Observations from Liverpool's draw against Chelsea

Observations from Liverpool's draw against Chelsea

"Encouraging" That's one way to describe the performance in the second-half tonight against Chelsea. It wasn't the swash-buckling, all action, interchangeable attack we'd become accustomed to earlier on in the season but there were signs it was awakening from a winter slumber. There was movement, incisive passing and an attacking edge that we'd been lacking in recent weeks and it was good to see. We made Chelsea, the runaway league leaders, look average. That, in itself, is quite the feat. …
Where are the Reinforcements Jurgen?

Where are the Reinforcements Jurgen?

At the end of December, many fans saw Liverpool's current position as a golden opportunity - Liverpool could attack on three fronts, in both cups and in the league; Matip and Coutinho were expected to return to the team shortly, and Mané's departure to the AFCON was seen as something that could be coped with either internally, or through buying another player. Now, here we are, at the very end of the January transfer window, without a single addition to a …
Liverpool 1 Wolves 2: Player Ratings

Liverpool 1 Wolves 2: Player Ratings

Out of the title race in January. Out of EFL Cup in January Out of FA Cup in January. This month needs to get binned. This is how the Reds fared Loris Karius (5) - Poor on the first goal. Needed to be more commanding and gather the ball when it was floated into the six-yard box. Made an excellent save late up when even the officials went to sleep. Caught in no man's land as Lucas saved his blushes. …
Are the Wheels Coming Off Liverpool's Season?

Are the Wheels Coming Off Liverpool's Season?

Defeat at home to Swansea was tough to take, a real bitter pill to swallow. January has been a poor month for Liverpool, both from a result and performance perspective. I’ve been quite philosophical about things this year, not wanting to get too carried away by defeats or victories. I’ve long been of the opinion that we are a work in progress under Jürgen Klopp and our over achieving early this season has resulted in some excessive expectations from some. …
Lack of attacking structure sees Liverpool stumble against Swansea

Lack of attacking structure sees Liverpool stumble against Swansea

Observations from Liverpool's loss at home to Swansea

Observations from Liverpool's loss at home to Swansea

Swansea, bottom of the Premier League at kick-off, rocked up at Anfield, where we have been unbeaten at all season, and took all three points. Those aren't the words I expected to be writing a few hours ago, and especially not after seeing the line-up. Philippe Coutinho returned and Roberto Firmino was restored to a role he had flourished in earlier this season. The destructive duo were up against a team who had conceded 49 goals already. It was supposed …
Liverpool 2 Swansea 3: Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 Swansea 3: Player Ratings

An abject performance from Liverpool saw them lose at home for the first time in 25 games. The players should have a proper look at themselves on the back of this defeat. This is how badly the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (5) - Mignolet had an enjoyable first-half as Swansea were content to sit back. The second-half was a different story as the Belgian had no answers to any of the three goals. Tough to rate a keeper when the …
Manchester United 1 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

Manchester United 1 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

It wasn't like the game at Anfield earlier this season. It was a Liverpool vs United game that lived up to its billing. Yes, it was short of quality on a few occasions, but the pluck and frenzy of a derby was there for all to see. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late header cancelled out Milner's first-half penalty, but Liverpool will be disappointed not to have shut the game out as they had plenty of chances before Zlatan popped up with the …
Observations from Liverpool's Disappointing Defeat at Southampton

Observations from Liverpool's Disappointing Defeat at Southampton

A defeat in a semi-final isn't the best way to warm up for a trip to Old Trafford. Want to know what's worse though? A poor performance just a few days before travelling to a United side who can be described as rampant after nine consecutive wins. Klopp named a strong side but it just didn't click for a variety of reasons. That performance, coupled with the fact James Pearce hinted at no January business, will just exacerbate things and …
Liverpool vs Plymouth Preview: Up for the Cup?

Liverpool vs Plymouth Preview: Up for the Cup?

Liverpool's quest for their eighth FA Cup trophy, and a first since 2006, begins on Sunday afternoon as the Reds host League Two Plymouth Argyle at Anfield. It's the classic David vs Goliath clash at Anfield, and as we've seen before on numerous occasions, anything can happen in the cup. However, Jürgen Klopp's side will be overwhelming favourites going into the game. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Plymouth Argyle - FA Cup Third Round Venue: Anfield Date: Sunday 8th January Time: 13:30 BST …
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