The Magnificent Seven: How Liverpool Trounced Spartak

The Magnificent Seven: How Liverpool Trounced Spartak

Since September, in our match analyses, we've concluded more often than not that Liverpool's performances have warranted better scorelines, that the underlying performances have actually been rather good, even despite the growing discontent with Jürgen Klopp's side through October as the team struggled, with a particular low-point against Spurs, and even into November as Liverpool conceded late on to Chelsea, familiar angry voices, from last season's winter rut reemerged. After 32 goals in 9 games, I have one question for …
Liverpool v Everton - Blues to be run down by Red Rollercoaster?

Liverpool v Everton - Blues to be run down by Red Rollercoaster?

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Craig Pawson Date & Time - Sunday, December 10th @ 14:15 GMT Current Odds - Liverpool 2/7, Draw 9/2, Everton 17/2 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool have been in blistering form, lately. The last three games all ended in victory for the Reds with 15 scored and 1 conceded in those matches. In their last five games, they have won three and drew two, with 19 scored and 5 conceded. Everton Form Everton had been …
Tactical Versatility, Naby Keita and a Sign of Things to Come

Tactical Versatility, Naby Keita and a Sign of Things to Come

Horses for courses With Jurgen Klopp showing an encouraging level of pragmatism following the Spurs game, he deserves a great deal of credit. Whilst his squad is not yet at the level he would want, he is maximising what he has at his disposal. An interesting recent tactical development is the use of the 442, arguably a precursor for things to come next season. Many have spoken about a 4231/424, but essentially Klopp used a fluid 442 against West Ham …
Liverpool 7 - 0 Spartak Moscow: Iron Curtain torn apart by Reds onslaught

Liverpool 7 - 0 Spartak Moscow: Iron Curtain torn apart by Reds onslaught

The Details Date: 6/12/17 Venue: Anfield, Liverpool Background The stage was set at Anfield. The knockout stages of the Champions League awaited the victors. A win for Liverpool would also guarantee top spot in the group. Draw, and the Reds would probably slip into second place as Sevilla were widely expected to defeat Maribor in their final game, also tonight. Spartak had to win to progress. Klopp again rotated his starting eleven with five changes from the team that took the pitch at …
Player Ratings as Liverpool Advance to Knockout Stages in Style

Player Ratings as Liverpool Advance to Knockout Stages in Style

Loris Karius - 6 Didn't have all that much to do due to the brilliance of Liverpool's front four. However, there was one shaky moment in the first-half for the German goalkeeper who rushed off his line to close down a promising Spartak attack - a rather reckless decision albeit one that resulted in a free-kick due to an offside call. Alberto Moreno - 7 Wasn't particularly troubled down the left-hand side by the Spartak attack as he continued to …
Key Stats from Brighton 1-5 Liverpool

Key Stats from Brighton 1-5 Liverpool

Liverpool vs Brighton – The Key Stats The Reds won 5-1 on the South Coast to move 4th in the Premier League, but which stats (or sets of stats), stood out for me? Coutinho Samba Whilst Coutinho’s two main stats in this game speak for themselves – one goal and three assists – his underlying stats are exceptional too. Three chances created is very good anyway, but the fact that that culminated in an xA of 0.93 is fantastic; comfortably …
Liverpool v Spartak Moscow - Knockout Stages beckon for Klopp's in-form Reds

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow - Knockout Stages beckon for Klopp's in-form Reds

The Details   Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - TBC Date & Time - Wednesday, December 6th 2017 @ 19:45 BST Current Odds - Liverpool 2/9, Draw 11/2, Spartak 10/1 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool's form has been much improved since the defeat to Spurs, and even that game was something of a speed wobble as the team had already shown signs of improvement before that, after a very disappointing September. If they can keep the momentum going into this hectic festive period then Klopp's …
Liverpool's Fifty Million Managers

Liverpool's Fifty Million Managers

Has Jurgen Klopp finally started to get the hang of rotation? Or is this another false dawn? Against Chelsea, both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were rested, as Klopp made some big changes from the side that drew with Sevilla. Then against Stoke, Klopp left Phil Coutinho and Mo Salah out of the starting line-up. There has also been rotation in midfield, as Henderson, Wijnaldum and Milner were rotated whilst Emre Can suffered a niggling injury. With Can returning, both …
Stoke City 0 - 3 Liverpool: Reds win well at Stoke

Stoke City 0 - 3 Liverpool: Reds win well at Stoke

The Details Date: 29/11/2017 Venue: bet365 Stadium, Stoke Background The hectic Festive schedule is upon us. Stoke City were hoping to cut Liverpool down to size, as they so love doing to the bigger clubs. Liverpool were looking to overtake Spurs by claiming all three points. Solanke made his first Premier League start for the Reds while Emre Can and Dejan Lovren also returned to the starting eleven. Oxlade-Chamberlain held onto his starting berth from the Chelsea game at the weekend. Salah …
Stoke 0 - 3 Liverpool: Player Ratings from a good win for the Reds

Stoke 0 - 3 Liverpool: Player Ratings from a good win for the Reds

Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Premier League with a third successive league win at Stoke. The Reds ran out 3-0 winners after Sadio Mane's opener was followed by two more customary Mo Salah goals after the Egyptian had come on from the bench. Stoke gave Liverpool something to think towards the end of the first half and the beginning of the second, but the Reds' quality eventually shone through. SIMON MIGNOLET - 5/10 He should've seen red …
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