How The Perfect Liverpool Squad Should Look Next Season

How The Perfect Liverpool Squad Should Look Next Season

Another season has been and gone, but unlike so many at Liverpool since they decided to stop winning everything, 2016/17 has left us with a feeling of great warmth. The Reds’ title challenge may have fizzled out after a very promising first four months, but sealing Champions League qualification has to be seen as a huge positive. It is very easy for Liverpool fans to have a sense of entitlement, given the club’s incredible history both domestically and in Europe, …
Liverpool's Plan B: Time for the Hipster 3-4-3?

Liverpool's Plan B: Time for the Hipster 3-4-3?

Under Klopp, 2016 was a fantastic year. Goals galore, two cup finals and the development of players such as Roberto Frimino and Adam Lallana. The German tactician started off using a fluid 4-2-3-1/4-1-4-1 formation during the latter months of last season which morphed into an efficient 4-3-3 for the first half of the season. With Can and Henderson never excelling as a two, putting Lallana or Wijnaldum into the mix solidified the midfield and created space for Coutinho's and Firmino’s …
Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The (Lack of) Depth Chart

Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The (Lack of) Depth Chart

At the start of the season I was quietly confident in the strength and potential of Klopp’s squad considering the lack of European football. Coming into the final 12 games and the worrying lack of depth and quality in key positions has come to the fore. Milner has played most of the season as left back and Lucas Leiva continues to pick up playing time as a centre back. You don’t need to look at statistical analysis — such as …
Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Lack the Attacking Ambition to Overcome Wolves

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Lack the Attacking Ambition to Overcome Wolves

Liverpool 1 Wolves 2: Player Ratings

Liverpool 1 Wolves 2: Player Ratings

Out of the title race in January. Out of EFL Cup in January Out of FA Cup in January. This month needs to get binned. This is how the Reds fared Loris Karius (5) - Poor on the first goal. Needed to be more commanding and gather the ball when it was floated into the six-yard box. Made an excellent save late up when even the officials went to sleep. Caught in no man's land as Lucas saved his blushes. …
Liverpool's Defence: The Lost Art Of Keeping A Clean Sheet

Liverpool's Defence: The Lost Art Of Keeping A Clean Sheet

…And Liverpool’s right centre back conundrum. Ever since the halcyon days of Jamie Carragher’s partnerships with Sami Hyypia and Daniel Agger Liverpool fans haven’t witnessed a truly balance centre half pairing at Anfield. We’ve seen Skrtel, Kolo and a selection of left sided centre halves trying to fill the void at right centre back. The club’s transfer committee and last two managers have bought in a growing list of specialist left sided centre backs. Sakho, no doubt the club’s best …
Joe Gomez - Remember me?

Joe Gomez - Remember me?

An Unfamiliar Face Last summer I heard we were buying a young, quality defender from Charlton Athletic.  Admittedly, I had never heard of Joe Gomez.  I dug a little deeper to find out who this kid was.  I wanted to know why Liverpool had swooped early to acquire Gomez, reportedly from under the noses of Arsenal, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. I was excited by what I was reading.  Gomez’s description sounded like that of a young Alan Hansen (no …
Conclusions From Three Months of Klopp's Selection Policy

Conclusions From Three Months of Klopp's Selection Policy

It is easy to preach in football about the virtues of patience and context, but it is far more difficult to mobilise those concepts in the race to form opinions. Jürgen Klopp has taken charge of 33 games as a Liverpool manager - games which include finals against the richest clubs in the world, domestic cup rounds against football league minnows, European fixtures across the continent, all nestled amongst a hectic league and international period. Using only the decisions made …
Alberto Moreno: Sparkling Talent or Inconsistent Liability?

Alberto Moreno: Sparkling Talent or Inconsistent Liability?

It's fair to say that much of Liverpool's enthralling 5-4 victory against Norwich City will be forgotten, given time. Steven Naismith's debut goal will probably be solely remembered by Everton fans, whilst Roberto Firmino's mouthwatering performance won't be forgotten, should he continue to make good on his obvious talent. And of course, nobody will forget Adam Lallana's winning goal and the euphoric pandemonium that followed, peaking when a certain Mr Klopp lost his glasses. At the other end of the spectrum, …
What is Liverpool's best centre-back pairing when everyone is fit?

What is Liverpool's best centre-back pairing when everyone is fit?

Injuries have blitzed the Liverpool squad since Jurgen Klopp was appointed as manager in October. Within his first week as manager he'd lost Joe Gomez for the season with an ACL Injury. Immediately he was down to just four first team centre-backs. Four centre-backs for practically an entire season and of those four two of them, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren, have a habit of picking up injuries. It's not exactly the ideal scenario for a new manager. Fast forward …
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