Observations as Liverpool Surge into Champions League Semi-Finals

Observations as Liverpool Surge into Champions League Semi-Finals

Liverpool battled from behind at The Etihad to record a 2-1 win in the second-leg of the Champions League quarter-final, taking one step closer to Kiev. A goal inside two minutes set the pulses racing as Manchester City came out all guns play, with Liverpool unable to string any momentum together in an attempt to gain some respite. There was an element of luck involved in ensuring the score-line remained just 1-0 as Leroy Sane saw his goal wiped out …
Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool: Reds reach Champions League Semi-final

Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool: Reds reach Champions League Semi-final

Starting XIs: Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino ALLEZ! ALLEZ! ALLEZ! CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINAL NIGHT IS COMING TO ANFIELD! Second-half goals from Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 victory in the second leg and a 5-1 …
Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - Depleted Reds to Get the Job Done

Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - Depleted Reds to Get the Job Done

The Details   Venue - Etihad Stadium, Manchester Referee - Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Date & Time - Tuesday, April 10th 2018 @ 19:45 BST Current Odds - Manchester City 4/9, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 5/1 Form Manchester City Form City have had a disappointing week. Defeat at Anfield was followed by a failure to win the title at home to United on Saturday evening. It will be very interesting to see how this team reacts on Tuesday night when they have to overturn …
Liverpool 3-0 City: We're All Believers Now

Liverpool 3-0 City: We're All Believers Now

Watching Liverpool put on a tactical masterclass against Pep Guardiola from a darkened discotheque in Barranquilla, Colombia where I'm visiting family, was something I’ll never forget. I celebrated goals over iced-beer with a bunch of local Liverpool supporters who don’t let distance or language stop them from supporting a club that has more “alma,” soul, than any other European club. People are taking days off of work to see the Reds play on the other side of the world, and …
Rampant Reds seal 3-0 first leg win at a raucous Anfield

Rampant Reds seal 3-0 first leg win at a raucous Anfield

Starting XIs: Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino Manchester City: Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus Champions League quarterfinal nights were back at Anfield, and it started on a rather sombre note for the Reds as a bunch of nincompoops decided that throwing a few projectiles …
Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - These are the Games We Dream Of

Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - These are the Games We Dream Of

The Details   Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Felix Brych (GER) Date & Time - Wednesday, April 4th 2018 @ 19:45 BST Current Odds - Liverpool 2/1, Draw 13/5, Manchester City 7/5 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool have been playing well, despite one or two blips, since late October. That is no mean feat. Klopp's men have impressed on almost all of their outings since Spurs gave them a right old beating at Wembley. Defeats at Swansea and Old Trafford have been the …
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 …
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