Emre Can - A Player With Potential

Emre Can - A Player With Potential

Potential is a funny word. It’s a word that can often be used as a backhanded compliment or an excuse for poor performance – well he’s got potential. It can be a word that ignites the feeling of general excitement – he’s got potential. It can be a word to slot in when you’re genuinely not sure on your judgement of someone – he’s got potential. Now potential seems to be tied to a large extent with age, which is …
Klopp's options to fix the defence before January

Klopp's options to fix the defence before January

As Islam Slimani crashed in Leicester's second on Tuesday night, it sent Liverpool packing from the League Cup and all but confirmed that the Reds would remain winless for a fourth successive game. After having five put past them by Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp's side could only manage draws against Sevilla and Burnley before being out-foxed by... well, you get the pun. Just nine games into the new season, Liverpool have already conceded 16 goals. It hasn't worked so far, …
Observations from Liverpool's disappointing Cup exit at Leicester

Observations from Liverpool's disappointing Cup exit at Leicester

Liverpool crashed out of the League Cup with a 2-0 defeat against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. The Reds dominated large parts of the game, but their wastefulness in front of goal was punished. Islam Slimani's sensational second goal to add to Shinji Okazaki's opener was enough for the Foxes to progress to the 4th round. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke made their first competitive starts for the Reds, in a disappointing outing at a stadium where Jurgen …
Player Ratings as Liverpool continue the September Slump

Player Ratings as Liverpool continue the September Slump

Liverpool continued their worrying patch of form with another sub-par display on Tuesday evening. Up against Leicester in the Carabao Cup, The Reds dominated the first forty-five minutes, creating multiple chances but failing to make them count. Such misgivings were punished in the second-half when Liverpool's defensive frailties came back to bite them again. Here are the ratings from the game. Danny Ward - 6 Can't be attached blame for either of Leicester's goals. In general, he coped pretty well …
Mignolet Benching An Encouraging Sign

Mignolet Benching An Encouraging Sign

Leading up to the Sunday match against Arsenal rumors started spreading about Simon Mignolet being not only benched, but completely out of the squad in favor of Danny Ward and Loris Karius. Why is Klopp doing this?  That’s so unfair to Simon!  The Twitter grievances started to flow, calling out Liverpool’s manager for seemingly reckless behavior. In his pre-match presser, Klopp confirmed the rumour, but stated, “We spoke about it yesterday. It’s just that I want him to have a …
Down But Not Out: Liverpool defeated in Audi Cup final on penalties

Down But Not Out: Liverpool defeated in Audi Cup final on penalties

Liverpool 1 - 1 Atletico Madrid (Atletico win 5-4 on penalties) Liverpool were denied their second pre-season trophy after suffering a penalty shoot-out defeat against Atletico Madrid in the final of the Audi Cup at the Allianz Arena. Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to the side which defeated Bayern Munich 3-0 in the semi-final, with Phil Coutinho, Mo Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno all absent from the squad. It was a surprise to see Sadio Mane start after playing …
Loris Karius: Forgotten But Not Gone

Loris Karius: Forgotten But Not Gone

Amid all the summer madness of transfer talk, as well as the constant praise for goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Danny Ward, Loris Karius is now a player going completely under the radar. Having arrived as a devilishly handsome, highly-rated young German, it was no surprise to see him filling column inches and gaining immediate admirers last summer. He felt like the answer to Liverpool's ongoing goalkeeping issues.  Things didn’t pan out the way the 24-year-old would have hoped for, however, …
The 'Keeper Conundrum!

The 'Keeper Conundrum!

Heading into the summer transfer window, it has been well documented that as a club, we have some areas in which we are particularly sparse in terms of playing staff - left-back and centre forward spring immediately to my mind. But one area in which we definitely aren't short is in between the sticks, but that still doesn't stop the newspapers linking us to more or less every half decent goalkeeper in Europe. It's not just the senior ranks in …
Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The Depth Chart

Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The Depth Chart

During his first summer transfer window Jurgen Klopp is slowly shaping the Liverpool squad to fit his tactics, his style of play and the personalities he wants in the dressing room. We’ve seen stalwarts such as Skrtel moved on and Mignolet marginalised, with more departures expected in the coming weeks and maybe one or two new faces coming in. With less than one week to go before the Premier League season kicks off, how is the newly shaped team looking? …
DoF Fantasy Series Part 5: How I’d spend £100m at Liverpool

DoF Fantasy Series Part 5: How I’d spend £100m at Liverpool

Liverpool’s ridiculously named “transfer committee” has been a hot topic in recent years. Some think they epitomise everything that’s wrong with the club’s transfer strategy, but maybe their detractors are yet to realise that the spine of Klopp’s new-look side is made up of “committee” signings. Emre Can, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, and Mamadou Sakho were all first choice under the German once the squad had settled following a spate of injuries. Can and Firmino were the club’s best players …
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