Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Key Battles

Four wins and two draws from the set six Premier League games have meant that Liverpool have ensured the top 4 place is in their own hands, but that counts for nothing, if the Reds do not take as many points as possible from their remaining games. Among the teams battling for the Champions League places, Liverpool definitely have the most favorable run-in, but the problem is, football is never played on paper. The challenge for the Reds begins with …
Observations from Liverpool's fight back to beat Stoke

Observations from Liverpool's fight back to beat Stoke

Liverpool's starting eleven was indicative of a side battling several injuries to key players, with Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold replacing Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in the side. The Brazilian pair have both been struggling of late with fitness and illness issues respectively. It was always going to be a tough game for the Reds but the lineup hardly filled fans with optimism going into a must-win game in the battle for a top four spot. That fear was …
Stoke City 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Stoke City 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

A game of two halves if ever there was one. Good on Klopp and Liverpool that they decided there is a game to be played in the second half. On the balance of intent, one could say that Liverpool deserved to win the game. First away win for Liverpool in 2017. How important will this win be if we make Top 4? This is how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (8) - An outstanding performance from Mignolet. Was confident on …
The Mercury Is Rising At Anfield

The Mercury Is Rising At Anfield

Trusting your mental well-being to others is a precarious activity at the best of times. Placing your happiness in the hands, or error-prone feet, of a group of talented but notoriously flaky professional footballers, is surely a sign that you are, on some level, quite mad - as mad as a hatter, even. For another writing project, I had been researching the origin of that expression and it turns out that it relates to the mercury poisoning suffered by milliners …
Liverpool Fans - An acquaintance with disappointment

Liverpool Fans - An acquaintance with disappointment

In a season littered with frustrating, inexcusable results, Liverpool FC managed to outdo themselves one more time: and in doing so, gifted away control over their own fate, at perhaps the expense of a Champions League spot. The manner in which Liverpool went 1-0 down was all too familiar, with a dreadful defensive error this time, courtesy of Wijnaldum. For the following twenty minutes, Liverpool looked bereft of ideas, shaken and Anfield watched on, in that routine nervousness the fans have become far …
Observations following Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth

Observations following Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth

Here we are, yet again. For all their attacking prowess and verve, Liverpool's abysmal record against teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table never looked like changing against Bournemouth. An early mistake from Georginio Wijnaldum was indicative of the Reds' start, with the team wasteful and wayward in possession. Goals either side of half-time from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi seemed to have clawed Liverpool back into the driving seat and on their way to another precious …
Liverpool 2 - 2 Bournemouth: Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 - 2 Bournemouth: Player Ratings

Yet another team from the bottom half of the table. Yet another game where Liverpool drop points. It is no longer funny anymore. Liverpool might regret this at the end of the season as Liverpool failed to take advantage of a couple of other results. This is how the Reds fared today. Simon Mignolet (5) -  Small actions can have big outcomes. Liverpool started brightly, but Mignolet's dithering on the ball halted the momentum and spread nervousness all around. His releases …
Stats Analysis: Liverpool's Defensive Inconsistency

Stats Analysis: Liverpool's Defensive Inconsistency

Three quarters of another season have passed and it looks like Liverpool FC has the same old defensive problems. The team is on course to concede over 40 goals for the 7th straight season. That means that the last time LFC conceded less than a goal per match - you guessed it, Rafa Benitez was in charge. Jurgen Klopp has insisted that this season things have gotten better so let's take a deeper look. Goalkeepers Loris Karius was bought in …
Observations from Liverpool's 1-1 draw at the Etihad

Observations from Liverpool's 1-1 draw at the Etihad

Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad is one of those results which divides fans. If you’re a glass half-full type of person then it’s a point gained away to a rival and a positive performance to go alongside it. If you’re a little more cynical then it’s two points dropped in the hunt for Champions League football and there are concerns over the team’s mentality. The Reds started off slowly but grew into the game and became …
Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

A mentally exhausting game ended with honours even, with both teams spurning big chances to settle the result. What looked to be a slow burner, exploded into life in a very watchable second half. This is how the Reds fared Simon Mignolet (6) - In spite of the attacking play from City, Mignolet had pretty little to do in terms of big saves. Got his leg to a ball cut in from the right. Could do nothing for the goal …
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