Observations as Liverpool Fail To Respond Against The Baggies

Observations as Liverpool Fail To Respond Against The Baggies

Right off the bat of a frustrating draw in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday, Liverpool were once again left wondering what could've been as West Brom produced a strong defensive performance to take a point from Anfield. In truth, The Reds weren't really at it on the night, struggling to muster up any ingenuity in midfield. Here are the observations from the match. Klopp delivers starting lineup that everyone wanted but to no avail The German's starting eleven raised a …
Liverpool's Priority Transfers For January

Liverpool's Priority Transfers For January

Now that Liverpool have emphatically topped their Champions League group with a 7-0 demolition of Spartak the club's needs for the January window have become much more clear. We polled a few Anfield Index contributors, asking them what their two priority transfers would be for the January window to set Liverpool up to add to the trophy case at Melwood in this season and beyond. One large Dutchman was a popular pick, but who would you prioritize in the winter …
How on earth did Liverpool draw with Everton?

How on earth did Liverpool draw with Everton?

40 goals in the previous 11 games for Klopp's Liverpool and 18 years since Everton last won at Anfield: as the game entered the 75th minute, it appeared that wait would have to go on, until the FA Cup 3rd round fixture at least, as Liverpool were absolutely cruising. The reflected such a reading of the game too: 79.4pc possession, 964 touches (to Everton's 384), 23 shots to 3, 88pc pass accuracy to Everton's 50pc, and 644 complete passes, to Everton's …
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion Preview - Key Battles

After peppering the neighbours in the Merseyside Derby at Anfield for no reward on Sunday, Liverpool get ready to welcome another nomad Premier League manager to Anfield, as Alan Pardew brings his West Brom side to face a Reds side itching to get back to winning ways. Jurgen Klopp knows that this is the period of the season when dreams are made or shattered, and a team like the Baggies should ideally not pose too many questions to a side of …
Liverpool v West Brom - Reds to right the wrongs from Derby Day Disappointment

Liverpool v West Brom - Reds to right the wrongs from Derby Day Disappointment

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Paul Tierney Date & Time - Wednesday, December 13th @ 20:00 GMT Current Odds - Liverpool 2/9, Draw 6/1, West Brom 14/1 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool missed a golden opportunity to jump into 3rd place in the league at the weekend. Chelsea and Arsenal both dropped points and it was only the Reds' failure to capitalise on their derby domination that led to them dropping two points in what should have been a comfortable …
Poor Decision Making All Round For The Reds On Derby Day

Poor Decision Making All Round For The Reds On Derby Day

79% of possession, 23 shots and 12 corners and yet somehow, Liverpool came away with just a point against The Ev. Jurgen Klopp delivered a roll of the dice before kick-off, opting to demote Philippe Coutinho and Bobby Firmino to the bench in favour of Dominic Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain. A double pivot of Henderson and Milner raised some eyebrows, too. Still, there was more than enough firepower out on the field to expose a youthful looking Everton back line. Mohamed …
Strange (Mersey) Sides - Liverpool 1 Everton 1

Strange (Mersey) Sides - Liverpool 1 Everton 1

I would have been a bit disappointed at 1-0, to be honest. That sounds mealy-mouthed, doesn’t it? Being all sniffy at a one goal win against the other lot from across the park, but such was the paucity of Everton’s defence and attack (including the slowest forward line in their history) that I wanted at least four by half time. They were begging to be put away, absolutely begging. Add a snowy Merseyside and Big Sam ™ with his aerial …
Observations as Liverpool are Left Sick from Toffee

Observations as Liverpool are Left Sick from Toffee

For 70 minutes, it was a Christmas party. The snow fell, the scoreboard looked pretty and the Kop sang a merry tune. Liverpool players, picked in order to combat the sub-zero conditions, were far superior to those they came up against. They were quicker than the Blues, stronger than the Blues, better technically than the Blues and ahead of the Blues, for the most. But it wasn't enough. A ball up the pitch, some contact and a penalty. 1-1, knocking …
The Merseyside Derby Preview - Key Battles

The Merseyside Derby Preview - Key Battles

After the business was taken care off in style in European competition on Wednesday, Liverpool return to Premier League action with something maybe a little more serious at stake - local bragging rights. Also, the continued singing of "Merry Christmas, Everton!" over the festive period. There is no time to sit back and rest on the laurels of the 7-0 spanking of the Russian champions that must have made Europe take notice of the attacking force that this team is, …
The Magnificent Seven: How Liverpool Trounced Spartak

The Magnificent Seven: How Liverpool Trounced Spartak

Since September, in our match analyses, we've concluded more often than not that Liverpool's performances have warranted better scorelines, that the underlying performances have actually been rather good, even despite the growing discontent with Jürgen Klopp's side through October as the team struggled, with a particular low-point against Spurs, and even into November as Liverpool conceded late on to Chelsea, familiar angry voices, from last season's winter rut reemerged. After 32 goals in 9 games, I have one question for …
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