Dublin Delight for Klopp's Confident Reds

Dublin Delight for Klopp's Confident Reds

Liverpool 3 - 1 Athletic Bilbao August 5th, 2017 Aviva Stadium, Dublin Last pre-season friendly Liverpool lineup - Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Grujic, Salah, Firmino, Origi Subs: Karius, Ward, Wijnaldum, Gomez, Klavan, Mane, Robertson, Solanke, Flanagan, Kent, Ejaria, Woodburn The last few days have been dominated with rumours about the future of our little magician, Philippe Coutinho. This morning, it was confirmed that Coutinho had not travelled to Dublin with the squad for today’s friendly. The official …
Hertha Berlin 0 Liverpool 3 - Match Report

Hertha Berlin 0 Liverpool 3 - Match Report

Location: Olympiastadion Lineup: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Coutinho ©, Solanke (4-3-3) Subs: Grabara, Robertson, Lovren, Flanagan, Ejaria, Henderson, Firmino, Sturridge, Salah, Kent. Liverpool kicked off their German tour with a friendly against Hertha Berlin to mark the 125th Anniversary of the club with a comfortable victory. James Milner was absent due to injury, therefore, Alberto Moreno started in his place with £10 million signing Andy Robertson making his debut in the second half. Divock Origi was …
Liverpool's Two Ways To Build A Squad

Liverpool's Two Ways To Build A Squad

Transfers in football often seem reasonably straightforward. Building a squad is easy - you just isolate areas in your squad where you need another player, either because you’re a player short or because your strongest player in that area is a weak link in the squad. Then... you buy a suitable player. But over the last few years, building a genuine squad has proved problematic for Liverpool. Partly because they’ve bought poorly, partly because there was a lot of deadwood …
5 Players In Need Of A Loan Move This Summer

5 Players In Need Of A Loan Move This Summer

Liverpool are set for a crucial summer transfer window with quality additions needed to get the squad ready to fight on all fronts ahead of a new campaign. Mohamed Salah has started the trend, making the move from AS Roma in a £36.9million deal. The ex-Chelsea man’s high-profile move sees him as the club’s new record transfer, replacing Andy Carroll, much to the delight of the fan base. Plenty more players are expected to pose for the infamous Melwood lean, …
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 …
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