Liverpool v Chelsea Preview: Key Battles

Liverpool v Chelsea Preview: Key Battles

An all-too-familiar second-half capitulation against Sevilla in the Champions League means that recent optimism has given way to the same old concerns for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool fans alike. But for now, there is no time to brood on recent failures. The fixtures now start coming thick and fast, and first up for the Reds, is a mouthwatering fixture against Chelsea at Anfield. The return of N'Golo Kante seems to have galvanised the champions, who are on their best run …
Liverpool v Chelsea - Conte brings his Blues to Anfield

Liverpool v Chelsea - Conte brings his Blues to Anfield

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Michael Oliver Date & Time - Saturday, November 25th @ 17:30 BST Current Odds - Liverpool 23/20, Draw 12/5, Chelsea 23/10 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool have certainly improved over the last six weeks or so as they look to banish all memory of September 2017 to the history books. Despite a poor showing at Wembley against Spurs, the Reds have been on a steady upward curve in terms of performance. However, the second half …
How to Replace Emre Can: Leicester's Wilfried Ndidi

How to Replace Emre Can: Leicester's Wilfried Ndidi

That crushing inevitability is the worst feeling. Perhaps Liverpool fans are simply making their way through the stages of grief, and are trying to bargain with themselves the potential loss of Emre Can will be less grievous than reality will dictate. But fear not, for here in the land of perpetual posturing and theoretical deals, Anfield Index will be sorting out Liverpool’s need for control in midfield – alongside a shiny new Naby Keita, who’ll be entering the club right …
Klopp the Tactician: From Dortmund to Liverpool

Klopp the Tactician: From Dortmund to Liverpool

Following on from my three-part series "The Klopp Project" which took a longer-term view on things (select the links for part 1, part 2 and part 3), I thought I would assess where Jurgen Klopp is in the present moment. Klopp the innovative tactician in Germany has been well documented. But what about Klopp the tactician at Liverpool? In assessing his time at LFC, we have to throw the conventional rules out the window. Klopp's system does not rely on …
Liverpool and the Changing Importance of the Full-Back

Liverpool and the Changing Importance of the Full-Back

The Reds 0-3 win at Hertha Berlin was a fine performance and provided a fillip in this most frustrating of LFC summers. Though pre-season score-lines are generally regarded as useless and worthy only for their aerobic benefits, it was interesting to see how the new signings coped. Dom Solanke scored a beautiful goal and we already knew what Salah can do so it was more interesting to see Andy Robertson play the second half. The young Scot settled quickly and …
Scouting Naby Keita - The Unrivalled Midfielder

Scouting Naby Keita - The Unrivalled Midfielder

He’s the talk of the town. Will he ask for a move? Will Liverpool pay the money? Will Leipzig bend to a certain fee? Everyone seems to have their opinion on the Guinean midfielder who lit up the Bundesliga last season, breaking out onto the world scene. So, is he worth all the fuss? In a word: yes. Style Firstly, the concept of Keita only having proved himself over one exceptional season is a fallacy. What last season’s performances at …
Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool are having an absolutely wretched January as they welcome the leaders Chelsea to Anfield. Liverpool have lost three home games in a row for the first time since 2012 and they would dearly want to ensure the streak does not extend to four. The below are the key battles to look forward to in this blockbuster fixture. LIVERPOOL MIDFIELD vs MATIC/KANTE Klopp has preferred to line up with a midfield three in almost all of the games, hence it …
Jordan Henderson - The Best Is Yet To Come

Jordan Henderson - The Best Is Yet To Come

There's a saying that springs to mind when I think of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson - that is fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. For a lot of fans my use of this analogy when I talk about Henderson may be a small bit confusing. Well let me explain. When Henderson came to Liverpool in the summer of 2011, I like many other Liverpool fans were of the opinion, that Henderson simply wasn't good enough to …
Chelsea v Liverpool: Key Battles

Chelsea v Liverpool: Key Battles

After four points from the first two trips to London this season, Liverpool head back to the capital, this time to Stamford Bridge to take on a Chelsea side unbeaten in the league so far. Antonio Conte's men were in cruise control against Swansea on Sunday, but then pressed the self-destruct button, before Diego Costa rescued a point for them in South Wales. For Liverpool, it is about building some momentum and racking up as many points on the board …
Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview: Tough game expected under Friday night lights

Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview: Tough game expected under Friday night lights

Liverpool's seemingly endless run of tricky games continues on Friday, as they visit Chelsea in their fourth away game, fifth in total, of the Premier League season thus far. Seriously though, when are we going to get a nice run of fixtures? Soon, actually, ish. Once Chelsea are out of the way, it's Hull and Swansea before the easy task of Manchester United at home. So, plenty to look forward to, but all eyes now turn to Friday's clash. FORM …
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