Liverpool's Formidable Front-Six Is Back In Business

Liverpool's Formidable Front-Six Is Back In Business

The way in which Sadio Mane tore Tottenham to shreds in that first-half at Anfield truly was a sight to behold. Liverpool’s returning hero was almost unplayable, scoring twice and coming very close to notching another couple before half-time. It was an individual performance that perfectly highlighted what the Reds have been missing in Mane’s absence, during the most horrendous January in recent memory. They didn’t look the same attacking force without his pace, movement, end product, and his mere …
Breaking down the Sum of Liverpool's Parts - Part 2

Breaking down the Sum of Liverpool's Parts - Part 2

Any back-line - let alone the back-five of Liverpool's - will face adversities in the form of the high initial press in trying to lay the foundation for attacks. Jürgen Klopp's system for Liverpool works in a multitude of ways in order to overcome these adversities as mentioned in Part 1 here, but nevertheless, football is still a team game. It goes without saying that the five players in the aforementioned positions - both centre-backs, the full-backs, as well as the …
Both Wijnaldum and Can Have Roles to Play This Season

Both Wijnaldum and Can Have Roles to Play This Season

Farewell then, Tottenham Hotspur. They came, they saw, they met a frosty-faced Senegalese who wanted a word. Despite a dislike of them which has survived decades and has no basis – though maybe it had something to do with Glenn Hoddle’s louche hair and tight shorts – I do find them fascinating. In the 90s they took many a ropey midfielder off our hands just as they slowed down (Redknapp, Murphy, Leonhardsen) so I’m grateful for that, but they’ve always …
Why Sturridge and the Liverpool System Clash

Why Sturridge and the Liverpool System Clash

The Daniel Sturridge "will he or won't he leave" saga is now more drawn out than the "will Ross and Rachel get it on" storyline. Just when it looks as though the tide has turned and the majority want him sold he scores a striker's goal which reminds everyone exactly what he can offer and exactly what Liverpool miss from time to time. It's a destructive relationship but I'm not quite sure whether player, manager and fans are ready to …
Wijnaldum A Better Fit For Liverpool Than Emre Can

Wijnaldum A Better Fit For Liverpool Than Emre Can

After a positive 1-1 draw with runaway leaders Chelsea, many thought Liverpool had turned a corner, putting their dismal January form behind them to kick on and fight for a top four spot. However, the predictability with which Liverpool slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Hull City marked a new low for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are in serious risk of their season fizzling out into nothing. Much of the pre-match talk was about the return of Adam Lallana, Sadio …
Defensive Deja Vu for Liverpool

Defensive Deja Vu for Liverpool

Defeat to Hull City meant Liverpool's disastrous start to 2017 continued. Jurgen Klopp's men have won just one of their 10 matches since the turn of the year and this run has seen relegation battlers Hull and Swansea pick up maximum points against them as well as having their FA Cup run brought to a premature end at the hands of Wolves, at Anfield. Fingers are being pointed and scapegoats are being identified. Emre Can isn't good enough to start. Dejan …
Lallana & Wijnaldum: Liverpool's Attacking Midfielders Must Find Top Form

Lallana & Wijnaldum: Liverpool's Attacking Midfielders Must Find Top Form

Liverpool's season has fallen to pieces in 2017, and there has been so much talk about the loss of form of certain players, and injuries to others. James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne have not the hit the heights of their early-season performances; Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho have not hit top gear since being sidelined and Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have fallen off a cliff. Two players who have gone under the radar, but have been frustratingly …
Hull 2 Liverpool 0: Player Ratings

Hull 2 Liverpool 0: Player Ratings

All of us hoped that February would be better than January. But there seems no redemption for this Liverpool team as they suffered yet another defeat, another goal from a set-piece, and another goal from a route one counter-attack. This is the worst beginning to a calendar year by Liverpool since 1954. This is how the dismal Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (4.5) - A keeper's main duty is to catch the ball. Mignolet failed in his basic duty. Was brave …
Where are the Reinforcements Jurgen?

Where are the Reinforcements Jurgen?

At the end of December, many fans saw Liverpool's current position as a golden opportunity - Liverpool could attack on three fronts, in both cups and in the league; Matip and Coutinho were expected to return to the team shortly, and Mané's departure to the AFCON was seen as something that could be coped with either internally, or through buying another player. Now, here we are, at the very end of the January transfer window, without a single addition to a …
Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview: Final chance to turn January around

Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview: Final chance to turn January around

Liverpool will look to arrest an alarming slide in form when they host Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday night. After a nightmare week, and a poor January overall, the Reds have one last chance to turn things around before February, but face an almighty task under the lights. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Chelsea Venue: Anfield Referee: Mark Clattenburg Date: Tuesday 31st January Time: 20:00 BST FORM Liverpool's performances and results since the turn of the year have …
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