Liverpool's Transfer Window: A Missed Opportunity

Liverpool's Transfer Window: A Missed Opportunity

What a curious transfer window; after snapping up Robertson, attempting to convince Virgil Van Dijk to join, and registering an interest in Naby Keïta, the Liverpool transfer front went silent. Then, suddenly after trouncing Arsenal, Michael Edwards and his team sprung into life, wrapping up a seemingly dead deal in securing the services of Naby Keïta for the coming season, on a bargain transfer, before moving onto Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shortly afterward. With a day to go, expectations of Lemar and …
Andy Robertson - The Solution At Left-Back?

Andy Robertson - The Solution At Left-Back?

So we’re all in agreement then? Andy Robertson is the best left-back who ever lived and will go on to win the Ballon D’or for Liverpool? Yes? Yes. Good. Glad that’s cleared up. In all seriousness, I didn’t expect to see Robertson just yet. He hadn’t played much for the Reds in pre-season and Klopp had previously indicated that he was still settling in. I figured that maybe he'd return after the international break, which was why it was a …
Joe Gomez: Liverpool's Most Important Full-Back

Joe Gomez: Liverpool's Most Important Full-Back

Five young full-backs. Like a team within a team, they all have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been absorbing most of the accolades and Moreno has been the whipping boy as usual. Robertson’s crosses against Palace drew audible ooh’s and ahh’s from the crowd and Jon Flanagan regaining a squad position is great to see. But when the story of the 2017-18 season is written, it may be Joe Gomez that has the biggest impact in …
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: A Tactical Breakdown

After a late Watford equaliser, Liverpool's Premier League campaign was yet to really get going. A tie with bogey-team Crystal Palace hardly eased nerves, especially as reports of Coutinho's continued unhappiness, and rumours of a knock to Sadio Mané had fans on edge. Nonetheless, the performance was distinctly different to the Champions League first-leg against Hoffenheim, and the Watford match too. Yet, what we also saw were some themes and consistencies, that we may see continue to pop up throughout …
Observations As Liverpool Grind Out 1-0 Win Against Palace

Observations As Liverpool Grind Out 1-0 Win Against Palace

Liverpool picked up their first win of the new Premier League campaign on Saturday afternoon as they made a very welcome return to Anfield. Up against what can only be described as a real bogey team, Jurgen Klopp's side silenced any pre-kick off nerves, grinding out the three points after Sadio Mané put them ahead in the second-half. Here are the observations from the match. Promising Debut For Robertson Making his first competitive start for the club since joining from …
Liverpool's Uncharted August

Liverpool's Uncharted August

Early in July we all  had our favorite Liverpool writer we looked to for transfer intel, but those usually clued-in were mostly silent.  Into the void stepped a new batch of ITK’s with exotic ties to unnamed “sources” from far away lands. We quietly hoped they had it right.  They didn’t. Curiously, they were all telling similar tales, that Liverpool would at least have the second of their top three targets leaning on walls and swapping stories about their Istanbul …
Why Liverpool's Current Squad Is Not Enough To Challenge On All Fronts

Why Liverpool's Current Squad Is Not Enough To Challenge On All Fronts

Over the season 2016/17, Liverpool played 46 games, which amounts to around 4,140 minutes over the season. However, notably, some players struggled with their fitness, which raises questions of how individuals, the team, and the squad will perform in a season that will include a minimum of eight Champions League games (including and providing Liverpool go through the qualifying matches), and perhaps a longer FA Cup run. The most recent edition of the AI Under Pressure podcast looked at the …
Assessing Liverpool's Defence For The Upcoming Campaign

Assessing Liverpool's Defence For The Upcoming Campaign

Having signed Dominic Solanke and smashing the club’s record transfer fee for Mohamed Salah, Liverpool have begun identifying key weaknesses within their current side. Andy Robertson is the latest to join The Reds this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to address what has been a troubling position for several years now. However, there remains a number of issues within the current squad, particularly in the defensive areas. So, with a new season on the horizon, how are Liverpool shaping up …
Why Is Andrew Robertson Already Being Written Off?

Why Is Andrew Robertson Already Being Written Off?

In a summer full of possible high-profile signings at Liverpool, the next likely incoming is Hull City’s Andrew Robertson. The young left-back is being hotly-tipped to seal a move to the Reds at some point in the near future, as Jurgen Klopp continues to fine-tune his squad ahead of next season. If there has been a certain level of hysteria surrounding potential deals for Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and other less plausible options this summer, as well as the …
Discussing Liverpool's Left-Back Options This Summer

Discussing Liverpool's Left-Back Options This Summer

When the end of the year approaches, people come up with their wish lists for Christmas. That's exactly what the summer transfer window brings, too. Liverpool fans are desperately rattling their brains for their wish list of potential players that could line up for the club next season to challenge on four fronts. At the heart of that will be a left-back recruit, with James Milner hardly a long term option despite a commendable 2016/17 campaign. Here, I asked some …
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