How the Liverpool press Nullified Manchester City

How the Liverpool press Nullified Manchester City

The buzzword surrounding Jurgen Klopp's appointment as Liverpool manger in October 2015 was pressing. Gegenpress this, Gegenpress that, counter-press them here and counter-press them there. Basically, Klopp was supposed to turn up and blitz the Premier League with his high pressing, all action, heavy metal football. When it transpired that this wasn't going to be the case many in the media felt a little cheated. The German maverick wasn't playing ball. To them it was like receiving a toy for …
Divock Origi - Taking Chances

Divock Origi - Taking Chances

From groans of displeasure to the Kop’s thunderous chorus. “Divock Origi” they chanted, moments after the 21-year old Belgian dashed towards the waiting Liverpool collective, all holding their hands out as if to embrace the man who’d finally undone the frustration. He slid; elegant and impassioned, majestic and manic, as Anfield lit up in celebration. Minutes prior, the noise levels around Anfield were reverberating very differently. There was a discouraged mumbling; a fragility that Liverpool have seen so often in …
Liverpool and the entertainment factor

Liverpool and the entertainment factor

Saturday was a bit of a football feast for me, I watched the intriguing 1-1 draw between two of our rivals: Manchester United and Arsenal. I followed that up with our game away to Southampton and finished the day with an enthralling battle between the German Bundesliga's finest: Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich; where Dortmund put in a masterful display to win 1-0. It has to be said that the Bundesliga game was the best of the three that I …
Why Liverpool Need... Christian Pulisic

Why Liverpool Need... Christian Pulisic

The 14th April 2016 will go down as one of the great European nights in Liverpool’s history. It was a remarkable comeback, typical of Liverpool, from 3-1 down to win 4-3 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate against Borussia Dortmund, the most in-form team in Europe that year. Whilst most people will understandably look back to that second half at Anfield as one of the defining moments of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool reign, the second half one week earlier at the Signal …
Memphis Depay - Liverpool's Best Failure

Memphis Depay - Liverpool's Best Failure

Roughly sixteen months ago, Liverpool social media were furious once again, as we always are during every transfer window, at the club’s failure to bring in an explosive talent with quality, and at such a tender age in Memphis Depay. Coming to Liverpool would’ve made the most perfect sense in our eyes, well, in mine at least. To me, he would be the best replacement for Raheem Sterling, who’s departure from Anfield was all but concluded. The Memphis Depay transfer saga …
The Dejan Lovren question

The Dejan Lovren question

The question surrounding the transformation undergone by Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is not only complex, but his upturn in fortune is also a mystery to many a Reds fan. I would like to cast your minds back to August 29, 2015 and Liverpool had just been humiliated, humbled and simply outclassed by a West Ham team, that resulted in a 3-0 Anfield defeat. The fan inquest that shortly followed West Ham’s first win at Anfield since 1963, solely (and on …
Giorginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool's Gini in a Lamp

Giorginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool's Gini in a Lamp

In recent seasons, I think Liverpool’s transfer dealings – signings mostly – have been pretty poo. From Balotelli and Benteke to Carroll and Markovic, there have been a number of expensive signings bought for their individual quality rather than as crucial cogs in a cohesive machine. I think the aforementioned are all talented players, but Markovic spent some of his time under Brendan Rodgers at right wing-back, and I’ve never really known Liverpool to succeed on the route one, cross-pumping …
Attack, Liverpool's best form of defence

Attack, Liverpool's best form of defence

Three games into the new Premier League campaign, Liverpool have conceded six goals, whilst scoring just five. Experiments with players operating in new positions, no clear preferred back five, or defined midfield protection, result understandably in questions being asked, even at this early stage. The mistakes and uncertainty will fail to alleviate fans fears, that the defensive frailties of seasons past, have once more not been addressed this summer. When Jürgen Klopp arrived, the area I thought he'd address first …
Klopp Building For The Future

Klopp Building For The Future

Modern football, its chairmen, managers and supporters alike, is obsessed with the quick fix. Typified by the wanton spending of Premier League- which often seems panicked and ill-advised- clubs in this summer’s transfer window, clubs want success and they are prepared to acquire it by means of chequebook, rather than honing the skills of their players on the training paddock. One manager, however, who believes in the process of coaching improvements into his players is Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp. The German …
Who is Liverpool's Leader?

Who is Liverpool's Leader?

There are two types of leadership. First would be a leader who leads by default. He’s the type of personality that is allowed to lead or dictate only by his rank. Then you have, in my opinion, the true leader. One who leads and is followed through merit by gaining the utmost respect from his colleagues, teammates, and even a ranking officer.  And you need that on the pitch. You need someone who would only need to stare at you, …
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