Mahrez On The Move: Should Liverpool Be On Alert?

Mahrez On The Move: Should Liverpool Be On Alert?

Signing for a fee of £400,000 in 2014 from Le Havre, Riyad Mahrez played a key part in Leicester’s unexpected Premier League title win in 2015/16. The 26-year-old scored a total of 15 goals in the top flight that season, with another 10 goals and seven assists to his name this season. A campaign with two very different fortunes saw The Foxes finish 12th in the league but get further than any other English team in reaching the Champions League …
Klopp's Tactics: Pragmatism vs Idealism

Klopp's Tactics: Pragmatism vs Idealism

Jürgen Klopp has a footballing style and philosophy that he sticks to very rigidly. His high-pressing, high defensive line, fluid forward line 4-3-3 has been the default for him this season. However, there have been times when the style, the formation, and most importantly the tactics, simply haven’t worked for Klopp, and his tactical stubbornness, and dedication to his philosophy have been an issue for Liverpool this season. Whilst Liverpool’s poor form against smaller sides in 2017 has a number …
Does Coutinho Belong in the Midfield?

Does Coutinho Belong in the Midfield?

Since the turn of the New Year, Liverpool’s form has dipped – there can be no doubting that. Teams seemed to have picked up on Jürgen Klopp’s kryptonite: a low block, without any ambition to attack, frustrating and uncompromising in defensive stature. Palace, Hull, Swansea, Leicester; the reminders don’t need to be stated. What does, is the alarming form of the golden (adopted) son of the Red half of Merseyside; one who embodies the closest thing to a “superstar” that …
Are Liverpool really THAT bad against the Premier League’s weaker teams?

Are Liverpool really THAT bad against the Premier League’s weaker teams?

Make no bones about it, Liverpool are far better against their top-four rivals than those in the bottom-half of the Premier League. The statistics show that, and we can see with our own eyes that that is the case. The Reds have undoubtedly been poor when a number of so-called lesser teams have stood before them this season, which has proved incredibly frustrating, especially when the title looked achievable at one point. Too often for opposing managers, it has been …
Table-Gazing: Where Will Liverpool Finish?

Table-Gazing: Where Will Liverpool Finish?

Sometimes, the worst thing you can do is look at the league table. The very worst. In fact, because I care about you, lovely reader, don't look at the league table. This morning, unnaturally early, Latest News gave what was supposed to be a brief, fact-checking glance at the Barclay's Premier standing of the Redmen. There was a column to be written and it's only polite to be passably informed before wittering away at you. Fifteen angst-ridden minutes later, a …
Liverpool v Arsenal Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Arsenal Preview - Key Battles

After a humbling defeat at Leicester on Monday, Liverpool are back with a huge Premier League game at Anfield on Saturday. Arsenal are the visitors and Jurgen Klopp's men will hope that their wonderful form against the top-six this season continues. It will be a challenge though. The Reds are once again expected to be without Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren's fitness is still uncertain. The captain, in particular, was missed against Leicester, as the midfield was easily overrun by …
A Time For Tough Questions, Not Sympathy At Liverpool

A Time For Tough Questions, Not Sympathy At Liverpool

There’s usually solace in defeat. As the Reds trumped off the pitch at the KC Stadium this month with catcalls ringing in their ears, many of us thought that that was to be the season low, the nadir, the point at which we look back at and say ‘That’s when things began to change.’ They did not. Then came Spurs and the inevitable win. Nothing was more assured than those three points and the performance which generated them. Put this …
Observations from Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Leicester City

Observations from Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Leicester City

What can you say really that hasn’t been said before? Liverpool follows up an impressive victory over a top-four rival with a dismal defeat against a team in a relegation battle. The 2-0 win over Spurs is a distant memory now and Jurgen Klopp’s men failed once again to build up some much-needed momentum. Top four looked a shoe-in a few months back but now if Manchester United win their game in hand the Reds fall to sixth in the …
Leicester 3 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

Leicester 3 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

Same old. Same old. If you're fighting relegation in the Premier League, call Liverpool. Three points are on offer for one and all. The Reds put in a dire performance at the King Power Stadium as the struggling champions ran out deserving 3-1 winners to reignite their campaign. Liverpool was poor - unimaginative, lacklustre and as has been the norm recently, lacking in defensive organisation. With that 16 day break, the Reds were expected to be rejuvenated and buzzing on …
Leicester City vs Liverpool Preview: Revenge for Ranieri?

Leicester City vs Liverpool Preview: Revenge for Ranieri?

Liverpool face Leicester City on Monday evening in one of the few games this season where there will be little attention on Jürgen Klopp and his Reds, in comparison to the other team. Claudio Ranieri is Dilly Ding, Dilly Gone. Leicester City are without a manager at the time of writing. Surely time for Liverpool to prey on their vulnerabilities, and pick up a second successive win? THE DETAILS Match: Leicester City vs Liverpool Venue: King Power Stadium Referee: Michael Oliver Date: Monday 27th …
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