The Souness Years - Rebuilding & Rob Jones (Part 3)

The Souness Years - Rebuilding & Rob Jones (Part 3)

In this third instalment of our Souness Years series, we delve deeper into the behind-the-scenes activities during the turbulent Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first two parts here: Part 1 Part 2 RONNIE WHELAN: You had a team now that wasn’t stable and united. There was a lot of individual play. Different players were doing different things. They weren’t fitting into a system. JOHN BARNES: When Kenny bought me and Peter Beardsley into the side, …
Divock Origi: Liverpool's Forgotten Belgian

Divock Origi: Liverpool's Forgotten Belgian

With Liverpool blessed with plenty of attacking talent in the form of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi’s season-long loan to Wolfsburg carries a lot of importance in terms of how his future on Merseyside will pan out. Failure to make an impact could spell the beginning of the end for the Belgian while a string of consistent and eye-catching performances could keep him in Klopp’s long-term plans. Having signed back in 2014, featuring in …
Crisis? What Crisis at Liverpool FC?

Crisis? What Crisis at Liverpool FC?

At the start of the season I made a rather large and controversial defence of Liverpool’s ability to win the title this season with the current squad. Here in November, 12 points off the pace, that’s looking increasingly like a pipedream, but I stand by the majority of the points that I made in the article. In terms of opponents, the only Premier League team that we are currently miles behind is Man City, a possibility that I suggested, with …
Signs of progress for Liverpool following the Wembley debacle

Signs of progress for Liverpool following the Wembley debacle

After the horrible result against Spurs scrutiny has been on Jurgen Klopp to see if he could get a response from his players. 3 games later, with 10 goals scored and 1 conceded, it is fair to say that Klopp has the ability to get a reaction from his players in times of adversity. There is no better example of this than in his final season at Dortmund. The German overcame a shocking start to finish the campaign with some …
How to Replace Emre Can: Leicester's Wilfried Ndidi

How to Replace Emre Can: Leicester's Wilfried Ndidi

That crushing inevitability is the worst feeling. Perhaps Liverpool fans are simply making their way through the stages of grief, and are trying to bargain with themselves the potential loss of Emre Can will be less grievous than reality will dictate. But fear not, for here in the land of perpetual posturing and theoretical deals, Anfield Index will be sorting out Liverpool’s need for control in midfield – alongside a shiny new Naby Keita, who’ll be entering the club right …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words: Part 2 - Too Much Too Soon?

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words: Part 2 - Too Much Too Soon?

In this second instalment of our Souness Years series, we delve deeper into the behind-the-scenes activities during the turbulent Souness era of the early 90s. Part 1 - The Souness Years: In Their Own Words - The Change of Guard was released earlier this week. GRAEME SOUNESS: McMahon and Beardsley came into my office and hinted they were ready to move on unless there were guarantees of regular first-team football and improved terms to go with it. I was impetuous …
Kickstart for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the London Stadium

Kickstart for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the London Stadium

From 2007 until the last summer, Liverpool had no. 21 who divided opinion. A little-known Brazilian kid came from Gremio, the jeers from his own fans made him stronger, and when he left for Italy in the summer, the jeers turned into love. No one has quite divided Liverpool fans' opinion in recent times like Lucas Leiva has, and the man who inherited Lucas's no. 21 jersey split opinion even before he kicked a ball wearing the famous red shirt. …
Daniel Sturridge - Not Done Yet

Daniel Sturridge - Not Done Yet

Daniel Sturridge is quite possibly the biggest what if in recent Liverpool football club history. Last week the still only 28-year-old scored his 100th (and 101st) goal in club football. 71 of those goals have come in his 131 matches for the Reds over the last six years. This sentence tells you all about the striker's career - a lot of goals scored in very few games. Sturridge arrived at Anfield together with Philippe Coutinho in the winter of 2013, …
The end of Klopp's Liverpool 4-3-3?

The end of Klopp's Liverpool 4-3-3?

Enough has been said and written about the shift in system that Liverpool employed at West Ham on Saturday evening. Whether you look at it as a 4-4-2, a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-2-2-2 depends on how you see it, and how the game changed. But one definitive conclusion that can be drawn from the game at the London Stadium is that Liverpool did not play the 4-3-3 that we have come to be associated with. There were two centre-backs in …
Mohamed Salah: Signing of the Summer

Mohamed Salah: Signing of the Summer

There were a number of stellar performances from Liverpool at the London Stadium on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp's side dispatched West Ham 4-1, but none more so than a certain Egyptian forward. Mohamed Salah delivered another two goals for The Reds, showing a composed, cool head in front of goal to cap off an impressive solo performance and take his tally to 12 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions since his summer switch from AS Roma - a record …
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