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 …
Liverpool vs Everton Preview: Injury problems weaken teams ahead of derby

Liverpool vs Everton Preview: Injury problems weaken teams ahead of derby

Liverpool and Everton both have fresh injury news troubling them ahead of this weekend's Merseyside Derby, an important one in the context of the season. The Blues haven't won at Anfield in around a million years, but there's always the next one for them to change that, and with Ronald Koeman's resurgent Toffees coming in confident mood, Liverpool will have to be at their best. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Everton Venue: Anfield Date: Saturday 1st April Referee: Anthony Taylor Time: 12:30 …
Emre Can Must Start Over Jordan Henderson In The Merseyside Derby

Emre Can Must Start Over Jordan Henderson In The Merseyside Derby

Let me get this out of the way immediately: I think Jordan Henderson is a better player than Emre Can. He is a more consistent, intelligent, mature footballer, and in most situations, if push came to shove, I would always pick Liverpool’s captain over the talented young German. The thing is, Saturday’s Merseyside derby is not one of these situations, for various reasons.  The Reds host Everton, in what should be an exhilarating Saturday lunchtime clash, with Jurgen Klopp’s side …
Liverpool's Biggest Games Are Yet to Come

Liverpool's Biggest Games Are Yet to Come

The match against Everton this weekend is a big match, the Merseyside derby always is. This one will be particularly poignant, following the passing of Ronnie Moran. It's almost fitting that Liverpool's next Premier League match, following the sad news that broke last week, should be against Everton. Moran, a legendary figure and integral part of Liverpool's most successful period, was a local lad who became known as 'Mr Liverpool', so the occasion should be a respectful, as well as …
Is Momentum Building Again Under Klopp?

Is Momentum Building Again Under Klopp?

International breaks are a bit of a curate's egg. Now, that is supposed to mean that there are both good and bad aspects to them and yet the origin of the expression yields a meaning far closer to this columnist's opinion of the all-too-frequent Premier League interruptions. Apparently, the turn of phrase comes from an 1895 Punch cartoon which depicted a meek and sycophantic curate, who, despite being given a stale egg at the bishop's dining table, obsequiously assured his …
Philippe Coutinho Failing In Quest To Be World-Class

Philippe Coutinho Failing In Quest To Be World-Class

What defines world-class? Every football supporter has a different way of seeing it. To some, it is only those truly elite players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Neymar, while others could name 100 who fit into that bracket. For me, it is someone in and around the top 10 players in the world in their respective position - someone who produces the goods almost every week and rarely hits a genuinely poor spell in form. Manuel Neuer, …
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