Observations from Liverpool's win against Manchester City

Observations from Liverpool's win against Manchester City

It was by no means a New Year’s Eve firework as so many had hoped for, but Liverpool ended the calendar year with a 1-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield. The media narrative suggests the away side were terrible but how much of that was down to Liverpool being effective at nullifying Guardiola’s men? It didn’t have to be a classic, the Reds just had to win and they did just that so they go into the New Year …
Tactical Analysis - Klopp out thinks Guardiola as Liverpool are victorious

Tactical Analysis - Klopp out thinks Guardiola as Liverpool are victorious

Tipping the Scales: The Fine Margins against Manchester City

Tipping the Scales: The Fine Margins against Manchester City

Liverpool's New Year's Eve tie against Manchester City has already been noted as a "6-point" match, and with Chelsea already sitting atop the table, with a 6 point gap between them and nearest rivals, Liverpool, which will likely remain when considering Chelsea's upcoming fixtures, this fixture has the potential to go a long way in altering the balance and probability of the 2016/17 Premier League champions. Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have been both dauntingly impressive, but also, soft at times, …
Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview: Fireworks expected in NYE battle

Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview: Fireworks expected in NYE battle

Liverpool close a record breaking year out with a mouthwatering clash against Manchester City on New Year's Eve, one which could go a long way to decide who gives Chelsea the biggest challenge at the top of the Premier League table. Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, previous rivals in the Bundesliga, will meet each other in England for the first time, with a clash of playing style and personality likely to prove entertaining. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Manchester City Venue: Anfield …
Risk underestimating Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool, at your own peril

Risk underestimating Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool, at your own peril

It's been almost a year since Jürgen Klopp was appointed at Liverpool football club. Whilst supporters instantly fell for his charisma, charm and wit, I've always felt an air of scepticism over the clubs future success under his tenure. Supporters fear the financial power of the clubs nearest rivals and the draw that money has to attract established talent. Crucially however Jürgen Klopp doesn't share that same doubt. He's a manager that believes in his own ability and that of …
Why the Simon Mignolet era is likely to end soon

Why the Simon Mignolet era is likely to end soon

On a weekend where more than a few headlines were devoted to Manchester City’s new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and his struggles in the derby at Old Trafford, 34 miles down the road his (presumably outgoing) counterpart at Liverpool, Simon Mignolet, provided an expert, if subtle, lesson on why Pep Guardiola’s decision to allow Joe Hart out on loan to Torino was the correct one, a lesson so timely and apt that not even the England number one’s mistake against Atalanta …
Are Liverpool Dark Horses for the Title?

Are Liverpool Dark Horses for the Title?

It's a new dawn in the Premier League. Not just in terms of more money than ever being pumped into the league effectively evening the playing field somewhat, but more importantly, never before have people been able to find a collection of the most influential managers in world football today within the same league at the same time. It's a who's who of managers as Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola join Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino, Slaven …
The end of Liverpool?

The end of Liverpool?

Mourinho. Guardiola. Conte. Wenger. Klopp. If there was an Expendables movie for football managers, it would surely include all five of these esteemed and widely respected managers, all of whom have a history of success at the top level. Yet whilst the movement of two of the most impressive managers of recent years, in Mourinho and Guardiola, to the Premier League is a spectacle for both the neutral observer and fans of competition teams alike, it may well herald the definitive end …
Liverpool 2015/16: A Story of Balls

Liverpool 2015/16: A Story of Balls

It’s been a strange old season. A season defined by decisions, emotion, joy, despair and P45’s. One, where it was never about the league. Instead, it was about contrast. Contrast of squad depth, incredible performances, managerial appointments and injury. All of these events have lead to this point, 15th of May 2016. Liverpool are 8th in the table and currently out of Europe. Yet I’m decidedly not arsed. Indeed, such is my not arsedness about drawing 1-1 against West Brom, …
Liverpool's Biggest Hurdle in 2016 is Impatience

Liverpool's Biggest Hurdle in 2016 is Impatience

It’s easy to look at the United fans with their radically pre-emptive Mourinho scarves, and their Sharpie covered kitchen-towl signs, and to forget that Liverpool fans can be pretty stupid too. Jurgen Klopp alluded to one element of the idiocy, or at least childish impatience, in Reds fans, when he said of Liverpool’s inconsistent performances that “of course, there are explanations for this, but nobody wants to hear these explanations”. There are swathes of football followers who you can rely …