What We've Learnt About Klopp's LFC | Part 2: Midfield dynamics and game impact

What We've Learnt About Klopp's LFC | Part 2: Midfield dynamics and game impact

Following on from part 1 of this series, which can be read here. After more disappointing dropped points at the Emirates, that piece is worth a read. In this piece, I will take a brief look at the midfield and Klopp's use of his players in his various systems. Klopp is the best manager we've had since Rafa. The latter is still the best and most recent yard-stick to assess Klopp's performance and team building. Our midfield is clearly sub-standard …
Liverpool's perfect performance: Tactical masterclass?

Liverpool's perfect performance: Tactical masterclass?

Liverpool's demolition of Bournemouth appeared to be one of the complete performances of the season. Utterly dominant and prepotent in the first half, Liverpool romped to victory, with a pressing, passing and offensive performance which defied all expectations. https://twitter.com/Caley_graphics/status/942502495582113797 To me, Liverpool looked distinctly better with their passing. Indeed, Liverpool had an 88pc passing accuracy, whilst retaining 56pc of the possession. In terms of the number of passes, Liverpool made 655. Considering this, I wondered if there was a way to …
Observations as Liverpool saunter past Bournemouth

Observations as Liverpool saunter past Bournemouth

Liverpool came into their game hoping to keep their great away scoring form going, and the attack produced an excellent performance to ensure Liverpool walked away with the three points. Here are the observations from the match. Importance of the result Liverpool were coming to Bournemouth on the back of two frustrating home draws and were looking for a favourable result before heading to the Emirates on Friday. The win ensures that Liverpool leapfrog Arsenal into the top 4 as …
Bournemouth v Liverpool Preview - Away from Anfield and Back to Winning Ways?

Bournemouth v Liverpool Preview - Away from Anfield and Back to Winning Ways?

The Details Venue - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth Referee - Andre Marriner Date & Time - Sunday, December 17th @ 16:30 GMT Current Odds - Bournemouth 6/1, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 1/2 Form Bournemouth Form Bournemouth's last home win was a 4-0 trouncing of Huddersfield Town. Since then they have drawn three and lost two, with one of each of those at home. Eddie Howe will surely have been impressed by his side's efforts at Old Trafford on Wednesday when they were unfortunate to …
Every Week

Every Week "Important" For Liverpool FC

Liverpool returned from the international break to begin their busiest period of the season with a 3-0 win over Saints to begin what has been labelled a hugely important week, ahead of a frantic run to January. Whilst this is, in my opinion at least, technically true, it’s also hugely misleading. Almost every week in the season can be (and has been) described as vitally important. It was important we did well against City. It was important we recovered from …
Could loaning Divock Origi cost Liverpool the title?

Could loaning Divock Origi cost Liverpool the title?

Amid the madness of Deadline Day, Divock Origi's loan move to Wolfsburg went a little un-noticed. Touted after the striker wasn't included in squad's for either of the last two Premier League games, Jürgen Klopp granted Origi his wish of more first team football by sanctioning a move to the Bundesliga side. Liverpool have done well financially from the deal, Wolfsburg paying Origi's wages plus a rumoured loan fee of six million pounds. On the surface, it seems a good …
Wary Klopp Remains Defiant

Wary Klopp Remains Defiant

When writhing through the thick fug of a migraine, it can be hard to tell with absolute certainty what is real and what one might be imagining. On Friday, complications arising from some scheduled prodding and poking under the bonnet of your columnist's noggin, resulted in 3 days of pain-induced confusion and reality-bending altered perception. It was basically unintentional MK Ultra. There was an incident involving an orange that appeared to be vibrating on a bedside locker and several episodes …
The Mercury Is Rising At Anfield

The Mercury Is Rising At Anfield

Trusting your mental well-being to others is a precarious activity at the best of times. Placing your happiness in the hands, or error-prone feet, of a group of talented but notoriously flaky professional footballers, is surely a sign that you are, on some level, quite mad - as mad as a hatter, even. For another writing project, I had been researching the origin of that expression and it turns out that it relates to the mercury poisoning suffered by milliners …
Liverpool Fans - An acquaintance with disappointment

Liverpool Fans - An acquaintance with disappointment

In a season littered with frustrating, inexcusable results, Liverpool FC managed to outdo themselves one more time: and in doing so, gifted away control over their own fate, at perhaps the expense of a Champions League spot. The manner in which Liverpool went 1-0 down was all too familiar, with a dreadful defensive error this time, courtesy of Wijnaldum. For the following twenty minutes, Liverpool looked bereft of ideas, shaken and Anfield watched on, in that routine nervousness the fans have become far …
Observations following Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth

Observations following Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth

Here we are, yet again. For all their attacking prowess and verve, Liverpool's abysmal record against teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table never looked like changing against Bournemouth. An early mistake from Georginio Wijnaldum was indicative of the Reds' start, with the team wasteful and wayward in possession. Goals either side of half-time from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi seemed to have clawed Liverpool back into the driving seat and on their way to another precious …
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