Liverpool FC: The Journey, Not The Destination

Liverpool FC: The Journey, Not The Destination

A few years ago I made a promise to myself. I’d become increasingly more fascinated with Arsenal and their level of ambition. In the early part of this century they were simply imperious with consecutive FA Cups, league titles and the greatest strikers in their history in Henry and Bergkamp, but as Roman Abramovich’s petro-dollars took hold and Chelsea replaced them at the summit of the English game, their desires lessened. In May 2005, as Liverpool prepared to head out …
Candidates for Liverpool's MOTM vs Middlesbrough

Candidates for Liverpool's MOTM vs Middlesbrough

Liverpool capped off a successful campaign with a 3-0 home win over relegated Middlesbrough, confirming Liverpool's place in the Champions League qualifiers. Before kick-off, Reds fans greeted the team bus with a voiceforous welcome - it brought back memories of last season when flares billowed through Anfield's Shankly Gate. The atmosphere was deafening inside Anfield too, as the hosts took to the pitch in their slick and contemporary new kit. Nerves were jangling at Anfield though inside the first 40 minutes, …
Klopp's Champions League Reds Head for Europe's Top Table

Klopp's Champions League Reds Head for Europe's Top Table

Liverpool earned the chance to play Champions League football next season after putting thee goals past Middlesbrough. After a tense season of almost mounting a title challenge and almost reaching the League Cup final, the relief around Anfield was palpable when the team finally achieved one of its goals. The celebrations after Georginio Wijnaldum’s opener in first half injury time were joyous and intense, but were followed by a collective exhale of breath around the old stadium at half-time. Those …
Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Player Ratings

Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Player Ratings

Get in! That's it Reds, into the Champions League and all the relief that comes with that statement. It was nervy for a while until Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum combined for a goal. Coutinho and Lallana added more in the second-half to secure a superb end to the season. Here's how everyone fared individually. Simon Mignolet - 6 - Didn't have much in the way of shots but takes a solid six after another excellent performance when it came …
Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview: La finale, décideur

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview: La finale, décideur

Liverpool's officials will be hoping to brush up on their French for a Champions League draw in Monaco in a few months time, should they see off Middlesbrough on Sunday in the final game of the Reds' season. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Venue: Anfield Referee: Martin Atkinson Date: Sunday 21st May Time: 14:00 BST FORM After a Winter, and arguably Spring, filled with darkness but short of points, Liverpool have rallied to leave themselves just a win away from securing a …
The 4-4-2 Diamond is Perfect for Liverpool

The 4-4-2 Diamond is Perfect for Liverpool

Liverpool travelled to the London stadium for the first time in a game which had a cup final feel about it, win and the Reds would be three points away from Champions League football, lose and Liverpool would be reliant on either Man City or Arsenal dropping points. Fans were understandably extremely cautious after a number of inconsistent results and poor performances over the last month. However, with Lallana and Sturridge returning to the starting line up and the prospect …
Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool’s final game of the 2016/17 season is in front of their own fans at Anfield, knowing a win against already relegated Middlesbrough will be enough to see them into the top four and with it securing qualification to next year’s Champions League. But it won’t be an easy game, so here are the key battles that the Reds need to win to see off their opposition. Dejan Lovren vs Alvaro Negredo If Middlesbrough are going to any pose any …
Philippe Coutinho: Central Midfielder?

Philippe Coutinho: Central Midfielder?

Philippe Coutinho turned in an absolute masterclass on Sunday afternoon, scoring twice, assisting Daniel Sturridge for the opening goal, creating five other chances for his team-mates and generally wreaking havoc on the West Ham back-line. And he did so from a deeper position in central midfield, whereas generally all season Coutinho has played on the left hand side of Liverpool’s front three. Naturally, his revelatory performance in that position has caused people to suggest that he should play there more …
Daniel Sturridge - Hammer Time!

Daniel Sturridge - Hammer Time!

I must not write about Sturridge again. I must not write about Sturridge again. I must not write about… Well, if that was to be Daniel Sturridge’s penultimate game for Liverpool it was either a demonstration of what we’re going to miss or a sigh of relief that we no longer have to deal with his maddening unreliability. That depends on your stance. The 27-year old has missed the equivalent of entire seasons since he’s been here and spends more …
Scouting Luan - The Silky Brazilian

Scouting Luan - The Silky Brazilian

The rumours are coming thick and fast, and while Liverpool stumbles their way towards one form of European football – preferably the Champions League – Jürgen Klopp has spoken of his resolve to improve his team significantly in the summer. Included in that improvement would be a backup attacker, who’s able to fill in when the likes of Firmino, Mané and Origi are unable to maintain the demanding schedule of a team making strides in Europe. Much will be made …
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