James' Bond: The Importance of Being Milner

James' Bond: The Importance of Being Milner

It’s the 79th minute of the hectic league game between Liverpool and Manchester City. The Reds had fought City in the early exchanges before going a bit mad with second-half goals from ‘the trident’ of Mane, Salah and Firmino. They lead 4-1. On the Anfield touchline, Jurgen Klopp decides to swap Emre Can for former City player James Milner. No one argues at this. City are coming back into the game and seem annoyingly undeterred by the score-line. Furthermore, Liverpool …
Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - Depleted Reds to Get the Job Done

Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - Depleted Reds to Get the Job Done

The Details   Venue - Etihad Stadium, Manchester Referee - Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Date & Time - Tuesday, April 10th 2018 @ 19:45 BST Current Odds - Manchester City 4/9, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 5/1 Form Manchester City Form City have had a disappointing week. Defeat at Anfield was followed by a failure to win the title at home to United on Saturday evening. It will be very interesting to see how this team reacts on Tuesday night when they have to overturn …
How Detrimental is Klopp's Loyalty to Liverpool?

How Detrimental is Klopp's Loyalty to Liverpool?

Despite possessing many qualities and being a world class manager our boss still has his weaknesses. Last week I talked about how Klopp has built a new identity for the club, transforming the way us as supporters and opposition fans now look at us. We're no longer a club who has to sell a long-term project or reminisce about past glories because big Jurg and his team are starting to consistently deliver on the pitch creating a new legacy. Having …
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

After the international break, it's always interesting to see how a team performs, and Liverpool appeared to start brightly against Palace, but soon it became clear that if Liverpool were to take anything from this game, they needed to really work for it, as simple passes went astray, and frustration built up. If you watched the game, it was plain to see what Palace were trying to do, with runners working off Benteke's second ball, what we're focussing on though …
Nervous Afternoon Nets Another Three Points for Liverpool

Nervous Afternoon Nets Another Three Points for Liverpool

Lineup: Karius, TAA, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Gini, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mané Subs: Clyne, Lovren, Moreno, Lallana, Chamberlain, Mignolet, Ings Coming off of what seemed like a month-long international break Liverpool supporters were understandably anxious to see the Reds in something more action-packed than an Instagram story. But, it only took a few minutes for that anticipation to turn into anxiety. Just eight minutes in there was a massive save from Karius, denying a Zaha attempt from what should …
Player Ratings as Salah's Strike Downs Eagles

Player Ratings as Salah's Strike Downs Eagles

Palace away, I don't think I'll ever be able to enjoy it. Six goals and two wins in the last couple of trips there, but have either been fun? Credit to Palace, their main strength is that they don't make it fun for their opponents. Able to soak up the pressure and then race forward with quick, powerful players, they're arguably the best designed of the mid-table teams to beat any of the top six. Except at the moment, they're …
Liverpool’s One-Dimensional Midfield Highlights The Need For Naby

Liverpool’s One-Dimensional Midfield Highlights The Need For Naby

Last Thursday, Naby Keita was starring for RB Leipzig as they defeated Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 in the Europa League. The Guinean laid-on a delightful assist for Timo Werner, gliding through the midfield before finding the forward in inch-perfect fashion, on a night that also saw him win all five of his tackles, complete five take-ons and enjoys a 93 percent passing accuracy. It was a midfield masterclass, during a season in which Keita has actually been criticised for downing …
Player Ratings as United take 3 points at Old Trafford

Player Ratings as United take 3 points at Old Trafford

Liverpool were so 'un-Liverpool' like in attack, and so 'Liverpool' in their defence as they slumped to defeat at Old Trafford. The second half was a better performance and the ref was a nutcase, but that does not take away a shambolic defensive performance in first half. Loris Karius (5) - Left high and dry for both his goals. Made an excellent late tackle high up the pitch as Liverpool looked to salvage a point. Trent Alexander Arnold (2) - Horrid game …
Heavy Metal Lullaby - Observations from LFC 0-0 Porto

Heavy Metal Lullaby - Observations from LFC 0-0 Porto

Liverpool cruised into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, following up their 5-0 away win at Porto with a comfy 0-0 draw in the return leg. So what were the observations from a rather un-exciting game? Boring, Boring Liverpool Do The Job On paper, it wasn’t billed as a hugely exciting game, and perhaps Liverpool deserve a lot of credit for making it every bit as boring as they could. In the first twenty minutes there was a lot of …
Liverpool 0-0 Porto: Player ratings from a European snoozefest

Liverpool 0-0 Porto: Player ratings from a European snoozefest

Job done, professional work, blah blah blah. That was a little boring, wasn't it? Liverpool (5) 0-0 (0) Porto. Onto Old Trafford and into the quarter-finals. Another clean sheet for Big Loris Loris Karius (7): Keeps clean sheets, looks cool. And now he's done the simple stuff in a simple manner! Lively off his line in the first half, a couple of average saves. Good that he was kept in. Joe Gomez (6): A little rusty on his comeback but nothing to …
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