosts in front with a stunning long-range free kick to seal his 10th goal of the season. It should have been 2-0 when Roberto Firmino squared the ball to an unmarked Emre Can but the German failed …
Winning Substitutions Emphasises Need to Invest in the Summer

Winning Substitutions Emphasises Need to Invest in the Summer

Liverpool were hit with a number of crucial injuries ahead of their clash against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon and it almost proved costly. Jurgen Klopp needed to call upon his Brazilian duo Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to grab a tight victory at the Britannia Stadium, as the absence of Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana in the squad meant there were rare Premier League starts for Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Coutinho and Firmino weren't deemed fit …
Observations from Liverpool's fight back to beat Stoke

Observations from Liverpool's fight back to beat Stoke

Liverpool's starting eleven was indicative of a side battling several injuries to key players, with Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold replacing Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in the side. The Brazilian pair have both been struggling of late with fitness and illness issues respectively. It was always going to be a tough game for the Reds but the lineup hardly filled fans with optimism going into a must-win game in the battle for a top four spot. That fear was …
Stoke City 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Stoke City 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

A game of two halves if ever there was one. Good on Klopp and Liverpool that they decided there is a game to be played in the second half. On the balance of intent, one could say that Liverpool deserved to win the game. First away win for Liverpool in 2017. How important will this win be if we make Top 4? This is how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (8) - An outstanding performance from Mignolet. Was confident on …
Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The (Lack of) Depth Chart

Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The (Lack of) Depth Chart

At the start of the season I was quietly confident in the strength and potential of Klopp’s squad considering the lack of European football. Coming into the final 12 games and the worrying lack of depth and quality in key positions has come to the fore. Milner has played most of the season as left back and Lucas Leiva continues to pick up playing time as a centre back. You don’t need to look at statistical analysis — such as …
Manchester United 1 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

Manchester United 1 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

It wasn't like the game at Anfield earlier this season. It was a Liverpool vs United game that lived up to its billing. Yes, it was short of quality on a few occasions, but the pluck and frenzy of a derby was there for all to see. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late header cancelled out Milner's first-half penalty, but Liverpool will be disappointed not to have shut the game out as they had plenty of chances before Zlatan popped up with the …
Middlesbrough 0 Liverpool 3 - Player Ratings

Middlesbrough 0 Liverpool 3 - Player Ratings

Liverpool returned to winning ways with a first win at the Riverside Stadium since 2002.  A brace from Adam Lallana and a Divock Origi goal brought the Reds a first win in three games. Jurgen Klopp would have wanted a response from his side after far from ideal results against Bournemouth and West Brom and the team delivered with a slick display of attacking football, especially in the second-half. Simon Mignolet - 7 This game was a tribute to the …
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