A Liverpool Schooling

A Liverpool Schooling

No writing on Liverpool Football Club today should begin without a tribute to the club legend that was Ronnie Moran, who passed away peacefully this morning. As part of Liverpool's coaching staff in the truly glorious days of the club, Moran won 11 league titles, 4 European Cups, 4 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 2 UEFA Cups and a Super Cup, to add to the 2 Division 1 titles, a Division 2 title and an FA Cup he also won …
Expect More Coaching Than Chequebook from Liverpool in January

Expect More Coaching Than Chequebook from Liverpool in January

January has arrived, which means another transfer window and Liverpool being the subject of multiple links that stretch the imagination. It is click-bait season for certain sections of the media and it serves to feed the frenzy of some fans, as they piece together a Liverpool XI based on players that the tabloids picked out of a hat. It's also the time when many fans hope that their dream of seeing players such as Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana …
It's Not How Much You Spend - But How Wise You Spend

It's Not How Much You Spend - But How Wise You Spend

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Michy Batshuayi, Granit Xhaka, Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane are among the names that are highly known across Europe for their quality, talent, and hefty price tag and/or wages, and they all have one thing in common with each other – they’re not currently associated with Liverpool Football Club. Jurgen Klopp clearly envisioned a plan in this previous transfer window, and while we aren’t privy to some of his ideas, the plan was in …
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The "Marquee" Signing Conundrum

As a Liverpool fan who uses Twitter as a medium to get most news about the club, life has not been great. The sheer agony amongst our fans over the lack of a big-money signing is astounding. These are the same guys who were licking their lips at us having signed Jurgen Klopp in October, and given him a contract until 2022, at the beginning of this month. To put it simply then, they were excited about Klopp without knowing …
Liverpool v Dortmund: A Dream Draw

Liverpool v Dortmund: A Dream Draw

It was written in the stars, with an almost certain inevitability to it, that Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund would be drawn together in the Europa League quarter-finals. For Jürgen Klopp and everyone associated with Dortmund it is a very emotional tie; you only have to look back at his final game at the Westfalenstadion to see just the depth of that. I defy anyone to watch those scenes and not have a tear in their eye. “Echte liebe” is Dortmund’s …
Time For Reflection - Liverpool's Squad Options

Time For Reflection - Liverpool's Squad Options

Wow, just wow. In the last three league games Liverpool have been taken apart by Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and most recently Watford. If you looked at those fixtures at the start of the season the only game you as a fan would have been sonewhat worried about is Newcastle away. As poor as they were playing recently they always up their game against Liverpool. Who can forget what was voted one of the greatest games ever games in …
Jürgen Klopp's Midfield Unit

Jürgen Klopp's Midfield Unit

Hello again Anfield Index, it's been a while. Sorry I've taken some time since my last article, but apparently being in the final year of your degree is quite time-consuming. Moving on, in this piece I will be attempting to analyse what I consider the most important component of any Klopp system: the midfield. Most will tell you that Klopp's preferred shape is a 4-2-3-1, which I agree with, and I'll start by discussing what the manager tends to expect from …
Liverpool's Midfield - The Heart of the Team, in Need of a Defibrillator!

Liverpool's Midfield - The Heart of the Team, in Need of a Defibrillator!

Editor's note: This article was written prior to Liverpool's win against Manchester City at Etihad on Saturday I've always believed that the competitive games are won and lost, by the battle in midfield. It's the area of a team so influential to the style, tempo, control and competitiveness of a team. A good midfield will win you games no doubt, but a truly great one wins titles and tournaments. Attacking players will always command the highest transfer fees in world …
Jurgen Klopp's Tactical Permutations & Pellegrini: Links 4-2-3-1

Jurgen Klopp's Tactical Permutations & Pellegrini: Links 4-2-3-1

Back in 2013, Jürgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund made it all the way to the Champions League final at Wembley. For many this was the season which defined him. The increased visibility offered by their impressive run in the world's most coveted football competition, made people sit up and take note of the man, his team, and his tactics. Prior to this, the German coach had won consecutive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, and also picked up the German Cup …
What Jurgen Klopp Brings to Liverpool FC

What Jurgen Klopp Brings to Liverpool FC

The Jugen Klopp shadow has been cast over Anfield since the 2014/15 season ended. The German left Dortmund having taken them from midtable mediocrity to one of the most efficient and exciting teams to watch within two seasons of taking charge. He toppled the might of Bayern Munich. He cast aside the lingering Bayer Leverkusen side. He surpassed the rich Wolfsburg side. He turned kids into stars. Potential into class. All whilst playing a style of football that left the …