Sadio Mane’s Struggles Continue At Liverpool

Sadio Mane’s Struggles Continue At Liverpool

This time last year, Sadio Mane looked a potentially better signing for Barcelona than Philippe Coutinho. That’s how good he was. The Senegalese’s departure for the Africa Cup of Nations in January was a fatal blow to Liverpool’s season, and their title bid fizzled out completely without their destroyer-in-chief around. Come the end of the campaign, Mane had deservedly scooped Liverpool’s Player of the Year award, following a wonderful start to his time at Anfield. The 25-year-old started 2017/18 in …
Liverpool 4-3 Man City: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-3 Man City: A Tactical Breakdown

From start to finish, Liverpool's Premier League tie with Manchester City was electric. Essentially, two very similar schools of tactical thinking came together, and on this occasion, Klopp's relentless pressing from the front, numerical overloads, and astute counter-pressing positioning came out on top. Instead of breaking down the goals in this analysis, because a majority of them were from individual errors, we'll be looking at Liverpool's and City's shape, positioning and pressing, and how these, in themselves, created chances, and …
Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - The Ultimate Test for Reds at Anfield

Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - The Ultimate Test for Reds at Anfield

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Andre Marriner Date & Time - Sunday, January 14th @ 16:00 GMT Current Odds - Liverpool 2/1, Draw 11/4, Manchester City 23/20 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool have been in very impressive form since mid-December. More importantly, it has been noticed by many, the Reds seem to be developing a bit of "steel" about them. Against Leicester, Liverpool came from behind to grab the win. In the Burnley game, Sean Dyche's men delivered the perfect sucker-punch with …
A Comedy of Emirates: Tough Goalkeeping Decisions Needed

A Comedy of Emirates: Tough Goalkeeping Decisions Needed

"We’re defending really well at the moment, we’ve been solid.” – Simon Mignolet, 20th December 2017.
Hubris: noun – excessive pride or self-confidence. – the Oxford English Dictionary Simon Mignolet played his 199th game for Liverpool on Friday at the Emirates Stadium and was largely responsible for the Gunners securing a draw when Liverpool were coasting with a 0-2 lead. While the first goal can be put down to a Joe Gomez error borne of inexperience, the goalkeeper …
Observations from Liverpool's Etihad embarrassment

Observations from Liverpool's Etihad embarrassment

Liverpool were torn from pillar to post for around an hour after Sadio Mane's red card, losing 5-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. A goal from Sergio Aguero had broken the deadlock in a game that looked as if it could swing either way until Mane's right boot swung into the jaw of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson. From then on, it was one-way traffic. Say what you want about how Klopp set his tactics up, whether Liverpool worked …
Manchester City 5 - 0 Liverpool: City in Cruise Control

Manchester City 5 - 0 Liverpool: City in Cruise Control

Date: 9th September 2017 Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester Competition: Premier League Teams Manchester City lineup - Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Walker, De Bruyne, David Silva, Mendy, Aguero, Gabriel Jesus Subs: Bravo, Gundogan, Mangala, Delph, Sané, Bernardo Silva, Foden Liverpool lineup - Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mané Subs: Karius, Lovren, Sturridge, Solanke, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Gomez The Action The Etihad Stadium was the scene for today’s big game between Manchester City and Liverpool. It was …
Manchester City v Liverpool - Livin' it up at the Etihad?

Manchester City v Liverpool - Livin' it up at the Etihad?

The Details Venue - Etihad Stadium, Manchester Referee - Jonathan Moss Date & Time - Saturday, September 9th @ 12:30 BST So, the international break is over and ‘real’ football returns this Saturday. Liverpool kick the Premier League weekend off in the early game at Manchester City. This game has often turned out to be one of the more exciting Premier League fixtures in recent years and Saturday’s encounter promises more of the same. Form Both sides have seven points …