What I've Learned About Liverpool FC This Season

What I've Learned About Liverpool FC This Season

Once again, I’ve found myself schooled in football fandom over the last nine months. Some lessons I’ve been educated in for the first time, others I’ve shamefully realised should have been taken on board many years ago. That shame stemmed from the age-old occurrence of once again counting my chickens before the eggs were even laid. I got carried away, sucked in by the gathering speed of that train called ‘Momentum’. Yes, at Christmas I allowed myself to believe that …
Liverpool 1 Wolves 2: Player Ratings

Liverpool 1 Wolves 2: Player Ratings

Out of the title race in January. Out of EFL Cup in January Out of FA Cup in January. This month needs to get binned. This is how the Reds fared Loris Karius (5) - Poor on the first goal. Needed to be more commanding and gather the ball when it was floated into the six-yard box. Made an excellent save late up when even the officials went to sleep. Caught in no man's land as Lucas saved his blushes. …
Observations from Liverpool's draw against Plymouth Argyle

Observations from Liverpool's draw against Plymouth Argyle

A disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Plymouth means the Reds have a tricky replay to contend with in amongst an already difficult month of January. It's something they could have done without but it's our own doing after not showing enough class to finish off the League Two outfit. Liverpool were utterly dominant but did nothing with the ball. They didn't even trouble the Plymouth goalkeeper. It was a glorified defence vs attack training session and there's now a …
Middlesbrough 0 Liverpool 3 - Player Ratings

Middlesbrough 0 Liverpool 3 - Player Ratings

Liverpool returned to winning ways with a first win at the Riverside Stadium since 2002.  A brace from Adam Lallana and a Divock Origi goal brought the Reds a first win in three games. Jurgen Klopp would have wanted a response from his side after far from ideal results against Bournemouth and West Brom and the team delivered with a slick display of attacking football, especially in the second-half. Simon Mignolet - 7 This game was a tribute to the …
Pass the Dutchie On the Left-Hand Side

Pass the Dutchie On the Left-Hand Side

First off, credit to @CalvLyfeson for the inspired title of this piece. There was a lot of talk surrounding who Jurgen Klopp would opt to go with to replace the injured Philippe Coutinho on the Liverpool left. If history was anything to go off it looked as though the German would give the responsibility to Coutinho's compatriot, Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool number 11 had filled in for the Coutinho previously in matches against Burton, Leicester City and Manchester United. Against Burton …
Observations from Liverpool's win against Leeds United

Observations from Liverpool's win against Leeds United

Well, it wasn't pretty but after making eight changes, giving players a go in different positions and blooding a few youngsters it wasn't going to be, was it? It was an intriguing watch but not if you're a fan of entertainment. It was once again up to Liverpool to be patient in possession and work hard to create chances against a well disciplined and defensively organised Leeds United. Just like against Sunderland, Liverpool did eventually put away one of the …
Liverpool 2-0 Leeds United - Player Ratings

Liverpool 2-0 Leeds United - Player Ratings

On a night when Leeds United and Garry Monk did their growing reputation no harm, Liverpool booked a spot in the semi-final with a 2-0 win. Divock Origi opened the scoring, poking in a stunning cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, but the story of the night is undoubtedly Ben Woodburn becoming the club's youngest ever goalscorer, in only his second senior appearance. Here's how the Reds fared in a potential banana-skin at Anfield. Simon Mignolet - 6 He made a very …
Liverpool 6 Watford 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool 6 Watford 1: Player Ratings

LIVERPOOL TOP OF THE LEAGUE POETRY IN MOTION WE SCORE WHEN WE WANT I HAVE NOTHING (MORE) TO SAY Loris Karius (7.5) - Pretty much trouble free first half for the German as Watford struggled to create any threatening chances. He looked eager to initiate quick counter-attacks whenever possible. Karius was far more involved in the second half and pulled off three excellent saves to ensure Liverpool did not concede more than one. His catching and punching was far more …
Observations from Liverpool's the win against Spurs

Observations from Liverpool's the win against Spurs

The win against Spurs means Liverpool are not only through to the next round of the EFL Cup, they're also now undefeated in 10 matches in all competitions. It was a completely different Liverpool to the side that beat WBA on Saturday with Klopp making eleven changes. Not only were the personnel different but so too was the system; gone was the 433 and in its place was the return of the diamond. The German also reunited Divock Origi and Daniel …
Liverpool 2 Spurs 1 - Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 Spurs 1 - Player Ratings

The last cup-tie we had, the player ratings piece here was different. Tonight, Sam McGuire is not on duty, and I am going to leave the novelties to him. In truth, it was a stunning game at Anfield. The fringe players responded to Jurgen Klopp's decision to put his faith in them by turning in a complete performance against a Spurs side who had also made similar changes for the game. Two Daniel Sturridge goals meant that Liverpool now only have …
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