Manchester United v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Manchester United v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

It was a far from ideal way to warm up for a trip to Old Trafford as Liverpool put on one of their worst displays under Jurgen Klopp in the 1-0 semifinal first-leg loss in the EFL Cup at Southampton. Liverpool are very lucky to still be in that tie, but now the focus should switch to the Premier League and to their fierce rivals. United are on a fantastic run of form - they have won eight games in …
EFL Cup Semi-Final Preview: Reds Look to Bounce Back

EFL Cup Semi-Final Preview: Reds Look to Bounce Back

It has not been the best start to 2017 for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. In the 2 games that the Reds have played, they have had two draws. The first one - a 2-2 stalemate at Sunderland - might be excusable, given that it kicked off less than 48 hours after a taxing game against Manchester City. But Sunday's goalless draw in the FA Cup against Plymouth Argyle is inexcusable. Even with the much-changed team, Liverpool should be beating Plymouth. So, …
How the Liverpool press Nullified Manchester City

How the Liverpool press Nullified Manchester City

The buzzword surrounding Jurgen Klopp's appointment as Liverpool manger in October 2015 was pressing. Gegenpress this, Gegenpress that, counter-press them here and counter-press them there. Basically, Klopp was supposed to turn up and blitz the Premier League with his high pressing, all action, heavy metal football. When it transpired that this wasn't going to be the case many in the media felt a little cheated. The German maverick wasn't playing ball. To them it was like receiving a toy for …
Liverpool's Team of 2016

Liverpool's Team of 2016

It's cliche I know but a year in football is a long time. If you compared December 2015 and December 2016 they're almost unrecognisable. After the Boxing Day fixtures in 2015 Liverpool were in 8th position with 27 points and a -1 goal difference. Watford and Crystal Palace where both ahead of the Reds and Everton were just a single point behind. Going into the game against Stoke City on the 27th December Liverpool are 2nd in the league with 37 …
Celebrating the Quiet People: Wijnaldum & Klavan

Celebrating the Quiet People: Wijnaldum & Klavan

The recent victories against Middlesbrough and Everton have thrust the usual names into the spotlight. Adam Lallana took the headlines in the North East and, a few days later, fans of both colours were all about Sadio Mane, either with a deep, nourishing love in their hearts or with a ‘jammy redshite bastard’ tone. I'd like to drag these stars from the stage for a minute and focus on those in the background. It’s Christmas after all. Share the wealth. …
12 Days of Kloppmas

12 Days of Kloppmas

On the first day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at LFC On the second day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, Two Derby wins, And Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at LFC On the third day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, Three defensive errors, Two Derby wins, And Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at LFC On the fourth day of Christmas My true love sent to me, Four goals at City, Three defensive …
Liverpool have Squad Depth to Cover for Injuries

Liverpool have Squad Depth to Cover for Injuries

Injury is a word I thoroughly hate, especially if it concerns a Liverpool player. We’ve been down this road before, particularly last season where we could field quite a strong lineup with the number of injuries the Liverpool squad had absorbed. We missed key players who were unavailable for very important fixtures, Mamadou Sakho walking off the pitch at Wembley during the Capital One Cup Final against Manchester City last season as an example. Once again, two months down the …
Could Klopp use Emre Can in a Centre-Back Role?

Could Klopp use Emre Can in a Centre-Back Role?

Jurgen Klopp has shown just how ruthless he can be this season with squad selection when he dropped Belgian 'keeper Simon Mignolet in favour of Loris Karius for the match against Hull City. While the general consensus seemed to be Mignolet was on borrowed time after a series of errors last season and he was only starting this season because of the injury Karius picked up in pre-season it was still a bit of a 'wow' moment when the team …
Giorginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool's Gini in a Lamp

Giorginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool's Gini in a Lamp

In recent seasons, I think Liverpool’s transfer dealings – signings mostly – have been pretty poo. From Balotelli and Benteke to Carroll and Markovic, there have been a number of expensive signings bought for their individual quality rather than as crucial cogs in a cohesive machine. I think the aforementioned are all talented players, but Markovic spent some of his time under Brendan Rodgers at right wing-back, and I’ve never really known Liverpool to succeed on the route one, cross-pumping …
Leandro Paredes - The Midfielder Liverpool Lack?

Leandro Paredes - The Midfielder Liverpool Lack?

Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out any incomings between now and the end of the transfer window. There's still hope within the fan base that the Reds will bring in a left-back to displace/challenge Alberto Moreno as well as a controlling/tempo setting midfielder to turn a 7/10 window into a potential 9/10 window. The latter seems less likely given Liverpool are pretty stocked when it comes to midfielders. Depending on what formation Klopp decides to go with will see …
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