Old Habits Die Hard At The Back For Liverpool

Old Habits Die Hard At The Back For Liverpool

Two gritty wins away to Stoke and West Brom marked two giant leaps forward for Liverpool in their bid for Champions League football. Keeping out two teams that are renowned for being prolific from set-pieces, it seemed a major corner had been turned. However, it was old habits that died hard at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, with Liverpool falling back into their pattern of conceding very avoidable set-piece goals. Klopp's side showed a lack of authority and organisation, allowing Christian Benteke to head home …
Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Key Battles

Four wins and two draws from the set six Premier League games have meant that Liverpool have ensured the top 4 place is in their own hands, but that counts for nothing, if the Reds do not take as many points as possible from their remaining games. Among the teams battling for the Champions League places, Liverpool definitely have the most favorable run-in, but the problem is, football is never played on paper. The challenge for the Reds begins with …
Emre Can: Silencing The Impatient Doubters

Emre Can: Silencing The Impatient Doubters

“Sell Emre Can in the summer”, ”he’s such an average player”, “I’d rather Kev Stewart started ahead of him now”. Bet you’re feeling a little foolish if you uttered words of that ilk with regards to Emre Can earlier in the season. Keep it quiet, but I may even have had a few digs too, which I regret.  Modern football absolutely loves a scapegoat, and few sets of supporters do it better than Liverpool fans. It doesn’t matter how well …
Alberto Moreno and the Left Foot Shank Redemption

Alberto Moreno and the Left Foot Shank Redemption

The last five minutes of Liverpool’s encounter with West Brom may well have been the strangest of our season. I’ve never been a fan of sending goalkeepers up in the dying seconds of the game – not because I’m against fun or anything like that, but because it hardly ever works. People may remember Jimmy Glass and his incredible goal to keep Carlisle United in the Football League back in 1999, but it’s not easy to think of a second …
West Brom 0 Liverpool 1: Player Ratings

West Brom 0 Liverpool 1: Player Ratings

Disciplined, dogged and gritty. Those are probably the best three words to describe Liverpool's performance against West Brom. It was by no means the eye-catching, fluid football we've come to expect from Jurgen Klopp's side, but a moment of quality from Roberto Firmino was enough to seal another three points and bring The Reds a step closer to Champions League qualification. Simon Mignolet - 8 Had very little to do in between the sticks, but when he was called upon …
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

It was a hard-fought, sometimes even ugly, win that Liverpool earned at Stoke last weekend. It was a priceless win in the context of the race to finish in the Premier League's top 4. It meant that the Reds still have their fate in their own hands. However, Jurgen Klopp will know fully well that the win will mean nothing if his team fail to turn up at The Hawthorns on Sunday, against a West Brom side who have been well-drilled by …
West Brom vs Liverpool Preview | Set-Piece Onslaught Awaits Reds

West Brom vs Liverpool Preview | Set-Piece Onslaught Awaits Reds

Liverpool will take another huge step in securing their place in next season's Champions League if they can overcome the tough challenge of West Bromwich Albion, as they make the trip to the Hawthorns on Sunday. Aerial onslaught from a typically motivated Tony Pulis side awaits, but Liverpool will be extremely well positioned if they can come out with three points. THE DETAILS Match: West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool Venue: The Hawthorns Date: Sunyay 16th April Time: 13:30 BST FORM - Reds inching ever closer, …
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 …
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 2 - 2 Bournemouth: Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 - 2 Bournemouth: Player Ratings

Yet another team from the bottom half of the table. Yet another game where Liverpool drop points. It is no longer funny anymore. Liverpool might regret this at the end of the season as Liverpool failed to take advantage of a couple of other results. This is how the Reds fared today. Simon Mignolet (5) -  Small actions can have big outcomes. Liverpool started brightly, but Mignolet's dithering on the ball halted the momentum and spread nervousness all around. His releases …
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