Analysing Liverpool's Summer Window

Analysing Liverpool's Summer Window

It was a pretty busy window for Liverpool this summer, albeit less busy then some would have liked given Paul Joyce's remarks on the eve of deadline day. Reports of Jurgen Klopp splurging £175million proved to be widely off the mark in the end, with The Reds getting one deal over the line in the final 24 hours, adding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to their ranks. He accompanied four other new additions to the squad - Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke, Andy Robertson …
Liverpool's Phenomenal Summer Transfer Window

Liverpool's Phenomenal Summer Transfer Window

So the transfer window is finally over. After months of scrutiny, Liverpool have their squad for at least the front half of the season and plausibly the entire campaign, given Jurgen Klopp’s January transfer record. So, with Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson, Dominic Solanke all coming in, not to mention Naby Keita next summer, and despite a mad scramble, no Virgil Van Dijk and no Thomas Lemar, how do we as supporters feel about this? Not overly happy seems …
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: A Tactical Breakdown

After a late Watford equaliser, Liverpool's Premier League campaign was yet to really get going. A tie with bogey-team Crystal Palace hardly eased nerves, especially as reports of Coutinho's continued unhappiness, and rumours of a knock to Sadio Mané had fans on edge. Nonetheless, the performance was distinctly different to the Champions League first-leg against Hoffenheim, and the Watford match too. Yet, what we also saw were some themes and consistencies, that we may see continue to pop up throughout …
Is Liverpool's Squad Good Enough to Contend This Season?

Is Liverpool's Squad Good Enough to Contend This Season?

‘This is our year.’ It’s been declared year after year by many Liverpool fans and we’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of stick from rival fans, due to the glaring fact we haven’t won the league since 1990, nor any trophy since 2012. However, in recent weeks I have sensed more pessimism from fans taking to social media to express their concerns about the lack of strengthening the positions we need most. With less than a week …
Is Dominic Solanke's pre-season form a worry for Divock Origi?

Is Dominic Solanke's pre-season form a worry for Divock Origi?

2016/17 was a tough season for Divock Origi. There were ups, such as that brilliant solo goal against Bournemouth from a tight angle but there were also downs, with the striker averaging just 0.9 take-ons and a shot accuracy of 48%. That makes for a poor comparison to 2015/16 in which Origi enjoyed a fine campaign, netting in both legs against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-final. He proved to be a useful tool on the counter-attack, while contributing …
Make-Or-Break Season For Divock Origi

Make-Or-Break Season For Divock Origi

Footballers go in and out of fashion all the time, and any slight lull can see them in danger of being cast aside to the scrap heap in no time. It wasn’t long ago at all that Divock Origi was almost walking on water at Liverpool, earning acclaim from every corner of Anfield and looking like a striker of gigantic promise. That was in the second-half of 2015/16, when a string of dominant performances leading the line helped the Reds …
Klopp's Young Giants Pave Reds

Klopp's Young Giants Pave Reds "Route-1"

Impact off the bench. Not since Ryan Babel nearly a decade ago have Liverpool had a reliable impact sub. For Jurgen Klopp it hasn’t been for a lack of trying.  During his first few months with Liverpool he made use of Benteke, Steven Caulker and even goalkeeper Shamal George as an auxiliary striker off the bench. Liverpool’s manager hasn’t been afraid to get creative when the Reds have needed to chase a game.  However, last season because of injuries and …
Dominic Solanke: A Low Risk Buy With High Potential

Dominic Solanke: A Low Risk Buy With High Potential

Having failed to get the chances many expected him to at Chelsea, Dominic Solanke was always destined for a move to pastures new this summer. A host of clubs were interested in bringing the youngster in but it was Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool that ultimately won the race. With one eye on the future, Solanke joins an array of youth quality already at the club who will be looking to compete for a first-team spot ahead of the 2017/18 season. A …
Klopp And Lijnders Plotting Success

Klopp And Lijnders Plotting Success

There's a lot of talk about spectrums these days. Sexuality, politics, autism - nearly everything, it seems, is subject to a scale or gradation. I have discovered recently, for example, that I am annoyingly close to the unpleasant end of the spectrum determining the severity of damage to one's brain as a result of migraines. Ah, you say, THAT explains so much about the column over the year, and you'd be right. It seems only natural, then, to think of ourselves …