Anfield Index Writers' EPL Predictions - 2017/18

Anfield Index Writers' EPL Predictions - 2017/18

Here are the predictions you've all been waiting for... The Anfield Index writers have put their forecasts on the record for all of you to judge in May. Let us know what we got wrong in the comments below. Adam Petruccione (@adampetruccione) Top 4: 1. Manchester City 2. Arsenal 3. Spurs 4. Manchester United Relegation: 18. West Brom 19. Burnley 20. Brighton POTY: Alexis Sanchez YPOTY: Tommy Abraham Champions League: Real Madrid Pep Guardiola will prove to be the best… …
Liverpool's Ambition Must Match The Elite

Liverpool's Ambition Must Match The Elite

I’ll say this at the outset. I’m in two minds about writing this. Back in April, fresh from the derby win at Anfield, I wrote about Ronald Koeman’s comments of satisfaction at the Blues’ performance and how they deserved better from their 3-1 defeat. I did all I could to follow his reasoning and wondered what he had seen that was denied to me as Everton pretty much gave up once Origi scored the strangest long shot of the season, …
Liverpool FC Fixtures Analysis 2017/18

Liverpool FC Fixtures Analysis 2017/18

So, with the fixtures out for the 2017/18 season, the initial reaction from Liverpool fans would have been a quick glance to see who we play on the opening day, working out when we play Man United and Everton, and other than that, probably just a bit of a shrug. It’s a reasonably uninspiring fixture list, with no incredibly nice runs but no horrendous patches either. There are, of course, some headline moments: Arsenal and Man City back to back …
Magic Coutinho Impresses Origi

Magic Coutinho Impresses Origi

As I sit down to write this, there are actual people of intelligence preparing to watch David Moyes' Sunderland take on Arsenal in the hope that the Mackems will eke out some kind of result. This is the kind of entirely avoidable madness that leads to dark bouts of depression. To compound the lunacy, the same people will probably have one eye on Everton's attempts against the Gunners on the final day. If anything, expecting an Evertonian gift is the …
In Defence Of Nathaniel Clyne

In Defence Of Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne seems to have become a hot topic this season. After arriving from Southampton in the summer of 2015, for a fee in the region of £12.5m, Clyne enjoyed an impressive first season at Anfield. As he'd shown in his time at The Saints, Clyne was a solid defender with decent technique, a tidy pass and a good turn of pace. Having also established himself in the England team, it seemed Liverpool had resolved their right-back issue at a …
Daniel Sturridge: Talent Plagued By Injury

Daniel Sturridge: Talent Plagued By Injury

Jurgen Klopp’s one word answer regarding Daniel Sturridge’s fitness after the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace provides the perfect summary of his Liverpool career. Injury stricken, the England international has been side-lined for a staggering 640 days since the 2011/12 season – the 9th worst record in the Premier League. It means he’s missed over 50% of Liverpool’s games since joining 3 and a half years ago. Making the move over to Merseyside in January 2013, Sturridge represented somewhat …
Unpopular Liverpool Trio Silence The Doubters In The Derby

Unpopular Liverpool Trio Silence The Doubters In The Derby

At every club, there are players who are divisive figures - ones who will never receive a single ounce of praise from a section of the support. Liverpool has had too many to mention down the years, but three who currently stand-out are undoubtedly Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva and Emre Can. The Reds trio receive more stick than anyone - Simon Mignolet and Alberto Moreno may have something to say about that - and their performances are so often ridiculed …
Liverpool Fans Angry Over Sakho And Injuries

Liverpool Fans Angry Over Sakho And Injuries

Occasionally, this columnist will sigh in exasperation at the petty squabbling that seems to be so prevalent amongst the diverse collective known as Liverpool supporters. It's normally testy difference-of-opinion stuff but sometimes it can be ugly, bile-laden posturing, revealing the ignorance and unpleasantness of the individuals in question. Mute buttons were made for these people. Yet, for all one may cringe at such Twitter and Facebook keyboard hardmen, offering each other out for scraps that they know will never happen, at …
Liverpool 3 Everton 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool 3 Everton 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool continued their good home form against Top 6 rivals with a convincing win against the blue side of Liverpool. It's always a particularly satisfying win when beating Everton but doing the double over them means the Red side are totally dominant this season. Anyway, back to the game - here are the ratings for the game. Simon Mignolet (7) - Had very little to do. Made a good save from a deflected shot. He would appreciate more such afternoons. Nathaniel Clyne …
Private Jets, Insomnia And Donuts - A Normal Week At Anfield

Private Jets, Insomnia And Donuts - A Normal Week At Anfield

Here is the latest in a sequence of ways in which writing a daily football column knocks your perspective into a cocked hat. Number 73: Comparing your reality to that of Roberto Firmino. Having missed a day from both my jobs for what the Twitter kids call "reasons," your columnist was left incapacitated enough that he was unable to drive his own beloved mode of transportation to work this morning. It seems as though my employers were anxious to avoid being …
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