6 Players Who Face A Crucial Summer For Liverpool

6 Players Who Face A Crucial Summer For Liverpool

While every football fan will be engrossed by the World Cup for the next few weeks, those who weren't chosen for their respective countries to feature in Russia will already be putting in the groundwork ahead of a pivotal summer at Liverpool. With two new signings already changing the look of Jürgen Klopp's midfield, further summer recruits could put a number of players in a precarious position regarding their role at the club. Heading into the pre-season campaign without the …
Liverpool's Premier League Lineups - a Stats Analysis: Part 2

Liverpool's Premier League Lineups - a Stats Analysis: Part 2

In part 1 of the lineup analysis, I had a look at our goalkeepers and defense. Part 2 will focus on midfield and attack. The midfield Even after Karius' nightmare performance in Kiev, the midfield is still Liverpool's weakest line going into 2018/2019. Emre Can is likely leaving, James Milner will be 33, Jordan Henderson is injury prone and not consistent, the Ox is injured, Gini Wijnaldum has a tendency to disappear at times and Adam Lallana had the worst …
Nearly (First) Mission Accomplished for Jurgen Klopp

Nearly (First) Mission Accomplished for Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp’s self-ascribed objective of transforming Liverpool’s fan-base from “doubters to believers” has proven one of the most oft-repeated quotes in a regime marked by memorable soundbites. It was never going to be an easy task, and even as he led his side to consecutive top-four finishes (no mean feat given the unprecedented strength of the so-called ‘big six’) and developed a scintillating brand of attacking football, the doubters continued to question his every move, falling conspicuously silent during a …
Forget Attack vs. Defence - Midfield Battle Holds The Key In Kiev

Forget Attack vs. Defence - Midfield Battle Holds The Key In Kiev

As the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid edges ever nearer, it is no surprise to see predictions being offered everywhere you look. When it comes to guessing how Saturday’s enormous match in Kiev will pan out, the general consensus is that it will be both sides’ vibrant attacks attempting to dismantle a couple of suspect defences. While there is definite truth in this, with the Reds and Los Blancos famed for possessing world-class attacking talent, it is …
The Champions League Final Preview - Key Battles

The Champions League Final Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool are back. In a UEFA Champions League final. Against the undisputed Kings of Europe at this point. Kyiv is going to be a sea of red on Saturday night as the Reds face Zinedine Zidane’s all-conquering Real Madrid side. Los Blancos are gunning for an unprecedented 13th UEFA Champions League title, and their third in a row. They have rode their luck a little in the last two rounds in the midst of a thoroughly underwhelming La Liga season. …
Liverpool 4-0 Brighton: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton: A Tactical Breakdown

What a season. Liverpool have qualified for their second consecutive Champions League campaign by securing automatic qualification for the first time since 2008/09. They have also have finished with 75 points, one less than last season's tally (76), which is also the record for fourth spot. Mo Salah has broken the all-time Premier League record for goals scored with his 32nd of the season whilst his teammates in the front three - Mané and Firmino - have notched themselves 10 …
Liverpool’s ‘Misfits’ 90 Minutes Away From Becoming Legends

Liverpool’s ‘Misfits’ 90 Minutes Away From Becoming Legends

Liverpool are in the Champions League final. Just keep thinking about that. The Champions League final - the biggest match in club football - and Liverpool are in it, in their first season back in the competition since 2014/15. It is a genuinely staggering achievement and one that Jurgen Klopp merits endless plaudits for masterminding. But how has this been possible, considering these Liverpool players are such a bunch of frauds? What kind of sorcery is going on here? Because …
Observations as Liverpool Endure Another Stalemate

Observations as Liverpool Endure Another Stalemate

Funny isn't it. Tuesday night saw one of the most free-flowing attacking performances Liverpool have produced this season, possibly ever under Klopp. Running riot against Roma, five goals in the Champions League semi-final was no small feat; an indication of what this side are capable of in the final third. The contrast between that performance and Saturday's couldn't be starker. This was not a semi-final contest with the possibility of a trip to Kiev and a chance for Klopp to …
Liverpool toil yet again on an early Kick off as the game ends on a stalemate

Liverpool toil yet again on an early Kick off as the game ends on a stalemate

Starting XIs Liverpool: Karius; Gomez,Van Dijk, Klavan, Moreno; Trent Alexander Arnold, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Ings, Firmino Stoke: Butland; Pieters;Martins Indi, Shawcross, Zouma; Shaqiri, Ndiaye, Allen, Bauer; Diouf, Crouch The game got off to a steady start with Stoke tending to be more positive than expected. The mystery about Liverpool's line up was sorted with Trent Alexander-Arnold lining up in the midfield. Liverpool get their biggest chance in the 5th minute, as Salah exposes Stoke's high line to leave himself 1 …
Roma Rampage Offers a Glimpse of What Midfield Can Do

Roma Rampage Offers a Glimpse of What Midfield Can Do

Liverpool’s irrepressible front three once again stole the show as the Reds gloriously ripped Roma apart in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final but, for 80 minutes at least, it was close to a perfect team performance. As so often under Jurgen Klopp, a manager who licks his lips rather than quakes in his boots on the big occasion, the Reds raised their level for a massive game, unlocking the frightening extent of their offensive capabilities as the …
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